Hello and welcome to SHENSKA! My name is Paulina and I am a Napa Valley fashion blogger focusing on latest trends for petite gals, including seasonal style tips and affordable finds. I also write about my travel experiences and lifestyle approach in the beautiful wine country of Northern California.
To explain you where and when I started my journey with blogging, I would have to go back to my teenage years. I always loved two things: collecting experiences and photos. Therefore, you could always find me exploring new places, meeting new people and capturing it all on my camera.
I was born and raised in Poland. After completing my Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies in 2012, I decided to make a big move. It has always been a dream of mine to live in the United States, I just never knew quite how I’m going to make that dream come true. At 22 and holding a college degree in my hands, I realized I knew so much about America but only from the books, lectures and TV. It was time for me to see it for myself how it really is! And so I did. After exploring my options, I decided to work as an Au Pair for an American family. At the time, I didn’t really care where I’m going to end up, so after interviewing with two families, I decided to go with the one in Delaware.
Living in Delaware turned out to be the best decision I ever made. My host family quickly became my real family, and I couldn’t be more grateful for each experience I got to share with them. If you wonder how living in such a small state like Delaware was like… Well, it was sweet. I loved the fact I was in a short distance from many big cities, e.g. Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. or even New York City, but always got to go back home where I felt safe. However, given that I am a city girl at heart who loves adventure and a fast paced life, I was bound to outgrow Delaware after few years. But: Sometimes in life you have to do what you have to do, before you can do what you want to do. Following that logic, I enrolled at a local community college and continued my educational journey still in Delaware. Early 2016 marked my last semester, and soon I was to complete my Communications program.
Besides being a city girl at heart, I also always loved the idea of living in California. Just the thought of the everlasting sunshine (summer baby!), good vibes, people, and of course, beautiful views makes me feel giddy. All through my last semester at an American college, I could not stop thinking and planning my next big move. I knew it was time and I was so ready to start a new chapter in my life. After securing my job and a place to stay in May 2016, I decided to move to Northern California – Napa Valley to be precise! Now granted, the wine country was not a new place for me. I’ve spent my last summer there and after meeting wonderful people, something clicked – I knew I had to come back. Now, if you asked me where would my dream place to live be, I’d say San Francisco (or New York City if we’re talking East Coast). However, (besides the city being so overpriced), I was more familiar with Napa Valley and it just made more sense for me to settle there. And I’m so glad I did!
After a big move, I also decided to move one more thing… my blog! If you have been following me for a while, you probably know of my first fashion & travel photo diary, which I started in 2014. Needless to say, it was time to move on with a different domain and hosting, so I can bring more content to you guys.
Many people wonder where the name Shenska came from. I wanted it to be something personal, unique and to resemble who I am ( a Polish writer living in America). Therefore, it only made sense for me to merge two words from both countries! For some reason, I always loved the word: shenanigans. I think it’s because it sounds or looks a little bit like my last Polish name: Szczepanska (which Americans always have trouble and fun pronouncing 😉 ). The SKA suffix in my name is also very common and historically important in the Polish heritage, so I really wanted to honor that.
Playing with both of these words: shenanigans and Szczepanska, I got Shenska!
If you read everything all the way down here, thank you so much! I have grown a nice readership over the years and I am so grateful for each one of you. Please enjoy this space and use it as a creative outlet for yourself! Always feel free to reach out and ask questions. If you’re a Napa Valley fashion blogger as well, let’s collaborate! I love connecting with like-minded people and brands.
I hope you’re as excited for what’s in store as I am… In life and the photos.