Velvet Everything♥️

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!👇🏻

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!🎄

If I can give you any tips for velvet, it would be this: THRIFT IT. 🙌🏻

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!


🖤Plaid is Rad🖤


Plaid has been making a big comeback lately in fall fashion and I am all for it!🙌🏻 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! 😍

{chambray+harem pants+tennis shoes} OOTD


  The chambray top strikes again! 😜 Seriously, though, who else finds them to be so versatile? I like that they can be worn under or over things and be dressed up or casual and add a little texture to an outfit. Plus, I’m a fan of denim on top. ✔️

This chambray/blue jean top is one I found at a thrift store. I liked it because it was faded and worn in, but it also has these slits up the side that make it perfect for flipping up and tying off, which I like to do with them sometimes.

The harem pants are some I found at an estate sale with my Mimi. They’re older and supposed to be worn at your natural waist, so a lot higher than usual. I liked them because 1) I was pretty sure they would fit me. 2) They’re a silky, relaxed material. 3) They’re a pretty rust color AND have pockets. I’m not going to lie, I like old lady styles sometimes, they are all about that comfort. Also, certain looks and colors just never go out of style! 👌🏻

I’m going to let you in on a secret though: these pants are floor length. I just thought they would look cooler cuffed up. The tennis shoes are an unexpected twist, I think. Altogether, I was going for something casual, but wanted to make it look like I tried harder.

I love thrifting for stuff and giving it new life—I’m not going to lie, my ability to see new life in things has been developed over time and I never would have been caught dead in something from an estate sale or thrift store before The New Me was developed, but I forgive myself. 😂

So, what do you all think? To chambray or not to chambray? You all know my answer already, haha!

How To Be Thrifty and Make Your Own Shorts

how to, thrifting

  These days it seems like things are getting more expensive and shorts just keep getting shorter. 🙄 Really. Has anyone tried to buy shorts in a retail setting recently? Than you all know exactly what I’m talking about. Not only that, but they are usually $20 or more.

What if I told you, you didn’t have to spend $20 on shorts. No, it’s completely possible. What if I also told you that you could have some awesome, high waisted, mom esque type shorts that are super flattering for under $10? Have I captured your attention? Okay.

This is what I started out with. Some boring, nothing amazing to see here, high waisted jeans that I thrifted from Goodwill for only $5.99. Would you believe that the top picture came from these?! That is all I have invested in this pair of shorts: $5.99. Think of all the things you could get with the left over $14.01. No, no, I’ll wait.

It is possible to have some jean shorts that look great on you and don’t put a huge hole in your wallet. Here are some of my tips for thrifting and making your own shorts!

1. Go to your nearest thrift store.

The farther away from the city and junkier it is, the better. I found these jeans at a thrift store kind of off the beaten path. My reasoning for this is that you will find older styles, ala high waisted jeans. Inner city thrift stores tend to have the latest trends, but if you go to ones further out and in surrounding areas, you’re likely to find some real retro gems.

2. Attack those racks.

Seriously. Rome wasn’t built in a day. You think that whatever you’re looking for is just going to pop up off the clothing racks and magically find you?! No. So, search through every single thing. That’s how you find the cool stuff. ✌🏻

3. Go for your style and fit.

Maybe you don’t want high waisted shorts, maybe you want low rise. Go for whatever jeans make you feel comfortable. Try on as many pairs as you can that you think you would like and make a selection. I tend to like a medium wash jean, but maybe you would rather have dark wash or acid wash. This is the easy part, so just have fun with it! I also like to go for jeans that don’t have a crazy, huge label on them.

4. You will Need Scissors, a Seam Ripper & Chalk/Pen

This is literally all you will need to turn your jean pants 👖 into jean shorts, unless you want to really go all out and sew patches on, throw glitter on or do embellishments. Do your thing!

The seam ripper comes in very handy for putting holes wherever you want on your shorts and also distressing and fraying the edges to get that worn look. The chalk or a pen is great for marking off where you’re going to cut.

5. Try them on one last time. When cutting your jeans the first time, cut just barely over the knee.

I like to try mine on, one last time, before I do any cutting. I also cut right at or barely above the knee. This way, I have plenty of room to work with. Make a mark with your chalk or pen also so you know where to cut.

6. Cut in a “V”.

I’ve done several pairs of shorts now, and I’ve come to find that a “V” can be really flattering. I start at the outer sides of the jeans and cut in towards the middle, going at a slight downward angle. This especially looks good with high waisted shorts.

7. Just keep trimming!

Your shorts may look long and awkward now, but it’s better to have too much fabric to work with than not enough! Now that you have your line going and you can see your shorts starting to take shape, you can trim on them. This may take several times of trying them on again and trimming before you get to a length that you like. If you intend on fraying the ends and putting holes towards the bottom of them, I reccomend stopping short just a little before you need to.

Fraying them will make them even shorter, so it’s better to have more room to play around with it! You can always cut them shorter still, but you can’t make them longer once they’ve been cut!

8. Holy Seam Ripper

When you get your shorts exactly the way you want them, then you get to personalize them. I like to get my seam ripper and put a few holes on one of the back pockets as well as along the bottom edge of my shorts and sometimes one or two on the front. Do whatever you want! Pull some strings loose, gash some holes in. I’ve even heard of people sanding jeans, running them over with their car, splattering them with paint! You do you!

With any luck, you’ll have some awesome shorts for this summer! What makes it even better is that they were made by you. They will be totally original, totally thrifted and you won’t have to spend all that hard earned cash buying some online or at a chain store. ✌🏻

So get out there and get thrifting! If any of my followers decide to do their own shorts, I want to see pictures! ❤️

Tights+Shorts OOTD


   The weather has been yo-yoing up and down around here lately. One day, it’s in the 60’s, the next it’s barely 20 degrees outside. 😑😒 It can be frustrating, to say the least!

Mainly, because I have no clue what to wear most days. I’m always facing that dilemna of wanting to wear a skirt and show some leg, but feeling so pale on the semi-warm days. 😂

I ❤ wearing tights with shorts though, or just layering in general. This is an OOTD I wore the other day where I incorporated my trusty combat boots and wore this cool graphic tee I found that says “Make Your Magic”. 🌟

So, what do you all think? Yay or nay to tights with shorts?