Name & Age:
Natalie Keinan, 26
Sales Executive, Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger
Raised in Keller, Texas, a small town full of charm, Natalie Keinan dreamed up a big city vision that would one day mirror her Cuban roots and multicultural traditions. The cute and sporty native attended West Texas A&M University where she played soccer and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Sports and Exercise Science. Natalie also met her match, her then boyfriend a soccer player as well while attending college; the two have been happily married for three years and are parents to an amazing rescue pup named Leo. Love and soccer ball, a super cute love story! Nearing the end of her college days, Natalie had every intention of attending school for physical therapy but decided to take a different route ending up in sales upon graduation. After a bitter sweet taste of corporate America, Natalie became eager to develop an outlet outside of work where she could be in creative control of sharing passionate pieces of her life. Without hesitation her blogging journey began and the fashion hour became the destination for connecting great fashion finds on a dime and superb foodie spots in the DFW area.
What was the inspiration behind your nifty concept to correlate fashion and food in the beginning phases of developing your blog?
My reason for starting The Fashion Hour was because of my passion for getting good deals on clothes and finding local happy hours. I was raised by a mother who never paid retail for anything and I clearly inherited that same mindset. It is a strong sense of accomplishment for me when I find pieces that retail at a significantly higher price than what I purchase them for. My purpose for starting the fashion side of this blog was to show that you do not have to spend thousands of dollars to have style and that you can create beautiful, chic outfits without breaking the bank. As for the happy hours, that is the reason behind me initially having the idea to start a blog. One day I was rambling on to my brother about a new happy hour spot and he replied, "if you love talking about these happy hours so much you should write about it". I had been wanting to do something creative with my time outside of my day job so what better way to do that than talk about fashion and happy hours everyday? Just as I feel strongly about not paying full price for clothes, I feel the same with bars and restaurants. Dallas is full of so many incredible spots that offer discounted food and drinks, there's no reason not to take advantage of them!
We can all agree that there’s a thin line between the love of fashion and food, with that said, which one of the two sparks your interest the most and why?
This is so tough! While I love writing about both, fashion is what sparks my interest the most. The constant challenge to put together new looks that are on trend without paying full price is exciting for me. I am motivated to show that no matter what look you are trying to achieve, I can create it for a fraction of the price. This is a big reason why I have started doing more celebrity looks for less. For most people it is not realistic to spend a few thousand dollars on something they wear to the grocery store. I love researching celebrity street style and recreating nearly identical looks that don't come close to the price tag the celebrity spent!
When you discover the perfect date night bistro or fabulous fashion find, get home and sit down to write about it, what specific outcome do you hope to achieve and what can your audience gain from it?
When I share new happy hour spots it is to be helpful and provide as much information as possible about the food, drinks, atmosphere, etc. so my reader can make an educated decision on whether or not that is a place they want to try. As for my fashion posts, my goal is to inspire readers to create their own affordable looks, take shopping and styling tips from my posts and incorporate them into their own wardrobe.
If you could have brunch with someone in the DFW area, who would it be and why?
I would love to have a few mimosas with Jenna Owens from The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show. I'd love to talk to her about her career in radio and now TV with Dish Nation. Not to mention she is an ex-soccer player like me and loves fashion.
What are a few of your favorite DFW local boutiques or vintage shops?
Favorite DFW eateries?
There are so many great restaurants in Dallas from hole in the walls to gourmet so it is impossible to list all of my favorites but I will try to give you a few. I feel like there are so many new spots that have opened up recently that I still need to try, too! I will say I eat at Anamia's 2-3 times per month for my Tex-Mex fix (order table-side guacamole and the La Parrillada and share with someone!). For fried chicken, I go to Babe's. Mediterranean= Andalous. If I want a good burger I go to either Hop Doddy's or Stackhouse (Stackhouse has a tree house deck that is great for hanging out in the summer). Love Taverna for the ambiance and risotto. If you're a fan of truffles, go to The Cedar Social and order the truffle mac and cheese or truffle fries (so good!). Village Baking Co.'s Boulangerie on Lower Greenville has amazing croissants and baguette sandwiches while around the corner at the Truck Yard you can get a deliciously messy Philly cheese steak that always hits the spot.
Current must haves in your beauty bag?
Sunscreen, Aveeno BB Cream, Tresemme dry shampoo, also loving Revlon's ColorStay Ultimate Suede lipstick in "High Heels" (goes on great and feels moisturizing!). Most of my makeup and skincare is either Clinique or Neutrogena!
Future projects, collaborations, and or other components incorporated on the blog in the works?
I am currently working on a campaign with Sears that I am very excited about! I also have another campaign coming up next month that I can't announce yet so you will have to visit the blog to check it out! I am also very excited to be incorporating travel posts into my blog now. Traveling is a big part of my life so I am thrilled to start sharing my trips and showing how traveling can be cost effective.
Any last words for our DFW beauties?
"Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new!”