The Best Office Wear Under $100

Fun fact: I love to shop.

For a while, I was conflicted: do I keep splurging on classic investment pieces? Do I buy trendy, cheap threads? Do I finally, finally, give up my obsession with Forever 21? (The answer to that is ‘no’, FYI.)

And then something happened. I got engaged.

And then I started to budget for my wedding.

And then the following happened:  do I splurge on classic investment pieces? Compromise. The money-flying emoji tethered on to another Pinterest board.

I know. If I’m saving for my wedding, I technically shouldn’t be buying at all, but as a young(ish) adult navigating through my career, personal brand is everything!  (I’d also like to mention here that off-shoulder blouses are a no-go at the office. Please don’t.) Image is a huge part of my/any personal brand and I’d never forgive myself if my outfits didn’t rep my quirky, chic and smart self.

So here we are – staple-worthy pieces for any business dress code, all priced under $100 and all capable of stretching seasons with a little TLC. Click through the break for details and click each pic for links!

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OOTD 65: Calling All Bell-ievers!

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COAT: WILFRED | FAUX FUR STOLE: PARKHURST | BLOUSE: LOFT | PANTS: LOFT | BOOTS: DOLCE VITA | FLATS: ZARA | PURSE: KATE SPADE | NECKLACE: ZARA

Hope everyone had a great weekend and a manageable Monday!

I spent my weekend celebrating a sister’s birthday (spoiler alert: it ended with Mac & Cheese at 2am oops), getting my butt kicked at a Strong by Zumba class and teaching my young niece and nephews how to ice skate!

I spent Monday hobbling around in heels and sore from the workouts so I changed into my fave Chanel-inspired flats from Zara.

And then I flew through my Tuesday with the help of my bell sleeves. So many feels.

I wish I could show you just how much I love the bell-sleeves trend. Actually,  I think  I just might! Prepare yourselves for tons of bell sleeve envy (probably for the next 4 OOTDs because I only have that many bell-sleeved blouses………..unless shopping………).

I’ll be sure to keep you posted! Peep through the break for a closer look at some of my outfit details, a pic of me skating and maybe a gratuitous selfie with Snapchat filters because follow me: readyorNat (duh).

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Shop: Nike Cortez

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Nike Classic Cortez Leather Sneakers, $95 CAD

Sure, Stan Smiths had their moment, but rocking my Nike Cortez’ got me feeling like:

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Comfortable, always on trend and, hey, white sneakers are always fun.

Also, if they’re good enough for Bruno and The Hooligans… *adds second pair to online Shopping Cart.*

Who’s with me, blogosphere?  ❤

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OOTD 64: Prints Charming

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SLEEVELESS SWEATER: WILFRED | CUP SHIRT: GAP| TROUSERS: UNIQLO | HEELS: DOLCE VITA| NECKLACE: J.CREW | PURSE: MARC JACOBS ‘TULIP’ GOTHAM CROSSBODY | FUR STOLE: PARKHURST

Today, I really, really missed C (my Prince Charming!). To help me cope, I decided to wear all my fave things (and drink wine). From the fur stole, to the printed cuppa button up shirt, plated tips heels, statement necklace and Mindy Kaling/Project inspired printed Marc Jacobs crossbody bag, Nat survived hump day. Happy First OOTD of 2017 to me. ❤ ❤ ❤

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The Best fitbit Charge 2 Bands

We all know that blogging more consistently is one of my New Year’s Resolutions, but it’s time that I share a slightly more pressing resolution: weight loss.

Yes, I’m one of those Resolutioners, but I can explain.

Exercise scares the living daylights out of me. I grew up with very limited athletic ability/inclination, but I have been trying so hard to lead a healthy lifestyle. I’m kicking it into high gear in 2017 in anticipation of my cousin’s wedding in the UK in April, and hoping I can keep it long-term as I prepare for my own walk down the aisle in 2018.

To motivate myself, I’m switching my watch for the fitbit Charge 2 wristband so that I can monitor my progress. So far, it’s encouraged me to keep my stats up and hold myself accountable – a great start, but…

Fashion wise, fitness wristbands are a huge downgrade.

Enter: First world Problem. Can I wear two watches on one arm? Can I get away with my current wristwear game and maybe hide the fitbit on my other wrist, under my blouse sleeves? Will my fitbit work if I wear it on my ankle like a tracker i.e. LiLo on house arrest?

Such a dilemma. I mean, look how pretty my current set up is! Yes, this may seem like a shameless ring and mani pic, but I’m going somewhere with this, I swear.

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Choosing between fashion and function is a serious #FWP.

My fashion conscience and office-working, trend-loving self would never forgive me for wearing the basic black band out in public (gym is acceptable), so, after some research, I present my fave official and after-market straps for the fitbit Charge 2. See all the trendy options that I’m considering after the break. You’re welcome. signature

 

 

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Golden Globes 2017 Trend: Plunging Neckline

I started a post about my favorite looks from last night’s 2017 Golden Globe Awards and realized they all had one thing in common: the plunging necklineemoji

Trends can be scary when we’re talking about the everyday woman (I’m looking at you, red-dress-wearing women of Nick’s season of The Bachelor!), but when we’re talking about the pros of the red carpet, it is guaranteed to be fiercely creative competition.

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Life Lesson: Skip the red dress. Be the shark/”dolphin”.

Many of the glamorous women of Hollywood embraced this trend and, despite their differences or how much I envy them (I’m looking at you, Blake Lively and Jessica Biel, a.k.a. gorgeous wives of my long-time loves, Ryan Reynolds and Justin Timberlake), there is no denying the power of a statement neckline. signature

 

 

P.S. Click through the break for a closer look at my picks for Best Dressed of the night! Which was your fave? Be sure to let me know in the comments below!

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OOTD 61: Did you pink I forgot?

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Overpiece: Marshalls | Blouse: Banana Republic | Trousers: Vince Camuto | Heels: Zara Medium Heel | Necklace: F21 | Palette: tarte RAINFOREST OF THE SEA™ WIPEOUT Colour-Correcting Palette

Maybe I’ve been busy, but not much has changed! Except my hair. And my necklace (finally). And I did pick up the tarte palette of my April Must-Haves dreams. 

Is it too late now to say sorry?

For a quick review of the tarte RAINFOREST OF THE SEA WIPEOUT Colour-Correcting Palette, keep reading!

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