Yellow Dress With the BEST Denim Jacket

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FREE PEOPLE Dress (similar styles here, and here) // OLD NAVY Jacket (only $40 and so cute! Highly recommend) // SAM EDELMAN Shoes (also come in pink and black) // LISI LERCH Earrings

Hello, pals!!! I want to start off by apologizing for how pale I am in this post haha. What do you do when you hate being pale, hate laying out, and also hate using self tanner? What I usually end up doing is staying pale, and then complaining about how pale I am to everyone that will listen (that is an over-exaggeration, but you get the point). Anyways, hopefully by the end of this summer I will be a bronze goddess, but we shall see.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this yellow dress in one of the try-on sessions that I did on my Stories. For those of you that didn’t see it, I love everything about this yellow dress except for one thing, and that thing is that the dress is completely backless. If I had a slim, toned back, this wouldn’t be a problem, but this is not something that I possess, so I am not a huge fan of the backless look. This is such a shame, because everything else about this dress is so flattering, and it is so light and airy! To fix the backless issue, I paired my new favorite denim jacket with it, and alas! My problem was solved! This jacket is AMAZING, let me just tell you that. It comes in two other washes, and is $39.99. I can’t recommend this jacket enough. It is really amazing quality, and for such a good price. I am also really glad that I got it in the lighter wash as well, but I definitely plan on getting it in one of the darker washes eventually!

I hope you are all having a good week so far! I am headed to Charlotte tomorrow for a very long weekend and I am so so so so so so excited!!! I get to see my boyfriend, my family, and all four of my dogs! I haven’t been home in forever, so I really am so happy to finally be heading there. My trips home are also my time to be extra stylish, because I can finally wear clothes that aren’t work clothes or athleisure, so you know that I already have all of my outfits picked out. Follow me on Instagram if you want to see what I wear everyday! Have a great week!

-Hayley

One Year Blogiversary!

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BB Dakota Dress (ON SALE FOR UNDER $50 here, and here!!!) // Tuckernuck Earrings // Marc Fisher Wedges

Today is a big day, everyone! Well, at least for me it is. Today marks one year since I started Hayley Over Heels. I can’t believe it has been a whole year! I am still a total newbie in this community, and to be honest, I have no idea what I am doing half the time. I feel like I am constantly trying to improve with every post, and every post is an effort to help this site reach its full potential. As I sit down to write this, I really want to dive into why I started this blog, what my feelings have been towards it throughout this past year, but most importantly, thank all of you who have supported me in this endeavor, whether it’s been from the beginning, or just this morning! Without you, this blog would just be me talking to myself, and I already do that enough when I watch The Bachelor and yell at my television like I’m watching a football game.

This blog was something that I had in the back of my mind since my first year out of high school. I had always thought it would be something fun to do after college, and I never put much thought into it other than that. But as the years passed, the idea of the blog began to turn into something that I needed to do, as opposed to just an afterthought.

My time in Charleston has not always been the easiest. From experiencing extreme homesickness and roommate problems in the beginning, to only getting to see my boyfriend every few weeks or so, and to just not always feeling fulfilled here in general, I’ve had my share of ups and downs. These emotions played a huge role in my decision to finally start the blog. During my time in Charleston, I have always had a retail job. When you work in retail, you generally have to wear the clothes you are selling to work. I am a pretty boring person, so most of my time in college has consisted of work and going to class. So before I started the blog, pretty much all of my outfits consisted of work clothes and then the leggings and t-shirts that I would wear to class. I was no longer putting in the effort and thought into my outfits that I used to before college, which was always something that I enjoyed and prided myself on. Not being able to express myself through my style like I used to, on top of the feelings of homesickness and sadness I was feeling in Charleston, really started to take a toll on me. I felt like there was a small hole in my life that needed to be filled. 

I decided to start this blog so that I could have the creative outlet that I was feeling very desperate for. I wanted a hobby that I could fully enjoy and to give me that sense of fulfillment that I felt like I was missing. This blog has made me so happy the past year. Don’t go me wrong, it is not always a walk in the park. When I have a day off, most of the time the last thing I want to do is put on full hair and makeup just to go stand in the heat or cold to take blog photos. There have been times of sadness and stress when a post that I was really excited about and worked really hard on, doesn’t get as many views as I thought it would. It can also be expensive to purchase new clothes for the new content that I like to put out at least 2-3 times a week. That’s just not always an option for me, as I work a part-time job while going to school, and pay my own bills. That’s why half of the things I wear on the blog are old, or borrowed from my mom’s closet (thanks mom!). It’s difficult to make your life, your closet, your hair, or your makeup, appear perfect when it just…isn’t. But that’s totally okay, and at the end of the day, I think a more realistic portrayal is best, and I’ve had to learn to work with I’ve got and be grateful for what I do have!

I have very big dreams for Hayley Over Heels. Although it is just a hobby for me right now, I take it very seriously, and put as much work into it as time and money allow. I hope that one day this blog can become a full-time job for me, and I will continue to work hard to reach that goal! But that goal would be impossible if it wasn’t for all of you.

Thank you so much to all of you who take the time out of your day to read my blog! Even if you don’t read what I write, and just look at the pictures, any visit to my site is appreciated. I am so grateful for any contribution you make to my viewership. Whether you follow me Instagram, like my Facebook, subscribe to emails, or are just reading for the first time today, your support means the world to me, and honestly makes me want to tear up. But I will try to spare you my sappy emotions hehe. I hope that you continue to support me, and I promise to always work my hardest to provide you with posts that are fresh and funny, and to always stay true to myself. I know you all want as much genuine Hayley-filled content as possible. Gotta satisfy the masses 😉

Thank you so much!

Hayley

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