This Into That. Joyce Lee Inspired.

If you’ve ever been in an UO store, and you like vintage, retro and chic just like me, you know that it’s love from the first sight. Needless to say their sales are a gift from above! And of course I follow Urban Outfitters on Facebook!

A couple days ago I saw this post:

And immediately clicked on it! What I found was a great inspiration for at least 2 future DIY projects. One of which I have finished yesterday, and I am half-way through with the other!

Now the project that inspired me was originally created by Joyce Lee, Urban Outfitters PR Assistant.

She turned this:

Into that:

I also had a button down shirt that I wanted to experiment with, if you remember, and if you’ve been reading my blog, you probably know that I am talking about my vintage shirt with bicycles. But if you don’t remember, don’t worry, here is a pic for you, one more time!

So I decided to experiment. Off came the sleeves and the collar:

Then I hemmed the top:

Made the straps out of a sleeve (still have one sleeve left over 🙂 )

Made some pleats on the back:

And here is the final product. The front:

And the back:

And finally on me:

I hope you enjoyed it. I know I did!

Happy Easter everyone,


Matching Vogue

Last night in another boredom frenzy, after having forgotten about an ESL student, I started flipping through a 2008 Vogue with Natalya Vodyanova on the cover. And from there came my great inspiration, no, not from Natalya, from the Vogue! I came across this page

That reminded me of my amazing H&M gray sweater, that I could incorporate into my outfits, and match the ones in Vogue. So here is what I did!

1. I matched the ruffles perfectly, the only difference – my dress was teal, instead of white. Personally I prefer it that way!

Sweater: D&G

Skirt: Christopher

Clutch: Undercover

Sweater: H&M

Dress: Bought in Russia (that’s not a brand, it was actually bought in Russia at some discount store)

Necklaces: H&M, freecycled (free), gift from mom

Clutch: Target

2. I felt like a total loser, because I had a perfect piece to use for this look, and now I can’t find it. The chances are  – I threw it away! Pissed at myself I know. But I used what I had, and this is what I ended up with for Look #2!

Everything is D&G

Sweater: H&M

Dress: Urban Outfitters

Shirt: Saks Fifth Avenue

Necklace: Thrift Store

Clutch: Hand made

3. I chose not to copy look number 3 from Vogue, I am not a huge fan of gray sweatshirts, I had one from Walgreens or CVS (I think it cost about 6 bucks!) So instead I created my own look with a different sweater.

Sweatshirt: Topshop

Undershirt: Paul Smith Women

Skirt: Prada

Dress: H&M

Sweater: Voices of Europe

I hope you enjoyed my little “copy cat” experiment! This, again, proves that you can match your outfit of the day with almost any look from the Vogue Magazine, using the pieces you already have in your closet and a tidbit of imagination!


Zhenya vs. Clothes. Part 2. White Shirt.

The one fits all shirt is a dream come true, especially for a girl like me, because I prefer larger sized clothing anyways. I like the baggy look, thankfully a lot of designers have been creating small sized clothing, that already looks oversized! They have reached perfection in that industry, because that’s just what I need!

I have this vintage white  shirt

But the polo collar was a total mood killer!

So off with it!

And I used the collar to make a sunglass case!

Just like that!

Bonus photo – me in the shirt! Yes, I wore it today, and I am proud of it!

PS. Enjoy the new haircut, I know I will 😉

Summer 2011 Fashion on a Dime (or something like that!)

Are you ready? It’s almost here! Among other things that are already here are the look books and  videos for 2011 summer fashion trends. This is not your typical fashion trend review, I wanted share the ones from my fav stores, in other words – the budget version of summer 2011! Enjoy!

1. H&M

2. Rory Beca for Forever 21.

3. Urban Outfitters
4. Gap
5. Express                                                                                                             Ensemble  Ensemble                                         EnsembleEnsemble
6. American Apparel 

PS. I hope you enjoyed these looks. Have a great summer everyone!

Zhenya vs. Clothes. Part 1. The black jacket.

This is a story of a vintage black jacket, that lived happily in my Grandma’s closet. Until one day I came with scissors.

Well, it didn’t really happen like that. But the truth is – there really is a vintage jacket, moreover, it’s also hand-made. And I happened to find it while going through some old clothes. The material feels like the one they use in H&M for their trench coats and such.

You all have seen a picture of it if you went through the posts about my vintage collection.

I can’t say it was love at first sight, more like confusion, but nevertheless, I have now made this jacket wearable! The problem? Weird sleeve length! The solution – scissors! And here is what I ended up with – a black vintage hand made oversized jacket with a tolerable sleeve length!


PS. Pay attention to my Simpson’s Poster in the background!

DIY Clutch #2

Remember that purse that I turned into a clutch? Well I had enough material to make another clutch out of what was left over.

1. The material before I turned it into a clutch. This used to be the front pocket of the purse, and the zipper – well I found it among my Grandpa’s treasures!


2. I am sorry I didn’t take any pics in between, but once again I used my linoleum trick, so that the clutch held its’ shape! The lining is the same fabric I used for my chair and my curtains! I also made the tassel, to give it a tassely look 🙂

Blue handmade Top in Today’s Outfit!

I have recently made a top out of a medium sized T-shirt, and wore it for the first time today in an outfit! I just wanted to quickly show you a picture of it, sorry for the not so good quality, this was taken with Photo Booth! (Gotta love my Mac!!!)

You can read more about this DIY project here!

Put Those Sleeves to good Use!

Yesterday I made a top out of a T-shirt. Remember? Well guess what, I still had the sleeves left. So I decided to put them to good use! And what better use can there be than to make some fabric flowers!

Now there are plenty of web-sites, blogs and photos on the Internet that teach you how to make those. So I basically found one, and followed the instructions!

1. First, I cut out fabric circles, you can do it by tracing a bottom of a cup, or wing it. I made about 20 circles of 2 different sizes. (I am really sorry I forgot to take the pictures 🙁 )

2. Then you fold the circles in half and sew them together. You only need to make a few stitches.

3. For the smaller flower, I also cut along the circle to give it a “Chrysanthemum” look.

PS. Check out these brands that also make such types of flowers!

J Crew


DIY Headband/Vintage Lace

This is another DIY project that I made using vintage lace left over from my Grandmother. I started yesterday, but finished today. The project also includes one of my lace flowers.

1. These are our materials, I used a black headband that I had for a while now,

and the greenish colored lace off a vintage nightgown.





2. First I made the flower (all my lace roses are made following the same pattern – running stitch sewn to the centre or the base)







3. Next I made a cover for the headband itself. I took a piece of lace, folded in half, and sewn together.







4. When it was all done, I turned it inside out, so that the stitches would be on the inside.

There it is, looking like a snake! Don’t worry they caught the Bronx Zoo’s Cobra!




5. Then I put it on the headband






6. Now it’s time to work on the ends, so that they aren’t showing.

I simply folded them in, and sewed on the inside of the headband.





This is what it looks like without the rose







And with it…

























I hope you enjoyed DIYing with me today!

Love and Lace Flowers,


My Vintage Lace Collection

My first idea was to make a YouTube video about my lace collection, and I did make one, it was up for about a day, but then I realized that YouTube isn’t for me yet, and that I should focus more on my blog.

Today I will share some pictures of my vintage lace, that’s the lace I use to create some of my DIY projects, mainly they are lace flowers. Why flowers? Because they are easy to make, and look pretty! (To read more about my DIY projects go here:

or here

Up first is the lace I am planning on using in tomorrow’s DIY project, so you will read about it tomorrow, it’s a teal/sea-foam green color, very vintage, very pleasant for the eye. Came of a vintage nightgown, unfortunately I wasn’t able to turn it into a tank top, it was too worn out 🙁

Next is the lace I used in my most recent DIY project, about a vintage purse. I created this flower pin to go with the purse, but then decided it would be better to wear it with different jackets, or even in your hair. The very first link mentioned above will take you to the post about that project. Here are the two kinds of laces I combined. The black one came in a wide long strip, like regular fabric, and the white one came off another vintage night gown, which I successfully turned into a tank top last week!)

The next piece is very interesting and unique. It is going to look perfect on a V-neck shirt, so once I find a perfect shirt or top to put it on, I will create another DIY/Vintage masterpiece and share it with you.

These two kinds of lace are very wide, so they would make perfect linings for tank tops, or skirts (it will look like you are wearing a slip underneath). Again, love the florals on the lace!

The next two pieces I will show you aren’t lace, they are more like ribbons, and will serve as a perfect finish for pillows or picture frames, if you are into that stuff. I am planning on incorporating them into a blog post as soon as I find some couch cushion 🙂 Why? Will tell you later!

And the two final strips of lace that I am going to mention are cut offs, I know one came of yet another night gown, and the other one came off either a pillow case, or some shirt (can’t guarantee either one of those, though). They need a little more work, and a little more imagination on my end!

Thank you for checking my vintage collection out. Again, a new DIY post is coming up tomorrow, I will keep you posted!

Love and Lace Flowers,