10.09.2013

HEY NATALIE JEAN + LEVI'S // WHAT MOVES ME


i'm thrilled to be working with marie claire to help promote station to station, a public art project made possible by levi's and the levi's make our mark project. station to station: a nomadic happening is a traveling art installation connecting musicians, artists, and creative pioneers to raise funds through ticket sales to support non-traditional programming and exhibitions at seven partner museums across the country, including the MoMA PS1 here in queens, the SFMOMA in san francisco, and the LACMA in los angeles. some of the artists and creatives involved include charlotte gainsbourg, chef alice waters, and the edible schoolyard project. you can read more about this creative endeavor HERE, at make our mark project

for my part i was asked to style a few pieces from the levi's heritage collection, and to share a little bit about what moves me.


i am a woman who is moved by much. oh, i have me some passions. my passions have passions; passion babies that multiply like jackrabbits. my heart is easily dispatched. to things, to people, to places or ideas, to everywhere. all over the place. i care deeply, and quickly. i love hard and i trust fast, which can often leave my heart exposed to the elements. more than once i've given my heart to the wrong person, and more than lots i am too vulnerable, too available, too quick to be opened, too difficult to be closed. it happens. it's okay. 

people with restraint are intriguing to me. how do they do that? i'm fascinated by people who seem guarded and careful. i am never careful. but i am always ready. in the end i've found that the love i am giving away is nearly always worth the love that comes back, when it comes back. because when it does, it comes back good.


what moves me is love. my heart is big and it is raw, and when it has something to love and care for is when all of the rest of me makes sense, and when i am at my best. my big stupid heart can be a pain in the butt sometimes, but as i've gotten older i've become more convinced that it was planted inside this chest of mine with pretty good reason. i'd rather be moved by love. that much i know for sure.


this post was sponsored by marie claire. thank you as always for supporting this blog and the companies that support our family.

p.s. on me:
biltmore for madewell hat (old, similar here)
western chambray c/o levi's
play dress c/o sonnet james
mini cowboy boots c/o levi's

on huck:

31 comments :

  1. wow! how cool! nice hat

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  2. That whole out just works beautifully! And what a cool project, just checked their website.

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  3. Photos by Mr. Brandon Holbrook? ;)

    P.S. Great post and outfit, Natalie!

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  4. "My heart is easily dispatched." Girl, mine too -- let's make t-shirts.

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  5. great style lady, very laid back and effortlessly chic.

    http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot.com/2013/10/work-outfit-3.html

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  6. So good Natalie. You look good in some chambray. That second to last pic of your pretty face is so perfect. You're beautiful! Especially loving your words in this post though, speaking lots of truths my heart knows well. P.S. what size did you get in the shirt? Love how it fits you.
    Xo
    Keisha

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  7. oh my--you are a beauty!! i need this dress. you are so sweet and inspiring and honest. love these words. xo

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  8. Your writing is fervent.
    Your outfit is perfect.
    I feel that rawness, Jamie warns me about it but I think it can only be a good thing to give to the world. It's a quality and a gift and you own it well. xxxx

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  9. Lovely post. I'm the same way. And your hair looks fantastic!

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  10. I Love the color of the dress. You look so pretty

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  11. We are kindred spirits ! I always marvel at those restrained, well-mannered, concise and buttoned-up people. I am messy with my motions and loud and free-flowing, rambling, and although it can be a pain and humiliation, I like to think it is a blessing because us types are anything but boring.

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  12. Every time you write, it makes me so excited for your book!
    I feel like you are living in another time, but in 2013! I love your style.

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  13. You look so completely chic!

    And I think it's wonderful that you can be open and vulnerable and, despite being hurt, choose to keep your heart open. It's a choice worth making for sure.

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  14. I love your collection of rings!

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  15. Love it: "my passions have passions; passion babies that multiply like jackrabbits." I completely relate. I also think giving love can mean getting love back big time. Sensitive people unite!?

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  16. a big heart always wins! beautiful words, as always. xo

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  17. natalie your words are raw, authentic and filled to the brim with beauty. as usual. thanks for sharing!

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  18. Gorgeous pictures. And such a fun opportunity! Love the look and love your thoughts on life.

    http://sometimesgracefully.com

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  19. That dress looks perfect with the shirt tied. So cute. You are lovely inside and out. We can certainly see your heart through your lovely writing.

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  20. I hear ya - who would wanna have it any other way when they're moved by love? You're onto something there. Heh.

    But seriously! Fistbump.

    You look BEEYOOTEEFUUL in the pic with hair covering half your face - work it!

    And, as always, it goes without saying that you write beautifully because OF COURSE.

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  21. I've recently started following you and I am finding myself coming back to your corner of the internet more and more often, as I can really relate to your words. I love your raw, funny and honest style of blogging. Clearly you blog that way for a reason, that's the way you are as a person and I like that. It's refreshing. Also, the fact that you are a fellow mama to a little guy (my son Rio is 16 months). Oh, us mamas and our heart breaker sons, what will we do? We are in trouble, that's for sure. ;) Thank you for being you and for being so vulnerable with all us strangers. It takes guts. A little nugget of wisdom my dad has said over and over again throughout the years is, "Those who matter don't mind and those who mind don't matter" he also says "don't sweat the small stuff and everything is small stuff." Words. Of. Wisdom. Love your outfit here, pinned it!

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  22. You know how sometimes you read something and you're like "How did they know?!? That's me! I thought that was my thing!" Well:

    "i love hard and i trust fast, which can often leave my heart exposed to the elements. more than once i've given my heart to the wrong person, and more than lots i am too vulnerable, too available, too quick to be opened, too difficult to be closed. it happens. it's okay."

    I had to read that twice. And then "it's okay" brought tears to my eyes. Having a big, open heart is such a blessing but it can be such a curse sometimes. I'm not positive I've gotten to the point of accepting that it's "okay," but reading this certainly got me closer. Keep moving girl!

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  23. Gosh I so look forward to your posts! Thank you for this post so so much. Also, may I ask a delicate/indelicate question? How do you wear this long, soft, elegant dress without having any undie lines? Thank you twice. Much love and appreciation. xoxoxo

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  24. so many great things going with that outfit! worrrkin it.

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  25. This was so pleasingly warm to read- your words when straight to my heart. What a beautiful reflection! And your outfit is killer.

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  26. You're so gorgeous! Love love love this dress....& your heart.

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  27. Just found your blog on pinterest and oh I am so glad I did. I literally was in awe of this entire post; you managed to describe how I am, and certain things I often find myself feeling, to a T. This entire piece is beautifully written and such an absolute pleasure to read.

    xo,
    Kiana
    finchandfawn.com

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  28. I absolutely love your writing. You are so talented! I started following your blog randomly a couple of months ago and I'm so glad that I came across it. You're an inspiration!
    Chloe
    www.thewordthief.com

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  29. After a few too many people telling me they don't feel emotions, thank you for this. For reminders that there are plenty of people with big hearts and big passions and a willingness to embrace both. I'm keeping your words close by for a long while.

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