go-to summer tank

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

top | earrings |  necklace (similar here and here) | watch | jeans |wedge

 Hey friends!

Here's to it almost being June! I cannot believe that we are so close to the month (that I consider to be) the beginning of summer. I love summer in Georgia because it means that it is warm, sunny, and everyone is happy (summer is my favorite season, can you tell?) The only thing that I don't love about summer is trying to dress for work every single day. I am now working full time and I am in a constant battle with myself as to dress up or dress down for work. I find myself gravitating towards easy tops that look great with jeans or shorts. This top is one that I have already made up five potential outfits in my head because it is just so easy and fun to style! Pair it with shorts, a skirt, jeans, or even high waisted flares and bam... every single way looks completely different! Also, I love this statement necklace from Forever 21. It makes the perfect statement with this tank, but it also looks great your skin (like a deep V top, or a strapless romper!)

Until next time!

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Auburn Recap

Monday, May 23, 2016
Hey Y'all!

As you may have noticed if you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (@haileydailyxo if you don't already, click that follow button), this past weekend I took a trip to Auburn, Alabama. I thought it would be fun to share why I was there, who I went with, and what all we did! This recap will consist entirely of iPhone photos as I didn't bring my camera. It was so much fun to be in the town that I will be living in shortly. 

So, what was I doing in Auburn you ask? As you may know already, I currently work at a boutique in Augusta, Georgia called The Swank Company. Working at Swank is a huge part of my life and so obviously one of the first things that I thought of when I knew for sure that I would be moving to Auburn in the fall was getting a job. Around Christmas time my dad and I drove around Auburn looking at the campus, apartments, and of course the stores! While driving down East Magnolia Avenue there was one store that caught my eye: Behind the Glass. I didn't think twice about where I wanted to work...I applied in March and set up my interview for May, which was this past weekend! Long story short: I am so excited to share that I will be starting at BTG in the fall!!!! The store is so beautiful and I am so excited to be working on a team with such beautiful, confident women who are passionate about fashion and styling. At the end of the day, I love sharing my life on Hailey Daily and I can't wait to look back on these moments in my life and celebrate the small things and the big things (like getting this job!) Now, here are some pictures from the weekend :)

This is the dress that I wore for my interview... fun fact: I actually bought it one day before the interview (last minute, I know), but I knew I wanted the perfect outfit, and not until I saw this dress, did anything else stand out at me. My best friend Haley was with me, and she agreed this this dress was definitely a show-stopper. I am excited because I think I may wear it for a future formal! I don't believe that it is online, but I found it at SOHO in Augusta, GA. 

True Life: When You are Really Nervous for Your Interview
I thought it would be fun to share an image from my Snapchat, as I was freaking out just a tad bit right before the interview. And who doesn't love a good puppy filter? ;)
After the interview, I changed and we headed to campus to walk around and take some pictures. I absolutely love this Piko Tank (similar here), it has slits on the side and makes for the perfect go-to summer tank! Also, these sandals are SO comfy!! I found them at T.J.Maxx and I could not believe how cute and comfortable they were (so of course I had to buy them, duh.)

A snap of my mom, Haley, and I. They are definitely some of my biggest supporters!

I absolutely love this picture, so thankful my bestie came with me to my future home!

"The Loveliest Village on the Plains"...love it! Auburn's Snapchat filters are on point!

Of course we had to stop by the Auburn dorms! If you were wondering, I am planning to affiliate with the Auburn chapter of ADPi.
I can't believe this lovely little area will be home pretty soon... here's to the future!

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how to start a blog

Saturday, May 21, 2016
First off, notice anything different? ;)

 Over the course of a couple months and countless emails, the amazing Kelly of Kelly Christine Studios created my blogging dream theme into a reality. I am so excited to have finally launched a website that I can confidently say is exactly what I wanted! Every single detail down to the signature is so perfect and I am so excited to finally share it with y'all!
Blogging is definitely one of my favorite hobbies (more like a job, actually), and I love that people constantly are asking me how I got where I am today. Having said that, if there was ever a question as to what I get asked most frequently, it would be this:

"How do you start a blog?"
"Where did you start?"
"What tips would you give someone who is just starting one?"
"How do sponsorships work?"

The questions listed above are ones that I get on a daily basis, and with finally being at a point that I feel I am able to share my journey and my growth, I decided it was a good time to give a "how to" blog post on it. I feel that explaining my beginning and where I started is the best way for me to help others, as I learn and teach better by example!

If I could write the steps in a simple chronological order I would say this would be it:
How to start a blog:
1. Pick a name: this will stick with you forever* and it is hard to rebrand yourself. 
*Stick with something that will not change if your style, concept, or overall goal changes
example: Punky Paula is very specific and hard to change (my fave advice from Rachel)
2.  Pick a theme: fashion, cooking, lifestyle, spiritual, etc. 
3. Pick a platform (Blogger, Wordpress, etc.)
4. Use all social media outlets from the get-go (at first just Instagram, then later Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat)/create an email accont strickly for your blog and make that visible on every single social media account 
5. Quality and Quantity are equally important, post every day on your social media outlets as you want people to remember you and look for you, but make sure you are still producing quality work, as it shows if you don't care
6. Stay true to yourself-as cheesy as it sounds-it is the only way to differentiate yourself from others. I spent too much time trying to be like everyone else and it drove me crazy, post original content and people will notice 
7. Be patient. Bloggers do not become popular over night. It takes time to see growth, and you can only see it if you keep going
8. Make it fun. Blogging should never feel like it is a job that you don't like. I don't want to say that it shouldn't feel like a job (because most of the time it is something that I write in my planner or work at) because to me, I take it seriously, just like I take my job seriously
9. Don't compare yourself to others. I had a really hard time with this in the beginning (and who am I kidding, I do now too), but you HAVE to try and remind yourself that you are going to have to start somewhere, and comparing yourself to a blogger with a million followers on Instagram is not realistic
10. Stay humble. At a certain point when you are where you want to be, always look forward. Don't brag about where you are, or ever get too comfortable. Cockiness is not to be confused with confidence. DO be confident

BUT, because life doesn't always work in chronololical order, I thought it would be good to share my story!

Where did I start?
 When I was in high school, I absolutely loved clothing and dressing up for just about everything. I thought about starting a blog around 10th grade, but I was honestly worried about what people would think.. "she doesn't even dress good enough to have a blog" or "who does she think she is" or even "as if it will go anywhere". These were all thoughts that ran across mind and words I thought others would say about me. When I was a senior in high school, I finally decided that I didn't want to live my life that way anymore. I didn't want to let what others thought of me get in the way of my dreams and aspirations. So, one day I decided that Hailey Daily would be a cool name for a blog, especially since I would be posting every day.

At the time, many of the bloggers I followed were primarily using Instagram as their secondary platform. For that reason I decided to just "secretly" create a fashion based Instagram and post my OOTD pictures there.

(September 2013)
I mean, just check out my very first Instagram post (stylish, am I right?) The pictures were primarily taken in my front yard with a cell phone and edited on my phone as well. It wasn't until that December (3 months later) that I actually launched my first blog post. That December one of my moms friends offered to take photos of me for my blog, in exchange for her being able to use them for her portfolio (she was an up and coming photographer). I used those photos to create two of my very first blog posts. I'll never forget how proud I was of these photos and publishing them for the first time.
 (December 2013/January 2014)
So, the beginning for me wasn't to create a blog and pick the platform, I started off on Instagram and then created the blog. I still believe that it is good to do it this way, as you have the opportunity to get your feet a little wet and figure out if you even want to go onto blogging (as even posting on Insta is a job in and of itself.) 

How do sponorships work?
My first ever sponsorship was with Charles River Apparel , a company based out of New England that sells apparel, but they are mainly known for their rain jackets. I was SO excited. They got my email from the bio of my Instagram and contacted me that way (this is why it is so important to link it everywhere!) I featured to looks on my social media platforms, and my blog. This was also the first time that I had ever ran a giveaway on my blog.

(May 2014)
For those of you who asked how sponsorship's work, for me it was always the company that contacted me, but if you feel confident in your work and want to do a collaboration with a company, contact them! After this sponsorship, I continued to do collaborations, and still continue to do them today! I have gone on to do collaborations with Paul Mitchell, Sarta Designs, Port Royal Outfitters, and The Purple Door Boutique! The best way to decide if you want to a collaboration (because you will get some that you may want to say no to) is if they have a similar following to you on social media, and if their product falls in line with what you are blogging about. Do not ever feel pressured to do sponsorship's, and do not be afraid to say no! I know for me, saying no is always an awkward thing that I try to avoid. But, always be respectful and try and respond in a timely manner (this can be difficult for me at times, too!)

Low point?
After some time (around early 2015), my posts became less frequent and even my social media game was down. It wasn't until certain people in my life (you know who you are) pushed me further and reminded me of my love for fashion and blogging. To be honest, I stopped posting because I felt like no one cared if I did or if I didn't, and I felt like it was a lot of work to do for no instant gratification (crazy.. I know, right?) Then, wayy later on, I realized that I shouldn't be doing it for the gratification, or the likes, or the sponsorship's, but because I love it so much. And even if styling outfits, and shooting them, and writing up posts is hard, I love to do it and so I should continue to do so!
 From then on, I tried to post on my Instagram every single day (sometimes twice a day) to keep people interested. I post around the same time every night because that way they know to look for my posts. 

High Point (also answered:what kind of camera do you use)?
I think a pretty high point for me was when I finally got the lens I had been so desperately wanting. I finally felt like my pictures were up to par with what I had been dreaming of for so long. I currently use a Canon Rebel T3i with 50mm 1.4 lens. I absolutely love this camera and I think it is perfect for fashion bloggers who are either starting out or aren't blogging professionally (as a job). In the future I would like to hire a photographer for shoots. 

Is there anything you regret not doing?
If there was anything I regret not doing earlier, I would definitely say that I wish I would have used Facebook and Twitter to my advantage earlier. It wasn't until I was speaking with Rachel later on that she mentioned still to use those outlets even if they aren't as popular. Use the boost tool on Facebook and try and be active on Twitter.. everything counts!

Most rewarding moment?
My most rewarding moment as a blogger (so far) would definitely be when I was invited to join the Reward Style program. I applied last summer, but didn't hear back. Then, despite my normal ways, I applied again and heard back almost immediately! Reward Style is such an amazing way for followers to find out what I am wearing in a quick and reliable fashion. I am so incredibly thankful to be apart of such a great program and it has definitely been so rewarding for me as a blogger!

Overall, I am so happy with my experience of being a fashion blogger. There have been highs and lows, but it definitely made me into the blogger I am today.

I hope this post was helpful to you all! 
Comment if you would like to see more posts like this in the future :)

Thanks for reading!

{ awapuhi & marula oil reveiw }

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hey there!

This is something that is a little new for me as I don't normally review haircare/beauty products! But who says I don't love a good, fresh look!? I was so incredibly excited to give these products a try as I just got my hair cut and I love trying new ways to style it. I wanted to give a brief summary of what my hair care routine is now that I have been using these products for about a week!

 First, I begin with the Marula Oil. As soon as I get out of the shower I use about drops of it and gently run it into the tips of my hair (I use exactly three because my hair is so short and so fine, if I use any more than that my hair is super oily looking!)  I then let my hair dry a bit as I put my makeup on (just to let my hair breathe for a little bit) and then before I blow dry my hair I use about three or four sprays of the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Texturizing Sea Spray into my hair. Ta-da! That's all there is to it. 

I love the way that both of these products make my hair feel and smell. The oil makes my hair feel silky smooth and the texturizing  spray is amazing in giving my ends a little texture (and overall texture-my hair can have no life sometimes and this product gives it a little boost!

Thanks for reading!

Until next time..

Hailey Daily 

Thank you to Paul Mitchell for sponsoring this post!
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{ summer wishlist }

Hello, lovelies!

I hope you have all been having a lovely beginning to your summer-I know I have! This summer I am definitely all about the light blue hues and touches of light pink and coral! If you check out my instagram feed you will see that I am currently obsessed with blue (if you don't already follow me, you totally should!)

I have always thought that the brand Show Me Your Mumu was super cute, but just recently I have  fallen in love with their new summer collection! Although the prices are sometimes a little above what I like to spend, I have decided that if the piece can be worn in a least two different ways it is worth it. Like the dress above.. I feel like you could easily wear that to a casual lunch but if you wanted to dress it up you could even wear it to attend a wedding.

Another thing I am obsessing over this summer is flamingos. Just a couple months ago my friends and I went to the zoo together. Before going in we all decided that we would pick a "spirit animal", just to make the trip more fun! My friends all agreed that if I was to be an animal, the flamingo would be the one that would best suit me. Before then, I am going to be honest, I never really thought of it too much, but I feel like I would definitely be a flamingo. As silly as it sounds, ever since then I can't help but want everything with flamingos on it! Cue this float and these espadrilles... I am obsessed. I mean how cute!?

These gladiator sandals are the cutest things ever. I love them because last summer I began to obsess over these sandals, but I could not justify spending that much on sandals I would wear only a couple times. Fast-forward to this year and the Steve Madden ones are perfect for every day wear but still have that cute little touch of color and fun. (see these as well-so cute!)

How about those cute sunnies, too? Of course I love my Ray-Ban's, but I think it is always good to have one or two pairs that are just for fun! These and these from Love Always are perfect for dressing up casual outfits, and are super cheap too!

Statement earrings are for-sure making a huge comeback this summer. I remember in high school they were all the rage, then statement necklaces, and then for a while long necklaces and simple earrings seemed to be what was trending. Now (like everything else) it seems that we are back to the ever-so-popular statement earring. This pair is darling for pairing with a simple white sundress, or even an off-the-shoulder top and high waisted shorts! 

What are you loving this summer?

Until next time..

Hailey Daily

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