TC Style Magazine Cover + Christmas Colors

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This winter I get to be on the cover of TC Style Magazine. TC stands for Twin Cities. My friend Jasmine is the Editor-in-chief, and we’ve been planning this since summer! But she surprised me by putting me on the cover! Jasmine is a sweetheart, she loves and looks like Taylor Swift, and told me yesterday that she is going to New York City over New Years, flying in New Years Eve and leaving New Years Day, they are not staying anywhere, no hotel reservations. How awesome is that? Here is me keeping my fingers crossed for spring break! A lot will depend on the next few weeks. Plus I am waiting to get my grades back, so the browser refreshing game is on and it’s strong!

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The magazine is free and local and you can find it in the boutiques around the area.

I also have several festive nail polish options for you this holiday season. They are all SinfulColors which is a chic and affordable brand made in the US. The nail polish is very long lasting and  this season – pretty glittery! The colors I have here are Twilight Twinkles, Galax-Sea, Hottie, and Ice Dream.

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H&M Burnsville Grand Opening December 18

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H&M is opening its new location in the Twin Cities and they asked me to help them host it! So December 18 come see me at the Burnsville Center! The store will open it’s doors at noon, but make sure to come early for some fun giveaways:

If you’re one of the first 100 shoppers in line, you will receive an all-access fashion pass valued up to $300 off your entire purchase!

Bring in old garments to be recycled before the store opens at noon for the chance to win an H&M gift card valued between $50 and $100.

The first five customers that tweet me @BeingZhenya with the hashtag #HMLovesBurnsville will receive a style consultation, early access to the store at 11:30AM, and a free H&M $100 gift card. Make sure to tweet me on Thursday and be at the store!

Get ready to do some serious shopping to the in-store DJ spinning all the latest hits! Here is the Facebook page for the event as well!

Are you excited? I know I am! I am hoping to see a lot of you there on Thursday! And to tie you (and myself over) here are a few of my favorites from H&M!

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Wide-cut Wool-blend Jacket $129

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Wide-cut Sweater $29.95

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Mohair-blend Cardigan $79.95

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Long Cardigan $29.95

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Wool-blend Coat $149

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Sequined Jacket $29.95

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Sequined Jacket $49.95

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Slim-fit Pants High waist $19.95

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Leather Boots $99

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Lace Dress $49.95

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Jeans with Zips $59.95

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Textured Jumpsuit $69.95

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Suede Boots $69.95

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Sandalettes $59.95

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Shoes $24.95

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Biker Boots $49.95

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My #MomentsofChic with Piperlime

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Today I am bringing you a new post in collaboration with Piperlime. You may have seen other blog posts and followed the #momentsofchic hashtag on Instagram (if you haven’t you totally should).

I was so excited to pair the Joe’s Boyfriend Slim Jeans with this white Schaefer Top by Rachel ZoeI am absolutely in love with the stitching detailing of the top, that creates it’s own white on white pattern. And the jeans are seriously one of the stylish and most comfortable ones I’ve owned. 

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This semester I tool a Fashion Ethics and Consumption class, and there was a questionnaire in one of the lectures, and one of the questions was – Have you ever bought something that had rips and was distressed on purpose. Well, now I have. I personally think that this is the way to go with boyfriend jeans. You need that distressed look to make the jeans look yours, feminine and stylish.

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I paired the jeans and the top with my hand-made crochet scarf (click for instructions here), as well as my favorite studied booties, Rebecca Minkoff 5 zip mini bag and a leaf locket necklace.

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I thought there were no boyfriend jeans to fit my body without making me look ridiculous. Even though I have that slightly boyish figure. But these jeans made it so easy. So after wearing them non-stop for a week, and I will probably continue wearing them this week as well, here are

Some tips on wearing boyfriend jeans:

1. Choose a darker wash. It’s not that the dark is slimming, in my opinion it just looks better on most of us.

2. Choose distressed. Like I mentioned before rips, tears and frays are going to be your new favorite.

3. If you are like me (not too big of a butt), go a size up. I know that’s not something you normally hear. But that extra size adds on to the slouch and the lower hanging crotch that I like so much. (I can also take these jeans off without having to unbutton or unzip them ;) )

4. Cuff or uncuff. That’s up to you, I like them cuffed with sneakers, booties, and slip ons, also sandals and flats. But I also think boyfriend jeans look extremely cool uncuffed with a pair of heels or platforms.

5. Oversize the top, maybe just a little. You know I am into the oversized trend, and I love when sweaters or tops are a bit big on me. So if you are not top heavy (34B over here), I say do it!

So check out my look, and all the pieces, and get ready for more style tips. DIY posts and our Christmas Tree story later this week!


Being Zhenya

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I have been thinking about writing this post all day yesterday. What am I going to say, how I am going to phrase it, and then decided to just let the words come out as I start typing.

I feel like blogging has become a major business and a money making industry. I feel and I know that Being Zhenya has become a collection of sponsored posts. I know I didn’t lose my voice, I just stopped expressing myself. I let the pictures substitute the words, and the posts became short paragraphs usually ending with an exclamation point. Real life isn’t always like that is it?

So I decided to make this blog more of a journal. The last giveaway I did I asked for some feedback, and I did it for a reason. I wanted to know what interests you the most. And you wanted to see more lifestyle posts, hear more tips and advice on style and accessories. I appreciate this feedback more than anything.

What does it mean for you? Sam will probably get mentioned in my posts a little more, as well as some of my friends. I will also talk about college, because that’s where I am at right now. The style posts will still come, as well as the beauty ones. I will also write more, and go on about my life. I want to make it personal again and I want to be able to talk to you.

On Wednesday one of my readers, Monica, came up to me at the U. She recognized me from my blog. And it was the highlight of my day! She was the sweetest person to talk to. And one of the first questions she asked me was if I still thrifted. Of course, I told her. I just don’t post about it as much. But I am bringing the hauls back :) We will also be relaunching Thrift Style Thursday in a slightly different format in January 2015, so if you want to join in the fun, let me know and we’ll get you started with us!

I have a lot of fun ideas for 2015, and I can’t wait to start this new journey with you all!

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Hair and photos by Eliza at Haus Salon!

Shop black skinny jeans, graphic sweaters and booties here:

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Handbag Designer Patricia Nash in Minneapolis TODAY!

Today after class I’ll be heading down to Mall of America to interview a handbag and accessory designer Patricia Nash. She is here in Minneapolis premiering her new collection! As soon as I took a peek at the designs, I knew I was going to love it. There is that boho/vintage feel around every single piece, and the collection is so unique and personal, it makes it even better. Plus if you are into boho, like me, I know it will be straight up your alley!

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I will be posting the interview later this week, but if you have any specific questions you want me to ask Patricia, leave them in the comments below or send them to me via social media! I am sure she’d love to answer them!

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So if you have time today and would love to meet with Patricia in person, you can do so by heading to either Macy’s Ridgedale or Mall of America stores, the times are provided below.

The first 10 shoppers who make a $100 or more purchase of Patricia Nash merchandise will receive a $20 Macy’s gift card. Additionally, Macy’s shoppers will also have the chance to register to win a one-of-a-kind Patricia Nash handbag.

When/Where: Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Macy’s Ridgedale – 2 to 4PM

Macy’s Mall of America – 6 to 8PM

Meanwhile check out Patricia Nash Handbags on macys.com, or on her website patricianashdesigns.com 

Add Some Spice to Your Holidays #TargetWedding + Giveaway

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After having been married for over 3 years, Sam has finally started cooking for me. Before, the most advanced meal he’s cooked was mac ‘n’ cheese, or scrambled eggs. But this fall something happened and he makes me dinner at least once a week. I am sharing this because my husband is an amazing cook, but the fact that it took him all these years to realize that still makes me pretty sad. So I want to help you avoid this situation and encourage you to cook together as a couple.

Of course our cooking experiments are not experiments, we have a recipe book called “How To Boil Water”. I am sure that you may have guessed from the title that Sam and I are no chefs. But it works wonders for us. We love trying out the new recipes, and there is something nostalgic about using a recipe book versus the now popular cooking apps.

So far Sam has made me delicious chicken with olives and dates, salmon, baked pasta, and quinoa! I can’t wait to see what he makes me this week.

Target Wedding Registry has a lot of great products that will not only give you ideas for wedding gifts, but Christmas gifts as well. Check out the my Christmas Wish List board on Pinterest!

I’ve been dreaming of a kitchen renovation, and once I am done with college, I think we’ll definitely make it happen. So I’ve been eyeing items and thinking of my color palette. Threshold Bistro Ceramic 16-Piece Dinnerware Set

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Calphalon Stainless Steel Cookware (on my personal Christmas wish list)

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Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer is something that I own, and absolutely love. I used it to mix pancakes yesterday! It’s that handy!

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From a tranquil dinner for two to a decked out Thanksgiving spread, a Target registry sets you up wiht all the tools and ingredients for epic kitchen feats and delicious feasts all season long.

And finally the Giveaway! I know that Black Friday is over, but Cyber Monday is on it’s way! That’s why I am hosting this really short 2 day flash Giveaway, and you can win $25 to Target! I don’t know about you, but I think $25 could buy a nice gift for someone ;)

So all you need to do for the giveaway is fill out this short form below and in comment section tell me what kind of posts would you like to see on my blog more often! Good luck and I will announce the winner on Monday!

 

And stay tuned for a fun series of Holiday Posts I will be doing in collaboration with other bloggers. There will be recipes, giveaways and Twitter chats :)

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Best Buy The Holiday Shopping Destination: LG OLED TV

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

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This holiday season I really want to talk about something other than clothes. So I will be partnering with Best Buy, and bringing you a few tech posts to inspire you to get on your nerdy side this year.

Even though I am super busy with classes and exams this semester, also trying to fit blogging in between too, and taking outfit photos for my Instagram, I still like my Netflix and Hulu. And even though we have replaced gin with sitcoms, TV is a great way to destress and catch a few laughs.

I still like Once Upon a Time. That’s probably the only show I have been in to for the past couple of years. The new favorite is The 100, with a couple actors from Battlestar Galactica. Nothing else has really stood out to  me. What shows do you watch these days?

I am also excited for all the holiday movies that will be airing soon. Wouldn’t it be great to watch them on an OLED TV?

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What is OLED TV?

The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21″ thick at its thinnest point. Picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG’s exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors. Learn more here: LGOLEDatBestbuy.com

Best Buy’s everyday price of $3499.99 (save $500)). 

Your first kiss. A baby’s first steps. The majesty of a desert sunset. Some things in life defy all explanation and must be experienced to be believed. Such is the case with LG’s latest display technology. With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you’ve ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.

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·         Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color – delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.

·         4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.

·         Super thin design (consider how to show visually)

·         Find content faster with webOS

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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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Sweatshirts in Style – Olivia Palermo Inspired

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So while we are getting more and more inches of snow by the hour, let me show you the look inspired by Olivia Palermo from a couple weeks ago. I wore my outfit to the Minnesota Blog Conference in October. I love the conference, mainly because I get to meet new people and reconnect with my old friends. And I can’t wait for next year already!

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More stylish sweatshirts below. The banana one is definitely a favorite.

How would you style your sweatshirt?

Check out the ideas below featuing some awesome jeans, pants, leather leggings or skirts.

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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.


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