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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t be afraid of the Military! OOTD

It was my father’s in law 60th Birthday last Sunday, and since he is really into tanks, especially Russian pre-world war 2, tanks, and the armored vehicles that were manufactured in England and later exported to Russia.

It took me a while to figure out what to wear, but then I remembered this Maeva dress that I got from my friend, Mia, two Christmases ago, and this is how I looked:

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Dress – Maeva – gift

Boots – Salamander – gift

Coat – Via Spiga – thrifted – $12

Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs

Black cardigan – sale at Target!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, enjoying your family and friends! I know I did 🙂

Have a great Tuesday!

Xo,

Zhenya

Rain, Rain, Go Away Outfit of the Day

Spring is slowly on it’s way to Minnesota! And even though it rained this past Saturday, Sam and I still made it to one of our favorite places in Minneapolis – Target overstock basement at the Salvation Army! And here is what I wore:

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Jacket – Land’s End, thrifted Salvation Army

Jeans – Mossimo (Target brand), thrifted, Salvation Army

Boots – Macy’s, Christmas gift from Sam, 4 years ago, I think?!

Bag – Coach, thrifted, Salvation Army

Scarf – Banana Republic, from a clothing swap

Our trip to SalVal was surprisingly good! I found a GE juicer for $25, and let me tell you, I’ve been juicing ever since:

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So let me know what are some of your favorite juicing recipes are! I will be definitely sharing some of mine later this week or early next week, once I’ve tried a few more out!

I hope you all had a great weekend!

Xo,

Zhenya

OOTD: Friend’s Baby Shower

One of my really good friends is having her second child, so last Saturday I drove out to Eden Prairie, to spend an entire afternoon with her! And here is what I wore:

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J.Crew thrifted dress – $4 – Salvation Army

Nine West Wedges – Opitz Outlet St. Louis Park – $28

Anthropologie Cardigan – $2.50 – Goodwill

Trench – bought a very long time ago in Russia

Coach leather cross body – $4.99 thrifted – Salvation Army

Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch (bought at full price at Macy’s)

Ralph Lauren Pink Quartz Necklace – $10 Clothes Mentor in Minnetonka

Here is me and the mom-to-be, isn’t she gorgeous?

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I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Xo,

Z

Happy Easter Outfit of the Day!!!

Christ is risen! I hope you all are having a great day celebrating with your families and  loved ones! Sam and I recently got back from a church service, and I thought I’d share my outfit with you!

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Suede Boots – Mexx – bought in Russia

Skirt – thrifted, refashioned, with a vintage slip underneath – Goodwill Outlet, Steeple People

Top – The Limited – freecycled in NYC

Coat – Bitten by SJ Parker, from Steve & Barry’s (for those who remember that store!) NYC

Bag – Vintage Coach crossbody – Salvation Army

Scarf – thrifted in NYC

Necklace – thrifted in NYC

Have a blessed day!

Xo,

Z

DIY Friday: Getting Ready for Spring: Color Block Pillowcase skirt/ Шьем юбку из наволочки

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What better way to get ready for spring than add a couple new pieces to your wardrobe? Today’s DIY is all about that! And we’ll be using an ordinary pillowcase for that!

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Here is all you need:

1. Pillowcase

2. A wide strip of fabric to add the color block segment on the bottom

3. Scissors

4. Pins

5. Matching thread

6. Sewing machine

7. Elastic

Start off by laying out your pillowcase, then turn it inside out, cut the seam on one end, now you have a tube! Fold out one end – that’s where your waist line is going to be:

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Once the fabric has been folded on one end to form the waistline I suggest you either pin it or fasten with a running stitch. Then decide how long you want the top part of the skirt to be, and cut off the remainder:

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TIP: Don’t throw the cut-off, you are going to use it to determine how much of other fabric you are going to need! It’s a perfect “stencil”, that will make your life a lot easier! 

Let’s work on the waistline now. This is where you are going to need your elastic. If your waistline is wider than 1″ you might want to run two rows of stitching, just to make the skirt sit properly. The elastic goes between the two rows:

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Now it’s time to pin the other fabric to the main part of our skirt. I used bright fuchsia fabric, which you are going to see in a lot of other refashions and DIYs this coming spring!

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It’s also a good idea to add a slit to the back of your skirt, like in the picture above! And your skirt is done and ready to wear! 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I hope this was a helpful and inspirational post for you! Stay tuned for more fun refashions, sewing tutorials, and DIYs.

Cheers,

Z

Какой самый верный способ подготовки к весне? Конечно же с помощью добавления новых предметов гардероба в этот самый гардероб! Сегодня мы сошьем модную юбку в стиле color blocking из обычной наволочки!

Нам понадобятся:

1. Наволочка

2. Яркая ткань для добавления сегмента в стиле color block

3. Ножницы

4. Булавки

5. Подходящие по цвету нитки

6. Швейная машинка

7. Резинка

– Разложите вашу наволочку на плоской поверхности, вывернув ее на изнанку, отрежьте шов с одного конца, у нас получился цилиндр из ткани! Загните ткань с одного конца, это будет верхняя часть юбки, сюда мы будем пропускать резинку.

– Теперь когда мы определили сколько мы отступим для пояса, нам нужно будет закрепить отступ булавками или скользящим швом. Теперь вам нужно определить высоту верхней части юбки, и отрезать низ.

– Не выбрасывайте отрез, по нему вы сможете определить количество ткани, которое вам понадобится для нижней части. Это, так называемая, тканевая выкройка, которая облегчит весь процесс шитья!

– Теперь поработаем над талией. Нам понадобится резинка. Если вы отступили более 1 дюйма для резинки, то прострочите два ряда стежков, между которыми затем пропустите резинку. Так ваша юбка сядет лучше.

– Теперь прикалываем новую нижнюю часть подола юбки. Я выбрала яркую ткань цвета фуксии. Эту ткань вы еще не раз увидите в будущем на моем блоге!

– Не забудьте добавить разрез, как на фото вверху! Вот и все, наша юбка готова!

Спасибо за то, что заглянули ко мне на блог! Я надеюсь этот пост вдохновил вас! Не забудьте подписаться, чтобы не пропустить новые посты!

Женя

 

2012 in Outfits

Happy 2013! Here is to more subscribers, readers, followers, and quality posts, and to a 365 times better year!

Feel free to click on the month to be taken to the original post!

I do have to come clean, I didn’t have any outfits for January and February, so I substituted them with a couple outfits from March and April 🙂

January 2012

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February 2012

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March 2012

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April 2012

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May 2012

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June 2012

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July 2012

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August 2012

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September 2012

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October 2012

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November 2012

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December 2012

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And don’t forget that:

 

 

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Happy 2013!

Z

 

Outfit of the Day: Dashing through the Snow

Last Saturday our family had an early Christmas celebration, opening presents, a great dinner, taking family photos by the tree after too many glasses of champagne… The whole 9 yards!

I also got Sam to take a few shots of me, and give or take, my husband is a great photographer! So here we go, my outfit of the day!

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Boots: Corso Como $6 – Steeple People

Dress: Anthropologie – $15 – Clothes Mentor

Scarf: Thirfted back in my NYC days

Cardigan: Mossimo $7

So here you have it, my very inexpensive, but fun Christmas outfit! Thrifting will never be  substituted by shopping in my world!

Happy Monday!

Z

Sweater Love

There is one very very simple oversized sweater refashion. I got a size L Charter Club sweater at Goodwill about a month ago, thinking it would be a nice and cozy oversized sweater. And for some reason it looked good in the dressing room, but not so good when I put it on at home! So here is what I did:

1.Laid the sweater out and put my Missoni for Target dress on top, to see where it needed to be taken in:

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2. Pinned it all down, cut off the excess material:

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3. Using my crochet hook, I stitched up the sides (you can also do it if you set your sewing machine dial to the longest stitch)

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4. I also saved the sleeves to turn them into leg warmers:

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And ta-da:

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And trying it all on (don’t worry this will probably never be worn together 🙂 ):

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Have an awesome day everyone!

Xo,

Z

OOTD: I Can’t get enough of you… coat

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It’s been less than a day since I finished refashioning my vintage coat, and I already had to wear it! I kept finding excuses to leave the house, and go for a walk, or to the local thrift store (which Sam and I went to and I can’t can’t wait to show you my finds, one of which has already been transformed into something AMAZING!)

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I also couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to wear my $1.50 vintage Christian Dior skirt!

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My boots are Mexx (bought them ages ago in Russia! I wonder whether that brand still exists?!)

The scarf was thrifted as well, cost me only $3, and came from a small store I used to basically “live in” when I was an Au Pair on the UWS in Manhattan!

And the bag is COACH, thrifted, of course!

It’s going to be an awesome week on my blog, with a sewing project, thrift haul and some refashions coming up!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

I know I did!

Zhenya

PS. I am wearing this coat to work tomorrow 🙂