Join me on my 2017 Health and Wellness Journey

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Today I am turning a new page here at BeingZhenya.com. I am starting a health and wellness journey that I want to share with you. I’ve been thinking a lot about the blog and whether to continue writing, and I decided that it was time to put more time and effort into it.

Since starting my first big job out of college last August I found myself spending more time on the couch with a glass of wine watching yet another show on Netflix. Even my regular trips to the gym seemed to be pointless.

That’s why I am starting 2017 with another Whole 30 challenge. Sam and I did it a year and a half ago and it worked so well for us. I will be sharing my grocery hauls as well as my favorite recipes with you. And even though the challenge is only 30 days, I am planning on continuing it through the year.

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If 30 days seems too long, I would like to recommend the POPSUGAR January Jump Start plan for 2017 which includes clean eating recipes and 2-week workout plan! It’s easy to navigate, and some of the workouts even include videos, so you can simply follow along. I will be continuing attending classes at the WAC, sticking with strength and boot camp, but I will give a more detailed update once I see the January/February schedule.

Another important aspect of my health and wellness journey for 2017 is my mental and emotional health. I’ve noticed that a lot of my friends were battling depression and anxiety. I have been going through a lot over the past few months as well. Some of the major 2016 events included our move to Milwaukee, leaving my Minneapolis friends, graduating from college, starting a new job. It’s stressful when it’s just you, but when you are moving with a spouse, it’s even more so. I’m looking for 2017 to slow down and for things to settle down a bit, but we’ll see. I am planning on spending less time on my phone, more time with my friends and family, more time reading and writing.

I want to wish you all a happy new year, let’s make 2017 kick ass!

Playing with Textures + Monday Mode Link Up

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Textures are my favorite. From this vintage fur coat to the crinkled silk Escada skirt I thrifted in Colorado a few years ago, to this light Fendi dress that I am wearing as a top here, I am obsessed with everything tactile!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are staying warm and cozy with your loved ones! I have exciting new changes coming to Being Zhenya in 2017 and I can’t wait to share them with you!

I apologize for not posting the link up last week, my site was down and then it was being updated and backed up, but we are now good to go! Please make sure to join this week’s link up! I am always so inspired by your looks! And don’t forget to email me if you want to co-host with us next year!

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The Perfect Holiday Dress // Monday Mode Link Up + It Cosmetics Giveaway

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Happy Monday! Here is to another week! My week has a very snowy start. I spent all day Sunday baking a cake to bring into work, and watching Shameless! Obsessed with that show. I don’t know how I didn’t start watching it sooner!

Today’s dress is the perfect holiday dress in my opinion. It’s flattering, unique and has those little details that allow to wear it without any accessories. For the past couple of months I’ve been avoiding wearing any sort of jewelry. I don’t know what it is, probably just a stage 🙂 haha My dress is by LATTORI, and the booties are Kenneth Cole Reaction I got on Hautelook a few years ago.  I’ve selected some similar products for you to check out below:


As promised, we have another holiday giveaway for you! This one is even better than the last! I’ve been obsessed with It Cosmetics for about a year now, and I wanted to share the hype with you today! It Cosmetics has recently become available at Ulta, and you can enter to win a set of 5 brushes, and two ornaments that include Confidence in a Cream and Super Hero mascara! Good luck!

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The feature blogger of the week is Alison of Puppies and Pretties! Make sure to tell your friends about the link up! Please help us grow 🙂 We are also looking for co-hosts for 2017! Email me for info 🙂

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Winter Cozy // Monday Mode Link Up // Luminess Air Giveaway

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Happy December! Winter is finally here, it snowed in Milwaukee today, and even though it will probably melt away, I love it! I am taking out all my flannels, warm pajamas and hot chocolate. I am also counting down days till my winter break! Wait what? With the amount of days the company is giving us off, and the time I took off, I will have Dec 22 – Jan 1 off! How cool is that? I feel like I am back in college! I am also really excited to go to Minnesota for Christmas! Make plans now, before my calendar gets booked 🙂 Haha

Today’s look is a combination of a few of my favorite things: menswear inspired coat that I spruced up with a vintage bee pin, thrifted handmade cable knit sweater and Timberland foldover boots.

And there you have it friends!


Featured blogger of the week is Pam of It’s Pam Del! Thank you for linking up with us, we can’t wait to see what you will share this week!

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The sign ups for co-hosting Monday Mode are now open for 2017! Please let us know if you are interested through email or comments below! I can’t wait to have more of you be a part of our fashion adventure!

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And now for the giveaway! Every Monday in December we’ll be giving away something special from a brand we love! Today it’s a gift set from Luminess Air which includes Simply Golden Eyeshadow palette, Long Wear Mascara and Eyebrow pencil.

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In Bordeaux // Monday Mode Link Up

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving! I feel so fortunate I got to spend it with my friend Kaitlyn and her family!

The rest of this long weekend was spent catching up on reading, blogging and organizing my apartment. I also got to see my friend Jessica and catch up on what’s going on in Minneapolis.

Today’s outfit is a layering masterpiece, at least in my book! I am usually not very good at layering. I find it difficult to find pieces that go together, but this time maybe it’s the bordeaux color that helps me pull it off together.

Once again all the photos are by @kaitlyn.luckow and if you like my outfit, you can shop it or similar pieces below:

And now for the Link Up: The blogger of the week is Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge. Please leave your links below and help us spread the word be it through Twitter, Instagram or Facebook by using hashtag #MondayMode 🙂
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A Very Mod Style Monday Mode with LATTORI and Link Up

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Do you have a look or a style that you go for regardless of the season? Something you rely on when in doubt? For me it’s the mod 60’s style dresses that help show off my legs, while being work appropriate. I love this LATTORI dress exactly for that reason. It’s easy shape and vibrant colors help you get noticed, but not too much. Styling it was as easy as 1-2-3. I threw on some heels, and viola. That’s why I love dresses. They are an outfit on their own. I always feel better about spending money on a dress if I am in the store too. It’s an easy throw on solution to early morning dilemmas that I am sure we all face each and every day!

I hope you enjoyed this outfit! I have one more LATTORI dress to share and I am saving that one for next week.

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The blogger of the week is Ashley of Le Style Rogue. Make sure to Link Up this week to stay in touch with all of us and for a chance to be featured in the upcoming weeks! December is going to be an exciting month as well, full of giveaways!

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Octer.com + Monday Mode Link Up

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Writing this post and acting like everything is okay would be wrong. Let’s be honest, last week was full of surprises not just for our country, but for the whole world. As some of you may know I became a citizen in July of this year and this was my first presidential election in the US. I’ve voted in presidential elections in Russia before, where you know the outcome of the election long before it’s over. It’s different here, it’s better here and I will always appreciate this country and what it’s done for me. I don’t know what the future holds, but I keep looking forward with hope and love. Hang in there and if you are ever looking for support feel free to reach out any time!

I also wanted to share this new website I’ve recently discovered called Octer. It’s a cool website that highlights current trends, showcases the latest not just in women’s but men’s fashion, as well as beauty, home and kids. I love going on there for inspiration and also to satisfy my online shopping cravings. Items are broken down by categories, then you can filter it by a whole bunch of other criteria, including the stores. That’s how I was able to find my new denim jacket!

Here is to a great Monday and a better week! Can’t wait to see your posts, please link up below and help us spread the word 😉

Our featured blogger of the week is Vivian of Vivelle Fashion:

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Fall Florals with LATTORI + Monday Mode Link Up

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Fall has been incredible this year. It’s been so nice and warm here lately, and I am hoping and praying the winter will hold off for as long as possible. Yes, I am looking forward to Christmas, I love this weather.

Today I am sharing another LATTORI dress with you, this one is probably my favorite. The soft velvet flowers, the burnt orange, the incredible flare of the skirt. This is fall in a dress.

I hope you are enjoying every last bit of fall wherever you are. Please join our weekly link up and help us spread the word!

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Featured blogger of the week – Katherine of Bordeaux Blvd:

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Crushed Velvet

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The velvet trend is one of my favorites this fall! I recently got this Crushed Velvet Swing Dress at Forever 21 for only $12.90 (I actually got it in both colors), and have been loving it! It’s so soft and easy, plus you can style it in so many different ways! It makes a nice addition to my vintage velvet dress collection.

Are you wearing velvet this season? How do you style it?

All photos by Kaitlyn <3

Make sure to stop by the blog every Monday to check out the weekly Monday Mode Link Up, I love seeing everyone’s stylish outfits and beautiful faces!

And lastly please check out my top velvet pieces for everyone’s wardrobe:

Cold Shoulder Dress from LATTORI + Monday Mode Link Up

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Happy Halloween! Even though I don’t have a Halloween costume post for you, I wanted to share this gorgeous dress I’ve recently received from LATTORI. It’s a stylish cold shoulder maxi done in a gorgeous velvet fabric. If you’ve been following current trends, you noticed that cold shoulder trend is popping up everywhere, from dresses to tops, to even sweaters. Have you recently worn a cold shoulder top? How did you style it?

Kaitlyn and I went to Lake Michigan for this shoot, and I absolutely love how she was able to capture the crashing waves against the rocks. I will be honest, I always wanted to climb these rocks to be honest. Today I finally got to do it in my heels!

This is not the last time you are going to see LATTORI on my blog, I have a few other amazing dresses to share with you, which Kaitlyn captured beautifully! Meanwhile make sure to check out some of my favorite cold-shoulder pieces 😉


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The featured blogger from last week is Hypnoz Glam:

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And now for the link up:

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