Hat Trick {Thrift Style Thursday}

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Hats are amazing summer accessories, and can not only add on to your outfit, but make the outfit!

Do you know what my hat trick is? No, I am not going to pull a white rabbit out of this hat. My hat trick is pulling this outfit together for under $5! That’s right! IT’S UNDER FIVE BUCKS!

Here is how: hat – lost and found – free, shoes – hand me downs from a co-worker – free, high waisted jeans – Buffalo Exchange – $1 Earth Day sale, top – Talbots – Salvation Army – $3.50.

Even I am impressed with myself! And you can too, it’s easy! Thrifting is addicting, thrilling and saves you a lot of money! How do you think I am able to afford college?

Happy Thursday! And make sure to connect with other Thrift Style Thursday Gals!

For more Thrift Style Thursday posts and looks check out:
Buttons and Birdcages // Spoolish // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J // Confessions of a Refashionista // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex // Eclecticity // Alligator Toe // Erika’s Style Diary // Sistas From Cali // Bethie the Boo // Rachel’s Lookbook // Nuttier than Nutella // Lipstick and Yarn

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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 7: Checking Out Some Books

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I will be honest with you, library is one of my favorite places to go to! It’s relaxing and inspiring for me at the same time! So I don’t think I am going to surprise you if I tell you that I dress up to go to the library! Well I dress up to go almost anywhere, even work ;) and that’s how this project started!

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All the books are safely tucked into the Zabar’s bag that I’ve had since my New York days. And if you are interested in what I am reading now, here is my list:

Paulo Coelho – Manuscript Found in Accra

Paulo Coelho – The Winner Stands Alone

Gary Shteyngart - Super Sad True Love Story

Victor Pelevin – T

I am also reading Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

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Have a great day everyone!

Xo,

Z

По-русски: Все уже, наверное, знают, что я обожаю библиотеку и хожу туда как на праздник! Ну и не удивительно, что я специально нарядилась для подобного случая. Я могу провести в библиотеке весь день, я так релаксирую и расслабляюсь, ну и нахожу своеобразный источник вдохновения. Если вам интересно, что я читаю, то вот список:

Пауло Коэльо – Манускрипт, найденный в Акко

Пауло Коэльо – Победитель остается один

Виктор Пелевин – Т

Гари Штейнгарт – Super Sad True Love Story

И на моем Nook я читаю “Игра Эндера”

Читали ли вы что-то из вышеперечисленного? Мне будет очень интересно ваше мнение!

Женя

 

DIY Friday: Florals, Florals Everywhere (two refashions in one!)

Today’s refashion is going to be quick and easy and as summery as it can get! A couple weeks ago I thrifted these Guess capris:

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What an awkward length!

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But what an amazing floral print! Besides I’ve always loved Guess ;)

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The first refashion that I am going to suggest is a no-sew refashion. All you need to do is simply roll up the pant legs like this:

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But I already had a pair of summer shorts like this, so I decided to chop the excess off and hem each pant leg!

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And the new shorts were done:

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My question is – HOW SHOULD I STYLE THESE?

Please comment below :)

Happy Friday,

xo,

Z

Linking up with Wunderbarlife.com 


Rock Your Denim Vest!!!

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I’ve recently heard that if you want to see all of the latest fashion trends – go to Forever 21 – that’s where you’ll find them! And that’s true – everywhere you look in that store – you see something different and stylish, plus they have some classy pieces as well! I don’t really shop there that often, so those of you who thought I was now promoting for F21, think again! I did go in there during my trip to Chicago, simply because it was a free standing store! If some of you don’t know, I hate malls, just hate going inside, shopping there is too much for me (I wonder if you fellow thrifters have the same problem?), anyways, the one thing that I saw and liked was the denim vest, and besides if Jessica Alba can rock hers, why can’t I rock mine? Besides I saw this trend later featured on Chic Trends and I personally think it’s awesome!

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Photo from InStyle.com

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The only problem was – I didn’t have one! So I went off to Salvation Army in the Warehouse district and found a Ralph Lauren one for $6! Just to compare, Forever 21 vests retail for at least $20! My original plan was (if I didn’t find the vest) to get a jacket and chop the sleeves off!

But here it is, my denim vest and the outfit I put together! We also went to Walker where my mother in law is a tour guide, so I got my very own personal tour of the two newest exhibits! Thank you, Sandra!

Walker 1       I am wearing:

Shoes and Tights – Target // Shorts – New Yorker// Sweater – AX (thrifted)//

Denim Vest – Ralph Lauren (thrifted) // BagVintage Kenneth Cole 

Sunnies – Lucky The Weekender//Necklaces – H&M, Express//

Bracelets – SJP’s Bitten, H&M, VIntage //Earrings – Vintage

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Walker // Exhibit Painter Painter

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Walker // Exhibit Autoconstruccion

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Happy Monday everyone!

Xo,

Z

PS. I can’t get over the pictures my new Samsung Galaxy camera takes! What do you think?

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.


$$$ It’s all about the money, or is it? $$$

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Today’s post is probably not going to be something you usually see on my blog! I am sure by now some of you have the impression that I am a girl who spends all of her paychecks thrifting! And I can see where this can come from! I’ve been posting a lot of hauls and outfits lately! Let’s be honest, I do sometimes get carried away at a thrift store, and I need to watch my budget, but most of the time it really is not that much compared to a grand scheme of things, or let’s say a recent study by InStyle magazine that says – An average woman spends about $15,000 on makeup during her lifetime, and that’s not including skincare!

Before Sam and I got married, I lived on the East Coast nannying for some families. I wasn’t making a lot of money, in fact I was barely making anything (I never thought of myself or my family as rich or poor, I knew I had enough, and I think that attitude helped me a lot in life) through the Cultural Care Au Pair program, but I had my ways! When I moved to New York, I learned about Freecycle.org, and almost all of my clothes, books and health care products came from there! I also went to monthly swap meet ups organized by GrowNYC, where I would bring all the stuff I didn’t want, and go home with something I liked. Sam had a hard time believing I had all that clothes, without spending as much as a couple bucks on the subway ride, but I had my savings account to speak for me!

I was an Au Pair for 2 years, making under $200 a week, this is the time when Sam and I were in a long distant relationship. So even though I didn’t get to see him that often, I spent a lot of money flying to Minnesota almost every other month! But by the time we got engaged I had saved up over $12,000. Then I went to Russia for 10 months, where I was able to work from home and add on to the savings.

Now that we are looking into buying our first house, having saved enough for a downpayment, I reflect on where I came from and can’t express how thankful I am for everything I’ve been given!

I was born in a small town 3 hours east of Moscow. My mother was a civil engineer, my dad was a college drop out. My grandfather was a retired military man, a former KGB agent as I discovered later in life, my grandmother was a pediatrician, and if you ask me, the biggest workaholic I’ve ever known! We never had much! When I was in 6th or 7th grade I wore the same pair of jeans, the same turtleneck and the same sweater my mother knitted for me to school every day! And I couldn’t care less, until one of my friends, who was a year older than me came up and asked why I was wearing the same clothes everyday. To this point I am still grateful for that comment! This is when thrifting and hand-made clothing came into my life! My mom went above and beyond herself knitting and sewing outfits for me! Going to fabric stores was exciting! Going to thrift stores was an adventure!

By the time I was in 9th grade I was getting constant compliments on my outfits from peers and even teachers, even though I had the same pair of jeans as one of the guys in class! But that’s when unisex was in, so I didn’t care! I also never said no to hand-me-downs, and even though I didn’t have older siblings, I had plenty of friends and knew enough Missionaries who always left clothes behind!

College came around, and I made sure I got good grades to get a monthly stipend through the University. Yes, I got paid to go to school! This is probably going to fall into the “Only in Russia…” category. This was also the time when more and more thrift stores popped up all over our town, and they often had great sales, that I couldn’t resist!

Thrifting is what helped me continually save up money for my trips to Europe and the States, and now that I live here, it’s becoming my meal ticket! Finding a great thrift store takes time, so today I am going to share some of my favorite locations here in the Twin Cities, and the best times to shop there!

- Salvation Army in the Warehouse district900 N 4th St, Minneapolis, MN  - every day is a 50% off a certain color, so stop by often! Plus they offer 50% off clothing during most major holidays! I am not even going to mention the Target overstock located in the basement – you have to see it for yourselves!

- Steeple People on Lyndale and Franklin – 2004 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN – I blogged about it before, and I will do it again – they have great vintage selection, beautiful artwork and prints, great household section, etc., etc. The only downside is – they only take cash or check!

- Goodwill in Hopkins1025 Hill St, Hopkins, MN - This was my go-to Goodwill when I used to babysit for a family in St.Louis Park! And I always referred to it as the Hopkins Goodwill, or Goodwill on Excelsior Blvd. Now why this particular Goodwill? – It’s cheaper, it has more vintage and authentic items, it’s been good to me! Generous if you want to put it this way! I can always find something that I like there! Now why am I not mentioning the Goodwill in Minnetonka, or Goodwill in Roseville, you may ask? The Minnetonka Goodwill will always be famous in my book for the Xanax pills I found in a pocket of one of the sweaters bought there! And Goodwill in Roseville is too good for me to be sharing it with you, but now I did, and now you know!

- Savers – I am yet to find a Savers that I don’t like! Seriously, they need a Savers in every state and county! They never overprice vintage items, and the only pieces of clothing that can be pricey are the brand new ones, with original tags still attached. And don’t forget to sign up for a Super Savers Club Card, they will send you emails with special promotions and coupons!

So here you have it, the story of my life that revolves around thrifting! And I couldn’t be happier! After all, it’s not all about the money!

Happy Thursday everyone! And don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for a DIY friday fashion and style project and an important BeingZhenya announcement!

XO,

Z

PS. Please keep in mind that my husband and I don’t have any student loans to pay off, our monthly expenses are limited down to rent, groceries, gas and car payments, plus the occasional going out and thrifting shopping sprees!

In the next post on money related subject, we’ll talk about freebies and the best websites where you can get them!

 

My Adventures in Juicing

Yes, dear readers, I fell a victim to one of the most popular trends that can take place in your kitchen – juicing! Having watched some documentary on Netflix, I think it was called Hungry for Change, I started researching and googling different juicers everywhere I went! I kid you not, I tweeted about juicers, stalked people on Instagram, asking them which one they use, etc etc

And finally I got one! A GE 800 watt Juice Extractor:

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This juicer usually runs for about $50, and is considered a good started juicer. I bought it for $25, at the Salvation Army Target Overstock in the Warehouse District in Minneapolis (let me know if you need directions ;) )

There were two juicers there at the time, this one, and another, I forget the brand, but it cost $60! Knowing me, and my husband, who didn’t want to spend the extra money, I got the cheaper one, besides it came with the box, which made me trust it more! I also took it all out, including the instructions, read everything 3 times over, including 20+ reviews on the internet (which went from great juicer to this product sucks) and headed for the check out!

Let me be honest with you, so far it’s great! I am not going to say that it’s the best $25 I’ve ever spent, no I don’t think so, but I got myself a pretty good deal, a great juicer, and a healthier diet thanks to it!

Of course when you buy a product like this your first urge is to juice everything in the house, even the foods that don’t go in there! Hold your urge! Talk to friends or read blogs about juicing, then start your process!

Here is what I learned after 1 week of everyday juicing:

- Never ever juice a grapefruit!

- Tomato juice is actually pink, not red!

- One cucumber contains about 12 oz of juice!

- Carrot juice is neon orange and I love it!

- One 8 oz glass of fresh juice will last you up to 5 hours with no food!

- There are way more people who juice on Instagram than I thought!

- Juicing is considered a part of raw foods movement

- Some people recommend to detox using fresh juice 3 days out of the month, every month!

- I have been doing dishes more regularly with the juicer!

- It’s better to juice into a tall glass than a short glass (just because it’s easier to prevent spilling)

- You can use left over pulp for muffins or combine it with cat/dog food!

There is so much to learn about this, and even though I sound sarcastic at times, I am absolutely happy with my new toy! Sam on the other hand isn’t, he says it’s gross! And asks me not to let him smell it :)

Now about the juices! I have been trying to document each and every one of them on Instagram last week, to make it easier for me when I was going to blog about it! I think it worked:

Carrot and apple juice (about 2 apples and 4 carrots for 8 oz)

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Orange, carrot and kiwi juice (I can’t remember how much I used of each fruit now, but I know for sure there was only 1 kiwi!)

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Cucumber, celery, tomato (loved this combo, and cucumber juice alone!)

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Pineapple, celery juice

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Have you ever tried juicing? If so, how did you like it?

Have a great day everyone,

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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OOTD: Friend’s Baby Shower

One of my really good friends is having her second child, so last Saturday I drove out to Eden Prairie, to spend an entire afternoon with her! And here is what I wore:

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J.Crew thrifted dress – $4 – Salvation Army

Nine West Wedges – Opitz Outlet St. Louis Park – $28

Anthropologie Cardigan – $2.50 – Goodwill

Trench – bought a very long time ago in Russia

Coach leather cross body – $4.99 thrifted – Salvation Army

Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch (bought at full price at Macy’s)

Ralph Lauren Pink Quartz Necklace – $10 Clothes Mentor in Minnetonka

Here is me and the mom-to-be, isn’t she gorgeous?

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I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Xo,

Z

Best Thrift/Consignment Finds of 2012

2013 is almost here, and I thought it would be a good idea to somehow sum up this year. I did it in yesterday’s post by reviewing my best (In my opinion) refashions. Today I am going to share my favorite/best thrift finds of the past year!

And don’t forget to CLICK on the image to see the full post :)

10. $ 15 Rock Band Drums – Brand New in box from Target Overstock/Salvation Army Warehouse distric, and spotted by my husband! I do feel like I need to inspire more male thrifters in this world, that’s why #10 is going to Sam :)

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9. A very Paul Gauguin dress

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Love this dress, perfect for the summer, even if you don’t know who Paul Gauguin is ;)

8. Vintage Polka Dot Top

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7. I got Xanax in my pockets sweater

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Yes, there were 2 Xanax pills in the pocket of this Pure sweater! Not so pure after all, is it? I will never tell what I did with them!

6. Leather “Basket Weave” Style shoes

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5. A Very Zig Zag Dress

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4. Vintage Folk Skirt

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3. Via Spiga Coat 

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2. Corso Como $6 boots

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1. London Fog leather backpack, found at Empty The Nest store in Burnsville, December 29, 2012. The search for a perfect backpack is now complete! I will never need another one again!

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More about this amazing find later!

Happy 2013, and hopefully next year will be 365 times better for all of you, and may it be filled with thrifted and vintage goodies, and a little sweetness on the side!

Z