Summer Time Spins

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Coming back home after a long weekend of the 4th of July festivities, I thought that I really need to stop by my blog and drop a line. I’ve been checking my mild sunburn in the mirror for about 5 minutes now and writing this post gives me a reason to take a break.

I am however distracted by the Bublr bikes outside and the local life that revolves around them. That’s why the post is random, like my current life.

My body can’t seem to get hydrated, and no matter how much water I drink, the bloodies and mimosas will haunt me for a few days over here. Send electrolytes.

Back to work tomorrow, but it’s already Wednesday – > does a happy dance, but more like 15 happy burpees because Miami in September.

Other than constantly online shopping and spending time in Chicago I found time to enjoy a nature walk yesterday. I don’t have the guts to call it a hike, because you hike the mountains in Colorado, and when you are in Wisconsin, you leisurely stroll through the tall grasses on a bluff overlooking lake Michigan. I love it all the same.

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E is for Zhenya 

   
    
 Jeans: Target | Booties: Forever 21 | Shirt: LL Bean |Bag: Target | Sunglasses: Valentino 

Sam and I had an incredible 4 day weekend. Thursday we went to campus, and oh my goodness how I missed it! We went to all three campuses, took the connector to St Paul, because I wanted Sam to see my campus, and because I wanted to go to Lori’s for coffee. 

It definitely feels good to be a senior, but the realization hasn’t hit me yet. I love school, being on campus (even though I don’t live on campus) and seeing my friends. And I know it will be hard for me to leave, but I’m going to enjoy my last year to the fullest. 

This semester I’ll be busy with 18 credits, and two internships, I’m staying with Verizon for a while, as well as continuing my Style Guru escapades with CollegeFashionista. This semester I will also be a social media inter at CF, so keep an eye out for all the awesome #stylegurulove posts on my Instagram. 

Peace! 

Autumn in August

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Target denim leggings | TJMaxx faux leather jacket | Popsugar hoodie| Frye boots | Target handbag | Forever 21 shirt | Coralized necklace 

The past two days have been a welcome fall preview in Minneapolis. The leather jacket came out, the hoodie made it’s appearance, denim leggings didn’t seem like too much or too hot or too anything… I am so excited for the rain and 60 degrees, but I am even more excited for school to start. Sam and I are going to campus on Thursday to hang out, visit the St Paul campus, because Sam has never been there, walk along the river, and get my books and planner (I really feel like my life has been in chaos without one). We are also looking forward to going to Boom Island Park!

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Have you ever typed up a few whole sentences only to realize they’ve been in the wrong language? Oh the benefits of having two keyboards, and then forgetting to switch.

Now that the summer is winding down Sam and I are trying to spend as much time at the beach as we can. And yesterday I stepped out of my comfort zone in this Lilly Pulitzer romper. A – it’s a romper, B – it’s a brand that I almost never wear, and C – it’s the wildest summer pattern I own. But all of the above doesn’t really matter, does it? Especially when there is this cool hashtag in the title of the post – #SummerInLilly

I have recently read an article about Lilly Pulitzer doing social media right, they are one of the few brands who doesn’t outsource it to a third party agency. I will do my best to try and find that piece, but it was in the new Apple News App on my beta iOS 9, so…

Meanwhile I am binge watching The X Files on Netflix, and hoping that the truth, is in fact, out there.

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|| Romper: c/o Lilly Pulitzer || Shoes: TOMS || Shirt: JJill thrifted ||

|| Purse: Target || Necklace: Gift ||

#BTS Blue Skinny Jeans

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Whole30 is over and I feel amazing! I am going to stick to it for the next few weeks, and then, once school starts… well, I don’t know. Sam lost 15 lbs, I lost nothing! My friend Kate lost almost 13!!! I am kind of upset I didn’t lose any, but I kind of saw it coming. It’s hard to lose weight when there isn’t that much to lose. I would love to be around 115 lbs (I am currently 125), but then I will get thrown under the bus for not promoting positive self-image, when in reality that’s all I am promoting. It’s all about being healthy, strong, and confident.

I started 6 week 6 pack workout with Jillian Michaels, and that’s been going great. So far level one has my butt kicked. I am sticking to 5-6 workouts a week, and have somehow managed to stop Mason from biting me on my moving limbs.

I know I sound kind of whiny in this post, I had a tough day at the internship today, I am still deciding “should I stay or should I go?”, and the answer right now is one big SIGH.

At least these blue skinny jeans look good! Target, baby!

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#BTS Denim Flare

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With school being a month away, I am already starting to think about fall style. And to be honest denim is my go to for pretty much everything, especially college related. I have stayed in the “skinnies” zone for so long, that these flares surprised even my husband.

They are denim flare jeans from Target, and so incredibly comfortable! They remind me of a pair I used to have in high school back in Russia.

The hem finish is my favorite part about this pair, it’s so detailed and unique, making this pair look anything but $29.99.

I styled this pair with a striped Free People Crop top, Target heels (because flares look best with heels!!!), HauteLook necklace and Free People reversible tote.

How do you style denim flare? Do you ware flare jeans at all?

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Being Zhenya

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I have been thinking about writing this post all day yesterday. What am I going to say, how I am going to phrase it, and then decided to just let the words come out as I start typing.

I feel like blogging has become a major business and a money making industry. I feel and I know that Being Zhenya has become a collection of sponsored posts. I know I didn’t lose my voice, I just stopped expressing myself. I let the pictures substitute the words, and the posts became short paragraphs usually ending with an exclamation point. Real life isn’t always like that is it?

So I decided to make this blog more of a journal. The last giveaway I did I asked for some feedback, and I did it for a reason. I wanted to know what interests you the most. And you wanted to see more lifestyle posts, hear more tips and advice on style and accessories. I appreciate this feedback more than anything.

What does it mean for you? Sam will probably get mentioned in my posts a little more, as well as some of my friends. I will also talk about college, because that’s where I am at right now. The style posts will still come, as well as the beauty ones. I will also write more, and go on about my life. I want to make it personal again and I want to be able to talk to you.

On Wednesday one of my readers, Monica, came up to me at the U. She recognized me from my blog. And it was the highlight of my day! She was the sweetest person to talk to. And one of the first questions she asked me was if I still thrifted. Of course, I told her. I just don’t post about it as much. But I am bringing the hauls back 🙂 We will also be relaunching Thrift Style Thursday in a slightly different format in January 2015, so if you want to join in the fun, let me know and we’ll get you started with us!

I have a lot of fun ideas for 2015, and I can’t wait to start this new journey with you all!

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Hair and photos by Eliza at Haus Salon!

Shop black skinny jeans, graphic sweaters and booties here:

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Draw My Life

Hey everyone, I made this Draw my Life video as an introduction for my Creative Problem Solving class this semester and I thought it would be fun to share it with you! Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Twin Cities Travelin’: Como Zoo and St Paul

Tuesdays have become one of my favorite days of the week. Aside from having Tuesdays Off (that’s my Tumblr btw 😉 ) I get to spend them with Jameson of Lessons with Coffee and explore Twin Cities like never before.

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Last week we went to Como Zoo, and since I’ve been there multiple times on field trips with kids from work, I knew I wanted to visit Conservatory Gardens. We did however tried to take a picture of giraffes walking outside through the fence, to which a little girl told us that we have to walk around and go through the entrance to do that.

The Conservatory Gardens was a lot of what I expected and more. The inside is beautiful, but I think the Japanese Garden was my favorite, including the bonsai exhibit. Did you know that all bonsai trees are shaped like a triangle? And sometimes there are accent plants that can’t be higher than the top of the pot next to them? I learned so much that day. We met a really helpful volunteer, who told us about the Japanese tea ceremony and the tea house. I love tea, but I don’t think I could drink that green tea that they serve there.

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After we visited the Conservatory Gardens the plan was to stop by The Russian Tea House on University Ave. But apparently that place is only open on Fridays 11-3! Too bad, so sad! And I was!

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So instead we stopped by Second Debut, took pictures in front of the awesome mural. And then drove to Grand Ave and ate lunch at Salut!

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Stay tuned for the nest Twin Cities Travelin’, it’ll be my Birthday edition one! Until then – Have fun!

Z & J

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Milwaukee in a Day

Our trip to Milwaukee was short and sweet, but completely captivating, and I can’t wait for a chance to go back. Sam got lucky, he spent more time in the city than I did. Since I spent all day Saturday at the Blogger Bazaar, I only got a couple hours on Sunday in downtown and by the water front. Here are some pictures from our trip, as well as more pictures from the blogger event, including pictures from RpKeskar Photography. Enjoy!

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