Swings and Fashion Things

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After channeling out my inner Lumberjack woman and spending 4 hours trimming the hedge at our new house yesterday morning, I knew I had to go back into fashionista mode, and pulled together this cute and simple outfit to share with you guys!

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Top – Gap, thrifted Savers//Skirt – Michael Kors, thrifted, Housing Works//Shoes – Target //

Watch – stole from Sam//Hat – thrifted, Goodwill// Necklace – H&M//Bag – Old Navy

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I also spent some time channeling my inner child and went on the swings! I absolutely love it, and I am so happy there is a playground near by where I can go and be silly whenever I want 😉

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Have a wonderful day dolls! Who are you going to channel today?

Xo,

Z

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Barefoot in Grays and Yellows

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I have finally decided to stop caring, and start wearing my weekend aka nice clothes to work. You know when you have a job which implies getting dirty? And you start saving the better clothes for the weekend? Kind of? Well, there are only so many weekends in the year! And after wearing this to my daycare job today, and hearing the compliments from parents and my co-teachers, this rule stays 🙂

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I hope you had a great Tuesday! Enjoy your Wednesday and Happy 4th!

Xo,

Z

My Summer 2013 Must Haves

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Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Style Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

Summer has got to be my favorite season! Do you think it has anything to do with my Birthday? July baby, that’s me! Today I am going to share some of my favorite summer essentials with you and put them together into an outfit! I hope you’ll like it 🙂

1. A straw fedora! I love this hat because it fits my head (gotta admit I have a big one 😉 ) it’s perfect for going out, or just relaxing by the pool…

2. White wedges! These shoes don’t just give me a few extra inches, but also boost my confidence!

3. Neon necklace! This piece from Old Navy brightens every outfit, and to think I’ve had it since 2009! It’s an oldie!

4. Funky sunnies! I went for these white frame ones! Yes, they are a bit too much, but sometimes a girl needs it!

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What are your favorite summer essentials?

Xo,
Z

PS. This originally was a guest post on Coming Unstitched! Thank you, Sarah, for letting me post for you 🙂

Don’t you just love the quality on my new Samsung Galaxy camera?

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DIY Friday: It’s all about the Dress (easy sewing tutorial)

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I love making my own clothes, and even though I don’t do it often, I still love doing it! And maybe someday, just someday I’ll become one of those people who can finish a garment in one sitting! Oh, wait, I actually did! With this dress!

I had this piece of polyester material for forever, it came from one of the thrift stores where I am a regular! Yes, you can buy fabric at a thrift store and it’s cheap and affordable, just not always what you want! But I really feel like I lucked out with this pattern:

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After reading this Boho Revival post on Chic Trends, I was even more inspired to finally create my own piece!

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There are a ton a ton DIY tutorials out there on how to make a dress like this! And to be 100% honest with you the fabric was intended for a skirt, but since I could pull more use out of a dress than a skirt, I went with this hi-lo design partially inspired by what’s out there, and partially affected by the lack of fabric!

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I am wearing:

Dress – hand made // Shoes – Nine West Vintage America // Necklace – Old Navy //

Bag – Vintage (coming to my Etsy store soon!) // Bracelet – hand made // Belt – hand-me-down

Lipstick – Maybelline Fuchsia Flash

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To make the hi-lo Being Zhenya dress I followed these simple instructions by See Cate Create

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I just skipped the elastic part! That’s it 🙂

Hope you like my DIY friday post, have you been sewing/refashioning anything lately?

Xo,

Z

Oversize Me OOTD

Everyone knows that these days it’s the baggier the better, to a certain extent of course! When I put something oversized on top, I make sure to go skinny on the bottom, and this is how it usually turns out:

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Top – Old Navy size M (it’s HUGE!) but since it was bought on sale for a ridiculously small amount of money, and they didn’t have size S anywhere, I got it. It’s comfy and soft, almost at the point where I want to wear it around the house with a pair of sweats, but am fighting this urge!

Jeans – X2 Denim by Express, thrifted at Savers, $8

Scarf – Christmas gift from a few years ago

Floral necklace – Gofavor.com, that necklace was ordered for about $4 back in the day when I went through – Let’s order as much cheap crap costume jewelry from China as I can. If I could, I would return every single product I ordered there, because… well you see the crossed out word above! The metal is so cheap it fades away after 2 or 3 uses. This necklace has been kind of okay, but I don’t want to jinx it here! So I’ll keep wearing it out and about, and maybe later you’ll see it in one of my DIY projects!

Boots – Christmas gift from Sam 🙂 <3

And of course my Marc Jacobs Watch! I have to wear it, everyday, yes, that’s how much I like that watch!

On the other note, winter isn’t going anywhere here in Minneapolis. After a snow thunderstorm last Thursday I am hopeless, on the verge of depression, someone please help! At least this blog is becoming more bright and colorful, I’ve finally figured out how to create a row of social media icons on my blog, yay me 🙂

In other news, I have a lot of DIY projects coming up for you dear readers, so stay tuned!

Love,

Z

PS. Did you notice I am not wearing any make-up in this picture?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 in Outfits

Happy 2013! Here is to more subscribers, readers, followers, and quality posts, and to a 365 times better year!

Feel free to click on the month to be taken to the original post!

I do have to come clean, I didn’t have any outfits for January and February, so I substituted them with a couple outfits from March and April 🙂

January 2012

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February 2012

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March 2012

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April 2012

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May 2012

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June 2012

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July 2012

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August 2012

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September 2012

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October 2012

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November 2012

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December 2012

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And don’t forget that:

 

 

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Happy 2013!

Z

 

Latest Thrift Finds

Here is the thing about thrifting – when you are looking for something specific – you can never find it. I don’t know if that’s Murphy’s law that applies to thrifting or what, but I’ve been looking for a black pleated maxi skirt everywhere with no luck. What I am looking for is something like this:

My problem is – I don’t want to pay top dollar for it, $20 tops 😉

And I am pretty sure I’ll be able to find it sooner or later, because I really need it for work for the summer!

But let’s talk about my latest finds! These two scarves from Goodwill cost $2.99 each, the blue and white one was brand new and came with tags from a local boutique in Edina, MN

Aren’t these awesome? The yellow one is from Old Navy, and will be perfect for the summer! I can’t wait to wear it!

Yesterday I found some books, as well as a sewing pattern! Here’s what I got:

I get to keep everything but the I Spy DIY book, that has to go back to the library at some point 🙁

I hope you are having a great day, enjoying the weather and what not! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, I try and post every day!

Cheers,

Z

Earth Day Outfit

Happy Earth Day everyone, I hope you had a great day and reduced, reused or recycled! Here is what I got out of this day:

I recycled an almost empty tinted moisturizer at the Origins counter at Macy’s and got a full size Age Defense Moisturizer with SPF 25 – it usually comes in a jar, so don’t be confused by the packaging 😉

I also scored a free reusable bag at Target, don’t know what I am going to use it for yet, but it’s good to have!

The L’oreal sample came from the May issue of Vogue magazine.

And finally – free coffee in my reusable RBC mug from Caribou 🙂

I had to work today, which meant wearing black for the 4 hours that I spent at Macy’s, but then Sam and I went to a concert, and I went all out for that:

Shoes: Nine West Vintage America

Jeans: Ragstock

Shirt: Old Navy

Sheer Blouse: Ragstock

Jacket: BCBG Max Azria

Bag: Coach

Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

The show we saw was pretty good, we only stayed for one band (Step in Clouds), but they were giving away free CDs. I personally thought they sounded something like Augustana.

Earth Day is now one of my favorite holidays 😉 What did you do today?

XO,

Z

Поздравляю всех с Днем Земли, я надеюсь что у вас был отличный день и вы каким-то образом помогли нашей чудесной планете! Вот что я вынесла для себя из этого дня:

Увлажняющий крем от Origins с SPF 25 – я сдала почти пустую бакну от tinted moisturizer фирмы Physicians Formula и получила полноразмерный крем бесплатно! Обычно он выпускается в банке, а не тубе, так что если вы пользуетесь фирмой Origins, не думайте, что я вас путаю!

В магазине Target мне дали сумку для продуктов многоразового использования, такие очень популярны в Америке! Я еще не знаю как буду ее использовать, потому что она небольшая по размеру, но в хозяйстве пригодиться!

Пробники от Л’Ореаль были в Майском номере журнала Vogue.

И наконец – бесплатный кофе из кофейни Caribou – я просто принесла термо кружку и все!

Я работала сегодня, так что в течение 4х часов я была одета во все черное, но вечером мы с Сэмом пошли на концерт, и я разрядилась на славу 😉

Ботильоны на танкетке: Nine West Vintage America

Джинсы: Ragstock

Розовая футболка: Old Navy

Прозрачная белая блузка: Ragstock

Пиджак: BCBG Max Azria

Сумка: Coach

Часы: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Концерт был неплохой, мы послушали только одну группу (Step in Clouds), они также раздавали бесплатные диски! Они чем-то напомнили мне группу Augustana.

С сегодняшнего дня – День Земли – мой любимый праздник! А чем вы занимались сегодня?

XO,

Z

Outfit of the Day – Dressing up for the Dentist

Today was my last visit to the dentist. Now I am not talking about cleaning or anything, I was getting my teeth fixed big time, no I mean it, BIG TIME!

I guess dental care in Russia sucks, because when I was leaving last July, I went to see a dentist, who told me I was going to be fine and that my teeth looked okay. Then I came here, and they took the X-rays, and it all went downhill from there. Well now it’s all fixed, and I am a happy camper. I am also happy the anesthesia wore off and I can enjoy dinner, without having to worry about biting my lip off! But in all it’s honesty, I had 8 or 9 teeth done, that’s how bad it was!

It always helps when the dentist calls you hun though 🙂

But enough me blabbering – here is what I wore today:

Loafers – Lucky Brand

Jeans – Dollhouse

Shirt and undershirt – Old Navy

Purse – Ralph Lauren, duh!

Watch – Marc Jacobs – It’s actually not in the picture, but I don’t leave the apartment without putting it on!

Check out my bicycle necklace – how awesome is that? Yup, I won it in a giveaway!

I was also wearing my Steve Madden shades, but those aren’t in the picture either!

And finally, I haven’t been blow drying or straightening my hair for almost a month now, feels awesome! Anyone out there need an extra curling iron?

Doodles,

Z

Сегодня был мой последний визит к дантисту. И я не имею ввиду чистку зубов, мне лечили зубы и еще как лечили!

Как оказалось, зубные врачи в России не знают, что они творят, за что мы их конечно простим, но когда я переезжала сюда на ПМЖ в прошлом июле, мой русский врач сказала, что у меня все в порядке. А потом мне сделали рентген и понеслось! Но сейчас уже все заделано и вылечено и радости полные штаны! К тому же заморозка отошла к ужину, и мне не нужно было задумываться о том, откушу ли я себе нижнюю губу или нет? Но на полном серьезе, мне вылечели 8 или 9 зубов! Да, все было так плохо!

Но всегда приятно, когда зубной врач обращается к тебе ласково, меня моя называла “hun” (сокращенно от “honey”)!

Но хватит болтовни, лучше расскажу из чего состоял мой аутфит:

Мокасины – Lucky Brand

Джинсы – Dollhouse

Майка/кофта – Old Navy

Сумка – Ralph Lauren, удивились?!

Часы – Marc Jacobs – на самом деле на фотографии часов нет, но я без них из дома не выхожу!

Обратите внимание на мой велосипед на шее – правда классный? Его я выиграла в конкурсе!

Я также была в своих солнечных очках от Steve Madden, но их тоже нет на фотографии!

И еще, хотела отметить, что уже почти месяц я не подвергаю свои волосы никакой термической обработке, и чувствуют они себя на все сто! Никому не нужна плойка? У меня одна лишняя!

Всем всего самого хорошего,

Z

 

 

 

Old Navy Haul (Super Cash in Action)

You all know how I feel about certain brands, and that I will never wear Aeropostale or Hollister or whatever else junior high girls wear these days. I am 25 for Christ’s sake!

Surprisingly I’ve been able to find certain items at Old Navy that I like. Remember my post about Easter? That skirt came from ON, as well as some of my new T-shirts for the summer, which I don’t think I’ve shown to anyone, but I’ve been wearing them to work, and in all honesty, I’ll be extremely happy if they last me through the summer. Those t-shirts and all of my dresses, heh!

Anyways, today’s haul was in a way “sponsored” by my previous shopping trip to ON, when I was given $20 in super cash. If you don’t know how Super Cash works, it’s basically a 50% off coupon, that includes clearance and sale items and everything in between. And my super cash was going to expire on 4/17!

And it was cold today, and I wasn’t sure whether I should go, well you know, the usual blah blah blah

I ended up coming home with 2 bags full and all I spent was $25!

So here is what I got:

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$6.12

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My receipt and another coupon 🙂 Yes, they are doing everything to lure me back in, and they are succeeding!

I can’t wait to show you how to style and accessorize these items! Especially the sweaters, since I have a special make-over in mind for those! I am sure you’ve noticed how loose everything is! Yes, I am into loose tops this season, skinny jeans and loose tops, what can be better?

Let me know what you think about this haul, and ON as a brand in general!

Cheers my fellow fashionistas and shopaholics 😉

Z

Многие из вас знают, как я отношусь к определенным маркам одежды,  и что я никогда не одену что-либо, купленное в Aeropostale или Hollister,  или в каких-то других магазинах, популярных среди учениц старших классов школы. Мне 25 как-никак!

Но к моему удивлению, я уже несколько раз нахожу подходящую одежду в магазине Old Navy. Вы читали мой пост про Пасху? Юбка, которая в тот день была на мне, была куплена как раз в этом магазине!  Я также прикупила там несколько маек, которые я никому не показывала, но уже носила на работу 😉 На самом деле я буду рада, если эти футболки продержатся хотя бы это лето! Футболки и многочисленные платья – что еще нужно летом? Ах да, шорты!

Сегодняшний поход в магазин был “спонсирован” (лучше сказать – спровоцирован!) моим предыдущим походом в ON, когда мне дали купон на скидку в размере $20, или так называемые Супер Наличные. Если вы никогда не слышали про такие “деньги”, это обычный купон на 50% скидку, который можно использовать на покупку вещей, которые на распродаже (sale) и на очень хорошей распродаже (clearance) ну и на прочие товары! И срок действия купона заканчивался 17 апреля!

Сегодня было холодно (снег с дождем утром :/ ) и я все думала, стоит ли вообще ехать по магазинам, ну в общем все как обычно…

В итоге, я вернулась домой с 2 сумками, потратив всего лишь 25 баксов!

(Фотографии и все цены смотреть выше! На последней фотке мой чек и еще один купон – в общем они заманивают меня обратно как только могут!)

Скоро будут посты про наряды дня, и какие аксессуары я добавила к купленным сегодня вещам! Обратите внимание на свитера, про них будет отдельный пост, так как у меня есть особая задумка 😉

Напишите мне что вы думаете про Old Navy как бренд и про мои покупки!

Особенный привет всем модницам и шопоголикам!

Всего самого!

Z