Friday, September 27, 2013

friday favs [clip-on vintage]

Friday, September 27, 2013
friday favs [clip-on vintage]

i love how olivia palermo [she can do no wrong] wears bling on her shirt/dress/sweater lapels. it's simultaneously old-fashioned and new/fresh.

and easy. 

it's so easy to emulate this gorgeous style choice with brooches, but i would go the route of clip-on earrings because 1) you get two and 2) they can double as, well, actual earrings. win-win!

don't have lovely vintage clip-ons lying around? no problem, because while you're at the sweet & spark philly trunk show this sunday, you can take a peek at their gorgeous vintage clip-on earring collection [or just check them out online!] and get some for yourself.

youuuuuuu're welcome.

and happy friday!




[linking up with simply lulu style!]

Thursday, September 26, 2013

thursday threads [simple]

Thursday, September 26, 2013
nothing like a simple little outfit to make getting dressed easy in the fall. 

take one part jeans, one part white top, one part fun flat, and one part floppy hat [if you're feeling it] and tada! instant, simple outfit!

[h&m maternity jeans, trina turk top (old), gap flats (similar), a saturday morning necklace, target hat (in stores)]


[this is me realizing these jeans are the exact color of the hated blue deck. sigh.]





Wednesday, September 25, 2013

what i want wednesday [sweet & spark philly trunk show]

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
you're invited...
to a sweet & spark party!

sweet & spark is an up and coming brand, building a reputation as a curator of authentic vintage jewelry by partnering with fashion experts; recently, they've been featured on luckymag.comthe zoe report and pure wow, along with notable fashion blogs gal meets glamapartment 34luella & june and sequins & stripes.

sweet & spark is for the girl who is obsessed with fashion and appreciates vintage but doesn't have time to sift through overwhelming sites like etsy and ebay or spend her weekends out at flea markets. originally started by a former apparel buyer (for gap inc. & american eagle outfitters), as a lifestyle blog in april 2011, she re-launched as a vintage jewelry brand in november 2012 promoting her dad as head buyer. he’s doing the dirty work scouring yard sales, flea markets & antique shops along the east coast while she’s out west, curating assortments of quality & affordable costume jewelry.

at the core they're about gold classics with a focus on american designers from the 40's-90's along the names of monet, trifari, napier, goldette, lisner, kramer and coro. although part of owning something vintage is embracing it's individual character, the overall quality of the collection is consistent. gold plated jewelry tends to age well as they used to triple plate each piece so they don’t tend to tarnish as quickly as today's fashions do.

and guess what? sweet & spark is coming to philly on sunday, september 29th... and you're invited! in collaboration with philly blog love, sweet & spark will be at 201 south 18th street apt. #601 from 11:00am-2:00pm for an awesome vintage jewelry trunk show that you don't wanna miss!

so go and get your spark on!

p.s. don't forget to instagram/tweet the event using hashtags #sharethespark #sparkparty

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

tuesday threads [leopard print pumps]

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
tuesday threads [leopard print pumps]

probably one of my favorite of the luxe picks are the leopard print pumps. probably because i've been searching for the perfect pair for months and months now.

because leopard print is a neutral, i love the idea of mixing it with other prints [specifically hounds tooth, stripes, and camo]!

here are a few ways you can wear your leopard print pumps when you pick them up for 15% off tonight at the "get luxe with c.wonder" event i'm hosting at king of prussia mall from 7pm-9pm! [see what i did there?]

see you tonight!

Friday, September 20, 2013

you're invited to get luxe with c.wonder!

Friday, September 20, 2013

what are you doing tuesday night? nothing? great! because...


i'm so excited to invite you guys to a fabulous event i'm hosting at the c.wonder store in the king of prussia mall

come sip some drinks, eat some sweets, browse my luxe picks, enjoy 15% off your full price purchase
and [of course] hang out with yours truly!

i'd love to meet some of you philly-area fashionistas!

see you on tuesday!



friday favs [c.wonder luxe picks]

friday favs [c.wonder luxe picks]



in my opinion, fall fashion is the best. 
you can express yourself in layers, scarves, darker colors, and mixed materials. 
to me, fall just feels luxe. 
which is why i had no hesitation picking some luxe items for
 c.wonder's "get luxe with c.wonder" campaign! 

i love the coated skinny jeans, the mixed wool & leather of the moto jacket, the camo print on a gorgeous silk shirt, anything leopard print [especially these calf-hair pumps], and touches of gold. 

this is how i get luxe with c.wonder, how will you?




[linking up with simply lulu style!]

Thursday, September 19, 2013

thursday tales [the report ackley boot]

Thursday, September 19, 2013
report ackley boot

ah, the elusive report ackley boot. i first pinned them 5 months ago from zappos but they have since sold out there, and at lulu's. also amazon [and that wasn't even in my size]. and all those sites had them priced at $100+.

but now that they were sold out on all the reasonable sites i would buy from, i was ready to let them go UNTIL i was perusing the shelves at the king of prussia nordstrom rack before the girls night out event when lo-and-behold, my coveted ackleys were just hanging out on the size 7.5 shelf! and were priced at $49.95! 

i quickly grabbed the one shoe they leave on the shelf and waiting patiently for it's mate at the shoe station before heading over to the registers. 

so happy was i with my find that i wanted to wear them to the girls night out event that night, but tragedy struck when i realized they gave me one size 7.5 and one size 8 [i know you feel my pain here]! 

while my immediate satisfaction was derailed, the lovely folks at the 'rack quickly gave me my other size 7.5 when i stopped by later that night.

and me and my ackleys lived happily ever after.

the end!



p.s. the moral of the story is that the report ackley boots are on sale at nordstrom rack for over 1/2 off what they would have cost 5 months ago

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

wear it wednesday [purple paisley & a felt hat]

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
i've had this dress for forever and it's always been a bit big on me, but now, now it's starting to fit like a charm as i grow into it.

i would [and have] wear this to work, belted and with tights for winter. or out on a date with the hubs after adding some killer heels and a clutch. 

or just like i'm wearing it now, with some cute flats, a small cross-body bag in a bright neon pop of color, and, of course, the felt had i've been dying to wear since the weather got cooler.


[banana republic dress (old), tory burch flats, target cross body bag (old), target felt hat]



how would  you wear this dress?


pleated poppy
[linking up!]

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

tuesday threads [maternity jeans... are da bomb]

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
so uh, dropped a little bomb on you guys last week, huh? and by "bomb" i mean my awesome news! 

news like that brings joy, happiness, tears [happy ones, and mostly from to to-be grandparents], a little bit of fear [because well, this is all new to me and my husband], and of course, clothing challenges [c'mon, you saw that coming from a fashion blogger]! 

what i hope to do is share with you interesting/clever/resourceful ways to make clothes last throughout pregnancy [as i navigate it myself] and what maternity stuff is actually pretty good to invest in. 

as soon as i found out i was pregnant, i clearly started reading maternity style blogs and literally marveled at how awesome these ladies looked and how they kept insisting they were wearing their non-maternity clothes well into the third trimester. that may be all well and good for tops [since i tend to like loose and billow-y], but bottoms? let's talk about those...

today, i'm 14 weeks and 3 days [in my second trimester] and i feel pretty good! since i've always been a wiiiiiiiittle bit bottom heavy [oh, and instead of exercising i slept for the past 2.5 months], the first thing to "go" for me were pants. [i'm not going to blame my childbearing hips because well, these suckers will come in handy in about 6 months for the uh, child bearing]. 

so confession time! for the past month or so i've been wearing dresses/skirts to work and my oversized, diy distressed pair of h&m shorts at home [and they're getting a bit snug]. so when i had a glimpse of fall last week, i broke down and ran to h&m and a pea in the pod [both of which were having sales] and bought me some PANTS. 

i got 2 pairs of jeans from h&m [size up, ladies, their sizes are small to begin with] which were buy 1 get 1 50% off and 2 pairs of stretchy colored jean-ish leggings from a pea in a pod [at their end of summer sale]. and apart from probably getting a pair of maternity work pants [or two] and stock up on cheap old navy maternity leggings [because i hear they're heavenly], i think i'm all set for my pants situation throughout the fall/winter.

unless of course my butt gets bigger. [stay tuned!]

or my beloved j.crew pixie pants don't fit and i'm forced to buy the maternity version [yes, there's a blessed maternity version]! 

anywho... here's my first pair of maternity jeans [full panel, folded down]. and they're lovely.



[tucker for target blouse (old), h&m maternity skinny mama jeans, dooney & bourke bag (similar), rag & bone harrow boots]




p.s. thank you guys for all the love for baby hodak! 

p.p.s. and the winner of the blog-a-versary giveaway is audrey b! send me an email [natalie@thesecondbestblog.com] with your addy and what store you want your gift card from! thanks for following!!

Monday, September 16, 2013

must have monday [alexander wang rocco bag]

Monday, September 16, 2013
the "must have" in this monday is that you must have this gorgeous alexander wang rocco bag i'm selling!

[isn't she purdy?]

so why am i unloading this gem? well for one, i really haven't used it in over a year, and whenever i have, it's only been for a day or so [i go on month-long purse usage binges].

let's have some background shall we?
  • i bought this bag around 2 years ago, barely used, from a reputable resaler
  • i barely used it myself because it's the older version without the cross-body/longer strap, which i [apparently] prefer
  • when it came to me it had a tiny tear on the handle
  • i can include the dust bag
these bad-boys retail for around $925 new and from $600-$850 on ebay, but i'm willing to entertain all reasonable offers [except "free because i'm your sister", sorry sis, i love you!]

so if you're interested or want more details/pictures, email me natalie@thesecondbestblog.com


p.s. to make some, uh, room, for the baby i'll probably be unloading some more of my gently used bags/shoes/clothes on here in the coming months, so stay tuned for more!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

oh and one more thing [big news]

Thursday, September 12, 2013
i am beyond thrilled to finally share with you...


...we're having a baby!


let the baby clothes buying commence! [we're so going to need bigger closets!]


thursday threads [scarf weather]

i love scarf weather. no, seriously i looooooooove scarf weather. it's my favorite, and luckily it's been nice and cool here in the northeast [when i took these pictures, at least!] lately.

scarves [and booties] epitomize fall for me and i wait [ever not so patiently] every year for that crisp in the air so that i can go get my scarf box[es] and start accessorizing [and you know, keeping my neck warm. whatever].

[j.crew top (summer sale), banana republic scarf (gift from last year), rag & bone harrow boots, madewell drifter shades]





how do you usher in fall?


p.s. don't forget, the king of prussia mall girls night out event is tonight! there will be a variety of activities including a pamper party, featuring mini makeovers, skin care demonstrations, make-up tips and more from neiman marcus, lord & taylor, sephora, kiehl's and others. the first 250 women to join the mall insider club will receive a special girl's night out giveaway bag for which over 25 stores have donated items for prize drawings. there will also be food sampling from mall merchants, wine sampling from chaddsford winery and a special girl's night out cocktail from tito's handmade vodka. the interactive fashion presentation will take place in the nordstrom's court at 7pm!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

wear it wednesday [it's my birthday]

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
it's my birthday and i'll wear what i want to [wear what i want toooo]! 

...and in this case i want to wear my new old navy windowpane print dress, my old navy cargo vest [that was all the rage last year] and my new rag & bone harrow booties [yep, i made that happen]!

[old navy dress, old navy cargo vest (old), rag & bone harrow boots, dooney & bourke bag (similar)]




i'll be celebrating my 28th with my hubs [and beau of course] - hope you have a fantastic wednesday!


p.s. don't forget, the king of prussia mall girls night out event is tomorrow! 

pleated poppy
[linking up!]