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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.
Overcome the sexy troll lurking under your pit-of-despair bridge, before you fall in.
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.
I become bored with my hair pretty easily. I like low-maintenance hairstyles, because I don’t have the patience to spend any more than 15 minutes on my hair everyday (and let’s be real – spending 15 minutes is even a rare occurrence). I’m really into the whole wash-dry, quickly-throw in some product and- go hair movement. And that’s why I love going to Gene Juarez where there is no judgement as I plop down into my stylist’s chair and say “I want a fresh cut that is effortless, looks great, and doesn’t require more than 5 minutes to put together in the morning.” Yes, I am a blogger. And yes – I’m pretty simple when it comes to my hair.
I brought in pictures of Sienna Miller’s relaxed yet chic hairstyle and Rose, my stylist, went to work. I’m so happy with the result. You may also notice the wonderful ombre coloring – that is from a previous visit to Gene Juarez (I talked a lot about it in a previous post). However this haircut makes the ombre color pop even more – which is like, total BONUS territory.
My Hair after Washing Out the Stylist’s Wonderful Do
Also: in the photo above, my hair has been perfectly styled by Rose (an amazing stylist at Gene Juarez – recommend her!) – and I know every woman knows the feeling of leaving the salon with a bounce in her step because her hair looks so incredible. However, getting home and trying to recreate that perfection often times results in a mess on top of your head. So, to be completely transparent, below is a picture of my attempt to style my new hair in a similar fashion. I’d say it turned out pretty good.
Ladies With Fine/Flat Hair: Must-Read!
One more thing. I have lots of hair – but it’s incredibly fine. What does this mean? It means my hair gets oily 5 minutes after I shower, it has a hard time holding any style, and it goes completely flat (especially towards the roots) as soon as I step out of the door. However – there are wonderful products you can use to fake fabulous, thick hair! I wanted to share them with you. You can find them below – these 2 products are the reason my hair is able to bounce, hold shine (but not oil) and remain soft & voluminous throughout the day.