Fall Closet Cleaning Tips

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Wait what? Yes, you heard me! Fall cleaning. Just like there is spring cleaning, I think there should be fall cleaning.

A lot of us are familiar with spring cleaning, but this year i am not waiting till spring, I am organizing and cleaning out in the fall.
Have you ever bought large plastic bins to store your clothes in for the winter? I remember when we were looking at buying our house, we visited so many different ones, and in one of the attics, the owner had the whole bin/labelling system that I was fascinated with. But Sam convinced me there was no need for that.
And he is right.
We have very small closet space and I store my sumer dresses in our upstairs closets in the winter, and winter clothes upstairs in the summer, but before anything is moved up there, I go through it and toss anything that:
  • doesn’t fit
  • looks too worn out
  • hasn’t been worn in over a year
  • isn’t “me” anymore – style changes, your tastes change, so your wardrobe should too

If you’ve read my latest post, you know that I have just a slight obsession with coats. But coats, especially if made from natural fibers and vintage, can begin looking worn out too soon. Those are definitely items to let go off.

Accessories are another item that becomes outdated too fast. The slogan – you can never have too many pairs of shoes or too many bags isn’t for me. You might never have enough of those, but you also might run out of space really fast. And fashion, even though is a constant in many of our lives, is also fast.
The fall cleaning doesn’t only include the clothes. Being a beauty blogger, I receive a lot of samples and full size products. So cleaning out my makeup drawer (read: closet) is as important as cleaning out my wardrobe. Carefully examine the expiration date, get rid of the products that have expired, or that you know you are not going to use. This is one of my favorite product shelf life guides:
Make up/Beauty to clean out:
  • anything you may be allergic to
  • anything that has expired
  • anything that has separated or smells funny
Being in love with the idea of DIY I seem to hoard craft supplies. I have yarn, fabric and leather that I think I am never going to use. I also have a lot of patterns that never see the light of day. Realistically estimating the free time I am going to have for the DIY projects I have planned, and the fact that my sewing machine has been broken for over 6 months now, I donated most of my supplies, and cleaned out my upstairs area.
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Art and frames bought on impulse, sometimes even furniture. The side tables, that you can never have too many of. All these need to go. I was holding on to glass center pieces from our wedding from 3 years ago.
Savers has recently introduced an easy donation system. Now you don’t have to drop off at the store, but choose one of the locations from the list below or click on the following link

·       COLUMBIA HEIGHTS: 4300 Central Ave. NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421

o   Supports the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota

·         RICHFIELD: 36 W. 66th St., Richfield, MN 55423

o   Supports the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

·         SAVAGE: 14100 Highway 13 S., Savage, MN 55378

o   Supports the Vietnam Veterans of America

·         AUSTIN: 1700 17th St. NW, Austin, MN 55912

o   Supports the Vietnam Veterans of America

·         ROBBINSDALE: 3501 W. Broadway Ave., Robbinsdale, MN 55411

o   Supports the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

·         ELK RIVER: 19112 Freeport St. NW, Elk River, MN 55330

o   Supports the Vietnam Veterans of America

·         WHITE BEAR: 2499 County Road E., White Bear, MN 55112

o   Supports the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

When: The new Donation Drop Spots are currently open and accepting donations from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Keep your wardrobe fresh, donate often and remember – there will always be more clothes! I have been making regular trips to donation centers over the past month. Would you be interested in seeing more photos from my closet organization projects? 
Final thoughts: We’ve been talking about different types of consumers in one of my classes, and here is a great example of Jessi Arrington, who may seem extreme in her approach, but we can all learn from it.


Gina + Will Goodwill

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Last Friday night I finally made it to the new thrift store Gina + Will in Dinkytown. Operated by Goodwill Easter Seals MN it is an experimental store targeted towards young people and students. Located at 1324 5th St SE, Minneapolis it’s right across the street from Target Express and is very easy to find.

I got there around 7 pm and the place was busy! There was music, DJ, food and refreshments, and of course so many styles to choose from.

It was also a great chance for me to snap a few pictures of some outfits that made it on the Ustyle tumblr page!

What to shop Gina + Will for?

Fall apparel – sweaters, jackets, boots – it’s all there and the selection is great.

Bottoms – jeans, skirts, slacks, sweatpants (if you wish) can also be found in a large variety of styles and sizes.

Specialty racks – Gina + Will loves black and white was one of them last week, and I snagged two amazing items off of that rack!

Go there for the school spirit wear (and other local teams too ;) ) – get that Goldie on your shirt for cheaper than anywhere else!

Have you visited Gina + Will Goodwill? What did you think?

One of my finds was this white Talbots pleated skirt. You will be seeing a lot of it this fall, trust me!

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Back to School #tst

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Forever 21 booties , Ann Taylor shorts, Cynthia Rowly t-shirt, Duluth Trading Company bag

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Back to school is easy when you are actually going to school, which in my case, I am. Classes started on Tuesday, and so far I am beyond excited and ready for action. We’ll see how long that lasts. I do have my Duluth Trading Company bag to tag along with me though, it’s so big and functional, and I love the smell of it!

New York Fashion Week Started today, and I will be glued to my screen, you know it! The BCBGMaxAzria show I caught this am before class was amazing! Live shows are the best! I was planning on volunteering at this Fashion Week, but school started and I don’t think it would’ve been a good idea to skip out on a whole bunch of classes. Maybe next semester? ;) And just like I did recaps in the spring, I will be doing them now. So come back later today! Check out other #ThriftStyleThursday posts on our FB page!

Train Ride

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Last Friday we took a train to St Paul. The green line has been up for a couple months now, and that’s the train I’ll be taking to the U every day for the next two years of my life, so I was more than excited to check it out.

Why were we headed to St Paul? To check out Mickey’s Diner. If you’ve seen Mighty Ducks, you know what I’m talking about.

The diner, the food and the downtown St Paul are definitely charming, and small. I fell in like. I am glad you are only a train ride away now, St Paul.

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This girl looked like Laura Prepon! So we had to take a picture together!

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What’s better than coffee at 9 pm? Coffee at 10 pm!

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Trying to blend in with the locals

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NYC&Co dress, 10 Dollar Mall blazer, Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5 zip bag, Sequin Sperrys, Shop Lizzibeth Necklace

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Mix and Mesh

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Oh no! My only mesh shirt is in Minnesota while I’m still in Colorado! I am driving home today but hate to miss a great Thrift Style Thursday! So here are some pics from my vacation! And I will post a mesh outfit soon! I’m sure the girls came up with something amazing this week!

August starts tomorrow! What???? Can you believe it? Only 4 more weeks before school starts! But let’s take advantage of the sunny days, play outdoors and have fun. I want to invite you to join #ThriftStyleAugust Instagram challenge. The rules are simple: follow the prompts for each day and make sure to use the hashtag! And you don’t have to post every day if you can’t! Also, as you may have noticed all the Thursday prompts match our Thrift Style Thursday themes.
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So have fun with the challenge, hopefully it will inspire you and encourage you to go thrifting.

Until later,

Z

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For more Thrift Style Thursday mesh interpretations 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 //
That Cheap Bitch//Nuttier than Nutella //
Lipstick and Yarn


Replacement

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We often replace things in life. And this time, I had to replace my chambray shirt, that I wore out in about 2 years. It’s hard to part with an item that has been there for you when you didn’t know what to wear. It’s hard to find a replacement. I finally understand people who buy several different shirts or tops of the same kind, maybe in different colors, but, you get the idea. Last week during my thrifting escapades I found this JCrew chambray shirt, and, there it was – my new chambray.

I also went and got balayage done last Saturday. This time around Charlie did an even better job, and it didn’t take me too long to realize that I am not a highlights person. But a balayage is right up my alley. Having my hair bleached definitely helps wash it less over the summer, because it doesn’t get greasy as fast. Another lesson I learned is that I probably shouldn’t go 4 months between the appointments.

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Happy Monday!

Weekly Wear June 21

Having totally skipped on weekly wear last week (we were on our way to Milwaukee), I am trying to redeem myself today. I love showing off what I wore on a daily/weekly basis. It not only  provides you with a snippet of what I look like in my daily life, but gives a round up of sorts. So here is what I’ve been wearing this week:

Monday: The dress I got from Katelyn at the Milwaukee Blogger Bazaar

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Tuesday: Moddeals cut off neon shorts, fringe shoes and floral top

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Wednesday: Seahorse dress

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Thursday: I had a really cute look for you, but didn’t change when I started cooking at home, and got the button down all greasy! Keeping my fingers crossed I can still get it out. If you know any good ways of getting oil stains out, do tell!

Friday: Moddeals camp pants (the worst pants ever!), Land’s End top and three necklaces. You can come take layering lessons from me now ;)

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I am also switching up my hair care for the summer. I have a hair appointment today at 10 am for another balayage, and want my hair to be as healthy as it can. So I am going with Cleansing Conditioner. This was the only one I could find at Target last night that was for my hair type. It’s also under $5! So win! I’ll let you know how it works, and whether I like it over the traditional shampoo/conditioner combo.

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And finally, on the way home last night,

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So here you have it! My week! I also only have about 6 weeks left at my current job, and then college, here I come! I am super excited!

Have a great weekend!

6 Wardrobe Basics

We are all different and we are all individuals, so instead of posting about how many silk button downs and plain white tees you may need in your wardrobe, I am going to share what I think are my wardrobe basics, my staples, if you want to put it this way. After all, there are a few things in my closet I reach for before I reach for anything else. And those are the items that also get replaced if/when worn out.

1. Chambray shirt

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2. Denim (in all shapes and forms)

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3. Dresses (many, many dresses)

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4. Leather jacket (because that’s a perfect layering piece)

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5. Animal print (because that’s a neutral)

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6. Vintage (because it’s alway in style)

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Check out these ladies’ wardrobe basics today as well:

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 connect with me on: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Minneapolis a la Mode // Bloglovin’

What are your wardrobe basics? What do you wear when there is nothing to wear? Also, make sure to enter our cash giveaway here:

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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:
Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Minneapolis a la Mode // Bloglovin’

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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?


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