My Bedroom Decor

Hello and happy Wednesday!

I recently moved into a new place and went through a whole process of planning out and designing my room into what I had envisioned. Let me tell you, this was the perfect project to keep me busy since we are still in the middle of a pandemic. I have been sharing a lot of process via my Instagram, and that may be the reason you’re here if you have been following along with my stories and updates. Thank you for visiting and welcome!

I am a huge believer and advocate of making your personal space whether that be your bedroom, apartment, house, etc. your happy place & sanctuary and surrounding it with things you love and enjoy. Your personal space is the only space that is truly yours and its important to make it enjoyable, welcoming, and a place to go to when you feel like escape the outside world. Or at least the place you like to spend your time especially in these pandemic times.

I moved out of my parents house a little over a year ago, and was ready to create a space of my own. The room at my parents had lavender painted walls and a lot of random things on the walls that related to my childhood or college days. Once I moved into my apartment, I was just trying to get used to being on my own and soaking in all the space and freedom I had that I never really did anything to my room to decorate or really make it my own. So once my apartment lease was coming to an end I started brainstorming what I wanted my new room to look like and started looking up inspiration on Pinterest. I decided to create my own board to put my ideas all in one place and combine ideas of things I really loved.
Pinterest board linked here

For my new room I knew I wanted it to meet certain criteria and interests. I recently became a big lover of plants and started a collection of my own, so I knew I wanted greenery or plants of some sort. I also am a big fan of natural lighting and love opening my windows and having the ability for natural light to come in. I also am not a big fan of clutter and learned I really like open spaces so I knew I wanted a lot of organization. Aside from that, the rest of my room kind of came together on its own and was a pretty effortless but exciting process.

Below are pictures of all my room decor and direct links of where you can shop the exact items or similar items.

Black Makeup Vanity  

I was gifted the makeup vanity a couple years back from my mom and sister for Christmas. I love having a little area in my room to do my makeup and also love that the mirror can close down so I can also use the vanity as a little desk area, which really came in handy this year when I had to start working from home. The desk and the chair came together as a set. I could not find the exact vanity that I have but I found very similar ones on amazon linked here, here,  here,  here, here.

Chest / Hat Wall

I love wearing hats and always kept them in my closet and out of reach so they weren’t always easily accessible, I knew with my new room that I wanted an area to  showcase them whether that meant hang them on the wall or somewhere that I could easily access them and be able to throw on with an outfit. I looked up many different  ways to display them and ended up really liking this idea above. I chose to hang the hats with command hooks so I wouldn’t damage the wall and leaving the option to easily adjust and move them around in case I get more hats in the future to add to my collection.  I got my chest in the Finley bedroom set collection from Living spaces. I am in love with the gray woodsy finishing of the bedroom set. It really ties my room together with the neutral tone and the hats add a little pop of color.

Chest linked here.
Google Home linked here.
Hats purchased previously here, here,  here, here,
Camera linked here, here, here.
Tripod linked  here and here.
Hooks used to hang walls linked here, and here 

Curtain LED Lights

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These curtain lights are amazing! I found them on Amazon and they have 8 different settings. I have always been a fan of hanging lights in my room, either around my bed or on my wall so I don’t have to have the big bedroom light on in the evening. I chose the curtain style because they are so effortless and you can easily hang them on the wall without having to worry about making sure they’re centered in place or worry about them falling. The 8 different lighting settings are great because you can switch the lighting ambiance up depending on what mood you’re in. You can find them here.

Night Stand / Left Side of Bed

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The nightstand is in the Finley bedroom set collection from Living spaces, you can find linked here. The drawers are deep and perfect for storing items that you may need easily accessible on the bedside.

I found the charging station one day when I was on Tik Tok and thought it was an amazing purchase. I have an Apple Watch, Airpods, and iPhone, so this charging stand was perfect because you can charge all 3 items at the same time. This specific charging stand comes with a cord that links all chargers to one cord and you do not have to use your own charging cables/cords. If you are like me and have all the Apple products, you will definitely enjoy this and find that it comes in handy. Shoutout to Tik Tok for always making me spend more money lol. Charging stand linked here.

Having my room smell good is very important to me and always helps me relax. I usually switch between lighting my candles or using my essential oil diffuser. I purchased this diffuser a while back from Walmart and it works amazing and has 7 different LED colors you can choose from to light your room up in the evening. My favorite scents are lavender and eucalyptus. Essential Oil Diffuser linked here.

White Picture Ledge 3 pack linked here and single shelf linked here.  Will discuss further down in this blog post.
Plant on shelf is part of 3 pack linked here.
Black Sheets linked here, they come in 9 different colors and they come in 6 different bed sizes.

Bedframe / Comforter Set

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As stated further up, I got the Finley bedroom set from Living Spaces in the Queen size, currently they are sold out of some items (I think due to covid-19 and delay in manufacture process) but the bedframe alone is linked here and the full 3 piece bedroom set that I got is linked here. The bedroom set also comes in a 4 piece bedroom set linked here. I got the bedroom set delivered to my house and assembled it myself, which was pretty manageable. I had a great experience with Living Spaces!

I found a 4 piece comforter set at Ross from the brand Sage Home that came with the comforter, 2 shams, and one decorative pillow. I couldn’t find the exact set I got or brand but I found some similar ones from Amazon linked here, here, and here. I love that it is a neutral color and makes my room flow very well with the gray color of the furniture.

Right Side of Bed

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I  did a lot of research to find the perfect black sheets to go with my bed. I found some  from Amazon linked here, they are very cozy and soft, and decided to go with these because they had really great reviews and also really great packaging. Highly recommend! They come in 9 different colors and they come in 6 different bed sizes.

The lamp, shelf, and artificial succulent plants I found on a very successful trip to IKEA! Closer picture of plants below.

I’ve had my eye on the Holmo Floor Lamp for quite a while, because I loved that it wasn’t a traditional standing lamp style. There is a foot button for easy ability to turn on/off and the shade is made from rice paper which makes a mellow lighting ambiance. Lamp double pack linked here and single lamp linked here.

Artificial Plants

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I knew I wanted plants in my room but I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted to go with artificial plants or real plants. After weighing out a pros and cons list I figured artificial would be better so I could avoid having bugs in my room and also wouldn’t have to worry about watering the plants daily. I found these plants at IKEA and fell in love with them! I love succulents and I have a couple real ones of my own, I saw they came in a 3 pack and knew I had to snag them for my room. Artificial 3 pack succulent plants linked here.

Since I decided to get the plants, I needed to get shelves for my room to display the plants but had to decide between clear shelves or white. I saw these shelves at IKEA and love them because they are deep enough for you to put photos, plants, and many other different things for display.  White photo ledge shelf linked here.

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I got this artificial potted plant from my good friend for my birthday this past year, I like that it came in a neutral colored vase and paired well with the other artificial plants on the other side of my bed. This plant is part of a 3 pack as well and can be found here.

Black Easel Mirror

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I was looking for good standing body mirror for quite a while and I wanted one that I didn’t have to worry about hanging on a wall or door and creating more holes in the wall. I ended up finding this mirror at TJ Maxx, it was the last one on the shelf so I knew it was meant to be. The easel makes it easy to set anywhere and it is the perfect body mirror for try-on sessions, outfit selfies, etc. I found similar ones here, here, and here.

Throughout this process I learned that I really enjoy interior design and really letting my creative juices flow in a different way I never allowed them to. I truly feel at peace when I walk into my room and even when I spend time in there and I think that is so important since I spend so much time in there. I’m so happy I was able to share my process with you and hope you have found some items that would look great in your room as well! If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me via this post or even my Instagram. If you want to stay updated with me or don’t follow me yet, feel free to do so here! You can also follow my Like To Know It account to keep up with purchases I make and shop direct links here. Thanks for reading 🙂

Xoxo, Lori Allison ❤

My Favorite Podcasts

 

Hello and happy Friday beautiful people!

Recently I have hopped onto the podcast train and honestly, I have no idea why it took me soo long! I would say at the beginning of 2019 I became curious about podcasts and started searching for ones that related to my lifestyle and interests. I am always suggesting podcasts to my friends so I figured I should share them with y’all too! I listen to these podcasts weekly either on my way to work, at work, or while working out. Each podcast has a specific day that new episodes come out so I have a podcast or two for almost everyday of the week! If you are interested in learning about my favorite podcasts, just keep reading 🙂

Locatora Radio

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New Capitulos: Bi-Monthly

Locatora Radio is a “Radiophonic Novela” hosted by two educated latinx woman, Diosa Femme and Mala Munoz who are born and raised natives of Los Angeles and refer to themselves as Mamis of Myths and Bullshit. The podcast is committed to archiving and celebrating the brilliance’s and legacies of women of color. Their episodes topics range from technology, pop culture, mental health, inter-sectional feminism, and much more. They have different themes each season and have had 4 seasons thus far. Brown girl hour is in session while you are listening to this podcast. I love being a locamore and supporting Mala and Disoa through their podcasts, I started listening to their podcast when they were in their 30 something episodes and went down the list and listened to each and every capitulo from the beginning. I relate to so much of their content and experiences as a young Latina woman and love that they can be the voice and successors for many Womxn of Color around the world.

Favorite Capitulos:

  • Capitulo 8: Femme Tech Part 1 & 2
  • Capitulo 012: Espacious y Palacios
  • Capitulo 016: Multidimensional Heaux
  • Capiutlo 021: La Otra – Sidepiece Culture
  • Capiutlo 031: Amor Prohibido
  • Capitulo 063: Spiritual Technology
  • Capitulo 067: Consent, Pleasure, and Play

You can listen to their podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotifty, Soundcloud, Audioboom.

Follow their Instagram and Twitter

Bottom of the Map

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New Episodes: Every Monday

Bottom of the Map is a podcast taking hip-hop conversation in a new direction. Christina Lee, music journalist and Dr. Regina N. Bradley have weekly conversations about their passion of southern hip-hop and its effect on the world. I love this podcast because you get to learn more about the history and growth of hip hop from two educated women that know their hip-hop music! You can also subscribe to their weekly newsletter which shares music played throughout their weekly episodes and discover new music.

Favorite Podcast Episodes:

  • Da Baddest Big Ol’ Freak
  • Claimin’ True: 25 years of Outkast!
  • Our Band is Better Than Your Band
  • Culture in the Cosmos: AfroFuturism, Hip-Hop and Black Joy
  • I Bet You Won’t Get Crunk
  • Virgil Abloh Been Trill: Bottom of the Map LIVE
  • Grab Your (Trap) Passport, We Found a New Plug!

You can listen to their podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, and Stitcher.

Instagram and Twitter

As Your Friend Podcast

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New Episodes: Mostly every Monday

As Your Friend is a podcast of two best friends Ashley and Eddie who are in their 30’s. They have weekly podcasts about all the adult realness and life’s journey as we get older. Eddie and Ashley’s friendship is the kind of friendship you want to have around because they balance each other out!  Ashley is one of my favorite bloggers – (@Everyday Pursuits), her lifestyle blog is based on travel diaries, style inspo, relationship chats, and more. I have been following her for years and truly feel like she is one of my girlfriends!

Favorite Episodes:

  • Touchbase: What We Learned in Our 20’s
  • Dateline: All Things Dating
  • Body Positivity + Self Confidence
  • Touchbase: Trash the Timeline
  • It’s All in the CBDetails

You can listen to their podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify,

Follow them on Instagram

Ladies Like Us

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New Episodes: Every Monday

Nazanin Mandi and Nadia Moham are ladies you want to have in your life. This podcast is a lifestyle podcast that provides a modern day women’s prospective on universal issues women face everyday. You may know or recognize Nazanin from modeling and acting, as well as being one of my favorite artists (Miguel)’s wife! I have been following Nazanin and Miguel’s relationship and journey for quite a while and have always loved how real  and spiritual they are! As you find out in early episodes of the podcast, Nadia and Nazanin are cousins and grew up with the same family and cultural views being Persian/ Spanish and they share experiences about their life.

Favorite Episodes:

  • Secret Dreams and Fear of Failure
  •  Mind Your Mental Health with Torri Shack
  • Is There Such a Thing as Soulmates with Miguel
  • Can Women Have and Do It All? w/ Guest Jessi Malay

You can listen to their podcasts on: Apple Podcasts or Podcast One App

Follow them on Instagram 

The Read

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New Episode: Every Thursday

This weekly podcast with Kid Fury and Crissle covers pop culture and hip-hop, from throwing shade to spilling tea about recent pop culture events their humor is contagious and so entertaining! Kid Fury and Crissle record their podcast from New York City and also speak about their experiences adapting to living in the City. They are also big advocates for therapy and provide on-air therapy sessions for listeners. Whether you keep up with social media and current events or not, you will get the tea of all recent pop culture events weekly from this podcast!

You can listen to their podcasts on: Apple Podcast, Spotify, iHeartRadioTalk, Soundcloud, and Stitcher.

Follow them on Instagram 

Dead Ass with Khadeen & Devale

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New Podcast Episodes: Every Wednesday

You may know Devale and Khadeen from their online Instagram presence and internet fame as vloggers. Devale, a former NFL player and Khadeen a makeup artist, super-mom and wife, keep it real, 100% and DEAD ASS on this podcast from topics ranging from Marriage, Love, and Sex. They reveal their truths, share opinions and inspiration on millennial marriage and parenthood from their 15+ years together, first starting as college sweethearts. I am not married, nor do I have kids but this podcast has taught me so much about love and relationships and I’m sure will continue to.

Favorite Episodes:

  • Insecurrr
  • For the Content Creators Out There
  • Devale Still Big Mad About That Stroller
  • The Gym vs. Baconeggandcheese
  • Culture Clash

You can listen to them on Spotify, Apple Music, and Stitcher.

Devale and Khadeen don’t have an Instagram account specific for their Podcasts but you can follow them on their personal Instagrams: Khadeen and Devale

Each day I keep discovering and learning of new podcasts so I will keep adding onto this post as I find more podcasts that I like. Thanks for reading, I am working on another post so I will be seeing y’all soon! Don’t forget to follow me on instagram !

Xoxo, Lori Allison ❤

Confessions of an Instagram Blogger

Lets be real —

We are in the day and age where social media takes up our lives and is the center of everything we do. As a social media influencer and blogger there is so much that goes into letting your presence be known on social media such as content creation, scheduling posts, figuring out how to beat the Instagram algorithm, and much more. It is important to take the time to consider your favorite influencer as real life people. I started this blogging journey back up not too long ago and I definitely feel like sometimes I strive for perfection too much and it’s just not realistic. I find myself having to remind myself of these things and I feel like other bloggers or social media influencers can relate as well.

Take some time for yourself

You have control over how much social media controls your life. It is okay to take some time for yourself and step away from social media to focus on yourself and things in your personal life. There are times I go MIA on social media, it may be either because I am super busy with work or just need some time away. I see social media influencers getting on stories or posts and apologizing for taking time for yourself, and I truly do not feel like that is something that needs to be said or apologized for because we are human. There is so much going on in our daily lives that it is okay to take time away and take a break. Do not apologize for it.

Your follower count isn’t everything

As a social media influencer, having a social media following is a big deal. Your followers are your support system and the people truly interested in what your content. That being said, followers will fluctuate almost everyday and most likely will not always stay at a consistent number. As long you are producing content that you love and are proud of, then your followers will appreciate that and continue to follow you, and your following will grow. Your follower count isn’t everything and the amount of followers you have does not determine your importance in life or in the social media world. They will come!

Don’t compare

In the social media world, it is so easy to get caught up in the thought and want of perfectionism. Somebody will always have something you want or envy, whether it is the perfect body, clothes, job, lifestyle, etc –  What we all need to realize is that influencers  choose to post what we want. Your favorite influencer or bloggers feed may look perfect but that is because it is their job. As a social media influencer, your presence on social media is key, so it is important to have a great feed and produce great content. It is so easy to pick and choose and control what we want to post and share and it may not always be the most glamorous but as long as you’re being true to yourself.

Remember why you started

I chose to start this blogging journey because it is something I love and am passionate about. I love to shop and feel like I do a great job of it { hehe 😉 } so I figured why not share with y’all the things I purchase and products I love. Blogging about my clothes, my life, and beauty finds is something that I love and am passionate about. When you put yourself out on social media and a platform as big as Instagram – especially with a public profile, you are bound to have people come at you with hate or to criticize what you do. Don’t let that affect you though – this is your journey and your platform so use it the way you like and post what you want. Most importantly make your dreams come true and enjoy what you do!

Not everybody is a full time blogger

I know there are a good amount of times that I slack on my content or am not as engaging on social media but it’s because I do blogging on the side of my full time job. As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I have an untraditional work schedule. There are so many days I have plans to get online and write a blog post or post on stories but the truth is that sometimes I am just too tired. That doesn’t mean I don’t still love being a blogger and engaging with my followers and other bloggers on social media – but at this moment of my life, I don’t have the luxury to make it a full time job and career path. Blogging and being an influencer is a full time job on its own and I think that is sometimes hard to understand to those people who see us on just on social media and not in real life. I may struggle sometimes to post daily or come up with creative content but I truly want to put content out there that I genuinely feel like correlates with my blog and expresses the person I am. I don’t just want to put  content up daily and not make it something I’m proud of or something that doesn’t measure up to my other posts.

Let’s face it, the social media world can be a tough one but also can be so rewarding! I have met so many amazing people and friends from social media. I think its so amazing that you can feel like you know someone based off their profile and content. It is however, important to consider all of these things whether you’re a fellow blogger or you follow social media influencers/bloggers. Things may get hard at times and life may get in the way but always remember to be true to yourself and be considerate of the people you choose to follow on social media.

Be sure to follow me at Instagram. Thank you to all who continue to follow along with my social media platforms and are always supportive of my content ❤

Xoxo, Lori Allison

 

Mask Monday: Sephora Collection – Rose Face Mask

Happy Mask Monday friends!

Today’s face mask was dedicated to hydrating your skin. I tried out the Sephora Collection – Rose Face Mask. This mask is said to moisturize and brighten the face using natural Rose extracts. The mask is to be worn for 15 minutes and is said to plump the skin and leave your face with an immediate radiance boost.(#YouGlowGirl)

I have only purchased two items from the Sephora Collection, one was a mascara and the other a lipstick. Although I was not a big fan of the lipstick (it dried up my lips), I did like the mascara. I feel that because Sephora sells so many makeup and skin care brands, that the Sephora Collection always goes unnoticed or unappreciated. I do feel, however that the masks are a good place to start when shopping with that collection. Right now Sephora has 8 different sheet masks in different scents and skin care goals.

When I took the mask out of the packaging, it had an immediate rose scent to it – which smelt so good! This sheet mask was a little different because once you unfolded the mask, you then had to pill off the pink film and then fit the mask to your face. The sheet mask really hugged my face and felt so comfortable,  I honestly forgot the sheet was even on my face! It felt like it had melted onto my face and quickly absorbed into my pores. I liked that the mask’s rose smell wasn’t too overbearing and enjoyed the cool/calming sensation while it was on my face! Another thing I liked is that once you took off the mask you didn’t have to wash the remaining product off with water, just had to massage it into your face. Because my skin felt so hydrated, I didn’t even feel the need to put moisturizer on right after!

On a scale of 1-10, I give this mask a 7 out of 10. Although my face does not need much hydration because I am naturally oily, I felt like it was the perfect amount of hydration. Towards the end of the 15 minutes, I was not a huge fan of the Rose smell, just because it gave me a little bit of a headache after. Once I removed the mask looked in the mirror, however, I noticed my skin was glowing! The post effects of the mask were amazing, they left my skin feeling super hydrated and soft. My boyfriend got me this mask for free with his cologne purchase back in the summer time, but the rose mask can be found at Sephora and normally sells for $6, very affordable! Right now, Sephora is selling a limited edition Super Mask set of 4 sheet masks for $18 and is linked here, if you are interested in trying out The Sephora Collection mask set, it is online only! These masks make great gifts and stocking stuffers, I recommend you check them out at your local Sephora store.

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Thanks for tuning into another Mask Monday! Be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with what I’m doing. I’ll see you next Monday 🙂

Xoxo, Lori Allison