Monday, February 29, 2016

Rare Disease Day 2016

     Hey everyone!  Today's post is going to be a little different than usual.  I have decided to share a little bit about myself.  I am sharing this to bring awareness along with understanding for those who suffer from rare diseases.

     You may not realize I have rare diseases, but I do!  Mine are what's known as invisible illnesses.  I may look well on the outside, but on the inside is another story.  I suffer from Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Mast Cell Activation Disorder, along with POTTS/Dysautonomia.

     I started this little blog of mine to stay positive and enjoy life.  Even though I live with chronic pain and health issues, I don't let it slow me down.  I enjoy shopping, sight-seeing, spending time with my friends and family, going to the movies, and so much more.  I have learned to accept change.  I am not able to do as much as I used to, but I have learned to enjoy my new life.  It's hard to share this because we {those with chronic illnesses} are not out to look for sympathy or have a pity party.  All we want is understanding.

 Please take time to to watch the video on Rare Disease Day 2016.   It would mean so much to me.  I hope you all have a wonderful day!  Also, be sure to spread the word on social media by using the hashtag #RareDiseaseDay2016. 

Informative cards all about Eosinophilic Esophagitis.:

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome



Mast Cell Activation Disorder

What is Mastocytosis?    Mastocytosis (mas-toe-sigh-toe-sis) is a disorder caused by having too many mast cells in a person's body. Mast cells are a kind of blood cell that is located in the skin, the lining of the stomach, connective tissue (such as cartilage or tendons) and intestines. Mast cells are important for survival. They help defend the skin, stomach, and intestines against diseases. Mast cells are also involved in healing wounds.:

What is Mastocytosis? Mastocytosis (mas-toe-sigh-toe-sis) is a disorder caused by having too many mast cells in a person's body. Mast cells are a kind of blood cell that is located in the skin, the lining of the stomach, connective tissue (such as cartilage or tendons) and intestines. Mast cells are important for survival. They help defend the skin, stomach, and intestines against diseases. Mast cells are also involved in healing wounds.


Thanks for reading!

Until next time,

Xoxo, Natalie

Saturday, February 27, 2016

One Year....

     One year ago today I started this little blog of mine.  I cannot believe it has been a whole year!  Honestly, I didn't think I would love blogging as much as I do.  It is more than just a hobby to me.  It's my passion.  I love that I can share my creativity for others to enjoy.  I put a lot of time and effort into each post, and I enjoy every moment of it.  That's what blogging is all about, having fun!  I have some exciting things coming to the blog quite soon.  So, stay tuned!

A huge thank you to those who read my blog!  It really does mean so much!

Until next time,

Xoxo, Natalie

Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday Favorites

     Happy Friday!  This week, my favorites range from the perfect weekend DIY to the most adorable Instagram account.  This weekend I have plans to do some baking, and most importantly, relaxing!  Oh, and this weekend is also my Blogiversary weekend, so keep an eye out for a special post tomorrow!  Before I go, let me share a few things that have caught my eye this week.  Enjoy! 

1. Favorite DIY

 This week I was scrolling through my Pinterest boards, and came across this adorable DIY!  It would add the perfect touch of glam to just about any hairstyle.  These would make the perfect weekend craft!

DIY gemstone bobby pins:


2. Favorite House

 This is my dream house!  I love the clean, classic look of a white home.  The home below reminds me of one of those charming homes in Charleston, SC.

3. Favorite Outfit

 This is my favorite outfit from this winter.  I couldn't be more in love with this jacket!

 Original Post Here   

4. Favorite Instagram Account

Harlow, Sage, Indiana and Reese are seriously the cutest pups ever!  They always put a smile on my face, and I'm sure they'll put one on your face too. Their videos are my favorites!  Just head on over to their account {@harlowandsage}, and you will see what I mean! 

5. Favorite Hairstyle

I love Amber's hair so much.  I'm obsessed with all of her hairstyles because they are easy, yet look like you tried! ;) Anyway, the hairstyle below will be perfect for the spring and summer months.

.Oh man a reverse french braid AND a fish tail! This will be the pentacle of my braid career!:

I hope you enjoyed today's edition of Friday Favorites!

Until next time,

Xoxo, Natalie

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Classic Burgundy

     This might be my favorite outfit I have worn this winter.  I love a timeless, classic, outfit.  Whenever I don't know what to wear, I always go back to my white oxford.  You can make it preppy, chic, edgy, dressy, and just about anything else.  The best part, it never goes out of style.  It's a staple for every gal's wardrobe!  As for the jacket I'm wearing, you could say I'm obsessed!  I got it last week for only $17!  I couldn't  believe it.  I was expecting it to be at least $50 or $60.  It reminds me of something from J.Crew.  Unfortunately, it's not available online, but it might still be available in stores {I got it at Kohls}!

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,

Xoxo, Natalie

Instagram | Pinterest | Tumblr

Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday Favorites

     Happy Friday!!  I am so excited about this weekend because it's going to be in the low 60s.  Finally!  I am going to take advantage of it too!  This week has been really busy, but below are a few things that made this week much better.  Hope you enjoy!

1. Favorite Space

This is my dream kitchen!  The marble counters, the big windows, all of it is so perfect.

marble & blue:

2. Favorite Outfit
Words cannot explain how much I love this outfit!  Isn't it perfect?  It makes me even more excited for spring!


3. Favorite DIY

I couldn't help but fall in love with this DIY as I was scrolling through Pinterest the other day!  These balloons would be perfect for any kind of party.

DIY Gold splatter paint balloons:

4. Favorite Accessory

Two of my favorite things.  Alex and Ani and Disney!


5. Favorite Place

If only my backyard looked this dreamy.....*dreamy sigh*


Have a lovely {and warm} weekend!

Until next time,

Xoxo, Natalie

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Spring Fever

     It's  around  this time of year that I start craving a tropical vacation.  Just like everyone else, I am done with the cold and gloomy weather.  Mother Nature, please bring on the sunshine and rainbows! ;)
     Anyway, since we still have a little while before the warmer weather returns, I thought I would share the items I am loving for spring.  My favorite item from this collage is the Rebecca Minkoff Tassel Handbag.  It is perfect handbag for spring and summer.  I also love the blue aviators that are only $14!  They look just like the  Ray Bans, but with a much better price tag.

Happy Wednesday!

Until next time,

Xoxo, Natalie

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day lovelies!  I hope you're having a wonderful day so far.  I am going to be spending the day with the ones I love most, and I hope you are too.  May your day is filled with lots of love, pink, flowers, and of course, chocolate!

Until next time,

Xoxo, Natalie

Saturday, February 13, 2016

A Whale of A Day In the Snow

Vineyard Vines T-shirt // Similar Pink Turtleneck Here & Here // Similar Beanie

     It snowed this week and I couldn't be happier!   I absolutely love the snow.  So, when it started snowing early Tuesday morning,  I got outside as fast as I could.  It was much colder than I thought!  So, I didn't stay out very long. ;) 

     As for my outfit, I put on as many layers as I possibly could!  I know it doesn't look like it, but I have three pairs of pants on.  Yes, three!  Annnnnd, I have three sweaters on.  My Vineyard Vines t-shirt is my favorite t-shirt I own.  It is the softest shirt you will ever feel.  As I have said before, Vineyard Vines t-shirts are great for those days when you want to look cute yet feel comfortable.

     On a side note, these pictures make me realize that I am in need of a tan.....

Until next time,

Xoxo, Natalie 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday Favorites {Valentine's Day Edition}

     Who else is super excited that Valentine's Day is this weekend?  I am!  The only reason I'm excited is because I get to wear pink and red and eat all the chocolate my heart desires.  To get this weekend started off right, I wanted to share a few Valentine's Day related things I have been loving this week.  Hope you enjoy today's edition of Friday Favorites!

1. Favorite DIY

 I can't get over the cuteness of this little card!  They look really easy to make, so I plan on making quite a few this weekend.

Couple Heart Hot Air Balloon Card

2. Favorite Hairstyle

That hair and those roses! *insert heart eye emoji here*

Barefoot Blonde

3. Favorite Outfit{s}

This week I have found so many cute outfits that are perfect for Valentine's Day.  I couldn't choose just one, so I rounded up a few of my favorites!

What to wear for Valentine's Day!:

Fur Vest Outfit idea, fur vest 



4. Favorite Party

I would love to get together with a few of my girlfriends and host a fun Galentine's Day party!

5. Favorite Nail Art

How cute {and easy} is this nail art?  It's a perfect last minute mani!

Have a lovely weekend!

Until next time,

Xoxo, Natalie