The Fashion Rut

Rut!?! I don’t think I even knew the word “rut” until I moved to the States. It’s not something they teach you in an ESL class. But ever since I’ve discovered that word, I’ve started to use it more and more often – there is a make up rut, the marriage rut (aka my husband’s smart comments on the subject matter), and now, time has finally come to talk about the fashion rut, and all the things it brings.

I am usually very good at planning my shopping trips/thrifting trips/freecycling trips. I look for inspiration, cut out/print out some ideas, check on certain brands and off I go! Monday night I spent about an hour making a list of all the things I was going to look for!

There are 13 items on my list, I got 2 of them yesterday! The weekly show and tell of my thrift finds is coming up later this week, so be patient, I will also let you sneak a peak on how I prepare for my thrifting trips!

I am going to confess – I fell into the rut of  skirts/dresses and boots!

This look is so easy to pull off! Especially with my collection of dresses. I also dig the layering and the belts as well. Both of these pics are from a Sundance catalog by the way. I don’t buy their stuff, it’s too expensive, but the ideas are great! So if you have this “back-to-nature”/”nature-chic” kind of urge – check out their website.

Next I am guilty of taking advantage of skinny jeans and loose fit sweaters.

I seriously feel like I am turning into some “Fashion for Lazies” blog, so let’s learn how to fight and scream and kick and get out of a fashion rut:

1. Clean out your closet!

If you have as much as I do, there are probably things that you forgot you had! Usually the things we tend to wear more often, are the things we keep right where we can see them, reach for them and viola – you have been rocking the same outfit for a week! Congratulations!

2. Get rid of everything old, everything that you know you are not going to wear.

And don’t lie to yourself about “maybe wearing that sweater next week”, you are probably not going to wear it ever again. I do recommend keeping clothes that doesn’t fit! I also recommend hanging that clothes somewhere, where you can see them every day, and that should be your motivation to loose weight and fit into those skinny jeans! Now by “getting rid of” I don’t mean throwing it away, I mean – donating, swapping, putting it up on Freecycle or Craigslist. Some items might even be worth selling on Etsy!

3. Look for inspiration!

It’s everywhere, outside, in the windows of department stores, in catalogs, magazines, blogs – join bloglovin’, lookbook and get hundreds of ideas on a daily basis!

So there you have it – the RUT and how to get out of it! Now I’d better get to step 1!

Xo,

 

DIY Central: 2 skirts and a scarf

Hemming is easy, especially when you have a good movie or show to watch! This morning, as I was watching 2 Broke Girls, a new series on CBS, I was working on the red skirt I thrifted last week!

The skirt is a treasure indeed, very versatile, can be dressed up or down. This is what it originally looked like:

Then out came the scissors:

Then I hemmed this baby – all by hand, it took me about an hour and a half. Bonus: I ended up with a pretty good amount of red fabric, which I am dying to use in an upcoming project!

Paired up with my black heels and a vintage white top, it’s a real high waisted red gem in my clothing collection:

More ideas on styling this skirt here!

Continuing the subject of hemming – I have finally finished working on one of my summer skirts! I wore it to my rehearsal dinner back in August, but later decided that if I wanted to get more wears out of that skirt I needed to hem it. So here it is!

And last, but not least, probably my biggest DIY project here yet – I finally finished my infinity scarf! Remember when I did a post on scarves a while back? Here is my own personal creation!

Double looped for a loose fit

Triple looped for extra warmth:

For those of us who forget to wear hats

Happy Monday everyone, it’s a new week and a fresh start!

Xo,

Z

 

Thrifting for Treasure: Red Alert

This morning I wanted to share some of my thrift finds. I have been doing Thrifting for Treasure for a while now, and I used to simply post pictures and write short descriptions of the items that I bought, but today I decided to also find additional ideas on how to style my finds. Hope you enjoy it!

1. High waisted wool skirt with pleats and pockets

How to wear:

With a white top and some pearl accessories! That skirt is your best bet for the office. You can keep chap-stick in your pocket too 😉

2. Oversized striped AX sweater

How to wear:

– with skinny jeans, leggings, jeggings, or very VERY thick tights!

– with shorts, just make sure they are showing!

– with a skirt

Oversized sweaters are perfect when you want to draw attention to your legs! And when you have great legs to show, what can be better?

3. Red high waisted skirt

This skirt was bought as a DIY project in mind. It’s a maxi, which will be turned into a mini. The rest of the fabric, which by the way is a fabulous shade of red, is going towards my other DIY projects and will probably be turned into some hair accessories and a clutch!

How to wear:

– with a white top, like Lauren Conrad

– with a striped top, like Taylor Swift

– with a blazer

4. BCBG Max Azria dress

How to wear:

With cowboy boots, like Ashley Olsen, Jessica Alba and Miley Cirus

5. Red Vintage Coat

How to wear:

I spent a total of $14.46 yesterday, the AX sweater and the red coat were half-price, the skirts were $1.99 each. And the dress was $4.99

ALSO: I have mentioned this on my FB page yesterday, but if you are in Minneapolis, look for this:

Or go to the website and download it there: www.hennepin.us/choosetoreuse 

Happy Thursday! And Happy Thrifting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thrifting for Treasure: Scarves from Z to A!

This Thrifting for Treasure post is going to be different from all the rest that I have ever written! This time I am going to show you the freecycled scarves that I was able to pick up from a person, who lives about 10 minutes away from me.

What is the difference between freecycling and thrifting? The first one is FREE! The only catch is – you never know what you are going to get inside, just like with life! (Anyone noticed me hinting at Forest Gump here?)

So today, I played dress up and took pictures of all the scarves I got this past week! I am also showing the different ways of wearing scarves, and that is always popular! Hope you like it!

1. Check out these lovely fall colors!

2. This one makes a perfect vest!

3. Check out this geometric print!

4. Tied up and Tousled!

5. Very Oriental

6. A Headband!

7. Bun on the side!

8. A Double Headband.

9. Back to School with Saks Fifth Avenue Scarf!

10. Pin it up!

11. Can you find the scarf in this one?

12. Braid it for a romantic look!

13. Bibs aren’t just for Babies!

14. Everyone needs a Good cover-up!

Let me know what you think of these scarves and the ways you would wear them! Have a great weekend you guys,

Xo,

ZhenyAH!

Thrifting for Treasure: Weekend Edition

Thrifting is just as fun when you do it over the weekend, and when you do it with your husband.

In the morning Sam and I drove to Eden Prairie to pick up a console table that I was able to track down through our local Minneapolis group. The table was something that I wanted for a long while. Even though Sam moved into this apartment in July, it is still pretty empty. And I have to admit, I didn’t dive into home decorating right away. My reasoning was the following – decorate when you really need something and when it’s a good deal!

And what can be better than FREE? So here it is – my new “used” console table!

It’s a Weiman table from the Rockwood Collection, which makes it even more special! See, someone’s trash (clutter in our case) can definitely turn into a treasure. The woman, who gave me this table said that her husband is a hoarder, but if he doesn’t see something, he won’t miss it. So this is how this table became one of the highlights of my weekend!

Now you probably noticed the bag on top of the table. That is there for a reason! This was my other treasure thrift find this week, and to imagine that I only paid $3. This is a Pourchet bag, if you don’t know what this brand is, I highly recommend checking out their website http://www.pourchet-paris.com/!

I hope you had a fun day today. I spent most of it in the Mall of America, where did you spend yours?

Highlights of my Day! (SHOES, duh!)

Number 1: I got my Minnesota driver’s license (not in the mail yet, but I got it). For those of you who don’t know – to get a license in this wonderful land of 10,000 lakes, you gotta take the Permit Test! Wha??? Yes, you heard me. So I studied, studied, studied, and viola – passed it! I was also excited about getting a new picture on my license, and have my weight change from 120 to 117 lb! The lady at the DMV and I have also decided that my eye color is Grey! Took us a while to figure it out, she was going to put it down as blue, but my eyes are anything, but… Well anyways, once the license actually comes in the mail, I’ll let you all take a look 🙂

Number 2: Thrifting! I totally planned that! You know me! After I was done at the DMV, which was located on Lake and Chicago, I went east to check out the local Savers. On the way there, though, I got sidetracked to St. Vincent’s thrift store and got the most amazing $4 pair of shoes you can get!

The coolest thing is that they are made in Brazil, so I wanted to use this moment and say hi to all of my Brazilian friends out there! You girls are a ton of fun!

And last but not least: Sam and I made Peanut Butter/Hershey Hugs Blossoms – aren’t they tasty looking?

I hope you had a Fantabulous day! I love you all, and thanks for reading 🙂

 

 

PS. I did make it to Savers and it didn’t impress me much. I will do a more detailed review later in one of my upcoming posts, where I will talk about the most popular thrift stores in Minneapolis! So stay tuned!

 

Thrifted Tunic in Today’s Outfit

I went on a thrifting shopping spree last week, the only reason why I did that – a 90% off sale that I couldn’t resist! And I decided that this week I am going to add an Outfit of the Day type of post, in which I am going to show you, how I incorporated my thrifted purchases into my daily outfits!

So here is my $1 tunic. I am wearing a hand made vintage top underneath ( learn more about it here http://beingzhenya.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/diy-tank-topcamisole-made-out-of-a-vintage-nightgown/) , a pair of brown leggings from who knows where :), my Kimchi Blue oxfords from Urban Outfitters, a thrifted BCBG jacket from Housing Works on Columbus Ave, and a purse, also from Urban Outfitters (Kimchi Blue).

Xoxo

The Beauty of Thrifting

Most of you probably know about my love for thrifting and freecycling, having lived in NYC, I believe I got the best of the best, the so called cream of the crop. These are my favorite outfits of all times.

1. This one was thrifted at the Housing Works, probably my most favorite store on the UWS! I also always shopped on discount days, sale days, or Tuesdays, because students got 20% off!

2. This outfit also came from Housing Works on the UWS (Columbus Ave and 73rd, well it’s more like between 73rd and 74th). I loved those blazer jackets, and always admired other girls wearing them, and boom I finally found the ones that fit me!

3. This jacket also came from Housing Works, the same day as the Black one in the picture above.

 

4. I love the boyfriend jeans, and yes, you have to be skinny to wear them, but they are so worth losing the weight for, because they are so comfy!

So you can have a great outfit, the money in your wallet, and less waste on our planet!

 

My Gap/DIY Shirt Part 2

I just wanted to post a picture of this shirt in an outfit! The necklace is vintage, belonged to my grandmother. The before of the white shirt can be found here

http://beingzhenya.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/diy-white-gap-t-shirt-makeover/

Gap shirt, and the grey cardi were both freecycled. The jeans (Armani Exchange)  I am wearing underneath cost me $1 at a garage sale in Murray Hill, NYC!

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