February 2014 - The Dainty Squid
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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!


Laurel Grove + Bonaventure Cemetery // land camera photos

Thursday, February 20, 2014

While in Savannah Mickey was super accommodating to my cemetery obsession, which was a really good thing because the cemeteries there are gorgeous. I know, I know, I say every cemetery is gorgeous but these ones topped every one I have ever visited before. First of all, I had never seen spanish moss before. I'm over here "what the heck kind of trees are those?" Haha! Spanish moss makes the cemetery look spooky, like a scene out of Scooby Doo. Beside the spanish moss covering the trees being the most beautiful thing ever, the headstones were all super old which is my favorite. I'm not a huge fan of new cemeteries, not that I'll ever complain if someone takes me to a cemetery.

Anyway, these photos from my land camera don't even begin to touch on how beautiful it was there. I shot a few rolls of 35mm film there as well so I'm sure I'll be sharing more but in the mean time...
We visited Laurel Grove Cemetery, as well as Bonaventure Cemetery. Laurel Grove was my favorite of the two but heck, I wouldn't be upset about going back to either of them.

Check out the last time I found a Frankenstein headstone here!

project 365 // days 36-45

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

36 : 365 Forever obsessed with all my house plants.
  37 : 365 Putting the teeth back into a recently cleaned skull.
 38 : 365 Would you take a gander at these two babes sharing the bed?!
 39 : 365 I had so much fun shooting Mickey's Impossible Project film during our trip that I had to pick up some of my own. I can't wait to get out and shoot with my Polaroid again!
40 : 365 It was snowing a little bit on the way home from my mom's birthday party.
 41 : 365 Boxing up books.
 42 : 365 I bought this gum at Jungle Jim's because I thought it was hilarious that it said "hyper cool". Shame the flavor isn't "hyper tasty".
 43 : 365 Took my monthly photobooth photos.
 44 : 365 Packing!
 45 : 365 Boxes upon boxes.
To say it's been a whirlwind of a week would be an understatement. But I do have some majorly exciting news - I've moved! I got myself a cute little apartment that I'm having the utmost fun decorating and just making mine. I'm positive I'll be sharing tons of photos, and related things soon! Can't wait to tell you more!

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