All posts by Natasha

  • Soleil Seattle

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    Outfit Details: Soleil Linen Tank via Madewell (on sale!)| White chambray western shirt via GAP | Distressed denim cut-offs via thrifted and DIY | Denim Vans via Madewell | Jewelry via Vintage and J.Crew
     

    If you know me, you know I wish I was a chic Parisian running around France, spending most of my week sipping espresso and eating pain au chocolat, then jetting off to Marseille for a weekend jaunt. However, I was not born to a royal European family that would support this sort of lifestyle. So I’ll have to stick to my 9-5, side-blogging, bi-annual international travel life. It’s no macaron, but it’s pretty sweet anyway.

    Speaking of living in Seattle – the weather has been incredibly lately. Sun, sun, sun. As hot as parts of Cali – it’s ridiculous, but I love it. And I’m overcome with joy when it’s warm enough to pull out my trusty, homemade #jorts. Mother Nature loves my jorts. Every time I wear them, she gives Seattle another day of great weather. So, I guess I’ll have to continue wearing them. You’re welcome.

    If you want to get jorty, check out this awesome DIY tutorial from Free People on creating the perfect, distressed pair.

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    xoxo

    Natasha

  • #NoFilter? No worries! Here’s My Secret to Great Skin.

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    That’s me, and on the right, with no filters and no photo editing at all. Oh yea – and no make-up either.

     

    Not to brag – but I have some pretty sweet skin. It’s clear, even and only prone to an occasional blemish pop-up-shop [which I always freak out about]. However, my skin has not always been as great as it is right now. Between skincare ads, magazine articles and beauty blog posts – it can be really difficult to navigate the road to perfect skin. I had a hard time understanding what my skin actually needed and why – until about 6 months ago. And now, I’d like to share my newfound wisdom with you, because everyone deserves an equal opportunity to have perfect skin.

    3 Steps to Getting Perfectly Smooth, Clear Skin

    Before you begin reading the 3 secrets to great skin, I need to make sure we review a prerequisite. You MUST be doing this – otherwise the advice below doesn’t matter. Here is the foundation this advice rests on: you must be putting good things into your body. In order to have clear skin, you have to eat healthy foods. Clear, smooth skin starts on this inside. Got it? Great. Let’s dive in!

    These 3 steps are meant to be performed once daily, but depending on your skin, you can decide on frequency of each/all steps.

      1. Exfoliate

    Instead of just washing your face with soap or cleanser, you should ready be exfoliating it. Why? Because you have multiple layers of dead skin on your face. So when you just wash it, that’s really all your washing. Instead, you should be getting rid of dead skin as well as cleansing your face.

    You should definitely be careful when using face scrubs though – don’t press hard or be too rough with your skin. The microbeads in the scrub are enough to do the exfoliate – just gently rub the scrub, in a circular motion, on your face and neck.

    My Exfoliating Facial Cleanser Pick: Kiehl’s “Clearly Corrected” Skin Brightening Exfoliator 

    2. Oil Up

    I’m not sure why, but I grew up being afraid of putting anything with oil anywhere near my face. I thought that oil = break out. Turns out, oil is the secret to great skin. Too bad middle-school Natasha didn’t know that.

    I received a bottle of a Clarins facial oil about 6 months ago after attending one of their skincare events at Nordstrom – and it has truly changed my skin for the better. I have never had smoother, creamier, softer skin than now. I sing PRAISES of this serum to my friends. If you can splurge on one facial care item – make it this one.

    My Facial Oil Pick: Clarins Double Serum Concentrate 

    3. Protect with SPF

    SPF really is that important. Besides what we put into our bodies – the sun is the other most damaging element for our skin. The only solution is to wear SPF every single day. It doesn’t matter if you live in a colder, sunless city. I live in Seattle, and I still wear SPF on my face every day. The easiest way is to get a CC cream (or tinted moisturizer) that has SPF in it. Using a CC cream takes care of evening out skin tone + SPF + anti-aging properties.

    My SPF CC Cream Pick: Clinqiue ‘Moisture Surge” CC Cream

    And that’s it! I see a bright future, for your skin, ahead.

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    xoxo

    Natasha

  • Play Ball

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    Outfit Details: Chambray Baseball Cap via J.Crew (also love this Biltmore Baseball Hat via Madewell) | Oui Mon Cheri Linen Tee via J.Crew | Striped Linen Tank via Madewell | Purse: H&M | Leggings via GAP | Leather two-strap sandals via Zara
     

    I’ve been eyeing this J.Crew chambray baseball cap for a while. But after months of flipping through Madewell catalogues and seeing countless pins of girls looking chic-as-ever in their it’s whatever hats, it was too much to take – so I took the plunge and joined the team.

    Being a member of team cool-girl is pretty sweet. I get to show up wearing leggings, t-shirts and baseball caps and still get to call myself stylish. I’ve even gone up a level in my quest for it’s whatever style – I’m now on the hunt for the perfect pair of wear-out-pajama pants. Cause pajama pants are legit cool-girl shit now. If that’s not incentive enough to hop on this relaxed-trend bandwagon, I don’t know what is.

    So go buy up all the linen tees, all the sweat pants, all the birks, all the slouchy, relaxed-fit, soft-texture stuff you can get. Before it’s too late and pants suits make their grand comeback. Hurry – but don’t appear too frantic. That’s so not normcore.

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    styling a womans baseball cap hat blog

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    xoxo

    Natasha

  • 11 Small Changes That Had BIG Impacts on my Health

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    They say it’s small things that count – and apparently they are correct. These little changes have had a huge impact on my life: I no longer feel tired during the day, I no longer have chronic stomach aches, I’ve kept off the weight I’ve lost and I continue to lose both weight and inches. Obviously living a healthy lifestyle goes beyond a list of tips and habits – but these are all things I’ve learned and built slowly that have really changed who I am and how I live.

    So why keep it a secret any longer?! Here is a short & sweet list of the small but significant habits and things I’ve learned while on my journey to better health and fitness.

    1. Superfood smoothie every morning.

    My morning smoothie is the same – every single day. As a previously sporadic breakfast eater – building this habit has been instrumental for my healthy lifestyle. My smoothie recipe, you ask? I blend up frozen berries + fresh kale + coconut water + chia seeds + green superfood powder + whey protein. But I love this infographic on how to build your perfect green smoothie (in case you need measurements or don’t like my recipe).

    Blackberry Green Smoothie | www.kitchenconfidante

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