January Book Club

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Hi and welcome to a new category on my blog – the monthly book club! This is inspired by an actual book club that I am beyond excited to be a part of. My friends Sarah and Kaitlyn of The Duck and the Owl are the ones who set it up, and everyone that you keep seeing in my group photos on Insta is in it too! This month we are reading The Mothers by Brit Bennet.

I look forward to reading this book, and I will be sharing my review and thoughts at the end of the month. Meanwhile, if you would like to read along, we would love to have you!

Whole 30 Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Happy Friday friends! I am nearing the end of week 1 on Whole 30. As some of you remember I’ve done it once before, and I felt like the beginning of 2017 was a perfect time! I wanted to share my new favorite breakfast with you today.

Let’s be honest here – Chia Seed puddings are trendy. You see them all over Instagram, Pinterest and other social media outlets. I think more people photograph them than actually eat the said pudding.

For me, however, this mason jar contained, berry topped and Instagram filtered breakfast has become a saving grace. I never eat breakfast, my mom never ate breakfast, I never saw my grandma eat breakfast, which could be attributed to the fact that she woke up hours before everyone else to do whatever grandmas do before the sun rise. So imagine me actually eating breakfast now! I hope you are as excited about it as I am.

The below recipe allows me to make 2 servings, making it a double win 😉

You will need: 

1 cup frozen berries, I usually by mine at Costco

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

4 tbs chia seeds, I buy 2 lbs bag from Costco

1 banana, but if you don’t have one, don’t fear, it will still work out and thicken

Add some spices for a flavor kick, like vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, or ginger.

Place everything in a blender, I use a Nutri Bullet – another recent obsession of mine 🙂 Then evenly divide the mix between 2 mason jars, and place in the fridge overnight. In the morning, once the pudding is ready to eat, I top it with some fresh berries and enjoy, which I hope you will too 🙂

Do you have a favorite breakfast food? Do tell!

 

Join me on my 2017 Health and Wellness Journey

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Today I am turning a new page here at BeingZhenya.com. I am starting a health and wellness journey that I want to share with you. I’ve been thinking a lot about the blog and whether to continue writing, and I decided that it was time to put more time and effort into it.

Since starting my first big job out of college last August I found myself spending more time on the couch with a glass of wine watching yet another show on Netflix. Even my regular trips to the gym seemed to be pointless.

That’s why I am starting 2017 with another Whole 30 challenge. Sam and I did it a year and a half ago and it worked so well for us. I will be sharing my grocery hauls as well as my favorite recipes with you. And even though the challenge is only 30 days, I am planning on continuing it through the year.

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If 30 days seems too long, I would like to recommend the POPSUGAR January Jump Start plan for 2017 which includes clean eating recipes and 2-week workout plan! It’s easy to navigate, and some of the workouts even include videos, so you can simply follow along. I will be continuing attending classes at the WAC, sticking with strength and boot camp, but I will give a more detailed update once I see the January/February schedule.

Another important aspect of my health and wellness journey for 2017 is my mental and emotional health. I’ve noticed that a lot of my friends were battling depression and anxiety. I have been going through a lot over the past few months as well. Some of the major 2016 events included our move to Milwaukee, leaving my Minneapolis friends, graduating from college, starting a new job. It’s stressful when it’s just you, but when you are moving with a spouse, it’s even more so. I’m looking for 2017 to slow down and for things to settle down a bit, but we’ll see. I am planning on spending less time on my phone, more time with my friends and family, more time reading and writing.

I want to wish you all a happy new year, let’s make 2017 kick ass!

Winter Cozy // Monday Mode Link Up // Luminess Air Giveaway

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Happy December! Winter is finally here, it snowed in Milwaukee today, and even though it will probably melt away, I love it! I am taking out all my flannels, warm pajamas and hot chocolate. I am also counting down days till my winter break! Wait what? With the amount of days the company is giving us off, and the time I took off, I will have Dec 22 – Jan 1 off! How cool is that? I feel like I am back in college! I am also really excited to go to Minnesota for Christmas! Make plans now, before my calendar gets booked 🙂 Haha

Today’s look is a combination of a few of my favorite things: menswear inspired coat that I spruced up with a vintage bee pin, thrifted handmade cable knit sweater and Timberland foldover boots.

And there you have it friends!


Featured blogger of the week is Pam of It’s Pam Del! Thank you for linking up with us, we can’t wait to see what you will share this week!

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The sign ups for co-hosting Monday Mode are now open for 2017! Please let us know if you are interested through email or comments below! I can’t wait to have more of you be a part of our fashion adventure!

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And now for the giveaway! Every Monday in December we’ll be giving away something special from a brand we love! Today it’s a gift set from Luminess Air which includes Simply Golden Eyeshadow palette, Long Wear Mascara and Eyebrow pencil.

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In Bordeaux // Monday Mode Link Up

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving! I feel so fortunate I got to spend it with my friend Kaitlyn and her family!

The rest of this long weekend was spent catching up on reading, blogging and organizing my apartment. I also got to see my friend Jessica and catch up on what’s going on in Minneapolis.

Today’s outfit is a layering masterpiece, at least in my book! I am usually not very good at layering. I find it difficult to find pieces that go together, but this time maybe it’s the bordeaux color that helps me pull it off together.

Once again all the photos are by @kaitlyn.luckow and if you like my outfit, you can shop it or similar pieces below:

And now for the Link Up: The blogger of the week is Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge. Please leave your links below and help us spread the word be it through Twitter, Instagram or Facebook by using hashtag #MondayMode 🙂
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A Very Mod Style Monday Mode with LATTORI and Link Up

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Do you have a look or a style that you go for regardless of the season? Something you rely on when in doubt? For me it’s the mod 60’s style dresses that help show off my legs, while being work appropriate. I love this LATTORI dress exactly for that reason. It’s easy shape and vibrant colors help you get noticed, but not too much. Styling it was as easy as 1-2-3. I threw on some heels, and viola. That’s why I love dresses. They are an outfit on their own. I always feel better about spending money on a dress if I am in the store too. It’s an easy throw on solution to early morning dilemmas that I am sure we all face each and every day!

I hope you enjoyed this outfit! I have one more LATTORI dress to share and I am saving that one for next week.

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The blogger of the week is Ashley of Le Style Rogue. Make sure to Link Up this week to stay in touch with all of us and for a chance to be featured in the upcoming weeks! December is going to be an exciting month as well, full of giveaways!

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Fall Florals with LATTORI + Monday Mode Link Up

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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 😉


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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 🙂

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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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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