Dress Well: Hidden Dots + a WINNER!

J. Crew dress (old), J. Crew necklace, J. Crew bangles

This outfit is the perfect proof that three pieces are all you need. I love this dress in any combination, but with this necklace it feels truly special. Perfect for a Monday that you know is going to be trying.

DSC_6460

DSC_6402

DSC_6415

DSC_6469

Also, we have an exciting announcement - the winner of the Distillery giveaway is @lovabean (on Instagram)! Send me an email at namesnotashley@gmail.com or The Distillery an email at thedistilleryaustin@gmail.com and we'll arrange the delivery of your prize! Thanks so much to everyone who entered!

Long Monday = short post. More from me tomorrow!

Dress Well: Feeling Festive

J. Crew dress (old), J. Crew coat, Birds on a Wire necklace c/o, Coach sunglasses (old)

Despite the fact that this dress is sleeveless, wearing it always makes it feel like the holidays. Maybe it's because this dress was gifted to me for Christmas last year, or maybe it's because velvet as a fabric seems inextricably tied to the most wonderful time of the year. Either way, putting it on puts the Christmas season on my mind.

This past weekend felt like opening weekend of the holidays. On Saturday night we packed a bunch of friends at our apartment for a Cards Against Humanity party. We literally fit as many people into our 700 square foot apartment as we possibly could - every seat we have in the house was occupied. There's something about hosting friends, playing games, and having way too much food on hand that feels undeniably festive. I had a wonderful, wonderful time and can't wait to have everyone over again soon!

DSC_2795

DSC_2849

DSC_2828

DSC_2902

DSC_2839One more thing I wanted to share from my weekend - on Sunday my husband and I went to go see About Time, which is a new British romantic comedy. Now, I am NOT one of those girls who is a sucker for any romantic comedy - I hold my love stories to a high standard. I went into the movie a little bit skeptical, but came out thoroughly charmed. The movie was very sweet, and I couldn't get enough of the overall aesthetic of creaky hallways and rooms filled with books that marks every great British romantic comedy. If you want to take a break from all the bleak movies out there these days - Gravity12 Years a SlaveCaptain Phillips - and just enjoy yourself for two hours, go catch About Time. You won't regret it.

Okay, sales pitch over! Time to press on with my week. Four days from today I will be headed to L.A. for a little pre-birthday trip that has really snuck up on me. I love this time of the year for everything there is to look forward to - L.A. in less than a week, Texas for Thanksgiving in three, and Christmas just a few weeks after that! Life is good, life is good.

Dress Well: Instant Replay

Zara jacket (similar), Vince tee, Madewell jeans, J. Crew necklace (similar), Rag & Bone booties, Rebecca Minkoff bag

See? I wasn't lying last week when I said this was my new favorite shirt. I couldn't resist pulling it back out again this past Saturday for dinner out followed by a little party with friends. Something tells me I'll pull it back out this week, too...

Also, I'm glad we snapped these pictures when we did. With the heavy fog (and humidity) in San Francisco, my hair was stick-straight by the time we got to dinner 10 minutes later. Bummer!

DSC_7096

DSC_7118

DSC_7115

DSC_7075

DSC_7060

DSC_7090

DSC_7046

DSC_7059

DSC_7099Have a great Monday!

Dress Well: Country Chic

Madewell shirt (in store only!), Anthropologie skirt (old), Madewell belt, Sam Edelman sandals, J. Crew bracelet, Tory Burch bag

I've made a terrible mistake.

I totally should have worn this outfit with my booties. Such a missed opportunity!

DSC_5403

DSC_5412

DSC_5398

DSC_5478

DSC_5464

DSC_5410

DSC_5455

DSC_5490

If I ever made a "Natalie's fiercest moments" mashup, the picture below would probably be what I led off with. Which lets you know just how (not) fierce I am:

DSC_5460Have a great Tuesday.