Tour Through Blogland

posted on: 10.20.2014

Happy Monday all, only four more days until the weekend! Ha, gotta stay positive right? Anyway, the lovely and talented Chelsea of Holland's Reverie asked if I would be interested in participating in the current web trend "Tour Through Blogland", where bloggers talk about their process and introduce their readers to some other awesome blogs, so obviously I was down. See my responses and selection of bloggers "to know" below!

1. What am I working on? Oh you know this and that, honestly this blog is more or less a day by day process for me. Although I have a few collabs in the invisible queue, my procrastination is unavoidable and I wouldn't say I am truly working on them until an hour before I post. So currently, I am working on this entry right here :).

2. How does my work differ from others in it's genre? Can it be different in that I am unable to nail down a genre? My blog is ever evolving, and so I would say it's unique in that you never know what might end up on this site, nor do I! Also, veracity. I am working hard on being true to you, to not edit out who I am out of fear of rejection. You can be sure that what you read on my blog is very much my real voice.

3. Why do I write/create what I do? Because I LOVE it, duh! But really, I love blogging I do. This blog is incredibly fulfilling and it feels so right to have a space that literally anyone can read. I suppose I write to document, to push my literary abilities, and to in a way give my experiences purpose. 

4. How does my writing/creating process work? Hmm, this varies. I am constantly writing down creative ideas in my journal, sometimes I turn these into posts. Other times I just wing it and then narrate my experiences after the fact. I will say that I am constantly thinking out how to improve my blog and my art, it's an obsession that cannot be silenced. 

Now onto the blogs I highly suggest you check out! 

First, Malia of Little Lady Chang. Each post she creates is like a beautiful poem. When I visit her blog I yearn for a rainy day so that I can curl up under a knitted blanket, sip on a cup of tea, and better enjoy her lyrical words. Also, I love her instagram account. 
My name is Malia Dhawn. The h is silent. So yes, like the morning time, as I was born at 7:10am with the sun. And yes, how appropriate because it's my most favorite time of day. Everything is so bright and fresh -- alive.

I am a twenty-four year old sensitive, thinking, creating soul determined to make life as lovely as possible. Because I have faith in seeing the small and making it important. Twirling in the little nows and soaking them in to my bones. Slowing down and being right here, right this very instant. My favorite things are breakfast, writing in thought streams, lavender, books, a very special man who is my soon to be husband, wedding planning, significance, and my very small, always cold hands.
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Next, sweet sweet Maggie. She may not realize this, but in my mind we're totally friends, like super tight. She is such a friendly and welcoming blogger and this just shines through in her words. Also, this girl has her sh*t together, just check out her credentials. Her posts are always flawless and I would happily invite the creative genius behind Polished Closets to jazz up my life!
I am a personal stylist, closet organization specialist, and a fashion blogger, living in Charlotte, NC with my husband and our two cats. After earning my MS and MBA, working in the "real world" just didn't satisfy my need for fashion, so I started Polished Closets as a creative outlet. While I still work full time in finance, Polished Closets has become a special place for me to share my personal style, organization tips, and lifestyle. It is my hope that Polished Closets inspires women to dress confidently, to express their inner style, and to feel their best.
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Last but not least Kylie of Dress in Sparkles! This girl is probably the only fashion blogger out there to give you a full teeth smile each and every post. Kylie- I thank you for that. She is such a bright and cheery spirit that her superb style is only a fraction of what her blog has to offer.
Hi there, Kylie here! I’m an accelerated second degree nursing student, who plans to go into pediatrics. My blog, Dress in Sparkles, is my outlet for all the other loves in my life, such as fashion, baking and just all around pretty things. 

And there you have it, a tour through blogland. 

Stream of Consciousness

posted on: 10.15.2014

Erik, aka Bear (can you tell why that's his nickname #manchest), just got back from a work trip and in honor of his arrival I snagged a selfie. Speaking of selfies, they make me uncomfortable and I can't help but to channel that awkwardness through my facial expressions. I hate when he leaves, however I will say I did thoroughly enjoy my "me" time: I caught up on Nashville, ate a lean cuisine, then not-so-lean ice cream, and capped the night off by watching 5 consecutive episodes of 19 kids and counting. That show does not help my baby fever. Was that an inappropriate fact for blog talk? Well, I'm into written honesty these days and this is a stream of consciousness post, so that sentence is getting published. Anyway, once in bed I passed out, but thanks to that late night sugar I awoke at 4:30am with a night terror.  Since I was alone I never really fell back asleep, and now here I am at 8:09pm the following day, pooped and in bed (again) about to shut my eyes like the grandma that I am. Goodnight moon, goodnight my friends, love you all and sweet dreams.

pumpkin flop

posted on: 10.13.2014

I truly hate to admit this, and seriously thought about deceiving you all, but I have decided you deserve the truth: these photos are phony. If you haven't picked up on the fact that I love pumpkins from these posts or my instagram account, then let me bring you up to speed...I love pumpkins and visiting a pumpkin patch is something I begin dreaming about in late July. It's probably top 3 on my list of holiday traditions.  Now that that's settled, back to the photos above. Being the serious patcher that I am, I spent several weeks researching the best pumpkin patches on California's central coast. Once I selected the winner I convinced Erik to drive me an hour and a half north to take me to what I thought would be the perfect patch. Last Saturday was going to be the day I finally could to bask in all its orange glory. Unfortunately glorious it was not. Instead we were met by immense crowds, and when I say immense I mean no walking room, thirty minute waits for food and for pumpkin purchasing, and not a single patch! All the pumpkins were in bins just like a grocery store. Within minutes we both became hangry. We walked around the farm in search of serenity and instead found this sad field of lost and rejected gourds. I attempted to lighten the mood by tossing a few in the air while Erik captured my forced smile, then our thought to be fixed camera died. For good. After that we called called it quits, and that is the brutal truth.

But fret not fellow bloggers, I am no longer above your average street patch, and by golly if it's the last thing I do in October, a jack o' lantern I will carve! You can bet those pictures will be filled with real and true smiles. (not just the pumpkin's)

Weekend Inspiration

posted on: 10.12.2014

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

-Robert Frost, October

Currently

posted on: 10.09.2014

So this is sort of where I am at. Just a girl wishing it was cable knit weather and a little pumpkin obsessed. Oh and that face? I am feeling a little nutty right now too. My life is currently jam packed and I am constantly at that tipping point of normalcy and a melt down. But in truth, the busier I am the more I thrive. Yeah I may risk a day of tears and Nicholas Sparks movies here and there, but until that day hits I'll keep riding that productivity wave.

I must admit this post is a bit odd, but can you blame a girl who just downed two popsicles in the name of PMS? Come on, we've all been there.

Farmer's Market

posted on: 10.06.2014

Dear Farmer's Market of Santa Barbara,

My oh my did you prove me wrong. For years I secretly questioned the significance of you and your cousins across this fine state of California. I often asked, "What's so special about produce sold under a tent on stinky asphalt versus the same product found in a clean and air conditioned grocery store?" Logically, the later seemed more appealing. Plus, I was never that person who ate "organic". That was for vegans and wealthy pilates practicing moms. There's nothing wrong with either might I add, in fact I secretly wish I was both yet that's neither here nor there. The truth is yes, those people do shop on your streets, but so does everyone else in Santa Barbara apparently because you are AMAZING. My most sincere apologies for my ignorant prejudice and unwarranted judgement. You are quite plainly my favorite Saturday activity. Your fruits and veggies DO taste better than those of the unnamed mega-markets, and I never realized how happy a $5 bouquet could make me! Until you obviously.

So thank you FMSB, for being awesome, and good, and for introducing Erik and I to the best lemonade we have ever experienced.

With all my love and admiration,

Michaela

Guest Post: The Bear Behind the Blog

posted on: 10.01.2014

Over the last two years it has become abundantly clear that I could never run a fashion/lifestyle blog. I refuse to believe that my completely worn through rainbow sandals and T-shirts with five hard years of wear would inspire anyone – much less my weekend desires to “piddle around” and unwind from a hard weeks work. I will, however, say that my wife’s blog has consistently inspired me to break my boring weekend habits and seek adventure. Adventures can be as simple as taking some beach photos ten minutes away from the house, or going 3,000 miles to Belize. Either way, the sometimes chore of providing content has provided us with some amazing experiences that I may have otherwise spent sitting on the couch.

This blog is important to my life because it is a forum for expression for Michaela. From the beginning I was drawn to her creativity and lively spirit. In the ten years I have known her there has constantly been an outlet for her driving creativity. I joke about her “concentration face” when writing a witty blog post, or adjusting the exposure to be just right on one of her pictures – but I love that face. The passion and care she puts into even the shortest post make me so proud.

In the end, to me, this blog is and has been the new age photo album for us and for our children to come. Instead of an old book sitting in a cabinet, our lives and experiences will be forever immortalized on the pages of this blog for anyone to see. On a recent drive from San Diego back up to Santa Barbara, Michaela and I were talking about our family trees and realized we both did not know the names of our great, great Grandparents. We could not pick their faces out of a crowd in pictures or steal glimpses of who they may have been all those years ago. The real power and exiting aspect of this blog is opening the windows of our lives to not only the followers now, but the followers to come. 

-Erik