28 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ME

Happy Monday! Today, I realized that I am exactly 3 months away from turning 28 years old! I know a lot of people don’t like getting older but I REALLY do. I feel way more settled in the person I am today than I was even a year ago! I have found that life keeps getting better and I’m so much more motivated. I hear a lot of people talk about how much they hated their 20s and how amazing their 30s are — awesome! — that just means it only gets better from here.

Below are 28 things you may or may not know about me…Enjoy! 🙂

  1. I am obsessed with numerology. Numbers are everything (which is hilarious to me because I hate math).
  2. I never went to Pre-K or daycare…So when I got to kindergarten I used to cry every single morning when my mom would drop me off — brutal!
  3. I would like to think I am a good flyer now, but really, it varies…by flight. LOL
  4. I had a 5th birthday party and a 27th birthday party. All other birthdays in between were mini events with family. Needless to say, my golden birthday (September 5th, 1994) WAS SUCH A HIT. My 27th birthday was a mix of both. I started the morning in tears over the proper theme decorations and ended the night so grateful, excited and HAPPY.
  5. I’m obsessed with babies. My friends, coworkers, and family members send me pics of babies all the time. Everyone is well aware of this obsession.
  6. I’m a Virgo and I am SUCH a believer in astrology and the zodiac. You might even catch me basing my life’s decisions on whether Mercury is in retrograde or not.
  7. I am a valley girl THROUGH AND THROUGH and I would not change that for the world. Ventura Blvd. alone is reason enough to NEVER move.
  8. I am all about new beginnings. New week, new month, new year, etc. I love a fresh start and I take it super seriously.
  9. I am a planner. Everything is structured and organized. I just like to be prepared, really.
  10. I have two dogs named Bentley and Bugatti. Bentley is a white Maltese and Bugatti is Bichon-Poodle mix. Bentley does not like to be touched and Bugatti LOVES to cuddle. They are polar opposites and potentially hate each other, but its okay because they are the greatest. I also have a third dog named Ryder who lives with me part-time. He is 100% my baby and could very well be my biological son in dog form. He’s a mini Labradoodle and he is the greatest little thing I have ever seen. He definitely loves his dad more than me, BUT…his dad chose him, takes care of him full time, AND IS WAY MORE FUN…so I’ll let his dad have this one.
  11. Speaking of dogs, my dad NEVER wanted dogs in the house and he now sleeps with two dogs in his bed. You win some, you lose some.
  12. I went to Cancun on 7/7/2007 after I graduated high school and it is, until today, the greatest vacation I have EVER been on. I still talk about it…all the time.
  13. This year is my 10 year high school reunion and I feel like I just graduated yesterday. Either way, I am really excited to see all of my friends in a few months!
  14. My best friend has been my best friend since I was 6 years old. This year we’ll be celebrating 21 years of friendship. We met in summer school so every summer we celebrate our Friendsversary.
  15. I don’t like alcohol. I have never liked it. I do occasionally have a glass…or five…of rosé. Champagne and rosé. Count me in.
  16. I consider my brother’s fiancé my sister. I am so glad he chose her.
  17. I graduated high school at 17, college at 21, and received my Masters when I was 23. I took a year off and did some traveling…I happened to take a short trip to Europe with my best friend during that time as well…It was FABULOUS.
  18. My first job ever was at Abercrombie Kids when I turned 16.
  19. One time I was reading a magazine at the grocery store and walked out holding it…AKA I STOLE SOMETHING…when I got to the parking lot, I got SO scared, I started running.
  20. I’ve known my boyfriend since I was 16 years old and he’s one of the smartest human beings I know. He’s also really cool…and cute. And a good puppy dad. And SO much more.
  21. Speaking of my boyfriend, when I met him, my friends and I thought he was so cool that when he drove past us and waved…we all screamed in unison. RELAX, YO.
  22. My brother and I are 14 months apart and he thought we were twins up until a few years ago. I still laugh every time I think about it. I am currently CRYING LAUGHING as I type this.
  23.  I have one sibling, my brother Sterling, but my parents/aunts and uncles have instilled in me that my two older cousins, Cookie and Taleen, are my sisters. The three of us have ran with it ever since.
  24. My mom is my best friend. And that is that.
  25. I love hot weather and I worship the sun. There isn’t a vitamin in the world that can give me the energy that the sun gives me.
  26. I used to never like candy when I was younger and I now live for a good piece of candy. I like Mike and Ike’s, Sour Patch and Boston Baked Beans. I also like Twix, Snickers and Big Hunk’s. MMMMMMM!
  27. Beyoncé and I are both Virgos, she’s born on the 4th and I am born on the 5th. She is Sasha fierce and I am Tasha fierce…obviously.
  28. My favorite movie of all time is My Father the Hero…a MUST watch!

 

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ALL WHITE EVERYTHING

ALL WHITE EVERYTHING

Happy June! It’s almost summer!

The whole “don’t wear white after Labor Day” thing has never really stuck with me. I wear white ALL. YEAR. ROUND. It’s a crisp color that’s perfect for summer, and honestly, for every season. Winter white, anyone? I wanted to share a few of my favorite white dresses for the summer season. For any of you who haven’t heard of REVOLVE, all the dresses I’m sharing today are from revolve.com. REVOLVE has taken over the fashion + social scene in a way NO OTHER brand has managed to do before. They were the front runner for the best Coachella party, they host a prom every year, and their employees are the coolest women in the business! Check out my favorites below!

CICI SQUARE NECK MINI DRESS

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X REVOLVE EYELET DRESS

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DRESS 161

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Enjoy the first day of JUNE! XO

HOW I STAY ORGANIZED

HOW I STAY ORGANIZED

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had an amazing weekend. I managed to have the perfect Sunday yesterday so I think I’m ready to get this week started. A lot is going on this week and I need to stay as focused as possible. I realized that for me, lists, calendars, agendas, apps — all of those things play a part in how I organize my life. A little over a year ago, I was teaching a college course and I knew that it was time for me to really kick it into high gear when it came to being organized. Lesson plans are NO JOKE. More importantly, I couldn’t look ill-prepared in front of my students. So I started researching apps, reading up on organizational tips, and figuring out key habits to incorporate into my lifestyle. I juggle many projects at work and I also strive for work/life balance; hence the need for organization. Check out the 7 organizational tips that I live by, below!

1. To-do list

Write everything down, don’t rely on memory. This is about as self explanatory as it gets. I no longer rely on my memory (my memory used to be spot on, not sure what happened LOL). I feel like it is MISSION CRITICAL to write down all of the important tasks for your day, week, month. Check back in on all of those tasks to make sure you’re on top of things!

2. An appealing agenda

Head over to Target and find a PRETTY calendar/agenda/daily planner, people! My cousin bought us matching Bloom daily planners that I am obsessed with. I use it for everything. It’s my favorite because every month you can add new goals for the month, there’s fun quotes, and most importantly: it’s pink.

3. Google Calendar

Maybe he’ll kill me for sharing — but my boyfriend and I have a shared calendar now (big step, big moves, we’re the real deal) LOL. It’s actually really exciting for me 🙂 I live for these things. I love that I am able to schedule things so we don’t forget anything. It’s not crazy detailed: weekly date nights, travel schedules, events — those type of things are on our calendar. Find you a man who indulges all the boring things you’re obsessed with. 🙂

4. Time blocking

Do. One. Thing. At. A. Time. I time block all day long (both at work and at home). For starters, I time block my time spent checking emails (first thing I do when I step into the office). Everyday at work I allow myself 2 hours of email time. Sounds crazy I know, but it’s not. My emails are always in the triple digits and I feel COMPLETELY on top of my game when I have under 20 unread emails. I also time block certain tasks to make sure I get everything done on my to-do list. Speaking of tasks, when I can’t finish everything, I resort to #5 below.

5. Don’t let things pile up!

Hence the reason I time block. I try to make sure I get through my to-do list each day. Granted, easier said than done. So in the instances where I fall behind, I have a rule – NO PILES. If that means, staying longer at work or going through the beginning stages of a pile at home, then so be it. I live for clean spaces and I am not afraid to throw things away. ::COUGH COUGH:: #6.

6. Don’t be scared to purge

I AM THE QUEEN OF PURGING. If there’s a box filled with things that I have not opened in a year, I will throw it out. It’s just a rule I live by. If I haven’t opened that box in a year then there’s NO point in me opening it now — Clearly, the contents are not that important. I think it’s important to declutter as much as possible. Whether it’s your office, your bedroom, your home — decluttering is good for the soul. 

7. Perfect your morning routine (separate blog post coming soon)

In a nutshell, having a morning ritual is everything. It sets the tone for your day. I always do the same. exact. thing. every morning before I pour myself my first cup of coffee. My skincare routine, my morning news apps, my puppy cuddles — all of those things fall into my morning routine. I will do a more detailed post on this soon 🙂

How do you stay organized? Enjoy your week everyone! XO

 

MAY MUST HAVES

FASHION FASHION FASHION. Every month I look for new favorites in the fashion department (shoes, bags, jewelry, etc). I am all about finding new things every month to follow trend for the season. Right now, I am really into sporty wear, I’d like to think I’m having a Sporty Spice Chic moment. LOL. I am in love with every. single. piece. below! Check them out. 🙂

ADIDAS TREFOIL CREW SWEATSHIRT

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NADRI JEWELRY CARDAMOM CRYSTAL CHOKER 

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LULU’S TOAST TO LIFE GREY MINI DRESS

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YSL JOAN SLIDE SANDAL

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SCHUTZ RENE SANDAL

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MAY PLAYLIST UP ON SPOTIFY NOW!

Happy May! Make sure to check out my May 2017 Spotify playlist to listen to my favorite songs at the moment! Five of the songs below can be found on my playlist right now. I randomly received an email about my “all over the place music taste” — I took it as a compliment. LOL 🙂

Migos – T-Shirt 

Zedd, Alessia Cara – Stay 

KENDRICK LAMAR – LOVE (No YouTube available but I LOVE this song! Pun intended.)

Hozier – Better Love 

Julia Michaels – Issues

PS — My username on Spotify: natashatadros

Enjoy babies! XO

FAVORITE SONGS THIS MONTH

Hey everyone,

For some reason I’ve decided against hitting the “MAKE PUBLIC” button on my April Spotify Playlist this month; probably because half the songs on it are old anyways. 🙂 January, February, and March are free to look through though!

I did, however, want to share some of my favorite songs this month. Feel free to listen to some of my favorites linked below (some old, some new):

Beyonce – Shining

ShaboozeY – Winning Streak

Shoffy – Different Skies

Lana Del Rey – Love

The Revivalists – Wish I Knew You

Gorgon City – Real

Future – Mask Off

Travis Scott – Nightcrawler

Have an amazing weekend!

PS: LA peeps, it’s going to be HOT this weekend. I am SO excited. Enjoy babies. XO

APRIL MUST HAVES

It’s time to share some of my favorite April Must Haves. Not a lot changes when it comes to what I like; there’s always a new bag, new shoe and new bodysuit on my mind. I think Spring is the perfect time to start experimenting with new colors and looks. Unfortunately for me, I rarely add color to my wardrobe LOL. All black everything, all the time. There are some pieces on here that are from last season that I still can’t get over (::cough cough:: GUCCI BELT) but that’s okay because certain brands remain timeless. When I bought my first Gucci bag ever, I picked a piece that was not only blog-worthy, but super popular. I wanted something that would be cute and classic to match my loafers and the belt I don’t have yet LOL. I know the belt shown below is just a bonus, but PEOPLE, that’s what fashion is: A BONUS.

Check out some of my favorite pieces below. I received many messages regarding where I bought my Gucci bag because the color is hard to find–I bought it at Neiman Marcus and it was the last black one. I am sure you can find it online though 🙂

 

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XO!

SLIIIIDE TO THE LEFT, SLIIIIDE TO THE RIGHT

SLIIIIDE TO THE LEFT, SLIIIIDE TO THE RIGHT

Well, let me just say: Slides are here to stay. And if they’re not, no worries, because they’re here to stay on my feet. LOL. I am loving these glorified house slippers. Shout out to everyone who thinks they’re house slippers, I wear these out as a statement piece at this point. I have black ones and light pink ones and I might just order some REALLY, REALLY FABULOUS ones online after this post 🙂

I first saw these fun shoes…or non-shoes…on RiRi. And from there, I was all about them. Does anyone remember the Rihanna/Puma collaboration? Rihanna’s “Fenty x Puma” collection was epic to me, and not just because of the fur slides. Rihanna is a fashion trend setter, she’s a risk taker and most importantly, she remains one of the most talented people in the business- both in fashion and music. BTW, I have noticed that people keep calling the fur slides “pool slides”…Um, GUYS, I am not going to be wearing fur by the pool HELLO! (Insert eye roll emoji)

Anyways, I wanted to share some of my favorite slides that are out right now. Feel free to click below and order away! XO

Fenty

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Givenchy

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Kendall + Kylie (SWOONING OVER THESE)

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PS-I secretly hope people start falling in love with these shoes, they’re a real dream 🙂

APRIL GOALS

Hey babies, I’ve been MIA yet again, what’s new? I’m actually really excited to share the next couple of posts with you all; starting with today’s post on my April Goals.

For starters, Happy Monday! I love a new week, new month, new year… you get it.  I spent the majority of March with incredible people, doing a lot of fun things and working really hard. The only problem is, I haven’t been sleeping, I’ve been kind of stressed out, and I think I’m 100% dehydrated LOL. The goals I am looking to achieve for the month of April are all centered around nourishing my mind, body and spirit; I’ll get to those in a second!

A wise man recently enlightened me on the difference between being a Spectator vs. a Player. Needless to say, I have spent a majority of my life being rather careful. I play things safe, I abide by all of the rules, and I am happy doing just that. Can anyone say SPECTATOR PROBLEMSSS!?

I promised myself that this year would be the year where I’d be fearless, free and HAPPY. Lucky me, I have been the happiest I’ve been in years…but I’ve still been playing it kind of safe. So for starters, I am learning how to let go. Let go of being scared, let go of not trusting people, let go of control, let go of wondering WTF I am doing with my life, etc. I’ve decided I need to jump in the pool before I dip my little baby toes in the water.

This is life, being afraid to fail is not an option for me anymore. It is what it is and it will be what it will be. That uncomfortable feeling, that lack of control…that needs to be my sweet spot now. I urge all of you to find the power within you to really feel that exhilarating feeling of finding comfort in being uncomfortable. It’s going to change your life.

See my APRIL GOALS below and be sure to keep me posted on yours via the comments section below or via email.

The boring ones:

  • Drink more water, LOTS OF IT.
  • Take all my vitamins, FUN TIMES.
  • Eat something green everyday, YUCK.
  • Cut the caffeine, WHAT?

The fun ones:

  • Do something that scares me, ONCE A WEEK (done and done).
  • See new places I’ve been wanting to see, WEEKEND ONE DOWN (blog post to come).
  • STOP obsessing over what’s happening in my life and be grateful for each and every moment, STRAIGHT LIFE INSPO.
  • Create rituals with people I want to spend time with, MORNING YOGA ANYONE? MONDAY NIGHT DINNER? THURSDAY HIKE?
  • And lastly, a really personal goal that probably means the most to me right now: learning to trust in the timing of my life…knowing that everyone is on their own wave and that in time what’s meant to come together always will. YEA, YOU’RE WELCOME, AMERICA. THAT’S GOLD.

XO.

 

 

BOMB.COM

BOMB.COM

I love a good bomber jacket. Military green, black, a print; I love them all. I think Kanye West is constantly changing the fashion game. He has changed my style for sure: neutrals, athleisure, over sized hoodies. West is a genius; fashion, music, he does it all. I even tend to agree with SOME of his personal philosophies. I wanted to share some of my favorite bomber jackets that completely transform any outfit. I own two green bombers, a black one and a printed one. Needless to say, I love them and I currently consider them a staple in my wardrobe 🙂

Below are some of my favorite bombers that you can find online at Forever 21, Barneys, Ted Baker and H&M!

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