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#Eureka - Vanity Area on a budget

My routine of getting ready in the morning has always consisted of me sitting on the floor with makeup and hair products spread everywhere. It is always a mess, I always stain the carpet, and I can never find anything. So I decided to set up a little vanity area in the guest bedroom. I looked into buying a makeup vanity and they were all out of my price range so I got a little creative and made my own version for around $125. Here is how it turned out - I love it and feel so organized! 

I bought a parson's desk off of Amazon to hold everything for $72. It worked out perfect and even has a little drawer for me to keep some items. Here are some of the items that I used for the area: 

  • Red folding chair from Target - I liked the cutout design in it. 
  • I repurposed an office supply desk organizer I had to hold makeup. I used my trusty label maker to help organize each drawer. 
  • I moved my "Be Brave" print which was a birthday gift from one of my Soul Sisters, to the vanity. It is a great daily reminder to have posted. Beside that is a makeup brush holder I made out of a  used candle I had.  I put the candle (Aloha Orchid by Capri Blue from Anthrologie - my favorite) in the freezer to freeze the remainder pieces of the candle. Then I used a knife to cut out the candle pieces and it became the perfect makeup holder. 
  • I got the "Early Mornings Mess Hair Black Coffee" print from Society6 which is one of my favorite websites. (I also got the compass pillow pictured below from there) . 
  • The bedroom has terrible lighting so I added an industrial hanging light I found at a thrift store for $9. 
  • My beautiful vintage perfume tray is now housed on desk. 
  • I found a black storage bin on sale at Target to house my hair products for $11.  

A few months ago I also spruced up the guest bedroom with a new quilt and some accessories. I had my eye on this quilt for a long time because I was so drawn to the color palette. I was going back and forth and then I saw it in person in a friend's guest bedroom -  I decided I had to get it. Now when we stay in each other's guest bedrooms we will feel even more at home!

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That's My Jam - Perfume Tray

I have always wanted a little vintage tray to display my perfumes on. I feel like people who have these trays have their shit together.  So I decided to get one.

Many times I will see something that I want and get envious that I don't have said coffee bar/pair of boots/wallpaper etc. Lately, I have realized that I am an adult and if I really want something I can get it, create it, or get something similar. This also happens when I admire something in another person. I get jealous and think that is so cool that he or she does yoga every day/plays ukulele/eats kale/is traveling the world/just started a business, I wish I did that.  I now have realized that I can do that.  A little vintage perfume tray is one example of this empowering feeling.

Over break I got some nice perfumes as gifts so I decided I needed a tray. My mom and I went out to a few antique shops  and happened to find two of exactly what I was looking for that were different sizes. I used the small one to display perfumes in the bathroom. I am going to use the larger one (pictured below) to put some of my favorite jewelry on. Just a little something that makes me happy.  

A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future
— Coco Chanel
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That's my Jam -Self-Inking Return Address Stamps!

 I love a good self-inking return address stamp. In fact, one of the first things I did when we moved was march down to Staples and get one made with our new address and of course the title "Dr." for Bennett. It is about $25.00 and they make it right in front of you in about five minutes. You can also order the stamps online from Staples. Right after I got my stamp, which I thought was such an amazing product with its plain Arial, centered font, I came across a cool design on Etsy for the same price. What?! I instantly had stamp envy. I did not even think to look for a fun design on Etsy before I went to Staples! Below I have curated a list of my favorite Etsy stamps so I have options ready to go when I earn my Dr. title and we need a new stamp that reads "Drs."