home-deco, organizing, and makeup tips | older post

home-deco, organizing, and makeup tips | older post

โœง๏ฝฅ๏พŸ*โ‚Šหš disclaimer: this post contains content from may 2017 and older, which was a period when i didnโ€™t know how to properly write โ€” prepare for possible incorrect information, odd formatting, and cringeworthy writing. :;(โˆฉยด๏น`โˆฉ);: ( why did i not give each of the topics a separate post here? yeah i donโ€™t know either please donโ€™t judge โ€” also i literally got these tips from a magazine and reworded them because i wanted to post, but lacked content … yikes )

Hi guys! ALEXI HERE!!! I really DO NOT want to waste any time, so let’s get right into da post!

#inblackandwhite For a striking, impossible-to-mess-up decorating scheme, rely on this clear-cut “color” combination.

1. Play with perspective! When you have a quiet palette, you can shake things up with unexpected arrangements. If you have zero interesting furniture, the colors and the furniture won’t mix.

2. A strictly neutral place can feel stark and cold. To warm it up. weave in natural coral, wood, or stone pieces. Make sure the coral goes with the color scheme if you DO use it!

3. Amp up a small area, like a kitchen prep space, with a splashy pattern in contrasting shades. Try using the look of a tile backsplash with stencils and paint.

4. Transform an overlooked corner  into an eye-catching spot with a gutsy piece of typographical art. Try black text and white background for a simple but slightly bold look. Balance the boldness by pairing it with a console in a subdued shade of gray.

5.  To keep a black and white design from veering too basic (or in other words look bland), blend pieces of various textures (driftwood lamp, fabric shade, smooth wood surface, etc).

Move over, #inblackandwhite! Time for (two, sorry I couldn’t think of anything else other than these two) organizing tips!

1. Give your desk an in-box. Seems basic, but the  best way to rescue a buried desk is to funnel papers into one manageable stack that you can deal with on a regular basis. At the same time each week-say, every Sunday night before bed- take a few minutes to go through all the documents and file, toss, or shred until the in-box is empty.

2. Tackle one spot, like a linen closet, rearranging the shelves and marking them with sticky notes. Live with the system for a week and make adjustments as needed. When you’re happy with the system, replace the sticky notes with labels, which will motivate you to maintain it. (SA pick: Brother P-Touch Pt-D200 label maker, $40, @ officepot.com)

Now, here are three makeup tips to make your routine easier. (Just because I’m young doesn’t mean I don’t know much about stuff like this.)

1. Use a plastic spoon (disposable or non disposable, any is okay) to easily apply mascara on your bottom lashes without getting any on the skin under your eyes. It also helps you to accomplish a much thicker coat.

2. This will help your clumpy mascara. Let’s face it, we all know this happens EVERY time. The problem is it dries out and then starts to form lumps. To help prevent this from happening, don’t pump your mascara trying to get more on your wand; you’re pumping air into the tube causing it to dry out even faster. But if it’s already clumpy, add a drop or two of any brand of eye drops into the tube, and then rub the wand around inside.

3. To prepare your lips for your lipstick, use a baby toothbrush to exfoliate your lips. To really get the job done, you can make a homemade lip exfoliate with 2 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp coconut oil. Easier but not AS effective, cover your lips in lip balm or petroleum jelly before putting your lipstick on.

Yay!  words! Anyway, bye bye. Hope you enjoyed this post!

more organizing tips + a peek into my planner | older post

more organizing tips + a peek into my planner | older post

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โœง๏ฝฅ๏พŸ*โ‚Šหš disclaimer: this post contains content from may 2017 and older, which was a period when i didnโ€™t know how to properly write โ€” prepare for possible incorrect information, odd formatting, and cringeworthy writing. :;(โˆฉยด๏น`โˆฉ);: ( also, ignore the fact that i called you guys โ€œkiwisโ€ … i have no idea where i got that from?? also the picture is rlly blurry so donโ€™t mind that either jsjsjsj โ€” )

Hello my kiwis! Welcome back to my blog! OR IF YOU’RE NEW HERE, HERE’S A WELCOME HUG! ๐Ÿค— Anyways, here is a little peek into my planner! Sorry it’s blurry. I had to use my iPad to take this because HEY, I’M 8 YEARS OLD. YOU CAN’T EXPECT ME TO HAVE A PROPER CAMERA. I have a gazillion stickers! Here are the stickers:

Cat stickers from Japan, cat face bubble stickers from National Bookstore, Heart stickers from Divisoria, star stickers from Divisoria, and cat bubble stickers from I think Divisoria!

The gel pens I use are called “Bright Color Gel”. Yeah, they may be so CUTE and COLORFUL, buuuut…. wait for it… wait for it…

*dramatic voice* THEY SMUDGE EASILY! And they’re sharp. I didn’t get snatched… NO I MEAN scratched though because I am a careful donut. Anyway, let’s go to the organizing tips!

1. Use a clipboard. If you don’t have one, buy a clipboard (for example, an aluminum clipboard by Saunders. $9.50, @ https://www.amazon.com/Saunders-Recycled-Clipboard-12-Inches-21517/dp/B000GAVNEG). Or you can just make one using a piece of cardboard, a binder clip and papers. First, if you want to, decorate the back of the cardboard with washi tape. Second, get the papers and the binder clip and clip the papers together with the clip. Then clip the papers to the cardboard. Ta-da! Clipboard. Seriously though, they help you a lot when you don’t have your  planner with you.

2. Use NICE boxes (like these canvas milk crates @ http://www.target.com/p/lidded-storage-milk-crate-grey-room-essentials/-/A-16251882) to store items you don’t use a lot to keep them neat, clean, and dust-free. Store the boxes in an EASILY ACCESSIBLE area. The nice boxes will give the place you are storing them in a touch of added class.

3. Round up all your clotheskeeping needs (sewing kit, lint roller, sweater combs, shoe polishes, etc) and place them in a box, a basket, or a purse. If you have a lot of clotheskeeping necessities, DO NOT use a backpack. It will just hurt your back- and you don’t want an achy back, do you? Maybe try these picks: Montauk bin, $19.99 @ http://www.containerstore.com/s/closet/storage-boxes-bins/view-all/white-montauk-rectangular-bins/123d?productId=11000935 or maybe this Lacquer box that’s $148 @ http://www.mgbwhome.com/GOLD-AND-WHITE-LACQUER-MEDIUM-BOXBRavailable-online-and-in-stores-P13254.aspx

4. Always lay out your outfit the night before. Create a little space for it on the wall with a pretty hook and hanger. Maybe choose this Circlet hook that costs $38 at http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-hardware-hooks/32948358.jsp and to go with it, use these pretty copper hangers that cost $20 for 5 hangers @ http://www.shopanthom.com/set-of-5-copper-wire-hangers

My kiwis, I am SOOOOO sorry this post is short. I’m rushing! So bye my kiwis. Hope you enjoyed this post! ~ Alexi

how to revamp your room + hair tricks + more | older post

how to revamp your room + hair tricks + more | older post

โœง๏ฝฅ๏พŸ*โ‚Šหš disclaimer: this post contains content from may 2017 and older, which was a period when i didnโ€™t know how to properly write โ€” prepare for possible incorrect information, odd formatting, and cringeworthy writing. :;(โˆฉยด๏น`โˆฉ);: ( i got these informations from a magazine because i needed content โ€” you can tell by the way itโ€™s worded … sorry about that โ€” also, i have no idea why i didnโ€™t make a separate post for each topic, theyโ€™re not even related?? )

Hii!!! I’m so sorry I haven’t been posting lately. I forgot my password! But I’m back now. Anyway, without further due, LET’S GET STARTED!

1: Layer shades of ONE color. Pairing solid pillows and sheets in a single color scheme is about as goofproof as a bedding set, but it looks a WHOLE LOT more interesting. You can basically build on what you already have: It’s fine to mix textures AND weights if all the fabrics are in the same spectrum.

Make sure to scotch sleep pillows TOGETHER instead of centering them in front of Euros- less structure, MORE style. Maybe you can swap out your stiff lumbar for a standard pillow in a sham with a soft detail, for example: a fringed edge or a satin border maybe.

2: Treat your bed like a cushy couch. Pile on the pillows, but INSTEAD of using traditional decorative shams and embellished accent pillows, layer standard ones (meant for sleeping)  in one color combo, with various prints (for example: stripes, dots, florals).

Toss pillows casually. However they land WILL look nic and inviting. And don’t skimp: You need five to seven to fill out the space on a full OR queen sized bed. (Tip: No matter how hard it is, try to make the bed when you wake up so that you won’t have to do it when you get home. You’ll also have something nice to come home to.

3: Keep it clean and graphic. For the serene, streamlined look of a hotel-style bed, pair solid pieces in contrasting neutrals. Choose a bedspread and shams with intricate stitching for just a touch of texture.

Try a hotel trick: Instead of propping up pillows, lay them flat. In front of each stack, lean an overstuffed cushion that can move to the back when you get in bed to soften a solid headboard.

Let an artful color-block quilt be the star of the bed, surrounded by understated accents. (Tip: Find the right mattress. Your back will thank me later.)

Okay! Enough of the bed tricks. Time for tricks for… *dramatic drumroll* THE HAIR!!! Here are three time saving and (relatively) hands-off tricks that prove sometimes doing less is best.

1: Cut layers. “Long layers that fall between the jawline and the shoulder blades give you the most versatility” says Mark Townsend, a hairstylist in Los Angeles. This type of cut looks great blown out but is even better air-dried. It also requires less frequent salon visits than a short style, a blunt bob, or heavy bangs, because the lines are more forgiving as they grow out. “You can get away with snipping a long-layered cut every three to four months,” says Los Angeles hairstylist Mara Roszak.

2: Shave time off your blow-dry. “A smooth blow-dry is a waste of time if you plan to add texture,” explains Nunzio Saviano, a stylist and salon owner in NY city. Also, “hair that is too smooth will not hold curl as well,” says Los Angeles hairstylist Jen Atkin. Make blow-drying less tedious by “flipping wet hair upside down and blasting with a dryer until it’s almost dry, then go over only the top layer with a big curling iron to create loose waves,” says Saviano. The shorter your hair, the smaller your iron should be.

3: Style while you snooze. Save time in the morning by prepping before bed: Wash your hair, apply a smoothing serum, and set your hair, says Harry Josh, a stylist and a creative consultant for John Frieda Hair Care. For loose waves and smooth roots, Sarah Potempa, a stylist in NY city and the inventor of Beachwaver (a rotating curling iron), suggests splitting hair into two sections, then twisting each side back, away from the face, and wrapping into small buns, Princess Leia style. Secure with bobby pins; release (and shake out) in the morning. With short hair, secure the top half into two ponytails, pulling the hair only halfway through to create a rumpled A.M. texture.

Now that we’re done with the hair tips, it’s time for HOUSE tips. This will show you how to pull it off with flying colors.

1: Follow the rainbow. The key to using colors of all stripes? Repeat one or two so the space feels cohesive. Maybe try to pile on one of the colors with things like pillows and  rugs to tie the room together. Try to showcase the various shades in creative ways: layer throws on ladders, lean art on a windowsill, or maybe even topping a graphic rug with a striped one! For balance, neutral lamps and classic wood tables will offset the striped hues.

2: In a bedroom, dial down the tones and pump up the pattern. A bedroom with lively prints can still be restful if your color choices are calming. For a serene look, use accents in sea-inspired shades: a nautical-navy headboard, aqua green pillows, and maybe even walls painted sky blue. If you want to paint your walls, try Woodlawn Sterling Blue by Valspar. Flank the bed with matching night stands and space-saving sconces.

3: Layer your whites for a bathroom. With spectacular architecture and design elements, there’s nothing more impactful than white. The ultimate touch: a simple  white chandelier. Striped towels and a potted plant add just the right splash of color.

Okay! Now it’s time for the wallet part of this post! These tips will make your life a bit easier and your wallet lighter.

1: Keep your Social Security card at home in a locked file cabinet with your passport. “This is the number one item never to carry with you,” says Natalie Colley, an analyst with NY city-based wealth-management firm Francis Financial. “Someone with access to your Social Security number can easily open accounts in your name.”

2: NEVER EVER USE COUPONS. Got a clipping habit? Swap it for the Grocery Pal app, which displays weekly sales at supermarkets in your area.

3: No receipts! Refuse receipts from grocery stores, delis, and coffee shops. Throw any out in your wallet right now. Planning to return an item or submit a receipt for reimbursement? Get that paper out of your wallet daily and into one of two folders:  Expenses or Potential Returns.

4: Take other people’s business cards, but no matter what, DO NOT keep them in your wallet. Natalie Colley recommends CamCard, an app that lets you snapshot the info and make it searchable by name.

Let’s organize now! Yep, you heard me. ORGANIZING. Anyways, here are the tips and tricks!

1: Here’s a quick fix for paper pileups: Scan a room and notice where bills, school forms, and takeout menus have accumulated. That’s where you’re naturally inclined to keep that stuff. Mount a storage rack in the wall and you can keep it all there without cluttering the counter. (Simply Alexi pick: Wall Pockets, $13 for two, @ containerstore.com)

2: Corral loose coupons and store credits. You’re more likely to cash them in if you keep coupons and credits together in one spot that’s easy to access when you’re shopping- and that spot is the car. Use a clear zippered envelope tucked inside the overhead visor. (Simply Alexi pick: Zip Closure envelope, $1.80, @ jampaper.com)

3: Create a “Best Of” photo folder. Start a “favorites” album on your phone or computer, labeled by year, and regularly move your top pictures there as you take them. This will save time and hassle when you need to choose images for a class project, a gift book for family members, or a photo montage for a birthday.

4: Clean up your board game collection. They’re bulky, and the mangled cardboard boxes can be an eyesore on living-room shelves. A neater way to contain the games: Slot a dozen of them into a hanging fabric shelf system in a half closet. (Simply Alexi pick: Hanging 4 Shelf closet organizer, $25, @ greatusefulstuff.com)

5: Store shoes toe to heel. Flipping 1 shoe leaves room to fit more pairs, so you won’t have an overflow hogging the closet floor. Another space saver: Add inserts to boots to prevent toppling over. (Simply Alexi pick: Real Simple Boot Tongs, $10 for two, @ bedbathandbeyond.com)

Well, well well. Time for the makeup part! A solid choice for on-the-go (or just at home), these slim picks truly streamline your routine.

1:  Best For Lips- Butter London Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons. To Buy: $20, @ butterlondon.com

2: Best For Highlighting- Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight. To Buy: $21, @ clinique.com

3: Best For Eyes- Neutrogena Crease Proof Eye Shadow. To Buy: $8.50, @ neutrogena.com

4: Best For Cheeks- Charlotte Tillbury Beach Stick. To Buy/ $45, @ charlottetillbury.com

5: Best For Skin- NYX Cosmetics Mineral Stick Foundation. To Buy: $10, @ nyxcosmetics.com

Move over, makeup. Time for packing! Here’s a packing-made-easier checklist.

1: Go easy on clothing. Follow this formula: three tips for every bottom. (Trust me- you can get away with repeating.) As for footwear, limit yourself to sneakers and two pairs of shoes- one casual and one dressy. If you’re going to a sunny place like a beach, add flipflops. Snowy weather? Throw some boots in.

2: Keep tabs on your bag. Use a GPS-enabled luggage tracker (try LugLoc, $70, @ lugloc.com) to locate your suitcase if it gets lost. Also important: Label your bag tag with both an email address and a home address so that you can be more easily contacted in transit.

3: Get space-efficient. Packing cubes, like Eagle’s Creek Specter Cubes (from $13, @ eaglecreek.com), keep swimsuits, gym clothes, delicates, or dirty laundry compact and sorted. Squeeze out all the air for extra compression.

4: Use trash bags as wrinkle defenders. Here’s how: Line the bottom of your luggage with a garbage bag. After you’ve packed, add another one on top. The slippery surface keeps creases from setting.

5: Arrange contents strategically. First stash footwear and other heavy things near the wheelbase; this prevents the suitcase from tipping over. Then layer in this order: packing cubes, rolled garments, folded clothes, and bulky sweaters or jackets. Leave crushables, like voluminous dresses and/or hats, for last.

Phew! That took more than 20 minutes to write. Anyways, have a nice afternoon/morning/day/night! ~ Alexi