Introducing the fabulous Natalie from the addictive and inspirational blog Style Me Sunday. Natalie is a big advocate of encouraging women to feel comfortable in their skin and likes to stick a middle finger up to the diet culture. As mother of two girls she is a fierce supporter of other women and a huge lover of beauty and fashion. We sat down with our latest ‘Wow Woman’ to chat all things body confidence, wearing what you love and why finding what makes you happy is the most important thing in life.
I use my social media and blog to talk about fashion and feelings. I use fashion to convey how I’m feeling, or conversely change how I’m feeling. If I wake up feeling a bit low, I’ll often slap on a bit of bright lipstick and a colourful outfit to get me out of the lull. I do believe that what we wear has a lot to do with our confidence and how comfortable we are in our own skin and the way different people express themselves through fashion is a fascination to me. I’m not afraid to discuss deep, controversial issues or rather I enjoy connecting to people through them! I will often share my own journey and personal struggles with you, especially over on Instagram.What is your earliest fashion memory?
I remember my mum’s outfits. She was so glamorous and sophisticated to me as a kid. She would take me shopping and always encourage me to buy things I liked (the more flamboyant the better), it didn’t matter that is wasn’t on trend, we bought things we loved.What does ‘Body Confidence’ mean to you?
It means I notice when my thoughts about my body are not positive and then work through it. It means not putting myself down. It means acknowledging and appreciating how amazing my body is.
You have the power to change how you feel, it’s not easy, it will take commitment and a lot of work but if you do put in the effort the benefits are so liberating.What are three things you would like all women to feel about themselves and why?
Happy, confident and strong.Animal prints and patterns, or block colours and a bold lip?
All of the above, I don’t restrict myself!
Dress for yourself – there are no rules.As you know we are all about sustainable fashion, do you have any tips for helping to transition to a more sustainable wardrobe?
Check out your local vintage/2nd hand shops. I have a great shop local to me called Gigi’s Dressing Room where they have a fabulous range to buy or rent. Also buy good quality items rather than lots of cheap ones that don’t last.For those who have not yet read your blog what can they expect to find there?
I use my platforms to talk about all things fashion, with feelings thrown into the mix. For me, fashion and feelings are intrinsically linked. I am passionate about diversity and inclusiveness. My aim is to inspire women to believe that they can achieve whatever is it they want to.
I started my ‘Style Me Sunday’ blog in July 2012, after I became pregnant with my second girl. I wanted a creative outlet to talk about the things I love most and something that would work around my daughters. It soon became apparent that, for me, just talking about fashion was a little boring and unfulfilling and whilst I still LOVED fashion, I wanted to talk about more than just what this season’s must-have colour was.What is the most important thing you have learned in your career so far?
To trust in myself.What has been the highlight of your career so far?
I have many. Overcoming my fear of public speaking was a major hurdle for me. Also being on the cover of Rock n Roll Bride was a pinch me moment. You don’t often see brides with afro hair in magazines, let alone the cover.
Honestly, it can be hard to deal with negativity, we are all human after all. I try to ignore the negativity but if I do respond to negativity on my Instagram I respond in a positive way. There is no need for other people’s negativity to bring me down and, ultimately, I understand it’s usually about them not me.What would you say to the younger generation of women who look up to you and want to follow in your footsteps?
Do whatever it is you love, don’t try to be like anyone else. Focus on your own uniqueness.
Dancebox classes have been a game changer for exercising for me. Because I love the class I try to go 4 times a week, I don’t really see it as exercise, I never look at the clock and I hate it when it ends. It took me a year to get up the encourage to actually go, but once I did, I never looked back. It’s always worth pushing yourself outside your comfort zone for something that you really want to do.
MindfulnessWhat do you do in your downtime?
Apart from the dancing, it’s the usual – spend time with the kids and family and a few good nights out with friends.
Home- there is nothing quite so grounding as kids and family.What is your quote of the day every day?
Every morning before the kids go to school I tell them to have fun and try their hardest, if they do that I’m happy with whatever they achieve.
Do what makes you happy. Happiness is different for everyone. Don’t fall into the trap of doing what’s expected really look into what nourish you.What is your single piece of advice to the next generation of women?
Loving yourself is not a fad, if you have self-worth, you will treat yourself with love, kindness and respect.
I am lucky enough to have many inspirational women in my life who I love and learn from daily. My Mum, however, is the first and original.If you could only live in one item of Asquith clothing what would it be and why?
I love the snake print items, but honestly everything, it’s all so comfortable.
Fitted cami with elegant, double crossover shoulder straps at the back and a medium support built in bra. The long body and smooth fit ensures it stays in place during yoga and Pilates practice. A perfect piece for wearing in the gym and everyday.Buy here
These flattering leggings are super soft against your skin and hold you in. The elasticated, double depth waistband makes them extremely comfortable and secure. The hip and side seam details have will flatter every figure and shape your bottom.Buy here
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