February 2014 - The Dainty Squid
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Friday Favorites #250

Friday, February 28, 2014

My good pal Brendan, over at Explorer's Press, just released this awesome enamel lapel pin. I'm a huge fan of his work.
 (via: Explorer's Press)
This vintage horse sweater is the best.
Modcloth is still blowing my mind with their adorable undies. This set is killing me.
 (via: Modcloth)
This would look really nice in my cupboard next to my "Leave me alone, I'm having a crisis" mug. 
 (via: luola)
I'm obsessed with this shelf. Since I've been decluttering so much I don't think I would even have enough stuff to fill it up anymore but I can already tell you where I'd hang it.
 (via: Other Times)
 I really dig these rings, mostly because they remind me of one of my favorite kinds of fungus - Nidulariaceae, more commonly known as bird's nest fungi.
(via: Stella & Dot)
 (via: Modcloth)
 Since moving to the city Klaus and I have begun taking daily walks (previously we had a backyard he was able to just run around in) I actually love it. It gives me an excuse to get out of the apartment and explore my surroundings. Luckily it hasn't been too cold or wet but with spring coming I know rain will become something I'm going to have to worry about. I'm mildly obsessed with this see through rain coat. I just picture myself dressed wildly colorful underneath it wandering around the city.
(via: Napkin)
I am so curious what Camp Fire lip balm smells like. I bet it's wonderful! One of my favorite things ever is waking up after sitting by a fire the evening before and realizing my hair smells like smoke. Camp fire is definitely a comforting smell to me.

Hope you have a most excellent Friday!

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beach cruisin'

Thursday, February 27, 2014

One of the things that made me really nervous about moving to the city was leaving behind all the beaches and parks I used to frequent. My former residence was five or six minutes from the beach and a park. The beach was my refuge. I spent so much time there over the summer hunting for beach glass, reading under my umbrella and just enjoying the fresh air.

Come to find out, my new place is an eight minute drive from my all time favorite glass hunting beach. I'm just a hop, skip, and a jump away from SO many other beaches as well. I'm not sure about the park situation. I mean I know there are a bunch around, I just haven't gotten around to checking them out yet since I've been cruising the beach scene. I know these beaches will fill up during the warmer weather but they sure are peaceful this time of the year.
Despite the icy conditions I've even managed to find quite a nice little collection of beach glass. My favorite two pieces I've collected this week are definitely this large green piece that says "to be" and what is now the largest piece of red in my entire collection.
I'm really excited to watch these beaches come alive as the snow melts. 

what i wore

what I wore : polka dots

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

jean jacket - thrifted
dress - Spotted Downtown Dress via Modcloth
necklace - Buzz Worthy Beauty Necklace c/o Modcloth (last year)
 back patch - Stay Home Club
pins - tooth by Rachel O, world's greatest from an estate sale
socks - Forever 21
Things have been kind of quiet in the outfit post department lately, huh? The main reason - holy cow it's been cold. I really have no idea how I did it in previous years but I'm really just not into standing in the snow trying to look cute and pretending I can still feel my fingers right now. Soon I'll get back into the swing of things, when it warms up. I'm really excited - and nervous - to have to find new places to shoot now that I'm living in a brand new city.

I really love this dress. I bought it on a whim because apparently I can't resist a black and white dress. I wore it for the very first time when I saw Man Man in Pittsburgh back in October. It hasn't gotten much wear since then due to weather so whenever I put it on I think of that night. It was my first solo overnight trip so kind of a big deal. I can't wait to wear this outfit over and over and over all summer long. I'm really missing my jean jacket.

Hope you're having a stellar Wednesday!

PS. Say goodbye to orange hair! It's gone!

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South of the Border

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Last week I shared some black and white land camera photos from South of the Border and I'm back today with the 35mm color photos. I LOVE how these turned out. I shot these with my pentax k1000. I really love that camera, but I'm not super confident with it. Some time after falling in love with it I shot a bad roll and then kind of avoided it for a while. I figured it would make a good road trip camera and only took it as well as my land camera on the trip. It was an A+ choice!
Isn't South of the Border such a fun, colorful place?! I'm obsessed with these photos. I think they'd make killer postcards, especially the one of the jackalope.


my apartment!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Like I mentioned last week (and have been constantly talking about on instagram) I very recently moved into a cute little apartment of my own. It's been really great so far. My new digs are super cute and I'm having a blast making it completely mine. Everything is unboxed, my walls are still pretty blank but it's definitely coming together rather quickly.
I'm living in Lakewood, Ohio. It's a suburb just to the west of Cleveland. It's definitely the most condensed area I've ever lived in. According to Wikipedia (yep, I'm using wikipedia as a source) Lakewood's population density is the highest of any city in Ohio and is roughly comparable to that of Washington, DC. I grew up on seven acres with no close neighbors. Moved to Geneva, where the neighbors were much closer but it was still nothing like this. This is all a brand new experience for me.

I'm actually liking it a lot more than Geneva because although there are more people no one knows who you are. I enjoy being somewhat anonymous to my neighbors (says the heavily tattooed orange haired girl Hah!) Living in the city is pushing me out of my comfort zone in so many ways and I couldn't be happier about it.

My apartment is fairly small, but the absolute perfect size for me! The living room is large enough to comfortably have my couch, books and things on one side and an office area on the other side. The dining room which is just currently home to Klaus' crate (I'm still undecided if I should put a table in there) has the most gorgeous built in cabinets that are perfect for all my curiosities. The bedroom is probably the biggest bedroom I've ever called mine in my life. My apartment also has four BIG closets, and the BEST natural lighting ever. In case it wasn't obvious, I'm clearly smitten. 
I actually had someone email me to ask about my "downgrade" (move from house to apartment) This is NOT a downgrade to me. I know everyone will have their own opinions on that but I'm just asking you keep any negative vibes to yourself at this time (and forever) because this is a super exciting time for me, it's exactly what I've been needing for a very long time. I'm on my own for the first time ever. I have so much room to grow and so much growing to do. The last thing anyone in the world needs is for someone to unnecessarily rain on their parade.
You can, of course, expect lots more photos and full room tours as soon as I'm completely settled. I can't wait to share all my new adventures with you all, I have a feeling this is going to be the best summer ever!

friday favorites

Friday Favorites #249

Friday, February 21, 2014

Always room for more patches in my collection.
 (via: Ello There)
I don't think my obsession with skeleton shirts and sweaters will be satisfied until I finally own one. This one will do just fine. ;)
 (via: Modcloth)
Always a fan of interesting vintage glasses.
Would you take a gander at this sweater?! It's beeeeautiful! Shame it's already sold.
 (via: Vela Vintage
Winter is coming to an end (well, kind of) but since moving I've been doing a lot more walking. These boots sure would be nice to keep my feet warm and dry. 
What a cute tote bag.
 (via: Winter Cabin Collection)
 I recently discovered Small Spells via instagram. Isn't her work lovely?
(via: Small Spells)
Yeah, it's a childrens shirt but I'm still diggin' the pattern!
This needs to be on my wall, I even have the perfect spot for it.
 (via: Discover Prints)
This ring!!! 
(via: ASOS)
Speaking of great rings...
(via: Moorea Seal)
 I'm in love.
 (via: Modcloth)

It's been such a busy week, I'm kind of relieved it's coming to an end and I'll be able to start the next week with a little bit more of a routine. Happy Friday!

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