WHAT A GEM!

For. The. Love. Of. Jewelry!

Sometimes I forget how much I love jewelry. I see my mom sleeping in some of her jewelry (wedding band, earrings, a necklace, etc.) and I am rather impressed. The wedding ring I get, but everything else just seems like a lot! Nevertheless, I really do LOVE jewelry sometimes, especially dainty pieces. I am a sucker for yellow and rose gold, but lately, I am loving white gold just as much. I think it’s important to dress up outfits with a good pair of earrings or a choker. I think fashion embodies more than clothes and shoes — there’s jewelry, makeup, hair and even nail polish if we’re getting really detailed here! Check out some of my favorite pieces below! XO

Dana Rebecca Diamond Initial Ring

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I’m all about initials right now. Especially my boyfriend’s initials. It doesn’t hurt that his initials are the abbreviation for Cali 🙂

Gucci Double-G Stud Earrings

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I was never a huge Gucci lover, but once I got my bag and my Gucci Princetowns, I became obsessed. I now have a matching cardholder (thanks CA) that I love just as much!

Gucci Double-G Stack Ring

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What’s better than a little matchy matchy? This ring with the matching earrings above works for me!

Monica Vinader ‘Siren’ Medium Semiprecious Stone Stacking Ring 

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This rose gold and blue lace agate combo is everything. I have no real method when it comes to jewelry, some days I have a set and sometimes I just LOVE a good mix and match.

Zoe Chicco Turquoise Stacking Ring

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It’s tiny and I love it! I know this is a stackable ring but, for me, I’d much rather wear it alone on my middle finger.

Michael Kors Interlocking Logo Ring Pendant Necklace

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I really love rose gold. It’s quite apparent at this point. I like this piece because the rings interlock, yet it’s still dainty AND it happens to be on sale right now 🙂  Check it out and grab one!

Marchesa Chandelier Earrings

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These Marchesa earrings! Swoon! I am not big on wearing a necklace and earrings together if the earrings are this fab – but! With earring this fab, what else would you need?

Happy Summer babies!

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FINDING YOUR ZEN.

The month of June (we’re halfway through!) has already been hectic for me. I feel like now, more than ever, I am trying to find REAL work/life balance. Most importantly for me, I have found that finding some time for rest and relaxation is Mission: Critical!

Last Saturday, I was in bed by 11 pm. Honestly, it was needed. I woke up Sunday morning refreshed, got a latte, and went on a hike. Whether it’s a massage, a manicure or some time out in the sun; taking some time for yourself will not only make you feel better, but it will have other people wanting to enjoy your company as well!

Here are some of my favorite things to do when life gets a little hectic:

  1. Go on a walk – Especially when it’s sunny! Get a tan, some vitamin D and hang out with Mother Nature!
  2. Get my nails done – Once a week, necessary!
  3. Get a blowout – I don’t do this very often but every once in a while I head over to Drybar and get a GOOD blowout.
  4. Book a massage – I got a massage on Monday and it kicked off my week perfectly. Sometimes you just need an hour of quiet time to relax the back.
  5. Read a book – On Saturday night I went to Barnes & Noble and bought 5 books LOL. I won’t lie, I am SO happy I did. I am already halfway through 3 of them! Reading also helps me wind down and get sleepy, it works like a charm every time.
  6. Listen to a guided meditation – I highly recommend the Insight Timer app! Get. On. It! 🙂
  7. Sleep early – This is my go-to stress reliever, nothing like a good night’s sleep.
  8. Go on a hike – I love being in nature, I went on a hike on Monday before my massage and it completely changed my mood after a busy day at work.

What are your favorite things to do when the world around you gets a little crazy?

PS- I did not mention yoga because lately I have not had time to go to yoga as much I’d like to, unfortunately. I like to take my best friend’s classes and our schedules conflict a lot. I absolutely love yoga and I HIGHLY recommend Corepower Yoga if you’re looking to find your inner Yogi 🙂 XO

TRAVEL BUCKET LIST – “Not all those who wander…”

I am sure everyone has their fair share of places that they want to visit. Wanderlust is a real thing and I find myself wanting to leave the country every couple of years! 🙂  Here are some places I really want to visit and why: Zakynthos, Greece; Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in France (specifically); Marrakesh, Morocco; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Rio de Janiero, Brazil; and Sicily, Italy.

Read + check out pics below as I share why these six places are on my travel bucket list!

1. Zakynthos, Greece—this is the ultimate honeymoon destination for me. Santorini, Athens, Mykonos—all stunning…but have you seen Zakynthos?! I truly believe that paradise is on earth and it’s located in that clear blue water.

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2. Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, France—this incredible hotel is strictly a tumblr-esque want of mine. I have never been big on Pinterest, but Tumblr…I am all about it. Whenever I would see photos of du Cap-Eden Roc I would continuously wonder where this marvelous place was. Then in 2011, I saw photos posted on a friend’s social media site; I was absolutely stunned by it. She posted photos in front of the long driveway into the hotel and I was swooning over the chateau-esque vibe. It has become even more famous than ever due to IG fashion bloggers and the Cannes Film Festival, but seeing her personal photos showed me, I too, would love it.

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3. Marrakesh, Morocco—thriving souks, palaces and mosques adorn Morocco. I still put Moroccan pillows in my room just to dress up the neutral vibe. I really just want to go to Marrakesh for the amazing marketplaces, spices, shopping…and of course…so I can eat a meal on the floor with my hands!

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4. Buenos Aires, Argentina—I’ve been to Egypt twice (father was born there), but I have not been to Argentina. One of the reasons why Buenos Aires is on my list is because my mother was born in Buenos Aires and lived there through her childhood. The way she speaks about Buenos Aires is amazing, I would never want to go there without her. When I went to Egypt, I found that half the reason why I even loved it so much was because my father was busy telling me stories about different buildings, beaches and cities. I’ve been told Buenos Aires is the city for me; I can’t wait to visit…with my mama in tow.

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5. Rio de Janiero, Brazil—the Christ the Redeemer statue alone will put me on that 10+ hour flight to Rio. Something about watching soccer as a child—the yellow and green jerseys, my mom speaking about her father speaking Portuguese and the way the soccer players all had golden brown skin made me think it was the place to be…but then! Snoop d-o-double g himself came out with a music video for his song “Beautiful.” Sold. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you get on it!

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6. Sicily, Italy—my grandmother, my mother’s mother—was born and raised in Sicily. My parents visited Sicily before they were married and they told me all about what an incredible trip they had. My grandmother and great aunt are two of the greatest human beings I know: loud-passionate-loving-forever screaming-hardcore Italian women. If I have the chance to meet more people like them, let alone a whole city filled with synonymous souls, I’m taking it.

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JUNE MUST HAVES

I am a litttttle late on my June Must Haves but I wanted to share some of the cute pieces of fashion that I currently have my eye on. From new slides to Bardot dresses, this post might be a little all over the place 🙂

If there’s one thing I’ve realized about my own sense of style is that I do not have one set type of style or one go-to look (minus high-waist denims, those are a must). I might be in Adidas Gazelles one day and Steve Madden stilettos the next day. High waist jeans or a floral mini print dress. A TOPSHOP fedora or a flower crown. I am obsessed with fashion because it’s FUN for me to pick and choose the type of person I want to be that day – Sporty Spice or Ginger Spice? Serena or Blair? Hippie vibe or boss vibe? I like it all.

Below are some of my favorite pieces. PS- summer is a week away! I am SO excited! XO

Pixie Pearl Slide Sandal

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GO ON DARK WASH HIGH-WAISTED SKINNY JEANS

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LEND A HAND MEDIUM WASH DISTRESSED DENIM OVERALLS

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GUCCI Sunglasses, GG0062S

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TOPSHOP Rose Print Bardot Midi Dress

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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!

 

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