Leave Nothing to Chance – Blue Nile Holiday GIVEAWAY!


Disclosure: This is a PR post for Blue Nile. Some of the images have been provided by the company. They also sponsored the Giveaway! But as always all opinions are my own, including the ones I have on Blue Nile jewelry.

Leave Nothing to chance is not only a great saying (esp. for control freaks like me), but a great app that has recently been launched by Blue Nile. It’s a fun holiday game, that doesn’t only help you pick out a gift for yourself, or a friend, but also adds little fun comments and creates your personality profile. And since I’ve been a sucker for filling out personality tests since I was a teenager (seriously, that was one of my favorite pass times), I decided to give this one a go. Besides, it was going to show some amazing jewelry suggestions in the end! All that can be shared on social media. That way, your friends and family can select the perfect gift – no more guessing! It’s a lot of fun to play, and eliminates the need for those often missed subtle hints.

Want to see what I got?

After questions like:

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… and …

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I was ready to see my results:

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I loved the way the app is so holiday inspired, it puts you in a great mood right away! And when you see the final results it just makes you go Awww! Now I don’t personally agree with the jewelry choices the app made for me, but I do love my Blue Nile Leaf earrings and arrow necklace!

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So if you decide to go through with the questionnaire, let me know how accurate it was for you, and whether or not you like the jewelry suggestions it made! The best news is, if you participate and do the app questionnaire, you will also be entered to win a three carat diamond tennis bracelet on the website!

Now a Blue Nile giveaway is great, but a Being Zhenya one is awesome too! So I am giving away $50 to Blue Nile and you have a little over a week to enter!

Click here to enter —> Blue Nile giveaway

Or simply go to my Facebook page for an easier way to enter!

And on top of all this, here is a code for 10% off on all of your Blue Nile purchases – BNAPP2013 – valid until December 31, 2013!

Good luck and happy holiday shopping!


Did you go shopping on Black Friday? If yes, what did you buy?

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Easy DIY Leather Necklace

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1.Cut out the shape you want your necklace to be from leather of your choice.

2. Add embellishments (I had these gold studs left over from one of my previous DIYs left) using fabric fusion glue (trust me, it works wonders on leather!)

3. Find an old necklace that you haven’t worn in years and remove the chain.

4. Using tools (or in my case tweezers and a nail) make holes in the leather and insert the new chain links through the holes.

5. Wear loud and proud! Just make sure the fabric fusion glue dries first 😉

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Happy Friday and have an amazing weekend!




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!

A Burberry inspired bow!


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!

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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//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,



OOTD: Friend’s Baby Shower

One of my really good friends is having her second child, so last Saturday I drove out to Eden Prairie, to spend an entire afternoon with her! And here is what I wore:



J.Crew thrifted dress – $4 – Salvation Army

Nine West Wedges – Opitz Outlet St. Louis Park – $28

Anthropologie Cardigan – $2.50 – Goodwill

Trench – bought a very long time ago in Russia

Coach leather cross body – $4.99 thrifted – Salvation Army

Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch (bought at full price at Macy’s)

Ralph Lauren Pink Quartz Necklace – $10 Clothes Mentor in Minnetonka

Here is me and the mom-to-be, isn’t she gorgeous?



I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!



Drumroll for the Winner!!!

Thank you all so much for entering my Blue Nile Giveaway! It was a great way for me to meet more people, bloggers, etc. I love Giveaways! And trust me there will definitely be more in the future!

Now for the winner:

Entry #374 – Wanda Miho!

Congratulations Wanda!!!

And thank you for liking my Facebook Page! And the earrings are now yours! Please message me with your address!

Have a wonderful day everyone, not only because it’s friday, but because it’s International Women’s Day!

Cheers everyone,


Win Blue Nile Sterling Silver Earrings!!!

Hi everyone,

I am so excited to announce this Giveaway on my blog today. I have partnered up with Blue Nile a couple times to announce their Facebook Giveaways, but this time I am going to do my own! I will be giving away a pair of Blue Nile Sterling Silver Leaf Chandelier Earrings. I have my own pair, and love them – they are so light weight, but elegant at the same time.


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CLICK HERE to enter this GIVEAWAY! 

Giveaway starts at midnight Central time 2/20/13 and ends at midnight 3/8/13!

It’s open internationally, I will ship it to you if you win no matter where you live!

I am excited to be using Rafflecopter, I hope you are too!

And don’t forget to subscribe to my blog 🙂

Good luck everyone, I can’t wait to see who wins!



Всем привет, сегодня у вас есть возможность выиграть чудесные серьги от фирмы Blue Nile как раз к восьмому марта! Я уже несколько раз сотрудничала с этой компанией, писала о разных конкурсах и розыгрышах, которые они проводят на своей странице в Facebook. Теперь пришло время и мне провести свой конкурс!

Как вы уже поняли по фотографиям выше, у меня самой уже есть такие серьги, они очень легкие, и одновременно элегантные.

Конкурс продлится с 20 февраля по 8 марта и для его проведения я буду использовать Rafflecopter.

Конкурс международный, так что не переживайте, ваш приз найдет вас в любой точке земного шара!

И не забудьте подписаться на мой блог!

Всем удачи, очень интересно, кто победит!


Blue Nile Share the Love Game


Blue Nile is doing another awesome campaign for Valentine’s Day – Share the Love, and since we all know diamonds are a girls best friend, let’s all get our boyfriends and husbands to participate!

So here is what they (or you) have got to do:

Share The Love game details:

  • ·         There are three special Valentine’s Day cards on Blue Nile’s Facebook page from which fans can choose and share. In order to participate, fans must “Like” the Blue Nile Facebook page.
  • ·         For nine days, Facebook fans will have a chance to send a card of their choosing to any of their Facebook friends along with a short message.
  • ·         Both the sender and recipient of the card will receive a $10 off coupon toward their next Blue Nile purchase. Users are able to send multiple cards; however, users can only send one card at a time, and they will only receive one $10 off coupon, regardless of the amount of cards sent.
  • ·         Users who send a card will be entered to win the Pink Morganite & Diamond Ring as seen on Blake Lively on Gossip Girl!
  • ·         The campaign will kick off on February 6, 2012 and end on February 14, 2012.

Good luck to everyone and stay tuned for a Blue Nile giveaway on my blog!




Blue Nile’s The Extraordinary Days of Christmas Giveaway!

It’s less than a month until Christmas, and what better way to announce that than by promoting a giveaway organized for you by Blue Nile. So go ahead like Blue Nile Facebook Page and get excited to participate!

Users on Blue Nile’s Facebook page will experience an interactive, cozy fireplace setting that’s surrounded with presents and holiday features. Each day, a user may select and “virtually” unwrap one of six presents in hopes of winning one of 12 extraordinary jewelry prizes from Blue Nile. One extraordinary jewelry prize will be awarded each day, and range from $3,500 to $13,500! Prizes include, but are not limited to, multiple diamond engagement rings (including one from the new Monique Lhuillier line), 2-carat diamond earrings, a sapphire and diamond ring, and a 4-carat diamond bracelet.

 The Extraordinary Days of Christmas.

  • ·         There are six unique presents wrapped and displayed for each Facebook fan on Blue Nile’s Facebook page. In order to participate, fans must “Like” the Blue Nile Facebook page.
  • ·         For 12 days, Facebook fans will have a chance to unwrap one present of their liking to win a Blue Nile prize.
  • ·         It is a game of chance. Prizes vary from percentage off discount codes to $11,000 diamond rings. We’re happy to say that we will be giving away a cumulative prize value of $100,000 over the course of 12 days.
  • ·         One extraordinary jewelry prize will be given out per day, but everyone will win something.
  • ·         The campaign will kick off on Cyber Monday (November 26, 2012) and end on December 7, 2012.

Good luck to you all and Happy Holiday Season!


OOTD: One of a kind Italian Coat

Have you ever been to a garage sale? I have, once! When I lived in Manhattan. It wasn’t even a garage sale per-say. I found a craigslist ad for a sale in Murray Hill where everything was $1. Maybe I didn’t know any better, maybe I am just that fearless, but that was one of the best sales I’ve ever been to! That’s where I scored my one of a kind hand made coat, which came from a flea market in Italy! I always wear my Grandma’s vintage pin on it as well (sorry you can’t see it in the picture, it’s covered by a scarf) but here is what it looks like:


This past Saturday was a super warm day for November in Minneapolis too, low 50s high 60s, just a great day to be out and about. Of course I had to wear my favorite boots (Sam gave them to me for Christmas a few years ago!), I wore an Old Navy knit dress underneath, which has a super cute pleated skirt – you can see it peaking from under the coat! My scarf came from Goodwill outlet in St.Paul, it has a paisley pattern, and always reminds me of the popular Russian motifs.

Of course it’s back to being cold here now, Saturday night it thunder stormed (yeah welcome to Minnesota in November) and Sunday morning it snowed!

I hope you had a great weekend! What has the weather been like in your neck of the woods? Also any thoughts and comments on the Outfit are appreciated!