A Day at the Dog Park

Nov 22, 2016
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Living on the coast is nice and all, but admittedly, I really miss the fact that most trees don't change colors and the leaves rarely fall. While at the dog park the other day, from afar, I noticed a beautiful almost-Maple-looking tree and just knew I had to take a million photos of it. It was also the first cold-ish day so I got to wear my wool coat, which made me ridiculously happy. It's so weird to think the holidays are upon us already. I'm not really ready for them, if I'm being honest. I've been feeling down lately and I'm not sure what it's going to take to completely snap out of it but I can tell you one thing, days like this where I just live in the moment and take photos for fun, make all the difference in the world. 

A J. Crew Giveaway you're gonna love

Nov 16, 2016
There's no doubt about it that this time of year is just so, so perfect. There are so many happy things I associate with Fall: hot chocolate with a mountain of whipped cream on top (no exception), pumpkins, scarves, COATS, etc..., etc... 

Now before I break into a verse of "My Favorite Things"... 

Speaking of coats and Fall... automatically, without fail, J. Crew is the brand that always pops to mind. They always, always have the most beautiful coats (like this one in coral) and jackets and, ugh, why do they tease me like this. 

Well, anyway, since I can't buy everything on their site, I teamed up with a group of other bloggers to give YOU the chance to buy everything on their site, or, well, at least $200 worth. Details for this spectacular holiday giveaway are below and as always, thanks so much for being a loyal reader of this ol' blog... 

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Prize: $200 J.Crew Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 12/5 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.
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The Geometric Coat

Oct 28, 2016
I have a few pieces in my closet that I feel I can only wear when the mood strikes. Therefore, it's been a good few years since I've worn this geometric print coat. I actually kinda forgot about it despite seeing it in my closet every day. I just convinced my mind that it was too "fancy" for regular wear even though I've had it since high school. When I saw it today, it stood out to me and it felt like I just bought a new coat because it had been so long since I had worn it. I've always loved this coat because it has a bit of a 60s Mod feel, which I absoluuuuutely love. My dad calls it the "Good & Plenty" coat because it reminds him of these candies. I'm gonna go ahead and take that as a compliment. ;)

The realities of life with dogs

Oct 17, 2016
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This past week was a bit chaotic with the two critters in my life. There's never a dull moment but this week, particularly, was just a bit more than exhausting.

Lulu went in to have a dental cleaning and ended up having to have 10 teeth pulled. It made me sad to think that her dental care had been neglected for so long and that now she has to live with the consequences. I knew when I adopted her, she had dental issues but I didn't realize the extent of it til now. I'm just glad I was able to step in and help give her the attention she needed- she is such a beautiful loving little creature, I don't know everything she's been through in her life but I want to make sure she never suffers again. She is now fully recovering and the worst part of this whole experience has been trying to give her her pain medication. She turns it into such a difficult task but that's a Chihuahua for you, I suppose!

Aside from that, this past week, Djinn Djinn was also showcasing some questioning behavior in the form of scooting and biting, ahem, his little behind area. If you've never owned a dog before, you probably have never heard of anal glands (I sure didn't!) and it's definitely even more weird than it sounds. A few years ago Djinn Djinn actually had to have surgery related to this issue so the minute I saw him scooting last week, I took him to the Vet to have him checked even though I know he hates it more than anything. It is such a stressful experience for both of us even though the Vet staff are always so kind. But, because of Djinn Djinn's history of going to the Vet (2 major surgeries and a sprained leg), he has developed a huge dislike for the place and now he turns into a vicious little monster EVERY TIME. It is a nightmare so I only take him unless absolutely necessary (or you know, every time he needs a shot). He hates me, I'm sure of it. But then I bring him home and give him chicken and he forgets about every "traumatic" experience he's ever endured.

They both have such a RUFF life, I tell ya! 

So. As you can see. The past week was tough. Mentally and ahem, financially. But what is life without pets? We need them even more than they need us. 

Breaking all the rules

Oct 13, 2016
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Lately, I've felt as if blogging is no longer a huge source of relaxing entertainment for a lot of people unless a blogger can provide magazine-worthy articles on the daily. I get it. People like to feed their brains with thoughtful words of advice or beautiful Vogue-worthy photos. Still, I don't know about you but I get the most satisfaction from reading a blog that is a good mix of words and photos written by an authentic human being who doesn't just write "how to be a better blogger" posts simply because those get the most views. No disrespect to those types of posts, of course (I read them myself more often than not) but sometimes I just love when a blog is just that- a blog. A good old-fashioned blog with no specific aim to be anything but a good, leisurely read. 

I've been contemplating a lot about where I fit into all this. I've always loved writing and many of my posts usually contain several paragraphs of words but then again, even more so, I really love taking pictures and my goal is to learn as much as I can about photography. I also originally started this blog with the intention of sharing my personal style regardless of the fact that I am a pretty casual dresser and outfit repeater. Still, I guess the point I'm trying to make is that I could never change who I am just to fit into the crowd. Not gonna lie, I often feel like I'm not "cool" enough to be considered a "real" blogger because I honestly can't see myself going with an all "white & dreamy" aesthetic on instagram nor can I give you my top 5 tips on shopping in Paris. All of this is, of course, a classic case of comparing myself to others. But when it comes down to it, I really love me, my blog, and the visual aspects that I am trying to convey. Some days, I might have several honest thoughts to share with you but mostly, I intend to tell my story and share my adventures through photos. I'm a very visual person who loves vivid colors. But at the same time, I like to experiment creatively as much as I can.

I'm currently in a process of evolving, in all aspects of my life (cue the song "I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman"). I've yet to reach a place where I am completely ok (to be honest, I think I was more secure in myself as a teenager than I am now especially style-wise) and I want this to show through on here. From this moment, I'm not going to intentionally follow any blogging trends or "rules", I'm just going to improvise and hope for the best. After all, life is all about improvising, amirite?