Monday, June 30, 2014

June Instas + an Update

Holy cow, how is June almost over? This first month of summer has flown by way too fast. But, I really feel like I slowed down and enjoyed each and every day of it. Which is a new thing I'm trying out - savoring each day. During the school year I'm always going a mile a minute, and especially during this past year, I was stressed out beyond belief. So I cannot tell you how nice it has been this past month, to not have any majors plans. I've just been hanging out, sleeping in, watching Netflix too much, and just simply relaxing. It's been glorious. 

Even though I did a lot of relaxing this past month, I also got a job! My very first official job!!! At a company called Rifle Paper Co. It's a super cute and artsy company that makes cards, stationery, notebooks, journals, wallpaper, and tons more! Oh, and guess what... today is my first day working there!!
I'm super excited, and nervous, and I had a mini heart attack when I woke up this morning. But I keep reminding my self that everything will be okay. I hope.
Wish me luck!

 The trip is as great as the destination. I have money for all the tickets, (and more) to all the beautiful destinations I am headed to this year and beyond.

And tomorrow my family and I are off to California!!
If you follow me on Insta (and if you don't, you're missing out) be ready to be bombarded with pictures throughout our Cali trip, just warnin' ya. 

Have a great Monday everyone!
What are your plans for the week?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pinspiration: The Perfect Airport Outfit

My family and I leave for California on Tuesday to visit my moms side of the family over on the west coast, and to say I'm a little excited would be a HUGE understatement. It's the one family trip we take every summer, and we get to see family that we are super close too (even though we live 2,500 miles away from each other). Plus, California is absolutely gorgeous. Okay now I'm seriously getting even more excited, UGH, Tuesday needs to hurry up and get here already!!
Anyway, back to the whole point of the post. The Perfect Airport Outfit. For some reason this year, I'm really struggling with what to wear on the plane. Usually it doesn't matter too much because after a 5 hour flight we usually arrive in Cali. at night, so normally we just go straight to bed. But this year, we  take off at 6 am and arrive at 10 am so when we get there we have a full day of exploring and shopping ahead of us! 
So on the plane I want to be comfy, but also warm and covered up (airplanes are freezing!!!), layered (so I can easily add or remove layers depending on the weather when we land), and most importantly to look cute!
So I hit up Pinterest to find my outfit solution, and I definitely love what these ladies above have goin' on! I will definitely be wearing some combination of either converse or boots, leggings or jeans, white or black basic tee, with a chambray button down or over sized sweater, maybe a jean jacket, and a scarf to top it off!

What do you think is the perfect airport outfit?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Etsy Shop: Leslie Zander Design

These pens keep popping up all over the place! For months, I've seen them featured in magazines, blog posts, and Instagram photos. So being the pen fanatic I am, I decided I must get my hands on some. So then, by also being the deal diva I am, my search began to find these pens for a reasonable price. At first I came across some shops that were charging $5 a pen (are you kidding me? My Starbucks drink doesn't even cost that much). I wanted to beat that price and I did when I finally came across the Leslie Zander Design Etsy Shop. I fell head over heels for the array of pen colors available, ranging from soft pastels, to vibrant hues. Not only were the colors great but the price tag was way more reasonable too (only $1.75 a pen!) 
When deciding on which pens to buy, you may experience one of these dilemmas. Only love one or two of the Le Pens? No problemo, just buy them individually! Love all the colors and can't just choose one or two of them? Well then, buy all 18 colors in a set!
Trust me, once you get a couple of these pens, you'll be crawling back for me in no time.
What's great about them is they come in tons of cute colors (duh), they are light weight and super easy to write with, they also have a sleek design, and are just plain adorable. What more could you ask for in a pen?

The periwinkle Le Pen is turning out to be one of my favorites!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

1 Year Blogaversary

WOW! I cannot believe I've been blogging for an entire year now! It seems like just yesterday I was writing my very first blog post.  This blog has become not only my hobby, but also a full time job. People don't realize all the work that goes into having a blog. A day doesn't go by where I'm not writing new posts, responding to emails, replying to comments, or answering questions. It has been one heck of a roller coaster, with times where I've been in love with it and times where I've almost deleted the blog completely. But overall its been such a rewarding experience, that I wouldn't trade for anything in the world. I've made friends who are literally on the other side of the world from me. I've learned about marketing and graphic design, which has helped me decide what I want to study next year in college.
This blog has opened so many new doors for me and I can't wait to see where this blogging roller coaster takes me next.

Also, thank you to all my sweet readers!! I hope to make many new bloggy friends in the future! 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

ATNC Has an Official Photographer!

I am so excited to say that ATNC has an official photographer, my best friend Kasey Lee! She has a snazzy new camera and she's not afraid to use it! The fabulous photos in this post from last week were all taken by Kasey! I can't wait to see what her brilliant mind comes up with at our next photo shoot!

| Photos by Kasey |

Friday, June 20, 2014

Weekly Wows

There are always a zillion things circulating around the internet everyday. It can be crazy to keep up with it all but I love finding new articles, videos, photos, products, and songs throughout the week. This segment is where I share new things that wow me every week!

howard schultz, starbucks

1. Starbucks to pay for college degrees: As if Starbucks isn't already cool enough, now they'll partially pay for you to get a college degree while working as one of their employees! I think it's amazing their not only promoting their employees to further their education but also chipping in financially to help them achieve it. Starbucks never ceases to amaze me.

2. 2014-2015 Lilly Pulitzer Planners: This may not be news to some people considering these planners were announced a couple weeks ago but if you haven't heard about them yet, then now you know! I ordered this one, the second I got the email from Lilly that they were now available for pre order! I seriously can't wait to get it. I got a Lilly planner last year too, and used it everyday for school. I'm not a huge Lilly fan but I do lovvee their planners. If you've already pre ordered one they are suppose to ship this Monday the 23rd (eeek!) I am impatiently waiting for mine to come. I've already called Lilly twice asking when they are suppose to ship and how long it will take to get to me. #sorrynotsorry

3. Art history video: If you or someone you know is interested at all in art history, they have to watch this video. When I took AP Art History last year, my teacher showed us this on the first day of school. It made no sense to me then because I didn't know anything about art at the time. But on the last day of school, It truly made me tear up when she showed it to us again because I recognized almost every work in the video and could answer most of the questions too. It's incredible and so well done, with some amazing questions. If you are an art lover like me it will make you get the goosebumps, guaranteed.

4. Celine Purses: I love the style of Celine purses, but not so much their price. I found look a like ones on Amazon for only $35!! They also offer a larger style as well! #score
5. Orange is the New Black series: Since this show started it's gotten nothing but rave reviews. I've seen it been written about in magazines, newspapers, blogs, and everywhere in between. After finishing The Office on Netflix (and crying profusely through the last episode), I needed to find a new series to watch on Netflix. So after hearing about Orange is the new for the 10 thousandth time, I decided to give it a shot. I won't lie, 5 min. into the first episode I was blown away (not in a good way) and I didn't get what all the hype was about. It wasn't at all what I expected, but now I'm on the 10th episode, and I'm hooked.

Do you like this new segment? 
What new things wowed you this week?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Natalie's Style


Monday, June 16, 2014

Street Style

Street Style

The other day, one of my best friends Kasey and I met for lunch and the second I saw what she was wearing I knew she'd be the perfect person for a street style post! She could honestly be a model, isn't she stunning!? She's not only beautiful inside and out, but she also has incredible style. I'm constantly asking her where she got this and that. It's plain and simple, I'm jealous of her closet and all the contents in it. This will definitely not be the last time her amazing self or amazing style will be on the blog!

Her style inspirations?
-Her place of work, Rifle Paper Co.

One of the things I love about Kasey is that she's not afraid to dress up. No matter what we do or where we go we always both look nice for the occasion. I always think it's better to dress up rather than dress down. 
I think Lilly Pulitzer said it best, "Life is a party, dress like it." 

Street Style

Be a Street Style Helper! If you're out and about one day and see someone with an incredible outfit on, a great necklace, or drop dead gorgeous shoes, snap a picture, and email it to me! I'd love to feature fashionistas from all over the country - or world! If you're a fashionista yourself send me your #ootd! Hope to hear from you soon!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Natalie's Style

Natalie's Style

Top: Buffalo Brand
Pants: Soft Pants
Shoes: Converse
Bracelets: F21

All Things Natalie Christa is now on Facebook! Go like the page!

Hope everyone has a great weekend and Father's Day!

Monday, June 9, 2014

$12 Kate Spade Bow Bracelet

No, I'm not lying, this authentic Kate Spade bangle only cost $12! I almost couldn't believe it myself! I found this adorable bow bracelet at one of my favorite stores, Plato's Closet! You seriously can find the best deals there if you just dig a little!
Find a Plato's Closet near you here!
Even though this bangle first came out a few years ago, and it's not new in the box, I still love it all the same. 
It's the style, the condition, and price that matter the most to me. 

Price comparisons
Original price: $58
purchased price: $12
Savings: $46!!!

I can't get over how cute it is!
A post on how I styled this bangle is coming up later this week on the blog, so stay tuned!

What deals have you scored lately?
What stores are your favorite for finding the best deals?

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Etsy Shop: Design by Dre

Polka Dot Monogram Laptop Desktop Wallpaper

A few days ago I came across this adorable Etsy shop called Design by Dre. Ever since I found this old post on the College Prepster, I've wanted a monogrammed wallpaper for my laptop. I tried to make it on my own but since I can't get Photoshop on my new laptop, I gave up and started searching for one on Etsy instead. What first drew me to Andrea's shop was the super cute wallpaper designs! I ended up choosing the polka dot wallpaper, and I'm so happy with my choice! It's simple, chic, and monogrammed. Exactly what I was looking for. What also drew me to the Design by Dre shop was the incredible prices. The most expensive item in her shop is only $5! I will definitely be a regular visitor to her shop from now on. Oh, and did I mention every item in her shop is an instant download? She sent me my wallpaper in just a few hours. No paying for shipping costs or waiting days to receive my item. Being the impatient person I am {who's forever checking her mailbox}, I loved this added bonus!

Here are a few other items I love:

Glitter Polka Dot Monogram iPhone Wallpaper (Blush)

Clover Monogram iPhone Wallpaper (Orange & Blue)

Can I just go ahead and buy every iPhone wallpaper for sale in her shop now? #inlovewithallofthem

INSTANT DOWNLOAD - 'I Love You A Latte' Quote Print  - Gold Foil - Birthday Card - Anniversary Card - Gift Card - Lined Envelope - Printable

She's even pulled Starbucks into her designs, simple perfection I tell you!

What Would Beyonce Do? Digital Print - Digital Download - Printable - Instant Download

Always an important question to ask in times of need.

SALE!! 2014-2015 Planner & Daily Agenda, Calendar, Organizer

She can also help keep your life in order with these fun calendars!
She's pretty much covered all the bases, am I right?

Go check out her shop now, and start drooling over all the cute items! Trust me, you'll want to buy one of everything.

Which item of hers is your favorite?
What other Etsy shops do you love?

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