August 2012 - The Dainty Squid
what i wore

what I wore // country mouse

Thursday, August 30, 2012

dress - Behold the Emerald c/o Modcloth
socks - Forever 21
shoes - Neo c/o Blowfish Shoes

How perfect is this dress?! I'm crazy about the color and fit. I felt like the sleeves looked a little puffy in the photos on Modcloth (which is hit or miss with me, normally miss) but I was super pleased to find these don't really look puffy on. I also love that they're sheer. Seeing my tattoos peek out of sheer clothing always makes me smile. Another thing that just gets me about the dress is the back of it, it's just perfection. I love nice little details like that. It's certainly going to be a dress I wear often. I wonder how many other great dresses I've passed up in the past because photos just don't do them justice.

We found a nice, quiet new place to take outfit pictures. This pretty wall is actually the back of a mausoleum. It's awesome because I've always really liked when bloggers take pictures in front of brick walls, probably only because it's different from what I'm used to. But I'm a country mouse and taking pictures anywhere where there would be one is a bit too intimating for me. This mausoleum is a great compromise, I get my pretty wall, no one is ever there and it's almost always shady against this wall - perfect!
I'm so excited to get my day started. We went to an auction last night were I got a bunch of really great things, cameras and Halloween decorations, that I can't wait to clean up. (Oh my goodness, I'm getting excited about decorating for Halloween!!) Hope you're having an excellent Thursday!


A Foggy Cemetery

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Like I mentioned in yesterday's photo an hour post, on our way to Kane, PA to meet up with Ivan and Elycia for our weekend camping adventure we found a beautiful cemetery. I'm always ready to explore an old cemetery but mixed with the morning's beautiful fog, we HAD to pull over and spend some time exploring. It was gorgeous...
I love these photos so much! I really wish we could have stayed a little longer. We spent all of about fifteen minutes there. The place was massive, we barely covered a quarter of it! I was running from neat headstone to the next that caught my eye. I suppose next time we go camping we'll just have to leave even earlier to allow for any emergency cemetery exploring expeditions. ;)

All of the photos above were taken with a Canon T2 and Fuji 35mm Superia X-TRA 400 that expired in 2010.

daily life

Photo an hour // Camping

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Two weekends ago Kevin and I went camping with Ivan and Elycia.  We both took a photo an hour to document our little trip. Here's the day through my lens...

6 am // A quick stop for donuts, chocolate milk and ice before hitting the road.
7 am // Car ride reading material.
8 am // It was a super foggy morning. On the way there to the was spotted the most beautiful cemetery. So we stopped in and explored for a few minutes. 
9 am // We arrived in Kane, PA!
10 am // Since we were nearly an hour early, Kevin and I went to grab a place to camp before Ivan and Elycia arrived. But long story short - the site we got was horrible, we got a refund and ended up arriving late to meet with them.
12 pm // Finally we got a nice little site, and got all set up!
 1 pm // Out and about exploring the area.
2 pm // Still exploring! We visited an overlook with a little rock wall where we wrote our initials and hiked down the hill to find oodles and oodles of mushrooms.
3 pm // Another overlook. Pennsylvania is such a beautiful state.
4 pm // Stopped at a "visitor center" only to find it closed but Elycia did grab a sheet of facts on bears which she studied, and studied and studied some more. Elycia is now a bear expert.
5 pm // We played with our land cameras while waiting on Roma pizza to heat up over the fire.
7 pm // We went out exploring again. On the way back I got ice cream and everyone else got french fries. Despite how delicious my ice cream was, french fries really were the better choice since I just couldn't warm up afterwards.
8 pm // Back at the campsite. We sat by the fire and Ivan cooked a ton of "crab dogs" (veggie dogs cut open on the ends) before we headed off to bed.
It was an excellent trip and it went by way too fast. We really do need to camp more often! Make sure to swing by Elycia's blog to see her version of the day. Hope you're having a wonderful Tuesday!

where I work

A peek around my craft room

Monday, August 27, 2012

Just sharing some photos of my personal sanctuary today, this is where I work! It's home to all my favorite little collections, most of my clothing (I have a very small closet, and I love to see my clothes in the open!) and it's where I spend most of my week days typing, brainstorming and blogging.

I love sharing little peeks of my craft room. It changes so much and so often it's nice to have these little glimpses to look back on. We've been living in this house for just under three years and my craft room has gone through some major changes. If I didn't have photos it would be hard for me to believe I ever worked from my basement which is now a shell of what it used to look like due to water damage. Even since I've moved my space to the spare bedroom it's changed a crazy amount. You can view the evolution of my craft room using this tag. It's so strange for me to look through!

Well, I'm off to be productive. I've got some delicious zucchini bread in the oven and lots of little things to cross of my to-do list. Hope you all have a fabulous Monday.

hair and beauty

Weekly Nail

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Supplies used...
Zoya Dove
Sally Hansen Thinking of Blue
Wet n' Wild Wet Cement
Zoya Dree
OPI A Taupe the Space Needle
Essie Sew Psyched
Sally Hansen Gray by Gray
Revlon Hot for Chocolate
Seche Vite as a top coat
Nail stickers (blogged about here // bought from here)

It's been a while since I've done half and half nails (I think this might have been the last time) and I'm hooked again. I'm especially crazy about these ones. I wanted to do something a little darker, and not to summer-y, I feel like these fit the bill well.

Every time I start to get used to how awesome Seche Vite is I notice something new. I knew that it made my nails shiny but that first picture they're sooo glossy. I love having really shiny nails. I don't know what I did before discovering it. It's 100% the best top coat out there! What's your favorite top coat? (Also, for everyone out there that always asks how to get your nails to chip not as quickly - Seche Vite!! Give it a spin.)
Hope you're having an excellent Sunday!

what i wore

what I wore: knee high

Thursday, August 23, 2012

the details
dress - thrifted
lapel pins -  handmade
socks - target
shoes - Floral Panel Oxfords c/o Oasap

I've had no luck thrifting dresses lately. I've been finding lots of really neat stuff but at prices I don't feel comfortable paying at a thrift store. ($12 for a dress with a massive stain?! Really? NO.) I recently snagged this one for $3 which is pretty awesome. I love the fit and that it's a warm enough material I'll be able to easily wear it all fall and winter with minimal layering. Fingers crossed I find more snazzy vintage dresses at great prices soon!

I'll end with a silly little collage of me jumping and falling...
Hope you're having an excellent Thursday.

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