• The Importance of Mindset

    I’ve been thinking about what it takes to truly change lately – to do something you’ve never done – to achieve greatness in your own life. And while there are many factors that play into the success of a journey – I decided that mindset was the most important.

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    Mindset is what I’ve been trying to focus in on lately. Understanding why I want what I want – and then making sure that I am thinking through my goals completely. I tried asking myself things like, what is going to make this hard to achieve? Why haven’t you accomplished this before? Who or what might stand in your way? What subconscious lies or excuses are you making for yourself? How are YOU standing in your own way?

    For me – that thing that I am working towards is related to health & fitness. I’m working towards becoming a healthier person – both internally and externally. I’m also working on becoming fit – getting into amazing shape. I want to run like I’m a runner. I want to do Crow like a yogi master. And I want the strong, healthy body and mind that comes along with those things. Getting to a point of achieving my wellness goals will take a lot of time and persistence – and the only way I’ll be successful is if I get my mindset right.

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    In order to figure out how to understand, adjust and improve my mindset, I decided to make a list. Something I love doing. Lists for everything. But this list would be concise – it would focus in on the core of my journey. It would put everything out there in the open – no hiding, no excuses. The exercise of creating this list – and really spending time thinking through it – made me feel powerful.

    Here is my “mindset points” list.

    My Mindset: Health & Fitness in My Life

    • This is something you want. Something you like. Something you enjoy.
    • This is not a temporary fix.
    • There is no going back to how it was.
    • There is no old-you that you will resume.
    • Admit these things firstly to yourself. Accept them.
    • Tell your friends, your family, that you want to make a change. Be open about what you are trying to achieve.
    • You will subconsciously hold yourself more accountable if the people you love and spend time with are aware of what you are trying to do.
    • Stop making excuses. You like making excuses, and you can be really good at it. Just stop.
    • This is attainable – you just have to remain persistent, and be consistent everyday for the rest of your life.
    • What you do every day will affect your future more than things you do once and a while. The everyday you is who you really are.

    If you had to make a list of mindset points for your goal, what would it look like? Being intentional with every day of your life is the easiest way to feel happy and fulfilled. Start today.

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    xoxo

    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
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  • #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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    xoxo

    Natasha