Friday, January 24, 2014

Record Storage Solution

When Brad and I moved into our first apartment together, I knew I'd have to get inventive with storage since we were combining our things, and we were on a student budget. One thing that I noticed quickly we were lacking was art and decor on the walls. It's crazy how much personality you can give a space just by placing something on the wall. And what better to display on the wall than my favourite records!

I took a trip to Ikea, and came home with two Ribba picture ledges. Altogether, this cost me around $30, but that's a bargain, considering it covers almost all of the dining table wall. I have them stacked alphabetically (because I'm crazy), and you can fit about 4 records in front of each other.

For those of you who are interested which records are at the front of each stack, the list is as follows (from top left):
-Bon Iver
-Neutral Milk Hotel
-The Postal Service
-She & Him

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Wearing: Walking on Sunshine

dress- H&M / cardigan- Stitches / belt- Forever 21
I've been feeling sort of "blah" lately. By that I just mean that for the last while I have been feeling uninspired, not creative, etc. Not just that, but I've also had zero motivation to clean my apartment, decorate, buy myself a new outfit or two. I think this feeling hits most people after the holidays, when things just slip back to normal and the winter seems to start to drag on. That beautiful blanket of snow out the window you loved a month ago now just means higher heating bills. Long stretches of winter nights used to mean that you could spend the evenings cozied up watching movies, now the morning darkness just make me sleep through my alarm and miss class.

However, when I start to feel down my mind does this thing where it tries to remind me of all the negative things in my life.. But most of the time, it fails miserably, and makes me start to look at all that I have in my life that makes me so incredibly happy. This quickly sobers me up and pulls my mood from sad to grateful. 

ANYWAYS, long story short: today I was having an off morning and was looking for ways to bring myself down. I stepped out of my bedroom, looked at my messy apartment full of empty beer bottles and thought "WOW, I can't wait to clean up after all my friends again." Then I decided "fuck it" and threw on a cheerful outfit, my new She & Him album, and cleaned my apartment because I realized that I had a great time when they were over the other night and love having guests, so I needed to look for the positive and not dwell on the small negatives.

2014 is the year of Chelsea, and I refuse to be a Negative-Nancy. 

PS: Don't forget to enter the giveaway if you haven't done so already! It ends on January 22nd.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Sponsored by Iconemesis

Hello! I hope you all had an exceptional New Years. To start this year off right, I'm offering another giveaway! This time I've partnered with Iconemesis, a British phone accessories brand, to offer my readers a chance to win an iPhone case of their choice.

The rules/ways to earn entries are listed on the Rafflecopter widget below. Use this widget to enter in the raffle. To unlock the rest of the entries, you must follow Haggard Library on either Blogger or Bloglovin', and choose your favourite item from the Iconemesis website and comment your choice below. Entries will be accepted until midnight of January 21, 2014, at which time a winner will be randomly generated and announced.

Iconemesis works with independent artists to produce unique and lovely phone cases. They offer free shipping in the UK, and are currently having a huge sale over on their website so be sure to check them out. They offer cases for the iPhone 4, 4S, 5 & 5S.

Good luck!!

This giveaway is open internationally!