Tuesday, September 9, 2014

One Year

In The Writer's Closet, apparently, shares a birthday with Leo Tolstoy - how encouraging. :) 
Yep, I posted a couple of my very first posts exactly one year ago (you can say hello HERE and HERE). Time flies! I'd like to celebrate my little blogoversary with probably the last summer dress of this year.

The dress is from Chico's (crazy crazy sale, as always). It may very well be the best summer dress ever - fun, comfy and sexy. The orange accents are my favorite, though I wore this dress with blue/green and with silver accents too. This bead necklace was made for me by one of my coworkers right before I left Russia. I adore it! I don't think I showed it on the blog before.

The earrings are hand-made Turkish copper, a gift from a friend years ago.  

This blog has brought so much joy to my life. Quite honestly, I would never have guessed I'd go so far.

THANK YOU for your universal acceptance and encouragement, amazing ladies! 
It's so much fun and such an honor to be a part of this very special, very unique, very warm community of women. You are kind, compassionate, brave, bright and beautiful, and also super creative! 

And to those readers who only think about beginning their own blog - dive right in! There are no rules other than BE YOURSELF (oh how I love it!), and you have everything you need to make it happen!

I would also like to thank my beloved one, Justin for all the pictures, all the giggles, all the trips and all the love and support, and for holding my hand when I need it. :)

Here's to one wonderful, colorful, filled with light, joy and creativity year of blogging. It is quite a milestone for me, as it's the beginning of my writing in English.

Let us see what's next, shall we?

Dress - Chico's
Earrings and necklace - gifts from friends (old)
Bracelets - Lane Bryant (old)
Clutch - Urban Expressions via TJ MAXX (old)
Sandals - Ecco via NRack

Sharing with Visible Monday!


  1. Oh yes, I am very much looking forward to seeing what's next!
    Happy first anniversary, Natalia. Your blog is such a welcome addition to my list of favourites, and you contribute just as much support, friendship, warmth and creativity as you receive. That's how it works, I find - if you are generous with your time and kindness, it comes back to you. Blogging karma!
    I love that dress on you, so elegant and stylish. At first, I thought the necklace was an embellishment on the dress, but as am delighted to learn it was handmade as a gift, a beautiful reminder of your home country. Yes, orange works wonderfully well with the monochrome print. And you are looking all luminous and lovely!
    Here's to many more years, my friend! xxxx

  2. How in the world did you come up with those neon letters? I read back and tried to find if you mentioned them but couldn't find anything. Aren't they fun?? Love em! That maxi dress swishing along with you is a beautiful thing to wear while you celebrate. I also love the military green jumpsuit you wore a year ago.

    Happy Birthday to you! It's fun to share a birthday with a fellow Russian writer I bet. I read a Russian short story which I loved about a man who eats a morsel of bread that was in a display at a museum and he was able to hear the animals at the zoo. He realized they were thinking how foolish humans were. Sound familiar to you? I lost the short story collection and haven't been able to find that particular story since.

    Your English is magnificent by the way. I had no idea it wasn't even your second language. ;)

    1. I'm glad you asked! It's from an exhibition at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma - it'll be there till February, very fun!

      The story is probably based on a Slavic fairy tale, it's a common motif. But I haven't read this one. :)

  3. Happy blog ever say to a very lovely and fashionable woman. I am so glad we connected. I look forward to more of your posts. Love today's look. Very world traveler. The way you chose to accessorize is bold and adventurous. Very apropos.

  4. Well done on your first blog anniversary, so pleased you started and are enjoying sharing your world with us. Your graphic print dress is stunning on you as is the necklace, it must bring memories every time you wear it.So pleased to have found you Natalia, enjoy your coming year.

  5. Ha ha! Happy One Yearoversary! What a stunning dress, and necklace! I also love the frog ring in your first posts.
    I love the swishy top bit on the dress and the gorgeous print!
    You brighten the blogosphere with your smile my dear, and I'm so pleased to know you.
    Bring on the next year...bigger and brighter!! XO JJ

  6. Cute sign at the end honey and happy blog anniversary! I can see why you love blogging it has also helped me find my tribe. You are a bright beautiful addition! I think this is a gorgeous send off summer dress, but do we have too! The necklace your friend made you in Russia is meticulously crafted and stunning! Such a sweet gift!

  7. Happy blog anniversary! You certainly celebrate in style.

  8. Congrats to the aniversary... in the footsteps of Tolstoy :-)
    It's many pattern in your outfit and its really gorgeos!
    Glad, that I've found your blogs. Both.
    Have a nice time

  9. Happy Blog-iversary to you! Like Curtise, in that short time you've become one of my favourite reads and a dear virtual friend, too.
    That dress looks fabulous on you and I'm more than a little in love with the necklace made by a co-worker, she must have been very fond of you. xxx

  10. Congratulations on the blog's anniversary, Natalia! I feel like I have known you for much longer time. It is a pleasure to read your posts always full of energy, interesting ideas, beautiful photographs and humour.
    This graphic print dress is indeed very pretty and sexy. The necklaces and the earrings complete the look perfectly.

  11. Happy Blogversary! I think you chose the perfect party dress. GORG-eous! The necklace really makes it.


  12. hearty congrats for your anniversary!!!!!!
    my blog world would be a lot poorer without you! your wonderful posts, chic outfits and lovely comments bringing sunshine in my life! i´m happy you started it one year ago!
    the celebration outfit is a stunner! this gorgeous dress, all the warm colored accents. and of cause the necklace - a piece of art made with love.....
    (i wish my english was as good as yours!)

  13. Happy Blogerversary!!! Blogland is a richer place with you in it and here you are gorgeous as ever in a beautiful outfit! the dress is just wonderful and perfect with the orange accents - I love the neon signs! so cool and yes! I am looking forward to whats next! x x x

  14. Happy Bloggiversary! You are such a shining light on the internet: beautiful, talented, wise, warm and funny. You look gorgeous in that dress and those fabulous accessories with such love and meaning to them. I am so glad you are here, making my life just that much better, cheering me on while I stumble around starting a new life. I can still picture you in the first blog post of yours that I saw. You were on the beach and wearing one of your colourful casual outfits-pants from Chicos I suspect! I was in awe of your coordinated nail polish, chic haircut and beautiful smile.
    I'l put something nice in my coffee and raise a mug to you, my well loved friend.

  15. Darling! Congratulations on your anniversary! So happy you began, 'cause all your readers get so much from what you have to say.
    You are an absolute stunner in this gown. Just gorgeous on you, and you in it! Don't ever cull this one.

  16. HaPPy BlogoVerSarY :)))) That's true that time flies like crazy. The necklace is beautiful and I like how you put everything together. You totally remade the dress with all the details you added. It became somehow magical. Great nail polish and lipstick.