{27 Dresses} Dress 7: Checking Out Some Books

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I will be honest with you, library is one of my favorite places to go to! It’s relaxing and inspiring for me at the same time! So I don’t think I am going to surprise you if I tell you that I dress up to go to the library! Well I dress up to go almost anywhere, even work 😉 and that’s how this project started!

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All the books are safely tucked into the Zabar’s bag that I’ve had since my New York days. And if you are interested in what I am reading now, here is my list:

Paulo Coelho – Manuscript Found in Accra

Paulo Coelho – The Winner Stands Alone

Gary Shteyngart – Super Sad True Love Story

Victor Pelevin – T

I am also reading Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

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Have a great day everyone!

Xo,

Z

По-русски: Все уже, наверное, знают, что я обожаю библиотеку и хожу туда как на праздник! Ну и не удивительно, что я специально нарядилась для подобного случая. Я могу провести в библиотеке весь день, я так релаксирую и расслабляюсь, ну и нахожу своеобразный источник вдохновения. Если вам интересно, что я читаю, то вот список:

Пауло Коэльо – Манускрипт, найденный в Акко

Пауло Коэльо – Победитель остается один

Виктор Пелевин – Т

Гари Штейнгарт – Super Sad True Love Story

И на моем Nook я читаю “Игра Эндера”

Читали ли вы что-то из вышеперечисленного? Мне будет очень интересно ваше мнение!

Женя

 

Currently Obsessed With…

1. Shamballa Bracelets – those babies are popping up everywhere, from blogs, to Olympian’s wrists:

2. Origins VitaZing SPF 15 – it hydrates, energizes and protects to maintain skin’s momentum all day. I love it!

3. The Balm’s Nude Tude palette and Translucent Powder – Sexy Mama – I just got those from HauteLook.com the other day – and am in absolute delight 🙂

4. Reading Face Forward by Kevyn Aucoin

5. Styling Denim shirts – I’ve got 3 of those already 🙂

Happy Friday everyone, what are you currently obsessed with?

xo,

Zhenya

PS. I also thought that Vika Komova totally deserved gold today, she was wonderful in her last routine!

Sunday Post: Stories from My Closet: Bitten Coat

When I first moved to Jersey in 2008, I was obsessed with Bitten, that brand by Sarah Jessica Parker, which only existed for a couple years, and was sold at Steve and Barry’s, which went under when the crisis hit.

I have a couple of Bitten items left, but the one I love the most is this houndstooth pattern coat:

 

This was my very first piece of outerwear that I accessorized, and it also got me hooked on Art Deco, and the whole 20’s theme, here is how…

It was one of those weekends when I took the train from Jersey to Penn Station, and after meeting up with one of my Russian girlfriends and taking about 20 pictures of the Flat Iron Building, which is my favorite one of all times:

 

we decided it was too cold to hang outside, and ended up on the corner of 5th Avenue and 42nd street:

 

So after going through the metal detector and the security bag check, we ended up in library/architecture/culture heaven:

 

 

 

But the best part of the whole experience was the Art Deco Exhibition,

that talked about the rich history, legacy and influences behind that movement. As we all know, a lot of good things come from France, so did all this!

Don’t you wish you could just put that same dress on and go walk around Central Park? I certainly do! I always get complimented on that coat, even when people say I look very Mary Tyler Moore, I just hope they refer to her younger years!

To be honest I don’t remember much from that whole day, just the feeling of excitement that I could go and be inside NYPL for the very first time in my life. I would go back there several more times, to see the original Winnie-the-Pooh toys and first edition of the book, to take kids I was babysitting to story time, to simply get some books, or to just take a break from walking around Manhattan all day…

I can’t wait for fall now, so that I can wear my Bitten coat again…

Z

Crochet of the Day and $1 Books!

I am working on another crochet project, that is connected with yesterday’s post about Wednesday’s thrift finds. Are you confused yet? Hehe, anyways, stay tuned for next weeks posts, I have at least 3 DIYs planned for this weekend!

So here is what I’ve been working on today:

I figured I might as well attach the crochet patterns for those of you who share my addiction 🙂

And here is this one:

I got these patterns off of some Russian crochet web sites, simply because I find them better than the american ones. I love patterns vs description, if you know what I mean!

So I hope you are all excited for next week’s posts now! Don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t yet!

I also wanted to share some of the books I got today. I love going to the central library on Nicolette Mall here in downtown Minneapolis, there is a little store between a Dunn Brothers and the restrooms, where they sell “officially withdrawn” books. And I got some pretty shabby chic ones today 😉 I also got one on vintage sewing! That’s right up my ally!

I am really excited about those books, especially because all of them cost $1 each, much cheaper than that Shabby Chic book that I saw at Target for $20! Talk about savings!

I hope I intrigued you enough to come check out my posts next week (as you know I don’t blog on weekends anymore, I hope you understand!) I do take pictures for the future posts and actually write posts on the weekends!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

xo,

Z

Latest Thrift Finds

Here is the thing about thrifting – when you are looking for something specific – you can never find it. I don’t know if that’s Murphy’s law that applies to thrifting or what, but I’ve been looking for a black pleated maxi skirt everywhere with no luck. What I am looking for is something like this:

My problem is – I don’t want to pay top dollar for it, $20 tops 😉

And I am pretty sure I’ll be able to find it sooner or later, because I really need it for work for the summer!

But let’s talk about my latest finds! These two scarves from Goodwill cost $2.99 each, the blue and white one was brand new and came with tags from a local boutique in Edina, MN

Aren’t these awesome? The yellow one is from Old Navy, and will be perfect for the summer! I can’t wait to wear it!

Yesterday I found some books, as well as a sewing pattern! Here’s what I got:

I get to keep everything but the I Spy DIY book, that has to go back to the library at some point 🙁

I hope you are having a great day, enjoying the weather and what not! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, I try and post every day!

Cheers,

Z

Thrifting for Your Home: It’s easier than you think!

This post is long overdue, but I am glad I am posting it today. You all know I love thrifting, and since we’ve been going to a lot of art events here in the Twin Cities area, I was able to lay my eye on some amazing pieces. The only sad thing is that a lot of times the prices are too high.


I lucked out at Steeple People, especially when it came to Pottery. I scored a hand made mug, that holds more coffee than I’ll ever need in the morning. As well as a Frankoma pitcher! I also got a small bowl for the keys to keep on the table by the door. I got so tired of keys laying around everywhere, and falling between the couch cushions, so this became a perfect solution.

Paintings are always fun, especially when they are nice and affordable! I scored the two for less than $15!

As you could probably tell from the pictures I also bought some books, two of them are on sewing, one on junk style, one on making your own accessories, and one cook book!

I hope this inspired some of you to go check out your local thrift store! Thrifting is fun, easy and green!

xo,

Z

2012 Resolutions! Because you gotta have some!

Alright, are you ready for mine? If you are making a list on your blog, let me know, by leaving a link below, I am so curious to see what other people are putting on their list! Xoxo

1. Read more, and not just check out books from the library, but take my Nook out! I haven’t read it since my flight in July! How crazy is that??? And it’s full of great books! Trust me!

2. Get a job! And the one I like too!

3. Eat healthier (yes, I am talking organic, and if you are going to hate me for becoming one of those Trader Joe’s freaks, oh wait, I think they are called hipsters, well it’s your choice 🙂 )

4. Stop buying make up! I have plenty, so I am not going to buy anything unless I run out, or unless it’s given to me as a gift!

5. Do at least one DIY project a week for you, my lovely readers!

6. Keep working out (I’ve been doing a pretty good job, so I just want to continue)

7. Go to Colorado! (Yes, Doug and all my other CO friends, I am putting this on the list!)

8. Go to a Twins game, preferably when they will be playing Phillies, so that I can watch the latter win!

 

 

 

9. Bring my mom over for a visit!

10. Become a better organizer!

 Don’t be shy! Share yours!!! Happy 2012!

“You Know You Want It”

This will probably be no news to my fashion blogger friends out there, but the famous Eric Daman had a book published back in 2009, called “You know You want it”. He is a costume designer for Gossip Girl, probably the most popular show on CW, maybe on TV in general.

I have randomly discovered his book during my last visit to the library, and I can tell you one thing – this is New York!

The way the book is written, the way the pictures and the drawings are done – that is so me! And probably you, if you are reading this blog!

From the foreword by Leighton Meester, to the word play in every chapter, and to the whole idea that most women are wearing wrong bra sizes their whole life (this book is a must read just for that reason alone!), this book is drenched in the spirit of NYC through and through. And if you love that city as much as I do, you will follow my advice and read this book.

Forget Lauren Conrad and her Style, or all the Harper’s Bazaar and Elle I’ve recommended before – this is a number one read if you are building your first stylish wardrobe. If you are on your way to putting together a closet full of outfits that reflect your personality and add an intriguing twist to it, take notes, underline, post-it on post-its!

My favorite quotes from the book:

“24K Carrot, Saucy Apple, Sexy Stringbean, Perfect Pear” – this is what the author calls the 4 most common body types! Doesn’t that make you love your type so much more?

“Odds are your signature piece won’t be something that you go and find so much as something that has found you” – so true, a lot of times your perfect necklace or scarf will be simply sitting at a store, or a flea market, or maybe even in your mom’s closet, until one day, when it’s time, you discover it, and it, in return, discovers you!

“Be cruel to be kind” – and he is referring to cleaning and organizing your closet here, enough said! (KAT! hint hint :P)

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening” – and even though this one is not the original Eric quote, but a Chanel one, it’s always important to remind yourselves of that. Sometimes all it takes is just opening your eyes. My friend Kat, mentioned above, who is a hair stylist at the Rizzieri salon in NJ, goes to the ocean every chance she gets, I am pretty sure she doesn’t go tanning, but to draw the inspiration from it!

And for all of you out there dying to peek inside this amazing book, here are my fav pages!

 

      Have fun with the book!

Xo,

ZhenyAH!

 

 

Great Reads for Fashion Lovers and Fashion Bloggers

A true fashion blogger never strays too far away from her roots – the BOOKS!

Today’s post is about my favorite books on fashion and personal style! Enjoy! And remember – you don’t need to go buy them, there is always the LIBRARY 😉

We are going to begin with books on personal style! With the help of these top 5 you will be able to find or define your very own and unique style!

The ELLEments of Personal Style

http://www.elle.com/Pop-Culture/Movies-TV-Music-Books/Closet-Cases-The-ELLEments-of-Personal-Style

Harper’s Bazaar Fashion: Your Guide to Personal Style

http://www.harpersbazaar.com/bazaar-blog/bazaar-personal-style-book-1110

Gunn’s Golden Rules 

 

 

I Love Your Style: How to Define and Refine Your Personal Style

http://iloveyourstyle.com/?fd83ed08

Secrets of Style: InStyle’s Complete Guide to Dressing Your Best Every Day

Once you have defined your personal style, and if you find yourself still interested in fashion, here are some great books to read on that subject! And remember – Fashion is a science!

Fifty Years of Fashion: New Look to Now

The Fashion Book

100 New Fashion Designers Book by Hywel Davies

History of 20th Century fashion

I will be spending my weekend in the company of 6 books on fashion, one of them being DVF’s biography! Good luck to all of you in your fashion ventures! Here in Minneapolis, it’s laundry day 😉

Xo,

ZhenyAH!

 

 

He is checking out some weird books!

That’s what the librarian is going to say if she looks at my fiance’s record:

– Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

– Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

and The Lies that Chelsea Handler told me – requested

He will be notified once that last one is ready to be picked up too!

I hate using other people’s things, especially library cards. I really don’t want them to know what I read. Because I usually read God knows what. At least I strayed away from the HP series. Now Sophie Kinsella and I have a long lasting relationship. Ever since I started nannying for the G family in New Jersey, she’s been there for me. Then I moved to NYC and had to deal with the K family. Sophie was there for me no matter what. Yes, sometimes her name was Madeline Wickham, but she was good nevertheless.

She makes me feel good about myself, and my minor shopping addiction. I love shopping, especially for hair products. And those of you who know me, also know about the hair struggles I’ve been through! Anyways, my point is – Reading is Sexy and go check out your local library, mine has birch trees out front 🙂

What are you reading this week?

Zhenya