Pops of Color

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Outfit: Bright red lipstick, neon belt and my new favorite blue shoes are the key pieces in this simple outfit. The shirt dress is another proof that black and white are my go to colors and I won’t be gravitating away from them anytime soon.

Life: I am officially a Milwaukeean, all moved into a new apartment, finally unpacked and feeling at home. A part of me still can’t believe that I am finally here, a university graduate, working my first corporate job. I’ve been waiting for this moment since November, but it all seems so surreal to me still.

Miscellaneous: Sam and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary yesterday.

I’ve been insanely obsessed with the gym.

Frustrated by the lack of Targets in the area.

Mesmerized by the beauty of lake Michigan.

PS. Thank you Megan for the photos!

Naot Trunk Show + Donation Event May 5-7

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When it comes to fashion, there are very few things I love as much as shoes.

Today I wanted to share an upcoming event that will take place here in the Twin Cities. It’s hosted by Naot Footwear & Schuler Shoes, and will go Thursday, May 5 9:30 am through Saturday, May 7 at 6:00 pm in 10 Schuler Shoes locations throughout the metro area. 

The event will benefit Good in the ‘Hooda nonprofit dedicated to helping the urban poor and those that have been marginalized by difficult circumstances. Through youth mentoring, internships and adult advocacy programs, they are able to offer effective support for those desiring to move forward in life.

Everyone who attends the trunk show will be able to contribute to Good in the ‘Hood just by simply trying on shoes. Try on a pair of Naots, and they will donate a pair to those in need. If you buy a pair, they will donate two pairs. It’s fashion for a cause!

Use #NaotGivesBack to join the conversation on social media! And maybe I’ll see you there 😉

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Selling Clothes on ThredUp

Make Money with ThredUp

If you follow me on Snapchat (username @BeingZhenya) or Twitter, you know that I’ve been frantically cleaning out my closet. And not just because it’s spring cleaning, but also because I am moving and will be downsizing from a house to an apartment. To make parting with all my clothes easier, I wanted to be able to earn some money off of it. Having sold on Poshmark in the past, I knew I didn’t have time for listing and photographing every single item several times, that’s when I remembered about ThredUp.

ThredUp is a San Francisco based company that buys your gently worn or new clothes, accessories, shoes and sells them on their website. The process of selling to ThredUp is extremely easy.

thredup First you order the clean out kit, and if you would like for ThredUp to donate the items they don’t buy the kit costs $12.99, otherwise they recycle or donate the items making the kit free. I obviously went for the free kit option (I am on kit #4 at the moment).

The kit comes in the mail in a cute polka dot envelope. The insides contain the clean out bag, as well as the instructions on what to send, it’s very self-explanatory and easy. There is even a list of accepted brands for your convenience.

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Then the fun part begins, you get to clean out your closet. This is my favorite part to be honest, because I actually get to go through everything and reevaluate my wardrobe. I have to be honest I can’t downsize it to 20-30 items, but if I am ever able to, I will let you know how I did it.

The bag is very roomy, you can fit a lot in it, I would say maybe an equivalent to a 10 gallon garbage bag to give you some idea!

Finally, you drop the bag off at the nearest FedEx location, or you can even have them pick it up from your house if you’d like.

Once the ThredUp team receives the bag they process it, and it can take anywhere between 2-3 weeks. This is probably the longest waiting period of the whole process, but they keep you updated via email, which is really nice.

After the bag has been processed, they will email you with your earnings. I made about $50 off my first bag, and $125 off my second one. I am curious to see what bags 3 and 4 will hold.

Payout is done via PayPal, and you have to wait 14 days before you can cash out, otherwise you can use the money to shop ThredUp if you wish. I will have a separate post about my shopping experience with them soon!

So there you go, a new great way to make money, clean out your closet and maybe even a reason to shop!

Let me know what you think of ThredUp!

Chambray + Gray

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Button downs have been my go-to lately. Whether it comes to creating an outfit, or adding a layer, or even using them as an accessory (more on that later this week). This thrifted chambray shirt is my absolute favorite, it’s thin enough, it’s oversized to the right size and shape, it’s color matches almost everything in my wardrobe. And to me it made perfect sense to wear it with this Zara dress.

As you can probably tell, it was freezing on the day of the shoot! Well, Minnesota weather has been a lot nicer to us lately. I was on the phone with one of my best friends who lived in the same town in Russia for a while, and now lives in Texas. She wants to see the snow, I don’t. Isn’t the grass always greener? Or snow always whiter? Whatever they say…

Here is to Monday and a first full week of classes!

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Whatever, I am getting French Fries

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Zara has once again proved itself to be my happy place with this T-shirt. I love french fries, and this 70’s inspired font and color of the T.

Winter break has come and gone, and school starts again on Tuesday! It will be my last full semester at  the University of Minnesota. I can’t believe I am only a short hop skip and a summer class away from graduation and starting my job in product development!

Happy New Year!

Photo credit: ALACLOTH

#BTS Blue Skinny Jeans

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Whole30 is over and I feel amazing! I am going to stick to it for the next few weeks, and then, once school starts… well, I don’t know. Sam lost 15 lbs, I lost nothing! My friend Kate lost almost 13!!! I am kind of upset I didn’t lose any, but I kind of saw it coming. It’s hard to lose weight when there isn’t that much to lose. I would love to be around 115 lbs (I am currently 125), but then I will get thrown under the bus for not promoting positive self-image, when in reality that’s all I am promoting. It’s all about being healthy, strong, and confident.

I started 6 week 6 pack workout with Jillian Michaels, and that’s been going great. So far level one has my butt kicked. I am sticking to 5-6 workouts a week, and have somehow managed to stop Mason from biting me on my moving limbs.

I know I sound kind of whiny in this post, I had a tough day at the internship today, I am still deciding “should I stay or should I go?”, and the answer right now is one big SIGH.

At least these blue skinny jeans look good! Target, baby!

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Gold lace + Shopbop friends and family event

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Happy Tuesday! How are you all doing today? I am so excited to be sharing these shots with you today (Once again huge thanks to Eric of Eric Sorensen Photography). This is my new favorite dress, the go-to, the “wear everyday if I could” dress.
And for the next 3 days you are able to take 25% off your Shopbop order with SPRING25 code! Kate Spade, here I come! For the gentlemen in your life, 25% off code is also good on East Dane!
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MW and April A to Z Challenge

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Photo Credit – Eric Sorensen Photography

 

Last year I participated in an awesome A to Z challenge, and as far as I remember, I never completed it. I want to try it again this year, and my theme is going to be 30 days of outfits. I am going to share a new outfit a day, there won’t be any particular theme, but the outfits are going to somehow start with the letters of the alphabet and go in that order for the whole month of April! I am also going to post outfit photos on Instagram for those 30 days with a special hashtag #30daysofoutfits. I am pretty sure I have enough pairs of shoes to last me through the 30 days, but if I don’t, shoes are the only items that will be repeated. I am hoping to revive some of the forgotten pieces from my closet, and bring up my style game!

Monday Wants though, skirts! And lace! And can’t forget about bright summer shoes (the snowy Minnesota weather outside my window is mocking me silently!)

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MW – Minimalism

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Monday wants are back, and my minimalism stage continues. Although, once my Bel Kazan orders come in, the simplicity of solids will be broken up for a while.

A great big shoutout to the people who are not afraid to come up to me and ask about my blog. I really appreciate each and every one of you! You make my day!

It’s finally warm here in the Twin Cities, and by warm I mean 50s, so I am back on track running around the lakes and trails in SLP. It’s amazing! That runners high from last night lasted well through this am, making my Monday stunningly beautiful and pleasant!

Now to find out my marketing midterm grade 😉

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Signature Shade + What Wives Wear Link Up

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I’ve been really into camel color lately, and by really, I mean REALLY!

And maybe it’s a little much for some, I see this look as chic and unique.

A few days ago someone at work said that I have outfits that not many can pull off and I took it as a compliment. Yes, sometimes my clothes may be odd, but they are me and I love the confidence they give me!

Do your outfits express who you are?

Get my look: plaid skirts, camel color sweaters, beige boots.

 

Welcome to the

What Wives Wear Link Up!

Week 37

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This week we are welcoming Zhenya as our guest co-host.Zhenya has always loved fashion since she was drawing designs 

in middle school. 



Her blog Being Zhenya is where she shares her 

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Please checkout her blog for style & beauty advice.



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to express their own personal style. 

Link up your favorite outfit post of the week. 

Get inspired while inspiring others!



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Each week the hosts will choose the Top Two looks 

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Join us each week and we may just pick you!



This week we picked Nora who is sharing a chic look with her son.



Nora is wearing a green metallic pinstriped blazer that is 

detailed with leopard cuffed sleeves.



She is debuting one of her very own lovely silk tie-dye scarves. 

That can be ordered on her website. 



Her black waxed jeans match perfectly with gladiator sandals.



Sofia is wearing a cute & cozy winter look.



Sofia has a black quilted puffer jacket that includes a 

gold accent belt and fur lined hood.



She is also wearing black leggings and black

buckle booties.



Her green beanie hat completes her look.


Nora@Jacket Society


Sofia@Stylishly In Love

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