The Go-To Button Up

This Top Shop button up has become my new go-to shirt. It’s been a perfect transitional piece from summer to fall. I can wear it with shorts and sandals for a laid-back summer look or with jeans and booties in the fall. It’s super soft and I love the navy and off white grid print. I’m also a big fan of the half tuck with button ups or oversized tops. It can even be dressed up with a navy pencil skirt or trousers and a statement necklace for work. I just may be living in this button up until it falls apart.

Top: Top Shop | Shorts: J.Crew | Shoes: Urban Outfitters | Bag: Street Level | Necklace: Romolo

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Stitch Fix – My First Fix

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| Top and Pants: Stitch Fix | Necklace: J.Crew | Shoes: Target | Bag: Fossil | Bracelet: Target |

| Jacket: Forever 21 |

For those of you who:

A. Don’t have time to shop

B. Hate to shop

C. Don’t know what to buy when you shop

D. Like surprises

E. Are lazy

F. All of the above

Look no further!

One of my good friends and the lovely lady who takes all the quality pictures on this blog (as opposed to all the other iPhone pics on here, shameful, I know), Ashley, introduced me to a website called Stitch Fix. Ashley is a Stylist for Stitch Fix which is a part time job that you do from your computer at home. It sounded like my ideal way to make some extra money while doing something I love!  She referred me to become a Stylist and I applied for the job online. I’m still waiting to hear back, so fingers crossed!

So now that you’ve all put out positive vibes for me to get this job, let’s get down to it. What is Stitch Fix you ask? It’s a quite simple yet brilliant concept. Granted, I’ve only done this once, so I’m no expert in the matter. With that in mind, I am just going to go over the basic way it works as well as my first experience.

You fill out a profile on the website about your personal style. You answer questions about the kind of clothes you like to wear, what your lifestyle is like, what you spend most of your time doing, your body type, your typical clothing sizes, colors you like, would you describe your style as girly, edgy, classic, nautical?… etc. You also get a chance to specify things that you do not like. It allows you to give your Pinterest profile as well to help the stylist see the kinds of things you would want in your wardrobe. Best of all, you can specify your personal budget and what the most you would want to spend on each type of clothing item is. Once you fill out your profile you can order your “fix”. You have the option of ordering a one time fix or you can get fixes sent to you monthly.

A fix is a package that gets mailed to you with 5 items chosen for you by a stylist that has been appointed to you based on your profile. You put in your credit card info and pay $20 to have this package put together and sent. Once it arrives, which is usually in a week or so, you get to try everything on and decide what you want to keep and what you want to send back in the included prepaid envelope. You have 3 days to decide. Once you decide what you’re keeping, you go to your Stitch Fix account and check out. You purchase the items you want to keep (minus the $20 you already paid to get it sent) and tell them what is being sent back and why. If you decide to buy all 5 of the items, you get a 25% discount for doing so. Then you can give feedback to your stylist so she can keep up the good work or improve on your next fix!

If you find a stylist that you thought did a good job and you want to use again, you have the option while ordering a fix to request a specific stylist (Ashley Fischer is really good!!). The fixes come with a personalized note from the stylist herself giving you tips on how you can wear the items she sent.

So that’s it! I decided to request my friend Ashley to be my stylist and got my first fix to see for myself. I did have the advantage of having my friend as my stylist. Other than that, I could see from what I got, the website clearly has an inventory of quality and trendy stuff. They have pants, tops, jackets, sweaters, jewelry, and bags.

When my fix arrived, it felt like Christmas morning. That’s the beauty of it. You don’t know what you’re getting, so you get super excited when it arrives, eagerly open the package and see what’s in store. You get to try the items on in the comfort of your own home and take 3 days to make a decision. There’s much more of an anticipation, excitement and leisure to it than actual shopping. I loved everything I got in my fix. My stylist/friend seemed to have had my fashion sense pinned.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t keep all 5 items just because I couldn’t afford to buy all of them (though the 25% discount does help a little!). The only tough part about this process is having to part with items that you already have in your possession that you want to keep so badly.

I decided to keep two items in my fix that I felt were staple and versatile. I kept a pair of black jeggings which have a quilted leather strip down the side of the pant. They are super comfortable and sleek. I also kept a loose black tank with a sheer black and white polka dotted back. I’m loving the all black look. You can make it edgy or classic, but I like to make it a mix of both.

I suggest you all try out Stitch Fix at least once if for nothing else but to have that feeling of Christmas morning when your fix arrives. If you don’t like anything in your fix then you can tell your stylist how to do better next time or you never have to do it again, but there’s not much risk in trying! I plan to do it again soon myself!

If you want to try it out, click here to use my referral link!

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentines Day full of love. Whether you’re sharing love with your significant other, cat, dog, children, parents, BFF…but most of all, I hope you remembered yesterday as well as every day, to love yourself!

HayleySigMINT

The Dressed Up Sweatpant

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| Pants: Mine | Boots: Ziara | Jacket: Xhiliration | Top: The Gap | Bag: Melie Bianco |

 | Necklace: Bauble Bar |

I’m taking full advantage of this dressy sweatpants trend I’ve been seeing around LA. The perfect mix of put-together yet entirely effortless and comfortable is something I can always get behind. The leather stripe down the side of these fitted sweatpants subtly tell you, “yes I may be sweatpants, but I’m not sloppy, I’m chic!”… and I think the many compliments I got on these pants spoke to that point. Pairing them with leather black booties, a fitted black top, statement necklace and gray leather jacket made sure to further prove this to be a polished look and not pajamas (but they sure feel like it!).

There are many ways to wear dressy sweatpants and I plan to get myself another pair! I included my own look as well as some looks from Pinterest that inspired me. I recommend going out and getting your own pair…or better yet, repurpose a pair you already have by pairing them with some heels and owning this cozy winter trend!

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HayleySigMINT

California dreamin’…..of fall fashion

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When you live in Southern California you never really get a proper Autumn season. It’s a tiny tragedy for me since fall is my favorite time of the year. Not only for it’s beautiful colors and crisp cool weather, but for the fashion. I keep trying to wear sweaters and boots and find myself overheating in the hot sun. I’m not giving up hope though.

But not to fear… (because I know how terrified you all are for me and my FOMO on fall fashion), it does cool down eventually and then I can bust out the good stuff. Until then it’s a bit of an awkward transitional period. It’s practically October so it feels strange wearing flip flops and a sun dress, but the weather says otherwise. I like to keep it breezy but sprinkle in the fall fashion.

I opted for a thin black sweater and an Aztec inspired print skirt. I added a pair of suede olive booties and my new Shoot the Moon LA feather necklace to keep with the Native American theme (get one for yourself or check out all the other awesome affordable pieces! Discount code HAYLEY10 gets you 10% off your purchase!).

In the evening I switched out the suede boots for black leather heel booties, took out my braid and spruced up my makeup and VOILA I’m ready for a night out!

As fun as this faux fall outfit is, I’m so ready for scarves and layering. Bring on Autumn Los Angeles!

HayleySigMINT

Top: Urban Outfitters

Skirt: Urban Outfitters

Booties: Urban Outfitters

Bag: Target Earrings: Urban Outfitters

Necklace: Shoot the Moon LA

Look of the week- Feminine with a touch of edge

edgy:feminineHappy Sunday guys! Ok late Sunday night…for those of you on the East coast… Happy Monday!!…. hmm do I procrastinate or what? And to add to that procrastination, I don’t actually have a Pinterest recreation for you this week– BUT be rest assured… next Sunday it will be ABSOLUTELY AMAZING (and ABSOLUTELY anticlimactic after that description).

I decided to show you guys my favorite look from this week. Maybe… just maybe… I’ll start posting more than once a week so you can get both my fave look AND a Pinterest recreation. Could you imagine how exciting that would be? Maybe guys…maybe.

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K now that I’m done rambling like a crazy woman, lets talk this outfit:

I love this sheer top. It’s modest, sexy and flattering all at the same time. I love anything that has those three qualities. The longer V-back is awesome. It looks great with skinny jeans and the black and white pattern is so neutral, it really could go with any solid color of jeans. Throw a black leather jacket over it to go out on the town and you have a stylish yet effortless look.

I paired this outfit with a dark blue skinny jean, black combat boots and a bright statement necklace. I love having a good balance of feminine and edgy. Maybe it’s because I consider myself both of those things at different times 😉

I also just have to brag about my Miracurl again (see my “It’s a Mircacurl!!!” post)… I just can’t get over how great it makes my curls!

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Alright guys, I’m gonna go back to listening to Fiona Apple and pretending I’m a heartbroken teenager because that’s what I do with my time.

My outfit:

Top: Urban Outfitters

Necklace: J.Crew

Watch: Michael Kors

Jeans: Express

Shoes: Lexi’s

**Apologies for the poor quality of my pictures. I’ll be working on that 🙂

HayleySigMINT

Pinterest Recreations

pinterest recreation1For those of us with an abundance of lost items in our wardrobe, those of us that are looking through tons of clothes still frustrated that we have “nothing to wear”, we need some guidance (and it’s not guidance to the closest mall).

I’ve run into this scenario frequently: I’m flipping through a fashion magazine and see a girl wearing a super cute outfit and for a moment I lust after it. But then I  stop and look at each item she’s wearing individually and realize I already have something similar to each item. The only thing I didn’t have was the idea to put all of them together like that. Now that Pinterest exists, I can do that whenever I want for free. It’s a great way to keep yourself from having the urge to blow money on more clothes that will sit in your closet with no particular purpose.

For example: you really want to wear your adorable and flattering black blazer but you never know what else to wear it with other than a white t-shirt and jeans and it’s getting really old and lacking creativity. Search “black blazer” on Pinterest and see how other people accessorized a black blazer. You most likely can re-create what others have done to some extent out of items from your closet… or put your own spin on it, which I always encourage!

Even coming from a fashion blogger, I sometimes need some visual stimulation (i.e. magazine, pinterest) to give me ideas to put together more creative outfits. Some people are bold and brave trend-setters, but most of us love fashion, have our own sense of style but just need a little inspiration on how to pair things together. Nothing wrong with it! Fashion itself is inspired and reinvented from past fashions.

Now get on Pinterest and realize the potential of your [what you thought to be] old and washed up over stuffed wardrobe and stop buying more stuff!

I came across this pin on Pinterest and realized I have all the items to make this cute outfit! The skirt I hadn’t worn in years actually. So I’m glad I was inspired to bust it out again. I felt very Zoey Deschanel.

HayleySigMINT

U.O Pro

blue high low dressIf you ever see a really beautiful dress at Urban Outfitters but it’s out of your budget, don’t fret. In my experience, every single formal type dress I have purchased at Urban Outfitter’s has gone on Sale a few months later for half the price.  Always wait! I never do and whenever I go there, I see all my dresses on the sale rack and want to kick myself.

I finally got enough will power to wait and ended up getting this beautiful royal blue asymmetrical dress on sale! It also comes in some other gorgeous colors. On the website it’s on sale for $49.99 but at the store it was $19.99! I’m not sure why, maybe there was some defect but I sure didn’t notice anything.  It was originally around $60. I got quite a steal there.

(First picture the lighting isn’t great so I posted another one of my mom and I before the wedding where you can see the color of the dress better).

I wore it to my cousins wedding and felt oh so pretty. It’s comfortable to dance the night away in and flowy enough where you don’t have to worry about the extra slice of cake you had at the wedding.

The necklace I’m wearing (from Express) has been one of my favorite jewelry pieces ever and has really gotten a lot of wear. It’s so versatile. I love that the necklace and shoes gave the flirty blue dress w momfeminine dress a bit of edge.

The shoes are from Target several years ago. I remember when I purchased them thinking they were kind of weird and not in style at the time. I just had this urge to get them but never wore them very often. Now these shoes are very in and I was so happy to have already had them from so many years ago and get some use out of them! I guess I was predicting a fashion trend very early on! Now I plan to wear them often. They can be worn to put an edgy spin on girly pieces or worn casually with jeans and a leather jacket.

HayleySigMINT