friday favorites: blog post edition

Happy Easter, Peeps!
Happy Friday, friends! Can you believe it's Easter weekend? Me either.

Today's Friday Favorites is a bit different. Rather than sharing products, I'm giving you some weekend reading and sending out some love by sharing some of favorite recent posts from other bloggers. So here we go!

Cupcakes and Cashmere: Indigo Dye Napkins
I've been obsessing over tie dye lately so this is a DIY I would love to tackle soon. These are perfect for summer BBQs and outdoor dinners.

The Fancy Pants Report: Unmentionables
Kate is pretty much the coolest. I loved this outfit she posted earlier this week. The contrast between the striped tee and lacy shorts creates the perfect balance between cool and feminine. I want to copy this look immediately.

Kendi Everyday: All Good Things
A story of the closing of Kendi's store front, bloom. I found this post incredibly inspiring. Her perspective is so refreshing and the fact that she is facing such an uncertain time with so much grace makes it clear that this will not bring her and husband down. In fact, it may take them to even greater places.

Gal Meets Glam: Studs and Leopard
Another look I want to copy immediately. I'm obsessed with this outfit Julia posted recently. It's totally cool and laid back but I love that the sweater makes it just a bit cozy. This might be one of my favorite outfits from her.

The Daybook: It Started Out With a Trip to the ER
I've been reading Sydney's blog since I started blogging and have loved every second. Girl can write. I love this post because it's so real and honest and she's able to find the good even in the really tough days. Also, she tells a story like no one can. I swear. She can write about walking across the room and make it sound the most interesting thing ever.

Crystalin Marie: Girls Lunch | Pizzeria Delfina
Earlier this month, Crystalin shared some photos of a girls lunch we had with Kate and Jillian at Pizzeria Delfina, which was so delish. I'm always down for pizza and girl time. In addition to gorgeous photos, she chats here a bit about friendship and making real life connections. I totally agree with everything she says and am so grateful for the friendships I've gained from this little blog of mine.

I hope you guys enjoy these posts as much as I did. Hope your weekend is nothing short of amazing and that you all have a wonderful Easter, whether you celebrate or not!


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product review: yogasmoga crop & tank

Product Review: YOGASMOGA Crop & Tank | www.natalie-dressed.com
As mentioned in this post, I'm always on the hunt for great yoga wear, especially yoga pants. When I came across YOGASMOGA online, I immediately felt connected to the brand. 1. The site was beautiful and clean. 2. The products were cute, looked comfy, and came in a lot of colors. 3. The company values, ethics, principles, and socially and environmentally responsible practices made me immediately want to support them.

The folks over at YOGASMOGA were kind enough to send me the Run Jump 'n Play Crops and the Twistie Tank to try out and review for you guys. Scroll to the bottom to see what I have to say!

Product Review: YOGASMOGA Crop & Tank | www.natalie-dressed.com
Product Review: YOGASMOGA Crop & Tank | www.natalie-dressed.com
Product Review: YOGASMOGA Crop & Tank | www.natalie-dressed.com
Product Review: YOGASMOGA Crop & Tank | www.natalie-dressed.com
Product Review: YOGASMOGA Crop & Tank | www.natalie-dressed.com
Product Review: YOGASMOGA Crop & Tank | www.natalie-dressed.com

First up, the Twistie Tank.

THE PROS: The cut of the front and the straps are really flattering. As someone with a smaller chest, I almost always prefer spaghetti strap tops and bras because they are less overwhelming. Also, sometimes built-in sports bras just don't work for me if they're not tight enough. This one fit perfectly. It was super comfy and I felt totally supported and held in in all the right spots through my entire practice. 

THE CONS: Okay, so I have a weird thing with tight fitting shirts. I just don't like them and almost never wear them. Fitted is the closest I'll get, but if it hugs me, it highlights my little love handles a little too much for my liking. Simply put, they just aren't very flattering on me. Overall, I loved this top, but my biggest problem was getting over the tightness. I'd say it runs a bit small. I'm wearing a size 4, which is my usual size, and felt the built in sports bra band was just a bit too snug and cut in a bit so I'd go up a size if I got this tank again (the bra part itself was perfect, the band was the tight part). So although it runs a bit small, my only complaint is that it's too tight, which is the nature of this top so it's clearly just not the right style for me. If you like tighter workout tops and have more of an hourglass shape, then this could be a great top for you. It's super comfy, flattering, and supportive, plus it comes in a lot of fun colors.


THE PROS: I'm just gonna say it - these are my best fitting yoga pants and might be my favorite. These are also my usual size 4 and fit like a glove. Some of my other yoga pants (even my Lululemons) sometimes bunch weird in the crotch, which is totally not a good look. These don't do that at all. I  also love the just-slightly-longer length of these. I think it's so much more flattering than crops that hit just below the knee. The "skinny-no muffin waistband" really does do a good job of sucking everything in. I've walked out of my heated power yoga class several times in them dripping wet, washed them each time, and they still look the same. No fading or changing shape.

THE CONS: Although the band does a great job of holding everything in, I wish it was just about half an inch lower and that the seam at the very top was a bit more elastic. Obviously every body will fit a little differently so this is just a personal preference. The one major drawback to these pants is that they are a tiny bit sheer. When I tried them on at home, I didn't notice it at all. But when I was in the bathroom at my parents' house, which was much brighter, I tested them again and noticed it there. It's not super obvious, but if you bend over in a forward fold or downward dog, you can see a tint of skin tone. One thing I will note though - somehow yoga pants seem to be sheer on me when they're not on other people. I don't know if it's my bubble butt or what, but most yoga pants (and almost every single pair I own) are at least a tiny bit sheer when I bend over. I've tested this with my sisters and it only seems to happen to me so maybe it's a personal problem. ;) I haven't quite found a solution yet. 

Overall, I highly recommend the Run Jump 'n Play crops. Like I said, they're my best fitting and probably most comfortable yoga pants (I have my eye on the Tickled Pink pair next). I'm OCD about sheerness so you may not even notice it, especially if you haven't had any problems with sheerness in other pants. If you're into form fitting workout tanks, definitely try the Twistie tank, but consider a size up. If you really don't like a snug fit like me, you might skip it. It's totally a personal preference on style and what's flattering on your body.

I'm thrilled to have found a company whose values I can stand behind and feel good about supporting. Coupled with an awesome product, I'm one happy customer. Two cheers for awesome products from companies making our world a better place!

Thank you to YOGASMOGA for sending me these complimentary items to review for my awesome readers!