Why People Call Me a Fake Russian

Why People Call Me a Fake Russian

Many of my American friends know me as a “fake Russian”—I call myself that way because I can’t stand two stereotypically Russian things: snow and vodka. While it’s easy to understand why drinking is not for me, many people don’t get it when I say that I’m not that into winter. Let me explain here: we are not talking only about New York style winter where the weather rarely goes below minus 5 degrees Celsius (oh yes, as a true Russian girl I’m still not into Fahrenheit) but any reminders of a cold season in general. Meaning, I start complaining that it’s too cold at the end of October. How not Russian style is that?

Jokes aside, I feel like I finally mastered the art of layering during my recent trip to Hudson, NY. Not only I looked ahead of the time on the weather report (that I basically never-ever do and thus forced to deal with the consequences), but also packed a faux fur vest, UGGs, and a somewhat warm jacket. As it turned out, such multi-layer attire felt pretty comfy—and warm, when I added a cute colorful beanie.

While we didn’t spend much time outside—the only time I was out it to walk Lilusik—I felt cozier and comfier than ever. Who knows, maybe I’m finally getting into the casual dressing thing?

If you wonder what we did in Hudson, you might be missing out as I shared so many fun videos from the trip on my Insta Stories. A long story short, we were invited by friends who have a summer house there. Together with a few other couples, we warmed up near the fireplace, participated in an ugly sweater contest (boo to me, as I forgot to bring mine!), and exchange Secret Santa gifts.

Even though it was not a family gathering, I felt that it was one of the coolest and funniest holiday celebrations in a while. While I’m still not convinced on dressing casually on a daily basis, I will definitely try spending more time with friends over the holidays.

How about you? What are some of the fun celebrations and activities you love to share with your friends?

OUTFIT DETAILS: BB Dakota Fur Vest // Gap Pink Jacket // Aqua Sweater
Burberry Jeans // UGG Boots // Eddie Bauer Hat // Eddie Bauer Backpack


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  1. Shannon wrote:

    I love that vest on you! And your dogs hair, adorable.

    Shann Eileen | http://www.shanneileen.com

    Posted 1.14.18 Reply
  2. You look so cute and cozy out there with all your layers and your puppy. I’d need a pair of gloves too. I’m sure there are plenty of Russians out there who don’t love the cold either, but maybe you’re braver to admit it haha. Happy New Year!

    xx Yasmin


    Posted 1.2.18 Reply
  3. I visited Russia ( Siberia to be exact) back in September of 2004. The weather was still good, that time of year. ;-)
    Super cute outfit!!

    Posted 12.31.17 Reply
  4. I love this cozy outfit, and these photos are so cute! Also your dog is adorable! I hope you stayed warm x

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net/

    Posted 12.30.17 Reply
  5. Allie Mackin wrote:

    Well I am sure Russian winters are far worse then winters in New York. Winters here are really not that bad. I lived in Seattle for a decade and there it rains almost non stop from November through February and then %50 the time from March-May. Stops for 4 months and then back to the rain. i would rather deal with the cold and the snow that get here.

    You did a great job with the layering and i so want to get to Hudson one of these days.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

    Posted 12.30.17 Reply
    • Милка Тир wrote:

      Well I am sure Russian winters are far worse then winters in New York. – New York – 15 F, Moscow – 35 F.

      Posted 1.6.18 Reply
  6. Anna Martin wrote:

    For someone who doesn’t like the snow, you are very good at pretending that you do, at least. Haha. I try to do the same in all my photos. I can’t stand the cold, but I try to smile, anyway. :P You look sooooo cute! I love your hat and bag. Such a cute little pup, too! <3

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment for me, too. I appreciated it! <3 Have a happy new year! <3

    – Anna


    Posted 12.29.17 Reply
  7. Naomella wrote:

    A great casual look. This story on Russian stereotypes was really funny to read. I do complain that it´s cold when the weather goes below 5 degrees Celsius, I don´t like the minus degrees. :) xoxo


    Posted 12.28.17 Reply
  8. Deal Man wrote:

    Lovely casual outfit dear! So cute on you.


    Posted 12.24.17 Reply
  9. Jessica wrote:

    Lovely casual outfit dear! So cute on you, especially the vest and the beanie. Btw, your pooch is so adorable!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    Posted 12.21.17 Reply
  10. I also hate the cold! By the way this casual look fits you so well!
    The Color Palette

    Posted 12.21.17 Reply
  11. Luxestyle wrote:

    I don’t like snow either! I do love getting all cosy ready for the cold weather though x
    Jenny | LuxeStyle

    Posted 12.21.17 Reply
  12. feli wrote:

    I love your outfit! And the snowy landscape looks amazing <3
    xx Feli from PASSION HEARTS

    Posted 12.21.17 Reply
  13. Rach wrote:

    Love the layering! Perfect for Winter!


    Posted 12.19.17 Reply
  14. Len Dela Peña Parent wrote:

    OMG what a beautiful outfit, Katya! Love your boots! Great styling as always!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Much love, Len

    Posted 12.19.17 Reply
  15. Ira wrote:

    Cute pictures! I love the post:)


    Posted 12.19.17 Reply
  16. Oh wow, I love this winter look, so pretty!
    Have a nice evening! ;-)
    Olivia Poncelet <3

    Posted 12.19.17 Reply
  17. Such a lovely outfit dear! Your dog is so cute. Gemma x

    Posted 12.19.17 Reply
  18. Such a cute outfit! I live where it is pretty much summer all year and grew up with seasons, I miss it. I am the most unfloridian hahah

    Posted 12.18.17 Reply
  19. WhatWouldVWear wrote:

    You are so cute! Can we talk about your pup tho? SUCH A CUTIE!!!!! Love these pics!
    Happy Monday, babe!

    xoxo, Vanessa

    Posted 12.18.17 Reply
  20. ANGELEBABY wrote:

    winter looks good on you!

    Posted 12.18.17 Reply
  21. Denise wrote:

    You look very beautiful, “fake” or not (just a joke, I understood what it was about :) I have a Russian friend from Ivanovo and she also hates winter and she is more into wine than vodka. I confess I love winter, but this year due to a special project, I will spend Christmas in a sunny place. Loved your beanie, pink jacket and boots! Nice trip and sweet dog! Hope you have a lovely week!

    Posted 12.18.17 Reply
    • You see – there are so many “fake” Russians out there! :))))

      We just booked a trip to Florida – so thankfully I’ll be away from this cold weather! Yay!

      Posted 12.21.17 Reply