Fascinator Giveaway with Vivo Masks-CLOSED


Exciting News!
I’m so thrilled that Vivo is letting me give away a fascinator to one of my lovely readers! This is the perfect opportunity for entree into the fun world of wearing hats and fascinators!
 I’m giving away one of the under-$50 fascinators (the winner’s choice!), which are smaller and more manageable for wearing to Thanksgiving, a school dance, a holiday party, or a birthday. Or even just because, if you’re like me! Vivo has an amazing selection and I’m sure you’ll find one you’re in love with! Here are some of my favorites…
Favorite VIVO fascinators under $50
I think the hot pink one is my most-favorite. How about you?

Please enter and share!
 I’m so excited for this opportunity for another lovely lady to wear a Vivo fascinator.
Entry closes at midnight EST on Monday, October 13th.

Easter Sunday 2014

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Oh my goodness. If you know me, you know that Easter is when I am in my element. It is my absolute most favorite holiday of the year for so many reasons. Jesus #duh. EASTER COLORS are my favorites! Hats! Spring! The food! A year ago today I met the man of my dreams! It’s just the happiest holiday there ever was and I soak it up each year. It’s all of the most wonderful things and I beyond adore it.

I’ve had this dress for almost a year and I refused to wear it because I just knew it had to be my Easter 2014 dress. Lilly Pulitzer speaks Easter, don’t you think?

I don’t need an excuse to wear a hat or vintage items, but Easter sure is a good one. When you wear a lovely hat, people tend to say lovely things. Here are a few:

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Like I said, lovely things (from both men and women!). Hats are one of my favorite things and I’ve got big plans to get you all in on the hat fun next Easter, so keep your eyes peeled for the perfect Spring-y topper. You’ve got a year to find one and plan it 🙂

My shoes are straw like an Easter basket because obviously I think of these things.

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Ok I think I’ve hit my limit for how many pastels and happiness and vintage and loveliness I can fit into this one post, so I’ll wrap it up now. 
Happy Easter! 
He is Risen!
xo
Natalie

Weekend Adventuring

I ordered a Strand Books x Kate Spade surprise box as part of their 20 Things We Love series of partnering with unsung companies they love. I received a Kate Spade/Strand Books tote bag (love!), a Strand Books cosmetic case, a Strand Books diner mug, and a Kate Spade bookmark, all wrapped in darling hot pink tissue paper. So fun! 
Picked up a new hat I’m totally in love with and went antiquing… Also my new contacts finally came in, so I can ditch the glasses for awhile 🙂

Baked gluten-free pumpkin scones for tea (earl-gray lavender) on a gray Saturday.
Went to an Anthropologie for the first time EVER (can you believe it?!) to find the Fall issue of Darling Magazine with my poems in it. Score!! Also, the girls who worked at Antrho and J.Crew liked my outfit, which I take as a high compliment since they are all so stylish! Also had my first-ever Pinkberry (vanilla with Nutella). 
Hope you had a great weekend!
xo
Natalie 

Sunny & Seventies

That title’s a play on words. Since it’s been in the 70s all week, gorgeous and lovely, I decided to go with a 70s-themed outfit.
Because everyone matches the theme of their outfit to the weather, right?
{no?}

Big hat, big sunnies, big hair, big sleeves. Higher-waisted jeans.
I really would have loved being a 20-something in the 70s, I have no doubt.
I’m sure I could rock gold lame and Disco Fever.

I wonder what this decade’s (the teens) defining characteristics will be. What do you think? 
Modern Luxe or Hipster Grunge?

Hat: American Eagle//Sunnies: Local store//Necklace: Von Maur//Merino Wool Sweater-Tee: Banana Republic (thrifted) //Jacket: F21, Thrifted // Jeans: Thrifted // Belt: Thrifted // Shoes: Thrifted
xo
Natalie

Wearing Hats Part 5: Peach Feather Hat

Hat Four: Peach with Pearls, Bow & Feather

Today was fabulous. Fabulous, I tell you. 
This morning I jumped out of bed for coffee and a cherry-almond-streusal muffin. Nothing like a good breakfast to get me out of bed! Then I spent the day…being me. Y’know? One of those days where you’re doing your THANG, and no one’s going to stop you? That’s right. Gotta love it!
So many wonderful things today. 
My heart is full. 
But I’m sad that “Hat Week” is coming to an end. What did you think of the outfits? Were you inspired to rock a vintage hat? 
Hat: Vintage
Pearl Earrings: Gift
Blouse: Target
Pencil Capris: Gap, thrifted
Heels: F21, thrifted
Shoe Bows: Vintage

Wearing Hats Part 4: Black Bow Hat

Hat Three: Black with Bow on Back
I was looking through old photographs last night. 

Feeling really wonderfully nostalgic. The good kind of nostalgia. The happy-it-happened, weren’t-we-cute, wasn’t-the-world-lighter-then sort of nostalgia. The best kind.

I got excited to make more memories. I felt inspired: THIS is my one life. These days will soon be the memories. So I’d better snatch every beautiful thing I can!

God is still at work in my life, refining me little by little, sloughing off the rough edges and making me more like Him. But in the meantime, isn’t it a good feeling to be mostly content with where you’ve come from, and excited to see what’s around the next corner? I hope you feel that way, too, dears, I really do. I’m excited to see what God has planned.
Hat: Vintage
Sunnies: Local Store
Blouse: Local store
Pedal Pushers: Thrifted
Heels: Thrifted/F.21
Shoe Bows: Vintage
xo!

Wearing Hats {Part 2}: Ring Hat w/ Veil

Hat Number One: Vintage Linen Ring Hat with Veil and Little Velvet Bows: 
Summer seems so light, beautiful, and full of endless possibility. 

Except sometimes, life has other plans. 

{outtake, but I actually loved it.}

Sometimes, we have to say goodbye in summer. I know, it doesn’t seem fair. It just doesn’t suit our collective spirit in summertime to have endings. I wore this outfit to the funeral of a dear friend’s grandmother. Sometimes, we must say goodbye at inopportune times. To be honest, there is never an opportune time for goodbyes. 
As I write this, there’s an odd light hanging in the air. A summer storm is billowing on the horizon, and the leftover sunlight juts through storm clouds in a strange pattern. Sometimes, too, summer storms billow on the horizons of our lives. 

{fingernail polish matches shoes}
I’m a believer in wearing black to funerals. It feels respectful, and symbolic of the loss. Black says, “The world is stopping for a moment, our world is, because we lost someone who kept it turning.” Much like my comments on Good Friday and the veil I wore then, wearing black and a hat helps me feel the symbolism, respect, and grieving process. When someone’s world stops as a loved one passes on, wearing black feels appropriate
And so does wearing a vintage ring hat with veil.
🙂 
Linen Ring Hat with Veil and Velvet Bows: Vintage, Thrifted, 25 cents! 
Hair: “Flowered” up–that is, pieces bobby pinned in curls to look like a flower
Dress: Gap
Tortoise Wayfarer-ish Sunglasses: Target 
Belt: Thrifted
Handbag: Vintage
Heels: Banana Republic, consignment store




Wearing Hats: A Series {Part 1}

I’m very excited to share a series with you this week about wearing hats, vintage & new. Before I begin sharing my own outfits incorporating vintage hats, I thought, we need to see some inspiration. Don’t you think? 
Jackie Kennedy’s iconic look included many hats. She was especially well-known for the pillbox style {center}
Any hat that Audrey Hepburn put on instantly became sculpture. WOW! 

There have been a handful of vintage hats on Mad Men. I adore Rachel’s simple brown hat she wears on the train {top left}. Rachel Menken’s purple feathery creation is one of a kind! Christina Hendricks wore several very stunning hats in the photoshoot for LA {bottom right}
But really, who does hats better than the British royals? No one. 
Queen Elizabeth II is so beautiful. I just love her cheerful spirit and colors. Always wearing a hat, and always smiling. 
Sophie, Countess of Wessex…love her hat & capelet

This is such an incredible photo of Princess Diana. That hat, the colors! Everything about it is stunning.
And, of course, the world’s newest darling, Princess Kate. I’ll forever call her that because it’s so endearing and I feel it suits her. She’s the Jackie Kennedy of our generation, I do think. Goodness she looks amazing in anything, and always happy and carefree {albeit skinny}.
I love rocking hats. I dearly love collecting them AND wearing them, and can hardly wait to start showing you a few from my own collection. Aren’t you pining for gorgeous hats now? 

Summer Looks: Palm Beach Pretty

This might be my favorite so far! One would be tempted to assume I’d go “Red Hot Summer” but this—this pretty, sophisticated palette, oh it does make my heart flutter so! Stunning yet subtle pinks, grays, and palm branches along with a sophisticated hat and pink shades for keeping your face out of the sun. You’re probably an heiress of some sort, so you’ll need your bling…vintage inspired earrings and a big cocktail ring, along with a stack of bracelets…yes, even in the summer. You don’t plan on actually swimming in that beautiful backyard pool, do you? And of course you wouldn’t even consider a dip in the ocean, but you’d be perfectly content lounging in your cabana, then slipping on lace, polka dots, and ballet flats for an al fresco dinner.

Palm Beach Pretty Summer Look