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I am wearing: Jeans: True Religion (hand me down), Top – TJ Maxx, Scarf – Wild Ruffle, Booties – Target, Jacket – Old Navy, Tote – Free People

Dressing up on days off is hard, I hate to admit that. Sometimes I don’t even want to get out of my sweats or pajamas. But it always pays off to make that effort. I feel better about myself, my body and my life in general. I have also been struggling with my hair a bit lately. Now that it’s growing out, I am not sure if I want to cut it again, or just trim it and let it grow out a bit longer. Decisions, decisions. Braids have become my way out though. I’ve been French braiding my hair, and seem to be getting away with it.

What do you do with your hair when you don’t know what to do?

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It’s Raining Through My Fingers

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How was your Easter?! Sugar coma anyone? I hope you spent the day with those you love and care for!

I did some damage to my wallet on Friday. That’s what happens when you have Good Friday off, right? But after going to Patisserie 46 for coffee and desserts with a friend, we absolutely had to stop by at Opitz on Excelsior in St Louis Park. And even though I love TJ Maxx dearly, Opitz, hands down, has better designer items at better prices. So I stocked on some amazing Free People items, like this lace sweater and the distressed jeans! And man, fitting into a size 26 felt really good!

Saturday I stopped by our Buffalo Exchange, to support the $1 Earth Day sale, and see what they’ve been up to there, and came out with some amazing stuff as well! So I have a lot a lot a lot of haul videos to make!

Now I am trying to recover from the Easter feast and get back on track with my job and blog! What are your goals for this week?

Zhenya

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N is for Necklace {A-Z Challenge}

spring-summer-necklaces statement-necklaces There is nothing like a necklace to make an outfit stand out. And if you ask me, that’s my favorite piece of jewelry! I have so many different ones in my collection! But after creating these necklace boards, I got really inspired to go back to DIYs and make my own. How is this one for inspiration? DIY-necklace-inspiration I can’t wait to show you the final result. I am also starting fashion illustration, and if you want me to draw you or one of your favorite outfits from the blog, leave me a comment below! Happy Friday!

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Crazy Color-block Cocktails

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Are you ready to go out with me? It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be funky, it’s going to be crazy! It’s spring, and there are so many beautiful colors in the palette! I love this dress for it’s straight lines, and color combo. It’s an amazing piece that’s perfect for spring and summer. And you never know, there might be some dancing involved, after those cocktails!

I am wearing: Dress: 10 Dollar Mall ~ Shoes: Target ~ Jacket: Vintage thrifted ~Glasses: thrifted

Last week I had an opportunity to do a photo shoot at a local boutique (Dji G’s Boutique) in Northeast Minneapolis. Here is a little behind the scenes for you. And of course I will share pictures once they are ready.

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I know it’s been crazy with A to Z challenge, and all my outfit photos. Plus the local fashion events are popping up left and right and I love covering those! Hopefully things will slow down in May. I do have some exciting tech posts coming up. I am getting an Intel Tablet here soon, and can’t wait to share my experience with you! But enough about me, how have you all been?

For more great cocktail dresses go to: 

Spoolish // Buttons and Birdcages // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J

Alligator Toe // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex

Eclecticity // Confessions of a Refashionista // sistasfromcali

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L is for Lace {A-Z Challenge}

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As much as I would like to make this post about leather, I am going a different, more feminine route this time and posting about lace. Some may consider lace old fashioned, it definitely doesn’t have the edge leather brings to an outfit. But sometimes no edge is good. I feel like I’ve been edgy with a lot of my outfits lately. I think it helps me stay strong and confident. You know they say – be careful about your style, it tells people who you are. Sometimes I want my style to state that I am tough and strong and you better not mess with me. But today I am feeling girly and flirty, today is about lace.

If your style could talk, what would it say about you?

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PS. There will be an edgy outfit featuring my amazing faux leather jacket later this week! But shhh!

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K is for Kimonos and Kaftans {A-Z Challenge}

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I am a little behind on my A to Z challenge, but here is letter K post. I am really excited about it, because I made it all about kimonos and kaftans (caftans). I know a few brave people who have actually worn those in real life, and looked amazing! I am hoping to be able to pull one off sometime this summer. But don’t you just love oriental inspired clothing?

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I is for Indie {A-Z Challenge}

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I is for Indie, and indie is trendy. I learned that back in 2006, and haven’t forgotten it since. Indie to me means a symbiosis of styles, pieces, and eras. Indie to me is taking time to make (sew, knit, crochet, embroider, …) my own clothes. Indie to me is thrifting and looking for inspiration in the vintage pieces I find.

Indie to me is wearing cowboy boots to work, and being proud of it! What does indie mean to you?

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Florals and Flare

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Gap flare trouser pants – thrifted, Merona grey cardigan – thrifted, Mossimo black booties,
American Rag top – Macy’s, BeingZhenya necklace – ONecklace.com, Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs,
Lucky Sunnies – TJMaxx

Yesterday was absolutely beautiful outside and I couldn’t NOT spend at least half of my day in the park. It’s very easy when you have my job. I might have caught a little sun on my nose as well!

I sort of fell for the flare trend again, and was specifically shopping for wide bottom jeans last Sunday at Goodwill. I am so glad these cost only $4.50. They are truly magical, like in that Sisterhood series, they make my legs look so skinny, I love the visual illusion and silhouette they create. And I’ve never gotten so many compliments on my pants before.

Too 70′s? What do you think about flare?

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G is for Glamour {A-Z Challenge}

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Merriam-Webster defines glamour as “a very exciting and attractive quality, a magic spell, an exciting and often illusory and romantic attractiveness”. Oxford Dictionary says: “The attractive or exciting quality that makes certain people or things seem appealing or special”. It’s a word that sounds almost the same in Russian as it does in English. Glamour is universal and it’s everywhere. Glamour is full of excitement and appeal, it’s something we want and long for. Glamour to me is life in a big city. Travelling. A career. Designer clothes…

But then it becomes my goal, and I am working my way through the daily routine to get there, to my better life. And while I am on my way, I’ll shop some!

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E is for Earrings {A-Z Challenge}

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I’ll be honest with you, I rarely wear earrings. I didn’t get my ears pierced until I was 18 and in college. It had nothing to do with my parents, there was simply never an opportunity. And I didn’t really care. Then at a youth retreat, one of my friend’s mom pierced my ears. She had a gun and everything. After my first hole, I immediately wanted a second one, and my cartilage pierced as well. Glad it didn’t go that far. I mean cartilage. I do have 2 piercings in every ear though.

Due to the nature of my job (I work with kids), I don’t really wear earrings that often. But after creating these look books, I really want to make an effort and wear earrings more! Which ones are your favorites? I think the Kate Spade bows are simply adorable!

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