follow friday – Thoughts By Natalie Style, motherhood, wellness + life. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 13:00:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Follow Friday: Love and Lemons Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Love and Lemons is an Austin, TX-based blog that is single-handedly helping me get back on track with cooking dinners at home. Jeanine creates the recipes, her husband Jack taste-tests and together they create the prettiest food photos I’ve ever seen. Almost everything on the blog is vegetarian, and discovering recipes is easy peasy thanks to the recipe browser. What I love most about the blog is two-fold. First, the photography is just stunning. It makes me want to get in the kitchen and cook something! Second, the recipes are wholesome and simple, usually without super long ingredients lists. If you like food, you must try at least one recipe from this blog. (See what I did there? Now you all have to try one. I recommend starting with the Vegan Stuffed Shells, which I made this week and was really impressed by. Doesn’t even taste vegan.) Have you heard of Love and Lemons? What are your favorite food blogs?]]> 2 Follow Friday: The Balanced Life Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:00:06 +0000 The Balanced Life is a blog for women who want to look and feel their best without giving up everything that makes life so enjoyable—a place to find true balance. Robin—a certified Pilates instructor, mom and all-around adorable person—is the girl behind the blog, constantly sharing resources that inspire her readers to take care of their bodies and minds for the right reasons: out of self-love, not out of guilt, and out of pride, not shame. The blog is full of tips for healthier living, including baby steps to balanced living, good-for-you recipes and beautiful posts on healthy body image and motherhood. Robin also offers free Pilates videos and programs all the time, in addition to her Balanced Beginnings prenatal Pilates and Pilates Body programs. See her post on Baby Steps to Balanced Living here >> If you’re looking to try Pilates, live a healthier life, or just for a positive space on the web, be sure to check out The Balanced Life! (Her Facebook and Instagram feeds are especially encouraging for those trying to make healthy life changes each day.) Have you heard of The Balanced Life? What health-oriented blogs are you following and loving these days?]]> 0 Follow Friday: Anne The Adventurer Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:13:52 +0000 Anne and I first got connected a few years ago through a nonprofit we were involved in. We instantly hit it off, and while we’ve never met in person (yet!), we’ve definitely had our share of emails, tweets and video chats, all making it feel like we’ve been friends for a long time. What I love most about Anne is her commitment to writing authentically—a trait I value immensely. If you don’t follow her blog yet, you absolutely should do so the moment you finish reading this interview. Oh, and she’s also on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and I’m sure she’d welcome a follow on those sites as well. Now, how about I let you get to know her for yourself? You are an amazing writer who is consistently authentic, honest, and vulnerable. When did you first realize was something you wanted to do professionally? Thank you so much! You are too kind. I’ve been writing stories and in journals since I was a small girl, and it really developed into a serious interest in high school. When I got to college my freshman year, I threw myself into writing classes and opportunities, and sought our internships and editorial opportunities […]]]> 10 Follow Friday: Pretty/Hungry Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:00:32 +0000 I first met Carissa at a mutual friend’s wedding, and immediately noticed her super-adorable daughter Elsa, who has the kind of cheeks you absolutely must squeeze. Carissa and I ended up sitting next to each other for dinner and got to talking—and several months later it feels like we’ve always been friends! In addition to being a kind person with a beautiful heart, a wife and a mother, Carissa is a food blogger at Pretty/Hungry—a blog all about making food that is appealing to the eye and the stomach. Below is an interview I did with Carissa about her blog, her favorite recipes, feeding a family on a budget, and finding balance in eating habits. (Oh, and Carissa also interviewed me for her blog today—you can check that out here!) What is your food philosophy, and what inspired you to start your food blog, Pretty/Hungry? I’ve shared with my own readers that my mother died very young, and because of that, I took on the role of “family cook” very early in life. But beyond that, food is my favorite way to create. I truly see cooking as an art form! And I’m bothered by how often I see a […]]]> 2 Follow Friday: Style Within Reach Fri, 20 Sep 2013 17:13:13 +0000 I first met Caitlin (well, e-met) a year ago when I started writing for Glitter Guide. As the editorial director for the site, she’s my editor and point of contact for all things glittery, sparkly and fun for Glitter Guide. In addition to her work for GG, though, she has an amazing blog of her own—Style Within Reach—which I’ve absolutely fallen in love with. The focus of the blog is style—personal, at home and otherwise—that is attainable and affordable. She features not only her personal style favorites, but also entertaining and decorating ideas that look beautiful but won’t break the bank. If you’re looking for a lifestyle blog with a focus on affordable style, be sure to check out Style Within Reach! Have you heard of Style Within Reach? Which blogs or websites have you discovered lately that you love? P.S. Catch up on previous Follow Friday posts here. All photos via Style Within Reach]]> 2 Follow Friday: A House In The Hills Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Sarah Yates is a wedding photographer, dog stylist, plant-based food lover, and the writer behind A House In The Hills—one of my absolute must-read blogs. She writes about style and food mostly, but also home, travel, life lessons and even her adorable photogenic pups. If you’re looking for an awesome new lifestyle blog with a focus on style and plant-based food, be sure to check out A House In The Hills! Have you heard of A House In The Hills? Which blogs or websites have you discovered lately that you love? P.S. Catch up on previous Follow Friday posts here. All photos via A House In The Hills]]> 0 Follow Friday: Camille Styles Fri, 09 Aug 2013 19:29:00 +0000 I’ve been a fan of Camille Styles since I first discovered the blog, and my love grew even greater when I ran into her at a grocery store in Texas last year and got to know her a little better while standing in the checkout line. She is every bit as kind and pleasant and beautiful as you would imagine—and her blog is a wonderful collaboration of the best things: entertaining, food, beauty & style and life. I love all of the DIY projects, hair and makeup how-to’s, party ideas, food and drink recipes, and effortless style tips (usually from Jen Pinkston, who we all know I already love)—not to mention the beautiful photos that always accompany the posts. This blog is just a big winner all around! If you’re looking for a lifestyle blog that’s visually appealing and full of creative, fuss-free inspiration, be sure to check out Camille Styles! Have you heard of Camille Styles? What blogs are you following and loving these days? All images via Camille Styles]]> 0 Follow Friday: The Effortless Chic Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 I first discovered Jen Pinkston through another one of my favorite blogs, Camille Styles. Jen does a series for the blog called My Life, Styled—and from the very beginning I’ve loved her classic yet playful looks. Her blog, The Effortless Chic, covers style, interiors, travel and food, and features her “understated chic aesthetic” and “celebrates the beauty in simple, elegant combinations.” I pretty much want to copy everything that Jen puts together—understated chic is certainly the look I’m aiming for with my wardrobe, and she does it so well. If you’re looking for a lifestyle blog that’s all about effortlessly beautiful combinations, be sure to check out The Effortless Chic! Have you heard of The Effortless Chic? What blogs are you following and loving these days? All photos via The Effortless Chic Keep in touch! Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest]]> 0 Follow Friday: Gal Meets Glam Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:00:00 +0000 0 Sunday Sessions: Bits of Inspiration Sun, 14 Jul 2013 18:43:00 +0000 Today’s post is part Sunday Sessions and part Follow Friday, as I’m sharing with you some beautiful prints I discovered on a blog I’ve recently found and fallen in love with. Minna So is a graphic designer, illustrator, student, entrepreneur and of course, blogger. In her own words, “My design esthetic is modern and sweet, and I love incorporating hand-drawn type and illustrations to give everything a more personal touch. I am always challenging myself to reach newer and higher heights. I feel like design is constantly evolving, which is really exciting to me… there is always something new around the corner, and more opportunities to explore.” I just adore her simple, clean style in all of its sweet femininity, and look forward to reading her blog regularly! Now, for some bits of inspiration, straight from Minna herself… Do any of these inspiring sayings speak into your life right now? How so? Images available as prints from the Minna May Print Shop]]> 0