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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.

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    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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    This Ohio-Based Jewelry Brand Will Become Your New Favorite (+ A GIVEAWAY!)

    Jewelry is art, and when it looks like this, it’s definitely going to get noticed. Finola is a Cincinnati-based jewelry company founded by girl boss Veronica Bucher. Not only is her jewelry absolutely stunning, but it’s on-trend and 100% wearable for every day, too. Instead of mass producing pieces in a factory, Veronica carefully crafts all of her pretty pieces by hand, using only high quality materials. Yeah, she’s pretty impressive.

    Her passion for jewelry making began right before high school, when she spent time working at a local bead store.

    “I was there for about eight years. I continued making jewelry through college, and only attended one semester because I decided to pursue making jewelry full-time. I started Finola in October of 2016 because of my crazy passion for designing and making jewelry. I didn’t have any capital or investors, just my old trusty supplies and a few solid designs.”

    The majority of Finola designs are made with hypoallergenic 14k-gold-filled materials. Take a look at these amazing pieces (they’re a few of my favorites):

    1. Celeste // 2. Scarlett // 3. Elsie // 4. Della

    Now, for the fun giveaway part…

    Pop on over to this post on my Instagram for a chance to win these pretty Isabella tassel earrings! I have them and literally wear them all the time. They go with just about everything and are the perfect summer piece.

    I’ll be announcing the winner tonight (7/14)  at 10 p.m.! GOOD LUCK!

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    My New Favorite Dress

    Hi! Happy Monday. Did you have a good weekend?

    I spent Thursday through Sunday in California, celebrating my friend Annie’s last month as a “single” (well, legally anyway) lady! I’d been looking forward to this past weekend since January, and it did not disappoint. The Bay Area is my favorite area in the entire world (so far!), and every time I go back, I just can’t get over how amazing it is. The restaurants, the views, the city life.

    We drove to Sonoma and spent the rest of the weekend there. It’s definitely a trip I won’t be forgetting any time soon. Everything was just perfect — between the sunshine, the wineries, the house we stayed in and the company. I’ll be sharing pictures on the blog this week, so stay tuned!
    Alright, let’s talk about this dress for a second. My sister’s friend posted a picture of it on her Instagram and I had to know where it was from (not creepy at all, I swear). I just love everything about it — the print, the low cut neckline, the POCKETS. It has pockets, guys. Who doesn’t love a dress with pockets?

    I have a feeling you’ll be seeing a lot more of this dress once the temps rise.

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    Weekdays at New General

    Nothing beats working from a coffee shop. It’s not something I get to do often, but this week was a different story. I was in Orlando Sunday through Thursday afternoon for my job, and while I was there, I looked for every opportunity in the world to work outside (the weather was amazing). Coffee shops all day, every day.

    One of my newly discovered favorites is New General in Winter Park. It’s the cutest, Insta-worthy spot. And if you’ve heard of Kinfolk Magazine, this place is basically Kinfolk IRL. Not only do they serve up the most beautiful toast you’ve ever seen (see below), but they also have a wide selection of minimalist-approved home goods, clothing, greeting cards and cute gifts. It’s a dream.

    My friend Sydney (New General regular, talented photographer and all around cool person) met me there and we both used the time to knock out items on our to-do lists, snap a few pics and sip on some coffee.

    Until next time, FL. <3


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    I hope you’re having a great week! Thanks for stopping by :)

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    Brunch at Hotel Covington with Hannah Breidinger

    I hung out with Hannah (lead photographer and owner of Hearts and Color Co.) a couple weekends ago and it was the best. If you don’t know her or haven’t seen her work, you definitely should look her up, stat. All of the images she produces are stunning (think deep, moody, romantic and full of emotion), and she is just as sweet as she is talented. I’m so happy we had the chance to meet IRL, and I’m looking forward to many more photo adventures to come! Shout out to Instagram for bringing us together.

    We met at Hotel Covington for brunch, talked about photography and took turns in front of and behind the camera.

    The hotel lobby was the perfect backdrop — it’s a gorgeous space. It’s bright, open and inviting with a modern contemporary vibe. If you’re in the Cincinnati area or plan to take a trip there in the future, I’d highly recommend making a pit stop, even if it’s for brunch, lunch or dinner. The food is amazing. I’ve heard the drinks are, too.

    Sweater: H&M | Jeans: Banana Republic | Boots: Target | Rings: American Eagle | Hat: Forever 21


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