why i do what I do.....

I am now Fashion Director at Glamour magazine but following on from the success of my weekly column in the Sunday Times Style magazine I thought I would bring this page to life every week and also give you the chance to comment. This page is not for me to dictate what you should be wearing but to offer ideas on how to put wearable outfits together. Its not what you wear it's how you wear it!



Thursday, 28 August 2014

My Autumn Wish List.....

If money were no object...



TIP...add a vintage looking tee to tartan for a modern and wearable nod to punk




TIP...loose shirts over over a skirt needs a bit of skin to balance it out




TIP...add a collarless white shirt under a blazer to keep symmetry with block colours jeans dress the look down




TIP...grey is the colour for winter wear it head to toe but mix up the textures




TIP...channel the 80's with checks and bows and add a roll neck for this seasons new update




TIP...the puffa coat looks great when belted to create shape and is perfect worn with a pair of high tops (these are my top tip for winter shoes pony skin on the outside and sheepskin lined on the in!)

Everything featured is available at Browns  

Monday, 25 August 2014

Go Graphic.....

Add a simple touch of graphic print to your outfit , simple bold statements is all you need and this weekend you can WIN a fab new t-shirt from the uber brand Etre Cecile (its the one in the last outfit).  As usual leave a comment below or retweet the blog on twitter @nataliehartley or via Instagram @nataliehartleywears
Deadline Saturday 30th August...good luck!




TIP... go sixties with a boxy jacket in black patent but a monochrome stripe adds a touch of Parisian chic plus a silk scarf is anise addition to add to plainer pieces

scarf by ISSA
jacket by tory burch







TIP... I love this sleeveless vest the shape gives a 90's twist to a modern top and looks great worn tucked into straight leg jeans 

vest by etre cecile
jeans by marques almeida








TIP...go for graphic trainers and top but keep the jeans neutral indigo denim goes really will against white 

top by etre cecile
jeans by marques almeida
trainers by riccardo tisci for nike

Sunday, 3 August 2014

TK Maxx...the holiday wardrobe

This week I am giving you a chance to WIN £200 to spend in TK Maxx for your own summer holiday!  This is what I found with the same spending money (plus a few more pieces that include suncreams and beauty products at great prices that I haven't shown here) as I wanted to show you that you can get really great well made pieces (including designer finds in their Gold Label section that is as good as buying brand new just much better value.  If this sounds like a shopping spree for you then to enter simply leave a comment below or on my Instagram @nataliehartleywears and the winner will be announced on Saturday 9th August...good luck!



My holiday packing tip is to stick to a neutral palette is makes it easier to pack and mix your clothes to make up different outfits my new colour obsession is Caramel and the tones within so this summer I have opted for black and beige

TIP...travelling in a good oversized jumper keeps you warm on the plane too but throw it over a loose dress and you can strip off easily the other side and instantly get into the holiday mood!






TIP... adding a black shoe to beige makes the colour palette edgier







TIP...easy dressing is a shirt dress for me I love a collarless dress and the oversized shape keeps you cool in hot weather but look for a shorter length to stop the shape becoming to bulky for holiday







TIP... I always bring a loose pair of jeans and I love the rips in them which again when you are away means you can cover up but stay cool in the evening pairing them with a minimal japanese inspired top in a beige tone is fresh and light for summer dressing








TIP... for me the ultimate cover up for the beach is a loose black shirt sexier worn with nothing else but swimwear it looks great done up as if a dress or open to act as a kaftan just make sure its oversized for the most effective and stylish way to wear a shirt on the beach 

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Triathlon Training....the end is in sight!


This Saturday 2nd August my 4 months of training should have paid off, the big Virgin Triathlon has arrived (and I am terrified!)  I have been proud of what I have achieved over the last couple of months especially, in particular the swimming of which I can now do front crawl and look half way decent.  I have learnt it so well thanks to Virgin Adult Swimming lessons that I feel I might even attempt the Triathlon with that stoke, something I never thought possible a few weeks ago!

I feel that I will carry on cycling around London whenever possible too.  This training has changed my life style I have enjoyed every second of it and hope I have now inspired a few of you to keep doing the same!  We are in a stage where health and fitness have become imperative in our lives people are really enjoying it, the whole fashion industry is getting involved like I have never seen before and being healthy has become a normal part of life not in an obsessive way but in a way of balance you can enjoy your life socialising but balance it with exercise.  There is so much to choose from that there must be something out there that you can start to enjoy too!

If you want to support me even more then please find the link for donations that myself and my three other crazy friends are raising, this time for Great Ormond Street Hospital


thanks in advance and good luck to anyone else taking part roll on the next challenge for 2015, what will it be!  

Monday, 21 July 2014

Training for the Triathlon

This weekend I took myself on a 20 mile cycle to and from Richmond Park but cycling isn't something you have to wear the 'right gear' for unless you are racing, so a simple shorts and t- shirt combo with my must have plimsol trainers are perfect summer cycling wear! This week I am giving away a pair of must have Kenzo for Vans white soled trainers for one lucky reader to exercise in style with! Just leave a comment below, on Instagram @nataliehartleywears or RT the blog on twitter to enter! Deadline Sunday 27th July...good luck!








Men's grey marl t-shirt by Uniqlo
Men's shorts (cut to right length and roll up) by Gap
Trainers by Celine





Want to WIN these this week?!



Sunday, 13 July 2014

Triathlon Training ... the kit

who doesn't want a wetsuit (or a unitard!)




The pieces exhibited here are my essential kit for the Triathlon who ever said that a triathlon was sexy!) but sadly with a wardrobe full of cool sporting attire the end result will be held wearing these figure hugging numbers! To be honest am not really sure i would want to swim in the thames with anything less than a wetsuit, in an ideal world a face mask with breathing apparatus would be nice too!  Then the wetsuit comes off to reveal this unitard which remains the look of the day to get you through the half marathon cycle and the 5km run




I have been swimming three times a week at Virgin Active, cycling my Tokyo Bike nearly everyday and taking spinning classes once a week at Psycle and Boom! Cycle with three weeks left it is full steam ahead lets hope I don't injure myself in the process as there is a lot that can happen between now and then!