Sweater Weather

We went for a drive in the canyon on Monday to catch the last of the yellow leaves.  This is my favorite season for many reasons, one being for the clothes. I wait all summer for it to cool down for sweaters!  Some of my favorites this year are from Pink Blush.  I’ve been wearing this one around with the coziest leggings I’ve ever touched (also from Pink Blush) and I can’t wait to pair it with a colorful button-up to dress it up a bit for a different look too.  Watch for my next post for more from Pink Blush and a chance to win a gift card!

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Watch for the next post for a chance to win a Pink Blush giveaway!

Photography by Michael Bunn

Provo Fall Fashion Week 2014: Hair and Makeup with Pureza

Pureza Salon and Medi Spa did the hair and makeup for my collection in Provo Fall Fashion Week this year.  They have a beautiful salon in in the Riverwoods in Provo, check them out as soon as you get a chance!

My look for this collection featured lots of braids, and a clean, natural makeup look.

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Hair and Makeup by Pureza, Photography done by Michael Bunn from the Gesso Group and Mike Johnson from Endless Photography

Models: Zuri Coburn, Raquel Eisele, Jaden Johnson, and Kyra Duys

Producing Provo Fashion Week: Behind the Scenes

Life right now is just lovely.  I’ve been wrapping up everything from Provo Fashion Week, and after all of that work, it is so nice to finally be able to just sit back and see all of the pictures and happy comments from people involved, and take orders for new dresses!  I am so thankful for our amazing team that helped make this happen.  I want to give the biggest, warmest “thank you” to Bree Wilkins and our PFW team; Ashley Murphy, Janay Robison, Chiley Garner, Cherisa Frank, Adria Shields, Jordan Dobson,and our photographers, Lindsey and Crystal from LC Photography.  I also want to thank Adam and Michael from the Gesso Group, and Mike Johnson from Endless Photography, and Niya Model Management for all of their extra help in our production.

It’s a little late, but now that I’ve been able to get some sleep (there definitely wasn’t nearly enough of that happening last week for any of the people involved) and given my brain some recovery time, I’m so excited to share pictures from backstage/behind the scenes glimpses from our production!  We had the most amazing designers and models in our show, and I wish I got pictures of all of them.

These are some of my favorite shots that Mike snapped from behind the scenes, featuring Nephi Garcia‘s amazing ballerina model, Susie Clawson.  This was definitely a highlight from the show.  She walked the entire runway en pointe like it’s just exactly how she walks all of the time.  I am so impressed.

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One of my favorite collections was Rebecca’s from Haunted Head Fashion.  I love this shot of her models right before going on the runway.

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When it comes to fashion shows, I think that models have the most fun!  Bree’s for aBree Original may have had the most fun of anyone.

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More pictures from my own designs in the show are coming, and don’t forget to mark Provo’s Spring Fashion Week in your calendars!  Follow us on instagram, Facebook, and check out UtahFashionInsider.com for more details.

 

 

 

 

Giveaway Skirt

_DSC0045 _DSC0033 _DSC0048 I designed this pegged skirt using the most luxurious 100% silk fabric that I could find in all of San Francisco.  It’s valued at $350, but this is your chance to get one of your very own for FREE!  Bree from ABree Original and I (Natalie Wynn Design) collaborated with Utah Fashion Insider and Provo Fashion Week to set up a giveaway with two skirts, meaning you have two chances to win!

Check out this post for details on how to win, and a look at the gorgeous gold sequin pencil skirt designed by Bree!

My Accidental Model Moment

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This is the story of the time I accidentally and super luckily got to wear my very favorite Brandon Perry creation of all time.

You may or may not have noticed that that’s me pictured above.  I was only ever planning on directing this shoot, and definitely not expecting to be on this side of the camera, but the model for this dress wasn’t able to make it to the shoot last minute which meant I was the lucky stand-in. I definitely didn’t mind at all since I picked this dress specifically because I love it so much, and I really admire Brandon Perry as a designer!  You could also have a chance to wear a Brandon Perry original!  He’ll have a pop-up shop set up at Provo Fashion Week.

Come to Provo Fashion Week and see Brandon’s newest collection!  Buy tickets at provofashionweek.com!

Basil Laminated Pasta

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I love dishes in the summer using fresh, simple ingredients like this pasta recipe.  Laminating herbs in your homemade pasta is a nice little twist, and the classic mixture of basil, balsamic, tomatoes, and olive oil is a small list of flavors, with satisfying results.

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Basil Laminated Pasta

90 minutes, 4 servings

Ingredients:

2 Cups flour

2 Eggs

6 Tbl Water

Pinch of Salt

1 Cup Fresh Basil

Balsamic Vinaigrette 

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon chopped garlic (optional)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

3/4 cup olive oil

Top With:

2 Cups Cherry Tomatoes

Pecorino Romano Cheese

Directions:

Make a mound of flour on your counter, forming a well in the middle.  Pour your lightly beaten eggs in the center, add a pinch of salt, and with a fork, gradually mix the egg mixture into the flour until it starts to stick together as a dough.  Add tablespoons of water as needed until you can knead the dough, it should be fairly stiff.  Cover with plastic wrap, and let sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes.

Separate your dough into 6 lumps, and dust each with flour so they won’t stick in your pasta roller.  Starting with your roller on setting #1, slowly work your way up, rolling your dough through each setting until you reach #7, flouring your dough as needed, and set aside on floured work space.  Repeat this process with each section of dough.  Spread basil leaves on 3 of your pasta sheets, pressing them lightly into the dough.  Use the remaining 3 sheets to cover the others, sandwiching the basil leaves in between.  Roll lightly with a rolling pin to press the layered sheets together.  Once doubled, pass the sheets back through your roller starting with setting #3 and working back up to a #5 or #6.  Use a pizza cutter to slice your pressed pasta sheets into 3/4″ strips, and set aside to dry slightly while you prepare a pot of boiling water.  You will only need to boil your noodles for 2 to 4 minutes until al dente.  Drain Pasta and sprinkle lightly with oil, to keep it from sticking together.

For Topping:

Mix balsamic vinegar in a bowl with the garlic, salt and pepper until the salt dissolves. Beat in the oil by droplets, whisking constantly.

Cut tomatoes in halves, sprinkle with olive oil and toss in frying pan until warm. Add vinaigrette and stir together until warm.  Pour over pasta, sprinkle with cheese, and serve.

 

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Salt Flats Photo Shoot

One of my top favorite Utah supermodels, Corri Thomas came to me with an idea that I just couldn’t say no to;  A photo shoot on the Salt Flats in a flowing, bold colored evening gown shot by Mike Johnson of Endless Photography. I’ve worked with Corri before, and that will always be a good idea, and Mike is an absolute blast to work with, which is just the cherry on top of his vast amounts of talent.

I am so excited about this project because I’ve been so enamored with fuchsia lately, and I knew it would be an absolutely stunning color on Corri, especially placed against all of the whiteness of the Salt Flats.  I designed a strapless charmeuse gown with a draped chiffon overlay, and I couldn’t have picked a better color, it was perfect!  The day of the shoot was extremely windy and it drastically changed the look of the dress, but it added so much drama to the photographs, that I think it was a lovely trade.

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Homemade Ice Cream

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I wish I could put the smell of these strawberries in a picture.  The list of things I’ll miss when this summer is over contains a surprising amount of smells.  My list also involves being able to just walk outside, pick something right off of a plant, and then make it into ice cream, which is exactly what I did yesterday.  I love this recipe because it is so simple, so delicious, and so flexible.  You can switch out the berries with peaches, or whatever else your favorite summer fruit might be and make this recipe your own.

 

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Mixed Berry Ice Cream

30 minutes, 8-10 servings

Ingredients:

2 Cups berries (fresh, or frozen)

1 1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

1 1/2 Cup Half & Half

1 Cup Sugar

2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Rock Salt

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Directions:

1. Blend berries in a blender just long enough to crush them.  Transfer to the canister of your ice cream freezer, add sugar, and mix until the sugar dissolves.  Add cream, half & half, and vanilla, and mix until well blended.

2. Use ice and salt to freeze according to the manufacturers directions, (This should take around 20 min.) and eat immediately if you like a soft, mousse-like texture, or transfer to your freezer for two or three hours for a more set consistency.

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1920’s Wedding Inspiration

So, after months of everyone asking when we were going to do it, we’re excited to announce that we finally did!  Michael and I got all dressed up in wedding attire and… tried modeling!  😉 I was online looking for models one day and I came across a post looking for models to be in a wedding inspiration shoot and I thought , “Hey, why not, modeling might be fun”  and asked Michael if he thought it would be fun, and he said, “NO!”, so I signed us up.  Okay, that’s actually not exactly how the story went.  It’s not hard to talk Michael into doing any kind of creative project.  We both had a lot of fun!

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The shoot was 1920s inspired (my favorite era!) and I got to wear a gorgeous Sarah Janks dress from Avenia Bridal (I worked hard to get that dress. I had to have it!)  She’s one of my favorite bridal designers, and the dress was perfect for the 1920s theme.  My hair and makeup was done by  Tiffany Johnson.  If anyone is looking for a hair and makeup artist, she is amazing!  My hair was so accurate to the 1920s finger waves, which is hard to do by the way.  This girl knows what she’s doing, and on top of that she is just charmingly sweet and fun to work with.  The flowers were perfect, and done by Flowers on Main, and the adorable desserts were by Swirly Girls Bakery.  And of course, all of this was coordinated and shot by Megan Rose Bingham who is an absolute delight to work with, I was so impressed with her work getting everything set up and she is very friendly, positive and has such an up-beat personality, it’s easy to feel at ease with her which is such an important quality in a photographer.  Check out her website to see more of her work!

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