March 2012 - The Dainty Squid
daily life

Beach Trash

Saturday, March 31, 2012

All this nice weather lately means I've had tons of time to gather, organize, photograph (and then throw away) beach trash. Even if I don't pick up much I do feel like I'm at least helping my fellow beach go-ers out a little bit. I hope others will help pick up trash on the beach as well, ours doesn't look like much of a paradise at the moment. You can't walk a step without finding a plastic bottle cap, or tampon applicator (I still don't understand why there are SO many at the beach) It's disgusting how much trash is actually on the beach right now. I took some outfit pictures there a few days ago and opted out of using a few of my favorites because of the amount of trash you could see in the photos, it was embarrassing! Oh hey, just taking outfit pictures at the local dump, don't mind me.

Here are some photos from my most recent beach combing expedition. 
  Is it really weird that I have favorite things to find when I'm gathering trash for these pictures? Because I totally do! Hair barrettes, figurines of little people (like plastic army men!) and things shaped like letters or numbers (like refrigerator magnets) are among the few things that I will normally spot from a distance and dash to grab.

Here two behind the scenes photos...
This basket I picked up at the thrift store was probably one of my best purchases ever. I use it for mushrooms, rocks, beach trash - everything! Plus it's super cute and makes it just look like I'm going on a picnic instead of picking up and carrying around all kinds of strange items.
You can find other beach trash posts here and here.
Hope you're having a great day! If it's a nice day where you are, you live close to the beach and have nothing to do today - why not take a trip there and help clean up the place so everyone can enjoy it just a little bit more.

what i wore

What I wore: on the beach

Thursday, March 29, 2012

the details
shirt - c/o Romwe
skirt - thrifted / vintage
tights - Amazon
socks - Forever 21
shoes - c/o Wanted Shoes

This is one of my favorite skirts. I actually kind of hate wearing it because I'm afraid of ruining it. I feel that way about a good portion of my clothes though. I've always been the kind of person who likes to get dirty when I go outside. If there's a puddle, I'd love to splash in it. Mud? I want to squish my toes in it. A tree down? Of course I want to climb all over it. As a child I had distinct "play clothes" and "school clothes" and now as an adult, I'm trying to break that habit (I mean, I don't go to school anymore obviously, so I guess they'd now be "estate sale clothes" Haha) or at least make the line a little blurrier. Just because I'm going to take a walk on the beach or in the woods doesn't mean I need to wear my play clothes. I can go outside, not get completely dirty - and if I do my clothes can be washed! It's so not as big a deal as I make it in my head.

We've been spending so much time at the beach lately, I love it. Even if I do really love the beach in the winter it's so nice to go there and not freeze my butt off. We spent this particular evening picking up rocks. Right now our beach is mostly rocks, almost all of the sand has disappeared. While that would really suck if I had plans of playing in the sand, I really just prefer being on the beach looking for treasures and enjoying the sights and sounds. Plus there are so many cool rocks! Not to sound like a total weirdo but I could seriously spend all day on the beach just looking for cool rocks and photographing them. They come in so many colors and patterns, it's just amazing.

Hope you have a fabulous Thursday!

Three Favorite Thrifty Finds

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

After an estate sale dry spell (there were NONE for such a long time!) Kevin and I have had some awesome luck lately. We stumbled upon four of them last Sunday, it was pretty amazing! Every estate sale I go to leads me to believe I like estate sales more than thrifting *gasp!* It's just so stinken' fun to legally be able to go to someone's home and rummage through all their things. I'm nosy, what can I say?

Here are three favorite recent thrifty finds, all of which are from estate sales!

This little wiener dog! When I found him he was in the dining room of the home with a pack of crackers in him. I had no idea what I'd do with him, seeing as we don't really eat crackers that often, nor do I really worry about where I'm going to put my package of crackers when I do eat them. But there was no way I could leave this little fella behind. Turns out he fits perfectly under my iMac and all my sticky notes look adorable inside of him. Two bucks well spent if you ask me!

I found this ring holder at an estate sale. It was just hours before it ended on closing day so I only paid a dollar for this and an few other awesome little goodies (vintage postcards, and a folding sewing basket.) I actually had no idea what it was but I overheard the woman who was running the sale trying to sell it to someone else and it clicked which items she was saying was a ring holder. It would have been awkward to walk over and be like "Yeah, just let me have that..." so I walked out of the room and finished the rest of the house before heading back to grab my little swan. Luckily it was still there!
The photo above is kind of a lie, well it's just to show off what the cute little swan looks like because this is what he really looks like right now...
Plus there are some rings that don't even fit! I didn't even realize I had so many.

Last but not least I bought two boxes of slides for 50 cents. I seriously hunt for slides everywhere we go but always come up empty handed. I can't even count the number of slide boxes I've excitedly opened to only be left broken hearted. So when I opened these and found slides I basically said "I don't care what they heck is on them, they're mine now!"
Turns out they are from Miss Helen Burke's vacation! She traveled to Milan, Rome, Zurich, Leningrad, and Moscow in July of 1962.
Here are a few of my favorites...
I was actually surprised at what nice colors the slides had, the blue skies just make the picture! I really can't pick a favorite from those five. They all have something that just draws me in.

I love how snazzy everyone is dressed too. I wonder if Helen is the female in the photos. I wish her closet still had some of those fabulous clothes, sadly they were packed to the brim with nightgowns instead. I didn't see a single item of clothing that wasn't meant to wear to bed.

What awesome thing(s) have you found lately?

animals and nature

10 things making me smile!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

1 // My beautiful new, thrifted, bedding and the little kitty who loves it just as much as me!
2 // Funny outtakes from when Elycia and I were taking jumping pictures a while ago.
I love the way she's looking at me skeptically in the first shot!
3 // Starting a pretty little window garden.
4 // Finding items to fill up another curiosity shelf.
5 // Bright, warm sunny days at the beach.
okay, so maybe it wasn't that warm. my feet burned from how cold the water was. but look how sunny!
6 // Finally hanging all my pretty vintage blouses and capes together.

7 // Finding other folks stacks of rocks.
Have you guys ever found one of these stacks? I saw some in PA when we were camping once last summer and thought they were the coolest! I just about screamed with excitement to find some on my own beach.
8 // This bird party happening on my deck.
I put out some failed cookies, and they LOVED them!
9 // Catching one of the neighborhood strays napping on my deck like he owns the place.
Remember when I blogged about him a little while back? Well, he still visits almost daily! We've since named him Carl.
10 // Snagging a new camera for my little display case.
the brownie in the middle is the new one thanks to a really great estate sale.

What's making you smile today?

what i wore

what I wore; green, brown and tan!

Monday, March 26, 2012

the details
shirt - thrifted / vintage
sweater - Sears
belt - thrifted
skirt - thrfited
socks - Target
boots - Kmart

There are not enough occasions to wear this amazing belt. It's a hairball too thick to fit in most of my skirts belt loops so I rarely get to wear it.  But how stinken' awesome is it?! The pocket doesn't really fit much but since I always carry some sort of lip balm on me, this is perfect. 

I'm still obsessed with these boots. I bought a pair in every color that Kmart had ($13.99 on sale!!) They're actually surprisingly great quality. I also really appreciate any pair of shoes that I can wear out in the woods then just wipe off with a wet rag when I get home. I'm prone to getting dirty no matter where I go!

Hope you're having an awesome Monday. I can't believe it's the last week of March! I'm spending my morning working on April's blog agenda and watching SNL from the 90's on netflix.

hair and beauty

Weekly Nail

Sunday, March 25, 2012

This is what's on my nails when I don't feel like spending tons of time on my nails or when I'm sick of messing up my nails six times in a row and just want to get something on them before I give up - just one solid color with a coat of glitter over it. (The latter of the two reasons was the case this time, in case you're curious!) 
Supplies used:
Revlon Top Speed in Emerald
Ulta Pinata-Yada-Yada

Pinata-Yada-Yada is my all time favorite glitter. It is perfect. I love how it applies and how the glitter distributes fairly evenly. That kind of sounds like a random thing to mention but if you've tried a fair share of glitter polishes than you've probably noticed how some cheaper ones (and expensive ones too!) apply really crappily, with huge globs of glitter in one area and nothing in another. I actually even bought another version of this glitter from another brand (it looks almost identical in the bottle) but it didn't even begin to live up to this stuff.

Also, I really love this Revlon top speed! It's the only one I have from the brand but it makes me want to buy every other color despite the fact I probably have the same shade in another brand. It applies so nicely. Plus you can't beat a nail polish that dries really quickly!

Hope you're having a great Sunday!

What we wore; a behind the scenes video

Thursday, March 22, 2012

While Kevin took our main outfit pictures, Ivan was busy running around shooting video. We totally have the best boys!

This video is jam packed with giggles, and funny faces. It might just be one of my favorite videos of Elycia and I so far. I love how you can see us interacting and just having fun. I'm so happy I was able to meet her through blogging. I wish we could hang out, take pictures and make silly videos all day, every day.

Hope you're having a great day!

PS. If it's asking you for a password - please hold tight we're trying to get this taken care of. :)

what i wore

what we wore; black, white and colorful all over

Thursday, March 22, 2012

the details
sweater - forever21
dress- forever21
bracelet-  c/o Poshlocket
tights - both are from ebay (yep, I'm layered, it was COLD)
shoes - Hot Topic (at least 6 years ago)

You can find the detail for Elycia's outfit on her blog. You should check it out on her blog anyway because she has different pictures than me. Once again we shot a ton and both had fun picking our own favorites to post.

Of course Elycia and I took outfit pictures together again. (You can find out other outfit post together here) It's so much fun taking outfit pictures with someone else who understands and also wants to get awesome pictures. I really can't wait to take some more together this spring/summer. These pictures are so deceiving because let me tell you IT WAS COLD. In the two full body pictures you can see the snow flakes. Not to mention, we were right by the lake so that automatically makes it a billion degrees colder. (true facts right there - a billion degrees...) It was pretty miserable but we had a ton of fun plus we got to get hot chocolate together afterwards which is always great.

In our last outfit pictures together I really loved how our colors worked but I'm pretty sure I love our colors in this one even more. I like how my bright hair matches her outfit and her black hair looks awesome with my black and white outfit. And I can't not mention our kitty shoes, they look so cute together! I'm not quite sure how we'll top this one.

And I can't end this without a jumping picture.
(doesn't my leg look broke?!)
I'll be back later today with a behind the scenes video of our outfit shoot. It's super cute, I love watching it!

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