June 2016 - The Dainty Squid
what i wore

what I wore : blue + brown

Thursday, June 30, 2016

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sunglasses - TJ Maxx
dress - Dear Creatures (via Modcloth)
cardigan - Modcloth
belt - Modcloth
lipstick - Colourpop Bumble

A lady walking her dog watched me take these photos... and that's just about the most interesting thing I have to tell you about this outfit. I swear, sometimes figuring out what to write in posts is stupid hard. You start to overthink it, and then it just becomes impossible. I've been putting off writing this post since the day I took the photos. Now it's crunch time, the night before I want to post, and I've been sitting here watching a movie with my laptop open. "Working", ya know? I finally gave into Netflix's suggestion and watched The Fundamentals of Caring which proved to be a very good distraction from the keyboard that was calling my name.

Hope you're having a lovely Thursday! Maybe go watch that movie so we can pretend this post was about recommending you something to watch..?

PS. Check out the last two times this dress was featured on The Dainty Squid here + here!

hair and beauty

ColourPop Lippie Review

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

As someone with a fairly unique wardrobe, brightly colored hair, and nearly half my body covered in tattoos you probably wouldn't think I'm shy about self expression but it's only recently that I've gotten brave enough to begin experimenting with make-up. My mom has never worn much make-up and I have two much older brothers so needless to say I didn't really grow up around it. Photographic evidence shows I've done some regrettable things with eyeliner but lipstick has always kind of been a no-go for me. I felt so obnoxious in it, like everyone was definitely looking at me. Nope, it wasn't the tattoos or green hair. It's definitely lipstick people are going to stare at. Yeah, I don't understand that logic either. I always loved the way it looked on other people and wanted to wear it for myself.

A really long time ago my best friend wrote a post about wearing crazy colored tights or maybe just crazy outfits in general, I don't recall, and her number one tip was that she liked to wear these things around the house so that she could get used to the idea of it instead of immediately going out in public in it. I took that advice and applied it to lipstick. Eventually certain colors became no big deal at all, even in public. I may or may not be obsessed now. I love buying new colors and trying out different brands.

I would normally buy a new lipstick every other trip to Target or so. I like just picking up a little present for myself here and there. Since I wasn't really sure what I liked in terms of lipstick colors, finishes, etc I was open to any and everything. Sometimes I'd come home and look up brand reviews or photos and for some reason, I kept stumbling across ColourPop even though they only sell online. I was instantly intrigued. They have a really great vibe, and the whole internet seemed to be in loooove with them. I liked their photos, and I liked that they had an active social media presence. Lots of photos to compare colors on instagram! Oh, did I forget to mention the best part? They're super affordable! I finally decided I was ready to try them out a few weeks back. For $32 I was able to get six lipsticks, and one lip liner! Score!

bumble, more better, lippie, matte lip
top l to r; Back Up, LBB, Contempo, Poppin'
bottom l to r; Bumble, More Better

So, did they live up to the hype? Uh, yes!!! I am in love. I honestly cannot wait to buy more. I've never felt so comfortable in lipstick as I do in these ones. Let me tell you a little bit more about my experience...

I bought two different kinds of lipstick, the Matte X, and Ulta Matte Lip. The Ulta Matte Lip is liquid but claims to dry completely kiss-proof. (Bumble seemed to be, but More Better transfers color.) I found that my lips would feel moderately dry and like they were flaking after a few hours but much to my surprise they still looked beautiful! No flakes at all. I love how long this stuff lasted, although as I'm sure anyone would agree, I could do without the flakey feeling. It did take some trial and error for me to apply it nicely as well. A little bit goes a long way. There were a few times in the beginning when I definitely over applied and ended up with a mess. I have no complaints what-so-ever with the Matte X lippies though! They apply easily and never left me feeling dried out.

Both the Matte X, and Ultra Matte Lip had a staying power that required the use of coconut oil for me to remove which I found pretty impressive. Coconut oil for errrrything!!! All of the colors I tried were super pigmented. I didn't have to worry about building coverage either, they're opaque.

Even though I spent a ton of time comparing swatches and looking at photos of people who I thought had a similar skin tone wearing each shade I was still a little bit surprised by what each color looked like on my lips. Two of the shades - LBB + Back Up - I bought were, without a doubt, too dark for my tastes. At least for now, maybe someday I'll be into that look. But I did find two colors that I'm just crazy for, Poppin' + Contempo. Seen below.

Poppin' above, Contempo below.
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More Better above, Bumble below.

Everything I bought from Colourpop lasted nearly all day before I felt like I needed to touch up which for someone super self conscious about their makeup is a really really awesome thing. For five or six bucks per color you really can't beat it! I almost feel like I need to clarify, I don't only like these because they're cheap. It certainly adds to the appeal but I'd be happy with them if I had paid triple the price! I feel confident in them. Out of everything in my lipstick collection so far, these are the ones I find myself reaching for over and over!

Are these the absolute best things in the whole wide world? Probably not. Will someone find some sort of silly issue with them? Of course! But right now I can't think of a way these could be better (...unless they were like hair dye, except for your lips because I think that's a really fun idea. I'm only half joking too. I would love something slightly more permanent than lipstick.) Colourpop is super awesome, and affordable. I have definitely found my signature color for the summer in Poppin'!

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Have you tried Colourpop yet? What do you think? What color is your favorite?! I'm going to have such a hard time choosing which to buy next.

animals and nature

falling in love with summer

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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I feel like I've shared my frustrations with summer many time before, or maybe I've just typed and deleted one million times. Basically it boils down to the fact that there is so much to do, and just not enough time... so I get stressed and end up doing nothing. Or maybe I plan to do something but realize, dang, it's just way too hot for me. Both Jeff and I are complete weaklings in the heat. We wilt like flowers so most plans have to be taken care of early in the morning or in the late evening. I really do love summer, but it definitely stresses me out.

A week or so ago Jeff and I ended up stumbling across a waterfall while on a day trip to Columbus. It was a nice little hike and splashing around in the water was super refreshing! When we got back in the car it hit me, we should spend our summer checking out all the local waterfalls. Ohio probably isn't the first place that comes to mind when you think of waterfalls but surprisingly, we have A LOT of them.

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Sunday morning I woke up to my phone vibrating. It was Jeff asking if I wanted to go check out a some falls at Bedford Reservation. Less than an hour later we were on our way! There were a handful to choose from but I thought Great Falls of Tinker's Creek looked the most promising... and I was totally right! A very short hike from the parking lot is this gorgeous waterfall.

I wasn't too interested in shooting the falls until I finally listened to Jeff and tried a long exposure. Part of me feels like long exposures of waterfalls are kind of played out, and result in the same exact shot that just about everyone else has ever taken but I always have to remind myself that just because someone else has probably taken a similar shot doesn't mean I shouldn't take my own. We actually sat in bed and talked about that subject for a great deal of time later that night.

Anyway, once I got started with the long exposures of the falls I didn't want to stop! I only got a few shots before we left. Part of me considered just filing them away since I didn't have enough for a full post on our falls adventure but I am really excited to share these and be able to look back on them at the end of summer to see how much my waterfall photography has hopefully improved. So I tossed in some photos from later in the day at my brother's house. I think they all flow together pretty well. They're not all waterfall shots but they do sum up a pretty perfect summer day.

Ohio waterfall
Did you spot the tiny worm in the photo above?

Three waterfalls down for us so far this summer; Indian Run Falls, Paine Falls, and Great Falls of Tinkers Creek. (photographed above) Here's to finding many more!


on my deck - summer 2016 update

Monday, June 27, 2016

I'm going to be real with you here, since my last post about all the things growing on my deck, I've kind of been ignoring my plants. I barely watered them, didn't really check on them, and basically tried to forget about them. This started after a few things didn't go quite as planned. I had picked up two or three plants specifically because they were great candidates to tear apart and make more plants from. They were leggy which meant I could steal the leaves to propagate, leave the stem planted to grow some babies from there, and chop off the top to plant as is. Basically the whole plant failed. Stem died, leaves burnt, and the top rosette absorbed too much water. It broke my poor little spirit. I didn't feel like putting any effort into them anymore.

Over the weekend I decided to get back outside, get everything cleaned up, and quit being a baby. Failing a few plants doesn't mean I have a black thumb! I got rid of anything that was dead or dying (basically just some leaves I wanted to propagate) and I'm trying to nurture the things that were still growing despite my brief abandonment. I also rearranged my whole deck. I'm back at square one - obsessed!

I took all the leaves that were still growing and arranged them neatly. Sometimes, when I have a huge number of them at once, I get bored with laying them all out. It takes a great deal of time, and after a while your hands start to feel big, dumb, and clumsy. But I've found that when they are at least somewhat neatly organized I want to take better care of them so taking the time is actually worth it.

It's really encouraging to look back at the post from early June, and see how much everything has already started to fill in. It's hard to notice that stuff in person when you see the plants all the time. I actually wasn't sure anything had grown at all but I see definite changes which is very exciting. I honestly don't think I'd be half as interested in my plants if I wasn't able to compare before and after photos. Seriously - photograph your plants! It changes your mindset!

Below you can see one of my favorite plants, to the left of the tall cactus. That is THE perfect example of how the stem of a plant will product new babies after you remove the top. I can't believe how much it's grown since the beginning of the month. If I could just have a collection of things growing just like that I'd be all set! The leaves in the pot with it? Also growing stupendously! I recently shared a photo of them on instagram, check it out here

So, have I convinced you to be a crazy succulent person yet too? Don't worry, I probably will by the end of summer. ;)

See here for tips on propagating succulents.
To see more photos of my plant collection browse the "plants" tag or follow me on instagram. I recently started using the hashtag #kaylahheartsplants.
See my tips for house plants here, and tips for healthy succulents here.

friday favorites

Friday Favorites #370

Friday, June 24, 2016

My friend, Mickey, recently started selling these AMAZING electroformed copper rings made with beach glass she's collected. They're available in a handful of different colors!
After my most recent encounter with a snail, I'd really like this patch for one of my jackets.
 (via: trashedy)
Isn't this camera bag dreamy!? That's such a nice color. I've kind of been on the hunt lately for the newest addition to my camera bag collection, could this be the one?
 (via: Lei Momi Bags)
Cactus pens! Yes, please!
 (via: C&S Designs)
This bedding set is just too good... I mean, other than the fact it's mostly white and I often eat in bed.
 (via: Zana Products)
(via: mudpuppy)
This bralette is everything!!
Isn't this such a lovely design?
 (via: Esther Sandler)
Yeah, this cactus neon light is kind of a necessity.
(via: Modcloth)
It's the final pressing of this awesome shirt by Maiden Voyage Co! Don't miss out!
This macbook skin is adorable! I really like this design too!

Link love...
 ▴  I need this pin for when strangers talk to me about my tattoos.
 ▴  Oh snap!
 The only beach towel anyone should ever need. It's a donut, okay!? 
 ▴  Friendly neighborhood cat person? That's meeee!
 ▴  Pizza patch for your jean jacket.
 ▴ A waffle scented candle. I repeat, a waffle scented candle. Maybe you'd rather smell donuts? Okay, here is a candle for you!
Do you have a dog? Is he/she a terror to walk? This harness is a game changer. Klaus likes to tug and he is so incredibly strong. I recently purchased this harness and he was automatically an angel to walk with. Seriously if your dog tugs on their leash at all, you need this!

Happy Friday!!

Ps. For more fun finds check out my Everyday Favorites!   

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