N is for Necklace {A-Z Challenge}

spring-summer-necklaces statement-necklaces There is nothing like a necklace to make an outfit stand out. And if you ask me, that’s my favorite piece of jewelry! I have so many different ones in my collection! But after creating these necklace boards, I got really inspired to go back to DIYs and make my own. How is this one for inspiration? DIY-necklace-inspiration I can’t wait to show you the final result. I am also starting fashion illustration, and if you want me to draw you or one of your favorite outfits from the blog, leave me a comment below! Happy Friday!

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Thrift Style Thursdays: Summer Dress Turned Fall Fab (together with Spoolish)

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I have been looking for a thrift/style blogger to collaborate with for a while, but it’s really hard to do when the person who approaches you (or vice versa) doesn’t read your blog. But that’s not the case with Martyna of Spoolish and me. We’ve been blogging buddies for a while now. I think it’s our passion and love for thrifting that brought us together, as well as our Easter European heritage 😉 She even interviewed me for her blog a few months ago, that was a big honor for me!

We are going to make this a weekly post on both of our blogs, and depending on how it goes, planning on starting link-up parties for our fellow thrift and style bloggers! Hopefully you guys will want to join in!

Our first item is a summer dress, and how to style it for fall:

Since I’m a firm believer that maxi dresses are a fashionista’s version of sweat pants, I decided to style a maxi dress, throw in some bold jewelry and definitely add a chunky sweater. I am a huge fan of wool, because it’s a warm and cozy material, that doesn’t retain unwanted odors. I also threw in some wedge booties, and viola! My stylish, thrifted, fall outfit is ready!

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I am wearing: Mossimo Maxi Dress – thrifted, Ann Taylor sweater – thrifted, Black Wedge booties Enzo Angiolini – thrifted, Being Zhenya necklace from oNecklace, thrifted bracelets and necklaces, Marc by Marc Jacobs watch. My lipstick is Bobbi Brown in shade Slopes.

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Have you also noticed my “Being Zhenya” necklace? Thanks to oNecklace I am now able to wear my blog around my neck 🙂

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And you can get one too on their website, plus you can get 10% off when you use code GIFT at checkout!

Don’t forget to check out Martyna’s post on Spoolish.com!

Have a great Thursday and please let us know if you like the link up idea!

Xx,

Z

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Anthropologie Arrangement

Since I am going to be at 50th and France tomorrow, I might as well pop into Anthropologie, and check some things out, hopefully even buy something. But knowing me, I’ve already checked everything out in the catalogue (both physical and on-line), and I created this board of fun Anthropologie stuff. Call me crazy, but I think this pharaoh one piece swimsuit is something I would totally wear!

 xoxo,

stay warm if you are in Minneapolis!

Z

Becoming more Feminine

I know I am already feminine, I wear dresses and heels, and put on make-up every day, but today while I was at SPSS on South Lyndale Ave, I decided that I need more girlyness in my life.

So how do I do that?

1. First of all – I am not going to wear T-shirts anymore, the kind that looks like this:

I actually wore the exact same shirt today, lol! These shirts are only going to be left in my closet for one reason – to work out! Even when you go to sleep – wear some sexy pajamas.

2. No baggy, loose pants or boyfriend jeans.

I have a pair of loose Ralf Lauren shorts size 4 which I freecycled back in NYC, and my husband hates them. Today he told me that my butt looks big in them 🙂 That’s his way of telling me to get rid of those shorts.

Mine are the same style, but navy blue. My advice is to simply wear pants that fit! Also a tip – Boyfriend jeans look good on girls with flat butts (seriously) – if you have curves – don’t be afraid to show them!

3. Accessorize!

Scarves, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets are going to be your best friend. And remember Coco Chanel’s famous quote – “take one thing off before leaving the house”!

4. Say good bye to ugly shoes (flip-flops from Old Navy or other cheap stores – leave those for the beach). FYI – UGGS are ugly too, in fact I think UGG is a derivative from UGLY. Besides they don’t support the arch of your foot, and that’s not good!

5. Make-up is your best friend, and the older you get, the more helpful it becomes:)

Also check out these YouTube gurus, especially their make-up tutorials, pay attention to the before and then after 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/user/Lisasz09

http://www.youtube.com/user/emilynoel83 

6. Make sure you take time to groom yourself – hair, skin and body need to be in top shape! I do know some girly girls who let themselves go, and then they become fat and ugly, and all the cuteness is gone. I am sorry, but it’s true. So invest some money into regular hair cuts, skin care products and good tennis shoes.

And remember – investing money into beauty procedures isn’t just the celebrities’ prerogative – you can do it too, and you can do it on a budget! There are plenty of beauty recipes on a budget!

I hope you all have a fabulous night, tomorrow I am going to blog about staying fit without going to the gym – and some foods that keep me skinny!

Maxi skirt transformation!

I have been looking for a perfect maxi skirt since the beginning of the summer! Needless to say they are in style right now, but I wanted it for a different reason too. You know how you can hike it up and wear as a dress? That is exactly what I was going to do! I finally found the skirt that I liked, and I knew it’s color would go well with pieces that I’ve already had in my closet, including the accessories. Here is the skirt:

And the close up on the pattern:

The maxi skirt as a skirt:

With some accessories:

And a belt

Now the same skirt as a dress:

I added this BCBG jacket for a more work-appropriate look!

This skirt/dress also looks great with this turquoise necklace

Tomorrow I will show you another necklace that looks great with this dress. It is going to be a “refurbished” necklace, that belonged to my Grandma. But I am not going to give it away just yet!

Happy Saturday everyone! What are you going to treat yourself to this weekend?

Vintage Jewelry

As I was organizing my jewelry box today, I found some pieces I wanted to share with you. All of them are vintage, some I got from my grandma, some I thrifted back when I lived on the UWS. Enjoy!

I wore this with my DIY Gap shirt, you can check out a post from March, 8,2011, to see how this looks on a person!

These are the pins I added to my collection.

These are from a thrift store on 83rd and Columbus!