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This weeks Thrift Finds

Today was probably one of the best day’s off I’ve had in months! It started of with breakfast at Helen’s, then some thrift shopping. Then Napoleon’s with Masha, then thrifting, then mall, and another mall and Famous Daves… Well let me back up a little here 🙂

My most favorite store in Uptown Minneapolis – Steeple People is a must see for all thrifters. I have donated to the store a few times myself and today I finally found one of the pairs of shoes that I dropped off! I really hope someone buys them, since they are made out of water proof suede 🙂

Here is what I got:

1. This top…

… because I loved the back so much!

2. This top…

… again for the back 😉

3. This Dress, I just thought it was so very Paul Gauguin:

But it’s really this brand:

According to Sammy Davis’ article “How to date clothing“, the wording “of California” on a garment’s tag indicates that it’s vintage. Now this dress only says “California”, it’s still vintage, just dates back to the 80s, plus from doing some research on line I also found out that this dress comes with a matching fabric belt, which unfortunately didn’t come with mine. But I have other plans for this baby! The only thing I am going to tell you right now is that the hem is definitely going to be shortened. And plus it was kind of screwed up, which also got me $3 off of this item!

So here is a tip – ask for a discount if the item looks damaged or stained. I’ve done it today and I’ve done it before at the Salvation Army!

Then I met up with one of my girlfriends and had this strawberry Napoleon goodness:

Now the latte is totally my girlfriend’s! I had an iced mocha and a mimosa – which felt so good at 3 pm!

Then we hit Clothes Mentor, which is another chain of thrift stores here in the US. They had a 50% off sale, so everything that had a little yello Sale sticker was half-price – best news ever for a thrifter like me!

4. I got this awesome Linen wrap dress:

It came with a spare button too, plus it was designed in France! Best thing ever.

5. And finally my last find – brand new Necessary Objects jacket, also half price, spare button also included:

Another tip about Clothes Mentor – start a card there, every time you buy something there, you’ll get a punch, if you bring a reusable bag – you get another punch! Once you collect 20 punches, you’ll get 20% off of your purchase!

So that’s it for the day, let me know which piece you liked the most, and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to see how I style these pieces!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!



FOTD and why sometimes I don’t want to go home

It was boring at work… Wait, let’s put it this way – there were no customers, and I have already organized all the drawers… Anyways, my coworker from MAC decided to do my make-up. The rules were simple – she could pick whatever she wanted and I couldn’t see what it looked like until she was done. Easy peasy 🙂 Here is what we ended up with:

Today after work I didn’t want to go straight back to the apartment. Even though I got done at 8, it’s something about not wanting to go to the place which you spent the whole morning cleaning (and by cleaning I mean some serious cleaning – you could eat off of the kitchen floor!) in fear of finding it all trashed by your own husband. Anyways, I went to Loring Park instead, to finish my book (How did you get this number?) and watch the bunnies (I only have a mild obsession with those).

And in spite of today being the hottest day of the summer so far (the heat advisory was from 1pm-8pm) I really enjoyed my time. In times like this I remember how important it is to find alone time, to be a little selfish and do what you feel like doing, not what others want you to do. It’s times like this that people call – stop and smell the roses (or the flowers, whatever the expression is), but you get what I mean.

So here it is – here is a small snapshot of my moment today:



PS. Did  you find the rainbow?

DIY Bead Cuff from “you’ll-never-guess-what”

Hey everyone! Today’s post is another reuse/repurpose one! Surprised, aren’t you? Well, it all started with this pair of shoes:

But I got them totally ruined when we went out last:

And since these shoes were totally unfixable (trust me I wanted to save them, they were my favorite pair to wear to work) I decided to take the best from them, aka the beads!

So 3 or so hours later (cutting those babies off was a torture), I ended up with this:

A neat little pile isn’t it?

My next thing to get was – some beading cord. So last Sunday on our way to Lake Calhoun, hubby and I stopped at Bobby Bead on Hennepin. Turns out beading is an expensive hobby here in the US! The stringing cord I was looking for was going to cost me $12.94 plus tax. Which was so not cool. Then I remembered that back when I was into beading in Russia, I used fishing line. And hey, they sell it at Ace Hardware for $3.50 plus tax, and you get 250 yd! How awesome is that? (Here is a tip – if your beads are small, like mine – go for the thinnest line – in my case it was the one that can hold 8lb 😉 )

The guy at Ace could totally tell I wasn’t going to fish with my purchase, so I told him it was for a craft project! Now I am sure you are all dying to see it – so here it is:

The beginning:

Almost half way through:

Finishing up:

And Ta-Da!!!

I am so wearing this to work today!

Let me know what you think:)



DIY \Hi-Lo skirt from a Thrifted Vintage Find

A couple weeks ago I found this amazing vintage skirt at the Goodwill outlet:

See it’s all vintage, made in the US too 😉

And it has pockets:

Now here is what I did – I put the skirt on 😉 As you can tell it’s kind of an awkward length and a little loose too!

Then I took a bobby pin (don’t judge me –  I’m using whatever is available 😉 ) And put it where I wanted the highest hem point of the skirt to be:

Next I Laid it flat and drew a line with some soap – the best fabric marker ever made!

And then took my scissors out and cut the excess fabric off:

Then I tried the skirt on again, just to make sure I was happy with the new length:

Then came the hard part – deciding how to accentuate the inner seam, because it was going to be visible either way. I wanted to do a ribbon hem (I saw one in another refashionista’s blog), but the ribbon I picked was just wrong for it. So I chose some wide bias tape, also vintage (I freecycled that item)- you can tell by the price on the packaging:

And finally I sewed it on, using my sewing machine, then folded it over and stitched it on by hand:

I promise to post an outfit photo sometime soon! I was originally going to wear this to the wedding, but was too lazy to finish it on time 🙂

Let me know what you think of this refashion,



The Wedding Weekend and my OOTD

Last Saturday my friend Sarah married her best friend Ryan, a guy she’s known for about 7 years. It’s been a long journey for them, but I remember back in 2006 when I first met Sarah at Decision Hills UMC, she made it clear to all of us at staff training who Ryan was and that she called dibs on him 😉

I was more than honored to be there to share her special day! She looked gorgeous. And I am sure she won’t mind me sharing some of the pictures with you guys, because I know you all are dying to see the wedding dress and maybe, probably, hopefully (?) what I wore to the wedding as well 🙂

Since the wedding was taking place in Willmar, about 2 hours away from the Twin Cities, Sam and I left around 1.30 pm to be there for the 4 pm ceremony. Now my husband has a thing for driving, he isn’t really fond of it, but we took route 12, which went through all these cute little towns, and that kept him entertained 😉

This is the church where the ceremony took place.

Having been to Willmar plenty of times before, I have to admit that I’ve never been to the UMC there (oops, my bad)

At least I got it taken care of now 🙂 Here is the inside of the church:

Some shots from the ceremony during which the pastor mistakingly referred to Ryan as God 🙂 That was a joke for the rest of the night, and I am sure will run in the family for many years!

And Ta-Da – they are married:

There is nothing better than sharing the joy of a newly married couple, I tell you! Here is Sam and I outside the church:

And here is just me:

So here is what I wore: Via Spiga shoes, the most comfortable heels ever! Necessary Objects Dress, that was a gift from Mia, I used to baby sit for her! The little black bolero is some unknown brand and came from a swap in NYC. I also have an Etra clutch, pearl necklace, and faux pearl earrings. And imagine that – I did my own hair! How awesome is that? I really didn’t think I could do it! If you are wondering what the dress looks like without the bolero – here is a pic:

Make up wise, here is a close up I posted on Instagram on the way to Willmar:

I used Physician’s Formula tinted moisturizer SPF 15, Lorac Social Beautifly palette eyeshadow, Maybelline gel liner, Clinique mascara, Mac highlighter, Sally Hansen cream blush, a little of the Revlon Photo Ready pressed powder, and Clinique chubby stick on my lips!

After the ceremony we went to the reception, and what kind of roadtrip is it without getting lost? Google maps totally googled us over 🙂 But we found Holiday Inn, after pulling a U-turn somewhere on the outskirts of Willmar!

Look at the adorable favors:

And here is the couples first dance:

Me, bride, and the made of honor, the two are sisters, if you can’t tell 😉

I also realized what a city girl I am 🙂 Sorry small towns, you are simply not for me!

Hope you had a fun weekend! A refashion post is coming up tomorrow!




Two Awards One Post

The Friday post is going to be all about giving back, or as we call it in the Blogger world – featuring. And I am going to do this through an amazing tool, called blog awards. I have received two over the past 3 weeks, and since I never found time to blog about the first award, by the time I got the second one, it was so overdue, well you get it…

Anyways the two awards that my blog got were the:

1. Sunshine Award

2. One Lovely Blog

How exciting is that? I really appreciate all of my blogger friends, and would love for you to go check out their blogs as well.

I was nominated for the first award by Konstantina, and this award comes with this super cute picture of a flower –

And the rules are the following:

° Include the Award’s logo in a post on your blog

° Answer 10 questions about yourself

° Nominate 10 other bloggers

° Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs letting them know they have been nominated

° Share the love and link the person who nominated you

1. My favorite color: Black

2. My favorite animal : Bunnies and Dogs

3. My favorite number : 8

4. My favorite drink : Wine, Frozen Margaritas, or tea

5. Facebook or twitter : both

6. My passion: DIY, thrifting, especially when it involves going to the Goodwill outlet!

7. Prefer giving or getting presents: Giving!

8. My favorite pattern: Houndstooth! Yes, I am obsessed!

9. My favorite day of the week: Saturday

10. My favorite flower : tulips, lavender, roses

And now on to the nominees, aka the blogs I love to read:











And now on to the One Lovely blog award, which was passed on to me by Kristin from Thank you so much Kristin, I really appreciate it!

The rules are as follows:

-Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post.

-Share seven possibly unknown things about yourself.

-Nominate fifteen or so bloggers you admire.

-Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know and link back to them.

So the seven things about me that you probably don’t know (yeah that’s a hard one)

1. My Russian accent kicks in on certain words, like vodka, cookies, and some others, we constantly make fun of the way I say those words at work!

2. I love free stuff, and sometimes hoard fabrics, cosmetics, make up, etc. I’ll let you know if and when it’s going to get dangerous.

3. I think one of the best gifts you can give another person is a book, or gold!

4. I still have nightmares about Russia, going back, someone taking away my passport, and me not being able to come back to the States.

5. I secretly think Target is evil, but I shop there anyways.

6. I really don’t care that much for AC.

7. I love to watch my husband play video games!

I honestly hope these facts were good enough 🙂 Now on to the nominees in this category:


2. Bargain Beauty



5. The Whimsy Papers




9. Cardis Parties and Bacardis



12. M&J Blog





Whew, now I can check this post off my list! To give you an idea of what’s coming up on my blog next week, here is an approximate list of posts, which are of course subject to change 😉

– outfit that i wore to my friends wedding and recap of the wedding itself,

– outfit with the cardigan I upcycled with lace applique last week

– DIY color block bag – part 2 – yes, I am planning on finishing that!

– a vintage skirt refashion

These are just a few, I can’t wait for next week, have a fabulous weekend everyone!



Summer of Vintage Patterns

I seriously can’t wait to sit down and make some of these this summer! All of these patterns were freecycled here in Minneapolis, I also have a couple that came from a thrift store. Let me know what you think, which one you like the best, and don’t forget to check out the fabrics I have set aside for these projects 🙂 All of the fabrics came either from a thrift store or a swap – so total upcycling here on my end!



A few freebies from the mailbox

So I am obsessed with samples, and free stuff. And no I am not a hoarder, I just like to try things out. Samples are the best way to do so. That’s why I never miss a Target beauty bag. This summer one just arrived today. And bag wise – that’s my favorite one ever! Love the vintagy looking print and the feel of it!

I am really excited about the sunscreen with SPF 70! How awesome is that! Now the shampoos and the lip butter from Revlon are okay, the coupon book is pretty good. But it seems like they have coupons for the same products in every beauty bag, so a lot of times I end up not using any of those, and well that’s just a waste of paper 😉

Now I also got my Essie nail polish in “Bikini so Teeny” last week. And I got it through Klout. If you don’t know what Klout is – check it out here. It’s kind of a social meter, but the higher your score is, the more perks you get! So Essie nail polish was one of them!

It stays on pretty well, and when I was looking at the nail polish stand at Target today, they were all sold out of this color! I guess it’s popular 🙂

And finally a few more things – a while back I signed up for L’Oreal Consumer Testing, and I wish I could tell you how I did it, but I don’t remember. I think if you just google it, it might lead you to the link and let you sign up. But it basically lets you test make up or fill out surveys, and then the company sends you products in return for the time you’ve spent on it all. So after having completed 5 informational surveys, I was sent the new Garnier moisturizer + serum, and the Lancome mascara.

I haven’t tried the mascara yet, but I am really looking forward to it, because it has a vibrating wand! But the moisturizer, I might just have to give it away.

As for the two middle objects – well as you may have guessed, I got them from work. And I do love the chubby stick! It’s amazing and great for the summer. I haven’t tried Even Better yet, but I have high hopes for this products in terms of removing my acne scars 🙂 Yeah baby!

If you have questions on how to get free stuff, just leave me a comment and I’ll try and help as best as I can! Bye for now,


Upcycling a Thrifted Cardigan

Remember this number?

It came from Goodwill Outlet along with other thrift/vintage finds. When I saw it, I immediately thought of a DIY I could use this for!

I did share some of the crochet pieces that I was working on with you last Friday, and today I am finally ready to reveal the final product! I hope you like it 😉

After I crocheted all the pieces, it was time to put them on the cardigan. Pinning is the best way to go here 🙂

And a better view of the back:

And the front:

I promise to publish a separate outfit post featuring this DIY, as soon as the temperatures here drop below 90 degrees 😉



Styling Vintage Thrift Finds for a day at the Stone Arch Festival

You all have seen my thrift finds from Goodwill Outlet, and today I am going to share how I styled one of the vintage pieces, that polka dotted “Lady Manhattan” top.

It wasn’t hard to do really – I threw on some shorts a pair of sandals, grabbed my vintage thrifted COACH bag and I was out of the door 🙂

On our way to Stone Arch Bridge Festival I spotted this odd number, I think she wanted to share her outfit with you all too!

Now If you didn’t know the Festival is free and open to public, there are a lot of arts and crafts booths, 3 stages with live music, and of course millions of food trucks!

And of course vintage cars:

Total Pin-Up:

This guy was making wooden bowls using a rope! How awesome is that!

I also found some awesome jewelry that I liked:

And some pretty cheesy garden accessories, too bad I don’t have a garden!

These were the most original wind chimes I’ve ever seen:

I also contributed to a painting, which is going to be hung at the Tuggs Tavern:

Here is Sam and I, aren’t we cute?

And here is another person I dragged outdoors with us that day – Blake – and yes, he is eating frozen yogurt and it was good!

Hope you had a good weekend!