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Hot Trend Sweeping the Baltics! (cough, cough, ahem)

Wow, it’s August!  How did that happen?  Hope my readers are enjoying a great summer!

My July was spent tooling around the Baltic region of Europe.  Highlights included:

  • The Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Sweden – a fascinating salvaged 17th century warship that sunk on it’s maiden voyage
  • Standing in Red Square in front of St. Basil’s cathedral in Moscow, Russia
  • The architecturally stunning, livable, yet rarely talked about city of Riga, Latvia
  • Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark – singularly the most innocent and idyllic amusement park ever and a return to simpler times.  For instance, the daily activity sheet listed “Peek-a-Boo” as a featured event. Totes ‘dorbs!

But more on those in a future post. 

While on this adventure I’d hoped to identify some great new European fashion trends to bring back to the blog.  This, however, proved to be a bit unfruitful.  Don’t get me wrong…I did identify one clear trend that seemed to be adopted by women both young and old and was seen consistently throughout the region (aside from Russia).  So, what is this hot look that is taking the Baltics by storm?  Wait for it….


Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers

Yeah, for real.  That’s the trend I identified.  I know!  The look that’s been seen throughout the US for the past half-decade was my main fashion take-away from Baltics.  In classic green, red, black and even bling-y gold; Swedish, Finnish and Danish women rocked these kicks.

Even more disturbing is that after bypassing them for years, I now want to hop right on the train!  Maybe the gold pair?  Clean, simple, sporty.  Ugh!  Curse those European women and their influence over me.


Labels to Love: Animated Closet

Natty Gal became acquainted with Animated Closet while working on Fashion Week Cleveland in 2012 and they were one of the featured runway designers.
Founded by Lisette Hazan , this private label emphasizes individuality and creativity.  Inspired by the Bangkok anime artists she met on a backpacking trip to Southeast Asia, Lisette works with multiple artists to create her unique prints. Batches are limited in order to reduce as much waste as possible and leftover remnants are used in other designs.
These boldly patterned, flattering designs are now found in boutiques across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Great Britain.  It’s my understanding that Lisette is trying to clear out all stock in order to fund a new collection.  Hopefully we will see her new pieces online soon!

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Wine & Gold: A Winning Combination

In honor of the Cleveland Cavaliers unprecedented win over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night and as a tribute to LeBron James for ending Cleveland’s half-century plus sporting title drought, Natty Gal is devoting this week’s blog to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ colors: wine and gold.
Official NBA 2016 Champion garb can be purchased at Dick’s Sporting Goods.  Those looking for more female-friendly team apparel may want to check out Game Day Couture, featured on Shark Tank in 2014.

Game Day Couture Honeycomb Tunic – $25

Below is a wine and gold look I love for showing off Cavs and CLE pride!  If only it could get here in time for the parade tomorrow!


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Thanks, Cavs, for a most wonderful season and bringing home the big win! 
The tides of change have finally come to CLE!
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