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Uncommon Goods Holiday Collections and Gift Ideas + $50 Giveaway

Uncommon Goods

The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming! Have you started shopping already? I haven’t, but I definitely started looking. It’s okay to look, right?

After Sam and I bought our house, home decor is constantly on my mind. And even though I love TJ Maxx type of stores and Target is one of my favorite retailers ever, I tend to gravitate to something more unique, one of a kind and possibly preferably handmade when it comes to my own house!

When I came across Uncommon Goods, I knew it was the place for me! Items that are presented there are a perfect combination of design and creativity, with the handmade design I am always looking for:

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There is so much great stuff, that you’ll find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list! The wall art possibilities are endless! And since I am looking for some pieces for my living room, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites (all images are clickable and will take you to the Uncommon Goods page! All images via uncommongoods.com):

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Vintage Iron Bookends

Equation Geek Clock

Equation Geek Clock

Personalized Couple Art

Personalized Couple Art

Hand with Heart - Zlatka Paneva

Hand with Heart – Zlatka Paneva

Hello Gorgeous - Valerie Galloway

Hello Gorgeous – Valerie Galloway

There is so so much on their website! And every item is amazing! I wish I could share them all with you, but I can’t, so I am going to do something better! I am going to give away $50 to Uncommon Goods to one lucky reader!

Enter here

Happy Friday and Good luck!

Zhenya

Disclosure: This post and giveaway were sponsored by Uncommon Goods. And even though I was compensated for it, the opinions are 100% my own. 

DIY Instagram Inspirational Coasters via Shutterfly

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Since we’ve moved to our new house, I’ve been much much more furniture conscious. Meaning I am done leaving ring marks everywhere :) Yes, I was one of those people, who didn’t take care of her nice (even though most of the time freecycled or gifted) furniture. And I am ashamed of it.

So when I saw that Shutterfly offered personalized coasters for only $20, I knew I was in!

I had several ideas as to what put on them, from all the places Sam and I have been to, to maps, to quotes… But I finally decided to go with my Instagram photos that I have been lately editing with a new app called Rhonna.

It was hard to pick out 4 images, but I went with these:

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And that’s how my coasters turned out:

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Don’t you just love them?

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Ironically enough this is my second coaster DIY this year, you can read about the first one here.

What have you been making lately?
Xx,
Zhenya

Feathers Unruffled {A Home Decor Post}

I don’t normally post about home decor, unless it’s DIY, but this time I just wanted to share how something random, bought on a whim,, transformed my living room and made that one small part of it (aka my console table) complete.

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I got these feathers a week ago at the Minnesota State Fair. They were only a $1 each at the International Bazaar (which does by the way have a Russian booth!) and I couldn’t simply pass by.

So after spending all afternoon wandering around the Fair Grounds with these feathers sticking out, I was amazed they actually made it home that night.

To be honest, I wasn’t going to put them in a vase. I did have a different spot for them in mind, but they never made it there!

Instead they were dropped off on the console table that I freecycled a couple years ago, next to these two frames, one being a cross stitch by my dear friend Tamara, reminding me where, when and who I married ;) And the other is a picture version of the latter.

Once I sat down and actually looked over where the feathers were, I knew that it’s where they belonged.

So then the vase hunting began. From Target to TJ Maxx, to Marshall’s to finally – BINGO – a thrift store (this time it was Salvation Army) during a Labor Day sale, this beauty ended up costing me only $3.50 plus tax!

Ding Ding Ding we have a winner thought I…

Now to find the lamps…

Xx,

Z

PS. Check out these salt and pepper shakers Sam’s friend Blake brought me from England:

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One of them is a London Guard and the other is The British Gentleman! Can you guess which one is which? LOL

 

 

One Flew Over Flyover Press

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Today I want to introduce Flyover Press! It’s an online store of Midwest inspired apparel and design items! Nick’s (the creator of Flyover Press and blogger at Great Lakes Prep) love for all things Midwest is so clearly seen through every single item listed in the store!

“Located in southwest Michigan underneath planes venturing cross country, Flyover Press seeks to end the coastal bias that leaves the Midwest so often ignored. By crafting made in the USA apparel and posters inspired by the people, places and traditions of America’s Heartland, Flyover Press serves as a way for Midwesterners to display their pride to the rest of the country.

We’re committed to three things, high quality American-made products, excellent customer service and providing products for the people of the regions of this country that are too often ignored. And having fun while we do it. Some of our best ideas are hatched over a couple beers with old friends. So make that four things.

We also love the Midwest and try to support it in as many ways as possible. That’s why we try to produce as many of our products in the Midwest as we can. Our shirts are printed in Indianapolis and while our posters are printed in Connecticut, they’re done by a couple who broke into the business in Chicago. As we add more products to the line we’ll continue trying to seek out Midwest sources. It might not be the least expensive way of doing things but it’s how we believe in doing business.

And that’s why we give back 3% of profits to Midwest-based non-profits. We want to support the area that raised us and we want to spread the love. That’s why we don’t have just one organization we support, but several. While we have a few organizations already selected, we’re always open to learning about the organizations you love”

How amazing is that? I thought I’d share some of my favorite items from the store with you:

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North Star State

 

Patriotic Midwest Tank (love the corn and the wheat logo!)

Navy Blue Patriotic Tank Product Shot

I know they are just starting, so they need all the love and support, especially from us, the midwesterners, so spread the word!

Xx,

Z

 

 

 

Introducing Anna Tail Designs

Today I want to introduce you to my friend Anna of Anna Tail Designs! She makes beautiful beaded jewelry, embroidered jewelry pieces, which include custom made and designed items as well!
Anna is originally from St.Petersburg, Russia but now lives and works in San Francisco, CA!

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A Burberry inspired bow!

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And the best part is – she is offering 20% off on all the orders in her Etsy store right now! So go ahead and check her out!
And stay tuned for an outfit featuring a unique custom made piece on my blog!
Xx,
Zhenya

Samsung Galaxy Camera Review through the Eyes of a Fashion Blogger

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Disclaimer: I am participating in a Verizon Wireless blogger program, and received the device and 6 months of service for free, in exchange for my honest opinion. For more information, please click on the Verizon Voices Icon!

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After having this camera for 3 months, I am finally ready to do a review! Let me just get one thing off my chest! I am more than grateful to Verizon for providing me with a camera! When the campaign started all we knew was that we were getting devices, but what kind? It was a mystery! Haven’t had a camera in my arsenal for over 3 years now, I kept bugging my husband to get me one. And his answer always was – use your iPhone, your iPhone has a camera, etc. But it’s so so important to a blogger to have a camera, that is just a camera, or so I thought!

When I got the hands on the Galaxy, I really didn’t expect it to do everything that it does! Yes, they make cameras these days that can do way way more than take pictures. This camera does everything but make phone calls! All thanks to the Android operating system, and the Verizon 4G LTE sim card that is included!

The android operating system and the number of apps to choose from are a definite plus. The camera is a touch screen and is very easy to operate, even for me, a devout Apple user!

A pleasant surprise was when I connected my camera to Dropbox and received another 50 GB of upload space! Dropbox is the number one method of how I upload the pictures onto my Mac. I hate the whole cord tangling/untangling, finding the cord, putting it back into the designated place, etc. So this camera makes it that much easier!

Of course I immediately wanted to purchase a tripod, fortunately my in-laws had a travel version that works really well and helps me take photos and videos when my husband is not around!

I have been carrying this camera everywhere with me: work, out on the town, even on the boat while sailing! It’s very compact and fits not only in my purses and bags, but also into my jean jacket pocket! And that’s a plus!

The battery life is definitely worth it, and the camera goes into energy saving mode when not in use, and automatically shuts off after a while!

It also talks to you! And let me tell you, there is nothing creepier than “ONE NEW EMAIL” said in a shrill female voice! It did take me a while to get used to, and I don’t think I still am ;)

There is also quiet a number of smart settings, that allow you to take different pictures in different settings. One of my ultimate favorites is the action shot! It is that great!

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I know that at the end of the day this camera won’t be the same as DSLR, but it’s better than nothing, and if you are a social media junkie like me, you will love the instant ability to upload to any site, as long as there is an app for that! Right, Nokia Lumia?

Xx,

Zhenya

 

{27 Dresses} Dress 4: Art Show

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Pablo Picasso
I am pretty sure you know where I am going with this one ;) Last night we had our annual art show at work, and it was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Everyone did such a good job of showing off their classroom’s projects!
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Dress – Target (Shops collection – thrifted) Shoes – my 6 year old shoes from Russia (which I think are finally going to kick the bucket :( I noticed a tiny hole on the toe last night *SIGH*)
If you want to see more ideas on how I wore the same dress, but back in spring click HERE
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Have a fabulous day everyone!
XO,
Z

Sewing Goodies

Disclaimer: I am participating in a Verizon Wireless blogger program, and received the device for free, in exchange for my honest opinion. For more information, please click on the Verizon Voices Icon above!

I just have to share these with you! As some of you may recall I was on Refashion Runway, and today I wanted to share what was in my awesome prize that I got from Katherine of Pillows A-La Mode! And to make it easier for everyone, I took a video with my new Nokia Lumia phone! Check it out here:

Hope you had a great weekend! Check back often for outfit, beauty, fashion, style and sewing posts!

Xo,

Z

 

One Lovely SPAM Award ;)

I am really not big into giving blog awards, it reminds me of the whole chain letter system, back when we were little, we used to do it all the time. I guess nowadays we can simply call it SPAM ;)

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But when Thirteenth and Hudson nominated me (thank you ladies!), I thought – why not? It’s a great opportunity to share more facts about me, so you can learn more about me, the person behind this blog!

So, the rules for the award are as follows…

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Add the “One Lovely Blog” image to your post
  • Share 7 things about you
  • Pass the award to 7 nominees
  • Inform the nominees chosen by posting on their blog

So here are a few things about me…

One – I love thrifting and freecycling for clothes! I will go to weird places to find clothes, but always end up with amazing finds!

Two – Even though I lived in Russia for a long long time, I feel really distant from the Russian community in the US, and I feel like my mentality is more American than Russian.

Three – I have pooped my pants once! The day before my Appendix surgery! That’s a legit reason, right?

Four – Sam and I met at church camp in 2006, I was his counselor! The no purpling rule didn’t apply to us! Needless to say I almost got fired from the same camp in 2007 because of him!

Five - I love my job at daycare, but I would love to work in Social Media or be a full time blogger one day, or…. as you can see I haven’t decided yet!

Six – I really want to be on TV! Hopefully soon :) I was on TV in Russia with my mom when she got a makeover on the What Not To Wear show back in 2006

Seven – I never thought I’ll be in my 20′s and own a house, and be married, and have this amazing life in the US! I am a very happy person, I love waking up in the morning, I love going to work, I love life and I am very very grateful for it! And even though I have been staying away from all shapes and forms of organized religion, I am thankful to God for every second of my life!

Now I would like to nominate these lovelies:

Kate from Clear the Way – she is quirky and fun, and I think her and I would be friends in real life!

Nensi and Natasha from FreeUrCloset - they do a lot of personal style, DIY and plenty of lifestyle posts!

Naturally Stellar – she is a beauty/fashion/style guru! You ask her she’ll probably give you the answer off the top of her head!

Jennifer from Just one Chick

Loren from Lo’s Stylebook 

Nadine from Sage Atelier 

Roselinde of Roselinde

Alright, and here you have it!

Love you all ladies, keep spamming, I mean spreading blog love!

Xo,

Z

DIY Friday: Denim Rug

I saw an idea for a DIY denim rug a couple weeks ago! And I knew it was going to be perfect for me, because I had so many freecycled pairs of jeans, that I knew were waiting for their moment! And it finally came! Unfortunately it didn’t use up as many pairs, as I was hoping (only 1 1/2 or 3 pant legs :) )

Here is what you are going to need:

- Old jeans

- Scissors

- Fabric

- Sewing Machine

Then simply follow my easy instructions and enjoy!

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I hope this was nice and easy, let me know how your rug turns out!

Xo,

Z

Have a great weekend everyone ;)

PS. Linking up with Domestic Superhero

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