NATALIE IN THE CITY

EXPOSED & POSIE K KYLIE LIP KIT GIVEAWAY

May 19, 2016

I was lucky enough to score Kylie Jenner's newest addition to the Kylie Lip Kit Mattes line "Exposed" the very first time it went on sale! (The shade also just sold out for the second time in less than 10 minutes!)

The new shade, along with Posie K, just arrived at my doorstep, and I have been thinking about ways to give back to all of my readers who are the No. 1 reason why Natalie in the City stays strong. 

I host a giveaway on my blog every once in a while, which are also co-hosted by other bloggers, meaning the giveaways sometimes get as many as 60,000 entries. However, for this giveaway, I want to keep it small and intimate, which is why I am not adding on any co-hosts. These two Kylie Lip Kit shades are for you guys only! 

Here is how to enter:

If you don't already, follow me on Instagram (here) and Snapchat (username: nataliesofly), and like Natalie in the City on Facebook (here). Once you are done, comment on this post in the comment section below with the color you would love to win! Two winners will be randomly selected from the comment section, so make sure you secure your spot below!

CASUAL WEEKEND ATTIRE

May 15, 2016

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This is the perfect lazy outfit in disguise. I am not always dressed to the nines. Actually, I am never dressed to the nines, but I try to make the clothing and trends that I love work for my figure. When I am able to master that, I feel like I'm on cloud 10. 

This plus size marled cami dress and maxi cardigan are my go-to on the days I don't feel like dressing up, but don't feel like wearing sweats either. These white faux snakeskin sneakers make the outfit more casual, but you could easily dress this ensemble up with some wedges or strapy sandals

I received the gold "inspire" choker in my Spring FabFitFun subscription box! I found the marble necklace at a thrift store, but you can find different variations of marble pieces in shop widget at the bottom of this post! 

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$200 TARGET GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY

May 8, 2016

If my obsession with Target has not become apparent, I am admitting right now that I love everything Target does. From the best plus size jeans ever to sexy plus size swim suits, Target can do no wrong. Except for when I go there to buy face wash and walk out with an entirely new wardrobe, but that is more of a personal problem than anything. 

If you love Target like I do, enter this giveaway for your chance to win a $200 Target gift card! Good luck!

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MAXI MEETS MINI

April 30, 2016

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Chicago sees temperatures above 60 and what do I do? Dress for summer. Watching the Coachella Snapchat stories gave me some ideas on how I could play with festival trends by pulling pieces directly from my wardrobe. 

This sheer black shawl is actually a button up dress that I wanted to wear in a different way for this outfit. I love playing with contrasting lengths, and maxi skirts and dresses. However, at 5'2, I have to be careful with how I pair long dresses or skirts with other pieces so my outfit doesn't take away from my height. I paired this mini skirt with the dress to show off my legs. 

If your not a fan of this look, check out my "day-to-day," which incorporates this black button up dress

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FABFITFUN SPRING BOX REVIEW

April 24, 2016

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When I see everyone get their monthly TrunkClub package or BirchBox, I always find myself wanting one. But until now, I could never find a subscription box that was right for me.

FabFitFun's quarterly subscription is just what I needed, though. The box is not themed or limited around one specific thing like clothes, makeup, or food. And while getting a box every month is cool, I think I would end up with too much of the same kinds of things and not enough ways to use them, which is why a diverse, quarterly box works better for me. 

The FabFitFun spring box includes beauty essentials like an ISH contour kit, jus D' Amour bath bombs, Marrakesh Argan and Hemp oil therapy, and Bodipure keratin gloves and socks. Mix that with a DIY kitchen herb garden kit, beautiful jewelry, and yoga mat straps that also double as resistance bands to feed my recent hobby: hitting the gym. 
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So if you are like me and you love a little bit of everything, try FabFitFun with $10 off your first box! Use the code "NATCITY" at checkout and tell me what you think. I have already got my subscription on lock, and can't wait to be sharing more of these cool boxes with you all! I will also be taking over the FabFitFun Snapchat account soon! I will be posting updates on my Snapchat (nataliesofly) when I have the official take over date.

You can also check for updates on my kitchen herb garden on my Instagram, because I am sure I am going to be a proud plant mom in no time. LOL. 

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THE CUT-OUT SWEATER

April 10, 2016

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I love when I can recycle old clothes into new, refreshed looks. This sweater with cut-out shoulders, has been featured on Natalie in the City before, and I thought for sure that the cut out shoulders would be a trend that came and went. However, there are more high-end sweaters with cut outs now than ever. But I am happy to say I got this sweater at H&M for no more than $30! 

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THAT ONE TIME I WORE COLOR

March 29, 2016

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It's not a secret that most of my outfits are comprised of mostly black, gray, beige, and maybe some white shades and hues. I rarely ever wear color—or bright ones, at that. However, I decided to end that streak with this Colorblock Crepe top from Banana Republic.  

I was particularly excited to receive a box in the mail from Banana Republic, expecting a cozy sweater, fitted blazer, or some cool boyfriend jeans. But when I opened the box, these beautiful, bright colors jumped out at me and prompted me with an exciting challenge I couldn't turn down. 

At first, I threw on some jeans with cuts at the knee and these Riley Fringe Sandals (below), which totally worked. But I was going out to Easter brunch, and since these colors were out of my comfort zone, I decided to stop playing it safe with a pair of jeans and throw on this spotted skirt. The outfit was chic, playful, and gave me a fresh breath of air from my go-to dreary and dark-colored ensembles.

As for these whimsical sandals, also from Banana Republic, I cannot wait to wear them with denim, which is making a huge come back this spring. I am always on the hunt for the perfect sandal that will go with everything, but I have a feeling that hunt won't be as hard this season! 

It is always refreshing to have an open mind about something that you previously thought wasn't for you, for example: bright colors. You never really know what you can pull off, but as long as you are confident and have an optimistic outlook, you can rock anything. What are you afraid to pull off? What have you learned to love that you never thought you would? Let me know in the comment section below!

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BRAINS, BEAUTY, BOOTY.

March 20, 2016

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I have never gone crazier over a T-shirt. When I saw this shirt, I had to have it, but not just because it would make a great addition to my wardrobe.

Recently, my confidence has taken a hit, which I think is normal. No one can be 100% bullet proof at all times, right?

As women, we are inundated with images of unrealistic beauty ideals by the minute. I got really good at tuning out society's harsh pressures and ideals. However, my insecurities will trump my confidence from time to time.

People always ask me how I stay so confident. I give them tips and make it sound easy, which for me, luckily, it has been—except for when it's not. Truth is, even being 75% confident is tough, especially when we are constantly seeing bodies that don't look like ours and we compare ourselves to others so harshly. No one is immune.

I needed a pick me up, I needed this brains, beauty, booty shirt.

You can give yourself a million pep talks, get your nails done, get a massage, and cry your eyes out over Kim Kardashian's nude selfie (I may or may not have been doing these things this past week to to try and feel better)... or you can put on some lipstick, grab a pair of heels, slide into your favorite jeans (that hug every curve just right), and make a statement: brains, beauty, booty. Amen.

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50 STATES OF STYLE

March 14, 2016

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As most of you know, I currently reside in Chicago. I moved to the city three years ago with the hopes of having more opportunities as a journalist and fashion blogger. However, no matter where I go, I always represent the state I came from, Idaho.

Check out snippets of my interview below and see the full interview in the Most Stylish in Idaho - 50 States of Style feature on StyleBlazer.com! You may learn a thing or two about me that you didn't already know!

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Originally from Orange County, California, Natalie Craig moved to Boise, Idaho when she was 14 and lived there for eight years. While studying at Boise State University, Natalie wrote for local magazines, her University’s newspaper; The Arbiter, started her University’s online page for CollegeFashionista.com, and reported fashion trends for USA Today College. In 2013, she created her fashion blog and went on to study journalism at Columbia College, where she was editor for their newspaper, The Columbia Chronicle. After graduating in 2015, Natalie went to work for a tech start up and now works for a trade magazine covering manufacturing and packaging in Chicago. All the while, her blog, NatalieintheCity.com gains attention from readers and brands worldwide.

OFFICE LOOK: PEPLUM

March 7, 2016

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At the office, I like to keep my style simple, but not exactly what you would expect for business casual. I am always playing with knee-high boots and blouses with bold necklines. But every now and then, I embrace an over sized gray cardigan with an all black ensemble.

This look, pictured above, is one of my favorite outfits to wear to work—with a longer pencil skirt, of course. I love that this peplum blouse compliments my figure and adds emphasis with the use of varying lines. The black skirt is not much to write home about, but when pairing it with a top like this and some cute lace up ballet flats, I couldn't ask for much more. I also love polishing off the look with a black blazer.

Tell me what you wear to work in the comments below, and share any questions you may have for me on office attire!
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