Fall Florals with LATTORI + Monday Mode Link Up

Fall Florals

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Fall has been incredible this year. It’s been so nice and warm here lately, and I am hoping and praying the winter will hold off for as long as possible. Yes, I am looking forward to Christmas, I love this weather.

Today I am sharing another LATTORI dress with you, this one is probably my favorite. The soft velvet flowers, the burnt orange, the incredible flare of the skirt. This is fall in a dress.

I hope you are enjoying every last bit of fall wherever you are. Please join our weekly link up and help us spread the word!

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Featured blogger of the week – Katherine of Bordeaux Blvd:

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Crushed Velvet

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The velvet trend is one of my favorites this fall! I recently got this Crushed Velvet Swing Dress at Forever 21 for only $12.90 (I actually got it in both colors), and have been loving it! It’s so soft and easy, plus you can style it in so many different ways! It makes a nice addition to my vintage velvet dress collection.

Are you wearing velvet this season? How do you style it?

All photos by Kaitlyn <3

Make sure to stop by the blog every Monday to check out the weekly Monday Mode Link Up, I love seeing everyone’s stylish outfits and beautiful faces!

And lastly please¬†check out my top velvet pieces for everyone’s wardrobe:

Cold Shoulder Dress from LATTORI + Monday Mode Link Up

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Happy Halloween! Even though I don’t have a Halloween costume post for you, I wanted to share this gorgeous dress I’ve recently received from LATTORI. It’s a stylish cold shoulder maxi done in a gorgeous velvet fabric. If you’ve been following current trends, you noticed that cold shoulder trend is popping up everywhere, from dresses to tops, to even sweaters. Have you recently worn a cold shoulder top? How did you style it?

Kaitlyn and I went to Lake Michigan for this shoot, and I absolutely love how she was able to capture the crashing waves against the rocks. I will be honest, I always wanted to climb these rocks to be honest. Today I finally got to do it in my heels!

This is not the last time you are going to see LATTORI on my blog, I have a few other amazing dresses to share with you, which Kaitlyn captured beautifully! Meanwhile make sure to check out some of my favorite cold-shoulder pieces ūüėČ


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The featured blogger from last week is Hypnoz Glam:

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And now for the link up:

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Mock Neck Turtleneck + Monday Mode Link Up

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It was such a gorgeous weekend here in Milwaukee, not even the presidential debate could ruin it. I’ve been listening to Regina Spektor’s new album “Remember Us To Life” on my way to and from work lately and her song “The Light” has really been speaking to me. I wanted to share it with you today, and remind you that sometimes we just need to keep trying, keep going and be that light that shines on us. Of course there are days when I am more of a Grand Hotel personage, but remembering that light helps me get through the day ūüôā

I’ve been obsessed with Kohl’s “Own your everyday runway” fall campaign, and I have to admit I own quiet a few pieces from that whole line up, including this Elle mock neck sleeveless turtleneck. It’s the softest coziest fall item in my closet at the moment, and did I mention I have it in 2 colors.


I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s been linking up with us every Monday for Monday Mode Link Up! It means the world to us! Your posts inspire me and help me stay on top of blogging.

Like I mentioned last week, Rachel, Jewel and I will now be picking our favorite posts from last week. These are the two looks that stood out to us the most:

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Ashley of Le Style Rouge

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Kim of Champagneista

Can’t wait to see what you have to share this week! And don’t forget to help us spread the word about the link up! Xo

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Beauty Favorites // May

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It’s finally time to round up some of my May beauty favorites, and yes, I am fully aware it’s June ūüėČ

1. NYX Liquid Suede cream lipstick in Sandstorm ($6.99) provides soft light brown matte finish on your lips and lasts through a few cups of coffee.

2. NYX Lip Lingerie in Baby Doll ($6.99) a light and brighter creamier nude that once again provides a matte finish for your lips.

3. It Cosmetics Sunshine in a Compact Vitality Anti-Aging Matte Bronzer in Warmth ($34) a soft lighter bronzer that makes contouring a breeze and comes with anti-aging ingredients including hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, and vitamins A, C & E.

4. Matrix Oil Wonders Volume Rose pre-shampoo treatment for fine hair ($24) is an oil that you use before shampoo and conditioner and leave on for 3-5 minutes. It changed my hair washing routine and my hair for the best. In addition to volume, shine and light rose fragrance is a bonus perk.

5. Sigma 3DHD Kabuki brush¬†($24) designed for all areas of the face to apply liquid, cream and powder products, this brush¬†has been perfect for blush this spring, and I can’t wait to use it with bronzer this summer!

6. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant ($55) is a rice-based enzyme powder that activates upon contact with water, releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes to smooth the skin and accelerate cell renewal. Perfect for every day use, I prefer to use it in the shower.

7. It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ ($38) a full coverage product that improves skin texture, brightness and increases skin hydration. I stopped using a day cream when I started using it. I am stepping up from the light to medium shade for the summer as well.

8. It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream Transforming Moisturizing Super Cream ($48) works for all skin types, even the most sensitive (worked for me when I had my semi-annual finals stress rash breakout). This product deeply hydrates, restores radiance and reduces the look of pores, uneven texture and discoloration with collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides, ceramides, antioxidants and colloidal oatmeal. It also smells amazing!

9. NYX Wonder Pencil ($4.49) A concealer, eye brightener and reverse lip liner all in one, it’s a must-have for everyone! I use medium shade for the summer.

10. It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eye Brow Pencil ($24) when it comes to eyebrows, I’ve done it all – gel, dye, eyeshadow, numerous pencils, but this has been my favorite out of all! This¬†universal (yes, one color does fit all + covers gray!) and long-lasting eyebrow pencil has an¬†oval shaped tip which makes it perfect for both thin and thick brows. The spooly end brush gives a natural polished look.

11. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Prague ($5.99) one of the few bright colors that I have been wearing after I switched to the nude side. Being a lipstick junkie is hard, but this raspberry color makes it easy and fun. And, of course, once again I am a fan of the matte finish.

12. NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam ($7.49) perfect for face and body and for when I get tired of all the matte finishes.

13. It Cosmetics You Sculpted! ($40) foolproof contouring, hands down! So far I’ve been using soft contour, matte and radiance highlight the most, and it doesn’t take more than 2 minutes every day. Make up is really not that hard when you think about it.

14. Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Foaming Mask ($56)¬†brightens, detoxifies and refreshes skin, because that’s exactly what I needed after stressful days and sleepless nights during the finals. It’s like an instant miniature face lift! On the side note, I still can’t believe I pulled 23 credits off.

15. It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush # 7 ($48) a foundation and concealer brush that I’ve been using with powder and only powder. I still think nothing is better for applying foundation than your own fingertips. The concealer brush is perfect for applying powder in the eye area, I specifically use it to blend out any eye shadow imperfections that I’ve created (because you know, I am almost 30 years old, I have yet to learn how to do a good crease blend ūüėČ )

16. Eco. Refresh Cleansing Lotion ($12) an odd one out of this whole review, random product I came across, which actually got the job done. Made in Australia specifically to care for sensitive, dehydrated or combination skin. This lotion contains Papaya, Vitamin E and Oat Extract to easily remove makeup while calming and nourishing the skin and repairing damaged tissue. For someone who constantly suffers from stress rash breakouts, this product was perfect.

17. Heavenly Luxe Angled Radiance Brush #10 ($38) a brush that I use with the You Sculpted! palette, works so well, because I, for once, followed directions¬†ūüėČ

18. Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender ($20 for a full size, $10 for travel) That meme that’s going around telling everyone that by the end of the week my hair is 92% dry shampoo is true, and I can’t tell you how many times this product has saved me time this past month.¬†Texture is an added bonus.

Well here you have it, my May favorites!¬†Let me know if you’ve tried any of these, and what your thoughts are. Also, was this too long of a list? Not long enough? Do share! And finally here is a fun little Periscope video by yours truly! Enjoy!

MN Bloggers Photoshoot by AM Photography

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Last Tuesday my friend Morgan messaged me and asked if I was free later that day. After I said I was she proceeded to invite me to a photoshoot with other bloggers somewhere out in Eden Prairie. That invitation turned into one of the best nights of last week! Not only did I get to participate in a fun shoot and see some drone action, I got to meet two incredible ladies behind AM Photography¬†(you can read more about the shoot on their blog), as well as a lot of local bloggers whom I’ve never met before.

Morgan –¬†Construction 2 Style

Amy –¬†Construction 2 Style

Katie –¬†Jkath Design Build + Reinvent

Jen –¬†Paisley + Sparrow

Ashley –¬†Illest Optimist

Jeanna –¬†Fiercely Fetching

Brenna –¬†Snap Agency

Katie S. –¬†Food by Katie

Zhenya –¬†Being Zhenya¬†(yours truly)

Brigette –¬†#dogmom

PS. I will now be accepting all the blonde comments and jokes! And make sure to check out this live video from the shoot because everyone did a stellar job introducing themselves and it’s fun to see someone you’ve been seeing online in real life!

Green Tea Smoothie Recipe

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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!

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Disclosure:¬†‚ÄúThis post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review.‚ÄĚ

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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¬†TAZO¬ģ Chai Latte.¬†There‚Äôs something about that rich and creamy taste with every sip providing a spicy and sweet escape. And the best part about the new TAZO¬ģ Chai Latte K-Cup¬ģ pods is that you can explore a world of flavor from the comfort of your home.¬†Growing 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¬ģ 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¬ģ Chai Latte K-Cup¬ģ 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¬ģ pod as usual, stir and enjoy!

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And finally, I wanted to make sure to share that TAZO¬ģ¬†has partnered with New York Times Bestselling author and host Padma Lakshmi to celebrate the release of the new K-Cup¬ģ 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¬ģ. In addition, she has also¬†developed recipes that pair perfectly with a cup of chai and you can find them by visiting¬†TAZO.com/chai/pairings.¬†To¬†learn more about this collaboration visit¬†TAZO.com/chai!

Follow TAZO¬ģ on social media:
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Find where to buy TAZO¬ģ¬†Chai Latte K-Cup¬ģ¬†pods¬†here.

Beauty Brunch: Camille Albane Salon in Maple Grove

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My last hair cut wasn’t the bomb. I had a really hard time with it. It looked good when my hair was curled, but when it was straight you could see it wasn’t blended enough and my top layer stuck over my bottom one a good 2 inches. And you know it’s not a good hair cut when you come to work and your co-teacher tells you that it looks weird. I do appreciate the honesty though.

So when an opportunity came up to visit the new Camille Albane Paris Salon in Maple Grove, I knew I couldn’t miss it.

Last Wednesday after a long and tiring day at work, I drove up 169 all the way to Maple Grove to this brand new salon. The calming white interior, Coldplay through the speakers and incredible staff helped me relax and forget about my troubles almost instantly.
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Black capes are non-existent at Camille Albane Paris. You wear a white robe instead, which creates the atmosphere of a spa, and not a salon.

Tammy, the manager, and my stylist for the night was attentive and addressed all my concerns, answered all questions and was so much fun to talk to. She even saved my pink extension I got at Glamorama ūüėČ

In addition to the haircut I also got a balayage. It was a little different for me, because Tammy didn’t wrap my hair in Saran Wrap, like they usually do at Aveda. The formula that they use doesn’t dry out as fast, so that wasn’t necessary.

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Camille Albane Paris was founded in France, where they have the laboratories and create all of the products. The other salon in the United States is located in Boston.

Camille Albane is a breath of fresh air among the existing salons in the Twin Cities area. It’s new, different, and adds to the edge that we’ve been missing here in the Midwest.

And this Wednesday, August, 13 the salon has it’s official opening. I would love to see you there! So if you are planning on coming make sure to send your RSVP to RSVP@lolaredpr.com. Hope to see you there.
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The salon is located at 7808 Main Street, Maple Grove, MN 55369 between Panera and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Phone # 763-316-6957

My Easy Summer Go-To Makeup Routine

Yes, I do realize summer is almost over, but I felt compelled sharing this with you, because I realize that there are maybe some, who don’t even use makeup, and maybe it will inspire you!

As you know, I’ve been using a BB Cream instead of a foundation, and am planning on doing so through the fall (depending on how my skin acts, because that can be unpredictable). More about my new favorite BB here!

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Then I apply brow pencil. I used to be a huge advocate for using eye shadow as a brow filler, but have lately shifted away from it! Why bother finding the right color (it’s hard to do even in the professional lines) in the eye shadow, if they make so many pencils and the choice is definitely easier there!

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I also comb through my brows with a brush afterwards. Now some people choose to do it beforehand, but I really don’t have that much brows going on, so that’s how I do it.

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Remember that eyebrows are a frame for the face, and well… because of this too…

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Next I move on to mascara. I am currently using Rimmel’s Lash Accelerator, and do highly recommend it, if you are going after length as opposed to volume!

 

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Then I top it all with a powder. I just bought a new Covergirl Professional loose powder. We’ll see what it’s about. In the picture I am using pressed powder by Faberlic (which by now has broken into many many pieces and is a pain in my know what to apply! Hence the Covergirl)

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One of my new favorite products is the Dandelion blush by Benefit! I will stand by it no matter what! Try it too, you’ll love this blush. And it is one of the few product exceptions when I am not using my own brush to apply it, but the one that it came with!

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And finally I add a little lipstick. I have a Long Last Lipstick from Clinique in All Heart, and even though it’s a gorgeous color, I think it’s too dark for the summer, so I simply dab it and spread it out with my finger.

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And that’s it! This is how I do my makeup these days! And trust me it takes way less time, than it took me to write this post ūüėČ

Xx,

Zhenya