MIA + MOA T-shirt Project

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MIA is celebrating it’s 100 Birthday this year and this time they have partnered up with MOA and 5 famous designers to create limited edition t-shirts that went on sale last week.

The designers are Kota Ezawa, Jenny Holzer, Chris Larson, David Rathman, and Alec Soth.

I was able to attend the launch party at MIA last week (although I had to be reminded of it twice 😉 – thanks Emma!), and have been wearing the t-shirts I got around town this weekend. They are $25 each and come in fitted and relaxed. And just because I can, I am going to say that Jenny Holzer’s designs are my favorite!

Check out all the designs here and make sure to get your T-shirt at the MIA gift shop!

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Heels

  
A heel came off my shoe last night as I was walking around IKEA.

It said nature on the inside. 

And for the next few hours I couldn’t stop thinking about the other heel.

It said nothing. 

But I have a sharpie and now it says strength. Because today I need some. 
 
 

Minneapolis Art Fairs

Last Saturday after all the Glamorama hype died down, we made it to Loring Park for the annual Art Fair. Having been able to call Loring Park home for two years I love coming back here for any reason, and no reason at all.

I love art, in all it’s forms and shapes, but you are not going to see pictures of pottery or paintings today. Mixed media, collages, photography is what I’ve been following lately.

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Amazing hand made soaps by Hannah and Hobbes.

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Definitely my favorite booth from the Loring Park fair! I loved her art and the media she used! The piece she was working on featured beads, records, metal. I am so sorry I didn’t ask for her name and she didn’t have a card! So if you know who the artist is, please let me know!

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Miniatures of sights from your favorite US cities.

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What I wore: Ann Taylor shorts – Goodwill, Old Navy T shirt dress worn as a top – Goodwill in Colorado, Keys necklace – Second Debut, Vintage Coach Cross body Bag and Makerwear hat.

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I hope you enjoyed walking the art fairs with me! I am in Chicago this weekend, so there will be recaps and fun shots from my trip as well :)

Have an awesome weekend!

 

 

Let’s Make A Dress!

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Today I want you to meet a wonderfully talented eco-minded local Minneapolis fabric designer Josi Severson, who founded Home Fashion Fabrics in order to provide fabrics that separated all perceptions of any specific style or trend.  Josi lets each person pick designs based on their own personal styles to perfectly accommodate their unique circumstances and environments. Josi speaks volumes in her graphic, hand-drawn designs. She chose to join the world of design because: “I have something to say. It’s a conversation I want to be a part of.” Her style has been described both as Scandinavian and African-influenced. “I enjoy clean lines balanced with uninhibited use of color and texture like you see in textiles of those regions,” Severson says. “I’ve been to both areas and have been so inspired by the people and styles.”

And Josi has an idea. An amazing idea for a dress, that’s unique and universal at the same time. It can be styled in so many different ways, dressed up or down, worn all year round. But the best part of it all is – it’s made from organic cotton printed in the US, which is thick and heavy, so nice to the touch, and will look great on almost all body types! Josi’s idea led her to creating a Kickstarter campaign, that will help fund the dress project! There are 10 days left in the campaign, so if you like the idea and the dress, please show your support. The dress will be available in 6 different prints.

I had an awesome opportunity to visit Josi in her showroom at 1008 Marquette Ave S in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday, try on the sample dress, and talk a little fashion, DIY and life in general. And I got to meet Austin, which was a great big bonus, if you ask me! So if you are in downtown and have a few minutes to spare, stop by  Josi’s Home Fashion Fabrics, and step out of the crazy busy life into an atmosphere of comfort and relaxation, something that I have only found in one other place in the States – Brooklyn. being-zhenya-home-fashion-fabrics

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And don’t forget to connect with me on:

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Minneapolis a la Mode // Bloglovin’

 

Uncommon Mother’s Day Gift Guide

With Mother’s Day coming up in about two weeks, I decided to create a gift guide with products from one of my favorite online stores – Uncommon Goods. They have put together amazing collections for Mother’s Day, as well, as a Personalized jewelry collection. They are always full of ideas, and inspirations. I hope you’ll be able to find something special for that special someone in your life!

For the Jewelry-Loving Mom

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1. For the statement-loving mom 2. For the flower-loving mom 3. For the accessories-loving mom

For the Green-Thumb Mom

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1. Grow what you know 2. Veggie and Spice 3.Give back to the earth

For the Home-decor loving mom

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1. Never leave a ring mark again 2. There can never be enough State art 3. Find time for peace and quiet
4. Never loose the keys again 

For the In-the-Kitchen Mom

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1. Reminder to be active 2. Measure twice 3. Two in one 4. Wine will tell  5. Hot Dog 6. Mix in stone

For the Flavor-seeking mom

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For the entertaining mom

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Happy Saturday and I hope you enjoyed my picks today!

And don’t forget to connect with me on:

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Minneapolis a la Mode // Bloglovin’

Uncommon Goods Holiday Collections and Gift Ideas + $50 Giveaway

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The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming! Have you started shopping already? I haven’t, but I definitely started looking. It’s okay to look, right?

After Sam and I bought our house, home decor is constantly on my mind. And even though I love TJ Maxx type of stores and Target is one of my favorite retailers ever, I tend to gravitate to something more unique, one of a kind and possibly preferably handmade when it comes to my own house!

When I came across Uncommon Goods, I knew it was the place for me! Items that are presented there are a perfect combination of design and creativity, with the handmade design I am always looking for:

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There is so much great stuff, that you’ll find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list! The wall art possibilities are endless! And since I am looking for some pieces for my living room, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites (all images are clickable and will take you to the Uncommon Goods page! All images via uncommongoods.com):

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Vintage Iron Bookends

Equation Geek Clock

Equation Geek Clock

Personalized Couple Art

Personalized Couple Art

Hand with Heart - Zlatka Paneva

Hand with Heart – Zlatka Paneva

Hello Gorgeous - Valerie Galloway

Hello Gorgeous – Valerie Galloway

There is so so much on their website! And every item is amazing! I wish I could share them all with you, but I can’t, so I am going to do something better! I am going to give away $50 to Uncommon Goods to one lucky reader!

Enter here

Happy Friday and Good luck!

Zhenya

Disclosure: This post and giveaway were sponsored by Uncommon Goods. And even though I was compensated for it, the opinions are 100% my own. 

DIY Instagram Inspirational Coasters via Shutterfly

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Since we’ve moved to our new house, I’ve been much much more furniture conscious. Meaning I am done leaving ring marks everywhere :) Yes, I was one of those people, who didn’t take care of her nice (even though most of the time freecycled or gifted) furniture. And I am ashamed of it.

So when I saw that Shutterfly offered personalized coasters for only $20, I knew I was in!

I had several ideas as to what put on them, from all the places Sam and I have been to, to maps, to quotes… But I finally decided to go with my Instagram photos that I have been lately editing with a new app called Rhonna.

It was hard to pick out 4 images, but I went with these:

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And that’s how my coasters turned out:

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Don’t you just love them?

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Ironically enough this is my second coaster DIY this year, you can read about the first one here.

What have you been making lately?
Xx,
Zhenya

Feathers Unruffled {A Home Decor Post}

I don’t normally post about home decor, unless it’s DIY, but this time I just wanted to share how something random, bought on a whim,, transformed my living room and made that one small part of it (aka my console table) complete.

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I got these feathers a week ago at the Minnesota State Fair. They were only a $1 each at the International Bazaar (which does by the way have a Russian booth!) and I couldn’t simply pass by.

So after spending all afternoon wandering around the Fair Grounds with these feathers sticking out, I was amazed they actually made it home that night.

To be honest, I wasn’t going to put them in a vase. I did have a different spot for them in mind, but they never made it there!

Instead they were dropped off on the console table that I freecycled a couple years ago, next to these two frames, one being a cross stitch by my dear friend Tamara, reminding me where, when and who I married 😉 And the other is a picture version of the latter.

Once I sat down and actually looked over where the feathers were, I knew that it’s where they belonged.

So then the vase hunting began. From Target to TJ Maxx, to Marshall’s to finally – BINGO – a thrift store (this time it was Salvation Army) during a Labor Day sale, this beauty ended up costing me only $3.50 plus tax!

Ding Ding Ding we have a winner thought I…

Now to find the lamps…

Xx,

Z

PS. Check out these salt and pepper shakers Sam’s friend Blake brought me from England:

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One of them is a London Guard and the other is The British Gentleman! Can you guess which one is which? LOL

 

 

One Flew Over Flyover Press

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Today I want to introduce Flyover Press! It’s an online store of Midwest inspired apparel and design items! Nick’s (the creator of Flyover Press and blogger at Great Lakes Prep) love for all things Midwest is so clearly seen through every single item listed in the store!

“Located in southwest Michigan underneath planes venturing cross country, Flyover Press seeks to end the coastal bias that leaves the Midwest so often ignored. By crafting made in the USA apparel and posters inspired by the people, places and traditions of America’s Heartland, Flyover Press serves as a way for Midwesterners to display their pride to the rest of the country.

We’re committed to three things, high quality American-made products, excellent customer service and providing products for the people of the regions of this country that are too often ignored. And having fun while we do it. Some of our best ideas are hatched over a couple beers with old friends. So make that four things.

We also love the Midwest and try to support it in as many ways as possible. That’s why we try to produce as many of our products in the Midwest as we can. Our shirts are printed in Indianapolis and while our posters are printed in Connecticut, they’re done by a couple who broke into the business in Chicago. As we add more products to the line we’ll continue trying to seek out Midwest sources. It might not be the least expensive way of doing things but it’s how we believe in doing business.

And that’s why we give back 3% of profits to Midwest-based non-profits. We want to support the area that raised us and we want to spread the love. That’s why we don’t have just one organization we support, but several. While we have a few organizations already selected, we’re always open to learning about the organizations you love”

How amazing is that? I thought I’d share some of my favorite items from the store with you:

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Patriotic Midwest Tank (love the corn and the wheat logo!)

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I know they are just starting, so they need all the love and support, especially from us, the midwesterners, so spread the word!

Xx,

Z

 

 

 

Introducing Anna Tail Designs

Today I want to introduce you to my friend Anna of Anna Tail Designs! She makes beautiful beaded jewelry, embroidered jewelry pieces, which include custom made and designed items as well!
Anna is originally from St.Petersburg, Russia but now lives and works in San Francisco, CA!

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A Burberry inspired bow!

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And the best part is – she is offering 20% off on all the orders in her Etsy store right now! So go ahead and check her out!
And stay tuned for an outfit featuring a unique custom made piece on my blog!
Xx,
Zhenya

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