A vintage photo of Nathalie taking a break while on assignment. Photograph courtesy of James Pattyn.

“In the past I’ve been known to pack not only my own deluxe sandwich for lunch but one for the Post‘s hardworking photographer. Sadly this year, there’s been no time. Though I did bake hearty cookies that I swapped with Andrew Sardone from NOW for one of Philip Sparks’s homemade butter tarts! And anyway, the thing that all the camera guys in the pit seem to want most is earplugs.”

Nathalie Atkinson, journalist and style columnist for the National Post

Nathalie sent The Style Notebook a photo of what she described as “one of the only butter tarts better than Philip’s that I’ve ever tasted.” Warning: You’ll want one.

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TALK TO ME: Nathalie Atkinson, part II

Illustration by Ayalah Hutchins.

This is the second part of The Style Notebook’s conversation with Nathalie Atkinson. You can read the first part here.

Do you have a favourite fashion memory?

“Age 3, before starting junior kindergarten, I had to get inoculations at the local health unit and be ‘evaluated for readiness’ for school. I was scared, but my parents promised me a treat if I could be a big girl and not cry–anything I wanted. I chose clothes (to which, when my mother tells the story, and that’s often, she now meaningfully adds: ‘Of course’). Not a tear was shed, and immediately afterwards we went straight to Kay’s Tot & Teen, the kids clothing store in town. I remember the outfit perfectly: an apple-green gingham sundress, smocked and covered in tiny appliqué red felt cherries, with a matching kerchief. Truth be told I somehow managed to finagle two dresses out of my mother that day! She still has them.” Continue reading

TALK TO ME: Nathalie Atkinson, part I

Illustration by Ayalah Hutchins.

Nathalie Atkinson is the style columnist for the National Post, and writes about arts, culture and fashion for many magazines, including ELLE Canada. She’s smart, tough, opinionated, and can always be counted on to elevate the dialogue in an industry that is too easily dismissed as being silly or frivolous. (She’s fun on Twitter too.) Put simply, Nathalie is one of the best we have. Recently, she answered The Style Notebook’s weekly “Talk to Me” questionnaire.

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