c’est moi natasha confessions // 3.

The big, bad marathon is a little less than two months away which is a tad bit scary. Training is getting much more intense every week, especially as December is starting to slowly (but not so slowly) creep up. My legs feel stronger than ever and 12 miles is starting to feel routine and casual which is something I never thought I would say. The amount of time marathon training takes has been a bit of a surprise. Of course I knew it would take time to train but when I need to allot at least two hours a day to just focus on running & stretching after or before a long day of work, it can definitely take a toll.

Running has become a top priority especially recently because of the anxiety I have about December being right around the corner. I remember sharing the news when I had just signed up for it in May like it was yesterday. Crazy how time flies.

As I’m slowly building my Spotify playlist (I love running with music), I thought I would share what it looks like so far. Yes, a lot of top 50 songs I’m jamming out to. I definitely have a bunch more songs I need to add so please please give me any and all suggestions you may have! Leave a comment below! Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 8.18.45 PM

PS. Did you catch my first c’est moi natasha confessions series post?

Looking Back


{J.Crew Women’s Networking event I attended last week  – blues & purple in full force}

Between my London trip, marathon training, crazy work schedule and celebrating birthdays, September was a whirlwind. I’m happy temperatures are lowering just a bit (just a little bit only) so I can pull out my comfy sweaters and leggings.

A few days into October and my to do list is piling up for the month.I’m really looking forward to running the Baltimore Half Marathon next week with one of my best friend’s Caroline. We are planning a fun weekend in DC and fun brunch plans for after the run! Other than that, traveling is coming to a stop until Christmas break but I’m happy to be here and get settled before moving uptown!

Here is a recap of my looking back to last month. 


{The boyfriend’s birthday celebration last weekend}

{A glass of wine outside as temperatures are cooling down}

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PS. Catch my last Looking Back post here!

Change


{Taken at Jockey Hollow Restaurant}

Change is scary. Well, at least it’s scary for me. I’m a planner- I like to follow a routine and right when I started to feel really comfortable with my routine, change is coming my way. But hey it’s not a bad thing. I’ve learned to embrace the excitement of any & all changes in my life. And from my upbringing, I’ve learned the importance of adjusting and adapting.

The big change coming my way is… I will be living all by myself in Astoria, Queens in December! Yes, that’s right, I am moving uptown to Queens, all.by.myself! I’m so excited to have my own space, a place that is really all mine. I’m also excited to live by myself with my own rules and to save, save, save money. But I’m also really nervous. I’m nervous about the commute (my 9-5 job is all the way downtown) and I’m nervous about being bit isolated up there.

Nonetheless, I have a gut feeling that this is going to be a very positive change for me and I am really looking forward to it.

Pep in my step


Tomorrow is October 1st and it’s still pretty warm out party people! As excited as I am to bust out sweaters and booties, I’m still enjoying the skirt no tights look. Over the weekend, I spent some time in New Jersey and wore this jean skirt in so many ways. It was so easy & versatile to bring on a weekend trip.

It’s always fun to come up with ways to transition summer pieces into fall staples. I have a few dresses I’ll look to pair up with a leather jacket and boots or rompers I’ll wear with tights underneath. The more creative I get with my wardrobe the more $$$ I can save!





Outfit Details: Banana Republic Sweater (similar here) // Ralph Lauren Skirt (similar here) // Rebecca Minkoff Boots // Banana Republic Scarf (similar here)

Fallin’ for Fall


Now that fall is officially here, I’m excited to wrap myself up in printed scarves, stomp around in boots & booties and snuggle up in comfy sweaters. The weather has been crisp in New York but not cold enough to wear tights which I’d like to hold off for a bit longer! Halloween is also around the corner which is my favorite crafty holiday – I have a few costume ideas for this year, so we shall see what happens.

Here is a list of Fall things I’d love to do this year:

1. Learn how to make apple cider & apple cider donuts

2. Rent a cabin in upstate NY for a weekend

3. Put together a fall colored flower bouquet

4. Master how to make a good soup (any recipe suggestions?)

5. Host a fall cocktail party

6. Test a fall season lip color

7. Go to a football game & tailgate

8. Invest in one piece of “must have” fall item

9. Wine tasting at a vinyard surrounded by leaves

10. Find a new fall running route in NYC 


PS. See my summer to do list here!

*All images taken by Natasha for c’est moi natasha.

September


A lot of important people in my life happen to have September birthday’s. From my father to my boyfriend to my boyfriends family, everyone is either a Virgo or a Libra. It’s always a really fun month filled with dinners, cocktails and celebrations which gives me something to look forward to. In London, I also found witty birthday cards that I was able to bring back to give to everyone.

Tonight, I’m heading to Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen for a joint birthday celebration and I can’t wait to try it. The menu looks unreal – hello oysters, clams and tartare. To celebrate, I decided to pair up some fun heels with black jeans and a bright shirt. Follow my Instagram to see what the food looks like tonight – mmhmmmm can’t wait!




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London Town

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Another incredible c’est moi natasha trip in the books! If you caught my post last week, I traveled to London and visited my friend Casey along with my friend Caroline. The three of us have been inseparable since freshman year of college, so taking on this adventure together was really special. We walked miles on miles (one day we walked 13 miles aka a half marathon) and explored the ins and outs of the beautiful city of London.

Here is my must to do list if you ever find yourself there! It is truly an amazing city. 

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Where to Eat:

Dishoom // Hands down the best Indian food I’ve ever had. There is a long wait, so be sure to make a reservation ahead of time but it is out of this world good.

Natural Kitchen // Really healthy meal, & perfect for lunch. It’s a big plate of healthy food at a good price (10 pounds I believe) and you get one main course and three side salads of your choice.

The Garrison Pub // Sunday roast is a MUST if you are in London and The Garrison does it right. They also serve some really great cocktails and it’s a typical English Pub vibe.

Borough Market // A market with tons and tons of vendors, food trucks and little stores that sell everything and anything related to food. We went to Borough Market twice because it was so big and there were tons of samples. If you are a foodie like I am, definitely go here. The Burgerito and Grilled Cheese – yes and yes!

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Where to Drink:

The Shard Hotel // Amazing hotel that looks like a shard of glass (get it – shard hotel) and perfect to grab a nice cocktail with friends. It’s definitely pricey but the views from the cocktail bar are amazing, especially from the bathroom (who would have thought!).

Hej (pronounced Hey) Coffee // The cutest little coffee shop with fantastic cappuccinos, beautiful flowers surrounding the shop, and amazing scones. The cinnamon buns are really yummy too.

High Tea Westminster Abbey // I wish I could have high tea all day every day, it is so good. I am definitely going to be having tea much more often now. We went to High Tea at Westminster Abbey which was perfect. It was 16 pounds with tons of food ( scones, little sandwiches, chocolates) and great tea as well.

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What to do:

Tate Modern Museum of Art // Beautiful and FREE art museum with so many different artists. The museum itself is currently being renovated and is looking to be very pretty. The gift shop is great too.

London Bridge, Towner Bridge, Millennium Bridge // So many bridges and all of them are really fun to cross. They each have their own characteristics but once you walk on them there are tons of spectacular views.

Hyde Park // Beautiful park where you can rent lawn chairs for 1 pound and sit on the green. It reminded me so much of central park and as you walk through it you find yourself looking at Kensington Palace.

Columbia Road Flower Market // I loved the flower market, it definitely get’s crowded but this east side of London is up and coming as artists and hipsters reside there. I loved this area so much I bought my first piece of real art work which showed the map of the flower market. I’ll share soon!

Parliament, Big Ben // It’s the Big Ben – enough Said.

Brick Lane Antique Stores // Brick Lane was fun to walk around and peak in at all of the antique stores. There are tons and tons of stores with the most charming pieces – a really cool neighborhood.

Kensington Palace // The Royal Family summer palace surrounded by flowers, greens and a beautiful pond.

Marlybone // Shopping shopping & more shopping as well as breath taking apartments.

London Eye // It’s the big ferris wheel eye! This time around, I didn’t go on top (there are long long lines) but it is really pretty to take pictures of and see as you walk along the river.

Notting Hill // Fashionable and ‘posh’ area of London with stunning homes, amazing shopping and high end restaurants.

Harrods // Famous upscale department store with Shoe Heaven (yes, literally shoe heaven), Toy Kingdom (hundreds and hundreds of toys) and a pretty awesome food hall with great bites.

Brighton // We took a day trip to Brighton which was absolute perfection. It’s a mini city by the beach just an hour a way from the London hustle and bustle. There are really cute streets full of stores and a pier with cotton candy and games. Brighton will need it’s own post because there was so much to do and it was so pretty.

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All in all there is SO much to see, eat, drink and do in London but these were my favorite go to’s on this trip. Have you been to London before? Any tips or recommendations on where I should go next time I find myself there? Would love to hear!

PS. Check out more a few other c’est moi natasha travel guides – San Francisco (part 2), Charleston, Ios Greece,

Yoga Tonight!

Screen Shot 2015-09-15 at 7.35.38 AMI’m lucky to be surrounded by very talented and successful friends. My friend Julie Ann is an amazing Yogi and she now has her certificate to teach the art of Yoga which is a pretty incredible accomplishment. Yoga is something she is extremely passionate about and she loves teaching as well. Let’s just say I’m not the most flexible person out there but I’ve attended a few of Julie Anns yoga classes and she teaches at a pace that is open to all levels. She takes the time to fix postures and to really walk through all of the movements.

Tonight, she is teaching a FREE yoga class at the Athleta on the Upper East Side in New York City. If you’re in the city tonight, definitely come to her class because it is absolutely worth it.

1517 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10028

Screen Shot 2015-09-15 at 7.35.32 AM Screen Shot 2015-09-15 at 7.35.46 AM Screen Shot 2015-09-15 at 7.35.54 AM ** All imaged borrowed from Julie Ann’s health and wellness blog – http://www.julieannwell-being.com. For healthy recipes, skincare tips and Yoga tid bits, be sure to check her blog!

One Trip, Five Outfits

Last week, I was in London on an incredible trip visiting my friend Casey and her husband Mike. They moved out there at the beginning of this year and I had been dying to go visit them to see what their lives were like there. Our friend Caroline also met us in London and we had an unforgettable week. We explored the entire city and saw everything we wanted to see on our to do list. From high tea, to exploring the artsy East Side, trying all sorts of food from Borough Market and shopping at Harrods, we really did it all. And we walked EVERYWHERE too which was an amazing way to get to know the city.

The more I travel, the more I’ve figured out what to pack. I thought I’d share with you five simple, easy outfits that really worked on my London trip. Which one is your fave?

Outfit #1: Boyfriend Jeans, Black Vans, White T Shirt, White Blazer, Scarf, Brown Fringe bag

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Outfit #2: White Dress, Blue Leather Jacket, Supergas
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Outfit #3: Plaid Top, White Jacket, Dark Green Jeggings, Vans Outfit #4: White skinny jeans, Jean Shirt, Supergas Outfit #5: Striped Skirt (seen here too), White Sweater, SupergasIMG_3442

Glam Squad

As you’ve probably already picked up on, I love watching award shows but it’s mostly because of the fashion. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, especially since it might be construed as straying away from what the award shows are really supposed to be about – incredible actors, actresses and musicians. While I do appreciate that, I can’t help that the clothes seem to really capture my attention.

The VMAs were on Monday night and besides Kanye announcing he was running for president and everyone not being sure what Miley was thinking, there were some pretty glamorous outfits. Here are my best dressed picks of the night!

*All images borrowed from www.instyle.com

PS. See my more of my best dressed lists here & here!