November 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

November 29, 2016

MY FLORIDA GETAWAY


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It's been getting pretty chilly in Chicago, so I was really looking forward to a break from freezing my socks off every day with a trip to sunny Orlando, Florida. My boyfriend and I booked the trip in September, and figured that it would be the perfect time to make a break for it. We were both feeling drained and ready for a vacation. It was our first time traveling together and we didn't kill each other—so that's a plus. I am usually a solo traveler, so traveling with someone else always makes me worry what the outcome will be.

When we got to Orlando, we almost instantly felt relaxed as we walked the streets in search of Cubano sandwiches—we are obsessed with the movie Chef. We knew if we didn't enjoy some authentic Latin flavors while we were in Florida, we would regret it. So that was the first thing we did. We found Cuba Libre, an upscale Latin restaurant, and totally over indulged from drinks to desserts.

We stayed on International Drive, which proved to be so much cooler than Downtown Orlando. We designated a couple of days of our vacation to do nothing but lay out by the pool. We visited Universal Studios, the Florida Mall, and the Orlando Eye. And I got to break out some of my favorite summer pieces to sport, naturally. This outfit was one of my favorites!

Both the black maxi skirt with a slit and the lace up blouse are from Forever 21. I bought them last summer, but Forever 21 still sells variations of both styles. I will include shopable items at the bottom of the post!

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Photography: Ghaffar Gbenro

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November 23, 2016

LONGLINE BOMBERS AND WOOLLY MAMMOTHS

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I'm a huge fan of bombers, but as the temps drop, I need a little more coverage than my go-to cropped bomber jackets. Which is why I scooped up this Rita Longline Bomber from Pink Clove, a U.K.-based plus size retailer. I like to keep my outfits simply-colored, so the nude tone with black trim really appealed to me. I also love that I could throw the bomber over an all black outfit to break up the dark tones.

And now, I am going to contradict my previous statement about "simply-colored ensembles" with this Beasts Small Wristlet from Coach above. I lived life on the edge—in my terms, at least—by choosing this mustard-colored wristlet over the black version of it. While my outfit falls in line perfectly with what I usually wear, I love that this wristlet is so unexpected. I mean, it has a freaking Woolly Mammoth on the front of it! The wristlet is from Coach's new Rexy line, and I have to say it has become my new favorite thing.

I'm wearing a U.K. size 20 (U.S. 16). The bomber fits true to size. 

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November 14, 2016

MAKE A SCENE

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Would you believe me if I told you that a company that made tractors and rugged work boots also made a trendy line of lifestyle shoes? Well, prepare to believe me.

Many of you may or may not be familiar with the brand Caterpillar. Growing up in Idaho, I saw the brand and its products across many cornfields, farms, and wide-open land. But I never thought I would be sitting down for brunch and endless mimosas at one of Chicago’s hottest locations with a tractor manufacturer. But here I was.

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Cat Footwear—Caterpillar’s shoe line—is hitting the road this season with the Make A Scene Tour to celebrate the launch of its Fall/Winter 2016 collection.

The Cat Footwear team invited me and other Chicago bloggers to the Chicago stop of their tour at SoHo House for brunch. I also got an exclusive look at Cat’s rugged boots for fall and lightened up textures and styles for spring that offer protection from unpredictable elements. 

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I scooped up these Cat Coax boots at the event, and I fell in love with the unexpected comfort of the high wedge and the durability of the boots in rainy conditions. The fold down ankle also makes this boot versatile as it offers a two different looks in one shoe. See how I styled them below!

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Cat Footwear will also be making stops in Los Angeles, California and Grand Rapids, Michigan, and everyone has a chance to join in the fun with the Make A Scene Weekend Getaway contest. The trip includes a $1000 flight voucher, $1000 hotel voucher, $500 Visa Gift Card for spending money, and a pair of Cat Boots. Enter to win HERE.

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