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 clothes out is probably my absolute favorite part of the year. Nothing can stop me from changing out of my sweatshirts and  cardigans 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 😉 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 décor, tabletop items and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment without harm to animals or people. All of their operations 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 décor and table top items are created right here in the USA, and about one-third of the entire 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!

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Celebrating Earth Day with Savers

Happy Earth Day

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. It’s about highlighting a problem we might not even know to think about, and showing us that we can make a difference through reuse via shopping thrift or donating at their local Value Village store.

I included some interesting stats for your consideration:

  •        North 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 in five years. Now that’s 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. Don’t stop wearing pants. Just start to Rethink Reuse.
  • The average person creates over 80 pounds of textile waste per year. Landfills shouldn’t 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

Thrifted outfit

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

NYX Blogger Dinner at Mall of America

"BLOOMINGTON, MN - APRIL 14: Bloggers got a preview of the new NYX Cosmetics at the Mall of America on April 14, 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Jules Ameel/Getty Images for NYX Professional Makeup )"

“BLOOMINGTON, MN – APRIL 14: Bloggers got a preview of the new NYX Cosmetics at the Mall of America on April 14, 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Jules Ameel/Getty Images for NYX Professional Makeup )”

"BLOOMINGTON, MN - APRIL 14: CEO of Nyx Cosmetics Scott Friedman greets bloggers at NYX Cosmetics at the Mall of America on April 14, 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Jules Ameel/Getty Images for NYX Professional Makeup )"

"BLOOMINGTON, MN - APRIL 14: Bloggers got a preview of the new NYX Cosmetics at the Mall of America on April 14, 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Jules Ameel/Getty Images for NYX Professional Makeup )"

"BLOOMINGTON, MN - APRIL 14: Bloggers got a preview of the new NYX Cosmetics at the Mall of America on April 14, 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Jules Ameel/Getty Images for NYX Professional Makeup )"

"BLOOMINGTON, MN - APRIL 14: Bloggers got a preview of the new NYX Cosmetics at the Mall of America on April 14, 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Jules Ameel/Getty Images for NYX Professional Makeup )"

"BLOOMINGTON, MN - APRIL 14: Bloggers got a preview of the new NYX Cosmetics at the Mall of America on April 14, 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Jules Ameel/Getty Images for NYX Professional Makeup )"

Last week I got invited to check out the new NYX store at the Mall of America. This is the 8th store the company has opened in the US so far. All the other locations are on the coasts.

Being a huge makeup junkie, and in absolute love with NYX products, I wasn’t disappointed with what I saw. The store is beautiful, offering a full selection of products (something you can’t find at Ulta or Target), knowledgable staff, iPads with tutorials that can teach you new makeup techniques. It is amazing.

I was extremely fortunate to meet the CEO of the company Scott Friedman, and learn more abut NYX from him. And as you can see from the photos I was absolutely smitten with him.

Overall it was a great night that ended with delicious dinner at Cedar + Stone. I highly recommend the Torn Kale Salad, as well as 12 Hour Braised Beef Short Rib.

Make sure to visit the NYX store if you are ever at Mall of America. It’s on the 1st floor near Sears! You can’t miss it. I also created a roundup of my favorite NYX products, check it out if you have a second!

Selling Clothes on ThredUp

Make Money with ThredUp

If you follow me on Snapchat (username @BeingZhenya) or Twitter, you know that I’ve been frantically cleaning out my closet. And not just because it’s spring cleaning, but also because I am moving and will be downsizing from a house to an apartment. To make parting with all my clothes easier, I wanted to be able to earn some money off of it. Having sold on Poshmark in the past, I knew I didn’t have time for listing and photographing every single item several times, that’s when I remembered about ThredUp.

ThredUp is a San Francisco based company that buys your gently worn or new clothes, accessories, shoes and sells them on their website. The process of selling to ThredUp is extremely easy.

thredup First you order the clean out kit, and if you would like for ThredUp to donate the items they don’t buy the kit costs $12.99, otherwise they recycle or donate the items making the kit free. I obviously went for the free kit option (I am on kit #4 at the moment).

The kit comes in the mail in a cute polka dot envelope. The insides contain the clean out bag, as well as the instructions on what to send, it’s very self-explanatory and easy. There is even a list of accepted brands for your convenience.

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Then the fun part begins, you get to clean out your closet. This is my favorite part to be honest, because I actually get to go through everything and reevaluate my wardrobe. I have to be honest I can’t downsize it to 20-30 items, but if I am ever able to, I will let you know how I did it.

The bag is very roomy, you can fit a lot in it, I would say maybe an equivalent to a 10 gallon garbage bag to give you some idea!

Finally, you drop the bag off at the nearest FedEx location, or you can even have them pick it up from your house if you’d like.

Once the ThredUp team receives the bag they process it, and it can take anywhere between 2-3 weeks. This is probably the longest waiting period of the whole process, but they keep you updated via email, which is really nice.

After the bag has been processed, they will email you with your earnings. I made about $50 off my first bag, and $125 off my second one. I am curious to see what bags 3 and 4 will hold.

Payout is done via PayPal, and you have to wait 14 days before you can cash out, otherwise you can use the money to shop ThredUp if you wish. I will have a separate post about my shopping experience with them soon!

So there you go, a new great way to make money, clean out your closet and maybe even a reason to shop!

Let me know what you think of ThredUp!

Spring Denim Must-Haves with Orvis

Disclosure: “I received complimentary product from Orvis for this review.”

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I don’t want to jinx it, but I am pretty sure spring is finally coming to Minnesota. The forecast said it will be above 70 degrees for 3 days in a row, and I am ready for the warmth. I think living in the midwest for the past 5 years made me want to talk about the weather more than anything, or I am just becoming boring.

However, one thing that never gets boring is the denim on denim trend. And this spring I am adding yet another chambray shirt to my collection, but this time I paired it up with a skirt. Are you surprised that I have taken a step away from my usual skinny jeans? I still have an X amount of those in my closet, even after I’ve been spring cleaning all week last week 😉

Both the skirt and the shirt are from Orvis. I am kind of in like with their spring line. And while they are an outdoorsy company that offers a lot of hiking clothes, there are pieces perfect for everyday wear. Also, just to remind you, I did hike around Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs two summers ago in a skirt!

So having said all this, I hope you enjoy my look, and my inner 8th grader that I had to channel by wearing the Adidas sneakers along with my Free People crop top 😉

Make sure to enter the contest Orvis is having for all the readers! They will randomly select 10 winners from all program entries and will send out the $100 gift cards. The contest runs through May 2, 2016!

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Refresh Your Wardrobe Giveaway

Can’t wait and want to shop now? I got a coupon code for you – ICSPRING, offers you $25 off a purchase of $50 or more and is good until September 30th, 2016.

Amuse Bouche by Bite Beauty Review

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When it comes to lipstick, I don’t ask for much. I need it to be matte or satin, non-sticky, and long lasting. I also need the color to be vibrant, something that will distinguish me from the crowd. I like to stand out.

I found all these characteristics in the Amuse Bouche by Bite Beauty. Having received 3 lipsticks in the mail about a month ago, I wanted to make sure I really put these products to the test.

 

Amuse Bouche Beetroot

Color: Beetroot 

Amuse Bouche Gazpacho Amuse Bouche Gazpacho

Color: Gazpacho

Amuse Bouche Pepper Amuse Bouche Pepper

Color: Pepper

Hands down Beetroot is my favorite color, it’s new and different in my collection, and I was pleasantly surprised that the color lasted even after a visit to Starbucks, and I make those more than once a day 😉

Gazpacho is a play on the traditional red lipstick, it’s bright and vibrant, definitely not a deep red some may be looking for, but definitely worth considering for the summer.

And finally Pepper, probably the most “neutral” of the trio, it’s a safe color for those who don’t like to draw attention to themselves, or chose to accentuate the eyes.

These are my new favorite lipsticks, and I can’t imagine my beauty routine without them.

Thanks to Influenster for providing me with these samples for review! 

Vacation Dreaming with Sakroots

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Since I spent my spring break apartment hunting in Milwaukee, I am in full swing planning a short summer getaway for Sam and I. I will also be a regular at the lake beaches this year, just to get the most out of Twin Cities living, before I trade Chain of Lakes for Lake Michigan.

Going to the beach has always been one of my favorite pass times. That’s why I am so excited to partner with Sakroots for this post and share their gallery of artwork on bags, shoes, tech accessories, travel & luggage and back to school accessories appealing to the artist, music and nature lover in all of us.  Their Choose Your Karma (#chooseyourkarma) campaign supports like-minded artists and charities while encouraging customers to choose who and what they want to support from the circle. Also, Sakroots matches all donations!

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I can’t wait to wear my new Ella Flat Espadrilles in Natural Spirit Desert and pack all the necessities in my new waterproof XL tote in Aqua Water Nation when I go to the beach this summer. Can you tell I am obsessed with Essie nail polish as well? And no day at the beach is complete without hair care products and sunscreen! Last, but not least, I’ll be bringing my mini jambox to the lake this year to enjoy my favorite tunes with friends.

So if you are looking for the perfect Spring Break look check out Snakeroots and their curated collection of must have functional spring break accessories featuring colorful & original artwork… and they support various nature and music charities! Different prints are connected to different charities, which you can learn more about on their website.

Vintage Vest


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This vintage vest is unique, a bit obnoxious, and anything but ordinary. I haven’t braved to wear it to any of my classes or out in public yet, I just need some more time 😉 My friends have called me Pioneer Woman in it, and mentioned that some of the photos are fit for an “Explore North Dakota” billboard campaign. Regardless, this vintage vest is a gem, and I am bringing it to Milwaukee with me!

Meanwhile I am listening to Ophelia by Lumineers on repeat, binge watching Girls at night, and waiting to register for my Accounting class. Happy Wednesday!

 

Knit Skirt

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This knit skirt doesn’t get out that much, but likely it’s still cold in Minneapolis, so I can wear it out a few more times before spring finally gets here.

Last week I was on break and it started off with a trip to Milwaukee with Lexi, meeting new friends (here is looking at you Sarah and Kaitlyn), exploring new neighborhoods, and catching up with old friends. Fascinated by lake Michigan, I didn’t want to leave. Only 4 more months left.

In the next few months I will be trying to cross some stuff off my Minneapolis bucket list, so stay tuned for that and follow along!

<3 Coffee

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Happy Spring Break! I am off to Milwaukee on Monday to do some apartment searching with a friend, neighborhood research for myself, and meeting some amazing friends from Instagram. I can’t wait to be done with school and move. This week felt odd and frustrating. Knowing myself I need a change of scenery, and some Collectivo coffee, which is exactly what I am doing 🙂

It’s been refreshing to hang out with some apparel majors this week, versus my regular retail crowd. And I wanted to mention my friend Sinead’s blog. It’s called Sinead Odessa, which is her name 😉 and I highly encourage you to check it out if you get a chance!

Style wise I’ve been leaning towards skinny jeans and graphic tees, I can never seem to get enough of those, so I made this roundup of my favorite looks with black skinny jeans, they are all pretty basic, which makes them so much more appealing.  This coffee tee got so much love on Instagram yesterday, that I think I’m going to feature it in another post next week!

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