{27 DRESSES} Dress 1: It’s my Birthday

Have you seen that Birthday episode of How I met your Mother, where Lilly goes –



And I am actually excited to be 27! But 26 has been really good to me! I like my job, I love blogging, I really feel like BeingZhenya.com has actually gotten somewhere over the past year, and it’s only going to continue developing and being there for you, to hopefully inspire and encourage you! We got a house, I mean who would’ve thought that a small town girl from Russia would actually be living far far away from home and doing what she loves!

I do get an occasional hater who comments and says – Zhenya, you moved all the way from Russia, now work at a day care, shop at thrift stores, your life sucks. And even though those comments get deleted, I just want to tell you, that life is what you make out of it, and I feel like my life is just beginning now, and it’s wonderful. I hope you all have a wonderful day today, and a wonderful life. And now a few shots from my Birthday that we celebrated with my family yesterday!




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Dress – H&M // Shoes – bought in Russia over 6 years ago o_0

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Love me some ice-cream cake and look! they spelt my name right! (Thank you, Neal and Sandra!)

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Our new silverware! Don’t you just love it! Now say it with me – Sur La Table 😉

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Can’t wait to go sailing!

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Bonfire and s’mores at the end of the day!


  1. Gratuliere, dein Outfit sieht echt schön aus.

  2. Zhenya, you moved to a brand new country, get to pour into the lives of sweet precious children daily, you host a kick-awesomly-awesome blog, and you create some awe-inspiring outfits from cast-offs previous owners weren’t creative enough to do! Happy 27th, friend!

    • Thank you hun! Would love to meet you in real life! And I am so glad you like my blog!
      More dresses to come 😉

      • If you ever find yourself in Birmingham (because that’s probably the only place you would come to Alabama to visit other than the Gulf Coast) make sure to let me know!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Zhenya, you are wonderful and I’m so proud of all the things you do and the joy you bring to people! You are a person of many talents – including that of translating! Love, Susan

  4. Monica Lee says:

    Happy Birthday Zhenya! I LOVE your attitude. I’m sure you already know, haters goin’ hate — DELETE is an excellent solution. I went to Goodwill Saturday, and I thought about posting a picture of me in my new shorts — I thought of you. But I don’t have the courage to actually show ME (maybe the shorts, we’ll see). I thoroughly enjoy your blog — keep it up and best wishes in the year to come!

    • Thank you so much! I know it takes courage to post pictures of yourself, but I would love to see your thrift finds!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday Zhenya!! And about those haters….they are just jealous!!

  6. Happy Birthday Zhenya!! Hope it’s a great one. And, did you get a sailboat for your birthday???

  7. Happy Birthday, Zhenya! Stay Fabulous!

  8. Hi I just found your blog and I love it! I am hope to be where you are in a year of blogging LOL. I am new and still trying to get people reading. I am going to definitely follow you and i would love it if you could check my blog out as well.

  9. Happy Birthday! And smores?! What a perfect day! P.S. I love HIMYM

  10. Happy Birthday Zhenya…. keep inspiring!

    PS: I know the feelings of… peoples keep failed spelling your name. 😉

  11. Happy Birthday, you look gorgeous!! I’ll keep reading so long as you keep posting 😉

  12. Happy Birthday Zhenya! Best wishes and always dream big 😉
    -XOXO- Natasha

  13. с днем рождения! желаю тебе счастья, крепкого здоровья, и счастливых лет жизни!!

    and i love your dress!

  14. Happy Birthday, Zhenya! We definitely get back what we send out. You send out so much positive energy and that’s why your life is so good!!! And to those haters who think there is something wrong with shopping at thrift stores….I say, we “GET” to shop at thrift stores. To me, it’s much more fun and satisfying than going to the mall! Good for you for deleting those comments. Your life is great!!!!

  15. Happy Birthday. I look forward to your blog postings.

  16. Oh to be 27 again…if only for the technology that’s available now! You have your whole life ahead my lovely…enjoy every minute of it doing what makes you happy! You are splendidly fabulous & already doing the things you love…here’s to many more years of the same! =O)

  17. I love your dress…so pretty! And I want to be on the sailboat right now!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  18. Happy birthday! Here’s to another great year! 🙂

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