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A TRENDY LOOK

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Trends are what run the fashion world.

Once the designers and brands announce the newest “it” piece, it’ll be seen everywhere–until the next biggest thing hits the stores. While some fashionistas do prefer to opt out of running after the trends choosing instead a closet full of classic pieces, I like the never ending chase of the hottest new trendy piece. It means there’s always something new and exciting, and that’s what I like about fashion.

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Just like these bell sleeves that have grown large since a couple seasons ago, this pattern that has been all-the-rage, and these exaggerated cat-eye sunglasses that became an instant hit and are now hard to find in stock due to high demand.

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These pieces will probably mean nothing in a year, or two, or three from now but I still enjoy wearing them right now.

I think that as long as you still make the pieces your own, there’s nothing wrong with wearing the pieces everyone one else is. Because I think it’s even more interesting to see each person’s individual take on it–the way they incorporate this mega trend into their own style and personality.

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Fashion is just all about expressing yourself and your own sense of style so have fun with it! After all, like I always say, life is too short to wear boring clothes.

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Yours truly,
Fashionably Natalie


Dress: H&M / Coat: Dynamite / Boots: Zara / Bag: H&M / Sunglasses: Zara
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DON’T JUDGE CLOTHES BY ITS LOOK ON THE HANGER

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A remark that I get quite often from people about my clothes is, “I never expected that to look so good on compared to how it looks on the hanger!” And so today’s blog post is to tell you never to judge a piece of clothing before trying it on. Trust me, you’ll thank me for this later. Many of my favourite pieces looked terrible on the hanger.

This dress is an excellent example of this. Sitting there hung up on the rack in the store, it did look quite frumpy and the florals seemed a bit overwhelmed. However, following my own rule, I tried it on anyway and realized I was in love. Once it was on, it fit really nice and looked great once I figured out how best to style it.

 

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What this dress needed was (clearly) not anymore prints, but instead some colour. The pattern offers me a few nice colours I can play with, but for this blog I decide to accentuate the red/orange because I had the greatest coat to go pair with it. Adding a full bold coloured coat was the perfect compliment to this dress because it helps tone down the busyness of the floral pattern.

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I then finished off with a matching purse, and tights with tall boots to add extra warmth.

What do you guys think?

So remember – don’t dismiss items on the rack so quickly, because you are likely missing out on some really great pieces!

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Yours truly,
Fashionably Natalie


Dress: H&M/Coat: Zara/Boots: Forever21/Bag: Steve Madden/Sunglasses: Aldo
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ALL ABOUT THE SLEEVES

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Happy Monday!

Today I’m here to talk all about sleeves. Last year, the plain old simple sleeves were gone in an instant, replaced by another style that took up its long reign in the spotlight: the bell sleeves. And while they were fantastic (and still are–so don’t fret, you can still rock your tops from last year), with fashion being as fast as it is, there is now a new star in town.

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This season it’s all about dramatic and over-the-top sleeves. Meaning bell sleeves are still in, but they’re even bigger and better and have made friends up in the spotlight. Sleeves like the ones on the top I’m wearing in this outfit are everything. Look in any fashion forward store and you’ll see a wide range of them. They’re everywhere, and I’m loving it.

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This top that I’m wearing I especially love because it also has such a strong colour. Red has always been one of my favourite colours to wear because it’s so bright and bold. However, wearing a colour like that means the rest of my outfit can’t be too loud or it will be overwhelming.

Therefore, I styled my top with this black skirt that is cute but simple and my black knee-high boots. At this point I felt I was able to sneak in a bit of extra fun to the outfit, so I added my fishnet tights.

I finished off the look with my matching red handbag and red lip.

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What are your favourite sleeves this season?

Yours truly,
Fashionably Natalie


Top: H&M / Skirt: Zara / Boots: Forever21 / Tights: Bizou / Bag: H&M
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BRINGING LIGHT TO THE WINTER DARKNESS

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Winter can be a hard time.

Though not every person is affected by it at the same level, I think everyone is familiar with the winter gloom. The cold traps you inside, the days are so short that it seems the sunlight is always fleeting, and the longing for warm days to return just makes the season feel even longer. This can really put some weight on a person’s shoulders. I am one of those people.

There are a few ways to lighten the weight of winter, and today I’m showing you one of those regarding clothing: to dress bright.

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If you’re a person like me whose mood is easily linked with clothing, then I think this will work great for you too. Fall and winter colours are notoriously dark, with lots of burgundy, dark greens, and of course, black. For me, wearing those colours just makes it all too easy to fall into that winter gloom. So instead, I like to stand up to those dark shades by blinding them in brightness.

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This is why I wear bright colours in the winter. On the darkest days, it might be the only bright thing to cling on to–for yourself, but often, for others too. I get a lot of people complimenting my colours, saying it’s uplifting to see this time of year.

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So, if you don’t already have some, I say go out there and buy some winter brights! Wear them with a smile, and if you feel that darkness inside, focus instead on the brightness you’re radiating on the outside.

Yours truly,
Fashionably Natalie

XO


Coat: H&M / Sweater: Zara / Pants: Zara / Boots: H&M / Bag: Aldo
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A NEW WORLD

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Today’s blog post is unlike any I’ve done before. Because today I’m talking about something different than fashion, and something much more important. A week ago I got inspired with this idea, so read on to find out about the moment it happened…

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So, it’s Saturday. I’ve just woken up a couple hours ago, and I’ve already found my way back into bed because it’s my day off and I’m feeling exhausted from the week I had. This week, my biggest trouble has been the newborn baby who has just moved in right upstairs from us. Though I’m happy for the new parents and all, they unfortunately seem to have the most colicky baby ever. And therefore I have gotten no sleep.

And so, I’m using that as my justification for staying in bed all day. I’m scrolling through Facebook when I come across a video that gets my attention. The video is of a polar bear, and it catches my eye because right away I can tell that this animal is not okay. This polar bear should have been huge in stature with a thick, heavy coat of shining white fur–but instead, what I see is devastating. This bear is so thin I can see his spinal cord, and he’s so weak from hunger that he can barely walk. He’s hunched over and stumbling, trying so hard just to make it until he can find his next meal–whatever it may be. This polar bear is starving because he has lost access to his main source of food, due to the warming temperatures on earth.

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So I’m watching this bear, and all of a sudden my troubles seem so small; what is a crying baby compared to having no food or shelter? I’m reading the comments of people saying they have tears in their eyes, while tears are rolling down my cheeks too. But a video like this isn’t a rarity; there are hundreds like these on my news feed every day. Hundreds and thousands of videos of animals, of acres of lands, and of human beings trying to keep living while our home, our planet Earth, is fighting to survive through the monstrous amount of pollution we have created.

I can’t count how many videos like these I see in a week–and they hurt me to watch every time–but once the video is done I continue to scroll through my news feed and push it out of my mind to go on with my day. It’s sad to admit, but that seems to be the typical reaction to these videos. Any person with a heart will feel its sting when watching it, but it seems it’s gotten to the point that we’ve all seen and heard so much of it that it doesn’t hit us to the core anymore. It’s like we’ve put up an emotional wall to stop us from feeling completely and utterly destroyed by them since we don’t feel there’s anything we can do about it anyway. Or at least, that’s how I feel.

Until now.

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As the video ended, I started to continue scrolling down my news feed, with tears still blurring my vision. Like usual. But suddenly I thought, NO. Not this time.

Desperate to find something I could do to help, I started googling suggestions. It gave me the basics of recycling, saving water, avoiding an excess of gas pollution by driving, etc. These were all things I already knew of course, and already did. Caring about the environment has never been hard for me, and I’ve always done the “little things” as well as encourage those around me to do them too. They still are very important, because if everyone does them it’s no longer the feeling of despair that “just one person can’t make a difference” because the people add up and the little things then become the big things. This is still very important and will continue to be, but this morning while watching that video I just decided I wanted to do more than that.

And then I thought of my blog. While it’s been in my “About Me” section since the start, my equal passion for the environment has not been vocalized nearly as much as my passion for fashion. This is mainly because of the fact that I felt like there wasn’t much I could do to help. But like I said, that stops today.

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This long spiel is all to tell you that I am adding a section to my blog. Starting today, I will be sharing both of my passions with you by continuing to post about fashion, and also creating posts about the environment. Once a week, I will dedicate a post to my second passion that will talk about some things you can do yourself, or some things others have been doing to make a change, as well as clothing companies that are environment friendly, and more.

I am not expecting this to change the world in an instant, but I believe opening people’s eyes and encouraging them to stop letting the feeling of despair win by giving them hope is what will change the world.

So to finish off, I want to thank every single one of you for reading to the end of this (I know it was quite lengthy) and I sincerely hope you will follow along for this new chapter of blogging.

 

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Alone, I’m just one person, but with you guys and many more, we can work together to create a new world. Work together so that we never have to see another video of a poor starving animal on our news feed.

Thank you

Yours truly,
Fashionably Natalie

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PS: For those of you interested in seeing the video that inspired this idea, I have linked it here

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MY IDEA OF CASUAL

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Alright, so those who know me–and even those who have just started following me–can easily figure out that I don’t do much of the casual look. I’m a girl who likes to dress up and wear things that are fun and, perhaps at times, even out of the ordinary. But, even I sometimes like to dress casual… Or at least, my version of it.

And this would be it. While the “typical” idea of casual would be something along the lines of a pair of jeans, a sweater and flats; I do it with a twist. I am wearing all of the above, but each piece is just a bit more fun than the average, because it really all comes down to this quote: “Life is too short to wear boring clothes”, am I right?

So, the way I’m wearing casual is with a bright pink (but nonetheless, extremely cozy) sweater, these black jeans that are far from plain thanks to the cool studs on the sides, and finally, these fun matching studded flats.

I accessorized only with my matching pink earrings and pink lip, and I let the outfit do the rest of the talking.

What’s your fun spin on a casual look?

Yours truly,
Fashionably Natalie


Sweater: H&M / Jeans: H&M / Shoes: Ardene's / Earrings: H&M

 

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LACE-UP LEGGINGS

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In the world of fashion, we are constantly trying to up our game and step it up to the next level. That’s probably how these leggings came to be designed. First came the lace up tops, then the corset belts, which turned into corset belts on everything, so of course,  with the course of these styles being added onto the market, it seems only natural that these leggings would be the next step. And now for most, these pants likely seem ridiculous, but to a fashion lover like me, they’re fantastic.

I have to say a pair of plain black pants is a must in every girl’s wardrobe as it is an easy style for any top, but the thing is that once you’ve a got a great pair, you don’t really need any more. What’s the fun in multiple pairs of plain black pants? That’s what I think anyway, and so I keep my eyes out for a pair of black pants like these–completely the opposite of plain. I’m really excited about adding these to my wardrobe because now I have the perfect pant to spice up an otherwise safe top.

For this outfit, I chose my long green hoodie. I think this is a great option for these leggings because it is longer, and also because it isn’t too loud that it competes with the pants but rather, compliments it instead while adding the colour the outfit needs. I added a belt to make the sweater more flattering as it does fit more lose and doesn’t have any natural fit to it.

To finish up the look, I added my leather booties and my bow handbag to add some neutral colour.

What do you guys think of the lace-up leggings? How would you style them?

Yours truly,
Fashionably Natalie


Hoodie: Zara / Leggings: H&M / Boots: H&M / Bag: Aldo / Belt: H&M
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3 WAYS TO WEAR IT: OVER-SIZED SWEATER

Hey guys! Happy Monday!

Alright, so I’ve done a few 3 Ways to Wear it now, and I hope you guys have been liking them as much as I do. I think it’s a great way to create some inspiration for re-wearing pieces. We can probably all agree that it’s no fun having a sole way to style a piece, because that means it’ll always look the same. And since most of us don’t particularly enjoy wearing the same thing every day, that means that piece won’t see light as much. Therefore I think an important tool to have is to know how to style an item different ways, and here comes my posts to give you ideas! So read on and keep an eye out for more of these to give you the tools to ensure every piece in your closet gets its rightful time in the light.

For this post, I chose the piece that has likely been the most purchased item in the last couple months: a sweater! And more specifically, an over-sized sweater. These are much desired for its coziness, however, they can be so bulky they become hard to style and so they were the perfect option for this post.

Scroll down to see how I styled mine!

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Sweater dress with over-the-knee boots – Perfect for weekend brunch

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In this first style, I’m wearing the sweater as a dress to create a look that’s romantic, feminine and just a little sexy. The over-the-knee boots are the perfect choice to pair with a sweater dress because 1) it’s getting too cold for bare legs, so these cover up most of your skin, 2) this combo is arguably the epitome of fall fashion and finally 3) when you see them together, there’s just no discussion to be made because it’s a fact that these two are a match made in heaven.

Since my sweater is cream, I had a range of options for colours, but I decided to stay simple with these grey beauties. They’re special because they lace up in the back which makes them just that much better. And to finish, I added this bag that was the perfect amount of colour that doesn’t scream too loud but added what was needed.


Sweater: H&M / Boots: Public Desire / Bag: Steve Madden

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A little dressier & a little funkier Perfect for a day outing with the girls
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For the second outfit, I added some pants and heels to create a look that’s girly and fashion-forward. To create this style, choose a pair of pants that’s fun and can grab the attention. Once you have that, pick out a pair of girly shoes to match. Heels (especially pointy-toed) are a great option because they help make your legs look longer and therefore reduce the look of bulkiness that the sweater brings, leaving it at a happy cozy. Finish off the look with a cute bag! (Extra advice: pearls are all the rage this season, so feel free to use this as your excuse to rock it)


Sweater: H&M / Pants: Marshall's / Shoes: Zara / Bag: Aldo


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Totally casual – Perfect for a Saturday at the market

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My final look is completely casual for an effortless comfortable result. I’ve brought out my favourite pair of jeans and just tucked in the sweater to give it more shape. My heels have been swapped out for a comfortable pair of loafers. Since I love to be extra, mine cheetah-print plain because an extra edge to the outfit. However, black or any type of flats would work fine as well. Add a cute cross-body bag, a dark lip and you’re ready to enjoy a beautiful fall day outside.


Sweater: H&M / Jeans: H&M / Shoes: Ardene's / Bag: NineWest

That’s it for today, hope you guys loved this post and got inspired to take another look in your closets!

Which look did you like best? Let me know in the comments!

Yours truly,
Fashionably Natalie

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MY FALL LOOK

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It’s finally that time of year again; it’s fall time!!! Though it hasn’t always been so (I used to be a summer girl all the way), this is definitely my favourite season now. I love everything about it from the cool weather to warming up in cozy sweaters with hot drinks, to the leaves changing colours, to apple-picking, to pumpkin carving, to Thanksgiving, to the lowering number of days til Christmas time (!!!), and more.

Along with my love for the season is my excitement for the fashion. As I mentioned above, I have a special love for the cozy sweaters, but also the typical fall colours of burgundy, mustard yellow and emerald green, as well as the new trends of the season this year.

So with all that said, I was super excited to start creating fall outfits for my blog. Here is how I created my first one, and look for the many more to come.

Let’s start with my sweater. In a post a couple months back, I talked about my love for the new trend of the cut-out choker. So of course when I saw this sweater I fell in love right away. Not only is it a beautiful colour and a beautiful knit, but it also has this cut out choker neckline that adds uniqueness to the top by giving it that extra something special. I’m so glad I found it and it’s definitely going to be on repeat this season.

Now let’s talk about my pants. These bottoms–in more or less identical design–seem to be just about everywhere. I got them a couple months ago but since then I have seen them in all stores. It seems safe to say that they are a popular pattern this season, and if you’re looking for a pair, you have your pick of choices. As for mine specifically, I couldn’t be happier. They are like a knit legging so they are unbelievably comfortable.

Next, on to my bag. I honestly never knew I needed a handbag decorated with pearls until I came across this beauty. Pearls seem to be another big trend this season, as they’re appearing on lots of t-shirts, sweaters, skirts, shoes, and of course, handbags. I gotta say the girly-girl in me loves it. It’s such a cute feminine addition to an outfit. So I’m definitely thrilled I found this bag (on sale for 60% off too!) and I can’t wait to style it with multiple outfits.

Finishing off my look, I took a look at my outfit and decided it was too neutral (because you know how I need colour) and so I added this burgundy hat! It seemed like the perfect addition to the outfit as it gave it more life. The last piece was the shoes and right away I knew it had to be these faux leather booties.

Who else loves fall ? What’s your favourite part about this season?

Yours truly,
Fashionably Natalie

 


Sweater: H&M / Pants: Zara / Hat: Forever21 / Boots: H&M / Bag: Aldo

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FISHNETS & LOAFERS

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Today’s outfit was styled completely around one item and surprisingly enough, it was my socks! I’ve been a fan of the fishnet tights since they came back into style, and now the newest version of fishnet is socks and I’m obsessed. I think it’s the greatest addition to an outfit because it’s such a small piece yet it adds to much to the look. I love how they can be styled with so many types of shoes–heels, sneakers, booties, and possibly my favourite, loafers.

I bought these fishnet socks then went on the search for the perfect pair of loafers, and though I was originally looking for a black pair, I happened to come across this cheetah pair and I thought they were fantastic. This style definitely isn’t for everyone, but I am a person who loves to take fashion risks and wear bold styles so I was excited to show these off.

Now that I had found my dream shoe/sock combo, I had to create an outfit to go with it. I wanted to avoid pants so I could fully show off my shoes, so I decided on a skirt. Because the shoes/socks make such a statement, I had to keep my clothes on the minimal side. That’s always the key to wearing something bold; you can’t overwhelm the look with too many crazy pieces or it will become too much. Therefore, this plain black skirt was the perfect option.

As for my top, I wanted to wear a sweater because it’s fall now and this mustard yellow was the perfect colour to compliment my cheetah print shoes.

To finish the outfit, I added a couple things to accessorize. First I chose this black hat because I thought it helped tie the outfit together and I just think it’s really cute. And finally, I opted for my cheetah print handbag to match my shoes.

What do you guys think of the fishnet socks? How do you like to wear yours?

Yours truly,
Fashionably Natalie

 


Sweater: H&M / Skirt: H&M / Hat: Aldo Accessories / Bag: NineWest / Shoes: Ardene’s / Socks: H&M