Visions by Samantha Pleet

        A dreamy autumn/winter look book from Samantha Pleet to start off my return to blogging. You never realize how busy things can get until you have almost no free time to speak of. Due to the holiday weekend, I have couple of days off after many months of no vacation. I hope to be able to post more regularly as my schedule evens out, but I must warn you all that it may be sporadic for the next few months. On a nicer note, on my days off I was able to make it to the  De Young Museum in San Francisco to visit the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit. It was as amazing as I expected. I also enjoyed the Walasse Ting's 1 ¢ Life exhibit, which was made up of pop art. I think I was drawn to both exhibits, because of the bright colors used in the pop art and some of Georgia O'Keeffe's works. I hope you all have a great rest of the weekend. I intend to take some time to relax and catch up of some of my neglected projects.


Goals for 2014

A few of my goals for the new year...

1. Give Eliza & Beth a makeover. Throughout this past year, I have taken a few classes in HTML and CSS. I want to put the new skills I have learned to good use. When I first started the blog it was meant to be a place to store all of my inspirations, but now I want to take it in a new direction. I want my blog to serve as a partial diary of my adventures and everyday life.  I feel that the best way to embark on this new journey is to have a newly designed blog to go along with the new content. I will continue to post inspiration, but I want to make an effort to post more personal posts about my everyday life. Starting off with posts about some of my goals for the year.

2. Finish my knitting projects. I have a habit of starting projects and then putting them off for months. For instance, I started a sweater from a Brooklyn Tween pattern almost six months ago and I have one more arm to knit before it is done.

3. Get all of my beauty goals achieved. You can click here for a separate post I made.

4. Read more books. I used to always have a new book on my nightstand every week, but I have been so busy lately that I haven't been able to get around to reading. My goal for 2014 is to read at least on new book each month.


photo source:  Elizabeth Suzann lookbook


Beauty Wishlist and Goals for 2014

From left to right: Diptyque Baies Colored Candle - $90, Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm - $27, Nars Adult Content Blush Palette - $49, Lush Enchanted Eye Cream - 26.95, ButterLondon Wallis Nail Lacquer - $15, Korres Pomeranate Mattifying Face Primer - $38, Nars eyebrow pencil - $22, Lush Dark Angels Face Cleanser - $12.95 , ButterLondon Matte Finish Topcoat - $19, Sachajuan Ocean Mist - $28, Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray - $20
Beauty Goals for 2014:
1. Clear up my skin:
    I love my family, but being multiracial makes my skincare a pain. I have so many different mixtures that I never know how my skin will react. My biggest problem is blackheads. I have a sprinkling of them across my nose and they love to pop up in other areas when my skin is particularly oily. I have been quite successful in clearing them up across my face, but my nose is still the problem area. I have found some remedies that work for a short time. My favorite is a mixture of milk and nutmeg. 
2. Whiten my teeth
 I was naturally born with slightly yellow teeth, but it is much less noticeable next to my olive skin color. However, I personally feel that they are much yellower and feel a bit self conscious every time I catch a glimpse of my smile in a mirror. I use teeth whitening toothpaste and I am a bit leery of some methods for whitening.  After reading this article about using activated charcoal to white teeth I am excited to try this method to see if it will do anything for my not so pearly whites.

3. Get a haircut
This goal is more practical then the others which are mostly personal goals. I have been growing my hair out for the past 2 years, but I haven't found time to get a trim in over 6 months. In addition, to a trim I also would like to get face-framing layers. I am also considering just chopping all my hair off and going with a medium-length cut. We shall see...

What are some of your beauty goals?



December Break // 18-24

My cozy bed...and a new knitting project I am working on. 

opening presents with a hot cup of tea and a special morning (not very healthy) treat.

 A few of the presents I received this year and Christmas dinner place settings.

These are a bit late and a few of them are from the same day, but as my mom would say, better late then never. I hope everyone had a great holiday. 
I am already looking forward to next year.



December Break // 11-17

I have found this commitment to my December photo project more difficult then I imagined. I have been so caught up in the rush of the holidays that I have found it much harder to remember to post, but I have gathered a few photos to share (finally!). 

Hot cocoa.
Beautiful view of Lake Tahoe.

A gingerbread house constructed with my little cousin. 

A few last Christmas gifts to wrap up. 
My gorgeous view in Lake Tahoe.

Trying to use up old wrapping paper.
My favorite new edition to my makeup bag.



December Break // 7, 8, 9

Put up our Christmas tree!
A delicious Sunday morning breakfast of pancakes and peaches.
Baking homemade gingerbread.


December Break // 6

Pretty candlelight on a cold, cloudy day.


December Break // 5

Another dog picture...Jake is listening to the chickens in the neighbor's yard next-door.


December Break // 4

Drawing a few sketches in my moleskin.
Lately I have been really interested in geometric shapes.


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