How to Style Vintage Clothing for Everyday Life – Uniform Skirt

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Who doesn’t love a good thrift store find? Especially if it’s vintage? There is a cute little church thrift store less than a block away from my house that has been my go to ever since I moved to Milwaukee. And since I am only days away from moving to Chicago, and I wanted to share a few of the finds from St Paul’s Thrift in this new series on styling vintage clothing for every day life.

Vintage clothes can add an edge and uniqueness to your style, but you should be careful to not over do it. Today I am styling a dark green DSCP Garrison Collection skirt with a silk Diane Gilman top and Diesel Boots.

Here are a few tips that I follow when putting together looks that include vintage pieces.

  1. Mix vintage with non-vintage items.
  2. Classic vintage silhouettes will go a long way.
  3. Fashion is cyclical, trends always come back, stick to your gut when picking out and pairing your items.
  4. Wear with confidence and be prepared to be asked a lot of questions on where the item came from.
  5. Heels and lipstick are a perfect finish to every outfit!

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Do you wear vintage? What are some of your styling tips?

Not too keen on the whole vintage game? Here are some pieces that are similar to my look above:

Photos by Lykke Visuals

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Forever TUNG: A TUNG Brush review

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by TUNG Brush. All opinions are my own.
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If you watch my Instagram stories you know that I have recently discovered a brush for my tongue, called, well TUNG brush. Being a beauty junkie, I am always looking to try new products and this one honestly intrigued me! No way, I thought, was it going to be any different or any better than the scraper that comes on the back of the floss picks. And I was wrong. The TUNG Brush makes my tongue feel like a million bucks! It also makes the process of brushing your tongue easy and fast thanks to the mint gel! Side note: this gel needs to be made into toothpaste as well! It is that good!

TUNG brush has been amazing when it comes to fighting Halitosis (aka morning breath) – we all have it, and thanks to my friends at TUNG brush I learned that 90% of the odor-causing bacteria responsible for bad breath are found in biofilms on the tongue. For more fun Halitosis facts go here.

Today TUNG Brush also has a fun task for you! They need your help to pick the brush colors. When you vote for your favorite TUNG Brush color, you will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a $250 Amazon gift card. What better way to feel a part of the brand and win a cool prize? To vote click here.

And finally if you want to try TUNG Brush for yourself you can buy it here! Enter this code when prompted huuc-z1dy-codk to get 10% off and free shipping on the partner pack which consists of 2 brushes and gels.

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And last but not least go check out TUNG on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

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DIY Coffee scrubs re-purposing Cameron’s Coffee Grounds

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Being the health and beauty nut that I am, I love experimenting and trying new products. But sometimes I just get that itch to make something myself, something unique and different that you can’t buy at a store.

So today I will be sharing 2 DIY coffee scrub recipes that I made using Cameron’s Coffee. Coffee scrubs are insanely popular and available basically anywhere, but I have some ingredients up my sleeve that make these scrubs a little different and maybe better than store bought ones. One benefit of these scrubs is that I know exactly what I put into them and exactly for what reasons. So why not only enjoy the smooth taste of your morning coffee and then re-purpose the grounds to achieve smooth skin?

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The first scrub is what I like to call Buh Bye stretch marks. Let’s be honest we all have them! So why not make them less visible? You ready? Here is what you’ll need:

1 cup fresh dry or used coffee grounds (I use the grounds from my French Press, it’s always cool to be able to re-purpose, right?)

1/3 cup coconut oil

Essential oils (only use what you like, I had some peppermint around, so I’ll  be using that!)

Banjaras Skincare powder (aka Turmeric powder – available on Amazon, helps reduce appearance of any sort of marks on your skin)

Any type of jar or container (I just said goodbye to my kombucha scoby, so I have a whole bunch of Mason jars laying around. Might as well use them up for something!)

Calendula oil (It’s an amazing moisturizer on it’s own, but helps add that extra oomph to the exfoliant!)

Argan oil (same kind of idea as above)

You want to mix all of your ingredients in a jar and apply! This scrub can be applied on both dry and wet skin, but I do recommend applying it first thing in the shower, as the turmeric powder will leave a yellow  tint on your hands.

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The second scrub is a  multipurpose one, it can be used on scalp, face, lips, or body.

The only ingredient that makes it especially good for the scalp and the hair is coconut milk! You heard me! I just learned that trick from Bergdorf Goodman hair stylist, Lucy Garcia Planck.

For this scrub you will need:

½ cup of coffee

1/3 cup coconut oil

¼ cup castor oil

¼ cup brown sugar

Jasmine oil

¼ cup coconut milk

Feel free to play around with ingredients! I can’t wait to see what coffee scrub combos you will come up with! And share some ways how you repurpose used coffee grounds!

Make sure to follow Cameron’s Coffee on social media Instagram, FacebookTwitter and stay tuned for the upcoming Valentine’s Day giveaway!

 

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Cameron’s Coffee Holiday Giveaway

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The holidays are finally here and as promised, I am partnering with Cameron’s Coffee to bring this holiday Giveaway to you!

But before I tell you all about what you can win and how to enter, I have to share the story of how I tried coffee for the first time.

Are you ready? I was about 9 years old, and still living in Russia. Growing up I was a big tea drinker, like everyone else there, and we didn’t really keep coffee in the house. One day however, maybe because of a commercial, maybe because of a co-worker’s recommendation, my parents decided it was a good idea to buy some coffee. They also thought it was a good idea to give it to me, at 9 pm, on a school night. For the next 3 hours, I literally bounced off the walls, attempted several cartwheels and invented my own dance. So now if you ever meet me in person and wonder how I go through 4 cups of coffee a day, and 1 before bed – there is your answer.

And now for the giveaway! You can enter to win 6 bags of ground or whole bean coffee, or 6 boxes of 12ct pods. To enter: follow me and Cameron’s coffee on social media and go to this Instagram post to earn extra entries by liking this photo and tagging a friend who also likes coffee!

Good luck and I will announce the winner on Saturday on my Instagram Story!

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Holidays with prAna

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My favorite part about the upcoming holidays? Giving Gifts of course! I love seeing people’s faces light up with excitement and joy! And while I may not be the best at wrapping gifts, I think I am pretty good at picking out gifts!
Over the past couple of years I’ve really enjoyed giving gifts to my co-workers, they are the people I spend most of my time with during the week after all!
prAna is one of the brands I am partnering with this holiday season to give you ideas about what kind of gifts you can get for your family, friends, and even yourself! prAna’s mission of making things better by giving…quality, durable and stylish clothing that’s thoughtfully designed is very close to my heart and I own a lot of their work out and casual clothing. I actually look forward to their catalog coming in the mail!
The outfit that I am wearing not only looks but feels good and can be transformative. I will be honest I was skeptical about the Kara Jean at first, because they are a low rise, but the fabric is so comfortable, stretchy and different, I actually wore these all weekend last week! I can wear them to work, but also out hiking and exploring, I am a big fan of day trips if you didn’t know!
The Rockaway Jacket not only keeps me warm and comfortable but also reminds me of the time I spent living in New York (there is a neighborhood in Queens with a very similar name). I call it my Far Rockaway Jacket 😉
Another cool thing about prAna is that during this holiday season they are really focused on giving back. prAna is committed to giving back to the people who produce the clothing, as well as their employees and the community. How are you giving back this holiday season?
If you love my outfit and want to check out more prAna styles visit their website at prAna.com, and if you choose to place an order, feel free to use code CMBZ17 to get 15% off your order!

Cameron’s Coffee 100% Compostable EcoPods

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Cameron’s Coffee 100% Compostable Pods

I can’t believe October is coming to an end already! This year is flying by so quickly. However, one of the most exciting things that happened this month was Cameron’s Coffee came out with their 100% compostable EcoPods. As a lot of you know I am all about doing as much as I possibly can to help the environment, and if my favorite coffee brand comes out with compostable coffee pods, of course I am going to use them.

I am not new to composting coffee. When I still lived in Minnesota and had a house, I always used to put my used coffee grounds under the rose bushes by the side door, and I absolutely loved the result. Now that I don’t have a garden anymore I compost wherever I can and luckily, we have separate compost bins at work. There is something about companies that make it their mission to make less waste that really speaks to me.

Cameron’s EcoPods are made from renewable, plant-based materials. The entire thing is compostable: from paper lid, to ring to filter. Cameron’s Coffee completed all the necessary testing with authorized facilities to make their product 100% compostable in industrial facilities.

As there is no certification process for home composting, Cameron’s Coffee can’t label their EcoPods as such, but since all the materials are plant-based, they will break down into organic matter if composted properly. Give it a try–employees at Cameron’s have successfully composted these pods at home!

I hope this news makes you as excited as it makes me! I can’t wait to see what else Cameron’s Coffee comes up with!

I also wanted to let you know about their Warehouse Sale! It’s happening Wednesday, November 8 – Saturday, November 11 at 5555 12th Avenue East, Suite 170, Shakopee, MN. So if you live in the Twin Cities area make sure to check it out! They also have amazing t-shirts and free burlap!

Make sure to follow Cameron’s Coffee on social media Instagram, FacebookTwitter and stay tuned for some upcoming holiday giveaways!

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That day when…

that day when

 

You set the bar so high no one can achieve it…

Not even you.

You lay there awake at three, four, five am

Asking yourself – “Have I failed yet?”

You watch other people and wonder

What’s it like to be you?

Their life stories unravelling at the touch of your imagination.

The thoughts that you would never share,

The questions that haunt and don’t let go.

But then it wouldn’t be your life.

Someday you will find your heart

And the only biggest strongest gesture that matters right now is the hug you give yourself

 

that day when

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Happy National Coffee Day and my Cupping Experience at Cameron’s Coffee

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cameron’s Coffee. All opinions are my own.
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National Coffee Day is one of my favorite days of all! This year I am especially excited to be celebrating it in partnership with Cameron’s Coffee. Cameron’s Coffee is a Wisconsin founded and now Twin Cities based company that focuses on delivering the best coffee to those of us who enjoy making coffee at home and getting it tasting just right.

When I was in Minneapolis earlier this month, I got a chance to visit Cameron’s Coffee offices and be a part of the cupping experience they arrange for all of their new employees to learn more about coffee. I can only compare this experience to wine tasting, but better. The real purpose of cupping is to taste the different coffees and make sure they are up to our standards, as well as look for any imperfections or irregularities in the batch.

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Below is a detailed description of my experience, and while it can get pretty technical, I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves coffee. I also learned that I have absolutely no talent when it comes to defining coffee flavors.

The best part of the experience was meeting Patrick, Cameron’s Roastmaster, who walked me through the cupping experience. We cupped 4 flavors total:

  • Mexico – light
  • Brazil – sugary
  • Colombian – solid, balanced, sweet
  • Sumatra – earthy, big bodied

And while I am letting you know what each blend is supposed to taste like, I went into this completely unknowing what was going to happen.

Cupping happens around a table which resembles a huge lazy susan, that way you can spin the table and don’t have to walk around. There were 12 ceramic cups (you can also use tempered glass), 3 for each coffee flavor. All cups must be identical in measurements and come from the same manufacturer. You will also need a cupping spoon, which is a special kind of spoon with a large bowl. It works best if the spoon is silver or silver plated.

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To get a little bit more into details all beans are roasted within 24hours of the cupping, and can rest for 6-8 hours. Samples are ground immediately before cupping and grinds are coarser than what is normally used for paper drip. And finally, a few important numbers you should know: the coffee to water ratio for a cupping is 8.25 gm to 150 ml.

The cupping process step by step:

  • First, you smell the ground sample
  • Then you add water to the coffee sample, the water should be freshly drawn and approximate 200 degrees F
  • Make sure to let the coffee steep for 4 min
  • Ensure the coffee is plenty cooled off before drinking, you don’t want to burn your tongue or mouth and ruin your palate for the day
  • Once the coffee is cooled off break the crust that forms on the surface by lightly pressing with the spoon (no more than 3 times), get your nose up to the cup so you can smell the aroma after the coffee is broken
  • Remove the rest of the stuff that doesn’t go to the bottom after breaking
  • Let cool for a few more minutes, usually 8 to 12.
  • Tasting the coffee, using a spoon with a large bowl. Fill the bowl of the spoon, slurp the coffee while aspirating the coffee to cover your entire palate.  Then either drink the coffee or spit it out. Rinse your spoon and repeat at next cup. This was my favorite part, because I got to slurp in an office environment J

Should you ever get an opportunity to participate in cupping, here are a few tips for you:

  • Before you cup, try your best not to eat anything or drink anything potent. You don’t want to already affect your senses before trying coffee.
  • It’s also best if you don’t wear any perfume!
  • Cameron’s Coffee CEO even suggested smelling your own skin in between smelling in each coffee so your “palate gets cleansed”

Make sure to follow Cameron’s Coffee on social media Instagram, FacebookTwitter and stay tuned for some upcoming holiday giveaways! Love my Cameron’s Coffee mug and Tee? These are going to be available on the website soon!happy-national-coffee-day

This post includes photos by Say Hello, Story

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Cameron’s Coffee Perfect Summer Cold Brew Recipe

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I love coffee in all shapes and forms, but in the summertime cold brew is my favorite. I remember first learning about it through a Facebook post that one of my artsy friends did. He made it sound like an incredibly complicated process like at home beer brewing. So, for a couple of years I simply ordered my cold brew at local coffee shops and carried on. Thanks to my collaboration with Cameron’s Coffee I learned that I can make my very own delicious cold brew at home. There is a very handy blog post on their website with detailed instructions that are simple and easy to follow.

You can make cold brew using a French press, any glass container, or a mason jar. I chose to go with a mason jar just because I have a lot of those in my kitchen and they do look cool in the photos. There is also a cold brew system that you can purchase like this one.

For my coldbrew I used 8 oz of Roastmaster’s Blend, 8 oz of water and 1 tsp of spices. Now spices are optional, but I wanted to play around with some flavors. This specific spice mix includes ginger, cinnamon, star anise and nutmeg. I combined all the above in a mason jar and left in my fridge overnight. It’s best to let your coffee to sit for at least 12 hours. Then I ran it through a coffee filter, added some ice and milk and stayed caffeinated for the rest of the day.

If you like your coffee strong, then you can go ahead and drink the cold brew as is, or mix it with water, 50/50 is usually a pretty good ration. Since I add ice and milk, I tend not to, but that’s again up to you.

I hope you enjoyed this post and it encourages you to try making your own cold brew at home! Please make sure to share with me if you do.

I highly recommend following Cameron’s Coffee on social media as well! They are always posting helpful tips and share their coffee knowledge.

Cameron’s coffe Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Check them out and give them a like or a follow 🙂

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Milwaukee Bloggers Meet Up at Iron Horse Hotel

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Last Tuesday was simply wonderful! I finally managed to leave work on time and make it to a Milwaukee Bloggers Meet Up at the Iron Horse hotel arranged by my friend Katherine of Bordeaux Blvd. 

I’ve been living in Milwaukee for over a year now and only met a few of the bloggers in person, so this was a perfect opportunity to put faces to Instagram handles and have some real life time with everyone!

I hope you enjoy photos from the event and check out everyone’s blogs!

Katherine of Bordeaux Blvd

Pamela of It’s Pamela Kieck

Riva of What Riva Wore

Rumela of Rumela The Shopaholic

Georgia of Gloss and Harbour

Carrie of Cateyes and Carrie-alls

A huge huge Thank you Russel of Heritage Studio for all the photos and the proof that I am in fact a child!

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