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.

Grey Jumpsuit

WHEN IN NEW YORK- GREY JUMPSUIT

 

WHEN IN NEW YORK- GREY JUMPSUIT

WHEN IN NEW YORK- GREY JUMPSUIT

WHEN IN NEW YORK- GREY JUMPSUIT

 

WHEN IN NEW YORK- GREY JUMPSUIT

Like I mentioned earlier on Instagram, this jumpsuit is probably the toughest piece of clothing I’ve ever had to pull off! I got it from wonderful ladies at Rae Lynn’s Boutique, in Indianapolis. Styling it is still a challenge, but I am determined to make it work this summer!

Outfit details: Jumpsuit c/o Rae Lynn’s Boutique || Shoes: Coach Beige Lydia Open Toe flats (similar here) || Lipstick: NYX Liquid Suede in Soft Spoken

Post Commencement

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I don’t know where to begin. Commencement was incredible, the parties before and after commencement were amazing, and now I have a month off before I have to take my last class at the University of Minnesota. Yes, I am one of those people who walked before actually being done 😉 So before ACCT 2050 kicks my butt this summer I wanted to share a couple thoughts and reflections on the time I spent in college, as an almost 30 year old!

  1. You can do it! You can take 23 credits a semester and survive if you want to. You can go back to school after having another degree. You can fit in, make friends, have fun. It’s just all up to you. Don’t give in to the outside noise, stick to your path, your plan, and your goal. There will be a lot of bullshit on the way, but you just need to make it through that!
  2. Be assertive when it comes to everything!
  3. Stand up for yourself. And if an angry email doesn’t work, that’s what student conflict resolution center is for.
  4. Graduation day is like a wedding day, you spend all this time preparing for it, living it, and when it’s over, you realize it’s just the beginning. And just like anything in this world, life after graduation takes a lot of work, determination and a little help from your friends!

College was everything I ever hoped for it to be and more. I am glad I have one more class to take this summer, I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to be honest.

Photography: Chan Shin Photography 

Naot Trunk Show + Donation Event May 5-7

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When it comes to fashion, there are very few things I love as much as shoes.

Today I wanted to share an upcoming event that will take place here in the Twin Cities. It’s hosted by Naot Footwear & Schuler Shoes, and will go Thursday, May 5 9:30 am through Saturday, May 7 at 6:00 pm in 10 Schuler Shoes locations throughout the metro area. 

The event will benefit Good in the ‘Hooda nonprofit dedicated to helping the urban poor and those that have been marginalized by difficult circumstances. Through youth mentoring, internships and adult advocacy programs, they are able to offer effective support for those desiring to move forward in life.

Everyone who attends the trunk show will be able to contribute to Good in the ‘Hood just by simply trying on shoes. Try on a pair of Naots, and they will donate a pair to those in need. If you buy a pair, they will donate two pairs. It’s fashion for a cause!

Use #NaotGivesBack to join the conversation on social media! And maybe I’ll see you there 😉

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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!

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Celebrating Earth Day with Savers

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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!

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 

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Color: Gazpacho

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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.

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