Wine Wall DIY

Growing up in southern California I am well accustomed to good wines. With wineries all around its easy for the delightful beverage to become an adored focus for household hosting and tasting.

Since my family are all red wine enthusiast, preferably  cCabernet Sauvignon and left bank Bordeaux, we decided to commemorate our love. In my family’s florida home we decided to build a wine wall. A wall filled with decorative wine crate labels.

A wine wall host all the casings of former wine bottles. We took the decorative labels of each crate that we’d ordered or brought home in the past. My family then collected around 250 of the crates for the wine wall. After we cut the casing down to the decorative side of the box or wooden crate. We then purchased support beams and filler wood pieces.

Next we placed the support beams around the door frames we wanted covered. We then nailed them. Following, that we then nailed each decorate side panel onto the wall with in the corresponding space from the beams. In the left over space we then nailed filler pieces of wood to cover the wall.

Once the wall was covered and nailed we then added furnishing accents to the wine wall. We bought wood stained in a hickory and steel grey colors to stain the wood. We then painted the filler pieces, lightly staining them. This clashed nicely with the different colored crates.

After the staining dried we then had a lovely custom wine wall. This wall is a great piece for welcoming guest into our family home.


Stocking Stuffers under $25.00

With Christmas fast approaching everyone is rushing to get last minute Christmas presents. Likewise, Secret Santa is in full swings and gifts under $25.00 need to be salvaged at the last minute. To avoid to last minute scramble of gifts I’ve created a list of chic stocking stuffers that your friends will love.

  1.  Tarte lipstick kit– Sephora $19.00
  2. Tiny Mega Stud Sted– Free People $20.00 Thumbnail View 1: Teeny Tiny Mega Stud Set
  3. Little Snow Fairy– Lush $19.95 Little Snow Fairy
  4. Card Case– Victoria Secret $14.00 Metallic Crackle Heart Card Case
  5. Gold Dot Mug– Kate Spade $20.00 100
  6. Faux Fur Charm– Charming Charlie $12.00 Kendall + Kylie Iggy Faux Fur Bag Charm
  7. Kitty Pin– Betsey Johnson $17.98 HOLIDAY GIVING KITTY PIN
  8. Exfoliating Sugar Cubes: Harper +Ari- Swoozies $12.95 
  9. Trinket Dish– Francesca’s $7.98 OMG! Ring Trinket Dish-  gift-cl
  10. Sheet Mask– Urban Outfitters 2 for $5.00 UO Sheet Mask

November Shopping Haul

The Fremantle Market is one of my favorite places in Western Australia. There is an ecliptic assortment of food, thrifty finds, and trendy clothes. When my Dressage sponsorship rolls in monthly the 20% I keep for myself and don’t donate and put into the WA Wildlife Rescue I normal spend on wonderful products in the market.

For the month of November I normally go all out for Thanksgiving. Each year in America I always attend region 4 horse show. This dressage show falls under the weekend of Thanksgiving. So, the American holiday is a favorite. Since, it isn’t an international holiday and I don’t have a dressage show this year I decided to bring elements of thankfulness and friendship to Australia.

Since, it is mid spring in Western Australia I’ve tried to stray from fall products. However, since it is one of my favorite American holidays I still try to incorporate some elements of my home countries holiday.  So, I’ve been spotting finds in the Fremantle Market.

I’ve added fun products of November needs below.  Most are cheap and under $10 usd.


  1. IndieXo– My favorite November dress was IndieXo smell the roses red dress. I saw a similar print in the Fremantle market and loved that I could find a dress online similar to the loved rose print fabric I saw in one of the shops. An added bonus is with the end of season sale all summer dresses are currently on sale.
  2. Family Holiday Net- Burlap Wreath– For the month of November my dorm room entrance will have a burlap wreath. I’m against big floral wreaths so I like the innovative simplistic wreathes. I was happy to find one without any pine cones, plushies, flowers, words, glitter, or any other nick knacks. The burlap wreath is simple yet defining for fall. Burlap symbolizes unity and food which is everything Thanksgiving embodies. Its nice to symbolize and welcome others into my room that way. Additionally, I was able to find it online for $5.50 usd. Image result for thanksgiving wreath
  3. Lulus– Fluffy heels or feathered heels have been a statement that I have been obsessed with. I think they are girly and fun. They are great for a stroll around town or an upscale night out. The black ones go with just about anything too which made me fall in love with them even more so. I can wear them with a pair of lace up jeans, pencil skirt, or a dress. If utilizing the code “beautiful” on lulus then the product is only $10usd.                                        Valentina Black Feather Ankle Strap Heels 8
  4. Amazon Autumn Garland– A fall festive garland is a cheap and diy idea that is only needed with piping and leaves. Its an easy craft to string and put up over a doorway or table. Personally, I have placed the garland on the dorms central lounge table. For those that aren’t crafty, which is usually me, there is one that can be purchased on Amazon that is on sale for $7.99 usd this week. Factory Direct Craft Autumn Mix Artificial Maple Leaf Garland Fall Decoration
  5. Primark– Primark or Penney’s has several nice thanksgiving themed jewelry. One for November that I have been enjoying is the thankful necklaces. A series of chokers with fall themes. Several have words like thankful or friendship. The others are solid colors and lace. They come in a set of five and you came mix and match. A bonus is they are $3 euro. Notably, they were also featured in Glamour magazine. 
  6. Fremantlestory– Fremantlestory has a booth at the market. They support local artist and musicians. One of the most recent support campaigns they have been promoting is different fashion pieces. At the market I saw a vibrant orange and red printed scarf and I tried to find a similar one online. However the stores I normally shop at didn’t have something with that energetic prints. Image result for fremantle scarves
  7. Atiliay Papers for a Cause– Greeting cards or I’m thinking of you cards are a wonderful way to celebrate the season. Its a reminder to the people you care about that you are grateful for everything they’ve done for you and for making an impact in your life. For the month of November I think it is vital to let all the people in your life be aware of what they mean to you. So I love Atiliay’s custom thanksgiving cards. They are for $5 usd for this season’s cards and cheaper for previous seasons. Related image
  8. Free People-Faux Pearl Headband- A big hair accessory this season was the faux pearl headbands. They add a sense of clarity and sophistication to any outfit. They are also versatile so it works with any up do. At Free People they have one for $9.99 usd with silver lining.                                                                                                              Thumbnail View 4: Sleek Pearl Headband
  9. The Lakeside Collection– Has crafted Thankful Jars or Count Your Blessings Jars. These are another fall diy I have in-placed is the I’m thankful jar. In the midst of finals I think it is important to give thanks for the little things. I once had a speaker at a school ask us to list 100 things we were thankful for in daily life. No one in that lecture could list a full 100. So, I challenge myself each year to write down the little things that make everyday magical. The thankful jar is simple. It is just a jar you put notes in. For those who want to purchase one instead of make one you can purchase one at  the Lakeside Collection for $5.98 usd.                     Image result for thanksgiving dorm signs
  10. Free People- Cross Body Purse– With slightly cooler weather it means more hikes in Kings Park for me. Particularly, I needed a bag that I didn’t have to carry with me on my shoulders or tote around. The cross body bag allows me to keep my ID, keys, and phone. The faux skin vegan print enables a more styled look. So, if I’m in denim it can add positive accents of a more put together look.                               Thumbnail View 3: Giselle Embossed Pocket Belt




7 November Dorm Needs

One thing about myself is, that once the school semester picks up full swing I always remember the things I told myself that I’d remember to bring the previous semesters. November was a perfect month for me to remind myself to bring the basic encouragements for the month prior to finals. So, my November shopping haul is vital for pushing myself through endless papers, labs, research, thesis, and digital projects.


November Dorm Haul List:

  1. White Barn Candles– I have recently enjoyed the sweet Bourbon and Butterscotch Candle. It is reminiscent of everything fall should be in America and has a homelike scent that is relaxing. I received a White Barn Candle earlier in the year as a gift for tutoring help and loved the Lavender scent. Sense, that candle has run its course I decided to get one from the same brand to replace it. White Barn/Bath and Body Works Accessories - Bourbon Butterscotch candle Bath & Body Works
  2. Redbubble– Stickers are an essential way to define yourself at university it gives passerby a preview of who you are. My laptop has been pretty bland lately as I had to get the casing on the back fixed after a nice drop. So after my klutzy incident I needed to define myself again. I found cheap stickers on redbubble. I got the typical cutesy flowers but was also able to find my university’s vet school sticker and the local wildlife shelter I volunteer at’s emblem.                  Image result for flower stickers redbubble
  3. H&M– Throw Pillows are another dorm accessory that is synopsis with comfort. Since my dorm room has a beach theme I wanted some nice pillows to match the theme. When I arrived in Perth months ago I was in a hurry to get my basic school supplies that I really didn’t decorate my room like I usually do. So, now mid year I’m venturing into getting throw pillows like a sophisticated adult. Notably, H&M has super cheap throw pillows that are on sale for about 3 aud or 2.75 usd.  Side note H&M also has fun animal printed pillows of giraffes and zebras. This is fun for me as I’m in school for zoological veterinary medicine. Image result for cool throw pillows H&M
  4. Hollar– Is a cheap site were you can essentially get formerly bargained products. Right now they have a coffee mug tree that is about 20 dollars cheaper than the super stores. For $4.75 you can have a coffee mug tree. When I was at Mississippi State I never had to worry about morning coffee and keeping my mugs on track in a clean and small environment. Every morning I’d simply walk down the hall to my sorority’s dining hall and get a cup to jump start my day. However, now I’m in charge on my morning coffee, so a coffee mug tree helps me keep all my dishes clean and organized. 024103 00
  5. Flower Wall Headboard- One of my hall mates across the way from my dorm has the cutest wall accessory. She hand strung flowers together and made strands suspended into a headband. Since I’m not as crafty or artsy as her I found a shop on etsy that strings paper flowers together. I got a white, green, and blue strands to hang above my desk.                                        
  6. Bath & Body Works– A room diffuser. As the year progresses the fresh scents are needed for the dorm. One cute and inexpensive room diffuser is Bathandbodyworks closet diffuser. Its portable and can be placed anywhere in the dorm due to its small shape. They have several types but right now my favorite is the monkey. It is only $4 usd.                                                                           Room Diffuser
  7. PB Teen- Hooks are always needed in my rooms. From lab coats to horseback riding jackets I always need innovative ways to hang things up. Recently I came across hooks at the Fremantle Market and was obsessed. They were rod iron sea horses that had been painted white. Unfortunately,  they were already sold. It became my mission to find them. Notably, my pursuit was achieved! PB Teen has cheaper wire hooks in animal figures. The sea horses are a fun item to hang on the wall and perfect for my dorm theme.                                           Hook