#EnvisionMPLS Fall 2014

With MN fashion week in full swing, I absolutely had to post about Envision. It took place last Friday and once again was held at the Orchestra Hall, which, if you ask me, is a perfect venue for this event! It started with an inspiration message from Tricia Khutoretsky who reminded everyone present that “We are not New York, we are not Miami, we are Minneapolis…”

Once again the show was a mix of local designer looks and local boutiques.  The opportunity and ability to see what’ was on the runway is definitely a plus. Aldo provided all the footwear, and Tess + Tricia accessories were a pleasant surprise.

It was interesting to see what the designers came up with, the show was new and different and much better than the spring Envision. No blasts from the past on the runway this time!

Knits by Mary Pranica kicked off the show, and, being especially passionate about that craft I was really excited to see the collection!

 

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Cocoon by Elizabeth Geisler had a couple great coats, mostly along the oversized, blanket coat trend line.

Velvet moon was very boho, but very dark at the same time. The Black and white dress that you first see in the video was definitely a favorite of mine.

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Kjurek and plaid went hand in hand. Why do I always think of coffee when I see Kjurek? ;) But that last oversized flannel coat is everything!

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Cliche put a nice 90’s spin on their collection, one of the models walking down the runway could barely hold in her laughter.

Ellie Hottinger had amazing oversized pieces that if I had a choice, I’d wear every day, because comfort > style in my college book these days.

And then Samantha Rei’s IsabelleEtColette appeared on the runway. I have to admit, I’ve been following the creation of Samantha’s collection on Instagram and Facebook, and the whole idea of the Fox and the Sparrow, the post cards, the story telling. Samantha, you should write a book. For a designer to go practically broke, but finish a collection, you are amazing and inspiring.

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Lindsey Hopkins played with neoprene and Japan inspired theme in her collection. Made me regret giving up my neoprene skirt!

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Emily Trevor’s collection reminded me of a vintage Haut Coutire Dior dress that I recently saw in one of my classes. Even though it seemed heavy, it was incredibly well thought through.

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George Moskal was someone whose collection I was really looking forward to seeing. He hasn’t shown any of his designs for a while, so him coming back was a needed change.

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I immensely enjoyed Envision, seeing old friends and meeting new ones, or meeting people I’ve met on social media, and putting avatars to faces or faces to avatars.

As far as my look – it was all thrifted. After the show I knew I couldn’t make it back to the car in my wedges, so I took them off and walked barefoot through Loring Park, planning on using my shoes for self-defense, which, luckily for me was unnecessary.

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Ideas and inspirations on midi skirts, tops and wedges below:

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Fall Style Minneapolis

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Last week I had an amazing opportunity to style several of Josi’s dresses for fall! If you remember this post, you know that Josi is a Minneapolis based designer of fabrics, and she has recently started her dress line! Back in May I got to try on the mini, and now she has come out with a maxi!

Enjoy the looks, let me know what you think, and don’t forget to go visit Josi and Austin at 1008 Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis!

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 Maxi + Denim + Boots 

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Sweater + Maxi + Belt 

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Mini + Hat + Heels + Leather Jacket

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The Scarf 

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Getting Away with Sh*t


… aka the lessons I learned from Timothy Goodman. Wait who? And why? And why would you want to get away with anything?

I was probably the only person going into the presentation who had no idea who Timothy Goodman was. I chose to attend his presentation for a professional development portion for one of my classes.

The website said he was from New York City, so I knew it was going to be good. You know I haven’t gotten over NYC and it’s already been 4 years. Probably never will, but anyhow…

I looked him up on Twitter, and thought cool – he has a lot of followers. I had no idea what I signed myself up for. But in the end what it was and what I got out of it was so much more than I expected.

The presentation started with dick jokes, a lot of them, and they were quiet funny to be honest.

But then he mentioned a person who, when asked “What do you do for a living?”, said “Whatever I can get away with!”.

So how do you do that?

1. Know the rules
2. Have audacity
3. Don’t ask for permission
4. Listen to yourself
5. Get in your work
6. Stay young

In the end, finding my voice is what matters, even though reality and expectation don’t always line up.

So never stop making, because anything can be your canvas!


Gina + Will Goodwill

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Last Friday night I finally made it to the new thrift store Gina + Will in Dinkytown. Operated by Goodwill Easter Seals MN it is an experimental store targeted towards young people and students. Located at 1324 5th St SE, Minneapolis it’s right across the street from Target Express and is very easy to find.

I got there around 7 pm and the place was busy! There was music, DJ, food and refreshments, and of course so many styles to choose from.

It was also a great chance for me to snap a few pictures of some outfits that made it on the Ustyle tumblr page!

What to shop Gina + Will for?

Fall apparel – sweaters, jackets, boots – it’s all there and the selection is great.

Bottoms – jeans, skirts, slacks, sweatpants (if you wish) can also be found in a large variety of styles and sizes.

Specialty racks – Gina + Will loves black and white was one of them last week, and I snagged two amazing items off of that rack!

Go there for the school spirit wear (and other local teams too ;) ) – get that Goldie on your shirt for cheaper than anywhere else!

Have you visited Gina + Will Goodwill? What did you think?

One of my finds was this white Talbots pleated skirt. You will be seeing a lot of it this fall, trust me!

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Back to School #tst

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Forever 21 booties , Ann Taylor shorts, Cynthia Rowly t-shirt, Duluth Trading Company bag

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Back to school is easy when you are actually going to school, which in my case, I am. Classes started on Tuesday, and so far I am beyond excited and ready for action. We’ll see how long that lasts. I do have my Duluth Trading Company bag to tag along with me though, it’s so big and functional, and I love the smell of it!

New York Fashion Week Started today, and I will be glued to my screen, you know it! The BCBGMaxAzria show I caught this am before class was amazing! Live shows are the best! I was planning on volunteering at this Fashion Week, but school started and I don’t think it would’ve been a good idea to skip out on a whole bunch of classes. Maybe next semester? ;) And just like I did recaps in the spring, I will be doing them now. So come back later today! Check out other #ThriftStyleThursday posts on our FB page!


September

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Right before my first class starts this semester, I am thinking about this quote, about the words of Maryl Streep that have been floating around the internet for the past few hours. I am sure you have already seen them.

“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.” – Meryl Streep

And when there are of course many life applications to those, think of her words from a blogger perspective.

How many times do we leave a comment on someones post in hopes that they will in return go to our blog?

How many times have we asked for #followforfollow or joined a link up party?

How many relationships have we built, but how many have we destroyed?

Are our priorities as bloggers straight, or are we willing to sell our soul for a free dress or shirt, or a pair of shoes?

Have we been focusing on the real world or the one online, and how honest have we been with each other and with ourselves?

Happy September!

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iMyne Shop Your Heart Out + Giveaway

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
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I have recently recently been introduced to iMyne. With bloggers promoting online shopping in every post and collecting commission on every item sold, I thought it would be good to post about something different for a change. Something that we can all do to bring change. 

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I always get inspired to style and shop when I am reading the latest issue of a favorite fashion magazine, so I did a little research on iMyne.

iMyne is a community of shoppers changing the world, just by buying from sites they already love. Many of the retailers you know and love offer money back as an incentive to shop their sites, but these incentives are rarely cashed in. iMyne works with these sites to send those savings back to you—and your favorite cause. It’s automatic and ongoing and you donate without a penny out of pocket. And, the more people in your iMyne community, the more money you earn and give. It’s easy and simple; safe and secure. It’s not cash-back, it’s cash-forward. Simply shop, earn and give.

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Turns out iMyne is an easy way to donate to the charity of your choice (I picked Hera Women’s Cancer Foundation in memory of my Grandma who died from cancer 3.5 years ago), and earn some cash back. Simply download and install iMyne into your browser, you will see an iMy icon appear, and click to activate it every time you shop. 

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Here is the list of retailers and what percentage you can give to your charity by purchasing there. And here is how iMyne compares to other similar websites:

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And now for the fun part, and my favorite part – check out and enter the iMyne Shop Your Heart Out $2,500 Sweepstakes Now Through 9/2/14 

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BeingZhenya.com DIY Fringe T-shirt #tst

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DIY BeingZhenya.com T-shirt, DKNY skirt, Forever 21 Booties, Rebecca Minkoff bag

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I finally came around to making a T-shirt for my blog, and then wore it to take pictures outside.

The shirt is still not done, I am planning on adding sequins or beads to the letters to outline them, but it’s a start!

A lot has happened in the past couple of days, and I have more projects going on than time on my hands, but like I tweeted yesterday, I am extremely grateful for what I do as a blogger, and for those who take me seriously!

At the end of the day it’s all about sitting down and enjoying the sunset.

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Styling a pencil skirt isn’t complicated at all, especially when you have an amazing pair of booties.

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Color Blind

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Sheer Blouse – East 5th, Maxi Skirt – Linden Calhoun, Bag – Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5 Zip, Booties – Forever 21

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Sipping my Tuesday morning coffee, blogging, thinking about all the changes that are about to take over my life.

As ready as I am ever going to be. Don’t get me wrong, I am extremely excited to go to the U, but I am also nervous. It’s going to be first day of school for me, when I thought I was done with school 6 years ago.  Everyone has been so supportive though, and Sam, he is amazing. He has helped out so much, he is so proud of me. But for the first time in many years I am not going to work. My blog and social media will be my only source of income, so if you see a sponsored post here and there, please don’t judge. If you don’t see a post from me for a few days, or maybe a week, please don’t judge. Find me on social media, tell me you miss me, I will always reply.

I have never wanted to be a professional full-time blogger, I always wanted a career.

I keep reminding myself – I am ready, I am ready, I am fine…

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White sheer shirt and black maxi skirt made this outfit possible. How do you do black and white?

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On a more lighter note, what is your favorite app? I have been loving Shopbop, not only for an easy way to purchase fashionable items on the go, but also for outfit and style inspirations! Check it out and let me know what you think!

Tech Talk and Style: Acer It

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I love Apple. If you know me, you know that I have a strong attachment to my phone, my Mac, and my iPads. There, I said it and it’s out! That’s why when I first posted the Acer tablet preview, it was so hard for me to get into it. It wasn’t even on for over 2 weeks. Given we were road tripping at that time, but still. And then something happened. After almost giving up on it, I decided to give it another shot. I brought it into work, where we use a different tablet on a daily basis (which I hate, and if you want to know what it is, ask me on social media ;) ), knowing that I’ll have time to play with it there. I started by changing the background image from abstract grey squares to an image of Central Park and the Upper West Side where I used to live. Think it helped? Have we met?

Then for a while I stuck to the social media apps, like Instagram and Twitter. The tablet is just as fast as my phone, and I could easily type anything I needed.

Soon I discovered Newssstand, and after adding a few favorite topics here and there (I am going to make you guess which ones), I became a devoted reader and sharer. When I read something I like, it always goes up on my Twitter, and for some reason the way Newsstand is set up, makes it so easy and effortless for me. I also get several free articles per month per certain publication (like New York Times, or Financial Times) without having to subscribe to them.

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I am still looking for a good photo editing app, giving audible a try, and wondering about all the ebook apps, like Play books, which unlike Kobo has free books.

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Happy Sunday! A Beauty Brunch post featuring Pevonia Skincare coming up soon!

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