Celebrating Earth Day with Savers

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! As you know, I have always been passionate about thrifting and reusing, whether that includes refashioning, repurposing, or just getting that one last wear out of the item one more time, I hate seeing clothes go to waste.

Savers is celebrating Earth Month by launching its Rethink Reuse Campaign, you can use the hashtag #RethinkReuse on social media to support it. This campaign is focused on getting people to recognize the massive impact their clothing has on the environment and offering them the solution: To Rethink Reuse. It’s about highlighting a problem we might not even know to think about, and showing us that we can make a difference through reuse via shopping thrift or donating at their local Value Village store.

I included some interesting stats for your consideration:

  •        North Americans send 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills every year. Ninety-five percent of these items can be reused or recycled.
  • It takes over 700 gallons of water to make one new cotton T-shirt. More than you drink in five years. Now that’s a wardrobe malfunction.
  • It takes over 1,800 gallons of water to make one new pair of jeans. That should scare the pants off you. Don’t stop wearing pants. Just start to Rethink Reuse.
  • The average person creates over 80 pounds of textile waste per year. Landfills shouldn’t be laundry piles.

As you know with the move coming up, I have been frantically downsizing, donating and cleaning out my closet, but last week I had an hour of time to kill before the NYX event, so I stopped by the Bloomington Savers. The pictures are of the items I thrifted there, enjoy!

Thrifted outfit

Missoni dress – thrifted, Lucky Brand jean jacket – thrifted, Coach purse – thrifted, Valentino sunglasses – Nordstrom Rack

Thrifted outfit

Levi’s shirt dress – thrifted, Lucky Brand Jean Jacket – thrifted, Frye boots – Shopbop

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Ellen Tracy Dress – thrifted, Tie Dye duster – Target, Necklace and Bracelet – Uncommon Goods, Mug – West Elm, but thrifted ;)

Happy Earth Day

Floral Dress – thrifted, Lucky Brand Jean Jacket – thrifted, Coach shoes – thrifted

Selling Clothes on ThredUp

Make Money with ThredUp

If you follow me on Snapchat (username @BeingZhenya) or Twitter, you know that I’ve been frantically cleaning out my closet. And not just because it’s spring cleaning, but also because I am moving and will be downsizing from a house to an apartment. To make parting with all my clothes easier, I wanted to be able to earn some money off of it. Having sold on Poshmark in the past, I knew I didn’t have time for listing and photographing every single item several times, that’s when I remembered about ThredUp.

ThredUp is a San Francisco based company that buys your gently worn or new clothes, accessories, shoes and sells them on their website. The process of selling to ThredUp is extremely easy.

thredup First you order the clean out kit, and if you would like for ThredUp to donate the items they don’t buy the kit costs $12.99, otherwise they recycle or donate the items making the kit free. I obviously went for the free kit option (I am on kit #4 at the moment).

The kit comes in the mail in a cute polka dot envelope. The insides contain the clean out bag, as well as the instructions on what to send, it’s very self-explanatory and easy. There is even a list of accepted brands for your convenience.

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Then the fun part begins, you get to clean out your closet. This is my favorite part to be honest, because I actually get to go through everything and reevaluate my wardrobe. I have to be honest I can’t downsize it to 20-30 items, but if I am ever able to, I will let you know how I did it.

The bag is very roomy, you can fit a lot in it, I would say maybe an equivalent to a 10 gallon garbage bag to give you some idea!

Finally, you drop the bag off at the nearest FedEx location, or you can even have them pick it up from your house if you’d like.

Once the ThredUp team receives the bag they process it, and it can take anywhere between 2-3 weeks. This is probably the longest waiting period of the whole process, but they keep you updated via email, which is really nice.

After the bag has been processed, they will email you with your earnings. I made about $50 off my first bag, and $125 off my second one. I am curious to see what bags 3 and 4 will hold.

Payout is done via PayPal, and you have to wait 14 days before you can cash out, otherwise you can use the money to shop ThredUp if you wish. I will have a separate post about my shopping experience with them soon!

So there you go, a new great way to make money, clean out your closet and maybe even a reason to shop!

Let me know what you think of ThredUp!

Third Eye

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I have a third eye! Ragstock sells these awesome screen printed sweatshirts, and I couldn’t resist getting one to wear to class this semester! How amazing is the idea of repurposing a thrifted/vintage sweatshirt? I wish more companies would do that! It was so hard to resist buying it in every color though.

On the other note, Happy Monday people! Hope you survived the weekend, whether you love VDay or hate it 😉 As predicted, there is now a giant cake in my fridge, you are more than welcome to stop by and have some!

In my headphones:

 

Faux Fur, Plaid + Distressed Denim

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Here they are, my DIY distressed jeans making an appearance in another post paired up with a plaid button down and a faux fur vest. I am obsessed with how this pair turned out, and can’t wait to work on my next one. If only it was warmer in Minnesota. I keep telling myself – Only 2 more cold days, then it’ll get better.

This whole look sans the shoes and the hat is thrifted, and I couldn’t be more proud at how it all came together!

It’s week 4 of school now, and all my projects are starting to get more serious and intense. But as some of you know, I am not working this semester, just focusing on school, so that definitely makes things a lot easier.

I wanted to quickly mention a really cool book I am reading in my Retail Environments and Human Behavior class. It’s called Why We Buy? by Paco Undersell. The book focuses on different aspects of stores, from visual displays, to decompression zones, to strategically positioning merchandise in specific places on the floor. So if you are interested in retail, or simply want to know more about the science of shopping, definitely check it out. I will be working on an observational research paper in this class too, so if you are interested, definitely let me know, and I will share about my research in the next post.

PS. Happy Valentine’s Day! Can you tell which hand is mine?

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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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Duluth 2015

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Last Saturday we took a day trip to Duluth, and by we I mean Sam and myself, as well as our friends Blake,  Val and Kate.

Sam went to UMD, I spent about a month living there in the end of summer of 2010, we also got engaged in Duluth, and still have friends in the area.

Needless to say it was a fun trip, which included lunch at Burrito Union with one of Sam’s college friends Ryan, who now teaches at UMD, a walk around campus, a lot of picture taking, and even some laying in the sand on the beach.

I know I haven’t posted in a while, but life has been busy and exciting here, not leaving too much free time for the blog, but I’ll try to post at least once a week, I am sure you’ll understand!

Fall Smells Like Vintage

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A few weeks ago we shot some amazing pieces for Alacloth’s ASOS and ETSY stores. She is by far my favorite vintage seller of all, and I can always rely on her to find me something specific.

Having read this recent interview with Bill Cunningham, I started thinking about blogging and fashion industry as a whole. And while I still want to pursue a career as a buyer, I think it’s time to make this blog more unique and more me. Kind of that weird quirky style I used to have. I was so inspired that I even filmed a refashion video for you!

I had my first group presentation and my first midterm this week, and that’s why there will be way less posts on here, and way more pictures on Instagram, but I am very excited about Adam Lippes for Target collaboration that’s coming up at the end of the week, so I think I’ll feature that, and go spend my hard-earned college student dollars on more buffalo plaid!

Meanwhile I am also on a hunt for a garment steamer. I heard there is one at Goodwill by my house 😉

It’s Plaid to me #ThriftStyleThursday

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I have missed so  many Thrift Style Thursdays that I have lost count. But I really wanted to blog today, especially after my Macro final, that I don’t even care if the shirt is plaid! I have recently gone to the new goodwill outlet in St Paul, and this shirt is from there, along with many other shirts and sweaters. I also went thrifting today and got a pretty fancy paisley Ralph Lauren dress, so move over Lily Pulitzer, I never liked you anyways.

So even though the shirt cost probably less than $1.00, I managed to wear it with a pair of $200 Joe’s Jeans. Talk about thrifty blogger over here! My T-shirt is from Zara, and says “Darling, I have it on vinyl”, which I don’t. I also don’t have anything to play vinyls on. This is a summer goal – acquire vinyls, a new shelf for the living room, redecorate the living room, don’t go broke, and have fun.

I have so many fun things to attend to this weekend, I can’t wait. Yes they are fashion shows. But I have one more final, and that is kind of driving me insane. Ironically enough it is a psychology final.

Someone bring me Chipotle and come play with my dog, while I go study.

Also, my favorite girl, so check them out!


 

Blue – the most human color + #ThriftStyleThursday

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Blue is one of my favorite colors, always have been, especially the beautiful lapis, like the sweater that you see in the photos. I almost wore blue shoes today too, but went with my gut and these Frye boots instead. You know how some people wear flip flops year round? I wear my Frye boots! I only have two pairs so far, but I am sure I will be expanding my collection soon.

Yesterday I shared my love for the Avett Brothers, today I can’t help but mention one other favorite artist of mine – Regina Spektor. Her song Blue Lips is where I stole the title for todays post from. But my new favorite song of hers is I cut Off My Hair! You have to listen to the lyrics, they are hilarious. I used to live in Manhattan, and she sings about it, so it brings back the memories, the good times and makes me want to go back!

Some of my other favorite things that start with B are bears, beets and Battlestar Galactica (I am 100% serious!)

This post for #AtoZChallenge ties in so nicely with our #ThriftStyleThursday theme. Today’s post is supposed to be inspired by nature. And once again, the sky has always been one of my main sources of inspiration. It’s not the limit, but it’s a great way to forget about your everyday life and kind of dissolve in it. That’s why I really cherish my mornings now when I let out Mason, and I sit on the back deck, drink my coffee or tea, and start the new day!


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