Christmas Tree Delight

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Happy Holidays! Some of you may know that this year Sam and I finally got our first real Christmas tree! And of course I got to decorate it with all the thrifted ornaments and jingle bells I could find!

Love,

Zhenya

FRIENDSGIVING #MyKindOfHoliday

Having now permanently lived in the States for over two years, I can definitely say that this is my favorite time of year! October brings beautiful colors into our yards, Halloween candy and treats are followed by November and Thanksgiving, and then, Christmas is right around the corner.

This morning I was browsing Pinterest for holiday decor and DIY ideas, and have fallen in love with the holidays even more. This year I have a whole house to decorate! And Target has great decor and entertainment ideas.

And how can I forget about the holiday fashion? Check out these amazing styling options:

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I especially love the fur!

With these accessories you will be the IT girl of every party!

One thing about being an immigrant is one can often be alone during the holidays. So this year I am planning on celebrating something called Friendsgiving, inviting a few friends over, sharing the laughs, the joys of friendship, and of course the drinks!

White Russian

Shirley Temple

Would you come to my party?

Happy Friday,

Z

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target. But, as always, the holiday picks, ideas and opinions are all my own.

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Outfit of the Day: Dashing through the Snow

Last Saturday our family had an early Christmas celebration, opening presents, a great dinner, taking family photos by the tree after too many glasses of champagne… The whole 9 yards!

I also got Sam to take a few shots of me, and give or take, my husband is a great photographer! So here we go, my outfit of the day!

Scarf

 

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Boots: Corso Como $6 – Steeple People

Dress: Anthropologie – $15 – Clothes Mentor

Scarf: Thirfted back in my NYC days

Cardigan: Mossimo $7

So here you have it, my very inexpensive, but fun Christmas outfit! Thrifting will never be  substituted by shopping in my world!

Happy Monday!

Z

Christmas Tag!

I was tagged to do this Christmas tag by Luchessa! Thank you, dear, for tagging me! Here we go:
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1. Which  Holiday do you celebrate? Christmas, and then Russian Christmas (January 7th!), just because one Christmas is never enough! There was also a time in my life when I celebrated both Hanukkah and Christmas!

2. What are you doing for the holidays this year? Going to Wisconsin! Enough said!

3. What’s your favorite holiday drink? Anything caffeinated with peppermint in it, preferably from Starbucks ;)

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4. Candy Cane or Gingerbread men? I was going to say neither, but definitely Gingerbread men as I think more about the question. They are easier to chew :)

5. What’s your favorite Holiday/Christmas song? At work – All I want for Christmas is my 2 front teeth!

But the one that really get’s me in the spirit of Christmas is – Oh Come all Ye Faithful

6. What’s the weirdest gift you’ve ever received? Someone once gave Sam and me a Christmas ornament that said “Our First Christmas 2010″, we got married in 2011, and the people who gave it to us came to our wedding! So I think it was a re-gift.

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7. Have you ever made a snowman? Yes, many times! I think growing up in Russia it’s a winter MUST! I also made a miniature one last year for a girl I used to babysit!

8. What is your favorite winter fragrance? Definitely Miss Dior

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9. What is at the top of your list this Christmas? Sewing books I posted about a couple days ago!

10. What is most important to you about holidays? Spending DRAMA-FREE time with my family!

I am going to tag all of you my lovely readers to answer all of the questions, and I’d really like to tag the following bloggers:

Megan 

Angelica

Katherine 

Lena

Elena

Anna

Lauren

And once again, please feel free to do the tag and link your post in the comments below!

Happy “End of the World” Friday!

Z

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Christmas Tree – No Problem

That’s how we think in this household. Last year we had this amazing cork board tree made out of push pins and yarn:

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This year we were not going to have a tree all together, but then I was feeling overly creative and made this:

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Yes, I made a Christmas tree out of TP rolls, and even painted it with glitter! So I guess DIY Christmas trees are a family tradition now!

Happy Tuesday!

Z

artOPENer2012 or a day in life of a blogger

I don’t always blog, sometimes I forget, sometimes I have nothing to blog about, but when I have something to blog about, I usually don’t have time :) Murphy’s Law, I know!

Last week I was so excited to get 2 days in a row, and I am going to dedicate a post to each of those days! But we are going to take it one day at a time!

Sunday, May 6, we all went to 2012 artOPENer:

But before we got to see some of these amazing pieces, we had lunch at Culvers:

Talk about healthy, right?

My in-laws :)

They take turns smiling!

And Sam and I don’t :)

On the way to our first stop we passed by a mail box:

A prison:

And a cemetery:

Isn’t that pretty? Too much forest for me though :)

Finally we got there and that’s what we saw:

Oh wait…

Here we go!

 

Another cemetery, this time it’s for skateboards, hmmm…

Ah! Finally, some pottery!

Oh and the chair picture that I am sure everyone has already seen ;)

I found this weird guy in the garden too, I can’t remember his name though :/

And finally the actual studio and the artist at work!

This bowl took her less than 5 minutes!

Hey look, there is more!

Next stop – Hudson, Wisconsin!

And St. Croix Gallery:

I want this at my house! NOT

More stuff:

Up next – the Casanova Glass Studio!

I didn’t really take a lot of pictures there, most of the pieces were unfinished, but it was a cool experience nevertheless!

And last but not least (to be honest, my personal favorite) – Melissa’s Studio D’Art

Up up the steps…

Thank you for joining us on this fun trip, let me know which of these places you liked the most, and definitely let me know if you actually visited them!

xoxo,

Z


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!

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!

Christmas Outfits

Did you know that if you google ‘Christmas outfits’ you are going to end up with a whole bunch of images like this:

 How about something more classy I say? Red is always a popular color:

But if that’s too much, opt for black…:

French connection has some great sparkly sequin dresses, so does Saks off Fifth!

… or white:

Make sure you don’t end up looking too much like the Snow Queen though! The goal is to look fabulous, yet approachable!

Make up wise, here are some amazing tutorials from the best YouTube gurus out there!

The second one is my favorite, maybe because the hair actually corresponds with the make up, and she isn’t wearing a scrunchie! I do have a thing against those! Anyways, let me know what you are thinking for the holidays!

xo,

ZhenyAH!