Natalia is a luxury lifestyle influencer specialising in fashion, beauty and travel. When she isn’t jetting around the world to five star destinations as a luxury travel ambassador or showcasing the best in independent fashion and beauty, her feet are kept firmly on the ground by her husband, two teenage sons and assortment of beloved waifs and strays. Natalia is a positive, colourful and passionate character who loves to inspire other women to look and feel their very best, share her knowledge and passion for travel inspiring others with her travel articles and blog, all of which is done with a big smile and a refreshing side of reality and wit.
It probably all started at the age of 10. I’d grown up in deepest, darkest Devon and when my Mum asked me how I’d like to celebrate my 10th birthday, I said “Go to Harrods and buy a dress". After 23 years in Fulham and a successful career in marketing it was moving to the countryside that was really the start of my career in fashion and, accidentally, falling into becoming a content creator and Instagram blogger.
I’d always seen the pavements of London as a catwalk and I love the fashion inspo that was all around but it turned out that the girls in the countryside still loved their fashion. I decided to invite some gorgeous brands and friends to a pub in West Sussex and my pop-up sales were born!!
Rather than create a website, I started posting content on Instagram. I post outfits put together by myself and it has became the most wonderful creative outlet for me to enjoy my love of clothes.I had found my happy place!
I am a 45 year old (how did that happen?) married mum of a 14 and a half year old boy. I started my Instagram account carolem_beauty a few years ago but I would say it became more of a serious focus 3 or so years ago. My page tends to be mostly about fashion, skincare and beauty with a bit of travel and home mixed in too. I also went back to work 2 years ago (after over 10 years at home) as I suddenly thought my son was getting older and what was I going to do with myself when he eventually leaves home. I now work part-time for the skincare and beauty brand Clarins on the counter. I enjoy both insta and Clarins for the same reasons - I get to meet and chat to new people and indulge in my passions too.
When the very aptly named “The Glorious Edit” asked me to do a guest edit of their website and to choose 12 gifts I would recommend this Christmas. I was very excited. The Glorious Edit is an edit of fabulous independent brands all of whom sell the most wonderful pieces ranging from jewellery, homewear, beauty
and fashion. I have to admit it was very hard for me to narrow it down to 12picks but I did and here they are...