3 Tips to Easy Winged Eyeliner

Winged Eyeliner….

It’s literally flying everywhere!

Everyone wants it but most panic.

Just do it…. Nike Swoosh… (Hey! come to think of it….Looks a lot like a winged eyeliner.)

Follow my 3 Tips to get you started on your easy winged eyeliner journey (click here or on the photo above to go right to the video) so you can rock that cat eye on the daily if that’s your thing!

I used a .99 Wet N Wild Black eyeliner pencil here.  Go pick one up today, and get your swoosh on!



October Thrift Group

This is Lydia Deetz

Now here’s my Deets: (The next thrifter’s group details that is…)

The Nicolyndime Thrifter’s Group October Meet Up is Saturday the 14th at 12:30pm at the Pawsitive H.O.P.E Thrift Store.

Lydia, can hardly believe the fun I have planned… I mean just look at her expression.

The first ten thrifters will receive a trick or treat bag, and then start looking around.  At 12:40pm you can report to the front of the store, where a checklist for an in store scavenger hunt will be handed out.  Participants must have a cell phone in order to take photos of their finds.  You know I love a good pun, or out of the box idea, so I will be awarding bonus points if you make me chuckle with your finds.

The winner will get this super cute gift bucket!

I mean come on, what more could you ask for?  Community, fun, Autumn themed, savings, treasures, support for a local animal charity.  I submit there is not a better time to be had!!!!

Come out and join us!  Plus get your membership so you can get one item of clothing at 50% off! (exclusions may apply)




Cheese Board under $25

Fall seems like a good time to talk about a cheese board, doesn’t it?  I’m not sure why, because cheese is great any time of year, but it seems like we want to get more earthy and aromatic when the air gets a little chilly.

I like entertaining, and I occasionally like to get a little fancy.  I got this cheese board for my wedding over 3 years ago, and I was way more excited than anyone should be to use this darn thing.  I’ve not had a cheese board worthy style party at my home yet… more like cookouts and really laid back shindigs.  So when one of the studios where I work was having a little graduation ceremony and we all were bringing some food to eat, I looked at that cheese board and said, “it is your time to shine!”

Of course I didn’t know what you actually put on a cheese board to make it all swanky like… except for cheese, and I didn’t know any cheese rules.  I don’t like stupid rules anyway.  Some are meant to be broken.

After researching all about cheese boards, I felt I knew enough to throw the rule book out and do my own thing.  Plus if Aldi didn’t have it, it wasn’t going on that board anyway!

Here’s how I did an Aldi cheese board for under $25.  $22.11 to be exact.

A cheese board should consist of at least a few things.  Cheese.  Cheese in a can is a no no.  Fruit.  Made with real fruit, doesn’t count.  And something else.  The something else can be salty, sweet, or savory.  I made sure I had a few different textures and layers of tastes for the palate.

Cheese board deconstruction is as follows:

You know my mentality… it doesn’t all have to be expensive.  Heck none of it has to be expensive, but you don’t want to look like you didn’t care enough to not just rush and throw some stuff together and pass it off as caring.  People can see right through it, and I take pride in my work.. be it a dance piece, or a simple cheese board.

Did you know Aldi has some fancy things in their store?  Yeah, if you take the time to look.  I selected this “high end” roasted garlic and tomato basil cheese, to pair with a regular swiss and cheddar block cheese.


The fruit… simple grapes, dried apricots, and a trail mix with nuts and dried fruit.

The something else….thinly sliced prosciutto, plus crackers (not pictured).

The presentation:  The tomato cheese was all pretty and marble-like.  It looked great on its own.  I cut the rectangle cheese block into some triangular wedges.  Leave the grapes as God created them, and slice the prosciutto in small strips and roll them up into bite size pieces.  A ramekin, or any other small dish can hold the dried apricot and trail mix so guests can add some sweetness to their taste buds.

Grand Totals:

Roasted garlic tomato basil cheese  $2.99

Cheddar Block  $1.79

Swiss Block  $1.79

Prosciutto  $2.49

Dried Apricots  $2.79

Trail Mix  $4.99

Red Grapes  $1.98

Six Cracker Assortment  $3.29

Drum roll please….$22.11

It’s also worth noting that all of the food is not pictured here, and I could have easily made two or three cheese boards with the above products.  That’s enough to replenish your board all the night through!

Don’t have a cheese board?  Use a cutting board!  No one will even know the difference, and remember… no rules.

You rebel you!


Dream Mid Century Living Room

Putting the legal mumbo jumbo up front.  This is an un-sponsored post…. meaning I didn’t make a penny on this, (or any other denomination for that matter) so enjoy it for the eye candy that it is.. alright?

Sometimes you get a spark of inspiration from someone else.  That’s what happened when a company asked me to talk about my dream living room.  I thought a little about how I would use my thrift skills to create that dream living room.  I created this serene and calming blue mid century inspired room filled with furnishing that are mixed with eclectic thrift store finds to create a stylish, fun and laid back living area for entertaining and more.

I’m not so crafty when it comes to fixing up furniture.  I don’t think I can reupholster anything besides a pillow, and as much as I like finding thrift store pieces, I’d probably shop for my main living room pieces brand new.  Remember, the frugal mentality is all about using your budget to create what you want out of life, or in this case, a dream living room.  I should also say I’m not an interior designer, but I believe that if you fill a room with what you love, you’ll love that room, and the haters can pound salt.

Mid Century Modern Inspired Blue Living Room

  1.  Furniture: I think it’s safe to say that mid century isn’t a style choice that is going away any time soon, and I was pleased to see several mid century options out there.  This living room starts out with mid century inspired seating such as a sleek sofa, and a comfy side chair.  The coffee table here can double as an ottoman, or even extra seating for guests.  The light gray is our large piece color which is a safer choice than a big ol blue sofa, and we can use various shades of blue to keep the room from looking too matchy matchy while broadening our color palette.  I threw the bright blue chaise lounge on there because it just seemed so luxurious…. as in, bring me my bons bons dahling!

  2. Lighting: I love a lot of lighting in a room, so here I chose thrifted lamps that I love, while keeping the lampshades all the same shape and color to keep the look cohesive.

  3. Tables and more: I’ve been coming across those old cabinet record players a lot in thrift stores here in Florida.  The natural wood provides an organic feel to the room.  These wooden pieces are easy to find at thrift stores.  To keep the look less “multiple personality disorder,” I chose wood that was stained within a couple shades of one another. One open shelving unit allows for display of all those vintage knick knacks, while preventing clutter.

  4. Seating: This funky blue plastic chair not only infuses some fun into the room, but also can make a great “coat rack” when friends come over to visit.

  5. Bar Cart: I think every 50’s style home must have had a bar cart, even if the inhabitants were non drinkers.  What’s not to love about a little cart that can be rolled and placed anywhere to create an instant mini buffet of hor d’oeurves?  Place glass bottles of IBC flavored soda in lines on the bottom for guests to choose, or even use it to place a 4 foot Christmas tree by a window as a holiday focal point.

  6. Shelving:  I like books, and I never seem to have a place where I could have a free standing book shelf.  If I were handy I could even make this sucker here.  I selected this shelf because I like the idea of finding simple end tables, and stacking them to create a larger shelving unit.  But affix them together somehow… no one wants to play a jenga game that large.

  7. Decorate the walls:  Truth…. I’ve been collecting paintings from thrifts for quite some time now.  Also truth, they are stacked in my spare room because we are too lazy to fill in the holes and touch up the paint when we leave this rental.  Artwork can always breath life into a room.  Finding old large mirrors, or even small mirrors arranged in a grouping, can make the space look larger AND (bonus) reflect light.  This mid century starburst clock could be easily handcrafted by finding a small clock, at a thrift store of course, and adding dowels in varying lengths radiating from the center.  Also photos!  Take your favorite photos and have them copied in sepia or black and white to give them a nostalgic feel.  (BTW, this guy looks like Ronald Reagan in his movie star days.)

  8. Window Dressings:  Another easy and super cheap affordable way to brighten or change a whole room is dressing a window.  My go to solution?  $5 Walmart sheer curtain panels that allow the light to come in.

  9. My favorite part:  The knick knacks!!  I’m a chotchkee girl.  Kitschy chotchkees.  Say that 10 times fast.  This is the easiest thing to thrift over time, as long as you have the patience.  It’s also the easiest thing to change out over time.  I do this constantly, and feel zero guilt when I find something better and boot the old one out.  Why?  Because I got it for a song and supported a charity at the same time by thrifting it.  Sometimes I like to think of it as renting decor because many times it ends up back in the thrift where I found it!  Here I’ve included my still elusive lady head vase, and blue glass vases and vessels, which can also double to hold candy, nuts, and other items for entertaining.  I included a classic mid century pattern teacup to plant a succulent to display.  Since they are hardy they won’t demand your time, and will forgive you if you forget about them for a little.

Putting together a living room from scratch doesn’t have to be daunting, and who cares about rules?  Put the things you love in the room and you can’t help but love it!

What I learned during Hurricane Irma

I had a whole play by play of our Hurricane Irma drama typed out, but then I decided that there’s been enough of that.  Let me cut straight to the point…

Hurricane Irma was scary as H E double hockey sticks, and as of typing continues to provide struggles for many families.

Many have faced devastation beyond compare, and my prayers go out to them, and their families.

I choose to look on the bright side of my situation, so here’s my take on the positive aspects of the storm.

During the power outage, I looked at every photo album I own before putting it away.  I had so much fun looking back on memories, and happy moments.  I looked at my grandmother’s and my mother’s childhood photos with new eyes, swooning over their decor, and exclaiming when I realized my great aunt actually owned an aluminum tree.

I got to read a novel.  Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews reminded me of being at the beach and reading chick lit books, dreaming of my prince charming just like the main character in the novel. (Feels nice to know that I found him now)

I was surprised that I didn’t miss the internet, or the cable, but I was worried about using up my batteries for the light, only to read by.  I really didn’t look much at my phone, except to text back to a few people that I was ok, and to call my sister.  The heat was more of a concern to my furbaby, who seemed to acclimate easily after the first day.  (We sat in the car a bit to cool off in the ac, and charge my phone.)

I was also surprised at the outpouring of generosity among my friends here and back in PA.  A friend gave me the key to her home, for me and the furchild to stay there as an option to have a safe, hurricane shutter house to weather the storm in.  Another friend offered me her spare room to power my cell phone and get cooled off a bit because she had power.  And many of my friends and family in PA checked in on us to make sure we were ok.  I am so touched by the wonderful friends I’ve made over the years.

Things are still getting back to normal here.  Until then, try to look for the silver lining, and be grateful for what you have.

Happy Mail: A treasure box sent with love

My sister sends me trinkets that she collects and keeps for me until she has a box full of them.  This box couldn’t have shown up at a better time.

Husband and I had to go out of town to something I wasn’t thrilled about going to in the first place.  Be careful what you wish for.

About halfway, at the 3 hour mark, the car starting acting funny. And not like a “haha” funny. Cars aren’t known for their sense of humor.

We got off the highway and found a mechanic who would take a look at our car.  In a few short minutes we got the code that the transmission was running hot.  They told us to limp back home, stop often, let er cool off.  Simmer down now car….

The good news, and long story short, was that nothing seems to be wrong with the car right now (that anyone can identify anyway) and I drove a Kia Soul around for a few days, just for fun.  Living the dangerous life.

But after limping it back, this package was waiting for me.  After the furbaby, this was the second best thing about being home that weekend.

Chock full of treasures that are right up my alley.

Little Christmas miniatures, that I hope to craft with.  I’m keeping the gold presents in the original package.  I just love the “Leewards” printed on it.  This isn’t that old, as Leewards closed in 1994. Thank you google.

Look at all this cool paper “junk.”  Cool junk was what my mom called stuff, and one woman’s junk…one woman’s treasure so you know how that goes.  These are some cute tea themed notecards and recipe cards.

Speaking of paper, I don’t know what this is.  Can someone enlighten me?  I thought maybe a score keeper for bridge, but I haven’t a clue how the game of bridge actually goes.  There’s also table numbers, and those little boxes are matches.  If you have been here awhile, you might not be surprised that I have a not so small matches collection.  That’s totally safe right?  My dad collected them, and I don’t know what the story of all that was, but I inherited those, while my grandma was saving them too, so you guessed it… got those too.  So what large game requires you to have multiple tables of players, and matches?  The world may never know….

There was a note on this that said “Frageeeley”  (It actually said Fragile, not in Italian.)  But the straw inside reminded me of the movie too.  Inside there was indeed a quite fragile, frosted, glass ballerina ornament.  So it was for Christmas after all.

This little clown is one of my favorite little things in this box.  Just a little chotchkee that is just my kitschy style.  The jewelry set is from Avon, and it smells strongly of old lady perfume…. which to me, isn’t a bad thing at all.

Speaking of perfume, look at this intricate perfume bottle!

Handbags that are wonderfully hand created.  Such gorgeous details and accents.

Sister knows I like the gnome folk.  They are among friends. 

I innocently said, “Hey, if you come across any vintage brooches… keep them for me.”  These are about the most beautiful ones I ever have seen.  Each one more beautiful then the next.  I’m part raccoon… I like shiny things.

I’ve got a project in mind for the vintage brooch collection… but it’s going to require some more planning, and maybe some more vintage jewelry.  I’ll have a BOLO going for it whilst thrifting.

Who doesn’t love getting happy mail, especially when it’s a box filled with love?!



Top Ten Thrift Tips: 10 Thrift store shopping tips to adopt

Whether you are a self proclaimed thrift store junkie, or new to the thrift store game and still a bit apprehensive, (see: only poor people thrift shop, every thrift shop is dirty, and other horrible thrift shop stigmas) there are still many tips to be reminded about when browsing and shopping.

Here are my top 10 thrift store tips to keep in mind:

  1. Have a plan:  Especially if you are new to the game, and eager to find savings, this can be an exciting new world of bargain bin items that you might have never known existed.  It’s easy to go a little super market sweepstakes, and gather up everything you think you might want.  But hold your horses there buckaroo.  Narrow your thinking to what you actually need.  Back to school essentials, decor for a specific room, a table with specific measurements….whatever it is, reign it in.  Make a list, and stick to it.

  2. Or not:  “Wait, but I thought you just said….?”  Yes, I told you to reign it in, BUT there can be items to be found when you’re not searching too.  Keep an open mind.  You might find a little gift for someone else, (my favorite thing to do at the thrift store) and a little gift for you by the thrifting gods.

  3. Go Often:  It’s best to go frequently.  Inventory at stores, especially with high volume, have a quick turnover.  If you see it and you like it, truly, get it.  This is when you have to have a hard talk with yourself.  See tip number 6.  But going often will allow you to see the inventory, as opposed to only a sampling of what they have on that given day of the month.

  4. Go on a Monday:  A case of the Mondays might not be the truth for thrift stores.  The most popular day for yard sales is Saturday.  Most people who have just done all the work of a yard sale, want nothing more than to just throw the leftovers in the car, drop it off at a thrift store, and run with their arms flailing back to their car while screaming, “Good Riddance!”  So, most inventory from those yard sales are making their way onto the floor by Monday evening.

  5. Check Everything:  Check, then double check, then do one better than Santa, and check again.  I’ve been a victim to this sooo many times, so heed my warning.  Don’t get all excited, toss that into your cart, and not look at it again until you get home and find there is a big hole, then try to think how you can fix said hole, hoard the item for too long, then toss it.  Sound like I’ve been there?  I have.  Sometimes, I find something I have been looking for, or fall in love with, and we all know that love is blind.  But, you have to take a deep breath, and stop to really examine.  Look everywhere, three times or more.  I know, now I’m adding even more system checks.  Look for holes or stains in clothing, damaged appliances, more wear and tear than you want to deal with or fix, etc.  My elusive pink leather jacket, was found at the Goodwill.  It had something all over the shoulder.  A quick search proved that Leather is pretty hard to treat when it has that kind of damage, so I passed on it.  I’m still on the hunt.  

  6. Will you really?:  Ask it.  Challenge yourself.  Will I really like this piece of clothing tomorrow?  Will I really paint this furniture to match my living room?  Will I really youtube to learn how to rewire a lamp, and have enough confidence in myself that I won’t set my house on fire over a $2 lamp?  If the answer is no, leave it.  Do not pass go, do not look back.  Another question to really ask; Does this item bring me joy?  If you don’t need it, it’s not a bargain.

  7. Konmari Method:  One in, one out.  I tend to do some in, and a lot out.  I like the therapeutic feeling of purging a lot of items at once, looking at my massive pile, and either donating or yard selling those items.  If you want to stick to one/one, make a bin somewhere, and when it’s full, donate or sell.  Either way, you must get rid of some in order to keep from outside looking in, as my grandma always said.

  8. Cash is King:  I like to negotiate, but I hate negotiating at a thrift store unless an item is something I really want and is insanely overpriced.  I’ve been honest with store owners before by telling them I could get a new one at the price they have it listed, but would rather support their store.  If you have cash to use, it makes the blow a little less painful for a store that is getting hit with high merchant fees on top of your haggle.  Not many, but some stores out there, are cash only stores.  Inevitably you will find just the thing you need at a cash only store, with zero cash on you.  If you know you will be thrifting, get some cash.

  9. Thrift Kit:  I gave away free swag bags to our first ten thrifters at our first thrift store meetup group this past Saturday.  It contained a thrift kit of items that are helpful to have with you if you are thrifting.  A notebook and pen to jot down your wish list, measurements, or ideas you might get while thrifting for inspiration on other projects.  Socks for trying on shoes in store.  I clean everything before I wear it, thoroughly.  It’s hard when you find a pair of shoes, and don’t want to stick your bare foot in there to try it on.  This is Florida, and most people, myself included, live in sandals.  It’s nice to have a pair of socks in your bag.  Hand sanitizer to keep your hands clean when you are digging through and touching many items.  I also have hand sanitizer in my car for after I touch the gas pump too, so thrift stores shouldn’t get a complex over this.  And gum, for when you need a little boost of refreshment while you are hunting.

  10. Join a community:  You might not have a super awesome person in your community to spearhead a Thrift Store Meetup Group like the lucky residents and visitors of the Space Coast (wink wink) but you can be friendly with the thrift store employees at the store you shop.  Either way it’s nice when you have some connections.  When I’m thrifting, and I find the perfect item for a friend, and it’s super cheap, I’ll pick it up for them as a gift.  Four eyes are better than two, six eyes are better than four, and you get the idea.  Plus store employees will tell you when sales are, when is the best day to come, and maybe even call you to let you know your perfect mid century pink stove just arrived at the store.

You’re a lucky duck if you live in, or visit the Space Coast, and want to join a community of thrift store friends, AND get some extra discounts along the way.  Check out our community of thrift store fanatics.  I have sooo many plans for the future of The Nicolyndime Thrifter’s Group, and I want you to get on board ASAP to take advantage of everything that’s to come.

Seriously, I get the excited butterflies in stomach the morning we are going to Disney feeling when I tell you that this group is created to treat you like royalty.  This group is all about what I love, like free stuff, giveaways, advice, thrift stores (duh) mail swaps, special holiday events, strong communities, charity, spreading kindness, positive vibes, and self care.

So what are you waiting for?  Join the list for free here:

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First Ever Space Coast Nicolyndime Thrifter’s Group Meetup

It’s this weekend.  We finally made it!  Lots of hard work, running around, and selling my idea so that industrious thrift store party people can come together and search high and low for treasures along the Space Coast, is finally here!

This weekend is our first ever meetup in, what I hope, to be a long line of meetups.  I have lots of ideas for our frugal loving community over the holidays and I really need your help to grow that community fast.  Like warp speed fast.  Let’s get this going y’all!!!!  A party’s not very fun if you’re all by yourself.

Our first meetup is at the brand new location of the Wuesthoff Auxiliary Thrift Store located in Rockledge, this Saturday Sept 2nd, at 2pm.  We are among the first customers to step foot in the store and definitely the first official group to do so.

If you are one of the first ten members to show up, and find me, (I’ll be the one that looks anxious to meet you all outside of the front door) you get a free swag bag filled with essentials every thrifter should have with them when shopping.

There might be an extra special surprise hidden in one lucky bag too!  Will you be the lucky one?  Trick question… you’re already lucky if you are coming to the Nicolyndime Thrifter Meetup!!!

If you can’t make this one… no worries!  There will be others.  Be sure to sign up for the email list so you know instantly about the next one!

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Thrifter’s Group First Meetup Resheduled

Welp, I guess anytime you start something new, there are going to be snafus.  Didn’t the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney break down upon opening?  Anyway, my point is even the best laid plans sometimes hit some speed bumps, but we keep on moving!

Anyone who knows me will tell you I am very much a planner.  I think things through, and I write everything down, and I think it through again, then I get on track to make it happen.
So when I started planning our first meetup the beginning of July, I contacted my first thrift store and she was thrilled to be the first location.
Through out the month I began to visit our stores to introduce myself and drop off their welcome kits.  I was surprised to find out our first store was closed, but glad to discover they were just moving locations.  After weeks of back and forth, I got notice at the last minute that the store will set to open just 2 days AFTER our first meetup was scheduled.  Drats.
So I had to move our meetup back two weeks to Sept. 2nd.
That means I have time to plan a little more and that will mean some FREE SWAG!

I’m planning a free swag bag of a thrift store kit to the first 10 members who arrive promptly at 2 pm on our meetup day!  I can’t tell you what it will include or then it wouldn’t be a surprise.  I love free stuff, and I know if you are here, you do too!!!
As always, I try to notify you right away when something has changed.  The ABSOLUTE BEST way to be included is sign up on my email list here:

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Happy Planner Update

Remember my Happy Planner Haul post last year?  I was tempted to get a brand new Happy Planner to start using this August.  But frugal living is the main name of my game, sooooo I did the responsible thing and used the 6 month extender I purchased last year.
So the other day it looked like this:
So I decided it was a great time to get to work on my planner.
My Happy Planner is an 18 month planner (July ’16 to Dec ’17), so I purchased a 6 month extension packet to get two full years out of my planner.  It didn’t seem to make much sense to let a few months go to waste, even though I was tempted to get a fancy and cute new planner with the numbers already all filled in for me.
Since my yard was flooding, I began to meticulously put the stickers onto the planner on the appropriate days, using the calendar on my computer as a guide.  It actually went really fast, and though this is plain, I can really spruce it up with stickers and little bits of artwork.  I want to try to make my planner more artistic, as that idea kind of fell to he wayside as I got busier in my life.

But looking at a colorful planner, makes me, well… happy!  So my plan is to collage it a bit, and doodle, and maybe use it as a “smash” journal to add some ideas.  I wanted to do more memory keeping, since I do love going back to see what was going on a year ago on that day!

Did you know that you could purchase this 6 month extension, and save money getting two years out of your planner?  It had stickers for the tabs, full month calendar view, and the individual days.

Shop online craft stores, and be sure to use your coupons, and competitor coupons if you need to purchase an extension, or a new happy planner.
Update to original post:  I still LOVE this Happy Planner.  It has so much space to write in all my lists and ideas, and plenty of space to jazz it up.  It really held up in my purse with some minimal wear to the edges of the cover.  I take it everywhere!  To lighten the load of taking it everywhere, I took out every month leading up to June ’17.