St. Jude Theater of Dreams

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Last Thursday I was able to ditch work early to head over to Stage theater in downtown Hopkins to attend St Jude Theater of Dreams. And of course I have a funny story to tell. I was planning on changing into a different dress for the night, but as I was putting it on in the bathroom, the zipper split. So on the verge of nervous breakdown, and fear of being late, I got into my husband’s car and he dropped me off at the event. I ended up changing back into the first dress I was wearing all day. And the dress with the broken zipper? I am planning on refashioning it into a skirt!

The night was great. Celebration of the 3rd annual St. Jude Theater of Dreams started with a Gourmet Pizza Party, premier of The Wiz, and Sweets Reception in the end. There was also an icee truck that I might have taken advantage of ;)

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But above all that St. Jude is here to help families with kids who are fighting cancer. And they are doing a wonderful job. The care, the attention, everything that the families get, is free. There are no thousand dollar invoices, there are no insurance claims. It’s just kids being treated and getting well. That’s what St Jude is all about.

As for The Wiz and Stgaes theater – I loved it, every single bit of it. I feel like it’s one of those stories that keeps coming back over and over again, with the Wicked, and Once Upon a Time, and it should, because it reminds us to believe in ourselves and value what’s really important in life.

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What I Wore (After my major wardrobe malfunction) Sequin Sperry’s – TJ Maxx, Dress – Old Navy, Sweater – lost and found, Tote – Free People 

 

Summer of Style, Weddings and Fun

 

 

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In less than a month Sam and I are taking a road trip to Colorado! Three years ago when we got married, my friend Doug walked me down the aisle. Now his daughter Dani is getting married and I am literally counting down the days.

I’ve known Dani since she was 13, we first met at a Russian Orphanage, which she’s travelled to with her dad. She immediately became popular with all the boys, because she was (and still is) an amazing soccer player. It’s hard to believe that she is getting married, but I can’t wait!

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I know that a lot of you are attending weddings this summer, and I wanted to make this post both personal, and helpful. Target has always been my favorite place to shop for wedding gifts, and their #TargetWedding registry catalogue couldn’t be more helpful. So today I am going to share a few things with you, which I hope inspire you!

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I have been loving the SodaStream, and I think it’s a perfect gift for everyone. Making your own drinks, experimenting with flavors, what can be more fun? Sharing them with friends and family at a party or a back yard gathering, that’s what! I am sure this will be a perfect gift for the newlyweds. I know I am throwing a party later this summer, once all of our home remodeling projects are over!

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And how fun are these drinks dispensers? I love the chalk board one the most. Which one is your favorite?

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Thank you so much for checking out my post! For more inspiration and ideas check out Target’s Wedding Board on Pinterest!

And now you have a chance to win $25 gift card to Target! Submit a link to your favorite Target registry product in the comments below! And I will pick a winner really soon!

Disclosure: #Sponsored content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own.



My Summer Look: Pretty Nails, Pretty Legs

Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This #MySummerLook shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. my-summer-look It’s easy to lose yourself in the busy season known as summer. After a 6 month long winter here in Minnesota, summers are full of fun, plans, and almost no time to myself. But it’s still important to keep it pretty! Pretty nails, pretty hair, pretty legs! If you follow me on Instagram you probably know that I just got another balayage! The second one turned out even better than the first. So now that I got my hair taken care of, I decided to spend sometime on my legs and nails. When it comes to buying beauty products, Target is my top choice. Living in Minnesota has it’s perks. Target is everywhere, and it’s so conveniently located, that I can walk there, when the weather is nice (which is also dangerous ;) ). I love the beauty stands there, they are always so original and well put together, that I can get all my products in one place. target-summer-look-products   So after another successful trip to Target, I spent some me time on my deck, painting my nails, listening to Spotify and drawing inspiration from fashion magazines. This summer one of my goals is mastering nail art, and Sally Hansen products, especially their nail art kit, are perfect for that. I picked a lot of “nature” colors this time. Greens, blues, maybe because they reflect how I feel, or maybe because I want to be closer to nature, create a simple, easy look. summer-nail-trends summer-passtime And then I simply enjoyed my “me-time”, browsed social media, sipping my citrus water. how-to-be-skinny minneapolis-fashion-blogger And of course I didn’t leave the store without my favorite sunscreen products. I once got a sunburn canoeing. Can you guess where the sunburn was? On the back of my legs! Because out of all the places, I didn’t put it on there. And when sun reflected off of the canoe bottom, it burnt me pretty bed. So never again, thought I. Sunscreen has been a major essential since then. Between sailing, and being outside for work with the kids, I go through sunscreen every 2-4 weeks, and the regular kind just doesn’t do. I like the moisturizing kind, the one that leaves my legs feeling soft and smelling good. While the spray comes in very handy on the boat.

And finally I have some great news for you! There is an Instagram contest with $2,250 in Target gift cards to help you get your summer ready look. Look for the #MySummerLook hashtag and follow the conversation. How to enter (June 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM (midnight) Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on July 10, 2014 at 11:59:59 PM ET):

  • 1) SNAP – take a picture of you getting summer ready
  • 2) TAG – use #MySummerLook (and on Twitter @SummerReadyLook)
  • 3) POST – post to Instagram or Twitter

Good luck, and don’t forget to tell me what’s your summer look like?

FRIENDSGIVING #MyKindOfHoliday

Having now permanently lived in the States for over two years, I can definitely say that this is my favorite time of year! October brings beautiful colors into our yards, Halloween candy and treats are followed by November and Thanksgiving, and then, Christmas is right around the corner.

This morning I was browsing Pinterest for holiday decor and DIY ideas, and have fallen in love with the holidays even more. This year I have a whole house to decorate! And Target has great decor and entertainment ideas.

And how can I forget about the holiday fashion? Check out these amazing styling options:

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I especially love the fur!

With these accessories you will be the IT girl of every party!

One thing about being an immigrant is one can often be alone during the holidays. So this year I am planning on celebrating something called Friendsgiving, inviting a few friends over, sharing the laughs, the joys of friendship, and of course the drinks!

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Would you come to my party?

Happy Friday,

Z

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target. But, as always, the holiday picks, ideas and opinions are all my own.

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Styling 3.1 Philip Lim // Review

After bringing home a quiet extensive amount of Philip Lim’s collection for Target Sunday morning, my first thought was – I have to clean! I know you are probably thinking, you should’ve been celebrating, because you were one of the lucky happy shoppers. Yes, there were so many negative reviews and opinions, that I know were experience and not collection related, but I am not going to focus on that! So yes, I did clean, organized my clothes, threw out an idea for other Minnesota Bloggers to organize a Clothing Swap (let me know if you are interested)! Did laundry, laundry and more laundry. Went through my mail, my email, my magazines (most of which ended up in the recycling anyways!), cooked…

And finally, finally at about noon, I put some of it on! And loved it…

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Boom Sweater – Philip Lim for Target, Green Button down – Philip Lim for Target, Mini Satchel in Taupe – Philip Lim for Target, Jeans – Express, Boots – Mossimo

Yesterday was an amazing, emotions filled day, I can’t even describe what a fashion collaboration hype can do to you! Was it worth it? I think so!

Me personal opinion on the bags is – they are good quality, very well made (unfortunately in China, but that’s where all of Target’s stuff comes from). The little metal hooks that attach the strap to the mini satchel are the only thing that look cheapish, but that’s just their color.  The mini satchel fits a large wallet, the front pocket is perfect for your iPhone. I tried putting my Nokia Lumia 928 in there, and that wouldn’t fit! Plus car keys, a small makeup bag or kit. I can definitely compare it to my vintage Coach cross body that you see in a lot of pictures when it comes to what it can fit!

Now for the clothes – I know a lot of people were complaining and saying that the clothes were poor quality, the stitching was off, etc. But the pieces that I got all look well made (for Target – and that’s the one thing I think people most often forget, that it’s TARGET! It’s not the same manufacturer who creates for the designer, and even if it is, well, they won’t be getting paid as much!) I absolutely love the Boom Sweater! It was one of the things that I really wanted, and couldn’t be happier to get! Can’t wait to style the skirt and the other bags for you!

Xx,

Z

 

 

{27 Dresses} Dress 9: Way Up North

A couple weeks ago I went up north and stayed with some friends in a cabin. Surprisingly enough I pulled off wearing a dress even up there! Here is the proof ;)

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Dress: Target (my little shopping therapy after a rough day at work! Yes, even toddler teachers have hard days!), Belt: Target

I also got to meet neighbor’s dog! Isn’t she something?

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And watch sunset on the dock:

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But I have to admit, my favorite part of the day was getting to see and hang out with this child:

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I love you, Ingrid! I can’t believe you are almost 3!

I hope you all had a great weekend! I won a gift card from Marshall’s through their Project Fab on Facebook and have been spending that, so new outfit posts to come! As well as some DIY’s! Only if Marshall’s sold paint… sigh

Until next time,

Zhenya

All pictures were taken with my Nokia Lumia phone provided by Verizon! It was really helpful this time around, I shared Internet with my friends, took awesome pictures and even finished The Mindy Project on Hulu!

Disclousure: I am participating in a Verizon Wireless blogger program, and received the device and 6 months of service for free, in exchange for my honest opinion. For more information, please click on the Verizon Voices Icon!

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{27 Dresses} Dress 4: Art Show

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Pablo Picasso
I am pretty sure you know where I am going with this one ;) Last night we had our annual art show at work, and it was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Everyone did such a good job of showing off their classroom’s projects!
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Dress – Target (Shops collection – thrifted) Shoes – my 6 year old shoes from Russia (which I think are finally going to kick the bucket :( I noticed a tiny hole on the toe last night *SIGH*)
If you want to see more ideas on how I wore the same dress, but back in spring click HERE
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Have a fabulous day everyone!
XO,
Z


Swings and Fashion Things

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After channeling out my inner Lumberjack woman and spending 4 hours trimming the hedge at our new house yesterday morning, I knew I had to go back into fashionista mode, and pulled together this cute and simple outfit to share with you guys!

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Top – Gap, thrifted Savers//Skirt – Michael Kors, thrifted, Housing Works//Shoes – Target //

Watch – stole from Sam//Hat – thrifted, Goodwill// Necklace – H&M//Bag – Old Navy

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I also spent some time channeling my inner child and went on the swings! I absolutely love it, and I am so happy there is a playground near by where I can go and be silly whenever I want ;)

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Have a wonderful day dolls! Who are you going to channel today?

Xo,

Z

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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
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My Perfect Red

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It’s a well known fact that red lipstick does wonders, it’s practically a miracle worker (well, that’s if you believe in miracles <— You can tell I just watched the latest Star Trek). It doesn’t only make your teeth appear whiter, but your nose smaller, it basically draws attention to your lips, away from all the other features (that’s only if you want it to) And even though there are people who are so very against it, all I have to say is suck it up and give it a shot!

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I AM WEARING:

Dress – Unknown Brand (Designed in France though) // White Tank – Forever 21 //

Purse – Vintage Kenneth Cole (available in my Etsy store) // Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs//

Sandals – Target

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Who is my perfect red then? This little guy by Faberlic - from the Premium Lipstick collection, #4295. I know that most of you States side are not familiar with this brand, but if you live in Europe, I am sure you heard about it. It’s very similar to Avon and Mary Kay! I was offered to try out some of their products a while back and this red lipstick was one of the items I picked out:

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Who is your perfect red and do you wear red lipstick in general? I think it’s perfect for the summer, can’t wait to show it off more often!

Xo,

Z 

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