i have returned

Did you forget about me? I promise I didn’t. It’s been too many weeks since I’ve been here.  As of late, I’ve been all over the place (really)! From a busy few weeks at work to my boyfriend moving in to traveling for two weeks, this is my first occasion to sit down and really digest it all. Thankfully, adjusting back to life in the real world (with a little wine and melodic guitar solos, thanks D) will do that to you ;)

NOT LONG AGO I:

Left for a two week holiday, as they say on the other side of the globe, beginning with a stay in London.

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Hung my feet off the Cliffs of Moher, 700 feet above the roaring ocean. Note: J’s entire legs are off…it felt better to know my calves were on the ground

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Drank beer(s) from the original Guinness brewing plant in Dublin.

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Discovered that the hostel life isn’t for me or my brother–cue frequenting the Temple Bar to ensure a good nights sleep (and really, just live like the Irish)

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Found that you need to flash more than your pearly whites to get into the Google’s European headquarters–maybe we’ll come with an actual plan next time (and take a non snapchat picture ourselves, thank you for everything google)

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Ate enough savory pies to have a personal competition : chicken, leek, and cheddar from pieman came out on top in my book.

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Learned quickly that free wifi is EVERYWHERE in the UK : buses, pubs, cliffs…the sky’s the limit.

no phones were forced to use data during the making of this photo

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Ate at the cafe where Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was written. The house is filled with elephant paraphernalia and graffiti covered bathroom stalls–team Malfoy v team Harry, he-who-must-not-be-named, Hermione <3’s Ron 4ever

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Learned the real Tom Riddle passed in 1802 and is resting in the Greyfriars graveyard near University of Edinburgh.

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Saw and stayed on volcanic lava fields (welcome to Lanzarote) // felt like we were on another planet #lifeonmars

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Learned that the Kardashians and Lena Dunham can be polarizing topics. But everyone can agree to (all inclusive) daytime pina coladas.

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Realized beach volleyball and I will never be a good match. Luckily cheerleaders are always encouraged.

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Witnessed 14 consecutive sunny days in the wettest part of the world: Dublin, London & Edinburgh look their best in sunshine.

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‘Twas a fun, hectic, crisp, and stunning two week excursion! Now I’m back cruisin’ in the ATL.

monday mood board : january

The new year is not so new anymore. It’s hard to believe that the first month is almost over, but it seems like that’s always the case. It’s off to a good start here in Atlanta, just a little colder than I’d prefer. In between Netflix binges and Snackerdays with my main man, I found some new products, new artists, and new (non netflix) television shows that have me intrigued. I’ve never managed to get my cookies looking so delicious. Maybe this is the recipe–let me know who wants in on taste testing! xx

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1 // this french product utilizes a notch system in the steel frame to allow end users to hand bend their furniture–think ikea revamped

2 // new year, new inspirations : starting the month off with positive morning moods

3 // really excited for a weekend getaway to charleston–and getting lost in mac & murphy paper store

4 // floral fireworks by sarah illenberger make pops of organic art : flowerwork

5 // the architectural memories of mary laube and “romanticized abstractions”

6 // i hope i can make these cookies as well as broma bakery (and levain)

7 // master chef junior is an incredibly entertaining cooking show where children under 12 years of age make food you’ve never purchased or pronounced. and they pie (or syrup) gordon ramsey on occasion.

monday mood board : october

This weather makes October my favorite time of year in the South. It seems like it’s been unusually warm lately, but I’m not complaining. It doesn’t get much better than spending a weekend at the park in shorts and a sweater. So keep it up Georgia, I’m into it. With cool mornings and evenings surrounding  sunny days, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed spending any and all time outdoors–especially on a patio, with a good drink, and a tasty meal. Words of wisdom, beautiful tables, and subtle (yet vibrant) hues are covering my mood this month.

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1. ultimate table setting : this looks completely doable. friendsgiving & thanksgiving be ready!

2. a unique & contemporary take on fireplace art

3. excited to be the kind of girl reading not that kind of girl <3 you lena

4. a nice reminder that mistakes can look nice (& funny) too

5. personal apple pies for the upcoming holidays….mmm

6. wood blanket (& many other quilted wooden wonders) by alex morrison

a summer in disposables

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The other night a few girls and I gathered at Bantam Pub to share stories from their weekend in town and my mini beach vacation. It had only been a few days since we’d seen each other, but who can turn down a fun cocktail hour (especially with these unusually cool summer nights). After asking our waitress to take the last photo on the disposable, it immediately sparked discussion. The group behind us inquired on the cranking then click–“Is that a disposable camera?” “Is this the first time any of you have used one?” “Are there 24 or 36 pictures on the roll?”

Now I know, the Kodak funsaver came with 24 photos (plus a few doubles–thanks CVS). We took a picture with the entertaining new friends, but unfortunately the last picture on the roll was captured moments before. A few new British slang words and witty conversation is all we have to remember the gang.

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{last picture of the roll–post sun down & cocktails, no wonder}

I found myself savoring the film for pictures that I did not want to have immediately, but wanted eventually…an obvious internal debate. But, on my recent trip down to Florida I left my iPhone inside and took the disposable down to capture many moments seen through the disposable lens. The idea that someone might be blinking, in poor lighting or just a bad photograph builds the anticipation to make the pictures that much more special. I anxiously awaited the 24 hour turnaround for the pictures to be developed.

photosThe spread of photos above from Gulf Shores, outings in Atlanta, and Panama City Beach, a few of my favorites shown below. As soon as the print-to-CD maker is back in business, I’ll post the full album on fb.

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Next time you see a disposable, try it out. It’s not instant gratification, but you get to keep & share all of the memories with those in your pictures. As someone who loves pictures but rarely gets them developed–I know I’m not alone in the “it’s saved somewhere” mindset–but this is a nice alternative and a fun activity for documenting your endeavors away or around town.

Xx

gulf shores {floppy hat & D practicing his blue steel}