#ThriftStyleThursday – Denim Days

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For today’s #ThriftStyleThursday post we all styled our favorite pair of thrifted jeans. Thanks Brittany of Lipstick and Yarn for the idea!  And I couldn’t settle on one. So I picked my top 5 pairs!

I love jeans, I have too many pairs, way more than I can ever wear, and I also don’t wash them. I keep my jeans nice and dirty hanging on the pipe rack that Blake built for me. Okay, I guess I should rephrase that. I wash them when they get really dirty. And by really I mean really. A few months ago my friend Melanie (who designs Massimo jeans for Target) told me about denim snobs. Denim snobs are people who can’t spend less than $200 on a pair of jeans, and believe in preserving indigo, so only hand wash their jeans when it’s necessary.

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Step 1: Fill a sink, tub, bucket or other jean-sized vessel with lukewarm water and a small amount of ultra-mild detergent. Woolite Dark is a good bet, but it’s very concentrated, so start with just a couple of teaspoons. Take a deep breath, ignore the anticipated slights from the hip police running through your mind, and put your smelly-ass jeans in the tub. Make sure they’re fully submerged (this may require you to weigh them down).

Step 2: Soak them for about an hour, giving them a stir half way through to loosen any dirt that’s worked its way into the denim.

Step 3: Remove the jeans, drain the tub (of course), and rinse them thoroughly with cold water to remove detergent residue. Roll them up in a dry towel that you don’t mind staining blue to remove some moisture.

Step 4: Hang them out to dry. (Note: Make sure you hang them in a place that has good air movement, as you don’t want your jeans to mildew. Also, take care to hang them somewhere that won’t be ruined by a steady flow of indigo-infused water.) Do not tumble dry, as all that heat will undo your good work. Once your jeans are dry, pull them on and proceed to beat the hell out of ‘em till they need a bath again.

I normally wash my jeans inside out on cold, and never put them in the dryer. It’s worked great for me so far. Here is also a great video I watched in my fashion ethics class last semester.

Now go check out everyone else’s denim posts, I can’t wait to see what everyone styled this week myself! 

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I never would’ve thought I’d be wearing a skort, but here it is, and it’s amazing! I have a few fun things and events coming up this week and next. There will be another shoot, a store event, a fun Valentine’s Day giveaway and a couple exciting announcements.

Also, this semester I am writing for CollegeFashionista, and I am pretty pumped about that! I will make sure to share my posts and photos with you here and on Instagram.

The photos are from a shoot I did for Alacloth Vintage with Eric Sorensen a couple weeks ago.

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Vintage Lookbook with Alacloth and Eric Sorensen Photography

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Yesterday I had the most amazing opportunity and time of my life to shoot a few vintage looks for my friend Ania (Ann) of Alacloth vintage with a local photographer Eric of Eric Sorensen Photography. I met her through a friend, and was always fascinated by her commitment to finding and selling the highest quality vintage items she could find. And of course her Russian roots. We shot in the rain (yes, it rained here on December 22! Go figure Minnesota weather!) by the tracks on Hiawatha in Minneapolis, and had so much fun!

One of the train yard workers asked us what we were doing, so we had to explain the situation, and then offered to take his picture as well. He said he was going to think about it :)

Since it was a pretty public place we also had a guy drive by, honk and blow kisses. All in all it was an eventful Monday photo-shoot and I am so excited to be sharing it with you!

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Handbag Designer Patricia Nash in Minneapolis TODAY!

Today after class I’ll be heading down to Mall of America to interview a handbag and accessory designer Patricia Nash. She is here in Minneapolis premiering her new collection! As soon as I took a peek at the designs, I knew I was going to love it. There is that boho/vintage feel around every single piece, and the collection is so unique and personal, it makes it even better. Plus if you are into boho, like me, I know it will be straight up your alley!

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I will be posting the interview later this week, but if you have any specific questions you want me to ask Patricia, leave them in the comments below or send them to me via social media! I am sure she’d love to answer them!

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So if you have time today and would love to meet with Patricia in person, you can do so by heading to either Macy’s Ridgedale or Mall of America stores, the times are provided below.

The first 10 shoppers who make a $100 or more purchase of Patricia Nash merchandise will receive a $20 Macy’s gift card. Additionally, Macy’s shoppers will also have the chance to register to win a one-of-a-kind Patricia Nash handbag.

When/Where: Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Macy’s Ridgedale – 2 to 4PM

Macy’s Mall of America – 6 to 8PM

Meanwhile check out Patricia Nash Handbags on macys.com, or on her website patricianashdesigns.com 

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Everything is changing and everything is constantly moving. I can’t believe I’ve already been in school for a month! University has definitely pushed and stretched me in more ways than I could’ve ever imagined. But one thing remained the same – I still love vintage and clothes, and styling my daily outfits. Probably even more now, than ever.

I have told the story of the jacket in my Instagram post yesterday, but I will share it again here. And if you are a thrifter, or a vintage shopper you will understand what I went through to get it.

I was at Steeple People on Franklin and Lyndale, actually trying to find someone new to talk to (for a class assignment), when I noticed a girl find this jacket. She actually asked one of the store volunteers to get it down for her, because it was hanging up high under the ceiling. Of course now I wanted it too. It was a perfect jacket that I wanted before I even knew I needed or wanted it. After about 30 minutes she decided against it, and set it back down. I guess I just got lucky this time, because I am literally living in it this fall. And just in case you are wondering, it is a wool Talbots jacket in light grey, the softest, most comfortable thing I’ve worn in a long time.

In this look I wore it over a vintage black dress, paired with a scarf I got from Popsugar Must-have box, and the black boots I got for Christmas two years ago, that my father-in-law brought from Germany.

I am wearing it again today, so make sure you follow me on Instagram!

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6 Wardrobe Basics

We are all different and we are all individuals, so instead of posting about how many silk button downs and plain white tees you may need in your wardrobe, I am going to share what I think are my wardrobe basics, my staples, if you want to put it this way. After all, there are a few things in my closet I reach for before I reach for anything else. And those are the items that also get replaced if/when worn out.

1. Chambray shirt

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2. Denim (in all shapes and forms)

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3. Dresses (many, many dresses)

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4. Leather jacket (because that’s a perfect layering piece)

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5. Animal print (because that’s a neutral)

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6. Vintage (because it’s alway in style)

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Check out these ladies’ wardrobe basics today as well:

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 // Nuttier than Nutella // Lipstick and Yarn

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Weekly Wear May 31

Tuesday

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Wednesday

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Thursday

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Friday

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Can you believe the weekend is finally here? Even though I only had a 3 day work week, I am exhausted! I guess it’s time to spill the beans and share the big, life changing news. Starting this September, I will be a full-time student at the University of Minnesota. I got my acceptance letter last Saturday. Field of study – Retail Merchandising. I am pretty psyched, especially for all the math!

It’s huge! I am almost 28, going back to school, quitting my job, with so far my blog being the only source of income. To be 100% honest, this is like going to first grade. Sam is busy picking out a new laptop for me. I am busy deciding on when to quit.

Of course I’ve set goals, and there are goals beyond my reach, I have always been like that. Setting crazy huge goals, and now it’s up to me to achieve them. I hope you stick around with me on this journey, because believe it or not, this blog and I are in a committed relationship!

Let’s hope I graduate before I am 30!

Happy Saturday and I hope you enjoy my outfits!

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Наконец-то наступили выходные! Хоть я и работала всего лишь 3 дня на этой неделе, я как сдутый шарик. Сегодня наступила пора раскрыть карты! Я поступила в институт. Так что в Сентябре я пойду в Университет Миннесоты. Письмо о том, что меня приняли, пришло неделю назад. Очень хочется уже пойти на классы, особенно по математике!

Мне почти 28, я иду снова учиться, увольняюсь с работы, и мой блог будет моим основным источником дохода. По ощущениям – как первый раз в первый класс. Муж копошиться выбирает мне новый компьютер, а я все никак не решу, когда же мне уволиться.

Целей – море. Я так всегда – настрою планов, а потом только и остается что их исполнять! Надеюсь что вы меня поддержите, потому что блог никуда не пропадет.

Главное выпуститься до 30!

Отличных всем выходных!


Vintage Navy

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I am wearing: Vintage navy dress – VintageSwank, Sperry’s Top Siders – TJ Maxx, Neon yellow belt – Target, Bulky chain necklace – thrifted

A vintage item often tells its’ own story. You don’t make the outfit. The outfit makes you. We were talking about what fashion means to us yesterday with some girlfriends on Twitter, and to me,

Fashion is self-expression in its’ truest form

But it’s a little different when it comes to when I wear vintage. These items have a story to tell, these items lived before me, and some of them were made long before I was born. And that’s why I respect vintage, cherish and treasure them.

This navy dress is structured, and feels more like a suit when I wear it. But it made me feel real, feminine and unique.

I am so so happy it’s Friday! I had a 3 day work week, but, man, am I exhausted! I hope you all spend time with your family and get a chance to relax! Stop by tomorrow to join the weekly wear link up and see my Monday-Friday outfits!

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Винтажные вещи говорят сами за себя. И не вы создаете образ, а образ создает вас. Вчера мы обсуждали в Твиттере, что мода значит для нас, и для меня,

Мода – это наивысшая, чистейшая форма самовыражения 

Но когда я одеваю винтаж, то вещи рассказывают свои истории. Эти вещи были и жили до меня, некоторые из них были сшиты задолго до моего рождения. Поэтому я уважаю винтаж, и храню его в своем гардеробе.

Это темно-синее платье настолько структурировано и архитектурно, что я чувствую себя в нем, как в брючном костюме. Но в нем я чувствую себя настоящей, женственной и уникальной!

А еще я очень рада, что сегодня пятница! Я работала всего лишь 3 дня на этой неделе, но я так устала! Желаю вам отличных выходных и приглашаю вас к себе на блог завтра, потому что по субботам выходит моя регулярная рубрика – Что я Носила/Weekly Wear.


Weekly Wear {May 17}

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Another week has come and gone, and this was a tough one. Sam’s grandma passed away, and even though we all know and feel that she is in a much much better place, and what’s more important, with the one she loved her whole life, Bob, it’s still hard oh the family.

I had a very hard time at work. The last two days have been from hell. I don’t know if it’s something in the water, but I am starting to lose my patience, and the best parts of my days are spent in bed or on the couch. I haven’t really worked out in days! And that’s not typically me.

I also went back to juicing. Mainly to go through all the vegetables in the fridge, so now almost all my recipes include carrots or celery. But once I am through with them, I’ll go back to Costco for more exciting combos.

Summer is looking more exciting than I expected. We are starting it off by getting new siding for our house (it still has the original 1950’s wooden tile) during Memorial Day weekend. Then we are road tripping to Milwaukee for a fun and exciting Midwest Bloggers event called Blogger Bazaar! And another road trip to my friend’s wedding in Colorado in July, we’ll be staying and hiking there for about a week afterwards. I am keeping my fingers crossed for a Chicago trip in August! And grateful for Sam who is on board with me when it comes to all these trips.

And tomorrow we get to go somewhere new and exciting for our family! So keep and eye on my Instagram. If you follow me on Twitter, you know what it is! But since it’s not my news to tell, I am going to stop, wish you all a great Saturday and invite you to link up your outfit posts!

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Эта неделя была очень нелегкой. В прошлые выходные умерла бабушка Сэма, и хотя мы все понимаем что ей сейчас намного лучше, и она с любимыми людьми, это очень тяжелая потеря для нашей семьи.

На работе был ад! Особенно в четверг и пятницу. Я просто не хочу там появляться. А когда прихожу домой, то только и хочется лежать на диване. О спортзале я давно забыла, что для меня удивительно.

Но я снова начала делать домашние соки. Основным ингредиентом сейчас является морковка или сельдерей, но это просто потому, что надо опустошить холодильник. Когда все это добро закончится, то можно будет съездить в Costco и купить другие продукты. Тогда миксы будут интереснее.

Лето обещает быть веселым и продуктивным. Через пару недель мы начинаем менять сайдинг на доме. Тут пока все облицовано деревом из 50-х!

В середине июня мы едем в Милуоки на распродажу одежды, аксессуаров и прочее блоггеров. Называется все это блоггерский базар. В июле мы едем в Колорадо на свадьбу, и задержимся там на неделю, чтобы насладится природой. И я очень сильно надеюсь, что в августе у нас получится съездить в Чикаго! Безумно рада что мой муж поддерживает все эти идеи, поездки и события!

Всем отличных выходных!

Vintage Teal

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Nothing like a vintage dress to make any outfit THE OUTFIT. This silk Liz Claiborne dress was made to be worn today. From the gold button detailing on the back, to the just below the knee length, I am in love. Vintage always makes a statement. I wore it on Mother’s Day last Sunday, celebrating with my husband’s family. Haven’t seen my mom in almost 3 years, these holidays are always bittersweet for me. Oh life of an immigrant.

Винтажные платья, что может быть лучше? Одеваешь такое платье, и больше ничего не надо. А какие пуговицы на спине! И длина отличная – чуть ниже колена. Я влюблена. Винтаж всегда в моде. В прошлое воскресенье мы отмечали День Матери. Мне нелегко в такие дни, потому что я не видела свою  маму около трех лет. Вот такая жизнь иммигранта.

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Outfit details: Vintage Liz Claiborne dress – Ragstock, Cut out booties – Forever 21, Belt – Target, Necklace – Wild Ruffle, Faux Leather Jacket – TJ Maxx, Bracelets – TJ Maxx and garage sale


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