Saturday, 23 April 2011

sunshine, sunshine.









outfit details:
yellow tiered blouse - Kohl's
pink skirt - Kohl's (in the little girls' section - they have so many bright clothes, haha!)
gray striped cardigan - Aeropostale
boots - Elle

[This is what I was supposed to post (Ha! That rhymed!  Sorta...) a week ago, in the Atlanta airport, feeling so cool using the airport's internet, and then... I moved one seat over - ONE seat over, and the internet decided I could only look at websites related to Georgia!?  Hmph.  So, here it is now, a week late.  I'm extremely sorry, but maybe if enough people are irked we can take it up with the airport officials?  Haha :)


Mexico photos will be up later, because it is 2:30 AM and I just got home from a day of flying.... goodnight!)



Greetings from Atlanta, Georgia!  I’m waiting for my connection to Cancun, and it is freezing for Georgia!  I’m pretty sure it was warmer when we left our hotel in Richmond at four o’clock in the morning!  Oh well, we’re halfway to Mexico :)

Since yesterday was my last day of classes before spring break, I decided to celebrate by trying out some new (and extremely vibrant) clothes I bought in anticipation for warmer weather.  It was sunny and gorgeous, with a temperature of about 70 degrees, and my skirt constantly swayed in the breeze (as did my hair, as you can see!).

I received many compliments on my outfit; the most amusing ones likened me to Easter eggs and pink lemonade, which made me laugh.  But I was just happy for the gorgeous weather, and for time spend with my sweet Labrador-chow mix, Shadow.  He had so much fun rolling in the grass; it was hard to convince him to come inside!

Cheers, and have a marvelous spring!

Shayli

PS – Many thanks to my brother for assisting me in taking photos!  He couldn't care less about fashion, but he was playing with Shadow :)

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

where the sun sets.

(And why I am unable to post blog updates this week.)

I'm currently typing this on my father's iPhone, which has none of the photos I want to show you, nor enough battery life to allow for substantial posting. Apparently my laptop could receive Internet, but it costs $5 for fifteen minutes! And here I thought this was an all-inclusive resort... Bah!

Being in such a hot and humid climate has forced me to really think about how to style my hair so I'm not completely overcome by humidity and frizziness! I'm trying to take as many photos as I can, and will post them when I return!

I will most likely have Internet again on Saturday, April 23. Sorry for leaving you in suspense!!

Cheers!
Shayli

Thursday, 14 April 2011

when I was little, I thought I would be. . .




The tree scratched me!  Mean tree :(


outfit details:
pink blouse - Kohl's
nautical skirt - American Eagle
vest - Charlotte Russe
boots - Steve Madden
belt - Kohl's
locket - vintage

. . . a veterinarian, a writer, a palaeontologist, an actress, an interior designer, and a faerie, to name a few.  

Most recently, however, my dream has been to become a travel photojournalist, for a magazine such as National Geographic.  I absolutely can't live without seeing new places (so living in a small town is pretty much torture!), so you can imagine how excited I am to be travelling to Mexico over spring break with my family!  Granted, we'll be staying on a resort, so it doesn't really count as Mexico - more like a slice of America, but with warmer weather - but it's travel all the same.  I'm really excited to see Mayan ruins and gorgeous sunsets, but not so much looking forward to the promise of sunburn/tanning.  I rather like my pale skin, and even though I have the potential to get a really great tan, I'm not too enthused by the idea of wrinkles and skin cancer in the future.  So I'll be jumping in a vat of 100+ SPF sunscreen every morning before I head outside :)

I've always been more of a cold weather girl, so Mexico is a tad bit out of my comfort zone... but I'm thinking I can deal with it with sunscreen and a healthy appetite for photos.  Speaking of photos, the pictures in this post are from Tuesday, when the weather was in the 60's, cool and gray and gorgeous!  It was what I think of as a West-coast day, and I loved it, because it let me pretend I was somewhere in Oregon or Washington (or Northern California, one of my dearest loves :) ) for a little while.

I am so absolutely looking forward to a break from my studies!  I'm fairly sure I'll have internet access during my trip, so I plan to update my blog semi-regularly.  At the very least, I'll take lots of photos and post them when I return!

Are you going, or did you go, anywhere fun for spring break?

Cheers!
Shayli

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

not firewood yet.





outfit details:
blouse - Kohl's
navy camisole (I switched it for white when I actually wore this outfit today) - American Eagle
skirt - vintage
belt - Kohl's
shoes - Steve Madden (?), DSW
necklace - vintage (it was my great aunt's!)

I'm absolutely swamped with studying and homework right now, augh!  I had a fantastic plan to use my Spanish-themed outfit today to tell you about my exciting spring break trip next week to Mexico!  But alas, it is not to be.  I'll talk more about it tomorrow (when I have time - ah, what a concept!), along with posting pictures of my outfit yesterday.

And with that cliffhanger, I shall leave you!  :)

Cheers!
Shayli

PS - What do you think of the new background?  Any tips for formatting?

Monday, 11 April 2011

but you can't out-wait fate.



Hey look, it's Jena!  Wave hello :)



outfit details:
shift-worn-as-a-blouse - vintage
navy camisole (not visible) - American Eagle
vest - thrifted and modified
cutoff shorts - American Eagle
sequined flats (you can't really see them) - Nine West
belt- Kohl's?
camera necklace - charm purchased at a local craft fair, and I strung it on brown ribbon :)

My dear friend Jena from Charming Anachronism and I had a fantastic photoshoot yesterday, taking advantage of the gorgeous spring weather!  We used my dad's spiffy Canon Rebel T1I and had an absolute blast!  We each picked two outfits, and two hours, 300 photos, and many glasses of homemade Arnold Palmer later, the shoot concluded.  It was so much fun, and I can't wait for more!

One of the backgrounds we used for the shoot was the white fence separating my neighbor's property from mine.  The horses were frolicking about, so we decided to climb the hill and see if they would participate as well - and two of them, the brown and gray ones pictured here, were thrilled to play along!  Well, ignoring the fact that we bribed them with handfulls of grass.... but still!  They were sweet :)

I usually take all my own photos, so this was a nice experience in being able to model for someone else, and when it was Jena's turn in front of the camera, an opportunity to photograph someone else.  I'm hoping with practice, I'll improve in both areas!

I have a three-hour rehearsal tonight for Alice in Wonderland, so I must dash at the moment, lovelies.  I hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy the spring weather!

Cheers!
Shayli

PS - I've been thinking of changing the design of my blog to be more stream-lined, as well as so the photos can be bigger and not be cut off (like the right sides of these are!)  What do you think?

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

what comes after.


New shoes!  Oh yeah!  Aren't they spiffy?







I wear a flower moustache now.
Flower moustaches are cool :)

outfit details:
blouse - Forever 21
oversized cardigan - Urban Outfitters
skinny jeans - Kohl's
shoes - Nine West
belt - thrifted
locket - vintage


From amazon.com:
"After her veterinarian dad dies, sixteen-year-old Iris Wight must leave her beloved Maine to live on a North Carolina farm with her hardbitten aunt and a cousin she barely knows. Iris, a vegetarian and animal lover, immediately clashes with Aunt Sue, who mistreats the livestock, spends Iris’s small inheritance, and thinks nothing of striking Iris for the smallest offense. Things come to a head when Iris sets two young goats free to save them from slaughter, and an enraged Aunt Sue orders her brutish son, Book, to beat Iris senseless - a horrific act that lands Book and his mother in jail. Sent to live with an offbeat foster family and their "dooking" ferrets, Iris must find a way to take care of the animals back at the farm, even if it means confronting Aunt Sue. Powerful and deeply moving, this compelling novel affirms the redemptive power of animals and the resilience of the human spirit."
I was lucky to be able to purchase this book before its official release - April 12, if you're curious - and (pardon the cliché :) ) couldn't put it down!  I mean this quite literally: I carried it with me everywhere, and walked into walls several times because my nose was stuck in this absolutely marvelous book, hindering my directional abilities. . .

Easily relating to Iris, being the vegetarian animal lover I am, I was drawn instantly into this amazing, tragic, beautiful story.  Can you tell I don't really know how to write a book review?  I feel like I'm rambling!  The main point I'm trying to make with this post is: 1) This book is amazing.  It made me cry, and that's really hard for a book to do!  2) Steve Watkins is a fantastic writer!  Oh, and 3) It will most likely leave you craving goat cheese :)

What brought this to the front of my mind today was the scene I saw when pulling into my driveway.  I live in a semi-rural neighborhood, and many of my neighbors have horses, cows, goats, you name it.  (I myself have chickens, and if it weren't for my love of travel I'd probably have many, many more animals!)  So as I was pulling into my driveway, over the crunch of gravel I heard a maaaaaa-ing sound, which made me stop and look around.  I saw my neighbor's goats squeezing through a gap in the fence and following each other, in a straight line, to my front yard, where the adults were munching on grass and leaves and the little ones were frolicking around!  Baby goats are the absolute sweetest creatures - I had to resist the incredibly strong urge to goat-nap a few of them and raise my own little herd!

After a little while, the herd leader led them all back to the fence, through the gap, and into their own pasture, where they wandered around innocently, pretending nothing had happened . . .

I wish I'd had my camera with me!

Cheers,
Shayli

PS - Look at that, outside photos!  Very exciting, I know :)

Monday, 4 April 2011

my sweetest downfall.





 Oh yes, I write on my hands.... how classy!



outfit details:
striped shirt: Kohl's
skirt: Kohl's
tights: Target
belt: borrowed from my mum
scarf: vintage
pin: vintage, gift from my grandma
owl earrings: Charming Charlie's
bracelets: all self-made, except for the gold one (vintage, also from my grandma)

As spring approaches, sickness encroaches.  Yikes, doesn't that sound like a slogan of some sort?  I've probably been reading way too much Brave New World, but I can't help it!  English class, what art thou doing to me?


What I was attempting to say was, I stayed home sick today, so I figured I'd use the time to a) sleep, b) catch up on homework, and c) oh yeah!  Update that gosh-darn blog!  :)  These photos were taken a few days ago while I was still staying at my cousin Zack's house.  Forgive the somewhat-blurriness of the first few photos - Zack was taking them, and I do believe the camera was too big for his little hands!  Not to mention the distortion that happened because he was too short to be on the same level as me sitting on the porch railing....  All the same, he was quite a lovely helper, and afterwards we amused ourselves by taking photos of him in the poses of my previous blog post (specifically, looking "dead).  


I hope I'm not corrupting this poor child!


Yesterday, when I cough probably should have been doing homework cough, my mum and I went on a mini-shopping spree!  Granted, I only ended up with some nail polish and shoes (and frozen yogurt - mmm!!), but it was fun all the same :)  My fingers are now a pretty lilac colour, and the shoes I bought at Nine West are spring/summery and will most likely make their way into an outfit post soon!


As for now, Brave New World is threatening to restrict my soma rations if I don't finish my English homework.... (literary nerd reference?  no?)  Therefore, I must depart, my lovelies!


I hope you enjoyed your spring day!


Cheers,
Shayli


PS - My locket-pin has nothing inside of it, either!  What should I do?

Friday, 1 April 2011

here I dreamt I was an architect.








outfit details:
sweater - Croft & Barrow
skirt - Charlotte Russe
tights - Target
cameo necklace - vintage (gift from my grandma)
shoes - Steve Madden

It's raining!  It's pouring!  I wish I was snoring!

Like my little song there?  This week has been absolutely ridiculously hectic!  Exam reviews, extra meetings for my school's literary magazine, tons of homework and sketchbook assignments due... paired with maybe eight hours of sleep this entire week.  It's enough to bring anyone's spring spirits down with gloomy weather and little sleep.  But I'm staying optimistic!  The fourth quarter of school has arrived, spring break is coming soon, and it's slowly but steadily (well, not-so-steadily) becoming warmer!

Happiness, happiness, happiness :)

I'm staying with my cousin for a few days, and it's been interesting trying to adapt my blog photography to this little room - but I kind of like it!  Especially because quite on accident, my outfit sort of matches the quilt... what a crazy random happenstance!  Tomorrow I think I'll have my little cousin do my photos... if I can teach him to controls on my camera!  Okay, so he's not that little - eleven - but he'll always be my little Zack to me :)

I'm being called to watch movies and munch popcorn now, so until tomorrow, everyone!

Cheers,
Shayli

PS - Is it sad that my little cousin is having to convince me to watch the Poltergeist?  Haha