My Week in Over-Processed Photos

Despite spending most of my time studying for finals, I’ve actually snuck in a good amount of fun, mostly of the Christmas cheer variety. Here’s what’s been going on in my life the past week or so…

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Making Christmas cookies; Lurking behind the mistletoe; Our Christmas tree; Coco being a creepster while I’m trying to study

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Me and my woman at a Christmas party; Wrapping presents; Coco keeping me company while I work; Studying at Starbucks (and they spelled my name right!)

A Visitor

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Thursday was one of those study-at-Starbucks-then-drink-margaritas-and-do-laundry days, and this is what I wore. Oh, do other people not have those kinds of days? How unfortunate. Unfortunate for whom? I’m not sure. But I am sure that it was dark by the time I got home, hence the romantic lighting.

But you know what happens when I take photos indoors? I get visitors…

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EVERYONE IS SO HAPPY TO HAVE THEIR PICTURE TAKEN! (Anyone who says cats can’t make facial expressions needs to see this and then hang his or her head in shame.)

Trench: Andrew Marc via TJ Maxx (similar here and here)

Tee: Simply Vera Vera Wang, old

Sweater: J. Crew

Pearl Necklace: Givenchy via Nordstrom

Fudge and polka dots

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20121002-083222.jpgIt was rainy yesterday so I had to take my photos inside. Mysteriously, the inside of my apartment looks like a vintage photo at all times.

And SURPRISE! I’m wearing mixed prints again. Too much of a good thing? I don’t think so. Much like with fudge and cheesecake, too much print-mixing causes absolutely no unwanted side effects. So do it all you want. And while you’re at it, bring me some fudge. Thank you.

Polka dot tee: Madewell (similar)

Cardigan: H&M (similar)

Jeans: Ann Taylor

Shoes: Sperry Top Sider

Necklace: Charming Charlie (other fun orange neck decore here and here)

Watch: Anne Klein (similar)

Lips: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable in Romantic

My First Week of Autumn in Over-Processed Photos

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Fresh (as in fresh from the Target bakery) bread and a bottle of Spanish wine for Emmy-watching last Sunday

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I really like this picture. Just some fallen leaves on the street in my neighborhood.

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More autumn leaves around my apartment and a beetle that was waiting outside my door for me (I named him George, but he also looks like he could be a Paul)

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Another great thing about fall: themed candy

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The panel of local photographers at the Pattern meetup from Wednesday (see what I wore here)

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And I’ll leave you with this especially adorable picture of Coco. She was totally posing for this one.

MWOPP & a Product Review

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As usual, let’s begin My Week in Over-Processed Photos by talking about how adorable my cat is. She’s adorable. OK, moving on.

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An improv comedy show at Comedy Sportz Friday night; Snack accompanying said comedy show; Fro yo from Orange Leaf with red velvet cake topping (I KNOW); The view from my balcony where I studied on a lovely day this week

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On Twitter yesterday, I promised a review of this product. As everyone knows, a tweet is a binding contract* so here we go. First off, this is in no way sponsored by L’Oreal. I bought this product myself and I’m not getting any commission/reimbursement/free stuff in exchange for this review (although, L’Oreal, if you’re listening, I would not turn down any of those things).

I tried the free sample of L’Oreal’s new BB Cream that was in September Vogue. The shade (“light”) was too dark for me so I had to wipe most of it off before I left the house. But besides looking like I had an unfortunate spray tan on only my face, I liked the feel of the product on my skin, so I grabbed the coupon and bought myself the lightest version (“fair”). 

I’ve been using this BB Cream for about a week now, and I am happy with my purchase. I don’t know that I’d call it “magic” like the bottle says, but I do really like it. My skin is normally all over the place: some areas break out, some areas are just oily, and some areas are dry.

For some time now, my routine has been to use a light moisturizer (for the dryness), followed by my foundation (for covering blemishes and redness), followed by powder (to mattify). During the summer, I normally have to use an oil absorbing sheet midway through the day as well.

The BB Cream has moisturizer built in, so I’ve been able to skip that step. It also has pigment (although it comes out of the bottle white – tricksy), so I can also skip covering my whole face with foundation. The BB Cream does have very light coverage, though, so I still use a couple dabs of foundation on spots that need it. The texture of the BB Cream makes the foundation (or concealer, if you prefer) stick really well, which is nice.

Finally – and here’s the real kicker – the BB Cream keeps my skin matte (or very close to it) the entire day! And that’s without using any powder or oil absorber! This is by far the most impressive feature for me! You can tell by all the exclamation points!

The BB Cream claims to improve or “correct” your skin, and I can’t really speak to that. I haven’t noticed any change – good or bad – in the natural texture of my skin since starting use of the product. It does feel pretty nice when it’s on, though.

So there you have it! Overall, I give the L’Oreal BB Cream an A-. I will definitely continue to use it this fall, and hopefully it will still work great as the air gets colder and drier.

*It’s not.

MWOPP: Manicure, Greek Fest, and more!

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Sparkle tip manicure for this week (no extra tools needed): A couple coats of a deep maroon polish, then swiped clear sparkly polish across the tips. Finish with topcoat.

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A kitten trying to play party games; A freaky green pepper that had another baby pepper growing inside; Feet and a cool flower; Bathroom shot of my FNO outfit

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Breakfast on my manatee plate; Me and my old college roomie (the whole story’s here if you missed it!); My 2 favorite girls napping together on the couch; Cookie dough truffle

The next few pictures are from Greek Fest yesterday! Greek Fest is like my Thanksgiving: probably the most food I eat in one day all year.

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The Greek Orthodox Church in Carmel where the festival is held

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I look great in a toga; Sampling Greek wines; One of many tents full of delish food and drink; Flaming cheese and pita bread

Enjoy the last hours of your weekend, everyone!

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MWOPP: Back-to-School Edition

For this installment of “My Week in Over-Processed Photos,” there’s a special theme…

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My school (yay!), A delicious panini after my last class of week one, My study buddy Coco (she’s so helpful), Colorful tools of the trade

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The inside of my locker (yes, we get lockers in law school), A healthy breakfast of lemon Greek yogurt and fresh strawberries, S’mores brownie enjoyed with friends my last weekend of summer, Coco telling me it’s time for a break

My Week in Over-Processed Photos (and a recipe)

Recipes two weeks in a row? Don’t get used to this. Here are some snapshots from the past 7 days, followed by a really easy side dish that’s good for you. Well, it has a vegetable in it, so I’m assuming it’s good for you.

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Cute pin from last weekend’s bachelorette party; the gift of bad Chinese to English translation (from my friend Abi); COCO IN A SINK; my freshly spotted nails

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Barrels of wine at Cooper’s Hawk (I only drank one); yes, my cat again…she’s cute and she can’t help it; tiramisu truffle and raspberry/white chocolate goo; the stuff you need for my recipe below

OK, lemme give you this tasty baked zucchini recipe. I’m not even going to give you measurements because the ingredients are: zucchini, garlic seasoning, and mozzarella. You could not possibly have too much of any of these things.

Slice up dem zucchinis and put them on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle on Mrs. Dash garlic & herb seasoning. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Take it out and turn on the broiler. Throw on shredded mozzarella. Broil those babies for about 5 minutes. In case you’ve never used the broiler before (no judgment here), you have to leave the oven door open a crack and watch your food like a hawk. As soon as the cheese gets a little brown and bubbly, you’re done!

I am picky about eating vegetables (I’m still a child apparently), but put cheese and garlic on just about anything and I’ll eat it.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Leather to Work? Yes We Can!

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For the record, this is not real leather. But “pleather” paints a picture of crappy small-town strippers so I don’t like to use that term to describe my own wardrobe. I wore this to the office on Monday (where I work at a desk, not on a pole). I had already decided to wear this skirt, but all of my go-to “work tops” just seemed boring. Then I thought about my style pinboard on Pinterest where I have about a gazillion pictures of outfits I like. I pin photos and then never look at them again. It gave me this crazy idea – I should look at them. So I did, and I happened to spot one that included a vest. I’ll skip to the end of the story: I decided to wear a vest.

Sometimes you just have to find something that sparks some creativity. No more boring Monday! Huzzah!

Top: Rafaella / Vest: Express / Skirt: Target / Shoes: Tahari / Necklace: Tiffany / Earrings: Light Years / Bracelet: gift

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Also, today Coco was all “hey take my picture for your blog,” and I was like “but my blog is about style,” and she was all “pretty please I’m cute” and I was like “OK.”

New things

Just a few things that have come into my life in the past few days…

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I got some new cheapie sunglasses from Charming Charlie. The frames are pretty cool…solid brown on top and with a tortoiseshell-esque texture on the bottom.

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Godiva truffle of the month (it’s free! if you live near a Godiva store, you should sign up!) and it just happens to match my nails.

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New summery purchases made today! Coco inspects for quality, of course. The flower print dress is perfect for a summer wedding – how convenient that I’m going to one next week. The yellow skirt was only $13 and I think could be cute for both work and non-work occasions. Stay tuned!