Amazing Rare Photographs of The Romanovs’ Final Ball In Color, St Petersburg, Russia 1903

The last emperor of Russia Nicolas II dressed in the golden brocade of 17th-century Russian tsar Alexey Mikhailovich, standng with Empress Alexandra Fedorovna. All the jewellery was chosen by court jeweller Carl Faberge.

These portrait photographs of Russia’s ruling Romanovs were taken in 1903 at the Winter Palace in majestic. St. Petersburg. Knowing what was to follow, the venue was apposite.

Czar Nicholas II and his 390 guests partied for 2 days. Day one (February 11) saw dancing, music and food. With the guests loosened up and rested, day 2 (Feb 15th) featured a masked ball. There was a surfeit of sexual excess, debauchery and entitlement for a family whose absolutist rule was hailed by the country’s grateful serfs – they dubbed the Czar ‘Little Father’ – and supported by a complicit church which declared Romanov blood sacred.

In 1918, Bolshevik officials executed the ex-Emperor and his family.

These color images were created by Olga Shirnina, whose colorized photographs of Russian history and Soviet female snipers in WW2 bring the past to life.

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Princess Olga Orlova in Masquerade Costume for the Ball

Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia, 1903

Alexandra Feodorovna, Costume Ball 1903

Zinaida Yusupova

La Comtesse Karlow, nee Vonlarsky (Femme de boyard du XVII siecle)

La Comtesse Fersen, nee Princesse Dolgorouky (Femme de boyard du XVII siecle)

La Comtesse Orlow-Davydow, nee Zographo (Femme de boyard du XVII siecle)

Cornette Kolioubakine

Mademoiselle Dorothee Bibikow, 1903

La Comtesse Keller, née Princesse Schakhovskoy (Femme de boyard)

Mademoiselle Alexandrine Taneiew

La Princesse Elisabeth Obolensky, Demoiselle d’honneur de Sa Ma

La Comtesse Elisabeth Moussine-Pouchkine, née Comtesse Capnist (Femme de boyard du XVII siècle)

La Princesse Youssoupow

Anna Taneeva (Vyrubova) with sister

S.A.S. la Princesse Galitzine, née Comtesse Moussine-Pou


S.A.S. le Prince Dmitri Galitzine, Chef de la Venerie Imperial

Madame Bezobrazow, nee Comtesse Stenbock-Fermor (Femme de boyard)

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/amazing-rare-photographs-of-the-romanovs-final-ball-in-color-st-petersburg-russia-1903/

“Us and Them”: The Superb Concept Art Works by Fedor Titov

Fedor Titov is a concept artist and illustrator based in Siberia, Russia. His main areas of expertise are environments and intimate, atmospheric narrative pieces. His talents have kept him busy in the freelance world, completing work for a number of game/story, publishing and music album projects.

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50 Transformations By This Hairstylist And His Team That Show The Power Of A Good Stylist

Looks might not be everything, but looking fantastic can fill you with the confidence you need to live your life to the fullest. And a great hairstyle and fabulous makeup can make all the difference in the world when it comes to motivating you to do practically anything.

One of the best hairstylists and makeup artists in the business is none other than 35-year-old Belarusian Yevgeny Zhuk who has been diving deep into the beauty industry from an early age and, together with his expert team of specialists, has beautified thousands of women. He opened up his own salon in Moscow, Russia, became the host of several fashion and beauty TV shows, and is well known for thousands of seemingly magical before-and-after transformations.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/50-transformations-by-this-hairstylist-and-his-team-that-show-the-power-of-a-good-stylist/

Lovely House Built by a Russian Blacksmith

We want to show you a very unusual house built by a Russian blacksmith Kirillov for his family. The house is situated in Kunara village, between Yekaterinburg and Nizhny Tagil. Unfortunately, the blacksmith passed away almost 20 years ago.

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In fact, the village populated only by 143 people as per 2010 (even fewer now), does not have anything interesting but this very house. Locals lovingly call it a gingerbread house. It was being built since 1954 t0 1967. All decor elements are made from wood and metal.

May the sun be forever, may the sky be forever!”

“May mother live forever, may the peace be forever”




S. I. Kirillov died in 2001. He made his grave with his own hands. His wife died in 2019. She’s buried next to her husband.

This project became the meaning of his life.

Kind people helped to restore the house after the death of the author.

Some people tried to buy the house and offered big money, but the family never agreed to sell it.














SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/12/lovely-house-built-by-a-russian-blacksmith/

This 25-Year-Old Puddle Has Its Own Instagram Account

A giant puddle in Russia’s Far East city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is being described as “invincible”, after it somehow survived unfixed for over a quarter of a century. It now has its own Instagram page and over 16,000 followers.

More: Instagram h/t: odditycentral

As it often happens in Russia and other eastern European countries, what started out as a small pothole gradually grew to become a giant puddle. It attained that rank in 1994, and locals have been trying to get local authorities to fix it ever since. So far it has proven a futile endeavor, as scheduled repairs have been postponed repeatedly.

In the meantime, a frustrated local known only as Nikolay decided that the 25-year-old pothole was old enough to have its own Instagram page, and created one for it in September. The witty sarcastic posts created in first-person quickly went viral and got the local government to act.

“Hi, everyone! I’m the puddle near Tikhookeanskaya Street 10, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. I’ve just turned 25, it’s time to conquer Instagram like a grownup! :)” the puddle’s first Instagram post read. It was a good start, but only the first in a series of hilarious posts that would take the social network and local authorities by storm.

By the end of October, the 25-year-old puddle of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk had become a social media sensation, with Russian YouTubers and influencers making the trip to the Far East city to have their pictures taken with it, or use it as a backdrop for sketches.

The puddle became so popular that at one point it started plugging (sic) “sister puddles” from Russia and Ukraine on its Instagram page. One of these puddles became the scene of a viral photoshoot, with two models posing with paddleboards in it.

In November, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk authorities took another crack at the pesky puddle, draining it and once again filling it with the same “dry mud”. Then temperatures started dropping and that helped keep it in hibernation, at least until spring. But word around the city is that permanent repairs that been delayed to 2024 were scheduled for next year, to save officials further embarrassment.










































SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/12/this-25-year-old-puddle-has-its-own-instagram-account/

Russian Drakula Sells His Weird Apartment

Drakula has not disappeared, he moved to Tula, Russia. Maybe he even lived with his granny. And now his apartment is offered for sale… h/

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/12/russian-drakula-sells-his-weird-apartment/

Portrait of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington Made Entirely Out of Thread and Nails

Russian artist Konstantin Hlanta recently completed this incredible portrait of the late Chester Bennington, who was the lead vocalist for Linkin Park. Incredibly, the moving portrait is made entirely of thread and nails and took the 27-year-old artist roughly 400 hours over the course of 8 months to complete. More: Instagram h/

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/12/portrait-of-linkin-parks-chester-bennington-made-entirely-out-of-thread-and-nails/

Do Not Judge the Book By Its Cover…

You can see a house of a modest person from afar. It looks simple, nothing special. But do not judge the book by the cover! Because you haven’t seen the interior yet. This house is offered for sale in Irkutsk, Russia. Let us enter and see it from inside. Wow! Eclectisim, fusion! Empire style and baroque! What a palace!

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/12/do-not-judge-the-book-by-its-cover/

This Russian Artist Continues to Create Amazing Surrealistic Self-Portraits and Photomanipulations

Recently, I came across an artist on Instagram named Alexandra Chertulova. She is based in Russia and is known for her surrealist photographs. She takes concepts that seem impossible, and uses her photographs to create their own world. Her work is very eye-catching and often makes you stop and think. Probably the most interesting thing is that instead some random people or models...

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/11/this-russian-artist-continues-to-create-amazing-surrealistic-self-portraits-and-photomanipulations/

Russian Pharaoh Puts His Apartment to Sale

Just an apartment of an ordinary Moscow pharaoh living in Khamovniki district, who decided to get rid of his “pyramid” for 150 000 000 rubles ($1,937,250,00). h/

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/11/russian-pharaoh-puts-his-apartment-to-sale/