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

HEAT WAVE = HOT DRESS

July 24, 2016

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If you live in Chicago, like me, you will have experienced the heat wave / tropical storm that was this past weekend. I decided to bring the heat to the blog when I thought, "What better way to top off the hot weekend with the hottest dress I have in my closet right now." 

I expressed my love for the lace up trend two posts ago, and I am still dying to get my hands on anything with these sexy, laced up, plunging necklines. 

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TWIN BEAM CAT EYE AVIATORS

July 18, 2016

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I posted this picture to Instagram yesterday while I attended a Pokémon Go meet up with my Poké-obsessed boyfriend. While I thought everyone would be laughing at my sarcastic caption and overly enthused face (another attempt at sarcasm), the attention went straight to my cat eye aviator sunglasses. But I don't blame you...

The frames are stunning and bold, which is why I just ordered three more pair in different colors. And now you can have a pair of your own, too! Shop these must have sunnies below for under $15!


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ALL THE COLORS

July 13, 2016

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Do me a favor: take a little scroll down the homepage of my blog. I bet you will notice an ongoing theme or trend. Have you found it yet?

I don't ever wear color (except for this one time).

My wardrobe consists of black on black pieces, and there are a couple of reasons why. As a full-figured woman, black is more flattering for my body. As a working woman, black is always something I can repeatedly wear and incorporate into different looks for a versatile work wardrobe. A little color here and there never hurt anyone, but the fact that most of my posts don't contain an ounce of color, the bright hues seem like "the plague," in my eyes.

So, I thought I would pick out my brightest, most "wtf is going on" blouse out of my closet and style it on the blog. While I am not too fond of bright colors in my wardrobe, I scored this shirt about four years ago, and I have worn it once or twice. But for some reason, every time I go through my closet and recycle my clothes, this one never gets tossed.

I am also wearing a lip shade (below) that I adore from my FabFitFun summer box. You can use the code "NATCITY" for $10 off your first box at FabFitFun.com!


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CRISSCROSSED AND LACED UP

July 5, 2016

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Two of the most notable trends of Summer '16 are exposed shoulders and the sexy crisscross lace up tops and dresses. I happened to score both trends in one garment from Forever 21. So I paired my favorite blouse with some ripped denim and took this outfit on the road to Chicago's Food Truck Fest. I really don't think there is a better way to go about a summer day in the city. My choker and necklace duo is also one of my favorite summer covets from my road trip to Ann Arbor last month. Although the same choker isn't on the Pitaya website (the boutique I bought it from), I will include some similar pieces below for you to shop! Let me know what your favorite summer trends are in the comment section!

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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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