Le Tote Trial

Hi guys! I FINALLY filmed another vlog…the unboxing of my first LE TOTE ! Le Tote is a clothing rental subscription company. They send you 3 pieces of clothing and 2 accessories and you can wear them as many times as you want in a month before sending them back (dirty!) and getting another selection next month. Or if you send the items back sooner, you can get another box the same month. It is $59 a month, and if you like something, you can keep it at a reduced price. I’m SUPER excited by the items in my first box and can’t wait to wear them. Have you tried LE TOTE ? What did you think? This is NOT a sponsored post but the links are affiliate links 🙂 Try it free for 14 days!!

  Le Tote First Box Free
Enjoy!!
Natalie 

Monday {Makeup} Vlog!

I have a treat for you today! A Monday vlog, featuring my daily summer makeup routine! I haven’t done a daily routine makeup vlog in ages, and for some reason the last one I did is totes MIA online, so here’s a refresher with all of my favorite CURRENT products. Featuring the Physician’s Formula “Nude Wear” line that I’m loving, this is a long tutorial but shows you the process beginning to end, and is at least a little entertaining along the way, tee hee. Enjoy and don’t forget to follow me on YouTube for the latest updates!
 

What I’m Reading

Vlog Monday 1/19: Reading from Natalie of Good Girl Style on Vimeo.

I have this bad habit of recording vlogs on Monday and not posting them until Friday, just to confuse you. I really should just wait until the next Monday, but…I’m terrible at waiting. And you need to know about these books!


Living Well, Spending Less 
(provided by BookLookBloggers)
by Ruth Soukup
4 stars
Ruth Soukup’s popular blog (I read it myself!) has been translated into a book by the same title. Blog-to-book direct translations can be hard to manage, but Soukup does a great job here of bringing more fullness and personal stories to the book, along with action steps. Best of all, Soukup doesn’t shy away from her Christian faith one iota, which is so refreshing. I also really appreciated Soukup’s honesty in sharing her own relatable life stories. This is not ground-breaking information, but if you like Living Well, Spending Less the blog, you’re sure to enjoy the book. What is at least slightly ground-breaking is her use of QR codes throughout the book to give readers direct access to extra resources on her blog. I wasn’t sure about this, because I was under the impression that QR codes never took off, but then again, I only got a smart phone a few months ago. It was a quick read that’s sure to glean one or two things that add value to your life. Then, pass it along to a friend so she can get a few tips to add value to her life. Plus, this cover is so pretty, and…well, sometimes I judge a book by its cover. I know, I know.

Make it Happen
(provided by BookLookBloggers)
by Lara Casey
5 stars
Lara Casey’s writing comes to life and stirs the soul. There’s just no other way to put it. This book is sure to inspire you to Make it Happen in your own life. And if you aren’t sure what “it” is that God has called you to? Casey has the formula and the grace to help you uncover the divine appointments God has created for YOU right where you are, with what you have. Casey teaches us to be faithful with the little, but to nurture it and grow it in accordance with God’s heart for us. Casey writes with heart, in a a vulnerable but grace-filled way that is easy to soak up into your soul and translate into action. The action-steps and thought-provoking questions along the way, along with the entire last section about HOW TO make it happen, beg for a pretty notebook and long, uninterrupted hours in the coffee shop. Or at least, an hour too late after bedtime with the nightstand lamp on. I highly recommend this one. Bonus: It also has a pretty cover!

Loved Back to Life
(provided by BookLookBloggers)
by Sheila Walsh
5 stars
Oh, this title just spoke to me so loudly. I’ve used those exact words about myself, needing to be loved back to life. Sheila Walsh had it all together before…well, it all fell apart. See it’s funny that our facade of perfection crumbles so quickly, isn’t it? The thing we most wish to protect (our image) is the first thing that goes tumbling down, bringing our worst fears to life. Depression, anxiety and recovery are very touchy subjects to write about. Sheila is able to share her story in a tone that is incredibly motherly and yet sisterly at the same time, with finesse. She is beside you, but has gone before you. Her own story gives strength and hope and a sense of God’s divine plan for every person. To live with peace and in an intensely intimate relationship with Him, deeply dependent upon Him. I had never heard of Walsh before (I don’t have a TV, ha!), but appreciate her story and her sharing it.

And a bonus not in the vlog that I just finished:

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
(provided by the local library, ha!)
by Mindy Kaling
4 stars
I’ve been reading a lot of deeper, self-help and/or business books and was looking for something lighter. This definitely fit the bill. Mindy Kaling, from her start on The Office to her new Mindy Project, has always been a fun one to watch…her personality shines through and she just is. I love that she doesn’t apologize for who she is. The first half of this book is hilariously funny (I wrote a bunch of alternate titles over on Twitter of the best lines), but the book drags a bit in the middle as she gets more biographical about her start on The Office and as a writer. This book is half tell-all, half comedic romp and all Mindy. If you love her, this is a gem of a book. I highly recommend reading it on an airplane so you can snicker out loud and everyone will be annoyed and wonder what you’re up to. Or read it in bed with meatloaf for dinner on your lap because that’s what I did. I feel that both of these would be Mindy-approved reading scenarios.
*Bonus: Mindy went to Dartmouth like I did, so I’m pretty sure we’re best friends. #duh #obvs

Happy reading, my dears!

Catch Up!

Time for a catch-up post! 
A day-late vlog: 
Featuring:
DaySpring (affiliate link)
 GroopDealz (affiliate link)
(my shirt from there, but no longer available)

I’ve been busy on the interwebs lately! New poems for Darling Magazine:

And I’ve been baking up some goodies around the web, too: 

Candy Cane Meringues that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day!

and, for a lighter, New Year’s dessert…Bruleed Grapefruit with Honey-Yogurt Sauce

Tell me what you’ve been up to lately in the comments!

Have a great week!

Friday Vlog #likeaboss

You guys the vlogs I recorded today…it’s just…I don’t even know. Is it nap time yet? #caffeinecrazy #caffeinecrash Sigh. Enjoy my craziness? I settle down after the first minute or so.
The Friday Things: 
1.) Tea Forte Tea (yes it DOES have mango! ha! and it’s on sale!)
2.) Onecklace monogram necklaces!

3.) The sweater is the one from this outfit.

4.) Clinique A Different Grape lipstick
5.) Sally Hansen Hard Lemonade nail polish
Happy Weekend!
xo
Natalie

Red Lips + Friday Vlog

Hi friends! It’s Friday and that means another caffeinated vlog from moi 😉 
The Friday Things: 
1.) I’d love to invite YOU to think up a creative act of humble service for someone close to you. It’s so much fun and I promise you’ll be the recipient of the love just as much as the person you bless. 
2.) I’m thinking this lipstick is too much for my pale winter skin right now. Oh well, some days a girl just needs the red lipstick, #amIright? 
3.) Jennie Allen’s Restless. Get it.

4.) The song that has the line about chaos to order that I am digging right now.

4.) Maple latte perk your interest? Make it at home, my lovelies! 1/3 of the cup with espresso or hot, strong brewed coffee, 2/3 steamed milk (foamed if you have a whisk or aerator) and 1 Tablespoon maple syrup. Top with the foam from the milk and a drizzle of maple syrup. 
Enjoy in a Kate Spade mug because #Friday. 
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

Fancy Friday Vlog

Hey friends! It’s Friday…time for a vlog!
I just have to tell you that God is bringing so much light back to my heart and so much life back to my body. I can just feel it, you know? Like an internal Spring, ha. #blessingsbacktopraise
New theory: The happier I am the crazier/more vintage my outfits get. This is shown in some recent sartorial choices: 
Basically I am Blair Waldorf in real life.
Also yes I do have tights with knee patches. Aren’t you jealous? #thoughtso
Anyway, did you watch My Hope with Billy Graham on TV last night? If you didn’t catch it, you can stream it at any time here. You can also see my live tweets if you follow me on Twitter!

Also I read a poem for a contest and if you’re interested you can vote for me here! I’m so not going to win but we can at least maybe keep me out of last place? Yeah that’d be cool.

I hope you have a great weekend!
xo
Natalie
#sorryforallthehashtags
#I’mjustexcited

Monday Dress & Vlog

Loved this outfit! Perfect for church and Sunday errands. So cozy, comfy and cute. Latte-colored dress & shoes that look like pointe shoes! 

{walkin’ on a log cause it’s a fall thing to do}
{shoes + pointe shoes}
Vlog for a Monday like a BOSS: 
Don’t mind me…just being silly. 
Have a great week! 
xo
Natalie