Cameron’s Coffee Brand Collaboration Announcement

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When I think about coffee, I remember the time when I became especially fascinated with it. It was 2007 and I was in Croatia. I traveled from Moscow to Zagreb and from there by train to Split, then by car to Zadar to find that Mediterranean peace and quiet that I’d never experienced before. Croatians loved their coffee and drank it hot even on a 100-degree summer day. To blend in with the locals I did the same.

Years have passed since that European vacation, but my love for coffee remains strong.  I am so excited to announce my new collaboration with Cameron’s Coffee. It’s a yearlong partnership and I can’t wait to share how I’m enjoying the Always Smooth, Never Bitter coffee, feature giveaways of my favorite blends, create new recipes, and provide beauty tips.

I know for a lot of people one year may seem like a lot, and some of you are maybe thinking you can’t live without your daily trip to that favorite coffee shop down the block. But allow me to explain why I love brewing at home.

I have always enjoyed making my own coffee, partially because the lingering smell of it fills my apartment kitchen every morning, partially because I have always loved being a home maker. As a lot of you know, I can’t start my day without it. So, when Cameron’s Coffee reached out and asked me if I would be interested in partnering, I was so excited.

Cameron’s Coffee started out in Wisconsin. The founder couldn’t find any good coffee to brew at home within a 100-mile radius, so he started his own company. They use the top 10% of Specialty Grade Arabica beans and have a lot of great products to choose from. I am especially loving the Breakfast Blend at home and the BetterBrew Eco Pods at work.

I am incredibly excited to take you on this coffee journey with me! Make sure to follow me and Cameron’s Coffee on social media to get the latest coffee news.

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Zeva Vibrating Flat Iron – a Must Have for all hair types + Monday Mode Link Up

 

Have you ever heard of vibrating flat irons? I sure hope so, because they are the newest and the biggest thing out there. The vibration separates the hair shafts from one another and allows them to flow smoothly through the plates of the iron. This reduces damage, frizz, hot spots, cramping and styling time by about 20%.

I got my hands on the Zeva Professional Vibrating Flat Iron about a week and a half ago (thank you Susan) and I can’t stop. Let me give you a little back story. A few weeks ago I vowed to stop using heat styling because my hair has become so damaged from all the bleaching here in Milwaukee. Alas all of the local hair stylists have failed me, so now I get my hair done in Chicago (more on that later!) but even with all the proper care, I was still concerned about heat tools.

Then Zeva came along. I agreed to try it, however I admit I was skeptical at first. How good were these vibrations going to be? Turns out they were amazing. I was able to quickly style my hair at 230 degrees!

Bonus – dual voltage, so when we travel to Europe next year, I know which styling tool I will be packing!

Have you ever tried a vibrating flat iron? What are your thoughts?

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Favorite Looks of the Week + Monday Mode Link Up

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Happy Monday everyone! This weekend has been beyond perfect in Milwaukee! I couldn’t have asked for a better one! I went thrifting and am so excited to show off some of the new finds. Sam and I had great lunch at Coquette Cafe and enjoyed some French food. Milwaukee Downtown Dining Week is in full swing, don’t miss your chance to enjoy some amazing food at a great deal. I went to spin for the first time and loved it!

This week I decided to share my favorite looks. Enjoy and make sure to link up with us 🙂

You can shop my looks here 🙂

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Summer in White Levis + Monday Mode Link Up

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Happy Memorial Day everyone! I hope you enjoy your day and spend time with those you love. I have been obsessed with wearing white lately, I went from zero pairs of white jeans to 2, including these sweet Levi’s. Make sure to check my Instagram if you want to see what else I’ve been wearing lately. And don’t forget to join our weekly fashion link up 🙂

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My Weekend at AC Hotel Madison

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If I were to tell you about a weekend in life, it would be this one! I spent it in Madison celebrating the opening of AC Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin. I’ve been living in Wisconsin for a little over 9 months now and was incredibly honored to be one of the 5 bloggers invited to this event.

The new hotel is located in downtown Madison on Webster St only a block away from the Capitol. I didn’t know what kind of treat I was in when I first arrived. And for those of you wondering, of course Sam came with me 🙂

We quickly checked in to our room on the 8th floor. Our windows faced Lake Mendota and the view was amazing. I also had a surprise waiting for me in the room – local wine from Wollershein Winery, and cookies from Baking for Good Bakery.

That night all of us met for dinner at Eno Vino on the 10th floor of the hotel. I was so excited to meet all the other bloggers at the event and enjoy the amazing food and drinks that night.

Friday morning we all gathered downstairs for the official opening ceremony and wine smashing. It was amazing to hear Arne Sorenson, the CEO of Marriott International speak and tell the history of the hotel. AC Hotel started as a Spanish brand founded in 1998 by Antonio Catalan. In 2011 AC Hotels formed a joint venture with Marriott. There are now 100 hotels under the AC brand!

The next speaker was Nigel Barker, yes the Nigel Barker world-famous fashion photographer who was a judge on 17 seasons of America’s Next Top Model. Turns out he is the brand ambassador for the hotels. I couldn’t have asked for a better occasion to meet him.

After all the morning festivities Sam and I spent the afternoon exploring Madison, and I will definitely write a separate post about that, so stay tuned.

Friday night I got to attend one of the best parties of the year Curating the New Madison. There were drinks, food, entertainment, art, music and a lot of good conversations. I wish you could all be there and experienced it. I would highly recommend going out to AC Hotel for a drink! You must try their gin and tonic! It’s delicious!

Here is to European flavor now located in the heart of the Midwest <3 I want to say a big and very special THANK YOU to everyone who made this weekend possible: Ideas that Evoke, especially Marissa and Sam, Sarah, Marriott, all of the staff at AC Hotel Madison, Nigel Barker, the amazing bartender who makes the best gin and tonic and so many more people! Thank you thank you thank you!

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New Greek Yogurt Collection from HASK

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Hi beauty babes! Oh do I have a lot of beauty updates for you! This month has been filled with trying new products. I am not going to lie, coming home to packages almost every day is nice, but sometimes I don’t have the time to use it all! So I’ve been pacing myself and trying everything slowly to make sure I can write the best review possible.

There will be a few hair care products this week, so hopefully you can find something new to try for yourselves.

I am going to kick off this weeks beauty post series with a review of HASK Greek Yogurt Collection. I know I know it’s not always a good idea to put food in your hair, but when the brand did it for you already, why not?

HASK has recently come out with a Greek Yogurt series which includes:

  • Repairing collection: Blueberry and Acai
  • Color protection collection: Pomegranate and Cranberry
  • Hydrating collection: Fig and Honey

I have to admit picking just one was difficult because I could use all of these lines for my hair. It’s color treated, dry on the ends and fragile. My hair has more issues than Vogue I am telling you. But I finally decided to commit to trying the Repairing collection.

The cool thing is for this series HASK bottled up rich Greek yogurt and infused it with essential fruit extracts to create a formula that instantly feeds your hair with moisture and makes you hungry when you are in the shower. Good thing I like food 😉

The packaging is also kind of cool for a drugstore product as such. Each product in the collection features a dual chamber delivery system – the inner formula is Greek yogurt, which is packed with protein, calcium, minerals, potassium and vitamins. The outer formula contains essential fruit ingredients to give your hair the benefits it craves! Once squeezed, the inner Greek yogurt formula and outer fruit extract blend together to provide a perfect mixture of ingredients that leave you with soft cared for hair.

Aside from the shampoo and conditioner I also got to try a deep conditioner and that must have been my favorite of them all. I just love the effects of Greek yogurt mixed with Blueberry & Acai. I feel like my hair has been incredibly damaged by the last couple of visits to the salon, so I need all the restorative products I can get.

Have you tried HASK products? What do you think? Do you have any favorite products or remedies for strengthening your hair?

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Here is to May + Monday Mode Link Up

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Happy Monday loves and happy May! I am so excited for this week! We are going to Chicago for the weekend, plus I have some exciting new collaborations coming your way. I can’t wait to share them with you. Make sure to follow my Instagram story, I try to keep it pretty entertaining and you also get to see the world through my own eyes.

Even though this has been a rainy dreary and cold weekend I feel like I got a lot done. We cleaned the apartment, had friends over, Sam baked 4 pizzas just in time for me to start Keto diet 🙂 Haha

I have once again done some shopping and I can’t wait to show you all the outfits that I have been putting together in my mind. Isn’t this your favorite thing to do too? Envision an outfit and then bring it to life? I might have spent a few hours online shopping too! Ah I am so excited for summer in Milwaukee/Chicago! I can’t wait 🙂

Please link up with us this week! I love seeing everyones posts 🙂

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What’s in my gym bag? – Beauty Brunch Link Up

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As promised #BeautyBrunch is now a weekly weekend Link Up! Today I wanted to talk about one of the biggest parts of my life and how it impacts my beauty routine – working out at the gym.

Since moving to Milwaukee and starting my job at Kohl’s I’ve been going to the gym at least 8 times a month. I go to the WAC which is a wonderful facility and has so many locations! I love it.  During the week I mostly do cardio like running on the treadmill, elliptical or stair master. On the weekends I take a strength class and do yoga. I have also recently started to use Kayla Itsine’s Bikiny Body Guides and these are the 28 minute workouts I do at home 2-3 days a week. I know this seems like a lot, but it’s much needed because I work in the office.

There are a few other things you should know about my workout routines. I always work out at night during the week, weekend workouts are the only morning ones due to class schedule. That will explain my product choices.

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Let’s start with hair care, because that’s the biggest part of my gym beauty routine. As you can see there are 2 sets of shampoo/conditioner. One is Clairol Shimmer Lights, aka the purple shampoo. I use it once a week to brighten up my balayage. I always think this product is going to stain my apartment shower, and use it only at the gym. If you have bleach blonde hair I highly recommend this set. I got it at Sally’s Beauty Supply a couple years ago, and since I only use it once a week, it’s lasted me a very long time. Do you have a favorite purple shampoo? Do tell, because I am always up for trying new things!

The other shampoo and conditioner set is OGX Biotin and Collagen series. It’s essentially the thickening series filled with high performance blend of powerful ProVitamin B7, collagen, and hydrolyzed wheat proteins. I love the smell of these products and how my hair feels after.

But a shampoo and conditioner duo are only as good as the leave-in treatments I use after. I have two as well. Once again my obsession with having two of almost everything is surfacing. Don’t worry, I also think it’s weird 😉

The first one that I use is Argan Oil of Morocco Creamy Hair Butter by OGX. The cool thing about this product is that it can be either left in or rinsed out. If you choose to rinse it out, then it acts like a mask. Otherwise you can use it as a leave in treatment, which I prefer to be completely honest. I feel like my hair has been extremely weakened by all the bleaching that’s why I like to use this as a leave in. This product contains argan oil, silk amino acids, soybean oil, coconut oil, and shea butter extract. Plus OGX is an extremely affordable brand.

When I choose to rinse out the OGX hair butter, I follow up with Nexxus Humectress Luxe Lightweight Conditioning Mist. I have written a very detailed blog post about this Nexxus series before, so if you are interested in reading it, you can check it out here. This product contains Vitamin E, Coconut Oil, and Honey Extract. Once again it aims to strengthen your hair and reduce breakage. I spray it on towel dry hair and comb through. Easy 🙂

Now that I am done walking you through my hair care, let’s talk about skin care. I use Exposed Skincare Microderm Scrub. I have to admit I use it as a face wash and feel like it gets the job done.

Next I apply Pevonia Power Repair Hydrating Toner. It’s a spray so no need to pack cotton rounds for the gym!

Lastly I use Brevena Restore and Hydrate Overnight Cream. This skincare line is made in Minnesota, and I have been using this moisturizer for a while now. Sometimes I use it as a day time cream. Breaking all the skincare rules over here, I know. This lotion contains Macro B Complex®, Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Oil and Vitamins C and E.

Well there you have it, the contents of my gym bag 😉 What skincare products do you use? Would you be interested in a more detailed post about my workouts?

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Peter Thomas Roth New Water Drench Line Review

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My fascination and mild obsession with Peter Thomas Roth started about 5 years ago with his facial cleansers, one bottle of which was supposed to last you a whole year. I have to admit I got by on a few samples from Sephora for about a month, but never got to buying the actual full-size product. I still regret it! So once I run out of all the facial cleansers I have, I am heading to the nearest store that sells them and buying whatever the newest bestest version is, because I believe PTR is the skincare god.

So what is all the hype about? Well first of all I was incredibly excited to receive samples that included description in Russian. Not like I need it, but I always get so excited/sentimental when I see it.

But more importantly I really needed to bring up my skincare a notch. Since turning 30 I noticed my skin getting dryer. Fine lines are becoming more visible an the elasticity that was once there is gone. Aging is no fun I tell you, but all of these new products are making it manageable and tolerable for me!

I started using WATER DRENCH™ HYALURONIC CLOUD CREAM HYDRATING MOISTURIZER a couple weeks ago. This concentrated 30% Hyaluronic Acid cream provides your skin with a continuous burst of intense hydration that lasts up to 72 hours. Three molecular sizes of Hyaluronic Acid, a potent hydrator that constantly attracts and retains up to 1,000 times its weight in water from moisture in the atmosphere, helps replenish skin to make it appear more supple, full and smooth. Ceramides help lock in moisture while ProHyal+® helps improve hydration for healthier-looking skin. Anti-oxidant-rich Elderberry helps defy the look of aging. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is visibly reduced, leaving a silky, hydrated and more youthful-looking complexion. This product is also oil-free, alcohol-free, and fragrance-free. As someone who likes to sleep on her stomach with my face buried in the pillow I need all the extra help I can get. Have wrinkly clothes? Talk about wrinkly face over here. But this definitely helps. Being a beauty addict that  I am, I look forward to using my cream every day.

A moisturizer is only as good as the serum it comes with. That’s why WATER DRENCH™ HYALURONIC CLOUD SERUM is a must have! This super concentrated 75% Hyaluronic Acid formula creates an invisible veil of deep, long-lasting hydration with Hyaluronic Acid, which constantly attracts and retains up to 1,000 times its weight in water from moisture in the atmosphere. Superpower humectants like Sodium PCA, Sea Algae, Honey and Yerba Santa from the Pacific Northwest to help replenish the appearance of dehydrated, aging and environmentally-damaged skin for a dramatically younger look and feel. Fine lines, wrinkles and roughness are visibly diminished, while proteins derived from pure silk leave skin looking and feeling smooth and silky soft.

In addition to using these wonderful products I am starting a 7 day #RetinoidChallenge! I will be using 3% Retinoid Plus Serum this week and post pictures on my Instagram for you to compare and for me to experience the difference it makes. It’s always exciting to see if the product actually works, isn’t it? So let me be your test subject before you buy! If you can’t wait, then head to your closest Sephora for your own bottle of this magic goodness.

What is your favorite skincare brand or a brand you’ve been dying to try?

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Neroli Salon in Milwaukee: My Lash and Nail Experience

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Disclosure: I received complimentary service in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

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Let’s admit, we all need some pampering and time to ourselves, away from work, family, even our significant others. And what better place to go to in times like these than a beauty salon, especially an Aveda one?

It’s been two weeks since I received the services at the salon. Yes, a part of me procrastinated, but another part of me wanted to actually see how long the nails and lashes are going to last. And I have to tell you, I am more than impressed! I only lost a few lashes, and my nails are not chipped at all. Grown out, but no one is really looking that closely.

I will start with lashes! I had lash extensions once before (you can read about it here), so I knew what to expect. My esthetician Elise was the sweetest! She is the one who actually made this whole experience happen! Turns out she knows one of my blogger friends Kaitlyn and she sent her my way! Lesson 1: Make friends and stay in touch with people! 

I spent 2 hours relaxing and chatting with Elise while she was doing my lashes, and the 2 hours flew by in no time. I shared with her how stressed out I’ve been lately, and how much I was looking forward to the service. We both agreed that her job is not just about making someone’s lashes longer, but rather making that person happy.

Hands down my lashes make me feel prettier, happier, and more confident than ever. Additional bonus – when you cry – your mascara won’t run, because you don’t have to wear any. Lesson 2: It’s okay to be emotional (especially when Mercury is in retrograde! Anyone else feel my pain?)

Since having my lashes done 2 weeks ago, I’ve only started touching up with mascara in the outer corners of my eyes this week. I think one of the most popular questions I get asked about lash extensions is how long they last me. And it honestly depends on the person. I know this is a cop-out answer, but everyone’s lash cycle is different. It’s like hair. Lashes fall out. And if you don’t make a wish and blow them away, then you are not keeping track of them. Lesson 3: Dream often. But if you are seriously thinking about getting lash extensions, try to pay attention to how often you lose your natural lashes, that should be an indicator of how long the extensions will last you.

I love my extensions for a few reasons: I wake up looking ready. There is absolutely no mascara that can help me achieve the same (or even a similar) result. I can still sleep on my stomach and somehow get away with it!

If you are thinking about getting extensions, I highly recommend doing it at Neroli in Third Ward with Elise! From effortless casual conversation to fanning the fumes out of your eyes, she is your girl and she will make sure you leave looking and feeling like a million bucks!

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My manicure experience was as amazing as my lashes. And I think a big part of it was really hitting it off with my estheticians. Lisa did my nails, and that girl is a riot. We talked for 2 hours as she was doing my nails and even after, as she was walking me through some of her favorite Aveda skincare while making me samples. How thoughtful is that? There are a few products I definitely have to go back for, like the Tulasāra Wedding Overnight Masque.

Lisa was very helpful when it came to picking out the design. I wanted something simple that would go well with everything. So when she suggested a reverse french manicure that included a nude, I was all in!

I have never gotten this many compliments on my nails before.

And to make it all better for you my Milwaukee friends, Lisa has been working on some unique Milwaukee nail art that I can’t wait to get done! The amount of effort and drive this girl puts into her work combined with the creativity is so inspiring, it’s literally helping me write this post!

Thanks to Lisa, I am not only loving my nails, but have a few beauty products to write reviews on for you!

Thank you so much to Neroli Salon and Spa for providing me with these complimentary services! I will definitely be coming back. Please follow Elise and Lisa on Instagram, the preferred choice of social media these days.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have! I will gladly answer those 🙂