Summer Profile: Zhenya Hutson

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Meet Zhenya Hutson! She earned her degree in Retail Merchandising and now works in Product Development for one of the largest retailers in America. She has had her style and beauty blog for 10 years and you can check out her website here: http://beingzhenya.com/

I got to do a little interview with her, and her blog alone was so aesthetically pleasing, so I was stoked to find out more about her.

1) How would you describe your style? 

My style is rather eclectic, I like to mix and match vintage and thrifted pieces with high end accessories and shoes. My style also changes season to season and can be rather unpredictable. I’m very easily entertained and I find inspiration everywhere. One day I can be channeling 70s boho chic and another day I’ll look like I’m headed to an afternoon tea.

2) You did a couple capsule wardrobe posts on your blog. What’s your biggest advice for someone trying to limit their wardrobe to a capsule?’

I did write about capsule wardrobe, but I’m only 60% there. I started seriously cleaning out my closet about 6 months ago, realizing how much I had, but I always reached out for the same pieces. When I moved to Chicago, I hung all my clothes and turned the hangers backwards. If I wear the item, I then rotate the hanger the normal way. At the end of every month I assess what I haven’t worn and either donate it or take to a resale shop. It does take a lot of discipline, but my husband helps keep me in line. I also would rather spend money on home decor and set up my new place, so I haven’t bought new clothes in a while.

3) Who is your fashion icon and why? 

I don’t have a fashion icon, never have really. I’m inspired by art, movies, songs, cities. I just came back from a 2 week vacation in Europe and it has inspired me to be even more unique and different when it comes to style.

4)What is the coolest place you’ve traveled to? 

The coolest place was definitely London, second coolest was Split, Croatia! The city I want to spend more time in is Paris! I’m already planning my Italian vacation next year, and I can’t wait.

5) Why did you start your blog and what have you gotten out of it since you started? 

I started my blog 10 years ago. I met some of my best friends through the blog and that is hands down the coolest experience ever! I also landed my most recent position thanks to my blog, so that’s neat too!

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Summer Profile: Chasity Shyenne

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Meet Chasity Shyenne. She is a fashion model, entrepreneur and influencer. On top of all this, she has created her own Youtube channel. where she films beauty and lifestyle videos. I got the chance to do a little Q&A with her, and I recommend everyone to check out her channel!

1) What inspired you to start a YouTube channel?

What inspired me to start my own YouTube was watching my favorite YouTuber Bethany Mota. She really got me inspired of making home videos and seeing that YouTube helped her with her own first clothing line by partnering with Aeropostale made me want to really start my own channel!

2) If someone could only watch one of your videos, which one would it be and why? 

I would pick the mixed girl tag video just because I am mix with black and white and a lot of people just don’t understand what us mix kids go through we can’t decide on just which side to stand up for because both of our parents are different race and for example, filling out a job application, they don’t have mixed as an option. They have black or white, so which one do you pick? If I picked white, they are going to expect to see a fully white women or if I picked black, they are going to expect to see a fully darker skin complexion not a mix girl with hazel eyes and curly hair. The struggle is real.

Check out her video here:


3) Describe your style in three words.

Comfy, fashionable, outgoing

4) I loved your wishlist video. What’s on your summer/fall wishlist right now? 

My summer and fall wishlist is to enjoy the outdoors more because nature is really pretty! Also changing up my style for each of the season.

5) What is your life motto? 

My life motto is a little quote from a Chris Brown song that I always use. “ I work too hard to be balling on a budget.” I know I’m not rich, but I love nice things so I shouldn’t have to dream about wanting those things when I put a lot of my energy into my job and not rewarding myself afterwards.

#livingLIVELY: The Insta-famous Tote Bag is Back

I am a huge fan of Lively products ever since I found their strapless bras and gorgeous bralettes. Their gold tote bag is back and it’s perfect for a beach day. More importantly, it comes with every order, so you’ll be able to flaunt it for the rest of the summer. Check out their stuff here: https://www.wearlively.com

Summer Profile: Ruthy Gascot

Meet Ruthy Gascot:

Having been born and raised in Brooklyn, New York has given me the opportunity to mix styles. When we think of New York City, we automatically think of Manhattan, but have you heard Brooklyn is the new Manhattan? Brooklyn is a diamond in the rough and that’s how I like to think in regards to my style. Much of my style is influenced by my mother who is my #1 fashion icon and the streets of Brooklyn. I like to hide behind clothes and show my self with style. Spread love is the Brooklyn way.

1) Describe your style in three words

Short, sweet, shy

2) What’s your ideal summer vacay?

Sipping piña colada by a pool

3) What’s your typical coffee order?  

Light and sweet

4) Why is fashion important to you?

Fashion is important to me because I can express myself through my wardrobe when I can’t find the words.

5) What’s your fashion motto?

Break the rules. If you feel happy and confident, it will show through your energy and attitude.

#LoveLulus Deals and Steals Under $50

When I was in middle school, I remember buying this gorgeous bright purple bag to carry my books in. I remember getting so many compliments and wearing that bag out until it was all ripped up. There was a little key chain on the side that read Lulus and I told myself to check this brand out.

Years later, and it is still to this day one of my favorite brands to buy from. Lulus has one of my favorite Instagram feeds too. Here are some of my favorite pieces in their stores right now. And they are all under $50.I’m loving that mules are coming back into fashion and this color combination is one of my favorites! These shoes are not everyone’s cup of tea in terms of style, but I love how quirky it fits with my own personal style.

All I want for the summer is a pair of gingham print shorts or trousers to wear with graphic t-shirts. I love the print and think it’s a more modern twist to when plaid was really in style a few years ago.

This two piece set is only $28, so hurry before it’s out of stock because this is definitely a deal for a two piece set. I’m loving jumpsuits, skirts and rompers this season, and I’m really feeling stripes and floral print right now for everything.

Paperbag pants are really trendy right now. They come in all sorts of styles such as straight legged trousers, flared pants, or lightweight bell bottoms. It’s such a flattering pant for people with tiny waists and long legs like myself, which is why I’m loving these ones.

#livingLIVELY Bra Launch

Today, Wear Lively is launching the All-Day No-Wire Push-Up bra. There’s three things that annoy me about bras: the discomfort, the wire poking at me and the unnecessary amount of padding. This bra works because it solves all those problems. It’s super soft, has no wire and had the perfect amount of padding so it looks natural.

Check out this company! The bra is definitely worth checking out. They also have a ton of other awesome products, including swimwear, bralettes and panties.

My Popsugar Playground Experience

Popsugar Playground was an event that I had never heard of until my friend offered me a free ticket. It was a weekend festival that had all types of activities for women who are music lovers, fitness junkies, fashionistas; basically it is for all types of women to be in a safe space to be themselves.

It is so many things, but it all serves one purpose of empowering women. When I first walked in, there was a giant ball pit that had Popsugar written on top. Different stations were hovered around the ball pit. There were tons of brands such as Lulus, Kohl’s, Covergirl and much more beauty and fashion related names.

Each station wasn’t just a promotion. At the Lulu’s station, there was a Boomerang station with the prettiest backdrop for women to take photos. People had the opportunity to spin on a wheel to win Kohl’s cash. What I liked about the people working each station was the fact that they were more than willing to give swag and just chat for a bit rather than just have a rehearsed sales pitch.

Even cooler than the free swag we were given was the free makeovers and free manicures that were given out. You can tell the whole point of the event was the build up confidence in women. The makeup artists were super nice too and did whatever sort of look you were going for.

Here’s a little after picture of my makeover with Huda Beauty, and my makeup artist even gave me a pair of eyelashes for free. After our makeovers, we went to check out the free drinks they were giving out, which was near all the celebrity panelists.

For sure, the highlight for me was seeing Yara Shahidi from the show Grownish. She was so well-spoken and basically seemed exactly like her woke character from the show. The other celebrity panelists were stars like Kate Hudson and Mindy Kaling. It was super cool for all these inspiring women to show up to event like this. Overall, the experience was really awesome. It was the first of its kind, but to me, it seemed like it was well-organized as if they had been doing it for a while. The event ended with a performance by Tinashe, and she was really the perfect way to end the whole event.

Tickets were $80, but my friend got two tickets for free. After going, I would definitely recommend people check it out next time they have an event because the whole day is filled with tons of activities to do while waiting for panelists. The ball pit was also dope.