New Beginnings

This was a long time in the making. When I first started a blog back in 2011, the name of it was completely different. Since then, I’ve changed my blog name/domain three times. This will be the fourth (and hopefully the last) time I do so. Indecisiveness at its finest! Actually, I prefer to look at it as a tracking of my growth. It’s interesting to see how my interests have changed with time and I finally feel that, after drifting from name to name, I landed on solid footing at last.

When I first came up with “chocolatea” I loved it immediately. I loved the play on words it created (chocolate + tea = chocolatea!). I loved the play on sound when said out loud (chocolatea sounds like ‘chocolatey’). I loved how the word represented two (of many!) true happiness-inducing things in my life. I loved how the word simply represented me down to my roots.

This still rings true today, and I want to maintain that aspect in my blog. This time around, I wanted a simple title that created almost a second identity for me. A name to complement “Irina” if you will.

Enter “Miss Irina”. As I start my 25th year of life, I’m more than ready to establish a solid identity for myself. I no longer want to hide behind a name that, although has significant meaning, quite simply won’t grow with me. At this point in life I only want to be me myself and I. Defining myself as a “Miss” or “Ms.” may sound silly and old-fashioned to some, but I identify well with it. In fact, I love it!


I’ve been working on the new blog design since November, and it’s turned into quite the obsession once I installed Photoshop. ‘Miss Irina’ or ‘Ms. Irina’ embraces simplicity with a calm color scheme that represents me at heart. It’s still a work in progress but bear with me while I make all the necessary updates and changes.


I hope that you all will join me on my journey. As I slowly start to narrow my identity down to who I truly am, it’s only appropriate that my blog follows suite. Rest assured that the content won’t change much, but it certainly will be improved. I have big plans for this site! Be prepared for plenty of recipes, DIY crafts, beauty tips, running adventures, way too many Photoshop boards, chronicles of my new life in New York, and significantly more structured posting. While I hate categorizing myself and my blog as anything, I guess it’s safe to say that this will be a lifestyle blog of sorts.

I am so excited to finally go-live with my new and improved site:

Please follow along!

♥ Irina


  1. August 20, 2013 / 5:52 pm

    The site looks great, Irina! I’m looking forward to more recipes, DIY crafts and reading about your running adventures! 🙂

    • August 24, 2013 / 5:31 pm

      Thank you!! I have so many draft posts written up, I seriously need to get around to posting them…

  2. August 20, 2013 / 6:44 pm

    Letting your blog [name] grow as you do as a person is something I can relate to quite well. Even though it’s been less than a year of blogging for me by now I’m already pondering a name and possibly slight content change.
    Whatever you’re going to share on here I’ll follow along knowing that most importantly there will still be you as an amazing person behind the blog :). That being said DIY crafts, beauty tips and really everything you said sound great. And you know how curious I am to see and hear more of your New York adventures.
    Old-fashioned or not you might guess I like the sound of “Miss” or “Ms” quite a bit, too :).
    [Hope my mail got through.]

    • August 24, 2013 / 5:42 pm

      It’s never too late (or too early) to change names if you feel it the right next step! I will follow you regardless 🙂 I adore your writing style and your content is always great. Regardless of the blog name, I’m sure those facts won’t change.

      Anyway, I promise to start posting about New York soon! There is SO MUCH to share, and I’m dying to do so! I need to whip out my DSLR camera and start taking some nice photos of the gorgeous city.

    • August 24, 2013 / 5:46 pm

      Thanks 🙂 still a work in progress!

  3. August 20, 2013 / 9:27 pm

    I love the new site! Such another wonderful reflection of your personality! I can’t wait to hear more about your creative explorations and adventures. And I can relate very much to your new blog direction because I have been wondering what direction I should take my own blog in the future… so I am inspired by your new direction. =)

    • August 24, 2013 / 5:48 pm

      Thank you! I hope I do inspire you…it’s so much fun to change things up, even if it’s just your blog. Don’t be afraid to go in a different direction, I’ll follow along regardless 🙂

  4. August 20, 2013 / 9:45 pm

    Hey lady! I haven’t commented in a while, but I’ve still been followin’ ya! And you better believe that I’ll keep on following 🙂 Definitely looking forward to everything you’re going to share!

    • August 24, 2013 / 5:49 pm

      Hey pretty lady! Glad to see you haven’t forgotten me 🙂 I surely haven’t forgotten you, and have been following along closely these past few months. Thanks for stopping by, I’m happy to see all is (really) well with you!

  5. August 21, 2013 / 12:04 pm

    The new layout is so fresh and crisp! I especially like the “crazy cat lady” part in your about you 🙂

    • August 24, 2013 / 5:52 pm

      Thanks! I can’t deny my crazy cat ladiness…it’s part of who I am! No shame 🙂

  6. August 21, 2013 / 3:44 pm

    Aw, congratulations! The new layout is professional while still being chic and adorable. Love it!
    And I love the name change- it suits you and your new life perfectly. I’m so excited to continue following your journey! <3

    • August 24, 2013 / 5:52 pm

      Thanks girl! I’m happy you’re sticking along with me 🙂

  7. Shannon
    August 22, 2013 / 6:28 am

    Oh! This makes me excited! I love what you say about tracking your changes through your blog! I can’t wait to see where this new part of life takes you 😀

    • August 24, 2013 / 5:54 pm

      Thanks! It took some self-convincing to finally take the plunge and make the change, but I knew it was the right step. You changed your blog name recently too…secretly inspired me!

  8. August 22, 2013 / 11:48 am

    Oooh I LOVE the redesign! Now I just need to remember your new URL haha. But seriously, your blog looks great, and I’m looking forward to what’s to come. Your blog is one of my favorite reads, and I’m excited to see what kind of content you start putting out 🙂

    • August 24, 2013 / 5:56 pm

      Thanks! You seriously just made my day with your comment! Your blog is one of the few I always read too so it looks like the feeling is mutual 🙂 Now that things are finally starting to calm down in life I’m ready to start commenting and actually interacting with all my blog reads again…can’t wait. I think this URL is much easier to remember than my other one. At least I hope so…

  9. August 22, 2013 / 11:34 pm

    I love the new blog layout :)! It’s very fitting, and I love all of your types of posts—keep ’em coming :)!

    • August 24, 2013 / 5:56 pm

      Thank you! I’m excited to start blogging more actively again…it’s been a while!