Set for Spring with Rachel’s Lookbook and Lyst

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About a week ago Lyst offered me an exciting opportunity to create a wish list using their app, but there was a twist! The wish list wasn’t for me, it was for my friend Rachel of Rachel’s Lookbook! Rachel and I have been blogger friends, turned real life friends for a few years now, and Lyst helped us treat each other to a special surprise this Valentine’s Day. I know we wouldn’t have been able to make it this fun without them!

So Rachel and I created wish lists for each other, and I must admit, it was very hard not to peek and see what she had on hers. The only thing we exchanged was our sizes! Fortunately enough when your friend is a fashion blogger you get a good sense of their style and taste. I also remembered from a few months ago, when we were talking about Christmas gifts, she mentioned Michael Kors. I knew she loved that brand, so make sure to check out Rachel’s post and see what I surprised her with and the original wish list I created for her.

Rachel did an amazing job picking out my gifts! I got lucky, because everything she ordered came from NastyGal – one of my most favorite online stores! And with all the goodies I got, I am more than ready for spring! I will share more of the pieces and looks on the blog within the next couple of weeks.

I hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day and a special someone to spend it with!


Black Pearl Lounge. Samantha Rei’s and Apatico’s F/W Collection 2015

 

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Last Friday I had a chance to finally see Samantha Rei and Apatico new F/W 2015 collection that I have been stalking on Instagram and Facebook since the end of last year. And it was amazing! The collection made the 28 year old me want to go to prom, get married, and go to all sorts of fabulous events that I have been lucky enough to attend again. The whimsical spirit of the designer, perfectly paired up with Apatico’s head pieces in the 1912 Gale mansion was some sort of a new age fashion time machine, make me forget the year and the date on the calendar.

Rei’s collection, inspired by 1920’s Shanghai was filled with sequins, beading, fur and feathers in black, lavender, gold, silver, mint, royal blue and forest green. It was magically unforgettable for this trouble maker.

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Thank you again for an amazing night Samantha!

Photogrpahy credit FairShado Photography

Pop of Color – #thriftstylethursday

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Today’s #ThriftStyleThursday is also a #ThrowBackThursday to last fall, my first semester at the U and the nice and sunny weather, and a day I spent exploring the area around campus.

I wore this light blue linen wrap dress with bright magenta tights and my favorite olive leather jacket.

This was also the last time I wore this dress. As much as I miss it, it was time to donate it.

Tights are a great way to add a pop of color to any outfit!

Make sure to check out everyone else’s #ThriftStyleThursday posts! Thank you Kristi for coming up with this week’s theme :) Next week we will be styling the Pantone color of the year – marsala!


 

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#ThriftStyleThursday – Denim Days

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For today’s #ThriftStyleThursday post we all styled our favorite pair of thrifted jeans. Thanks Brittany of Lipstick and Yarn for the idea!  And I couldn’t settle on one. So I picked my top 5 pairs!

I love jeans, I have too many pairs, way more than I can ever wear, and I also don’t wash them. I keep my jeans nice and dirty hanging on the pipe rack that Blake built for me. Okay, I guess I should rephrase that. I wash them when they get really dirty. And by really I mean really. A few months ago my friend Melanie (who designs Massimo jeans for Target) told me about denim snobs. Denim snobs are people who can’t spend less than $200 on a pair of jeans, and believe in preserving indigo, so only hand wash their jeans when it’s necessary.

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Step 1: Fill a sink, tub, bucket or other jean-sized vessel with lukewarm water and a small amount of ultra-mild detergent. Woolite Dark is a good bet, but it’s very concentrated, so start with just a couple of teaspoons. Take a deep breath, ignore the anticipated slights from the hip police running through your mind, and put your smelly-ass jeans in the tub. Make sure they’re fully submerged (this may require you to weigh them down).

Step 2: Soak them for about an hour, giving them a stir half way through to loosen any dirt that’s worked its way into the denim.

Step 3: Remove the jeans, drain the tub (of course), and rinse them thoroughly with cold water to remove detergent residue. Roll them up in a dry towel that you don’t mind staining blue to remove some moisture.

Step 4: Hang them out to dry. (Note: Make sure you hang them in a place that has good air movement, as you don’t want your jeans to mildew. Also, take care to hang them somewhere that won’t be ruined by a steady flow of indigo-infused water.) Do not tumble dry, as all that heat will undo your good work. Once your jeans are dry, pull them on and proceed to beat the hell out of ‘em till they need a bath again.

I normally wash my jeans inside out on cold, and never put them in the dryer. It’s worked great for me so far. Here is also a great video I watched in my fashion ethics class last semester.

Now go check out everyone else’s denim posts, I can’t wait to see what everyone styled this week myself! 

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Bel Kazan

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Classes are in full swing and all of a sudden I am busy with all my assignments and readings. But I love it. It does mean a little less time for the blog. A little less words. Though that’s what we need sometimes – less words.

Here is a dress so beautiful and unique you may think I am weird. It’s a Bel Kazan. And is more of a summer dress than anything. I really don’t care what season it is though, I just want to wear it.

I styled the dress two different ways. Do you like it more with a sweater over it or a leather jacket?

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone!

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Pinspired #ThriftStyleThursday

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I often see outfits on Pinterest or Instagram and think to myself – I really like this look, I wonder if I could pull it off!

And this is the case with this pinspired outfit. I paired my vintage wool skirt with a hand knit thrifted sweater, my Frye boots and this Duluth Trading company bag! This is my school bag and I absolutely love it, because it fits my laptop, all my notebooks and the ridiculous amount of lipsticks that I carry around with me.

Hope this post inspires you! I am spending the day in bed with my textbooks!

Get my look: Frye boots, plaid skirt, knit sweaters, leather bags.

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And now my favorite part – Thrift Style Thursday posts! Today’s theme is hosted by Andrea of Little Did You Know!

 



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 

passion for blogging. 



Please checkout her blog for style & beauty advice.



Guest Co-Host:

 

What Wives Wear Link Up is a place for wives/moms 

to express their own personal style. 

Link up your favorite outfit post of the week. 

Get inspired while inspiring others!



We will meet and link up every Thursday



Each week the hosts will choose the Top Two looks 

to be featured for the next weeks link up.

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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Style Resolutions 2015 – #ThriftStyleThursday

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We all have goals when it comes to personal style. Yesterday 2015 style resolutions even got brought up during #stylechat on Twitter! Today I though I’d share some of mine:

1. Wear more solids. I haven’t really been into patterns, and now every time I shop or thrift I seem to be gravitating towards solids (unless it’s a swimsuit!), I have cleaned out my closet a few times over the past month, and even though I have quiet a few patterns left, I am going to be wearing them with a lot of solids.

2. Wear more vintage. I go through “vintage craze” stages, and if before it was accessories, now it’s definitely clothes (denim, shirts and sweaters in particular). I have a couple velvet dresses that I can’t wait to show you.

3. Wear more handmade. I am trying to make more time to knit, crochet, sew and DIY some pieces for myself, as well as for my Etsy store, hopefully 2015 will be a good year for that, and I will stay organized and on top of stuff!

4. Wear what I already have. Thrifting lets me switch up my wardrobe every week. I could shop at a thrift store every week if I wanted to, but this year I am going to make an effort to wear what I already have, and shop less.

5. Have fun! I want to inspire with my outfits, but I also want to have fun! So if you see me wearing my husband’s graphic T-shirts, don’t be alarmed! I’m just having fun!

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Denim – Alacloth Vintage, Shirt – Goodwill, Scarf – Handmade

 

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Shop similar look: High waisted jeans, White shirt, and Orange coverup.


Earth Tones

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I never would’ve thought I’d be wearing a skort, but here it is, and it’s amazing! I have a few fun things and events coming up this week and next. There will be another shoot, a store event, a fun Valentine’s Day giveaway and a couple exciting announcements.

Also, this semester I am writing for CollegeFashionista, and I am pretty pumped about that! I will make sure to share my posts and photos with you here and on Instagram.

The photos are from a shoot I did for Alacloth Vintage with Eric Sorensen a couple weeks ago.

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Vintage Jeans

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Sometimes I think I was clearly born in a wrong era, but then I like my internet too much, because how else would I share these awesome jeans with you that I got from Alacloth Vintage and that I shared last week in this post.

I also absolutely have to show off my new Diesel boots. That moss green just got me, I think it’s the perfect color for the Minnesota winter photoshoots, and definitely different from the typical black/brown boots that I wear.

The sweater and the scarf are both from H&M, and yes this is more of a neck warmer than a scarf, but man is it warm!

And of course my Tess + Tricia necklace that I got for Christmas! What was your favorite or most memorable gift this year?

Have a great Monday everyone!

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