Monday, March 17, 2014

This Side of the Border


Last Friday, Justin and I had some urgent business in downtown Seattle, and we decided to make an outing  of it. We got so lucky to be there in between two pretty big storms, and even though it was quite windy, the sky was of a blue color, and the sun shined rather cheerfully. Seattle is irresistible under the clear blue sky. It always is to me - I remember when we first came here, I said in amazement, "Do people really live here?"



I am rather happy with the way my new Keds (my first pair of Keds, in fact) tied two pieces from my existing wardrobe together. I have worn this tunic with white straight linen pants, with black wide linen pants, and with green genie pants, and I think this combination with cropped red skinnies is my favorite to date. The purple shoe laces were included with this pair of Keds, in addition to the red laces, - how thoughtful! - and I love how the purple of the Keds picks up on the purple of the tunic.


I thought that we would probably be taking pictures somewhere on the gorgeous Seattle waterfront, but since we had to be back at home to meet our daughter from school, we just did not have enough time to look for the right location. I am even happy that it all happened the way it happened. We were near Queen Anne - an old Seattle neighborhood, famous for its fun upbeat restaurants, and just by accident stopped right in front of a Mexican restaurant (which we recognized once we got inside... we had dinner there once a few years back). The restaurant was beautiful, brightly colored and whimsical inside and out - and somehow it all came together just perfectly. (It's the magic purple tunic! It always attracts just the right location for photographs!)




We had a nice relaxing lunch, chicken fajitas and margarita were yummy, then Justin took a few shots of my colorful (how very appropriate for Mexican culture) outfit, and what is probably one of my very best portraits ever, and were home just on time to meet Anna. 
And just so you believe that we really were on this side of the border and not actually in Mexico (it's hard to believe looking at these photos, I know!), I will show you a photo of the Space Needle which was peeking at us from just around the corner.


Linen tunic - Bryn Walker. Pants - Chico's. Scarf - thrifted. Keds via Nordstrom Rack. Watch - husband's Timex.

Linking with Visible Monday!

22 comments:

  1. I have always wanted to visit Seattle. One day I will make it up there. I must say your makeup is so pretty and I admire people who can wear purple. You look fun, approachable and cute!

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    1. I would love to meet you here, Glenda! Seattle is a very fun city, and the Washington State is an amazing place to discover - you'll never run out of possibilities to find something completely unexpected and beautiful here! Thank you for your kind words!!

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  2. Oh I agree, I think that's one of the most beautiful of all the close-up photos Justin takes of you too. Look at your flawless skin and perfect Cupid's bow!
    Red and purple are a delicious combination, and the Keds and scarf add some gorgeous print top and bottom and tie it all together beautifully. The restaurant looks fabulous, I think I would really enjoy a trip to Seattle! xxx

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    1. I would love it if you come to Seattle! Let's have the First World Bloggers Meeting here! :) I would love it so very much!!
      I had no idea what you are referring to when you say "Cupid's bow", imagine that! I had to google it! :))) Thank you for your very sweet compliments!

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  3. I love your outfit! I always love the colours and the outfits you wear! and yes it is a beautiful shot of you, I agree with Curtise, your perfect cupids bow and skin make this pic sublime.
    Seattle looks like an amazing place, I will admire the lovely sunshine where you are, we are back to grizzly grey skies, again! hehe! x x x

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    1. Oh Sandra, thank you so much, you are so kind! It's cloudy with rain and even a bit of hail here now. Seattle is a very cloudy place 9 months of the year, our climate is similar to English in many ways. I would looove to meet you here! :)

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  4. Red and purple is one of my favourite colour combinations and your outfit is combining them perfectly! How perfect those shoes are. Seattle is a lovely city; I have been a couple of times and would love to go again. The walls, the door, the mirror, the woman-all beautiful!

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    1. Thank you for your kindest words, Shawna! I haven't been to Vancouver yet, but I hear that it is amazing! And yes, our nature is of course the same. I hope we will meet in Seattle (or somewhere else) soon! I better start working on it!! :)
      This color combo is new to me, I am sure it was the very first outfit where I mixed red and purple together. They are both very strong colors, and when I was younger, I was way timid to wear something like it. I experiment a lot these days!

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  5. A beautiful mix of jewel colours on a beautiful minx! I love that photo of you, you look drop dead gorgeous, Justin is such a lucky man and I know he already knows it! xxx

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  6. Love these colors together and your pictures are just great! Outstanding makeup, love the delicate eye color with your bold lip. Fun idea to build a post with the Keds.

    blue hue wonderland

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    1. Thank you so much, Ann! It's especially nice to hear about my make-up. I remember that when I was young, I used to spend about 40 minutes daily to do my hair and make-up. These days, I spend probably no more then 5 or 10 minutes. It's nice to hear that the result is still pretty good! :) Hugs!

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  7. Natalia, I adore the colors you are wearing and love your purse, the magic purple tunic. This color is magnificent on you, and I agree that portrait is spectacular. You have beautiful porcelain skin and such a perfect mouth, you like like someone drew you then added vibrant colors!
    I love Seattle, too, it is such a fun, high energy place, and the food is amazing!
    Loved this post , as always,
    XX, Elle

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    1. Thank you, Elle!! Seattle is a funky city, and I adore it. I love seafood here, it's almost always my first choice if we go out to eat. Thank you for your compliments. My skin is not bad, though far from perfect - it is LIGHT what can make it look perfect, I noticed. Light is an amazing and magical thing! :)

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  8. Everything in this outfit works so nice together! Purple and red is such a beautiful combination on its own. But by adding these wonderful keds and the colourful scarf you made the look stunning. I love the backgrounds on your photos too. Indeed, the purple tunic attracts amazing locations! :)

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    1. I was rather happy with this outfit, and Justin took wonderful photos - I am double happy here. :) Thank you for your kindest words, Olga, I really appreciate! :)

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  9. Beautiful photos, and I love the colour combo - it says Spring!. The Keds are too sweet, and how great that they came with both coloured laces? Like Curtise, I am admiring your flawless skin, and your beautiful eye makeup application! Xo

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    1. Thank you, Kelly, you are so very kind! :)

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  10. Your outfit (and Keds) looks terrific, Natalia. I love Seattle and would like to spend some serious time exploring. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday!

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    1. Oh you should come here, Patti! Summer is the best time, but Seattle is always gorgeous. I can tell you more about it when you are ready to visit!

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  11. I love a tunic, and I especially love a purple one on you! And even more when you pair it some very cute crops. Still more with your brilliantly coordinated patterns ... not matchy-matchy but impressively combined. Thoughtful. I like that styling approach so much. You look amazing.
    You are making me so homesick. I'd give a lot to move "home" to Seattle, but it isn't going to happen. QA is old stomping grounds for me and my huz. My mother came out for an extended visit and lived in the most adorable apartment on the hill. Sigh. And the food. Is "Mama's Mexican Kitchen" down in Belltown?

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    1. Oh Jan, so sorry that you think it isn't going to happen... well, maybe some day! Don't give up on your dream!

      Thank you so much for your very kind and thoughtful comments. I am so happy to have you here! I am not very familiar with Belltown, to tell you the truth. We don't eat out a lot in Seattle, we just happened to be in the area and happened to park right in front of that Mexican place. It was fun!

      I wonder if my approach is more thoughtful or more just intuitive? I can't say that I really think about my outfits a lot. Sometimes an idea strikes me, and I just go for it. But I don't spend a lot of time in front of the mirror trying different combinations. I am pretty spontaneous. :)

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