DIY Home State Wall Art

Hey, everyone! Summertime means crafting time! I’m here today with a super cute and easy DIY. I know many of you have just graduated or are moving out of the dorms; either way, you guys are MOVING all over the place! What better to decorate your new space with than a cute homage to your roots?!

This wooden New York is actually a cutting board that I purchased off of Amazon (I know, right??). I originally got the idea for this DIY from this pin on Pinterest, but I bought my home state instead of a pineapple because that resonates more with me.

And yes, I know Long Island is completely missing from this board, but Long Islanders, don’t fret! Long Island is sold entirely separately, so you guys get your own board, pretty cool actually.

For this DIY, you’ll need:

-Cutting board of your state of choice

-Acrylic paints in the color(s) of your choice

-Painter’s tape

-A ruler

-A pencil

-Paintbrushes

-Something to hang your state on (a hook, a nail, etc)

STEP 1: Figure out your pattern

For this DIY, I decided I wanted to paint my New York patchwork quilt style. In pencil, I drew small squares across the entirety of the board.

STEP 2: Paint your pattern.

Once I finished penciling all the squares, I filled them in with paint! I used painter’s tape to make it easier to stay within the lines of each square. Be sure to let the paint dry in each section before peeling off the tape.

STEP 3: Display.

Once the paint is dry, you’re ready to display your new piece! Hang it wherever you like and it’s sure to strike up a conversation! The board has a hole already drilled into it for your hanging convenience.

This DIY was super fun and simple! It turned out so cute. This is also a great gift idea- especially for those hard-to-shop-for folks! I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post, and if you decide to make one, I’d love to hear about it below in the comments!

My Updated Skincare Routine

Hey, everyone! Now that I’m back in NY, my skin has calmed down so much. Something about the Chicago air just didn’t do it for my skin, I guess. Nevertheless, I’ve recently revamped my entire skincare routine with different products. I’m totally hooked on all of these products so I decided to share my routine with you all! Skincare is super important to me and these products are on the pricier side but my skin is the clearest and brightest it’s been in a while. These products are good for all skin types!

1. Moisturizer: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizing Gel

My most devoted readers probably know that I had a thing for the Clinique Moisture Surge moisturizer, but honestly this one from Neutrogena does the same thing and it’s only half the price. Consider me converted.

2. Cleanser: Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser

This was an impulse purchase while waiting in line at Sephora but WOW does it work! This cleanser comes out of the pump at a warm temperature and works so much better than the Boscia Cleansing Stick. I have to go back and buy a bigger size; I’m a huge fan of this cleanser.

3. Serum: Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

This serum is for brightening your skin- the vitamin C works to make your skin radiant and glowing. I don’t eat a lot of vitamin C (not really a fruit person) so I bought this serum to pick up the slack!

4. Toner: Milk Makeup Matcha Toner

I’m obsessed with stick products- so the packaging of this toner really stood out to me. Matcha green tea is really soothing for the skin (I’ve used the St. Ives Green Tea scrub in the past) so I love finishing off my routine with this toner stick! Glides on so smooth- no need for fingers!

5.Spot treatment: Oxy On-the-Go Acne Stick

Ok, y’all, this spot treatment from Oxy has been described as the Tide to Go Pen of skincare. It’s AMAZING. I love it so much and it totally works to clear and heal breakouts. I put this on twice a day and when I feel a pimple coming on I rub this on like crazy to stop it from getting any worse. This is totally portable and essential I cannot recommend it enough. I bought mine at Target so check the skincare aisle there!

Final thoughts:

I never struggled with acne until I moved to Chicago for college. It takes so long to figure out what works and what doesn’t, but the Boscia cleanser and Oxy spot treatment have done wonders for clearing my breakouts. Moisturizer is also essential for dry/combo skin. The serum and toner are kind of extra, but infusing your skin with vitamins and essential oils is not only important for preventing breakouts but for anti-aging as well. It’s so crucial to establish healthy skin habits and to adapt your habits as your skin changes. I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post and if you know of any miracle skin products, feel free to share in the comments! Take care xo

Moving Out Tips

Hey, everyone! With graduation comes moving out- so I’m here today to provide some super clutch tips to make your move faster, easier, and less expensive. I’m gearing up to move back to NYC to start a new job and here are my tips for packing and for downsizing (note: I’m moving 800 miles by flying rather than driving, but some of these tips are applicable to any type of move!). Not moving right now? Pin this to Pinterest to save these tips for later!:

  1. START EARLY!

This is easier said than done, but just packing/cleaning small sections for a little bit of time each day will make a huge difference when move-out day actually comes. Don’t make yourself stressed by leaving all the packing till the last minute!

2. Getting rid of books?

I have a ton of old coursebooks that I’ll probably never use again. Instead of throwing them out, I’m donating some of them and selling the rest using Book Scouter. I’ve made about $35 selling my old books so far, which is far more than I would have made if I had just thrown them away.

3. Getting rid of clothes?

Host a clothing swap or a tag sale! My roommate and I invited a bunch of friends over to swap clothes. Other people I know have hosted tag sales and sold tons of their stuff that way. The rest of my clothes I’ve either donated or sold on sites like Poshmark and Vinted.

4. Not sure how much stuff you actually have?

Invest in a luggage scale! By weighing it, you’ll be able to properly assess your shipping and luggage costs so there won’t be any surprises at the airport or at your local UPS ship station!

5. Have family/friends bring empty luggage.

If you have friends or family flying into town to help you move, tell them to bring empty luggage so you can fill it!

6. More ways to save money on packing/luggage:

-Put all your heavier items in your carry on luggage. This way, you can put more stuff in checked bags and lighter stuff in shipped boxes.

-Before you buy boxes, try scouting your local recycling bins for perfectly usable ones that have been tossed. Supermarkets/any store that gets frequent shipments would be a good bet!

Got any other great moving/packing tips! Feel free to share them below in the comments! Best of luck with your big move ๐Ÿ™‚

Style Icon: Sky Ferreira

Sky was the emblem of my teenage days; anyone who knew me well in high school knows how much I adored Sky for her music, her attitude, and of course, her style. ย Sky definitely inspired my gradual shift from preppy/girly to edgy/grunge. ย Her tough, raw, look of combat boots and graphic jackets and sweaters balanced with perfect eyeliner and lipstick created a whole new set of style and beauty goals for me. ย Sky’s style, like anyone’s, changed as she rebranded her music – her old music is poppier, her hair long and bouncy, while her newer sound is more alt as she rocked a bleached chop. Both looks are iconic, however, and throughout time, Sky can still be found rocking Jeremy Scott and MAC’s Russian Red – as can I.

For this look, I channeled Sky by rocking second-day tousled hair with black top and bottom liner. Sky is often photographed wearing loose blouses with more tight fitting shorts or skirts and loves to make her socks part of the outfit. Are you a fan of Sky? What’s your favorite song or campaign of hers? Feel free to start a discussion in the comments.

Jacket: Levi’s

Blouse: Forever 21

Shorts: Forever 21

Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here)

Lip color: Russian Red by MAC Cosmetics

Timeless

Hey, everyone! Long time no post, but now that I’m done with my Bachelor’s thesis there’s no excuse for not writing ๐Ÿ˜! Today, I’ve dressed it waaaay up thanks in part to Grayton Automatic Watches! They sent me a beautiful and luxurious silver watch accented with blue hands. I felt like a CEO in this ensemble, but besides my watch and my Longchamp bag, everything else in this look is from your favorite fast-fashion retailers (i.e. Forever 21 and H&M). Looking sharp doesn’t have to break the bank, and I’m a huge fan of mixing high and low clothes and accessories! This look was definitely one that’s more outside my comfort zone, but I felt sophisticated and ready to take on the world!

Blazer: Forever 21

Shirt: H&M

Pants: H&M

Flats: Steve Madden

Bag: Longchamp

Watch: Grayton

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