Thrifted Vintage Dress Refashion

Chop chop, here I come running with scissors towards this little number:

It’s my thrifted vintage Carol Anderson dress! The hem line is all screwed up though! It was pinned and even taped! At least I got some safety pins out of this project πŸ™‚

I also wasn’t extremely happy with the sleeves – too boxy for my taste:

So I made these little rectangle straps from the chopped piece:

Then sewed them onto the dress:

Here is a close up too:

Then I simply re-hemmed the dress. Easy Peasy and a perfect bright outfit for a hot summer day like this!

Thumbs up for the iron in the back ground, right?

I spent the day shopping, thrifting, walking by Calhoun and driving around Lakewood cemetery with my friend Masha! Oh all the fun and junk food we had πŸ™‚

I will definitely do a haul post (seems like I am falling into the habit of doing a haul post every week πŸ˜‰ ) and a post dedicated to the historical Lakewood in Minneapolis! It is a pretty cool place if you ask me! Hope you all had a cool day, and I literally mean COOL πŸ™‚



DIY \Hi-Lo skirt from a Thrifted Vintage Find

A couple weeks ago I found this amazing vintage skirt at the Goodwill outlet:

See it’s all vintage, made in the US too πŸ˜‰

And it has pockets:

Now here is what I did – I put the skirt on πŸ˜‰ As you can tell it’s kind of an awkward length and a little loose too!

Then I took a bobby pin (don’t judge me – Β I’m using whatever is available πŸ˜‰ ) And put it where I wanted the highest hem point of the skirt to be:

Next I Laid it flat and drew a line with some soap – the best fabric marker ever made!

And then took my scissors out and cut the excess fabric off:

Then I tried the skirt on again, just to make sure I was happy with the new length:

Then came the hard part – deciding how to accentuate the inner seam, because it was going to be visible either way. I wanted to do a ribbon hem (I saw one in another refashionista’s blog), but the ribbon I picked was just wrong for it. So I chose some wide bias tape, also vintage (I freecycled that item)- you can tell by the price on the packaging:

And finally I sewed it on, using my sewing machine, then folded it over and stitched it on by hand:

I promise to post an outfit photo sometime soon! I was originally going to wear this to the wedding, but was too lazy to finish it on time πŸ™‚

Let me know what you think of this refashion,



The Wedding Weekend and my OOTD

Last Saturday my friend Sarah married her best friend Ryan, a guy she’s known for about 7 years. It’s been a long journey for them, but I remember back in 2006 when I first met Sarah at Decision Hills UMC, she made it clear to all of us at staff training who Ryan was and that she called dibs on him πŸ˜‰

I was more than honored to be there to share her special day! She looked gorgeous. And I am sure she won’t mind me sharing some of the pictures with you guys, because I know you all are dying to see the wedding dress and maybe, probably, hopefully (?) what I wore to the wedding as well πŸ™‚

Since the wedding was taking place in Willmar, about 2 hours away from the Twin Cities, Sam and I left around 1.30 pm to be there for the 4 pm ceremony. Now my husband has a thing for driving, he isn’t really fond of it, but we took route 12, which went through all these cute little towns, and that kept him entertained πŸ˜‰

This is the church where the ceremony took place.

Having been to Willmar plenty of times before, I have to admit that I’ve never been to the UMC there (oops, my bad)

At least I got it taken care of now πŸ™‚ Here is the inside of the church:

Some shots from the ceremony during which the pastor mistakingly referred to Ryan as God πŸ™‚ That was a joke for the rest of the night, and I am sure will run in the family for many years!

And Ta-Da – they are married:

There is nothing better than sharing the joy of a newly married couple, I tell you! Here is Sam and I outside the church:

And here is just me:

So here is what I wore: Via Spiga shoes, the most comfortable heels ever! Necessary Objects Dress, that was a gift from Mia, I used to baby sit for her! The little black bolero is some unknown brand and came from a swap in NYC. I also have an Etra clutch, pearl necklace, and faux pearl earrings. And imagine that – I did my own hair! How awesome is that? I really didn’t think I could do it! If you are wondering what the dress looks like without the bolero – here is a pic:

Make up wise, here is a close up I posted on Instagram on the way to Willmar:

I used Physician’s Formula tinted moisturizer SPF 15, Lorac Social Beautifly palette eyeshadow, Maybelline gel liner, Clinique mascara, Mac highlighter, Sally Hansen cream blush, a little of the Revlon Photo Ready pressed powder, and Clinique chubby stick on my lips!

After the ceremony we went to the reception, and what kind of roadtrip is it without getting lost? Google maps totally googled us over πŸ™‚ But we found Holiday Inn, after pulling a U-turn somewhere on the outskirts of Willmar!

Look at the adorable favors:

And here is the couples first dance:

Me, bride, and the made of honor, the two are sisters, if you can’t tell πŸ˜‰

I also realized what a city girl I am πŸ™‚ Sorry small towns, you are simply not for me!

Hope you had a fun weekend! A refashion post is coming up tomorrow!




DIY Crochet Color Block Tote: Part 1

Why a 2 parter? Well, I just can’t crochet fast enough.

Why a color block tote? Because it’s perfect for people like me who get their yarn off of or at thrift store (YES ALL YARN/FABRIC I USE IN MY PROJECTS IS RECYCLED – THATS HOW I KEEP MY HOBBIES AT A LOW PRICE) Β and there is never enough of it to make something a solid one color. So since color blocking is a huge hit this year, I thought why not make a tote. Plus I had the handles for it too (bought them back in February πŸ˜‰ – I know it takes me a while)

So when color blocking when crocheting it’s important to decide on your colors first. I went with some that coordinated with my sweaters from Old Navy. Remember this post? Yup, those sweaters πŸ™‚ Also ignore the fact that it looks like I’ve already made something out of red yarn, I didn’t, that all was going to become undone. Back in December I crocheted some Christmas stockings and this was a trial one, turned out to be too big, and is now being turned into a bag πŸ™‚

Once you’ve decided on your colors, you are going to decide on the pattern. I simply drew mine, and since both sides were going to have a different pattern, it ended up looking like this:

You can also tell I totally misspelt SIDE πŸ™‚ hehe – English is not my first language after all πŸ™‚ But no worries, I corrected it later. So I hope my drawing is pretty self explanatory, the numbers on the sides are the numbers of rows, and the colors are written in each section.

Now this is how far I’ve got. I really hope to be done this week, so I don’t have to make you wait to see the finished product until next week.


I promis that very very soon this baby will be completed with it’s own lining, an inside pocket or two and handles. Stay tuned for Part 2, especially if you want to see what the other side looks like πŸ˜‰



“Clean Out Your Fridge Soup” of the day

I was experimenting with some veggies the other day and decided to make a soup. The thing is, I sometimes buy the products that I cannot possibly finish and I either have to throw them or use them ASAP. And what can be better than making some good filling soup? I know, the Russian in me will always love her soups! So here it goes, my very own recipe for “Clean out your Fridge Soup”.

Assuming you are like me and your fridge is ridiculously overstuffed with fruits and vegetables. For some reason the first ones always go faster than the second ones. Anyways, you want to decide which veggies are going to go into your soup! I took out some potatoes, one onion, one package of celery, 4 carrots, half a cabbage, two tomatoes, one beet, and a can of garbanzo beans (love them!) You are also going to need some stock, I used vegetable one, just because I had some and wanted to use it up!

So first you want to cut it all up – however you want it, small, medium or large – it’s your soup – go ahead and experiment. You are going to start off by frying the onions and the carrots. I just put a little oil on the bottom of the pot and fried in it, that’s

a) less dishes to do

b) you are going to add other veggies to sautΓ© later, and do you really want to deal with moving it all from the pan to the pot? I don’t think so!

Then you are slowly one by one going to add celery and tomatoes.

Once those have been in the pot for a couple minutes, add cabbage and beets.

This is also when you want to add the stock – the amount of stock depends on the size of your pot, I put in one regular sized carton of stock and the rest I filled with water.

Last you want to add potatoes and garbanzos. Bring it all to a boil, and then let it simmer for about 25-30 minutes. I usually check whether my soup is ready or not by checking on the potatoes!

This recipe is great for the summer, and the soup can be served hot, warm or cold. Since there is no meat, it is also vegan and vegetarian (as long as you are not using chicken stock πŸ˜‰ )

This soup is best served with lemon juice, salt and pepper, but you are free to use whatever spices you like.

Another thing – as one of my friends commented and said –Β Gute Fart! – it will make you go, more than you want, but not more than you need. It’s a great recipe for all of you out there trying to lose weight. I wasn’t trying to lose anything, except for maybe the produce from the fridge πŸ™‚

I hope you give this recipe a shot and definitely let me know how yours turned out, what veggies you used and how you liked it!

And finally, you can also watch a video tutorial on how to make this soup, but it’s all in Russian:

Soup of the day

Hope you all had a great weekend!



PS. Did you notice? I now don’t blog on weekends!

That’s Minneapolis for ya!

Apparently if you want to have a good time in Minneapolis, you call a travel agent:

Milk starts at 9 gallons at CVS!

And Calhoun Bike Rental knows just what to put between your legs!

Β With all my love from Minneapolis,


Twin Cities Thrift Stores Review: Unique Thrift Store in New Hope

This series of posts is long overdue. Ever since I moved to Minneapolis I’ve been doing nothing but researching new thrift stores to go to. I do have a couple of favorites, but there is always more to be added on to the list.

Today I went to Unique Thrift Store in New Hope. I heard about it from a coworker, who said it was in Crystal, well Crystal, New Hope, Robbinsdale – it’s all the same to me πŸ™‚ I hope I don’t offend any of the residents of the suburbs mentioned above!

Now I took a few pics inside the store, but totally forgot to take some of the outside, so here is one taken off of their website!

Now that place is huge! Compared to everywhere else I’ve been in the Twin Cities so far, the only place that possibly compares is Savers on Lake St. As a DIYer and a crafter I was pleasantly surprised by the selection, they had sewing patterns, beads, zippers, yarn, and all the other goodies you can dream of. Those are hard to find at Goodwill or Salvation Army. I even got some fabric!

The purse selection is also great! But the good brands are priced high, even if the purse is a complete disaster :/

I initially went to Unique looking for black maxi skirts for work! Well I found a couple that I liked, tried them on, and was sort of disappointed, but then I looked at the dresses, and was able to find two that I liked, and that would be perfect for work for the summer and into the fall!

I wasn’t exactly impressed with the home goods section, there was no order or organization whatsoever, toys and pots and glassware, all mixed on the long shelves! There were a lot of things though, so that’s good! The more variety, the better.

The furniture selection is very good compared to other places, as well as jewelry, there are so many chachkies there, that I decided to leave before I spent a ridiculous amount of money on them all!

Prices are quiet odd though, some items are priced reasonably low, but some are overpriced, like that black Coach bag in one of the pictures above, that I think was $39.99 I remember getting my mother-in-law a brand new one at Salvation Army for $34.99

Shoes are on top of the clothing racks, just like at Plato’s closet! That sort of arrangement only works when the shoes are arranged according to size, and the sizes are posted where everyone can see them, which I unfortunately didn’t notice here.

Overall I was greatly impressed with this store, plus they do a Customer appreciation day every Tuesday, so you can get 25% off on all of your purchases (and who doesn’t like savings?). There are more reviews on yelp if you are interested, or dissatisfied with mine πŸ˜›

And finally, here is what I got

Black maxi dresses, so now I can be 100% accepted into the nunnery of Clinique πŸ˜‰

And some fabric, the blue is so so much more vibrant than what the picture shows

I hope you all enjoyed this review, I promise I will have more in the next couple of weeks!

Happy Thrifting,


Don’t forget about the GIVEAWAY!

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Bright Summer Accessory

Hey everyone and welcome to my very first blog giveaway done in collaboration with Polished Boutique.

Is your life dull and boring? Do you feel like something is missing? Try adding some color! A little or a lot, I have a place you can turn to – Polished Boutique.

Plus you can win this amazing bracelet, that they’ve generously provided for my subscribers:

Perfect for the summer, isn’t it? That’s what Lisa and I thought too!

Now here are a few rules for the giveaway:

1. Be a subscriber to this blog (it’s really easy, if you have a wordpress profile, just click FOLLOW at the top of the page, or simply enter your email address, to get updates from my blog in your email) .

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3. Leave a comment under this post, telling Lisa and me what outfit you would wear this bracelet with and where you could wear it to! The most creative and unusual comment wins, I will NOT be using

4. The Giveaway is going to last May 5 – 20, and we’ll pick and announce the winner by the end of the month!

5. US subscribers/followers only, sorry all of my international subscribers, next time I’ll make sure the Giveaway is open internationally.

Good luck you all,

and remember creativity is the key!