I’ll take Silk over Cotton Any Day

Another day, another day off in pictures!

It started with me trying to organize this mess:

Which I think I tackled pretty well.

Then I met up with one of my girlfriends for an afternoon of pastries, coffee and consignment shopping!


And a close up of my skirt!

Remember what Diane Von Furstenburg used to say:

Be a woman, wear a dress!

My lunch (we actually split each one of those pastries in half 🙂 )

My new car NOT

My J.Jill $12 jacket:

Masha and I also ran across some interesting looking pants while at Fashion Avenue on 50th and France:

So what it’s going to be? Parrots? Dolphins? Dachshund? Or flowers?

When I came home, I made this recipe

It’s super easy and really tasty, and it’s okay to stray away from the ingredients list every once in a while, I didn’t have any fresh rosemary, but it turned out just fine! Also if you’ve ever been to Russia and tasted the Country Style Potatoes at McDonald’s there – those are even better! Seriously!

And for dessert, I had an Ugly 😉

It’s a giant meringue pastry from Patisserie 46 in South Minneapolis, tastes divine and costs only $1! Yes, I got myself 2 🙂 Plus the nuts used in this are walnuts, which makes it even better!

How was your day? And what do you think of the dress and the blazer? Please do share!



Days off are for…

I was more than excited to get Wednesday off. I honestly love getting a random day off in the middle of the week from my retail job, no seriously I do. I would rather work over the weekend or something, than 5 days in a row. Call me crazy, whatever.

Plus when one of my best girlfriends is in town only during the week, a day off is a must 🙂 So today wasn’t about laundry or chores or dishes (I did do the latter and ran my usual 2.5 miles), instead it was about a trip to one of the Calhoun beaches, Jamba Juice and doing nails!

View of downtown Minneapolis from Lake Calhoun, look how tiny the buildings are!

Kara and me in front of my building, we haven’t taken a picture together in forever, so today was a day to fix that:

I am also rocking my Ralph Lauren shirt, I got it last week at Opitz, if any of you remember! It’s amazing, my new favorite piece of clothing to wear these days!

And finally we went to the Russian store in Eagan (my Birthday is coming up, so I wanted my cake to be from there and only there) and MoA. I got some Birthday gift certificates from Aveda, and was anxious to use them. Look at my two awesome presents – a massage oil and perfume. I got to pick the scents too! It was super fun!

I hope you love your days off as much as I do and spend them if not with a purpose, but with a good friend 🙂



Updates on Being Zhenya

I haven’t been a very good blogger this week, I know. It’s just I’ve been too busy, ended up working throughout the entire Memorial Day weekend, though Sam and I managed to make it to his parents’ for the most amazing grilled burgers I’ve ever had! Then today was my last day with Peanut (the little girl I babysat for the past 5 months). It always amazed me how fast kids grow, and I know that now that I won’t be seeing her every week, she’s going to be practically unrecognizable next time I see her (I am planning on seeing her sometime in the future, it’s not like I am moving out of state). So it’s been pretty busy/emotional/exhausting over the past few days. I came home today drained, maybe that’s why Sam and I ended up having pancakes for dinner.

Starting Monday I’ll be full-time in Clinique, that should be fun, I am excited for that. Plus I’ll have more time to do my crafts, and go back to sewing, crocheting and all the other fun stuff I used to do. So stay tuned for those posts.

Another important thing – if you are in the Twin Cities area you have to go to ALDI and get strawberries for $0.99! I am not kidding! I’ll never pay $2.50 at Target again! I got a whole bunch of blueberries for $1.49, some blackberries and mangos for $0.39 each! Talk about eating healthy and saving money!

I also have more product reviews coming up, like the one on my new favorite hairspray, and a shampoo/conditioner combo that was a pleasant surprise.

I hope you all had a good day,

I’m going to finish my peppermint tea and do some chores around here!



На этой неделе я реально была плохим блоггером, и я прекрасно это понимаю! Я была очень сильно занята, работала все праздники, но мы с мужем все-таки смогли вырваться в гости к родителям и я попробовала самый вкусный бургер, приготовленный на гриле, который я когда-либо ела! Сегодня был последний день у моей малявки (маленькой девочки, за которой я смотрела последние 5 месяцев). Меня всегда поражало как быстро растут дети, а теперь когда я не буду больше видеть ее каждую неделю, она вырастет до неузнаваемости (я планирую изредка ее навещать, не в другой же штат переезжаем) Поэтому последние несколько дней были сумасшедшие/выматывающие/чересчур эмоциональные. Я пришла домой настолько опустошенная, что на ужин приготовить смогла только блины!

Начиная с понедельника я перехожу на полную ставку в Клиник, чему очень рада. Плюс у меня появится намного больше времени на шитье, вязание крючком, и прочее рукоделие, которым я раньше занималась. Поэтому ждите, скоро будут посты из раздела – Своими Руками.
Теперь о важном! Если вы живете в районе Миннеаполиса/Сейнт Пола, то немедленно должны отправиться в магазин ALDI за клубникой, которая там стоит всего 99 центов! Это не шутки, и я больше никогда не буду платить за такое же количество ягод $2.50 в Таргете. Я также купила черники и еживики за $1.49 и манго по 39 центов каждое! В общем здоровое питание и экономия денег – два в одном!
Также в ближайшем будущем вас ожидают обзоры на продукты, например мой любимый лак для волос, и шампунь/кондиционер, которые меня приятно удивили.
Я надеюсь у всех был отличный день, а я пойду допью мятный чай и сделаю домашние дела.