Chevy Again.

Although I’m not a huge football fan, this idea got me excited. This video in particular originally caught my eye. I love the aesthetics of it: the colors, the simplicity and the vintage look of the video are extremely visually appealing. G,S & P at it again.

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A Very Thrifty Room.

For most people, after freshman year is over, it is normal to have your own room for the rest of college. For me, this is a privilege. As much as I loved living in my sorority house and sharing a room, it seems pretty unreal to finally have my own space. I chose to live in the house for two years, and as the president, was required to fall term as well. I spent a good chunk of winter  break planning out the decor for my new room, and am very happy with how it turned out.

The quality of these photos decreased significantly in the transfer from my phone to my computer, but for now they’re the best I can do.

I saw a headboard that I really liked on pinterest, and decided I would love to replicate it. My dad is very handy, and just happened to have the perfect amount of tique wood to create this for me. He’s very talented, in my opinion. The bedspread and decorative pillows are from TJ Maxx Home Goods.

I found this beautiful, practical dresser this summer at a garage sale for $30. I especially love the side door that has hanging space in it for all of my sweaters. Because my sweaters hang in here now, I am able–for the first time in my life–to have space in my closet to hang ALL of the shirts I want to. The wire dresses on top hold my necklaces and earrings.

I received this desk for Christmas and it couldn’t fit my room more perfectly. My parents bought it from a long time family friend and I had actually looked at one like this at an antique store. Guess what color it used to be before Dad painted it? BRICK RED! The crystal-like handles match the hooks on the back of my door, my bedside table lamp, and the small decorative vase on the desk.

Again, this pictures isn’t great quality, but the shelving came with the desk pictured above. I purchased my bedside table (which used to be bright blue/pink polka dotted) with the antique mirror pictured on my desk  for $12 at a garage sale. I sanded down the table to get the antique look and purchased this beautiful knob from Anthropologie. They have the cutest handles/knobs!

Sticking with the Paris theme I’ve always had was the easiest thing to do. Painting: $60 @ target. Bench: it used to be my mom’s hope chest–I repainted it to match my room and purchased the cushion @ pier1. Blue piece: pier1.

I used these hooks from pier 1 as a scarf holder. To the bottom left is a small brown storage seat with a french-themed decorative trey on top. I store hair supplies in the brown seat and random items that need a place to hang out for the day before I find time to put them away :-).

I wish I better pictures, but I am still very excited to finally have my own space. It is a comfortable place for me to hang out, take a breath and relax, which I had absolutely no time to do last term. And it feels great!

Marina.

I saw this door when I was in San Francisco this past week and became mildly obsessed with it. This whole area (the marina district) is so beautiful and I would love to live here one day.20120103-193259.jpg

Music + Memories.

What does music mean to you? For me, music allows me to pair songs with memories that I don’t want to forget.

I have the dancer’s curse–I can’t listen to a song without creating some sort of dance to it. If I can’t picture myself choreographing to it…whether it be jazz, lyrical, hip hop, African or ballet, I usually don’t care much for it.

This random assortment of songs reminds to do a variety of things…

To choreograph.

To breathe.

To sing.

To chill.

To think.

To remember middle school dances. Awk.

To party.

To look back.

Cheese.

No Cash? No Problem.

The first Christmas carolers to start using the cashless collection bucket, a credit card-enabled device to collect donations. Genius.

This idea stuck out to me particularly because it is a rare occasion that I have cash in my wallet. It stresses me out to carry around cash for some reason. I think it is just so easily accessible that I have an easier time giving it up. This seems irrational because most people think the exact opposite–that you can’t notice the immediate monetary decline when using a debit or credit card. Either way, these guys made the next step towards charitable giving by finding away to avoid the “I have no cash” excuse we often hear around the holidays.

Mini.

In my state of winter break boredom, I sat and watched the Law & Order: SVU “Ladykillers” marathon for six straight episodes yesterday. (Side note: I think have watched more television in the past four days than I did in the last three months).

More importantly, I watched the mini cooper family short video commercial series about fourteen times. I never got sick of them. I like the simplicity and the easily understandable thought process behind them. Each one of the advertisements are based off of TV controls: colors, brightness, widescreen, input, picture-in-picture, and volume. Perfect way to reach the SVU-addicted, tv watching junkies.

You can pretend you were sitting on the couch with me wishing you were friends with Detectives Stabler and Benson…and see the rest of the MINI family series here.

Break.

This word has been pretty foreign to me for the past term. Now that I finally have a break, I barely know what to do with my time. I’ve let go of the planner because it’s simply unnecessary to color code when I only have two or three things going on each day.

I feel a bit lost about what to do on the daily. My reminders list is pretty weak right now. I tend to thrive and do the best when I am extremely busy.

This past fall term was the busiest term of my college career. However, somehow I managed to get the best grades I’ve gotten since fall term freshman year. I’m working on coming up with some new ideas and ways to keep myself occupied, but for right now, this will have to do.