This Isn’t Control

Today’s post is one of my favorites in a while. I had so much inspiration and the lighting of the sun setting just made it.

The boho vibes are back in full force for the summer. Whenever I put together a look that is bohemian it really feels like me. I feel as though I could dance around in the woods like a fairy in this outfit.

Feeling free and letting things happen without controlling them is life changing. Whatever needs to happen will happen for the right reasons. Obviously there needs to be a balance between putting effort into pursuing what you love and letting things happen without effort. But I am realizing that it is healing and freeing to let go of control for a while. It may be scary because it is a change, but it makes life less serious for a moment and reminds you that life is for your enjoyment.

I hope you like the this look! I will definitely be getting back into gypsy mode for the summer!

XOXO,
Nat

Halter top: Urban Outfitters
Shorts: Thrifted
Purse: Vintage
Shoes: Thrifted
Headpiece: Urban Outfitters

Check out my feature and short interview on Bangstyle as one of their “Three Favorite Bloggers to Know and Follow”!
http://bangstyle.com/posts/3_favorite-bloggers-123

XOXO,
Nat

Check out my feature and short interview on Bangstyle as one of their “Three Favorite Bloggers to Know and Follow”!

http://bangstyle.com/posts/3_favorite-bloggers-123

XOXO,

Nat

"Cat"ual

I started forming this ever so “cat”ual look with a not so casual bandage skirt. I wanted to wear this formal skirt for a laid back occasion so I dressed it down with a simple cat tank, platform sneakers, and a side zipper denim jacket. I am really into layering simple necklaces, so I combined two gold pieces for a modern look.

Although I prefer photographing later in the evening because I just love the lighting, it was such a nice sunny and hot day to shoot! So I went for it, and I like the different feel it has.

I hope your weekend was fab!

XOXO,
Nat

Top: Urban Outfitters
Jacket: Gap
Skirt: Anthropologie
Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Blue

Taking a step back from life by enjoying some summer days at my cabin has made me realize that sometimes we just need a holiday to clear our minds and remind us of our true values and discard the ones that are weighing us down.

I feel like it’s an important thing to check in with yourself every once in a while, if that’s taking a vacation, walking the dog, watering the plants, or having a beach day. Give yourself the time. It’s worth it!

With this look, I really felt like sticking with comfort wear after a day at the beach. I have on a lovely pair of high waisted floral shorts paired with a super cropped black top. The top has a slightly sporty cut, so the Nike’s were what I gravitated toward for footwear. Honestly, they are just super comfy shoes and they coordinated well with the shorts! The sun was setting so I grabbed a soft long blue cardi to tie around my waist in case I got chilly. To add a bit of detail I grabbed a very simple evil eye necklace.

XOXO,
Nat

Top, Shorts, & Necklace: Urban Outfitters

Cardigan: Free People

Shoes: Nike Free

How I Style: The Choker

Another ’90s trend is back in full force. It has been seen on Kylie Jenner, Rihanna, and countless others. Today I thought I would do a “How I Style” post on the choker. It has been a booming trend lately, so if you haven’t gotten on the bandwagon and want to, keep reading.

The tattoo choker has made the biggest appearance as of lately. Remember those plastic coiled accessories from your childhood that cost 50 cents? Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about. They come in a variety of colors, but black proves to be the chicest at the moment.

Like the idea of the choker, but you’re not feeling the tattoo style? No problem! Go for an alternative, like the dual metal choker featured in this post! I like that it has the choker vibe with a twist, and the collaboration of the silver and bronze metals make it accessible to incorporate into countless looks.

Today’s look has a retro vibe, and it is not just coming from the choker. When styling a choker, I like to pair it with another retro piece. It makes the look cohesive and who doesn’t like a blast from the past once in while?

I styled the metal choker with a dainty gold triangle chain along with gold mismatched earrings. I thought the necklaces were worth being showcased, so I backed them up with a dark gray high neck backless dress tucked into a vintage Levi skirt, which was cinched in at the waist with a skinny black belt. I styled my hair in a braid to make the detailed back of the top visible, and then added a summer touch with the flowers. For shoes, I have on a pair of chunky buckled sandals to add a kick!


What do you think? Are you feeling the choker trend?

XOXO,
Nat

Jewelry: Urban Outfitters
Dress: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Misguided

Retro Woods

You know that feeling of a clash between two things? Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad. I’ve really been loving playing with two things that oppose each other in a new and modern way. In good way, at least so I think.

With this look, I went for a very bright retro printed dress with a keyhole cutout. Although very vibrant and busy with the print, I feel like it has simplicity and innocence from the silhouette.

Playing off the innocence, I incorporated a pair of black ‘oxford-esk’ sandals that are super comfy. Next, I slipped on a simple geometrical ring and a cat midi ring to add a touch of interest.

Shooting this look in the woods was a natural move, because the lighting was perfect. As they say “the golden hour”. But esthetically, a not so natural one. I would normally think of a bright wall or vines of flowers as a background for this particular look. But I really love how the dark green of the scenery ended up accentuating the colors of the dress and provided an earthy base.

As I said, I love how things can clash in a visually pleasant way. This look and the location clash, but, also have a mutual foundation that somehow brings them together.

I hope you can start experimenting with opposing elements in your fashion endeavors, and hopefully this gave you that little push to do so!

XOXO,
Nat

Shoes & Dress: Urban Outfitters

Warehouse

I recently modeled for a photo shoot in collaboration with Chloe Helland Kiener - stylist, Barb Zanzig - hair and makeup, and Andrew Keeley Yonda - photographer. The shoot was located at a warehouse for a local business called A La Crate Vintage Rentals. Some of the amazing vintage pieces were then hand picked and styled into three modern vignettes which were paired with simple feminine looks by Chloe.

Although I “model” for my blog with a tripod, the experience at this shoot was very new to me. It turned out to be such a fun time to be creative and understand the different roles in the fashion industry a bit better.

If you are in the area of Madison, and looking to party :) , you should definitely use some items from A La Crate Vintage Rentals for chic and trendy decor!

For more photos and details from this shoot, check out a blog post all about it written by Chloe on ALC’s website!

XOXO,

Nat

D A I S Y

This look is all about the daisy. There are so many daisy printed/patterned clothing items in stores right now. I, personally, really enjoy it. I love flowers and they make me really happy! So when I saw these super comfy palazzo pants, I knew I had to get them. I love them because they are black and white, which obviously makes them go with virtually anything, but also gives them a different feel than colored flowers.

In addition to the daisy pants, I added a slightly cropped white blousey tank that has a cool sheer back made out of a daisy pattern.

For shoes, I felt like being tall :) , so I slipped into my simple black Topshop heels. I grabbed a nice geometric purse and stacked on a variety of rings from my dresser top.

It was a beautiful night to take some photos outside! Hope you enjoy!

XOXO:
Nat

Top: H&M
Pants: Urban Outfitters
Heels: Topshop
Purse: Urban Outfitters

BOY

Boyfriend jeans. That is a statement that most people shy away from. I know I have in the past. I thought, “They look great on other people, but I could never pull them off myself.”

Last week, I bit the bullet and scored a pair of boyfriend jeans on sale that didn’t overwhelm my figure. Since they were inexpensive, I thought it wasn’t a big risk to at least bring them home and see if I could style them.

The aftermath is, I can’t get enough of them and I definitely won’t be returning them! They are a great alternative on days when you aren’t feeling skinnies.

If you are looking into trying the boyfriend/mom jean trend out, there are a few tips you should follow to achieve a chic and stylish look.

First, make sure the pants relatively fit your waist. Since the jeans are going to be looser, it is okay if the waist is slightly loose as well, just throw on a skinny belt to secure them. But if the jeans do not stay up without a belt, you should probably keep searching.

Second, if you are not sure that you will wear your purchase, follow in my lead and try to find a pair on sale or at a thrift store first.

Third, tapper them. Tapper the loose fitted jeans by rolling up the bottoms a bit. This is a key point. It will give your look more shape and show a touch of skin to make up for the more masculine style.

I hope this helps some of you and even inspires you to try it out for yourself! Never believe that you can’t wear something. If you want to wear it, wear it!

XOXO,
Nat

Top: Forever21

Belt: H&M

Pants: Urban Outfitters

Shoes: Thrifted

Socks & Sandals

I think I speak for most of us when I say that the ‘socks & sandals’ trend is taking it a little too far. I mean, we don’t want to end up looking like our dad on vacation.

I found that you can, in actuality, really tailor this trend to your own personal style. That is really the key, tailoring to your own style. If you don’t, it won’t look like you, you may feel uncomfortable, and you may end up looking like your dad on vaca. Just kidding about the last one :) But really, there are so many options when it comes to this trend if you are creative. Some people like the socks and Birkenstocks while other people prefer socks and jelly shoes while I enjoy socks and black chunky sandals. The variation continues with what print, pattern, color, or texture you choose for socks.

While socks and sandals may seem like a pretty straight forward trend, there are so many ways to transform and mold it your own style.

So when are you going to bust out those socks and give it a try?

XOXO,
Nat

Outfit Details: http://lookbook.nu/look/6204571-H&M-Denim-Dress-Missguided-Chunky-Sandals

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