Thursday, September 22, 2011

The A-Z of Kelli

I discovered the "A-Z" post on Miss Indie's Blog and thought, why not fill it out myself. That way, all my readers can get a better sense of who I am through these 26 random questions.

A. Age: Twetny-one
B. Bed size: Queen! I love big beds
C. Chore that you hate: Dusting the furniture (I'm allergic to dust)
D. Dogs: BEAGLE! I have one and his name is Oliver. I'm sure there will be future posts about him
E. Essential start to your day: Shower, coffee and music
F. Favorite color: Green..although I'm starting to like yellow, too

G. Gold or Silver: Gold
H. Height: 5’4"
I. Instruments you play: I played clarinet in the marching band in high nerd! And I know how to play a little bit of gutiar
J. Job title: As of now.. hostess at an Italian restaurant and a computer lab assistant on campus. Working toward my Fashion Merchandising degree, though
K. Kids: None.
L. Live: Youngstown, Ohio..unfortunately
M. Mother’s name: Karen
N. Nicknames: Kel, Elli, I, KC
O. Overnight hospital stays: Never..crossing my fingers!
P. Pet peeves:
Slow walkers, when my pen gets ink all over my fingers, being ignored, people who roll their eyes at me, squeaky pencils in class, touching wet silverware (it seriously freaks me out)
Q. Quote from a movie: 
Sadness is easier because its surrender. I say make time to dance alone with one hand waving free." - Elizabethtown (one of my all-time favorite movies!)
R. Right or left handed: Rightyyy.
S. Siblings: A younger sister, Megan.
U. Underwear: Umm, ones with funny sayings or pictures on them haha 

V. Vegetable you hate: Asparagus
W. What makes you run late: Straightening my hair, usually. That's why I wear it curly most of the time.
X. X-Rays you’ve had: My stomach, my sinus cavities, my teeth, my ankle..
Y. Yummy food that you make: I'm not much of a cook, but I'm learning! Tofu stir fry is probably my most noteworthy dish
Z. Zoo animal:
Probably tigers. So fierce!

If you use this in your blog, share a link me to your post by leaving me a comment! :)
Happy Thursday, loves. If you have any other questions you want to ask, feel free.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tattoo Tuesday - Literary Inspirations

BOOKS! I love them. Reading is one of my favorite things to do. Sadly, when I'm in "school mode" I don't have as much time to read as I would like. But I do still make time. I really think that everyone should love to read. How could you not enjoy getting lost in a good book? Developing feelings, opinions and relationships with the characters? I know I do. So that is why today's tattoos are all about books, reading, literature.

These are lyrics from a song by Eddie Veddor, who wrote songs for the movie 
"Into the Wild" which was inspired from the book

 Can I just say that Chuck Palahniuk is one of my all-time favorite authors. 
This is artwork from the cover of "Invisible Monsters"
If you haven't read "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," you need to.  

What better childhood book is there than "Where the Wild Things Are"

This is such a pretty tattoo, loving the flowers

 Simple, yet you get the point

Quill and Ink

Artwork from the cover of "Catcher in the Rye"

Although they forced us to read "To Kill a Mockingbird" in high school, 
I absolutely loved it.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Nostalgic Notebooks

When I was in high school, one of the best things I could have ever done was keep a journal. Not just any journal, but a really detailed and timely journal. I would write in it as often as possible and even cut out pictures to glue inside. I mean, my journals were legit! Anyway, for some reason whenever it's rainy and gloomy outside, I always think about the past. Not in a "I wish I could change the past" kind of way, but more like a "it's crazy to see how much I've grown" type of thinking. It's been years since I opened these journals. For some reason, today I was inspired to flip through the pages. Back then, I thought I knew it all. Now I know I was just learning many of life's lessons. So here, just for you, are some of the best, worst, craziest times of my life. Some of my hopes, dreams, and fears. The ups and downs of love. What it feels like to be me.

*Some names will be changed, of course, to keep confidentiality. 

October 3, 2004 - "I know this boy. And he is really amazing. He's not like any other boy I've ever know. He's sweet and caring, and he seems a tiny bit shy. But I like it. And you want to know the best thing about this boy?! He kissed me tonight!"

October 8, 2004 -"Ew. *Kayla* and I are not friends anymore. I don't really think she was my real friend in the first place. At the football game tonight she was spreading rumors that *Chris* and I were making out the whole bus ride to the game. We were definitely just talking. MAYBE holding hands. But I guess holding hands equals making out now. Whatever!!!"

October 31, 2004 - "I like *Chris* a lot. We say I love you to each other. I'm pretty sure that I do love him. It's not that I have any doubts about us. I just don't want to say it, mean it, and get hurt. But I know in my heart he will never hurt me. Ever."

December 24, 2004 - "Halfway through our annual Christmas party, my mom and I went to visit Grandpa John at the nursing home. He hasn't been doing well at all. Seeing him tonight, all fragile and weak, made my heart break. These past three years have been tough for him ever since Grandma died. He must miss her so much. Imagine losing someone you've been with and loved your entire life..would life really be worth living without them?"

February 7, 2005 - "After dinner, we just cuddled. And kissed. And talked. We always talk. About everything and anything. I love being 100% honest with him and knowing that he's 100% honest with me. I'm so happy. The luckiest girl alive. *Chris* has no idea how much I care about him. I care so much that I can't even put it into words. But tonight was great. All thanks to him."

March 5, 2005 - "I'm convinced that my parents will never understand me. I will never live up to their expectations and I will never be good enough! I wonder what they'd do if I was a "bad" kid. If I didn't care about my grades or my future. If I did drugs for crying out loud! What would they think then? I wish they'd just let me grow up already instead of wanting to know every single detail about my entire life."

April 30, 2005 - "His life is coming to an end and I can't take it anymore. I know I'm quiet about it in front of my family. Like it doesn't bother me. But it does. And the saddest part is he knows exactly what's going on. His mind is so incredibly sharp. With every second that passes, he knows he's closer to dying. He even told me he wishes he could die. I tell him to get better so that he can come home. He said he would try, but he knows he'll never be coming home again. I'm so afraid of losing him. I'm afraid that when I go to Disney next week on our school band trip, he won't be here when I come back and I will never get to say goodbye."

September 10, 2005 - "My English speech is on Monday and finding four words to describe myself is hard. Especially when the only words coming to my mind are negative ones."

December 2, 2005 - "Don't forget who your real friends are. Don't laugh to hide your tears. Don't procrastinate. Don't yell at your mother before school. Don't forget your book in your locker. Don't underestimate others. Don't hold that grudge."

December 9, 2005 - "And all you can do is tell yourself not to question the good things. Just absorb them. Take them all in every chance you get. You never know when everything will just disappear..."

February 2, 2006 - "I like it when he kisses my forehead instead of my lips. And when he hugs me from behind because I never see it coming. I like it when he takes me to school because it's always nice seeing him first thing in the morning. It's been almost a year and a half and I still like every damn thing about him."

March 13, 2006 - "Although it rarely happens, I like when my dad lets me hold his car keys when I drive us places. I like to jingle them around and get a feel for what it will be like when I finally get my license and have my own car."

June 30, 2006 - "I am both a terrible person and a wonderful person. Go figure."

July 5, 2006 - "I put everything that reminds me of him into a shoe box. I taped it up. I wrote 'DO NOT OPEN' all over it. I miss him and it hasn't even been 24 hours."

July 17, 2006 - "I don't want to be all alone. I have never wanted such a thing. I fucking hate it. I hate it more than anything. I'm weak by myself. It kills me that I have no one to talk to, no one to call. No one will no longer hold my hand, hug me or tell me everything will be alright. Who will I share my hopes and dreams with now? Do I even have them anymore?"

August 18, 2006 - "I sent postcards to my friends while I was on vacation. I wonder if they miss me as much as I miss them."

September 25, 2006 - "No way. I don't. I can't. It's too soon, right? I can't help it, what I feel. The past, it's over. Begin again, start new. Wait it out or make myself happy? Hold back or let it happen? Don't push, shove, annoy. Just breathe. Yes way."

December 31, 2006 - "So good-bye 2006, I don't need you anymore. It's time to cross my fingers and hope that 2007 is all that I'm expecting and then some."

Maybe I'll do another post later with the years 2007 & 2008. What do you think?

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

What I Wore - Casual and Tucked

Today was rather eventful. 

A recap of my day would look something like this: 
taking a four mile walk/jog on the bike trail
learning how to make a veggie omelet
editing some more wedding photos 
eating all the Hershey Kiss peanut butter cookies my mom made 
going out for dinner and drinks with my mom, cousin and her boyfriend

Although I only wore this outfit for a short amount of time (during drinks and dinner), I still wanted to share it with you. Overall it was a great way to end my weekend and I feel ready to take on the week that's waiting for me.. 

top - Pac Sun
pants - Forever 21
bracelets - American Eagle
ring - Forever 21
necklace - Forever 21
shoes - Urban Outfitters

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tattoo Tuesday - Musically Inspired

This week's tattoos collection is of musically inspired pieces that I deemed noteworthy. Whether they exist because of a certain band or musical instrument or just music in general, I find each one unique. That is one aspect that I love about tattoos - each has its own story. Enjoy!

So cute. Enough said :)

I love, love, love the look of an antique microphone

 These are by far my favorite Bon Iver lyrics from "Skinny Love"

Of course, Bright Eyes is one of my favorite bands. 
This tattoo was inspired by the song "At the Bottom of Everything"

 I love sparrows and I love City and Colour

This entire tattoo is beautiful, not just the Death Cab for Cutie lyrics

 This tattoo actually belongs to someone I know. The balloon represents "Even if things get heavy we'll all float on" - Modest Mouse. The pyramids and palm trees in the desert are album artwork from the Bright Eyes album Cassadaga.
 I love how colorful this tattoo is!

The placement of these music notes is perfect

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Wedding Weekend Mania!

If you didn't already know, yesterday was THEE DAY to get married! Couples who were hitched last night will forever remember their wedding date as "9/10/11" neat is that?? What's even better is that I was privileged to share that special day with Shannon and Craig, two lovebirds who couldn't be happier. After a long, rainy morning the weather finally let up, the wedding went smoothly and the bride and groom were too freaking cute. I was honored they chose me and I really do wish them the best in the future!




There was an Elvis impersonator as a surprise guest!

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

What I Wore - Hippie Twist

Last night I wasn't feeling well. You know the usual "back-to-school" sickness: headache, runny nose, sore throat, chills and all that jazz. So while I was watching my usual Wednesday night show (Restaurant Impossible), I decided to sprawl out on my living room floor because it somehow made me comfortable. I closed my eyes during a commercial break and before I knew it, it was already 6:45am! Confused as to where I actually was when I opened my eyes, you can probably guess how the rest of the morning played out. A two minute shower followed by throwing together an outfit followed by slapping on some makeup in the car. I'm almost positive my hair was somewhat wet when I left the house. Anyway, when I finally had a second to spruce up in the restroom at school (so embarrassing), I noticed that I didn't look all that bad. In fact, I received quite a few compliments throughout the day.

Here, have a look!

top - Forever 21
pants - Pac Sun
accessories - Forever 21, H&M
headband - Forever 21
shoes - JC Penney

For having such a weird morning, the rest of my day has been great. Fantastic, actually. Thursdays are the start to my weekend because I somehow managed to avoid having any Friday classes! So all day I knew it was basically the weekend. I'm excepting good things to come from it, too. Thirsty Thursday, maybe a night out downtown tomorrow and the wedding shoot on Saturday. Busy busy busy. But I am perfectly content with that.

Have a great weekend, lovers.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tattoo Tuesday - Me

So, I've decided that for every Tuesday from now on I'm going to post tattoos that I find interesting, beautiful, creative, meaningful. I find this form of artwork and self expression to be a very unique and personal experience. I got my first tattoo when I was 18. Of course, because my parents were totally against it, I had to wait until I was old enough to pursue it on my own. I have a total of four tattoos and really want to get more work done in the future. Each holds a special meaning in my life and about myself. Tattoos are not for everyone but should be respected by everyone. The personal decision to get something as permanent as a tattoo on your body is YOUR decision. I find it frustrating when others try to question me about my decision of getting tattooed, bring me down for "ruining" my body in such a way and telling me that I will one day regret it. What they don't know is that I carefully thought about each one of my tattoos, I view it as a way of enhancing my body and I will never regret the choice I have made to get inked. With that being said, I'd like to share my very own.

The first is a small peace sign on my left hip. Like I mentioned, I got this one when I was 18 because I finally could! I know it's cliche, but it obviously symbolizes harmony, unity, agreement, serenity, etc. within myself. It was almost my way of saying "peace out" to my years as a child and welcoming adulthood. Very cheesy, I know, but I thought I knew everything about the world back then. It is cute and will always remind me of how fun it was to be young and naive, and to say the least, impulsive.

 My second tattoo is the name of a Bright Eyes song that really hits home for me. The song is titled "Easy.Lucky.Free." and these three words are tattooed on my upper right side. I know there are political references and pessimistic comments throughout the song (if you look at the lyrics), but I don't think that's what it was meant to be about. I took the song as a way of viewing death as a positive experience. It seems that Conor Oberst is making the point that there is nothing really quite easier, freer, luckier.. than death. It's almost like he is talking about an Apocalyptic approach to how the world will end and instead of fearing for the worst, everyone should celebrate.  This all seems very far-fetched, but it's just my interpretation. Every time I think of this tattoo, I think of my positive outlook on life and death.

My third tattoo was the biggest piece I have: my cherry blossom. If I had to pick a favorite thus far, this would be my choice. It took two, two and a half hour sessions to complete and it hurt like hell, but it was completely worth it. It's located on my back and swings around to upper left side of my rib cage. I was going through a rough time in my life when I got this tattoo. I lost a lot of friends, was making major decisions, battling an illness. Just a bunch of little things that added up over a period of time. And I had trouble coping with them. I got the tattoo as a way to put closure on certain parts in my life, and start over new. The cherry blossom was a great symbol of this change because it represents a new beginning. It is also a very significant symbol of power and strength and typically represents a feminine beauty. Because a cherry blossom tree blooms once a year for only a short period of time, it has come to show me that it is important to respect the transience of life.

My last and most recent tattoo isn't as serious as the others. Please try to refrain from laughing at it in general because it's sort of a silly idea. In Northeastern Ohio there is a great bar and restaurant by the name of Melt. It's been featured on the Food Network and I originally heard of it while watching Man vs. Food. This bar specializes in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Crazy, yes, but they are so damn good! You have to eat there to even understand the amount of deliciousness packed into each sandwich. Anyway, the deal is if you get their logo tattooed on your body anywhere, you get to join their "Tattoo Family" and get a 25% discount. FOR LIFE! So yeah, I got a grilled cheese sandwich with crossbones tattooed on my right foot. Some, actually most, people may not think this is worth it at all. That this was a stupid mistake I have made. But I disagree. It's definitely paid itself off. Every time I look at my tattoo I think of all the fun times I've had at Melt.

And there you have it! I want more. If you have a tattoo, you know they're addicting :)
Feel free to message me with any questions, comments, concerns.

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