O is for Overalls {A-Z Challenge}

overalls-collection shopping for overalls

How could I not post about overalls? The more important question here though is – How do I still not own a pair? I don’t know. I am trying and looking and hoping to find an awesome pair at a thrift store. But, alas, nothing so far. Only my Mavatar collections, which you can check out here:

 

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This weeks Thrift Finds

Today was probably one of the best day’s off I’ve had in months! It started of with breakfast at Helen’s, then some thrift shopping. Then Napoleon’s with Masha, then thrifting, then mall, and another mall and Famous Daves… Well let me back up a little here 🙂

My most favorite store in Uptown Minneapolis – Steeple People is a must see for all thrifters. I have donated to the store a few times myself and today I finally found one of the pairs of shoes that I dropped off! I really hope someone buys them, since they are made out of water proof suede 🙂

Here is what I got:

1. This top…

… because I loved the back so much!

2. This top…

… again for the back 😉

3. This Dress, I just thought it was so very Paul Gauguin:

But it’s really this brand:

According to Sammy Davis’ article “How to date clothing“, the wording “of California” on a garment’s tag indicates that it’s vintage. Now this dress only says “California”, it’s still vintage, just dates back to the 80s, plus from doing some research on line I also found out that this dress comes with a matching fabric belt, which unfortunately didn’t come with mine. But I have other plans for this baby! The only thing I am going to tell you right now is that the hem is definitely going to be shortened. And plus it was kind of screwed up, which also got me $3 off of this item!

So here is a tip – ask for a discount if the item looks damaged or stained. I’ve done it today and I’ve done it before at the Salvation Army!

Then I met up with one of my girlfriends and had this strawberry Napoleon goodness:

Now the latte is totally my girlfriend’s! I had an iced mocha and a mimosa – which felt so good at 3 pm!

Then we hit Clothes Mentor, which is another chain of thrift stores here in the US. They had a 50% off sale, so everything that had a little yello Sale sticker was half-price – best news ever for a thrifter like me!

4. I got this awesome Linen wrap dress:

It came with a spare button too, plus it was designed in France! Best thing ever.

5. And finally my last find – brand new Necessary Objects jacket, also half price, spare button also included:

Another tip about Clothes Mentor – start a card there, every time you buy something there, you’ll get a punch, if you bring a reusable bag – you get another punch! Once you collect 20 punches, you’ll get 20% off of your purchase!

So that’s it for the day, let me know which piece you liked the most, and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to see how I style these pieces!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

xo,

Z

Watch Watching

So I want to get a new watch, I can’t wait to get it, there are other priorities though, so it’s probably going to be a few more weeks till I actually go and splurge. But this is what I’ve been look at so far:

As you can probably tell I am debating between Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs. Which one do you like the best?

Also I am wearing my husband’s watch for the whole day today, it’s his way of training me into wearing a large chunky watch 🙂

xo,

Z

Outfit of the Day – October, 29

Sharing the gorgeous Minneapolis weather with you! I heard it snowed on the East Coast today, so I wanted to share a little bit of sunshine, and my outfit!

Outfit breakdown:

Suade boots by Mexx

White coat from Nordstrom’s (thrifted at the Salvation Army for $4)

BCBG Max Azria dress

Steve Madden sunglasses.

Hope you all are having a fabulous Saturday, we are celebrating my husband’s Birthday today, that’s our 2nd celebration this week, tomorrow is the final one with his parents!

Xo,

ZhenyAH!

Styling a Thrift find (which isn’t your size)

Imagine this – You walk into a thrift store, and maybe after only 5 minutes, or possible a very long 2 hours – you discover IT! The thrift find of your life (or more like a week – if you thrift shop every week like me). But it’s too big, or too long, or too wide. So what do you do? I mean it’s a find you can’t miss. Not for the whole world.

That’s what happened to me and the ivory 100% wool coat that I found at our local Sal Val for $3.99 I have to admit, I almost left it hanging there, since it’s a Large and I am a Small, sometimes an Extra-Small. So you see my dilemma, right? In the end I just couldn’t let it pass. So here is what I did:

I went through all my other clothes in my head (yes, that’s possible, especially after moving from Russia, and only being able to bring 2 suitcases. I do still have some clothes in New Jersey, but I won’t be getting those until September) and realized that I can totally pull this outfit off. Let me show you the ways:

1. Heel it and Wear a bulky sweater underneath

I know it’s hard to tell (and again I apologize for the camera phone shoot) but I am wearing 2.5 inch heels that are successfully sinking into the carpet. You don’t necessarily need to wear heels if you are tall, but I am 5’6” and this coat was dying for some heels. The other thing – bulky sweaters are your best friend, it does get cold in the winter, you know (especially if you live in Minne- SNOW-ta).

2. Belt it

I got lucky – my waist line matched the waist line of the coat, so viola – a brown belt and off I go!

3. Scarves are your best friend!

This coat was like a perfect canvas I could play and mess with, if you find a coat or a jacket of a dark color, then obviously go for a light scarf to create the contrast. Be creative and don’t be afraid to stand out. Remember – there will be only compliments!

 

 

PS. I would especially like to thank my husband for stepping up and taking all these pictures. Honey, you are the best!

 

Thrifting for Treasure 2

This is a long overdue post about my last weeks trip to Salvation Army in the Warehouse district of Minneapolis. I love that place, what more can I say. Why? Let me show you below!

Here is my $1 Etra clutch (leather too 🙂 )

 I absolutely love how it opens up in a diamond shape! Diamonds are a girl’s best friend you know, even if they are just shapes!

Up next is another vintage COACH bag (oh yeah! I lucked out again!) That baby only cost me $4.99

This next item will be a subject of an upcoming post (most likely this week), so stay tuned. It’s 100% wool ivory coat, from Nordstrom, with original tags attached, as well as a spare button! This amazing find was only $3.99 – Welcome to Minnesota, what else can I say ?!

And finally my silk vintage skirt (with pockets) which I wore to our rehearsal dinner, and which cost me only $1.99

This skirt will also be featured in one of my upcoming posts! So stay tuned!

What cool thrift finds did you get last week?

I have 2 words for you: Shoes and Hair

This is what a bride should care about the most. Shoes have to be comfortable and hair – well the higher the hair the closer you are to heaven!

I had a hair trial yesterday, and let me tell you – Jasmine is amazing! She is my future parent’s in law neighbor, and a mom to 5 kids! If you are in Minneapolis/St. Paul area let me know if you want her contact info. This is what I looked like after the trial – remember that the real one will look a lot a lot better 🙂

Now on to the shoes. You gotta go designer, and make sure that your shoes are comfortable. I had a dilemma – my dress is a little long, and the heels that I had weren’t high enough. But I didn’t want to get the dress altered, so the only way out was to go for a higher heel. And I went to a perfect store for that – Nordstrom. I absolutely adore the shoes I got! They are by Via Spiga – a modern interpretation of the 70’s style

They are suede too!

Hope you all have a great Monday! I am looking forward to the weekend already 🙂

Love you all, from the land of 10,000 lakes (or more?)

Zhenya