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One of the decisions that I wish I had made in college but ultimately decided against was staying in a dorm. While I don't completely regret the decision (I had an apartment and totally saved tons on student loans #winning), I do wish I had the chance to decorate my own dorm! Recently I got the opportunity to work with OCM and decided to do a post all about how to create a stylish dorm room that's Pinterest-worthy while also not breaking the bank. Here are some of my ideas: 

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The Possibilities of DIY 

I recently started doing DIY posts (check out my lace hem jeans post here) and it's such a relaxing and fun hobby! Did I mention it's super budget-friendly? For dorm decor, you can make so many things such as wall art, hanging shelves, pillow covers, or even a memo board key rack! The possibilities are endless and it'll be a a great way to bond with your roommate and do something together on a rainy day. 

Thrift & Antique Stores Are Your Best Friend

I love thrift and antique stores since you can always find one of a kind things for great prices. They always seem to have great picture frames, lamps, and even book shelves and if they look a little old, then they can easily be painted over and fixed. If you're looking for designer items, I would recommend going to thrift/antique stores in upscale neighborhoods since I've noticed they always seem to have the best stuff. Also, if you have a DIY idea in mind, then thrift/antique stores are great places to buy plain and simple supplies and turn them into something unique while not breaking your budget. 

Removable Wallpaper

White walls can get pretty boring and most colleges (and even apartment buildings) don't allow people to paint their walls so removable wallpaper is a lifesaver. You can place it on all the walls or even just do an accent wall (which is so chic and eye-catching!) in your color of choice or pattern and easily remove it once the semester is up and use it again later. For some reason not many people know about this option so I think it's a great way to stand out and do something different.

Think Vertical 

We all know dorm rooms are ridiculously small and putting too many pieces of furniture or other home decor can make it look crowded and cluttered. Instead keep it simple by buying vertical items such as a bookshelf or a nightstand that won't take up too much room. Also, one of my best tricks for making a small room appear much bigger is to place a vertical mirror (ya know the ones that fashion bloggers always take a mirror pic at?) in the corner of your room. Works every time and you can even do this with your first apartment as well! 


 All finished decorating your dorm room? OCM is actually running a dorm room decorating contest and all you have to do is share a photo of your dorm with the hashtag #OCMRoomGoals2017 on Twitter or Instagram and if you get the most votes then you win $1000 in tuition credit! I wish this contest was around when I was in college cause I totally could've used an extra $1000 on school and it's so easy to enter! Not a fan of sharing it publicly? Then you can enter using the contest form. The contest ends on October 1st so make sure to take a pic and share it before it's too late. In order to participate in the contest, you have to be living in the US and live in student housing and all photos have to be your own. See all the details on the OCM contest site.

Hope this post was helpful! 

Hi ladies! I'm so excited to share my experience getting the Brazilian blowout which can only be described in one way: life-changing. For years I've been debating on if I should do it (it is quite the investment!) and finally decided to do it since I'm moving to one of the hottest cities in the country and I knew that my hair would never stay straight and frizz-free in that heat.

Not sure what the Brazilian blowout is? Here's a little bit of background: the Brazilian blowout is a smoothing keratin treatment that eliminates frizz, adds shine, cuts down on drying time, keeps your hair healthy, and can be customized. You have the option of relaxing your curls (which is what I did) or keeping the curls but eliminating all the frizz and poufiness. Keep in mind the Brazilian blowout works for straight hair as well! It just seems to be more popular for people with curly/wavy hair since it's so hard managing that kind of hair. The best part is that improves your hair by adding protein back into your hair and lasts for 3-6 months (depending on how much you wash it) and simply goes back to your natural hair texture afterwards. 

Typically the process takes about 2-3 hours but myn felt so much more quicker than that for some reason! My hairstylist decided to do my color beforehand since it's recommended since you can't color your hair for the next 4 weeks after the treatment. We first started by washing my hair three times with the Brazilian blowout cleansing shampoo in order to get my hair as clean as possible. Then my hairstylist applied the Brazilian blowout chemical formula and I'm not gonna lie: my eyes watered a bit during this process but other than that it wasn't uncomfortable. Then she locked in the formula with heat and first blow dried my hair and then flat ironed every single piece of hair and really focused on the roots of my hair and not the crown (I didn't want to lose volume up there). My hair was pin straight afterwards which you can see below: 

Here's the part that's tough, after all that straightening it was time to wash out the formula! haha. So in total, my hair was washed 5 times that day which includes when I got my highlights done! Crazy. Yet the results are completely worth the long process and price. Instantly, I noticed a huge difference in the way my hair dried and it was smoother than I've ever seen it! Not one sign of frizz and no flyaways and there was so much shine! Plus I've never seen it this straight, no matter how many times I straighten my hair at home or at the salon, there's always a sign of poufiness but nope. Not anymore! Take a look at the before and after below. 

Today I washed it with the Brazilian Blowout brand shampoo and conditioner that was given to me at the salon and here's what it looks like when it's damp and when it's dried completely. About 90% of my natural curls are gone and it just looks like I have some pretty beach waves! Keep in mind there's NO products in my hair in these pictures and no heat has been used. Also, there's no signs of residue on my hair and it just feels soft and healthy. It's all just my natural hair which freaks me out so much since it's such a new experience for me to come out of the shower and still have my hair looks so good! haha. It would only take me a minute or two to blow dry my hair even straighter and be on my way which makes my life so much easier. I wish I had done this a long time ago! 

Long story short: if you're thinking about getting the Brazilian blowout then do it now! It's worth every penny and you won't have to waste time in the mornings getting your hair straight and then going outside and getting your hair messed up again. It's safe to say, I'm probably going to get this for the rest of my life haha. If you have more questions, feel free to leave a comment below. 

Thanks for reading,

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I decided to switch things up here on Sweet, Short & Stylish and write about something more personal, just like how bloggers would write about their feelings back in the good old days! No outfit posts, no sponsored content. Just a good old rant and something that I've been meaning to get off my chest and something that I think many bloggers can relate to.

After 4 years, I seemed to have lost my "spark" for blogging. All of a sudden, the whole thing caught up to me and it felt so exhausting. The endless pictures of myself, the sponsored posts that felt so fake and generic, constantly checking my Instagram and seeing that my follower count hasn't gone up in months (damn you, algorithm change. But more on that in my next post!), and even writing a simple paragraph about an outfit felt like pulling teeth. There was just nothing appealing about the hustle anymore because I didn't feel like I was improving (the comparison game will do that) and the competition just felt too fierce and oversaturated with everyone doing the same old things. Even in a small city like Rochester, there seems to be an explosion of bloggers that are rising up and I got sick of hearing the words "oh you've been blogging for that long? I've never heard of you!". Yet I couldn't find it in me to quit since that would mean that I had wasted 4 years for nothing. That all my hard work would go away and I knew I would regret it later on.

I remember sitting in my favorite professor's office back in May and saying "I don't know why I blog anymore. What's wrong with me?". She said to me some wise words that I've been thinking about for the past couple of months and it's finally making sense to me:

At the time, I didn't know the answer to that question. The solution couldn't be that simple could it? Yet it completely explained why I haven't had any motivation to blog since last year. I had lost my purpose and needed to find the meaning behind all of this again. When I first started my blog, my purpose was to have a creative outlet and to escape from my finance studies which was making me depressed. Yet as my blog grew, I had grown along with it and changed my life course. I no longer needed blogging as a way to cope.

So I guess the point of this post is to remind all bloggers out there (including myself) who feel lost and have no motivation to really think long and hard about your purpose. Why do you blog? If it's for money or fame, then you'll run out of fuel quickly. But if it's for something much deeper than that, then I hope you remind yourself about that everyday. And if you've been blogging like me for a few years now, just know that it's okay to change your purpose as time goes by. I mean we change so much every year as people, so why not change and improve our blogs as well with our wisdom?

You're probably wondering what my new purpose is now? To create genuine content that I'm proud of and not only inspires and excites my readers and makes their day a little bit better, but also myn. To create a deeper connection to my readers and to not be afraid of talking about what's important (of course fashion and beauty will still be a huge part of the blog!) and pushing my limits and reminding my readers they're not alone. That's pretty deep for a fashion blog! But I'm up for the challenge 

Thanks for reading,

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