Feeling Fine in Graphic Tees

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Who doesn’t love an awesome, comfortable, graphic T-shirt?

Lately, I have scored some great ones at Ross Dress for Less!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป I am extremely picky about the T-shirt’s I buy because I don’t want to end up looking like a billboard.๐Ÿ˜‚ A T-shirt has to speak to me on a personal level and I have to agree with it in order to wear it! This “Feeling Fine” shirt was also in my favorite color, so that was a no brainer!

I also got one that says “Original” and a few others that had references to Tokyo on them. If you don’t know this about me, Tokyo has been and is incredibly high on my bucket list! But then again, most of the world is!๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

I paired this shirt with some shorts I made myself, fishnet tights and boots for a cool fall look. I love layering shorts and skirts with tights this time of year!

What are your favorite ways to layer? And what are some of the coolest T-shirt’s you own?

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5 Ways to Make Your Dreams a Reality

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If only life were as easy as a Disney movie.๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿฟ

Well, I take that back. A lot of Disney movies have one or both parents missing or dead and some pretty bad stuff can happen in them, but what I mean is…Disney movies are typically full of characters that are dreamers.

You all should know the plot and formula by now, if you’ve watched any amount of them. The main character has a dream to do something or be something and…they usually end up doing it. Sometimes, they might need a push or something or someone else in the plot pushes them forward, but the point is, they usually achieve whatever their “dream” is.

Now, it isn’t always easy, but I think in our culture today, we associate dreams as being easy. It’s easy to dream and fantasize…but not so easy to take action steps to get us to our dreams.

I’m not saying I’ve lived out every single one of my dreams, but I have gone to Italy, something I’d only dreamed about doing before. The other day, I was watching an Indiana Jones movie that was set in Venice for part of it and I couldn’t believe that I had actually been there! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

So, here are 5 practical tips for how you can take action steps and get closer to making your dreams a reality!

1. Don’t set so lofty a goal.

Dreams are big for a reason, but sometimes–we can dream too big. You should always aspire to something, but start small. For example, I would love to travel the entire world, but I instead made a more realistic goal: to go to Italy for 17 days. And you know what? I did it! Start with smaller goals and work up to your big ones! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

2. Always be working to better yourself and learn things.

No Instagram success was built overnight. No CEO of a Fortune 500 company sat down at that desk after just turning one measly application in. The truth is, it takes hard work.

If you aren’t getting better, you’re usually getting worse or just…staying average.

For example, I’ve wanted to get better at social media lately. This has resulted in me reading up on everything to do with the subject. I’ve also wanted to invest more in my Instagram photography, so I’ve been looking at cameras. Read all the books you can, research and study because nothing happens by accident or overnight.

3. Make a list of things you can do each day or each week.

I don’t know if you’re like me, but if I don’t make lists, I’m prone to forget things! It’s not natural to constantly be working on the same thing or to remember everything you’ve been mentally digesting, so make yourself lists. 5 Action Steps To Start My Own Blog. 5 Things to Do To Improve My Photography. 5 Ways to Save up for My Next Out of Country Trip.

When you write things down, you not only sort of will them into existence, but you make them more concrete. You hold yourself accountable. You make lists for the grocery store and that stuff is all gone by the end of the month! Why not invest in yourself and your personal skills and dreams by making a list to help you achieve those dreams?!

4. Stop looking sideways.

I REPEAT—with a bullhorn and with emphatic tone—–STOP LOOKING AT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE DOING!

Okay, you can. To an extent. But do not get sucked into the trap of comparison. Instead of saying, “I wish I had what she has.” or “She makes doing what I want to do look so easy!” say, “What can I learn from this person?”

I’m going to use Instagram as an example because it has been on my mind lately, but I used to look at other travel bloggers and hate myself. It wasn’t until I realized that these stylized images are just that—stylized. They are literally only a fraction of a second of those people’s days and lives!

Instead of comparing myself to that fraction of a second, I attacked my own battle plan. I looked at what I could do to change my own feed. How could it be better? How could I get better at taking pictures and telling a story? Think of positive things and positive things will come!

5. Never give up.

It’s easy to give up, but dreams aren’t achieved easily. Think how much better your dream will taste and be when you actually GET IT.

So, get out there.

Stop making excuses.

Stop looking at everyone else.

And focus on YOU.

The going will be tough and you will have naysayers. Put in your earplugs and blinders and get to it.

๐Ÿ–คPlaid is Rad๐Ÿ–ค

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Plaid has been making a big comeback lately in fall fashion and I am all for it!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป I have always loved plaid and preppy touches mixed with an edge.

This skirt is one I found on eBay for less than $9.99!

I love pairing it with combat boots, turtlenecks, rocker tees and all kinds of stuff! It’s a very versatile piece.

You didn’t hear this from me, but you can find some amazing gems in thrift stores when it comes to plaid! A lot of times, you can find the skirts and matching blazers, which seems to be a big trend lately!

So, if you want to give plaid a try, look at thrift stores first or try eBay, Shein or Zaful, some online retailers, to find some cute pieces that incorporate it!

What is your favorite color when it comes to plaid? I love a classic red or this gray like I have here! ๐Ÿ˜

Jonesborough Storytelling Festival

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Jonesborough, Tennessee. It’s a historic little town that is only an hour and a half from Knoxville, and yet I’d never been there until the other day.

Jonesborough is actually the oldest town in Tennessee and also home to the international Storytelling Festival. We had the opportunity to go this year when we were gifted tickets by some sweet friends and we loved the experience!

When you come to the festival, you are given fabric patches, like the ones we’re wearing! They are a lot cooler than nametags!

Photos were prohibited in a lot of the tents where the actual storytelling was going on, but we took a lot of pictures of the town, which is so charming! When you’re walking around, you see a lot of churches, old squares and general stores–it’s easy to picture horses going up and down the streets once upon a time!

The old brick walls of Jonesborough are also peppered with old advertisements, my favorite!๐Ÿ˜ There’s just something about faded paint!

But enough about the actual town! The Storytelling Festival was great! Speakers from all over the world come to weave tales and share anecdotes; it’s a festival that is going on 46 years strong!

It was very cool getting to hear stories from so many different varieties of people. We all have stories to tell and it made me realize that we shouldn’t discount our stories. If we don’t share our stories and what we’ve learned in our lifetimes, our stories die with us.

This is a festival that anyone can enjoy! There are tents scattered around the city, which you can walk to and pick and choose which speakers you listen to!

We laughed, we cried. I didn’t expect to go through so many emotions at this festival, but I did! These speakers share things from their personal lives, using comedy and sometimes even tragedy, to drive their points home.

Storytelling is rooted in every single ancient civilization that has existed here on earth. It also has deep ties to the South, where stories are told as often as sweet tea is made or pecan pies or casseroles are pulled out of an oven.

If you haven’t heard of or been to the Jonesborough Storytelling Festival, you need to check it out! It is held every October and is so fun!

Lipsense: Fall Trends

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By now, surely some of you all have heard of Lipsense.๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’„

People definitely have their opinions about it. I love it.

As someone who has always loved the look of lipstick but hated that it comes right off, Lipsense is a gift from the heavens!

I connected with a girl who sells it on Instagram back last January and have slowly tried some different colors over the last year or so and am obsessed.

Now that fall has rolled around, I decided I needed a new color! This bright and cheerful red is called “Fly Girl” and I wore it around today. It is so pretty! I also have the colors “First Love” and “Bella” a light and medium pink that are great and for more neutral, every day wear!

If you don’t know how Lipsense works, it is really simple: It stays on for HOURS. I have worn it through eating, drinking, kissing–it lasts all day! Lipsense also has different, customizable looks! There are tubes of a glossy overlay that is clear and it can give either a matte or glossy look to your lips! I think they even have some glitter options as well, but I have done just fine with matte and glossy looks, depending on my mood!

Anyways, I just thought I would share a product that I love and swear by! As a girl who likes makeup but doesn’t have no time for that when it comes to lipstick that comes off or gets on your teeth, Lipsense is AMAZING.๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

I plan on wearing this beautiful red color on an upcoming trip! Any ideas where I’m going?๐Ÿค”๐ŸŒŽ

Drop your guesses in the comments!

Fall Adventures๐Ÿ

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Travel. My favorite 6 letter word. ๐Ÿ˜

On this blog, I love sharing my adventures in traveling, thrifting and getting good deals, and occasionally, some little things about my petsitting business.

I try to travel as often as I can. Back in March of this year, I got to go on the trip of a lifetime, to Italy, where we started from one end of the boot and went down to the other, starting in Venice and ending up in Castellamare di Stabia down near Sorrento. For 17 days, we got to experience Italian culture. My husband and I saved up and penny pinched until we were able to do this!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

And I loved every minute of that trip. It was everything I’d ever dreamed of.

Now, we are getting ready to embark on another trip, a fall trip, that I have been planning. Planning can be hard work, but I honestly think it’s kind of fun! My husband is just like, “Cool, set it up and we’ll go!”

He’s a planner, but not when it comes to travel, so when it comes to our vacations, the world is literally my oyster! ๐ŸŒŽ

This will be a trip to another country we have never been to! I may start posting hints at the end of some of my blog posts and teasing where we’re going! ๐Ÿ‘€ I am SO freaking excited!

I want to know and ask a question of all my followers though: Where would you go if you could?๐ŸŒŽ

Also, what would you like to see as far as this next trip of mine goes? I will most likely do some blog posts and also some vlogs on my YouTube Channel! (There’s a link to it in the tab at the top of this blog!)

I love getting to show you guys the places I go through my eyes, but I also like to provide helpful tips and just have fun with it!

Berets & Boots OOTD

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Finally, it is starting to feel cooler around here!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Maybe it’s because my birthday is during the fall, but I love fall.๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚

I have been looking forward to layering and wearing cool fall accessories and outfits for what seems like monnnnntthhhss.

This is one such outfit. I love this cranberry skirt. I got it from Rue21 one year and it was under $10. The boots are some my dad got at a garage sale for me for $7!(Score for dad!๐Ÿ’ฏ). The T-shirt, which says, “Say yeah!” is one I picked up at Ross for $9.99 and the cardigan is one I splurged on from Ross–I think it was still only $16.99 or something! The beret I got on http://www.shein.com for less than $9.99!

So really, a fairly inexpensive outfit with inexpensive but cute parts!

I also love this time of year because it’s not super cold yet and you can wear long boots with skirts and just bare legs! Occasionally I like to wear knee socks or tights too! It gives so much interest and coziness to an outfit!

So my question for today is, would you rock a beret? I personally love this one! I got black because it goes with so much, but I could also see myself wearing a red one for a pop of color!โค๏ธ