E is for Zhenya 

   
    
 Jeans: Target | Booties: Forever 21 | Shirt: LL Bean |Bag: Target | Sunglasses: Valentino 

Sam and I had an incredible 4 day weekend. Thursday we went to campus, and oh my goodness how I missed it! We went to all three campuses, took the connector to St Paul, because I wanted Sam to see my campus, and because I wanted to go to Lori’s for coffee. 

It definitely feels good to be a senior, but the realization hasn’t hit me yet. I love school, being on campus (even though I don’t live on campus) and seeing my friends. And I know it will be hard for me to leave, but I’m going to enjoy my last year to the fullest. 

This semester I’ll be busy with 18 credits, and two internships, I’m staying with Verizon for a while, as well as continuing my Style Guru escapades with CollegeFashionista. This semester I will also be a social media inter at CF, so keep an eye out for all the awesome #stylegurulove posts on my Instagram. 

Peace! 

Sewing Goodies

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

I just have to share these with you! As some of you may recall I was on Refashion Runway, and today I wanted to share what was in my awesome prize that I got from Katherine of Pillows A-La Mode! And to make it easier for everyone, I took a video with my new Nokia Lumia phone! Check it out here:

Hope you had a great weekend! Check back often for outfit, beauty, fashion, style and sewing posts!

Xo,

Z

 

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: Nokia Lumia 928

Today’s post is a review on Nokia Lumia 928, a complimentary phone and service

I received from Verizon Wireless, in exchange for my honest opinion. For more information, please click on the Verizon Voices Icon below!

As some of you may recall I travelled to Chicago back in May to meet the other Midwest Fashion and Style bloggers, and to get my first device – Samsung Galaxy camera. And maybe some of you think it’s strange to be posting about the second device before the first, but I feel like the phone is a much more essential part of our daily lives than a camera, even if it’s smart! So here it goes:

The Verizon Blogger program was originally set up like so: you get the first device in Chicago, the second devices comes in the mail 3 months later! But then they decided to send us the phone 2 months early! That was absolutely fine by me 🙂

So I knew I was getting the phone from the start, you see we were receiving hints through Twitter – it was almost like a scavenger hunt. And Sam was actually the one, who thought that the device might be Nokia Lumia! And it was, the new 928 model!

After reading the ArsTechnica review I was pretty excited for the Lumia! And then it came…

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As you can see, it came with this awesome wireless charger, which I absolutely love, and which came extremely handy during our move! (I will explain later!)

The phone came with an Illinois number, which was convenient, and I didn’t have to switch from my iPhone 4S. That was my biggest concern to begin with! But then I quickly became one of those people who have 2 phones! On the other hand it gave me an opportunity to talk more about my blog and the Verizon Blogger Program I am a part of!

My first impression of the phone was – OMGILOVEIT!!! Said probably a hundred times on that first night! I loved the size of the screen, the quality of the glass (gorilla glass, as I learned later during a very useful webinar!), the quality of the picture, the video quality, everything about this phone was AMAZING, or so I thought!

Then I wanted to upload my first VLOG video to YouTube, and that’s where my frustrations began – I couldn’t get the files off the Windows phone, and it refused to upload directly to YouTube. I know to some of you this is not a major concern, but I am a blogger, so let me rant 😉

Having been an Apple user since 2010, the last time I used Windows was to install a pattern making program on my husband’s PC, that died a few months ago! And the app didn’t work on my laptop. So Sam ended up updating my OS (operating system) to the latest software, which solved the problem, but cost $20!

The video quality is great though, see for yourselves:

Definitely better than the iPhone!

Here are some examples of the picture quality! I am not going to compare it to the iPhone that I currently have, or the 5, that Sam has, I am not that kind of blogger 🙂 but I am sure there are plenty of comparisons out there!

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App wise the phone isn’t great. From what I understood, Google has some sort of an agreement with Apple, and they don’t want to let the Nokia in on the deal. Sounds like a typical problem in my classroom, only I work with 2-3 y.o., and these are big guys we are talking about here!

One of the first comments that my fellow bloggers made, as well as one of my coworkers who has Lumia 920, was – THERE IS NO INSTAGRAM! And I said it too, because that’s one of the most popular social networks for us nowadays. Facebook went all commercialized, Twitter is too fast and hard to catch up with, so Instagram is something that has a little personality left.

There is an Instagram substitute, a Nokia app called Instance, which has different filters, and is full of ads, but connects to your original Instagram account.

As you will see with this phone, there are a lot of third party apps, which seem questionable and untrustworthy. But are not as bad if you spend the time reading the reviews.

Moving on! I really want to talk about the speaker on that phone! It is truly amazing! I am a huge Pandora fan, I have my stations all picked out, I know when to hit shuffle, it all matches my moods, or helps improve productivity (I have been listening to a lot of The Avett Brothers and the like recently, maybe that’s why I’ve been kind of lazy and laid back 😉 ) I also get Ads-FREE Pandora through the end of the year through this phone! Which is great, because according to my account I still live in NYC, so I get a lot of Metro PCS commercials, which are often in Spanish, go figure!

Anyways where was I? Radio! Nokia Lumia comes with Nokia Radio (I guess that’s a good name for it!) But a lot of the music is very European! I didn’t like any of the work out stations, I told you I am not very European, even though I was born and lived there for the most part of my life!

I think another feature worth mentioning is Sky Drive! I specifically asked during the webinar if it was like iCloud or DropBox, and the answer was Dropbox, and it is. But since I am already using DropBox the question is – what do I need the second one for? Well, it’s easier to get the files off the phone! That’s all!

Any other perks? I do think the Pinterest type home screen is a cute idea, plus you can customize is! So mine went from “Verizon” red to teal! That’s pretty neat!

Oh and Internet sharing! As most of you know, Sam and I bought a house! Which also lead to me starting a new blog, dedicated entirely to the house called Story and a Half of Our Life (go check it out and give it some love please! ), and since the process of moving took us a week (Sam had an alarming pain in his right side, and we spent a few VERY long hours in the ER, but he is okay now, and it was most likely a pulled muscle of some sort) we couldn’t have our Comcast Internet at the apartment and the house at the same time, so I used my Nokia to create a hot spot, and turned the Internet Sharing on! Thank you, Verizon, for providing me with the unlimited data plan! I really appreciate it!

So to sum it all up:

THE GOOD: Great design, sound, picture and video quality (for the Phone!), interesting interface, user friendly, most apps are there,

THE BAD: The software for MAC was hard to figure out, Internet Explorer search engine only, the battery doesn’t last that long if you are on it all the time.

THE UGLY: A lot of apps are not there, and you don’t know when they are coming, if at all and having to go around them sucks! Plus the constant ads in a lot of apps do get to you very quickly!  And it’s a Verizon exclusive!

THE VERDICT: Am I going to switch to Nokia after my contract is up in October? I don’t know! Probably not. It’s a hard phone to get used to, especially when you are still on your iPhone. I still reach for the old one over the new, maybe out of habit, but probably more out of familiarity and simplicity of it all!

I hope this was somewhat helpful, and I know that some of you have already told me that once your contract is up, you will be switching to this phone. But please think before you act. I know I am not really praising it, but I don’t want to bring it down either! The choice is always yours.

Xo,

Z

Outfit: Sculpture garden at dusk

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Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Style Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

There are oh so many things you can do with denim, so I finally decided to make a top from all the leftovers I had!

My goal was to make something reversible, something that you could wear both ways, something without back, or front… I also knew that I definitely wanted to incorporate crochet into this refashion.

I used two different pairs of jeans, cut off the pant legs, traced one of the tops that I had to get the size right, and added the embellishments:

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The crochet piece is made of a really thick cotton hemp like yarn. I followed a simple pattern, used a 3.5 mm hook, and after a couple hours and a couple blisters, I think it adds to the piece and makes it very unique!

I sewed the two sides together, finished the edges off with some vintage bias tape (thank you freecycle) and was ready to go! You can notice that in the picture above the zipper is positioned differently that in the pictures below! That’s because I decided to flip it upside down for a better fit and a vest-like effect that can be achieved with this top!

After I finished the top, I went to the Sculpture Garden, one of my favorite spots in the whole world! Hence, perfect for this photo shoot! So with my Samsung Galaxy in hand, I mean in Sam’s hand – that’s what it looks like …

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I am wearing:

Skirt – Refashioned Vintage // Boots – Steve Madden // Sunnies – Lucky the Weekender // Bangles – H&M // Bag – Vintage Coach // Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs

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Have a great weekend!

Xo,

Z

PS. I honestly think the photos turned out great, even though it was dusk – one of the hardest times of the day to photograph in my opinion!

We are also moving next week! Wish me luck!

Linking up wit Ruby Girl – Fashion and Faith

My Summer 2013 Must Haves

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Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Style Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

Summer has got to be my favorite season! Do you think it has anything to do with my Birthday? July baby, that’s me! Today I am going to share some of my favorite summer essentials with you and put them together into an outfit! I hope you’ll like it 🙂

1. A straw fedora! I love this hat because it fits my head (gotta admit I have a big one 😉 ) it’s perfect for going out, or just relaxing by the pool…

2. White wedges! These shoes don’t just give me a few extra inches, but also boost my confidence!

3. Neon necklace! This piece from Old Navy brightens every outfit, and to think I’ve had it since 2009! It’s an oldie!

4. Funky sunnies! I went for these white frame ones! Yes, they are a bit too much, but sometimes a girl needs it!

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What are your favorite summer essentials?

Xo,
Z

PS. This originally was a guest post on Coming Unstitched! Thank you, Sarah, for letting me post for you 🙂

Don’t you just love the quality on my new Samsung Galaxy camera?

And don’t forget to vote for me in the Refashion Runway challenge! You have until Friday!

Bicycle is a Girl’s Best Friend

 

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Style Voices programand have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

What do you get when you put a fashion blogger on a bike? Here is what…

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I AM WEARING:

Jeans – Express // Polka Dotted shirt – vintage Lady Manhattan (thrifted at Goodwill outlet) //

Jacket – Club Monaco // Shoes – Fashionol

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None of the photos (especially the action ones – I almost ran my husband over twice! – would’ve been possible without my Samsung Galaxy Camera!)

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Do you ride bikes? And what do you usually wear?

Happy Hump Day!

Xo,

Z

Please don’t forget to take the pledge against Distracted Driving! Go to – http://itcanwait.com/

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PS. Stop by Romwe and check out their flash sale! Leggings Flash Sale of Romwe New Collection! Only $19.99 for any pair. 3 days only! http://www.romwe.com/manage_activity/19.99-flash-sale/

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Art, Fashion and What in the World did I go to Chicago for?

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As you know I just got back from Chicago, but not all of you know what I was doing there!

You might have also noticed this badge on my sidebar:

So here goes:

I was contacted by Verizon Wireless to participate in their Fashion and Style Blogger program a couple weeks ago, and at first it seemed too good to be true! They offered to fly me to Chicago, pay for my hotel, take me out to SAIC Fashion show and a dinner at a hip restaurant, get a chance to meet other bloggers, and have fun!

And to top it all off I was also given a new device to play with.

Needless to say I agreed to come even before I asked for that day off at work 😉

The device turned out to be a Samsung Galaxy Camera that comes with 4G LTE, a touch screen, a 21x optical zoom and a whole bunch of other perks (which I am going to talk about in one of my later posts), plus you can upload photos and videos directly to your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube), it’s packed with editing apps, which definitely saves a lot of time! The only thing that it can’t do is make calls. And the funny thing is, Sam and I were at Best Buy the weekend before looking at that exact camera! So now my camera dilemma is solved and my husband won’t have to listen to me whining. Though he will be definitely taking more pictures for sure!

But I think I am going to stop talking now, and show you what the camera can do!

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Style Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

At Marla Mullaney Art Studio

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On Lake Minnetonka

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We also got some ice cream at licks unlimited…

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And I spotted this ceramic sewing machine figurine at one of the other artists’ studios! Isn’t it the cutest?

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I am WEARING:

//White Denim Jacket – GAP//Boots – Steve Madden//Purse – COACH//

//Dress – The Webster Miami at Target//Sunnies – Lucky Weekender//

Hope you all had an amazing weekend,

Xo,

Z

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