Weekly Wear June 21

Having totally skipped on weekly wear last week (we were on our way to Milwaukee), I am trying to redeem myself today. I love showing off what I wore on a daily/weekly basis. It not only  provides you with a snippet of what I look like in my daily life, but gives a round up of sorts. So here is what I’ve been wearing this week:

Monday: The dress I got from Katelyn at the Milwaukee Blogger Bazaar

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Tuesday: Moddeals cut off neon shorts, fringe shoes and floral top

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Wednesday: Seahorse dress

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Thursday: I had a really cute look for you, but didn’t change when I started cooking at home, and got the button down all greasy! Keeping my fingers crossed I can still get it out. If you know any good ways of getting oil stains out, do tell!

Friday: Moddeals camp pants (the worst pants ever!), Land’s End top and three necklaces. You can come take layering lessons from me now 😉

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I am also switching up my hair care for the summer. I have a hair appointment today at 10 am for another balayage, and want my hair to be as healthy as it can. So I am going with Cleansing Conditioner. This was the only one I could find at Target last night that was for my hair type. It’s also under $5! So win! I’ll let you know how it works, and whether I like it over the traditional shampoo/conditioner combo.

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And finally, on the way home last night,

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So here you have it! My week! I also only have about 6 weeks left at my current job, and then college, here I come! I am super excited!

Have a great weekend!

Houndstooth & Vintage

Before there was snow, before there was winter, there was just me, in my houndstooth coat…

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The coat has seen it’s better New York Days, but I love it more each day. Maybe it’s the discontinued line, or the store that went out of business… But the memories we share will forever be ours!

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Do you have a piece in your wardrobe that is sentimental to you?

Happy Sunday,

Zhenya

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DIY Friday: It’s all about the Dress (easy sewing tutorial)

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I love making my own clothes, and even though I don’t do it often, I still love doing it! And maybe someday, just someday I’ll become one of those people who can finish a garment in one sitting! Oh, wait, I actually did! With this dress!

I had this piece of polyester material for forever, it came from one of the thrift stores where I am a regular! Yes, you can buy fabric at a thrift store and it’s cheap and affordable, just not always what you want! But I really feel like I lucked out with this pattern:

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After reading this Boho Revival post on Chic Trends, I was even more inspired to finally create my own piece!

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There are a ton a ton DIY tutorials out there on how to make a dress like this! And to be 100% honest with you the fabric was intended for a skirt, but since I could pull more use out of a dress than a skirt, I went with this hi-lo design partially inspired by what’s out there, and partially affected by the lack of fabric!

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I am wearing:

Dress – hand made // Shoes – Nine West Vintage America // Necklace – Old Navy //

Bag – Vintage (coming to my Etsy store soon!) // Bracelet – hand made // Belt – hand-me-down

Lipstick – Maybelline Fuchsia Flash

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To make the hi-lo Being Zhenya dress I followed these simple instructions by See Cate Create

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I just skipped the elastic part! That’s it 🙂

Hope you like my DIY friday post, have you been sewing/refashioning anything lately?

Xo,

Z

Thrifting for Treasure – Going for the Maxi

I did it, I thrifted to maxi skirts, which I absolutely cannot wait to wear! I also thrifted an amazing blue necklace and the cutest $3 vintage style bag!

Do you know what’s the best thing about thrifting? Striking random conversations with other shoppers.

Tuesday my friend and I went to the Salvation Army at the Warehouse District of Minneapolis and had several people there ask us what language we were speaking! (I do speak Russian to my Russian friends after all 🙂 )

Today as I was trying on a skirt at Steeple People, a lady told me I looked very cute. Steeple people doesn’t have a dressing room – so whatever you try on – you should be trying on over your clothes and in front of everyone else!

I bet you are dying to see what I got! Well, today I decided to surprise you, and put up a video, instead of pictures! So sit back and enjoy the haul!

Have a great rest of your day, wherever you are!

Love,

ZhenyaH

 

Vintage Purse DIY – Final Cut

Today is the last post about my vintage purse. Poor thing it’s been through a lot! First it was made in the USSR, and that’s enough stress for it already. Then it was worn, torn (the oval button on the front was ripped out, so I sewed it back on), stored in a dusty closet, taken out of there, hand washed, spray painted, drawn on, and finally, I decided to give it a break. These are my final touches!

So yesterday I wrote a post about drawing on my vintage purse with a Sharpie (brutal, I know) to hide a stain, and I also realized yesterday, that Symmetry wasn’t created for nothing, so here is what happened today!

And then the AMAZING thing happened, I remembered about an Elf! My Elf nail polish from a dollar store on 33rd or 32nd ST, right out of Penn Station. And this is what the final product looks like!

If you look close you will see the black dots I made with the nail polish. I know this is nothing genius, but at least the purse is wearable now!

Check out the two previous posts on the same subject!

http://beingzhenya.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/i-drew-on-my-vintage-purse-and-i-am-proud-of-it/

http://beingzhenya.wordpress.com/2011/03/25/vintage-purse-makeover/

Vintage Purse Makeover

My grandma was a one of a kind fashionista, as difficult as it was to follow the latest fashion trends in the USSR, she managed to do that! Unfortunately I don’t have a lot left, but I am planning on creating a post in the nearest future, and posting pictures of some of the vintage outfits.

A while back I found this purse…

It is made out of fake suede, and even though it looks pretty good in this picture, it looked worse in real life. There were some yellow stains, seemed like it was caught in the rain, so I decided to dye it, with some suede spray paint that you can usually find in a shoe store. I went for dark gray. And it ended up looking like this!

The flower on the side was an addition I made today out of some vintage lace I cut off an old nighty. It’s a pin, so you can wear it on the purse, on your clothes or even in your hair.

This is how it was made…

I combined two strips of lace and sewed them together, to make it look like this…

Then I just kept on adding layers, and this is what the final product looks like…

And from the back…

You can see the little pin attached (I have no idea where all my bigger pins disappeared to)!

This is how the flower looks on my “The Limited” sweater

And on the purse with me carrying it…

And one more…