Illuminating Glow {Thrift Style Thursday}

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In search of the evening light last night, I came to realize, that blogging for me has become a self-expression, a form of finding myself. I am going through a vintage stage again. And I think this time around it’s here to stay for a little while longer.

This dress is everything. It’s flirty, fun, chic, boho, cute, quirky. I had to have it. I had to wear it. And then the cowboy boots, that Midwest mark, even though I bought them in New York. And the city of Milan printed tights. And that purple Ted Baker bag that was the very first giveaway that I won. A lot of my clothes tell a story. What story do your clothes tell about you?

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 // Muddy Flowers // Lipstick and Yarn

And feel free to connect with me on:
Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Minneapolis a la Mode // Bloglovin’

В поисках вечернего света, я осознала, что мой блог – это способ само выражения, это то, через что я нахожу себя. Я снова влюблена в винтаж. И мне кажется в этот раз у нас все серьезно.

Это платье = это все. Флирт, шик, красота, моя странность и моя страсть. Я обязана была его купить. Я не могла не одеть его. Ковбойские сапоги – клеймо Миннесоты, хотя и куплены они были в Нью-Йорке. На колготках – Милан. Сиреневая сумка от Ted Baker – приз в самом первом конкурсе, который я выиграла. Я рассказываю истории через стиль. А вы?

InterLACEd {Thrift Style Thursday}

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Today’s Thrift Style Thursday post is literally fresh off the press! I just took these photos! So if you want to know what I currently look like – there you go! Minus the boots, and plus a blanket!

The polar vortex was merciful to me again, and I scored another day off. I really need a break from the whole “Ms. Zhenya…..” gig! (I am a teacher for those of you who didn’t know)

When it comes to lace, I personally believe that it’s hard to pull of. There are very few pieces that can actually be 100% made out of lace and NOT make you look like a giant doily.  In fact this dress is the only lace piece I have in my wardrobe.

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My goal today was to show off a look, that is based around lace, but where lace isn’t the center of attention, and is concealed. So I threw a newly thrifted Chico’s sweater over this Urban Outfitters dress. Added a couple accessories and viola!

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You may notice my Ted Baker bag. Well we are in a love-hate relationship here. The bag was the very first prize I ever won in a Giveaway! It was absolutely amazing, because I won it all the way from Russia, and it was mailed to Sam’s house. I knew I was going to marry him at that point, so I could trust him with a handbag! But I haven’t gotten much use out of it, and it’s been in the closet for a couple of years. It’s also lost some of it shape! But I am determined to make it work this season. I am bringing my Ted Baker bag back!

Feel free to check other girls’ posts and join us! We welcome you with open arms 😉

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

Aligator Toe // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex // Eclecticity

Happy Thursday! I hope you have a good day, and if you aren’t, I hope this gif makes it better!

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Xo,

Z

It’s Okay to Look: Van Mildert

I often find myself looking at clothes that are carried in stores outside of the US. I do believe that European fashion is somewhat different, and even though globalization’s got the best of this industry, there are still some differences and it’s totally okay to look!

Today I am going to look at Van Mildert, a chain of stores in the North of England (similar to our Nordstrom) with fashion, innovative product and lifestyle. I think UK was an obvious choice here regarding Kate Middleton and her perfect style! Catering for both men and women, these stores offer fashion across many platforms to the style and image conscious. Since 1996 they’ve been encapsulating all that is new and exciting within the fashion industry and showcase this product under one roof alongside some of the strongest and most relevant collections in the world. All stores offer a wide variety of collections to suit the broad clientele and are spilt across sections catering for young fashion, branded fashion, concept design, and premium sportswear.

But enough talking let’s do some looking 😉 That’s what we are here for after all! I was looking for fall 2013 and the first thing that I’ve noticed and really liked was the fact that every item is clearly labeled whether it’s the new collection or not! Thumbs up for that!

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You can tell I am putting an outfit together here, can you not? 😉

I also think this Vivienne Westwood short coat would be perfect for fall:
VW coat copy Let me know what do you think of my picks for the fall, and if you are from the UK I would love to know more about the shopping experience at Van Mildert!

Xo,

Z

Phones and their Outfits

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The other day my husband told me about “lady” phones that he read an article on! I have to admit – you gotta love ars technica for their ability to reach out to everyone – both men and women!

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The whole idea of having a “ladyphone” seems rather stupid to me, because nowadays you can make any phone look like a “lady” by simply purchasing an appropriate accessory.

Gucci V3i Gold

 LG KE850 Prada

Why get something that not only looks stupid, but has horrible horrible features (You are horrible, horrible girls! – get the reference?), when you can get a nice designer cover for your iPhone or Blackberry (sorry, ever since I moved to the US the other brands ceased to exist)

Like glitter and sparkle? Knock yourself out with Swarovski cases:

Available from TheRedBirdDesignon Etsy

Funny story – when I was buying my iPhone the girl who was selling it to me suggested this case –

I love Michael Kors, but this particular design is too much – I don’t want to fiddle around, trying to get to my phone, even if it is in a secure little snake skin pouch like this vs. being thrown into the almost bottomless pit, which is my Zabars bag. Needless to say the girl didn’t own the iPhone or the case for that matter 🙂 And didn’t know who Micheal Kors was either.

Now Ted Baker has something a little more handy in all senses of this word:

But to be honest with you, I don’t even have a case for my phone, and neither am I planning on getting one! Maybe someday, when it becomes more of an accessory, than a necessity!

xoxo,

Z

Winning

Have you ever won? A lottery? Won in a game? Won anything? I have recently won a YouTube giveaway, and this was the most perfect giveaway for me, which included both purses and jewelry! The package came today, and since I am not there, Sam opened everything and showed me on Skype! He is the best fiance, really! I am not going to post pictures of what I won, well except for one thing, this Ted Baker purse in purple!

You can see the rest of my goodies here

http://www.youtube.com/user/thefashioncitizen#p/u/15/ys_fanzBIQM

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