Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Resurrection of Unlost



I know I'm not the only one on this good earth who thinks blogging is weird. In my head, I always thought a blog should be a space where one expresses who they are, what they love, what's going on in their life. It should be an honest and true reflection of oneself. Sometimes it becomes more than that, or less than that, as life moves up and down and constantly changes.

In 2011, I started this blog under a different name. I was living in Europe, essentially just a housewife, with endless amounts of time and a new continent chock-full of new adventures that were just a bus or trainride away. I discovered blogging and it essentially took over my life - I LOVED it, and the blog grew quickly, from 0 to 1000+ followers in less than a year.

Then we moved.

The American was back in America. I had school again. A Job. A very good job, that is challenging and rewarding and requires a lot of time, energy and travel.  While working full time and studying, I started up my photography business, moved (again) and then started everything all over.

Transitions can make blogging very difficult.

I don't want to make excuses because I don't need any - 2013 was a great year, it just didn't get documented very much.  With 2014 just around the corner, however, plans to resurrect this space are in full-motion. It will be in many ways a totally fresh start, since I've been absent so long that most of my readers have undoubtedly moved on to other bright and beautiful things.

But the idea of this is more freeing than discouraging. I'm excited to start again, to create a space that is truly mine - a place to share whatever the heck I want to whoever is bored or crazy enough to stop and read.

Get ready - 2014 is going to be a GREAT year. 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

My Beef with Black Friday



I have always been a bit wary of Black Friday. I never failed to see the irony in the idea that we as a country were supposed to take one day (ONE DAY, AMERICA!) to be purposefully grateful for what we have, but then run out the very next day to ultra-consume and buy up everything we didn't have before.

But the deals were good, so I participated to an extent (online shopping, none of this in-store madness) and took it with a grain of salt. Sure it's a little wacky, but who doesn't love a sale?

Following this, I spent three consecutive Thanksgivings/Black Fridays living in Europe, where no such madness existed. I would still get online to snag some sweet deals, but couldn't actively participate in the experience.

So imagine my surprise, at my first stateside Thanksgiving since 2009, when Black Friday started not on Friday but....on Thursday? "Grey Thursday?" ON Thanksgiving? ON the day we were supposed to be purposefully grateful?  There we were, eating dinner with family and at 5 PM, people were popping up to go score their holiday deals!

I have sooo many problems with this:*

1. When a retail location opens it's doors on Thanksgiving, it forces employees to leave their families and spend the national holiday battling crazed shoppers.

2. Instead of taking one day, really no more than 5 or 6 hours really, to spend time with loved ones, people are choosing instead to go battle each other inside a Macy's and Target for electronics and appliances.

3. Let's go visit this website, which has been keeping a count on the deaths and injuries that were caused by Black Friday shopping. This happens EVERY YEAR.  So far we're at seven deaths and eighty-eight injuries. We're not fighting/stampeding to escape war or persecution, to get to food or water or things that would keep us alive. We are literally killing each other over playstations and the XBOX ONE.


Tiny spoiler:

I saw Catching Fire this week. There is a scene where Peeta and Katniss are absolutely disgusted by the fact that people in the Capitol purposely make themselves sick in order to stuff more food down, while people in the outer districts are dying of starvation. THIS IS HOW I FEEL ABOUT BLACK FRIDAY. We are the silly, twittering Capitol citizens that seemed so ignorant and ridiculous to us in the books and movies.

I have a feeling it's going to get worse every year.

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*senseless ranting is about to start. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

That Time I Sliced My Hand Open Trying to be a Good Wife



Once upon a time, my husband Steven was home sick with the stomach flu. After getting home from work, I decided to be an extra good wife and make him homemade chicken soup. I got to work in the kitchen, but before I even really got started I noticed that my favorite kitchen knife was a little dirty. I started scrubbing it.

And then my favorite kitchen knife BRUTALLY ATTACKED MY HAND and cut deep into my thumb. "Honey???" I called from the kitchen. "I think you need to take me to the emergency room!"

And then my very sick husband proceeded to get dressed, wrap up my hand and drive me to the ER, where I proceeded to have four stitches put in, and a fabulously huge, neon pink bandage to take home as a souvenir. Steven really is the best.

I, however, am a silly hot mess. No good deed goes unpunished, I guess! 

Friday, November 15, 2013

J.Crew's Winter Collection (I Die.)



I do not consider myself a brand snob, but when I saw the new images J.Crew released of their winter collection, it was all I could do not to whip my credit card right out and go to town. Maybe it's the fact that the clothes are cool, relaxed, effortless while still being both chic and classy.  Maybe it's the fact that the images were shot in Zermatt, Switzerland...Maybe it's those gorgeous leather gloves.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Workplace does Halloween






I LOVE my work, and a huge part of that love comes from an amazing group of people I work with. We got VERY into halloween this year, with a halloween treat contest, costume contest, and room decorating contest. Yes, one of the rooms had a fog machine. My Wednesday Addams costume got third place in the costume contest, and as you can see I am THRILLED!

Happy Halloween, friends! Have fun, but not too much!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Nerd Chic



Shirt: Similar
Skirt: H&M (old) 
Shoes: Similar
Bracelet: J. Crew

Bag: Asos (old)

Glasses: c/o Firmoo
Bow: c/o Just Peachy

With my buttoned up collar, hair bow and glasses, I felt positively nerd-tastic in this outfit and I have to say I was fine with that.  My hair bow is one of my new favorite accessories - I've worn it all sorts of ways, from braids to top buns. It has really gotten to the point where I feel as though I need one in every color! 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Christmas Card Mini Sessions With Unlost Photography!



Unlost Photography is offering Christmas Card Mini Sessions on three different dates in three different cities - see above! There are limited spots available and I am filling up MUCH faster than anticipated so please email me (see address above) to reserve your spot and get more information. This is an extremely good deal that I'm only prepared to offer this one time, and seeing as my prices will jump significantly come January, you'll probably definitely want to take advantage of this epic opportunity!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

One Year Ago, On My Birthday...


Today is my 21st birthday. Crazy! Time flies so incredibly quickly. It does NOT feel like an entire year ago when Steven and I were walking hand in hand along the streets of Florence, shopping for my 20th birthday present.  I don't drink, so 21 doesn't hold too much significance, but I suppose it's nice to officially be "in my twenties."

I'll be spending my birthday evening with my wonderful husband and my mommy (yay!) who is visiting me from Los Angeles here in Salt Lake City. Whoohoo! 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I'm not dead, I swear!

Gorgeous flowers from a recent shoot. 
Location scouting in a fabulous gallery. 
Sending off photo packages to lovely clients. 

Vintage sign on my way to work. 

I'm not dead. Hibernating, maybe.

Nothing brings down one's ability to blog more than a 9 to 5 job. I LOVE my job (more on that in another post soon) but by the time I get home I am incredibly tired and there are still a million photos to edit and chores to be done. I really do want to get back into blogging, however - it's therapeutic and I miss it terribly as a creative outlet.

Something that is important to do when things get crazy is to be realistic about one's goals. I know that blogging 5-6 days of high quality content just isn't possible with 50 hour work weeks. However, some interesting stuff has been happening and I really do want to share it here.

I'd love your thoughts: are there blogs that only post once/twice a week that you still LOVE to read? Which blogs are they? Send me links!

Peace, Love & Stress-Eating,

Daryl 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Los Angeles After Midnight




This post could also be titled: "What happens when two best friends get finished shooting a wedding and then, even though they're both exhausted, head out to wander aimlessly around Downtown Los Angeles at 2AM on a Saturday Night." 

However, that title seemed a bit long winded. 

Friday, August 30, 2013

Win a FREE Photography Session With Unlost Photography!



Hey, friends! After much debate (because social media can really stress me out sometimes) I FINALLY created a Facebook Page that is just for my photography services. As a way to kick it off, I'm hosting a facebook only giveaway for a free one hour couples, family or portrait session!

Click here to find out more! 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Good Eats: Pallet

 

One of my favorite parts about living in Salt Lake City is the emerging food culture. It may not be up to par with Portland or San Francisco, but that doesn't mean it won't be someday very soon. A friend and I were headed over to The Rose Establishment for some pastries, only to find that it had closed at 5 PM that day. Pallet was right next store and looked as enticing as ever!

We weren't hungry for dinner (which was sad, because everything looked incredible) and settled on dessert instead, choosing a fresh peach cobbler with basil and a balsamic reduction, and a homemade chocolate-lemon ice cream sandwich with the most delicious caramel sauce.  I feel as though I can't be exaggerating when I say that no better desserts were ever had.

If you are in Salt Lake, make your way over to this place pronto.

Images courtesy of The City Home Collective

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