Katie Holmes Inspired

Growing up there were certain shows I watched, certain celebrities I liked, and Katie Holmes was probably at the top of my list. Remember her as Joey Potter in Dawson’s Creek? I have actually been watching some of the episodes from the first Season recently!

And I definitely like Katie before Tom!

And her all-white outfit!

In fact I liked it so much, I decided to copy it!

It’s summer after all, and that is a good enough reason to wear white! And I love love love white! So white it up, up until Labor Day weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

Lace Top. Part 2

As my friend Erin would say: “The hooker top is finished!” And as promised, I wore a tank top underneath, I also wore it with a white pair of jeans that I originally bought for my summer Katie Holmes (circe Season 1 of Dawson’s Creek, if any of you remember that show!) and I am sorry, those white jeans were the first thing i grabbed in my closet. I didn’t want to wear the top with a pair of black sweats, that’s just tacky! Anyways, the top is finished, and so am I. I taught 6 ESL lessons today, my brain is fried, my eyes won’t close (yes close, because I had some cheap-o left over coffee, which I haven’t had for a month), and I haven’t had dinner! But yet, here I am on wordpress, posting the pics of my latest DIY! That’s dedication!

So here is what the new top looks like on the hanger:

And on me:

Have a good day everyone,

DIY Lace Top Part 1

I have finally come around to starting this project. I am really excited about it. And once it’s done, a tank top will be worn underneath!

Stay tuned for Part 2!

Oh the Wonderful Things “Being Zhenya” Can Do

No, I can’t Moo like a cow, but I really like Dr. Seuss. I just wanted to share today’s DIY project with you guys. I had a vintage lace dress left from my Grandma, and I am pretty sure it was hand made too, but the problem was – the seams were so off! So I took this:

And turned it into this:

Here is how it looks on me:

The skirt consists of 4 separate pieces, that I sewed together. The belt came off the original dress. I was going to toss it first, but glad I kept it! I inserted elastic above the belt. You don’t want your skirt to fall off in public ๐Ÿ™‚ Now for the rest of the dress, I am going to make a top, out of the top. How genius of me, I know!


Some Pants a-hemmin’

The thrifted pants that is. When you come across a pair that you like, and you know you need, because, as mentioned before, all your shorts are at your fiance’s house, and that cost about $2, you just have to have them, even though they can be a little too long.

Today I am going to show you how to hem some pants, without a sewing machine. I think it took me an hour or so to do all the work. I was watching an episode of The Biggest Loser too! So I don’t know whether it served as a distraction or as a motivation ๐Ÿ™‚

Begin with washing your pants first (it’s a good and HEALTHY practice to wash anything you buy at a thrift store!), then iron them, because you want to make sure the fabric is as smooth as it can be! No one wants for one pant leg to be longer than the other, right?

Find a pair of pants (or in my case – capris) that fit you well, and you know that the length looks good on you. Lay out the pants you are going to hem and lay the “good” ones on top!

After you cut the extra fabric off, take a piece of chalk (the special kind used for sewing) or soap (preferably dry and white) and draw a line, which is going to be your folding line! I hope you all figured out to leave some extra fabric for the hem! ๐Ÿ™‚

Then fold the fabric that is below the white line (now I sound like Alison from The Biggest Loser, except for their line is yellow ๐Ÿ™‚ ) in half and pin it!

Then fold it one more time using the white line as your guide line, and sew it up using some bright colored thread (yellow in my case)! Remember, it’s only a running stitch first time around!

Now using some black thread finish hemming the pants (you can really use a different color thread, something contrasting for example, but since all the other seams were done in black, I stuck to the original color!)

So, all you have to do now is wear them proud, or attempt to do a yoga tree pose! Enjoy!


Thrifted Jacket in Today’s Outfit

Continuing showing off (in a good way) my thrift finds, here is a jacket that I bought for $1.50 and wore today! Needless to say I boldly combined prints, and am proud of it!

The pants are from Old Navy (I think it’s one of the few things I have from there), they have these thin stripes that immediately drew my attention! These are the only Old Navy pants that fit me and look good on me. They are size 2, but they were kinda loose on my hips, so I adjusted the little straps in the back, and they fit perfectly now. These were on clearance when I got them, and I only paid $7! My floral top was a Birthday gift from last year, it’s Gap, and I absolutely love it! And finally the jacket – I think it’s absolutely amazing, has pockets, and plaid (which you can’t really tell unless you take a closer look!). So this was my outfit of the day, and I was so excited that the jacket blended in so well with these pieces from my wardrobe! I hope you enjoy thrifting as much as I do, would love to hear about some of your thrift finds!

Thrifted Tunic in Today’s Outfit

I went on a thrifting shopping spree last week, the only reason why I did that – a 90% off sale that I couldn’t resist! And I decided that this week I am going to add an Outfit of the Day type of post, in which I am going to show you, how I incorporated my thrifted purchases into my daily outfits!

So here is my $1 tunic. I am wearing a hand made vintage top underneath ( learn more about it hereย http://beingzhenya.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/diy-tank-topcamisole-made-out-of-a-vintage-nightgown/) , a pair of brown leggings from who knows where :), my Kimchi Blue oxfords from Urban Outfitters, a thrifted BCBG jacket from Housing Works on Columbus Ave, and a purse, also from Urban Outfitters (Kimchi Blue).


Princess Katie Inspired Manicure

I absolutely love Kate’s simple, yet classy manicure! And guess what, you can do it too. I just did. All you need is some beige colored nail polish. I used 3 Free by Butter London, in Hoorah Henri.

Applied 2 coats, and here is what my hands look like now:

Butter London nail polish has got to be one of my favorite brands now, along with Nars! I highly recommend you try it, and the names are fun too! All England-related, just like the world likes it these days!


12 Days 12 Hairstyles, Marie Claire Inspired

I like teaching ESL lessons about Fashion, it’s just something I can relate to! So last night as I was looking for some interesting articles, I came across this Hair Styles Look Book, and decided to pull 10 looks that I will do for the next 10 days. I will be taking a picture of myself everyday, and will post all of them in a week and a half. Here is the link to where I found them (though I am not positive that it’s the exact same one, but I think I am pretty close ๐Ÿ™‚ )


There were more than 60 looks, but these are the ones I chose!

Don’t forget to check back in 12 days, and see how all these hairstyles look on me:)


Zhenya vs. Clothes. Part 2. White Shirt.

The one fits all shirt is a dream come true, especially for a girl like me, because I prefer larger sized clothing anyways. I like the baggy look, thankfully a lot of designers have been creating small sized clothing, that already looks oversized! They have reached perfection in that industry, because that’s just what I need!

I have this vintage white ย shirt

But the polo collar was a total mood killer!

So off with it!

And I used the collar to make a sunglass case!

Just like that!

Bonus photo – me in the shirt! Yes, I wore it today, and I am proud of it!

PS. Enjoy the new haircut, I know I will ๐Ÿ˜‰