Chuck Town Casual

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Baseball caps are amazing. Do I even have to explain why? Baseball caps are what save you from having to spend 45 minutes to an hour blowdrying and curling your hair. I bet most of you are thinking, “Dang, it takes you that long to do your hair??” But to those of you who can relate, I feel your pain. I try not to be too lazy when it comes to my hair, but some days I am just not feelin’ it at all, and I have no choice but to throw on a baseball cap. And on days when I’m not feeling supremely lazy, I’ll take the baseball cap look a step further and dress it up a bit with a casually cute outfit, as opposed to my stereotypical leggings and t-shirt look. Put together oily hair, a day of running errands, and just a teeny bit of motivation, and this is the look you get.

This shirt is so comfortable, and as I’ve mentioned many times on this blog, it’s one of those pieces that you can dress up or down (sorry for the repetitiveness, it’s just a huge pro for me when it comes to pieces of clothing). Throw this top on with some black jeans, black booties, a gold choker, and a nice smoky eye, and you are ready for a night out! Then there’s the shoes. Oh boy, these shoes. I mean they have fringe pom poms for goodness sake! Fringe pom poms! This is the first pair of espadrilles I have ever owned, and I am so glad I finally took the leap and got them. I usually am purely a sandal-wearer in the spring and summer, but it was fun to branch out and try a different shoe style. Maybe next summer I can save up enough money to get a Tory Burch pair of espadrilles (key word here is maybe).

I’m wishing everyone a great start to the week! I’m currently on vacation and having a grand old time! I have to get in all the relaxation I can before the school year sneaks up on me in a month!

Free People Top • Articles of Society Jeans • Sam Edelman Shoes (on SALE!) • The Nash Collection Baseball Cap • other cute baseball caps here, here, and here (this one is great for all my fellow NC lovers!) •

Floral Bell Sleeve Dress

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Who doesn’t love bell sleeves? Sad people? The same people who think chocolate is gross, or that Titanic is a bad movie? I really don’t know the answer to that question, but I do know that bell sleeves are amazing, and I can’t see why anyone would think otherwise! I love this dress so much. From the sleeves, to the pattern, to the fact that it can be transitioned through the seasons, makes this dress a great staple to your closet. Plus, it can be dressed up or down! I dressed it down for this post, with my sandals and sun hat, but it can easily be  dressed up as well, for a special occasion like a wedding or party (hint…hint…future blog post, perhaps?). All you have to do to transition this dress from summer to fall, is throw on some black tights underneath, and some tall black boots, and you are good to go! Maybe even add a black fur vest for extra coziness. Can you tell that I’m really excited for colder weather? Come on, -ember months, I need you!

I hope you all are having a great week! I am heading to Florida next week for a vacation with my boyfriend and his family, and I’m so excited! Keep an eye out for pictures!

-Hayley

Banana Republic DressTarget Hat Sam Edelman Shoes (sold out, so similar pairs by the same brand here, and here) •

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017!

Hello, friends! Today is a day of celebration…a day of rejoicing and happiness. No, it’s not my birthday, but it’s pretty close. It’s the first day of Early Access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! I woke up at 5:30 am for this. I can’t wake up at 7 to go to the gym, but I can wake up even earlier to shop? Yeah, that’s an issue I might have to address at some point. Anyways, I am so so so excited because I got some good stuff this year. For me, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the opportunity to buy anything I need for the coming fall, such as a certain pair boots, jacket, coat, etc. It’s a great sale for buying necessities and basics because you get them at a discounted price, but you are still getting something that you will get a lot of use out of for the approaching colder seasons, giving you a little more bang for your buck. Plus, fall is my favorite season, especially when it comes to the clothes, so I am always really excited to shop this sale. Don’t get me wrong, I love the bright colors of spring and summer, but I love the styling that goes into all of the layers and textures of fall clothing.

I pride myself on being a “smart impulse buyer” (I’m sure my dad isn’t too proud of this). I try to be as smart as one can possibly be when buying clothes at 6 o’clock in the morning from a sale that they have absolutely no idea what exactly will be featured in it. But hey, at least I try. Here’s how I strategize when I shop this sale:

I go into the sale knowing exactly what I need, and this year I needed a new pair of tan ankle boots. The ones I bought last year are really worn down from me wearing them so much, so it was time for a new pair. I also knew that I was looking for some sunglasses and a couple of sweaters that I can wear during the fall. So I go look at the boots section and sunglass section of the sale first, so I can get the most important (I use that term loosely in this context) items checked off first. I found a pair of ankle boots, but I did not find a pair of sunglasses that I felt were worth the price, or that I loved enough to buy anyway, so I kicked the sunglasses to the curb.

Then I look through (practically) every single page of the women’s part of the sale. And what I do (and I do this all the time when I’m bored and just online window shopping), is just take everything I see that I like, and add it to my cart. I don’t think about it, just add. We are trying to be efficient here, people. After I finish looking at everything, and feel satisfied that I have seen everything I am interested in, I go to my cart, and that is where I always narrow things down. What do I absolutely not need, and what are my least favorites? I don’t have tons o’cash that I can just throw around, so smart decisions have to be made. Any sweater that I want, I have to make sure that I can come up with at least three different ways I can wear it, and three different places I can wear it, in my head. I don’t want to buy something that I can only wear once, because than it’s not worth the price, even if it is marked down.

Finally, I narrow down my decision and make sure I have the budget for my final choices, and woohoo! I am all done! Am I cut off from spending for the next two months? Absolutely. But, am I happy? Yes, and that’s all that matters in the end, right? *attempts to muster a half-hearted smile as I calculate what groceries I won’t be getting this month*

I hope that my strategizing helps you when you shop this fantastic sale! I like to think of myself as a machine when I shop it, and my dream is that you will too (lol I crack myself up).

So, y’all want to see what I bought? Here it is!:

Trouvé Off the Shoulder Poplin Sweater  in ‘Burgundy-White Combo’ • Sale price: $58.90 • After sale: $89 •

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Vince Camuto Francia Bootie in ‘Foxy’ • Sale price: $99.90 • After sale: $149.95 •

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Caslon Swing Back Coat in ‘Grey’ • Sale price: $99.90 • After sale: $149 •

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BP. Cutout Neck Pullover in ‘Black’ • Sale price: $31.90 • After sale: $49 •

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Lush Raw Edge Side Slit Tee in ‘White” • Sale price: $15.90 • After sale: $24 •

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Now for some honorable mentions who didn’t quite make the cut…

Free People Electric City Pullover Sweater in ‘Blue’ • Sale price: $64.90 • After sale: $98 •

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BLANKNYC Life Changer Moto Jacket in ‘Just Pine’ • Sale price: $64.90 • After sale: $98 •

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BP. Tweed Baseball Cap • Sale price: $15.90 • After sale: $25 •

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Oliver Gal The Perfect Blue Pair Canvas Wall Art • Sale price: $76.90 • After sale: $115 •

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…to all of my fellow Sex and the City fans out there, you know why this canvas is amazing.

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and that it was at least a little helpful to you! What do you think of my purchases? Leave a comment and let me know! Alright, now I’m going to go crawl into a hole for the rest of the day and try to forget about the money that I don’t have anymore.

-Hayley

 

LBD: Little Blue Dress

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Hello, friends! I have an outfit that I am very excited to share with you, because it is my new favorite piece of clothing that I own….This. Dress. I love it sooooo much. You know that feeling you get when you put on an outfit and you just feel great in it? When you feel confident and beautiful, and ready to take on the day? That’s how this dress makes me feel. I was really hesitant to buy it for a long time because it has been a blogger favorite for the past couple months, and I didn’t want to buy something that everyone else had. But honestly, I’m so glad I got it. The price of this dress is not too expensive, especially considering the quality of it. The material is thick and “sturdy,” and I mean that in the high-quality, will-last-you-a-long-time kind of way, not the stiff, uncomfortable kind of way. It is so comfortable, and is one of those dresses that you can dress up and wear for a nice dinner out, or just throw on to look cute while running errands. I highly recommend this dress.

I do suggest going a size down if you purchase this dress. I am a size medium, and I ordered the small, and I still feel like it is a little baggy on me. Also, the color of this dress online was a lot more aqua blue then it is in person. In person it’s much more of a cobalt blue, but I was pretty happy when I got it in the mail and found that out, because I love cobalt blue! The dress is sold out in the blue color, but I’m hoping they restock it soon. I linked the dress below in two other colors that are on sale, and the dress also comes in four additional colors, they are just not on sale. Nordstrom starts transitioning their clothes into fall really quickly, so the colors that aren’t on sale are darker and less vibrant.

Also, this necklace is the bomb. I got this necklace while shopping with my mom in Charleston a couple of weeks ago, and it’s amazing. It’s really high quality, and the blue in it matches this dress perfectly. But it would look so cute paired with a plain white top, jeans, and brown booties going into fall, just to add a little spunk!

I hope you all had a great weekend, and are ready to take on the week! I can’t say I am, but I’ll try my best! Let me know what you think of this look in the comments below! Or feel free to comment on my Instagram or Facebook, as well! Gotta network, ya know? Wishing everyone the best start to the week!

-Hayley

Dress (sold out in blue color, but linked same dress in other colors) • ShoesNecklace

July 4th Tweed

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Hello, folks! Here I am with another outfit for the July 4th holiday! This one is a little more casual than my previous post, but it’s nice and breezy, and that’s why I like it. I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but it is HOT here in Charleston. And don’t forget the horrible humidity we have here too. Between the heat, and humidity that makes my hair frizz up and lose its curl in about .8 seconds, I need my outfits to be breezy.

I’m pretty sure nothing encapsulates breezy like white eyelet. It’s just so feminine and beautiful. I love the construction of this white eyelet top, with the cold-shoulder ruffled sleeves, and the buttons in the back. It’s an easy top to just throw on with anything. I found these tweed shorts on sale at Banana Republic a few days ago, and I thought they were perfect for the Fourth with the red, white, and navy blue tweed. I also really love the way the shorts fit. I personally don’t like short shorts on myself, so I like for my shorts to have a little length, without looking too “mom,” so the 5″ inseam on this pair is perfect! They are also a little high waisted, which is another feature I also love. It just makes them way more comfortable! I highly suggest checking out the other shorts from Banana that I linked below if you like these features in shorts as well! I think they are my new favorite.

I hope you all enjoyed my little ideas for July 4th outfit inspiration! Bring on the fireworks and sparklers, but most importantly, heat up that grill, am I right?

-Hayley

TopShorts (low in stock, so another cute pair here, and here) • ShoesEarrings •

July 4th Red and White Stripes

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Let me just start this post off by asking a question. Where, oh where, does the time go? The Fourth of July is literally right around the corner, and if I’m being honest, I’m still depressed that Christmas is over. I guess that’s why I’m a little late to the July 4th outfit inspiration game…time has just passed me by!

But hopefully this dress makes up for my lateness! It’s a little different from what you typically see for the holiday, but I just think the floral pattern mixed in would make it perfect for a backyard barbecue for the 4th! It also doesn’t look super “Fourth,” so you can wear it for other occasions without feeling like your outfit looks out of place during other times of year. And I think this goes without saying, but the sleeves are incredible. I am all about the statement sleeves trend. Gimme all the ruffles and tiers you got. I’ll take ’em.

I hope you all enjoyed this post! I’ll be spending the next four nights sleeping while visions of hot dogs and potato salad dance in my head. Gotta love the holidays!

-Hayley

Dress (there’s also a top in the same pattern!)• ShoesHat

Floral Romper

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Another Monday, another outfit! This week I am bringing you an adorable floral romper that I bought a couple of weeks ago when I was in Charlotte. Not only is it really affordable, it’s also really comfy. It’s the perfect amount of flowy and breezy, which is great, considering how disgustingly hot it has been outside (just look at my hair in some of these photos for reference…it’s easy prey for the summer heat and humidity, ugh). I love how easy the romper is to dress up, and dress down. I can’t wait to pair it with my go-to American Eagle jean jacket, which I take full pride in. Never ever be ashamed of a good jean jacket (excuse me while I go make this my Twitter bio).

And finally, this bag is basically on the list of my top five favorite colors ever. Shout out to my wonderful mother for letting me borrow it for this post! I’ve never owned a Kate Spade bag before, but I was really impressed with how sturdy it was. I know this brand is pretty expensive, but with the quality I was able to briefly experience, I feel like you do get the bang for your buck! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find any Kate Spade bag in the exact color, but I did link some similar styles in it down below!

I’m wishing you all another happy week! My boyfriend is visiting me this week since I have a couple days off of work, and we plan on going on many Charleston food adventures while he’s here! Better get my flowy dresses and stretchy pants locked and loaded.

-Hayley

Romper (extremely low in stock, but other cute floral rompers here, here, and here) • ShoesEarrings • Bag (older style, but similar styles here, and here) •