“Smile. Little bow. And a wave.”

A close friend of mine has a serious addiction to Love Actually. In times of stress or sadness, she curls up with her favorite afghan, a warm cup of green tea, a large bag of popcorn, and escapes into the topsy-turvy, yet terrific world of eight couples living and working in modern day London.

I’m not entirely sure what she likes best about the film. Perhaps it’s the imagery of London during the holiday season. The layer of crisp white snow on cobblestone city streets makes everything seem all the more charming. Or maybe she’s really into the serendipitous love stories that generate that “feel good” vibe you can always detect in today’s romantic comedies. Or, perhaps she’s just really into Hugh Grant.

Whatever the reason, I can’t help but agree with my friend on one thing: Love Actually is a terrific movie to watch during this time of year. As I previously mentioned, the film portrays not one, but eight (!!!) enchanting love stories – more than enough to bring joy into anyone’s holiday heart. Personally, I have always been drawn to the character of Natalie. She’s got a great job, a handsome boss (the British Prime Minister, who just so happens to be smitten with her), and an enviable sense of style. As a member of the Prime Minister’s personal staff, Natalie’s work dress code is simultaneously professional and adorable. She dresses up the traditional skirt and button-up combo with chic cardigans, sparkling jewelry, and a dash of pastel coloring. Her flawless, trendy ensembles are enhanced by her bubbly and cheerful personality, making Natalie a true style inspiration.

For the working girl who is hoping to add a bit of pizazz to her wardrobe, take a cue from Natalie’s savvy style! Try adding the Woodward Cardigan, the Countess of Pembroke Capelet, or the Rare Delicacy Capelet over a blouse and skirt ensemble, then accessorize with the What a Pearl Wants Necklace!


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    aire 12/14/2009 at 12:15 pm #

    loooooove this movie! And she was part of my favorite storyline in this movie! Another brilliant post, Annie! 🙂

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    Emily 12/14/2009 at 1:34 pm #

    Love, love, love this movie.

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    EmilyKennedy 12/14/2009 at 1:41 pm #

    For me, this movie is so great because it’s so REAL. Love really is about happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy, triumph, and warmth. Rarely do you see portrayals of love in movies that have such depth without being melodramatic.

    But really, where can I find Natalie’s skirts?!

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    Lauren 12/15/2009 at 12:08 am #

    i think that your friend and i need to hang out with some tea, some laura linney, some liam neeson, and some hugh grant.
    and emma thompson
    and alan rickman
    and colin firth
    and…claudia schiffer.


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    sari 12/15/2009 at 12:23 am #

    I love this movie a ton actually !
    One of my top ten and Natalie is soo adorable! Great pick Annie!

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    Pam 12/15/2009 at 12:35 am #

    I need to see this. it going on my top Netflick Q.

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    Natalie 12/15/2009 at 2:56 am #

    My friend and her sister have, since this movie, referred to side-swept bangs as “Natalie bangs”.

    I love her character, too… and not only because we share such a great name.

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    Olivia 12/15/2009 at 10:20 am #

    I love this movie 😀 I could watch it again and again…

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    Annie 12/15/2009 at 3:38 pm #

    Natalie certainly does have enviable bangs:)

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    miss bliss 12/16/2009 at 2:04 am #

    one of my favorite favorite movies, too!

    btw, when are the peacock panties being restocked????

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