Twin Cities Travlin’: MIA and Lyndale Rose Gardens

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Welcome to Twin Cities Travels. Brought to you by Jameson of Lessons with Coffee and yours truly. Today’s post will be a two in one! Our first Twin Cities Tuesday was spent at MIA (Minneapolis Institute of Art - 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404), and last week we went to Lyndale Rose Gardens. 

Originally, Jameson and I were going to simply hang out, but then thought, why not blog about it? So here we go!

Minneapolis Institute of Art has been one of those places I’ve never been to. Can you believe it? I still can’t to be completely honest. And since it’s a donation based admission (FREE!) I didn’t have to think about it twice.

We grabbed some coffee at Spyhouse on Nicolette Ave (Spy Girl is my current favorite) and walked over to MIA. The neighborhood it’s located in is a sight in itself, from the brownstones, to the carousel horse fence, to the zebra hiding in the bushes. I felt like a tourist in my own city.

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I discovered Lyndale Rose Gardens last year right on my Birthday, when Sam and I were walking around Lake Harriet. And I knew I wanted to go back there. I was also extremely interested in seeing Peace (Rock) Garden. And since I almost always have to stand out, I had to wear a “new” dress I got from Minneapolis Blogger Sale, which I thought was perfect, and if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I make hiking in a dress look as easy as 1-2-3!

We also made origami paper cranes, also known as peace cranes. I carry mine in my wallet now, I am not sure about peace, but it definitely makes me happy.

And we now have our very own #tct water bottles, that Jameson made. This week I am working on a little DIY as well.

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I hope you had a great 4th of July. I was lighting fireworks all night!

 

St. Jude Theater of Dreams

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Last Thursday I was able to ditch work early to head over to Stage theater in downtown Hopkins to attend St Jude Theater of Dreams. And of course I have a funny story to tell. I was planning on changing into a different dress for the night, but as I was putting it on in the bathroom, the zipper split. So on the verge of nervous breakdown, and fear of being late, I got into my husband’s car and he dropped me off at the event. I ended up changing back into the first dress I was wearing all day. And the dress with the broken zipper? I am planning on refashioning it into a skirt!

The night was great. Celebration of the 3rd annual St. Jude Theater of Dreams started with a Gourmet Pizza Party, premier of The Wiz, and Sweets Reception in the end. There was also an icee truck that I might have taken advantage of ;)

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But above all that St. Jude is here to help families with kids who are fighting cancer. And they are doing a wonderful job. The care, the attention, everything that the families get, is free. There are no thousand dollar invoices, there are no insurance claims. It’s just kids being treated and getting well. That’s what St Jude is all about.

As for The Wiz and Stgaes theater – I loved it, every single bit of it. I feel like it’s one of those stories that keeps coming back over and over again, with the Wicked, and Once Upon a Time, and it should, because it reminds us to believe in ourselves and value what’s really important in life.

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What I Wore (After my major wardrobe malfunction) Sequin Sperry’s – TJ Maxx, Dress – Old Navy, Sweater – lost and found, Tote – Free People 

 

Swan Lake

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Last Sunday I celebrated one of my friends’ Birthdays at Pinstripes, in Edina. They have an amazing brunch there! And of course we took a walk around Centennial Lakes Park afterwards. It was one of those odd get togethers, where you are the only one in the group who is not a mom. Everyone who was there had at least 1 child and another on the way. Of course the inevitable question of “When are you going to have kids?” came up. But I am still undecided on that subject, and with going to college full-time in the fall, and then starting a career afterwards is more important to me now. Selfish? I know.

To create this black and white outfit: I wore my newly thrifted H&M dress, and Forever 21 accessories. And you can’t forget the Free People tote!

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In other exciting news, a few amazing Minneapolis bloggers got together and decided to host a sale for you! So come see us this Saturday! Details below!

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Utopian Eyewear

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It’s also this time of year, when sunglasses become more of a necessity than an accessory. And I am shopping for new eyewear. There are so many options, like these by Ray-Ban - from colorful to mirrored, I know they’ll have my eyes covered. rayban-sunglasses   I also love these Tory Burch ones, good cat eyes are really hard to find! Tory-Burch-sunglasses And, finally, I couldn’t leave this eclectic, futuristic and altogether out of this world eyewear by 3.1 Philip Lim unnoticed! 3.1-philip-lim-sunglasses Which do you like the most? Which ones would you wear? What shape sunglasses do you prefer?

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I am wearing: Gap jeans – thrifted, Lucky Denim Jacket – thrifted, Forever 21 Pink Tank top, TJ Maxx Beige Button Down, Lucky sunglasses – TJ Maxx, Sam & Libby Sandals – Target, Vintage Coach purse, Vintage silk scarf

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Уже несколько недель подряд мы ездим на работу обочными путями. Все потому, что везде ремонт, и все перекопано! И конечно же я не могла не заметить район, состоящий из почти идентичных домов. Мне сразу вспомнился фильм Pleasantville. Хоть я и понимаю, что тут все напоминает книгу Замятина “Мы”, с ассоциациями не поспоришь. В прошлые выходные мы с Сэмом решили обойти эти утопические кварталы.

Наступает лето, а значит солнечные очки переходят из разряда аксессуаров, в разряд вещей первой необходимости! И я присматриваю себе новые. Очень понравились очки от Ray-Ban, особенно зеркальные. Отличные очки есть и у Tory Burch, хороший кошачий глаз найти очень сложно, а в этой коллекции у дизайнера несколько пар. И, напоследок, я обратила внимание на 3.1 Philip Lim - эклектика и футуризм в одном флаконе.

Какие очки понравились вам? Какие бы вы надели? Какую форму очков вы предпочитаете?

Christmas Tree Delight

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Happy Holidays! Some of you may know that this year Sam and I finally got our first real Christmas tree! And of course I got to decorate it with all the thrifted ornaments and jingle bells I could find!

Love,

Zhenya

Love-Coat Relationship {A Thrift Style Thursday Post}

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Happy Thursday! So excited to be brining another Thrift Style Thursday post to you today along with all the other girls! We are also excited to have Alex of Snippetswithalex and The Fair Trade Fashionistas join us today!

You can never have too many shoes, purses… too much clothes, or make up…  If you ask me, you can never have too many coats! I learned it the hard way, the good way, living in Minnesota. 

Coats and outerwear are one of the first sections I check out when I go to a thrift store. Here is why:

- I am always looking for a new coat,

- I am always looking for a new VINTAGE coat,

- I am always looking for a new WARMER coat!

It took me a while to decide which coat to style for today’s post, but I settled on this vintage one, that I bought a couple years ago at Salvation Army. It’s not only vintage, but it was made here in Minneapolis, plus the festive red color puts me in a holiday mood, and I am so excited the holidays are right around the corner! So from the oversized pockets, to the side zippers, to the missing buttons, this coat has as much character, personality and history, as I do.

Happy Thursday everyone, and don’t forget to check out every one else’s posts:

Nout at Sandpaper Kisses

Miche at Buttons and Birdcages

Jackline at Sincerely Miss J

Martyna at Spoolish

Justine of The Two Cent Chic

Kristi of Alligator Toe

Alex of Snippets With Alex

The Fair Trade Fashionistas

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PS. And yes, I did rake the leaves just for this post! 

Hana Elite Flat Iron Review

Hi,

Happy Wednesday! Here is some coffee:

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Today we are going to talk about hair (and that cute little ivory lamp right above :) )

I love talking about hair on my blog, because I love my hair, and I try to always take good care of it. A few weeks ago I received a new Hair Straightener in the mail – Hana Elite from Misikko. I have had a flat iron before, but it was big, chunky and I didn’t use it that much, so when this opportunity came around, I gladly agreed to review the straightener.

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Hana Elite Straightener features:

- Adjustable Heat 140-450 F

- 100% Ceramic Mirror Smooth Plates, Best Heat Distribution/Retention

- Safe for Damp Styling

- Highest Grade Tourmaline

- 2 year warranty

- Effective for All Hair Lengths & Textures 

- 8 ft Salon Swivel cord

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Always make sure to use a heat protectant!

It was very important for me to have a safe flat iron, because I just got full head highlights (if you follow me on Twitter, you know about my major fail at the Aveda School. I don’t want to go into too much detail, but I am going to tell you one thing – I will never go back there and let a student do my hair – it’s a waste of time and money!)

Plus an iron that I could use to curl my hair!

Add a swivel cord to that and you basically have my perfect product.

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See the difference?

Even though my hair is fine and color treated, I use the 302 F setting instead of recommended 140 or 230, I just feel like it straightens my hair better.

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Which side do you like better?

And the final result

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I will be honest, I tried curling my hair with it and failed miserably, even though all the YouTube tutorials I watched were very helpful! I am going to keep trying and maybe just maybe show off my curls to you on Instagram soon!

This is the first professional styling tool I’ve ever had. I did like it, unfortunately it’s pricey and if I was looking into buying one myself, I think I would’ve gone for the cheaper brand. That is my only issue with it! Otherwise my hair looks and feels great.

Xo,

Z

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PS. I have been trying a lot of different home made hair masks lately, would you be interested in seeing a post on that? Let me know!


Velvet, Vintage, Lingerie

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I have always wanted to try the lingerie as outerwear trend. So when putting an outfit together for the Minneapolis Blogger Brunch, I finally got it. I’ve had a slip that went with one of my Anthropologie dresses, and every time I put it on, I feel so feminine, so flowy, so sexy… So I simply paired it with my vintage pleated cobalt blue skirt, and a velvet thrifted blazer from Express. I added my “Being Zhenya” necklace and a sapphire ring from Berricle, and was ready to brunch!

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Image via Pink and Navy Stripes

Have a great Monday everyone and give other Minnesota fashion bloggers some love!

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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