For all of you who were wondering: 2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 67,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Motivational/Wish Board 2012

This is one of the IFB projects of the week, and since today is December, 31, and I was determined to blog and work out (well working out has nothing to do with blogging, but I need to work out twice today, cuz I skipped yesterday… anyways done with the blah blah blah, I’ll tell you all about my working out system sometime next week) I decided to work on this! The task is: Create a Motivational Mood Board and share on your blog! I know that a lot of bloggers have been doing recaps on their blog, the best posts of the last year, stats, and all that, I decided not to do that, but to look into the next year instead and create a motivational wish board. Sounds kinda ironic, I know. Here is the deal – wish boards are very popular in Russia, there is even a YouTube video on how to make one, but since most of you probably don’t speak Russian, I am going to share that with you! And to demonstrate everything, I am going to create a collage! It’s going to consist of 9 parts (like a 3 x 3). Your picture goes in the centre! Top left corner is where the money is going to be, or the riches, or anything that you associate with riches! Fame and Success will be right above your picture. Top right corner is a place for family, kids, etc. To the left of your picture you are going to put something that you enjoy, something that calms you down, or makes you happy. To the right of your picture you are going to put a picture of what you want your house to look like. Bottom left corner is travelling, a place where you want to go. Under your picture you are going to put something related to your career, the way you see yourself at work. And bottom right corner is for important people in your life, or people who inspire you! So you should end up with something like this!

Happy 2012! May all your dreams and wishes come true!

xoxo,

Z

DIY Friday is back!

Story of the day: I am at Jo-Ann Fabrics with my mother-in-law, shopping for my Singer sewing kit. They had 2 in the entire store! It wasn’t even on the top shelf, it was on top of the top shelf. Plus there was no price tag anywhere! (So if any one working at Jo-Ann Fabrics is reading this, please organize your store better). Now I knew that this kit was $20 at Target, and I was more than shocked when the girl at the register rang it up as $32.something before tax! Now most of the stores do price matching, so I opened my mouth, and out came all the reasonings why they should reduce the price of the sewing kit. Now the girl wasn’t helping, even after I showed her the picture on my phone. Finally she sent me over to another register and the nice manager gave me Sunday’s (!) sale price, so I only paid a little over $18! Moral of the story: The customer is ALWAYS right!

Anyways, DIY Fridays are back, especially now that the sewing machine is in da house! Okay, I am dropping the gangsta talk, but you know what I mean. And if you are lucky enough, I might drop another DIY once a week in addition to Fridays!

Today, I am going to teach you how to put a horse on a tote bag! First you need to find a pattern for a tote! I used this one - http://www.skiptomylou.org/2009/07/17/how-to-make-a-simple-reversible-totebag/

Then find a picture of a horse, it’s better if it’s just an outline, print it out, and cut it out too! (duh!):

Now transfer the horse onto the fabric of your choice, I had some felt scraps. You don’t need the special fabric marker or soap or anything, I just used a pen!

    Then you cut out the fabric horse, and pin it to the fabric you’ve picked out for the tote! Now the important thing is – sew the horse to the tote BEFORE you assemble the tote!

Now this is where the story ends, because in spite of the fact that the tote was laying around for a couple days, it is now on it’s way to Iowa to my sister’s-in-law house, because that’s a part of her Christmas gift. I am sorry for not taking a picture, but it is what it is, at least now you know how to put a horse on a tote!

Xoxo,

Zhenya

PS. If Heather is going to be nice enough, she’ll send a picture of the tote to me, and I will post it here, for all of you to see! Trust me, there is more than a horse on it!

 

Thrifting for Treasue

My fellow thrifters, I apologize for going MIA, and not going thrifting. I have a new haul for you. I know, FINALLY!

Steeple People has a sale this week, yes, a CLOTHING SALE – 2 for 1, it’s AMAZIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING!

Anyways, since one of my friends said that clothes look better on a pretty hanger than on the floor (see my yesterday’s post about the 7 dresses), I am going to put them on a pretty hanger today!

So here is the scoop:

1. Max Studio print dress, looks so much like DVF wrap!

2. Ellen Tracy cardigan!

3. Calvin Klein Jeans!

4. Some asian skirt (sorry I can’t read hieroglyphics!)

5. Fabric! Oh yeah!

Total: $18

Okay so the hanger thing didn’t really work, so there are my clothes on the floor again, all but one dress!

Here are some of the fabrics that I got, and some of the pieces on me – gray jeans, blue jeans, I bet you can’t tell a difference!

xoxo,

ZhenyAH!

7 Dresses for Christmas

As promised, gifted (by a good friend from NYC), tried on and styled (by me)

Dress 1

Matthew Stevens Dress, Blue $1 necklace from Steeple People

Dress 2

Diane Von Furstenberg dress, Ted Baker purse (won in a giveaway), Old Navy necklace

 Dress 3

Necessary Objects dress, bangles (H&M), real pearl necklace (gift)

Dress 4

Maria Bianca Nero dress, Forever 21 jacket

Dress 5

Ann Taylor dress, vintage medallion

Dress 6

Aoyama Itchome dress, vintage slip

Dress 7

Maeva dress

I just wanted to say a quick thanks to my friend who sent those to me! And hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what you think of the dresses!

xoxo


Blogging and Fame

I was so surprised to notice hundreds of links to different blogs and websites while leafing through one of the last 3 issues of InStyle. They included everything – from Hello Giggles to I Spy DIY.

But what does it take for an ordinary “small” town blogger to make it through? And by “small” town I mean anywhere, but NYC or LA! Are we blogging because we have something to say, or are we blogging to say something? I can put on my blog that someday I may want to become a Jew, will you take this statement seriously? Will you?

Sometimes things get discouraging. Look at Jenni from the mentioned above I Spy DIY – she’s been working in the fashion magazine industry for the past 4 years. One of the founders of Hello Giggles is Zooey Deschanel, who’s been the New Girl on our TV’s for the past few months (and to be honest I was quiet disappointed by that show, 2 Broke Girls totally take Zooey and her team of three men down!)

But anyways, back to the subject, or I guess to the question – Do you know a blogger who made it? Someone who got noticed and later rewarded for 5, maybe 10 years of slavering over the keyboard?

I mean you google “How to become a professional blogger” and end up with some nonsense as singing up for “pay for click”! Still…

Can you become famous by blogging or do you need to be famous already and draw attention to your blog that way?

Anyways, I hope you all had great holidays, and are looking forward to New Year and all it brings!

Stay tuned for some of this weeks posts. Tomorrow’s is going to be called “7 Dresses of Christmas” and later this week, I am going to teach you how to put a horse on a bag!

Love you all,

xoxo

What Fashion/Beauty Bloggers want for Christmas!

1. More Followers.

2. More Friends who share their ideas, aka more followers.

3. To mee all of their followers.

4. For people to stop wearing pajamas in public.

5. For people to stop wearing Uggs.

6. For more women to start wearing make-up and take better care of themselves.

7. To make the world more beautiful!

 Xoxo,

ZhenyAH!

Vodka Caption Contest!

Russian Family according to the Americans:

— Honey, I am home!
— Why are you so late?
— Our bear twisted his ankle — I had to give him vodka.
— Everyone sit down! Let’s have some vodka.
— Mom, I’m gonna go play with the bear.
— Alright, but drink some vodka first.
— Where is Grandpa?
—He’s been standing in line to get coupons, so that he can get more coupons for the past 2 weeks.

— Good thing he drank some vodka before he left. You shouldn’t rest on your laurels either – go have some vodka.

— Alright, son, make sure to write that KGB report in the evening! And on your way home, please buy some vodka, because we are running out.
— Honey, it’s too hot in here. Can you please turn the nuclear reactor off?
— Let me finish my vodka and I will turn it off. And you go play the balalaika (aka banjo).

Inspired by this joke that I read on my friend’s FB wall and that was also emailed to me by my other friend, I have decided not to only translate that joke, but to illustrate it as well! Due to the fact that my final paper in college was all about stereotypes that Russians have about Americans and vica versa, this makes it even more relatable and funny for me!

 

I hope you don’t take it too seriously, enjoy the joke and make captions for the pictures!

Xoxo,

ZhenyAH!

 

Fashion Christmas Cards

Who Says Christmas Cards Can’t Be Fashionable? I mean look at the Kardashians!

These guys went all the way and did their card in 3D! I wouldn’t mind receiving that in the next few days! Oh wait, I don’t really like them! Every time Kim says “Minnesota” on the show, it kills me a little inside!

This Christmas card is a little too naked, but I love the eyes! http://lancejamesphotography.com

Here is one that is more artsy, you can use your imagination to decide who the woman in the card is:

And in all it’s seriousness, Happy Hanukkah,

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo

ZhenyAH!