Neon Doves

Tasteful H*

Hayley Francis

This shirt is sheer madness. Literally. It’s basically not even a shirt, I know. I secretly refer to this style as “tasteful ho”. I went as far as sending a pair of see through pants (they were dope and you’d rock a body suit under, ya feel me?) to my boyfriend and said, am I too old for this? Am I too old to be a tasteful ho?! His answer couldn’t have been better…

You’re never too old to be a tasteful ho.

Amen, y’all! Now let’s tastefully ease ourselves into this colder weather, shall we?

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Top from Aritzia

Coat from Pipe + Row

Pants from Elizabeth Suzanne

Shoes by Gucci

Bag by Alexander Wang

Summer Skin

Hayley Francis

Summer is coming to an end, and I'm pretty much very sad about it. Could cry, really. I'm grasping onto the idea of Fall and the single month of it that I actually enjoy before we start seeing the sun fade away earlier and earlier and winter approaching quicker and quicker... sick.

But I can't let my brain go there yet! We still have a solid month of sunshine left in Seattle. September Seattle Summer, guys. It's a thing I swear.

I basically spent my entire summer in one (maybe three) different outfits. You just can't go wrong with a crop and jean shorts. And these shorts? Okay everyone needs to buy them because they fit the best, they aren't too short, and they are comfy. No, I'm serious, they're actually comfortable. #trust. I got them in three colors because I'm a god damn freak.

Cheers to you, Summer. You and your beautiful summer skin. 

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Photos by Maddie Lismore

All digs are from Pipe + Row - top // shorts //

I also highly recommend the dress version of the shirt, which I also have and live in. It's reversible!

Down with OPP

Hayley Francis

I've been out of the blogging game for a hot minute and I want to apologize, my sweet angel readers. Life got fast real quick. It's annoying. But you want to know what's not annoying? The fact that it's Spring and I no longer have to wear pants or abide by social norms when it comes to clothing pairs! Not that I ever do, as we know, but my favorite combo - a chunky sweater and shorts - is something that weather is permitting without comments from people, and it will only last so long, so let's take advantage of the precious weeks of June Gloom, my friends. Let's just get effing down with it. Like OPP, down with it. Also, special shout out to my main Seattle Squeeze, Pipe & Row, because essentially this entire fit is from there. One of those shopping days that was so good you don't even have regret. Staples galore and I'm OBSESSED. Peep it:

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Sweater, kicks, shorts from Pipe+Row

Shades by Rayban

Photos by Maddie Lismore 

Mama.

Hayley Francis

A year ago on March 24th I lost my mama suddenly. It was the worst day of my life, the worst effing nightmare, and 2017 I must say, was the worst year I hope I'll ever have. I found it incomprehensible for life to ever feel whole again, and it pissed me off when people said it will get better as each day went by, because for a while, each day got worse. When reality sunk in it felt like someone was punching me in the gut, but I didn't know when the punch was coming. But most of the time reality just couldn't sink in, even when I tried to make it. It was as if she was just somewhere else and I needed to find her. A sick game of hide and seek.

But a year later, it turns out it does get easier. Thinking about her every second turned into every five seconds, until all of a sudden I realized there were times I hadn't thought about her for an hour. A part of me felt guilt when that happened, but I realized it also meant progress.

My family has always been more than close, the closest it comes, I would say. But turns out something like this can either separate you or bring you even closer, and I'm happy to say the latter happened for us. Something I'm so grateful for.

To mark this year passed, I decided to mark myself. I think to remember this year and who I am. I am me, and I'm also my mom, because I can feel her with me. In my dreams and memories. It's been a year and in some ways it feels like it was yesterday, but I know that I'm out of the fog, and progress has been made, and that is something to celebrate.

Laurie Gregory Francis. Legend. I miss you so fucking much.

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Photos by Maddie Lismore

Walk of Shame

Hayley FrancisComment

2017. WHAT A YEAR! Said no ever. Let's just admit it, this year sucked. It was so shit it was essentially equivalent to your worst walk of shame ever. Not that I know that feeling.......... ..... I'm just assuming it doesn't feel too good.

Good news is, I'm feeling good about 2018. Seven was a hideous number and eight is pretty. Insert the moment where we sing I GOTTA FEEELINNNNN! Coming clean i hate that song, but it has a time and a place, and that time is now.

So cheers to you, 2018. We've been waiting for you so you better brang it. God dammit I've walk of shamed it to you this entire year. I've barely stayed above water waiting for you. I've cried all the tears waiting for you. I've laid awake for far too many hours waiting for you. You are so precious to me that I even dressed up for your arrival. When one wears shoulder pads, you know they mean business. Come in for the real thing, 2018, because I'm a god damn hugger and it's so good to see you. 

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Dress from Zara

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