Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Farewell Lunch

Today I had the most wonderful time having my farewell lunch with my sweet ex-coworkers  from the Delaware County Literacy Council. I have known these people almost as much as I have been in the United States, and they truly have become my real family. They were always there for me, supporting me and encouraging me to strive for my goals and dreams to make them come true. It is always sad to leave a place that is so dear to your heart, but I think it is a good thing to leave with sad feelings as it means that you had great time there. Thank you, everyone, so very much for all your kindness, patience, motivation and advice! Thank you for always being there for me, for sharing my achievements and my worries (for every exam, there was a "Oh I don't even know... It was so difficult, I really don't know how I did on this one" scare). Thank you for always hearing me out and finding just the right words to say when I needed it the most. I will always remember you all, as I cannot even describe how much you have contributed to my personal and professional growth and well-being. Thank you!!!




Jacket: Guess;  Pants: Bebe;  Top and Belt: via Marshall's;  Shoes: Tahari via Marshall's;  Jewelry: via Feline's Basement; Top Bracelet: gift from the Ukraine

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Happy Belated Memorial Day

For this year's Memorial Day my family and friends went to Atlantic City, NJ to lie in the sun and check out The Revel, a new hotel/casino that opened just recently. We had a truly amazing time, having fun on the beach and enjoying a soft ocean breeze. I even got to dance Zumba on the boardwalk! And the hotel is absolutely gorgeous! Definitely staying there some time soon...





Top: via Marshall's;  Shorts: Charlotte Russe; Bag: Victoria's Secret;  Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Weekly IDEAS


Last night was spent at my friend’s housewarming party, and ,unlike the usual me, I did not take any pictures whatsoever! For that reason, this weekend’s Weekly IDEAS area collection of photos from some time back.
Happy Memorial Day, everyone!

Inspiration
{More flowers? Why not! It’s spring time!}

[home] Décor
{Doesn't he just complete the whole living room sofa décor?}

Eats
{Coffee and horseshoe pastry at Burlap and Bean}

Accessory
{Bracelet watch}

[celebrity] Style
{Kristin Cavallari wears a simply beautiful outfit out and about. For information about items click here}

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Weekly IDEAS


Hello beautiful friends! I know, I have not been very dedicated and productive with my blog lately, but the thing is I just graduated from college, and I am waiting for work to start, so I have this month or so to just relax and not do anything. That is why even though I do feel bad about not doing so much anymore, I do at the same time enjoy not doing anything, recollecting my energy and celebrating receiving my degree and turning 22 years old - all in the short period of one week. This week's Weekly IDEAS contain pieces from different events that have happened during this week. Here they are

Inspiration
{May’s specials at Burlap and Bean}

[home] Décor
{Birthday flowers are the best home decoration}

Eats
{Awesome sushi at Raw Sushi at Boyds}

Accessory
{A cute new kitty-cat gift. Did I say it's very cute??}

[celebrity] Style
{Lauren Conrad wears beige to perfection. For information about items click here}

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

Yes, today is indeed my birthday - my big 22! So far the day has been just wonderful and full of pleasant surprises: in the morning, a friend stopped by and gave me my favorite flowers - pink peonies, then I went to Philadelphia with my girlie CJ from Butters and Dash for some sushi, coffees and a little shopping, and for dinner, we are having a nice family gathering with BBQ and some awesome champagne; and at last, the weather have been simply amazing all day! Happy, happy birthday to me!!!
{This is what was waiting for me when I came downstairs in the morning}

{A gorgeous bouquet of pink and white peonies}

{Sushi at Boyds}

{My bestie and I enjoying our sushi}

{I was really tempted to buy this very cute romper, but I stayed strong! 
(well, actually it just wasn't my size)}



Jacket: via Macy's;  Jeans and Top: Express;  Shoes: BCBG;  Bag: H&M;  Sunglasses: Vogue

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Nostalgia


It’s funny how sometimes one simple thing leads to another and then another, and as a result you have this whole chain of random events and memories that bring you to some kind of realization or conclusion. This time it all started on Monday night, when I was watching Dancing with the Stars, and on the show they played one of the songs from one of my favorite moves Dance with Me. It made me want to watch the movie, so on Tuesday night I put on the movie, watching which reminded me of my days as a professional dancer, which was approximately 7 years ago but is still so dear to my heart it often makes me want to cry when I see some dance action and realize I am not a pat of it anymore. It’s one of those things where once you’ve tried it once it kind of stays with you forever. After I watched the movie I got motivated to dig up my old dancing pictures form Russia, which lead me to stumble across all the pictures of my childhood I brought from Russia, and that undoubtedly made me experience a bad case of nostalgia for all the things I did and was.

This whole process can probably be linked to the fact that my birthday is tomorrow. I feel like every year right before my birthday I get sad and nostalgic; I start remembering things and thinking of things I have not accomplished. It’s like you sum up your year, and more so your life up to this point. While I think it’s completely normal to feel this way, what’s important is not to stay stuck in this condition but to move forward focusing on your achievements and future goals. Life goes on, and there is always something new and exciting that can compensate for the other things. After all I believe everything does happen (or not happen) for a reason.

In this post, I just wanted to share some of those bright memories of my childhood and a give you a bit of my personal history lesson.

1996
{Me and Vladik, my best friend ever from when we were born till approximately 10 years old, when we got older and started hanging out with our own groups of people. However, I still consider him my brother}

1997



{First days of first grade - getting treats, courtesy of our parents, after the main school ceremony}

{First grade school New Year's celebration - I am the one in blue dress, which together with the beautiful floral hat were hand-made by my mom}

 {My friend Igor's birthday - it took a lot of convincing and yelling to talk the then-overly-shy me into putting my head on Igor's shoulder}

{My cousin Anna's wedding. This is my with my daddy}

1998
{Second grade school New Year's celebration - I am the one to the right in the purple gypsy costume, also hand-made by my mom} 

{My mom, left, and her best friend, Olga (also Igor's mom) - a true role model and probably the person whom I miss the most here}

2001
{My dance group camping in "Orlenok" - International Summer Camp for Kids}


{"The first kiss." A game of I don't even remember what, still in Orlenok with my dance group. (P.S. I was madly in love with this guy!)}

{In Orlenok with my best friend Katya}

2002
{My dance group was invited to Greece, where we performed every night for a month}

{Lunch at our hotel in Greece}

{A real pomegranate tree!}

{BFFs in Greece}

{All the girls of my dance group in Greece}

{I actually did it!}

2005
{Middle school graduation - some of the members of my class}

{Receiving my middle school certificate from the principal of our school}

{My middle school girlfriends}

Dancing - Through the years









The End. Thank you for your time!