Madrid, Spain

This past December, Ricky and I traveled abroad to Madrid, Spain to spend a week among the tapas and the paella and the sangria. It was a much, much needed vacation and we were looking forward to gorging ourselves on good food and good energy and good wine. And, although we had both paid for our cell phones to work internationally, neither of us were planning on dialing into our lives back home.

I decided that our wanderlust was also the perfect opportunity to score some content for my fashion blog. It was Ricky’s first time behind the lens, but he has always had such an artistic essence, and I think you can really understand that in the shots he captured of me. It was fun to wander through the cobblestoned streets which were symphonied by Spanish dialects and European joi de vivre. Ricky would laugh as I’d make crude attempts at communicating my Spanglish with the locals—who were always graceful, kind, and forgiving of my terrible accent.

Top: Reformation | Jacket: Vintage Twin | Leggings: Spanx | Boots: Timberland | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Choker: Child of Wild

Top: Reformation | Jacket: Vintage Twin | Leggings: Spanx | Boots: Timberland | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Choker: Child of Wild

Jacket: Abercrombie & Fitch | Bodysuit: I.AM.GIA | Jeans: Lucky Brand

Jacket: Abercrombie & Fitch | Bodysuit: I.AM.GIA | Jeans: Lucky Brand

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Happy Re-Birthday to Me

Five years ago today, I was in the hospital receiving my bone marrow transplant—one of the many circumstances of my leukemia. If you know cancer, you know that five years being cured or in remission is huge! My oldest brother, Nick, gave me the gift of his bone marrow—he is my angel.

God, I can’t believe it’s been five years.

Having cancer was a transformative experience, it humbled me. Changed me. Transformed me. And, most importantly, cancer made me fall in love with the beauty within people.

There was this supernatural and incredible compassion and kindness that poured from the souls of every individual that helped me in that fight.

To all the people who were there: Thank you, I love you, and you are so beautiful to me.

To all the people who I have met after: I love you, and thank you for embracing my story with beauty and grace and empathy.

You all have collectively helped me grow and move on from my illness.

The human experience is an incredible gift, and a human’s will to live is a magical force. God creates a beauty and a strength this is ingrained in each and every one of us, that shines even in times of complete and total darkness.

Sometimes suffering is necessary, if only just to see that there are slivers of gold and magic and beauty etched into every ounce of our beings. And no one is devoid of it…of that I am absolutely certain.

xo,

Hayley J

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I Worked NYFW!

Wowowow. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine myself working backstage at New York Fashion Week.

It was the most incredible experience.

My friend Nicole was personally invited by designer Michael Lombard to work his show at Society Fashion Week at the Roosevelt Hotel and she brought me and a few other girls along with her.

We were able to work the Houda E. E. show on Friday night and Michael’s show on Saturday night. His incredibly kick-ass line of studded leather jackets, stellar eyewear, and bold color presentations closed the show with an exuberant energy.

The models were lovely (Mariah, I love you girl!) and the designers were equally as warm and welcoming.

And of course it wouldn’t have been possible without Nicole—she always has a way of making my dreams come true.

xo,

Hayley J

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Fear and Clothing in a Laundromat

My friend Amy and I were kind of obsessed about this idea of shooting in a laundromat. I’m wearing all of my favorite brands.

jacket I.AM.GIA || pants Novella Royale || booties Jeffrey Campbell || t-shirt Brandy Melville

|| choker Child of Wild || sunglasses Quay Australia x Desi Perkins

It was also a lil nerve-wracking to shoot in this laundromat because I felt like 75 people were staring at me and wondering what the heck I was doing?? It’s all good though because I don’t think I’ll ever see any of them again.

xo,

Hayley J

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