Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I get knocked down, but I get up again, etc. etc.

So remember last month/earlier this month when I said I couldn't wait until July 14 because everything would settle down again?

I was wrong.

And looking at my calendar, I don't know if they will before August. Or maybe September. Either way, I'm not going to apologize for what may be a lack of regular posting, because I'm on this new "post when I want to, not when I feel like I have to" kick. But I will apologize for what may turn out to be a lot of discussion on why I keep saying yes to things when sometimes I should say no.

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blouse: Express via Discount Fashion Warehouse
skinnies: H&M
flats: Target
necklace: Etsy

Again with the blurry photos.

I think there might be some dust (or god forbid, a scratch) on my camera's sensor. Because my friend Emily used my camera to shoot Matt's and my engagement photos this weekend, and even she had trouble with the focus. And she went to school for photography, so if she can't get it to work there's a good chance it might be actually in need of service. Lovely. I'm kind of terrified to clean my own sensor, so it looks like I have to research places that do that type of thing. You know, in all my spare time.

Have you ever cleaned your camera's sensor? Is it hard? Any tips?

Friday, July 18, 2014

26 in 26 update: Photo a day project

So one of the things I was most excited in my 26 in 26 list was the photo a day project. (Okay, I'm excited about the whole list, but this one is gonna be both really fun and really challenging.) One month in and I'm doing pretty well. I've missed a couple of days, but for the most part I've been on top of things. I especially like how this project is challenging me to see things differently. I'm paying more attention to composition, and I'm beginning to see subjects appear where I might not have noticed them before. It's pretty cool, and I can't wait to see how that trend continues over the next 11 months!

So in honor of completing my first month, I decided to share a few of my faves. You can view the whole album (as well as descriptions and photo info) over on my Flickr, of course.

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June 24   June 28

July 1   July 3

July 4   July 12

July 6

Have you ever done a photo a day project? What challenges did you have to overcome? What did you learn from it?

Monday, July 14, 2014

A not-so-triumphant return

Alas, I had hoped I would have better photos to share once I returned from my self-imposed blogging hiatus. For some weird reason, I've been having issues with focus on self-photography lately, and a lot of the shots I'm getting turn out unfocused. Which I don't realize until I upload them, because my camera screen is tiny and (I suspect) fairly low-res.

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shirtdress: Express via Discount Fashion Warehouse
hat: H&M
gladiator sandals, bracelets: Target

I did manage to get one in-focus shot (perhaps not coincidentally, it was one where my "focus marker" tripod was still behind me, so I had to crop). Unfortunately, I'm making a weird face.

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Oh, well. The important thing is that several time-consuming projects--two three-story freelance writing assignments and an in-depth dance residency--have come to a close. That's not to say I'm totally free; I still have a batch of photos from a baby shoot to edit, and as soon as I'm done with those I'll have to edit our engagement photos, which my friend Emily is kindly shooting this weekend. On top of that, in the next two months, I have: the Color Run, aforementioned engagement photo shoot, my cousin's wedding, shopping with my mom for her mother-of-the-bride dress, a friend's weekend bachelorette party, a beach trip, and a secondary engagement photo shoot at Ohio University in Athens (where Matt and I met). I just wish I could keep myself this busy in the winter months, instead of just sitting around binge-watching Netflix and eating way too much junk food :/

Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this whole "kill yourself with activity in the summer and with boredom in the winter" thing. Right? RIGHT??

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Dance, baby, dance like the world is ending

I think this is the longest hiatus I've taken from VM since its birth three years ago. I really hate posting just to tell you how busy or tired I am, and to be honest, I haven't had much to say the past three weeks or so except that I'm swamped and exhausted. I'm on my third mega-caffeine drink of the day (compared to the two moderately caffeinated beverages I typically inhale) and honestly, I don't think it'll be my last. I met my June 30 freelance deadline by just a few hours, and it's getting to be crunch time with the other two things going on right now: another freelance project (due Monday) and the dance residency I've been participating in, which culminates tomorrow/Saturday. If you're in the Columbus area, you should ABSOLUTELY check out Taking PLace (Garden Theatre in the Short North, Friday at 8 pm and Saturday at 2 and 8 pm). I have some transcribing to do before dress rehearsal starts, but first, here are some photos from the process so far.

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Scene's from Coco Loupe's fishnetting workshop #TakingPLaceColumbus

Scenes from Coco Loupe's fishnetting workshop #TakingPLaceColumbus

Scenes from Coco Loupe's fishnetting workshop #TakingPLaceColumbus

Scenes from Coco Loupe's fishnetting workshop #TakingPLaceColumbus

Scenes from Coco Loupe's fishnetting workshop #TakingPLaceColumbus

WHAT THE WHAT YOU GUYS. This is what happens when dancers attend a dance party. #TakingPLaceColumbus

WHAT THE WHAT YOU GUYS. This is what happens when dancers attend a dance party. #TakingPLaceColumbus

(You can see more photos and some videos over on my Flickr.) See you all next week!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Budgeting Bloggers: June

I'm not gonna lie, I'm exhausted from this weekend (we went to the New River Gorge and didn't get home/to sleep until almost 2 a.m. Sunday night/this morning--pictures and stories to come!) and pretty much computered out (from work and post-work freelance work), so I'm keeping this post short. I did fine on this month's budget in that I stayed under my $100 limit by about $5, but not so fine in that I made a rather unwise purchase.

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1. Lace Pinup Fitted Dress from Lily Boutique. I originally pinned a dress from this store to buy as a wedding rehearsal/bridal shower dress, but it sold out. So when I saw this one, I snapped it right up. Who cares if I have to wait nine or ten months to wear it? | $48 (with shipping) {exact}

2. Merona Crossbody Bag from Target. I've been wanting a crossbody bag for a while; my old hobo-esque one was killing my shoulder. | $27 {exact, now on sale}


3. This was the unfortunate purchase. I bought a CrowdSavings deal for a "Swarovski Elements Trio Set." Originally $200, it was a "limited time only" sale for $20. When it arrived, I realized what I should have known all along; this is no Swarovski set. This is what I got:


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Uh, yeah. Obviously, I'm trying to return the set, and I've reported the original seller (a website called eFizzle) to Swarovski for marketing knockoff jewelry as Swarovski-brand. Worst-case scenario, I've lost 20 bucks and gained a valuable lesson. Best-case scenario, I get my money back and a valuable lesson. You get what you pay for!

How did you on your June budget? Here's hoping your purchases were more savvy than my dud :)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Procrastination...ENGAGE!

So what I really SHOULD be doing is transcribing a couple interviews for a story that's due a week from tomorrow. But guysssss it's the weekend and I don't wanna. I mean, my free time during the next week/weekend is dropping to practically zero, but Imma write a post now anyway because after I do this, there will be literally NOTHING left for me to do to procrastinate. Well, except dye my hair, but I think I'll save that for a mid-way break...

Anyway, this weekend was Columbus' Pride parade/festival and it was awesome. Partially because it wasn't 97 degrees with 80% humidity, like last year, but mostly because Columbus has THE best gay scene and, as a city, is incredibly supportive of the LGBT community. I trekked down to the parade with my camera and got some pretty sweet shots. Keep scrolling to see some of my favorites, and check out the full album on my Flickr.

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Our grand marshall this year was none other than George Takei. So cool to see him in person!

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DAMN STRAIGHT! (No pun intended...okay, maybe a little pun intended.)

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DAT OUTFIT DOE.

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The revelry stretched like this for about a mile and a half, from downtown to the Short North.

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(If you're following my photo a day project, you might recognize this HRC flag. If you're not following it, don't worry, I'm doing a post later this month.)

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This was part of AEP's float/group. Can you believe it? Talk about eye candy...I'll never think of electricians the same way again.

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One of my favorites, bringing up the rear of the parade.

Does your city (or one nearby) do an annual Pride celebration? Have you been? What do you think?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

T-shirt style

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T-shirt: Old Navy
skirt: JCPenney
heels: Target
necklace: Jane.com

Guys, can we just talk a second about how awesome T-shirts are? Seriously though. They're comfortable, versatile and basically the first item on every "closet staples" list ever made. I love T-shirts; I have more than I could count. A lot are stuffed in drawers--those are the shapeless participation shirts from races, the concert tees that cost $40 but somehow seem worth it, the annual show tops from my marching band and theatre and Greek life days. (Don't get any ideas; I wasn't in a sorority but I did join a couple co-ed scholastic fraternities in college.) Those tees are great, and I love them, but they're usually more sentimental than stylish and are worn more often as PJs or workout tops than as blog-worthy outfits. (Though one has made a couple of appearances around these parts; also, you're welcome for the linkback to the hilariously bad three-year-old post from the very early days of VM.)

But where the shapeless, unflattering T-shirts tend to flop, a nice fitted tee almost never fails. I have many 10 or 15 such tops in various colors and basic patterns, and of course I'm always snapping up "just one more." I think my favorite way to wear them is dressed up for work. It feels like of like cheating the dress code, while still looking professional. But seriously...comfort AND classy attire? Ultimate win.

The key to dressing up a tee for work, I think, is to make sure the rest of your outfit is ultra-polished. Find bottoms that you can tuck the tee into and that compliment the form-fitting-ness of the tee. If I were wearing this outfit with pants, I'd go for a wider leg or maybe some dress capris. If you can add a coordinating belt, you're good to go. (I didn't have any such belt for this outfit, unfortunately, but I think it works nonetheless.) Of course, heels and pearls or another classy statement necklace always lend a sophisticated air to an otherwise casual piece.

How do you like to style your T-shirts?