Thoughts By Natalie » tbn video honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:01:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How To Do A Rope Braid Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:04:32 +0000 Good news, friends! You know that braid I’ve been sporting lately that so many of you have been asking about? It’s called a rope braid, and today I’m teaching you how to do it. It only takes a minute, and requires basically no skill at all. It’s simple, quick, and an easy everyday hairstyle that could totally work for a holiday party, too—especially if your outfit is super fancy. Nothing better than a dressy outfit with simple, laid-back hair. Casual-chic at it’s finest. What do you think? Would you wear the rope braid?]]> 6 Quick Red Lip Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:00:21 +0000 If I had to choose one single accessory for the holidays it would go on my face and it would be called a bold red lip. Though once very afraid of lip color, I’ve grown to love it for special occasions or when I’m just feeling bold. Red is especially wonderful this time of year because it feels so holiday festive. I’ve tried a ton of different lipsticks, lip pencils and lip glosses and finally narrowed it down to a quick, two-product process that is easy, inexpensive and pretty much foolproof. The products I use are Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Rosey Nude and Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss in Evening Glow. Nervous to try it? Here’s some bold lip inspiration to motivate you to take the risk… What’s your favorite holiday accessory? What products/techniques do you use to get a bold red lip? P.S. Did you try this? Send me a photo and I’ll share it on the Facebook page! Images via Fashionologie, A CUP OF JO, iVillage, Glamour]]> 10 How to Fill in Your Eyebrows Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:51:27 +0000 After lots of questions and commentary on my eyebrows as of late (thank you, by the way—you guys are so nice!), I decided it was time to put together a quick video on how I personally create bold brows every day. I started experimenting with different products and techniques for strong brows this summer after Glitter Guide did a post on it. And while all of the products I tried technically did the job, they also gave me terrible eczema—eek! So I continued to hunt around and found two products that work for me and give me no strange skin reactions: Sonia Kashuk Brow Definer and Sonia Kashuk Tinted Brow Gel, both available at Target. In my experience, well-groomed brows make the eyes pop and create a slightly stronger looking bone structure. If I do no other makeup at all, I do my brows. In fact, if you’re doing bold brows, you should definitely keep the rest of your makeup toned down—like the J.Crew model look we all love so much. Do you fill in your brows? What technique do you use? Which products are your favorite? P.S. Did you give bold brows a try after watching this video? Send ...]]> 17 Ask Natalie // No. 2 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:24:02 +0000 Today I’m sharing about balancing career and family, how to stay motivated at home, and balancing online life with normal life. Here are the questions I’m answering… QUESTION #1 (starts at 0:04) “I LOVE that you are doing this series to connect with us, your readers! My question is, as a woman, who has both a career and a family, how do you go about determining when to have grace (flexibility) for others, and when to be firm in saying ‘no’?” QUESTION #2 (starts at 1:12) “Such a great video Natalie!! Loved hearing you speak. My question is, what are your tips for staying motivated when you work at home?” QUESTION #3 (starts at 3:48) “I loved the first installment of this series! Do you have any advice for how to balance your online life with your normal life? I have tried to make the representation of myself and my life on my blog very authentic and consistent with my daily life… but after hearing some people describe blogging as “shallow”… I’d be curious to know how you acknowledge having a blog with “real life” friends.” Have a question? Leave yours in the comment section below or ask using Facebook ...]]> 17 Ask Natalie // No. 1 Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:00:35 +0000 Welcome to the first video in my new series, Ask Natalie—a video series where I get to interact with you a bit more, answering whatever questions you may have! These are the questions I’ll be answering today… QUESTION #1 (starts at 0:33) “What a cool idea! As an aspiring writer (who would love to work from home!) how did you get started with freelance writing/editing? Did you build your platform first or start from the bottom? It seems like such a difficult career to jump into.” QUESTION #2 (starts at 2:13) “I also work from home as an editor and writer, and my husband works at a busy accounting firm. I would love to know your thoughts on making room for “couple time” despite hectic schedules and work that can sometimes leak into the evening and weekend.” QUESTION #3 (starts at 3:41) “LOVE your style!! Where do you get your fashion inspiration from? What are your 3 top must have clothes items? What do you see yourself wearing a lot this fall/winter?? What inspires you (not just fashion, but anything)?? :) Excited for this series!!” Have a question? Leave yours in the comment section below, or ask using Facebook or ...]]> 19 The Carrie Bradshaw Bun Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Though for years my go-to “big bun” style has been the sock bun, I can now say that I have officially converted my loyalties to The Carrie Bradshaw Bun. Unlike the perfectly donut-shaped sock bun, this Sarah Jessica Parker-inspired ‘do is both playful and elegant while not looking like it’s trying too hard. I love it, and I hope you will, too! The good news is, it’s super easy to do because I made a video to help you out. All you need is hair that is long enough to be pulled up into a bun, a hair tie, a comb to tease the hair with, and some bobby pins. And also, some good old fashioned written instructions… Step One: Start by pulling hair up into a high ponytail. Step Two: Grab a fine-tooth comb and tease the entire ponytail, working in sections. When finished, smooth out the top of the ponytail lightly as needed. Step Three: Your ponytail is super thick now. Collect the hair at the end of the ponytail, and twist loosely into a bun. (If you can wrap your hair around more than once, it’s not teased enough. Feel free to take a step back and ...]]> 2 The Braided Bun Sat, 25 May 2013 02:03:00 +0000 Last summer I launched a little hair tutorial series called Braids Of Glory that I’m embarrassed to say I never finished. However, that shouldn’t stop me from picking up again randomly, should it? I didn’t think so. Recently my go-to daily hairstyle has switched from loose, beachy waves to a braided bun. I love how easy it is to do this style in the morning—either with towel-dried hair or even on crazy, slept-in hair—and I also love how the top knot shows off my bangs. Even better—there are only three simple steps… Step 1: Make A High Ponytail Be sure to position your ponytail in the spot you want your bun. I like to use a soft hair tie for this, as it’s generally more comfortable; however, feel free to use any hair tie you prefer! Step 2: Braid The Ponytail I recommend securing the braid with a small, clear elastic band so that it won’t show at all. Once your braid is complete, spread out and loosen the braid. Step 3: Twist & Pin The Braid Sometimes it takes a minute to figure out exactly how you want the braid to lie. Once you have your braid positioned properly, ...]]> 0 braids of glory: the fishtail. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Today I’m finally sharing with you how to easily create a fishtail braid. The steps are simple: sweep hair to the side, split into two sections, take a small piece from one side and move it to the other, do the same on the other side, and repeat. Need a little more instruction? Watch the video to see how I did it, and remember…practice makes perfect! It’s always a little awkward to learn a new braid, but I promise in time it’ll become a super easy go-to style. Missed the previous braid tutorials? Catch up here. Have you ever done a fishtail braid? Did you find the tutorial helpful if this was your first time?]]> 6 braids of glory: the double braid. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 15:39:00 +0000 Today I’m excited to share with you part two of the braids of glory series, which includes the double braid and a variation of the double braid with a bun. They are ideal for hot summer days and bad hair days alike, as they keep all of your hair pulled back and in check. Both options begin with braided bangs, so make sure to refresh your memory with the first video in the series if you’re not sure how to do that. For those of you eager to try the bun variation, all you have to do it turn the bottom braid into a bun for a chic, pulled-back style. Here’s what the end result looks like and three quick steps on how to do it: Do the double braid as shown in the video. Twist your braid toward the back of your head, and loop it around until it forms a cinnamon-roll sort of bun. Grab some bobby pins and secure around the bun to hold it in place. P.S. Catch up on the rest of the series here, or by clicking on “braids of glory” under the posts by series section in the sidebar. Was this helpful? If ...]]> 2 braids of glory: the bangs. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Today I give you the very first installment of the braids of glory series. This is not only my first-ever tutorial video, but also my first time sharing a video of myself on this blog period. While I’m tempted to let my insecurities take over, I know many of you wanted a video and a video you will have! I hope it’s helpful to you as you learn to master the art of the braid. A quick note: please excuse the jingling sound halfway through the video—my pup Maggie always picks the worst times to make noise! This is what the end result should look like :) P.S. You can find all posts in this series here, or by clicking on “braids of glory” under the posts by series section in the sidebar. Was this helpful? If so, what made it so? If not, how can I improve in the future tutorial videos?]]> 14