Mock Neck Turtleneck + Monday Mode Link Up

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It was such a gorgeous weekend here in Milwaukee, not even the presidential debate could ruin it. I’ve been listening to Regina Spektor’s new album “Remember Us To Life” on my way to and from work lately and her song “The Light” has really been speaking to me. I wanted to share it with you today, and remind you that sometimes we just need to keep trying, keep going and be that light that shines on us. Of course there are days when I am more of a Grand Hotel personage, but remembering that light helps me get through the day 🙂

I’ve been obsessed with Kohl’s “Own your everyday runway” fall campaign, and I have to admit I own quiet a few pieces from that whole line up, including this Elle mock neck sleeveless turtleneck. It’s the softest coziest fall item in my closet at the moment, and did I mention I have it in 2 colors.


I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s been linking up with us every Monday for Monday Mode Link Up! It means the world to us! Your posts inspire me and help me stay on top of blogging.

Like I mentioned last week, Rachel, Jewel and I will now be picking our favorite posts from last week. These are the two looks that stood out to us the most:

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Ashley of Le Style Rouge

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Kim of Champagneista

Can’t wait to see what you have to share this week! And don’t forget to help us spread the word about the link up! Xo

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Rainy Day Please Stay + Monday Mode Link Up

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I feel like I’ve moved to Seattle, no really! The soft drizzle of the rain this weekend, not only helped me catch up on my sleep, but motivated me to go to the gym (because what else is there to do?). I’ve been baking and cooking, and roasting squash, you know it must be fall!

This outfit is a combination of my recent purchases, vintage and thrift finds, and the latest turtleneck trend that’s been popping up everywhere!

I hope you had a great weekend, once again, Jewel, Rachel and I are excited to share Monday Mode link up with you, and we can’t wait to see your latest and greatest! Starting next week we’ll be choosing our favorite style post of the week and featuring the blogger in our next week’s post 🙂 Who is excited?

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Monday Mode Link Up

Monday Mode Link Up

Every time Monday comes around, I feel kind of cheated. The weekend flew by and instead of being a fun after party, the first day of the week always hits me like a bucket of cold water. I am slowly getting myself into a habit of enjoying this day of the week, being happy and looking forward to a new week!

I spent this weekend in Minneapolis, got to go to my favorite food places, a fashion show, but most importantly, I got to see my friends. I was hoping to have some photos of the outfit I wore by today, but unfortunately I don’t.

September is flying by so quickly, and while some may complain, I am so excited for October! Getting ready for friends and family to visit, Sam’s Birthday, and Halloween! Plus all the pumpkin patches and apple orchards to visit! I need to find some good ones in the Milwaukee area!

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I hope you all had a fun filled weekend, make sure to add your latest blog posts to the link up! I can’t wait to check them out!

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Hair Detox with Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo

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Over the past week I’ve been detoxing. It’s not what you think! I’ve been detoxing my hair! It was so easy Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo.

Now that fall is here, I want to make sure my hair is healthy and prepared for the season. This weekend I am traveling back to Minneapolis to see family, friends and check out Envision Anniversary Fashion Show. I need my hair to look and feel good, just one less thing for me to worry about! The great thing about Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo is that it’s a product you can use as a weekly hair shampoo treatment and is safe for color-treated hair. I simply added this shampoo in as a part of my weekly hair care routine, and was very surprised by the difference. Funny thing is, I’ve always noticed this product in the store, but never tried it, until now.

I feel like I’ve been detoxing a lot, or trying to, lately. From my 3 day cleanse, to cleaning out my closet and getting rid of things and stuff that doesn’t make me happy, to updating my beauty routine, my move to Milwaukee is starting to feel more and more like a fresh start!

The cleanse kick is here to stay. I’ve been eating healthier (a lot of vegetables), working out more (free gym membership is probably one of the best perks I get at work), staying positive and happy (surrounding myself with positive people), using new beauty products (like the Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo) and reorganizing my wardrobe (more solid, neutral colors that are timeless).

If you are a hair obsessed 20 or 30 something, you will appreciate Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo. It helps remove all residue caused by other shampoos, conditioners and styling products. Thanks to its mild formula this shampoo is suitable for all hair types, and minimizes chances of causing irritation. My hair ends up feeling so soft and looks shiny every time I use this product!

I have a new once a week rule in my house:

Once a week I clean out and organize my closet, my beauty products and my apartment.

Once a week I wash my makeup brushes, my towels, my sheets.

Once a week I use the anti-residue shampoo by Neutrogena.

My Anti-Residue Moment: Is staying organized and tidy in all areas of my life.

And finally, don’t miss out the Giveaway! All you need to do is share a photo on Instagram or Twitter about a moment that triggered your need for a hair detox (i.e an up do hairstyle with lots of hairspray, beach vacation, exercising, or getting messy with the kids), and tag me (@BeingZhenya) in your post! I will pick a winner at random by September 29! You can also notify me of your entries by commenting on this Insta photo. US entrants only please!

For more information visit Neutrogena campaign page bit.ly/2bvZLKE and Neutrogena social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram!

Neck Scarf + Monday Mode Link Up

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Happy Monday, we are back with another Monday Mode Link Up today! This is a look I wore when we toured Miller Brewery a couple weeks ago. I have been into the skinny scarf trend lately. I feel like they go with everything, and are such an easy accessory for everyone to pull off. I am definitely looking to add to my scarf collection now 🙂 Another trend that I am loving and looking to repeat in next week’s post is layering t-shirts under dresses. For me, it’s one of the easiest ways to add some interest to a summer dress and transition it into fall!

If you are in Milwaukee and have a few hours to spare, I would definitely recommend going on the Miller brewery tour. It’s about an hour long, you get to visit the original caves where they stored barrels of beer in the 19th century. And of course there is beer in the end! And did I mention it’s free?

I will be in Minneapolis next weekend for Envision, it’s their anniversary show that I didn’t want to miss. So stay tuned for a lot of Insta updates.

Congrats to Jessica W for winning our giveaway! We would love to see pics, so tag us when you post them! And now for the link up!

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Jus by Julie Experience and Aftermath

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I would like to start this post by saying that starting this Jus by Julie cleanse was my own personal decision, this is not a sponsored post, I paid for everything and all opinions are my own.

Okay now that we got this out of the way, let’s talk about the cleanse. Juice cleanses are popular, there are cold press juicers, then there are centrifugal juicers. The first ones are healthier and extract the most vitamins and nutrients which makes them pricey, the second ones are cheaper, making them more affordable. The juicer I have at home was a $30 score from the Target Basement in Minneapolis.

I went with Jus by Julie partially because I knew a few people who did it, and partially because it’s  based out of Brooklyn. (If you don’t know this about me, I am forever and always in love with New York City.) I paid $120 for my 3 day cleanse, which included 18 juices and 12 energy/booster shots.

The juices were different from what I expected. A lot of them included rice milk, and some seemed more like smoothies to me. The booster shots were interesting, some I could take like a shot, some I had to add to 16 oz of water, because drinking them up without diluting them was impossible.

In addition to the juices the cleanse allows you 1-2 cups of tea or coffee a day, plus some steamed vegetables and egg whites. I didn’t actually eat anything because I wasn’t hungry. The juices are incredibly filling and with the amount of water I tried to drink in between, I felt like I couldn’t consume any more food.

Before I started the cleanse I seriously thought I was going bombard social media with complaints of how hungry and miserable I was. However that didn’t happen. Nor did I really have any desire to eat. By the end of day 3 I just wanted the cleanse to be over with, because looking in the mirror at my face was terrifying, my cheekbones started showing even more than they normally do, and to myself I looked sick.

I didn’t lose any weight (I started at 124 and finished at 124), which I personally think was due to the high amount of sugar that the juices contained (at least 16 grams per juice). I felt sick and bloated by the end of day 3. And to be honest, I don’t think this juice cleansed me of anything, but rather messed up my digestion.

Now that it’s been a couple weeks I finally feel like my body has been restored back to normal. I was disappointed in this program. Next time I do a cleanse, I will definitely look more closely into the nutrition that is in the juices.

 

The Long Vest + Monday Mode’ New Weekly Link Up

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The Outfit: This long vest has been on repeat since I bought it at Kohl’s a couple weeks ago! I absolutely love the versatility and the ease of styling that it brings. I might have to go get the grey one too 😉 Distressed jeans are still hot and aren’t going anywhere any time soon. These moss colored Kenneth Cole booties are growing on me, I tend to reach for them more and more every week. And to top it off, I layered my favorite bracelets and a Daniel Wellington watch, because sometimes you need to give FitBit a break. You can save 15% off your next Daniel Wellington purchase with code ‘BEINGZHENYA’ – valid through Sept 15, 2016!

monday mode link up The Surprise: Welcome to the new weekly Link Up brought to you by Rachel of Rachel’s Lookbook, Jewel of Style Optimist and yours truly! We are so excited to be sharing this with you today and every Monday from now on in our effort to express our styles, bring the fashion community closer together and meet new people! A lot of you know I moved from Minneapolis to Milwaukee a little over a month ago, but I wanted to stay in touch with my blogger girlfriends, and this link up is also a way for us to stay in touch, collaborate and bounce ideas off of each other!

Since this is a celebration of a new beginning, we thought it would only make sense to kick it off with a giveaway! I am so happy to be able to give away some of our favorite NYX Cosmetics goodies to you today, make sure you enter today!

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The Link Up: Join in the fun, share your latest outfits, make sure to show some love to others linking up and have fun!

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Back to School Hair Styles with Folica.com

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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 😉

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.

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1. Tucked away. And not behind the ear 😛

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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 Folica.com

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 Folica.com

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 😉

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:





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