Dress Like a Cupcake

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I’m not going to lie, some days I dress like a cupcake on purpose. Pink, frosting, fanciful, fur, all the things. 
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Yes, those are pansies on my pants (J.Crew just gets me, y’know?). And dalmation flats. And a pink fur coat. Because FRIDAY, ya’ll. 
FRI-YAY! MORE COFFEE! #caffeinecrazy 

For the Love of Fuschia

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I am the queen of awkward outfit photos, don’t mind me. They’re a slight bit fuzzy because I also move at the last second and it’s hopeless. I mean, I don’t know why the paparazzi aren’t following me around snapping glamorous photos all the time, but in the meantime, I’m stuck with me, my tripod and my self-timer. 
Aside from that, I’m just super into this rolled-jeans and leopard-smoking-slippers look, right?! Divine for fall. 
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And a gold exposed zipper on this wool tulip-hem shell from J.Crew is so good. Sooooo good. 
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Of course, a fuschia 60s-style jacket and some fuschia lipstick top it all off as the icing on the monochromatic-outfit-cake. 
In other news, I just spilled my entire fresh cup of coffee on the rug/floor, so there’s that. I just felt you should know that so we could share the sadness in solidarity. 
Also, here’s a little happy ditty for you today to make you smile. 
“What a day for feelin’ alive!” 

Has it not been just the most gorgeous October? 
This girl thinks so!
🙂

xo

Happy Fall!

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It has been a beautiful first few days of fall here! I love being able to wear my favorite boots and a few layers or heavier materials (such as this lovely alpaca sweater, one of my favorite fall pieces).

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These are all classic pieces that combine to make an outfit that is both timeless and modern, with the addition of a fun, colorful necklace and some details like wedges and zippers on the boots and bell sleeves on the sweater. I’ve had the Coach belt since high school!

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Big sunglasses are always a must, and a Cafe Americano can go a long way towards making a beautiful day, too.

Sweater: Catherine Melandrino//Jeans: Joe’s Jeans//Sunnies: Local boutique//Necklace: Urban Outfitters forever ago//Belt: Coach, forever ago//Boots: Steve Madden

Happy Fall, my friends!
xo
Natalie

The Sound of Music Dress

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I bought this handmade vintage dress at an antique store last summer and wore it to see Garrison Keillor live. Y’know I love me some Prairie Home Companion. And I also desperately love some Sound of Music. Don’t you think the shape and color of this dress is reminiscent of that beloved movie? Like something Liesl might wear on a date with Rolf.
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Since it has such a specific look in my mind, I had to change it up a bit. We are teetering into fall, so booties were in order. Then I added my favorite belt and a unique necklace that never fails to make me smile. So many colors! Pom poms! 
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The funny thing is the charm on the last bit of the necklace clanked against the belt buckle as I was ducking into church late, announcing my presence like a cattle bell. So much for being discreet! 
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I think this outfit strikes the transitional tone very well and could even be transitioned farther into fall with some tights, higher boots and a sweater. The dress is made of a lightweight wool, so it will keep me warm! I love handmade vintage…it has even MORE character!
PS> I’d love to share my poem I wrote for September 11th last year for Darling Magazine called, “Blue September.” Here’s a sneak peek: 


Have a beautiful day my friends! 
xo
Natalie

Autumn

{ballet-like shoes in leaves}

{vintage-y jacket all cozy-like}

{wind in my hairz}
I tried to put together a lot of words tonight, but words aren’t working so well for me. So instead I’ll just tell you that I had a pumpkin latte today and it was delicious, and I love these shoes and crunchy piles of leaves. 
Blouse: Ann Taylor (thrifted)//Jacket: Boutique//Jeans: ON//Shoes: Urban Outfitters//Necklaces: super old
xo
Natalie

Writer Outfit

I like to call this my “Writer Making a Living” outfit, as opposed to the real writer outfit.  Unfortunately the real writer outfit is sweatpants and a sweatshirt with the hood up as I hunch over my laptop while alternately frantically typing at keys and staring off into space. At any rate, I quite like the financially-viable writer version of Natalie because she wears kinda awesome outfits, don’t you think?? 😉
Sweater: J.Crew//Necklace: Target//Blazer: Esley//Pants: J.Crew//Purse: Dooney & Burke//Heels: Diane von Furstenburg
xo
Natalie

Is It Still a Party If I Don’t Wear A Dress?

Insanely gorgeous fall weather today. I didn’t even need my sweater most of the day!

This is the simple outfit I wore to a dear friend’s little girl’s birthday party. Had to keep things simple for chasing kids rolling down hills and such. But it made me wonder: is it still a party if I don’t wear a dress? I almost always wear dresses to parties!


               Obviously I DID bring a cake. So I think as long as I bring a cake and/or wear a dress, it’s                                                                                        definitely a  party. 


Leather leaf earrings: Go Fish // Tank w/ Zipper Up the Back: Banana Republic // Jeans: ON // Boots: Steve Madden// Eiffel Tower Necklace: ?? // Ring: Kohls // Jacket: F21
Oh! And a Friday vlog for you 🙂 
Oh here’s one more pic of that cake. Gluten-free, all-natural, vegetable-colored sprinkles for the win!

Happy Friday, dears!
xo
Natalie

Luxe Girl


I think the combination of pink pearls, gold buttons, and suede boots just says “luxe.” Don’t you think?
I think the key is to keep them monochromatic.
Also, there’s like ONE day a year where you can wear a light sweater, shorts, and suede boots. 
Maybe two days, one in the spring and one in the fall. 
And for those one or two days, I kinda love it. 
xo
Natalie

Resist It

Lately there’s a song that’s just been playing over and over in my head. Jason Reeve’s “Old-Fashioned Letters” (it’s sad so don’t say I didn’t warn you!) and there is one line…
“I want to run, but I resist it.”

Ugh, goodness gracious this line. I want to run, but I resist it. You know it takes a lot of effort to run, but it seems to take MORE effort to stay. 
Staying is hard. 
Waiting is hard. 
Being in a difficult transition, with no direction, and a whole lot of anxiety–yeah, staying there is hard.

When the big things are out of whack, I need to learn to be better at leaning into them. Leaning into HIM, leaning into the Word, and leaning into the waiting. 
Because waiting?

It’s actually refinement.

And I always wanted to a refined lady, polished and graceful in the waiting.

😉

xo
Natalie