Guest Post *i heart this blog*

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I love when I come across a blog that completely inspires me and makes me want to work on areas in my life where I may be slacking a bit..ahem the style department. Natalie has motivated me to go through my closet and actually put together complete outfits. She is a Mom who is rockin it and I want to dress just like her...but with my own little twist of course!

Without further Ado (according to Mr. Webster its Ado not Adieu. I learn something new every day) let me introduce you to today's guest...


Hello Lovelies! I'm Natalie (you can call me Nat), of i heart this blog. Let me kick things off by telling you how excited I am to be here! I was thrilled when Lindsay asked me to guest post because, well, she is totally amazing! Not that I have to tell you that. You're here aren't ya?!

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This is actually my first crack at being a GP'er, so *fingers crossed* I hope that I make Delighted Momma proud. She kindly suggested that I talk about my style ...which is basically the equivalent of asking me to eat a ridiculous amount of chocolate! I'm more than happy to oblige.


Like Lindsay, I have a wee one. A girl who is 14 months old. And since taking on mommy-hood, I've taken on de-puzzling the puzzle of how to dress fashionably and yet functionally. Gone are the days of my 'standing only' jeans and my 'can't raise my arms above my head' jackets. So what are my current, mommy-friendly wardrobe essentials? Let's explore, shall we...


1. Flat Shoes


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Now, if you're like me and read a lot of fashion blogs it's easy to be seduced by sky high heels and begin to feel like flats are for fuddy-duddies. Fight these feelings. Most of these chicadee's are not mommas. Flats are comfortable, come in a million styles and colours and enable you to slip them on with no hands (a necessity when carrying a child, a gianormous purse, a coffee and keys). I usually opt for various black and nude pairs, but lately, I'm totally loving loafers. Other than being comfy and very now, these treads are readily available at thrift stores.


2. Silk Blouses


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I blogged about my love of this staple recently. You can hit up any retail store for a large selection of blouses in a range of prices OR you can try a thrift shop and spend pennies for a one-of-a-kind find. Button ups, tees, tanks – bold and bright, or soft and ladylike – the options are endless. Silk is chic and adds a polished touch to any outfit. I can play in the dirt wearing jeans or destroyed cut-offs (another Natty-Nat staple) and then stop at the grocery store on my way home and not feel like a hobo. And spillage? (Because you will be spilled on, cried on, thrown up on, etc). It's no big thing when your top only cost a few dollars.


3. Accessories & Nail Polish


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I've always been an accessories girl. Vintage, thrifted, cheapies or gifted, accessories help fuel my sense of self (which is important when discovering a new 'mom' identity). My go to pieces are long necklaces, big chunky rings, large watches and bracelets. I avoid dangly (and enticing to pull) earrings and anything sharp or scratchy.


On to nail polish. I'm possibly the only girl (please tell me I'm not), who put a considerable amount of thought into what nail polish I would be wearing while giving birth. Afterall, there generally are a number of people down by your feet during the process and then there are all those cradling-your-new-baby photos. No matter what shape or stage of life you bod is in, nail polish seems to be the one thing always fits. I love dark-darks, reds and neutrals...with a dash of metallics.


I could ramble on about my love of jeggings (the perfect crawling-on-the-floor pant), large purses (no diaper bags for this girl!) and cardigans (they can a. add warmth, b. cover a spill, c. be used as a blanket), but I think I've used up my GP'er real estate.


What are your wardrobe essentials (mommy-friendly or otherwise)? How did I do with my first crack at guest posting? I'd love to hear from you. Thanks for reading and big thanks to Lindsay for having me! OXO Nat

30 comments:

sherri lynn said...

This is a great post! I'm not a momma (yet!) but love practicality, so I'm all about cardigans and flats and simple jewelry!

Anne said...

Hi Nat! Nice to meet you. I love your style. My babies are nearly 7 and 5 and I'm trying to get some style back (even though I'm 47, I'm a young 47 - that's what I keep telling myself). I love Merrell casual shoes that will take me from school drop off, to the shops, to a morning coffee date, back to do a bit of house work and then school pick up. There's some really fashionable styles and colours around.

Now just to work out the clothes. We're coming into Spring here in Australia and I haven't even checked out what in style this season. Better get busy.

Anne xx

colleen said...

i am with you on the silk shirts. i, too, am not a mom but they are my go-to staple, also.

Lauren said...

Great post! I can tell that flats will definitely become my friend once our baby girl arrives!

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

I don't think I have ever owned a silk shirt but next time I am thrifting I will have to check them out!

Jamie @ charmingly ordinary said...

As a new momma, I was nodding at everything you said! I've always been a flats girl, but now I'm REALLY a flats girl (or momma?) and jeggigs? Yep, just bought another pair! $10 at the Gap.

BAM! :)

Jennifer said...

Ooh, I love discovering new blogs and I really like her style. I could use a few wardrobe tips that's for sure! By the way the whole ado and adieu thing confuses me all the time as well!

Nik G said...

Great post! I'm a mom of two (5 wk old and 2.5 yr old) and I definitely love my flats & jeggings! I just bought a pair of platform pumps (who knows when I'll get the chance to wear them) and just discovered that I have to re-learn how to walk in heels. Yes, it's been THAT long. lol

Sandy a la Mode said...

just found your blog and love it! you are beautiful!!

Wendy said...

Great first guest post and great style!

CARRIE said...

I'm right behind you on the loafers.

Hollie Ann said...

You may dress better than me...and I'm not a mom. Fail! Loved it.

Kimia Kline said...

holy crap she's a mom? thats some serious style right there. love the silk blouses.

Jaime Lee said...

A cute pair of flats are a must for a mom on the go. I love silk blouses in the fall, and even the winter, we got a little more sunshine here in California.

Lindsay said...

What a great post--and her first one?? Natalie did a wonderful job! She has awesome style!

Adventures in Fashion said...

You're amazing Nat-- Best GP I've ever read ;)

chelsea lee said...

what a great post! I love her blog too.
ps - long time no catch-up! I'm way behind on blog-reading but it looks like you are doing great!!

Finley said...

Great job Nat! I am a new mom too. Pre baby, wardrobe essentials were: heels, pencil skirts, loads of accessories. Now, I live in riding boots and skinny jeans (in the fall), a v-neck tees and a cardi or boyfriend blazer. Still load on the accessories though! :)
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Marina (yummy mummy) said...

Fun! I love a good guest post. Just went over and visited and love her newest post on that lovely nail polish! Thanks for sharing!
xo

Collins @ Life. Mostly Sweet. said...

well, i bet you made sweet lindsay proud with this guest post. i'm not a momma and even I loved it. :) i LOVE that watch and the ring in the top right corner. i myself love chunky rings. i used to be in love with nail polish but just got lazy. i need to start doing more with my nails b/c it does make a big difference. :)

Natalie said...

Thanks SO very much for all the sweet comments my friends. You all really made me smile! Smooches!! Nat

Skinny Jeans Mom said...

Loving this blog Lindsay, and great gp Natalie! Love flats myself and although I'm a mama too, I still love my heels. Not a daily thing, but I refuse to give them up. Being a true Southern California girl, tank tops (I have various colors), flip flops, and well-fitting jeans are a must. And amen to the importance of polish!

Find me at:
http://blogs.inlandempirefamily.com/2011/08/26/fall-fashion-2011-preview/
Twitter:@skinnyjeansmom

heartland farmhouse said...

This post 'Blew my mine!' Okay...I'm gonna date myself here. Silk shirts were all the rage when I was in HS! I actually have a pic of the hubs n me on our first date & I was wearing one. And to think they are back??? 32 is not REALLY that OLD...I hope! ;)

Have a Happy Saturday!

Rachael said...

This was a fabulous guest post, Nat! And just as applicable to a non-mama like myself. I'm gonna be copying a page of your fashion style for sure!

evie said...

I like yolu fresh sweater:)

Patti said...

I'm not a mom, but as a teacher, let me tell you I'm with you. Accessories & nail polish have become HUGE necessities for me.

Pink Ronnie said...

Great guest post for sure! Totally agree with the flats - I always visually edit out the heals when I read style blogs. And rings and watches/bracelets are definitely the best accessories for motherhood! I've been trying to track down silk blouses but haven't had much luck to date. Might have to pop into Vinnies one day with the kids in tow. (Or not.)
Ronnie xo

CouponCutie99 said...

Lindsay, I just discovered ur blog via another blog I love- MoneySavingMom. So glad I did. I loved Nat's GP(my babygirl is 21months). Im reading through your old post and its quickly becoming a new favorite. Im off to buy some POLYMER CLAY to try the bangles and KALE for the kale chips in a few.

Shug in Boots said...

This post is awesome. I don't have kids (yet), but I'm thinkin the anti-diaper bag thing sounds fabulous, and I teach, so I'm totally on board with the flats (and cowboy boots). Heels are for crazies! ;)

Lily said...

just found your blog and love it! you are so beautiful!!

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