Monday, July 20, 2015

DIY Dorm Decor

Decorating a college dorm can be a lot of fun. You get to style it the way you want and put your individuality into it. While it is an exciting task, it can also be a very expensive one. Especially when you're still in the planning stages and are overwhelmed with themes, designs and what you think will look good. Being the girly-girl that I am, I've been on the hunt for the perfect designs since day 1. Different artwork and pictures can be sort of pricey, especially if you're paying for things yourself. An alternative to this is a D-I-Y project. This is a lot cheaper, and it's more personal. Once you spend your own time making something you're going to decorate and look at everyday, you're bound to appreciate it more and do a much better job on it. This project took me about and hour and a half to make. I got the idea from Pinterest. I looked up pretty dorm decor for girls. I was able to find an idea I absolutely LOVED. My roommate and I both really enjoy the color pink. I also wanted to make a project that would make our dorm our own. Thus, I went to Michael's and our monogram canvas was born.
I started out with 4 blank canvases, 2 letters (our initials), rhinestones and paint. I began by painting all 4 of the canvases. Two with designs and two that were plain with color. I decided to make one of ours the chevron design as it is one we both enjoyed. I designed our letters with paint and added a little sparkle to make it our own. The four canvases can be separated so that there is mine and hers, or we can leave it together as a wall design.

This project is going to be hanging in our dorm and is a great project because it is personal to us and it really ties the room together being what we enjoy. It expresses who we are and helps to decorate the room as it is a direct attention grabber for anyone who decides to stop by.

xo, Dee

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

College Shopping Lists

Slowly, but surely it is becoming back to school season! For younger kids, this means new backpacks, crayons and pencil boxes. For incoming college freshman, this is one of the most stressful times of our life. Moving out and becoming more of an "adult", it's pretty scary. It is definitely not what we're used to. 

When beginning to shop and prep for the upcoming school year, a list is a must. Searching online, there are a million lists to chose from. Some of them are very helpful. On the other hand, there are some you'd do better without. I had to find what would help me the most. I decided to compile a list of things I felt was necessary and add once I compared it to a list I found on Pinterest. I also had to realize that everything on those lists, I wasn't going to need. So I was able to edit and create a list of the necessary for myself.

I based my list off the first list pictured below and was able to use it as a platform. I also decided to save the list in my phone. This way, whenever I went to ANY store (and I do mean ANY) and found something on my list, I could cross it off immediately. As time goes on, I also edit my list. Adding and removing things if I no longer need it or if I find something else.

 


The second is my personal list. It was the list I used to shop with. It was very helpful as it is only July and I'm more than 50% done with my college shopping. Next step, PACKING! 

Xo, Dee ❤️


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Holiday Styles

Happy Fourth of July! In the spirit of Independence Day; red, white & blue has been everywhere. From flags and fireworks to store displays and fully patriotic outfits. Being the person that I am, I aimed to stay away from the typical flag themed outfits. I wanted to switch things up and try something new. This made me choose a completely theme thus changing what I typically do. 

For the fourth, I decided I needed to put some print in my life. Solids bore me sometimes and they can get very routine very fast. With this, I was able to put together a pretty nice outfit.




Details: 

Shoes: Nike KD 'Rugrat' sneaker with black "no-show" Nike socks.

Shorts: Black Floral Shorts (multicolored flowers).

Shirt: Lime green basic tee

I decided to keep jewelry simple and pair the look with a simple silver initial "D" lettered necklace.

To me, this was the perfect outfit. The weather was beautiful and it was so bright! Since it's not such a holiday-specific look, it works for other occasions as well. Whether it's a party, a day out, or a trip to Target. You'll feel comfortable, different (in a good way) and look amazingly stylish.

Hoping you all had a great holiday!!

- xo, Dee❤️

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

College Discounts!

College is a place that reaches into your pocket when there is nothing in it. As a college student, money is tight. Unexpected costs come from everywhere due to books, food, etc. Sometimes, your money is counted for before you even have any!

What a lot of students don't know is that there are are a hosts of different stores and restaurants that offer discounts specifically for college students. Majority of schools give students their student identification cards (ID's) a while before classes actually begin. Once you receive that card, you're able to immediately begin reaping the benefits. All you have to do is have that card on you to receive discounts. You'd be surprised at how many places are willing to offer discounts. Another point to remember is that these aren't one time deals. As long as you have the ID, you can get those discounts as many times as you need. 

Listed are businesses that offer discounts for college students:

Food

- Subway: 10% off your order.
- Buffalo Wild Wings: 10% off your order.
- Chipotle: Free Drink with your purchase.
- Burger King: 10% off your order.
- Sam's Club: $40 yearly for a membership + $15 Sam's Club/Walmart gift card.

Electronics 

- Apple: $200 off a new MAC.
- AT&T: 10% off your monthly bill.
- Sprint: 10% off your monthly bill.
- T-mobile: 8%-15% off your monthly bill.
- Verizon: 18% off your monthly bill.

Clothing

- Charlotte Russe: 10% off your purchase.
- Sephora: 10% off your purchase.
- Juicy Couture: 15% off your purchase.
- Steve Madden: 10% off your purchase.
- Levi's: 15% off your online purchase.
- Tom's: Free Shipping.

Miscellaneous

- Target: 10% off online orders.
- Amazon: Free 'Amazon Prime' trial for 6 months, unlimited 2-day shipping.
- Amtrak: 15% off tickets.
- FedEx: 30% off documents, 20% off shipping services.


This is a list of just a few places that offer discounts to college students. Many other places offer discounts as well, but simply don't advertise them as much. Any business that you patronize and are interested in receiving discounts from, ASK. Asking is the key. The worse they can do is say "no". Yet on the other had, you would be surprised as to how many businesses will say, "yes.." Save as much as you can, because any little bit helps. 

xo, Dee ❤️