|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! 🤗💋

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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! 😱

Follow Your Own Path

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 Autumn aesthetics, am I right?! Anyways, it’s been another busy week. I’ve been petsitting and getting ready for Halloween and Tim has been doing a lot of magic shows. ⚡️I’m hoping to go to a farm and explore a corn maze and get a pumpkin to carve before this month is over! I’ve also really been wanting to play around with some vlogging with our new equipment we just got (in prep for our Italy trip next year 🇮🇹), so if we do some extra fall stuff, I may do it to get some practice in! I’ll let you guys know!

 

  Anyways…journeys have been on my mind today, so forgive the philosophical post. I just…think it’s hard, in this day and age, to be on social media as often as we are. It’s all comparison, cool photography skills for sure, but a lot of posing and pretending.

 I took a break from Instagram for a few days and Facebook this week. Sometimes it’s nice to do that. Lately, I’ve found myself comparing myself to other travel bloggers, namely people who travel more often than I do.


 It’s hard to see people who are constantly doing the things you want to do. We forget a lot of times though that people have had a journey in getting to where they are. It’s easy to sit back and want what they have and wish you were at that point, whether it’s with fitness goals, traveling, having a house or family, whatever.

 I just want to say…I’ve been there too, on the daily. I just always want to be real and upfront with my readers. I admire the Instagrammers who are famous and can make that their lifestyle. I know that sometimes, people might envy my petsitting lifestyle and how I’m my own boss, but it’s not always a walk in the park, and I know it’s not for the people I compare myself to either.

 That’s why I’m following my own path. Trying not to look sideways, just forward. ✌🏻 Hope you all are having a great weekend!

{chambray+harem pants+tennis shoes} OOTD

A Musing

  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

A Musing

  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! ❤️

Thrifting OOTDs

A Musing

   So, I was in Target the other day and came across these shorts. They were black, jean material and distressed with holes in them. They were $22.99. What made this funnier to me was that…I was wearing an identical pair that I thrifted at Goodwill and only paid $6.99 for. 

  I was so excited that I tracked my husband down in the stationary to show him and he got it immediately. “What?!” he had said, “That’s crazy! How much are they?” When I told him, I saw a look of disbelief and then pride on his face, kind of like I was feeling. “I’m going to take your picture!” he had declared.

  When you get into thrifting, you get a thrill when things like this happen. You have this moment of, “Heck yeah! I saved some money!” It’s addictive. Once you start, you can’t stop. 


  The Harvard shirt pictured here is another thrifting find. It, like the shorts, was a little project of mine. It was a tshirt I cut up into a tank, and the shorts were originally pants. 🤗 I got tired of putting my faith in the retail industry, which insists on selling an inch or two of fabric they call “shorts” for $24.99 and up and decided, you know what? I can make my own.

  I set out yesterday, the day before Easter, to thrift my Easter OOTD. 🐣Kind of on a whim. I thought I would just wear something I had, but then I decided I wanted something else. We all know how that is. 🙄😂


I ended up scoring this entire outfit, minus the choker and tennis shoes, which I already had.

  The floral dress is one from Old Navy, a really nice one. Normally, they retail for $24.99, but I got mine for $8! 😱 Pretty awesome. 

  The cardigan is Bongo brand, and it would normally sell for $16.99 in stores. I got mine for $5. 🙌🏻  So, all in all, my Easter OOTD was under $15!


  What do you all think? Do you like thrifting? Also, what do you think of this look? I like dresses, but also love dressing them down and being more casual with tennis shoes. It’s my go to look right now. 👀 

Also, from me and Twix, hope you all have a Hoppy Easter! 💕

DIY: Cutout Sweaters 👌🏻

A Musing

You know something is trending when you start to see it everywhere. One such trend I’ve noticed are these sweaters and shirts that have the collar still around the neck, but they’re cut or slashed down the front. 

  I kept seeing them at different stores and…most of the time, they were $15 or more. So, being the scissor happy human being that I am, I decided I could do it myself for way cheaper! (Side note: I’m not that good at sewing, but I love cutting things up! 😂 I make shorts out of pants and tank tops out of old t shirts all the time! 💁🏼)


  So, first thing’s first—get yourself an old sweater or sweatshirt! I found this one at Goodwill for like $3.99. It’s a men’s sweater and runs a little bigger because I wanted it to be baggy and look good with leggings. Literally, the ONLY thing I did to it was cut just under the neck line(It’s better if the sweater has a more pronounced neckline, but not a turtleneck.) and then cut in a “V” shape as far as you want down the front. 

  It is literally the easiest thing I’ve ever done in my life! 😂 Here’s the example I was going off of.


So, what do you guys think?! Unlike some of the Pinterest recipes I have, ahem…tried to make, I think I nailed this one!


Is this a trend you all will be sporting? Also, if you thrift your own sweater and do what I did, I want to see pictures! It’s such a cheap and fun way to get the trends without shelling out the cash! Can I get an amen? 🙋🏼💰