Looking Back


{Pretty flowers and vase at Laguardia Airport}

Summer has come and gone so quickly. These past few months have been full of travels, adventures and new experiences. I couldn’t have asked for a better time. Even though I am sad to see these summer months go, I am definitely getting ready for the upcoming fall. I have this giddy back to school feeling inside but instead of buying new notebooks and binders, I’m ready for a wardrobe change. I’m also feeling re-energized for the next four months of 2015. I’ve loved writing these Looking Back posts – it gives me an opportunity to not only reflect on the past month but also reflect on what’s upcoming too.

Here are a few tidbits from my Instagram from August. I’d love to know what adventures you have in store this fall!


{Cocktails and good company at the boat basin in South Carolina}

{Standing outside ” The Notebook” movie theater in Charleston}

{Pretty dinner set up for a summer evening}

{The best buttermilk fried chicken sandwich I’ve ever had}

PS. See July’s Looking Back post here!

c’est moi natasha running confessions // 2.


Three full months are now left of marathon training which is pretty crazy. Pressure is ON. If you caught my last c’est moi natasha confessions post, I was JUST starting the training off. I’m excited to be in semi good shape to run  distances that I haven’t pushed myself to run before. That being said, I still have a ways to go. One thing I’ve learned throughout training is to start being more confident in myself. If I stay consistent and focused these next three months, all will be good. Having the support of family and friends has been a huge life savor too.

For this last summer weekend, I was in Kiawah, so I had the chance to run and train on the course that I will be running on December 12th! The weather was a bit more humid than I am usually used to which made it a bit tough to train but by the time December rolls around I’m sure the weather will be jusssttt right. So here’s to the next three more months of training (and squeezing two 20 mile runs in between)!

PS. If you want to follow my travels, check out my Instagram and follow me!

Last Days of Summer

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The last few days of summer are in full force and I’m a little sad to leave Summer 2015 behind. It’s been a great summer filled with many adventures, great food and good people. To celebrate this last hurrah, I’ll be enjoying my last few days of flowy dresses, bathing suits and cover ups in Kiawah this week. Be sure to follow my adventures @cestmoinatasha. Here are a few inspirational shots that remind me of this season coming to a close.

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Images Borrowed: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 //

Pulled the Trigger

This past weekend did not rain at all in NYC – it actually turned out to be beautiful so my apologies for any confusion! But even though it wasn’t raining, I finally made a decision and made my black shades purchase. Yes, I kept my word. Let me tell ya… when I have my eye on something that I can’t stop thinking about, I won’t let it go.

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Here they are ladies and gents, the precious Celine sunglasses I just had to have. Saving up for months and then splurging on something special is actually the best feeling ever. This was a lesson my Mom taught me which I just chose to listen to now at 25 years old. Because it was such a great feeling, I’m going to start committing to saving and purchasing one amazing thing that I have on my wish list. Speaking of… check out two amazing shoes that are on the top of that list…

These Nicholas Kirkwood babies:

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And these Aquazzura gems:

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But a girl can only dream, so for now, I’ll just be dreamin’.

Music Thursday ~ No.12

It has been a great couple of weeks – consistent c’est moi natasha posts, great runs, the routine of buying groceries (I really need to start packing lunches again) and the overall feeling of productivity. I’m proud to say I cleaned out my closet the other day since September is fast approaching which made a world of a difference & also made some space for fall favorites.

Of course, as always, thrilled that it’s Thursday and ready to get the weekend started! What are your plans this weekend?! I want to take advantage of the warm weather before the coldness creeps up but I hear it’s raining this weekend so a trip to the mall might be in the works….

Have a wonderful Thursday!

PS. Did you catch last week’s Music Thursday post?

Shadey Shades

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My next purchase is going to be black shades. I went to Bloomingdales last Sunday but no luck at all! I thought I would love Celine sunglasses but something didn’t seem 100% right when I tried them on. Do you have any black shades you love or any recommendations as to where to start looking?! Round 2 shopping for shades will probably happen this rainy weekend so hopefully I’ll nail down the perfect pair! Don’t worry I’ll share once I finally find them! In the meantime… I’ll just keep stalking ideas!

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Images Borrowed: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 //

Rustic Feel

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A lot of good changes are coming up! The good changes don’t only pertain to myself but they also pertain to the boyfriend. Aust is moving into his own NYC apartment and I’m really really excited for him. One secret thing we love to do together is going on long drives to look at the decor and aesthetics of different homes wherever we are. We both have an interest in interior and exterior style/decorating.

When thinking about his new place, we both agreed that a rustic, American feel, with a mix of tribal twist would look pretty awesome. Dark wood, deep reds and rustic blues all come to mind. I explored Pinterest today for some inspiration because September 1st is coming up pretty fast (I also want a say in the decor!) and I am stoked to help him put his new home together.

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Images borrowed: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

PS. See more decorative posts here and here!

Tzaziki


Tzaziki is like ketchup for me – I put it on everything and anything during the summer. BBQ, veggies, chips – no matter what I’m eating, I love Tzaziki as a dip & a bit of flavor. Even though the Greeks make it the best, I tried to make my own today. And I have to say, it tasted prettyyyy good!

Ingredients:

  • Garlic
  • Dill
  • Mint
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 Greek Yogurts (depending on how much you want to make)
  • 2 seedless cucumbers
  • Lemon

How to: 

1. Slice up cucumbers and drain all of the water from the cucumbers

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2. Take the Greek yogurt out of the fridge and scoop them into a bowl (mix the yogurt before putting it into a bowl)

3. Chop up the dill into fine pieces 


4. Chop up the mint into fine pieces


4. Squeeze the Garlic into the Yogurt bowl


5. Mix the dill and mint into the yogurt bowl and squeeze half a lemon


6. Flatten the dip out and top it off with an olive and piece of mint!

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PS. See my Fava Dip Recipe and Gemista Recipe if you’re in a Greek mood!

Music Thursday ~ No.11

Getting back into the groove of things has been a bit tough…. my mind is still in Ios and in relaxation mode. But with fall coming super soon (my favorite season), I can’t wait to start getting back into more of a day to day routine. To help me get back into the swing of things, my friend Michelle has an awesome Spotify playlist that I can’t stop listening to – Jammies 2015. Gooey has been one of my faves and as you probably already know, I love discovering new music. Happy Thursday, it’s almost FRI YAY!

PS. Here are a few recent Music Thursday posts: 10, 9, 8, 7

Ios Itinerary


My family and I love exploring all the different islands every time we go to Greece. Since my dad is Greek, most of my family lives there, so I am fortunate enough to get to see them at least once a year. Other than Santorini and Mykonos, their are hundreds and thousands of absolutely beautiful islands with unique styles, unique local foods, and different vibes. This year, we decided to explore the island of Ios.

Ios is a very mountainous and hilly island, with gorgeous views as when driving around from end to end. There are pretty beaches, cute restaurants and a really fun town with a great night life. Here are a few of my favorite places we went to last month when we were there!





Where to Stay:

++ Ios Palace: Ios Palace was clean, affordable, and had a gorgeous pool right in the middle of the hotel. The views were incredible from Ios Palace as it sat on top of a hill so there were views of the entire island. We were lucky to have rooms with beach views as well so when I swung my balcony door open, the sea was right there in front of me.

Where to beach:

++ Manganari Beach:  This was the best beach in Ios with crystal blue water, beautiful sand, two tavernas and it was very peaceful. We went to Manganari a few times during our stay because it was comfortable, accessible and the views driving down to the beach were breath taking. Getting there by car or bus is a definite must. There are a lot of sun beds to choose from and it’s easy to navigate around.

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Where to Eat:

++ The Mills: There were a lot of windmills in the center of Ios’s town which was unique to the island. A restaurant lay right on top of a hill with a huge windmill right behind it. The restaurant had typical greek food but it was admittedly a bit touristy. What I liked most about The Mills was that the ambiance of the town surrounded the restaurant and the sunset was on point too!

++ Koumpara Seafood Restaurant: This seafood restaurant lay right on the beach. There was a view of the sea right in front and the decor was a fresh take on greek decor where everything was white with candles hanging down from ropes. The seafood was really really good but the service was pretty mediocre. This was definitely the best seafood in town though!

++ Vilaeti Taverna: An authentic Greek taverna that is family owned is how I would describe this place. The food was so delicious and it was by far my families favorite so we ended up going two nights in a row. The service was great and the food was delicious. The restaurant is tucked away from the center of the town so a car is necessary to get here.

Where to Drink: 

++ Click Cocktail Bar: This bar is an outdoor bar we loved going to. The vibe wasn’t too young, there were people of all ages, and the cocktails were prepared tastefully. It was definitely a loungey feely bar and we always had a great time with good throwback music.

++ Pathos Sunset Cocktail Bar: I admittedly never went to this bar but I so wish I did! The pictures show amazing sunset views and when I asked the locals they recommended going for a drink because the bar is beautiful too. I’m leaving this on my wish list to try since I only heard great things.

++ Chora: Also known as “hora” means “the town”. This is what everyone called the middle of the town in Ios where the nightlife is happening. There are probably hundreds of bars, restaurants and cocktail lounges one can choose from right in Chora.