My DIY Vanity/Desk!

It seems like today makeup is more of a bigger thing then when I was a kid. Don’t get me wrong I still sometimes played in my mom’s makeup and would play around doing my friends makeup too. It just seems like there is way more different types of products now than back then. There is highlights, contour palettes, bronze, and of course you can’t forget the improved eyebrow pencil and eyebrow gel to get that “eyebrows on fleek” look. Of course, though that means to get that flawless look you now have a collection of makeup products that a  small cosmetic bag just won’t be enough for. Now, you need a nice place to keep all your makeup organized so when you do do your makeup your not having to search for that one eye shadow palette or that perfect shade of lipstick and wasting time. I’ve been there and it ends up with me being late where ever I’m going and my bathroom counter a mess with makeup and bags everywhere.

The solution: a vanity!  I know what you may be thinking that getting a vanity is not in the budget or you just don’t have room for one. If you don’t have room for one then I’m sorry, unfortunately I don’t have a solution for that one. Unless you have a desk then you could make that a desk/vanity because that is what I use mine for. Now, budget wise it doesn’t have to be as bad as you expect. I of course went onto Pinterest for ideas and then spent hours and hours searching for the perfect vanity/desk. I didn’t want anything to big because of the minimal space I had, I wanted drawers for storage and shelves if possible. I knew what I wanted , but couldn’t find it. Everything I was finding was either to big, or missing a feature I wanted or wasn’t the right color and then couldn’t even be painted because it wasn’t solid wood. Then if I did find something I liked, I didn’t like the price because good vanities/desks cost at least $200 to even $500 or even more. After hours of not finding anything and not wanting to settle my mom suggested checking Craigslist and finding a solid wood desk and just painting it the color I wanted. Within 10 minutes on Craigslist I found multiple desks I loved and the winning one being only $20! Yes $20! That was a deal that couldn’t be beat and it had everything I wanted. I bought it that day from the nicest lady. The desk was her son’s when he was a kid so it’s over 20 years old which makes me love it more because it has a story.

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Now, fast forward through the sanding, priming and painting I now have a vanity/desk I’m in love with that was $20. Of course, it didn’t only cost $20 because of the supplies and decorations but when the desk itself costs that you definitely don’t mind having to get those things. I’m sure after all the supplies and decorations it cost less then what a completely done desk would cost because if a new desk cost $300 you then have to add to that a chair and decorations. Also, as cheesy as it my sound you get the awesome feeling of accomplishment from painting the desk and giving it a whole new look! Plus, if for some reason something happened to it I won’t have to be that mad because it was only $20 and not a $300 plus piece of furniture.

IMG_2410My room before.IMG_2415IMG_2483Priming and painting the desk.IMG_2607After it was done being painted I switched the knobs out for a different look which I got at Anthropologie. They have an amazing selection of gorgeous knobs.IMG_2544IMG_2600The mirror above the vanity/desk is actually just a frame that I found at a local Furniture & Decor Market for $40! Which then I had a mirror made and attached to the frame. It actually goes perfect with the middle knob on my desk. Wasn’t even planned.IMG_2617The makeup organizer I found at Bed Bath & Beyond and the makeup brush container I found on Amazon along with the plastic filler pellets for the container. They are the same type of plastic filler pellets that Sephora uses in their store to hold there products.IMG_2623I have this tri-fold mirror that my mom actually found on Amazon which has four types of lighting and can magnify 5x to help while applying my makeup and even has an outlet on it so I can attach a straight iron or a wand to do my hair. (So I think I might need to start doing my hair along with my makeup now)IMG_2597The chair I found at Ikea which is perfect for this desk.

Now, I have no excuses not to do my makeup more or to be late when I actually do my makeup.

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Conclusion To Fashion Month

From London straight to Milan for the continuance of Fashion Week during February 24th-March 1st. More shows, different designers, but still amazing looks to see and be inspired by!

Here are a few looks from MFW:

Dolce & Gabbana

 

Versace

 

woolrich John Rich & Bros

 

Diesel Black Gold

 

Fay

 

After Milan it was straight to the city of love….Paris! From March 2nd – 9th  would be the final Fashion Week for this wonderfully filled fashion month that has been going on.

Here are a few looks from PFW:

Balmain

 

Miu Miu

 

Isabel Marant

 

Lanvin

 

Valentino

http://nymag.com/thecut/runway/

That brings fashion month to a wrap for the season! There were so many designers, shows and amazing looks. Now, if they could all just magically appear in my closet that would be wonderful!

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Two Fashion Weeks Down, Two More To Go 

Fashion month is on its way and is already two weeks down. Of course with Fashion Week comes gorgeous clothes and new looks. New York kick started the Fashion Week season going from February 10th-18th with designers after designers presenting their latest looks.

Just a few looks from a few designers from the mass of designers that showed during NYFW:

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Alexander Wang

 

Rebecca Minkoff

 

Marc Jacobs

 

http://nymag.com/thecut/runway/

Once NYFW is over it is straight over to London for Week Two of Fashion Week from February 19th-23rd.

Few more looks from a few designers from the mass of designers that showed their looks in London Fashion Week:

Alexander McQueen

 

Mulberry

 

Edeline Lee

 

Burberry

 

Mary Katrantzou

 

http://www.londonfashionweek.co.uk/Designers

London Fashion Week is complete. Off to Milan and Paris for the continuance of Fashion Week!

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Outfit Of The Day

Here in Florida it has finally become sweater weather! As soon as it becomes below 70 degrees everyone pulls out the boots, jackets and scarves….even if it really isn’t that cold tho. So, for today I of course pulled out my sweater and ankle boots. Living in Florida you have to be prepared for cold and warm weather in the same day. For instance it was in the 40’s in the morning, but went up into the 70’s in the afternoon and will then go back down into the 50’s in the evening. So, layers are definitely a key thing to do when you have weather  like that. For me I just dressed warmly on top and then on the bottom dressed for warm weather that way I won’t end up getting too hot wearing a sweater in 70 degree weather. 

  

   
 

  • Sweater: H&M – Divided
  • Skirt: Painted Threads 
  • Boots: Target – Merona
  • Handbag: Michael Kors – Jet Set (color Merlot)

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For The Handbag Lover

If you’re a lover of handbags like myself, then you probably have a fear of something happening to yours while you are using it. That for me is one of my biggest fears in life and unfortunately one thing you can never control is the weather while you’re out. Living in Florida the weather is always unpredictable it could be a sunny day and end up raining all day or it could be an overcast day where the sky looks like it will open up any second, but not rain one drop. There has even been times when I have gone out and not use certain handbags because there was a chance of rain and I didn’t want to take a chance with my bag getting rained on. Never mind the fact I get pored on while leaving a store running for my car, just nothing better happen to my handbag while I’m doing so! Now there is a solution for those days that surprise you and rain all day or look like it will rain and you just want to be prepared incase it does and it is the Handbag Raincoat.

IMG_9711The Handbag Raincoat

Yes, you read that correctly it is called the Handbag Raincoat. It is the perfect invention that makes you wander why you didn’t even think of that.

The Handbag Raincoat even comes with a pouch to keep it in too so you can just grab it and throw it into your purse for the day. 

IMG_9712They come in three sizes: the mini ($25), midi ($28) and maxi ($30). They also come in six different styles.

This is the Raindrop style in the midi size and it is also the only one that has scalloped bottom. IMG_9719IMG_9992 

This is the Clear style in the maxi size.IMG_9716IMG_9870 

Also, for you monogram lovers out there you are now able to get them monogrammed!  It is only $12 extra to get your Handbag Raincoat personalized and they even have eight different color threads to chose from too for it. 

The Handbag Raincoat is the perfect gift to get for your mother, sister , daughter, friend….really for anybody! If you are a handbag lover then this is a must for you then, if not then it’s never a wrong time to at least take care of those handbags and keep them dry and safe. 

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‘Collaborate And Listen’ H&M Is Back With A Brand New Collection – Balmain

If you are into fashion you probably already know about the H&M and Balmain collaboration and the fact that it will be hitting stores and online in less then 36 hours! The Parisian fashion house Balmain is known for their perfect detailing and embroideries on their pieces, turning a dress into art work you can wear. Olivier Rousteing who became the creative Director of Balmain in 2011 at the age of 24 is now collaborating with H&M for both a women and mens collection. The price range of the items in the collection will start from around $17.99 and will go up to about $649, although that might be a high price range then you expect to see at H&M it is a very reasonable price for a Balmain design. One of his dresses can usually cost you from $1,580 all the way to $7,230 you will then be able to get one of his fabulously designed dresses for $69.99 with the new collection. For the women’s collection they have a variety of things from jewelry to clutches to heels and boots to detailed dresses and shirts to amazing looking winter coats. For the men’s collection they have winter coats as well along with jeans, shoes, shirts and detailed jackets. This collaboration with H&M and Balmain is not lacking anything one bit! I for sure already have my list of things I definitely will be trying to get when the collection hits stores (260 stores worldwide-check the H&M website to see the nearest store near you that will be carrying the collection) and online on Thursday, November 5th.

http://hm.com/us/balmain

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Happy National Handbag Day!

Today is the Third Annual National Handbag Day, probably the best holiday that could have ever been created! There is never a bad time to buy a new bag and never a time in someone’s life when they can say “I have enough handbags, I don’t need to buy a new one.” That would just be ludacris.

As for today being National Handbag Day there is no other way I would want to celebrate it then buying a new handbag of course. So, today I did just that and could not be anymore happier with my decision on buying the Mini Natasha by Marc by Marc Jacobs.

    Marc by Marc Jacobs – Mini Natasha

I’m very excited to start using it and have already moved all my necessities into the new bag. It holds everything perfectly and still has a bit more room too. I fee like with this bag it is going to be perfect for everyday use. It holds everything that I need, it is perfect to just grab and go for the day, it can be worn crossbody, it’s super comfortable to carry, it is black so it will go with everything, and feels very sturdy and that it won’t get dirty easily. It also seems like the perfect bag to use at theme parks and on vacation. Now to actually go on vacation and put it to the test!

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*Happy National Handbag Day and hope you have a wonderful day filled with beautiful handbags!*