This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Devine Color by Valspar for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s time to go back to school. While most of us are focused on getting new school supplies, it’s also fun to play around with your home decor for the new year and give your space an upgrade!

I spend a lot of time in my room working on homework + projects, so it’s important to me to have a space that feels good! Redecorating your room doesn’t have to be a huge task, or expensive. You can make a huge impact on a budget, and still get awesome results.

My Back to School Bedroom

The walls in my room are verrrryyy boring and bare. I’ve always wished they were a different color, but since I rent the apartment I currently live in, it doesn’t seem worth it to me to re-paint the walls.

I used Devine Color’s Peel-and-Stick Speckled Dot removable wallpaper to add some life back into my room. I loved this change and it was very easy to install the wallpaper.

I picked out an awesome black and white pattern for my bedroom wall to tie into the rest of my decor.

I decided to put the peel-and-stick wallpaper on the wall that my desk sits on so that it can be an accent to the room.

I also decided to hang up a couple of my favorite desk items on my new wallpaper; like my calendar + corkboard, which are both from Target. The best part about Devine Color products is that they were made especially to work seamlessly with Target home decor items. You can only get Devine Color products at Target (online + in-stores.)

Bedroom Decor with Devine Color

The wallpaper also perfectly ties in with the Target decor in the rest of my room. Almost all of my bedding (sheets, comforter, and throws) are from Target.

Bedroom Decor with Devine Color

Bedroom Decor with Devine Color

Because I live in an apartment with 4 other girls, I wanted to do something for the rest of my housemates for back to school. So, I decided to make some chalkboard-painted mugs to share with the rest of my girls!

I used Devine Color’s chalkboard paint to paint ceramic coffee mugs. Bedroom Decor with Devine Color

Bedroom Decor with Devine Color

After 2 coats of Devine Color’s chalkboard paint, my mugs were dry, opaque, and ready to write on!


Devine Color + Target definitely didn’t disappoint. My housemates love my new room + keep asking where I got my wallpaper from!

Bedroom Decor with Devine Color


What are you doing to get in the back to school spirit? Let me know in the comments! And be sure to follow Devine Color on Instagram.

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As some of you may know (from my Instagram and previous blog post), I just attended New York Fashion Week for the first time a couple weeks ago. While the experience itself was amazing, it left me feeling pretty exhausted. It didn’t help that I started school the same week as NYFW, either.

To treat myself and recoup after NYFW, I teamed up with the team at mySpa to get a massage. (Side note: I am the biggest massage fiend. I think massages are one of God’s greatest gifts to the world and I never turn down the opportunity 😂)

Relaxing After NYFW with mySpa at Fairmont Chicago

I headed over to the Fairmont Chicago at Millennium Park for a day at the spa. I had never been to mySpa before and was blown away with the treatment + facilities.

mySpa is an 11,000-square-foot sanctuary offering personalized massage, skincare, body treatments, manicure, pedicure and couples experiences, a full-service fitness studio and retail area. Each massage, skincare, and body ritual treatment room includes an array of music choices, including iPod docks for a completely customizable musical experience, and a menu of exclusive myEssentials add-ons for massages. (How cool is that?!)

The spa itself is beautiful. I loved the clean, minimal feel of the spa, which helped me to really clear my mind from the stresses of the week.

I received a 50-minute full-body massage from Michael, one of the masseuses. The massage itself was heavenly, and I definitely recommend Michael to anyone heading over to mySpa in the future.

After my massage, I got to use the facility’s steam room + showers. Everything was in perfect condition, and I felt like a princess my whole time at mySpa.

I would 10/10 recommend this spa for anyone looking for an oasis in Chicago! For more information about mySpa, visit: http://www.fairmont.com/chicago/spa/


What do you do to relax after a long week? 

*I did receive a compensated massage from mySpa at Fairmont Chicago. All opinions are my own and honest. I am not being paid for this review.*

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Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty Sale is back again and I couldn’t be more excited! The sale this year includes some awesome products, and I already managed to snag a few. 

I’ll be sharing some of my favorite picks from the sale with you all in this post. Don’t forget to tell me what you’re planning on purchasing!

My Picks from the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Sale

You can see all the products on sale by visiting this website.

I grabbed two products from the sale already. The first is Benefit Cosmetics Rollerlash Mascara. The mascara is marketed to be super-curling and lengthening.

According to Ulta.com, Rollerlash Mascara is:

  • Easy – to – remove
  • Contains Provitamin B5 and Serin, ingredients known for their lash – conditioning benefits
  • Water – resistant
  • Ink black
  • Satin finish

Sign me up!

The other product I picked up from the sale is Clinique’s Take the Day Off Makeup Remover. I’ve used this product before and love how gently + effectively it removes my makeup.

The product (according to Ulta.com) is:

  • Allergy Tested
  • 100% Fragrance Free
  • Ophthalmologist tested
  • Appropriate for contact lens wearers
  • Paraben Free
  • Non-irritating, non-stinging
  • For all skin types

I have my eye on a few other items from Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty sale. If you want to see those items, click here to be taken to the board I made over at Maven.com


*This post is sponsored in partnership with Maven.com and Ulta Beauty. All opinions are my own and honest. 

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I still can’t believe that just this past weekend, I was in NYC for Fashion Week. It’s been a dream of mine to attend NYFW ever since I first learned about it as a little girl, and I still have to pinch myself when I realize I made that dream come true (and at age 20!)

My first Fashion Week experience was amazing, exhausting, exciting, and everything in-between. You really can’t prepare for what Fashion Week will throw at you…you really just have to face it head-on and experience it for yourself.

I’m sharing my experience with you all on the blog so that I can document this moment + also (hopefully) give some of you inspiration. I definitely left New York with a new boost of motivation + creativity injected into my veins.

My First-Ever NYFW Experience

I flew myself out to New York + attended most of the shows alone. While I met up with other friends + bloggers while I was in New York, it’s hard to really align your NYFW schedule perfectly with someone else. Plus, I got to do what I wanted to do since I was alone, and I don’t mind traveling alone at all!

I got to New York late Thursday night and headed to sleep early to prepare for the next day of attending shows.

Friday, September 8th

The first event I attended in New York was with my Obviously Team. Obviously is an advertising agency that I work with when creating content for my blog + social media platforms. Obviously was hosting an awesome “Relax + Refresh” event for their influencers throughout Fashion Week. I got to see the Obviously New York office, sip on some bubbly, get my makeup touched up by professionals, and charge my phone before heading out to shows. (Big THANK YOU to Obviously + Mae ❤️)

I then headed over to Pier 59 studios to attend the 831 Minhle Runway Show. I was so excited + nervous to attend my first-ever show and honestly had no idea what to expect. The show exceeded my expectations and I will never forget the experience.

I had a break in my day after the 831 Minhle show, so I grabbed some dinner before my next event, which was the Michael Costello Presentation.

The presentation was (probably) my favorite of the whole weekend. If the name Michael Costello sounds familiar, it may be because Costello was previously on Project Runway (he also designed Beyonce’s 2014 Grammy gown). The collection was absolutely dreamy + I loved how I got to walk around the space to see all of the models.

Saturday, Sept. 9

Saturday was a lot longer of a day for me…and it was pretty exhausting. But, I loved every minute of it and would totally do it again if I could.

I started off seeing the Taoray Wang runway show at Skylight Clarkson Square. After a series of very fortunate events, I was actually able to sit FRONT. FREAKING. ROW. at this show.

 

I then headed over to the Intrepid Air + Space museum to see the Linda Gail runway show. It was so interesting because the museum was open to the public and then there was also a fashion show going on in the back…which I had never seen before.

After Linda Gail, I headed over to Chelsea for a sushi dinner date with a fellow Chicago-blogger babe, Christina of Cuddlepill. I loved hanging out with her + getting to have a little piece of Chicago with me (check out her blog and Instagram! Her style is killer + she is the funniest).

My next show on Saturday was Irina Vitjaz. I loved the metallic fabrics Irina Vitjaz used in this collection, and really liked the model’s sleek hair + makeup.

My last runway show of the weekend was an Art Hearts Fashion show. The show was hosted by Nick Cannon + showcased multiple different designers, which was fun to watch and a good ending to the day.


New York Fashion Week left me with so many memories, and I can’t be more thankful for the opportunity to attend. It really goes to show that you can achieve any dream you put your mind (and hard work!) into.

 

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