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DIY Gallery Wall Home Decor feat. Fulcrum Gallery

DIY Home Decor Gallery Wall
My Gallery Wall

DIY Gallery Walls are a really fun way to hang art in a nice fashion without having to do too much measuring. But, it an be hard to arrange all the art you have into the space you have. So, today I’m going to give you a tip as well as show you what I have hanging.

DIY Home Decor Gallery Wall Tutorial Paper Bags
How To Make A Gallery Wall

In order to make your gallery wall easy: cut out paper bags in the size of your art and hang those on the wall to get an idea of how you want to arrange your wall. That way, you don’t have to hold up each of the art pieces or accidentally hammer a nail where there shouldn’t be one! I arranged my art but didn’t care about the measurements in between each piece, it was all random. I then measured where to put the nails, in the center of each paper cut out. If your art has a wide lip  in the back that would effect where the nail goes, make sure to count that when you measure where to place the nail! An inch down makes a huge difference. Then, hammer in all of your nails at a downward angle, place the art on the nails and make sure it’s level! (I used an app)- voila! So easy anyone could do it.

DIY Home Decor Gallery Wall Fulcrum Gallery Andy Warhol Stamped Lips Custom Framed Art Review
Warhol Stamped Lips Print From Fulcrum Gallery

Now, as for the actual art in my mini gallery, my inspiration was the Andy Warhol Stamped Lips Print that I was sent from Fulcrum Gallery. I like how you can customize size, frames, and mats.

From the above photo, the gold foil heart and lip print are from my friend Taryn’s etsy shop TarynStMichele. I love the quality of her prints as they’re on thick paper. I may want to get some prints from when I studied abroad from her! I used IKEA frames for those.

The other gold foil print is of Italy from BoutiqueLumiere, also from Etsy. I can’t say that I’d recommend that one as much as I thought the paper was super thin, and mine even came with a bit of a crinkle in it. Thankfully not noticeable with the frame on. I got the frame from IKEA as well- I want to replace the cream colored mat to white eventually.

Lastly, the orange lipstick was painted by my younger sister Isabella.

I think this gallery wall gives my working space a whole fresh feel and it makes a great background for my YouTube videos- if only my studio lights didn’t reflect so much on the glass!

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Dating In LA: Tinder Horror Stories (Reading My Messages) | Video

Tinder Stories

Today I’m switching things up and doing a more personal video- which I look forward to doing more of soon! I use Tinder a lot to meet guys and (hopefully) try to date. Not sure how it’s going to work out, but at least I get some funny messages to entertain the world with…

Do you use dating apps? What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard?

Sleep Solutions Featuring RESCUE Sleep Liquid Melts

Sleep Tips Solutions featuring Bach Rescue Sleep Liquid Melts Natural Sleep Aid

I, like many others have issues falling asleep. I think it’s due to the fact that I’m somewhat of a night owl and can’t seem to get off of my phone for a long period of time.

I was introduced to RESCUE Sleep Liquid Melts ($9.99) recently, and they have made falling asleep that much easier! These homeopathic melts were developed my a doctor to help you stress less and sleep easier. They also have RESCUE Pearls, Gum & Pastilles for natural stress relief. They are available at CVS, Walgreens, Whole Foods, and Sprouts in the U.S.- I couldn’t find the stress products, but I really want to try! The sleep melts really work- I took these at 8:30 and had to be in bed at 10:30- they work quicker than I thought!

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But, for those of you that don’t want to use a product to help you sleep, here are a few of my tips to make falling asleep at night easier.

  • Use A Sleep Mask: If you need to be in pitch black like I do, a sleep mask helps a lot! I just bought a cheap one off of eBay because it was cute. But, there are more heavy-duty ones that will make it as pitch black as possible!
  • Avoid Caffeine: If you’re a soda, coffee, or tea lover- try using caffeine-free alternatives in the afternoon. That mid-day cup of coffee may be keeping you up at night!
  • Turn Off Technology: Try to tune out an hour or two before bed- the bright lights stimulate your brain. If you can’t live without your phone like I can, turn the brightness down a bit.

What are your favorite sleep methods? Leave a comment and don’t forget to go to RESCUE‘s site to get a BOGO coupon and enter their #StressLess sweepstakes!

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Do Bloggers Pay Taxes? + TurboTax Absolute Zero


Do Bloggers Pay Taxes? TurboTax Absolute Zero

 

When typing into Google “do bloggers…” each option that pops up has to do with money. One question is: “do bloggers pay taxes?”- and the answer is YES. In the past few years that I’ve been blogging I started working with brands, and then had to pay my taxes. It took me a while to wrap my head around the idea, and I thought to myself “why don’t they teach this in high school?”- good question! That’s where TurboTax comes in, and their new Absolute Zero promotion.

TurboTax Absolute Zero

Like the graphic says, TurboTax Absolute Zero promises 0 hidden costs to file both federal and state taxes for the first time with TurboTax Federal Free Edition. No other company or service provides that, but this year TurboTax is opening Absolute Zero up to 60 million Americans. The main thing I love about TurboTax is that you don’t need to know anything about taxes, but can still file on your own. As both a student & self employed blogger, this is a life-saver!

TurboTax Absolute Zero Blogger Tax Tips

TurboTax even has a page of Tax Tips for Bloggers, which I definitely recommend you to check out if you’re a blogger and make money from it. The first time I had to pay taxes was a few years ago, and my dad got me TurboTax and I was easily able to do it myself, and I was surprised at how simple it was. And now with Absolute Zero, TurboTax is making it even easier!

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Hair Horror Stories (And Old Pictures Of Me!) | Video

Hair Haircut Horror Stories Video OliviaMakeupChannel Olivia Frescura

I recently got a hair cut that was not what I wanted or expected, to say the least. My frustration with my hair, something I was so excited to have done, inspired me to talk a bit about my hair history and worst hair cuts I’ve had, since my hair cut story is pretty dang funny, if I do say so myself. You’ll have to watch for yourself, but moral of the story is don’t let someone who doesn’t speak your language cut your hair!

Yeah…that hair cut was just a mess from the beginning. I am glad I can make it work, but looking back at my old horrible hair cuts made me appreciate that my hair right now isn’t *that* bad, or bad at all, really. I’m just a drama queen. I like my new hair when it’s straight, it’s okay curled, but I loathe how it looks naturally (which is how I usually wear it). And when I put it in a ponytail all day and take it out, I look like coconut head. Awesome. Thankfully it grows fast.

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My other worst hair cuts…

These old photos of me make me cringe so hard! But, I am glad my hair doesn’t look like that now. The good ol’ pixie cut was a result of chopping one side of my hair off with scissors, and my mom freaked out! And then, the atrocity on the right, as memorialized by my freshman yearbook (2006-2007), was a Supercuts hack job that I cried about afterwards. I don’t know what it was supposed to be, it was just a mess! I don’t know who that would look flattering on.

What was your worst hair cut like? Share your horror story in the comments!

 

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