Summer in White Levis + Monday Mode Link Up

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Happy Memorial Day everyone! I hope you enjoy your day and spend time with those you love. I have been obsessed with wearing white lately, I went from zero pairs of white jeans to 2, including these sweet Levi’s. Make sure to check my Instagram if you want to see what else I’ve been wearing lately. And don’t forget to join our weekly fashion link up 🙂

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Photos by Kaitlyn Luckow 

My Weekend at AC Hotel Madison

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If I were to tell you about a weekend in life, it would be this one! I spent it in Madison celebrating the opening of AC Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin. I’ve been living in Wisconsin for a little over 9 months now and was incredibly honored to be one of the 5 bloggers invited to this event.

The new hotel is located in downtown Madison on Webster St only a block away from the Capitol. I didn’t know what kind of treat I was in when I first arrived. And for those of you wondering, of course Sam came with me 🙂

We quickly checked in to our room on the 8th floor. Our windows faced Lake Mendota and the view was amazing. I also had a surprise waiting for me in the room – local wine from Wollershein Winery, and cookies from Baking for Good Bakery.

That night all of us met for dinner at Eno Vino on the 10th floor of the hotel. I was so excited to meet all the other bloggers at the event and enjoy the amazing food and drinks that night.

Friday morning we all gathered downstairs for the official opening ceremony and wine smashing. It was amazing to hear Arne Sorenson, the CEO of Marriott International speak and tell the history of the hotel. AC Hotel started as a Spanish brand founded in 1998 by Antonio Catalan. In 2011 AC Hotels formed a joint venture with Marriott. There are now 100 hotels under the AC brand!

The next speaker was Nigel Barker, yes the Nigel Barker world-famous fashion photographer who was a judge on 17 seasons of America’s Next Top Model. Turns out he is the brand ambassador for the hotels. I couldn’t have asked for a better occasion to meet him.

After all the morning festivities Sam and I spent the afternoon exploring Madison, and I will definitely write a separate post about that, so stay tuned.

Friday night I got to attend one of the best parties of the year Curating the New Madison. There were drinks, food, entertainment, art, music and a lot of good conversations. I wish you could all be there and experienced it. I would highly recommend going out to AC Hotel for a drink! You must try their gin and tonic! It’s delicious!

Here is to European flavor now located in the heart of the Midwest <3 I want to say a big and very special THANK YOU to everyone who made this weekend possible: Ideas that Evoke, especially Marissa and Sam, Sarah, Marriott, all of the staff at AC Hotel Madison, Nigel Barker, the amazing bartender who makes the best gin and tonic and so many more people! Thank you thank you thank you!

Please join me for this week’s Link Up 🙂

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Here is to May + Monday Mode Link Up

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Happy Monday loves and happy May! I am so excited for this week! We are going to Chicago for the weekend, plus I have some exciting new collaborations coming your way. I can’t wait to share them with you. Make sure to follow my Instagram story, I try to keep it pretty entertaining and you also get to see the world through my own eyes.

Even though this has been a rainy dreary and cold weekend I feel like I got a lot done. We cleaned the apartment, had friends over, Sam baked 4 pizzas just in time for me to start Keto diet 🙂 Haha

I have once again done some shopping and I can’t wait to show you all the outfits that I have been putting together in my mind. Isn’t this your favorite thing to do too? Envision an outfit and then bring it to life? I might have spent a few hours online shopping too! Ah I am so excited for summer in Milwaukee/Chicago! I can’t wait 🙂

Please link up with us this week! I love seeing everyones posts 🙂

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Neroli Salon in Milwaukee: My Lash and Nail Experience

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Disclosure: I received complimentary service in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

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Let’s admit, we all need some pampering and time to ourselves, away from work, family, even our significant others. And what better place to go to in times like these than a beauty salon, especially an Aveda one?

It’s been two weeks since I received the services at the salon. Yes, a part of me procrastinated, but another part of me wanted to actually see how long the nails and lashes are going to last. And I have to tell you, I am more than impressed! I only lost a few lashes, and my nails are not chipped at all. Grown out, but no one is really looking that closely.

I will start with lashes! I had lash extensions once before (you can read about it here), so I knew what to expect. My esthetician Elise was the sweetest! She is the one who actually made this whole experience happen! Turns out she knows one of my blogger friends Kaitlyn and she sent her my way! Lesson 1: Make friends and stay in touch with people! 

I spent 2 hours relaxing and chatting with Elise while she was doing my lashes, and the 2 hours flew by in no time. I shared with her how stressed out I’ve been lately, and how much I was looking forward to the service. We both agreed that her job is not just about making someone’s lashes longer, but rather making that person happy.

Hands down my lashes make me feel prettier, happier, and more confident than ever. Additional bonus – when you cry – your mascara won’t run, because you don’t have to wear any. Lesson 2: It’s okay to be emotional (especially when Mercury is in retrograde! Anyone else feel my pain?)

Since having my lashes done 2 weeks ago, I’ve only started touching up with mascara in the outer corners of my eyes this week. I think one of the most popular questions I get asked about lash extensions is how long they last me. And it honestly depends on the person. I know this is a cop-out answer, but everyone’s lash cycle is different. It’s like hair. Lashes fall out. And if you don’t make a wish and blow them away, then you are not keeping track of them. Lesson 3: Dream often. But if you are seriously thinking about getting lash extensions, try to pay attention to how often you lose your natural lashes, that should be an indicator of how long the extensions will last you.

I love my extensions for a few reasons: I wake up looking ready. There is absolutely no mascara that can help me achieve the same (or even a similar) result. I can still sleep on my stomach and somehow get away with it!

If you are thinking about getting extensions, I highly recommend doing it at Neroli in Third Ward with Elise! From effortless casual conversation to fanning the fumes out of your eyes, she is your girl and she will make sure you leave looking and feeling like a million bucks!

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My manicure experience was as amazing as my lashes. And I think a big part of it was really hitting it off with my estheticians. Lisa did my nails, and that girl is a riot. We talked for 2 hours as she was doing my nails and even after, as she was walking me through some of her favorite Aveda skincare while making me samples. How thoughtful is that? There are a few products I definitely have to go back for, like the Tulasāraℱ Wedding Overnight Masque.

Lisa was very helpful when it came to picking out the design. I wanted something simple that would go well with everything. So when she suggested a reverse french manicure that included a nude, I was all in!

I have never gotten this many compliments on my nails before.

And to make it all better for you my Milwaukee friends, Lisa has been working on some unique Milwaukee nail art that I can’t wait to get done! The amount of effort and drive this girl puts into her work combined with the creativity is so inspiring, it’s literally helping me write this post!

Thanks to Lisa, I am not only loving my nails, but have a few beauty products to write reviews on for you!

Thank you so much to Neroli Salon and Spa for providing me with these complimentary services! I will definitely be coming back. Please follow Elise and Lisa on Instagram, the preferred choice of social media these days.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have! I will gladly answer those 🙂

 

Monday Mode Link Up – April 24

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Here is to another Monday beautiful friends! I have to admit the past few weeks have been full of ups and downs but today I found myself feeling incredibly happy and excited to go to work tomorrow. Who would’ve thought I was excited for Monday? Me neither.

I finally got to meet one of my blogger friends from Chicago – Megan (<- Click here for her Insta). We met on line a few years ago, back when I was doing #ThriftStyleThursday link up, and she was in town for a travel conference. So we grabbed brunch and chatted about this and that. Ironically enough we both agreed that neither of us wanted to become full-time bloggers because of the unknowns and the uncertainties. Of course having a significant other with a job and benefits helps, but still there are so many fears that I have, I am not even going to go into all the detail. I think I will dedicate a separate post to it. With all that being said, our brunch and our conversation has really inspired me to be a better blogger and not write 4 shitty sentences per post. So thank you, Megan (<- Click here for her blog)!

Today I would like to present you with my favorite pair of pants. They are made of thick scuba like brushed material and are the most comfortable and soft pair from Zara I own. They won me over so fast I found myself checking out with 2 pairs. Isn’t that how it always happens anyways? Sam and I had a long discussion about my shopping addiction afterwards too.

The top is my new favorite from Apt.9 – Dhameer this one is for you 😉 I am loving the pleats and the ease of it. It goes with everything, from my ripped jeans, to shorts, to my favorite pants. Ironically enough I bought it in 2 colors as well. Do you guys buy multiples of your favorite styles?

Make sure to link up with us this week! My favorite part at the end of the week is going through all the linked up posts to see how you let your creativity shine on the Internet!

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~ All Photos by Kaitlyn Luckow who just got engaged! Congrats lady! I couldn’t be more excited for you and Alex ~

Pearls and Khaki + Monday Mode Link Up

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I am going to be honest here and admit that this weekend was probably one of the best ones in Milwaukee. The weather was amazing, I worked out, I ran, I did what made me happy. I hope you had a wonderful 2 days as well!

I wanted to share a little update – I will be adding a new link up – beauty related this time, highlighting my favorite beauty products of the week. Outfits are fun and all, but I want to provide quality beauty, skincare and health content at least once a week. So mark your calendars, because Sunday Beauty Brunch is coming back this time to stay!

The jacket I am wearing in the photos is one of the most recent Zara purchases. The combinations of pearls and khaki spoke to me like no other. You will be seeing it on repeat a lot this summer and next fall!

Make sure to check out my picks below that can help you recreate this outfit and don’t forget to join our link up 🙂

As always all photos by Kaitlyn Luckow and make sure to check out Say Hello Story a new project she started with Alex Kanastab.

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Spring Sweater + Monday Mode Link Up

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I’ve been obsessed with this soft cocoon like sweater for a few weeks now, wearing it to work and on the weekends. Here is to spring in Milwaukee!

All photos by Kaitlyn Luckow.

Don’t forget to Link Up with us this week too!
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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 🙂

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 ReliefÂź 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 LumaRxÂź, 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 “BB75”. 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’s natural defense. I will also keep you posted on my results! Would anyone be interested in the before and after post?
  5. KĂ©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 😉

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