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Friday Favorites #403

Friday, February 17, 2017

This shirt not only has a cute print but it looks like it fits really well. 
(Long torso here, so I'm always stoked about long shirts!)
I've got some serious heart eyes for this backpack! That color!
 (via: Phestyn)
I'm always a little weary of items of clothing with photoshopped patterns on them instead of actual product photos but this dress (and the million other patterns they offer!) actually has really good reviews. I'm definitely going to buy one, it's just a matter of choosing the print.
(via: CowCow)
Have you been looking for a gold plated pizza necklace? I found it for you!
 (via: Rachel Pfeffer)
I basically love everything Lucky Horse Press does!
I'm pretty sure I feature Ashley Ronning's work every few weeks but it just always catches my eye. I love the colors she uses and her style.
 (via: Ashley Ronning)
How cute is this moth pin?
 (via: eradura)
 Last year when Jeff and I went to Toronto we opted to see the city by foot. We walked nearly all day for a few days straight. I felt fine except for the last day when my feet hurt so bad it almost brought me to tears. We are going to be taking another trip that will be mostly on foot so I went on a hunt for shoes specifically for walking. I ended up finding these babies and surprisingly they're actually cute! (Still open to hearing any recommendations for footwear from those who spend all day on their feet!)
(via: ASICS)
Lovin' this lunar calendar! It comes in other colors if pink isn't your jam.
 (via: durido)
Woolrich has some really adorable sweaters! These two are just my favorites but there are nearly two dozen cute designs!
(via: Woolrich)
Love love love this cheetah!

Link love...
This cactus print is so pretty. I really really like the colors.
Someone please go buy this ridiculous denture mug so I don't have to.
▴ Totally digging this tote, especially after seeing that customer review photo where it's in direct sunlight!!
▴ Such a foxy nightgown. Heh!
▴ I recently got Amazon Prime, something I thought I didn't need, and have been loving it! Free two day shipping is rad but I've really really been loving all the movies and shows I can watch. Seriously, it ends up being a better deal than Netflix! All of that just to say, watch Fleabag! I'm so sad to have finished it. I can't wait for more episodes.
This jacket is equal parts ridiculous and adorable.  

Happy Friday!
xoxo

For more fun finds, don't forget to check out my Everyday Favorites!
 

cemeteries

Bonaventure Cemetery

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia, cemetery
One of my all time favorite headstones. I took a photo of it back in 2014 and made sure to hunt it down again on this most recent trip.

Back in November Jeff and I took a quick weekend trip down to Savannah, Georgia. It was my second visit down there and since my first I had grown immensely in my photography. Needless to say, I was excited to shoot some photos. The number one spot I wanted to shoot was Bonaventure Cemetery. Bonaventure is one of those places that is sooo incredibly beautiful that it's a tourist destination even for... well, normal people? Ya know, normal people who don't specifically hunt down cemeteries in each city they visit. IT. IS. GORGEOUS.

When we arrived we were greeted by an employee at the gates. In my mind she was about to tell us we weren't allowed to go in for whatever reason. Instead she asked if we needed any help, warned us Bonaventure wasn't in tip top shape, and handed us a map.

A month prior to our visit, Hurricane Matthew had ripped through and caused quite a bit of damage to the cemetery. A lot of trees came down, damaging the headstones below. Bonaventure was closed for a few weeks to clean up some of the damage but opened shortly before our visit. Which I'm really happy about. I would have been SO disappointed if we went all the way down to Georgia and didn't get to go to one of my favorite cemeteries! Large sections of the property were taped off but it didn't really hinder our visit at all. One would think in the condition it was in that the number of visitors would be low but I don't think I've ever been in a cemetery with so many other people (other than in Granary Burying Ground, of course!) For a place with over 30,000 interments it sure is lively!

Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia, cemetery
Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia, cemetery

I enjoyed our visit to Bonaventure enormously. Seriously every other sentence out of my mouth was "Oh my god, this is amazing!" or "Look! So cool!" Despite how much I enjoyed being there I was not happy with my photos, even as I was taking them. The warm sunshine was felt so good but I'm not huge on shooting photos in bright sunlight. That intense light paired with the enormous trees, and draping spanish moss meant there were a lot of shadows. You don't have to know much about photography to gather that really bright patches of light and really dark areas don't exactly make the best photos. I was bummed because I had been so excited to finally shoot the cemetery properly. For two whole years I had been dreaming of going back!

When I got home, imported my photos, and started to sort them I wasn't surprised when they weren't awe inspiring. I put them in a folder and moved on. Oh well, at least I got to enjoy the cemetery again! Fast forward to last week, I'm in the middle of organizing all the folders on my computer when I rediscover all my photos from Bonaventure. I found one I liked, edited it. Niiiice. Found a second, edited it. Okaaay, I can dig it. Found another, same thing. After about twenty minutes I had a whole bunch of photos that I couldn't understand why I didn't like them the first time around. I'm so glad I didn't just delete them!

Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia, cemetery
spanish moss, savannah cemeteries, georgia

Until next time, Bonaventure! I'll be back in another few years to photograph you properly.
xoxo

PS. If you end up visiting Bonaventure some time soon, they have a cemetery tour app! It isn't free but the proceeds help maintain the cemetery which is pretty rad, and after the storm they could probably use all the help they can get!

daily life

three years!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

 1st apartment alone. 2014.

I love holidays. Honestly, any excuse to celebrate is fine by me! It's Valentine's Day which is really just a day for overpriced flowers, and cheesy proposals. I have no problem with either... well, I did make Jeff agree to never propose on a holiday but that's neither here nor there. Today I'm not only celebrating Valentine's Day but I'm celebrating three years in Cleveland! It's weird because on one hand I feel like I just moved here, and on the other it's like I've been here my whole life.

I've briefly touched on the subject many times, most recently in a post titled 'just me, in my element' back in October. Maybe an important read if you'd like a little bit of backstory on me? Making that leap, and moving to Cleveland on my own was one of the most important decisions of my life thus far. It was terrifying to have never lived alone, to be struggling with social anxiety, and to leave this "cozy" life I had built behind. It was the right choice for me though. I can honestly say I have never once looked back after making that big decision.

 Feb+March 2014. We spent a lot of time in the photobooth.

We haven't talked in a while (All my fault. Ya girl is the worst at texting back!) but I owe a debt of gratitude to Mickey for basically showing me that a woman can be successful, and happy on her own. She was just this single girl out there, doing her thang and killin' it. I didn't realize it at the time but I got a lot of my strength from her those first few months. I don't think we ever really discussed what I was going through, and to be honest, I don't even feel like I knew what a big deal everything was until much later. It's funny how sometimes life just throws you the right people at the right time. She definitely helped me land on my feet. Thank you so much, Mickey.

I think without meeting her I may never had the idea to even move here in the first place. Growing up in the middle of nowhere, the city was kind of a scary for me. Okay, it was reeally scary to me. I adapted quickly though. In a post back in March of 2014 I wrote "I feel like I'm exactly where I need to be right now. Initially a little nervous about city living, my fears have disappeared! This place is perfect for me." It's only gotten better since then, especially now that I'm living in my absolute favorite neighborhood in my dream apartment.

 Instagram photos from February 2014. I can still smell that apartment if I think about it real hard.

I know a lot of people think Instagram holds no real value but I love looking back at these photos from that pivotal point in my life. The one of the keys, despite being a really ugly poorly composed photo, is one I'm especially happy to have. That photo was from this day in 2014. It blows my mind how radically different my life is now compared to three years ago. At the risk of being cheesy by using the most silly, overused example out there, I really was like a goldfish in a small tank. Cleveland has been the great body water I needed to grow.

I am so happy to live where I do, to have grown as much as I have, and to have been able to meet so many great people in this city. I'm extremely proud of myself for taking that leap, and so thankful for those who helped me along the way. Basically if we've been in touch in the last three years, you've probably impacted my life in some meaningful way. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

My Valentine + the city I love so dearly.

No matter what your relationship status is, don't forget to celebrate yourself and all the people who help make your life special today! I hope you have an amazing Valentine's Day!
xoxo


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