You are Diamond!

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Today my husband’s grandparents are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary! How awesome is that? 60 years with the same person! Sam also has his Grandpa’s wedding band, which is more meaningful to us than any words can describe!

So Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary Bob and Betty, and may the 5 o’clock gins continue for many many more years!

We love you,

Sam and Zhenya!

PS. The photo was taken on their wedding day (May 15, 1953), and is a curtesy of my mother in law!

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!

Outfit of the Yesterday

I was going to post these pics yesterday, but since I ABSOLUTELY had to share my pictures of some Hideous Hats, here it is – My Outfit of the Day, September, 25

Sam and I took a walk to the Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun, the pictures are from the latter!

The outfit breakdown (for those who really want to know 😉 )

Shoes – UO (probably the most expensive part of the outfit – something around $30)

Skirt – $4 – Steeple People

Purse $3 – Vintage, Steeple People

Belt and Scarf – Banana Republic – FREE (swapped 🙂 )

Shirt Banana Republic – FREE – freecycled in NYC

Jacket – Forever 21 (this jacket is 5 years old, I got it in Chicago, and it’s one of the brands that Forever 21 has since discontinued, I think it was around $15, but I am not sure)

Sunglasses – Steve Madden – from TJ Maxx – $8

Hope you had a great Sunday 🙂

ZhenyAH!

My Vintage Collection

Today’s post is fully dedicated to my vintage collection, and since there are many many different things in the collection, I decided to make it into a 2 parter! No, I am not cheating, I have plenty to blog about, but I feel like I shouldn’t tell-all right away!

1. This is a vintage red coat, two pockets, belonged to my Grandma. How do I

know it’s vintage? Well, it was made in a country that doesn’t exist anymore – Yugoslavia.

 

 

Today is the day I wish I wasn’t a size 2!  Still ROFLing at myself for saying that, but anyways…

2. This is a very interesting piece, a vest-like coat, two pockets, this too is big for me, but cute nevertheless!

Now I didn’t take a picture of the bottom dress, but it was a brand new light blue short sleeved cotton dress, if you look close enough, you can see the tag hanging from the bottom!

 

 

3. This is a suit (jacket and skirt) made in Finland, the jacket has a light stain on it, and the skirt has a couple of places where the thread has been pulled out, but that can be easily fixed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. This is a handmade black jacket, the material is similar to the one they use to make H&M jackets. Of course I had to style it with my recently made lace flower brooch!

5. And the last one for today is a teal colored cardi. Also from a non-existant country!

Nice nails, I know! Thank you!

Anyways, more to come tomorrow, including some purses and jewelry! I will also show you how to wear all these pieces in one of the future posts!

Love and lace flowers!

A Date with the 70’s

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “The 70’s”? Remember all the tie dye, the flower power, disco and platform shoes? The feminism, the end of the war in Vietnam? Led Zeppelin, Star Wars? First video games? The World Trade Center (the construction was over Dec.,23, 1970)? But I always think of That 70’s Show!

Jackie was definitely the best dresses one!

Speaking about fashion legends of the 70’s, I came across Marie Clarie’s (UK edition) top 10, and chose my top 5! You can find the other 5 here http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/fashion/best/3193/10/seventies-style-icons.html

Anjelica Huston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerry Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Travolta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farrah Fawcett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Ali Macgraw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And today I wanted to cover some 70’s fashion trends that I found in these magazines! (Old Soviet Magazines, these ones in particular, are from the Moscow Fashion House)

I wanted to show some prom dresses first, but honestly to me they look more like bridal couture. So if you are looking for some vintage wedding dress ideas, here are some for you. Of course they are more suitable for a summer wedding, because they are all knee-length.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pelerina became popular…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And so did the Poncho…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s not forget about men’s fashion

 

I also came across some women’s coats, that I found interesting…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up next are some accessories, very often they came in sets – a necklace and a matching ring or bracelet…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some interesting every day outfits. Pay attention to the matching vest and shorts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favorite florals… They became more graphic…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paisley and similar patterns appeared…

Here is a close up of the pattern and the sleeve

Nautical theme was also very popular, but matched with these geeky glasses it looks a little bit ridiculous…

And finally – the RUFFLES!

Now, no post about 70’s is complete without some things that should stay in the 70’s and never come back, or become costume ideas!