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  • Herbes De Provence & Orange Blossom Sea-Salt Scrub – The perfect last-minute gift!

    IMG_0081It’s almost Christmas, everyone. And if you’re like me, there are still a few people on your gift list who you haven’t checked off yet. This easy, DIY floral sea-salt scrub is the perfect, last-minute gift that is both thoughtful and fabulous. Who doesn’t want to scrub away their stress while breathing in aromas of lavender, sweet almond oil and orange blossom water? You might want to make an extra jar, for yourself :)

    I got the original body scrub recipe from the Fruetcake Blog - and I just altered a few things to make it my own. Most of the ingredients are available at your neighborhood grocery store – and if you have a Whole Foods or similar market around, they will definitely have all the things! See below for my recipe for Herbes De Provence & Orange Blossom Sea Salt Scrub!

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    Herbs De Provence & Orange Blossom Sea-Salt Scrub (adapted from Fruetcake’s recipe)
    3 Cup Course Sea salt (you can regular sea salt if you desire a finer texture)
    1 ½ Cup Sweet Almond Oil
    16 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
    10 Drops Orange Blossom Water (usually in the fancy bartending aisle)
    3 Tbsp. Herbs de Provence
    6 Small Weck Jars

    Directions:
    1. In a bowl mix sea salt, oil, lavender and orange blossom water until well combined.
    2. Add Herbs de Provence and mix well.
    3. Spoon mixture into Weck jars. Sea salt scrub will last about 1 month in the bath/shower – label it with an expiration date.

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    xoxo

    Natasha

  • 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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  • When It’s Too Hot for Clothes

    …but you have to wear them anyways.

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    Outfit Details - Striped Linen Blouse: Madewell (similar fit); Printed Shorts: H&M; Necklace: Anthropologie (similar); Purse: H&M; Sandals: GAP (out of stock, but loving these)
     

    It has been hovering around 90°F over the last week here in Seattle. And let me just say – IT IS HOT AS HADES. Us mild-weather-folk of the great Northwest start busting out the shorts & sandals at about 65°F, so this LA-like weather is a bit much. And I’m not even upset about the heat, really, I’m more distraught by the lack of work-appropriate hot-weather clothes in my closet. Since I walk to work, keeping cool is a huge factor (even with an air conditioned office). And with the majority of my shorts being homemade jean cut-offs (so not work approved), it’s been a struggle getting dressed lately (beyond the sweaty-back-bra-challenge, ladies you know what I mean).

    So thank the H&Meavens (see what I did there?) for these breezy and bright floral shorts. I shall return to H&M soon, and see if they have them in any other colors/prints. Which isn’t good, because I’m challenging myself to a no-shopping July, but when the weather gets this hot, all bets are off.

    Stay cool, you wonderful people. Especially if you’re a fellow Seattleite.

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     xoxo

    Natasha