Guest Post: Natalie

Happy Tuesday!  For our second blogger interview, Natalie from East Coast Chic has agreed to tell guest post.  Natalie's blog is a great read, but I usually wind up with about 5 things I have to go buy immediately because her recommendations are so great.  She is also a fabulous momma to Miller (and baby # 2 on the way!) and I love the little excerpts of her adventures as a mom.  Thanks for guest posting today, Natalie!

Hi Everyone!  First of all I just want to say a big Thank You to Annie for having me here today.  I hope I can entertain you all while she's off today.  I am Natalie but most people call me Nat.  I'm a 30 something married girl living in between Baltimore and Washington, DC with my husband, out 1 year old son Miller, and our crazy mini goldendoodle Layla.  We're expecting baby boy # 2 this November so life is about to get real crazy for us!  I love mexican food, flip flops, a big glass of wine (when I'm not pregnant), lazy beach days, designer handbags, anything striped or polka dotted, J.Crew, renovating our new house, and I have a never ending love of fashion and shopping.  

East Coast Chic
How long have you been blogging, and what is the one piece of advice you would give fellow bloggers?
I have been blogging on and off since December of 2008.  I originally started my blog to document our wedding and wedding planning.   Even though I’ve taken a few breaks here and there I can’t believe I’m still here blogging so many years later.  I’ve come to enjoy the blog community and all the wonderful women I’ve met.  Especially the ones I’ve been lucky enough to become real life friends with.   I’ve seen the blog world blow up over the past couple of years and my best advice would be to stay true to yourself! It’s really easy to get caught up in what other bloggers are doing/saying/wearing/eating and I’m not saying you can’t adopt some of it but it’s important not to lose your voice in the process of trying to grow your blog.   

National Mall via East Coast Chic
What does your ideal day in Washington, D.C. include?
My ideal day in the city would be a day to shop and play tourist with my husband. We would start our day in DC by parking at my husband’s office since it’s in a great location right on Pennsylvania Ave by the White House.  After stopping for and iced coffee and a donut we would head to the national mall to walk around and people watch. Walking the national mall is one of my most favorite things to do in DC because you have The Capitol on one side and Washington monument on the other- it’s just so representative of DC.  I also love to people watch on the mall- you really see all walks of life out there, especially in the early mornings.  

Next we would head to the Natural History museum for some culture. The Natural history museum has always been one of my favorites and I don’t get to go as much as I would like.  After that we would head to the Dupont area so I could finally try the District Taco food truck.  I am a huge Mexican food fan and I have been hearing amazing things about this food truck so I’m dying to try them. 

After that we would head to Georgetown to do a little shopping at Calypso St Barth, Kate Spade, Vineyard Vines, and my favorite baby boutique Dawn Price Baby.  Famished and exhausted from shopping we would catch a cab back to other side of town to go to our favorite pizza joint Ella’s Wood fired Pizza.  Their pizza is so good but their sangria is even better.  If you’re ever in the Penn Quarter area of DC they have a great happy hour too.   After dinner we would head to the W hotel rooftop bar POV for one final cocktail for my husband and dessert for me.  

East Coast Chic - monograms are always a classic
If you could go back in time 5-10 years, what is one piece of fashion advice you would give yourself about building your wardrobe?  
Spend more money on classic timeless pieces that will last! I used to get really caught up in trends and I blew a lot of money on cheap clothes that I would just end up donating/giving away within 6 months to a year of buying them because the trend was already out of style.  I hate having nothing to show for all the money I spent.      
Imagine yourself 20 years in the future.  What is the one thing you would like to be known for and why?
What is the one thing you would like to be known for and why? I would love to be known for being a good mom.  I hope that I will have raised my boys to be successful, kind, respectable young men and if I’m remembered for anything I hope it’s being the best mom I could have been to them.   

Thank you again, Natalie!  Be sure to stop by East Coast Chic to say hello! 


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