Thoughts By Natalie » beauty and style honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:43:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Noonday Collection: Sweet Clementine Bib Tue, 17 Sep 2013 19:00:00 +0000 I recently discovered Noonday Collection, which is a home, jewelry and accessories brand that offers pieces handcrafted by artisans from around the world—all who receive a fair living wage for their work. Every item is handcrafted in style, with love, and creates a pathway out of poverty for these artisans. Better yet, proceeds also help place orphans in forever families—a mission I absolutely love. The necklace above is their new Sweet Clementine Bib, which I paired with my skinnies, a lace peplum top, ankle boots and my favorite fall jacket… JACKET: J.Crew // NECKLACE: Noonday Collection // TOP: Target (similar) // JEANS: American Eagle // BAG: Merona // BOOTIES: Urban Outfitters (similar) Have you heard of Noonday Collection? Which of their pieces would you put on your wish list? Photos snapped by my super awesome, non-photographer hubby Brian. He’s the best! (Disclosure: the necklace featured in this post was provided by Noonday Collection. All opinions are my own.)]]> 3 The Beauty Balance Thu, 05 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 One thing I love about my husband is how encouraging he is. He cheers me on and lets me know when he’s proud of me—and he tells me I’m beautiful all the time. And while I love being complimented and knowing that the person I love most finds me attractive, I also know that this 20-something figure of mine won’t be here forever. And that thought got my thinking—doesn’t real beauty need to be told it’s beautiful, too? Just as much, if not even more than physical beauty? These thoughts consumed me for a while (so much so I wrote about it for Darling’s Issue No. 3 in the spring in a piece called Body Language) until I decided to let Brian know how I felt—that in order for me to continue to redefine beauty in my own head, I needed him to affirm that I had beauty that was more than my appearance. Immediately he caught on, taking opportunities he previously used to tell me he liked my outfit to instead tell me he liked my brain (I love when he says this), or my kindness or the way I write. It was amazing how much more those words ...]]> 0 Four Eyes Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 You guys, I have a confession: I am a total glasses addict. Though only minorly vision impaired (don’t drive with me at night without corrective lenses on!), every year I like to add a pair of frames to my collection—usually about this time of year. So with glasses on the brain, I of course ordered five pairs from Warby Parker to try on at home! Of the five, there was a very clear winner, so that makes the decision easy. That being said, I realized that the new pair I’m going to order is rather different than my previous pair, and also the pair before that… My first pair of Warby Parker glasses, Sibley. My second pair of Warby Parker glasses, Pierce. My soon-to-be third pair of Warby Parker glasses, Chandler. Do you wear glasses? What styles do you typically go for? Which brand is your favorite? P.S. How to pick glasses for your face shape.]]> 0 Laws Of Attraction Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:51:00 +0000 I recently stumbled upon an article in T Magazine called Laws of Attraction. It’s about how a woman’s true beauty is uncovered with age, and how this is something that is done especially well by the French, who know how to honor what happens to women as they age. Though I’m only 26, I have always been especially interested in aging, especially why women tend to feel less beautiful as they grow wiser, and also why our culture seems to be uncomfortable with the female aging process. The piece was so fascinating I read it several times, and wanted to share some of my favorite parts with you in order to have a bit of a discussion on the topic (my emphasis added)… “Only with stupid men does a woman’s intelligence count against her. But maybe a hundred generations of stupid men have succeeded in convincing women that they’re only as good as the condition of their skin. There has probably never been a period so youth-obsessed as ours: we speak of unlined faces as we once spoke of noble minds, and a certain Fitzgeraldian gold lies in the shallow caverns of youth, from where our popular culture mines it ...]]> 2 Madewell Fall Favorites Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:30:00 +0000 The theme of the Madewell fall collection is wildly simple, featuring a mix of cool and classic pieces that absolutely have me swooning. If I had to ditch my entire wardrobe and start totally fresh, this is pretty much what I’d replace it with… Fairends™ Flannel Baseball Hat ($48) Baseball caps are absolutely a must-have right now—they go with anything and do wonders for a bad hair day. Take a risk and give it a try! Viewpoint Sweater ($125) For me, this season is all about the cozy sweaters. I absolutely love the boxy cut of this one, in addition to the ever-so-faint geometric detail near the waist. Varsity Striped Tee ($49.50) I love the tomboy feel of this super soft-looking shirt. Plus, I’m a sucker for anything with a stripe on it. Flannel Tomboy Workshirt in Plaid ($74) Flannel shirts are pretty much the epitome of fall and winter. I particularly love the red color on this shirt, and can see myself pairing it with a super sparkly necklace to create a more feminine touch. Bien Fait Sweatshirt ($75) I love the fact that fancy sweatshirts are in style. This one in particular says “bien” on the front and ...]]> 0 True Beauties Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:39:00 +0000 My obsession with real beauty has been around for as long as I can remember. I always knew that beauty had to be more than what was presented to us in the glossy magazines and billboards—that surely it wouldn’t be worth our time to pursue the kind of “beauty” that has to do with looking like what our culture has decided is “pretty.” When I started blogging, I knew I wanted to be someone who wrote about deeper issues. Though I’ve learned that it’s fun to mix in the light-hearted things—like style posts, hair tutorials, and healthy recipes—I decided to introduce a new series in 2011 that would help me highlight the unique kind of lasting beauty I saw in so many of my friends. The six-question interview series was called True Beauty, and I’m sad to say that yesterday marked one year since I’d done one of the interviews. During my run yesterday (as well as this morning while making my coffee) I kept praying for inspiration for today’s post. What needed to be written about? What about beauty needs to be said today? What do people need to hear right now? And moments after I sent this tweet, ...]]> 0 Get The Look: Stripes, Denim & Sparkle Wed, 14 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000 01 / 02 / 03 / 04 Outfit photo snapped by Brian for the Sseko 30 Days / 30 Ways campaign.]]> 0 Beauty Icon: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy Sat, 10 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000 After reading What Remains, I absolutely fell in love with Carolyn Bessette Kennedy all over again. A little known fact: I met her on a beach in Big Sur while she and John were celebrating their first anniversary, and she was as kind and beautiful as you might imagine. Below is a piece I did on her classic makeup look for Glitter Guide this week—a look I personally adore and strive for myself! Known for her smooth golden locks, fresh face and minimalist style, the late Carolyn Bessette Kennedy was a timeless beauty and a true fashion icon. Her makeup mirrored her style in many ways—clean, simple and fuss-free. To recreate her look, keep skin as healthy-looking as possible. If you can wear it bare, go for it! If you need a little extra coverage, use BB cream to achieve her classic fresh-faced look. Make sure your eyebrows are well-groomed, and stick with really clean lids—skipping the eyeshadow and liner altogether, or choosing a shadow that’s close to your skin tone. Add a coat or two of quality mascara. Finish off the face with a ruby red shade of lipstick—a signature look of hers! Get her look: >> Dr. Jart+ ...]]> 0 The J.Crew Look Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Style-wise, there is little I love more than the J.Crew look. The casual-chic styling of the clothes, the undone hairstyles on the models, and of course, the carefree-yet-put-together makeup that has become a signature part of the brand’s look for women. I recently stumbled on one of J.Crew’s blog posts dedicated totally to the hair and makeup styling seen in every J.Crew photograph (including those above), and thought some of you might be interested to learn some J.Crew style tips. The following quotes are directly taken from Gayle’s Beauty Tips, a post featured originally on the J.Crew blog. Eyes—Keep It Simple The J.Crew models typically have very minimal eye makeup—sometimes just a bit of mascara or eyeliner and that’s it. According to Gayle, “Defined eyes don’t call for tons of makeup. Just darken your brows for a bit of contrast, then curl your lashes sans mascara. My biggest secret? Apply an ultrathin line of eyeliner in a burnished brown right where your eyelashes meet the skin—and that’s really it.” Not sure how to do your eyebrows? Learn how here. Hair—Undone and Tousled I love that the J.Crew look is easy and imperfect. This is what Gayle recommends for achieving that ...]]> 0 Facing Beauty Fears Thu, 01 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000 At the beginning of July, I got an email from Glitter Guide’s editorial director Caitlin asking me if I might be interested in tackling their next sponsored post for Old Navy. I was told I would get to keep the clothes I styled and hire a friend to snap the photos—two things that sounded great to me—but then I saw what my topic was: shorts and tees. You might recall one of my recent blog posts on the topic of shorts. In a nutshell, I’m not really a fan. Not because shorts are ugly, but because I rarely feel beautiful when I personally wear them. I felt conflicted—I knew doing the post would be a really great opportunity and challenge for me, but I also knew that I’d have to face my big fear of shorts head-on—and be photographed, as well. Totally scared and unsure, I decided to face my fear and commit. I’d be lying if I said the whole thing was a piece of cake from there. Truth be told, I tried on every pair of adorable shorts at Old Navy, but of course saw nothing but lies in the mirror. There were so many shorts to choose ...]]> 1