Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Happy Birthday, Prince George!


It is Prince George's first birthday today!! 

photo by John Stillwell, found here

Happy Birthday handsome prince! 

I love the hint of red in his hair, his chubby cheeks and wide eyes. What a little charmer!

photo by John Stillwell, found here
Such a great family photo!

It is Prince George's First Birthday! Oh it's so very exciting because he's just the most darling little thing ever and Kate with him...I swoon. Couldn't be any cuter. 


Remember last year when we were all still anxiously waiting and I dressed like "off-duty Kate" in honor of the occasion? Here's my outfit. I still love Kate's off-duty/mama duty outfits (and secret footage of her being adorable with George!). I've loved following along with the adorable family their first year.


Here he is at 8 months, our first official look at him, stunning in a little monogrammed sweater with his family and Lupo, in a photo taken by Kate's dad that just doesn't even look real.

So today I will have a special tea in honor of Prince George and, of course, dress in honor of Duchess Kate again (though I really prefer to call her Princess Kate, I know, I know!) and wear my polka-dot Cath Kidston bracelet that my friend got me while she was in England when Prince George was born!


And of course my other friend who was also in England at the time brought me that beautiful Welcome Baby tin! So pretty. While you enjoy your tea in honor of Prince George today, enjoy reading this fantastic Vanity Fair recap of his first year. 

Rose Tulsi tea with local honey and gluten-free ladyfingers. 

Will you be doing anything fun to celebrate today?

Happy Birthday, George! 
Love,
Natalie

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hummingbirds

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There are hummingbirds on my dress! #justsayin

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I am IN LOVE with my new Lesley Evers "Tilda" dress with the hummingbirds all over it. Yes, Lesley Evers is expensive but I snagged this pattern from last year in their warehouse sale. The quality is fantastic...wearing it just elevates your entire day and positively affects the way you carry yourself. I think the silhouette also has a Princess Kate vibe to it, which is a goal of any outfit of mine!

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It has a full circle skirt which is just fabulous, darling for twirling.
Still getting so much use out of these straw wedges from Blowfish. 
Wedges are ideal for summer dresses because they give height with all-day comfort. 
This light straw is a great summer version of "nude pumps."

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Happy July, my dears!
xo
Natalie

Friday, June 27, 2014

Mango and Plum

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I can't get enough of this mango and deep plum color combination. It's also a delicious flavor combination, so win-win, amiright?

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Then let's talk about these giant pearls I've been wanting forever and finally found at a tag sale last weekend! So much fun and a little Wilma Flinstone-esque as my friend said, but we all know that's never stopped me before!

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Then there's this Holga camera that matches my outfit. I'm pretty sure it ups my cool points but then again maybe not considering it took me FOREVER to learn how to open the back where you put the film in. Either way, I hope to capture some funky summer images with this little plastic camera. 

Sunnies: Burberry//Tee: J.Crew//Pearls: Tag sale snag//Skirt: The Addison Story (Anthro, thrifted)//Wedges: MiuMiu

Happy Weekend!
Natalie

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Dear Kates Yoga Pants and Shorts


Remember when I told ya'll about the wardrobe secret weapon of Dear Kates underwear? Jenna and her team are back with an even more impressive undertaking: yoga pants and shorts!


They incorporate the attention to detail and "cute factor" of Dear Kates, as well as the Underlux fabric that makes them so fantastic (three words: no. camel. toe. #justsayin). They're leak-proof and VPL-proof. And they're guaranteed to make your tush look amazing, soooooooooo who isn't on board with all of that?

as if that isn't enough: a hidden key pocket, K stamp detail on the back waistband, and never-see-through fabric.



Their Kickstarter already raised $100,000 (their two stretch goals were reached to incorporate contrast color stitching (I'm all about the watermelon or ocean view!) and a longer short length. Their new goal is to add a sporty bralet to match (which one will win?! They are all so cute!).


Get in on the awesome-ness at Dear Kates Kickstarter campaign here
The campaign ends on Saturday, June 28th, so get in while the gettin's good. Discounts and goodies for backers galore! And yep, I'm in on it, too and pledged. Join me!

Natalie

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Winners and Life Lately!



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Email me and I will send you details and your code :) YAY! Can't wait to see what new specs ya'll pick out! Be sure to tweet or instagram me :)

Around here it has been all vintage dresses and wonderful picnics, just the way I like June! Don't you agree?

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 {vintage dress complete with pockets!}

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{my favorite vintage cooler shaped like a picnic basket}

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{his and hers drinks...mine was the DELICIOUS Strawberry-Rhubarb agave soda, and his was the grapefruit San Pellegrino}

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{cold cuts, sharp cheese, homemade potato salad, chips and fruit snacks}

PS. You can find more of my summer adventures on my brand-new instagram! :) 

We also had a stack of magazines to read and played Frisbee. Perfect summer evening. 
Here's to many more picnics this year!
And more giveaways with more winners!
:)
xo
Natalie

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Firmoo Review & Giveaway

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It's June! Lovely June, one of the fairest months of all, don't you think? Quite lovely indeed, if I do say so myself (and I do! :)). Time for long dresses, sunglasses, and iced coffee. Did I mention sunglasses? Ya'll know I have a soft spot in my heart for sunglasses, but sometimes with allergies I just cannot wear my contacts and that makes sunglasses almost impossible! Prescription sunglasses can be SO expensive.

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But not from Firmoo. I desperately needed some new ones, as my old ones I've had since I was 15 (the frames were Salvatore Ferragamo and were actually my everyday glasses until I got a new pair and replaced the lenses with sunglasses). Those Ferragamo frames are actually still just fine but were about three prescriptions outdated, though, and since I'm not ready for fit-overs yet in my youth, it was well-due time for a new pair.

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These are a really fun gray and black animal print with a slight cat eye. They are currently only available in red (odd?). The order process with Firmoo is perhaps the smoothest of all the online ordering I've done of glasses, and Firmoo is constantly running great deals. The glasses shipped to me directly from production in China, which bothered me slightly but was a surmountable obstacle. The price is great, and the quality is just fine. True, they aren't Ferragamo, but the price wasn't even close to Ferragamo either!

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I got an 80% tint (I use these mostly for driving and I like dark glasses for driving) and of course an anti-reflective coating and UV protection (non-negotiables for me, especially for driving). Each additional coating is a slight increase in price, but certainly nothing compared to the cost at a traditional optometrist.


I think these pink and animal print frames would make fantastic sunglasses for summer! 

Now for the best part! Firmoo has been generous enough to let me give away (!!!) five (FIVE) (!!!!!!!!!!!!) codes for $30 off frames. There are a lot of frames under or just over $30 that include free single-vision lenses, meaning you'd be able to get the frames for free or almost-free and just pay for lenses (and shipping, does not apply to discounted products) if you, like me, have a very high prescription or add on the bells and whistles. This is so exciting!

Up to three entries per person: If you'd love to add some fun new eyeglasses or sunglasses to your wardrobe this summer, leave a comment here for one entry. You can earn another entry by following me on Twitter (@fashionatalie). You can earn a third entry by tweeting about the contest here: Click to Tweet!
Please leave me a separate comment under this post for each entry.
Contest closes at midnight on Friday, June 6.

Have fun and happy sunglasses shopping!
xo
Natalie

Thursday, May 22, 2014

#allthelove

There's so much to tell you in this post!

First of all, I'm an Auntie for real! It's so exciting to welcome Avery Kate to the world, the first daughter of my brother and his wife, Stephanie! Isn't Miss Avery cute??? My brother and Steph ain't too bad lookin' either ;) Love you guys!

{yeah. I'm related to them. #boom} 

Stephanie just so happens to be the amazing photographer/baker/writer behind Girl vs. Dough. Be prepared to drool once you head over there. But you should definitely head over there today becauseI'm sharing an amazzzzzing recipe. I'm more than happy to bake delicious things so they can snuggle Avery extra for me.

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Caramel Apple Crumb Cake. Say no more. I swoon thinking about this cake. Even the smell of it is highly intoxicating, not to mention its depth of crumbs and caramel-y goodness. Oooo, you need to make this! Just in case that photo doesn't get your mouth drooling, how about a video of the caramel drizzle:


Yeah, that oughtta do it.
I present to you: Caramel Apple Crumb Cake. #makeitnow

Now Stephanie doesn't sit still for long! While pregnant with Miss Avery she also created her eCookbook Quick Bread Love. Woahhhhhhh are there some good-sounding recipes in here, ya'll! Let me further entice you: Coconut-Chai Tres-Leches Muffins? Yes please. Or perhaps Roasted Blueberry-Basil Corn Bread for those of you with a salty tooth. That's just the beginning. There are 30 tasty recipes in all, plus Steph's tips and tricks. 

Quick Bread Love eCookbook
*affiliate link :) 

I can guarantee you'll find something you canNOT live without in this e-cookbook of Stephanie's! 

So there you have it: #allthelove. Baby love, family love, caramel-apple love, and Quick Bread Love. 
So much love!
xo
Natalie

Monday, May 19, 2014

Spring Style

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Goodness I love me some Spring style. These are my most-favorite colors. Give me some pink and mint and I'm a happy girl. 
What are your go-to colors?

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I actually try not to make my outfits TOO perfect. A little imperfection is good for the soul. ---> Click to Tweet!  

In this case, we have unpainted nails and "hot mess hair"--that is to say, "my hair dryer conked out in great fanfare this morning and I'm lucky to still be alive." I might be exaggerating that a slight bit but there was smoke involved, not gonna lie.  

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Tying the cardigan was a moment of inspiration since it's a long cardigan and the proportions were off and I was in a hurry.
I love this look and am going to deploy it in the future for sure. 

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I love this outtake, it has a certain ethereally happy and unintentionally beautiful quality to it, if I may say so myself.
It just reminds me that I'm happy, and I think that's a wonderful thing. 

I hope you're deep-heart-happy this beautiful Spring Monday. 
Find the beauty. 

xo
Natalie

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Shorts and Boots

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First off: Don't panic! We do NOT still have snow in New England (at least not this year!). These photos are from a few weeks ago. Now, it's gloriously Spring-like and I'm taking advantage of it as much as I can. I hope you are, too! 

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Early Spring and Autumn are the only times shorts & knee-high suede boots make any sense paired together, but whenever I can make the combo happen, I love it. It's a bit more of a fresh look and I think it has a bit of sass to it, too, don't you think? I also love all of the texture here: linen jacket with lots of zippers, burn-out tee, wool shorts with leather buttons and suede boots. So rich!

Linen Moto Jacket: Charlotte Russe (similar one I've been eyeing )//Shirt: NY&Co//Tank: J.Jill//Shorts: tailor new york//Earrings: ??// Sunnies: local store//Boots: Steve Madden

xo
Natalie

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Coral & Leopard

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Goodness, love me some Spring weather. You can just dress perfectly when it's 70 degrees with a light breeze and plenty of sunshine. A great pencil skirt, bare legs, and a nice little cardigan. #ideal

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Sweater: Juicy Couture//Leopard Tank: Thrifted//Pencil Skirt: J.Crew//Heels: c/o Blowfish

Enjoy the day, friends!
xo
Natalie

Monday, April 28, 2014

Lemon Bars with Almond Crust

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Gooooooooooood Monday morning! How are you on this beautiful, fresh start to a new week? How about some cheerful, bright-yellow, deliciously summery lemon bars to whet your palate? (Also, I am in love with this photo. It looks like a snowglobe and I could look at it for hours. And yes, they really ARE that yellow in real life, thanks to the technique of using a baked lemon curd on top of the crust...more about that in the link below!)

You can find my delicious recipe for gluten-free lemon bars with an almond crust over on Big Girls, Small Kitchen today. Don't mind me while I eat one with my tea for breakfast-dessert #duh.

Sunshine-y gluten-free lemon bars with an almond crust for breakfast? Yes, please! -----> Tweet This!

Bonus? You can use the topping as a plain-old lemon curd to slather on muffins, scones, waffles, crepes, a spoon straight out of the jar...#justsayin.  

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Sunday 2014

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Oh my goodness. If you know me, you know that Easter is when I am in my element. It is my absolute most favorite holiday of the year for so many reasons. Jesus #duh. EASTER COLORS are my favorites! Hats! Spring! The food! A year ago today I met the man of my dreams! It's just the happiest holiday there ever was and I soak it up each year. It's all of the most wonderful things and I beyond adore it.

I've had this dress for almost a year and I refused to wear it because I just knew it had to be my Easter 2014 dress. Lilly Pulitzer speaks Easter, don't you think?

I don't need an excuse to wear a hat or vintage items, but Easter sure is a good one. When you wear a lovely hat, people tend to say lovely things. Here are a few:

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Like I said, lovely things (from both men and women!). Hats are one of my favorite things and I've got big plans to get you all in on the hat fun next Easter, so keep your eyes peeled for the perfect Spring-y topper. You've got a year to find one and plan it :)

My shoes are straw like an Easter basket because obviously I think of these things.

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Ok I think I've hit my limit for how many pastels and happiness and vintage and loveliness I can fit into this one post, so I'll wrap it up now. 

Happy Easter! 
He is Risen!

xo
Natalie
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