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An Easy, Inexpensive, Organized, Chic Vanity.

vanityHere is the deal. I feel as if I have hacked the whole vanity situation. While the dresser it sits on was  in my nursery and my girlhood room and the beautiful mirror above it lived not only there too but in my own mother’s as well, I have a special affection for everything here. That’s because, yes, there is nostalgia but also because I’ve made things so easy for myself. So here is how I created an easy, inexpensive, organized, chic vanity.

I believe in a grab and go jewelry situation so what I wear most often is on the three-tiered plate system (Target) and also the cutest giraffe dish (Anthro). I’m more likely to amp out an outfit or you know, my yoga pants.

I also have recently talked about how much I love and adore trays. Guys, can I just tell you this is a game changer? I can pick it up and easily wipe down the area where I do my makeup. I can also carry that acrylic tray (Target) and my gold hand mirror (Target) to other parts of the house, like the front room where I can watch Bravo and put my makeup on there. vanity2It’s also important to have some organization within the tray for two reasons. First of all, it would be a hot mess if everything was just thrown in there. Secondly, it helps me keep the makeup I use on the daily in a kind of capsule makeup situation. I use these copper/rose gold organizers from Target. To be fair, I have a ton of other makeup stored in the top drawer of my dresser, along with everything I use to blow my hair out.

It’s truly a one-stop shop…but one that I can move too.vanity1Because I kept it pretty minimal on the top of the dresser, I chose three of necklace that kind of pull colors from the rest of my room and laid them out. It’s kind of a glamorous touch to me. It’s like I am Elizabeth Taylor picking through my diamonds except these are from H&M. Ha.

For more tray options, check out that specific post.

What’s your vanity situation? Did you pull any tips from me and do you have any tips for me?





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The Case for Trays.

Here’s the deal: I always thought trays were decorative, pretty but not necessarily used for function. But after a variety of experiences recently, I am making the case for trays. They are more than functional and you should consider getting yourself one for the following reasons.

a) They keep things organized. You may have seen yesterday how we keep all off coffee tables on the tray. It’s just not feasible to not have odds and ends on a coffee table but put them on a tray and things look organized.livingroom2

b) They make it easier to clean areas. I just pick up the tray on the coffee table and spray my glass cleaner. On my vanity, where I have a tray for my makeup, I pick up and wipe. It’s that easy.

c) They are mobile. I love using a tray for my make up because let’s say I want to get ready in front of the television or MK and I want to get ready while we catch up on like. I just carry my tray to the living room and when I am done, I carry it back…without trying to balance all my makeup and tubes and brushes in my hands.


c) They are useful. I make lunch in the kitchen and use a tray to carry it all to the living room where I can eat in front of the tv like a civilized human.

Here are my tray picks:

One: Acrylic Tray (Target)

This is the tray that had me falling in love with trays. I have one in my room that holds my makeup as you can see above. There is another on the coffee table (as you can see above). And another in the office which you’ll see someday. You can’t beat the price and I love clear and clean look of them. #TargetDoesItAgain

Two: White Tray with Gold Leaf (Etsy)

This is perfect if you want the tray to be a centerpiece for your table, your vanity, or your kitchen (or wherever else you may find a place for a tray…like a guest bed!). It’s a showstopper for sure.

Three: Marble Tray (Target)

I love that this is round but also has handles and we all know I am into faux marble. I mean, I would go for real marble but money, you know. This would be gorgeous with candles on it. You could also use it as a great cheese tray too.

Four: Bamboo Criss-Cross Tray (Target)

I used a similar tray to this one in San Francisco. It was a centerpiece to the glam going on around it. I filled it with coffee table books and candles. And I loved it.

Five: Wood Serving Tray (Etsy)

I love that this is rustic but also modern. You could put this anywhere and it would look great. Who wants to serve me breakfast on this though?

Six: Vintage Silver Tray (Etsy)

I have one similar to this that I need to dig out of a box. I like to display my perfume on it.

Seven: Rustic Industrial Tray (Etsy)

This is more on the rustic side and I can see it on a guest bed with a book and a welcome note. I love that it feels both industrial and rustic and that it lays flat so that the handles are unique. It’s a great piece.

What do you think? Have I made the case for trays?




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