Draw My Life

Hey everyone, I made this Draw my Life video as an introduction for my Creative Problem Solving class this semester and I thought it would be fun to share it with you! Enjoy and have a great weekend!

September

September-Inspiration

Right before my first class starts this semester, I am thinking about this quote, about the words of Maryl Streep that have been floating around the internet for the past few hours. I am sure you have already seen them.

“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.” – Meryl Streep

And when there are of course many life applications to those, think of her words from a blogger perspective.

How many times do we leave a comment on someones post in hopes that they will in return go to our blog?

How many times have we asked for #followforfollow or joined a link up party?

How many relationships have we built, but how many have we destroyed?

Are our priorities as bloggers straight, or are we willing to sell our soul for a free dress or shirt, or a pair of shoes?

Have we been focusing on the real world or the one online, and how honest have we been with each other and with ourselves?

Happy September!

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Style tip: Shift dresses and boots are a perfect combo, check out my picks for both below!

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Sleeveless,Chiffon, Edina Art Fair

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Top – Moddeals.com, Skirt – Moddeals.com, Hat – Forever 21, Shoes – Forever 21

Sleeveless tops are my dream come true this season. The breezy feeling, the many different colored tanks I can layer underneath, the chiffon skirt I paired it all up with. Yes, sometimes I feel like the hi-lo trend has to go, but maybe let it stick around for one more summer?

The top has a famous Tolkien quote – Not All Who Wander Are Lost, from this poem

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

Do you have a favorite quote? I feel like I’ve been wandering a lot over the past 3 years, but I definitely know that the decisions I am making right now, and directions I am going are right.

 

Edina Art Fair took place this weekend, and it was so refreshing to go there with one of my friends, Katie, who is also a beautiful blogger. From Ashley Barlow art, to mini donuts kebob, it was a perfect Sunday morning.

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How was your weekend? Are you ready for Monday? And let’s connect on Instagram! Make sure to follow me @BeingZhenya, and I’ll follow right back!

The clothes I am wearing have been generously provided by Moddeals. To find out more, go to Moddeals.com!

Inspired

“Nothing inspires me more than people”, is what I usually say. But nothing, nothing inspires me more than the city. “Hi, honey” – is what came out of my heart flying over Manhattan. Can someone please explain the feelings and emotions that I have? Because I can’t put them in words. I can put them in the images, and share them with you, and hopefully through this post, you will feel inspired too!

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New Year in Thrift Style

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$8.99 isn’t too shabby for a New Years party outfit! Especially when it’s a vintage black and gold jumpsuit! Jumpsuits are an amazing solution to an outfit dilemma that you may have. And just like dresses, I consider them a must in everyone’s wardrobe.

And even though it’s almost 2014, this outfit throws me back into 80’s, probably before I was even a thought!

What are you planning on wearing for New Year? Make sure to check other girls’ outfits for inspiration!

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

Xo,

Zhenya

PS. I am in New York City today through January 1, blog posts will still be coming! Some of them will be scheduled, some – the spur of the moment! Make sure to follow my adventures on Instagram and Twitter using #backinNYC hashtag!

 

One Flew Over Flyover Press

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Today I want to introduce Flyover Press! It’s an online store of Midwest inspired apparel and design items! Nick’s (the creator of Flyover Press and blogger at Great Lakes Prep) love for all things Midwest is so clearly seen through every single item listed in the store!

“Located in southwest Michigan underneath planes venturing cross country, Flyover Press seeks to end the coastal bias that leaves the Midwest so often ignored. By crafting made in the USA apparel and posters inspired by the people, places and traditions of America’s Heartland, Flyover Press serves as a way for Midwesterners to display their pride to the rest of the country.

We’re committed to three things, high quality American-made products, excellent customer service and providing products for the people of the regions of this country that are too often ignored. And having fun while we do it. Some of our best ideas are hatched over a couple beers with old friends. So make that four things.

We also love the Midwest and try to support it in as many ways as possible. That’s why we try to produce as many of our products in the Midwest as we can. Our shirts are printed in Indianapolis and while our posters are printed in Connecticut, they’re done by a couple who broke into the business in Chicago. As we add more products to the line we’ll continue trying to seek out Midwest sources. It might not be the least expensive way of doing things but it’s how we believe in doing business.

And that’s why we give back 3% of profits to Midwest-based non-profits. We want to support the area that raised us and we want to spread the love. That’s why we don’t have just one organization we support, but several. While we have a few organizations already selected, we’re always open to learning about the organizations you love”

How amazing is that? I thought I’d share some of my favorite items from the store with you:

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Patriotic Midwest Tank (love the corn and the wheat logo!)

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I know they are just starting, so they need all the love and support, especially from us, the midwesterners, so spread the word!

Xx,

Z

 

 

 

{27 Dresses} Katie’s Dress

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I am always looking for new blogs to read and follow. Last week I came across Katie’s thrift haul from http://myclosetnbeautyfinds.wordpress.com! And I immediately wanted to feature on of her finds on my blog, and it was, obviously, a dress!

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 Katie is a 22 year old college student who loves drugstore makeup, and about 3 months ago she discovered the beauty of thrifting and can’t get enough of it! On her blog she mainly does beauty reviews and thrift hauls, and sometimes just ramble about whatever is on her mind, don’t we all?
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She bought this dress from a local consignment shop. But she also told me that she rarely wears dresses. Though I personally think they look great on her!
Katie is a perfect example of a girl who wears dresses only on special occasions, she is more of a jeans and a T kind of girl on a day to day basis, but she, herself said she’d love to get out of her comfort zone and wear more dresses! I hope this project inspires her and a lot of other girls out there to wear more skirts and dresses!
Have a great day everyone and don’t forget to stop by Katie’s blog!
Xx,
Z
PS. If you would like to be featured in my 27 dresses project, shoot me an email at evgeniahutson@gmail.com

Rainy Day Outfits

This morning as we walked out of our building, there was smell of rain in the air! And the asphalt was still wet!

The smell of rain is probably one of my top favorites! And it inspired me to write this post!

Even though it’s warm and sunny in Minneapolis today and as one of my friends said “The 50 degree weather got me all excited about fall … and now it’s 80 again. Darned injuns. We don’t need a second summer”, I have decided to blog about perfect fall/rainy day outfits.

1. Boots with Skinny Jeans

I am really loving the blue jeans/brown boots combo! It’s not tacky, it’s classic! And I am all for leather boots for rainy days instead of rain boots! There are so many leather protectants out there, you shouldn’t even be afraid to ruin your boots! And remember – suede is perfect for dry and warm days!

2. Poncho Sweaters

They come in many colors and variations, with collars, pockets, and sometimes, even hoods! The first one is actually from Target, and is only about $25. I am not a huge fan of the one Jessica Simpson is wearing, but tastes differ! The last one is my favorite, I am absolutely loving the front pockets and the ribbed hem! And I couldn’t resist putting in this Missoni for Target picture in here for good measure, even though this poncho is probably only available on eBay for three times it’s original price!

3. Maxi (or any kind of dresses) with Jackets

I am absolutely in love with this trend, and even though most of my dresses aren’t maxi. I love the idea of transforming a summer outfit into a fall one! Don’t have a maxi dress or a skirt? Don’t worry! Just put some tights with your dress, throw on a jacket and a scarf and carry on!

I hope you all are having a wonderful week! I have more exciting posts coming up for you guys this week!

Love,

 

 

 

Something Inspirational

I noticed a lot of bloggers were talking about Spring, and needless to say today is when “We spring forward”! My favorite place in the world to watch the coming of spring is New York City (The Reservoir, The Conservatory Gardens)

I also kind of felt like the past several posts have been pretty depressing. And not wanting to be a complete Debbie Downer, I decided to share something that is inspirational to me. And in spite of the fact that I do love spring, I love summer more. And the first thing that comes to mind when I think summer is…

Zooey Deschanel!

You can also read a great article about some fun summer activities if you follow the link below. Because summer is coming after all!

http://www.self.com/magazine/2009/08/zooey-deschanel

And don’t forget that it’s all about love after all! <3 <3 <3 (Took me forever to figure those out!)

 

 

 

 

 

I once met a woman during some afternoon wine, who looked a lot like Zooey. I didn’t hesitate to tell her that, and she considered that to be the highest compliment. Turned out Zooey is the number one “girl-crush” out there! Yes, girls have crushes too!

I’ve been to her concert at Terminal 5, and she was more than amazing! Unfortunately my camera died, so there are no videos, but here is one of my fav songs by her!

My talented ESL students

One of my ESL students has recently performed in a play. I think it’s very important for a teacher to encourage their students’ interests. Here is a video from the play.

Another student is web designer, here is a link to her web-site, where you can see her work.

www.yatska.net

I hope your students are as gifted and talented as mine!

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