Fresh Picks No. 5

7.27.2015

By the time I get home from work, I’m ready to take a hot shower, throw on my pj’s and sulk in the comfort of my fluffy sheets with a good book. See my must-have items for the perfect lazy day.

Hey y’all! So this week’s Fresh Picks is a bit under-dressed if you will. I’m feeling out of sorts lately and drained. This might be because mother nature bestowed upon me her “monthly visit” or perhaps the fact that I’ve been so swamped at work recently. Simply put, I’m feeling lazy.

This little rut that I’ve been in has also hindered my creative ability and has left me feeling unmotivated so I’ve been spending a lot of my spare time researching blogs and getting some cool ideas for my own ON MY BRAND NEW MACBOOK. Yay.

By the time I get home from work, I’m ready to take a hot shower, throw on my pj’s and sulk in the comfort of my fluffy sheets with a good book. *Disclaimer* This is no different than any other normal evening in the House of Haley. There, I said it.

So, these are my must-have items for the perfect lazy day.

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1. Wildfox Sketchy Palms Sunday Morning Tee, $73 // I first came across this brand when I worked at Nordstrom. Although the price is a bit steep for loungewear, they are the most comfortable & soft shirts I’ve ever owned. The designs are always so cute and very urban-chic. Love.

2. KIND Bars // Recently have been obsessed with these. They are packed with nutritional value and super tasty as well. I had the dark chocolate/peanut butter protein bar for breakfast this morning. I always crave chocolate and sweets during that time of month so this was a nice treat.

3. Williams-Sonoma Copper Coffee Mug, $29.95 // Copper and rose gold are my weakness right now. This mug is super cute and simple. Going on my Christmas list! Yes, I know it’s July.

4. Victoria’s Secret PINK Collegiate Sweats, $54.95 // Remember those VS sweats that said “PINK” across the butt that every girl wore in high school? Well I’m not ashamed to say that I still do wear those sometimes. These are the more updated “chic” version I suppose. VS PINK is still my go-to for loungewear.

5. “Namast’ay in bed” pillow, $20 // Found this pillow on Pinterest. I just thought it was cute. Couldn’t find the same one to purchase but link takes you to one very similar.

6. Frank’s Coffee Scrub, $17.95 // LOVE THIS SHIT. Seriously go buy it. Makes my whole body feel like silk. I have the coconut one. Feels like a beach day without the sand in your pants.

7. The Husband’s Secret, around $14 // This is the book I’m currently reading. It came highly recommended and seems to have pretty good reviews. I spend a lot of time on the commuter bus going to work so I tend to read a lot. I will be adding a new category to my blog where I rate and review books I’ve read. Stay tuned!

8. MacBook Pro 15″, $1,999 // I am an avid user of all Apple products. I even went as far as purchasing stock with Apple a few years ago. I am starting grad school this fall and liked my old MacBook 13″ so much that I wanted to repurchase but go a little bigger. I use my laptop for all things blogging, graphics, netflix, and school work. Mac has never let me down! A plus to the 2015 design: Apple has made the MacBook’s much thinner than previous years so it’s super easy to take on travel or stow away.

9. GLAMGLOW Super Mud, $69 // Holy grail item!! On my lazy days, I like to give myself an at-home spa treatment. I had heard so many wonderful things about this mask as it supposedly does wonders to clear skin. Well they didn’t lie! The BEST face mask I’ve ever used. My face had a literal glow after using just one time. It can also be used as a spot treatment to clear blemishes. I have combination/oily skin and still breakout from time to time and this stuff helps tremendously.

Now all that’s left to do is nothing! Happy lazy day!

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The 5 Love Languages

7.22.2015

Every person has a primary love language that they must learn to speak in order for themselves and their partner to feel loved. According to the concept, the way you feel loved is also the way you show love.

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Luke and I are nearing our two-year mark of being together and I’m feeling all sorts of giddy and romantic this week. Through the course of our two years together we have learned many things. From figuring out the ropes of a long-distance relationship to spending a lot of time together, gaining new responsibilities and ultimately growing with each other. We’ve had our ups and downs like all couples but I think we’ve got a pretty good handle on this thing called “love.”

Until today, I had never heard of the 5 Love Languages. I had always assumed that there was one universal way to show love, but according to this theory, I’m mistaken. The 5 Love Languages are as follows:   Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, and Physical Touch. Every person has a primary love language that they must learn to speak in order for themselves and their partner to feel loved. According to the concept, the way you feel loved is also the way you show love.

I found that my primary love language is Words of Affirmation. This was no surprise to me. The words “I love you” and “I appreciate you” are important to me but so are hearing the reasons behind that love. Just like how compliments make me feel loved, insults and criticism affect me negatively. Insults can leave me shattered and are not easily forgotten. I thrive on kind, encouraging, and positive words.

I had Luke complete the questionnaire and interestingly, he tied in three categories: Acts of Service, Quality Time and Words of Affirmation. It seems as though all three are very important to him. He is just as happy to hear the words “I love you” as he is when I make dinner or spend time running errands with him.

I feel like I have gained a whole new insight on our relationship and feel like this realization will help me become a better partner.

This theory can be used across all channels of relationships. Romantic relationships, friendships and child/parent relationships alike can benefit from the 5 Love Languages.

What’s your love language? Take the test here to find out! How have you reconciled having a different love language than that of a loved one?

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Fresh Picks No. 4

7.10.2015

My busy schedule last week didn’t allow time to post a Fresh Picks.  I went to Mrytle Beach with some college girlfriends last weekend to celebrate the holiday weekend and am heading to Ocean City, MD this weekend to spend some time at the beach with my amazing family! I thought a Fresh Picks catered to a beach day outfit would be appropriate. See below some of my current favorite items this summer!

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1. Chloe + Isabel Bora Bora convertible pendant necklace, $52 // This necklace features bright summery colors and looks stylish no matter how you wear it, one, two or all three necklaces.  One of my favorite things about Chloe + Isabel jewelry – many things are super versatile!  *DISCLAIMER* you will never see me wear jewelry like this to the beach for a couple of reasons. 1) I actually like to go in the ocean and get sandy, not just sit around and look pretty and 2) the beach really isn’t a place for nice jewelry as it will cause damage to the finish. Wearing jewelry would be more acceptable if you plan to go to Vegas or an elaborate pool party where you also plan to wear 5 inch wedges with your bathing suit. lol.

2. Custom black floppy hat, $14.99+ // Every girl needs a big floppy hat to take to the beach for sun protection and style! This hat can be customized with a name or monogram and the black band is removable for a more chic option to wear to dinner.

3. Mara Hoffman print underwire bikini // This is an older suit that I purchased a while ago. Limited sizes may be available on a different site. I absolutely love her bikinis! The link that’s embedded is a direct link to the Mara Hoffman website where you can shop all of her collections including: swimwear, active wear, tops, bottoms, evening, etc.

4. House of Fraser Lace and Tassel beach cover-up, $48 // The perfect white beach cover-u! Love the tassel and lace details.

5. Mar y Sol ‘Caracas’ tote, $115 // Loving anything and everything with pom-poms these days! An eco-friendly tote woven from responsibly sourced agave leaves offers a creative, handmade take on the classic beach bag. Not only is this bag stylish but it also gives back. The sale of Mar y Sol products enables families to gain economic independence, preserves traditional craft and promotes environmental conservation. Always love a fashion product that doubles as a way to promote charity. Win-win!

6. Control Corrective sunscreen SPF 30, $28 // Back story: Chrissy Teigen (my spirit animal) has mentioned how much she loves her esthetician, Shani Darden, and her amazing products. A few months ago I purchased a few items on her site, this sunscreen being one of them. As I’ve gotten older I have realized just how important sun protection is, especially on my face. I hardly ever like to layout in the sun for long periods of time anymore. I’d much rather throw on my over-sized hat and wear self-tanner than to have sunspots and wrinkles at a young age. I have to say this sunscreen trumps any other facial sunscreen including the beloved Neutrogena “Faces Only.” I have pretty sensitive skin and this oil-free sunscreen works great, feels clean and has never made me breakout. Holy grail item!

7. Chloe + Isabel Bora Bora open cuff bracelet, $42 // Currently wearing this beauty right now. This bracelet is also from the Bora Bora collection. I am just so obsessed with this collection and the beautiful colors it boasts.

8. Tory Burch Moore flat thong sandal, $195 // Made of tumbled leather with a graphic laser-cut double-T logo, this refined style offers comfort, versatility and a pared-down silhouette that’s an easy match to everything in your warm-weather wardrobe.

9. Oakley Polarized ‘Feedback,’ $210 // OBSESSED. My boyfriend bought these for me as an early anniversary present. I wanted a pair of mirrored glasses or “flash” sunglasses as some people call them and these are absolutely perfect. I went into the store with 100% intention of buying the ever-so-popular Ray Ban’s but hated the quality. These are so comfortable and are polarized making it easier to see on the bright sandy beach.

I feel like summer is flying by 😦 Hope y’all are enjoying it while you can!

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Designer Spotlight: Emily Schuman “Cupcakes and Cashmere”

7.7.2015

Introducing the Cupcakes and Cashmere Fall 2015 Collection! The attention to refined tailoring, quality materials and universally wearable pieces surpassed my expectations.

Many of you may be familiar with Emily Schuman’s website, “Cupcakes & Cashmere.”  She is also the author of two books dedicated to personal lifestyle advice on fashion, food, decor and everything in between. Emily is my ultimate blogger crush. My favorite series of hers is “5 Things” where she posts 5 pictures of her current obsessions every week. The layout of her blog is pleasing to the eye and the relativity of her posts makes reading it so desirable.

Emily began her career working for Condé Nast publications Domino and Teen Vogue. She later started her blog as a way to document the things that she loved and was eventually able to make it her career. Emily has quite the eye for fashion and she recently took her talent to the next level by becoming the designer of her very own line, “Cupcakes and Cashmere.”

“I’m thrilled to introduce the Cupcakes and Cashmere Fall 2015 Collection! The line has over 60 pieces, which will be rolled out in three delivery phases, over the next couple of months. The entire process has been both an amazing personal and professional experience and I’m so proud of the final products. The attention to refined tailoring, quality materials and universally wearable pieces surpassed my expectations. You can view a gallery of the first delivery below and shop the collection at Nordstrom.com (live at 10am) and now at Shopbop.com! There’s more to come, so stay tuned.”  -Emily Schuman

Absolutely love that this collection will be sold at my favorite store, Nordstrom. (Nordy girl forever!) All of the pieces are simple, chic and great quality that come at a reasonable price. You can find the Cupcakes and Cashmere collection in the t.b.d. department online or varying locations. Check out some of my favorite pieces below – all styles are featured on Emily’s blog!

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Model: Emily Schuman // Wearing “Sequoia” open cardigan // $115
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Model: Emily Schuman // Wearing “Laurel” sleeveless chiffon dress // $110
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Model: Emily Schuman // Wearing “Roxbury” jumpsuit (Nordstrom Exclusive) // $120
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Model: Emily Schuman // Wearing Stripe Ponte dress // $110

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