Here is to May + Monday Mode Link Up

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Happy Monday loves and happy May! I am so excited for this week! We are going to Chicago for the weekend, plus I have some exciting new collaborations coming your way. I can’t wait to share them with you. Make sure to follow my Instagram story, I try to keep it pretty entertaining and you also get to see the world through my own eyes.

Even though this has been a rainy dreary and cold weekend I feel like I got a lot done. We cleaned the apartment, had friends over, Sam baked 4 pizzas just in time for me to start Keto diet 🙂 Haha

I have once again done some shopping and I can’t wait to show you all the outfits that I have been putting together in my mind. Isn’t this your favorite thing to do too? Envision an outfit and then bring it to life? I might have spent a few hours online shopping too! Ah I am so excited for summer in Milwaukee/Chicago! I can’t wait 🙂

Please link up with us this week! I love seeing everyones posts 🙂

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What’s in my gym bag? – Beauty Brunch Link Up

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As promised #BeautyBrunch is now a weekly weekend Link Up! Today I wanted to talk about one of the biggest parts of my life and how it impacts my beauty routine – working out at the gym.

Since moving to Milwaukee and starting my job at Kohl’s I’ve been going to the gym at least 8 times a month. I go to the WAC which is a wonderful facility and has so many locations! I love it.  During the week I mostly do cardio like running on the treadmill, elliptical or stair master. On the weekends I take a strength class and do yoga. I have also recently started to use Kayla Itsine’s Bikiny Body Guides and these are the 28 minute workouts I do at home 2-3 days a week. I know this seems like a lot, but it’s much needed because I work in the office.

There are a few other things you should know about my workout routines. I always work out at night during the week, weekend workouts are the only morning ones due to class schedule. That will explain my product choices.

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Let’s start with hair care, because that’s the biggest part of my gym beauty routine. As you can see there are 2 sets of shampoo/conditioner. One is Clairol Shimmer Lights, aka the purple shampoo. I use it once a week to brighten up my balayage. I always think this product is going to stain my apartment shower, and use it only at the gym. If you have bleach blonde hair I highly recommend this set. I got it at Sally’s Beauty Supply a couple years ago, and since I only use it once a week, it’s lasted me a very long time. Do you have a favorite purple shampoo? Do tell, because I am always up for trying new things!

The other shampoo and conditioner set is OGX Biotin and Collagen series. It’s essentially the thickening series filled with high performance blend of powerful ProVitamin B7, collagen, and hydrolyzed wheat proteins. I love the smell of these products and how my hair feels after.

But a shampoo and conditioner duo are only as good as the leave-in treatments I use after. I have two as well. Once again my obsession with having two of almost everything is surfacing. Don’t worry, I also think it’s weird 😉

The first one that I use is Argan Oil of Morocco Creamy Hair Butter by OGX. The cool thing about this product is that it can be either left in or rinsed out. If you choose to rinse it out, then it acts like a mask. Otherwise you can use it as a leave in treatment, which I prefer to be completely honest. I feel like my hair has been extremely weakened by all the bleaching that’s why I like to use this as a leave in. This product contains argan oil, silk amino acids, soybean oil, coconut oil, and shea butter extract. Plus OGX is an extremely affordable brand.

When I choose to rinse out the OGX hair butter, I follow up with Nexxus Humectress Luxe Lightweight Conditioning Mist. I have written a very detailed blog post about this Nexxus series before, so if you are interested in reading it, you can check it out here. This product contains Vitamin E, Coconut Oil, and Honey Extract. Once again it aims to strengthen your hair and reduce breakage. I spray it on towel dry hair and comb through. Easy 🙂

Now that I am done walking you through my hair care, let’s talk about skin care. I use Exposed Skincare Microderm Scrub. I have to admit I use it as a face wash and feel like it gets the job done.

Next I apply Pevonia Power Repair Hydrating Toner. It’s a spray so no need to pack cotton rounds for the gym!

Lastly I use Brevena Restore and Hydrate Overnight Cream. This skincare line is made in Minnesota, and I have been using this moisturizer for a while now. Sometimes I use it as a day time cream. Breaking all the skincare rules over here, I know. This lotion contains Macro B ComplexŽ, Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Oil and Vitamins C and E.

Well there you have it, the contents of my gym bag 😉 What skincare products do you use? Would you be interested in a more detailed post about my workouts?

Make sure to link up your latest beauty posts! I can’t wait to see what products you have been trying out:

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Monday Mode Link Up – April 24

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Here is to another Monday beautiful friends! I have to admit the past few weeks have been full of ups and downs but today I found myself feeling incredibly happy and excited to go to work tomorrow. Who would’ve thought I was excited for Monday? Me neither.

I finally got to meet one of my blogger friends from Chicago – Megan (<- Click here for her Insta). We met on line a few years ago, back when I was doing #ThriftStyleThursday link up, and she was in town for a travel conference. So we grabbed brunch and chatted about this and that. Ironically enough we both agreed that neither of us wanted to become full-time bloggers because of the unknowns and the uncertainties. Of course having a significant other with a job and benefits helps, but still there are so many fears that I have, I am not even going to go into all the detail. I think I will dedicate a separate post to it. With all that being said, our brunch and our conversation has really inspired me to be a better blogger and not write 4 shitty sentences per post. So thank you, Megan (<- Click here for her blog)!

Today I would like to present you with my favorite pair of pants. They are made of thick scuba like brushed material and are the most comfortable and soft pair from Zara I own. They won me over so fast I found myself checking out with 2 pairs. Isn’t that how it always happens anyways? Sam and I had a long discussion about my shopping addiction afterwards too.

The top is my new favorite from Apt.9 – Dhameer this one is for you 😉 I am loving the pleats and the ease of it. It goes with everything, from my ripped jeans, to shorts, to my favorite pants. Ironically enough I bought it in 2 colors as well. Do you guys buy multiples of your favorite styles?

Make sure to link up with us this week! My favorite part at the end of the week is going through all the linked up posts to see how you let your creativity shine on the Internet!

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~ All Photos by Kaitlyn Luckow who just got engaged! Congrats lady! I couldn’t be more excited for you and Alex ~

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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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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Vera Wang Embrace Marigold and Gardenia

Disclosure: “This post was sponsored by Vera Wang Fragrances as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

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Summer has always been my favorite season. Maybe it has to do with my upcoming Birthday, maybe with the warm weather, maybe with the summer travels. I’ve always enjoyed and looked forward to the June-July-August stretch. This year, among other things, I get to spend my summer with a new fragrance – Vera Wang Embrace Marigold and Gardenia.

Vera Wang Embrace Marigold and Gardenia perfume is a way to feel confident and beautiful in your own skin. This newest member of the Embrace Collection empowers me to feel beautiful everyday. Its soft peach color, reminiscent of the first vision of sunlight, enhances my day leaving me feeling fresh and embracing my womanhood.

Fragrance has always been a big part of my life. From playing with my mom’s perfumes in pretty bottles when I was little, to noticing and complimenting others on their choice of perfume, I’ve always been drawn to new scents. I try and find a different fragrance for every time of the year, and this summer Vera Wang Marigold and Gardenia fragrance makes me feel confident, beautiful and desirable in my own skin.

In preparations to celebrate my Birthday I wanted to remind you how important it is to remember to celebrate ourselves every day! There are so many special moments that happen to us that need to be cherished and embraced, but sometimes get ignored and forgotten. I have been using Vera Wang Embrace fragrance to help me remember these moments, maybe it’s a combination of olfactory, maybe my mind is just playing games with me, but I believe in the power of this dreamy fruity and floral fragrance.

Now it wouldn’t be fair if I went on and on about this fragrance and not given you a chance to try it! I-C is hosting a contest for the Vera Wang Embrace fragrance collection pack and you can enter for a chance to win one of ten fragrance kits (A $75 value!). This includes all 4 of the following fragrances: Green Tea & Pear Blossom, Rose & Vanilla, Periwinkle & Iris, and Marigold & Gardenia. The contest closes July 12, 2016, you can enter by choosing a social media sharing option form the social media tool below:

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Vera Wang Embrace Marigold and Gardenia is available for purchase in-store and online at Kohl’s.

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And remember this easy formula for a happy summer: minimum make up, maximum vitamin D, and a fragrance that embraces your senses 😉