Photo A Day|| May 7-14.

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Hey!

I’ve been taking part in monthly photo a day challenges on my Instagram account (heyyitsashley) and I’ve been having a lot of fun with them (when I don’t fall behind on pictures). I figured I would also cross post them to my blog as well. I think for the purpose of blogging, I will post 3-6 per blog post that I do throughout the month. That way I am not spamming my blog with a million photo a day posts back to back. You can follow me on Instagram (linked above) if you want to see them daily though! Some of these pictures will be taken with my Nikon. There will also be some taken with my iPhone.

Days 7-14 of May.

I did end up skipping of the days, but not sure which one since I don’t number the days on my IG account.

Instagram Caption: 🐞🌿❤️ || photo a day • small.
Camera: 
Nikon CoolPix.

I took these when I was visiting my dad a couple months ago. Ladybugs are so cute. My dad had a bunch in his garden.


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Instagram Caption: ravenclaw; values intelligence, knowledge, and wit. 📖💙 i’ve had my ravenclaw pop socket for like a month now and i finally started to use it. i’m stoked and obsessed. || photo a day • i enjoy.
Camera:
iPhone.

I’ve been seeing the Ravenclaw pop socket so many times at Target and I’ve been wanting to get it, but I didn’t want to pay $14.99 for it. It finally went on sale and I got it for $9.99. I had it for a month and never got around to using it, even though I wanted it so badly. 😛 I finally put it on though. So that’s the one I am currently using at the moment.


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Instagram Caption: my dude. ♡ || photo a day • looking down.
Camera:
iPhone.

Taking my pup Dax for a walk. I can’t believe he turned eight years old this year. He’s becoming an old man. 😦 He still acts like a puppy the majority of the time though.


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Instagram Caption: hey, seal! 👋🏼⛵️🌊 || two years ago; monterey bay, california. || photo a day • throwback.
Camera:
I took this with a Sony digital camera I had (but I don’t remember what exactly since it was two years ago and I don’t think I still even have it).

CALIFORNIA! I need to go back to Cali, ASAP! I had such a fun time and there were so many things I wanted to do in San Fran (and Monterey Bay) that I didn’t get to do. I definitely need to plan another trip back there. We were walking around Monterey Bay and I spotted this seal just chillin on a rock. There were tons of seals around, which was neat.


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Instagram Caption: 🌴🌿⚪️ || photo a day • shape.
Camera:
iPhone.

One of my favorite lens ball pictures. This was taken with my 80mm lens ball. I used another lens ball picture below for a different day too.


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Instagram Caption: HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! 💐 we went fishing yesterday for a little bit until it rained. played around with my 60mm lensball and took this picture with my iphone. i didn’t notice my older sister, our mom, and aunt in the lensball until after; but i like it and it’s perfect for mother’s day. 🌊🐟🎣 || photo a day • family.
Camera:
iPhone.

This is my 60mm lens ball. It’s easier to carry around my smaller one. As my caption said, we went fishing. The weather was crappy though so we didn’t stay out long. I was hoping to try out my new camera with my lens ball, but since it rained I didn’t even take it out. I didn’t want to risk it getting wet or damaged. I really like how this one came out even with my iPhone.


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Instagram Caption: ♡♡♡ || picture from saturday. || photo a day • late.
Camera:
Nikon D3400.

You may have seen this orchid picture in my “new camera” post, but I ended up using it for my picture for this photo a day as well. I LOVE the quality of this picture. I’ve been trying to get pictures of my mom’s orchid’s for awhile now with my iPhone and my Nikon CoolPix, but the pictures always came out really bad no matter how many times I’ve tried. I finally got a great shot with my new Nikon D3400!

I still haven’t really been able to take my camera out, because the weather has still be really crappy here. It’s been raining/storming every single day since last Friday and I don’t now if it will ever let up. UGH. According to my weather app it’s supposed to continue to rain every day all the way until next Saturday, WTF!

Random: I’ve been listening to a lot of true crime podcasts (main one being Generation Why) and I am now obsessed with them. I love true crime stuff. I watch the Investigation Discovery channel religiously. I don’t read enough true crime books though, so that may need to change. I am living for these podcasts though.

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| Before I Let Go.
WWW Wednesday #50.
Thoughts|| Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblack

Thoughts|| Before I Let Go.

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Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
2 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return. Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town’s lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she’s a stranger. Corey knows something is wrong. With every hour, her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter…


I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Release date was January 2nd, 2018.

I was really excited about Before I Let Go, because I really loved Marieke’s book “This Is Where It Ends“. Honestly, I’m not entirely sure what to make of Before I Let Go. It was interesting at first, but then it started to get really weird and kind of not making too much sense. I couldn’t really figure out where Nijkamp was going with the story and I don’t know if that was a good thing or not. I guess for me it wasn’t. I wanted some kind of idea, but I had no clue. A lot of people will love that about this book and I usually do, but I was more frustrated than anything. I just wanted to know what the heck was going on and I felt like it took ages to get there.

It’s hard to really talk about without giving out spoilers. A plus about this book was that the chapters were really short, so it was really easy to read through it pretty quickly. Another weird thing about this story was the way that it was told. It was mostly in the main character’s point of view, but then randomly there will be a narrator telling the store. It was just thrown in randomly and it was in a weird format where it was kind of like a play script when the narrator was talking. It’s hard to explain, but it was weird to me. So I started to wonder if everything that was happening was real or not.

Overall, Before I Let Go was okay. I can see why a lot of people would like it, because of the mystery aspect of it and it did keep you guessing. It just wasn’t for me though and I was getting a little bit of We Were Liars vibes from it and I honestly did not like We Were Liars at all. This book might be for you though, so definitely check it out if it sounds interesting to you.

In case you  missed it;
WWW Wednesday #50.
Thoughts|| Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over.
New Camera.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

WWW Wednesday #50.

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads linked below.


Hey!

I have actually been reading quite a bit this month, which has been exciting considering the last couple months I haven’t read as much as I would have liked. I am hoping I can finish all (it’s more than one ughhh) of my currently reading books down below by the end of the month. Here is what I’ve been reading the last week/week and a half.

Currently Reading:

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Mayfly by Jeff Sweat
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
Circe by Madeline Miller

I am currently reading three books, ughhh. I don’t usually do this as I’ve said before. Although, Mayfly is currently on hold for right now. I do like the book, but I am not in the mood for a dystopia book right now. I don’t want to force myself to read it and end up not liking it because of that. Emergency Contact was one of my most anticipated books of the year, so I decided to finally start it. Circe, I got an e-book copy from my library, so that is why I am starting it now so I can read it before it gets returned. I read Emergency Contact at home and I read Circe when I am out and about, so I don’t have to take my book around with me. Emergency Contact has a white and pastel pink cover, so I don’t want to risk it getting dirty, lol. The book sleeves I have only fit paperback books and I am not about to drop $25-30 on a bigger book sleeve that I probably won’t use often, to be honest. 😛 I’m not that far into any of these three books, but what I have read so far I like.


Recently Finished:

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Inferno by Juli Kagawa
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

I’ve actually read a ton of books since I last did one of these WWW posts. These are the last three that I read (or listened to). INFERNO!!! It’s the final book in the Talon Saga and I am so sad that it’s over. Inferno was AMAZING. So many feels. The Talon Saga forever has a piece of my heart. Okay, so I’ve said this before, but I have a love/hate with John Green books. Most of the time I usually don’t like them or think they are just “okay”. I absolutely loved everything about Turtles All the Way Down and I was honestly SHOCKED! I listened to the audiobook. I went into it thinking “I already know I am not going to like this”, but I loved it. I connected with the MC on so many levels. Before I let Go…WTF did I read? It was weird. It was strange….and I just didn’t get it. It wasn’t for me. I’ll have a full review at some point this week.


Reading Next:

I’m not entirely sure what I am going to read next, because I feel like I already have a ton of books that I am currently trying to read, so by time next week rolls around there is a good chance I’ll still be reading those. I will try to get back into Mayfly and hopefully have it finished by the end of the month or the beginning of June. I also have a ton of other ARCs and review books that I need to read. I think I may do a post about all the books I need to read for review.

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Feel free to link me to your posts, so I can check them out!

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over.
New Camera.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Thoughts|| Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over.

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Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff
4 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: A bad storm, two canceled flights, stuck in an airport with a hot stranger and the guy who broke her heart… what could go wrong? After Sari caught her boyfriend Zev cheating on her, their romantic Florida vacation was ruined. She can’t get back to NYC soon enough. Unfortunately, mother nature may have different plans. A huge storm is brewing in the Northeast, and flights all over the country are getting canceled—including Sari’s. She winds up stuck at the airport for hours. With Zev! When another stranded passenger (a hot NYU guy) suggests a connecting flight to Boston, Sari jumps at the chance. But when her mom freaks out about her traveling alone, she has no choice—she has to include Zev, and somehow survive being trapped with the guy who broke her heart! 


I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Release date: Today, May 15th.

Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over was such a fun book. It was really fast paced, which I loved. I flew through it in just a few days. It had me laughing out loud quite a bit. I always love when a book has me cracking up.

I really enjoyed all the characters in the book as well. Sari was a lot of fun and was willing to do anything to make it back to New York City, which lead to some pretty crazy and funny events. Zev, you wanted to dislike him so bad because Sari was hurt from catching him with his ex-girlfriend…but there’s just something about him. It was way too hard not to like him. Fitz and Dylan were great! They added another fun element to the story. Sari’s best friend Trina was also another great character as well. She was a trooper, that’s for sure. Sari was heartbroken after things happened with Zev, so Trina did whatever she could to help her out and be there for her even a thousand of miles away.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book so much. It was quick, it was fun, and it had it’s cute and disastrous moments too. I would recommended this book, especially if you’re looking for an easy to read, cute and funny contemporary.

In case you missed it;
New Camera.
Top Ten Tuesday|| Favorite Color Book Covers.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

New Camera.

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Hi!

I did a thing and bought a new camera. I probably could have held out for a while longer, but I couldn’t resist any longer. SORRY, CREDIT CARD… I got the Nikon D3400. It’s my first DSLR camera and I am kind of nervous about it, because I have no idea how to use the thing (well the manual mode)! The other one I have is just a Nikon CoolPix and it’s just a basic point-and-shoot camera, so there really isn’t a whole lot to that one.

I was pinning a ton of beginner guides and tips for DSLR cameras days before getting it. I watched YouTube videos all weekend and I’m still like “WHAT?!”. This is going to be a challenge, that’s for sure! I’m up for it though and I am determined to master manual mode. A lot of places on the internet and reviews of the camera itself say that the Nikon D3400 is perfect for beginners, so that’s good.

I like that with the Nikon D3400 I can buy different types of lenses for it. You can’t change lenses with the point-and-shoot one. I definitely need a macro lens and a zoom lens. I live for taking pictures of flowers, so I want a good macro lens. I also live for taking pictures of the moon, so I want a good zoom lens. The standard lens it comes with doesn’t zoom very good. Lenses are not cheap (one of the ones I want is $130!), so it’ll probably be quite awhile before I can get any others. I’m fine with that though, because I should probably just master the DSLR manual mode with the standard lens first before introducing different lenses, haha.

Here are a couple pictures I took with the camera. The flowers were just in the macro mode setting (which is like my CoolPix) and the ones of my kitten Leaf I tried to play around with the partial manual mode a little bit.

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I got this an e-book from my library this weekend about how to use a DSLR camera and read it. It was pretty good and beneficial. Lots of good information. I’m still a little lost as far as everything goes though, lol! It’s just SO MUCH TO REMEMBER AND KNOW! I am so stoked to have this camera though and I can’t wait to really play around with it and start learning. The weather was pretty crappy all weekend (cloudy and rainy) and it’s supposed to be all week too, ugh. Hopefully I’ll get some good opportunities to try it out ASAP! Luckily I have a ton of school work I’ve been neglecting, so that’ll keep me busy all week until I can really dive into playing with my new camera once the weather gets nicer again. Ugh, rain. Ugh, Florida.

I need to post my photo a day pictures soon. I haven’t posted since days 1-6 and it’s already been eight more days of pictures. I need to catch up with that post!

In case you missed it;
Top Ten Tuesday|| Favorite Color Book Covers.
Photo A Day|| May 1-6.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Top Ten Tuesday|| Favorite Color Book Covers.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover (or In the Title).


Hey!

The topic for today is books with my favorite color on the cover (or in the title). This is a fun topic this week! My favorite color is PINK. I pretty much love all shades of pink. These ten books are books that I have not read yet, but really want to read. Some of them I own and some of them I don’t own yet.

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Dreamology by Lucy Keating
The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne
Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

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We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
A Messy, Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan
The Falling Between Us by Ash Parsons
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

I am hoping to read The Falling Between Us and Emergency Contact this month. And of course I would love to read all of these books at some point this year. I’ve owned Dreamology and The Wrong Side of Right for awhile now.

What’s your favorite color? Have you read any of the books on my list? Feel free to link me to your posts, so I can check them out!

In case you missed it;
Photo A Day|| May 1-6.
Wrap Up|| April.
Top Ten Tuesday|| Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleypink

 

Photo A Day|| May 1-6.

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Hey!

I’ve been taking part in monthly photo a day challenges on my Instagram account (heyyitsashley) and I’ve been having a lot of fun with them (when I don’t fall behind on pictures). I figured I would also cross post them to my blog as well. I think for the purpose of blogging, I will post 3-6 per blog post that I do throughout the month. That way I am not spamming my blog with a million photo a day posts back to back. You can follow me on Instagram (linked above) if you want to see them daily though! Some of these pictures will be taken with my Nikon. There will also be some taken with my iPhone.

Days 1-6 of May.

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Instagram Caption: i can’t believe she’s going to be one next month. where did the time go? 🍂🐱💕 || photo a day • something good.
Camera: iPhone.

My little Leaf is not so little anymore. She’s already going to be one years old and that’s CRAZY! I feel like we just got her. She’s still the sweetest kitty ever.


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Instagram Caption: salvador dali & frida kahlo • downtown hollywood, fl • there’s actually another artist (jean-michel basquiat) painted on the other side of frida, but i was in the car driving past so i couldn’t get the other side. i definitely have to walk past it next time, so i can get the full mural. || photo a day • colour.
Camera: iPhone.

Another mural painted on one of the buildings in Downtown Hollywood. There are still plenty more I need to get around to seeing. I also really want a full shot of this one next time.


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Instagram Caption: 📖💙 • photo a day || on my plate.
Camera: iPhone.

White Cheddar Cheez-It are my favorite! I was currently reading Airport, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over at the time of this picture. It was pretty fun and plan to have my review posted next week for the release day week.


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Instagram Caption: hello weekend ✌🏼 i don’t plan to leave my bed the rest of the day/night. me & season four of wentworth tonight. || photo a day • what i see.
Camera: iPhone.

I ended up not watching the entire season four of Wentworth this day. It was so freaking intense that I had to stop for awhile. OMG, this show. I love it so much, but damn all the feels and all the crazy. If you ask the hubby, he’ll tell you that you can hear me all night yelling at the tv and yelling that I can’t take the show anymore and that I can’t handle it. LOL.


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Instagram Caption: “i no longer force things. what flows, flows. what crashes, crashes. i only have space and energy for the things that are meant for me.” 🌊 || photo a day • earth.
Camera: iPhone.

Hollywood Beach, FL. 😀 The waves were pretty decent sized that day. The ocean is always so pretty and I can take a million pictures of it and never get bored with it. I love the quote that I decided to caption my picture with. I think it fits for the ocean picture and fits me.


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Instagram Caption: 🌼💛🌊 || photo a day • something yellow.
Camera: Nikon.

These flowers are so pretty and I love that they were in front of the ocean too, because it made for a really awesome picture. This is probably one of my favorites that I’ve taken.

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| April.
Top Ten Tuesday|| Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early.
Book Haul|| April.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack