Spring Jewelry 2014 and A Majestical Giveaway


Jewelry will always be one of those wild favorite things for me. I like a nice statement necklace. But I like my gold too. And anything vintage – sign me up! I brought a couple of my Grandma’s pieces from Russia and I cherish them more than anything else in the world. And as some of you know my wedding bands are 1960’s vintage square rings. Do you have a special piece of jewelry that you treasure?

Spring is all about necklaces for me, and I will be honest, it’s almost always about necklaces for me. I found some amazing pieces to share with you today, that scream spring 2014 to me!

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And nothing better half way through the week than a jewelry giveaway! Today I am teaming up with Majestical to bring you a couple great prizes! We are giving away this beautiful pair of earrings, that would complete every boho look

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And a $20 giftcard to Majestical.com to use towards your purchase. That you can spend on some of these:

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Don’t have the patience to wait another week and want some jewelry today? Shop with the code 15DOLLARSOFF and get $15 off orders of $55 or more.

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Good luck and happy Wednesday!

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OOTD: Friend’s Baby Shower

One of my really good friends is having her second child, so last Saturday I drove out to Eden Prairie, to spend an entire afternoon with her! And here is what I wore:

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J.Crew thrifted dress – $4 – Salvation Army

Nine West Wedges – Opitz Outlet St. Louis Park – $28

Anthropologie Cardigan – $2.50 – Goodwill

Trench – bought a very long time ago in Russia

Coach leather cross body – $4.99 thrifted – Salvation Army

Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch (bought at full price at Macy’s)

Ralph Lauren Pink Quartz Necklace – $10 Clothes Mentor in Minnetonka

Here is me and the mom-to-be, isn’t she gorgeous?

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I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Xo,

Z

Boutique GW

 

Here I am at Goodwill in Rosedale, going through the racks with skirts like a maniac, when I hear

– Oh that’s a size 6, that’s going to be too small.

So I start a conversation with this woman, find out that she is going to a party the next day and that skirt would’ve been perfect for the event. So blah-blah here, there and everywhere, the lady turns out to be Russian (and no, we didn’t become best friends on the spot 🙂 but we had a nice chat). I told her my Xanax pills story, she told me that one of her coworkers has a code word for Goodwill (not everyone is as comfortable telling the world that everything they buy is from a thrift store) – Boutique GW, hence the title!

Once again, if you are living in the Twin Cities area and want to go thrifting, shoot me a message! There is contact info in the “About Me” section, or there is always Twitter!

Now the fun part, the finds! I have released a teaser (haha I know I sound so official) on Istagram on Saturday, showing the tag to my newly thrifted Christian Dior skirt:

 

And here is the skirt itself:

 

It’s going to be perfect for fall/winter, since it’s so warm! Are you ready for price now? $2.99 It was 50% off, so $1.50! That’s my kind of price for Dior! Basically everything that you’ll see in today’s post was 50% off, so hold on tight to your chairs!

Anthropologie HWR brand cardigan, $2.50 originally $4.99

 

Another HWR top for $2.50 originally $4.99 (both pulled off the New Arrivals rack)

 

J.Crew dress size 2 $3.50 originally $6.99 I got it for a special event which I am going to keep a secret now, there will be a separate post dedicated to it!

 

And – SURPRISE – here is some crinoline:

 

I also got this Webster dress in XS (it was a limited collection for Target this past summer), only $3, originally $5.99 (I used my Choose to Reuse coupon book on this one! Thank you to Hennepin County for a great program) I rarely buy Target brands at thrift stores, unless they are limited collections 🙂

 

I got a couple more sweaters, this one is Isaac Mizrahi, $2.50, originally $4.99

 

 

A Club Room sweater in L  $2.50, originally $4.99 (It’s men’s I know, it’s too big for me, I know) but it’s a perfect oversized baggy sweater to cozy up in and if I ever want to – I can make Sam wear it!

 

Up next – Adrienne Vittadini dress in M, this was the most expensive purchase of all – $4.50, originally $8.99. Another perfect fall dress, and don’t you just love this zig-zag pattern? Plus it has this awesome exposed zipper! Ah – can’t wait to wear it!

 

I also got a few skirts! They were all $1.50! I would’ve gotten more, but decided not too. See I can control my thrifting addiction (yeah, right!)

This one is a Banana Republic, in size 4

 

This one is 100% silk Winter Silks (oh the irony) skirt in size 8 (look at me, I am all over with my sizes today!) I totally fell for the pattern, can you tell?

 

This one is a made in USA no brand, size 16 very light, very see through pleated skirt, which I bought

1. because I fell in love with the color

2. because I fell in love with the pleats

3. because I knew I could make it work!

So I am simply going to adjust the elastic in the waistband, wear a slip underneath and rock my skirt and boots look this fall!

 

I know that some of you are going to say “Little House on the Prairie” about this skirt, but it’s a brand new vintage (if vintage can be brand new 🙂 ) Susan Bristol in size 12. It reminded me of the traditional Russian scarves, can’t wait to style this piece for you!

 

And finally this turquoise necklace, that was $3.99

 

I hope you enjoyed this haul, please let me know what you liked the least and what you liked the most! I will be styling these pieces and blogging about it shortly!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Cheers,

Zhenya

PS. Some of the purchased items were stained, but I got all of the stains out! Let me know if you want a post on how to get rid of stains on thrifted clothes!

The Seasonal Change of a Trench Coat

There are two types of trenches – spring trenches, and fall ones! I remember growing up in Soviet Russia (that’s what my husband calls it) that there was a two seasons coat, aka a trench you could wear both in the spring and in the fall. My mom had a couple of those. The whole reason behind them was to satisfy a woman’s craving for fashion, plus there was never anything in the stores anyways, so women were stuck with one coat for many many years.

Yesterday, as we were walking home, Sam told me that I should write about trench coats. Here we go, I thought, my husband is now telling me what to write on my fashion blog about! Well, I am also proud to say, that I trained him well! There are some other success stories of the women, who trained their husbands as well as me! He is even curious about my statistics, and the number of views I get per day!

Anyways, back to the trenches. It has somehow happened that I own only the ones that are appropriate for spring. Was it a coincidence? Maybe… Something subconscious? Probably… But never the less, I am a proud owner of two trench coats that are peachy pink and blue! They are staying in the closet until spring 😉

I have always been leaning towards warmer, wool coats when Fall came around. But today, thinking about the trends, and the whole idea of a trench, I thought to myself, why not?

And even though my outerwear collection is quiet extensive, I know I won’t be able to help it, but look for a trench coat next time I go shopping.

Looking at the fall-winter trench coat trends, they first come across as boring and predictable, the same beige and browns with a little black and gray mixed in. But the whole point of a trench coat is to be able to dress it up! Play with the accessories, add some fun! Unfortunately, not a lot of women know that! So here I am telling you to DRESS UP your trench coat!

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Here are some tips on dressing up a trench (works for regular coats too 😉 )

1. Go for a bright belt! A lot of trench coats come with belts (duh! what a shocker), but sometimes it’s fun to add your own little touch and chose a bright and exciting belt!

2. Accessorise: I am not talking scarves here, that’s too predictable. Use brooches, necklaces, bracelets and wear them over the coat! That’s a very unique and unpredictable move!

3. Don’t button up: Often coats cover up a very cute outfit, so leave your coat undone, let the belt hang, or stick the ends in your pockets and carry on!

I hope these were helpful, and I can’t wait to see you all out there in your trenches 😉

XO

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