Marathon Memories

On December 12, 2015 I ran my first full marathon. It was the most amazing experience I’ve ever had. I was so proud of myself – I had never done something so mentally and physically challenging before. My goal was to finish and that I did! Thank you to all of my family and friends, near and far, for all of your amazing support throughout the unforgettable journey.

I captured a few special moments of the day that I put together into a video that I thought I would share with you. Hope you enjoy it!

PS. If you didn’t catch some of my running dairies, read up on them here, here and here!

Sunday Feels

Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 8.42.06 PMSpring weather and outfits have been top of mind lately. Coats, leggings and boots are starting to get heavy to wear and over worn sweaters definitely need to be cleaned out. Time to start anew!

I planned a trip to Florida at the end of March and an upcoming gals trip to DC in April so that I can start looking forward to a few fun trips. I can’t wait to start whipping out some cute skirts, jean shorts and off the shoulder tops. Off the shoulder tops are something I’ve been currently obsessing over, especially in blue and white. Here are some Pinterest inspos I’ve been eying!Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 8.45.50 PM

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PS. Be sure to follow c’est moi natasha on Pinterest!

*All images borrowed from Pinterest

Makeover

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{the proposed plan}

If you didn’t catch my big move news, I’ll quickly fill you in. I’m officially moving into my very own place in Astoria… at some point. It didn’t happen in December but It WILL happen this year (keeping my fingers crossed for April)!

The space that I am moving into is a home owned by my family that my grandfather purchased many years ago. It’s a place that’s close to my heart and meaningful to me since it’s the first place my father lived in when he immigrated to the United States from Greece. It’s definitely a special place and area with lots of history and culture that I can’t wait to explore.

There is a ground floor of the home that we have the opportunity to build out into a one bedroom apartment. When this opportunity arose, I saw it as an amazing way to learn the ins and outs of what it takes to essentially “flip” a space from nothing to something great. As the work has started, this has been a much bigger project than I originally anticipated but I’ve been loving every minute of it.

Here are some before shots of what the ground floor looked like when we first started the work. I know what you’re thinking..HOW are we going to turn this into a one bedroom apartment.. well we shall see!

I’ll be documenting the progress and the renovation journey on the blog so be sure to follow along for updates!IMG_5687 IMG_5686 IMG_5014 IMG_5013

Fancy Night Out

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 8.05.12 PMThe Grammy’s were on last night and I’m a huge fan of E Live from the Red Carpet. I love seeing all of the beautiful artists in their fashionable gowns strutting down the red carpet. Here is a round up of a few styles I loved last night. Who were your favorites?!Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 8.05.59 PM

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PS. See my Grammys post from last year!

** All images borrowed from www.vogue.com

Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

FullSizeRender (1)This past long weekend, I did absolutely nothing. I watched a few movies I’ve been meaning to see on Demand (Trainwreck and 99 homes – both very good!), napped a bunch and ran a few errands aka. returned things at Bloomingdales I did not need! Other than that, nothing very interesting happened and let me tell you, it felt really good. Sometimes I have to hold myself back into thinking I need to plan trips, attend events or commit to plans because the truth is, it’s really nice to just do nothing at all.

In order to start this week on a health kick, I tried this recipe and it was SO easy and delicious. All you need are the below ingredients, mix them together, put them in the oven for 30 minutes and you are all set. Here’s to hoping I start cooking just a bit more this year!

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Ingredients:

  • 8 (4 oz each) boneless skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • fresh black pepper, to taste
  • cooking spray
  • 10 medium asparagus, ends trimmed, cut in half
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 red onions, chopped in large chunks
  • 1/2 cup carrots, sliced in half long, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 5 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 tbsp dried oregano or thyme
  • 2 leaves fresh sage, chopped

PS. Have you seen my leg of lamb recipe? Check it out!