I'm Back! Meet The Nat Note

 Guess whose back….. back again.

It was only a matter of time before I really started to miss the blogging thing. Turns out that time coincided nicely with my maternity leave – and I am so, so grateful that you stuck with me as I took a little hiatus to figure it all out.

 What I have figured out is that in order to do it all (mom, work, blog) I had to do something to streamline the content and commentary. What resulted is a new concept: The Nat Note, a newsletter delivering ready-to-shop styles for your wardrobe, kids & home. Think of it like a virtual post-it note from yours truly, with the products that have caught my eye each week.

Check out the party at www.thenatnote.com. Yes, it’s different and simpler and slightly nerdy since it’s thrown by a newbie trying to be a “cool mom,” but it’s a party nonetheless – and you’re always invited. Hope you’ll stick around!


Fare Thee Well (For Now...)

I started this blog-of-mine in February of 2017 after many a sleepless first-year associate night drove me to the conclusion I needed a hobby that would keep me entertained and busy at the most haphazard of hours. I truly just wanted a creative outlet - somewhere to funnel my bad online shopping habit, love of dressing up, and desire to create for any kind of audience. I can still remember sitting on the balcony of my then-apartment with my then-newlywed husband, crying, and struggling to find the words to verbalize my very (very) first-world, pseudo-millennial inner turmoil: I… I… I just want to do something that makes me happy!

I hoped this project would make me happy, and that it surely does. But I also got so much more out of it than what I could have hoped for at the time I started it. I would have never guessed that receiving positive reactions to the collages would feel more gratifying than meeting a deadline or billing x amount of hours. If you would’ve told me that I’d eventually be on rewardStyle and that the first dollar I made through the platform (thanks to you!) would leave me screaming like I just won a car on Oprah, I wouldn’t have believed you. I could have never guessed that I’d eventually be able to partner with a website like Over the Moon, where I’d (who, me?!) be able to contribute to a team of seasoned fashion veterans and provide content to an audience the likes of which I’d only dream of.

But it wasn’t the shopping and collaging and posting that made me happy - it was the connections and relationships I formed by doing those things that really revved my endorphins. Getting to know entrepreneurs and being invited to partake in the infectious energy they put into a new project, brand, or product was extremely cool. But even more cool than that was getting to know the followers - those who commented, those who shopped, those who sent a message asking for advice or my (my?!) input. Each interaction I experienced via this blog was way worth the time and energy it took to make it happen and provided me with a feeling of content far greater than the melodramatic girl in tears on the balcony could’ve ever wished for. If you’re reading, I can’t thank you enough for that.

But now I’m choosing to pump the brakes on Up the Get Up, because I’m getting ready to take on my greatest creative endeavor yet: motherhood. I just can’t imagine coming home from work (yep, I’m still billing) and yapping at my not-so-newlywed-yet-still-very-patient husband, “will you get the baby?! I need to finish this collage!” … and something tells me all the positives I get from the blog would turn negative ‘real quick if I did. Although my expectations (and hormones and body and everything) are all over the place, I am confident that I’ll similarly experience moments in the upcoming months that I can’t possibly imagine or believe now. I just know that to truly make the most of it - to relish each interaction and maximize all feelings of fulfillment with my baby boy - I have to take a step back and put my pencils down (or in my case, the Photoshop away).

It’s hard to verbalize how I feel about pausing (I won’t say closing because I refuse for this to be el fin - it’s more like a see you in a lil’ bit, which really might be awhile… but we sugarcoatin’) this chapter from my grab bag of pregnancy emotions - it’s definitely bittersweet, although I’m excited for what’s to come. Happy doesn’t even begin to describe it. I can only hope that whatever comes next - after many a sleepless new-mom night - brings as much inspiration and contentment as this has… and that you’ll still be here.

So for now… we’ll call this my last dance: one last collage, with the wardrobe I’d wear for my grand finale (with no less than four costume changes, *obviously*).

Aperol Spritz Earrings - Jennifer Loiselle// Shooting Star Cocktail Napkins - Cece Dupraz// Palazzo Pants - La Double J

Just Like Heaven: Eleanora Magazine

Back in September I wrote about Eleanora Magazine, the digital magazine dedicated to finding inspiration from superwomen of the past and making their stories relevant to the present day female experience. For the November issue (live today!), the editors chose Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz as their muse. A Mexican nun known for her outspoken and scholarly opinions, Sor Juana is a figure that shook the walls during her time (1600s) and we can still feel the vibrations today.

My task was to source pieces that spoke to Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz’s story: a self-taught intellectual and philosopher, a feminist poet, a young girl living in colonial Mexico who spent her days in her library until it was violently burned down following her condemnation. I focused on her portraits, almost all of which depict her austere and direct gaze surrounded by dark and crimson. Of course, my own Catholic upbringing and experience crept into mind as well. The result is an amalgamation of items that touch on Catholicism, baroque Mexico and literature, and how these converged so beautifully and dramatically in the life of one woman.

View the entire November issue of Eleanora Magazine here.

Fru Fru Earrings - Casa Chiqui// Black Crop Top - Waimari// Red Pants - Patricia Padron// Cross Hoops - Katherine Cordero// Vest - Adriana Santacruz// Frida Bag - Lulu Guinness// Age of Innocence Book Clutch - Bags by M/// Black Embroidered Dress - Mi Golondrina// Iraca Earrings - Casa Chiqui// Handwoven Tote - Mola Sasa// Cross Earrings - Katherine Cordero

Up With a Twist: Molly Moorkamp

In case you missed it, yesterday Molly Moorkamp launched her direct-to-consumer line. Moorkamp is a NYC-based designer who had up until now focused exclusively on custom womenswear. But all that changed yesterday with the debut of her first ready-to-wear collection, now available to purchase online - and just in time for the holidays.

Perhaps you are like me, and (too) often catch yourself pretending to be a Palm Springs mademoiselle of yesteryear, prepping for yet another cocktail party with a martini in hand, Sinatra on the record player, and hairspray within arm’s reach. This daydream comes to life with Moorkamp’s pieces - the perfect wardrobe for such a repeat fantasy scenario. The perfectly tailored shift dresses and coats hark back to a time that (if perhaps you are like me) I feared was lost forever - a time when your gentleman caller opens your car door, offers to take your coat, and brings you a cocktail in a coupe glass - and not just because someone is documenting it for their Insta story (or dare I say it - waiting for you to cheers them for a boomerang). It’s a time that is not extinct - and thanks to Moorkamp - has resurrected with more color, style, and polish this time around.

All it takes is one look at Moorkamp’s paillette-embellished cigarette pants and I’m confident your faith in classic occasion dressing will be restored. The Edie Sedgwicks, Catherine Deneueves and Tippi Hedrens of the world are not dead and gone - they are alive and well, they remain fashion icons, and they are wearing Molly Moorkamp.

Shop the Molly Moorkamp Holiday 2018 Collection here.

And On Wednesdays...

“In the real world, Halloween is when kids dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Girl World, Halloween is the one day a year when a girl can dress up [wearing nothing but pink] and no other girls can say anything else about it.”

Yes, that’s my edited version. And no, it doesn’t totally make sense - but you get where I’m coming from. Happy Halloween, witches.

Bow Sandals - Newbark