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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New Greek Yogurt Collection from HASK

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Hi beauty babes! Oh do I have a lot of beauty updates for you! This month has been filled with trying new products. I am not going to lie, coming home to packages almost every day is nice, but sometimes I don’t have the time to use it all! So I’ve been pacing myself and trying everything slowly to make sure I can write the best review possible.

There will be a few hair care products this week, so hopefully you can find something new to try for yourselves.

I am going to kick off this weeks beauty post series with a review of HASK Greek Yogurt Collection. I know I know it’s not always a good idea to put food in your hair, but when the brand did it for you already, why not?

HASK has recently come out with a Greek Yogurt series which includes:

  • Repairing collection: Blueberry and Acai
  • Color protection collection: Pomegranate and Cranberry
  • Hydrating collection: Fig and Honey

I have to admit picking just one was difficult because I could use all of these lines for my hair. It’s color treated, dry on the ends and fragile. My hair has more issues than Vogue I am telling you. But I finally decided to commit to trying the Repairing collection.

The cool thing is for this series HASK bottled up rich Greek yogurt and infused it with essential fruit extracts to create a formula that instantly feeds your hair with moisture and makes you hungry when you are in the shower. Good thing I like food 😉

The packaging is also kind of cool for a drugstore product as such. Each product in the collection features a dual chamber delivery system – the inner formula is Greek yogurt, which is packed with protein, calcium, minerals, potassium and vitamins. The outer formula contains essential fruit ingredients to give your hair the benefits it craves! Once squeezed, the inner Greek yogurt formula and outer fruit extract blend together to provide a perfect mixture of ingredients that leave you with soft cared for hair.

Aside from the shampoo and conditioner I also got to try a deep conditioner and that must have been my favorite of them all. I just love the effects of Greek yogurt mixed with Blueberry & Acai. I feel like my hair has been incredibly damaged by the last couple of visits to the salon, so I need all the restorative products I can get.

Have you tried HASK products? What do you think? Do you have any favorite products or remedies for strengthening your hair?

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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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Peter Thomas Roth New Water Drench Line Review

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My fascination and mild obsession with Peter Thomas Roth started about 5 years ago with his facial cleansers, one bottle of which was supposed to last you a whole year. I have to admit I got by on a few samples from Sephora for about a month, but never got to buying the actual full-size product. I still regret it! So once I run out of all the facial cleansers I have, I am heading to the nearest store that sells them and buying whatever the newest bestest version is, because I believe PTR is the skincare god.

So what is all the hype about? Well first of all I was incredibly excited to receive samples that included description in Russian. Not like I need it, but I always get so excited/sentimental when I see it.

But more importantly I really needed to bring up my skincare a notch. Since turning 30 I noticed my skin getting dryer. Fine lines are becoming more visible an the elasticity that was once there is gone. Aging is no fun I tell you, but all of these new products are making it manageable and tolerable for me!

I started using WATER DRENCH™ HYALURONIC CLOUD CREAM HYDRATING MOISTURIZER a couple weeks ago. This concentrated 30% Hyaluronic Acid cream provides your skin with a continuous burst of intense hydration that lasts up to 72 hours. Three molecular sizes of Hyaluronic Acid, a potent hydrator that constantly attracts and retains up to 1,000 times its weight in water from moisture in the atmosphere, helps replenish skin to make it appear more supple, full and smooth. Ceramides help lock in moisture while ProHyal+® helps improve hydration for healthier-looking skin. Anti-oxidant-rich Elderberry helps defy the look of aging. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is visibly reduced, leaving a silky, hydrated and more youthful-looking complexion. This product is also oil-free, alcohol-free, and fragrance-free. As someone who likes to sleep on her stomach with my face buried in the pillow I need all the extra help I can get. Have wrinkly clothes? Talk about wrinkly face over here. But this definitely helps. Being a beauty addict that  I am, I look forward to using my cream every day.

A moisturizer is only as good as the serum it comes with. That’s why WATER DRENCHâ„¢ HYALURONIC CLOUD SERUM is a must have! This super concentrated 75% Hyaluronic Acid formula creates an invisible veil of deep, long-lasting hydration with Hyaluronic Acid, which constantly attracts and retains up to 1,000 times its weight in water from moisture in the atmosphere. Superpower humectants like Sodium PCA, Sea Algae, Honey and Yerba Santa from the Pacific Northwest to help replenish the appearance of dehydrated, aging and environmentally-damaged skin for a dramatically younger look and feel. Fine lines, wrinkles and roughness are visibly diminished, while proteins derived from pure silk leave skin looking and feeling smooth and silky soft.

In addition to using these wonderful products I am starting a 7 day #RetinoidChallenge! I will be using 3% Retinoid Plus Serum this week and post pictures on my Instagram for you to compare and for me to experience the difference it makes. It’s always exciting to see if the product actually works, isn’t it? So let me be your test subject before you buy! If you can’t wait, then head to your closest Sephora for your own bottle of this magic goodness.

What is your favorite skincare brand or a brand you’ve been dying to try?

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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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Lace-Up Sweater + Monday Mode Link Up

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Happy Monday beauties! We are back with this week’s link up. Today I wanted to share my new favorite lace-up sweater from Military Hippie. Lace-up trend has been popping up everywhere, and I love it especially in the chunky sweaters. The best part is that these sweaters go with everything. How do you style this trend? I also added a few of my favorite lace-up sweaters below for you to check out!

And now for the link-up – please join in, share your latest looks and help us spread the word by sharing it on social media 🙂

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All photos by Kaitlyn Luckow

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?