Forever Velvet

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Buckle up stylish friends, velvet isn’t going anywhere. It’s only getting brighter and more interesting with every passing day. While crushed velvet has been the center of attention for a few months, burn out and printed velvet is quickly taking over the stage. One of my favorite trends at the moment though, velvet and mesh combos.

What is your velvet inspiration?

Oscars 2017 Red Carpet Favorites

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Naomie Harris in Calvin Klein

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Charlize Theron in Dior

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Emma Stone in Givenchy

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Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive

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Pharrell in Chanel

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Ryan Gosling

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Brie Larson in Oscar de la Renta

I hope you all had a chance to watch the Oscars! As much as I wanted LaLaLand to get every Oscar they were nominated for, that didn’t happen. Oh well! As always speeches and outfits were my favorite. The one thing that confused me the most were the Walmart receipt short films, and the whole Walmart sponsorship of the ceremony in general. Anyone else? What looks were your favorite?

Make sure to link up with us this week – Monday Mode

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Babble Box Review

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media.

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With spring being just around the corner, and let’s be honest, it felt like spring over the past few days here in Milwaukee, we even had lunch outside at work today, it’s perfect timing to start thinking about updating beauty routine! And this is where Babble Boxx comes in!

What is the Babble Boxx? It’s a collection of full and trial size beauty related products that I have recently received in the mail. My box included:

  1. Clear Eyes Pure Relief® Multi-Symptom the Winner of Product of the Year 2017 for Eye Care category, based on TNS consumer survey! Clear eyes has been a number one selling brand for a long time but now it has launched the first preservative free eye drops in a multi-dose bottle at retail in the US. The bottle is actually the secret to the product’s preservative free formula – it has a unique built in purifying filter that keeps the bacteria out. This product relieves red eyes, as well as burning, itchy, dry, irritated, gritty or watery eyes and provide up to 12 hours of comfort.  I am definitely going to keep a bottle handy at my desk in the office. We’ve all had those days of endless staring at a computer screen that’s why I am especially looking forward to using Clear Eyes Pure Relief Multi-Symptom. In addition a $4 Off coupon is available from 2/13 to 3/13 on Coupons.com!
  2. LumaRX Full Body Device. I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am for this product. Good-bye unwanted body hair! This devices is based on IPL technology with results similar to professional treatments. Hello savings and smooth skin! Summer can’t come soon enough! If you are wondering how this technology works, I strongly recommend looking into LumaRx®, but to give you the scoop it emits light energy that penetrates deep into the skin and reaches the hair root. The heat stuns active hair follicles, and disrupts hair growth cycle and helps prevent future hair growth. I will definitely help you posted on my results! I plan on starting using this product right away!  Receive $75 off the LumaRX Full Body Device with code “BB75”. This promotion is available until March 11th 2017 at 12:00 EST.
  3. Dermae E: Vitamin C Concentrated Serum. I am always impressed with brands’ abilities to send me right products at the right time! Just as I was running low on my skin care, this skin savior came in the mail! This serum aims to boost collagen health, minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles as well as improve the appearance of uneven skin tone. Some of the ingredients include Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin, Aloe and Vitamin E. Needless to say this product has quickly climbed to the top of my daily skin care routine list.
  4. Dermae E: Vitamin C Renewing Moisturizer is the serum’s best friend! This is a lightweight, radiance-boosting moisturizer that supports collagen health, helps to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles. As you can tell together with the serum this is an unstoppable skin care duo! The moisturizer includes Probiotics and Rooibos that work along with Vitamin C to help shield and strengthen skin’s natural defense. I will also keep you posted on my results! Would anyone be interested in the before and after post?
  5. Kérastase Ciment Thermique. Another product I am extremely excited to try this season. I’ve been bleaching my hair since I was 16, and I am always on the look out for the new products to help keep my hair looking and feeling healthy. This product is a leave-in primer that strengthens and protects hair during heat styling. Hello curling wand and hair straightener, here is looking at you! I can’t wait to put it to the test!
  6. Winky Lux: Flower Balm – this product is magic! It applies on clear and then reacts to the skin’s pH levels, uniquely creating the perfect shade of pink lips, so it looks different on everyone! How amazing is that? I have to admit I already had a Winky Lux lipstick and I love it! But this, it just blows my mind! And did I mention there is a real chrysanthemum in the product? Plus it’s coconut scented, which is basically my favorite scent!
  7. Winky Lux: Stella Marina Lipstick – for the dare devil in you is how I would describe this lipstick! I am absolutely obsessed with the burgundy with little bits of metallic pink mixed in. The lipstick is ultra long wearing, so no need to touch up every hour 😉

I hope you enjoyed my review of the Babble Box! Have you tried any of the products? Do tell!

Chicago Weekend // Monday Mode Link Up

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Spontaneous weekend getaways are my favorite. Sam and I used Valentine’s Day as an excuse to go down to Chicago and enjoy the 60 degree February weather that we had here! Today I want to share my weekend in outfits. Enjoy my journey from riverwalk to the beach, from Logan Square to Lincoln Park with a little West Loop and Village thrown in between, and don’t hesitate to link up with us 🙂

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My Weekend in Outfits – Chicago || Monday Mode Link Up

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Spontaneous weekend getaways are my favorite. Sam and I used Valentine’s Day as an excuse to go down to Chicago and enjoy the 60 degree February weather that we had here! Today I want to share my weekend in outfits. Enjoy my journey from riverwalk to the beach, from Logan Square to Lincoln Park with a little West Loop and Village thrown in between, and don’t hesitate to link up with us 🙂

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Popsugar must have box – January 2017

Disclosure: POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try #sponsored #ad

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I have been loving Popsugar Must Have boxes lately! Their contents is stellar! And the January box is no exception. This box includes a Goldfaden MD peel for the beauty products/skin care addict. This peel alone costs $84, while the entire box is only $4o! A must-have subscription box indeed – you read it here first 🙂 You can save an additional $5 off your first box by using code SHOP5.

The Russian in me is incredibly happy about the Peppermint Tea from Dean and Deluca! I can’t wait to drink it.

Who can say no to a scented candle? I go through about 3 a month! Here is to Glade!

The Manduka yoga mat towel and Daily Concepts Hair Wrap are so perfect for the gym rat like me. The mat is actually the reason I am considering trying hot yoga.

As far as the Happy Notes go, I can’t wait to share them with my co-workers. Wouldn’t you want to come to work on a Monday and see a happy message on your screen? I know I would!

But the calendar is hands down my favorite, and the best part – you can use it as note cards! I will definitely be utilizing it this year.

 

Make sure to try the PopSugar Must have box if you haven’t already. And do take advantage of the $5 discount, you won’t regret it. Get your box here.

Athleisure + Monday Mode Link Up

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Have you heard of athleisure? It’s my favorite trend ever, because you get to combine workout clothes with everyday clothes, like jeans and this Gap body top. I also can’t get over these Reeboks I thrifted for $5.55!

Do you athleisure? Make sure to tell me by leaving a comment below!

Please join us for the weekly link up and let us know if you’d like to co-host! I’ll be sending out a reminder email later this week with a sign up doc 🙂

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Pleated Midi Skirt + Monday Mode Link Up

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Hello loves, i hope you had a great week! I took about a week long break from posting on Instagram, and it felt so great! I know a lot of you missed me, but I am back now. You see this much needed break helped me get my ideas and thoughts together, and I can’t wait to share more of my real life with you, like the no make up post work out Zhenya.

Fun fact, last weekend was my high school reunion. The Russian high school I graduated from in 2003 and sworn to never go back to. And I haven’t really. Partially because I’ve been living here for so long, partially because I hated high school. However there was something inside that was pushing me to go. Of course I wasn’t going to make it, but I wanted to talk to the people I spent 10 years in school with, the people that I wrote and passed notes to in class, the people that shared my hatred for gym class with, the people that pushed me to do better, be better.

I hope you all have people in your life who motivate you and help you better your best! Here is to the memories!

Outfit details: Pleated Midi Skirt – Zara sale ($19.99), Williams Ankle Boot from Free People ($30 on clearance), Ettika chocker, and white vintage sweater ($2.99) – yes, I am back in the thrifting game! I can’t wait to show you more of my thrift and vintage finds, I love the local thrift stores here 🙂

Thank you for linking up with us every week! We can’t wait to see your posts!

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Women’s March on Madison + Link Up

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Hi all! I would like to let you know right away, this is a post featuring photos from Women’s March on Madison that took place on Saturday.

As someone who came from a country where women have very few rights, where patriarchy reigns, where gay people can’t express their feelings towards each other, where foreign exchange students get harassed, raped and killed, I marched! I marched because I can make a difference. I marched because I am a citizen. I marched to support. I marched to spread love. I marched for a better future.

I didn’t march to show hate, to support one side over the other. I marched for equality, rights and freedom for all.

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I want to end with this quote – The Devil whispered in my ear, “You’re not strong enough to withstand the storm.” Today I whispered in the Devil’s car, “I am the storm.”

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3 day soup + juice jus by julie cleanse: day 2 diary

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Happy day 2 of the soup and juice cleanse to me. I am already feeling lighter and skinnier. The left over soup and juice from yesterday are safely stored in my freezer for next week just in case you were wondering.

Today was half day at work for me, so I only packed two juices and one soup. I have time to drink only one, but I go through two cups of coffee. What can I say? I love my caffeine.

I leave work around 12.30 to go home and eat before my dentist appointment at 2. You know they say a watched pot never boils? Maybe it doesn’t boil, but it surely heats up my soup. I inhale that Red Lentil (140 calories) I am in such a rush!

I walk to my appointment and it feels so good to be outside, the mid-winter meltdown is in full swing and I can’t complain.

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I get back home around 3.15 and head to out apartment gym. I usually go to the WAC Downtown, or the Kohl’s location, but today I just need a quick 30 minutes on the elliptical. I do the hill climb preset for a little over 30 minutes.

I am back home by 4, because Sarah is coming over to knit. We are working on Irish hiking scarves, as well as pussy cat hats for the Women’s March in Madison this Saturday.

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Soon Kaitlyn joins us, and as we are watching How I Met Your Mother, I decide to make some Mac and Cheese for the girls and for Sam when he comes home 🙂 As they are enjoying their food, I make myself a cup of Detox Broth (50 calories). That soup is hands down my favorite. I don’t know if it’s the mushrooms, or the spices, but I could eat it everyday. It reminds me of a mushroom and barley soup my grandma used to make when I lived in Russia.

Once again I have a soup and a juice left over. Tomorrow will be interesting, I am going to Chicago to comp shop for work. I will let you know if I come up with any good ways of being on a cleanse while on the go!

Fitbit stats – 13,331 steps

Make sure to check out 2017 Plan For a Happy & Healthy Body on JusByJulie.com. You can sign up for email updates, browse other people’s resolutions, and even get a checklist to help you stay on the healthy track!

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