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!


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»

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 Places to Eat in Quebec CityπŸ₯

A List, Food, Travel

Now, I’m a millennial, soooo…wait, I don’t have to preface this or explain to you, people of the internet! These are my top favorite eateries we tried while in Quebec City for our fall anniversary/birthday trip. I base this list on the following criteria:

1. The food must be good and fairly affordable.

2. The food and atmosphere must be very hip and aesthetic. Willing to overlook affordability somewhat if the atmosphere is banging and the food is delicious, but will not compromise on taste.

That’s pretty much it, so without further ado, here we go!πŸ₯πŸ“πŸ§€πŸ”

1. Paillard

Address: 1097 Rue Saint Jean

This place was just good. You walk in, and it’s packed. Always. Not only do they have freshly baked breads and pastries, including macaroons, but they serve breakfast in the morning and lunch/dinner type assortments the rest of the day. We went there on two separate occasions, once for breakfast, once for lunch. Pictured above is our breakfast, The Matin Special, I believe, for less than $8. It features a bacon, egg and hollandaise croissant, a cup of fruit and a coffee, however, you can change up the ingredients of your croissant to ham and boost your coffee, but this was perfect for us!

When we had lunch here, there were sandwiches and soups galore to choose from, plus bottled drinks. Think deli style. You pick your drink, or get a fountain one, and order at a counter. Your order number is then called out when your food is ready.

Definitely hit this place up while in Quebec, but make sure you come a little earlier than you want to eat because it stays busy!

2. Le Chic Shack

Address: 15 Fort Street

Oh, the burgers at this place.πŸ˜πŸ” Absolutely phenomenal. It’s a little Americanized, but not obnoxiously so. They have ketchup available for us southerners, but they still offer up a Canadian specialty that cannot be missed: poutine. You also can’t miss the location of this place–it is literally right next to Chateau Frontenac!

Pictured above is the Le du Fort Burger, which is piled with Canadian bacon, honey mustard and pickles for a truly amazing combination I’m still drooling over! (I love honey mustard, why does it feel so wrong and nay, so right to place it on a burger?!) we also ordered a side of Classique Poutine. The order you see here is a small. Only order the regular if you are starving or have a table to share with because them portions be HUGE.

Le Chic Shack’s take on poutine is great–steak cut potatoes in a gravy sauce with cheese curds. You’re wanting some right now, aren’t you? Because while writing this, I am! 🀀 Also, try their handmade sodas made with real fruit purΓ©e! They had delicious looking milkshakes, but alas, we were too full.

3. Bols Et Poke

Address: 545 Rue Saint Jean

I couldn’t make this list without listing at least one asian restaurant. I have to have something asian everywhere I go. In Venice, Italy, I found a place that served stir fry and you best believe I got some. πŸ˜‚

This place is refreshing, clean tasting and just tastes so good. I do not remember the name of what I got, but it was vegan and gluten free. It consisted of noodles in a peanut sauce, avocado, rice squares, cashews, kale and cucumbers and it was freaking amazing. Tim basically got these giant sushi rolls that he said were also good. Together, our food was about $29. Not terrible, not cheap, but not terrible. The food was so good though, I’m not complaining!

This place was also very chill with window seating where you could just watch the world go by.

*Bonus Asian Food Lover Tip: If you love Bubble or Boba Tea as much as I do, you can still get that fix while in Canada! I got a great matcha boba tea at a place called Sushi Togo. 636 Rue Saint Jean*

4. Simon Patisserie

Address: 471 Rue Saint Jean

See, now you’re seeing why that VRBO I mentioned in my previous Quebec post is so great! It is on Rue Saint Jean and literally a stone’s throw from most of these excellent restaurants!

This bakery is one that Tim and I would pass literally every day. The sweet little woman who worked there had the prettiest pastries, cupcakes, sugared things galore, displayed in her window. She was always very kind when we would stop in and try some of her desserts.

Pictured here are a few of her top sellers: little dense pastries full of almond paste or raspberry filling. She also sold cookies, croissants, eclairs—pretty much anything you could think of! If you need something sweet, stop here!

5. Cafe La Maison Smith

Address: 1141 Rue Saint Jean

This little coffee shop is a chain around Quebec with many you can find, but not so prevalent as Tim Horton’s, the coffee and doughnut chain that is equivalent to America’s Dunkin Doughnuts.

At this cafe, you will find all your caffeinated needs and macaroons, pies and more. πŸ₯§

I got a chai here, one of my favorite drinks, along with a lemon macaroon. Scrumptious!

6. Luzz

810 Boulevard HonorΓ©-Mercier

This place has an excellent lunch or breakfast! The dining area is in a little greenhouse like space.

Tim got a Monte Cristo and I had just a simple croissant and one of the BEST green tea matcha lattes I’ve had in forever. We’re talking totally perfect, no need to sweeten this, perfectly foam arted latte.πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

I should have taken a picture, but I was too busy enjoying it, so you’ll have to trust me on this one. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

7. Au Petit Coin Breton

Address: 2600 Boulevard Laurier

If you’re looking for crepes, look no further! This place not only has them, but a very quaint, French tavern sort of atmosphere in which you can enjoy them. I enjoyed the strawberries and custard crepes, which were delicious! My husband opted for a more traditional breakfast which included toast, eggs and fruit.

This is also a place right in the heart of Old Quebec, so you can explore after eating!

Honorable mention goes to Le Bureau de Poste(296 Rue Saint Joseph) in Lower Quebec, the more modern section of the city. It is a restaurant where all meals are only $5.95(talk about cheap eats!) and it is inside an old post office! Really cool.

I hope you all loved this list! What are your favorite things to eat on vacation? And have you been to any of these places in Quebec City?

Jonesborough Storytelling Festival

Life, Travel

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!😍 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

how to, Life

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

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.πŸ™ŒπŸ»

I plan on wearing this beautiful red color on an upcoming trip! Any ideas where I’m going?πŸ€”πŸŒŽ

Drop your guesses in the comments!