Coffee Table Fashion

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I am always looking for new books to add to my coffee table or any other flat surface in my living room. You know, the kind that you can look through on a rainy day and doze off. The kind that inspires you. The kind, that like a good friend has few words, but understands.

So here are some of my choices for your coffee table 😉 Enjoy!

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Make sure to check out more Fashionable reads here!

Winter Reading

Among countless fashion magazines and style blogs that I read on a daily basis, there is always room for books.

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I am guilty of reading more than one book at a time though, and yes, it’s a bad habit and maybe a sign of ADD, it’s similar to watching several different shows, and every new chapter, is like, well, a new episode!

The two books I am currently working my way through are:

– Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

– Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

The books that are on my to-read list are:

– Bridget Jones Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

– Likeable Social Media

I prefer not to make long lists, and set attainable goals 😉 I also love reading books on my Nook, but of course nothing beats checking them out of the library. Call me old fashioned, but …

Happy Tuesday!

Zhenya

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I have also been recently nominated for a Liebster Award by Kimi of Twenty Something Simple,
 
and even though most of you know how I feel about blogger awards (Painful and Unncessary –
 
in words of Samantha Jones of SATC), I loved her questions, so here are my answers:
 
What is your favorite part about blogging?
 
I love being able to share my style and life with everyone, it’s a way of expressing myself. I
 
absolutely love the idea of meeting new people and building relationships and connections with
 
my readers!
 
How do you keep your blog thoughts organized?
 
I do several weekly/monthly posts that are regular (i.e Thrift Style Thursday or 2014
 
Blogger Challenge), everything else, like my outfit posts, are done over the weekend, or during
 
my days off, and then are scheduled throughout the week. I also keep an editorial calendar.
 
What is one word that describes your style?
 
Independent
 
What is your favorite animal?
 
Bunnies, squirrels, hamsters, you get the idea 😉
 
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
 
An ESL teacher
 
If you could only visit one country outside of your own, which one would you choose?
 
UK
 
What’s your favorite month of the year?
 
May
 
What’s your favorite way to eat potatoes?
 
French Fries
 
What’s your favorite TV show?
 
The one quoted in this post already – SATC
 
Do you have any siblings?
 
Two half-brothers, they are fraternal twins and are currently in second grade! Talk about
 
age difference!
 
What is your favorite pattern to wear?
 
Floral, and bold prints!
 
 

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

Target Wedding

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

Currently Obsessed With…

1. Shamballa Bracelets – those babies are popping up everywhere, from blogs, to Olympian’s wrists:

2. Origins VitaZing SPF 15 – it hydrates, energizes and protects to maintain skin’s momentum all day. I love it!

3. The Balm’s Nude Tude palette and Translucent Powder – Sexy Mama – I just got those from HauteLook.com the other day – and am in absolute delight 🙂

4. Reading Face Forward by Kevyn Aucoin

5. Styling Denim shirts – I’ve got 3 of those already 🙂

Happy Friday everyone, what are you currently obsessed with?

xo,

Zhenya

PS. I also thought that Vika Komova totally deserved gold today, she was wonderful in her last routine!

FOTD and why sometimes I don’t want to go home

It was boring at work… Wait, let’s put it this way – there were no customers, and I have already organized all the drawers… Anyways, my coworker from MAC decided to do my make-up. The rules were simple – she could pick whatever she wanted and I couldn’t see what it looked like until she was done. Easy peasy 🙂 Here is what we ended up with:

Today after work I didn’t want to go straight back to the apartment. Even though I got done at 8, it’s something about not wanting to go to the place which you spent the whole morning cleaning (and by cleaning I mean some serious cleaning – you could eat off of the kitchen floor!) in fear of finding it all trashed by your own husband. Anyways, I went to Loring Park instead, to finish my book (How did you get this number?) and watch the bunnies (I only have a mild obsession with those).

And in spite of today being the hottest day of the summer so far (the heat advisory was from 1pm-8pm) I really enjoyed my time. In times like this I remember how important it is to find alone time, to be a little selfish and do what you feel like doing, not what others want you to do. It’s times like this that people call – stop and smell the roses (or the flowers, whatever the expression is), but you get what I mean.

So here it is – here is a small snapshot of my moment today:

XO,

Z

PS. Did  you find the rainbow?

Latest Thrift Finds

Here is the thing about thrifting – when you are looking for something specific – you can never find it. I don’t know if that’s Murphy’s law that applies to thrifting or what, but I’ve been looking for a black pleated maxi skirt everywhere with no luck. What I am looking for is something like this:

My problem is – I don’t want to pay top dollar for it, $20 tops 😉

And I am pretty sure I’ll be able to find it sooner or later, because I really need it for work for the summer!

But let’s talk about my latest finds! These two scarves from Goodwill cost $2.99 each, the blue and white one was brand new and came with tags from a local boutique in Edina, MN

Aren’t these awesome? The yellow one is from Old Navy, and will be perfect for the summer! I can’t wait to wear it!

Yesterday I found some books, as well as a sewing pattern! Here’s what I got:

I get to keep everything but the I Spy DIY book, that has to go back to the library at some point 🙁

I hope you are having a great day, enjoying the weather and what not! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, I try and post every day!

Cheers,

Z

Thrifting for Your Home: It’s easier than you think!

This post is long overdue, but I am glad I am posting it today. You all know I love thrifting, and since we’ve been going to a lot of art events here in the Twin Cities area, I was able to lay my eye on some amazing pieces. The only sad thing is that a lot of times the prices are too high.


I lucked out at Steeple People, especially when it came to Pottery. I scored a hand made mug, that holds more coffee than I’ll ever need in the morning. As well as a Frankoma pitcher! I also got a small bowl for the keys to keep on the table by the door. I got so tired of keys laying around everywhere, and falling between the couch cushions, so this became a perfect solution.

Paintings are always fun, especially when they are nice and affordable! I scored the two for less than $15!

As you could probably tell from the pictures I also bought some books, two of them are on sewing, one on junk style, one on making your own accessories, and one cook book!

I hope this inspired some of you to go check out your local thrift store! Thrifting is fun, easy and green!

xo,

Z

2012 Resolutions! Because you gotta have some!

Alright, are you ready for mine? If you are making a list on your blog, let me know, by leaving a link below, I am so curious to see what other people are putting on their list! Xoxo

1. Read more, and not just check out books from the library, but take my Nook out! I haven’t read it since my flight in July! How crazy is that??? And it’s full of great books! Trust me!

2. Get a job! And the one I like too!

3. Eat healthier (yes, I am talking organic, and if you are going to hate me for becoming one of those Trader Joe’s freaks, oh wait, I think they are called hipsters, well it’s your choice 🙂 )

4. Stop buying make up! I have plenty, so I am not going to buy anything unless I run out, or unless it’s given to me as a gift!

5. Do at least one DIY project a week for you, my lovely readers!

6. Keep working out (I’ve been doing a pretty good job, so I just want to continue)

7. Go to Colorado! (Yes, Doug and all my other CO friends, I am putting this on the list!)

8. Go to a Twins game, preferably when they will be playing Phillies, so that I can watch the latter win!

 

 

 

9. Bring my mom over for a visit!

10. Become a better organizer!

 Don’t be shy! Share yours!!! Happy 2012!

November Wish List

1. A carpet bag – Thanks to SammyD of Sammy Davis Vintage, I am now searching for the perfect carpet bag, hopefully I find one soon, so I can show it off to you guys.

2. A faux fur vest – I have recently blogged about this last week, but it’s something I am also looking for at the moment!

3. DVF wrap dress – Ever since I started reading her biography, I fell in love with this woman even more. I don’t only love her clothes, but I can relate to her in so many ways.

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4. Books – Dying to get my hands on some books this season. I am so tempted to just go and spend them all at the Barnes & Noble on Nicolette 😉

What’s on your wish list this month?

Xo,

ZhenyAH!

Book Endings. Happily Ever After.

Ideas for blog posts come to me unexpectedly, in some unusual places and situations. This one came to me at church! I remembered the good old story of “Footprints”, and how popular it was about 10 years ago. I also remember how back in high school one of my friends gave me a sci-fi book to read, and said that I was going to like the ending. Well, when it came to the ending, it was something I already knew! Translated into Russian story of Footprints! My first reaction was – SERIOUSLY? and then I had to break the news to my friend and say that I’ve already read the story, and more over, the story was of a religious origin! Yeah, I think that friend is still amazed at the rip-off. I mean, you (the author) has just written an entire book, and he/she couldn’t write their own ending?

So this got me thinking about the different book endings. I decided to pull some books off my shelf and do an experiment. These are the endings I have read:

– And so it is!

– They look just like Jesus!

– After all, – thought I, – I’ll be able to buy a house here in a few years. And by that time, this cute butler, carrying my folding chair, won’t be as annoying!

– And, after hanging Hemul’s mittens on the front porch railing, where he would be able to see them, they entered the house, in order to fall back to sleep, waiting for spring.

– We will praise him for his plan and live for his purpose forever!

There are endings that make you cry, laugh, leave you indifferent, that you remember for the rest of your life, that you forget the next day, that inspire you, that demotivate or motivate you. Ever since I traded books for one of these

I almost feel like I have been reading less. And the desire to finish the book has switched from that eagerness to turn the last page, to eagerness to see that grey bar fill up all the way. Reading a nook for me is like a video game, or a program installation progress. It’s not done, until the bar is filled!

Endings wise though:  aren’t we all looking for the “Happily Ever After”? Sometimes I just want to fall back into childhood, where there was nothing, but fairytales, and imaginary creatures, and some occasional Shreks and Wicked Witches of the West! After all, it’s all relative.

Xoxo

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