The Dainty Squid

Salton Sea of the Midwest - 2016

Monday, May 02, 2016

Yesterday Jeff and I took a drive to one of our favorite little vacation spots of yesteryear, the abandoned trailer park. We first discovered this spot in early 2015 and have since made a few voyages there. It doesn't seem to be losing it's charm for either of us. It's such a cool spot and it seems like each visit I find something new. Yesterday, multiple times, I said "I don't remember seeing this last time, do you?!"

I wish I had more information on this place since I really do enjoy sharing that sort of stuff in my posts about abandoned places but I've got nothing on this spot. The most I can offer you is that this was a vacation area along a lake. The road is lined with rotting cottages, and colorful trailers, both full of furniture and possessions. No idea why it closed and why even if the grounds that the trailers were on closed that people didn't come back to haul out their vacation homes. Seems awfully silly to just leave them, unless of course they weren't owned individually but rented instead. Regardless, dishes left in the sink of one trailer make it look like there was intention to come back. Abandoned places like this one have such an air of mystery surrounding them.

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 I was a little nervous heading out on this trip that I wouldn't be able to find anything different to shoot, that I would essentially be taking the same shots I had already taken. Aside from the few I tried to reshoot, I feel like I captured all new stuff. I'm really excited about my photos. I'm also really excited to continue to photograph this place, documenting how it changes. While trying to write this post I kept getting distracted, flipping back and forth between this and the old posts seeing how things have progressed.

The photo above is one of the few that I had remembered taking on a previous visit and tried to at least somewhat replicate so I could compare. Without actually referencing the photo I'd say I did a pretty awesome job getting a very similar shot. It looks drastically different since I last saw it just around a year ago. (You can find the original photo in this post.) Ohio's four very distinct seasons are definitely rough on abandoned things. I'll never get over the huge difference between the stuff we have out here compared to the places we've found in the desert.

Our trip was fairly uneventful and quick. Middle of the day on a weekend is never really a good time to explore. Although this spot is obviously a bit secluded it's near some occupied homes so we tried our best to be quick and quiet. The big excitement for me came hours later while laying in bed watching a movie. I was running my fingers through my hair when I felt something. I thought it was a scab, and I was curious but not too concerned so I pulled it out. I glanced at my finger and found a tick. Yuuuuuck! It's pretty hard to gross me out and generally I love all sorts of creepy crawlies but I had to shower immediately after that. Ticks just freak me out. Those suckers are dangerous. I wasn't just grossed out, I was offended this little jerk thought he could hitch a ride of me. I'm still really grossed out and basically want to stand in a scalding hot shower all day but I guess I should just be glad he never latched on. Moral of the story? Don't forget to check for ticks, ALWAYS!

You can find other posts on this spot here - March 2015, March on film, and June 2015.

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Friday Favorites #362

Friday, April 29, 2016

This little brass snail is so darn cute. I think he'd look really cute in my jungle of house plants.
I was looking for neat letter boards and found this one. It could just say that permanently and I'd be into it!
 (via: letterclub)
This nightgown looks so soft (which is probably my number one qualification for nightgowns.) Also, this whole photo emits a super cozy vibe. This might sound weird but it reminds me of getting into bed with freshly shaved legs which I'm pretty sure is the best feeling ever.
 (via: Lunaby)
This vintage card catalog is so dreamy. I guess my love of things like this comes from the fact that my dad probably has similar pieces that he keeps nuts, bolts, screws, and other miscellaneous garage stuff in. I didn't realize that until earlier in the year when I was looking for lockers and he pointed to some that were in his garage. It's like these things were a big part of my life and I never realized it until I started hunting them down for myself.
Vintage school posters like this one will always make me swoon. They're just so awesome.
 (via: Bonnie and Bell)
This cactus print blouse!? YES, please! 
(via: ASOS)
This is the kind of space ship I wouldn't mind getting beamed up into, one with alien cats!
I feel like for these last few months I have been very bedroom obsessed, and it's not stopping today. This photo is to show off the linen duvet (which I looooove!) but seriously, that whole room is lovely!
 (via: Linen Tales)
Love love love this card. How can an illustration of a puppy dog look so darn happy!?
(via: Baltic Club)
 How cute are these lockets!?

Link love...
Donut kill my vibe.
▴ A cactus dress, I repeat, a cactus dress!!!
Sage leaf front confetti? YES!
▴ I don't know that I'd ever want to spend more on a planter than I did the plant but I really really like this white ceramic planter.
▴ This notecard set is super cute!
This swan coat is THE most ridiculous, and I love it!

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

green hair, black and white striped dress, wiw
Valley Cruise Press, jean jacket, denim jacket
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fashion blog, cleveland

sunglasses - Moorea Seal
jean jacket - thrifted
back patch - Valley Cruise Press
necklace - Moorea Seal
lipstick - Blush My Lips by Essence

I've been trying to stay away from posting outfit photos in this dress since I felt like I've shared a lot of outfit posts with a black and white dress, and even a couple paired with my jean jacket. Seriously, this is basically the same outfit only three years ago! I consider this my ultimate outfit. Sure, I've styled outfits I really liked possibly more than this (like this!) but a black and white striped dress with a jean jacket is kind of my signature look. I feel most confident in this ensemble.

Anyway, I realized it had been a while since we saw my quintessential Kaylah outfit here on the blog so it seems like it's finally time to show off  my new favorite black and white striped dress. It's like the ultimate one. (Over half my dress collection is B+W striped, okay?) It's long enough to not worry about showing anyone anything they shouldn't be seeing. It's lightweight which is perfect for summer. It has two large pockets so you could totally go purse-less if you wanted! It's basically perfect. One of those things I want to buy multiples of, for sure!

Speaking of confidence, I'm realizing it's something you need a lot of when you have green hair. I've been around the color wheel multiple times. I've even had a shade of green extremely similar to this one in the past but this time around, man, it's been rough! I've written lots of posts about dyeing your hair fun colors, and maintaining it but something I've been thinking about touching on for a while now is dealing with other people's reactions to your hair. It seems obvious that with a super vibrant colored hair that people will stare and make comments but I guess outside of your significant other's opinion and that of your boss, it's not something that people really consider when taking the leap.

With this green it's rare that I leave the house and don't have at least one person say something. Sometimes it's nice, which I appreciate but the majority of the time it's someone shouting from the passenger seat about how St. Patrick's Day is over. "Aw, baaaabyyyy, I love the color green" is something I've been hearing a lot lately too. These things wear you down after a while. Being shouted at in public isn't so great, even if it is a compliment. It can be really embarrassing. It makes me want to hide, to wear a hat, to dress as normally as possible. With friends it's easier to deal with but alone it makes me feel very anxious.

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I hesitate to even share these thoughts because inevitably someone will say something like "what did you expect?" or "if you don't want the attention than why did you do it?" No matter what you say you'll never talk sense into those kind of people. I guess I'm typing this because I just want to share my frustrations. To tell you how even after all these years I'm still not fully equipped to handle it. I have so much I want to say on the subject but sometimes it's just easier not to talk about and to pretend it's not an issue.

Anyway, lets end this post on a positive note. This hair color is the bomb dot com. No amount of dumb St Patrick's Days are going to dull my shine. I looove the way children look at it/me. I feel like a cartoon character, in the best possible way. I could always go back to my natural color (lol, what's that?) but I feel like myself in colorful hair, like this is the hair I should I have been born with. This whole look is me in full effect, it might generate a few stares and annoying comments, but dang it, I am adorable!

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