August 31, 2014

A Tour of My Room

I finally moved off-campus and into an apartment! By finally, I mean like, two or three weeks ago, but still, with this being my final year at school, I am glad to have escaped the three years I spent in on-campus dorms. I love being on campus geographically, but quite frankly, being forced to have a rip-off meal plan and having to share a kitchen with 40 strangers gets old.

I have worked really hard to get my apartment looking cute. I feel happier in pretty spaces, and given how I have had issues with depression and anxiety-- especially outside of New York-- I felt it extremely important to put some time into making my space somewhere I could be happy in. I marathoned the entirety of Queer Eye this summer, so I felt adequately prepared to embark upon this design adventure.

I'm glad I got to have my own room, first of all-- it's so nice to just not have to worry about being in another person's space all the time. Granted, having my own room is kind of a luxury-- I live with two other people and we actually live in a two-bedroom apartment with a smaller study that we've made into a third bedroom. I'm probably not going to have my own room again for a very long time considering how high rent is in New York-- but nonetheless I'm appreciating the space! Anyway, without further ado, here's my room!

This is sort of how it looks when you first step into my room. The door is actually just across from that wall on the left with the photo frame on it. (I feel kind of narcissistic because those are the only photos I have in my room, and they're of myself-- but they were a gift from a friend, which is much better than if I'd just gotten a bunch of glamour shots of myself framed or something. Ha!) You can kind of get a general feel for my room from this photo, spatially.

Lighting is really important to me. It adds warmth and ambience to a space. I got these string lights at Target and hung them with Command cable-securing hooks-- they're made just for things like this.

I wanted my bed to be a strong focal point in the room because it's very prominent, directly within the immediate eye-line from the door, and it's also where people can sit and chat with me. I really like having a daybed because it's almost like a giant, more comfy bench when people visit me. Once I had completed the string light operation, I needed to fill that blank space in with something visually appealing. I got these gorgeous wall decals from Target-- and individually laid the 40+ hexagons by hand at 3am. They're gold, black, black outline, gold outline, and black-and-gold striped. It was kind of a pain, but I love hexagons so it was totally worth it.

Also: Yes, that is a Doctor Who lunchbox on my bookshelf, and yes, I am watching Criminal Minds.

This is my workspace/desk area. It's bookended by these cute little navy blue end tables I got from one of my father's coworkers-- she also gave me some shelving that I love. There is a lot of stuff on my desk which feels kind of cluttered, but at this point, I might just have to deal with it-- I'm not about to spend a ton of money on additional shelving or anything.

Still, I think my workspace is pretty and functional, albeit cluttered. I like having a window by it (even if it only looks out directly into some trees) and I try to always have fresh flowers. My failure dream is to be a florist (and beekeeper, but that's a little more complicated).

Next to my desk I have a nice little wall full of stuff that makes me happy like cute outfits and Rosie the Riveter and a diagram of the Skeletal System. I'll probably cycle things in and out of here. It's next to my desk but it's also in the direct line of sight from my bed. Every night I go to sleep with Rosie saying "We can do it!" and the skeletal system diagramming the protective, structure-giving organ system like a map of human fortitude.

Anyway, let's move on to the other side of my room. Left to right you can see the door to my bathroom (yup-- I've got the Master Suite!) the aforementioned photo frame across from the hallway door, and my dressing area. I have a closet opposite the clothing rack wall (next to the poster/clipping wall) but it's pretty boring so I decided not to show it.

This is my clothing rack. Originally all the clothes in here went in my closet and my plan was to buy a proper dresser for my t-shirts and jeans and such, which I stuffed into one of those 3-drawer storage bins for offices and garages. I quickly realized, however, that I didn't really care to pay a minimum of $60 for a heavy piece of furniture I'd likely leave in Williamsburg after I graduated. I decided I'd much rather invest in a $25 clothing rack-- which disassembles and packs easily-- and move the kind-of-unsightly drawers into my closet, so that's what I did.

This is my dressing area. It's got my mirror, right by my clothing rack, surrounded by my many, many necklaces on various Command hooks. For a while it didn't have the lights around it either but my mirror area was so poorly lit that I was having trouble dressing myself at night-- which is pretty much the opposite of the point. So I slapped on some more Command hooks and went to town.

I also used some glitter foam letter stickers to spice up my mirror with some inspiration-- reminding me that I'm a magical girl! In a perfect world, it would also read "spooky bitch" "head bitch in charge" and "adorkable" depending on my mood. I'm not about to hand replace all the letters every time though, so this is how it will stay for the foreseeable future.

I hope you enjoyed this tour of my new room! I'd love to see your rooms/dorm rooms if you've blogged about them before-- leave links below. 

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August 29, 2014

Weekend Links 08.29.2014

This week I came back from New York and started school again. It's been pretty tumultuous, so I've had a hard time updating you all, but hopefully these lovely links will help you get through the weekend.

33 Ways to Stay Creative. 

An infographic on how to be dapper.

Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" video is making waves, but maybe not the right kind. Nicki has always been a feminist who owns her sexuality and refuses to make it about the male gaze or her submission.

There is a mash-up of "Under the Sea" from the Little Mermaid and "Miss New Booty" and it's amazing and hilarious.

Calculate the number of likely alien civilizations in the universe with this cool data visualizer.

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August 21, 2014

Weekend Links 08.22.2014

In which destructive, misogynistic norms set by the porn industry are interrogated by a Harry Potter fan. Bad-ass.

A white mother of three blonde little boys explains why Ferguson matters.

Racial bias in the media paints white suspects as more sympathetic than black victims of violence.

Orlando Jones creates a video, "The Bullet Bucket Challenge"

Pumpkin Spice is coming and I know I'm not the only one who is not excited.

Emma Approved, a modern adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma, has finished and I loved every minute of it. If you did not watch it, check it out here.

"At its core, to fetishize something—or someone—is to objectify it to the point that it becomes divorced from the person herself." Breaking down the fetishization of Asian women.

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August 20, 2014

Saving Money with Swagbucks

Here and there, I like to be able to save money where I can. I try to learn the sale seasons, find coupon codes, and just basically save money on the stuff I already buy anyway. That's why I love using Swagbucks, a website that gives you points (swagbucks) for things you might ordinarily do anyway, like shopping online, searching the web, playing games, taking surveys, and more.

Each swagbuck is the equivalent of about a penny, and you can use your swagbucks to buy gift cards for, Gamestop, AMC Theaters, Paypal, Target, iTunes, Sephora, and even charities like the ALS Association, UNICEF, and Charity:Water. You can even use them to travel with gift cards for things like Hyatt hotels, Orbitz, and Royal Caribbean Cruises. My friend Chloe at Wanderlust in the Midwest uses Swagbucks to help her travel cheaply, too. I've been using it to get money through Paypal and make purchases through Amazon.

Personally, I've really enjoyed using Swagbucks. I get great offers all the time-- some of which I've put to great use, like getting extremely cheap, year-long subscriptions to NYLON, Fast Company, Real Simple, and Essence Magazines-- which I LOVE. I've also gotten great deals on things like flowers I send for gifts. I'd order them online anyway, but by doing so through swagbucks, I can get a discounted rate, plus earn swagbucks. By using Swagbucks, I'm essentially getting cash back on my purchases at at least a 1% rate, because Swagbucks turns every dollar you spend at a participating retailer into a swagbuck. Combine that with special offers they have with certain retailers to get 3 or even 5 swagbucks per dollar and that's an awesome cash back rate!

If you start using Swagbucks today, I'll actually give you 70 swagbucks thanks to a deal I've worked out with Swagbucks. You'll also get 30 swagbucks for filling out your profile-- that's 100 swagbucks right from the get-go!

All you have to do is use the referral code HONEYSWAG when you sign up through Friday, August 29 and click the "I have a sign up code" link.

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