NATALIE IN THE CITY - A Plus Size Fashion Blog, by Natalie Craig

THE BLACK DRESS

June 25, 2016

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A man's best friend is a dog, and well, a girl's best friend is a black dress she can wear everywhere  and with anything. I love the loose fitting fabric of this dress, but the drawstring under the bust still highlights my figure and gives the dress some shape. 

I love to wear this piece to work, and then dress it up with a statement necklace and some wedges for a night out. These Dolce Vita wedges are also my go-to summer shoes. I have never really been able to find wedges quite as comfortable or cute since I scored them a couple of years back. 

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I STOLE MY BOYFRIEND'S FLANNEL

June 5, 2016

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This post has automatically become one of my all time favorites for a couple of reasons: 

1. These leggings are unbelievable
2. My hair is on point because of my amazing stylist, Anastasia Amico. (She is the coolest) 
3. I stole my boyfriend's plaid flannel to tie around my waist... and he took these photos! (Thanks babe!)
4. Also, my necklace says "bae." (scroll down for a close up look)

Let's start with the leggings, they are from LuLaRoe. It makes sense as to why their brand slogan is "simply comfortable," as you can see these leggings fit like a glove and highlight all my curves. I have worn them to work, to bed, and even to work out in—not just because they are pretty versatile, but also because I just won't take them off.  

As I was putting this outfit together, it was totally missing something. So I looked through my closet, which I share with my boyfriend, and noticed his flannel could fit the bill for that extra something. So shout out to my man real quick for making my outfit and this shoot happen! 

Anyone else steal their boyfriend's clothes? 

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MY MEMORIAL DAY GETAWAY

June 2, 2016

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We all need a little break sometimes. When the hustle and bustle of the city gets to me more than it inspires me, that's when I know it's time for a little vacation. This is why I slipped away to Ann Arbor, Michigan and went a little MIA on the blog over Memorial Day weekend. 
  
This small, but diverse, suburb of Detroit was just what I needed to reset and relax. I kept it simple when it came to my wardrobe, but added this top with a crochet neckline for a bit of an edge. Scroll to the bottom of this post and click through the shop widget to see my favorite looks that adorn the this fun summer trend. I scored these polarized mirror aviators at Pitaya, which have since become my favorite sunnies ever.

Although this road trip and break from the urban lifestyle was much needed, rest assured, Natalie is back in the city, and there are more OOTD posts to come! I have some really cute outfits planned that I can't wait to show you all, and hopefully another really cool giveaway soon

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EXPOSED & POSIE K KYLIE LIP KIT GIVEAWAY

May 19, 2016


 This giveaway has ended!
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!


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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