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    Styling a Wrap Dress + 36 Affordable Options to Wear Right Now

    How to Style a Wrap Dress | Natalie Was Here | Fashion and Lifestyle Blog

    I’m all for all things oversized — boyfriend jeans, extra roomy sweaters and flowy dresses. But if you’re looking for a style of dress that is universally flattering and will highlight your curves, look no further than the wrap dress. After I tried on this one from Vici Collection (this one is very similar), I remembered why I love this style so much. It’s feminine and flirty, and I love the ruffle details. In the summertime, I typically pair my wrap dress with strappy sandals, but in the cooler months, over-the-knee boots are my jam (I literally wear mine all. the. time).

    If you’re in the market for a wrap dress or would like to try the style out for the first time, then look no further!

    How to Style a Wrap Dress | Natalie Was Here | Fashion and Lifestyle Blog

    Find a Wrap Dress to fit your Style

    I pulled together 36 different options below that will fit your personal style and budget (they’re all around $100 or less!)

    If you love dark florals…

    If you love velvet…

     

    If you love polka dots…

     

    If you’re just here for the over-the-knee boots…

    Photos by Sydney Marie Photography

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    Small Business Spotlight: ONE SIX FIVE Jewelry

    I’ve always had a passion for supporting small businesses. One of my goals for this space is to highlight other small-business owners are doing amazing things in Columbus, Ohio and beyond. Today, we’re kicking things off with ONE SIX FIVE.

    Kaleigh Shrigley and Claire Lowe met while working together at a retail store. They launched ONE SIX FIVE in 2014. I had the chance to swing by their brick-and-mortar location in Clintonville last month. It had been on my list of places to visit for awhile, and I was so happy to finally make the trip.

    The shop is bright and inviting and the pieces are one-of-a-kind, just like Kaleigh and Claire. All of their jewelry is hand-made, and if you’re a fan of unique pieces like I am, you will love the selection and quality of their designs.

    Oh, and that reminds me…you’ll probably hear “Where did you get that?” a lot when wearing their jewelry. You’ve been warned.

    Aside from their amazing jewelry, ONE SIX FIVE also features candles, body oils, ceramics and cheeky greeting cards. What I love most about ONE SIX FIVE is that all of the items you’ll find there are made by independent artists, here in the USA and abroad.

    Take a peek inside ONE SIX FIVE…

    ONE SIX FIVE Jewelry | Columbus, Ohio | Natalie Was Here

    ONE SIX FIVE Jewelry | Columbus, Ohio | Natalie Was Here

    ONE SIX FIVE Jewelry | Columbus, Ohio | Natalie Was Here

    Thank you to the ladies of ONE SIX FIVE for inviting me into the shop. I can’t wait to visit again. If you like what you see, be sure to show them some love! In the meantime, keep up with them on Facebook and Instagram

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    Floral Wrap Blouse

    Blouse: Who What Wear for Target | Jeans: Abercrombie | Shoes: Altar’d State via Discount Fashion Warehouse | Bag: Old Navy

    I was on a shopping ban for the majority of August. Although, full transparency: I did slip up a few times. It was harder than I thought it would be.

    One of those slip up purchases was this floral wrap blouse. It’s from the Who What Wear collection at Target, and if you know anything about this collection, you know it’s good. Too good. And I’m weak. So, here we are. Also, while we’re on the subject, I’ll take this, this and this next.Who What Wear Floral Wrap Blouse | Natalie Was Here | Lifestyle Blog Who What Wear Floral Wrap Blouse | Natalie Was Here | Lifestyle Blog Who What Wear Floral Wrap Blouse | Natalie Was Here | Lifestyle Blog

    Have you checked out the Who What Wear collection at Target? What are some of your favorite pieces?

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    Coffee Talk: The Art of Saying No and Why It Might Change Your Life for the Better

    Hi, friend! Long time, no talk. I’ve been completely M.I.A. In the past when I took time off from blogging, I tried to keep up on Instagram. But, I haven’t even done that. If there was a grade scale for blogging, I’d get a big fat F. Or maybe even a G, if that’s a thing.

    To be honest with you, I’m overwhelmed.

    And I know, I know. We’re all overwhelmed. We’re all busy. It’s not an excuse. But if you’re a “yes” person like me, the feeling of overwhelm is something that’s all too familiar. And that can be problematic to your health, your relationships and your sanity.

    So, let me ask you this — why do we keep saying YES?

    I can tell you why I do. I’m a “yes person” and a certified people-pleaser. I’m also afraid if I say no to anything — whether it’s a happy hour, new photography project or assignment at work, I’ll miss out on a killer opportunity that could be the turning point in my career. Most of the time, though, when I bust my ass to take on extra projects, they rarely turn out to be worth the level of stress and anxiety I feel.

    So, for all you “yes” people reading this, here are some tips to break the habit.

    LISTEN TO YOUR BODY

    Stress manifests itself in a variety of ways. If you’re experiencing chest tightness (check), shortness of breath (check) and fatigue (is it time for bed yet?), this could be your body’s way of telling you to slow down. Take a minute to listen.

    TRUST YOUR INTUITION

    One of the benefits of saying no is that you free yourself up to say yes to projects that really matter. Trust your intuition. If you have the opportunity to take on a project you’re feeling lukewarm about, you know in your gut it’s something you should say no to.

    BE REALISTIC

    If you take on more are you going to be able to make your deadlines and deliver quality work? If you say yes to one friend’s get together, are you still going to be able to make it to your other friend’s birthday party across town? If you know you have too much on your plate, be realistic.

    GIVE YOURSELF GRACE

    You can do anything you put your mind to, but accept the fact that you can’t do everything, and that’s more than okay. You’re only one person after all. Give yourself a little grace from time to time. You’re doing the best you can.


    How has saying no helped you? I’d love to know.

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    August Challenge: Giving Up Shopping in Favor of Shopping My Own Closet

    I’ll be honest, guys. I spent too much money this past weekend on new clothes and I still can’t shake the overwhelming feeling of guilt. But, the shirt was on sale for 75% off! It’s such a steal. Consuming for the sake of consumption. It’s a problem.

    Do you ever buy something just because it’s on sale? Guilty. Now, ask yourself — would you still buy it if it were full price? Maybe you would, but probably not.

    I’ll be the first to admit to you that blogging and social media do not help with this problem. Instagram, I’m looking at you. It’s all about which outfit will fit the feed, which coffee shop has the best aesthetic, which flowers look the best with a new bag…

    I’m saying this because I’ve definitely had these thoughts before. But, at the end of the day and in the grand scheme of life, it’s really a bunch of crap. And a waste of money.

    This month, I want to do things a little differently. I want to create content for my blog and Instagram utilizing items I already own. That means no shopping. No standing in line at a popular coffee shop for the sake of Instagramming an over-priced latte. Nope, none of that.

    THE CHALLENGE

    Let’s talk about the details, shall we? I will create new looks every day, utilizing only the items I already own. That means no shopping and no repeats (accessories don’t count). I’ll be sharing my weekly looks here every Friday, so tune in if you’d like!

    At the end of the month, I’ll be donating or selling all of the pieces I don’t love. This will help me a) get a better sense of my style and b) clear the clutter.

    I hope this challenge will inspire you to dig into your own closet and spend more time (and less money!) creating memorable experiences.

    If you decide to embark on this challenge with me, let me know by using #AugustShoppingBan on Instagram. I’d love to see what you come up with :)


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    *Feature image via Un-Fancy – another blog you should check out ASAP! 

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    Striped Summer Blouse and Girlfriend Jeans

    Ah, Monday. We meet again.

    How are you? Did you have a good weekend?

    Fritz and I spent the past few days in Sandusky, Ohio. It’s about a two and a half hour drive from Columbus and sits right on Lake Erie. I love spending time there in the summer, because even though we’re still in Ohio, being on Lake Erie really does feel like the ocean. It really is the perfect weekend getaway and I’d highly recommend it to all you Ohioans out there. Hm…maybe I’ll write a post on some of my recommendations? I should definitely get on that…
    Best Summer Blouse from SheIn | Natalie Was Here | Lifestyle Blog

    Blouse: SheIn c/o | Jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch c/o | Shoes: Forever 21 (similar)

    In the meantime, let’s talk about this outfit. I’m all about fuss-free style, lately. I’m a girl who wants to be able to throw something on and go. When I spotted this blouse from SheIn (only $12!), I knew it would be a welcomed addition to my closet. I love the ruffle sleeves and lace up front, and I’ve been wearing it on serious repeat.

    If you’ve heard of SheIn, you might be a little skeptical. I was, too because I’d heard mixed reviews. But honestly, the quality of this top is amazing and you definitely can’t beat the price. I’d highly recommend it if you’re in the market for a breezy summer blouse! It looks just as good with jeans as it does with denim shorts. Pro tip: If you’re thinking of ordering something from their website, go to their style gallery to see how different pieces look on actual customers.

    SHOP THIS POST:

    Best Summer Blouse from SheIn | Natalie Was Here | Lifestyle Blog Best Summer Blouse from SheIn | Natalie Was Here | Lifestyle Blog Best Summer Blouse from SheIn | Natalie Was Here | Lifestyle Blog Best Summer Blouse from SheIn | Natalie Was Here | Lifestyle BlogThanks for tuning in! I hope you have a great week.

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    How to Re-wear Your Bridesmaid Dress

    How to re-wear your bridesmaid dress | Natalie Was Here | Lifestyle blog

    When you’re in your mid-twenties, going to weddings, or being in them, becomes (what feels like) a weekly thing. If you’ve been in a wedding before, chances are your bridesmaid dress is still hanging in the depths of your closet. It probably hasn’t seen the light of day since the “Big Day.”

    Even if you’re convinced you’ll never wear it again, don’t toss it in the donate pile just yet. Read on for tips to make your bridesmaid dress the dress you’ll want to reach for when getting ready for every event, both big (like another wedding) and small (Sunday brunch).

    TAILOR IT

    Would you re-wear your bridesmaid dress if it were just a few inches shorter? Or if the straps were a different style? Take it to a tailor you trust who can tweak the dress to fit perfectly and better suit your personality. My dad is my tailor (it’s true! He owns a men’s clothing store in Cincinnati), so he shortened it about four inches and adjusted the straps. I love how the dress fits now. It’s amazing what a few alterations can do.

    DRESS IT DOWN WITH DENIM

    How to re-wear your bridesmaid dress | Natalie Was Here | Lifestyle blog

    Denim is my favorite way to dress down any look. I love how a denim jacket looks when paired with a fancier dress. Throw on some heels and you’re good to go for date night. Or to keep the look more casual, opt for flats or sneakers instead.

    MAKE IT WORK YEAR-ROUNDHow to re-wear your bridesmaid dress | Natalie Was Here | Lifestyle blog

    Layer an oversized sweater on top and slip into your favorite ankle boots for a fall appropriate look. In the winter, add some tights to the mix. With the help of a few accessories, your dress can easily transition between seasons.

    How to re-wear your bridesmaid dress | Natalie Was Here | Lifestyle blogRE-WEAR IT TO OTHER WEDDINGS

    Because let’s be honest. There will be plenty of other weddings. Instead of running out to buy a new dress the second you receive an invite in the mail, take a minute and shop your own closet first. Your bridesmaid dress might be the perfect option.

    Thank you so much to David’s Bridal for sponsoring this post. And thank you for supporting the brands who make NWH a happenin’ place to be.

    David’s Bridal’s new showroom is officially open at Easton Gateway. Prices are affordable and the team is beyond amazing (shout out to Beth, the store manager for all of her help!). David’s Bridal has a great selection for all of your event, bridal and yes, even homecoming and prom needs. Definitely stop in a take a look around. You won’t be disappointed.

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