Sweater Weather

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While I am here buried under my homework, Minnesota is buried under the snow. Sweater weather is here, along with  heavy coat weather, and Sorel boots weather. They are saying it will rain on Sunday, which means Monday we are going to skate all over the highways!

I hope you are all doing well. I am having a little spending problem here… (seriously everywhere from MOA, to Goodwill to online!) So excuse me while I go shop online some more ;) Unless you want to join me! Haha

How amazing are all these gloves, turtleneck sweaters and jackets?

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Fall Closet Cleaning Tips

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Wait what? Yes, you heard me! Fall cleaning. Just like there is spring cleaning, I think there should be fall cleaning.

A lot of us are familiar with spring cleaning, but this year i am not waiting till spring, I am organizing and cleaning out in the fall.
Have you ever bought large plastic bins to store your clothes in for the winter? I remember when we were looking at buying our house, we visited so many different ones, and in one of the attics, the owner had the whole bin/labelling system that I was fascinated with. But Sam convinced me there was no need for that.
And he is right.
We have very small closet space and I store my sumer dresses in our upstairs closets in the winter, and winter clothes upstairs in the summer, but before anything is moved up there, I go through it and toss anything that:
  • doesn’t fit
  • looks too worn out
  • hasn’t been worn in over a year
  • isn’t “me” anymore – style changes, your tastes change, so your wardrobe should too

If you’ve read my latest post, you know that I have just a slight obsession with coats. But coats, especially if made from natural fibers and vintage, can begin looking worn out too soon. Those are definitely items to let go off.

Accessories are another item that becomes outdated too fast. The slogan – you can never have too many pairs of shoes or too many bags isn’t for me. You might never have enough of those, but you also might run out of space really fast. And fashion, even though is a constant in many of our lives, is also fast.
The fall cleaning doesn’t only include the clothes. Being a beauty blogger, I receive a lot of samples and full size products. So cleaning out my makeup drawer (read: closet) is as important as cleaning out my wardrobe. Carefully examine the expiration date, get rid of the products that have expired, or that you know you are not going to use. This is one of my favorite product shelf life guides:
Make up/Beauty to clean out:
  • anything you may be allergic to
  • anything that has expired
  • anything that has separated or smells funny
Being in love with the idea of DIY I seem to hoard craft supplies. I have yarn, fabric and leather that I think I am never going to use. I also have a lot of patterns that never see the light of day. Realistically estimating the free time I am going to have for the DIY projects I have planned, and the fact that my sewing machine has been broken for over 6 months now, I donated most of my supplies, and cleaned out my upstairs area.
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Art and frames bought on impulse, sometimes even furniture. The side tables, that you can never have too many of. All these need to go. I was holding on to glass center pieces from our wedding from 3 years ago.
Savers has recently introduced an easy donation system. Now you don’t have to drop off at the store, but choose one of the locations from the list below or click on the following link

·       COLUMBIA HEIGHTS: 4300 Central Ave. NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421

o   Supports the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota

·         RICHFIELD: 36 W. 66th St., Richfield, MN 55423

o   Supports the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

·         SAVAGE: 14100 Highway 13 S., Savage, MN 55378

o   Supports the Vietnam Veterans of America

·         AUSTIN: 1700 17th St. NW, Austin, MN 55912

o   Supports the Vietnam Veterans of America

·         ROBBINSDALE: 3501 W. Broadway Ave., Robbinsdale, MN 55411

o   Supports the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

·         ELK RIVER: 19112 Freeport St. NW, Elk River, MN 55330

o   Supports the Vietnam Veterans of America

·         WHITE BEAR: 2499 County Road E., White Bear, MN 55112

o   Supports the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

When: The new Donation Drop Spots are currently open and accepting donations from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Keep your wardrobe fresh, donate often and remember – there will always be more clothes! I have been making regular trips to donation centers over the past month. Would you be interested in seeing more photos from my closet organization projects? 
Final thoughts: We’ve been talking about different types of consumers in one of my classes, and here is a great example of Jessi Arrington, who may seem extreme in her approach, but we can all learn from it.


Emerald and Leather Pleats

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My love for last year’s pantone color of the year grows stronger every fall. And this year it’s no exception. Shopping designer collections at Target is addicting and worth it. I always end up happy with my purchases, no matter what the reviews may say. This emerald button down is from last fall’s Philip Lim collection, and the faux leather skirt is from Macy’s – I bought it after Courtney Kerr fashion show a couple weeks ago.

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I accessorized the look with Rebecca Minkoff’s 5 zip mini and these lace and sequin embellished heels.

 

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Now on to some exciting news! Shopbop is having a friends and family sale, and almost everything is 25% off! How amazing is that!

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Check out and shop some of my favorite coats and jackets that they carry!

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They also have a great selection of jeans, purses and sweaters for this season, and I can guarantee that Shopbop is always on trend!

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BeingZhenya.com DIY Fringe T-shirt #tst

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DIY BeingZhenya.com T-shirt, DKNY skirt, Forever 21 Booties, Rebecca Minkoff bag

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I finally came around to making a T-shirt for my blog, and then wore it to take pictures outside.

The shirt is still not done, I am planning on adding sequins or beads to the letters to outline them, but it’s a start!

A lot has happened in the past couple of days, and I have more projects going on than time on my hands, but like I tweeted yesterday, I am extremely grateful for what I do as a blogger, and for those who take me seriously!

At the end of the day it’s all about sitting down and enjoying the sunset.

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Styling a pencil skirt isn’t complicated at all, especially when you have an amazing pair of booties.

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Color Blind

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Sheer Blouse – East 5th, Maxi Skirt – Linden Calhoun, Bag – Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5 Zip, Booties – Forever 21

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Sipping my Tuesday morning coffee, blogging, thinking about all the changes that are about to take over my life.

As ready as I am ever going to be. Don’t get me wrong, I am extremely excited to go to the U, but I am also nervous. It’s going to be first day of school for me, when I thought I was done with school 6 years ago.  Everyone has been so supportive though, and Sam, he is amazing. He has helped out so much, he is so proud of me. But for the first time in many years I am not going to work. My blog and social media will be my only source of income, so if you see a sponsored post here and there, please don’t judge. If you don’t see a post from me for a few days, or maybe a week, please don’t judge. Find me on social media, tell me you miss me, I will always reply.

I have never wanted to be a professional full-time blogger, I always wanted a career.

I keep reminding myself – I am ready, I am ready, I am fine…

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White sheer shirt and black maxi skirt made this outfit possible. How do you do black and white?

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On a more lighter note, what is your favorite app? I have been loving Shopbop, not only for an easy way to purchase fashionable items on the go, but also for outfit and style inspirations! Check it out and let me know what you think!

Macy’s Glamorama 2014

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The hottest, sexiest, most fun show of the year. I said it and I am not afraid to repeat it. I cut my vacation short for Glamorama, and I don’t regret it one bit. This is more than a fashion show, it is a performance, a theatrical act mixed in with concert craze. It’s loud and moving, gets you on your feet and dancing (Jason Derulo will do it to anyone), made me excited for fall fashions.

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Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama raises money to support children’s cancer research; to improving the health, well-being and education of children; and to help with HIV/AIDS services, prevention and research. This event has taken fashion to the highest level of design, making the event the hottest ticket in town.

I got to meet six year old Jack Serakos, from Andover, MN. At just three months old, Jack was diagnosed with a brain tumor, known as optic pathway glioma, positioned between his eye and brain. To treat the cancer, Jack has endured seven chemotherapy sessions throughout all but one year of his life. Now six years old, Jack will be entering kindergarten in the fall. While the tumor has impaired Jack’s sight, his vision remains very functional and the goal is to preserve what vision he has left as well as reduce future side effects. With his current treatment, his tumor has remained stable for the past 18 months. Despite enduring weekly chemotherapy infusions at the hospital, Jack remains joyful in playing with his two younger brothers Tommy and Will every chance he gets as well as riding his bike and being outside.

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Before You Exit

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Hello, Kitty!

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Favorite part of the show, naturally ;)

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What I wore: faux-leather dress from Francesca’s, Ralph Lauren necklace, Forever 21 boots, faux-leather jacket from TJ Maxx, and my Rebecca Minkoff 5 zip mini.

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How to Dress like a Rock Star:

“The only rule about dressing like a rock star is that there are no rules other than be yourself and have fun,” states Josh Saterman, Macy’s Vice President and Millennial Fashion Director. Here are a few more rock star style and fashion tips provided by Josh to bring out your inner rock star.

  • Slip on sneakers for a more casual look and buckled peep-toe heeled booties for a night on the town.
  • Belts that give accent to your waist whether you like lower rise or high-waisted skinny jeans.
  • A thick, chunky belt with your tunic knit top is always a safe bet if you’ve moved into soft pants and ponte leggings.
  • Stacked bracelets with new materials like wood, shiny metals in gold and shades of pinks, as well as wires and other new material give that special and unique spin.
  • Two proportions for jackets: both moto and bomber silhouette shapes – The first is slightly cropped above the waistline. The second slightly oversized and athletic-inspired below the waistline. Rock it out with these shapes based on your bottom half. The ponte legging and skinny pant or jean can play well with the shape of your top and jacket.
  • Rock stars make awesome patriots through evolved graphic tees, which speak to the cultural whimsy as well as art and music influence happening in the world today. This alone empowers a rock star to express their individualistic expression of the world and the way they feel about its current state. Graphic tees paired back well with a moto or bomber jacket and soft pants or ponte leggings. Throw on some amazing peep toe heel booties or slip on sneaks and you’re ready for a night on the town.

Individuality, customization and being yourself all ring true in 2014.

I hope you enjoyed the photos and maybe I’ll see you in Chicago ;)

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Check out my top picks for leather dresses, because everyone must have one in their closet ;)

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My friend Jameson of Lessons with Coffee is having a garage sale this weekend. It’s absolutely amazing! shopped it last night and had a blast. Honestly this post wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for that garage sale.

I bought the metallic Ann Taylor skirt, and the vintage pink top I am wearing in the first look there (among other things  of course!)

I’ve also noticed the tendency to post two looks on Thrift Style Thursdays. It might be a coincidence, but let me know if you like it, and I’ll keep styling one item in different ways.

Also, exciting news Thrift Style Thursday now has it’s own Facebook page! So join in!

Happy weekend early everyone! I am off to Colorado tomorrow! Yay road trip!

For more Thrift Style Thursday metallic interpretations check out:

Buttons and Birdcages // Spoolish // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J // Confessions of a Refashionista // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex // Eclecticity // Alligator Toe // Erika’s Style Diary // Sistas From Cali // Bethie the Boo //
That Cheap Bitch//Nuttier than Nutella //
Lipstick and Yarn

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 For more accessories options check out these pink and grey bags

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Tops n Tees n Butterfly Knees

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Summer makes me want to wake up early and stay up late. Summer makes me not want to go to work. Summer is when I wake up and after my morning routine of oil pulling and cup of coffee I sit down and start looking for inspiration. Sometimes it’s in the sun I see rising through the trees on Rhode Island avenue. Sometimes it’s in my herb garden that I have managed to keep alive. Sometimes summer is in the morning breeze and I need a blanket to cover my legs, and a husband’s sweatshirt to wear, because it’s still chilly. Summer flows into me, and I get dressed and get ready for the day. Tops, and tanks, and accessories, everything is there, and everything expresses who I am.

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Weekly Wear June 21

Having totally skipped on weekly wear last week (we were on our way to Milwaukee), I am trying to redeem myself today. I love showing off what I wore on a daily/weekly basis. It not only  provides you with a snippet of what I look like in my daily life, but gives a round up of sorts. So here is what I’ve been wearing this week:

Monday: The dress I got from Katelyn at the Milwaukee Blogger Bazaar

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Tuesday: Moddeals cut off neon shorts, fringe shoes and floral top

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Wednesday: Seahorse dress

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Thursday: I had a really cute look for you, but didn’t change when I started cooking at home, and got the button down all greasy! Keeping my fingers crossed I can still get it out. If you know any good ways of getting oil stains out, do tell!

Friday: Moddeals camp pants (the worst pants ever!), Land’s End top and three necklaces. You can come take layering lessons from me now ;)

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I am also switching up my hair care for the summer. I have a hair appointment today at 10 am for another balayage, and want my hair to be as healthy as it can. So I am going with Cleansing Conditioner. This was the only one I could find at Target last night that was for my hair type. It’s also under $5! So win! I’ll let you know how it works, and whether I like it over the traditional shampoo/conditioner combo.

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And finally, on the way home last night,

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So here you have it! My week! I also only have about 6 weeks left at my current job, and then college, here I come! I am super excited!

Have a great weekend!

In Shorts

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Shorts are one of those articles of clothing that can make you look 16 again. I don’t know if you do, but sometimes I want to turn back time. And I guess I am in these neon frayed blue shortsI got from Moddeals for only $10. I am yet to wear them out in public though. So far it’s been home and garden only.

Another thing I want to mention – bicycle shorts. Apparently a lot of girls wear them under dresses and even shorts here in Minnesota, and more than half the time they aren’t even riding a bike. I understand the idea behind it, but don’t you sweat even more? Do you wear shorts under your dresses? I know I can’t, otherwise I am going to start treating my dress like a top. And when I bike? I’d rather bring a change of clothes. Yes, I started biking to work this week.

Outfit details: Shorts Moddeals.com – $10, Shoes Moddeals.com – $10, Top American Rag Macy’s, White Crossbody – vintage, Sam’s old watch.

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Here are some more great shorts, and ideas on how to wear them:

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Do you wear shorts? How do you style them? How many pairs of shorts do you have?

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