Grey Jumpsuit

WHEN IN NEW YORK- GREY JUMPSUIT

 

WHEN IN NEW YORK- GREY JUMPSUIT

WHEN IN NEW YORK- GREY JUMPSUIT

WHEN IN NEW YORK- GREY JUMPSUIT

 

WHEN IN NEW YORK- GREY JUMPSUIT

Like I mentioned earlier on Instagram, this jumpsuit is probably the toughest piece of clothing I’ve ever had to pull off! I got it from wonderful ladies at Rae Lynn’s Boutique, in Indianapolis. Styling it is still a challenge, but I am determined to make it work this summer!

Outfit details: Jumpsuit c/o Rae Lynn’s Boutique || Shoes: Coach Beige Lydia Open Toe flats (similar here) || Lipstick: NYX Liquid Suede in Soft Spoken

Selling Clothes on ThredUp

Make Money with ThredUp

If you follow me on Snapchat (username @BeingZhenya) or Twitter, you know that I’ve been frantically cleaning out my closet. And not just because it’s spring cleaning, but also because I am moving and will be downsizing from a house to an apartment. To make parting with all my clothes easier, I wanted to be able to earn some money off of it. Having sold on Poshmark in the past, I knew I didn’t have time for listing and photographing every single item several times, that’s when I remembered about ThredUp.

ThredUp is a San Francisco based company that buys your gently worn or new clothes, accessories, shoes and sells them on their website. The process of selling to ThredUp is extremely easy.

thredup First you order the clean out kit, and if you would like for ThredUp to donate the items they don’t buy the kit costs $12.99, otherwise they recycle or donate the items making the kit free. I obviously went for the free kit option (I am on kit #4 at the moment).

The kit comes in the mail in a cute polka dot envelope. The insides contain the clean out bag, as well as the instructions on what to send, it’s very self-explanatory and easy. There is even a list of accepted brands for your convenience.

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Then the fun part begins, you get to clean out your closet. This is my favorite part to be honest, because I actually get to go through everything and reevaluate my wardrobe. I have to be honest I can’t downsize it to 20-30 items, but if I am ever able to, I will let you know how I did it.

The bag is very roomy, you can fit a lot in it, I would say maybe an equivalent to a 10 gallon garbage bag to give you some idea!

Finally, you drop the bag off at the nearest FedEx location, or you can even have them pick it up from your house if you’d like.

Once the ThredUp team receives the bag they process it, and it can take anywhere between 2-3 weeks. This is probably the longest waiting period of the whole process, but they keep you updated via email, which is really nice.

After the bag has been processed, they will email you with your earnings. I made about $50 off my first bag, and $125 off my second one. I am curious to see what bags 3 and 4 will hold.

Payout is done via PayPal, and you have to wait 14 days before you can cash out, otherwise you can use the money to shop ThredUp if you wish. I will have a separate post about my shopping experience with them soon!

So there you go, a new great way to make money, clean out your closet and maybe even a reason to shop!

Let me know what you think of ThredUp!

Vacation Dreaming with Sakroots

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Since I spent my spring break apartment hunting in Milwaukee, I am in full swing planning a short summer getaway for Sam and I. I will also be a regular at the lake beaches this year, just to get the most out of Twin Cities living, before I trade Chain of Lakes for Lake Michigan.

Going to the beach has always been one of my favorite pass times. That’s why I am so excited to partner with Sakroots for this post and share their gallery of artwork on bags, shoes, tech accessories, travel & luggage and back to school accessories appealing to the artist, music and nature lover in all of us.  Their Choose Your Karma (#chooseyourkarma) campaign supports like-minded artists and charities while encouraging customers to choose who and what they want to support from the circle. Also, Sakroots matches all donations!

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I can’t wait to wear my new Ella Flat Espadrilles in Natural Spirit Desert and pack all the necessities in my new waterproof XL tote in Aqua Water Nation when I go to the beach this summer. Can you tell I am obsessed with Essie nail polish as well? And no day at the beach is complete without hair care products and sunscreen! Last, but not least, I’ll be bringing my mini jambox to the lake this year to enjoy my favorite tunes with friends.

So if you are looking for the perfect Spring Break look check out Snakeroots and their curated collection of must have functional spring break accessories featuring colorful & original artwork… and they support various nature and music charities! Different prints are connected to different charities, which you can learn more about on their website.

Knit Skirt

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This knit skirt doesn’t get out that much, but likely it’s still cold in Minneapolis, so I can wear it out a few more times before spring finally gets here.

Last week I was on break and it started off with a trip to Milwaukee with Lexi, meeting new friends (here is looking at you Sarah and Kaitlyn), exploring new neighborhoods, and catching up with old friends. Fascinated by lake Michigan, I didn’t want to leave. Only 4 more months left.

In the next few months I will be trying to cross some stuff off my Minneapolis bucket list, so stay tuned for that and follow along!

<3 Coffee

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Happy Spring Break! I am off to Milwaukee on Monday to do some apartment searching with a friend, neighborhood research for myself, and meeting some amazing friends from Instagram. I can’t wait to be done with school and move. This week felt odd and frustrating. Knowing myself I need a change of scenery, and some Collectivo coffee, which is exactly what I am doing 🙂

It’s been refreshing to hang out with some apparel majors this week, versus my regular retail crowd. And I wanted to mention my friend Sinead’s blog. It’s called Sinead Odessa, which is her name 😉 and I highly encourage you to check it out if you get a chance!

Style wise I’ve been leaning towards skinny jeans and graphic tees, I can never seem to get enough of those, so I made this roundup of my favorite looks with black skinny jeans, they are all pretty basic, which makes them so much more appealing.  This coffee tee got so much love on Instagram yesterday, that I think I’m going to feature it in another post next week!

Faux Fur, Plaid + Distressed Denim

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Here they are, my DIY distressed jeans making an appearance in another post paired up with a plaid button down and a faux fur vest. I am obsessed with how this pair turned out, and can’t wait to work on my next one. If only it was warmer in Minnesota. I keep telling myself – Only 2 more cold days, then it’ll get better.

This whole look sans the shoes and the hat is thrifted, and I couldn’t be more proud at how it all came together!

It’s week 4 of school now, and all my projects are starting to get more serious and intense. But as some of you know, I am not working this semester, just focusing on school, so that definitely makes things a lot easier.

I wanted to quickly mention a really cool book I am reading in my Retail Environments and Human Behavior class. It’s called Why We Buy? by Paco Undersell. The book focuses on different aspects of stores, from visual displays, to decompression zones, to strategically positioning merchandise in specific places on the floor. So if you are interested in retail, or simply want to know more about the science of shopping, definitely check it out. I will be working on an observational research paper in this class too, so if you are interested, definitely let me know, and I will share about my research in the next post.

PS. Happy Valentine’s Day! Can you tell which hand is mine?

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Whatever, I am getting French Fries

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Zara has once again proved itself to be my happy place with this T-shirt. I love french fries, and this 70’s inspired font and color of the T.

Winter break has come and gone, and school starts again on Tuesday! It will be my last full semester at  the University of Minnesota. I can’t believe I am only a short hop skip and a summer class away from graduation and starting my job in product development!

Happy New Year!

Photo credit: ALACLOTH

Adam Lippes For Target

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Fall Smells Like Vintage

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A few weeks ago we shot some amazing pieces for Alacloth’s ASOS and ETSY stores. She is by far my favorite vintage seller of all, and I can always rely on her to find me something specific.

Having read this recent interview with Bill Cunningham, I started thinking about blogging and fashion industry as a whole. And while I still want to pursue a career as a buyer, I think it’s time to make this blog more unique and more me. Kind of that weird quirky style I used to have. I was so inspired that I even filmed a refashion video for you!

I had my first group presentation and my first midterm this week, and that’s why there will be way less posts on here, and way more pictures on Instagram, but I am very excited about Adam Lippes for Target collaboration that’s coming up at the end of the week, so I think I’ll feature that, and go spend my hard-earned college student dollars on more buffalo plaid!

Meanwhile I am also on a hunt for a garment steamer. I heard there is one at Goodwill by my house 😉

School and Things

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Plaid vest: Thakoon for Kohls’ | Skinny jeans: Target | Plaid dress: GAP

School started. You know when I was a kid I used to know all the car models and manufacturers. And then I fell out of the loop. Well, I am back to it now, the knowing I mean. Daily commutes contribute to that. And as excited as I am about my senior year, I am sad. Maybe I’ve been listening to too much Radiohead lately, but the unknown scares me, kind of. Sam has been extremely supportive and told me to take as long as I need to find that dream job after I graduate. So I am not really worried about that, I guess it’s more excitement that keeps me up at night.

I am at 18 credits this semester, one being an empty internship credit that I fulfilled over the summer. But I am taking Merchandising Math, Retail Promotions, Stats, Management and Introduction to Entrepreneurship, which may be my favorite class.

So between classes, “work”, and walking Mason, I also try to find time to keep my house together and not ditch all of my friends.

Meanwhile, catch me on Instagram.

 

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