Wednesday, 17 April 2019

A Little Peek Into My Design Process | Jackie O My Shop

Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Makeup products digital illustration
A digital illustration I made of my favorite makeup products.

     You may not know this, but aside from blogging, I also run a little side-hustle Etsy shop. It's called Jackie O My Shop. I began my shop when I realized there was a lack of affordable, high quality minimal logos available to purchase for my own site. As a small blogger, I understand that many are not able to spend a large sum on a logo, but are still trying to make their brand stand out. It became a goal of mine to offer people like myself options for a beautiful logo for little more than the price of a Frappucino.
Monday, 15 April 2019

Featured Artist: Janice Sung

Monday, 15 April 2019
Featured Artist: Janice Sung

It's been a while since I shared my last featured artist, but I came across Janice Sung's incredible artwork and knew it was time to talk art again.

A fellow Canadian based in Toronto, Janice is a well-established designer and illustrator who's worked closely with magazines and luxury brands. It's not hard to see Janice's work is often inspired by fashion and beauty, but it's interesting how she also incorporates natural elements and just a dash of minimalistic shapes to give her art a colorful punch. A bit from her biography:
[Janice] enjoys incorporating organic forms like foliage with inorganic geometric forms like abstract shapes to create an interesting visual contrast, creating an overall feel of sultriness and sophistication. 
I've never seen illustration quite like Janice's before, and I'm happy to say she's become one of my favorite illustrators. I just love how fresh, modern and colorful her work is.

One more quick fact: She loves mangoes and Taiwanese fried chicken. Yum! Scroll down to see her work.


Featured Artist: Janice Sung

Featured Artist: Janice Sung

Featured Artist: Janice Sung

Featured Artist: Janice Sung

Featured Artist: Janice Sung

Featured Artist: Janice Sung

Featured Artist: Janice Sung

Featured Artist: Janice Sung

Featured Artist: Janice Sung

Featured Artist: Janice Sung

Featured Artist: Janice Sung
Art by Janice Sung.
Check out more of Janice Sung's art on her Instagram.
Wednesday, 3 April 2019

A Quick Guide To Refreshing Your Room For Spring With UO

Wednesday, 3 April 2019
A Quick Guide To Refreshing Your Room For Spring With UO | Jackie O My

     Let's be real: when's the last time you did a big Spring clean? With Summer fast approaching, time is running out to start the season fresh. Still, a big bedroom overhaul is exhausting. Who has the time?

Each year, I make sure to do a good Spring clean, paring down the stuff I don't need, and organizing what I do. I have my process down, so it requires only a couple of hours. And the best part? Replacing all those home decor elements that are no longer working for me with things I've had my eye on! Ready to liven things up? Here's the quick guide to refreshing your bedroom for spring, Urban Outfitters style.

Let's get to work.


Let the fresh air in.

First thing's first: Open all the windows wide and let in the fresh air. You're going to need light to work. And speaking of fresh, my absolute favorite thing about cleaning my room is fresh sheets and duvet. If your old bedding has seen better days, it might be time to replace it.

Bring in some nature.

Now that your room is nice and bright, bring in a potted plant or two to really liven up the place. It will feel like a whole new room. There's just something so clean about plants, no?

plant vases and baskets
Shop: Macrame Planter Wall HangingWyn Woven Planter BasketSleepy Kitten Planter.

Pare down.

Sort through everything you have, working on one part of the room at a time. Put things into three categories: keep, donate/give away, and if it's a complete lost cause, throw away. If you're overwhelmed, try the Marie Kondo method: Start with clothes, then follow with books, paper, and sentimental items last.

Deep clean.

It's time for arguably the least enjoyable task: get the areas that seldom see any dusting. Wipe down everything possible, including light switches and door frames. This is also a good time to throw rarely cleaned textiles like rugs and curtains in the washer (but make sure to read the wash instructions first!). Give your room a quick vacuum to finish up.

Change your walls.

If your space needs a fresh coat of paint but you rent, the time of wall color oppression is over. You can buy the coolest peel-and-stick wallpapers to completely redesign your apartment, bedroom, whatever! Just peel off to remove.

Peel and stick wallpaper murals
Shop: Pink Current WallpaperBathing Beauties WallpaperFade Away Wall Mural.

Invest in some wall art.

Even if you're not up for an entire wall overhaul, one the quickest ways to update the look and feel of your room is to hang some wall art. Whether you frame one statement piece, hang a vibrant tapestry, or tack a bunch of photos and magazine clippings up for inspiration, trust me; your room will have a whole new vibe.

Colorful art prints
Shop: Take It Easy TapestryAlja Horvat Art PrintThe Colour Study Cecily Art Print.

Clean your closet.

This step really requires a guide all its own, but if you can handle it, go for it! Take everything from your closet and go through your wardrobe, sorting into those three piles again. Put the keepers back in. Bonus points for hanging your clothes by color.

Minimize your makeup.

Get rid of anything you don't/won't use or anything past its expiration. Mascara and eyeliner last two to three months, foundation is good for six to twelve months, and lipstick and eyeshadow are usable for a year or two.

Think about making some planet-friendly changes.

So many big name grocery and takeout companies are moving away from using unnecessary paper and plastic utensils. It's a great time to grab some of these super cute reusable food storage options.


Bento boxes and reusable chopsticks
Shop: Bento BoxesLife Without Plastic Juco Sandwich BagNoodle Bowl & Chopstick Set.

Voila! Now you're ready to relax in your fresh new space. Enjoy!


Do you take part in a big spring clean? Let me know below!

*This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.