Archive for October, 2012

  • Elles at SAM & Gallery Outfit

    The Exhibit

    Last week I was invited to take a tour of the new amazing exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum, Elles: Pompidou. There are 130 pieces of art on loan from Paris by 75 extraordinary women artists, ranging from 1907 to 2007. We were guided through the exhibit and told stories of women artists, repression, protests through art, history, women’s rights and global art. I enjoyed every single piece – from classic oil paintings, to cubism resembling Picasso, to THE Frida, photography, video and sculpture. The exhibit is laid out in a way so you can take a journey through time and history, and experience the real meaning of each piece and each woman’s story.

    My very favorite piece by far, was the photograph exhibit below. It is an alternating series of framed photos, with journal entries in French below. Our tour guide told us that the women to took the pictures was staying in a hotel in Paris when her boyfriend called her on the red phone (shown below) and broke up with her. She was so devasted that she took a picture of the “crime-scene” and then proceeded to write journal entries on her grieving process. The black background represents grieving while the white background represents moving on – as you can tell by the reoccuring phone photo as she recalls her heartbreak. However as time passes, and as her heart heals, the writing on the black paper begins to fade into the background – until eventually there is no visible writing on the “grieving paper” as she has fully moved on. I really identified with this as a woman, having had to heal a broken heart, and how you go back and forth between sadness and moving on until finally, you are recovered.

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    What I Wore

    And of course, I had to figure out what to wear to this wonderful event at the Seattle Art Museum. I decided to go with something bold, that both showed off my curves yet at the same time was not a traditionally feminine ensemble.

    • My tiger-striped jacket is vintage (but this one is amazing)
    • I layered a peplum shirt underneath it for volume & shape (similar top here).
    • My gold envelope clutch and go-go boots are from H&M (similar clutch here and cute boots here).

    I highly recommend going to see the exhibit before it is gone (until January 13) – make it a girls night and check out SAM’s restaurant, Taste (it’s amazing), while you are there!

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    xoxo

    Natasha

  • Pumpkin Patching


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    As you know…it’s October and fall is truly starting to show it’s orange and red colors here in the Pacific Northwest. And that means only one thing in October…PUMPKIN PATCH TIME! I headed out to a lovely pumpkin patch in the greater-Seattle area and ended up finding the perfect little pumpkin to hang out near my doorstep until I decide to gut the thing for all it’s seeds…and bake them into deliciousness.

    Oh, what’s that? You want to know what I’m wearing? Sure, sure. I’ll tell you. My little coat is from GAP (it’s old, but I love this one), striped shirt is from H&M (similar here), scarf is from Forever21 (old, similar here), boots I’ve had forever (but these and these are amazing).

    And if you can’t tell, I’m really into statement-socks sticking out of booties for this season. In fact I bought the most adorable pair of hen-socks from J.Crew this past weekend that I plan to flaunt near my ankles very soon!

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    xoxo

    Natasha

  • Expectations.

    Here I am again, having all these thoughtful thoughts racing around in my head.

    I just got back to my apartment, which is a small 1960s one-bedroom that sits on the top of a hill in Seattle overlooking the Space Needle. I spent my morning walking down to my favorite coffee shop, buying a couple new books at a used bookstore and sitting on a bench underneath the Space Needle reading. It was a beautiful Fall morning, sun shining & leaves crisping underneath my brown leather loafers.

    And as I was walking back up the hill, I began thinking about expectations. Expectations are the source of all disappointment. Does anything good come of expectations? I once knew (well, sort of dated) a man who believed in having no expectations - and by living this way he’d never be disappointed in anyone. Well to me, that just sounds like no way to live. But perhaps there’s something to it?

    Well I’ll never know, because I could never live my life that way. I love the fluttering feeling in your stomach when you know something amazing is about to happen. I also hate the feeling in my stomach when I know something bad is about to happen. But feeling – and never losing that emotional ability within myself – is something I believe in holding on to.

    A good friend of mine once said she truly believed that “if someone really wanted to find love, they will find it. They would find love, maybe in an unexpected place, but they’d find it.” I loved the look on her face when she said it – it was like she just knew it to be true, and that’s it. She went on to talk about how having set expectations on what you are looking for in love doesn’t always work, and doesn’t always matter. That perfect person that meets all your check-boxes on your lover-list may end up dissapearing for no reason, leaving you crushed. And that special person that you never thought could be the one, may turn out to be just that. You never know. Love throws expectations out the window.

    We spend our single-time creating expectations. It’s true. We sit around and talk about what we want – physically, emotionally, financially. But in the end, when someone comes along and changes you – it won’t matter if they have what you thought you were looking for. All that will matter is that they make you happy.

    So why do we spend so much time developing these expectations? Maybe it’s the only way to fill an empty part of our lives until the thing that is supposed to fill it comes along.

    I’m not sure. This isn’t an answers post – it’s just a thought.

    xoxo

    Natasha

  • The Couch Coat for Fall


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    Hey there good lookin’.

    Well the sun may still be out here in Seattle, but fall has arrived. The colors of the leaves are slowly changing to yellows and reds, and the temperature is getting quite chilly – chilly enough to break out your favorite fall coat! So I had to break out my couch coat, as my friend calls these coats – for all we know, there’s a factory that turns old couches from the 60s into stylish new mod fall coats! This mustard yellow plaid + burgundy + black + brown outfit makes me look like a walking autumn tree – and I’m totally into that, so it’s OK.

    Fall is my favorite season for fashion, and being a blogger, I get to share some of the looks I put together with you. And get ready for tons of pics in this post – my friend at FlashShots Photag. did such an amazing job I couldn’t narrow it down to just a couple (plus don’t we all want to see this couch coat from every possible angle?).

    What I’m Wearing: I’m rocking my favorite oxblood lipstain from YSL (it’s the most amazing lipstain gloss I’ve ever used) – and this will probably end up being my statement lip color for fall this year (hope you like it, get ready to see it a lot). The coat is vintage (but this one from Anthro is amazing. My top is from Forever21 (another great blouse here), the bag is gifted from my good friend Heather’s trip to NYFW & the boots are Steve Madden (similar here). The wonderful printed scarf is something I picked up in Italy back in 2008, and it’s still my favorite fall accessory.

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    xoxo

    Natasha