Gina + Will Goodwill

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Last Friday night I finally made it to the new thrift store Gina + Will in Dinkytown. Operated by Goodwill Easter Seals MN it is an experimental store targeted towards young people and students. Located at 1324 5th St SE, Minneapolis it’s right across the street from Target Express and is very easy to find.

I got there around 7 pm and the place was busy! There was music, DJ, food and refreshments, and of course so many styles to choose from.

It was also a great chance for me to snap a few pictures of some outfits that made it on the Ustyle tumblr page!

What to shop Gina + Will for?

Fall apparel – sweaters, jackets, boots – it’s all there and the selection is great.

Bottoms – jeans, skirts, slacks, sweatpants (if you wish) can also be found in a large variety of styles and sizes.

Specialty racks – Gina + Will loves black and white was one of them last week, and I snagged two amazing items off of that rack!

Go there for the school spirit wear (and other local teams too ;) ) – get that Goldie on your shirt for cheaper than anywhere else!

Have you visited Gina + Will Goodwill? What did you think?

One of my finds was this white Talbots pleated skirt. You will be seeing a lot of it this fall, trust me!

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Replacement

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We often replace things in life. And this time, I had to replace my chambray shirt, that I wore out in about 2 years. It’s hard to part with an item that has been there for you when you didn’t know what to wear. It’s hard to find a replacement. I finally understand people who buy several different shirts or tops of the same kind, maybe in different colors, but, you get the idea. Last week during my thrifting escapades I found this JCrew chambray shirt, and, there it was – my new chambray.

I also went and got balayage done last Saturday. This time around Charlie did an even better job, and it didn’t take me too long to realize that I am not a highlights person. But a balayage is right up my alley. Having my hair bleached definitely helps wash it less over the summer, because it doesn’t get greasy as fast. Another lesson I learned is that I probably shouldn’t go 4 months between the appointments.

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Happy Monday!

A Coach to Carry {Thrift Style Thursday}

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What is it about a purse that a woman loves? Loves so much that she can never have enough of them? I am one of those women. Call me fashionista, call me hoarder, but when Philip Lim’s collection for Target launched, I was there in line, and went home with 3 purses. Yes, that’s me. My collection keeps growing, in spite of the small closet space. It keeps growing in spite of the fact that I know I don’t need any more bags. It keeps growing…

But there is nothing, I repeat nothing, that compares to the thrill and the joy of a designer, quality, leather thrifted purse. And that’s my brown coach bag right here for you. And that’s why my collection keeps growing! Thrift stores are full of amazing stylish chic purses that will complete your every outfit! Check them out!

My dress is Old Navy, boots are Mexx, bag is Coach, and a hand-knit thrifted sweater, leather gloves from Marshalls.

Make sure to look through other girls’ posts below! And keep spreading thrifted love!

Kristi //Alligator Toe

Martyna // Spoolish

Miche // Buttons and Birdcages

Nout // Sandpaper Kisses

Justine // The Two Cent Chick

Jackline // Sincerely Miss J

Alex // Snippets with Alex

Zhenya

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Oh hey 90’s, how are you?

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When I was in 9th grade, everyone who was anyone seemed to have had Grinders, a European (?) version of Dr. Martens. Some people still had Dr. Martens, but I don’t think I was friends with any of them ;) Everyone called Grinders – sh*& stompers, and that was probably one of the reasons why I didn’t want to buy them, nor did I have the money. I didn’t start working till I was 16, and that was already after I graduated high school.

But I lucked out, and now, 12 years later when I am 27, I can finally go back to my high school years, rocking a pair of Dr. Martens that I scored at the brand new Goodwill here in St. Louis Park! I spent about 2 hours thrifting there on Saturday morning, even got a 15% discount and scored some amazing work out gear and home decor (more on that later and on Goodwill blog!)

How did you spend your Saturday?

~Zhenya

PS. Don’t forget to enter my Giveaway for a chance to win $50 to Uncommon Goods!

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I’m the Cool Cat in the Hat // Thrift Style Thursday

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Erin, this one’s for you! I will always be a cool cat to you and you will always be a cool cat to me! We have to get together soon! You know I would love to visit Texas! And if you ever miss snow, just come to Minnesota!

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I am so happy you’ve joined me and the girls for yet another Thrift Style Thursday! It means a lot to us! We are also excited to welcome Justine of thetwocentchick.com ! We are so excited to have you on board! Remember if you want to join Thrift Style Thursday all you need to do is shoot me a FB message or Tweet me! I am a social media junkie, I will respond within 5 minutes!

When picking out today’s theme, we went through a lot of options, but settled on hats! And I knew exactly the one I wanted to show off! If you follow my *ahem* writing career, you’ve probably read my posts for the Goodwill Blog . I featured this hat in the very first one! And because it is so fabulous, I will share it today, it only makes sense, because it snowed a whole lot here in Minneapolis!

I found this vintage hat at the Hopkins Goodwill and just couldn’t pass it! I had to have it, even though it is a tad bit too big! Well, I can always grow more hair, I thought, paid for the hat and went home! But isn’t it a beauty? It’s even worth having just for a collection sake!

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And look at the details inside, the craftsmanship, the bow! Ah, I am in love!

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What kinds of hats are you wearing this fall/winter? Do tell! And don’t forget to check out other girls’ posts!

Nout at Sandpaper Kisses

Miche at Buttons and Birdcages

Jackline at Sincerely Miss J

Martyna at Spoolish

Justine of The Two Cent Chic

Happy Thursday everyone!

Z

 

 

Goodwill Easter Seals Blog is Up and I am in!

That’s my big news everyone, starting this September I will be regularly appearing on the Goodwill Easter Seals blog as a guest blogger, along with other amazing local thrifters! This project has been in the works for quiet some time now, and I can’t believe it’s launched!

You are more than welcome to check us out here(blog) and here(Facebook)! And see my first post here! Because it’s all about fall fashion and how to make it fab!

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Have a great weekend everyone,
Z

Thrift Style Thursdays: Summer Dress Turned Fall Fab (together with Spoolish)

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I have been looking for a thrift/style blogger to collaborate with for a while, but it’s really hard to do when the person who approaches you (or vice versa) doesn’t read your blog. But that’s not the case with Martyna of Spoolish and me. We’ve been blogging buddies for a while now. I think it’s our passion and love for thrifting that brought us together, as well as our Easter European heritage ;) She even interviewed me for her blog a few months ago, that was a big honor for me!

We are going to make this a weekly post on both of our blogs, and depending on how it goes, planning on starting link-up parties for our fellow thrift and style bloggers! Hopefully you guys will want to join in!

Our first item is a summer dress, and how to style it for fall:

Since I’m a firm believer that maxi dresses are a fashionista’s version of sweat pants, I decided to style a maxi dress, throw in some bold jewelry and definitely add a chunky sweater. I am a huge fan of wool, because it’s a warm and cozy material, that doesn’t retain unwanted odors. I also threw in some wedge booties, and viola! My stylish, thrifted, fall outfit is ready!

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I am wearing: Mossimo Maxi Dress – thrifted, Ann Taylor sweater – thrifted, Black Wedge booties Enzo Angiolini – thrifted, Being Zhenya necklace from oNecklace, thrifted bracelets and necklaces, Marc by Marc Jacobs watch. My lipstick is Bobbi Brown in shade Slopes.

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Have you also noticed my “Being Zhenya” necklace? Thanks to oNecklace I am now able to wear my blog around my neck :)

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And you can get one too on their website, plus you can get 10% off when you use code GIFT at checkout!

Don’t forget to check out Martyna’s post on Spoolish.com!

Have a great Thursday and please let us know if you like the link up idea!

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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Mixing Prints the Easy Way: Polka Dots and Stripes

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I have been really into pattern pants lately. I don’t know what’s going on here, but I bought two pairs over the past 3 weeks.

Last Monday I scored these polka dot beauties from Goodwill! Nothing can beat $5 pants, right?

Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything to match them, so instead I styled them using items from my own closet, including a vintage piece that belonged to my Grandma.

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Polka dot pants – Merona – thrifted from Goodwill, White Vintage Lace top – Grandma’s, Striped Jacket – Necessary Objects, consigned, Shoes – unknown, Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs, Bracelets – H&M

How would you have styled these pants? Do tell!

Xx,

Zhenya

PS. These amazing pictures wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for my Samsung Galaxy camera!

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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{27 Dresses} Dress 7: Checking Out Some Books

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I will be honest with you, library is one of my favorite places to go to! It’s relaxing and inspiring for me at the same time! So I don’t think I am going to surprise you if I tell you that I dress up to go to the library! Well I dress up to go almost anywhere, even work ;) and that’s how this project started!

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All the books are safely tucked into the Zabar’s bag that I’ve had since my New York days. And if you are interested in what I am reading now, here is my list:

Paulo Coelho – Manuscript Found in Accra

Paulo Coelho – The Winner Stands Alone

Gary Shteyngart – Super Sad True Love Story

Victor Pelevin – T

I am also reading Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

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Have a great day everyone!

Xo,

Z

По-русски: Все уже, наверное, знают, что я обожаю библиотеку и хожу туда как на праздник! Ну и не удивительно, что я специально нарядилась для подобного случая. Я могу провести в библиотеке весь день, я так релаксирую и расслабляюсь, ну и нахожу своеобразный источник вдохновения. Если вам интересно, что я читаю, то вот список:

Пауло Коэльо – Манускрипт, найденный в Акко

Пауло Коэльо – Победитель остается один

Виктор Пелевин – Т

Гари Штейнгарт – Super Sad True Love Story

И на моем Nook я читаю “Игра Эндера”

Читали ли вы что-то из вышеперечисленного? Мне будет очень интересно ваше мнение!

Женя

 

{27 Dresses} Dress 4: Art Show

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Pablo Picasso
I am pretty sure you know where I am going with this one ;) Last night we had our annual art show at work, and it was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Everyone did such a good job of showing off their classroom’s projects!
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Dress – Target (Shops collection – thrifted) Shoes – my 6 year old shoes from Russia (which I think are finally going to kick the bucket :( I noticed a tiny hole on the toe last night *SIGH*)
If you want to see more ideas on how I wore the same dress, but back in spring click HERE
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Have a fabulous day everyone!
XO,
Z


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