Thoughts By Natalie » news honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:00:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nellie Magazine Launch Countdown Fri, 03 Jan 2014 13:30:59 +0000 Are you ready for a shameless plug? I sure hope so, because that’s what you’re going to get. The time is finally here—we’re just one day away from the launch of my newest project, Nellie Magazine!! As of tomorrow morning at 8:00am California time, you will all finally get to enjoy what our stellar team has been working on for the past couple months. Isn’t the countdown fun? If you’re excited to be part of what we’re creating with Nellie, we hope you’ll tell your friends! Here are some ways for you to help us spread the word (plus shareable goodies for you to snag)… SHARE ON FACEBOOK Whether it’s an article you read tomorrow once the site is live that you loved or just a link to the site in general, we’d love it if you’d share about Nellie with your Facebook friends! TWEET ABOUT US Our Twitter handle is @nelliemag, and we’d sure be thankful if you gave us a shout out (and a follow, for that matter)! PIN FROM OUR ARTICLES Pin any image (or all of them) from an article you love once you get a chance to peruse tomorrow (also, follow us on Pinterest to ...]]> 9 A New Project: Nellie Magazine Thu, 07 Nov 2013 20:56:14 +0000 I’ve been working on a new project that I am both excited and slightly nervous to share. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while, but admittedly something that had a lot of fear surrounding it. What if people didn’t like it? What if nobody wanted to be part of it? What if I don’t have what it takes? All of those thoughts crept in my head and I finally decided to ignore them and go for it. One of my biggest passions in life—in addition to helping redefine beauty in our culture—is helping women live fulfilling lives. Thus far, I’ve pursued that through my writing and personal relationships, but I recently realized that I could be doing even more. Although writing it is a major passion of mine, I couldn’t help but ask myself if I could create something more meaningful, valuable and successful if I created something more collaborative in nature. And so I did. Nellie Magazine is a guide to shining brightly in the everyday. We’ll cover style & living, health & wellness, home & entertaining and relationships & family with a goal of helping you live a radiant life that is fulfilling, inspiring and contagious. ...]]> 25 New Sponsor: The Balanced Life Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:51:17 +0000 Hooray for another new sponsor—The Balanced Life! The blog is written by an adorable gal named Robin, and is all about having a fresh approach to health & fitness (a mission I can personally stand behind). The blog was created for women who are tired of wasting time with diet regimens and exercise plans that don’t provide lasting results. It’s a place for women who want to look and feel their best without giving up everything that makes life so enjoyable. It’s a place to find balance. It’s a place to be inspired to take care of your body and mind for the right reasons—out of self-love, not out of guilt, out of pride, not shame. Be sure to swing by The Balanced Life to check out all of Robin’s healthy living wisdom. What makes your life feel in balance? What obstacles do you feel keep you from balance in your life? P.S. Be sure to check out her Real Women, Real Balance series—it’s awesome!]]> 3 Advertise In October Tue, 01 Oct 2013 15:56:12 +0000 Happy October! This is just a friendly reminder that I have spots available for October if you (or your friends) are interested! There are three options available this month: a featured spot (where “Anne The Adventurer” is right now—starts October 24), a sidebar spot (which goes in the “sponsors & affiliates” section), and a sponsored post (like all of these). If you are a blogger, an Etsy shop or business owner, a photographer, a stylist, or anyone looking to reach an audience of 20-something (give or take) women, I think I can help you out :) See current pricing on the advertising page.]]> 0 New Sponsor: Anne The Adventurer Thu, 26 Sep 2013 14:00:38 +0000 I’m so thrilled to have Anne The Adventurer as a sponsor this month—so I wanted to give you a quick intro to what she’s all about! Anne The Adventurer is a community dedicated to discovering adventure in everyday life, written by Anne Taylor. A blogger friend of mine who I truly admire, Anne never ceases to inspire me with her authenticity, vulnerability and willingness to talk about the hard stuff. She is committed to writing what’s real, and she’s really good at it! Be sure to swing by Anne The Adventurer and check her out for yourself! What qualities do you look for in bloggers you follow? P.S. Want to sponsor this blog? Check out the options on the advertising page—I’d love to share with my readers about you!]]> 0 Welcome, Friends! Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:31:31 +0000 As I shared last week, I’ve been working on a significant blog update—and this is the product of all of that work! It’s been a full several days of learning what felt like a new language, but I managed to successfully transfer from Blogger to this self-hosted WordPress blog, and find a theme that made this blog more readable and hopefully more fun for you to peruse. Here are the new things to note… IMPROVED NAVIGATION The new navigation bar at the top of the screen now includes links to the different categories of posts I share here on the blog—and includes drop-down menus! In the about tab, you’ll be able to access the about page, as well as the advertising, press + features, subscribe and contact pages. Under the category tabs (beauty, style, wellness, life), the drop-down menus include “all …” so you can view everything in the category, and also have links to popular tags within those categories to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. You’ll also notice a book club tab, making it easy for you to see what we’re reading and what we’ve read in the past, in case you’re in need of ...]]> 16 Blog Update In Progress Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:46:10 +0000 Last week I made a decision to make the switch from Blogger to WordPress. It’s something I’ve resisted for a long time, and still feel a little bittersweet about, as Blogger has been a good friend of mine for awhile. After all, Blogger is where I learned how to design my blog, and also is the platform I’ve become so familiar with over the years. That being said, I realized the goal is to make this blog work for you, the readers, and that WordPress would be able to offer a much better reading experience thanks to all of the advanced options it offers. That being said, I’ve spent the last two days fully immersed in all-things WordPress and literally don’t have any words in me to write a post today. So, I’ll just leave you with this teaser—that the site is going to have an updated look and feel very soon!—and also an invitation to let me know if there is anything you’d like to see from the new blog layout, navigation, etc. What would make this blog more readable for you? What features would you like to see in the new design (better commenting, drop-down navigation menus, bios ...]]> 0 Darling Online Makeover Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:06:00 +0000 Though my time at Darling Magazine is coming to a close, I will always be a supporter of the mission of the magazine and the way it’s changing women’s media. That being said, I’m so thrilled to say that Darling has a brand new website design, which has been in the making for months. It’s super visually appealing, clean and minimal and I couldn’t be more proud to have played a small part in making it happen. Be sure to swing by today and get acquainted with the new look, then let me know what you think of it! What do you like most about the new site? P.S. A peek at some of my very first articles for Darling!]]> 0 Darling Issue No. 5 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000 > Will you be pre-ordering a copy of Darling Magazine’s Fall Issue? P.S. Want to share about Darling Magazine’s Issue No. 5 on your blog or website? Feel free to snag the images above, or email me at for ...]]> 0 Darling’s Summer Issue: Now Shipping Fri, 21 Jun 2013 20:12:00 +0000 > Happy Friday!! Are you a Darling Magazine reader? P.S. If you want to share about Darling Magazine’s Summer Issue on your blog or website, I’ve shared some images for you to use in a previous blog post. Snag the photos here >> Images via @darlingmagazine and @beckyshannon on Instagram Keep in touch! Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest]]> 0