January 2015 - The Dainty Squid

project 365 // days 23 - 29

Saturday, January 31, 2015

23 : 365 A toasted marshmallow caught playing with a tennis ball.
 24 : 365 Wanna know a secret? I'd never had a muffin until recently. I mean I guess I had tried them but I always kind of felt they were sad versions of cupcakes. Dang dude, I've been missing out. Just like all my recently discovered food obsessions, I've been making up for lost time.
 25 : 365 Sparks sent me over a crazy awesome box of hair dye. Of course, I had just dyed my hair a few days previous so testing these out will have to wait a little while but I am excited!
 26 : 365 Photographed some Lush products for another review.
27 : 365 My little bird watcher. One of our new neighbors is kind of maybe definitely a crazy bird lady. She feeds the birds outside at least a full load of bread daily which is awesome for my cats. The both just sit in the windows and chirp about it all day.
28 : 365 Snowy outfit photos for a post next week.
29 : 365 Chatbooks recently sent over this little book of my instagram photos. It would be awesome to have a whole little stack of these with different themes. I definitely want to get a few after this year's roadtrip. The books are only $6 and they have free shipping PLUS you can use the code "theda146" to get your first book when you subscribe to your Instagram Series.
I can't believe the first month of the year is nearly over already! I swear each year goes faster and faster.

hair and beauty

Blue + Green Foreverrrr

Thursday, January 29, 2015

My hair was orange for a while there, around two months which is pretty long in my world. I actually think that orange, pink and purple combo might have been one of my favorite dye jobs in the history of me dying my hair. But one night, when it was a bit faded, I was bitten by the hair dye bug and decided right then that I had to dye my hair. I went blue, yellow, and purple. From the second I rinsed it out, I wasn't too crazy about it. So, of course, I did the worse thing possible, I didn't take care of it. I showered in hot water everyday and within no time at all it was looking way worse than ever. I cannot stand faded colors. I pride myself on having vibrant hair. I had another "must dye my hair NOW" moment. Checked my bathroom cupboard that is usually stocked full of options to find that I had about 5 brand new jars of turquoise, a half a jar of purple, and half a jar of green. I decided to wing it, nothing could look worse than the faded look I had going on.
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blue hair with bangs
I applied Punky Colour Turquoise with a dash of Punky Colour Alpine Green mixed in to the top. Same but a little more of the green to the middle, and mostly green with a pinch of turquoise on the bottom layer. My hair was faded when I applied the dye but very much so still blue on top, yellow in the middle, and purple underneath so there are definitely some areas the purple affected the green (as seen in the photo above) but I'm really digging it! blue hair, green hair, dyed hair, colorful hair, the dainty squid, kaylah doolan hair
blue hair, green hair, dyed hair, colorful hair
For a last minute dye job I think it turned out really well! My favorite part is that it looks a little different in every lighting. These photos were taken right in front of a window but depending on the room I'm in it can either look totally blue, or totally green.

Sources: Plugs are from Omerica Organic and as always you can use rep code "daintysq" for 20% off your first order. Shirt and skirt are from Unique Vintage.


Road Trip Day Dreaming

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Last June Jeff and I took a pretty epic road trip across six states out West. It was easily one of the best weeks of my life. We saw so much and had an AMAZING time. Plus since our relationship was so new then it was an incredible bonding trip for us. It wasn't long after we got home, probably about a week, before we were talking about taking another trip. Nothing serious, just mentioning here and there what might be fun. We both love traveling and want to see the world so just about every possible place got thrown out there.

Earlier in the week we started to make real plans. Not reeeal plans just started talking a little more seriously about this year's trip. Now it's eating at me. I can't stop thinking about our possible trip.  We're thinking the Pacific Northwest. Similar to our last trip, we'd fly into a major city, rent a car and just driiiiive.  The internet is obviously an amazing resource and we'll both be scouring it for things but I would hate to accidentally overlook something amazing. (On our last trip we were SO close to the other Wigwam Village and I didn't even know until it was too late. It's killing me now because we would have obviously stayed at it and I would be able to cross that off my bucket list!) We both love kitschy roadside attractions, tourist traps, and the like but on this trip we'd also like to do more "nature stuff" for lack of a better way to put it. I would LOVE to visit a tide pool and be able to see a starfish. I want to photograph mountains, waterfalls, all the weird critters you guys have out there (y'all, banana slugs! I saw one when I visited my brother in Seattle like five years ago and I still think about how cool that thing was all the time!) and I'd be one very happy lady if I finally got to see my absolute favorite mushroom, Amanita muscaria, in person! SO, PNW folks - what are some MUST SEE things out there? Parks, museums, beaches, great views, incredible abandoned places, etc - Lemme hear 'em!
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Like I mentioned above, I can't stop thinking about this trip despite the fact nothing is set in stone yet. I've just been constantly scheming how I can save money for the trip, where we'll go and of course, what I'll bring. I made a fun little wish list of a few things I wouldn't mind bringing along. I love window shopping, especially when I have a theme in mind. As someone who loved, but no longer gets to go, "back to school" shopping, shopping for a road trip is the next best thing! It's no surprise I'm always trying to think of an excuse to buy some new Palladium Boots. I bought a bunch of boots this winter but I'll be needing some shoes to wear with shorts in better weather. Lovin' the green pair. And that bag by Fjällräven?! Not only is it gorgeous, it'd be perfect to stash away at least a few of the many many cameras that will be accompanying me on the trip!


Daily Life...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Last week I posted a survey just to get a better idea of who is reading and what types of posts you guys were interested in seeing. I plan on posting the results of the survey soon but one thing I kept seeing over and over was "more daily life!!!" It's kind of funny because essentially everything I post is daily life. My days are spent working on the blog, exploring my city, biking, and doing other activities I share here. The day after that was posted Jeff, Brandon and I spent the day together. I thought it would be kind of fun to share a more "daily life" approach to our adventures.

We started the day at an estate sale about an hour away from home. It was advertised as being packed full of mid century modern treasures. Needless to say, it was crowded. We grabbed a number, then headed over to Dunkin Donuts where I proceeded to fall flat on my butt. The floor was wet from all the snow. We arrived back at the estate sale right as our numbers were called but the home was so full it was hard to shop. That might just be my biggest estate sale pet peeve ever. It wasn't a big house, having thirty or so people squished in is rough. It wasn't all a bust though because I did find a plant stand. This plant stand, I have been hunting for it for years! It's going to look awesome when it actually has plants on it.
Since we weren't really on our turf we decided to make the best of the day and check out a few abandoned buildings in the area. Hilariously the local newspaper had shared a list of abandoned buildings slated to be demolished so we had a pretty nice little list at our disposal.

First stop was an abandoned church. Apparently after the church was used as such, it was used as a doctors office. I'm not really sure why there would still be a pulpit and a pew if it were a doctors office after a church but there was a doctor's table upstairs and I really like the story so lets go with it!
Next stop was a Mexican restaurant. We didn't go inside, just shot a bunch of exterior shots. I LOVE the giant cactus. Both the cactus and the sign had neon lights on them that have since begun to sag. It's incredible to see what happens to things we build after we leave them.
Some apartments above a bar.
Then there was the Polish-American club. I didn't take very many photos here but the ones I did take were some of my favorites of the day. This place was pretty awesome. The back room was amazing. It was full of papers, records and other miscellaneous items that gave so much history. It's like one day they just decided not to come back. I can't believe how many files and such were still there. There was even a registry of all the members. Beside some names that had been crossed out it said "deceased" and the date they died. I took a photo of it for myself but figured it was maybe a little too personal to share here.
Last stop of the day were some cottages. We were trying to locate another building when I spotted these and exclaimed "those look abandoned!!" Sure enough they were. There were maybe a dozen of them. They looked really neat from the outside but were actually pretty boring. Nothing left inside, just empty buildings. The most exciting find there was what was probably the grossest bathroom I have EVER seen. Just bird poop and bugs EVERYWHERE. So of course, I thought it was a good idea to take a selfie with Jeff.
Beside the cottages was a really old cemetery. There were only a few headstones standing but we quickly realized there were a whole bunch buried under the snow. Most of them were so worn you couldn't decipher a date.

I'm not 100% who would ever think it was an awesome idea to build cottages beside the cemetery like that but it definitely made for a fun find for me. Below is my favorite headstone I found. Out of all the cemeteries I've been to and the different things I've seen on headstones, I have never seen a girl like this. I love how spooky she looks. 
After that we headed home and of course, went our separate ways once back in Cleveland because none of us can ever wait to edit our photos.

And there's a pretty accurate look at a normal day with my friends.


What I've been reading...

Monday, January 26, 2015

I didn't make a reading goal this year, I didn't want to put pressure on myself like that again. I didn't want it to turn into a number thing, ya know? But I recently plowed through three books... in three days. Hah! I forgot how awesome it feels to get lost in a book!
What I've been reading...
Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The Good Nurse by Charles Graeber

Well, let's get this over with. If you know anything about my reading habits, you know I LOVE Chuck Palahniuk. I've been a huge fan since the first book I read of his. I always buy and devour his new books each year. So you're probably expecting a glowing review... I don't have one for you. If it didn't have his name on it I wouldn't be able to tell at all this was one of his. It. is. awful. That's the only way to put it. With the release of his last few books fans have been jumping ship saying he just trying to shock readers. I didn't agree with that until this book. I so desperately want to give you some examples but honestly they're too raunchy. I would be embarrassed to share them and it takes a lot to make me feel awkward. I don't mind explicit sexual details in books, in fact I love them, but this book just crosses a line. I 100% would not recommend Beautiful You. It's nothing short of train wreck. Looking for a good read by Mr. Palahniuk? Try Rant instead.

I'm a little late jumping on the fan train for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children but I now see what all the fuss is about! I guess "teen fiction" is what kept me away... and that was dumb. This book is AMAZING. Easily in my top ten books. It's a quick read that is incredibly easy to get lost in. The story is enthralling and if that wasn't enough it includes real vintage photos that actually inspired the story. If you haven't read this already, you should probably get on that... right away!!

I think it was Alexandra that originally recommended The Good Nurse to me, and apparently she understands my taste in books! The Good Nurse is the true story of Charlie Cullen who was dubbed by the media as "The Angel of Death". He was a nurse who killed his patients, except they weren't mercy kills at all. He just enjoyed killing.  Charlie worked at nine different hospitals, eight of which he was only let go of for making "errors". That was the hospitals way of saving their own butts, they just turned a blind eye. It's a super interesting read and a slightly frightening one as well! I highly recommend The Good Nurse.
What have you been reading? I'm always looking for recommendations!

You can take a peek at all the other books I've blogged about under the "books" tag, and a list of my favorite books can be found here!


Project 365 // days 16 - 22

Saturday, January 24, 2015

16 : 365 An abandoned church found on a day spent exploring.
 17 : 365 Squid and my new plant stand that is doubling as a body part stand for now. The second photo is of some jealous puppy who can't stand not being the center of attention.
 18 : 365 Chuck Palahniuk's newest book. You can expect a book post this coming week.
 19 : 365 Jeff's birthday! We celebrated by eating at his favorite restaurant and then catching a view from up high. I barely took any photos because cold air, a super full belly, and running up one million stairs as fast as you can isn't a good mix. I spent most of my time up there trying not to puke, and being frustrated I didn't feel well. All I wanted was to shoot photos! My night photography has improved ten fold since the last time I was up there. Luckily, Jason took a bunch of photos and wrote a blog post which can be found here.
20 : 365 Every few 365 posts deserves some plant photos, aye?
 21 : 365 "Wanna take a photo of me juggling snowballs?" OF COURSE I do, Jeff!
22 : 365 Finally starting to hang things on my bulletin board.

hair and beauty

what I wore : #iamunique

Thursday, January 22, 2015

jacket - Knitted Dove
belt - gift from Mickey
cardigan - Charter School Cardigan c/o Modcloth
tights - amazon
bag - Target
moth brooch - handmade
tooth brooch - Vinca via Fab

Yeah, what I said yesterday about an outfit post hiatus - nope. Haha. It was kind of funny that as soon as that posted I was like "I feel like taking outfit photos!" It was snowing pretty hard, and the roads were a wreck but it was surprisingly not that cold outside. Jeff and I headed down to my new favorite outfit spot, where the kitty lives. (I didn't see that majestic little beast. Hoping I do next time!) We shot some photos together, most of which I did an awesomely bad job focusing on or else I would share. Then while I shot more photos of myself he wandered around and took some photos of the trains that were stopped on the track. I somehow always forget what a big difference getting some fresh air makes on my attitude. It was a really nice way to start the day. Getting a super awesome dessert with breakfast at Bonbon after the photos doesn't hurt either...
This outfit is part of  #iamunique campaign by Unique Vintage.  It's a year long campaign to celebrate how you express your own unique style, embrace your own unique body, and embody your own uniqueness. I've been chosen to be apart of the Style Society along side four other awesome bloggers.  I'm so excited to be a part of something so positive like this. You can use hashtag #iamunique to check out some of the others involved and share your own photos!

Shout out to my horse belt for working open one of the buttons on my dress! I was going to photoshop it so it looked buttoned but figured it wasn't a huge deal. I may take oodles of photos of myself to share but they certainly aren't all perfect. I toss so many photos for dumb things like my collar sitting wrong, or my necklace hanging the wrong way. It's stupid, really. So on that note, here is one of those slightly out of focus shots of Jeff and I that I mentioned above because despite the fact it's soft, it's really adorable.

Hope you have a most excellent Thursday!

oh, also, say hi to blue/green hair!

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