All posts tagged the chic curve

  • Outfits That Say Ahoy!

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    Little can compare to a day spent on the water with your closest crew, wine glass in hand, skin warm from the summer sun. That’s one of the perks of living in Seattle – there’s always a kayak, sailboat or yacht around the corner, ready to board. And in every boat there lies opportunity – outfit opportunity. An excuse to go full-on nautical in stripes, linen, head scarves and giant sunglasses – all at the same time.

    Clean. Bright. Preppy. Something that’s blue, white and striped. Hair scarves, red lips, boat shoes and linen shorts. Nautical style is classic and transformative, and it’s something that any yacht-party-going-gal ought to know how to pull off.

    To help all of my boat-bound babes out, below are some style tips for consideration before boarding your next nautical adventure. And this advice is very timely – later this month the American Cancer Society is hosting a little daytime yacht party with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the ACS. So if you are in the Seattle area, come join me on Sunday, June 14th for a toast to fight cancer at the Holland America Champagne Lunch! Register here (tickets are going fast, and they are only $30, so grab a spot quickly!).

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    7 Nautical Styling Tips For Chic Boat Partying 

    Try one, or YOLO, try all of these on your next boating adventure (which could be the Seattle Hope Champagne Lunch!). 

    1. Try a bold, bright color paired with a neutral like white or tan. And that bold color can be something other than blue or red (think bright yellow or green!).
    2. Bring your most fabulous pair of sunglasses. Big. Bold. My favorite for boating are thick, white-framed, giant sunnies.
    3. Red lips look good on sailboats and yachts alike. Actually any bright lip color works on the water.
    4. Don’t forget how windy and/or cold it can get on the water. Flowy skirts can go up with the wind, and forgetting to bring a sweater can leave you chilly!
    5. Try a neck or head scarf. It’s so Audrey. And Bridgette. And every other effortlessly-chic-slash-french girl. 
    6. You can’t go wrong with stripes. It’s the easiest way to look like you belong on a boat!
    7. Jeans – in shorts, boyfriend or light form – can pair incredibly well with your nautical ‘fit. Don’t discount the old blue!
    8. Wear comfortable shoes. Some of us can stand (and balance) in heels all day – and some of us just can’t. You know who you are. Don’t end up being the Barefoot Champagne Contessa of the party. There’s no shame in a cute pair of flats or sandals!

     

    xoxo

    Natasha

  • 5 Interior Design Tips for Your Tiny Space in the Big City

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    Not everyone can live in an open, modern space – especially if you live in a big city. My apartment is just under 600 square feet – with a giant, awkward wall that blocks the entire kitchen from the living room. When space and floor plan are lacking, you have to use creativity to make the most of your home. And recently I did just that: I set a [small] budget, did a lot of Pinterest-inspiration searching, and I rearranged my living, dining and kitchen areas. The result? More space for living, less clutter and a modern look. 

    Thinking creatively about your space requires you to let go of the way you currently have things laid out and to start completely fresh. To begin thinking about your floor plan differently, here are some interior design tips for smaller living spaces: 

    1. Walls don’t have to define the space

    Think outside the wall – the back of your couch doesn’t have to be pressed against it! Try pulling furniture away from the wall – and even using couches and chairs to separate one room into two spaces (like a living and dining area).

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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

  • Seven Hair Salon & Giveaway

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    [just here for the giveaway? scroll down to the end of the post!]

    Have you ever been to Seven hair salon in downtown Seattle? I hadn’t either – and before my first visit, I would ask friends that question, and they almost always responded with “oh you mean that place with a DJ and full espresso bar?!” And while it’s true – they have a sweet, non-douchey DJ spinning in the salon as well as a delicious (and complimentary) espresso bar – there was something far, far better at Seven hair salon: excellent service and talent.

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    I had the chance to visit Jacob for a cut & color – and not only did he make me feel fabulous from the first seat in his chair, but he gave me a style that passed the air-dried hair test. That’s right. How do you know when a stylist knows what they are doing? You can let your hair air-dry after a shower (with a bit of recommended product worked into wet hair, of course) – and it will still look amazing. As you can see from my air-dried hair test photo above – he did just that. If you are in the market for a cut, color or blow-out, check out Jacob at Seven in Seattle – he’ll give you that perfect, care-free style that every girl loves.

    Now – how about a giveaway?

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    Another awesome thing about Seven hair salon – they formulate and make their own haircare product line! Their line includes everything from shower, to style to refresh. I’ve been using a bunch of them and my favorites are the Diamond Serum, Forte Hairspray and Boost Lotion. And I’m going to giveaway a luxury set of Seven haircare products! All you have to do is use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Good luck lovelies!

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    xoxo

    Natasha