Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Dressing Table Tour Part 3

Hey lovelies,

I hope you're all having a great week so far.

Today I'm bringing you part three of my dressing table tour, and I'm going to show you what I keep in the little nook under the dressing table. Let's take a look!

The cubby hole is technically designed for leg space, but I've always used it for storage. I'm stuck living at home for the time being, and when you have one room to live in and a lot of stuff, you have to make use of every little gap.

At the minute, I'm using the space to store accessories, styling tools, and some cosmetics in a random assortment of containers. It looks a bit mis-matched, but I can live with that. 

The Super Sweet Cherry Pie bag is a beach bag which I bought from New Look about a decade ago. It's missing a few sequins now from years of use, but I adore it and it brings back a lot of memories. I haven't been able to use it in a few years, which makes me sad, so a week or so ago I decided I had to put it on display. I'm now using it to keep all my hair styling tools neat and tidy, at least until my next trip to the beach, anyway.

The box with the drawers is home to most of my costume jewellery. It's actually a stationery organiser, which I picked up from WHSmith a couple of years ago, but I saw its potential as an inexpensive jewellery box. It's perfect for keeping my accessories organised! This design isn't available anymore, but there's a similar one in blue here, and other designs herehereherehere, and here. I also love this 3-drawer birdcage print box; I'm tempted to get it to store my make up palettes in.

The top three drawers of the accessories box are occupied by hair grips and bobbles; rings; and brooches.

I don't have a lot of rings, but my favourite is still the amazing frog prince ring I adopted from ASOS in 2012!

My brooch collection is beginning to grow quite nicely. I love anything quirky, as you can probably see, and I've got all kinds of novelty designs in my collection. (Many of them are from Cath Kidston).

The two middle drawers are home to a random assortment of accessories.

The left drawer is full of hair accessories like hair clips, turbans and hair scarves, grips, and styling clips. There are also a couple of large corsage-type brooches in there that are too big for my brooch drawer.

The right hand drawer is home to a random bunch of things that needed to go somewhere. 

My beautiful satin jewellery roll with the heart-shaped mother-of-pearl buttons embellished on the outside stores some of my special jewellery; pieces given for milestone birthdays, mostly. I bought the jewellery roll at work in the mid-noughties because I couldn't resist the prettiness. Isn't it lovely?

Underneath it are some skinny chiffon scarves, a couple of empty display boxes, some wire hair bands, the removeable straps from a sun dress, and various lengths of ribbon I occasionally use as hair bands.

And the big drawer on the bottom is home to most of my bracelets. I've had most of these bracelets for years (such as the bangles and Indian bracelets), and I don't have a very big collection these days. I got rid of so many a couple of years ago, and still haven't replenished the collection with many new ones. I probably have about a dozen bracelets I actually wear and need to start building the collection back up.

My lovely lilac jewellery box was given to me by my best friend for my 16th birthday, which was an alarmingly long time ago! Thirteen years this July; eek! Even after all those years, it's still in near perfection condition, and I still have that same best friend who gave me it.

This jewellery box is used to store some of my more precious pieces, as well as my collection of studded earrings. I have quite a lot of studs, most of which are just costume pieces, but I also have a few silver and gold pairs, with real pearls and yellow sapphires, that were given as presents.

My favourite pieces in this jewellery box are my Swarovski crystal rings, a locket that belonged to my Nan, and a pair of yellow sapphire studs my Mum gave me a couple of years ago. (They're actually orange in colour and attached to the black River Island card in the drawer in these photos).

My lovely best friend also bought me this pretty necklace stand, (for Christmas in 2012). It's from the same range as my heart-shaped earring holder, and cream wall hooks (seen in part 1), which came from ASOS. I've ran out of counter space, so at the moment it's displayed on the floor in the corner. I'm not quite sure where to put it! It holds short necklaces, and at present I don't have many, so it looks a bit sorry for itself.

Here's a peek at the chaos inside the beach bag. It contains my hair dryer, two pair of hair straighteners (mine have just died so I've borrowed my sister's pair), curling tongs, a hair removal contraption, and a heat-protector mat.

This star-shaped box doesn't currently have anything inside. It was originally the packaging from a Lush bath bomb set I was given a few years back.

And finally, this hexagonal tin is full of cosmetics samples and a couple of empty travel bottles. I never used to bother with these sample sachets, but over the last couple of years I've realised how handy they are for travelling. The shampoo and conditioner sachets you get in magazines are particularly useful to take swimming and on your travels; they're so much lighter and cheaper than travel-sized toiletries!

And that's everything that can be found under my dressing table! 

I had intended to make my dressing table tour a three part feature, but I've turned it in to a four-part as I have more still to show you!

I'll be blogging the final part in a couple of days, but in the mean time, you can also catch up on part one and part two of the tour if you'd like to see more of my dressing table.

I hope you've enjoyed this post!

How do you store your accessories, styling tools, and cosmetics?



  1. Love this. That frog ring is just incredibly cute. I keep forgetting to wear rings, lately.

    1. Thanks, Char! That ring has to be the best accessory I've ever bought; I wish they'd bought out other designs like it. xx

  2. I love your jewellery box! I clicked through to the links and the cupcake one is to die for. That have to be mine when I get a new desk to put things on. x x

    1. Thank you! It's so handy and I'd really recommend them for dressing table storage. I'm very tempted by the blue one now, as well. (I want one for my art supplies). I also love the Orla Keily style one, but the colours wouldn't match my colour scheme. xx

  3. You have such treasure! I could spend hours in there!! I love how neat and organised everything is, and all so easily available when you get ready - I'm getting my middle daughters dressing table in a couple of months, I can't wait and can't quite believe she no longer wants it! x x x

    1. Aw, thank you, Sandra! It never used to be so organised; everything used to be in one dressing table drawer getting lost and tangled. I had to do something so I could find things when I wanted to wear them. Ooh, she'll be regretting that in a couple of years! xx

  4. You are so neat my room looks like the wardrobes and accessory boxes exploded ! Xx

    1. I have to be! I'm so tight for space and have so much stuff in one room that the clutter would stress me out if it wasn't reasonably organised. Plus I have lots of time on my hands! Lol. My wardrobe and chest of drawers have pretty much exploded, too! xx


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