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 factor in my life. It has taught me two key things: the drive to hustle to achieve what I want and the ability to quickly adapt to new conditions. Though I don’t remember much about the journey from Chernovtsy to Brooklyn, NY, I do remember the need to do more with less and attempting to fit in with my classmates while not understanding the language or culture around me.

I started writing as a way to contextualize my thoughts and make sense of everything I was going through, like being bullied at school for being the new girl. Writing became more of a hobby when I graduated high school and decided to pursue a doctorate of pharmacy. Six years later, I became a pharmacist and now work in Medical Affairs at a pharmaceutical company.

My street style philosophy consists of mixing feminine pieces, like a lace or ruffle blouse with masculine alternatives like skinny leather pants or a structured blazer. I love the contrast of soft with structured, masculine with feminine, high fashion with fast fashion and the chance to instill a whimsical element into everyday reality. My goal with every outfit is to incorporate unexpected pieces with timeless classics.

My style is often a reflection of my mood and unplanned until the night before I need to be somewhere. Style isn’t just about the clothes you wear. It’s how you choose to present yourself to the world and a reflection of how you feel about yourself that day. It’s the way you walk, the way you talk and the version of yourself you choose to share with those around you. It’s who you are, manifested in the physical sense. As Street Style Philosophy grows, I am continuing to learn about fashion, writing, photography and being completely honest with myself and who I am.

I currently live in Philadelphia with my husband, Julian, our beautiful little girl, Perry and our Ridgeback/giant teddy bear, Brooklyn. Thank you so much for stopping by! Your time and interest in supporting Street Style Philosophy means everything to me.  Email me anytime at streetstylephilosophy@gmail.com or you can find me on Instagram and Snapchat @streetstylephilosophy.