Velvet Everythingβ™₯️

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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!


Throw Leaves, Not Shade βœŒπŸ»

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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🍨🍁

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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»

Fall Vibes

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Fall is seriously one of my favorite seasons.🍁❀️

The leaves changing and falling, fall scented candles, sweaters…

I decided to have fun and do a fall themed photo shoot!

Someone gave me this WoodWick candle last year and I love burning it around this time of year! 😍 It is Oatmeal Cookie scented and when it burns, it also crackles! What is it about a crackling fire that makes everything seem so cozy?

I really wanted some fall vibes to come across in this shoot, and by the end of it, I just wanted to lay on this quilt and read, so I did!

The books in these pictures are actually for sale on our Etsy shop! I love how old they are and when you’re turning the pages, you can almost go back to another time.

Most of them are from the late 1800’s-early 1900’s and I love staging pictures with them or setting them on our mantle!

The quilt is one a family member gave us that we take on picnics, the red leaves were sourced from our gorgeous oak tree in our yard and the red coat is actually for sale on our Etsy as well!

It reminds me a lot of Sabrina’s red coat in the new Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series on Netflix and is a true 1960’s vintage wool coat!😍 Who else has been watching the series? It’s been fun and spooky to watch right after Halloween!

The yellow sweater I’m wearing is one I thrifted forever ago for $3.99. It rarely gets cold enough where I live to wear, but I’m obsessed with the color of it!✨

Anyways, just wanted to share some photos I had fun taking! It’s fun sometimes to just do a themed shoot! I feel like the more I practice, the better I’ll get at it!

Marie Antoinette: My Halloween Costume🍰

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Let them eat cake!🍰

It’s a phrase that many assume that Marie Antoinette, Austrian born princess, whom married into the French monarchy and became queen way too young and met tragic ends, was supposed to have said, but it is a phrase that no one can prove ever left her lips!

According to the many biographies I’ve read, the phrase “let them eat cake” didn’t originate until the 1800’s, long after Marie’s reign, and it was often used by people to express displeasure with a monarch or anyone who was in charge. It’s a lot like some of the phrases we have adopted today for letting people know we don’t agree with the way our government is being run.πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

I have always loved reading about Marie Antoinette, along with other historical figures, so I had been wanting to dress as her for Halloween for quite a while!

The biggest reason I hadn’t tried up until this point was one thing: the hair.

It can be a little daunting and intimidating. However, I had plenty of YouTube videos at my disposal, along with several binge watching sessions of the 2006 Kirsten Dunst Marie Antoinette movie(one of my favorite movies, actually!) under my belt, so I was ready to try it! πŸΏβœ‚οΈ

Also, any excuse to eat cake, right?!πŸ˜‚ Even though Marie might not have uttered the famous saying, it has been said that she often had cake for breakfast. I can totally go with that.

So, basically, I went to an Etsy store that specializes in vintage cosmetics, LBCC Historical. I ordered some lavender scented powder and pomade like they would have used back in the 1700’s. For those who haven’t re-enacted or read historic or fictional literature from that time, pomadum is a lot like petroleum jelly and creates a barrier on the hair and it helps give the powder a little something more to stick to. These complicated 1700’s hairstyles also tend to do better on 3-4 day hair too! The more dry shampoo and hairspray, plus backcombing, THE BETTER. πŸ™ŒπŸ»

Marie Antoinette Style Hair:

Step 1: Have dirty hair. Texture is key. Backcomb it.

Step 2: Apply pomade, then curl the hair. A small curling iron will yield better results. Think Shirley Temple, tight curls.

Step 3: Bobby pin up curls and allow them to cool.

Step 4: Unpin curls, then powder. I also did some white hair spray because I wanted my hair more white.

Step 5: Now, you have to build height. My trick was using 3, round kitchen sponges bobby pinned in a stack and then attached to my head!πŸ˜‚ I just pulled my hair up and over that to hide them, placing the curls on top!

Step 6: Use soooo many bobby pins and sooo much hair spray to top it all off.

Step 7: Another key to this hairstyle is to accessorize! I got all of my extra accessories from the craft store! Some little clip on birds that were on clearance, some cheap, plastic, pearl beads that I pinned around my head, and some peacock feathers to stick out of the top! So easy!

As for the costume, I found it online!πŸ™ŒπŸ» It definitely wasn’t thrifted, like the majority of my wardrobe. It was around $80-$100 for the dress and hoop skirt, but since I thrift basically everything else I own, and I justified and told myself maybe I could go back to that 1800’s finishing school I attended that has balls sometimes or maybe I could wear it to Carnivale in Venice some day, I considered it a worthwhile splurge.πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

My shoes were thrifted from a Goodwill though! I’ve had them a while and I thought they were perfect! They were only $3.99. And although white socks seem like an odd choice to go with them, that is what they most likely would have worn at Versailles in the French court days.

The earrings I have on were some I previously owned and the fan was picked up at an asian market in my hometown for $1.

This was such a fun costume and historical cosplay to do for Halloween!πŸŽƒπŸ™ŒπŸ» It’s definitely one of the more elaborate ones I’ve attempted in quite a while! I seriously think I was born in the wrong time period sometimes.

I hope all my readers have a Happy Halloween! Tell me what you are dressing up as in the comments!πŸ‘‡πŸ»πŸ‘‡πŸ»πŸ‘‡πŸ»

Some Additional Facts About Marie Antoinette:

1. Marie was a trendsetter. Her hairstylist, Leonard, helped create her iconic, tall hairstyle that she became known for. These elaborate hairstyles became a way for women of the French court to express themselves. Marie even once had a full scale model of a ship in her hair!

2. Marie Antoinette and her husband Louis didn’t consummate their marriage for at least 7 years!😳According to court documents, both of them were kind of blunderers, but they were also around 14 when they married! It is also said that Louis was not particularly handsome, but more than that, he was kind of boring! His two main passions were locks and hunting.

3. Marie was one of 15 children. Her mother, Maria Theresa, often joked that she conquered the world through “marriages” instead of wars, marrying all of her children off to royalty or people with titles of importance!

4. Marie was a terrible student. She hated to read or really apply herself to anything, except maybe music. She often complained of boredom. When she came to Versailles, she was always in search of the next thing to entertain herself.

5. Marie Antoinette became queen of France at only 19 years old.

6.When the people of France were starving, Marie Antoinette actually had Petit Hameau built, a replica of a village, where she pretty much just pretended to be a peasant.😱 It is sad. Some historians sympathize and say she was always very childish and just did not know how to rule. Others say she knew how to rule, but chose not to because she was only concerned with entertaining herself.

7. We have Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI to thank for American Independence. During the American Revolution, France sent funds to America, but it wasn’t so much to help us as it was to stick it to the British.πŸ˜‚ However, one could argue that those funds helped us win the war for freedom! However, it would also be the further undoing of the French monarchy, which was heavily in debt at the time. It is also said that the American Revolution greatly influenced the French Revolution and the storming of the Bastille.

8.Marie Antoinette was beheaded for some allegedly untrue crimes, but mostly, for failing the people of France. She was only 37 years old.

Top 7 Instagram Spots in Quebec CityπŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

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Quebec City, Canada.πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

It is such a beautiful place, full of French style architecture, cobblestone streets and gorgeous buildings and views around every corner!

Also, Quebec is where I went on my most recent trip, surprise!

Since I got so many pictures on this trip, I thought I would share, in my opinion, the Top 7 Instagram Spots in Quebec City!

1. Gare du Palais

Address: 450 Rue de la Gare du Palais

This train station is, simply put, beautiful. Whether on the inside, outside or in the garden surrounding it, you are sure to find a photo opportunity worthy of gramming!πŸ™ŒπŸ» The lobby is open even to nonticket holders who aren’t taking the train, so explore to your heart’s content! There is even an adorable little cafe you can enjoy. Also, don’t forget to check out the ceilings inside!

2. J.A. Moisan

Address: 699 Rue Saint Jean

When you’re in Quebec and you’re staying in Quebec for an extended period of time, you’re going to need groceries, and what cooler place to get them than at the oldest grocery store in North America?

This old timey store has a general store feel to it with its dark polished woods, nice displays and not to mention, all the delicious jams, cheeses, breads and desserts you could ever want! Stop here not only for your staples, but snap a few pictures as well!

3. Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Address: 1 Rue des Carrieres

If you walk through the walls that surround Old Quebec, you can’t miss this hotel! It is a 5 star hotel perched up on a hill in the historic section of Quebec and is, coincidentally, the most photographed hotel in the world!

You will see many people snapping pictures with this castle like hotel looming in the background, but I’ll share another location from which you can get the perfect view of it for your pictures!

4. Pierre Dugua De Mons Terrace

Address: Parc de Champs de Bataille Avenue

This is one of the most stunning pictures we got on this trip! This terrace is really part of a park, which has terrific views of Quebec and Chateau Frontenac, without all the tourists and buses crowding into your pictures!

We just managed to catch this before the sunset. A lot of people were taking pictures on the grassy knoll above this, but I thought this bench not only looked like a more natural place to sit, but it just drew me in and looked like a great location for a photo!

5. Rue du Petit Champlain

Address: 61 Rue du Petit Champlain

This is a street that is not short on views! To access it, you actually come through a square where a lot of the cruise ships dock and let off passengers, so depending on when you go, there may be tons of tourists, or none at all. Around a few corners, you will find these stairs, where you can capture many buildings and an atmosphere at once.

You will also see the Furnicular, or small train that goes sideways up the mountain, which is very cool, and several touristy shops and restaurants. When taking pictures at this location though, be courteous. Don’t block the middle of the stairs, step off to the side, like I did in this picture. You still get the view, but don’t cause an obnoxious traffic jam!

6. Montmorency Falls

Address: 5300 Boulevard Saint Anne

Now for this one, you will have to have a car or take the bus, but I can help you out! After a week, we pretty much nailed the Canadian transit system, so here goes! (Honestly, the bus is a better bet, but if you insist on going to the falls by car, there is a $12 parking fee.) I would get a 1 day RTC bus pass, which can be purchased at the pharmacy chain called Brunet for around $17.20.

Directions to the Falls:

1. Get on the 800 green bus going to Beauport.

2. Ride until the very end. Literally, the end. The bus should just stop, but push the button if needed to signal that you want to get off. You will know you are there when you see a gas station called Couche Tard. No, I’m not kidding. πŸ˜‚ After much curiosity, we looked it up and it means “night owl”, not someone who watches way too much Netflix.

3. You can cut through the woods, or walk until you pass a red schoolhouse on the left, and then you should see the way to the falls.

Montmorency is great because it is FREE!πŸŽ‰ It is also 100 feet taller than Niagara. You can get some great pictures from the viewing platforms or the suspension bridge that hangs right over the falls! For the brave souls, you can also stand at the bottom and get sprayed like we did. πŸ˜‚

7. Rue d’Aigullion OR Rue Richeliu

Now please don’t hate me, but I don’t have the exact address for these colorful houses because they were so close to the VRBO apartment we rented(more on that later!πŸ˜‰), but I believe it was one of the above streets. It runs parallel with Rue Saint Jean, where we were staying, and we just happened to find them!

They were beautiful and pretty much anyone’s dream. At the time I had this picture taken, there was a dumpster, but with some careful body placement and photoshop, I was able to remove it!πŸ™ŒπŸ»

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with taking pictures anywhere in Quebec! It is a beautiful place and these were just a few of my favorites! If you come here, you have to stay in the Old Quebec area or mainly, Upper Quebec.(The town is split into two levels with many stairs you can take to get to either level.) It has such an amazing charm and not to mention, places to eat! Look for that list soon!πŸ‘€

If you are a couple going on a romantic trip, I would highly recommend this loft we stayed in around Old Quebec! It was perfect for just my husband and I and had a bathroom, little kitchen and breakfast nook, and bed! All the essentials in a little studio floor plan and easy walking distance to everything!

Above are a few of my own pictures of the space! It was easily accessed, the host was excellent at communicating and not to mention, it is such a cute little place and honestly very Instagrammable itself!❀️

We loved exploring Quebec! If you haven’t gone, you should make it your next fall trip destination! If you have been, I want to know, what were some of your favorite sites and things to do around the city?

Yellow Overalls OOTD

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These overalls are retro, from the late 1980’s/early 1990’s, polyester and AWESOME!πŸ™ŒπŸ»βš‘οΈ

When I first saw them, I loved the look of them: the pockets, the unique straps, the zipper in the back, everything!

Overalls have been a big trend this year and I had never seen any yellow ones before! I decided to list these on our Etsy, Edison’s Place! Disclaimer though, I edited these pics with my Lightroom Preset, so they are way more of a bright yellow than this, but I mean, how cute are they???

*These overalls have sold out in just 24 hours!*πŸŽ‰πŸ˜±

Someone else also pointed out to me that they look a lot like Ronald McDonald’s outfit!πŸ˜‚ TOO TRUE. How great of a costume would that be?!

Anyways, just had to inform you all that yellow overalls exist and they are the coolest.

Do you all like the overalls trend? I’m gonna be honest, my 7th grade self is rejoicing, because I had about 5 pairs, including denim, khaki and even some purple ones!πŸ˜‚ So I love them! What about you?