Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Style with Pure Jill

 Coat: Pure J.Jill c/o // Necklace // Sunglasses: Karen Walker // Sweater: Target {old, similar here, love this one too} // Tank: Liz Lange // Maternity Jeans // D'Orsay flats: Chinese Laundry

Fall is officially in the air!  The temps are dropping, the leaves are changing and my sweaters are in full rotation!

It's hard to believe that with the holidays around the corner...that this baby is also not far behind!  Being pregnant in the fall is all about comfort and that's why I am all about any clothing brand that touts comfort, relaxation and casual elegance.

This coat, by Pure Jill--a new line of J.Jill--is made of a unique boucle material, but is still sophisticated for work or a night out.  I love that it keeps me warm but is not too thick.  In fact it's great for layering with sweaters and to throw on with some jeans and fall flats.  

The entire collection has nonchalant, layered looks that can be created by pairing styles of varying proportion and shape...perfect for moms or moms to be, like me!
To find out more about the new Pure Jill Collection, see the collection on their website or visit their Facebook or Instagram page.

xo natasha

This post was brought to you in partnership with J.Jill and The Motherhood... all opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Shoe Love: The Perfect Fall Flat

Happy Friday Friends!

I have been lusting after these Loeffler Randall flats for a long time...Liz has them and they are perfection!

See how versatile they are??

Well, I think I hit the lottery today because Saks is having their 25% off Friends & Family event and these flats are eligible with the code FRNFAM plus there is free shipping with FREESHIP!

I also love their boots and booties.  Can't go wrong with Loeffler!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

xo natasha

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Baby Doll for a Boy?

I've started thinking about ways to prepare Ethan for his baby brother.  We talk a lot about the baby inside my tummy and Ethan says that he has a baby inside his belly too...he'll even lift his shirt to show you.  He also loves giving kisses to my tummy and will pretend for a second to be interested in feeling the baby move.

At his age, he's all about mimicking and copying every little thing we do and say.  I feel like once the baby gets here, Ethan will want to copy everything I do with baby, from changing diapers, to swaddling and probably nursing too.  If Ethan were a girl, I wouldn't think twice about getting him a baby doll to love on and carry around.  Did you ever read, Baby Dear?  It's all about how a little girl copies everything her mom does with her baby doll.  I used to love this book!

And that brings me to this post.  I am pretty sure that I want to get him a baby doll and would love to hear from other mamas that have prepared their two year old son for a baby.  Any tips or tricks?  I think it would help Ethan feel involved and part of the process to have his "own" baby.  And if I introduce him to the doll soon, I'm hoping that will help him feel special and excited about babies in general.

Baby 1 // 2 // 3 // 4
Books 1 // 2 // 3 // 4

It's actually pretty surprising how few baby boy dolls are available on the market...but here is a quick round up.  I'm also including some books that I think will help Ethan start to grasp the concept.

Did you do anything special to help prepare your child for a sibling?  I'd love any advice you have!

xo natasha

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

26 Weeks

How far along? 26 Weeks {first 26 week update}
Baby Size: A cabbage
Total weight gain: 15+
Maternity clothes? Lots of tunics {this one is from Nordstrom last year, but the brand is Trouve and I found a similar option here} and leggings {loving this brand} right now.  This cute scarf is from Zara, but there is an identical one at Target.
Stretch marks? Still looking good.
Sleep: I wake up feeling parched in the morning and usually have a stuffy nose.  And those pesky bathroom breaks.  But otherwise, still feeling good!
Best moment this week: Getting to meet Natalie and Blair!  I also ordered the rug for the nursery and it just came in.  Can't wait to share!  ;)
Miss Anything? I miss bending over and not feeling so large and in charge!
Movement: The movement makes it all worth it...even Ethan is trying to feel him.
Food cravings: I had a random craving for Starburst candy last week.  
Gender: BOY!
Looking forward to: Another fun wedding this weekend!
Differences this time around: Nothing really sticks out {other than the obvious!} at the moment.  Just trying to take it all in.  ;)

xo natasha

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Costume Link Up Party!

Can you believe that fall is in full swing and that Halloween is right around the corner!?  Having a toddler has definitely made the holidays infinitely more fun and of course now is the time to go all out with costumes {I just know the day will come when Ethan is picking out his own costume, so I have to sneak in my "cute" costumes now!}.

I am so excited to announce that Julie from The Girl in the Red Shoes and I are hosting a Halloween Costume Party!  Now we can all go "trick-or-treating" together!  ;)

Halloween Costume Party
I'm not the most original when it comes to costume {so don't feel any pressure!}...I am drawn to the tortuous head-to-toe costumes...and this year is no different!  ;)
 2012-His first Halloween!

2013-Not so excited about his mane.  
Can you just imagine what I've dreamed up for this year?  Can't wait to share it with you and I can't wait to see what you all come up with!
The linkup will take place on Thursday, October 30th and go through November you have plenty of time to linkup and share!  Copy and paste the code above and link up with us!
Who's going to join in??
xo natasha

My Picks: Shopbop Friends & Family Sale

Shopbop is having a 25% off site-wide sale for three days which is a rarity.  I don't shop there regularly {since it's pretty pricey!} but I do keep my eye on a couple special things so I can take advantage of times like this!  25% off a investment item can really make a difference!

For me, investment pieces are items that will stand the test of time.  I am all for splurging on designer denim, sunglasses {LOVE Karen Walker!}, quality boots and handbags.  Of course, jewelry and fall staples, like this poncho are also fun too!

I have been eying this diaper bag for months now {to prove my point, click here} so I think the 25% off savings will push me to go for it.  Justification at its best, right?

Are you eyeing anything in the Shopbop sale?  Enter FAMILY25 at checkout to redeem the discount.

xo natasha

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Blogger + Toddler Meet Up

Have you ever met someone for the first time, but felt like you've know them for ages?  That's exactly how I felt yesterday when I got to meet Natalie of Nat Your Average Girl.  It's actually pretty amazing that we hadn't met until this point, since we went to college together {and so did our husbands!}.  But I was lucky that she and her cute fam were in Tahoe for a wedding and they had  time to meet up before flying home.

Of course, Ethan also loved meeting Blair, who from behind, could be his mini-me.  They are the same size and have the same hair.  It was too cute.  Ethan taught Blair how to go down the roller coaster and even shared his lawn mower {if that's not love, I don't know what is!}.  

Ethan also loved copying everything Matt did...his stance above was how Matt was standing just a minute before.

Natalie was everything like she appears on her blog, and is even more fun, kind and beautiful in person.  And Matt is a great sport too!  ;)  It was fun talking about being moms and blogging and just connecting with another like-minded girl.  

The only other exciting thing we did this weekend was watch the baseball game with family...Go Giants!  Oh and I listed some items from my closet here.  ;)

I hope you all had great weekends!

xo natasha
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