{27 DRESSES} Dress 1: It’s my Birthday

Have you seen that Birthday episode of How I met your Mother, where Lilly goes –

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!!

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And I am actually excited to be 27! But 26 has been really good to me! I like my job, I love blogging, I really feel like BeingZhenya.com has actually gotten somewhere over the past year, and it’s only going to continue developing and being there for you, to hopefully inspire and encourage you! We got a house, I mean who would’ve thought that a small town girl from Russia would actually be living far far away from home and doing what she loves!

I do get an occasional hater who comments and says – Zhenya, you moved all the way from Russia, now work at a day care, shop at thrift stores, your life sucks. And even though those comments get deleted, I just want to tell you, that life is what you make out of it, and I feel like my life is just beginning now, and it’s wonderful. I hope you all have a wonderful day today, and a wonderful life. And now a few shots from my Birthday that we celebrated with my family yesterday!

Enjoy,

Xo,

Z

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Dress – H&M // Shoes – bought in Russia over 6 years ago o_0

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Love me some ice-cream cake and look! they spelt my name right! (Thank you, Neal and Sandra!)

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Our new silverware! Don’t you just love it! Now say it with me – Sur La Table 😉

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Can’t wait to go sailing!

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Bonfire and s’mores at the end of the day!

Vintage Leslie Fay dress refashion (PSST! What I really wore for the 4th of July!)

After we moved, I have come to realize how much vintage clothing I actually have. Unfortunately I couldn’t wear some of it, because it needed to be altered or refashioned! So I decided to start with this vintage Leslie Fay dress:

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I got it at Savers last fall, and never wore it because of the neckline, or should I say the lack of it 🙂 So, that collar was the first thing to go:

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Then I cut a good chunk off the bottom, lets be honest, I still got some killer leg to show 😉

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I hemmed the raw edges using some vintage navy colored trim that I had, making this dress perfect for the 4th of July!

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Simple Monday

Sometimes simplicity is the best. I usually don’t stress about my summer outfits, simply keeping them simple! I also wanted to take more pictures with my Nokia Lumia 928. Give or take, this phone takes great pictures!

I received from Verizon Wireless, in exchange for my honest opinion. For more information, please click on the Verizon Voices Icon below!

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Happy Monday everyone 🙂

Xo,

Z

Bicycle is a Girl’s Best Friend

 

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Style Voices programand have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

What do you get when you put a fashion blogger on a bike? Here is what…

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I AM WEARING:

Jeans – Express // Polka Dotted shirt – vintage Lady Manhattan (thrifted at Goodwill outlet) //

Jacket – Club Monaco // Shoes – Fashionol

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None of the photos (especially the action ones – I almost ran my husband over twice! – would’ve been possible without my Samsung Galaxy Camera!)

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Do you ride bikes? And what do you usually wear?

Happy Hump Day!

Xo,

Z

Please don’t forget to take the pledge against Distracted Driving! Go to – http://itcanwait.com/

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PS. Stop by Romwe and check out their flash sale! Leggings Flash Sale of Romwe New Collection! Only $19.99 for any pair. 3 days only! http://www.romwe.com/manage_activity/19.99-flash-sale/

http://www.shareasale.com/u.cfm?m=32222&u=768369&d=146591

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Dandelion Queen

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Saturday after all the rain has passed, Sam and I went to one of our favorite places in the Twin Cities – Lake of the Isles. If you’ve never been to the Twin Cities, that  is probably the number one place I would recommend you go to! We don’t have Central Park, like some of you, lucky New Yorkers, but we love what we’ve got!

And of course I had to take advantage of my new Samsung Galaxy camera*, and get some shots!

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I AM WEARING: Dress (which is actually a skirt 😉 ) – Orsay (Bought in Russia) //

Vest – Ralph Lauren (thrifted) // Bag – vintage Via Piaggi // Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs //

Sandals – Target

How was your weekend? Did you go to your favorite place? If so, tell me about it!

Xo,

Z

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Style Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

Mustard, please!

I have done it, I have found the perfect mustard pants! And since I didn’t know what to wear them with today I went for my Ralph Lauren denim shirt. It’s my go-to shirt for almost every occasion, a comfort cloth of sorts! I used to have another “comfort cloth” piece of clothing before that, a gray American Rag cardigan I got at Macy’s a long long time ago! I think it’s still there somewhere in the depths of my closet in Russia!

Do you have any items in your closet that are like this? Let me know, would love to hear what everyone else is obsessing with!

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I am wearing:

Shoes – Target // Pants – NoBo (don’t judge now, nothing wrong with a WalMart brand!) – thrifted

Denim Shirt – Ralph Lauren // Sunnies – Lucky The Weekender // Necklace – GoFavor.com //

Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs

Also, check out my latest thrift haul (I will admit, I was too lazy to take pics of everything, so I took a video instead)

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Xo,

Z

PS.  Linked up with – Marionberry Style, Small Town Big Wardrobe, and ThePleatedPoppy – WIW (What I Wore) Challenge 

Rock Your Denim Vest!!!

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I’ve recently heard that if you want to see all of the latest fashion trends – go to Forever 21 – that’s where you’ll find them! And that’s true – everywhere you look in that store – you see something different and stylish, plus they have some classy pieces as well! I don’t really shop there that often, so those of you who thought I was now promoting for F21, think again! I did go in there during my trip to Chicago, simply because it was a free standing store! If some of you don’t know, I hate malls, just hate going inside, shopping there is too much for me (I wonder if you fellow thrifters have the same problem?), anyways, the one thing that I saw and liked was the denim vest, and besides if Jessica Alba can rock hers, why can’t I rock mine? Besides I saw this trend later featured on Chic Trends and I personally think it’s awesome!

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Photo from InStyle.com

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The only problem was – I didn’t have one! So I went off to Salvation Army in the Warehouse district and found a Ralph Lauren one for $6! Just to compare, Forever 21 vests retail for at least $20! My original plan was (if I didn’t find the vest) to get a jacket and chop the sleeves off!

But here it is, my denim vest and the outfit I put together! We also went to Walker where my mother in law is a tour guide, so I got my very own personal tour of the two newest exhibits! Thank you, Sandra!

Walker 1       I am wearing:

Shoes and Tights – Target // Shorts – New Yorker// Sweater – AX (thrifted)//

Denim Vest – Ralph Lauren (thrifted) // BagVintage Kenneth Cole 

Sunnies – Lucky The Weekender//Necklaces – H&M, Express//

Bracelets – SJP’s Bitten, H&M, VIntage //Earrings – Vintage

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Walker // Exhibit Painter Painter

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Walker // Exhibit Autoconstruccion

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Happy Monday everyone!

Xo,

Z

PS. I can’t get over the pictures my new Samsung Galaxy camera takes! What do you think?

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Style Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

Art, Fashion and What in the World did I go to Chicago for?

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As you know I just got back from Chicago, but not all of you know what I was doing there!

You might have also noticed this badge on my sidebar:

So here goes:

I was contacted by Verizon Wireless to participate in their Fashion and Style Blogger program a couple weeks ago, and at first it seemed too good to be true! They offered to fly me to Chicago, pay for my hotel, take me out to SAIC Fashion show and a dinner at a hip restaurant, get a chance to meet other bloggers, and have fun!

And to top it all off I was also given a new device to play with.

Needless to say I agreed to come even before I asked for that day off at work 😉

The device turned out to be a Samsung Galaxy Camera that comes with 4G LTE, a touch screen, a 21x optical zoom and a whole bunch of other perks (which I am going to talk about in one of my later posts), plus you can upload photos and videos directly to your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube), it’s packed with editing apps, which definitely saves a lot of time! The only thing that it can’t do is make calls. And the funny thing is, Sam and I were at Best Buy the weekend before looking at that exact camera! So now my camera dilemma is solved and my husband won’t have to listen to me whining. Though he will be definitely taking more pictures for sure!

But I think I am going to stop talking now, and show you what the camera can do!

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Style Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

At Marla Mullaney Art Studio

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On Lake Minnetonka

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We also got some ice cream at licks unlimited…

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And I spotted this ceramic sewing machine figurine at one of the other artists’ studios! Isn’t it the cutest?

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I am WEARING:

//White Denim Jacket – GAP//Boots – Steve Madden//Purse – COACH//

//Dress – The Webster Miami at Target//Sunnies – Lucky Weekender//

Hope you all had an amazing weekend,

Xo,

Z

Spring Cometh OOTD

Happy Spring everyone! It’s finally here in Minneapolis and I couldn’t wait to show you my latest outfit, which includes a refashioned vintage dress and my latest DIY tote bag, that actually got featured on CraftGossip!

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Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and let me know if any of you are in Chicago and would want to meet up! I have all day Saturday to hang out:)

Xo,

Z

Oversize Me OOTD

Everyone knows that these days it’s the baggier the better, to a certain extent of course! When I put something oversized on top, I make sure to go skinny on the bottom, and this is how it usually turns out:

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Top – Old Navy size M (it’s HUGE!) but since it was bought on sale for a ridiculously small amount of money, and they didn’t have size S anywhere, I got it. It’s comfy and soft, almost at the point where I want to wear it around the house with a pair of sweats, but am fighting this urge!

Jeans – X2 Denim by Express, thrifted at Savers, $8

Scarf – Christmas gift from a few years ago

Floral necklace – Gofavor.com, that necklace was ordered for about $4 back in the day when I went through – Let’s order as much cheap crap costume jewelry from China as I can. If I could, I would return every single product I ordered there, because… well you see the crossed out word above! The metal is so cheap it fades away after 2 or 3 uses. This necklace has been kind of okay, but I don’t want to jinx it here! So I’ll keep wearing it out and about, and maybe later you’ll see it in one of my DIY projects!

Boots – Christmas gift from Sam 🙂 <3

And of course my Marc Jacobs Watch! I have to wear it, everyday, yes, that’s how much I like that watch!

On the other note, winter isn’t going anywhere here in Minneapolis. After a snow thunderstorm last Thursday I am hopeless, on the verge of depression, someone please help! At least this blog is becoming more bright and colorful, I’ve finally figured out how to create a row of social media icons on my blog, yay me 🙂

In other news, I have a lot of DIY projects coming up for you dear readers, so stay tuned!

Love,

Z

PS. Did you notice I am not wearing any make-up in this picture?