Nexxus New York Salon Care Collection Review

Disclosure: “This post is sponsored by Nexxus New York Salon Care, a product of Unilever, as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.”

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Summer is finally here and I am so glad to be spending all my free time outside, but with the sunshine, the heat and the humidity comes the question of hair care. While some would say – why bother? I think it’s extremely important to take good care of your hair, especially in the summer months. Besides, if the products you are using leave you feeling like a celebrity, who can say no to that?

You know you are Russian when your hair products are infused with caviar! But I wouldn’t have it any other way! Therappe and Humectress line by Nexxus New York Salon Care is a replenishing hair care line with caviar complex! Nothing fishy here, not even the smell! The line includes a line of shampoo, conditioner, lightweight conditioning mist, masque and serum infused with caviar complex to help your hair retain moisture. It’s perfect for normal to dry hair. My hair has been on the drier side, especially since I started getting balayage, so this line is my new go-to. I look forward to washing my hair so much more now, and actually have to remind myself not to do that every day. The products are enriched with concentrated Elastin, Keratin and Wheat Proteins to increase hair’s strength and manageability. In addition, new Protein Care Actives penetrate the hair fiber to repair protein structure, making hair stronger from within.

I am absolutely in love with the masque and caviar serum. The masque has a butter like texture that you won’t want to wash out, I use it once or twice a week depending on my hair condition, so if I spent too much time at the beach, or outside, I know my hair will need that extra masque boost.

The serum is the very first serum Nexxus has ever created! How awesome is this? It features concentrated conditioning oil encapsulated in pearls and suspended in a water-based rebuilding serum rich in nutrients and protein. You can use this serum on damp or dry hair. The best part is you can use it as often as you want, no harm in that, only benefits.

Now as important as hair care is, you can’t forget about styling. I stick to one simple rule of summer hair style – make it as easy and effortless, as possible. And Nexxus has a line for that. I was able to test Finishing Mist, Dry Shampoo and Mousse by Nexxus New York Salon Care.

Finishing Mist with fluid-fix complex helps me lock my waves in place if I am using my curling iron, as well as provides a lasting hold with a brushable finish.
Mousse with Keratin Protein offers styling with natural movement and beautiful fluidity, perfect for my on-the-go lifestyle.

And finally, the dry shampoo with pearl extract is truly a godsend. Dry shampoo would be one thing I would take to a deserted island, it’s that big of a necessity. I especially like this one, because it offers a quick refresher, without using too much of the product!

Nexxus New York Salon Care has turned my summer hair care routine around, making my hair more manageable, touchable, and fluid!

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NYFW SS15 Day 1 Recap

Here we go! Full on fashion, my favorite looks and recap of day one. Even though I am not attending or volunteering at Fashion week as I planned this September, #NYFW is at the top of my hashtag search on Twitter and Instagram.

The day started off with Nicholas K show, and with an exception of a few looks, the collection is very bad ass. Black, fringe and drapery are the three words that come to mind when I think of this collection. And yes, I would wear all of these!

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BCBGMaxAzria is where I want to go next, that’s the show I caught live right before my morning class, and that set the mood for the day. The bohemian-chic-luxe looks with fluttering silk dresses in delicate pastel shades that appeared on the runway to the best version of 500 miles I have ever heard, took my breath away. I want to wear nothing, but maxis in the spring of 2015. Practical? Not so much, but…

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Richard Chai created a collection full of neons and blues, with a good mix of darker, deeper colors in between. Shorter shorts and stripes for guys. Some color blocking for ladies.

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Tadashi Shoji was once again very regal, very chic, flowy, but more structured than BCBGMaxAzria. Overall amazing, and if Disney would ever agree to that, I think Tadashi should design all of the princess outfits!

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Thanks to Desigual I now know that floral crowns can be taken to new heights. And that pastel hair will transition into spring of 2015.

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Thank you Marissa Webb for all the black and white looks, for structured jackets and that pop of red in the end.

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And this is all the recap I have energy for today! And to end the post here is a quote from Joan Rivers whom I share “immigrant mentality” with. I’ll miss you Joan!

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MBFW Day 7 Recap + Favorites

On the seventh day of New York Fashion week Bibhu Mohapatra opened with beautiful dresses:

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Michael Kors‘ menswear pieces were more appealing to me as a woman:

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Midi dresses at Nanette Lepore impressed! Midi skirts are one thing, but dresses are absolutely another!

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Kaufmanfranco presented, among other designs, several different little black dresses:

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Boss was classic, well cut and structured, mostly midi:

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Neon and pattern exploded today at Betsey Johnson show! What can I say, that fashion star will outshine anyone! Is it wearable? You decide!

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Even though fall and winter seasons are often perceived as dull and dark, sometimes the soul longs for color, and that’s what Clover Canyon presented.

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Anna Sui brought more patterns, and color to add to the pool! Today was definitely more vibrant than any other day at New York Fashion Week:

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Emerald city called, Zang Toi, they left a message, that they are absolutely in love with your collection!

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Worst hair of the day goes to wigs at Cutecircuit:

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Happy Fashion Week my loves, it’s almost over!

Z

Fear Not

My biggest fear was I was going to hate it! Having lived on the east coast for 2 years, one year within a 30 minute train ride from Manhattan, one on the Upper West Side, New York had it’s spell over me! But I had the fear of being delusional. The night before I left I couldn’t sleep. Whether it was stress, or my sinuses infection, I kept waking up on the hour every hour. Less than 2 hours on the plane and it’s like I never left. The flipping each other off cab drivers, the view of Manhattan, it was all there and it was the same. I changed. New York didn’t. It stayed true to itself. And for this, I am grateful.

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Houndstooth & Vintage

Before there was snow, before there was winter, there was just me, in my houndstooth coat…

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The coat has seen it’s better New York Days, but I love it more each day. Maybe it’s the discontinued line, or the store that went out of business… But the memories we share will forever be ours!

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Do you have a piece in your wardrobe that is sentimental to you?

Happy Sunday,

Zhenya

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$$$ It’s all about the money, or is it? $$$

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Today’s post is probably not going to be something you usually see on my blog! I am sure by now some of you have the impression that I am a girl who spends all of her paychecks thrifting! And I can see where this can come from! I’ve been posting a lot of hauls and outfits lately! Let’s be honest, I do sometimes get carried away at a thrift store, and I need to watch my budget, but most of the time it really is not that much compared to a grand scheme of things, or let’s say a recent study by InStyle magazine that says – An average woman spends about $15,000 on makeup during her lifetime, and that’s not including skincare!

Before Sam and I got married, I lived on the East Coast nannying for some families. I wasn’t making a lot of money, in fact I was barely making anything (I never thought of myself or my family as rich or poor, I knew I had enough, and I think that attitude helped me a lot in life) through the Cultural Care Au Pair program, but I had my ways! When I moved to New York, I learned about Freecycle.org, and almost all of my clothes, books and health care products came from there! I also went to monthly swap meet ups organized by GrowNYC, where I would bring all the stuff I didn’t want, and go home with something I liked. Sam had a hard time believing I had all that clothes, without spending as much as a couple bucks on the subway ride, but I had my savings account to speak for me!

I was an Au Pair for 2 years, making under $200 a week, this is the time when Sam and I were in a long distant relationship. So even though I didn’t get to see him that often, I spent a lot of money flying to Minnesota almost every other month! But by the time we got engaged I had saved up over $12,000. Then I went to Russia for 10 months, where I was able to work from home and add on to the savings.

Now that we are looking into buying our first house, having saved enough for a downpayment, I reflect on where I came from and can’t express how thankful I am for everything I’ve been given!

I was born in a small town 3 hours east of Moscow. My mother was a civil engineer, my dad was a college drop out. My grandfather was a retired military man, a former KGB agent as I discovered later in life, my grandmother was a pediatrician, and if you ask me, the biggest workaholic I’ve ever known! We never had much! When I was in 6th or 7th grade I wore the same pair of jeans, the same turtleneck and the same sweater my mother knitted for me to school every day! And I couldn’t care less, until one of my friends, who was a year older than me came up and asked why I was wearing the same clothes everyday. To this point I am still grateful for that comment! This is when thrifting and hand-made clothing came into my life! My mom went above and beyond herself knitting and sewing outfits for me! Going to fabric stores was exciting! Going to thrift stores was an adventure!

By the time I was in 9th grade I was getting constant compliments on my outfits from peers and even teachers, even though I had the same pair of jeans as one of the guys in class! But that’s when unisex was in, so I didn’t care! I also never said no to hand-me-downs, and even though I didn’t have older siblings, I had plenty of friends and knew enough Missionaries who always left clothes behind!

College came around, and I made sure I got good grades to get a monthly stipend through the University. Yes, I got paid to go to school! This is probably going to fall into the “Only in Russia…” category. This was also the time when more and more thrift stores popped up all over our town, and they often had great sales, that I couldn’t resist!

Thrifting is what helped me continually save up money for my trips to Europe and the States, and now that I live here, it’s becoming my meal ticket! Finding a great thrift store takes time, so today I am going to share some of my favorite locations here in the Twin Cities, and the best times to shop there!

Salvation Army in the Warehouse district900 N 4th St, Minneapolis, MN  – every day is a 50% off a certain color, so stop by often! Plus they offer 50% off clothing during most major holidays! I am not even going to mention the Target overstock located in the basement – you have to see it for yourselves!

Steeple People on Lyndale and Franklin – 2004 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN – I blogged about it before, and I will do it again – they have great vintage selection, beautiful artwork and prints, great household section, etc., etc. The only downside is – they only take cash or check!

Goodwill in Hopkins1025 Hill St, Hopkins, MN – This was my go-to Goodwill when I used to babysit for a family in St.Louis Park! And I always referred to it as the Hopkins Goodwill, or Goodwill on Excelsior Blvd. Now why this particular Goodwill? – It’s cheaper, it has more vintage and authentic items, it’s been good to me! Generous if you want to put it this way! I can always find something that I like there! Now why am I not mentioning the Goodwill in Minnetonka, or Goodwill in Roseville, you may ask? The Minnetonka Goodwill will always be famous in my book for the Xanax pills I found in a pocket of one of the sweaters bought there! And Goodwill in Roseville is too good for me to be sharing it with you, but now I did, and now you know!

Savers – I am yet to find a Savers that I don’t like! Seriously, they need a Savers in every state and county! They never overprice vintage items, and the only pieces of clothing that can be pricey are the brand new ones, with original tags still attached. And don’t forget to sign up for a Super Savers Club Card, they will send you emails with special promotions and coupons!

So here you have it, the story of my life that revolves around thrifting! And I couldn’t be happier! After all, it’s not all about the money!

Happy Thursday everyone! And don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for a DIY friday fashion and style project and an important BeingZhenya announcement!

XO,

Z

PS. Please keep in mind that my husband and I don’t have any student loans to pay off, our monthly expenses are limited down to rent, groceries, gas and car payments, plus the occasional going out and thrifting shopping sprees!

In the next post on money related subject, we’ll talk about freebies and the best websites where you can get them!

 

Thanksgiving Outfitters: A Thrifter’s Tale

I tried my best to combine something thrifted, something vintage, something blue (oh wait, that’s a totally different story 🙂 ), and something modern in my Thanksgiving outfit. But a lot of it ended being something borrowed as well! So taking all of the above factors into consideration, it was almost like a wedding! Or was it? So without further adieu, I would like to present my Thanksgiving Outfit tale!

Once upon a time there lived a girl, who was absolutely fascinated by anything thrifted, vintage, or, even better, the combination of thrifted and vintage. And every time she put together an outfit, it was a special day, a celebration of sorts.

The morning of Thanksgiving our thrifter had a task, which appeared to be more challenging than it really is. How many of you have ever adjusted skirt waistband? How many of you have ever adjusted an elastic in the skirt’s waistband? Maybe due to the lack of sleep, or to the overwhelming memories of living on the Upper West side after watching Macy’s Day Parade, or to simple lack of attention (that, let’s be honest a lot of us suffer from) she had to redo the waist elastic 3 whole times! But it was totally worth it, because the skirt was $1.50 Goodwill find. Important lesson learned: When working with a wide elastic make sure it’s aligned properly before sewing it together!

 

The skirt was quite see-through, but a thrifted $2 vintage slip came to the rescue! The picture of which will not be included, because this is an appropriate, PG fairy tale !

The top that she wore that day came from far far away, all the way from overseas, from a country called Russia, because that’s where our thrifter was from. And it used to belong to her Grandmother. Unfortunately Grandma was now gone, but the memory of her lived forever in that vintage a little bit altered top! Lesson learned: Spend time with your loved ones and carry on memories of them not in your clothes, but in your heart!

 

Completed by a Mossimo top from a clarance rack at Target, $1 necklace from Steeple People, and the latest refashioned tote our thrifter threw on her modest black heels and walked to the car carriage, cherry pie in hand! Good thing it was 50F that day, or was it?

After a couple glasses of champagne, and traditional Thanksgiving lunch/dinner with a twist of cayenne pepper, the family decided to step outside for a nice walk, to let the food settle and make room for dessert, only to find out that the wind has picked up and the temperature dropped to 30F!

The weather’s cruel prank didn’t stop the family from their intended promenade. All it took was some extra clothes from parent’s closet.

 

The thrifter’s  fairy god mother mother in law spared the warmest angora coat and a beautiful beret, as well as a pair of stockings to keep the thrifter’s legs from freezing off.

And out they went into the cold! To take pictures and have lots of fun:

 

… for about 20 minutes or so, because it was indeed intolerable!

Lesson learned: No matter how cold it is, family time is important!

I hope you enjoyed my silly thrifter’s tale. Thrifting isn’t really that hard, but creativity is a must, especially when it comes to putting outfits together. And the final important lesson of the post is – Don’t overdo vintage/thrifted outfit. Take it slow and build up your confidence as you go along!

Have a great Wednesday everyone, we all need a little fairy tale in our lives every once in a while! I hope something magical happens to you today!

The Thrifter

“I miss New York” post

Sometimes Minneapolis just gets to me, all these women who wear see through pants and bright colored underwear, men who look like they came from a conveyor belt, patches of colored hair on dogs and people…

That’s when I look back at my life in NYC, sigh and promise myself that I am going to move back there someday.

And to help you understand what I miss, here are the photos and the outfits:

1. I miss the bull on Broadway, miss watching tourists take craziest pictures with it, and it’s balls, miss looking at it from the 8th floor of the building where I took my math class…

2. Miss hanging out with my girlfriend in Central Park, miss asking random (Russian) strangers to please take our picture, miss wearing my Converse, miss that pair of jeans…

 

3. Miss the fact that I could go into an H&M, buy a dress, change into it at the Grand Central Station, and rock it for the rest of the day exploring Columbia University and the UWS… My husband misses my blond hair (that’s for sure)

 

4. Miss going out, borrowing my friend’s clothes, miss Marquee, the best place to go dancing…

 

5. Miss going to Brighton Beach in the freezing cold weather, miss that Brooklyn Library with all the homeless people…

 

6. Miss Brooklyn Bridge, and not wearing make up in the winter…

7. Miss my Slovakian girls, miss this place, where some guy came up to me and said I looked too intelligent for this club…

8. Miss dressing up for a walk in the park, miss Alice, miss Twinkle Twinkle little bat…

9. Miss the reservoir, and all laps I walked/ran around it…

10. Miss “reading magazines” on a Sunday night in Central park… Look closer and you’ll see what kind of magazines I am talking about 😉

11. Miss going out – AGAIN – that you can never get enough of! Miss walking home all by myself through the meat packing district and not getting mugged or raped, miss taking Subway at 4 am, miss being the only person walking from 79th and Broadway to 82 and Central Park West

 

There are oh so many more things I miss about being in NYC, I can’t wait to go back, and one day I will, and everyone is going to know that I am back!

What do you miss in your life right now?

Xo,

Z

The Zhenya, or There and Not Back

I know this is going to seem weird, that I blogged about my first day in America before blogging about my trip here. But sometimes I just like doing things backwards. And it’s probably the jetleg kicking in as well!

My mom and I left Vladimir at about 3 am on Wednesday morning, the cab driver was super fast, we got to Sheremetyevo in under 3 hours! There were a couple times when I really questioned our driver, and whether he had cut out his license out of a cereal box or not! Once at Sheremetyevo I checked my bags, and after spending a little bit more time with my mom, I went to the passports control. It didn’t take a lot of time, and I soon found myself catching up on the latest episode of Chelsea Lately.

That’s when I saw one of the Russian TV hosts, Vladimir Pozner. He’s been on TV well for forever! I remember watching him when I was about 6 or 7, because the cartoons were on, right after his talk-show. He was very nicely dressed and so tan! I was going to go get his autograph, but Chelsea Lately was more important, and I couldn’t find him afterwards, talk about missed opportunities here.

Terminal D was a very pleasant surprise, nice and clean, free wireless, a cafe called “Mama Russia”. I was hanging out by one of the outlets, watching the Kardashians and Jerseylicious and charging my Mac at the same time, which was further away from the gate. When I finally came up to the gate I saw that they have put the blue tape all around it and before you could get on the plane they checked your documents again.

And this is when the fun began. So apparently I was chosen by a computer for an additional search. I mean the girl looked through everything. Made me turn on all of my electronics. Had me take sips of my water. I also had a deodorant in my suitcase, I asked her if she wanted me to apply it. Then I said that it was okay for her to be searching my stuff, she was only doing her job, and that was probably the one way for her to make money. She also asked me if I was going for work. I said I was immigrating, getting married and all. After the search was over she wished me “happiness in marriage” and off I went, waiting in the gate area with other passengers. Other than me they also searched one other girl. I guess the computer was determined to only have the airport employees to search 2 people on the flight that day!

The good thing was – I got two seats to myself, which meant 2 blankets, 2 pillows, but no 2 meals, which weren’t good anyways. Sorry Aeroflot, food sucked!

Once I got States side, everything was a breeze, especially after I DIDN’T forget to pull out my New York State driver’s license.

Coming to Minneapolis, I also got 2 seats to myself! And arriving here was like coming home! I finally got to see the apartment that Sam wouldn’t show me on Skype, keeping it a surprise. I love every square inch of it! Already thinking about decorating it, but don’t want to buy everything just yet, with the wedding coming up I know I will be able to register for a lot of things.

Tomorrow I get to see my dress! I’ve never been more excited. Also, Sam and I have started premarital counseling!

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