Pencil Me In

Modern boatneck mini stripe tee
The  Brezza - M.GemiMarlo crossbody bag
Lusting after this Citizen’s of Humanity Karmen Pencil Skirt!  It’s a steep $188 but exactly what I’ve been searching for in  a denim skirt – a polished pencil cut, moderately dark wash and is getting good reviews.  Can think of so many ways to style this classic piece!  The spring look shown here pairs it with the Gap Modern Boatneck Mini-Stripe Tee (SALE $20), a Paisley Print Infinity Scarf from Etsy ($20), Raspberry Brezza Flats from M.Gemi ($248), the Everlane Swing Trench in Tan ($135) and the Marlo Cross-body Bag from J. Crew ($98).  Can see it for winter with black tights, booties and a chunky sweater; for summer with a white tee, white kicks and straw bag. Endless options!

Labels to Love: Everlane

This San Francisco based company is a minimalist’s dream!  Founded in 2010, Natty Gal got turned on to them about two years ago.  Using a business model of “radical transparency”, Everlane sources the best factories across the world – often the same ones producing designer labels.  They show their customers true, detailed costs for each item including the Everlane and traditional retail markups. Products are of a consistent, high-end quality at a great price.  
The Silk Round Collar  - EverlaneThe Silk Sleeveless - Everlane
 
My first personal purchase was a long-sleeve silk blouse ($78) – that I wear for both work and on the weekends.  For summer I’ll be stocking up on the sleeveless option ($65).
 
The Modern Ankle Boot - Everlane The Modern Loafer - Everlane The Knot Sandal - Everlane
 
Favorite boots and shoes (all crafted in Italy) include the versatile ankle boot, the modern loafer and the knot sandal.  Prices range from $120-$195.
 
The Petra Market - Everlane
 
Last but not least, The Petra Market Tote ($365)- is a favorite of fashion bloggers. Available in 8 colors – it’s roomy, soft and ages well.

Hit the Books: Natty Gal Reading List

My parents and grandparents were avid readers and I am very thankful the gift was passed down to me.  While getting lost in a juicy novel before bed each night or stretching myself with a book club pick not normally in my comfort zone are pleasures, I have a few books to share with you that have helped me define my style and hopefully, can help you with yours.

       
  1. The Pocket Stylist by Kendall Farr – My personal holy grail of fashion books!  Any easy to follow format on dressing for your particular body type and cultivating a timeless and authentic personal style.  Chock full of fit tips/tailoring, closet basic checklists, best brands by price point, grooming/makeup tips, accessories and more. I refer to this book countless times throughout the year. Ms. Farr is also the author of Style Evolution, an “over-40” version of Pocket Stylist. While I have some pages earmarked, it seemed a bit repetitive of the information in her original book. 
  2. The One Hundred by Nina Garcia – A tongue-in-cheek look at the 100 pieces every stylish woman should own.  In many cases, spot on!  Fun, easy to read format with charming illustrations.  Useful tips on sourcing products; entertaining anecdotes and quotes interjected throughout.  
  3. Audrey Style by Pamela Clarke Keogh – Lovely pictorial on my (and so many people’s) favorite muse.  The woman simply never looked bad!  The photography is stunning and the story of her life will make you love her all the more. Inside and out, Ms. Hepburn is the definition of tasteful.
Bonus Pick:
 

Lessons from Madame Chic by Jennifer Scott – My most recent fashion read although truly more of a lifestyle book.  This book helped me rediscover my gratitude/pleasure in performing day-to-day tasks.  Great for anyone who needs to simplify their life and recapture their joie de vivre!

“The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you.” – W. Somerset Maugham 

 
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