Thrifting

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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Peace and Grunge

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Happy Friday and a flash back to the 90′s. With the weather finally warming up and spring being here, I can’t stop but take more and more outfit photos outside. My almost 18 year old photographer is amazing, and I love her so much for dealing with me almost every day! Thank you Elvira, you are a star!

Being busy is hard. Being busy and blogging almost every day of the week is hard. Being Zhenya is hard. But in spite of all that, it’s still fun and amazing. And I count my blessings every day when I get to share my post with you, because I get to share my life, my passions and my dreams with you.

Grunge is something I WASN’T in high school. But it was amazing to try on, and I’ll be honest, I loved it!

90′s style love it or hate it? Do tell!

And even though I am a day late for #ThriftStyleThursday, I know these girls have some great ideas and inspirations for you:

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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I is for Indie {A-Z Challenge}

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I is for Indie, and indie is trendy. I learned that back in 2006, and haven’t forgotten it since. Indie to me means a symbiosis of styles, pieces, and eras. Indie to me is taking time to make (sew, knit, crochet, embroider, …) my own clothes. Indie to me is thrifting and looking for inspiration in the vintage pieces I find.

Indie to me is wearing cowboy boots to work, and being proud of it! What does indie mean to you?

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Pastels

From prom dresses to NYFW runway, pastels have taken over trend lists on major fashion magazines, websites and blogs. I am no exception. And even though neutrals will always be my first love, pastels are now borderline obsession in my wardrobe and makeup bag at the moment.

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I will be honest, the coat and the purse are not thrifted. I got the coat from SheInside.com through their blogger program and I immediately knew it would be perfect for this post. It did though come with two biggest ugliest black snaps that I’ve ever seen. Those were the first ones to go. Then I cut off the tag, no one would be able to read and sound out what the brand was called anyways. I never had much luck ordering from Chinese websites, even when it was sent to me for free. But this coat is a keeper. Though I am kind of anxious to see what’s going to happen to it in the wash. 

My olive/beige purse came from Madewell store at the Mall of America. I popped in after Macy’s Prom Fashion Show, and just couldn’t leave without it. The bag is reversible, made out of vegan leather (and it’s actually Free People), and comes with an oversized clutch and a small key pouch. All that for $69 + tax. I was hooked. 

Everything else is thrifted though. I promise. 

Are you following trends? If so, what do you think of pastels? Are you incorporating them into your wardrobe?

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Coat – SheInside.com, Tote – Free People, Jeans – Express, Sweater – Talbots, Shoes – hand me downs, Hamsa Necklace – Uncommon Goods

 

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

And a warm WELCOME to our newest TST member Erika’s Style Diary!

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That Gatsby Girl {Thrift Style Thursday}

The Oscar’s have come and gone, and it only makes sense to create a movie inspired look for today’s Thrift Style Thursday post (and a list of movies to watch in my free time)!

As you may have guessed from the title, I went with the 20′s theme so well portrayed in The Great Gatsby. Something about that era was always dear to my heart, maybe it’s the style, or the beauty, or the fact that it’s almost surreal, realizing how long ago everything took place… I love history, and culture, ambition and the role of women in that society. I love their outlook on life and how they couldn’t care less whether they carried their device chargers with them, because there were no goddamn devices back then. It seems like life was a lot easier, but a lot more complicated for us, people of the 21st century. 

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I decided on this black dress because the bottom ruffles remind me of the flapper girls’ style, the shoes have a chunky heel, just like they did in the 20′s. I am probably wearing too much bracelets making this look a tad bit costume-y. My headband is from The Annex, and the clutch is vintage.

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If you were to create a movie/movie character inspired outfit who would it be? 

Please check out other looks, and I hope we’ll inspire you to get out of your comfort zone and look for ideas in unusual places!

Spoolish // Buttons and Birdcages // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J

Alligator Toe // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex

Eclecticity // Confessions of a Refashionista

Let’s connect:

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Monochrome Me {Thrift Style Thursday}

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This red dress won by popular vote and by default, based on what you said on Twitter anyways. I do have more red items in my wardrobe these days, especially after my last thrift haul. And when Monochrome theme Thrift Style Thursday came around, I thought to myself, why not go all red? I know it may seem like too much, but I am also showing ways and offering tips on how to tone it down, so sit tight!

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The dress is Calvin Klein, size 4P, I am lucky like that, I can pull of petites. But of course this dress is sleeveless, which makes it so much easier. It also creates a nice waistline, thanks to the cut. And the best part is – it was brand new from Goodwill for only $8.99.

The shoes have already been featured in last week’s Thrift Style Thursday post, and I am madly in love with them! They are a darker shade of red, which helps create some contrast, unlike the clutch. Yes, the clutch matches the dress in color almost to a T. I won it in a giveaway over 3 years ago. I wish I used it more often.

Not so sure about the whole red thing? Throw a different colored blazer on top and/or put on another pair of shoes. Trust me it makes all the difference? Want to see?

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Would you wear a monochrome outfit? Why or why not? Exciting news, we have started a Pinterest board for all of the Thrift Style Thursday bloggers! Make sure to check it out and follow if you like! Also don’t forget to check other girls’ posts!

Spoolish // Buttons and Birdcages // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J

Alligator Toe // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex

Eclecticity // Confessions of a Refashionista

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Shopping at Goodwill {Thrift Haul}

As some of you may know, I went thrifting – AGAIN, and ended up with a good amount of items in my shopping cart! I just couldn’t resist the brands, the fits, at the fabrics, and the prints. And of course the shoes!

And as some of you know, sometimes I make YouTube videos (I have a pretty popular Russian channel), but this video is in English. So sit back, relax, enjoy my hipster look and see what I scored at Goodwill this time!

Have a great weekend everyone! And make sure to comment and let me know which one of my finds you liked the best!

Z

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In Chains {Thrift Style Thursday}

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I am tired. It’s been a long day. Wednesdays are always hard for me, because Tuesdays are my days off. So Wednesday becomes a second Monday of sorts. But I thrifted this amazing Ralph Lauren Dress with the chain print on Tuesday for only $8.99, and the shoes were brand new ($5.99) when I spotted them on the shoe rack at our St Louis Park Goodwill. And I saw that as a sign. That this weeks Thrift Style Thursday post has taken care of itself, and that I live by an amazing Goodwill! I was talking to another blogger about red shoes a couple weeks ago, and we talked about whether we should save or splurge when it comes to footwear. I think that I am at the point in my life, where I will be saving!

The wrap dress is perfect, it’s a thick fabric that holds it shape, the cut also helps create the illusion that I have something going on up on top, which trust me, I barely do (if you know what I mean ;) ) I love the flow and the feel of it. When I pulled it off the rack I thought to myself – I am never going to make this work, but then I fell in love with it. And the amazing part is – the entire outfit cost me less than $15!

Have you found anything awesome at your local thrift stores lately? Do tell!

Zhenya

Spoolish // Buttons and Birdcages // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J

Alligator Toe // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex

Eclecticity // Confessions of a Refashionista

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This weeks blogger challenge topic is High end vs. High street. And you guys know, I don’t buy knock offs, or replicas, but if I find anything resembling a design or an outfit, that I saw on the runway, I will definitely try and recreate that with my own items. When I lived in Russia knock-offs were really popular, and you could see 10-15 women walking down the street with LV bags, all of them fake of course. Now I am not going to sit here and defend the designer and the copyright, but it just makes me uneasy! A lot of stores these days make copies and replicas, look at Forever 21, or Aldo. There are plenty of choices. I choose thrifting, because saving up money for a Hermes or Celine bag, should never be your goal in life.

L-O-V-E {Thrift Style Thursday}

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Vintage + Thrifting + Dresses + Purses + Shoes + Art

There are so many things I love! Family, husband and values aside. Let me be “shallow” for once, let me talk about my passions, let me talk about the loves of my life!

I love blogging, I absolutely adore all my readers and blogger friends. I don’t think I can live without you! I love Thrift Style Thursdays, I love the inspiration, the ideas. I love the new levels you all take me on! Love is easy, give love to receive love. Think love. See love. Wish love.

Love the simple things. Love yourself. Love to love.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Thrift

Style Thursday!

Love,

Zhenya

Spoolish // Buttons and Birdcages // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J

Alligator Toe // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex

Eclecticity // Confessions of a Refashionista

Let’s connect: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Minneapolis a la Mode // Bloglovin’

And don’t forget to enter my ReSale 101 Giveaway!

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Shopping ReSale 101 + $25 Gift Card Giveaway

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When it comes to shopping, I am all about thrifting. When it comes to thrifting I stick to my tried and true stores. But every once in a while I make an exception, and go somewhere out of my way, somewhere like ReSale 101.

Located at 1605 County Rd 101 N in Plymouth, the store is only 15 minutes away from my house. The store is an extension of IOCP and is a unique place where the community can shop, donate, and volunteer—all to support IOCP’s families and programs.

I was so happy that my friend and co-worker Cassie came along. I loved every single one of her finds, especially the grey turtleneck, which I am also a little jealous of ;)

Inside the store is extremely spacious and roomy, the racks aren’t overstuffed, the clothing, and shoes are divided by sizes. Purses get a real display. And the vintage section is simply beautiful.

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How beautiful is this vintage section?

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The cutest home decor!

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I don’t care for the dolls, I want the display!

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Dressing rooms are fabulous, spacious, and bright!

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I almost took these home! Amazing vintage Russian prints!

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Our finds and drinks! Cassie’s newly thrifted necklace. My scarf and sweater.

And now for the exciting part! You can win $25 to ReSale 101 by simply commenting on this post! You will get an additional entry if you follow my blog on Bloglovin’. Just make sure you let me know you did so! The Giveaway will end Saturday, February, 15 at midnight CST. Good luck!

ReSale 101 will also be hosting Ladies Night this coming Thursday! I hope you can make it, I’d love to meet you!

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The store also offers some volunteer opportunities! And they would greatly appreciate any help
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Happy Monday and good luck!
Z
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