TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods #SweetMeetsSpicy

Disclosure: “This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

TAZO Chai Latte K-Cup Pods #sweetmeetsspicy

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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® Chai Latte. There’s something about that rich and creamy taste with every sip providing a spicy and sweet escape. And the best part about the new TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® 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® 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® Chai Latte K-Cup® 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® pod as usual, stir and enjoy!

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TAZO Chai Latte K-Cup Pods #sweetmeetsspicy

And finally, I wanted to make sure to share that TAZO® has partnered with New York Times Bestselling author and host Padma Lakshmi to celebrate the release of the new K-Cup® 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®. 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!

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Find where to buy TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods here.

Fabletics’ Mall of America Store Opening Sat May 21

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Fabletics, the fashion-forward activewear brand co-founded by award-winning actress Kate Hudson, is opening its seventh brick-and-mortar store at the Mall of America on May 21, 2016, which is tomorrow 😉 I’ve always been interested in the brand, the activewear they offer, and the celebrities behind it. To be completely honest I sometimes go for runs in my husband’s old t-shirts, but I’ve been getting better lately.

I was surprised to find out that this is already their 7th store (and the first one was only opened last September), it’s pretty impressive for a company that started out completely online. But I am glad they delivered upon customer demand, and it’s going to be interesting to see the store and the full selection of products in person.

I guess trying on clothes in a physical store isn’t going anywhere for a while! Talk about the importance of shopping experience! The MOA store will offer

  • Mobile points of sale
  • Free shipping from the warehouses of out-of-stock items
  • Virtual shopping cart to help customers complete their shopping online after their in-store visit
  • Fun monthly events with champagne and a DJ to launch our new collection
  • Free, in-store workout classes hosted by Fabletics Masters

To celebrate the new store, guests will enjoy the following at the grand opening event:

  • 20% off all purchases
  • Complimentary “Live Your Passion” tote bags
  • Light refreshments, including champagne toast
  • Performances by acro yoga artists

In addition, the first 50 customers will receive a complimentary pair of black capris with a purchase.

The store is located on Level 1 South (S142) near Macy’s! 

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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!

Babushka

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Scarf – Irish wool blanket // Shoes – Jeffrey Campbell // Duster – Eileen Fisher //

Dress – Bel Kazan // Necklace – vintage

Christmas is over, so is my fall semester. I can’t believe I did it yet again. Let me tell you, college second time around, especially when you are 29 is hard. Hard, but doable. Now it’s just waiting for the grades to go up.

I am really excited for 2016. I will be graduating, moving for work and basically starting all over. Don’t worry, Sam and Mason are coming with!

Meanwhile, here I am at the Cedar Lake Beach in my babushka scarf, wishing that there was less snow and more sand.

H&M Opening in St Cloud || Crossroads Center

 

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Balmain collection for H&M has fashion lovers and shopaholics all over the world talking. Exclusive designer collaborations are a great way to gain exposure and credibility these days. And  H&M knows all about it.

H&M is coming to St Cloud! The new store is opening at Crossroads Center on November 5, 2015 at noon! 20,000 square feet is no joke, and I am sure all budget fashionistas in St Cloud area and beyond are lining up for the store opening already. I know I would be if I could.

Sustainability is an integral part of H&M; the brand is actively working to ensure that both new and existing stores are sustainable in the long term. Initiatives include recycling waste, utilizing water and energy efficient systems, and selecting environmentally responsible materials such as certified wood and fabrics.

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H&M is not only a great retailer offering quality clothing for the whole family, but a great employer as well. They are creating new jobs in the St Cloud area, making it an exciting time to join this constantly growing company.

I can’t believe that H&M has been in the US for 15 years already. The 5th ave stores were always my favorite. And every time I am at the Mall of America or Uptown, I pop into H&M to see new styles and trends – the perks of being a retail merchandising major, right?

Did you also know that H&M is committed to using exclusively organic cotton in all of their collections by 2020? That’s less than 5 years from now, and time surely flies.

Now for the best part: To celebrate the new store, the H&M at the Crossroads Center will offer the first 200 shoppers in line an H&M t-shirt and Access to Fashion Pass, valued between $20 and $200, in addition to other surprise offers for the whole family.

As far as my fall/winter H&M must-haves? Here are just a few 😉

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Brushed Twill Pants | Alpaca-blend sweater | Jacquard-knit dress 

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Sweatshirt | Wool-blend top | Jacquard-knit poncho

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Wide-cut pants | Wool-blend cape | Jacquard-weave shorts | Textured knit sweater

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H&M at Crossroads Center is located at 4101 Division St., St Cloud, Minnesota 56301. The store can be reached by phone at 855-466-7467 . Store hours will be Monday through Saturday 10:00am – 9:00pm, Sunday 11:00am – 6:00pm

And if you want to work for H&M check out their career section!

Connect with H&M: Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

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Duluth 2015

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Last Saturday we took a day trip to Duluth, and by we I mean Sam and myself, as well as our friends Blake,  Val and Kate.

Sam went to UMD, I spent about a month living there in the end of summer of 2010, we also got engaged in Duluth, and still have friends in the area.

Needless to say it was a fun trip, which included lunch at Burrito Union with one of Sam’s college friends Ryan, who now teaches at UMD, a walk around campus, a lot of picture taking, and even some laying in the sand on the beach.

I know I haven’t posted in a while, but life has been busy and exciting here, not leaving too much free time for the blog, but I’ll try to post at least once a week, I am sure you’ll understand!

E is for Zhenya 

   
    
 Jeans: Target | Booties: Forever 21 | Shirt: LL Bean |Bag: Target | Sunglasses: Valentino 

Sam and I had an incredible 4 day weekend. Thursday we went to campus, and oh my goodness how I missed it! We went to all three campuses, took the connector to St Paul, because I wanted Sam to see my campus, and because I wanted to go to Lori’s for coffee. 

It definitely feels good to be a senior, but the realization hasn’t hit me yet. I love school, being on campus (even though I don’t live on campus) and seeing my friends. And I know it will be hard for me to leave, but I’m going to enjoy my last year to the fullest. 

This semester I’ll be busy with 18 credits, and two internships, I’m staying with Verizon for a while, as well as continuing my Style Guru escapades with CollegeFashionista. This semester I will also be a social media inter at CF, so keep an eye out for all the awesome #stylegurulove posts on my Instagram. 

Peace! 

#BTS Denim Flare

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With school being a month away, I am already starting to think about fall style. And to be honest denim is my go to for pretty much everything, especially college related. I have stayed in the “skinnies” zone for so long, that these flares surprised even my husband.

They are denim flare jeans from Target, and so incredibly comfortable! They remind me of a pair I used to have in high school back in Russia.

The hem finish is my favorite part about this pair, it’s so detailed and unique, making this pair look anything but $29.99.

I styled this pair with a striped Free People Crop top, Target heels (because flares look best with heels!!!), HauteLook necklace and Free People reversible tote.

How do you style denim flare? Do you ware flare jeans at all?

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Heels

  
A heel came off my shoe last night as I was walking around IKEA.

It said nature on the inside. 

And for the next few hours I couldn’t stop thinking about the other heel.

It said nothing. 

But I have a sharpie and now it says strength. Because today I need some. 
 
 

Gold lace + Shopbop friends and family event

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Happy Tuesday! How are you all doing today? I am so excited to be sharing these shots with you today (Once again huge thanks to Eric of Eric Sorensen Photography). This is my new favorite dress, the go-to, the “wear everyday if I could” dress.
And for the next 3 days you are able to take 25% off your Shopbop order with SPRING25 code! Kate Spade, here I come! For the gentlemen in your life, 25% off code is also good on East Dane!
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