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

TIPS FOR DENIM ON DENIM OUTFITS

September 22, 2016

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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!

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IS IT OCTOBER YET?

September 18, 2016

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Plaid for fall. Original, I know. When I first bought this lace long sleeve with a neck tie, I couldn't wait to pair it with this plaid skirt. I am also planning on pairing this blouse with some jeans and a pair of nude or black heels. Either way, this chic top will give any outfit a sexy edge. I got these black ankle booties at Meijer while I was visiting their headquarters in Grand Rapids! I love the detail on the back of the boot, and to top it off, they are super comfortable. 

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ZIPPED UP

September 13, 2016

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I bought this sweater in May, which left me with plenty of time to dream about wearing it in fall. So since there is a slight chill in the air, I ripped this sweater out of my closest because let's be honest, its debut was long overdue. Sure, there is nothing really that special about the destroyed sweatshirt, but if you ask my best friend, she'll tell you that I love clothes with holes in them. 

To dress up the distressed sweater. I paired it with this acid wash denim skirt from Love, Lianca. I have never owned a midi skirt that zips up the middle, which really drew me to this piece, and I can't wait to see what else I can pair it with. To top off the look, I chose these black, open-toed ankle booties. 

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SUMMER TO FALL: FRINGE SHAWL

September 10, 2016


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As we transition from warm, summer nights to cooler, fall days, I'm partnering with Meijer to dress up some of their trendiest summer pieces into fall staples. See more photos and get a glimpse of how I turned this fringe shawl for summer into the perfect fall cover up on Meijer Style.
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A FASHION-FILLED WEEKEND WITH MEIJER

September 6, 2016

Photo by: Candace Read, Live Love and Read.

As most of you saw on my social media channels, I took a little trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan last week to visit Meijer for a fall fashion preview. While I'm sure many of you are familiar with the Midwest super center pioneer, this was my first experience with the brand, and I have been dying to tell you all about it.

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While I was in Grand Rapids, I met up with other notable Midwest bloggers Candace of Live Love and Read, Tieka of Selective Potential, Nina of The HSS Feed, Andrea of Blonde Bedhead, and Alexis of That Chic Lex. Together, we learned about the process of curating seasonal clothing lines for Meijer as we took tours of the corporate office, got an exclusive preview of Meijer's fall line, and even got to chat with Venita James, the director of product development and apparel at Meijer. It was truly the most unique and transparent experience I have ever had with a brand.

OXBLOOD FAUX-SUEDE + GIVEAWAY

September 3, 2016

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Chicago won't let me win. I want it to be fall so bad, but every single time it gets chilly outside, a sweltering humidity follows. As you can probably guess, this hinders my day-to-day outfits quite a bit. 

During one of these hot and cold days, I opted for this faux-suede, button up dress from Chic Soul. While I anticipated that the dress would be bit longer in length, the shorter cut made it easier to rock during this sticky and humid day. I would still recommend ordering one size up from your regular size to account for the short length. If you want to transition into fall attire a little sooner than everyone else—like me—this button up dress with roll up sleeves is your ticket! Score this dress or another item from Chic Soul with a $25 gift card! To enter, follow Chic Soul on Instagram or Facebook, and then comment on this post with a link to your favorite piece on chicsoul.com. I will be randomly picking a winner on Friday, September 9 at 12:00 p.m. CST!

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CONFIDENCE & SUCH

August 28, 2016

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I preach confidence, acceptance, and self love to my readers when they confide in me with their body image struggles. But I realize that someone telling you to love yourself, doesn’t make it any easier.

Ever since I had a picture of myself in a bikini go viral on Facebook—which resulted in so many women and men reaching out to me to share their own body concerns—I have been thinking about how I respond to my readers, and how I help them through these difficult times. I portray a very confident persona on social media and on this blog, and although that is very true to who I am, I should be more transparent.

The truth is, I have the same hardships as most of my readers, and I believe that almost all women do, too. No matter how strong, confident, and “perfect” someone may seem, they have insecurities, too. We’re all human. And with that being said, none of us are prone to having doubts or feeling like we could be better or look better.

STRIPED FLORAL SHIFT DRESS

August 24, 2016


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After scrolling through my blog a couple of weeks ago and realizing that most of my outfits were all black everything, I have sort of made a conscious effort to incorporate more colors into my wardrobe. Starting with a symmetrical, neon floral top—a few posts ago—and now with this Hey-Sailor! Adele Striped Floral Print Shift Dress from Pineapple clothing. Not only does this brand boast bright colors and florals—which was perfect for my self imposed color challenge—but they also carry a wide array of sizes and styles. Up until three posts ago, I had never worn a shift dress before, but I actually love that the dress hugs my curves and then slightly flares out toward the bottom. 

Hopefully I stick to this challenge because I am actually enjoying pushing myself out of my boundaries and into a more colorful wardrobe. Have you tried something that was out of your comfort zone lately? 

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LACE SHORTS

August 14, 2016

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The countdown to fall is officially on, but I am trying to embrace some of my favorite summer trends before the season ends. I have a love hate relationships with shorts—if you have thighs like mine, you would totally get it—but these lace trim shorts from Love, Lianca's summer line complete my  chic day and night outfits.

For this look, I paired the shorts with a leather trim tank top, a statement necklace, and some nude lace up mini wedges for a day out. Be sure to check back for more looks incorporating these lace shorts from Love, Lianca!

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OFF THE SHOULDER

August 7, 2016

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As much as I am anticipating fall weather and fashion, I had to indulge in one of my favorite summer trends during these final months of sunshine. The off the shoulder look has been on my mind for quite some time, and I hadn't been able to find something that satisfied my trend craving—until now. 

This "fan the flames" tunic dress from Perfectly Priscilla was just what I needed, and it came in plus sizes! The number one reason why I didn't partake in the off the shoulder trend sooner was because I could not find a plus size off the shoulder dress. Every dress I found was either too baggy or too brightly colored, and you know how I feel about color—I'm always the girl asking "Do you have this in black?" 

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