February 2017 - The Dainty Squid

abandoned in New York

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

For Valentine's Day Jeff and I took a spur of the moment trip to Rochester, New York. On Friday morning he sent me a text asking me to ask my mom, who was at our apartment, if she'd be willing to take Klaus home with her when she left. I knew that meant we were taking a weekend trip so I asked "Where are we running away to?" He responded with a screenshot of a hotel reservation in Rochester. That's my kind of Valentine's Day present!

Since we met we've been taking annual trips up to Rochester. (2014 + 2015) Each time previous had been with friends, and only for the day. Last year we weren't able to find a time when everyone was able to go and subsequently missed the opportunity. We're both fairly smitten with Rochester. Jeff, especially, had been itching to get back as soon as possible. It's very reminiscent of Cleveland so it's kind of like being at home but with lots of new things to explore. We left without a plan but armed with cameras - the way any good trip starts.

Saturday was spent aimlessly wandering around the city on foot. We woke up fairly early Sunday with hopes of getting the abandoned subway again, and finding some abandoned buildings to shoot. I felt a little uncomfortable with the subway since for the first time it was actually fenced off, and seemed to be under construction. We opted to hit one building we had found during our last visit and then hit the road since the weather was icky. On our way home we stopped in Buffalo, a city filled with abandoned buildings that for some reason we never have any luck getting into. Well, the Buffalo curse was finally broken.

Despite getting two spots that weekend, one of which was a maaajor highlight for both of us, I didn't end up with very many photos that I absolutely loved. The ones I am happy with I couldn't bare to just tuck away in a folder so what you get is a mix of photos from the two buildings.

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what i wore

what I wore : green + pink

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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maroon shoes, flats, what I wore

glasses - Louise via Warby Parker
dress - floral halterneck dress c/o Blue Banana (also on Amazon in more sizes!)
belt - thrifted
shoes - Modcloth

I am madly in love with the combination of light pink and green. Actually light pink is kind of my jam right now. I just looked over at my right hand where I have on the rose gold Apple watch, my mouse is resting on a pink mouse pad and I can see my Kindle which has a case of the same color. I haven't fallen so hard for a color in my life. I'm not sure what it is but I think it's probably partially because it goes with my hair so nicely and since this hair color doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon (despite the "Is that for St. Patrick's Day" comments that make me want to rip it all out) I guess it's a good thing I've fallen for a color that compliments it so well.

Hope you're having a lovely week.

project 365

project 365 : days 44 - 50

Monday, February 20, 2017

44 : 365 I went digging in my box of photobooth strips for my Valentine's Day post. There were so many that I wanted to share. I really liked this one from back in 2014. The abundance of solo photobooth strips I have make me want to get back into the habit. I think I'll really enjoy looking at them in a few years. I already could spend ages poring over that box, I should add to it more often.

45: 365 A peek at my Valentine's Day outfit.
pin from Daisy Natives.

46 : 365 Beautiful yellow roses from a dude who did not blow it.
The candle is from The Candle Creative. You get to choose from a bunch of different designs by awesome artists and then choose your scent from there. So you can pick out the one with the cutest design, and still get the scent you want! This bad boy is hot fudge and it's heavenly!

47 : 365 A+ Marshall's score!

48 : 365 I took a handful of photos for a living room sneak peek post that'll go up later this week. I really enjoy this view from the kitchen into the living room.

49 : 365 We had some majorly warm weather hit Ohio over the weekend. Jeff and I decided to make the most of it by taking a drive to shoot some photos. On our way to another spot I found word of this one online so we added it to the agenda. It worked out perfectly because we got to park the car at a park, get a geocache, and then hike to this. Definitely worth the trip.

50 : 376 Another day of warm weather!

Hope your week is off to an awesome start.

friday favorites

Friday Favorites #403

Friday, February 17, 2017

This shirt not only has a cute print but it looks like it fits really well. 
(Long torso here, so I'm always stoked about long shirts!)
I've got some serious heart eyes for this backpack! That color!
 (via: Phestyn)
I'm always a little weary of items of clothing with photoshopped patterns on them instead of actual product photos but this dress (and the million other patterns they offer!) actually has really good reviews. I'm definitely going to buy one, it's just a matter of choosing the print.
(via: CowCow)
Have you been looking for a gold plated pizza necklace? I found it for you!
 (via: Rachel Pfeffer)
I basically love everything Lucky Horse Press does!
I'm pretty sure I feature Ashley Ronning's work every few weeks but it just always catches my eye. I love the colors she uses and her style.
 (via: Ashley Ronning)
How cute is this moth pin?
 (via: eradura)
 Last year when Jeff and I went to Toronto we opted to see the city by foot. We walked nearly all day for a few days straight. I felt fine except for the last day when my feet hurt so bad it almost brought me to tears. We are going to be taking another trip that will be mostly on foot so I went on a hunt for shoes specifically for walking. I ended up finding these babies and surprisingly they're actually cute! (Still open to hearing any recommendations for footwear from those who spend all day on their feet!)
(via: ASICS)
Lovin' this lunar calendar! It comes in other colors if pink isn't your jam.
 (via: durido)
Woolrich has some really adorable sweaters! These two are just my favorites but there are nearly two dozen cute designs!
(via: Woolrich)
Love love love this cheetah!

Link love...
This cactus print is so pretty. I really really like the colors.
Someone please go buy this ridiculous denture mug so I don't have to.
▴ Totally digging this tote, especially after seeing that customer review photo where it's in direct sunlight!!
▴ Such a foxy nightgown. Heh!
▴ I recently got Amazon Prime, something I thought I didn't need, and have been loving it! Free two day shipping is rad but I've really really been loving all the movies and shows I can watch. Seriously, it ends up being a better deal than Netflix! All of that just to say, watch Fleabag! I'm so sad to have finished it. I can't wait for more episodes.
This jacket is equal parts ridiculous and adorable.  

Happy Friday!

For more fun finds, don't forget to check out my Everyday Favorites!


Bonaventure Cemetery

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia, cemetery
One of my all time favorite headstones. I took a photo of it back in 2014 and made sure to hunt it down again on this most recent trip.

Back in November Jeff and I took a quick weekend trip down to Savannah, Georgia. It was my second visit down there and since my first I had grown immensely in my photography. Needless to say, I was excited to shoot some photos. The number one spot I wanted to shoot was Bonaventure Cemetery. Bonaventure is one of those places that is sooo incredibly beautiful that it's a tourist destination even for... well, normal people? Ya know, normal people who don't specifically hunt down cemeteries in each city they visit. IT. IS. GORGEOUS.

When we arrived we were greeted by an employee at the gates. In my mind she was about to tell us we weren't allowed to go in for whatever reason. Instead she asked if we needed any help, warned us Bonaventure wasn't in tip top shape, and handed us a map.

A month prior to our visit, Hurricane Matthew had ripped through and caused quite a bit of damage to the cemetery. A lot of trees came down, damaging the headstones below. Bonaventure was closed for a few weeks to clean up some of the damage but opened shortly before our visit. Which I'm really happy about. I would have been SO disappointed if we went all the way down to Georgia and didn't get to go to one of my favorite cemeteries! Large sections of the property were taped off but it didn't really hinder our visit at all. One would think in the condition it was in that the number of visitors would be low but I don't think I've ever been in a cemetery with so many other people (other than in Granary Burying Ground, of course!) For a place with over 30,000 interments it sure is lively!

Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia, cemetery
Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia, cemetery

I enjoyed our visit to Bonaventure enormously. Seriously every other sentence out of my mouth was "Oh my god, this is amazing!" or "Look! So cool!" Despite how much I enjoyed being there I was not happy with my photos, even as I was taking them. The warm sunshine was felt so good but I'm not huge on shooting photos in bright sunlight. That intense light paired with the enormous trees, and draping spanish moss meant there were a lot of shadows. You don't have to know much about photography to gather that really bright patches of light and really dark areas don't exactly make the best photos. I was bummed because I had been so excited to finally shoot the cemetery properly. For two whole years I had been dreaming of going back!

When I got home, imported my photos, and started to sort them I wasn't surprised when they weren't awe inspiring. I put them in a folder and moved on. Oh well, at least I got to enjoy the cemetery again! Fast forward to last week, I'm in the middle of organizing all the folders on my computer when I rediscover all my photos from Bonaventure. I found one I liked, edited it. Niiiice. Found a second, edited it. Okaaay, I can dig it. Found another, same thing. After about twenty minutes I had a whole bunch of photos that I couldn't understand why I didn't like them the first time around. I'm so glad I didn't just delete them!

Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia, cemetery
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Until next time, Bonaventure! I'll be back in another few years to photograph you properly.

PS. If you end up visiting Bonaventure some time soon, they have a cemetery tour app! It isn't free but the proceeds help maintain the cemetery which is pretty rad, and after the storm they could probably use all the help they can get!

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