Month: March 2015

The Denim Jacket of my Dreams

Denim Jacket

Sometimes it’s worth it to hold out for the right one. Ever since I saw my friend effortlessly fling her oversize Levi’s denim jacket that she “found at a flea market in Seoul,” I had been looking for a similar one. A good denim jacket is considered by many to be a wardrobe staple, and I don’t know why it took me until the later half of my twenties to buy one. Maybe I was just waiting for the one; maybe I hadn’t found one worth purchasing, and now I can’t imagine my life without it.

Okay, so comparing finding the perfect denim jacket to finding a life partner might be a little overenthusiastic, but I love. this. jacket! And the best part: I purchased it from a thrift store for a modest $10. I had been searching for a while and almost bought ones from Zara and Madewell, but both times, I passed. There was something so satisfying about tracking down a vintage-looking, well-priced jacket similar to my friend’s Levi’s one, and I couldn’t get it out of my head.

As serendipity would have it, I found the denim jacket of my dreams, and I immediately found an outfit to wear it with. Last Saturday was a particularly warm day, but once the sun went down my new denim jacket complimented a silk shift dress and red flats. The versatility of this jacket really makes me wonder how I went this long without one, but now that I have it – my one-of-a-kind find – I know it will open up new outfit possibilities, especially as we head into spring. Have you ever scored clothes, shoes, or furniture from a thrift or secondhand store?

Hello, Willow and Sage

I have been away from Nat Sees Style for a while, but with good reason – I’m back and I have some exciting news! For the past nine months or so I have been an editor at Stampington & Company. Time has flown by! Each of our magazines center on a specific part of the art and craft world: some focus on art, others on handcrafted goods, clothing and accessories, and others on events and get-togethers. The four magazines I manage are all pretty different from each other, which makes it interesting. So far I have been responsible for Jewelry Affaire, Haute Handbags, Sew Somerset, and Somerset Studio Gallery, which keeps me quite busy but it’s good to be busy, right?

I enjoy having a full To Do list and searching for new and exciting content to fill the pages of my magazines, which is why I was so excited to be offered the position of managing editor of one of our newest magazines, Willow and Sage! I have to admit, when I was in high school and college I was not the most diligent at washing my face, moisturizing, wearing sunscreen, et al., but in the past few years I have really taken an interest in skincare and beauty products, especially those made with all natural ingredients, and have incorporated them into my daily routine. I’m thrilled to dive in and start seeking out the benefits of essential oils, salts, and pantry staples like coconut oil: these are just some of the many topics we cover in the magazine. I like to share exciting details of my days at Stampington & Company, so if you’re a bath and beauty enthusiast, I know you’ll enjoy the posts to come!

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Buxom Lashes

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You know the saying: When you’ve got it, flaunt it. I have always been pretty reserved when it comes to talking about myself, but I have to confess, I love my eyelashes. My makeup routine is pretty minimal and often includes some combination of liquid foundation, under-eye concealer, tinted lip balm, maybe some blush, but always, always mascara. I like the look of highlighting one strong feature while keeping the rest of my makeup subtle (although sometimes I do go for a bold lip), and even though my eyelashes are on the longer side, a couple swipes of mascara make them really stand out. So much so that on days when my skin is being extra cooperative, I feel like mascara really is the only makeup I want to wear.

My current mascara in rotation is Buxom Lash in Blackest Black (I have always been a classic black mascara kind of girl). The wand is thick, and the bristles on the brush are made of a kind of rubbery plastic that prevents clumping and separates my lashes with each swipe. A good mascara will always be part of my makeup bag, and Buxom Lash will be sticking around for a while.

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