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Desert vibes

This has to be the most beautiful shoot and location we have shot yet. In the (Mojave) desert. If you haven’t visited.. you must. Its beauty is indescribable and the sunsets, well see for yourself by scrolling down. We are in Pioneer town right near Joshua Tree National Park. This look was shot on the way out of Boulder Gardens just after my last fitness shoot.



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The bathing suit I am wearing is L Space by Monica Wise and my sandals are L Space by Cocobelle. If you want your swimsuit to be comfy yet sexy and accentuate your curves, check out Monica Wise’s line.
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Who doesn’t like skateboarding through the desert?

These sandals are also gorg, a little glam with the gold in front and black in back. The black and white kimono is a nice cover up for a bathing suit. You can also wear it on its own with a half top, bra top or tank along with matching shorts (not pictured in this photo).



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This one above is my favorite shot. The overall photo is so beautiful. Isn’t nature amazing? Gods work.

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Now this sunset..

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Unreal, no?? This photo was not brightened or edited. I’m in love with the joshua trees.

For more amazing photos and to get an idea of the beauty here, click here. You can pass through like I did, or you can camp here but the pictures don’t do this place justice. I saw beautiful places to rent there where you can be totally submerged in nature away from it all, nice place to disconnect and recharge. Take a look, these places are super cool.

Tommy Cuellar Photography


What I wore:

Bikini Top: L Space by Monica Wise / color: seaglass

Bikini Bottoms: L Space by Monica Wise / color: seaglass

Sandals: L Space by Cocobelle and on sale here also available in nude & gold

Kimono: L Space by Monica Wise / also here

Alternate Kimono/dress options: Talulah | Mikoh | Tiare

Fitness in Pioneer Town

I have been obsessed lately with fitness gear and working out a lot. From circuit training at the park with my boyfriend, to pilates, to yoga, to bootcamps, to lifting at the gym with my trainer friend Sirem, to bar class, to hiking, to you name it. I buy a lot of fitness clothes and love trying new brands and practically live in them. I recently visited Pioneer Town which wasn’t on the agenda but was on the way to Joshua Tree, our destination.  Pioneer Town is in Yucca Valley which is in the Morongo Basin (East of the San Bernadino Mountains and north of Coachella Valley). It is located within the Mojave Desert and in the High Desert region of Southern California. It was a little over a 2 hour drive from Los Angeles. After we got off of the exit, it was a 4 mile scenic drive down Pioneer Town Rd. full of joshua trees, shrubs and the little mountains made of the largest rocks I’ve ever seen.


The town was a live-in Old West motion picture set built in the 1940’s and was a place for actors to live and film. When we arrived it was a ghost town and there was literally no one there. It definitely felt like I was in another time period or in one of the old western movies I grew up watching with my dad. It was an interesting experience. Walking down Main Street you will see a jail, bathhouse, an old bank, a pen with real live chickens inside (you can put a quarter in a machine to get corn kernels to feed them with), livery stables, a saloon and many other western places. It was pretty cool to see. So we decided, why not take some shots here?

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It was super windy and not hot as I imagined (in fact it was freezing oddly enough, not warm like LA and definitely not 10 degrees warmer as I thought it would be. It totally messed up my blow out, LOL). My hair was a mangled tangly mess but I was like well, it’s a fitness shoot so it will work.

I wore sporty black leggings and a work out bra top. I wear these as regular leggings a lot in addition to working out because they are super comfy. I believe mine are the low rise version. If you purchase these, make sure you wash on the delicate cycle and do not put them in the dryer, it is best to hang dry these (as I do with all my work out gear so they last longer).

My shoes I purchased from my favorite shoe store and I wish they had more. I am obsessed with bright sneaks and completely solid colored ones. These are mens shoes, believe it or not. They also had some bright yellow ones I wish I had bought but it looks like they are still available! Click the link I listed at the bottom of this post.

When you get a chance, you must visit Pioneer Town. I believe the whole set is open on weekends (and the stores / adjacent bar). Right next door is a little Pioneer Town motel which looks super neat. Also within the lot is Pappy & Harriet’s which is should also be on your list to visit. It’s a large BBQ restaurant & bar that was really packed once it opened at night (otherwise I wouldn’t have thought a single soul existed in this town) and it was such a fun place!!! Live music from locals (kind of like a mini concert) and oddly, they feature other singers from around the world and all types of music! When we were there, there was a rapper from China and singers from Sweden, kid singers, adults, you name it. Luckily we got a table right in front, facing the performers. It was an interesting mix of tourists, trendy hipsters and western / southern looking folks. I went the weekend after Coachella so I’m not sure if it is a busy time but they have amazing reviews on yelp and it definitely felt like a popular place.

Welp, that’s it for this post. I hope I have inspired you to work out and also to visit Pioneer Town with friends or your significant other. It will definitely be fun and like nothing you’ve experienced. I plan to go back with my boyfriend. Sadly, I won’t be working out for a while since I am recovering from a complex foot surgery I had a week ago, but luckily I still have some content to post. I will get back at it once I am on my feet.

Y’all have a good day and make sure y’all come back now, ya hear?

Photography by Tommy Cuellar 

xx, Natalie

 

 


What I wore: 

VS Bra Top

VS Leggings: Low-Rise & High Rise

Shoes: Asics Tiger Gel Kayano Trainer

Sunnies: Ray-Ban

Visiting LACMA art museum in my favorite white jeans


These are my all time favorite jeans. Well ok, you caught me, they aren’t exactly jeans. They look like it, but they are actually called “The legging ankle (super skinny ankle).” In today’s world they would be called jeggings (jeans but actually leggings). That might be why they are so soft and stretchy, lightweight and feel like a second skin.

With this look, I am wearing a few of my staple pieces. Pieces I can wear interchangeably with almost anything. I love this cropped black tank and long grey sweater coat I throw on with jeans, leggings, shorts, a dress, even black yoga pants and sneakers.

The coat is warm, light, soft and also very comfortable. The store I got it from is one of my favorite places in West Hollywood, if you’re into fashion, you must go. It is called “The Library” on West 3rd Street. I believe it’s technically Los Angeles but it is the trendy Weho (West Hollywood) area with tons of delicious restaurants, cool fashion shops, juice bars, etc. I love this area and I frequent it quite often as I love all the stores and food choices. I used to live walking distance to there. This store literally has everything I would have hand picked myself from clothes, the hottest sunglasses to accessories. They sometimes have a rack outside with clothes on sale. Check it out if you are ever in the area.

Back to what I’m wearing, on my feet are camel booties, which I love that deep camel color and the richness it brings to the outfit. The clutch ties it all in and matches my shoes although I don’t usually match my shoes and my purse as I’ve mentioned before. This I was ok with since the clutch is leopard print with several different colors. Matching your shoes and purse is in most cases too cookie cutter or too “boring” for me. LOL


So that’s all folks! Invest in these jeggings if you want a nice pair of jeans that are flattering to your curves and yet so comfy. Great for spring, summer and actually year round. Show off that figure of yours and look and feel fabulous! Or use these as motivation to hit the gym, then do that! 😆😉

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LOCATION: We shot these photos at LACMA  (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) in Mid-City Los Angeles (known as Miracle Mile or Mid Wilshire). Another cool place to check out if you haven’t been or if you plan to visit LA soon. I am standing in front of “Urban Light” which is a large-scale assemblage sculpture by Chris Burden (2008). It consists of restored cast iron street lamps from the 1920’s & 1930’s. Most of them from the streets of Southern California once upon a time. The lights are solar powered and switch on at dusk. So pretty in person to see day or night. You can come get a day pass to view the art galleries and exhibitions for about $15 (cheaper for seniors and free for kids) and they also have a cafe and good restaurant onsite for food and drinks.

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What I wore:

Tank: American Apparel

Jeggings: AG Jeans; below

Coat: Fiction | similar

Heels: Prada | similar | similar below

Lips: Nars; below

Clutch: similar 1 | 2 | 3 |4 | 5

I’m a barbie girl in a barbie world!

Not really.. but who doesn’t want to be a barbie? I had to have this skirt once I saw it.
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I paired this skirt with a white collared half top that ties, white ceramic watch and both the sunglasses and faux leather wallet accessories are from Target! They actually paired really well with the outfit. On my nails, I went for a pale pink.

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Last, I tied it all in with a nude pair of heels.

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You can create this look with any pencil skirt, pants or jeans (any color) and keep the crisp white top and nude heels since they both go with everything. The white top is a nice fun staple for the summer and I love it because it is so versatile.

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Ciao! I’m now I’m off to din-din!

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Photography by Tommy Cuellar


What I wore:

Top: American Apparel

Skirt: Wildfox 

Heels: Ivanka Trump

Sunnies: Target

Wallet: Target, similar

Watch: Chanel, similar (DKNY) below

Midi Skirt Style

I love when fashion repeats itself. That’s what fashion is, right? Many new trends are just recycled old trends. It keeps things new and interesting.  It’s fun to see what it was like to be a woman from a different time period and wear what she wore. This day and age fashion has repeated itself so many times you can pretty much wear anything and be ok. I love that because I like fashion from all decades. I like morphing into someone new. It is a form of creativity and a way of expressing yourself.

If you live in a place like New York, Paris, Milan or Los Angeles you could walk out in a potato sack and it would be considered fashion. People tend to express themselves more freely. That is why I love looking at blogs and sites where people do just that. See The Sartorialist, for example. I used to spend hours looking at this site before I had my blog. I still glance at it from time to time but now with Instagram there are so many fashion photographers around the world that I follow.

Introducing… The midi skirt.
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This trend has been popular for years now, although you don’t see many wearing them. In fashion blogs, yes, but they are not common walking down the street. I believe this is because people don’t know how to wear them or don’t think they can pull them off. This skirt was prevalent in the 1940’s and attempted to make a reappearance in the 1970’s but didn’t work because people were just getting into mini skirts.

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With the midi, it’s best to wear a form fitting or tucked in top since the bottom half flows. If not, then you should cynch your waist with a belt. Or.. you can do both if you are Olivia Palermo. 🙂 It should be higher up on the waist and fall between the knee and the start of your ankle. If you are on the shorter side, I would stick to one that is right at or just below the knee, not too much longer. If you are tall, any length will do!

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I think an open toed shoe or pointy heel would look best although you can also pull off high boots, flats and a low  or high booties.

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How would you style it?

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What I wore:

Top: Audrey 3+1, similar $$ or $$$ or bodysuit option

Skirt: Express, similar here and here

Heels: Zara, similar $ or $$

This fashionista’s viewpoint on being of mixed race

When I saw this shirt listed on Rue La La, I immediately knew I had to purchase it. I am so sick of seeing in the news race this, race that, the white person did this, the black person did that, Muslims are responsible for this, Jews are responsible for that. When is this world going to realize that we are all the same? We are all the same race. One race; Human. I grew up in the South during grade school and went to a predominately white school in the country. There were only about ten African American kids total. I got to see first hand what hate looked like. I was not accepted by some whites and by some (outside of my school) I was told I wasn’t “black enough” to be black. Kids were mean to me and called me names. It was hard to understand when I was young but it only shaped who I am and now I look back and only see one thing. Ignorance…. Small minds. I know now that the reason kids treated people of color differently and kids who don’t look like them differently is because that is what they were taught. The responsibility lies on their parents.

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My boyfriend is Puerto Rican and we are an interracial couple so I thought it would be nice to get both of us one of these shirts. Especially since we are an interracial couple. We get so many people looking and asking about it, where we got it and what a great statement it is (yes, sometimes we wear it together LOL). The shirt was made after the unfortunate shootings at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina earlier this year. I wish it was still available for purchase so that many of you had the chance to get one. I may be recreating it and will let you know when I do. I love everything this shirt stands for. I also love that all proceeds from the sale of this shirt went towards non-profit organizations that help to bridge racial divides. See the full article here.

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I appreciate being of mixed race. I appreciate my African American ancestry in the deep South, the countryside, the Baptist churches and down home cooking. I appreciate my French side, Moroccan roots, Hebrew school, French bread and camembert. 😉 I also love that I also have a little bit of Native American, Spanish and Italian in me. I love all that I have learned from both sides and that I am part of both cultures. It really is eye opening and probably sparked my interest of other races, cultures and customs. I love traveling and seeing how people live, what they eat, their daily pressures and viewpoints and try to live a day in the life of them. What they find good, what they value, what pleases them. People should try to be more open minded about other people different from them and learn more about them.

Let’s not spread hate and pass it down generation to generation; instead let’s only spread and teach love. Lets work together and uplift and support one another no matter what we look like, what religion we are, how we were raised or where we come from.

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Style deets:

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I am in love with these new Converse All Star Chuck II sneaks. They are the most comfortable pair I own with the most amazing support (with the new Lunarlon footbed inside for ultimate support). White sneaks are so popular right now and you can wear them with skinny jeans, shorts, dresses, skirts, anything..

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These ripped jeans are pretty comfy too and stylish. They are flattering and come in white too.

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My race? Human.

XO,

Natalie(alamode)

Photography by Tommy Cuellar

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What I wore:

SHIRT: RueLaLa, sadly no longer available 🙁 another fun option here or plain tee here

RIPPED JEANS: J Brand

SNEAKS: Converse High Top Chuck II

BAG: Prada, similar Tory Burch

SUNNIES: See prior post

JACKET: Helmut Lang, not available, see similar (select black)

Target Style / Style on a budget – Day 4

Hello fashionistas, here is my last Target post for the moment although there will be many more. I wish I could post things a lot quicker! These are a cute comfy pair of shorts I bought at Target once again while coming for something else. I wore it with the bathing suit top from my prior post since it was a beach & BBQ kind of day. I see styles at target that I see elsewhere so I think they are trying as best as they can to keep up with the current trends.

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What I wore:

Shorts: same design, different outline  similar, same brand

Top: similar or similar Target

Bathing suit top / Bracelet: see previous post

Sandals: Birkenstock or similar Target version

Bag: Hare + Hart, on sale

 

Target Style / Style on a Budget – Day 3

Romper Time. I love jumpsuits. The shorts and the pants kind. I wore this one on what started out to be an overcast day in San Diego. The sun came out though and it warmed up rather quickly. Quite common for the beach. This romper I’m wearing is from Target! I always get sucked into the buying things other than what I came for. But I do love the Target debit card. You save 5% on all purchases, all you have to do is link your bank account with a routing number.

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I brought a denim cover up in case it got cold.

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Ta-ta for now. I’m off to play in my onesie.

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What I wore:

Romper: Target

Sandals: Aldo (old), similar: Aldo 1| Aldo 2Vince Camuto | Louise et cie

Hat: Norstrom: Option 1|Option 2

Bag: Goyard, similar: Faux tote (white)|  Tory Burch (new ivory)

Denim shirt: Top Shop

 

  
 

Target Style / Style on a Budget – Day 2

Today’s look is easy breezy, simple to just throw on and go. I love this as a day look or even if hanging around the beach areas.

I wear this crop top with anything, skinny jeans, skirts, shorts…


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These birkenstocks are also my favorite. I wear them with any and every outfit, so comfy and easy to slip on.

 Au Revoir!

Photography by my loving boyfriend

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What I wore:

Crop Top: Target

Skirt: sold out quick at Target 🙁 but here are similar ones there: A | B| C | or same skirt plus size: D

Sandals: Birkenstock

Bag: Prada, similar: Budget: Dolce Girl faux (in black), Moderate: A | B

Bracelet: A | B (in chocolate brown like mine)

Hat: A | B

  

Target Style / Style on a Budget – Day 1

Hi fashion lovers & friends,

Today’s post is about style on a budget. It’s short and sweet but I’ll be posting a few different looks consistently over the next few days that are budget conscious. Fashion has nothing to do with a price tag. If we are talking quality, intricate details and nice fabric, that sometimes can be a different story when it comes to items we purchase, but you don’t have to spend a lot to look good.

Day 1:

Mission Beach, San Diego. Where you can find me most weekends.

I’m sure you’ve noticed I don’t match. With swim suits, I usually like to interchange my tops and bottoms or buy separates. This is also a push up bathing suit top, which I don’t usually do, but I liked this one and the nautical look to it.

Since the season is about to change you can take advantage of swimsuit sales everywhere. It’s still 80-90 degrees in Los Angeles and San Diego and it doesn’t seem to be cooling down any time soon. Regardless we still always have our beach weather days. I will be doing a lot of beachy posts since I live at the beach half the time.

Time to relax with a good read.

Photography by my loving boyfriend

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What I wore:

Bathing suit top: Target

Bottoms: similar or matching

Beach rug: Ralphs or Albertson’s, only around $10 or similar: A   B  or  C

Book: The Motivation Manifesto – Uplifting, motivating book that helps you get rid self-doubt and & fear, recognize your power and directs you towards the meaningful & fulfilling life that you ultimately desire.

Bracelet: similar