awkward and awesome.


Holding up the entire lunch line at school because appaaaarently the compass-cash card you JUST paid a crap-ton of $$$ for DOESN'T WORK.  Cool.  It's like 4th grade when you run out of money and the whole class in line behind you casts you funny looks and your cheeks turn into tomatoes.  It was like that.  Especially because I am a senior.  And so what I don't know how to use my compass card after 4 years.

That moment when you are at the beach in your tube-top swimsuit bending over to pick up some sunscreen and the latch in the back goes POP, and suddenly your girls are just waving for the world to see.  Hopefully you have never had to experience that moment.

Getting SO tired playing sand volleyball from a rally that lasted like 20+ HITS!!!! that you literally can't breathe and almost black out.  And you are the only girl amidst many men who can endure much more physical activity.  And it's just embarrassing that you need a water break every 5 minutes, and then decide to sit the rest of the game out.

Any time you have to ask a janitor "how to get downstairs" in a building on your school campus that you have been attending for 4 years..... is an awkward moment.  Having him lead you BACK outside, around the side of the building, and guide you all the way to your classroom (which is a class full of all... ahem... freshmen...) is even worse.  Hey guys.  Meet my friend "the science building janitor".  Yes, he just showed me to my classroom.

Biking home from school for the first time and your pedals stop working.  They just.... altogether stop working.  To make it even more awkward, be sure this happens when there is an experienced to-and-from-school bike rider from your University pedaling right next to you. And then WHAM - $40 beach cruiser pedals = done for the next 5 minutes while you look awesome stooped over your bike trying to figure it out.


My great friend Tara and her husband who is also the worship pastor at our church are having a baby boy!!!!  I might just buy my first baby-clothing gifts ever.  I really don't know what I'm doing when it comes to that kind of stuff but, maybe I will venture into the baby realm.

Going to Fred Meyer's "college night" at 11:15pm to make sure and use that 20% coupon on a tube of mascara.  Because I would save $1.80 on mascara even if it means staying up 1 hour past when I am exhausted, passing the time watching "dateline" (why does this show even exist) and the news with my
"college student boyfriend", also known as my 30-year old big-boy job employed husband.

The weather being perfect.  Just close your eyes and try to imagine "perfect" weather.  Yep.  That's what it's been like.

Playing 2 v 2 volleyball.  And being on Mr. Weyers' team - who by the way took 3rd place in a recent sand volleyball tournament.  I learned more than I have in the last 3 weeks just from the 2 games I played with him.  All before I blacked out from heat exhaustion and a racing heart, of course.

Finding out that your sister-in-law just PLAYED in a sand volleyball tournament.  And wishing you were as cool as that.


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the real first day of school.

Anddddddd I'm off!

Yesterday my stomach was in knots.  I always have anxiety over things that are unknown to me.  Will chemistry be hard?  Will I be able to fit french tutoring into my crazy schedule?  These things give me the runs for dayzzzz.  Which is silly.  Everything will all work out.  And in about 8 or 9 months I'll be walking across a stage, shaking hands, and receiving my degree. 
One baby step at a time.
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fist day of schoooool.

Kind of.  I don't have any classes today, oddly enough.
Tomorrow you'll see the official "first day of the last year of college ever" pictures.  I will probably look elated.

[Free People dress // UO shoes]

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love is in the air.

Seriously.  2 weddings this past weekend, and 2 (at the same time but different locations... how.) this coming weekend.  Matt and I kind of forget to double check our wedding-schedule calendar and planned an entire back-packing trip for this coming weekend.  Which was just cancelled and is now subject to change dates.  Bummer. 
Anyway.  I saw this sweater and Target and I'm pretty sure it is perfect for the way things are going lately with all this wedding-business. 
Then again, I could always just wear my "all you need is love" t-shirt...... every day....... nothing new there.

Off to be trained on how to train freshman to write papers.
And audition for my senior opera.
And work.
Hello 12-hour day. I welcome you with open (ish) arms.
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mustard seed.

Luke 17:6 says, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you."

[Gap shoes // Target chords // Anthropologie top // Nordy's shades]

Mustard seeds are some of the smallest seeds there are, yet they grow to be enormous plants that can give a LOT of shade, or a LOT of flavor to your corn dog.  
Faith as small as one of the smallest seeds can make trees uproot and move.
So, how small is my faith?
Even smaller than a mustard seed. 

Matt and I just started a new couples-bible study together today.
I am always learning how little faith I have. 
If I had faith, why would I think it "could be better", or that God is withholding "the best" from me? 

So in honor of my smaller-than-a-mustard-seed faith, I wore some mustard-yellow pants the other day.
Actually, it wasn't really in honor of anything.  But the pants did make me stop and think about my faith.

... I KNEW that good things came from shopping.
By the way, Target has some amazing chords right now that are perfect for fall.  And they're cheaper than your Citizens.
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The day we got cable back.

You know that list of things that you are excited for when it comes to autumn?  For me it usually includes things like: the colors of the leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters, boots, bon iver, etc. etc. etc. 
Well.  This year another "yayy!" comes with this wonderful, un-toppable season.

We get cable again today!
Which means several things.

[[For those of you who don't know, we go from like March to August with no TV.  I think it's beneficial for a lot of reasons (more time doing creative things together, more conversations at night instead of pressing buttons and staring at a screen, etc.)]]

1) Football.  I can't even express how happy this makes me.  It's one thing to do homework in front of a fireplace in a recliner.  It's an entirely different thing to do homework in front of a fireplace in a recliner while watching football.
2) New Girl.  'Nough said.
3) X Factor.  Yes, I auditioned.  No, I am not on it.  I'm just excited to fall in love with the stars all over again and bawl my eyes out.

So here we gooooooo!

** I just noticed that my last three outfits have included this t-shirt.  No shame.  It's dri-fit material and the most comfortable thing ever.  You should get one. UO!

In honor of cable television, I wore boots for the first time today.
Bring on the fall.

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Back in blue.

Part of me was really excited to wear jeans and chambray on this 60 degree morning.
The other part of me was deeply, deeply saddened.

[jeans: 7 for all mankind // top: j.crew // necklace: courtesy of Molly from Urban Nester]

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if you realllyyyy knew me,

you would know that....

I am obsessed with all things fleece.  I sleep with a fleece blanket under my sheets every. night. 

I have an extremely long torso, and thus I have extremely long poops and sometimes send pictures of them to my friends (sorry natalie) (tmi?)

Even if I asked YOU where you wanted to grab coffee, I would probably still end up making us go to govcup because it's essentially my second living room.

I will probably ask you for the most ridiculously expensive things for Christmas.  And then be pretty bummed when you don't come through on that.

I go through major phases.  Sophmore year of HS I was a prep.  ish.  Junior year a hippie.  Senior year, a recently-converted-to-Christianity... person.  College... a wife?

I have ALMOST done a lot of things.  I almost played varsity soccer at Willamette (for 2 weeks), I almost worked at govcup (I quit 1 day after I was hired the first time), I almost moved to Hawaii (bought a 1-way ticket and never used it),  I almost went to college (moved in at OSU and dropped out 3 weeks later), I almost took biology (two classes was enough for me)......
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if i were a city girl.

which I hope to someday be,
I'd take this little bike
everywhere with me.

This post did not begin with a rhyme-idea.... it just kind of happened.
Anyway, remember when Matt surprised me with a bike? [Unfortunately the surprise-face-pictures were just evacuated to an external hard drive... buut... here's the bike]

Well he did it again, folks.  What a guy.
Except this bike was a little less expensive... like only $40 from craigslist expensive. 

 It's perfect.

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when I'm a big girl.

So ambivalent, I am.  A month ago I wanted to be a painter.  I always want to be a famous singer.  Now I want to be an Olympian (kidding mostly kidding).  Seriously, my poor husband's head is probably swimming with ideas I've spewed at him over the last few months, and his best response now is to shake his head and say, "Nat.  You're all over the place." 
It's true.

This is what happens when you forget to bring a shirt to volleyball with your church friends.
And you step out of the car and there are 50 people already on the courts.
And you are in your sports bra only.
And it's just awkward for everybody.
[And it's at Chemeketa Community College... so for those of you who understand what kind of "crowd" this suggests... yeah.]
Husband's shirt = officially broken in, much to his dismay.
Oh, and I will  be wearing it more than him this year I think.  Most comfortable shirt ever.
With a bike!

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little tiny bun.

[dansko shoes // nordstrom skirt // UO tee]
The easiest and best go-to summer hairstyle.  Somebody somewhere was particularly intelligent when they decided this was "fashionable", because it is so convenient for us masters-of-laziness.

Yesterday I picked up my calendar for this school year and started filling in the days.  Meetings, auditions, classes... how cliche of me to say that the summer went sprinting by.  But I am happy to say that I am more ready than ever for school.  Knowing you are 9 months from graduating college has a certain motivation about it.  Here we go.
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black, white, tan, sunflower. thoughts.

It's hard to be judged, but it's even harder (I think) to refrain from judging others.  How will I be perceived on my blog?  Will people like the person that I am?  Should I try to be different?  Why is that girl like that?  

My mom said something incredibly wise to me the other day.  

"Natalie, you can only be you.  Whether people like it or not, there's nobody else for you to be."

So I guess that's it.  That's who I'll be.  Just me.  Just a girl who blogs about clothes and other such things from time to time and pours out her heart and thoughts to strangers on the internet occasionally.  I'm okay with it.
I don't need to be set out to change myself and develop some other personality that's more acceptable. 
I'll just be
I'll just be the way God made me.  No lollipops and rainbows.  No hiding or covering up my identity.  No shame in the way that I am.  
I'll just be.

[UO shoes // F21 skirt // Anthropologie peplum top // nordy's shades]

[so tall.  13'.]

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On being fit.

A past boyfriend once told me, "You could lose a little weight in your legs."  Naturally, as a female, this stuck with me.  Stick me next to any girl with smaller legs than mine and my self-consciousness heightens immediately.  We all have it, right?  The "problem-area".  How has that phrase even become so common?  #firstworldproblems.

Ironically,  a handful of you have commented on my legs on this blog.  "Smokin'" and "dang" have both showed up in my comment box, and I must say, it is weird for me to read those statements directed towards the one area of my body I stress over most. 

Then the other day I came to a subtle, yet full of impact, thought.  Why do I hold some ideal future-self in my head when really, I am happy as I am?  Giving myself something to aim for - a goal, per se - has always been a part of my life.  Until I realized.... my legs are beautiful and strong and yes they're a little squatty and stubby and my torso is the length of the PCT but it is what it is.  Not to mention, if my body didn't change for the worse... I think I'd be okay, happy even, with the way that I am.

Anyway.  All that aside, while I do fight the typical battle of aiming for whatever is next-thinnest vs. accepting myself as is, I try to live a healthy lifestyle.  And since so many of you have made comments about these legs of mine, I thought I'd share a little about what I do to stay fit.

[the peaceful centergy classroom that I am lucky enough to enjoy]

I am allergic to gluten and dairy which cuts out a lot of unhealthy foods right off the bat.  Bread, pastries, cheesy dips... they're all off the list.  I eat lots of meat, lots of veggies, rice, eggs, fruit, and nuts.  Occasionally you can find me munching on gluten-free cereal in the AM and definitely FroYo in the summertime.

My exercise consists of two classes: Centergy and Club Dance.  Centergy is a mix between pilates and yoga which lengthens, tones, strengthens, and relaxes me.  It's the perfect way to end a busy day.  On the other end of the spectrum is Club Dance - a cardio, upbeat, exhilarating workout where I also get to put my booty-shaking to use.  Thank goodness that talent can be directed somewhere. :)  I don't do much running because it makes my legs bigger (and we've already discussed the leg problem) nor do I do much heavy weight lifting.  To me it's all about staying healthy - strong enough but not too strong, toned, and able to play a pick-up game of any sort without running out of air in the first 5 minutes.

Everybody is different.  Find what works for YOU - something you love, something that makes you feel confident, and something that you can maybe even turn into a social event (i.e. - I bring as many of my girlfriends as possible to Club Dance).
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Shopping advice from Bex.

Hey friends!  Today I brought over Bex to give you some shopping advice.  I LOVE her blog and am so glad she agreed to guest blog for me today!  I'm sure you'll love her as much as I do.


hi Urban Anthropology readers. i'm bex and i blog over at bex a diary.
i'm thrilled to be joining you today! when Natalie asked me to do a guest post it didn't take me long to say YES. she's such an adorable gal with such a joyful heart and her blog is way too cute. no?

bex a diary is my happy lil corner of the internet and i'm doing my best to make it a place of encouragement and inspiration.
life is such a gift & i believe that positivity has such an affect on our quality of life. it's with that thought in mind that i try my best to blog from the perspective of goodness. even in the area of personal style. it's true that i tend to have pricy taste, however, my budget will not allow me to indulge in said pricy items. so, i've trained myself to embrace my expensive tasting ways and make a game of it by finding well make less expensive items.

naturally Target has become a favorite of mine. i'm sure i'm not alone in the addictive allure of Target. how can we not be drawn to its amazingness?! they are pros and creating great looking items for way  affordable prices. i thought i'd share with you a few of my current top picks from this months Target racks.

amazing target buys


thanks for letting me join you today. i hope your week is fantastic and you stop by your local Target and get some stylish affordable goodies. 
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Newport Beach, Pt. 2

Our trip is slowly coming to a close, and I still have so many things I want to do while here - Paddle boarding, beach volleyball and Venice Beach being at the top of that list.  Yesterday we spent the day soaking up the sun and water at Knott's Soak City Waterpark.  It felt great to be a kid again and stand in line for the giant funnel ride over and over and over again, just to scream my guts out a little louder each time we dropped into that cone of doom.

[my Mexican-for-the-day-husband..]

[Acai bowls.]

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Guest blogger Kylee shares make-up secrets.

Friends, this is Kylee.  A now real-life friend (and of course a blogging friend) of mine who I enjoy thoroughly.  I invited her over here today while I am out of town and couldn't be more excited that she said yes! 


Hello readers of Urban Anthropology! I'm Kylee (and that handsome man I'm kissing is my husband Lance) and I usually blog about my life and other things that inspire me over here! I'm super excited to be guest blogging for Natalie today and sharing my favorite makeup products with you! If you opened my makeup bag, this is what you would see...

1. // Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation. $38
Up until my wedding, I was a drugstore makeup only kind of girl. And then I decided to do my own makeup for my wedding and splurged on some fancy stuff. And, well, I never went back. This foundation is my absolute favorite and totally worth the $38.

2. // Anastasia Brow Powder Duo. $22
For people with super light, barely-there eyebrows (like me), this stuff is a DREAM. Plus, a little goes a long way and it lasts for forever and ever.

3. // Lorac Oil-Free Wet/Dry Powder Makeup. $36
Another wedding day purchase that I never stopped buying. It provides the perfect matte finish to the liquid foundation or even works well on its own!

4. // Maybelline Fit Me Blush. $4.49
A nice and natural blush under $5. Love it.

5. // Urban Decay Naked Palette. $50
This is the best. I remember when this first came out and I wanted it sooo badly. But it was always, always, always sold out. Well, Lance (husband) knew how many times I had travelled to Sephora in hopes of finding it and had secretly been watching for it to be restocked online. And the moment it was, he snatched one and surprised me with it. He's such a keeper.

6. // Prestige Classic Kohl Eyeliner in black. $3.95
Out of all the pencil eyeliners in the land, this one is always my favorite.

7. // Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in "Are You Ready". $7.49
The perfect shade for a bold red lip.

8. // Prestige Liquid Eyeliner in black. $5.75
For a more dramatic eye, I'm all about the liquid eyeliner and this one takes the cake!

9. // Maybelline Volum' Express the Mega Plush Mascara. $6.29

I'm pretty sure this is one of Maybelline's newest mascaras. Whenever they get a new one, I try it and usually end up loving it and this one was no exception!


Now hop on over to her blog and leave her some love. :)
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Newport Beach, Pt. 1

I promise not to bombard you all with TOO many pictures..... but here's a few so-far pictures from our family vaca.

[this boy.]

[well.  this is adorable.]
[cutest mom and daughter ever]

[this will be a regularly occurring activity.]

[absolutely beautiful.]

[forrest gump?  cast away?  Jesus?]

[our street.]

After a day of travel, we arrived at Newport Beach.  I have never been here.  One of my first sentences was, "Matt.  This is what celebrities do."  I can't believe that this vacation exists.  I am so lucky to be a part of his family and be on this trip.  I can't even wait for the days that are ahead of us.  Water parks, beach days, shopping, relaxing... a perfect way to end the summer.

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Awkward and Awesome Thursday!

[peplum by Ganna]


Sometimes falling flat on your face could be categorized as "awesome" - if you laugh it off and are with friends.  Maybe.  Well this fall was entirely different.  While barista-ing, I misjudged the height of our ONE step behind the counter.  Or maybe it was the Birkenstocks.  Regardless, I went sprawling out - all 4 limbs - and still managed to fall with no grace and somehow still hit my head.  On the ground.  The line of customers was long enough for this to be an awkward enough moment for the rest of my life.  Not only that, it was pretty darn painful and I slowly inched my way into the back to analyze my wounds.  When I looked up to tell my co-worker I was okay, he burst out laughing.  "Your face looks like a tomato!!!!!!!"  Not cool man.  Not cool. 

I was doing some retail therapy when I noticed a little blueberry by my feet on the ground.  Where did that come from?  I wondered.  Several minutes later, I felt a little "ker-plunk" on my foot, and looked down to see another blueberry.  Now I was convinced that little children somewhere must be throwing blueberries at me, and I was going to find them.  Well, no more blueberries ended up at my feet, and it wasn't until I got home that I realized my purse had at least 6 six blueberries in it from an accidental lunch-spill a few days prior.  Gross.

That pinterest moment - we've all had it - when alllllll the DIY projects are just so genius you drop everything and go start one.  This happened.

You know how when you're at a light with a left turn lane and a left turn signal, the left turn lane usually gets to go first (if there are people in the left turn lane on the other side of the intersection, that is)?  Well, this story is not what you think it's going to be.   You're probably expecting that my little self went full speed ahead with OUT being in that tricky left turn lane.... but no.  It's worse.  I was in the straight-ahead lane furthest to the right.  Although... I THOUGHT I was in the straight-ahead lane that is directly next to the left-turn lane.  So when the left turn-lane signal turned green and the giant van next to me was NOT TURNING (because they weren't supposed to....) I sat there steaming mad that they would be so careless in their payment of attention so as to make everybody in the left turn lane wait.  I got so mad, in fact, that I started honking my horn and waving my arms at them like, "Come on! Whta are you thinking?!"  And then our straight-ahead-green-circles changed, and the van went straight.  And I was thinking.... "Come on, Natalie! What were you thinking."


Sometimes people do double-takes.  But have you ever seen a dog do a double take?  Well, it happened to me.  I call it the doggy-double-take.

Sometimes my job is to do honey-demo's with my husband.  How lucky am I to get to WORK side by side with him?  

My hair is ombre.  #PTL #BeingBlondeIsExpensive 

We leave for LA on Saturday!!!  This is particularly awesome.

How about you??
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Well.... that happened.

I am officially no longer a blonde.


[Get ready to be bombarded with "after" pictures..... because I am slightly more vain than usual seeing as how I can't stop staring at the beautiful ombre color of my hair.  So. Cool.]

Or maybe I just have an addiction to PicFx.......

[pre-float of the freezing cold-especially-at-7pm-river]

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