I was born in Massachusetts in 1986, but have lived in California since fifth grade and thus consider myself a Californian. I moved to Malibu in 2004 to attend college at Pepperdine University, where I had a short stint as a science major, but ultimately studied public relations and marketing. Upon graduation, I moved to San Diego for a job in public relations and soon met my now-husband Brian. We got married in Temecula in 2011 and he's truly my favorite person in the world.
I discovered my love for writing when I started blogging in 2008. Since then, I've created and maintained my current blog, Thoughts by Natalie, which is dedicated to honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life. In 2011, I began writing and editing for Darling Magazine, and also served as the Director of Marketing for Wonderfully Made—a Christian-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping young women know their true value so they can live outward-focused lives.
In 2012, I left my position at Wonderfully Made to become a full-time Managing Editor (and eventually Executive Editor) for Darling Magazine, and in September 2013, I left my position at Darling to pursue my own work as a writer, blogger and creative consultant. My husband and I currently live in north county San Diego with our very scruffy adopted puppy Maggie. In addition to my blog, I am a contributing editor to Glitter Guide, as well as a contributor for Darling Magazine.