Thursday, January 8, 2015

DIY | Felt Envelope Laptop Sleeve

I was gifted a lovely laptop last September when I started graduate school but clumsy me has been bumping it against walls and such because I tend to carry it by hand. I've been meaning to make a sleeve for it since forever to prevent scratches but haven't had the chance until this past Christmas break. I decided to bust out my cheap $20 sewing machine and was pleasantly surprised that it was so easy to use (the thought of threading the thing kept me away from it for so long lol)! Looking forward to trying out more sewing projects! :)


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

RECIPE | White Chocolate Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

T'was the week of finals and with a gift exchange the next day, I wanted to make something from scratch but I was short on time so I busted out the cake/cookie mix. If you're looking to whip up some quick yet amazing cookies , read on!



Friday, December 26, 2014

REVIEW | Target Beauty Box - For Her

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Target. I paid for this product out of my own pocket and this is an honest review. All opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by their company.

I've been really into subscription boxes lately but don't actually subscribe to any right now because a lot of them are a "mystery", meaning that I'd be paying money and I don't know if I'd even use anything in the box. While it's not a subscription service per se, I was quite surprised to see Target have their own beauty boxes so I thought I'd give it a shot since they show you exactly what you're gonna get inside the box. Read on to see what I thought of the box!
(Image credited to Target.com)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DIY | Geometric Pyramid Ornament

We haven't put up a Christmas tree in a while but it's still fun to make ornaments! These color-blocked ornaments don't require any special materials and can be whipped up in about 5 minutes. I actually learned how to make these in mini form out of the very same paper strips used to fold mini stars, but now they've been supersized!



Thursday, December 4, 2014

REVIEW | Skoshbox! (Japanese Snacks Subscription Box) + GIVEAWAY!

*Disclaimer: This post is brought to you courtesy of Skoshbox.com. I received samples of their products in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by their company.

I'm super excited to announce a collaboration with Skoshbox + my first giveaway! Skoshbox is a pretty unique subscription box service that delivers legit samples of Japanese snacks to your door! I'm a huge fan of Japanese snacks so I definitely wanted to give this a try. Skoshbox has kindly sent me a sample of December's subscription box to try! Read on to see what goodies were in the box + Skoshbox has generously decided to giveaway this Skoshbox to three of my lucky readers so stay tuned to the end of the post!


Monday, November 24, 2014

DIY | Kate Spade Inspired Leather Bow Belt

*Disclaimer: This post is brought to you courtesy of Endlessleather.com. I received samples of their products in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by their company.

Here's the fifth and final tutorial for Endlessleather.com! Another Kate Spade inspired project...I do hope you guys aren't getting too tired of these! If you'd like to see what other projects I did for Endlessleather click here, and click here for more Kate Spade inspired DIYs!

Kate Spade's really big on bows so I was inspired to make a skinny belt version of this leather cuff!

Kate Spade Locked In Leather Bow Bracelet | My skinny belt version!

Friday, November 21, 2014

WhimseyBox Review | Disappointment and Apologies

I'm a firm believer in honesty and transparency on my blog so I'd like to give y'all an update about my affiliation with Whimseybox.

A couple months ago I was asked to become a part of the Whimseybox Influencer Network where bloggers would place a widget on their blog posts linking to the Whimseybox website to purchase the supplies for the project, in exchange for a small commission. While it was all fine and dandy the first few months, the creators' interactions and communication with us bloggers (and customers too, it seems!) pretty much dropped off the face of the earth.

Looking at the lack of updates to their Facebook, Instagram, and website, it appears that they have shut down for business without any prior notification to their bloggers and customers. However, their website is still up and running and unfortunately, people are still attempting to order from them and fact that their website is still up and running makes it a scam. The number of complaints from people not receiving their orders for months (after having paid in advance for subscription boxes!) made the dishonesty of their business practices apparent.

Although I myself was not a subscriber to their boxes, I am saddened and disappointed in their lack of communication with their users and customers. I feel this is a terrible reflection of their business practice and I will no longer be endorsing Whimseybox. I apologize if any of you were victims of this scam and will be working to remove all the Whimseybox widgets from my blog posts in the coming weeks.

Please feel free to leave any comments regarding your experiences with Whimseybox so that we can spread the word about getting hopefully getting this website shut down and prevent more victims of this scam.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

DIY | Stenciled Logo Parody Tee

*Disclaimer: This post is brought to you courtesy of Forest and Lakes. I received samples of their products in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by their company. 

The lovely Nina at Forest and Lakes sent over some plain white tees for me to play around with in return for a blog feature. Since Forest and Lakes is a wholesale apparel company based in China, I was initially skeptical about their website and products as a whole. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the shirts they sent me were of excellent quality. I got two white tees in adult size small and fairly well-made, seeing as they're not super thin and see-through like many others these days! While an adult small is still a bit large for my small frame, I found that the tees do shrink slightly after washing (which is actually perfect for me). I have no complaints about the products so far and I'm very pleased with Forest and Lakes.

I love how versatile white tees are because they go with just about everything and are the perfect canvas for DIYing! I did have a hard time thinking about what I wanted to do though and stumbled upon some of Brian Lichtenberg's Celine/Feline and Hermes/Homies parody tees. I love parodies but the Feline one didn't particularly speak to me since I'm neither much of a cat person nor affluent enough to justify a $50+ tee, so I opted to feature Celine Dion instead (~fangirling~).


Monday, October 6, 2014

Man Crates | Man Cave Makeover

*Disclaimer: This post was inspired by Man Crates and I am receiving no compensation for this article. 

I was approached by Man Crates asking me to curate some items that would make great gifts for decorating a man cave! To be honest, I don't know much about man caves...it probably has something along the lines of permanently merging with the couch and having the remote + snack shrine within arm's reach...

Anywhos, I visited Man Crates and found it pretty rad! They have these themed crates (for the gamer, meat or sports lover) that you open via crowbar with lots of cool little knick knacks inside. It's sort of like one of those subscription makeup/jewelry kits for women; it's really refreshing to see one geared towards men. I particularly love the zombie survival one!


Here's a couple items that I personally liked from Etsy (support your local makers!) that I think would make a man cave look more sophisticated!

1. Interesting wall art/prints: show your love for sports, games, etc!

Football Patent Wall Art Poster
2. Bookends: steer away from the typical TV-centered man cave with this lovely set of bookends!

Modern Walnut Bookends with Edison Bulb Lamp
3. Light fixture: just because it's a man cave doesn't mean it has to be as dark as one!

Himmeli Light Diamond Edison Style Cage Lamp
4. Throw blanket: great for the more chilly days!

Vintage Wool Plaid Blanket
5. Sofa tray table: totally genius idea; great for holding onto the remote, drinks, and snacks!

Couchmaid Classic Original Multipurpose Sofa Tray


I wouldn't mind having a room like this for myself! What would your ideal man cave look like?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

DIY | Leather Cord Organizer

I'm lucky to be close enough to home to commute back on weekends for a good meal, laundry, and the creature comforts of being home. (#firstworld) Problem is, I gotta lug all my phone, tablet, laptop chargers...in addition to my earphones, external hard drive, portable battery pack, flash drives, etc. Something's bound to be forgotten so I desperately needed something to keep them all together...rather then throwing everything in my bag and spending hours detangling them all later.


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