Here it one more look from NYFW and can you believe the whole look is under $250? It was part of my collaboration with Amazon’s Style Code Live, and it was so good, I had to share it on the blog. I forget sometimes how heels make me feel. I used to only wear heels to castings (oh, the dread!) before slipping them off the moment I left the building to toss them in my bag. Towering over everyone used to scare me. I was long, lanky, and my confidence only showed what I was walking the runway, playing a different character. I guess I wasn’t so bad for a 15 year old. Now I have the confidence as a 5’10” woman to wear heels anytime I want. Sure I’m towering over just about every 6 foot guy in the city, but it still feels empowering. Oh, and of course your legs will look amazing. Luckily, the block heel trend doesn’t kill my feet at all. I actually prefer little dresses and stockings with the perfect block heel. I kept the rest of my look and the color palette sweet and neutral. A tiny, cotton shift dress and faux leopard coat. The beret and sheer fishnets tie it all together. Yep, and it’s all super affordable and won’t break the bank. Pieces to layer and wear over and over again. Now isn’t that a breath of fresh air?
I’m in love with my Fendi Spring ’17 look, straight off the runway. Amazing knitted sock booties with a beautiful flowing dress, and nude bag. Check out the heels on these Fendi bad boys! They’re striped! I threw on some leather leggings, and voila, I made my Fendi Spring ’17 look fully prepped for these cold weeks in NYC. The collection is extra quirky and cheeky. It’s an unexpected take on luxurious neutrals. Do a play on textures in neutral palettes as a way to make a statement this season without having to walk out of the house dressed like a rainbow. But trust me, I do love my rainbows.
But as always, fashion week gets me thinking beyond just the outfits. We’re so “go, go go” that sometimes it’s nice to talk amongst ourselves about how much fashion week is actually changing. Bloggers are taking over the front row, and it’s amazing that our perspectives really do matter. Even in what feels like a saturated space, it’s amazing seeing my OG girls killing it in our industry…from walking the catwalk to taking over backstage. I’m talking about the girls from 2010 who made something out of nothing…creating careers and jobs with longevity that never existed 5 or 10 years ago. It’s exciting to be a huge part of this change and evolving with it. There’s room for everyone in this space. Designers are a lot more selective with how they’re doing their shows, who is going to their shows, and they’ve become a lot more wise on who their customer is thanks to bloggers and social media. Lately, I have been stressing the importance of quality versus quantity. I don’t care if you have a million instagram followers or the best seat at a fashion show. The blogging community is about daring to be you and using your voice to inspire and be inspired through everything you put out there. Even if that means making the world your literal runway for a day.
I am religiously wearing Skarlett Blue‘s latest lingerie collection. I worked with their fit specialist here in NYC to take home some really delicious lingerie sets that hug my body in all the right places. I think what I love most about working with their team is how close they pay attention to details. The lace trimmings. The colors. Noticing how a lace racerback or embroidered strap bra can peek out from a tank top. Chic. Bottoms that are so completely seamless that you can throw on even your silkiest slip dress and not worry about any unwanted panty lines. It’s lingerie you can trust will enhance your final look. These pieces to me are extra cozy and warm, but still bring out my sultry side with their beautiful array of colors. It’s funny, I feel more confident when my lingerie has a beautiful fit, and a little character. Your body is special, so treat it well and only wear what feels the most comfortable on your skin. Meet two of my favorite sets.
// Skarlett Blue multi-way T-Shirt Bra and panty //
// Skarlett Blue Underwire Bra and panty //
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I am indeed Los Angeles born and bred. I’ll drive an hour to Alhambra from the West Side just for a good bowl of pho. I’ll listen to my old high school cd’s on repeat in my little blue Prius. I’ll go through the drive through at Taco Bell just for that midnight bean and cheese (and take crazy videos). Yes, I’ll park where I shouldn’t park, and I just may go over the speed limit every once in a while. I’ll sit on the keyboard all day long in the music room, and plug in my microphone, belting as if I’m performing for hundreds of thousands of people…just like I did when I was little. I’ll go through my college books that haven’t been touched in years in my bedroom, and read the those novels with the notes in it over and over again. I’ll make any excuse to meet in Santa Monica because I love that city by the sea so darn much. I’ll do anything to get the perfect photo, to capture the most perfect moment. I’ll still wake up at 6am to go to a good Beverly Hills Estate Sale just to get first dibs on the designer coat before the next girl gets it. I’ll forever slip out my Valley “as if” accent. I’ll still consider everything “epic”, “sick”, and “rad”. I’ll always find a way to make fun of a situation.
But most of all, I’ll always have my Los Angeles friends and family. We could be sitting in my dining room table (friends, mom, dad, and the whole crew), and talk about absolutely anything and everything. I love my kooky characters. Like the city itself, it’s like you never left. That time didn’t change a thing. That I haven’t really been on the east coast for already 5 years. That I’m about to call myself a true New Yorker…for real. Your true friends will always remember you purely as you. As “Natalie”, or littler” (little sister), and love you just because they do…and always will no matter what happens. Your real friends and loved ones love you as you are. As you be and let you be. So it’s important to be you. Be genuine and real. Being in touch with your roots always keeps you in check. Don’t let go of those people who are always there for you, and don’t ever change. I haven’t, and you shouldn’t either. LA has those people, moments, and memories I’ll always hold on to. Just like the Pacific Ocean. Constantly changing, the waves in and out, but it’ll always be there to welcome you home. Los Angeles, I love you.