Events

St Jude’s Red Carpet For The Cure {Minnesota Golden Globes}

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The only Golden Globes viewing party in the US took place last night at the Metropolitan Ballroom, and as you have probably guessed by the title, it was organized by St Jude’s Children’s hospital. Having lived in Minnesota for the past 2 years, I am definitely familiar with St Jude, last spring we had a trike-a-thon at work to raise money for the cure at work. But it was so nice to be able to learn more about what they do, what the survival rates are, and what their goals are! It was a truly inspiring night. The evening included a cocktail hour, silent auction, live auction (where a trip to New York with an exclusive behind the scenes access to Badgley Mischka show went for almost 20K!) The donations part of the auction alone raised almost 56K! And it’s all for the CURE! It’s all to stop CANCER! If you ever ever think about what charity to donate to, donate to St. Jude’s Hospital! And the families that walk through the doors at St. Jude’s, they never have to pay a dime for all the treatments their child is receiving!

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It was also so much fun to meet and talk to Ashley of Crunchy Frugalista, and Jamie of Toys in the Dryer! You ladies are amazing and I loved swapping goodie bag lipsticks with you! And of course thank you Ali for making it possible for me to attend this event!

Happy Monday and enjoy the photos!

Zhenya

PS. I was really excited to see Brooklyn Nine-Nine get the globes, as well as Jennifer Lawrence! Who were your favorite nominees?

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Fear Not

My biggest fear was I was going to hate it! Having lived on the east coast for 2 years, one year within a 30 minute train ride from Manhattan, one on the Upper West Side, New York had it’s spell over me! But I had the fear of being delusional. The night before I left I couldn’t sleep. Whether it was stress, or my sinuses infection, I kept waking up on the hour every hour. Less than 2 hours on the plane and it’s like I never left. The flipping each other off cab drivers, the view of Manhattan, it was all there and it was the same. I changed. New York didn’t. It stayed true to itself. And for this, I am grateful.

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Warby Parker School Bus and Sam’s First Pair of Sunnies

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Warby Parker is in town till Spetember 1! So Sam and I took full advantage of it! And yes, it happens to be that my husband has never owned a pair of sunglasses.

I also made sure to bring my Samsung Galaxy camera with me this time (I left it at home during the launch party and was really bummed out!) The camera was an absolute hit and everyone loved the fact that I could Instagram and Tweet from it! What can I say? I love my Samsung Galaxy camera!

Disclousure: 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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We had a blast trying different pairs on:

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So after all this fun we finally decided to get Sam a pair of  Exley sunnies!

Can’t wait to get them in the mail! And thank you Warby Parker for such a generous gift! The bus is parked in Uptown Minneapolis on Lagoon and Girard! Go visit them before September 1 comes around!

Xx,

Z

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See’s Candies Store Opening at Southdale Mall

 

 

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There are two things that will make me go anywhere after a full 10 hour day of work – FREE and CHOCOLATE! And this is exactly what happened last Thursday at the See’s Candies Store opening at Southdale Mall. It was a Minnesota blogger event, so I got to see some of the old faces and meet some new bloggers as well, and of course Sam was my plus one ;)

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It was candy galore, I mean all sorts and kinds, and as it was mentioned later that night, one candy is a meal indeed!

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See’s Candies was founded in 1921, and has been sticking to the 1920′s design ever since, from the black and white marble floor to the staff outfits!

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An interesting fact about See’s one of the episodes of I Love Lucy was filmed there, check it out:

So we all got a chance to recreate our very own I love Lucy episode and pack a box of candy! Remember when Forrest Gump said – Life is like a box of chocolate? You never know what you get inside? Well I knew exactly what was going into that box! I didn’t know what was inside the chocolates, but that’s secondary ;) And not to brag or anything, I was able to put 13 pieces of candy inside the box instead of 12!

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And then to my surprise Sam goes for the hair net to pack his own box of candy!

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A couple more interesting facts:

- See’s candies offers free samples all day every day!

- See’s candies also holds the Guinness World Record for the Largest Lollipop!

“The largest lollipop was 3176.5 kg (7,003 lb), and was created by See’s Candies (USA) at See’s Candies Lollypop Factory in Burlingame, California, USA, on 18 July 2012.

The lollipop was chocolate-flavored and had the following measurements: 4 feet 8.75 inches in length, 3 feet 6 inches in width, and 5 feet 11 inches in height. The lollipop also included a stick which was 11 feet 10 inches tall, though the weight of the stick did not count towards the record.”

And a few more photos to make your Monday sweeter!

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 It was great to see you all ladies! Aren’t we a lovely group? Minnesota Bloggers Represent ;) 2013-05-30 19.56.28
Thank you so much See’s Candies for organizing this fun event for us! KJ, you were amazing, I loved talking to you! And thank you for all the candy we got to bring home! You were so so generous!
I also want to give a special shout out to the  Southdale Sephora! You ladies topped my night off! Thank you for the wonderful conversation and the compliments on my dress!
Xo,
Z

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 ;)

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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I am WEARING:

//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,

Xo,

Z

OOTD and Savers VIP event

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Suede A.N.A. boots – $10 – Goodwill

x2 Denim Jeans – $8 – Savers

Chico’s top – $4 – Savers

Cardigan – $3 – Savers

Happy Earth Day everyone! What better way to take care of our planet than reuse?! And today I will be sharing one of my 100% thrifted outfits!

I hope you all had a great weekend wherever you are! I shared with my Facebook followers that I have some very exciting news for you! And I will share the first one today! I was invited to the Opening of the new Savers here in the Twin Cities, and I couldn’t be more excited! I get to go in the store 2 days before it actually opens to the public, snap some pictures for you and of course thrift shop! Now I will be shopping for another special even, that I am going to keep SECRET for just a few more days, but it’s even more exciting and I can barely hold it :)

I hope you enjoyed the outfit, and happy Monday!

Take it easy,

Z

PS. The new Savers is located at 50 Coon Rapids Blvd NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
 and will be opened to the public this coming Thursday, April 25

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Styling Vintage Thrift Finds for a day at the Stone Arch Festival

You all have seen my thrift finds from Goodwill Outlet, and today I am going to share how I styled one of the vintage pieces, that polka dotted “Lady Manhattan” top.

It wasn’t hard to do really – I threw on some shorts a pair of sandals, grabbed my vintage thrifted COACH bag and I was out of the door :)

On our way to Stone Arch Bridge Festival I spotted this odd number, I think she wanted to share her outfit with you all too!

Now If you didn’t know the Festival is free and open to public, there are a lot of arts and crafts booths, 3 stages with live music, and of course millions of food trucks!

And of course vintage cars:

Total Pin-Up:

This guy was making wooden bowls using a rope! How awesome is that!

I also found some awesome jewelry that I liked:

And some pretty cheesy garden accessories, too bad I don’t have a garden!

These were the most original wind chimes I’ve ever seen:

I also contributed to a painting, which is going to be hung at the Tuggs Tavern:

Here is Sam and I, aren’t we cute?

And here is another person I dragged outdoors with us that day – Blake – and yes, he is eating frozen yogurt and it was good!

Hope you had a good weekend!

xo,

Z

Art-A-Whirl 2012, Minneapolis, MN

I know you all probably thing that all I do over the weekends is go to different art exhibitions and fairs, well I have been for the past 3 Sundays, simply because I’ve been getting Sundays off at work!

Today’s post is going to be about Art-A-Whirl, that takes place every year in North East Minneapolis. I’ve never been to that part of town before (shame on me I know!) It’s a pretty awesome area that became a home to a lot of immigrants from Poland and Germany. That’s where the famous polish store Kramarczuk’s is located! I’ve been to the store, no further!

There are also a couple Russian Orthodox churches I believe, but since I am not orthodox, I wasn’t really interested in going there. Maybe some other time.

Since Art-A-Whirl doesn’t take place in one building, we drove around quiet a lot that day! I am going to post pictures in chronological order, as we went from building to building!

But we’ll start with a map:

If you speak Russian, you’ll find the name of this band just as funny, as I did!

Jarmo Koponen

Randy Walker 

Ice globes for your garden

Emily Dyer 

Lucy Grantz 

Michael Birawer

(Sam and I actually bought a poster of one of his paintings)

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I just thought this was a very cool desk :)

Those huge lego blocks were actually for sale! Any takers?

I hope you enjoyed our little trip, here is a video re-cap of the events. I also apologize for not mentioning the names of all artists, there were so many, I couldn’t possibly remember them all! But if you know that the above pics show your work, please leave me a comment and I’ll correct that!

Have a great day everyone!

xo,

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:

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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:

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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

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