: Azeeta Designs dragonfly ring giveaway…

Friday, January 30, 2015
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I once met a man who believed that every dragonfly he saw was a sliver of his father's departed spirit coming to visit him.  You see, his father loved dragonflies… the colour, their motion, the patterns of their wings, and so, it would seem natural for him to return to the world as a dragonfly.  

At the time this man was telling me this story, it was summer.  Hot, hot, Chicago summer.  Cicadas were buzzing and we were sitting in a pool, trying to prevent the sun from setting us ablaze.  He finished his story and climbed onto a raft, where he promptly fell asleep.  I was reading a book.  I happened to look up and notice that a large blue dragonfly had landed on his toe, and I couldn't help but smile.  

… and all that just to introduce this week's #freebiefriday.  What can I say?  I'm feeling nostalgic for heat and sun and gosh, aren't dragonflies beautiful?  I hope you'll agree with me that dragonflies are pretty epic, as this week's freebie is this AMAZING dragonfly ring from Azeeta Designs!  It is great stacked with other jewelry and on it's own! 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS INTERNATIONAL!  Bonne chance, tout le monde! 

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: Details…

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
oasap white lace dress, blackfive fedora, cori crooks mexican tile earrings, primlark arrowhead necklace, song yee designs agate slice necklace, fera jewellery shark tooth ring, azeeta designs dragonfly ring, HL collection flower ring, Twisted Whimsy crescent moon ring, boho outfits, hippie outfits, outfit ideas

They are all flipping over this outfit.  Have you ever gotten dressed and thought, "Wow… I'll bet that this would look good with this outfit" and put it on, looked in the mirror, gone back to stare at your closet and think, "Wow, I'll bet that THIS would look really good with this outfit, too," and then put it on, looked in the mirror, gone back to stare at your closet and repeated the process again?  


That happened today.  Who knew that one day I'd buy a pair of crazy burnt orange platforms for $8 on sale and then 4 years later would find a fedora in the exact same colour?  And then end up with a collection of gold and silver jewelry that blended SO perfectly that it looks like I'd originally picked everything out simply to go together.  Don't even get me started on the nails matching the dress.  

This is my new favourite outfit.  

… after yesterday's rant, I needed an outfit like this. 

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: Does this lipstick make me look like a badass?...

Monday, January 26, 2015
prim lark tiny brass arrowhead necklace, deb cocoon sweater, high waisted shorts, studded moto boots, crochet beanie, outfit ideas

… because I'm pretty sure it does. Even though I'm making a scrunchy face.  And I look a bit like a maroon-coloured bat… and I'm wearing one of SB's silly old t-shirts that I sliced up because scissors are sometimes fun to play with and I didn't have an old shirt of  my own to cut up… 

Anywho… I've been doing quite a bit of reflecting lately and I've come up with a couple of interesting things that I need to bounce around cyberspace for a bit.  

1) I am SO incredibly right brained (98%… I took the quiz… which makes no sense because I'm a Libra… that means I should be balanced… more on that later), that I think everyone I consider a close friend is about 99% my polar opposite.  My two best friends in the states?  One is going for her MD/PhD. and plays with stem cells for about 12 hours a day and the other one is literally the ONLY reason I survived math in junior high.  I was royally screwed and had to repeat algebra when she moved to Germany before our freshman year of high school.  When I look at people I've dated, I've got  a financial planner, a cop, a doctor, and a computer scientist (is that the right term for someone who majored in computer science?).  I can't tell you how many times I've wished and wished and wished that I was surrounded by people who paint, make music, twirl a lot, sing, and love to take photos, but when I think about the time that I spend in creative circles like this, I remember how drained and angry I feel at the end of these experiences.  Perhaps I need to work on my left brain skills…

2) I am a Libra.  Now, I'm really not ALL that into the whole horoscope thing (though at various points during my developmental years, I religiously logged into AOL first thing in the morning ("neeee… neeeee… neeeee… neeeee…. nurrrrr… neeee… nurrr… neeee… nurrr" (dial up, right?)) to check my horoscope and then planned my day around it), but I can take or leave them… I guess.  What I'm getting at is that according to anything ever written about a Libra, I should have something resembling balance within my being, but for real, I'm a walking contradiction.  It's starting to get on my nerves. 

3)  I am getting dangerously close to turning 30, and I have only the vaguest idea of who I actually am. If you'd asked me when I was 18, where I thought I'd be when I was 28, I would most definitely have told you that I would have been married straight out of college, started working a fabulous fashion job, bought a giant condo in a big city and been working on my second kiddo.  In reality?  I have still yet to work a salaried job, the thought of buying anything to live in is terrifying and unrealistic, and I can't even start to think about marriage or kids.  On the flip side, I did put myself through grad school, moved to Europe, own two cars, and have been to about 35 countries, which I never thought I'd do… sooooo…. 

4)  I need to talk about Emma Watson, because I'm venting and something has just come to my attention.  Emma Watson is going to play Belle in the live-action rendition of "Beauty and the Beast."  Now, I don't really ever say "hate" or the b-word, but grrrrrr!   I want to use them in the same sentence and apply it to Emma.  But not in a bad way.  Ok.  Sort of in a bad way.  I have an issue with Emma Watson.  It all started when I was 12-ish and Harry Potter was going to become a movie.  Since my aunt had been bringing me HP books from England for several years and I felt so ahead of the newborn American HP lovers, I felt highly possessive of HP and decided that I wanted to audition for the movie.  There was a time when you could record an audition tape and send it in… which I did… and was promptly rejected, because I am not British.  Then Emma was cast and a great big green flower of envy started growing on my heart.  I overcame it for a while and tried to really love Ems.  When she got a pixie cut and was promptly dubbed "Sweetheart of the World" or some such title proclaiming universal love, I figured I'd get a pixie cut.  I looked like a pre-pubescent boy.  I let my hair grow and developed real appreciation for Emma, but now she's been cast as my favourite Disney princess… and I'm not sure how to take it… 

5) I really want to see the sun.  It's been about 3 weeks since it made its last appearance.  I'm beginning to doubt that it still exists, which is highly likely to be the reason behind this rant.  Sorry.  It's Mother Nature's fault.  

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: If I still lived with my college roommate…

Saturday, January 24, 2015
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My college roomie and I were the best of friends… for all of about 6 months.  We'd been going to classes together for a few semesters and I'd always been a bit intimidated of her, but suddenly, we found ourselves living together.  It was great.  We bought tons of clothes at consignment stores, dressed to the nines, went out and drank scotch (which really impressed the guys) and quickly ended up with so many inside jokes that it often seemed that we were speaking our own language.  For real.  It was the life.  She got me on track to graduate early (with her), which I did and when I found an internship in NYC, I brought her along with me.  And that's where the fun ended.  I guess I've been feeling a bit nostalgic over the whole relationship lately, as this outfit looks like something that she would have dressed me in and is a bit out of the hippie character I've found myself falling into lately… 

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: Valentine's Day with 9th & Elm giveaway…

Friday, January 23, 2015

Hooray for Fridays!  This week, post multiple international adventures, I'm thinking about another upcoming event… Valentine's Day!  I think I've mentioned before that when Valentine's Day rolls around, I'm not huge on hearts and flowers and all of that (pizza and a beer, anyone?), but what gal doesn't love a gift every once in a while?  Since the hearts don't always get my hippie heart pumping the way they do for some ladies, I've put together some of my favourite lovely, bohemian pieces from 9th & Elm.  I love them so much (see what I did there?  Love?  Valentine's Day?) that I've already ordered a few of them for myself… 

Also, since it's #freebiefriday, I've got a giveaway for ya'll!  The fabulous folks at 9th & Elm want to give one lucky : the daily savant : reader a $50 shop credit!  Weeeeee! 

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: I once wrote a limerick in Limerick…

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
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Another day, another journey, amiright?  These snaps are from our very last day in Ireland.  We had another guided tour, this time, to the Cliffs of Moher.  This lovely and affordable tour first took us to a lovely little West coast fishing village before zooming past Dunguire Castle (ruins) and another quick stop at Corcomroe Abbey.  This abbey was super cool, as it had no roof and had a real ghostly feeling (which, I love… BOO!).  

We had another quick stop at a small cluster of cliffs (referred to by the locals as the "Little Cliffs" but historically known as "Black Head") where we got a feeling for climbing around somewhat above sea level.  Lunch was in another small town, called Doolin Village.  I'll note that this lunch stop was optional for our tour and had we packed a picnic, our driver would have taken us directly on to the Cliffs of Moher, but we found ourselves picnic-less and so we opted for the lunch at a really cute, cozy cafeteria.  

Next stop: Cliffs of Moher.  Wow.  They are 700 ft. above sea level and it was SUPER muddy!  Getting close to the edge was rather nerve-wracking at first, but on our climb back down, I found myself getting closer and closer to the edge.  There is a museum at the cliffs that I've heard is amazing, but we spent too long wandering around the cliffs to have time to check it out.  

On our drive back to Dublin (through Limerick), I wrote several rather wonderful limericks… none of which I can remember at the moment, as I was in a semi-comatose state from all the fresh air, but if I happen to remember them, I'll fill ya'll in later!  

Sweater ℅ Deb
Sunglasses ℅ Freyrs

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: Giant steps…

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Holy cow, how did I get so behind (I've already been home from this trip for 2 weeks AND gone another trip!).  Anyway, let's wrap up the goods on Ireland (this post and one more, before we can move back to outfits and Budapest!).  

I think I mentioned before that this Ireland trip was insanely well-planned.  This only happened because my aunt was supposed to be on the journey with SB and me and because I know she likes structure, I planned to give it to her.  When she didn't end up coming along, we just got lucky and had a well planned vacation.  

On this particular day of our trip, we journeyed via coach tour to the Giant's Causeway.  This spot is epically cool because it was created a gazillion years ago by Finn McCool, the Irish giant.  He and the Scottish giant were having some issues and Finn built the causeway as a path to Scotland to get everything straightened out.  It didn't go quite as planned, but it turns out that Finn McCool is a pretty clever dude.  You can read the whole story here.  There are, of course, some super lame scientific explanations for how the causeway came to exist, but as I think we all know, the science of it is a bit of baloney.  

… it was definitely created by a giant.  

… and some leprechauns were probably there when we were there because there was a rainbow… 

In addition to the causeway, we got to cross the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, which was kind of an intense experience, thanks to the incredible gusts of wind blowing through the pass!  I don't have a fear of heights, but I definitely needed to hold on with both hands all the way across the bridge and back, as I didn't want to blow overboard!  Poor SB was in charge of the camera and documenting this adventure, so he only had one hand to hold on with! 

We also got to see a variety of Game of Thrones film locations (which you may remember, mean almost nothing to me, as I cannot seem to get interested in the show to save my soul… though now that I've been to two different countries and seen about 7 different film locations, I may need to start watching just so I can say, "Been there, done that!"), ate some wicked yummy Irish pub food, and even made our way up to Belfast for a quick wander around! 

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