Boyfriend Shorts

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Boyfriend shorts (c/o Silver Jeans) || Vintage Strokes Tee (similar here) || Valentino sunglasses (Nordstrom Rack) || TOMS Huarache Slip-Ons

Hi all, I am so excited to start a series of blog posts in collaboration with Silver Jeans! As you may have already guessed, these posts are going to be focused on denim, styling and rocking the latest trends.

I am going to start with these boyfriend shorts aka my new summer favorite! Unfinished hem and fit of these shorts give them a casual and relaxed look. They are comfortable and stylish.

Boyfriend shorts are extremely versatile, wear them with your favorite vintage tee (like me), or pair it up with a tank top, or a button down. Add a blazer and throw on a pair of heels for a brunch date with the girlfriends, or a day date with that special someone! They are also perfect for boho and festival looks that have been so popular this year, just imagine a long kimono over them! Isn’t that fun?

How would you style boyfriend shorts? Check out more options below!

Photography: Chan Shin Photography 

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Last weekend my friend Sarah posted an Instagram photo with a caption “Life is short. Wear a crop top”. This reminded me of a crop top I recently bought at H&M to go with my Bel Kazan skirt I’ve had for a year. Yes, this means I’ve had a skirt hanging in my closet for a year and I am only now able to wear it, whatever. It was worth the wait.

Then I got thinking about the whole crop top trend, and how I would only wear it with something so high waisted, it would basically have to go up to my armpits. But then I remembered I had these jeans, and I fell a victim thinking I was still in my early 20’s and wore it all together. Pretty happy with myself about it actually 😉

Happy Hump Day!

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Like I mentioned earlier on Instagram, this jumpsuit is probably the toughest piece of clothing I’ve ever had to pull off! I got it from wonderful ladies at Rae Lynn’s Boutique, in Indianapolis. Styling it is still a challenge, but I am determined to make it work this summer!

Outfit details: Jumpsuit c/o Rae Lynn’s Boutique || Shoes: Coach Beige Lydia Open Toe flats (similar here) || Lipstick: NYX Liquid Suede in Soft Spoken

Vintage State of Mind

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As you know I’ve done shoots for Alacloth (a vintage Etsy store run by my friend Ann) a few times, and every time I see the photos, I always wonder to myself – why don’t I wear more vintage? But the thing is I tend to only like the items my friend Ania picks out, but when we shoot all I want to do is take home half of the clothes. And I would if closet space wasn’t an issue. A girl can dream, right?

Today I went to my friend Melanie’s house and her upstairs, which is a lot similar to ours is her closet. All of it! If you’ve been to my house you can imagine what I am talking about.

So I am hoping to be able to clean and organize my upstairs, start and finish a couple DIY projects, organize and replace some living room furniture and have an updated decor post for you. Meanwhile, here are my favorite vintage pieces at the moment.

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Vintage Lookbook with Alacloth and Eric Sorensen Photography

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Yesterday I had the most amazing opportunity and time of my life to shoot a few vintage looks for my friend Ania (Ann) of Alacloth vintage with a local photographer Eric of Eric Sorensen Photography. I met her through a friend, and was always fascinated by her commitment to finding and selling the highest quality vintage items she could find. And of course her Russian roots. We shot in the rain (yes, it rained here on December 22! Go figure Minnesota weather!) by the tracks on Hiawatha in Minneapolis, and had so much fun!

One of the train yard workers asked us what we were doing, so we had to explain the situation, and then offered to take his picture as well. He said he was going to think about it 🙂

Since it was a pretty public place we also had a guy drive by, honk and blow kisses. All in all it was an eventful Monday photo-shoot and I am so excited to be sharing it with you!

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G is for Glamour {A-Z Challenge}

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Merriam-Webster defines glamour as “a very exciting and attractive quality, a magic spell, an exciting and often illusory and romantic attractiveness”. Oxford Dictionary says: “The attractive or exciting quality that makes certain people or things seem appealing or special”. It’s a word that sounds almost the same in Russian as it does in English. Glamour is universal and it’s everywhere. Glamour is full of excitement and appeal, it’s something we want and long for. Glamour to me is life in a big city. Travelling. A career. Designer clothes…

But then it becomes my goal, and I am working my way through the daily routine to get there, to my better life. And while I am on my way, I’ll shop some!

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Summer of Outfits

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Xoxo,

Zhenya

PS. WHO IS READY FOR FALL????

The Fashion Rut

Rut!?! I don’t think I even knew the word “rut” until I moved to the States. It’s not something they teach you in an ESL class. But ever since I’ve discovered that word, I’ve started to use it more and more often – there is a make up rut, the marriage rut (aka my husband’s smart comments on the subject matter), and now, time has finally come to talk about the fashion rut, and all the things it brings.

I am usually very good at planning my shopping trips/thrifting trips/freecycling trips. I look for inspiration, cut out/print out some ideas, check on certain brands and off I go! Monday night I spent about an hour making a list of all the things I was going to look for!

There are 13 items on my list, I got 2 of them yesterday! The weekly show and tell of my thrift finds is coming up later this week, so be patient, I will also let you sneak a peak on how I prepare for my thrifting trips!

I am going to confess – I fell into the rut of  skirts/dresses and boots!

This look is so easy to pull off! Especially with my collection of dresses. I also dig the layering and the belts as well. Both of these pics are from a Sundance catalog by the way. I don’t buy their stuff, it’s too expensive, but the ideas are great! So if you have this “back-to-nature”/”nature-chic” kind of urge – check out their website.

Next I am guilty of taking advantage of skinny jeans and loose fit sweaters.

I seriously feel like I am turning into some “Fashion for Lazies” blog, so let’s learn how to fight and scream and kick and get out of a fashion rut:

1. Clean out your closet!

If you have as much as I do, there are probably things that you forgot you had! Usually the things we tend to wear more often, are the things we keep right where we can see them, reach for them and viola – you have been rocking the same outfit for a week! Congratulations!

2. Get rid of everything old, everything that you know you are not going to wear.

And don’t lie to yourself about “maybe wearing that sweater next week”, you are probably not going to wear it ever again. I do recommend keeping clothes that doesn’t fit! I also recommend hanging that clothes somewhere, where you can see them every day, and that should be your motivation to loose weight and fit into those skinny jeans! Now by “getting rid of” I don’t mean throwing it away, I mean – donating, swapping, putting it up on Freecycle or Craigslist. Some items might even be worth selling on Etsy!

3. Look for inspiration!

It’s everywhere, outside, in the windows of department stores, in catalogs, magazines, blogs – join bloglovin’, lookbook and get hundreds of ideas on a daily basis!

So there you have it – the RUT and how to get out of it! Now I’d better get to step 1!

Xo,

 

You should never wear a red shirt with black polka dots because your friends will call you a lady bug

New week has come, and the polka dot trend popped up everywhere on fashion blogs. Ever since I joined Bloglovin’ and Lookbook, I’ve been able to keep track of weekly trends much, much better!

Fashion is like karma – what goes around, comes around. Polka dots have been around several times, today is when they return.

Even for people like me, who refuse to buy new clothes, and shop consignment instead, trends are a big deal. And later on in the day, when I will head to my favorite Salvation Army with one of my girlfriends, I will be trying to spot some cute polka dots wear!

Polka dots originally remind me of clowns, and circus (hence the title of the blog post), but they can be a lot more graceful and feminine. I had a professor in college, who said that polka dots are very sexually appealing to men. So if you are looking for that special someone, may the polka dots help you!

Seems to me a polka dotted dress goes really well with the red lip!

In spite the fact that polka dots have been around for decades, there are plenty of designers, who included this fab print into their FALL 2011 collection.

Here is some from Marc Jacobs:

Jason Wu (who will be collaborating with Target this upcoming Spring!)

Stella McCartney has also jumped on the polka dots wagon:

Even Valention is there:

In spite of having a rather extensive clothing and accessory collection, I am 100% missing out on the polka dots. So last night, as I was preparing for the thrifting trip, gathering ideas from magazines and catalogues, I put “polka-dots” on the list!

We’ll see if I am lucky today! Hope to be, because I have a sweet 25% off coupon to use at the Salvation Army!

For those of you, who are in the same boat with me, and are completely missing out on the polka dots, here are some “must-haves” for this fall! Hurry, you only have a month and a half of fall left 😉

If you are one of those who want to play it safe, but would still like to follow the trend, go for the scarf or a headband. For the ones who are more of a risk taker – go for the shirt! And crazies like me are going to end up in polka dots from head to toe 🙂

Happy Tuesday!

Xo,

 

 

 

 

 

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