Pop of Color – #thriftstylethursday

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Today’s #ThriftStyleThursday is also a #ThrowBackThursday to last fall, my first semester at the U and the nice and sunny weather, and a day I spent exploring the area around campus.

I wore this light blue linen wrap dress with bright magenta tights and my favorite olive leather jacket.

This was also the last time I wore this dress. As much as I miss it, it was time to donate it.

Tights are a great way to add a pop of color to any outfit!

Make sure to check out everyone else’s #ThriftStyleThursday posts! Thank you Kristi for coming up with this week’s theme :) Next week we will be styling the Pantone color of the year – marsala!


 

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#ThriftStyleThursday – Denim Days

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For today’s #ThriftStyleThursday post we all styled our favorite pair of thrifted jeans. Thanks Brittany of Lipstick and Yarn for the idea!  And I couldn’t settle on one. So I picked my top 5 pairs!

I love jeans, I have too many pairs, way more than I can ever wear, and I also don’t wash them. I keep my jeans nice and dirty hanging on the pipe rack that Blake built for me. Okay, I guess I should rephrase that. I wash them when they get really dirty. And by really I mean really. A few months ago my friend Melanie (who designs Massimo jeans for Target) told me about denim snobs. Denim snobs are people who can’t spend less than $200 on a pair of jeans, and believe in preserving indigo, so only hand wash their jeans when it’s necessary.

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Step 1: Fill a sink, tub, bucket or other jean-sized vessel with lukewarm water and a small amount of ultra-mild detergent. Woolite Dark is a good bet, but it’s very concentrated, so start with just a couple of teaspoons. Take a deep breath, ignore the anticipated slights from the hip police running through your mind, and put your smelly-ass jeans in the tub. Make sure they’re fully submerged (this may require you to weigh them down).

Step 2: Soak them for about an hour, giving them a stir half way through to loosen any dirt that’s worked its way into the denim.

Step 3: Remove the jeans, drain the tub (of course), and rinse them thoroughly with cold water to remove detergent residue. Roll them up in a dry towel that you don’t mind staining blue to remove some moisture.

Step 4: Hang them out to dry. (Note: Make sure you hang them in a place that has good air movement, as you don’t want your jeans to mildew. Also, take care to hang them somewhere that won’t be ruined by a steady flow of indigo-infused water.) Do not tumble dry, as all that heat will undo your good work. Once your jeans are dry, pull them on and proceed to beat the hell out of ‘em till they need a bath again.

I normally wash my jeans inside out on cold, and never put them in the dryer. It’s worked great for me so far. Here is also a great video I watched in my fashion ethics class last semester.

Now go check out everyone else’s denim posts, I can’t wait to see what everyone styled this week myself! 

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White Out #ThriftStyleThursday

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Valenki – Fashion Avenue 2, Dress – Madewell, Sweater – Eileen Fisher, Scarf – Thrifted, Necklace – Thrifted

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Happy Thursday everyone! Tomorrow I leave for Chicago! I am so excited! Sam and I are headed down there right after class! So I have to pack pack pack tonight. Pack for the both of us. I am quickly trying to finish up all the homework I can possibly and impossibly have, because I want to spend as much time with my friends as I can. Sam and I haven’t had a date night for a while, so that’s going to be a whole date weekend. So I am really glad I decided to renew my Russian passport, because otherwise this trip wouldn’t be happening ;)

This week’s #ThriftStyleThursday theme is Winter White out, and for the first time this January I wish we had more snow. I guess it’s all on the East Coast today! Mother Nature is just screwing with us all here in the Midwest. I am still expecting shit to hit the fan in February.

So thank you Megan of Eclecticity for coming up with a theme for this week! Let me know what you think of my outfit, I kind of cheated and it’s not all white, but, let’s be honest, I didn’t even wear all white on my wedding day, so….

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Cozy Sweaters – #ThriftStyleThursday

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Welcome to another week of #ThriftStyleThursday! I am so excited we are back on track with our weekly posts! It just makes me so happy!

This week’s host is Beth of Life with Bethie The Boo, and she came up with a cozy sweater theme. This winter I feel like I am the sweater queen! I obtained a lot of new different sweaters, and I am wearing them with everything! I especially love layering them over dresses.

The oversized sweater look is definitely my favorite!

Do you wear a lot of sweaters? What styles do you prefer?

Make sure to head over to other gals’ blogs and check them out! This week we are so excited to have Mounia of Chic-ky join us!

Shop my look: Plaid Skirts and Skorts, Oversized and Grey sweaters, Plaid scarves, and Brown boots.

Missed last week’s #ThriftStyleThursday? No worries, here is the post.

And as a quick reminder, there is a Vanity Fair Lingerie Giveaway going on for Valentine’s Day!

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Style Resolutions 2015 – #ThriftStyleThursday

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We all have goals when it comes to personal style. Yesterday 2015 style resolutions even got brought up during #stylechat on Twitter! Today I though I’d share some of mine:

1. Wear more solids. I haven’t really been into patterns, and now every time I shop or thrift I seem to be gravitating towards solids (unless it’s a swimsuit!), I have cleaned out my closet a few times over the past month, and even though I have quiet a few patterns left, I am going to be wearing them with a lot of solids.

2. Wear more vintage. I go through “vintage craze” stages, and if before it was accessories, now it’s definitely clothes (denim, shirts and sweaters in particular). I have a couple velvet dresses that I can’t wait to show you.

3. Wear more handmade. I am trying to make more time to knit, crochet, sew and DIY some pieces for myself, as well as for my Etsy store, hopefully 2015 will be a good year for that, and I will stay organized and on top of stuff!

4. Wear what I already have. Thrifting lets me switch up my wardrobe every week. I could shop at a thrift store every week if I wanted to, but this year I am going to make an effort to wear what I already have, and shop less.

5. Have fun! I want to inspire with my outfits, but I also want to have fun! So if you see me wearing my husband’s graphic T-shirts, don’t be alarmed! I’m just having fun!

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Denim – Alacloth Vintage, Shirt – Goodwill, Scarf – Handmade

 

Make sure to check out everyone’s #ThriftStyleThursday posts, the images below are clickable and the center one will take you to our FB group!



and Carissa of Carissa Knits! So excited to have you join us this year!

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Shop similar look: High waisted jeans, White shirt, and Orange coverup.


Vintage Jeans

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Sometimes I think I was clearly born in a wrong era, but then I like my internet too much, because how else would I share these awesome jeans with you that I got from Alacloth Vintage and that I shared last week in this post.

I also absolutely have to show off my new Diesel boots. That moss green just got me, I think it’s the perfect color for the Minnesota winter photoshoots, and definitely different from the typical black/brown boots that I wear.

The sweater and the scarf are both from H&M, and yes this is more of a neck warmer than a scarf, but man is it warm!

And of course my Tess + Tricia necklace that I got for Christmas! What was your favorite or most memorable gift this year?

Have a great Monday everyone!

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Being Zhenya

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I have been thinking about writing this post all day yesterday. What am I going to say, how I am going to phrase it, and then decided to just let the words come out as I start typing.

I feel like blogging has become a major business and a money making industry. I feel and I know that Being Zhenya has become a collection of sponsored posts. I know I didn’t lose my voice, I just stopped expressing myself. I let the pictures substitute the words, and the posts became short paragraphs usually ending with an exclamation point. Real life isn’t always like that is it?

So I decided to make this blog more of a journal. The last giveaway I did I asked for some feedback, and I did it for a reason. I wanted to know what interests you the most. And you wanted to see more lifestyle posts, hear more tips and advice on style and accessories. I appreciate this feedback more than anything.

What does it mean for you? Sam will probably get mentioned in my posts a little more, as well as some of my friends. I will also talk about college, because that’s where I am at right now. The style posts will still come, as well as the beauty ones. I will also write more, and go on about my life. I want to make it personal again and I want to be able to talk to you.

On Wednesday one of my readers, Monica, came up to me at the U. She recognized me from my blog. And it was the highlight of my day! She was the sweetest person to talk to. And one of the first questions she asked me was if I still thrifted. Of course, I told her. I just don’t post about it as much. But I am bringing the hauls back :) We will also be relaunching Thrift Style Thursday in a slightly different format in January 2015, so if you want to join in the fun, let me know and we’ll get you started with us!

I have a lot of fun ideas for 2015, and I can’t wait to start this new journey with you all!

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Hair and photos by Eliza at Haus Salon!

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Fall Closet Cleaning Tips

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Wait what? Yes, you heard me! Fall cleaning. Just like there is spring cleaning, I think there should be fall cleaning.

A lot of us are familiar with spring cleaning, but this year i am not waiting till spring, I am organizing and cleaning out in the fall.
Have you ever bought large plastic bins to store your clothes in for the winter? I remember when we were looking at buying our house, we visited so many different ones, and in one of the attics, the owner had the whole bin/labelling system that I was fascinated with. But Sam convinced me there was no need for that.
And he is right.
We have very small closet space and I store my sumer dresses in our upstairs closets in the winter, and winter clothes upstairs in the summer, but before anything is moved up there, I go through it and toss anything that:
  • doesn’t fit
  • looks too worn out
  • hasn’t been worn in over a year
  • isn’t “me” anymore – style changes, your tastes change, so your wardrobe should too

If you’ve read my latest post, you know that I have just a slight obsession with coats. But coats, especially if made from natural fibers and vintage, can begin looking worn out too soon. Those are definitely items to let go off.

Accessories are another item that becomes outdated too fast. The slogan – you can never have too many pairs of shoes or too many bags isn’t for me. You might never have enough of those, but you also might run out of space really fast. And fashion, even though is a constant in many of our lives, is also fast.
The fall cleaning doesn’t only include the clothes. Being a beauty blogger, I receive a lot of samples and full size products. So cleaning out my makeup drawer (read: closet) is as important as cleaning out my wardrobe. Carefully examine the expiration date, get rid of the products that have expired, or that you know you are not going to use. This is one of my favorite product shelf life guides:
Make up/Beauty to clean out:
  • anything you may be allergic to
  • anything that has expired
  • anything that has separated or smells funny
Being in love with the idea of DIY I seem to hoard craft supplies. I have yarn, fabric and leather that I think I am never going to use. I also have a lot of patterns that never see the light of day. Realistically estimating the free time I am going to have for the DIY projects I have planned, and the fact that my sewing machine has been broken for over 6 months now, I donated most of my supplies, and cleaned out my upstairs area.
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Art and frames bought on impulse, sometimes even furniture. The side tables, that you can never have too many of. All these need to go. I was holding on to glass center pieces from our wedding from 3 years ago.
Savers has recently introduced an easy donation system. Now you don’t have to drop off at the store, but choose one of the locations from the list below or click on the following link

·       COLUMBIA HEIGHTS: 4300 Central Ave. NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421

o   Supports the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota

·         RICHFIELD: 36 W. 66th St., Richfield, MN 55423

o   Supports the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

·         SAVAGE: 14100 Highway 13 S., Savage, MN 55378

o   Supports the Vietnam Veterans of America

·         AUSTIN: 1700 17th St. NW, Austin, MN 55912

o   Supports the Vietnam Veterans of America

·         ROBBINSDALE: 3501 W. Broadway Ave., Robbinsdale, MN 55411

o   Supports the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

·         ELK RIVER: 19112 Freeport St. NW, Elk River, MN 55330

o   Supports the Vietnam Veterans of America

·         WHITE BEAR: 2499 County Road E., White Bear, MN 55112

o   Supports the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

When: The new Donation Drop Spots are currently open and accepting donations from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Keep your wardrobe fresh, donate often and remember – there will always be more clothes! I have been making regular trips to donation centers over the past month. Would you be interested in seeing more photos from my closet organization projects? 
Final thoughts: We’ve been talking about different types of consumers in one of my classes, and here is a great example of Jessi Arrington, who may seem extreme in her approach, but we can all learn from it.


Layers of Fall #ThriftStyleThursday

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Fall has always been about layers for many, and I am no exception. There is something about cozying up in a favorite sweater or scarf. It’s to the point of emotional attachment almost. And I don’t even want to try and explain it.

When fall becomes an accessory, you know you are doing it right!

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It’s been a tough September for the Thrift Style Thursday group, but after everyone has reconsidered, we came back together, maybe not such a large group as before, but we are determined to bring you style and love every Thursday! Even if it’s not all thrifted ;)

Spoolish // Sandpaper Kisses //  Lipstick and Yarn

Aligator Toe // Buttons and Birdcages // Bethie the Boo


Gina + Will Goodwill

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Last Friday night I finally made it to the new thrift store Gina + Will in Dinkytown. Operated by Goodwill Easter Seals MN it is an experimental store targeted towards young people and students. Located at 1324 5th St SE, Minneapolis it’s right across the street from Target Express and is very easy to find.

I got there around 7 pm and the place was busy! There was music, DJ, food and refreshments, and of course so many styles to choose from.

It was also a great chance for me to snap a few pictures of some outfits that made it on the Ustyle tumblr page!

What to shop Gina + Will for?

Fall apparel – sweaters, jackets, boots – it’s all there and the selection is great.

Bottoms – jeans, skirts, slacks, sweatpants (if you wish) can also be found in a large variety of styles and sizes.

Specialty racks – Gina + Will loves black and white was one of them last week, and I snagged two amazing items off of that rack!

Go there for the school spirit wear (and other local teams too ;) ) – get that Goldie on your shirt for cheaper than anywhere else!

Have you visited Gina + Will Goodwill? What did you think?

One of my finds was this white Talbots pleated skirt. You will be seeing a lot of it this fall, trust me!

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