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2013 in Outfits

2013 Has been a great year! I can’t express how grateful I am for all the opportunities that have come over the past 12 months! I really had a great time growing and developing BeingZhenya.com! I left refashions behind to pursue style and beauty blogging. Don’t get me wrong, I still throw in an occasional DIY or two, but refashions weren’t really my thing! I had an amazing time being a part of Verizon Wireless Style Voices, traveling to Chicago and having fun with my new devices. If it wasn’t for Verizon the images on this blog would’ve still been crappy iPhone quality! And now I am finishing the year off with a trip to New York, follow my adventures on Instagram and Twitter! The hashtag is #backinNYC and I’ll see you in 2014!

Happy New Year!



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Fit Fur a Queen {Thrift Style Thursday}

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When it comes to fur, I like it all! It’s warm, it’s cozy, it’s snuggly. I hate getting out of bed these days, especially when the alarm goes off at 5.45 am. I am so not a morning person (are you?), that’s why comfy oversized sweaters, dresses, and this vest have become my uniform!

Fur also brings memories of the Russian fairy tales, I used to watch as a child!

Princess or not, this outfit makes me feel like a million bucks!

Happy Thrift Style Thursday!


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Looking for more fur?

Martyna // Spoolish

Miche // Buttons and Birdcages

Nout // Sandpaper Kisses

Justine // The Two Cent Chick

Alex // Snippets with Alex

Oh hey 90′s, how are you?

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When I was in 9th grade, everyone who was anyone seemed to have had Grinders, a European (?) version of Dr. Martens. Some people still had Dr. Martens, but I don’t think I was friends with any of them ;) Everyone called Grinders – sh*& stompers, and that was probably one of the reasons why I didn’t want to buy them, nor did I have the money. I didn’t start working till I was 16, and that was already after I graduated high school.

But I lucked out, and now, 12 years later when I am 27, I can finally go back to my high school years, rocking a pair of Dr. Martens that I scored at the brand new Goodwill here in St. Louis Park! I spent about 2 hours thrifting there on Saturday morning, even got a 15% discount and scored some amazing work out gear and home decor (more on that later and on Goodwill blog!)

How did you spend your Saturday?


PS. Don’t forget to enter my Giveaway for a chance to win $50 to Uncommon Goods!

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The New Icons

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I love a plain white T and jeans outfit, and it only makes sense that it’s my go-to look on the weekends! It’s comfy, chic and I can’t even tell you how important a great pair of jeans is!

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I have finally convinced Sam to climb to the top of the stairs at the south side of Main Street in Stillwater! And it was amazing! Oh the view! We also took a walk around the block at the top of the hill. I don’t know what it is about Stillwater, maybe it reminds me of New Jersey, the first place I really lived in in the US… but I love it! It’s just so historical compared to everything in Minnesota! Sam says he’d rather stay on the west side though :)

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I am wearing:

Scarf10 Dollar Mall

Striped Blazer10 Dollar Mall

The New Icons Shirt – Romwe

Color Block Crossbody Bag10 Dollar Mall

Jeans10 Dollar Mall

Flats - 10 Dollar Mall

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I hope you enjoyed the outfit and the pictures! Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for Thrift Style Thursday post :) Girls and I will be styling hats!



Colored Tights, Stillwater Love

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Stillwater is probably one of my favorite places in Minnesota. It is nothing more than just a main street with antique shops and local boutiques. But it is so much more! Yesterday was Sam’s Birthday and we met his best friend in Stillwater for lunch at the Dock Cafe. And of course walked along the waterfront. It so happens that every last Sunday of October is a Trick-or-Treat day, so you see the cutest and weirdest costumes all over town. Great inspiration for those who still don’t know what they want to be for Halloween ;) It reminded me of trick-or-treating in Manhattan, going around the local businesses, the dry cleaners, the bank… And, need I say this, the weather was gorgeous!

Happy Monday and have a great week!


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Grey Area // Thrift Style Thursday

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This week has been gray for me. It started with my darn gray fox sweater, then the gray beanie that I’ve been obsessively wearing everywhere, and of course the fall weather, that is slowly turning into winter white here in Minneapolis.

Gray as a color though is a great hit. It’s a perfect neutral, along with beige and white, and taupe, which makes it so much more likable! I wore this thrifted maxi skirt with my bright button down, threw in some bold accessories, and a cobalt blue clutch for good measure. And I am ready to go! Needless to say, I am uber-comfortable.

A couple words about the clutch too – it was a Klout perk! Can you believe it? I never never blog about my Klout perks unless I find them to be absolutely amazing! And this one is! I got sent a DIY kit from a website called Darby Smart and this clutch, along with the studs and some fabric glue was inside! I was ecstatic and made sure I finished it last week, so I could show it off in my posts :)

Don’t forget to share other girls’ gray links today and join us for next weeks TST as we’ll be talking Halloween!

Sincerely Miss J

Buttons and Birdcages


Sandpaper Kisses



On The Loose in Susan’s Boots

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Dear Susan,

We loved you, and we were sad to see you go… Why did you leave us behind?

On the other hand, we have made it to the Internet,

So Thank you!


the Boots

Susan was an old co-worker of mine. I probably haven’t seen her since April, but a few weeks ago, her boots popped up in the staff lounge. Determined to see her again, I took the boots home. And as you can probably understand, I never saw her. Maybe I will, maybe I wont. But these boots provided a perfect pop of color for today’s outfit.

Sweater – thrifted, Dress – thrifted, bag – Philip Lim for Target, Boots – Susan’s ;) Born, Leggings – ProSkin, Scarf – Handmade (and will be available in my Etsy store)

How has your weekend been?


As Plaid As I will Ever Get // Thrift Style Thursday



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Today’s outfit is anything but ordinary in my wardrobe. Plaid is definitely making a comeback and is a big trend this season. But this flannel shirt dress is the only item in my closet. I seriously consider flannel to be a Minnesota thing! I was singing “I am a lumberjack and I am okay…” while getting dressed this morning!
What do you think about plaid? Is it making a comeback in your wardrobe?
Happy Thrift Style Thursday,

PS. Want to join in the thrift style movement? Follow me on Twitter where I announce the theme for every week! And check out Thrift Style Thursday posts: See other Thrift Style Thursday participants:
Martyna at Spoolish
Nout at Sandpaper kisses
Miche at Buttons and Birdcages

Fall Color Call

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I am going to admit that every time some asks me what my favorite color is, I say “I don’t know” or “I don’t have one”, “I like them all” Yeah, I am probably one of those people you hate. “Make up your mind already, Zhenya!”

Well, whether the lack of a favorite color is a sign of my indifference or indecisiveness, or being an open minded person, when it comes to fall, brown comes out!

I swear I live in brown for at least 2 whole weeks when October comes around, and every time I go shopping I purposefully buy anything but…

And there you have it, my little brown rant ;) Hence, the outfit…



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I am wearing: Thrifted Vince Camuto Boots – similar ones here

Faux leather leggings from OASAP

Thrifted H&M dress – similar one here

Old Navy cable knit sweater – similar one here

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