Archives for February 2016

February Favorites

Happy Leap Day! You know what that means…an extra day to post the monthly “favorites” post that I totally forgot about this month! (I get an A for honesty, right?) Below, I’m rounding up my favorites from this month in lots of different categories, from more favorite bloggers I love to keep up with, to (you heard me right) a pizza grilled cheese recipe. Let’s do this, y’all.

 

Favorite Blogger: Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam

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This girl just gets me. I don’t think any of you would be surprised to hear that she’s everything I aspire to be as a blogger. (Only partially because she went to the NYFW Kate Spade presentation) She confidently owns whatever she wears, whether she’s rocking a festive feather skirt, or making a statement with her hair tied in a bow from an old Chanel bag. (Don’t we all wish we had those laying around?) She nails the girly-girl look with an edge that is all her own with every single post.

Follow her gorgeously curated Instagram feed here.

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Favorite Trend: Off-The-Shoulder

There is something so gorgeous and feminine about an off-the-shoulder look, highlighting one of my favorite features: the collarbone. Although it’s only February, I’ve started picking up a few of these tops here and there because I just can’t resist! Pair these with a light spring scarf to make them work on chilly days.

Click through below to shop some of my favorite picks!

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Favorite Moment: Leo winning his first Oscar

All I have to say is that it’s about time. Congratulations, my forever-crush.

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Favorite Recipe: Pizza Grilled Cheese

*Sobs quietly* It truly does exist. I’ve got to give my boyfriend credits on finding this one, because my life will never be the same. Recreate the easiest meal ever with this foolproof recipe.

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Favorite Quirky Find: Soludos ‘Jason Polan’ Espadrille Sandal

Maybe it’s just me with spring break on the brain, but I can’t get enough of Soludos espadrilles lately! I recently purchased these with vacation in mind, but I might have to splurge on this quirky ‘Wink’ pair pretty soon! This style is in collaboration with quirky artist Jason Polan, all of the designs representing NYC’s street food scene, with a few other off-the-wall designs in the mix.

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Happy February!

Xo

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Classic Couture + Weekend Sales

If it were up to me, I’d wear Chanel every day. However, being at the stage of life (and budget) that I am, I usually have to find other avenues of channeling my inner Coco. And that’s okay! A style such as a tweed dress is so classic that it’s often duplicated in a price range that’s much easier to stomach. If you’re in the mood to put your Nancy Drew hat on, a little sleuthing can wind you up with a fabulous vintage find that’s splurge-worthy, but not impossibly out of reach.

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I lucked out in finding this “Mademoiselle Mini Dress” for under $50. When I saw it, it just spoke to me! Impressions is an online boutique that I discovered through Pinterest, and I’ve been so happy with every purchase! (In case anyone visiting from Instagram was wondering, that’s where this romper came from!)

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Impressions offers a $5 flat shipping rate, and I swear my package made it to me in no more than two days! I would highly recommend shopping with them, not only for that reason, but also because they restock so often in styles fit for cocktail, going out, as well as comfy, everyday attire.

The only thing I would suggest in addition to this dress is also investing in a good slip to wear underneath. The tweed fabric can be a little itchy and irritating if it’s up against bare skin! Other than that, it is just as gorgeous and well-constructed as I would have hoped.

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iPhone 6 Case: Kate Spade (old)

*Pardon my goosebumps. It was chilly that day, haha!

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Last year, I discovered South Boutique’s collection of vintage Chanel jewelry, and I fell in love. Each item is made from authentic vintage Chanel buttons, so no two are completely alike! Each item ranges from $150-$300, so they are a bit of a splurge item, but not completely unattainable!

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I also wanted to share a few sales I caught wind of that are happening this weekend!

The list and links are below:

JCrew Factory: extra 30% off

CODE: HOWNICE

H&M: 20% off $60+

CODE: 3290

Nordstrom: Up to 40% off boots and booties

Saks Off 5th: Up to 80% off

CODE: SAVEBIG

LOFT: Buy One Get One 50% off

Macy’s: Up to 20% off

CODE: LOOKS

ASOS: $50 off $200

CODE: FRESH50

Baublebar: Up to 75% off select styles

Old Navy: Extra 30% off

CODE: CARDSAVE

Intermix: Up to 30% off

Pottery Barn: Extra 20% off clearance

CODE: EXTRA20

Lord & Taylor: 20% off

CODE: SAVE

JCPenney: Extra 20% off

CODE: 4SHOPNOW

Gap: Extra 30% off

CODE: HAPPY

Bloomingdales: 20% off

CODE: FASHFUND

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Xo,

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Photo Credit: Katrina Phillips

 

Lady in Lace

“Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends.” -Kate Spade

One of my favorite things about blogging is doing just that! Between us, one of my biggest regrets now is not having continued on with ballet when I was younger. (Though I’m still not sure I would’ve fit the mold in the “following instructions” category.) I still admire how ballerinas make every movement look effortlessly beautiful. Years later, I’m channeling my inner Prima Ballerina by upgrading from a pink tutu to a chic midi skirt, and adding feminine lace to steal the show.

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This lace top from Shop Stevie might just be the chicest item in my closet at this time. And, it’s only $34! Do take in mind that the top is unlined, so you’ll need either a nice bralette that you don’t mind being seen, or a camisole! I purchased this cami from Forever 21 (taking a major chance based on the price!) and actually am very happy with it! It doesn’t have a built-in bra, which may be a pro or a con to you, but it’s all around a good basic to keep stock of!

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I love my purchase of this rose colored, pleated a-line skirt from Forever 21 that’s less than $20.

One important sizing note: Items from Forever 21’s “Contemporary” line run one-half size larger than usual. I ordered a size small in this, but definitely wish I had sized down to an extra-small, simply because I love the high-waisted look! The band is so stretchy that anyone could definitely afford to go a size down.

Another note: Be sure to have a steamer ready for this skirt! It’s extremely prone to wrinkles, so you’ll have to give it a little TLC upon its arrival.

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This cutout band ring set is so cute and inexpensive, but beware! The middle stone from the other ring (sadly) fell off almost instantly when I took it off of the package. There are certain things you should be more careful about bargain-priced shopping for, and I think that puts jewelry at #1 on the list. (Hey, bloggers make mistakes too!)

Also shown: my long-time favorite “Have A Wesley Day” cuff from Taudrey!

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On the topic of jewelry, if you’ve been hanging out for a while now, you know all about Rocksbox and getting designer jewelry (hand-picked for you!) delivered for $19 a month. Lucky you: you can use my code “wesleydayshawxoxo” for one month free!

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*Happy dance* Rocksbox and I paired up this month to bring the best of the best to this post: Kendra Scott. The ones I’m wearing here are the Alex Earrings in Amethyst. The natural stone is so unique and carefully curated–a perfect complement to the intricate lace in this blouse.

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This. Purse. Though. To be honest, I was a little skeptical of purchasing a faux-leather purse for such a low price (and online, at that!). However, I could not be happier with how it turned out! This stylish little bag looks small, but is actually very spacious on the inside! It’s the perfect bag for vacationing, if you ask me. I simply can’t sing its praises enough!

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Have a Wesley Day!

Xo,

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Photo Credit: Drew Cicero

*Post sponsored by Rocksbox and Shop Stevie, but all opinions are my own. Interested in sponsoring a post? Shoot me an email at haveawesleyday.blog@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Prepped for Spring

Spring may be taking its sweet time to arrive, but I’m more than ready to greet it with open arms. I feel like we’re right back where we were in September, talking about transitional clothing to cope with the craziness that is Southern weather. Needless to say, not much has changed! When your heart says 75 degrees, but James Spann says 45, that’s where I step in for duty.

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One of the redeemable qualities about a transitional season is picking and choosing your favorite aspects and pieces from each of the colliding seasons to create something entirely new. A.K.A. A total closet refresh without even one shopping trip. (Though we both know that’s not entirely true, it’s the thought that counts!)

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This classic nautical turtleneck sweater (a Valentine’s gift from my sweet parents!) is a piece I think can be worn year round, year after year. Navy-and-white is a classic color combination that will never go out of style. This turtleneck is so cozy, yet lightweight, that it truly can fit in almost any weather this time of year with the right layering, but still looks totally classic on its own!

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Among the many other things I tend to hoard (working on it), vests are at the top of the list…behind holiday cards and coffee mugs, of course. I love how this hot pink quilted vest (also a Valentine’s gift. Go Mom and Dad!) both accentuates one of my favorite colors for spring, hot pink, while tying in darker colors from winter with the navy piping. Similarly to what we talked about in the fall, layering is key when it comes to transitional weather, and this vest gets the job done in the most stylish of ways.

Pro tip: When you can’t dress for the temps that you want, make up for it by wearing the colors of that season!

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Studs: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Tortoiseshell Cuff: Tory Burch (both old!)

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Though the vest I have on is currently sold out, check out some other similar vests I found below, many of which are currently on sale!

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Look who finally decided to show up to the party?! I have been waiting on my Bean Boots for months now, and they were finally delivered last week. Much to my excitement, we experienced an old-fashioned Alabama cold-snap around the same time, giving me the perfect opportunity to break them in.

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Bean Boots are another classic staple that I think everyone should add to their closet! They give any outfit an immediate preppy/outdoorsy vibe that’s still relaxed and effortless.

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Here’s to impatiently waiting for spring together! Until next time.

Xo,

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Photo Credit: Katrina Phillips

{Gal}entine’s Day Soirée + DIY Tassels

Valentine’s Day is meant to be spent with those you love most. Even if you’re in a relationship this time around, don’t forget to make time to celebrate with your girl-squad too! In this post, I’ve teamed up with Lee and Lane Boutique and Kristalize Jewelry to bring you some crush-worthy ideas to bring your {Gal}entine’s Day Soirée to life. It’s much easier and more budget-friendly than you might think! Read: less $$$ on overpriced tassels on Etsy (sorry, you know it’s true!) = more $$$ to be spent on mimosas.

DIY Tissue Tassel Garland

(This kit only costs $13 as opposed to $35+ on Etsy!)

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Your kit will come with:

-A bunch of tissue paper for the makings of the tassels themselves, pre-cut (Can I get an Amen?!)

-1 long strand of yarn

-1 cardboard tube

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How to Make:

Step One: Lay out one piece of tissue paper, with the fringe pointed to the sides.

Step Two: Fold upwards (or downwards, if that strikes your fancy) continuously, at about 1″ wide per fold.

Step Three: Once you’ve reached the end of the piece with your folds, fold the tissue in half (matching the two fringed ends) and pinch in the middle.

Step Four: Grab your handy-dandy cardboard tube (that you successfully kept away from becoming a cat toy…like I didn’t…) and insert it just beneath the fold.

Step Five: Give it a solid twist while pinching around the tube (or a few twists to make it extra secure!)

Step Six: Slide your beautifully made tassel onto your yarn!

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Repeat the same steps for each piece of tissue, and voila!

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Since you’re throwing a Galentine’s Day party to remember, you’ll need to dress, and decorate, the part! Here are a few of my V-Day Party Essentials:

These YAY! Cake Toppers are the perfect “cherry on top” of any sweet treats you’ll be serving your guests.
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Bunches of balloons with fun sayings on them, like this Confetti Balloon, Eat Cake Balloon, and Let’s Party Balloon, are a must! Just be certain to blow them up the day of your party, because they might deflate faster than you think!

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This gorgeous (and incredibly soft!) asymmetrical sweater that’s just over $20 is the perfect subtle statement to celebrate the holiday.

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My staple white flare jeans are coming out to play early this year! I’m all about breaking some rules when it comes to “what not to wear.” No need to wait until Easter!

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Sparkly jewels from my favorite jewelry boutique, Kristalize Jewelry strike the perfect balance between elegant and trendy. I love wearing my Brielle Double-Wrap Necklace multiple ways, from wrapping it as a double-necklace, or even wrapping it multiple times around my wrist as a bracelet! These hexagon-shaped druzy studs are also a fabulous addition to an outfit that needs a little extra special touch!

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Excited yet?! Fill me in on your party-planning secrets in the comments. Happy {Gal}entine’s Day!

Xo,

signature*Post in collaboration with Kristalize Jewelry and Lee and Lane Boutique. Interested in sponsoring a post? Shoot me an email at haveawesleyday.blog@gmail.com!

Photo Credit: Cindy Shaw