Cameron’s Coffee Brand Collaboration Announcement

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When I think about coffee, I remember the time when I became especially fascinated with it. It was 2007 and I was in Croatia. I traveled from Moscow to Zagreb and from there by train to Split, then by car to Zadar to find that Mediterranean peace and quiet that I’d never experienced before. Croatians loved their coffee and drank it hot even on a 100-degree summer day. To blend in with the locals I did the same.

Years have passed since that European vacation, but my love for coffee remains strong.  I am so excited to announce my new collaboration with Cameron’s Coffee. It’s a yearlong partnership and I can’t wait to share how I’m enjoying the Always Smooth, Never Bitter coffee, feature giveaways of my favorite blends, create new recipes, and provide beauty tips.

I know for a lot of people one year may seem like a lot, and some of you are maybe thinking you can’t live without your daily trip to that favorite coffee shop down the block. But allow me to explain why I love brewing at home.

I have always enjoyed making my own coffee, partially because the lingering smell of it fills my apartment kitchen every morning, partially because I have always loved being a home maker. As a lot of you know, I can’t start my day without it. So, when Cameron’s Coffee reached out and asked me if I would be interested in partnering, I was so excited.

Cameron’s Coffee started out in Wisconsin. The founder couldn’t find any good coffee to brew at home within a 100-mile radius, so he started his own company. They use the top 10% of Specialty Grade Arabica beans and have a lot of great products to choose from. I am especially loving the Breakfast Blend at home and the BetterBrew Eco Pods at work.

I am incredibly excited to take you on this coffee journey with me! Make sure to follow me and Cameron’s Coffee on social media to get the latest coffee news.

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Zeva Vibrating Flat Iron – a Must Have for all hair types + Monday Mode Link Up

 

Have you ever heard of vibrating flat irons? I sure hope so, because they are the newest and the biggest thing out there. The vibration separates the hair shafts from one another and allows them to flow smoothly through the plates of the iron. This reduces damage, frizz, hot spots, cramping and styling time by about 20%.

I got my hands on the Zeva Professional Vibrating Flat Iron about a week and a half ago (thank you Susan) and I can’t stop. Let me give you a little back story. A few weeks ago I vowed to stop using heat styling because my hair has become so damaged from all the bleaching here in Milwaukee. Alas all of the local hair stylists have failed me, so now I get my hair done in Chicago (more on that later!) but even with all the proper care, I was still concerned about heat tools.

Then Zeva came along. I agreed to try it, however I admit I was skeptical at first. How good were these vibrations going to be? Turns out they were amazing. I was able to quickly style my hair at 230 degrees!

Bonus – dual voltage, so when we travel to Europe next year, I know which styling tool I will be packing!

Have you ever tried a vibrating flat iron? What are your thoughts?

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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 Complex®, 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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Neroli Salon in Milwaukee: My Lash and Nail Experience

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Disclosure: I received complimentary service in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

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Let’s admit, we all need some pampering and time to ourselves, away from work, family, even our significant others. And what better place to go to in times like these than a beauty salon, especially an Aveda one?

It’s been two weeks since I received the services at the salon. Yes, a part of me procrastinated, but another part of me wanted to actually see how long the nails and lashes are going to last. And I have to tell you, I am more than impressed! I only lost a few lashes, and my nails are not chipped at all. Grown out, but no one is really looking that closely.

I will start with lashes! I had lash extensions once before (you can read about it here), so I knew what to expect. My esthetician Elise was the sweetest! She is the one who actually made this whole experience happen! Turns out she knows one of my blogger friends Kaitlyn and she sent her my way! Lesson 1: Make friends and stay in touch with people! 

I spent 2 hours relaxing and chatting with Elise while she was doing my lashes, and the 2 hours flew by in no time. I shared with her how stressed out I’ve been lately, and how much I was looking forward to the service. We both agreed that her job is not just about making someone’s lashes longer, but rather making that person happy.

Hands down my lashes make me feel prettier, happier, and more confident than ever. Additional bonus – when you cry – your mascara won’t run, because you don’t have to wear any. Lesson 2: It’s okay to be emotional (especially when Mercury is in retrograde! Anyone else feel my pain?)

Since having my lashes done 2 weeks ago, I’ve only started touching up with mascara in the outer corners of my eyes this week. I think one of the most popular questions I get asked about lash extensions is how long they last me. And it honestly depends on the person. I know this is a cop-out answer, but everyone’s lash cycle is different. It’s like hair. Lashes fall out. And if you don’t make a wish and blow them away, then you are not keeping track of them. Lesson 3: Dream often. But if you are seriously thinking about getting lash extensions, try to pay attention to how often you lose your natural lashes, that should be an indicator of how long the extensions will last you.

I love my extensions for a few reasons: I wake up looking ready. There is absolutely no mascara that can help me achieve the same (or even a similar) result. I can still sleep on my stomach and somehow get away with it!

If you are thinking about getting extensions, I highly recommend doing it at Neroli in Third Ward with Elise! From effortless casual conversation to fanning the fumes out of your eyes, she is your girl and she will make sure you leave looking and feeling like a million bucks!

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My manicure experience was as amazing as my lashes. And I think a big part of it was really hitting it off with my estheticians. Lisa did my nails, and that girl is a riot. We talked for 2 hours as she was doing my nails and even after, as she was walking me through some of her favorite Aveda skincare while making me samples. How thoughtful is that? There are a few products I definitely have to go back for, like the Tulasāra Wedding Overnight Masque.

Lisa was very helpful when it came to picking out the design. I wanted something simple that would go well with everything. So when she suggested a reverse french manicure that included a nude, I was all in!

I have never gotten this many compliments on my nails before.

And to make it all better for you my Milwaukee friends, Lisa has been working on some unique Milwaukee nail art that I can’t wait to get done! The amount of effort and drive this girl puts into her work combined with the creativity is so inspiring, it’s literally helping me write this post!

Thanks to Lisa, I am not only loving my nails, but have a few beauty products to write reviews on for you!

Thank you so much to Neroli Salon and Spa for providing me with these complimentary services! I will definitely be coming back. Please follow Elise and Lisa on Instagram, the preferred choice of social media these days.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have! I will gladly answer those 🙂

 

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 ~

Pearls and Khaki + Monday Mode Link Up

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I am going to be honest here and admit that this weekend was probably one of the best ones in Milwaukee. The weather was amazing, I worked out, I ran, I did what made me happy. I hope you had a wonderful 2 days as well!

I wanted to share a little update – I will be adding a new link up – beauty related this time, highlighting my favorite beauty products of the week. Outfits are fun and all, but I want to provide quality beauty, skincare and health content at least once a week. So mark your calendars, because Sunday Beauty Brunch is coming back this time to stay!

The jacket I am wearing in the photos is one of the most recent Zara purchases. The combinations of pearls and khaki spoke to me like no other. You will be seeing it on repeat a lot this summer and next fall!

Make sure to check out my picks below that can help you recreate this outfit and don’t forget to join our link up 🙂

As always all photos by Kaitlyn Luckow and make sure to check out Say Hello Story a new project she started with Alex Kanastab.

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Spring Sweater + Monday Mode Link Up

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I’ve been obsessed with this soft cocoon like sweater for a few weeks now, wearing it to work and on the weekends. Here is to spring in Milwaukee!

All photos by Kaitlyn Luckow.

Don’t forget to Link Up with us this week too!
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Monday Mode Link Up January 16

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Happy Monday! I am so emotional and excited over the Packers win over Cowboys last night, I don’t think I know how to contain myself. I bet you never thought you’d see me talking about football on the blog, did you? Well Wisconsin is working it’s magic on me! I love living here, I love all the friends I’ve made. But one of the things I love the most is Lake Michigan. That’s why I am always shooting outfits by it. Today is no exception. By the way, can you guess what my favorite color is? Enjoy and don’t forget to link up yours below!

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All photos by Kaitlyn Luckow <3

My Balayage Experience at Get Dolled Up Salon with Melissa

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I love getting my hair done period. So when Melissa from Get Dolled Up reached out to me offering a balayage and hair cut experience at a Shorewood based salon I couldn’t say no!

I switched from highlights to balayage in 2014, when I saw an picture on Instagram and knew that my hair didn’t have to look stripey, but could have a beautiful blended effect. And have been a balayage convert ever since.

Melissa spent about 4 hours on the cut and color but it was so worth it! Last time I got my hair done I wasn’t happy with the cut. The girl cut out a weird bang portion that I was looking to get blended in, resulting in me requesting Melissa to take about 2 inches off.

The balayage looks amazing, I got baby lights added, which I’ve never had before, they make the blond strands stand out even more. I also got to try Schwarzkopf hair dye again after a very long break. Schwarzkopf is a really popular brand in Russia, but having been living in the States for a long time, and coming from Minneapolis, which is Aveda central, it was a nice change.

Now bleached hair can be tricky to take care of, that’s why I also want to share my favorite products that help me keep my hair looking blonder and healthier longer.

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  1. Shimmer Lights Shampoo and Conditioner – use these once or twice a week to keep your hair from looking too yellow.
  2. Maple Holistics Grapeseed Oil – rich in vitamin E, it’s perfect for hair growth. I love deep conditioning my hair and massaging my scalp with it about once a week.
  3. Coconut Curls by OGX – even though my hair is pretty straight, I use this product on my ends to keep them from being too dry.
  4. Matrix Heat Buffer – a must have spray for every time I use a styling tool, like the GHD curve featured in last weeks Beauty Brunch Post, a blow dryer or a straightener.
  5. Matrix So Long Damage Iron Tamer – a cream type of heat protectant. I use this on damp hair more than anything. The heat buffer (#4) is perfect for dry hair.
  6. L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil – perfect for a finishing touch to make my hair smooth and shiny. See the full review on L’Oreal’s Extraordinary Hair line on my YouTube channel.
  7. Dessange Paris Color Restorative Top Coat Serum with UV filter – same idea as the oil above, but the UV protectant makes it my number one choice!

I hope you enjoyed my hair transformation and find my list of products helpful! Let me know if you’ve tried any of the above and what your opinion is! Have a product that works for you? Please share that as well in the comments below!

The Murder Mystery Co Milwaukee Experience

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A couple months ago Sam and I had an opportunity to see Milwaukee Murder Mystery Co in action at one of their theater events at the Astor Hotel. I was really excited to have a different kind of date night, and it didn’t disappoint.

The act we got to see was Crime and Pun-ishment, it took place in the 1920’s during Prohibition. All attendees were encouraged to dress up. I have to admit Sam and I didn’t, but it was so much fun to see everyone else’s costumes. People really went out with dresses, wigs, and accessories!

Before the show started, and I should mention it included a 3 course dinner, the actors picked out some of the audience members to participate in the act as the suspects. I mean we were invited to solve a murder mystery after all 😉

The night included a lot of interactions, mingling and a fair share of bribing, because that’s how you get the necessary information these days!

The actors were hilarious, the scenes well thought through, making the evening go by way too quickly. I wish the puns and jokes didn’t end. I would definitely go there again and recommend you do too! Make sure to check their Milwaukee Murder Mystery Co or if you are not from Milwaukee find one near you 🙂

I want to get a little side tracked now and point out that we were probably some of the younger attendees that night. We shared a table with a group of ladies who were having a girls night out. They had so much fun, and it was incredible to hear their life stories. I couldn’t stop thinking about our generation and how we spend most of our free time on our phones and it made me sad, but also inspired me to be more social and step out of my comfort zone.

 

 

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