• Typical Seattle April

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    Outfit Details: Booties, Seychelles | Orange Socks, GAP | Leggings, GAP Body | Flannel, Urban Outfitters | Clutch, All Saints | Bomber Jacket, F21 | Scarf, F21

    April comes around every year, promising Spring, which I keep thinking means sun, puffy white clouds and perfect hiking weather. Nope. It’s like every year I have amnesia – because April in Seattle is ALWAYS full of rain. Showers, sprinklings, pouring, even hail…if it’s wet and it falls from the sky it’s going to happen in April. So my advice if you are ever planning to visit the beautiful city of Seattle: Don’t come in April! Sunny days are right around the corner…

    …but until then, I’ll be carrying around my umbrella. Many Seattleites say you tell somebody is a tourist if they are carrying an umbrella, because no true Seattle local would ever waste their strength carrying the silly thing. No – locals are hardcore, Northface-shell-wearing rain lovers who tromp through puddles in REI hiking boots and aren’t bothered by sopping wet jeans. They wouldn’t dare be caught dead standing under the portable shelter.

    Well, let me play the role of myth-buster for you. LOTS of Seattleites carry umbrellas. Why? Because we don’t always want to wear raincoats! Sometimes, we want to wear a little bomber jacket with faux leather sleeves instead…

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    xoxo

    Natasha

  • Oh Hey Commuter

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    Because being a bag lady in Birkenstocks is awesome.

    Outfit Details: Sunglasses: Nordstrom | Birkenstock Arizona Sandals: Nordstrom | Leather Jacket: Vintage | Linen Button Down: GAP (similar) | Jeans: GAP | Purse: ZARA | Totes Magotes Tote Bag: Forever21

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    oh hey commuter seattle fashion blogger outfit post spring 2014

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    oh hey commuter seattle fashion blogger outfit post spring 2014

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    xoxo

    Natasha

  • Cowabunga, Dude.

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    Outfit Details: Patterned Cocoon Cardigan, Urban Outfitters (on sale!) | TMNT Tank Top, Forever21 | Jewerly & Ralph Lauren Rain Coat, Thrifted/Vintage | Leopard Print Calf Hair Slip-Ons, The Blonde Salad x Steve Madden

    Spring has officially arrived in Seattle! Awesome! But just in case you’re not a Seattleite: what the Spring season really brings is a clear, mostly sunny morning (so you dress for nice weather) and then mid-day, once you out in public – the skies go bipolar, turn grey and start dropping water all over everything (including your Birkenstocks). Luckily I’m a seasoned, homegrown Seattle-native who walks to work, so I’m always packing layers. Get caught in an unexpected rainstorm? Girrllllll please. Got my pocket umbrella & raincoat tucked neatly into my purse. Oh – is that the SUN paying us a rare visit in March?! Out comes the sunglasses from the dark, lonely corner of my bag! I’m like friggin’ Mary Poppins of the Northwest.

    Now let’s talk clothes. One of my favorite (thrifted) rainy-day items is this cherry red Ralph Lauren coat. It’s pretty funky – living on the border of sweet-90s-throwback-style and part of Missy Elliot’s jumpsuit from the early 2000s (scroll to the last photo to see a close-up of the awesome detailing).

    …and did you notice my awesome tank top? As a 90s child, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the cartoon show AND the awesome animated-ish movie) was a staple, along with the best kid-shows in history on Nickelodeon, Pokemon cards, Super Nintendo and the soundtrack to Space Jam. So when I spotted this tank hanging at Forever21 I grabbed it, squealed in delight, and have now been finding ways to incorporate it into my outfits without being that weird-nostalgia-chick.

    And finally…let’s discuss the shoes. Slip-ons are back and they are here to stay, at least for a while. Similar to the classic Vans sneaker, every designer is slipping into the game, trying to create the perfect balance between feminine and street-style with animal prints, florals, metallics and textures. The slip-ons I finally decided on were a result of a (fabulous) collaboration between Chia Ferragni of The Blonde Salad and Steve Madden. I’m completely obsessed – they are so comfortable and versatile – I’m gonna wear these puppies out pretty quickly during Spring and Summer. I think the perfect pair of slip-ons should be a staple for this year’s sunny-weather wardrobe, check out the shop for additional style options!

    PS – always remember: Donatello is the best, dude.

    the chic curve seattle street style queen anne

    the chic curve seattle street style queen anne

    the chic curve seattle street style queen anne

    the chic curve seattle street style queen anne

    the chic curve seattle street style queen anne

    xoxo

    Natasha

  • The Loneliness Monster

    Overcome the sexy troll lurking under your pit-of-despair bridge, before you fall in.

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    I’ve been in an ongoing battle with my loneliness monster for years — and it has become the struggle I don’t want to confront. I let it hide under my bed — I pretend it isn’t there. But it is there — and it’s going to be there every time I’m in-between relationships, anytime I have no specific love interest to dote upon, or whenever things aren’t going well with a significant other. I fucking hate the loneliness monster. But let’s take a step back.

    The entire concept of a “loneliness monster” stemmed from a conversation I had with a friend over sack lunches. I was trying to explain how I’ve been working on overcoming the urge to make bad decisions when I feel lonely—ones I know will end up being devastating for me in the long term. And then he gave that behavior a name, “the Loneliness Monster.”

    Of course! I now had a way of explaining the other Natasha — the one that sometimes creeps out after midnight, after a few drinks; who makes phone calls to people she knows that normal Natasha would never contact. She is bordering masochistic, she’s fucking crazy. This monster rears its ugly head and shoves normal Natasha off her course of growth, confidence and self-improvement. She is terrible.

    And no matter how many steps forward I take —eventually the loneliness monster sneaks out, sending me back a few (or more) strides.

    But I didn’t want to tell you about the loneliness monster with the hopes that we could all forever banish it. We can’t. It will always lurk —anytime things get shitty, it will be around, waiting to tempt you with easy fixes and rash decisions.

    I’m writing this to serve as a warning. I need you to know that if you aren’t careful, you will become the loneliness monster. Instead of it creeping out on occasion , you and the monster will become one. Making decisions as a team. Devastating your daily life. You’ll forget how to make real connections. You’ll stop believing in yourself. You’ll lose all confidence and hope for a better future. You will stop remembering how to get what you want; and you’ll only know how to satisfy in-the-moment cravings, leaving you feeling empty inside the moment you’ve swallowed that last bite.

    Please, don’t become the loneliness monster. Put up a fight — don’t give in to it. Struggle to overcome what haunts you. You may fall in and out of that pit, but don’t set up camp there. Climb, jump and scratch your way out.

    Keep your vulnerability close to you — allow yourself to be open and close with new people. Try feeling the pain of loneliness for the night — alone. Sometimes working through that feeling independently is the only way to heal yourself. Put down your phone — stop texting that person you rely too much on. Confront your loneliness monster, even take a few punches. But don’t let it knock you completely down.


    All images from Pinterest & are not my own.