Vivienne Tam Skirt

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The thrift find of my New York trip was definitely this Vivienne Tam skirt, which came brand new, with tags, but wouldn’t have been mine, if it wasn’t for Samantha (of Lipstick Affirmations), who is the perfect thrifting buddy and I am so lucky to call her my friend (You know how you meet other bloggers on line, and then finally meet them in person and you just click? Like you’ve been friends forever? That’s exactly how it felt!) And to top it all off, it only cost me $10, definitely the cheapest, but trendiest thing in the whole ensemble.

I have to be honest with you, this winter has been really hard on me, there is so much snow, the wind chills that made it feel like -50F, how long it lasts here… I got over the “winter wonderland” myth in under 2 weeks! I am ready to see some green, some grass, some sunshine that will melt it all away!

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And since I keep hearing from a lot of you that I look cold in my pictures, I put on a jacket 😉

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Vivienne Tam Skirt, Philip Lim 3.1 for Target button down, Shell necklace from Italy, Salamander boots, Philip Lim for Target Mini Satchel in taupe, Juicy Couture jacket, Salamander Boots, Lipstick – Bobbi Brown in Slopes, Nail Polish – Sally Hansen in 510 Pat on the Black 

How was your weekend?



PS. Don’t miss tomorrows beauty post! It’s going to be about my hair care routine. If you follow me on Twitter, you know, I’ve made some drastic changes to the way I treat what’s on my head these days!

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Thrift Haul Where Shoulder Pads come to DIE!

Let’s call it my Christmas Thrift Haul! My finds are as unpredictable, as Minnesota weather! Megan from Mr C. & Me and I have been planning this thrift trip for a while, but last weeks SNOWPOCALYPSE delayed it. This weekend it rained… Yes, Global Warming is getting the best of our winters (I can always go back to Russia for that, but I hear it’s not going that well there either 🙂 )

I also dragged Dominika with us, and the clothes that she got is absolutely amazing! Especially (SPOILER ALERT!) vintage Christian Dior pants! But more on that later!

Our first stop was Arc Value Village in Richfield, where we found the Dior pants, as well as some Ed Hardy shoes. But being the geniuses that we are, we didn’t get the pants.

Then we hit up Goodwill in Bloomington, and Dominika found this amazing fuchsia shirt, and well, that’s when we went back to Arc to get those pants! Thank goodness they were still there!

Our next and final stop was Savers in Bloomington, and that’s where I ended up spending most of my “thrift allowance” money (Okay I just made that up! I don’t have a thrift allowance, but I try and follow the “$20 limit per store” rule that I stole from Sammy Davis. Maybe I should give myself a monthly thrifting allowance? What do you think?)

And here is what I got:

Fabric first!

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The top one is a really bright pink, and unfortunately my iPhone camera doesn’t do this fabric justice. The only thing I was really bummed about was the price. I paid $8.99 plus tax for 7.5 yards. Now the original tag was still attached to the fabric, and it read $7.50! What’s up with that Goodwill??? The middle and the bottom fabrics are meant for a dress I am planning on sewing sometime in the future! Hopefully soon!

I also got this awesome vintage pattern, and the great thing about it is – ONE SIZE FITS ALL! So come to me with your fabrics and we can make you a dress like this. I am planning on altering the sleeves, though!

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And finally the dresses! All vintage, all from Savers, $3.99 each! I love each and every single one of them!

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Of course two out of the three dresses came with shoulder pads, but I took them out faster than a blink of an eye! Now only to figure out what to do with them! They are so pretty, I can’t just throw them away!

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So? What do you think? Did I do well? Not so well! It all came to under $30! Don’t forget to check Megan’s blog and see what she got!

Have a great week!


Eleven Eleven, no we are not making a wish!

I was tagged by Lena from Coffee Cat in a post called Elevens:

This is how it goes…

  • You must post the rules
  • Post 11 fun facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions that the tagger posted for you & then create 11 questions to ask the people you’ve tagged
  • Tag 11 people and link them in your post
  • Let them know you have tagged them.

Fun Facts about Zhenya:

1. I sometimes talk about myself in 3rd person 😉

2. I knew I was going to live in the US since I was 14.

3. I’ve been to the States 3 times (a total of 2 1/2 years) before actually moving here for good.

4. I love bacon.

5. Some day I might just become Jewish, yes, I do have those occasional thoughts.

6. My English grades in school were always better than my Russian ones, even though Russian is my first language.

7. I can knit, crochet, cross-stitch, sew and make beads bracelets (no bragging here, just listing the facts)

8. Up until 9th grade I sucked in gym class, and then something happened and I got on the track team in High School, and later in college as well.

9. I have a Masters Degree in Cultural Studies, my senior thesis was about Russian-American inter cultural communications.

10. There was a period in my life when I did nothing but paint, I seriously thought of becoming an artist.

11. I have seen Keanu Reeves, Alec Baldwin, Kramer from Seinfeld, Charlotte and Miranda from Sex in the City, while living in Manhattan.

And here are my answers to Lena’s questions:

1. What is the biggest lesson your mother taught you?
The importance of saving money, because growing up we had very little.
2. If you had a chance to go on a date with one celebrity, who would you choose? Why?
Nicholas Cage, don’t ask me why 🙂
3. What is missing in your life right now?
Nothing really, ever since I got married, it’s been wonderful!
4. What is your guilty pleasure?
Brownies and White Chocolate M&M’s
5. What are your favorite stores to shop?
Thrift stores (Salvation Army, Goodwill), TJ Maxx and Marshalls, Opitz
6. You have a free evening at home; what would you do?
Chores (boring I know, but I’ve been working 6 days a week lately, so I really don’t have time to do them); if it’s not the chores – then watching TV with my hubby!
7. Why do you blog?
Because I can NOT to, I have been blogging since I was 19 or 20, and I believe I have a lot to say. I will admit that sometimes I have the celebrity syndrome, when I think I am extremely popular, but almost 100,000 views on my blog is really impressive, don’t you think?
8. What is/are your talent/s?
I am bilingual 🙂 That’s a talent alright. I also think I am a very talented interpreter.
9. If someone offered to pay for you next vacation, where would you go and why?
Colorado, because someone did agree to pay for my next vacation 🙂 And Colorado is simply awesome!
10. What makes you stand out in a crowd?
Usually my outfit, and my confidence (yeah the celebrity syndrome kicking in again)
11. What is your drink of choice at Starbucks?
I hate Starbucks, but if I absolutely had to get something from there, I would go with a soy based iced frappucino 🙂
Now my questions and the list of people who will have to answer them 🙂
1. If you had to be named after a city, state, or country (etc), which would you want it to be?
2. What did you do for your latest birthday?
3. What is your favorite commercial?
4. Have you ever been in a food fight? Where and when? And who started it?
5. Have you ever sold/donated your blood? If you haven’t do you want to?
6. Which cartoon character do you resemble the most?
7. What do you think Victoria’s secret is?
8. You can select one person from history and have them truthfully answer one question, who would you select and what is the question?
9. If you join the circus, what would you perform?
10. Have you ever eaten a crayon, or glue? Or what strange thing have you eaten?
11. What is the strangest name someone has introduced themselves as to you? What is their real name?
The next ELEVEN are:
Megan (duh!) – Mr. C & Me 
Lisa – Joliluja 
Anuschka – Into Mind 
Adriann – Madame Saslow
Have fun everyone 🙂

Great Vintage Finds and Thoughts on becoming a Vegetarian

Today has been one strange day, but every day is strange in Zhenyaverse! That’s why I blog about my life, and not my neighbors life. Besides if I blogged about their life, you all would be depressed and crying your eyes out. Well, let me tell you a secret, there are sad times in my life, especially when I go visit my Grandpa at the hospital. Good thing he will be home soon!

The first thing I want to share with you, is that Sammy D from Sammy Davis vintage added me to her blog roll! Yup! I made it, I am famous now 🙂 You can check it out here , I am right there under Fab Fashionistas! That’s right, it’s me! Love you Sammy D! I will be bringing you vintage from Russia! 🙂

As some of you know I have recently made myself a skirt, and it’s all vintage too, because fabric is from the 70’s or so, it has paisleys people! Alright! (Can you tell I am hyper? Because I am, it’s all that coffee I’ve had tonight! Coffee and yoga! If you have never done yoga check out Namaste Yoga by Kate Potter, right now! Go and google it! She is that amazing! Well finish reading the post first! 🙂 ) So today I was looking around and found these amazing pieces of fabric, in the colors that I absolutely love. I also found a pair of white gloves, so if you have any ideas when and where to use them (other than Minnie Mouse on Halloween), I will be extremely grateful.

My mind wanders on! I followed a recipe I learned from one of my friends at the Bridal Shower, and made this wonderfully – amazing vegetarian dish.

Now vegetarian or not, it’s worth trying. The veggies are from the frozen food isle, so is the dough! Butter the pan, put it all in, sprinkle salt and spices, add some oil, cover up with the dough, and bake for about 40 minutes at 350 F. For those of you chicken lovers – you can add that too!

I have tried becoming a vegetarian before. A few years ago when I worked at DHC, my friend Jessica showed me a book called “100 things to do before you are old and boring”! And one of them was “being a vegetarian for a week”. Back then my week ended several days early, because I just couldn’t resist spaghetti! Yes, I have great memories of camp food! So maybe now, I will actually stick to the plan! Let’s see if I can be a vegetarian for a week!

PS If you love sewing and have ideas on what magic I can do to those vintage fabric pieces, let me know!

Blogs I Read…

Some of you out there probably think that all I do is write my blog, well I do that, but not just that! I also read other people’s blogs! And today I wanted to share the ones I read the most. How and where do I find them? Honestly, all over the place, sometimes on WordPress, sometimes through Twitter, or Facebook. So here is a list of some of my favorite blogs, that I think you would enjoy reading too!


This is a blog written by an engaged couple, and their names, as you may have already guessed, are Spencer and Jana. For those of you lovers of romantic stories out there I highly recommend reading their engagement story! I really like the He says/She says idea, you can easily distinguish who the posts are written by!


A blog written by 3 (correct me if I am wrong) wonderful girls, one of which I have the privilege to know in person! I love the design ideas published there!


A blog about UWS (where I used to live, but which I love, sigh) written by Cheryl. I have more of a personal connection with this blog, nostalgic, if you want to put it this way! Very often images of streets stand in front of my eyes, I start remembering my time there, and miss it even more.


Also a NewYorker, just like the previous author, Sammy blogs about vintage fashion, but not vintage fashion alone. She has great inspirational, motivational, and other types of -ational posts, which I love. Also check out her YouTube channel! The Thrift Wars are a BLAST!


I just had to throw this one in here. Not because I love UO, but also because they have some great posts, really worth reading! I loved the one about Annie Novak, and her roof top organic farm in Brooklyn! Intrigued? Check that blog out!

I will be updating this list, and will definitely create a blogroll, so that you can access these awesome sites directly from my home page!