October 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

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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{Photography by: Katherine Davis}
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October 1, 2015

GILT CITY CHICAGO WAREHOUSE SALE

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You know what I love more than Gucci, Louis, Fendi, and Prada? Gucci, Louis, Fendi, and Prada at 60%–80% off retail price! If you love a good sale, too, then you will not want to miss out on this Gilt City Chicago Warehouse Sale from October 16–17 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Warehouse!


The sale is not just for the ladies, men will have plenty of Tom Ford and Paul Smith—to name a few—to choose from. Shoppers can peruse racks stocked with all things fashion including the newest shoe styles, jewelry, suits, jackets, denim, tops, and outerwear for men, women and children. 
     
Ticket prices vary according to date and time of session, which allow for two hours of shopping, but here are some of the brands that everyone can expect to cop at the warehouse sale: Lanvin, Chloe, Valentino, Missoni, Balenciaga, Dior, Brian Atwood, Christian Louboutin, and Jimmy Choo. SWOON! 

Oh, and you might also catch me and Melony Melrose there! So come say, "Hi," and let's blow our paychecks together! 

Check out the full event details and some shopping tips courtesy of Gilt City! You can purchase tickets to the event here: gilt.com/ChiWarehouseSale

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WHEN:           Friday, October 16, 2015

·         Evening Session: 7pm-9pm, $25

·         Late Night Session: 9:30pm-11:30pm, $20

 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

·         Morning Session: 9am-11am, $10

·         Early Afternoon Session: 11am-1pm, $10

·         Late Afternoon Session: 1pm-3pm, $10

·         Early Evening Session: 3pm-5pm, $10

 

WHERE:       Museum of Contemporary Art Warehouse

                        1747 West Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60622

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SHOPPING TIPS:
  • Arrive early:  Just as you would for any sample sale, arrive early!  No matter what session you come to, be sure to get there with ample time. This ensures a full shopping experience, and it's best to view the merchandise when it’s most organized. 
  • Reduce your drag:  Come prepared to shop—we require coat check and large bag check, so bring a small purse or wallet that you can keep your credit cards and ID in. A small wallet or cross-body bag will leave your hands free to peruse the racks, or sip a cocktail! Also, shopping in light layers will allow you to try clothes on easily, and you may even decide not to wait for a fitting room!
  • Think Ahead: Don't be afraid to shop for future seasons.  You'll find that there are amazing deals for every occasion - score designer suits or that perfect glam dress for the holidays. 
  • Have an open mind: The most exciting part of the Warehouse Sale is the element of surprise! While you may have certain items in mind that you’re really focused on purchasing, take your time, look through the racks and filter through the shoes and accessories with an open mind.  This is usually the time when the magic happens and you'll find yourself going home with some great steals that you might otherwise not have found!  
  • And Remember - Plastic! No cash, so bring your debit or credit cards!
  {Photos provided by Gilt City}
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