Thoughts By Natalie » fall fashion honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:00:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Black & Camel Sat, 23 Nov 2013 14:00:54 +0000 Black and camel—two colors that are the best of friends. I love the way a base layer of black can create a chic palette, and the softness of camel tones keeps the whole look from being too much. I also love adding gold metallic details into the mix—like a pendant necklace, and shoes with a buckle. This works for the everyday, and also for more casual holiday gatherings. I wore this look earlier this week to run errands and host a friend for dinner (awesome for having company over since it’s so, so comfortable—but not in an embarrassing, I’m-in-my-pajamas kind of way), and let me just say, I felt both sexy and cozy. I’ll definitely be keeping this look in the rotation. Mossimo Open Sweater // Bauble Bar Deco Medallion Pendant Necklace // Mossimo Supply Co. Boyfriend Scoop Tee // HOBO Sheila Bag // J.Crew Pixie Pant in Leather Tuxedo Stripe or J.Crew Pixie Pant // Merona Kailey Ankle Boot P.S. I started a new tab up top (under the “style” tab) dedicated to neutral wardrobe looks and inspiration—be sure to bookmark it if this style resonates with you ;)]]> 0 Casual Chic Neutrals Wed, 20 Nov 2013 17:12:08 +0000 I’ve been spending a lot of time lately refining my personal style. My view on style is that it is a form of self-expression—not a tool for comparison or vanity. I honestly do not believe that there is even good style and bad style. It’s truly a matter of opinion, and what we choose to wear should always be a reflection of who we are and how we feel, rather than something to get attention or compliments. Over the past month I’ve realized there are a lot of clothes I’m hanging onto that I don’t really wear and I don’t really love, and it’s gotten me thinking about what it is I do love and what clothes make me feel most like me. The answer? Neutrals. Lots and lots of neutrals. I’ll write a lot more on this later (specifically, how to create a small, chic, neutral wardrobe that works), but for now I give you a smidgen of inspiration from my closet—simple, cozy, chic and 100% my style—oh, and of course it includes the most perfect cozy sweater. It’s absolutely one of my new wardrobe staples! Mossimo Open Sweater // J.Crew Facotry Striped Layering V-Neck Tee or LOFT Striped ...]]> 14 The Perfect Cozy Sweater Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:07:38 +0000 Well, I seem to have found it—the perfect cozy sweater to snuggle up in and layer with for fall and winter. Wear it out and about, with comfy layers on Thanksgiving day, or just at home with your jammies—either way, it totally works. Did I mention it’s super soft? I purchased it yesterday (and styled it this way), and let me just say, it was a pretty big hit. I’m totally obsessed with it and I have a feeling you will be too. Get it here >>]]> 6 10 Most Versatile Ankle Boots Fri, 08 Nov 2013 17:41:59 +0000 We all think of boots when we think of fall, but there is one specific type of boot that really has me swooning. Ankle boots are comfortable, casual, chic and pair easily with anything (jeans, leggings, dresses, skirts, you name it!). I personally wear mine almost everyday—mostly with a skirt (here, here and here) or skinny jeans (here, here, here and here), and sometimes with my favorite Hudson jeans. These are a few of my absolute favorites at the moment. SHOP THE POST: Dolcetta Cutout Boot ($69) I adore everything about these boots—from the cutouts and wraparound strap to the polished buckle and stacked heel. Bonus: they’re made of vegan leather!]]> 0 Vintage-Inspired Baubles Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:00:19 +0000 I feel like I’m seeing vintage-inspired jewelry everywhere—and I don’t hate it. I’m especially into all-things with an Art Deco vibe, and I love the mix of icy crystal with warm gold tones (and even tortoise). Although I’m admittedly one to wear statement jewelry on a daily basis, the holidays are no doubt a perfect opportunity to show off bold baubles. (I personally purchased number three on this list with my birthday money—I not only have worn it nearly every day since, but I also plan to work it into all of my festive fall and winter wear!) Are you into vintage-inspired jewelry? Where’s your favorite place to get it? C Wonder Fan Jewel Earrings ($38) / C Wonder Stretch Bling Bracelet ($48) / J.Crew Crystal Chevron-Link Necklace ($108) / BaubleBar Tortoise Byzantine Crystal Pendant ($38) / J.Crew Radiant Statement Necklace ($135) / BaubleBar Cleo Pendant ($34) / J.Crew Crystal Shimmer Earrings ($58) / J.Crew Crystal Chevron-Link Bracelet ($85) / Britannia Round Cut Strand ($38) / C Wonder Vintage Spike Lucite Cuff ($58) SHOP THE POST:]]> 2 Madewell Sale (Extra 40% Off!) Fri, 01 Nov 2013 19:16:24 +0000 Consider this a friendly public service announcement that Madewell is having a sale you just might want to take advantage of—an extra 40% their sale styles using the code SWEETSALE! The sale ends tonight, so be sure to sneak in some shopping before you hit the hay tonight to take advantage of the sale. These are some of my personal favorites that are heavily discounted at the moment… honeydew® intimates x madewell lace bralette / journal cardigan in colorblock / long-sleeve sweatshirt dress / bistro mini / leafstitch crewneck in stripe / meshknot top / shimmerweave bomber / skinny skinny ankle coated motorcycle jeans / arrowstack necklace]]> 2 Edgy Prep Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:00:54 +0000 I put together this outfit for the event that was one of the main reasons we went to New England this month: my grandmother’s 90th birthday party. Lately, I’m really into mixing feminine with masculine, casual with chic and edgy with preppy. This felt sort of like a jumble of all of that in the best way. SHIRT: J.Crew (similar) // NECKLACE: J.Crew // SKIRT: H&M (similar & similar) // ANKLE BOOTS: Urban Outfitters, old (similar & similar)]]> 8 November J.Crew Looks I Love Sat, 26 Oct 2013 22:05:00 +0000 Is it just me, or do you also get giddy whenever a new J.Crew Style Guide is released? It never ceases to inspire me in my own personal style, as well as challenge some of the ways I put together the clothing I already have. Here are some of the looks released for the November guide that have me swooning… Barbour Winter Durham Jacket Collection Cashmere Jeweled-Collar Sweater / Toothpick Jean in velvet dot Colorblock Duffle Coat / Textured Stripe Sweater Collection Cashmere Tunic / Shirttail Mini Skirt Embellished Sweatshirt Houndstooth Tweed Schoolboy Blazer / Double Zip Sweater in colorblock / Cashmere Hat Andie Chino / Colorblock Duffle Coat / Valentina Pumps Colorblock Funnelneck Coat / Minnie Pants Double Zip Sweater in colorblock / Skinny Sweatpant Stretch Wool Moto Jacket / No.2 Pencil Skirt in double-serge wool / Valentina Pumps Marled Colorblock Sweater / Pixie Pant Excursion Quilted Vest / Collection Zip-Front Cashmere Hoodie Wool Shawl-Collar Blazer / Wool Utility Pant / New Balance® for J.Crew 620 Sneakers DETAILS FOR TOP LOOK: Collection Herringbone Topcoat / Printed Airy Wool Scarf SHOP THE POST:]]> 5 Seaside Casual Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Ever since the J.Crew Style Sessions event, I have not been able to get Minnie pants out of my mind. Comfortable, casual and cool, I knew I needed to incorporate them into my wardrobe as soon as possible. And thanks to birthday money from my parents and grandmother (and some time to shop in New York), I finally made those babies mine—plus the embroidered cap, striped shirt and stunning crystal necklace I’ve had my eye on for months. HAT: J.Crew // SHIRT: J.Crew (similar) // NECKLACE: J.Crew // PANTS: J.Crew // SHOES: Target (similar)]]> 4 Casual Blue Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:00:28 +0000 When the weather is chilly (and especially if it’s rainy), I love to wear clothes that are comfortable and cozy—and this black and blue number absolutely does the trick. To keep this look especially comfy (and rainy-day appropriate) I opted for a cross-body bag, which is easy to carry, and my favorite Hunter rain boots. SWEATER: Old Navy / SCARF: J.Crew, old / LEGGINGS: Lululemon (also, these) / BAG: Old Navy / WATCH: Timex // BOOTS: Hunter What do you like to wear when the weather gets chilly and damp? (Disclosure: These photos were taken as part of an Old Navy campaign for Glitter Guide.)]]> 4