NATTY [Life] STYLE: An Avocadoutfit & Good Fat Day Recipes

August 27th, 2014 admin

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You know you’re a food geek when your clothing starts to remind you of produce.  Such was the inspiration for this post, which came from a necklace that I call my avocado collar because; well… it kinda looks like one!  I call this my “dumpy brown jumpsuit” because on paper, it should be dumpy and hideous.  Yet somehow, it’s actually pretty awesome!  Sometimes something that sounds bad can actually be good; like FAT, as in the monounsaturated kind that’s in avocados.  Food, food, food, fashion, food food fashion… #nerdalert.

 

In any case, avocados are still in season – and every time I pass by the produce section, I can’t help but toss a few of nature’s “green butter”, as I call em, into my tote.  Besides being down right delicious, avocados are Healthy Hippie approved because they are made up of mostly monounsaturated fat, aka “good fat”: the sort that lowers the bad and raises the good levels of cholesterol in your bloodstream.  They’re high in both protein and fiber so they’re incredibly satiating and have even been shown to reduce BMI and boost metabolism, and their high potassium content works to regulate blood sugar levels and control blood pressure.  Avocados are also loaded with vitamins K, C and E, plus carotenoids and Omega-9 fatty acids – all essential nutrients for glowing skin.  So basically, the incredible edible avocado makes you look as good as you feel!  Are you sold?!  Great, now let’s eat…

 

Sure, everyone loves guacamole, but if by this late in the season you’re looking to get a little more creative with your avo – check out 5 of my favorite ways to indulge deliciously.  

 

As always, my recipes require few ingredients, little effort and lots of reward!!  

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[NATTY NEWS] HUGE Thanks to W Magazine for my September Issue Feature!

[PARTNER POST] 5 No – Cook Summer Recipes to Keep You Feeling Cool & Looking Hot

August 11th, 2014 admin

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We get it. Your window AC unit barely cools your studio apartment and turning on the oven in August is just NOT an option. With outdoor concerts, barbeques, and movies in the park filling up your social calendar, grabbing food on the go may seem like the only option. But picking up burgers and lobster rolls on the regular can take a toll on both your wallet and your waistline. So we tapped our very own Fashion Correspondent, Natalie Decleve of Hippie in Heels, to get some simple, healthy recipe ideas to fuel us through the rest of the season. Click through for 5 recipes that are as easy as they are healthy, and why.

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[PARTNER POST] 16 End of Summer Essentials: My Tips to Surviving August for Guest of a Guest

August 7th, 2014 admin

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The dog days of summer are upon us. In August and most of September, the city is hot, humid, stinky. But that needn’t mean we should look the part. If you are over your summer attire, here is some inspiration to get you through the next two months of heat – at prices you can justify spending so late in the game. Click through for a round up of some sweet summer steals that will keep you looking fresh, even when you don’t feel it.

*Don’t forget that you can still get 20% off all purchases on Royal Native – just enter discount code NATTYSTYLE at checkout!

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[LINE TO LOVE] My Summer Collab with The Royal Native + FREEBIES & DISCOUNTS!

July 29th, 2014 admin

Royal Native Summer 14 LB copyGrowing up in California, surf and skate culture heavily influenced my style as a teenager.  The distinctive fashions surrounding the sports were probably my first way of identifying myself through clothing.  So, although I haven’t worn bobby socks or baggy jeans in over a decade – I still love a good flannel and was thrilled when Vans recently came back in style!

 

Royal Native is a brand who’s ethos revolves heavily around global, bohemian style with a sporty influence – thanks to it’s founder and designer, Hilary de Roy.  Hilary began designing the line with African wax print shorts because they appealed to both girlie girls and tomboys of all kinds, redefining “sexy” as something we can all relate to.  Equally at home on the beach in Montauk, worn with a billowing blouse in St Barths or a sneaker and slouchy T in the city – Royal Native shorts are the ultimate in effortlessly cool.


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Hilary and I worked together back in our days at DVF (she ran the flagship store, I was in the corporate office) and when she showed me the new line – I was immediately hooked.  So it seemed only natural to partner with her for her Spring/Summer campaign and lookbook.  Inspired by Dogtown and Z-Boys, Hilary wanted the vibe of the shoot to feel very skater girl, west coast, flirty and youthful.  So the two of us pulled a bunch of accessories from our own closets, and had a ball mixing and matching the brightly printed shorts the way we’d wear them ourselves.

 

The line is still in it’s toddler years, but has already expanded into beach bags and tops; while cropped pants, bell bottoms and scalloped styles are just a few of the goodies we have to look forward to next season from the Royal Native!


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[To view the full Royal Native Lookbook, click here: Royal Native Summer 14 LB]

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After the shoot, I was curious to know more about Hilary’s design process and inspiration.  So I interviewed her!   Check out my behind the scenes video interview with Hilary, click HERE and learn how Hilary channels her wanderlust into clothing – right here in NYC.

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*Wanna snag a pair of your own?  Now you can get 20% off!!  Just enter discount code NATTYSTYLE at checkout on www.TheRoyalNative.com from now through the end of August!

*AND click below to find out how to WIN A FREE PAIR OF SHORTS AND A TOTE!!!

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[PARTNER POST] Home Decor Tips from my Treehouse via RoomZoom

July 23rd, 2014 admin


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A few weeks ago, I celebrated the launch of RoomZoom, founded by my friend Elien Blue Becque of Vanity Fair.  Now you can check out my recent photo shoot for the site’s blog, and learn some of my favorite tips for stylish living in a small space!

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NATTY [Life] STYLE: Blossoming Vegan Feast in the West Village

July 17th, 2014 admin


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Back in the 1950’s a meal wasn’t a meal without meat.  But this isn’t the 1950’s, and meat isn’t what it used to be.  With the production of pork, beef and poultry that’s being raised and slaughtered en masse – meat and animal products have become less revered as a clean source of nutrition, and more feared for it’s hormone laced byproducts.  So, while I am not against the consumption of (sustainably raised and responsibly produced) meat and dairy, I do opt for an 80/20 rule most of the time – going vegan whenever possible.

 

Obviously when you’re cooking for yourself, it’s easy to control what’s on your plate.  But what can be trickier, is finding satisfying vegan options at restaurants.  Vegan cafés are often heavily lacking in atmosphere, and occasionally the food itself is just as lackluster.  Thankfully, there’s Blossom – a local, mini chain of 4 restaurants in NYC that gives vegans a place to indulge in delicious eats, without sacrificing food quality or experience.  Blossom’s menu renounces all animal products in favor of organic, plant-based dishes that source their ingredients locally and from small farms and distribution companies.  And guess what…?  They’re actually DELICIOUS!

 

My personal favorite is Blossom on Carmine – not only because of its extreme proximity to my apartment (aka my Treehouse) in the West Village, but also because of its tapas style menu and open-air dining room.  The casual yet decidedly un “crunchy” ambiance was a perfect setting for my latest Hippie in Heels Feast.

 

It was a hot summer weeknight, and my girlfriends and I were craving a healthy meal over which to gossip and catch up on each other’s lives.  Blossom’s satiating, small plates menu is perfect for sharing – and share we did.  Over savory mushroom tacos, Moroccan veggie tagine and a bottle of wine – we devoured a total of 7 dishes and countless stories and anecdotes from the week behind.  My favorite dish had to be the seaweed “caviar” crostini, which was every bit as delectable as it’s namesake.  Although it was a close tie with the quinoa salad – so richly flavorful, that it had us all digging in until we thought our bellies would burst.  The meatless meal even converted Ashley (notorious for once requesting a drive by steak after eating a vegan lunch) to a believer in the potential of creative vegan cuisine.  As for my favorite moment?  Probably when we went around the table assigning each other clothing avatars.  There was no debate when it came to nominating me as a caftan.  “Like a vintage Pucci caftan with a deep V” specified one friend.  Well, good thing the flowy, floral sundress I’d selected for the occasion wasn’t too far off!


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[STYLE FILE] A Decadent Chocolate Feast in A Mod Mini Dress

July 15th, 2014 admin

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Although many love to believe that women in fashion don’t eat; for the most part that couldn’t be farther from the truth.  (Seriously, you should see how fast the catering disappears backstage before a runway show.)  Plus, let’s be honest – we ladies love our chocolate.  So it makes perfect sense that Belgian chocolate and ice cream brand, Magnum has a close knit relationship with the fashion industry – starting with Karl Lagerfeld as it’s spokesperson back in 2011.  It also makes perfect sense that at 5pm on a Wednesday night, the brand had no trouble filling seats for a dinner party hosted by James Beard award winning chef, Andrew Carmellini in the private dining and wine cellar of his gorgeous NoHo restaurant, Lafayette.  The occasion?  A celebration of Magnum’s latest collaboration between Carmellini and fashion designer, Christian Siriano to create “The World’s Most Fashionable Dessert.”

 

Although I’d received notice of the event via email weeks before, one week before the party, I received by messenger a giant bar of chocolate engraved with the details of the party.  “Now THAT’S an invitation”, I thought to myself as I broke off a corner and popped it into my mouth.  Being a full-fledged foodie, as well as half Belgian – I really can’t say no to a lavish meal punctuated with chocolate.  Even better when the meal itself is locally sourced and mostly organic… Lucky for me, chef Carmellini knew his crowd for this fashion-meets-food event and whipped up a meal filled with just such guilt-free ingredients.  Organic carrot soup, wild black bass from Long Island, and fava beans from an organic upstate farm called “Buried Treasures” were just a few of the delights that warmed us up for the main event: The Dessert. Double caramel with champagne mango and pineapple, coconut cream and basil: the chocolate “lace” trimmed bar is as much a mouthful to say as it was to eat… At one point I remember chef Carmellini gesturing to the plate while explaining something about the importance of champagne mangoes, but to be honest I could barely hear him through the symphony of my senses as I focused on the decadent flavors in front of me.  It’s a good thing (and definitely no accident) that the meal leading up to dessert had been fairly light, because from my left to my right and all around my table, not a single scrap of the bar remained on anyone’s plate.  In fact, one eager guest even snatched up the display dessert that Carmellini had used to explain the dessert to the crowd.  Seconds anyone?  Yes please.

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[PARTNER POST] My Daily Summer Essentials – via Today.com

July 14th, 2014 admin

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NYC-based stylist and The Hippie in Heels blogger Natalie Decleve is famous for her impeccable gypset style and natural approach to beauty. Natty took a minute out of her summer travels to share with us the well-edited products she’s never without.”

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NATTY [Life] STYLE: 3 Perfect Picnic Recipes with 3 Steps or Less

June 27th, 2014 admin


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Inspired by my recent Connecticut jaunt, I’ve had picnics on the brain.  Really, when the weather is as pitch perfect as it is in June, what better way to soak it up than on a blanket in a park with something to nibble on?  Whether under a tree or on a beach, with a group or on a date – picnics are a quintessential part of summertime.

 

Rather than heading straight to the Whole Foods salad bar to stock up, I’ve got a few easy ideas that’ll save you some cash as well as calories.  Below are some of my favorite simple salad recipes – straight from my treehouse kitchen to your picnic basket… and just in time for 4th of July!

 

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[STYLE FILE] Pretty in Pink for RoomZoom’s Summer Solstice Launch Party

June 25th, 2014 admin

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In many ways, finding a roommate is like finding a husband.  You’ve got a contract that binds and you share an address… so you’d better be darn sure you like the person!  Thankfully, now there’s an app for that.

 

Much like OKCupid or other dating apps, RoomZoom links like-minded roommates based on personality traits and lifestyle.  Hooray!  Now “Game of Thrones” addicts everywhere can spend Sundays together in front of the telly, while hoarders and neat freaks stay comfortably apart.  Genius.

 

Founded by my cutie petutie friend and Vanity Fair editor, Elien Blue BecqueRoomZoom is still in Beta, though it’s already growing rapidly in New York, Los Angeles and London. So clearly, a party to celebrate the app’s launch and mounting success was imperative.  Being the most social of social butterflies that she is, Elien hosted an impressive roster of her nearest and dearest friends for a Summer Solstice bash last week. Simbarashe (of Lord Ashbury) was in the mix – capturing every candid moment, while Juan Patino snapped portraits for the site of all of the gorgeous faces in attendance.   There were writers and musicians, editors and models, artists and art dealers… and little old me, just happy to be sipping rosé & nibbling dolmas with the eclectic mix of friends both old and new.

 

Maybe I was already channeling the endless stream of rosé when I chose my outfit for the eve: a flowy, hot pink Ramy Brook jumpsuit draped with a rose quartz BuDha Girl beaded necklace.  Either way, I didn’t need rose colored glasses to see the writing on the wall: if RoomZoom is anything like it’s launch party, it’s sure to be a smashing success! Read the rest of this entry »

[LINE TO LOVE] My Summer Collaboration with Hunter Bell

June 19th, 2014 admin

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If you’ve been following my site for a while, you’ve likely seen me wear a number of Hunter Bell (previously of Hunter Dixon) items over the years.  Her playful feminine aesthetic always works well with my own wardrobe and her designs favor color as much as I do.  Since Hunter changed the name of the line from Hunter Dixon to Hunter Bell last year, the brand has expanded rapidly – now selling everywhere from Saks and Nordstrom to Shopbop and Revolve plus over 70 boutiques nationwide.  Hunter also starred (and WON) NBC’s Fashion Star – proving that she can count Nicole Richie, Jessica Simpson and John Varvatos among her loyal fan base.

 

It also helps that Hunter herself is such a doll; so when she asked me to collaborate on her summer lookbook and campaign– I said “of course!”  Hunter wanted her summer collection to embody urban sophistication and “California cool”.  When I asked her why she chose me for the project, she said “you embody California cool, I have always admired your style and I wanted to partner with a woman who identified with my vision for how women should dress.”  Well, flattery will get you everywhere Hunter – the feeling has always been mutual!!

 

So together we brainstormed the Hunter Bell girl and shot the collection this winter – all styled and modeled by yours truly.  The process was as fun as the clothes themselves – and now they’re finally all available to buy online!  Below is a sneak peak at the lookbook – but the rest can be seen and shopped directly on wwwHunterBellNYC.com.

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[Natalie Decleve] Hippie in heels. NYC based Stylist, Fashion Correspondent & Writer. Guest of a Guest contributor.
All natural, always Natty. www.nataliedecleve.com

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