Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2018

This past weekend I did one of my favorite things, I visited Coney Island for its 2018 Mermaid Parade!  Coney Island is one of those places that epitomizes what Summer is.  The blue skies and golden sands of the beach offer a charming backdrop for a vibrant carnival, nestled in between is the boardwalk, that’s filled with little tchotchke shops and Italian ice stands.  You can see more pics and videos on my Instagram page!  Look for the “Mermaid Parade” in my highlight reel.

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2018

Clam shell bras were all the rage

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2018

 

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2018

Make mermaids, not war

 

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2018

Even Minnie Mouse and Lady Gaga came as mermaids

 

After the mermaid parade, we decided to go for a trip on the Wonder Wheel.  A well-known ferris wheel at Coney Island.  It allows you to get a full view of the carnival, boardwalk and beach.  Not only that but it’s a fun part of the history of Coney Island, the Wonder Wheel has been around since 1920!

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2018

I love all the bright colors that make up the Wonder Wheel

 

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2018

Entrance

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2018

Going up! In this picture: Seafoam Green Gemstone Necklace

 

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2018

Views from above!

There’s such more more to do at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade then what I’m showing.  We also stopped by the original Nathan’s hot dog restaurant for lunch, as well as, Coney’s Cones for ice cream!  You can see from the pic above that there are so many more rides than just the Wonder Wheel and at night everything is light up.  So come stop by next year or even join in the Mermaid Parade!  Check out more pics and videos on my Instagram page, under the “Mermaid Parade” highlight reel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spanish Seaside Home Tour

It’s probably no surprise to you that I became obsessed with this small Spanish seaside home! with its turquoise shutters and turquoise doors.  #GiveMeAllTheTurquoise   I love the bold doorway against the bright white stucco exterior.  What more could a girl ask for?  Take a look:

Spanish Seaside Home Tour

YASSS!

Spanish Seaside Home Tour

 

Spanish Seaside Home Tour

This kitchen has me dreaming of open shelving and I’m kinda obsessed with that curtain? too!

Spanish Seaside Home Tour

 

Spanish Seaside Home Tour

I love the mixed prints and patterns of the pillows

Spanish Seaside Home Tour

Straw hats and baskets oh my!

Spanish Seaside Home Tour

Rustic headboards will always have a place in my heart ❤

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Seashell Quote

Never stop dreaming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15 Summer Home Picks from Anthropologie 2018

I wanted to share some of my favorite coastal pieces for your Summer home from Anthropologie!  I’ve divided the pieces up into two sections; under $250 and splurge (because hey, it is Anthropologie we’re talking about).  You’ll see a lot of the trends I’ve been talking about in other posts, like natural fabrics and rattan/straw.  As well as some other fun coastal finds!  Take a peek:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 Summer Home Picks from Anthropologie 2018

this headboard!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer Hair Inspiration 2018

I always like to change up my hair a bit from season to season and Summer is no different. I found some really cute hair styles that I can’t wait to try. I’m especially loving the twisted pigtail braids (second pic) and if you click through the link, there’s a really easy tutorial on how to get the look! Check it out:

Summer Hair Inspiration 2018

beach waves aren’t just for the sea!

 

Summer Hair Inspiration 2018

Twisted pigtails via Raising Buddies – how perfect would this hair style be for a hot day?!

 

Summer Hair Inspiration 2018

Half up / Half down – always a classic! via Nautical Wheeler

 

Summer Hair Inspiration 2018

Single side braid

 

Summer Hair Inspiration 2018

keep it sleek!

 

Summer Hair Inspiration 2018

messy bun – the go-to hair style when you’ve been in and out of the water all day

 

Summer Hair Inspiration 2018

add a scarf for a chic and effortless Summer look

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6 Easy Ways to a more Sustainable Life

Since it’s World’s Ocean Day, (Happy World’s Ocean Day!) I wanted to share my 6 easy ways to a sustainable life and what we can do to help keep our ocean clean.  There are so many ways to help keep our largest body of water blue and sparkling.  And P.S. they are also really easy!  You might already be doing some of these sustainable living techniques and not even know it.  Scroll down to read more:

6 Easy Ways to a Sustainable Life

Metal Straws with Carrying Case via Sur La Table

Reusable Straws :  You’ve probably been hearing a lot about this in the news lately.  There’s a trend on saying no to plastic straws at restaurants and bbqs.  Instead you can opt for a reusable metal straw that’s not only sleek and stylish but good for the environment.

 

6 Easy Ways to a Sustainable Life

Anchor Ring in the Nautical Wheeler Jewelry shop

Recycled Metals :  Jewelry made from recycled metals like Sterling silver or gold is another great way to help keep our oceans (and air!) clean.  The use of recycled metal means less greenhouse gasses and a smaller carbon footprint.

 

6 Easy Ways to a Sustainable Life

Reusable bags from Whole Foods Market

Reusable Grocery Bags :  If you haven’t jumped on this trend yet, now’s the time!  Plastics are one of the biggest polluters of our oceans and a really easy way to have a cleaner ocean is to simply use less plastic.  I love these reusable bags from Whole Foods.  Not only are they really durable but they’re also insulted to help keep my groceries chilled on the ride home.

 

Meatless Mondays :  Eating a more sustainable diet is not only good for you but for the environment as well!  Sustaining from animal products like meat and dairy, if only for one day a week, help to keep agriculture run-off from polluting our oceans.

 

6 Easy Ways to a Sustainable Life

100% Organic Cotton Sweatshirt from PACT – I own this and absolutely love it!

100% Cotton :  I love 100% cotton clothing.  I have sensitive skin and often times my skin will get irritated from synthetic materials woven into a shirt or pair of pants.  Not only does wearing 100% cotton clothing keep my skin happy but it also helps to keep the ocean clean.  When we wash clothes that have synthetic materials in it, like polyester or viscose, tiny pieces of these plastic fabrics break off and drain out our washing machines only to end up in our oceans.

 

6 Easy Ways to a Sustainable Life

Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub from Lush

Sea Salt Scrubs :  Opting for sea salt scrubs instead of body or facial scrubs that contain those small plastic beads is an easy way to green-up your beauty routine.  Micro plastics are wreaking havoc on our oceans because they are so small it’s hard to remove them from the water.  Many are ending up in the bellies of sea creatures like whales and fish since they don’t know any better.  Can you imagine having a belly full of plastic?  Yuck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Australian Beach Home Tour

By now I’m sure you’ve realized how much I love a super casual home (and if not, now you do!)  I love my home decor to have natural fabrics, pieces that are easy to clean and still look beautiful.  I don’t enjoy living rooms that I can’t just plunk myself down in or dining rooms that are only reserved for special occasions.  These reasons and many more are why I wanted to share this Australian beach home with you!  Take the tour:

Australian Beach House Tour

This outdoor space is everything!

 

Australian Beach House Tour

Bamboo dining chairs? Yes, please!

 

Australian Beach House Tour

White kitchens with rustic old cutting boards have my heart.

 

Australian Beach House Tour

Australian Beach House Tour

 

Australian Beach House Tour

These straw baskets?/vases? are AWESOME

 

Australian Beach House Tour

Bathrooms views of cactus never get old

 

Australian Beach House Tour

Australian Beach House Tour

Australian Beach House Tour

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