Monday Mode Link Up

Monday Mode Link Up

Every time Monday comes around, I feel kind of cheated. The weekend flew by and instead of being a fun after party, the first day of the week always hits me like a bucket of cold water. I am slowly getting myself into a habit of enjoying this day of the week, being happy and looking forward to a new week!

I spent this weekend in Minneapolis, got to go to my favorite food places, a fashion show, but most importantly, I got to see my friends. I was hoping to have some photos of the outfit I wore by today, but unfortunately I don’t.

September is flying by so quickly, and while some may complain, I am so excited for October! Getting ready for friends and family to visit, Sam’s Birthday, and Halloween! Plus all the pumpkin patches and apple orchards to visit! I need to find some good ones in the Milwaukee area!

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I hope you all had a fun filled weekend, make sure to add your latest blog posts to the link up! I can’t wait to check them out!

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Neck Scarf + Monday Mode Link Up

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Happy Monday, we are back with another Monday Mode Link Up today! This is a look I wore when we toured Miller Brewery a couple weeks ago. I have been into the skinny scarf trend lately. I feel like they go with everything, and are such an easy accessory for everyone to pull off. I am definitely looking to add to my scarf collection now ūüôā Another trend that I am loving and looking to repeat in next week’s post is layering t-shirts under dresses. For me, it’s one of the easiest ways to add some interest to a summer dress and transition it into fall!

If you are in Milwaukee and have a few hours to spare, I would definitely recommend going on the Miller brewery tour. It’s about an hour long, you get to visit the original caves where they stored barrels of beer in the 19th century. And of course there is beer in the end! And did I mention it’s free?

I will be in Minneapolis next weekend for Envision, it’s their anniversary show that I didn’t want to miss. So stay tuned for a lot of Insta updates.

Congrats to Jessica W for winning our giveaway! We would love to see pics, so tag us when you post them! And now for the link up!

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Jus by Julie Experience and Aftermath

Jus by Julie

Jus by Julie

I would like to start this post by saying that starting this Jus by Julie cleanse was my own personal decision, this is not a sponsored post, I paid for everything and all opinions are my own.

Okay now that we got this out of the way, let’s talk about the cleanse. Juice cleanses are popular, there are¬†cold press juicers, then there are centrifugal juicers. The first ones are healthier and extract the most vitamins and nutrients which makes them pricey, the second ones are cheaper, making them more affordable. The juicer I have at home was a $30 score from the Target Basement in Minneapolis.

I went with Jus by Julie partially because I knew a few people who did it, and partially because it’s ¬†based out of Brooklyn. (If you don’t know this about me, I am forever and always in love with New York City.) I paid $120 for my 3 day cleanse, which included 18 juices and 12 energy/booster shots.

The juices were different from what I expected. A lot of them included rice milk, and some seemed more like smoothies to me. The booster shots were interesting, some I could take like a shot, some I had to add to 16 oz of water, because drinking them up without diluting them was impossible.

In addition to the juices the cleanse allows you 1-2 cups of tea or coffee a day, plus some steamed vegetables and egg whites. I didn’t actually eat anything because I wasn’t hungry. The juices are incredibly filling and with the amount of water I tried to drink in between, I felt like I couldn’t consume any more food.

Before I started the cleanse I seriously thought I was going bombard social media with complaints of how hungry and miserable I was. However that didn’t happen. Nor did I really have any desire to eat. By the end of day 3 I just wanted the cleanse to be over with, because looking in the mirror at my face was terrifying, my cheekbones started showing even more than they normally do, and to myself I looked sick.

I didn’t lose any weight (I started at 124 and finished at 124), which I personally think was due to the high amount of sugar that the juices contained (at least 16 grams per juice). I felt sick and bloated by the end of day 3.¬†And to be honest, I don’t think this juice cleansed me of anything, but rather messed up my digestion.

Now that it’s been a couple weeks I finally feel like my body has been restored back to normal. I was disappointed in this program. Next time I do a cleanse, I will definitely look more closely into the nutrition that is in the juices.

 

Back to School Hair Styles with Folica.com

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Happy New School Year to all the Gophers and everyone who started college classes today! Major FOMO over here, so major I can’t even, but the fact that I don’t have any more homework to do definitely helps ūüėČ

Today I partnered up with Folica to share a few of my favorite college hairstyles and hair care tips. ¬†There are two essential tools that I think ever girl needs in college: a straightener and a curling iron. I don’t know what I would’ve done without the two! Thanks to Folica I got to try two new styling tools: Solia Superhot Professional Titanium Flat Iron and 1″ Salon Curling Iron/Wand by Hot Tools.

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Other than wearing my hair down and the go-to bun, today I am going to share a few looks that have been a favorite for a while.

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1. Tucked away.¬†And not behind the ear ūüėõ

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2. Trucker hat. Because sometimes you have to put a hat on it!

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3. Side cornrows. These are also a golden opportunity for creating glitter roots! Stay tuned for more on that soon!  Back to school hair styles with Folica.com

4. High pony or half pony.¬†The 90’s are back not only in fashion, but in beauty as well! My mom used to call this high pony a palm tree. So there you have it – a palm tree with you wherever you go, even though the summer is almost over!¬† Back to school hair styles with Folica.com

When it comes to hair care, I follow two simple rules: choose what’s best for your hair and switch between brands often. That’s why I went with Grow Gorgeous Density Shampoo and Conditioner as well as Grow Gorgeous Density Shampoo and Conditioner set. When you have fine, color treated hair like mine, these two product lines make the most sense.

I hope you find what’s good for your hair, style it like never before, and have an amazing school year!

PS. Folica is a great resource not just for purchasing tools and hair care products, but hair inspirations, glam guide and latest news from the beauty world!

PPS. I also have a fun announcement! Next Monday Rachel of Rachel’s Lookbook, Jewel of Style Optimist and yours truly are starting a hot new trendy link up for all you style, fashion and beauty bloggers out there! Stay tuned for more info! Psssst – there will be a giveaway too!

Pops of Color

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Outfit: Bright red¬†lipstick, neon belt and my new favorite blue shoes are the key pieces in this simple outfit. The shirt dress is another proof that black and white are¬†my go to colors and I won’t be¬†gravitating away from them anytime soon.

Life: I am officially a Milwaukeean, all moved into a new apartment, finally unpacked and feeling at home. A part of me still can’t believe that I am finally here, a university graduate, working my first corporate job. I’ve been waiting for this moment since November, but it all seems so surreal to me still.

Miscellaneous: Sam and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary yesterday.

I’ve been insanely obsessed with the gym.

Frustrated by the lack of Targets in the area.

Mesmerized by the beauty of lake Michigan.

PS. Thank you Megan for the photos!

#DaretoDarken with Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara + Tutorial

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

Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara

Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara

Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara

As someone who’s always had very fair eyelashes and eyebrows (practically blonde), I can’t leave my house without mascara. It is my number one must-have and go-to product if I am running late. It was always bizarre to me how a small product like that could make all the difference.

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been using the new Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara¬†that is meant to gradually tint eyelashes over time (at minimum, 2 weeks of daily use). Today I wanted to share a simple tutorial using a couple other Rimmel London products to show you how I go from a day-to-night look with mascara!

I am going to stick to 3 products for this eye look: Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara, Coulour Precise Eyeliner, and Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Opener (all available at Target).

Step 1: Start by preparing your face. I usually use a CC cream and some powder for a matte effect. I also always make sure to define my eyebrows, they are a frame of your face!

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Step 2: Apply Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in the inner corners of your eye and along the bottom lash line if desired. Blend it out.

Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Step 3: Apply Colour Precise Eyeliner. I really liked this product, even though I’ve never tried or really heard of it before. It has a very fine tip, making application a lot easier. It also lasts a very long amount of time. I wore it in the pool yesterday and it never got smudged (but of course I wasn’t doing any diving, just some light swimming).

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Here are some tips when it comes to eyeliner application, especially if you don’t want it to smudge or go in your crease:

  • Prep your eyelid with some eyeshadow primer
  • Brush eyeshadow or powder over it, I use powder, it makes the look more natural, yet more dramatic
  • Apply the liner by starting out in your inner corner, then outer, and meeting in the middle.
  • Try not to blink until it is dry ūüėČ

Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Step 4: Time for mascara! On a day-to day basis I only apply mascara to my top lashes, but adding it to my bottom ones always makes my eyes look so dramatic!

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Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Like mentioned above Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara not only tints lashes over time, but also provides instant volume.

Tips on using the mascara:

  • To see the most intense tinting effect make sure to use this product daily
  • Visible results after 2-4 weeks
  • This product contains a lasting lash-tint complex with natural colorant that gradually darkens your lash color, plus¬†a unique combo of creamy, ultra-black lash volumizing formula.

Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

To learn more about the product – go here. And don’t forget to take advantage of a Cartwheel offer – 25% Off all Rimmel Eye featuring Volume Colourist Mascara!

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Brown & Greene Floral

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Last week I got the most beautiful and fragrant delivery from Brown & Greene Floral right on time for my Birthday. This beautiful bouquet combined my favorite roses and peonies with sweet-smelling mint in a beautiful vase that I will definitely be taking to our new apartment with us.

Brown & Greene Floral Market is the most¬†adorable little corner store¬†in Southwest Minneapolis on the corner of 44th Street and Beard Ave South. They produce such gorgeous florals, you will fall in love. I had so much fun integrating my bouquet into the interior of the house. From simply setting it on my night stand to using it as a centerpiece for dinner, to making it the center of the living room, these flowers immediately became a family favorite. I’ve never enjoyed a bouquet of flowers as much as I’ve enjoyed this one before.

This July they are celebrating their 15th anniversary with a number of events {European flea market, floral design class, a vase drive and a huge soiree at the end of the month}.

Nexxus New York Salon Care Collection Review

Disclosure: ‚ÄúThis post is sponsored by Nexxus New York Salon Care, a product of Unilever, as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.‚ÄĚ

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Summer is finally here and I am so glad to be spending all my free time outside, but with the sunshine, the heat and the humidity comes the question of hair care. While some would say ‚Äď why bother? I think it‚Äôs extremely important to take good care of your hair, especially in the summer months. Besides, if the products you are using leave you feeling like a celebrity, who can say no to that?

You know you are Russian when your hair products are infused with caviar! But I wouldn’t have it any other way! Therappe and Humectress line by Nexxus New York Salon Care is a replenishing hair care line with caviar complex! Nothing fishy here, not even the smell! The line includes a line of shampoo, conditioner, lightweight conditioning mist, masque and serum infused with caviar complex to help your hair retain moisture. It’s perfect for normal to dry hair. My hair has been on the drier side, especially since I started getting balayage, so this line is my new go-to. I look forward to washing my hair so much more now, and actually have to remind myself not to do that every day. The products are enriched with concentrated Elastin, Keratin and Wheat Proteins to increase hair’s strength and manageability. In addition, new Protein Care Actives penetrate the hair fiber to repair protein structure, making hair stronger from within.

I am absolutely in love with the masque and caviar serum. The masque has a butter like texture that you won’t want to wash out, I use it once or twice a week depending on my hair condition, so if I spent too much time at the beach, or outside, I know my hair will need that extra masque boost.

The serum is the very first serum Nexxus has ever created! How awesome is this? It features concentrated conditioning oil encapsulated in pearls and suspended in a water-based rebuilding serum rich in nutrients and protein. You can use this serum on damp or dry hair. The best part is you can use it as often as you want, no harm in that, only benefits.

Now as important as hair care is, you can‚Äôt forget about styling. I stick to one simple rule of summer hair style ‚Äď make it as easy and effortless, as possible. And Nexxus has a line for that. I was able to test Finishing Mist, Dry Shampoo and Mousse by Nexxus New York Salon Care.

Finishing Mist with fluid-fix complex helps me lock my waves in place if I am using my curling iron, as well as provides a lasting hold with a brushable finish.
Mousse with Keratin Protein offers styling with natural movement and beautiful fluidity, perfect for my on-the-go lifestyle.

And finally, the dry shampoo with pearl extract is truly a godsend. Dry shampoo would be one thing I would take to a deserted island, it’s that big of a necessity. I especially like this one, because it offers a quick refresher, without using too much of the product!

Nexxus New York Salon Care has turned my summer hair care routine around, making my hair more manageable, touchable, and fluid!

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The Brow Studio Lash Extension and Brow Shaping Experience

Disclosure: I received complimentary service in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own. 
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Kelly Baker highlighter brush, highlighter and brow pencil in blonde, Lavish Lashes eyelash and brow extension cleanser and Black Diamond coating sealant

Last Thursday I had the most amazing opportunity to go check out The Brow Studio in South Minneapolis. I had an appointment for lash extensions and brow shaping. And while I’ve had my brows done before, I never had lash extensions, falsies for a night yes, but nothing more.

I got to have my appointment with Brook Schlosser, who is the local lash pro. She is the¬†owner and lead esthetician of The Brow Studio. She’s¬†attended¬†Kelley Baker’s¬†first master class in LA and one on one trainings.¬†The Brow Studio also carries Kelley Baker products exclusively in Minnesota.

I did some lash extension research before the appointment. My biggest concern was the after care, but I was able to find answers on The Brow Studio’s Facebook page! Which made me realize how few companies post helpful information on their social media these days!

My appointment for lashes was about 2 hours long. I admit I did take a nap during. Brook went over everything with me before she started. The application process, how she picks the lashes for application, what the lashes were made of, literally everything. I had a lot of questions. And when I finally got to open my eyes I was wowed! I’ve never had better, longer lashes like these before.

Now emotions aside, what has it been like? I couldn’t get my lashes wet for the first 24 hours. After that I’ve started using a wash cloth to wash my face, because it’s easier not to get too much product in the eye, and go around the lashes. Brook also sent me home with eyelash extension cleanser, as well as Black Diamond Coating Sealant (which I’ve been using every other day) to help maintain the extensions. Those products are definitely a must-have if you want to extend the life of your extensions. When getting lashes done it’s important to remember that they will fall out as your natural lashes go through their life cycle. That’s why touch ups are always a good idea.

I still can’t get over the fact that I don’t have to use mascara. I look ready for the day when I wake up!

Now for the brows, it was the quickest, most useful brow shaping experience I’ve ever had! After Brook waxed and trimmed my brows, she taught me a couple new helpful tricks, that I wanted to share with you!

  1. Start with highlighter under your brow, draw a line along the bottom of your brow (the full length of your brow, not just under the tip like I used to).
  2. Blend it out with a flat brush.
  3. Follow that same line you’ve just created but with a brow pencil. Then continue to outline ¬†the rest of your brow.
  4. Now fill in the outline you’ve just created.
  5. Brush and blend it out.

I can definitely say I’ve been looking more put together after my visit to The Brow Studio, and I love it!

The Brow Studio is located at 616 W 54th Street, Minneapolis, MN. For more info check out their website and Facebook page. And make sure to follow them on Instagram!

Summer Sailing with Hawaiian Tropic

Disclosure: ‚ÄúThis post was sponsored by Hawaiian Tropic as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.‚ÄĚ

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Sailing is my absolute summer favorite! We usually go out once or twice a weekend to spend some time on Lake Minnetonka, soaking up the sun, and enjoying the water. Last Saturday we took my friend Kaitlyn on the boat with us! Thank you for all the photos, lady! I appreciate it! Sailing is also when I need to be on top of my beauty routine and the products I put on my skin. I’ve been using Hawaiian Tropic for a while now (I always make Sam use it too, so his skin gets that glow too), but this year they came out with new¬†Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30 and Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance After Sun Moisturizer that I had to get my hands on! Because there can never be too much sunscreen or vitamin D!

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Lotion Sunscreen broad spectrum UVA¬†and UVB¬†SPF 30 ($9.99) contains¬†hydrating ribbons of silk protein and Shea Butter, the¬†breathable formula delivers a weightless, airlift texture, and is easily dispensed from the pump. It doesn’t feel like you are putting sunscreen on at all!¬†

Did you also notice the difference in my skin color in one of the photos above? This sunscreen makes my skin look and feel so much better. I didn’t notice the difference until after I was looking through the photos. But who wouldn’t want to have radiant soft skin at the beach or on a lake? I sure do! It’s all thanks to the¬†Signature hydrating ribbons of luxurious silk protein and shea butter that provide up to 12 hours of¬†moisturization leaving skin feeling hydrated and pampered like no other sunscreen can. Seriously though, my skin looks golden after applying this sunscreen!¬†

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance After Sun ($7.99)¬†is a new product I’ve never tried before, and didn’t know existed. It’s also one of the first after sun¬†lotions that soothes, softens and leaves skin radiant. For those of us who struggle with applying moisturizer, this is a great product. It serves as a reminder to me to use it when I come in after being out in the sun. I think the simple fact of it being the same brand as my sunscreen helps me remember to use it.¬†This moisturizer¬†contains Shea butter and mango extract to leave skin feeling pampered, noticeably soft¬†and luminous. There are also¬†special light reflecting pigments to help¬†skin appear beautiful, radiant and glowing. And I am all about that!¬†
There was barely any wind on Saturday when we went out sailing, but we still went up and down the east part of lake. I love spending time on Minnetonka¬†with my friends, showing them my favorite houses, looking at other boats, enjoying the breeze. So I was really excited I could share that with Katelyn. We are thinking about taking the boat to Lake Michigan next year! Wouldn’t that be fun?
For more info on Hawaiian Tropic products follow them on Facebook and Instagram!
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