Spring Style

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Goodness I love me some Spring style. These are my most-favorite colors. Give me some pink and mint and I’m a happy girl. 
What are your go-to colors?

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I actually try not to make my outfits TOO perfect. A little imperfection is good for the soul. —> Click to Tweet!  

In this case, we have unpainted nails and “hot mess hair”–that is to say, “my hair dryer conked out in great fanfare this morning and I’m lucky to still be alive.” I might be exaggerating that a slight bit but there was smoke involved, not gonna lie.  

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Tying the cardigan was a moment of inspiration since it’s a long cardigan and the proportions were off and I was in a hurry.
I love this look and am going to deploy it in the future for sure. 

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I love this outtake, it has a certain ethereally happy and unintentionally beautiful quality to it, if I may say so myself.
It just reminds me that I’m happy, and I think that’s a wonderful thing. 
I hope you’re deep-heart-happy this beautiful Spring Monday. 
Find the beauty. 
xo
Natalie

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

Spring Wardrobe Additions

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It’s springtime! Ok, well, really, here in New England it’s mud season, but that’s nothing some Hunter wellies can’t conquer. I spent a bit of time hunting around my favorite consignment and thrifting spots for a few Spring Wardrobe additions, focusing mostly on neutral basics upon which to build with colorful accessories. Here’s what I picked up:

1.) Vince Black Leggings Perfect for everyday wear with any light sweater long enough to cover my bum. LOVE these tucked into my Hunter wellies on rainy days.

2.) Jill Stuart Cream Pea Coat A nice change of pace from my heavy down coat on the days I need it. I’ve only needed it a few times though!

3.) Catherine Melandrino Bell-Sleeve Openwork Sweater Oh my goodness I canNOT stop wearing this. I’m so in love with it. It’s baby alpaca so it’s warm but not bulky, and with a colored tank underneath it’s nice and cheery.

4.) Pink Gauze Star Scarf from American Eagle A colorful addition. I love my black/gray star scarf so much I had to grab this one when I spotted it.

5.) Adriano Goldschmied Brown Corduroy Pants I LOVE AG cords because they have the perfect amount of Spandex in them. I snagged these on ThredUp (review coming soon!).

6.) Gap Academy Blazer Adoring the neon pink lining on the cuffs & collar of this sweatshirt-material blazer.

7.) J.Crew Ankle-Zip Cords I already have these in seafoam, but gray is so versatile and looks great with all of my seafoam and light pink spring tops.

8.) Wool-blend shorts These are so cute and perfect for warm days in that almost-spring weather that’s warm with a cool breeze. I think these will look great with my light pink sweater.

Of course I also loaded up on some spring nail polish colors, which will be in a separate post 🙂 And a cute new polka-dot umbrella because it’s April, after all.

What have you added to your wardrobe for Spring? Are you loading up on bright things or sticking with neutrals like me?

Add Some Blue Skies to Your Day

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A bright Spring coat, such as my bright pink wool version from J.Crew, is a must-have for this time of year. You’re sick of your heavy down winter coat, right? Me too. Investing in a transition coat (or a few, I also have a seafoam green coat and a red trench!) bring color and light to your wardrobe while still keeping you warm on the days Spring decides to be not-so-nice.

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Oh Spring! How tempestuous a season you are! Snow, rain, “wintry mix”, this abominable thing called “freezing mist” and then…bright, glorious blue skies! How my heart soars! I’m absolutely LOVING my sky-blue nail polish from Sinful Colors (Bright Lucite-dont’ya love that name?!). Glossy, gorgeous blue sky nails are a sure-fire way to bring some brightness to your wardrobe (and your life!).

What are some ways YOU add color to your life this time of year? Do you have a bright rain coat, umbrella, wellies, or a favorite shade of nail polish? Let me know in the comments!

Spring Things

Enjoying the sunshine, bright lips, and big sunglasses! 

Slowly working on my office and pulling a few pretty things together here 🙂 

Over the weekend I made some strawberry sauce and lemon curd. YUM!
Then I baked some blueberry muffins to enfold all of that delicious lemony-goodness. It was also delish on shortbread cookies, obviously. 
Then of course I had a LOT of dishes to do.
Good thing I have these pretty sink things to make it happy! Pretty colors & aromatherapy soap for the win! 
{hot pink pot scrubbie//method frosted fir hand soap//mrs. meyer’s lemon verbena dish soap//mrs. meyer’s radish hand soap//green sponge//wood veggie brush}
I’m obsessed with Mrs. Meyer’s products. And that tiny bottle? Target $1 section (with attached coupon for $1 off a big bottle, so it’s win-win). That’s also where I found this little crate that is going to be perfect to use as part of my Easter table centerpiece! (it’s hanging out on my office shelf above right now!) 

PS> Radish sounds weird but it’s actually one of my favorite Mrs. Meyer’s scents, and for some reason reminds me of the cute kitchen I had in my condo in Florida! 

And the bunny towel? Smitten. My grandma lovingly embroidered that. I adore it (and her!).
#allthehappythings 

Show me your happy little Spring things on Twitter? Hashtag it #allthehappythings!

xo
Natalie

You Make it Beautiful: Happy Spring

beautiful early-morning spring light through my curtains.

It’s Spring. And my heart struggles with this, in a strange way. I know normally Sunshiney Natalie would be screaming from the rooftops (especially after a maple latte this morning) that it’s SPRING YA’LL!

But really my heart is just in a little bit of a no-not-Spring place. Just a bit of a “let me stay here, buried in snow, I’m fine…really…” sort of half-smile place. More like the several inches of snow we got last night and the gray day here with my candle and vintage lamp and a warm mug of goodness in my fleece pajama pants (yes, still, at 11am #writerlife) snuggled under a blanket that has Love written in several languages on it. Just a little bit more of this.

I’ve been thinking lately of when I was little, how I spent so much time in my room quietly creating, happy as a clam to be in a cozy space creating beauty out of nothing more than glitter and gluesticks and paper and words. I would write all sorts of little storybooks and set up a shop to sell them to my mom for a nickel each. Just a happy little quiet Natalie-heart.

And then life. 
You know what I’m sayin’? 

Today is one of those days where I feel that unequivocally, life pressed down on top of my heart. Anxiety, selfishness, fear, bitterness…not so pretty.

See the truth of the matter is, I have a tender heart. I have a poet’s heart underneath it all, when we get down to it. One that sees pain and the quietness and the joy of life and takes it in deeply. A heart that has been wrecked with pain and brokenness.

These soft hearts like mine don’t just bounce back quickly. It is a bit more fragile. A bit more malleable. A bit more attentive and empathetic and a whole lot softer. It still hurts now and again and I face the thought of blooming into spring one more time with trepidation.

But I’m thinking how I don’t want an “And then life” life. Not worldly-life. I want heart-life. I want quiet-beauty-inner-happy-deep-well-soft-heart-poet-eyes-take-it-all-in-and-bring-it-back-to-life-and-breathe-it-out life. A happy little quiet Natalie-heart.

So I guess that means I do want Spring. The beautiful, life-giving, revival of Spring.  To breathe that in again and let it fill me. To sit with that for awhile, to heal and slowly be brought back to life.

“You take brokenness aside and You make it beautiful.” Amen.
 
Happy Spring, my dears! 
xo
Natalie

Sequins and Suede

My friends have been asking me for more style posts. Truth be told, you wouldn’t want to see most of my style from recently, ha! It’s been your standard March-in-New-England parade of jeans tucked into muck boots with varying sweaters, vests, and scarves. It’s all rather formulaic and predictable. 

But Sundays…well, on Sundays I can be persuaded (per-sueded? ha, crack myself up ;)) to put on some suede and sequins. And some color. Oh man am I craving color in my wardrobe right now! So this outfit is from Sunday 🙂
 Are you craving spring and your spring wardrobe? I am! It’s almost here!
Sunnies? Local store
Cutwork sweater? Kohls
Bauble necklace? Caroline G.
Sequin Tank? Ann Taylor
Orange jeans? Target
Suede boots? Steve Madden
xo
Natalie

Blowfish Shoes GIVEAWAY!-CLOSED

{how cute is this Blowfish ad?}

As I said yesterday, I am so thrilled to be able to give one reader any pair of Blowfish shoes their heart desires. 
Did you hear that?
ANY PAIR YOU WANT!
I suggest a big iced coffee to sip while you peruse their website.

Might I also suggest the Illi in Natural Straw, like moi?

You, too, could rock the straw wedges with the cute little almond toe shape and blush at all the compliments comin’ your way. Though, really, any of their shoes are sure to garner compliments. And they are way comfy, ya’ll.
How to Enter:
Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment here, on this post, telling me your favorite shoe from Blowfish Shoes’ current collection
Giveaway open to US residents only. Ends Monday, May 27th at midnight ET. 
Extra Entries: 
(leave a separate comment for each one)
10.) Follow Good Girl Style on BlogLovin’

That’s TEN ways to enter to win. Cross your fingers (and toes) for some cute new summer shoes 🙂

*Giveaway sponsored by Blowfish Shoes. Thank you, Blowfish!

Subtle Monday

Just a few pictures.
That’s all. 
The words in my heart this Monday morning are subtle, quiet, pondering thoughts for God. Or maybe for a wordy blog post later tonight 😉
Either way, for now, it’s just a few subtle Monday morning pictures of a sundress and Swedish clogs. 
Sunnies & Earrrings: GoFish Clothing//Dress: Target//Cardi: Thrifted Marc Jacobs//Clogs: Hasbeens
MINTED WINNER: Congratulations to Briana D. the winner of the $50 credit to Minted.com. Email me at goodgirlstyleblog (at) gmail (dot) com, Briana! Enjoy 🙂 
Into the week!

Houndstooth & Hearts

There is something so classically striking about houndstooth, jeans, and patent heels, don’t you think? I adore it. Add a french twist, and some heart-polka-dots on my peplum top, and I’m one happy girl. 

So, story:
I ran into a friend at Goodwill. 
You guys, that means I have friends here! I have people I know and run into in random places at random times! I’m official!
Also, I got a Pottery Barn charging station for $3.99. So that was great. 
But you know how she said she recognized me? My hairstyle. 
Ha.
I guess I sure do a lot of 60-inspired hair twists 🙂 
Random sunnies; Lisa Leonard – ((together)) Necklace; Forever21 sweater; Kohls tank; Old Navy jeans; thrifted DvF heels (what a score!)

Have a beautiful day, my friends!