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Hello, Moto!

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Happy Saturday!

Above all else today I wish you spring, and joy, and edge! I wish you the ability to freely express yourself and be who you are, and be with who you want to be!

Zhenya

I’m wearing: Dress – JCrew – thrifted, Faux Leather Jacket – TJ Maxx, Cut out boots – Forever 21, Tote – Free People, Sunnies – Lucky

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Crazy Color-block Cocktails

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Are you ready to go out with me? It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be funky, it’s going to be crazy! It’s spring, and there are so many beautiful colors in the palette! I love this dress for it’s straight lines, and color combo. It’s an amazing piece that’s perfect for spring and summer. And you never know, there might be some dancing involved, after those cocktails!

I am wearing: Dress: 10 Dollar Mall ~ Shoes: Target ~ Jacket: Vintage thrifted ~Glasses: thrifted

Last week I had an opportunity to do a photo shoot at a local boutique (Dji G’s Boutique) in Northeast Minneapolis. Here is a little behind the scenes for you. And of course I will share pictures once they are ready.

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I know it’s been crazy with A to Z challenge, and all my outfit photos. Plus the local fashion events are popping up left and right and I love covering those! Hopefully things will slow down in May. I do have some exciting tech posts coming up. I am getting an Intel Tablet here soon, and can’t wait to share my experience with you! But enough about me, how have you all been?

For more great cocktail dresses go to: 

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

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Athletic Aesthetics + Workout Tips {Thrift Style Thursday}

Today’s Thrift Style Thursday post is all about athletic, and for me it means being in shape, and working out. That’s why I am sharing a post I wrote a couple months ago for Goodwill blog, here in Minnesota. You can check out the original here! Also my hair is still long in the pics, and guess what? I don’t miss it one bit!

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Can you really find workout clothes and gear at a thrift store? Can it really work? Will you be able to hit up your local gym in that attire? Find out what I thrifted, as well as a few tips and tricks for at home workouts! Having been a thrifter for over 10 years, I never even thought of thrifting for workout gear. Yes, there was an occasional sweatshirt that I would buy, but those were mainly for my DIY projects.

I am one of those people who works out at home, with an occasional run or some basketball in the driveway or park. But with a foot and a half of snow on the ground – at home it is.

During one of my latest thrift trips I went specifically looking for workout gear. Prepare to be amazed at what I found! Because I sure was. The new St Louis Park Goodwill is right next to a gym, so it was only natural for the cashier to ask me, if I was going to the gym next door after thrift shopping.

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Reebok Sneakers, Charter Club sweat pants, two racer back tops, and two thermal tops – all for under $25!

Here are a few tips for working out at home: 

Find the right spot

Some rooms are too warm, and the extra heat can make you sick. Usually the basement works out the best. Another helpful tip is to have a fully carpeted room;  that way you won’t slip. This helps you avoid possible injuries.

Choose your workout

There are so many out there available, so how can you pick the right one? Think about how much time you have? Do you have 5 min, 10, 15, 30? Do you like yoga, pilates, cardio, high intensity interval? It’s recommended that you switch up your workout routine on a regular basis, I usually do cardio and high intensity intervals, with separate workouts targeting different body zones in between.

Take it outside

When the temperatures get warmer, take advantage of the many trails and parks we have in the Twin Cities. The chain of lakes is one of my favorite places to be. Seeing other runners and bikers definitely pushes me even more.

Buy thrifted

Shorts, tops, and other workout clothes can be pricey, but you can score some amazing tops and bottoms for under $10! And let’s be honest, we are all going to be sweating!

Have fun

Smile if you are working out at home; smiling releases tension. Think of it as a game. Don’t worry about what you look like. Enjoy your results. Celebrate. Don’t torture yourself, because in the end, it’s your body and your health!

Do you work out? What are some of your work out habits? Have you ever bought thrifted workout gear?

In other news:

I scored an amazing jacket at Old Navy yesterday for 98 cents! And got my 10 year green card in the mail. Overall, it was a good day! Now to find those overalls!

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

St Patrick’s Day Outfit Ideas

Whether you are dressing up for a night out with friends, or just a celebration in the office, St Patrick’s day has made it’s way into our daily lives even if you are not Irish. Green is a great color, but you don’t want to overdo it. So we are going to keep it classy, but flirty and fun at the same time.

Personally for me, getting dressed up for a holiday is definitely something I’ve gotten a hang of since I moved to the US. And even though I am definitely not Irish, here are two St Patrick’s Day outfits that I have put together for you (originally posted on the Goodwill MN blog)

 

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The first outfit is based around an emerald green button down shirt, worn tucked in, under a blazer. It’s a perfect look for work. The large amount of green can be overbearing; it is, after all, a bright and bold color. By concealing the shirt under a striped blazer, you are still showing Sr Patrick’s Day spirit without being too “in-your-face.”

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The second look is all about fun and flirty. It’s a variation of the whole “Kiss me I’m Irish” slogan. After all, you want to be kissed for the right reasons – not because your T-shirt says so. I added the golden jewelry to both of these looks, because – who knows? – you might just find your pot of gold on St Patrick’s Day! Not too sure about the whole holiday thing? Or green is just not your color? It’s always a safe bet to go with accessories, or make up. Green nail polish is also a huge hit!

 

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Do you participate in St Patrick’s Day festivities? What are some of your favorite things to do on that day?
Stop by tomorrow for some makeup ideas and inspirations for St Patrick’s Day!

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Spring Casual {Thrift Style Thursday}

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Express jeans – thrifted, Converse – TJ Maxx, Pink Clutch – Clothes Mentor Minnetonka, Black top – thrifted, White sweater – thrifted, Floral scarf – thrifted, Black leather jacket – TJ Maxx

Thrift style is affordable, fun and unique. Today’s thrift style thursday is all about a casual, laid back look. And this is what you might spot me wearing on a warm (40F) spring day here in Minneapolis.

Even though spring is still far away from becoming a reality, the snow is melting, and so is my snow phobia. I am not kidding you guys, I thought I was being suffocated by snow banks. Backing out of the driveway was the most dangerous venture I’ve been on since college. And snow dams were nothing out of the ordinary. Plus I am still expecting mother nature (aka winter) to strike back!

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But I can literally smell spring coming, everything is melting, and my wardrobe is waiting in anticipation for the warmth. I love styling for spring, as much as I love styling for fall, even a little bit more. Spring to me means summer is just around the corner, and that’s sailing, beaches, friends, and fun.

Styling for spring can be a bit of a challenge though, and I do recommend sticking to layers, especially during those cold weeks of march/april. Here I have a black silk top, under a white silk sweater. My black leather jacket is another perfect spring accessory I am stealing from my fall wardrobe. I added the floral scarf for fun, and trends. Florals are always in. 

The jeans, even though they look like boyfriends, are actually skinny, with some natural wear and tear. I rolled them up, because there is nothing wrong with showing off a bit of skin.

Finally bright bold accessories, like this neon pink clutch, and pink Converse are my must haves!

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What are you wearing this spring?

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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

Let’s connect:

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As Plaid As I will Ever Get // Thrift Style Thursday

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Today’s outfit is anything but ordinary in my wardrobe. Plaid is definitely making a comeback and is a big trend this season. But this flannel shirt dress is the only item in my closet. I seriously consider flannel to be a Minnesota thing! I was singing “I am a lumberjack and I am okay…” while getting dressed this morning!
What do you think about plaid? Is it making a comeback in your wardrobe?
Happy Thrift Style Thursday,
Zhenya

PS. Want to join in the thrift style movement? Follow me on Twitter where I announce the theme for every week! And check out Thrift Style Thursday posts: See other Thrift Style Thursday participants:
Martyna at Spoolish
Nout at Sandpaper kisses
Miche at Buttons and Birdcages

Thrift Style Thursday: Short Notice

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Who gets up at 6 am, and then gets her husband to take pictures for the blog at 7 am? This girl! With MN fashion going on, I have been nothing but busy. Good thing we are styling shorts this week! It’s a high of 82 and I totally am rocking this to work today! Don’t forget to check out Martyna’s post and link up!

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I am wearing: Sweater by Theory //thrifted// Denim shorts from the New Yorker //these shorts are seriously 5 years old!// Top by American Rag // Cowboy boots by Steve Madden // Bag – Philip Lim for Target // watch Marc by Marc Jacobs

Have a great day,
Z

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

{27 Dresses} Dress 8: Summer Blues (One dress Two ways)

Sometimes I wonder what I’m a gonna do

But there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues

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And the Minnesota weather is what’s causing my summer blues! But it’s a good reason to start getting ready for fall, layering pieces, pulling out all of my scarves and jackets!

I love fall!

But summer is still here…

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And I love this Urban Outfitters dress especially for its’ back…

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And it’s so easy to strike a pose in this dress, and have fun! That’s what it is! It’s my fun dress…

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… which can be easily transformed into a fall outfit with the help of a scarf, a denim jacket and a pair of leggings:

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Are you getting ready for fall? If so, how? Do tell!

Xx,

Z

PS. All of the above pictures were taken by me using my Samsung Galaxy camera. Sam couldn’t take them for me, because he was asleep! Thank God I have a tripod :P

 

{27 Dresses} Dress 7: Checking Out Some Books

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I will be honest with you, library is one of my favorite places to go to! It’s relaxing and inspiring for me at the same time! So I don’t think I am going to surprise you if I tell you that I dress up to go to the library! Well I dress up to go almost anywhere, even work ;) and that’s how this project started!

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All the books are safely tucked into the Zabar’s bag that I’ve had since my New York days. And if you are interested in what I am reading now, here is my list:

Paulo Coelho – Manuscript Found in Accra

Paulo Coelho – The Winner Stands Alone

Gary Shteyngart - Super Sad True Love Story

Victor Pelevin – T

I am also reading Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

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Have a great day everyone!

Xo,

Z

По-русски: Все уже, наверное, знают, что я обожаю библиотеку и хожу туда как на праздник! Ну и не удивительно, что я специально нарядилась для подобного случая. Я могу провести в библиотеке весь день, я так релаксирую и расслабляюсь, ну и нахожу своеобразный источник вдохновения. Если вам интересно, что я читаю, то вот список:

Пауло Коэльо – Манускрипт, найденный в Акко

Пауло Коэльо – Победитель остается один

Виктор Пелевин – Т

Гари Штейнгарт – Super Sad True Love Story

И на моем Nook я читаю “Игра Эндера”

Читали ли вы что-то из вышеперечисленного? Мне будет очень интересно ваше мнение!

Женя

 

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