how to: bar cart on a budget

well hello friday! thank goodness for the weekend, am i right? i’m SO excited for gameday tomorrow, (go pokes!!) but today i’m just as excited to share my bar cart with y’all! this has been a long time coming. remember way back when i shared my bar cart pin-spiration and wishlist? i wasn’t sure why i wanted a bar cart..i think i just thought they were pretty, but “decorate a bar cart” made it as #25 on my “by 25” bucketlist so it had to be done. 😉

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bar cart inspiration.

just sharing my latest obsession with y’all today.
i don’t really know why all of a sudden i wanted to create my own bar cart, but i do. maybe it’s because i’m 21 now or because my roomie just graduated and took hers with her. but all i know is that there is a bid empty spot in my living room that is screaming to be filled with something pretty.
i’ve pulled some of my recent pins for inspiration, and made a little collage of wishlist items that i think i want to use to style my own bar cart.
however, please note that these items are pretty inspirational and i’ll probably end up buying cheaper options off amazon. LOL ya girl is still ballin’ on a budget here.
wishlist links:

move in day + my new house!

move in day finally came!
i felt like august was never going to get here, but summer surprisingly flew by! time flies when you’re having fun, right?
i was planning on vlogging way more on actually moving in and decorating and all that fun stuff, but let’s get real, moving is STRESSFUL.
not only stressful, but tiring and frustrating all at the same time. nevertheless, after a day and half i got everything situated and put in place and my room turned out PERFECT. like seriously so perfect…you’ll see my excitement in the vlog.
i feel like joanna gaines would be so proud. #FixerUpperStillwaterEdition
feel free to watch the vlog below or keep on scrolling to see pics from my finished room!

/ desk lamp: target (available in stores) / white bedding: target / dresser: ikea / 
/ lamp shade: ikea / file cabinet: ikea /

back to school with bed, bath + beyond.

the back-to-school season is right around the corner y’all, and honestly for the first time i’m actually ready! (i think that’s what college does to you.)
as far as knowing what to pack for college, i got you covered here.
last year i debunked the typical “college packing list” to show you what do NEED and you really don’t.
customizing your dorm, apartment, or room is key to make it feel like home. i swear making your space all homey and cozy is like the antidote for homesickness. see tours of my freshman and sophomore dorm spaces!
want to know the basics every girl needs in their backpack? i listed the essentials here!
but the real question is, where do you get all the stuff you need?
well, you could waste your time going from store to store and spend outrageous amounts of money, orrrr you could just go to bed, bath & beyond.

if you’ve ever been to a bed, bath & beyond you know exactly what i’m talking about, and if you haven’t, then let me quickly explain to you.

bed, bath & beyond is the best “one-stop-shop” for any bedding, decor, storage, laundry, bathroom, or organizational things you’d need.
between all the various decor and things i have from my two different rooms, there isn’t too much that i need for my room this year (did i tell y’all i have a house?!). however, i did pick up a couple of things when i dropped in the other day.
1. i’ve seen these fairy lights everywhere recently, so of course i picked some up! i love these because they are lightweight, thin and delicate. i’m planning on draping them over my headboard, but you could easily hang them on the wall with command strips or even sticky tack.
2. i picked up more black velvet hangers because i’m on a mission to replace every plastic one in my closet. my type a / ocd personality needs all my hangers to match. lol
these hangers are honestly my pick because of how thin they are and because they hold any fabric. no more tank tops falling off slippery hangers! YES!
3. i love candles, but unfortunately they’re a huuuggee no no in dorms. these yankee candle fragrance spheres are perfect! even though i can burn candles in my room, flameless options like this are great for when i’m not around but still want my space to smell fab.
pink sands is the scent that i purchased (or should i say repurchased?). it is easily my all time favorite scent from yankee candle.
4. these wall decal calendars were the last items i picked up from the “shop for college” section. these are actually for my younger sister, and i’m so jealous that i won’t have room on my walls to get my own. the pack came with a monthly and weekly calendar, as well as one for notes, and tons of stickers! i swear i’m 20 not 5…
i’ve still got a few other organizational items to pick up, so you can bet i’ll be heading back soon! before i go, i want to give a huge thank you to my girls over at InfluenceHer Collective for setting up this collab with Bed, Bath & Beyond. y’all are amazing!
[ ftc disclaimer: this is a sponsored post and i did receive these items courtesy of bed, bath & beyond. all opinions are always my own. ]