Wednesday, December 31, 2014

happy new year, long island!

Wishing you coastal cheer all year! Let's make 2015 the best year yet. Thanks for the over 15,000 hits to coastal village girl. It's been a pleasure sharing this journey with you. There are no shortage of reasons that Long Island is such a wonderful place to live! :-)

Friday, December 26, 2014

coastal freebie #7: outfit planner printable

Happy Holidays, Long Island! I hope Santa has treated you well. ;-) Here is the newest of my planner printables, designed for our lovely local ladies, who manage to put such style and panache into their outfits, whether it's a New Year's party, a trip to Yankee Stadium, or an impromptu trip to the beach.

For personal and non-commercial use only. If you use it or pin it I'd be absolutely tickled pink with a comment, tweet, or link back. :)))

To download, click below to be taken to the Google Doc:
Outfit Planner printable

Thursday, December 25, 2014

merry christmas, long island!

Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy Christmas filled with love and wonderful memories!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

coastal freebie #6: free 2015 at-a-glance printable

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For personal and non-commercial use only. If you use it or pin it I'd be absolutely tickled pink with a comment, tweet, or link back. :)))

To download, click below to be taken to the Google Doc:
2015 Year-at-a-Glance printable

Friday, December 12, 2014

coastal cheap and chic #8: getting organized w. kokuyo campus B5

Happy Holidays, Long Island! It's hard to believe Christmas and Hanukkah are almost upon us. For many, gearing up for the new year means purchasing a new planner. (Or if you are a cheapskate like me who can't rationalize dropping $50-90 on the fancy planners you admire online, you might consider scouring the internet for free printables or making one yourself with a word processing template. Hence, the 2015 freebies that will follow in subsequent posts ;-).

Confession: while I'm something of an organizational nut, as a child I was very disorganized. (Read: third-grade was spent forgetting my math homework 50% of the year). As a teen and later adult, overcompensating for that trait became important to me. Whether you work full-time, go to school, or are a stay-at-home parent or caregiver, the need to be organized is something we can all relate to!

I've been using a similar version to this, as well as homemade monthly, weekly, work, fitness and faith pages in my Kokuyo B5 Campus binder, ($13-15). While this printable is sized for 8.5x11 paper, I actually print everything for my needs at JIS-B5.

Here's why.

Over the years, I've tried:
1. Cute, standard three-ring binders from Walmart & Target (too big and bulky for a purse; seldom lay flat for writing; pretty binders with metal edges are too expensive)
2. Collegiate academic planners (too small; flimsy covers that frequently peel)
3. Bullet Journaling in notebooks (still love & use it, but want to do so in a modified capacity)

Here's what I love about using the Kokuyo B5 Campus binder for my planner now.
-extremely sturdy, whisper-soft binding that easily opens and locks closed
-well-constructed yet flexible cover
-minimalistic, frosted design which comes in numerous colors (so you can customize your inside pages as you please!)
-lays flat easily
-size-wise, B5 is capable of fitting in large purse
-the Campus note refills that Kokuyo manufactures are great for incorporating journaling

(The only con I have found with using the Kokuyo is hole punching planner pages by hand... XD)

32lb paper seems to hold up well to printing double-sided, color pages.

I supplement my planner with:
1. Studio 112 post-its, washi tape and notebooks ($1 or less, Centereach Jo-Ann Fabric. Use the 50% coupons!) They even have cute nautical-themed notepads & mermaid-scale washi tape.
2. Semikolon Semi-Opaque Page Flags (a bit of a splurge at $7.99, Westbury Container Store)
3. Adhesive Pen/Pencil Holder ($3.99, Westbury Container Store). You can get a similar Erin Condren holder at the Lake Grove Staples for $2.99.
4. Cardstock mini-file folder (price unknown but negligble, Greenvale Paper Source). I use it for migrating and containing the monthly work to-do pages.

How do you keep it all together, Long Island?

Monday, November 24, 2014

montauk point + candied anchor.

Just another Manic Monday...

Who's with me that this weather is crazy? Almost 70 degrees here in Town of Smithtown... really, Mother Nature?! 

(I'm starting to think this cutie pie never showed up, announcing the cold weather I thought we'd be doomed to til April...)

In contrast, remember what a blustery day Friday was? For some reason, I woke up feeling compelled to drive to Montauk...

... and so I did.

Even though this bench seems peacefully lonely, it was actually gusting like crazy. (In fact, it was so windy I could barely open my car door!)

Something about the ashen color of the brush against the jewel-like water seemed particularily striking.

Sea, sky and brush went on forever... Very few places have such a hallowing effect on me as Montauk does.

Town was prett quiet, too. A few things caught my eye...

The adorable little place with the cheery striped awnings beckoned...

The Candied Anchor is a sweet shop that opened in March of this year. Had a nice chat with the shopkeeper, who was as sweet as her wares. They have an eclectic mix of things, including local products as well as more unusual finds.

I went with the Mint Chocolate Malt Balls, which were from Ireland. True to the shopkeeper's description, it was an airy, crunchy bit of Thin Mint heaven. Reasonably priced, this is a great place to find a unique gift (or indulge your own sweet tooth) without breaking the bank.

With this being the off-season for many of the East End businesses that are open year-round, what better time to patronize said shops, avoid the crazy mall lines and get a loved one something unique for the holidays this year?