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i can’t really wear contacts because of my dry eyes so wearing glasses that i like is really important to me. i get a lot of questions / comments about my specs. especially the below pair of glasses from Bon Look with attachable sunglasses.

i’ve ordered online from other sites before and at my doctor’s but Bon Look so far has been my favorite for style, variety, availability and price.

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i’m drooling over their lighter colored frames right now!

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i’m obsessed with these Ipanema sunnies.  they are SO Holly Golightly to me!! (click on sunnies for link!)

or what about these Bondi sunnies – so classic and fun!

i have a clear pair of eyeglasses almost exactly like the ones below.  i love them! sometimes it’s fun to de-emphasize the be-spectacled part of your face.


THESE ARE MY FAVORITE NEW GLASSES.  i totally want a pair.  the IT girl as they are called. SOOO cute, right?? (you should click on the glasses, follow the link and check out the glasses on the models.  SO cute. just sayin’).



this year

recently someone told me something private that let me know I was being prayed for weekly.

it was extremely, extremely touching, meaningful and humbling for me to learn this. to just have a reminder that others out there are pleading to Heavenly Father in my behalf.

I recently came to the conclusion that this year has honestly, probably been the best of my life so far. though not devoid of great struggles, it has been more enriching and fulfilling than ever.

i feel that I’m nearing readiness for the next steps in life.

my gratitude is welling up inside this year and it’s specific too. I’m happy – grateful and very humbled.


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some of the customizations i make most often, for example, are adding a sleeve, higher bust line or longer length of skirt.

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a million little miracles




if I believe in anything, I believe in tiny miracles. miracles from God that come throughout the day to make my individual “impossible for that day” possible.

i.e. :

the “impossible to make” drive to the doctors office under minimum 10 minutes – made in a cool 5, thereby avoiding a $50 fee.

the visit / friend that texts or emails with the perfect string of words that make sense of it all and bring comfort

when my frenzied, direct, immediate prayer is answered and my puppy finally goes to sleep and stops barking so i can actually do my job from home

my Father in Heaven blesses me with tiny millions of miracles through my life every day – and that is not a tiny miracle to me at all. God cares about my lost keys? (again?!) God cares about my busy schedule when people are hungry in the world?

The fact that a loving God is so aware and so loving brings me great comfort.

today was one of those days.

i know some find it annoying when people complain about being busy because we all are all the time.

as a general rule I try not to – but for my personality type sometimes when the busy reaches a new level of crazy – then yeah – I’m not too proud to admit a momentary spot of sympathy helps.

though this entry is about miracles and not sympathy please forgive the complaining in advance.

yesterday I was planning an even crazier than usual week. trying to figure out how to juggle everything was getting so complicated I started to get stressed about being stressed.

yadda yadda yadda

i didn’t sleep and some issues crept up that kaboshed my first day of the week to knock productivity out of the park. I fully expected the day to be full of misery fatigue stress and worry.

and then something, well, miraculous, happened. the day was the best ever. God showed me how it was good to have trials so I could learn how He could make it better.

early I left the house uneasy. suddenly my heart became rosy as I saw the kids and moms on the corners waiting for the bus. the sun rising seemed to hold new magic.

all day I have been carried through survival mode to thriving mode on the strong arms of constant heavenly help.

I learned how to get down to the most basic prioritizing. I think the greatest miracle of all today is that I was relieved from stress all day and could focus on the here and now.

laughs at lunchtime with my sir samuel. cuddles from a crazy puppy. fall crisp air. and even chik fil a.



sir samuel graduated, i was born and we were married : it was time for a celebratory first vacation since our honeymoon !!

we stayed at the Phoenician resort in Scottsdale. in a word : sublime.

so i like love the ayy zee. cowboy kitsch, spaghetti western, modern art, Native American jewelry and the desert – oh, the desert.

that place calls to me. when we rolled across the border into AZ leaving ugh LV behind us (no offense) the red desert opened before us like a massive wave, a page of The Book of Earth and unfolded it’s boldness. i was enthralled. i swear when the livster entered into AZ again this time, i’m about 110% sure an eagle and/or hawk swiftly flew high above my head, blotted out the sun for a moment and loudly cawed. meanwhile, some lifelong desert dweller beautiful child holding flowers (wait, it’s the desert, where did she get flowers??) heard the call, lifted her head and knew the land had shifted….

so yeah. i had a pretty awesome entrance.

we loved this trip. after years of year round school (even courses during Christmas break), both of us working multiple jobs and eveRAYthang else, us two avid, adventurous, bold travelers decided our goals on this trip were to:

– sit on our little bums and have people bring us fancy juices
– eat



mission. friggin. accomplished.

we loved it. we got to have all our favorite asian and other cuisines we can’t get here at home on the range, and we loved the super long drive down because we were in a car we weren’t worried would spontaneously implode.


we stayed in super cool hotels all along the way (apparently it was the off week for travel. expedia hooked us UP.)

i think both of our favorite part was the drive. the “most of the time” boring drive was never boring to us. not to be all schmoopy here, but we are like, umm, kind of super in love. we laughed sooo hard the whole 10 days and never once ran out of stuff to talk about in the car. that playlist turned out to be not so necessary. :)

scottsdale was just lovely. not even kidding, i think someone from above was looking out for us because for young people on a budget we crazy scored with the deals on this trip. that never happens to us.

i would highly recommend the Phonecian resort in Scottsdale. They upgraded us to a deluxe suite just because we had to wait a long time in line (thanks foreign tour group crowders) and when we replied that we were there celebrating our honeymoon they gave us a free package with free wi-fi (normally $35 a night) and lots of other goodies. every employee in every department in the hotel is so sincere and friendly and the TLC is amazing. we felt like, kind of a big deal. we tricked them good!

the best part though was the concierge. we don’t usually use concierges and we had restaurants mapped out in advance. but we got in later the first night and needed a quick recommendation. after we pulled up to the insanely crowded restaurant with people spilling out the sides, and we were whisked through by smiling happy faces to the best table in the house – we knew it was all uphill from there.

we booked with the concierge everytime and we got the best tables, royal treatment and TONS of free food! we were presented with at least a free dessert every place we went.

i kind of felt like michael scott from The Office with the concierge on his “international” business trip. our favorite concierge’s name was beverly so we called her concierge marie behind her back.

please enjoy the photos! they are all iPhone photos and a lot are taken while driving because:

Hi, my name is Livi and I incinerate in the sun even for a moment like the guys who touched the arc of the covenant in Indiana Jones. “Hi, Livi.”

Mazel Tov!





saw my good friend katie for the first time since college and we met each others husbands for the first time! growing up, weird! i so totally knew sam would think katie was awesome and he so totally did. we all were laughing it up.

one thing katie and sir sam both have in common: everyone loves and comments on their laughs and wants to sit next to them in funny movies. sam is a cool, mellow person but he has the most enjoyable laugh!


we visited sam’s ancestor’s original home which is now a public museum! sam’s antecedents are like crazy rad. english upper class gent who left to become a sailor, a whaler in the arctic, traveled the world, corresponded personally with Queen Victoria from his home in utah – yeah.

that was such a rewarding, treasured experience.


from the sidewalk of the home


i know I’m in the awkward moment of the kiss in this shot but that’s because sneaky sir samuel distracted me with his handsomely, romantical ways and took the shot! i was shocked, he hates photos! (bless his heart he is married to me.) #lordgivehimstrength

haha i had to include because, besides our wedding, we have zero kissing shots. we are just super private and not PDA. the officiator at our wedding ceremony even made us kiss better. we just made a small peck and he’s like, “um, try again. i think you can do better than that.”


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Salt Lake City Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ (Latter-day Saint, LDS or Mormon)
Aren’t temples just beautiful?


temple doors






forgive the windshield. bugs were super suicidal on our truck the whole trip no matter if sam washed the windshield each time we stopped.


our INSANE room at the Wynn in LV. it was the best room (and not even the most expensive i’m lookin’ at you SLC…) we had a doorbell and everything. my favorite feature was the view, and the remotes that allowed you to control everything in the room from the bed – even the blinds!


this is a just awful photo, but this bridge INSPIRED me. memories of studying architecture and bridges from school came flooding back. what an amazing feat. it is SO much huger and more impressive than this pathetic shot shows.


likewise with hoover dam. looking at that thing built in the 20’s, 30’s makes you feel that you can do anything. like, anything. wow.



classy / completely terrifying quick bathroom stop at the last chance casino on the border. it was either that or the cacti. and hey, i’m not risking that with rabid animals and abandoned children roaming about.






view from breakfast each morning







grimaldi’s! a year and a half in New York and i never went. it’s kind of the thing you wait to go to until you take visitors because its so busy. i left NY very suddenly – so bummer, it went on my list of things i missed!

if this scottsdale location is any indication, the ‘maldis is insanely good. i usually do 4 pieces tops if I’m pushin’ it (Neapolitan/thin crust style). we inhaled this pizza. and not to brag, but sam is kind of the world’s leading connoisseur of pizza.


complimentary tower of mini desserts at brunch on my birthday!




Herb Box. Go.





can’t wait ’til ours opens! sam is now a believer.







Mesa, AZ Mormon Temple



oceans of cacti everywhere i looked. happy feelings inside




old Provo, Utah Mormon Tabernacle now under construction to become a Temple! This was fun to see as I had recently wrote an article on the progress.


sir sam served a church mission in Manchester, England. we visited a German friend from his mission he served with but had not seen since sam came home. thy described their house as being “a German fairy tale cottage.” bingo. so much cuter than the bad photo. don’t you love the glare??


the Grand American in Salt Lake on our way back. or as sam lovingly dubbed it, “The Grande Gringo”. We had an above stellar stay there.


best photo from this post / the trip. credit sirsamuelwhitaker.


and that screechy family from the previous rest stop really assaulted my idaho photo – op, but we were just glad to be home.

that is the mark of a good trip : you wouldn’t have wanted to come home any earlier, but you’re perfectly fulfilled and can go home happily.

i guess those siestas worked!

in case anyone is interested, let’s just be honest here, this trip turned to be about the food, so here is the list of restaurants we had excellent experiences at in Scottsdale and Phoenix

Blanco – Modern Mexican

Grimaldi’s – Italian

Herb Box – Modern American, Whole foods / mostly organic / vegan options

Roka Akor – High caliber Japanese sushi/seafood/beef/creative, filling dishes
tip: miso soup is terrible. it was the inky thing that wasn’t phenomenal

Soi4 – Thai

The Dhaba – Indian

this month is


this month is my birthday and my anniversary.

sir samuel always makes both so special.

i’m a writer, but i have an incredibly hard time writing about my marriage. every time i try, it feels as if the words look so flat and empty compared to the way i feel inside. it feels as if nothing can properly convey the true essence of it – or give it a correct definition.

i just know that there are so many times a day that i count my lucky stars for sam. every time i see some jerk husband be rude to his wife, or every time i’m so grateful we don’t watch sports.

if I do a funny voice or say something silly and sam thinks its genuinely funny! when i hear some of the stupid things couples bicker about and I’m so grateful we don’t fight.

every time he refuses to let me take the trash out, waits patiently outside of sephora, listens endlessly to my non stop chatter, surprises me with treats or gifts, listens to Johnny cash with me, or tells me how beautiful i am.

he is the bright furiously burning beacon of happy hope for this family of ours and knowing what we might become.

i really know that God loves me because he gave me sam.

mazel tov !!


if the old bright bit hadn’t been hit by a T-word attack – (ohkay, it was just hacked and i had to delete the whole thing), but i felt terrorized! –

but if it didn’t have to be shut down, you would see ample history indicating my love for my musical idol



girlfriend’s got beats and girlfriend’s got style.

i have always wanted to be that kind of girl:


a rapper, exotic, international / ex-pat / sri lankan / british combo (so cool), cockney type rapper accent reminiscent of ‘the streets’ band – i’m not racist

all of this, yes please,

also she can pull off two tone lipstick, and quite frankly, if i could pull off sexy modern girl tailored harem pants, massive chains and all too necessary ridiculously sparkly lid to brow sparkly eyeshadow

i would dress like that everyday of my life. including church.

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MAN, Maya.

throughout the recent years – this girl and her videos have made me want to simultaneously:

get on a camel with a headscarf whipping in the wind,

cockney street rap on the corners of london

and bollywood it out with like, tiger themes in punjabi

her most recent release, ‘bad girls’ has got me going crazy.  it’s blowin’ up. totally delicious. ok, the video is just so interesting and quite well invented.  it’s clever.  i love the whole “you tube come to life” approach of it. the whole french/algerian/arab angle is genius.

the modern aspect of that culture is endlessly fascinating to me.  it obviously has some of very ancient traditions in it’s culture and yet it is wanting to be more modern than all of us a lot more than we may think.  i love that the video captured that – like it’s just some saudi kids messing around with cars

and umm, mia’s wardrobe wa-ha-as nothing to sniff at.

she’s an undefinable chameleon and I LOVE this girl’s beats.  i cannot express how much.   she’s probably my favorite rapper.   i don’t know if i can say i like her more than the beastie boys but she gets my head boppin pretty serious.

my chain hits my chest when im bangin’ on the radio


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