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

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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?


Thrift Haul Where Shoulder Pads come to DIE!

Let’s call it my Christmas Thrift Haul! My finds are as unpredictable, as Minnesota weather! Megan from Mr C. & Me and I have been planning this thrift trip for a while, but last weeks SNOWPOCALYPSE delayed it. This weekend it rained… Yes, Global Warming is getting the best of our winters (I can always go back to Russia for that, but I hear it’s not going that well there either :) )

I also dragged Dominika with us, and the clothes that she got is absolutely amazing! Especially (SPOILER ALERT!) vintage Christian Dior pants! But more on that later!

Our first stop was Arc Value Village in Richfield, where we found the Dior pants, as well as some Ed Hardy shoes. But being the geniuses that we are, we didn’t get the pants.

Then we hit up Goodwill in Bloomington, and Dominika found this amazing fuchsia shirt, and well, that’s when we went back to Arc to get those pants! Thank goodness they were still there!

Our next and final stop was Savers in Bloomington, and that’s where I ended up spending most of my “thrift allowance” money (Okay I just made that up! I don’t have a thrift allowance, but I try and follow the “$20 limit per store” rule that I stole from Sammy Davis. Maybe I should give myself a monthly thrifting allowance? What do you think?)

And here is what I got:

Fabric first!

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The top one is a really bright pink, and unfortunately my iPhone camera doesn’t do this fabric justice. The only thing I was really bummed about was the price. I paid $8.99 plus tax for 7.5 yards. Now the original tag was still attached to the fabric, and it read $7.50! What’s up with that Goodwill??? The middle and the bottom fabrics are meant for a dress I am planning on sewing sometime in the future! Hopefully soon!

I also got this awesome vintage pattern, and the great thing about it is – ONE SIZE FITS ALL! So come to me with your fabrics and we can make you a dress like this. I am planning on altering the sleeves, though!

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And finally the dresses! All vintage, all from Savers, $3.99 each! I love each and every single one of them!

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Of course two out of the three dresses came with shoulder pads, but I took them out faster than a blink of an eye! Now only to figure out what to do with them! They are so pretty, I can’t just throw them away!

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So? What do you think? Did I do well? Not so well! It all came to under $30! Don’t forget to check Megan’s blog and see what she got!

Have a great week!

Z

Fashion Crochet

You see, I firmly believe that certain things never go out of style, just because they can evolve or transform into something new each season.

And the best examples I could come up with are crocheted and knitted items.

I found some great vintage crochet pieces, which are 100% wearable today!

What an amazing 1970’s dress!

Or this vintage open weave crochet tunic

Here is another comeback from the hippie era: vtg 70s hippie boho patchwork prairie calico dress

For some reason I am really into the white dresses this season, I guess that’s what happens after you get married!

Make sure to visit The Frippery Vintage Boutique, a lot of gorgeous vintage dresses on sale!

Being the DIY freak that I am I went and researched what designers included crochet items into their collection.

Check out this Sena Crochet Wrap! How amazingly simple and completely DIYable :)

I am loving these tops and dresses, even though they are more of a summer trend, you can TOTALLY style them for FALL!

I am still drooling over the DVF dress! It will probably take me a while to get over it.

Not that I don’t have any knitted dresses in my collection ;)

I have a Kookai knitted black dress, but I am still looking for a perfect black slip to go with it!

Though my husband loves this dress on me without any slips ;)

I also want to give a shout out to The Double Stitch Twins, who bring crochet to a totally different level!

They are such an inspiration and an encouragement to all of us out there, aspiring knitters and crocheters. In all it’s seriousness though, crocheting and knitting gives you an opportunity to be your own designer, or a designer period! It’s the knowledge that you are the only one who has this unique item, that keeps me, personally, going! And standing out in a crowd is what I like!

And finally – the Salvatore Ferragamo bag, which to me, is a PERFECTION

 Wouldn’t you love to knit that?

For those of you who like to play it safe – use crochet to decorate the already existing pieces of your wardrobe, which need some refreshing! There are a million ideas on the internet! Here are some of them!

A tank with a crochet strap

A shirt with the crochet back

And some sexy looking shorts!

I promise to show some DIY projects similar to those above in the future!

As for me, I learned how to knit from my mom. She was always making sweaters for herself and me, back in Russia, when the times were tough! Crocheting came later, I went to an after school program to learn that! No bragging, but I was a natural.

I have recently finished an infinity scarf. Pics will be posted after it’s washed :) And I am currently working on something very special, and I will let you sneak a peak at it…

…but not going to tell you what it’s going to be!

Anyways, have a great weekend everyone, happy Friday!


Dresses from my Vintage Collection

As promised, and announced on Twitter I am continuing showing you pictures of my vintage collection, and today’s post is about dresses!

I love the colors of this dress, very warm, very fall-looking! It’s going to look great with some of my boots! It comes with a belt. And I love the little detail on the back!

See, that little triangle in the picture above? Yes, that’s the detail, it’s either they ran out of fabric, or it was the design :) See, that little triangle in the picture above? Yes, that’s the detail, it’s either they ran out of fabric, or it was the design

Up next is this very springy looking dress, again love the colors, and the ruffles on the bottom!

The red circles kind of look like poppies to me. Are they really poppies, or is it just my imagination?

Up next is a hand made/sewn dress, beautiful black lace, over pink fabric! Belted.

My next dress is a very warm, definitely winter dress, with what seems to be a leopard print on red. Buttons on the front.

This dress is also a perfect dress for fall (I wish these dresses were made out of something else, other than polyester, but that’s the only reason why they are still in a good condition!), it would be too hot in the summer. Again, this dress comes with a belt, buttons on the front.

The next dress was a fab find! I absolutely love the print, and the brooch on the front!

This dress is the only cotton dress in my collection! I love the soft pastels and beige. Unfortunately you can’t see the plaid on the front of the skirt very well, but it’s there. The front ties up. I think this is a perfect fit for early spring or fall!

The final dress deserves special attention, because it’s brand new, very summery, very Carrie Bradshaw, because it’s see-through! I am going to get a lot of attention wearing this one!

I had a wonderful time going through all these dresses, I hope you did too. While I was taking them all out of my Grandma’s closet, I found a pair of jeans, that belonged to me, I wonder how it got there!

PS. In one of my future posts I will show you how to wear and accessorize these dresses!

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