Eyewear is integral to my style, and I have been wearing glasses since I was 5. In Grade 7, I purchased a pair of rhinestone cat-eye glasses. Many people made fun of me, but I loved them, because they reminded me of Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionaire. They were my identity, and I took pride in wearing my glimmering, vintage frames. I feel that eyewear is a functional accessory that also projects your personality, and I always want my style to do just that!
Name & Nickname: Natalie Ast & Tasha
Home base: Toronto, Canada
Current occupation: Journalism Grad, Fashion Blogger
My glasses collection consists of ___ pairs of frames: I currently rotate between three pairs of frames – though I need to update my prescription in a couple vintage pieces! I have dozens of sunglasses, I’m always on the hunt for a chic pair.
Glasses are an amazing accessory because: They are functional and add character to an outfit. I find that they frame the face and yes, they can make you appear to be smarter.
When I was young, I was obsessed with Marilyn Monroe and loved her quirky character in How to Marry a Millionaire. She made glasses cute and sexy, and I wanted to emulate her style. This pair reminds me of them, and I love the dainty gold arms.
A tip on picking out the perfect pair of frames is: Try on a few frames and see what kind of shape and color works best for your face and coloring. I see too many people wear strong black glasses with light coloring!
My favorite online source for style inspiration is: Other blogs. I love discovering new bloggers and what they are wearing. I also love seeing what trends pop up in different corners of the world.
My current style muse is: Lupita Nyong’O and Kiernan Shipka
The best way to organize a closet is: Lately I’ve adopted the one in, one out policy, but old habits die hard.
Buying the same piece of clothing in multiple colors, yay or nay? Yay if it’s a basic. I think a rainbow of silk shirts or v-neck tees work for everyone.
I would describe my personal style as feminine and flirty. I love color and anything printed: polkadots, stripes, florals you name it! I like mixing old and new, and high end pieces with thrift store finds.
My favorite fashion trend of the moment is: Midi skirts! I love how feminine and graceful they are.
If I could be stuck in an elevator with anyone, it would be: Hugh Jackman. He is so handsome and charming, I’m sure he’d sing a song and I’d calm down.
My favorite fashion blogger is: The Blonde Salad – Chiara Ferragni. She was my first blogger obsession, and still is. I love seeing all of her travels and I admire her hard work!
A social media platform or app that I can’t get enough of is: Instagram
My favorite city to go shopping in is: Milan. I love how you can window shop in the glittery Quadrilatero d’Oro, and then head to a market for $10 sandals and loafers made in Italy. It’s also cool how every fashion house has a branded bar or restaurant. The culture is so focused on fashion, and the shopping (at any budget) is top notch.