Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Paisley








Photos: Chevy Donato 

Outfit Details 

Crop Top: H&M (similar) / Shorts: Forever21 (here) / Heels: Lauren Conrad (here
Bag: Stella McCartney (borrowed from friend) / Sunglasses: Charlotte Russe (similar)


Hey guys!  
I'm back from Miami and can't wait to share a recap with you all.  I wanted to do an outfit post first though since I haven't posted in a couple of days.  I had such a great time over there and forgot how much I love Miami.  But boy was it hot and humid!  I definitely overpacked, as per usual, so I didn't get to wear everything that I brought with me.  I did get to wear this outfit for a few hours though so I wanted to share.  I went shopping before the trip and picked up these paisley print high-waist shorts.  I decided to just play off the black belt and pair it with this crop top.  My friend had this bag with her so I borrowed it since it went perfectly with the look. :) The pop of pink really helped to brighten up the outfit.  Keeping my hair down the whole time was a little unbearable, so braids and up-dos were the best option during my stay.  I have to admit that this trip really makes me want to chop my hair!

I already emailed the winner of the Kohls giveaway, but CONGRATS TO ASHLEY C! Thank you all so much for your comments and entering the giveaway!

Happy Wednesday <3



Friday, July 18, 2014

Coral Sheath







Outfit Details 

Dress: BarIII (here) / Shoes: Zara (similar) / Necklace: Capwell (here
Clutch: Dynamite (similar) / Sunglasses: Rivet & Sway (similar) / Slip: Hooked Up Shapewear


Lately I've been gravitating towards pieces that I wouldn't normally wear.  I used to always stay away from this length dress, but I've come to love it.  I guess that's why we should never say never!  That's the best part about personal style though. We are always evolving and with that comes change in opinion and taste.  At least for me it's like that.  I kept this sheath dress really simple the other night for a fun event with BarIII.  I just went with nude heels, a clutch and colorful necklace.  Loving this coral shade for summer! 

What we wear underneath our clothes is so important, which is why I have been living in slips lately.  I hate finding a beautiful dress or skirt that is not fully lined.  Sometimes even when it is lined, underwear can still show through.  Underneath this dress I have on a shapewear slip that actually hooks up to my bra, eliminating both underwear lines and any back fat. It solves two problems at the same time! :) 

I have to finish packing for Miami.  Seriously, I am the biggest packing procrastinator. I'm leaving super early tomorrow morning too.  Can't wait to share more with you.  Happy weekend! <3 



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Balloon Dog








Outfit Details 

Crop Top: Dynamite (similar) / Skort: SheInside (here) / Shoes: Lauren Conrad (here
Bag: Jeff Koons x H&M / Necklace: Dynamite (here) / Ring: Shiny Mix 


H&M is opening up their newest and largest flagship store on 5th Avenue (tomorrow!) and in celebration, they are the new sponsor of the Whitney Museum of American Art's Jeff Koons: A Retrospective.  This is H&M's first ever artist collaboration with one of the most influential artists of our time, Jeff Koons.  The museum-inspired store is the perfect showcase for this collaboration and I can't wait to go there.  I've always been a fan of his work, but never got to see it in person. So I was thrilled to find out that H&M partnered up with him to create these limited-edition balloon dog handbags! How adorable and fun?!  They will be available online starting tomorrow and also in select US stores including NY, LA, Chicago, and Dallas, while supplies last.

I love the whole black and neon combo, so when styling my outfit around this bag I wanted to keep that theme going.  I went with neon on the bottom so that the bag could really pop out.  You might remember this skort from a couple of months ago.  It's even brighter in person!  This time I paired it with a crop top and statement necklace.  The bag really tied the whole look together and gave it a different vibe.

I hope you all have a great day! :)


Disclosure: This has been a sponsored post in collaboration with H&M.  All opinions expressed are my own and this has not been edited by any third parties. 


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

#NatyxWET



Swimsuit: WET (top here, bottom here)


I'm going to Miami!  [Insert salsa dancer emoji] I leave on Saturday for a couple of days for Swim Week and I'm really looking forward to this trip.  I haven't been to Miami in almost two years and I've never been to swim week before so I think it's going to be a fun experience!  While I'm there, I am going to be doing an instagram takeover for WET Swimwear, showcasing scenes from the weekend with the tag #NatyxWET.  Make sure to check them out and follow along for the fun. :) I'll also be doing a recap post on the blog when I get back. 

WET has a great variety of stylish swimsuits, but my favorite ones are the retro high-waist, like this one that I have on.  I'm actually more comfortable wearing this style over a regular bikini.  I am definitely not a model, nor do I have the perfect body, so any bathing suit that can make me feel confident is a plus in my book.  As I've gotten older, my definition of "sexy" has most definitely changed.  Being comfortable in your own skin... now that is sexy. 

Can't wait to share this trip with you all! Happy Tuesday.
<3


Monday, July 14, 2014

Festival Ready + GIVEAWAY!


Happy Monday! 
It's festival season and with Lollapalooza coming up in a few weeks, Kohls gave me another challenge.  They asked me to create three completely different looks for each day of Lollapalooza.  Now I've never even been to a music festival before, but I was totally up for the challenge!  I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at the pieces that I found.  I had a vision of the outfits that I was hoping to create and I was pretty much able to do that, while still staying true to my style.  

 A few things come to mind when I think of being outside at a music festival.  Comfort is definitely the first thing, so of course that means no heels!  I am such a heels girl all the way, but it was actually a lot of fun coming up with these outfits and having to incorporate flats instead.

Outfit 1 





Shorts: Elle (here) / Tank: Apt 9 (here) / Vest: Simply Vera (here) / Sandals: Apt 9 (here) -via Kohls
Hat: H&M (similar) / Bag: H&M (similar) / Sunglasses: Tommy Hilfiger (similar)


For the first look, I wanted to go for something a little bit edgy and boho.  As soon as I found these tribal print shorts, the rest of the outfit just came together.  I wanted a bold pop of color, so this tank was perfect.  I thought of pairing a kimono on top and luckily I came across this vest.  It's such a fun layering piece for summer.  When looking for shoes, I was hoping for some type of gladiator sandal so these worked out really well!  I already had the hat and fringe bag at home, so the first outfit was complete.  I added a few of my accessories and a bold lip to finish it all off.



Outfit 2







Top: LC (here) / Skirt: Lily Rose (here) / Bag: Relic (here) / Sandals: LC (here) -via Kohls 
Sunglasses: Charlotte Russe (similar) / Cuff: Prima Donna (here)


I guess you can say this is my flower child outfit.  I wanted something cute & girly.  I found this simple top with a collar imprint that paired perfectly with this floral skirt. I didn't want this outfit to appear too dressy, so I thought a cross body bag would be a great way to add a sporty touch.  I love that I found one to make the outfit pop out a bit more.  Then I found these simple white flip flops that were on sale for only $9.99 and they are seriously so comfortable!   I wanted to do something different with my hair that could compliment this outfit, so I figured that milkmaid braids would be the best idea. It's an easy hairstyle for being outside at a festival.



Outfit 3





Top: LC (here) / Shorts: LC (here) / Sandals: Apt9 (here) / Bag: Apt9 (here
 Hat: Croft & Barrow (here) / Sunglasses: Apt 9 (here) - via Kohls 


For my last look, I wanted something simple and laid back, but still fun for a festival.  When I found this navy embroidered crop top, I decided to edge it up with a pair of denim cut offs.  I like that these shorts are not too short. Longer length cut offs are definitely on trend right now.  After putting these two pieces together, I instantly thought of a big floppy hat and oversized sunglasses with a side braid.  I was trying to find a pair of booties, but they didn't have my size.  So I decided on these sandals because they have a low thick heel.  Then I just accessorized with my daily stacked bangles and layered these necklaces.


Now on to the best part of this post!  Kohls is giving away a $100 gift card to one lucky winner!  It's super easy to enter, just do so through the widget below from now until July 22nd.  I will be emailing the winner on Wednesday, July 23rd.  Good luck and thank you for checking out today's post, I know it was a long one!
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Have a great day<3

Disclosure: This has been a sponsored post in collaboration with Kohls.  All opinions expressed are my own and this has not been edited by any third parties. 



Friday, July 11, 2014

A Peek Inside My Pool Bag





{Beach Bag: Old Navy (similar here) / Cover Up: Old Navy / Flip Flops: Havaianas}

Happy Friday! 
 Today's post is a little bit different as I am giving you a glimpse inside of my pool/beach bag. :) 
We are already starting to get into mid-july and the days are getting hotter and hotter.  I'm not complaining though after that brutally cold winter we just had!  However, I definitely always look for ways to stay both refreshed & stylish during these summer months.  Whenever I go to the pool or the beach, I do my best to pack as many essentials as possible to keep me staying cool in heat. 

 First, it's all in how you dress. When I'm not swimming (or shall I say doing the doggy paddle) or laying out in the sun, I like to wear a little something over my bathing suit.  A thin cover up dress like this one always does the trick.  It's loose fitted so it doesn't make me too hot.  I typically go with a simple pair of flip flops, so that my feet can breathe as much as possible.  Sometimes strappy sandals are too much for me.  I never leave home without my sunglasses and I love bringing a big floppy hat in case I want to let my hair down. 

When it comes to packing up my bag, I try to include as much as possible to get me through the day.  I didn't photograph every single thing, but for the most part these are my poolside essentials. 
 So here's a peek inside my bag:



Always sunscreen (of course), I love both the spray bottle and this all day moisturizer with SPF.  I like bringing both options, just in case.  Either one is very cooling on the skin. I just recently added these oil absorbing sheets to my list of must-haves when on the go.  They are such a quick way to refresh your face from excess oil and shine.   I'm basically addicted to lip balm, but when I'm out by the pool or on the beach, I make to sure pack one with SPF.  It keeps my lips both moisturized and protected from the sun.  Of course for me, an ice cold caffeinated beverage is a must!  I've been pretty addicted to 
Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee lately, so it's become my outdoor beverage of choice.  I finally got to try the Vanilla flavor too.  So refreshing, so good.



I never leave home without my deodorant, specifically invisible solid with a scent.  I swear I always feel like a new person every time I apply it. I've also been bringing along this roll on perfume to freshen me up from being outside.  It's a quick and easy fix.  A few other pool bag essentials for me are tic tacs, hair ties, headphones, and of course, my iPhone! 

Happiest of weekends loves <3 




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