September 2016 - The Dainty Squid
friday favorites

Friday Favorites #384

Friday, September 30, 2016

 Soft sculpture is easily one of my favorite types of art (to look at because holy cow, I am not that talented!) The work in this shop just blows my mind.
(via: mysouldesign)
 Time to break out all the skeleton print clothes (ya know, if you don't just wear them all year!) I'm so very into this tank top!
 (via: Modcloth)
so wow! many doge!
These bookmarks are lovely. I really enjoy Annalisa's unique style.
 (via: 2Hands2Tails)
I randomly stumbled upon this photo on Etsy, and it might be one of my very favorite vintage photos I've ever seen. I would LOVE a huge print of it for my living room, it'd fit in with my galley wall so well.
Your rings are cute, why shouldn't your ring holder be too?
 (via: paint my dream)
Love these snazzy sunglasses!
 (via: Moorea Seal)
I am OBSESSED with this photo. I was searching for funny pet costume photos to share in this post but stopped dead in my tracks when I found this witch hat for cats.
 (via: Moorea Seal)
Isn't this dress lovely?!
 (via: Modcloth)
This cactus light!!!
 (via: Anthropologie)

Link love...
 Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice!
 Like pretty stationery items? Look no further than Mighty Paper!
 This swimsuit is slightly more revealing than I'd normally choose to wear but it's so pretty.
 Do you have too much money and like weird lamps? Here ya go!
 ▴ I recently got my first FabFitFun box. Inside was this bath sponge that comes infused with body wash. Y'all, it's amazing! It smells so good, and is the perfect texture!
 On a related note; if you're like to try out a FabFitFun box they sent me a coupon to share - "KAYLAHD" for $10 off!

Happy Friday!!

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


abandoned in the desert 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

I've basically blogged about nothing this month other than my little road trip out west. You'll have to excuse me, I'm still soaking it all in. My pal, Alexandra (who has a blog you'd probably love if you're reading mine), recently said that a third of the fun of taking trips for her is looking back on everything she did aaaand I feel exactly the same way. I like planning trips, and getting all hyped up about them. Obviously I love traveling, seeing new things, and just doing things that aren't part of my everyday life but I also reeeeally love sitting down with a cup of coffee and sorting through all my photos - over and over.  I guess it's just that it can be hard to take it in and really appreciate everything that's happening while it's actually happening, ya know?

Anyway, I had a handful of photos that didn't really fit into my other posts from the trip yet still resonated with me enough I wanted to share them. Have you ever felt homesick for a place that isn't home? That's what looking at these photos makes me feel. (Yeah, I know it sounds weird. It's a bunch of random abandoned buildings...) But the way it feels driving through the middle of the desert where it seems like there's no one else around for miles and miles. Spotting the crisp, sun baked, ruins of buildings that haven't been used in ages, and stopping to poke around those places. Just being somewhere that is complete opposite of home! Those are some of my favorite things. I don't know that I would ever want to actually live out there. Well, maybe a large Arizona city would be nice. That miiiight be my favorite state. Regardless, these places still hold a very special place in my heart. These are the things that draw me back to the desert year after year. 

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In an abandoned gift shop I found the photo below. I really love that they thought it would be a cute idea to leave this. They look so happy, and I enjoy seeing evidence that others are having just as much fun as Jeff and I while checking out these random places.

I, obviously, tried searching on social media for them but came up with nothing. If by some super strange coincidence you know them, let them know they made at least two people smile with that photo! Also, please check out that dust bunny on my finger. I wanted to photoshop it out at first but it honestly made me laugh too much to get rid of. Sooo gross.

Until next time, desert!

If you'd like to check out more photos from this trip - 3rd annual road trip out west, Roswell, NM, Rehoboth Mission Cemetery, Two Guns + The Apache Death Cave, + instant film from out west 2016.

Or if you just want more desert abandonment - 2014 + 2015.

what i wore

what I wore : on the right track

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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jean jacket, back patch
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jean jacket - thrifted
glasses - Prism c/o EyeBuyDirect
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back patch - Valley Cruise Press
shoes - TJ Maxx

This is my dancin' outfit! Or at least it was the night I wore it. The week before last I went to see Astronautalis (who is still on tour, hitting all fifty states. Go see him and thank me later!) I have very mixed feelings about concerts. Part of me loves them, loves to get sweaty, and dance with lots of strangers buuut the other part of me can't understand why in the world I would ever think it was a good idea to purchase tickets and commit myself to such activities. I swear, I don't think there has ever been a concert, even for my favorite band, that I didn't try to weasel my way out of an hour before the show started. Definitely glad I went though. Not only was Astronautalis awesome, the opening band, Oxymorrons, blew my mind. I seriously LOVED them. I've never in my life seen a crowd go so wild for the opener. Their energy was off the charts. You can listen to a bunch of their music on their website but the experience of seeing them live is like nothing you could ever get through a screen.

PS Check out the last time I shared this dress here. For once, it's actually something different than pictured in this post. ;)


Kings Park Psychiatric Center

Monday, September 26, 2016

Jumping back to August - the very last stop of our New England road trip* was Kings Park Psychiatric Center, an abandoned hospital complex which closed its doors back in 1996. My big stop of the trip was Dead Horse Bay, and this was Jeff's. I hadn't done any research on the area, and was generally pretty pessimistic about it. There was no way we'd be able to get in, I thought. With so many huge abandoned buildings in one place it has to be teeming with police, right? It was only fair we went though and no matter what it's always fun to see the outside of these places.

I did a tiny bit of research right before we got there and gathered that maybe, just maybe, this would actually be possible to explore. I'm obviously not promoting trespassing, because it's dangerous you guys, seriously, but let's just say this was probably one of the easiest spots we've ever gotten. I couldn't believe it.

It felt too easy though. We went in one of the largest buildings on the property, a patient ward built in 1939. My legs shook the whole time. I just couldn't calm down. Maybe it's because I'm out of practice or maybe it was the spirits that haunt this place. You know I'm joking, right!? We haven't been doing much of this lately but I just had a bad feeling I couldn't shake. Jeff could tell I was unnerved and said it was more than okay if we finished up after a few shots.

We made our way back to the car, cooled down in the air, and drove around the rest of the property scoping everything out. Jeff spotted a second building he wanted to explore. After how nervous I was in the first I was thiiiis close to offering to drop him off and just sit in the car while he did his thing. I knew I'd regret it though so I put on a brave face. I was cool as a cucumber inside the second building. This is only my second hospital (see number one here!) so they're still very very exciting to me, unlike factory buildings.

It was extremely hot when we visited so knowing we had a bit of a trek back to the car Jeff suggested we start to head back before we were both completely drained. This is the part where we got lost in an abandoned hospital, you guys. We made our way down to the level we thought the exit was on and wandered around hoping to find where we came in. You realize you're lost when you start passing the same graffiti turn after turn. For me it was a tag that just said "Steph Curry" I saw about six times. After about forty-five mins of this, Jeff eventually say "You know what, just go out that window. It doesn't matter what direction we're facing, we'll find our way to the car." While he was packing up his camera equipment, he encouraged me to go first. It was a bit of a drop and by "a bit" I mean second story window. I rode a skinny tree to the ground like a fire pole. As soon as I got to the bottom and looked up to Jeff for approval like "Did you see how awesome that was?!" I could see something was wrong, his face said it all. He muttered "Don't freak out but you're in the courtyard." which meant I was completely trapped between walls. I went out that window for nothing. I had to climb back in... somehow. I had a brief moment of "I'll just live here. No biggie." before the adrenaline started to pump. Back up against the tree, and feet on the bricks, I wiggled my way up to the window where Jeff helped pull me back in. Your body can do some crazy stuff when it needs too!  

Once back inside we wandered around in circles for a bit longer before peeking out a window where I was able to recognize a structure I spotted near the entrance when we originally went in. After looking for it a bit more we realized we were on the wrong floor the whole time. Whoops! Five more minutes and we were outside at last. 

I've seen numerous horror movies where people are stuck in abandoned buildings and I think "go out the window, you dummy!" but I guess that might lead you to being stuck in the courtyard. As someone with a pretty great sense of direction, it's really amusing how confusing hospitals can be. Everything looks the same after a while. Floor after floor is the same, and each of the wings on those floors are normally laid out exactly the same too.

I don't think there could have been a more perfect way to end this trip. The drive home was extremely boring, I-80 might be the most boring road ever, but we talked about the hospital nearly the whole way back. The amount of history in these places hold is incredible. I've spent so much time since our visit there researching KPPC and I just keep finding new things that intrigue me. This hospital, despite clearly being a very well visited spot which would normally knock a spot down a few pegs for me, just might be one of my favorites!

*For more posts about my visit to New England check out these posts; On the cutting room floor - road trip edition, Old Bennington Cemetery, Acadia National Park, Pemaquid Point, Giant's Stairs, Maple Grove Cemetery, Granary Burying Ground + Dead Horse Bay.

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