Sweater Story

 

 

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There is nothing like the smell of wet wool! It was a rainy day today in Minneapolis, and I got caught in it while I was on the phone making my next $16 haircut appointment at the Aveda Institute…

This sweater came from Goodwill in Hopkins last Saturday as I was thrifting for something striped for my Refashion Runway contest! It caused a big discussion at work today too! But one thing for sure – it’s one of the most comfortable sweaters you want to wrap around yourself on a day like today, and if this is the route our weather is taking this year, I am sticking to my decision!

Z

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I am Wearing:

Sweater – Alcott & Andrews // Jeans – Express // Flats – Nine West // Top – Target

PS. What do you think of the sweater?

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

Mustard, please!

I have done it, I have found the perfect mustard pants! And since I didn’t know what to wear them with today I went for my Ralph Lauren denim shirt. It’s my go-to shirt for almost every occasion, a comfort cloth of sorts! I used to have another “comfort cloth” piece of clothing before that, a gray American Rag cardigan I got at Macy’s a long long time ago! I think it’s still there somewhere in the depths of my closet in Russia!

Do you have any items in your closet that are like this? Let me know, would love to hear what everyone else is obsessing with!

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I am wearing:

Shoes – Target // Pants – NoBo (don’t judge now, nothing wrong with a WalMart brand!) – thrifted

Denim Shirt – Ralph Lauren // Sunnies – Lucky The Weekender // Necklace – GoFavor.com //

Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs

Also, check out my latest thrift haul (I will admit, I was too lazy to take pics of everything, so I took a video instead)

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Xo,

Z

PS.  Linked up with – Marionberry Style, Small Town Big Wardrobe, and ThePleatedPoppy – WIW (What I Wore) Challenge 

Art, Fashion and What in the World did I go to Chicago for?

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As you know I just got back from Chicago, but not all of you know what I was doing there!

You might have also noticed this badge on my sidebar:

So here goes:

I was contacted by Verizon Wireless to participate in their Fashion and Style Blogger program a couple weeks ago, and at first it seemed too good to be true! They offered to fly me to Chicago, pay for my hotel, take me out to SAIC Fashion show and a dinner at a hip restaurant, get a chance to meet other bloggers, and have fun!

And to top it all off I was also given a new device to play with.

Needless to say I agreed to come even before I asked for that day off at work 😉

The device turned out to be a Samsung Galaxy Camera that comes with 4G LTE, a touch screen, a 21x optical zoom and a whole bunch of other perks (which I am going to talk about in one of my later posts), plus you can upload photos and videos directly to your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube), it’s packed with editing apps, which definitely saves a lot of time! The only thing that it can’t do is make calls. And the funny thing is, Sam and I were at Best Buy the weekend before looking at that exact camera! So now my camera dilemma is solved and my husband won’t have to listen to me whining. Though he will be definitely taking more pictures for sure!

But I think I am going to stop talking now, and show you what the camera can do!

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Style Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

At Marla Mullaney Art Studio

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On Lake Minnetonka

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We also got some ice cream at licks unlimited…

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And I spotted this ceramic sewing machine figurine at one of the other artists’ studios! Isn’t it the cutest?

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I am WEARING:

//White Denim Jacket – GAP//Boots – Steve Madden//Purse – COACH//

//Dress – The Webster Miami at Target//Sunnies – Lucky Weekender//

Hope you all had an amazing weekend,

Xo,

Z

OOTD and Savers VIP event

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Suede A.N.A. boots – $10 – Goodwill

x2 Denim Jeans – $8 – Savers

Chico’s top – $4 – Savers

Cardigan – $3 – Savers

Happy Earth Day everyone! What better way to take care of our planet than reuse?! And today I will be sharing one of my 100% thrifted outfits!

I hope you all had a great weekend wherever you are! I shared with my Facebook followers that I have some very exciting news for you! And I will share the first one today! I was invited to the Opening of the new Savers here in the Twin Cities, and I couldn’t be more excited! I get to go in the store 2 days before it actually opens to the public, snap some pictures for you and of course thrift shop! Now I will be shopping for another special even, that I am going to keep SECRET for just a few more days, but it’s even more exciting and I can barely hold it 🙂

I hope you enjoyed the outfit, and happy Monday!

Take it easy,

Z

PS. The new Savers is located at 50 Coon Rapids Blvd NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
 and will be opened to the public this coming Thursday, April 25

OOTD (No it’s not a couch AD)

This is the outfit I wore to our thrifting extravaganza with two other Minnesota bloggers – Megan and Lauren (make sure to check out their blogs!) Haul post is coming out tomorrow 🙂 Yay! I personally love hauls (posts, videos, pinterest boards!) you name it, I’ll look through it and most likely comment! And I suggest you do the same!

So what’s this outfit made of?

A thrifted $1.50 Banana Republic skirt

Cashmere Lord & Taylor top from a swap in NYC – so FREE!

Boots that I got from Sam a few years ago for Christmas!

My necklace came from a thrift store on the UWS (I hope it’s still there, it was on the corner of Columbus and W 83 rd, same block as Laila Rowe), so if you are there, go check it out!

And the tights came from Filene’s Basement!

And that’s it my lovelies, have a great Tuesday! We are having a 101 Dalmatians party at Day Care today, so I spent 2 hours last night painting these:

Cheers,

Z