Sunday, August 31, 2014

New York City: Day 1 & 2


 Back to New York City and I couldn’t be happier! The highlight of every summer for the past several years, is a week long trip to Manhattan to visit family. As every other time, I’ve fallen even more deeply in love with the city. It’s nice, as since I’ve been so many times I can just simply enjoy being there rather than worrying about getting to all the tourist destinations. I know my way around okay, but it always takes me several days to get use to the subway system! 

The first two days I was there were spent exploring the city, walking a lot, and searching for all the best vintage shops. I'm not kidding about the walking though! I love that you walk everywhere in NYC and don't mind it at all, but my brother and I took it to a whole new level the first day and walked all the way from Greenwich Village to Brooklyn. 

See below for some photos we snapped on our first and second day in New York! 

XOXO










 I ordered the photos a bit strange, so this outfit was actually from day two! We had lunch in Bryant Park (my favorite) before making our way up to Central Park to explore. I kept my outfit fairly simple (and accidentally head to toe Free People!), because it was hot and I knew we would be moving a lot! 

Shop it below:
Hat (Free People)
Shorts (Free People)
Bag (Etsy
Shoes (Converse)




 Day 1, as fore-mentioned was spent walking from Greenwich to Brooklyn. We stopped a lot along the way at different shops along the way, but our final destination was the coolest thrift store called "Junk" in Williamsburg. 

Shorts (DIY here)
Flannel (F21)
Necklace (Child of Wild)




Sunday, August 24, 2014

DIY Mason Jar Bouquet With a Lace Trim


There is nothing better than a fresh bouquet of flowers in the home. In fact I’ve found that my room looks its best with a bouquet on my bedside table. Maybe it’s just me, but I think when it comes down to it they are the best (and easiest) d├ęcor!

Anyways, recently I was perusing Costco and noticed they were selling a pack of mason jars for around $5! Naturally, I scooped them up and brought them home for one reason – DIY’s. As you’ve probably seen on Pinterest, mason jars have hundreds of uses. Unfortunately, I couldn’t buy that many jars, but I’ll show you my favorite ways to use the handful I purchased in the next couple of months!

I don’t mind a complicated DIY, but when they are simple and instantly rewarding I’m always sold. Hence I kept this mason jar bouquet DIY as easy as they come, but with an added touch of lace of course!

Read below for instructions.

Materials:

>> Lace trim

>> Mason jar

>> Sharp scissors

>> 3 kinds of flowers (or my favorite is to use 1 type of large flower, greenery, and small flower for a perfect mix)
Step One: Cut a piece of lace trim to fit perfectly around the top of the mason jar.
Step Two: With one hand, hold the lace tightly on to the top of the jar. With the other hand, screw on just the ring part of the lid. If necessary, you can first adhere the lace to the jar with hot glue.
Step Three: Fill your jar halfway with water. Start by putting your large flowers in the jar. Cut the flower’s stems diagonally with scissors so that they stick out about 2 inches above the jar. I chose carnations because they last forever, and I loved the color! Positions them evenly around the jar.

Step Four: Add in your smaller flowers. Personally, I gravitate towards baby’s breath as my small flower, but use whatever you please.  Cut the baby’s breath (or small flower) at different lengths. Have some that will sit lower than your large flower, and others that will be slightly above. Position them evenly around the jar. Don’t be afraid to keep repositioning them until you are satisfied!

Step Five: Add your greenery. Again, cut several pieces at different lengths and position them throughout the jar until you love your bouquet!
Step Six: Find a perfect place for your fresh flowers and enjoy! Don’t forget to change the water after a couple days, and when these flowers die, just add some more!

XOXO

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

One White Top - Two Ways


Someone needs to hide this Free People top from me because I can't stop wearing it! Seriously though, I haven't taken it off since I purchased it, and don't see myself stopping any time soon. It wasn't an easy one to track down either. I initially saw this top on FP's website, except it was sadly sold out. So I signed up to be notified when it came back in stock, and waited. I had no patience though, so I checked out all my local Free People stores, trying to track it down. Finally, a new store opened up in a mall near me, and there hung a rack of the top of my dreams. So to end this unnecessarily long story this white top now hangs in my closet and I couldn't be happier!! 

This post should really be called one white top - ten ways, as I really have worn it with SO many different outfits. For now I'll just stick to two, but expect to see it again!


For my first outfit, I stayed casual and comfortable. It has been hot and humid lately, and loose overalls and (naturally) the holy grail of tops were perfect to beat the heat. A woven hat (another recent favorite), jewelry, and white chucks completed the look for a fun day of adventures! 










If this is the perfect top, then these shorts are the perfect bottoms. Similarly, I can't get enough of them. I pair them with everything for a sporty chic look. But, my favorite is with my 'Free to Be' top and a messy top-knot. 





Which is your fav? Comment below!

XOXO,
Natalie 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

O'Neill Lookbook >> Taken by the Tide: Tales of a Gypset Summer



As I've said in previous posts, lately I have had the amazing privilege to work with the brand O'Neill! I couldn't be more excited about collaborating with this rad brand! I love their beachy vibe and their clothes are to-die-for. Each season they seem to be stepping up their game even more... I want everything!!  

Anyways, I think one of the most exciting things I've gotten to do with O'Neill, and well - just in general - is shoot a mini lookbook for their blog and site! Talk about a dream come true! 

The shoot was based around the idea of a gypsy traveler, dressed in light layers and pastel and white hues. We built a mini teepee on the beach (another dream of mine) and took full advantage of the beach's stunning backdrops. 

Check out O'Neill's blog here!









I packed my car full of cow skulls, shells, a ukulele and other various props to set the mood of the shoot!