Hi, I'm Natalie...
I am 5'2 and a size 18, which means I am petite AND plus size. Those two sizing terms might seem like polar opposites, but full figures come in a variety of shapes and sizes—one of those being short! As a petite plus size fashionista, it has been extremely difficult to fit into fashion and find clothing made for my body. But I'm here to share my petite plus style tips with you and to show the world that short, plus size women belong in fashion!
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THE PLAID SCARF

I never really knew how much the feeling of the holidays meant to me. I mean, what's not to love? There are endless days of shopping, everyone is in a cheerful mood, the weather—this year—is mild and just chilly enough, and there are family and friend gatherings usually paired with too many gl…

AN ADDITION ELLE HOLIDAY

I love the excitement of picking out what to wear for Christmas and New Years Eve. However, this year, I was gifted with a little surprise from Addition Elle that would make my outfit decisions a lot easier, and even more festive. If you aren't familiar with Addition Elle, you should be! Not only is the brand's motto "believe in fashion democracy," but the plus size clothing brand has worked with fashion blogger Nadia Aboulhosn (my blogging idol) as well as plus size supermodel Ashley Graham

Before I go on and on about how much I love Nadia, Ashley, and Addition Elle, let's get back to these adorable dresses! The dress I chose for my Christmas festivities is the New Noir Lace and Mesh Fit and Flare Dress, which is playful and girly, but also really sophisticated and classic. The dress hugs my hips and flares out toward the bottom, accentuating my curves. My dress for New Years Eve is the New Noir Metallic Sleeveless dress. In my opinion, every New Years Eve ensemble should shine, which is why I absolutely love the way this dress sparkles with every move I make.

Check out my two looks for the holidays below! Which dress is your favorite from Addition Elle's holiday dresses line? You can also see some of the other holiday inspired dresses from Addition Elle at the bottom of this post. Happy Holidays! 

Christmas Cheer 

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HOW DO I START A BLOG?

Everyone and their dog has started a blog by now, but not everyone succeeds or follows through to fulfill their goals and dreams of what their blog would look like, sound like, and how exactly it would work. While everyone can start a blog, not everyone will and most will give up. Being a blogger …

ROCK FAUX FUR

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 whe…

FIRMOO EYEWEAR GIVEAWAY

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 Firmo…

MAXI MEETS MIDI

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 pleate…

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.

CAN CURVY GIRLS WEAR HORIZONTAL STRIPES?

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-…

POP OF COLOR

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 litt…

SWEATER WEATHER

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 w…

CAT EYE WAYFARER: CHIC FALL SUNGLASSES

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. Ma…

LITTLE BLACK DRESS

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 acce…

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