My Pad: Dorm Decor

Living in a 12x10 dorm room isn't easy... especially when you try to bring your whole life with you like I did my freshman year of college. Fortunately, I've had some time to figure out my ways- even though sometimes I can't see the floor. I've been making a real effort to cut back and wanted to share my attempts at a boho minimalist decor

Where the magic happens: my attempts to liven up the drab dresser that came with the room.

Time to unwind. You always need room for Buddha and Incense 
The curtain Velvet hanging was thrifted and upcycled. I also thrifted the little  Zodiac mirror. 
I had so much fun designing and 3d printing the mandala wall hook on tinkercad!
The inspiration corner; collections from my travels, thrifted finds, art, and of course orchids.

My little slice of heaven fit with a Mandala tapestry a lovely 1970s Dreamcatcher and a fur throw repurposed from my great grandmothers winter coat. 

10 minute DIY: reusable makeup case

This Upcycled Make up Case is inspired by magnetic cases (like the Z Palette) that allow you to use the metal tin swatches inside makeup products to mix and match and combine all your favorite makeups! Everything I love in one DIY-  upcycling and downsizing.

I'm not a huge makeup girl, I usually slap on some sunscreen and chapstick before class. But since I just came across some gorgeous (but loose tin) Aveda makeup products I was inspired to DIY a makeup case of my own. 
This project is completely zero waste from 100% upcycled materials. I opted not to buy magnetic sheets to make it adjustable but I do reccomend sourcing some for your version to make it truly customizable. I used some scrap Indian sari fabric and a hinged metal frame from the local thrift shop. 


Hinged picture frame
super glue
optional: magnetic sheet
lots of make up!
1. Take out the panels (glass and cardboard backing) of your frames and trace their size onto your up cycled fabric. 

2. Cut fabric to size and paste it with a light coat of mod podge on the exterior side of the cardboard. 

3. If you will be gluing your make up swatches add the matching (sans embroidery) fabric to the other side which will be the interior behind the glass. If you'd like a less committed makeup case stick a layer of magnetic sheet directly onto the interior glass.

4.  Keep the glass tight to the seal and add layers of paper or cardboard as needed until the panels sit tight within the metal frame

Thrifting Finds DIY: Revamping Vintage Chunky Wooden Platforms

Fall is the season to break out the best your closet has to offer. Although letting go of summer is always tough at least we have comfy sweaters and our favorite jeans to greet us in to the season. To amp up the style I'm looking back to summers chunky heel trend and bringing it with me into fall with some sweet vintage wooden platforms.

The original condition. Sad.

1. Sanding the original stain. This part was a bit tedious but definitely the most important part to a clean finished product. 300 grit sandpaper and a lot of elbow grease to get a smooth clean finish.

 Finally sanded! This portion took me the most time- roughly an hour to make sure I took out all the dings and take out the deep set stain. You can now see the original color of the wood which is surprisingly durable and heavy duty. These are sure to last a while!

2. Staining!
Probably the scariest part for many people, but gel stain is probably the easiest method for a fool proof stain. I opted for a dark mahogany and got a bit liberal with the application which I recommend. You just slather it on and wipe off the excess after 20 minutes to an hour depending on how deep you want it to set.

Because I was so sloppy I ended up getting some stain on the threading and leather upper. Since I couldn't turn back I just put that stain on everything. I lightly applied it to the leather and thread and amazingly it took hold and complemented the heels better than I thought it would.

3. Letting it dry
Probably the most emotionally difficult step- I wanted to try these on ASAP. It's best to wipe of excess stain and let it dry two days before wearing.

There you have it - It's always easy to bring new life to a thrifted find!

Until Next Time

DIY: Up-cycled Compact Camera Bag

So my obsession with my new 35mm film camera has not gone away... In fact, I've even whipped up a new camera case to keep it cute and safe for my upcoming trip to Sri Lanka- and whatever other adventures life throws my way!

 I was inspired by this absolutely stunning Wood & Faulk tutorial for a wool camera wrap. However, with a lack of wool I opted to repurpose an awesome aztec printed canvas tote that was desperate for a new life. This bag was well loved but worn out and in dire need for a revamp- it was perfect for the job because it came with extra padding for a laptop (a handy quality, but not necessary for this tutorial). 

1/2 yard of  canvas fabric
1/4" foam padding (optional)
super/fabric glue if using padding
sewing machine or needle and thread
your choice of secure closure 
& 45 mins to 1hr of your time

This camera strap is also up cycled and can be made in less than 3 minutes!

I've got to say I love how this turned out! It took roughly 45 minutes to finish and it was well worth it. I took creative liberty to fit the design to using a magnetic closure instead of a leather strap tie. I also repurposed the brass clasps from the bag's closure and super glued them on opposite sides of the opening. 

It could've been cleaner, but it gets the job done and no one is the wiser when I carry it around!

I definitely prefer this type of bag over a store bought one - Not only was it made just for me and to my camera but it's a great balance of protection, style, and compact size. To my surprise there was enough room to squeeze in a roll or two of film. Regardless of how you make it your own it's definitely better than your average camera bag!

Until next time,

Thrifting Tales: Vintage Sunnies

There isn't a single thing that makes me happier than a sunny day. It's an excuse to throw on a flowy sundress, my favorite leather strap sandals, and some unique vintage shades for an easy summer day outfit.

After hitting the thrift shops I have collected some wonderfully unique vintage sunglasses that I am so excited to share with you all! Find them all on my Etsy Vintage Candela - I have listed some awesome vintage high waisted shorts as well. 

P.S. I am SO excited to announce that in less than 10 days I will be traveling to Sri Lanka!! This is an incredible opportunity that will be tossing me out of my comfort zone - I hope to keep you all updated on my adventures if WiFi permits.. 

Until Next time,

Thrifting Tales: Vintage Festival Wear

Festival Season is upon us!
Don't buy into the overrated festival trends and stand out in the crowd instead.

My latest unique vintage finds are all available on my Etsy Vintage Candela
Get 10% off your $25+ purchase with the code dyingfordiying (expires August 30)

Style Inspiration: bohemian minimalist

You may have thought bohemian minimalist was an oxymoron. But its not impossible to add boho flare to a simple & sleek modern style.

DIY: No Sew up-cycled camera strap

I just recently purchased a vintage Minolta X700 film camera, and without any film experience went full force into the world of old school photography. This thing is my new baby, and to treat is as such I decided to make it a funky camera strap so it's safe and secure and looking good at all times.
This is a simple and quick camera strap that doesn't require any sewing!! bless this DIY.

2" or wider fabric belt- make sure this is durable and can withstand some wear! 
2 split key rings - I repurposed some from some old key chains I no longer used
2 durable clasps - mine are brass and very durable, this is the make or break item for the DIY
super glue (or needle and thread) - use this to secure the knots

First things first, attach a clasp through one of the split key rings, do this to the other one too.

 Then, knot your chosen belt or fabric strap onto the key ring. Using durable glue or a needle and thread secure the knot so it doesn't slip. 
You can see that I covered the key rings and part of the claps with the knot, this is a simple adjustment to do and makes the final product look much cleaner. 
I know you can't believe it but you're done!