Friday, August 30, 2013

friday favs [hat-attack]

Friday, August 30, 2013
friday favs [hat-attack]

holy moly. it's [just about] labor day weekend! which means fall is just around the corner! and one of the things i'm really looking forward to incorporating into my fall wardrobe is a lovely felt hat. 

hats [besides being my superpower] have a way of completing a simple outfit, and, of course, hiding a bad hair day [which happens to me a lot!]

for fall, i'm craving a gorgeous felt beauty, much like the ones above. i've got my eye on this one from missguided and this one from h&m's paris collection.

which is your fav?

[happy friday & happy long weekend!]

Thursday, August 29, 2013

thursday threads [spend/save]

Thursday, August 29, 2013
spend/save

so i knew i recognized the dress i wore on tuesday somewhere. it turns out that that somewhere happened to be a damsel in dior post about summer wedding attire

the damsel wore a gorgeous blush pink number from lovers + friends to a vineyard wedding and while the $103.50 price tag wasn't exorbitant [let's be honest, i've spent more on dresses] it wasn't a super versatile piece i needed to have.

enter the forever 21 option i picked up at the end of july [and wore for you all on tuesday] for the low-low price of $32.80. sure it's not pink [i clearly went with the blue option] but i'm not too much of a light pink girl anyway.




Wednesday, August 28, 2013

wear it wednesday [wide leg]

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
i hope  you haven't thrown away your wide leg jeans, because they can be pretty versatile! i recently found these citizens when purging my closet at my parents' house [my niece got at least 15 pairs of jeans, i kid you not] and i'm so glad i kept them!

while they may need a little shortening to accommodate my short little legs, i plan on having these on heavy rotation this fall.

[weirdo face and awkward legs to start you off here]



[zara kimono (old), gap tank, citizens wide leg jeans (old), j.j. winter's fringe bag, ae pendant (old)]




pleated poppy
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

tuesday threads [twirl-a-bility]

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
i tend to judge my dresses on the twirl-a-bility factor and this one, this forever 21 gem, gets an A+.

[forever 21 pleated maxi dress, h&m shark tooth necklace (in stores), seychelles heels (old)] 





[...and this was the best twirl shot we could get. i was pre-tt-y dizzy by the end]


Friday, August 23, 2013

friday favs [delicate gold]

Friday, August 23, 2013
with that big to-do i made about not being able to wear necklaces, i sure have changed my tune. ever since i bought these gold studs [and replaced my gold hoop obsession], i've been mainly accessorizing with delicate gold necklaces. 

here are some i'd love to add to my collection:
friday favs [delicate gold]


my recent addition, a gold bar necklace purchased on etsy [similar to the one pictured top row center] is already on heavy rotation.  

happy friday!





faceitcatalog
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

thursday threads [spend/save]

Thursday, August 22, 2013
spend/save

ah, the rag & bone harrow booties. a favorite of celebs [did anyone catch them on sookie stackhouse on sunday's season finale of true blood? how can a waitress who really doesn't show up to work ever afford these?... but i digress] and bloggers alike.

and a favorite of mine, too. 

while i'm still deciding if these will be added to my boot collection, i did find a wonderfully low-price alternative at kohl's

happy almost-friday!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

wear it wednesday [celfie]

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
when i saw this tee on one of my favorite bloggers, julie of sincerely jules, i knew i had to have it. it checked off everything i like in tees:

1) it's white
2) it's got a clever saying on it
3) i could immediately see how i would wear it [creatively, of course]

man, oh, man was i happy i pressed "buy" when i did because this celfie tee sold out pretty quick. it's on back-order now so i'd snag it up before you can't!

[sincerely jules celfie tee, ae denim jacket (old), h&m leopard pants (in stores), coach sandals (old via t.j. maxx/marshall's]





i guess i should probably take a selfie in it one of these days, right?



Tuesday, August 20, 2013

tuesday threads [put a headband on it]

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
well good morning, you guys! i'm back in full force with some outfit pics [even though my poison ivy is still hanging out on my right knee... but that's what photoshop's for, right?]

with summer coming to an end, and my absolute favorite season coming upon us, i thought i'd get some hippie-boho-ness out of my system and combat a crazy hair day by throwing on a favorite jeweled headband to tame my crazy locks.

you can't tell from these shots, but it's drizzling out [which doesn't help my frizz situation]! what's your bad hair day go-to?

[american eagle jeweled headband (in stores), old navy blouse, h&m diy distressed shorts, coach sandals (old via t.j.maxx/marshall's)]






Friday, August 16, 2013

friday favs [the great red blazer search]

Friday, August 16, 2013
friday favs [the great red blazer search]
red is sure to be a hot color [and neutral!] for fall/winter and i have been on the lookout for a great red blazer most of this summer, but i'm sad to report that i haven't been able to find anything that lives up to my expectations [without spending $600+]. 

i pulled the trigger on this urban outfitters boyfriend style last week, but while it lived up to my fit expectations, it was more of a burgundy. and i need red dammit!

so what exactly am i looking for? basically this blazer needs to be:

1) red [duh. and i mean a true red, none of this burgundy bullshit]
2) have long sleeves [no 3/4 for me, thanks]
3) be more of a boyfriend fit [nothing that hits at my waist]
4) slim
5) no weird buttons/lapels/etc. [and it needs a collar. collarless scares me.]

there you have it. i don't think it's too much to ask for, but it seems like the [affordable] red blazer of my dreams isn't out there. 

or is it? have you guys run across my dream blazer? don't you want to let me know where i can get it? yes you do! email me natalie@thesecondbestblog.com or leave me a comment.

[and if you indeed found my dream blazer i will love you forever and probably gush about you in a post with said red blazer. pretty good deal, right?]



p.s. and the WINNER of the fluff apparel "save the day" tank giveaway is... 

jessie holeva

congratulations! send me an email [natalie@thesecondbestblog.com] with your addy and i'll get your prize out to you right away!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

thursday threads [spend/save]

Thursday, August 15, 2013
you could spend $195 for the gorgeous clare vivier leopard fold-over clutch or you could pay under $17 for a very similar version from forever 21!

while i still love the ms. vivier option [and ahem, my birthday is coming up and it mayyy be on my list for the hubs], if you're not looking to introduce an expensive leopard into your clutch collection, the forever 21 option is perfect!

spend/save

p.s. you guys, i got poison ivy over the weekend and hence no outfit posts! it's the pits, you know.

p.p.s. check back tomorrow for the winner of the fluff apparel giveaway!

Friday, August 9, 2013

friday favs [a fluff apparel GIVEAWAY]

Friday, August 9, 2013

oh hello, is it finally friday? you bet your bum it is! i thought i'd get comfy in my fluff apparel short-sleeved graphic sweatshirt to announce that sweet giveaway i promised on monday!




fluff apparel is generously giving away the "save the day" tank top to you guys! [here's how i wore it yesterday!] all you need to do is follow the rafflecopter widget instructions below!

you have until thursday, august 15th to enter and a winner will be announced on friday, august 16th!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


happy friday, you guys!



Thursday, August 8, 2013

thursday threads [save the day]

Thursday, August 8, 2013
lazy sundays? i think it should be more like lazy thursdays. by the time thursday rolls around, i'm beat and basically just want to lounge on a blanket outside [or you know, on my couch in front of the tv] for the rest of the work week. 

luckily for me, this fluff apparel "save the day" tank is making my thursday afternoon wishes come true by being the comfiest [and still stylish] thing to lounge in this side of the mississippi.

if you need me, i'll be right here for the rest of the week!

[just kidding, i do have to go to work tomorrow... bummer.]


[fluff apparel save the day tank


[can't forget these sweet fluff apparel cat-eye sunglasses]

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