Monthly Archives: April 2012


Whenever I slip into these little ECCO heels, I’m immediately brought back to my day in Europe with the team back in February. Then, I was bundled in giant scarves, thick knits, and the warmest boots known to man. NYC is starting to get better each day, making it a perfect time to expose these neon pink toes around Soho! Though this “Montpellier” pair by Ecco is super dainty and pretty, I roughed it up a bit with an extra loose pair of orange jeans, a cropped knit sweater, and my favorite leather jacket. Right now, the colors in my wardrobe are all over the place, so it’s no surprise I’m taking on the city in all colors of the rainbow!

So to kick of Spring/Summer, I’m giving away this adorable pair of ECCO “Montpellier” heels to one lucky reader! 
Simply choose ONE way to enter:
a. Like ECCO USA Shoes on Facebook and post on the wall “I want to win a pair of ECCO Montpellier heels from Natalie Off Duty”
b. Upload a photo of the outfit you’d wear with your new Montpellier heels to the ECCO USA Shoes page  
c. Tweet “I want to win a pair of @ECCO_USA_Shoes Montpellier heels from @NatalieOffDuty! (Link to blog post). #NordicChic”
Yep, super easy right? 
Like me on Facebook/ Follow me on Twitter for all giveaway updates!

 (Contest ends May 7th, must be a US resident and over 18 years old. Good luck!)

UPDATE: Congratulations to the winner: Cindy Batchelor!! Thanks to everyone to entered. For now, you can still go to ECCO’s facebook..we’re giving away a shoe a day (Thursday we’re giving away this exact shoe again) Amazing right?! 

Nordic Chic: Hosting the ECCO Event!

I got to revisit a little bit of Scandinavia…yet in the heart of NYC! I just hosted the ECCO shoes event and it was the perfect way to gather all my friends and kind of bring them back to my ECCO trip in Europe. Glimpses of footage from the trip were lying around every where: images of the team and I trekking through Amsterdam, heading out into the snowy countryside to visit their tannery, and even hilarious video footage of our last-minute flight to Copenhagen for their Walk in Style runway show.  Basically, we celebrated Scandinavian style with hearty beers, too much food, and of course, there I was bouncing around the building in the “Sculptured 65” boot, which are basically a black patent ankle boot that can easily double as running shoes (they’re that comffffyyy). I’ll show you more soon, they are out this Fall! Always, always, I’ll be a huge fan of simple Scandinavian design!

Dusk till Dawn

(Chaser Brand leather jacket and tee, David Kahn jeans, Alimonada skull bracelets, Shoemint leopard sandals)
Friday, you roll around quicker than expected week by week. Everyday for me has been go, go, go and I can’t wait to finally sit back and do absolutely nothing…or absolutely everything this weekend. I don’t even know how I’m alive right now! Late nights and early mornings have been taking over my life. Thank goodness for coffee… but darn, I’ve come to realize I’m completely out of milk and creamer. Grocery shopping has been on my long to-do list for ages! It’s about time I get some things organized…the big sis is coming to town and lord knows this weekend will be crazy. We’ve got some killer shows to see and of course insanely sick projects in the works. I just can’t wait to see her, especially since Coachella madness is over and we can finally act like normal people. For now, all you need to know is that life currently revolves around Chaser Brand’s rock n’ roll tees, and their brand spankin’ new moto leather jacket. Funny, they’re really all I need to feel happy right now.

Which Way to Heaven

Gray skies…go away? Peeps of sunshine, please come back! It’s been hard getting dressed for this bipolar weather. I peek outside, everyone is wearing puffers, and I actually go out…and it’s hot enough to just wear a tee-shirt. I never fail to dress inappropriately. But this day, I think I did something right. Giant furry coat on hand, I managed to survive the chill in a sick pair of printed Custo Barcelona pants. I’m getting back in the 70’s spirit and I want to wear these every single day. Pretty beaded jewels by Vanessa Mooney also scream the free-spirited 70’s, a time I wish I lived through. Her skull rosary is just another way to praise the lord.