When I look at these pictures, all I see is 100% genuine me. I am not experimenting with new styles, not stretching myself outside of my so-called comfort zone, not channeling anyone, not imitating someone else's style, not feeling inspired by a certain thing or event or a person, and definitely not copying anybody else. This is authentic Natasha. I have worn similar feel outfits (at least, they feel similar to me) since I was very young. But only now, having observed and absorbed so much in the world of style, I can do things I couldn't do before. It is a more refined genuine version of me, who matured and got seasoned a little, that's probably the best way to put it.
But if you ask me what is the magic formula, I wouldn't be able to answer. I can tell you that I wish I could do it each and every day - but I can't. Some days are better than others. Some days I live like a genius - not necessarily with my outfits. It could be with my writing or cooking, or listening to a beloved one and being the best listener in the world and speaking words of wisdom with astonishing ease, like an oracle. It doesn't matter to me, in which area this 100% genuine me is having a blast, all I care about is that some part of me does.
The only new "ingredient" here is this pair of black velvet boots with lucite heels - LOVE THEM! Love them so much I bought in two colors (on 40% off sale). They really add to the 1960s feel of the outfit. The rest came almost randomly together, but I really like the result.
I don't think there is a magic formula. What I know is that in order to live the life I strive to live, I have to feel connected with the deepest part of me, and it's the most important thing on earth to me, it is my priority number one. Some call it inner self, others spiritual self, I call it soul. It is from that place all the best things that I am and I do are coming from. If I am not connected with my soul, I can be a tired, grumpy, sad, dissatisfied, stressed out, frustrated, angry, lost, clueless goofball, as much a the next person. When I am not connected, I sometimes even doubt that I have any talents and gifts, I doubt that I have done anything remotely good and relevant in my life. When I am connected, I feel such an enormous love and acceptance for life and anything and anyone in it, myself included, that there is no obstacle I cannot overcome, no task too difficult, no problem that can't be solved, and no pain that can't be healed. It is from that place of the deepest connection with my own soul I can create texts that touch others, cook dinners that are worthy of a gourmet chef menu, and put together outfits like this one, that feel harmonious, unique and 100% genuine me.
Long vest - OTIS college students' design for Lane Bryant
Boots - Ashley Stewart (wide feet, wide calf)
Hat, scarf, dress - Lane Bryant
Sweater tights - Spanx
Laptop case used as a purse - Cynthia Rowley for Staples
Sunglasses - Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant
Bracelets - one vintage via Citizen Rosebud, and another old from LB
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