Chartreuse and Chambray

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I feel so very Audrey-Hepburn-meets-Taylor-Swift in this outfit. OMG CAN YOU IMAGINE if Audrey Hepburn met Taylor Swift? Mind. Blown. Cannot even fathom. 

But seriously, remember these Audrey Hepburn outfits? NAILED. IT.

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Anyway, I'm getting off track. A sliver of midriff showing just makes me all cuh-ra-zay apparently. Even if it's a totally demure sliver in just the front.

One of the weird things about grief is that I've been able to wear all of my "just barely fits" items and they..fit. So this lovely skirt of mine, with it's beautiful pleats, gets to come play in the sun (and rain. if you follow me on snapchat:goodgirlstyle you'll notice I got totally soaked in an unexpected downpour, sigh!). 

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Of course the accessories of the summer over here are my gladiator sandals (Sam&Libby) and my wood watch (JORD). 

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Add in some vintage earrings and some awesome Betsey Johnson sunnies and I'm all set. 
I'm determined to make the best of the rest of summer. 


Monday Hello

Time for a Monday blog & vlog! Just a little hello and catch-up (and a weird thumbnail image!) :) 



I did a little beach chair re-vamp, too...spray-paint and some vintage fabric and trim can do wonders for a rusty beach chair :) 



New beach chair was thoroughly enjoyed. A bit too thoroughly, as I am THOROUGHLY sunburned :(

But mostly, the past 2 weeks I've been MIA on set for a cookbook photoshoot I styled.

#workinit

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And I FINALLY got a copy of the Darling Magazine with 8 of my BRAND-NEW, PRINT-ONLY poems in them! Grab your copy now at Anthropologie, WholeFoods or a local cool retailer (ask your local stores to carry it if they don't already!). 

Darling Summer 2015 issue available to order online here too 

But it hasn't been all work and no play...


Tee hee. 

Have a great week, my dears!
xo



L'Oreal #UltimateStraight Hair Care Review

L'Oreal Paris Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Kera-Tourmaline Review from Natalie of Good Girl Style on Vimeo. I received these products free from Influenster to test and review. All opinions are my own. 

First vlog in aggggeeesss! Comin' atchya from the NEW STUDIO with #ULTIMATESTRAIGHT hair like it ain't no thang. 

Yes, I'm a bit #caffeinecrazy this morning. And the sun is shining after a week of gray/rain.


Jord Wood Watches

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{nestled in a gorgeous little box, no detail is left unattended...watch is c/o JORD}

Today I am THRILLED to introduce you to JORD Wood Watches and this Ely Maple beauty. I cannot tell you how much I am truly enjoying this watch. It is lightweight and unique, perfect for summer, when a heavy band looks out of place. I am obsessed, and so is everyone who sees it. Yes, it is made out of wood. 

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Ely in Maple

The maple is lightweight and so lovely with summer skin with just a hint of tan. I'm quite excited to see how the wood ages and gains character, though it is perfect as is. 

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Now that I have the studio downtown, I'm constantly checking my parking meter, so I can't tell you how much I've loved having this watch. I haven't had a watch in awhile, and I MISS it. Checking my phone doesn't have the same effect, and it's much quicker to glance at my wrist. Even better? This also shows the date!

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This is how much I love my new wood watch! I haven't taken it off since it arrived a few weeks ago, and so far it has been adventuring with me when I'm not playing fancy-pants dress-up:

{follow me on instagram for photos like these!}

The watch has been adventuring, #caffeinecrazy, rappeling, niece-ing, and more.

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I put together a few outfits with some of my other favorite JORD watches I would love to add to my collection soon. Which one is your favorite?
Sunny Saturday


Summer Citrus


Color Burst


Goodness I can't decide. I want them alllllllllllllllll!

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My, how time flies! Gotta run, my dears!

Check out JORD Women's Wood Watches for men and women, I know you'll love them just as much as I do.

Sunnies: Lacoste
Rings: Local artist + Kate Spade
Polo: Lacoste
Pants: Cynthia Rowley
Shoes: Gap
Watch: JORD Ely in Maple


Savor Review

copy provided by booklookbloggers

I waited a LONG time for this book because I think the first printing ran out really fast. Shauna Niequist's books have a certain ephemeral quality that allow them to soak into your soul and come with you through your day, so it was no surprise I had to wait over a month for it to arrive. And while I was anxiously waiting for it, my life had also fallen apart (see last post!), so it arrived when I needed it. 

First off: THIS BOOK IS GORGEOUS. Like, I cannot even describe how gorgeous of a book this is, it's on another level. It's bringing new things to my book shelf game. Navy page edges? Boom. Canvas striped cover with letterpress lettering from Lindsay Letters? Boom, Gorgeous. 

Secondly: This is a compilation book, with a lot of Niequist's previous work chopped into little bits and pieces, with recipes thrown in. While this is not necessarily a bad thing given the quality of her prose, it does make it hard to follow sometimes, as stories aren't given in their full context or with a full explanation of the metaphor. The reader has to do more of the heavy lifting there. BUT each day starts with a Bible verse and ends with a question about your life.

This book is gorgeous sitting on your coffee table and will certainly inspire you to pick it up daily and read it. I recommend it for that reason, and definitely for a Mother's Day gift! I just checked the price on Barnes & Noble and this book is $12. Totally worth it! 

Happy reading!


Bad News, the Good News, and Easter

Just a silly little late-night couch selfie from my phone! Not very flattering of me, but I love his smile and sparkly eyes. So much love here.

So I don't know how to start this. I don't know how to breathe or be or live anymore. My amazing boyfriend, Jason Cuadro, suddenly passed away 2 weeks ago from a pulmonary embolism. We were getting ready to go to church on a Sunday morning. It is so weird to say this. It is so weird that this is my story now. I don't know how a person continues on without all of that love, so very much love, in their life. I guess I will have to learn.
So this is the bad news. The very, very, very bad news.
The worst news.


I guess something like this is what you wear to your boyfriend's funeral. To the death of your future as you knew it. A black dress, black tights, black shoes, a black veil. And I think you carry his teddy bear and I think you smile sometimes because there are only so many tears for a day, only so many tears for a moment, before you run dry and after that I guess you smile a little with sad eyes and unbelief in your heart so you don't die even more inside, too. And because for some reason someone is taking a picture of you at a funeral and that's just so weird. I don't know.



But Easter. 
But God. 
Easter has been speaking to my heart. Easter has been soaking into me. 
The good news.

God is still God, still God on the throne when Jesus was on the Cross. Still God on the throne when Jesus was in the grave on Saturday. Still God on the throne, today, when my heart is a black hole and the future looks like endless night, HE IS STILL GOD. I believe that. I wholeheartedly believe that. 

If it were not for Easter, and if it were not for that hope that I have, that I know my Jason had, we would be hopeless. We would be without cause to hope.  I cannot imagine going through a loss like this without the assurance that we serve a LIVING God, and thereby, we WILL see each other again, some glorious day. Some grand, glorious day, when we are all home.


I guess even when it snows on Easter, and your eyes are still puffy and the only thing you want is a hand to hold in yours and to hear his voice, you still put on your giant vintage daisy earrings and go to church.


Still wear the Easter skirt he picked out for you weeks ago, because you know he would have wanted to see you in it. Still make the wreath you bought the supplies for the night before he died, when you finally have a little bit of grit to get out of bed after 2 weeks, because you know it would make him smile. 


"Because HE lives, I can face tomorrow." 

and I guess you just keep trusting. Because God knew this was a part of my story from the beginning of time. And God was gracious enough to give me 2 years of the most amazing love ever known. For that, I can be grateful. To leave that love in death, to leave that love in anxiety and fear and to crawl into a hole like I want to would be to say it was all counterfeit.

For that, I can go on, carrying the love and life for both of us, forward. 
Into light. 

with all my love and sorrow, 
Natalie 

Reading Lately

Hello dears! I've been devoting a lot of my free time this month to learning how to hand letter (check out my instagram!) so it's been a bit lean on the reading lately. 


Happy Handmade Home
(from my bro and sis-in-law!)
4 stars

This is such a fun eye-candy book. A lot of the DIY projects are more like "hacks" and guidelines than exact directions, but that isn't the point. The point is to have a fun, gorgeously colorful invitation into Emma and Elsie's, of a Beautiful Mess, beautifully crafted, fresh homes. I came away with a handful of ideas and inspiration to create even more of a home that reflects ME.  A fun read to pick up, but don't be expecting in-depth DIY advice...just enjoy a cup of coffee with Emma and Elsie.


The Happy Christian
(provided by booklookbloggers)
by David Murray
4 stars

I admit I struggled through this one. It's not that the subject isn't interesting. It's not that the writing is particularly boring. I just couldn't jive with it. It's a mix of scientific exploration and personal anecdotes that engage the question of how believers can find joy in a world that is...well, falling apart. Turning on the news these days is enough to turn anyone's stomach, or maybe not, since we're so used to it. There are tons of facts and actionable ideas packed into this little paperback, almost to an overwhelming point. The happy cover belies its heavy subject, and Murray doesn't miss much in his examination of the subject. If you're in the mood for a studious read, pick this one up. If you're looking for a happy read to throw in your suitcase for vacation, maybe choose another book. I do SO appreciate a book that is able to weave faith and science together on such a tricky subject. I love the 10 areas of life he touches on, and find them to be very accurate. I admire Murray for this book, and do hope that perhaps re-reading it will give me even more to mull. 



The Reluctant Midwife
(provided by William Morrow)
by Patricia Harman
3 stars

I've been pining for a fiction read, and the cover of this book was so enticing. Having become completely enamored with the BBC series, "Call the Midwife," I though the subject matter would likely be intriguing as well. Unfortunately, this one didn't stand up to my expectations. It's a thick book, 409 pages, but gave away its gig far too soon. Within the first 20 pages I could see the story arc already unfolding before me and felt that I didn't really need to read any farther. Reading the entire book proved this thought to be true. Granted, the characters were intriguing, and I found myself thinking about them long after I read the book. But I wanted more...the ending was lackluster, character development bumpy, the second half of the book rushed and I found some of the literary devices employed clunky to the reader. The author also seemed to have some strange preoccupations with little things she keeps mentioning. 

What have you been reading lately?
Any good fiction? I'm dying for some!

Happy reading!



New Firmoo Glasses & Sweater


I'm feeling Spring-y with my super fun retro-y new glasses from Firmoo.com. They are a lovely magenta-red that rolls into a soft creamy translucent color, with some fun vintage metal "arrows" on the corners. I've received several compliments on these already, and my mom said, "Take your old glasses off immediately and wear these instead." Ha! Yes, mom!

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I also took my new vintage-style jumper from London (sweater, hehe) for a spin in the Spring sun (don't be fooled, it was still cold). I could NOT resist this darling little sweater. It's absolutely SO 1950s-school-teacher-Laverne-&-Shirley-esque which I ADORE. So especially fun with my new glasses.

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The sweater is a tad on the short side, so I tucked a nude cami in underneath it (which helps with the sheerness, too), so don't worry, you aren't seeing my tummy. They call this shirt a "one size" but I'm not sure how they think this is one-size, since if you were any bit bigger than me, it wouldn't fit. Bummer.

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I love these magenta high heel smoking slippers. They are just so fun and unexpected. The multi-strand pearl bracelet has gotten so much wear since I received it from my boyfriend's mom for my birthday a few months ago.

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I popped a little green velvet hair bow at the top of my bun, too, for an extra dash of charm. One can never have too many "dashes of charm." 

I'm so pleased with my retro-styled glasses from Firmoo.com. The quality is top-notch and they are beautiful. The price can't be beat and the quality is definitely there. I definitely recommend them!

Glasses: Firmoo.com // Sweater: Miss Patina // Printed Wool Pants: J.Crew // Heels: Thrifted

Happy almost-Spring!


Under the Weather Favorites & Sale Shout


I've been a bit under the weather this week, which spurred me on to share some of my favorite seasonal supports and remedies. 

Traditional Medicinals Tea...Breathe Easy, Throat Coat and Gypsy Cold Care. Drink lukewarm for best effect.
Urban Moonshine products... Immune Tonic (daily support) and Immune Zoom (acute support)
Diffusing essential oils...I've got lavender and geranium right now for a calm comforting effect
Local honey...Add this to any of the teas above, or warm lemon-ginger tea.
Sambucus Black Elderberry Extract Throat Spray...I always keep this handy when I have a sore throat. The elderberry has great healing properties. 
Zand Elderberry Zinc drops...Take these at the first sign of a cold. They taste great and really work!

I love that I can buy ALL of these items from Vitacost for the best price and one easy shipment (it's like a "hey you might get sick which is a bummer but these things will help you feel better and it's a package in the mail so it feels like a present!" thing). I usually stock up at the beginning of the season so everything is within reach when a cold strikes. The Zand drops sell out fast because Vitacost has a FANTASTIC price on them! While I'm shopping, I usually grab a bag of Bob's Red Mill oats from Vitacost for my winter morning breakfasts. 



Speaking of amazing deals, I just found out about ePantry this week, which is quickly becoming a new favorite. My first order is on its way...the process was fun and easy with the best user interface I've seen online in a LONG time to get the best natural products that I actually need and want delivered to me. AND they rescue 25 square feet of rain forest for each order and offset the shipping by buying carbon credits (at no extra cost for you), then ship everything using only 100% recycled materials. I'm in love! I always buy Mrs. Meyer's dish and hand soaps anyway (and sometimes refill with my own soap) because the match my kitchen perfectly. I've heard great things about the Mrs. Meyer's candles, so I added one of those to this order too, since they are hard to find on store shelves. 

ePantry has a great deal going through Friday only...if you order $30 worth of merchandise, get a $10 instant credit, a FREE Mrs. Meyer's hand soap AND free shipping. So you get close to $50 worth for only $20. Score! It will be automatically added to your cart. Get started HERE!

Stay well!



Dear Kates Yoga Pants and Bralet Review


I love Dear Kates "performance underwear" and I've told you about them a few times before. 
Last summer, they launched a Kickstarter for their new line of yoga pants and shorts, and you know I had to be in on that! They had a few delays in production, but did the BEST job of managing expectations and keeping customers in the loop and excited during the months that followed. 


My Kickstarter goodies (and a few extras to review) arrived with brand-spakin'-new packaging and two luxurious Vosges Haut Chocolate chocolates. I adore Vosges and was thrilled to see their trademark deep purple box in my package. Dear Kates also gave everyone a free online yoga class for waiting so patiently. Good things come to those who wait!


My yoga pants, panties, and bralet are all new favorites that I will be wearing often, no doubt. This time I ordered Mediums in everything, since my Smalls were a bit too snug last time. These yoga pants don't have a ton of stretch. Instead, they skim over your skin, which is nice but takes a bit of getting used to. Sizing varies on the items from DK, so take a look at each item before you order. 


The real star here is the bralet, in my opinion. While the yoga pants are super comfy and thick, I am more impressed by the darling little bralet that is perfect for yoga, slackline and wearing under loose tees around the house. The little keyhole (where the two cups meet..hard to see in photo) and delicate crossed straps are lovely. I do wish it were a bit more stretchy as the thick material can take a bit of work to get over one's head ;) I love that the yoga pants have a band around the tummy (perfect for keeping things nice and smooth!). My yoga pants fit a bit higher in the front that the back, but did not fall down in the back, just sat lower. I'm not convinced about the crotch seam...I think that could use a bit of re-engineering.


My Ada hipsters in a Medium are perfect, and my Dear Kates favorite. The lace top is feminine and delicate, but the thick yet silky fabric beneath it feels wonderful. I highly recommend these! 



The pros win! Let me know if you try DearKates yoga pants, bralets or performance panties. Don't forget to give me a shout-out by using this code for $20 off your yoga pants




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