Tuesday, August 27, 2013

August Favorites ♥

Since August is almost over, it's time to do my August favorites! The things below have stuck with me (in a good, clingy way haha) throughout the whole summer, so I thought it would be fun to share it with you guys.

Random -

1) Sunglasses from Cotton On
3) Strawberry and Hibiscus Anti-Bacterial Soap
4) Teen Vogue Magazine (August Edition)

Music -

1) Safe and Sound by Capital Cities

2) Strange Girl by The Zolas

3) Junk of the Heart (Happy) by The Kooks

4) Roar by Katy Perry

Hope you guys had an amazing summer! x

Monday, August 26, 2013

Queen of MESS!

I'll admit... I'm an extremely messy and unorganized person. Most of the time, I can past by fine, but there are times when I lose something important and it frustrates me. One of my goals for this school year is to become more efficient and neat. I thought this was going fine, until one day I saw the gigantic pile of insubstantial goods in my room and literally said "OH MY GOODNESS..."(for the record, my mom won't even come into my room haha). So, I spent my Sunday afternoon doing a bit of "spring"-cleaning in summer. Now, even though I'm an amateur in the "arts of organization", I'm going to give some tips on how to use space more effectively, which is something I have to deal with. Here's a photo of the chaotic state of a corner in my room:

Before - 

As you can see, I have so much stuff in my room (sad thing is, this is only a tiny fraction of my room). 

Tips for Organizing your Room:

1) Levels

Since there is limited room in my space, I like to add various levels to shelves so I can maximize the space I have to put various things here and there. It also makes it easier to group and categorize everything. 

2) Reusable containers

I don't normally buy any containers or storage items, because I mostly reuse old containers. For example, my jewelry box is in fact a Jules Destrooper tin biscuit box - but for the record it stores things really well! Since my family drinks a lot of tea, most of the boxes and containers I have are old tea tin boxes. I mostly use them to sort my stationary, and also a few beauty items here and there. If you want some inexpensive storage containers, I definitely recommend Ikea (the Glis boxes are my favourite, even though they're meant for kids.)

3) Weekly cleanups

My room tends to get quite messy in a week or so after I properly clean it - I blame myself for being such a lover of junk and buying the most random pieces. Therefore, I propose a weekly cleanup for those of you who get quite overwhelmed when things are out of order or if you happen to lose anything. I do find some interesting items from my cleanups though, I must say. 

After - 

And voila! Looking pretty neat - now let's see how long this is going to last before my room looks like the "before" photo again (haha oops). Please comment if you have any tips for organizing your room! x

Saturday, August 3, 2013

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5 Things To Do When the Internet is Down

Recently, the internet at my home has been EXTREMELY dodgy (cringe-worthy even). Then the realization hit me - there's absolutely nothing to do without the interwebs. I entered a stage of panic and began searching for interesting things to do to spend my pastime (which was unbelievably hard, trust me). So I came up with a list of 5 things that you can do for your own entertainment when the internet is down.

1. Watch old/silly/goofy videos that you filmed of yourself when you were a child, or the moments spent with your friends.

Looking back at all these memories, I can't believe how much I have changed over the past years. It's incredible. Gives you the chance to see how much you've grown and matured. In addition, the random videos that I filmed with my friends gave me a good laugh - but I'll die with embarrassment if they get leaked somehow haha.

2. Read. 

Notice how I didn't say "read the dictionary or something intellectual etc". We live in a world that is so visually oriented that people don't usually have the time or desire to sit down and read the 26 letters of the alphabet that are grouped together to form millions and millions of words. Read something that inspires you, whether it's a good fashion magazine or a guide to advanced Calculus. Your brain will thank you for that.

3. Chat with a telemarketer.

Instead of hanging up, why not have a good chat with a telemarketer? I'm sure they'll appreciate it, and you can basically tell them all of your emotional troubles without having to worry about trust or confidentiality - it'll just be a one-time thing.

4. Sing your heart out.

Open iTunes and pick your favourite song - then sing along (yes it's that simple). Since you don't have stable internet, might as well tell the whole neighbourhood that you're "Radioactive" (Imagine Dragons) or seeing "Blurred Lines" (Robin Thicke). In fact, they should thank you for the free mini concert. Ain't nobody fresher than my clique, clique, clique..

5. DIY projects are the best!

I like all things nifty and cute, and DIY projects give you the satisfaction of creating something completely original. Let your creativity soar! For example, I am quite obsessed with cactuses (or is it cacti...?), so I plan on making and decorating a cactus garden. We'll see how that goes.