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Rain, Rain, Go Away Outfit of the Day

Spring is slowly on it’s way to Minnesota! And even though it rained this past Saturday, Sam and I still made it to one of our favorite places in Minneapolis – Target overstock basement at the Salvation Army! And here is what I wore:

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Jacket – Land’s End, thrifted Salvation Army

Jeans – Mossimo (Target brand), thrifted, Salvation Army

Boots – Macy’s, Christmas gift from Sam, 4 years ago, I think?!

Bag – Coach, thrifted, Salvation Army

Scarf – Banana Republic, from a clothing swap

Our trip to SalVal was surprisingly good! I found a GE juicer for $25, and let me tell you, I’ve been juicing ever since:

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So let me know what are some of your favorite juicing recipes are! I will be definitely sharing some of mine later this week or early next week, once I’ve tried a few more out!

I hope you all had a great weekend!

Xo,

Zhenya

2012 in Outfits

Happy 2013! Here is to more subscribers, readers, followers, and quality posts, and to a 365 times better year!

Feel free to click on the month to be taken to the original post!

I do have to come clean, I didn’t have any outfits for January and February, so I substituted them with a couple outfits from March and April :)

January 2012

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February 2012

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March 2012

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April 2012

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May 2012

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June 2012

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July 2012

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August 2012

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September 2012

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October 2012

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November 2012

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December 2012

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And don’t forget that:

 

 

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Happy 2013!

Z

 

Outfit of the Day: Dashing through the Snow

Last Saturday our family had an early Christmas celebration, opening presents, a great dinner, taking family photos by the tree after too many glasses of champagne… The whole 9 yards!

I also got Sam to take a few shots of me, and give or take, my husband is a great photographer! So here we go, my outfit of the day!

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Boots: Corso Como $6 – Steeple People

Dress: Anthropologie – $15 – Clothes Mentor

Scarf: Thirfted back in my NYC days

Cardigan: Mossimo $7

So here you have it, my very inexpensive, but fun Christmas outfit! Thrifting will never be  substituted by shopping in my world!

Happy Monday!

Z

Style tips from DVF

A couple days ago I went to a Russian Wives get together. And let me tell you, it was worse than Real Housewives of Whatever! From the generation gap, to the endless conversations about children, to nasty comments and finally a confrontation that should stay unmentioned, nothing could get me out of the hole I’ve fallen into in a matter of hours. The only way out for me was reading fashion magazines, and so I did!

 I came across some great Personal Style tips from DVF and decided to share them with you! I think that when it comes to personal style, it’s always better to follow someone’s guidelines and then, once you learn more about what looks good, and what doesn’t, you can go on your own and choose your own pieces.

1. Wear Perfume – it’s sexy, you are going to smell good, and it will help attract a man into your life, if you don’t have one :)

2. Go for Statement Jewelry – whether a bold necklace or a bright bracelet, that type of jewelry is definitely one of the top choices these days. My favorites are the statement rings

3. Be the woman you want to be! Be happy, be positive, be radiant.

4. When getting a new pair of shoes remember – Shoes should always elongate your legs! See the previous post on UGGs – I think the designers of that brand finally got it right! ;)

5. Take your beauty routine with you – I am not telling you all to turn into a nomad and hoard loads of stuff with you, but grab a small make up bag and stuff it with some essentials that you know you are going to need. For me any sort of face powder is a must have, everything else can stay at home!

6. Own a wrap dress – Why? Because they are flattering for all body types, now stop asking questions and start beautifying yourselves!

And always remember to leave uncomfortable or stiff clothes behind!

I hope you all enjoyed these tips and will take them into consideration! I know some people who should really look into those ;)

Xo,

ZhenyAH! 

 

 

 

Russian Dolls

In Russia every woman is a doll.

Zhenya H

Have you seen that show? It’s on Lifetime! I first heard about it a bout a year and a half ago. One of my friends told me they had castings for a Russian version of Jersey Shore. That was when she told me to get on that show too. Now who is the crazy one?

My husband and I have watched the first episode together, once the second one came around, he couldn’t take it anymore, it gave him a headache. So now I am on my own!

2 episodes later I can definitely tell you that Russian Dolls are nothing like Jersey Shore, we, ladies and gentlemen, have been hit with another Real Housewives, it’s just they have a Russian accent.

The scene where one of the older women goes shopping for jewelry, after her husband just gave her $25,000 and she asks him – What can you buy nowadays for $25,000? is just like when one of the housewives (Teresa Giudice) goes jewelry shopping in Atlantic City. And, honey, back to your question about 25 quid – I have a lot of answers to that!

The one exciting thing about the show are the three young girls ( only because I can relate to them more, since we are closer in age)

Unfortunately that is the only thing that makes them relatable for me. At least one of them knows how to cook borscht!

One of my Russian friends told me earlier today that she has no desire to be associated with those women from the show. And the funny thing is – once you tell people you are Russian – they ask you one of the two questions (or sometimes both) – Are you a mail order bride? and Have you seen Russian Dolls?

I simply want to tell you, that not all Russian women are like the ones in the show. And not all Russian women are mail order brides either. We are not gold-diggers, or poorly educated blondes, who are looking for a sugar daddy. We just want a fresh start, and the possibilities, we would’ve never had in Russia. And if you see me in the street and start speaking Russian to me, I will probably reply back in Russian. I do say “Zdravstvyite” to the local jewish grandma’s after all.

So watch Russian Dolls, don’t watch it – it’s up to you, just remember – it’s TV and it’s all entertainment! So have FUN!

 

 

PS. And remember – this is what a real Russian Doll looks like ;)

Also, there are some pretty awesome Russian Doll necklaces available on the Internet and even at Target. I couldn’t find the exact picture of the one they sell there, but it looks something like this

 

 

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