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They say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. Hello my name is Halleigh, and I am recovering gel mani addict. Yes it is true, for YEARS I put my nails through the grueling punishment that is the gel manicure. I believed that because they lasted forrreeevvvveeeerrrr that I was getting more bang for my mani buck. I didn’t have time to get weekly manicures/polish changes and since I work with my face covered by a camera I felt like all my clients ever really saw where my nails.  Well flash forward to having nails so damaged they were paper thin- I felt like my pregnancy with Marrek could be a fresh start. So I quit cold turkey. To date I have only had a single gel mani (since he has been born)- and it was the final straw. I am now only going to reserve them for trips and special occasions because friends I have found the holy grail of nail polish. Essie Gel Polish behaves like a gel without the use of having to set it with a UV lamp. I picked up a bottle two months ago and was SHOCKED that it lasted on average 10 days before chipping. Also a huge bonus you dont need anything special to remove it.  I have a crazy nail polish collection (I will give everyone a sneak peek over on my instastory) I have tried them all… including other “gel” polish brands… but nothing holds a candle to this stuff. These shades are my top picks for this fall. I love a good dark nail – but my go to colors are pretty neutral. I highly suggest using a high quality base coat- and having it applied at the salon to get the longest life out of it – but even when I do a quick polish change at home it easily lasts a full 6 days. My record to date is almost 14 days before removing. I keep it pretty basic when it comes to my favorites. I am not a fan of iridescent polishes… and although I used to love a good glittery ring finger and an on point acrylic nail… those days are just long gone. What is your go to nail color? Have you tried something even better? Let me know in the comments below. (by the way this post is totally not sponsored)

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Anyone else love a good old fashion casual friday? (Ok fine… I work from home… and I wear yoga pants… like alot. Which you could argue are pretty causal look. But it is friday & this look is casual… so casual friday? Yes? Ok. Good I am glad we can move on.) It’s been hot here… A whole whopping 80 degrees! Us Californians are not  content unless it is partially cloudy 78 with a cool breeze. *palm face emoji* Meanwhile those of you have real weather want to smack us. I know we are hopeless.

Yesterday Rhyker had his first day of Preschool. It was just a meet and greet for the teachers and the students and I wish I could report that we had the best time ever and he was a sweet angel that was able to use self control… but that would be a lie.

It started in the parking lot. He did NOT want me to come into the classroom. He insisted I should just drop him off at the gate (like his older sister) I said a prayer and my prayers were answered. As we passed the threshold of the school  this alien took over my child. He was smiling, sharing, and being very very pleasent. I was feeling almost euphoric as he put on  quite the show for the first 30 minutes. As he effortlessly shared playdough toys with one of his new little friends I thought “We are almost in the home stretch keep up the charade little buddy!” Well- just then I  jinxed myself. BIG. TIME.  Not a moment later – the teacher announced it was time to clean up and to meet on the rug for story time. I shit you not. I saw his head spine 360 degrees. That alien child vanished. Salty Rhyker was back and he was NOT having it. The sweet teacher thought she could display her master toddler skills and easily redirect his tantrum. So he upped it a notch. He announced that his teacher was “not nice” and expressed his displeasure with her with vigor. My arm pits began to sweat and my stomach started to churn. Whhhhhyyyyy? We had just 15 more minutes to go.  I could feel the joy seep from the other mothers in the room that this time… it wasn’t their child. The teacher moved on to the other children at the rug.

I got down to his level – so we could have a very mature chat about why we don’t talk to adults with such enthusiasm and to my surprise he punched me right in the nose for the very first time ever. I am not sure if anyone actually witnessed the assault- but it happened. All I could do was laugh… which must have confused him because he looked terrified.  I stood up and must have turned five shades of red because from afar it must have looked like I was encouraging this tantrum. I was able the reel him back in… calm him down and get through the last 10 minutes. As I sat there on the rug, while the teacher sang like an angel in the background, I could not help but say a silent little prayer for just for her… because let’s face it. She is going to need it with this little guy. Bless. Her. Heart.

This child has made every life event extra memorable and his salty level has been off the chart since Marrek has arrived. We had a long talk about his behavior on the drive home and went on to have a near perfect day.  On our way to pick up Sissy girl – out of no where he apologized and said” sorry for smooshing your nose mommy… I don’t not love you” and just like that with those cute dimples and those big blue eyes I fell right back in love with my little monster. I know I am not alone in this so if anyone as any tips of dealing with a unfavorably behaved (read little s.h.i…..) child- sennnnnd me that life raft my way please.

This sporty little look felt fitting for our little “knock out” of a first day a preschool- I would also like to add that you could totally warm it up with a pair of yoga pants. I know right? Best idea ever.  Until next week friends.

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Dress // Jacket // Shoes // Sunnies

 

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Nordstrom Fall Fashion Blogger Halleigh Hill 2017 Free Peoplefall fashion 2017 Halleigh hillfall fashion 2017 Halleigh hill Free People topfall fashion 2017 Halleigh hillfall fashion 2017 Halleigh hillfall fashion 2017 Halleigh hillfall fashion 2017 Halleigh hillfall fashion 2017 Halleigh hillPacking up this morning for #NYFW… Oh wait… did I say New York Fashion Week? That’s right, I am a Mom of three… and the only packing I am doing this morning is packing the kids lunches. (hell a girl can dream can’t she?) Anyways… wanted to just quickly post a few transition pieces I picked up last week and as always I want to KIRFAM. Thats keep it real for a moment. I live in Southern California – so we won’t see much of a fall until early November – with that said – I LIVE for transition items that will work while we fake fall… or as I like to call it  “Fauxll”- (that’s faux fall ) This free people tunic and shoes are perfect for the warmer weather while still getting a fallish vibe ! It has bell sleeves and the cutest embroidery details. I actually paired this look with denim cut offs – because when you chase tiny humans you tend to have to squat annnnnnnd I would rather not give all the parents at preschool a show ! I tried to do a tucked look but wasn’t feeling it but the cut offs are there people. I digress, I absolutely love this muted fall color & feel like this could be worn all year.

Also I have a confession. I am THAT Mom. I like to be perfectly dressed and ready to go at 8:30 am (as you might notice on instagram stories- so annoying right?) while doing my rounds of drop offs for the day and I would totally rock this look to school. This top is also nursing mama approved. SO what I am basically saying – and its a unicorn top. Cute? Check. Functional? Hides the muffin top? Check. Check. I am typically not a fan of pointed toe flat because they make my foot feel SUPER wide (hello third baby….) BUT these I love- they are super comfy and make my foot feel slender and feminine. I went ahead and tagged the bralette for this look because it has been fab even for nursing ! The tunic has the cutest peek a boo back (see below.) You could easily warm this tunic up for cooler weather with a big chunky sweater, your favorite jeans and add some knee high boots! I am no fashionista but I love to feel put together and would admit my style is the definition of “California Casual” – so casual in fact I sit on random stair ways sipping Pink Iced Ombres watching the wind blow.

Happy Friday Friends- if your doing New York Fashion week. I hate you, and by hate I mean I wish I were you. Either way… have a fab weekend ladies – Links to the look below.

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DRESS // BRALETTE //SUN GLASSES// SHOES // BAG // RING

 

Photographed by Camielle Bethany Photography

 

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