October 20, 2016
It was the second College Fashion Week show that Her Campus has put on in Chicago. The first one was fun and exciting. But I knew this show was going to be one for the books as I slipped my VIP badge over my head and saw the runway crowded with some of my favorite brands. I walked away from the show coveting some goodies from these brands including a Fitbit Flex 2, a bottle of RiRi by Rihanna from Perfumania, a Rebecca Minkoff clutch, and more—can you say, “Score?!”
October 17, 2016
For a little over a month now, I have replaced my breakfast with a chocolate Shakeology super food protein shake. I love all things chocolate, but the shakes were starting to taste a little "blah." However, Shakeology makes me feel energized, focused, and curbs my bad cravings throughout the day, and it also helps my hair and nails grow quickly. So I knew I couldn't just quit drinking it.
Instead of tossing the shake to the side, I decided to add some banana and a scoop of peanut butter to my shakes, and it was life changing. I have the 30-day bag supply of Shakeology on auto-ship toward the end of every month, but I often find myself with product left in the previous bag when the new one arrives. So I started thinking of ways to incorporate Shakeology into other meals throughout the day. My first Shakeology spin will be these chocolate peanut butter cups, made similarly to Reese's peanut butter cups. This recipe is easy to make, and only calls for three ingredients: peanut butter, chocolate protein powder, and coconut oil. And since we're being healthy with this recipe, I thought I'd throw in a little giveaway for a brand new Fitbit Flex 2. Follow me on Instagram (@NataliexCraig), and tell me why you'd love to win a Fitbit Flex 2 in the comment section at the bottom of this post! Now, let's get to the recipe, shall we?
The recipe is rich and tasty, even though real chocolate isn't used. If you don't have Shakeology on hand, you can also use any other kind of chocolate protein powder instead. This recipe will make eight servings—depending on how thick you like your peanut butter cups to be.
First, start by melting four tablespoons of coconut oil in the microwave. Then, mix two scoops of Chocolate Shakeology or protein powder in with the melted coconut oil, and stir very thoroughly or blend. Since protein shakes can be a little powdery or gritty, stirring this mixture well is important to get a smooth texture for your peanut butter cups. After your chocolate coconut oil mixture is ready, line a muffin tin with muffin liners. Then, pour a thin or thick (totally up to you!) layer of the chocolate mixture into each muffin liner.
October 10, 2016
If you've been an avid reader of Natalie in the City, you have probably noticed that I keep my accessories down to a minimum. But I've been making a conscious effort to slide on a bracelet, a watch, or slip on a necklace before I run out the door—most days.
Upon scrolling through Vintage Meet Modern, I found this 1950's silver tone cameo necklace, bracelet, and earrings set, and I had to have them. Although they are vintage, they seem simple to incorporate into most of my day-to-day looks. I also like that I can wear them as a set without it being to "matchy matchy," but I could wear them separately, too.
If you have been wanting to try and fit vintage jewelry into your style and wardrobe, now is your chance to get your hands on some of these timeless pieces. Vintage Meet Modern and I are hosting a giveaway for a $150 gift card toward any of the vintage pieces you may fall in love with on Vintage Meet Modern. To enter the giveaway, follow Vintage Meet Modern on Instagram (@vintagemeetmodern). A winner has been chosen. This giveaway has ended!
October 8, 2016
My original vision for this outfit was to pear it with some leather leggings, a pair of black heels, and call it good. However, I decided to add a black blazer, lace shorts, and open-toe black booties for a more playful look.
Keep an eye out on the blog for more gorgeous tops from Suzy Shier—I may be wearing one of them to College Fashion Week next Saturday—and take a look around their online store and treat yourself to 15% off your purchase with the code "15SUZY"
October 4, 2016
I am counting down the days until Chicago Fashion Week begins, but there is one show in particular that I cannot wait to attend. Her Campus Media is partnering with People StyleWatch for this year’s Chicago College Fashion Week held at Chicago’s 1st Ward on October 15.
As a recent college graduate, I still keep up with the trends seen on campus today. In the corporate world, I always maintain a professional look, but I also incorporate the playful and fashion-forward trends I sported on campus, which is why I can’t wait for this event!
At the Her Campus Media College Fashion Week show, four up-and-coming, female fashion designers and entrepreneurs will send their latest creations down the runway in four different themed sets: Rush, Festival, Study Chic, and Girls’ Night Out. Get a sneak peak of what you can expect to see at the show from each of these designers below!
Aside from an engaging and inspiring fashion event, attendees also have the opportunity to network with each other, which I can honestly tell you is an invaluable experience. I have made life-long connections at Her Campus events and I even had the chance to meet some of my favorite influencers and brands during these shows. The brands sponsoring the show are also top notch and they are an integral part of every college girl’s day-to-day.
Fitbit helps people lead healthier, more active lives by empowering them with data, inspiration, and guidance to reach their goals, and chance are that they will be showing off their new Fitbit Flex 2 wristband during the event! Alli Webb, founder of Drybar (and also #majorgoals), was featured on the Cosmopolitan Magazine 2013 Power List and the Fortune 40 under 40 List. At the show, you will get a firsthand glimpse into the company Alli built and you’ll also have the opportunity to experience Drybar’s infamous blowout. Rebecca Minkoff, Bertha Watches, Perfumania, Vince Camuto, and other lifestyle brands for the modern woman are also sponsoring the event, and attendees will get to interact with each brand in the sponsor activation lounge! There is also a swag bag with your name on it that will include goodies from these amazing sponsors, worth up to $900!
October 1, 2016
October is one of my most favorite months because I can start embracing all things fall without being harshly judged. This year, October is especially important to me because I am launching my recipes and cooking section of my blog called "IN THE KITCHEN."
I used to make skinny banana oat dark chocolate chip muffins by the batch for a quick, healthy, and easy breakfast on the go. (I will probably end up putting that recipe on here since it's so perfect if you are always busy but need a good, balanced breakfast.) I wanted to indulge in all things October, and my sweet tooth, with these pumpkin oat dark chocolate chip muffins.
I have a trip to Florida coming up in November, and since I am all about setting out to achieve new goals and challenges, I thought I would shoot to lose a couple of pounds before the trip. Since the middle of September, I have been counting calories and making an effort to workout every single day. But trust me, going days without any sweets, was getting on my last nerve.
So if you are counting calories, like me, each muffin is around 213 calories. And if you're not counting calories, these muffins are still absolutely delicious, and you won't feel like you are missing out on a thing.
So let's get to it!
September 30, 2016
You know what I love more than Gucci, Louis, Fendi, and Prada? Gucci, Louis, Fendi, and Prada at 60%–80% off the retail price! If you love a good sale, too, then you won't want to miss out on the Gilt City Fall 2016 Chicago Warehouse Sale from October 14–15 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Warehouse.
The sale is not just for the ladies, men will also have plenty of Tom Ford and Paul Smith—to name a few—to choose from. Shoppers can peruse racks stocked with all things fashion including the newest shoe styles, jewelry, suits, jackets, denim, tops, and outerwear. Shop both up-and-coming designers and renowned fashion houses, including Chloé, Valentino, Derek Lam, Jimmy Choo, Lanvin, Oscar de la Renta, and more.
Oh, and you might also catch me there! So come say, "Hi," and let's blow our paychecks together! Check out the full event details and purchase tickets to the event here: Gilt City Fall 2016 Chicago Warehouse Sale
September 28, 2016
I make a huge effort to ensure my outfits make me feel and look my best. But my busy schedule—a.k.a hitting the snooze on my alarm five times—has me rushing to put together an outfit, which means I usually skimp out on accessorizing. This is where dresses come in handy for me; with the perfect dress, you can make a statement without having to add too many accessories. But of course, you have to have the right dress.
A dress is my go-to for many occasions, but there is a great contrast between what I look for in a day dress, and what I want to wear for a girl’s night out.
“On-the-move” day dress
Whether I’m chasing after the bus, transferring trains, or making a quick Starbucks run, my ideal day dress has to be breathable and allow me to feel comfortable all day long—even if I’m in a mad rush. But I also love a dress that can easily double as office attire with the addition of a blazer. Sweatshirt dresses can also be the star of a great, fall look.
September 25, 2016
I have been a bit obsessed with blouses that tie around the neck lately. Call it a fall trend, but I really love how chic the bow tie blouse looks, and I think it will be a staple that will stay long after fall ends. If you also love this trend, I will include my favorite bow tie blouses at the bottom of this post in the shop widget!
I thought about pairing this top with a more intricate skirt, perhaps a pleated leather midi, or a simple pair of light wash jeans and nude heels. However, I opted for a classic black pencil skirt and a pair of gray heels. The color of this blouse also caught my eye. I love purple grays and taupe grays, and depending on what the lighting is like, this blouse can take on both colors.
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September 22, 2016
During my trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan to meet up with Midwest super center Meijer, I was given a style challenge to create a denim on denim look from Meijer's selection of trendy, fall clothing. While I have never styled or worn a look entirely comprised of denim, I was up for the challenge.
I'm sharing my best tips for piecing together the perfect denim on denim look over on Meijer's blog, Meijer Style! See what I found out when shopping for denim pieces to make up this outfit and how I finally arrived at this ensemble!