Sunday, December 10, 2017

The first snow

     Yesterday, it was snowing the whole day. I had many plans for that day, but none of them came true because I didn't want to go on the road in the first snow. Every time during the first snow it looks like people forget how to drive at these conditions. I spent the whole day at home finishing Christmas decorations.

      Today we went to IKEA because we really want to finish our renovation project before Christmas. We needed to buy some additional furniture for the third floor.

      It was very cold outside that's why I had to wear a hat. Usually, I am trying to avoid wearing them. I don't like how they look on me, and I don't like how my hear looks after I take them off. I am definitely not a hat person. In fact, I hate hats.

      But in days like today with the wind and 38 degrees outside, I feel like I don't have a choice - I must put something on my head in order to avoid getting sick after...

      Now I want to show you another one of my experiments - a sport style hat and high heels.  At first, I thought it was not a good idea, but when I tried it on I liked it. I think the hat and gloves match very well with pants and boots. And even though the whole outfit, besides boots, is sporty, the boots add a little of glamorous touch.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

More looks with my vest

      I decided to try my new vest in a different way. I turned it inside out and realized that this vest can be worn in both ways. Isn't cool? It has two major colors - gray and beige, which can be combined literally with any color in my wardrobe.

     It also applies to my shoes. This vest goes well with almost every pair of shoes I own. And today I want to show you two other outfit, which were so easy to create.

     Look #1 

      I like the combination of these boots and the vest, two different undertones of gray.  An addition of a pink sweater makes the outfit look very classy. And the scarf has every color from my outfit, that's why it helps to tie all items together and make the whole outfit more interesting.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Something very special

     I am a big lover of vests, all different kinds of them - sports, classic, fur. In my opinion, they always look very stylish and give me more opportunity to mix and match them creating a bigger variety of looks. Plus, I always feel more comfortable going shopping and driving a car in a vest because I do not get as hot inside the stores and I have freedom to turn the wheel of my car.

      Today I want to show you something very special. Last spring I got a call from my ex-boss who now lives in Michigan. She said that she is planning to come to town and she has a vest which she can bring for me if I want it. When she told me a little more about the brand and the fabric it was made from, I realized right away - it was something very expensive. I didn't know what to say. I felt that it would be too much for a present, but I also wouldn't be able to afford to buy it from her. After I carefully tried to explain my feelings, she just replayed "I will bring it over".

     I want to say a little bit more about this women. Her name is Madeline. I know that a lot of good things happened with me and my family because of her... I will never be able to thank her enough for her support, wisdom, kindness and her big heart. She hired me when I hardly spoke English and taught me a lot from her own example on how to work, how to live my life here and how to treat others. I have learned a lot from her and she has always been a true role model for me.  She has a very special place in my heart.

     Madeline, look at me! This vest belongs to me - the size, the quality, the style. What a gift! I want to say Thank you so much! I fell in love with this item from the first sight! And I am sure that it will live a long, happy life in my closet! Love you!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

When a trendy item meets my style preference

     A week ago I stopped by the Willow Grow Mall because I needed to kill some time waiting for Evgeny. I walked along the stores without any interest until I saw an ivory coat on a mannequin at Express. It looked exactly like something I have been looking for for a long time. Of course on me it looked exactly how I wanted it to.

      Standing in a line to buy that coat my eyes caught a sweater that was accidentally hung in the jewelry area. I left the line and went closer towards this sweater. Even though I am not a big fan of any kind of ruffles, I still liked the sleeves on this sweater. I decided to give it a try.

      I know ruffles are a big trend now but it doesn't mean to me that I have to wear them. But in this case this item met all my demands - color, quality and style. And one more thing - after all my coupons and discounts it cost me only $14.93. 

      When I tried it on at home I realized that this trendy sweater will stay with me even after it goes out of style because it met all my style preference. 

     We were invited to our friends' house over last weekend and I simply paired this sweater with a black trousers and a vest. Easy, comfortable and appropriate for a birthday party. Exactly how I like!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Experimental Look

      As I already mentioned in the description of my blog, my blog is more about my individual style than popular market trends. Style is not about how many items we buy but how we can make the items we have work together. Those people who read my blog will notice that I have shown this skirt many times on the pages of my blog which proves that you can make the same item work year around.

      Look 1Look 2Look 3Look 4Look 5Look 6    

      Today I decided to go out of my comfort zone and try to match two different prints. At first, it was very uncomfortable. I thought it was a little bit over the top, but when I looked at the pictures, I started to like it. I think I gave this skirt a new life in this unusual outfit, and I am sure I can come up with many more interesting options like this one.

      Let's play with the clothes we have, instead of going for something new every time we want to show an outfit.

Monday, November 20, 2017

New wrap scarf

      On Saturday night I decided to go to King of Prussia Mall with no special reason but to do some window shopping. I always enjoy looking at the stores during the holiday season. I was not in shopping mood until I saw a wrap scarf at Anthropologie which I am wearing in today's post.

      I felt the scarf's fabric first and then wrapped it around my neck. And at this moment I realized that I desperately want it. Soft, cozy - it is exactly what I need to survive in these rainy, chilly days...
To my surprise the prize was pretty good, only $48.00, which is not bad for the size and quality of this scarf. 

     Plus, I remembered wright away that I had a 15% coupon which I used in order to purchase this necessary item for my wardrobe.

     Of course, I put this "new friend" on me the very next day and let me tell you - I made the right decision by buying this wrap scarf. It is warm and it is cozy - my first feeling did not deceive me!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Black color

     I noticed that I have many black items in my closet, especially for colder seasons. Psychologists would probably say that it is a sign of depression or being unhappy. But I don't think so... I have always loved the color black. I don't think it means that I am depressed; in fact, I think I am a complete opposite of this myth.

      I find black to be very powerful and suiting, and just appropriate everywhere. When I don't know what to wear I almost always choose black, and, depending on a situation, I can accessorize it to stand out or dress it down to stay invisible. I can play with that color infinitely by adding bright brooches or scarves, or wearing different color of shoes or cardigans. It goes well with everything.

    Sometimes I really like to wear all-black outfits. It gives me comfort and rest and at the same time I feel elegant and festive.

      Last Saturday night we had a family dinner celebrating my birthday in New York. It was one of those days when I really wanted that comfort I was talking about above. My choice fell on a black sleeveless sweater dress with a top underneath - warm and cozy. I decided to dilute this totally black outfit with leopard-print shoes and a sparkling brooch.

      Unfortunately, the hotel hall was too dark and we didn't have the right equipment to take good photos. However, even though the quality of photos was poor I still wanted to leave them on the pages of my blog because we had a great time to remember...

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Weekend in New York

      It is unbelievable how fast the weather can change in our area only in a few days. Last weekend I walked in Philadelphia in a light jacket and this weekend I had to wear a winter coat. And let me tell you that I was still feeling cold in it. The highest temperature we got over the weekend was 36 degrees. In New York it feels even colder because it is surrounded by the water.

    But anyway - New York is New York! No matter what the weather is - it is one of my most favorite cities in the world. I can go there at any season and always feel exactly the same - happy and inspired.

      I was glad that I decided to wear my winter coat and high boots. These boots have been in my closet for a long time and I think they are already out of style, but they are the best for walking miles in big cities. I can wear them the entire day long and my feet do not feel tired. That's why my today's outfit is more about feeling comfortable than being stylish!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

City mood

       Last Saturday we decided to spend the afternoon in Philadelphia. I didn't want to dress up, but at the same time going in a big city always makes we want to wear something more than just jeans and flats. Sometimes I like to feel more like a city lady than a tourist.

      Of course, wearing heels in a big city is not a good idea, especially if you have an event to attend or an exhibition to see. But I am talking about days when I just want to have a slow walk  on Walnut or Chestnut Street and after, have a seat in a cozy cafe and have a glass of wine or a cup of good coffee.

       That's why I choose a very simple outfit, but at the same time I felt very comfortable walking in heels in downtown of Philadelphia. The jacket has been in my closet for years and I am still not ready to break apart with it.

       We spent a great time together. The weather was amazing.... I think it was the last weekend before long season of cold weather, rain and snow. I am very happy we did it.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Rainy day

      Very frequently rain changes in people's plans. A week ago I made a reservation in one of my favorite restaurants to have dinner with our friends and listen to live jazz.  I was planning to wear light gray pants and a white sweater, but constant rain didn't let me do it. Who would wear light colors on rainy fall days? I changed my mind and decided to wear black jeans and a top.

      Well...., the rain changed my outfit, but not our dinner plans. The food was delicious, the performance was excellent, and, the mostly important, the company was warm and sincere. We had a great time together despite the weather!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

      On Sunday we went to our local Linvilla farm to buy a few pumpkins and fresh apples. It was a beautiful day. I really enjoyed spending time at this place despite the big crowd of people. I like the atmosphere of that place - very homey and cozy. At the beginning of the holiday season, Linvilla always looks like it is from an episode of a movie and I am a part of it.
      I wanted to feel comfy that day and decided to wear a very simple and snag outfit. This plaid shirt I got from my Olga and at first, I thought I would never ever wear this kind of clothes. But it turned out to be one of my favorite pieces for days when I want to take a break from the fashionable side of me.

      Even though I didn't put anything special and interesting that day I still got a compliment from a girl who after gazing my outfit, started unbuttoning her plaid shirt wanting to repeat the look after me. It was so sweet!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

All in dots

      It is interesting but I hadn't noticed that all my garments have dots on them before I began choosing photos for this post. A shirt, a sweater, jeans all have dots, and even my earrings are a shape of a dot. Usually, I am not good with mixing printed or colorful items, as I am always afraid to overdo it.

      But looking at these pictures I realized that I shouldn't be too careful and safe with my choices when mixing and matching items. Creating outfits is supposed to be fun. And when I am in doubt,  I need to give myself more freedom and allow myself to choose something without thinking hard, and just go after the first thought.

     I like this look - I feel so good in it... But the thing is, if I would let myself think too much about my outfit I would have never worn all these dots together!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

One of my favorite pieces

      I don't know what is so special about this dress, but every time when I put it on I feel happy and fierce. I like how it sits on me; I feel very comfortable and confident at the same time. It is pretty, but not too fancy. I never feel like it is too much when I am wearing it. It is appropriate for almost every occasion. The only one place I wouldn't wear this dress is my work.

      I love clothes like this dress because it is a statement piece by itself without any additions. I don't have to think what I should match with it. Today we had an event to attend and I decided to wear this dress again even though all my friends had already seen me in it.

      And even though I already showed this dress last year on my blog here, I decided to do it again just because I really enjoy wearing it over and over again. Life should be more about joyful moments and the garments we wear are a big part of these moments...

Friday, October 20, 2017

Not a fall color outfit

      Even though a fall season is my favorite, I have noticed that my closet still doesn't contain many items of the right colors for this season. I practically don't have any beige, orange, olive, brown garments, only a couple. I have never divided my clothes by seasons and have never thought that way before I started my blog.

      Checking my timeline on Instagram this morning I realized that I am so not ready for the fall season at all. Every style blogger that I follow shows outfits with appropriate colors - dark red, green and yellow; all different shades of brown, burgundy..., and I am probably the only one who chose light pink color for the middle of October. But with this bright sun and 72 degrees outside I felt like it was spring again. Why not? And who says that it is wrong?

      Today we spent another beautiful, warm day in Philadelphia. And honestly, it doesn't matter what color my outfit is, the only one thing that matters how feel wearing it. And I want to admit - I was feeling great!

      Do you divide your clothes by season?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Night out in Philadelphia

      I can not believe how warm this fall is. We haven't had any frosts even at night time yet. The temperature stays around 70 degrees everyday and evenings are still very warm. Yesterday we went to Philadelphia with our friends, we attended a concert.

      I decided to wear something extra comfortable and free, I didn't want anything tight or fitted. My choice fell once again on this skirt - flowy and without a tight belt, with a free sweater which gave me freedom in movement.

      It was a great evening... I felt very relaxed and cozy spending time with my great friends which of course was even better due to the right decision I made with clothes I was wearing.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Denim Dress

       When I saw this dress in a store I immediately imagined how many options of wearing it I could create in the whole year. I can wear it by itself in summer time, with T-shirts and  blouses in spring and fall, and with turtlenecks and sweaters for winter. Don't you love these kind of items?

      Of course, I bought it without any doubts. Today was a rainy day and on our way to see our friends we just stopped by Lowe's and asked the staff if we could take a few pictures for my blog. The cashier lady let us do it with a smile on her face. Thank you very much.

     The light for these pictures may not have been the best, but my mood was, because I really liked my new dress!

Do you have any garments in your closet that you can wear in any season?

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Printed pants

      These pants I bought two years ago and since then haven't had a chance to wear them. The pants are a little too long but, even though I have a sewing machine at home and know how to cut and ham them, they are still hanging in my closet without any alterations.

      Today I really wanted to put on the shirt I recently bought at Anthropologie, but it wasn't easy to match it with anything from my wardrobe until I found these pants. Well..., they are still a little long, but I really like how these two pieces look together. In this situation I decided to find higher hills and and I think it worked out well.

      I really need to ham these pants and wear them more often next summer. They are so comfortable, stylish and well made. Linen is definitely one of my favorite fabric.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Back on track

      I am back from my home country full of good memories and a great spirit. I spent a wonderful time with my family and friends. It was so great to see everyone, we couldn't stop talking and sharing the latest news about each other. I felt blessed the whole time to be home among people who truly love me and care about me.

      But now I am here and I am very happy to be back. It may sound odd, but I belong to one of those people who finds a way to love both places with the same power. I have enough space in my heart to hold both countries and all people I know there and here.

      Today I want to show you a new top which I bought at Anthropologie right before my trip. I liked it because it can be worn by itself as wells as a part of layers in between seasons. I found it pretty difficult sometimes to find the right clothes in transition of seasons, because mornings and evenings could be pretty cool, but days are still hot.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Vacation time

      Today we are leaving for two and a half weeks to visit my family and friends in Russia. It has been a bit of crazy time since we bought out tickets. But we are ready to go - suitcases are packed, passports and tickets are in my bag, we are in our best mood waiting to meet with our family and friends.

      In Russia I will not be able to post any pictures of my outfits, that's why I hope you will come back to my blog in the beginning of October.

      Thank you very much for reading my blog. I will see you soon!


Sunday, September 10, 2017

My big trip

      My big trip is coming up on September 14th and all I do now is just buying presents, pack and get prepared for my vacation. Evgeny and I are going to Russia for almost three weeks to visit our families and friends.

      Let me tell you that it is not that easy to set everything up between a full time job, find gifts for my friends and relatives, and take photos for my blog..., but I am getting there. Most of the presents are bought, one suitcase is packed and wardrobe for our travel is finalized.

    Today was a big day with the final shopping for my Russian girlfriends and my mom. We went to Macy's and I got so lucky with great deals there. I love this store, because it has so many options and I also can use my coupons on top of their discounts. It is hard to beat some of their prices.

    A top and jeans I am wearing today are from my recent purchase at Anthropologie. They had 40% off on sale items and, of course, I couldn't resist to buy a few beautiful pieces form there.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Big shopping day

      Today I decided that it is time to go shopping. I haven't been at the stores for so long and I realized how much I missed it. I know that on-line shopping is getting more and more popular and I have to admit that it saves a lot of time and energy, and it is very convenient.

      But I still have my moment when I want to go to my favorite stores and get inspired by their store designs. I love to touch fabrics of the items, and look closer at the mannequins, and how the designers put garments together.  The aromas of candles and potpourri make this pastime even better, especially when seasons change.

      Then I choose everything I like from the new collections (from earrings to shoes) and try everything on until I get tired. Yes, I can spend the whole day in the stores I like, and I never feel bad about it. Of course, I don't do it often, but some days I definitely need it.

     Today was one of those days when spent almost three hours at Anthropologie and I got so lucky with my new purchases. As you already know I am a big bargain person, I am all about good deals. And I got a few really ones which I will show you soon.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Last days of summer

      The warm season flies with different, much higher pace and I always feel that I don't have enough time to wear all my summer clothes. Even though I spend much more time outside there is still always something on my rack I haven't gotten a chance to wear at least once.

      For example, let's take this top which got as a present from my friend Raisa last spring. Isn't cute? I loved it from the first sight, but there were always something - too hot, too dressy, not appropriate... And now in the end of summer, I decided that it cannot go into a box with summer clothes before I wear at least one time.

      It is a very busy, bright piece that's why it didn't get too much time and work to create my look today. Simple and at the same time stylish for a Saturday stroll in the town, in my opinion.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Day in jeans

      It is interesting, but the word "jeans" means rest for me. No matter how fancy they are, I always feel very casual and laid-back when I wear them. Usually, they don't need much attention in terms of accessories and special tops because they go well almost with everything.

     The jeans I am wearing today needed a little bit extra work because they were already a statement piece in the whole outfit. That's why I had to be careful with a top and accessories, I didn't want to overload the whole look.

      I love wearing jeans on days when I want to feel relaxed and cool. They make me feel young and carefree. And I am still looking for a perfect pair of jeans - the ones with great fit and shape, but at the same time - simple and casual style.

     Which brands of jeans do you prefer?

Friday, August 25, 2017

White colors

      Have you noticed that sometimes two white items don't match with each other? Even though they are both white, sometimes different shades of this color make it harder to put them together.

      For example, the pants I am wearing today are white with cream tones and when I tried a white shirt on, they looked like they were washed too many times and lost their whiteness. Paired with a pure-white item they lost their attractiveness.

      This tank top has the exact shade of white as the pants and and I got a totally different outcome.  The color looks bright and reach. All shades of white are definitely my favorites for the summer!

Monday, August 21, 2017

New York trip

     Last Friday we went to New York to finally get our Russian travel passports, and decided to stay there over night. I was very happy about this decision, because this city impacts me so positively. Every time I go there I feel very inspired;  this city makes me believe that everything is possible if you really want something (of course, if you are working hard towards your goals).

     And the most exiting thing is that we get a chance to spend time together with my daughter, Olga. She lives in New York and loves being there so much. We had a great time together and enjoyed every minute spent together.

     That night I wanted to feel comfortable and at the same time dressed up. In New York it is almost impossible to wear heels because there is always too much walking, even though you are not planning to go far at first. That why I chose a pair of the most comfortable shoes  in my closet - wedges. They are very stable and not that high.

      Also, you can never go wrong with a black and white outfit - it is my favorite combination.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Accessories

       It is interesting how mush I have changed in some areas since I moved from Russia to the US. And probably, one of the biggest changes is wearing accessories. Back in Russia I was not a big fan of anything plastic or glass. I preferred gold or silver and real gemstones only, and it wasn't just me. Most of my girlfriends did the same thing. We believed that imitation jewelry made us look cheap, and it was a big cultural thing back in those days.

      Also, I didn't wear scarfs or hats, only at winter time when I had to. I felt like it didn't belong to me, I didn't like how it looked on me.

      Now, 11 years latter,  believe it or not, I wear fine jewelry very rearely, only for super special occasions. I love wearing accessories and I wear them a lot. I would never pass by a good deal with any kind of  accessories - hats, scarfs, necklaces, anything.... I love and keep them all.

     For example, this flower brooch I am wearing today, I bought many years ago, and this top I just got from Anthropologie. I put them together and they looked like one complete piece. The top looks more interesting with this addition.

     Have you noticed that sometimes we can create a totally new, unrecognizable look due to accessories?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

New type of look

       I bought every item from this outfit separately and at different periods of time. The brown tank-top was hanging in my closet for almost a year until I decided to try it on with one of my favorite tops. When I added these pants I realized that every item from this look has the same basic color, but different undertones - from beige to brown.

     When I looked to the mirror I couldn't say right away that I liked it. It was different from what I usually wear, but at the same time I couldn't say "No" to this look. I found it pretty interesting and stylish. I added some accessories and showed it to my main expert - Evgeny. He didn't look like he was impressed at first either. But we both decided to give it a try.

     And at the end of the day it actually all worked out! I got compliments from people on the streets and I felt very comfortable and confident wearing my new creation.

     Well..., it is a little bit different, but who says that we can not experiment?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Walk along the waterfront

      Sometimes I really like wearing something simple and comfortable without anything extra:  a little bit of make up,  simple bracelets and earrings, comfortable shoes and lose-fitting clothes. On days like that all I want is to feel relaxed and free.

      Today I am wearing another striped top (the kind I have plenty of in my closet), and linen pants. What could be better for walking along the waterfront? I always enjoy being near the big water - a sea, an ocean or a wide river, it gives me calmness and peace.

      Sometimes I need a break from dressy clothes in order to enjoy simplicity.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

More summer colors

       Unfortunately, our summer season is too short and I have always felt that it is not enough time to wear all my summer clothes. Even though my wardrobe is not that big anymore (I did a really great job with cleaning my shelves and racks), I still have a few items I haven't worn this year yet. Today I am wearing one of them, another item with summer colors.

       It is one of my favorite dresses which I bought last year at Anthropologie. I already showed this dress last year here. We were at the shore and I wore it as a beach dress with flats and a regular bag. But today we had a birthday party to attend and all I did was just added heels, a statement necklace and a beaded clutch. And it turned out as an evening look.

      I love items like this dress, when I can create more than one outfit from it and when I can dress it up or down. Just add some accessories depending on the event and I can feel comfortable and appropriate in any situation.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Summer colors

       I want to start today's post with a big Thank You to all of you who read my blog, leave comments and help me to keep writing even though it is not always easy for me. Today, on August 1st, a year ago, I started this blog with big doubts about blogging in English. I wasn't sure if I could do it even for one year, but I am still here. It is my first little Anniversary and, being honest, I am very happy I didn't quit.

      Today I want to show you my look which I was wearing on Sunday. I think that the summer requires bright colors. I like wearing white and all colors which reminds me about ripe fruit - peaches, nectarines, apricots, berries, watermelons... Summer is the only season when it is absolutely acceptable to wear really bright colors.

      On this sunny, beautiful day I feel so comfortable wearing this outfit - simple, comfortable and, in my opinion, very summery. Of course, fall is coming soon and orange is one of the main colors of that season, but it will be a totally different shade of orange, dipper and darker. But now, we all need something really bright and colorful before the long months of cold weather.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Lucky find

     You have seen this skirt in my previous posts a few times before and I am not done yet with mix it with other items. In Russia, we call garments like this skirt - "lucky find". Honestly, in moments when I don't know what to wear my hands always reach for this skirt. It is easy to mix it almost with everything. It is one of my favorite items now.

      As you may have noticed, I rarely wear bold-colored outfits. I prefer to have one printed item, whether it is a top or a bottom, and match it with a bold color. This skirt, actually, has all my favorite colors, that's why it is very easy to match it with any top or sweater from my wardrobe. Plus, what I like about it the most is that this print can be worn for any season.

      At first, I wasn't sure about wearing it in the summer - I thought it was too dark. However,  it turned out as a great combination. Even with a black top and shoes the whole outfit looks pretty summery for me.

      What about you? Do you prefer printed or bold items in your wardrobe?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Off shoulder top

       Probably, everyone has noticed that off shoulder tops are a big trend this season, that's why I couldn't resist to buy one also. I found it on line at Macy's and could't wait till it arrived. I love the light fabric and especially the print, I think it is very summery.

      But let me tell you - wearing off shoulder tops is not an easy thing to do. The top keeps going up and I need to pull it down once in a while. However, sometimes we need to suffer a little bit in order to keep things work. I don't mind doing it at all because I really like this new piece in my wardrobe. I hope it is still going to be in style next summer.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

New bag

      I bought this dress on sale at Anthropologie last winter and it was a real deal: believe me, I couldn't resist. I loved everything about it - white color, linen fabric, cute applique, relaxed and free fit. It was one of those items which looked very simple and at the same time had something special, different. I couldn't wait for the summer so I could wear it somewhere.

      Well, the summer came and I have tried it on a few times, but every time I tried to choose the right bag it didn't work well. None of my bags looked right with this simple, white  dress. Isn't disappointing?

      Finally, I stopped by at Macy's one day and went directly to the handbag department. This bag was right there waiting for me. Literally fifteen minutes latter I went out of the store with my new "friend". I think that was the fastest shopping I have ever done in my life. I fell in love with this bag at first sight.

      That day we went to a Car Show with Evgeny in Media, and I was so happy that I finally found the right match to my dress. I am sure that I will show you many more outfits with this new bag.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Russian style

       It is exactly how I used to look almost 11 years ago back in Russia. It was my style at work, at the parties, on weekends strolling downtown - always in shape and on high heels.  No matter where I was going I always wore tight and tailored dresses, skirt and pants suits and very rarely jeans and knitted garments. My clothes were my second skin and I liked it tight.

      I bought this dress at Macy's a long time ago and completely forgot about it. It was interesting when I found this dress in my closet and tried it on I felt very weird, like it doesn't belong to me anymore.  It wasn't comfortable at all - it was hard to breath; I needed to keep myself straight all the time. This dress really kept me in shape. I used to love it before, but not anymore. I don't even know - is it a good or a bad thing?

      Yesterday we were going to a baby shower and I decided to give it a shot. I was thinking that I can wear it only one time and then send it to my niece to Russia. But I got so many compliments on this look, and I am thinking now - should I keep or get rid of it?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Dress for special occasions

      I remember I bought this dress only because it was on sale. It probably wouldn't be my choice if it was original price. I was standing and looking at it in doubt and a sales person said to me: "Just buy and try it on with the right shoes and make up. If you don't like you can always bring it back. I am sure you will love this dress!" She convinced me.

       Of course, when I put the dress on at home, Evgeny didn't want to hear any arguments about returning it. He insisted I keep this dress. Well, in my practice I already know very well - if I brought something home it rarely goes back. Especially if I showed it to my husband. I decided to keep that dress already knowing that I am not going to wear it very often. It is not a garment you can wear at any time, it is a little bit too much.

      On Sunday we had a big birthday party and I decided to wear it, because it fit well to the place we went to. Even though this dress is not for every day, but it is definitely for special occasions.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Particular style of a t-shirt

     Do you have any items in your wardrobe which were supposed to be tossed a long time ago, but you just can not let it happened? I do... Today I am wearing one of them.

     I bought this t-shirt a long time ago and every summer I promise myself that this is the last summer I keep it in my closet, and every time in end of the season I make a decision to prolong its life until the next one. I don't know why...

      It doesn't look like it is a big problem to replace it with a new one. The stores are full of all different kinds of t-shirts, but this particular one includes everything I like about t-shirts: perfect neckline and length; the color - I can easily match it almost with anything;  thin and very breathable knitwear which at the same time is not translucent; and most importantly - it has one of my favorite quotes - "Never give up".

      When I looked at these pictures closer I have noticed that my t-shirts has little pills in some arias which means - it is definitely time for it to go, but not until the end of the summer.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Day in Cape May, NJ

      Happy Independence Day America and Americans!

      On Sunday, all of a sudden, Evgeny decided to go to the shore. I didn't want him to take any pictures of me that day, but it looked like it wasn't optional. Of course, he took his camera and did it anyway.

      At first, I let it happen knowing that I am not going to post them, but when I looked at them at home, I realized that I can talk about my looks a little bit because I have a few pretty good photos even though I wasn't planning to show those outfits.

      We left our home at about 1 p.m. and at the time we got to the shore it was still very hot. That's why we decided to make a quick stop at Cape May Zoo and have a little stroll there. I wanted to feel as comfortable as possible with 90 degrees outside. For the Zoo I chose linen shorts and a very light top. Linen is one of my favorite fabrics for summer time, it is very relaxing and looks neatly even with wrinkles after sitting in the car.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Another option for my skirt

       Today I am wearing a skirt I showed you a year ago here. I remember I couldn't find any top that worked with this skirt. Finally, I found one. Now I want to show you another option for this skirt which I like even more. I bought this blouse also at Macy's, but a few months after I purchased the skirt.

      I love how I feel in this outfit - airy, free and very relaxed. In my opinion, this blouse adds more style to the whole look, but at the same time gives me more comfort. Natural fabric lets my body breath even though it has long sleeves. And the color... I love all shades of white for summer time.

     The only one thing - this outfit does not let me walk fast. As soon as I put it on it puts me a  romantic mood. For that reason, instead of going to Philadelphia we decided to spend some time walking in Swarthmore College.

     I love this place for little strolls,  especially in the season of blooming magnolias and hortensias!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Great find

     This dress is one of the best purchases I have ever made. Last winter I stopped by at Anthropologie to return some pieces which didn't work out well for me. I was staying in line to one of the cashier registers and my eyes caught something very unusual hanging among winter clothes. I returned the items and came closer...

      It was a summer dress, very well made with pretty interesting design. I loved it from the first sight. I checked a size - it was my dress. I went to a fitting room right away, tried it on. It did not disappoint me - the length, the fabric and especially the style. I looked at the price and it made me even happier - $29.99 instead of $198.00.

      Of course, it's mine! It was waiting for me! I ran to the cashier,  she processed my purchase and  said: "We have 30% off of the sale items today, the total is $20.99."  What? It was definitely my day! 

      Since I bought it I couldn't wait to wear it somewhere.  Last Saturday we had a big party and I finally got a chance to put it on. I felt so good in my great find. 


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Unnoticeable change

      I remember I surprised myself when I bought this top a couple of years ago. It was a very weird and unusual choice for me. I would never ever select  and wear anything like that in Russia. Shapeless, short, small floral print and gloomy colors. No, it wasn't "me" at all. But at the same time I was looking for something different, something I've never worn before. I felt that I needed a changes in my life.

      I brought this top home and tried it on with a pair of jeans. I wasn't sure if I liked it, for sure it wasn't my style. But at the same time there was something different, something new and unknown. I felt very comfortable and free. Probably, free is the right word for my feelings: this item had no belts, no tight-fitting silhouette, no constraining  style. I decided that I had to try this new style. Even though I didn't feel myself, I still had to give it a try.

      And today, I know how it all started. This top was the first one in my closet  with which I started wearing loose tops and blouses. And now I can say - I love them. Unnoticeably, my style has changed very much and looking back I can say - it is not a bad thing.  We are changing -everything around us is changing!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Rainy day in New York

      It was a spontaneous trip to New York. Olga and I decided to take Evgeny out there to celebrate a Father's Day. I checked the weather and realized that it was supposed to rain until lunch time, but we decided to go anyway. How could I say "No" for spending time in the most inspiring city in the world?

      The only one thing - I didn't know what to wear for this kind of a rainy, humid, gray day. I wanted to wear comfortable and practical clothes, but at the same time not too sporty... Finally the decision was made and I ended up with an all-black outfit, except for a jean jacket. Black is the best color for taking a train and spending the whole day in the city on a rainy day.

      I felt very comfortable and was pretty happy with my choice. And of course, it does not mater what kind of weather is awaiting for you there, this city is always so beautiful!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A beach dress

      It's interesting..., the dress I am wearing today we bought seven years ago in Atlantic City, NJ for Olga. And now, seven years later, we are in Atlantic City again and this dress is still "alive". But now - it's mine, I took it after Olga.

      I think this dress is still relevant even today. Simple shape, light, comfortable, restful - exactly what I need for a day on the shore. Long sleeves protect me well from a sunburn. Especially I love the color, I think that white is a perfect color for a beach time.

     I personally prefer wearing dresses or skirts near the ocean, for me they are more comfortable and help me feel more relaxed then pants or shorts do. That's why I am definitely keeping this white dress in my closet for days like today. Thank you Olga, again!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Short jacket

     Recently, I got my order from Macy's. There were five items and one of them was a jacket I am wearing today. I wasn't sure if it worked well for me, but anyway I decided to order and try it on. I am not tall (5'4 tall) and I know that short tops might make me look shorter, that's why I am very careful with that length. But I really liked this piece.

     Well... This jacket definitely needs high-rise wide-leg pants or jeans, which I don't have now, but they are already on my "Must buy list".

     And while  I am looking for them, I decided to try to make it work with skinny jeans and a long shirt. In my opinion the shirt is a little bit long, but besides that I like it.

    I ended up with returning three items back, but this short jacket definitely stays with me.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Out of comfort zone

      If I found this blouse in a store I would have never even looked at it - for me it's too girly with too many details at the same time - lace, embroidery, lush sleeves, too much fabric around my waist. It is definitely not my usual choice. But the thing is - when it comes from Olga, I always try things on, because sometimes I just want to see what she chooses for herself and the main question - why? What did she like about this item?

      And, of course, most of her clothes don't work for me, -  we have totally different preferences and styles, in addition to the age difference. But sometimes, as you've seen before, some pieces I end up keeping in my closet after she doesn't want them anymore. They really work well for me.

     Today I decided to wear this blouse, even if it is not my theme. I decided to try something totally new for myself, I wanted to see how I feel in the item which doesn't belong to me. Surprisingly, it wasn't too bad. I spent the whole day in this outfit and wasn't feeling uncomfortable. Again, it is not what I usually buy, but it's like being out of my comfort zone, a little challenge in a good way. I decided to keep it for a while... Who said that it's not for me?

Friday, June 2, 2017

A striped top

      I think that my favorite pattern for tops is stripes. I love all different kinds of stripes - wide and narrow, different colors and shades. Sometimes I need to control myself when I am choosing clothes to try on in stores because I might only have striped tops of all different styles and colors in my hands.

      In my opinion stripes always add more style and sharpness to any outfit. They help to create an interesting look in the easiest way because it is already pretty busy and do not require any accessories. Of course, I can always add something, but for days when I just go for a walk on the city streets it is good enough without any additions. Easy, simple and stylish.

      What do you like more - one-color tops or patterns?

Monday, May 29, 2017

Random selection

      Do you have these moments when you stand in front of your closet and don't have any idea what you want to wear right now. You have mixed up feelings coming from "I don't have anything to wear..." In your mind you are trying different clothes on and not liking anything at the moment. It was exactly what felt standing and looking at my clothes.

      Finally, I chose the new culottes I bought recently at Anthropologie and a long cardigan, which was hanging in my closet at least for a year with a tag on. At first, it looked like a weird combination - a long cardigan and short pants, but when I tried it on, I really liked it. Unfamiliarly, but pretty interesting.

      We went to Philadelphia and I was surprised how many compliments I got from people on the streets.  It was a bit of a risky outfit for me to wear, but it turned out that it worked out well.

      Sometimes, it is a good thing to go out of our comfort zone and enjoy something that is totally not ours. And by the end of the day it became one of my favorite outfit I've created by chance. I felt very comfortable in it.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Shoe addiction

      I love shoes, all different kinds of shoes! I don't think that I am saying something new or unusual, and I am sure that all of us feel the same. When I was in my twenties in Russia, it wasn't easy to buy a good pair of any shoes (sandals, boots, heels). For good quality shoes we would pay almost a monthly salary, that's why I had a tiny variety of choices - two pair of winter boots, two-three pairs of spring/fall season shoes and three-four summer sandals and flip-flops. I was very gentle wearing them and took care of each pair very well.I always went to a shoe repair shop with any little problem to make my shoes ' life longer.

      When I moved to the US, at first I couldn't believe how cheap the shoe shopping was here compared to Russia. I couldn't stop buying pairs after pairs and I didn't know how to keep myself from the stores with attractive sale prices.I felt like I was in a shoe paradise.

      But today, ten years later, I treat shopping completely differently. I feel that enough is enough. Nowadays I have become very selective with my shopping, especially with shoes. I decided to buy only something really interesting and, I would say, different. Something that catches attention and at the same time is made with quality and comfort.

    Today I am wearing the shoes I bought last fall at Anthropologie. I fell in love with them at first sight, but they were pricey for me. I added them to my shopping cart and started waiting until they go on sale. And if my size got sold out before they went on sale, it would have been ok with me. Today I know for sure that another beautiful pair will always be waiting for me. I am not worried about it anymore.

     But in this particular case everything worked out just perfectly. This pair of shoes cost around $200.00, I waited for a month, and finally bought them for $41.00. Isn't great?

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Stroll in a park

       I was always sure that for a stroll in the park I definitely have to wear sportwear. I was thinking that it is all about activities and regular clothes are not appropriate for walking in the park areas. But why did I think so? Who said that every time I go there I have to look like I am ready to exercise?

      Today was a beautiful day to be outside and I really wanted to spend some time just walking somewhere in the nature. However this time I wanted to wear something light and springy, but not a t-short with leggins. I decided to try something different.

      I didn't plan to take any pictures, but when Evgeny looked at me, he asked: "Why not? I like your outfit - simple and cute. Let's take some..." And I repeated after him - "Truly, why not?"

      We had a great time walking, talking and enjoying the warm, spring day together. And I realized that my look seemed totally fine and I felt very comfortable in this outfit for a little stroll in that beautiful park. Maybe I looked a little different from others, but who said that it's a bad thing?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

My girl's Birthday

      Today is my daughter's Birthday! When she said that she wants to come to Philadelphia and spend her Day with us I was on top of the world! What a great idea!
      It reminded me that since she was a little girl I was always trying to do something different and special on her birthday. I always surprised her with something. She made me very happy with her decision for this year's celebration. Could I wish more?
      It was a perfect, sunny, warm day in Philadelphia full of laugh, happiness and love. We were so happy to get together. Family only! And we know exactly how to have the most wonderful time together.
     Happy Birthday to my best girl in the World! You are my best friend, biggest support, greatest inspiration! Love you so much!


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Becoming favorite

     I found it interesting how some items have been becoming so popular in my closet and I want to wear them over and over again. Fo example, this skirt. I bought it on purpose, only because I needed to finish my outfit with a jacket which my friend made for me (Hand-made jacket). And it turned out that I am wearing it very often - with sweaters, with a vest, with denim and today I tried the skirt with a jacket and it also worked well.

      It literally goes almost with every item from my closet. I love garments like that! It has truly become one of my favorite pieces of clothes. The print has all colors I need to match with different kinds of tops. I am sure I will show you many more outfits with this item involved.