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N is for Necklace {A-Z Challenge}

spring-summer-necklaces statement-necklaces There is nothing like a necklace to make an outfit stand out. And if you ask me, that’s my favorite piece of jewelry! I have so many different ones in my collection! But after creating these necklace boards, I got really inspired to go back to DIYs and make my own. How is this one for inspiration? DIY-necklace-inspiration I can’t wait to show you the final result. I am also starting fashion illustration, and if you want me to draw you or one of your favorite outfits from the blog, leave me a comment below! Happy Friday!

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February Blogger SWAP

We did it again, we swapped! I love doing blogger swaps and this time around I actually made sure I mailed everything in a timely manner. It’s just so hard to go anywhere when it feels like 30 below outside! Trust me, even going to work is challenging for me in these temps! Where is July?

This time my partner was Feier from Dash of Rose, she has a beautiful DIY and lifestyle blogger, and I loved getting to know her through the swap, because before that I’ve never heard of her blog. (That’s probably the number one reason why I like swaps so much! I get to meet new bloggers from new places!)

Putting the package together was really easy this time around, here is what I sent Feier:

And here is what she sent me:
As you can see we both sent each other hand made clutches, and I absolutely loved the travel size of  my favorite Oscar Blandi dry shampoo! And look at all these zippers! Love them! I am also planning on hanging that elephant trinket up on my Christmas tree this year, meanwhile it’s hanging out by the window in my dining room!
Have you ever done a swap? Did you like it? Would you be interested in doing one in the future?
Here are all the other bloggers who swapped, check out their posts, I know not everyone is posting today, but it’s always good to find new blogs to read :)

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Give LOVE

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This Christmas, above all, give love!

Happy Holidays,

Zhenya

DIY Instagram Inspirational Coasters via Shutterfly

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Since we’ve moved to our new house, I’ve been much much more furniture conscious. Meaning I am done leaving ring marks everywhere :) Yes, I was one of those people, who didn’t take care of her nice (even though most of the time freecycled or gifted) furniture. And I am ashamed of it.

So when I saw that Shutterfly offered personalized coasters for only $20, I knew I was in!

I had several ideas as to what put on them, from all the places Sam and I have been to, to maps, to quotes… But I finally decided to go with my Instagram photos that I have been lately editing with a new app called Rhonna.

It was hard to pick out 4 images, but I went with these:

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And that’s how my coasters turned out:

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Don’t you just love them?

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Ironically enough this is my second coaster DIY this year, you can read about the first one here.

What have you been making lately?
Xx,
Zhenya

DIY Vintage Doily Coffee Table Runner

I am back with a DIY Friday post! I hope you are as excited as I am! Because I am finally going to start showing bits and pieces of my new house!

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About a month ago I went to an estate left overs sale in Hopkins. It was organized by Empty the Nest, one of my favorite thrift/vintage household items resellers in the Twin Cities. I scored 2 large bags of stuff for $10 (it was a 5 dollar bag sale!)
And among my many many finds were these vintage doilies. So I decided to create a runner for my oval living room coffee table.

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First I laid everything out, and then stitched it together, using just a needle and a thread. I was originally going to use my sewing machine, but decided against it.

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I am really happy with the final result, and glad I waited so long to get the doilies. The living room is coming together and I’ll have another post for you soon (get ready for some peacocking ;) )

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Have a great Labor Day weekend! See you on Tuesday!
Xx,
Z

{27 Dresses} Dress 10 : Are You Ready to Jump?

Remember this dress?

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It was my first refashion in the Refashion Runway project, and it was absolutely perfect for that weekend. The dress is American Apparel thrifted for $5 from the Hopkins Goodwill and still had the original tags :)

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And it wouldn’t be fair to the girls if I didn’t share this picture:

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And this:

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And this:

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And finally this:

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Happy Monday :)

Xx,

Z

Vintage Leslie Fay dress refashion (PSST! What I really wore for the 4th of July!)

After we moved, I have come to realize how much vintage clothing I actually have. Unfortunately I couldn’t wear some of it, because it needed to be altered or refashioned! So I decided to start with this vintage Leslie Fay dress:

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I got it at Savers last fall, and never wore it because of the neckline, or should I say the lack of it :) So, that collar was the first thing to go:

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Then I cut a good chunk off the bottom, lets be honest, I still got some killer leg to show ;)

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I hemmed the raw edges using some vintage navy colored trim that I had, making this dress perfect for the 4th of July!

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Refashion Runway First Challenge: STRIPES

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Hi everyone, I hope you are as excited as I am, because today I am finally sharing my very first submission to the Refashion Runway contest hosted by the Renegade Seamstress!

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VOTE!!!

I am ecstatic, especially because I completed this challenge last Sunday, and waited and waited all week long to finally show it to you, and the WORLD!

As you know the theme of the first challenge was STRIPES! And there is a story behind this refashion (as always with me!)

I was at work working on the NAYEC portfolio on a Saturday (yes, I do that!), when Beth emailed me, so after spending 4 hours and barely getting anything done, I hit the Hopkins Goodwill (one of the best ones in the Twin Cities in my opinion) and scored an awesome American Apparel striped dress for $5.99 (originally $42), that just screamed REFASHION to me! (I also got a whole bunch of other things, but I’ll tell you more about them later ;) )

Before

Do you see what’s wrong with it? Yes, the hood, which was too heavy and looked awkward, and the drawstrings, which looked like a giant shoelace!

So I quickly cut the hood off, creating the new neckline…

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Then I got rid of the shoelace drawstring:

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And swapped it for a bright turquoise ribbon!

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But I went one step further and reused the left over fabric from the hood to create this Great Gatsby inspired head piece:

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HeadBand

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I styled the dress with white wedges from Fashionol.ru, Straw Fedora from Goodwill, Bright Neon Necklace from Old Navy, and Vintage Kenneth Cole purse!

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Please don’t forget to go and cast your vote here, so that I can keep refashioning in this wonderful contest!

Xo,

Z

DIY Friday: Florals, Florals Everywhere (two refashions in one!)

Today’s refashion is going to be quick and easy and as summery as it can get! A couple weeks ago I thrifted these Guess capris:

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What an awkward length!

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But what an amazing floral print! Besides I’ve always loved Guess ;)

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The first refashion that I am going to suggest is a no-sew refashion. All you need to do is simply roll up the pant legs like this:

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But I already had a pair of summer shorts like this, so I decided to chop the excess off and hem each pant leg!

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And the new shorts were done:

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My question is – HOW SHOULD I STYLE THESE?

Please comment below :)

Happy Friday,

xo,

Z

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Perfect Summer Tote DIY

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Today I have prepared an easy and quick refashion that any Costco shopper can afford to make :) Why Costco? Because that’s where my in-laws take us shopping sometimes and that’s where I found a giant bag of rice that came in a sack, that we are going to use in our refashion today!
Another thin we’ll need is either plain fabric for lining, or, like in my case, a cloth bag one of my designer purses came in!
Here is our bag of rice (I’ve only seen them at Costco, please let me know if you’ve seen them at other stores! I want to make this easier for those who choose to shop elsewhere!)

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And here is the bag we are going to use for lining:

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The first thing you are going to want to do is hide all the loose ends, strings, etc! I also got rid of the zipper, because it was junky!

Then I trimmed the cloth bag to fit, kept the handles, because the original sack handles were too short!

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Make sure to do some fitting before you start sewing by simply inserting the new lining into the sack:

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I also went over the top edges with a thick red thread, to make sure it didn’t fray:

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How big is your needle? ;)
And finally sewed it all together on my machine! When sewing be careful, because the sack is made of a thick and heavy fabric, I don’t want you ruining your machines because of me! And keep in mind – you’ll end up doing some hand sewing one way or another, because the edges are thick!

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And you are done! Enjoy your bag and have a wonderful weekend!
For those of you who are wondering where I am going next week – my blog is taking me to Chicago! And even though I am going to the Windy City only for a couple of days, I feel like it’s an amazing start of something wonderful and exciting for me!
Lots of love,
Z

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