Natural Neons {Thrift Style Thursday}

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The song “Peache” by The Presidents of the United States of America has been stuck in my head for the past month or so. Maybe because this small one farm farmers market by my house sells, among other things, well peaches. But we are going to talk neons today. I’ve never owned anything neon, until last Saturday, when after our Minneapolis Blogger Sale Nora let me have this shirt. And I fell in love. I hope you do too! Because neons are spectacular and can look very natural in an outfit.

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I’m wearing: Sandals – Target, Shorts – Ann Taylor (thrifted), Top – Minneapolis Blogger Sale,
Straw fedora – Goodwill

PS. Can you tell I was having a bad hair day 😉 ?

Make sure to check out other girls’ Thrift Style Thursday posts!

Buttons and Birdcages // Spoolish // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J // Confessions of a Refashionista // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex // Eclecticity // Alligator Toe // Erika’s Style Diary // Sistas From Cali // Bethie the Boo // Nuttier than Nutella // Lipstick and Yarn

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Chambray Romper

 

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In my search for a perfect chambray shirt, the replacement of the Ralph Lauren one that I loved and wore out, I got sidetracked and got this chambray romper from moddeals instead. It’s going to be hot this summer, so why not? And, indeed, the hot weather makes me forget the winter terror, helps me relax and enjoy the sunshine, the green grass, and long walks with my husband. I don’t think I would be able to make it through without summer!

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Here are some of my other favorite rompers, available from Shopbop:

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Houndstooth & Vintage

Before there was snow, before there was winter, there was just me, in my houndstooth coat…

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The coat has seen it’s better New York Days, but I love it more each day. Maybe it’s the discontinued line, or the store that went out of business… But the memories we share will forever be ours!

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Do you have a piece in your wardrobe that is sentimental to you?

Happy Sunday,

Zhenya

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Don’t Put Yourself in a Box

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I am going to be honest with you, it is too cold to be wearing this leather jacket out and about here in Minneapolis. But I absolutely had to, one last time! I also think the dress I am wearing is too boxy, but the jacket helps create more of a silhouette. So I am going to put the jacket away for the winter, and the dress away for the donations.

I have also finally figured out how to curl my hair with the Hana flat iron I reviewed last week! And I am in love with the result. I am even thinking about getting rid of my old curling iron and definitely getting rid of my old straightener.

In other news, I will be heading back to New York December, 26. By myself, just because.

What’s new in your life? Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Where will you be celebrating?

 

Zhenya

Nina Garcia Inspired

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Nina is wearing: Boots and Pants – Givenchy, top – Kenzo

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It’s really not that hard to get tech inspired when you are a blogger. Technology has made it’s way into our daily blogging lives These days it’s easier to meet a stylish 20 something girl who knows all about widgets, plug-ins and writing codes, because she is a blogger, and she had to figure it all out.

But it’s so much easier to get inspired when you meet someone like Nina Garcia, who not only knows a lot about fashion and style, but about technology, and social media as well.

The new Verizon store at the Mall of America offers many experiences and opportunities. Last Saturday I was able to spend a couple hours there touring the store, and meeting Nina Garcia. Having read her book and seen her on countless episodes of Project Runway, I was extremely excited for the event. Plus it was the Verizon store, having been a part of their Style Voices Program for 6 months and actually being on Verizon, I knew I couldn’t say no.

The new store located on the second level of the Mall of America (E 264) offers a new experience to the customers. With 6 different lifestyle zones (from fit to business), it helps customers engage and take their experience to the next level.

And even though I consider myself to be tech savvy, the number one reason why I made the trip  to MOA on a Saturday (when everyone who lives in the Twin Cities knows it’s a parking suicide), was to get to talk to Nina and ask her a couple of questions about fashion, apps, technology and everything in between.

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What are some of your favorite apps?

I got a lot. I mean in terms of fashion one of my favorite apps is Lyst. I can look and I can find everything that I want. And it also gives me a lot of ideas. So I am obsessed with Lyst.

In terms of transportation I use Uber a lot. In New York it’s amazing. If I can’t find a taxi I always have my Uber.

Moda Operandi if I want to shop before everyone else. I also think they have things early in the season so you can reserve them and then buy, that way you can have them before everybody else.

I have Trendabl. I like The Cut. I like Shazam, when I am at the shows and I hear a song and I can’t figure it out – it’s great!

And then I have a whole kids section of apps that I use.

And WhatsApp I use a lot to communicate with my friends, especially because I have a lot of friends in South America. I’ve got a lot, I need to delete some!

Do you find it hard to stay up to date with technology and social media?

When I travel I get to spend a lot of time looking and surfing and finding new things that I can use. I used to be overwhelmed, I used to be like “Oh my God, I need to jump on that now! How come I did not know that?” But with social media being so inclusive, sooner or later it kind of weeds out what doesn’t work. So now I don’t panic anymore. If I don’t know it, I will know it eventually, because everybody else will be talking about it. So I don’t stress out anymore, but I used to. That’s what I love about social media, everybody communicates, everybody shares.

Do you run your own Pinterest, Twitter and other social media channels?

I do most of it myself, my assistant who is very close to me, helps.

What advice do you have for emerging designers? 

You know, it’s really finding your own voice. Finding what is unique to you. I find it that a lot of young designers today try to emulate other designers, and that is not working anymore. As you know fashion is moving very fast. We need a generation of designers that are creative, that have  guts, because it takes courage to be unique, to be different, and to be yourself, without trying to be anybody else. Finding your own voice, and it doesn’t matter whether some people like it or not, it’s YOUR own voice.

But there is a marriage of art and commerce. Yes, you want to have art, but at the same time it’s got to sell. But I think that most important is really understanding what kind of designer you want to be, what is that message, what is your look. And it takes time. It doesn’t happen instantly. I think it’s a question of maturity, it’s a question of working and gaining experience. Finding your own voice is like growing up. At 15 or 16 you are a certain way, at 20 you are another way. So it’s the same way a designer matures. You start here, and in 5-10 years you are there, but it’s keeping consistency that’s a must.

How do you unwind? What is the typical me-time for you?

When all the kids are asleep, I can de-stress. I love my work, and I love coming home, because I am with my kids, and I spend my mornings with my kids. Maybe my social life suffers a little bit, but I do need some down time. When we put our kids to bed, then it’s the time I have with my husband, and that’s the time when I can relax. I can’t be out every night. I will read, I will surf the web, look at some Pinterest, I will look at some Twitter. You can lose yourself in that process, and it is very inspirational also, it doesn’t feel like I am working, it feels like I am feeding my imagination.

What are some of your favorite charitable organizations?

I have a few, Sloan-Kettering, which is a cancer organization, and is really close to my heart. It happened to me and my family, and I know it effects many people. And the other one is the Rita Hayworth Alzheimer’s foundation. Again it was something that was in my family.

So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this interview and were able to discover a lot of new apps to check our!

Have a great week!
Zhenya

90’s Style: Plaid and Dr. Martens are Back!

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I am going to be honest with you, I can’t get enough of the Dr. Martens I thrifted. They are amazing! And since I told you a story from high school in my last post, I figured I’ll tell you another one from my past today! What can I say, I guess these shoes bring back the memories 🙂

I was in 7th grade when I discovered thrift stores. There was one big one in Vladimir (my home town), and everyone thought it was the new IT spot. I remember the first time I went there with my mom right before 9th grade. I got a lot of new T-shirts, some overalls (I wish I still had them to style this year 🙂 ) , anyways…

After I got the hang of thrifting, I started wearing more and more new clothes to school. And of course other kids started noticing it. I had a friend in school, his name was Max, and I am pretty sure he knew what was going on, so every time I would wear something new, he’d joke around and say that I got humanitarian aid from the States.

Too bad you are not around anymore, Max…

Happy Tuesday and have a great day!

~Zhenya

My Philip Lim

Yes, I got up at 7 am on a Sunday to go to Target and shop the Philip Lim collection! I am not going to extensively write about the experience, I am sure you’ve all been there done that (or not), but it was very civilized, no one was running or trampling over other shoppers’ bodies. This definitely wasn’t the Black Friday Wal-Mart edition.

I was the third in line, one of the store employees came out and talked to us, made sure we were all going to behave and assigned one of the shoppers son as a bouncer 🙂

He also kept calling him Lin, so we had to correct him 🙂

I got all I wanted and maybe even more, those of you who follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen it all, and you also know that I will be giving away one of the items that I bought. So if you missed out on the whole thing, don’t worry. Plus I don’t think this collection will sell out like Missoni did a couple years ago. Sure some items will, but there will be plenty left!

Also, consider opening a Target card, if you are like me (a crazy shopper and all), you do have good chances of saving some money! Another way to go is through ShopKick app, I redeemed a $5 gift card right at the register. It wasn’t much, but everything helped. I think I ended up saving a little over $10!

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Stay tuned for the Giveaway!

And have a great Sunday,

X,

Z

I got shot… with a camera!

Some exciting news are coming to BeingZhenya.com! But before I can spill the beans, I want to show you some exciting pictures I got taken of me by a photographer. It was all from waist up, so I am going to leave you guessing what they were for, but I’ve already updated my Facebook picture, as well as my Twitter icon, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t recognize me 🙂

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Sweater Story

 

 

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There is nothing like the smell of wet wool! It was a rainy day today in Minneapolis, and I got caught in it while I was on the phone making my next $16 haircut appointment at the Aveda Institute…

This sweater came from Goodwill in Hopkins last Saturday as I was thrifting for something striped for my Refashion Runway contest! It caused a big discussion at work today too! But one thing for sure – it’s one of the most comfortable sweaters you want to wrap around yourself on a day like today, and if this is the route our weather is taking this year, I am sticking to my decision!

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I am Wearing:

Sweater – Alcott & Andrews // Jeans – Express // Flats – Nine West // Top – Target

PS. What do you think of the sweater?