my interview with erika veurink.

if you don’t, you should get to know Erika.

Do you ever meet a person and know you’ll be friends right away? Well for me, that was Erika.

She is smart, charming, the ultimate cool girl and one of the best writers I’ve learned to know. But out of all the amazing characteristics she has, my favorite is how she sees others. Erika is one of the most supportive women I know and finds beauty in people and moments like many others can’t. Simply put, she’s amazing.

With that being said, Erika has a series of interviews on women in her life on her website, I was honored to be interviewed by Erika. Out of all of the people in this world, she thought I was interesting enough to make the list – so of course, I was all for it! After a few prompted questions and a much-needed coffee date, she composed a piece on me, and I can’t wait for you all to check it out.

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Read the interview here.

I also highly suggest following her Instagram, @erikaveurink, to see the adventures of her daily life all around the country. She truly knows how to capture moments behind the lens in a beautiful way.

Happy reading and make sure to follow along on her website, you won’t regret it!




my healthy tea.

tea time tastes better than ever.

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Recently, I set a goal to run a half marathon in Denver. Never in my life did I think I would be putting my mind to this challenge, but it is all for a good cause (more to come on that later).

Because of my change in physical goals, I knew I needed to do more than run. I had to take care of my body. Whether it be changing my lifestyle to meticulously planning my meals or sprinting up hills, I knew I could keep one thing consistent: my Varieteas.

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My addiction began at the beginning of this year with their delicious February Box. Since then, Varieteas has been my cup tea. Every time.

Varieteas is different than any other teas I’ve sipped on. Not only does it conveniently come right to my mailbox, but it also gives me energy and boosts my focus. As a girl who isn’t a fan of pop or energy drinks, Varieteas comes to the rescue with a variety of flavors that put me in a good mood and will satisfy my tastebuds.

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With Varieteas, I can wake up and go to sleep drinking it. Each blend comes with different caffeine levels so I can enjoy it at all times of the day. I even started making a cup before my workouts to get some energy.

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This month, I’m steeping three different blends: Passionfruit, Chamomile and Hello Spring.

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My personal favorite has been Passionfruit. This blend has the highest caffeine levels, so I love to drink it every morning as I catch up on my emails. You can even have it hot or cold!

Thank you, Varieteas, for keeping me on track to run my half marathon! You make staying healthy easy.

Get your March Box before it’s too late and make sure to use ‘dellacollective’ for 15% off your order.


dreaming of cinque terre.

the five cities you must see.

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My time in Portovenere, Italy was short. But I made it a must to see the five cities nearby – also known as Cinque Terre. In one day, I saw views that many people wait a lifetime to check off of their bucket list.

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Cinque Terre includes the cities of Monterrosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. This beautiful area and popular landmark of Italy translates to ‘five lands,’ and I promise they are all uniquely and colorfully beautiful.

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My wonderful hotel, Royal Sporting, recommended I take a boat before the hike in order to see all of the colorful towns. This was one of my favorite parts of the trip, which is easy to understand when you see my view from the water.

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Although I would have loved to hike all five cities, I was short on time and still wanted to get back to explore Portovenere before dark. I hiked part of the Blue Trail between Monterrosso and Vernazza. If you’re more willing to climb than me, you can hike the whole trail that runs 12 kilometers long. Even though I only hiked 1/5 of that, I saw views that will last a lifetime.

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Vernazza was in my sight after a couple of hours. The stairs and sweat was worth it when I saw the view of the colorful buildings just a few flights below. Let’s just say I was ready for more than one cone of gelato.

The streets of Vernazza led me right to a little cove where I could relax and dip my toes into the Mediterranean.

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Not only did I have a good workout, I had an unforgettable view that I can’t wait to get back to someday.

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See you again, Cinque Terre!


hair necessities.

how to get the #hairgoals

I take my hair seriously and love to make a statement. Ever since coloring my hair to its current color (I like to call it ‘ice queen blonde’) many ladies have asked me questions about my styling and upkeep.

How do you not have breakage? What shampoo and conditioner do you use? But really, how high maintenance is it? What do you do to keep the color? How do you get those waves at your length?

As much as I try to get back to the ladies who have questions, I figured it would be easier to write it all out and explain my hair maintenance routine to all of you!

My Hair 101:

wash once or twice a week

This trick keeps my hair healthy in multiple ways. Not only does this mean I don’t have to dry and style it more than needed, it also helps keep my true color that I walked out of the salon with.

How do you keep it looking clean, you ask? Baby powder. This little trick adds volume and makes my roots look lighter than they are after a few weeks without a touch-up.


When I do wash my hair, I try my best to let it air dry. But if I am in a rush out the door with wet locks, I throw in some EIMI Perfect Me to protect from heat and add shine before styling.

purple, purple, purple

To keep the golden and warm hues out of your hair, use purple shampoo. My stylist told me this trick and it has saved my hair from the dreaded ‘yellow blonde’ look. I use Matrix SO SILVER when I’m in the shower. Leave it on for three to five minutes and your hair is bright as can be – it’s pure magic.

If you’re more rebellious than me, you can also use temporary purple dye to keep your locks light and white. Once the dye fades, your hair will be stripped of any warm tones.

it’s all in the wrist

For styling, my magical tool is my straightener. As a girl with blunt hair, it is difficult to wrap shorter strands around a wand or curling iron. So, I taught myself how to master the beach wave with a flick of the wrist.

You can make your curls as tight or as loose as you want with the straightener. I like to make mine tighter, that way they fall to the perfect wave within a couple of days. When I wake up with bedhead, I use EIMI Sugar Lift to add texture and Kevin Murphy DOO.OVER for volume.

get a bomb stylist

My stylist, Delaney from Salon 86, is always making sure my roots are taken care of and uses healthy products on my hair. When you’re as blonde as me, you have to be able to trust the person touching your locks. Your hair could be processed too long or toned to the wrong color – which would only result in traumatized tears.

When I go in for a touch-up about every four to five weeks, I know she won’t let me walk out of the salon until it is picture perfect.

If you have any other questions about my hair that I didn’t answer, feel free to DM me on Instagram or leave a comment below.


a coffee addict’s dream.

it’s simple, fast & fabulous.


After months of traveling, it was hard to get back into a healthy workout routine. I was all about eating home cooked meals and devouring tasty American food I had craved while abroad.

Thanks to Skinny Coffee Club, I now have the extra motivation to get fit and healthy again. I mean come on, a coffee that tastes delicious and makes you skinny? Is this real life? Not to mention, I am a former barista and forever coffee addict, so that makes it even better!

Skinny Coffee Club is a worldwide company that has created transformations in over 50 countries. Their Instagram and website are covered in amazing before and after pictures of Skinny Coffee Club consumers. Impressed, I decided I had to try it out myself.


I quickly learned it is just as simple, fast and fabulous as they say. Skinny Coffee Club can be made with a french press, tea strainer or coffee filter paper. Because I am replacing this with my morning coffee, I love that I don’t have to take any extra time out of my day to see results.

The coffee contains only six ingredients: ground coffee, ground green coffee, Siberian ginseng, spirulina (what’s that?), green tea extract and garcinia combogia (again, what’s that?).


As I begin my 28 day weight loss program, I plan on clean eating and referencing their awesome meal plan. Yes, you read that right – they even have a meal plan for you to follow. It will be sent directly to your email after joining the Skinny Coffee Club.

Along with eating clean,  I will aim to workout at least five days a week at my local gym and  get back into using My Fitness Pal (add me: madelinemuhlenbruck) to track my progress. That’s as simple as weight loss gets!

Stay tuned for my recap of the first 28 days. But for now, treat yourself to your own Skinny Club Coffee with my discount MADELINE20.

I can’t wait to hear about your very own results!