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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Chicago Plus Size Petite Fashion Blogger, influencer, YouTuber, and model Natalie Craig, of Natalie in the City, reviews Common Assembly's ruffle mini dress and addresses confidence and self esteem during COVID-19.
Chicago Plus Size Petite Fashion Blogger, influencer, YouTuber, and model Natalie Craig, of Natalie in the City, reviews Common Assembly's ruffle mini dress and addresses confidence and self esteem during COVID-19.
It's been about three or four weeks since I started practicing social distancing and self-isolating to help flatten the curve of COVID-19. I am very fortunate to be able to work from home, and while I am still balancing the work of my 9-to-5 job and my blog, staying home all day felt like a much-needed pause on life.

This pandemic is truly frightening, and unlike anything most people have experienced in their life, but I do think that the Coronavirus has made us all slow down and appreciate the aspects of life that we took for granted. So I have actually been enjoying my time in isolation. However, this weekend, it started to get to me. I noticed my confidence and self esteem tanking. It can be really hard to be alone at all times of the day, especially when you struggle with insecurities, like me. Don't get me wrong, I am a very confident person, but like everyone, I battle negative thoughts daily—especially when I am not filling my days with things I love or things I am good at.

One of the things I was missing most about day-to-day life was getting dressed. So, I devoted a day this weekend to getting dressed, doing my hair and makeup, and having my own little photo shoot in my apartment (I take my own photos, so don't worry, no one else was involved in this)! This boosted my confidence through the roof, and I was taking pictures all day. I even made my very first Tik Tok where I show you my transformation from drab to fab!

I recently got a bunch of cute stuff from one of my favorite plus size woman-owned and socially responsible boutiques, Common Assembly! And I was so excited to find a plus size mini dress that actually fit me perfectly. The Penny Proper Black Ruffle Dress is such a versatile piece, and it instantly boosted my confidence when I put it on. The ruffle hem gives the dress a fun and flirty feel, and the subtle polka dots add an element of surprise. I cannot wait to wear this dress out and about. I could easily dress it up for dinner with a pair of strappy heels and a wide-brimmed hat or dress it down with a cardigan. Common Assembly is having a sale on its dresses, and you can get 30% off!

I hope you all are staying safe and healthy! P.S. STAY HOME!

SIZING INFO: I am wearing a size 2X in the Penny Proper Black Ruffle Dress, which is my usual size, and they dress fits perfectly! The material isn't stretchy, but it runs true to size, and it fits comfortably!

Common Assembly sent me this look to review! All opinions are my own! 



Chicago Plus Size Petite Fashion Blogger, influencer, YouTuber, and model Natalie Craig, of Natalie in the City, reviews Common Assembly's ruffle mini dress and addresses confidence and self esteem during COVID-19.
Chicago Plus Size Petite Fashion Blogger, influencer, YouTuber, and model Natalie Craig, of Natalie in the City, reviews Common Assembly's ruffle mini dress and addresses confidence and self esteem during COVID-19.

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