Vintage Navy

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I am wearing: Vintage navy dress – VintageSwank, Sperry’s Top Siders – TJ Maxx, Neon yellow belt – Target, Bulky chain necklace – thrifted

A vintage item often tells its’ own story. You don’t make the outfit. The outfit makes you. We were talking about what fashion means to us yesterday with some girlfriends on Twitter, and to me,

Fashion is self-expression in its’ truest form

But it’s a little different when it comes to when I wear vintage. These items have a story to tell, these items lived before me, and some of them were made long before I was born. And that’s why I respect vintage, cherish and treasure them.

This navy dress is structured, and feels more like a suit when I wear it. But it made me feel real, feminine and unique.

I am so so happy it’s Friday! I had a 3 day work week, but, man, am I exhausted! I hope you all spend time with your family and get a chance to relax! Stop by tomorrow to join the weekly wear link up and see my Monday-Friday outfits!

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Винтажные вещи говорят сами за себя. И не вы создаете образ, а образ создает вас. Вчера мы обсуждали в Твиттере, что мода значит для нас, и для меня,

Мода – это наивысшая, чистейшая форма самовыражения 

Но когда я одеваю винтаж, то вещи рассказывают свои истории. Эти вещи были и жили до меня, некоторые из них были сшиты задолго до моего рождения. Поэтому я уважаю винтаж, и храню его в своем гардеробе.

Это темно-синее платье настолько структурировано и архитектурно, что я чувствую себя в нем, как в брючном костюме. Но в нем я чувствую себя настоящей, женственной и уникальной!

А еще я очень рада, что сегодня пятница! Я работала всего лишь 3 дня на этой неделе, но я так устала! Желаю вам отличных выходных и приглашаю вас к себе на блог завтра, потому что по субботам выходит моя регулярная рубрика – Что я Носила/Weekly Wear.

Independence Day Ready! Red, White and Blue, with a bit of Turquoise too!

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July,4 is one of my favorite holidays! And today I am going to share my Independence Day outfit variation! I hope you enjoy it! I wore this to work today, because like I mentioned in my last post, I am letting my cute clothes out of the closet! And you should too!

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SkirtVintage, thrifted,Goodwill // TopGap, thrifted, Savers // SandalsMossimo, Target // BeltSam’s 😉 // WatchMarc by Marc Jacobs // Necklacethrifted, Steeple People

Have a great Independence Day and don’t forget to check out my new blog called Story and a Half of Our Life – dedicated to our new house, all related DIY and home decor projects! All refashions, beauty, style and thrift related posts will stay on BeingZhenya!

Xo,

Z

Refashioned Vintage Coat

I have been Facebooking and Instagramming about this refashion all week long. And last night I finally finished it! So here it is, my $1.50 vintage coat refashion! As some of you may remember I got this coat at Arc Value Village right before Halloween off of a Halloween rack!

But enough about the coat, let’s see the refashion:

If you take a closer look you can see that there is a button missing, and when you take an even closer look, you’ll see that the buttons are loose…

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I started off by decorating the pockets:

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All of the appliques were finished on the machine, but hand sewn to the coat!

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Then I moved on to redesigning the collar. I started off by just making triangles to go over the ends. I had to trace the shape using saran wrap:

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Then I changed up the belt loops. The new one is on the left, old on the right!

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After showing it off to my husband, he suggested I change the collar and design an applique that would go all around. I traced the collar applique on paper, made sure it fit the original collar properly:

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Then came the most challenging part (at least for me) – altering/shortening the coat! I was even considering taking it in to get done professionally, but then I thought that since I’ve already put in so much work and effort and love into this project, I simply cannot fail! So I did it:

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I ran a zigzag stich along the bottom so that it wouldn’t fray, then pinned it up, and hand sewed it on. I know there is so much hand sewing in this project, and trust me my fingers are bruised and the skin is peeling, but it was so worth it!

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So here it is, my finished coat!

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Stay tuned for the outfit post! And don’t forget to like my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter!

Have an amazing weekend everyone! I know I will, in my new coat 🙂

Zhenya

Coat Obsessed

Last Sunday I was able to meet up with two other Minnesota bloggers, and spend some time thrift shopping.  Megan and I have been planning to go thrifting for a while, and when the blogger meet up got cancelled, out came Plan B! We went to several different thrift stores:

Arc’s Value Village in Richfield  (you really have to look if you want to find something, this is a great store to go to if you have a lot of time on your hands and you are in the mood for a “treasure hunt”)

Turn Style in Minneapolis (overpriced for a thrift store, but the quality isn’t necessarily that great for a consignment shop. I personally prefer Clothes Mentor, we only stopped by at this location because we were having lunch near by!)

Savers in Bloomington (It’s literally less than a mile away from Blommington’s Goodwill! So if you are going thrifting you can pack those two locations in one trip! But to be honest, thrifting in Minneapolis is located rather conveniently, there are plenty of thrift stores in one area or another 🙂 )

I will definitely share what I got at Savers in one of my upcoming DIY posts, let me share what I got at Arc’s first, because it’s going to blow your mind away! (As you may have guessed I didn’t buy anything at Turn Style, hmmm I wonder why??? :P)

1. A Via Spiga Coat in size 4! And it was only $15.99, even less after my 20% off coupon, thanks to Hennepin County’s Choose to Reuse Program! So in the end it was around $12.50

 

It’s belted, super warm, I’ve been obsessed with it since the first time I put it on, have been wearing it since monday, I mean I am in love with the coat! And who wouldn’t be, check out the lining:

 

And what it’s made of:

I will take 70% wool and 10% cashmere anyday 😉 This thrift find just proved that to look and feel like a million bucks, you don’t necessarily need to spend a million bucks 🙂

My second coat falls into a vintage category, for some reason it fell into the “Halloween” category as well! But it turned out for the best price wise, it only cost me $1.50, though the tag said $5.99

 

Here is my vintage tag:

 

 

And here is the Wonder Coat itself:

 

As you can tell, it’s also belted! To be honest I put this coat back on the rack after I tried it on, but then something made me go back for it, and I don’t regret it one bit! All I have to do now is fix the button, it was missing, but was rather thoughtfully placed into a pocket, along with a penny (I was definitely lucky that day!)

So what do you think? Was it a hit or a miss?

And there you have it – the continuation to the never ending story of my obsession with outerwear! (I also got a new coat for my husband, pics will be up too for you gents reading this blog! I really hope you are out there!)

Have a great weekend everyone, I will be in Fargo until Sunday night, so if you know of any good thrift stores there, comment below, or tweet me 🙂

Cheers,

Z

Walking my New Shoes

I’ve been dying to wear my new thrifted Cabin Creek shoes. And today, I finally did 🙂 Here is what else I wore

Cabin Creek shoes – Goodwill – $4.99

Vintage Skirt – Salvation Army – $1.99

Grandma’s top and necklace – PRICELESS

Vintage Coach Bag – Steeple People – $10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you al had an awesome weekend!

xo,

Z

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