December 31, 2012
I'd never taken the idea of a fresh start to heart until 2012 began and within days, my life was completely different.

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I had a new job, I bought new clothes, I could be an entirely new person.

But I wasn't. I'm not.

raine pineapple bun
I still stay up too late. I don't get enough sleep. I was a workaholic, and then I wasn't. I stopped worrying (a little).

raiza drinks menu
I saw San Francisco through new eyes. I ate out a lot and waited countless hours for brunch. I didn't feel guilty one bit.

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through the window
I met my heroes. Who, I learned, were also just girls making it work. They were genuine and passionate and refreshing.

My heart broke in a new way. I was disappointed in people I trusted. I let it defeat me, for a while, and then I decided I didn't give a fuck.

divisidero (bokeh edition)
a treehouse stay
I took on more shoots and projects. I spent hours with culinary antiques thanks to Ruth and I stayed in a treehouse. I got published.

treehouse outtakes
I lost my favorite ring.

I fell in love with Portland.

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My camera reminded me how beautiful my friends are. We discovered places together and they let me take their portraits.

her happy place
And I made more friends. Different and inspiring in new ways, loving and wonderful all the same.

amy cris together
I got separated from the kitchen and rekindled the love in one big homemade ramen night. Now dinner parties are my dream for 2013.

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I spent another birthday away from home. I felt overworked and exhausted but couldn't believe I was on my first "business trip." In New York City, nonetheless.

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I shared a lot of meals outside. The weather was forgiving and even inviting.

tostones tiny breakfast
I ate out too much.

when i got full pho
I never got tired of our phở place. I ordered the same thing every single time.

I discovered the central coast. We got a little car sick, but it was beautiful the whole way. Best coast, indeed.

pretzel bread!
We had a fondue picnic by a lake at sunset.

artichokes + beans
I only went to the farmers' market once. In Portland. It was the best Saturday.

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I traveled when I thought I wouldn't get to anymore. For work and for friends: New York, Portland, Chicago, Portland, Charleston, Portland again, Austin, Florence, Munich, Berlin.

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I've never traveled so much in the States. I hope to see more.

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I went back home. I walked familiar streets and went to my favorite gelaterias. I've never felt more comfortable speaking Italian. I couldn't believe it.

on the ground
I had the sweetest boy by my side.

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I held the lightest, most pure life in my arms.

I felt most content at golden hour.

I cherished old family and friends and welcomed new ones. I celebrated more. I was thankful. I am thankful.

Thank you, 2012.
2013, I'm ready.


  1. Great pictorial of your life!... I empathize w/the trust issue... I experienced the same... except it was w/ a cousin...Anyway, I have followed u for some time and envy your travels, strength to pick yourself up and push on... Lots of life lessons learned... Keep tackling them! :-)

  2. Absolutely fantastic review of the year. I wish you many more joys and memories in the coming year.

  3. Hey! You're blog is amazing and I just love your pics.. I've read you can speak italian, well, I'm italian! So, if you want, you can read my blog and comment to practise (even if I think your italian is already pretty good) :D
    Happy new year, xoxo

  4. 2012 was quite a year for you! Your recap is wonderful, with lovely writing and beautiful images. I am excited to see what 2013 brings for all of us... A very Happy New Year to you, Celeste!

  5. Fresh starts don't necessarily mean everything works out perfectly. It just means it works out ;) Sounds like things have worked out for you enough to give 2013 a chance. Happy new year. Your photos are spectacular.

  6. Looks like a wonderful year! I hope your next one is going to be even better :)

  7. Such beautiful, beautiful pictures. Love your reflections on the year. Cheers to a happy and contemplative 2013!

  8. this is beyond beautiful. i hope i can say similar next year :) x

  9. You've recounted your 2012 so beautifully and with such thought. Just like all of your posts. It's been a pleasure following you. Looking forward to 2013.
    Happy New Year...

  10. What an epic year you've had -- beautiful recap. It was such a delight to meet you Celeste!

  11. beautiful photos, beautiful life! happy new year!

  12. Here's to a beautiful new year! :)

  13. beautiful.
    happy happy 2013!!

  14. I think my favorite picture is the one with your blurry profile and the yellow flowers. I also like the one with david and the leaves. :)

  15. love it - this is very inspiring. Have a great and wonder-ful 2013!

  16. i'm so very happy we met. i adore you, celeste.

  17. I'm a reader from London, England. This entry has really touched me. Your ups and downs, charting your life through your wonderful photographs. I hope my 2013 is filled with moments like these. I worry too much and don't eat brunch enough. Now I will. Thank you. I hope 2013 is treating you fantastically :)

    1. Thank you so much for saying this-- it's so wonderful to see how we can connect with people we have yet to meet in person! Wishing you all the best brunches and stress-free days this year :)