WE GOT A HOUSE! And by that I mean Eric’s parents inherited it and are generously letting us slowly buy it off them since it’s basically impossible for millennials in Southern California to actually buy a house and renovate the whole thing in one go. Probably? I’m guessing? Am I right or am I right? I’m starting this project the way I start any creative project ever – with a moodboard of course!Read More
This is the story of how he asked. Disclaimer: If you love engagement stories featuring fireworks, flash mobs, helicopters, choreographed doves, etc… move right along. But if low-key, spontaneous, Jim & Pam gas station-esque proposals are your jam, then this story is for you 😅💍Read More
In case you missed it, our family purchased a second condo in Big Bear last summer with the intention of turning it into a rental property to list on Airbnb. We had family visiting from Poland at the time, so we didn’t officially start any work on the place until they left in August. Our original goal was to have it done and ready to rent by Thanksgiving (actually dying over the optimism we had back then, lol, so naive). When that didn’t happen, we promised we’d have it good to go by Christmas. And here we are, mid-January, nowhere close to ready. My dad swears it’ll be done by the end of the month. That’s adorable. 🙄Read More
This was one of the first birthdays ever where I truly had NO IDEA what I wanted. Besides one pair of shoes that I had been eyeing for months, there was just nothing I felt like I needed. When someone asked me what I wanted and I gave the “oh you don’t have to get me anything” response, I actually meant it! Nonetheless, I still managed to get totally spoiled by friends and family. 💛Read More
Today I’m sharing some of the Pinterest finds I'm gravitating towards right now for condo #2. Of course, foundational and structural things, not to mention budget constraints and square footage, are 100% going to come into play here, but I still can't help but fawn over the perfectly styled Pinterest-worthy homes spamming my "Dream Home" board right now.Read More
SUMMER IS HERE!!! Alright, yes I'm aware it technically starts on June 21st, but spring is a pretty pointless season in my opinion and it already feels like summer anyway, so just let me pretend, k? Late sunsets, warm nights, sundresses, tanned skin, pool days, and bonfires... It's the most wonderful time of the year, so sue me if I want to jump the gun a little!Read More
Shopping for men has always been the most difficult shopping for me to do, and i don't think I'm the only one who feels this way! This year though, considering my personal incentive to blog more consistently AND find the perfect gift for my dad, I took the time to really hash through the Men's department at Nordstrom and figure out the perfect Father's Day gift guide. And I think I got it. Hope you all enjoy this one!Read More
If you follow me on Instagram I'm sure you saw the bridal shower spam in my stories this last weekend! My sweet friend, Savannah, who I've literally known since I was 2 years old, is getting married this July, and on Sunday my mom and I had the pleasure of hosting her bridal shower!Read More
1. I was born and raised, and still reside, in Orange County, CA. As much as I love southern California, and feel so blessed to have grown up in one of the nicest counties in the country (maybe the world??), I really can't wait to get out. It has gotten so ridiculously expensive here, there's constantly traffic everywhere, and on a personal level, I don't feel that the direction in which this state is headed aligns with my personal values (a conversation for another time...). I'll definitely still be here at least a few more years, but I hope that by the time my first child is old enough to walk, we're moved to another county and state where $500,000 can get you a house with an actual backyard, and more than just a 2 bedroom condo. 🙄
2. I graduated from Cal State University, Fullerton in 2016 with my bachelors, in Business, Marketing. I was a Sigma Kappa there, and with the exception of two girls I've known since childhood, all my best friends today were sorority sisters with me. 💜
3. Speaking of which, my boyfriend, Eric, was in a fraternity at CSUF, which is how we met! Yeah, I know, super cliché...
4. I was a competitive rock climber for 7 years. And I was pretty good! At one point I was ranked 8th nationally, and was flashing V6s, V7s, and 5.11s (if that means anything to you). Still can't dyno to save my life though... 😒 I worked at the campus rec center rock climbing wall for 2 years during college, and one of my goals in life is to transform my future garage into a bouldering gym.
5. I'm OBSESSED with the desert. I thrive in dry heat and live for hot nights, and I don't think there is any sight on this planet more beautiful than a fuchsia sunset over a desert landscape casting saguaro shadows 🌵 Going back to #1, this most likely means I'll end up in Arizona.
6. I'm crazy interested in politics, and I listen to minimum 3+ hours of political podcasts, news, and commentary every single day. I never talk about my political views on social media, because, well, that just seems like suicide in today's world, BUT, know that if we ever get in a debate I am well-prepared with my facts and statistics. Good luck. 😊
7. I can't function without a to-do list. I'm constantly making new ones and keep them everywhere; scraps of paper, my phone notes, in my planner, on my Google drive... nothing gives me more satisfaction than crossing something off!
8. I've been to more countries than I have states in the U.S.. Since all my family is in Poland (oh yeah, did I mention that I'm a first-generation American born to Polish parents?), I grew up going there almost every other summer. Flights within Europe are so cheap once you're already there, so we always made sure to tag on an extra country to explore before coming back home: Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Greece, Czech Republic, Russia, and Finland.
Mexico, too, but as a native southern Californian does that even count? Oh, and there was a Thanksgiving we spent in Taiwan when my dad got sent there for a work trip and demanded his company pay for me, my mom, and sister to fly out with him since it was a holiday 😂 Can't believe they actually agreed to that!
9. I have a weird obsession with doing laundry. I honestly love it! I find it so therapeutic??? But I DESPISE doing dishes. I don't know why, but it's the most dreadful task in the world to me. Thank God Eric doesn't mind doing dishes! #oppositesattract
10. I love love love taking personality tests. Not those dumb little Buzzfeed quizzes, but the "sophisticated" ones (*sips champagne while holding pinky up and giving side eye to the plebs*); ie: Myers-Briggs, Enneagram, Big 5, Strengths Finder, etc. Usually I just do the free versions I find online, but the summer between high school and college (2011) my parents signed me up to take the actual written Myers-Briggs test, and it was honestly one of the greatest gifts they ever gave me. My results classified me as an ENTP, and I got a whole list of careers, habits, character strengths and flaws, and so on. I just dug up my folder with all the paperwork last month and it's eery how accurate it still is today – almost 7 years later! If you feel lost in trying to find your life's purpose and what lights you up, it's definitely worthwhile to go and take the actual MBTI test!
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Does everybody remember that meme that said "when your mom deserves the world, but all you can afford is a candle"? I seriously thought that was the funniest (or depressing?), most accurate thing ever when I first saw that. I'm hoping that as we've all entered adulthood maybe that's changed?? It certainly has for me and I'm so excited to actually treat my mama right this Mother's Day, because Monika truly deserves it all <3Read More
This April Eric and I are celebrating 5 years together! So today I want to talk about my outlook on relationships, and why I believe Eric and I have such a healthy one. Ultimately, I truly believe the happiest, most successful relationships are built on one fundamental thing…Read More
I. LOVE. WEDDINGS. I've been to more than I can count, I interned with a wedding planner for a summer, and this year alone Eric and I already have 6 weddings we're looking forward to! Weddings always make me so emotional. In fact, I'm probably the only person in the world who doesn't tear up during Titanic or The Notebook, but wedding ceremonies, man they just get me every time. 😭Read More
I've been wanting to write this post for awhile, because frankly, I know what most of you are thinking, "who exactly does this Natalie girl think she is trying to be an influencer?" Trust me, I think this to myself at least 10 times a day. Honestly, it comes down to one thing and one thing only, I just love it.Read More
Yeah, yeah, yeah I'm not at Coachella this year, but you didn't actually think that would stop me from scouring Nordstrom for my favorite festival trends and fantasizing over what I would have worn if I was in Indio right now, did you?Read More
Wow guys! This year has been crazy! And it's just barely April?? I've been putting more effort into being present on my Instagram stories and posting more often, but I still struggle doing updates "in the moment" with what's really going on behind the scenes. So for any of you who have been curious about that, this post is for you!Read More
Hands down the questions I get asked most often are about my hair. Whether that's who does it, how I style it, what products I use, etc.! I'm definitely not complaining, and my hair has always been my favorite physical thing about myself, so it feels pretty good to be acknowledged for that. NGL. 💁🏼♀️Read More
I was fortunate to go through puberty with minimal acne. My skin has always been good to me and I thought I was just blessed genetically, until last January. Out of nowhere I started getting the worst cystic acne ever. It did a lot to my self-esteem, but worse than that, it was excruciatingly painful. They were so deep and tender that little things even like accidentally bumping one while reaching up to adjust my hair would have me wincing and holding back tears. Not exaggerating. I examined my diet, my sleep, my stress levels... everything you can think of. Finally, come May I went to the dermatologist and now my biggest regret is not going sooner!Read More
I love Eric with all my heart, and have loved our almost 5 years together. That being said, I have one regret. I wish we didn't meet till I was older so I could've gone on the bachelor first. In honor of the Bachelor season finale next week I thought I would indulge my fantasy of being on the show and imagine how I would handle production and my 15 minutes of fame... You know, assuming the producers give me a good edit. 🌹Read More