Saturday, March 26, 2016

My New Vanity!!

Hi love bugs,

I hope everyone is having a good weekend! I know that I've been MIA on the social media front for a while. I lost my grandfather last week unexpectedly and I needed some time to myself to process and heal. But I am back with a post I have been so so excited to share with you guys! 

I have been dying to put together a vanity in my room for years! I don't know about you guys, but I cannot stand getting ready in a bathroom! Having to lean over the sink to get close enough to the mirror to put mascara on (don't even pretend like you don't do that), or having my make-up all over the drives me (and Camrin) crazy! With all the moving we do (see : About Me) it seemed like it was just pointless to invest in something that we would have to take apart and move a few months down the road anyway. BUT, I finally broke down and put one together. I just couldn't resist any longer. Besides, I thought it would be the perfect thing to document and share with you guys! Any excuse I can find right?! 

So, I actually started this process completely different. I started with a floating shelf, a bar stool, and a simple round mirror, hung on the wall. I tried that for a couple weeks before posting anything about it, so that I could make sure I liked this concept before recommending it to everyone. I'm so glad I did that, because it turned out, I hated it! It seems to be a bit of a trend, the whole, floating shelf vanity concept. It definitely saves space and looks nice. But personally, I found that when I tried to use it, I never felt like I had enough space. Things were constantly falling off. So I removed the shelf and the mirror and started from scratch. 

I started with this desk from IKEA. I think I can safely say that most of you who are reading this are already familiar with the IKEA desk systems. I used the Linnmon table top in white and four Adils legs in white ! This desk cost me a whopping $25. You just cannot beat that price. The mirror....this is my favorite part and I will actually be doing a whole post just on this lighted mirror alone sometime later this week! But...sneak peek, I got it for $40! And I didn't have to wire it through the wall either! So keep an eye out for that post. :) 

The makeup organizer is from The Container Store. I got it about a year ago and I couldn't find that particular one. But here is a similar one for $17.99

The flowers are form Home Goods, and the apothecary jars holding my Q-tips and cotton balls are from my last post

As of right now my makeup brushes are in these jars that I have had forever, but if I'm being honest, they are the next thing to be replaced. I also just recently purchased a cake stand from the $3 section at Target to get my skin care products up off the desk surface and more tidy. 

The chair you might recognize from my desk area...I decided to move it to my vanity and get a new desk chair because it just felt so perfect here! It is, unfortunately an over priced Pottery Barn chair that was a gift. Just trust me, don't waste your money on this. Go and find a similar chair from Target if you really like it!

My vanity was such a hit in our house! Camrin loves it because it keeps all my makeup off the bathroom counter, I love it because it makes it possible for me to sit and relax while I get ready everyday...even Tyson loves it! You know I couldn't pass up the opportunity to sneak a pick of my boy in here ;)

Later this week I will be sharing more about this mirror and how I got it for $40. And coming soon....California Cupcake is getting a whole new segment! I don't want to spoil it for you guys, but I've been working on it for a couple weeks and I am so ready to share! Hopefully you'll all love it too!

I hope you guys loved today's post! Leave me comments about your personal vanity experiences and tips! 

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