December 2015 - The Dainty Squid
daily life

This year I...

Thursday, December 31, 2015

played in tide pools for the first time ever.

got a big fat crush on Toronto!

grew lots and lots of plants.

tried more new foods than ever, and even kind of fell in love with cooking.

got to cross off a really silly goal that meant a whole lot.

then celebrated with a spur of the moment road trip tattoo.

started helping Anji out at the flower shop on occasion.

made the beach a cleaner place one neatly organized arrangement at a time.

made pals with lots of new critters including the always adorable Foxy Lady, and Tramp, and some friendly squirrels along the coast.

fell even more deeply in love with both the desert, and my favorite adventure partner.

did some highly questionable things like moving a mattress and lockers on top of Jason's car.

spent a great deal of pedaling, a lot of the time just to go sit at the beach.

moved into a new apartment.

got back into one of my favorite hobbies.

experienced some truly magical sunsets, my favorite being in Morro Bay.

bought a new car two days before the end of the year!

And oh so much more!

For the past few years I've been doing a "This year I..." post. See 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, +2014 If you do a "This year I..." post, leave a link in the comments. I'd love to check it out. 

a few of my favorite posts from 2015 : part one

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

At the end of every year I go a little recap post crazy. Earlier in the week I shared my favorite outfits from the past twelve months, and I have a few more "favorite" posts queued up for these last few days of 2015. I really just love going back through the year's posts. It makes me appreciate my blog so much more. It's amazing how much I would have otherwise forgotten. Below are a few of my favorite posts from 2015, these are the more informative posts, as opposed to personal or daily life posts. (That list will be up later this week!)

Favorite posts from 2012.
Favorite posts from 2013 - part one + part two.
Favorite posts from 2014.


playing in the rain

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

For Christmas I bought myself a present. ...A really, really nice present, the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L lens. I had been planning and saving for months. It was the last thing I "needed" to complete my camera gear. I bought it the day before Christmas Eve, and the day after Christmas it showed up in my PO Box. I stalked the tracking, finally got the notice in my box, then waited around nearly a half hour while the post office folks looked this package they had apparently misplaced. Of all the packages to lose it had to be this one, right? Hah!

I wanted to try her out immediately. Jeff agreed to do something fun with me for my lens' maiden voyage but when he showed up that evening saying it was raining and we were going out to take some photos I wasn't too stoked. Earlier in the day I had started rearranging my whole apartment (more on this soon!) and finishing that up sounded way more fun than traipsing around in the rain with brand new camera equipment. I reluctantly packed up my bag and off we went.

I borrowed one of Jeff's camera rain covers ($8.99 for two. They're super simple, and take the worry out of shooting in the rain. I am definitely getting myself some!) and wouldn't you know it, I had an absolute blast. Shooting in the rain was so much fun. Sometimes you just need someone to drag you out of the house to experience something new. The rain created a few different interesting elements to the photos; bokeh caused by rain drops on my lens, and reflections in puddles.

I'm never really all that confident shooting at night. I understand how to take the photos but it's very easy to get frustrated when you're spending up to 30 seconds per exposure, and not getting exactly what you imagined. It's especially frustrating for me when I'm with a larger group of friends. You want to take your time, set up the perfect shot but I hate holding people up. Even though I know my friends don't mind waiting I feel like a pain. Since it was just Jeff, and I, and I was shooting with a fancy new lens, I felt completely as ease! I'm not sure I've ever felt so excited about the shots I got at night. It was obvious I was having a blast. I never really show Jeff my photos until after I've edited but I couldn't help but shove my camera in his face "LOOK AT THIS PICTURE!" I was all "the only thing that could make this night better is if I got some drinking chocolate*!" thinking it was too late in the night to get some but it wasn't! Winter plays tricks on ya like that. Basically, it was best day ever.

Verdict on my new lens? I'm totally in love! It's always scary spending a big chunk of money but it was definitely worth it. The wide angle lens I owned before this one, the 10-22mm, was a great lens but you can't beat good glass. L series lenses are where it's at! I'm so looking forward to shooting more with it.

*Let me tell you about drinking chocolate! When I first met Jeff I didn't like any coffee drinks or anything. I basically only liked hot chocolate. He claimed to know of the best hot chocolate ever, so he took me to Lilly Chocolates. It was love at first sip. It's basically like drinking liquid chocolate but somehow it's acceptable? I don't even know. There's a little bit of a kick when it hits the back of your throat. It's incredible. They don't have a webstore, but they do ship if you contact them...and seriously, it'd totally be worth it. Or just come visit Cleveland.

what i wore

Favorite Outfits from 2015

Monday, December 28, 2015

Every year, at the end of the year, I make a little list of my favorite outfits that I shared on the blog. It's a fun way to look back and see all the outfits I put together, and the different hairstyles, and colors I had. (Did I really only have three different colors this year? I'm slackin!) No real revelations here, my style seems just as random and obnoxious as ever. I've always kind of wished I had a really distinct style but perhaps my style is less random than I think and it's just that it's hard to see because I see it everyday?

I don't normally choose a number one from my list of favorites but I really can't get over the outfit in the photo above. It is easily one of my all time favorite outfits. I don't think I've ever felt as fierce as I did in that. That needs to be something I wear more often. Also, if my hair could just permanently look like it does in that photo that'd be great! Hah!

This past year I shared the smallest number of outfit posts since I started sharing them back in 2011. I'm hoping to get back to sharing outfits more frequently in 2016.

See past years favorite outfits : 2011, 2012, 2013 + 2014.
And of course, you can find more outfits under the "what I wore" tag.

friday favorites

Friday Favorites #344

Friday, December 25, 2015

This dress is adorable, isn't it?
 (via: Modcloth)
I love this lapel pin!
Perfect shirt for Taco Tuesdays... or any day before I'm always down for tacos, duh!
 (via: Brit + Co
 I really really love paper goods. My pile of notepads is getting a little bit out of a control, but c'mon these sticky notes are adorable.
(via: Nordstrom)
Black Crystals has the prettiest darn jewelry!
(via: Modcloth)

Link Love...
 ▴ I'm not huge on lip gloss but this one sounds amazing. It has real flowers inside! Plus it has a pineapple and a banana on the cap, it has to smell divine.
 ▴ Cleveland rocks, and so does this necklace.
 ▴ Love this robot sweater! And this one too!
 ▴ This vintage cape is so awesome. I wish I knew how to wear it without feeling like a goofball because I can think of tons of great outfit ideas to wear with it.
 ▴ I'm super into this faux snake taxidermy.
 ▴ Jordyn shared a link to this vine recently, and it makes me laugh every time.

Happy Friday, and of course, MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

Ps. Don't forget to browse my Everyday Favorites if you want to see more fun finds! It got a complete overhaul last week!

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