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If you found this, wow, you either really like me or are trying to poach this domain name. I’m still working on making this space my own. Check back soon for new posts, good conversation, and some strong opinions on buying bad denim.

Cheers,

Haley

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Consciously, Stylishly Coupling

My husband and I are way into day dates. I’m not exactly sure why, but I think it has to do with working retail for a long time and frequently losing the middle part of the day to being stuck inside a boutique. Also, at night, I fall asleep. LIKE QUICK.  If I’m not asleep, I’m in front of the computer shopping for clients or blogging or setting up a Facebook post or…. you probably get it. Ryan, in his wisdom, has realized that he gets the best side of me midday, before exhaustion sets in, or I’m distracted by a long list of chores.

Recently, we grabbed brunch (!) with an old friend and loved the neighborhood we were in so much that it turned into a little blog-shoot. This season I continually reach for my leather pieces because they really pair up with anything, my options are limitless! When I’m out of town, I almost always bring a blazer along because, hello, instant outfit maker.

Ryan’s been obsessed with his dark denim jacket that he scored at a Levi’s OUTLET. Guys! You’ve gotta get one of these! He layers it under tweed overcoats and blazers or buttons it all the way up for a little dude matchy-matchiness. I love when our fall go-to’s collide for a very concious coupling. Sorry, Gwyneth, I’m staying with my man. He’s too well dressed to stay away.

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In conclusion: go on a day date and buy a denim jacket and conquer your Friday.

xoxo – Haley  + Ryan

Haley is wearing: Blazer – J.Crew (Old Color, Same Style Here). Top – Old Navy (similar). Leggings – Nordstrom. Shoes – Nike. Necklace – Vanessa Mooney – (sold out).

Ryan is wearing: Jacket – Levis. Shirt – J.Crew. Jeans – Jack Spade. Shoes – Nike x Nordstrom Rack.

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A Jumpsuit Story

Last week was miraculous in that I found a jumpsuit that works on my retro-inspired body. As my husband very lovingly tells me (no sarcasm here, seriously), I’m curvy. I have hips for sure. My waist is small and easily cinched up, so high waisted skirts and A-line skirts will always fit me with ease. Other items like shift dresses, rompers, and jumpsuits often prove to be unwearable. Here’s the worst thing ever: my mom likes to tell me I have child-bearing hips. Thanks Mom, but that actually isn’t helping me for a nanosecond. BUT FINALLY, I stumbled upon one that actually looked on me in reality as I dreamed it would in my mind. One of my many Golden Rules: try it on, because you never truly know!

Rachel Zoe is my career role model; she’s built an empire on good taste. This week, her new book Living In Style released, and she notes that every wardrobe should have a versatile jumpsuit, saying, “I slip on a one-piece and instantly feel casually elegant.” There you have it, ladies. Casual elegance. 

I love this jumpsuit because it does the office with ease, but I also see myself throwing on a straw fedora and some strappy flat sandals later on, when warm weather actually arrives for more than 2 hours here in the Northeast. (I don’t wanna sound bitter, but c’mon mother nature, share some love on America’s first born region.) Style Tip: navy is a great cross-over color for dressing up or down – why do you think we all love a dark denim? Navy pops agains vivid color, but can pair up with black in a snap – double duty jumpsuit to the rescue!!

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Wearing:  Jumpsuit: Aritzia. Blazer: Banana Republic (old, try this). Necklace: Jewelmint.com (try this). Sunnies: Ray Ban (my signature style!). Shoes: Zara (similar). Clutch: Nordstrom (old, Anthro’s version).

Jumping for joy in my jumpsuit that rocks. Excuse me while I go be casually elegant.

xox – Haley

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Winter Pick Me Up

It was officially an amazing day. My morning run was a little less One Girl Against the World and a little more Bond Girl Zig Zags Through Pedestrians. It was very inspiring and coincidentally, I shaved 30 seconds off my mile. What was the cause of my motivation? The golden mistress herself, El SUN graced my frozen city with her presence. We reached 65 stellar, fun-loving degrees today!

Thanks to this glorious sign of hope that the meanest, roughest winter will soon be over – I was more than ready to pull out one of my go-to winter pieces and wear it with my almost number one go-to summer piece.

Nothing brightens my day more than a little yellow sunshine on my wrists. Enter my Vince pullover – I love it because a) I won it by selling a ton of Vince product during my Nordstrom days b) it’s Vince so it’s instantly cool c) it just makes me happy. Yellow and gray were my wedding colors, so it’s all near and dear to my heart. During my (speedy) run this morning, I decided that jean shorts with tights were a must. This outfit is almost always casual, but it’s such a great way to transition into warmer months without bearing your pale, noodle legs prematurely. PLUS shorts just make me happy.

Style note: try dressing this look up with a wedge and a longer field jacket to get a little more foxiness and less girl-next-door-ness as seen here. Girl next door or not, it’s getting warmer and my best season is around the corner. I couldn’t wipe that grin off my face if I tried.

My challenge to all you sun-bunnies slowly de-frosting across the blogosphere – make your two seasons collide this week. xoxo – Haley

Wearing – Sweater: Vince (similar), Shorts: Old Navy (old! Try These), Tights: Nordstrom, Flats: Zara (want these), Bag: Zina Eva (similar), Necklace: JCrew, Sunglasses: Ray Ban, Latte: McDonald’s – #classy

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Blushing

When Carrie J let us know we were doing crop tops on the blog, I almost died. I’m not a crop top person, as in, I always feel like that clothing genre is for that girl. You know, skinny as a board, “I’m wearing a crop top during New York Fashion Week even though it’s negative seven degrees out.” I was mad at those girls I saw running around Lincoln Square this past fashion week. I literally turned to my husband and said, “Those girls are going to get sick.” So I’m officially 45 and my mother. #hoorah

Anyways, I braved it. I found a cropper that works for me and a pant that is loose enough so any “extra” around my middle isn’t squeezed out exposed. Go flowy or go home.

In the meantime, I fell in LOVE with this blush hue! I have a pinky/red complexion anyway and I found that this pink is the way to go! Subtle, yet striking. I can only imagine how great this color would look on my blonde pals!

Everyone loves it when a girl blushes, don’t they?

Wearing:

Top: Aritzia. Bralette: Aritzia. Pants: Aritzia. Denim Jacket: Gap (old, try this!). Shoes: Jessica Simpson. Sunnies: UO. Bracelets: House of Harlow, Jcrew, Target, Lilly&Laura, Vintage.

Pictures are done, I’m gonna go eat me some carbs.

xoxo -Haley

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Paige, Presidents & Pigeon

This was my best President’s Day to date. *Just me at the Met steps, with a pigeon. I got to sport some sweet new jeans – because my old zippered faves died (RIP JBrands)! That diva, the sun, made an appearance, too.

Museum Tip for Winter Weather: go with a puffer vest and a cashmere scarf; it may be a bit nippy on the walk from the train, but what a dream it is not having to lug around a wool coat at a crowded attraction!

*I have never documented a President’s Day before, so even though this was my best, it may as well have been first….

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Wearing: Hat: Nordstrom (similar). Shirts: J.Crew & F21 (similar). Vest: Gap-OLD (similar). Jeans: Paige (similar). Shoes: Zara (similar). Shades: Ray-Ban. Bag: Alexander Wang.

-H

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NYFW SS14 – Day 1

Honk if you love Fashion Week! If you recognized the hashtag above, you know what time it is.

IT’S FASHION WEEK!

Every year the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward to the future… this is known as Fashion Week

That little gem comes from everyone’s favorite blogger/writer, Carrie Bradshaw, a la Sex and the City. The girl’s got a point too, it’s time to look at what is new and fresh. And nothing is more fresh than spring fashion in September. Get excited, people.

Day 1 was yesterday and here is the rundown:

  • Richard Chai stole my heart with work and playwear:richard chai1richard chai2
  • Nicholas K had a tribal/indian theme working, that made me miss my Pocahontas infatuation. Colors of the wind? More like colors of the earth, the brown earth.

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  • Tadashi Shoji had gowns, gowns, gowns that were tasselled and fringy to the heart’s delight. The video was mad to watch, with all that fringe and flounce moving down the runway. It’s all in the fabric, y’all.tadashtadas1tadaashiAlso yesterday – BCBGMaxazria and YOU KNOW Max’s looks will be loveable.
  • Notable trends – #INDIAN, #GOWNS, #MENSWEAR

More later, lovelies.

– Haley Hoover

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