Q is for Quilted {A-Z Challenge}

quiletd-jackets-boots-purses quilted-pants-dress-skirts-watch quilted-sweatshirt-bracelet-jackets From quilted Chanel bags, to jackets, to even shoes, this trend has made it’s way far out of the regular DIY concept. And I love it. My quilted thrifted Steve & Barry’s jacket is one of my favorite pieces to wear. You can see it here and here. But I couldn’t help to create more quilted wish lists and collections. What do you think?

Wearing: Dr Martens – thrifted, Jeans – 10 Dollar Mall, Bag – 10 Dollar Mall, Green Button down – Philip Lim for Target, Sweater – Old Navy, Beret – vintage
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Do You Shapewear?

A couple months ago I agreed to review a shape wear piece by Leonisa, a brand that  is relatively well known and has been advertised on a few day time TV talk shows.

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Truly Invisible Bodysuit Shaper. Images from Leonisa.com

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Truly Invisible Bodysuit Shaper. Images from Leonisa.com

Let me be honest with you – I don’t do shape wear! I don’t think I need it, I don’t believe in it, and all the other 101 reasons why I think it’s bogus!

First of all, it’s extremely uncomfortable. When I first took the Truly Invisible Bodysuit Shaper (shown in the images above) out of the packaging, I didn’t think I was going to manage and get into it. Here is a tip – remove all the jewelry and put your hair in a bun! Make sure you apply makeup afterwards, as there will be a lot of huffing and puffing.

Going to the bathroom is a pain! As well as breathing, sitting, walking and all the rest!

The bra portion wasn’t padded, which was a big letdown (even though it looks like that in the photos)! I haven’t worn a non-padded bra since 2008! A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

Maybe I should’ve gone for a different type of piece, something like this – for that occasional muffin top fix…

Images from Leonisa.com

Images from Leonisa.com

Well, I guess I’ll be smarter next time!

There are situations when one can make shapewear work! I think it’s okay wearing it for up to 4 hours, but no more! Say you have an event, and that naked dress you have been dying to wear! Then go for it!

In the end, shapewear is not for me! What I like is eating healthy and working out! That’s the best shape wear for me! What about you? Do you do shapewear?

Happy Monday,

Zhenya

PS. I was provided an item for review in exchange for my honest opinion. Well it’s as honest as it can get!

Thrift Style Thursday: Road Closed // Blogger Link Up

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I have been loving the whole denim on denim situation, so when Martyna of Spoolish, and I decided to style a denim vest for this weeks Thrift Style Thursday, I knew exactly what i wanted to do! The vest I am wearing is Ralph Lauren, and I dug it out at my favorite Sal Val store in the warehouse district, you know which one, you’ve been there ;) The vest is a size too big for me, and every time I put it on, I think it makes me look boxy, but then I see the pictures and start to realize how different we look to ourselves, than when others see us, even if that other is a camera lens!

I am also happy to announce that you will be able to link up to our Thrift Style Thursday posts from now on, isn’t that exciting?

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Wedges - Nine West Vintage America collection, Jeans – Express thrifted, Top – Gap thrifted, Sheer blouse – Rag Stock, Denim Vest – Ralph Lauren thrifted, Bag – Philip Lim for Target, Scarf – Charlotte Russe

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Don’t forget to check out Martyna’s post and link up!

Xx,
Z

Disclosure: I am participating in a Verizon Wireless blogger program, and received the device and 6 months of service for free, in exchange for my honest opinion. For more information, please click on the Verizon Voices Icon!

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Styling 3.1 Philip Lim // Review

After bringing home a quiet extensive amount of Philip Lim’s collection for Target Sunday morning, my first thought was – I have to clean! I know you are probably thinking, you should’ve been celebrating, because you were one of the lucky happy shoppers. Yes, there were so many negative reviews and opinions, that I know were experience and not collection related, but I am not going to focus on that! So yes, I did clean, organized my clothes, threw out an idea for other Minnesota Bloggers to organize a Clothing Swap (let me know if you are interested)! Did laundry, laundry and more laundry. Went through my mail, my email, my magazines (most of which ended up in the recycling anyways!), cooked…

And finally, finally at about noon, I put some of it on! And loved it…

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Boom Sweater – Philip Lim for Target, Green Button down – Philip Lim for Target, Mini Satchel in Taupe – Philip Lim for Target, Jeans – Express, Boots – Mossimo

Yesterday was an amazing, emotions filled day, I can’t even describe what a fashion collaboration hype can do to you! Was it worth it? I think so!

Me personal opinion on the bags is – they are good quality, very well made (unfortunately in China, but that’s where all of Target’s stuff comes from). The little metal hooks that attach the strap to the mini satchel are the only thing that look cheapish, but that’s just their color.  The mini satchel fits a large wallet, the front pocket is perfect for your iPhone. I tried putting my Nokia Lumia 928 in there, and that wouldn’t fit! Plus car keys, a small makeup bag or kit. I can definitely compare it to my vintage Coach cross body that you see in a lot of pictures when it comes to what it can fit!

Now for the clothes – I know a lot of people were complaining and saying that the clothes were poor quality, the stitching was off, etc. But the pieces that I got all look well made (for Target – and that’s the one thing I think people most often forget, that it’s TARGET! It’s not the same manufacturer who creates for the designer, and even if it is, well, they won’t be getting paid as much!) I absolutely love the Boom Sweater! It was one of the things that I really wanted, and couldn’t be happier to get! Can’t wait to style the skirt and the other bags for you!

Xx,

Z

 

 

Proskin Challenge: Final Results

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Here they are, my final measurements for the Proskin 28 day blogger challenge! Let’s see what happened:

Hips 33″ (+1″)
Top of thigh 21″ (+1″)
Widest part of thigh 21.5″ (+0.5″)
Above knee 14.5″ (+0.5″)
Below knee 12.5″ (-0.5)
Widest part of calf 13″ (-0.5)

Once again as you can see I gained in most places and lost some in places I don’t really care about :) I would’ve rather continued losing in my thighs. But I was really lazy this week when it came to working out, so this is my payback. And personal belief that exercise and a healthy diet are what you need!

Now let’s see if I lost anything overall:

Hips -3 – I’ll take that! Or I measured wrong ;)
Top of thigh -1 I’ll take that too!
Widest part of thigh -0.5 – Anyone know any good exercises for thighs I should be doing?
Above knee -1 – Like that!
Below knee + 0.5 – OOPS :)
Widest part of calf – Stayed the same

As you can see Proskin slimming leggings do work and work quiet well, and if you are lazy like me and would rather blog than work out, they are perfect for you! Just don’t forget that every once in a while you do need to work out and please eat healthy!

Will I continue wearing my Proskin leggings? Of course! Come fall I’ll be rocking them during the day, not just at night ;)

You guys can probably see I was so skeptical about this challenge, and please don’t get me wrong, I am extremely grateful to Proskin Ltd for the opportunity to try this and share my opinion with you! And just like I mentioned above slimming leggings are a good addition to your already existing healthy routine, but they won’t be able to do all the work, you need to sign up and do at least half of it! Also, don’t put them in the dryer. I made the mistake of doing so back when I first washed them. They’ve worked fine since, but just as a precaution.

I also wanted to share some of the most common questions and ANSWERS about Proskin Slimming Leggings from Debra Zimmer:

How do you get those hours in?

I wear mine to bed, cause its the easiest way for me to get the time in. And my husband doesn’t mind cause they make me feel all sleek and sexy.

How do you wash them?

They can be washed in the machine or by hand. Don’t use fabric softener. Line dry. Don’t use the dryer.

How often do I need to wash them?

You can wear them for days before you need to wash them. They contain silver, a natural antimicrobial.

How long do they last?

Guaranteed for a minimum of 100 washings.

Do I take them with me when I travel?

Yes! The compression helps reduce swelling on the plane and in long car trips. They wash easily.

How do I wear them?

You can easily wear them so many ways: as pajamas, to the gym, as everyday clothes, you name it. I now have a pair I sleep in along with the top, a pair of nude shorts for under jeans and stuff, a pair of green for showing them off in public, and I just added a pair of black cycle length shorts for summer activities.

Aren’t they hot in summer? No. They regulate your body temperature to 98.3 and disseminate your perspiration.

There you go guys. Feel free to ask me any questions as well! I hope you enjoyed this little experiment I put my body through!


One Flew Over Flyover Press

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Today I want to introduce Flyover Press! It’s an online store of Midwest inspired apparel and design items! Nick’s (the creator of Flyover Press and blogger at Great Lakes Prep) love for all things Midwest is so clearly seen through every single item listed in the store!

“Located in southwest Michigan underneath planes venturing cross country, Flyover Press seeks to end the coastal bias that leaves the Midwest so often ignored. By crafting made in the USA apparel and posters inspired by the people, places and traditions of America’s Heartland, Flyover Press serves as a way for Midwesterners to display their pride to the rest of the country.

We’re committed to three things, high quality American-made products, excellent customer service and providing products for the people of the regions of this country that are too often ignored. And having fun while we do it. Some of our best ideas are hatched over a couple beers with old friends. So make that four things.

We also love the Midwest and try to support it in as many ways as possible. That’s why we try to produce as many of our products in the Midwest as we can. Our shirts are printed in Indianapolis and while our posters are printed in Connecticut, they’re done by a couple who broke into the business in Chicago. As we add more products to the line we’ll continue trying to seek out Midwest sources. It might not be the least expensive way of doing things but it’s how we believe in doing business.

And that’s why we give back 3% of profits to Midwest-based non-profits. We want to support the area that raised us and we want to spread the love. That’s why we don’t have just one organization we support, but several. While we have a few organizations already selected, we’re always open to learning about the organizations you love”

How amazing is that? I thought I’d share some of my favorite items from the store with you:

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Patriotic Midwest Tank (love the corn and the wheat logo!)

Navy Blue Patriotic Tank Product Shot

I know they are just starting, so they need all the love and support, especially from us, the midwesterners, so spread the word!

Xx,

Z

 

 

 

{27 Dresses} Miche’s Dress

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Today’s dress is brought to you by…
Just kidding!

My friend Miche of Buttons and Birdcages answered my call to join the 27 dresses project and I couldn’t be happier! She was with me on Refashion Runway, but I’ve actually been following her for a while!

Here is what the dress is all about:
“I actually found this dress at a thrift store for $1.99! It was a little big, and way too long but I figured those fixes should be easy enough given that it was already pretty cute to begin with. It turned out to be an amazing summer dress :)

So here you have it a perfect thrifted summer dress that simply needed to be altered! Doesn’t it look great?

Check Miche out here: Blog – http://www.buttonsandbirdcages.com, Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/buttonsandbirdcages

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Happy Wednesday!

Xx,

Z

PS. Shoot me an email at evgeniahutson@gmail.com if you would like to be featured in this project! And don’t forget to grab the button off the sidebar if you want to start your own!

{27 Dresses} Katie’s Dress

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I am always looking for new blogs to read and follow. Last week I came across Katie’s thrift haul from http://myclosetnbeautyfinds.wordpress.com! And I immediately wanted to feature on of her finds on my blog, and it was, obviously, a dress!

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 Katie is a 22 year old college student who loves drugstore makeup, and about 3 months ago she discovered the beauty of thrifting and can’t get enough of it! On her blog she mainly does beauty reviews and thrift hauls, and sometimes just ramble about whatever is on her mind, don’t we all?
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She bought this dress from a local consignment shop. But she also told me that she rarely wears dresses. Though I personally think they look great on her!
Katie is a perfect example of a girl who wears dresses only on special occasions, she is more of a jeans and a T kind of girl on a day to day basis, but she, herself said she’d love to get out of her comfort zone and wear more dresses! I hope this project inspires her and a lot of other girls out there to wear more skirts and dresses!
Have a great day everyone and don’t forget to stop by Katie’s blog!
Xx,
Z
PS. If you would like to be featured in my 27 dresses project, shoot me an email at evgeniahutson@gmail.com


Savers Thrift Haul

One of my favorite Savers in the Twin Cities area is located in Woodbury, and last Saturday I finally got to go there! And of course I scored :) How could I not! I will be honest with you though, some of the finds might surprise you, but it’s all about confidence and whether or not you can pull it off ;) I also feel like some of you who have just started following me, might enjoy not just a picture, but a video post! Here is my Thrift Haul, which includes an answer to a question every thriftier has asked themselves at least once: What’s inside those jewelry jars? You know the ones they price at $10-$15 and fill with chachkies? I always thought they were broken pieces of jewelry and was going to repurpose them, but it turns out that all of the pieces are absolutely fine!

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Everything but the watch and the necklace around it came from the Savers Jewelry Jar! Watch is Marc by Marc Jacobs, and the necklace that I am wearing as a bracelet is vintage, it used to belong to my grandma, I brought it from Russia!

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In my next post we’ll talk more about the Mustard color wool jacket! I have a very easy solution to the oversized jacket problem!

Have a great weekend!

I don’t know about you, but I am going sailing!

Z

{27 Dresses} Dress 6: On the Boat Again

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: I am participating in a Verizon Wireless blogger program, and received the device and 6 months of service for free, in exchange for my honest opinion. For more information, please click on the Verizon Voices Icon!

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Some of you were wondering whether I received a boat for my birthday last week, well not really ;) The boat actually belongs to my father-in-law, and back in the day Sam and he spent a lot of time building it! And now sailing has become one of my favorite summer pass-times! And this time I made sure I packed my new Samsung Galaxy Camera I received from Verizon Wireless back in May!

When it came to picking out my sailing outfit, I went for one of my favorite DKNY dresses from Macy’s (yay for fitting into juniors size!), and my thrifted (Goodwill) white rim sunnies! I also braided my hair, because once you get out on St.Croix it gets really windy and the hair blows all over the place, in your face included!

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I also wanted to share some scenic photos, enjoy and let me know what you think about sailing and any other kinds of on the water activities!

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Another cool thing I was going to talk to you about is this new app I’ve been using called Mavatar. It’s an iPad app that let’s you shop and create wish boards, but at the same time applies coupons and any promotions going on in the store at the time! The creators of this app focus on higher end stores and brands (Nieman Marcus, Bloomington’s, Nordstrom) with a good mix of Macy’s, Gap, and Banana Republic in between! It’s especially nice to see Bloomingdales and Nieman’s featured on here, because they closed both of these stores in Minneapolis! (*SIGH*)

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The “main” page of the app (every category breaks down into more when you tap it)

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And this is where you can see how many coupons/discounts/promotions are available

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And an example of a “Wishlist”!

So here you have it online shoppers – a great way to shop and save at the same time! Now that’s what I call smartshopping!

Let inspiration guide you today~

Xo,

Z

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