Fashion

Crazy Color-block Cocktails

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Are you ready to go out with me? It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be funky, it’s going to be crazy! It’s spring, and there are so many beautiful colors in the palette! I love this dress for it’s straight lines, and color combo. It’s an amazing piece that’s perfect for spring and summer. And you never know, there might be some dancing involved, after those cocktails!

I am wearing: Dress: 10 Dollar Mall ~ Shoes: Target ~ Jacket: Vintage thrifted ~Glasses: thrifted

Last week I had an opportunity to do a photo shoot at a local boutique (Dji G’s Boutique) in Northeast Minneapolis. Here is a little behind the scenes for you. And of course I will share pictures once they are ready.

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I know it’s been crazy with A to Z challenge, and all my outfit photos. Plus the local fashion events are popping up left and right and I love covering those! Hopefully things will slow down in May. I do have some exciting tech posts coming up. I am getting an Intel Tablet here soon, and can’t wait to share my experience with you! But enough about me, how have you all been?

For more great cocktail dresses go to: 

Spoolish // Buttons and Birdcages // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J

Alligator Toe // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex

Eclecticity // Confessions of a Refashionista // sistasfromcali

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L is for Lace {A-Z Challenge}

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As much as I would like to make this post about leather, I am going a different, more feminine route this time and posting about lace. Some may consider lace old fashioned, it definitely doesn’t have the edge leather brings to an outfit. But sometimes no edge is good. I feel like I’ve been edgy with a lot of my outfits lately. I think it helps me stay strong and confident. You know they say – be careful about your style, it tells people who you are. Sometimes I want my style to state that I am tough and strong and you better not mess with me. But today I am feeling girly and flirty, today is about lace.

If your style could talk, what would it say about you?

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PS. There will be an edgy outfit featuring my amazing faux leather jacket later this week! But shhh!

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K is for Kimonos and Kaftans {A-Z Challenge}

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I am a little behind on my A to Z challenge, but here is letter K post. I am really excited about it, because I made it all about kimonos and kaftans (caftans). I know a few brave people who have actually worn those in real life, and looked amazing! I am hoping to be able to pull one off sometime this summer. But don’t you just love oriental inspired clothing?

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Peace and Grunge

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Happy Friday and a flash back to the 90′s. With the weather finally warming up and spring being here, I can’t stop but take more and more outfit photos outside. My almost 18 year old photographer is amazing, and I love her so much for dealing with me almost every day! Thank you Elvira, you are a star!

Being busy is hard. Being busy and blogging almost every day of the week is hard. Being Zhenya is hard. But in spite of all that, it’s still fun and amazing. And I count my blessings every day when I get to share my post with you, because I get to share my life, my passions and my dreams with you.

Grunge is something I WASN’T in high school. But it was amazing to try on, and I’ll be honest, I loved it!

90′s style love it or hate it? Do tell!

And even though I am a day late for #ThriftStyleThursday, I know these girls have some great ideas and inspirations for you:

Spoolish // Buttons and Birdcages // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J

Alligator Toe // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex

Eclecticity // Confessions of a Refashionista // sistasfromcali

Erika’s Style Diary!

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I is for Indie {A-Z Challenge}

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I is for Indie, and indie is trendy. I learned that back in 2006, and haven’t forgotten it since. Indie to me means a symbiosis of styles, pieces, and eras. Indie to me is taking time to make (sew, knit, crochet, embroider, …) my own clothes. Indie to me is thrifting and looking for inspiration in the vintage pieces I find.

Indie to me is wearing cowboy boots to work, and being proud of it! What does indie mean to you?

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E is for Earrings {A-Z Challenge}

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I’ll be honest with you, I rarely wear earrings. I didn’t get my ears pierced until I was 18 and in college. It had nothing to do with my parents, there was simply never an opportunity. And I didn’t really care. Then at a youth retreat, one of my friend’s mom pierced my ears. She had a gun and everything. After my first hole, I immediately wanted a second one, and my cartilage pierced as well. Glad it didn’t go that far. I mean cartilage. I do have 2 piercings in every ear though.

Due to the nature of my job (I work with kids), I don’t really wear earrings that often. But after creating these look books, I really want to make an effort and wear earrings more! Which ones are your favorites? I think the Kate Spade bows are simply adorable!

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A is for Accessories {A-Z Challenge}

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The A-Z Challenge is here, and it’s a Fashion ABC on my blog.

A is for Accessories.

I just got this leather bracelet on clearance at TJ Maxx last Sunday! Only $10, but so much happiness it brings me. 

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Chambray

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Chambray shirt – Ralph Lauren, Necklace – thrifted, Jeans – 10 Dollar Mall, Converse – TJMaxx

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Oh Minnesota winter, when will you leave already? Spring has been teasing us this weekend, only to delay it’s arrival until next weekend. What can I say? I can’t live comfortably unless it’s 60 degrees outside.

Spring signs are everywhere though, and I can’t wait to see what comes up in my garden. 

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Styling in St Paul

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Coat – Via Spiga, Purse – Forever 21, Jeans – Express, Heels- Unknown, Sunglasses – Lucky Brand

 

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Prom Dresses 2014

I love the idea of prom, dressing up, getting your hair and makeup done. It prepares you for the future, the one important occasion that every girl dreams of – her wedding day.

Becoming a prom queen is definitely a dream for a lot of girls. What is it about royalty and princesses that lures us in? I know Disney has made a huge impact, but the real life princess Kate Middleton is also loved by many. Unfortunately not everyone can be a queen, but you can still feel like one, in the right dress, of course.

I remember picking out my own dress. My mom and I went all over town, tried so many things on, and in the end I went with a pink top and skirt combo. It was nothing fancy, but I liked it. If I were to re-live that moment, I’d definitely go for a red carpet inspired gown, something that you might see at the Oscars. Sadly that wasn’t even an option back in 2003 (seems so long ago).

A few tips to keep in mind when picking out your prom dress:

- Know your body shape and which style dress compliments it the most.
- Accessories and shoes are an extremely important part of the look, it’s not just about the dress.
- Think about the colors in advance, pick one that makes your eyes look brighter, or accentuates your skin tone.  

Another important thing to remember – prom dresses don’t have to be expensive. There are some very affordable ones on JenJenHouse. I picked out a few of my favorite celebrity inspired ones to share today.

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Charleze Theron Black Gown Inspired:

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 Jennifer Lawrence Red Gown Inspired:

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 Lupita Nyong’o Light Blue Gown Inspired:

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There are so many wonderful dresses available on line today, I hope you find something you like. (http://www.jenjenhouse.com/Prom-Dresses-c18/recommend/)

What would you wear to prom if you had to do it all over again? What did you wear to prom? Tweet me your photos, I’d love to see them!

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