Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tattoo Tuesday - All Things Go

I can't believe I haven't blogged in a week! (I mean this in the saddest way possible) I feel like I have neglected everyone, haha. Anyway - I have been so extremely busy the past couple of days with Thanksgiving, spending time with my family and starting my new job at Forever 21. Plus school. So many responsibilities! I promise to fill you all in soon.

But, because it's nearing the end of the semester and my brain is practically fried from final projects, I couldn't exactly come up with a theme for today's feature. I have a few in mind for future posts, but sadly I don't have a lot of time tonight to search for photos that fit into these categories. Instead, I decided that ALL tattoos suffice this week! After browsing through a few tattoo posts on weheartit, I came up with this handful of tattoos that caught my eye...


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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tattoo Tuesday - Photography Related

The one and only tattoo I am absolutely sure of wanting in the future is one that deals with photography. Over the years, photography has become an integral part of my life. I was always the one documenting every hang out, probably annoying most of my friends, by snapping pictures. With my camera at my side, I didn't care. I used to go through disposable cameras like it was my job and when I was a freshman in high school, my mother bought me my first digital camera. I would say that's when I really started seeing the world around me in a whole new light. Yes, I still liked taking pictures of my friends, with my friends. But it was during high school that I began taking pictures involving different subject matter. Landscapes, cool stuff I'd find in my back yard, nature, interesting items at the thrift store, food, the weather, random people, my pets. All these "things" around me were not just "things" anymore. I saw them as art and wanted to show others my perspective through photographs. I wanted people to see what I saw when I looked through the lens.

As a graduation present, my mother then bought me my first DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera, the Nikon D40. I was in love. This camera opened up a whole new world of opportunity for me. Hours of practice, going on photo adventures with friends and books about photography techniques were the perfect combination to the start of my lifetime hobby. A little over a year ago, I bought myself the Nikon D7000. The need for a more "professional" camera led me to this decision. Along with purchasing the camera, I built up my equipment collection by adding a new lens, flash, flash accessories, battery grip, tripod and other various items.

If someone would have told me years ago that I'd be taking wedding photos, senior pictures, family portraits, etc., I'm not sure that I would believe them. I never went searching to find that one thing in life that I'm really good at, my one true talent. Instead, I like to believe that it found me.

Without further ado, these are a few tattoos I've looked at for inspiration.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Short Hair, Don't Care

Guessssss what!? I chopped all of my hair off! Well, not really all of it, but a good portion of it. I can honestly say that I have never felt better about a hair cut in my entire life. After growing it out for over a year, I realized that long hair is not for me.

Most girls look great with long and flowy hairstyles but I often found myself getting lost behind my wavy hair. The longer it got, the harder it was to tame. Plus, I ran out of shampoo and product twice as fast and it took twice as long to style/blow dry. Half way through the day I usually would put it in a pony tail or messy bun anyway - not very flattering on me. I debated for a while on whether or not I wanted to cut it because in the past whenever I went from long to short, I instantly regretted it. Not this time! I was looking for something different, something chic. I've had short hair before, but not styled like this. I'm extremely happy with the outcome and will most likely keep it this way for a while.

I think it's interesting how a hairstyle/haircut can change a person's overall appearance. I especially noticed this with myself while going through old photos. I sorted through and found some hairstyles I have tried over the years. Some are interesting to say the least (haha), so don't be too judgmental!  :)

This is me with my natural hair color - when I used to straighten it so much that I had breakage. I'm sure everyone went through that phase at some point in the adolescence. 

This is when I thought it was cool that my hair was all one length, and I would flip it out on the ends like Mary Tyler Moore. 

This was my first day of school, Senior year. I had bangs and would wear it half up half down. Not really sure where that hair inspiration came from...?

Extension. This should have been the day I knew that long hair looked ridiculous on me. Also, long hair + a "poof" was not the best choice. Not sure what I was thinking.

 Medium Length. Black. I really did like this style and rocked it for a while. 
This picture is from my graduation party :)

After a while I was bored with jet black, so I got highlights which looked okay on me. It was a change and at the time I was content with them.

My hair lightened up so much that summer at the beach. It was almost the same color as my sister's by the time summer ended! 

When winter came around, I ended up dyeing it black again and tried switching things up by switching sides for my part. It was kind of weird and never stayed that way, so I ended up switching back soon after. 

This is the longest my hair has ever been in my entire life...

...and then I chopped it off

...and added a pink streak!

Highlights ended up making a comeback because I thought it would be cool to eventually go blonde.

This is probably the lightest/blondest my hair will ever be because I absolutely hated it!

 Feather extensions & darker hair!

After the last picture, I just let my hair grow and kept dyeing my roots black when they would grow in. I followed this pattern until the other day when I decided I needed a change!
Let me know what you think about the new look & feel free to share any hair stories of your own :)
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

My Heart is Still in Chicago

Let me start this post by saying, Chicago is by far my new favorite place to be. The city is so full of life and excitement and promise. The architecture is incredible! The people are so friendly. Everything is better in Chicago. That's a fact. Coming back home after three days of such a privilege was difficult. An extreme sadness set in when I stepped foot off of the plane and was in Youngstown, Ohio again.

My days there were spent to the absolute fullest. Honestly, going to Chicago is not an every day occurrence for someone like me. I wanted to make sure I took advantage of my time. The weather wasn't as cold as I thought it would be, although it did snow the first day. But it was definitely windy. Very windy - hence the nickname of "The Windy City." I was also in good company the whole time, too. My roommates were especially awesome and my teacher is a saint for looking after us all weekend.

1. Cleveland Airport / 2. Chicago River Walk / 3. TOP SHOP / 4. Church and Trees / 5. The City at Night / 6. Elisa and Myself / 7. Deep Dish Pizza / 8. Fashion Industry Seminar / 9. The cute one in yellow is our teacher! Can you believe it?! / 10. View from our Hotel / 11. bebe Fall Collection / 12. Student Designs / 13. Student Designs / 14. Student Designs / 15. Reflections at Dusk / 16. Riding the Train / 17. Group Shot / 18. Chicago! / 19. Walking and Talking / 20. Golden Bull / 21. Millennium Park / 22. The Bean / 23. Reflections / 24. Distorted City / 25. Spelling out Chicago! / 26. The Navy Pier / 27. Red Ferris Wheel / 28. The Edge of the World / 29. Me and Sam

Unfortunately I didn't cross everything off on my bucket list but that's okay. We still did a lot! Now, I'm looking at it as a "I Must Go Back to Chicago to do These Things List." And I WILL return one day soon. This mini trip has given me a whole new outlook on my future, my life after college. I know that if I want to succeed in my profession, I need to move away from home. I know I was meant to do something great in life and every day I feel like I am making my way to that greatness; I am finding my place. And I am learning that my place is not here anymore. Sure, I'll miss my family and the friendships I've made at home but I need to get out there. Show the world what I have to offer.

I have been inspired and will do something about it.
I will make my mark on this world.
Just wait and see.
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