Back to School Hair Styles with

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Happy New School Year to all the Gophers and everyone who started college classes today! Major FOMO over here, so major I can’t even, but the fact that I don’t have any more homework to do definitely helps ūüėČ

Today I partnered up with Folica to share a few of my favorite college hairstyles and hair care tips. ¬†There are two essential tools that I think ever girl needs in college: a straightener and a curling iron. I don’t know what I would’ve done without the two! Thanks to Folica I got to try two new styling tools: Solia Superhot Professional Titanium Flat Iron and 1″ Salon Curling Iron/Wand by Hot Tools.

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Other than wearing my hair down and the go-to bun, today I am going to share a few looks that have been a favorite for a while.




1. Tucked away.¬†And not behind the ear ūüėõ

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2. Trucker hat. Because sometimes you have to put a hat on it!

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3. Side cornrows. These are also a golden opportunity for creating glitter roots! Stay tuned for more on that soon!  Back to school hair styles with

4. High pony or half pony.¬†The 90’s are back not only in fashion, but in beauty as well! My mom used to call this high pony a palm tree. So there you have it – a palm tree with you wherever you go, even though the summer is almost over!¬† Back to school hair styles with

When it comes to hair care, I follow two simple rules: choose what’s best for your hair and switch between brands often. That’s why I went with Grow Gorgeous Density Shampoo and Conditioner as well as Grow Gorgeous Density Shampoo and Conditioner set. When you have fine, color treated hair like mine, these two product lines make the most sense.

I hope you find what’s good for your hair, style it like never before, and have an amazing school year!

PS. Folica is a great resource not just for purchasing tools and hair care products, but hair inspirations, glam guide and latest news from the beauty world!

PPS. I also have a fun announcement! Next Monday Rachel of Rachel’s Lookbook, Jewel of Style Optimist and yours truly are starting a hot new trendy link up for all you style, fashion and beauty bloggers out there! Stay tuned for more info! Psssst – there will be a giveaway too!

Suede story

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Outfit: These faux suede culottes are definitely a favorite. I have to admit that sometimes I am hesitant to put them on, but they are so comfy, they always win me over. I paired them with a fringe hem top, blue slip ons and a denim jacket. Easiest outfit of them all, but I got so many complements the day I wore it.

Life: Yesterday I got to visit Miller Brewery, so stay tuned for photos and recap later this week. I can’t believe I’ve been in Milwaukee for a month already, time does fly by fast when you are having fun (or working a corporate job).

I have a confession to make, I am on a spending ban when it comes to shopping for clothes. Sam has been really good about keeping me in line and resisting unnecessary buys. I do have a few gift cards up my sleeve, but other than that – no new clothes for who knows how long. I am working really hard on getting rid of a few more pieces (selling on Poshmark and ThredUp), keeping only items that fit well and make me happy. So if you see similar outfits, or the same pieces over and over again, you’ll know why!

Coming up: I am trying a new service which allows you to sell new and used makeup, called Glambot. The ad just popped up on my Facebook today, and I realized it was time to get rid of a lot of my palettes. Tuesday my juice cleanse is supposed to come in. I will start it on Wednesday, and will keep track of everything (including lbs, calories, and starvation thoughts) to share with you next week.

Listen: Favorite songs of the week: Throw Down your Guns by Wild Belle and Looking for Knives by Dyan. Can you tell there is a weapons theme going on? I know everyone tends to come up with their own song meanings, but all i can think of when I listen to these two songs is love, and peace.


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Outfit: Black and white x 2! Stripes are always a good idea no matter what season or place. I wore this oversized top with faux leather pleated skirt¬†and platform sandals. Accidental twinning with Kaitlyn made this look even more memorable ūüėČ

Life: Getting used to Milwaukee more and more each day, discovering new places and parks. Absolutely loved Atwater beach, where these photos were taken. Sam and I stopped by the Milwaukee Art Museum today to see American Epics exhibit, wandered through the gift shop, took the long way home along the lake front.

Last week I tried Zumba for the first time, gym is definitely becoming one of my favorite places to go to. Are you as surprised as I am? I have also ordered my very first juice cleanse (Jus by Julie) over the weekend. I won’t start it till August 30, and it’s only a 3 day one, but I will definitely share my experience with you once it’s over.

Listen: Here are top five songs that are on my Spotify playlist this month:


Pops of Color

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Outfit: Bright red¬†lipstick, neon belt and my new favorite blue shoes are the key pieces in this simple outfit. The shirt dress is another proof that black and white are¬†my go to colors and I won’t be¬†gravitating away from them anytime soon.

Life: I am officially a Milwaukeean, all moved into a new apartment, finally unpacked and feeling at home. A part of me still can’t believe that I am finally here, a university graduate, working my first corporate job. I’ve been waiting for this moment since November, but it all seems so surreal to me still.

Miscellaneous: Sam and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary yesterday.

I’ve been insanely obsessed with the gym.

Frustrated by the lack of Targets in the area.

Mesmerized by the beauty of lake Michigan.

PS. Thank you Megan for the photos!

#DaretoDarken with Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara + Tutorial

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DaretoDarken #NeverGoNaked #CollectiveBias

Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara

Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara

Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara

As someone who’s always had very fair eyelashes and eyebrows (practically blonde), I can’t leave my house without mascara. It is my number one must-have and go-to product if I am running late. It was always bizarre to me how a small product like that could make all the difference.

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been using the new Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara¬†that is meant to gradually tint eyelashes over time (at minimum, 2 weeks of daily use). Today I wanted to share a simple tutorial using a couple other Rimmel London products to show you how I go from a day-to-night look with mascara!

I am going to stick to 3 products for this eye look: Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara, Coulour Precise Eyeliner, and Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Opener (all available at Target).

Step 1: Start by preparing your face. I usually use a CC cream and some powder for a matte effect. I also always make sure to define my eyebrows, they are a frame of your face!

Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Step 2: Apply Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in the inner corners of your eye and along the bottom lash line if desired. Blend it out.

Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Step 3: Apply Colour Precise Eyeliner. I really liked this product, even though I’ve never tried or really heard of it before. It has a very fine tip, making application a lot easier. It also lasts a very long amount of time. I wore it in the pool yesterday and it never got smudged (but of course I wasn’t doing any diving, just some light swimming).

Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Here are some tips when it comes to eyeliner application, especially if you don’t want it to smudge or go in your crease:

  • Prep your eyelid with some eyeshadow primer
  • Brush eyeshadow or powder over it, I use powder, it makes the look more natural, yet more dramatic
  • Apply the liner by starting out in your inner corner, then outer, and meeting in the middle.
  • Try not to blink until it is dry ūüėČ

Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Step 4: Time for mascara! On a day-to day basis I only apply mascara to my top lashes, but adding it to my bottom ones always makes my eyes look so dramatic!


Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Like mentioned above Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara not only tints lashes over time, but also provides instant volume.

Tips on using the mascara:

  • To see the most intense tinting effect make sure to use this product daily
  • Visible results after 2-4 weeks
  • This product contains a lasting lash-tint complex with natural colorant that gradually darkens your lash color, plus¬†a unique combo of creamy, ultra-black lash volumizing formula.

Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

To learn more about the product – go here. And don’t forget to take advantage of a Cartwheel offer – 25% Off all Rimmel Eye featuring Volume Colourist Mascara!

Rommel London at Target

Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Monday Motivation

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With our kind of happening at the moment¬†move, my new job, trying to figure out our way around a new city and everything else in between, I decided it would be wise to create some sort of a blog schedule to stick to. My Monday motivation is to figure what that¬†schedule will be. I am leaning towards a two posts a week schedule, that will allow me to write one style and one beauty related post. I think this will be the easiest thing to do, since I can shoot an outfit over the weekend, as well as focus on a beauty product review or creating my monthly favorites round up. What do you guys think? I don’t want to aim for the moon at this point. I am preparing myself for an exciting, yet challenging stage in my life, and want to take things slow. If any of you have tips on how to do that, they would be greatly appreciated. I don’t want to give up on blogging, as I am enjoying it immensely. However, I don’t want it to take over my free time.

Sam and I went to Milwaukee for a hot second over the¬†weekend. It was a really short trip, we left Minneapolis¬†on Saturday around 8.30 am, and came back on Sunday around 6 pm. All we wanted to do is get keys to our new apartment, and move in as much stuff as we¬†fit the night before into his mom’s car (which is a lot bigger than ours). When we were unpacking, some of the boxses’ contents was a total surprise to me. You see, the stuff has been packed since end of May, early June, so I forgot what was in what box. And the only¬†labeling I did was write¬†“Fragile” on some of the boxes.

One of the reasons I am really excited about our new apartment, and why we decided against getting a house, is the opportunity to downsize. I have piles of stuff I’ve been planning on using in my DIY projects, clothes that I will “someday” wear, office supplies, etc. I think I’ve been able to downsize significantly since we sold our house, but I want to organize everything as well. That’s why a couple weeks ago I bought two books on the KonMari method. I will definitely keep you posted on how that goes. So stay tuned.

All of the photos in the post are from my photoshoot for ALACLOTH! I have some rad jeans one too! I will definitely miss my Minneapolis blogger/social media family, so if you are in Milwaukee or know someone there, send them my way! I am a firm believer that blogger friends are the best friends!

thrift style thursday link-up // july 21 // planning for fall

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It’s never too early to start planning for fall! Last Wednesday was a nice cool day here in Minneapolis (compare it to almost 100 degrees today), so I got to wear my new Steve Madden booties I got through ThredUp.

Booties were such a hit this spring and last fall, that I went ahead and got myself a few pairs, preparing for the season and my new job. Of course I had to get several different pairs all in different colors – black, brown, and olive. You will definitely be seeing them in the upcoming posts.

And now for the link up (yes, I know I am a day late ūüėČ )

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Brown & Greene Floral

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Last week I got the most beautiful and fragrant delivery from Brown & Greene Floral right on time for my Birthday. This beautiful bouquet combined my favorite roses and peonies with sweet-smelling mint in a beautiful vase that I will definitely be taking to our new apartment with us.

Brown & Greene Floral Market is the most¬†adorable little corner store¬†in Southwest Minneapolis on the corner of 44th Street and Beard Ave South. They produce such gorgeous florals, you will fall in love. I had so much fun integrating my bouquet into the interior of the house. From simply setting it on my night stand to using it as a centerpiece for dinner, to making it the center of the living room, these flowers immediately became a family favorite. I’ve never enjoyed a bouquet of flowers as much as I’ve enjoyed this one before.

This July they are celebrating their 15th anniversary with a number of events {European flea market, floral design class, a vase drive and a huge soiree at the end of the month}.

Country Financial Contest

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Having just recently graduated from college, I know all about the cost of education and how expensive it can get! Two years ago when I went back to school, I had a goal in mind ‚Äď a goal to get a new degree, get a job, and go on adventures all over the world. I am excited to report that I‚Äôve successfully accomplished the first two, and the next one is in the works, because I am about to get my passport next week!

Setting personal goals is important, but so is education. The two go hand in hand, and if it wasn’t for my degree, I wouldn’t be where I am now. A lot of my friends have young kids and I want those kids to someday be able to look back and say they feel accomplished.

That‚Äôs why today I partnered up with Country Financial to spread the word about ‚ÄúOwn Your Future‚ÄĚ Challenge, a challenge where you can win $10k ($5K for you and another $5K for your school).

Not every parent can grant their child‚Äôs every wish, but they can provide the right opportunities at school and in life! I want to encourage you to participate in the¬†‚ÄúOwn Your Future‚ÄĚ video challenge. All you need to do is visit Country Financial‚Äôs Future¬†Booth 7/11-7/24 and enter the Own Your Future Challenge! Record a quick video inside the Future Booth aAnswering two questions:

  1. If you won $5,000, how would you use it to own your family’s future?
  2. If you won $5,000 for a local school, how would you want them to spend it?

Then you‚Äôre entered to win $10,000. Can’t attend an event? Get out your phone and record your own video. You can still enter the contest¬†here.¬†Submit a video by 7/24 to start owning you future!

The contest is open for parents with school-aged children residing in the Minneapolis region.

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Country Financial. All opinions are my own. #FutureFocused #OwnYourFuture 

Thrift Style Thursday Link-Up // July 14 // 90’s in bloom


90's look

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90's in bloom

Roses are red and pink and white and purple! They all fit on this 90’s spaghetti strap dress so nicely. Happy Thursday, enjoy the link-up! Tomorrow is my Birthday!

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