Urban Gothic

Happy Thursday! Today I put together two gothic inspired outfits for you. One is more precessional and office appropriate, while the second one is sassy and meant for parties, going out and dancing! Both of the outfits feature the same Elle brand dress I got from Megan of Two Birds at our Minneapolis Blogger Sale. Two pairs of shoes: Rampage Heels and Naturalizer flats that I am wearing were given to me by my coworker. I am wearing my husband’s old Timex watch. So the only things that I actually spend my money on were the purses: 3.1 Philip Lim for Target is the large tote bag that I feature a lot in my outfits, and my brand new Rebecca Minkoff mini bag that I got as a Birthday gift for myself from Shopbop.

Enjoy!

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Weekly Wear {May 17}

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Another week has come and gone, and this was a tough one. Sam’s grandma passed away, and even though we all know and feel that she is in a much much better place, and what’s more important, with the one she loved her whole life, Bob, it’s still hard oh the family.

I had a very hard time at work. The last two days have been from hell. I don’t know if it’s something in the water, but I am starting to lose my patience, and the best parts of my days are spent in bed or on the couch. I haven’t really worked out in days! And that’s not typically me.

I also went back to juicing. Mainly to go through all the vegetables in the fridge, so now almost all my recipes include carrots or celery. But once I am through with them, I’ll go back to Costco for more exciting combos.

Summer is looking more exciting than I expected. We are starting it off by getting new siding for our house (it still has the original 1950′s wooden tile) during Memorial Day weekend. Then we are road tripping to Milwaukee for a fun and exciting Midwest Bloggers event called Blogger Bazaar! And another road trip to my friend’s wedding in Colorado in July, we’ll be staying and hiking there for about a week afterwards. I am keeping my fingers crossed for a Chicago trip in August! And grateful for Sam who is on board with me when it comes to all these trips.

And tomorrow we get to go somewhere new and exciting for our family! So keep and eye on my Instagram. If you follow me on Twitter, you know what it is! But since it’s not my news to tell, I am going to stop, wish you all a great Saturday and invite you to link up your outfit posts!

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Эта неделя была очень нелегкой. В прошлые выходные умерла бабушка Сэма, и хотя мы все понимаем что ей сейчас намного лучше, и она с любимыми людьми, это очень тяжелая потеря для нашей семьи.

На работе был ад! Особенно в четверг и пятницу. Я просто не хочу там появляться. А когда прихожу домой, то только и хочется лежать на диване. О спортзале я давно забыла, что для меня удивительно.

Но я снова начала делать домашние соки. Основным ингредиентом сейчас является морковка или сельдерей, но это просто потому, что надо опустошить холодильник. Когда все это добро закончится, то можно будет съездить в Costco и купить другие продукты. Тогда миксы будут интереснее.

Лето обещает быть веселым и продуктивным. Через пару недель мы начинаем менять сайдинг на доме. Тут пока все облицовано деревом из 50-х!

В середине июня мы едем в Милуоки на распродажу одежды, аксессуаров и прочее блоггеров. Называется все это блоггерский базар. В июле мы едем в Колорадо на свадьбу, и задержимся там на неделю, чтобы насладится природой. И я очень сильно надеюсь, что в августе у нас получится съездить в Чикаго! Безумно рада что мой муж поддерживает все эти идеи, поездки и события!

Всем отличных выходных!

Vintage Teal

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Nothing like a vintage dress to make any outfit THE OUTFIT. This silk Liz Claiborne dress was made to be worn today. From the gold button detailing on the back, to the just below the knee length, I am in love. Vintage always makes a statement. I wore it on Mother’s Day last Sunday, celebrating with my husband’s family. Haven’t seen my mom in almost 3 years, these holidays are always bittersweet for me. Oh life of an immigrant.

Винтажные платья, что может быть лучше? Одеваешь такое платье, и больше ничего не надо. А какие пуговицы на спине! И длина отличная – чуть ниже колена. Я влюблена. Винтаж всегда в моде. В прошлое воскресенье мы отмечали День Матери. Мне нелегко в такие дни, потому что я не видела свою  маму около трех лет. Вот такая жизнь иммигранта.

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Outfit details: Vintage Liz Claiborne dress – Ragstock, Cut out booties – Forever 21, Belt – Target, Necklace – Wild Ruffle, Faux Leather Jacket – TJ Maxx, Bracelets – TJ Maxx and garage sale


Happy Birthday, Mama! С Днем Рождения, Мама!

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Мама спит, она устала,
Ну, и я играть не стала!
Я волчка не завожу,
А уселась и сижу.

Не шумят мои игрушки,
Тихо в комнате пустой …
А по маминой подушке
Луч крадется золотой.

И сказала я лучу:
– Я тоже двигаться хочу.
Я бы многого хотела –
Вслух читать
И мяч катать,
Я бы песенку пропела,
Я б могла похохотать.

Да мало ль я чего хочу!
Но мама спит, и я молчу.
Луч метнулся по стене,
А потом скользнул ко мне.
-Ничего, — шепнул он будто, —
Посидим и в тишине

Мама, я тебя очень очень сильно люблю, и каждый день скуаю! Я за столько тебе благодарна, что не выразить словами! Ты у меня самая лучшая и с тобой не сравнится никто!

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You guys, I don’t really post in Russian, but it’s my mom’s Birthday today, and I just can express how I feel. I am so grateful for everything. She’s always been kind, loving, understanding and wonderful to me. And I miss her every single day, because being in a long distance relationship with your mom is the hardest thing of all.

Happy-Birthday-Mama

Have a wonderful weekend, and remember to always love and cherish your mothers!

Zhenya

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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!

Zhenya

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Outfit: Sculpture garden at dusk

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Disclosure: 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.

There are oh so many things you can do with denim, so I finally decided to make a top from all the leftovers I had!

My goal was to make something reversible, something that you could wear both ways, something without back, or front… I also knew that I definitely wanted to incorporate crochet into this refashion.

I used two different pairs of jeans, cut off the pant legs, traced one of the tops that I had to get the size right, and added the embellishments:

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The crochet piece is made of a really thick cotton hemp like yarn. I followed a simple pattern, used a 3.5 mm hook, and after a couple hours and a couple blisters, I think it adds to the piece and makes it very unique!

I sewed the two sides together, finished the edges off with some vintage bias tape (thank you freecycle) and was ready to go! You can notice that in the picture above the zipper is positioned differently that in the pictures below! That’s because I decided to flip it upside down for a better fit and a vest-like effect that can be achieved with this top!

After I finished the top, I went to the Sculpture Garden, one of my favorite spots in the whole world! Hence, perfect for this photo shoot! So with my Samsung Galaxy in hand, I mean in Sam’s hand – that’s what it looks like …

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I am wearing:

Skirt – Refashioned Vintage // Boots – Steve Madden // Sunnies – Lucky the Weekender // Bangles – H&M // Bag – Vintage Coach // Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs

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Have a great weekend!

Xo,

Z

PS. I honestly think the photos turned out great, even though it was dusk – one of the hardest times of the day to photograph in my opinion!

We are also moving next week! Wish me luck!

Linking up wit Ruby Girl – Fashion and Faith


Rimmel’s Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara

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I have recently received a new product from Rimmel through my Influenster membership! And I was 100% sure I had to write a blog post about it, and then it turned out that I didn’t! But since I haven’t done a beauty post in a while, today is the day! Besides I love Rimmel mascaras and think that they are a perfect drugstore dupe for Bobbi Brown’s!

The product I got is called Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara (Grow Lash complex and fibres) in 001 black!

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It has one of those plastic brushes that I like, but if I am not careful enough, I do end up scratching the skin along my lash line (am I the only one out there who does it?)

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I usually apply at least 2 coats of this mascara, it builds up nicely and creates length! As far as the grow complex, let’s wait a few weeks and we’ll see! But if you want your lashes to grow, simply start taking the B-vitamins complex! That usually does the trick!

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That night Sam and I also went for a walk to the Stone Arch Bridge, and decided to explore the lower trail, which in some way reminded me of Congdon Park in Duluth, where he proposed!

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I am wearing:

Shoes and Bag – Fashionol // Jeans – Doll House // Tank – Forever 21 // Sweater – Voices of Europe //

Oversized jacket – Land’s End

Have a great Thursday everyone! And remember – it’s almost FRIDAY!

Xo,

Z

PS. I am also accepting honest opinions about the shoes and the bag! These products were sent to me for review in exchange for my honest opinion!

 


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A couple weeks ago I attended one of the Minnesota bloggers meet-up events, which was a yoga class lead by Katie of  Strawberry Halls Forever. It was an amazing experience, not only because I got to meet other bloggers in the area, but also because it was my very first yoga class!

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I have been doing yoga for over 4 years now, but never in a group! I am a loner (read cheapskate ;) ) when it comes to working out. I love my work out DVDs and videos I find on YouTube (check out Fitness Blender – it’s one of the best resources out there!)

Now I got into yoga by accident, and let me explain how it happened! Back in my good old nannying days when I lived on the Upper West Side everyone and everything breathed and talked yoga! You see I was always more of a runner, and I loved my strength training as well! Remember Cindy Crawford’s videos from the 1990′s? Those were my go-to workouts for many years! My mom got me into them back when I was in 8th grade! And I still do them 2-3 times a week, though I’ve switched over to Jillian Michaels since then! But let’s return to the UWS though… I was really into FIT.TV and since the family I worked for had Warner Cable, I took advantage of it every day! I got into Gilad’s workouts, and Namaste Yoga by Kate Potter was on right after! So I gave it a shot and FELL IN LOVE! And have been doing it ever since! I tried other workouts by other instructors, but Kate Potter won me over!

And even though I’ve been doing yoga all by myself for a long time, I feel like it’s one of those experiences you need to live through as a group, so one of my goals this summer is to find a yoga class to join, so if you know of a good one in Minneapolis and western suburbs area, please let me know!

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Another thing that I’ve come to realize is that I don’t really have any good yoga clothes, and to me being fashionable at yoga is much more important than when I go for a run. So as I was looking for cute yoga clothes, I came across C9 brand at Target!

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They have very affordable and stylish work out clothes, designed specifically for yogis :) And if you watch their website close enough, you can get coupons and discounts on C9 brand pretty often!

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Show style and strength in this yoga top by C9 by Champion, exclusive to Target!

3312 Bust a (yoga) move in these stylish, snazzy pants from C9 by Champion, a Target-exclusive line of fitness.

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Love yoga? Or just love comfy, stylish yoga pants that keep you covered no matter what? Whatever your yoga pants-wearing style, C9 by Champion at Target has you covered!

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What gives you peace and strength? Whatever motivates you, C9 by Champion apparel has you covered!
I am definitely going to Target to get myself some cute and colorful yoga tops and comfy stretchy pants (don’t worry, those will be worn to yoga classes alone ;) ) Where do you shop for yoga clothes and what type/style of yoga would you recommend?
Xo,
Z
Disclosure
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SAIC 79th Annual Fashion Show

As you know during my last weekend’s trip to Chicago I was able to attend SAIC fashion show! It’s a show put on by sophomores, juniors and seniors of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and they do a wonderful job! I actually have something special coming up on the blog next week, SAIC related, so stay tuned, you don’t want to miss it!

And the show was amazing! We all got to sit in the front row, take pictures and videos with our new Samsung Galaxy cameras (See Disclosure) and chat about the designs in between! I think the most interesting thing for me (other than the clothes of course) was reading the names of the students, and the different scholarships they’ve received!

Now I am going to let pictures and videos do the talking!

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I am wearing: Dress – Diesel (thrifted)//Jacket – The Limited (thrifted)

Boots – A.N.A (thrifted)//Clutch (not pictured) – ETRO (thrifted)

Necklaces – H&M, river pearls (Russia)

I hope you were able to experience some of the fashion show’s ups, because there were no downs ;)

Xo,

Z

Disclosure: 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.