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EN: On my last shopping trip I was passing the flagship DKNY store in Manhattan and the handsome bags in the window above have caught my eye. I went inside and there was a whole collection of lovely bags, shoes and other accessories that would fit well in any closet. Made in durable saffiano leather, the bags come in classic shapes, yet don't look like copies of other designers. I still remember the time when DKNY bags came in logo-printed fabrics - the brand has come a long way since then. 
Their shoes are also worth the attention - my favorites were the open toe booties that would be perfect for early fall, as well as the wedge sneakers. Most of these styles are now on sale! Check them out below - you can now click on the exact item you like in the picture and it will direct you to the store online that carries it (even if there is more than one item in the picture!) 
Please leave your comments about the DKNY collection in the comments below! Happy Shopping! :)

RU: Во время моего последнего забега по магазинам я наткнулась на витрину магазина DKNY и красивые сумочки на фото выше заставили меня остановится и зайти внутрь. Я помню несколько лет назад DKNY делали страшные сумки из ткани с логотипами по всей поверхности - и рада видеть что с тех пор многое изменилось. Теперь их сумки - из практичной кожи Saffiano которые не пачкаются и не царапаются. Мне нравятся их классические формы, при этом они не выглядят как копии других фирм. Их обувь, также стоит внимания - больше всего мне понравились ботиночки с открытым носком, которые прекрасно подойдут для ранней осени, а также кроссовки со скрытой подошвой. И дополнительный приятный бонус - многие из этих вещей сейчас продаются со скидкой! 
Теперь Вы можете нажать на каждую интересующую Вас вещь на фото и перейти в интернет-магазин где она продается - даже если на фото несколько вещей. А в комментариях ниже можно оставить Ваши отзывы о коллекции DKNY. Приятных покупок! 

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EN: Last week I went to visit the flagship Michael Kors store in Manhattan to preview their fall collection and to enjoy a complimentary manicure they were treating their shoppers to. (Free manicures will last for two more Thursdays - Aug 21 and Aug 28 at 667 Madison Avenue from 10 to 6 pm - give them a call to get on the list before coming in!)

To be honest, before this I wasn't even aware that Michael Kors has a beauty line because I've never seen it in their stores and it's not prominently displayed on their website. However, they have a wide range of polishes which I got to try out. (Post about the fall collection preview will follow shortly)

On the way to the boutique, I stopped at Sephora to try out a few other nail lacquers including the new Christian Louboutin polish and some others by Dior.

RU: На прошлой неделе я посетила презентацию осенней коллекции в магазине Michael Kors где, по мимо одежды, представляли косметическую линию этой фирмы и, по этому поводу, делали всем желающим бесплатный маникюр. 

Честно говоря, до этого я даже не знала, что Майкл Корс выпускает косметику - в магазинах я ее не замечала, и на сайте ее не так просто найти. Но оказалось что у них довольно большой выбор лаков для ногтей (которые я распробовала в этом посте) и другой продукции. 

По дороге в бутик, я заскочила в магазин Sephora - попробовать пару других лаков включая новый "шедевр" от Christian Louboutin и лаки от Dior.

EN: Recently, Christian Louboutin put the most expensive polish out on the market. At $50.00 a bottle, the polish comes in the signature red, same as the soles of the notorious shoes by the same designer. Despite the price, the lacquer bottles are flying off the shelves and many online stores are already sold out. I tested it out and here's my review:
  • The bottle is a lot bigger then I expected. Besides the long wand, there is quite a lot of polish in there.
  • You truly will need only one coat. The formula is very dense and after just one coat it looks like a finished manicure (one coat in the picture above!)
  • Beautiful red color, exactly like the Louboutin soles
  • Dries fast - in about two minutes!
Overall, the polish is worth the money - I couldn't find any downsides to it except for the price. 
Still, would you pay $50.00 for a bottle of nail lacquer, even if it's from the shoe guru himself? I've heard a lot of eager "yes"es yet saw quite a few eyebrow raises. What do you think?

RU: Недавно Christian Louboutin выпустил на рынок самый дорогой лак для ногтей. Лак знаменитого цвета красной подошвы стоит $50 за бутылочку, и,  несмотря на цену, уже распродан во многих магазинах. Мне удалось попробовать его на своих наготочках и вот мой отзыв по этому поводу:
  • Бутылочка намного больше, чем я ожидала - за такую цену лака налили сполна!
  • Одного слоя вполне хватает - покрыл один раз и маникюр готов! 
  • Красивый красный цвет - действительно как подошвы Louboutinов 
  • Быстро сохнет - всего за пару минут!

В общем, лак оправдывает свою цену - никаких минусов в нем я не нашла.
И все же, вы готовы  потратить $50 на бутылочку лака? Несмотря не то что его раскупают, многие в недоумении поднимают брови услышав цену. А Вы что думаете по этому поводу? 
EN: Just down the isle there was the Dior Rouge nail polish - pretty much the same exact shade as the Louboutin one. However, with this one you will need two coats, yet will pay only half the price ($25.00 a bottle). I do love the brush on the Dior polishes - makes it very easy to apply the color with no smudges.

RU: Рядом с Louboutanовым лаком стоит лак от Dior в цвете Rouge - практически такого же оттенка. Этого лака понадобится  два слоя, но и стоит он в два раза дешевле ($ 25.00 за бутылочку). В Dior мне больше всего нравится кисточка - ей очень удобно наносить лак.
Two more colors spotted at Dior, couldn't choose which one I like better!
EN: And then, there was this! Blue has been a popular hue in manicures this season, and I've been wanting to try out the color Sailor by Dior for a while, but couldn't find it in stores. Finally, I spotted a bottle at the Dior counter and gave it a try. It was love at first brush! Until I came across another blue polish, this one by Julep (below)...

RU: И тут, случилось это!!! Синие оттенки уже успели стать популярными в маникюре в этом сезоне, и я давно хотела попробовать цвет Sailor от Dior, но никак не могла найти его в магазинах. Это была любовь с первого взгляда!  Я даже не ожидала что он на столько шикарный! Но потом я не наткнулась на другой синий оттенок - от Julep (на фото ниже)...
EN: So this became a situation. I put both of them on and stared at my hand for ten minutes. And ever since then I've been trying to decide which color I should get. What do you think? Light blue by Dior or darker blue by Julep? Or just get both? :)

RU: Я так и стояла минут 10 и любовалась этими двумя оттенками и не могла решить какой взять. Левый от Dior или правый от Julep? Или не мучатся и взять оба? :)
Finally, after not being able to choose between the two gorgeous blues above, I left Sephora empty-handed and headed to Michael Kors. Here are a few of the polishes that caught my eye:

В конце концов я ушла с пустыми руками и направилась в Michael Kors. Вот лаки которые мне понравились в их коллекции:
EN: At the end of the day, I left with the Michael Kors polish in Coquette as it was a perfect nude shade I've been searching for. I love how it blends with my skin tone and it also doesn't chip easily.
I did a little "home improvement" to my manicure to create a golden tip effect using the polishes below:

RU: Оттуда я ушла с лаком в цвете Coquette потому что он идеально подходит под цвет моей кожи (как раз то что я искала). Лак хорошо ложится и держится.
Дома я немного усовершенствовала свой маникюр (смотрите ниже):
Sephora by OPI Golden top coat
(no longer available, but here is a similar one by Formula X)
Michael Kors "Coquette" Polish
Seche Vite fast drying top coat 
(highly recommended - dries polish in under two minutes!)

Results:
Which nail color is your favorite? Please comment below!

Пожалуйста, напишите в комментариях какой лак Вам понравился больше всего!

 
 
EN: This summer has been a lot of fun so far. Aside from taking my growing belly to the beach, work has been keeping me pretty busy, which means lots of shopping trips! This season I've had some one-of-a-kind orders and it's been an exciting challenge tracking down all these hard-to-get items. Here are the latest purchases my customers have made with me - including a Zimmermann dress as worn by Kate Middleton, an Hermes purse, some beautiful shoes by Saint Laurent and Jimmy Choo, gorgeous bags by Fendi and Chanel and more. 

RU: Надеюсь Вы, как и я, успели вдоволь насладится этим летом. В этом году, помимо выгуливания моего растущего животика на пляж, я потратила много дней на поездки по магазинам - по работе. За последние пару месяцев было много "сложных" и необычных покупок, таких как платье Zimmermann как у Kate Middleton, сумочки Hermes, Chanel и Fendi и обуви от Saint Laurent и Jimmy Choo. В этом посте мне не терпится поделиться всеми этими находками с Вами! 
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EN: As one of my customers put it - everything she wears sells out. It's true - as soon as Kate Middleton puts it on, it flies off the shelves around the world. Nevertheless, I was able to find the above dress by Zimmermann, which Kate wore during her Australia tour this spring. Contact us to order it or see other similar options below.

RU: Как сказала одна из моих покупательниц - все что она не наденет сразу раскупают! И правда - как только Kate Middleton что-то надевает, эта вещь сразу же исчезает из магазинов по всему миру. Тем не менее, я смогла найти белое платьице на фото выше от Zimmermann, которое Kate надела во время своей поездки в Австралию этой весной. Его можно заказать связавшись с нами (некоторые размеры еще остались!) или можно посмотреть похожие платья ниже.

 
 
 
 
EN: Have you noticed it's August already? When did that happen? It seems like summer just started, yet stores are lining up fall/winter collections already. Before the warmest season is all wrapped up, take a day to head to the stores, before summer sales are all gone! And if you'd rather spend a day at the beach, you can still catch all the great discounts by shopping online! Here's a quick guide to the best of this season's sales:

RU: Вы заметили что уже Август? А вроде позавчера был еще Июнь... Поэтому нужно по-быстрее успеть насладится летом - либо срочно на пляж, либо - по магазинам! - пока там скидки не кончились :)
Вот список самый горячих online-распродаж этого сезона:

Alice + Olivia
This brand offers great summery dresses, sandals and accessories - all at a 75% discount

Марка одежды и аксессуаров - Скидки до 75%

Barney's
Iconic Manhattan's luxury goods retailer is rolling out a generous 75% off sale (including Saint Laurent pumps starting at just $259!). And for an even deeper discounts, shop Barney's Warehouse sale.

Один из самых популярных lux магазинов в Манхаттане распродает летний ассортимент со скидкой 75% (Включая обувь Saint Laurent всего от $259) А для дополнительных скидок, смотрите их сток на Barney's Warehouse

Bergdorf Goodman
Just around the corner, Bergdorf is also running a sale, also at 75% off most coveted brands (like a Manolo sale or an awesome kids sale)

Luxury Мультибрэндовый магазин: Скидки до 75%(Например на обувь Manolo Blahnik и на детские вещи)

Henri Bendel
Stripy carrier bags with a sale sign? That's right! Henri Bendel is having a handbag, shoe and accessory sale! Shop the 50% discount

Cумочки, обувь и аксессуары со скидкой до 50%

Intermix
I love the comfort of a small boutique luxury shopping, and it's even better when it's on sale! While Intermix sale selection is somewhat limited in stores, you can see all the options online - at 50% off!

Luxury мултибрэнд - скидки до 50%

Kate Spade Saturday
Don't want the weekend to end? It doesn't have to with Kate Spade's Saturday line - cute bags and flowy dresses will make you feel like Saturay afternoon all week long. Enjoy them at a 50% discount.

Легкие платьица и аксессуары со скидкой до 50%

Kirna Zabête
Another New York staple full of brand names and discounts upto 75%

Нью Йоркский luxury мультибрэндовый магазин - скидки до 75%

Opening Ceremony
Looking for something original? That's a store for you. Also with a 70% discount.

Фирменная одежда со скидкой до 70%
Otte NYC
Designer boutique with in store and online discounts - upto 70% off

Нью Йоркский мультибрэндовый магазин со скидкой до 70%

 
 
Often times things you worried about a year ago become only a distant memory in the present. It seems that even the biggest problems shrink and eliminate themselves over time. Right now I am in the middle of moving my apartment and my office into a new space. As I pack things up, I come across so many notes, knickknacks, souvenirs, diaries, articles, and other stuff that seemed to be important years ago, only to become nothing more than garbage today. Packing is bitter sweet.  But if before I wanted to save every little note to preserve a memory, now I am more worried about making room. How easy it turned out to be to throw away notes from college and ticket stubs from teenage years when you know there are bigger, better things waiting for you ahead. Yet, some things I can't seem to part with. The denim shirt I'm wearing in this photo has been in my wardrobe for almost twenty years (I brought it with me from the 'old country') So while some things went straight into the garbage bag, others were folded neatly to be kept for years to come. I guess it's good to make room for new stuff, but some stuff still stays with you for good. 
Wearing:

Twenty8Twelve cardigan (old)
Vintage denim shirt - similar herehere and here 
French Connection Skirt
Michael Kors Clutch - similar here
BCBGMAXAZRIA Bracelet
Donald J Pliner Shoes

Wearing:

Twenty8Twelve cardigan (old)
Vintage denim shirt - similar here, here and here 
French Connection Skirt
Michael Kors Clutch - similar here
BCBGMAXAZRIA Bracelet
Donald J Pliner Shoes

 
 
From time to time, I get this urge to buy a new handbag (when in reality what I need is to figure out where to store the ones I already have).  Usually it happens as I walk through a store, and this time the store was Coach. I wondered in there purposefully after I saw another blogger wearing an adorable Borough bag in her photos. As I walked through the chic store, I began to realize an obsession was in the process of forming. I really think Coach will grow into the next It- brand in the upcoming years, kind of like Michael Kors did. Check out some of my Coach favorite finds below and make sure to visit their site for even more bags and accessories!

 
 
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I can be the most detail-oriented person in the world. Most of the times I need to have things just so. And if something falls out of place and doesn't go according to my plan, it can upset my whole day, driving not only me, but everyone around me crazy. 

Recently, I gave up smoking. And while it is probably the healthiest, most positive change in my life, at times it was difficult. The thing about smoking is that it's a constant, something you can rely on even when everything else goes hay-wire. And now... well, now I am on my own to deal with all sorts of stress my less-than-perfect life has to offer.
 
While at times I still feel like I need something to hold me up when things get overbearing, I learned that I am actually incredibly strong! More often than not, I can deal just fine with stress that used to get me overwhelmed just a few months ago, back when I still had a nicotine dependency. Turns out I don't need a crutch after all!

More than that, it turns out that by letting go of cigarettes, I felt less stressed to begin with. And yet, just three months ago, I couldn't imagine my life without them! This has been an incredibly valuable lesson in how strong I can be, and how unimportant some things in life really are. I now know there is nothing I can't do.

If you are constantly battling something in your life that seems to have you cornered, simply let go of it and imagine that it's not a problem anymore. You will be surprised how quickly it will stop being an issue and a solution will turn up. Believe you are strong and you can overcome anything life throws your way, because you really can! 

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Wearing:

Asos Coatigan (what's a coatigan?)
Forever21 Jeans
Twenty8Twelve Nude Top (similar here)
Rebecca Minkoff Swing Bag
Schutz Pumps (sold out in nude but available in black)


 
 
Good things shouldn't go to waste! I just came across a pile of shopping photos from the last few month and rather than archiving them decided to put them up. Because gorgeous things don't get old over time - they go on sale! ;)

 
 
Looking for strappy sandals for the spring? Check out these styles by Fergie spotted in Macy's just a few weeks ago. Most items are under $100 and they are perfect to go with your cocktail dresses. The brand also features thing-high boots and gold-capped pumps, among other things. Click on any picture below to see where to buy them!