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: It’s Fall!

This week’s over-processed photos are fall-tastic! Hope that everyone had a great week and that you’re enjoying the change in seasons…

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Playing with an early fall leaf

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Pumpkin spice latte with my studies; Sweetening probably the last strawberries for the year; Latest polka dot manicure; Coco making a psycho kitty face

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Simple autumnal breakfast at home: pumpkin muffin and breakfast blend from my Keurig (I was pretty proud of the composition of this photo – cool, right?)

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And the most exciting news of the week…My best friend is getting married and she set a date! Now I have something to look forward to at the end of next summer.

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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My Week in Over-Processed Photos

Happy 1st day of September! You know the drill. Let’s look at some pics…

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Coco doing what she does best; The Bible (still haven’t finished it yet!); The facade of my school; Box of assorted chocolates to fuel my studying brain

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Kristin enjoying the cultural decor of a Mexican restaurant (we called her Frida); Papa John’s garlic parmesan breadsticks – so damn good; A row of beautifully worn books in the Lilly Law Library; My mad skills at Wii Zumba

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 Birthday Week in Over-Processed Photos

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I like beers I can call by their first name; A castle on the skirt from my birthday party outfit (because I’m a princess on my b’day, of course); Coco having a hard time waking up; My birthday cupcake from Gigi’s

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A spoonful of coffee ice cream in my cup a joe instead of creamer; All my birthday cards (real mail!!); Wore a yellow shirt to go shopping and tried on yellow jeans at LOFT – so this happened; Birthday dinner at my favorite pizza place

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!

My Week in Over-Processed Photos

Happy weekend, everyone! I’ve gotten quite a few new followers this week, so if you’re one of them, welcome. Today’s post is a feature I started a couple weeks ago. It’s where I take a few photos from my real life over the past week, and then I add cool effects so that my life seems more interesting. It’s quite the ego boost; I recommend it.

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My very chocolatey breakfast (it’s OK because it’s in muffin form), Trying out my new lipstick (a bright red shade of Revlon Just Bitten Kissable), COCO BEING ADORABLE AS USUAL, Saying goodbye to my office on the last day of my summer internship

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Counting down the minutes til the weekend Friday at work, A delicious pineapple and green pepper pizza that I MADE (recipe below), Teaching my friends’ kid Gabby how to pose for outfit photos, A gift from the UPS man: the boots I ordered!

For anyone who wants the pizza recipe, read on…

First of all, don’t expect recipes to be a regular thing. I am pretty much the opposite of a house wife and cooking is not at all my specialty. But when I do discover that I’m pretty good at making something (and it’s easy), then I get pretty excited and want to share.

I’m especially proud of this pizza because I started with a recipe from a cookbook and then added additional ingredients on my own, which I’m pretty sure makes me a culinary genius. So here’s what you need:

  • Pre-made pizza crust (I’ve tried several brands and they all worked fine)
  • Pizza or pasta sauce
  • Small can of crushed pineapple (drain out the juice as best you can)
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh green pepper, sliced whatever size you like
  • Olive oil
  • Oregano
  • Parmesan cheese (like the kind in the green shaker)

I listed the ingredients in the order that you use them. Take your crust, spread the sauce, layer bits of pineapple, then mozzarella, then green pepper. Drizzle a couple spoonfuls of olive oil, then shake  on the oregano.

Just follow the directions on the pizza crust package for the temperature and time, although mine usually takes longer than they say. I set a timer for 10 minutes and then keep checking until the cheese starts to get slightly browned.

After it’s cooled a little, sprinkle parmesan on top. Delicious! The leftovers aren’t bad either.

My Week in Over-Processed Photos

Two posts in one day? I know, overwhelmingly awesome, right? Or just overwhelming? Well, the thing is that I had lots more photos I wanted to share, and I did this MWOPP feature last week and got some good feedback, so I figured I’d give it another go – with even more over-processed photos than last time! Hoorah.

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Two recipes I pinned on Pinterest and ACTUALLY MADE, a bouquet of flowers I got for our anniversary dinner, wind farm on the way to Chicago, epic laundry day before the trip

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Flamingos at the Lincoln Park Zoo, a unique fast food restaurant, the Bean in Millennium Park, jaguar at the Lincoln Park Zoo

20120729-182548.jpgDeep dish pizza with broccoli and garlic, view of Chicago from the lake at sunset, Italian cosmo at dinner, cute beluga whale face at Shedd Aquarium (I think he’s smiling at me!)