It’s Been a While

A Memory

So, it’s been a while. I haven’t blogged in a long time.

My brother was killed in a car crash that was caused by an illegal alien back in December. I guess…after that happened, I didn’t see the point in blogging much any more.

Pierce was only 22 years old. And he died just 4 days after Christmas.

I miss him every day. No aspect of my family has been the same.

Slowly, I have started learning to enjoy the things I love again. Thrifting, finding cool vintage clothes and making videos and blogs were a big part of that. My life has just…become a flurry of things. Political things and pushing for change. Fighting for the greater good.

I guess I’m just still trying to strike a balance between everything I’ve been doing. Fighting for my brother’s life and for justice, since the man who killed him was only deported and didn’t stand trial, and trying to make sense of my almost 29 years of life here on earth…and how I have to continue living on while my brother cannot.

I can’t guarantee I will be on here much any more. I might be…then again, I might not. I just felt that you all were owed an explanation as to why I haven’t been around for the last…almost year.

Anyways, that is what I have been up to. Grieving. Coming to terms with it. Fighting. Still trying to smile.

Velvet Everythingβ™₯️

being thrifty, thrifting

Velvet is a trend that has been around for a while now. I remember in the 1990’s, it was usually incorporated into cute crop tops or dresses, but now it is everywhere, even on shoes!

I really love when velvet comes and adds an unexpected pop in certain accessories! Would you believe I thrifted these shoes?!😍 I found them at Goodwill for only $5.99! They were my size, so I had to get them! Normally, these shoes would retail for anywhere from $14.99-$24.99 easily!

I love the way velvet looks in different lighting, like in these pictures! It has a sheen and life all of its own!

I also found this 1990’s Gap Brand Velvet Shirt!😍 It is actually listed on my Etsy!πŸ‘‡πŸ»

I just loved the red and the fact that it’s such a staple piece, a button down shirt! It’s soft and comfortable, but also stylish! One of those shirts that can be worn normally or tied up!

I also thought it was such a festive red for the holidays coming up!πŸŽ„

If I can give you any tips for velvet, it would be this: THRIFT IT. πŸ™ŒπŸ»

Velvet is one of those things you can easily find at thrift stores, if you’re willing to get out there and look. I mean, you can also buy some newer pieces that incorporate it, but there’s just something about finding it secondhand and vintage!

It’s definitely a trend that has been around for the last year or so and here to stay a little while longer, I think!

What are your thoughts on the material? Do you like velvet? And if so, what’s your favorite color? I have to say green and yellow have always caught my eye!

Passion for Vintage✨

being thrifty, how to

If you’ve read my blog long enough, you know I’ve probably discussed my love of vintage with you guys! Doesn’t matter what it is—clothes, kitschy animal figurines, kitchenware—I love it all!

So much, in fact, that I keep some for myself, and I sell other pieces that I think people might like!✨

Etsy has been one of the most fun and creative outlets for me! I love sourcing out unique, retro items and bringing them to people literally all over the world! I really don’t deal in any certain thing, I just think, This is cool! and then I buy it and bring it to you guys!

There’s actually a lot of work that goes in, between finding items, taking pictures of them, doing the research—but I freaking LOVE IT. ❀️

I’m going to share with you guys some of my favorite recent finds! And P.S. the plaid/tartan dress I’m wearing in the picture above is actually on the store as well! The colors in it are amazing!😍

1. 1960’s Suede Coat with Sage Trim

Oh, wow, guys. This COAT. When I saw it, I knew it needed to go on the store! It needed some work—I had to find the perfect buttons to match it since it was missing quite a few, but—-

I think these green ones ended up matching nicely!πŸ™ŒπŸ»

The trim color on this coat, the deep pockets. LOVE it all. It has a kind of cardigan feel, which I thought was very unique!

2. 1970’s Anchor Hocking Fire King Gradient Mug

This cup is so gorgeous!😍 I’m the type of person that picks up random cups and dishes in different patterns—honestly, I’ve thought about just having mismatched everything, because who can just settle for one pattern when there is so much glorious vintage to be had in the world?!πŸ˜‚ You need a cup for every mood, right?

I thought the fade on this was so beautiful and Fire King is super collectible!

3. Made in Taiwan Dog Figurines

I’m a sucker for animal figurines. There, I said it. Sorry not sorry! I just think it is so cool that for every person out there, there is an animal figurine for them. You like dogs? Cats? Rabbits? Look long enough, and you’re bound to find some!

These are so detailed and I found so many in the wild today. I was SUPER excited. I think it is cool how there are different breeds of dog figurines, like the above two which are Pit Bull and Shiba Inu, I believe.

I want to know though—what is something vintage that you all love? Something you can’t pass up when you see it?

Home to Roost:Petsitting for Thanksgiving


It’s been a little over a week since I last posted. I was kind of still processing some family drama and trying to disconnect from some other things that were bothering me. Thanksgiving is tomorrow though and GUESS WHAT?!

I’m watching a farm!🐐

I seriously love my job. I can’t believe I’ve been petsitting fulltime for going on 2 1/2 years. 12 years total if you count the previous years where I was only doing it as a hobby in conjunction with restaurant jobs. I feel like that part of my life was so long ago that another person lived it sometimes!

Anyways, I’ve been waking up at 6:00am and going nonstop throughout the day, mucking stalls, feeding animals several times a day, turning them out in the pasture, cleaning up after them and just loving on them! I am watching 22 animals right now.(Funny, when I said that, it sounded like a band name, kind of like 21 Pilots!πŸ˜‚) There are dogs, cats, burros, goats(one is a fainting goat!), miniature ponies and even a pig named Patty!🐽

I am so grateful for what I GET to do. I think it is so funny how, often times, we are defined by what we do. I mean, in a way, it makes sense, because often times, our jobs shape us into who we are, but I’m glad that with my job, I shape myself, continually, each and every day. I follow my values, my core set of beliefs and I don’t have to compromise on what’s important to me, like spending time with family. πŸ™ŒπŸ»

Even though I’m technically “working” this Thanksgiving, it kind of feels like a vacation to me, except I get paid. πŸ˜‚πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

It’s been sort of nice staying here on this farm and working every day, taking care of animals that need and depend on me. I haven’t turned a tv on in the last 48 hours and have been reading in my downtime, watching the animals in the pastures or looking down at the river. It’s so peaceful here, miles away from the family crap and dysfunction I was dealing with of last week. Now, granted, I go to spend Thanksgiving with family tomorrow, but I’m not really dreading it like I was last week.

Last week, it had me all down. This week, I am zen and I will probably just tell people that they would be much more charming if they weren’t constantly speaking ill of other people. πŸ˜‚ But really though. A little give and a little take. It’s all about balance. Keeping the peace…but also speaking your mind when it needs to be spoken.

I’m not sure what tomorrow has in store…or even next year! But I am so happy that I am no longer defined by my “job”. It is what I do and it makes me so happy! I don’t wake up dreading tomorrow, I just wonder what new animals I will befriend on this crazy, fun, exciting, petsitting journey!

Not gonna lie, I feel like Newt Scamander sometimes, being around more animals than people, but it is cool. I can’t wait to see The Fantastic Beasts movie, maybe I can talk Tim into seeing it this next month!🍿πŸŽ₯

P.S. When I work on the farm, I don’t always look like this, but you can bet these overalls are vintage!πŸ˜‚ They are Washington Dee Cee brand and I found them at an estate sale for $5!πŸ™ŒπŸ» They retail for $100-$200. They have removable straps and are so cool, comfy and great for working in–I knew I had to have them for working on the farm! The boots are some rooster rain boots from Cracker Barrel from a few years ago.

Holidays:Handling Obligatory Leftovers,Intense Drama, and Your Stress

A Rant, Life

The last week or so has been incredibly stressful. Tonight, I’m actually physically exhausted, worn down, and feeling like I’m going to be sick.

It’s crazy that our emotional state can affect our physical one so much. Who knew that spilling my guts and going on random, 30 minute crying jags at least 3 times today could do that to you?!

This time of year is hard for me. My family doesn’t really get it..neither do my friends. Even though Christmas is such a dark time for me, I still don’t hate it. What I’ve come to hate are my unpredictable emotions.

It’s been 9 years since it happened, but this time of year, it always feels like yesterday. I think what’s made me so upset is the fact that my family is fighting and nobody can seem to say if we’re going to be doing Thanksgiving or not. This is unpredictable too. I don’t like when things stray from a plan; the holidays are supposed to be the one time of year that everyone gets along and hangs out…but even that is uncertain this year.

Basically, some of my aunts are being ridiculous and superficial and shallow and—here we are. It’s so immature and it’s so BORING. I want to shake them and tell them to grow up. Tell them that I held it together all those years ago—I held together after some really tough crap—they don’t get to act like this over something so stupid. They need to grow up, pull it together and stop acting like this.

Isn’t it weird how we, as people, have so many leftovers? From previous relationships and things that have happened to us. We didn’t ask for them. Chances are, if we reheat them, they aren’t going to taste any better, but sometimes, for whatever reason, we try it again anyway.

The drama and the stress are seriously weighing on me right now. I also had a friend of mine dump a whole bunch of stuff on me and I wish she would just grow up. Enter the real world.

I’m tired of this. Tired of arguing over silly things, tired of people’s ridiculousness. Just…tired. I’m going to bed. I don’t remember the last time I felt this bad.

Sorry if this post is super depressing, but…it is what it is. I’m tired of being used as an emotional dumping ground by other people who can’t seem to bat an eye when I talk about the hard things I’m going through. I’m done.

Throw Leaves, Not Shade βœŒπŸ»

how to, Life

Have you ever noticed that when you’re doing well for yourself, you encounter two kinds of people:

1. The ones who are genuinely happy for you.

2. The ones who try to discredit you and make things difficult for you.

I don’t know why that’s the way of the world, but it is. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

So, I thought I’d write a sort of letter of encouragement. I haven’t experienced too much of this lately(knock on wood!) but at times, it can be difficult to navigate. You start wondering what you ever did to people to make them so jealous or mad or just resentful of you!

I’m here to tell you, it’s a problem within them, not within you.

I guess I was just thinking the other day, as I was walking around and enjoying all the changing leaves and smells of fall, that we are a lot like trees.

We have roots that hold us down, keeping us grounded and practical, but at the same time, we have branches that are constantly reaching towards the sky, dreaming and wanting to achieve the impossible.

This is all fine and good…at first. Trees are usually in a forest. A forest is your people–a group like your family, friends and closest acquaintances. They are people who love you, but sometimes, when you start to sway with the wind that they can’t see and they don’t understand, they can become mean spirited at times.

That’s not practical.

You can’t do that. You don’t even know how!

Sometimes, people don’t mean to be unsupportive. Sometimes they literally don’t understand your dreams because they aren’t theirs.

I also heard a quote the other day that I love:

“If you want to do something, talk to the people who have done it.”

In other words, don’t listen to those who don’t know what they are talking about. Emulate those that you want to be like and get pointers from those who are already doing what you’d like to be doing, not the entire peanut gallery!

While I was walking around and looking at leaves, I also heard these words in my head:

Throw leaves, not shade.

If we continue the metaphor that we are trees, we can also choose to be one of two ways. We can throw leaves around like confetti, celebrating in our successes and other people’s…

Or, we can throw shade and constantly darken other people’s lives with our negativity and mean talk.

The choice is yours. Which will you be?

P.S. These pictures are kind of fashiony πŸ˜‚. For anyone wondering, the booties were a Christmas gift last year, the yellow top was $10 at Old Navy(STEAL!) and the overalls are from Shein, I love that website.

Changing Leaves, Abandoned Houses & Mint Ice Cream🍨🍁

Life, thrifting

The weather has been gorgeous in my hometown lately.πŸ‚

This last Saturday, my husband Tim and I just hung out with really no plans and it was so fun! Sometimes, work gets so busy for him and I’m caught up in so much petsitting that we have to make time.

So, we went out into the country and took pictures of the changing leaves and just did some exploring. We even went to a Goodwill we had never been to before. If you know us, you know that’s rare.πŸ˜‚ Most of the Goodwills in our area, we’ve been to, and we have them classified: this one has the best shoes, this one has the best furniture, this one has the most cool and random things, etc…

We stopped when we saw this old, historic looking house. Probably from the late 1800’s, early 1900’s, but it had so much charm. It had an old metal gate falling down all around it and the prettiest front porch. I love finding places like this.

We also went to Cruze Farm and got some ice cream! They have such unique flavors and all of them are made with fresh cow’s milk! I tried their new mint flavor and Tim tried “Brookie dough”, a brownie and cookie dough combination.

This weekend was so fun and much needed! It’s a good reminder to just slow down, stop and take in what’s around you. Cleaning can wait until tomorrow. Some obligations can too.

Make the most of today.

P.S. The skirt I’m wearing was a thrifted tennis skirt and I love it. Top was from Old Navy for $10 and hat was from Ross for less than $7. I’ve been really into mixing patterns lately. I haven’t been in the mood or had time to thrift lately, but I’m hoping sometime next month when things slow down, I’ll get the chance to!β€οΈπŸ™ŒπŸ»