Saturday, April 29, 2017

First Post in Russian // Мы и по-русски могём!


I wore this outfit yesterday for a lunch date and a bit of shopping with Justin, but its prototype was born a day before it, and as I hung it on a curtain rod to work my magic, I wrote a letter to my dear old girlfriends in Russia. It was such a light and inspired letter that I decided I would post it here (shortened by just a bit). And since I have been considering the idea to write in both English and Russian in this blog, I thought I'd post both the original in Russian and English translation.

Этот наряд я носила вчера на обед и небольшую прогулку с мужем по магазинам. Однако прототип наряда родился на день раньше: я вешала вещи на карниз, чтобы еще малость над нарядом поколдовать, и писала письмо моим старым добрым подругам в Россию. Письмо вышло таким легким и вдохновенным, что я решила опубликовать его здесь, чуток укоротив. И поскольку я уже давненько раздумываю над тем, чтобы вести этот блог и по-английски, и по-русски, я решила опубликовать и оригинал своего письма на русском, и английский перевод.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Birkenwald at the Seattle Art Museum

Last weekend, we had a rare opportunity to spend all day together as a family, and since it was rainy outside, I picked a trip to a museum. I wanted to catch the last chance to see the Jacobs Lawrence: Migration Series exhibit offered by the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), and it was absolutely worth it - if you're interested, you can check out my Russian article about this exhibit HERE and see the whole series which contains 60 panels telling the powerful story of the Great Migration in the album I shared on my FB page HERE (the album is public). But it wasn't all we wanted to see in the museum, and while we loved the Lawrence exhibit, it is closed by now, but the other unique temporary exhibit we visited, called Seeing Nature, is open till May 23, so if you're in town, get your tickets now, I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy it!

Friday, April 14, 2017

New Friends for Old Friends

This bold jumpsuit is a good old friend, one of my favorite pieces, and I showed it twice on the blog (HERE and HERE). I tried to pair it with my long ivory vest (THIS ONE), but it didn't look quite right - you see, due to the uniquely cut sleeves it's not easy to find the right jacket to wear with it. It's a picky number, it likes to be a star and shine alone. Coupled with most partners it just looks random and goofy ... or plain ordinary. But if you find the right pair, then they both will shine, and so will their union - the whole ensemble will sing even more beautifully. It is true not only about this jumpsuit, of course! With other clothes too. And even with people! 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Rare Gem: Teresa Maccapani Missoni for Eloquii

All the photos are from, and you can shop this amazing collection HERE.

I don't write fashion reports or anything like it, ever, but today I'm making an exception, because I almost EXPLODED with joy and excitement when I saw this collection! I think I actually was jumping up and down and promised my husband I'd be the best wife on the planet earth if I can have some of these pieces (uh-oh). So of course I decided to write about it because I just have to share - and Justin heard it all, twice, or rather three or four or five times by now! Created by Teresa Maccapani Missoni, granddaughter of the famous Missoni founders, especially for Eloquii, the plus size fashion forward company, it offers 22 pieces (24 if you count two different colors for a couple of pieces in the collection) for women wearing sizes 12 to 28. 

Monday, April 10, 2017


I believe it's our very first April photo session, even though I've posted a few times this month already, but those were all March outfits. It's a subtle difference, but it's there. There is a little more sun, even on rainy days. The temperature is a little warmer, even if evenings are still cool. And days are a little longer, so we can enjoy walks later in the day.

Friday, April 7, 2017

On the Sunny Side

Time flies when you're having fun, they say. I guess we've been having lots of fun lately, because I didn't even noticed when March ended and April began. We've been busy reorganizing, both our cottage living and our inner living, and while I am not ready to share my thoughts on the inner part just yet, I can tell that the latest house project is repainting Anya's room and getting a few new pieces of furniture, which we haven't done in years! So it is very exciting, and I hope to share some pictures soon.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

We'll All Become Mushrooms

It was a sunny, yet breezy day in Seattle, when Justin, Anya and I were walking through the streets of downtown which with all the tall buildings became wind tunnels, and I was wishing I had three, or better yet four hands to keep my cape that was trying to escape, and keep my floppy hat and flowy skirt down while also holding a purse and umbrella, in case it rained. We were walking to the most unusual event about which we got a recommendation just a week before, to see a presentation about bees and mushrooms - two subjects that we were curious about, but in a very separate-from-one-another way. I think that by now, many of you are aware of the critical situation with bees for the past several years, and you also might have heard that in January 2017, the first species (the rusty patched bumble bee) was officially declared under the federal protection (more about it HERE). Several more types of bees are potentially endangered in North America. Bees are the essential pollinators of wildflowers, fruit and crops, and it is pretty obvious that scientists are concerned and looking for ways to help the bees, and therefore plants, planet and us, people. But what does it have to do with mushrooms?

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Modish Matrons: Take a Clue from That Painting


Don't let April Fools fool you! Just listen to what the wise BEATE suggests for our April link-up party - take a clue from that painting, cool and lovely Modish Matrons! What painting you ask? Read on!