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    Sister Style: Black and White

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    Having a sister is like growing up with a live-in best friend. She’s the kind of best friend who still associates with you after you danced on a table at a frat party with a bottle of cheap vodka because you’re 25 and wanted to show a bunch of 20-year-olds you can still hang (more like hangover). A sister is there when you need her. She understands you, tells you things she wouldn’t tell anyone else, and is your confidant when you have your own secrets, too. Because let’s be honest, mom and dad don’t need to know everything.

    Is having a sister always sunshine and rainbows? Far from it. Some days are downright ugly, filled with screaming, hair pulling, eye rolling and name calling. I steal her clothes and she steals mine. We fight about literally everything and let our tempers get the best of us.

    But, at the end of the day, we’re there for each other, no matter what. And fights and all, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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    This is my sister, Nina. We’re five years apart, and yes, she’s about five shades tanner than me. We love to laugh — I’m the goofy one, she’s the quick-witted one. She’s outgoing, has some serious personal style and is just plain fun to be around. I go to her for advice when I need some tough love, and she isn’t afraid to give it to me straight. I’ve really enjoyed watching her grow into the person she is today, and I have no doubts she’ll kill it in the future with whatever she decides to do.

    SHOP NINA’S LOOK:

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    SHOP MY LOOK:


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    Photography by Sydney Marie Photography

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    Black Dress with Lace

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    I’m still alive, I promise! Remember how I said I’d get better at posting regularly? Well, I fell off the wagon again. I’m still blaming it on summer. I absolutely love this time of year. Summer is so carefree. It’s a season that demands you spend more time outside, sharing drinks with friends in backyards and on patios.

    Fritz and I live on the border of the Brewery District and German Village in Columbus, Ohio. If you live in the city or are familiar with it at all, you probably know German Village is known for its cobblestone streets and charming brick homes. And if you know me at all, you know I’m a sucker for anything old-fashioned. I never turn down an opportunity to explore the neighborhood I call home.

     

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    I received this dress from Tobi recently, and it’s the perfect thing to wear during the summertime. The fabric is light, the sleeves are flowy, and I love the lace detailing. I paired it with my favorite slides for extra comfort (because if you’ve walked in German Village before, you know how uneven those streets are).

    I hope you’re having a great week! Thanks for stopping by this little corner of the web.

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    Coffee Talk: The Comparison Game

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    Coffee Talk is a monthly series that dives headfirst into real life territory. Consider it like a deep conversation with a friend where nothing is off limits. Take a seat, grab your mug and let’s chat.


    Today’s Coffee Talk topic is one that I’m sure you, your mom, your boss and your friends can all relate to. Yep, you heard that right. No one is safe. So, let’s dive in.

    Think of the last time you scrolled through your Instagram feed and thought to yourself,“This girl literally travels the world, has the perfect wardrobe, the perfect hair and the perfect boyfriend. And, said boyfriend/photographer is always there to capture every perfect moment. HOW is this real life? If only I did things that were more interesting…”

    Sound familiar? I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve been there. In an age of filters and curated feeds, it’s easy to get caught up in someone else’s highlight reel. And when you do, you might wonder why your acai smoothie bowl-free life suddenly looks dull in comparison. And there it is. That word. Comparison.

    Maybe you’re trying to start your own business but growth is slow, and you’re scratching your head, wondering why it’s not as successful as Alice’s, who started hers at roughly the same time. Maybe you pulled several all-nighters studying for finals, and were happy with your B, but then found out Kim got an A and now your grade doesn’t seem worthy of celebrating. Maybe you have a blog, and get frustrated because it’s not growing as quickly as you’d like, even though you put in the time, money and extra effort. Maybe you eat healthy 90% of the time, exercise frequently, but still don’t feel like you look as good as the girls in the magazines you read. Maybe you’re single and feel like all of your friends are in relationships. Or, maybe you’re in a relationship and it feels like all of your friends are getting engaged.

    No matter which industry you’re in, where your passions lie or what path you’re on, there will come a time when you compare where you’re at to where someone else is. It’s completely normal. Sometimes it can even be healthy. It might spark some new ideas or encourage you to work harder. But, when you begin to obsess over someone else’s success to the point where you feel down on yourself, that’s when the comparison game takes an ugly turn and can actually hinder your personal growth and well being.

    When those thoughts creep in, the key is to acknowledge them, and then follow these tips:

    DON’T COMPARE YOUR BEGINNING TO SOMEONE ELSE’S MIDDLE

    My sister called me recently, and told me how frustrated she is because she “doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life” (I think it’s safe to say we’ve all been in this boat at some point). She told me how I seem to have everything figured out, and how I’m doing the things she wanted to do (blogging, planning a new little business venture, etc.). That’s when I stopped her. It made me laugh because a) I don’t have anything together and b) if she only knew where I was at when I was 20. I’m five years older than her, so I’ve had a little more time for trial and error.

    And then it hit me. There have been times when I’ve compared myself to other bloggers and felt like I was so far behind. But, I was looking at everything through a skewed lens. I was comparing myself to girls who have been in the blogging game for five years or more, when I’ve been in it for two. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, just remember, the people you look up to were once in the same spot as you. You’re exactly where you need to be at this moment.

    TAKE A BREAK FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

    Lately, I’ve been carrying my phone with me less and less. Next time you find yourself in a deep, dark Instagram hole, try and put your phone away for at least an hour. Taking a break helps you focus on the present, your friends, family, significant other — the stuff that matters! And remember: you are not defined by your social media stats.

    TURN NEGATIVE THOUGHTS INTO PRODUCTIVE AND BENEFICIAL ONES

    If you start to feel down on yourself, try and approach your thoughts through a different perspective. Instead of thinking, “look what she has that I don’t have,” think of the ways she’s inspiring you to try the new restaurant you’ve been wanting to go to, or to take that road trip you’ve been thinking about for months. And, if there’s someone you know who’s doing great things, reach out to her to schedule a coffee or lunch date. You can learn so much from others in your industry. And, it might surprise you to learn they had their own struggles along the way, too.

    WORK HARD AND HAVE FAITH THAT YOUR TIME WILL COME

    Keep your eye on your goals, and work hard to achieve them. If you have a passion for something, you have the ability to make it your own. No one else can do you better than you can!


    What are your thoughts on the comparison game? Are there any pieces of advice you follow to help you through it?

    Feature image via Issy Croker for The Magic Elephant

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    Dark Floral Skirt

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    I’ve really been slacking on the blog front lately, and I’m sorry. We’re all busy, so I won’t even use that as an excuse. Let’s just say summer is officially here and bloggeritis (a word I just completely made up, but it’s like senioritis for bloggers) is in full force.

    Last night, I swung by Macy’s cosmetics department pre-opening party and loved catching up with Erin, Lauren, Alicia and Alexis. Blogging has opened a number of doors and it’s been a great way to meet so many awesome, supportive ladies. If you are moving to a new city, I’d highly recommend giving it a shot! But, more on that in another post ;)

    Let’s move on to this skirt, shall we?

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    I can’t say enough good things about it. If it were work appropriate (it’s just a taaad bit too short for my office), I’d wear it all the time. The button front detailing is a nod to the ’70s, and I love how this trend is back in a big way. I have a corduroy one and a denim version, but when I saw this dark floral printed skirt on Tobi’s site, I had to have it. I don’t own anything like it, and it’s definitely a statement maker on its own. To highlight the print, I paired it with a classic white button down and simple black lace up heels.

    This is an outfit I wouldn’t mind repeating.

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    Skirt: Tobi “Autumn Memories Skirt” c/o | Shirt: Target (similar) | Glasses: Forever 21 (similar) | Lips: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Cruella” | Shoes: JustFab (similar)Colored sunglasses | nataliewashere.com

    Photos by Aline Tabet

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    Apartment Tour (Before): One Month Down

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    Fritz and I recently moved into our first apartment together and despite the slight learning curve for both of us (I’m messy, he’s not), it’s been an amazing month. We now have a legit adult apartment to call home. I mean, seriously. The place has a dishwasher, garbage disposal, air conditioning and a washer and dryer.

    My last one bedroom apartment was 100% mine, and while I loved that place and all of the life lessons living alone taught me, I didn’t always love scrubbing melted cheese off of plates by hand, or shoving my arm down the sink to fish out random pieces of food. Or calling the fire department at midnight because the wiring was so old the place literally almost burst into flames. And don’t even get me started on the creepy basement I had to do laundry in. I’m convinced it was at one time a crime scene.

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    Prim and Proper

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    My style has definitely evolved over the years. I think I’ve come a long way since the days when I thought wearing uniform shorts were cool (sidenote: they were not). While I’m now drawn to more boho, flowy styles and neutral color palettes, I used to be the girl who’d trade anything to wear a feminine, classy dress all day, every day. If I could have lunch with any person, alive or dead, my answer was always Audrey Hepburn. I loved the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s. I liked old music and getting dressed up for no reason.

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    Blue Dress with White Flowers

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    I teamed up with Vernacular, an adorable (and affordable!) boutique in Columbus, to help promote this year’s Dine. Drink. Dress. event, benefiting Dress For Success Columbus. Check out the first look I put together here. The event is June 16 from 6 – 9 p.m. at The Bluestone. Get your tickets here

    I could write a novel about Vernacular, an adorable fashion and accessories boutique in Columbus. But, for the sake of this blog post, I’ll keep it short(ish) and sweet. The selection Vernacular has is unlike any other boutique I’ve been in. I literally could see myself wearing every single thing, all day, every day. And unlike many boutiques, everything Vernacular sells fits well within my budget. Which brings me to my next point…

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