Travel Guide: Coney Island

Travel Guide: Coney IslandIf I had to pick one thing that makes me the happiest in life, it’s travel. I’ll essentially go anywhere at anytime and I try to do that as much as I possibly can. Coney Island has been on my bucket list for some time now, and now that I’m only a 2 hour drive away, I figured it was time to make it happen!

Travel Guide: Coney IslandFor those of you that don’t know, Coney Island is a neighborhood in NYC (a borough of Brooklyn) that also has a beach, boardwalk and an amusement park. It’s free to get in and you just pay for the games and rides you want. I drove up from Philly on Friday morning and was able to park right out front. Parking was $2 for two hours. If you’re looking for a cute date spot or just a day getaway, this place is perfection.

Travel Guide: Coney IslandMaybe it’s the hand painted signs, or the fact that I’ve seen Coney Island in enough movies, but the place has such a nostalgic feel to it. Not to mention how colorful and surprisingly clean everything was. I’m sure that changes based on the day, but for a Friday afternoon the crowds were low and everything was wonderful (aside from the 100°F weather)

Travel Guide: Coney IslandOne of my favorite parts from my visit was the Coney Art Walls. It’s basically an outdoor museum of street art that you can walk through, but also grab food from a food truck and sit amongst it. Again, if you’re looking to nail date night, or just score some dope Instagram photos, make plans to visit asap.

Travel Guide: Coney Island

Travel Guide: Coney IslandAnd of course no visit would be complete without a ride on the Wonder Wheel. An adult ticket was $8 and the wheel goes around two times. You can choose between a stationary car or one that swings. The pods are caged, so it might not be worth it if you’re only on it for an amazing beach photo. I say do it anyway because it’s fun!

Travel Guide: Coney Island

Travel Guide: Coney IslandEven though this was my first trip, it will not be my last. I’m also excited to head back in the fall when I can be out in the sun for a bit longer.

Have you ever been?! I’d love to hear any tips or tricks you have for visiting!

Travel Guide: Coney Island

10 Amazing DIY Shelves

10 Amazing DIY ShelvesWe all have those special trinkets and keepsakes that bring us far more happiness when displayed than tucked away in a box somewhere. But when you’ve run out of counter space in your home, where do you put all the stuff? When in doubt, take to the walls! And because your memories deserve much more than a generic shelf from Ikea, here are ten ones that you can DIY:

10 Amazing DIY Shelves1. Birch Round Shelves by Fall for DIY

10 Amazing DIY Shelves2. Wallpaper Shelves by The Lovely Drawer

10 Amazing DIY Shelves3. Metallic Hexagon Shelves by Damask Love

10 Amazing DIY Shelves4. Floating Corner Shelves via A Beautiful Mess

10 Amazing DIY Shelves5. Floating Shelf Light by Coco Kelley Continue reading…

Friday Links

New York Print(Print by Rifle Paper Co)

Happy weekend! I’ve been looking forward to Friday all week because I’m going to New York today! Even though it’s going to be 100°F I’m excited to mural hunt and check out Coney Island for the first time.  I’ll be sure to share a travel guide when I get back, but you can always follow along on Snapchat (thecraftedlife) in the meantime! Whether you’ll be spending the next few days on vacation or just keeping cool at home, here are some links you won’t want to miss:

– When can I move in?!

– Gimme this for breakfast please.

– Brilliant shelving!

– These will definitely be on my dinner party menu.

– Loving these mini planters!

Michelle Obama always and forever.

xo
Rachel

PS To all my Philly boss ladies, grab your ticket to this conference asap!

DIY Cocktail Ring

Pull your look together for a fraction of the price with this DIY Cocktail Ring tutorial!If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know that I love all things rhinestone (and if you’re new, check here, here and here). And because I truly believe you can never have too much sparkle, but that you can always save money, I teamed up with Etsy to show you how to make a fun cocktail ring for a fraction of the price you’d pay in stores!

Time: 30 minutes + dry time
Materials: rhinestones, felt, E­6000, scissors, ring backs, bamboo skewer

Pull your look together for a fraction of the price with this DIY Cocktail Ring tutorial!Click here to see the full tutorial over on Etsy’s blog!

Pull your look together for a fraction of the price with this DIY Cocktail Ring tutorial!PS remember this painted ring holder tutorial? For those that were curious, it’s still going strong!