I hope everyone had a really amazing thanksgiving! Daniel, Marble and I are in my hometown celebrating with my side of the family for the holiday. Since we've been married, we switch off holidays with each family so we'll be in Mount Pleasant with the Cates' for Christmas. I love that we see both families during the holiday season! I'm super grateful to love my in-laws just as much as I love my family. They raised a pretty cool dude, if ya know what I mean.
I thought briefly about putting a little Black Friday or Cyber Monday round up on the blog but in all honesty, the shopping I'd rather do on both of those days would still be thrift shopping. My sisters and I just might hit up our favorite one in Conroe (hint: it's the Angelic Resale Store)! In fact, the dress in that picture above is from Goodwill and was only $6! I've worn it twice and already have had so many compliments. YAS. Anyways, if any of you bbs are braving the craziness of Black Friday then #bless and do you boo. I hope you find what you're looking for!
I've been vlogging a bit of this thanksgiving break so I'll edit and post it soon! Let me know what videos you like to watch the most. I love making them all but definitely want to hear what you guys love to see!
Have you ever found a blog/person/company on social media and immediately get hooked? That totally happened to me when I saw this gal. I stumbled upon her feed coincidentally (probably looking through hashtags on instagram!) and immediately feel in love with her feed - and adorable pup! I think the first photo I saw (and ~tbh~ the reason I started following) was a picture of her new blue merle pomeranian pupper. I immediately showed Daniel because our lil' home girl is also an adopted blue merle pomeranian (and we are obsessed with her, duh).
She and her hubs live in the most beautiful, re-done, Nashville abode and makes life there look like perfection. Crisp white walls, big windows, gorgeous vintage pieces that fill the house...her kitchen is insane and they are always crafting up a delicious cocktail, homemade meal and enjoying the slow life with their fur babes. Definitely want a yard now, ha! *sends daniel zillow listings...
Speaking of Nashville, ever since my favorite YouTuber picked up her entire life on a whim and moved from sunny, Southern California to Nashville, Tennessee, I've been enamored by the city! I'm dyingggggg to visit again. Daniel and I visited about 4 years ago and stayed with a few friends but haven't been back since. Something about Nashville seems magical and easy, slow but present and all around somewhere I wanna be. I'm hoping we can make a road trip to this pretty city in early 2018... #tbd on this. ANYWAYS, you should follow her and see the precious pics of her blue merle, Ida (that name, I MEAN?!) and her beautiful, stylish, vintage home.
If you've ever felt intimidated by thrifting, I gotta tell ya - the cure might be a thrift challenge. For me, walking blindly into a thrift store with no plan, no need, just fun...I can almost always find something special. It's just how my brain works - I like to treasure hunt for interesting pieces I can transform and wear in modern ways. However, if you've walked into a thrift shop and wandered aimlessly because you have no idea what to look for or how, try a thrift challenge. Challenge yourself to find something specific or copy a look you love. I promise you'll have a lot of fun and when you see that cashier ring up your low cost bill, you'll be doin' a happy dance.
You can check out the thrift challenge I did for my youtube channel and see how I took mismatched pieces from Goodwill and made a beautiful Thanksgiving table setting for only $7.
I met Rachel at a Flea Style show earlier this year and "oo-ed and ahh-ed" over her gorgeous handmade jewelry. She has the kindest spirit and is so dang sweet! That's why when I saw her at our fall Flea Style Dallas show back in October, I knew I couldn't miss out on purchasing something from her handmade collection. I opted for three 14K hammered stacking rings. I loved that I was able to try each size on in person and pick and choose where I wanted my rings to be placed on my hands. Also, this was immensely helpful because I have zero clue what size ring the majority of my fingers are, ha! I wear mine on my thumb, pointer finger and as a middi-ring on my middle finger. I love and wear them every day! Perfect go-to, daily rings. The quality is great so I know they will last me a long time. You should totally go check out her website! ALSO, if you are in the Houston area, she'll be at our Houston Flea Style (along with sooo many other amazing vendors) this Saturday on November 18th from 9am-5pm at Silver Street Studios. PS... that gorgeous picture of Oh Little Foxes rings on the right is from her website!
Ever since I snagged my v much needed fall candles, I've been lighting our candles like a mad woman. Bathroom? Check. Bedroom? Check. Kitchen? Check. Living Room? Obvi. This precious Smokin' Matchbox by RBTL© Paper is just about empty and I am so, so sad. Aside from being completely in love with the company (and the amazing woman/team who runs it!) they curate the most perfect selection of quirky and easy gifts for every person in your life. Their own line of paper goods is just too good. Melinda, the mastermind behind the company is lovely, unbelievably witty and as compassionate as they come. Why would you not want to support these pals?? I'm such a fan of these humans.
These matches have lasted me throughout this season and I am for sure going to rush and get more. This time I think I'll get the "Ooh, Burn" matchbox because #duh it's precious and hilarious.
It's hard to believe this is the first time I've ever attempted a "thrift challenge". Guess what? Yes, I am HOOKED! It was so much fun to go blindly into a thrift store (even though I do this every time I thrift shop because you never know what you are going to find!) with a goal and leave feeling accomplished. For this challenge I decided that I was going to try to do my best to find a few pieces to make my Thanksgiving table setting beautiful and unique.
After about 15 minutes in, I fa sho thought to myself “welp, I can’t find anything… I’ll have to figure out a different video concept for this Thanksgiving collab”. But ALAS, right on the cusp of frustration (there were literally only 3 shelves of “home” to choose from) I found a few little saucer plates about the same size. None of them matched and I loved the idea of a mismatched table setting. Next, I see a little something green in the corner of my eye and #YAS it was a super cute, festive little table wreath! Thinking to myself “did this just happen? is this actually going to work?!”, I turned a few more times down the aisles and found the 4 glasses to add to my basket and Daniel helped me spot two mismatched candlestick holders. Success? I think yes. DID I MENTION it was only $7.56 for all these little items? Praise.
We made a pit stop at the dollar tree for $1 candlesticks and cruised on home with my finds. Immediately, I started pulling out things from around my home I thought would work well with the items I purchased. There was an orange velvet curtain I hadn’t used in a while, a nice amount of our leftover couch reupholstry fabric (aka the dropcloth we used to DIY, rit dye and cover our vintage couch…read here if you’re curious!) that would be perfect as napkins at the table. With a few other knick-knacks and some pumpkins, the table came together beautifully! I couldn’t stop staring! I wanted to sit there and enjoy my Thanksgiving table in that moment. Yes, I was v proud. You can ask Daniel, I wouldn’t stop telling him how cute I thought it all was, ha!
Check out the video to see it all come together. I encourage you guys to try this yourself! It’s not as intimidating as it may seem and you can pull together the coolest tablescape with your personal touch. That’s what I love about thrifting – what you LOVE, someone might completely pass up. You can curate such an amazing space, home and wardrobe when you choose to thrift shop. Plus, treasure hunting budget friendly finds is a blast.
Last weekend my husband, Daniel, and I went on a fun and easy date night to Deep Ellum here in Dallas Texas. We spent our evening wandering the streets and visiting a really cute boho store, Jade + Clover. Then we went to our all time favorite taco spot, Revolver Taco (seriously, if you live in Dallas, you NEED to go!!!) and scarfed down the best tacos in town. After that, we topped off our night cuddling Marble, our rescue Pomeranian fluff ball and enjoyed a nice glass of wine. Oh, and of course caught up on a couple episodes of Stranger Things! Have you finished the second season?! SO GOOD! Can't wait for next year.
Side note: Daniel and I will be celebrating our third wedding anniversary on Wednesday. I can't believe it's been three years! Time has flown by and we have had the best, I mean the BEST, first few years of marriage. I know for a fact our marriage is a huge gift from God and I fully believe He will continue blessing it because He is our foundation and our guiding light. I know I say this a lot but I really am unbelievably grateful for the man that I married. He is truly my favorite person, in every way. I'm fiercely in love with him. We have our faults but 90% of the time, we are in pure bliss of each other. No one makes me laugh like he does. No one is easier to be around than him. People might not believe me but I speak from the depths of my truth when I say he is the best husband I could have ever dreamt of. He cooks (and is so talented at it), he cleans, he manages the bills, he plans for our future, he surprises me, he makes me laugh (did I mention this already?), he makes me feel like the most beautiful person inside and out, he challenges me, me encourages me, he prays for us, he cares for me (and Marble)... I could go on. I tell people the best way to describe him is that he has the BIGGEST servants heart and does everything in love. Not because he "has" to. He just does it. He simply does it. It's the craziest thing and I joke all the time that one day, he's going to resent me for all the things he does to take care of us, hahahaha. I'm mildly joking. *wink*
God has really blessed me and Daniel immensely. I could go on. One day I will. Maybe Wednesday, November 8th, 2017. Sorry for my tangent, friends.
I hope you enjoyed this little date night out and my fun, cozy, affordable autumn/fall look featuring my DIY distressed denim jeans, the coolest Forever 21 leopard slides (only $14!) and my new favorite purchase from Oddbird Co. This Turkish towel is EVERYTHING! So versatile, so bohemian, so modern, so cute.
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I'm back with another thrift haul! This very long ~haha, my bad!~ video is jam packed with budget friendly home decor and fall fashion. I share a little Man Repeller inspired clothing items, plenty of vintage and bohemian home decor and even a few really inexpensive statement earrings! Yes. Love this journey for me. Toward the end of the video you'll see three non-thrifted items that I just had to share with you! I couldn't believe what a deal they were - less than $20! - and I figured maybe you'd like to have them too! Click the video above to watch the entire thrift + shopping haul and don't forget to subscribe to my channel so you get notifications straight to your inbox! What is your favorite fall fashion staple? I have a feeling the statement earrings will be on constant rotate in my fall wardrobe along with ~shhhhh!~ the $14 leopard slides! *wink*
I'm Alyssa, thanks for stopping by! A few things: I enjoy laughing, making youtube videos and thrift shopping. Currently listening to "Everything Now" by Arcade Fire. I like my coffee black and my preferred method of maxin' & relaxin' is with my husband and pup.