October 2011 - The Dainty Squid
animals and nature

ten things making me smile...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

1 // Heart shaped leaves, and cute boots!
2 // animals making silly faces. I know, I know I mentioned it in my last post, but c'mon, it's the best!
3 // Snuggling brothers in the sun. few things make me smile wider than when the kitties are super sweet to each other!
4 // gathering things and making mini collections where ever I go!
5 // finding photos of fun times. (that would be on the cabin we got with Ivan and Elycia, Kevin carved our initials and the year before we left)
6 // a big pile of pretty, newly thrifted clothes drying after being washed!
7 // big dogs who think they're lap dogs!
8 // putting mushrooms cute places after bringing them home
9 // the feeling of sand between my toes.
10 // cats invading my photos and thinking that they're getting photographed for band pictures. (notice three are looking at the camera and the lead singer is too cool to look.)
What's making you smile today?

what i wore

What I wore; Mouse Belt!

Monday, October 24, 2011

the details:
dress - vintage
belt - vintage / gift from my mom
tights - target
boots - thrifted

This is by far one of my favorite dresses! I found it at Goodwill for $2. It's kind of night gown-y especially since has  a zipper in the front (at least it has buttons that cover that!) but I'm clearly a firm believer that a belt can fix anything. Speaking of belts, how precious is my little mouse belt?! I found it when we went on the annual "antique til you can't walk anymore because it's Kaylah's birthday" trip. I love belts with animals on them, I wish I could find more of them.

On an unrelated to this outfit note;
I'm still on a thrift high from this weekend. Kevin and I hit up two estate sales. The first one was a bust, the house was packed with people and you could barely move. Despite being discouraged we headed to the next one where we actually had to wait in line to enter the house. (I know that's common in more populated areas but I've never seen it around here) The wait was so worth it. I got thirty (30!!!!) new pieces of GORGEOUS vintage clothing. This lady had amazing style. I was eavesdropping on some folks in front of me while we waited in line and apparently the woman could no longer take care of herself and had to be put in a nursing home. I wish it wouldn't be completely creepy to send her letter (not that I even have her address...) telling her how thankful I am that I was able to raid her closets (there was literally at least 7 of them!) I can't wait to start washing everything up today.

Hope you're having a great Monday!

daily life

I'm never going to quit telling you all...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

how much I love fall. I wish it could be a perfect fall day everyday! All the leaves have changed and are falling, it's the best! (I mean, I could live without the rain and gloomy weather we've been having lately but...) Fall is my favorite season not only because of the weather, but because of the colors! There is no season more visually appealing.
...and playing in the leaves is pretty fun too, especially with my nieces and nephew!
Hope you have a great weekend!! 

daily life

One of the best things about fall...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

is definitely having the beach all to ourselves. I swear, it's the most under appreciated place anytime other than in the heat of summer. But, I'm not complaining - I love it!! The waves crashing up against the beach is such a calming sound. Each time we get there the sun is just about to set and it really just couldn't be any more beautiful.
 And chasing seagulls is pretty fun too! ;)
Last time we were there (when these photos were taken) we found at least 25 dead monarch butterflies on the beach. In the fall they migrate south to Mexico, and I guess these guys just didn't make it. We found a few living ones, and even saved a few that were caught under drift wood. It was such an interesting experience. When I searched around online I found a few other people who happened upon the same thing on other beaches of the Great Lakes in previous year but said despite looking again each year they never happened upon the same thing again.

3 favorite recent finds...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Instead of doing a thrifty finds post like I normally do, where I show everything off in a big pile, I'm going to show three of my favorite finds from last weekend and tell a little about them.

1 // This beautiful table. We're kind of working on redoing our living room in a style that is more suited to us. We're approaching two years in this house (so crazy!) and I'm bored with the living room decor. My style is evolving and I'm figuring out more and more what I like. This table is exactly what I was looking for, so you can only imagine my excitement when I found it for $5.99. Yep, FIVE DOLLARS AND NINETY NINE CENTS. I still can't believe it.

2 // This little skunk avon bottle. I found this in Goodwill along with the rest of a MASSIVE collection of avon perfumes and aftershaves. All were in their original boxes and in amazing shape. I'm not particularly attracted to avon things, but I'm crazy for any collection of things no matter how silly they are. Kevin and I went through every single one of them admiring how neat they were and what unique shapes the bottle were. a ship, a gun, a deer, a cat, a cannon, a donkey with a bonnet, a train, etc. But this is the one that caught my attention. I absolutely adore the packaging. Plus it smells so good, kind of like my mom. It's a very comforting scent. I'm really excited to bring home a part of someone's treasured collection, it's like having a unique connection with a stranger.

3 // This cat watch!! I've been looking for this watch for a few months. I saw it in at least two fellow blogger's thrift finds and knew there had to be one out there waiting for me. So I started looking in the jewelry counters at thrift stores, a place I normally try to avoid (I don't want the inevitable "can I help you"). Finally over the weekend I found it and at 99 cents I had to bring it home despite the fact it doesn't work. I'm definitely going to look into getting it fixed. My favorite part, other than the mouse the moves as the second hand, is the fact it's on a nice band. It doesn't look like it was made for children, it was meant for a cat lady!

We also bought a new couch last night! I'm so very excited, yet completely nervous since it'll be a big change and we're not quite sure what to do with out massive couch that we have now. I can't wait to bring home our pretty new golden, vintage couch!!


Book Review // Damned by Chuck Palahniuk

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

As I mentioned in my last book review (of Geek Love, which you can find here) I'm a huge Chuck Palahniuk fan. He is my all time favorite author. I have never loved the way someone writes as much as I love the way he does. I've read every book he's ever had published from cover to cover.

His newest book Damned is avaliable TODAY! I was supplied with the book back in early September by the publisher to review so I had a chance to read over the book early. (Isn't that so awesome? I might have squealed a little bit when it arrived! Just a note; had I not been given the book I would have rushed out this morning and bought it regardless. All the opinions expressed below are solely mine and are not influenced by anyone)

Damned is narrated by thirteen year old Madison Spencer, the daughter of a film star and billionaire, who dies (of what she suspects is an overdose on marijuana) and is sent to Hell, a place where the currency is candy and the landscape might possibly leave you feeling ill. Think Valley of Used Disposable Diapers and Hot Saliva Lake. Madison shares her adventures in Hell with her new pals - a cheerleader, a jock, a nerd and punk rocker.

This is Palahniuk's sickest novel yet. While possibly not as intense as his short story "Guts" that was in Haunted, it definitely has it's R-rated moments and incredibly descriptive, yet potentially offensive details - which I might add is possibly what I love the most about his writing.

Damned is a quick read and It's a damned good book. pun intended. Do you realize how hard it was to write this and and not include a pun in just about every other sentence?!  I tore through the book, every page ended with me saying "okay, just one more page." which was never the case. I'm actually considering re-reading it already - I thought it was that good!

One last thing before I wrap this review up - I just want to address Palahniuk fans who maybe weren't too impressed with his most recent works  (I don't know who you're trying to kid - Pygmy was amazing!) - Please give this book a chance! It's nothing short of amazing. You will not be disappointed!

Anyone rush out to the bookstore today to pick up Damned? I can't wait to hear what everyone thinks of it.

what i wore

What I wore; another walk in the park

Monday, October 10, 2011

the details:
sweater -
c/o Club Couture
shirt - thrifted
necklace - c/o Lotta Losten
skirt - c/o Club Couture
belt - vintage / gift from my mom
tights - ebay
hat - thrifted
shoes - c/o Wanted Shoes

This outfit looks so strange to me right now. It was taken last week when the weather was...well, fall like. The last few days around here have been nearly 80F. It's great compared to the rainy yuck we were having before but it is a bummer it'll be the last time for like 6 months or so that we see temperatures this warm. I'm trying to squeeze in all the walks we can before we start having to bundle up for them. (You can see photos from some of our winter walks from early this year here, here and here.)

Well, I'm going back to work. Today I'll be finishing up an order for Shana Logic, tearing through the second season and starting the third of Breaking Bad, and working on a tutorial to post later this week! (Oh, and eating tons of cookies my mom sent home with me yesterday! Thanks Mom!!) Hope you all have a fabulous Monday!!

animals and nature

Camping in Cook Forest, PA

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Earlier this week I shared some film photos I took at Double Diamond Deer Ranch while we were camping in Cook Forest, PA earlier in the summer and now I want to share some of the other photos I took that weekend.

I shot mostly with my Canon Rebel T2 that weekend (all of these are from that camera) and I'm actually really glad I did. I only got out my digital camera a few times to take photos of mushrooms. It was a bummer to not be able to see the photos right away but when I finally did get the film developed they were that much more special to me.  One of my new year's resolutions this year was "shoot more film" so that might one thing that actually gets crossed off (seeing as "get my license" and "cook more often" don't seem to be happening anytime soon...)
Cook Forest is literally one of the prettiest places I have ever been. If you're anywhere near the area, it's somewhere you have to visit! I would really like to go back and camp again, do some more exploring, and visit more little shops.

Camping is also one of the reasons I kind of miss summer already. I definitely don't feel like we went enough times this summer. This weekend would have been perfect, too bad we didn't know in advance. It's so warm out today!

what i wore

what I wore: bony legs!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

the details:
jacket - thrifted
tights - amazon
brooch - vintage
belt - thrifted
sunglasses - c/o tumbleweeds
shoes - thrifted

These tights are the worst, but gosh they're cute! The knee part fits right on my knees but the thigh bones just aren't long enough because they don't make it all the way up. I'm not even that tall! I love that the fact that Halloween is coming makes things like this (skeleton tights) acceptable to wear out in public. (not that I don't plan on wearing them all year round anyway!) although I must admit, the whole "is that a wig?" is kind of getting old.

On a completely unrelated note - I'm totally bummed about how pretty all my flowers look here. These photos are from a few weeks ago (I'm really behind on outfit posts, I have so many sitting in my queue) and since then nearly all have become victim of the cool weather. My deck looks so naked now! I wish I could have pretty flowers out there all year round.

Well I've got to get back to work, my sewing machine and Breaking Bad are waiting for me. ;)

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