Tuesday, September 29, 2015

39/52 (part one) - September 25th : Freezer Pops

Remember these guys?

Ahh, the memories.
Lemme tell you a little story: Once upon a time, lottie was growing up. and her daddy got her (and her sisters) a big, big box (100 count) of freezer pops. Now, they did not have room for all of them in the freezer, so they had them somewhere else (her memory is hazy on this point.) and whenever they wanted one, they had to stick it in the freezer so it would freeze. But sometimes they forgot.

So, so many times they went without freezer pops because they forgot to freeze them.

And then, when all the freezer pops were gone, lottie's mother refused to buy them again, and they were forced to steal them.

So the moral of the story is, if you can't buy it, steal it.

Happy Tuesdays, guys!

Friday, September 25, 2015

fabulous {fashion} friday // jacket

and guys?

I must have promised this post a million times. and here I am. I'm finally writing it. I'm writing a fashion post. Lying on the couch, with my maxi skirt waist hiked up to my natural waste and pulled up past my knees, singing along to Taylor Swift's State of Grace... It reminds me of San Jose. I miss those days.

I recently saw a quote something along the lines of, "You never forget those neighborhood kids you grew up with." and I thought about the truth of that (also my wonderful neighbor whom I had the chance to see back in September.)

Sitting here with my skirt hiked up to my knees with my computer battery getting low, I can't help but think how imperfect life is. and how sore my wrists are.

But oh, how beautiful.

Some days are definitely yoga pant days (today I changed out of my pajamas just to go to work,) but I'm working on those being my off-days not my every-days. I am so much more productive on the days I get dressed.

Another (totally random) realization I've come to this week is: I'm not so much a procrastinator, in as much as lazy.

which sucks. because people excuse procrastinators, but lazy people, are, well, lazy. no one likes lazy people. but that's what I am. and guess what? I don't even like me. Well, not my laziness, at least.

So I'm kicking myself to get out of this lazy phase. (I'm calling it a phase because admitting that I AM a lazy person is hard enough, I don't need to add that I'm also consistently like that...because I don't feel like it's consistent. Except sometimes. So it's phase.)

Please bare with me.
One thing I don't miss about San Jose, though, is fall. I mean, I always loved fall in San Jose, but it doesn't compare to Kentucky autumn. I love the leaves changing, the breeze, and the chilling nip in the air, and everyone in scarves (!!!)

That's something I'll miss when we move away.

But, about this jacket.
It's seriously so lovely. It's perfect to throw it over any outfit and slip on flats and you're dressed up. Technically, it's my sisters', but my mom bought it and we (my mom and I) had admired it in the store before she got it, so it's mine in spirit.

And it's so lovely and wonderful. Everyone needs a fantastic jacket like this. It's a statement, or a happy piece that fits right along. it's really perfect.

and hey guys? have a wonderful fall weekend!!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

38/52 (part two) - September 19th // La Grange (Elee & Elena)

So my sister and her bestie went downtown to hang out, grab coffee, buy stuff, chat, hang some more... and asked me to go with them. (Elee said it was because she was a little scared to walk around by herself, but I think maybe it had to do with the fact that I have a lot of money and I will blow it on them.)

We had a fantastic time. One of the funnest photo shoots I have done in probably a good year. Maybe in all of my photography life. Probably because it was totally lax, I was comfortable telling them what to do, they were the sweetest, I was excited to do it, and are they not THE CUTEST?? 

It took us so long to get this shot. and it wasn't even like, perfect. But who cares? It was such a blast!!

I really want to start a series with the la grange mural. it's seriously so beautiful.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

38/52 (part one) - September 14th : Bonfire

It's fall. It's official. I've even seen leaves turning.

I am so thrilled. Fall is probably my favorite season... Tied with Spring. and summer and winter, for good measure.

But really, Fall is probably the only season I don't feel done with by the time it ends. Or maybe I'm that way with every season... I honestly don't know.

(Also, just a heads up... So sorry for the short blog posts lately. Need I explain that life just took another step up the crazy letter? Didn't think so. But then, maybe the blog posts have always been about that short. I'm so out of it, I wouldn't know.)

Friday, September 18, 2015

fabulous friday // then and now

Recently I came across an old picture. This picture is pretty terrible, but it was a turning point in my photography. I started seeing photography as an art instead of "good enough." I started trying, letting the pictures speak for themselves, instead of clicking without thinking. I put effort into it, because I realized that you make the picture, not the camera.
Taken 4/16/2012
In my defense, I was using a point and shot at the time, and despite what everyone says, there are limitations. Can you still create art with limitations? of course, but if you're never exposed to good art, how are you supposed to now how to make it?

I'm glad you understand.

So last March (the 28th) I took a picture, which, well, resembled the shot above.
 There's a fitting van gogh quote that pops to mind, "I am still far from being where I want to be, but with God's help I shall succeed."

I can't tell you how encouraged I felt after seeing these pictures side by side. I felt like I really had made progresses, even though each baby step is almost unrecognizable. I would highly encourage you to take a look back at an old picture you took (especially if it was one you thought was really good at the time,) and try to recreate it, to see how far you've come!

On another happy note, here are a few HONY posts that I love:

part one // part two

and this is just so sweet. I love the picture. :')

Thursday, September 17, 2015

37/52 (part two) - Sept 10th & 11th : exploring

I love outside. Honest to goodness, I do. I just hate the weather. Most of the time.

But we just got a few beautiful, beautiful fall days. 

I mean, really. Perfect autumn days. 

love. ly.

So. Fun thing about the trees being cut down is that one landed across our creek bed (when it rains a lot, we get water down there, but this time of year, it's just a bed.) It's perfect.

 Literally, my first thought when I saw this was: that'd be cool if I wasn't taking biology.
I'm thinking "Shark Bait oh haha."

Seriously, though. these woods make me feel like I've been transported backed to before their was internet. (I mean, not that that was such a long time ago, but I feel like a regular kid, going outside to build a fort or something.)

I have web series to catch up on with my sisters, I gotta run.
Oh, the night was clear and the stars were shinin'
And the moon came up,... So quiet in the sky
And all the people gathered round while the band was a-tunin'
I can hear them now... Playin' 'Comin' Through the Rye'

Roseville Fair - Nanci Griffitj
I don't know why, but this weather always makes me want to listen to Nanci Griffith

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

37/52 (part one) - September 4th : trees (an update from last week)

they're gone.

Our lovely trees. All chopped down.

The tree guys came and just chopped them right down. I think we had six. *had :(

I mean, our next door neighbors had over thirty (thirty-six, I believe,) and except for one side, you can't totally tell that our trees are gone.

Except in our hearts we know. We know they were there and in our hearts they left a hole.

Or maybe a stump. Does a tree leave a stump in your heart or a hole? this is confusing to me.

*photo credit to my dad* :p

Friday, September 11, 2015

fabulous friday // {real} summer listens

So at the beginning I predicted our summer listens (in a rather lengthy blog post. Skip to the end to see it.) and while I hadn't planned this when I wrote the original blog post, I thought it would be fun to go back and do a little write-up of how true that was.

So, without further ado, here are our most-listened to songs from the summer:

(some of them are really cool. you should totally check em out)

  • Do You Wanna Dance? - Beach Boys*
  • Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon*
  • Different Colors - Walk the Moon
  • 50 Ways to Say Goodbye - Train
  • Marry You - Bruno Mars
  • These Days - Take That
  • When We Were Young - Take That
  • Geronimo - Sheppard*
  • Hey Brother - Avicii
  • The Nights - Avicii*
  • Save the World - Swedish House Mafia
  • Don't You Worry, Child - Swedish House Mafia*
  • Young Hearts - Strange Talk*
  • Tonight, Tonight - Hot Chelle Rae*
  • Love is on the Radio - Mcfly
  • World Crimes - "Weird" Al Yankovic 
  • Up We Go - LIGHTS
  • Sovereign Light Cafe - Keane
  • Leaving California - Maroon 5
  • Forever Young - Alphaville
  • Wildest Dreams - Moody Blues
  • Yellow - Coldplay
  • I lived - OneRepublic
  • Of The Night - Bastille
  • When Can I See You Again? - Owl City
  • Alligator Sky - Owl City
  • New Constellation - Toad the Wet Sprocket
* I predicted
What were your top summer listens this year? I'm always interested in new music!!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

36/52 (part two) - September 5th : Saturday BBQ

last week I put off taking my second picture until saturday. saturday night. oops.

So here are my two bbq pictures. from after dusk. ugh.