Archive for July, 2012

  • Evergreen and Black


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    Seattle summer can be quite bipolar. Sometimes it’s sunny and hot, sometimes it’s cloudy and muggy, and other times (like last week) it’s all three plus rain, lighting and thunder. So on a more cloudy but hot day – what are you supposed to wear? Well duh – a summer dress with a fall sweater, right? Well, who cares if I’m “in season” in this post – this outfit was perfect for the day, and quite comfy too.

    Let’s talk merchandise. My red lipstick is YSL (one of my favorites), earrings are vintage Givenchy, the dress is from J. Crew (but I like this plus-size and this straight size dress), the sweater is Free People (got it on sale last year – but this comfy oversized one is fab). My booties are Nine West, and raffia purse is vintage (no idea on the brand).

    Oh – and random obsession moment. Can we talk about this Peplum Blazer (straight size, plus-size) from ASOS?! I’m totally in love. Probably going to have to cave and buy it (though everyone knows I do NOT need any more blazers!).

    evergreen the chic curve free people j crew vintage nine west black booties oversized sweater

    evergreen the chic curve free people j crew vintage nine west black booties oversized sweater

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    evergreen the chic curve free people j crew vintage nine west black booties oversized sweater

    xoxo

    Natasha

  • A Little Mint Belt

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    I’m obsessed with Pinterest – and this is a pretty obvious fact. And there is a particular pin, from a J.Crew lookbook, that I’ve always been obsessed with. This outfit is my ode to that J.Crew lookbook photo – and though my green skirt isn’t sequins, my chambray button down is from J.Crew and the fun vibe of mixing textures & colors is in my outfit.

    The photos were taken by Chelle Ticeson at Kubota Gardens in Seattle – a quaint little place that is great for a walk with friends, or a blog photoshoot (duh).

    I’d also like to take a (random) moment to thank everyone for all the positive feedback on my last (emotional girly) post - I got so much positive feedback, and it makes me so happy when the things I write or post affect my readers. Stay gorgeous, you reader you!

    About the outfit…my chambray button down is from J.Crew (got this steal on sale, but a similar plus-size and straight-size), the striped peplum top is from Zara (but I love this plus-size one and straight size one). My green pencil skirt is from H&M (old, but they are easy to find!). Shoes are by Matisse (old, but I’m obsessed with these). The neon clutch is also H&M, and my lipstick/lip gloss is a Trish McEvoy Barely Nude + NARS lipgloss combo. And last but certainly not least, my little mint belt is from ASOS Curve (and I’m totally obsessed with belting EVERYTHING with it).

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    xoxo

    Natasha

  • Pouring.

    So many talks with good friends lately has left me with so much to think about.

    I’m sitting in my apartment right now, 11:30pm at night – just got home from the gym, eating a bowl of chili. I should go to bed, since I have to be up at 6am to get to work early & finish up a project – but I can’t sleep. I have to write this post.

    It’s rare that I pour out my heart – I’ve started & stopped so many private blogs just to write out my thoughts – but never shown those to the world (with the exception of a few friends). I want to talk about confidence – and some of the conclusions I’ve come to about the topic.

    I’m not your typical American beauty – I’m not skinny, I’m not blonde, I’m not blue-eyed, and I’m just not normal in any sense of the word. I’m curvy, my features are very dark, olive skin from my Persian mom, and a funny nose from my Polish dad. I’m tall but not very graceful, I’m always bumping my head everywhere. I can’t just throw on a pair of 6-inch stilettos and strut down the sidewalk all day long – you better believe there are flats in my purse and they are going on an hour in to the day. I tell lots of jokes – but half the time they aren’t funny and I end up just laughing at myself (and the lack of laughter around me). I can’t afford Chanel handbags and Miu Miu pumps, and I refuse to go into debt in order to purchase them. All in all, I am not a typical fashion blogger.

    And I’m not a typical girl. I’m outspoken to the point where I intimidate people, but then shy at other times.. My friends call me crazy – but I think I’m awesome. I am horrible at texting – ask anyone. I have a big heart but I try and brush things off. I cry – a lot (usually alone). I sing way too loud in my shower, I’m obsessed with music, and I’m crying again when a sad song comes on. I’m going to have the craziest laugh-line wrinkles when I’m old because I’m always laughing – so much that my jaw gets sore (don’t go there – you with the dirty mind). I sing, I play the piano, I write poetry, I go out dancing like an idiot with girl friends, I get drunk and make bad decisions, I love calculus and solving equations, I love working too much. I don’t sleep enough. I drink too much coffee.

    And yet I love who I am. I mean – I LOVE the person I’ve grown into. I love that I’m weird, that I’m different. I’ve never been at the top of my class and I’ve never been (or will be) a size 2 – but I work my ass off and you better believe that the passion I have for the things I care about is stronger than anyone else in the room. And in a world where so many people just DON’T CARE – about something, ANYTHING – it’s a hard quality to find.

    So I’ve come to a point in the post where I’m not sure why I’m telling you this. Why do my readers care about my quirks? Why do they need to know about all my weirdness? And why the hell would they want to know that I love myself? Now I remember…

    I’m telling you these things because there are too many people out there who don’t love themselves enough. They think, “if I could just be that…” then everything would be perfect. Or if they could just change this one thing, or this one life event didn’t happen – everyday would be smooth sailing. Well guess what – it doesn’t work like that. Should you have goals? YES. But should you love yourself just the way you are – before achieving them? HELL YES.

    A friend once told me, “What you put out there is what you will get back.” So ladies – if you are desperate for a boyfriend, you’ll get a desperate guy back. Or if you are always complaining about the lows in life – you’ll only get lows. And if you put out anxiety and low self-esteem – you’ll only attract people who are the same. Until you believe in yourself – and you believe in the life you are living RIGHT NOW – you’ll won’t be able to get what you want out of it. You can’t work on yourself and becoming a better person if you don’t already believe in the person standing in front of the mirror right now.

    Be happy. Smile. Geek out. Act stupid. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh until your gut hurts and challenge your way of thinking. Take chances. Go for the big one – the girl/guy, the job, the life – whatever. Live life like the person you want to be – and you’ll become that person. It’s inevitable.

    xoxo

    Natasha

  • Be a Force of Beauty

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    I recently discovered and starting using a new make-up line (which has been around for a while!), Bare Escentuals. A friend of mine had been speaking it’s praises, and I decided to go in and test it out. Well, I ended up leaving with the Bare Minerals starter kit and I’m still absolutely in love with it. I get compliments constantly, people saying “You have amazing skin” and I always roll my eyes to the back of my head – I’ve never thought of my skin as anywhere near amazing (and of course I tell them my beauty secret).

    So when Bare Minerals called me telling me they wanted to throw me & 2 friends a little make-up party – of course I gladly accepted! I brought along my younger (gorgeous) sister Christina and my best friend (and photographer) Chelle. We had a blast – the make-up artists were fabulous! Since I was already familiar with their foundation make-up line, we decided to try out some new eye looks – all mineral based powders & liquids.

    I rarely do posts about just one brand or one product (and no, this is not a paid post) – but when something is this good, I just had to share with my wonderful readers. The only downside that I’ve had friends mention about Bare Minerals is that there are some skin-tones which are really hard to match with their foundation (most skin-tones will match perfectly, but if you’re skin tone doesn’t then the foundation won’t really work). If you are worried about the foundation not matching, just try one of the other products below that don’t require that perfect match! If you are a first-timer and want to try out the Bare Minerals system, below are my recommendations:

    • Warmth ($19) – this is a bronzing powder that you can brush onto your face and look like you just got back from a trip to Maui, every morning.
    • Mineral Veil ($33) – at first I didn’t know what this stuff was for. Then I realized – you dust it on after you cover up any redness or blemishes with your foundation/cover-up, and it gives you a translucent sheen to your face – red-carpet ready.
    • Foundation ($35) – this does require a good match to your skin tone – but is the best foundation I’ve used! My skin tone is light-medium, for reference.
    • Primer ($32) - I never believed in priming or prepping too much – but I was sold on this when I first tried it. You rub on to your face before putting on any make-up, and it makes your skin feel like rose petals – crazy soft! Plus, it makes your foundation & make-up last longer!
    • Starter Kit ($79) – If you want to try out the Warmth, Mineral Veil and the Foundation, the starter kit is the way to go – it’s a deal for $79 and you get the 3 products plus brushes (which are super soft).

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    Be a force of beauty bare minerals bare escentuals product review

    Be a force of beauty bare minerals bare escentuals product review

    xoxo

    Natasha