Not Your Average Vanity

My issue with the classic vanity setup? It ends up being a landing zone for everything I didn’t have time to put away before I had to leave. Clothes I tried on but didn’t put back on the hanger? Pile it on the chair. No time to put back all the products I used because I sat on my bed in a towel for 18 years after I showered, and now have -15 minutes to make myself look like a human? Just leave it all on the desk, lookin’ like some kind of crime scene.

Sound familiar?

I made the change from the typical vanity setup (desk, chair, mirror, light) about  a year ago and I will never go back. If you have an issue keeping your vanity area clean, maybe it’s time to rearrange your space. My vanity/hair and makeup station is my all time favorite spot in my room.IMG_0476.jpg My favorite thing about this set up is how you are free to get up-close and personal without your desk stabbing you in your ribcage, and keeping you from making sure you got every last eyelash smothered in mascara. (Yes, I know they have magnifying mirrors but those are scarier and show you the every pore you never needed to see. #IgnoranceIsBliss)

The shelves make it so easy to organize the products and tools you use all within reach, and no drawers to close mean less work for me when I’m in a hurry.

A Few Tricks I Used To Organize:

TALL Shelves

Y’all should have SEEN me try and get these shelves into the car after I accidentally told an Ikea attendant that I didn’t need help. It was a SHOW for those who were lucky enough to observe my misery.

HUGE Vanity Mirror 

I got mine at Kirkland’s, and I am SO happy with it. It was hard to find a mirror with the dimensions I wanted.

Letter/File Organizer

This is such an incredible alternative to stacking all of your palettes on top of each other. This isn’t the exact one I have, but it’s pretty dang close.

Makeup Organizer

I love this one because you can separate the top and bottom part and put them on different shelves.

Earring Holder

Not the exact one I have, but if you’re anything like me it’s a great way to see all of the earrings before you wear them once and then lose them!

A Few Tricks I Would Use If I Didn’t Spend All of My Money on Food:

Vanity Lights

Okay, this is actually really on my list of things to get since I have zero lighting in my room. My biggest thing is that I can easily remove them when I want to use my full length mirror for it’s actual purpose of being a full length mirror.

A Necklace Display

Definitely a better idea than laying them all out on a plate that I’m pretty sure is supposed to hold serving spoons? Whatever.

A Rotating Product Display

I would love to organize my bottom shelf to look less cluttered but…I could spend that money on Chipotle or crab dip so…

 

Dear 2018, Sorry I’m Late, But I’m Doing My Best.

Spring cleaning, birthdays, break-ups, graduation, getting out of jail, New Years.

What do these things have in common? They inspire the need for change, renewal, and purging past negativity as we welcome a new beginning.

(You can also probably count on alcohol and an impromptu haircut that we later write off as a “phase” BUT not the focus here.)

A round of applause for those who have made a resolution for 2018 and actually kept it up to this point:

I, for one, am not included in this group BUT January is a free trial month!

As I plaster my phone background with pictures of Victoria’s Secret Models as motivation for my ever-so-original “get fit and eat healthy” resolution, I was thinking of some resolutions that might be worth trying (and might last longer than a week).

So here is my list of resolutions to try, fail, try again, forget about, think about, and then start fresh for 2019 with:

Write more handwritten thank you notes.

It’s so easy to take for granted when a co-worker covers a shift, or your sister lets you borrow her clothes, or a  front desk lady was nice to you when she really didn’t have to be. A handwritten thank you note could be the difference between someone having a bad day, and someone feeling like they really made a difference to you.

Pay attention and be intentional.

I have two very bad habits: 1. Taking it very personally if people aren’t intentional and thoughtful and  2. Not taking the time to be intentional and thoughtful myself. It means so much to me when people show me that they consider me, so I would like to put more of an effort towards that.

Remember birthdays.

This goes along with the considerate thing. It doesn’t make you a bad person if you forget- but it makes you a little better if you put in that effort of remembering.

Offer to help more

The worst they can say is no. Make dinner, feed the dog, wash the car.

Take more pictures.

This one doesn’t need much of an explanation. There’s a difference between “wanting to live in the moment and not through a lens” and “i’m too lazy/I forgot/I”m sure someone else will take some”.

Give genuine compliments more often.

I always stop myself from complimenting people because I’m afraid I’m going to creep them out when in reality, unless the compliment is genuinely creepy like “That’s a nice bra strap”, a compliment will never fail to make my whole day. So why not hand them out a little more?

Speak kindly of others.

Quit talkin’ shit. If I wouldn’t want it said about me, why would I say it about someone else? A lesson I learned in preschool I should certainly be capable of doing now.

Strive for self-awareness: What influences my mood?

Is it when I get more sleep? Eat past a certain time? Have only one cup of coffee? Who in my life is a common denominator for my good days? Bad days?

Finish a whole stick of Chapstick before losing it!!!!!

TBH I just think this could be a cool fact to tell people as icebreakers?

So cheers to you, 2018.

Here goes nothing…