Monochrome Me {Thrift Style Thursday}


This red dress won by popular vote and by default, based on what you said on Twitter anyways. I do have more red items in my wardrobe these days, especially after my last thrift haul. And when Monochrome theme Thrift Style Thursday came around, I thought to myself, why not go all red? I know it may seem like too much, but I am also showing ways and offering tips on how to tone it down, so sit tight!


The dress is Calvin Klein, size 4P, I am lucky like that, I can pull of petites. But of course this dress is sleeveless, which makes it so much easier. It also creates a nice waistline, thanks to the cut. And the best part is – it was brand new from Goodwill for only $8.99.

The shoes have already been featured in last week’s Thrift Style Thursday post, and I am madly in love with them! They are a darker shade of red, which helps create some contrast, unlike the clutch. Yes, the clutch matches the dress in color almost to a T. I won it in a giveaway over 3 years ago. I wish I used it more often.

Not so sure about the whole red thing? Throw a different colored blazer on top and/or put on another pair of shoes. Trust me it makes all the difference? Want to see?





Would you wear a monochrome outfit? Why or why not? Exciting news, we have started a Pinterest board for all of the Thrift Style Thursday bloggers! Make sure to check it out and follow if you like! Also don’t forget to check other girls’ posts!

Spoolish // Buttons and Birdcages // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J

Alligator Toe // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex

Eclecticity // Confessions of a Refashionista

Let’s connect:

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2013 in Outfits

2013 Has been a great year! I can’t express how grateful I am for all the opportunities that have come over the past 12 months! I really had a great time growing and developing! I left refashions behind to pursue style and beauty blogging. Don’t get me wrong, I still throw in an occasional DIY or two, but refashions weren’t really my thing! I had an amazing time being a part of Verizon Wireless Style Voices, traveling to Chicago and having fun with my new devices. If it wasn’t for Verizon the images on this blog would’ve still been crappy iPhone quality! And now I am finishing the year off with a trip to New York, follow my adventures on Instagram and Twitter! The hashtag is #backinNYC and I’ll see you in 2014!

Happy New Year!



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Fit Fur a Queen {Thrift Style Thursday}

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When it comes to fur, I like it all! It’s warm, it’s cozy, it’s snuggly. I hate getting out of bed these days, especially when the alarm goes off at 5.45 am. I am so not a morning person (are you?), that’s why comfy oversized sweaters, dresses, and this vest have become my uniform!

Fur also brings memories of the Russian fairy tales, I used to watch as a child!

Princess or not, this outfit makes me feel like a million bucks!

Happy Thrift Style Thursday!


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Looking for more fur?

Martyna // Spoolish

Miche // Buttons and Birdcages

Nout // Sandpaper Kisses

Justine // The Two Cent Chick

Alex // Snippets with Alex

The NEW Sigma Enlight Collection

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Disclosure: I received this collection for review, in exchange for my honest opinion. All Sigma products have been provided by the company, other products are my own.

Holiday makeup kits are probably one of my favorite parts about the holidays in general! And today I have the privilege to talk to you about the new Sigma Enlight Kit that will be available on Black Friday!

I am going to share a quick overview/review of the new collection, and show you the look I created using some of the products.

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The collection includes:

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I am going to admit, the brushes and the eyeliners are my favorite part! Having been obsessed with palettes and eyeshadows for a long time, I finally started getting over it! I definitely like the blush and the variety of eyeshadow primers. The lip glosses were also a pleasant surprise, since they are not sold in the store yet!

Have you also noticed how everything comes in sets of 3 (and the eyeshadow palette has 9 colors, so 3 sets of 3 – I just thought it was extra cool!)

Now for the look!

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I used Eye Shadow base in Neutralize, eyeshadows in Russet and Mild Mannered, eye liner in Vintage, my Cover Girl Flamed Out Mascara, Cover Girl lose powder (that I  applied with my Becca Brush), Serene blush (that I applied with my Eco tools brush), and Tint lipgloss!

And this is why I wear makeup! (It took Sam three tries to spot the difference! Bless his heart! I have the best husband ever!)

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I did notice that the primer doesn’t hold eyeshadow for as long as I would want, and the eyeshadow can get messy during application. But the brushes are amazing, and I realized I haven’t been giving Sigma brushes the attention they deserve (I guess the excessive amount of reviews on YouTube turned me off!) I know I will definitely be stopping by the Sigma store at the Mall of America every time I am there now, there is a lot to look at, play with and try!

What do you think of Sigma, my look, and the importance of wearing makeup in general?

Happy Hump Day! Don’t forget to join in tomorrow for some holiday looks on Thrift Style Thursday!


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The New Icons

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I love a plain white T and jeans outfit, and it only makes sense that it’s my go-to look on the weekends! It’s comfy, chic and I can’t even tell you how important a great pair of jeans is!

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I have finally convinced Sam to climb to the top of the stairs at the south side of Main Street in Stillwater! And it was amazing! Oh the view! We also took a walk around the block at the top of the hill. I don’t know what it is about Stillwater, maybe it reminds me of New Jersey, the first place I really lived in in the US… but I love it! It’s just so historical compared to everything in Minnesota! Sam says he’d rather stay on the west side though 🙂

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I am wearing:

Scarf10 Dollar Mall

Striped Blazer10 Dollar Mall

The New Icons Shirt – Romwe

Color Block Crossbody Bag10 Dollar Mall

Jeans10 Dollar Mall

Flats 10 Dollar Mall

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I hope you enjoyed the outfit and the pictures! Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for Thrift Style Thursday post 🙂 Girls and I will be styling hats!



Colored Tights, Stillwater Love

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Stillwater is probably one of my favorite places in Minnesota. It is nothing more than just a main street with antique shops and local boutiques. But it is so much more! Yesterday was Sam’s Birthday and we met his best friend in Stillwater for lunch at the Dock Cafe. And of course walked along the waterfront. It so happens that every last Sunday of October is a Trick-or-Treat day, so you see the cutest and weirdest costumes all over town. Great inspiration for those who still don’t know what they want to be for Halloween 😉 It reminded me of trick-or-treating in Manhattan, going around the local businesses, the dry cleaners, the bank… And, need I say this, the weather was gorgeous!

Happy Monday and have a great week!


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I got shot… with a camera!

Some exciting news are coming to! But before I can spill the beans, I want to show you some exciting pictures I got taken of me by a photographer. It was all from waist up, so I am going to leave you guessing what they were for, but I’ve already updated my Facebook picture, as well as my Twitter icon, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t recognize me 🙂





{27 Dresses} Dress 11: Going to a chapel…


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Sam’s cousin got married last Saturday! Congrats Danny and Amanda! We are absolutely excited for you!

And even though I won’t be sharing any of your wedding pictures (that’s 100% your prerogative), I will share some of mine 😉

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The inside of beautiful Pilgrim Evangelical Lutheran Church

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I am wearing:

Dress – Ann Taylor, NecklaceAnna Tail Designs, Shoes – Mossimo, Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs

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The reception was at a St. Paul College club. I don’t know St. Paul really well, but the trip out there made me want to explore that city! So maybe one of those weekends 😉

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Of course I had to take the picture of the cupcakes! They were delicious – the best icing I’ve had in a long time!

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I was absolutely in love with this light fixture! Now if only I had where to put a similar one!

Once again, congrats Dan & Amanda!

Lot’s of love,

Zhenya (and Sam)

I wouldn’t have been able to take any of these amazing photos without my Samsung Galaxy!

Disclosure: I am participating in a Verizon Wireless blogger program, and received the device and 6 months of service for free, in exchange for my honest opinion. For more information, please click on the Verizon Voices Icon!


1.5 oz of Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream

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Hello and welcome to the Beauty Week on Being Zhenya! Today I am going review a BB cream by Hydroxatone (#BetterBB), which arrived in my mail box a couple of weeks ago! See, I’ve recently joined iFabbo and this was one of the first products I “bought”!

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I don’t think you know, but I’m the biggest BB Cream fanatic out there! I don’t use foundations anymore. There is no point, especially during the summer when it’s so hot and I’m outside a lot whether for work, gardening or sailing!

So let’s talk this BB!

The manufacturer claims that it:

– Shields the skin with powerful broad spectrum SPF 40,

– Protects from the elements and oxidative stress with potent antioxidants,

– Soothes and nourishes with natural anti-irritants and vitamins,

– Evens out skin tone and brightens dullness and discoloration with active Vitamin C and advanced encapsulated peptide,

– Reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and overall skin aging, as it firms and lifts, making skin instantly look flawless and more youthful!

And here is what I have to say: 

First of all it came in a bigger size than what the website said! More product for me said I and put it right on my dresser!
Second, the SPF factor in this BB is 40! How awesome is that? We need all the sun protection we can get these days, especially me, since I am in my late 20’s.
Third, the tone matched my skin perfectly (I got Medium shade), but it did go on quiet thick and the color was lighter than after I blended it in!

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Fourth, the retail value of this was almost $50, and I got it free, nothing beats that, does it?
Fifth, it is lightly scented, and I know to some of you that may be a downside, but I actually like it!
Now let’s talk application:
In spite of the fact that it’s a cream, I always wear a moisturizer underneath. I spread my BB with fingertips and use a powder finish on top. Plus add blush. I haven’t been using bronzer as much this summer, because I’ve been getting so tan.

Stay tuned for my Go-to Summer (hot weather) Make-up Tutorial later this week!

Have a great Sunday!



{27 Dresses} Dress 3: Top Knot

Have you ever wondered what your hair would look like after you’ve been wearing it in the top knot for the whole day? Today you’ll find out!


Here is a dress I’ve had since my NYC days, so circa 2009. I got it at the famous Housing Works on the UWS! I absolutely loved that store, for some reason there was always something there for me! So if you can – go check it out! It’s on Columbus and W 74th St!

And if you ever wondered what a top knot does to your hair… Well, here is the answer!



Happy Hump Day!
The weekend is almost here!