Natalie Notions » Where Taste Meets Travel

  • a written word......is the choicest of relics. - not be represented on canvas or in marble only, but be carved out of the breath of life itself...

70s style

I’ve always been a big fan of 70’s fashion. The high waisted bell bottoms, florals, muted tones, wedges…I can go on. I recently pulled out this floral Free People blouse and was feeling the 70’s vibe. It’s loose enough to wear during the summer and the bell sleeves made me want to twirl to show them off. There are some fun 70’s trends for fall that I can’t wait to wear. I’m ready to bring out my retro brimmed hat and get some bright 70’s plaid.

Free People Shirt, 7 For All Mankind Jeans, Tiger’s Eye Ring {Similar}

TigerFree People floral shirt70s style outfit70s floral shirt

Note: Shop the look below!

SHARE TO:

Beach Wedding Guest

Last month I attended a black tie wedding by the beach. When I got the invitation I had no idea what to wear. Black tie and beach wedding don’t often go together, but when the ceremony is at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Montecito and the reception is at the exclusive Coral Casino Club, it all makes sense. I knew I wanted a maxi dress and something that I could dance in. When I think of black tie, I think of a tight evening dress, but I couldn’t wear that to the wedding. I love dancing too much. This Free People floral maxi fit the bill. It has a breezy beachy feel, while still being formal enough for a black tie wedding. And lets be real, black tie doesn’t mean that every man is showing up in a tux. It implies a nice suit.

If you’re heading to a beach wedding choose a dress that gives you that free dancing on the beach feeling. And if you’re heading to a black tie wedding, still find something that you can dance in.

Free People Mixed Floral Maxi Dress, Kate Spade Twist Bangle, Kate Spade Building Blocks Bangle

Dancing on the beachFree People Floral Maxi DressBeach Wedding DressBeach Wedding DressNatalie Zimmerman, Natalie Notions, Fashion BloggerFree People Floral Maxi DressEl Matador Beach, Natalie Notions, Fashion Blog

Photography by Abigail Collins

Note: Shop the look below!

SHARE TO:

Ojai Spa, Ojai Valley Inn

When your friend tells you that she’s staying at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa and wants you to come visit, you do it. This beautiful resort is located about 70 miles north of Los Angeles, so it makes for a relaxing weekend getaway from the city. There’s a peacefulness to the resort that you immediately feel as you coast up the long driveway. It pulled me in all day. Along with laughing with my dear friend, it was exactly what I needed.

We started the day with breakfast at The Oak Kitchen on the patio overlooking the golf course and huge oak trees {hence the name}. A quick bite turned into a few hours and we found ourselves catching up and calling an old friend. I’m sure the people next to us hated that we had her on speaker phone.

Ojai Valley Inn SpaOjai Valley Inn poolAfter breakfast she gave me a private tour of the property, starting with her Spanish-style room. I really felt like I was staying there. We checked out the spa, which only made me want to book a service and spend the rest of the day there. But we moved on and walked to the Artist’s Colony, a cute cottage with an artist in residence the leads painting classes. There are guest artists that lead other classes depending on the schedule. The room next door is an apothecary center where you can make and mix your own oils and scents.

We made our way around the walking path to the adults only pool. This is where we soaked up the sun for the rest of the day. We ordered drinks, which were delivered to us in the pool, and floated on one of the highly coveted pool loungers. Supposedly there are only 7 or 8, so you have to snag them early. We succeed in doing that. After a few hours in the pool we relaxed in the comfy lounge chairs and ordered some chips and guac. My go-to poolside snack.

Ojai Valley PoolOjai Valley Inn Spa

I was sad when it was time to say good-bye to my friend. It was the most fun I have had in a long time. A full day of laughs, relaxing in a gorgeous setting, good food and drinks. I’m looking forward to a full weekend at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. I might have to go book it now.

Ojai Valley Inn, Pool Note: This was the perfect daycation.

SHARE TO:


While I was on on my trip to Asheville I committed myself to taking videos and talking into the camera. It made me nervous at first, and still does, but I’m just rolling with it. This video of my stay and visit to the Biltmore Estate doesn’t even do it justice. I was able to capture the estate house, Antler Village, and the barn. But I left out the gardens, winery, and shops.

Now I know to take tons of more videos on my next trip. And, I’ve decided to invest in a better camera for my videos. I’m really getting into this. Would love to hear what you think!

Note: I’m taking my own advice and doing what scares me.

SHARE TO:

Go West Style

I’ve been eying Janessa Leone hats for quite some time now. I would see the hats styled in my Instagram feed and on my favorite blogs. Last month I finally decided to pull the trigger and invest in one of the timeless pieces. I went back and forth about which hat I should buy as my first Janessa Leone, and finally decided on the wool Gabrielle. All of her wool hats are sustainable and cruelty free, made from 100% virgin wool take from a lamb’s first sheering, which makes it the softest and finest wool available. Call me crazy for wearing wool in the summer, and a wool hat let alone, but it’s such a unique classic piece I can’t help it. I brought it on my trip to Asheville, so if you’ve been following along you’ve already seen it. But it’s just too great!

I’m looking forward to taking this hat into the seasons.

Janessa Leone Gabrielle Hat, Splendid Dress, Madewell Bandana, Saint Laurent Paris Booties

Janessa Leone Gabrielle HatJanessa Leone HatSaint Laurent Paris bootiesJanessa Leone hatMadewell bandanaJanessa LeoneJanessa Leone Gabrielle Hat

Note: Shop the look below!

SHARE TO: