Back to School #tst

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Forever 21 booties , Ann Taylor shorts, Cynthia Rowly t-shirt, Duluth Trading Company bag

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Back to school is easy when you are actually going to school, which in my case, I am. Classes started on Tuesday, and so far I am beyond excited and ready for action. We’ll see how long that lasts. I do have my Duluth Trading Company bag to tag along with me though, it’s so big and functional, and I love the smell of it!

New York Fashion Week Started today, and I will be glued to my screen, you know it! The BCBGMaxAzria show I caught this am before class was amazing! Live shows are the best! I was planning on volunteering at this Fashion Week, but school started and I don’t think it would’ve been a good idea to skip out on a whole bunch of classes. Maybe next semester? ;) And just like I did recaps in the spring, I will be doing them now. So come back later today! Check out other #ThriftStyleThursday posts on our FB page!


Instagram. Instablogging. Instablogger.

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An interesting subject came up during one of our Twitter chats last night. Who is an Instablogger, and is it possible to be one?

While a lot of us have been using Instagram to compliment our blog, post previews of the posts to come, host giveaways, etc. Some people call themselves instabloggers, and have no other online presence other than Instagram.

Who is an instablogger and should you become one?

If you already have a blog that’s connected to your Instagram account, bad luck. You can’t qualify for that position. But if you are an active Instagram user, who also likes going somewhat deep in the comments section before inserting all the hashtags, instablogging may be for you.

But let’s take a step back and think how Instagram has changed the blogging scene.

More and more likes and comments appear on Instagram vs the actual blog.

We spend more time looking at the Insta feed than our blog feed.

There are bloggers I only follow on Instagram and Twitter, but don’t read their actual blogs.

Now is all this bad? No! I have said it before and I will say it again, there is room for everyone on the Internet. There are no limits as to where and how much you can upload, but also no limits to your potential! Be creative, be inventive, be original. And maybe one day I’ll see your photo on the popular tab.

Now a lot of you are maybe wondering how to become popular on Instagram. If popularity is what you are after, think about a theme for your feed. Just like a blog has a niche, a feed can have a theme. For example, Mavatar’s instagram only consists of black and white photos. Chelsea of zipped blog edits all of her pictures in Afterlight. Hackwith design’s photos are very neutral, done in mostly whites, greys and beiges, with some green and white in between.

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Think about the feeds that you like, why do you like them? Are there feeds that you don’t like?

I have a very hard time following feeds that feature babies, pets, parties, alcohol, bauble necklaces, and a few other things. I will be honest, I don’t follow such feeds, and if they do post anything along those lines, I unfollow. Is it wrong of me? Well if that’s something I or you don’t want to see, why subscribe or follow that person?

So back to insta-blogging… I personally think Instagram is a great tool to drive traffic to your website, online or actual store. But is insta-blogging going to replace regular blogging? Even if you take all the clickable and affiliate links into consideration, it won’t.

As long as Instagram doesn’t go down the FB way with the amount of followers an individual can pay for, I am okay with it.

September

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Right before my first class starts this semester, I am thinking about this quote, about the words of Maryl Streep that have been floating around the internet for the past few hours. I am sure you have already seen them.

“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.” – Meryl Streep

And when there are of course many life applications to those, think of her words from a blogger perspective.

How many times do we leave a comment on someones post in hopes that they will in return go to our blog?

How many times have we asked for #followforfollow or joined a link up party?

How many relationships have we built, but how many have we destroyed?

Are our priorities as bloggers straight, or are we willing to sell our soul for a free dress or shirt, or a pair of shoes?

Have we been focusing on the real world or the one online, and how honest have we been with each other and with ourselves?

Happy September!

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Beauty Brunch: Pevonia Stem Cells Phyto-Elite

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As you know I am a huge fan of de-aging and anti-aging products, and Pevonia Stem Cells Phyto-Elite line couldn’t be more perfect.

It’s a 3 step system that includes a

Multi-active foaming cleanser

Intensive serum

Intensive cream 

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Pevonia skincare began in 1991, named after the wondrous flower, Peonia, discovered by Painon, who was the physician to the Gods. This flower was filled with pure essential extracts that were so powerful that it was capable of curing the skin of every Goddess. Inspired by this myth, and using only natural product formulations and superior developing process, Pevonia Botanica soon became one of the most desirable skin care lines in Europe. Pevonia Botanica is proud to offer products that are innovative and unique, sold only by expertly trained and highly educated skin care specialists around the world.

Pevonia Botanica is a highly-distinguished spa care line whose expert skin care specialists are dedicated to exhaustive research and the development of remarkably effective skin care products for both men and women. 

Pevonia Botanica manufactures products devised with only the purest marine and holistic botanical ingredients for unique formulations that provide exceptionally singular results instantly visible in skin. There’s no question as to why Pevonia is favored by some of the most prominent spas worldwide. Pevonia Botanica truly nourishes and enhances the skin for improved beauty, health and function, resulting in a rejuvenated finish that appears younger, brighter and healthier than ever before.

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Notice how every product says what time to use it on the back? And the Intensive cream comes with an applicator, which has come in very handy.

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Excited to learn more and find out what I think of the products? Stay tuned for my video review soon!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.


iMyne Shop Your Heart Out + Giveaway

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
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I have recently recently been introduced to iMyne. With bloggers promoting online shopping in every post and collecting commission on every item sold, I thought it would be good to post about something different for a change. Something that we can all do to bring change. 

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I always get inspired to style and shop when I am reading the latest issue of a favorite fashion magazine, so I did a little research on iMyne.

iMyne is a community of shoppers changing the world, just by buying from sites they already love. Many of the retailers you know and love offer money back as an incentive to shop their sites, but these incentives are rarely cashed in. iMyne works with these sites to send those savings back to you—and your favorite cause. It’s automatic and ongoing and you donate without a penny out of pocket. And, the more people in your iMyne community, the more money you earn and give. It’s easy and simple; safe and secure. It’s not cash-back, it’s cash-forward. Simply shop, earn and give.

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Turns out iMyne is an easy way to donate to the charity of your choice (I picked Hera Women’s Cancer Foundation in memory of my Grandma who died from cancer 3.5 years ago), and earn some cash back. Simply download and install iMyne into your browser, you will see an iMy icon appear, and click to activate it every time you shop. 

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Here is the list of retailers and what percentage you can give to your charity by purchasing there. And here is how iMyne compares to other similar websites:

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And now for the fun part, and my favorite part – check out and enter the iMyne Shop Your Heart Out $2,500 Sweepstakes Now Through 9/2/14 

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BeingZhenya.com DIY Fringe T-shirt #tst

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DIY BeingZhenya.com T-shirt, DKNY skirt, Forever 21 Booties, Rebecca Minkoff bag

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I finally came around to making a T-shirt for my blog, and then wore it to take pictures outside.

The shirt is still not done, I am planning on adding sequins or beads to the letters to outline them, but it’s a start!

A lot has happened in the past couple of days, and I have more projects going on than time on my hands, but like I tweeted yesterday, I am extremely grateful for what I do as a blogger, and for those who take me seriously!

At the end of the day it’s all about sitting down and enjoying the sunset.

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Styling a pencil skirt isn’t complicated at all, especially when you have an amazing pair of booties.

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Color Blind

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Sheer Blouse – East 5th, Maxi Skirt – Linden Calhoun, Bag – Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5 Zip, Booties – Forever 21

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Sipping my Tuesday morning coffee, blogging, thinking about all the changes that are about to take over my life.

As ready as I am ever going to be. Don’t get me wrong, I am extremely excited to go to the U, but I am also nervous. It’s going to be first day of school for me, when I thought I was done with school 6 years ago.  Everyone has been so supportive though, and Sam, he is amazing. He has helped out so much, he is so proud of me. But for the first time in many years I am not going to work. My blog and social media will be my only source of income, so if you see a sponsored post here and there, please don’t judge. If you don’t see a post from me for a few days, or maybe a week, please don’t judge. Find me on social media, tell me you miss me, I will always reply.

I have never wanted to be a professional full-time blogger, I always wanted a career.

I keep reminding myself – I am ready, I am ready, I am fine…

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White sheer shirt and black maxi skirt made this outfit possible. How do you do black and white?

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On a more lighter note, what is your favorite app? I have been loving Shopbop, not only for an easy way to purchase fashionable items on the go, but also for outfit and style inspirations! Check it out and let me know what you think!

fall trends 2014: the turtleneck

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Booties – Forever 21, Shorts – Ann Taylor, Bag – Rebecca Minkoff, Turtleneck – Target

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Something parisian, yet something so 7th grade for me. Another fall trend to try, and I am so glad I did. See you soon downtown. And thank you Rachel for the pictures!

Do you wear turtlenecks? How do you style them? Here are a few of my favorite ones for fall! Major turtleneck crush over here!

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And what about shorts for fall? There are so many cool ways to style them, with tights and boots, sweaters and vests!

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Tech Talk and Style: Acer It

#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between our site and Intel. This could include the Intel Corporation providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.

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I love Apple. If you know me, you know that I have a strong attachment to my phone, my Mac, and my iPads. There, I said it and it’s out! That’s why when I first posted the Acer tablet preview, it was so hard for me to get into it. It wasn’t even on for over 2 weeks. Given we were road tripping at that time, but still. And then something happened. After almost giving up on it, I decided to give it another shot. I brought it into work, where we use a different tablet on a daily basis (which I hate, and if you want to know what it is, ask me on social media ;) ), knowing that I’ll have time to play with it there. I started by changing the background image from abstract grey squares to an image of Central Park and the Upper West Side where I used to live. Think it helped? Have we met?

Then for a while I stuck to the social media apps, like Instagram and Twitter. The tablet is just as fast as my phone, and I could easily type anything I needed.

Soon I discovered Newssstand, and after adding a few favorite topics here and there (I am going to make you guess which ones), I became a devoted reader and sharer. When I read something I like, it always goes up on my Twitter, and for some reason the way Newsstand is set up, makes it so easy and effortless for me. I also get several free articles per month per certain publication (like New York Times, or Financial Times) without having to subscribe to them.

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I am still looking for a good photo editing app, giving audible a try, and wondering about all the ebook apps, like Play books, which unlike Kobo has free books.

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Happy Sunday! A Beauty Brunch post featuring Pevonia Skincare coming up soon!

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5 Easy Steps To Refresh Your Makeup

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

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Excited for fall, back to school, and inspired by Hayden Panettiere’s style, locks and looks, I headed to my local Target to purchase some Neutrogena products. I knew I would find something that would help me create my all day look in a few easy steps, and keep it looking fresh no matter what I do.

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I often attend events or go places after work. So instead of reapplying all makeup, I use these simple tips to refresh it in under 5 minutes.

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1. Start by applying Shine Control Powder all over your face. This powder blends invisibly, creates a flawless look, and doesn’t clog pores. And you never have to worry about picking out the right shade, because there is only one!

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2. Next apply Healthy Skin Blends Blush. It’s oil free, non-comodegenic, and creates an illuminating look. Contouring products are definitely my favorite, and this blush just made it to the top of the list.

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3. Mascara touch up is a must! I often only wear it on the top lashes during the day, so when the time comes to touch up, I apply some on the bottom lashes, for a more dramatic look. Healthy Volume Mascara conditions, coats quickly thanks to a  super-sized brush, and has been tested by Ophthalmologists.

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4. And now for the lips. I wear a nude or a coral color during the day, like MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Fresh Papaya, but always go for something bolder for the night.

5. Hair needs a touch up too. And Triple Repair Fortifying Leave-In Treatment is perfect for that. Simply squeeze a little produce into your palm and work it into the ends. In fact, the entire Triple Repair line is so good, I recommend it, especially if your hair has been color treated, or damaged.

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Thanks to Neutrogena, my makeup looks fresh throughout the day, and my makeup bag is a lot smaller!

Watch one of Hayden’s videos to get inspired, and see more of what Neutrogena makeup has to offer!

Target and Neutrogena have teamed up to bring a Target Beauty Concierge event at select Target stores around the country this month! Event begins August 24th.  Limited quantities available. Check with your local Target store for Beauty Concierge day and times.

Get 20% off any Neutrogena purchase at Target stores 8/16-8/30, don’t wait, take advantage of this Cartwheel offer today!

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