Dandelion Queen

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Saturday after all the rain has passed, Sam and I went to one of our favorite places in the Twin Cities – Lake of the Isles. If you’ve never been to the Twin Cities, that Β is probably the number one place I would recommend you go to! We don’t have Central Park, like some of you, lucky New Yorkers, but we love what we’ve got!

And of course I had to take advantage of my new Samsung Galaxy camera*, and get some shots!

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I AM WEARING: Dress (which is actually a skirt πŸ˜‰ ) – Orsay (Bought in Russia) //

Vest – Ralph Lauren (thrifted) // Bag – vintage Via PiaggiΒ // Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs //

Sandals – Target

How was your weekend? Did you go to your favorite place? If so, tell me about it!



Disclosure:Β 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.

Loving Fall

Enjoy the warm fall everyone!


Being Zhenya Updates. AGAIN

I know, you are all probably tired of my updates, but so many things have been going on in my life, that I can’t help, but share πŸ™‚

After my very unfortunate incident with a manager from Sanctuary Salon Spa in Minneapolis, I was thrown into the pool of “I have to find a new hairstylist” people. See, I am not really a person who jumps from chair to chair. I like to find a good stylist and stick to them. Fortunately for me one of my friends recommended Ray, and needless to say – he was amazing! He works at Studio 54 which is right on Nicolette and 54th street! So if you are looking for a good stylist – definitely check him out!

Here is what my hair looks like now:

About a week and a half ago we went to Kielbasa Festival at Kramarczuk’s in North East Minneapolis. It’s right across the river next to St. Anthony Main.


I really wanted to see Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapels. We did get to see the show, but unfortunately they ran out of the signature beer mugs. Hopefully I’ll be able to score one in a local thrift store or something πŸ™‚


And an awesome picture of us with a Matryoshka doll:





As some of you already know, I quit my Macy’s job, I don’t work at Clinique anymore. I am now a toddler teacher at the New Horizon Academy. I survived my first week at my new job, and to be honest this week is kind of easier, at least Monday went pretty well, and that’s like 50% of the week, right? πŸ™‚

We also said good-bye to our MINI, a car that was in Sam’s family for the past 10 years. We traded it in for a Toyota Yaris, which is an automatic, while the MINI was a manual, and I can actually drive the new car! In fact, I am now the main driver in the family πŸ™‚ How exciting!


As one of my girlfriends referred to it – it’s a lipstick color car πŸ™‚



I have also discovered a new hang out spot for my lunch breaks – DUNN Brother’s on the corner of 2nd and 3rd, near the Stone Arch Bridge. So if you want to stop by and say hi – I am usually there around 1.30 pm, reading my book πŸ™‚

The sunsets have been gorgeous lately, I wish I could post a hundred pictures of each one, but we’ll keep it simple:


I know I haven’t blogged a whole lot lately, new job, transitioning from retail back to childcare and all that, but I am hoping to jump back on the regular blogging train, so that I can entertain you with more and more exciting stories and DIYs from Minneapolis.

Lots of love,



Decorating White Keds

A few weeks ago I got a pair of Mossimo (Target brand) white keds at Goodwill outlet. Surprisingly, they fit. And they are extremely comfortable too. But I want to add a little more of a personality to them. So tonight, after Sam and I took a long walk around Lake of the Isles, I came home determined to look up some ideas on the Internet and Pin them! But I also want to ask your opinion, and based on the vote (assuming there is one), I’ll transform the ordinary into extraordinary and share my experience with you!

So here are a few ideas from my Pinterest board:

You can also view them if you visit this link.

I am also kind of tempted to put lace on them, you know me, I’ll stick lace on anything πŸ™‚

So please let me know which idea you like the best, by either commenting or voting! And I’ll post a DIY next week!



OOTD and some new shoes

Hey everyone, I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I know I did πŸ™‚ And thanks to everyone who was a part of it! You all rock! I wanted to share an outfit and my two new pairs of sandals today. I know it’s not a lot, but the outfit is practically all thrifted and the shoes were buy one get one 50% off at Target! By the way the coupon is still there, and by there, I meanΒ http://coupons.target.com/#lnk=GlobalPromise|&intc=263580|null

Just click on the apparel and accessories on the left and it’ll pop up! I just think that getting 2 pairs of shoes for $25 is pretty amazing, even if I am going to wear them only for a season!

Now on to the outfit! I am wearing a thrifted Calvin Klein dress, and a thrifted Gap jean jacket, the shoes came off a clearance rack at Marshall’s and were only $15! Too bad I totally ruined one of them on Saturday night when we went out to the W hotel :/

And here are the shoes! My friend Kara was wearing the same pair as the one on the left when she came over on Friday, and I loved them so much, I had to get my own! And the other pair was something I picked up just so that I could get the coupon to work!



Outfit of the Yesterday

I was going to post these pics yesterday, but since I ABSOLUTELY had to share my pictures of some Hideous Hats, here it is – My Outfit of the Day, September, 25

Sam and I took a walk to the Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun, the pictures are from the latter!

The outfit breakdown (for those who really want to know πŸ˜‰ )

Shoes – UO (probably the most expensive part of the outfit – something around $30)

Skirt – $4 – Steeple People

Purse $3 – Vintage, Steeple People

Belt and Scarf – Banana Republic – FREE (swapped πŸ™‚ )

Shirt Banana Republic – FREE – freecycled in NYC

Jacket – Forever 21 (this jacket is 5 years old, I got it in Chicago, and it’s one of the brands that Forever 21 has since discontinued, I think it was around $15, but I am not sure)

Sunglasses – Steve Madden – from TJ Maxx – $8

Hope you had a great Sunday πŸ™‚