All posts tagged the chic curve

  • Typical Seattle April

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    Outfit Details: Booties, Seychelles | Orange Socks, GAP | Leggings, GAP Body | Flannel, Urban Outfitters | Clutch, All Saints | Bomber Jacket, F21 | Scarf, F21

    April comes around every year, promising Spring, which I keep thinking means sun, puffy white clouds and perfect hiking weather. Nope. It’s like every year I have amnesia – because April in Seattle is ALWAYS full of rain. Showers, sprinklings, pouring, even hail…if it’s wet and it falls from the sky it’s going to happen in April. So my advice if you are ever planning to visit the beautiful city of Seattle: Don’t come in April! Sunny days are right around the corner…

    …but until then, I’ll be carrying around my umbrella. Many Seattleites say you tell somebody is a tourist if they are carrying an umbrella, because no true Seattle local would ever waste their strength carrying the silly thing. No – locals are hardcore, Northface-shell-wearing rain lovers who tromp through puddles in REI hiking boots and aren’t bothered by sopping wet jeans. They wouldn’t dare be caught dead standing under the portable shelter.

    Well, let me play the role of myth-buster for you. LOTS of Seattleites carry umbrellas. Why? Because we don’t always want to wear raincoats! Sometimes, we want to wear a little bomber jacket with faux leather sleeves instead…

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    xoxo

    Natasha

  • Oh Hey Commuter

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    Because being a bag lady in Birkenstocks is awesome.

    Outfit Details: Sunglasses: Nordstrom | Birkenstock Arizona Sandals: Nordstrom | Leather Jacket: Vintage | Linen Button Down: GAP (similar) | Jeans: GAP | Purse: ZARA | Totes Magotes Tote Bag: Forever21

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    oh hey commuter seattle fashion blogger outfit post spring 2014

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    oh hey commuter seattle fashion blogger outfit post spring 2014

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    xoxo

    Natasha

  • The Loneliness Monster

    Overcome the sexy troll lurking under your pit-of-despair bridge, before you fall in.

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    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.

  • Valentine’s Day for All

    Valentine’s Day is almost here, once again. And I have to admit – I’m really not a huge fan of this mushy, Hallmark holiday – but not for the reason you may think. The idea of having a day where you treat the one you love with intent and sweetness is wonderful. The part I don’t like is the pressure – OH SO MUCH PRESSURE. Whether you’re getting your loved one a gift, trying to pick out what to wear, trying to ask out a potential Valentine, or trying to avoid questions about your (night-in) plans on Valentine’s Day – it’s all so much build up of expectations that so often comes crashing down.

    So this Valentine’s Day, let up on that pressure valve a bit. Having a romantic night in with your sweetheart? Have a first date that happens to fall on V-day? Going out with the girls? Staying in alone for the night? Have fun with it! Relax. And don’t expect perfection from the night – you do not live in a romantic-comedy. You’ll have a better Valentine’s Day if you appreciate your current situation and whatever plans you may have for the night.

    And if you need some help getting inspired for the event – no matter what your relationship status may be – check out the inspiration boards below for Valentine’s Day night 2014.

     

    No. 1: “Been Togeths for Evs” Date Night

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    No. 1 Details: Pink Midi Skirt – http://bit.ly/1iXIXXE | Floristry Cutwork Heels – http://bit.ly/1lwdtJI | Jeweled Velvet Clutch – http://bit.ly/1iXKmxn

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