Dorm Decor: DIY Ribbon Hanger

Hello, loves! I promised more back to school posts and I’m so excited to share this one with you! I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m usually not one to go all DIY with room decor or anything in general, but I decided to try it out this year. I’ve seen these all over the internet and they look easy enough to make. This is a ribbon hanger (or at least that’s what I’m going to call it) that makes for a great little unique accent on your wall! This took only a few minutes to make and I think it’s going to match super well with the rest of my decor. Here is the finished product:

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This is exactly what you’ll need: 3 different ribbons (preferably each a different color and texture to add dimension), a stick or branch (any size will be fine), and string (I used two different colors). 

The only thing I had to pick up at Michael’s for this DIY was the ribbon since I already had the embroidery string and I found the stick in my backyard (I couldn’t find any branches that would work at the store).

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The three colors I chose were white, beige, and gray. I thought these would work well together and give that modern feel I’m trying to achieve in my room. The white and beige ribbons are a rougher texture and have a little bohemian edge (since they are also a thick fabric, I had to tear them in half). The gray is simply normal ribbon and will be used as the accent color.

So, I wasn’t exactly sure how to start on this project. I wanted the ribbon to have an arrow shape so that the longest ribbon was in the middle and they gradually got shorter at each side of the branch. To start, I measured how long I wanted the middle piece to be and then folded it over on itself (the piece should be double how long you actually want it to hang). You must double the length to be able to tie it on the branch; there will also be two pieces hanging instead of one. To tie it on, fold your piece in half and tuck it under the branch to make a small loop. Take the two end pieces of the ribbon and bring it over the branch to tuck it into the loop. Tighten as needed. (If this is at all confusing, try referring to the first couple photos for clarity).

I continued this same process with each color and made some pieces shorter. After I had a majority of the ribbon on, I had to trim some down to give that arrow shape. It’s a very simple process, just continue to tie on the ribbon as you’d like and adding more to make it full.

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Next, I started on the string that would allow it to hang on a wall. I used white and cream embroidery string that I used to use to make bracelets when I was younger (throwback to anyone who remembers that craze!) Since this string is extremely thin, I knew I would have to make it more sturdy somehow. I decided to make them into a braid.

To do this, I needed two strands of the white and one of the cream. Again, I knew it would still be too thin. So for one strand, I would have to use three pieces of string. I’ll make it super simple:

First white strand = 3 white strings

Second white strand = 3 white strings

Third cream strand = 3 cream strings

Once I had measured how long the braid would be, I cut all 9 pieces of string. I sectioned them off like how they are listed above. Once they were all together and almost ready to be braided, I tied them to one end of the branch. After this, you can go ahead and start braiding them. Make sure you keep each group separate so one piece doesn’t wander into another. This could make the braid look wonky. This was a very easy part of the project once it got going. When you reach the end of the braid, tie the end onto the other side of the branch.

Once you’ve finished the braid, you have completed this DIY ribbon hanger project! I love how mine turned out and I’ll be sure to post photos of it with my other decorations when my room is put together. I love how you could change the colors of this to match any room.  It’s so simple especially when you get the hang of it. If you try this out or have done it before, comment down below, I’d love to know what you think! Hope you guys are have a great end of the week! I’m moving into my dorm this weekend, so wish me luck!<3

Dorm Haul: Target Decorations and Necessities!

Hey everyone! With my leaving for school in just a few days (where did the summer go?!) I have been shopping around for a few things to spice up my dorm room. We all know that a little decor can go a long way in an entirely white dorm room. While I do not have all the things I need yet, I do have a few things together that I have bought or even made myself. (DIY decor post coming soon!) So here’s just a few things I picked up today. Everything listed here you can get at Target! Also, this will be the start of my back to school posts, so there will be more to come!

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The first things I got were these gray sheets for my bed. I’m going for a very modern/minimalistic style for my room, so these were the perfect shade of gray to match my other decor. I also have white sheets and pillowcases that I’m going to reuse from the last couple years at school. I’m going for white/black/gray tones with little splashes of pink here and there. I bought the fitted sheet, the flat sheet, and a pack of two pillowcases. The bed sheets are specifically for a twin XL size bed, since that is what most schools provide in their dorms. These are from the brand Threshold; Target usually carries a ton of stuff from this company.

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Every girl knows the difficulty of organizing your purses and bags. Especially in a dorm where there’s limited space, finding a good way to hang your bags isn’t the easiest thing. It’s something I’ve had a hard time with myself, but I think these hooks will solve the problem. I’m hoping they will fit perfectly on my closet door and will be able to hold my bags and even my towel for the shower. I think the double hooks will be able to hold a lot more while still matching the modern look I’m going for. It has a matte black finish and is from the brand Room Essentials.

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The next item I picked up is probably my favorite thing out of everything. Since I’m going for pink/blush accents, I knew this pillow would work well in the dorm. It’s a beautiful color and the design is very geometric and modern. I’m thinking these will look great with the gray and white pillowcases. Simple and minimalistic pillows will really make these pop and give that little accent that I’m looking for. Look forward to a room tour with a complete look at my bedding with these pillows! These pillows came in a set of two from the Threshold brand and was a super good deal.

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These hooks are something I can’t go without when moving into my dorm. I use these a lot to hang lights, but this year I’m going to use the ones on the left to hang frames specifically. The middle ones I will probably be using for the lights like I mentioned and the right ones I’d like to use to hang some DIY decorations I made. These are super useful since most schools, including mine, won’t allow you to nail into the wall to hang things. They have a wide variety of these at Target in different forms and colors. However, I do prefer the clear ones since they’re not as prominent or noticeable on the wall.

That’s it for this small Target haul. These are some of the most important things I needed to pick up, so I’m glad I can check them off the list. Next up is Bed, Bath, and Beyond to pick up a few more things, so you’ll get another haul coming up soon! Thanks guys!❤

Talkative Tuesday: Irrational Fears

Hey everyone! For this week’s Talkative Tuesday, I’d like to talk about fears, a lot of which in my life are completely irrational and the possibility of them becoming a reality is below 1%. However, they are still a part of our lives regardless of statistics. I can’t tell you why this happens, but many of us share the same irrational fears. So maybe knowing that others have them will help you get over them more quickly. Here are some of mine:

Elevators. This may sound either completely ridiculous or completely relatable. Every time I would have to park on the fifth floor at work, I would have to take the stairway down or the elevator. On a good day, I’d make myself go down the stairs and back up at the end of my shift to get some exercise. Other days when I’m feeling lazy, I just take the elevator. Here’s where my irrational fear comes in. Whenever the elevator has reached the floor I need to go to, I rush out of it like something’s chasing me. This usually only happens if I’m going to one of the top floors because I have an irrational fear that the elevator will suddenly drop with me in it. The likelihood of this happening is very low, but I still find myself running out as soon as the doors open. Let me know if this ever happens to you!

Getting lost. If you know me really well, you’re aware that I don’t know directions at all. If I’m going somewhere new, I have absolutely no sense of direction. I’m a very visual person so I know certain streets by what shops or restaurants are near it. So if someone tells me to turn on a certain street, I probably won’t know which one it is. That’s where my fear comes in. If I don’t have my GPS or my phone maps to tell me where to go, I get super nervous. Getting lost or being in an area I don’t know by myself scares the *insert happy poop emoji* out of me!

Sharks/other animals. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know a big part of it is influenced by the ocean and surf culture. I have lived by the beach my whole life and it’s a big part of who I am. I have been in the ocean more times than I could ever count, yet every time before I go in the idea of sharks is always in the back of my mind. I don’t think I would call it a full on fear, because I’m generally comfortable in the sea. But why is it still in the back of my mind? So many people worry about creatures like sharks or stingrays, when in reality you are more likely to get into a car accident. Of course it’s smart to be vigilant, but odds are you never have to worry about coming into contact with a shark. It’s much better to watch the tides and be aware of how they change.

Planes. Within the past year, I have done quite a bit of traveling. I went to Boston last Thanksgiving and again during the start of this summer. I also went to Nebraska during the fall of last year. For me, that is WAY more traveling than I am used to. I absolutely loved all of it, but both Boston and the Midwest require a bit of plane travel. However, when I have to get on a plane, my anxiety is at its peak. After 9/11, fear of planes and security in airports rose tremendously. So it’s understandable why some would be afraid. The weird thing is, terrorism isn’t something I’m afraid of; I put my life in God’s hands and that’s that. So I’m honestly not sure why I’m so afraid of flying. I imagine the plane simply coming apart during turbulence (maybe watching Lost has made this fear seem more real) but the possibility of this happening is extremely low, possibly nonexistent. So next time you’re on a plane, try not to sweat it as much as I do, because it’s not worth your worry.

And let’s not forget, spiders are always up there on the irrational fear list. Those little eight legged things that are smaller than half an inch could make me run out of the house in an instant. Anyone who can stand spiders near them, good on you because I definitely CANNOT.

Alright I hope you guys found this entertaining or something you could understand yourself. Remember any fear you have is only a thought and will probably never even happen! Don’t sweat the small stuff and focus on what’s important, because you’ll be okay!❤

Coldplay at the Rose Bowl + Our L.A. Day!

Hi loves! With summer officially coming to an end (I can’t believe it) I had one more amazing event planned before I have to go back to school. My birthday was on March 28th and as a gift, my boyfriend bought us both Coldplay tickets! If you don’t know, I am probably Coldplay’s biggest fan and I know what amazing performers they are! I was absolutely stunned and totally surprised that I got a chance to see them for the second time. The first time was for my 16th birthday, so it had been 4 years since I’d seen them. Luckily, my boyfriend and I love going to L.A. often and spending the day exploring. This is what we decided to do before the concert, which was at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena.

We had a few places we wanted to stop at first, so I’ll just go through our day. The drive wasn’t horrible since we don’t live too far from L.A., so once we made it we decided to stop at the Grove for some lunch. After a delicious meal at the Cheesecake Factory, we shopped around a little then headed for one of our planned destinations. I have been dying to go back to Nasty Gal since the first time I went I didn’t get the best impression. I wanted to give it another chance though to see what they had to offer. I actually ended up liking the store more the second time and finding more things that I loved. The Nasty Gal store is on Melrose if you ever want to check it out for yourself!

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We then headed over to Amoeba Records, which is a huge record store we always stop at when we’re in Los Angeles. Amoeba pretty much has any product that is associated with music: from records, C.D.’s, and posters, to t-shirts, stickers, and band merch! We walked around to find the records we had in mind then moved on to our next destination.

Next, we ended up going somewhere super spontaneously. I actually saw a video on Facebook of a food that gives you dragon breath. This sounds very weird, but it’s a place called Chocolate Chair in Koreatown and they sell little spheres made of corn starch and sugar that are drenched in liquid nitrogen. You can dip these in sauces as well; we chose chocolate. When you bite into these, it releases smoke from your mouth and your nose. I’ve never eaten anything like this, and even though my tongue did sting a little afterwards, it was definitely a unique experience. I’m sad to say all my snapchats of the candy were not copied to my camera roll for some reason when I went to save them, so I’m sorry about that! If you search Chocolate Chair on Google, you can see exactly what they sell and what the place looks like!

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Last and certainly not least, we started our drive to Pasadena, which was only about 30 minutes. The Rose Bowl is a giant stadium and it filled up for Coldplay. I have to say though, the stadium does have some very strict rules about what you can and can’t bring in. I wasn’t allowed to bring my Nikon in, so I unfortunately didn’t get the best quality photos that I could have. But hey, I’m not complaining, I got to see my favorite band in the world and I wouldn’t have traded that for anything! We got there a couple hours early and watch the openers which were Bishop Briggs and Alessia Cara (they were both amazing singers by the way, definitely look them up!) After all that waiting and nudging through crowds, we finally got to see Coldplay! They played their old classics and also some new songs off of their new album A Head Full of Dreams. So here’s some of the best photos I could get: you can see all the wrist bands we were given lighting up, fireworks going off, balloons floating through the crowd, and a killer light show!

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As you can see from the photo above, Coldplay has an entirely separate stage specifically designed so they can be more interactive to the crowd and cater to those who are in the very back. They have always been so grateful to their fans and try to give their best show to everyone, regardless of how far away your seats are. The Rose Bowl is a huge place, but they didn’t let that get in their way.

It was one of the best nights of my life and I’m so thankful that I got the chance to be there. It’s something I’ll never forget. If they are ever in your area, buying tickets is 100% worth it and is something you’ll be happy you went to!

Thank you Chris, Johnny, Guy, and Will for such a spectacular experience❤

My Wishlist: Boohoo.com (Homecoming Edition)

Hi loves! I thought it was about time for another My Wishlist post. As usual, I have been looking through another online site in search of the best clothes for any occasion. Boohoo.com has clothes for whatever event you have coming up, whether that be a night out, school, or even going to the beach!

For this post though, I’d like to focus on school life, specifically Homecoming season! It’s been a few years since I’ve gone to a high school dance, let alone Homecoming. It was an event I looked forward to so much, but since I went to a private high school, there were MANY dress code rules. We had to wear long dresses instead of cute, casual, and short ones that are usually worn for Homecoming, so finding a dress wasn’t the easiest thing.

So this post is for those of you who are attending Homecoming soon and are looking for a cheap place to buy a dress, while still being fashion forward! Whether you want a short, playful dress, or a long flowing maxi dress, keep reading for some great options! I have provided all of the links to these dresses below the photos. *All of these photos are taken from Boohoo.com.*

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Poppy Choker Strappy Skater Dress 

This first dress is the perfect length for Homecoming in my opinion. It has a great silhouette and would flatter so many body shapes. The color is also gorgeous and is a great transition color from summer to fall. It isn’t super bright, but it’s still a pastel for the changing seasons. I’m also in love with this new built in choker trend. Chokers have made a huge comeback in fashion lately, and I’m obsessed with it! I love how it attaches to the back, as you can see in the right photo. It gives it such a unique and edgy look! With a simple dress like this, you can play up the hair, makeup, and shoes! This dress also comes in red and black, if you’re more into those colors. It goes for $35 on Boohoo!

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Natasha Strappy Floral Maxi Dress

Want to go a little more formal or elegant? This is the dress for you! I actually wore a dress similar to this my sophomore year of high school when the rules weren’t as strict. This one has a beautiful plunging neckline and very skinny straps that cross over on the back. I love how it is a short dress and has the sheer fabric over it. It gives such a cool effect and you can still see your legs. It is a casual look, but technically is a maxi dress. I’m in love with the floral pattern on the black; it really makes them pop and gives that graphic look. Dress it down with some sunglasses for a walk downtown or throw on some black heels to wear this at Homecoming! Better yet, this dress goes for $40 on Boohoo!

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Caitlin Pleated Kimono Sleeve Skater Dress

This gorgeous blush colored dress is perfect if you also go to a private high school. Most likely, you have a strict dress code just like I did. But I’m sure this dress could get you past the dean with ruler measuring everyone’s dresses (been there, done that). This dress is gorgeous though, even though it is a little more conservative. You can still find ways to look beautiful even if you have to cover up. This is a great cut that will flatter you while also being school appropriate. It cinches at the waist and looks flowy on the top and bottom. The color is so feminine and the fabric is extremely glamorous! This is another pieces where you could dress up your hair, makeup, and accessories. It comes in this blush color, black, or sand (which looks beige). This dress is $35 on the site. 

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Jessica Floral Off the Shoulder Maxi Dress

Again, if you want to dress up a little more for Homecoming, here is another great option. The cut initially drew my eye to this dress. The off the shoulder look has also been very in style lately and it’s so feminine and flattering. The neckline is so simple but when you add the off the shoulder look, it really dresses it up. I then started looking at the fabric, and while this would be great for the spring, I think it could work for the fall as well. The branches in the pattern give it a very autumn-like feel. I love how Boohoo styled this dress, with the simple necklace and hair. It’s exactly how I would style it as well; not overpowering and doesn’t take away from the beautiful design of the dress. This goes for $44 on Boohoo. 

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Sia Ruffle Bandeau Slip Front Maxi

Last but not least, this casual but elegant dress would be perfect for a bohemian look at Homecoming. The color again, is perfect for the autumn season coming up. I love how it is another off the shoulder cut, which gives an effortless yet put together outfit. The slit in the side gives it a more casual vibe and is a detail I wish my school would have allowed, because I definitely would have worn this! I love how they put a ton of bracelets on the model with this dress. It’s a great opportunity to wear a statement necklace or some gorgeous heels. The dress comes in this light beige color, black, or an orange/red (chestnut) color. It sells for only $30 on Boohoo!

Hope you guys enjoyed this My Wishlist post! Boohoo.com is a site I found on YouTube from a lot of the fashion/beauty gurus I watch. I recently ordered a few things from the site and I must say everything has a great price! I will update you on quality and what I think overall of the products from Boohoo. As of now, I love it and I think it’s a great place to online shop. Hope all of you are enjoying school if you started already and are looking forward to fun events like Homecoming!❤

Talkative Tuesday: Must Haves for your First Year of College!

Hello everyone! Last week during Talkative Tuesday I talked about entering my third year of college and thoughts I’ve had about this time of my life. But I know starting your first year of college can be one of the most stressful times. You’re leaving the nest and starting a life on your own. So for this week, I’d like to provide a little list for those of you starting your first year. These are some things I couldn’t live without during my first year of college:

1. Storage Bins. This may seem like a no brainer, but I can’t stress enough how important it is to organize. I know for me during the last couple years I have set everything up on move in day and plan to make small changes during the year. However, I usually never get to them because of homework, studying, or other obligations. It’s important to keep little plastic bins either over your desk on shelves or even under your bed. My first year I kept large bins under my bed. With the way my room was laid out, this seemed to be the easiest way to keep organized and have all of my stuff in one place.

2. Dorm Decor. Even though move in day is most likely going to bring a little stress, find ways to make it fun for yourself. For me, I look forward to decorating my room and finding ways to make it my own. I also love seeing how others decorate their rooms as well. It’s a reflection of who you are as a person, so when it comes to decor, you do you! If you have a more minimalistic style, go for a lot of white with little accents of color. If you have a bohemian style, check out World Market for some unique pillows or Urban Outfitters for some beautiful tapestries!

3. Wall Hooks. This is probably one of the most important things you will ever buy for your dorm. Most colleges won’t allow you to nail into the walls or use thumb tacks. Your best bet is going to be the removable sticky wall hooks. You can peel these right off at the end of the year when you take down your wall decor. However, I have had trouble in the past with them staying up. If you follow the directions (unlike me) and actually clean the wall area with peroxide before you hang them, they should stay up for a long time. Another alternative that has worked for me in the past is wall putty. I’m sure that’s not the technical name for it, but that’s exactly what it is. This blue putty has to be kneaded and molded before it can hold things up. I’ve used this to keep up wires on the walls for a T.V. and it held up all year long. I believe you can get the wall hooks and the putty at Target.

4. Lighting. This might be a very particular detail, but when it comes to dorms, the one or two lights that are already installed in the ceiling are very harsh and bright. I know a lot of people who aren’t happy when it comes to dorm lighting, but there is a solution! What I have done the past couple of years is bring my own string of light bulbs. I will hang these from the hooks around the walls by my bed. This way, you have a cozy little spot when the dorm lights are turned off and the string of lights is plugged in. I know both me and my roommate love the mood lighting these give to the room and we prefer them over the ceiling light. You can get a great string of lights at Target.

As usual, I’d like to keep these Talkative Tuesday posts short and sweet. So I’ll leave you all with that and I’ll see you soon with another post!❤

 

U.S. Open of Surfing 2016!

Hey everyone! As a native of Southern California, there are a few summer activities that are a must for us. I personally only started going to this a few summers ago, but it’s a huge event that thousands attend every year! The U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach is filled with sand, surf, skating, and TONS of sun. This year was no different so I thought I’d share a few photos with those of you who don’t live close enough to attend or even if you haven’t heard much about it before!

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This was during one of the surf competitions. We went on the day that all of the junior athletes were competing, so all of the surfers and skaters were surprisingly young. Usually older competitors will be there, but I have to say these kids were absolutely amazing and so talented! You can watch these surf competitions from the sand or from the pier (I recommend the pier!) These particular photos were taken on the Huntington Beach pier.

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They have a lot of different booths for different activities, but it’s even fun to just walk around in the sand! One of my favorites is the art tent. This is great for younger kids, but I love the giant letters they put in front of it. It looked so unique and totally artsy!

You can also get some Vans U.S. Open merch at the store which is in the middle of all these events. From hats, to sweatshirts, to t-shirts, and even Vans shoes, they have it all!

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One of the most fun things to watch at the U.S. Open is the skating competitions. There are about six skaters for each round who get about 45 seconds to skate and receive points for each trick. Each skater gets a few 45 second heats to showcase their best skills and climb to the top. Whoever has the most points by the end of the round wins! I was obsessed with the graffiti that was done in the bowls. It was a great example of street art done right. They were truly pieces of art.

This is such a great summer activity to go to with friends. If you’re in the area next summer, definitely check it out. It is in Huntington Beach for a little over a week before it ends, so you have some time to figure out which day you want to go! I also hope you enjoyed the photos, they were all taken with a Nikon D5500, with exception to the very first photo which was taken on an iPhone. Hope you all have a lovely weekend!🙂