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Ask Lovely Undergrad!

Have a dorm decor dilemma or rental revamp request?  Need a small space solution for your place?  Lovely Undergrad is here to help out!  Due to a large influx of readers requesting decor tips for their personal space, LU is starting a new feature that allows you to get advice personalized for your dwelling.  Please send all photos and advice requests to  Photos of your space will be featured on the blog along with creative, budget-friendly ideas for a lovely transformation.  Be sure to include your name, school, information about you, budget, decor likes and dislikes, restrictions (such as not being able to paint or hang things on the walls) and anything else relevant to your place.  If you have sent photos in the past, please re-send them to so that your space can be addressed. After transforming your space, feel free to send "after" photos so that I can feature them on the blog, too!

I'm super excited about this new aspect of LU and can't wait to help you all with your dorms and apartments!



I am actually on the look for new homes for sale. I'll message you in case I've already decided on a house.


DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done.
I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia.

Aria's Room | Pretty Little Liars Decor

Welcome back for LU's 2nd room in the PLL series!  Today you're getting a glimpse into my favorite room on the show... Aria's room.  Aria Montgomery is the artistic, imaginative, bookworm of the bunch.  So it's no surprise that her room has an artsy, historic, romantic eclecticism atmosphere.  Plus, it's full of books.  My two words for Aria's attic space: Vintage Eclectic.  (Those happen to be my two favorite decorating words... so brace yourself for my soon-to-come swooning.)

Pencil It In | Working the Pencil Skirt into Your Work Attire, Including 25 Examples with Do's and Don'ts

Starting this week, every Wednesday on The Lovely Side will be devoted to wardrobe, hair, and beauty content.  With summer internships right around the corner and interviews for real world jobs looming as well, I thought now would be a good time to delve into the world of office fashion.  
Sarah, a reader, recently emailed me asking about how to style a pencil skirt for her "somewhat casual, somewhat professional workplace full of fashionable co-workers."  She's been lusting after pencil skirts at several stores, but been hesitant to purchase one for fear of looking bad in it and not knowing what to wear with it.