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Prom Lessons Learned the Hard Way

I talked about my prom story on the blog way back in 2015 where I shared with you some of my hair styling tips for your big night. However, my epic prom failure didn’t stop with that. Somehow, I…

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide with Uncommon Goods

You probably never heard about it before, but March 8th is one of the most important holidays of the year for Russians. Called an International Women’s Day, it’s a celebration of mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, co-workers, and other women in…

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New Year’s Eve Party Essentials

Whether you are hosting a New Year’s Eve party at home or helping with decorations at your friends’ house, you can’t go wrong with gold and glitter. Sparkly table accessories bring a festive mood in your house and immediately put you in…

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Gift Guide: Beauty Sets For Under $25

I am a little late with my gift guides this season, but it’s simply because I wanted to select only these products for you that I tried myself or plan on purchasing this season. #1: THE BODY SHOP Nutty Body Butter Sweethearts ($18) —…

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Russian Winter Holiday Traditions

You might be surprised how different Russian and American holiday traditions, especially when it comes to winter holidays. I was born and raised in Russia where we celebrate New Years as the biggest holiday of the year. Even though…

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10 Ways to Feel Cozy

Apt. 9 Cashmere Sweater (c/o; sold out for just $14.99 at thredUp) / Burberry Brit Pants (on sale) Jay M. Doctor Bag / Romwe Structured Vest / Nursace Ankle Boots (similar) With the weather changing for the cool, it is time…

10 Unexpected Gifts for Bestie

10 Unexpected Gifts for Your Bestie

Starbucks gift cards, makeup palettes, gloves… Your bestie will most likely receive those cliché gifts from her other friends and family. Why don’t you pick something completely different this year and choose an unexpected gift that she will really like? Let’s…


Giveaway: $300 Worth of Makeup & Beauty Products

This holiday season I decided to treat you, my dear readers, with something very special. It’s a package of makeup and beauty products that I will give to one random subscriber to my weekly newsletters. If you are already receiving my Friday’s…

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12 Ways to Elevate Your Thanksgiving Table Settings

  Whether you are hosting a Thanksgiving dinner at your place or just set up a casual snack bar, you want your table decor to be on point. Start from these elegant centerpieces and table accessories as those eye-catchers will definitely bring…

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Russian Doll Halloween Makeup Tutorial

This Halloween started for me early. On Wednesday, Ben and I attended a party where he was a Bull and I was a Matador, and yesterday night we hit the streets of New York as a pair of post-appocaliptic…