November 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

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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