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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

 

 

Swings and Fashion Things

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After channeling out my inner Lumberjack woman and spending 4 hours trimming the hedge at our new house yesterday morning, I knew I had to go back into fashionista mode, and pulled together this cute and simple outfit to share with you guys!

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Top – Gap, thrifted Savers//Skirt – Michael Kors, thrifted, Housing Works//Shoes – Target //

Watch – stole from Sam//Hat – thrifted, Goodwill// Necklace – H&M//Bag – Old Navy

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I also spent some time channeling my inner child and went on the swings! I absolutely love it, and I am so happy there is a playground near by where I can go and be silly whenever I want ;)

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Have a wonderful day dolls! Who are you going to channel today?

Xo,

Z

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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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Ready: President’s Day Thrift Haul/Покупки к весне

I love Savers! Wait, I don’t think some of you heard me

I LOVE SAVERS!

Now that’s better. Savers was the only thrift store that offered 50% off on Sunday before President’s Day! Take that all the rest. Well of course you had to have the club card, but it’s free to sign up for one, and you all should go do it!

So here is all I got:

Chico’s Jacket Size 0 – $6

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Chico’s top size 2 – $4

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NY & Co Top Size S – $3

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Nine West Vintage America top Size M- $4

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B’leev cardigan – $3

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X2 Skinny Jeans Size 1 – $7.50

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I have to admit, I did stop by Goodwill last Saturday, and got an amazing semi-precious stone necklace and a curtain! Curtain? Yes, I have a refashion coming up featuring that curtain ;) So stay tuned!

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And don’t forget to enter my Giveaway! I have also joined Smashion, and Etsy profile is coming in the nearest future as well! Don’t miss out on all of the Being Zhenya updates, stay connected via Facebook and Twitter!

Cheers,

Z

Я обожаю магазин Savers! ПРОСТО ОБОЖАЮ! В прошлый понедельник в Америке праздновался День Президента и многие секонд-хенды предлагали скидки, но скидки действовали только в понедельник. В магазине Savers скидки действовали в воскресенье! Конечно вам нужна была клубная карта, но она бесплатная, поэтому вам всем нужно ее завести! Итак, все вещи, размеры и цены указаны над фото сверху.

Я также забежала в Goodwill и купила бусы из полудрагоценных камней и занавеску (?)! Да, ее я использовала для одной из своих переделок! Так что подписывайтесь на мой блог, чтобы не пропустить новые посты! Меня также можно найти на Smashion, Facebook и Twitter :)

Надеюсь вам понравились мои покупки!

Женя

Saturday “Shadowing”/Субботние похождения стилиста

Last Saturday I had an awesome opportunity to see what a personal shopper does, but not just any personal shopper, the one at a thrift store! Yes, those exist, and Michelle from Arc’s Value Village, was kind enough to let me shadow her for 3 whole hours.

Michelle and I connected over Twitter several months ago, neither of us could remember who tweeted who first! But I knew I wanted to meet her, and was extremely interested in what she does.

About a year and a half ago Michelle had the idea of adding a Personal Shopper service to Arc’s Value Village thrift store. And what originated as an idea in the middle of the night, has now turned into her full time job!  And just to let you know how popular the service is, Michelle is booked through May! And don’t forget that it’s 100% FREE service, you only pay for what you purchase! I think it’s a wonderful option for those, who want to thrift shop, but don’t know where to begin, or for those who are too busy to spend hours at a store.

I came in at about 11 am to the Richfield location, so I caught Michelle during her prep time, and then stayed for an entire appointment.

And this is how it works: the client books an appointment through a schedule system on Arc’s website, fills out a form, telling the stylist a few things about themselves, their style, what they are looking for, favorite colors, sizes, preferences, etc. And the stylist puts together 5-10 outfits, as well as offers some single pieces, accessories and shoes. Then, during the 75 minute appointment, the client gets to try everything on, the stylist gives advice, makes sure everything fits, pulls out extra items off the racks if some sizes are off. It’s also time to get to know the customer, take additional notes, and of course, give compliments!

It was everything I expected it to be and more. A creative positive environment, where you meet new people and help them look their best.

I also got to help Michelle dress some mannequins and fix a couple broken items :)

Make sure to like Arc’s Personal Shopper Facebook Page and follow Michelle on Twitter, and hopefully soon you’ll be able to book your appointment with me!

Have a wonderful week,

Zhenya

В прошлую субботу мне удалось понаблюдать за работой стилиста. Но не простого стилиста, а такого, который работает в магазине типа секонд хенд. Да и такие бывают! Стилист Мишель разрешила мне провести с ней 3 часа и полностью окунуться в ее работу!

С Мишель я познакомилась в Твиттере, честно скажу, я уже не помню кто кому первый написал, но меня сразу заинтересовала ее работа.

Идея личного стилиста зародилась у Мишель около полутора лет назад, и то, что началось с простой идеи в 12 часов ночи, теперь стало ее работой. И, чтобы дать вам понять как популярны ее услуги, я просто скажу что у нее нет “окон” до Июня! Также скажу, что услуга эта бесплатная.

В магазин в Ричфилде я приехала к 11 утра, попав на примерно полтора часа подготовки, и саму 75 минутную встречу с клиентом.

Все происходит очень просто: клиент записывается на консультацию на сайте магазина, заполняет анкету, в которой отвечает на вопросы о себе, рассказывает о своем стиле, какие предпочитает цвета, какие размеры носит. Стилист подбирает 5-10 аутфитов, несколько отдельных вещей, плюс аксессуары, обувь. Затем в течение всей встречи клиент примеряет подобранные вещи, стилист дает советы, а если что-то не подошло, ищет другие размеры. Она также задает вопросы клиенту, узнает его получше, добавляет неуказанную информацию в анкету и конечно говорит комплименты!

Все оказалось так, как я ожидала, и намного лучше. Креативное, позитивное общение с новыми людьми, которым вы помогаете выглядеть лучше.

Я также помогла Мишель нарядить пару манекенов и починить несколько вещей!

Обязательно зайдите на страницу Мишель на Фэйсбуке и последуйте за ней в Твиттере. И возможно совсем скоро вы сможете записаться на прием ко мне!

Всем отличной недели,

Женя!

DIY Doily Wall Art/ Салфетка как Картина

Hi everyone,

Today we are going to frame a doily and hang it up on the wall, so it looks like this:

 

I saw this idea in one of my sewing books. And immediately decided to bring it to life. Of course it took me about a month and a half to find the right frame, but in the end, here it is, my $3 wall art!

You are going to start off by getting all supplies ready! All you really need is a frame and a doily, plus some construction paper if you want to change up the background. Now don’t worry if you can’t crochet, there are plenty of doilies you can purchase for cheap at a thrift store. I chose to make mine, because, well I can, and it gave me more options!

 

As you can see, I ended up with a different doily than what I framed at first. I had a last minute change of heart. The doily I originally made didn’t look as good!

 

 

 

And there you have it, our quick and easy DIY! It’s always good to add something new to the walls, don’t you think?

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Z

Всем привет!

Сегодня мы оформим салфетку в рамку и повесим на стену как картину! В этом нет ничего сложного, зато смотрится красиво.

Идею я подсмотрела в одной из книг по шитью, и немедленно решила воплотить ее в жизнь! Но мне потребовалось почти полтора месяца, чтобы найти подходящую рамку. В итоге, вся переделка обошлась мне в $3!

Для начала нам нужно приготовить все необходимое! Вам понадобится рамка, салфетка и картон/цветная бумага если вы хотите сменить цвет фона. Если вы не умеете вязать крючком – ничего страшного, сейчас практически любую салфетку можно купить в секонд-хенде! Я, конечно же, связала свою, потому что умею, ну и потому что так намного больше вариантов!

Как вы, наверное, заметили по фотографиям, изначально я связала другую салфетку. Но она не так хорошо смотрелась в рамке.

Салфетку просто надо вставить в рамку, и повесить на стену! Вот и все, наша переделка закончена! Новые настенные панно никогда не помешают!

Всем отличной недели!

Z

Top 5 Refashions of 2012

Let’s face it, I did a lot of refashions, some wearable, some… not so much, but all in all it’s been a great year refashion wise! Let me present you with my favorite refashions! In all honesty, it wasn’t that hard to choose ;)

5. Dress to skirt refashion:

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4. White Keds go Golden:

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3. Tote Bag Goes Botanical:

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2. You Can Never Go Wrong With Crochet Lace:

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And the 1st place goes to,

of course,

The Vintage Coat

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I hope you enjoyed refashions on BeingZhenya.com in 2012, 2013 will bring even more refashions, DIYs and fun outfit posts! Don’t forget to subscribe, follow, and like to stay in the loop!

Xo,

Z

Christmas Eve Vintage Outfit

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Vintage Hal Ferman dress, size 8, $3.99 – Savers

Thrifted Mossimo cardigan, $3.99 – Salvation Army

Leather belt, free – NYC swap

I also wore my MEXX suede boots and black leggings!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Xo,

Z

Outfit of the Day: Dashing through the Snow

Last Saturday our family had an early Christmas celebration, opening presents, a great dinner, taking family photos by the tree after too many glasses of champagne… The whole 9 yards!

I also got Sam to take a few shots of me, and give or take, my husband is a great photographer! So here we go, my outfit of the day!

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Boots: Corso Como $6 – Steeple People

Dress: Anthropologie – $15 – Clothes Mentor

Scarf: Thirfted back in my NYC days

Cardigan: Mossimo $7

So here you have it, my very inexpensive, but fun Christmas outfit! Thrifting will never be  substituted by shopping in my world!

Happy Monday!

Z

Thrifting for Treasure: My Latest Steeple People Thrift Haul

Steeple People will probably be my favorite, number one, go to store when it comes to a thrifting quickie! It’s only 10 minutes away from my house (WALKING!), the prices are incredibly reasonable, and there is always a great chance of scoring something vintage! They also carry fabrics, which is what I was looking for!

I ended up walking away with a bag full of stuff, which included Corso Como boots, a vintage dress, and 3 pieces of fabric, one of which has already been transformed into something amazing!

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Here are the fabrics:

50 cents of wool

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$3 of black and navy blue fabrics ($1.50 each, though the navy blue one has more yards!)

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A $6 pair of Corso Como black leather boots! I wasn’t going to get them, but after looking the brand up on my phone (another reason to have a smart phone when thrifting!) and seeing how much those would’ve cost me at Nordstrom, I couldn’t put them down!

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And finally a $2 100% silk Anne Crimmins for Umi Collections dress (it will be featured in one of my upcoming refashion posts), and I am already putting together outfits featuring this dress in my head :)

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That’s all I got! What did you like/dislike from my haul? Did you go thrifting this weekend? If so, what did you get! Please leave links below :)

Have a great Tuesday!

Zhenya

 

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