Gift Guide: For the Kiddos


Yay for the first holiday gift guide of the season! And thanks to family who have been asking for ideas...it was just the push I needed!

I said it last year, but I feel like the older the boys get the less "stuff" they really need. I love the idea of providing more experiences...but...I also know how fun it is to unwrap gifts on Christmas morning! So here are my top ideas!

Jersey Lined Windbuster Jacket: For days when it's cold out but not snowing!

Kiwi Crate: Ethan's best friend has this subscription service and loves it! It's definitely on Ethan's list this year!

Mega Crystal Growing Lab: Another fun "project" for our little scientists!

Play Wallet: Wyatt wants a wallet like the one we got Ethan for his birthday. Love that this one comes with play money too!

This is How We Do it Book: Adorable for a 4, almost 5, year old!

Magic Tree House Box Set: These books come highly recommended for early readers. Check out those reviews! Ethan will love the "Night of the Ninjas" book!

Preschool Math Book: So Wyatt can do his "homework" with his big brother!

Colossal Crash Track: Another hot ticket item on the boys wishlist!

Dino Balaclava: For those freezing cold mornings!

Kids Digital Camera: The boys got disposable cameras over the summer to take pictures of their summer vacation, but printing the photos...well, we haven't exactly gotten around to it! Love the idea of a digital camera that they can explore with!

Happy shopping!

xo natasha

PS...If you buy something through my links, I may earn a small commission. I only recommend things I truly love  {or have bought} myself. Thank you!

Schue Casa: The Front Sitting Room Mood Board




The last time we talked about this room, I was planning for it to be a formal dining room. Since we've now lived here for over a year, we have a much better understanding of how we use each room. The front room is currently set up with our old sectionals {see it here!} and even though it's not super ideal looking, it's proven to be very functional for our family! We love drinking coffee there in the morning, reading a book in the afternoon or having a glass of wine with company in the evening. It's got a great view of trees and mountains and it's a nice room to escape to! 

I've been searching high and love for a couch and accent chairs that will be both attractive and comfortable. We LOVED our olds sectional from Macy's...in fact, we have a smaller version in our upstairs media room. The back is supportive and it's great for lounging/watching movies. I am probably crazy for wanting a white couch but since I'm *hoping* this will be more of an adult space, I am thinking it will be ok. This is another white couch that is crazy inexpensive!

I've also been on the hunt for accent chairs...and while I wanted something more structural, I'm not sure that the lack of comfort will be worth it. Some of the accent chairs I've been looking at...this, this and this! However, I love the height on the ones above and how comfy they look to curl up in.

Last, the rug looks like a dramatic choice but I keep reading how it's gorgeous and versatile it is for most any room. I don't think it's as bold in person, but it will definitely add warmth to the room.

Now to save and start chipping away!

xo natasha


Recent Fall Buys



Oh Fall...how I love you and your sweaters, hats and cute boots! Here are some of my recent buys...including a couple things I got in Paris!

Shoulder Bag: I bought this when I was in Paris...it's super cute and functional. I especially liked that it has some zippered compartments, which made it feel more secure for traveling abroad. I was able to fit my wallet, phone, water bottle and umbrella in there! I also love this and this, in case you're in the market for something similar!

Flat Iron: My new favorite! I had had the same flat iron since college so it was time for a new one. The best part about this one? It curls my hair like a dream! Who knew??

Heeled Boots: I got these during one of Madwell's sales and I love them! I think they look just like the Rag & Bone version, but for much less.

Pearl Clip: Another fun buy in Paris! I love & Other Stories...new favorite shop!

Hat: My friend wore this recently and I couldn't believe she scored it for under $20! Such a great find and it comes in tons of colors!

Sweater: I actually bought this before our Paris trip, but really fell in love with the store when we visited. All of their things are super feminine {and French!}...their collections are always curated and lovely. I've also had my eye on these boots- in black with the tortoise heel! and this large round bag! Swoon!

Top: Another sweet top from & Other Stories!

Flats: I have the boot version of these and love them! I've seen a lot of other bloggers with the flats and since they're 40% off, figured it was worth investing in!

Faux Leather Skirt: I can't wait to wear this with tights and my OTK suede boots!

xo natasha

PS...If you buy something through my links, I may earn a small commission. I only recommend things I truly love  {or have bought} myself. Thank you!

A Paris Food Diary


Two weeks ago, we got back from an amazing ten year anniversary trip to Paris, France. It was my first time going out of the country and we could not imagine a more perfect, romantic getaway to celebrate our big milestone!

If you've been around this corner of the internet before, then you know my love for food. We are literally those people that travel to eat and I get major restaurant anxiety thinking about all the possibilities. You can imagine that traveling to one of the biggest culinary hot spots in the world had me doing TONS of research...waaaaaaaaaay back in spring of this year! I think it all paid off...we ate very well and enjoyed every minute of it.

To document this, both for ourselves and our friends + family, I've created this food diary of all the places we dined at. The plan is to put together a second post that outlines our itinerary each day, so for now, this post simply documents all the places we dined at. I hope this helps for any future planing! And I hope we get to visit again sometime in the future!

TUESDAY


Very first stop: La Boulangerie Jean Noël Julien
For classic French pastries and café cremes! This little boutique, close to our hotel, came recommended by our hotel staff. We took a red eye flight into Paris and got into town by early afternoon. It was really amazing to walk in and hear all the sing-song greeters saying Bonjour and Merci! They had an amazing selection of pastries, desserts and sandwiches.


I got the pain au chocolate and Ryan got the quiche Lorraine. We knew we had officially landed in Paris when we took our first bite and sip! It was truly unlike anything we've had before. 


Second coffee of the day: Matamata Coffee
A super cute coffee shop with downstairs study area. Perfect for takeaway coffee! Another coffee creme for me and Ryan {our go-to order all trip!}. Fun fact: Hardly any locals actually take their coffee "to-go". They like to take a leisurely break and enjoy coffee...what a nice luxury! We definitely noticed that, unlike in America, no one walked around with their coffee cups.


Third coffee of the day {jet lag is NO joke!}: Café Kitsuné
We were mainly in need of la toilette, but the takeaway café was worth it and the boutique store is in an adorable location on the corner!


The Hoxton was conveniently located close by to our hotel and had a gorgeous lobby and outdoor patio. We happily enjoyed several glasses of wine and truffle frites! Fun fact, they offer to serve ice with your wine to keep it cold! Love that!


Dinner: L'Office
A special dinner to kick off our first night in Paris! The hostess, who I took to either be the manager or owner, was so kind. We accidentally arrived late and they were still very accommodating. The restaurant is small and cozy and the food was outstanding!


We ordered the truffle jambon, poached/fried egg {pictured above}, goat cheese ravioli, beef Wellington and crème brûlée! Oh! And we split a bottle of rosé! It felt very classic French, and yet fresh. I can't imagine a better way to kick off our trip!

WEDNESDAY


Breakfast: Sunday in Soho
Our first full day in Paris! Admittedly, this restaurant felt a bit American...I mean, does the name give it away? But it was mostly filled with locals and had such a cute vibe!


I ordered the açaí bowl and Ryan got the egg biscuit sandwich. Both were really yummy and a good way to kick off the day! The cafe was really cute too...they were jamming American rap music which felt almost sweet compared to the delicate decor! 


This was a happy accident to dine here. We passed this restaurant a couple times and I was totally drawn in by the ivy growing around up the building and all of the colorful rows of bottles lining the windows. It was very charming and we later learned that this restaurant is part of a bigger group, Big Mamma! We also dined at Pink Mamma...more on that later! But all of their restaurants are beyond gorgeous when it comes to interior design! Definitely a delight!

We split the Buffalo Mozzarella pizza. I love that it did not come pre-sliced. It practically begged us to dig right in.


And ended the meal with a robust espresso...


And churros to share! So yummy!!

Not pictured, but we got champagne that was accompanied by green olives to watch and wait for the Eiffel Tower to sparkle at the top of the hour. It's definitely a tourist trap {we paid almost $20 per glass of champagne!} but well-worth it for the view and people watching at their sidewalk cafe.


Dinner: Verjus
This was probably my favorite meals of our entire trip. It was insanely special...the attention to each and every detail just could not be beat. We got the prix fixe meal with wine pairing and I guess I've never truly had a wine pairing that so perfectly matched each course. Pictured above was the first course, which included roasted carrots with a beet purée, cucumber sandwiches, chickpea taco/sandwich bite things {clearly I'm quoting directly from the menu!}, eggs with a chive mousse, and watermelon with a whipped cheese mousse. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!


Following courses included a peach/almond gazpacho, sourdough bread with salted butter, truffle lobster with a beef steak tomato {that literally melted each each cut}. The main course was ham, ratatouille, summer squash ribbons and roasted bell peppers. The dessert with as puff pastry with candied almonds and a surprise corn meal macraon. 


Corn meal macraons...seriously the best thing I've ever tasted. And I know I will say that A.LOT during this post! ;) The staff, ambiance and overall service was all part of what made the experience so lovely. We will definitely go back!

Post-Dinner Drinks: Danico
I was practically falling asleep after dinner but had heard great things about this little bar, tucked away in the back of an Italian restaurant, Daroco. It had a speakeasy vibe and a delicious cocktail menu! We slipped in on our way back to the hotel to check it out. I ended up passing on a nightcap, but Ryan ordered some sort of cocktail...probably a whiskey! I would actually bookmark the restaurant for a future visit. It was really pretty and the food looks amazing!

THURSDAY


Breakfast: Holybelly
This was another "American" type cafe...which was starting to feel like an unintentional theme for the trip. It had a small line out the door, which is usually a good indicator and the food was good...but, honestly, felt a lot like home. I did love the way they served their coffee with little oat milk container!


I got the berry pancakes with seasonal fruit. The dates were delicious! Ryan got an egg platter with the cutest little hash brown.


Snack: Cafe at Araku Coffee and macarons from Laudree in le Marias
Ryan got espresso from this little retail coffee shop and we shared our first macrons from Laudree. I've actually had their macraons before when we visited New York...these did not disappoint at all, though this store only had the basic flavors.


Lunch: Cafe Charlot
After lots of shopping, it felt good to sit outside at this sidewalk cafe and take in all the people. I ordered the goat cheese salad, which had honey drizzled on top. It was INSANELY indulgent, especially for a salad, but worth every bite. Ryan ordered the Caesar salad. He also had the pleasure of sitting next to a women who wore an opaque turtleneck and no brassiere underneath! Our first French fashion moment! ;)


Not to be one to pass up the chance to try more macarons, we stocked up on an assortment from Pierre Hermé. They had a much bigger assortment of flavors...and I wish I remembered to write them down, but one description from their website on their season flavors reads Rose, Fleur d’Oranger & Gingembre confit...tell me that does not sound très magnifique!


Snacks: Champagne at Les Deux Magots and Cafe de Flore
We had some time before dinner and wanted to check out the Saint-Germain neighborhood. We "sidewalk cafe" hopped and started with champs at Les Deux Magots before realizing the the famed Cafe de Flore was the next block down. Both are expensive and touristy BUT I love love loved the thin crisp salt & pepper chips from Cafe de Flore! I will now and forever only want to drink champagne with a side of gourmet potato chips! ;)


SnackLe Mary Celeste
We had hoped to get oysters at Huitrerie Régis but they were closed due to a private party {damn Fashion Week!} so we checked out another popular spot, Le Mary Celeste! The restaurant had a sweet little coastal vibe and the oysters did not disappoint!

Dinner: Au Passage
If you're paying close attention, then you'll have put together that I had three glasses of champagne by the time we got to dinner {oops!}. We were also meeting really good friends, who just moved to London, for dinner so I didn't take any photos and didn't pay close attention to the food here. What I do remember is that it's all small plates, which makes it an ideal place to share. I had my first "sweet bread" experience, which our friend raved about and told us tastes just like a chicken nugget. Google it if you don't know what it really is! It did taste good...but one bite was all I needed! The ambiance is warm and cozy...a great place to catch up with old friends.

FRIDAY


Breakfast: Pain Pain
Such a delectable spread of pastries and desserts! I wish I took more time to order, instead of feeling rushed, but decided to go with a classic croissant. Ryan ordered some chocolate, cream brioche thing that was HEAVEN on earth! We tried to go back later in our trip, but it was unfortunately closed on Mondays! :)

Coffee Break: Cafe Francouer
After our pastries, we were on the hunt for coffee! My friend said that a cafe with a red awning is always worth a stop. We found this place on the corner with a large outdoor seating area that was great for people {and dog!} watching!



Lunch: Septime
Wow, where to start? This was the hardest reservation to get. We only found out we got in two days before and it was for lunch {dinner is impossible!}. I almost didn't know if it would be worth a heavy, 5-course meal for lunch, but our friends were interested and so we went! And I am SO glad we did! The restaurant itself is a dream, like something out of a Nancy Meyer movie! And the food was all so innovative and fun! I mean, I ate raw beef and had my first glass of orange wine! It was such a treat...we absolutely loved it! And they have a sister restaurant that does not take any reservations, called Clamato...which serves seafood!


If you thought we'd skip dinner after an indulgent lunch, then you thought wrong! We decided we had time on our hands and could wait to get a coveted spot at Frenchie Wine Bar {Frenchie is right across the cute cobblestone street and is another prix-fixe restaurant!}. We waited an hour...but drank wine the whole time. It is small and BUSY! It was also really hot and I was shocked how many people continued to wear their wool coats and scarves, despite how packed in there we were! The wait is worth it though...the pappardelle pasta was amazing as were all the dishes we ordered, like the Bourbon egg! Hot tip: get there right when they open to avoid the wait and crowds!

SATURDAY


Breakfast: Cafe Lomi
Before hitting the flea, we fueled up at Cafe Lomi. I ordered a cappuccino, seasonal scone and yogurt/granola bowl and Ryan ordered his first Croque Madame!


This place was a trip! Located in an old warehouse, the food is served cafeteria style and you choose between veggie and non-veggie. We were there during brunch and it was a whole smorgasbord of brunch items like soft scramble, salad, bacon, potatoes. etc. PLUS dessert! Oh and you can help yourself to as much bread and jam as you like. It was very hipster meets farmer, if that makes sense? The food was ok but it felt good to get some healthy food in our tummies.

Wine Stop: Le Barrocou
We walked the Marias later in the day and stopped to get wine at a cute little cafe. It was right across the street from a vet so the pet watching was super fun!



Dinner: Ellsworth
The same owner as Verjus, we had heard amazing things about their fried chicken and it did not disappoint! It's a cozy little restaurant but feel a bit more impersonal than Verjus. We ordered the fried chicken, mushroom risotto, oysters, and this eggplant and egg dish. Tip! Take a photo of the menu so you can remember what you ordered afterwards. I only picked up on this halfway through the trip and wish I had done it from the beginning. We also ordered the desserts, which were just ok.

SUNDAY

The only bakery in our neighborhood that was open early. We grabbed two pain au chocolates {after running back to our hotel to get cash} and they were still very good! We grabbed a quick takeaway cafe from across the street from our hotel {Le Royal Bergere} so we could catch our train to Versailles for the day.

Lunch: La Flotille
It was raining a good amount at the Palace of Versailles so we opted to sit outside {under some umbrellas} and eat lunch on property. I got a savory crepe with goat cheese, walnuts and honey that was filling after walking the grounds for hours.



On our walk to Ellsworth the night before, we noticed this SUPER long line to get into this restaurant. Ramen sounded really light and fresh after a long day of croissant and crepes so we decided to get there at 6:10 for the 6:30 opening to snag a seat. There was already a line forming early so if you want to go, get there first thing. The restaurant is super campy, it was made to look like a fish market and the food met all expectations. We got two bowls of their house ramen {chef's special style} and started with gyoza!

After Dinner Drinks: The Hoxton
Back to The Hoxton hotel for rosé and people watching in their lobby.

MONDAY

Our last day! :(

We ended where we began! With two more pain au chocolates and cafe cremes!

Snack: Chez Eugene
I'm sure this is considered a tourist trap but we loved taking a break with a cafe creme and watching all the artists peddle away. The couple next to us even agreed to having their portrait drawn, which was really fun! I actually regret not buying one of the little paintings on the square. They were all really beautiful and would have made the perfect souvenir. The people watching is especially good here too! And the restaurant alone had a red, white & blue theme with it's adorable rattan stools...it definitely felt French!




Lunch: Pink Mamma
What a treat, both visually and for our tummies! We got to sit at the very top of this 5-story corner building and it was simply put, STUNNING. And hot! It was basically a makeshift greenhouse! But it was an Instarammer's paradise at every turn. And the pizza was great to boot! Next time, I'll try the pasta, which looked equally as yummy! Hot tip: they only take lunch reservations in advance. This is the same owner as Pizzeria Popolare. They have a handful of restaurants that all look delicious!


Dinner/Snack: Maison Savauge
Another gorgeous restaurant in Saint Germain. By this time of the day {and trip} we felt like we had hit our saturation point. So wine and a cheese platter it was! The restaurant on its own is worth taking a picture at. It's another IG'ers paradise!

We decided to grab a baguette and croissants for breakfast the next morning since our flight was super early. It's such a shame because we learned the next morning that croissant does not last. It tasted just like a normal, dense American croissant. I was tempted to buy more at the airport cafe {they looked surprisingly authentic} but decided against it after such an indulgent trip. I will be dreaming of the day I get to have another authentic croissant!


Another late night snackPierre Hermé
We ate macarons, drank cheap rosé and watched Marie Antoinette back at the hotel room that night. A perfect way to end our trip!

So if you're still here, congrats! And sorry for the length but I wanted to make sure to capture it all for you!

If you have questions, let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading...Au Revoir!

xo natasha

Currently Loving: Fall Edit


Smocked Top + Jeans + Traveler Wallet
Heeled Boot {these look just like the Rag + Bone boots!} + Chelsea Boot
Earrings + Pearl Barrettes + Blouse

Happy Friday!

Is it starting to feel like fall where you are? It's definitely gotten brisk in Tahoe. Fortunately, I love any chance to break out my fall wardrobe favorite! PLUS! We leave for Paris next week, so I am totally letting that trip inspire me!

If you're interested in following along on our trip, make sure to follow me on Instagram!

xo natasha

Back to School: 2nd Grade Edition



Ethan starts 2nd grade this Monday...saaaaaay what? I swear he was just starting kindergarten and now we're on to his third year of school. Slow.down.time!!! This is the last year of Ethan being in school before Wyatt joins him in 2020. It's wild! 

Anyway...as much as I try plan to shop in person, I always end up ordering his clothes and supplies online. And this year, we actually got his school supplies a couple days in advance which means he gets to show up on day one, ready to go!

We have his little ice cream social later today, where he gets to learn who his teacher is and who is in his class. He's very excited and less nervous than he was last year, which is pretty awesome. I'll definitely share photos of his first day of school on Instagram, so be on the lookout!

Happy Back to School!

xo natasha

Favorite Workout Gear



There's something about new workout gear that always motivates me to keep up my workouts! I love spin, TRX and this crazy class called Insanity! I try to workout around five times a week, though I also try to listen to my body too! Getting enough sleep, eating well {most of the time!}, hydrating, etc...it can get tough to balance it all! But again, new workout clothing really keeps me going!

I just bought these tights...I love them and already own several pairs! I also bought a 5-pack of these no-show socks and they are SO comfortable! I got the tie-die set! Another thing I can't live with out, a good water bottle and my Nikes!

Hope this keeps you motivated as summer comes to a close!

xo natasha

The Nordstrom Sale is Open to the Public!


The Nordstrom sale is finally open to the public today...yay! This is a great time of year to stock up on your favorite fall finds! I personally always love investing in some great denim and sweaters! I have to point out this "discovery" perfume set...I love Le Labo and their scents are divine! This is a great way to test them out to see which one you like best!

Check out my post from earlier this week for additional finds!

Last, Madewell is now offering 40% off their sale, which is honestly unheard of for them. Their highly coveted central shirt is 40% off their sale price, so I had to scoop it up. Will be the perfect blouse for Paris!

I hope you have a great weekend!

xo natasha

Top 5 Picks from the Nordstrom Sale


I know! I'm late to the game, but I've been watching the sale {technically the "cardmembers only" sale until this Friday!} and this is what has stood out to me! I'll be adding more favorites here as the sale goes on!

Other Top 5 Picks:




Happy Shopping!

xo natasha

Favorite Summer Fashion Finds

 Rattan Circle Bag + Dress + Skirt
Espadrilles + Pearl Hair Clip + Straw Tote

Can you tell I have a thing with florals this summer! I'm pretty obsessed with smocked tops and feminine, floral skirts! Anyone else?

Oh and I finally got myself a pair of Birkenstocks and I LOVE them! So comfortable! I ended up going with the narrow, soft bed suede version!

Have a great weekend!

xo natasah

7 Year Old Gift Guide


Ethan turns SEVEN in one week! And he just had his last day of 1st grade yesterday...it's crazy how quickly time is flying! I can hardly believe it!

Ethan is getting more and more into sports and outdoor activities...anything he can do outside he loves, whether it's the beach, riding bikes with the neighborhood kids or playing on the field!

We're looking forward to this next year with our big boy!

xo natasha

Father's Day Gift Guide




Father's Day is THIS Sunday! And I've pulled together some last minute ideas in case you're stumped on what to get for dad this year!

We just got a new coffee machine so I know this mug would come in handy to keep coffee warm! Also, how cool is this charging station? My husband has the airpods and I love stealing them...they are really convenient!

I hope you had a great rest of your week...we finally have temps in the 80s this week!

xo natasha

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale Picks



The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is here and there are amazing deals for everyone in the family...and the home! These are my top picks...I have already sprung for these jeans! And so many Madewell items are on sale...in case you've had your eye on anything (like me!).

I hope you have a happy and relaxing Memorial Day Weekend!

xo natasha

Mother's Day Gift Guide



Wallet + Coco Rose Set + Key Chain

Mother's Day is coming up hot! I'll actually be spending Mother's Day in Vegas with some other mamas this year...how will you be spending yours?

In case you need some ideas...I am loving everything in this gift guide! A smaller wallet for travel? Check! Beauty items and perfume? Check! Or some cozy slipper? You can never go wrong.

xo natasha