Monday Mode Link Up is Back – March 27

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Happy Monday! Rachel, Jewel and I are back with Monday Mode Link Up! I hope you are as excited as we are ūüôā

From New York to Minneapolis, to finally coming back to Milwaukee, I can’t wait to get back to my routine. I never thought I would say that, but I am really excited to go to my regular gym classes, dive into work and start cooking healthy meals again! What are you excited for this week?

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Forever Velvet

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Buckle up stylish friends, velvet isn’t going anywhere. It’s only getting brighter and more interesting with every passing day. While crushed velvet has been the center of attention for a few months, burn out and printed velvet is quickly taking over the stage. One of my favorite trends at the moment though, velvet and mesh combos.

What is your velvet inspiration?

Babble Box Review

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media.

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With spring being just around the corner, and let’s be honest, it felt like spring over the past few days here in Milwaukee, we even had lunch outside at work today, it’s perfect timing to start thinking about updating beauty routine! And this is where Babble Boxx comes in!

What is the Babble Boxx? It’s a collection of full and trial size beauty related products that I have recently received in the mail. My box included:

  1. Clear Eyes Pure Relief¬ģ Multi-Symptom¬†the Winner of Product of the Year 2017 for Eye Care category, based on TNS consumer survey!¬†Clear eyes has been a number one selling brand for a long time but now it has launched the first preservative free eye drops in a multi-dose bottle at retail in the US. The bottle is actually the secret to the product’s preservative free formula – it has a unique built in purifying filter that keeps the bacteria out. This product¬†relieves red eyes, as well as burning, itchy, dry, irritated, gritty or watery eyes and provide up to 12 hours of comfort.¬†¬†I am definitely going to keep a bottle handy at my desk in the office. We’ve all had those¬†days of endless staring at a computer screen that’s why I am especially looking forward to using Clear Eyes Pure Relief Multi-Symptom. In addition a $4 Off coupon is available from 2/13 to 3/13 on Coupons.com!
  2. LumaRX Full Body Device. I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am for this product. Good-bye unwanted body hair! This devices is based on IPL technology with results similar to professional treatments. Hello savings and smooth skin! Summer can’t come soon enough! If you are wondering how this technology works, I strongly recommend looking into LumaRx¬ģ, but to give you the scoop it¬†emits light energy that penetrates deep into the skin and reaches the hair root. The heat stuns active hair follicles, and disrupts hair growth cycle and helps prevent future hair growth. I will definitely help you posted on my results! I plan on starting using this product right away! ¬†Receive $75 off the LumaRX Full Body Device with code ‚ÄúBB75‚ÄĚ. This promotion is available until March 11th 2017 at 12:00 EST.
  3. Dermae E: Vitamin C Concentrated Serum. I am always impressed with brands’ abilities to send me right products at the right time! Just as I was running low on my skin care, this skin savior came in the mail! This serum aims¬†to boost collagen health,¬†minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles as well as¬†improve the appearance of uneven skin tone. Some of the ingredients include¬†Hyaluronic Acid,¬†Vitamin,¬†Aloe and Vitamin E. Needless to say this product has quickly climbed to the top of my daily skin care routine list.
  4. Dermae E: Vitamin C¬†Renewing Moisturizer is the serum’s best friend! This is a¬†lightweight, radiance-boosting¬†moisturizer that supports collagen health, helps to improve¬†the appearance of uneven skin tone, fine lines and¬†wrinkles. As you can tell together with the serum this is an unstoppable skin care duo! The moisturizer includes Probiotics and Rooibos that work along with¬†Vitamin C to help shield and strengthen¬†skin‚Äôs natural defense. I will also keep you posted on my results! Would anyone be interested in the before and after post?
  5. K√©rastase Ciment Thermique. Another product I am extremely excited to try this season. I’ve been bleaching my hair since I was 16, and I am always on the look out for the new products to help keep my hair looking and feeling healthy. This product is a leave-in primer that strengthens and protects hair during heat styling. Hello curling wand and hair straightener, here is looking at you! I can’t wait to put it to the test!
  6. Winky Lux: Flower Balm – this product is magic! It applies on clear and then reacts to the¬†skin’s pH levels, uniquely creating the perfect shade of pink lips, so it looks different on everyone! How amazing is that? I have to admit I already had a Winky Lux lipstick and I love it! But this, it just blows my mind! And did I mention there is a real chrysanthemum in the product? Plus¬†it’s coconut scented, which is basically my favorite scent!
  7. Winky Lux: Stella Marina Lipstick – for the dare devil in you is how I would describe this lipstick! I am absolutely obsessed with the burgundy with little bits of metallic pink mixed in. The lipstick is ultra long wearing, so no need to touch up every hour ūüėČ

I hope you enjoyed my review of the Babble Box! Have you tried any of the products? Do tell!

Chicago Weekend // Monday Mode Link Up

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Spontaneous weekend getaways are my favorite.¬†Sam and I used Valentine’s Day as an excuse to go down to Chicago and enjoy the 60 degree February weather that we had here! Today I want to share my weekend in outfits. Enjoy my journey from riverwalk to the beach, from Logan Square to Lincoln Park with a little West Loop and Village thrown in between, and don’t hesitate to link up with us ūüôā

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My Weekend in Outfits – Chicago || Monday Mode Link Up

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Spontaneous weekend getaways are my favorite.¬†Sam and I used Valentine’s Day as an excuse to go down to Chicago and enjoy the 60 degree February weather that we had here! Today I want to share my weekend in outfits. Enjoy my journey from riverwalk to the beach, from Logan Square to Lincoln Park with a little West Loop and Village thrown in between, and don’t hesitate to link up with us ūüôā

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Popsugar must have box – January 2017

Disclosure: POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try #sponsored #ad

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I have been loving Popsugar Must Have boxes lately! Their contents is stellar! And the January box is no exception. This box includes a Goldfaden MD peel for the beauty products/skin care addict. This peel alone costs $84, while the entire box is only $4o! A must-have subscription box indeed – you read it here first ūüôā You can save an additional $5 off your first box by using code SHOP5.

The Russian in me is incredibly happy about the Peppermint Tea from Dean and Deluca! I can’t wait to drink it.

Who can say no to a scented candle? I go through about 3 a month! Here is to Glade!

The Manduka yoga mat towel and Daily Concepts Hair Wrap are so perfect for the gym rat like me. The mat is actually the reason I am considering trying hot yoga.

As far as the Happy Notes go, I can’t wait to share them with my co-workers. Wouldn’t you want to come to work on a Monday and see a happy message on your screen? I know I would!

But the calendar is hands down my favorite, and the best part – you can use it as note cards! I will definitely be utilizing it this year.

 

Make sure to try the PopSugar Must have box if you haven’t already. And do take advantage of the $5 discount, you won’t regret it. Get your box here.

Athleisure + Monday Mode Link Up

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Have you heard of athleisure? It’s my favorite trend ever, because you get to combine workout clothes with everyday clothes, like jeans and this Gap body top. I also can’t get over these Reeboks I thrifted for $5.55!

Do you athleisure? Make sure to tell me by leaving a comment below!

Please join us for the weekly link up and let us know if you’d like to co-host! I’ll be sending out a reminder email later this week with a sign up doc ūüôā

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Pleated Midi Skirt + Monday Mode Link Up

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Hello loves, i hope you had a great week! I took about a week long break from posting on Instagram, and it felt so great! I know a lot of you missed me, but I am back now. You see this much needed break helped me get my ideas and thoughts together, and I can’t wait to share more of my real life with you, like the no make up post work out Zhenya.

Fun fact, last weekend was my high school reunion. The Russian high school I graduated from in 2003 and sworn to never go back to. And I haven’t really. Partially because I’ve been living here for so long, partially because I hated high school. However there was something inside that was pushing me to go. Of course I wasn’t going to make it, but I wanted to talk to the people I spent 10 years in school with, the people that I wrote and passed notes to in class, the people that shared my hatred for gym class with, the people that pushed me to do better, be better.

I hope you all have people in your life who motivate you and help you better your best! Here is to the memories!

Outfit details: Pleated Midi Skirt – Zara sale ($19.99), Williams Ankle Boot from Free People ($30 on clearance), Ettika chocker, and white vintage sweater ($2.99) – yes, I am back in the thrifting game! I can’t wait to show you more of my thrift and vintage finds, I love the local thrift stores here ūüôā

Thank you for linking up with us every week! We can’t wait to see your posts!

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Monday Mode Link Up January 16

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Happy Monday! I am so emotional and excited over the Packers win over Cowboys last night, I don’t think I know how to contain myself. I bet you never thought you’d see me talking about football on the blog, did you? Well Wisconsin is working it’s magic on me! I love living here, I love all the friends I’ve made. But one of the things I love the most is Lake Michigan. That’s why I am always shooting outfits by it. Today is no exception. By the way, can you guess what my favorite color is? Enjoy and don’t forget to link up yours below!

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All photos by Kaitlyn Luckow <3

My Balayage Experience at Get Dolled Up Salon with Melissa

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I love getting my hair done period. So when Melissa from Get Dolled Up reached out to me offering a balayage and hair cut experience at a Shorewood based salon I couldn’t say no!

I switched from highlights to balayage in 2014, when I saw an picture on Instagram and knew that my hair didn’t have to look stripey, but could have a beautiful blended effect. And have been a balayage convert ever since.

Melissa spent about 4 hours on the cut and color but it was so worth it! Last time I got my hair done I wasn’t happy with the cut. The girl cut out a weird bang portion that I was looking to get blended in, resulting in me requesting Melissa to take about 2 inches off.

The balayage looks amazing, I got baby lights added, which I’ve never had before, they make the blond strands stand out even more. I also got to try Schwarzkopf hair dye again after a very long break. Schwarzkopf is a really popular brand in Russia, but having been living in the States for a long time, and coming from Minneapolis, which is Aveda central, it was a nice change.

Now bleached hair can be tricky to take care of, that’s why I also want to share my favorite products that help me keep my hair looking blonder and healthier longer.

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  1. Shimmer Lights Shampoo and Conditioner – use these once or twice a week to keep your hair from looking too yellow.
  2. Maple Holistics Grapeseed Oil – rich in vitamin E, it’s perfect for hair growth. I love deep conditioning my hair and massaging my scalp with it about once a week.
  3. Coconut Curls by OGX – even though my hair is pretty straight, I use this product on my ends to keep them from being too dry.
  4. Matrix Heat Buffer – a must have spray for every time I use a styling tool, like the GHD curve featured in last weeks Beauty Brunch Post, a blow dryer or a straightener.
  5. Matrix So Long Damage Iron Tamer – a cream type of heat protectant. I use this on damp hair more than anything. The heat buffer (#4) is perfect for dry hair.
  6. L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil – perfect for a finishing touch to make my hair smooth and shiny. See the full review on L’Oreal’s Extraordinary Hair line on my YouTube channel.
  7. Dessange Paris Color Restorative Top Coat Serum with UV filter – same idea as the oil above, but the UV protectant makes it my number one choice!

I hope you enjoyed my hair transformation and find my list of products helpful! Let me know if you’ve tried any of the above and what your opinion is! Have a product that works for you? Please share that as well in the comments below!

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