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The velvet trend is one of my favorites this fall! I recently got this Crushed Velvet Swing Dress at Forever 21 for only $12.90 (I actually got it in both colors), and have been loving it! It’s so soft and easy, plus you can style it in so many different ways! It makes a nice addition to my vintage velvet dress collection.

Are you wearing velvet this season? How do you style it?

All photos by Kaitlyn <3

Make sure to stop by the blog every Monday to check out the weekly Monday Mode Link Up, I love seeing everyone’s stylish outfits and beautiful faces!

And lastly please check out my top velvet pieces for everyone’s wardrobe:

Rock the Garden Recap + Very Girly Cocktail Recipe

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Last Sunday I got an awesome chance to see Rock the Garden, from a rooftop. My in-laws live in Lowry Hill right behind the Walker, so Sam and I literally climbed the roof. We are not as glamorous as you may have thought when you started reading this post 😉

The two bands worth mentioning are The Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger (ft. Sean Lennon), and Modest Mouse. Sean Lennon looked just like I remember him from when he performed in Moscow, just with longer hair.

Modest Mouse was amazing, and of course not enough. But they were totally worth climbing the roof for. And it was even better because Sam climbed it with me.

We managed to fit in Father’s Day dinner, a walk, and some cocktails in between performances.

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And I wanted to share our cocktail recipe with you, but be warned, I eyeball everything:

Ingredients:

– rum

– fresca

– orange/tangerine tropicana

– scoop of watermelon gelato

How to:

Start with rum, then add orange/tangerine juice, then some Fresca, top it off with the scoop of gelato, and add some more Fresca to melt the gelato. Don’t forget ice! I only had one of these, but I definitely could’ve gone for two more 😉

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My look: DressForever 21,

Turquoise necklace (similar) – thrifted,

Birkenstocks – not shown here 😉 – Hautelook

P is for Pants {A-Z Challenge}

Pants have definitely become a staple piece in almost everyone’s wardrobe. Including mine. I will admit, I am a huge fan of jeans, and pants for me are more of an effort or a special occasion/job interview apparel for me. But everyone sees them differently.

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Due to the nature of my work, you can sometimes hear me say – Pull up your pants! Put your pants on! Keep your pants on! It’s a lot of fun being an early childhood ed teacher. Such item like pants, often don’t make sense to kids. They hate them. All they want to do is trade jeans in for sweats, or better yet pajamas. At least in my class. Girls are known for leggings and tutus combos, or just leggings and shirt… This is when I came to realize that we are not that much different from kids. At least I am not.

I live for next pajama day, when I can wear my sweats or yoga pants to school.

I love distressed denim just like the kids like sticking their fingers in it and distressing it even more. 

Anything that prevents me from sitting criss-cross apple sauce at circle time should be immediately removed from my wardrobe.

Pockets are a sign of status. Discovering and actually utilizing those pockets is a sign of being almost ready for preschool. 

Nothing is wrong with going commando.

Forgetting an extra pair of pants is not a big deal. The lost and found bin is always runneth over.

You can never have too many pairs of pants. 

Always bring an extra pair, or two, no better yet – THREE!

Kids and pants are a funny subject, I hope you enjoyed my observations as much as you enjoyed the collections I created.

 

Do you have a favorite pair of pants? Do you prefer jeans to pants, or pants to jeans? Do tell!

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O is for Overalls {A-Z Challenge}

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How could I not post about overalls? The more important question here though is – How do I still not own a pair? I don’t know. I am trying and looking and hoping to find an awesome pair at a thrift store. But, alas, nothing so far. Only my Mavatar collections, which you can check out here:

 

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Hello, Moto!

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Happy Saturday!

Above all else today I wish you spring, and joy, and edge! I wish you the ability to freely express yourself and be who you are, and be with who you want to be!

Zhenya

I’m wearing: Dress – JCrew – thrifted, Faux Leather Jacket – TJ Maxx, Cut out boots – Forever 21, Tote – Free People, Sunnies – Lucky

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Black and Nude

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After a weekend of walking, Mall of America shopping, puddle jumping, and light rail riding, it’s so nice to sit down with a cup of hot chocolate, and think about everything that happened.

I often joke at work – I am Forever 21. Anytime someone asks me how old I am, I say I am forever 21, and I got some of the mom’s to adopt my way of thinking as well. It fascinates me that there are people out there, my age, with 2 kids already. But, I am forever 21. 

The apple print dress is Marc Jacobs. Being a teacher, it fit’s me perfectly. I shopped Forever 21 for accessories, and the hat is something I immediately fell in love with. And I feel like I will be able to wear it well through the fall. The boots are something I’ve been looking for since last fall. There is something sexy and feminine about a heavy black shoe with a chunky heel, and skin showing, don’t you think?

How was your weekend?

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Dress: Marc Jacobs Boots: Forever 21 Hat: Forever 21 Accessories: Forever 21 Watch: Marc Jacobs

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Rimmel’s Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara

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I have recently received a new product from Rimmel through my Influenster membership! And I was 100% sure I had to write a blog post about it, and then it turned out that I didn’t! But since I haven’t done a beauty post in a while, today is the day! Besides I love Rimmel mascaras and think that they are a perfect drugstore dupe for Bobbi Brown’s!

The product I got is called Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara (Grow Lash complex and fibres) in 001 black!

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It has one of those plastic brushes that I like, but if I am not careful enough, I do end up scratching the skin along my lash line (am I the only one out there who does it?)

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I usually apply at least 2 coats of this mascara, it builds up nicely and creates length! As far as the grow complex, let’s wait a few weeks and we’ll see! But if you want your lashes to grow, simply start taking the B-vitamins complex! That usually does the trick!

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That night Sam and I also went for a walk to the Stone Arch Bridge, and decided to explore the lower trail, which in some way reminded me of Congdon Park in Duluth, where he proposed!

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I am wearing:

Shoes and Bag – Fashionol // Jeans – Doll House // Tank – Forever 21 // Sweater – Voices of Europe //

Oversized jacket – Land’s End

Have a great Thursday everyone! And remember – it’s almost FRIDAY!

Xo,

Z

PS. I am also accepting honest opinions about the shoes and the bag! These products were sent to me for review in exchange for my honest opinion!

 

Shopping at Forever 21 after 21!

Yesterday while getting Sam’s watch adjusted at Rosedale Mall, I snuck a peek at the Forever 21 windows. I haven’t shopped there in ages and was pleasantly surprised by the variety of looks appealing to me, a 25 year old cynical fashion blogger, who shops for brands at thrift stores. So today I went on their website and picked out a few things that I consider age appropriate and flattering for myself and other 25 year olds like me! Enjoy!

Dolman Tribal Dress $19.80

 Floral Shirtdress $27.80

 Longline jacket $29.80

 Teardrop Bead Necklace $ 6.80

 Ikat Print Tote $ 19.80

 Lace Up Wedge Booties $ 32.80

Have you also noticed the same number over and over again after the decimal? .80? What’s up with that? Taking a break from the good old .99 I see, Forever 21? Anyways I thought these items were exceptionally cute, and who knows I might just pop into a Forever 21 one of these days!

xoxo,

Z

PS. All pictures and prices were taken from the Forever 21 website

Outfit of the Yesterday

I was going to post these pics yesterday, but since I ABSOLUTELY had to share my pictures of some Hideous Hats, here it is – My Outfit of the Day, September, 25

Sam and I took a walk to the Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun, the pictures are from the latter!

The outfit breakdown (for those who really want to know 😉 )

Shoes – UO (probably the most expensive part of the outfit – something around $30)

Skirt – $4 – Steeple People

Purse $3 – Vintage, Steeple People

Belt and Scarf – Banana Republic – FREE (swapped 🙂 )

Shirt Banana Republic – FREE – freecycled in NYC

Jacket – Forever 21 (this jacket is 5 years old, I got it in Chicago, and it’s one of the brands that Forever 21 has since discontinued, I think it was around $15, but I am not sure)

Sunglasses – Steve Madden – from TJ Maxx – $8

Hope you had a great Sunday 🙂

ZhenyAH!

To Infinity and Beyond

There are several great scarf trends out there this season. And my number one favorite is the Infinity Scarf!

What is an infinity scarf?

It’s basically a scarf that has no end, so if you want to make one, you are going to start off making a regular scarf, and then sew the ends together. I am in the process of knitting one for myself for the upcoming fall season!

Most of the retailers carry them. Starting with Old Navy and ending with Vince, and other designer brands.

Another famous infinity scarf that has been “out of stock” is the Missoni for Target zigzag scarf.

But as our local StarTribune called it – Target is the poor man’s Neiman Marcus – so we won’t go there 🙂

Anyways, Infinity scarves are great, and you should try finding one at your local retailer! Let me know what you find and if you want pics to be posted on my blog! 

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