DIY Plaid Poncho

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There is something incredibly satisfying when it comes to making your own clothes or accessories. And while I am far behind in my skills from all  my apparel design friends, there are smallish things I can still make or refashion when I have free time on my hands. This is the easiest poncho that I’ve ever made. It came in handy last fall when I broke my elbow too, because I could hide the splint under it. And the fact that it’s made from a wool blanket, helped me stay warm in November. Not as warm as I would’ve liked during this photo shoot though. My friend Ania of Alacloth and I always seem to pick the coldest days, but at least we shoot several looks at a time.

More outfit inspiration here:

Babushka

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Scarf – Irish wool blanket // Shoes – Jeffrey Campbell // Duster – Eileen Fisher //

Dress – Bel Kazan // Necklace – vintage

Christmas is over, so is my fall semester. I can’t believe I did it yet again. Let me tell you, college second time around, especially when you are 29 is hard. Hard, but doable. Now it’s just waiting for the grades to go up.

I am really excited for 2016. I will be graduating, moving for work and basically starting all over. Don’t worry, Sam and Mason are coming with!

Meanwhile, here I am at the Cedar Lake Beach in my babushka scarf, wishing that there was less snow and more sand.

Grey Craze

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20140126-201152.jpg Jeans – CK, Booties – Target, Sweater – Chico’s, Blazer – Vintage, Scarf – Charter Club, Mittens – Lost and Found, Hat – Target + DIY

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If “50 shades of grey” and song “If I were a boy” had a love child, that would be this outfit!

I’ve been on a grey craze lately. But when you feel the softness of this cashmere scarf, and the warmth of the vintage wool blazer, and realize the coolness of the DIY beanie, it all falls in place and the world is at peace.

Meanwhile inside the house, I’ve been working on adding to the decor. I finally framed this gorgeous print by Rebecca Plotnik.

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Having been in search for inner peace, I have realized that I am often stressed and irritated in my own home. I’m putting a stop to that and cutting off anyone and everyone who is bringing stress into my life.

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My love for coffee is obvious and never ending, and it only made sense to combine it with my other passion – social media. Sunday afternoon I got together with Lindsey of Mavatar, to talk Blogging, Shopping, Styling and Olympics! Uncommon Grounds on Hennepin and 28th is one of my favorite places, and I love meeting all of you, my social media friends! So if you are ever in town, don’t hesitate to tweet me!

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Happy Monday! I’m bummed out school isn’t closed today, but what can I do?

Z

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