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This camel skirt from H&M has quickly become my favorite this spring. Its cut and the flare help add the otherwise missing curves to my body. I didn’t plan on having my picture taken that day, it was a shoot for Megan, but you don’t have to twist my arm when it comes to photos ­čśë And of course the photographer was Chan!

Outfit details: Wide Cotton Skirt H&M || Striped crop top Free People || Flats TOMS

Below are more full and button down skirt look options! Enjoy!

Blogger Husband

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Last Saturday Sam and I had a photoshoot in downtown Minneapolis with our friend Chan┬á(he took our graduation photos). He asked us if it would be okay for him to photograph us as a couple. I have no idea how Sam agreed to that, but when Chan sent us some ideas Sam said he was going to put his own spin on it. Needless to say, I’ve never laughed so hard in my life during the shoot and after it when the photos were ready. So here is to Sam, thanks for being a part of my life for 10 years, and being married to me and handling my crazy, and making sure none of this blogging bullshit gets to my head for almost 5!┬áAnd to Chan, who captured the relationship dynamics perfectly!

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Green Tea Smoothie Recipe

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green tea smoothie recipe

green tea smoothie recipe

This is my favorite smoothie, I drink that at least once a day. I hope you like the recipe as much as I do!

1 cup frozen spinach

1 cup frozen fruit

16 oz green tea – 4 oz strong green tea mixed with 12 oz water (you can change the tea to water ratio to taste)

1 tbsp protein powder (I use Lean 1 or Orgain)

1 tsp vegetable powder blend (I use Green Vitae Essence)

Blend and enjoy!

TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods #SweetMeetsSpicy

Disclosure:┬áÔÇťThis post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review.ÔÇŁ

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Being done with one of the most difficult semesters of my college life feels incredible. I am definitely enjoying this time I get to spend at home, reflecting and preparing myself for the next stage of my life. The ability to spend a lot of time at home is also something I am going to cherish, since Sam and I are getting ready to sell our house. We’ve learned a lot being home owners, living here, and now leaving here.

Another perk of being on a short spring/summer vacation is reading. I went to the library and checked out some books that I could read for fun, that weren’t textbooks, that weren’t mandatory, these are the books I can truly enjoy.

And finally, I’ve been able to enjoy cooking, baking, and making all sorts of treats for myself and my loved ones. My latest obsession is the new┬áTAZO┬« Chai Latte.┬áThereÔÇÖs something about that rich and creamy taste with every sip providing a spicy and sweet escape. And the best part about the new TAZO┬« Chai Latte K-Cup┬« pods is that you can explore a world of flavor from the comfort of your home.┬áGrowing up in Russia, tea has always been a big part of my life, especially black Indian tea, which probably partially explains my obsession with this product.

TAZO® Chai Latte combines the flavors of sweet cinnamon, fragrant cardamom, and spicy ginger. There is a perfect amount of sweetness and spice, with spice coming in at the end for a much needed kick. Needless to say this drink contains a perfect amount of caffeine, which makes this drink my new morning favorite.

NEW TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods are made from milk, tea leaves and spices. Brewing the drink is a two step process, you start by adding a powdered mix, which is basically a sweetened dairy blend, to the cup before you brew. Then brew the K-Cup® pod as usual, stir and enjoy!

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And finally, I wanted to make sure to share that TAZO┬«┬áhas partnered with New York Times Bestselling author and host Padma Lakshmi to celebrate the release of the new K-Cup┬« pods. Tea and chai have always been a part of Padma Lakshmi’s life and family heritage and she is excited to celebrate the flavors of chai with TAZO┬«. In addition, she has also┬ádeveloped recipes that pair perfectly with a cup of chai and you can find them by visiting┬áTAZO.com/chai/pairings.┬áTo┬álearn more about this collaboration visit┬áTAZO.com/chai!

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Find where to buy TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods here.

Grey Jumpsuit

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WHEN IN NEW YORK- GREY JUMPSUIT

WHEN IN NEW YORK- GREY JUMPSUIT

WHEN IN NEW YORK- GREY JUMPSUIT

 

WHEN IN NEW YORK- GREY JUMPSUIT

Like I mentioned earlier on Instagram, this jumpsuit is probably the toughest piece of clothing I’ve ever had to pull off! I got it from wonderful ladies at Rae Lynn’s Boutique,┬áin Indianapolis. Styling it is still a challenge, but I am determined to make it work this summer!

Outfit details: Jumpsuit c/o Rae Lynn’s Boutique || Shoes: Coach Beige Lydia Open Toe flats (similar here) || Lipstick: NYX Liquid Suede in Soft Spoken

Fabletics’ Mall of America Store Opening Sat May 21

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Fabletics, the fashion-forward activewear brand co-founded by award-winning actress Kate Hudson, is opening its seventh brick-and-mortar store at the Mall of America on May 21, 2016, which is tomorrow ­čśë I’ve always been interested in the brand, the activewear they offer, and the celebrities behind it. To be completely honest I sometimes go for runs in my husband’s old t-shirts, but I’ve been getting better lately.

I was surprised to find out that this is already their 7th store (and the first one was only opened last September), it’s pretty impressive for a company that started out completely online. But┬áI am glad they delivered upon customer demand, and it’s going to be interesting to see the store and the full selection of products in person.

I guess trying on clothes in a physical store isn’t going anywhere for a while! Talk about the importance of shopping experience! The MOA store will offer

  • Mobile points of sale
  • Free shipping from the warehouses of out-of-stock items
  • Virtual shopping cart to help customers complete their shopping online after their in-store visit
  • Fun monthly events with champagne and a DJ to launch our new collection
  • Free, in-store workout classes hosted by Fabletics Masters

To celebrate the new store, guests will enjoy the following at the grand opening event:

  • 20% off all purchases
  • Complimentary ÔÇťLive Your PassionÔÇŁ tote bags
  • Light refreshments, including champagne toast
  • Performances by acro yoga artists

In addition, the first 50 customers will receive a complimentary pair of black capris with a purchase.

The store is located on Level 1 South (S142) near Macy’s!┬á

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Post Commencement

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I don’t know where to begin. Commencement was incredible, the parties before and after commencement were amazing, and now I have a month off before I have to take my last class at the University of Minnesota. Yes, I am one of those people who walked before actually being done ­čśë So before ACCT 2050 kicks my butt this summer I wanted to share a couple thoughts and reflections on the time I spent in college, as an almost 30 year old!

  1. You can do it! You can take 23 credits a semester and survive if you want to. You can go back to school after having another degree. You can fit in, make friends, have fun. It’s just all up to you. Don’t give in to the outside noise, stick to your path, your plan, and your goal. There will be a lot of bullshit on the way, but you just need to make it through that!
  2. Be assertive when it comes to everything!
  3. Stand up for yourself. And if an angry email doesn’t work, that’s what student conflict resolution center is for.
  4. Graduation day is like a wedding day, you spend all this time preparing for it, living it, and when it’s over, you realize it’s just the beginning. And just like anything in this world, life after graduation takes a lot of work, determination and a little help from your friends!

College was everything I ever hoped for it to be and more. I am glad I have one more class to take this summer, I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to be honest.

Photography: Chan Shin Photography 

Naot Trunk Show + Donation Event May 5-7

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When it comes to fashion, there are very few things I love as much as shoes.

Today I wanted to share an upcoming event that will take place here in the Twin Cities. It’s hosted by Naot Footwear & Schuler Shoes, and will go┬áThursday, May 5 9:30 am┬áthrough┬áSaturday, May 7 at 6:00 pm in 10 Schuler Shoes locations throughout the metro area.┬á

The event will┬ábenefit┬áGood in the ‘Hood,┬áa nonprofit dedicated to helping the urban poor and those that have been marginalized by difficult circumstances. Through youth mentoring, internships and adult advocacy programs, they are able to offer effective support for those desiring to move forward in life.

Everyone who attends the trunk show will be able to contribute to┬áGood in the ‘Hood┬ájust by simply trying on shoes.┬áTry on a pair of Naots, and they will donate a pair to those in┬áneed. If you buy a pair, they will donate two pairs. It’s fashion for a cause!

Use #NaotGivesBack to join the conversation on social media! And maybe I’ll see you there ­čśë

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Perfect Summer Accessories with Uncommon Goods

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Summer is so so close, I can almost feel, taste and smell it! And taking my summer┬áclothes out is probably my absolute favorite part of the year. Nothing can stop me from changing out of my sweatshirts and ┬ácardigans into dresses and rompers! Not even the finals coming up! However, summer clothes aren’t the only thing, accessories, especially jewelry are definitely at the top of my priority wardrobe needs. Having packed most of my things away (by accident or in a packing frenzy that come and go), I discovered myself with only a couple pieces to wear, one of them being my FitBit. I quickly decided that it won’t do. So when Uncommon Goods reached out to do another collaboration, I was more than happy to pick out some new summer accessories.

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I chose two pieces by the same designer, Nancy Nelson. One of the pieces is a Love Birch Cuff that I’ve been eyeing for almost 2 years now, ever since I learned about Uncommon Goods. And the other one is a Bee Love Necklace. See there is a romantic side to me, you just didn’t know about it ­čśë It’s not blue lipstick and beanies every day after all!

If you’ve never heard of Uncommon Goods, they are a company out of Brooklyn, New York. UncommonGoods endeavors to feature unique jewelry, designer d├ęcor, tabletop items and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment without harm to animals or people. All of their┬áoperations are run out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, they pride themselves in paying their lowest-paid seasonal worker 50% or more above the minimum wage. Uncommon Goods support and provide a platform for artists and designers, half of what they sell is made by hand. Most of the jewelry products, home d├ęcor and table top items are created right here in the USA, and about one-third of the┬áentire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials. Now you see why I love them?

One last thing, if you are looking for a unique Mother’s Day gift, look no further! They offer a great selection for under $50!

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Celebrating Earth Day with Savers

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Happy Earth Day! As you know, I have always been passionate about thrifting and reusing, whether that includes refashioning, repurposing, or just getting that one last wear out of the item one more time, I hate seeing clothes go to waste.

Savers is celebrating Earth Month by launching its Rethink Reuse Campaign, you can use the hashtag #RethinkReuse on social media to support it. This campaign is focused on getting people to recognize the massive impact their clothing has on the environment and offering them the solution: To Rethink Reuse. ItÔÇÖs about highlighting a problem we┬ámight not even know to think about, and showing us┬áthat we┬ácan make a difference through reuse via shopping thrift or donating at their local Value Village store.

I included some interesting stats for your consideration:

  • ┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬áNorth Americans send 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills every year. Ninety-five percent of these items can be reused or recycled.
  • It takes over 700 gallons of water to make one new cotton T-shirt. More than you drink┬áin five years. Now thatÔÇÖs a wardrobe malfunction.
  • It takes over 1,800 gallons of water to make one new pair of jeans. That should scare the pants off you. DonÔÇÖt stop wearing pants. Just start to Rethink Reuse.
  • The average person creates over 80 pounds of textile waste per year. Landfills shouldnÔÇÖt be laundry piles.

As you know with the move coming up, I have been frantically downsizing, donating and cleaning out my closet, but last week I had an hour of time to kill before the NYX event, so I stopped by the Bloomington Savers. The pictures are of the items I thrifted there, enjoy!

Thrifted outfit

Missoni dress – thrifted, Lucky Brand jean jacket – thrifted, Coach purse – thrifted, Valentino sunglasses – Nordstrom Rack

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Levi’s shirt dress – thrifted, Lucky Brand Jean Jacket – thrifted, Frye boots – Shopbop

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Ellen Tracy Dress – thrifted, Tie Dye duster – Target, Necklace and Bracelet – Uncommon Goods, Mug – West Elm, but thrifted ;)

Happy Earth Day

Floral Dress – thrifted, Lucky Brand Jean Jacket – thrifted, Coach shoes – thrifted

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