Knee Slit Black Jeans + Zombie Apocalypse

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Weirdest dream last night, zombie apocalypse in Russia, and I somehow ended up in it. I had to pack my clothes, and didn’t have enough room in the suitcases, and didn’t have enough suitcases to begin with. Sam and I got separated and I was with my family, my grandma was alive, and my dad was around too (so weird!), and we went to an old settlement of stone huts on a river. And the whole thing was weird. All I remember was falling asleep (in my dream), looking at the shooting stars and hoping to see Sam again, which I did, this morning.

I am telling you some days my dreams are way too crazy even for me.

But in all honesty if I were to take the zombies down, I’d probably wear this outfit.

Happy Monday!

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Jeans: Target, Shoes: Forever 21, Tank: H&M, Kimono: Target

#BTS Blue Skinny Jeans

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Whole30 is over and I feel amazing! I am going to stick to it for the next few weeks, and then, once school starts… well, I don’t know. Sam lost 15 lbs, I lost nothing! My friend Kate lost almost 13!!! I am kind of upset I didn’t lose any, but I kind of saw it coming. It’s hard to lose weight when there isn’t that much to lose. I would love to be around 115 lbs (I am currently 125), but then I will get thrown under the bus for not promoting positive self-image, when in reality that’s all I am promoting. It’s all about being healthy, strong, and confident.

I started 6 week 6 pack workout with Jillian Michaels, and that’s been going great. So far level one has my butt kicked. I am sticking to 5-6 workouts a week, and have somehow managed to stop Mason from biting me on my moving limbs.

I know I sound kind of whiny in this post, I had a tough day at the internship today, I am still deciding “should I stay or should I go?”, and the answer right now is one big SIGH.

At least these blue skinny jeans look good! Target, baby!

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Target Jeans Mossimo #BTS Blue Skinny Jeans Target Denim

#BTS Denim Flare

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With school being a month away, I am already starting to think about fall style. And to be honest denim is my go to for pretty much everything, especially college related. I have stayed in the “skinnies” zone for so long, that these flares surprised even my husband.

They are denim flare jeans from Target, and so incredibly comfortable! They remind me of a pair I used to have in high school back in Russia.

The hem finish is my favorite part about this pair, it’s so detailed and unique, making this pair look anything but $29.99.

I styled this pair with a striped Free People Crop top, Target heels (because flares look best with heels!!!), HauteLook necklace and Free People reversible tote.

How do you style denim flare? Do you ware flare jeans at all?

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Vintage State of Mind

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As you know I’ve done shoots for Alacloth (a vintage Etsy store run by my friend Ann) a few times, and every time I see the photos, I always wonder to myself – why don’t I wear more vintage? But the thing is I tend to only like the items my friend Ania picks out, but when we shoot all I want to do is take home half of the clothes. And I would if closet space wasn’t an issue. A girl can dream, right?

Today I went to my friend Melanie’s house and her upstairs, which is a lot similar to ours is her closet. All of it! If you’ve been to my house you can imagine what I am talking about.

So I am hoping to be able to clean and organize my upstairs, start and finish a couple DIY projects, organize and replace some living room furniture and have an updated decor post for you. Meanwhile, here are my favorite vintage pieces at the moment.

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Whole30 Week 3 Recap


One more week down and kind of one more to go, and I don’t want it to end. I think I am going to stay on the Whole30 for a while (that might be another month until college starts, or another year). I am definitely going to reintroduce certain foods back into my diet. I am going to add a little bit of dairy. I have to admit I miss Chobani! I never would’ve thought I’d say that. I am also pretty excited to be able to weigh myself soon, just out of curiosity. I can’t wait to find out how much Sam lost!


Last Saturday we went to a wedding, and here is the thing, I couldn’t remember my dinner choice. So Sam and I had an agreement to be flexible and just eat. Turns out I had a prime rib, and Sam had pasta. My prime rib came with green beans and potatoes. And Sam’s pasta was, well, pasta. I have to admit we broke the rules for that night, and even had some cheesecake. Now the interesting thing is, Sam felt pretty sick after the heavy carb and dairy meal, while I was more or less okay. Another thing that hit me while I was eating what is not a part of Whole30 diet – I don’t miss it that much. Food is just a fuel for my body so I can function. And that’s the biggest lesson we’ve learned while on Whole30 – self-control.

So we are going to finish our week and a half and go from there.

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Out of the recipes I tried last week there were a couple that totally didn’t work. I made a beef and sweet potato casserole that had too much sweet potato, so neither one of us liked it, but we still ate it, because I don’t like to waste food.

Another thing I tried to make was braised cabbage in a crock pot. I am not sure what happened, I think I had way too much cabbage, but it wasn’t as good as the baked recipe that I’ve made before. But I am still working my way through it.

I made banana blueberry muffins for breakfast yesterday, and those turned out amazing. They are absolutely not sweet, and nothing like the sugary muffins I used to make, but I am not complaining. I am also starting to realize that I don’t like almond butter as much as sunflower butter.


But the real gem that I made was Kale Pesto, and that’s the recipe I wanted to share with you today!


1 avocado

1 cup frozen kale

2 garlic cloves

1/4 cup olive oil

Parsley (I used about 1 tbs dried parsley and a small amount of fresh parsley – one of the few things that grows in my garden!)

Salt to taste

Add all the ingredients to the food processor and pulse until desired texture achieved. So easy and so delicious. I almost thought I could get Sam to eat it, but alas, I didn’t succeed.

I am excited for this week, Blake brought over a Swirlio, so I can’t wait to make some frozen desserts.

Luminess Air Airbrush Cosmetics Review

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Luminess Air and Hawkemedia. All opinions are my own. 


I have recently completely changed up my makeup routine. I switched from the BB cream I’ve been using to Luminess Air Airbrush Cosmetics. It’s been amazing, and it’s pretty safe to say I am never going back to regular makeup again.

I never thought airbrushing to be that of a big deal like other bloggers made it seem. It’s pricey, seemed like it would take too much time, and I was fine with the products I currently had. And then I tried it. Airbrushing is the bomb, I tell you! It helps create an even skin tone, makes me look younger, and keep my skin matte longer.

My favorite part is the application. I am a firm believer that you should avoid touching your face as much as possible, and this is the perfect tool for me. And I actually like the feeling of air blowing on my skin, though I was terrified I was going to airbrush myself in the eye by accident.

You simply start by matching your color on by uploading a photo, or going directly into purchasing the kit and selecting a color from there.

Since my skin tends to get oily, I went with the Matte foundation, and a medium color. When I received my Aqua and White Luminess Air kit it actually came with two different shades, which is perfect, because my skin tone will definitely change once the summer is over.

The airbrush system is extremely easy to use at home. I simply watched a video on how to correctly use the stylus and went from there. (The video part is REALLY important, don’t skip out on that!)


I had a photoshoot with my friend Ania of Alacloth Vintage last week, and she definitely noticed the difference in my skin. bbb1



As you can see from the photos it’s perfect for covering up blemishes and any imperfections that I have. I’m pretty excited I had the opportunity to try out the Airbrush system, because I would’ve never bought it for myself.



Have you ever tried an airbrush system? What did you think?

Whole30 Week 2 Recap


Week 2 of Whole30 is over and I am pretty sure Sam lost at least 10 pounds by now. You are not allowed to step on the scale at all while on this diet, so I am not certain, but people at work have been telling him he looks different, and I’ve noticed the changes too! Meanwhile I am here eating watermelon, and I can’t stop!

This week was definitely easier than the last, at least for me. I think the biggest part of it was me going to Costco last Monday to do some grocery shopping. Costco always makes me feel better, and I made sure to stock up on meat to last us for the next 2 weeks if not more.

I mentioned that I will share a few things that I bought for Whole30. So here goes: eggs, chicken, beef, bacon, salmon, bananas, watermelon, carrots, dates, avocados, peaches, broccoli, snap peas and a whole lot of nuts! I can’t emphasize how incredible it is to have this membership, and how much easier it is to get all my shopping done in one place.

For this week’s post I also asked my friend Kate to share her experience with Whole30, she was the one who got us all eating right after all 😉

My name is Kate and I began Whole30 on July 6. I am almost half way through with my first 30 days and I feel amazing! I work 40 hours a week and am a busy mom so planning and meal prep has been critical for me. 

I love the meals and how I’ve been feeling while on this program. It really feels like a lifestyle change. Plus now I have enough energy to workout again!!! 

I am not the best in the kitchen, but I have found the recipes to be really delicious and pretty easy. While making Clarified Butter I did start a small fire and burn my arm. So for now I will be buying my Clarified Butter (ghee) from Trader Joes! 

My favorite recipe so far has been one that I made with my Mom (she is also on Whole30). We made Romesco Garlic Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles. We plan on making it again for an upcoming family dinner. 

A few of my favorite things this week: 


Also the app TwoGrand (soon to be YouFood) has kept me accountable! I love checking off my daily goals and sharing my food photos. 


Now to share some of my favorite recipes with you!

Saturday night I made this Chicken Apple Orange Spinach Salad for dinner, and Sam said that it has probably been his favorite so far.


2 chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces

2 tbsp olive oil

1 apple diced or sliced (whatever you prefer)

1 orange peeled and diced

1 cup spinach (or more if you like spinach)

Salt and Pepper to taste

Turmeric to taste (it will make the chicken yellow, so Sam calls this Yellow Chicken Salad)

1. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in the pan, add chicken and spices and cook until done.

2. Meanwhile prepare your spinach and your fruit and mix in a bowl.

3. Add chicken, mix well and serve.

Beef and Turkey Meatballs was another meal I cooked up for us. I’ve been craving meatballs way before we started Whole30, so getting to finally making them is a huge accomplishment.



1 lb ground beef

1/2 lb ground turkey

2 eggs

Rosemary and Parsley to taste ( I grow those two in my very very small garden, seriously it’s two pots, but I was really excited to use them in this recipe!)

3 tbsp flex seed (now this has a weird taste, and if you’ve never had it I suggest you skip out on it, or start with 1 tbsp).

1 medium onion diced

Salt, pepper and garlic to taste

1. Preheat oven to 375.

2. Mix all ingredients in the food processor.

3. Scoop onto a foil or parchment lined pan with a spoon (I use an ice cream scoop!)

4. Bake for 10 minutes, flip and bake for 10 more.

Makes about 32 meatballs.

For the sauce:

1 can Organic Tomato Paste (I use the Costco brand)

1 Roma tomato diced

3 small peppers diced

Italian seasoning to taste

Mix all the ingredients in a small sauce pan, heat for about 5 minutes.

And finally, I want to share this Cashew Date Craisin Bites recipe. I got the idea from Lee of Fit Foodie Finds.



25-30 dates

1 cup cashews

1 cup craisins

Pulse all the ingredients in the food processor until well mixed, then shape into bars, or roll into bite-size balls. These can be dangerous though, because they are pretty much all I want to eat now.

Well I hope you liked this week’s update, I can’t wait to share more!

29 today




I turned 29 today and as I was thinking about this post, I toyed around with the idea of making it 30 before 30, but decided against it. It’s a waste of time, and in a lot of cases money. And to be honest all I want to do before I am 30 is graduate and get a job that I enjoy.

Maybe I’ll add – never lie about my age too 😉






PS. Dress remind you of anything? Gotta love Target!




Whole30 Week 1 Recap



Last week we started Whole30. I’ve never heard of this diet until my friend Kate mentioned it during the 4th of July parade. I was immediately intrigued and decided to jump on the bandwagon. We were originally shooting for August, but last Sunday she texted me and said that we should start on Monday. So we did.

Sam and I have toyed with the idea of going paleo in the past, but something stopped us. Whole30 seemed less strict to me, and it allows potatoes!

My first step was to go to, print out the shopping list, throw all of our cheese in the freezer, and tell Sam what we were going to do for the next month. My next step was to go on Pinterest and look up the recipes. We started two boards that you can check out here and here. Pinterest can be an incredibly helpful tool, but make sure you read the recipe carefully, because it may not be whole30, even if it says it is.

I am off to Costco this morning to do some quick shopping before work, and I will share some shopping tips in the next week’s recap, but I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite recipes from last week.

Tuna Craisins Salad

1 can tuna in water

1/3 cup craisins

1 tbsp lemon juice

Mix well and enjoy!

Baked Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Radishes


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup brussels sprouts halved
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup radishes halved
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 8 ounces spinach
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pan.
  3. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  4. Add to pan and brown on both sides; about 5 minutes on each side.
  5. Remove from pan and set in the baking dish, leaving oil in pan.
  6. Add brussels sprouts, onions, carrots, radishes and garlic to the pan.
  7. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally,.
  8. Add chopped garlic and spinach; continue to cook for 1 minute.
  9. Remove from heat, set on top of chicken in the baking dish, add broth.
  10. Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.




Facing Acne

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Summer is my favorite season, hands down. But my skin breaks out the most during this season. All the time I spent sailing, or hanging outside at the beach can negatively impact my skin. Fortunately, I have a go-to product when it comes to dealing with breakouts – Proactiv.

I partnered up with to talk about this product with you today. The three step system helps take care of everything, from cleansing, to toning to moisturizing. They even have an SPF containing moisturizer for those of us concerned with sun damage. I have found out that Proactive works best for me when I use it once a day, or as a week-long treatment. My skin is sensitive, so using it for more than 7 days dries it out.

Having worked in a beauty industry, I’ve learned the importance of a 3-step program. A lot of people skip out on the toner, or substitute it with serum. And that’s not okay. I would recommend using the toner at least once a day before going to sleep, because that’s whats really going to help remove the dead skin cells and help the skin absorb moisturizer better. And that to me is the best anti-aging tip out there! (Coming from a girl who turns 29 next week!)

What are some of your favorite skin care products? How do you fight acne?

Disclosure: Facing Acne provided me with the product, all opinions are my own. does not sell any of the products mentioned above.