Friday, July 25, 2014

Moving & Settling in Lancaster

I have completed the biggest move of my life thus far. I drove my little Beetle bug 755 miles while my dad drove a budget truck full of my stuff from Atlanta, GA to Lancaster, PA. It was quite a feat that we completed in two days.

The first day started with a sassy gay homeless man helping us parallel park the Budget truck on Ponce de Leon. He got out and stopped traffic in the middle of the road and everything without us even asking! My mom referred to him as our personal parking assistant and we tipped him once we were parked.
Before and after pictures of the Budget truck. The movers packed everything so well it looks deceptively empty!
Probably my favorite moving picture. My dad chilling on the couch on Ponce while the movers pack the truck.
After the movers packed the truck, we began our trip. My mom rode with me in my bug and my dad led the way with the Budget truck. (My mom and I switched off for the last few hours until we reached our hotel in Stafford, VA)

I documented each state line with a video posted to my Snapchat story, which was quite fun--especially when my mom struggled to work Snapchat. I was going to go through and save all the videos, but I forgot within the 24 hours it gives you because of unpacking and spending the last few days with my parents that I would get until a good while.

My parents stayed in the Marriott in downtown Lancaster so while they were here we walked around the city and enjoyed a bit of the nightlife.

Hanging out at the Marriott Bar waiting for my dad to get ready for dinner. 

One of the coolest restaurants ever--especially to me with my newspaper background in high school.
The next day we showed my parents around the countryside a bit in search of covered bridges and took them by where I'll be starting work in August.

I've been settling into Daniel and I's apartment. There's only two boxes left, but there's still a lot to do until we both feel completely comfortable with where everything is. As far as moving states stuff, I've already gotten my PA license and everything is set up for my first day of work! I'm working on the last leg of my to-do list which includes everything involving getting a PA license plate and then I'll be a real resident here on paper. (I keep imagining people seeing my GA license plate and thinking "Daaayummm you drove a long way!")

It's so surreal that my life has taken me on this journey. I'm still in disbelief that I'm here most days. Even in my dreams, I still dream of and in Georgia. Despite my love (and a little bit of missing) for Georgia, I'm so excited to make root here in such a beautiful new city and place!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Moving & Nostalgia

If you don't already know, I got the job in Lancaster, PA! I hadn't posted about it here yet, because life got pretty hectic, pretty fast. Things are starting to settle a little bit more now that I have a plan to get to PA and so the packing has begun.

Packing is going to be the biggest hassle of this whole move--I have lived in the same house for 22 years and am a very sentimental person. I'm having to sort through all kinds of stuff and decide what I should keep and what I shouldn't. If you know me, the one thing that I will definitely be keeping are all my photographs. I've found so many photograph gems while going through my things.

My memory box full of some of my photos

I also found some postcards that my 1st grade class collected and found a PA one. See if you can find Lancaster! (hint: it's by the amish illustrations)

I also decided to grab a few photos from my baby books that I would like to take with me in addition to some I already have. 
I was a strange child.
Sunflowers in our backyard!
Pocahontas tent with my dad.
I love finding all these old memories as I pack. I just have to be wary of not getting distracted while I actually need to be packing!!

Have you ever made a huge move and found cool photos or sentimental things while packing?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

My Weekend in Lancaster

I'm currently sitting in the BWI Airport after a pretty incredible weekend with Daniel in Lancaster, PA. I got to make an impromptu visit after the company he works for gave me the chance to interview (fingers-crossed!!), and while I was here I fell even more in love with my potential future home. 

I always thought I would be more of a city girl, as evidence of my first post here, but after this weekend I think I have found the perfect place for me. Lancaster is a bit of everything and (even better) is near everything. The city of Lancaster itself is beautiful and has a ton of little boutiques, shops and pubs, along with a year round farmers market--it reminded me a lot of River Street in Savannah, GA. The surrounding area of Lancaster has every outlet store you have ever wanted--Loft, PotteryBarn, Ralph Lauren, Fossil, you name it, they have it.

Daniel and I woke up early on Saturday and went to the Farmer's Market to have breakfast. We wound up getting some Mean Cup coffee and some donuts from Shady Maple--they were both amazing!
Also in celebration of getting my interview, we ate at the Shady Maple Smorgasbord which is an Amish Buffet that seats 2,000 people and has a huge gift shop. You can actually see the Google Maps walkthrough of the whole complex here

The best part about it is there is parking for the Amish outside.

And on our way back to Daniel's apartment, we saw a lot of Amish riding horse and carriages. Here's an attempt at a drive by photo here:

It was a really great trip, and on top of having a chance at a great job I got to see Daniel and discover Lancaster with him.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

New Look, Same Blog


Lots of changes here at Living Snapshots. I decided that because I'm an adult now--and really do enjoy blogging--that I would start really building my online branding of this website and what I want it to be.

This realization came to me, of course, when all great ideas come to me--right when normal people are starting to go to bed. It's not a sudden change for me because I've been uncomfortable with how my blog was looking for a while. So last night I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy a theme from Etsy. Thank goodness I did. Look how beautiful this theme is (albeit the sidebar still being under construction)! It actually inspired my new URL as well.

After seeing the theme, I realized that some people do brand their blogs based solely off their names--
and then I remembered that I have long since used my first and middle name for my photography on flickr and on tumblr. I also realized that my blog winds up being more personal to me than any type of specific blogging, so thus Kelly Danielle at was born.

I'm very excited about this change and I hope you are too. I think it will open up new doors for me creatively because I always felt so confined by the-now-formally Living Snapshots.

Any bloggers out there making similar transitions?
Do you feel as liberated as I do now?

Monday, June 9, 2014

Girls' Day Out

This weekend, while my parents were living it up in New York City, my sister and I got to spend some time together getting to know Atlanta a bit more.

Ordering at West Egg!

I had been wanting to spend some time with my sister in the city since I moved into my new apartment, but things got so busy right out of the gate that neither one of us really had the time. This weekend's timing worked out perfectly.

We basically spent the day shopping and visiting some of my favorite places around Atlanta. I took her to the thrift shop mentioned in my previous post, Eclectia (one of my favorite decor shops), Matter Boutique, and Crafted Westside. We also ate lunch at my favorite place in Atlanta--West Egg.

My favorite store out of all of them had to be Crafted Westside--1) because it was their grand opening and I got to have free King of Pops and 2) because it was like walking into Etsy in real life. Basically Crafted Westside is a place where Atlantans can sell their handmade goods instead of relying solely on online spaces like Etsy.

Look at dapper Mr. Deer, here! All hand made bow ties!

I didn't want to leave and was completely overwhelmed by how beautiful everything was (a word my sister said I overused that day). Poor Katie was dying because she was hungry and I couldn't stop looking things over (she had to resort to hovering around the grand opening's refreshment table).

I wound up leaving the shop with upwards of 10 business cards from the various crafters and an awesome card+gift combo for my mother's birthday this weekend (she's turning the big 5-0!). I also bought a cute postcard to send to Daniel and a gorgeous leather tassel keychain for myself.

I have officially updated my keychain from that of college, all the while joining the ranks of janitors everywhere with the amount of keys I need to function.

I can't wait to go back and visit again to check out more inventory brought by these amazing crafters of Atlanta. It was also just an inspirational space--it makes me want to start on all the projects I've been scheming up with my sewing machine for the past few weeks!

Do you have any local stores that you fell in love with at first visit?

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Thrifty Living

If you are in the blogging network, you have probably heard of The College Prepster. You've also probably loved her sense of fashion. 

I fell in love with her post from last Wednesday where she featured a beautiful striped beach shirt that she sported over Memorial Day Weekend.
From the College Prepster
I looked at the list price which was $180 and thought that the style would wind up being something I looked at but did not get a chance to wear.

Then I went thrifting at the thrift shop next door to my apartment building. I found the perfect subsitutte striped shirt in the men's section, and wound up leaving with it. It's a Penny Stock, "The Penny Worker" button up. It's made of super soft material and has little gems about it like an embroidered Abe Lincoln. I couldn't leave the store without it. 

I styled it with my favorite Lucky Brand shorts and a ribbed tank from Old Navy (similar). 

This was just my first thrifting experience, I can't wait to have more!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

National Bike Month

In honor of National Bike Month, I have officially become a bike owner! 

I really wanted to start biking to work this summer since I live close and it would save me money on gas, so I was in the market for a city bike. I had a list of needs however: 1) fenders 2) women's bike, and 3) rack in the back. I also didn't want to pay an arm and a leg for it. 

If you remember my post from last October, I talked about Public bikes. 
I absolutely fell in love with their Public C7 bike.

But with a price tag of $479, it's way over what I could pay. So the hunt was on.

I checked Starter Bikes on campus first--they sell refurbished used bikes for great deals--but unfortunately they didn't have any recent donations of bikes that were any good. Next I tried Criagslist, but nothing quite fit what I was looking for, and when I happened to find a bike that did, it had been sold already. So then I decided to see exactly how much new bikes cost, and found out that if you look in the right places, they are affordable!

I found the most gorgeous bike at Walmart for $139. It's a 700c Schwinn Admiral--and I think I'm in love.

It even looks like the one from Public that caught my eye to start with, but at such a better price!

I can't wait to ride it to work tomorrow--especially since tomorrow is National Bike to Work Day. Looks like I picked the perfect time to become a biker. 

(Safety first! I also bought a matching helmet)