2015 | 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

December 30, 2015

THE PLAID SCARF

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I never really knew how much the feeling of the holidays meant to me. I mean, what's not to love? There are endless days of shopping, everyone is in a cheerful mood, the weather—this year—is mild and just chilly enough, and there are family and friend gatherings usually paired with too many glasses of wine and stories that can be shared forever. 

My Christmas was a little different from all of the rest, as this was my first Christmas without my family. I decided to spend this holiday season in my tiny apartment in Chicago with my boyfriend and his family, which gave me a new appreciation for the holiday season.

But onto the fashion of it all. This scarf reminds me of Christmas, which is why I am not letting go of it anytime soon. Now that the holidays are over, I refuse to transition into letting winter blues—set on by "Chi-beria" storms from January until early April—to get the best of me. 

Not only is this red and blue fringe scarf one of my favorite things in my closet right now, but these taupe ankle boots, and knit sweater with a button down back are also some of the things I am currently wearing the most. I have never seen a sweater with a button down back like this one, which drew me to this piece. I have been seeing ankle boots similar to this pair with the brown accent strap around the cuff every where, but way out of my price range. So I scored these booties at T.J. Maxx, story of my life. 

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Photography by: Katherine Davis

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December 21, 2015

AN ADDITION ELLE HOLIDAY

I love the excitement of picking out what to wear for Christmas and New Years Eve. However, this year, I was gifted with a little surprise from Addition Elle that would make my outfit decisions a lot easier, and even more festive. If you aren't familiar with Addition Elle, you should be! Not only is the brand's motto "believe in fashion democracy," but the plus size clothing brand has worked with fashion blogger Nadia Aboulhosn (my blogging idol) as well as plus size supermodel Ashley Graham

Before I go on and on about how much I love Nadia, Ashley, and Addition Elle, let's get back to these adorable dresses! The dress I chose for my Christmas festivities is the New Noir Lace and Mesh Fit and Flare Dress, which is playful and girly, but also really sophisticated and classic. The dress hugs my hips and flares out toward the bottom, accentuating my curves. My dress for New Years Eve is the New Noir Metallic Sleeveless dress. In my opinion, every New Years Eve ensemble should shine, which is why I absolutely love the way this dress sparkles with every move I make.

Check out my two looks for the holidays below! Which dress is your favorite from Addition Elle's holiday dresses line? You can also see some of the other holiday inspired dresses from Addition Elle at the bottom of this post. Happy Holidays! 

Christmas Cheer 

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December 17, 2015

HOW DO I START A BLOG?

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Blogging... Where to begin? 
Everyone and their dog has started a blog by now, but not everyone succeeds or follows through to fulfill their goals and dreams of what their blog would look like, sound like, and how exactly it would work. While everyone can start a blog, not everyone will and most will give up. Being a blogger is a lot harder than it looks, especially in the beginning stages. But hopefully, I can make that process a lot simpler for you.

Your go-to blogging guide 
I have created a 40-page blogging guide designed to help you start a blog from scratch. The guide covers everything from choosing a niche, a name, and a blogging platform to learning how to promote your blog and create content. These are some of the things that ensure your blog will be successful. The best part is, you can download the guide now for free. Sign up here to receive the guide in an email: Are You Ready to Start a Blog?


For those who have already started a blog or have been at it for a couple years, I will also be sharing blogging tips, strategies, and advice directly on my blog in future posts. These posts will tell you how to make money blogging, work with brands, create content that is SEO optimization, and other tips to take your blog to the next level. If you signed up at the link above, you will also receive those posts straight into your inbox!

So...Are you ready?  
Start your blog today. Don't wait until tomorrow. The sooner you start, the sooner you will be successful. Enter your email address here: Are You Ready to Start a Blog? and you will receive my blogging guide instantly in an email. I would also love to speak with you individually if you have any questions or you find yourself running into some blocks. Please feel free to reach out to me at natinthecity@gmail.com

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November 30, 2015

ROCK FAUX FUR

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Do you ever see a faux fur coat or vest while shopping and think you have to have it? Well, I know I do, but when I throw on the accessory, it never really turns out the way I expected.

I saw a similar faux fur vest like the one I'm wearing on another blogger a couple weeks ago. That's when I realized that I had a faux fur vest in my closet that had not yet seen the light of day. I was inspired by the blogger and decided to create a similar all black look to accompany the poofy vest I couldn't wait to get home and rip out of the closet, which is what usually happens when fashion inspo takes over.

While I'm not totally satisfied with the ensemble I put together, I did learn a few things about being able to pull of the faux fur look. Peep the lessons below:

  • If your faux fur piece is busy in pattern, keep the rest of your outfit all one color, color-blocked, or very minimalist. This will help you not look like Cruella de Ville as you walk down the streets—I think...
  • All black ensembles pair very well with lighter furs and lighter colored outfits pair better with dark colored furs. However, if you are a rebel and you insist on switching up the above declaration, I won't stand in your way! 
  • For my curvy ladies: Fur will always look bulky on us, there is no way around it. So, embrace it! Side note: If you are short and curvy, like me, top your ensemble off with some heels or wedge booties...I wish I would have worn a pair of shoes with a couple of extra inches for this outfit shoot. 
  • People may look at you funny. They are probably envying you for being able to step out in the edgy, yet glamorous winter staple.....Believe it or not, fur is harder to pull of than you may think. Try it!
  • Above all else, just own it. You can sport, rock, and wear anything you feel / demonstrate confident in. 

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Photography by: Katherine Davis
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November 23, 2015

FIRMOO EYEWEAR GIVEAWAY


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Remember my post back in October where I mentioned just how I found the perfect pair of cat eye-wayfarer sunglasses? Well, now, I would like to give you the chance to win a pair for yourself!

I'm teaming up with Firmoo.com to give a lucky ready a pair of new eyeglasses or sunglasses from Firmoo's "Blogger Collection."

To enter, the rules are simple! Just like Natalie in the City on Facebook, and comment under my Firmoo Giveaway Post with the link to the pair of glasses that you want. Those who share the post, will get an extra entry into the giveaway!

I will be choosing a winner on Black Friday! (November 27) So enter and tell your friends! I can't wait to see who wins!

If you have any questions, you can shoot me an email: NatintheCity@gmail.com

About Firmoo: Firmoo.com is one of the world's most popular online eyeglasses store. Firmoo.com is aware of the aesthetic functionality of eyeglasses. Though long being an integral part of the fashion industry, eye glasses are never consumed in the same manner as other fashion items with the expensive price being the major hurdle. However, they make the fashion conscious consumers' dream of creating a real eyewear wardrobe a reality! 
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November 19, 2015

MAXI MEETS MIDI

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I usually shy away from longer dresses and skirts because I'm only five feet tall and rarely wear heels to compensate. However, I decided to push my "self-made" boundaries out of the way for this burgundy cardigan. The slits on the cardigan break up the silhouette, allowing my pleated tulle midi dress to peak through, and the best part: The deep and rich colors actually complement my figure. 

The black slip of the dress under the pleated tulle hugs my curves, which gives me a great look even with the flow of the dress. What do you pair with a duster / maxi cardigan? I need some inspiration!

Oh and I know it may be a little heard to make out the detail on one of my gold necklaces below, but the smaller rectangular piece has the Chicago coordinates on them. The necklace is from Love EmilyD, and it's the sweetest thing. I also included a coordinate necklace below that you can customize with your favorite town!

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Photography by: Katherine Davis
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November 12, 2015

LIFE UPDATE: FROM A NEW JOB TO WRITING A BOOK

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Disclaimer: This is a freakin' long post, sorry. But so many amazing things are happening. If you want to skip through my life update, scroll down to the bottom. I sort of buried some exciting news down there!

If you follow me on Instagram, You may have noticed that my feed has been boasting beaches and palm trees for the past couple of days. So let me explain: Right now, I am flying back to Chicago from a business trip I had this week in St. Petersburg, Florida.

After walking down Beach Drive in St. Petersburg last night, I had to stop by a local cafe to get some gelato—it was the talk of the town—and reflect on the past couple of days. I sat on the edge of a fountain in a dimly lit garden and began to think about how I could have never imagined being in Florida, learning about an entirely new industry to me, and meeting my coworkers over open bars, virtual realities, panel discussions, and close call collisions with drones flying around the Vinoy Renaissance's Grand Ballroom. This will all make sense as I tell you more about the company I'll be working with below, don't worry!

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This trip was probably the most unexpected thing to happen to me this month other than landing a new job with a media group here in Chicago. Monday was my first day at the company, and instead of hopping on the 146 bus around 8:30 a.m. to the River North office, I got in a cab to O'Hare International Airport and onto a flight to Atlanta, connecting to a second flight to Tampa. As soon as I arrived at the hotel, I walked into a room full of hundreds of people—whom I assume had their first day in the industry years and years ago.
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November 8, 2015

CAN CURVY GIRLS WEAR HORIZONTAL STRIPES?

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Whether or not you have realized it, being plus size comes with rules. Have you ever heard, "Don't wear horizontal stripes?" or "Only wear a crop top if your stomach is flat?" Yeah, it's starting to sound like a broken record. While I usually follow the rules in my day-to-day, I'm all about breaking them when it comes to fashion.

I put this Forever 21 Plus sweater on, which I absolutely love, and as I looked in the mirror, I asked, "Do I look fat in this?" HAH! Yes... because, well, I am fat. I have always loved stripes, but have turned away from them because these rules have been ingrained into my head.

So I have been experimenting with ways to make this outfit more flattering for my figure, and I think I found a couple of style hacks. I added this navy scarf to break up the stripes. Instead of wrapping it around my neck, I just let the scarf drape over my shoulders, which helps to separate the pattern. I aso rolled up my sleeves to interfere with the stripes. See? It's the little things that make a big difference!

It feels good to know that I can wear whatever I want, but I realize that it takes a lot of confidence to shut out the negative rules and words of those who wish to limit us plus size women to what we can wear and what we can't. I say, "Rock it all, and rock it well."

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Photography by: Ghaffar Gbenro


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October 27, 2015

POP OF COLOR

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I have wanted to try leather leggings for the longest time, but I thought the texture may not look the best on my legs. However, during my Lord & Taylor meet and greet, I spotted these Calvin Klein leggings. Regardless of my doubts, I knew I had to get them. Sometimes the leather can be a little bold. However, pairing leather with a statement top or camouflaging it with an all black ensemble is the best way to sport the look.

How cute is this necklace? It used to be my moms, but when I saw it in a consignment store in my hometown, I had to have it. My mom was shocked that I picked it out and told me that she sold it to the consignment store a couple of months back. Needless to say, we took the necklace off display and it came back to Chicago with me. Thanks, mom!

Also, you should expect to see this shirt paired with more outfits on the blog. I am obsessed with the pattern and the fit. We shall see what I can come up!

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Photography by: Katherine Davis
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October 19, 2015

SWEATER WEATHER

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I love the thick, sweater material of this Elle checkered drop-waist sweater skirt, and you can't beat the simple design that creates a statement. The drop-waist is perfect for curvy hips like mine. Usually when a garment flairs out right at the waist, it makes my hips look unproportionately wide. 

I do not usually pair boots with skirts or dresses, but recently I have been trying to create outfits combining them both. These black boots from Woman Within are the same style as the tan boots in my "Little Black Dress" post. I am a bit obsessed with the slouchy look right now—as you can tell. 

A while back, I promised one of my readers that I would write a hair tutorial post detailing the way I style my hair, but, as you can see, that has not happened, yet. So, I figured I would give everyone a little insight into how I got my hair to look amazing for this shoot. I used a 1 1/2 inch curling iron barrel and then brushed my curls after I was done styling. Lastly, I smoothed out the curls with Organix Argan Oil of Morocco. Sure, living in the "windy" city also helped take this hairstyle to new volumes.

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{Photography by: Katherine Davis}

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October 12, 2015

CAT EYE WAYFARER: CHIC FALL SUNGLASSES

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Never have I ever owned a pair of sunglasses that weren't aviators. The aviator frame fits my face so well, and always complement my outfits. However, I was getting tired of the light weight frames that always seemed to break or bend when being tossed around in my gigantic purse of the day. Maybe I should be more gentle with them, or maybe I could try a style with a thicker frame and build. 

I went out on a limb with these cat eye glasses with a wayfarer touch, straying away from my go-to style, but it was time for a change! I love how durable this pair from Firmoo.com, feel. I had the option to choose the color and the tint when I ordered the glasses, and since I was feeling spontaneous, I opted for lighter lenses. 

I love the tortoise shell color on the side of the glasses as well. I had always wanted to try the "tortoise" accent on a pair of sunnies, but I didn't want the entire pair to have the brownish color, which is pretty much why these shades stole my heart. Black in front, tortoise party on the sides! The unique style of these glasses is also something that I appreciate, a mix between the cat eye and wayfarer style gives these sunnies an edge that is not often mocked. 

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 {Photography by: Ghaffar Gbenro}
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October 8, 2015

LITTLE BLACK DRESS

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The real MVP award goes to this dress. Yes, it is black like everything else in my closet, but I absolutely love the mesh bottom and the length of the sleeves. I found this dress at Forever 21—shocker—but it's not plus size—REAL SHOCKER. The simplicity of the dress gives me the freedom to accessorize it however I want. I have worn my favorite Dolce Vita wedges with the dress as well as these suede perforated boots from Woman Within. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! 

However, I can't find the exact dress to show you all—probably because the ShopStyle Gods don't like me this week—but I found some strikingly similar dresses from Forever 21 and included them below in the shop widget! 

If anyone else has this dress, show me how you wear it! I am learning that there are so many ways I can dress this garment, and I am just falling more and more in love with it!

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