Let me introduce you to my new shopping BFF, Natalie Attired! Fashion fun in a box delivered right to your door as often as you like!
If shopping for clothes is the last thing you have time for in your busy schedule, or you just don't have the patience to troll the shops and figure out a whole outfit to achieve a chic and stylish look, then Natalie Attired is for you. "Ding dong", say hello to a box of five perfectly curated pieces in styles and colors you love, that will likely fit you perfectly with the first try on!
You don't pay for a thing until you decide which pieces if any, you want to keep from your box, and you have three days to decide. No shipping costs either and no minimum purchase!
I was totally amazed at how well thought out and put together the five pieces were in my first box. Two bottoms and three tops that between them had the possibility of multiple outfits!
When you get home to find that cute little box sitting on your doorstep...is it my birthday already?
All three of these fabulous pieces were among the five in my Natalie Attired box creating a complete outfit. The tunic, the duster and the burgundy jeans, together they make an amazing ensemble, but separately the choices are endless.
I would have loved to have made an un-boxing video for you, but the excitement was too much. Sorry, not sorry! I tore that box open and pulled out those clothes before you could say "fashion in a box"!
The first thing I noticed was each piece was season appropriate with on trend styles and colors such as burgundy, black, florals and checks! As a result the five pieces could be styled together multiple ways and even more so by pairing with your existing wardrobe items.
How Does All This Magic Work?
Simply go to the Natalie Attired website and click your way through their style guide of looks you love or hate. Answer a few simple questions on clothes and colors you like or don't like and then enter your measurements. You do need a tape measure, but the only person reading the results is you, oh and your imaginary friend Natalie... and she isn't telling anyone!
The great thing is you don't pay for anything until you've tried it on in the comfort of your own home. If you don't like any of the pieces, you can return everything, all you pay for is a $20 styling fee. If you keep anything, even only one piece from the box, the $20 styling fee is credited to your purchase. If you love and keep everything in the box, you receive a 20% discount off your purchase.
Click here to go to the Natalie Attired website and schedule your first box. As a special bonus, remember to use my unique coupon code at checkout BLONDE4NA (not case sensitive) to receive a 10% discount on your first purchase valid until December 31st 2017. This will give you a total 30% discount if you keep all five pieces... awesome!
This simple high low hem tunic is an easy piece to style and not only looks very chic and sophisticated but is the easiest thing to wear for tons of occasions. The burgundy jeans are a great color option for this season's trend and of course pair beautifully with all the tops in my box!
I really love this very unique check shirt. The double sided front has a gingham check on the underside which shows on the rolled up cuffs. The piece de resistance is the back, a soft silky fabric in a floral pattern adding mixed media and pattern mixing all at once. I paired it with my own black skinny coated jeans to add yet another dimension and pointy toe sock booties!
As you can see, this shirt will look good with the burgundy jeans and the black boyfriend jeans that Natalie Attired sent me as well as blue jeans I already have in my closet!
Lastly, black distressed boyfriend jeans were also part of my five coordinated pieces. I paired these with my own black sweater but the Natalie Attired check shirt would also make a great outfit.
I'm a difficult customer when it comes to clothes and I know I have a tendency to be very picky. I didn't feel these jeans were quite me, plus I normally size down on loser fitting boyfriend jeans so as not to feel I'm being swallowed by them! These were not a keeper for me!
I was so impressed with the overall fit of everything. I'm a stickler for how clothes fit and feel as I think it can make or break an outfit. I also loved how everything worked so well together, clearly a lot of thought had gone into curating the five pieces as well as consideration for my individual style.
Natalie Attired makes clothes shopping a breeze, its simple fast and fun. I can tell you I was over the moon excited when my box arrived and I'm already looking forward to the next one!
So, save yourself time this holiday season and see what's waiting in your Natalie Attired box. Click here to go to the Natalie Attired website and get started. Don't forget, my readers have a special coupon code to use at check out to get a 10% discount off your first order before December 31st 2017, which means a 30% discount if you choose to keep everything in your box. The code is BLONDE4NA
Cheers to the holiday season lovelies!
In the spirit of full disclosure, this post is in collaboration with Natalie Attired and contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small percentage of sales made. This does not cost you anything and does not effect the content I post in any way! All words and opinions are my own.
Wearing a suit definitely gets you taken more seriously. The epitome of power dressing, a Prince of Wales check suit is one to be reckoned with, and this one is serious on so many levels: style, comfort, price and versatility.
Wearing this Prince of Wales check suit reminds me of the olden days when I worked in the corporate world and had to "power" dress, which I did, expensively!
Looking back I recall a Prince of Wales check pant suit that I purchased from Harvey Nichols in London in 1991. It cost me in pounds the equivalent of about $400, all those years ago! It was for a job interview I had been head-hunted for and this suit was going to seal the deal, so I considered it more of an investment in my future than an expensive pant suit!
The interview was a success and I got the job so as far as I was concerned the $400 suit paid for itself! Now I'm a blogger and I don't live anywhere near Harvey Nichols (good thing), I don't go for corporate high powered job interviews or feel the need to power dress given my great age, but having fun with clothes I wore twenty plus years ago, well that's another story, as long as they don't cost a corporate salary!
The Prince of Wales check or plaid clearly has it's roots in royalty. Originally named the Glen plaid derived from the Glenurquhart valley in Scotland in the 19th century. Later favoured by the Prince of Wales Sir Edward VIII for his custom made suits and eventually enjoyed by millions watching Sean Connery as James Bond donning the checked suits on film! The fabric has long since been a favorite of designers Ralph Lauren and Michael Bastian, and today is having a revival with modern styles that are sure to get you totally "checked out"!
The jacket is the star of this suit. It can be worn with so many different looks. Still keeping a sharp style going for a night out with the girls, I paired it with black coated jeans, heeled pumps and a fun graphic tee!
Back to black, but this time with ripped jeans, pointy toe sock booties from Zara and an old Jimmy Choo leopard hair clutch!
The fitted double breasted jacket has a slightly stretchy woven fabric making it blissfully comfortable. It's lined, so it glides on easily over whatever you're wearing and has some serious muscle in the way of 90's shoulder pads that warrant a warning to pedestrians coming in the opposite direction!
The overall color blends to a gray with fine black lines on a natural background; fantastic paired with black. There are decorative buttons at the cuff, welt pockets, notched lapels, and whilst the check is not lined up perfectly at every seam and join, for the less than princely sum of $59.99 the naked eye or my wallet isn't going to mind!
The dressy slim-fit pants are tailored with a flat front, narrow leg and make a decent pair of work pants all by themselves. They're also made with the exact same stretchy woven fabric as the jacket (which is not wool so it doesn't itch), priced at $34.99.
Last but not least, the button up blouse I'm wearing with the suit is a soft flowy crepe fabric with satin cuffs and collar. Decorative black beading at the front edge of the collar adds just a tiny glint of sparkle, also $34.99.
Who else could come up with this level of style, fair quality, and affordable prices - our friend in the high street H&M, of course! The links below will take you to the H&M suit and blouse presented here, plus I've linked a few other either the same or similar items I'm wearing in these looks.
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It's quite possible I may have saved you from the arduous task of searching for the perfect little black dress that can be styled up or down, is simple, comfortable, versatile and inexpensive. You're welcome! My perseverance has paid off and "voila", say hello to my little friend the perfect LBD!
A spray-on tan has to be one of the easiest and cost effective ways to get yourself an allover instant golden tan ready for a vacation or special event. I had the opportunity to try this beauty treatment, a completely customized hand sprayed tan at the Golden Glo Airbrush Tanning salon in Scottsdale. I am absolutely amazed how natural it looks and how gorgeous it made me feel.
Don't underestimate shopping in your daughters' favorite stores. Whilst they're not likely to become our be-all and end-all shopping euphoria, the prices are ridiculously cheap, and if you seek out the right fit, fabrics and styles, you can snag yourself a wardrobe gem that doesn't look cheap or Forever 21!
What could be easier than jumpsuit dressing? One piece only, doesn't require much thought to the coordination of other items with the exception of shoes and accessories. Not only does it offer effortless style, but the jumpsuit trend is still holding steady this season, almost to the point of encroaching on the classic evening attire of dresses. A jumpsuit strikes a pose with it's long line and fluid silhouette. It's created a class entirely of it's own, a sort of "sophistichic"!
Previously limited to the grunge department unless actually wearing them for exercise, jogger pants were only a small step up from lounging in PJ's all day. Hardly surprising, since they are athleisure wear. Not the case anymore... enter the fashion trending jogger pants, the new wave entering the playing field are carving a re-launch of this old informal favorite!
Joggers have been re-invented in a variety of hybrid crossovers. A sort of trouser, if you will, made to look like joggers with a cuffed or ruched ankle. Even those with no ankle cuffs have the addition of side stripes creating the illusion of track pants. Still in high demand are the classics we all know and love in a variety of cozy cottons, comfortable loose fitting form, elasticated waist and ankles. Fabric options are no longer limited to the old norms. This season's coveted options of satin, silk and velvet are among the choices available, as well as classic cotton twill for a more formal interpretation.
Fall tentatively flutters it's way back into our lives for those of us in Arizona at the end of a long hot summer and the excitement of wearing a jacket looms ahead like a chocolate fudge sundae after a four month diet! It's not cold enough for a coat, but a jacket is the perfect transitional piece to take you from summer into fall and beyond.
Here is my pick of five jacket styles that are still carrying a major torch on the fashion scene of hot trends this season. I've linked several cute finds beneath each style that you can shop directly from the thumbnail.
Palazzo pants, also known as wide leg pants, generally fit around the body, flaring into fullness as they gain distance from the hips such that when standing still, they take on the effect of wearing a mid length or long skirt.
Until now I've never had my "Lady in Red" moment! This is the first red dress I've owned since a red pinafore dress my grandmother made me when I was five years old. Why has it taken me fifty years to do this? I've had all out pink dresses, the brightest of floral dresses, all of which I could have been seen from outer space in, but why not red?
With the beginning of September upon us, most people across the US are starting to think about fall, whether it be the upcoming holiday plans, when they will have their first taste of pumpkin anything, or what they will need for their fall wardrobe. Even here in Arizona, we're thinking about fall in a drooling sort of way - for us it means only four more weeks at the mercy of the desert's relentless heat, hooray!
A number of styles are playing a huge role this coming fall / winter season and plaid is one of them. Plaid prints and bold checks from seasons past are not going anywhere. It is my theory that the buffalo check is the continuation and grown up version if you will, of gingham!
Haven't been able to steal the time away for a proper holiday of late, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't enjoy a little time away from home. A change of scenery with the ones you love, namely hubby (aka Brian) and the dog (aka Rigsby), is all you need to recharge the batteries for a while! A staycation in Arizona is never a disappointment when there is so much to do, see and enjoy here. So we drove all the way down the road to the new Mountain Shadows resort to see what all the hype was about!
The minute I saw this sleeveless top with the roll neck it reminded me of something Jackie Kennedy Onassis would have worn. As one of the most undeniably great style icons in history, I had a picture of her in my minds eye wearing this top with big over-sized sunglasses. This vision firmly transferred itself in my head as me, minus the Manhatten penthouse and the 325 ft yacht!
Who doesn't love getting a manicure and pedicure? Hands and toes primped, pruned and nails painted to perfection leaving little jewels atop each digit like shiny bling! And if that weren't enough, the benefit of sitting back, being pampered, reading a trashy magazine or just people watching lost in your own thoughts, ah... bliss!
My husband suggested I do a movie review for the blog. He recommended Atomic Blonde for a number of reasons: 1 - the strong woman portrayed in the main character, 2 - the fashion and style, and 3 - the music from the eighties! He failed to mention the main reason, 4 - he really wanted to see it!
He had me already with the title! Reasons 1 through 3 were right up my alley. I was excited to do this, couldn't wait. If I'd have known about reason 4, I would have re-considered this whole idea. I was double crossed, but now I've seen it, so here it is!
Karen Serino is a life and style blogger, sharing fashion, fitness and fun for youthful women in their forties, fifties and beyond.
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Click the picture below to see my interview with the lovely Jonet Wooten from Fabulously Chic Over 50