Humor | 28 Jun 2017

Cultures and Mashups

Being a Russian-American presents its own set of challenges, but it also presents uniques opportunities to enjoy some cultural mashups like the ones below.


Travolta i Afonya

It’s always nice to be in on the joke!

Musings | 14 Jun 2017

Coats and Books


This quote makes absolute sense to me. I love reading. I read every morning for at least an hour. If I had to, I would absolutely pick a book over a coat. But here’s the thing — I don’t have to choose. I can have a new coat and read all I want by borrowing books from the library, because for me love is not about possession. It’s about appreciation. Osho was right.

Uncategorized | 31 May 2017

Monet and His Series

I’ve been on Impressionism kick lately, so I’ve decided to collect images of my favorite paintings from my favorite Monet’s series in one post. It’s fascinating how they are the same and different at the same time. There is definitely a theme too – water and plants/trees.
You can explore all the paintings by Monet and other artists here.

Water Lilies

Claude Monet - Water Lilies Claude Monet - Water Lilies Claude Monet - Water Lilies

The Japanese Bridge

Claude Monet - The Japanese Bridge (The Bridge In Monet's Garden) The Japanese Bridge (The Water-Lily Pond) Claude Monet - The Japanese Bridge

The Manneport

Claude Monet - The Manneport Claude Monet - The Manneport, Etretat, The Porte D'Aval Claude Monet - The Manneport, Etretat In The Rain

Haystack At Giverny

Claude Monet - Haystack At Giverny Claude Monet - Haystacks At Giverny Claude Monet - Haystack At Giverny, 1886

Bonus: Here is a little Monet joke:

“I’m Monet. Who the hell is Manet?”

Musings | 17 May 2017

Originality and Success

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
I came across this quote by Herman Melville, which got me to thinking.
This statement is only true if your goal is originality. If your goal is success, then this statement is simply not relevant. And as Kim Kardashian reminds us every day, originality and success no longer go hand in hand in this day and age.

Poetry | 02 May 2017

Men and Women

I think this poem is a good advice for girls/women as well, since it doesn’t just describe things that have to do with masculinity, but deals with things that have to do with being a decent human being.
So ignore the second part of the last line, and read on.

by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Humor &Personal | 19 Apr 2017

Jeopardy! and Exercise

These days I have a stand-in appointment with treadmill and Jeopardy! most nights of the week. Killing two birds with one stone by exercising my body and my mind at the same time. How very efficient of me!

Even if I don’t know all the answers, I still have fun. Alex Trebek, of course, is the big part of that. Several weeks ago, a video of him reciting some rap songs was making the rounds on the Internet.

Personally, I prefer Alex Trebek doing 90s R&B:

I’ll make love to you
Like you want me to
And so on…
And so forth…

Management &Reading List | 07 Apr 2017

Drop This Book and Run

Drop the Ball

I cannot NOT recommend this book enough. Drop it and run. Never look back.
To be honest, I DID finis this book. But after the quote below, I stopped reading and started skimming.

If women truly want men to step up at home, we have to start seeing them not as dumb, useless, or selfish, but as intelligent, capable, and generous agents of change in our lives.

I just keep thinking — if your husband is dumb, useless, or selfish, why are you married to him? If you see him that way, why is he married to you?

Want to be a strong, successful woman, who has it all? Go ahead. More power to you! But it’s important to remember that feminism is not a tool to belittle men. Feminism is not a stick to beat other women with.

As for us needing a Drop the Ball movement…Well, it’s a great idea, but it will take more than a book. Sheryl Sandberg wanted to start Lean In revolution, and four years later women are not better off.

This book tries to break the cultural expectation that women do the majority of housework, but places another expectation on them – to be successful as a leader in the their career outside of home. How about we allow women to make their own choices? Isn’t it what we want in the end?

Art | 08 Nov 2016

New York Magazine and Impressionism

I really enjoyed the recent cover of the New York Magazine, and was especially pleased to come across the original art in Impressionist Art book I’ve found in the local library. It’s Young Woman Sewing in a Garden by Mary Cassatt.

New York Young Woman Sewing in a Garden by Mary Cassatt

The same subject in a different time occupied in a different fashion. I love how accurately it reflects our world today.
I love a good mash-up when it comes to art. Who doesn’t?!

Fashion | 08 Sep 2016

Fashion and Sweater Pills

It’s the stuff nightmares are made of. Your favorite sweater dress is pilling. The horrible little balls cover it completely. You are ashamed to wear it out in public.

Oh, wait. It’s all good. We will put in our Fall/Winter 2016 ad. There!

Odette Pavlova for MaxMara Fall/Winter 2016

Odette Pavlova for MaxMara Fall/Winter 2016 Ph: Steven Meisel St: Carine Roitfeld


After all, it’s fashion. They wouldn’t understand anyway.

Music | 15 Jun 2016

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G Minor by Sergey Rachmaninov

Here is some classical music to elevate your Wednesday.

There is an interesting story behind this uplifting piece of music – Emil Gilels played this prelude at the front during World War II to raise morale of the Soviet military forces fighting in the war.

The narrator says (in Russian): “Gilels is playing at the front to remind us what the war is worth fighting for. Immortal music!”

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