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About Natalia

Bahamian husband, American girl, two handsome boys, traveling the world.

I am a mom to two crazy boys and wife to one handsome dude. I live in France part of the year where my husband plays professional basketball, but I hail from Southern California. The hubs was born & raised in Nassau, Bahamas, which makes us an intercultural, interracial family traveling the globe together since 2007. I loves to cook (but mostly eat), hang with my fam, be adventurous, & find ways to stay girlie in a house full of men. Here on my site you can find loads of hair tutorials, makeup ideas, & fashion tips for the everyday woman. I am a big believer that beauty and fashion don’t have to be intimidating and that every woman should learn to embrace their own beauty.

Tae – the oldest & Eli – my baby

the boys enjoying the sun
Why France?  We lived in France because my husband is a professional basketball player.  I loved it.  It is hard at times, like when I just want to speak English and not think about every sentence that comes out of my mouth, but also so incredible.  I am experiencing another culture, language, and country and truly experiencing it.  I understand it is not for everyone, but it is the time of my life.  I know eventually we will settle down in the U.S. and when that time comes, it will be great (I will probably miss this!).  But for now, this is perfect.  Just this year I have been able to go to England, Switzerland twice, Italy, Paris a few times, Sweden and the Cote d’Azur(Mostly thanks to my awesome husband who makes it possible!) 


The blog.  I had been feeling pretty dumpy being a mom and not taking a lot of time for myself.  My kids had been sick for something like 4 weeks and I hadn’t left my sweats in probably the same amount of time.  I thought “wait!  I used to be creative!  I used to wear makeup!  I used to get out of my PJ’s and occasionally do my hair!!  There is no reason having two kids should stop me from doing just that!”  So that is where ‘Ma Nouvelle Mode’ came from, meaning ‘my new style‘ in French.  I am reinventing myself in a way.  I am by no means a professional fashionista or whatever, I am just a mom that wants to stay cute.  I feel like I owe that to my husband and kids.  On my blog you will find fashion, beauty tips, DIY tutorials, travel tips, and much much more.  I don’t want to limit myself to one topic because, ask anyone who knows me, it just doesn’t fit! You can read more about why I blog here.
Here’s a little video put together by Tico & Tina that kinda explains how the blog came about & why I write.

I have written a little bit about living in France, why I love it, and what the differences are between America and France.  I have also written about having an interracial, intercultural family.  And here is a little back story about me and my husband!  Think that is enough to get you started!

Thank you so much for reading along! I would love to hear from you!  You can subscribe through feedburner on the top right or you can find us on BlogLovin’ here.  You can also find me tweeting at @NataliaLSimmons.  And you can ‘like’ me on Facebook!  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail me at  I would love to hear from you!