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Take your promises ’cause they’ve all been broken

By on November 27, 2017

Announcement: I’m currently hosting a giveaway with some other bloggers on my Instagram. The giveaway ends on the 29th! We’re giving away three makeup/skin care kits and a $250 Sephora gift card!

 

 

I’m trying to get better at flat lays, and I think I have improved! The biggest problem I have is lighting, and it doesn’t help that I only have one window, so the perfect time to take photos is during the afternoon. I need softer lighting. The light I have is yellow, so it doesn’t really do a great job + the unevenness of natural light from one window. Time to invest in some lights.

 

Anyways, I’m combining this post with some gifts I got for my birthday and housewarming (and snuck in a couple of things I got myself). I didn’t make a flat lays out of all the gifts (partly didn’t have good lighting and partly not making time for it). I feel really loved and special receiving gifts. Thank you so much to everyone who gave me a gift, but what I’m most thankful for is having you apart of my life.

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Halloween Housewarming Prep

By on October 19, 2017

Throughout the last two weeks, I have done some DIY stuff. Some of them have been cutouts, but my backyard is quite big and I wanted to have it well-decorated. Also, I need to decorate the outside too!

Some/similar things I bought/made for decorations:

The previous weekend, Michael, Tim, and I went to Costco to buy food and miscellaneous items. We also went to a pumpkin patch after, but we ended up buying pumpkins from Trader Joe’s. But the pumpkin patch was really fun to be though!

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Halloween House Warming Party Planning

By on October 6, 2017

Halloween is one of my favourite holidays to celebrate. You can do so many creative things for decorations, food, outfits, etc.

And after living here for three months, Tim and I are hosting a housewarming. It’s going to be Halloween themed because it’s October! If you know me, I love, love Halloween.

And like last time, I’m going to be using this post as an inspiration post.

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Gromance’s Birthday!

By on September 9, 2017

This is a bit late post, but for my gromance (Michael)’s birthday we went to Gintei Japanese Restaurant. It was a bit last-minute planning since he was going to spend the majority of August traveling with his family to Switzerland.

This place is decently sized, but parking isn’t that great. (San Bruno, right?) We had to park in the surrounding neighborhood. But the service was impeccable!

We actually came on a special event day! They had the owner of Homare Sake Brewery there that night, and he was going around table-to-table telling people about the history of Homare and showing us some sake from his brewery. His sake won the International Wine Competition this year (there’s a sake bracket).

His sake is Aizu Homare Daiginjo (white labeled bottle) and Aizu Homare Junmai Daiginjo (left of the white labeled bottle). The Junmai Daiginjo was my favorite! Anyways, we order the appetizers that paired with the sake. I think the fish was probably my favorite out of the appetizers.

By ordering the appetizers, you get a sake cup. There was only one, and I took it. Yes, I know it was Michae’s birthday, but you know when do get to meet the owner of a sake brewery pouring you sake?

Anyways, here’s the birthday boy needing to take a photo of his meal.

For our entree, we had the special platter. There was definitely more fish to rice ratio here. A few mixed feelings about that. The staff surprised us with dessert (since I mentioned it was Gromance’s birthday day)

This is probably the 2nd nice Japanese restaurant I have been to this year. Although this place is good, and I would go again, I still liked Wako more. I went there in March for Tim’s birthday. I made reservations a monthish in advance! But I think my inner food snob is coming out, because who doesn’t like star restaurants?

~Elizabeth

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Post Labor Day Weekend

By on September 4, 2017

If you’re in California, you know that this Labor Day weekend was fuming hot. Look at me all looking beach ready, but really I ended up staying in town.

I do love these wedges I got from Zappos though! I’ve been on the fence on purchasing them, not such a huge fan of wedges, but they were finally on sale!

Here are some similar swimsuits below (Asos is currently having a sale too!):

For Labor Day weekend, Tim and I hosted a sleepover. We were missing some people from our squad, but that’s okay Michael drove out to see us.

During the day we went wine tasting. We only went to two, but I really enjoyed going to Concannon Wineries. They had the library room open, and it’s a bit more exclusive than the normal wine tasting room and the wines served were more on the “high-end side. You can see in the background, no one is really there. But there were a couple of groups on the side.

Concannon has a nice picnic patio area open to the public, so we sat there for a while.

Or I sat on the tables and Tim and Michael laid on the grass. It may not look like it, but it was 110F out! It wasn’t that bad to be honest because there was still some wind blowing.

For dinner, we went to Wente. Wente is also a vineyard, but they have a restaurant that’s located 10 minutes away from them. I didn’t make a reservation, should have, but I wasn’t sure if everyone wanted a nice dinner or if we wanted to eat at home and make dinner together. They didn’t have any tables insides available unless we wanted to wait an hour (which really isn’t that bad), besides the tables outside and the bar. We sat at the bar.

I didn’t take a photo of our appetizers but I really loved the butter salad. The filet mignon tartare was good, but it wasn’t different from other tartare dishes I’ve had.

For my entrée, I got pork chops. The pork chops were cooked to perfection. It was the perfect crisp.

Here’s a photo of all of us with our entrées!

To end the night, we got dessert! My dessert was a giant cream puff. 😀

Here’s a photo of outside! At night, we went home and watched Scott Pilgrim and Constantine.

Tim gave me flowers Saturday morning, and I wanted to take a photo of them. I went outside, gathered some pebbles, put them in a heart shape, and took a snapshot. Getting my Instagram flatlays on! I update my Instagram a bit more, so follow me there if you want to see more updates.

What did you guys do this Labor Day weekend?

Adieu,

Elizabeth

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