Feeling Thankful

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My outfit:

| Wrap: ILYMIX (other cute ones here, here, and here)| Sweater: old, so similar here, and here | Jeans: Articles of Society | Boots: Ugg (older style, so similar here, and here | Earrings: Lisi Lerch |

Juan’s Outfit:

| Sweater: J. Crew (older style so similar here, and here) | Watch: Michael Kors (older style, so similar here, and here) | Boots: Aldo (older style, so similar here, and here) |

And just like that, tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Tonight I’m going to start preparing my contributions to the meal, including mac and cheese, sweet potato casserole, and my Aunt Jan’s stuffed mushrooms! Tonight I will also start fasting so I can have plenty of room for the bounty of buttery carbs I plan to consume.

As you can see, I am introducing a special guest on today’s blog post…my lovely boyfriend, Juan. He was kind enough to let me feature him for this post! I’ve been wanting to show just a touch of men’s fashion on here for awhile, and there’s no better model than Juan. I mean, literally, he looks like a freaking model in these photos. And he doesn’t even try, it just comes natural. It’s really not fair. Maybe I should just let him run this blog lol.

I thought both of our outfits were stylish and simple enough that they could easily be recreated! A majority of the pieces Juan and I are wearing are older things that we’ve had in our closet for the past year or two, but I found a lot of similar pieces so there are a lot of options to get the same look! You might remember my wrap from this blog post, where I wore it as a scarf. That’s why I love blanket scarves. They can be worn both as a scarf and a wrap, and that’s a great way to get your money out of an item.

I hope you all are having a great holiday break so far, spent with friends and family, and are hopefully able to get off work soon if you are still working. I am so grateful for all of the blessings and amazing people in my life. From Juan, who can always make me smile and makes me feel so loved all the time, to my amazing parents who always take care of me when I need them. I am thankful for my little brother, Juan’s family who has become my second family, and my friends from both Charlotte and Charleston. I am thankful for all of you who take the time to read this tiny blog of mine. The list of people I am grateful for goes on and on, and that makes me feel so thankful.

Happy early Thanksgiving, everyone! Get your jingle bells ready, because if you thought my holiday spirit was annoying before Thanksgiving, just you wait until after tomorrow….

-Hayley

All About My Hair

Hello friends! So this is a pretty big post, because I’ve got some pretty big hair. Lol not exactly, but it’s a big post because my hair takes a lot of work, but the work almost always pays off. My hair is something I get a lot of comments and questions about it, whether it’s from you fine readers, my friends, or strangers!

My hair is one of my favorite features…on a good day. When it’s having a bad day, I pretty much hate my hair, but I guess we all feel like that when we have bad hair days. The fact is, a lot of my confidence stems from my hair and if it’s participating or not. If my hair turns into flat frizz from the awful summer humidity in Charleston, or if I didn’t feel like styling my hair and have to put it up in a frizzy curly ponytail, I’m pretty much bummed about it for the rest of the day. It doesn’t matter if I’m wearing the most amazing outfit ever, or my makeup looks flawless. If my hair looks bad, I feel bad. Yes, I know I am quite the Negative Nancy.

But, I thought it would be fun to share my hair background and routine, just because I get so many comments and questions about it. If I miss anything or you have any other questions, just leave a comment below!

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| Sweater: BP. |

Hair Background

Excuse the language, but when people ask what my natural hair is like, I like to joke that it’s “naturally sh***y.” I say this because my natural hair is just plain whacky. Let me explain: If I wash my hair and put some mousse in it while it’s wet, the bottom layer of my hair ends up being sort of wavy/frizzy/straight, the middle layer sort of wavy/frizzy/curly, and then the top layer sort of wavy/frizzy/straight. …Did I mention that it’s frizzy?… Basically, my natural hair is just really inconsistent. Sometimes I can wear it natural (with product) and it will look awesome, but 80% of the time it just looks bad when it’s natural. Now my natural hair without any product in it, just completely air-dried, is just awful. There’s no leaving my house with just my 100% natural hair in tow. I’ve never left my house with it like that, and I never will. It just looks frizzy and terrible. You may think I’m over-exaggerating, but just trust me on this.

The key to my hair is definitely in how I get it cut. I have to have some sort of side bang and layers, otherwise my hair doesn’t flatter my round face or have as much volume. I just ask my stylist for lots of layers, side bangs, and face framing pieces. I don’t switch up my layers and bangs very often because I just think it’s the most flattering cut for me. I’ve had pretty much the same style of hair in terms of layers since high school, and I’ve always kept it that way because it works for me.  I also get my hair highlighted. I get lighter blond highlights in front to frame my face, and honey-blonde highlights throughout the rest of my hair to give it some dimension and show off my curls better.

Let me just walk you through a quick pros and cons list of my hair:

Cons: it requires a lot of work for it to look good…very thick so it takes a long time to style…easily impacted by humidity…I can’t switch up my part like some people (I’ve tried doing a middle part, and it was just okay)…it takes forever to grow

Pros: it holds style pretty well (when it’s not humid!!)…very thick so it has natural volume…when it’s having a good day, it looks really goodlol not to sound like a total tool

Hair Products and Tools

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| Shampoo | Conditioner | Heat Protectant | Wet Brush | Curling Iron | Hairspray One | Hairspray 2 |

Styling Process

So, I know a lot of people probably would have made some sort of video tutorial about how to style their hair, but to be honest, I have no idea how to edit video, so I’m just going to give you a step-by-step process of what I do. If you find it boring and don’t want to read it, I don’t blame you, but for those of you who are curious, I hope this is helpful!

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I always shampoo and condition my hair with this shampoo and this conditioner. I’ve been using it for about a year and a half and I can’t use anything else because I’m high maintenance. It just makes your hair feel so good and healthy! I always shampoo my hair first, then I put the conditioner on and let it soak into my hair for the rest of my shower, so about ten minutes or so. I probably wash my hair three times a week on average, depending on how often I plan on curling my hair that week. To me, my hair always looks best the day it’s washed.

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When my hair is still wet, I spray this heat protectant on my ends, brush it through using this wet brush, and then I wait about 10-15 minutes before I blow dry it. I loathe blow drying my hair. It is the worst. But it’s just something I have to do. I have no method for blow-drying my hair, other than just point-and-shoot. I also use a blow dryer from Target that I’ve had since high school, so nothing special here. When I’m finished blow drying, my hair looks frizzy and straight. Just another reason why I didn’t do any sort of video tutorial…nobody wants to see that. I plan on investing in a really nice blow dryer one day, like the Dry Bar or T3 one, just because I’ve heard that they are life changers when it comes to blow drying hair.

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Then I curl my hair. I always use the 1-inch straight barrel of the T3. This takes me about 30 minutes total. I brush and part my hair, then section it off into three sections using these clips, one big section in the back of my head, and then one section on each side. From there I start with the bottom half of the back chunk of hair, and curl it piece by piece, then I do the top half after that. And I do the same thing with the side chunks as well, always curling away from my face (this is important). I do this repeatedly until I get to my bangs. My bangs are little more complicated. First I take my bangs and I straighten them with a cheap-o straightening iron like this one, that I’ve had since high school, because they tend to get frizzy, so straightening them gets rid of that frizz so they are easier to curl. Then I curl them aways from my face using a 1-inch curling iron with a clamp like this (I just use another random curling iron that I’ve had for years). I have to use a curling iron with a clamp for my bangs because they are too short to wrap around the barrel of my T3! The bangs part is super tedious, I know, but it’s just what I have to do to style my bangs!

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From there, I just tousle it, and re-curl any pieces that might have fallen flat or need a little extra help. Then I spray hairspray. To do this I lean my head back a bit, and then spray the hairspray all over. I do this because it gives my hair a little more volume! I used to use this hairspray, and it is super great if you want a lot of hold, but I felt that it made my hair feel dirtier the next day which bugged me. If you are looking for strong hold though, I highly recommend it. I now use this hairspray. It definitely is not anti-humidity as it claims to be, as my hair is still easily affected by humidity even when I wear it, but it does have really good hold, and doesn’t make my hair feel as dirty the next day as the Kenra hairspray does. (By the way, if anyone knows of any amazing anti-humidity products that work, PLEASE let me know. It’s definitely the biggest problem I have with my hair during the warm months and it drives me crazy!)

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Well, I hope this was helpful! At some point in the future, I will do a video tutorial! If I left anything out or you have any other questions just leave a comment and let me know!

-Hayley

 

What To Wear For Thanksgiving

Can y’all believe that Thanksgiving is only one week away?? I am so incredibly happy and excited! This time of year just puts me on cloud nine, I love it so much. I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve already planned what I’m going to eat for Thanksgiving, as well as what I’m going to wear. I’m kind of a freak in the sense that I usually know what I’m going to wear for an event about three weeks in advance (I already know what I’m wearing for Christmas Eve…). But for any of y’all that haven’t thought about it yet, or need a little inspiration, I came up with some ideas for you! I hope you like them! Leave me a comment and let me know which outfit is your favorite! My personal favorites are Outfit #1 and Outfit #4! Have a great Thursday, friends!

Thanksgiving Outfits

Outfit 1:

Wrap: Sole Society (only $60!)

Jeans: DL1961

Booties: KENDALL + KYLIE 

Outfit 2:

Sweater: Leith (only $59 and comes in 3 colors!)

Skirt: BLANKNYC 

Boots: SARTO by Franco Sarto (comes in 4 colors!)

Outfit 3:

Sweater Dress: Cotton Emporium (only $55!)

Scarf: one in collage is sold out, so similar here… BP. (only $19!)

Booties: BP. 

Earrings: Lisi Lerch (I have these in gold and I am obsessed with them!)

Outfit 4:

Sweater: Goodnight Macaroon (comes in 3 colors and is under $60!)

Jeans: 7 For All Mankind

Booties: Kristen Cavillari

-Hayley

Black Faux Leather Jacket

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| Jacket: BLANKNYC | Top: Loft | Pants: J. Crew | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Sunglasses: Le Specs |

Red Alert, people: Thanksgiving is next week!!! Praise the Lord! In just 10 days I will be stuffing my face with mac and cheese, casseroles of various sorts, and a medley of carbohydrates that will lead me to unbutton my jeans in satisfaction at the end of the day. Keep an eye out, because later this week I’ll be posting some ideas for what to wear for Thanksgiving, and I made sure to keep in mind the concealment of full stomachs, because that’s usually a pretty big concern of mine on the holiday.

On a different note, I wore this outfit one day while I was in Charlotte a couple weekends ago! I love the look of this lace top under the leather jacket! This jacket is from last year, but they brought the same jacket back this year, which I linked above, and it just has gold hardware instead of silver! It also comes in five colors, one of which being a metallic color. I’m not sure how I feel about it…It’s very bold, but I feel like it could be styled in really cute way! Go check it out and let me know what you think about it!

I hope you all are having a great start to your week! I’m just trying to make it through to the end!

-Hayley

 

 

Window Shopping Wants + November

So many sweaters, so little time. Sweaters are pretty much the only thing I’ve been adding to my cart this season, so I thought I would make this month’s Window Shopping Wants all about sweaters. I love how a sweater can be worn casually with just some simple jeans and riding boots, or glammed up with a cute hat and heels. Nordstrom is my favorite place to shop because they have such a great variety of both products and prices. And free shipping and returns is always a plus! So when it comes to sweater shopping, they’re usually my go-to.

Window Shopping wants

1. Free People Bell Sleeve Sweater

2. Halogen Tie Belle Sleeve Sweater (only $59!)

3. BP. Dolman Sleeve Sweater (only $39!)

4. BP. Ruffle Chenille Sweater (only $49 and SO soft! I bought this last weekend!)

5. BP. Wide Rib Mock Neck Sweater (only $39!)

6. BP. Ruffle Cold Shoulder Sweater (only $49!)

-Hayley

 

Fun Twist on a Button-Up

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| Top: Trouve (older style from Nordstrom Sale, so similar styles here, and here | Pants: J. Crew | Shoes: Via Spiga (sold out, so similar here, and here (20% off!!)) | Clutch: Tory Burch (older style, so similar here) | Glasses: Warby Parker |

Good morning! I hope you all are well and had a great weekend! I’m not ready to take on the week, but at least I’m coming back from a great weekend! I spent it in Charlotte and the trees were freaking amazing. It makes me emotional when the trees turn colors because it’s just so beautiful and one of my favorite things in life! I went online and found a stock photo of some fall trees and made it my laptop background, just so that I will have a little fall to take back with me to Charleston. Lord knows the trees there are still going to be 90% green when I get back!

What better way to celebrate the fall leaves than to match them?? This burgundy poplin top went perfect with my surroundings and I honestly couldn’t have tied the look together better myself. I think this outfit would be great for Thanksgiving, but personally, I am planning on going for something a little more flowy…ya know, for eating purposes. But if you aren’t an animal like me, than totally go for this look!

-Hayley

Blue Dolman Sleeve Sweater

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| Flare Sleeve Sweater: BP (comes in five colors!!) | Hat: Halogen | Booties: Vince Camuto (20% off!!)| Jeans: Topshop |

Happy Friday, everyone!!! I am so pumped because I’m in Charlotte this weekend to spend time with my family! I haven’t been home in two months, and have pretty much been working and going to school nonstop, so I’ve been ready for a much needed break. I get to see my boyfriend this weekend too, and lucky him…I have about five blog outfits planned that I need him to shoot for me. But I know he won’t mind 😉

This sweater has been all over style blogs lately, but for good reason. It’s $39, comes in five different colors (like this red color that’s perfect for Christmas!), and is so comfortable! My only regret with this sweater is that I wish I had went up a size in it so I could wear it off the shoulder.

Does anyone have any fun plans for the weekend? Also, has anyone else started playing their Christmas music yet since it’s finally November? Well guess what losers, I beat all of you because I’ve been playing my Christmas music since September, as well as a little sprinkle of it during the summer, so ha! (“Hayley, are you sure we’re the losers?” -what all of you are thinking right now). As soon as I get back to Charleston after this weekend, my two Christmas trees are going up, so fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-judge-me-I-don’t-care!

-Hayley