Velvet 90’s

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How are you? I am still stuck in the 90’s. Not sure why, maybe because of all the velvet that reminds me of that decade. This Ragstock dress is no exception, I might even wear it on Valentine’s Day, because why not?

Let’s talk a little about Valentine’s Day, shall we? Here are a few thoughts that I would like to share and tell you how mine is going to pan out a week from Sunday.

  1. It’s a Sunday, so I will get to sleep in, snuggle up with everyone, and by everyone I mean Sam and Mason (our dog).
  2. Drink unbelievable amounts of coffee. On my way home from my late night class yesterday I caught myself thinking that “Wouldn’t it be nice to come home, drink coffee and do homework?”. Yes, my friends think I am weird.
  3. Valentine’s day is always our half-versary (is this even a word?), since we got married on August 14. This is how I actually remember when we got married, because we’ve forgotten our anniversary on a number of occasions.
  4. Sometime around 1 pm Sam and I are going to go get me a cake. I don’t like the sweet thick icing cakes, so we are going to go to Lund’s & Biyearly’s and I am going to pick out something completely ridiculous. Last year it was a Butterfinger cake. And the year before it was a chocolate cake with (I swear) 2 lbs of raspberries on top! Man I love my cake. We are going to spend the next 2 weeks trying to consume the cake. It will probably dry up and I will have to throw away at least a quarter.
  5. Then I am going to realize I have homework to do, and will spend the rest of my day working on some group project that involves creating a unique idea and implementing it without spending any amount of money.

And this is how we do Valentine’s day Hutson style! Happy Thursday friends!

PS. Romance is not dead, maybe…

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Welcome February. It is my least favorite month of the year, good thing it’s a short one, right?

About a week and a half ago I got to visit Heather at Bella on the Bay in Excelsior. Out of all small towns around Lake Minnetonka Excelsior is by far my favorite, and now I get to go there to get my hair done, that is until I move to Wisconsin 😉 but even afterwards I will probably schedule my hair appointments around my trips back to Minnesota. To make a long story short, she did an amazing job with my balayage and I can’t wait to go back for my haircut at the end of the month.

It’s so nice to have a friend at school who will take pictures for you. My friend McCall joined the College Fashionista team, and we got to take some pictures last week between classes. And it has somehow worked out that McCall and I are taking most of our classes together this semester. So much for the U being a big school. Here is to 23 credits my friends!

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DIY Distressed Jeans

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During the short period of time between when I was done with my Verizon internship and beginning of the spring semester, I had a few days to hang out with friends, catch up, and learn an extremely useful skill 😉 My friend Ania, owner of Alacloth, came over and taught me how to distress jeans using a dremel. Sam and I got a dremel to file Mason’s nails, and I was excited to put it to a better use. Besides I had a pair of vintage Eddie Bauer jeans I brought from Colorado a couple years ago, and was seriously considering getting rid of them, because they were just gathering dust.

Ania gave me some tips on how to distress denim that I am more than happy to share with you along with images of the DIY process itself.

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So here are our tips on how to DIY Distressed Jeans:

Knee holes: If you are particular about the location of yours, put the jeans on and mark the top of your knew.

For regular boyfriend jeans slits take the pant leg and fold it up to the crotch, then make the mark. Cut a small slit, then rip the rest!

Helpful tip: look for the natural distress and wear and tear on the jeans and add to that.

Use a thick piece of cardboard to slide into the pant legs when using the dremel.

Sandpaper can also come in handy when distressing, 3M has a great little tool you can buy and add small distressed details to pockets and waistband.

When using a dremel (Ania and I both used Dremel 3000), put it on the medium setting. Sometimes the dremel will go through the material too fast, and the string may wrap around the dremel causing it to jam. Just turn it off, untangle and proceed 😉

If you have glasses you can wear – do that, otherwise you may get lint in the eyes.

Distressing is also a great way to get rid of stains on the denim!

Wash the jeans after you are done with them, or better yet, wet the newly distressed areas and throw them in the dryer.

And while I am keeping my jeans, you can check out Ania’s on Asos!

This post is also a part of my collaboration with Ragstock. I am obsessed with this Ramen Sweatshirt that I found at their Uptown location, it’s so soft and warm, and has food on it!

Chambray + Gray

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Button downs have been my go-to lately. Whether it comes to creating an outfit, or adding a layer, or even using them as an accessory (more on that later this week). This thrifted chambray shirt is my absolute favorite, it’s thin enough, it’s oversized to the right size and shape, it’s color matches almost everything in my wardrobe. And to me it made perfect sense to wear it with this Zara dress.

As you can probably tell, it was freezing on the day of the shoot! Well, Minnesota weather has been a lot nicer to us lately. I was on the phone with one of my best friends who lived in the same town in Russia for a while, and now lives in Texas. She wants to see the snow, I don’t. Isn’t the grass always greener? Or snow always whiter? Whatever they say…

Here is to Monday and a first full week of classes!

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DIY Plaid Poncho

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There is something incredibly satisfying when it comes to making your own clothes or accessories. And while I am far behind in my skills from all  my apparel design friends, there are smallish things I can still make or refashion when I have free time on my hands. This is the easiest poncho that I’ve ever made. It came in handy last fall when I broke my elbow too, because I could hide the splint under it. And the fact that it’s made from a wool blanket, helped me stay warm in November. Not as warm as I would’ve liked during this photo shoot though. My friend Ania of Alacloth and I always seem to pick the coldest days, but at least we shoot several looks at a time.

More outfit inspiration here:

Whatever, I am getting French Fries

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Zara has once again proved itself to be my happy place with this T-shirt. I love french fries, and this 70’s inspired font and color of the T.

Winter break has come and gone, and school starts again on Tuesday! It will be my last full semester at  the University of Minnesota. I can’t believe I am only a short hop skip and a summer class away from graduation and starting my job in product development!

Happy New Year!

Photo credit: ALACLOTH

Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara Review

 

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Winter is a perfect season for beauty reviews, because I don’t have to go outside and take outfit photos. I recently received new Velvet Noir mascara by Marc Jacobs Beauty, thus the review. I feel like mascara is a product you don’t need to test out for weeks to know if you like it or not. Of course there is the aspect of what happens to the formula over time and whether it’s going to be as easy to apply as it is now, or if it’s going to thicken, but I am going to ignore this aspect altogether today.

Something interesting I learned about the Velvet Noir mascara is that it was inspired by Marc Jacobs’s first beauty memory of his mother carefully shaving fibers from a velvet ribbon to create her own couture faux lashes.  2016-01-02 14.53.47

The mascara is thick in consistency, glides on extremely well, brush is shaped unlike any other mascara I’ve used, and is overall a pleasure to apply. It is also formulated without Paragons, Sulfates and Phthalates. Yes, it is pricey $26.00 but you get a lot of product for the buck. I am still trying to get used to the product and its application. I definitely recommend it for the volume, but not so much for length. Also be careful with how much you apply, because the lashes can end up looking clumpy.

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Disclosure: I received this product as a free sample in exchange for my review

Babushka

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Scarf – Irish wool blanket // Shoes – Jeffrey Campbell // Duster – Eileen Fisher //

Dress – Bel Kazan // Necklace – vintage

Christmas is over, so is my fall semester. I can’t believe I did it yet again. Let me tell you, college second time around, especially when you are 29 is hard. Hard, but doable. Now it’s just waiting for the grades to go up.

I am really excited for 2016. I will be graduating, moving for work and basically starting all over. Don’t worry, Sam and Mason are coming with!

Meanwhile, here I am at the Cedar Lake Beach in my babushka scarf, wishing that there was less snow and more sand.

Holiday Look with Good Row Clothing

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Trendology Tunic / Zara Coat / Jessica Simpson Boots/ Oak Jeans / H&M sweater and beanie /

The semester is finally coming to an end, one last final today and then winter break! I am so excited for the holidays this year as the presents are piling under the Christmas tree (Sam has outdone himself this year). It’s Mason’s first Christmas with us, and just like during Thanksgiving, I am going to make a big deal out of it.

Style wise, I am all about comfort and layers this winter. We haven’t had much snow in the Cities (which I love), which allows me to layer several pieces, throw on a scarf and somehow still manage to look stylish. I don’t know how this happens these days. I feel like my style game has been off ever since the surgery. My arm still doesn’t fully extend, unfortunately.

Fortunately, I found this Trendology tunic from Good Row Clothing, and it has been my go to piece over the past couple of weeks. There’s been days when I wore the same outfit to classes two or three times in a row. And it only made sense that I built my holiday look around it!

Hope you are all excited for the holidays!

Surgery and Other Things

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Hi friends,

Typing today is difficult, literally. I had an elbow surgery last week, and am still in a splint, which is supposed to come off tomorrow (can you hear me yell CAN’T WAIT!!!), but I’ve been down to one hand when it comes to typing, doing dishes, putting on makeup, and all the other things you do with two hands.

Here is the list of things I miss doing with my left hand/arm the most:

  1. Doing my hair and makeup.
  2. Flossing.
  3. Driving.
  4. Wearing my wedding rings.
  5. Typing.
  6. Cooking and cleaning.
  7. Knitting and crocheting.
  8. Carrying stuff.
  9. Opening a jar.
  10. Being able to hug Sam and scratch Mason at the same time when I sit between the two of them on the couch.

Over the past two weeks I had an amazing opportunity to travel to Milwaukee and Seattle for job interviews. And this story, unlike the trip and fall has a happy ending. I have a job lined up after college. It’s still surreal and I sometimes have to pinch myself, but I am beyond excited.

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Milwaukee was unbelievably warm at 70 F when we landed on Thursday. A strange mix between St Paul and Chicago, it was captivating. I couldn’t stop exploring, and may have ended up barefoot in the streets, because I couldn’t take my heels any longer. But it’s all snapchat history now.

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Seattle was amazing. I’ve never been to the West Coast before, and it was beautiful with all it’s rain, water and mountains. There is a Russian place called Piroshky Piroshky, and even though they didn’t have the Vatrushka I wanted, I got my Russian pastry fix and a discount on top of that. I also got to meet a lot of amazing people and see one of the fastest growing companies that has been making a lot of news from the inside.

I will be back more often now, I promise. I think I’ve promised it at the end of every post lately, but I will be, I am going to try!

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