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


Vintage Green

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My friends from Vintage Swank/American Fashion Fox were kind enough to send me a few of their pieces to style. And this green striped shirt dress is the first one I am going to share with you today. I wore it Alexander Wang style with my high waisted jeans, and cut out boots. It’s definitely one of the best vintage pieces I own.

A little about these online stores though – all items they sell are highly curated by the buyers for the best of the best.

American Fashion Fox is for thrifted brand named items. They carry most of the brands that you will find at your local malls all of which can be found at thrift store prices. They only list what they would wear, so the items are all nice and trendy finds.

Vintage Swank, is for women who want to thrift but are looking for those rare finds that follow todays most recent trends. What only thrifters know is that many vintage items can be bought at low prices and are still very fashion forward in todays trends. As we both know fashion trends tend to cycle through the ages. So our items here are both vintage and new collections but all match todays woman. All items on this site start at $0.99.

I don’t know about you, but I am off to bid on some of those $0.99 dresses!

See what other pieces they sent me and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog! Let’s spread vintage love together!

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Styling in St Paul

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Coat – Via Spiga, Purse – Forever 21, Jeans – Express, Heels- Unknown, Sunglasses – Lucky Brand

 

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Velvet, Vintage, Lingerie

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I have always wanted to try the lingerie as outerwear trend. So when putting an outfit together for the Minneapolis Blogger Brunch, I finally got it. I’ve had a slip that went with one of my Anthropologie dresses, and every time I put it on, I feel so feminine, so flowy, so sexy… So I simply paired it with my vintage pleated cobalt blue skirt, and a velvet thrifted blazer from Express. I added my “Being Zhenya” necklace and a sapphire ring from Berricle, and was ready to brunch!

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Image via Pink and Navy Stripes

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DIY Vintage Doily Coffee Table Runner

I am back with a DIY Friday post! I hope you are as excited as I am! Because I am finally going to start showing bits and pieces of my new house!

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About a month ago I went to an estate left overs sale in Hopkins. It was organized by Empty the Nest, one of my favorite thrift/vintage household items resellers in the Twin Cities. I scored 2 large bags of stuff for $10 (it was a 5 dollar bag sale!)
And among my many many finds were these vintage doilies. So I decided to create a runner for my oval living room coffee table.

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First I laid everything out, and then stitched it together, using just a needle and a thread. I was originally going to use my sewing machine, but decided against it.

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I am really happy with the final result, and glad I waited so long to get the doilies. The living room is coming together and I’ll have another post for you soon (get ready for some peacocking ;) )

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Have a great Labor Day weekend! See you on Tuesday!
Xx,
Z

Mixing Prints the Easy Way: Polka Dots and Stripes

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I have been really into pattern pants lately. I don’t know what’s going on here, but I bought two pairs over the past 3 weeks.

Last Monday I scored these polka dot beauties from Goodwill! Nothing can beat $5 pants, right?

Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything to match them, so instead I styled them using items from my own closet, including a vintage piece that belonged to my Grandma.

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Polka dot pants – Merona – thrifted from Goodwill, White Vintage Lace top – Grandma’s, Striped Jacket – Necessary Objects, consigned, Shoes – unknown, Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs, Bracelets – H&M

How would you have styled these pants? Do tell!

Xx,

Zhenya

PS. These amazing pictures wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for my Samsung Galaxy camera!

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