Cozy Winter Poncho

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| Poncho (old, so similar here, here, and here) | Hat | Leggings | Shoes |

Hello, everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! I am just a day away from my last exam, then I’ll be heading to Charlotte for a quick trip home before heading back to Charleston to work the last little chunk before Christmas Eve. I have been aching for exams to be over so that I can finally think about nothing but the holiday season. I know that I am terrible about rushing time away, and that I can still enjoy the holiday season during exam week, and blah blah blah. But it’s just the way I am, and I don’t like anything distracting me from my favorite time of year.

This outfit is just one of the many reasons why this time of year is my favorite. I love being cozy, and this poncho is pretty much a wearable blanket. A more classy Snuggie, perhaps? I bought it last year so it’s old, but I linked a bunch of really similar ones for y’all! Also, I wasn’t sure about these leggings when I got them and how they would look on me, but boy oh boy am I impressed. They are Spanx leggings and they take all of the holiday treats I’ve consumed the past couple months that have found a home on my thighs, and suck them right in. I mean, why do I need a gym when I have these??? (Totally kidding…Exercise is healthy, cardio is fun, yeah, yeah, whatever.) They come in a few other colors too, so I might be adding them to my list of post-Christmas purchases I have going right now. Yes, I actually have a list of things I plan on buying with whatever money I get for Christmas. This list has been going for the past month and a half, I would say. It’s edited almost daily…

…Hi, I’m Hayley Murray. Purchasing clothing is one of my top 20 greatest joys in life and I love material goods. Have we met?

-Hayley

 

Gift Guide: For the Girl Who Loves to Lounge

Gift Guide Lounge

1. Slant Collections Stemless Wine Glass $12

2. GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment $24

3. Kate Spade New York Thermal Sleep Shirt $68

4. PJ Salvage Champagne Bottle Flannel Pajamas $62

5. UGG Shearling Slipper $109.95

6. Slip For Beauty Sleep Silk Sleep Mask $45

7. Echo Pom Pom Rib Knit Throw Blanket $99

8. Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Sock $15

9. Thread & Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover $78

Christmas Tree Hunting

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| Cape: Red Dress Boutique (sold out, so similar, here, here, and here) | Turtleneck Sweater: Loft (sold out in red, so similar here, and here) | Booties: Vince Camuto (20% off!)| Jeans: Articles of Society | Earrings: Lisi Lerch |

Happy December!!! Only 21 more days until Christmas! I am so ready to be home for the holidays. It’s all I can really focus on right now (looks like I’m in good shape for finals, huh? haha). I’ll study for my finals after I finish looking at Christmas cookie recipes on Pinterest. “Just ten more minutes,” has been my motto the past few days.

I wore this outfit when I was home for Thanksgiving and my family and I went to get a Christmas tree! I love love love this cape! It is so festive and really good quality. It sold out so many times online, so it was long gone by the time I was able to wear it. But I found some similar ones that are really cute, so those are all linked for you guys!

I hope you all had a great weekend, and are enjoying this holiday season with your loved ones! I’m gonna go narrow down my Christmas cookie recipes. As soon as I get to Charlotte for the holidays, I plan on having a baking extravaganza…all in the name of staying warm for the winter 😉

-Hayley

Leopard Love

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| Hat: Brixton | Wrap: Sole Society (other cute leopard wraps here, and here) | Jeans: Topshop | Tee: BP. | Booties: older style, so similar here, and here |

So…this may be stating the obvious, considering I am literally draped in it…but I’m really starting to get into leopard. I’ve been sort of avoiding patterns the past year or so, but leopard is a new pattern that I now find myself drawn to. It goes great with neutrals as well as bright colors too, so I love that it is versatile and fun at the same time.

I’m also wondering if I pull this hat off or not. It looks so cute on other girls, but for some reason when I put it on, I wasn’t as pleased with it as I thought I would be. I accidentally got it a size too small, so it’s a bit snug. I am not sure if that affected the way it looks, but I am going to try wearing it a few more times with different outfits to see if it grows on me!

We are almost to the weekend!! Do y’all have any fun plans? Today is my last day of classes before exams and I am soooooo relieved. Peace out, bio lab…I definitely won’t miss you.

-Hayley

Knit Vest and Puppy Love

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| Vest: Love Token | Sweater: BP.  (other cute sweaters here, and here)| Jeans: Articles of Society | Ankle Boots: Vince Camuto  | Hat: Halogen |

| Harley’s sweater: PetSmart |

Hi, everyone! Today’s post brings you a special and adorable guest…my dog, Harley. He is the youngest of my three dogs and probably the most hilarious. I decided to use him as a prop for this shoot, and much to his dismay, try to find him a sweater that somewhat matched mine lol. My other two dogs were acting so jealous that he got to wear a sweater and they didn’t, but I know they would have been so ticked off if I had decided to put it on one of them instead. Those foolish pups!

In the end though, Harley and I both ended up being cozy together in our sweaters! This vest is from the Nordstrom sale is surprisingly still in stock in some sizes! It is really soft and comfortable and I highly recommend it! Also, I know I wear these ankle boots in pretty much every post, but if someone wants to buy me some more shoes so I can switch things up, by all means, feel free.

I hope you all are having a great start to week! I somehow managed to make it through working all of Black Friday weekend, and now am just trying to get through this last week of classes before exams start. Almost….finished….can’t….wait…..

-Hayley

Gift Guide: Under $150

gift guide

1. Barefoot Dreams Robe in ‘Bordeaux/White Heathered’ – $99

2. Nordstrom At Home Faux Fur Throw Blanket in ‘Ivory’ – $79

3. Impressions Vanity Co. Touch LED Vanity Mirror – $45

4. S’well Stainless Steel Water Bottle – $31.50

5. Lisi Lerch Ginger Earrings – $68 (comes in clip-ons as well!)

6. BP. Marian Platform Sneaker in ‘Gold Leather’ – $59.95

7. Moon and Lola Personalized Monogram Keychain in ‘Blonde Tortoise’ – $34

8. UGG Fleece Lined Socks in ‘Cream’ – $49.50

I hope that this was helpful! Which one would you want for Christmas?

-Hayley

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