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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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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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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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 Amazon.com, 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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My New Planner from Paper Source

It likely comes as no surprise that as a stationery and office supply hoarder, I had an intense love affair with the many prime paperies in New York this summer. One such stationery store, Paper Source, is where I got my amazing new planner from.

I bought this Paper Source planner during my last two weeks in the city, looking ahead to the new school year-- and my need for a large planner that could hold up to my bubbling brain and my post-grad aspirations. I had been using Greenroom planners from Target because of their smaller size, month-and-week organization, and the ridiculously awesome price ($10!) but I needed more space to stay organized in, and I wanted something that looked more polished that I could continue with those 7 months remaining in 2015 after I graduate. This is a really gorgeous planner and I'm happy with my decision. My roommate whom I bought this with bought one for herself, too, abandoning her ties with Lilly Pulitzer's planners. (Although Paper Source sells those too-- they have a pretty impressive selection including Kate Spade and... Downton Abbey?)

The effect is a little lost in these photos, but the cover is a matte black and the printing on it is in shiny gold foil. It's a really lovely effect and gives it a sophisticated, premium feel. I like that the fonts are classic enough to give a sense of maturity and professionalism but the confetti pattern is really fun and joyous. It mirrors the kind of balance I'm trying to hit. It's

Theres a personal info page in front which is nice if you accidentally leave it somewhere. Following that there's a quick yearly view. This includes 2014, 2015, and 2016. There's also a quick holidays-in-2015 guide for the common western holidays.

The next section is the monthly view. This planner groups all monthly views together, rather than having them between months-- I kind of like this better since it always throws me off when a two months are shown in the same week. It also makes it a lot easier to flip to the coming month.

I love the week view too. Plenty of space-- and equal space for weekend days! For some reason the planners that I've bought almost always give weekends half the space. It's got 8 sections across the two pages, with the first section being notes for the week. I'm probably going to put in those weird "general to-dos" that need to get done, but don't have a real due date attached. I am probably not the only who sometimes pushes those things off too much because I just leave them to decay in the back of my mind.

I also like how each day has four sections. You can use these little grids to separate out sections. Right now I'm thinking all day (ex. birthdays), morning, afternoon, and evening. But it may change to all day, school assignments, deadlines, and social plans. I'm not sure. I like that they're unlabeled sections so I can decide, and the the border between them isn't obnoxiously bold.

Basically, I'm totally in love with this planner. It's $30, but I definitely feel like it's a fair price given how nice it is from the design to the quality of paper and size. You can buy it for yourself here!

I know a lot of people have a favorite planner. What's yours? Why do you love it?

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August To-Dos!

Sorry for the delay-- the month is half done but there's still time to do your monthly to-dos!

Make your living space a happy one. I've been busying myself like a bee making my apartment down in Williamsburg, Virginia look super cute. Tidy up, make some organizational systems, and do something to make your space pretty. Happy spaces contribute to happy people.

Get ready for school. Purchase a planner if you haven't already and be sure to write in all the major school events to look out for. Mine's got all my school breaks in it, and will be updated to reflect my syllabi when they come out. I'm also purchasing my textbooks soon.

Ask a friend for some music recommendations. It's good to mix it up every once in a while. I have really weird taste in music and sometimes I put myself in a weird little bubble of only listening to the stuff I expose myself to. Ask a friend so send you some links to what they've been listening to lately, and you might find you really enjoy it.

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My hand slipped and I redesigned my blog.

I mean, whoops.

Sorry guys, this is like the fourth redesign I've done this year, and I know it's kind of annoying for me to keep flip-flopping around and messing with your visual concept of harperhoney, but I really like this one.

The three-column design of the last iteration was really grating on my nerves. I have an ad deal that makes it so I can't widen my blog, and trying to squish three columns of content into my limited space was not as good an idea as I wanted it to be. Plus, I've been in a super design-y mood since I moved out of New York and into my new apartment in Williamsburg (Virginia). If you've been following me on instagram, you've seen how fervently I've been working to make my room a nice place to work/sleep/read/play in.

Here's a little peek:

I'll do some more posts on everything once it's all done. Til then, follow me on instagram!

And let me know what you think of the new look :)

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Some photos from New York

Friday, I moved out of my dorm in New York. Today, I move into my apartment in Williamsburg, Virginia. I have one academic year left before I return to New York to begin "real life."

I thought I'd share with you all some photos of my life in New York-- especially since I had a hard time updating my blog while I was running around the city. I made a lot of great friends and it was probably my favorite summer of my life.

This is a selfie from the day I won the Kinky Boots lottery. My roommate Kristin and I had a lot of fun seeing that show. My fashion goals pretty much fall into 4 categories: stylish business person, adorkable girl in cute dresses and skirts, magical girl, and super villain. This was one of my more super-villainous outfits.

This is a shot of the restaurant Kristin, Danny, Oscar, and I went to after seeing the Game Play Festival's preview. 

The Jalopy Tavern in Red Hook, where Kristin, Julia, and I went to a concert/music video shoot. 

The bar at the Jalopy had a bad-ass menu.

Reading for work in Prospect Park.

Mailbox that Sarah and I came upon in Soho. I like this for a lot of reasons. I imagine Keith to be a genuine and hopeless romantic who thought to himself, "You know what's a great way to meet people? MAILBOXES!"

Washington Square Park.

Graffiti near West 4th St

Ootoya, an amazing Japanese gastropub

 I spent a wonderful day in Prospect Park by myself.

I laid around in the sun, drew, listened to music, and ate cotton candy.

It was absolutely lovely.

Soup dumplings from Joe's Shanghai

Delicious hot dog I got in a cool speakeasy that my boss took us all to. A hot dog, wrapped in bacon, deep-fried, and topped in momofuku kimchi!

Annie came from Chicago to figure out her housing for September and I was excited to see her!

We ate at my favorite restaurant in the city. (Whoops I ate here so many times!)

I love living in New York and I can't wait to go back. But now I'm focusing on getting through school and getting a job! I hope you enjoyed this little photo-dump. How did you spend your summer?

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Weekend Links 08.07.2014

I'm leaving New York today. I have had such a wonderful and amazing summer. I saw a lot of shows and made some great friends and ate a lot of food. I literally cannot wait to graduate and begin my life there! Here are some links to get you through the weekend.

8 networking tips for introverts -- because not everyone is as brazen as I am. 

If you ever want terrible writing advice for your next project, check out @WorstMuse.

LISA FRANK IS A REAL PERSON. Cue rainbow everything.

Fashion for non-gender-conforming people is becoming more mainstream, which means options for those with more nuanced gender identities!

What it's like to be in love with depression.

A song for the weekend.

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Another Haul - Shoes and Stationery

I needed to buy shoes really badly. I literally tore through 4 pairs of shoes this summer. The walking in New York is pretty rough to begin with, but since I have an odd gait, my shoes wear even faster. As a result I headed to the TJ Maxx / Marshalls, and the Payless Shoes and grabbed these.

Brown lace-ups. $20 at Payless. Thin, but really flexible and cute.

Black fabric flats. These are a little more durable for everyday walking. Not terribly formal, but sturdy. $20 at Marshalls.

Brown leather flats. $20 at Payless.

New Kate Spade earbuds. $25 at TJ Maxx.

A bunch of cute cards and precision pens. It was about $22 altogether. TJ Maxx.
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