September 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

September 30, 2016

GILT CITY FALL 2016 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 the retail price! If you love a good sale, too, then you won't want to miss out on the Gilt City Fall 2016 Chicago Warehouse Sale from October 14–15 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Warehouse. 

The sale is not just for the ladies, men will also 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. Shop both up-and-coming designers and renowned fashion houses, including Chloé, Valentino, Derek Lam, Jimmy Choo, Lanvin, Oscar de la Renta, and more.

Oh, and you might also catch me there! So come say, "Hi," and let's blow our paychecks together! Check out the full event details and purchase tickets to the event here: Gilt City Fall 2016 Chicago Warehouse Sale


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Since I'm a veteran Gilt City Warehouse Sale Shopper, I have included some shopping tips for you below!

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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September 28, 2016

WHAT MAKES THE PERFECT DAY, NIGHT DRESS

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Confession: I’ve been obsessed with dresses lately. Even though it’s getting chillier by the day in Chicago, I’m still opting for a chic dress that I can pair with anything from a midi cardigan and a pair of knee-high boots, to a blazer and some lace-up heels. 


I make a huge effort to ensure my outfits make me feel and look my best. But my busy schedule—a.k.a hitting the snooze on my alarm five times—has me rushing to put together an outfit, which means I usually skimp out on accessorizing. This is where dresses come in handy for me; with the perfect dress, you can make a statement without having to add too many accessories. But of course, you have to have the right dress. 

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A dress is my go-to for many occasions, but there is a great contrast between what I look for in a day dress, and what I want to wear for a girl’s night out.

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“On-the-move” day dress

Whether I’m chasing after the bus, transferring trains, or making a quick Starbucks run, my ideal day dress has to be breathable and allow me to feel comfortable all day long—even if I’m in a mad rush. But I also love a dress that can easily double as office attire with the addition of a blazer. Sweatshirt dresses can also be the star of a great, fall look. 

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The perfect fit for a night out
You’ll hardly ever catch me in anything other than a show-stopping, fitted dress when I go out with my girlfriends. I feel most confident in a dress that hugs my curves and highlights my figure in all the right ways.

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For a formal evening, dinner date, or event, I prefer something more whimsical and romantic like this wrap dress. But don’t get me wrong, I still like to be the life of the party, which is why I’ll always try to find a way to incorporate some shimmer

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Thank you Lyst for sponsoring today’s post! All thoughts and opinions are my own. Check out some of my favorite dresses on Lyst here.
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September 25, 2016

BOW TIE BLOUSE

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I have been a bit obsessed with blouses that tie around the neck lately. Call it a fall trend, but I really love how chic the bow tie blouse looks, and I think it will be a staple that will stay long after fall ends. If you also love this trend, I will include my favorite bow tie blouses at the bottom of this post in the shop widget! 

I thought about pairing this top with a more intricate skirt, perhaps a pleated leather midi, or a simple pair of light wash jeans and nude heels. However, I opted for a classic black pencil skirt and a pair of gray heels. The color of this blouse also caught my eye. I love purple grays and taupe grays, and depending on what the lighting is like, this blouse can take on both colors.

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Photography by: Ghaffar Gbenro
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September 22, 2016

TIPS FOR DENIM ON DENIM OUTFITS

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During my trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan to meet up with Midwest super center Meijer, I was given a style challenge to create a denim on denim look from Meijer's selection of trendy, fall clothing. While I have never styled or worn a look entirely comprised of denim, I was up for the challenge. 

I'm sharing my best tips for piecing together the perfect denim on denim look over on Meijer's blog, Meijer Style! See what I found out when shopping for denim pieces to make up this outfit and how I finally arrived at this ensemble!

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Photography by: Ghaffar Gbenro

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September 18, 2016

IS IT OCTOBER YET?

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Plaid for fall. Original, I know. When I first bought this lace long sleeve with a neck tie, I couldn't wait to pair it with this plaid skirt. I am also planning on pairing this blouse with some jeans and a pair of nude or black heels. Either way, this chic top will give any outfit a sexy edge. I got these black ankle booties at Meijer while I was visiting their headquarters in Grand Rapids! I love the detail on the back of the boot, and to top it off, they are super comfortable. 

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Photography by: Ghaffar Gbenro
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September 13, 2016

ZIPPED UP

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I bought this sweater in May, which left me with plenty of time to dream about wearing it in fall. So since there is a slight chill in the air, I ripped this sweater out of my closest because let's be honest, its debut was long overdue. Sure, there is nothing really that special about the destroyed sweatshirt, but if you ask my best friend, she'll tell you that I love clothes with holes in them. 

To dress up the distressed sweater. I paired it with this acid wash denim skirt from Love, Lianca. I have never owned a midi skirt that zips up the middle, which really drew me to this piece, and I can't wait to see what else I can pair it with. To top off the look, I chose these black, open-toed ankle booties. 

I'm wearing a size 2x. This skirt runs true to size. 

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Photography by: Katherine Davis

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September 10, 2016

SUMMER TO FALL: FRINGE SHAWL


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As we transition from warm, summer nights to cooler, fall days, I'm partnering with Meijer to dress up some of their trendiest summer pieces into fall staples. See more photos and get a glimpse of how I turned this fringe shawl for summer into the perfect fall cover up on Meijer Style.
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September 6, 2016

A FASHION-FILLED WEEKEND WITH MEIJER

Photo by: Candace Read, Live Love and Read.

As most of you saw on my social media channels, I took a little trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan last week to visit Meijer for a fall fashion preview. While I'm sure many of you are familiar with the Midwest super center pioneer, this was my first experience with the brand, and I have been dying to tell you all about it.

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While I was in Grand Rapids, I met up with other notable Midwest bloggers Candace of Live Love and Read, Tieka of Selective Potential, Nina of The HSS Feed, Andrea of Blonde Bedhead, and Alexis of That Chic Lex. Together, we learned about the process of curating seasonal clothing lines for Meijer as we took tours of the corporate office, got an exclusive preview of Meijer's fall line, and even got to chat with Venita James, the director of product development and apparel at Meijer. It was truly the most unique and transparent experience I have ever had with a brand.

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During my busy three days in Grand Rapids, the girls and I had many opportunities to try on different looks and push our own fashion boundaries with "style challenges," all the while getting to know each other over fall themed picnics and hair and makeup tutorials from Pantene and CoverGirl.

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Before touring Meijer and getting a first hand look at what goes into the buying and trend forecasting process, I would have never thought to look for on-trend clothing at a super center. However, I have found so many pieces from Meijer that I cannot wait to incorporate into my fall wardrobe. You can take a look at my first guest post on Meijer's very own fashion blog, meijerstyle.com, here: Three Tops To Buy Now and Wear Through Fall. Be sure to check back to see my take on some of the Meijer pieces I scored during my trip!


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September 3, 2016

OXBLOOD FAUX-SUEDE + GIVEAWAY

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Chicago won't let me win. I want it to be fall so bad, but every single time it gets chilly outside, a sweltering humidity follows. As you can probably guess, this hinders my day-to-day outfits quite a bit. 

During one of these hot and cold days, I opted for this faux-suede, button up dress from Chic Soul. While I anticipated that the dress would be bit longer in length, the shorter cut made it easier to rock during this sticky and humid day. I would still recommend ordering one size up from your regular size to account for the short length. If you want to transition into fall attire a little sooner than everyone else—like me—this button up dress with roll up sleeves is your ticket! Score this dress or another item from Chic Soul with a $25 gift card! To enter, follow Chic Soul on Instagram or Facebook, and then comment on this post with a link to your favorite piece on chicsoul.com. I will be randomly picking a winner on Friday, September 9 at 12:00 p.m. CST!

I'm wearing a size 2x. This dress runs small, I would order one or two sizes larger than what you usually wear. 

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 Photography by: Katherine Davis
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