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

Vintage Dress Refashion

This is going to be a story of love and loss, but with a happy end, because love was more a like, and the loss was quickly recovered! But I did have a breakdown somewhere in the middle!

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I bought this vintage dress at Steeple People (thrift store in Uptown Minneapolis) last weekend, but I swear I’ve seen it there before, and that before was over a year ago. The dress then cost around $10, being 100% silk and vintage, that’s a decent price, right? But it was stained on the bottom:

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But this time it only cost $2, even “As is” written on the tag, I quickly decided I was going to chop off the stained part, and alter it, to make it shorter (it really needed it anyways!)

So here is the dress, turned inside out and all pinned, ready for the “surgery”

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Well guess what? I cut it in the wrong place! I don’t know what happened, maybe “it’s after 11 pm” did, but was supposed to only cut through the inside layer of fabric above the pins, well I cut through 2! And that’s when the whole world went black, and there was going to be no tomorrow, the Mayan’s were right, and all that jazz… Until I peeled myself off the floor, with the help of my husband of course, and went to sleep, already dreaming about how I was going to fix it all! And I did!

I added on this piece:

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And then to hide the seam, I made this out of lining:

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And ta-da:

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It actually turned out better than what I originally had in mind! So Yay! The world gained it’s colors again!

Here is a close up of the new hem (just in case some of you wanted to take a closer look:

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Have a great day everyone, and remember even if you screw something up, there is always a way to turn it around!

Zhenya

Boutique GW

 

Here I am at Goodwill in Rosedale, going through the racks with skirts like a maniac, when I hear

– Oh that’s a size 6, that’s going to be too small.

So I start a conversation with this woman, find out that she is going to a party the next day and that skirt would’ve been perfect for the event. So blah-blah here, there and everywhere, the lady turns out to be Russian (and no, we didn’t become best friends on the spot :) but we had a nice chat). I told her my Xanax pills story, she told me that one of her coworkers has a code word for Goodwill (not everyone is as comfortable telling the world that everything they buy is from a thrift store) – Boutique GW, hence the title!

Once again, if you are living in the Twin Cities area and want to go thrifting, shoot me a message! There is contact info in the “About Me” section, or there is always Twitter!

Now the fun part, the finds! I have released a teaser (haha I know I sound so official) on Istagram on Saturday, showing the tag to my newly thrifted Christian Dior skirt:

 

And here is the skirt itself:

 

It’s going to be perfect for fall/winter, since it’s so warm! Are you ready for price now? $2.99 It was 50% off, so $1.50! That’s my kind of price for Dior! Basically everything that you’ll see in today’s post was 50% off, so hold on tight to your chairs!

Anthropologie HWR brand cardigan, $2.50 originally $4.99

 

Another HWR top for $2.50 originally $4.99 (both pulled off the New Arrivals rack)

 

J.Crew dress size 2 $3.50 originally $6.99 I got it for a special event which I am going to keep a secret now, there will be a separate post dedicated to it!

 

And – SURPRISE – here is some crinoline:

 

I also got this Webster dress in XS (it was a limited collection for Target this past summer), only $3, originally $5.99 (I used my Choose to Reuse coupon book on this one! Thank you to Hennepin County for a great program) I rarely buy Target brands at thrift stores, unless they are limited collections :)

 

I got a couple more sweaters, this one is Isaac Mizrahi, $2.50, originally $4.99

 

 

A Club Room sweater in L  $2.50, originally $4.99 (It’s men’s I know, it’s too big for me, I know) but it’s a perfect oversized baggy sweater to cozy up in and if I ever want to – I can make Sam wear it!

 

Up next – Adrienne Vittadini dress in M, this was the most expensive purchase of all – $4.50, originally $8.99. Another perfect fall dress, and don’t you just love this zig-zag pattern? Plus it has this awesome exposed zipper! Ah – can’t wait to wear it!

 

I also got a few skirts! They were all $1.50! I would’ve gotten more, but decided not too. See I can control my thrifting addiction (yeah, right!)

This one is a Banana Republic, in size 4

 

This one is 100% silk Winter Silks (oh the irony) skirt in size 8 (look at me, I am all over with my sizes today!) I totally fell for the pattern, can you tell?

 

This one is a made in USA no brand, size 16 very light, very see through pleated skirt, which I bought

1. because I fell in love with the color

2. because I fell in love with the pleats

3. because I knew I could make it work!

So I am simply going to adjust the elastic in the waistband, wear a slip underneath and rock my skirt and boots look this fall!

 

I know that some of you are going to say “Little House on the Prairie” about this skirt, but it’s a brand new vintage (if vintage can be brand new :) ) Susan Bristol in size 12. It reminded me of the traditional Russian scarves, can’t wait to style this piece for you!

 

And finally this turquoise necklace, that was $3.99

 

I hope you enjoyed this haul, please let me know what you liked the least and what you liked the most! I will be styling these pieces and blogging about it shortly!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Cheers,

Zhenya

PS. Some of the purchased items were stained, but I got all of the stains out! Let me know if you want a post on how to get rid of stains on thrifted clothes!

Thrifting for Treasure: Suburban Edition

Dear everyone,
I think I’d better start writing all of my posts over the weekend and scheduling them to be published during the week, because it was so hard to put down my October issue of Vogue, but my passion for thrifting took over and today I’m sharing yet some more of my awesome finds!
Last Thursday I had an awesome opportunity to go thrifting after corporate orientation for my new job. So I hit up the Minnetonka Goodwill on Wayzata Boulevard and Clothes Mentor, located less than half a mile from the first location!
And here is what I found:
A pair of Cabin Creek shoes for $4.99, leather upper too :) I love the basket style weaving, and the sole looks barely worn! These shoes were made in Brazil, I remember finding a pair of vintage shoes last year that were made in the same country, so I am starting to wonder about Brazil here :)

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Next I found this cardigan type of sweater ( I gotta find out what exactly those are called, since this doesn’t have buttons or pockets :) )

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And this was $5.99!
I also scored this amazing velvet blazer from The Limited for $6.99. I’m not exactly sure whether I want to keep the tassels on the front, so far they aren’t bothering me, so I’ll let them live! The necklace came from Clothes Mentor, and cost me only $10, keep in mind that this is 4 strands of pink quartz with a Ralph Lauren tag on it :)

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My most expensive purchase of the day was this Levi’s leather jacket, I got it at Clothes Mentor for $32, it was originally $40, but I had a 20% off coupon! I was specifically looking for a leather jacket, and I knew that I was probably gonna have to splurge. Do you think that’s too much for such a purchase or not enough :) ?

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Now I have a funny story about this next piece, and you’ve already heard it if you are my Facebook friend. This is a $6.99 Pure hand knit sweater. So I wore it to work on Friday, and during my lunch break, while walking to see my former coworkers at Macy’s I found 2 Xanax pills in the right pocket :)

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And last, but not least is this vintage Monsoon sweater! That was $5.99 too, I believe :)

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So now here is the big question: what were your most and least favorite pieces? I’m so looking forward to your comments!
Xo,
Zhenya

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