Something New at the Zoo

Last week, the St Louis Zoo debuted their newest addition, a baby orangutan! She was born on December 14th, and needed a month to bond with her mother before she could be out for the public. Her mother is forty-five years old and a mom to Rubih as well, who lives with them at Jungle of the Apes. The baby name was voted on by zoo visitors, and the most people voted for Ginger! On Martin Luther King Day, he zoo hosted a baby shower and name reveal for Meerah and Ginger. Of course, I had to go and see.

Unfortunately, I didn't get a good shot of Ginger's face. She is in Meerah's arms and you can kind of see her holding on. 

On the left, Robert and Cinta (Ginger's father) are pictured. Rubih is in the photo on the right.

When Robert came over to the glass to check out some of the baby shower decorations, I couldn't resist taking a few selfies with him. If you follow me on instagram, you've already seen one of these photos.

It's super exciting that we have a new baby at the zoo, but I'd also like to point out that it's not all good for orangutans, especially in the wild. Orangutans in the wild, both Borneo and Sumatran are threatened due to deforestation in their habitats. The demand for palm oil is huge right now, as it is used in many common products. Producers of palm oil clear the land in Borneo and Sumatra, where orangutans live, to grow palm trees.

In case you're wondering, my scarf is from H&M and I'm wearing a tan cardigan (Old Navy) with a white t-shirt (Old Navy), leggings (H&M) and tall riding boots (Fergalicious).

As always, I'd love you to comment about this post! 

Seventeen Facts



Yesterday, January 16th, was my seventeenth birthday. To celebrate, I'm doing a family dinner on Friday and going out with friends on Saturday. That outfit post will be up in the next couple of weeks! I thought this would be a good opportunity to share seventeen facts about me, with all of you. One for each year.

1. I was born in New Zealand.

2. I also lived in Australia for a couple years.

3. I wish everything was monogrammed.

4. I sing in my car. A lot. Out loud.

5. I own a Kindle but I love buying real books.

6. I am very shy when I first meet someone, but then I open up.

7. My middle name is Nicole

8. I enjoy watching people open gifts.

9. Taco Bell is my guiltiest pleasure.

10. I've never broken a bone.

11. I love paper and making lists.

12. I burn candles all the time, especially in winter.

13. I have a passion for Macaroni and Cheese.

14. I can be a perfectionist, but also procrastinate a lot.

15. I love all things Disney.

16. My dog is my best friend.

17. Daisy by Marc Jacobs is my favorite scent.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post, as it was a big more personal than normal. Comment with fun facts about you, or anything we have in common! Also, don't forget to follow Shutterblush on Bloglovin'!



Baby, It's Cold Outside...



During winter break, one of my favorite activities is ice skating. Let's face it, when it's this cold, I won't leave my house unless I absolutely have too. But, ice skating can be so much fun! I went with some friends to a local outdoor rink, and had a blast. I even managed to fall only once!


I decided to wear a fitted sweater for warmth, topped with one of my winter staples, my white puffer vest. I added one of my favorite new scarves for extra warmth, and also for some color. One pair of leggings just doesn't cut it in midwest winter, so I wore two pairs. Underneath my UGG boots, I had two pairs of tall socks on. Rental skates can be really uncomfortable, so extra layers of padding are great. I put my hair back with a knit headband to keep my hair out of my face. I didn't want to pull my hair back into ponytail, for fear of my neck getting too cold!

Instead of carrying my regular handbag, I opted for a smaller crossbody that I could keep on my person all evening. Locker rentals aren't worth the hassle! This bag was just big enough to keep my wallet, phone, and a lip balm in.


Sweater - Nordstrom Rack (similar here)
Puffer Vest - Old Navy
Scarf - Old Navy
Leggings - H&M
Boots - UGG Australia
Bag - Billabong

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