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Student writing about everything from A to Z: art, beauty, books, diy, food, graphic design, geek stuff, movies, inspiration, lifehacks, recipes, video gameszozohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02605555536909727889noreply@blogger.comBlogger30125atelierzozohttp://feedburner.google.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3783148298270563197.post-12447243770992029892014-01-12T16:03:00.001-08:002014-01-12T19:28:47.541-08:00Bay Area Eats & Drinks<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Class starts up tomorrow and I can say with certainty I will be back to regular <strike>procrastination</strike> blogging and commenting.&nbsp; Here's what I've been up to:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eW9iAxSZ8WQ/UtME3SDkIyI/AAAAAAAAGUU/FuMpchpWrsc/s1600/me-banana-republic-fitting-room-striped-dress.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Mixed Stripe Fit and Flare Dress from Banana Republic" border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eW9iAxSZ8WQ/UtME3SDkIyI/AAAAAAAAGUU/FuMpchpWrsc/s1600/me-banana-republic-fitting-room-striped-dress.jpg" title="Mixed Stripe Fit and Flare Dress from Banana Republic" /></a></div><br />Tried on the <a href="http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1005485&amp;pid=932550" target="_blank">Mixed-Stripe Fit-and-Flare dress</a> from Banana Republic.&nbsp; I loved the heavyweight but stretchy fabric and flattering stripes but hate the ongoing trend of exposed zippers (still a time/place for them but it doesn't work on every garment).&nbsp; There's a bright gold one on the back and it's distracting and inelegant.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HWWSPeRzNnI/UtMHWp-oi8I/AAAAAAAAGUo/iiyf6hCtj0c/s1600/banana-republic-mixed-stripe-fit-and-flare-dress.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Mixed Stripe Fit and Flare Dress from Banana Republic" border="0" height="266" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HWWSPeRzNnI/UtMHWp-oi8I/AAAAAAAAGUo/iiyf6hCtj0c/s1600/banana-republic-mixed-stripe-fit-and-flare-dress.jpg" title="Mixed Stripe Fit and Flare Dress from Banana Republic" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;">Photos from Banana Republic</span></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-njSnLVYuxd0/UtMH-OJOWvI/AAAAAAAAGUw/jzVVygdSkfY/s1600/rose-kombucha-grey-goose-vodka-new-years-shots.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-njSnLVYuxd0/UtMH-OJOWvI/AAAAAAAAGUw/jzVVygdSkfY/s1600/rose-kombucha-grey-goose-vodka-new-years-shots.jpg" /></a></div><br />My little sister came up with this combo for our New Year's shots. &nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha" target="_blank">Kombucha</a>&nbsp;is a fizzy fermented health drink much loved by hippies the world over so I was pretty amused to be mixing up an alcoholic drink with it.&nbsp; Added a splash of grenadine and it was a fun way to ring in 2014!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hpgQkvAJQLs/UtMJDZ6zvOI/AAAAAAAAGVE/DlBtRmAZkEE/s1600/charcuterie-movie-snacks-salami-rind-washed-cheese-grapes-brut-rose.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Movie charcuterie, Applegate salami, rind washed cheese, olives, green grapes, rose" border="0" height="300" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hpgQkvAJQLs/UtMJDZ6zvOI/AAAAAAAAGVE/DlBtRmAZkEE/s1600/charcuterie-movie-snacks-salami-rind-washed-cheese-grapes-brut-rose.jpg" title="Movie charcuterie, Applegate salami, rind washed cheese, olives, green grapes, rose" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jD78Th0q6xQ/UtMJDVyx0WI/AAAAAAAAGVI/Ezd53F3hz9I/s1600/rose-brut.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="De Chanceny rose brut from Whole Foods" border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jD78Th0q6xQ/UtMJDVyx0WI/AAAAAAAAGVI/Ezd53F3hz9I/s1600/rose-brut.jpg" title="De Chanceny rose brut from Whole Foods" width="400" /></a></div><br />Movie snacks and rosé brut from a mad foray into Whole Foods on NYE.&nbsp; This De Chanceny rosé brut is effervescent on the nose with hints of tart berry and a pleasantly dry finish.&nbsp; For under $20, this is an excellent bubbly and gosh, the <span style="color: #f5a9bc;"><b>pink</b></span> sure is purrty.&nbsp; <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTJFQUYR5Wg/UtMS1p8QfGI/AAAAAAAAGVg/TIuHMCddsAI/s1600/true-burger-oakland-cheeseburger-mushroom-burger.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="True Burger, Oakland, CA burgers" border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTJFQUYR5Wg/UtMS1p8QfGI/AAAAAAAAGVg/TIuHMCddsAI/s1600/true-burger-oakland-cheeseburger-mushroom-burger.jpg" title="True Burger, Oakland, CA burgers" width="400" /></a><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NWliSGG_Vmk/UtMS1detBgI/AAAAAAAAGVc/MHul7Nuc9MA/s1600/true-burger-oakland-cheeseburger-mushroom-burger-star-shaped-tater-tots-target.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="True Burger, Oakland, CA burgers and star shaped tater tots from Target" border="0" height="300" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NWliSGG_Vmk/UtMS1detBgI/AAAAAAAAGVc/MHul7Nuc9MA/s1600/true-burger-oakland-cheeseburger-mushroom-burger-star-shaped-tater-tots-target.jpg" title="True Burger, Oakland, CA burgers and star shaped tater tots from Target" width="400" /></a></div><br />Amazing cheeseburger and deluxe burger (crispy portobello mushroom + beef patty) from True Burger (<a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/trueburger-oakland" target="_blank">Yelp</a>) in Oakland, CA.&nbsp; My cheeseburger was perfect, and I don't say that lightly!&nbsp; The meat was moist but fully cooked (my preference for burgers), the cheese was gooey but not too salty or oily, the vegetables were crisp and not watery, and the bun was airy but strong.&nbsp; Oftentimes when I order a "gourmet" burger, the bun is dry or it completely falls apart. Not sure what sauce they use but it tasted a lot like garlic aioli.&nbsp; My mouth is watering now lol.&nbsp; The star shaped tater tots are from Target and were also very yummy and super cute to boot.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="border: 0px; margin: 0 auto;"><tbody><tr><td><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ebKezMujuLI/UtMVMhHBRSI/AAAAAAAAGWE/qIZAnw1DXV8/s1600/me-eating-japanese-ramen-noodle-bowl.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Me eating spicy pork tonkotsu ramen at Tamashii Ramen House in Richmond, CA" border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ebKezMujuLI/UtMVMhHBRSI/AAAAAAAAGWE/qIZAnw1DXV8/s1600/me-eating-japanese-ramen-noodle-bowl.jpg" title="Me eating spicy pork tonkotsu ramen at Tamashii Ramen House in Richmond, CA" width="240" /></a></div></td><td><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HSJrREOpsU0/UtMVLoCI6RI/AAAAAAAAGWA/p8O3GGZMyq4/s1600/japanese-ramen-bowl-spicy-pork-tonkotsu.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img alt="Spicy tonkotsu ramen at Tamashii Ramen House in Richmond, CA" border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HSJrREOpsU0/UtMVLoCI6RI/AAAAAAAAGWA/p8O3GGZMyq4/s1600/japanese-ramen-bowl-spicy-pork-tonkotsu.jpg" title="Spicy tonkotsu ramen at Tamashii Ramen House in Richmond, CA" width="240" /></a></td></tr></tbody></table><br />Trying not to laugh while my brother-in-law takes a pic and my spicy pork tonkotsu ramen from Tamashii Ramen House (<a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/tamashii-richmond" target="_blank">Yelp</a>), located at Pacific East Mall in Richmond, CA. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_a0WtwLaML8/UtMmCC7AuWI/AAAAAAAAGWw/iJn82M9PRlM/s1600/black-garlic-oil-ramen.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="Black garlic oil ramen at Tamashii Ramen House in Richmond, CA" border="0" height="225" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_a0WtwLaML8/UtMmCC7AuWI/AAAAAAAAGWw/iJn82M9PRlM/s1600/black-garlic-oil-ramen.jpg" title="Black garlic oil ramen at Tamashii Ramen House in Richmond, CA" width="400" /></a></div>This is was my first visit and service was very slow that day (it was after NYE so maybe short-staffed?) but the ramen was good! &nbsp;I ordered extra hot and my broth was pretty spicy. &nbsp;There are more pieces of pork hiding and I really liked the noodle texture and thickness. &nbsp;My sister got the black garlic ramen and that was deliciously unctuous and garlickly. &nbsp;Her hubby's curry ramen had them both pretty enamored as well..<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CFsEb4Cbt64/UtMVVD8FBlI/AAAAAAAAGWk/J5GQo2XOkJY/s1600/vieille-provision-saison-dupont-belgiant-farmhouse-ale.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Saison DuPont Belgian Farmhouse Ale" border="0" height="265" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CFsEb4Cbt64/UtMVVD8FBlI/AAAAAAAAGWk/J5GQo2XOkJY/s1600/vieille-provision-saison-dupont-belgiant-farmhouse-ale.jpg" title="Saison DuPont Belgian Farmhouse Ale" width="400" /></a></div><br /><span id="goog_1289346139"></span><span id="goog_1289346140"></span>To me, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saison" target="_blank">saison</a> is like the "champagne of beers." &nbsp;Vieille Provision Saison DuPont is light, fruity, and refreshing. &nbsp;It's especially good for summer meals.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xPTd24yd548/UtMm5yDayII/AAAAAAAAGW4/_V4d96Iwbzg/s1600/foret-saison-ale-beer.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Foret organic saison ale by DuPont Brewery" border="0" height="265" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xPTd24yd548/UtMm5yDayII/AAAAAAAAGW4/_V4d96Iwbzg/s1600/foret-saison-ale-beer.jpg" title="Foret organic saison ale by DuPont Brewery" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-yVLdX8g0Ojw/UtMm549AnCI/AAAAAAAAGW8/cc6gA6HFQNs/s1600/foret-saison-ale-beer-summer-garden-breakfast-pizza.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-yVLdX8g0Ojw/UtMm549AnCI/AAAAAAAAGW8/cc6gA6HFQNs/s1600/foret-saison-ale-beer-summer-garden-breakfast-pizza.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br />DuPont brewery also makes Foret, an organic saison ale. &nbsp;The two photos above are from a past visit with one of my older sisters. &nbsp;It's late May and we're eating some leftover breakfast pizza outside in her honeysuckle-scented garden. &nbsp;I miss warm weather! 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As somebody who spends a lot of time at her desk, <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">core strength and flexibility</span> is very important (lower back pain, anybody?). &nbsp;I would also like to work on my <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">cardio</span>. &nbsp;I do okay on long hikes and I've been doing sprints and 2 mile jogs with my dog but I want to improve my general <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">endurance</span>. &nbsp;</div></div><div><br /></div><div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-apgp8rvQl9A/Usc2aX2f7cI/AAAAAAAAAYA/nOU15oyCGrU/s1600/health-and-fitness-goals-2014_girl-abs-atelier-zozo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="My abs at atelierzozo.com - fitness " border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-apgp8rvQl9A/Usc2aX2f7cI/AAAAAAAAAYA/nOU15oyCGrU/s1600/health-and-fitness-goals-2014_girl-abs-atelier-zozo.jpg" title="My abs at atelierzozo.com - fitness " /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;"><b>Before:</b> Clean eating + regular HIIT &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><b>Now:</b>&nbsp;Whole frozen pizza + fruit &amp; veggie smoothie in my tummy + no real exercise routine</span></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-leVFL370wSE/Ushn5Nvpx5I/AAAAAAAAAaA/Vzv4a6TMiD4/s1600/zuzanna-light-zuzka-light.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Zuzka Light Fitness Guru" border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-leVFL370wSE/Ushn5Nvpx5I/AAAAAAAAAaA/Vzv4a6TMiD4/s200/zuzanna-light-zuzka-light.jpeg" height="200" title="Zuzka Light Fitness Guru" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Zuzka Light</td></tr></tbody></table><div style="text-align: justify;">As far as appearances, I'm okay with how I look in clothes. &nbsp;I want to keep up with <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">squats and lunges</span> so my butt doesn't deflate, see <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">more definition</span> in my upper arms and thighs, and get my ab muscles back! &nbsp;In the first photo above, I had been eating clean for almost 2 months and working out for 15-20 minutes 5x a week. &nbsp;I did <a href="http://www.beachbody.com/product/fitness_programs/insanity.do" target="_blank">Beachbody Insanity</a> some days and body weight exercises from Zuzka Light (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/ZuzkaLight/videos" target="_blank">YouTube</a> | <a href="http://www.zuzkalight.com/" target="_blank">website</a>). &nbsp;I think most of Zuzka's full videos are no longer available for free but you can still get an idea of what kind of exercises she does and Google <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">body weight workouts and HIIT</span> (high-intensity interval training) for more ideas.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">I wasn't sick at all in 2013 and so far, I've managed to stave off putting on my usual "<span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">winter fat</span>." &nbsp;In the past, I used the cold weather as an excuse to gorge on comfort foods like noodles, heavily buttered toast, and any high-fat, carb-loaded food really. &nbsp;However, there is still a lot of improvement which can be made in the diet arena.&nbsp;&nbsp;I don't have much of a sweet tooth but I need to stem my consumption of frozen burritos and pizza (total&nbsp;<span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">guilty pleasure</span>&nbsp;for me) and salty,&nbsp;<span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">calorie-laden junk</span><span style="background-color: white;">&nbsp;food</span>/snacks like potato chips and beer. Luckily, I grew up eating&nbsp;<span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">healthy, whole foods</span>&nbsp;and genuinely enjoy almost all vegetables, raw or cooked.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eYjlCmAhsGk/UshmnFKGpnI/AAAAAAAAAZ0/yaK8ArsKU6I/s1600/instagram-atelier_zozo-food-pics.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Food pics by atelier_zozo on Instagram" border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eYjlCmAhsGk/UshmnFKGpnI/AAAAAAAAAZ0/yaK8ArsKU6I/s640/instagram-atelier_zozo-food-pics.jpg" height="380" title="Food pics by atelier_zozo on Instagram" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">You can find me on <a href="http://instagram.com/atelier_zozo" target="_blank">Instagram @atelier_zozo</a>&nbsp;. &nbsp;It's a good way to keep track of what you eat!</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">*I don't promise the prettiest or healthiest food pics :P</span></td></tr></tbody></table></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;">When I have been <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">over-indulg</span><span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">ent</span>, I just stay away from processed foods and simple carbs. &nbsp;I prefer&nbsp;<span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">complex carbohydrates anyway such as</span>&nbsp;brown rice, quinoa, and legumes like black beans and lentils. &nbsp;In general, I try to listen to my body and eat what I want to eat in <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">moderation</span>. Temptations abound so this doesn't always work but it's a good foundation to work off on. &nbsp;I rarely weigh myself and I don't count calories. &nbsp;I'm almost 5'5 and my lowest weight when I was practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitively was 105 lbs and my highest was in 2010 at close to 130 lbs. &nbsp;I've stayed around 115 for the past couple years but the number isn't as important to me as the general feeling of <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">strength, health, and vitality</span>. &nbsp;Plus, I'm not super curvy and if my body fat drops so does my cup size lol.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div></div><h4><span style="background-color: white;">Finish creative projects</span></h4><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xq47e9xok3A/UshqUm-gFzI/AAAAAAAAAaM/VHZF5_4U-jM/s1600/watercolor-paints.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="watercolor paints" border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xq47e9xok3A/UshqUm-gFzI/AAAAAAAAAaM/VHZF5_4U-jM/s200/watercolor-paints.jpg" height="134" title="watercolor paints" width="200" /></a><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">I have a lot of incomplete <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">art, graphic design, and writing projects</span> in the works. &nbsp;First, I want to finish the novella I've been working on. The bulk of it is pretty much completed at close to 70k words but it needs a strong editing hand and I need to prepare for self-publishing and the promotions aspects of getting it out there in internet land. &nbsp;I also want to <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">write more reviews</span> for the books I read. &nbsp;Good reviews are time-consuming but it's great writing practice.</div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">I'd like to finish the flower images I wrote about in my <a href="http://www.atelierzozo.com/2013/12/art-projects.html" target="_blank">Art Projects</a> post and a few other themed art sets I've been sketching and ruminating on for a while. &nbsp;<span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">Graphic design</span> is super fun for me. &nbsp;I want to advance my coding skills and flex my design muscles by making blog layouts--free and for purchase. &nbsp;You can read about my current layout in the post <a href="http://www.atelierzozo.com/2013/11/custom-blog-banner-and-background.html" target="_blank">Custom Blog Banner and Background</a>.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><h4>Prioritize better</h4><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9NNvx1kSUe4/UsdKiGuqGVI/AAAAAAAAAYQ/mgl7dcnQmUo/s1600/personal-organizer.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="personal organizer" border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9NNvx1kSUe4/UsdKiGuqGVI/AAAAAAAAAYQ/mgl7dcnQmUo/s200/personal-organizer.jpg" height="144" title="personal organizer" width="200" /></a><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">One of the reasons I haven't been able to finish my creative projects is because I prioritize school, work, hanging out with friends first. &nbsp;This is all well and good but I need to set aside time to complete work which will be ultimately&nbsp;<span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">worthwhile and fulfilling</span>.</div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Of course, like most students, when exams come around I tend to <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">procrastinate</span> on studying by arranging outings with friends or finding a corner of the house that needs cleaning. &nbsp;I might take to using a <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">physical organizer</span> again instead of relying on digital to help combat this problem. </div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><h4>Be more social&nbsp;</h4><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cCxqTFHh5gA/UsdaZVEoy8I/AAAAAAAAAYg/pwXANmm8Jew/s1600/generic_chat.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="chat icon" border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cCxqTFHh5gA/UsdaZVEoy8I/AAAAAAAAAYg/pwXANmm8Jew/s1600/generic_chat.png" title="chat icon" /></a><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">I want to make new friends online and IRL. &nbsp;As far as blogging goes, I definitely want to <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">be </span><span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">consistent</span> about posting, participate in small blogging events such as <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">link-ups</span>, and&nbsp;<span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">network</span>&nbsp;more. &nbsp;My blog has been lagging this holiday break and I apologize for that. &nbsp;I've been out of town this week so reading and commenting on other blogs, replying to comments, and writing for my own has been difficult.</div><br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wKwIIE6tuKo/Usdaa0ZotUI/AAAAAAAAAYo/YGTyAbPqa9k/s1600/me-and-my-friends-snow-tahoe.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wKwIIE6tuKo/Usdaa0ZotUI/AAAAAAAAAYo/YGTyAbPqa9k/s1600/me-and-my-friends-snow-tahoe.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">My friends and I in Tahoe last year around this same time. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Lindsey from </span><a href="http://www.whimsicalallure.com/" target="_blank">Whimsical Allure</a><span style="font-size: small;"> is pictured 2nd from left and I'm the last</span></td></tr></tbody></table><div style="text-align: justify;">As far as real life, this is a bit harder. &nbsp;I need to<span style="background-color: #fff2cc;"> be more friendly</span> with my classmates I suppose. &nbsp;Kind of a toss-up as I have all computer science classes so I'm typically 1 of maybe 3 females and the other students are<span style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px;">—</span>let's just put it out there<span style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px;">—</span>giant nerds. &nbsp;I mean, I'm a nerd too but if you can't look me in the eye when you talk to me then...yeah, we probably can't be friends lol. &nbsp;My two best friends and I are thinking of <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">signing up for a fun class</span> together--maybe introductory astronomy? &nbsp;I might also take a physical education class like yoga or pilates. &nbsp;I did judo with my buddy last spring and it was fun but I wasn't super happy with the instruction. </div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><h4>Become a better speaker </h4><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cpIUUI3_vMk/UsdeRDJx5oI/AAAAAAAAAZI/lRNYxaEU5Pw/s1600/Vintage+Microphone.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cpIUUI3_vMk/UsdeRDJx5oI/AAAAAAAAAZI/lRNYxaEU5Pw/s200/Vintage+Microphone.png" height="200" width="200" /></a><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">I definitely feel more confident about my writing skills than speech. &nbsp;My last goal for 2014 is improvement in<span style="background-color: #fff2cc;"> speed and organization of thought</span> as well as <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">succinct but eloquent verbal articulation</span>. &nbsp;Really, this goes for writing as well. &nbsp;I'm not a horrible conversationalist by any means but I do tend to rely on typical California speak, especially when it's a casual situation.</div><br /><h4><div style="text-align: center;">What are your New Year resolutions?</div><div style="text-align: center;">Did you make a post about them too?<br />Leave your links in a comment!<br /><br /></div></h4><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HiPtd1Jma2U/UsI134m5QXI/AAAAAAAAGGE/f2PfYjdoXSI/s1600/real-pumpkin-pie-whipped-cream-market-hall-rockridge-oakland.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Pumpkin pie and whipped cream from Market Hall Rockridge" border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HiPtd1Jma2U/UsI134m5QXI/AAAAAAAAGGE/f2PfYjdoXSI/s1600/real-pumpkin-pie-whipped-cream-market-hall-rockridge-oakland.jpg" title="Pumpkin pie and whipped cream from Market Hall Rockridge" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Best pumpkin pie ever from <a href="http://www.rockridgemarkethall.com/" target="_blank">Market Hall</a>.</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Fresh pumpkin flavor, firm texture, perfect spices and sweetness level</span></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-A_YtzfsIO7c/UsI13AMfVmI/AAAAAAAAGF0/ZWwIXRXdqbw/s1600/korean-food-savory-pancake-bowld-albany.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Savory pancake and mango soju from Bowl'd in Albany, CA" border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-A_YtzfsIO7c/UsI13AMfVmI/AAAAAAAAGF0/ZWwIXRXdqbw/s1600/korean-food-savory-pancake-bowld-albany.jpg" title="Savory pancake and mango soju from Bowl'd in Albany, CA" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Savory beef pancake appetizer and mango soju<br />from <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/bowld-korean-rice-bar-albany" target="_blank">Bowl'd</a>,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: small;">our favorite Korean restaurant located in Albany, CA</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dV0YCEOb0gs/UsI14Gur9_I/AAAAAAAAGGM/B_t2za86ZS4/s1600/spicy-pork-bibimbap-korean-food-bowld-albany.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Spicy pork bibimbap and banchan from Bowl'd in Albany, CA" border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dV0YCEOb0gs/UsI14Gur9_I/AAAAAAAAGGM/B_t2za86ZS4/s1600/spicy-pork-bibimbap-korean-food-bowld-albany.jpg" title="Spicy pork bibimbap and banchan from Bowl'd in Albany, CA" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Spicy pork bibimbap and banchan also from Bowl'd</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-DjhbXs3qCLQ/UsI12jIaE9I/AAAAAAAAGGI/VgNJSRLoUlQ/s1600/boiling-crab-san-jose-king-crab-legs-calamari-appetizer.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Fried calamari appetizer and 2 lbs of king crab legs from The Boiling Crab in San Jose, CA" border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-DjhbXs3qCLQ/UsI12jIaE9I/AAAAAAAAGGI/VgNJSRLoUlQ/s1600/boiling-crab-san-jose-king-crab-legs-calamari-appetizer.jpg" title="Fried calamari appetizer and 2 lbs of king crab legs from The Boiling Crab in San Jose, CA" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Fried calamari app and 2 lbs of king crab legs from <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-boiling-crab-san-jose" target="_blank">The Boiling Crab</a> in San Jose, CA</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Our group also devoured 4 lbs of shrimp, corn, rice, and Cajun fries. &nbsp;Boiling Crab is a one-of-a-kind restaurant experience. &nbsp;You order high quality seafood smothered in sauce of choice and eat right on wax paper with your hands. &nbsp;There's often a long wait but it's worth it for a fun group night out.<br />Tip: Try going right as they open for the shortest wait time.&nbsp;</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r8Dldp2eYj8/UsI12kGOQ8I/AAAAAAAAGFw/GmOOR8N5IiY/s1600/jbc-kale-juice-juice-bar-collective-berkeley.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Freshly squeezed orange juice, kale, apple, and banana from Juice Bar Collective in Berkeley, CA" border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r8Dldp2eYj8/UsI12kGOQ8I/AAAAAAAAGFw/GmOOR8N5IiY/s1600/jbc-kale-juice-juice-bar-collective-berkeley.jpg" title="Freshly squeezed orange juice, kale, apple, and banana from Juice Bar Collective in Berkeley, CA" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Freshly squeezed orange juice, kale, apple, and banana from <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/juice-bar-collective-berkeley" target="_blank">Juice Bar Collective</a> in Berkeley, CA.<br />JBC is a health-minded green business offering fresh organic juices and a variety of vegan/vegetarian food plus a few sandwiches with animal protein</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XQfqftKIvps/UsI12pqn9iI/AAAAAAAAGF4/y3JrQUYFGsQ/s1600/egg-salad-sandwich-juice-bar-collective-berkeley.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Egg salad sandwich from Juice Bar Collective in Berkeley, CA" border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XQfqftKIvps/UsI12pqn9iI/AAAAAAAAGF4/y3JrQUYFGsQ/s1600/egg-salad-sandwich-juice-bar-collective-berkeley.jpg" title="Egg salad sandwich from Juice Bar Collective in Berkeley, CA" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Egg salad sandwich from Juice Bar Collective. &nbsp;Anytime I see egg salad I have to try it!</span></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-metf38thgRM/UsI14fEL8pI/AAAAAAAAGGg/-JzyqTL_Uus/s1600/velveteen-rabbit-quote-print-custom-office.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Velveteen Rabbit quote custom art office print" border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-metf38thgRM/UsI14fEL8pI/AAAAAAAAGGg/-JzyqTL_Uus/s1600/velveteen-rabbit-quote-print-custom-office.jpg" title="Velveteen Rabbit quote custom art office print" /></a></div>Remember The Velveteen Rabbit graphic I made for my sister? --&nbsp;<a href="http://www.atelierzozo.com/2013/12/art-projects.html" target="_blank">Art Projects</a> post &nbsp;She ended up printing it on a plotter at work and bought her own frame. We're both very happy with the results!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: #fff2cc; font-family: inherit;">I know a lot of people have returned to work. Hope the week goes by fast for you!&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: #fff2cc; font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;I don't start classes until January 13 (•‿•)</span></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <!-- feed reader ad --> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:inline-block;width:728px;height:90px" data-ad-client="ca-pub-1668546262988923" data-ad-slot="8710883499"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=QB9QTptOvm0:dXSTQ-5CBzA:I9og5sOYxJI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?d=I9og5sOYxJI" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=QB9QTptOvm0:dXSTQ-5CBzA:4cEx4HpKnUU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?i=QB9QTptOvm0:dXSTQ-5CBzA:4cEx4HpKnUU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=QB9QTptOvm0:dXSTQ-5CBzA:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=QB9QTptOvm0:dXSTQ-5CBzA:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?i=QB9QTptOvm0:dXSTQ-5CBzA:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=QB9QTptOvm0:dXSTQ-5CBzA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=QB9QTptOvm0:dXSTQ-5CBzA:63t7Ie-LG7Y"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?d=63t7Ie-LG7Y" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=QB9QTptOvm0:dXSTQ-5CBzA:mE50sygkCAI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?i=QB9QTptOvm0:dXSTQ-5CBzA:mE50sygkCAI" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/atelierzozo/~4/QB9QTptOvm0" height="1" width="1"/>zozohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10208700012742859488noreply@blogger.com0http://www.atelierzozo.com/2013/12/gastro-holiday.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3783148298270563197.post-1704769199277684552013-12-28T13:03:00.000-08:002014-01-11T01:07:48.854-08:00Family Time<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">I hope everybody had a wonderful holiday! &nbsp;</div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Here are a few snapshots from the past couple days<br />spent with my mom, little sister and her husband.<br /><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wVJXryPxxy4/Ur6N0JgWrDI/AAAAAAAAGCo/5i7X8Vpx3PU/s1600/20131226_153010.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wVJXryPxxy4/Ur6N0JgWrDI/AAAAAAAAGCo/5i7X8Vpx3PU/s400/20131226_153010.jpg" width="300" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Tired but happy</span></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mM3ioaAKmVg/Ur81Bfq2ZDI/AAAAAAAAGEM/eNkP8-nmdB8/s1600/microbrews-craft-beer-ticket-to-ride-boardgame.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Craft beers and microbrews -- La Fin Du Monde, Grimbergen, Genesis, Pranqster" border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mM3ioaAKmVg/Ur81Bfq2ZDI/AAAAAAAAGEM/eNkP8-nmdB8/s640/microbrews-craft-beer-ticket-to-ride-boardgame.jpg" title="Craft beers and microbrews -- La Fin Du Monde, Grimbergen, Genesis, Pranqster" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Craft beers and microbrews -- La Fin Du Monde, Grimbergen, Genesis, Pranqster</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Grimbergen's recipe has been around since 1128!</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BtxtBJYhNQs/Ur6PnlfoJ6I/AAAAAAAAGDk/rg5YiKRZflw/s1600/28-001.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Slicer pizzeria in Oakland, roasted cauliflower pizza" border="0" height="384" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BtxtBJYhNQs/Ur6PnlfoJ6I/AAAAAAAAGDk/rg5YiKRZflw/s640/28-001.jpg" title="Slicer pizzeria in Oakland, roasted cauliflower pizza" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Pizza with roasted cauliflower, pancetta, spinach, red onion,<br />chilies and lemon from Slicer Pizzeria in Oakland. Delishhh</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-B5fCABFK4eo/Ur6N1SsiOqI/AAAAAAAAGDQ/934lq_CLnQ8/s1600/20131227_191415.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Super Mario 3D World Wii U" border="0" height="480" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-B5fCABFK4eo/Ur6N1SsiOqI/AAAAAAAAGDQ/934lq_CLnQ8/s640/20131227_191415.jpg" title="Super Mario 3D World Wii U" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Super Mario 3D World for Wii U.&nbsp; Gorgeous + cute graphics and<br /><span style="font-size: small;">s</span>o much fun<span style="font-size: small;"> on multiplayer!</span>&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/19RNUPF" target="_blank"> http://amzn.to/19RNUPF</a></span></td></tr></tbody></table></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Mm_l1FvZ3aA/Ur82DBlyw3I/AAAAAAAAGEc/ulUgNngCh4M/s1600/essie-ballet-slippers-nail-polish.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Essie Ballet Slippers swatch and Wet n Wild silver glitter nail polish" border="0" height="424" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Mm_l1FvZ3aA/Ur82DBlyw3I/AAAAAAAAGEc/ulUgNngCh4M/s640/essie-ballet-slippers-nail-polish.JPG" title="Essie Ballet Slippers swatch and Wet n Wild silver glitter nail polish" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Essie Ballet Slippers -&nbsp;<a class="short-url" href="http://amzn.to/Kch9CH">amzn.to/Kch9CH</a></span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">+ some Wet n Wild silver nail polish for messy glitter French tips</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vXJnir_FsrA/Ur82DMnw-gI/AAAAAAAAGEY/e4ueYfrRc_U/s1600/fisher-space-pen.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Fisher space pen" border="0" height="424" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vXJnir_FsrA/Ur82DMnw-gI/AAAAAAAAGEY/e4ueYfrRc_U/s640/fisher-space-pen.jpg" title="Fisher space pen" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Fisher Space Pen from my sis: compact, sleek, writes at any angle and never skips.<br />Thank you Kali! My family is full of stationary nerds</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vBcuBQUHKzE/Ur82DOkD2WI/AAAAAAAAGEg/P_shQ1808kU/s1600/brody-fluffy-orange-tabby-cat.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Brody - fluffy orange tabby cat" border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vBcuBQUHKzE/Ur82DOkD2WI/AAAAAAAAGEg/P_shQ1808kU/s640/brody-fluffy-orange-tabby-cat.jpg" title="Brody - fluffy orange tabby cat" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Brody -- my sister's majestic fluffy pants cat</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><img alt="GSD - cute German Shepherd puppy in the morning" border="0" height="480" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WzZqLBOf4Ts/Ur82DlHR8rI/AAAAAAAAGEw/JHJeClWsQe0/s640/hades-the-german-shepherd-dog-morning-face.jpg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="GSD - cute German Shepherd puppy in the morning" width="640" /></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Cute mug I wake up to most mornings</span></td></tr></tbody></table></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <!-- feed reader ad --> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:inline-block;width:728px;height:90px" data-ad-client="ca-pub-1668546262988923" data-ad-slot="8710883499"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=BFquYBxKTaI:2cKfSafNlqU:I9og5sOYxJI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?d=I9og5sOYxJI" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=BFquYBxKTaI:2cKfSafNlqU:4cEx4HpKnUU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?i=BFquYBxKTaI:2cKfSafNlqU:4cEx4HpKnUU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=BFquYBxKTaI:2cKfSafNlqU:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=BFquYBxKTaI:2cKfSafNlqU:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?i=BFquYBxKTaI:2cKfSafNlqU:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=BFquYBxKTaI:2cKfSafNlqU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=BFquYBxKTaI:2cKfSafNlqU:63t7Ie-LG7Y"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?d=63t7Ie-LG7Y" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=BFquYBxKTaI:2cKfSafNlqU:mE50sygkCAI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?i=BFquYBxKTaI:2cKfSafNlqU:mE50sygkCAI" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/atelierzozo/~4/BFquYBxKTaI" height="1" width="1"/>zozohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10208700012742859488noreply@blogger.com0http://www.atelierzozo.com/2013/12/family-time.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3783148298270563197.post-39948628965359210172013-12-23T12:59:00.000-08:002014-01-11T01:07:48.869-08:00Gifts and Food from the Weekend<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xKch2WufXn0/UriaoldEvOI/AAAAAAAAGBE/4gASdwJOiGo/s1600/diamond-stud-earrings-christmas-gift.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Simple diamond stud earrings" border="0" height="425" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xKch2WufXn0/UriaoldEvOI/AAAAAAAAGBE/4gASdwJOiGo/s640/diamond-stud-earrings-christmas-gift.JPG" title="Simple diamond stud earrings Christmas present" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Diamond stud earrings from my brother. Perfect for everyday wear!</span></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-By3Mjv9z3tc/Uriato10eBI/AAAAAAAAGBU/NPi-_O7Hr1Q/s1600/whiskey-whisky-scotch-sipping-stones.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Festivus present - whiskey or scotch sipping stones" border="0" height="425" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-By3Mjv9z3tc/Uriato10eBI/AAAAAAAAGBU/NPi-_O7Hr1Q/s640/whiskey-whisky-scotch-sipping-stones.jpg" title="Festivus present - whiskey or scotch sipping stones" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Sipping Stones for cold whisky (or your poison of choice) without dilution. Thank you <a href="http://www.whimsicalallure.com/" target="_blank">Lindsey</a>!</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hS5GtH0YIkg/UriiVK_KaZI/AAAAAAAAGBs/KWcb8a3VdE0/s1600/steam-sale-games-mirrors-edge_the-stanley-parable_a-virus-named-tom.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Steam holiday sale games - Mirror's Edge, The Stanley Parable, A Virus Named Tom" border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hS5GtH0YIkg/UriiVK_KaZI/AAAAAAAAGBs/KWcb8a3VdE0/s640/steam-sale-games-mirrors-edge_the-stanley-parable_a-virus-named-tom.jpg" title="Steam holiday sale games - Mirror's Edge, The Stanley Parable, A Virus Named Tom" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Steam's holiday sale is going on right now and a couple of my buddies gifted me with</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><a href="http://steamcommunity.com/app/17410" target="_blank">Mirror's Edge</a>, <a href="http://steamcommunity.com/app/221910" target="_blank">The Stanley Parable</a>, and <a href="http://steamcommunity.com/app/207650" target="_blank">A Virus Named Tom</a>.</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">My PC game collection is slowly but surely growing!&nbsp;。◕‿◕。</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eYfpaRpM0js/Urias4_6iRI/AAAAAAAAGBM/TR3oKZIFWYI/s1600/festivus-dinner-comfort-food-meatloaf-mac-n-cheese-broccoli-potatoes-salad.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Comfort food for festivus celebration: Meatloaf, mac n' cheese, potatoes au gratin, steamed broccoli, salad" border="0" height="424" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eYfpaRpM0js/Urias4_6iRI/AAAAAAAAGBM/TR3oKZIFWYI/s640/festivus-dinner-comfort-food-meatloaf-mac-n-cheese-broccoli-potatoes-salad.jpg" title="Comfort food for festivus celebration: Meatloaf, mac n' cheese, potatoes au gratin, steamed broccoli, salad" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Meatloaf, mac n' cheese, potatoes au gratin, steamed broccoli, salad</span></td></tr></tbody></table><h4 style="text-align: center;"></h4><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-oKwGBCDfM0w/Uriao1iFldI/AAAAAAAAGBA/fc80nHg6U2g/s1600/cards-against-humanity-peppermint-cocktail.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Cards Against Humanity game and holiday peppermint cocktail" border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-oKwGBCDfM0w/Uriao1iFldI/AAAAAAAAGBA/fc80nHg6U2g/s640/cards-against-humanity-peppermint-cocktail.jpg" title="Cards Against Humanity game and holiday peppermint cocktail" width="424" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Cards Against Humanity game and peppermint cocktail</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GpRqi_cK7yw/Uriamt8Q1QI/AAAAAAAAGAs/VjOGhRmLL9s/s1600/apple-galette.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Trader Joe's apple galette and vanilla ice cream" border="0" height="424" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GpRqi_cK7yw/Uriamt8Q1QI/AAAAAAAAGAs/VjOGhRmLL9s/s640/apple-galette.jpg" title="Trader Joe's apple galette and vanilla ice cream" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Apple galette from Trader Joe's and vanilla ice cream</span></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-n37qhFfeRQc/UriauIgll_I/AAAAAAAAGBY/0IRIc5bp7qU/s1600/valley-of-the-moon-zinfandel-winery.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Valley of the Moon Zinfandel - winery, Sonoma, Napa Valley" border="0" height="424" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-n37qhFfeRQc/UriauIgll_I/AAAAAAAAGBY/0IRIc5bp7qU/s640/valley-of-the-moon-zinfandel-winery.jpg" title="Valley of the Moon winery, Sonoma, Napa Valley, zinfandel" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Valley of the Moon Zinfandel from a trip my friends and I took to Sonoma/Napa in October</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-E-Sfsx57g_U/Urianu1pVHI/AAAAAAAAGA4/eCTKUq09uUk/s1600/breakfast-bacon-hash-browns-eggs-over-easy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Hangover breakfast - bacon, eggs over easy, fried hash browns" border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-E-Sfsx57g_U/Urianu1pVHI/AAAAAAAAGA4/eCTKUq09uUk/s640/breakfast-bacon-hash-browns-eggs-over-easy.jpg" title="Hangover breakfast - bacon, eggs over easy, fried hash browns" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Hearty post-party breakfast! Bacon, eggs over easy, hash browns</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-z1jmVUJcwas/UriakcEKl-I/AAAAAAAAGAo/JXsP0b5tSQI/s1600/20131222_155716.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Lunch: chicken salad sandwich, jalapeno chips" border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-z1jmVUJcwas/UriakcEKl-I/AAAAAAAAGAo/JXsP0b5tSQI/s640/20131222_155716.jpg" title="Chicken salad sandwich, jalapeno chips" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Chicken salad sandwich and jalapeno chips</span></td></tr></tbody></table><h4 style="text-align: center;">Happy Festivus!</h4><br /></div></div><span style="display: none;">Keywords: Festivus holiday weekend celebration, festivus holiday, Seinfeld Festivus, Festivus ideas, festivus with friends, christmas with friends, christmas friends party, Seinfeld party, Festivus party, festivus party ideas, festivus food, simple diamond stud earrings for everyday wear, simple diamond studs, whiskey sipping stones, scotch sipping stones, whiskey stones, whisky, games from Steam holiday sale, Steam games, steam holiday sale, Mirror's Edge, Stanley Parable, A Virus Named Tom, comfort food, meatloaf, apple galette from Trader Joe's, Valley of the Moon winery, chicken salad sandwich</span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <!-- feed reader ad --> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:inline-block;width:728px;height:90px" data-ad-client="ca-pub-1668546262988923" data-ad-slot="8710883499"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=BLP_S_bqyEg:IFep_IERY0M:I9og5sOYxJI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?d=I9og5sOYxJI" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=BLP_S_bqyEg:IFep_IERY0M:4cEx4HpKnUU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?i=BLP_S_bqyEg:IFep_IERY0M:4cEx4HpKnUU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=BLP_S_bqyEg:IFep_IERY0M:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=BLP_S_bqyEg:IFep_IERY0M:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?i=BLP_S_bqyEg:IFep_IERY0M:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=BLP_S_bqyEg:IFep_IERY0M:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=BLP_S_bqyEg:IFep_IERY0M:63t7Ie-LG7Y"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?d=63t7Ie-LG7Y" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=BLP_S_bqyEg:IFep_IERY0M:mE50sygkCAI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?i=BLP_S_bqyEg:IFep_IERY0M:mE50sygkCAI" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/atelierzozo/~4/BLP_S_bqyEg" height="1" width="1"/>zozohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10208700012742859488noreply@blogger.com0http://www.atelierzozo.com/2013/12/gifts-and-food-from-weekend.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3783148298270563197.post-45249344464044258552013-12-20T08:00:00.000-08:002014-01-11T01:09:48.103-08:00Art Projects<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2bFF-qkFhWA/UrQTymUzANI/AAAAAAAAF-s/mJliSwqRShU/s1600/red-rose-art_by-atelier-zozo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="red rose art print" border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2bFF-qkFhWA/UrQTymUzANI/AAAAAAAAF-s/mJliSwqRShU/s640/red-rose-art_by-atelier-zozo.jpg" title="simple pretty red rose art print" width="494" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><a name='more'></a><br />I'm working on a digital art series of simple <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">flower blossoms.</span> &nbsp;So far I have a rose, lotus, lily, tulip, and daisy. I will probably do cherry blossom, peony, and orchid as well. This rose isn't complete. I'd like to use higher quality textures on the petals and make a couple different colorways. <br /><span style="text-align: center;"><u>Resources</u></span><span style="text-align: center;">: Brush set based on old postcards&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.brushlovers.com/photoshop-brush/flowers-fruits-old-postcards.html" style="text-align: center;" target="_blank">here</a><span style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;/ Damask pattern by&nbsp;</span><a href="http://besida.deviantart.com/" style="text-align: center;" target="_blank">Besida</a><br /><br /><table style="border: 0;"><tbody><tr><td>Some people find roses to be boring but I think we can credit the banal commercialism of Valentine's Day for that. &nbsp;I love the&nbsp;<span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">classic elegance</span>&nbsp;and historical significance of a red rose though I'm also fond of pink and yellow. <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">Roses are used for</span>: <u><span style="font-family: inherit;">beauty and skincare</span></u> as perfume and creams; <span style="font-family: inherit;"><u>food and drink</u></span> as jelly, syrups, sugared decor, and tea; <u><span style="font-family: inherit;">medicine</span></u> as rose hips are a minor source of vitamin C. &nbsp;In medieval times, the five petals of the rose were identified with the five wounds of Christ and the rose was a prominent symbol in the occult, esoteric religion and philosophy, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosicrucianism" target="_blank">Rosicrucianism</a>. &nbsp;Plus, who else thinks of the <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">enchanted rose</span>&nbsp;in Disney's <i>Beauty and the Beast</i>? </td><td><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jNXz70WbSFw/UrQkxUwzqUI/AAAAAAAAF_M/HpB5VC3ryYc/s1600/beauty-and-the-beast-enchanted-rose.gif" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="Disney's Beauty and the Beast enchanted rose gif" border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jNXz70WbSFw/UrQkxUwzqUI/AAAAAAAAF_M/HpB5VC3ryYc/s1600/beauty-and-the-beast-enchanted-rose.gif" title="Disney's Beauty and the Beast enchanted rose gif" /></a></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vyh60UrOAkc/UrSFgZGajwI/AAAAAAAAF_c/V9zZD_XC1lo/s1600/red-rose-art_by-atelier-zozo-process-illustrator.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="212" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vyh60UrOAkc/UrSFgZGajwI/AAAAAAAAF_c/V9zZD_XC1lo/s640/red-rose-art_by-atelier-zozo-process-illustrator.jpg" width="640" /></a></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WR2Be0zoYXo/UrQTyiNPCxI/AAAAAAAAF-w/SKMyZyTWP9Q/s1600/red-rose-art_by-atelier-zozo_close-up.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WR2Be0zoYXo/UrQTyiNPCxI/AAAAAAAAF-w/SKMyZyTWP9Q/s320/red-rose-art_by-atelier-zozo_close-up.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">My little sister recently received a promotion and moved into a new office (so proud of her (<span style="background-color: #fff2cc; color: #333333; font-family: 'Source Sans Pro', 'Segoe UI', Frutiger, 'Frutiger Linotype', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px; text-align: center;">(ノ^_^)ノ</span>). &nbsp;She was looking for some wall art and ran across this great print on <a href="http://www.laylagrayce.com/Products/Sugarboo-Designs-Art-Print-Velveteen-Rabbit__SBAP229.aspx" target="_blank">Layla Grace</a> with a quote from The Velveteen Rabbit (<a href="http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/williams/rabbit/rabbit.html" target="_blank">full text</a>). <br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8lqkYgHxqBM/UrQPDz4ceVI/AAAAAAAAF-Q/9x1Czq_CM5c/s1600/layla-grace-sugarboo-designs-velveteen-rabbit-art-print-quote.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Layla Grace Velveteen Rabbit art print website" border="0" height="275" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8lqkYgHxqBM/UrQPDz4ceVI/AAAAAAAAF-Q/9x1Czq_CM5c/s400/layla-grace-sugarboo-designs-velveteen-rabbit-art-print-quote.jpg" title="Layla Grace art print website" width="400" /></a></div><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">The price tag was a biiiit much so I DIY'ed it and<br />she's getting it printed on stretched canvas at a fraction of the price!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">A few variations I sent over:</span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-d-z9fMRy2qY/UrQQ6J6wJOI/AAAAAAAAF-c/WiqPxooNffw/s1600/the-velveteen-rabbit-poster-quote-atelier-zozo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="variations of diy art print of Velveteen Rabbit quote" border="0" height="324" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-d-z9fMRy2qY/UrQQ6J6wJOI/AAAAAAAAF-c/WiqPxooNffw/s640/the-velveteen-rabbit-poster-quote-atelier-zozo.jpg" title="variations of diy art print of Velveteen Rabbit quote" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white;">Slight difference in the actual wording of the book but no less&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">profound</span><span style="background-color: white;">:&nbsp;</span></div><blockquote class="tr_bq">"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."</blockquote><div style="text-align: center;"><h4><span style="font-weight: normal;">What's your favorite flower<br />OR favorite quote?</span></h4></div><span style="display: none;">Keywords: flower art, rose art, red rose art, red rose art print, simple flower art, simple rose art, simple flower print, simple rose print, velveteen rabbit quote, velveteen rabbit print, quote art, cute quote art, cute flower art, diy art, diy prints, poster print, canvas art print</span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <!-- feed reader ad --> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:inline-block;width:728px;height:90px" data-ad-client="ca-pub-1668546262988923" data-ad-slot="8710883499"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=C2NWfZg90_Q:uCTw-VPti3E:I9og5sOYxJI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?d=I9og5sOYxJI" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=C2NWfZg90_Q:uCTw-VPti3E:4cEx4HpKnUU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?i=C2NWfZg90_Q:uCTw-VPti3E:4cEx4HpKnUU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=C2NWfZg90_Q:uCTw-VPti3E:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=C2NWfZg90_Q:uCTw-VPti3E:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?i=C2NWfZg90_Q:uCTw-VPti3E:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=C2NWfZg90_Q:uCTw-VPti3E:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=C2NWfZg90_Q:uCTw-VPti3E:63t7Ie-LG7Y"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?d=63t7Ie-LG7Y" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=C2NWfZg90_Q:uCTw-VPti3E:mE50sygkCAI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?i=C2NWfZg90_Q:uCTw-VPti3E:mE50sygkCAI" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/atelierzozo/~4/C2NWfZg90_Q" height="1" width="1"/>zozohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10208700012742859488noreply@blogger.com0http://www.atelierzozo.com/2013/12/art-projects.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3783148298270563197.post-78416317878187146182013-12-18T13:00:00.003-08:002013-12-31T15:57:33.274-08:00Midweek Update: Asian Face Mist,Current Books, TV Shows, Cappuccinos<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="background-color: #fff2cc;"><b>BEAUTY </b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rDHrOjaaEMo/UrIJbpyriSI/AAAAAAAAF9A/-x7NmpW1MHU/s1600/oguma-aquakey-face-spray.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="Oguma AquaKey Ion Complex Spray" border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rDHrOjaaEMo/UrIJbpyriSI/AAAAAAAAF9A/-x7NmpW1MHU/s320/oguma-aquakey-face-spray.jpg" title="Oguma AquaKey Ion Complex Spray" width="212" /></a></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b><span style="background-color: white;">Oguma AquaKey Ion Complex Spray</span></b></span> - <a href="http://www.ogumaus.com/store/main_products.asp?idCategory=2" target="_blank">website</a><br />The idea they're selling is that your skin is constantly releasing ions and spraying this magical deep-sea, mineral water on your face will help absorb good, healthful, negative ions to refine, repair, and moisturize.&nbsp; It's recommended for setting your makeup, hydrate your hair, and marketed toward sensitive, allergy-prone skintypes.&nbsp; The ingredient list is kinda funny:&nbsp; Ion Complex Elite (I.C.E), Micro Molecule Water, Oxygen.&nbsp; I do think Oguma locks in moisture better than the Evian spray.<br /><br />My sister's friend bought this set in Taiwan but it's readily available on <a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p5039.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.Xoguma+aquakey&amp;_nkw=oguma+aquakey&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_from=R40" rel="" target="_blank">ebay</a>.&nbsp; I transferred some of the spray into a reusable bottle to spritz on the go.&nbsp; I have another bottle filled with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001TMDF0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0001TMDF0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=atelierzozo-20" target="_blank">rosewater</a> and use both throughout the day to combat winter dry skin. <br /><br /><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br /><span style="background-color: #fff2cc;"><b>BOOKS</b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-06LGwmTgbX4/UrH8q9mS1-I/AAAAAAAAF8k/7LlLGqZuIWo/s1600/crazy-rich-asians_kevin-kwan_bringing-up-bebe_pamel-druckerman.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan and Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman" border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-06LGwmTgbX4/UrH8q9mS1-I/AAAAAAAAF8k/7LlLGqZuIWo/s320/crazy-rich-asians_kevin-kwan_bringing-up-bebe_pamel-druckerman.jpg" title="Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan and Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman" width="320" /></a></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>Crazy Rich Asians</b></span> by Kevin Kwan - <a href="http://amzn.to/1fDSHoZ">http://amzn.to/1fDSHoZ</a><br />This is like a reality show, luxury magazine, and modern Great Gatsby put together.&nbsp; It's titillating to read about the excess of money and there's some humor and clever dialogue.&nbsp; The "heavy stuff" is centered on classicism, racism outside of and within ethnic groups, and complex social structures of the ultra-wealthy.&nbsp; Honestly, I don't know if I will finish this one.&nbsp; It's a bit fluffy for me and not a lot to keep me drawn in.&nbsp; I'd rather watch a reality show then read about it ya know?<br /><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting</b></span>&nbsp; by <span class="a-size-medium">Pamela Druckerman - </span><a href="http://amzn.to/1dm37an">http://amzn.to/1dm37an</a><br />Um, yeah, I don't have kids.&nbsp; So why am I reading this book you ask?&nbsp; First off, it reads along the lines of a travel/food/social observation book more than anything.&nbsp; Secondly, the parenting style she covers in the book sounds similar to how I was raised: lots of freedom with a few very strict, very clear rules.&nbsp; Everybody in my family is a "good eater" and were relatively well-behaved children.&nbsp; I also have young nieces and nephews so it's interesting to read about how adults can shape and alter kids' eating habits not only at the little person stage but for the rest of their life.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">See my previous post: <a href="http://www.atelierzozo.com/2013/11/whats-on-your-bookshelf_15.html" target="_blank">What's On Your Bookshelf?</a> &nbsp; </div><span class="a-size-medium"> </span><br /><br /><span style="background-color: #fff2cc;"><b>TV SHOWS</b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-L9I1aNlTpig/UrH8NKkyioI/AAAAAAAAF8M/eIQ8-6aNLz4/s1600/american-horror-story-coven-screenshots-jessica-lange-angela-bassett-kathy-bates.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="American Horror Story Coven title and screencaps" border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-L9I1aNlTpig/UrH8NKkyioI/AAAAAAAAF8M/eIQ8-6aNLz4/s1600/american-horror-story-coven-screenshots-jessica-lange-angela-bassett-kathy-bates.jpg" title="American Horror Story Coven title and screencaps" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: inherit;">AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN</span></b><i><span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;"> </span></i></div>I admit, I wasn't keen on watching Coven because I disliked the first two season of AHS. &nbsp;I'm glued to the third season though. &nbsp;This show has real horror, magic, history, mythology, murder, revenge, powerful women young and old, and unapologetic badassery.&nbsp; Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, and Angela Bassett lead the way but none of the side characters falter.&nbsp; The first part of the season just concluded last week and I'm anticipating its return on January 8.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Wx-hCFCs9zE/UrH8US2J_cI/AAAAAAAAF8U/mOBBya2r6kQ/s1600/top-chef-season-11-new-orleans.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Top Chef Season 11: New Orleans" border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Wx-hCFCs9zE/UrH8US2J_cI/AAAAAAAAF8U/mOBBya2r6kQ/s1600/top-chef-season-11-new-orleans.jpg" title="Top Chef Season 11: New Orleans" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>TOP CHEF SEASON 11: NEW ORLEANS</b></span></div>I love cooking and home and garden shows.&nbsp; I've seen every season of Top Chef and while there's been some ups and downs, it's still going strong with season 11.&nbsp; The contestants this time around are all fairly pedigreed in their resumes and there's less drama which I appreciate.&nbsp; I have a strong interest in Southern food and in Cajun cooking so this season is particularly mouth-watering.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-g47uZolTJZU/UrH8blDeasI/AAAAAAAAF8c/gRDAZkOcwNE/s1600/sherlock-jeremy-brett-benedict-cumberbatch.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Sherlock Holmes - Jeremy Brett and BBC Benedict Cumberbatch" border="0" height="213" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-g47uZolTJZU/UrH8blDeasI/AAAAAAAAF8c/gRDAZkOcwNE/s320/sherlock-jeremy-brett-benedict-cumberbatch.jpg" title="Sherlock Holmes - Jeremy Brett and BBC Benedict Cumberbatch" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: inherit;">SHERLOCK</span></b></div>I'm a longtime Sherlock fan.&nbsp; I went through an adolescent period where I exclusively devoured mystery, secret agent, war thriller type books and Sherlock is a classic hero of the crime genre.&nbsp; My favorite Sherlock interpretation is by Jeremy Brett.&nbsp; You can see his 1984 series on Youtube - <a href="http://bit.ly/19c4uf1D" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/19c4uf1D</a>.&nbsp; Every Sherlock after is inspired by his acting style and maybe a sprinkle of Basil Rathbone too - <a href="http://youtu.be/0Y7ayv8dlFk" target="_blank">http://youtu.be/0Y7ayv8dlFk</a>&nbsp; With that said, Benedict Cumberbatch is so talented and the tone, pacing, and cinematography of the BBC show is spot on.&nbsp; I've vowed to wait until the next season is finished to watch it though.&nbsp; Hopefully my willpower will hold out!&nbsp; Slated for return on January 1, 2014 in the UK.<br /><br /><span style="background-color: #fff2cc;"><b>FOOD &amp; DRINK</b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-F0LvO7jxRN4/UrIKegFs_BI/AAAAAAAAF9Q/dxQnZdpjidI/s1600/homemade-cappuccino-1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="homemade cappuccino" border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-F0LvO7jxRN4/UrIKegFs_BI/AAAAAAAAF9Q/dxQnZdpjidI/s320/homemade-cappuccino-1.jpg" title="homemade cappuccino" width="240" /></a></div>&nbsp;Homemade cappuccinos!&nbsp; I'm rarely satisfied with cappuccinos I buy—they are always too wet, too dry, too sweet, too bitter, etc.&nbsp; I brewed some <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EQ5ERI/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001EQ5ERI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=atelierzozo-20" target="_blank">Lavazza</a> in a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CNY6UK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000CNY6UK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=atelierzozo-20" target="_blank">Moka</a> pot, and whipped up soy foam.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-S9ihUlE_TOM/UrIKeXQsvEI/AAAAAAAAF9M/NNVOJfWB8dM/s1600/wild-salmon-green-lentils.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="wild salmon and green lentils" border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-S9ihUlE_TOM/UrIKeXQsvEI/AAAAAAAAF9M/NNVOJfWB8dM/s320/wild-salmon-green-lentils.jpg" title="wild salmon and green lentils" width="320" /></a></div>My oldest brother is an avid hunter/fisherman.&nbsp; I've been salmon fishing with him twice this year though he's gone nearly every other weekend since September.&nbsp; Suffice it to say, my freezer is full of high quality, wild salmon. This was roasted with a touch of salt but tasted like it had been basted in butter. Served with green lentils.<br /><br /><h4 style="text-align: center;">What have you guys been<br />loving/reading/watching/eating? </h4><br /></div><span style="display: none;">Keywords:Oguma Aquakey Ion Complex Spray, asian beauty, asian skincare, asian facial spray, water spray, evian spray, books, bookshelf, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman, American Horror Story: Coven, Top Chef Season 11: New Orleans, BBC Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch, BBC Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Brett Sherlock, Jeremy Brett, homemade cappuccino, wild salmon </span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <!-- feed reader ad --> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:inline-block;width:728px;height:90px" data-ad-client="ca-pub-1668546262988923" data-ad-slot="8710883499"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=joLBI1F93_4:1CKmK1ktEcE:I9og5sOYxJI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?d=I9og5sOYxJI" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=joLBI1F93_4:1CKmK1ktEcE:4cEx4HpKnUU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?i=joLBI1F93_4:1CKmK1ktEcE:4cEx4HpKnUU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=joLBI1F93_4:1CKmK1ktEcE:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=joLBI1F93_4:1CKmK1ktEcE:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?i=joLBI1F93_4:1CKmK1ktEcE:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=joLBI1F93_4:1CKmK1ktEcE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=joLBI1F93_4:1CKmK1ktEcE:63t7Ie-LG7Y"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?d=63t7Ie-LG7Y" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?a=joLBI1F93_4:1CKmK1ktEcE:mE50sygkCAI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/atelierzozo?i=joLBI1F93_4:1CKmK1ktEcE:mE50sygkCAI" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/atelierzozo/~4/joLBI1F93_4" height="1" width="1"/>zozohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10208700012742859488noreply@blogger.com0http://www.atelierzozo.com/2013/12/midweek-update-face-mist-current-books.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3783148298270563197.post-25862731674146911442013-12-17T15:17:00.002-08:002014-01-11T01:11:41.865-08:00Google Friend Connect Direct Link and Minimalistic Blogging Tools<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="color: #ff9933;"><b>Blogger</b></span> users: Has your GFC widget disappeared?&nbsp; Mine did last night but it's come back.&nbsp; If it ever happens again, you can make your own button or just use a text link.<br /><div style="text-align: center;">Your direct follow link looks like this:</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Courier New&quot;,Courier,monospace;">http://www.blogger.com/follow-blog.g?blogID=</span><span style="color: #e06666;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Courier New&quot;,Courier,monospace;"><b><span style="color: #ff6666;">3783148298270563197</span></b></span></span><br /><span style="color: #e06666;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Courier New&quot;,Courier,monospace;"><b><span style="color: #ff6666;">&nbsp; </span></b></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #e06666;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Courier New&quot;,Courier,monospace;"><b></b></span> </span></div>Replace the <b><span style="color: #ff6666;">red</span></b> blog ID number with your individual one.&nbsp; You can find your ID by going to your blog's overview page or any of the main options (Posts, Pages, Comments, etc).<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qe4AKdfJy2U/UrDPpn09zvI/AAAAAAAAF7Y/jFYVxjTPb8Y/s1600/blog-id-blogger-example.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="161" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qe4AKdfJy2U/UrDPpn09zvI/AAAAAAAAF7Y/jFYVxjTPb8Y/s320/blog-id-blogger-example.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">Hopefully other people find this helpful!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">Click below to follow me with Google Friend Connect or find me on Bloglovin'.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.blogger.com/follow-blog.g?blogID=3783148298270563197"><img alt="Follow me with GFC" border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rSSz4wFgph8/UrDNS72DbjI/AAAAAAAAF7M/QBdka_n15Sc/s1600/follow-gfc-button.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" title="Follow me with GFC - Google Friend Connect" /></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/3623363" title="Follow atelier zozo on Bloglovin"><img alt="Follow on Bloglovin" border="0" src="http://www.bloglovin.com/widget/subscribers.php?id=3623363&amp;lang=en" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: #fff2cc;"><span style="background-color: white;">These are the blogging tools I personally use to stay productive and organized; not a "best of" or comprehensive list of all the most popular applications.&nbsp; Things I look for: free, powerful, fast, nominal use of computer resources. </span></span><br /><span style="background-color: #fff2cc;"><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: #fff2cc;"><b>PHOTO EDITING</b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: #fff2cc;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cYmkI6rUv8c/Uq_wm-9TzeI/AAAAAAAAF5U/SbptyrnAzqY/s1600/picasa-logo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cYmkI6rUv8c/Uq_wm-9TzeI/AAAAAAAAF5U/SbptyrnAzqY/s1600/picasa-logo.jpg" /></a></div>I'm sure a lot of you are already using <a href="http://picasa.google.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Picasa</a> to manage your images (unless you're on a Mac/Hackintosh but I still find Picasa to be more intuitive than iPhoto).&nbsp; Beside quick editing and watermarking, Picasa makes it easy to<b> </b>resize a large batch of photos.&nbsp; <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-i-KV3OYc0m8/Uq_6dHMtkOI/AAAAAAAAF5k/rSxp03jV6Ko/s1600/picasa-pin-export-how_to_resize_photos.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-i-KV3OYc0m8/Uq_6dHMtkOI/AAAAAAAAF5k/rSxp03jV6Ko/s1600/picasa-pin-export-how_to_resize_photos.jpg" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Pin your selection of photos to the tray and click export</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pF6dhUCk1Pw/Uq_6dKG8peI/AAAAAAAAF5o/7SybJOT6DY0/s1600/picasa-export-screenshot-how_to_resize_photos.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="283" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pF6dhUCk1Pw/Uq_6dKG8peI/AAAAAAAAF5o/7SybJOT6DY0/s320/picasa-export-screenshot-how_to_resize_photos.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />You can do this on <b>Photoshop</b> as well:<span style="background-color: white;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Courier New&quot;,Courier,monospace;"><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-size: small;">File &gt; Scripts &gt; Image Processor</span></span> </span></span>but I find Picasa to be efficient and fast with my general editing needs.<br /><br /><span style="background-color: #fff2cc;"><b>SCREENSHOTS</b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lX_P21d7Qn0/UrDbS5krM4I/AAAAAAAAF74/Tbq8UQ2dRf4/s1600/snapcrab-for-windows.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lX_P21d7Qn0/UrDbS5krM4I/AAAAAAAAF74/Tbq8UQ2dRf4/s1600/snapcrab-for-windows.jpg" /></a></b></div><br />There are lots of decent plugins for Firefox or Chrome or you can use your keyboard's Print Screen button (<span style="font-family: &quot;Courier New&quot;,Courier,monospace;">Prt Scr/Prt Scn</span>) to automatically copy a screenshot to your clipboard.&nbsp; My keyboard actually doesn't have this button so I use <a href="http://www.fenrir-inc.com/us/snapcrab/" target="_blank">SnapCrab</a> for Windows and highly recommend it.<br /><br /><span style="background-color: #fff2cc;"><b>STORAGE</b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YPEGFJzcRAU/UrASfC_d8xI/AAAAAAAAF68/RbiQMbIYh2A/s1600/dropbox-logo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YPEGFJzcRAU/UrASfC_d8xI/AAAAAAAAF68/RbiQMbIYh2A/s1600/dropbox-logo.jpg" /></a></div>You get 2 free GB of cloud space with <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/" target="_blank">Dropbox</a>. It can be installed on desktops, mobile, and accessed on the web.&nbsp; You can grab Dropbox links straight from your desktop to use for websites or share with a friend.&nbsp; I use it to transfer notes from class to home, blog and website image hosting, and back-ups of any important files. Here is my sign-up link: <a href="https://db.tt/UuT39J3">https://db.tt/UuT39J3</a>&nbsp; I receive 500 MB extra space if you use it.<br /><br /><span style="background-color: #fff2cc;"><b>NOTE TAKING</b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WIODkUot-0I/UrAIFp5jlkI/AAAAAAAAF6Y/xXIaKuRihnE/s1600/windows-notepad.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WIODkUot-0I/UrAIFp5jlkI/AAAAAAAAF6Y/xXIaKuRihnE/s1600/windows-notepad.jpg" /></a></div>My class notes are always on paper but I store blogging ideas and bits digitally.&nbsp; Popular note taking applications like <a href="https://evernote.com/" target="_blank">Evernote</a> just have <i>too</i> many bells and whistles for my needs.&nbsp; I prefer simplicity when it comes to my tech.&nbsp; Most often, I just use Windows <b>Notepad</b> to save bits of code (widgets not in use, customization excerpts), partially written posts, resource web addresses, and any other relevant pieces of information I want to keep.&nbsp; <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CH98e7_4Mg0/UrAKMPilh-I/AAAAAAAAF6s/PgndR3ZnfF8/s1600/windows-sticky-notes.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CH98e7_4Mg0/UrAKMPilh-I/AAAAAAAAF6s/PgndR3ZnfF8/s1600/windows-sticky-notes.jpg" /></a></div>I keep reminders and frequently used notes on my desktop with Windows <b>Sticky Notes</b>.&nbsp; Sticky Notes isn't perfect but it works and uses a minimal amount of computer resources.&nbsp; I'm frequently linking my blog address so that's on the yellow note.&nbsp; Green has horror movies I want to watch.&nbsp; Blue has words + phrases I'm currently memorizing and trying to use.&nbsp; Btw, a lover of words is a <i>logophile</i>. ^_^<br /><br />Any text I'm continuously working on is stored on Dropbox.&nbsp; I also use <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;ved=0CCwQFjAA&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fdrive.google.com%2Fkeep&amp;ei=yw2wUpDPGcWi2gXklIDgCQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNFpzBnhxAOVWpq1yhrKWEMYco3w8Q&amp;sig2=OP86kSv8pIWJxqBaE-mk9Q&amp;bvm=bv.57967247,d.b2I" target="_blank">Google Keep</a> on my mobile for grocery lists, phone numbers, and other temporary on-the-go notes.&nbsp; Basically stickies but syncs online and you can set alarms.<br /><br />Noteworthy (haha...) cloud applications are <a href="http://notepad.cc/">notepad.cc</a> and <a href="http://www.switchnode.com/" target="_blank">Switchnode</a>.&nbsp; <b>Notepad.cc</b> is the ultimate in simplicity.&nbsp; Open the link, type, change/save your url, add a password or share if you like.&nbsp; <b>Switchnode</b> allows for multiple trees of notes and is great for saving code such as backup template files, school notes on your laptop, or other plain text needs, temporary or otherwise.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: #fff2cc;"><b>WRITING</b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: #fff2cc;"><span style="background-color: white;">I just write my posts straight through Blogger's web interface.&nbsp; I know, anticlimactic. &nbsp; </span></span></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: #fff2cc;"><b>CODING</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-B3xoadfHePk/UrACj4k6TFI/AAAAAAAAF6I/_VuySmN2rWU/s1600/notepad-plus-plus-logo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-B3xoadfHePk/UrACj4k6TFI/AAAAAAAAF6I/_VuySmN2rWU/s1600/notepad-plus-plus-logo.jpg" /></a></div><a href="http://notepad-plus-plus.org/" target="_blank">Notepad++</a> - Windows only. If you're customizing your Blogger HTML or editing your Wordpress files yourself, I recommend using a good source code editor.&nbsp; (<a href="https://projects.gnome.org/gedit/" target="_blank">gedit</a> is comparable for Linux/GNOME and Mac)<br /><br /><br /><span style="background-color: #fff2cc;"><b>TASK MANAGEMENT</b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MDEPy8dvAqE/UrDVqQMIg_I/AAAAAAAAF7o/kTrDuS4kIuA/s1600/ifttt.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="ifttt - if this then that" border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MDEPy8dvAqE/UrDVqQMIg_I/AAAAAAAAF7o/kTrDuS4kIuA/s1600/ifttt.jpg" title="if this then that logo" /></a></div><a href="https://ifttt.com/dashboard" target="_blank">IFTTT</a> (if this then that) is an amazing online utility resource for automating tasks.&nbsp; <b>If</b> - <i>set a trigger </i><b>Then That</b> - <i>define an action</i>&nbsp; You can create or find pre-made "recipes" for uses such as automatically posting links to new posts on social networks, automatically backing-up Instagam images, send texts or emails for feed alerts such as for Craigslist, ebay, Amazon, or Netflix, and thousands more.&nbsp;<br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: #fff2cc;"><span style="background-color: white;">Leave a comment below and let me know about any tools you find helpful for blogging!</span></span> </div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- in posts --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-1668546262988923" data-ad-slot="9177581492" style="display: inline-block; 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text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BKtDKlDPCmg/Uq5G-g1zmzI/AAAAAAAAF5E/ejsgPMGelH0/s1600/pineapple-upside-down-cake-dessert-banner-graphic-blue-yellow.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="pineapple upside down cake - caramelized pineapple" border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BKtDKlDPCmg/Uq5G-g1zmzI/AAAAAAAAF5E/ejsgPMGelH0/s1600/pineapple-upside-down-cake-dessert-banner-graphic-blue-yellow.jpg" title="pineapple upside down cake - caramelized pineapple - graphic design - banner" /></a></div><br />This past Thanksgiving, I was approached to make dessert.&nbsp; I'm not an experienced baker, but I want to rectify this.&nbsp; <span style="background-color: #a9f5f2;">Practice makes perfect</span> or whatevs.&nbsp; I debated between pineapple upside down cake and cranberry carrot cake.&nbsp; Pineapple upside down cake is a relatively easy dessert and I didn't want to mess up for a family dinner!&nbsp; As it was, I forgot butter and had to journey through Mordor, aka Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving Eve, for more (a post all on its own I assure you).<br /><br /><table><tbody><tr><td>I first tried pineapple upside down cake at my brother's house in North Carolina.&nbsp; My sister-in-law made it with boxed cake mix, maraschino cherries, and a generous dollop of whipped cream on top.&nbsp; It was <span style="background-color: #a9f5f2;">amazing</span> haha.&nbsp; I'm not one to turn my nose up at boxed mixes and this was a true piece of Americana I had been yearning to try since I was in grade school.</td><td><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yhyfrctQ7Rg/Uq2DFIv3LwI/AAAAAAAAF4s/-Q_oHECisas/s1600/Macro-maraschino-cherry-pineapple-upside-down-cake.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="maraschino cherry - pineapple upside down cake" border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yhyfrctQ7Rg/Uq2DFIv3LwI/AAAAAAAAF4s/-Q_oHECisas/s1600/Macro-maraschino-cherry-pineapple-upside-down-cake.jpg" title="maraschino cherry - pineapple upside down cake" /></a></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><table><tbody><tr><td>My <span style="font-family: Georgia,&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;"><i><span style="color: #7f6000;">fail cake</span></i></span>.<b><span style="color: #783f04;"> </span></b><br />Notice, the pineapple slices are not embedded in the batter and there's no caramelization.&nbsp; When I inverted the cake, I knew it felt too heavy.&nbsp; Following my instincts, I cut into the cake the next morning and discovered the cake was thick and dense. Luckily, I baked it the night before so I had time to figure out and fix my mistake!<br />&nbsp; </td><td><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GtT3srtA28o/Uq1vg9RRGcI/AAAAAAAAF38/S4bER2858M4/s1600/fail-pineapple-cake.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="how to fix a dense cake - pineapple upside down cake" border="0" height="265" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GtT3srtA28o/Uq1vg9RRGcI/AAAAAAAAF38/S4bER2858M4/s400/fail-pineapple-cake.jpg" title="how to fix a dense cake - pineapple upside down cake" width="400" /></a></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PSJ73JAZCsY/Uq1oK7rGHII/AAAAAAAAF3s/LQUqUDUbrrE/s1600/pineapple-upside-down-cake-recipe-process-how-to-step-by-step.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="ingredients and step by step photos for pineapple upside down cake" border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PSJ73JAZCsY/Uq1oK7rGHII/AAAAAAAAF3s/LQUqUDUbrrE/s640/pineapple-upside-down-cake-recipe-process-how-to-step-by-step.jpg" title="ingredients and step by step photos for pineapple upside down cake" width="494" /></a> </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">My little sister highly recommended Smitten Kitten's recipe and I adapted it with some variations: salted butter, lighter rum, canned pineapple, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, half of a lime, less sugar and less butter.&nbsp; The instructions are included after the jump.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yF4H5ZHk3u4/Uq1vme3H5mI/AAAAAAAAF4E/OqrhYlZvAOw/s1600/pineapple-upside-down-cake-recipe-step-by-step.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="delicious caramel pineapple upside down cake" border="0" height="242" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yF4H5ZHk3u4/Uq1vme3H5mI/AAAAAAAAF4E/OqrhYlZvAOw/s640/pineapple-upside-down-cake-recipe-step-by-step.jpg" title="delicious caramel pineapple upside down cake" width="640" /></a><span style="background-color: #a9f5f2;">Pineapple Upside Down Cake Redux.</span>&nbsp; This new cake was light with a moist crumb.&nbsp; The pineapple pieces were evenly distributed throughout and the caramel came out perfect.&nbsp; I was super pleased with the results and not a piece remained!&nbsp; I made sure to whip more air into the batter and added a tiny amount of baking soda and lime juice as extra raising agents.&nbsp; |&nbsp; <a href="http://www.get-baking.com/raising_agents.html" target="_blank">raising agents</a> information<br /><br />Pineapple upside down cake is a wonderful addition to any holiday table (Thankgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter, 4th of July, etc).&nbsp; The citrus <span style="background-color: #a9f5f2;">lightens and brightens</span>.&nbsp; With a cup of tea or coffee, a slice makes a light but satisfying end to a rich meal.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qTSe7j_rWaM/Uq1-d8t3LSI/AAAAAAAAF4U/z_XPa6z8otU/s1600/bacardi-rum-drink-recipe-pineapple-juice-lime.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Bacardi dark spiced rum and pineapple juice cocktail" border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qTSe7j_rWaM/Uq1-d8t3LSI/AAAAAAAAF4U/z_XPa6z8otU/s640/bacardi-rum-drink-recipe-pineapple-juice-lime.jpg" title="Bacardi dark spiced rum and pineapple juice cocktail" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Um, yeah, this pineapple juice and Bacardi spiced rum cocktail made baking much more fun lol ;)</div><script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- in posts --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-1668546262988923" data-ad-slot="9177581492" style="display: inline-block; height: 100px; width: 650px;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script> <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><a name='more'></a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>Pineapple Upside-Down Cake</b></div>Adapted from <a href="http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2007/05/the-sunny-day-yawn/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smitten Kitchen</a><br /><br /><span style="background-color: #ffd966;"><b>Topping</b></span><br />1 can sliced pineapple, mine was 20 oz<br />1/2 stick unsalted butter<br />1/2 cup packed light brown sugar<br /><br /><span style="background-color: #ffe599;"><b>Batter</b></span><br />1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour<br />2 teaspoons baking powder<br />1/4 teaspoon baking soda<br />1/4 teaspoon salt<br />juice of 1/2 lime or lemon<br />3/4 stick unsalted butter, softened<br />1/2 cup granulated sugar<br />2 large eggs<br />1 teaspoon vanilla<br />1 tablespoon rum<br />1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice<br />2 tablespoons rum for sprinkling over cake<br /><br />Best made in a cast-iron skillet, approximately 10-inches in diameter.&nbsp; Alternatively cook the caramel in a separate pot and pour into a similarly sized cake pan.<br /><br />----------------------<br /><br />Preheat oven to 350°F.<br /><br /><span style="background-color: #ffd966;">Make topping: </span><br />-Cut pineapple slices into quarters. <br />- Melt butter<br />- Add brown sugar and simmer over medium heat, stirring regularly, for approximately 5 minutes or until everything darkens and begins to resemble caramel. Remove from heat. <br />- Arrange pineapple on top of sugar mixture in concentric circles<br /><br /><span style="background-color: #ffe599;">Make batter: </span><br />- Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. <br />- Beat butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, then gradually beat in granulated sugar.&nbsp; <br />- Add eggs one by one and beat well after each<br />- Beat in vanilla and rum. <br />- Add 1/2 of the flour mixture and beat on low speed until just blended. - Beat in pineapple juice<br />- Beat in remaining flour<br /><br />Spread batter evenly over the pineapple topping. Bake cake on middle rack for approximately 45 minutes or until golden and a tester comes out clean. <br />- Remove cake and let cake stand in skillet 5 minutes.<br />- Invert the cake onto a plate <br />- Sprinkle rum over cake and cool<br /><br />Serve cake just warm or at room temperature.&nbsp; You can make this 1 day ahead of time, chilled, and covered. <br /><br />If you're curious: <a href="http://www.kitchenproject.com/history/PineappleUpsideDownCake/" target="_blank">History of Pineapple Upside Down Cake</a>&nbsp; |&nbsp; <a href="http://www.foodtimeline.org/foodcakes.html#pineapple" target="_blank">The Food Timeline: Cake History</a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><span style="display: none;">Keywords: pineapple upside down cake, upside down cake, pineapple cake, pineapple dessert, pineapple upside down cake step by step, pineapple upside down cake recipe, how to make pineapple upside down cake, why is my cake dense?, how to fix dense cake, rising agent, rising agents, cake raising agents, raising agent, raising agents,baking raising agents, bacardi rum, rum drink recipe, rum drink recipes, rum drink pineapple, rum pineapple drink, rum pineapple alcoholic drink, alcoholic pineapple drink recipe, failed cake, cake mistakes, cake mistake, cake too dense, my cake is too dense, my cake came out dense, my cake turned out dense,&nbsp;</span> </div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <!-- feed reader ad --> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:inline-block;width:728px;height:90px" data-ad-client="ca-pub-1668546262988923" data-ad-slot="8710883499"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 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text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3716/11316175306_908d284fea_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="fotd two: navy, bronze, rose" border="0" height="528" src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3716/11316175306_908d284fea_o.jpg" title="fotd two: navy, bronze, rose" width="640" /></a></div><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-F_PW400HTPc/Uqe9PAEuqdI/AAAAAAAAFxk/qLbfs_L2H7A/s1600/mimi-drew-carey-show.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-F_PW400HTPc/Uqe9PAEuqdI/AAAAAAAAFxk/qLbfs_L2H7A/s1600/mimi-drew-carey-show.jpg" /></a>Blue eyeshadow doesn't just belong in the 80's!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">(or on Mimi from The Drew Carey Show)&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">If, like me, you are prone to reaching for neutral or natural shades, navy is an easy and subtle way to comfortably add color to your make-up repertoire.&nbsp; Of course, if you are used to wearing bold make-up, break out more deep blues!&nbsp; Jewel tone make-up is perfect for the holidays and sapphire is a sophisticated choice.</div><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3785/11316142465_d7d7707e98_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3785/11316142465_d7d7707e98_o.jpg" width="606" /></a></div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;">I patted some metallic blue eyeshadow on top of navy blue eyeliner and swiped on a deep rose/peach lipstick.&nbsp; On my cheeks are a blend of soft rose blush and true brown (no orange tones) bronzer.&nbsp; Foundation was applied around my mouth, under my eyes and between my eyebrows.&nbsp; I haven't been setting my base or concealer because it's been cold and any powder highlights dry areas of my face.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5550/11299019094_c60310678e_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5550/11299019094_c60310678e_o.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3701/11298956965_f789e50600_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="284" src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3701/11298956965_f789e50600_o.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Changed into my polka-dot pajamas and took a phone pics before washing my face.<br />Colors are washed out but you can see the shape of my eyeliner&nbsp; &amp;<br />I always like seeing how other girls with monolids draw their liner.&nbsp; </div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3819/11298988236_543314603d_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3819/11298988236_543314603d_o.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7308/11302919294_cbcccdfce8_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7308/11302919294_cbcccdfce8_o.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">I apologize for these swatches.&nbsp; There are definitely better ones out there.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">I used my fingers and a q-tip so the pigmentation and appearance of consistency are a tad off.<b> </b></div><b></b><script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- in posts --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-1668546262988923" data-ad-slot="9177581492" style="display: inline-block; height: 200px; width: 650px;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 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text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5488/11264194773_f14dea10b8_z.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="403" src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5488/11264194773_f14dea10b8_z.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">Start your day off with a <b><span style="color: #0d9c08;">healthy</span></b> and <span style="color: #0d9c08;"><b>revitalizing </b></span>veggie and fruit smoothie.&nbsp; I do 3-5x a week.&nbsp; Well, actually I wake up with a bracing cup of coffee first but about an hour later I'm usually starving and this smoothie will tide me over until lunchtime.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3722/11264345913_6734afd25a_m.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3722/11264345913_6734afd25a_m.jpg" /></a></div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">This concoction is rich in <span style="background-color: #cfff9a;">vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants</span>.&nbsp; I try not to include too many fruits as they tend to be heavy with sugar but Granny Smiths are higher in antioxidants and less sweet than other kinds of apples.&nbsp; Pineapple, lemon, and turmeric all have excellent <span style="background-color: #cfff9a;">digestive, anti-inflammatory, and cleansing properties</span>.&nbsp; I won't delve into the benefits of every ingredient today as it would make for another super long post (+ I'm feeling lazy).&nbsp; This is the start to a series on the different variations/additions I like so expect to see more smoothies on random Sundays!</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3700/11264195603_2436afccfb_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Leaves from 2 stalks of kale, handful of spinach, 1/2 a Granny Smith apple, fresh pineapple, juice from 1 lemon, ground flaxseed, turmeric, chia seeds" border="0" height="440" src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3700/11264195603_96ddcbb3b0_z.jpg" title="Leaves from 2 stalks of kale, handful of spinach, 1/2 a Granny Smith apple, fresh pineapple, juice from 1 lemon, ground flaxseed, turmeric, chia seeds" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>INGREDIENTS</b>: Leaves from 2 stalks of kale, handful of spinach, 1/2 a Granny Smith apple, fresh pineapple, juice from 1 lemon, ground flaxseed, turmeric, chia seeds, approximately 1 cup of water</div><br /><table align="center" style="border: 0px;"><tbody><tr><td></td></tr></tbody></table><script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- in posts --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-1668546262988923" data-ad-slot="9177581492" style="display: inline-block; height: 100px; width: 650px;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script> <br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>P.S.</b>&nbsp; I want to thank the lovely ladies who nominated me for 3 Sunshine Awards (by date): <a href="http://linzylabellevie.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/the-sunshine-award.html" target="_blank">linzylabellevie</a>, <a href="http://berrybloomxo.blogspot.com/2013/11/sunshine-blogger-award.html" target="_blank">BerryBloomXO</a>, <a href="http://tifi11.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-3rd-sunshine-award.html" target="_blank">Beautify</a> by Jackie Harrison, and 1 Liebster Award from <a href="http://beyouteefulblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/liebster-award.html" target="_blank">Beyouteeful</a>.&nbsp; I truly appreciate it!&nbsp; Blogging is just the bee's knees and I'm happy to meet so many supportive women looking to network and share our thoughts and mutual interests.<br /><br /><h4 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp; Who else likes to drink their vitamins!?&nbsp;&nbsp;</h4></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7364/11239995073_7300812550_z.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Foggy day in San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, view from Baker Beach" border="0" height="262" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7364/11239995073_7300812550_z.jpg" title="Foggy day in San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, view from Baker Beach" width="400" /></a></div>Did you know up to 80% of UV rays can penetrate your skin on a cloudy day?&nbsp; (<a href="http://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/prevention-and-care/sunscreens" target="_blank">Source</a>)&nbsp; Even if you work in an office or spend most of your day in class, you are exposed to the sun in your commute and likely through windows.&nbsp; Don't wait until summer to protect your skin, if not for health's sake, then for the sake of vanity!&nbsp; <br /><b><br /></b><b>Sunblock vs. Sunscreen </b><br />If you Google "sunblock vs. sunscreen" or "difference between sunblock and sunscreen" you will find most of the top hits are outdated. The idea being perpetuated is that <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;"><b>sunscreen</b></span> uses <u>chemical</u> ingredients which <i>filter </i>and <i>absorb </i>UV radiation and <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;"><b>sunblock</b></span> uses <u>physical</u> minerals which <i>block</i> UVR.&nbsp; This was mostly true up until June 2012, when the FDA set forth new regulations for labeling sunscreen.&nbsp; (<a href="http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm258416.htm" target="_blank">Source</a>)&nbsp; Major changes which caught my eye:<br /><ol style="text-align: left;"><li>"Manufacturers cannot make claims that sunscreens are “waterproof” or “sweatproof” or identify their products as 'sunblocks.'" "<b>Water resistant</b>" is still okay but time estimates for efficacy must be provided.<br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5475/11239995493_ca146a1e40.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="241" src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5531/11240244605_aa298c9d65.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Me hanging out in <a href="http://www.whimsicalallure.com/" target="_blank">Lindsey's</a> pool</td></tr></tbody></table></li><li>"...products that have SPF values higher than 50 [must] be labeled as '<b>SPF 50+.</b>' FDA does not have adequate data demonstrating that products with SPF values higher than 50 provide additional protection compared to products with SPF values of 50."</li><ul><li>EU is the same while Australia's upper limit is 30+.&nbsp; Asia uses the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunscreen#PA_system" target="_blank">PA System</a>.&nbsp; </li></ul></ol><br /><a name='more'></a>My simple requirements for a good facial sunscreen:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><ol style="text-align: left;"><li><b>Broad spectrum</b>, meaning it's protective against <b>UVB</b> (sunburn culprit) and <b>UVA</b> (wrinkle culprit).&nbsp; Both types of rays cause cancer.</li><li>Doesn't break me out.</li><ul> <a href="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3783/11240193093_86d524ea49_t.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3783/11240193093_86d524ea49_t.jpg" /></a><li>This one causes my skin to breakout in less than 12 hours:<br /><b>Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunblock SPF 70</b><br /><b>Active Ingredients</b>: 15% Homosalate, 6% Oxybenzone, 5% Octisalate, 2.8% Octocrylene, 3% Avobenzone&nbsp; (<a href="http://www.neutrogena.com/product/ultra+sheer+liquid+daily+sunscreen+broad+spectrum+spf+70.do" target="_blank">Neutrogena</a> | <a href="http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemId=129980/Ultra-Sheer-Liquid-Daily-Sunblock-spf-70/Neutrogena/Sunscreen" target="_blank">makeupalley</a>)</li></ul></ol><br /><br /><table style="border: 0;"><tbody><tr><td><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7327/11240002513_197160735d.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7327/11240002513_197160735d.jpg" width="213" /></a></div></td><td style="text-align: justify;"><b>Elta MD UV Sport SPF 50</b><br /><b>Active Ingredients</b>: 9.0% Zinc oxide, 7.50% Octinoxate, 5.0% Octisalate<br />$14 <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008VK3F94/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008VK3F94&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=atelierzozo-20" target="_blank">Amazon</a>&nbsp; |&nbsp; <a href="http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemId=153058/UV-Sport-SPF-50/EltaMD/Sunscreen" target="_blank">MakeupAlley</a>&nbsp; |&nbsp; <a href="http://eltamd.com/product/uv-sport-broad-spectrum-spf-50/" target="_blank">EltaMD </a><br />I had never heard of this brand before my little sister started visiting a dermatologist for past acne issues.&nbsp; Applies like a lighter version of a traditional sunscreen but with no scent.&nbsp; It leaves a slightly oily finish which I like as I have combination dry/oily skin and I think the sheen looks healthy (maybe I'm deluding myself here).&nbsp; However, if you plan on wearing makeup, the shine is negligible anyway and if you are going to actually use it while playing sports, you will probably get shiny. This is my favorite, everyday sunscreen and Amazon offers it at an excellent price.</td></tr><tr><td><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7404/11240001733_9db04e4580.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7404/11240001733_9db04e4580.jpg" width="213" /></a></div></td><td style="text-align: justify;"><b>Elta MD UV Physical SPF 41</b><br /><b>Active Ingredients</b>: 9.0% Zinc oxide, 7.0% Titanium dioxide <br />$20 <a href="http://amzn.to/1bl5HKO" target="_blank">Amazon</a>&nbsp; |&nbsp; <a href="http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemId=105880/UV-Physical-SPF-41/EltaMD/Sunscreen" target="_blank">MakeupAlley</a>&nbsp; | <a href="http://eltamd.com/product/uv-physicalbroad-spectrum-spf-41/" target="_blank">EltaMD</a><br />This is a tinted sunscreen and the color is appropriate for my Asian, warm, light to medium skin tone, NC 25-30.&nbsp; Some reviews say it's a good substitute for foundation and I strongly disagree.&nbsp; The color is very sheer and is not usable for most medium tones and definitely not for dark.&nbsp; This sunscreen does look light coming out of the bottle and for a few minutes after application, but oxidizes and adjusts rather well for me.&nbsp; The texture is very much like a tinted moisturizer.&nbsp; I get pretty tan in the summer and I find the tint emphasizes dry areas of skin. I bought this February 2012 and the tube is just barely starting to run out now.</td></tr><tr><td><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5538/11239936996_a496be640f.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5538/11239936996_a496be640f.jpg" width="213" /></a></div></td><td style="text-align: justify;"><b>Kiehl's Super Fluid Defense SPF 50+</b><br /><b>Active Ingredients:</b> 15% Homosalate, 6% Oxybenzone, 5% Octisalate, 5% Octocrylene, 3% Avobenzone<br />$38 <a href="http://www.kiehls.com/Super-Fluid-UV-Defense-SPF-50/833,default,pd.html" target="_blank">Kiehl's</a> |&nbsp; <a href="http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp?ItemID=133940" target="_blank">MakeupAlley</a><br />One of my older sisters purchased this chemical sunscreen for my birthday and it's still in my "beta testing" stage.&nbsp; I was concerned I would react poorly to it as it contains nearly the exact same active ingredients as the Neutrogena formula but, so far, so good.&nbsp; This definitely smells like traditional sunscreen (not pleasant).&nbsp; The consistency is somewhat watery and more runny than the cream-like Elta MD sunscreens but applies with a silicone, primer-like finish.&nbsp; This was really surprising, but not unwelcome.&nbsp; I like the soft and smooth feel of my skin after application but I'm still concerned about breakouts during long-term use (I've only been testing up to 6 hours).&nbsp; </td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- in posts --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-1668546262988923" data-ad-slot="9177581492" style="display: inline-block; height: 150px; width: 650px;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script>My youngest sister is really the one to credit for introducing and encouraging us to wear sunscreen in the first place. We can be somewhat obsessive and, let's say, comprehensive about learning everything we can when it comes to a subject of interest. (See my <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;ved=0CDwQFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.atelierzozo.com%2F2013%2F11%2Ftea-tree-oil-basic-properties-usage.html&amp;ei=2xyiUrblNKb72QXM6YCwDA&amp;usg=AFQjCNHHNSkKsexQDAsl3o-MS91QEle0Ig&amp;sig2=u4DOWPxPbApfp61Rrcj7AQ&amp;bvm=bv.57752919,d.b2I" target="_blank">Tea Tree Oil</a> post) I was disappointed to learn Kiehl's, a L'Oreal company, still does testing on animals. (<a href="http://www.kiehls.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-kiehls_us-Site/default/CustomerService-ContactUs" target="_blank">Source</a>) They claim to have halted all <u>product</u> <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;"><b>animal testing</b></span> but still test <u>ingredients</u> on animals. "...animal testing, which today represents less than 1% of our safety assessments."</div><br /><a href="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2855/11239919044_f2a5e11108_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2855/11239919044_f2a5e11108_o.jpg" /></a><b>Big Organizations Suck <i>or</i><br /> Another Reason Not to Trust the Government</b><br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">The FDA limits the use of some ingredients which have long been available in essentially every other country except the U.S. (<a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887324659404578503411010462312" target="_blank">WSJ</a>)&nbsp; Some applications have been pending for a decade though scientific research has proven them safe and effective.&nbsp; This is just another mark against an organization with a long history of botches and corruption.&nbsp; Super lame but it doesn't necessarily mean our products are garbage.&nbsp; As a <b>smart consumer</b>, it's your job to figure out what your needs are and what works best for you.&nbsp; If you are willing to buy online and probably pay a higher price, U.S. consumers can access many international products these days.&nbsp; You can find more information on sunscreen labeling and tips for usage on <a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/new-sunscreen-labels-offer-clearer-sunburn-skin-cancer-information-201305216286" target="_blank">health.harvard.edu&nbsp;&nbsp;</a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7299/11239889955_418b480eaa_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="188" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7299/11239889955_418b480eaa_o.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>P.S. Vitamin D</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;">On a related topic, you should be taking a quality vitamin D supplement, especially if you consistently wear sunscreen or live in a typically gloomy climate. Vitamin D deficiency is a serious problem the world over and is necessary for healthy, normal functions (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Source <a href="http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/87/4/1080S.full" target="_blank">One</a> and <a href="http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/88/2/491S.full" target="_blank">Two</a>). Discussion about Vitamin D being good for <a href="http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/325195-vitamin-d-has-cured-me-of-oily-skin-and-acne/" target="_blank">acne</a> problems.</div><br /><span style="display: none; font-size: xx-small;">Keywords: Difference between sunblock and sunscreen, is there a difference between sunblock and sunscreen, best natural sunscreen, best natural sunblock, ewg, environmental working group, environmental working group sunscreen, ewg sunscreen, ewg sunblock, fda regulations, fda government, fda rules, fda sunscreen, fda sunblock, fda sunscreen ingredients, fda sunblock ingredients, fda labeling regulations, fda product labeling, best mineral sunscreen, best mineral sunblock, best zinc oxide sunblock, best zinc oxide, zinc oxide sunblock, dermatologist, dermatologist recommended sunblock, dermatologist recommended sunscreen, doctor recommended sunscreen, Amazon sunscreen, Elta MD, Elta MD brand, eltamd, eltamd sunscreen, eltamd skincare, kiehl's animal testing, kiehl's sunscreen, kiehl's sunblock, sunscreen animal testing, l'oreal animal testing, l'oreal kiehl's, should i wear sunscreen on a cloudy day,should i wear sunscreen on a foggy day, wear sunscreen on cloudy days, Asian sunscreen, sofia lucent, chemical sunscreen, sunscreen ingredients, sunblock ingredients, water resistant sunscreen, waterproof sunscreen, waterproof sunblock, Neutrogena sunscreen, Neutrogena sunblock, spf, pa++, broad spectrum sunscreen</span> </div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <!-- feed reader ad --> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:inline-block;width:728px;height:90px" data-ad-client="ca-pub-1668546262988923" data-ad-slot="8710883499"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 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I've been layering different kinds of mascara to emphasize my thin, short lashes.&nbsp; The method works but it's a pain to get off, especially as I prefer waterproof formulas.&nbsp; Typically, a cotton ball lightly soaked with oil and pressed gently on my lids will dissolve the makeup without further damaging my lashes.&nbsp; This Japanese cleansing oil removes that step from my routine and cleanses my entire face as well.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp; If you have ever used the Shu Uemura oils, you will find this product to be less viscous and much more pleasant smelling.&nbsp; Where Shu smells like straight up melted plastic, this one is crisp, green apple.&nbsp; Shu leaves a film on the skin but Cleansing Research's oil washes away easily without being drying or causing my skin to breakout.&nbsp; This is an excellent product to have on hand for removing hard-to-wash make-up.&nbsp; Large Japanese or Asian supermarkets and malls may carry this.&nbsp; Mine was purchased from Mitsuwa in San Jose or you can buy it online at <a href="http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/kenkoex/item/nz001-4515061046011/" target="_blank">Rakuten</a>. </div></td><td><br /><br /><a href="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5476/11204481596_87b8173692_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5476/11204481596_87b8173692_o.jpg" width="265" /></a></td></tr><tr><td><b>Queen Helene Oatmeal 'n&nbsp;</b><br /><b>Honey Natural Facial Scrub</b><br />amazon -&nbsp; <a href="http://amzn.to/1bHVmia" target="_blank">http://amzn.to/1bHVmia </a><br /><a href="http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemId=14877/Oatmeal-N--Honey-Natural-Facial-Scrub/Queen-Helene/Scrubs" target="_blank">makeupalley</a> 4.2/5, 219 reviews<br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; While not exactly microdermabrasion small, the ground walnut shell pieces in this scrub is still a far cry gentler than my past days of using sugar on my face.&nbsp; Smelling and looking sort of like crushed oatmeal, this soft scrub is effective for sloughing away flaky winter skin.&nbsp; I keep it in my shower and use it on my body as well.</div></td><td><a href="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2891/11204470146_ccacc127a6_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2891/11204470146_ccacc127a6_o.jpg" width="212" /></a></td></tr><tr><td><b>Neutrogena Norwegian Hand Cream</b><br />amazon - <a href="http://amzn.to/1cXQ2Uw" target="_blank">http://amzn.to/1cXQ2Uw </a><br /><a href="http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp?ItemID=1657" target="_blank">makeupalley</a> 4.2/5, 602 reviews<br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I wash my hands frequently and this cream is a lifesaver.&nbsp; Fragrance free and nearly translucent, this product has a silicone texture and finish, and is best used on already wet hands.&nbsp; There is no sticky residue.&nbsp; For the price point, it's really something you will want to keep in your bags, car, and in your desk!<br /><br /><br /></div></td><td><a href="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7302/11204471846_e4da2de85d_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7302/11204471846_e4da2de85d_o.jpg" width="212" /></a></td></tr><tr><td><b>Mystic Divine Nourishing Oil Treatment</b><br /><a href="http://www.sallybeauty.com/nourishing-oil-treatment/SBS-024003,default,pd.html" target="_blank">Sally's Beauty Supply</a> <br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There aren't very many reviews on this but at my local Sally's, it's always disappearing off the shelf.&nbsp; This is an oil treatment similar in nature to the ever popular Moroccan Oil.&nbsp; While I like the effect of Moroccan oil, I don't enjoy the price or the scent.&nbsp; This hair treatment is rich in argan and monoi oils and lightly scented like vanilla.&nbsp; Scent tends to linger strongly in hair and while I'm sensitive to smells, this one doesn't bother me.&nbsp; I use Mystic Divine on the ends of my hair and smooth the residue around my crown.&nbsp; Love this as of late because I've been styling my hair more frequently.&nbsp; Keep your eye out for sales, I purchased this BOGO.</div></td><td><a href="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3721/11204571773_df524e1061_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3721/11204571773_df524e1061_o.jpg" width="212" /></a></td></tr></tbody></table><h4 style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><a name='more'></a>Spinach Salad</span></h4><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I made this simple salad last night and couldn't wait to share it! It's relatively healthy, refreshing and has great balance of flavor and texture.&nbsp; The sweet apple, crunchy celery, and creamy mayo are somewhat reminiscent of a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waldorf_salad" target="_blank">Waldorf</a>.&nbsp; Of course, you can dress this salad however you prefer.&nbsp; I often eat mine plain or with a light sprinkle of salt.&nbsp; </div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2829/11204444435_4946230506_c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2829/11204444435_4946230506_c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In my version, I used roasted chicken, spinach, gala apple, celery, lime, red onion, and eggs.&nbsp; The dressing was made of olive oil, sesame oil, teaspoon of mayo, minced garlic, more lime, salt, and pepper.&nbsp; Beans nuts, and quinoa would make sources of protein for vegetarians and vegans.&nbsp; A sliver or two of good Parmesan would not be remiss.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><i>Reference: </i>Spinach, Celery, and Apple Salad with Apple Mustard Dressing - <a href="http://themailifiles.blogspot.com/2011/04/spinach-celery-and-apple-salad-with.htmlm=bv.57155469,d.b2I" target="_blank">The Maili Files</a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5513/11204475006_62ab65f326_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5513/11204475006_62ab65f326_o.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2893/11204578933_c87a45b279_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2893/11204578933_c87a45b279_o.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 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These simple styles are inspired by classic trends.<br />&nbsp; </div><div>This was from Thanksgiving. →<br />It's hard to take good outfit of the day photos!<br /><br />Thank you to my niece for helping me though. :)<br /><br /><br /><br /></div></td><td><a href="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7313/11165529073_26f2b5e5cc_z.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="301" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7313/11165529073_26f2b5e5cc_z.jpg" width="400" /></a> </td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2854/11165371876_a2108a070f_c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="425" src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2854/11165371876_a2108a070f_c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>Monochrome Neutrals</b> - Beige on beige baby!&nbsp; Banana Republic silk cotton cashmere sweater, khaki stretch cotton skinny pants, Burberry-esque scarf: $8 on Amazon, super soft and doesn't pill but the edges are unfinished - <a href="http://amzn.to/1b9QOy9">http://amzn.to/1b9QOy9</a></div><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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Hollister shirt, Citizens of Humanity super flared jeans</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5471/11165390794_eae014d9f3_c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5471/11165390794_eae014d9f3_c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>Cozy Nautical</b> -Mango black and white nautical stripe linen t-shirt, gray cotton stretch trousers, Aerie hoodie with da fur (trim)</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3738/11165363946_7e43545dec_c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3738/11165363946_7e43545dec_c.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>Simple Stripes</b> - Prada sweater, black stretch cotton pants (Are you noticing a trend here?) + a wild Hades appears</div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">* <a href="http://www.casualconcern.com/november-2013-loved-links/" target="_blank">Casual Concern</a> mentioned an article, "<a href="http://www.randomhouse.ca/hazlitt/feature/fashion-blogging-dead" target="_blank">Fashion Blogging Is Dead</a>" in a recent post. 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text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5495/11123386155_2eda127d6f_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Super Dream Wishlist - luxury real estate, rare scotch whisky, manuscript, diamond and emerald earrings, dressage horse, personal submarine" border="0" src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5495/11123386155_2eda127d6f_o.jpg" title="Super Dream Wishlist - luxury real estate, rare scotch whisky, manuscript, diamond and emerald earrings, dressage horse, personal submarine" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><b></b><br /><a name='more'></a><b>1.</b>&nbsp; Luxury real estate: <u>The Mayfair</u>, historic home in Vancouver, BC, <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">$21.5 mil</span> USD - <a href="http://www.luxuryrealestate.com/residential/2033033-the-mayfair-astounding-vancouver-luxury-estate-1790-west-38th-avenue-vancouver-british-columbia-canada#1" target="_blank">LRE</a> | <u>Saddleback Cay</u>, 47 acre private island in the Bahamas, <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">$15.6 mil </span>USD - <a href="http://www.luxuryrealestate.com/residential/2091987-saddleback-cay-exuma-cays-exuma-bahamas#1" target="_blank">LRE</a> | <u>Chalet Marine</u> in the Rhone-Alpes of France, <i><span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">price upon request</span></i> - <a href="http://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-532-4000028278/chalet-marine-courchevel-rh-73120" target="_blank">Sotheby's</a>.&nbsp; Didn't you know?&nbsp; It's a good time to buy property.&nbsp; Of course, I'll need a summer and winter home, as well as posh suburban headquarters.<br /><b>2.</b>&nbsp; <u>Macallan 1928</u>, <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">$50k</span> USD.&nbsp; A rare single malt for nightcap sipping. - <a href="http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/Luxury-3525.aspx" target="_blank">Whisky Exchange</a><br /><b>3.</b>&nbsp; Medieval Latin translation of <u>Aristotle's <i>Metaphysics</i></u>, <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">$4-8k</span> USD.&nbsp; Because, you know, who doesn't want a page of classic philosophy hanging on their wall? - <a href="http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2013/western-manuscripts-miniatures-l13241/lot.6.html" target="_blank">Sotheby's</a><br /><b>4.</b>&nbsp; <u>Tesla Model S</u> in dark forest green fitted with the works,<span style="background-color: #fff2cc;"> $108k</span> USD.&nbsp; I'll need something eco-friendly to putz around in. - <a href="http://www.teslamotors.com/models" target="_blank">Tesla Motors</a><br /><b>5.&nbsp;</b> <u>Munnu Diamond and Emerald Teardrop Earrings</u>, <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">$55k</span> USD.&nbsp; 3.04 carats diamonds and juicy 38.07 carats emeralds. - <a href="http://www.barneys.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-BNY-Site/default/Product-Show?pid=00505030707504&amp;cgid=womens-earrings&amp;index=2" target="_blank">Barney's</a><br /><b>6.</b>&nbsp; <u>Dressage Show Horse</u>, <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">$18k</span> USD.&nbsp; "Reasonably Priced."&nbsp; Dressage, the most civilized sport a lady can participate in. - <a href="http://www.equine.com/horses-for-sale/horse-ad-3162695.html">Equine</a><br /><b>7.</b> Personal Two-person <u>Submarine</u>, <span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">$2 mil</span> USD.&nbsp; For science, obvi.&nbsp; -&nbsp; <a href="http://www.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=11726&amp;refsku=11990&amp;xsp=1&amp;promo=xsells" target="_blank">Hammacher Schlemmer</a><br /><br />I've seen a lot of holiday wishlists lately.&nbsp; 'Tis the season for wanting and all that.&nbsp; I thought it would be fun to make a tongue-in-cheek, super, mega, ultimate dream wishlist.&nbsp; 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float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7349/11088637533_9bba156bf3_o.jpg" width="640" /></a>I know I'm not falling in line with the usual fall food posts but maybe post-Thanksgiving gorging, you will be craving something light, healthful, but still warming?&nbsp; This savory, spicy, sweet and sour soup, <i>tom kha</i>, is usually made with chicken, coriander, and mushrooms,<i> tom kha gai</i>. &nbsp;&nbsp; <i>Kha</i> means <b>galangal</b> and if you don't want to go rummaging at an Asian store, you can substitute it with <b>ginger</b>.&nbsp; This soup can easily be made <span style="color: #38761d;"><span style="background-color: white;"><b><span style="color: #6aa84f;">vegetarian</span></b> <span style="color: black;">or</span> <b><span style="color: #6aa84f;">vegan</span></b></span></span> if you leave out the <b>fish sauce</b>.&nbsp; Fish sauce can be replaced with tamari, soy sauce, or any other salt of your choice.&nbsp; Tofu makes an excellent protein source as well.<br /><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><h4 style="text-align: left;">Accoutrements &amp; Aromatics </h4><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3823/11088518206_c7cb9e17dd_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3823/11088518206_c7cb9e17dd_o.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />String beans, carrots, bok choy.&nbsp; I used non-traditional vegetables because it's what I had on hand. Spinach is always a good addition and I've had versions made with red bell pepper as well.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3700/11088535034_00070dd969_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, bird's eye chilies, red onion, whole head of minced garlic " border="0" height="424" src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3700/11088535034_00070dd969_o.jpg" title="Lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, bird's eye chilies, red onion, whole head of minced garlic " width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, bird's eye chilies, red onion, whole head of minced garlic&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3754/11088516836_dc264f9c15_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Coconut milk, fish sauce, white pepper, dried galangal, palm sugar" border="0" height="424" src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3754/11088516836_dc264f9c15_o.jpg" title="Coconut milk, fish sauce, white pepper, dried galangal, palm sugar" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Coconut milk (I used 2 cans), fish sauce, white pepper, dried galangal, palm sugar.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">For palm sugar, brown sugar is a fine substitute.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5501/11088640823_bbf09513c3_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Bowl of coconut soup, Tom kha" border="0" height="424" src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5501/11088640823_bbf09513c3_o.jpg" title="Bowl of coconut soup, Tom kha" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br />Recipe links: <a href="http://www.mynewroots.org/site/2013/02/the-best-coconut-soup-ever/" target="_blank">The Best Coconut Soup Ever</a>, <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Adriennes-Tom-Ka-Gai/" target="_blank">Adrienne's Tom Ka Gai</a><br /><br />Thank you for reading!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Next posts</b>: Fall/winter OOTD, November favorites, Self-tanner reviews! </div><div style="text-align: center;">Don't forget to follow me:</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3623363/atelier-zozo">bloglovin'</a>&nbsp; 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text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0N-ied5ToB4/UpPmomUWnDI/AAAAAAAAAQY/KrjG0oIGSIU/s1600/christmas-wallpapers.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0N-ied5ToB4/UpPmomUWnDI/AAAAAAAAAQY/KrjG0oIGSIU/s1600/christmas-wallpapers.jpg" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">left to right:</div><div style="text-align: center;">1.&nbsp; <a href="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2862/11058170476_63d3320bcb_o.jpg" target="_blank">Snow in the Forest </a></div><div style="text-align: center;">2.&nbsp; <a href="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3750/11058074155_3c089c9017_o.jpg" target="_blank">Muted red and green bokeh </a></div><div style="text-align: center;">3.&nbsp; <a href="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7355/11058195654_0ec48ef59a_o.jpg" target="_blank">Pink and mint pastel bokeh</a> </div><div style="text-align: center;">4.&nbsp; <a href="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7435/11058076205_fc3c862194_o.jpg" target="_blank">Dear Santa, I can explain...</a>&nbsp; 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Diet in L.A.'s "<a href="http://liveanddiet.com/2013/11/3-ingredient-healthy-pancakes-recipes.html#more-6699" target="_blank">3 Crazy-Good, 3-Ingredient Pancakes</a>," but I didn't stick to a certain number of ingredients and I cooked mine with copious amounts of butter.&nbsp; Confession: My breakfast preference leans decidedly toward savory but should I be tempted by something sweet, it's gonna be waffles.&nbsp; There's something about filling in all of the little compartments that is so satisfying.&nbsp; Ask <a href="http://www.whimsicalallure.com/" target="_blank">Lindsey</a>, she knows I always inquire about the waffle situation. :p&nbsp; Still, this was fun to experiment with. <br /><br /><h4 style="text-align: left;">Sweet Potato Flaxseed Protein Pancakes<br />Topped with Lychee and Honey</h4><h4 style="text-align: left;"></h4><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dh3gxmpdK0c/Uo6mQKaWbnI/AAAAAAAAFow/-LlutNA5j2g/s1600/DSC_0074-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="sweet potato protein pancakes with flaxseed and honey" border="0" height="424" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dh3gxmpdK0c/Uo6mQKaWbnI/AAAAAAAAFow/-LlutNA5j2g/s640/DSC_0074-001.JPG" title="sweet potato protein pancakes with flaxseed and honey" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><a name='more'></a><span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">Ingredients:</span> flour, soymilk, 1 egg, 1 scoop protein powder (Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Casein Protein - <a href="http://amzn.to/1h7wz9b">http://amzn.to/1h7wz9b</a>), 1 tablespoon flaxseed (Flax USA organic golden flaxseed - <a href="http://amzn.to/I4W7EW">http://amzn.to/I4W7EW</a>), 1/2 of a sweet potato, honey, lychee<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/109232199@N08/10986515384/" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank" title="sweet-potato-protein-pancakes-flaxseed-honey-soymilk by atelierzozo, on Flickr"><img alt="sweet-potato-protein-pancakes-flaxseed-honey-soymilk" height="424" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7401/10986515384_01b641aa66_z.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Cook sweet potatoes quickly by washing, poking a few holes in them with a fork and blitzing in the microwave.&nbsp; I used a white sweet potato, which is less sweet than its orange counterpart.&nbsp; By the way, sweet potatoes and yams are <b>not </b>the same vegetable.&nbsp; Real yams are difficult to find (at least here in the US) and they have rough, scaly skin versus the smooth skin of sweet potatoes.&nbsp; The potato photo above is from <a href="http://www.culinate.com/articles/produce_diaries/sweet_potatoes" target="_blank">Culinate</a> where you can learn more about these tasty tubers.&nbsp; <br /><br />I know, my pancakes look suspiciously like latkes but they were sooo good! &nbsp;I had to pat myself on the back for this one. &nbsp;The honey and syruped lychees paired well with the subtle creamy vanilla of the pancakes.&nbsp; Wish I had made a bigger batch.<br /><br /><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Tjy7EwD-S2w/Uo6mQ5NwkFI/AAAAAAAAFpA/S8Jd7CJqzOI/s1600/DSC_0080-002.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="428" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Tjy7EwD-S2w/Uo6mQ5NwkFI/AAAAAAAAFpA/S8Jd7CJqzOI/s640/DSC_0080-002.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Tjy7EwD-S2w/Uo6mQ5NwkFI/AAAAAAAAFo4/-FPtkiycB5I/s1600/DSC_0080-002.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><h4 class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">Orange Chocolate Chia Seed Pancakes</span></h4><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/109232199@N08/10986451766/" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" title="chocolate-orange-pancakes_chia-seeds-orange-juice-cocoa-powder by atelierzozo, on Flickr"><img alt="Trader Joe's sipping chocolate, hershey's cocoa, organic chia seed, orange juice, cocoa chocolate pancake" height="640" src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5525/10986451766_b0fe91fe1e_z.jpg" title="Trader Joe's sipping chocolate, hershey's cocoa, organic chia seed, orange juice, cocoa chocolate pancake" width="630" /></a></div><br /><span style="background-color: #fff2cc;">Ingredients:</span> flour, orange juice, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder + Trader Joe's sipping chocolate, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon chia seed (Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds - <a href="http://amzn.to/1caDJnI">http://amzn.to/1caDJnI</a>), 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract<br /><br />This pancake had a rich, complex flavor – sort of dark chocolate-y with sweet orange undertones and a fluffy but chewy texture. &nbsp;Apologies for the melting whipped cream.&nbsp; I stepped away to clean up and found my hot pancakes (title of my next album/memoir #copyright) had diminished the cream.&nbsp; Ah, the life of a blogger.&nbsp; Lesson learned!<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/109232199@N08/10992040476/" title="Orange chocolate chia seed pancakes by atelierzozo, on Flickr"><img alt="Orange chocolate chia seed pancakes" height="406" src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3724/10992040476_5d7e2b1db5_z.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Chia and flax seeds are ancient, gluten-free superfoods and both are rich in omega-3 fatty acids (as&nbsp;<a href="http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/alphalinolenic-acid" target="_blank">ALA</a>), antioxidants, dietary fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals such as B and E vitamins, potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium (<a href="http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/chia-seeds-vs-flaxseeds-2070.html" target="_blank">source</a>). &nbsp;Flax seed should be ground up before using but chia seeds can be eaten whole. &nbsp;I usually add one type of seed to my green smoothies in the morning. &nbsp;Keeps you healthy and feeling full!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><h4 class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Tips </h4><ul style="text-align: left;"><li>If you really want healthy pancakes, try replacing flour with banana or steel cut oats.&nbsp; Be careful not to overmix the banana as the batter will spread too thinly.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>If you are vegetarian, replace the egg with chia seeds! &nbsp;Mix 1 part chia seed to 3 parts water and let it sit for about 5 minutes until it becomes gelatinous. &nbsp;</li><li>Instead of butter, try cooking with virgin coconut oil.&nbsp; Coconut oil is another time-tested, multi-purpose, all-natural staple every girl should have in her cupboard.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>Almond flour, beet sugar, honey, and applesauce also make great substitutes or additions.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li></ul><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Pancakes are forgiving.&nbsp; Just mix your ingredients up, taste your batter, and if you are concerned about consistency, test a spoonful first and observe how it spreads and how quickly it cooks.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><h4 class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">What are your favorite breakfast foods?</h4><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="display: none;">Keywords: protein pancakes, flaxseed protein pancakes, flaxseed pancakes, chia seed pancakes, healthy pancakes, 3 ingredient pancakes, flaxseed honey, flaxseed recipes, chia seed recipes, protein powder recipes, what can you do with flaxseed, dark chocolate pancakes, chocolate pancakes, healthy cocoa pancakes, healthy chocolate pancakes, healthy pancake recipes,Trader Joe's sipping chocolate, orange chocolate pancakes, sweet potato pancakes, sweet potato protein pancakes, sweet potato pancake recipe, latkes, sweet potato protein pancake recipe, cast iron pancakes, cooking pancakes in a cast iron, organic honeycomb, organic honey, lychee pancakes, lychee breakfast </span></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <!-- feed reader ad --> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:inline-block;width:728px;height:90px" data-ad-client="ca-pub-1668546262988923" data-ad-slot="8710883499"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 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text-align: center;">Empties </h4><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_ti_GvcOfHQ/Uo0MuD_o-ZI/AAAAAAAAANk/vfbUaPNqqUM/s1600/panoxyl.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="panoxyl 10% benzoyl peroxide acne foaming wash" border="0" height="265" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_ti_GvcOfHQ/Uo0MuD_o-ZI/AAAAAAAAANk/vfbUaPNqqUM/s400/panoxyl.jpg" title="panoxyl 10% benzoyl peroxide acne foaming wash" width="400" /></a></div>I always start to break out about a week before my cycle starts.&nbsp; Little bumps appear on my cheeks and a cyst will arise from the Stygian depths of my chin.&nbsp; PanOxyl 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Foaming Wash (<a href="http://amzn.to/1dZwDUn">http://amzn.to/1dZwDUn</a>) is pretty harsh but does help keep my skin under control.&nbsp; This can irritate the delicate eye area so avoid using it there.&nbsp; My sister uses the 4% wash (<a class="bitmark-shortlink" href="http://amzn.to/1h3c1Ph"><span class="protocol">http://</span>amzn.to/1h3c1Ph</a>) as her skin is more sensitive than mine.<br /><br /><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-oZfKmMoxMOw/Uo0MpYYgCfI/AAAAAAAAANI/Q7rvqQyzRQM/s1600/cerave.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="270" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-oZfKmMoxMOw/Uo0MpYYgCfI/AAAAAAAAANI/Q7rvqQyzRQM/s400/cerave.jpg" width="400" /></a></div>CeraVe (<a class="bitmark-shortlink" href="http://amzn.to/18Qm6qF"><span class="protocol">http://</span>amzn.to/18Qm6qF</a>) is my HG face lotion.&nbsp; It's non-greasy, non-comedogenic, and perfect for sensitive or acne-prone skin.&nbsp; I find CeraVe moisturizes my skin much more efficiently than Cetaphil.&nbsp; If you require even more restoration, try CeraVe Cream (<a class="bitmark-shortlink" href="http://amzn.to/1fVZzOi"><span class="protocol">http://</span>amzn.to/1fVZzOi</a>).&nbsp; Oh, and it's also non-scented!&nbsp; Many beauty product scents irritate the hell out of me so love that this products <i>works</i> and has no discernible scent.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-n1p-SxYKKUI/Uo0MthVm4kI/AAAAAAAAANg/Br0OwIj0IXQ/s1600/dr-bronners-castille-tea-tree.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-n1p-SxYKKUI/Uo0MthVm4kI/AAAAAAAAANg/Br0OwIj0IXQ/s400/dr-bronners-castille-tea-tree.jpg" width="400" /></a></div>You've already heard me espousing the <a href="http://www.atelierzozo.com/2013/11/tea-tree-oil-basic-properties-usage.html" target="_blank">benefits of tea tree</a> oil.&nbsp; Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap (<a class="bitmark-shortlink" href="http://amzn.to/1hXOl0f"><span class="protocol">http://</span>amzn.to/1hXOl0f</a>) is castile and hemp liquid soap with different added essential oils.&nbsp; They are a quirky California company and there's even a documentary about them called Magic Soapbox.&nbsp; Beside their oddities, this soap is a fantastic multi-purpose product I always repurchase (my favorite is peppermint).<br /><br /><script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- in posts --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-1668546262988923" data-ad-slot="9177581492" style="display: inline-block; height: 90px; width: 650px;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script> <br /><h4 style="text-align: center;">My Face</h4><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YNja8CRF6H4/Uo0iDMCDqEI/AAAAAAAAFns/32SdRe4NUGk/s1600/me-fotd-faces.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YNja8CRF6H4/Uo0iDMCDqEI/AAAAAAAAFns/32SdRe4NUGk/s640/me-fotd-faces.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div><br /></div><h4 style="text-align: center;"></h4><h4 style="text-align: center;">Movies</h4>I think this time of year brings out the sap in all of us.&nbsp; Pictured are some of my favorite romantic comedies.&nbsp; Not many people I know have seen <b>Last Holiday</b> but it's such a feel-good movie and all about standing up for yourself and grabbing hold of your dreams before time runs out.&nbsp; Shakespeare's classic <b>Much Ado Nothing</b> is <i>so</i> funny and Beatrice and Benedick make one of my favorite fictional couples.&nbsp; Both characters are anti-love and their witty repartee and the antics of their friends make for a very fun watch.&nbsp; I liked both Kenneth Branagh and Joss Whedon's versions.&nbsp; In <b>I Do</b>, Charlotte Gainsbourg is a young woman being paid to play a man's girlfriend to keep his family (all women) off his back.&nbsp; Charlotte is one of those French women with a certain <i>je ne sais quoi</i> and I love her irreverent, smart, and stylish character.&nbsp; Audrey Tautou is charismatic on screen in <b>Priceless</b>.&nbsp; She plays a gold-digger who accidentally chases and falls in love with a poor waiter.&nbsp; Love her outfits here!&nbsp; Last but not least, <b>Pride and Prejudice</b>.&nbsp; Admittedly, not a comedy and I don't think Keira Knightley correctly embodies Elizabeth Bennett's character<i> </i>BUT I love this remake anyway.&nbsp; The overall mood of the movie and chemistry between Knightley and Macfadyen are a pleasure to watch.&nbsp; <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JCKg_HoyUg8/Uo0WJe_xGKI/AAAAAAAAAN4/4hn0hgfRj84/s1600/last_holiday_queen-latifah_i-do-alain-chabat-charlotte-gainsbourg_much-ado-about-nothing_joss-whedon_emma-thompson-keanu-reeves_priceless-audrey-tatou_movie-posters.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="375" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JCKg_HoyUg8/Uo0WJe_xGKI/AAAAAAAAAN4/4hn0hgfRj84/s400/last_holiday_queen-latifah_i-do-alain-chabat-charlotte-gainsbourg_much-ado-about-nothing_joss-whedon_emma-thompson-keanu-reeves_priceless-audrey-tatou_movie-posters.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><h4 style="text-align: center;">What are your favorite rom-coms?&nbsp;</h4><div style="text-align: left;">p.s. Let me know if the new comment system is giving you any trouble. 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float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aJNc2OSN9WQ/UoqMJtfxTpI/AAAAAAAAAMk/Lv04tn66-2s/s320/tip-for-taking-product-photos.jpg" width="90" /></a><br />So today I wanted to share this really cool photography trick I picked up from Pinterest (<a href="http://www.pinterest.com/atelierzozo/" target="_blank">my boards</a> | <a href="http://ww3.sinaimg.cn/bmiddle/7b3f7467jw1e4ybb99vrij20c8176n0x.jpg" target="_blank">source</a>).<br /><br />I didn't have any kind of shiny notebook to use with my laptop but I do have a shiny surface on my printer.&nbsp; It was uber fun to play around with this method and it's so easy to try!&nbsp; Clearly, I'm no expert photographer and I need some practice.&nbsp; I was too lazy to set up the side light source but that definitely would have helped. <br /><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-S2UYbt-JijQ/UoqL7hzGt3I/AAAAAAAAAMM/Eox7rz8SDEM/s1600/product-photography-trick-set-up.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="140" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-S2UYbt-JijQ/UoqL7hzGt3I/AAAAAAAAAMM/Eox7rz8SDEM/s200/product-photography-trick-set-up.jpg" width="200" /></a>This photography tip is also how I took a photo of the <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YgZxq_4Z11o/UokIssRrePI/AAAAAAAAFmE/3JeQuBiZu3U/s640/DSC_0035-002.JPG" target="_blank">tea tree oil</a> in my <a href="http://www.atelierzozo.com/2013/11/tea-tree-oil-basic-properties-usage.html" target="_blank">previous post</a>.<br /><br />If you try this, comment below with your link.&nbsp; I would love to see your results! <br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>↢</b></span> The super profesh set-up in my room ;)<br /><br /><br /><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br />In honor of the upcoming holidays, I thought swatches of my red collection would be apropos. None of these required more than one coat except for Essie Wicked and, as you can see in the fourth photo below, it's still translucent.&nbsp; Funny thing, I didn't think I was <i>that </i>into nail polish until I guessed <a href="http://thecuriousklutz.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Renate's</a> by sight.&nbsp; My hoard is pretty pitiful in comparison to real collectors but that's okay, I still have plenty of time to acquire more!<br /><script async="" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- in posts --><br /><ins class="adsbygoogle" data-ad-client="ca-pub-1668546262988923" data-ad-slot="9177581492" style="display: inline-block; height: 90px; width: 650px;"></ins><script>(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script> <div style="text-align: right;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iIclIOISU-c/UoqL7xP9wHI/AAAAAAAAAMU/7GdvG5qQuRI/s1600/DSC_0066.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Sally Hansen Oxblood, Sally Hansen All Fired Up, Essie Geranium, Misa Bikini with a Martini" border="0" height="440" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iIclIOISU-c/UoqL7xP9wHI/AAAAAAAAAMU/7GdvG5qQuRI/s640/DSC_0066.JPG" title="Sally Hansen Oxblood, Sally Hansen All Fired Up, Essie Geranium, Misa Bikini with a Martini" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ox_xk3Y9FKQ/UoqL-9WInhI/AAAAAAAAAMc/8a_fm4Hu57M/s1600/sally-hansen-oxblood_sally-hansen-all-fired-up_essie-geranium_misa-bikini-with-a-martini_nail-swatches.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Sally Hansen Oxblood, Sally Hansen All Fired Up, Essie Geranium, Misa Bikini with a Martini, nail polish swatches" border="0" height="424" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ox_xk3Y9FKQ/UoqL-9WInhI/AAAAAAAAAMc/8a_fm4Hu57M/s640/sally-hansen-oxblood_sally-hansen-all-fired-up_essie-geranium_misa-bikini-with-a-martini_nail-swatches.jpg" title="Sally Hansen Oxblood, Sally Hansen All Fired Up, Essie Geranium, Misa Bikini with a Martini" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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text-align: center;">Bonus photo of my polish from last week:<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Hb7bHGr1bA8/UoqL4NQCoXI/AAAAAAAAAL0/G3bfXbZIrec/s1600/DSC_0046-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Essie Power Clutch swatch" border="0" height="424" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Hb7bHGr1bA8/UoqL4NQCoXI/AAAAAAAAAL0/G3bfXbZIrec/s640/DSC_0046-001.JPG" title="Essie Power Clutch" width="640" /></a></div><span id="goog_992770937"></span><span id="goog_992770938"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span id="goog_992770937">p.s.&nbsp; I updated my <a href="http://www.atelierzozo.com/p/about.html" target="_blank">About</a> page with random photos of me and a little extra info ^_^</span></div><h4 style="text-align: center;"><span id="goog_992770937">Happy Mondaze!</span></h4></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <!-- feed reader ad --> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:inline-block;width:728px;height:90px" data-ad-client="ca-pub-1668546262988923" data-ad-slot="8710883499"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 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I’m a big proponent of using oils for beauty regimens in general and tea tree is quickly growing in popularity and being touted as a panacea, or cure-all.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YgZxq_4Z11o/UokIssRrePI/AAAAAAAAFmE/3JeQuBiZu3U/s1600/DSC_0035-002.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="436" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YgZxq_4Z11o/UokIssRrePI/AAAAAAAAFmE/3JeQuBiZu3U/s640/DSC_0035-002.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">[<a href="http://www.atelierzozo.com/p/disclosures-policies.html" target="_blank">Disclosure</a>] The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The information on this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read online.&nbsp;</span> <br /><br /><a name='more'></a><br />I’m a <a href="http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/skepticism-ancient/" target="_blank">skeptic</a>&nbsp;as well as a diligent researcher.&nbsp; Many websites made claims without references (aneurysms, really!?) and I wanted to try and provide sources for the medical purposes.&nbsp;&nbsp; The basic properties and 21 grouped uses for tea tree oil have been narrowed down and represented in the infographic below.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8435766/atelier-zozo/tea-tree-oil_basic-properties-usage.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8435766/atelier-zozo/tea-tree-oil_basic-properties-usage.jpg" width="494" /></a></div><br />If you find the infographic useful, please repost and share wherever you like!&nbsp; It would be nice if you add a link back to my site but not required.&nbsp; Do not make any changes to the graphic or claim as your own.&nbsp;&nbsp; The text is featured below along with references, further explanations and clarifications.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3c1K3VmDb3I/UoiWVw1A1xI/AAAAAAAAFlo/FY8RKZ0SvrQ/s1600/pdf.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3c1K3VmDb3I/UoiWVw1A1xI/AAAAAAAAFlo/FY8RKZ0SvrQ/s1600/pdf.png" /></a></div>617 KB, PDF of <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwK72LP_7sukeTBYUkJyR2d2T0k/edit?usp=sharing" target="_blank"><i>Tea Tree Oil: Basic Properties and Usage</i></a><br /><br /><br /><br /><div align="center"><h4><span style="font-weight: normal;">Tea Tree Oil</span></h4><span style="font-size: medium;">Basic Properties and Usage</span></div><div align="center"><b>Analgesic </b>&nbsp; |&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Antibacterial</b>&nbsp;&nbsp; |&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Antifungal<br />Anti-inflammatory</b>&nbsp;&nbsp; |&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Anti-acne</b>&nbsp;&nbsp; |&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Antiseptic<br />Antiviral</b>&nbsp;&nbsp; |&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Decongestant&nbsp; </b> |&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Insecticidal</b></div><h4 style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">Directions</span></h4><h2 style="text-align: left;"></h2>•&nbsp;Begin by testing skin sensitivity to a small area.&nbsp; Use a q-tip lightly dipped in oil and apply it to your wrist.&nbsp; Wait approximately 15 minutes to allow your skin to react.<br />•&nbsp;Always use a high quality, pharmaceutical grade essential oil from a reputable source.&nbsp; I have tried quite a few different brands and I like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001063NY8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001063NY8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=atelierzozo-20" target="_blank">Herbal Authority’s</a> the best.&nbsp; If you want to start out with a smaller bottle, try <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0014UFXCA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0014UFXCA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=atelierzozo-20" target="_blank">Now Foods</a> but their product is not FDA analyzed and possibly not pharmaceutical quality.&nbsp; Pharmaceutical grade means the compound adheres to a national or international standard of composition. A true essential oil should always be stored in a <u>dark colored glass bottle</u>.&nbsp; This helps protect it from light, which will degrade and oxidize your oil.&nbsp; <br />•&nbsp;<b>For all of the uses below</b>: Apply directly at full strength <u>OR</u> dilute with water or a carrier oil such as&nbsp; olive, jojoba, coconut, grapeseed, or almond.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="font-family: Karla;">“Tea tree preparations contain various percentages of tea tree oil. For treating acne, the typical strength is 5% to 15%; for fungal infections, 70% to 100% is usually used; and for use as a vaginal douche (with medical supervision), 1% to 40% concentrations have been used. It is usually applied 2 to 3 times daily, until symptoms resolve. However, tea tree oil can be irritating to the skin, so start with low concentrations until you know your tolerance.”&nbsp;</span></blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="font-family: Karla;"> <a href="http://www.med.nyu.edu/content?ChunkIID=21867#P3" target="_blank">NYU Langone Medical Center</a></span></blockquote><span style="font-family: Karla;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><br /><h4 style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">Contraindications</span></h4><h2 style="text-align: left;"></h2><b>DO NOT USE</b>:<br />• On pets.&nbsp; This is a really tough one and I urge everybody to be extremely cautious and do their research before putting tea tree oil (or any essential oil) on their pets or around their bedding as <i>so</i> many websites suggest.&nbsp; Cats and small dogs are especially quick to have fatal reactions to essential oils.&nbsp; Certain breeds of dogs are more susceptible to toxicity.&nbsp; You can find shampoos or other pet products with “tea tree” in the name but it is in an extremely diluted and processed form; even then, pets can still have adverse reactions.&nbsp; Further, should your pet have a reaction, you may not even notice it until it’s too late.&nbsp; Pets have a high pain tolerance and they can’t communicate any complications which may be warning signs you miss: muscle tremors, weakness, lack of coordination, etc.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/tea-tree-oil/" target="_blank">Pet Poison Helpline</a>&nbsp; |&nbsp; <a href="http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/tea-tree-oil/578" target="_blank">VCA Hospital</a>&nbsp; |&nbsp; <a href="http://allnaturalpetcare.com/blog/2012/05/08/is-tea-tree-oil-melaleuca_alternifolia-leucadendron-safe-for-pets/" target="_blank">All Natural Pet Care</a><br />• If you are already taking medication.&nbsp; Do not use in conjunction with other treatments or antibiotics without consulting a physician first.&nbsp; Tea tree oil may <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18778374" target="_blank">reduce efficacy of topical antibiotics</a> when used in combination therapies.<br />• If your child is under 6 months<br />• If you are pregnant or nursing<br /><br /><h4 style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">Beauty</span></h4><h2 style="text-align: left;"></h2>1. Dandruff: Add a few drops to each application of shampoo to treat dandruff&nbsp; <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12451368" target="_blank">Study using 5% tea tree oil shampoo</a><br />2. Disinfect make-up brushes:&nbsp; Add 1-2 drops to a mild cleanser<br />3. Halitosis (bad breath): Add&nbsp;&nbsp; 1 -2 drops to your mouthwash.&nbsp; Wait 15 minutes before eating or drinking.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17380550" target="_blank">Reduction of mouth malodour</a><br />4. Deodorant: Use a q-tip to apply to armpits before your antiperspirant <br />5. Acne: Dab on spots or mix with carrier oil as a nightly moisturizer and acne treatment or preventative&nbsp; <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2145499" target="_blank">Tea tree oil vs. benzoyl peroxide</a> <br />6. Post-shaving or waxing: To prevent ingrown hairs, wipe areas with tea tree oil or mix with coconut oil or aloe vera gel for soothing, moisturizing, antiseptic aftercare<br /><br /><h4 style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">Household</span></h4><h2 style="text-align: left;"></h2><b>Cleaning solution</b>: Mix with water for an all-purpose cleaner you can use to wipe down or spray all over your house.&nbsp; Add peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, or lemon oil for a different scent and additional benefits.<br /><br />7. Disinfect doorknobs, handles, phones, remotes<br />8. Remove and prevent mildew in bathrooms<br />9. Add to wash cycle for towels and bathroom rugs<br />10. Wipe cabinets and let dry to prevent pantry moths<br />11. Prevent moths from eating clothing by storing with a cotton ball or two soaked with oil<br /><br /><h4 style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">Health</span></h4><h2 style="text-align: left;"></h2>12. Blisters, bruises, burns, sunburns&nbsp; <a href="http://legacy.uspharmacist.com/oldformat.asp?url=newlook/files/Alte/tea.cfm&amp;pub_id=8&amp;article_id=355" target="_blank">Analgesic</a><br />13. Gingivitis, mouth ulcer: Add one drop on top of your toothpaste.&nbsp; Wait 15 minutes before eating or drinking.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.med.nyu.edu/content?ChunkIID=21700" target="_blank">Periodontal disease</a><br />14. Effective against E. coli, staph, MRSA, impetigo, strep,&nbsp; and yeast infections&nbsp; <a href="http://jac.oxfordjournals.org/content/45/5/639.full#ref-13" target="_blank">Antimicrobial</a> |&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.intjem.com/content/4/1/14" target="_blank">Gangrene</a> <br />15. Dermatophytosis or Ringworm – athlete's foot, fingernail infections, jock itch&nbsp; <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1303075" target="_blank">Tinea pedis</a>&nbsp; <br />16. Muscles aches, arthritis&nbsp; <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11131302?dopt=Abstract" target="_blank">Suppresses inflammation</a> <br />17. Bug bites, poison oak/ivy reactions and hives&nbsp; <a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2133.2002.05034.x/abstract" target="_blank">Reduces histamine-induced inflammation</a> <br />18. Wounds, cuts, scratches&nbsp; <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1360273/" target="_blank">Review of Antimicrobial &amp; Other Medicinal Properties</a><br />19. Cold sores, warts, bacterial vaginosis&nbsp; <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11338678?dopt=Abstract" target="_blank">Herpes Simplex Virus</a> <br />20. Stuffy nose: Add a few drops into a bowl of hot water or your vaporizer<br />21. Repel mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, ants, and other insects&nbsp; <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15148100" target="_blank">Scabies mites</a>&nbsp; |&nbsp; <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21899953" target="_blank">Blowfly</a><br /><br /><h4 style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">Other References</span></h4><h2 style="text-align: left;"></h2><a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1034/j.1600-0536.2001.045002065.x/full" target="_blank">Safety, efficacy and provenance of tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) oil</a><br /><a href="http://www.em-consulte.com/article/153386/alertePM" target="_blank">Allergic contact dermatitis to cosmetics containing Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree oil).</a><br /><a href="http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/action/document/page;jsessionid=EB81AE4FD3EEA6ED046D44B4F2A96FB5.tobacco03?tid=rtq01d00&amp;page=1" target="_blank">Skin Irritancy of Tea Tree Oil.</a><br />Popular search results: <a href="http://www.rmbarry.com/research/melaleuca_oil.html" target="_blank">RM Barry</a> | <a href="http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/melaleuca-oil.html" target="_blank">Sustainable Baby Steps</a> | <a href="http://www.naturalwellbeing.com/blog/60-healing-uses-for-tea-tree-oil" target="_blank">Natural Well-Being</a><br />Keywords: &nbsp;Holistic, natural, complementary and alternative medicine, essential oils, healing</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <!-- feed reader ad --> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:inline-block;width:728px;height:90px" data-ad-client="ca-pub-1668546262988923" data-ad-slot="8710883499"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 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text-align: right;"> <tbody><tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://lh3.ggpht.com/--HxYcYFWkSI/UoXoSibPcaI/AAAAAAAAAHQ/k9fZJ_W8hgE/s1600-h/Miley-Terry-Richardson-tongue-sticking-out%25255B3%25255D.jpg" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img align="right" alt="Miley-Terry-Richardson-tongue-sticking-out" height="160" src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/-g_Ayjb9BK9o/UoXoTN-LXFI/AAAAAAAAAHY/KgKoMhQb0IA/Miley-Terry-Richardson-tongue-sticking-out_thumb%25255B1%25255D.jpg?imgmax=800" style="display: inline; float: right;" title="Miley-Terry-Richardson-tongue-sticking-out" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr> <td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">photo by <a href="http://terrysdiary.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Terry R</a>. :P :P :P</td></tr></tbody></table>I love getting a behind-the-scenes peek into everyday lives.&nbsp; I want to know what other people eat, how they decorate their rooms, what’s in their bag, what they think of the latest Walking Dead episode or even how they feel about Miley Cyrus.&nbsp; For me, there is extraordinary in the ordinary.<br /><br />Tim Ferriss, of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307465357/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0307465357&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=atelierzozo-20" target="_blank">The 4-Hour Workweek</a> fame, had an article written for his blog called "<a href="http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2013/10/21/you-are-what-you-read-14-thought-leaders-share-their-bookshelves/" target="_blank">You Are What You Read</a>."&nbsp; Featured is Ferriss’s own bookshelf and those of other influential entrepreneurs, authors, and techies.<br /><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DHO7nCPGYOU/UoXuxhNNa-I/AAAAAAAAFkk/zpVbA9gwcP8/s1600/amazon-kindle-logo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DHO7nCPGYOU/UoXuxhNNa-I/AAAAAAAAFkk/zpVbA9gwcP8/s1600/amazon-kindle-logo.jpg" /></a>Mine is far from my dream shelf.&nbsp; Most of the books I've read in the past 5 years have been <b>digital copies</b>.&nbsp; What I physically own is a rough-and-tumble mishmash of used books acquired over the years and hand-me-downs.&nbsp; Yes, I've read all of them.&nbsp; A few college textbooks are not pictured and many favorites are missing.&nbsp; I've "loaned" the latter out over the years and don't expect to get them back.&nbsp; This is the beauty and sorrow of giving out books you like.&nbsp; Sometimes you love something so much you want to share it with the world even if you don't reap any "benefits."&nbsp; Blogging is kinda like that. :)<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>CURRENTLY READING: </b></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div align="center"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/076790818X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=076790818X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=atelierzozo-20" target="_blank"><img alt="bill-bryson-a-short-history-of-nearly-everything_cover" border="0" height="240" src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/-lSrT5QMKtzk/UoZoxq_U7II/AAAAAAAAAHo/YpWefG6gkL8/bill-bryson-a-short-history-of-nearly-everything_cover.jpg?imgmax=800" style="background-image: none; 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margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="248" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nAE63CYZWoQ/UoZnulUmcEI/AAAAAAAAFlA/KKjM4r5ejzM/s320/the-master-and-margarita-mikhail-bulgakov-pevear-and-mira-cover.jpg" style="background-image: none; border-color: -moz-use-text-color; border-style: none; border-width: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;" width="320" /></a></div></div><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/076790818X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=076790818X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=atelierzozo-20" target="_blank"><i>A Short History of Nearly Everything</i></a> by Bill Bryson – Solid, quick, easy reference, way to brush up on general world history and knowledge.&nbsp; We learn so much in school but in one ear and…<br /><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316322407/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0316322407&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=atelierzozo-20" target="_blank"><i>I Am Malala</i></a> by Malala Yousafzai – No matter what your political leanings, you have to give respect to this 16-year old young woman who stepped into an international spotlight at age 11 to support education for girls and survived an assassination attempt in 2012 at age 15.&nbsp; This book makes me both deeply appreciate and lament my life thus far.&nbsp; Would you still be you if you were not allowed the rights of your brother or father or going against the grain could mean sacrificing your life?&nbsp; In what way can I still make a difference in the causes I feel passionate about?<br /><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0141180145/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0141180145&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=atelierzozo-20" target="_blank"><i>The Master and Margarita</i></a> by Mikhail Bulgakov – My third reading and perpetually in contention for my favorite book along with <i>Brothers Karamazov</i>.&nbsp; <i>Master</i> expounds on the same themes of <i>Karamazov:</i> good and evil, divine influences, Russian society and culture as a whole, timeless dark humor, subtle anarchy.&nbsp; What makes Master more accessible is its modern presentation and lively characters.&nbsp; The book comes off lighthearted though its symbolism and motifs are no less complex or thought-provoking.&nbsp;&nbsp; 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Still, I appreciate beautiful design and sparkly baubles and I know what <a href="http://www.gia.edu/" target="_blank">GIA</a> means (quality assurance, basically).&nbsp; It was <a href="http://www.atelierzozo.com/2013/11/quiet-birthday-celebration.html" target="_blank">my birthday</a> last week and, in a celebratory sort of mood, I thought an accessory or two would be appropriate.&nbsp; To my chagrin, I found my sterling silver pieces tarnished, kinda grimy, and darkened.&nbsp; Without regular maintenance (polishing and cleaning), this is a natural stage for silver as the metal will combine with sulfur present in air to become <span style="background-color: white;">silver sulfide</span>—a black-colored substance.&nbsp; Some Google-fu and research brought this easy method for cleaning silver to my attention.<br />&nbsp; <br /><h3 style="text-align: left;">Tools</h3><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><ol style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JU16E3tpSMA/UoNJsUfGqEI/AAAAAAAAFhg/AHxhnHGZj-Y/s1600/DSC_0010-002.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JU16E3tpSMA/UoNJsUfGqEI/AAAAAAAAFhg/AHxhnHGZj-Y/s640/DSC_0010-002.jpg" width="240" /></a><li>Enough aluminum foil to line a bowl <i>or </i>an aluminum container (<i>e.g.</i> a disposable pie plate)</li><li>Table salt (vs. Kosher or sea salt because we need it to dissolve quickly)</li><li>Baking soda</li><ul><li>Make sure your baking soda is still active by adding a few drops of vinegar or lemon juice to a small amount of baking soda (about&nbsp;<a href="http://chemistry.about.com/od/foodcookingchemistry/a/How-To-Test-Baking-Powder-And-Baking-Soda-For-Freshness.htm" target="_blank">1/4 teaspoon</a>). &nbsp;Acid is required for this test of freshness.&nbsp; You see a bubble, you're not in trouble (omg, don't let me use anymore stupid rhyming mnemonics). &nbsp;If your solution doesn't foam or bubble up, toss the box and get a few more (<a href="http://lifehackery.com/2008/07/22/home-4/" target="_blank">75 uses</a>).</li><ul><li>The baking soda you use to keep odors away in your fridge is probably not a good choice for this experiment unless it is less than 6 months old.&nbsp; Your icebox imparts a high amount of moisture and odor to the baking soda, quickly degrading it's efficacy as a jewelry cleansing agent. </li></ul></ul><li>Enough very hot water to cover your pieces (<u>Not</u> boiling as mentioned in some guides. Boiling water <i>may </i>bind to sulfur so stop heating just shy of the boiling point.&nbsp; I microwaved a mug of water for 2 minutes and let it sit for another.)</li></ol><h3 style="text-align: left;">Procedure</h3><ol style="text-align: left;"><li>Mix an equal amount of salt and baking soda with a wood or plastic utensil (~ 1 tsp for a piece or two but, in this case, err on the side of excess.&nbsp; More for more jewelry; approximately <a href="http://scifun.chem.wisc.edu/homeexpts/tarnish.html" target="_blank">1 cup per gallon</a>)</li><li>Nestle your jewelry in the powder.</li><li>Add the hot water and admire the reaction.&nbsp; If your vessel is very shallow, some fluid may bubble over.&nbsp; Let this mixture sit for 5-10 minutes.&nbsp; You can gently shake or swirl your container to get things moving along.&nbsp; </li><li>Remove your jewelry, rinse, and rub dry with a microfiber cloth.</li><li>A super-soft bristle toothbrush may be used for further refining.&nbsp; </li></ol><h3 style="text-align: left;">Alternative methods and caveats</h3><ul style="text-align: left;"><li><b>Store-bought polish or cleanser</b> - Overly harsh or destructive to jewelry, depending on ingredients.&nbsp; This is especially dangerous for mixed media (gemstones, plating, protective varnishes, etc) or, like mine, pieces which are handmade (tend to be more malleable due to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millesimal_fineness" target="_blank">millesimal fineness</a>) and hold sentimental value.&nbsp; You may notice a small improvement in sheen but, unseen to the human eye, you've also removed removed some of the silver as well. </li><li><b>Toothpaste</b> - Particles can be overly abrasive as above or settle into jewelry lines and grooves (kinda gross).</li></ul><h3 style="text-align: left;">References </h3><ul style="text-align: left;"><li>http://lecturedemos.chem.umass.edu/electrochemistry19_4.html</li><li>http://www.wired.com/geekmom/2012/07/silver-jewelry-chemistry</li></ul></div><div><a href="http://wolframalpha.com/" target="_blank">Wolfram Alpha</a> is useful for checking answers to homework or for general visualization.&nbsp; <a href="http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Analytical_Chemistry/Electrochemistry/Redox_Chemistry/Oxidation-Reduction_Reactions#Oxidation-Reduction_Reactions" target="_blank">Redox</a> occurs between aluminum and silver sulfide and pictured below is the final reaction.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zqst0k8XZtY/UoFesRsDGPI/AAAAAAAAFf8/4L_NAQfw-gM/s1600/DSC_0078.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="fotd one: simple, everyday makeup" border="0" height="424" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zqst0k8XZtY/UoFesRsDGPI/AAAAAAAAFf8/4L_NAQfw-gM/s640/DSC_0078.JPG" title="fotd one: simple, everyday makeup" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">[<a href="http://www.atelierzozo.com/p/disclosures-policies.html" target="_blank">Disclosure</a>]&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>I will try to post more exciting FOTDs in the future though there will also be variations on my "everyday" routine.&nbsp; Taking face of the day photos isn't easy!&nbsp; These were shot in the evening so I tried to color correct. Please pardon the odd expressions and poor lighting.&nbsp; Practice makes perfect! :P<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6QT37uO7UoY/UoFesmSsCDI/AAAAAAAAFgA/OmKZRdqBGxU/s1600/DSC_0076.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="284" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6QT37uO7UoY/UoFesmSsCDI/AAAAAAAAFgA/OmKZRdqBGxU/s640/DSC_0076.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br />Products and more photos after the jump...<br /><br /><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-m-DO3PO-rQM/UoFSVdmS2gI/AAAAAAAAFfI/iC5PrWQgcAs/s1600/DSC_0083.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="drugstore and department makeup" border="0" height="424" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-m-DO3PO-rQM/UoFSVdmS2gI/AAAAAAAAFfI/iC5PrWQgcAs/s640/DSC_0083.jpg" title="drugstore and department makeup" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><i> </i><b>Face:</b>&nbsp; <a href="http://astore.amazon.com/atelierzozo-20/detail/B0039UTUYA" target="_blank">Revlon Colorstay</a> Combination/Oily in 300 Golden Beige, Revlon Age Defying Concealer in Medium (discontinued), CoverGirl Loose Powder in Translucent Fair<i>&nbsp;</i></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>Cheeks:</b> Everyday Minerals Pressed Powder Blush in <a href="http://www.everydayminerals.com/store/cheeks-all-smiles.html" target="_blank">All Smiles</a></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>Eyes:</b> MAC Fluidline in <a href="http://astore.amazon.com/atelierzozo-20/detail/B001JBB0Z8" target="_blank">Dipdown</a>, Clinique Colour Surge eye shadows in Lucky Penny and Bordeaux, Maybelline New York <a href="http://astore.amazon.com/atelierzozo-20/detail/B002LFLVFK" target="_blank">The Colossal</a> Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara, CoverGirl <a href="http://astore.amazon.com/atelierzozo-20/detail/B001BMJPD4" target="_blank">Lashblast</a> Waterproof Mascara<br /><b>Lips:</b>&nbsp; <a href="http://astore.amazon.com/atelierzozo-20/detail/B0063GKX1G" target="_blank">Blistex</a> Medicated Lip Balm<br /><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IVkr61nwpeM/UoFSXKMQBEI/AAAAAAAAFfg/q_FyFTFNviA/s1600/DSC_0086.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img alt="Clinique Colour Surge Holiday Eyeshadow Palette" border="0" height="132" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IVkr61nwpeM/UoFSXKMQBEI/AAAAAAAAFfg/q_FyFTFNviA/s200/DSC_0086.jpg" title="Clinique Colour Surge Holiday Eyeshadow Palette" width="200" /></a><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2G9OIGHy4PE/UoFSTAAc3zI/AAAAAAAAFes/TGtZ-wzp9Gk/s1600/DSC_0043.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img alt="Everyday Minerals Pressed Powder Blush in All Smiles" border="0" height="115" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2G9OIGHy4PE/UoFSTAAc3zI/AAAAAAAAFes/TGtZ-wzp9Gk/s200/DSC_0043.jpg" title="Everyday Minerals Pressed Powder Blush in All Smiles" width="200" /></a></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br />Normally, I do not wear foundation.&nbsp; However, I am finding Revlon Colorstay makes a great concealer and I used it here above my lips, under my eyes, and a touch between my brows.&nbsp; My skin does look rather smooth in these photos but be assured, there are bumps and redness lurking.&nbsp; As you might have noticed, I neglected to fill in or shape my brows.&nbsp; I've been having trouble finding a pencil or powder which is not too dark or light.&nbsp; I know a lot of ladies swear by <a href="http://www.anastasia.net/brows/" target="_blank">Anastasia</a> products but I would really like to find some cheaper alternatives.</div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp; </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp; </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iPwMN81hnVY/UoFSUc2rdyI/AAAAAAAAFe8/24buur-0Vi4/s1600/DSC_0054.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iPwMN81hnVY/UoFSUc2rdyI/AAAAAAAAFe8/24buur-0Vi4/s400/DSC_0054.JPG" width="305" /></a></div>&nbsp; <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eykxrP28s6s/UoFrWHDvQ0I/AAAAAAAAFgU/0d7gyuvLt9s/s1600/20131110_171800.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eykxrP28s6s/UoFrWHDvQ0I/AAAAAAAAFgU/0d7gyuvLt9s/s400/20131110_171800.JPG" width="300" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Obligatory phone selfie&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">&amp; Hades below trying to look innocent after beheading his lamb chop</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-klVX-qLFR04/UoFSTAfUxQI/AAAAAAAAFew/IbzebE-jH_0/s1600/20131109_231920.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; 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text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8SXaC8VB4NQ/Un6x7hFz5dI/AAAAAAAAFcU/iLLRmWtfZSg/s1600/20131108_105439.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8SXaC8VB4NQ/Un6x7hFz5dI/AAAAAAAAFcU/iLLRmWtfZSg/s400/20131108_105439.JPG" height="400" width="300" /></a></div>Friday, November 8, was my birthday.&nbsp; I always celebrate simply with friends and family.&nbsp; I never had a birthday party as a kid and don't enjoy the prospect of so much fanfare focused on me.&nbsp; The pretty flowers up above are from my sweet mother.&nbsp; She also made me super spicy chicken curry to mop up with French bread but I neglected to take a photo in the midst of my gorging.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Mn8MrI3Ik50/Un6x9T-WcVI/AAAAAAAAFc4/krB_TQbx0v8/s1600/DSC_0002-002.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; 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text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Met up with my buddies later for a beer sampler, garlic fries, and club sandwich at a local brewery.&nbsp; The evening ended with games, We're the Millers, mango ice cream, and a birthday nightcap (or two).&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"></div><a name='more'></a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3bZZfRDF0sA/Un6x72GlZAI/AAAAAAAAFcY/uXKGXl6BLeE/s1600/20131108_192601.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3bZZfRDF0sA/Un6x72GlZAI/AAAAAAAAFcY/uXKGXl6BLeE/s400/20131108_192601.JPG" height="400" width="300" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mWOZkG-4lvo/Un6x8tr00PI/AAAAAAAAFck/VMVoGKxNLUo/s1600/20131108_194516.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; 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float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2P3M7O88dRA/Un6x_Uzs4sI/AAAAAAAAFdg/dFLFBU3WMes/s400/IMG_20131108_211153.JPG" height="400" width="300" /></a><b>&nbsp;</b><br /><br /><b>Laphroaig 10 Year Islay Single Malt Whisky</b></div>This is the sort of <a href="http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2012/09/why-is-a-dram-of-whisky-called-a-dram-scotch-whisky-conundrum/" target="_blank">dram</a> you either love or hate.&nbsp; Islay scotch is not for the novice whisky drinker.&nbsp; The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peat#In_Scotland" target="_blank">peat</a> may take some getting used to but, careful, you may find yourself a fast devotee after a few sips. ;)&nbsp; This is one scotch which should really be taken neat or at the most, with a few drops of room temperature water.&nbsp; The complexity of flavor is lost with the addition of ice cubes.<br /><br /><i>Color:</i> Deep gold</div><div style="text-align: left;"><i>Nose:</i> Briny and medicinal<br /><i>Palate:</i> Seaweed and salt, then a thick curl of smoke. Evokes campfires, burnt meat, and pepper. <br /><i>Finish: </i>Strangely smooth after the first bold surprise; a rich and savory nutty oak&nbsp; <br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UEOb71uLTVU/Un8QCn4rP8I/AAAAAAAAFdw/f6MsFS3r8fA/s1600/We%2527re-The-Millers-Poster.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UEOb71uLTVU/Un8QCn4rP8I/AAAAAAAAFdw/f6MsFS3r8fA/s320/We%2527re-The-Millers-Poster.jpg" height="320" width="216" /></a></div><br /><b>We're The Millers</b><br />2013 |&nbsp; Comedy<br />** - Didn't like it<br /><br />I don't recall one seriously funny (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxymoron" target="_blank">oxymoron</a>) moment from this comedy.&nbsp; Will Poulter deserves huge credit.&nbsp; He was probably the funniest part of the main Miller family and Nick Offerman was excellent as usual.&nbsp; I will say Jennifer Aniston was likeable here and she normally annoys me to death.&nbsp; Jason Sudeikis and Emma Roberts were both completely forgettable.&nbsp; My favorite part was probably the TLC "Waterfalls" scene, a big part of the movie trailer, or the bit with tarantulas.&nbsp; Ah well, it's an okay bit of fluff to put on while attending to other tasks (or playing Scrabble, as we did).&nbsp; <br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0pCQnXGEdjg/Un6x995R7jI/AAAAAAAAFc8/Mddh_J4wN_Y/s1600/DSC_0024-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0pCQnXGEdjg/Un6x995R7jI/AAAAAAAAFc8/Mddh_J4wN_Y/s400/DSC_0024-001.JPG" height="265" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1ibef4tNuRQ/Un6x-TYwdVI/AAAAAAAAFdM/xvx0mS6AXD4/s1600/DSC_0032-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1ibef4tNuRQ/Un6x-TYwdVI/AAAAAAAAFdM/xvx0mS6AXD4/s400/DSC_0032-001.JPG" height="266" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">Orly "Reflections" and a mystery China Glaze blurple</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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