Camel Skirt

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This camel skirt from H&M has quickly become my favorite this spring. Its cut and the flare help add the otherwise missing curves to my body. I didn’t plan on having my picture taken that day, it was a shoot for Megan, but you don’t have to twist my arm when it comes to photos 😉 And of course the photographer was Chan!

Outfit details: Wide Cotton Skirt H&M || Striped crop top Free People || Flats TOMS

Below are more full and button down skirt look options! Enjoy!

Fabletics’ Mall of America Store Opening Sat May 21

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Fabletics, the fashion-forward activewear brand co-founded by award-winning actress Kate Hudson, is opening its seventh brick-and-mortar store at the Mall of America on May 21, 2016, which is tomorrow 😉 I’ve always been interested in the brand, the activewear they offer, and the celebrities behind it. To be completely honest I sometimes go for runs in my husband’s old t-shirts, but I’ve been getting better lately.

I was surprised to find out that this is already their 7th store (and the first one was only opened last September), it’s pretty impressive for a company that started out completely online. But I am glad they delivered upon customer demand, and it’s going to be interesting to see the store and the full selection of products in person.

I guess trying on clothes in a physical store isn’t going anywhere for a while! Talk about the importance of shopping experience! The MOA store will offer

  • Mobile points of sale
  • Free shipping from the warehouses of out-of-stock items
  • Virtual shopping cart to help customers complete their shopping online after their in-store visit
  • Fun monthly events with champagne and a DJ to launch our new collection
  • Free, in-store workout classes hosted by Fabletics Masters

To celebrate the new store, guests will enjoy the following at the grand opening event:

  • 20% off all purchases
  • Complimentary “Live Your Passion” tote bags
  • Light refreshments, including champagne toast
  • Performances by acro yoga artists

In addition, the first 50 customers will receive a complimentary pair of black capris with a purchase.

The store is located on Level 1 South (S142) near Macy’s! 

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Selling Clothes on ThredUp

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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!

Vacation Dreaming with Sakroots

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Since I spent my spring break apartment hunting in Milwaukee, I am in full swing planning a short summer getaway for Sam and I. I will also be a regular at the lake beaches this year, just to get the most out of Twin Cities living, before I trade Chain of Lakes for Lake Michigan.

Going to the beach has always been one of my favorite pass times. That’s why I am so excited to partner with Sakroots for this post and share their gallery of artwork on bags, shoes, tech accessories, travel & luggage and back to school accessories appealing to the artist, music and nature lover in all of us.  Their Choose Your Karma (#chooseyourkarma) campaign supports like-minded artists and charities while encouraging customers to choose who and what they want to support from the circle. Also, Sakroots matches all donations!

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I can’t wait to wear my new Ella Flat Espadrilles in Natural Spirit Desert and pack all the necessities in my new waterproof XL tote in Aqua Water Nation when I go to the beach this summer. Can you tell I am obsessed with Essie nail polish as well? And no day at the beach is complete without hair care products and sunscreen! Last, but not least, I’ll be bringing my mini jambox to the lake this year to enjoy my favorite tunes with friends.

So if you are looking for the perfect Spring Break look check out Snakeroots and their curated collection of must have functional spring break accessories featuring colorful & original artwork… and they support various nature and music charities! Different prints are connected to different charities, which you can learn more about on their website.

<3 Coffee

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Happy Spring Break! I am off to Milwaukee on Monday to do some apartment searching with a friend, neighborhood research for myself, and meeting some amazing friends from Instagram. I can’t wait to be done with school and move. This week felt odd and frustrating. Knowing myself I need a change of scenery, and some Collectivo coffee, which is exactly what I am doing 🙂

It’s been refreshing to hang out with some apparel majors this week, versus my regular retail crowd. And I wanted to mention my friend Sinead’s blog. It’s called Sinead Odessa, which is her name 😉 and I highly encourage you to check it out if you get a chance!

Style wise I’ve been leaning towards skinny jeans and graphic tees, I can never seem to get enough of those, so I made this roundup of my favorite looks with black skinny jeans, they are all pretty basic, which makes them so much more appealing.  This coffee tee got so much love on Instagram yesterday, that I think I’m going to feature it in another post next week!

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:

 

Adam Lippes For Target

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School and Things

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Plaid vest: Thakoon for Kohls’ | Skinny jeans: Target | Plaid dress: GAP

School started. You know when I was a kid I used to know all the car models and manufacturers. And then I fell out of the loop. Well, I am back to it now, the knowing I mean. Daily commutes contribute to that. And as excited as I am about my senior year, I am sad. Maybe I’ve been listening to too much Radiohead lately, but the unknown scares me, kind of. Sam has been extremely supportive and told me to take as long as I need to find that dream job after I graduate. So I am not really worried about that, I guess it’s more excitement that keeps me up at night.

I am at 18 credits this semester, one being an empty internship credit that I fulfilled over the summer. But I am taking Merchandising Math, Retail Promotions, Stats, Management and Introduction to Entrepreneurship, which may be my favorite class.

So between classes, “work”, and walking Mason, I also try to find time to keep my house together and not ditch all of my friends.

Meanwhile, catch me on Instagram.

 

Autumn in August

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Target denim leggings | TJMaxx faux leather jacket | Popsugar hoodie| Frye boots | Target handbag | Forever 21 shirt | Coralized necklace 

The past two days have been a welcome fall preview in Minneapolis. The leather jacket came out, the hoodie made it’s appearance, denim leggings didn’t seem like too much or too hot or too anything… I am so excited for the rain and 60 degrees, but I am even more excited for school to start. Sam and I are going to campus on Thursday to hang out, visit the St Paul campus, because Sam has never been there, walk along the river, and get my books and planner (I really feel like my life has been in chaos without one). We are also looking forward to going to Boom Island Park!

#SummerInLilly

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Have you ever typed up a few whole sentences only to realize they’ve been in the wrong language? Oh the benefits of having two keyboards, and then forgetting to switch.

Now that the summer is winding down Sam and I are trying to spend as much time at the beach as we can. And yesterday I stepped out of my comfort zone in this Lilly Pulitzer romper. A – it’s a romper, B – it’s a brand that I almost never wear, and C – it’s the wildest summer pattern I own. But all of the above doesn’t really matter, does it? Especially when there is this cool hashtag in the title of the post – #SummerInLilly

I have recently read an article about Lilly Pulitzer doing social media right, they are one of the few brands who doesn’t outsource it to a third party agency. I will do my best to try and find that piece, but it was in the new Apple News App on my beta iOS 9, so…

Meanwhile I am binge watching The X Files on Netflix, and hoping that the truth, is in fact, out there.

#SummerInLilly #SummerInLilly #SummerInLilly

 

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|| Romper: c/o Lilly Pulitzer || Shoes: TOMS || Shirt: JJill thrifted ||

|| Purse: Target || Necklace: Gift ||

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