Jun 26, 2015

cozy photo wall

Welcome to my first attempt at a #roomspiration DIY today! This is what I would like to call a "cozy photo wall". It's a very simple and easy project that will instantly light up your room and add a feeling of warm fuzziness. Let's head straight into it!

What you'll need:

hot glue gun (or tape)
polaroids (or any other photos)
string lights

... and, anything else you'd like to hang up!

Insert two thumbtacks into the wall approximately three feet away from each other. Cut a piece of yarn just a little longer than three feet. Tie one end to each thumbtack, making sure that the yarn is taut. 

Now, insert two more thumbtacks into the wall (three feet away from each other) six inches above the ones tied by the yarn. Hang up your string lights onto these thumbtacks, making sure that the line is taut once again.

Time to decorate! If you don't have polaroids, you can print pictures and cut them into the shape of polaroids. Feel free to use your imagination with this: you can hang up postcards, small keepsakes, movie stubs... whatever memories you'd like to cherish up on your wall.

Tape your photos onto the string like this. You can also use a hot glue gun. I tried and burned my foot, whoops.

If you want to hang up a quote, here's an idea: scribble down your quote, then crinkle up the paper to make it look old and used. The older it is, the more "memories" it holds!

I found these flowers attached to wires while rummaging through my desk drawers. I thought that they would be adorable additions to the photo wall.

Like I said, be creative! I hung a pair of sunglasses on my string lights and tied up my corsage from prom as well. This project is all about making the photo wall you.

My final product! Cozy, right? Let me know if you enjoyed this project. If you did, I'll happily continue the #roomspiration series this summer ~


Jun 23, 2015

hand painted tees for sale

I have a big, big, big announcement!

Over the past few weeks, I've been a worrywart over quite a huge dilemma: how in the world am I going to start saving up for my insanely expensive college tuition?

Well, here's one of the ways I came up with. I'm opening an Etsy shop, where I'll be selling hand painted T-shirts specially made for the artsy souls. Each tee is going to be meticulously and diligently hand painted by me just for you! I use 100% cotton t-shirts and acrylic paint as my medium.

Do you think you can help this gal out?

Introducing, my first four designs: the leaf, the watermelon, the pineapple, and the galaxy.
I was inspired by popular graphic tee designs from top-of-the-market brands today, like Urban OutfittersAsos, and more.

Each purchase will be ready to ship within three business days. Instructions on how to wash the shirt will be sent to you in your package. If you have any questions, you are always welcome to message me! I'll reply ASAP.

Now, the best part. I have a special coupon code exclusively for my blog readers:


You'll get $3 off your purchase (ends July 31st). If I receive a great response, I'll be adding more designs. Fingers crossed!

To all of my customers: THANK YOU! You're the very very best ~


Jun 10, 2015

cookie butter mug cake

What's really ironic about these "recipe" posts is that I'm really a disgrace in the kitchen. I can't even make macaroni out of the box properly (shameful, I know). But lo and behold, this cookie butter mug cake is the one thing I haven't messed up yet. It's delightfully spongy—and honestly, how can you possibly resist scrumptious cookie butter? Inspired by Buzzfeed, this takes less than five minutes to make. It's a nice dessert after dinner that you can munch on while watching a movie, or a sweet treat that you can have for breakfast in the morning.

Ingredients you need:

2 tablespoons of Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter (I like crunchy)
4 tablespoons of flour
2 tablespoons of sugar
1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
1 egg
2 tablespoons of butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

And of course, have your mug handy. Make sure that your mug is big (mine hold two cups), or else your mixture is going to overflow.

Put all of your ingredients into your mug and stir until you reach this smooth, ribbony, cake batter consistency. Stick the mug into the microwave and heat for 90 seconds. It's as simple as that!

Yes! It's marvelous! Take a bite when it's still warm and squishy. You won't regret it. Anyone and everyone will be hands down impressed once they try your cookie butter mug cake.

Even better? Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the top of your wonderful creation. It's literally heaven, I'm telling you. If you try this out, let me know what you think!

So far, summer vacation has been very relaxing. I'm still catching up on my Z's, but do not fret—I've got lots of ideas churning inside my brain that I can't wait to carry out during this break.


Jun 8, 2015

the end

I am officially a high school graduate.

Today's post will be a personal one, as I'll reminisce the happenings of these past two months. Gosh, all sorts of things whizzed by too quickly; college acceptances, prom, graduation, final goodbyes. I think what I'm going to miss the most is seeing my friends' faces on a daily basis. We're now separating onto each of our own separate paths. We're breaking out of the bubble and entering the enormous world. It's bittersweet.

Cheesy, but prom was something that I had always dreamed and fantasized about. The dresses, the dates, the dances! I want to thank my friends for making that night an absolute blast. Being the planning freak that I am, I knew exactly what style I wanted to pull off: Grecian. I wore Jenny Yoo's beautiful Annabelle dress with a corsage I made by myself and a braided updo. Success!

Graduation. From dropping my phone the second before I stepped onto the field, to bursting into tears when I spotted my parents after throwing my cap... my stomach was filled with butterflies the entire ceremony.

And last but not least, I hosted a graduation party! It wasn't perfect, but come on; I got pretty darn close right? DIY photobooth, cute decorations—the party was a great last get-together for all of my close friends and me.

I'm laughing as I think of this: high school was quite a jumble of insane ups and downs. Over time though, I've learned that everything really just comes and goes. What matters is how I decide to set my attitude about it all. Friendships, grades, teachers, sleepless nights... some memories make me wince, but I remind myself that they're long gone in the past now. There's plenty, plenty of more happy memories to cherish.

It's an end, but it's also a new start.
High school, thank you for the good times. On to the next!