Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Green Butterfly Dress

Location: Niles, CA
I love the warm and rich colors of autumn and recently I had a look at my closet and realized I needed a refresh for the season!  A few weekends ago I spent some time organizing, purging, and changing out my wardrobe for fall and winter necessities and I quickly realized I was seriously lacking in the fall dresses department! 


Details:

Dress: Green Butterfly Print Dress by Adelyn Rae - find more Adelyn Rae dresses here!
Boots: Brown Suede OTK Boots by Coach (old) - similar here, here, and here
Bag: Saddle Bag by Sole Society (old) - similar here and here
Earrings: Old Navy - similar here and here



When I first saw this dress online I was immediately drawn to the beautiful butterfly print.  The butterflies are painted in a muted orange and pale blue and really pop against the olive green background.  The twisted choker neckline and black lace detail adds a feminine Victorian style which I really love!  It reminds me of the gorgeous dresses Kate Winslet wore in the movie Titantic!  

Here are a few more of my favorite Adelyn Rae dresses!







The fit and flare style and bow tie sleeves on this dress provide a flattering, fun, and flirty silhouette.  The length of the dress is perfect hitting me right at the mid-thigh.  The sizing is also true to size (TTS).  I am 5'10 and normally wear a women's size US 6-8.  I picked up this dress in a Medium and it fit me perfectly even in the bust and shoulders where sometimes I can have sizing problems!  



Since it's fall, I decided to wear my whiskey brown suede over the knee boots which match my favorite brown saddle bag perfectly! I love wearing boots with dresses in the fall and winter months.  I have a pair of green Hunter rain boots that I'm excited to wear when the weather gets a little drizzly and rainy later this season!  






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xoxoxo,

Hayley



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Timeless Coffee & Fall Floral Dress

Location: Timeless Coffee
One of my top 10 favorite coffee shops in the San Francisco Bay Area is Timeless Coffee in Piedmont.  I often work from home and it's nice to have a change in scenery some days.  I will periodically gather up my laptop, headset, and charger and head out of the house to work remotely for the day or a couple hours.

  



Details:

This beautiful fall floral mini dress by Hinge - similar here, and here
Chocolate brown riding boots (old) - similar here, here, and here
This Sole Society saddle bag
Photos by Rachel Radcliffe Photography

Timeless Coffee is a quaint and cozy cafe and bakery that serves house roasted java and is widely popular for their delicious vegan/vegetarian dishes and pastries.  They serve the best almond milk lattes which is my favorite for a cold and drizzly day.  If you are planning to spend some time there working please note they do not offer free wireless.  Therefore, if you don't have a personal hot spot and a good battery life on your laptop, you'll need to get things done offline.        



Normally, I don't dress up when I work remotely or from home.  However, on this particular day I had an appointment in the afternoon and I was excited to wear my new fall floral dress (currently on sale here)! I really wanted a dress inspired by the rich, warm, and beautiful colors of autumn.  When this one arrived in the mail, I was pleasantly surprised.  The brown, red, lavender, and tan colors are bright and vibrant and the floral palette really nailed the autumn inspiration I was looking for!

In terms of the style, I really love the pin tucked pleats and mini dress length.  The jewel neck line, button cuffs, and long sleeves are perfect for the cooler fall weather and the good news is it's  machine washable which makes it so much easier to care for!   




Question:

How do you accessorize dresses for the colder days ahead?

One of my favorite style tips is to recycle your favorite spring and summer dresses for fall and winter.  You can do this by adding layers.

1.  Working from the bottom up, start with your shoes.  Flats, heels, and sandals work great in the spring and summer but in the fall and winter months you'll need something more to keep your tootsies warm.  A cute pair of over the knee boots or booties will work really well. 


2.  You will also need some warmth for your legs.  I love to wear colored leggings or tights.  They add an extra pop of color, make a stylish and bold statement, and most importantly keep you warm and dry when it's raining or snowing outside!



3.  Add a cozy knit cardigan, denim jacket, or moto.  No matter where I go, I always make sure I have a warm layer to throw on because I hate being cold.  These stylish and cute layers would look adorable with this or any dress!



4.  Finally, accessorize with some cold weather accessories.  A solid print scarf and hat really tops off the fall/winter look and adds some cute detail!  








If you're like me and you love coffee and exploring the local favorites when you travel, I highly recommend adding Timeless Coffee to your list when you visit the San Francisco Bay Area. Some people say they have the best vegan cheesecake in all of California but you'll have to try it to see for yourself!  I personally love their chia pudding parfaits (amazing) and lattes - which can be made with non-dairy substitutions like oat, soy, or almond milk.     

Timeless Coffee is 100% vegan and dog friendly.  They offer a wide variety of food choices and delicious pastries.  The setting is warm and cozy with seating indoors and out that is perfect for a lazy morning sipping coffee.  Their coffee beans are also worth taking home if you make coffee in the morning like we do.  However, it can be hard to find parking and a seat after 9am and the breakfast/brunch weekend crowd can make it very busy! The bottom line in my opinion is it's the best coffee shop and vegan bakery in Oakland and although I'm not vegan, I really enjoy the atmosphere, service, and variety!



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xoxoxo,

Hayley









Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Restless Sea

Location: Restless Sea, Pebble Beach, CA
Living in the San Francisco Bay Area offers so many reasons to get out and travel to visit the most beautiful destinations.  From the mountains, to the beaches, to the vineyards, and all the historic towns in between, there is so much to see within a short drive.  This past August I attended my niece's wedding in Carmel.  My husband and I decided to spend a few extra days there with the kids soaking up all the sun, doing a little shopping, and catching the most beautiful sunsets.  



What I'm Wearing:

1. Lilly Pulitzer Dress (similar here, here, and here)
2.  Summer straw hat (similar here, here, and here)
3. Sandals (other options here, here, and here)

Lilly Pulitzer is my go-to brand whenever I'm packing for a weekend beach trip!  I purchased this tunic dress last year but found a few similar options below in updated colors and prints for this year!  


Carmel by the Sea is a small and quaint beach town which is located in the Monterey peninsula on the central coast of California.  It's about 120 miles north of San Francisco and approximately a 2 hour drive.  There are many fun and family friendly activities to do when you visit Carmel and the Monterey peninsula including hiking, wine tasting, bird watching, scuba diving, shopping, museums, beaches, missions, etc.  

One of my most fondest memories as a child is the 17 Mile Drive.  Packed in the back of my parents Cadillac with my brother and sister, we took the scenic drive and visited all the iconic landmarks including the Lone Cypress, Ghost Tree, Pebble Beach, and Restless Sea (featured here) to name a few.  As you pass through any of the entry gates on the17-Mile Drive, you will also be given a brochure with extensive information and a map.  Just follow the dashed red line on the roadway and posted signs along the route.    
   



The best time to see the 17 mile drive is in the Spring or Fall season.  The summer can be foggy especially in the morning making it really hard to see the beauty of the expansive sea views.  If you go in the summer like we did, I would suggest waiting until the late afternoon/early evening to give the fog time to burn off.   Plus you'll get some amazing sunset pictures! 

Admission to 17-Mile Drive is $10.25 per vehicle, cash only (as of Aug 2017). The gate fee is reimbursed with a purchase of $35 or more at all Pebble Beach Resorts restaurants, excluding Pebble Beach Market. Admission is complimentary for overnight guests of The Lodge at Pebble Beach, The Inn at Spanish Bay and Casa Palmero.  However, please keep in mind that gates are open to the public from sunrise to sunset and motorcycles are prohibited.



One of my favorite landmarks along the 17 mile drive is the Restless Sea (featured here). This area lies between Spanish Bay and Point Joe. The sea currents here are anything but calm and the waves seem to crash against each other causing a bit of a chaotic restlessness!  It's a beautiful point to snap pictures and take in the gorgeous views or the rocky bluffs and Pacific Ocean.      


If you're looking for lodging/accommodations near the 17 mile drive, there are many options to choose from including the luxurious resorts of Pebble Beach, quaint bed and breakfast inns, and family friendly budget conscious options.  For more information on lodging at Carmel by The Sea visit here!  

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xoxoxo,

Hayley

Monday, August 28, 2017

Transitioning to Fall with Shein

I know summer is officially coming to an end soon.  My kids started back to school last week and my friend's social feeds are already speaking of pumpkin spice lattes and fall home decor!  However, I'm not ready to let go of summer yet!  After all, it's still August and September in the San Francisco Bay Area is usually one of the hottest months of the year!  In fact yesterday, it was over 100 degrees!  

If you live in a climate where you still have at least two months of guaranteed warm weather, you don't have to pack away your shorts, flip flops, and tank tops yet!  I've teamed up with SheIn to show you how to take those cute shorts sets and summer two piece rompers and create the perfect look for fall!

I love this palm print shorts set from SheIn and I wore it quite a bit this past summer!  This same style comes in a few different colors/patterns that would be an easy transition into fall. Read more below... 


I've put together 5 style tips that will have you wearing the most darling summer styles straight through autumn and saving you money! 

Are you ready for them?  

1.  Pick colors and patterns in warmer hues that reflect what nature looks like in autumn - e.g. sunflower yellow, burgundy, rust, orange, hunter green, etc.  I love these shorts sets and you can find more here!

 
2.  Ditch the flips flops and sandals and wear a cute pair of suede booties! For more fall bootie inspo visit here!



3. Add a cozy cardigan to help keep you warm when the evenings begin to get a little cooler! Here are a few of my favorites here!


4. Swap out your summer wicker/straw totes for a saddle bag or crossbody!  How cute are these styles here!


5.  Add a wool floppy hat or fedora because how darling would that be to top off your perfect fall look! For more hat style inspo check these out here!



It's easy to transition summer styles directly into fall with SheIn!  All you need to do is add some basic essentials and accessories and recycle what you already have!    

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Thank you SheIn for sponsoring this post!  

xoxoxo,

Hayley  






Thursday, August 3, 2017

MOMONEY SALE at Asos



There's a big sale happening over at Asos and I've been wearing a ton of their summer styles lately including this bright yellow tie back maxi dress from this post here and this pink palm print maxi dress from this post here!

From now until August 7, 2017, save money with the following promo codes:

Spend $200; Save $50: MOMONEY50
Spend $250; Save $70: MOMONEY70
Spend $350; Save $100: MOMONEY100


Here are a few of my favorite styles, some of which are already in my closet, a few that are in my shopping cart, and the rest that are on my wish list!
Click the images below to shop my favorite styles and enjoy the savings!! 


ASOS Off Shoulder Mini Dress

ASOS Off Shoulder Mini Dress
$24
ASOS Off Shoulder Sundress In Red Palm Print

ASOS Off Shoulder Sundress...
$29
Every Cloud Palm Print Bardot Midi Dress

Every Cloud Palm Print Bar...
$119 $59.50
ASOS Tall ASOS TALL Halter Neck Sundress in Gingham

ASOS Tall ASOS TALL Halter...
$46 $27.50
Chi Chi London Premium Lace Midi Prom Dress with Bardot Neck

Chi Chi London Premium Lac...
$114 $79.50
ASOS FRESH Wide Fit Leather Pom Tie Leg Sandals

ASOS FRESH Wide Fit Leathe...
$51
ASOS Beach Plunge Pleated Maxi in Rainbow Print

ASOS Beach Plunge Pleated ...
$51
ASOS Tall ASOS TALL One Shoulder Mini Dress

ASOS Tall ASOS TALL One Sh...
$102 $37
Playful Promises Embroidered Crop Bikini Top

Playful Promises Embroider...
$29
ASOS Tulle Prom Skirt with Multi Layers

ASOS Tulle Prom Skirt with...
$79
Sass & Belle Flamingo Straw Water Bottle

Sass & Belle Flamingo Stra...
$8
ASOS Lace Pinny Scallop Edge Prom Midi Dress

ASOS Lace Pinny Scallop Ed...
$119 $83
ASOS Palm Print Midi Skirt with Ruffle

ASOS Palm Print Midi Skirt...
$56 $28
ASOS Prom Skirt in Flamingo Jacquard

ASOS Prom Skirt in Flaming...
$87
Chi Chi London Premium Lace Midi Dress with Scalloped Back

Chi Chi London Premium Lac...
$114 $79.50
ASOS Midi Skirt in Satin with Splices

ASOS Midi Skirt in Satin w...
$56
Playful Promises Bikini Top with Frill Straps

Playful Promises Bikini To...
$28 $13
ASOS FERA Novelty Pom Sandals

ASOS FERA Novelty Pom Sandals
$32
Boohoo Color Block Rainbow Swimsuit

Boohoo Color Block Rainbow...
$35 $24.50
Moon River Bow Camisole Dress in Lemon Print

Moon River Bow Camisole Dr...
$135
ASOS Tall ASOS TALL One Shoulder Sundress with Geo-Tribal Trims and Pom Poms

ASOS Tall ASOS TALL One Sh...
$51 $35.50
ASOS Pinny Jumpsuit in Stripe

ASOS Pinny Jumpsuit in Stripe
$79
Pull&Bear Stripe Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Pull&Bear Stripe Wide Leg ...
$34
ASOS Off Shoulder Sundress In Deckchair Stripe

ASOS Off Shoulder Sundress...
$29 $17
Missguided Floral Tea Dress

Missguided Floral Tea Dress
$56
ASOS Mix and Match Crochet High Neck Halter Crop Bikini Top

ASOS Mix and Match Crochet...
$29
ASOS WEDDING Midi Dress with Lace and Bow Detail

ASOS WEDDING Midi Dress wi...
$106 $78
ASOS Mini Sundress With Cut Out Front In Pink Palm Print

ASOS Mini Sundress With Cu...
$40 $24
Sass & Belle Flamingo Water Bottle

Sass & Belle Flamingo Wate...
$11.50
Love Moschino Super High Waist Denim Short with Gold Buttons

Love Moschino Super High W...
$158
ASOS Flamingo & Heart Oversized Floppy Straw Hat

ASOS Flamingo & Heart Over...
$29 $20
ASOS Lace Crop Top Midi Prom Dress

ASOS Lace Crop Top Midi Pr...
$119 $83
ASOS Sundress with Cold Shoulder and Crochet Trim Detail

ASOS Sundress with Cold Sh...
$40 $26
ASOS FULLER BUST Exclusive Braid Detail Contrast Halter Crop Bikini Top DD-G

ASOS FULLER BUST Exclusive...
$29 $20
Chi Chi London Premium Metallic Lace Midi Prom Dress with Bardot Neck

Chi Chi London Premium Met...
$114 $57
ASOS One Shoulder Top with COLORED Embroidery

ASOS One Shoulder Top with...
$45 $22.50
ASOS FULLER BUST Exclusive Forest Palm Wrap Neck Bikini Top DD-G

ASOS FULLER BUST Exclusive...
$33 $9.50
ASOS Halter Neck Swing Sundress in Stripe

ASOS Halter Neck Swing Sun...
$32
Monki Off Shoulder Frill Flamingo Bikini Top

Monki Off Shoulder Frill F...
$29
Floozie by Frost French Floozie By Frost French Textured Stripe Underwire Bikini Top A - E Cup

Floozie by Frost French Fl...
$42 $29
Closet London Closet Satin Floral Print Sleeveless Skater Dress

Closet London Closet Satin...
$126 $49
Oasis Printed Flamingo Bikini Top

Oasis Printed Flamingo Bik...
$26
ASOS Cold Shoulder Sundress with Embroidery and Pom Poms

ASOS Cold Shoulder Sundres...
$51
ASOS V Neck Jumpsuit in Stripe with Tie Shoulder Detail

ASOS V Neck Jumpsuit in St...
$56
Ann Summers Gingham A-G Cup Bikini Top

Ann Summers Gingham A-G Cu...
$38 $26.50
Chi Chi London Premium Lace Dress with Cutwork Detail and Cap Sleeve

Chi Chi London Premium Lac...
$111
ASOS Petite ASOS PETITE Mini Sundress With Cut Out Front In Pink Palm Print

ASOS Petite ASOS PETITE Mi...
$40 $28