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dress - Brand New Bookstore Dress c/o Modcloth
camera bag - Siena c/o Jo Totes
lapel pin - garage sale
bracelet - c/o Rings & Tings

Oops! I took another accidental outfit post hiatus. You guys, I'll get the hang of this again. I swear! It's so easy to forget to do, or not make time to do once you fall out of the habit. But I really do miss outfit posts, and I hope you miss seeing them.

It's also easy to forget to take outfit pictures when your wardrobe has changed significantly. I think I talked about it once before, how I grew up having "nice" clothes and "play" clothes and even though I'm an adult now I still can't seem to merge the two. Since my two main hobbies are urban exploration and biking, I spend most of my time in tank tops and shorts not pretty dresses. I'm normally covered in dirt and somehow always have bike grease on my leg. I miss wearing my "nice" clothes though. Jeff's sister's boyfriend hosted a white linen party last week and since I literally don't own any white (I mean, I have tons of black and white stripes... but that doesn't count) this is what I wore. It felt really nice to put on something pretty. But hey, maybe sometime soon I'll shoot an outfit true to what you'd find if you encountered me out on a bike ride, bike grease and all!

Anyway, THIS DRESS! Holy smokes. I've been stalking it forever. It finally went on sale and I went for it despite being nervous about the mixed reviews. It fits like a dream! I feel so great in it. Any item of clothing that makes me feel cute and dainty, as well as powerful and sexy at the same time is a win in my book!
xoxo



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August is going to be another amazing month here on The Dainty Squid. I already have tons of fun posts lined up. I'd love for you to be a part!

This is the second month with the brand new, much larger ad size. The XL ad space is available starting today. The XL ad space is the prime ad on the blog, always on top of the other ads and always the first to be seen! Below that are the large and small ads. Both large and small ads are shuffled within their category. I offer a discount when you purchase 3 months at time!

You can purchase ad space (and giveaway posts) directly through my advertising page! You just choose the size you'd like to, hit "add to cart", then "proceed to checkout". From there you'll be able to fill out the information, upload your ad (if you need one made just shoot me an email!) and pay for the spot. Your ad will go up right after approval and stay up for 30 days no matter when you purchase.

So what are you waiting for? You can find all my updated stats, read more about the spaces available and purchase right here. With the larger ad sizes space is limited, so don't miss out!
xoxo


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The space I call my 'office' has changed so much over the years. I worked on a coffee table at my parents for a while before they gave up and made me a little tiny room out of a corner in their home. I moved into my own home a while later where I worked out of the dining room while my dad built me an incredible craft room in the basement. Flooding and low light forced me into the spare bedroom of that home, where I stayed for a while. Finally, I changed rooms again in that home one last time before moving out and getting an adorable apartment of my own. I don't have a spare bedroom in this apartment so I decided to make the best of my space and set up camp in the back corner of my living room since I didn't really need the space anyway.
I'm really liking this space. I'm sure it will continue to evolve as time goes on but for now it's perfect. This is one of the first times I'm working from an open area as opposed to being in a room where I'm kind of cut off from the rest of the home, I like this a lot.
xoxo

Source list:
Paranoid pennant, palmistry poster, astronomy poster, phrenology poster, moon calendar, muscular system poster, globe mirrors, stay home pennant, patches, be optimistic patch, girl holding tooth print, desk


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