Monday, April 14, 2014

something, anything, everything


Well, this post has definitely been a long time coming. I had every intention of starting to blog regularly again when I was inspired to write my most recent post (which was, well, not so very recent...), but life got super busy and whirled me off again as it often does. Work has been especially busy lately but also great. Christian is about to finish his second year of law school. Sarkozy is getting old and fat and lazy (in the best possible way). And things are good, really. After updating my Facebook status a couple hours ago, though, I had a kind of epiphany. Even though what I posted was just a silly little run-on sentence, I felt like it was exactly what I wanted to say and exactly what I meant. And it really made me miss writing. 

It's been a year and a half since I had to write anything academic, and even though I'm constantly blogging for grey dog, writing copy for our social media, and sending extremely long texts to my besties (Hi, Gracen), it's been a VERY long time since I wrote anything for myself. Anything creative that was just for me. I think after I finished my English degree I was so burnt out on assignments that I lost my passion a little bit. I've never been a person who feels like writing is the ONLY thing that feels right or that writing is breathing or that I wouldn't be able to sort out my thoughts without writing them down. But at the same time, whenever I do get those random bursts of creativity and feel a craving for stringing words together and streaming my consciousness without inhibition, it does feel more right than anything else just for that moment (or, you know, several moments/minutes/hours). And I think that's something I should take seriously. 

I do want to write a book. I have so many ideas that I write down in notes on my phone, but I can never commit to a whole, single idea, and I've never even tried. But right now, as I'm typing out this blog post, I'm pretty much journaling (a blog really is just a carefully curated journal after all), and I want to look back at this entry in a week, in a month, in a few months, and not have to think "oh man, I still haven't written anything." I want to be able to feel proud and be glad that I didn't let the busyness of life get in my way. So, to my future self: I told you so. 

And to people that are reading this post: I'm sorry if you don't find it interesting or helpful, but I'm still just here being me. Trying to figure things out. Hopefully sooner rather than later, I can produce something that is important, thought-provoking, and something that people will be able to truly connect to. That may never happen on any sort of large scale, but it DEFINITELY won't happen unless I try. This world is beautiful, and life is fleeting, and I want to capture as many moments and thoughts and phenomenons that I absolutely can. So I'm gonna write, I'm gonna take pictures, and I'm gonna make something! Perhaps this will inspire you to do the same. Happy Monday, world.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

new direction | i'm back!


Hello there! I hope someone out there is still occasionally checking in, even though I know I've been completely inactive here on my personal blog for several months now. Like I mentioned in my last post back in August, I've been very busy with shopgreydog.com - where I'm blogging and uploading vintage products {we add new items to the site every single week}! Since blogging by nature is a time-consuming activity and consistency is so important, I was hesitant to even attempt to maintain my personal blog, while also trying to balance... life. (You know, work, friends, family, boyfriend, cat, me time, cleaning and cooking, exercising, etc.) But now that our online shop is up and running smoothly, I'd like to try to make this work. And I think that I very well can.

I do miss blorange dicing (muahaha, verbed it) as a creative outlet and as a vehicle for my perspective on fashion, but I would also like to expand my content to include more than just style and photography. In the past year, I've grown up quite a lot. I have tonssss more to learn, but I'm excited to brand myself (if you will) to the internet world once again. Although I am a VERY active user on Instagram, that's really just the tip of the iceberg. I'm going to move forward to improve this li'l blog and continue on in the same spirit as before but with refreshed direction. If you happen to follow me on Instagram, you probably know quite a bit about me (more about that odd phenomenon later), but Instagram is just me being a goofy human and posting random scenes from my life/job. I mean, I LOVE INSTAGRAM. Don't get me wrong, but there's only so much you can share with a photo and a reasonably-sized caption. 

What I'm trying to say is that I am going to expand my content, and I'm pumped about it. I don't plan to post the exact same things as I do on my social media accounts or on the grey dog blog (this is a separate voice apart from my individual perspective, and you should check. it. out!), but I do want to share more about my experience as an inhabitant of this strange and beautiful planet. I'd to bring more to the world wide table, including content related to (but not limited to):
  • becoming a website designer (that was hard) and learning new tips & tricks about doing e-commerce, managing a small business, and utilizing social media on the reg
  • becoming a healthy eater and at-home chef/baker, which means recipes are on the way!
  • becoming a better partner to my significant other (the coolest dude around) and exploring exciting new challenges, like living with a law student, managing a budget together, discovering meal planning, parenting our 100% perfect cat Sarkozy (kidding, sort of), homemaking, living healthier lives, planning for our futures, etc.
  • becoming an active person with a balanced schedule... I'm really quite good at extremes; I'm either training for a half marathon, or I'm not at the gym for an entire month and eating pizza every day - I'd like to change that and figure out how to avoid injuries
  • becoming a stylist and realizing that I want to do it forever in some capacity; it feels amazing to help people look their best and express their personal style at the same time with quality, comfortable clothing and accessories
  • becoming a moderate drinker - just because I absolutely adore consuming a few gin and tonics or glasses of wine every single night doesn't mean that I should
  • becoming a long-distance sister to my siblings, daughter to my parents, and friend to my faraway pals that have moved away
  • becoming a writer who actually writes; a book is definitely in my near future
  • becoming a grown, professional woman that can properly apply makeup without using the rub and smudge technique (I still refuse to style my hair, though, and that may never change)
Basically, I'm becoming an adult version of myself. At age 23.5, life is ever-interesting and ever-challenging, and I'm really quite fond of it. Follow me here to come along on my journey! I'll do my best to provide quality, relatable content for all kinds of peeps. But really, I'm just being me.

Photo by Anna Hutchison Photography

Sunday, August 25, 2013

|| important update ||


Hi everyone! From now on, I am running the blog at shopgreydog.com. It's super fun and wonderful that it's part of my full-time job at grey dog - and coincidentally, it is always updated 4-5 times a week. Yay! I will continue to occasionally blog here on blorange dice when I find the time and have some fun things to share, so I'd love it if you stayed connected here or on Instagram. :) Thanks for reading! If you haven't already, please go check out the best vintage boutique in the world and a blog that I'm very proud of. 

P.S. I absolutely love my fellow dream-jobber, Miss Molly Clark. You should follow her on Instagram, too.

Photos by Keely Yount

Friday, July 26, 2013

flashback friday: cows


These are from a shoot I did two summers ago (the summer I found these vintage docs!) with one of my roommates, Ally. We got to these cows in less than a 15 minute drive! It was pretty great. College Laura was very excited.

wearing: DIY tank (made from an '80s boys polo), f21 necklace, vintage docs, and nerdy socks
ring by the ever-amazing Jazzy

Monday, July 22, 2013

monday morning inspiration


While drinking coffee and checking my Pinterest this morning, I came across these two images and thought they should be shared. Happy Monday to you!

photo creds: The Shiny Squirrel & unknown