Thursday, July 28, 2011

Things I Like Thursday.

Ready for another installment of Things I like Thursday, kids? I sure am! This week has been really stressful for me. I've been out of school and on the job hunt for about a month now and our lease on our campus house ends in about a month as well, so I'm really starting to feel the pressure of finding a job here. I actually just kind of want to go home now so I can spare myself some of this stress. Compiling this week's collection of Things I Like Thursday helped ease a little bit of my stress and take some time to appreciate the simple things in life that make me smile. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. ♥
This Martin Loofah King loofah for showering/bathing

This awesomely original snowglobe Halloween costume

This adorably whimsical door knob straight out of Alice in Wonderland

This very spacious and affordable fish condo with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, updated appliances, and great city views ;)

These awesome pencil knee-highs

This lovely blue bunkbed/sleeping nook set-up. How much fun would it be to sleep in that every night?

This remote island-top castle

And last but not least, a pintervention held by our dear and very concerned friends from How I Met Your Mother

Happy almost weekend!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Why I Blog.

My blog just turned 3 months old today (which obviously isn’t a significant milestone or anything) but every time the 26th rolls around each month, I become acutely aware of the fact that my blog is getting older little by little. This is of course a wonderful thing and I can’t wait until it turns a year old so I can do something special to celebrate.

But getting back to the point, earlier today when my blog turned 3 months [aww, isn’t that just precious? J] I got to thinking about how I got into blogging and why I enjoy it so much. And you know what? I don’t remember how I stumbled into the blogosphere (maybe I did a Google search for something and a blog popped up as one of the results?) and I don’t know why I derive so much enjoyment from blogging. I just do. I blog because it’s fun. Why is it fun? I don’t know, it just is.

I like taking pictures, editing pictures, looking through pictures, collecting pictures and sharing them with others, etc. I enjoy the whole process that goes into assembling a blog post, from finding something that interests me and that I want to share with others, to the composing of the actual post itself where I sit in front of my laptop and try my best to write creative, engaging, and hopefully sometimes humorous prose. I also like reading other people’s blogs and being exposed to things I wouldn’t otherwise stumble across on my own.

Sometimes people blog in order to get attention. They blog not because they have fun doing it, and not about things they’re genuinely interested in, but because they want an audience, and they write about things they think other people want to read. I know I’m obviously not the first person to say this, but you should blog because it makes you happy, and you should blog about things that genuinely interest you. Otherwise, what’s the point? The feeling of satisfaction you (may) get over the attention you receive from blogging about things that don’t interest you personally but might interest others is ephemeral (yay another GRE word!) and won’t keep you going/blogging for much longer.

I once came across a blog in which the early-to-mid (I don’t really remember) 20-something author wrote something like this on her About page:

The wedding dress was picked. The venue was beautiful. The guests were all seated, poised on the edge of their seats. All that was missing was the runaway groom. Come watch as I pick up the shattered pieces of what was supposed to be my fairytale ending. Stay tuned!”

The above description is not what the author wrote verbatim, but something pretty close to her description of her blog. When I read that, I thought to myself, why would you advertise such a painful moment in your life like that? It’s as if you’re selling yourself as a sideshow attraction or something. Does she (the author) want her being stood up at the alter to be perceived as entertainment? As something that someone reads and finds amusing? I don’t get it. Talking about a failed engagement with friends and family must already be difficult in and of itself. I can’t even imagine marketing it as a way to draw in potential readers. That’s just horrible, if you ask me.

I realize that this post has not only become insufferably long at this point, but that it’s also turned into a bit of a rant. I didn’t start out writing this with the intent of bashing other bloggers or the specific aforementioned blogger above. My objective was to share my motivation for blogging and to get to know some of you a little better. Any time I’ve come across a post where a blogger rants about something, I’ll admit I’ve been immediately turned off by it left the blog immediately. No one wants to sit around and read about someone bitching about something. Who’s to say my opinion matters any more than anyone else’s anyway?

Anywho, I want to thank you if you have taken the time to read this, for I’m quite aware of its length and possibly unbearable rantishness . (I know very few of us have the time and/or interest in reading such long posts.) The important thing, though, is that even if no one reads this in its entirety or comments on it, I enjoyed writing it. And I wrote it because it’s something that matters enough to me to invest the time into composing.

If you’d like to share why you blog, write a post and link it up below! I’d love to read it. J
No linkback required. (Please link to the actual post, not just your blog.)

Artfully inspired: Amy Rice

Yay for the internets! I found yet another amazing artist whose work I wanted to share with you all. :) Her name is Amy Rice and she is a mixed media artist from Minnesota. I love her use of color / choice of color pallettes and the fact that many of her pieces are "native" inspired. Like what you see? Check out her Etsy shop.

Also, Amy has the most awesome studio / work space ever!
I love how personalized and cozy her space feels. It's work like this that makes me wish I were more artistically inclined sometimes. *Sigh.* Oh well, I have just as much fun admiring others' work. :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Summer street style.

Everything always seems so much more relaxed during the summer, even though our schedules often times remain just as hectic during these warmer months as they are during the rest of the year. But with summer there comes a carefree attitude that its colder month counterparts do not seem to pull of quite so seamlessly. Enter Wildfox Couture stage left. I love the casual feel of WC's line. It's literally something you just throw on as you're walking out the door to run some errands. Too bad it's a bit pricey, though haha. Definitely out of my budget range. But let's take a look anyway, shall we?

Wildfox Couture has become a favorite among celebrities. Check out these street styles.
 It must be nice to spend $70 on a shirt and $100 on a pair of shorts. I can only imagine. Actually, I know I'd feel super guilty if I did. I get much more satisfaction out of buying my clothes on the cheap.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Urbane camping.

I love camping. Growing up in Chicago, my family and I would go on annual camping excursions with a bunch of our friends and spend our days hiking, canoeing, and swimming, and our nights sitting around fire making s'mores. We always did our camping at the Wisconsin Dells. It was so much fun; I really miss those days.
The last time I went camping was two years ago. Last summer I was taking a full courseload of classes and this summer I'm trying to secure my first big-girl job, so I haven't really had the time to go on a trip.

These beautiful camping pictures shot by Danish photographer Ditte Isager remind me of the good times I had growing up with my friends at family at the Dells. They also capture the elegant side of camping which it isn't normally thought of as possessing. I really enjoy these shots; they look like they belong in a magazine.

Do you enjoy camping or are you not much of an outdoor person?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Things I Like Thursday

It's that time of the week again where I round up a collection of things that catch my eye and share them with you. Here's this week's compilation:

This cute owl and tree lunch

This awesome mustache straw

This really cool jacuzzi/pool type cup

A pack of Gatorgum, perfect for chewing on after a strenuous workout

This adorable "Oh no, I'm melting!" frosted sugar cookie that just might be too cute to eat

If I ever own my own establishment of any sort, I will get this printed on my front window

This really cool DMX crocheted wall hanging

This unique and creative utilization of extra storage space

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Puppy love!

While I was away visiting my family this past week, one of my roommates brought her dog to stay with us for a few days. I was pleasantly greeted by the most adorable and rambunctious little white pup named Prince. He practically pounced on me when I walked through the door, which barely made an impact, as Prince weighs about only 4 pounds. I don't know what breed he is, but he's adorable nonetheless! Here are some snapshots of our cute little canine visitor:

Prince has endless amounts of energy and loves being the center of attention. He also enjoys having his belly rubbed and going on long walks in the park. What a keeper. ;)

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