• Travel Diary: Dubrovnik, Croatia

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    If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that for the past few weeks I’ve been traveling around Europe. Now that I’m back home in Seattle, I’ve had a few days to sort through photos – all taken on my iPhone 6 – and edit my favorite shots. For my first blog post in this travel diary series, I will share my experience in Croatia. 

    Simply put: Croatia is too much wonderful. We were in Dubrovnik for about a week and we could have stayed there for a month and still not done everything we wanted. In contrast to the natural beauty of the Adriatic, dotted with over 1,200 Croatian islands, is an ancient stone-walled city that has been impressively preserved and is still in use by the locals. It is like nothing I’ve ever seen. 

    Dubrovnik had something for everyone – beaches, both busy and hidden, hiking, jet skiing, sailing, kayaking, spas and resorts, expensive restaurants, cheap cafes, and to my surprise, excellent wi-fi. The locals were very friendly, which I was happy to discover, and a little kindness and patience went a long way. The city’s central (and really only) industry is tourism – so they depend on visitors to make a living. 

    You should 100% go to Croatia. It’s relatively cheap (compare it to places on the coasts of Italy or France) and uniquely beautiful. I will definitely be back to explore the northern coast of Croatia, including Split and surrounding islands. 

    Now for the photos. Enjoy! 

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  • Outfits That Say Ahoy!

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    Little can compare to a day spent on the water with your closest crew, wine glass in hand, skin warm from the summer sun. That’s one of the perks of living in Seattle – there’s always a kayak, sailboat or yacht around the corner, ready to board. And in every boat there lies opportunity – outfit opportunity. An excuse to go full-on nautical in stripes, linen, head scarves and giant sunglasses – all at the same time.

    Clean. Bright. Preppy. Something that’s blue, white and striped. Hair scarves, red lips, boat shoes and linen shorts. Nautical style is classic and transformative, and it’s something that any yacht-party-going-gal ought to know how to pull off.

    To help all of my boat-bound babes out, below are some style tips for consideration before boarding your next nautical adventure. And this advice is very timely – later this month the American Cancer Society is hosting a little daytime yacht party with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the ACS. So if you are in the Seattle area, come join me on Sunday, June 14th for a toast to fight cancer at the Holland America Champagne Lunch! Register here (tickets are going fast, and they are only $30, so grab a spot quickly!).

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    7 Nautical Styling Tips For Chic Boat Partying 

    Try one, or YOLO, try all of these on your next boating adventure (which could be the Seattle Hope Champagne Lunch!). 

    1. Try a bold, bright color paired with a neutral like white or tan. And that bold color can be something other than blue or red (think bright yellow or green!).
    2. Bring your most fabulous pair of sunglasses. Big. Bold. My favorite for boating are thick, white-framed, giant sunnies.
    3. Red lips look good on sailboats and yachts alike. Actually any bright lip color works on the water.
    4. Don’t forget how windy and/or cold it can get on the water. Flowy skirts can go up with the wind, and forgetting to bring a sweater can leave you chilly!
    5. Try a neck or head scarf. It’s so Audrey. And Bridgette. And every other effortlessly-chic-slash-french girl. 
    6. You can’t go wrong with stripes. It’s the easiest way to look like you belong on a boat!
    7. Jeans – in shorts, boyfriend or light form – can pair incredibly well with your nautical ‘fit. Don’t discount the old blue!
    8. Wear comfortable shoes. Some of us can stand (and balance) in heels all day – and some of us just can’t. You know who you are. Don’t end up being the Barefoot Champagne Contessa of the party. There’s no shame in a cute pair of flats or sandals!

     

    xoxo

    Natasha

  • Ombré-less Hair Color Ideas

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    Do ombrés really have more fun? Have we reached peak-ombré? These are the important questions we must be asking ourselves at a time like this. Ombré is everywhere right now – and I’ll admit that I (proudly) rocked my ombré-do for a long time. It still looks great, and it’s an obvious choice for summer. 

    …but lately I’ve been craving the rich, deep tones of more natural hair colors – a creamy honey or smooth dark chocolate tone is too delicious to ignore. So, if you are like me, and feeling like you want a new dye-job, but want to go sans-trend, bring one of these ombré-less inspiration photos to your stylist and get back to your (or someone else’s) roots. 

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  • 5 Interior Design Tips for Your Tiny Space in the Big City

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    Not everyone can live in an open, modern space – especially if you live in a big city. My apartment is just under 600 square feet – with a giant, awkward wall that blocks the entire kitchen from the living room. When space and floor plan are lacking, you have to use creativity to make the most of your home. And recently I did just that: I set a [small] budget, did a lot of Pinterest-inspiration searching, and I rearranged my living, dining and kitchen areas. The result? More space for living, less clutter and a modern look. 

    Thinking creatively about your space requires you to let go of the way you currently have things laid out and to start completely fresh. To begin thinking about your floor plan differently, here are some interior design tips for smaller living spaces: 

    1. Walls don’t have to define the space

    Think outside the wall – the back of your couch doesn’t have to be pressed against it! Try pulling furniture away from the wall – and even using couches and chairs to separate one room into two spaces (like a living and dining area).

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