Thursday, November 28, 2013

thursday threads [stuffed turkey]

Thursday, November 28, 2013
at almost 25 weeks pregnant, i'm starting to feel like a stuffed turkey [and can't wait to eat some later today!], but there's absolutely nothing i'm more thankful for than this little one.

i hope your thanksgiving holiday is filled with love, family, and [of course] delicious turkey.

[c.wonder silk zebra print shirt, mama spanx pantyhose, tory burch flats]



Wednesday, November 27, 2013

wear it wednesday [brr, baby, it's cold outside]

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
brr, baby, it's coooold outside. or at least it was when i wore this dress to work last week. thankfully, i had my mama spanx opaque tights to keep my legs warm and bum looking good in a clingy, thin dress!

oh, and my new j.crew factory cocoon coat? amazing.

[j.crew factory cocoon coat (in certain stores), target merona maternity dress (in stores), mama spanx opaque tights, rag & bone newbury boots, loft scarf (old)]

[brrrrr!]





Tuesday, November 26, 2013

tuesday threads [mama spanx]

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
let's face it, it's getting too cold to bare legs anymore and what's a pregnant gal to do when all her tights and leggings don't go over the belly? 

why... get mama spanx, of course!

you all know the shapewear line spanx [it sucks it allll in so you don't have to] but did you know they have a rockin' maternity line?

after visiting the king of prussia store, spanx was kind enough to send me two pairs of sheer tights, a pair of opaque tights, and some great shapewear to try... all made to fit my belly!

as someone who has trouble putting on pants nowadays [c'mon, really? pants?] these were a breeze to slip on and off and kept me stylish and supported all day long. i've worn the opaque tights the most with dresses to work and they're wonderful.

for all you mamas-to-be out there, here are two quick options on how you can wear your mama spanx. 

will you get dressy?


mama spanx [get dressy]


or will you get casual?


mama spanx get casual


why not both!

stay tuned for how i wore them [and check out my instagram @natalie_hodak for more spanx-y outfit ideas]!

Monday, November 25, 2013

mall monday [king of prussia personal shopper]

Monday, November 25, 2013
[first off, sorry for the radio silence last week, i had a really crap-o-la week and felt less than inspirational. everything is fine. except that i have to spend the next month re-studying for a test for work, that i failed. and take it 7 months pregnant. excelente.]


so this week should be fun! first off, i'm off aaaaaaaalllll week [yay!], second, we're in NYC for a little babymoon [aka i will be eating my way through the city. it's going to be glorious]. and third, it's thanksgiving! [and fourth, black friday!]

are you going to get your shop on like me? you are? perfect. well if you get to king of prussia mall, know that they have a brand new personal shopper service! here are some deets:

the east coast’s largest shopping center is pleased to announce the launch of its new personal shopper service. focused on enhancing the customer shopping experience, this personalized amenity is available in time for holiday shopping.  

during the initial complimentary engagement the mall’s personal shopper, jessie holeva who is also king of prussia’s style setter, will work with customers through style assessments conducted by phone or in person. from hand-selecting new styles to providing insider tips on new collections and trends, this specialized service will help clients not only stay ahead of the fashion curve but save time and stress.

“our goal is for each customer to enjoy a quality, convenient shopping experience at king of prussia mall,” said kathy smith director of marketing and business development. “the personal shopper program is a fantastic amenity for those looking to save time or just enjoy a customized shopping visit.”

following the preliminary consultation with jessie, customers can choose to use this amenity in one of two ways. jessie’s role can function like a concierge service and shop on the customer’s behalf, or she can escort the customer on a custom shopping tour of king of prussia.

to enjoy king of prussia mall’s personal shopper service contact kasmith@simon.com or 610-265-5794 ext. 212.

sign me up!


Friday, November 15, 2013

friday favs [winter warmth]

Friday, November 15, 2013
friday favs [coated]

we had a super fun philly blog love twitter chat on tuesday night and one of our questions had to do with warmth over style in winter coats and which was more important. well i think, why not have both?!

i scored a beautiful camel-colored cocoon coat at j.crew factory last week [30% off!] and that got me thinking about other classic, gorgeous coats they have available. 

i love these belted, girly, classic, leather trim, and [of course] cocoon beauties. [hurry up, 30% off online styles with code BIGSALE going on until 11:59PM today]!

winter warmth has never been so stylish!

happy friday!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

thursday treats [mast brothers at art in the age]

Thursday, November 14, 2013

the mast brothers, pioneers of the bean-to-bar craft chocolate movement are coming to art in the age this friday, november 15th, from 6:00PM-8:00PM for an exclusive signing of their book mast brothers chocolate: a family cookbook  where they share their unique story and recipes for classic american desserts like chocolate cookies, cakes, brownies, bars, milkshakes, and homemade whoopee pies.

high street on market will be providing tasty chocolate pastries served alongside boozy hot chocolate made with mast brother's chocolate and art in the age organic spirits, and topped with spodee marshmallows from zynnie bakes. to celebrate, we're also hosting a giveaway with five winners who will walk away with an assortment of goodies courtesy of mast brothers chocolate, art in the age, and spodee.

art in the age is located at 116 north 3rd street, philadelphia.

chocolate? check! 
booze? check!
amazingly cool venue? check!

what else do you need?



Wednesday, November 13, 2013

wear it wednesday [flowy & furry]

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
i'm 22 weeks in these shots and i'm definitely sporting a belly. the baby's being super active [especially when i'm hungry] and i'm loving every second of it.

luckily, i can still wear most of my pre-pregnancy tops. this joie blouse is flowy and perfect and, of course, my pjk patterson j. kincaid furry vest is going to let me be all fashionable and stuffs as i get bigger and bigger [unless my arms hulk up. who knows, it may happen]. 

and [confession time] i rock these maternity stretchy pants at least 3x a week [thanks, alla, you hot mama, you!]


[joie blouse (old), patterson j. kincaid vest (as part of a jacket i bought last year), a pea in a pod hunter green stretchy pants (in stores), rag & bone newbury boot]

[bump!]



pleated poppy
[linking up!]

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

tuesday threads [j.crew factory in plymouth meeting]

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
a j.crew factory store opened in the mall directly across the street from work. it's like the best and worst thing in the world.

on friday, some coworkers and i were headed over to the local whole foods for some lunch [mmm quinoa] and happened to drive by the stretch of stores where i knew they were adding a j.crew, but then i noticed not just any old j.crew, but a j.crew factory. after literally shaking my one coworker from excitement i vowed to check it out after work. 

the whole visit can be summed up by the exchange i had with a sales associate; when she asked me if i was "finding everything alright", i replied with a heavy "unfortunately". 

i walked away with gorgeous new coat [30% on sale] and this plaid beauty i'm wearing below. 

[j.crew vest, j.crew factory plaid shirt (in stores), shop frankie's moto leggings, madewell biker boot, rebecca minkoff mini mac]





[these are the most amazing pants. they're non-maternity and i'm wearing a size small. they're soft, and stretchy, and wonderful. and i also got them in grey. the end]


Monday, November 11, 2013

monday musings [love your life]

Monday, November 11, 2013
in love with your life

we've all got stuff. things that bug us. things that drive us crazy. things that make us angry. but you know what? let it go, and you'll be a much, much happier person.

mr. kerouac said it best, "be in love with your life. every minute of it."

have a wonderful monday!

Friday, November 8, 2013

friday favs [pregnancy must-haves: part 1]

Friday, November 8, 2013
friday favs [pregnancy must-haves: part 1]

now that i'm [more] than half-way through my pregnancy [!!!!!], i thought i'd share with you my must-haves so far! 

in no particular order:

1. long tanks: belly coverage is key and in a time when your current tops ride up to expose your growing belly [a la my beer belly look for halloween], having longer tanks is necessary. i love these from old navy. cheap and perfect. i have 17. [just kidding. or maybe not].

2. open cardigans: nothing zips or buttons anymore, but open-front cardigans never let you down. i love this one from forever 21.

3. natural skin-care: i used to use proactiv for my acne before getting pregnant and while it's probably ok to use [jury's still out, i get conflicting info], i wanted to switch to something more natural. enter the belli anti-blemish line, which does an amazing job and i no longer look like a teenager going through puberty.

4. body pillow: specifically made for mamas-to-be, the bump nest body pillow is like sleeping on a cloud. that's hugging you.

5. low-rise leggings: having anything hitting your lower abdomen is really annoying. low-rise leggings are not only comfy for your legs, but don't push into your uterus/baby/bladder. i love these from old navy.

happy friday!




[linking up!]

Thursday, November 7, 2013

thursday threads [h&m scarf]

Thursday, November 7, 2013
thursday threads [h&m scarf]

...and the perfect grey mohair scarf can be found at h&m online or in stores for only $12.95. enjoy!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

wear it wednesday [sweater weather]

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
i've been dying to use that the neighbourhood song title as a post header forever. and this lovely vince sweater [purchased last year at marshall's, of course] is just the perfect sweater to use it on.

[vince sweater (old via marshall's, destination maternity cords (in stores), sam edelman tucker boots, foley + corinna large city tote (similar)]






pleated poppy
[linking up!]

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

tuesday threads [faux leather & plaid]

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
before talking about my outfit, i just want to point out that someone took my beautiful ghost pumpkin from my front porch [you can see it here] and drop-kicked it down the street where it lies to this day with a very sad crack in it. i have to pass it at least twice a day and get angry each and every time.

so to that pathetic idiot who thought it was funny to do this, i say namaste [and i say namaste in the same way this whole foods article means it]. you're a jerk. way to upset a pregnant lady.

anywho. this is what i wore on saturday for some errand running, dinner with friends, and pre-halloween party. i love pairing [faux] leather with plaid. especially my new red plaid. it's such a grunge combo that totally fit the overcast day.


[urban outfitters faux leather jacket (old), j.crew factory plaid button down shirt, j.crew maternity pixie pants, madewell biker boot, rebecca minkoff mini mac, h&m scarf (in stores)]



and for those curious what i ended up going as for halloween...


...you're welcome.