DIY Metallic Gold Feathers

The last few weeks of silence are due to the fact that I moved from Delaware to Pennsylvania to start my second rotation. I decided to take some time off from blogging to focus on wrapping up loose ends at my last position and getting settled in at my new one. The weather has (finally) been getting better, and I have my fingers crossed that our days of negative temperatures and snow are behind us.

Moving into a new space always inspires me to begin crafting. There’s something about blank walls and surfaces that makes me want to create something. Since my latest obsession has been metallic gold accents on just about everything, I wanted to add a touch of it in my home decor. I’ve been meaning to try this project for months, but I finally got some time the other evening to actually do it.

There’s nothing complicated about this DIY, but that’s what I love about it. It takes a few minutes but can definitely add a little something to your space.

What you need:

-A pack of long white duck feathers, about 5″ to 9″ long
-Metallic gold acryllic paint
-Old candle jar or similar container
-Glitter (optional)

Choose the feathers that are somewhat symmetrical. They’ll look nicer when you paint them than ones that lean more to one side.

Take a thin paintbrush and dip it in your paint. Beginning at the center line of your feather, paint along the barbs of the feathers being sure to cover them completely. You’ll want to be gentle when painting because the tendrils tend to clump together when painted and you want them to stay separated.

I went down about 3/4 of an inch to an inch but you can paint as far along as you want. Allow them to dry for 10 minutes and then flip them over and do the other side.

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IMG_20150310_203353732_HDReddIf you want to add glitter to your feathers, you’ll need to do it when the paint is still wet. I chose not to for this particular project because it wasn’t the look I was going for (and I didn’t feel like dealing with glitter getting everywhere) but glitter would definitely help make them pop!

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Once the feathers are dry, you can put them in your jar, as you would for flower stems. There are so many other uses for these decorative feathers that I’m itching to try and I will definitely be sharing what I find!

Happy crafting!

xO K

Organizing Your Makeup!

If you are like me and you have a lot of makeup, it can be hard to figure out how to organize it all. I try to keep my “non-essentials” in a storage bin, and sort through it when I need the lesser used items, but for my daily routine, I end up leaving compacts and tubes of lipstick all over my counter. My best way to “organize” all of that was to just stack it “neatly” to give it some sense of order.

I decided to end the madness and invest in a makeup organizer. I’d seen them at Home Goods and Burlington Coat Factory, but never knew what size to get or if it was absolutely necessary. I picked one up earlier this week from Burlington and I have to say I’m insanely happy with it. It’s chic and functional, and the fact that it’s clear not only helps it blend into any area it’s in, but keeps the focus on showing off your makeup.

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IMG_20150129_203147115_HDRedI couldn’t find it on the Burlington Coat Factory website, but you will definitely find it in stores!

Now my most popular makeup items are at arm’s length and I don’t have to dig through or constantly look over and under things on my counter when I’m getting ready in the morning. I decided not to put my brushes in the organizer, and instead opted to use an old candle jar instead. It was easy to wash the wax out, and it still smells like vanilla! Everything is now displayed nicely, which I absolutely love!

xO K

Deck the Halls!

The countdown is now in the single digits! With 8 days to Christmas, I find myself getting more and more excited! I decorated my apartment a little too early (aka pre-Thanksgiving) but now I feel like it’s completely justified to be this festive! If you still haven’t picked up all your holiday home decor, I definitely suggest checking out Joann Fabrics, Christmas Tree Shops, and five below! I bought all of my decor from there and I absolutely love all of it!

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Collage2Be Merry – JoAnn | Bells Door Hanger – JoAnn | Green Tree – Christmas Tree Shops

If you want an easy decorating idea, throw some ornaments into a vase or basket! It’ll help you show off the ornaments that didn’t quite make it to your tree, and add little pops of color around your home!

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IMG_20141216_144816365_HDRedBasket – Thrifted | Cinnamon Scented Pinecones – Bed Bath and Beyond

Another quick way to add some holiday cheer to your home is switching out your summery fake flowers for something a little more festive!

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I think my favorite part of all of the decorations was my tree. I grew up with a tree that was part of the family way before I was, and to buy my own tree for the first time was pretty magical. I love that I found ornaments that were PERFECT for me and wrapped all my presents earlier than ever before, and the entire thing just makes me so happy to look at when I’m home.

I hope you enjoy decking and trimming your halls!

xO K

(P.S. This was post #100!!!!)

Organizing Your Dorm- Bathroom

If you live in a college dorm and have your own bathroom, you know exactly what I mean when I say it ain’t pretty. Unless you live in a relatively new building, chances are your bathroom has cracks, weird stains on the walls and an ugly old shower curtain that a million people have used before you. There isn’t enough storage and there aren’t enough hooks for all of the stuff you normally hang at home. It took three years but we finally perfected organizing our dorm bathroom, and now it feels just like home!

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We found this super cute shower curtain at Walmart, and it instantly brightened up our bathroom’s boring color scheme. The shower caddy, from Bed Bath and Beyond was originally used when we lived in a suite with a common bathroom. When we moved into a room with an attached bathroom, we decided to use it as stationary storage for all our shower needs.

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We found the perfect matching shower curtain rings and hooks for our loofahs and shower caps. These 3M Command hooks are perfect because they’re made for college dorms and are removable without leaving a trace behind. We were able to hang them right by the shower for easy access.

It only took a few added touches to make this bathroom feel inviting and homey, and we had a blast putting it all together!

xO K

Valentine’s Day Decorations

This is my first (and ironically my last) semester where I have a day off during the week. Scratch that, I was lucky to get two days off. So my class schedule runs from Monday to Wednesday, and I have a four day weekend, every. single. week. Luckily, S has the same schedule, so we spend all of our free time bummin’ it together. I can’t think of a better way to commemorate four difficult years in school.

With all of this extra time, we decided to make Valentine’s Day decorations for our room. Freshman year, S surprised me with amazing V-day decorations when I came back from a visit home, so we decided to sort of make a full circle and decorate senior year as well.

Freshman year:

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Senior year:

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The threaded hearts were super easy to make. All you have to do is trace and cut out red and pink construction paper hearts, and then using a needle and thread, sew them together. It took us about an hour to make all four, and the end product was definitely too good to be true!

xO K

Dresser Tops

I always find it hard to keep the top of my dresser clean. The way my dorm is set up, the dresser is right next to the door which means keys, IDs, and other random junk always gets plopped onto the top of my dresser. I like having my jewelry accessible; I can get away with keeping my make-up in my top drawer, but if I can’t actually see my jewelry, I won’t remember to wear certain pieces. Since my space is limited, I also have no where to put my picture frames, other than my dresser.

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The butterfly jewelry organizer from five below has got to be one of the best investments I made for my college dorm. For the last two years I used it as kind of a messenger board, with pictures tucked into the grooves. This year I decided to see how it worked as a jewelry organizer, and it’s perfect. It’s also pinned to the wall so it saves the limited counter space I have. Unfortunately I can’t find the exact one, but here‘s a similar one!

The two green jewelry boxes were gifts from a friend. They’re really pretty, but I could never figure out what to put in them. I decided to use the smaller one to hold my studs, and the larger one for rings (remember the ring obsession?). This way I have all my studs in one tiny little place so I can grab them before I run to class. I’m looking for the right ring holder, but for now the green box works really well.

The purple lotus bowl is supposed to be a tea light holder, but in my opinion it’s also great at holding my bobby pins. It keeps them accessible and adds color to my dresser. Using decorative bowls to hold your jewelry is a great way to add texture to a surface, and to utilize something you probably already have lying around.

That Kiehl’s Hand Salve deserves a blog post of its own. It’s seriously the most moisturizing hand cream I have ever used, and it smells really good. I keep it at the top of my dresser so I can use some right before I head out the door!

How do you organize the top of your dresser?

xO K

Organizing Your Dorm- Dresser

Yes Mom you read that right, I’m writing a post about organization…I’m shocked too! It took three years and three different sized rooms to finally bring this down to a science, but I’m happy to share what I’ve learned. If you live in a college dorm room, or a tiny apartment, you can empathize with my lack of space and resources to work with. Many residence halls do not allow you to bring extra furniture, and with limited space it’s hard to decide what stays, what goes, and where everything should fit nicely. I used to have to keep all of my make-up in a cosmetic bag, my jewelery in single compartment box, and my perfume, lotion, hair supplies, and various other who-sits in the top drawer of my dresser. Needless to say that is no way for a girl to live! This year I got lucky with an amazing room so I had the ability to really space out my stuff and organize it in a way that makes me feel more at home.

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I decided that all of my small bottles that can actually stand up (powder, perfume, lotion, make-up remover, dry shampoo, leave-in conditioner) can all fit into one basket. There’s really no need to separate those things, and they somehow fit perfectly in my case (which usually never happens)! At home, I’d separate my make-up by type (eyes, lips, face) but since I have limited space, I put everything together. By leaving the top of my dresser mostly bare, I can pull out the entire make-up basket and spread it out when I’m getting ready. Since I have that space to work with, there’s no need to separate everything just for storage. I used another basket for all of my nail polish and remover. Cotton balls were put from the packaging into a glass jar to save space.

This is the basket for the small bottles. It comes in a set of 7, and they’re the perfect height for dorm dressers. I also love the pattern!

The baskets for nail polish and make-up are basic plastic baskets, but you can be creative with them…I used a smaller size but you can really use anything that fits!

I know those of you who live on campus or in a small apartment probably want to pull your hair out because of your lack of space but don’t!! It’s actually more fun to figure out how to utilize your space and make it yours! Be creative, and don’t worry if you’re living out of boxes and you have things stacked under your bed that you’d never stack…that’s the beauty of the experience!

xO K