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    High-Waisted Flared Jeans + Leather Jacket

    Top: Old Navy (this gray version is just $4!) | Jeans: Old Navy | Jacket: Nordstrom (similar) | Bag: Express (love this one) | Shoes: Target (very similar)| Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar)

    I’ve been slacking on the blog front, and I feel like I’ve told you this more times than I’d like to admit…

    The truth is, creative funks happen. A lot (this post is a nice little reminder of what to do when that time comes). Lately, I’ve been thinking about where I want this blog to go, and I have a few ideas that I’m really excited about. I love when inspiration randomly strikes. You know that feeling? It’s refreshing.

    By the way, how’s your week going so far? Can you believe we’re halfway through October already?

    Flare jeans and leather jacket | NatalieWasHere.com | Fashion blog

    October is hands-down my favorite month of the year. It’s crisp enough for a leather jacket and jeans, but not quite POLAR VORTEX 2.0 cold just yet (we can all pray that holds off a little longer). I love fall for so many reasons. Fashion being high on the list.

    And speaking of fashion — remember these jeans? I talked about them recently on the blog and I’ve been wearing them A LOT offline, too. They’re so flattering, and I can’t believe they’re under $20. If you’re on the hunt for a pair, these are an amazing, affordable option (it looks like they only have one size left, but these are a great alternative). Flare jeans and leather jacket | NatalieWasHere.com | Fashion blog Flare jeans and leather jacket | NatalieWasHere.com | Fashion blog Flare jeans and leather jacket | NatalieWasHere.com | Fashion blog Flare jeans and leather jacket | NatalieWasHere.com | Fashion blog

    Hope you have a great week! Fritz and I will be heading to Louisville this weekend for a friend’s wedding and we can’t wait. Weddings are always great excuses to have reunions with friends from all over the country. Follow along on Instagram for more behind the scenes adventures! Flare jeans and leather jacket | NatalieWasHere.com | Fashion blog

    Photos by Erika Gene Clark

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    Wine Colored Romper

    Think of that one thing you own that makes you feel like a million bucks when you put it on. Maybe it’s a pair of vintage Levis or a chunky knit sweater. Or, maybe it’s that little black dress you bring out for special occasions. For me, it’s this wine-colored romper. I’m so, so into it.

    It’s easy and comfortable and classy. Basically, everything I want a fancy outfit to be. And the best part? I’ve fooled various guests at all the weddings I’ve been to into thinking I’m wearing a dress, when really, I’m wearing an oversized romper that might as well be pajamas.

    If you’re like me and have several weddings to attend this month, this little number won’t let you down. The off-the-shoulder silhouette and flowy sleeves are both perfect for dancing the night away with all of your closest friends. Frill Like Dancing Off-shoulder Romper in Wine from ChicWish | NatalieWasHere.com

    Romper: Chicwish (there’s only a few left!) | Shoes: JustFab | Bag: Coach | Earrings: Banana Republic

    Outfit talk aside, how’s your week going so far? I have so many exciting things coming up this weekend, and I can’t wait to share more of them on the blog soon.

    One of the main things on my to-do list is to get out and explore Columbus. I’ve been here for a year and a half now and I feel like there are still so many bars, restaurants and boutiques I have yet to visit. If you’re local, I’d love to hear some of your recommendations!

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    Photography by Erika Clark

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    Navy Shirt Dress and Lace Up Heels

    Hi, there. How’s your week going?

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    My aunt and uncle, cousin and his boyfriend and my cousin and her adorable baby boy flew to Cincinnati from Florida and the whole gang is staying at my parents’ house. I can’t wait (like, times 100) to join everyone tonight and play tour guide for the weekend. I haven’t been home in awhile, and with everything new going on in Cincy (the streetcar, Oktoberfest, this amazing new restaurant), I know it will be a nice little visit.

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    Alright, let’s talk about this outfit…

    There’s just something about lace up heels. And whatever that “something” is, I can’t get enough of it. I was hunting for a pair for what felt like forever, and when I spotted these (and their 75% off discount I got as a new customer), it was a no-brainer.

    My office errs on the traditional side in terms of dress code, so while I wouldn’t wear these to work, I would definitely swap out my classic pumps for these babies after hours. Happy hour is the best hour, so why not have fun shoes to match? Every girl needs a pair(s) of shoes that make her feel like a million bucks.

    I styled my new favorite shoes with a classic shirt dress. And let me just say, if you are looking to add something to your closet, go for the shirt dress. It’s a staple that can be dressed up, dressed down, or styled to fit your mood.

    Want to go preppy? Add a printed blazer and some wedges. Edgy? Grab a leather jacket and black booties. Sporty? Slide on some sneakers and put on your favorite baseball cap. Sexy? Keep the accessories simple and grab your favorite sleek pumps or lace up heels (of course).

    SHIRT DRESSES UNDER $100


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    Dress: Forever 21 (similar) | Heels: JustFab | Bag: Express (similar) | Necklace: Emma Jane Designs c/o

    Photography by Erika Gene Clark

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    ’70s Style: The Denim Jumpsuit

    Jumpsuit: Old Navy (under $50!) | Headband: Anthropologie (love this one) | Bag: Coach | Sandals: Topshop | Necklace and Earrings: Emma Jane Designs c/o

    Never in a million years did I think I’d be waltzing around town in a denim jumpsuit. I tried the overalls trend once, but when I looked in the mirror, I got flashbacks to the time I dressed up as a farmer’s daughter for Halloween (it wasn’t a good look). Some people can really rock them, but I just didn’t feel like myself.

    But when I spotted this denim jumpsuit at Old Navy, I grabbed it and made a b-line for the dressing room. Farmer’s daughter in this thing? No way.

    I fell in love, instantly. It hugs my curves in all the right places, is super comfortable to wear and is unlike anything else I own. Bingo. Into the cart it went.
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    I kept the look casual with a messy ponytail (complete with a pretty headband, of course), dainty accessories, my trusty sandals and a crossbody bag.

    And while this look was perfect for the weekend, this jumpsuit is so versatile. I’m already planning on how I can wear it to the office. I think this blouse would look perfect underneath.

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    Photography by my girl, Erika Gene Clark

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    Long Live Summer: White Floral Dress

    Whew, it’s been a whirlwind, guys. My day job (I’m a senior account executive at a Columbus-based PR firm) has been absolutely insane lately. And don’t get me wrong, being busy at work is a good thing. I’ve been slow before and it didn’t end well.

    How are things for you? I feel like it’s been awhile since I’ve checked in with you last.

    It’s a bit surreal to think September starts tomorrow. This is so cliche to say, but summer seriously flew by. As it always does. It’s funny how winter seems to last forever, though. Especially if you live in the Midwest. But, we’ll worry about that beast of a season when the time comes. I’m definitely not reaching for the blanket scarves and sweaters just yet. In the meantime, I’ve still got summer on the brain.

    And summer means sundresses. This floral dress is comfortable, affordable and just plain fun to wear. It’s sweet and a little bit sexy — I absolutely love the cut out and the tie front.

    I paired it with a fedora, my trusty Topshop sandals (I’ve literally worn these almost every day this summer) and olive green bucket bag, which compliments the green leaves on the dress.

    Summer, I hope you stay forever. Xo

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    Weekend Mornings at Stauf’s Coffee Roasters

    Would you say you’re a “routine person?” I never thought I was. But, when it comes to my weekends, they usually involve the same thing, every time: a ridiculously obscene amount of coffee. There’s something pretty special about the ritual of having that first cup. I love to roll out of bed on a Saturday or Sunday morning (after sleeping in until at least 10 a.m.) and walk to Stauf’s, a coffee shop a couple blocks from my apartment. It’s the perfect place to post up, sip on a latte, and nom on something sweet.

    The patio out back is my all-time favorite. It’s tucked away under trees and umbrellas, making it ideal to retreat to, especially if you’re looking a little rough from the night before (check). Because let’s be real, we’ve all been there. Stauf's Coffee | NatalieWasHere.com

    Stauf's Coffee | NatalieWasHere.com

    Stauf's Coffee | NatalieWasHere.com

    Seriously, how good does that strawberry scone look? Don’t you just want to snatch it off the plate? Also, the barista I talked to told me she makes a mean Cortado. I didn’t know what that was at the time (disclaimer, still don’t), but according to Wikipedia, it’s espresso “cut” with a small amount of warm milk to reduce the acidity. Who knew? After downing it in under five minutes, I’d have to agree with her. It was good.

    Stauf's Coffee | NatalieWasHere.com

    Stauf's Coffee | NatalieWasHere.com

    Stauf's Coffee | NatalieWasHere.com

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    Stauf's Coffee | NatalieWasHere.com

    Now, let’s talk a bit about this outfit. I’m not allowed to wear jeans during the week, so on weekends, I take full advantage and wear them all day, errrr day. Flares are my jam lately. As much as I love my skinnies, flared jeans really are flattering on everyone, and help to accentuate your curves. I snagged a pair the other day from Old Navy (PSA: they are on sale for $20!) and I’ve literally worn them every night since.

    FLARED JEANS UNDER $100


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    I hope you have a great weekend!

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    Into the Woods: Fall Style for Him and Her

    I posted a couple of these pictures on Instagram and I received a few texts from friends congratulating us on the engagement. Full disclaimer, we’re NOT engaged! But, when your super talented photographer friend asks you and your boyfriend to model for pictures, you definitely don’t say no. Especially when the majority of the pictures you have over the course of your relationship involve the same side hug pose (and maybe a solo cup here and there because #college).

    The second photo was taken right after the first. We were both laughing uncontrollably because it was 95-degrees, I was sweating profusely, and he had to kiss my forehead for a full 12 seconds. Not cute. But, these pictures are so authentically us. We rarely take ourselves seriously, and I think that’s so important. 236A0954

    And speaking of not taking ourselves seriously, we didn’t exactly coordinate our outfits for this shoot. Instead, we decided to go with the flow and reach for what we would normally wear on any given day.

    I bought this floral maxi dress at Abercrombie & Fitch last summer on sale, and I absolutely love it. It’s flowy and feminine, and I’ve worn it too many times to count. A floral maxi dress is incredibly versatile, and works just as well for spring and summer as it does for fall. Simply throw on a denim or leather jacket, trade your sandals for ankle boots, and you’re good to go.

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    Now, onto this guy. Fritz is definitely a button down fan. And I love this one on him, mainly because I’ll never say no to gingham. He also accessorizes better than I do…I mean, look at the arm party he’s got going on. Impressive, right? I also love how he added brown dress shoes to round out the look. That is a major key.

    SHOP HIS LOOK:

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    Thank you so much to Sydney Marie Photography for these photos. We love them!

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