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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?

    Tobi dark floral skirt | nataliewashere.com

    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.

    Tobi dark floral skirt | nataliewashere.com

    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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    What to Wear for a Fancy Night Out: The Scuba Swing Dress

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    Summer is almost officially here. Are you as excited as I am? Hanging on patios with friends and getting dressed up without having to add a jacket or coat to the equation? Yes, puh-lease.

    When I have plans for a night out, I typically reach for something in my closet that’s fun and fuss-free. Something I can throw on and still look polished and pulled together. This is where the little black dress comes into play. Nothing, and I mean nothing beats the LBD.

    It’s a classic staple that can be dressed up, dressed down, and accessorized any way you’d like. If you’re looking to add more color, grab your favorite statement necklace and brightest heels. In my case, I chose to style it with some lace up heels, a black clutch with gold detailing, rhinestone earrings and a red lip. Team red lip forever.

    Really, you can’t go wrong with this dress.

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    Feeling Burnt Out? How To Find Inspiration Again

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    You probably know blogging is not my full-time job (ha, a girl can dream though, right?). I put in part-time hours at this little internet space, but I’m definitely not raking in the big bucks. And that’s cool with me. I didn’t start my site to pay my rent, buy an expensive handbag or gain recognition. This space was, and still is, my creative outlet. I find so much joy in brainstorming new topic ideas, styling posts and curating my own content.

    But, sometimes, the ideas stop flowing altogether (hello, idea drought 2016), and the dreaded burn out starts to set in. I’ve fallen victim to this the past few weeks. If you’re like me and stare at a computer screen all day, you’d probably rather eat sandpaper than stare at computer screen all night (maybe not literal sandpaper, but I think we can all agree the struggle is real). Every once in awhile, our brains need to take some time to relax and reset. And you know what? That’s okay.

    Whenever I feel a lack of inspiration coming on, I turn to a few tried and true tips to get the creativity flowing again:

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    A Long Weekend in Sandusky, Ohio

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    This past weekend, Fritz and I drove to Sandusky, Ohio for a long weekend with nothing on the agenda. We took the boat out for a spin, walked around Cedar Point (I got my season pass!), hosted a fish fry, browsed some local thrift shops and enjoyed every single moment. I really think there’s something to this whole living life “out of office” thing.

    I hope you had a relaxing weekend with your friends and family! I’d love to hear what you ended up doing. In the meantime, feel free to browse some of the photos I took over the last few days.

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