August 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

August 30, 2015

MY FAVORITE AVIATOR SUNGLASSES

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What's cooler than cheap sunglasses that look fabulous? How about fabulous, free sunglasses? Now that is pretty awesome! You can get your first pair free at GlassesShop.com. If you have prescription eyeglasses, GlassesShop can also implement your prescription into both their line of glasses and sunglasses. I am sporting the Pierre Aviator Golden frames and I must say, they look pretty good on and off! I love how the lenses have an ombre look and fit the shape of my face perfectly. If you are like me and find yourself wanting more than one pair of glasses from the shop, use the code "GSHOT50" for 50% off of your second, third, or fourth pair!

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{ Photography by: Katherine Davis }


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August 23, 2015

PLUS SIZE FASHION NEEDS AN EDGE

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I have said it before, and I will say it again: I am thrilled, excited, and grateful every time a brand or retailer decides to create or enhance a plus size clothing line. However, in this constant thankful state I have been in, I oftentimes over look the fact that plus size clothing is not as great as it could be. These lines for full figured women are underwhelming and don't push too many boundaries. For some fashionistas, this is fine. However, there are plus size women out there—ME—who want to look sexy and feel confident in whatever they wear.

So when Stylzoo challenged me to style this Plus Size Metallic Dress, I didn't hesitate. This dress is everything that plus size fashion should be. Sure, the puffed shoulders are little '80s, but the bold pattern and the form fitting fabric makes me feel like one of a kind. I MEAN, LOOK AT MY CURVES! Although risks may be hard to take and a little unsettling, they are absolutely worth it and exciting—especially in fashion. There is no better feeling than looking fierce and feeling confident, and that is exactly what this dress does for me. If you also love this dress, great news: It also comes in another color and you can check it out on Amazon! Oh, and shout out to my man for taking these photos. He's the best!

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{ Photography by: Ghaffar Gbenro }

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August 20, 2015

TARGET GIVEAWAY

You know how you always walk into Target needing a couple of things, and then walk out having spent over $100? Yeah, I feel your pain. Next time you go to Target, take this $200 gift card with you and say goodbye to "buyer's remorse!" Enter to win the giveaway below and shop on with your bad self!

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August 17, 2015

CHICAGO SHORELINE SIGHTSEEING

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This month marks the second year that I have lived in Chicago, and I can hardly believe that just a couple of years ago, a stary-eyed Natalie walked into the city, excited to see what would happen next. To celebrate my third year in Chi-town, I was invited by Shoreline Sightseeing to take an architectural tour on the Chicago River.

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The tour was really informative and took us up and down the river and even out to Lake Michigan. As you would probably assume, the views of the Skyline were breathtaking. Our tour guide, Adam, was also pretty funny and we couldn't help but laugh at his jokes about the Trump Tower or buying the old U.S. Postal Office for $17 million.  

Although I have been living in Chicago for a couple of years, there was a lot that I still didn't know about the city's beautiful archetecture. However, the tour guide answered all of my questions, and then some. I would definitely reccomend enjoying a Shoreline Sightseeing tour during the last couple of weeks of summer! Click "READ MORE" for my outfit details and some spectacular views. 

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{ Photography by: Katherine Davis }


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August 9, 2015

WHITE T

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This post contains two of my latest fashion obsessions! I scored this white T–shirt at an Urban Outtfiters surplus store where they sell last season's lines, which is perfect for my budget. At first sight, I wasn't sure that I had to have it, but when I tried it on, I was really impressed. The shirt is simple, but it's sharp and I love that I don't have anything else like it in my closet. I also really liked that it fit me so well even though it was not considered a "plus size" garment. 

Also, these Steve Madden leather sneakers are probably my favorite find of the summer. I was on the hunt for some fashion sneakers—like these ones—that I could trek to work in, but still maintain a business casual look. However, when I ordered them on Amazon, I didn't notice that the shoe had a pointed toe. Turns out, the pointed toe was just what I needed to wear the shoes with any outfit or style. 

P.S. I died my hair. You can barely tell. Oh well! XOXO

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{Photography By: Katherine Davis}





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August 3, 2015

DREAM JEANS

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Before I tried on these jeans, there was not a single pair of light washed denim to be found in my closet, wardrobe, or any of my previous blog posts. I always thought I had to wear dark denim for it to flatter my figure and look great. However, these Mossimo, light washed, mid-rise skinny jeans from Target changed my mind completely.

I would have never tried a pair of light-wash jeans if I didn't play a little game called "Denim Truth & Dare"—notice it's not truth OR dare, but truth AND dare. I had to come clean with the TRUTH of my denim ways—all dark wash everything—and then I had to DARE myself to try something new.

The jeans are comfortable, seriously. I came home from work, sat down on the couch with my boyfriend and watched three episodes of Friends before I even noticed that I was still wearing the jeans, comfortably. I'm sure most girls understand this: Once I walk in the door, it's heels off, jeans off, make up off, sweats on, hair up—I'm not playing any games. After a long day, I want to be comfortable. But now, I lounge in these jeans, even after I wore them all day.


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I love that I can either wear these jeans with the ankles rolled up for a capri look, but if I don't roll the ankles up, the length of the jeans fit perfectly with my height, eliminating bulky and scrunched up denim at my ankles.

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So now, my denim diaries have expanded to new colors, styles, fits, and washes. I'm in love! Be sure to check back for more posts with these jeans styled in different ways!


Also, you can now shop these jeans and find your @TargetStyle at your local Target! When you try on denim, you will receive $10 off your first pair. If you are shopping online, use the code “TRYON10.” In the first 2 weeks in August (8/2 - 8/15), you’ll get free shipping and free returns when you shop denim on www.target.com/jeans.


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This post is sponsored by Target. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Natalie in the City a possibility!
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