Monday Dress & Vlog

Loved this outfit! Perfect for church and Sunday errands. So cozy, comfy and cute. Latte-colored dress & shoes that look like pointe shoes! 

{walkin’ on a log cause it’s a fall thing to do}
{shoes + pointe shoes}
Vlog for a Monday like a BOSS: 
Don’t mind me…just being silly. 
Have a great week! 
xo
Natalie

Sunshiney Morning

{azaleas, still a bit wet}

It’s sunny this morning! It’s sunny! I feel like harps and trumps and angels should sing!
I’ve already been up and inspired with this lovely sunshine streaming in—I potted some beautiful fuschias for my front step.

Fuschias are one of, if not totally, my ABSOLUTE favorite flowers. Well, they are my favorite non-bouquet flower…they are just so incredibly beautiful, fun, girly, and colorful. They come in all different color combos, some more fancy and layered/ruffled than others. 
I’m pretty sure they are just about the most perfect Natalie flower you could ever find—they are fairy flowers, ballet costumes, cupcake toppers, just flirty, girly, and FUN FUN FUN.
My favorites!

See! They match my pointe shoes!
Whenever I’m feeling happy and lovely, I put on my flat ballet shoes or pointe shoes. I haven’t actually danced en pointe for many years, so I just dress-up in those 🙂 But my flat shoes…oh yes, I dance! Dancing makes my heart feel so much lighter, more beautiful…and expressed. How often do we get to feel that our hearts are fully expressed and poured out? I feel that dance can absolutely be worship too–I put on some praise music, and dance my heart out before God. Oh it is so beautiful. 
Well, those are the things for this happy Friday morning!
xo, my dears!
Natalie

Ballet, Rhubarb, and Lily of the Valley

{There is a part of me that will always be a dancer, and it’s a part I cherish}
{ Turn, turn, turn in ballet skirt & chiffon sleeves}

{Half-bun with antique key hair pin}

{Hiking boo-boo & sad face}
{A bouquet of rhubarb!}
{Rhubarb pie shared with a dear friend & a real bouquet of Lily of the Valley}
This feels like a celebration of so many things I love! Ballet, rhubarb, and Lily of the Valley…I’m feeling extraordinarily blessed. 
My own happiness is fragile and fleeting, but the Lord’s freedom and joy in my life are what fill my cup to overflowing.
Thank you, Lord, for YOUR joy and provision in my life. For lovely people who gift me a bouquet of rhubarb. For inspirational mentors to share a meal & rhubarb pie. And for dear friends who offer me sweet, sweet Lily of the Valley. 
Thank you, too, for the spirit within me that loves to dance, and for the rediscovery of that pleasure, if only in my yard and living room 😉
All I can think is one of my favorite hymns…“He’s the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star, He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.”
xo

Workout Wednesday

It’s probably going to be Thursday when you read this since I’m not posting it until almost-bedtime on Wednesday, so don’t be thrown off all day by the title (I know I would be). And if you are, just drink another cup of coffee. It’ll do ya right and besides, it’s almost the weekend–so chin up!

I’m a ballet dancer at heart. But despite loving to wrap the ribbons on my pointe shoes, I always longed to dance on ice. It seemed so freeing to be able to essentially do ballet while gliding. Ahhh, the freedom and beauty (and difficulty)!
   This winter, I signed up for some adult skating lessons to learn the basics and improve my skills. My mom was a figure skater, complete with her own backyard practice rink, but I’ve always just enjoyed it and never taken a lesson before.
I am absolutely LOVING this addition to my routine, and learning the basics makes it a new workout (um, hello there, lower back muscles, haven’t seen you in awhile since my dancing days!)
I love to skate in leggings, legwarmers, and a skirt for ease of movement. This really leaves my body free to concentrate on grace and form from my ballet days. Plus, I’m just totally enamored by the look and it gave me an excuse to pull out my old legwarmers! After class, I’ll plug in my iPod and skate by myself for awhile.
Here’s a look at what I wore (similar items):

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Athleta
athleta.gap.com

Gap
$18 – gap.com

Forever 21 light weight pants
$5.80 – forever21.com

Forever 21 cable knit glove
$7.80 – forever21.com

Forever 21 fringe scarve
$7.74 – forever21.com

Aeo Earbud Earmuffs
$12 – ae.com

27″ Stirrup Legwarmers – Style #194 at Discount Dance Supply
$7.95 – discountdance.com





My version:
Scarf: Gift
Turtleneck: Express
Leggings: Tag sale
Corduroy skirt: Tag sale
Leg warmers: from ballet days
Arm warmers: Local store
Socks: TJMaxx, wool
Ice skates: Gift



Cashmere Taste


Cashmere taste on a thrift store budget! 

Sometimes a girl with cashmere taste on a thrift store budget makes out like a bandit. This 100% cashmere pencil skirt with adorable pleating was $10, ya’ll. It’s kinda the softest, most wearable skirt ever, and one of my favorite thrift finds so far. I envision I’ll be wearing it all winter, so I’m sorry if you get sick of seeing it! 
Also, I almost didn’t buy these shoes.
But then I did. And they got me lots of compliments (and blisters).
And  one more also: Happy New Year!
May God continue to refine us in the coming year.
Style Secrets
Headband: F21, I think?
Necklace: F21
Tee with Chiffon Sleeves: H&M
Skirt: Thrifted
Hairbow (clipped on skirt): F21
Bangles: J.Crew
Sweater Tights: TJ Maxx
Heels: Thrifted
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Ballerina Outfit and Donuts

I rather love that title. Two most wonderful things: a ballet-inspired outfit and a donut. I’m happy today, you guys, because it’s  just a happy day. And because last night, I learned that today was National Donut Day (I literally accidentally just typed Natalie Donut Day, hahahaha). Then I went to bed and forgot. But oh, my subconscious, my subconscious wisely didn’t let me forget. I woke up and thought, “I know I usually keep these gluten-free donuts for Saturdays, but I want one today!” and even took a picture of it. A few hours later, Tumblr alerted me again to the fact that today is National Donut Day. Way to go, subconscious!
Style Secrets
Headband: ??
Necklace: ??
Ballet Pink Tee: Forever 21
Cardi: Marc Jacobs
Skirt: Forever 21
Ballet flats: Target

Cutest Thing

As my Japanese friend said this morning to me after I showed her this, “This is the cutest thing to see!”:

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I love the caption. “Ballet is hard.” Haha. Makes me reminisce fondly of my ballet days 🙂