Meet Naty

Welcome to my site!  Grab a cup of coffee, have a seat and stay awhile.  Let’s have a life chat, shall we?

I decided to change my site’s name from A Love Affair With Fashion to Naty Michele for many reasons.  It’s a change that I felt was necessary for the growth of this blog and for my own personal evolution as well.  When I first started blogging back in 2011, I was just looking for a new creative outlet and a way to express myself through fashion.  It was a therapeutic way for me to grieve with losing my father to cancer and to navigate my way in the world after losing my full time job.  I was a lost girl trying to find my place again.  In so many ways both fashion and blogging helped me do that. This creative outlet and part time passion project transformed into a full time business and for that, I will forever be grateful.

So much has changed since I first created my blog and I am no longer that lost girl. While of course I will always be having a love affair with fashion, my focus is not just on my personal style anymore. It’s expanded into what I like to call “my other layers.”  There is so much more to me than the exterior and I’ve been trying to share it with all of you through my Life Chats, my travels and other aspects of my life.  I’ve slowly been introducing other content so that I could make the transition from a fashion focused blog into a lifestyle one. Naty Michele is going to be a place where you can continue to connect with me on a more personal level.  I want to always create content that is true to who I am and also something that you can relate to.  I want this to be a space that you enjoy and will continue coming back to for more. I hope it fills you with a bit of inspiration each time and motivates you to bring your dreams to life.

If you’re here, it most likely means that you are staying on this journey with me and for that, I thank you!
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FAQ

How tall are you and how old are you?

I am super petite at just 4’11 1/2!  Yes, I added the 1/2 inch because it makes a difference lol I am 32 and my birthday is in November.  Most people think I am in my younger-mid 20s, so thank you for that! But the jig is up, I am no longer a spring chicken. Haha

Is Naty Michele your full name? 

Some people think that my first name is Naty and my last name is Michele.  My full name is actually Natalie Caez.  Naty has been my nickname for years and it just stuck.  Michele is my middle name. :)

What’s your nationality? 

I am Puerto Rican.  Both of my parents were born in Puerto Rico and I was born here.  I am very proud of where my family is from.  Unfortunately I do not speak Spanish fluently, but I do understand a lot.  A fun fact is that I have been taking lessons to brush up on my skills.  A goal of mine is to be bilingual.  

What camera/lens do you use? 

Currently for the blog, all photos are taken with a Canon RebelT31 50mm 1.8 lens.  I am hoping to upgrade both the camera and lens very soon.  Most of my Instagram and travel photos are taken with the Olympus Pen E-PL7 factory lens.  Hoping to upgrade this lens soon too as well.  I have heard great things about the 17 and 25mm. 

What editing apps and filters do you use on Instagram? 

My top three go-to photo editing apps on the iPhone are Snapseed, VSCO and FaceTune.  I love using Snapseed to adjust the lighting in specific areas of a photo.  For VSCO, I use A6 on every photo to keep a cohesive look in my feed. In FaceTune, I love the details option and changing the color/tones in certain areas, especially when I need to make something more white. 

What did you study in college?

I majored in Communications with a specialization in journalism and I minored in English.

What keeps you inspired? 

My father continues to be my biggest inspiration every single day.  Whenever I feel like I need an extra push or whenever I begin to doubt myself, I just look at his photo or think of him and I swear it fills me up with strength and motivation.  It can be hard to stay inspired constantly and trust me I definitely have my moments.  I also find a lot of inspiration whenever I travel.  I find new environments and meeting new people to be very inspiring.

Is the blog your full time job?

Yes it is although that was never my initial intention.  The blog truly was a creative outlet for me and it became a real passion.  I just stuck with it every day and did whatever I could to grow and get better at it. Over time it just organically transitioned into what it is today. It took a lot of hard work and patience though.  After losing both my father and my job, I honestly had no idea what I was going to do in my life so I feel very thankful to be able to do something that I love and enjoy. I want to continue to create content and share as much as I can with all of you. Please note though that while I do partner with brands on sponsored posts, not everything I do is sponsored and I only take on collaborations that feel authentic to me.  I will never partner with a brand that I don’t genuinely like and that is not a good fit for me.

Do you have any advice for starting a blog?

Just go for it and don’t overthink it!  I had absolutely no clue what I was doing when I started and really just learned as I went along.  Find your voice and don’t be afraid to just be who you are.  You don’t need to do what everyone else is doing.  Figure out what works best for you and stick with that.  Don’t be afraid to show your personality and always be authentic.  Do things in an organic way, no matter how long it may take you.  You want the foundation of what you do to be based on something that is genuine.  Don’t get too caught up in the numbers game.  Be consistent with the content that you post, get creative, network and step outside of your comfort zone. If I can do it, then so can you! You got this. 
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