Tuesday, July 30, 2013

tuesday threads [royal blue babydoll]

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
i recently bought 3 awesome swing dresses from ASOS and i can honestly say, money well spent! 

this royal blue baby doll served me well on saturday for some girls basketball watching and pool lounging without missing a beat!

you can't tell from the photos, but the fabric has little colorful specs, which i think are really fun but caused the hubs to say "what the heck is on your dress?" as soon as he saw me in it.


[asos dress, ae necklace (old)]

[dooney & bourke bag (old), madewell drifter shades]

Friday, July 26, 2013

friday favs [MAKE UP FOR EVER]

Friday, July 26, 2013

i first discovered MAKE UP FOR EVER through their amazing primer line at sephora, then through an HD high definition powder sample i happened to receive. i loved both products [sometimes the primer would be the only thing i'd put on my face before leaving the house] so when i was given the opportunity to preview their new boutique at the king of prussia mall [already a place i use any and all excuses to visit], i jumped at the chance.

and yesterday, i was not disappointed.

the new boutique is the brand's first freestanding shop in pennsylvania and its 5th store in the U.S. and is located on the upper level a little past lord & taylor [and within eyesight of tiffany's... ahem]. when i arrived, i was given the grand tour of the wonderful lines. from their HD complexion products to their gorgeous aqua eyes shadows [that won't crease!], the store boasts 1,600 products in nearly every color imaginable [including special FX items used on sets of some of the most popular TV shows - ahem - cough - true blood! - cough]. i think there were 70 different types of glitter. [GLITTER!] so overall it was pretty amazing. it's designed to be reminiscent of a backstage environment set in an industrial space, complete with studio make up stations and lighting.


i also had the opportunity to get my makeup done by one of their wonderful makeup artists. i learned the "war paint" method of putting on foundation and actual contouring techniques that made my cheekbones pop! i opted for a natural look [and having shown up with absolutely no cover up on my face post a long day at work] i loved how transformed i was after my makeover. i even walked out with the aqua cream, sculpting kit, and [of course] a new lip gloss.

["war paint"]

[BAM! i look good]

you can easily get my experience too because the MAKE UP FOR EVER king of prussia boutique will be offering a series of interactive, personalized makeup sessions to educate members on the application techniques and how to achieve specific looks. the MAKE UP FOR EVER artists will do one half of your face and then help you to do the other so you're actually learning how to get the look on your own. these make up school lessons will range from $50 to $100, and each lesson purchase is partially redeemable in product valued half the cost of the lesson. you can choose from focused lessons highlighting one particular feature, or build a custom lesson!

another thing i was blown away by at the MAKE UP FOR EVER boutique was their video makeup lesson recording studio [yes, you read that right, recording studio!]. you can record your own personalized lesson with one of the MAKE UP FOR EVER pro artists and take it home with you on one of their custom USB drives [which look like lipsticks, btw. so chic] for $15 [with the purchase of a lesson].

[video make up lesson recording studio light]

and guess what the best part of all of this is? they open TODAY! so get your butt down to king of prussia mall this weekend and check out this amazing new place to see, try, and experience this gorgeous make up line!

[disclaimer: while i was given product samples, all opinions are my own.]

Thursday, July 25, 2013

thursday threads [#ootd]

Thursday, July 25, 2013
i thought that today, you guys may want to see my little instagram #00tds for the past couple of weeks. you know, if you're not following yet [which by now, i mean, you should be! natalie_hodak].

happy almost-friday!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

wear it wednesday [blue printed date night]

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
i've said it before and i'll say it again, i love maxi dresses! [and i'll shout it from the rooftops!]

a common misconception about maxis is that us not-so-tall ladies can't pull them off. do you know what i say to that? pfffft! check me out in this blue printed beauty i wore for our saturday date night. not only is it length appropriate for my height, but it's got plenty of room for the food baby post a delicious shepard's pie at iron abbey.

[h&m maxi (old)]

[rebecca minkoff pouch (via t.j.maxx), madewell drifter shades]

pleated poppy
[linking up!]

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

tuesday threads [monrow midi take 2]

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
i loved my black monrow midi dress so much that i immediately bought another one. in grey [obv]. so it's pretty much my favorite thing to wear [you know, apart from my black monrow midi]. 

who wouldn't want to wear a comfy t-shirt fabric that hugs all the right curves?

[monrow midi dress, dooney & bourke bag (old)]

[loft tassel necklace (in stores), coach sandals (via marshall's/t.j.maxx)]


i've been wearing this bad boy for very casual occasions, but i'm curious, how would you dress it up?

Friday, July 19, 2013

friday favs [too hot to function]

Friday, July 19, 2013
friday favs [too hot to function]

it's been in the UPPER 90s all week and i'm literally ready to melt. or go crazy [whichever comes first]. granted i will take summer over winter any day of the week, this heat wave has me dreading getting dressed every morning [i'd rather walk around naked].

but since nudity is largely frowned upon in today's society, my beat-the-heat go-to item is always the t-shirt dress - something flowy and soft, preferably sleeveless, so i don't spontaneously combust when going outside.

what's your go-to when it's too hot to function?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

thursday threads [purple boho]

Thursday, July 18, 2013
are you guys tired of these shorts? too bad, because i'm not. i practically lived in them last weekend and i'm ok with that.

i "found" this purple peasant top in my closet when looking for something other than a t-shirt to throw on with these shorts! it was hiding behind some of my more frequently worn items. [signs you need a bigger closet, case #25,678].

[necklace (from a small boutique in peddler's village)]

[gap peasant top (old), h&m shorts (diy distressed), madewell drifter shades]

[frye leather sandals (old)]