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back to school shopping

Rows from top left:

  1. Beats by Dre Headphones
  2. Bkr Water Bottle
  3. Mark & Graham Insulated Lunch Bag
  4. Kate Spade New York Notebook
  5. Saint Laurent Bakback
  6. Cross Rollerball Pen
  7. Madewell Wool Baseball Cap
  8. Lacoste Shoes
  9. The Container Store Organizer
  10. Bando Thermal Mug
  11. Rifle Paper Co. iPhone Case
  12. Rifle Paper Co. Notebook

Fall has arrived and it’s officially back to school time. I never thought I would say that at my age, but it’s back to school for me too! The first six weeks of class is what they call Bootcamp at AFI, where we have a lot of orientation classes and prep for our first film. My group starts shooting our film in 2 weeks! Since going back to school I noticed there are a lot of things that I need to help make my day go smoother. Here’s a back to school shopping list that I’m continuing to check off.

Note: Those Beats headphones are amazing!


Happy first day of fall! This season is all about velvet shoes. Designers have used the plush fabric on everything from boots to heels. I can’t wait to get my hands {or feet} on a pair. Here are 10 pairs of velvet shoes to inspire some fall shopping.

Note: I love the rich colors.



So I’m finally feeling comfortable with my school schedule. So I’ll be back to blogging! I’ve missed sharing all of my tips and photos with you. I’ve also started doing some very preliminary wedding planning. We’re waiting until I graduate school in 2018 to get married. I’ve started scouting locations and getting pricing. I’ve also created some Pinterest boards to capture all of my favorites. Besides nailing down the wedding location, our next big feat is taking engagement pictures. I created this board to save all of my favorite shots. Here are some styles I like, but there are so many more that I’m loving!


Note: All photos found here – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


AFI film school

Hi Friends!

Last week was my first week of school at AFI, the American Film Institute, which is located in the Hollywood Hills. The school has amazing views of Griffith Observatory and downtown L.A.. There’s so much information to take in and think about. So many friends and connections to make. I’m hoping I will still be able to provide travel, fashion and beauty tips, but I might not be updating this as often, depending on my school schedule. I have so much I want to share and so many fun posts in mind. Hoping to find the time to balance it all. Since that is the key. Balance. I hope you can stick by me as I make this life transition. I will still be updating my Instagram, Natalie Notions, and you can also find me on Snapchat at Natalie Notions.

AFI film school

Note: Please be patient with me as I find the time to do both. xo



There’s a beautiful hidden gem in Summerland, just a few miles south of Santa Barbara, called The Sacred Space. It’s a beautiful tranquil place where you can enjoy a quiet meditation, sip tea with friends in the garden and buy lots of gems and stones. Outside in the garden there are several different covered areas where you can lounge on the outdoor furniture while you listen to the waterfalls trickle. Inside there are quiet rooms where you can sit with friends and drink complimentary tea. In the shop, crystals and sacred stones fill every crevice, along with deity statues, ritual items and antiques. I know I can buy gem stones for less somewhere else, but it’s nice to be able to walk through and look at everything. Just being in there brings a sense of calm and peace over the body.


Note: I would go to The Sacred Space every day to meditate and recharge if I could.