Friday, September 19, 2014

friday favs [loving lavender]

Friday, September 19, 2014
friday favs [loving lavender]


if you follow me on instagram [@natalie_hodak] then you know i recently got the most perfect-est lavender boyfriend blazer for my birthday [thanks sisterface!]

i've really been drawn to lavender lately and no only does this blazer satisfy my lavender craving, it's also the best fitting blazer i've ever owned. since it's boyfriend fit, i got an extra small [i have tiny shoulders] and it fits like a dream.

so thanks mural for making the best blazer ever.

happy friday!

p.s. i cleaned out my closet! [a la this post] and while it's not quite un-fancy level [obsessed with her blog], i did have a big pile of clothes i'd like to re-home. some are going to be donated and i spent one glorious sunday afternoon [while lily was napping] photographing a few items [clothes & shoes] to sell on threadflip. so if you're interested, check 'em out!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

tuesday threads [spend/save]

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
spend/save

are these mules? are these open-toe booties? who even cares when you can save over $64 by getting the totally comfortable target mossimo brand [in stores!] over the steve madden nonstp.

i have them in brown and they're the perfect ease-back-into-wearing-heels-after-wearing-flats-for-a-year shoes.

go get 'em tiger.

Monday, September 15, 2014

mama monday [6 month update]

Monday, September 15, 2014

[this face! i just can't]

i was a bad mama and neglected to post a 6 month update last week but i'm making up for it now.

lily-bean turned 6 months on saturday, september 6th and oh, man what a fun month this has been! she:

  • developed quite the bossy personality
  • insists on putting everything in her mouth
  • really started loving baby food [we're giving her peas, green beans, butternut squash from beechnut]
  • demands attention
  • started sleep training [we're working on gradual ferberizing and i completely cut out her night-time feedings. so far, so good]
  • "talks" non-stop
  • tries to crawl [she's on all fours bouncing back & forth]
lily likes: eating [no change there!], the bouncer seat at day care, day care, walks with mama & beau, smiling [it's her favorite, other than eating]

lily dislikes: sleep training, being left alone, and when something is out of her reach

this stage is so much fun. she's really getting a little personality and i love watching her discover new things. we're still doing mostly breastmilk plus the baby food from beechnut but i'm barely hanging on with pumping for the bottles she gets at day care [i'm basically pumping for the next day and can't go anywhere without serious pre-planning] - but no formula yet!

you are my sunshine, baby girl!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

thursday thoughts [29]

Thursday, September 11, 2014

it's my birthday and i'll blog if i want to, blog if i want to.

[which i apparently do today].

i'm 29 today! can you believe it? and the blog turns 2 tomorrow. i was going to do this big post with number balloons and all but that would totally go against this little lack of consistent blogging record i have going on here.

so you may have noticed the lack of birthday wishlist post this year. it's funny, but however many times i've sat down to put one together, i couldn't bring myself to ask for a single material thing [and i'm not shy when it comes to wishlists, believe me. remember my holiday list from last year? that's right, there's a chanel in there]. 

it's probably because no material thing comes close to what i do have - i get to spend my birthday with my wonderful husband, our beautiful baby girl, and our wrinkly pup-dog. and on the weekend i get to hang out with my parents and amazeballs sister for our annual close-the-pool/celebrate-natalie's-birthday get together.

and that's better than chanel.

[but if anyone actually got me chanel, i mean i wouldn't turn it down. what kind of a person would i be to not accept a gift?]

happy thursday!

Friday, August 29, 2014

friday favs [dressed to distress]

Friday, August 29, 2014
friday favs [dressed to distress]

i've been gravitating to distressed denim lately. whether it's these rag & bone shorts or my new pair of perfectly ripped up gap boyfriend jeans, i just can't get enough. [which, by the way, prompts my husband to ask "did you buy them this way?" every. single. time!]

here are some sweet picks that'll have you dressed to distress in no time:

  1. gap sexy boyfriend
  2. old navy rockstar
  3. j brand mid rise crop
  4. citizens of humanity boyfriend
  5. paige white skinny jean
happy friday [and more importantly, happy long weekend]!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

tuesday thoughts [a fashion funk]

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
[oh, hi. i cut my hair. it only does straight or straight now. awesome.]

i've been really bad at blogging lately. i'm sure you've noticed. what with the complete lack of posting for a week at a time. the thing is, i haven't been really very inspired with my outfits lately and the thought of taking pictures of what i threw on last minute before running out of the house to get the baby to daycare and still make it to work at a semi-reasonable hour isn't really how i imagined sharing my style with you.

why the fashion funk?

well for starters, really none of my work pants fit. and a lot of my dress hems have somehow jumped a couple of inches [showing a little too much leg than i care to]. there. i said it. all-in-all, i'm about 10lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight and it's all in my stomach, an area i was proud to showcase "in the time before baby" and i don't quite know how to dress this new mama body of mine.

my immediate solution is to buy all new clothes! but, being that that's incredibly unrealistic [but oh, one can wish] and i have perfectly good clothes [and lots of them] that still fit, i just need to take the time to go through everything. which brings me to my next point.

i don't have time to go through all my clothes. i see lily roughly 2.5-3 hours a day during the work week. it kills me to type that but that's the rough reality of us working moms. i get home at 5:30 and she goes to bed at 7:30. and the brief half hour to hour in the morning before work doesn't add much to my lily time. i've even started looking forward to her 3am wailing wake-ups just so i can cuddle her while she eats. so after work and on the weekends, i'm maximizing my time with my daughter, not going through my clothes.

but there are brief glimpses of the productivity that i'm capable of, like that saturday morning a couple weekends back when lily took a 3 hour nap and i organized all of my day-to-day jewelry and underwear/bra [none of them a-cups fit anymore, remember?] drawers and let me tell you what a task that was.

so with the knowledge that i can, in fact, get my act together without decreasing the amount of time i spend with my daughter, i'm putting it out there on the interwebs that i resolve to:
  1. exercise regularly so i can lose the pooch and fit into my pants. lily loves the stroller now so we've already started walking a lot more
  2. organize my clothes, put away stuff that really doesn't fit and donate items i haven't worn in a year [and probably won't wear again]
  3. outfit plan! i actually like to go with the flow when i get dressed in the morning and put on whatever i feel like wearing, but with my new morning routine, ain't nobody got time for that
i welcome any tips from the seasoned mamas out there. oh and, wish me luck!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

thursday threads [spend/save]

Thursday, August 14, 2014
thursday threads [spend/save]

sure these sweet splendid denim jogger pants are 40% off at nordstroms for a cool $82.80.

BUT you can get literally the same thing for $58 less over at trusty forever 21!

and who doesn't need a sweet pair of denim joggers?