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When I wear this outfit, I feel very “Mary Poppins”! I think it’s the hat! I am a fan of color and Kate Spade is one of the best brands for vibrant hues in combination with retro feminine design. I rarely dress head to toe in one brand but here, I admit, I am. Cardigan, blouse, skirt and pearl necklace are all Kate Spade and I would not have it any other way! The hat is my treasured find from Selima New York and it unfortunately does not see the light of the day as often as it should! I think it’s absolutely gorgeous in its 1920’s aesthetic. I used to collect hats but ultimately it is so hard to find an occasion to wear them. Stay tuned I might start busting them out more often. You girls have really inspired me!
I also want to mention the lady bug earring I fashioned today. It is actually a pin I usually wear on the lapel of my jacket! Today I saw it in my accessory drawer and it just jumped at me! I decided to wear it as a statement piece in one ear. I was so afraid it would not hold in my ear but the closure worked perfectly. I think it is fun to rework accessories in new non-traditional ways.
Describe your aesthetic.
Eclectic and experimental. One day you can find me in a classic tailored dress falling just below the knee and the next, I’ll be rocking distressed boyfriend jeans, white tank and motorcycle jacket. It’s all in the attitude and mood of the day!
What led you to start Posh Rx?
Posh Rx is not my first brush with blogging. I used to write about film when I was in college and it was a great passion of mine. I went to film festivals in NYC and never missed an opening of an indie flick or new foreign drama. I was so obsessed with film that I am shocked I did not major in cinema studies! I had a journal that covered all my film adventures. As my interests grew to encompass art, photography and lifestyle so did my blog and Posh Rx was born.
What does Posh Style mean to you?
It is a labor of creative love and an open glance into my myriad of interests and curious finds. I like to see Posh Rx as not only a media project but a place where like-minded people gather to get inspired together and share their love for style, charm and beauty.
Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere. That’s the curious thing about inspiration – it strikes suddenly. For example, I can be browsing online looking for a new moisturizer and discover an innovative organic brand who’s philosophy I admire. Voila, inspiration and the blog post in the making! Another time, I will see an intriguing black and white photograph from 1950’s and immediately want to source twenty more of equal beauty for a vintage photography piece. For me inspiration comes from insatiable curiosity. Blogging is a natural outcome of wanting to share that sense of wonder and discovery with my readers.
Who are your favorite designers?
Any tips for girls your age on dressing well?
Do not get in a rut and experiment with different styles. Dress up should always be playful and fun!
You are such a radiant person from inside out. What are your secrets or tips?
As I got older I realized that happiness lies in harmony and with happiness comes radiance. I find harmony in balance that comes with healthy lifestyle and equally healthy relationships.
Russian women always have such great style and flair. Are you influenced by your childhood in Russia?
Absolutely. I spent my formative years in Moscow and believe that my love for color and statement jewelry is attributed to my Russian childhood. Russia is oftentimes depicted to be rather cold and grim but it is just the opposite. Russians love color and decoration of all sorts and Russian ladies wear the most exquisite makeup even if they are out to buy a loaf of bread! My grandma used to joke: “You never know when you are going to meet your fate! “Fate” in her case meant “Mr. Charming.” I am always struck by the dedication to beauty in Russian women. Genetics is only 50%, the rest is effort and desire to look your best whether you are attending an opera opening or simply walking your dog. I admire that extra effort. Here in America we are too casual most of the time.
What age do you remember being interested in fashion?
My earliest fashion memory is when I am five years old with my mom’s red lipstick smeared all over my face wobbling around in her black patent stiletto heels. I wish my parents took a picture that day as I felt gorgeous and oh so confident!!!
Katya is wearing: cardigan, blouse, skirt and necklace by Kate Spade New York; clutch and shoes by Christian Louboutin; hat by Selima New York; jacket by Rag & Bone; pin/earring by Swarovski.
One thing all Russians love is fur and I am no exception. I got this lovely vest in Moscow and I adore its versatility. It can be worn bohemian style with a floral maxi dress or with jeans and a sweater for an elegant urban look. For this outfit I wanted to break down the monochrome look with a touch of turquoise color pulled through the vintage pin and print scarf used as a fun belt. Belts work great with fur since they accentuate your waist on an otherwise bulky item.
Are there any women you look up to?
My mom. She is an incredibly kind and beautiful woman. She is my best friend and confidant. My favorite word in English language is grace. My mom possesses this rare quality.
You love films (as do we)…what are your favorite movies?
I have so many! The ones that come to mind at the moment are Italian: Roberto Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita” and Paolo Sorrentino’s “La Grande Belezza”. Both films are an ode to Rome. What can I say…I love Rome.
You have a passion for statement jewelry. Where did this begin?
It began spontaneously as I was visiting a vintage fashion exhibition in NYC. I was walking through these narrow aisles of retro dresses and shoes and I stumbled upon the most impeccable piece of jewelry, a faux pearl necklace with semi-precious stones. I could not take my eyes of this 1960’s beauty and took it home. This necklace started it all.
You went to Columbia – how did living in NYC influence you?
NYC is a never ending source of inspiration for me. It is not called a melting pot for nothing as the city embraces people of so many different nationalities, bringing their cultural heritage, style and vision for all of us to see and draw inspiration from on a daily basis. I never tire of watching people on the subway. And then there are the arts, of course – museums, galleries, theaters and cinemas that lure you in and reinvent your sense of beauty over and over again!
You travel a lot – tell us about your favorite destinations and why.
I am a city traveller since I need a lot of cultural activities to keep me entertained. I never tire of Europe with Italy being my favorite destination. I made myself a promise that one day I will take a long vacation, rent a car and cruise all over Italy, engaging in shameless gluttony and taking the most delightful pictures. Photography class is in order prior.
Katya is wearing: fur vest is vintage; sweater by J.Crew; jeans by J Brand; boots by Manolo Blahnik; purse by Chanel; belt scarf by Liberty London; brooch is vintage.
POSH PARKA: BABY ITS COLD OUTSIDE
I have been lusting over a parka for two winters now and I have finally succumbed to getting one! I cannot get enough of this warm winter staple. With this combination I wanted to channel English countryside and play with texture. Silk vintage print blouse adds a pop of color while the rest of the palette stays subtle with greens and browns in soft corduroy and suede. I added humor to an otherwise traditional parka by dressing it with some vintage Russian pins featuring olympic symbols and cartoon characters. You can find so many treasures on Ebay and Etsy – they are my best sources for vintage hunting!
What is your favorite piece of art?
“The Demon Seated” by Mikhail Aleksandrovich Vrubel. Look it up, it’s awesome.
What is your favorite cuisine?
Sushi. Sushi Sam’s Edomata in San Mateo is my favorite place in town!
Are you messy or neat?
Neat freak all the way. Very type A. My poor husband has seen a tantrum or two.
You recently had a beautiful art deco themed wedding – what is your secret to lasting happiness in a relationship?
Communication and compromise. These are nothing new but they are true. It is important to understand that just because you are in love does not automatically merge you into a single person with the same interests, tastes and habits. Differences and arguments will happen and are natural. If you handle differences graciously, the experience will make you grow as a person. Be kind to one another and don’t forget to be playful and go on dates even if you have been married a long time!
What are the differences between girls growing up in Russia versus America? Any interesting observations?
I can only speak for myself and my generation to avoid any broad swooping stereotypes. I think growing up in Russia there was more stress on femininity for me and I was expected to follow a certain path. For example most Russian girls would not be caught dead playing soccer or basketball and prefer practicing dance, gymnastics or music. You would rarely see a Russian girl wearing sweats unless she is sick at home with the flu or helping her “babushka” (grandma in Russian) plant tomatoes in their summer house garden. Appearances and propriety are drilled into Russian girls from an early age. Just like the belief that boys should always gift you lovely flowers and pay for dinner. No 50/50 there 🙂
Katya is wearing: parka by Woolrich; blouse is vintage; pants by Rag & Bone; boots by Gravati; belt by J. Crew; pins are vintage.