Thailand: Part 1

Sawadika! (Hello!)

I know some of you are going to be visiting Thailand in the near future (and if you’re not, you so should!), so I figured I better lock-it-up and get this honeymoon post completed!

I had to break it into two parts, because there is just too much for one post and you will probably fall asleep reading if this gets much longer 🙂

My amazing husband surprised me with a limo to the airport, so we decided to pop open this special bottle of champagne for the ride:

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It was given to us by our good friends Beth and Kalen as a housewarming gift when we first moved to Cali over a year ago. Talk about willpower! By the time we arrived at LAX we were ready for the 14(?) hour flight!

Let me preface this by saying the plane ride is excruciatingly long…so a bottle of champs and a ride to the airport is a must. I watched 7 movies and read two books cover-to-cover on the flight (btw, thanks to everyone who gave me book recommendations! Ya’ll are the BEST!). Make sure you bring along something to do in case you get sick of movies, and wear super comfy clothes. Maybe even bring some snacks. I will share with you my traveling essentials in a later post because I have recently discovered some great ones!

In typical Lauren fashion, I was panicking upon landing because the weather forecast predicted bad weather for our ENTIRE TRIP.

As you may remember from this post, we decided to book our honeymoon during September (Thailand’s rainy season) because the prices were appealing. I read tons of reviews reassuring the thrifty traveler that this would not be an issue because sporadic showers and an occasional 20 minute thunderstorm would be all we’d encounter. 

Everything was still beautiful, but boy did it downpour that first night!

Before I get started on all the fun things there are to do Phuket, let me give you a tour of our resort. We stayed at The Shore at Katathani Phuket. When you arrive, it looks like this:

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We checked in, and then since the resort is on a steep hillside, were driven to our villa in a golf cart by one of the awesomely fun resort employees (shout out to Palm and Beer if you are reading this!). We stayed in suite 8842. I would highly recommend this suite because it has an amazing view (which all the villas have), was high up on the hill, and very private. If you’re not one for climbing stairs I would suggest something near the bottom, but this was not really an issue for us. The villa was spectacular…these pictures just don’t do it justice!

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The whole wall facing the ocean is a sliding glass door.

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Everything is gorgeous…but this bathroom, though!

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Off the bathroom is a patio with a private infinity pool and a little alcove for relaxing…heavenly.

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From the second we stepped in (pretty much) we started googling how much it would cost us to just rent one of these villas for the rest of our lives.

(Conclusion: we would both probably have to win the lottery. Twice.)

After the initial shock of landing in heaven, we ventured out for sustenance:

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and then food 😉

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Our favorite restaurant was one that I had read about online before planning the trip. It’s called Mom Tri’s Kitchen at Villa Royale, and you must go there. I demand you! It ended up being a short 5 minute walk from the grounds of our resort, which we did not even plan! Mom Tri’s is a bit more pricey than most other restaurants in the area, but you get what you pay for and the views are spectacular. They also have Jazz night twice a week, and Parker loves him some jazz so of course we attended that.

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To get there you have to trek up an ancient staircase that winds along the oceanside.

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I am not joking with this view.

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Just keeps gettin’ better…

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and then finally you’ll see this through the trees:

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and you’re there!

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You need to order the ahi tuna and salmon appetizer because you will never have anything better in your life. This was our view during lunch:

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We elected to dine outside for our first visit, but the inside of the restaurant isn’t too shabby either:

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Us at Jazz Night:

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About 90% of our trip was spent eating/lazing around. The other 10% we tried to be active and go on mini adventures. My favorite part of the entire trip had to be elephant trekking. There are several places to do this in Phuket, but the one you wanna go to is called Siam Safari. The staff here is amazing and they treat the animals very well, which was important to us when choosing a tour to go on.

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Another fun adventure, especially if you are a religion or history buff, is visiting Big Buddah and the Wat Chalong Temples.

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The temples are truly incredible, and if we could do it again we would have spent more time exploring them.

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We hired a tour guide but he didn’t know too much about the history of the temples so I would highly recommend researching legit temple-tour-guides if this is something that peaks your interest. We were sad that we didn’t get to learn much about them.

But they sure were mighty pretty!

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On your way to and from the temples there’s a breathtaking viewpoint, so we took an obligatory pic there:

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Somebody forgot to SMILE!!! He’s cute, so it’s fine.

One night, we grabbed a tuk tuk (taxi) and braved the night market. In all honesty, we hated it. But it was an experience, so no regrets! It was PACKED with people! The air in the market is so thick with smoke from all of the cooking oils and (goodness knows what else) that you can barely breath in there. We were super intrigued by all of the different types of food that they had on display, and it was cool to see but we were a bit cautious to try anything other than some potato french fry thingie on a stick (which I ate too fast to get a pic of…oops!).

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Pretty much everywhere you go, there are tiny houses or temples that are mounted on pillars called spirit houses, and they are placed in front of businesses and homes to provide shelter for spirits. At first we assumed these were Buddhist shrines, or shrines to Buddah, but soon found out that this tradition is rooted in animism. This blog post I found does a great job of explaining this tradition, and also answering our question of “What’s with the Red Fanta?”

This large offering of Red Fanta was at the market:

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Out of alllllll the wonderful things to buy at the Thai market, I left with these mini French macarons 🙂

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Go figure.

To be continued…

Part 2 coming soon!

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Large DIY Chalkboard

 I have been OBSESSED with finding a ginormous framed chalkboard for our dining room ever since seeing this picture on Pinterest:

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 It has seriously been over 1 year…1 YEAR…since I got this idea in my head. My main problem wasn’t finding the board, but finding it for the price I wanted to pay (as they are all a bagillion dollars….for the life of me I can’t figure out why).

This project is affordable, fun, and easy.

Supplies you will need:

1 Large slab of masonite (Lowe’s will cut this for you. It comes to about $8) I had mine cut down to 3ftx5ft but I would have done 4ftx6ft if I could have fit all that in my car.

1 Quart of chalkboard paint (I had some on hand and still have plenty left after many chalk projects) $9.99

Paintbrush or roller

Sandpaper

Hot glue

Molding

Fun color of spray paint or paint (optional)

Drill with screws

Miter box (you don’t need this, but it makes things easier)

An extra hand (or 2) for hanging the board (I usually skip this part and try to do everything myself, but my amazing in-laws were in town and made everything so much easier!)

Step One:

Paint one side of the board with 4 coats (or more if needed) of chalkboard paint, allowing time to dry in between each coat.

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While your  paint is drying, you can paint your molding the color of your choice. I’m super cheap, so I used an old can of Champagne Nouveau spray paint and lightly dusted an uneven coating over the molding. I wanted an antiqued/aged look, so it didn’t have to be perfect.

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Step Two:

After board is completely dry…aka 3 episodes of The Walking Dead or Gossip Girl (depending on current mood) on Netflix…sand top coat lightly. I also sanded down my molding to complete the antiqued look. You can’t really tell in the pics but I promise you it is noticeable in person.

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Step Three:

This is by far the hardest part…and I usually skip it but this time I held fast: wait THREE DAYS for board to cure.

Step Four:

Hang board (with help if needed). You don’t have to worry about what the screws look like as long as you keep them as close to the edge of the board as possible. You’re going to be covering that part up with the molding anyway.

Step Five:

Cut molding into 4 pieces to make frame. My father-in-law did this part, as I was banned from utilizing sharp apparatuses for accidentally slicing my hand open with a bread knife while making wine cork place card holders for Thanksgiving (which turned out real cute, I might add! Don’t even get me started on how ridiculously expensive place card holders are!).

 Step Six:

Once cut, you can attach the molding to the board in a number of ways. We chose hot glue, due to it’s simplicity and just the fact that it really works well. The guy at Lowe’s was super interested in my chalkboard project and gave me some additional recommendations though. You can use nails without a head and simply just nail the molding on, or attach it using some other form of glue.

Step Seven:

This is the fun part! Now that your board is cured, take a piece of good ole’ regular chalk and color the WHOLE THING! Erase. Now it is ready to write on! Congrats! I also decided to decorate mine with some garland that I found at Hobby Lobby (half off, of course), and then I jotted down our Thanksgiving menu:

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I was able to complete this project for under $20, because I had a lot of the items needed already, but even if you don’t you will still save a ton of money with this DIY as opposed to buying a large chalkboard at PB.

I realize this chalkboard is not nearly as grand as the Pinterest pic I modeled it after, but it’s a start! I plan on adding ginormous wall sconces to each side for grandeur…I will add that pic to this post when completed.

{Note: I have attempted to add these myself, but apparently there is metal behind this wall, and now also a large hole that I made with my(husbands) power tools. I will find a way!!}

We had a lovely first Thanksgiving in our home with friends and family and can’t wait to celebrate Christmas! Even little Olive enjoyed some turkey:

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Hope ya’ll are having a wonderful holiday season!

T Minus 3 Days

Our honeymoon week is finally here! Unlike the typical couple, Parker and I waited a year to go on our honeymoon because two days after our wedding we had to pack up and drive cross-country to Cali. But….the wait is OVER! 

IT’S OFFICIALLY HONEYMOON TIMEEEE!

And frankly, I can’t wait! I have had my suitcase 95% packed for about two weeks now, which is not typical of me. Usually I wait until the night before a trip to pack. I think this just goes to show how excited I am for this adventure!

We will be spending about a week in Phuket, Thailand,

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and then heading to Hong Kong to explore for a few days.

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So…even though this is our honeymoon and we are going to pamper ourselves, I couldn’t help but get a few little deals in. It’s currently rainy season in Thailand this month! Hopefully that doesn’t interfere with our trip tooo much, but being as thrifty as I am we just couldn’t pass up the rates for the hotel we found (it. is. FABULOUS.)! I did a lot of research on when to travel and where, read countless blogs about visiting this part of the world durning September, and concluded it would be totally fine. We may get caught in afternoon showers but oh well…YOLO! For Hong Kong, we had a ton of hotel points from our cross-country trip last year/ from living in a hotel for the first few months we were in Cali…so that was a definite bonus (honeymoons are $$$). I can’t wait to share pictures with ya’ll when we return, but for now you can follow our journey on Instagram @thethriftymermaid 🙂

Thanks for reading! xoxo

Amsterdam

I’ve visited Amsterdam more times than I can count. When I was living in Germany it was only a short train ride away, so when I had a day off (or 2, on rare occasions), I’d hop on the train and go. Let me start off by saying I’m no Amsterdam expert….most of the times I visited I would just walk around and enjoy the beauty of the city. However, I do know a bit about what to do or see when you only have a short amount of time in the city!

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One of my favorite things to go see is the flower market (Bloemenmarkt). It’s located between Muntplein and Koningsplein.  I don’t have many pictures of it, and those that I do have don’t do it justice. You just have to see it for yourself! This is also a great place to get souvenirs that aren’t super cheesy. Speaking of cheesy, while your perusing the market  stop in and try some local cheeses at the cheese shop! You’ll see a little cellar with this outside:

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Well, minus the cutie. You can sample to your hearts desire! But don’t fill up, because there are so many little places to get really random and weird foods that you may (or may not 😁) wanna try! Particularly in the vicinity of the Red Light District. This is actually another must see….you just have to. Grab a beer and walk on down, because if you don’t go you’ll miss the swans!

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If you’re feeling super touristy, there is a really fun tour that will take you to see some windmills! It’s  a half-day trip, so you would need to block off a good amount of time for this.

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The tour is about $50 (U.S. Dollars, so less in Euros), and will take you to the Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken, and Volendam.

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You will get to see how cheese is made, how traditional wooden clogs are made, and tour the windmills and town surrounding them. The tour lets you off in Volendam, a little fishing village, for lunch. I’d recommend eating at Restaurant Cafe de Dijk and getting the local fish. If you want something quicker they have food carts serving up the catch of the day and pommes frites (you must try these at least somewhere in The Netherlands….SO GOOD!), and then you’ll have time to get some treats from here:

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That translates to “The Spotted Cow chocolate art,” and they’re not messin’ around.

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If this tour does not strike your fancy, don’t fret. There are plenty other places to see and things to do. Visit The Anne Frank House, spend a couple hours at the Rijksmuseum or Van Gogh Museum,  go on The Amsterdam Dungeon tour.

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This tour sounds silly, but if you like scary stuff and history it’s actually really fun!

If you’re a beer lover, visit the Heineken factory.

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Amsterdam has fun nightlife, specifically around Leidesplain. Stop by one of the bustling bars and share a beer with locals out on the patio, or dance all night at Chicago Social Club.

Whatever you do, just enjoy the city around you. There’s a laid back vibe in most places (with the exception of The Red Light District) and you never know what might pop up. Like this amazing symphony on the water at dusk:

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Soak it all in and have a blast!

“Doei!”

London: Tips for Your Trip

So one of my close friends just left for a European adventure last night with her boo.  She asked me for some suggestions on where to eat, what to see, and so on…and I thought why not just make a post about it? It’s easy to link stuff, and this way I could also post pictures to make it even better!

First up: London

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I’ve been to London twice: once for studying abroad, and then for a long weekend with Parker during his R&R a couple years ago. Both times were amazing, although very different. This could be due to the fact I was a wild college student who actually went out at night the first time. With Parker…well, all we cared about was food, history (on his part), ummmm, and food. Actually this is a lie, I also was hoping to see Prince William. That was definitely #1 on the list both times. Anyways, I can’t even remember all the places I went out at night when I studied abroad. Not because I was partying too hard!! Who do you take me for?! It was just so long ago I’m sure the hip spots have changed. Anyways, food:

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The Fox & Anchor. This is near Smithfield Market, and it’s a historic British Pub. Get the chips….they are so good I get fat looking at them. The owner is super welcoming, too. We actually stayed here on our visit and the rooms are spectacular!

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Right across the street from here is a cute bar called Be at One Cocktail Bar. IMG_3158They have some silly cocktails and a good selection of beer…stop in and relax with a happy hour drink!

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They have several locations in London.

If you’re feeling daring, for dinner go to La Bodega Negra.

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Ok, so this is not what it seems! Just call and make a reservation and show up at the address…it’s a secret restaurant. We loved the food (and margaritas 😉) here. It is worth the trip outside of your comfort zone, and no, it’s not a sex shop, I promise you.

The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is a must see!

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This happens every odd numbered day during August. Days vary depending on the month you visit, so check out their website for more info. It’s always crowded, so grab a coffee and try to arrive early!

This is a surprise to most, but Florida State University has a campus in London! Obviously, only true Noles would want to see this, but I have to leave this here for the happy couple because I know they love their school!

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The address is:

Florida State University, 99 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3LH, United Kingdom

The campus is super close to the British Museum, so grab a street hotdog and stop in! If museums aren’t for you but you wanna do something cultural, I highly recommend seeing a play in Shakespere’s Globe Theatre.

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If you do end up going out at night, there are some really cool places on yelp. I wish I could remember all the places I went, but I’m old and my memory is fading! I do have one tip for dudes: at night, urinals pop out of the ground! Sorry ladies, you’ll still have to find a restroom somewhere 😁

Anywayssss…hope you’re having fun, Lindz!! Amsterdam and Barcelona coming tomorrow and Tuesday! I love you!

What Mermaids Eat for Breakfast

Parker has been trying to get me on the smoothie bandwagon for quite some time now. He has a Ninja and is obsessed with making smoothies before his workouts. He just throws random fruit in there (mostly bananas…he and Olive loveeeeee bananas), spinach, ice, and hits pulse. I was kinda leery of this, because if I’m going to drink veggies and fruit I want to make sure it’s going to do something for ME. I found this recipe for a stomach-slimming smoothie on Pinterest. I have tweaked it a bit to make it more user friendly, and because I hate measuring stuff if I don’t have to 🙂

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What you’ll need:

Kale (barrrrf…but I promise, it’s not so bad)

Frozen Pineapple (I just buy a whole one, cut, and freeze it myself. Saves $$$)

Frozen Blueberries (I do the same with these…even easier to freeze)

Almond butter (pricey…but cheaper than lipo!)

Greek Vanilla Yogurt (I just buy a big ole’ tub of it)

3/4 cup of water (this I usually measure, and sometimes add more)

I literally just take a handful or 2 of pineapples and blueberries (recipe says to use a cup, but I find that it makes way too much sometimes so I eye it), 2 handfuls of kale, 1 tablespoon of almond butter, 2 tablespoons of yogurt, and chuck ’em into the Ninja. Then I drizzle the water over top, click the top on, pulse for a few minutes…and wahlah! Breakfast fit for a mermaid….or at least, this mermaid 🙂

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If you despise kale, like I do, either give the concoction some extra pulses in the blender, or do like Parker does and replace it with spinach. In my experience you can’t taste spinach as easily in a smoothie.

As for the stomach flattening promises…I may be seeing things, but at least I feel like it’s working. I ran out of ingredients last week and skipped this for a few days in a row, and literally did not have as much energy…so I know for sure it’s helping with that!

Also…I really miss bacon đŸ˜„

Thrift on, mermaids!

What I’m Loving Now

This is quite a random collection of things I am currently obsessing over this summer:

IMG_5029I’ve been wanting to try a new skin routine for quite some time now, but everything out there seems either super expensive or irritates my skin. My mother-in-law recommended that I try First Aid Beauty (aka FAB) products because they are made for sensitive skin, so I did a bit of research on it and then took the plunge. I bought a few items from the line, including the Milk Oil Conditioning Cleanser, which gets mixed reviews. It’s a facial cleanser that you rub into your skin without water and it dissolves all of your makeup (including waterproof mascara). I used a damp washcloth to gently wipe off my face afterwards, but the label says you can use a tissue or cotton pad (which, if that really works, would be perfect for traveling). So far, I am super impressed by this product. It does what it says, and it made my skin feel super soft. The Ultra Repair Cream feels amazing and I’m liking that so far. I wanted something really gentle to cleanse my face in the morning, so I purchased the Ultra Repair Wash. This is actually a body wash, but you can use it on your face as well. I read many reviews  and testimonials before I put this on my face, don’t worry! FAB products are free of harsh chemicals, and although I’m no expert on skin this sounded pretty good to me. Since I just started with these products this week I’ll let y’all know how they work out in the long run. Lately, I’ve had pretty dry skin with breakouts along my chin here and there…and to be honest, it’s driving me CRAY! It’s about time I take action! Also, I plan on adding some type of eye cream and serum to this newfound beauty regimen (depending on how this works out) but I am going to wait a week or so because I need to continue my research. If you have any recommendations on that, let me know!

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Some of y’all are going to be VERY shocked by this, but I went to Trader Joe’s for one of the first times EVER yesterday. I had been to one before but didn’t really look around. I was too busy comparing it to Publix and did not give it a fair chance. This being said, I am pretty impressed by their prices and the quality of the items they have to offer. For instance: the flowers. Oh, the flowers! I purchased two bouquets for $3 a piece and put together this arrangement (something I am by NO MEANS a profesh at…at ALL) that I would NEVER be able to get at my go-to grocery store. All flowers aside, I found some other amazing deals. I tried cooking with coconut oil for the first time ever last night, found some great priced almond meal that will be perfect for my macaron baking fiascos, and also purchased a bottle of the $4 Trader Joe’s wine that I keep hearing about (btw I need some direction on this…there were several Trader Joe’s wines available and I wasn’t sure which one is the one that everyone always raves about?). All in all, I think it’s safe to say I love Trader Joe’s. Some people are just late to the party…but at least I finally showed up.

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Just a few other items that I’m love, love, loving for the summer: Havaianas slim flip flops (many more styles to choose from in store). Who am I kidding, I’ve been loving these forever. They are just so comfy and cute. There are so many different styles to choose from that I’m sure anyone can find something. Annnd, did I mention, are always on sale at Nordstrom Rack for like $12. No brainer. This next one is a little bit pricey, and I know that people will judge me for getting sucked into all the hype! But I DON’T CARE! Because it totally works, and is sooooo worth the price: Pureology shampoo and conditioner. I know, I know…I used to be among those who judged and laughed at the fact people spent this kinda money on shampoo. But, when I went lighter with my naturally curly locks this summer, I needed something that would not continue to make them feel like straw after washing. I decided to just give it a try, and I don’t think I will ever be able to go back to regular shampoo. It also helps that one little bottle has lasted me since February…and I’m still not finished with it! Since the formula is so concentrated, you just don’t need as much as regular shampoo to start up a good lather. I do not have to wash my hair as often which is also great, since I hate blow drying my mane. This stuff smells great and makes my hair feel great, too. I’ve noticed it’s also more manageable, and actually growing faster and not breaking off at the ends as much as it used to. My final summer must-have is Essie nail polish, particularly in “Knockout Pout.” I found this color online and looked for it in stores everywhere, and then to my surprise came upon it in TJMaxx…for $3.99. I also love Essie nail polish in “Urban Jungle” and “Turquoise & Caicos”….you can’t go wrong with these hues in the summer months. Thanks for reading this super long post! Any and all beauty/Trader Joe’s recommendations are welcome!

Thrift on!

Pretty Lil’ Things

Our guest room is still a work in progress (eh, and so is the rest of the house, what am I saying)…I’m constantly moving things around in here and adding new junk. So far, I have a paint color and bedspread that are staying put. We have yet to add closet doors to the mix (which is why I cannot do a full room pic yet…you will freak out) but of course I already have pretty pillows and decorations hanging on the walls…priorities.  Even though it’s not totally finished, I thought I’d share some on here:IMG_4535

The vanity (that my momma bought for me) is from a cute little store in Jacksonville Beach, Fl, that is sadly no more (I think). It was called “Ooh La La Laurette.”  (If I am mistaken, someone please let me know! I love love LOVEDDDD her stuff!) However, if I remember correctly, Laurette still sells her stuff in a furniture consignment shop right next door to her old shop, “Cottage by the Sea.” If y’all are in the Jacksonville area, it’s definitely worth checking out. The little vanity chair is from Home Goods and they offer many different options.

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I believe I found these little apothecary jars at Hobby Lobby and Home Goods.

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The hanging hand mirrors and metal laurel leaf wreath are from Hobby Lobby as well.

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Baskets from Ross Dress for Less (yes, they have more than clothes!). This comforter totally needs to be steamed/ironed, but I promise it’s super cute. It’s part of the Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s collection. The really pretty rectangular beaded pillow is from Home Goods.

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And now, for a secret I rarely share with anyone…the two little square, beaded pillows are from….Burlington Coat Factory. Gasp! They were $7 a piece…and in perfect condition. I found the cute little vintage lamp in the corner at my favorite antique shop in Jacksonville, Sugar Bear, and I believe that’s where my mom found this side table as well.

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This headboard was a quick DIY project, I just used some spray paint to give it the look I was going for.

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Next I’m looking for something to hang over the headboard. I also want to add some type of a bench or storage at the foot of the bed, and add a pop of color with some homemade curtains. I’ll keep y’all posted on the progress. Let me know if you have any great ideas for a guest room! Thrift on!

How to Name Your Blog

Ok, I am by no means a professional blog namer, but I would like to share with y’all my quick little blog-naming method. The Thrifty Mermaid is not my first rodeo, I used to have a travel blog called Lauren in Wanderland. I’m not in Wanderland anymore, I’ve settled down a bit, with this cutie:

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But that’s besides the point. When my bestie, Danielle, came to me and told me she wanted to start her own blog, I was super thrilled because 1. She’s hilarious and brilliant and 2. I really miss her and want to hear/read all about her life. She lives by the beach in North Carolina with her sweet, southern hubby and their two precious pups. The only thing was she needed help coming up with a name. I mean, even if you have 200 ideas for great posts, you can’t get started until you come up with the name! It can get pretty frustrating and it’s a lot of pressure because you’ll be stuck with this name FOREVER! Um, unless you change it, of course 🙂

So this brings me to my totally fool-proof method of blog-naming. It’s super profesh, and trust-worthy. Here it is:

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You just grab a piece of paper, write down all words that come to mind that you want to express in your blog, and then you wait. I texted this pic to Danielle, sipped on some coffee, and stared at this and waited for words to pop out. We brainstormed back and forth, and finalllllllllllyyyy….within, like, 20 minutes…Coastal Corner Office was born! It’s that simple. I’ve tried using all of the name-your-blog generators and stuff out there, but they always spit out something cheesy and boring (I’m not saying The Thrifty Mermaid isn’t cheesy…it’s pretty cheesy but I like it 🙂 ) This method just works.

Danielle, her husband Chad, and their 2 pups Cannoli & Vita

Danielle, her husband Chad, and their 2 pups Cannoli & Vita

You can check out Danielle’s blog here. It’s all about beach life, working remotely, her 2 sweet pups, and life as a newlywed! I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Also, I know that a lot of people out there use Bloglovin’ to read their daily blog posts, so you can find The Thrifty Mermaid on Bloglovin’ here. They used to have a button for WordPress blogs, but it is no longer compatible with the WordPress.com site (or so I’m told by the email I received). If you do not already have Bloglovin’, I would highly suggest subscribing! It makes it a cinch to read all of your favorite blog posts, all on one feed! You can sign up here. 

Thanks for reading this silly little post! If it helps at least one person out there name their blog, then it was worth it! I’d love to hear in the comments below if you have any tips or tricks for blog-naming! Thrift on!

Totes on a Budget

Parker and I are finally taking a Honeymoon (over a year after our wedding 😁), and we are going to a tropical destination. Therefore, I have been scouring shops for cute and affordable beachwear. I need stuff that will be easy to pack, comfy to travel in, and nice enough to look good in all of our sweet, sweet, honeymoon pictures! Most of my friends know that I am not really a fan of being in pictures, but I’m trying to get over that mostly because I’m getting old and want the memories! I’ve been obsessing over cute beach bags lately, and I don’t know if it’s just me or if the world is going cray, but these prices are outrageous! Now, I’m all for great quality in a purse…but spending $150 on a bag I’m gonna throw on in the sand is nutso. So I’ve rounded up some of my favorite, more affordable options for y’all (with one exception…just because I love it so much!).

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1. Saks Off 5th $30 2. Target $30 3. Vera Bradley $51 4. ASOS $30 5. Target $30 6. LUCLUC.com $23 7. Target $40 8. Macy’s $40 9. Calypso St Barth $100 (Splurge…but too cute not to post!)

More of my summer faves coming soon! Thrift on!