Grow Longer Hair Faster

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I have no problem experimenting with products and trying out new stuff. That’s why when Rozge came to me with an offer to try their GrowFast  shampoo and conditioner, I couldn’t say no. Summer was coming to an end, and I wanted to try out something that would help my hair grow faster in the fall/winter seasons.

Just like any normal girl I have several things that I don’t like about my hair, or that I think are currently wrong with it, but that’s all I got, and I am working with it.

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I have been using GrowFast shampoo and conditioner for 3 weeks now, and that’s how long it usually takes to see the first results. I didn’t start seeing the results until last week, and of course they aren’t huge! I didn’t grow a full head of hair overnight, I will never be able to compete with Rapunzel, and I am okay with that.

There is a trick to the shampoo and conditioner process, and I am not talking about the ingredients now. And that’s a good tip for anyone who uses shampoo and conditioner on a regular basis. The Rosge shampoo needs to be massaged into your scalp for 3-5 minutes. When I first read the instructions, I thought – alright, I can do this. But my arms started hurting after about 2 minutes. It definitely takes time get used to. A little scalp massage never hurt anyone to be honest.

As far as the ingredients go, the products include:

– Apigenin, which fights the follicle aging process and prevents hair loss. It works by increasing circulation to the scalp and providing a seamless pathway for nutrients to nurture the hair follicles.

– Oleanolic Acid  –  naturally occurring triterpenoid found in plants, this component is nontoxic and protects cells against stress. Oleanolic Acid strengthens hair, making it less susceptible to hair loss.

– Biotin – A form of Vitamin B, Biotin is essential for cellular growth in the body. Studies have reported that biotin helps strengthen hair. Vitamin B is found in a variety of foods including nuts, fish, meat, eggs, and dairy. Known as the Vitamin B Complex, B vitamins promote a healthy body function and cell renewal.

– Shea Butter Fruit is an emollient that locks in moisture without leaving hair feeling oily. This natural extract conditions the scalp and shields against damage from heat tools and harmful environmental factors.

Shampoo Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Alaninate, Polyquaternium-7, Sodium PCA, PEG-8 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Apigenin, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Oleanolic Acid, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PG-26- Buteth-26, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Fragrance (Parfum).

Conditioner Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Chloride, Allantoin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Apigenin, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Calcium Pantothenate, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hexylene Glycol, Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Maltodextrin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Minoxidil, Niacinamide, Oleanolic Acid, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PG-26-Buteth-26, Phenoxyethanol, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Pyridoxine HCl, Silica, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Starch Octenyl Succinate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trideceth-6, Fragrance (Parfum).

Here are my before and after in just 3 weeks. I hope you notice the difference, because I sure do!

To get 25% off your Rozge order – enter BEINGZHENYA at checkout! 

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Have any tips on how to grow your hair out faster? Leave them in the comments below!

Fall Style Minneapolis

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Last week I had an amazing opportunity to style several of Josi’s dresses for fall! If you remember this post, you know that Josi is a Minneapolis based designer of fabrics, and she has recently started her dress line! Back in May I got to try on the mini, and now she has come out with a maxi!

Enjoy the looks, let me know what you think, and don’t forget to go visit Josi and Austin at 1008 Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis!

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 Maxi + Denim + Boots 

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Sweater + Maxi + Belt 

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Mini + Hat + Heels + Leather Jacket

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The Scarf 

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Getting Away with Sh*t


… aka the lessons I learned from Timothy Goodman. Wait who? And why? And why would you want to get away with anything?

I was probably the only person going into the presentation who had no idea who Timothy Goodman was. I chose to attend his presentation for a professional development portion for one of my classes.

The website said he was from New York City, so I knew it was going to be good. You know I haven’t gotten over NYC and it’s already been 4 years. Probably never will, but anyhow…

I looked him up on Twitter, and thought cool – he has a lot of followers. I had no idea what I signed myself up for. But in the end what it was and what I got out of it was so much more than I expected.

The presentation started with dick jokes, a lot of them, and they were quiet funny to be honest.

But then he mentioned a person who, when asked “What do you do for a living?”, said “Whatever I can get away with!”.

So how do you do that?

1. Know the rules
2. Have audacity
3. Don’t ask for permission
4. Listen to yourself
5. Get in your work
6. Stay young

In the end, finding my voice is what matters, even though reality and expectation don’t always line up.

So never stop making, because anything can be your canvas!


Gina + Will Goodwill

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Last Friday night I finally made it to the new thrift store Gina + Will in Dinkytown. Operated by Goodwill Easter Seals MN it is an experimental store targeted towards young people and students. Located at 1324 5th St SE, Minneapolis it’s right across the street from Target Express and is very easy to find.

I got there around 7 pm and the place was busy! There was music, DJ, food and refreshments, and of course so many styles to choose from.

It was also a great chance for me to snap a few pictures of some outfits that made it on the Ustyle tumblr page!

What to shop Gina + Will for?

Fall apparel – sweaters, jackets, boots – it’s all there and the selection is great.

Bottoms – jeans, skirts, slacks, sweatpants (if you wish) can also be found in a large variety of styles and sizes.

Specialty racks – Gina + Will loves black and white was one of them last week, and I snagged two amazing items off of that rack!

Go there for the school spirit wear (and other local teams too ;) ) – get that Goldie on your shirt for cheaper than anywhere else!

Have you visited Gina + Will Goodwill? What did you think?

One of my finds was this white Talbots pleated skirt. You will be seeing a lot of it this fall, trust me!

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Draw My Life

Hey everyone, I made this Draw my Life video as an introduction for my Creative Problem Solving class this semester and I thought it would be fun to share it with you! Enjoy and have a great weekend!


Back to School #tst

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Forever 21 booties , Ann Taylor shorts, Cynthia Rowly t-shirt, Duluth Trading Company bag

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Back to school is easy when you are actually going to school, which in my case, I am. Classes started on Tuesday, and so far I am beyond excited and ready for action. We’ll see how long that lasts. I do have my Duluth Trading Company bag to tag along with me though, it’s so big and functional, and I love the smell of it!

New York Fashion Week Started today, and I will be glued to my screen, you know it! The BCBGMaxAzria show I caught this am before class was amazing! Live shows are the best! I was planning on volunteering at this Fashion Week, but school started and I don’t think it would’ve been a good idea to skip out on a whole bunch of classes. Maybe next semester? ;) And just like I did recaps in the spring, I will be doing them now. So come back later today! Check out other #ThriftStyleThursday posts on our FB page!


Instagram. Instablogging. Instablogger.

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An interesting subject came up during one of our Twitter chats last night. Who is an Instablogger, and is it possible to be one?

While a lot of us have been using Instagram to compliment our blog, post previews of the posts to come, host giveaways, etc. Some people call themselves instabloggers, and have no other online presence other than Instagram.

Who is an instablogger and should you become one?

If you already have a blog that’s connected to your Instagram account, bad luck. You can’t qualify for that position. But if you are an active Instagram user, who also likes going somewhat deep in the comments section before inserting all the hashtags, instablogging may be for you.

But let’s take a step back and think how Instagram has changed the blogging scene.

More and more likes and comments appear on Instagram vs the actual blog.

We spend more time looking at the Insta feed than our blog feed.

There are bloggers I only follow on Instagram and Twitter, but don’t read their actual blogs.

Now is all this bad? No! I have said it before and I will say it again, there is room for everyone on the Internet. There are no limits as to where and how much you can upload, but also no limits to your potential! Be creative, be inventive, be original. And maybe one day I’ll see your photo on the popular tab.

Now a lot of you are maybe wondering how to become popular on Instagram. If popularity is what you are after, think about a theme for your feed. Just like a blog has a niche, a feed can have a theme. For example, Mavatar’s instagram only consists of black and white photos. Chelsea of zipped blog edits all of her pictures in Afterlight. Hackwith design’s photos are very neutral, done in mostly whites, greys and beiges, with some green and white in between.

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Think about the feeds that you like, why do you like them? Are there feeds that you don’t like?

I have a very hard time following feeds that feature babies, pets, parties, alcohol, bauble necklaces, and a few other things. I will be honest, I don’t follow such feeds, and if they do post anything along those lines, I unfollow. Is it wrong of me? Well if that’s something I or you don’t want to see, why subscribe or follow that person?

So back to insta-blogging… I personally think Instagram is a great tool to drive traffic to your website, online or actual store. But is insta-blogging going to replace regular blogging? Even if you take all the clickable and affiliate links into consideration, it won’t.

As long as Instagram doesn’t go down the FB way with the amount of followers an individual can pay for, I am okay with it.

September

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Right before my first class starts this semester, I am thinking about this quote, about the words of Maryl Streep that have been floating around the internet for the past few hours. I am sure you have already seen them.

“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.” – Meryl Streep

And when there are of course many life applications to those, think of her words from a blogger perspective.

How many times do we leave a comment on someones post in hopes that they will in return go to our blog?

How many times have we asked for #followforfollow or joined a link up party?

How many relationships have we built, but how many have we destroyed?

Are our priorities as bloggers straight, or are we willing to sell our soul for a free dress or shirt, or a pair of shoes?

Have we been focusing on the real world or the one online, and how honest have we been with each other and with ourselves?

Happy September!

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iMyne Shop Your Heart Out + Giveaway

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
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I have recently recently been introduced to iMyne. With bloggers promoting online shopping in every post and collecting commission on every item sold, I thought it would be good to post about something different for a change. Something that we can all do to bring change. 

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I always get inspired to style and shop when I am reading the latest issue of a favorite fashion magazine, so I did a little research on iMyne.

iMyne is a community of shoppers changing the world, just by buying from sites they already love. Many of the retailers you know and love offer money back as an incentive to shop their sites, but these incentives are rarely cashed in. iMyne works with these sites to send those savings back to you—and your favorite cause. It’s automatic and ongoing and you donate without a penny out of pocket. And, the more people in your iMyne community, the more money you earn and give. It’s easy and simple; safe and secure. It’s not cash-back, it’s cash-forward. Simply shop, earn and give.

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Turns out iMyne is an easy way to donate to the charity of your choice (I picked Hera Women’s Cancer Foundation in memory of my Grandma who died from cancer 3.5 years ago), and earn some cash back. Simply download and install iMyne into your browser, you will see an iMy icon appear, and click to activate it every time you shop. 

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Here is the list of retailers and what percentage you can give to your charity by purchasing there. And here is how iMyne compares to other similar websites:

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And now for the fun part, and my favorite part – check out and enter the iMyne Shop Your Heart Out $2,500 Sweepstakes Now Through 9/2/14 

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BeingZhenya.com DIY Fringe T-shirt #tst

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DIY BeingZhenya.com T-shirt, DKNY skirt, Forever 21 Booties, Rebecca Minkoff bag

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I finally came around to making a T-shirt for my blog, and then wore it to take pictures outside.

The shirt is still not done, I am planning on adding sequins or beads to the letters to outline them, but it’s a start!

A lot has happened in the past couple of days, and I have more projects going on than time on my hands, but like I tweeted yesterday, I am extremely grateful for what I do as a blogger, and for those who take me seriously!

At the end of the day it’s all about sitting down and enjoying the sunset.

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Styling a pencil skirt isn’t complicated at all, especially when you have an amazing pair of booties.

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