Color Blind

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Sheer Blouse – East 5th, Maxi Skirt – Linden Calhoun, Bag – Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5 Zip, Booties – Forever 21

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Sipping my Tuesday morning coffee, blogging, thinking about all the changes that are about to take over my life.

As ready as I am ever going to be. Don’t get me wrong, I am extremely excited to go to the U, but I am also nervous. It’s going to be first day of school for me, when I thought I was done with school 6 years ago.  Everyone has been so supportive though, and Sam, he is amazing. He has helped out so much, he is so proud of me. But for the first time in many years I am not going to work. My blog and social media will be my only source of income, so if you see a sponsored post here and there, please don’t judge. If you don’t see a post from me for a few days, or maybe a week, please don’t judge. Find me on social media, tell me you miss me, I will always reply.

I have never wanted to be a professional full-time blogger, I always wanted a career.

I keep reminding myself – I am ready, I am ready, I am fine…

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White sheer shirt and black maxi skirt made this outfit possible. How do you do black and white?

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fall trends 2014: the turtleneck

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Booties – Forever 21, Shorts – Ann Taylor, Bag – Rebecca Minkoff, Turtleneck – Target

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Something parisian, yet something so 7th grade for me. Another fall trend to try, and I am so glad I did. See you soon downtown. And thank you Rachel for the pictures!

 

Do you wear turtlenecks? How do you style them? Here are a few of my favorite ones for fall! Major turtleneck crush over here!

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Tech Talk and Style: Acer It

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I love Apple. If you know me, you know that I have a strong attachment to my phone, my Mac, and my iPads. There, I said it and it’s out! That’s why when I first posted the Acer tablet preview, it was so hard for me to get into it. It wasn’t even on for over 2 weeks. Given we were road tripping at that time, but still. And then something happened. After almost giving up on it, I decided to give it another shot. I brought it into work, where we use a different tablet on a daily basis (which I hate, and if you want to know what it is, ask me on social media ;) ), knowing that I’ll have time to play with it there. I started by changing the background image from abstract grey squares to an image of Central Park and the Upper West Side where I used to live. Think it helped? Have we met?

Then for a while I stuck to the social media apps, like Instagram and Twitter. The tablet is just as fast as my phone, and I could easily type anything I needed.

Soon I discovered Newssstand, and after adding a few favorite topics here and there (I am going to make you guess which ones), I became a devoted reader and sharer. When I read something I like, it always goes up on my Twitter, and for some reason the way Newsstand is set up, makes it so easy and effortless for me. I also get several free articles per month per certain publication (like New York Times, or Financial Times) without having to subscribe to them.

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I am still looking for a good photo editing app, giving audible a try, and wondering about all the ebook apps, like Play books, which unlike Kobo has free books.

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Happy Sunday! A Beauty Brunch post featuring Pevonia Skincare coming up soon!

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5 Easy Steps To Refresh Your Makeup

This #AllDayLook shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias 

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Excited for fall, back to school, and inspired by Hayden Panettiere’s style, locks and looks, I headed to my local Target to purchase some Neutrogena products. I knew I would find something that would help me create my all day look in a few easy steps, and keep it looking fresh no matter what I do.

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I often attend events or go places after work. So instead of reapplying all makeup, I use these simple tips to refresh it in under 5 minutes.

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1. Start by applying Shine Control Powder all over your face. This powder blends invisibly, creates a flawless look, and doesn’t clog pores. And you never have to worry about picking out the right shade, because there is only one!

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2. Next apply Healthy Skin Blends Blush. It’s oil free, non-comodegenic, and creates an illuminating look. Contouring products are definitely my favorite, and this blush just made it to the top of the list.

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3. Mascara touch up is a must! I often only wear it on the top lashes during the day, so when the time comes to touch up, I apply some on the bottom lashes, for a more dramatic look. Healthy Volume Mascara conditions, coats quickly thanks to a  super-sized brush, and has been tested by Ophthalmologists.

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4. And now for the lips. I wear a nude or a coral color during the day, like MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Fresh Papaya, but always go for something bolder for the night.

5. Hair needs a touch up too. And Triple Repair Fortifying Leave-In Treatment is perfect for that. Simply squeeze a little produce into your palm and work it into the ends. In fact, the entire Triple Repair line is so good, I recommend it, especially if your hair has been color treated, or damaged.

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Thanks to Neutrogena, my makeup looks fresh throughout the day, and my makeup bag is a lot smaller!

Watch one of Hayden’s videos to get inspired, and see more of what Neutrogena makeup has to offer!

Target and Neutrogena have teamed up to bring a Target Beauty Concierge event at select Target stores around the country this month! Event begins August 24th.  Limited quantities available. Check with your local Target store for Beauty Concierge day and times.

Get 20% off any Neutrogena purchase at Target stores 8/16-8/30, don’t wait, take advantage of this Cartwheel offer today!

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Fall Trends 2014: Plaid #TST

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For the past couple of days I have been in full fall mode, putting together looks for my Instagram, pinning images to my Fall Fashion and Style board on Pinterest, wishing the august humidity would go away.

I can’t wait to wear plaid, see more of it on the Runway at NYFW that’s coming up, and see how you wear it.

Only 2 days left at work, and that’s including today!

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Talbots booties – thrifted Goodwill, Gap Dress – garage sale, Lucky Brand denim jacket – thrifted Goodwill, Necklace – thrifted Goodwill, Coach bag – gift from a friend

 

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Have you seen how other #ThriftStyleThursday members are styling plaid trend? Click away! You can also join us on our Facebook page and on Instagram by using hashtag #ThriftStyleThursday or #ThriftStyleAugust!

Buttons and Birdcages // Spoolish // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J // Confessions of a Refashionista // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex // Eclecticity // Alligator Toe // Erika’s Style Diary // Sistas From Cali // Bethie the Boo //
That Cheap Bitch //Nuttier than Nutella //
Lipstick and Yarn

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Train Ride

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Last Friday we took a train to St Paul. The green line has been up for a couple months now, and that’s the train I’ll be taking to the U every day for the next two years of my life, so I was more than excited to check it out.

Why were we headed to St Paul? To check out Mickey’s Diner. If you’ve seen Mighty Ducks, you know what I’m talking about.

The diner, the food and the downtown St Paul are definitely charming, and small. I fell in like. I am glad you are only a train ride away now, St Paul.

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This girl looked like Laura Prepon! So we had to take a picture together!

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What’s better than coffee at 9 pm? Coffee at 10 pm!

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Trying to blend in with the locals

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NYC&Co dress, 10 Dollar Mall blazer, Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5 zip bag, Sequin Sperrys, Shop Lizzibeth Necklace

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Beauty Brunch: Collagen Factor

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Having been obsessed with serums and anti-aging products for the past year or so, I started researching collagen and it’s benefits. 

Collagen is a type of fibrous protein arranged in a triple helix pattern and found extensively throughout the bodies of people and animals. It supports skin, internal organs, muscles, bone, joints, and cartilage. There are at least 16 types of collagen that occur naturally in the body, with the most abundant form in the human body being known as type 1 collagen. Collagen works in tandem with elastin to give skin its texture, structure, ability to stretch, and appearance. Sun damage (extrinsic aging) and chronologic aging (intrinsic aging) causes collagen in the skin to deteriorate (Sources Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, December 2013, ePublication; PLoS One, August 2013, eCollection; and Molecular Cell Biology, 4th Edition, W.H. Freeman, 2000) - Paulaschoice.com

Meehan Formulations has a small, but effective collagen line, called Collagen Factor, which helps restore skins elasticity, and slow down anti-aging process caused by sun, environment, and chemicals.

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I was lucky to try Collagen Serum and Finishing Moisturizer. And here is what I thought.

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A lightweight serum formulated to stimulate the growth of collagen and greatly reduce the signs of aging that occurs from diminished elasticity. The tinted version contains pine bark and vitamin C which add a little sun kissed glow to your skin!

The product came in 1 oz amber glass bottle with a dropper. Are you thinking what I am thinking? How very vintage! I love using the dropper. It makes me feel like I work in an apothecary. The serum itself goes on smoothly, but leaves my skin feeling wet, so I let it dry for about a minute before applying the moisturizer. The product doesn’t really have any smell, and that’s definitely a plus. I normally use about 5-10 drops, and measure them off separately for the different parts of my face, mainly forehead and cheeks. Having spent the majority of my summer outdoors, this is the product I want to keep around for as long as I can to prevent/slow down sun damage.

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Finishing Moisturizer

A light moisturizer, inclusive of the serum, designed to stimulate the growth of collagen and greatly reduce the signs of aging that occurs from diminished elasticity.  Moisturizer base is a non allergenic foundation moisturizer that supports all skin types, including sensitive skin. 

The moisturizer has a pinkish tint to it. I am so used to white colored products, that I was a little surprised by that. As you can see in the picture, the moisturizer comes out from the pump and holds it shape. If it can do it to my skin in the long run, I am in 110%! Once again the product has no obvious smell. It goes on very smoothly, absorbs quickly, but leaves my skin feeling a little sticky, until I apply my regular foundation, or simply touch up with a finishing powder.

What’s with all the anti-aging products, Zhenya?

You may be wondering, why I have been so obsessed with anti-aging products. There are two reasons. No woman wants to look older than she really is. If I can slow down the appearance of wrinkles without Botox, using only the skincare products, I will take full advantage of that. I am going back to college to get another bachelor’s degree, and want to put my best face forward.

Have a great Sunday! How do you take care of your skin?

Disclosure: These products have been provided by Meehan Formulations. All opinions are my own. 

Tech Talk and Style: iPhone 5 Power Jacket

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Got my iPhone ready for college! I may not be all ready, but it sure is. Ever since I saw my friend’s Kate power case, I knew I wanted one. I have a strong addiction connection with my phone, and I knew I didn’t want to be connected to the outlet at the U all the time. Mobile Fun had the perfect iPhone 5 Power Jacket case for me, gold, with a kickstand, so I can watch YouTube and Netflix without having to prop my phone on a book or purse. The case adds a lot of weight to the phone, which I love. I had a really hard time adjusting to the lightweight of 5, after I had to give up my 4s, so the case helps a lot. Of course it makes the phone a lot thicker for my pocket, and I tend to carry it in my purse more, which also helps me stay off it.

The case lights up when the phone is being charged from it, there is a power button conveniently located in the lower right corner of the case. I normally plug it in at night, and after the phone is charged, the case begins charging automatically. I just love that.

The only downside: I can’t plug the AUX cable in the car anymore, since the case adds so much depth to the jack.

I’ve got the power! How about you?

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Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by MobileFun. All opinions are my own.

Floral Embroidery

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I have been loving the floral embroidery trend this summer, and couldn’t wait to try it. I was even considering doing my own embroidery on a dress I’ve already owned. But then I thrifted this beauty in Colorado. And I knew we couldn’t part. The beauty of an embroidered dress, you may ask? No need to accessorize. Just throw on your favorite pair of shoes, and a purse.

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See my top picks for embroidered dresses and embroidered tops below:

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And make sure to check out one of my latest Thrift Haul Videos from my summer travels! Happy Friday!


Denim In Denver

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Right before we left for Colorado, I stopped by my friend Jameson’s garage sale and picked up a few things (more like half of an entire new wardrobe!). This denim dress included! It was brand new with tags, and I can’t even remember what I paid for it.
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The dress was perfect for our day trip to Denver and Boulder with my friend Marina and her husband.
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Ironically enough I don’t have a picture of the back, so I can’t completely show you how awesome it is. You’ll just have to believe me on this one!
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We also had a chance to visit Celestial Seasonings tea factory! It was really insightful and for a big tea drinker like me, was super informative. It is a free tour offered in Boulder. So make sure to check it out, but they won’t let you take any pictures, as you may as we’ll be a tourist from Lipton!

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Hope your Tuesday is going great! Make sure to enter my $150 Giveaway that I am hosting together with Gerard’s USA.

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