Monday, January 12, 2015

Globity globes

What an interesting roundup of outfits there was last night at les Globes d'Or! I found myself indifferent to very few things; I mostly either loved or hated people's choices.

I can't proceed with my top choices without giving a huge shout out to Richard Linklater and my love love love Wes Anderson- way to represent Austin with your amazing talent, personfolk!! Completely deserved.

And now, since you haven't already been completely inundated with pictures of all of these outfits...well...I just want to reinforce the awesome of some of the styling choices. In no particular order, but leading in with my secret husband, Señor Brody, in Givenchy:

uuuuuuuugh the sexy. It hurts my soul.

Anna Faris, in Reem Acra, being adorable with her husband Mr. Pratt (in a boring tux that I don't care about but it's fine ok sure):

They lurve each other. Or he's about to eat her face.

Mr. Clive Owen in Giorgio Armani. Deep green velvet, be still my heart!

that look on his face is stupid cute.

Dakota Johnson, in Chanel Haute Couture All the Sparkles plus lovely hair and makeup (I do wish she'd done a cool jewel-toned shoe and maybe big emerald studs, but no one asked me):

bonus: LEG!

Eddie Redmayne, in MOAR VELVET (Gucci):

such a cad.

Helen Mirren, looking sexier than should perhaps be allowed, in Dolce & Gabbana:

Jessica Chastain (hey, that's my middle name!) being characteristically beyond stunning in Atelier Versace:

bonus: perfect hair!

Throwing in a very controversial choice here, but I actually adore Kerry Washington's weird Mary Katrantzou dress. It's different and flattering and looks fun to wear, plus it's hard to mess up anything with that face.

antibonus: BAD SHOES

Leslie Mann, amazingly gorgeous human specimen, sunny in shimmery Kaufmanfranco:

bonus: no bonus. Did you see her face?

Julianne Moore, goddess, in custom Givenchy:

bonus: maybe a little too much botox going on in her world currently.

Louise Roe, whose Jenny Packham dress may be an ode to Ariel's sheet beach cover-up, but is still by my wedding dress designer and quite lovely (although aren't we done with braids yet? I vote yes):

Taylor Schilling in a dramatic tomato Ferragamo:

Dramatic Tomato is the name of my new emo punk band.

I'm such a sucker for a hot back-

bonus: the blonde girl's look in the background.

And ending with my absolute favorites. 

#4, the ADORABLE Emma Stone in a Lanvin jumpsuit with giant buttock bow:


#3 in my heart, Robin Wright in Ralph Lauren. This was another controversial one, but I think she looks sexy as everything + confident + über chic (I mean, isn't that her signature?), which is saying something when you can see a belly sliver. I just think this works perfectly on her and also I want to be her and also I'm always the most covered person in the room so maybe that's part of this whole adoration thing.

bonus: sexiest pixie ever.

#2 in my heart, Felicity Jones in Dior. So French! So perfect-fitting! Such a lovely peacock blue! Great sleek shiny hair! So classic and glamorous and yet utterly modern! Plus, how relaxed does she look? That must be hard to do on the red carpet, non?

And my absolute favorite, Sienna Miller in Miu Miu. I can't say enough good things about this. The whole styling is perfection: relaxed, sexy hair; simple, flattering makeup; deep v-neck without a necklace; simple shape enhanced with a delicate pattern and great beading and pleats, happy smile. You can just tell how great she feels- she's glowing!

another view to really see the hem and detail work:

Full success, Ms. Miller. Full. Success. Next time please to help out Ms. Knightley, won't you?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Oh my, I own a blog! I have nothing interesting to say due to being in full-on post-nursing school lala land, but I did put up some sparkly things last night, so that's exciting?

Oh, and I got my BSN and my dream job of a level III NICU nurse, which is SO EXCITING THAT I AM NOT YET TOO TERRIFIED OF BEING A REAL NURSE.

Anyhow, here's some terrible quality photos of my little Christmas condo wonderland.

We aren't going to be around much (yay, Bastrop!), so we didn't get a real tree this year. Plus we were a little terrified of what our personal elf would do with that much to eat.

Who, me?

Tomorrow I'll post pretty design-y pictures; stay tuned!

and Happy All the Holidays!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Back in black.

Ah, the beginnings of fall! When I walk Helix late at night or before noon, it actually feels lovely outside, which is obviously the best reason to begin cleaning out my closet. Besides being slightly terrified of how many J.Crew button-ups I own, I also realized that in the past few years I've ventured into way more colorful territory than I had been previously. I'm feeling much more drawn to black again (shocking), so I've already grabbed a few key pieces to re-black up my wardrobe. I also discovered that my favorite leather jacket from 2004 fits perfectly again and looks on-trend, which was probably the best score of the clean-out.

So, an ode to black:

Have you seen Mark Badgley and James Mischka's dining room? It's black and booky and divine:

I guess if you forced me to I'd drink champagne in there all day.

Then I'd go powder my nose here:


And make sure my outfit still looked all right. Hedging my bets I'd be in these trousers:

nice work, Ann Taylor

With this guy tossed over my shoulder:

Mackage via Revolve

It's a lovely thought, yes?

I'll probably keep it simple, considering student loans and all, though, and look into a pretty pretty black diamond band to buy myself if I get a job and magically have expendable cash. Procrastinating studying and eyeing these beauties:

Non-old lady looking David Yurman

Much more affordable, via Etsy

Spill the beans- are you as excited about donning all-out black as I am? Or is oxblood calling your name this season?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Emmys (or: better late than never)

Quick! Sparkly and beautiful things!

 I know I'm days late, but perhaps you want to re-visit some wonderful Emmys outfits? Yes? Yay! My favorites of the night were (in no particular order, except that the last is my favorite):

Gwen Stefani in Versace:

Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli:

January Jones in Prabal Gurung:

Julia Roberts in Elie Saab Haute Couture:

Keke Palmer in Rubin Singer:

Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier:

Michelle Monaghan in Giambattista Valli:

and my favorite favorite, Lena Headey in Rubin Singer:

Good work, stylists. And now, back to ECGs for this nursing student.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


I had a glorious, glorious 5.5 day break from school, so naturally Joseph and I and a couple of our besties, Sarah and Jack, hiked it on over to NOLA! (and by hiked I mean drove my Jetta, nbd)

We made this trip all about the food, and that was definitely the perfect decision. I'm avoiding studying right now, so let's revisit some highlights!

Day 1: we left at 5 a.m., checked into our hotel at about 2, and headed to Deanie's Seafood for lunch:


I like him.

Then we (duh) went to Pat O'Briens for le famous hurricanes, where I made the men pose all stupid-like:

We went back (shamelessly) every day. Some more:




That night we went to Irene's for dinner where none of us overate or were at all tipsy:

Day 2 we took a trolley across town to eat tasty, tasty oysters at Cooter Brown's:

We saw a billion houses and coveted 99% of them:

And this looked like a commercial to me, so I took a picture of it.


Then we went on a historic ghost/vampire tour, which sounds cheesy but was totally awesome! Our guide was super adorable and really honed in on the historical parts of things rather than just trying to make the stories extra scary or ridiculous.

Here's me and Yosef ready for scary stories:


and here's some scary places:

This place had a crazy story. I don't remember the details, but a few years ago a family was staying there and was sad that they didn't notice anything particularly freaky while they were there. A couple of weeks later when they developed their film from their trip, however, there was a picture of the kids sleeping taken from way above the children, like at ceiling height. WTF THAT'S SO SCARY. I literally just looked behind me while typing this because I'm a wimp. Maybe it's a better story to hear in person.

no story behind this one, I just thought it was funny. Also, who would rent that??

I wish I had taken more pictures; there were some gorgeous places with horrible stories. Ah well, next time, mis amores.

Our hotel was wonderful and brought us wine and cheese at 5 p.m., so we had our own little happy hour back at the room before dinner (note for the moms: we did not drive while we were there):

caution: hot men boozing

caution: wine may cause selfies and photobombs

Turns out one of the stops on the tour was Muriel's, where we had dinner reservations that night! It was delicious. We also got to go up to their seance room, which was currently inhabited by very, very obnoxious drunk people but was still really disarmingly creepy. Not creepy? $35 prix fixe.

Day 3! 

We had coffee at our new "usual" spot- Merchant, right by our hotel. Staffed by hot non-pretentious gay women and serving delicious espresso and crepes.

Then I saw this sign that I love more than I can say:

Then these antiques that I gushed over (surprisingly good prices! Must come back when I get one of those...gosh what are they called? of those...ah yes, jobs).

Then I saw another house to want:

More hurricanes, and then Joseph almost bought me this dress:

It was GORGEOUS, but hard to justify since I just recently bought a lovely fancy dress for a couple of events this fall, so I said no. Who am I??

Later, one billion oysters at Acme:

Joseph's "I just ate a ton of horseradish by itself" face

And even later we had dinner at Atchafalaya. We'd been there last year and had to go back. So, so, so good. There was scallops and duck confit and shrimp and grits and cobbler and delicious rosé and all other manner of things.

Joseph has trouble with normal faces sometimes.

photo courtesy of husband

Sunday we crawled out of bed, wandered around the French Quarter for a bit, took pictures with a parrot,

and then rediscovered my Jetta and drove on back to Austin. 

And, ladies and gentlemen, that concludes this edition of "a glimpse into the life of Natalie, Joseph, Sarah, and Jack". I hope you've enjoyed your stay.