F is for Feathers {A-Z Challenge}

I absolutely adore feathers! Prints, faux, real, peacock, dyed, on shoes, on clothes, on bags. Ever since Nicole Miller showed her Fall/Winter Collection at NYFW this February, I’ve been obsessed!

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Isn’t this dress simply amazing? Now for my picks:

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What do you think of feathers? How would you wear/style them? And as always, check out the rest of my collection on Mavatar!

 

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Retro Inspired Makeup Looks for Prom

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What are your go-to evening/special occasion makeup looks? Do you accentuate your eyes, or lips or both? Today I’ve created a tutorial for you, that’s inspired by the 60′s, my favorite style and beauty decade. I like to think of it as glam, some people like to call it bombshell. Whatever the name is, this look will make you feel like a million bucks, and boost your confidence. I also hope that this will be a helpful prom make up idea, and a good continuation to the prom style posts I wrote. You can check them out here and here.

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For this look I’ll be using: Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation in Ivory, Rimmel Scandal Eyes Retro Glam Mascara in Extreme Black, Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent, Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl in Black, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick #107

To create today’s look I made a stop at Walmart and picked up a couple new products by Rimmel London, like their new mascara. Hands down Rimmel London has the best cheap mascara – $5.47 for this Scandal Eyes Retro Glam Baby! That can’t be beat. Plus their Stay Matte foundation  is simply wonderful. I really like how Walmart’s beauty aisles are at the front of the store, they are not as crowded, and you can get in and out in under 20 minutes.

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Let’s begin:

- Start by applying the foundation. Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation is a liquid mousse, so you need very little! Yay for longer lasting products!

- Define your brows! They frame the face!

- Apply eyeshadow primer and eyeshadow of your choice. I recommend lighter, neutral colors.

- Next apply the eyeliner. If cat eye is something you haven’t mastered yet, stop at the outer conner of your eye. You’ll still achieve the defined and bold look. Trust me!

- Now it’s mascara’s turn. I love Rimmel mascaras, I just can’t emphasize that enough. There are very few drugstore mascaras that are actually good. But the Retro Glam one is amazing. I think it’s the perfect combination of formula and the shape of the brush that help define and create thick full lashes.

- Next is powder. You need just a little bit to set the foundation.

- Blush is optional for this look. I skipped the step, as I have very defined cheek bones.

- And finally the lipstick. I can’t get enough of Kate’s matte collection. Try it, you won’t be disappointed!

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As for the hair, I teased the top part, pinned it in the back, and curled the bottom part to create a Bridget Bardot inspired look. What do you guys think?

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 Check out Rimmel London’s Tumblr! It’s full of great ideas, inspirations, and tutorials.

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E is for Earrings {A-Z Challenge}

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I’ll be honest with you, I rarely wear earrings. I didn’t get my ears pierced until I was 18 and in college. It had nothing to do with my parents, there was simply never an opportunity. And I didn’t really care. Then at a youth retreat, one of my friend’s mom pierced my ears. She had a gun and everything. After my first hole, I immediately wanted a second one, and my cartilage pierced as well. Glad it didn’t go that far. I mean cartilage. I do have 2 piercings in every ear though.

Due to the nature of my job (I work with kids), I don’t really wear earrings that often. But after creating these look books, I really want to make an effort and wear earrings more! Which ones are your favorites? I think the Kate Spade bows are simply adorable!

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Oil Pulling

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It all started during #beautychat, (By the way did you guys know I am addicted to Twitter chats?) when @BeautyHigh mentioned oil pulling. And of course I was immediately intrigued. Having had the same jar of coconut oil in my pantry for over a year, I knew I had to try it. I originally started buying coconut oil for my hair. I used at as a deep conditioning treatment, but got lazy. Though I started again, so sit tight, there will be some amazing hair masks recipes coming up to BeingZhenya.com soon!

So what is oil pulling?
Oil pulling is the latest trend to take the wellness community by storm, but it’s actually a traditional practice in Ayurveda — a holistic medical system from India that dates back 3,000 to 5,000 years. Ayurveda’s key objective: to promote good health and well-being through balancing the mind, body and spirit. According to practitioners, it’s when this balance is disturbed that sickness can occur. To maintain order, specific treatments, including oil pulling, are determined based on a person’s dosha, or mind-body type. (TheDailyBeast.com)

Where do you begin? 
All you need is some coconut oil, a spoon, and 20 minutes of your time in the morning. I have been buying my coconut oil from Marshalls/TJ Maxx, but Costco has an extremely appealing deal now for Organic Coconut oil – 2 giant tubs for $23.99. I think I could bathe in that amount of oil! I spend the 20 minutes catching up on blogs, commenting and spreading the blog love, so it’s time well spent for sure.

When I put the oil in my mouth it’s hard, and I let it melt inside, trust me it does it in about 1 minute! My first day was extremely awkward though. The oil kept squirting out of my moth (because I probably had too much in), and dripping down my chin, so I was constantly wiping it up. Now that I’ve been doing it for 2 weeks, I barely even notice.

The first time I tried it my salivary glands kind of freaked out as well, and there was too much saliva in my mouth. But since it’s good for the body and your body knows it, it’s never happened again.

After 20 minutes are up, I spit out the oil in the trash can, since I’ve heard that it’s not good for the septic system (glad I found that out early, because our house is over 50 years old), and brush and floss my teeth like I normally do. I know some people are substituting teeth brushing with oil pulling, that’s up to you.

What are the benefits? 
I can list you off what all the magazines and blogs are saying, but let’s be honest, you don’t want to hear that. These are the changes I’ve noticed:

- No nasal congestion or sinus problems, even if I wake up congested, after I oil pull, it all goes away. My husband has also been battling a cold, and I haven’t gotten it, which is amazing. I do have a history of really bad sinus infections, and I am so happy this is helping. I can’t do the neti pot, but I can do oil pulling!

- No more cystic acne. I had about 2-3 bad ones, which at 27 is pretty embarrassing, but they are gone! And the best thing is – no new acne, not even when I am on my period (sorry for the TMI)!

- No more Chapstick! Oil pulling keeps my lips soft and moisturized throughout the day! Now if it could only do the same for my hands!

What do you think? A new crazy trend or a great way to detox your body? I created a little fact sheet for you in case you want to give it a shot!

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D is for Denim {A-Z Challenge}

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Another day, another letter in the fashion alphabet. Today it’s letter D, and D is for denim. As much as I love dresses, I absolutely had to make today’s post and collection about denim. I’ve been looking for a few pieces, one being overalls (yes, I know!) for a couple weeks now. Plus all the shoes, and jackets! Majorly in love! My favorite are the Prada sneakers! Who knew that Prada made denim slip on sneakers?

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Plus a major swoon over this denim jumpsuit! How can you resist?

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C is for Chevron {A-Z Challenge}

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Having already shared my love for Chambray with you last week, I decided to explore the beauty of chevron. I love this pattern on others, but haven’t been brave enough to try it out for myself. I have zero chevron items in my closet (I might have to take another look, but pretty sure there are none!), can you believe it?

I created a chevron themed collection in my favorite shopping app – Mavatar, and I hope you like my picks.

 

 

Do you wear chevron? Patterns?

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Pink it Up {Thrift Style Thursday}

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Hat-Forever 21, Scarf – Express, Leggins – Pro Skin, Dress – Kookai, Coat – Breakin’ Loose, Heels – Rampage, Purse – Ralph Lauren, Hamsa Necklace – Uncommon Goods

What’s better than thrifted? Free! And in today’s look you will see not one, not two, but a total of five free items! How amazing is that? But I want you to try and guess what they are in the comments!

As you can probably tell by the pictures (which are fresh off the camera by the way) spring is not coming to Minnesota in the next 36 hours! How has your Thursday been?

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For more #ThriftStyleThursday ideas and inspirations, check out

Spoolish // Buttons and Birdcages // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J

Alligator Toe // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex

Eclecticity // Confessions of a Refashionista // sistasfromcali// Erika’s Style Diary

B is for Boots and Booties {A – Z Challenge}

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B is for Booties and Boots in my fashion alphabet. It’s also for belts and beading, and berets. But every woman knows that footwear is both practical and esthetic, and something we are madly passionate about. These are some of my favorite pairs from the previous posts. I also picked out a few of my favorite new styles for Spring 2014 on my Mavatar Shopping App! Check them out!

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What does letter B stand for in your closet?

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Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream Review

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I have recently come across Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream, and thought to myself – why don’t I give it a try? I’ve been loving BB Creams on my face, surely body cream would work just as well. And I was right.

The Jergens BB Body Cream is available for all light and medium-deep skin tones, has a sheer, quick-drying formula and promises results after one use, as well as in 5 days and on. It instantly hydrates and illuminates, and in 5 days: evens, firms, and corrects. 

The product comes in a 7.5 oz/220 ml tube packaging. It’s very easy to apply, and use. I personally prefer to put it on right after the shower, due to it’s moisturizing feature. I love how it makes my skin look illuminated and even. And I can’t NOT mention the pleasant scent.

I’ve been battling dry skin over the winter, and was pleasantly surprised to notice that redness and unevenness is almost gone after applying this product.

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Now I’ve been using it for almost two weeks, and noticed positive changes in my skin. It feels and looks smoother, more even and illuminated. Try it! Your body will never BB the same!

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Can you tell which arm doesn’t have the BB Cream on?

What skin lotion/cream are you using now? To learn more about Jergens BB Bodu Cream follow hashtag – #BBGoesBody

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Jergens BB Body Cream through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Jergens BB Body Cream, all opinions are my own

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A is for Accessories {A-Z Challenge}

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The A-Z Challenge is here, and it’s a Fashion ABC on my blog.

A is for Accessories.

I just got this leather bracelet on clearance at TJ Maxx last Sunday! Only $10, but so much happiness it brings me. 

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