Dressing up for New Years night (and the year of Horse)


Vogue China December 2005 (photography: Solve Sundsbo)
I have acquired a habit of reading horoscopes at school when I first discovered a copy of a detailed Zodiac calendar copied on a typewriter (!) by my mum. It sounded like a fairy tale based on true stories and seemed to be quite a good source of information, particularly when it came to love life that was, until then, mainly  based on “loves-me-loves-me-not” daisy petal pulling act of magic (and a few other tricks shared between little Russian girls – pretty innocent, I assure you!).

Vogue China December 2005 (photography: Solve Sundsbo)
I believe in horoscopes only when I want to, otherwise I happily skip through months without developing any need to read about my future. Then, as another year comes to a close, I begin to wonder if I should have a peak, mainly for the good and bad news as well as fashion-related styling ideas.

Vogue China December 2005 (photography: Solve Sundsbo)
2014 is, as you may already know, the year of Horse, which some sources refer to the “Blue wooden horse” and while others favour the emerald green animal – either should be welcomed in a company of good friends and a festive menu that, apart from all the tasty delights you’ve prepared, includes plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and champagne.

Vogue China December 2005 (photography: Solve Sundsbo)
For an outfit, wear something blue, green, dark purple or any hues associated with a horse such as chocolate brown, caramel, black or cream. Definitely avoid bright colours, especially orange, pink, red and yellow. Your dress should be made of natural fabric, look fluid, soft, light, almost ethereal and feel as comfortable as a beautiful evening dress could possibly be.

Your accessories can include anything made from leather or suede, wood, or precious stones – pearls or aquamarine. The adventurous and most stylish girls among us shouldn’t ignore the super-sensual harness-inspired belts or adorn their hands with less-provoking and more delicate, but equally chic jewellery.


Keep the make-up and manicure classic, elegant and natural – the Horse, being a peaceful creature of nature, doesn’t like anything too bright, sharp or over the top.

Valentino Couture Fall 2013 Backstage Natural Make Up
Chloe Fall 2009 Details sasha pivovarova
Sleek ponytail will make a perfect hair-do, though you can also try braids (decorated with some delicate ribbons and/or flowers if you like) or curls as long as they resemble a beautiful glossy mane rather than beehive.
hair at Herve Leger Spring 2012
Marchesa Spring 2012
Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2014
Versace Spring 2012
Photo source: Vogue China December 2005 (photography: Solve Sundsbo), Vogue US September 2004 (photography: Steven Meisel; styling: Grace Coddington), make-up at Valentino Couture Spring 2013 & Chloe Fall 2009, hair at Herve Leger Spring 2012, Marchesa Spring 2012, Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2014 and Versace Spring 2012 via stylebistro.com


  1. Wish you a fantastic 2014! xo Caroline

  2. Haha sorry but I think horoscopes are stupid:)(and I'm not going to lie about that just to write a comment hahah) Love your ideas for hair and accesories though!! And thank you so much for the tips on what to read, I'll definately read Bulgakov!! Lolita I enjoyed very much, definately a classic:) I do not study russian though (maybe one day, because I think it's a beautiful language) but French and English! Happy New Year Natalia, and may your 2014 be more awesome than all the other years together:) Looking forward to read more in 2014!

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  4. Happy New Year Dear Natalia - I hope 2014 brings you everything you fancy and much more, All the best,

  5. i can tell what signs some people are, but only a few. i don't have all of the memorized! i'm a textbook libra.

  6. Dear Natalia, thanks a lot for posting such wonderful pictures which fit indeed perfect for the coming year of the horse! And I like really the hair-dos you show here, maybe one day I will be able to do my hair in at a least bit similar way :) And I only sometimes believe in horoscopes ;)

    I wish you only the best for 2014, that you will have a year full of love, health and joy. I´m looking forward with great pleasure to your posts in 2014!

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

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  7. Hi Natalia! I am as you regarding horoscopes, I didnt know that 2014 is the year of Horse. Feeling inspired by it, horses are one of my fav animals. I read with attention your tips to welcome the year in this flawless way :) My dear, wish you a very happy new year, may it be wonderful and full of happiness! Kisses! xo

  8. I'm impressed by this post Natalia! I've just decided what to wear tonight thanks to you! Much much Love
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  9. How utterly fascinating! When I was younger horoscopes fascinated me - I haven't read one for years and yet, it seems that I chose the perfect NYE dress for this year without even realising it. I hope this means that 2014 will begin auspiciously for me :) Wishing you health, happiness and lots of love in the New Year, Natalia.

  10. What a fun post!! I, apparently by coincidence, wore a blue dress made of silk with my mane of curls and golden yellow shoes. Pretty close I think! :-)
    Happy new year to you!

  11. Natalia, this was so interesting! I love the way you tailored it for the Year Of The Horse. Very befitting. Gorgeous looks from head to toe.

  12. Stunning images! I love this. Natural beauty is always the best choice
    XO, Gina