Summer Sailing with Hawaiian Tropic

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

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Sailing is my absolute summer favorite! We usually go out once or twice a weekend to spend some time on Lake Minnetonka, soaking up the sun, and enjoying the water. Last Saturday we took my friend Kaitlyn on the boat with us! Thank you for all the photos, lady! I appreciate it! Sailing is also when I need to be on top of my beauty routine and the products I put on my skin. I’ve been using Hawaiian Tropic for a while now (I always make Sam use it too, so his skin gets that glow too), but this year they came out with new Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30 and Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance After Sun Moisturizer that I had to get my hands on! Because there can never be too much sunscreen or vitamin D!

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Lotion Sunscreen broad spectrum UVA and UVB SPF 30 ($9.99) contains hydrating ribbons of silk protein and Shea Butter, the breathable formula delivers a weightless, airlift texture, and is easily dispensed from the pump. It doesn’t feel like you are putting sunscreen on at all! 

Did you also notice the difference in my skin color in one of the photos above? This sunscreen makes my skin look and feel so much better. I didn’t notice the difference until after I was looking through the photos. But who wouldn’t want to have radiant soft skin at the beach or on a lake? I sure do! It’s all thanks to the Signature hydrating ribbons of luxurious silk protein and shea butter that provide up to 12 hours of moisturization leaving skin feeling hydrated and pampered like no other sunscreen can. Seriously though, my skin looks golden after applying this sunscreen! 

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance After Sun ($7.99) is a new product I’ve never tried before, and didn’t know existed. It’s also one of the first after sun lotions that soothes, softens and leaves skin radiant. For those of us who struggle with applying moisturizer, this is a great product. It serves as a reminder to me to use it when I come in after being out in the sun. I think the simple fact of it being the same brand as my sunscreen helps me remember to use it. This moisturizer contains Shea butter and mango extract to leave skin feeling pampered, noticeably soft and luminous. There are also special light reflecting pigments to help skin appear beautiful, radiant and glowing. And I am all about that! 
There was barely any wind on Saturday when we went out sailing, but we still went up and down the east part of lake. I love spending time on Minnetonka with my friends, showing them my favorite houses, looking at other boats, enjoying the breeze. So I was really excited I could share that with Katelyn. We are thinking about taking the boat to Lake Michigan next year! Wouldn’t that be fun?
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Prana #7daystretch

   
    
 Pants: Prana | Hoodie: American Eagle | Shoes: New Balance | Hat: Target 

Having spent all summer interning, I had very few opportunities to take time off and do something fun. I remember last summer being full of road trips and adventures, and I’m kind of sad I missed out on that this year. But this summer was full of trips to the beach, walks around the lakes and hang outs with friends. And while I’m not as adventurous as my husband, who went on a hiking trip up north, I like to stick to the regional trails, I might just have to end this summer with a trip to a place I’ve never been before. And now I have my new Prana pants to do it in! 

Your Inner Superhero

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One of my students brought this Batman mask to school yesterday, and then I tried it on! Have you ever worn a superhero mask? It’s like the thing gives you powers! Puts you in a better mood, and makes you want to do good! How amazing? But I can’t really wear it everyday, can I?

I had a really long day at work, between a 10 hour day, and a Skype call with my mom in Russia, and a staff meeting, with a run to McDonald’s somewhere in between, by the time I got home, I was exhausted. And to top it all off, my husband is sick. Sound familiar?

Stress can get into our lives unnoticed, and stay there, rooting deeply into our hearts. It turns into worry, which can lead to much more serious problems. I was thinking about that on my way home. I had to take the long way too, because the roads are still icy in a lot of places, which gave me more time, and here is what I came up with. 

It’s not about being able to do it all, it’s about what you can do. 

Stress is the root of all evil, plus it’s a root of all illness.
When I am stressed out, I get the worst back pains, but now that I know that, I can also tell when I am starting to get stressed, because my back is becoming tense, and I can tell myself to relax. 

Don’t forget about yourself.
Get that morning coffee, or the pair of earrings that’s on sale anyways. Treats are not just for kids! 

Talk.
Don’t bottle things up, it never did any good to anyone. Husbands are there to listen! 

Have fun!
Do you know what the best part about that mask is? It came from a Happy Meal! Working with kids I often hear – I don’t know how you do it! Well, I don’t know either, but I have fun 🙂

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Have a great weekend! And check out this vlog video I made for you! 

Z

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L-O-V-E {Thrift Style Thursday}

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Vintage + Thrifting + Dresses + Purses + Shoes + Art

There are so many things I love! Family, husband and values aside. Let me be “shallow” for once, let me talk about my passions, let me talk about the loves of my life!

I love blogging, I absolutely adore all my readers and blogger friends. I don’t think I can live without you! I love Thrift Style Thursdays, I love the inspiration, the ideas. I love the new levels you all take me on! Love is easy, give love to receive love. Think love. See love. Wish love.

Love the simple things. Love yourself. Love to love.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Thrift

Style Thursday!

Love,

Zhenya

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Eclecticity // Confessions of a Refashionista

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Tuesdays Off

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Sweatshirt – Peter Pilotto for Target, Dress – Persunmall, Leggings – ProSkins, Boots – Ana (thrifted)

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Days off are blogging days. That’s how they are classified at our house. They are days I get up early, make Sam’s lunch and see him off to work. I often skip breakfast and spend the entire morning in bed with my laptop. I catch up on blogs, my Social Media channels, and any shows that may be on Netflix or Hulu. This week I am catching up and watching live New York Fashion Week.

I often work out on my days off, and am really looking forward to checking out the new Barre DVDs that I got my hands on! I do it all in the basement, or in my living room, where is more light.

Tuesdays are also Twitter chat days, and once a month it’s #FashionUnfold, while other days, it’s just random chats, usually British! But I love my UK blogger friends and talking to them. Twitter keeps me connected to the whole world.

Sometimes I have coffee dates with friends. Honey and Rye has been on my list for a while now. But no one wants to go there with me! Maybe you? Sometimes I go shopping and buy things, but sometimes I don’t need anything.

This week I have hope. This Tuesday, after having checked out the weather for the next 10 days, I saw something promising in the forecast – 35F! That is above and beyond what I’ve been hoping for for many weeks now, along with thousands of others here in the North Pole Minnesota.

Tuesdays are also my days to take pictures. There are a lot of new additions to my wardrobe that need to be styled, worn, photographed. I do dishes and laundry in between. The bathroom needs cleaning too.

Some nights I am lucky and we go get Papa Murphy’s for dinner, sometimes we have left overs. But either way, I am always so happy when Sam comes home!

What are your days off like?

Z

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{27 DRESSES} Dress 1: It’s my Birthday

Have you seen that Birthday episode of How I met your Mother, where Lilly goes –

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!!

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And I am actually excited to be 27! But 26 has been really good to me! I like my job, I love blogging, I really feel like BeingZhenya.com has actually gotten somewhere over the past year, and it’s only going to continue developing and being there for you, to hopefully inspire and encourage you! We got a house, I mean who would’ve thought that a small town girl from Russia would actually be living far far away from home and doing what she loves!

I do get an occasional hater who comments and says – Zhenya, you moved all the way from Russia, now work at a day care, shop at thrift stores, your life sucks. And even though those comments get deleted, I just want to tell you, that life is what you make out of it, and I feel like my life is just beginning now, and it’s wonderful. I hope you all have a wonderful day today, and a wonderful life. And now a few shots from my Birthday that we celebrated with my family yesterday!

Enjoy,

Xo,

Z

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Dress – H&M // Shoes – bought in Russia over 6 years ago o_0

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Love me some ice-cream cake and look! they spelt my name right! (Thank you, Neal and Sandra!)

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Our new silverware! Don’t you just love it! Now say it with me – Sur La Table 😉

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Can’t wait to go sailing!

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Bonfire and s’mores at the end of the day!

Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips Challenge ft. my husband!

If You’re Not Whitening, You’re Yellowing.”

Disclosure: Crest 3D Whitestrips were sent to me free of charge through Influenster. To learn more, please check out the link.

Poor Sam… It all started 10 days ago, after we came back from Fargo and I received this in the mail:

These are no ordinary Whitestrips boys and girls, these are Advanced Seal, which means you can drink water while wearing them!

Here is the sad thing though, back when I was in college I used to whiten my teeth using Crest White Strips, and I did it a lot. I seriously think I overdid it! My teeth became super sensitive (I can only use certain kinds of toothpaste and mouthwash now), though they are still pretty white! I guess something good did come out of these.

It took me a few days to realize that even though I can’t use them, Sam can! To my surprise, he gladly agreed to whiten his teeth!

I do apologize for lighting in some of those pictures! But I hope you’ll be able to see the difference! I can definitely see it, and so can Sam, and plus he still has 10 more days to go!

Before:

Day 1:

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Day 8: I totally missed out on taking a picture that day :/

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Well you get the idea! I’ll definitely post again in 10 days, after the course has been complete! I know it’s a rather pricey product! We saw it for $43.99 at Target today. But the cheaper versions work just as well. And I know that Crest offers a lot of mail in rebates, or you can get ExtraBucks for buying WhiteStips at CVS!

I definitely recommend the WhiteStrips, unless you have very very sensitive teeth. Even though instructions say that whitening won’t harm your teeth, any kind of whitening harms your teeth! So in the end definitely talk to your dentist and make a decision!

Cheers,

Zhenya

PS. Sam has also been growing a beard because it’s Novembeard. Let’s all support Prostate Cancer Research!