Summer of Style, Weddings and Fun

 

 

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In less than a month Sam and I are taking a road trip to Colorado! Three years ago when we got married, my friend Doug walked me down the aisle. Now his daughter Dani is getting married and I am literally counting down the days.

I’ve known Dani since she was 13, we first met at a Russian Orphanage, which she’s travelled to with her dad. She immediately became popular with all the boys, because she was (and still is) an amazing soccer player. It’s hard to believe that she is getting married, but I can’t wait!

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I know that a lot of you are attending weddings this summer, and I wanted to make this post both personal, and helpful. Target has always been my favorite place to shop for wedding gifts, and their #TargetWedding registry catalogue couldn’t be more helpful. So today I am going to share a few things with you, which I hope inspire you!

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I have been loving the SodaStream, and I think it’s a perfect gift for everyone. Making your own drinks, experimenting with flavors, what can be more fun? Sharing them with friends and family at a party or a back yard gathering, that’s what! I am sure this will be a perfect gift for the newlyweds. I know I am throwing a party later this summer, once all of our home remodeling projects are over!

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And how fun are these drinks dispensers? I love the chalk board one the most. Which one is your favorite?

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Thank you so much for checking out my post! For more inspiration and ideas check out Target’s Wedding Board on Pinterest!

And now you have a chance to win $25 gift card to Target! Submit a link to your favorite Target registry product in the comments below! And I will pick a winner really soon!

Disclosure: #Sponsored content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own.


The Bridal Shower I Never Had // Win $25 Target Gift Card (ends November 5)

Yes, I never had a bridal shower. Finally, after being married for over 2 years, I ‘fessed up! But if I did, here is what I would do:

– Invite all the closest family and friends and have a fabulous dinner party!

– No games, no immature jokes or stories, just a nicely put together event!

– Decorate, decorate, decorate!

And here is where Target Wedding Registry and Catalog would come in handy!

Threshold White Round Rimmed Set

Threshold Dinner Setting

And of course the drinks!

Cocktail Making

Riedel Drinking Glasses

You may know that Target Wedding’s Theme “Be Yourself, Together” represents two people joining in, but maintaining their individuality. I think Sam and I have successfully maintained our individualities, but allowed our personalities to rub off on each other!

To enter the giveaway simply Visit the Target Wedding Catalog and select your favorite product for the party featured in this post. Then leave a comment under this post about why that product is your favorite for the chance to win a $25 Target GiftCard! And if you are planning a wedding or attending one in the nearest future, make sure to check out Target Wedding Registry, I honestly think it’s one of the best stores to register at for a wedding! 

Follow along the wedding fun on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest by using #TargetWedding! And good luck! You only have through November 5 to submit your comments!

Be yourself, together! Let’s talk Wedding Registry!

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Be yourself, together is this year’s Target’s theme. And it’s no secret, that Target is one of the number ones wedding registry destinations.

I am yet to attend a wedding where the bride and the groom weren’t registered at Target! Two years ago Sam and I were on the list as well!

And today I am collaborating with Target and will be sharing a unique wedding gift idea (or two) for both parties in the wedding!

I will be honest with you, I had so much fun shopping and window shopping for this collaboration post. I love weddings. I do, I do, I do.

And the gift ideas at Target are endless. From their new Gifts to Go section, to designer collaborations (not only when it comes to clothing, but when it comes to home appliances too!)

These Jackie Shapiro designed appliances would be a perfect match for a Threshold dinner set! I think Threshold is one of my favorite Target collections these days. You’ll see more of the Threshold pieces later 🙂

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Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target.

And how about these sheets paired up with this amazing and almost matching pajamas?

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When I think  of coffee, I think of books, and Target has a great variety of those, including major best-sellers. I am especially looking forward to reading “Revenge Wears Prada”. That’s why I think this coffee machine would be perfect for creating that great tasting cup when you are snuggling with a book on a cold autumn day.

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target.

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But I bet you are dying to see what I picked. What my perfect Target wedding registry gifts are! Drumroll please!

Being a personal blogger I can’t imagine my life without a camera! And I chose to pair it up with a pair of booties, that would spice up my fall outfits!

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Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target.

And of course Sam would be the photographer!

Some of my other picks were:

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Amazing Threshold furniture! Who can say no to that?

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Picture frames of all shapes and sizes!

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And this really neat section called Gifts to Go if I am not mistaken, filled with fun and unusual designer curiosities.

So what would you like to receive as a wedding gift? Or as a gift in general from Target? And don’t forget to check #TargetWedding 😉

Xx,

Z

One Year Ago Today…

… I married my best friend, and a year later we still haven’t killed each other! I think this is quiet an achievement!

And to celebrate my 1 year wedding anniversary on my blog, here is some advice/wisdom I learned from my wedding:

1. All I cared about was getting my guests fed, seriously! That’s why there was bacon wrapped stake on the menu!

2. Another thing I tried my best to do was keep the wedding under 10 grand, and we were able to accomplish that as well!

3. I wanted a really good photographer. And I found one, on Craigslist! You never know where good things in life come from!

4. I didn’t stress out over anything, well maybe a little, but things seemed to have somehow fallen in place, I found a hairstylist/makeup artist, an extra bridesmaid (thank you Annemarie 🙂 you were a rock star ), did my own flowers, nails, and toes, rocked a pair of 5 inch suede heels, which I still have and wear.

5. Here is the TRUTH, all I wanted from that wedding is for it to be over, so that normal life could begin. And that’s the most important thing to remember – one day is nothing in comparison to a lifetime spent together. I still have wedding photos that need to be framed!

Call me lazy, or boring, or weird, but a wedding is a wedding, but marriage is way WAY more important. So enjoy your day, but don’t get too obsessed!

xo,

Zhenya

PS. Please show it to all the brides you know!

And as a bonus and for all of you who missed it, here are some of my favorite shots from that day!

Check out my hot penguin pants 🙂 Yes, I am that trendy!

The ceremony and the picture taking got the best of me, and I was really tired by the time we got to this point:

But we still pulled off this Hollywood style kiss:

My favorite part of the reception was the cake:

Needless to say this cake ended up in my nose, my eye, my hair 🙂 But it was exceptionally good!

It’s important for the bride to stay goofy – so here is an asparagus mustache for you 🙂

I liked the little place cards too, and yes my real full name is Evgeniya, though I rarely go by it:

And did I tell you I did my own flowers? And that they came from Costco and that I paid less than $120 for them???

Oh wait, I did, so never mind 🙂

Thanks to my heels I was taller than Doug

And almost as tall as Sam

Would I want to live through my wedding day again? Probably not, but I am loving every day I spend with my husband, so there 🙂

Also here is the original post from a year ago, feel free to check it out as well!

The Wedding Weekend and my OOTD

Last Saturday my friend Sarah married her best friend Ryan, a guy she’s known for about 7 years. It’s been a long journey for them, but I remember back in 2006 when I first met Sarah at Decision Hills UMC, she made it clear to all of us at staff training who Ryan was and that she called dibs on him 😉

I was more than honored to be there to share her special day! She looked gorgeous. And I am sure she won’t mind me sharing some of the pictures with you guys, because I know you all are dying to see the wedding dress and maybe, probably, hopefully (?) what I wore to the wedding as well 🙂

Since the wedding was taking place in Willmar, about 2 hours away from the Twin Cities, Sam and I left around 1.30 pm to be there for the 4 pm ceremony. Now my husband has a thing for driving, he isn’t really fond of it, but we took route 12, which went through all these cute little towns, and that kept him entertained 😉

This is the church where the ceremony took place.

Having been to Willmar plenty of times before, I have to admit that I’ve never been to the UMC there (oops, my bad)

At least I got it taken care of now 🙂 Here is the inside of the church:

Some shots from the ceremony during which the pastor mistakingly referred to Ryan as God 🙂 That was a joke for the rest of the night, and I am sure will run in the family for many years!

And Ta-Da – they are married:

There is nothing better than sharing the joy of a newly married couple, I tell you! Here is Sam and I outside the church:

And here is just me:

So here is what I wore: Via Spiga shoes, the most comfortable heels ever! Necessary Objects Dress, that was a gift from Mia, I used to baby sit for her! The little black bolero is some unknown brand and came from a swap in NYC. I also have an Etra clutch, pearl necklace, and faux pearl earrings. And imagine that – I did my own hair! How awesome is that? I really didn’t think I could do it! If you are wondering what the dress looks like without the bolero – here is a pic:

Make up wise, here is a close up I posted on Instagram on the way to Willmar:

I used Physician’s Formula tinted moisturizer SPF 15, Lorac Social Beautifly palette eyeshadow, Maybelline gel liner, Clinique mascara, Mac highlighter, Sally Hansen cream blush, a little of the Revlon Photo Ready pressed powder, and Clinique chubby stick on my lips!

After the ceremony we went to the reception, and what kind of roadtrip is it without getting lost? Google maps totally googled us over 🙂 But we found Holiday Inn, after pulling a U-turn somewhere on the outskirts of Willmar!

Look at the adorable favors:

And here is the couples first dance:

Me, bride, and the made of honor, the two are sisters, if you can’t tell 😉

I also realized what a city girl I am 🙂 Sorry small towns, you are simply not for me!

Hope you had a fun weekend! A refashion post is coming up tomorrow!

xo,

Z

 

Etsy: Yay or Nay?

A lot of time I’d be walking through a store and then spot something totally cool and handmade looking! I’d look at the price tag and think to myself – why are they charging so much for it? And then I have the second thought – I can totally make this myself! I know I am not the only genius out there who has had the same thought before, but I just don’t see why someone would charge almost $200 for this knit throw (which is only 15% wool and 85% acrylic)

So the question of the day is – should I open my own Etsy shop? Please vote and comment below!

xoxo,

Z

PS. On the other note – congratulations to Johnny Weir, he is proof that Americans don’t only marry Russian women, they also marry Russian men!

Happy Holidays!

 Love you all,

Xoxo

My Wedding DIYs

This will probably be the last post about my wedding. And I am sure a lot of you will let out a sigh of relief, because “How much longer do we have to sit here and listen to you blabbering?”

Anyways, this is going to be a tip that I read in “Priceless Weddings Under $5,000”. And the tip is going to be about flowers!

I know every bride wants her wedding to be a place where flowers come to die. As sarcastic as I may sound now, this was a true fact about me as well. I wanted flowers, loads of them, and I knew I couldn’t afford to pay more than $200 dollars for them. So off to Costco I went. (If there is a Sam’s Club in your area that works too) Now, Sam and I don’t have membership, but his parents do, so we convinced his mom to take us a couple weeks before the wedding, so that we could buy some food and also scout for the flowers. In Minnesota Costco carries bunches of roses (24 count) for $16.99. Needless to say I got the woman’s phone number (because there is a separate person who is in charge of the flowers!) and called her a week before the wedding to place an order for 7 bunches of red roses. We came to pick them up on Saturday morning, and I also got a bunch of ivory ones.  So there we go 8 x 16.99 plus tax came around to about – $140! And there we go – I didn’t go over budget or anything. Now I made my own bouquet, and the center pieces. Here are some pics of what I managed to put together the night before the wedding:

Now for the center pieces:

I got the smaller bowl-like vases at my favorite Salvation Army (Yes, the one in Warehouse District) and they were all either 99 cents or 50 cents. The vase fillers came from Family Dollar – clear ones were 60 cents a bag and red ones were a dollar a bag – I got 2 bags of each. Ribbon cots 50 cents and came from Michael’s, I used 2 spools.

Now about the pearly while inserts I used in the girls’ bouquets. I made them all by myself. Here is what you need:

1. Beads – I used Crystazzi from Michael’s – there is a ton in the pack for only $3.99 and I knew I would use them for my future craft projects.

2. Then I used floral wire in silver – I think it was $1.99 from Michael’s

3. All you got to do is cut the wire into pieces (about 10-12 inches long – or depending on the hight of your bouquet), pull it through the bead and wrap it around a few times. Now the wire will either give you blisters, or you are gonna end up scratching yourself a few times. So I suggest either truing to be very careful, or making these a week before the wedding – so that your hands have time to heal! And you are done!

Now for the bouquets I also used floral tape (3 spools for $1.99 and wide ribbon – 2 spools – one red and one ivory – $2.99 and pins – the ones I am now reusing in my sewing projects 🙂 )

So here you have it – I have told you all about my DIYs for the wedding. I can honestly say that from all the wedding experience that I had, I can’t help but agree with my friend Bri – Always, I repeat ALWAYS, hire a good photographer!

Rehearsal Dinner Outfit

So it’s been a few days since the wedding and the rehearsal dinner, but I kinda feel like bragging about my rehearsal dinner outfit. I apologize for bragging in advance, but if you are a vintage lover like me, you’ll understand why 🙂

So here is what I wore (I am the one on the right, in case you were wondering):

So let me break this down for you: top – Banana Republic – freecycled in NYC, belt- also freecycled in NYC, skirt – vintage Sophisticates by Pendleton – $1.99 – Salvation army. Too bad my Etra clutch isn’t in any of these pics, but it’s in my previous post. Now I wore all this with this pair of shoes from Target (these were my emergency shoes that I bought when my sandals broke in the middle of the street, and they go amazingly well with this outfit)

The shoes were on Clearance for about $13, I believe. Now the total outfit comes down to $16, not bad for a rehearsal dinner, I think 🙂

Tomorrow I will let you in on another secret about the skirt!

 

 

 

PS. Our rehearsal dinner was held at Buce di Beppo – amazing place if you ask me!

Our Wedding Day

“Love and marriage, love and marriage, go together like a horse and a carriage”

I have talked to many people, asking them questions about their wedding day and how it all went. Some people don’t remember anything, some only remember the emotions, well I remember everything! Lol

I loved everything about my wedding day, from hair and make up in the morning, to taking pictures in the Sculpture Garden and by St. Anthony Falls, to dancing, and then coming home and crashing.

I loved the fact that Sam and I smeared wedding cake all over each other’s faces (pics to come I promise), and I loved watching him have fun!

The other good thing about my wedding is: I now have enough ideas for blog posts for the rest of the week. Sadly, I broke my – A post a day rule, but I will catch up, I promise 🙂

For those of you who can’t see my Facebook pictures, I have attached some below:

Enjoy,

XOXO,

ZhenyaH