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 πŸ˜‰

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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//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,




  1. Zhenya! I love your dress! You look really great.

  2. it was sooo great to meet you!!! πŸ™‚

    Sandy a la Mode

  3. You lucky duck! Sounds like a crazy fun adventure!

  4. What a great opportunity! Didn’t realize Chicago was so beautiful. You look cute as always.:)

  5. How fun and exciting! Great pics, too!

  6. Oh my, you lucky girl!!! What an amazing opportunity and the dress, tights, boots are ALL adorable! You look fantastic!-Chance

  7. How exciting for you!!! It looks like you had loads of fun!

  8. Great dress! And I really loved meeting you. I’m excited to see what all this camera can do.

  9. That sounds like such an awesome opportunity! Also, I love your dress!

    • Thank you! It was and still is a great opportunity, they brought together and connected almost 20 different bloggers.

  10. What a fun experience! Chicago is one of my favorite cities. Love it there.

  11. What a fun post . . . and great adventure! Congratulations!!! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! It was so encouraging and inspiring! I came back full of ideas and desire to make this blog something even bigger!


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