Blue Maxi and a Thank You Note to my House Spirit

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Here in Russia we have substantial house spirit culture. You see, a Russian home is rarely in perfect order. We love things, love keeping as much of our things on display as possible and we don’t get minimalism. Naturally, stuff gets lost, broken and mixed up, seemingly without your participation.

I don’t know if this was the case with ancient Slavic tribes, but they invented a house spirit we now call domovoi. He is mostly a well-meaning creature, but you better not provoke him. Also, he will mess with you just for fun. Tricks include: pestering your crops, bothering your cattle, pinching your wife while she sleeps and most importantly, hiding your stuff.

Royal blue maxi dress outfit A Handful of Stories.

But if you cherish your domovoi, he’ll be on your team. I must have been good to mine, because after a year, he finally returned this blue maxi dress. I’m sure he reads this blog on my laptop at night, so here’s a little thank you note.

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Dear Domovoi,

Thank you for your generosity the other day, I very much appreciate it. I hope you enjoyed wearing my dress as much as I do. I will continue to leave cookie crumbs around and inside computer keyboard for you, and you may keep spooking my cats from time to time. Hope we can keep this good thing going.

Yours truly,


Maxi dress and flash tattoos outfit A Handful of Stories.

Do you have house spirits in your culture?

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  • Beautiful post. We didn’t call them house spirits, but my grandmother used to pray to certain saints whenever we lost something or my brother was acting up, so it was easy for me to relate to that story. That dress looks amazing on you.

    • Thank you for stopping by 🙂 We have little poems and rituals for when a house spirit steals your stuff, but I don’t think anyone is using those now, especially not in the big cities. But it is a part of Russian folklore.

  • Love the story of the house spirits behind your dress. The letter is a nice touch too. Your outfit is beautiful and I love your use of metallic tattoos!

  • Enjoying reading your blog. No house spirits in this house,but I understand. Not sure about my Ukrainian background though. This blue is just so stunning on you, the color just gorgeous with your hair and eyes!

    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!

    jess xx


    • Thank you Jess 🙂 Wikipedia says in Ukraine they believed domovoi was like an angel, a special creature given to any house by God. But in Russia, apparently, they thought it was a deceased member of the family. Never thought of that, sounds creepy 🙂

  • fashionistamomma

    Very interesting story. I love the blue maxi dress and the accessories. Thank you for linking up for Turning Head Tuesday. xo ~ Megan The Fashionista Momma

  • Darcy

    Very interesting read! You look gorgeous too!

    • Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  • Margarita Maslova

    Яна, потрясающее платье! Вам очень идет! А flashtatoo отлично дополняют романтичный образ! Я сама их накупила, теперь обклееваюсь не могу остановится)) Жаль только погода в Москве не очень позволяет ими красоваться)

    Заходите ко мне в гости! У меня новый пост!

    Welcome to my blog RITALIFESTYLE

    • Маргарита, спасибо 🙂 Я уже год непрерывно их клею)) Обязательно зайду!