DSC_9360DSC_9317I know my name is a flower, a part of the eye, and a Greek goddess of rainbows. But damn, I love the carnation. DSC_9316DSC_9343DSC_9315I’ve half-participated in organizational/spring cleaning projects and activities across the blogoshpere and almost every one says to buy flowers. It seemed so simple, picking up a bouquet at a flower stand down the street and filling your house with them. Living in  the suburbs and not New York City, I never really got the chance to bring plants to my room. Earlier this week though,  I went to the local grocery store and bought a bunch of carnations. Just a tiny bunch of these little flowers was enough to fill five little vases/soda cans/bottles with their bright faces. I put them throughout my room and the house and are so pretty to look at. DSC_93532DSC_93442DSC_9354DSC_9345 Flowers bring color to my room. They bring life and they bring change. (and a little more air to breathe in times of stress.) I can’t stop staring at these beauties. Go get some flowers this weekend, it’ll be great.


the new Hey Iris.

It’s finally here you guys, it’s finally here.
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I’ve been talking about rebranding and making my blog a legit space for a long, long time. I finally took the plunge, pushed by the idea of my birthday coming up and from the lull I’ve found myself in coming out of winter break. I first wanted to release it one the day of my birthday, but I just wasn’t ready. Didn’t want to rush something so big.  Hours and hours of learning have been spent on this site and I’d love to share with you some of my favorite things.

the Sidebar

For ages I have been annoyed by the lack of good themes that had both a simplistic, non-tacky look and could hold all the content I wanted in a blog. That led me to a theme with a floating sidebar, one that always stayed on the screen. It was a downside that I could (maybe) live with. Well, no longer! The new sidebar features all the information and navigation a fourteen fifteen year old could want.

the Logo

I’ve wanted a logo ever since I could remember. To me it represented the entirety of one’s brand and image on the internet. If you’ve been around here in the past few months, then you’ll notice I’ve actually paid a designer for a logo (i mean it was only $5 but still) and I didn’t get anything near what I wanted. So, long story short, I gave up.  Turns out the simplest logo is the way to go. Love the one I have.

the About page

I’ve never really had one on the blog, and now I have an about page that is, shall it say, pretty cool. I give a little backstory (as much as you can when you’ve only existed for 15 years and can remember about nine of them clearly) and some multipurpose stuff so that I have something to reference when anyone asks about me.

Just those three things took me a while to learn, to code (and adjust someone else’s code), and ultimately put into place. Now, there have also been some you-related changes. From now on, you can only follow me through Bloglovin’. There’s no other way really, to transfer my followers over. It sucks losing a bunch of readers, people that made my day each time they followed. It really sucks. But hey, change is change and it can’t all be good.

Also, I’ll definitely be adding more (colorful) items to the blog layout and surroundings, but I want to let the photos stand out for now. That leads me to one of my goals for this year: I want to make better content. I really want to step up my blogging game, whether that be more frequently and/or super high quality posts. A good post can make the whole blog look amazing. 🙂

As for the specific details, I took advantage of GoDaddy‘s $1/month hosting and domain and also got the website redirect so y’all would arrive here. Other than that, it’s just been me playing around.

This has been such an exciting and stressful experience.

Here’s to another new-filled year. *cheers*



lately // january


finding the peculiar parts of everyone, and how no one is safe from the craziness of teenage life.

discovering how influential a good group of friends can have on my opinion of things

making a group chat with all the kids in my generation (all fourteen of us share the same great grandparent) and hopefully getting us together for the first time

watching countless movies. Just this year, I’ve already watch six movies

feeling absolutely confused.

knowing that these next few years are a blurry mess that will clear when I get there.

struggling to get out of bed every morning.

trying to stay warm in this much too cold weather.

loving that first semester is almost (almost!) over and

hoping that I can make it through the second semester.

favorite blog post of 2014


New Years is happening and this year has conjured up some (amazing) posts that I love so so much. Here are the favorites from this interesting year, 2014.


Let’s start with my birthday, and the most popular and most referenced post this year. From my ways to use your planner series, the chronodex!  Seems like people are curious about new organization techniques 🙂


The big snow came to Seattle min-February and I brought out the camera to capture some of the quiet wonders of the weather.

Possibly my favorite collaboration ever, I truly enjoyed writing this quick little story. Perspective changing, and kinda confusing, it really got me back into writing for the summer. Read the full story, running, and tell me your thoughts in the comments. 🙂


I never really have done a face/outfit/hair post, but there’s a first time for everything. I think my best posts have been sharing with you guys things I love, and I hope to do that more in ’15.  See the incredibly awkward photos and endless flyaway hairs here.


This year, making this blog better has been constantly on my mind. Making this blog it’s own is a huge own, and I thought a lot about the whole thing. Read all about my conclusion and my plans for the future.

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I learned so much about using my DSLR and capturing some good photos this year. My road trip this summer was a perfect chance for me to try taking photos in many different situations. My favorites have been the photos I got at the Grand Canyon in the late afternoons. See all of them here.


As school began, the weather got chilly, and a new job was on the horizon, I took an unplanned break from blogging and only a few posts have graced your screens. But I made sure to come back with a last-minute gift guide for all you procrastinators. I adore the graphics that go along with the post, especially because they were done on an ipad in the middle of a road trip. Yay for making the most of my time. You can find out what those weird drawings are of in the full post.

These favorite posts have reminded me of some goals I have on the back burner that should come out this next year. Look for a 2015 goals post in the coming days!

What are your favorite posts this year, from this blog or any other blog? Share them with me in the comments!

travel makeup basics.


When I think of the holiday season, traveling comes to mind right after decorating, cold weather, and gift giving. This year, I started entering the world of make up and since I had some fancy-ish things to go to, I thought I’d share with you the make up things I brought along with me on a winter trip.


Three things. A tinted lip balm/lipstick, a mascara, and a golden cream eyeshadow. Here I have the Maybelline Color Whisper in Pin Up Peach (number thirty). It can be used like it’s intended to, or as a blush with a few dabs on the cheeks.

For the mascara, I opted for a mini size one Clinique High Impact mascara. Not a favorite, but it does the job.

And finally, Benefit’s Sun Beam. This is a definite love for me; the mini version is this creamy consistency that can act as a cream eye shadow (not that vivid) and as a highlighter. A regular cream shadow would work well to, I just love how small this Benefit one is though. And I remember it being sold in a set with the other Benefit tints during the holiday season last year, so check your local Sephora to see if they have it again this year. (I can’t find the mini one on the site, but they do offer their other highlighter, High Beam, in some of their kits in the mini size)

These three things make a pretty dolled-up look just on their own. What are your make up essentials when traveling? Leave them in the comments below!

Happy Holidays y’all.

currently: favorite podcasts


It’s was only after Elise started her podcast that I decided to finally download the separate podcast app for the App Store (which is stupid in my opinion). Podcasts are something I love because of the feeling of talking in a cafe and because they don’t make me carsick on long road trips. After a while, I’ve discovered some amazing podcasts that I listen to, every single episode.

Elise Gets Crafty

While not the first podcast to ever grace my ears and float to my brain, t was my first favorite. Elise talks about business, blogging, and all around creativity every Wednesday. I especially love episode 18 where she and (the) Ann-Marie Espinoza talk about small business and more importantly, the money side of things.

NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me
I don’t usually go for the news type stuff, but when it’s delivered with hilarious jokes, remarks, and cool guests yeah, I love it. Every Saturday, Peter and Bill host NPR’s weekly current events quiz.

Explore Your Enthusiasm
Ok, this girl, Tara Swiger, is kinda a genius. Her episode on Personal Responsibly will probably be the driving force behind a successful high school education. While not exactly directed towards teens, it’s already made a huge difference in my life. I think it’s every Wednesday that she shares a new podcast about “exploring the intersection of making art and making money”.

99% Invisible
As the top, most popular podcast in the design category, you know I had to try it out. It doesn’t have an exact topic, but it’s little anecdotes are quite perfect for when you just want to learn something new. Roman Mars hosts and every Monday (I think) you learn something more about the design we tend to miss in our everyday lives.

These for podcasts take up most of the time I’m not on the internet or doing school stuff and since they’re on me phone, they’ve prompted me to actually go outside for once and listen with the bugs and the grass about how I can improve my (nonexistant) business and laugh at some war going on.


day in the life: Katie of blue poppy blog

You guys. I am so excited to share with you Katie and her amazing day in the life! This summer I really wanted to have more guests around here and show you guys how amazing these bloggers are. Take it away Katie!


When Iris and I got in touch about collaborating in her series describing ‘A Day in the Life’ of fellow bloggers I immediately jumped at the chance! Mostly it is because I enjoy collaborating with other creatives, but another reason is because lately life has been pretty good to me, and I wanted to take some time to think about that and reflect on it. In the grand scheme of it all your daily life may be routine and therefore boring to you, but to others it may be extremely interesting. And when I really think about it I honestly can’t find much to complain about! I am in my early twenties, I have a full time career, live in a great area, and have a loving and caring boyfriend, just to name a few. Anyway, to introduce myself, I’m Katie of blue poppy blog. I started blogging over the winter in order to keep myself busy as work was pretty slow and Albany, NY, where I live, can be a pretty difficult place to live come winter. Our winters get freezing and the sun setting at 4:30pm doesn’t help either. Luckily it’s Summer, and there is much more to do!
My day starts out like most peoples days do with waking up, making breakfast, and getting ready for work. Today I made some eggs and ‘facon’ (fake bacon, as I am a vegetarian) and some fresh ground French Press coffee.
I really need to make sure I fuel myself well for the day ahead as my job can be demanding, especially in the summer. What do I do? I am the production manager and associate photographer for Clark+Walker Studio, a well known award winning photography studio focusing on wedding and portrait photography. Needless to say during the wedding season of May-October I don’t catch much of a break. I will find myself working 40 hours weeks with maybe one or two weddings each weekend. Today I am working on a wedding that is so far one of my favorites of the season 🙂
My job is to sort through all of the images taken the day of the weddings, pick the best ones, retouch them all, and send them to the client in a timely manner. Other responsibilities of mine are scheduling appointments, booking clients, designing albums, and much more. It keeps me busy but I love it. Photography was something I fell in love with at a young age and knew I always wanted to do. And now I am lucky enough to be doing for a living!


After work I typically engage in several extracurriculars. Tonight I am heading home and going for a run, but on other days I will play pick up basketball, softball, or do yoga, which I aim to do once a week. Staying active is important for me, especially after sitting at a desk all day.
Speaking of heading home, I live in a great 5th floor apartment right in the heart of Albany. Here’s a view from my bedroom window. It’s a gloomy day today but the views are great no matter the weather, and the sunsets are gorgeous when the sky isn’t murky.
I also spend half of my time at my boyfriends house which is about 20 minutes away. It’s my second home. We’ve been together for just over three years and I am just head over heels for him. Things really couldn’t be any better than they are. I am incredibly happy!
After my run tonight I’ll come home, cook dinner, relax with my love and do some blogging.
I’m really excited to be reviewing some beautifully scented candles for the blog later on – I won’t give too much information on this new company and their awesome candles as you’ll have to stay tuned this month and check the blog to find out more! But until then I’m off to run a couple of miles and then come back to make veggie tacos for our ritual Taco Tuesday dinner!
xo Katie


Isn’t that awesome? I would love to have that kind of day, everyday! You can find Katie at her blog, blue poppy blog, on facebook, and on twitter and instagram as @bluepoppyblog! Let me know in the comments below what your daily life is like and don’t forget to give Katie some love 🙂 

currently: favorite hairdo

DSC_7783So recently, I’ve been trying to find new ways to do my hair. I was always the half-up half-down and ponytail girl, nothing special. I’ve been absolutely loving this look with my hair and have been doing it for the past few weeks. DSC_7751 I’m not one to go too crazy when playing with hair. There was this girl at my school who had this cool, little “poof” in front that looked great on her. It took me awhile, but I figured it out. Just a simple side part (crazy for me), and a braid. DSC_7778 DSC_7798 To keep it all together, I opted for these hair ties rather than bobbi pins. They never stay in my hair! DSC_7823 Well, there ya go. My first ever hair post. (the photography was way harder than I thought)

more blogging tips

wonderous-world: Transition in Colors by Long Bach Nguyen

Realize if you’re putting it off, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it. Procrastination is a problem, yes. For now, imagine you don’t procrastinate ( I know, it’s really hard). But if it’s just not something you feel like doing then don’t do it. There’s a reason why you’re putting it off and it just might be that it isn’t for you.

Facebook groups. Surprisingly, there’s still a use for Facebook. I’m in the Grow Your Blog group with has these “link ups” that start everyday. You basically comment a link you’d like to receive comments on. You have to return the favor of course be commenting on everyone else’s posts. Just by doing this once, my running story post got over 18 comments (not including my own)! That’s 18 more than usual, haha.

collab: running

The amazingly talented Tash Evens and I collaborated on a story-writing post. We each wrote a 100-word beginning of a story, traded, and finished them! Here’s how my story (with Tash’s beginning) turned out. Tash’s words are in italics 🙂 And don’t forget to check out her story next.


There they go again – arguing, I’m sick of it. Sometimes I wish that I was a different person, sometimes I wish I was dead. Sometimes I think the only thing that will stop them arguing is if something awful happened to the family.
I shout downstairs, “I’m going out!”
As I leave, I slam the door as hard as I can and run. I run as far and as fast as possible. I didn’t know where but I didn’t care. 
I reached a fairground and took in the sights and smells around me.

Then came the screams. Then I ran…

With only the new moon as a light, I headed into the forest. Branches slapped my legs and my feet twisted as they landed on sharp rocks and stones. I didn’t care though, they needed to be reminded that there were other people on the planet.

I could hear the beating of my heart in my ears, and as I focused on putting one foot in front of the other, I realized that the forest was getting thicker and thicker. I stopped.

Standing under the leaf silhouettes and smelling the crisp, cold air. It tasted like loneliness. My back slid down one of the many tall Western Hemlocks. I hugged my knees and I sat there, numb to everything but my thoughts.

I’m a runner, I said in my head, I run away from problems. I can’t help it. It’s so easy to just ignore it until the last minute.

I heard another scream. It came from behind me. Slow and quite, I walked towards the scream. The forest started clearing, and through a layer of leaves and branches, I saw a girl.

She lay on the ground, in a lake of wine. Before I could react, I saw something else in the corner of my eye.

A red Honda Civic lay on the ground, just like the girl. Flipped over with its windows shattered, I saw a women hanging in the drivers side. The car erupted into flames, blinding me for a moment. I smelled gasoline and blood. And then, a siren.

I turned around and ran. They were going to be fine, I thought, the police and ambulance are here, they’ll be okay. I kept running, along the road but still separated by the layer or foliage.


“Last night, police found a red civic in flames on the side of the I-100 highway. Officials say that the owner was Brenda Sheldon, a 42-year old women from Eugene. Both her and her daughter where in the car when it crashed and are now in the hospital suffering severe injuries. Police say Ms. Sheldon was under the influence when she crashed”

“As police conducted their investigation, they had found that Ms. Sheldon’s husband, Sam Sheldon, had been charged with domestic violence in previous states and is not facing federal charges.”

I turned back to the cup of coffee I was gripping in my hands. The diner was practically empty, only bikers and road-trippers inhabited this road-side food joint. I threw five dollars onto the table and went outside. My phone told me that I was only two miles from my house. I started walking, and didn’t stop.

I turned the key and the door opened. 9 am on a Friday meant my parents where at work, one of the only times when they weren’t arguing. I lifted my body up each step until I was at my parents bedroom. I left a note and went into my own room.


Finally home, I thought. I just wanted to plop down on my bed. I didn’t want to argue with Darrell anymore and my daughter had been gone missing. I dropped all my stuff at the base of the stairs. Darrell’s gonna hate that, I thought. And no dinner ready for him when he gets home? Oh he’ll be pissed. I trudged up to my room.

On my bed was a note. It read:

Stop running.