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Pink it Up {Thrift Style Thursday}

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Hat-Forever 21, Scarf – Express, Leggins – Pro Skin, Dress – Kookai, Coat – Breakin’ Loose, Heels – Rampage, Purse – Ralph Lauren, Hamsa Necklace – Uncommon Goods

What’s better than thrifted? Free! And in today’s look you will see not one, not two, but a total of five free items! How amazing is that? But I want you to try and guess what they are in the comments!

As you can probably tell by the pictures (which are fresh off the camera by the way) spring is not coming to Minnesota in the next 36 hours! How has your Thursday been?

Let’s connect:

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For more #ThriftStyleThursday ideas and inspirations, check out

Spoolish // Buttons and Birdcages // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J

Alligator Toe // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex

Eclecticity // Confessions of a Refashionista // sistasfromcali// Erika’s Style Diary

2014 Minneapolis Oscar Experience

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Looking for a fun and exciting event to attend this weekend? Why not go to the Oscar Experience in Minneapolis on March 2nd?

The evening will be hosted by TV Personality Laura Schara and Christopher Hopkins, owner of ReVamp Salon and Spa at Muse.

Now celebrating the 21st year, this event is not ONLY the longest running Oscar party in the U.S. outside of Los Angeles, it’s also the ONLY gathering in the state of Minnesota sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Pictures.

What is the best part about living like Hollywood royalty for a night? You get to dress the part, decked out in snazzy attire (black tie optional) suitable for sauntering down the red carpet, sipping on champagne (after being transported to the venue via a luxury UBER car, naturally), pausing for the cameras.

But even better! All proceeds will be split between the charities, Smile Network and Aegis Foundation, making the lavish revelry worthy of a standing ovation.

And, two stars of Oscar nominated film “Captain Phillips” – Mahat Ali (“Elmi”) and Barkhad Abdiraham (“Bilal”) live in Minneapolis and plan to attend the Oscar Experience Minneaplis at Muse. Oscar nominee and Minneapolis resident Barkhad Abdi, up for Best Performance in a Supporting Role (“Muse”) for “Captain Phillips” will be walking the Red Carpet at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

The evening promises to be filled with exciting and fun events, from a red carpet show to dinner, to a silent auction. Plus fabulous swag bags, who can say no to that?

Red Carpet hosted by Jasmine Brett Stringer …………………….5:00 PM

VIP 3 course Dinner ………………………6:00 PM

Presentations…………………..6:30 PM

Predict The Winner Ballots Ends ….7:00 PM

Viewing Party …………………..7:00 PM

Silent Auction Closes …………9:00 PM

For more information and to purchase the tickets please go to AegisFoundationINC!
Hope to see you there!
Zhenya

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Weigh-In {Ozeri Scale Review}

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Sam and I got a scale. It’s an Ozeri brand, lights up, nice dial, both kilograms and pounds, and of course it made it’s way into our bedroom! Sam steps on it twice a day every day. Me? I am not as keen on the idea. I have even threatened him to throw it away if he doesn’t stop. All those weigh ins make it seem like we are on the Biggest Loser, when in reality it just tells us our healthy weight!

Do you have a scale? If so, are you obsessed with it?

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Happy Tuesday!

Zhenya

Disclosure: the scale was provided by the brand for review, in exchange for my honest opinion.

A little more about the scale (as seen on Amazon.com)

  • Synchronized electro-mechanical Dial and LCD automatically illuminate and instantly point to your weight in lbs and kg, for easy-to read results in all light conditions and from any angle.
  • Visually stunning design incorporates a huge 5.5 inch dial and integrated digital display with stylish chrome accents to create a distinctive retro look with the accuracy of modern technology.
  • Uses 4 high precision GX sensors that weigh up to 400 lbs (180 kg) in 0.2 lbs or 0.1 kg increments, with StepOn technology that captures precise weight measurements upon contact.
  • Professional quality scale features and an oversized platform made of impact-resistant tempered glass for ideal stability, and a new built-in alarm that reminds you to measure your weight at the same time each day.
  • Auto-calibrated and automatically turns off to conserve battery life. Runs on 3 AAA batteries with a Low Battery Indicator (batteries included). Satisfaction guaranteed.

Lazy Sunday

Have you ever wondered what a style/beauty blogger does on her days off? What does she eat? What does she wear? What does she read?

This weekend, even though it’s been a fantastic, Thanksgiving, cookie baking with friends, 4 day weekend, I …

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- helped Sam rake, bag and mulch the leaves for the winter!

- wrote and scheduled blog posts for the upcoming week,

- finished “Revenge Wears Prada”, sequel to “The Devil Wears Prada”, not as exciting of a read, but a good story nonetheless,

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- started getting the house ready for Christmas,

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Thrifted tree stand and hand made tree skirt!

- Played with new makeup (reviews, swatches and makeup tutorials to come),

- Made my first meatloaf ever!

- Had a great time lounging around in my sweats watching Sam play video games!

Such is life my dear friends, and that’s exactly what weekends are for!

What have you been up to?

Zhenya

I normally don’t do such type of posts, especially on a Sunday, but I wanted to share a little part of my personal life with you! I know that a lot of you are here for the outfits and the reviews, and I appreciate it. But maybe, just maybe today you are here for me ;) 

90′s Style: Plaid and Dr. Martens are Back!

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I am going to be honest with you, I can’t get enough of the Dr. Martens I thrifted. They are amazing! And since I told you a story from high school in my last post, I figured I’ll tell you another one from my past today! What can I say, I guess these shoes bring back the memories :)

I was in 7th grade when I discovered thrift stores. There was one big one in Vladimir (my home town), and everyone thought it was the new IT spot. I remember the first time I went there with my mom right before 9th grade. I got a lot of new T-shirts, some overalls (I wish I still had them to style this year :) ) , anyways…

After I got the hang of thrifting, I started wearing more and more new clothes to school. And of course other kids started noticing it. I had a friend in school, his name was Max, and I am pretty sure he knew what was going on, so every time I would wear something new, he’d joke around and say that I got humanitarian aid from the States.

Too bad you are not around anymore, Max…

Happy Tuesday and have a great day!

~Zhenya

Oh hey 90′s, how are you?

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When I was in 9th grade, everyone who was anyone seemed to have had Grinders, a European (?) version of Dr. Martens. Some people still had Dr. Martens, but I don’t think I was friends with any of them ;) Everyone called Grinders – sh*& stompers, and that was probably one of the reasons why I didn’t want to buy them, nor did I have the money. I didn’t start working till I was 16, and that was already after I graduated high school.

But I lucked out, and now, 12 years later when I am 27, I can finally go back to my high school years, rocking a pair of Dr. Martens that I scored at the brand new Goodwill here in St. Louis Park! I spent about 2 hours thrifting there on Saturday morning, even got a 15% discount and scored some amazing work out gear and home decor (more on that later and on Goodwill blog!)

How did you spend your Saturday?

~Zhenya

PS. Don’t forget to enter my Giveaway for a chance to win $50 to Uncommon Goods!

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Velvet, Vintage, Lingerie

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I have always wanted to try the lingerie as outerwear trend. So when putting an outfit together for the Minneapolis Blogger Brunch, I finally got it. I’ve had a slip that went with one of my Anthropologie dresses, and every time I put it on, I feel so feminine, so flowy, so sexy… So I simply paired it with my vintage pleated cobalt blue skirt, and a velvet thrifted blazer from Express. I added my “Being Zhenya” necklace and a sapphire ring from Berricle, and was ready to brunch!

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Image via Pink and Navy Stripes

Have a great Monday everyone and give other Minnesota fashion bloggers some love!

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And don’t forget to enter the $50 Uncommon Goods Giveaway here!

Happy Lumberjack Halloween! // Thrift Style Thursday

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Happy Happy Halloween!

What are you going to be?

My costume this year is 100% inspired by our house, our basement to be precise!

When we bought our house, the basement was, well, a basement, with wooden panelling all around, and included an original 1950′s built in bar! Who needs to go up north if you can have this in Minneapolis?

We also had a lumberjack Birthday party for my husband here last weekend, and since thrifting is in my blood, I scored this amazing vintage wool jacket, that, if you know me well enough, I am going to try and pull off with a different outfit sometime in the future!

Check out our other Thrift Style Thursdays Halloween Costumes!

Nout at Sandpaper Kisses
Miche at Buttons and Birdcages
Jackline at Sincerely Miss J
Martyna at Spoolish

Zhenya

PS. My jeans and shoes are from 10 Dollar Mall!!! Can you believe it? More on that coming soon!

Goodwill Easter Seals Blog is Up and I am in!

That’s my big news everyone, starting this September I will be regularly appearing on the Goodwill Easter Seals blog as a guest blogger, along with other amazing local thrifters! This project has been in the works for quiet some time now, and I can’t believe it’s launched!

You are more than welcome to check us out here(blog) and here(Facebook)! And see my first post here! Because it’s all about fall fashion and how to make it fab!

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Have a great weekend everyone,
Z

Styling 3.1 Philip Lim // Review

After bringing home a quiet extensive amount of Philip Lim’s collection for Target Sunday morning, my first thought was – I have to clean! I know you are probably thinking, you should’ve been celebrating, because you were one of the lucky happy shoppers. Yes, there were so many negative reviews and opinions, that I know were experience and not collection related, but I am not going to focus on that! So yes, I did clean, organized my clothes, threw out an idea for other Minnesota Bloggers to organize a Clothing Swap (let me know if you are interested)! Did laundry, laundry and more laundry. Went through my mail, my email, my magazines (most of which ended up in the recycling anyways!), cooked…

And finally, finally at about noon, I put some of it on! And loved it…

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Boom Sweater – Philip Lim for Target, Green Button down – Philip Lim for Target, Mini Satchel in Taupe – Philip Lim for Target, Jeans – Express, Boots – Mossimo

Yesterday was an amazing, emotions filled day, I can’t even describe what a fashion collaboration hype can do to you! Was it worth it? I think so!

Me personal opinion on the bags is – they are good quality, very well made (unfortunately in China, but that’s where all of Target’s stuff comes from). The little metal hooks that attach the strap to the mini satchel are the only thing that look cheapish, but that’s just their color.  The mini satchel fits a large wallet, the front pocket is perfect for your iPhone. I tried putting my Nokia Lumia 928 in there, and that wouldn’t fit! Plus car keys, a small makeup bag or kit. I can definitely compare it to my vintage Coach cross body that you see in a lot of pictures when it comes to what it can fit!

Now for the clothes – I know a lot of people were complaining and saying that the clothes were poor quality, the stitching was off, etc. But the pieces that I got all look well made (for Target – and that’s the one thing I think people most often forget, that it’s TARGET! It’s not the same manufacturer who creates for the designer, and even if it is, well, they won’t be getting paid as much!) I absolutely love the Boom Sweater! It was one of the things that I really wanted, and couldn’t be happier to get! Can’t wait to style the skirt and the other bags for you!

Xx,

Z

 

 

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