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!


Gift of Thrift Giveaway

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This is probably the most fun and exciting giveaway I have ever participated in! You get to win a fully thrifted outfit from Beth and I. We have recently had a Thrift Style Thursday swap, where all members of the group were paired up and got to send, or in our case, give each other goodies in person. And since it was so much fun thrifting for another person, we decided to pass on the Gift of Thrift to 4 other people! And that’s where you come in! We would love to gift you a fully thrifted outfit, and in our case, since Beth and I both live in the Twin Cities area, if you are from the area, you get to go thrifting with us, and we will style you! And probably take you out for lunch or coffee too!

I will add pictures of what Beth thrifted for me a little bit later today. This Friday is a super exciting day for Sam and I, and if you follow me on Instagram, you will probably find out soon enough 😉

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Emerald Green

I always wish I was back in New York or Chicago for St Patrick’s Day, I just think those cities have way more going on than Minneapolis. I mean we have the Mississippi we could dye green!

But here is one of my favorite vintage emerald dresses that I wore with this thrifted sweater! I hope you like this look for today’s #ThriftStyleThursday, and don’t forget to check out other girls posts 😉


An Unexpected Match

My new favorite look – sweatshirts over everything. Maybe because of the weather, maybe because I’m comfortable, maybe because there are a lot of fun sweatshirts out there.

One of my coworkers has recently brought in a whole bunch of clothes for us to go through and I found this AE cropped hoodie.

Here is the thing – I am 28 and I don’t wear AE, or A&F, or Hollister, or whatever is there that makes me look like a high school student. But this sweatshirt is everything. It’s soft and warm and OMG has a hood! And I am not using it for working out! What?

Yes! This is the story. The best match ever!

Check out other girls posts and make sure to stop by next week for a thrift haul thrift style thursday post!


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And just a few more of my favorite dresses

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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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