Fall Room Tour | How Our Room Is Decorated & Organized!

Today I thought I would share with you what my boyfriend and I’s room looks like in the fall months!

This isn’t my dream room or exactly how I want it decorated, but I’ve made aesthetic compromises because I have dogs who sleep in our bed with us and I share the room with a man so I don’t want to overwhelm him with my girly style.

Enjoy a peek at our cozy little bedroom 🙂

Tip: If you or your partner are a blanket hog, try sleeping with separate comforters! 

Our bed is a king-size mattress on the floor with no box spring or frame. I personally love the feel of the bed being close the floor. It allows for our dogs to easily get on and off and makes it feel cozy and safe to me.

For the purposes of this post, I made the bed with only one comforter (I think it looks nicer made with one blanket). In reality, we sleep with two comforters so that we never have to worry about the covers being stolen. This is one of those compromises I was talking about earlier. 😉 While I don’t prefer the look of two duvets, it’s actually awesome to never worry about stealing the blankets or our dogs sleeping between us.

Bedding

My favorite feature of our room is the flannel and fuzzy sheet combo on our bed. These sheets are the softest and warmest thing in the world. I keep them on all year until it’s too hot to bear because they’re so cozy!

I also recommend getting a flannel duvet cover for ultimate warmth and to weigh your blanket down a bit.

Decor

Comment below if you want to see a DIY room decor post soon! 

These three circles are my favorite decoration in our room. I simply stretched pieces of cloth across sewing rings and hung them up! I love the way they look.

Bathroom

Our room has an attached bathroom with this big mirror and sink area right outside. I store a ton of stuff below the sink so I organize our most used products on the counter, around the sink.

Storage

I am able to store so much in these drawers! On the right you can see how I store my makeup in just two of the drawers! The rest of the storage space is used for things like travel sized product, hair tools and vitamins.

On top is one of my favorite fall scented candles 🙂

View From The Bed

Between our closet (on the left) and bedroom door (on the right) I hung this big tapestry behind our clothing rack and ottoman. I love how big and bright it makes the room feel!

Thank you for reading! Don’t forget to comment below for more home tour, organization and decor posts!

Get Ready With Me – Day Off Edition! | GRWM | Breakfast, Shower, Makeup & Outfit!

First, I wake up and take care of my pups

I usually start the day by letting my dogs out to go potty and drinking a bottle of water. I always wake up hungry and eat breakfast right away (I’m a monster until I eat in the morning). Today I decided to make some gluten-free pancakes, turkey bacon and two over easy eggs. Mmmmm 🙂

Shower

When I have a little more time to shower I’ll use a mask to deep condition my hair and a sugar scrub to exfoliate my body. I exfoliate my whole body with the scrub then lather body wash to shave my legs with.

I use a men’s razor because I find I get a closer, smoother shave. I’ll leave my hair mask in while I shave, rinsing it out at the end of my shower. I usually wash my face in the shower once I’m done getting all the product out of my hair. See this blog post for more information about my skincare routine!

Products: Macadamia Hair Mask, Sugar Crush Body Scrub, Moroccan Oil Moisture Repair Shampoo, Rich & Foamous Body Wash, BIC Razor.

After I’m done showering I immediately blow dry my lashes on a low-heat setting. The lady who does my lashes taught me this trick for removing the water as quickly as possible and I find it works really well!

I then moisturize my body with The Righteous Body Lotion and take my hair down to brush and dry.

I don’t usually style my hair, today I just put a little bit of Biosilk in it to detangle and brushed it with my Tangle Teaser brush, letting it dry naturally. Sometimes I curl it with a 1″ curling iron but realistically, I don’t very often.

Makeup

Let me be honest, I don’t always wear makeup on my days off or even days when I work. I find I wear it a lot less now that I have eyelash extensions. My favorite part of having them is skipping mascara! I have very watery eyes and mascara tends to run when I wear it. Eyelash extensions make me feel put together as soon as I wake up even without any other makeup.

If I were going to apply makeup it would be a look using only a few products like the one below. I like to keep it simple 🙂

Products: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Benefit Hydrating Crease-Control Concealer, High Beam Liquid Highlighter, It Cosmetics Foundation Brush

First, I used Benefit’s Hydrating Crease-Control Concealer under my eyes and blended it in with my ring finger. I then followed up with the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in shade 10 Light around my nose using my foundation brush from It Cosmetics to blend. Lastly, I applied Benefit’s High Beam highlighter on my cheek bones and the bridge of my nose.

Here’s the finished makeup look: 

Outfit 

I love wearing white and other light colors on my days off since I work with food and don’t want to ruin my nicer clothing. Today I chose a cream and white flannel I bought at TJ Max, along with a long white tank top, gray leggings, and these cute Ugg boots that I love!

I tend to buy a lot of my clothes off of Poshmark or at second hand stores! I linked what I could find above!

Plan With Me | Fall Edition! | Vertical Erin Condren Life Planner |

Yay! Fall is here! There’s just something about this season that puts a smile on my face 🙂

I wanted to share this especially festive spread with you purchased from one of my favorite Etsy sticker shops, Paisley Prints Co!

Usually I would blog a clean spread with no writing but I thought it might be helpful to show you what it looks like when I’m part way through a week. I write my to-do lists and check in with my habit trackers the night before each day. I find this keeps me organized and acts as a sort of planning ritual to keep me on track with my week!

I’d love to see your spreads and planning styles in the comments below. Thank you for reading!

My Planning Essentials:

Travel Journal | Portland, OR – Oregon Coast | A REAL Vacation in Photos

I’ve been inspired by so many travel journals posted by many girls I look up to like this one and this one! Naturally, these girl’s photos are beautifully posed and edited. I wanted to write a little disclaimer that my version of a travel journal might be less perfect than the ones that inspired this post. I don’t have a camera crew or fancy equipment and lighting!

So this is my very real vacation to Portland and the Oregon Coast in photos. Enjoy 🙂

Portland, OR

Ladd’s Addition

 

Crescent Beach, OR

Crescent Beach Trail
Crescent Beach Trail
Crescent Beach
Crescent Beach
Crescent Beach

 

Astoria, OR

Megler Bridge
Astoria, OR
Astoria Transit Center

Tools For Coping With Anxiety! | What I Do DURING A Panic Attack

I’ve struggled with anxiety most of my life and used to have anxiety attacks regularly. Over time, I have learned several ways to keep my anxiety at bay which has honestly changed my life. You can read here all about how I got my anxiety under control when it was at it’s worst through meditation and mindfulness.

Even though my anxiety has been much more frequent in the past, I still have the occasional break down triggered by random stressful situations. Today I want to share with you what I do during an anxiety attack to calm my mind and get through it as painlessly as possible.

Breath 

This is by far the most important tip I have for you!

When your mind is “in the clouds”, it’s important to bring yourself back to the body. Anxiety attacks can cause extreme shortness of breath and even hyperventilation (often a symptom I experience). I will breathe so quickly that I’ll start to choke on my own breath which makes the experience even more frightening than it already is.

Without forcing your breathing, feel your chest rising and falling. Try to slow your breath and feel your body moving as you inhale and exhale. The last anxiety attack I had, my dad told me to focus on relaxing the middle of my torso just below the rib cage. This tip really helped bring me back to my body so I could slow my breathing.

Stay Warm

I often get chills and hot flashes while I’m in the midst of an anxiety attack. My teeth chatter and I’ll break out in sweats almost like the flu. My dad has always told me to keep the body warm during a panic attack by bundling up and drinking warm water. I asked him to help me explain why this helps so much:

First thing to know is there are many different causes of anxiety and panic attacks from a Chinese medicine perspective. No one treatment is going to help everyone – and you should always seek out competent healthcare advice to make sure a given treatment is right for your constitution.

That said, I’ve found the warm/hot water trick to be invaluable for people who are having high anxiety moments or panic attacks. Part of this is simple – drinking something warm is soothing for us – and the ritual of getting hot water can often be enough of a focus for the mind to reduce the anxious feelings, depending on their severity.

On a more complex level, we can think about what’s going on in the instance of a panic attack. Your body is flooded with biochemicals that signal the body to go into fight or flight mode. This shunts energy, heat, blood and resources out to the limbs so you can run for your life! The interior of the body, particularly the digestion, gets no love in this situation. So, by taking warm water into the center, we are reminding the body to pay attention to the interior, and giving needed yang energy (yang is the warming side of the yin-yang pair) that can help to draw excessive thinking and energy down and in – the perfect antidote to the “up and out” gesture that anxiety has.

-Eric Grey, MS, LAc

You can also read his helpful article about chronic anxiety here if you’re interested in learning about it from a Chinese Medicine perspective!

Accept 

It’s important when you’re having an anxiety attack to remember that you’re not going to die and that it will end eventually. As my dad explained, there’s a chemical reaction happening in your body during a panic attack that can’t be reversed, you just have to ride it out. Don’t force it to be over because the more you think about what is happening, the more you will stay in your own head which is why you’re having the anxiety attack in the first place.

Remember that the experience you are having is fear triggered by stress. Not fear triggered by something actually life threatening. Try to accept what’s happening and use coping tools like the ones I’m discussing in this post to get through it as painlessly as possible.

SOS Meditation

I use an app called Headspace that I refer to in the link at the beginning of this post for daily guided meditation. Recently I discovered the SOS and Singles section of the app. They have mini guided meditations to use in moments when you’re starting to feel very overwhelmed or are having a panic attack.

I find that if I feel anxious and am anticipating an anxiety attack doing one of these short mediations can completely erase the feeling!

Thank you for reading! I hope you found this post helpful for coping with anxiety attacks in the moment. If you have any tips I didn’t include please let me know in the comments below! I am always searching for new ways to ease my stress and make anxiety attacks easier.