Bright on a Budget | Kentucky Affordable Fashion + Beauty Blogger: June 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

Smooth Summer Sandal Feet - B&BW True Blue Spa Review

My feet tend to stay rough around the heels year-round, no matter what I use on them.  I have tried at-home pedicures--FYI, that Listerine pedi turns your feet the color of the Listerine-- and salon pedicures. It's so disappointing (not to mention frustrating) to come home from a salon pedi only to realize your feet are still rough!  I've also tried tons of lotions and scrubs.  Nothing has really made a difference. . . until now

I happened to stop by Bath and Body Works semi-annual sale last week.  As soon as I walked through the door, they had a sign advertising True Blue Spa products for only $6!  This line tends to run a bit on the pricey-side, so the sign immediately caught my attention. I had picked up some of their hand cream on sale before and it was amazing, so I decided to see what they had.  Just a few products were on sale--a foot scrub, a cracked heel treatment, and a foot cream.  I have a really good homemade sugar scrub at home, so I decided to try the cracked heel treatment and foot cream.

Bath & Body Works True Blue Spa products
Left: Malibu Beach Pedicure Foot Cream with avocado butter
Right: Cracked Heel Treatment with glycolic acid
I'm not sure if they still have the deal in store, but online right now, all True Blue Spa products are buy 2, get 1 free.
Also, here's a printable coupon good through July 6 in-store or online for $10 off $30 or $20 off $50!
To use either product, you just massage it into your feet.  I like to do this right after I get out of the bathtub or shower.  I use the cracked heel treatment every few days but use the foot cream more frequently.  The products both smell wonderful, and I feel like it's a treat to get to use them. I noticed a difference after only a few uses, and my husband did too!  He wholeheartedly endorses these products now after feeling the improvement in my feet!  These 2 products were a total game-changer for me!

Soft feet are only 1 part of the summer sandal feet equation, though--don't forget to polish those piggies!  My tutorial for an at-home, professional-looking manicure can be used on your toes as well!  I'm current rocking Essie's Haute in the Heat (color below on the left).

Essie's Haute in the Heat (l) and Playa Del Platinum (r)

Do you have any secrets to getting summer sandal feet?  Feel free to share below!

Friday, June 27, 2014

High Five for Friday

Happy Friday!!!  Super busy week, with a lot of juggling going on, but it's Friday!!!  Let's catch up:

1. Kane took his 1st step on his 1st birthday, but he walked yesterday at daycare.  My baby is growing up!  I know some of you may be wondering if it bothers me to have missed seeing it, and the answer is no.  I've gotten to see a lot of his firsts, and I did see the very 1st step, so no big deal:) I'm just happy that he's learning new things in an environment that he loves!

Ms. Camille (or MILLE as Kane calls here) got to witness it! These are little sheets that the teachers fill out everyday and send home.
2. We're putting our house on the market next week FSBO, so last weekend was busy with a trip to Lowe's.  Isn't it funny how much you absolutely hate Lowe's as a kid but love it as an adult? One project we did was putting down some new lava rock, and it made such a difference look-wise!  Lava rock is approximately $4.50 per bag, and it takes 20 bags to fill inside our fence.  Overall, a relatively cheap way to spruce up the outside of your house.
Yes, I realize I'm showing you opposite sides of our postage stamp patio, but the effect is the same nonetheless.
Downside? That means LOTS of cleaning this weekend:(  Just in case you were wondering, that will NOT make next Friday's H54F post.

3. I had some Old Navy Super Cash to use.  I popped in on my lunch break yesterday and was able to pick all of this up for $20!  The bangles were clearanced to $1.99 each, and the dress was clearanced to $9.97.  Chauncey loves ON's t-shirts so I picked him one up in a new color, and grabbed the onesie for Kane to wear on the 4th of July.

1. Men's Tee in Coral Sunset- currently $9.94.  You should be able to get this for $6 any other time,
so hold off on purchasing.  The discount I received with Super Cash was equivalent to 40% off,
so I got it for what I normally would pay.
2. Baby Flag Onesie (or tee), $4
3.Dress, selling for $19.97 online:( Definitely search for it in store. 

Personally, I don't think the deal with the Super Cash was any different than any other sale they have, but having to have Super Cash can make you feel like you have to buy. In all honesty, if I wouldn't have found the clearance items, I probably would have just waited for another day and another sale.

4.  My mom had $20 in Kohl's cash she wasn't going to use, so she sent it my way.  I was able to pick up a Chaps polo for Kane (for next summer), a musical Mickey book for Kane, and a new Essie nail polish for myself for a grand total of about $4.  I chose Essie Haute in the Heat (the reddish-pink shade) from their new summer collection.  It's currently on my toes, and Essie Playa Del Platinum is on my fingertips.

I love this seahorse--it just went straight to my beach-themed bathroom after I took this pic!  I scored it on clearance at Michael's this week.
5.  I forgot to post about this last week, but it's worth mentioning so it's making it on this week's post.  When I was out shopping at Clothes Mentor, a huge downpour came raining down while I was inside shopping.  I had Kane with me, so we waited until the worst of the storm had passed to try to make it to the car.  Wrangling a car seat and a huge golf umbrella, however, isn't the easiest thing in the world.  Just as I was struggling to get Kane in my vehicle without getting him wet, the sweetest lady came over and held the umbrella for me.  I thanked her profusely.  She said that she just thought to herself what if that was her daughter out with her grandbaby.  So nice!  I hope that lady knows just how much I appreciated her help--she was a Godsend!

BEFORE YOU LEAVE, don't forget to enter to win the Coach wristlet giveaway, and check out the new series I'll be posting about on the blog--Wardrobe Re-Wear!

Comment below to let me know what you've been into this week!

As always, linking up with Lauren from the Lauren Elizabeth for #H54F.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wardrobe Re-Wear : Pink Popover Shirt

Confession-time: I am a clothes hoarder.  I get such great deals with clothes that I hate to part with them!  Especially since I'm always thinking of ways to re-style pieces.  Every time I go to get rid of a piece of clothing, I automatically start listing the reasons in my head I should keep it--always at the top of the list is that it would be more expensive to buy again if I needed something similar in the future.

Anyways, on Friday, I mentioned a blog that I've really been enjoying lately by Katie over at Cup of Tea.  She has been doing a 30 day outfit challenge, where you take 30 pieces from your wardrobe and make 30 different outfits over 30 days.  I'm way too nervous to limit myself to just 30 pieces of clothes, but it has definitely got me thinking about the best ways to re-wear certain pieces.

So I think I'm going to start doing a Wardrobe Re-wear post every so often, and share with you 2 different looks that both feature the same piece of clothing.  By re-wearing your clothes, you're getting more of your money's worth out of them!  If you think outside your usual outfit pairings, you may not feel the urge to buy new clothing pieces all the time.

Outfit 1 - Work Flow
If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I wore this outfit to work today.  I really like the brightness of the shirt paired with the cream-colored skirt. The shirt is a size too big, but it was the only size I could get my hands on.

Outfit 2 - Out with Friends
After work, I headed over to my friend Brittany's house for craft night!  I always have so much fun, and it's nice to catch up:)  I needed a fast outfit change, and was going for something more relaxed.  Pairing the popover with a pair of khaki-print shorts  was quick and easy!

Shirt- Old Navy, details here.
Skirt- Maurices, clearance from last summer.
Shorts- Old Navy, similar.
PS- the fluff ball photobombing in the bottom left corner is Gizmo, one of our kitties.
I'm really liking both of these looks, and I'm really excited I found some new ways to wear this shirt.  I challenge each of you to try the same, and let me know how it goes--even better if you try to find new ways to wear a piece of clothing you used to hate!

Don't forget the Coach wristlet giveaway--enter to win here!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Bright [Giveaway] on a Budget : Coach Wristlet


I just want to begin by thanking all of my readers for being my readers!  I especially love getting feedback from all of you, so keep it coming!  As the blog has grown, I have used this feedback to help with the direction of the blog, including the new redesign!  If you're a blogger looking for a new design, read more about my redesign experience here and get a coupon code for 10% off in KreatedbyKelsey1's Etsy shop.

You'll notice the new navigation bar at the top, which sorts posts into categories.  This should make it easier to find old posts, or, if you're new here, to find the posts relating to what you're interested in.

To the right, there's all sorts of goodies.  Under my photo and introduction, there are social media buttons--click these buttons to follow me through various social media outlets.  I always post a heads-up about new posts on Facebook and Twitter, and I'm very active on Instagram.  Also, right below that, you can submit your email under the "Follow by Email" header to have new post sent directly to you.

Also, to make pinning on Pinterest easier, you can now hover over any picture and a button to pin will appear!  How simple is that?!

Last but not least, there's a link to signup for Ebates (more about that here--if you haven't signed up, you're missing out!) and an archive of my blog based on the date of each post.

Anyways, let's get to the good stuff--the GIVEAWAY!

I've had such an awesome week here on the blog, and as a special thank you to my readers, I'm giving away an AUTHENTIC COACH WRISTLET!  

I'm a HUGE fan of Coach, but not of their prices.  I prefer to wait for times when they have coupons (which are usually direct mail, but sometimes show up on their FB page) or to just shop the Coach Factory store.  A lot of times, I will wait for certain items to clearance from the full-price store to the outlet, but sometimes I actually like outlet items better!

Wristlet size: 9 1/2" L x 5 1/4" H x 1 3/4" W
I purchased this wristlet from the outlet a couple of months ago to put back for a special giveaway, and now the time has come!  This is one of the large Coach wristlets, and one of my personal favorites.  It is big enough to fit my big phone in (the Galaxy Note 2), as well as a lipstick, comb, and any other essentials. The wristlet also has 8 credit card slots inside, so that your cards don't fall out.  Oh, and it's super cute, especially for a UK fan (GO CATS)!  I have several of these wristlets, and they're my go-to for going out!  If you're not a fan of the wristlet style, the strap can actually be hooked to the other side to make it into a mini-purse!

Enter below for your chance to win!  Giveaway will run until 12:00 a.m. EST on Monday, June 30, 2014.  Only readers who live in the contiguous 48 states of the U.S. are eligible to win (sorry, readers from Hawaii and Alaska, as well as international readers, are excluded due to shipping costs). 

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Friday, June 20, 2014

High Five for Friday

Happy Friday, readers!  These week I'm throwing in 6 things instead of 5, so please excuse my bending of the rules.

1. Notice anything different about the blog?!  Hello, redesign! I came across the shop KreatedByKelsey1 while browsing on Etsy, loved her designs, and knew it was time to give the ol' blog an overhaul.  I was looking from something bright and fun that made a statement and represented the personalty of the blog.  Kelsey nailed it!

How cute is that bunting?!
Moreover, Kelsey was easy to work with, quick to respond, and could see my vision.  She knew what I was describing in my head and made it happen.  We worked from one of her premade templates and put a personal spin on it.

If you're a blogger looking for a fresh design, or if you're thinking of starting a blog, I encourage you to check out Kelsey's Etsy shop.  Kelsey is offering 10% off of her designs when you use code BRIGHT10.  This code will be good until next Friday, June 27.

2.  We came home from the beach on Saturday.  I had such a wonderful trip!  In case you missed the posts, you can find my review of Folly Beach and the Tides Folly Hotel here (along with a link for 15% off Tides Folly Beach's best available room price when you book with them!), and my review of the downtown Charleston, SC area here.

Beach shortly after sunrise @ Tides Folly Beach hotel.
Downtown Charleston.

3. Birthday Cake M&Ms.  OMG.  These are the best!  And if you haven't tried the Oreos w/ Reese's Peanut Butter Cup filling, then you need to get in you car, drive to the store, and get them NOW!  It's been a good week in the sweets world.

I hit the motherload!
4. I hit up the local Clothes Mentor, which is a gently-used clothes and accessories resale shop.  I scored some great finds, all like-new: Michael Kors tote, Lilly Pulitzer skirt, and Vineyard Vines skirt.  I love finding deals like this, but I'm really picky about where I buy from second-hand. Does anyone else love hitting up shops like this?  If so, what's your all-time-favorite find?

Total cost was around $100.
5. We celebrated Father's Day on Sunday.  I'm so thankful that Chauncey is such a good daddy to Kane.  He's the absolute best!  I'm very thankful for my dad and papaw as well!

Love this 2 with all my heart!

6. As you probably know by now, I always link-up on Friday's with Lauren over at the Lauren Elizabeth.  I always try to look at some of the other blogs that are linked up--some I like and some not so much.  But when I find a gem, I try to share those blogs with you.

One such blog is by Katie over at Cup of Tea.  I have really enjoyed browsing her blog.  She's currently during a 30x30 challenge, which is where you take 30 pieces of clothes and accessories from your closet and make 30 unique outfits in 30 days.  It really challenges you to rethink your clothes and how you put together an outfit.  And nothing is more budget-friendly than making use of what you already own!  You can see what pieces she chose here and see a recap of how she styled the first 6 days/6 outfits here.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bright [Vacation] on a Budget : Downtown Charleston, South Carolina Review

If you missed yesterday's review about what I was looking for on this vacation, Folly Beach in general, and the awesomeness of the Tides Folly Beach hotel, you can read it here.  

On our trip, we wanted a mix of the beach and downtown Charleston, SC.  So we spent our days in Folly Beach and headed to downtown Charleston in the evenings to experience the nightlife.

I'm a HUGE history nerd/buff, so I was really excited to poke around such a historical city!  And let's be honest--Gone with the Wind is one of my all-time favorite movies, and Rhett Butler's People is one of my all-time favorite books!  SWOON!!!  Our time in Charleston focused mainly on the locales of King Street, Market Street, and Meeting Street.  We had some yummy food and got to experience a Ghost and Dungeon's Tour, and saw Battery Park.  We tried to tour a plantation home, but missed the last tour of the day by 15 minutes.  That's okay though--that's 1st on my to-do list when I head back down in September!  Now that you have an overview, let's talk specifics!

I found Rhett Butler Dr. so I had Chauncey take a picture!
King Street- King Street is a one-way street that is lined by renovated buildings now serving as an eclectic mix of high-end shops, trendy boutiques, well-known chain stores, and eateries.  Some of the shops I ended up popping in and picking up stuff from were Handpicked, Kate Spade, Palm Avenue, and H&M.  The beautiful Marion Square is across from the stately Francis Marion Hotel and is a nice green area downtown.  Be aware, however, that most shops here close up early through the week.  I think that many closed by 5 or 6 p.m., and only a few were open until 7 or 8 p.m.

Chauncey let me choose a new handbag from Kate Spade as an anniversary gift!  I was nice and chose one from the sale.

While visiting King's Street, we ate at Jim 'N Nick's Community BBQ.  Chauncey had a pulled pork sandwich and I had cheesefries.  Great food!

How cute is this pic sign?!  Sorry for the random foot hanging down, but there was a table right behind it!lol

We also hit up Yogurt Mountain not just once but twice!  I know that fro-yo places are a dime a dozen anymore, but they 2 great flavors-- yellow cake batter and peanut butter fudge.  I highly recommend the yellow cake batter with marshmallows:)

Market Street- Market Street is the home of Charleston City Market, an outdoor (but under a covered roof) market downtown, which is more arts & crafts oriented.  You can read more about it here.  Other shops and restaurants line the market. The Palmettoville locations and the Moon Pie General Store are two places to get some great souvenirs!  Palmettoville had very budget-friendly t-shirts.  This is also where the Bulldog Tours office is located.

Meeting Street- Meeting Street is a history buff's dream.  It makes my historical heart go pitter-patter.  There's tons of restaurants, inns, and museum-type deals.  There's actually a section called Museum Mile, which you can read about here.  This was along the route for the Ghost and Dungeon's Tour.

For our anniversary, we decided to go to Hyman's Seafood after it was recommended to us by a friend who had visited the area, as well as a local.  They offer hushpuppies while you're waiting that have a bunch of different ingredients--beer, honey, sugar, and onions.  That's not really my kind of food, but Chauncey thought they were delicious.  Chauncey had a mahi mahi dish.  I, on the other hand, hate seafood so I had the chicken strips with a baked potato.  We both enjoyed our meal.  Interestingly enough, if you've been fishing that day, you can bring in your catch and they will prepare it for you, complete with sides, for $12!

Evidently, a lot of celebrities visit Hyman's.  They have autographed material covering their walls, and each table has little signs engraved telling you who has eaten at that table.  Vanilla Ice, the Beach Boys, and Hootie & the Blowfish all ate at ours.  Ice, ice, baby!

Battery Park- This is a beautiful area down by the Ashley River!  Gorgeous views.  It's officially known as the White Point Gardens.  We visited this area on the Ghost and Dungeon's Tour as well!

Bulldog Tours: Ghost & Dungeon Tour
I am a huge scaredy-cat, but Chauncey talked me into going on a ghost tour!  We selected Bulldog Tours.  Their website touts that they've been voted as Charleston's Best Tour Company 5 years in a row!  While they offer several different tours, we selected the Ghost & Dungeons Tour because it sounded interesting.  We learned on the tour that the Dungeon was where the political prisoners were kept, and it has a very interesting (if spooky history).  The tour was a 90-minute walking tour, and I highly recommend our tour guide, Braxton.  He was very conversational and made the tour interesting and fun!

In the dungeon BEFORE my real camera stopped working.
I won't go into more detail because I don't want to run the tour, but my actual camera stopped working while we were in the dungeon.  Braxton will tell you that's no surprise.  I was able to continue taking pictures with my phone, but almost every single picture has a huge orb in varying locations on the left side of the picture.  For those of you up n ghost hunting, you know what that means. . . .  There are animatronic people in the Dungeon, because it's open for tours during the day, and they're a part of those tours.


If you're interested in taking a tour, ghostly or not, check out Bulldog Tour's website and click here for a $2 off coupon that good for all adult's in your party!

Plantations Homes
I was most looking forward to visiting a plantation.  Sadly, we missed the last tour at the plantation we planned on visiting by 15 minutes due to heavy traffic.  Of note, however, is that Drayton Hall is kept in "near-original condition" and Boone Hall Plantation is where parts of the Notebook were filmed.  Definitely visiting on my next trip!

Long, stately, winding drive leading to Magnolia Plantation.  We got that far at least!

I'm so glad we decided to visit the Charleston, SC area!  We had an awesome time, and there's so much to do and explore that I don't think you can ever be bored.  Whether you're a casual tourist, history buff, dedicated shopper, or beach bum, there's something for everyone in the area!

Have you been to downtown Charleston, or live near the area?  What places would YOU recommend to a tourist?

Bright [Vacation] on a Budget : Folly Beach, SC and Tides Folly Beach Review

Going back to work after vacation is never easy (and neither is getting everything unpacked and put away)!  It's taken me a couple of days this week to get back into the swing of things, but now I'm back to the blog.  I'm really excited to share about my awesome budget-friendly vacation! Chauncey and I took a trip down to South Carolina low country to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary

Requirements for this vacation: relaxing, fun, somewhat romantic, and budget-friendly

View from our balcony before we said good bye to beach--I always wear a UK shirt on the trip home!
There's a lot to share, so I'm breaking vacation talk into 2 posts- 1 about Folly Beach and 1 about downtown Charleston.  We spent out days in Folly Beach and then headed into Charleston to enjoy the nightlife!

We thought about going to the Dominican Republic, because we found a great deal on an all-inclusive there, but decided we didn't want to be that far from Kane.  So we started looking at places that we could get to a little easier.  We decided on the Charleston, SC because it was only an 8 hour drive,  close to the beach, and because of it's awesome historical factor--what's more romantic than swashbuckling pirate ghosts?!  

That said, if I'm that close to the beach, then I want to stay on it!  I googled beachfront/oceanfront hotels near Charleston.  There were 3 locations with 5 hotels/resorts--Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, and Kiawah Island.  

I didn't care which local we chose, so I focused more on the hotel choices.  Tides Folly Beach really caught my eye.  Their website describes the hotel as "Coastal Style. Modern Edge."  It looked boutique-y and fun!  Oh yea, and EVERY ROOM IS OCEANFRONT!  How awesome is that? Oceanfront rooms often come with a premium price that can hundreds of dollars to a few days stay, so that added a lot of value to the hotel.  The price was right, and the location was only about 15 minutes outside of downtown Charleston, so I booked our trip!

Early morning on the beach, directly in front of the hotel.
Also worth noting is that the hotel is pet-friendly, just in case you'd like to take your dogs along.

We stayed from Tuesday, June 10, to Saturday, June 14.  The average rate for the course of our stay was $246. With the applicable taxes, the total came to around $1100.  While the AAA rate ran about $40 higher for our total stay than the nonrefundable rate, we chose the AAA rate in case we needed to make any changes to our stay.  This was much cheaper than The Palms Hotel (especially taking the all-oceanfront rooms into the equation), Wild Dunes, and the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island.  

We also rented 2 beach chairs + a beach umbrella for 3 days of our stay, which was around $25/day.


The hotel is located at the dead end of Center Street, which is the main road through town.  It's within a 5-minute walk of some amazing restaurants and cute little souvenir shops.  Parking is in front and to the side of the hotel.  Heck, even their parking is beachfront!  There's a cute little white fence which you can walk up to and see everything from before you even get into the hotel.

The hotel is in the center of this photo.  Taken on Center Street.

The hotel has a very modern and beachy feel to it as soon as you walk through the door.  The lobby is very pretty and welcoming.  It is coastal but classy.  I particularly loved the shades of blue, touches of orange, and driftwood accents.  The lighting is fun, with changing shades of bright colors illuminating certain areas.  I instantly felt relaxed as soon as we walked through the entrance!  

This was my favorite area of the lobby--love the orange coach with the zebra pillows and fish tank behind it!

Gorgeous stairs.  And you know I love those chairs too!

There were 2 driftwood mirrors. I really wanted to take just 1 home!
The staff was very helpful and nice.  Every staff member we saw made a point to ask us how our stay was going and to chat us up!  I loved the overall friendliness of this place!

The room was cute and the furnishings were newer.  I thought the decorations really tied in the beach without overdoing the theme.  There were some areas where the paint needed touched-up, but that didn't detract from the room or our overall experience.  It's clear that the hotel has been renovated, and I'm sure there's some things that are still a work in progress.  The bathroom was pretty typical.

Should have grab a pic when we 1st arrived, instead of when we were leaving.

Pool Area
Surprising, we didn't actually get in the pool while we were there.  The pool was an okay size, but not overly large.  I really liked the lounge areas, though!  They had nice chairs and loungers.  The hotel offers a poolside towel service, and the hotel's coffee shop, Roasted, is directly accessible from the pool area.  The pool is also very close to the beach, so you can go back and forth with relative ease.  

Restaurant & Bar
The hotel has a restaurant and bar called Blu.  Blu is accessible from the hotel lobby, as well as from the beach/pool areas.  The inside is nice and modern like the rest of the lobby area, while the outside has a bar and patio.  I found the food to be pricey (come on- $6 for a basket of fries?!) but convenient.  We received a $5 off coupon for the restaurant via email since we booked online, and I was more than happy to use it.

Entrance to Blu from the lobby. Sorry the pic is a little blurry!

The Beach
I was super happy with the beach!  We were nervous that the beach would be packed, but it wasn't!  Folly Beach only has the 1 beachfront hotel, and the rest of the beach is lined with smaller condos and houses.  We never felt crowded.  The beach was very clean with no litter or the like.  There was also a beach chair/umbrella/jet ski rental right by the hotel's pool area, so we were able to rent those with ease.

There's also a fishing pier.  We ended up not walking it, but just a heads-up if you want to have that experience.

The beach did have a giant pipeline on it (which you can see in the pick of the pier above) that is part of the local renourishment work that is going on.  This does not impede your beach experience as they have sand-walkways over the pipes, and there's tons of beach in front of the pipeline (see picture of Chauncey and I above).  UPDATE: PIPELINE IS NOW GONE.  I know that at certain points they've had some heavy equipment on the beach prior to our arrival, but there was none in sight when we arrived. You can always call the hotel and check to make sure no work is scheduled to be done for the time of your trip.

Oh, and if you like to hunt seashells, this is the place for you!  The front desk said the best time to hunt for shells is at sunrise and low tide.

Just a tiny portion of my sea shell haul:)  I got tons of shells in interesting shapes!
Movie on the Beach
Once a week, Tides brings out a huge screen, some beach loungers, and shows a movie on the beach!  They showed Armageddon while I was there, which is one of my all time favorite movies!

You could see the screen very clearly, but it's hard to take a picture like this at night.

The Town
The restaurants and souvenir shops mostly lined Center Street, and were a quick walk from the hotel.  We used Yelp to pick our places to eat, and chose Woody's Pizza and the Lost Dog Cafe. Woody's had pizza for $2.50 per slice!  Both restaurants were absolutely delicious, and we ate at Woody's twice.  They're the type of places where you could wear your swimsuit with a coverup. There were several other places we wished we would have tried, including the Wich Doctor.  

Clockwise, from top left: Pancakes at the Lost Dog Cafe, part of the backyard scene at Bohemian Bull,
and breadsticks at Woody's.

Also, we ate at the Bohemian Bull, which is on Folly Road (which turns into Center Street but is a short drive from the hotel).  It has an awesome outdoor area outback and great food!

Folly Beach also has its own lighthouse called Morris Island Lighthouse.  You have to park and walk a mile to see the lighthouse, and even then it's not accessible because it sits out in the water. It's worth the walk, though, because the view is beautiful and you may just see dolphins frolicking in the water like we did!  The lighthouse actually has an interesting story behind it, which you can read here.

See the lighthouse in the distance?  The dolphins were on the other side of these rocks.  Also, who defaces something
likes this to do a prom-posal? UGH!

We spent our days on the beach and our nights in downtown Charleston. I am SO glad we took a chance on Tides Folly Beach! It was a fun and relaxing experience without breaking the bank. Vacation is not vacation if you have to worry about how to pay for it after you get home.   I enjoyed it so much that I already have a girls' trip planned for there in September!

Click here to read my take on historic downtown Charleston, SC, as well as a review of the Ghosts & Dungeon Tour!

Disclaimer: This is not a "professional" review.  I travel for fun, and this is my honest opinion of my vacation.  All opinions are my own.  I paid for the trip myself and wrote this review without prompting.  I informed the hotel of my review AFTER the review was already published.

Friday, June 13, 2014

High Five for Friday: Vacation Edition

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It's been a fun-filled week.  Here's what I've been into:

1. Kane turned one year old on Saturday!  Where has all the time gone?!  He had a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse pool party, since Mickey is his favorite!  We also had his one year pics done on Sunday, so I'll be sharing those (as well as tips on how to save money on professional photographs for baby's 1st year) soon.

2.  Today is actually mine and Chauncey's 5th anniversary!  Once again, where has all the time gone?  We got married when I was 22 and he was 23.  He was already working in the real world, and it was the summer in-between college and law school for me.  We got married in our hometown, with all the people we love there to support us.  I didn't cry that day-- I was so happy to finally be marrying him!  I love this guy so much and am very thankful to call him my husband!  Happy anniversary, Chauncey!

3.  I have done a little shopping on vacation, of course.  I scored these accessory items from Coach Factory, the Bobbi Brown palette from the Cosmetics Company, and the cute bow ring from Handpicked.  The ring has CZ stones but is .925 sterling silver.  I'll also post my new Kate Spade bag (anniversary gift from the hubby) on Instagram, along with the details on the deal, so follow along!

Top: Double zip wristlet, $35, and small wallet/cardholder, $20, Coach Factory.
Left: Bobbi Brown Uptown Classics Palette, $28, c/o Cosmetics Company.
Right: Dainty CZ Bow Ring, $37, Handpicked.

4. We ate at a great restaurant called the Bohemian Bull.  Great food and great atmosphere! Doesn't this chair look like it's straight out of a 1980s senior setting? (Not to call anyone out, Mom.)

5. The beach--need I say more? We're in South Carolina, and have been doing the beach during the day and downtown Charleston at night.  Last night we even did a ghost tour and I tried duck fat fries (yea, I was kinda weirded out by the name too)!  Check back in next week for all of the details about my bright vacation on a budget and a review of the awesome hotel we stayed at!  Comment below to let me know what you want to hear about--food, touristy stuff, etc.

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Linking up with Lauren from the Lauren Elizabeth:)

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