Mini Room Tour

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Target Comforter SetTarget Rectangular Throw PillowBed Bath and Beyond Seashell and Grasses ArrangementTarget Gray Square Throw PillowNordstrom Mug • Items that I purchased from Home Goods: 2 faux fur pillows, lamp shade, collage picture frame, mirror, art above bed •

Hello, everyone! Today’s post is something a little different from what I normally do. I just moved into my new apartment, and took the move as an opportunity to redecorate my bedroom. I’m calling this a “mini” bedroom tour because there’s still some things I would like to add to my room, so there isn’t a ton to show. That’s why the photos in this post are mostly focused on one side of my room. The other side that’s not pictured basically just consists of my boring white dresser, the television, and my framed Titanic movie poster (I’m not even a little ashamed). Also, my room doesn’t get a lot of natural sunlight, so bear with me on my photography skills. I’m still trying to figure this camera out (#toomanybuttons).

Another disclaimer: a lot of the items in my room are from Home Goods, aka the Holy Land of home decor, so since Home Goods doesn’t have a shoppable website, there’s a good bit I couldn’t link, and most of the similar items I found were all super expensive. So the items that I did link are items that I purchased from places that actually have websites that you can shop, like Target. I highly advise going to Home Goods if you are looking to decorate any part of your home on a budget. The mirror in my room is amazing and it was only $40! Every similar mirror I found online was about $200! So, I conclude this rambling paragraph with…Home Goods is where it’s at.

My room in my old apartment was basically the exact opposite of my new room. I’m talking bright pink, orange, and green. I had known for about the past year that I was ready to redo my room and make it a little more grown up. Don’t get me wrong, pink is still my favorite color, I just wanted colors that were softer, and a little more peaceful. I also thought that neutral decorations would be great because I can use them for many years and pair them with almost anything. All of the tan and gray decorations in my bedroom now, may make for a great guest bedroom in a house one day.

My favorite parts of my room are definitely the mirror, the lampshade, and the pillows. That mirror and lampshade were awesome Home Goods finds. I mean, how cute is that lampshade?? And the mirror is such high quality for its price. A definite steal!

There are still a few things I would love to add to my room though…

Room Decor

• 1. Home LED Marquee Sign • 2. Basket Weave Accent Pillow in ‘Ivory Dove’ • 3. Bath and Body Works Mod Stripes Candle Sleeve • 4. UGG Shearling Cuff Bootie • 5. UGG Genuine Sheepskin Rug in ‘Natural’ • 6. Plush Throw Blanket in ‘Grey Frost’ •

And that concludes my little room tour! I am so happy with my room. It’s the place I go to binge watch Friends, and where I wake up in the morning with horrendous bed head, and I love it! Let me know what you think of my bedroom in the comments below! Anything you think I should add? Happy Monday, everyone! Have a great week!

-Hayley

Bows on Bows

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•  Soloiste Top (25% off) • Le Specs SunglassesJ. Crew JeansSam Edelman Heeled Mules (40% off) •

Here I am with another post! Just a couple more weeks of freedom this summer, until the school weeks begin. I can’t say I’m too excited about that, but I am excited about this outfit! I love me some bows. Big bows, small bows, all bows. They are the perfect feminine and fun addition to any clothing piece. When I saw these shoes I about died. They come in red too, and I’m probably gonna need to go to the beach and throw my wallet in the ocean to keep myself from buying them. I paired these bow shoes with this adorable top that has a bow on the back, because why not? Too much, perhaps? Hey, at least I’m not wearing a bow in my hair. I do have my limits, you know?

As I’m posting this, I’m currently moved into my new apartment, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve decided that I will definitely do a bedroom tour once it is fully decorated! I am by no means an expert on, or even slightly skilled at, interior decorating, but I think it will be fun to share! Have a great week everybody!

-Hayley

 

Feelin’ Fancy

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Banana Republic DressLisi Lerch EarringsVia Spiga Heeled Sandals

Hello, everyone! Long time, no talk! I’m a little behind my usual posting schedule this week. I was on vacation last week, and had trouble finding the time, and I’ll admit…the energy, to take pictures for a post! I don’t like falling behind schedule, especially since I usually only post once a week, so hopefully this outfit makes up for it!

Here I am, in a gorgeous magenta dress, feeling like royalty. Bell sleeves, v-neck, a flattering fit, the list goes on. It may look a little familiar…I wore the same dress in a different color in this post! Told y’all I would do a more dressed-up version of it! I need all of my friends to hurry up and get married already, because this dress would be perfect for a wedding. The shoes I’m wearing are another Nordstrom Anniversary Sale find. I really like them! They are super comfortable and I love that I can wear them throughout most of the year. You’ll definitely see me wearing them with some jeans and a chunky sweater in a couple of months. Also, they come in red too, so if you’re trying to channel your inner Sandy from Grease, they’re the perfect shoes for you.

I’ve got a busy week ahead of me! I’ll be moving into a new place this week, so any cute decor ideas you may have, feel free to throw them my way! Maybe I can do a room tour of the bedroom in my new place once I move in and it’s all decorated! What do y’all think of that? Let me know in the comments below! Have a great week, friends!

-Hayley

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