Beach Better Have My Suntan {Super Easy Beach Bag DIY}

I'd like to think of myself as the queen of turning expensive products into cheap DIYs. Need proof? See here, here, or here.

When I saw McKenna post this Fallon & Royce tote, I was obsessed.

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However, $60 for a canvas tote is not my style. So I headed into Michael's on the hunt to DIY it.

I found these adorable iridescent sequin iron-on letters (check for a coupon! they usually have 40% off!), but no luck for decent canvas bag that didn't look cheap.

After searching the internet for the perfect canvas tote, I gave up when I stumbled upon this hot pink striped beauty for $14 with free shipping.

The process for the DIY was so so simple. Just follow these instructions:

  • Pop out the sequin letters and position them as you'd like. 
  • Place a cloth over the sequin letters and apply the iron for 15-30 seconds on the front of the bag. This doesn't secure the letters, just keeps them in place.
  • Flip the bag over and apply the iron directly to the backside of the bag for 30 seconds. This will secure the letters. 
  • I found that some of the letters still weren't fully secured, so re-iron over them as needed. 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - What's In My Cart {NSale Picks}

2. These jeans have the cutest hem line.
3. I love the color of these booties.
5. Prettiest off the shoulder sweater by Free People.
6. This top comes in many others and I love the bow details.
7. Update your work wardrobe with this ruffle dress
8. This Rebecca Minkoff cross body is gorgeous and the price point is great.
9. If you've ever wanted a Kendra Scott piece, the Elisa necklace is my favorite. I love this filigree version and the price is awesome!
10. Ruffle sweater....need I say more?
11. A neutral colored bralette is a basic you need. This will be so cute under tops and it's $12!

Fort Lauderdale, Florida {Vacation Style}

I'm not a newbie to the Ft. Lauderdale scene, in fact it's my go-to place for for last minute cheap beach getaways. My mom and I booked a trip two weeks out for under $250/person (including airfare)!

It was so good to soak up some sunshine and just not be at work for a few days! 

Flight: We flew down on Frontier Airlines. My personal favorite because I always get super cheap fares as a Den Deals member. We flew round trip for $130. Crazy good deal. Their fare prices include just the basics. No checked luggage, no carry on baggage, additional fees for seat assignments..etc. The trick for me is to pack everything in a "personal item". Since a backpack is a personal you can fit so much more than you think! Combine that with using space bags to maximize space and I can pack 10 outfits in a personal item. Seriously, I've done it before. Then you can opt out of choosing a seat assignment and have one chosen for you.

Hotel: When I'm beach vacationing, close access to the beach is a non-negotiable for me. I want to be on the beach or at most the row behind it. I had picked out a fabulous boutique hotel for us to stay in, but my mom was hung up on getting a hotel with a breakfast included. I'm glad she did! It saved us $$$ by only eating "brunch" and not paying for lunches while we were there.
We ended up staying at the Best Western Plus Oceanside Inn. A Priceline super deal for under $100 a night. The rooms were cute and turquoise and the beach was just around the corner of the building so I was sold. 

Food: We didn't try as many restaurants as I would've liked. However, we hit a home run with Rocco's Tacos. They had the best quesadilla I've ever had and they were reasonably priced. I highly recommend.