Marriage

Why Fall is Good for Relationships

When the weather gets cooler, everything gets better-including relationships. For as long as I can remember, fall has been my favorite time of the year. It’s the sound of leaves crinkling and breaking underneath your shoes. The smell of smoke coming from a neighbor’s chimney. It’s the tree that’s fading from green to yellow to orange […]

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about tanya

Hi, i’m Tanya. I was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States when I was two years old. My family left Communist Russia speaking minimal English, with little money and a young toddler to raise and assimilate into a foreign culture. I only mention this because being an immigrant has been a defining […]

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12 Things I learned in the First Month of Being a Mama

It all started when I saw 2 lines on a pregnancy test that I didn’t even plan to take in the first place because I didn’t think for a second I could be pregnant. I called J over to see for himself and we both stared at each other in shock at the realization that we […]

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Grey & Nude

  My Outfit Details: Dress: sold out (similar here) | Cardigan: Nordstrom, sold out (similar here) | Sandals: Steve Madden via Lord & Taylor | Lipstick: Turkish Delight by NARS | Sunglasses: Banana Republic, sold out (similar here) It’s hard to believe I was just a few months along in these photos and now we’re getting close to 8 months. Sometimes it feels like […]

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How to Keep Date Night & Your Crazy Work Hours

It can be easy to fall into a routine once you’re married (or in a longterm relationship) and not leave the comfortable confines of your apartment, especially when you’re a creative professional. You’re working late on designs for the new brand your agency team is pitching, you’re working a part-time job to pay the bills while […]

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5 Time Management Strategies

If there is one sure way to miss a deadline, it’s to completely forget about it. If you have a complex schedule with meetings, deadlines, and competing priorities, it’s vital that you enlist certain techniques to keep you on top of it all. Having a full time job and this lovely blog, I often have […]

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You, Me, Oui!

On Friday, J waited patiently as I put the finishing touches on my date night outfit. He watched as I vogued into the room and twirled so he could have a full 360 degree view. I was wearing a casual graphic t-shirt tucked into a nude pleated maxi skirt and topped off with snakeskin patterned stilettos. I accessorized […]

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A Local’s Guide to the Best Date Night Activities in Philadelphia

There’s something special about Philadelphia in the fall. The air is cool and refreshing, pumpkins and squash dominate local cuisine, and shades of orange, brown and red take over our surroundings. Whether you’re visiting from out of town or live in the city, Philly has great options for date night that can turn a quiet night on […]

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L is For the Way you Look Tonight

J and I went to Laurel to celebrate Valentine’s day on Friday. It was delicious. We’ve been watching Top Chef New Orleans for the past couple weeks and were excited to get to meet Nick and taste his food as opposed to listening to the judges comment on it! The gnocchi and lamb dishes were our […]

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Stories We'll Tell Our Grandkids

J and I recently ended up on a double date with my grandparents. We walked back and forth on the boardwalk in Brooklyn while listening to stories and eating vanilla swirl ice cream in cones on a hot summer night.  While my grandpa and J chatted behind us, my grandma told me stories of when […]

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, I'm Turning into My Mom After All

Last week, I got dressed for work in the morning, took out the fish from the freezer, emptied the dish washer, and poured myself some pumpkin spice flavored coffee in my travel mug as I grabbed my oversized handbag and dashed out the door.  After a fun day at work, I came home, marinated the […]

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My Thoughts On Our 18 Month Marriage

You might have been wondering why I say my blog is about career/fashion/marriage if there are no posts on my marriage.  Here goes the first!  With all the blogs and articles out there focusing on fixing wounded marriages, I wanted to take a moment to write about my thoughts on my own marriage and introduce J, […]

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