Monday, November 23, 2015

Lake Michigan Road Trip // Mackinac Island Part 2

Usually when I'm packing for a trip I tend to be way optimistic and I pack too many summery clothes and then end up freezing most of the time. This trip was a bit of the opposite! Well, taking a road trip in the Midwest in the third week of September could be chilly! The weather was a bit brisk the first night, but every other day we spent on the trip was just the most perfect weather. I ended up wearing the same cutoffs and top pretty much the whole time just because it was so pleasantly warm. The weather was most noticeable on Mackinac Island. Blue skies and warm breezes made for just a beautiful couple of days. 
We rented bikes from our hotel and rode them around the whole island! This is Arch Rock - a natural bridge formed in limestone. We climbed all the way up to the top of the peak to the left.
The view from up near Arch Rock. This reminded me so much of my home in Door County, Wisconsin.
This small cave was formed during the same period as Arch Rock (the Nipissing post-glacial period) by the waves of Lake Huron. It's called Devil's Kitchen.
On our last day on the island we checked out of the Grand and made our way downtown. We rented a tandem bike and tried not to think about leaving. The tandem bike, by the way, was awesome. Neither of us had ridden one before, so it was a bit of a joke at first, but we quickly got the hang of it and LOVED it.
Said tandem bicycle in front of the Butterfly House. Literally everyone we talked to told us we needed to visit this place. It was pretty awesome. The butterflies were gorgeous! It provided a great opportunity to practice with my (still quite new) camera. There was also a pretty cool tarantula that had recently shed its skin! One of the women working there showed us the shed skin, which was like the coolest thing ever. She was super into it talking about it, too, we could probably have been best friends, haha.
Bye bye, Mackinac Island. I had the time of my life on this island. The whole community and industry (not to mention the landscape, as I mentioned earlier) reminded me so much of the place where I live and work (another beautiful tourist driven place). It was nice to play tourist for once, though. I do have another Mackinac Island post coming up - lots of pictures from the Grand Hotel!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

wearing // another black dress and a vintage cape

It always amazes me how I am able to convince myself that I need another black dress in my collection every time I find one whilst thrifting. I suppose they are all a bit unique, and really, what's wrong with a witchy black dress for every day of the week?

I can't believe no one snatched up this gorgeous cape before I did, as I found it late thrift shopping on a busy weekend. It's one of those amazing pieces you can't find because for eleven months out of the year it's squirreled away in the depths of thrift store storage waiting to come out with the "costumes." 
dress - thrifted // vintage leather cape - thrifted // white boots - thrifted // jewelry - thrifted // bow - DIY

Thursday, November 12, 2015

wearing // all black and nightwalkers

Black is my favorite color to wear. I feel like while I'm cloaked in black can just slowly fade into the shadows, sit back, and observe. And then there's the fact that you can just mix all the blacks and be done with it. So here's a popular outfit choice for me - black on black on black. Absolutely everything in this outfit was thrifted (the shoes I scored on eBay, but guess that's thrifting, too, right?). I was especially excited to find this cardigan. I adore the extra long sleeves and the asymmetrical hem - so wonderfully witchy!

This hairstyle is my usual. I throw it up in a messy bun, sleep on it, and bam. And let's talk about the shoes...I was never a fan of the heel-less shoe look until recently when I realized how sinister and hoof-like they could be. I bid on this pair on eBay, not expecting to win at all. (I usually don't even bid on things, I'm way too lazy. The Buy It Now feature is bae for life.) But a couple of weeks later, having completely forgotten about them, I was notified that I was the high (only) bidder and had won. I was surprised how easy it was to walk in them (which is always everyone's question, how do you walk in those?!) It's just like walking in normal heels.
vintage express dress - thrifted // draped cardigan - thrifted // faux stole - thrifted // 
stockings - gifted // Jeffrey Campbell Nightwalkers - eBay // jewelery - thrifted // vintage Coach purse - thrifted

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

inspired by // the art of Sophia Rapata

Sometimes people come into your life and they make the world seem less lonely. When I first stumbled upon Sophia's work, I could hardly contain my excitement. I felt an immediate connection, loving the strange and macabre as I do, and not long after I was lucky enough to find it, my first piece of art came into my home. 

In my opinion, the best artists are the ones who inspire you to create. Not necessarily using the same medium (although I was inspired enough to pick up a set of watercolors!), but in life in general. Lately I've been in the midst of an artistic slump and have not been motivated to create anything new. This morning as I was scrolling through good ol' Instagram, there was my answer in Sophia's feed. I had so much fun trying to bring some of her characters to life! There are two of them I tried to mimic closely, and the original art is posted below. The rest of the characters are my interpretation of Sophia's artistic style.

The photos of the art I snagged from Sophia's Instagram, which I strongly recommend you check out, in addition to her website and Etsy shop. Please help support Sophia and other artists making the world a more beautiful place!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

equinox photography prints plus now available

I'm excited to share that some of my photographs are now for sale on Society6! I've worked very hard to put together these images, and I'm so proud to see them live on the site! And the coolest part is that not only are they available as prints, but also as coffee mugs, clocks, stationary, phone cases, laptop skins, and more! There are some photos that made it onto the blog, but most of them have never been published here!

Selling through this site is a fun and only temporary way to make a little extra road trip money, and to get my brand out there. I'm working on getting some of my work into local galleries, and maybe at that point I'll start cutting out the middle man and selling them myself. However in the mean time, I hope everyone enjoys taking a peak through my S6 shop!

If there's a photo you've seen on my blog and you're interested in seeing it for sale, let me know and I will make it happen. Also, if I'm lucky enough to have my art travel into your home, please please please send me a pic!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

a walk in the woods

Door County is beautiful in the fall. Well, actually, anywhere that the trees are changing colors is pretty darn beautiful, but there's something about the peninsula in peak that just takes my breath away. Maybe it's the contrast of the blue skies and waters with the oranges, reds, and yellows, or the sounds of the waves lapping on the shore and the wind blowing golden leaves from the trees.

It's November now, and the tourists have scurried back to their home towns leaving my home eerily still. It's wonderful. On a recent day off, I took a walk around one of the trails in Peninsula State Park. I was alone, and I didn't encounter another person the whole couple of hours I was out there.

There was a thick layer of crunchy leaves that covered the ground, and at one point I discovered that I had wandered off the trail. I had a heck of a time finding it again. While I wandered I took in the colors, the crunch underfoot, he glorious smell of the fallen leaves, and the sense of being completely alone in the woods.

I planned things in my head. I picked up pretty leaves and admired them before sticking them into my camera bag to press later. I looked up. I looked down. I shed a tear for the warm seasons that has now passed. It's going to be a long winter.  

Saturday, October 31, 2015

portraits of a witch // 2015

Every year or so around this time I post another bunch of photos in the "portraits of a witch" series. I usually don't include text with the photos, because I think they speak for themselves, but this year I decided to have a talk. This year's self portraits are especially important to me for several reasons. The past year has been hard on me. Hard. I went through a hellish breakup that dragged on for months. I worked too many hours at jobs that, instead of nurturing my spirit and creativity, seemed to squash them. I moved seven times in the span of a year and a half, and never really felt at home. I lost my grip on my good habits, and saw my mental and physical health quickly deteriorate.

It's taken time, and rather than hate the person I became in a period of stress and self doubt, I've learned to accept and love her. I'm better now. Arguably the happiest I've ever been. While my body and my mind slowly start to heal, I'm learning, every day, to love where I am on my journey. I'm trying to be present. One of the rules I try to live by is if it harm none, do as you will, and I'm slowly starting to remember that that includes me.  Mind and body.

For a while I was ashamed of my body. The state of it. It became so different than what I was used to, and it was scary. I got to a point when I wouldn't even go bare legged anywhere because I was so embarrassed. I couldn't wear anything but leggings and baggy harem pants because I didn't fit into anything else. But now I'm making the choice to love my body, in whatever state it is. I know I'm getting better, and that's what's important. So I decided to include some photos skyclad (however keeping the pictures actually posted somewhat modest).

So here is me...all of me (mostly). I'm happy to be here. Blessed Samhain, fellow witches. 
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