Lookback to 2017

It’s the first weekend of 2018, it’s freezing cold outside after a snow storm that hit New York. I am sitting at my kitchen table, aka my office desk, thinking and dreaming about places I’d like to visit and a new content I want to create this year. There are so many dreams and ideas swirling in my mind, teasing me and exciting me.

But before this year takes over I’d like to look back and reflect on 2017 and share the things I’ve learned from my experiences and realizations that got me to where I am today.

The turning of the year is usually a great time when we make resolutions – to lose weight, to achieve our next goal (bigger house, better paid job), to be better with our finances, or to be more present with our kids, just to name a few. A few years ago I was making the same resolution lists, writing and re-writing them, only to realize, that for the most part, they don’t work at all or work for a limited time.  Why? Because the root of all our dissatisfaction and frustration comes from self-judgement. We constantly compare ourselves to others, we blame ourselves for not being smart enough or pretty enough, we hate growing older and getting out of shape in our bodies. And it all comes from not knowing who we really are and not realizing that the only thing that is real is the present moment, available for us to enjoy, if we stop complaining and comparing. Unfortunately, in our culture we are taught to compete and not be comfortable with where we are and always strive for more, only “more” is always defined by materiel things.

But what I know now is what we all are seeking for is the connection to our true authentic Selves, our souls and for finding the meaning to our lives.

So as we are entering this new year, I would like to invite you to practice few things from my, not 2018, but Lifetime resolution list:

  1. Forgive yourself for “not making it”, for “not being there”, for “not being good enough”. You are exactly where you need to be at the present moment.
  2. Spend alone time with yourself : meditate, sit in silence, walk in the park, listen to a soft music, read an inspiring book, take a shower in complete darkness, wake up with the sunset, end the day with the gratitude.  All these things helped me to protect my heart and connect with myself, and I do most of them each day.
  3. Start listening to your body. Everyone knows that sleep, exercise and healthy eating is key to healthy life. But the key that I uncovered that loving your body with all its imperfections is the key. Feeding it with the most nutrition rich food, giving your digesting system breaks with weekly fasting, relaxing with meditation, and just filling yourself with positive thoughts.
  4. Let go of any attachment to things, people and outcome. Life is constantly changing and moving, don’t let things get hold of you.
  5. Live life with no expectations. Someone recently asked me what my expectations are with my blog and what my plans are to attract followers and brand collaborations and I replayed that I have absolutely none and that I want to surprise myself and let Life take me places.
  6. Stop blaming others – parents, spouses, coworkers, government, situations, traffics, bad weather, rude strangers on the street. Remember that our reality is the reflection of our inner world. So all the people and situations in our lives are attracted by our thought patterns from our conscious and subconscious mind. So unless we look within and change, we will keep attracting the same situations.
  7. Stand by your own personal truth. People will always give you advice on what they think is right. They will put doubts into what you can and can not do. They do it from their level of awareness, which may not always align with yours. Always follow your own intuition.
  8. Express gratitude. I forgot when it was last time I asked for anything in my prayer. The only prayer I know and say these days is Thank you.
  9. Love yourself as it is the most significant relationship of your life.

Thank you for reading and I hope you resonate with what I shared with you.

If you want to read the books that expanded my consciousness and made me connect with myself, please check out my Amazon page.

Love and light your way.

Baby, it’s cold outside

It was frigid cold in New York this weekend which I noticed every year happens on Russian Christmas. We went to my parents yesterday to celebrate. If it was not for this family tradition, I would not step out of the house this weekend because I realized I don’t have any really warm sweaters, undergarments or snow boots. I do have a nice fur coat that I am excited to were few times a year.

So today I spent looking to buy snow boots and warm clothing, in advance of me going to some cold places this year 😉

So I am sharing what I found and some of it bought to try out:

1. Snow boots

2. Warm coats

3. Sweaters and Vests

4. Body warmers, accessories and my other wellness items are on my Amazon page HERE

 

Best of 2017

As this year draws to its end, I want to thank it for all the gifts it brought me, for my kids, for my husband who is my soul mate, travel companion and photographer who is documenting my journey, for my family and friends, for all the people who entered and stayed in my life, and for all the places I’ve visited and traveled to, especially Machu Picchu in Peru, my beloved Italy with my husband and kids, and to wrap up this year to Tulum, Mexico.

This year has been monumental in many regards. It’s been a year of rapid deepening into spiritual connection and expansion. It further revealed to me who I really am and what I meant to do in my life, which nothing more than to share the beauty and wisdom of this beautiful Life. It taught me that what I think and do manifests itself into coming back into my life. I want to share more of that side of me next year. Style and fashion will always be part of me, it’s the easiest and most natural thing I can do in my life. I do however want to focus more next year on inner beauty and wellness, and want everyone to feel good about themselves and manifest their dreams to reality.

Cheers to this great year and more to come in 2018!

After Christmas sale

This is my favorite time of the year to shop for myself. When all the presents are gifted, it’s time to treat myself to something new and not feel guilty about it because of excellent deals.

My shopping list – click the direct links:

  1. Club Monaco wool or cashmere coats (especially in light colors, I am really into winter white lately)
  2. Self-Portrait dresses
  3. Saks 5th Ave designer shoes
  4. Asos White collection
  5. Pixie Market sweaters and tops
  6. Sephora makeup (especially highlighters from Tarte)
  7. Suede OTK boots : Stuart Weitzman are the best, so when it’s on sale (here as well), I grab it. I also just got these Steve Madden in beige and I am in love.
  8. Yoox for kids (Armani, Monalisa, Miss Grant and other italian brands at great prices) Shopping for kids is like shopping for myself.

To shop this look I wore for Christmas: White Fur (similar) / Skirt / Shoes

Merry Christmas

Feeling the magic of Christmas and basking in love and warmth of my family, friends and our lovely dog. He is been such an amazing addition to our family and we hope in this new year of a Dog, based on Chinese horoscope, he continues to bring us unconditional love and joy. Wishing everyone loving, abundant and miraculous holiday season. Happy Everything, my friends!

PS link to my dress, cause I know you want to know 😉

 

Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends, family and followers! So grateful for this life and for for all I have. Hope you all have something to be grateful for.

Here’s my holiday gift guide or the short list of 10 things under $100 that I would buy myself or gift others, for home and travel.

Links to items (displayed clockwise)

  1. Fujifilm Instax mini camera
  2. NutriBullet
  3. Chunky knit blanket
  4. Essential Oil Aroma Diffuser
  5. Mini Speaker
  6. Tarte treasure box
  7. Diptyque Candles
  8. Anastasia Glow Kit
  9. Jewelry Travel case
  10. Nars Illuminator and Primer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time is luxury

I am always looking for unique accessories to wear and more so lately natural and feel good on my skin jewelry, like crystals and wood. So when I saw this JORD wooden watch I fell in love. Wood watches by JORD are the finest luxury all-natural wooden watches that are hand-crafted by artists. What a unique piece to wear and keep me grounded, in the present moment and on time, in my busy ever-changing New York life. I don’t just wear a watch that tells me time, I wear a watch to accessorize and complete my whole look. What I also like about this watch is its masculine look and feel, which balances my usually romantic style. It goes well with my ladylike accessories such as gloves, scarfs and miniature bags.

This watch also makes a great gift, especially for upcoming holidays, so be sure to add it to your own wish list or to gift it to the special person in your life. Holidays are such a perfect time to give someone you care about the gift from the heart.

Shop it now and get instant 25% discount if you shop at his link. https://www.woodwatches.com/g/devouture

You will find that the brand carries various styles and shapes, and offers many unique color combinations of the face of the watch as well as hue and depth of the natural wood.  The brand also offers custom engraving for that super personal touch.

To complete the look : sweater / jeans / round bag

I am so looking forward to the holiday season and be sure to share more of my favorite items with you.