Lavender and Wine

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I simply canNOT stop wearing this orchid merino wool sweater with gold shoulder zips from J.Crew.  It’s a bit drapey, but with fitted sleeeves and the nice side vents to give it shape. Perfect color for autumn, don’t you think? I love this orchid color with navy, wine (as my boots are), chocolate brown, olive green, deep golden yellow, and tan, like my hat. Such luscious combinations!
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I’ve said before there are about 2 days each year where the shorts-and-boots combo actually works, and this was the fall day! Wool shorts are a unique specimen in and of themselves…because they’re, well…WOOL. SHORTS. I mean…
But I did get compliments on the shorts, and I think they’re super cute with boots. 
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Fall is the absolute perfect time for all of my wool hats, including this gem from American Eagle, believe it or not. I love its curvy 70’s-style brim that highlights sunglasses just perfectly. And the bright bangles and earrings are from J.Crew, too, and add a fun pop of contrast to this outfit.

Have you ever worn shorts with boots? What do you think of the combination?
xo
Natalie

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

Hummingbirds

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There are hummingbirds on my dress! #justsayin
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{trying to show you my makeup}
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I am IN LOVE with my new Lesley Evers “Tilda” dress with the hummingbirds all over it. Yes, Lesley Evers is expensive but I snagged this pattern from last year in their warehouse sale. The quality is fantastic…wearing it just elevates your entire day and positively affects the way you carry yourself. I think the silhouette also has a Princess Kate vibe to it, which is a goal of any outfit of mine!
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It has a full circle skirt which is just fabulous, darling for twirling.
Still getting so much use out of these straw wedges from Blowfish. 
Wedges are ideal for summer dresses because they give height with all-day comfort. 
This light straw is a great summer version of “nude pumps.”
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Happy July, my dears!
xo
Natalie

Winners and Life Lately!


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Email me and I will send you details and your code 🙂 YAY! Can’t wait to see what new specs ya’ll pick out! Be sure to tweet or instagram me 🙂

Around here it has been all vintage dresses and wonderful picnics, just the way I like June! Don’t you agree?

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 {vintage dress complete with pockets!}
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{my favorite vintage cooler shaped like a picnic basket}
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{his and hers drinks…mine was the DELICIOUS Strawberry-Rhubarb agave soda, and his was the grapefruit San Pellegrino}
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{cold cuts, sharp cheese, homemade potato salad, chips and fruit snacks}
PS. You can find more of my summer adventures on my brand-new instagram! 🙂 
We also had a stack of magazines to read and played Frisbee. Perfect summer evening. 
Here’s to many more picnics this year!
And more giveaways with more winners!
🙂
xo
Natalie

#allthethings

This is a new feature 😉 It’s “Hashtag All the Things,” or #allthethings, as it is popularly referred to. It’s the hodge-podge catch-up, favorites, little things posts. So here we go…
The best thing about the day after Christmas? Leftover lasagna. Lasagna and Christmas toffee for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sometimes I really am Buddy the Elf.
Christmas Night, my poem for Darling Magazine, read by me as a special after-Christmas treat! Wearing my Christmas Eve outfit

Can I just take a moment to recognize how amazingggggggggg my hair decided to look on Christmas Day with a terrible webcam shot?! 
Christmas Day outfit: Feather/Velvet hair barette from Anthropologie, Gold Silk Charmeuse Blouse from TJ Maxx yearsssss ago, Vintage black cardigan with black beading, jeans from ON, black lace-up boots from Timberland.

Just a few little things for ya’ll!
Hope you had a Merry Christmas!
xo
Natalie

What to Wear for a Cold-Weather Mud Run

I spent an entire week fretting over what to wear to this mud run I was attending. When I found out it was going to be 30 or 40 degrees, I researched, and researched, and had a hard time coming up with any information on what to wear. I went to the thrift store on Friday afternoon, when the mud run was on Saturday. In my head, I envisioned a long sleeve pink shirt, but knowing how thrifting goes, I was ready to settle for a pilled, losing-stretch-everywhere, loose-around-the-neck castoff. But! Lo and behold I happened to find this beautiful, brand-new-looking Reebok mock-turtleneck in my preferred shade of hot pink. Score! I also purchased some trashed tennis shoes, intending to wear those. The morning of the race I put them on and realized they had absolutely no traction and they had a plastic piece from the heel coming through that would have given me intense blisters.
So I ditched those in favor of my Merrell Trail Runners (which often get muddy anyway) and the rest I had already. 
Here’s the breakdown: 

Spandex sports bra: American Eagle 
Underwear: Spandex sports underwear from Patagonia
Long-Sleeve Turtleneck sports top (stretchy and easy to clean): Reebok/thrifted
Shorts: Adidas/thrifted (if you feel comfortable in just running tights, rock it, but I wanted another layer!)
Running Tights: Nike/tag sale
Socks: Dollar store (these will get kind of trashed unless you have synthetic socks, but those make it easier to slip out of your shoe)
Shoes: Merrell trail runners/gift (make sure they’re washable and tie them really tightly!) 
Spandex or another sporty material is best because the mud will slide off and won’t cake in the fibers to stain. You’ll want to bring a towel and dry clothes (including underthings), as well as a trash bag or two to put the dirty things into after you change.
I did not wear my vest, gloves or sunglasses for the race. The key is to keep moving! If you stand still too long you’ll get cold no matter what you’re wearing. I think there was less mud though, since the ground was very cold. 
At the end of the run, I took the whole lot home and threw it in the washing machine immediately. It all came out just fine! 
Have fun, be safe, and enjoy!
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 

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