October 2016 - The Dainty Squid

my top ten cemeteries!

Monday, October 31, 2016

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In nearly every aspect of my life I think young Kaylah would approve of how adult Kaylah lives her life. I've got a handful of critters that I can't imagine life without. (I used to wish for kittens while I blew on dandelions. Not that we ever had a shortage of pets!) My hair is always dyed a fun color, and my fashion sense is basically the same albeit a little bit cooler. Long live overalls! There is one thing area where I feel I'd be a let down - Halloween. For the last few years I haven't even considered dressing up for Halloween. I guess I just don't see the need. Halloween parties aren't really my jam so spending the time and money to create something unique just isn't a priority and I actually feel a little sad about it. I was disappointed to see that Halloween fell on a Monday this year and not the weekend... because that meant I'd have to post something on the big day. I'm sorry I don't have any ~totally cute last minute costume ideas~ for you to add to your Pinterest board but I do have a list of my top ten cemeteries. Lets be real, that's way cooler anyway, at least in my book!

I've visited numerous cemeteries over the years. I don't think there has ever been one I didn't like but some definitely stand out above others. These are in no particular order, except my number one which you will find listed last. A portion are located in Ohio, which should be no surprise since I live here, but the others are all across the US. Below each photo is the name of the cemetery which will link you to the original blog post for more photos!

Rehoboth Mission Cemetery
Rehoboth, New Mexico

Choosing a photo of this cemetery to include in this post was hard. Do I share the view that initially attracted me there? Or do I share one of the many unique memorials found inside? Rehoboth is still and will most likely remain for a very long time one of the most unique places I have ever been. I mean, how often do you see a grave surrounded in hot pink bricks?

Big Springs, West Virginia

While not the most grand cemetery, it was easily one of the most interesting to get to. We had to park in a stranger's driveway, cross a stream on foot, and then hike up a hill where a bunch of cows were grazing. This is my family cemetery, and looking back at the post I wrote on it I'm kicking myself for not taking more photos. Visiting with my mom and grandpa was a super special experience.

Mt Vernon, Ohio

Old headstones, tons of symbolism, and the grave of two famous sideshow performers - what more could you ask for?

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I could spend days exploring Laurel Hill Cemetery and still feel like it wasn't enough. 74 acres means there is lots to see. Unique headstones galore! I visited three years ago around this time and can't express just how beautiful it was. Well worth the drive!

Bennington, Vermont

Fan of Robert Frost? Well this is where he's buried! While that might be the selling point for most, I was more intrigued by the old stones with strange carvings. This place is packed with history and even has a beautiful old church on the property. Make sure to check out the Walloomsac Inn across the street if you visit!

Savannah, Georgia

To be fair, I don't actually recall whether the photo above is of Laurel Grove or Bonaventure. Anyone know? I visited both while in Savannah a few years ago, and didn't keep my photos organized very well. There were a few others as well, and I loved all of them but I was a bit more taken by Laurel Grove. Spanish moss and cemeteries are a match made in heaven! I am dying to get back and see more. (Next month! Ah!)

Columbus, Ohio

Brown Pet Cemetery is the only cemetery that has ever made me cry. The relationships between people and their pets always gets me! Pictured above is my favorite headstone there. In a time when photography wasn't as prevalent as it is now it's amazing that someone loved their kitty so much they got glamour shots of her taken.

Cleveland, Ohio

Monroe Street Cemetery is my local cemetery. (Technically it's not the closest one to my house but that one is all fenced off and trespassing seems out of the question since it's in the middle of a residential area.) I've really come to love this place. I've spend countless hours wandering around, and taking photos yet I still manage to find something new each time I visit. If you happen to go, make sure to check out the tiny, old hidden headstones along the fence by the scrapyard. Those are some of my favorites. In the summer they're nearly hidden by vines.

Danville, Ohio

Workman Cemetery was a random find in the middle of nowhere that ended up being one of my absolute favorites. Old headstones, and overgrown patches - a place after my heart! I honestly still love looking through my photos from this location. The colors and depth of field make it seem like something from a dream world.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mount Moriah is the cemetery of my dreams. Easily one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. I can only imagine how awesome it looks this time of the year will fall foliage. I honestly still can't believe it was real and that within a few days of even knowing it existed that I got explore it. While I certainly hope conditions improve and the volunteers continue to help clean up, I'm super stoked to have been able to see it all overgrown.

So maybe I won't be dressed up in a fun costume tonight but rest assured I am wearing my skeleton leggings and my dog is in his skeleton costume so maybe young Kaylah would think I was still cool. You know, that and the fact that I have a job where I can make a list of my ten favorite cemeteries!

Do you have a favorite cemetery? Any awesome cemeteries near you I should check out when I eventually make it out your way? I've got a running list, always looking to add more!

friday favorites

Friday Favorites #388

Friday, October 28, 2016

You guys! It's kind of like this patch was made for me! It appeals to me on so many levels!
 (via: Moon Goddess Market)
How adorable is this pin!? Actually Justine Gilbuena's whole shop is pretty darn adorable.
 (via: Adelina Mictlan)
Don't mind me, just drooling over this bra. I'll take one in each color, please and thank you.
(via: Cosabella)
Never thought I'd refer to a flatware set as "dreamy" but holy smokes, these are dreamy.
I haven't joined the adult coloring book trend yet but this one, The Beauty of Horror, certainly makes me want to jump aboard. (This Bob's Burgers one look pretty awesome too!)
(via: Alan Robert)
THIS DRESS! That print is perfection.
 I was originally just going to post a link to this lavender and geranium scented "quartz" candle then I saw this photo and haaad to post. Gah! What a cute model.
It was only after I uploaded this photo that I realized I featured a necklace from Misfit Makes in last week's post but just look at this necklace! Can you blame me?
(via: Misfit Makes)
I feel like I would probably struggle to style this cardigan with items from my wardrobe just because it looks so feminine but oh gosh, it's so cute!!
(via: Modcloth)

Link love...
▴ RuPaul's Drag Race may be over for the season but with this pin you can keep a little piece of Ru with you at all times!
Sweater Weather FOREVER.
▴ Have you guys checked out Brit+Co lately? They have a bunch of really awesome online classes, which kind of sounds like it might be boring but one look at their site and you'll be convinced otherwise. Everything is so bright and colorful. I'm considering taking the water brush lettering class. I actually just bought a few waterbrushes but haven't opened them yet because I'm nervous!
▴ If you're in the market for a black and white polka dotted dress, this one looks PERFECT.

Happy Friday!!

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


Unity Brick Church Cemetery

Thursday, October 27, 2016

zum andenken

For the longest time I've been saying "someone should make a cemetery finder app!" It sounds like a super niche product but I know I'm not the only person out there whose idea of a good time is wandering around an old cemetery. Ahem! Google is obviously a great resource but it has its limits, plus it's not convenient to use when you're already out and about (...and don't really even know where you are!) Recently I searched in the app store using the keyword "cemetery", something I thought I had done before at least a handful of times, but something new popped up! Find A Grave has an app! I genuinely don't understand how it eluded me for so long, especially since I'm frequently on their website. I've been using the app basically every time I leave the house. It's amazing how many tiny, old cemeteries are around that I never knew about!

After visiting Achor Valley Cemetery I wasn't ready to head home yet. I wanted to make the most of my day and the nearly two hour drive so I decided to check the app and see what else was around. There were lots of small cemeteries but I wanted something a little more substantial, somewhere worth the drive. I ended up choosing Unity Brick Church Cemetery.

It was a short drive from where I already was but upon pulling into the parking lot I thought maybe it wasn't the place for me. From my car, to the right of the church, I could only see newer graves, many decorated with flowers. I figured I should hop out and get a better look before giving up. Behind the church I could see some older looking headstones in the distance so I grabbed my camera and started walking.

It wasn't until I got close enough to read them that I realized just how old. Early 1800s! YES! There was a large chunk of these headstones back there with a few more hiding out in the woods. The cemetery was very well maintained (Aside from random headstones in the woods. Not sure why those weren't taken care of...?)  I definitely wasn't expecting to find such interesting headstones in this tiny churchyard. I particularly enjoy finding ones in other languages. There really isn't too much of that in Ohio, so it's always new and exciting for me. I had never seen the phrase "zum andenken" before, it translates to "in memory". Such a solid find!

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random headstones in the woods, as mentioned above.

Unity Brick Church cemetery certainly wasn't the largest cemetery I've ever been to but it was definitely a great way to end my trip. This place on top of visiting another beautiful old cemetery with bonus abandoned church made this a pretty darn awesome day. You know, aside from the fact my car pooped out on me on the way home but more on that another day.

I always say I want to make little day drives like this something that happen more often but haven't really gotten in the habit. I think the Find A Grave app might change that!

hair and beauty

my 8 favorite beauty products!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

"Beauty blogging" is something I'm always dipping my toes in but can never seem to commit to. I'm a dabbler in make-up. I love to try new things but most doesn't stick around for too long so I never get around to blogging about it. I'm not incredibly talented and could probably use a few pointers from friends but I do have a short list of beauty products I LOVE and purchase over and over again.

My 8 favorite beauty products!
Hask Placenta. I think in all of my hair related posts I've made it abundantly clear how much I love Hask Placenta. It's hair magic, you guys! That's all I've got to say about that!

Coconut oil. Hi! Welcome to the internet. Have you heard about our lord and savior, coconut oil? Seriously though, coconut oil is a must have and just about everyone ever has written a post about it. I use coconut oil for A LOT of different things. My top three uses - to shave with, make-up remover, and oil pulling. If you search on Google, there are literally lists upon lists of what you can do with it. Once you try shaving with coconut oil though, you'll never want to use anything else again. Sooo smooooth. It's also Professor 's favorite product. That little cat just hears me pick up the jar and comes running. It's good for pet's coats! I usually give him a small amount or else he just licks it off my legs.

Argan oil. I only started using argan oil when I got my curling wand last month but I will never be without it again. It makes my hair so shiny, and so soft without making it greasy. It also makes my hands super soft in the process, and I love the way it smells! I feel like it makes my hair twice as pretty!

St. Ives Timeless Skin Facial Moisturizer. I'm pretty forgetful when it comes to putting lotion on any part of my body other than my face (probably because I'm already so silky from coconut oil! Hah!) but I always use moisturizer after hopping out of the shower. I've tried a handful of others but always come back to St. Ives. This stuff leaves my face feeling soft and moisturized but never greasy.

Seche Vite. You NEED this top coat. Seche Vite is the top coat of all top coats. It dries quickly and keeps my nails chip free for days. Since originally discovering it years ago I haven't painted my nails once without finishing up with this stuff.

Maybelline colorblur lip pencil. Despite having bought and tried LOTS of different lipsticks, I still feel fairly inexperienced in the whole world of lip color. I've found a handful things I love, a few that I hated, a couple that I don't know how I existed without.  My-My Magenta and I Like to Mauve It are two colors I own of this line and gah! they're so good. They feel really nice on your lips, and the color lasts! I kind of want to buy a lifetime supply just in case they ever get discontinued.

NYX Illuminating Stick. I bought this on a whim and was kind of shocked with how much I came to love this stuff! It comes in a variety of colors. I randomly chose "chardonnay shimmer" which was the perfect choice. One quick swipe in each spot I want to shimmer, a tiny bit of blending, and I have beautiful highlights!

IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundations. I found this stuff through youtube one day. It was more than I ever wanted to spend on a single item of makeup but after watching the infomercial on QVC I couldn't resist. I LOVE this stuff. Reading over the reviews I see that they're actually pretty mixed right now but a lot of the complaints sound like what happens when you apply too much. A little bit goes a long way! This stuff is so easy to apply and gives me effortless full coverage in no time at all.

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Notable mentions!
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner. Probably the best eyeliner out there! Why is it only a notable mention? Because I don't currently own any. I wanted this post to be things I genuinely always have on hand. Despite loving this eyeliner I often purchase different brands when I run out of it because I like to try new things. I always come back to it though!

Jojoba Oil. Makes an excellent make-up remover (some people even claim it makes your eyelashes grow!) You can put it in your hair to make it smooth and shiny. Rub on your hands for beautiful cuticles. I even use it to shine my plugs! Why is it only a notable mention? Because since finding coconut oil I don't use it as often. I felt the need to include it though since I know some people aren't interested in using coconut oil.

Tinted lip balms! Tinted lip balms are my go-to when I don't want to commit to lipstick for the day. Why are they only a notable mention? I don't have a favorite brand, and in all honesty, I've never tried one I didn't like. My top three right now are Burt's Bees in Rose, NYX butter lip balm in panna cotta, and Wet N' Wild natural blend in spice.

What are some of your all time favorite beauty products?


Cleveland Rocks!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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Welp, that might be the cheesiest post title I've ever written (yeah, probably not...) but with the first game of the World Series tonight and our team playing I couldn't not share something related to the city I love today. I'm not huge on sports but I will always root for Cleveland. I was downtown when the Cavs brought home the championship, and I'm looking forward to being there when Cleveland brings home another big, big win! I digress...

Last weekend was super busy. My nephew's first birthday party, photoshoots for upcoming posts*, a long exhausting hike at Whipps Ledges, dinner with my brother, and geocaching. I'm certainly not complaining, I love weekends like this. Staying busy is essential this time of the year when the sun sets SO early. I know it's still early in the season but I am already feeling the blues that come with cooler weather.

Sunday evening ended with a trip to the roof of one of Cleveland's most popular abandoned buildings. This spot was one of the first Jeff took me when we started dating. It was actually the first place we held hands! Awww! So despite not really having too many new photo opportunities, it holds a special place in my heart. That and it has one of the absolute best skyline views!

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Sunsets never get old for me. I recently read about a scientific study that showed watching the sunset made people feel so full of awe that it slows down their perception of time. I've definitely experienced that time and time again. I love them so much, especially when I get to watch them with my friends in this city I love so deeply.

*I love how much fancier that sounds than what it really was - Jeff and I struggling to get a nice family photo with all three pets in front of a huge black table cloth. Hilarity ensued, photos to come! 😉

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