Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 In Review

I am a big supporter of the idea that you need to take time at the end of the year to reflect on all of the things you have accomplished, the things you haven't but still want to, the people you have met and the ones you have let go of. It is so cathartic for me to take stock of the past 12 months and look at what has happened, what I've done and where I currently am. I am so proud of Katie and I this year for starting a blog and sticking with it (although December may have been a bit of a bust... I blame it on the holiday food coma). So, I thought I would go through our top 10 posts from 2013

1. One-Pot Creamy Garlic Pasta

2. What I Wore: Cold Night Out

3. Zara's Autumn/Winter Lookbook

4. Fall Shopping List: Cognac Boots

5. My Summer Makeup Routine

6. Nordstrom Sale: Shopping List

7. What's In My Bag: Summer Edition

8. What I Wore: Interview

9. Fall in the Park

10. What I Wore: Coffee Date

Thank you so much everyone for your support in 2013. I am extremely excited for what 2014 has in store, and I'm equally as excited to share it with you.

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. And as always, thank you for reading!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

What I Wore: Christmas Eve

If you haven't noticed by now, I am a huge supporter of traditions around the holiday season. One of the many me and my boyfriend observe is our annual Christmas Eve brunch at the Atwood Cafe in the Hotel Burnham. I love dressing up for Christmas Eve, and this year I mixed up my outfit by pairing a Co-Op Barneys sweater over my Nanette Lepore dress. Gold around the holidays is a must. Here's what I wore:

Dress: Nanette Lepore; Sweater: Co-op Barney's; Shoes: Louboutins.

Sweater: Co-op Barneys; Necklace: Francescas.

Atwood Cafe at the Hotel Burnham.



Wednesday, December 18, 2013

What I Wore: Christmas Tea

Sticking with tradition, my guy and I donned our holiday best and grabbed Christmas tea at The Drake Hotel this past weekend. Exceptional as always -- holiday tea at The Drake gives one the opportunity to dress to-the-nines in the middle of the afternoon on a Sunday. Always a good thing. So, here's what I wore:
Dress: Boulee; Shoes: Tory Burch; Bracelet: Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Bracelet: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Ring: Bendels.

Coat: H&M; Scarf: Burberry; Gloves: Bendels.

Christmas at The Drake.

Tea time.
Full table. Love their selection.



Monday, December 16, 2013

Sick Days


You know what sucks? Being sick. Wanna know what sucks even more? Being sick your second week of starting a new job. Yup... I've only been at my job for 1 full week, only 5 days and I'm already sick. Now this is pretty typical this time of year. I tend to get some sort of virus or stomach bug the week before Christmas and this year has proved to be no different. Between the constant headache and nausea, I don't know which is worse.

Anyways, my weekend was just about the same as this morning. Headache, tired limbs, achy all over. I miss those days when I was sick and my mom would make me soup and let me eat popsicles. Oh, to be a kid again! The problem this time around is that I have no idea what is going to make me feel better.

Any suggestions?

Thanks for reading,

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Having a Moment: Plaid

If you had asked me a few years back if I liked plaid I would have given you a firm answer of, "no". But, something has changed... along with my new-found interest in mustard (the food, not the color). I have been absolutely loving plaid, especially large scarves. Here are a few of my favorite looks so far that incorporate this trend.




Are you loving plaid? Check out my Pinterest board for more inspiration and to see what else I'm loving.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Winter White

As I have mentioned before, I love wearing white. It's so crisp and refreshing. One of my favorite ways to wear white is with clunky, gold jewelry. I recently went to Christmas tea at The Peninsula Hotel. Here's a shameless #selfie of how I wore my favorite white sweater.

Sweater and necklace: H&M.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Natalie's Christmas List

Along with most of the US, I am slowly being forced out of my food coma thanks to Monday morning. Just a thought... we should have the Monday after Thanksgiving off. I mean with more food than I eat in a week being consumed within a good 3 days, I feel like I'm entitled to stay in my jammies, watch old Christmas movies, decorate my Christmas tree, and pretty much do absolutely nothing but copious amounts of online shopping. Let's take a vote shall we? All those in favor say, "I". "I, I am, I am". 

My Thanksgiving was fabulous. I loved spending time with family that I haven't seen in about a year and the food was nothing short of fantastic. One of the Thanksgiving traditions in my family revolves around the Christmas lists of the children. After dinner and the dishes are washed, the ladies of the family sit down at the kitchen table, go through the sale ads for Black Friday and go over the Christmas lists for all of the kids. They divvy up the lists and plan their shopping if they decide to go out the next morning. So, I thought I would share with you my Christmas list this year.

As my birthday and Christmas fall closer than close can get, I have an eclectic list. This year it's a bit more random than in the past, but I love all of these things. 

How awesome is this smartphone wallet? I mean perfect for mid-day Starbucks runs, or a girls night out so I don't have to drag around a purse. Love this Deep Blue shade, and the website in general is awesome! There are a ton of great gift ideas for everyone on your list.
There's nothing I love more than starting off the new year with a new planner. And I absolutely love this Deep Pink color. While I use my phone and computer calendar on a regular basis, I still really enjoy writing down my appointments and meetings. During college I used this planner, but now that I have fewer daily tasks and assignments, I like the monthly view, rather than a weekly view. 
I love the Mophie juice pack plus. The ability to have an extra 120% battery backup is a lifesaver. This is perfect for weekends away, conferences and travel (which I will have a lot more of this year). This particular one comes in red, white and black for iPhone 5 and 5s. And, it's on sale right now! Boyah!
I love the idea of products that help me get a better night sleep. I am very much a night owl, and have pretty bad insomnia. I take melatonin on a regular basis, but something like this sounds right up my alley. This little gift duo would be the perfect way for me to try out both products before deciding on whether or not I want the purchase the full sizes. I've heard tons of rave reviews of these, so I'm excited to give them a try.
Do you hear angles singing? Because I certainly do! This travel set from Cuyana is just what the doctor ordered. I love my beauty products, and keeping them in something that is just as pretty as I am when I'm done applying those products is a winner in my book! The cobalt color is my favorite, but I love the turquoise and black options as well. And, it can be monogrammed. A bit awesome, right? The cobalt and turquoise options are currently sold out, so I'm hoping that they restock before Christmas.  But, they have loads of beautiful colors!
I have been on the hunt for a cognac bag for about a year. I  found one from Zara but waited too long and it was sold out. And of course there is always the Tory Burch option, or the Prada. But this is a great, lower cost alternative. And, with the commute that I do, I love the shoulder strap. I don't think I could ever own a bag that doesn't have a shoulder strap... especially in the winter. And this scalloped detailing is just beautiful!
Love this Paula Bianco infinity scarf.  This just screams cozy. I feel like I should be walking down Michigan Ave. with a pumpkin spice latte, shopping bags and my man on my arm while wearing this.

I've talked about these boots before. I am still in love! I tried finding a less expensive alternative, but Santa, I've been good this year. I've worked hard, I've played nice. I pet the puppies and cleaned dishes. I did the laundry and ran the errands. I bit my tongue and gave praise when I should have. Oh, Santa... please?!
Love this cashmere beanie. There are tons of colors, but I like the ivory and grey the most. 
Every year I ask for a new pair of pajamas from Victoria's Secret. In the past I've always asked for a pair of flannels and this year I decided to switch it up. I always ask for a size larger than what I wear in clothes, since you want them to be super comfy and you want to be able to move around in them unrestricted when you're sleeping.

I have to give a huge thanks to R29 for introducing me to Of Mercer. Their clothes are just awesome for professional environments. I am loving this Madison Dress. The silhouette of this is gorgeous. I would take one in both cobalt and black. This would be such a stable in my wardrobe!
I love a good statement necklace as much as the next person. But sometimes all you need is something dainty. This hits the nail on the head for me. I'm trying to branch out, as I typically wear a lot of silver and this is the perfect way for me to incorporate some more gold into my wardrobe. 
Keeping with the gold trend, this necklace is perfect. I would love to layer this with the necklace above. This would make a great gift for anyone. It's customizable in a few different ways (font, black filled or not). This has my name written all over it... see what I did there? I'm pretty clever!
I was devastated when Coach discontinued my all time favorite perfume, "Legacy". I used to be able to pick it up at Ulta, and now I have to order it through Amazon or Ebay. Either way, I think a person's favorite perfume is always a good gift. I know this is my go-to for the men in my life... their cologne I mean... not my perfume. Although I'm sure it would make those other girls jealous!! 
I love me some Malcolm Gladwell. Whether it's his TED Talks, or his books, I'm a bit obsessed. I greatly enjoyed Blink and I can't wait to read more of his books. Here's an excerpt from B&N's synopsis: "In the tradition of Gladwell's previous bestsellers-- The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog saw-- -David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us."
I wish I lived in the UK. I mean, like I constantly say I was born in the wrong country. And that feeling grew even stronger when I was introduced to Downton Abbey. I. Am. Obsessed. I also believe I was born in the wrong era. This is pure TV perfection. If you have anyone who is a huge lover of Jane Austen or The Great Gatsby, I highly recommend slipping the first 3 seasons into their stocking. I just can't get enough. And I can't wait for season 4 to air in the US!

Oh, Gatsby. I loved the book. The version with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow was alright, but I feel absolutely in love with the 2013 version. I'm not a massive DeCaprio fan, so I didn't see it for the actors... more because I just love the story. And this one did not disappoint!
Gahhh!!! I love Game of Thrones probably more than anyone should. This is what gets me through the week. When it's airing I would walk into the office on Monday mornings and sit with my coworkers for an hour talking about this. I've had entire dinner and drink conversations around this show. That's how addictive it is. I'm not usually one for fantasy worlds, but this is fantastic! I mean who didn't cry after the "Red Wedding"? My coworkers and I couldn't even talk about it the next day... we were too shocked/speechless! The first 3 seasons are available on Amazon for a decent price.

What's on your list this year? Anything I missed that I should check out?

Thanks for reading!