DIY Desk Storage Container

Hello again everyone! I found this adorable project on Pinterest a few months ago and just never really got around to making it until a few weeks ago! The one I saw used different confetti, a different desk organizer, no monogram, and different glue, but the idea was still the same. I am also very happy with how it turned out!

I went Target shopping with my BFF Mikia a few weeks ago because she wanted desk supplies before she went back to school and finally found the perfect organizer to used for this in the size I wanted! This was the top and bottom. Pretty boring right?


So I painted it white of course! Gotta keep with my room theme.


Then once my confetti came in (from Posie Project) and I got the glue I needed, I was set! The original post I found used a different mod podge glue but honestly any mod podge that says “gloss” will work fine.


After this I used one whole bottle and I was satisfied at first but realized it would be smoother with a second bottle. What did my impatient self do? Used my other bottle of mod podge instead of going to Walmart the next day for another of the bottle pictured (horrible idea because it legitimately took two weeks to dry).

IMG_3346.JPG(This was with one bottle)

IMG_3395.JPG (This was after bottle 2 so you can see why I was a bit concerned)



More waiting………




It does look better in person and the dark spots are just the gold pieces of confetti but I’m still super happy with how this turned out! Check it out on my Instagram (thecommonmandy). So excited to use it. Hope this inspired you to get crafty!

xoxo, Mandy


Tailgating Outfit Ideas


I had a request from my very best friend Mikia to do a tailgating outfit idea post! Now I myself am not a tailgater but I have seen many outfits posted from when people actually do! This is what I came up with. I chose this very cute romper from (linked) and I got it for only $10!!! It’s now $18 but totally worth the purchase. For a tailgate, I would choose a very comfortable dress/romper. You can wear it for the tailgate and game and still not feel gross. My sunglasses I actually purchased on River Street in Savannah for like $5 but there has to be similar dupes around whatever town you live. Sunglasses are also a must for tailgates. The sun will be beating down into your eyes basically the whole afternoon/evening and you don’t want to get a headache. My shoes. Now when I was browsing through Marshalls I never expected to find these beauties. THEY. ARE. SO. PERF. I got them for $27.00 on sale which is more than I normally choose to pay but I took it as a sign that they were exactly my size and purchased. Comfortable yet cute shoes are always a must for tailgates. I recommend a flat just because you’ll be standing a lot but a comfy wedge like this is always a must! Jewelry is always needed to tie together a look. I suggest buying a neutral gold or white necklace that can go with many outfits. That would be the most cost effective! My tassel necklace is from Forever 21 (similar linked) and my gold/pink necklace is from Charming Charlie (similar linked, almost identical!)! The number one thing that will make your tailgate outfit perfect is making sure it includes your school colors (GA Southern REPRESENNNNT)! I hope this helped you get some ideas!

xoxo, Mandy

How To Turn Your Summer Wardrobe Into A Fall One

Well even though Augusta is still averaging in the high 90s temperature wise; however, the stores don’t care! For them it is already fall time, but who wants to spend a ton of money on a whole new fall wardrobe (well me but who can afford it is the question)? Here is how I changed this one summery outfit into a fall one!


First thing you can do is take all your crop tops and KEEP THEM in your closet. Crop tops are perfect for the fall because they can be worn with high-waisted jeans. I used this crop top from American Eagle (that is super soft btw).


The next item that is perfect for the transfer of seasons is huarache sandals! I actually bought these today at American Eagle. I found them on Clearance for $12.99. They are perfect because they slightly encase your foot incase there’s a brisk breeze.


The last item that I will talk about is the jacket! As we transition to fall, the summer nights become a little cooler and a lightweight military jacket is the way to go. I altered this one to make it fit my style a little better! I took an old skirt that I purchased at  Uptown Cheapskate for around $3 and made some cute cuffs. This jacket used to be my grandmother’s before she passed away and her style truly does transcend time.

Hope you enjoyed this post and I hope it helped you think of some new ideas to change over your wardrobe.

xoxo, Mandy