Here are some questions I received and answered from my Ask Natalie page. I had a great time doing this. I love giving advice, even though I am terrible at giving advice to myself. Isn’t that human nature though? Able to help others, but not even able to help ourselves. Holy moly that got unexpectedly deep unexpectedly quickly. I apologize.
Name: Katherine Walker, Website: http://imuafilm.blogspot.com
Question: I am about to go to my high school reunion of 30 years and I want one thing to wear that will be comfortable and look good (I am about 6 feet tall and thin but not as thin as I was at 18!) so a general what you think mid-life crisis women look best in would be great. Either way, I know I need a good jacket and the right shoes.
OoOh a High School Reunion. Ok, here is your plan of attack: wear pants (not jeans because you want to show people you are classy), preferably ones that are slimming, comfortable, and weather-appropriate. Then, I suggest a black peplum top. Not only is the peplum-flare a recent trend, but it also accentuates the waist. In black, it will be double-slimming. And yes, a good jacket and the right shoes are crucial. Make sure the shoes are comfortable; I would go for a flat. If you must wear heels, make sure they aren’t too high. Have an extraordinary night.
Name: Jo-Anne McLean, Website: http://www.jpmclean.net
Question: I’m in the market for a new LBD. My last one went out of fashion many years ago, a point made embarrassingly clear last time I wore it. But funerals aside, I do need a new LBD. It’s an important wardrobe component, and I’m sadly lacking at the moment. I’m not one for frilly or too short. What selections/collections would you recommend?
Ahh, one of my favorite subjects. The Little Black Dress. A wardrobe staple that every girl should have in her closet. I have a few options for you, depending on your price range. If you are looking for a nice, classic one that is affordable but not cheaply-made, I suggest taking a look at Express (they even have a section on their online store just for black dresses) or H&M. I have linked both below:
If you are looking for something a little more high-end, I suggest checking out Neiman Marcus. On their website, if you click on the dresses tab, you can choose to filter by black only which makes searching loads easier. Although their dresses are more expensive, they are well-made and are a good investment if you plan on wearing it a lot.
Please keep me posted on your search!
Question: I’m starting a blog but it’s not very popular and I need ideAs on what to post please help xoxo savannah
Helllooo. I am not quite sure what kind of blog you have, but I am going to advise you to do the 99 Questions Tag! I had oodles of fun doing it a few months ago. If you have a fashion blog, like me, then I would suggest doing reviews of fashion shows, trend rants, OOTDs, and such.
Name: Paula, Website: http://runpilourun.com
Question: Hi Natalie, I was wondering what your thoughts are on appropriate skirt/dress hems for 36 year olds. Cheers!
Well, I am no expert (as I am not 36), but I can tell you this: wear what you feel comfortable in. If you are constantly tugging down the hem, then the skirt/dress is too short and not worth the fuss. A safe bet, I’d say, for women in their thirties would be three inches above the knee. But, again, wear what you feel is appropriate for you.
Name: Mallary, Website: http://quackeries.wordpress.com
Question: You’re a really great writer and your blog is super fab! Two questions from a new fan, if you please: How did you get into fashion blogging? What’s your normal day-to-day makeup routine?
*Blushes* well thanks <3 To answer your question, I have always been into fashion. I have my mom to blame for this. She has been sewing since she was a teenager and taught me how to sew when I was teeny tiny. When I was in second grade, she introduced me to Project Runway which kind of turned me over to the dark side. I became addicted to the idea that clothes could express concepts, ideas, thoughts. In elementary school, I had the best time putting together outfits and discovering what constituted a coordinated look. This became my hobby I guess you could say. However, middle school/high school came around, and the school I decided to go to required that I wear a uniform, so my hobby was sort of squashed. Then, one day I had the idea to take my rantings/love for fashion to the internet. Now, I am a fashion blogger.
As for my day-to-day makeup routine, it really depends on how much time I have in the morning. If I am running late, I will just put on a pressed powder, eyeliner, and mascara. If I have more time, I will attempt (key word attempt) to do a winged liquid eyeliner line, but that doesn’t always work out, and I will often have to remove all my makeup and start over (which is a real patience tester lemme tell ya). Also, I have recently been obsessed with wearing bold, red lipstick. It makes me feel grown up which is scary but at the same time invigorating.
Name: Ste J, Website: http://firstname.lastname@example.org
Question: Hullo, I hope this finds you well, my question is what is your fifth favourite colour and why?
Hullo Ste J,
Well. I’m going to have to go with purple. I mean I like purple, but it just doesn’t make the cut for my top 4 favorite colors, you know?
Name: sodonnamarie, Website: http://primebutterfly.wordpress.com
Question: Hey Natalie! How are you? I was just wondering if you had any tips or advice for new bloggers?
I am feeling just swell, thank you for asking. As a matter of fact, yes, I do have some tips for new bloggers, even though I am somewhat of a newbie myself. For starters, don’t worry about posting every day (I made this mistake). Just focus on putting out your best work. Quality over quantity, sodonnamarie. Another piece of advice: befriend bloggers your age, shoot them a cheery message, do a collaboration. Blogging is like high school: much more fun if you have friends. Lastly, be creative. Do something that makes you different from all the other bloggers on WordPress. Standing out, contrary to popular belief, is a good thing.
P.S. This was a popular question, so if this was your question too, please take note here. Bam. I just saved myself some time.
My ask is always open. Come at me.
XO, The Girl in the Little Black Dress