Mango and Plum


I can’t get enough of this mango and deep plum color combination. It’s also a delicious flavor combination, so win-win, amiright?

Then let’s talk about these giant pearls I’ve been wanting forever and finally found at a tag sale last weekend! So much fun and a little Wilma Flinstone-esque as my friend said, but we all know that’s never stopped me before!
Then there’s this Holga camera that matches my outfit. I’m pretty sure it ups my cool points but then again maybe not considering it took me FOREVER to learn how to open the back where you put the film in. Either way, I hope to capture some funky summer images with this little plastic camera. 
Sunnies: Burberry//Tee: J.Crew//Pearls: Tag sale snag//Skirt: The Addison Story (Anthro, thrifted)//Wedges: MiuMiu
Happy Weekend!

Craftsy Class Giveaway-CLOSED

I have some exciting news, friends! This week I’m giving away a Craftsy photography class! Have you heard about Craftsy? Some of the top experts at craft, arts, and photography have collaborated to create online classes so you can up your knitting/cake decorating/artisan bread baking/photography skills (and more!). 
 I’m working through their mini class on family portraiture, and I’m enjoying the format of video lessons presented by true professionals in a welcoming way. The classes are inexpensive ($30-60 roundabout) and manageable to complete in a short amount of time. 
Here are just a FEW of the amazing photography classes available on Craftsy. I’m particularly taken with Shoot It! A Product Photography Primer
Since I’m currently learning how to take my photography to the next level, I thought I’d let you learn with me! My word for the year is BETTER and Craftsy classes are a great place to start.
Photography Class Giveaway
with Craftsy
Ends Friday, March 14, at 12 midnight eastern time. One entry per person, please.
Click here to enterEnter to win a Craftsy class
Closed! Winner will be chosen the week of 3/17 🙂

Have fun gettin’ crafty and I can’t wait to see who wins! 
PS.> This post contains affiliate links.

Ice Queen

I’m not sure I’m ever going to take my “crown” off, guys. Like, ever. Okay. 
And yes, I might be wearing ice blue eyeliner, and totally loving it.
I had the inspiration to wear this necklace as “ice baubles” and the “ice blue” eyeliner for a fun photoshoot I did, and just loved it so much I had to wear it out. 
This amazing metal bauble necklace is one of my favorite purchases! I actually snagged it at a Von Maur the night before my photoshoot with Life:Beautiful magazine. It was $12, and I would pay every penny of that again just to wear it on my head like this one more time. I love it! We even used it in the photoshoot for the magazine. You can see it below, after one of the clever LB team girls turned it into a bracelet. I took a note from their cleverness and turned it into a hair piece! Who would have thought?! 
And it’s kinda famous, having been in a magazine and all. 
But enough about my necklace/bracelet/hairpiece (WHICH I LOVE!!!!!! And I’m not going to take it off!)….ok, now that’s really enough. 
I’m going to stop now.
Also, I have no idea why I’m looking to the sky in both of those photos. 
Style Secrets
Headband: Necklace; via VonMaur
Ring: H&M
Tuxedo Jacket: Thrifted, H&M
Tee with Gold Buttons on Sleeves: Gap
Jeans: Thrifted
Boots: Consignment 

Fashion & Photography

I love fashion, and I love photography. So an evening spent indulging both passions was truly inspiring. Here’s what I wore to the fashion show to people-watch through my camera lens. And sip lots of Vitamin Water, since they were sponsoring the event.

{Vitamin water & giant ball of gerbera daisies. Chic.}
{more Vitamin Water decorations}

When I saw this ballskirt, I knew it was what I wanted to wear to StyleWeek. And at $8, I could afford something new & special to wear, without breaking the bank.

I love the juxtaposition of the raw silk ball skirt with the military vest.

{neon nails are my favorite!!}
My Outfit
Earrings: Hand-me-over
Ring: H&M
Sunnies: Local store
White shirt: Michael Kors, thrifted
Vest: Thrifted
Skirt: Thrifted
Hose: Target
Boots: NineWest
Purse: Missoni, consignment store

One of the photographers told me I was the best dressed photographer in the “Press Pit.” And by that he meant, ‘overdressed.’ Since everyone else was wearing varying degrees of dressiness–front suits to t-shirts. And lots of black.
To which, of course, I said, “I love fashion and photography.” and handed him a business card. Thanks for the compliment, sir! And then another photographer asked to take my picture. So I think that worked out.
What’s the Press Pit, you ask?

It’s where all of the photographers and videographers crowd on a tiny stage to jostle elbows over the best shots. And it’s awesome, if I do say so myself.

And some randoms…
How cute is this “off-duty” model from Sarah’s show {see slicked back “wet” hair} who was heading home with her mom and little sis? Super cute, and I love her scarf. So sweet and fun!
And look at this face below! Girl will probably be famous someday. But she’s a good friend, too, and made me take a picture of her with her friends. Rock on, chica! Fierce.

I’ll end with a photo that embodies so much about the fashion world:

But remember, girls, we don’t depend on brand names or runways to be beautiful. We shine for God. And fashion? Well, sometimes, it’s just the icing on the cake, and we get to enjoy it.

Freelance Work

{8-page article, “Natalie’s Style” in Life:Beautiful magazine written & styled by Natalie with Britni Ventling, photography by Tobin Bennett, Winter 2012}

My name is Natalie. I’m a freelance writer, published poet, award-winning baker, stylist, speaker, and photographer. 

(published online and in print)

Guest Writer for MaryJanes Farm magazine,
“An Illustrated Life: Tasha Tudor, a Beloved American Icon” April/May 2011

Original recipes for King Arthur Flour, Girl Versus Dough, etc.

Indiana University Most Fashionable Alumnus, 2011

Thrifting Lecture for SEVCA; 2012

Press for StyleWeek: Providence to cover local designer, YellowClover, 2012

Life:Beautiful Winter 2012 “Natalie’s Style”; photography credit Tobin Bennett
With my public speaking experience and a Master’s degree in Poetry from Dartmouth College, along with loads and loads of adventuring and ice cream eating experience, I am happy to write and speak on a number of subjects. But I’m guessing you would probably want me to share my poetry, faith-based fashion, thrifting, etiquette, or gluten-free baking work instead of my ice-cream eating and movie-watching “skills.” Here are some ideas of topics I have written and spoken about in the past and would love to write or speak about for you:

~Fashion styling tips, wardrobe building, closet organization, and any styling subjects
~ Baking Tips, Ideas, and Recipes
~Etiquette, Civility, and Manners for all arenas of life
~Devotions/faith inspiration for women
~Thrifting tips, tricks, resources, and looking great on a budget
~Natural beauty and makeup tips, tricks, and resources
~Poetry and creative writing
~Minnesota, Indiana, and Midwest living, travel, and things to do
~Do-it-yourself projects and crafts
~Seasonal recipes and decor
~Interior decorating
~Press coverage of fashion shows, designers, conferences, exhibits, etc.
~Social justice issues 

If you think my background and interests might match your needs, please email me at: goodgirlstyleblog (at) gmail (dot) com . I look forward to hearing from you and will be in touch as soon as possible.

Monday Mid-day

Monday Mid-day pick-me-up time!

A song:

A verse:

“‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom, or the strong man of his strength, or the rich man of his riches; but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 9:24

and a pretty picture:

Monday is half-way done! You can do it 🙂

I’m a Rebel

 I now own a Canon Rebel T2i camera, and it is truly humbling me. I feel like it’s this huge gift and responsibility I’ve been entrusted with… I have no idea how to best do that. There’s a deep desire within me to be a good steward of this camera. To use it well, for good, to be generous and loving with how I use this gift. But first, I need to learn how to use it.

Well, actually, the strap was nekkie. So to procrastinate learning how to properly work my camera, I decided to make it pretty instead. That is just so me, isn’t it? Doing the least-necessary pretty little thing first. It’s my life M.O. Guess I need to learn how to make dishes and laundry pretty. Then maybe I’ll do them (apartment is a major disaster zone after being sick all week).

Also note: if your name is Stephanie and you’re my sister-in-law, a version of this might be coming your way for Christmas. Just sayin’. Only yours will be better because it won’t be the first one I’ve made 😛

Update: Post edited because I still have a cold and I was up early and apparently can’t function properly. Sheesh.