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I was never an A+ student. I was always one of those kids that people thought was a “straight A” student because…I don’t know. I had both my parents? I wasn’t ever really acting out and I was shy? I don’t know, but it still makes me laugh.

I was a B and C student, average, at best. I never really “succeeded” in school, but from a young age, I remember just not caring. The only reason I found myself wanting to be “better” was because I didn’t want to disappoint someone else.

I was more creatively inclined. I was in band and loved music. I was great at English and Creative Writing, but I sucked at math. There came a time though, when I was in high school that I started to realize…how pointless and dumb some aspects of school were. I liked learning things, but I thought life was a better teacher. Experiences were a better teacher. And I should want to be better for myself, not for everyone else. I needed to break apart from the huge, people-pleasing streak I have in me and start doing things…just for myself.

It’s taken a while to get to this point in my life. Did I get a college degree? No. But am I happy? Yes. I can truly say that I have a job that I love. I am self-employed and own my own petsitting business and not a day feels like work to me.

I guess I just wanted to write an inspirational post today because I thought someone else out there might need to hear it.

Don’t ever feel like you have to live up to a single letter on a page or report card. Don’t ever do something if your heart isn’t in it. And don’t try to better yourself just because you think that will make someone else happy–you have to want it too.

It hasn’t been but in the last 5-6 years that I have started making deliberate choices for myself and I’ve gotta say, it feels good.

Success is measured, often times, by people who believe the letters they are assigned on a piece of paper, the people who fall in line and do as they’re told.

Even though I got B’s and C’s and sevvvvvveral D’s and F’s, I knew that wasn’t me. I didn’t let it define me.

I know some might say that I didn’t have “work ethic”, but I do. I just genuinely hated algebra. 😂

If there’s any advice I can give, having been on this earth for 27 years, it’s don’t sweat the small stuff. College doesn’t define you either. Do what you think you were meant to do. The rest will fall into place. ✌🏻

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|Good Vibes Only ✌🏻|

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Sometimes, people ruin your mood and your vibes you’re trying to put out in the world. 🌎 You know what I mean?

I always try my best to stay positive. That’s kind of been my mantra this year. Stay positive and go for it, whatever it is. Your dreams, cake…whatever. 😂

So, when I found this cropped sweatshirt for $4 at a thrift store the other day, I HAD to get it. Vibin’. ✌🏻

I love a good retro look and thought this sweatshirt looked awesome paired with high waisted shorts. 👀It’s way too cold for shorts right now, but I’m still searching for high waisted Mom jeans and have yet to find the perfect pair. 🤷🏻‍♀️

I’m thinking that soon, I’m also going to do a new YouTube video on some of my favorite thrifting finds. My closet is about 79.8% things I’ve found at thrift stores, so I thought it would make for a cool video, so be on the lookout! 🎥

Hope you all have had a good week so far! I’ve been busy with petsitting—I actually haven’t had much more to figure out on our trip to Italy—it’s all planned and ready to go, but I still feel like I’m forgetting something. 🤔 You ever do that sometimes?!

Anyways, stay thrifty my friends! Untillater! 🤗💋

Tell Me I’m Your National Anthem 🇺🇸✌🏻

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I mean, I couldn’t NOT reference Lana Del Rey, right? I mean, Lana Del Rey= Q U E E N

It’s been a minute since I’ve posted! I’ve kind of been taking a break from stuff lately, but also pouring my focus into my YouTube channel and our Etsy, Edison’s Place!

I had to share these awesome retro Levi 505’s with you guys! 😍

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hey're high waisted, I love the American flag on them and they are AMAZING.

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out a good statement piece that borders on tacky that is just so freaking great?!

Anyways, I am listing these for sale on our Etsy, so you should check them out! 👇🏻

https://www.etsy.com/shop/EdisonsPlace?ref=seller-platform-mcnav

I think my next post on here is going to be about how we have gone about booking things for our Italy trip and some advice I have if you are wanting to plan a trip there for yourself! Hope you all have been doing great!

Cropped Leggings OOTD

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So, I realized I hadn’t done an OOTD post in a while–since November!😳–not sure if you guys are feeling those or not and I’ve been kind of questioning myself on my blog content lately. (Question: What are things you all like to see on my blog?Comment on this post!👇🏻)

I’ve kind of been wanting to focus myself more on travel, but anyways…

It actually got up to 60 degrees today. 😱 Since it’s been freezing cold the last few weeks, it was really weird. I also decided to dress up the last few days. It’s done wonders for my mood, even if I don’t really see people as much as the average 9-5 working person does. 🤷🏻‍♀️

I decided to “crop” my leggings and wear them with booties. Really, I should probably have a pair of leggings that is tapered at the ankle, but I don’t and just roll up some longer ones that I have. 😂 I just have to make sure they’re the same length on each side and that they don’t look bulky or weird.

I wore them with a plaid flannel shirt I got at Old Navy the other day. $9.99 on clearance! 🙌🏻 My old flannel shirt had a hole in it and after multiple washes just wasn’t holding up the way I wanted it to.

Another look I did with the same leggings and same boots was this one where I wore a striped shirt and jean jacket I thrifted. Usually I like to wear longer tops with leggings, but I’ve been adventurous and gone shorter lately. I know, scandalous, right? 😂

Which is your favorite? Also, disregard the stupid facial expressions I like to make, haha!

Anyways, let me know in the comments which outfit you liked better and what you would like me to focus on on my blog for 2018? I’ve been having an identity crisis lately. 🤦🏼‍♀️

But on an unrelated side note, I can officially fit my hair in a bun again! 🎉 #basicwhitegirl in me rejoices! My hair has been short for a while now, but I’ve missed being able to do stuff with it.

Muted Colors & Layers OOTD

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   I am in love with fall colors, not just in the leaves 🍁, but in clothing!

 I’ve always had a thing for muted colors like burgundy, army green, navy blue. And I’ve always been a fan of layering! 👌🏻


  This is my Fall OOTD from the other day. I wore a sweatshirt in a maroon/purple color with leggings, a knit gray scarf and beanie and some awesome boots my dad found me at a yard sale. They are made by Volatile and are normally $64, but he got them for me for $7! 🙀 He did awesome! I love the way they lace up and I had actually been wanting some knee high black boots!



 What are some of your all’s favorite fall accessories? And how do you like to pair colors together and layer?

| I M • N E G A N |

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 When it comes to Halloween costumes, this one was an iconic one to do and, in the words of the antagonist and villain from The Walking Dead himself, “Easy peasy lemon squeezy!” 🍋

 I dressed up as NEGAN this year. 🔥 I’m not used to dressing as a villain, so this was a super fun costume to do, especially since I love The Walking Dead series! 


 I thrifted the majority of this costume, which you could easily do too! 👍🏻


 The leather or “pleather” jacket probably cost me the most at $19.99. I lucked up and found it at Ross one day. 💯 I got it because I have never had a leather jacket I’ve actually liked and I knew I would wear it normally or even possibly for future costumes! The red scarf, which is another big part of the costume, but very simple to find, was one I got for 99 cents a few years ago at a thrift store. Again, it’s something you would easily wear again, if wearability is important for your costume pieces. (Sometimes, I like to think about future ways I can wear things I get.)


 The pants are some jeggings I found at a thrift store for $7.99. Negan wears dark wash blue jeans too, but I thought the gray suited the costume better and he does wear that color as well. The white tee was one I already had that I’m wearing under the jacket. White T-shirt’s are super easy to find!

 The combat boots are some I got from Target a few years ago and can’t remember what I paid for them, but boots are something you could also thrift! 


 As for the final and most important touch, Lucille. This baseball bat was one I found at an estate sale back last spring and when I saw it, I had this costume in mind, even back then. I paid $5 for it and polished it up. It’s solid wood and regulation size, so it runs the length of my leg! It was a good prop I could lean against throughout the night.

 The “barbed wire” is just some craft barbed wire, so not real. You could go either way depending on what you wanted to do, but we already had that laying around, so it worked great! If you do this costume though, you’ve got to do the bat some justice—when I looked up Negan cosplays, I saw a lot of people whose costumes were ruined with dinky little foam bats like they throw out at baseball games and aren’t even as long as your forearm. 🙄😂 Not Cool.


 I had so much fun for Halloween being Negan! A lot of people instantly knew who I was going as, even being a girl. When my husband and I took pictures like the one above, a guy on a delivery truck slowed down to a stop and said, “Hey! Rick’s coming back for you!” 😂 Made my day!

 My husband dressed as Rick Grimes!


We get along. Most of the time. 😂

Here are a few clips I did as Negan too! Hope you all have a Happy Halloween! 👻
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It’s All in the Details

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  You know how you get excited when your favorite team wins? When they make it to the Final Four—that’s a thing right? Forgive me here because I don’t speak sports—but your team makes it and you just want to scream and cheer?

 Or that feeling you get when someone higher up at work realizes all the work you’ve been doing? Or when you’re all about Pumpkin Spice Lattes or, in my case, Peppermint Milkshakes from Chicfila, and when that season rolls around and you can get them again, you are just filled with ecstasy and you’re like, “YEAHHHH! This is the LIFE!!!”

 Well, that’s the feeling I get when I find super good deals, specifically on clothes, while I’m out thrifting or at estate sales. 😍 I think I’m going to have to do a roundup blog on some of the best deals I’ve gotten and my favorite thrifted pieces! 👗👠👘

 

  For now though, I just want to highlight some cool things I found the other day. I know it must seem like I buy clothes all the time 😂, but I really don’t. A lot of the time, my outfits incorporate stuff I’ve had forever, or I’m getting stuff for like $1. 🤗


 Anyways, this green top(which looks blue-ish here) was a STEAL. Long story short, I returned some shoes like a year ago and had credit at this store and it turns out, they have clothes now! This top was on clearance for $6. I looooove the ring detailing on the sleeves and it’s a longer tunic top, so it’s amazing with leggings! Also not pictured(but I’ll post about it for my Fall Blog/Vlog at the Pumpkin Patch 🎃) a button up skirt I got for $3!!!


 I love finding tops like this for fall. 😍 They make it so simple to pull together an outfit!


 I also yanked out this H&M sweater I’ve featured before. It was found at a local Goodwill for between $3.99-$4.99!


 I am embracing the layered looks, long tops and boots! 🙌🏻

 Anyways, hope you all have a great night! This weekend will be a busy one, but I’ll post about our adventures at the corn maze+reveal my Halloween costume! 😱