May 2013 - The Dainty Squid
daily life

my two year journey with braces...

Thursday, May 30, 2013

I've been meaning to blog about my braces since I first got them two years ago. It was something I was going to talk about often, photograph weekly and just generally journal about. But I ended up not doing all. I barely have any pictures of my braces at all, but I have even less before pictures of my teeth.

My dentist was kind enough to email me 3D files of my teeth both before and after (dude, they're really neat!) I converted them to flat files so I could share them here because they're just about all I have. Here are my teeth before I got braces...
 (And here's the before picture from the orthodontist - if you really must see. It's not cute.)

I used to say they were the only thing about me I'd change. I was uncomfortable with my smile and would basically delete any picture showing them. Hence the fact I don't really have any. My smile was fairly straight until I was 14 or 15 and lost one of my last baby teeth. It was my left canine tooth (the right one in the above image) and when my adult one came in that sucker was so crooked. Something about it made me realize what a mess the rest of my teeth were. I asked my parents on multiple occasions for braces but they always declined. I tried to forget about it and just learn to love them but it never worked.

Finally two years ago I had had enough. I needed them fixed. I made an appointment with my dentist so I could get a recommendation to an orthodontist. My dentist said my problem was I had "too many cars in the garage". My mouth was too small for all my teeth to fit properly and I would most likely need some teeth pulled but ultimately that would be up to the orthodontist.

I visited two orthodontists before choosing the one I'd have help me with my teeth. It was important to me to feel comfortable with who was in charge of making my smile beautiful. The first guy I visited had a bad attitude, smelly gloves and some dirty looking tools. The second orthodontist I met with was perfect. My consultation went super smoothly, and we'd be able to get my braces on the next week which was important to me. I'm a get it done yesterday person. When I decide I want something done I want it as soon as possible so there couldn't have been a better scenario. He also agreed I'd need some teeth pulled. Eeep!

A week later I had braces...
(March 2011, Isn't it strange how much different I look!?)
I hated them. I cried and cried and cried when I saw myself in the mirror at home. They felt huge. I regretted getting them. I cried about how I really loved my teeth and that this was my biggest mistake ever. But I already had a hefty down payment on them and it would be so stupid to have to go back and ask for them off so I sucked it up. It definitely took time to get used to how they looked and felt but eventually I did.

The next month, in April 2011, it was time to get some teeth pulled to make room for the rest of my teeth to straighten out. I got four teeth pulled as well as getting my wisdom teeth removed at the same time. It was probably one of the worst experiences ever. The gas they had me hooked up to just made me ultra aware of what was going on, basically like an out of body experience. I couldn't feel any pain but I could feel pressure. It totally freaked me out how easy it seemed the dentist was able to pull out my teeth (which might have given me a bit of a complex about my teeth falling out...) It felt like it lasted for ever. Of course, getting your teeth pulled isn't going to be a pleasant experience but it was really horrible for me. The only plus side was I got to take my teeth home which was maybe a little too important to me. (You wouldn't believe what a hassle it was to find a dentist who'd let me take them home. There were a few mishaps and maybe some tears shed about the whole thing. I ended up getting my teeth pulled by my regular dentist even though he doesn't accept my insurance just so I could keep my teeth)

Like I said, braces were kind of hard to get used to at first. I didn't know how to hold my mouth. I had trouble eating a lot of things because my mouth was so sore. The back corners of my mouth were constantly raw from the wires cutting into them each time my teeth would shift just so slightly. Luckily this stage only lasted a month or so. After that the next two years flew by. It really was done in a flash.

Only after looking back do I realize how funny mouth looked and how many little changes my face made. For a long time it looked like I had a big wad of dip in my lip because of my lower braces. (Luckily, I never noticed until I started looking back at pictures or else I would have been super self conscious about it. Haha!)
 (After braces model)
Even with all the pain (I swear it's not that bad!), silly instances of my lip getting caught on my braces, food stuck in my braces and other not so great things they were 100% worth it. Of course, at times I felt funny being the only person in the orthodontists office over the age of 20 that wasn't there with a child*. But I have the teeth I've always dreamed of having now. I'm confident when I smile. I might even be smiling a little too obnoxiously now. I mean, when you spend a great deal of your life trying not to smile with your teeth and now they're super pretty it's kind of hard to keep them in your mouth! I catch myself staring at them in the mirror quite often and have actually gotten into the habit of taking better care of them Hello floss, nice to meet you again! I hope this feeling lasts forever. It's been two months and it only seems to be getting stronger.
Aaaand that's that!

*Just last week when I went for one of my check ups at the orthodontist I saw the father of a child my nephew goes to school with who recognized me from plays, baseball games, etc and said "Oh, are you here with your child?" I awkwardly responded by pointing at my teeth and saying "I had braces, they're off now" Ugh, I fail at interacting with strangers. Haha!

daily life

photo an hour : May 22nd, 2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

My fifth photo an hour post of the year! This one chronicles the first full day with my license, May 22nd, 2013. Nothing too exciting, I mostly did lots of driving around but it was still a really exciting day for me.

7am //  checking on my plants...
See the living stones there, the tall guys with the split tops? I just realized how much they've grown since I bought them. Here's a picture from just a few weeks ago. That is exciting! I'm a proud plant momma!
8am // dressed and ready to head out on my first day day as a driver...
9am // made it safe and sound to my first stop of the day, Salvation Army...
10am// Next stop - the mall! My very first photobooth photos alone + a pretzel!
I'm pretty sure I might have ordered "cinner sugarman" pretzel. Eeep! I clearly need to work on my talking to strangers skills. Although spoonerisms like that don't only happen when I'm talking to strangers, I'm always accidentally doing that.
11am // I stopped over at my brother's house to visit with my nieces who just got into town...
My goodness I missed that little face! It's been a year since they've been living in Germany.
12pm // "somebody puss meeee! peeees!"
1pm // preparing for an afternoon spent at the beach + having a snack of my favorite new hummus...
Bathing suit top is from Target, the bottom is from Sugar Doll. Here is a picture of it on in case you're curious.
2pm // sitting in the sand looking for beach glass...
3pm // a hankering for ice cream lead me on a wild goose chase,  so I ended up stopping at another beach and hanging out for a little while...
I never did find any place to get ice cream!
4pm // back home with my beautiful girl, Squid...
5pm // lounging in the backyard reading a new book.
6pm // set off to take some outfit pictures and ending up watching this little guy for at least ten minutes...
8pm //After a quick trip to the grocery store (where I forgot to take a 7pm picture) I arrived back home with a treat for the cats - a new box! Hah!
And that's that!

what i wore

what I wore : hello polka dots!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

sweatshirt - Hello Apparel via Fab
shirt underneath - thrifted
brooch -  Wearable Planter via Fab
socks - Target
shoes - Amazon
rings - poison ring from ebay, stacking rings from Birka Scandinavian

Last week I might have gotten sucked into Fab and bought myself a few little things. I've been wanting one of these Hello Apparel sweatshirts for a while now finally grabbed one when I saw there were some available on Fab. I kind of want to grab one in every color now...but I'll hold off at least until the weather starts to cool down again. The sweatshirt runs a little on the shorter side, at least for me. I have a long-ish torso and a preference for longer tops. So I decided to see what it would look like tucked into a skirt. I love it! I'm really happy to have stepped out of my comfort zone to find that wearing a sweatshirt doesn't necessarily mean you have to look like you spent the day lounging on the couch. (Here are two more sweatshirt outfits from the recent past that I'm still loving!)

I also finally bought a wearable planter, I've been wanting one for so long. I love the idea of sticking little flowers I find throughout my day in it or matching the flowers to my outfit.  I was originally a little hesitant to purchase when I read they had magnet backs instead of a pin since I have a history of losing brooches. When it arrived I was kind of shocked how strong of a magnet it has on the back, I don't think it'll be an issue at all. On Wearable Planter's blog they have a little step by step guide of how they dye their planters. I love seeing how things are made, even just a little peek into the process like that is so neat. I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this baby this summer! (This one is next on my want list, love that shape!)

Happy Tuesday!

hair and beauty

Weekly Nail

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Supplies used...
Sally Hansen Butterscotch
Sally Hansen Grass Slipper
Sally Hansen The Sky's the Limit
Sally Hansen Purple Posy
Sally Hansen Shrimply Devine
Cosmetic Sponges (+ a paper plate)
Seche Vite as a top coat

I was recently looking back through the nail tag and found the post from when I discovered how to do gradient nails. I only did them a few times then quickly forgot about them. But after seeing old pictures I had to give them a spin again. Except committing to two colors felt too plain. Typical Kaylah solution - grab five colors instead.

These turned out even prettier than I had hoped, which is saying a lot! Without a doubt this is one my favorite manicures EVER. Oh my goodness, I'm obsessed. This is one of the times where I actually wish they'd last more than a few days. I want to rock these babies for weeks!! I think these will be something I'll be trying lots of versions of in lots of other colors in the near future.
Hope you have a fabulous Sunday!

daily life

I have some big news...

Thursday, May 23, 2013

If you follow me on instagram then you've already heard the news but if not...

I never intended to wait this long to get my license. I actually never really considered it in high school. Even though I grew up in the country I always had my mom or a friend to drive me places so it wasn't really needed. I remember sitting in homeroom hearing my friends and acquaintances talk about drivers ed the previous night and feeling like "what? we're old enough for that already?!" The years passed and I started to get freaked out by the idea of driving. For some reason me driving a car just seemed too strange. I knew I eventually wanted my license but I was in no rush at all.

It's been on my list of goals for a few years now and each year I had put it off. But for some reason I just knew this was the year, something was (is) different. I'm no longer content cooped up in my house. I need to get out and explore. I mean, sure, it's not that bad but I really really felt trapped and getting my license was the first step in finding a cure for this. 

Learning to drive was fun, honestly. I'll admit it was definitely scary at first. I would move over in my lane when a car was coming from the opposite direction in their lane, I wasn't able to take a hand off the wheel to scratch my nose and I always felt like I was drifting to the right (which I wasn't!) But one day it was like something clicked and I wasn't nervous anymore. I could give you a list of a thousand little changes I see in my driving already. Obviously I still have a lot to learn but I can't even begin to tell you how proud I am of my progress this far.

I went out for the day yesterday because of course I'm going to go drive around after I get my license.  I can't even believe it when I think about it but that was literally the first time I've been somewhere alone. I'm so in love how this feels, it's the best. It is so liberating. My car can take me just about anywhere and that's such a great thought.

Today I'm, oddly enough, spending the day at home to catch up on some work I got backed up from all the excitement of the last few days but you best believe when I'm finished I'll be planning some awesome day trips to take in the very near future. I'm definitely down to hear any suggestions of must visit places anywhere near Cleveland, Erie, Pittsburgh, etc. area. I'm really into silly roadside attractions and fun museums!

animals and nature

Maggie & Crum

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A few weeks back I introduced you all to Maggie, my parents new puppy. She's just the roundest little snuggly thing ever. She doesn't seem to have grown much since she was first brought into the family which I think is just the best thing ever. I love seeing this tiny pup and Crum interact.
How hilarious is Crum's face in that third picture? If there was ever a picture that completely summed him up that one would be it. He's such a dork.

I look forward to when Maggie is big enough that Crum doesn't accidentally step on her when they're playing anymore. I sure do love their size difference now though, it makes their cuddling that much cuter. The fact that she just crawls up on him and sits down is just too precious.

Here's one last one of Maggie with a huge smile! Oh my goodness! She's too cute.
Have a wonderful day!


humble beginnings

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Last year I admitted to being my neighborhood's crazy flower lady. What do you mean you don't have forty potted plants on your deck?* They're so pretty! This year I got a slightly earlier start on planting so hopefully I can grow even bigger and more beautiful flowers, not that I had any problems last year. After I was done planting and watering each one I took a photo. A "before photo" to be able to look back on when these babies really start to grow and bloom. Most don't really look so impressive yet but I'm excited just imagining how great they're going to look in a few weeks.
This year I'm trying to step outside of my comfort zone a little with flowers. When I first started doing flowers each spring (three years ago) my mom made most of my planters and filled them with flowers she's super comfortable growing - petunias. Last year I got a bunch of petunias because I know I could grow them well and then branched out a little with some marigolds, salvia (which did both did AMAZING), and a few other things. This year I got all my old favorites, a few new things and I'm even trying my hand out at growing some peppers. Since it's still early in the season I'm now on the hunt to find more flowers I've never grown before to plant.

Anyway, here are my some of my newly planted goodies. I'll definitely be sharing photos of them from time to time to update you on their growth because as silly of a hobby as growing flowers on my deck is I can't help but get really into it. I LOVE FLOWERS!
And of course, it's not even possible to talk about my flowers without including a photo of my planting pal, Lloyd. I think he might even like planting as much as I do.

*I said 40 as a joke but I'm currently resting at a solid 30 planters full on my back deck. Although who knows how long before I add more. Haha!

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