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Natalie | San Francisco  Taking a step back from social media to listen to what _my_ inner voice is telling me 🀫

Anyone, who's ever done a road trip with me, knows that I do 3 types of stops: to pee, to get coffee and to have a lunch at @wholefoods. Seriously, I've mastered creating a meal from their hot food bar to perfection πŸ‘ŒπŸ»
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So when I've learned they do holiday catering, I was like "That's the NEXT level!" Basically I can invite guests over, order a spread online, serve it beautifully at home and get all the compliments to myself πŸ˜†.
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The only bummer that I'm not planning to have guests this year 😺 But if you do and you're not feeling particularly enthusiastic about spending two days and a half cooking, now you have a secret tool under your belt πŸ˜‰
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As for "Me vs. Xmas" attitude, don't worry I do have plans! I will celebrate it with Truffle Gouda, Cave-ages GruyΓ¨re, HervΓ© Mons Camember and other 9 cheeses I'm planning to buy during @wholefoods Cheese Week. But that's a completely different story... πŸ˜‰
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Happy Holidays friends! πŸŽ„πŸ’«πŸ“Έ

Chocolate cake with wine? Cardamon shortbread cookies? And I can send them all to a friend? Is it a baker's dream?! πŸ˜±πŸ’«
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Thank you @bobsredmill and @hidden_rhythm for throwing an event with emphasize on giving to others πŸ™ŒπŸ» And thanks to πŸ“Έ @erinconger for capturing me in the element.
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This year I'm grateful for all amazing opportunities and people I meet in San Francisco. Happy Thanksgiving friends! πŸ₯˜

Happy Birthday to me! πŸ₯³
Surprisingly, 32 feels very comforting - I'm learning to value myself more, to speak my truth without a need to apologize, and to show up in the world as who I truly am even if it means that I won't fit in existing 'norms'. And I hope by living this way, I can inspire someone else to do the same for themselves! πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ’•πŸ’«
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Thank you for all warm wishes you've sent my way. I'm grateful to have such incredible people as you in my life πŸ€§πŸ’•

Happy Halloween, sweet little monsters! πŸŽƒ Do you celebrate today?
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To this day, this is one of my favorite food photos (I shot it 2 years ago at @roneeuyeshiro's place. Ronee has an eye for coolest things for home).

A couple of days ago I posted "IG weekend vs. real weekend" on stories and so many people said they appreciated that!.
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For real, we've been bombarded with TONS of photos which make us feel "less than" and questioning our lives (pleaded GUILTY of doing this too). But today I want to share something different and very honest with you. .
For the longest time, I've been in a denial to admit that I might have an anxiety. Sure, I had rough days here and there, but thought it was how life worked, nah? Today I was meeting with a friend for coffee when @dtikhiy texted me "Hey, are you going to be at home soon? Can you check on Douglas 'cause I didn't see him when I left".
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I could feel my chest tightening, I couldn't breathe well and my mind went on a full Fight or Flight mode. And that was the moment when it hit me - I DO HAVE AN ANXIETY! Especially when it comes down to my fear of something bad happening to the people I love. And damn, this shit is hard!.
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If you're struggling with something similar, please know - you're absolutely not alone! I'm sending you hugs πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’«

SWIPE πŸ‘‰πŸ»πŸ‘‰πŸ»πŸ‘‰πŸ» to see BEFORE and AFTER
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Does it look like magic to you? 🀩 Yep, LightroomMagic that is! I took this course from Rachel @twolovesstudio a year ago and - boy, did it blow my mind! πŸ’₯
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Over the span of 35+ video lessons, Rachel (virtually) held my hand and explained how to turn an average image into WOW image. Truth be told, before taking the class I was veeeerrrry intimidated about the complexity of Lightroom, and now editing is my favorite part of each photoshoot! 😍
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The best news though?! Rachel has RE-LAUNCHED the course this week to make it even better! *happy dance*
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Sooo, do you want to create stunning images for yourself? JOIN the class by signing the link in my profile until October, 26th and get 3 BONUS videos! πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’
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Hiiiii! πŸ‘‹πŸ»
I thought maybe we'd do a rollcall? (not sure if it's a correct word though πŸ˜†).
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Anyways, what I meant - I introduce myself, you introduce yourself, we'll get to know each other better and everyone will have fun. Let's call it a rollcall for short 😺.
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I'm Natalie and I moved to San Francisco from Ukraine 3-ish years ago. Things about me that usually surprise people:
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β€’ I'll turn 32 in November.
β€’ I wear some sort of sweatshirt/jacket even when it's warm outside.
β€’ I like savory food more than sweets.
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What will you be willing to share? I'm so eager to hear about YOU πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ’«

Based on the latest instagram stories poll, here's what 50% of people like to have for breakfast. No judgement here! 😍🀀

When I was a kid, my parents mentioned some sort of champagne <cool childhood memories, I know 🀩>. .
Anyhow, I remember them saying there was some brand, THE brand, which they kept for special occasions. "Π’Π΄ΠΎΠ²Π° Клико" was its name.
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Well, little did I know that years later, I would be invited to @veuveclicquot garden party in San Francisco! 😲
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Life is such a wild (magical) ride! πŸΎπŸ’«

When you're falling asleep, but already thinking about the breakfast... Can you relate? πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Douglas wine keeper 😺🍷 #isitfridayyet?
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To start a week on a cheerful note, let's play a game! I pick a random word and you comment with the word you associate it with. Then next person writes down his/her association to the word in the first comment and so on!
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If it gets confused, not to worry! Comment on any thread you like, let's keep the fun coming πŸŽ‰πŸ’
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Okay, the word is FIRE! πŸ”₯
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UPDATE: So we have FIRE -> HOT -> SALSA -> CHIPS -> POKER -> FACE -> MIRROR -> REFLECTION -> SOUND -> MUSIC -> BOX. What's next?! πŸ™Š

If an expo showcasing the coolest outdoor brands and a summer camp in the woods had a baby, his name would be Outpost. Namely, @outposttrade πŸ„πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ.
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Intrigued? Check out the latest post (and IG stories!) on @californiaweekend to find out more! πŸ˜‰.
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And a cherry on top - it's my first contribution to the California Weekend mag which is MY FAVE PLACE to learn about new destinations! πŸŽ‰

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