All posts tagged seattle fashion blog

  • #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

  • 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

  • New: Health & Fitness on The Chic Curve

    Hello there!

    Today I wanted to introduce a new category for content here on The Chic Curve: Health & Fitness. I have been contemplating whether or not to add this, since historically the blog has really only focused on style and beauty. But as my blog continues to grow – so do I, as a person, editor and author – and this expansion will allow me to give a fuller view of who I am and what I’m passionate about.

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    So, here it is. It’s also in the navigation on the right rail. I’ll be adding posts monthly, doing a series on my personal journey with health and fitness, including a 45 pound weight loss story (my own). I hope that you are as excited as I am – and I want everyone to know that this addition doesn’t mean I’ll be straying away from my usual sassy style banter and outfits posts – it just means MORE content! And as always – please share your thoughts and opinions with me in the comments. I want to hear about your health and fitness journeys as well – even if they include gagging/swishing coconut oil in your mouth or falling in the middle of your first 3-mile run (which I’ve done, many times).

    To kick things off – I want to share with you my go-to list of health and fitness related resources! One of the hardest things about starting my journey to health was trying to understand where to get good information – and what to believe. So I’ve kept track of the great posts and tools I’ve found along the way – the ones that really left an impression. These include everything from articles on the dangers of sugar, Pinterest fitness boards, why fat is good for you, meal planning/tracking tools and everything in between.

    Health & Fitness Articles That Changed My Outlook on Things 

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  • THAT Skirt

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    Outfit Details - Jean Jacket: J.Crew; Graphic Tee: H&M (old, similar); Dockstripe Skirt: Madewell (I also love this darker one); Leather Flats: Madewell; Sunglasses: Nordstrom; Lipstick: Clinique Chubby Stick in Pudgy Peony

     

    It’s all about the silhouette – and this skirt is one of those rare, flattering-for-all pieces. It’ll create curves in places for those with more straight figures, and it will tastefully drape over problem areas, cinching at the tiniest part of the waist, for the curvier gals. A full mini is a MUST for summer, so hurry out and get one. No really. Do it. DO IT NOW.

    …need more help finding the perfect full mini for your summer wardrobe? Here are my 3 must-haves for the perfect skirt:

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