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CURRENTLY - PLAYING. READING. WEARING. | 01

CURRENTLY - PLAYING. READING. WEARING | 01

So this is a new little feature that I will be posting every week that will give you guys a glimpse into what I'm currently up to, and more specifically what I'm playing, reading, and wearing. 

PLAYING | ADAM GREEN & BINKI SHAPIO - I absolutely love this album, it has such a beautiful and cohesive sound throughout that I just can't stop listening to it.   Although it's difficult to choose, my favorite songs on this album are 3. Casanova and 4. Pity Love. 

READING | #GIRL BOSS - This is such a great read, I just finished it last week and I would highly recommend this book to everyone, it's that good. 

WEARING | ELIZABETH & JAMES FRAGRANCE - I know these scents have been out for quite some time now, but I find myself constantly reaching for them over any other fragrance I own.  I included both scents because I love to layer Nirvana Black over Nirvana White.

Have a suggestion for what I should be playing, reading or wearing?  let me know in the comments below and I may just take you up on your suggestion and include it in next weeks feature. Hope everyone is having a great start to their new week!

CAPSULE WARDROBE | THE BEGINNING

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a recent photo I posted where I mentioned that I was in the process of getting "#unfancy" and beginning to create my own capsule wardrobe.  Caroline of the amazing blog Unfancy has been a huge inspiration for this change and she even created an extremely helpful planner to assist anyone who is looking to begin the process.  By filling out the planner, I was able to understand that I have my "go-to" brands that I can tend to count on for fit and quality (which for me are Madewell + J.Crew).  Though I'm still in the process of cleaning out my closet, I can honestly say it's been an amazing experience so far and I can already see the difference in my wardrobe.  Above are a few pieces that I have either purchased as part of my capsule wardrobe, or I'm considering purchasing.  If any of you have or are currently creating a capsule wardrobe please feel free to share any tips or essential pieces you have purchased, I'd love to hear from you!  

 

sweatshirt | top | blouse | jacket | shirt | flats | bangle | necklace | bangle

D I Y | MOUSEPAD

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Recently, I had grown tired of hearing my wireless mouse scrap against my desk and thought it was time for a much needed change.  To my surprise it was more than a little difficult to find the exact mousepad I had in mind, let alone any mouse pad that didn't have some type of tropical stock photo plastered all over it.  Below is a very simple tutorial on how to customize your own mousepad.  To begin this DIY you will need:

1. Any Mousepad - for reference you can find the mousepad I used for this tutorial here 

2. Acrylic Paint in the color of your choosing

3. Mod Podge

4. Paint Brush

5. Washi Tape

First, you will want to prep your mousepad for painting - this is done by applying two thin layers of Mod Podge with a paint brush of your choosing.  Please allow at least 30 - 45 minutes of drying time in between layers and allow your mousepad to dry overnight before proceeding to the next step. 

Once your mousepad has been prepped properly and is completely dry, use your washi tape to create your desired design.  For this tutorial I decided to keep the design fairly minimal by placing one piece of washi tape diagonally across the mousepad (from corner to corner). 

Next, begin painting!  Using the acrylic paint you have selected for this DIY apply 2 - 3 layers of paint or until you have achieved the color you desire.  Please allow at least 30 - 45 minutes of drying time in between each layer.  Because the mouse pad I purchased was black to begin with, I decided not to paint the middle line (where the washi tape was placed).  

After your paint has dried completely, apply 2 - 3 layers of Mod Podge to your mousepad.  Again please allow at least 30 - 45 minutes of drying time in between layers and I would recommend allowing your mousepad to dry overnight before using it. 

Hope you lovelies enjoyed this DIY and I hope each one of you is having a beautiful day!

 

THE ESSENTIALS | NO.1

This year I've really been trying to push myself to let go of old habits and only shop for "the essentials."  This has been a bit more difficult than I would like to admit, and with each additional piece I add to my wardrobe I've been forcing myself to get rid of 5 pieces.  

After years of waking up and constantly feeling like I don't have anything to wear, I decided it was time for a change.  So, although I may drool over this season's most coveted heels, I have to quickly reel myself back to reality and stick with the pieces that make sense for my lifestyle.  This is still a work in progress, and I'm still working on letting go of those pieces that I may not wear but feel the need to keep, but I'm constantly motivated by the thought that one day my wardrobe will be filled simply with pieces that I feel comfortable and confident in.  

 

top | shorts | sandals | bag