Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Back again.

Portland Japanese Gardens
"Here, miles away from Japan, I stand as if warmed by the spring sunshine of home"

Saturday I went to the Portland Japanese Gardens with my boyfriend, Gio. I've been wanting to go for quite a while. If you're ever in the area, I highly recommend it! Its absolutely gorgeous, I wish it were my backyard. So many places you could sit and just relax (that is, if you can tune out the visitors all around). It's open seven days a week, and there's never a wrong season to go. It's open throughout the year. I can't wait to see it in the fall and winter. From the pamphlet, those seasons look the prettiest. I took a lot of photos, but this picture of the Poetry Stone is my favorite, I love the haiku engraved on it. I can relate so much to it. Living here in Oregon has it's moments, but it's nothing compared to California. I'm still very 'home sick.'

It's been almost a year since I last updated this blog. And I've decided to take a different approach with it. Since I've last been on here, I've started up school again. I've finally decided to major in art. I'm 'some-what' good ;) and I definitely love to look at and produce it. I'm going to use this blog as a creative outlet to showcase my that a year from now, and so on, I can see the progress I make in technical skills and creativity.

My next post will be on the assignment that I need to go finish right now ;) So until next time...

P.S. - I changed my blog name! It's much better! ;)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Life lately

Pretty sunset | Shopping for flowers at a nursery, I hope my garden looks this way one day | Growing peppers on the patio, they are getting big! | Finally got a bonsai tree, I've been wanting one for forever :) | Hung Buddhist prayer flags on the patio, signify happiness, prosperity and long life | I'm obsessed with clouds! | More flowers I got for the patio | Found this at a thrift shop, I love it! | Another thrifty find, it's a Buddha face candle holder :) | My hair is INSANE when I wear it natural! | I loooove Jamba! Pomegranate is yummy! | Cool old building with a random heart painted on it!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

June Edition Birchbox

I can't believe it's been longer than a month since I last posted! I haven't been completely MIA though..if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter (my user name on both these is: @jagsmitty) then you've seen bits and pieces of what is going on in my life currently. If not, well then go follow me..!! No but really. :) I will be doing a life update, as well as a blog/shop update post soon. Quality posts over quantity like I always say.

This month's Birchbox is by far my most favorite! I think I've been subscribed to Birchbox now for about 4 months...and I have not been disappointed! There has been one problem with one of the products but the Birchbox team was so quick to correct their mistake that I don't even think much about it. In my opinion, each month the box gets better and better.

On to the products I received...I was really happy to get a Juicy Couture perfume sampler, can you believe I've never smelled this perfume before? I'm surprised by how much I like the scent, it's sweet and floral scented and lasts all day! I can smell it on myself throughout the day, I love that about a perfume, it'll last me much longer than a mist perfume. The price varies depending on the size you purchase, between $69 and $89.

The sample sizes to me are precious, they look so cute in their tiny packaging. I received a sample size of Stainiac in Beauty Queen by theBalm cosmetics. However, I'm afraid to use this product. I've never had much luck with stains before. My skin is on the dry side, so when I've used stains in the past they did not blend well and I ended up with blotchy looking skin. If I brave up, I promise I'll let you know my thoughts on it. The full size for this product costs $17.

I have not tried the COOLA Cucumber Matte Mineral Face SPF 30 just yet. I have not been outside much since this box arrived. I'm looking forward to trying it out because it sounds really nice. I'll do an update as soon as I do. The full size costs $36.

The Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint is one of my favorite samples in this box! It's an all-over, tinted moisturizer that creates a dewy and glowing finish. It's perfect for summer! Which of course is this month's box theme. The full size however, is $38. Which seems a little steep for moisturizer...but I think I might eventually purchase this. ;)

 Just like the stain, only worse, I'm terrified to try out the Comodynes Self-Tanning Intensive wipes! The idea of self-tanner in wipe form sounds like a streaky orange nightmare waiting to happen. I might test one out on a small area that will be hidden for a few days, after I've tried this... A pack of 8 of these costs $14.99.

My absolute favorite in this box is of course, the Modcloth headband! How cute is the print on it?! I love these types of headbands; inside the cloth is a wire that bends very easily but seems to be very sturdy. Which is good because it should last a while, so it's worth the money, it costs $14.

Has anyone tried these products? Let me know your thoughts on them!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Feather hair clips


These are my newest DIY creations! And I'm absolutely in LOVE with them. These WILL be the first items in my shop. They will be available soon, within the next couple of weeks! So stay tuned! Also follow me on Instagram (@jagsmitty) and Twitter for the most up to date info! I won't update the blog as often as I do those. This post is just to update you on what is going on with me and the blog/shop. I'll do a more detailed update soon here. xo

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Blossoming creativity...

Tank: BP Nordstrom
I don't think I've talked about it much, if at all, on here how much I love painting. Really just art in general. By now, most of you should know how much I enjoy a good DIY. If painting were a more practical career choice, I'd have acrylics all the way up to my elbows every day! For now, it shall remain a hobby...or potentially a side job.

I've had the idea of painting shirts etc. in my wardrobe for quite a while. Sounds strange, right? I've done this sort of thing before and I actually loved the way it turned out! My idea this time is to use a similar painting I've done, on one of my favorite tanks. The painting on this wood block was done a couple years ago but I still love it. It has an astrological vibe to it... lol. If this turns out good, I may even do a similar moon as well. Stay tuned...

The latter part of the day was spent soaking up the sunshine while reading at a park. This finally feels like Spring, This weekend it's going to be even hotter! Cannot contain my excitement! <3

Hope all is well..