March 2013 | Natalie in the City - A Chicago Plus Size Fashion Blog, by Natalie Craig
Natalie in the City - A Chicago Plus Size Fashion Blog, by Natalie Craig

A PLUS SIZE LIFE + STYLE BLOG

March 27, 2013

The Snob Has A Confashion!

Check out my "Curvy Girls Guide to Fashion" on
Photos by Hanan Miller 


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March 22, 2013

Countdown (3 days): Beauty On Break!

How ever could you top off your fabulous style this spring break? Make-up time ladies! 
Follow these exciting spring beauty trends! Pulled straight from the runway at Fashion Week, you are sure to look fierce!


Lips: Spring cleaning! Time to rev up our lips with a bright orange and hot pink hue. Achieve a sexy look with a glossy plum wine colored lip. For those looking for a little twist combine pink and orange hues.
Liner: We all love the cat eye look, and thank goodness that it's here to stay! But it's also time for a precise line with a little smudge. For a night out or day spent shopping stick to a classic line and dark lipstick. Spring is also bringing aqua blue and green to your eyes. Durring the day go for a playful look with a blue shaddow and liner. 


Brows: Bold, beautiful and a little avant-garde - Our brows are getting a huge upgrade this season. Be careful with this one ladies, spring calls for big and edgy but ease into it by filling in your eyebrows with a matching shade to create a bolder look.


Shadow: Smokey eye out, multi-colored in! Embrace spring's love for the neon shades such as green, pink, orange and blue. Mix and match your favorite colors and top it off with thick lashes and a colored liner on your bottom lash line. Also try lining your upper lid and lower lash line with your favorite color. 







Lashes: Think Twiggy! The mod lash is back in, time to emphasize your lashes. Try false lashes and layering CoverGirl Clump Crusher over them.


Skin: You may have a lot going on as far as eyes, lips, and eye brows go, so keep your skin clean and fresh!



Nails: While the colors of spring are loud and daring, the color of our nails may mellow out the situation. Pale nails are the perfect match to your bright hued and boldly shaded style.

Product
Lip color: CoverGirl Outlast 
Lip gloss: N.Y.C. "Lippin' Large"
Eye shadow: Urban Decay "Kiddie Pool" - Dior "Metallic Blue"
Eye liner: Maybelline "Master Precise" - Sephora "Marine"
Mascara: Maybelline "Volum'Express the Rocket Mascara" 
Blush: Wet n Wild "Mega Glo"
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March 20, 2013

Don't Trip Mint Chocolate Chip!


I have been obsessed with mint everything lately, probably because it's close to a Tiffany blue and who doesn't love Tiffany? I thought I would try something different and pair it with black. A little edge and a little class never looked so delicious. 
Black: Sinful Color
Mint: L'Oréal
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March 18, 2013

Countdown (7 days): So Many Stripes, So Little Time!


SO many Stripes!

Aquilano.Rimondi a line dress, $1,715 / Motel cotton sundress, $58 / Opening Ceremony striped t shirt / Warehouse over sized sweater, $61 / Oasis shell top, $45 / River Island black and white stripe shirt, $30 / Rose shirt, $20 / Striped shirt / Crop top, $18 / Plus size blouse / Balmain blazer, $2,565 / Pocket vest, $20 / Raoul highwaist shorts / Tory Burch / River Island black and white shorts, $53 / Stripe maxi skirt / Rare London , $48 / Jane Norman midi skirt, $30 / Penny Loves Kenny yellow espadrille / Cross body handbag, $7.57


Prints of all sorts are calling spring's name, but one print in particular has fashion lovers, and myself going crazy!

Big, bold, and beautiful stripes are the key to mastering a fierce look.
Even though black and white stripes are a little Beetle juice and jail house looking they are the colors of spring. Incorporate neon colors with accessories to spice up your monochromatic outfit if you are feeling too drab with black and white.

The runways at fashion week were covered in full on striped ensembles as well as striped accents. Dress subtly with a striped crop top or emulate your favorite designers from Fashion Week and go full out.

My spring break must have has to be striped pants. They have everyone staring with their daring and edgy look. Pair them with neon colored wedges or heels for a night out. Dress them down with a black chiffon top or a white blouse tucked in with neon sandals for a casual look. I love mixing in colorful jewelery with a bold print like this. 
Striped pants




Rebecca Taylor aztec shirt / Wal G shoulder cut out top, $18 / Vero Moda slim fit pants, $62 / G by Guess wedge shoes / DV by Dolce Vita neon pink sandals / Valentino neon pink sandals, $785 / Splendid wedge sandals / Heart necklace / Lizzie Fortunato
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March 15, 2013

The Writing On My Jeans

Everyone always asks me how and when I started to have a love for fashion. So I thought I would share a little story with you guys....

I think I was 10. I had these bell-bottom jeans with writing all over them. I thought they were the coolest thing ever, so did my mom. My dad wouldn't let me out of the house with them on, so I would sneak them out. 

Paired with a metallic purple leather jacket and pink velour Dr. Marten boots, I was definitely something to look.... I mean, stare at. 


In second grade I wore a cow print skirt with fishnets and a Tina Turner looking wig for Halloween and I was "me" or "Tina Turner" or what ever got me the weirdest look.

I was always that goofy kid that you couldn't quite understand.

I toned my style down a bit when I got into high school. I just moved from Orange County, CA to Boise, ID and to say it was a culture shock, is a huge understatement.


It wasn't until my freshman year of college that my style transformed into something sophisticated and unique. I started to appreciate the more technical side of fashion such as the language, theories and trends. Before I knew it, I was writing fashion and telling everyone what to wear. 





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March 13, 2013

Countdown (12 days): Practice Safe Sun, In Style



The sun is out and protection has never looked so hot! I’m talking sunglasses, of course. Everyone has a unique face shape the most common types are: round, square, heart and oval.

Round: Try a pair of square sunglasses. These large frames will have a slimming effect and add definition to your cheeks.

Square: With their curvaceous and organic shape, round frames will soften the angles of a square face. The cateye frame also looks great!
Heart: You cannot go wrong with a cateye frame for a heart shaped face, and these are the sunglasses to indulge in this spring. There are so many funky styles of the cateye that this frame can almost work for every face shape, but undoubtably is a heart's best friend. Square frames also go great with a heart shape.
Oval: Oh Jackie, "O!" If you have an oval shaped face, it's time to get your "Jackie O" on! These curvaceous and broad frames are so daring that only you could pull them off! Oval's get it easy, they can have it all. But for the best pair of shades to match your shape stick to aviators or soft angled square frames.

Yes, these sunglasses are a little crazy looking, but that is what's hot this season. No need to be modest this spring, strut your stuff in the latest frames! Don't just do it, do it BIG.

Sunglasses: The Perfect Fit For Your Face


Nina Ricci retro sunglasses / CÉLINE sunglasses, $300 / Linda Farrow Vintage oval sunglasses / Ray-Ban / House of Harlow 1960 black sunglasses / Alexander Wang metal sunglasses / Cateye sunglasses / Cateye sunglasses / Linda Farrow Luxe , $675 / Round sunglasses / Matthew Williamson round sunglasses / Norma Kamali cat sunglasses / Witchery petite sunglasses, $72 / ASOS sunglasses / Michael Kors sunglasses / American Apparel printed sunglasses
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March 11, 2013

Conquer Those Midterm Blahs!

Mid terms got you down?




Tired and stressed from studying so much? It may be easy to pick up any sweatshirt and pair of sweatpants off of your floor before heading to class. So this week and next week's outfits probably look a whole lot like sweats and UGGs. 









Everyone is doing it, right? Wrong, Not you! Not this semester! Kick those UGGs and sweatpants aside, I've got a comfortable and cuter midterm ensemble for you to rock!
Instead of sweatpants: Leggings
Leggings will compliment your body shape more than sweatpants. They are also super comfortable and easy to move around in. 
Instead of a dull sweatshirt: Bright sweatshirt and denim vest
These graphic sweatshirts give you and your outfit a touch of attitude that you will need to get throgh a boring day of midterms. Pair one of these sweatshirts with a denim vest and your attitude just got edgy. A+ for you!
Instead of UGG boots: Wedge sneakers
UGG boots are every girl's lazy day getaway for her feet, ditch them! Just like sweatpants and a sweatshirt they are a lot of extra material that just bulk your figure out. Try some wedge sneakers for a unique and comfortable look. Or top your outfit off with some bright vans.

what to wear instead!




Topshop / Victoria's Secret sweat shirt / Top / Lost / Black pants, $20 / Isabel Marant hi top sneaker / Steve Madden hi top sneaker / Vans shoes


Study hard, look amazing and good luck!
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March 10, 2013

Countdown (15 days): Neon vs. Black and White

neon vs black and white



Sass & Bide shift dress / Moschino bright shirt / J.Crew j crew shirt / E.vil burnout tank top, $240 / Wildfox Couture black crew neck t shirt, $76 / Lace top, $38 / ONLY neon shirt, $38 / Knit sweater, $26 / White tank, $9.10 / Topshop black and white stripe shirt / Pattern shirt, $14 / Etro cotton capri pants / J Brand skinny leg jeans / Band of Outsiders colorful shorts / Mink Pink short shorts / High waisted skirt / Skater skirt / Topshop / Volcom Girls Stone Roses Electric Pink Lace Shorts


April showers bring spring flowers, but this season we will be sporting colors of the clouds versus hues on the ground. 

Pastels have been amplified, andalong with black and white- the springtime will be seeing electric. 

Neon pink,blue, green, and orange have never looked better and paired with strong blackand white pieces you are sure to look hot!

Go with the classic black and white ensemble or indulge in the electric colors of spring. Either way, you'll be making a bold statement. 
     
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March 7, 2013

Countdown (18 days) : Cut-It-Out!

Cut-Out

Black and pink dress, $32 / Short party dress, $83 / Study pink top / River Island crop top, $38 / Cut it Out Peplum White / Alexander Wang / Topshop / Cut out legging


Peek-a-boo pieces were among the many statements made at Fashion Week and they are by far my favorite trend for spring and summer. These daring and sexy cut-outs give any outfit a creative edge. 

Lace or mesh inserts can spice up the way you “peek-a-boo." Inserts can take a cut-out from revealing to classy for outfits being worn in a business casual setting. They can also add variety, color and texture. 

Black and white is the theme for spring so indulge in these classic pieces! 

At Fashion Week we saw some designers accenting their lines with peek-a-boos and others indulging in it.


BADGLEY MISCHKARACHEL ZOEBCBGMAXAZRIA and CARMEN MARC VALVO were among the designers that showcased a modest and sexy side to the trend. Cut-outs were filled with lace and mesh, paired with plunging necklines and shoulders baring.

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March 6, 2013

Rain On My Parade

Rain, rain go away! Just kidding you can stay, we'll still look cute. Rainy Day



Oasis shirt, $58 / LTB by Little Big skinny fit jeans, $115 / Steve Madden steve-madden boots
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March 5, 2013

Spring Break Countdown!


Are you counting down the days to spring break like I am?
Road trips, beach slumbers, shopping and ice cream cones by the pier.
Oh, spring break sounds like heaven right now in the midst of dreaded midterms.
You know what sounds even more exciting? Two words honey: spring fashion! 
It’s been a cold winter and I haven’t been working out for nothing. I’m ready for sunshine and skin bearing trends! 

Fashion Week took New York by storm, and left us with a little peek of sunshine to look forward to.

Every week closer to spring break I will be counting down this year’s spring time must haves!

The forecast is looking hot with bold sunglasses, daring stripes and cut-outs all dressed up in black and white.

19 days to go! Ready, set, spring time in no time!

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