pink panther

Jacket & Shorts: Zara. Top: Theory (old). Sunglasses: Karen Walker 'Super Duper'. Bag: Chanel. Watch: Michele. Shoes: Zara. Jewelry: Jcrew, David Yurman, YSL, GAP, BR. Pin: Vintage Chanel. 


Whenever I slip into these little ECCO heels, I'm immediately brought back to my day in Europe with the team back in February. Then, I was bundled in giant scarves, thick knits, and the warmest boots known to man. NYC is starting to get better each day, making it a perfect time to expose these neon pink toes around Soho! Though this "Montpellier" pair by Ecco is super dainty and pretty, I roughed it up a bit with an extra loose pair of orange jeans, a cropped knit sweater, and my favorite leather jacket. Right now, the colors in my wardrobe are all over the place, so it's no surprise I'm taking on the city in all colors of the rainbow!

So to kick of Spring/Summer, I'm giving away this adorable pair of ECCO "Montpellier" heels to one lucky reader! 

Simply choose ONE way to enter:


a. Like ECCO USA Shoes on Facebook and post on the wall “I want to win a pair of ECCO Montpellier heels from Natalie Off Duty”
b. Upload a photo of the outfit you’d wear with your new Montpellier heels to the ECCO USA Shoes page  

c. Tweet “I want to win a pair of @ECCO_USA_Shoes Montpellier heels from @NatalieOffDuty! (Link to blog post). #NordicChic”

Yep, super easy right? 
Like me on Facebook/ Follow me on Twitter for all giveaway updates!

 (Contest ends May 7th, must be a US resident and over 18 years old. Good luck!)

UPDATE: Congratulations to the winner: Cindy Batchelor!! Thanks to everyone to entered. For now, you can still go to ECCO's facebook..we're giving away a shoe a day (Thursday we're giving away this exact shoe again) Amazing right?! 


I shall wear the crap out of you.

Musing Mom, Arizona Muse

I'm pretty sure we're all hot for Arizona Muse, the 23 year old mom to a three year old (pictured above) and super model who started her career as a long haired blonde but didn't get attention until she dyed her hair and went short. 
The short hair definitely brings out her features more (those brows!) and she's now in the May catalogue of J.Crew with her adorable son!

Images via FGR

An Art Lover's Home

Nicole Hanley Mellon's apartment at The Plaza in New York is full of great art from different periods which makes her home so eclectic and fun. Although she says the huge art by Peter Beard (so is the one above the sofa) behind the bed was not a design choice the placement of it is quite intriguing.

Images via Vogue

Nordic Chic: Hosting the ECCO Event!

I got to revisit a little bit of Scandinavia...yet in the heart of NYC! I just hosted the ECCO shoes event and it was the perfect way to gather all my friends and kind of bring them back to my ECCO trip in Europe. Glimpses of footage from the trip were lying around every where: images of the team and I trekking through Amsterdam, heading out into the snowy countryside to visit their tannery, and even hilarious video footage of our last-minute flight to Copenhagen for their Walk in Style runway show.  Basically, we celebrated Scandinavian style with hearty beers, too much food, and of course, there I was bouncing around the building in the "Sculptured 65" boot, which are basically a black patent ankle boot that can easily double as running shoes (they're that comffffyyy). I'll show you more soon, they are out this Fall! Always, always, I'll be a huge fan of simple Scandinavian design!

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Dusk till Dawn

(Chaser Brand leather jacket and tee, David Kahn jeans, Alimonada skull bracelets, Shoemint leopard sandals)

Friday, you roll around quicker than expected week by week. Everyday for me has been go, go, go and I can't wait to finally sit back and do absolutely nothing...or absolutely everything this weekend. I don't even know how I'm alive right now! Late nights and early mornings have been taking over my life. Thank goodness for coffee... but darn, I've come to realize I'm completely out of milk and creamer. Grocery shopping has been on my long to-do list for ages! It's about time I get some things organized...the big sis is coming to town and lord knows this weekend will be crazy. We've got some killer shows to see and of course insanely sick projects in the works. I just can't wait to see her, especially since Coachella madness is over and we can finally act like normal people. For now, all you need to know is that life currently revolves around Chaser Brand's rock n' roll tees, and their brand spankin' new moto leather jacket. Funny, they're really all I need to feel happy right now.

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The Kenneth Cole Event

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all those who came out to the Kenneth Cole store in Santa Monica last night. I met so many of my lovely readers who were all so sweet and stylish! It was so great to meet everyone of you (from long time blog readers that read my blog since the beginning to mom bloggers!) 
By the end of the night my cheeks were hurting from smiling and laughing too much!

More pictures after the jump!

Thank you once again for coming out everyone and thank you so much to the amazing Kenneth Cole team (everyone one of you!) for the fun opportunity! 

Gangsta as...

My days are getting busier and busier so lately all of my outfits have been 5 minute, no fuss type of outfits. For those who asked about my job, I'm an interior designer. It's crazy how when I first started this blog, I had just started studying interior architecture. Although it would be nice to be a full time blogger, I'm so in love with designing and creating spaces that I couldn't be a full time blogger plus blogging is so much more fun when it's not a job in my opinion.

Anyways, hope to see some of you tonight at the Kenneth Cole store in Santa Monica! Details below! xo