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6 WAYS TO GET ORGANIZED

Hi! It's been a while, hasn't it?! It was so hectic with all these events going on at work, but I'm back here with a post I've been meaning to share for a while now. It's on... how to get organized! Now, this isn't a post to show you that I'm the MOST organized or neat person out there, but here are a few tips that have helped me keep myself and my life in check. I can get clumsy and forgetful at times so some of these tips have helped me to organize myself a bit better. I know we can all get swamped with school, work, and family so sit back, relax, and enjoy some few tips I have for you. 

1.) CLEAN YOUR SPACE WHETHER IT'S YOUR DESK, SHELVES, OR APARTMENT/HOME AS A WHOLE.

This tip might seem like an obvious step in how to get organized but you'd be surprised at how many times we overlook this one step! It's not a simple one... cleaning is never an easy task! But it does help if you even tidy about the space around you and THROW AWAY ANY TRASH OR OLD ITEMS. There is no other feeling than satisfaction when throwing away or donating any unused items/trash. 

2.) CLEAN/ORGANIZE YOUR COMPUTER AND FILES (INTERNALLY).

I know how easy it is to just save our files anywhere on our laptops but just take a moment to create new folders and drop your files/photos accordingly. Start with a pleasant desktop photo and start making your way through your documents, photos and desktop files. After starting a blog, I have so many edited photos I just save on to my desktop because its fast and convenient to locate. But I have to always take a moment and reorganize my laptop so that I don't take up any excess storage space and so that my laptop is internally organized! Don't forget to close all your tabs and shut down your laptops for some time. I know us Mac users can get used to how quick our laptops sleep and wake up, but let it rest a little bit (completely shut down) and restart it! 

3.) GET POUCHES FOR... EVERYTHING TO CARRY IN YOUR BAG.

I cannot tell you enough how convenient it is to get pouches and small bags for everything! Whether its for your pencils/pens, beauty items, or electronics... get small pouches and organize accordingly. Even you men out there! I have a small makeup bag I always carry around with the essentials (chapstick, mascara, some concealer), another separate pouch for my pens/pencils and then another one for my electronics (iphone charger, earbuds) and miscellaneous items like gum. You can find some cheap and cute ones like these or if you type in "small pouches" into Amazon you can find simpler designed ones for you men out there!

4.) GET A DAILY PLANNER AND NOTEBOOK YOU WILL ACTUALLY CARRY AROUND AND USE.

I know some of you may not think you need a planner especially in this day and age when we have google calendar and our phones. However, I can't stress enough how helpful it is to actually write down your schedule so that even if you happen to not bring your planner out, you will remember the events of the day! It also helps that you can go back to a hardcopy and see what you have planned for the rest of the week. Same thing goes with a notebook. I carry a thin, lightweight notebook around EVERYWHERE, so I can jot down my ideas and notes! It has been so helpful and I urge you all to purchase a planner and notebook that is LIGHT ENOUGH for you to want to carry around. If it's bulky and heavy, we're not going to want to lug it around anywhere.

5.) CLEAN OUT/ORGANIZE YOUR BAG AND WALLET.

This is another step that usually goes unforgotten. But our bags (backpacks, handbags) and wallets get so messy from the chaos of our daily lives! Whether its receipts we don't need anymore, or papers/notes that we can toss out... it's crucial to, again take a moment and clean out your bags and wallets. I like to throw away any receipts I know that have been processed on my card already or items that I know I won't return. If there are any receipts I need to keep, I have a small section in my wallet to store those receipts so that later on it's easier to find. I can be quite forgetful so it's helpful for me to know that I have a separate section for these things. This is when the pouches come in handy for your bags! After cleaning out your bags you can put all miscellaneous items in a pouch so you don't have to dig for these things. 

6.) GET SMALL DRAWERS, BINS, MASON JARS, AND TRAYS FOR STORAGE AROUND YOUR ROOM. 

If you haven't noticed already by now... I am a huge fan of storing everything in one place whether it's a small plastic drawer or a small mason jar. This helps your room to simply look more organized and will definitely help in when you need to find/locate things! Even if you have a myriad of miscellaneous items just laying around and can't seem to categorize the items, get a medium sized bin and at least store them in there and mark it "Miscellaneous" or "Other Items". This is much better than having all these things just laying around randomly... you'll never get around to using! I also use trays to display and store my beauty products such as perfumes and creams. This "Acrylic Storage" series from MUJI is an awesome option! I use the small one for makeup products I use at home and for my jewelry I wear frequently. 

There we have it! Here are only 6 ways out of many many ways to get organized. A key thing to remember is that, the less items you have laying around your room.... the easier your life will get when needing to find these things. Also always remembering to clean out important items of your life, such as room, notebooks, and wallets will help you to feel more organized. Have a clean and organized weekend and enjoy! 

Photography & Styling by: Jito

BEAUTY

5 PRACTICAL WAYS TO MAKE YOUR PERFUME LAST LONGER

It's already fall but the heat is at an all time high here in the city! Usually during the winter I don't have much trouble with my perfume wearing off but these days, there have been so many moments during the day when I wish my perfume would last longer. The internet does offer a lot of suggestions, but some of them seemed impractical and unnecessary. So I went out and tested some of their tips during the course of this week, and narrowed it down to 5 practical ways to make your perfume last longer! Let's get started!

1.) Dab Vaseline on your pulse points before you spray your perfume on. 

So when I first saw this tip, I was hesitant to try it out because it seemed unnecessary. But after I dabbed a little bit of vaseline on my wrists and neck before spraying my perfume on, I found the fragrance to have lasted longer throughout the day! I just dab a little on my finger, then my pulse points, and then moisturize my lips while I'm at it... why not? It's a win win situation! The ointment will hold the fragrance on your skin longer than if you were to spray your perfume on dry skin... which leads me to my next tip!

2.) Moisturize your skin before you spray your perfume on. 

Making sure your skin is super moisturized will really help in your fragrance lasting longer on your skin! Apply an unscented lotion after your shower before you spray some of your perfume on. Oily skins help retain the scent of your perfume significantly better than dry skins. This tip also helps me to keep my skin moisturized at all times! And if you naturally have oily skin, consider it a blessing when it comes to your scent lasting longer!

3.)  Know where your pulse points are. 

Knowing where your pulse points are, is also really effective when wanting your perfumes to last longer on your skin. The pulse points are the areas of your body where you can feel the heart rate through the blood vessels close to your skin. They're also the warm areas of your body so the heat releases the scent of your perfume effectively. I like to just do dab on my wrists, behind my ears, and along my throat. There are suggestions out there to also spritz some on your mid drift and ankles, but I found these areas to be unnecessary. 

4.) Do NOT RUB your wrists or neck together but SIMPLY DAB. 

When I was younger, I used to rub my wrists and neck together after spraying on my perfume. Luckily, I didn't do this for too long! But it is imperative to NOT rub your wrists together or else it will force the top notes of the scent to disappear quicker. When you rub, it break downs the molecules of your perfume, making it smell completely different than intended. So if anything, I just like to very lightly dab my wrists and neck so the perfume isn't dripping down my arms and neck. 

5.) Store your perfume properly. 

I know I've talked about this briefly in my previous post, "The Shelf Life of a Perfume" , but it is very important to store your perfume properly! Don't store it in the bathroom or right by the window because heat, light, and humidity will break down the perfume and lessen the quality of the fragrance. Instead, store them right on top of your shelf (away from the window) or on top of your vanity in a dry and cool place. 

This is why the tip of applying your perfume right after your shower was a bit impractical for me. They say that spraying some of your perfume in the bathroom before your body cools down, is effective (which I don't doubt!) but because I store my perfume in my room it was an unnecessary tip for me. ANOTHER TIP: Store your perfumes on a tray or cake holder for decorative purpose as well! 

And there we have it! These are the 5 tips I personally found effective for me. I hope you've enjoyed them all and let me know which ones worked for you!  

Styling & Photography by: Jito

 

 

DIY & DECOR

10 WAYS TO DECORATE GARDEN PARTIES

Summers a perfect time to have small get-togethers and little parties outdoors. And what better way than to host a garden party for all your friends! Today, I'll give you some tips on how to decorate your party including centerpieces, cost- efficiently and in a delightfully chic way. All by using resources from your backyard and from things around the home. Everything I used today for my garden party was from my own home and yard, with the exception of the baby's breath flowers and balloons I bought. Hope this inspires you all to have outdoor parties or even plan DIY weddings outdoors!

1.) Use picture frames from your home.

Using picture frames from around my house is one of my favorites ways to decorate a centerpiece of a table for a party. I decided to go with a pink, white, and gold theme for my garden party today. I was able to find some picture frames that fit my color scheme. Now, you may be thinking what you should put in these frames but you can easily create your own signs or paintings! These only took me 15 minutes to make and they were so cute and appropriate for this garden party. Frames always add a nice touch to any centerpiece and gives the table a nice homey feel to it.

2.) Use leaves and branches from your trees and spray paint them.

I've always loved big and extravagant centerpieces. But I also know how expensive huge, floral centerpieces can get. So I decided to use some big leaves that were attached to thin branches and put them in some mason jars. Since I had some gold spray paint as well, I just lightly spray painted them... and they came out looking so beautiful! You can completely cover your leaves with your color of choice, but I wanted some green as well so I just sporatically painted them.

3.) Use baby's breathe flowers for cost- efficiency and for a whimsical look.

I never use to see the beauty in baby's breathe flowers until recently and now I'm absolutely in love with them. Especially, when they're used as the main flowers, they give such a whimsy and delicate look to any decoration. I paired these flowers with gold dipped leaves and they turned out to be such a magical pairing. Since baby's breathe flowers are white in color, they go with any color scheme and other floral arrangements. They're also so cheap! These were just $3 for a handful. I was able to put these flowers in all differently decorated jars around the table and they added a lovely touch to my table.

4.) Tie balloons around tree trunks with twine.

I absolutely adore balloons... for all occasions. Sometimes getting helium balloons at your party can be a hassle or expensive. I bought two bags of balloons for just $2 each, blew them up myself, and tied them around my tree trunks. I tied them with twine to give it a more rustic look and it worked perfectly! You can also hang balloons from branches as decorations and they look great when the wind blows. Lets say however, you're hosting a party indoors. You can still hang balloons from the ceiling with some twine and tape! Balloons are just a fun way to add color to any festivity you're hosting.

5.) Use any clear vases, mason jars, bowls or cups you have for your centerpieces.

If you don't want to splurge on expensive glass vases for your floral arrangements, no worries. Nowadays, mason jars are always used at parties to give it a more fun and rustic look. But not only do mason jars work, essentially any clear bowl or cup works as a vase as well. I was able to gather some clear jars and bowls to diversify my decorations. If you want to keep everything cohesive, you can choose to decorate with JUST mason jars or JUST bowls. I love to use clear ones when I'm decorating with colorful flowers so the flowers really stand out.

6.) Decorate & fill the jars.

Now with the jars and bowls you use for your flowers, don't forget to decorate them with ribbon and some twine. That's all you need. Even just ribbon and twine makes a huge difference. Also, I had some clear pebbles as decoration around the home, so I used those to fill some of my bowls up. You can essentially use anything from pieces of tulle, tissue paper, rice, stones and even flower petals! They all make for a great filler in these clear jars.

7.) Create and make your own name cards.

Even if its for a small gathering, name cards are a great way to show special attention to each person. It also adds a nice touch to the table. They're so easy to make and your own handwriting has a nice homemade feel to it. I just used some thick paper and folded it in half to make the cards stand. Then, I used some watered down gouache paint (tutorial here) and then my calligraphy writing (tutorial here) for a beautiful name card.

8.) Place flowers on top of table dishes/placements.

Placing flowers or leaves on top of table place settings adds a sweet touch to the decor of the party. For me, it's always a delight to come sit at my place at a dinner table and have a simple flower waiting for me. Not only does it add a nice touch, but your guests can take it home afterwards! I used some hand picked hydrangeas and leftover baby's breathe to add some extra sweetness to my dish settings.

9.) Use fruits as table decoration to eat or as a party favor.

Here I used peaches as decoration for the table as well as for party favors for the guests to take home after. Peaches are a great summer fruit that add a beatiful and colorful decor to any outdoor party. You can use other fruits such as strawberries, cheeries, pears, and much more for decoration AND to eat. You can place the fruits on pretty platters or you can just simply place them around your jars as decoration. I suggest doing that with fruits like apples, pears, and peaches (ones with tough skins!) so your guests can just wash them when they get home and eat them.

10.) Enjoy!

Lastly, just enjoy this lovely party you've planned and decorated! Whether its a whimsical garden party or a hipster barbeque party... there are so many cost-efficient ways to decorate an outdoor space! Use as much nature (hand picked flowers, leaves, wood, etc.) and creativity as you can. The great thing about the outdoors is that you automatically have a beautiful scenery AND all these decorations can also be used for indoor parties. Now go plan away and enjoy!

Photograpy & Styling by: Jito