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DIY: Updating side tables! 

If you don’t already know, I’m getting ready to move in to my first apartment! I have been very busy getting things together and figuring out what I want to do with the place. I am so thankful that I have people in my life willing to help me with this part of my life. Furniture is so expensive now days and it is difficult to afford these things as a college student. Luckily, I do have these great people and family members who have provided me with some old furniture and other apartment supplies! For this post, I will be talking about these side tables that I got from my grandpa!


I have 2 identical side tables. This is how they started out. I’m guessing they are pretty old, considering my grandpa has had them ever since I can remember and the way they are out together is a bit old-fashioned. There was also a lot of scratches and damages to the table top.   Now I am gonna tell you everything I used to make them new again!

  • Varnish stripper (I got mine at Menards! I tried a few different kinds to see which one worked best. I found that the stripper that foamed up worked the best for me).
  • Sand paper
  • Rubber gloves
  • Putty knife/scraping utensil
  • Paint tray/ container to put stripper in
  • Detail sander/ regular sander
  • Wood bleach
  • Polyurethane
  • Sponge
  • Sponge brushes
  • Cardboard to sit your project on

This project took a while to finish. Mostly because I didn’t really have a clear idea on what I wanted to do with the tables. I knew that I wanted to bleach them or stain them again, so I set off to strip the original varnish off of them as a start. This process is not easy and it is very time consuming. Patience is definitely necessary when stripping wood, especially very old wood. The stripping process took about 6-7 hours total.

The stripper that I decided worked best was a kind of foam. It foamed up and you let it sit for 15 minutes, then you take your scraper and attempt to scrape off the old varnish. You have to let the stripper soak in before any varnish will come up. I repeated the stripped process 3-4 times on each table because this table was VARNISHED af. It had so many layers!! So after that I let them sit and dry. We washed them down after we were finished stripping them.

***ALSO: the stripper I used was extremely irritating to the skin so please please use gloves when applying it!!***

They dried within a day and this is the finished product after being stripped: 

As you can tell, it is not as shiny or smooth looking as the original picture and the scratches and damages seem to be gone.

I let these sit for a few weeks after stripping them trying to decide what to do. I decided I wanted a more rustic feel, so I decided to bleach them. I decided I only wanted to bleach the table-top and make them somewhat 2-toned.

The bleaching process was super easy and I would totally do it again. I was concerned that my wood bleach wouldn’t be enough for both tables, but I had a ton left over! This is the table before bleaching:


You can see that the table is more of a matte brown. It’s all one color and fairly dark. This is how I applied the bleach (excuse my horrid looking self). The bleach I purchased was from Menards. It had solution A and solution B. If you have a soft wood, you apply solution A and let it sit for 5 minutes (hard wood let sit for 10-15) and then after that you apply solution B to the surface. I applied he solutions with a sponge, but make sure to use 2 separate sponges and bowls for the solutions! After bleaching, you’re supposed to let it sit and dry over night. If you want the color to be even lighter, repeat the process! I sanded my tables after every bleaching process.


This is the final result of the bleached tables! 

I ended up repeating the bleaching process 3 times. I did this on a pretty hot day and they dried up quick (I’m an immediate results kinda gal). As you can see, they lightened up a lot!!

***My skin didn’t burn as aggressively from the bleach compared to the stripper but you should definitely still wear gloves!!***

Finally, I painted on some polyurethane to seal everything in. The polyurethane definitely darkens the table a tiny bit after the bleaching, but it will dry lighter. And viola! The final product!


I am so happy with how these turned out and I learned a lot from the process!! I don’t know how keen I will be on stripping wood in the future, but now I know how to do it!

Hope you enjoyed this DIY!

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Kohls Haul!

I will start this off very simple. Kohls has amazing deals, therefore I buy a lot when the deals are in season. If you’re a member, then there are even more deals. Lucky for me, my mom is a member and got a crazy amount of coupons! I have been looking for clothes that I can wear for work this summer in an office setting, so I picked up a few things for that purpose!

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First off, I found this adorable baby-doll shirt for $10.00 from the brand Rewind. It is black with a silver/gold collar, and I think it would look cute with jeans or white dress pants. You can definitely dress this up or down for any occasion!

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Next, I got this very simple periwinkle (it looks grey, but its more purple-ish) t-shirt for $9.00 from APT. 9. I thought this would go well again with white dress pants and accessorized with pearls!

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This adorable asymmetrical bay-doll shirt caught my eye because of its bright blue and funky pattern! It is from the brant ELLE and I got it for $10.00.

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This one looked more comfy to me than anything, and I am allllll about comfort in the workplace! I am a huge fan of stripes as well, so it really worked for me. I got this for $8.00, also from APT. 9. The sleeves also attracted me because they flare out at the ends, and of course the opening in the chest is a bit edgy!

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My final, and favorite shirt I got was this adorable red long-sleeve from ELLE again. It is a very silky fabric and I am a huge fan of the ruffles! I got this for $10.00.

We also had $20 in KohlsCash and 20% off the whole purchase, which brought them down even more. Love the deals, love Kohls!

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Weekend Haul!

This weekend I did a lot of adventuring/shopping/bargain hunting and I came out with some pretty solid deals! I am gonna tell you guys where I shopped this weekend, what I purchased, and how much they were!

Saturday my mom and grandma came up to Kent State for a visit. We ate at Mike’s Place. If you ever happen to find yourself in Kent, Ohio, you should definitely go to Mike’s. They have an array of food, but especially lots of breakfast food selection! It is usually the place to go after a long night out (since pancakes fix every problem, including a hangover). Then we went to downtown Kent. It was a pretty rainy day, so it wasnt very fun walking around downtown, but we managed to get to Peace, Love, & Little Donuts. We also went into Gracie Lane, which is basically a little shop with jewelry, scarves, Vera Bradley, and just kind of girly stuff. This brings me to my first purchase! IMG_1355

I picked up this adorable t-shirt from Simply Southern at Gracie Lane. It was $17.00, and I absolutely had to have it. I just loved that back, and I feel like it will be super cute for the summer!

Next we went to my favorite place, Gabes. I had to take my mom and grandma there and teach them the ways of bargain hunting. I have 2 jobs this summer, so I have been looking for some work professional clothing/outfits. I got lucky at Gabes this time!IMG_3402

My first item is palazzo pants! I have worn pants similar to these in the past, and they are just so comfy! They look cute, they are super comfy, and you can wear them for any occasion. You can easily dress them up for an office job, or dress down for going out. These are Robert Louis pants and I got them for $8.00.

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I got this adorable skirt from Gabes as well. I got it for $12.00. It goes a little bit past my knees, but I think it would be super cute for spring/summer. It also seems like it would be very comfortable and freeing!

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My mom and grandma also got lucky! My mom got a few different skirts for work as well, and toys for my dog. My grandma got a cute polka-dot button down and this gorgeous painting for her hallway!

Today, I went to the Aurora Farms Premium Outlets in Aurora, Ohio with my friend Sammy. I went into this spree thinking that I wouldn’t get anything, but I was very wrong. They had so many great deals!!! Let’s start with my items from Banana Republic.

If you know me, you know that I absolutely hate wearing shorts. Shorts are the devil for thick girls. I have quite thick thighs, and I am not ashamed, I just personally do not like my inner thighs rubbing together until they bleed (yes, this has happened before). BUT, every year I try shorts because who wants to be in pants in 80 degree weather?? SO this is my attempt for this year, and I think I am in love. These shorts are long enough to cover where I usually rub, and short enough to not look like awkward jorts. They are sooo comfy and almost a little stretchy, and the patterns are adorable for summer. I got both of these on sale for $7.00.

Next I got these adorable shirts! I think these would be great as office attire as well. The green shirt was $7.00 as well, and has an adorable tie-up front. It is a super comfortable material and I plan on wearing it with one of the pairs of shorts I got. The grey stripes was $10.00, and I am in love with the sleeves! They are so unique, and there are cute embellishments around the neckline as well. (Peep my pink toes, oops.)

My next stop was Coach. I didn’t even want to go into the store, because as a bargain shopper, Coach isn’t exactly the place for deals. BUT, today was different. My friend Sammy wanted to go in, so I followed, and little did I know that everything in the store would be 50% off of it’s already marked down price! I could not pass up this deal!

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I got this adorable tan/gold wristlet! It has cardholders on the inside, and I decided to use it for my keys and cards that I cary with me at all times. This beauty was originally $75.00, and I ended up taking it home for $19.00! This was such a steal, and I will carry it with me wherever I go. I am so excited to use it!

Finally, I am gonna show you guys my OOTD for shopping at the outlets!

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I got my sunglasses a while back from Charming Charlie’s. I think I split them with my mom and they were like 2 pairs for $15.00. My shirt is from TJ Maxx, and it doubles as a dress (or, I guess it is a dress that doubles as a shirt, lol). I just tie them in a knot in th front or on the side and it’s fool proof! I think I paid $10.00-$15.00 for it. My jeans are form American Eagle, and they were $45.00. My shoes were from Kohl’s and I got them a few years ago and I think they are the brand SOS. I think they were anywhere from $10.00-$20.00. Finally, my purse! My purse is from Plato’s Closet, and it is a Steve Madden. I stumbled upon this gorgeous thang over spring break and I have been using it an wearing it ever since. It matches so much that I wear, and it is big enough to keep all my crap in. I can imagine this was originally very expensive, but I go it for $16.00.

I hope you guys enjoyed reading about my weekend and all of the things I bought! Thank you for tuning in and I will probably show you guys future outfits that incorporate these clothes! Ciao!

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Gabes Exclusive Outfit and AOTD (Adventure Of The Day)!

Hello! I hope everyone had a fabulous week and that you have fantastic plans for this weekend! My weekend started early since my 4 friends and I don’t have classes on Fridays, so we adventured today! We tried new things and had a great time. I also got to try out a super cute Gabes exclusive outfit, and I am so excited to show you guys!! Let me know about your exciting weekend plans!

First off, we adventured into Stow, Ohio where we settled down in a little breakfast cafe called Stownut Donut & Diner. We all got donuts to start off our morning of adventures. My favorite is chocolate custard donuts, which they luckily had! The diner had a super cute 50’s vibe, and the people there were so pleasant! Next, we drove to Akron, Ohio where we went through the Akron Art Museum. We took a lot of pictures and enjoyed the art. None of us are art majors, but it was fun to go and look at the different creations people have made. (Insert picture of me pretending to understand this work of art titled, Untitled by Morris Louis). IMG_5796

After the museum, we ventured around Akron a bit and stumbled upon a cute coffee shop called Akron Coffee Roasters. It was a quaint little shop. I ordered a latte, and it was absolutely delicious. It was also in a very aesthetically pleasing cup and had a design drawn into the foam on top.

IMG_5802Finally, we traveled to another area in Akron where we went to a thrift shop. I forget the exact name of the shop, but it was huge and had a wide variety of clothing and home decor for super cheap. I didn’t get anything today, but I am looking forward to going back if I have any cool DIY ideas for clothing or something along those lines. As you know, I love shopping for the deals, and thrift shops are just the place for deals! Especially if you are going to DIY, you don’t want to spend a huge amount on something that you could potentially mess up, or at least that’s just me. We finished our adventure with a stop at Pizza Fire, where I proceeded to eat an entire pizza after only eating a donut all day.

Finally, here is the Gabes exclusive outfit that I have been so excited to show off!

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As I mentioned, every item of clothing is from Gabes! I know that I have shown you guys the purse and the shoes, which I have obviously turned into stable wardrobe pieces. The shoes were $8.00 I believe, and the Bueno purse was $16.00. My dress was $12.00, and I absolutely love this look for spring! The navy is dark, but with the off-the-shoulder look paired with the lace on the flowy sleeves, it screams “I am a spring-time fairy, look how awesome I am!!!”. This outfit was also super comfortable and perfect for my adventure today.

I had a super fun day, and I have great plans for the rest of the weekend as well. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend as well and were inspired to go somewhere new! Ciao!

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The Magnificent Gabriel Brothers

This blog is dedicated to my all time favorite store, Gabes. If you don’t know what Gabes is, you are seriously missing out in life and you need to find the nearest Gabes immediately and experience the greatness. Gabes is heaven for bargain shoppers such as myself; I promise you there will always be a deal! They have name brand clothing and everything is up to 70% off at all times. I probably go once a week (sorry, Mom) and I find something amazing every time.

My love of Gabes bloomed the very first weekend I was at Kent State. Some older friends I had at Kent told me it was awesome and everything was so cheap and amazing. I am always looking for the cheapest option, but I sincerely thought that Gabes could never live up to the cheapness that I am. However, I was very wrong. The moment I walked in there, my life changed forever. Angels sang from the heavens. Long story short, I spent $50.00 total on 14 items. 14 ITEMS!!! Cute dresses, shirts, and even a skirt. I was speechless. From then on, Gabes and I have become inseparable. I go there for everything. I have gotten some insane deal there which include but are not limited to $4.00 Steve Madden sandals, $3.00 denim mini skirt, $5.00 Vera Wang earrings, countless cheap items from Express, and even non-clothing items such as name-brand water bottles, yoga mats ($5.00!!!), and rugs. My only critique is that you really have to dig to find the good stuff, so you definitely need to block out a good 3 hours of your day to sufficiently experience the magnificence that is Gabes.

The outfit that I am about to show you was completely purchased from Gabes for under $30.00! No joke. I wore this outfit to the Panic! At The Disco concert in March (which was amazing, by the way) and I got so many compliments on it. 1aebcb0e33246d947e2ad4e55c632574

Let’s go from top to bottom. The earrings that I am wearing are the gorgeous $5.00 Vera Wang hoops I talked about in the previous paragraph! I purchased them for the sole purpose of matching my shoes, which I will get to in a bit. The romper I am wearing was around $12.00, it is t-shirt material, and was super comfy for jumping around and fan-girling over Brendon Urie. My tights were $2.00 (sorry, I don’t know the brand), and were surprisingly comfy. I was skeptical about this purchase, because as a woman with thick thighs, tights are not always our friend. But these tights stretched nicely and didnt dig into my skin. They were a good choice for a hot, concert atmosphere and a little scandalous. My shoes were $7.00 and I believe they are Hot Kiss? Anywho, they were so comfortable and stylish. They have adorable rhinestones on the top which matched the earrings perfectly, and they laced around my ankles and tied into bows. I was so surprised by these shoes, and I have worn them with a few other outfits recently. All together, this outfit cost $26.00!!!! (P.S. Shoutout to my roommate Maddie for the purse!).

I was inspired to write this because I was in Gabes today (shocker), and I noticed how awesome the deals were especially today. I got a pair of jeans for $3.00!!! Like wtf???? that doesn’t happen anywhere else besides thrift stores and Goodwill. One of my other purchases that I wanted to show you guys is an adorable purse that I purchased today. IMG_5667IMG_5668

Now, I am normally a brown/black purse gal, but I have recently fell in love with floral patterns. It is spring time, y’all, and everyone needs a little pop of color in their lives. I purchased this adorable, over the shoulder BUENO purse today and I am in love. It was originally $65.00, but at Gabes I walked away with this gorgeous hunk of leather for only $16.00. I haven’t worn it out yet, but I have a feeling that it will be worth writing about.

If you have heard of Gabes and love it as much as I do, let me know! If you haven’t experienced Gabes, come visit me at Kent State and I will show you the way to salvation! Ciao!

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My first post!

Hey everyone! This is my first post here, so bare with me. If you are looking at this page, you know that this is all about fashion and style and crafts and DIY’s and everything girly and awesome. I started this blog because I really enjoy fashion and style. I try to dress with some sort of style everyday, unlike your stereotypical sweatpants-wearing, messy bun-having, pizza-eating college student (disclosure: some days I am exactly the stereotypical college student; oops). My idea for this blog blossomed after weeks of posting OOTD (outfit of the day) snaps on my Snapchat. Some people got tired of them very quickly, but to this day I post a OOTD because I pretty much just feel like it and I can. So, without further ado, my first post!

So I am gonna start out with what I stated earlier, and show you how this blog blossomed into what it hopefully will be. I am gonna show you 2 of my favorite OOTD’s from the past few months. I will let you guys know where everything I am wearing is from and how much they were! Let me know what you guys think! OOTD here we come!

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OOTD #1: This here is one of my staple outfits. It is so simple for going out for lunch with friends, or even to dress it up to go out for a casual dinner. This type of outfit can be worn anytime of the year (if it’s warm enough). It’s cute, it’s sassy, it’s practical, and it is everything I live for. This is a special OOTD because it happens to be paired with my absolute favorite lipstick of all time, Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Damned. I purchased this at my local Sephora and omg this shit is the bomb.com. It is dark and vampy but not too crazy that little kids fear you when you walk down the street. It stays on literally all day and I have never had to reapply it. That is probably why it costs an arm and a leg ($20.00, sorry I am just a frugal person who normally doesn’t spend that much on lipstick). 10/10 Kat Von D. Onto the clothing, the Skull Pineapple shirt is actually from one of my favorite places to shop, Plato’s Closet. Plato’s is cheap and stylish and they always have the latest trends. Although I don’t know where the original shirt is from, the brand is Free State. I paid less than $10.00 for it. The jean jacket is one of my staple pieces to an outfit because they literally match everything. I got this jacket from…wait for it… my GRANDMA! Yes, grandmas can be fashionable. She got this jacket at Old Navy for around $30.00 I am assuming. Next up is the leggings, and these are simple because just about all of my leggings are from PINK/Victoria’s Secret and they are around $30.00 usually. My purse is from the one and only, Target. I used this purse for months and sometimes I still switch to it depending on what I am wearing. It matches so well with just about any color. I think I paid around $24.00 for it on sale. I purchased my TOMS from Journey’s and got them as a Christmas gift. TOMS are usually $50.00 and that is what I paid for them.

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OOTD #2: This is also one of my staple outfits to wear for the spring. Let’s start with the Pineapple hat. I eyed up this beauty in one of the best places on Earth, Target. It was $16.00 not on sale and I cringed a little when I purchased it, but I literally wear it all the time. Surprisingly, the light blue color matches things that you wouldn’t think it would, so it has become one of my go-to hats for when my hair isn’t cooperating. My jacket was purchased in Windsor, Canada while on spring break at Urban Planet. It’s basically a mashup of Urban Outfitters and Forever 21, or that is what it seemed like to me. I got it for $32.00. The brand is called Streetwear Society and OHMYGOD this jacket is life!! When it was still chilly I wore this over just about everything. It does keep you warm, but don’t wear it out in 20 degree weather. Be reasonable. My black and white striped shirt is from Old Navy. It is long sleeved, and I got it on clearance for like, $4.00. It is awesome because it matches so much and it is light enough to wear when it is warmer out. My jeans are form American Eagle and I paid $45.00 for them. They are known as the Tomgirl jeans and they are oh-so-comfy. It almost feels like I’m not wearing real jeans. BUT, be warned my fellow fashionistas; your very religious grandpa will see your leg tattoo in them, and he will not be happy. Finally, again I am wearing TOMS. These were $50.00 as well and I got them from Journey’s!

Well y’all, I hope you enjoyed my first blog post. If you have questions/comments/concerns let me know! I am willing to take suggestions on what to post about so I don’t just abuse you all with my OOTD every single day. Adios for now muchachas!