My Weekend in Outfits – Chicago || Monday Mode Link Up

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Spontaneous weekend getaways are my favorite. Sam and I used Valentine’s Day as an excuse to go down to Chicago and enjoy the 60 degree February weather that we had here! Today I want to share my weekend in outfits. Enjoy my journey from riverwalk to the beach, from Logan Square to Lincoln Park with a little West Loop and Village thrown in between, and don’t hesitate to link up with us 🙂

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Faux Fur, Plaid + Distressed Denim

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Here they are, my DIY distressed jeans making an appearance in another post paired up with a plaid button down and a faux fur vest. I am obsessed with how this pair turned out, and can’t wait to work on my next one. If only it was warmer in Minnesota. I keep telling myself – Only 2 more cold days, then it’ll get better.

This whole look sans the shoes and the hat is thrifted, and I couldn’t be more proud at how it all came together!

It’s week 4 of school now, and all my projects are starting to get more serious and intense. But as some of you know, I am not working this semester, just focusing on school, so that definitely makes things a lot easier.

I wanted to quickly mention a really cool book I am reading in my Retail Environments and Human Behavior class. It’s called Why We Buy? by Paco Undersell. The book focuses on different aspects of stores, from visual displays, to decompression zones, to strategically positioning merchandise in specific places on the floor. So if you are interested in retail, or simply want to know more about the science of shopping, definitely check it out. I will be working on an observational research paper in this class too, so if you are interested, definitely let me know, and I will share about my research in the next post.

PS. Happy Valentine’s Day! Can you tell which hand is mine?

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Velvet 90’s

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How are you? I am still stuck in the 90’s. Not sure why, maybe because of all the velvet that reminds me of that decade. This Ragstock dress is no exception, I might even wear it on Valentine’s Day, because why not?

Let’s talk a little about Valentine’s Day, shall we? Here are a few thoughts that I would like to share and tell you how mine is going to pan out a week from Sunday.

  1. It’s a Sunday, so I will get to sleep in, snuggle up with everyone, and by everyone I mean Sam and Mason (our dog).
  2. Drink unbelievable amounts of coffee. On my way home from my late night class yesterday I caught myself thinking that “Wouldn’t it be nice to come home, drink coffee and do homework?”. Yes, my friends think I am weird.
  3. Valentine’s day is always our half-versary (is this even a word?), since we got married on August 14. This is how I actually remember when we got married, because we’ve forgotten our anniversary on a number of occasions.
  4. Sometime around 1 pm Sam and I are going to go get me a cake. I don’t like the sweet thick icing cakes, so we are going to go to Lund’s & Biyearly’s and I am going to pick out something completely ridiculous. Last year it was a Butterfinger cake. And the year before it was a chocolate cake with (I swear) 2 lbs of raspberries on top! Man I love my cake. We are going to spend the next 2 weeks trying to consume the cake. It will probably dry up and I will have to throw away at least a quarter.
  5. Then I am going to realize I have homework to do, and will spend the rest of my day working on some group project that involves creating a unique idea and implementing it without spending any amount of money.

And this is how we do Valentine’s day Hutson style! Happy Thursday friends!

PS. Romance is not dead, maybe…

Vanity Fair Lingerie Valentine’s Day Giveaway

 

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With Valentine’s Day being only a month away I thought I’d start preparing and posting for it early this year! And luckily I have Vanity Fair Lingerie help me out.

Who doesn’t like comfortable but stylish lingerie? The kind that you don’t want to pull through your sleeve immediately after you come home from work?

So here are a few options from Vanity Fair that are my favorite:

Lily of France – your perfect T-shirt bra.

Vassarette – affordable luxuries bra.

And now for my favorite part – you get a chance to win a bra of your choice and your size! (because that’s the most important part!)

So depending on the bra size, you will win a certain type of bra! If you are:
– A Cup: Lily of France Sensational Lace Push Up
– B-DD: Vanity Fair Beauty Back
– C-DD: Vanity Fair Breathable Comfort

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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From the Bottom of my Heart <3

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Happy Valentine’s day! 

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A little update on my blog – I am now self-hosted. It was a tough decision, but a right one. I hope you will support me and keep following me! The next step is redesigning my blog and finding the right theme, plugins, and all that! So if you know anyone, or you are that  someone! Shoot me a line! I am brining BeingZhenya.com to a new level!

Have a great weekend everyone and remember – YOU ARE LOVED!

Xo,

Z

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Love is in the air…

I know it’s too early to post this, Valentine’s Day is months away, but I am getting married in less than 2 months, so love it is!

I came across this blog today

http://belladia.typepad.com/bella_dia/2008/02/sweet-heart-cro.html

Which teaches you how to crochet a heart. It’s a basic heart, with very simple instructions. So for those of you advanced crocheters I wanted to share a more complicated heart pattern, that I absolutely love!

And here is the pattern, make sure to scroll down for some explanations

You are going to start with a chain of 9 stitches, connect the 9th and the 1st into a circle, then continue with a chain of 55, and connect the last 9 stitches into a circle as well. Then you are going to Crochet 19 double stitches into the loop and follow the pattern. You don’t have to crochet the final row if you don’t want to, it will look just as cool! I have done both 🙂

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Our first date

Since it’s Valentine’s Day today, I decided to blog about our first date. Something that happened over 3 1/2 years ago in Minneapolis.

We went walking around the city after he picked me up from my friends’ house. I remember the excitement, the thrill, because what i was about to experience was the best date of my life, with a man I am getting married to in less than 5 months. So to all of you who are still single – first date makes an everlasting impression.

We didn’t do anything special, went to the river front, passed by the library, and the building that changes colors. Took pictures by the river, it was too dark and all you can see are our faces and a thin string of lights in the background.

We walked through the skyline, and I was absolutely amazed at the beauty of the city from the “glass tubes” that I’ve never seen before.

We passed a street musician, who was playing the saxophone, something that my fiance can play as well, and we stood listening to his music for a while. There were sirens in the background, and it felt almost like a movie!

Then he took me home, 99 red balloons was playing on the radio.

The first date of a relationship of a lifetime!