Monday, March 12, 2018

All Black Everything

If you live in the southeast like me you probably have been confused by the weather this past month. Literally this one weekend I was wearing a knit scarf with my winter coat, and a few days later I wore shorts. 

I was out of the country for a little bit which is why I've been away from the site for a while. I traveled to a really warm place which has disoriented me even more (more on where I went later!). I left home in a mild temperature week in the middle of a wind storm, and I came back to 40 degree temperatures and a prediction of snow. They say that you can experience all four seasons in one day in Virginia, which is especially true in the transitions times between seasons like the month of March. 

During this transition time it can be hard dressing for the day. I try to find outfits that are versatile and can be layered under a jacket or just worn by themselves. While I enjoy colors, my favorite ensembles to wear are ones that are neutral and I love how effortlessly stylish wearing all black can be. This outfit is literally just a black sweater and black leggings, but I always get compliments on how "cool" I look when I wear it. Paired with the white sneakers, the outfit is great for days that I'm on the go, but helps me feel put together, even when life is hectic.

Do you have outfits that double in functionality and style?

P.S. I wore this outfit when I went to see Black Panther a few weekends ago. I'm not super into Super Heroes or comics but I would totally go see the movie again! Go check it out if you haven't already and let me know what you thought!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Introducing: Shop Hayley Diana

If you haven't already noticed, there's a new "Shop" tab on the site. I recently opened a store selling art prints I designed. This has been months in the making of planning, research, designing, and set up, so I'm super excited to finally share this with y'all. Each of these designs have personal meaning to me, and I hope they can bring inspiration and encouragement into your home or workspace.

Here's a preview of some of the items for sale! Be sure to click the Shop tab and check out the full set. I will be adding new items to the store regularly, so check back regularly for new stock!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Monthly Favorites: January


1. I got to attend the National Retail Federation's Student Program in Manhattan a few weeks ago. I haven't been to New York since I was a kid, so it was an adventure. I got a lot of experience on the subway traveling back and forth from my cousin's apartment in Brooklyn to the conference in uptown Manhattan. The conference was for college students who are interested in working in retail, whether that be on the storefront or corporate level. They had CEOs from a bunch of different companies such as Neiman Marcus, &pizza, Story, Warby Parker, Sam's Club, and even Daymond John from Shark Tank. I want to own my own fashion and lifestyle brand one day, so the weekend was very helpful and encouraging. I met a lot of cool professionals as well as other students.

I honestly don't know what it is about January that makes it go by so slow. I think it is the transition. January personally felt long to me because it was split into a bunch of different things. I rang in the New Year and said goodbye to the holidays, protected myself against the Arctic freeze we had on the east coast., traveled, met with potential employers, got sick (I blame the filthy New York subway), traveled back to school, started my last semester of classes (!!!) and have jumped back into papers, projects, and club activities. It's no wonder New Years feels like forever ago. However, I am trying my best to embrace everyday and enjoy all the opportunities this season brings, no matter how busy it gets.

2. I've been meditating on Isaiah 54:10 recently which says "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken, nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the Lord, who has compassion on you." This verse has been super comforting at a time when there is new disaster in the world everyday. I am reminded that God is my refuge, and how passionate His love is for me.

This graphic comes from Bethel Music, which has great worship songs you should definitely check out!

3. While in New York I had my first lavender latte at a cafe near Union Square. I love anything lavender so this was a great treat! (I also picked up these pretty mums at a local grocery for my cousin's apartment)

4. I dyed my hair blonde in August, and really want to try out this Rose Gold Temporary Hair Tint for blonde shades from celebrity stylist Kristin Ess (she does stars like Lucy Hale and Lauren Conrad's hair). I'm so sad though because it's sold out, but I'm diligently monitoring when it will come back in stock!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Winter Wardrobe Part 2

Sweater: Similar Here and Here, Leggings: Aerie, Boots: Similar Here (on sale!), Here, and Here, Ring: Madewell
I wore these leggings in my last post. This time I paired it with a cable knit sweater and leather riding boots I've had for five or so years. They're classic pieces in my closet that I don't wear too often, but haven't given away since every year I find new ways to style them. The leggings add a fun twist, and make the outfit less preppy. I also like how the outfit is comfy, but is not sweats. Example: I wore this outfit for Christmas dinner- I felt comfortable all day but still felt "presentable" for the occasion.

As I've mentioned before, I'm a photographer (you can check out my portfolio site here) and collect cameras. My dad gave me this brownie camera for Christmas. It belonged to his mother, so it was a super special gift. I'm still searching for the right film and developer for it, but when I find them I can't wait to take photos with it!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Winter Wardrobe Part 1

Sweater: Similar Here, Shirt and Mug: Target, Leggings: Aerie, Boots: Macy's
We're only a month into the official winter season and it has already kicked our butts. Even though it has been snowy and bone-chilling cold, winter is still one of my favorite seasons. I love cozy ensembles that help me stay warm. I got this sweater on sale and it has been a go-to this season. It's thick and neutral colored which makes it great for layering over any shirt. My housemates gave me these leggings for my birthday. They are super soft and a great way to add color to my outfit without being overstated. 

Besides layering, I also drink a lot of hot beverages to stay warm in the winter. My sister gave me this cute mug for Christmas. It has a wintery design that puts me in a good mood whenever I use it! 

Hope you're taking time to enjoy and make the most of the winter season- whether you're in a tropical climate or below freezing temps like me!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Blanket Sweater

Sweater: Similar Color Here, Shirt: Similar Here, Here, and Here, Jeans: American Eagle, Boots: Similar Here and Here
Blanket scarves are a huge trend in the fall and winter, and can be worn not only around the neck, but around the shoulders like a shawl. This sweater feeds off of that trend. I like to wear it when I'm home (it's actually my sister's but I borrow it a lot- #sisterperks) in the winter because the wrap fit and thick material makes it warm and cozy like a blanket. 

Because the sweater's plaid pattern is a bit preppy for my personal style, I paired it with a tucked in graphic tee and my combat boots to make it edgier (the boots also come in handy for walking in the snow). 

I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I personally enjoy winter, even with all of its struggles (I  acknowledge though that living in the south, I experience a generally mild winter). However, I love layering pieces from my closet during the season to create new cozy ensembles.