Feeling Fine in Graphic Tees

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Who doesn’t love an awesome, comfortable, graphic T-shirt?

Lately, I have scored some great ones at Ross Dress for Less!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป I am extremely picky about the T-shirt’s I buy because I don’t want to end up looking like a billboard.๐Ÿ˜‚ A T-shirt has to speak to me on a personal level and I have to agree with it in order to wear it! This “Feeling Fine” shirt was also in my favorite color, so that was a no brainer!

I also got one that says “Original” and a few others that had references to Tokyo on them. If you don’t know this about me, Tokyo has been and is incredibly high on my bucket list! But then again, most of the world is!๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

I paired this shirt with some shorts I made myself, fishnet tights and boots for a cool fall look. I love layering shorts and skirts with tights this time of year!

What are your favorite ways to layer? And what are some of the coolest T-shirt’s you own?

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๐Ÿ–คPlaid is Rad๐Ÿ–ค

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Plaid has been making a big comeback lately in fall fashion and I am all for it!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป 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! ๐Ÿ˜

Berets & Boots OOTD

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Finally, it is starting to feel cooler around here!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Maybe it’s because my birthday is during the fall, but I love fall.๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚

I have been looking forward to layering and wearing cool fall accessories and outfits for what seems like monnnnntthhhss.

This is one such outfit. I love this cranberry skirt. I got it from Rue21 one year and it was under $10. The boots are some my dad got at a garage sale for me for $7!(Score for dad!๐Ÿ’ฏ). The T-shirt, which says, “Say yeah!” is one I picked up at Ross for $9.99 and the cardigan is one I splurged on from Ross–I think it was still only $16.99 or something! The beret I got on http://www.shein.com for less than $9.99!

So really, a fairly inexpensive outfit with inexpensive but cute parts!

I also love this time of year because it’s not super cold yet and you can wear long boots with skirts and just bare legs! Occasionally I like to wear knee socks or tights too! It gives so much interest and coziness to an outfit!

So my question for today is, would you rock a beret? I personally love this one! I got black because it goes with so much, but I could also see myself wearing a red one for a pop of color!โค๏ธ

Vintage Style OOTDS

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I love fall because it seems like you can have so much more fun with vintage style. You can bring in and incorporate all kinds of cool boots and accessories to an outfit and have I mentioned the colors?!๐Ÿ˜

Some of my favorite colors to pair together are rust orange, mustard yellow and navy blue! And the occasional forrest green!

It seems like in spring and summer, it is all about the bright, fun pops of color, but if I’m being honest, I’m more into muted tones myself!

Like the colors in this outfit! This skirt is one from Topshop and I had to have it a few years back! I saw it being worn on the character of Spencer Hastings in Pretty Little Liars and freaking loved it. It’s got part academic sailor, school girl vibes going on, part Suckerpunch, Japanese anime vibes on the other end. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป And it has the BEST POCKETS.

I found this skirt on eBay, believe it or not, and paid around $16 for it because one button was off of it, which I quickly fixed myself upon it arriving by mail! The white top I’m wearing was thrifted from a local Goodwill for $3.99. My mustard yellow cardigan is one I found at Ross the other day for just $5.99!

The boots I have are the Born brand. I found them at Dillard’s 5 years ago and loved their vintage look. I paid $59.99 for them, but they were originally $139, so that was a heck of a good deal!!!

This other outfit is another example of how I like to layer: boots, tights, a tank top dress and a baggy sweater over it! I got the sweater forever ago at Marshall’s so I don’t remember what I paid for it—not over $20 though—and it has become one of my go to pieces. The dress was $9.18 from Forever 21 and I loved the brown and polka dots!

I just love getting to mix modern and vintage looks, especially in fall! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ˜

What are your favorite colors to wear around this time of the year?

Rainy Day OOTD

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When it rains, it pours around here! โ˜”๏ธ

A few weekends ago, I had a fun excursion into Clinton to go antiquing! It was a wet and overcast day, but I did what I always do on days like that—slap some rain boots on and get over it!

These rooster rain boots are some I got as a Christmas present a few years ago from Cracker Barrel and I love them! I love repeating animal prints and maroon, so I had to have these! I’m not easy to shop for, but that year I definitely was! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I told everyone point blank that I wanted those rain boots!

The overall dress is also maroon so it matched! I got it from Shein, an online clothing company, for under $10! I thought it was such a cute piece and transitional–it can be worn in summer and fall!

The green, baggy coat is one I picked up thrifting for $6.99! I took it to Italy with us because I love the hood on it! It is oversized and great to wear on rainy days or with leggings!

Do you all ever associate clothing with adventures you were on while wearing them? I know I do! I tend to think of clothes I wore in Italy, songs I heard over there and foods I tried fondly! Memories are the best! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นโค๏ธ

Stripes Galore OOTDS

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So, I have a thing for stripes. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

I’m the type of person who buys alooooot of neutrals and has a favorite top in every color in her closet! However, I do like patterns like polka dots and especially stripes!

Stripes can be so great to add interest to an outfit that would otherwise be boring.

I also love the color mustard yellow. It’s hard to find things in this color, unless you just get lucky or are shopping online, it seems, but I love it! It tends to go well with my hair and skin tone.

So, when I found this jumpsuit on a girl’s Poshmark for $29.99, I had to have it! It’s more than what I would normally pay for clothing, but it was a statement piece and I brought it to Italy with me. And it incorporated two of my favorite things: mustard yellow and stripes!

As you can see, it can also be worn different ways! It’s actually strapless, so I will wear a chambray top over it and tie it off! Everyone always thinks it’s just pants for this reason, but I love that it is so versatile!

Do you have a favorite color that you tend to buy when it comes to clothing? And what are your most versatile pieces in your closet?

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A Musing

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. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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. โœŒ๐Ÿป