Sunday, July 26, 2009

Natalie


Meet Natalie (chances are, you already have--she's taking over the internet). She blogs about her life (on definatalie.com), about being fat (on Axis of Fat), and just started vlogging on YouTube. She's an incredible artist from Australia who is on a mission to spread Fat Acceptance far and wide. Her style is funky and modern, and I love that she always has fun with clothes. (Also, you should check out her wedding pictures, because they are amazing).

At the end of this post, I've included her video "How To Love Yourself In 8 Really Hard Steps," which I definitely recommend watching; it's informative and inspirational--plus, her accent is awesome.


Name: Natalie
Age: 28
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Size: AU 22-24, UK 24-26, US 20-24
Favorite Places to Shop: Locally, I can't really say I have any favourites, our choices are pretty limited. City Chic is the most fashion forward retailer, however the price is too high for the quality you get in return. Estelle (a beautiful department store label) stops just shy of my size. I am loving shopping online with Evans at the moment though - in the last month I've made two purchases! I also source a lot of my clothes from the Fatshionista community's sales post Fridays.
Fashion Icons: My overarching icon is Barbara Cartland, because I'm on a fanciness kick right now. That's not always appropriate though, so my day to day wear is very inspired by real people: from the Sartorialist, to Wardrobe Remix, Hel Looks and the Fatshionista flickr pool! I especially consider yourself and Christina from Musings of a Fatshionista as icons, as you've both really inspired me to take risks with fashion. I said to someone the other day that you guys are like my Carrie Bradshaws of the fatshion world - so many crazy awesome outfits that Patricia Field would be proud of!
Current Obsession: Cowboy boots with floral dresses. A red military jacket. Trying to get out of the "black is for plus sizes" mindset. Big, brassy blondes. Obscene ladylikeness.
Advice to other YFF Girls: How you present yourself is the story you're telling everyone you meet without even opening your mouth. If you have a story to tell, don't be ashamed to start telling it. Exhaust every avenue finding the pieces that fully illustrate your style and don't get locked into thinking that what's on the rack is what you must wear: learn to sew or alter, consider things you thought you never could, go op shopping (thrifting to most of you!) and cut and paste. Your body is a canvas, whether you like it or not, so don't be afraid to take those first tentative daubs with fashion.


24 comments:

  1. Yay Natalie! She did my website (tiarashafiq.com) and I often enable her with fat-related links, haha. But she's awesome :D

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  2. she's beautiful and I love her style. her wedding photos are fabulous!

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  3. I am a fan. And now I have serious wedding envy--taupe for the bridesmaids? Genius.

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  4. I love her blog, Axis of Fat, and WOW, this girl 'got such a style, such an attitude, and .... such a wardrobe!

    Judging by the outside (of course), she seems such an amazing person, I wish I could take a plane from Auckland to Oz just to have a coffee with her, and have a look in her closer (can I borrow that, and that, and this tooo...?)

    PMG, and the shoes...

    Can I be her? Just one day? 'kidding...

    But really, thank you for bing you Nathalie!!!

    Sarah
    ~ Lolita of modern times ~

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  5. I have a girlcrush on the both of you. you're so dynamic and stylish!

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  6. Guh! I had no idea the women whose work I've been admiring all over the 'net lately are all the same lady! Love what you're up to, Natalie. Keep it fancy...

    Substantia Jones

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  7. I have the honour of knowing Natalie "in real life". I met her through Twitter (and specifically the Brisbane Twitter group BTUB) and she is an absolute delight.

    I can tell you, this lady absolutely glows. Her artwork and photography is magnificent, she's a total fashion diva, and she's empowering, giving and just a lovely person.

    Adam Hills suggests that we should aim to be inflaters - people who raise everyone else around them up rather than shooting them down. Natalie is definitely (or definatalie!) an inflater.

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  9. She has a beautiful face. And with molto kewl artistic skills to boot.

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  10. awesome! i just discovered her a week ago.

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  11. i love natalie! she's so amazingly talented and i love her accent.

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  12. all i can say is wow. i just found this blog and absolutely love it. fabulous messages, rockin fashion. the best. thanks! =)

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  13. Hi! I just found your blog, and I wanted to tell you that after spending half the day agonizing over Urban Outfitters inability to carry anything measuring more than 38" around the bust, everything I've seen on your blog reminds me that I am beautiful and fashionable. You and Natalie are both so gorgeous, and everything you wear is hot! Thanks for the pick me up!!!

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  15. How pretty and stylish!
    I love Natalie's brown shoes at the bottom. I wonder where I can find some like that? I needs them!

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  16. Thanks so much for reposting this vlong! :0) Wonderful thoughts on body acceptance.

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  17. natalie...você é realmente formidável!!! suas curvas são extremamente desejáveis! eu te quero toda!

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