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Coat – Via Spiga, Purse – Forever 21, Jeans – Express, Heels- Unknown, Sunglasses – Lucky Brand

 

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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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And don’t forget to enter the $50 Uncommon Goods Giveaway here!

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

Feathers Unruffled {A Home Decor Post}

I don’t normally post about home decor, unless it’s DIY, but this time I just wanted to share how something random, bought on a whim,, transformed my living room and made that one small part of it (aka my console table) complete.

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I got these feathers a week ago at the Minnesota State Fair. They were only a $1 each at the International Bazaar (which does by the way have a Russian booth!) and I couldn’t simply pass by.

So after spending all afternoon wandering around the Fair Grounds with these feathers sticking out, I was amazed they actually made it home that night.

To be honest, I wasn’t going to put them in a vase. I did have a different spot for them in mind, but they never made it there!

Instead they were dropped off on the console table that I freecycled a couple years ago, next to these two frames, one being a cross stitch by my dear friend Tamara, reminding me where, when and who I married ;) And the other is a picture version of the latter.

Once I sat down and actually looked over where the feathers were, I knew that it’s where they belonged.

So then the vase hunting began. From Target to TJ Maxx, to Marshall’s to finally – BINGO – a thrift store (this time it was Salvation Army) during a Labor Day sale, this beauty ended up costing me only $3.50 plus tax!

Ding Ding Ding we have a winner thought I…

Now to find the lamps…

Xx,

Z

PS. Check out these salt and pepper shakers Sam’s friend Blake brought me from England:

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One of them is a London Guard and the other is The British Gentleman! Can you guess which one is which? LOL

 

 

{27 Dresses} Dress 10 : Are You Ready to Jump?

Remember this dress?

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It was my first refashion in the Refashion Runway project, and it was absolutely perfect for that weekend. The dress is American Apparel thrifted for $5 from the Hopkins Goodwill and still had the original tags :)

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And it wouldn’t be fair to the girls if I didn’t share this picture:

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And this:

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And this:

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And finally this:

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Happy Monday :)

Xx,

Z

Proskin Blogger Challenge update Week 3

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Here it is you guys! Week 3 updates!

The numbers in parenthesis indicate difference from the previous week!)

Hips 32″ (-1″)
Top of thigh 20.5″ (-0.5″)
Widest part of thigh 21″ (-0.5″)
Above knee 14″ (-1″)
Below knee 13″ (-0)
Widest part of calf 13.5″ (+0.5)

As you can see there is some progress out there :) And I am definitely noticing a difference in my thighs. Yay! Working towards defining that gap between my thighs (yes, I’m one of those girls!)

Another thing that I’ve started is Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis program.

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I did both cardio and a workout in my proskins last week and I’m not going to do it anymore. Sorry for the next piece of TMI but I sweat a lot, so I’ll keep wearing my leggings to bed, because that still gives the result.
I have been cheating for the past few days though and only doing the 30 minute workout skipping the cardio.

Plus everyone at work seems to be on the Paleo diet, so I’ve been cutting down my bread intake as well.
So here you have it! I spilt all my beans! Now you spill yours ;)
Have a great weekend,
X
Zhenya

Undiscovered Minneapolis: Lyndale Park Rose Garden

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This is a post of major FAILS!

Sam and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary this week! And since he had the whole week off, and I always have Mondays off, we decided to celebrate our anniversary August, 12! Our original plan was to go to Excelsior and spend the whole day on Lake Minnetonka. But then I decided I wanted to go to Minnehaha falls,  which later turned into – I want to go to Lake Harriet… Having lived in Minneapolis for a little over 2 years I have to admit, I’ve never REALLY been to Harriet. I’ve seen it, I’ve driven by it, but never walked around it! Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve never walked around Calhoun either, but I’ve been there plenty of times!

So we end up by the lake, and it’s a beautiful day… And then I remember that Patisserie 46 can’t be that far away, and since it’s our anniversary I just have to have one of their desserts, or at least the Big Ugly (a giant piece of meringue).

Of course on the way there we get sidetracked a lot, and I want to know the rental prices on the paddle boards, and I want to go stand on the dock (which I never do), and there is a kid who wants to run me over on his trike…

Then I see this:

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And memories of Brooklyn Botanical Gardens mixed with Conservatory Garden in Central Park flood my mind, and all of a sudden I have to have a picture of every single flower there, and a dozen pictures of the fountain!

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Common sense and Sam’s words of wisdom finally help me put my Samsung Galaxy away (but it does take great pictures! Doesn’t it?) And we continue our way to 46th street.

Having spent an extra 15 minutes trying to get to Patisserie 46 from the Rose Garden (there was a lot of road construction going on, so we had to take a detour), we come to find that it’s closed on Mondays. Which my phone informed me of, and I ignored the message an hour earlier.

Starving and upset (I didn’t get my sugar fix), we decide to go back to the car, brainstorming where we should eat. By the time we reach Harriet again Sam’s step-dad calls and says that he’s on his way over with Sam’s nephew! We hurry back home, having decided to eat at home, because A. It’s cheaper, and B. We don’t have to spend any money!

After Sam’s PB& J, and my sandwich with mustard and kielbasa, we head over to Mann 6 to watch Elysium. And let me tell you, Matt Damon isn’t all that bad! He does have a funky shaped nose though.

Plus dinner was amazing at the Convention Grill in Edina!

Now let’s fast forward to Wednesday, which is our actual anniversary. I get up at 5.45 and by 6.40 I am out the door to get to work. Having worked an 11 hour day, and watched Revenge (my latest obsession) on my break, I come home to a somewhat clean house, and decide to make something out of a zucchini, one of the mom’s in class brought for us. And only at about 8 pm that night, with the help of my in-laws, I find out that it is in fact our anniversary, and if it wasn’t for them wishing us a happy one, I would’ve forgotten all about it.

The moral of the story is: When you are married and you are forgetting your anniversary – it’s a good sign, that means you are not counting the days!

Happy Anniversary honey! I am not counting, I promise :)

Xx,

Zhenya

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