March 2016 | 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 29, 2016

THAT ONE TIME I WORE COLOR

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It's not a secret that most of my outfits are comprised of mostly black, gray, beige, and maybe some white shades and hues. I rarely ever wear color—or bright ones, at that. However, I decided to end that streak with this Colorblock Crepe top from Banana Republic.  

I was particularly excited to receive a box in the mail from Banana Republic, expecting a cozy sweater, fitted blazer, or some cool boyfriend jeans. But when I opened the box, these beautiful, bright colors jumped out at me and prompted me with an exciting challenge I couldn't turn down. 

At first, I threw on some jeans with cuts at the knee and these Riley Fringe Sandals (below), which totally worked. But I was going out to Easter brunch, and since these colors were out of my comfort zone, I decided to stop playing it safe with a pair of jeans and throw on this spotted skirt. The outfit was chic, playful, and gave me a fresh breath of air from my go-to dreary and dark-colored ensembles.

As for these whimsical sandals, also from Banana Republic, I cannot wait to wear them with denim, which is making a huge come back this spring. I am always on the hunt for the perfect sandal that will go with everything, but I have a feeling that hunt won't be as hard this season! 

It is always refreshing to have an open mind about something that you previously thought wasn't for you, for example: bright colors. You never really know what you can pull off, but as long as you are confident and have an optimistic outlook, you can rock anything. What are you afraid to pull off? What have you learned to love that you never thought you would? Let me know in the comment section below!

I'm wearing a size XL. This top runs true to size. 

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Photography by: Katherine Davis


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March 20, 2016

BRAINS, BEAUTY, BOOTY.

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I have never gone crazier over a T-shirt. When I saw this shirt, I had to have it, but not just because it would make a great addition to my wardrobe. And this little sequin bomber jacket, was the perfect way to top off this look!

Recently, my confidence has taken a hit, which I think is normal. No one can be 100% bullet proof at all times, right?

As women, we are inundated with images of unrealistic beauty ideals by the minute. I got really good at tuning out society's harsh pressures and ideals. However, my insecurities will trump my confidence from time to time.

People always ask me how I stay so confident. I give them tips and make it sound easy, which for me, luckily, it has been—except for when it's not. Truth is, even being 75% confident is tough, especially when we are constantly seeing bodies that don't look like ours and we compare ourselves to others so harshly. No one is immune.

I needed a pick me up, I needed this brains, beauty, booty shirt.

You can give yourself a million pep talks, get your nails done, get a massage, and cry your eyes out over Kim Kardashian's nude selfie (I may or may not have been doing these things this past week to to try and feel better)... or you can put on some lipstick, grab a pair of heels, slide into your favorite jeans (that hug every curve just right), and make a statement: brains, beauty, booty. Amen.

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Photography by: Katherine Davis


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March 14, 2016

50 STATES OF STYLE

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As most of you know, I currently reside in Chicago. I moved to the city three years ago with the hopes of having more opportunities as a journalist and fashion blogger. However, no matter where I go, I always represent the state I came from, Idaho.

Check out snippets of my interview below and see the full interview in the Most Stylish in Idaho - 50 States of Style feature on StyleBlazer.com! You may learn a thing or two about me that you didn't already know!

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Originally from Orange County, California, Natalie Craig moved to Boise, Idaho when she was 14 and lived there for eight years. While studying at Boise State University, Natalie wrote for local magazines, her University’s newspaper; The Arbiter, started her University’s online page for CollegeFashionista.com, and reported fashion trends for USA Today College. In 2013, she created her fashion blog and went on to study journalism at Columbia College, where she was editor for their newspaper, The Columbia Chronicle. After graduating in 2015, Natalie went to work for a tech start up and now works for a trade magazine covering manufacturing and packaging in Chicago. All the while, her blog, NatalieintheCity.com gains attention from readers and brands worldwide.

Why did you start your blog? I started my blog, because I wanted to have an outlet that let me write about fashion consistently. As I started taking on fashion internships, employers always asked me if I had a blog. I immediately noticed that having a successful blog was a great way to break into the industry. My blog has come a very long way since it was created. I started without a niche and wanted it to be a hobby. However, within the past two years, I was able to identify a niche (plus size fashion) and run with it, which has turned my blog into a small business, a platform, and a community that inspires women to love themselves at any shape and size.

What is your favorite thing about Idaho?

My favorite thing about Idaho, and more specifically Boise, is that it is so up and coming. Every year, the city looks different, because there are new buildings, businesses, and people who come to Boise. When I was growing up there, I felt there was a lack of expression through art and fashion. However, Boise has become a hub for unique cultures and art expression, which makes me extremely excited to go back and see just how much the city has grown and changed.  I also love the down to earth vibe of Boise and it’s inhabitants. Everyone is so nice and the living is easy.

What are some of your beauty & travel essentials?

As long as I have a great anti-frizz serum, foundation, and an eyebrow pencil, I’m content. You can bet that you will find those three things in any travel bag of mine and even my every day bag—you never know what the Chicago elements are going to throw at you and Boise is very similar. When I travel, I try to pack light, but I always have my laptop so that I can catch up on the news and write blog posts whenever I’m on or in between flights.


Read the full interview here: Most Stylish in Idaho - 50 States of Style

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March 7, 2016

OFFICE LOOK: PEPLUM

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At the office, I like to keep my style simple, but not exactly what you would expect for business casual. I am always playing with knee-high boots and blouses with bold necklines. But every now and then, I embrace an over sized gray cardigan with an all black ensemble.

This look, pictured above, is one of my favorite outfits to wear to work—with a longer pencil skirt, of course. I love that this peplum blouse compliments my figure and adds emphasis with the use of varying lines. The black skirt is not much to write home about, but when pairing it with a top like this and some cute lace up ballet flats, I couldn't ask for much more. I also love polishing off the look with a black blazer.

Tell me what you wear to work in the comments below, and share any questions you may have for me on office attire!
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Photography by: Katherine Davis

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