It's The Girl With Bangs
Posted: May 03 2016
We chatted with Natalie, the beauty and brains behind the fashion and lifestyle website, The Girl With Bangs. And we loved what she had to say. She shared her style inspiration, spring cleaning advice, and so much more. See our chat below!
Why do you love what you do?
I love what I do because, first and foremost, I love writing! In fact, I’ve always loved to write – and that I’ve been able to make a career out of it is a dream come true. I also love fashion and beauty. Some of my oldest memories involve me selecting my outfits for school. I remember laying my outfits on my bed at night in preparation for the school day ahead. Since then, fashion is something that has always been close to my heart. Beauty seems to go hand in hand with this, too. I started wearing makeup at age 12 (sorry, mom) and I’ve been hooked ever since!
What does the word noteworthy mean to you?
To me, the word noteworthy means exceptional – someone or something worth talking about (in the best way possible, of course). Noteworthy means defying norms and doing it in – and with – style.
What is your style inspiration?
I’m obsessed with New York City street style. It’s bold, it’s effortless and it doesn’t give a damn about what anyone (and I mean anyone) thinks! At least, that’s how I perceive it to be. But, in truth, it’s less a matter of what inspires than it is a matter of who inspires me. Some of my style inspirations include Leandra Medine, Eva Chen and Camila Coelho. To me, these women really encapsulate doing it all and doing it with style!
Favourite fashion events.
Some of my favourite Canadian fashion events include Toronto Fashion Week (I especially love to creep the Instagram feeds). More recently, the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA). My partner had the chance to attend this year (and, yes, I was so envious)!
What kinds of trends are you seeing in the Canadian fashion industry?
I see a strong artisanal influence in the Canadian fashion industry. Whether or not this is a trend, I’m not sure – but I see a real emphasis on the use of quality textiles and designs inspired by Canadian landscapes.
The best advice you've ever received.
Be you. It’s cliché, I know, but it’s hands down the best advice I’ve ever received. The thing is, I’ve heard it from not just one person but from multiple people. The struggle was figuring out who I was – and am. To be honest, it’s something I still struggle with sometimes. I think, for me, the struggle has been in figuring out what makes me different and who I want to be. I’ve gotten to a point where I’m no longer comparing myself to others but instead I’ve been focusing on what makes me different and therefore what makes me, well, me!
Top 5 Noteworthy Item Picks
I love fantasy novels! While I’m a huge Potterhead, I love the fantasy genre in general. I love video games too. Unfortunately, I don’t find much time for the latter but when I was 15 I conquered Halo in just 5 days. Talk about #girlpower!
It's spring and we're all doing some spring cleaning. How do you organize your closet?
Ah, yes – spring cleaning. I’m not the tidiest person, to be honest. But, like everyone else spring cleaning is totally necessary. I actually have a post about this! First, I create a yes pile, a no pile and a maybe pile. I then abide by Stacy London’s 6 month rule – if I haven’t worn an item in 6 months or more, I toss it. And if I still can’t make a decision I determine if it looks worn (e.g. balling, discolouration and fading). I then proceed to a hanging order. That is, come the winter to spring transition I hang all my winter wear at the back of my closet so that it’s out of site (until it comes time to ‘fall’ cleaning). Finally, I hang all my spring and summer wear according to knit and colour.
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