Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Uncle John's Cider Mill

(A quick note: I am alive, alive, with far much too much to do. I won't make promises about the regularity with which I will able to post, because I have no idea. But! I do have quite the extraordinary backlog of photos, so, those will likely eventually make an appearance! I'm not gone for good—just temporarily preoccupied. ;P For now, some snapshots from my quick trip back to Michigan this weekend. :) )
























Wednesday, September 3, 2014

back from hiatus


Look who's back. :)

It has been quite a summer, about which I will be posting shortly. It feels like ages since I have been on here, but I assure you I've used my time wisely (or at least enjoyably), and also that I should be posting more frequently now that school is back in session. It is my last year of graduate school, which means I am teaching (undergraduates!) and working on my thesis. I'm sure I'll be looking for the sort of pleasant distraction this blog brings. ;) I just wanted to post saying hello, I'm alive, and look for summer photos and regular outfit posts again in the coming week.

Before I run off, I have a quick bit of exciting poetry news! I began submitting work in April (very anxiously, mind you), and I have two publications out now in the world. The most recent poem is in Rattle's "Poets of Faith" issue, and the other can be found in the August issue of decomp! It is my hope to only increase the amount of work I send out over the next year as I prepare my polished poems for my thesis. So, if you're into poetry and/or literature, feel free to check those out, and keep an eye out for hopefully more publications in the future!

Friday, June 20, 2014

23 -> 24

20 days ago, I turned 24. There isn't a big hurrah for this particular birthday, not like the ones on either end of it—21 and 25, markers of freedom and near-adulthood. 24 just sort of fades into the background of birthdays. 23 did, too.

It's been an interesting year, one of real growth and change. All this life-living has kept me away from posting on here as much, and for that I apologize. It seems I'm still trying to strike the perfect balance of living the life I want and taking the time to pause and reflect and share.

One of the things I started last year was a project to document the little beauties in my daily life. I take photos all the time, and I write about some of my darker demons, but these are snapshots from one very specific point of view and are colored by how I see and shape my perception of my life. I wanted to do something a little different, something that forced me to appreciate every day of my life for what it is—a day that is mine.

To do this, I set out to record a second of each day of my 23rd year of life. This way, I would not leave anything out. Not the unglamorous boredom, not my messy finals-are-coming-soon room, not the mundane monotonous life that takes place in between the adventures I share on here. I wanted the whole picture. So here it is, what it looked like for me to be 23 years old.

23 from Leila C on Vimeo.

What am I hoping to do different for 24? I'm not sure yet. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the number of goals I set out for myself, so for now, this summer, I'm just going to do what I can. Read more, write more, learn new things, get a little dirty outside more often. Cook. Travel. Exercise. Those kinds of things. :) I will also try to be better about balancing the things that matter to me. Really, I'll just try to be better. I'll take each day as it comes.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

current travels: san francisco


Hi from sunny San Francisco! It's been a hectic couple weeks as usual, including the move from North Carolina up to Michigan for the summer, my brother's high school graduation, and my 24th birthday! I'm currently back in the Bay for my former students' graduation, but I was also just terribly homesick for California. ;) Elissa lives in the city, so I've crashed with her and have spent my days exploring while she works (at Pixar!). The weather has been behaving itself, so I'm having a pretty fantastic time, sore legs aside from all this walkin'.

Today we went to a street fair and I bought pretty much all of the jewelry possible. Oops. What can I say, though? Too many beautiful things. A random passerby referred to Elissa and I as 'salt and pepper' which was fairly amusing, and we munched on free samples while moseying through the shop stalls. All in all, a very relaxing Saturday. :)

Oh and ps., my hair's pink. Almost-quarter-life-crisis ~holla~



tank top: American Apparel | shorts: American Apparel | denim jacket: Levi's
boots: Doc Martens | belt: vintage | bag: vintage | jewelry: vintage






dress: Urban Outfitters | belt: vintage | shoes: Miista | jewelry: thrifted









Thursday, May 15, 2014

there and back again: where I've been for 2 months!


As always―I'm not dead! I can't believe it has been nearly two months since I last posted. It has been an insane two months, so I won't entirely beat myself up about my blog-slacking. I don't have the energy to quite delve into the real details of why I was missing for so long, but suffice it to say personal & family emergencies + finals = no Leila bloggin'.

The first week of April, I received word that my dear grandmother in Tunisia had passed away, God bless her soul. There was no doubt in my mind about what I should do, so I got on the phone with Lufthansa immediately after hanging up with my dad and was on a plane a day later. I spent two weeks in Tunisia with my family. While it was amazing to see my cousins and aunts and uncles, even with the sad circumstances, I was also frantically struggling to complete my school work because, oh yeah, I was returning finals week of my first year of graduate school. Immediately after my last finals' class period, I flew to Michigan to give an alumni commencement speech at Michigan State (and met up with some of my best friends from high school), and then flew back again to North Carolina to begin packing my things for my move out of my apartment in less than ten days.

So, in short, it has been incredibly busy! I am, in all honesty, exhausted, but I am beyond grateful that it is finally―finally―summer. In celebration of that fact, and in a nod to the past hellish months, here are some photos from what I've been up to. Next up―moving, then Michigan, then California, then New York... and that's just June! Oh yeah, and I turn 24 in two weeks. :) Life keeps on moving.






















































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