Hat Trick {Thrift Style Thursday}

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Hats are amazing summer accessories, and can not only add on to your outfit, but make the outfit!

Do you know what my hat trick is? No, I am not going to pull a white rabbit out of this hat. My hat trick is pulling this outfit together for under $5! That’s right! IT’S UNDER FIVE BUCKS!

Here is how: hat – lost and found – free, shoes – hand me downs from a co-worker – free, high waisted jeans – Buffalo Exchange – $1 Earth Day sale, top – Talbots – Salvation Army – $3.50.

Even I am impressed with myself! And you can too, it’s easy! Thrifting is addicting, thrilling and saves you a lot of money! How do you think I am able to afford college?

Happy Thursday! And make sure to connect with other Thrift Style Thursday Gals!

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 // Nuttier than Nutella // Lipstick and Yarn

And feel free to find me on:
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How to Wear Leather {Thrift Style Thursday}





The Polar Vortex has come and gone, leaving us pretty frozen here in Minneapolis. But the sense of survival and gratitude to the governor for closing the schools on Monday, thus granting me a 4 day weekend is enormous. I am starting to forget what it’s like to work!

I was brave enough to overcome the cold, and with my tripod in hand, ventured a maximum of 10 feet away from the front door to take some photos for today’s post. And even though my leather pieces aren’t as obvious (boots, belt and purse), the whole outfit is thrifted or free, with exception of the Ralph Lauren purse, and Lucky Brand sun glasses.

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The grey chiffon JCrew dress was thrifted in New York during my last trip; my velvet jacket is Express; the belt was stolen from Sam; my headband belongs to my girlfriend Tawnya; the necklace is vintage; boots are Corso Como -thrifted; fur coat – vintage, gifted.

I hope you check out other girls looks, and see how they style and wear leather pieces! A Thrift Style Thursday Calendar will also be available soon on Twitter, feel free to join in the movement! We’d love to have you!

Kristi //Alligator Toe

Nout // Sandpaper Kisses

Justine // The Two Cent Chick

Jackline // Sincerely Miss J

Alex // Snippets with Alex

I am also joining in a project call Thrifty Threads 365 challenge with Patrice of Looking Fly on a Dime, and am committing to  buying only thrifted clothing this year!



On The Loose in Susan’s Boots

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Dear Susan,

We loved you, and we were sad to see you go… Why did you leave us behind?

On the other hand, we have made it to the Internet,

So Thank you!


the Boots

Susan was an old co-worker of mine. I probably haven’t seen her since April, but a few weeks ago, her boots popped up in the staff lounge. Determined to see her again, I took the boots home. And as you can probably understand, I never saw her. Maybe I will, maybe I wont. But these boots provided a perfect pop of color for today’s outfit.

Sweater – thrifted, Dress – thrifted, bag – Philip Lim for Target, Boots – Susan’s 😉 Born, Leggings – ProSkin, Scarf – Handmade (and will be available in my Etsy store)

How has your weekend been?


I’ll Flash My Sails For Ya

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A 100% thrifted outfit! That’s not rare for me at all! Just trying to make it budget friendly! Thank goodness it’s pay day 😉 My Sperry’s are probably the number one thing I want to show off! I scored them at a local consignment shop and was so so proud of my find, even though they cost $30, they were a great investment, and let’s be honest – Sperry’s are every fashion blogger’s must-have. Now the sweater! When I saw it at the Goodwill I immediately thought of my husband. We’ve been lucky to go sailing every summer, so this is a great reminder for me during colder months that summer (and HOPE!) is out there! The brown jacket (and we had this whole brown conversation before!) is also from Goodwill and is actually something I bought for my very first Goodwill Guest Post. I loved it so much, I kept it. Probably because it’s also from Steve and Barry’s and that store ceased to exist back in 2008… Sad face… And the jeans, well they are from Salvation Army, which I haven’t been to in so so long! That’s what NOT living in downtown Minneapolis does now! And going to my favorite location in the warehouse district is just not the same, it’s so crowded these days.

And there you have it! My Thrift Style Friday I guess! I will be in Stillwater this weekend, and hubs has promised to make it a date one! I love our date weekends! Even though his Birthday is coming up, he never forgets to treat me 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone and don’t miss Minnesota Blogger Conference recap tomorrow!

Plus Savers is having some sweet contests this season! So don’t forget to enter!



  • DESTINATION HALLOWEEN: Through the entire month of October, all Super Savers Club Card members are eligible to win the trip of a lifetime to any Savers store location – Hawaii, Chicago, Toronto or even Australia! If you’re not a member, it’s easy to sign up online and a trip for four could be yours.
  • ·         COSTUME CONTEST: Or, show us a photo of your best Halloween look for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate to Savers! Upload your favorite festive photo to the Savers Facebook page by November 8and a shopping spree could be waiting.

Fall Color Call

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I am going to admit that every time some asks me what my favorite color is, I say “I don’t know” or “I don’t have one”, “I like them all” Yeah, I am probably one of those people you hate. “Make up your mind already, Zhenya!”

Well, whether the lack of a favorite color is a sign of my indifference or indecisiveness, or being an open minded person, when it comes to fall, brown comes out!

I swear I live in brown for at least 2 whole weeks when October comes around, and every time I go shopping I purposefully buy anything but…

And there you have it, my little brown rant 😉 Hence, the outfit…



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I am wearing: Thrifted Vince Camuto Boots – similar ones here

Faux leather leggings from OASAP

Thrifted H&M dress – similar one here

Old Navy cable knit sweater – similar one here

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And don’t forget that you can enter to win this amazing tote! Don’t miss out! 

Just click on the image below and it will take you where you need to go 🙂

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Mixing Prints the Easy Way: Polka Dots and Stripes

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I have been really into pattern pants lately. I don’t know what’s going on here, but I bought two pairs over the past 3 weeks.

Last Monday I scored these polka dot beauties from Goodwill! Nothing can beat $5 pants, right?

Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything to match them, so instead I styled them using items from my own closet, including a vintage piece that belonged to my Grandma.

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Polka dot pants – Merona – thrifted from Goodwill, White Vintage Lace top – Grandma’s, Striped Jacket – Necessary Objects, consigned, Shoes – unknown, Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs, Bracelets – H&M

How would you have styled these pants? Do tell!



PS. These amazing pictures wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for my Samsung Galaxy camera!

Disclosure: I am participating in a Verizon Wireless blogger program, and received the device and 6 months of service for free, in exchange for my honest opinion. For more information, please click on the Verizon Voices Icon!


Independence Day Ready! Red, White and Blue, with a bit of Turquoise too!

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July,4 is one of my favorite holidays! And today I am going to share my Independence Day outfit variation! I hope you enjoy it! I wore this to work today, because like I mentioned in my last post, I am letting my cute clothes out of the closet! And you should too!

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SkirtVintage, thrifted,Goodwill // TopGap, thrifted, Savers // SandalsMossimo, Target // BeltSam’s 😉 // WatchMarc by Marc Jacobs // Necklacethrifted, Steeple People

Have a great Independence Day and don’t forget to check out my new blog called Story and a Half of Our Life – dedicated to our new house, all related DIY and home decor projects! All refashions, beauty, style and thrift related posts will stay on BeingZhenya!



OOTD and Savers VIP event


Suede A.N.A. boots – $10 – Goodwill

x2 Denim Jeans – $8 – Savers

Chico’s top – $4 – Savers

Cardigan – $3 – Savers

Happy Earth Day everyone! What better way to take care of our planet than reuse?! And today I will be sharing one of my 100% thrifted outfits!

I hope you all had a great weekend wherever you are! I shared with my Facebook followers that I have some very exciting news for you! And I will share the first one today! I was invited to the Opening of the new Savers here in the Twin Cities, and I couldn’t be more excited! I get to go in the store 2 days before it actually opens to the public, snap some pictures for you and of course thrift shop! Now I will be shopping for another special even, that I am going to keep SECRET for just a few more days, but it’s even more exciting and I can barely hold it 🙂

I hope you enjoyed the outfit, and happy Monday!

Take it easy,


PS. The new Savers is located at 50 Coon Rapids Blvd NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
 and will be opened to the public this coming Thursday, April 25

Happy Easter Outfit of the Day!!!

Christ is risen! I hope you all are having a great day celebrating with your families and  loved ones! Sam and I recently got back from a church service, and I thought I’d share my outfit with you!



Suede Boots – Mexx – bought in Russia

Skirt – thrifted, refashioned, with a vintage slip underneath – Goodwill Outlet, Steeple People

Top – The Limited – freecycled in NYC

Coat – Bitten by SJ Parker, from Steve & Barry’s (for those who remember that store!) NYC

Bag – Vintage Coach crossbody – Salvation Army

Scarf – thrifted in NYC

Necklace – thrifted in NYC

Have a blessed day!



Christmas Eve Vintage Outfit



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!