Hello, friends! Let’s go back to the beginning, shall we?
At the end of January of 2013, I pulled the trigger on starting a blog after multiple requests for one had rolled in on my Instagram, after spending much of 2012 sharing my personal style there. It was a little nerve-wracking, venturing into something I knew nothing about, but truth be told, I was hungry for connection and suffering from boredom.
See, about six months prior to the launch of Sequins & Things, I had just moved back from living in Denver, Colorado. During my time there, I wasn’t exactly welcomed with open arms by the ladies I had met in the circle of friends I found myself in. It was a time in my life where I had never felt more surrounded by people yet so alone at the same time. I’ve always been a little bit of a shy person but, through the years, I’ve become much more comfortable in my own skin and inquisitive around new people. After challenging myself to say ‘yes’ to everything and venture outside of my comfort zone, which is always necessary when you move somewhere new, I constantly left feeling like it was all for nothing. I had never been so blatantly disregarded and rejected before and it was, honestly, one of the most hurtful experiences I’ve ever been through. Of course, everything happens for a reason. I ended up back in Jacksonville and I truly believe it was so that I had the opportunity to spend the last 15 months of my Mom’s life with her, under the same roof. More on that in this post! But, as if that wasn’t enough, it seems like it was for more than that, as well.
As I was sifting through and dealing with the feelings of rejection that my time in Colorado left me with, I decided to focus on things that I really enjoyed and brought me fulfillment and happiness. I had grown to love sharing my interests in shopping and personal styling through my posts on Instagram. I had grown to love interacting with the women who found my account through those posts, all of which had similar interests as me. And, I had become increasingly intrigued by the idea they kept throwing out to me about starting a style blog, which would make sharing the details of my posts much easier, as the links to everything would be all in one place. I thought it was a great idea. It also seemed pretty fun. I have always had a bit of a knack for the creative side to things, and thought … how hard could it be?
If you had told me five years ago that the blog I was starting as a hobby would end up being my full-time job instead of nursing, I’m not sure I would have believed you! At the time, I wouldn’t have understood how that would even be possible. At that time, I understood that the blog posts would be of service to people who were looking for style inspiration but it never crossed my mind that a blog could generate an income nor did I have a concept of how a blog could be beneficial to these brands I was wearing and stores I was purchasing from. In hindsight, I was pretty naive but I’m pretty comfortable blaming my nursing major designation for this as it, shockingly, didn’t afford me the ability to take classes on marketing, digital media strategy or business. So, you can imagine
my surprise the anxiety mounting as these concepts started presenting themselves as things I should know and understand in order to do this whole blogging thing well.
The truth is … there’s a lot to learn when it comes to running a blog, much more than I ever imagined. So, today, on the first day of the next chapter in my blogging career, I thought it might be helpful … and fun! … to share some of the most important things I have learned over the past five years!
• You’re not going to be for everyone. You’d think I already learned this from my ‘friends’ in Colorado, huh? No. Sadly, this is something blogging has reminded me of many times. As much as my blog is a place where I feel at ‘home,’ it’s also a place where people sometimes stop by to offer their unsolicited opinions about me, my appearance or how I choose to run the blog. Thankfully, this doesn’t happened too often but, the experiences I have been presented with have helped me strengthen my IDGAF muscle. Excuse my ‘language’ there but, it’s true. It’s a waste of energy for me to try and please everyone because it’s truly impossible. Everyone is wired differently and for good reason! There would be nothing special about the connections we have with certain people if we were all made the same and made to connect the same way. There are people out there who are going to rub you the wrong way and I might be one of those people for you. You might be that person for me, too. It’s cool … we’re just different but, there’s no need to shame the other person over it.
When I get these unsolicited opinions, it’s helpful for me to remember this quote:
“You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world,
and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.” Dita Von Teese
This same lesson applies to brand partnerships. Whether we bloggers want to believe it or not, the truth is that you are not going to be a good fit for every brand, whether you’ve worn their clothes for years or not. It’s important to align ourselves with brands that not only respect our place in the industry but also value our voice in the market. So, if a brand isn’t biting, don’t get yourself down! There are plenty others out there that will!
Let’s take this out of the blogging world and apply it to everyday life. Remember: There is nothing wrong with the way you are wired and who you are as a human being. Does humor tend to be a quality that MORE people gravitate toward than, say … the ability to play devil’s advocate? Maybe. But, if you kept that unique characteristic about yourself from other people, wouldn’t it be a shame if someone you came across really needed someone with that ability? You just inadvertently robbed them from a blessing. My point is, don’t only share the sides of you that are the ‘most likable’ and the ‘most appealing’ in order to gain popularity. There are people out there that are looking to connect on the level that maybe you crave, as well. So, get out there and be yourself … no matter what that looks like!
“Always be a first rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of somebody else.” Judy Garland
• Quality over quantity. As the blog has expanded into more than a style blog, I have found that the time it takes for me to put certain posts together is considerably more than the amount of time it takes for me to put together one outfit post. Yet, I still schedule five blog posts to go live a week and, if you’ve been following me for awhile, you know how inconsistent my posting schedule is. The truth is, I have a strong desire to get five posts to you a week but I also have a strong desire to make sure that those posts are up to my standards and, often times, they wouldn’t be if I did actually post five times a week. It took digging deep into my analytics from this past year to show me just how important quality posts are compared to the number of posts I share. I used to prioritize putting energy into posts that y’all didn’t even ask for, and push back the ones you begged me for, because the one you didn’t ask for was going to get done quicker. I prioritized my desire to get a post up no matter what it was and was met with a rude awakening, that I honestly should have expected. The analytics made it very clear that those posts I threw together for the sake of having a post up had considerably lower traffic than the posts I shared that more in-depth, personal and, overall, better quality. Those resonated with y’all so much more. It made me realize that my blog is turning into something different and I need to shift how I plan my content and my idea of a ‘successful’ week in terms of blog post content. I want my blog, now more than ever, to be a place where you can go to get answers to your questions and genuine opinions about places I’ve been and products I’m trying. If making sure that’s what I’m giving to you guys means that I only get three or four blog posts out most weeks, I think it’s going to be okay! 🙂
• Don’t be afraid to take a step back from the action. This has been a lesson I’ve been learning in a couple of different ways over the last couple of years.
– While living in London in 2016, I had to take a bit of a step back because living there was a once in a lifetime experience. I wanted to make sure I took full advantage of being there and I was dating someone who wanted to take advantage of the fact that we weren’t long-distance anymore, and rightfully so! Living in London challenged me to stop chasing success so much. I’ve learned that that life, chasing success and numbers, is nowhere near as fulfilling or life-giving as investing in your relationships, saying ‘yes’ to spontaneous outings and adventures, and not being ‘on’ all the time and, instead, being ‘present’ with who is in front of you. The truth is whatever success, or goal, you’re chasing is never going to be enough. It’s like the handbag you ‘have’ to have. Once you have it, it’s not as appealing as it once was. I’m not saying that bloggers should be ashamed of themselves for wanting to be successful or setting goals for themselves. Please don’t get me wrong. I’m just saying that getting caught up in this industry happens and it can be really unhealthy so, it’s important to be aware of when you’re potentially reaching that unhealthy level. Taking a step back and assessing your personal health, mentality and wellness is important. Ask a friend to be your accountability partner and kindly call you out when they think it’s time you take a break. Doing life outside of the online world is important. Investing in your real life relationships, sans your phone and sans asking for outfit photos to be taken when you are in a cute brunch spot, is important. Yes, bills need to be paid and all of that but, really, truthfully, I think we can afford to go without posting from time to time. We all can, whether we’re bloggers or not.
– This year, after my Eastern and Central European road trip in January, I made it a point to focus on the organizational back-end of what is now Alyson Haley. I’ve been busy putting together new spreadsheets in place, organizing files, brainstorming new processes and employment positions with Justine, analyzing data and reader behavior from last year in an effort to learn what you want to see more of from me, and getting ready for this massive launch. I needed to take a step back and get those things in place without also committing to [and putting so much pressure on myself to] also have four or five blog posts up a week and multiple Instagram posts a day. Is that considered best practice? For some, yes. For me, yes … it is what I am aim for … as long as I’m not taking a step back to work on something that is more important in the long run [i.e. this new rebrand and site redesign] or brainstorming where we go from here, what’s next, etc. If we never take a step back from the day-to-day rat race that we always inadvertently fall back into, how can we ever move forward? There needs to be room for analysis and strategy and the room you make in your day, in your week, for that time to brainstorm has to replace something that is already a part of your everyday, unless you want to add another couple of hours to your workday … which, to me, screams burn out! Sure, it’s always hard to not be ‘on’ and posting as usual. Sharing what I’ve worked to create for you guys is one of my favorite parts of what I do but, I’ve learned that trying to do it all only leads to unhappiness and feelings of failure. You have to set realistic expectations but, as scary as it may seem, I can promise you that for every step back I’ve taken, there was a huge success that wouldn’t exist if the break hadn’t taken place. And, although I realize success isn’t everything, I can enjoy it because I made room for balance and realistic work flow. It might not be what everyone does but I’m convinced that my best work comes out of me allowing myself to take time away from what everyone else is doing.
• Your worth does not equal the number that everyone else sees: I don’t think there is a blogger that exists that has ever NOT been negatively affected by their numbers before. Whether it’s the number of likes they’re getting on a photo, the number of page views they got last month on their blog or the number of people on Instagram who unfollowed them yesterday, numbers have made us feel invincible and they have made us feel like a failure. Numbers can have such an unfortunate power over us. I’ve seen it bring out some pretty ugly sides to bloggers. I’ve seen it dictate who certain bloggers will allow themselves to go on trips with or become close friends with. It’s so sad to me how it easy it can be to forget that these numbers do not equal our worth on a number scale and that these numbers do not make us better than any other individual. It’s important to remember that we’re all just human beings doing the same job, in our own way, to the best of our ability. So, why not just be friendly? Why look down on her because her influence and her Instagram feed aesthetic isn’t ‘as good’ as yours? Why only gravitate toward the people that can somehow benefit you? Why not tell her she’s doing a good job instead of seeing her as a threat or seeing her as inferior?
“I’m not interested in competing with anyone. I hope we all make it.” Erica Cook
• Comparison is the thief of joy. If I had a dollar for the number of times I’ve had to remind myself of this. This is truly one of those things that everyone on social media had struggled with since having a social platform. It’s so easy to see what looks good in everyone’s lives that it’s hard not to compare it to what you know is going on in yours. As many have said in the past, remember that everyone shows the highlight reel because, really, no one wants to read depressing or pointless captions about something that is really not that exciting or groundbreaking. Remember: No one is exempt from struggles, heartaches, frustrations, setbacks, etc. We all get them! And, as it pertains to blogging, what looks great in a photo isn’t always reality, so stop wishing you had certain parts of someone else! We’re all beautiful and need to be confident in that! If you’re struggling with comparison, unfollow accounts that make you feel insecure and put a few sticky notes up on your bathroom mirror with self-affirming quotes! And, don’t forget … you ARE awesome, brave, strong, bold and beautiful!
• You can only do so much by yourself. It’s okay to open up and trust other people. There are good ones out there. I haven’t ever really been shy about the fact that the to-do list for a blogger is longer than one person can truly handle solely by themselves. Maybe it’s a bold statement. Maybe someone will comment and prove me wrong, but I’ll then ask what your house looks like and how much sleep you get each night. Just because you are running yourself ragged doesn’t mean you’re doing it right or you’re working harder.
I’ve learned that one of the best ways to move forward and get after the dreams you have for your blog is to find a team member to join you in going after those dreams. I hired my assistant, Justine, two years ago and it has been such a dream having her to work alongside. She is focused, rational, smart, and doesn’t get bogged down with the details. She is everything I’m not, essentially! It’s hard to believe there are people out there who want to work for bloggers who aren’t actually bloggers but, I can promise you there are, and I can guarantee you that this blog wouldn’t have ever of been able to expand into the travel vertical the way it has without Justine. This new website design wouldn’t exist, either. If you’re struggling with letting people into your circle and knowing what it takes to run a blog on the back end, consider letting someone in. It was one of the best lessons I learned [you’re only one person; you can only do so much] and one of the best business decisions I’ve made in the last two years!
Be sure to had back here on Wednesday! You’ll get to meet Justine!
• Enjoy the journey. Like other jobs, blogging can be stressful and frustrating but it is also a huge blessing. Whenever you find yourself feeling a little down about something work-related, think back on all of the things you’ve been able to achieve professionally. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like enough so we have to keep working toward the next thing but, other times, it can be extremely fulfilling and encouraging to remind ourselves how far we’ve come! So, embrace and enjoy the journey!
When I started Sequins & Things in January of 2013, I was wrestling with feelings of sadness, of rejection and of loneliness. We all want to belong, feel validated and loved somewhere. It’s humbling to me that while I was crying out for connection while living in Denver, God heard those cries, brought me home and, in part, used this blog to give me just that. Of course, I have the love of my friends, family and church to thank, as well, but, this little space on the internet has helped me understand how truly freeing it is to feel like you have a place where you belong: where your thoughts on a topic matter, where your interests cause others to reach out and say ‘me too!’, etc.
Interestingly enough, during this time, I found my faith in Christ, which helped me know and understand that my worth cannot be found in the acceptance of other people. I didn’t realize it at the time but this lesson would be extremely helpful throughout my blogging journey, especially when it came to the numbers game. Needless to say, the beginning of 2013 was a very enriching time in my life and thinking back on how monumental and strategic the timing was in everything makes it even easier for me to believe that God had to of had a hand in everything.
All in all, this blog has been a blessing to me in many ways but realizing that God used it do immeasurably more than I could have ever asked or imagined is truly humbling. Five years in, I feel like He has me right where He wants me … connecting with you, sharing my life with you, etc. and I can’t wait to see what is on the horizon!
Welcome to the new Alyson Haley! I hope you’ll continue to follow along! 🙂
In an effort to attempt to thank you for all the kindness you all have shown me throughout the years, even if you’ve just started following along, I’d love to give y’all a chance to be one of TEN winners who will win the following bundle: the adorable cross body handbag and tassel earrings [in either white, hot pink or light pink] I’m wearing in today’s post as well as a Gucci card case [in either dusty pink or light pink]!
Simply fill out the below entry form to enter! Giveaway ends on Thursday, April 5th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be announced in Friday’s blog post! Good luck, ladies! xo.
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I loved this post, Alyson! Huge congratulations after blogging for 5 years! Also, I absolutely love your new blog design – it’s wonderful!!
I love your new blog design! You write so eloquently and from the heart. Love your style and puppies!
You are amazing, don’t forget this! Great thoughts, good job 🙂 Good luck for everything, i will following you also in the future 😉
Great post! It’s always nice to hear how challenges are overcome. Love your outfit!
I love this post – it’s always refreshing to see such encouraging and authentic content! ❤️
The new site looks amazing & the rebrand is a great fit! Can’t wait to see what you do next!
I really enjoyed reading this! It takes a lot of guts to do what you did! Keep up the great work!
Thank you for sharing! Absolutely loved hearing some of your experiences and favorite quotes!
Great post, Alyson and I’m also loving the new site design!!!
What a great post! In college I often found myself surrounded by a group of ‘friends’ yet utterly lonely. Like you as I’ve grown in my faith realized that God is the only one I turn to and he is always there cheering me on and helping me through this journey called life. Thank you for your blog! Your outfits are always amazing and you do such a good job at making your readers feel connected too you!
Such amazing words for all! Here’s to 5+ more years!
Such an inspiring post and a beautiful site redesign! I’m so happy for you and this beautiful outcome! ❤️
Totally feel you on the not fitting in but being surrounded by many people. I’ve grown to live by the saying “just do you.”
Congratulations and good luck with the new branding!!!!
Love the new site!
So excited for the new blog! I love your style and following you! You’re such an inspiration!
Love the rebrand- keep up the great content!
This was such a good read! I absolutely LOVE your new site design and rebranding, congrats on everything girl and keep it up!
Congratulations on your blog anniversary! What a huge achievement! Good luck on many milestones to come! xAllie http://www.theallthatglittersblog.com
Congrats on 5 years of blogging, yes, enjoy the journey, isn’t that what life is about? Thanks for the chance to win 🙂
I love the new look and the in depth backstory into you. Congratulations and I’m excited to follow along with you on this new chapter in your life!
Awww I love your rawness and wisdom in this post, girl! Thanks for sharing your heart. You put out great content, especially when you share your heart.
Such an informative post! I’ve been learning some of these lessons myself, and I’m not even in ththe blogging world.
I absolutely love your outfit especially the shoes. I love your blog btw!!
I love that bloggers are starting to own their content instead of standing behind the names they chose 5 years ago. It’s brave but honest! This is you and you need to own it! 🙂
Love that bag!
Loved reading this post!!!!
Congrats on 5 years! Thanks for the giveaway!
Love the new site!! Congrats on 5 years!
I think you were the first blogger I ever started following and absolutely love all of your content. You are such an amazing person and I look forward to your posts every week!
I love the new website!
Congrats! I love your blog and always take away something positive from it 🙂
Love this post! You’ve always been one of my favorites to follow?
Congratulations on the blog anniversary!! I always love seeing what you have to post and love your style!
Loving the re-brand! This is exactly what I was hoping for/guessed with the hints leading up to this (also I think you mentioned a site redesign back when you were still in London?). Good for you for taking on such a big project!
Great post! I’ve been following along for two years and your posts are always so organized and well thought out. I really appreciate all the effort you take and hopefully following along for the next 5 years and beyond!
Great post! Thank you for sharing your journey, it’s truly inspiring!
Happy 5year blogaversary! Cheers to many more!
I loved this post. It’s nice to know the person behind the beautiful pictures has the same day to day struggles as the rest of us. I love all your outfit posts but your real life and travel posts are awesome.
Congrats on 5 years and here is to many more!
This advice is truly on point. And not just for bloggers, for everyone. Keep up the great job Alyson <3
I also really love that your giveaway doesn’t require 20 diff tasks!
So inspiring to read your thoughts about your blogging journey. I can’t wait to see what comes next for you!!
Thank you for sharing so much of your life! You’re a genuine and aeeet person!
Love your story. I also took the plunge and started my photography business about a year ago and although it hasn’t been easy always, it’s well worth it!
Thank you for being yourself, being the real you!, and for being such an open book. Love following along on your journey!
Congratulations! I love your blog!
Keep up the great work! Love this blog.
Love the new look. Congrats – can’t wait to see what’s to come!!
Loved this post! Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! 🙂
God is good. All the time! Wishing you nothing but success!
Awesome topic. These are things I’m still learning as well and it’s good to know other grown women struggle with the same things.
Love your blog!! Your sincerity and love for what you do shines through in all that you post. Like you said, quality over quantity! Thanks girl!
we are so thankful for what you do!! As one of us who reads your blog constantly, I feel personally touched when I read about what you go brought to make it happen. We love you! Thank you! Xx
Thank you for always sharing your truth with us! We are the better for it!
Thank you for the inspiration as always! Happy anniversary! ❤️
I love how honest you are in your posts! It’s almost like I’m sitting at a coffee shop listening to your story of life!! Such an inspiration girl!! ??
I love this! I have loved following you 🙂
Love the new site! And the bow sandals…but the site the most! 🙂
Girl your work ethic is such an inspiration! The new site looks great! Can’t wait to read alllllllllll the posts coming up! Congrats, Haley!
Wow has it really been 5 yrs? I’ve been following you for 4 of those 5. Congrats. I look forward to continuing reading these blogs. Hugs
Love the new look! I have been following for years, your outfit inspiration helps me all the time!!
Congrats on the launch! Beautiful site for a beautiful person. Love following along on your journey!
Would love to win, have been following you for years!!
Thank you for this!! Your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed! Every time I read your post I notice the time and effort put into it compared to other blog post I read!
About a year ago I unfollowed almost every single blog except for yours. I found I was spending too much time comparing myself to others and buying things to “keep up”. I also wasn’t getting anything else out of those blogs other than more stuff to buy. It wasn’t healthy. It was an easy to choice to keep reading you though. Obviously, your content is great (and I still buy stuff occasionally lol), but your genuineness and positivity just shines through.
Wow, this means so much to me. I started feeling like a mannequin a couple of years ago and, it took me awhile, but I knew that I wanted to turn S&T [and now Alyson Haley] into a digital destination for a woman to find information she needs, an outfit to wear or just an encouraging quote to leave with. Your comment makes me believe that I am achieving that. Thank you! xo.
Thanks for all the tips and insight and for being so open and honest with us!!
Congratulations on the blog annoversary! Keep doing you 🙂
Great work, post, and inspiration! Congrats!
Amazing post! So happy for you and all you’ve accomplished! I’ve loved following your journey the past few years and the genuine love and friendship that comes through in all you share – oh and Fish and Chips! hehe
Congrats on the new site, it is beautiful!
Such a great and inspiring post!! <3 Love following along with all you!
I love this new design! It feels so you! And fresh! Congrats to you!
Love, Love, Love that you are true to yourself & honest with your followers ❤️
Love the new blog layout! Praying the knee/hip situation gets better soon!! Keep doing you girl!!
You can definitely see the passion you have for blogging in each post! Thank you for doing what you do!
Love your new site design 🙂 excited to see what fun new content you have coming our way! You have always been my favorite blogger because of your “real ness” and honesty, and his post only reaffirms that! So glad you took that leap of faith to start S&T! Also I’ve been watching your stories – hope all goes well with your knee surgery 🙂 xoxo
You’re my favorite blogger!!
I’ve loved following along on your journey! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!
This is so exciting! Congrats! All of your hard work paid off, the site looks beautiful! ?
This is so inspiring, thanks for your words!
Ahh the new site is beautiful Haley!! Congrats to 5 years of blogging- you are one of the sweetest and most talented out there and I love following along and seeing Fish and Chips!!! I will be praying for a speedy recovery for your knee. You got this girl!
Hello from St Augustine!!! Love love love you and your blog! Such an inspirstion to women everywhere and can’t wait to see where this next year takes you! Xoxo
What a lovely, heartfelt post ? I am so excited for this new chapter for you and cannot wait to continue following along!
So happy to finally get to see the reveal! I have been following you since the beginning and love how genuine and authentic you really are! Glad to be on this journey with you!
LOVE your blog, this post and you’re style!!!
Hello from St Augustine!!! Love love love you and your blog! Such an inspirstion to women everywhere and can’t wait to see where this next year takes you! Xoxo
It would be so cute to see your first blog pic and compare. I’m sure the styles have changed so much !
I have truly enjoyed reading your blog posts over the years. You’re content has always been a great outlet for me to go to throughout pharmacy school when things got stressful and I needed to step away from the books! So thank you thank you xoxo
LOVE THE NEW LOOK! Honestly I’m on the verge of tears reading this post. I love how real you are. You’re honest, vulnerable and you show the real Haley through your well written words on life, faith, family and work. I’ve always had a strong respect for you not just as a blogger and someone I admire in the blogging field but as a 30 something woman living life for YOU and staying true to your values and what’s important in your life. Thank you for this post and continuing to share your journey with us followers!
(Sending prayers your way as you undergo your surgery tomorrow. I pray for quick healing and recovery and prayers for Fish & Chips as I know they’ll miss you greatly while you’re away recovering!!)
Love all your posts! Especially when you share tips on how to blog !
I love hearing about your process and growth through blogging. I think that’s the most important part, the fun stuff is important too, but your growth and who you are is what I love learning about!
I love your honestly & how true to yourself you are!! It’s so refreshing to read & comes across like you are speaking to us with such ease! Love, love, love all your content!!!!
Great post! Thanks for sharing your love of fashion but also parts of your life as well!
Love your insights on life and God just as much as your fashion sense!
Love following along with your blog! Love your content and how personal you are! Congrats!
Great post! Loved reading this!!
Congrats on the new design! Looks amazing!
Such an inspirational post! Not only do I love your style content, but I can tell you are genuine in how you write your posts. Congrats on 5 years! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you! Oh and Fish and Chips are the cutest!!!
One of my favorite quotes that I’ve found is “I’d rather be alone than surrounded th people who make me feel alone”, I had a similar experience with a not so welcoming/supportive group of girls during my college years… thanks for the post! 🙂
I love this post so much!! I have wanted to start a blog for years now & I was excited to see how your blogging journey came to life!
Loved this post!
So Awesome! I love following you. It’s nice to see someone from where I live also? congrats on your blog anniversary that’s quite an achievement you should be so proud!!
Loved this post! What a gift to reflect and share with us, thank you for letting us be a part of it.
Yay, it’s beautiful! Congratulations on your next phase!!
You are such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, as well as the lessons you’ve learned, withbus. Your real ness is so refreshing. I started following you soon after you started, and consider you a trusted resource, and dare I say…in a weird way…friend. Wishing you much continued success.
I loved this post so much and the new blog design.
Love following you on Instagram and also your blog! Beautiful style, beautiful sweet personality and also love seeing fish and chips(we have a dachshund also ??) thank you for sharing your life with us!
Love love love those sandals. ??
What a wonderful post! So incredible to see the path your life has taken you on and the happiness and success that has come with it! You deserve it! Congratulations! ?
One of my favorite things about your blog is how open and down to earth you are. Thank you for sharing this journey and keep up the great work!
i love the new blog design! this post was super inspirational! love reading all of your posts!
Great work! Love your blog and brand (and your doxies, and I a dox lover too, I have had three!)
Fellow RN here! Such an amazing journey you’ve shared thank you!! And congrats on the new site it’s amazing!
Love the re-brand – you’re so fun to follow!
You’re a joy to follow, Haley. Keep up the great work. ?
Congrats on hitting 5 years! I’ve been following you for the last 3 or 4 and it’s been so excited to see you grow, and I feel like I’m growing along with you! I love the energy you bring your blog and Instagram. To me, it’s always so important to feel like I can connect to the people I follow, to know they are a real person with feelings and not just another selfie. Thanks for being yourself, and keep doing what you do! ?
Love the blog redesign! Love following you because you seem more real than most bloggers. And of course love your style!!
I love the new changes you have made! I know you have put so much work into this and it has really paid off! It looks amazing and it is so use friendly. I love the post about everything you have learned. You are so insightful.
Love the new site, it looks great!
I have truly enjoyed following your blog for the past year, ever since I stumbled across your Instagram, and I love the re-brand! Congrats on 5 years of blogging and launching this big project!
So excited for you and even more excited to continue following along on your blogging journey! I love reading about your travels and your pups, and obviously keeping up with your amazing style! Xoxo
Happy blog anniversary! Very relatable post. I feel like I get stuck in a room with so many people but feel all alone sometimes. It’s hard to remember that with some you click and others you don’t and it’s not a reflection of you or possibly even them. It just doesn’t happen. Thank you for sharing your life with us!
Love the re-design. Congratulations!!
I absolutely love the design re-boot! It’s so you! As a new-ish blogger, I’m excited to take your tips and apply them in my own way. I’ve been following you about a year at the recommendation of Justine and really have enjoyed your content. You have inspired me to take more time to put myself together and spend money on better quality clothing. Congratulations!!!
Love how real this post was!
Funny how many bloggers can come across as having the most perfect life, and maybe they do, but your posts really help show how much you are just like every other one of us. Love that you can be your true self and I truly enjoy following along on your journey.
Thinking about you as you go in for your surgery and wish you a quick recovery.
Congrats Haley! Glad to see you to continue to succeed!
I am always so encouraged by your work ethic and passion for connecting people and sharing your thoughts, all while inspiring us with your fashion sense! I also go to Eleven22 and want to use my blog about my faith to encourage people through the hard seasons I am walking through. Thanks for always being so honest about daily life, encouraging others through your words, and giving me a fun space to get inspired! blessings! xx
congratulations! can’t wait to follow along on your new blogging journey!
Thank you so much for sharing! Your story is really inspiring to hear!!
so excited for you! the site looks great! always love reading your posts when i’m struggling with something. ?
I love how genuine you are with your posts and how you tell it like it is! Thank you for always keeping it real. Awesome post 🙂
Love this post and your blog in general!! Always great content!
I love following along! You’re so inspirational and true to yourself! Cheers to five years! Can’t wait to see what the next five bring!
Congrats on the new rebranding! Excited to see what’s coming in the future!!!
The redesign looks amazing! It is very apparent that a lot of hard work and love went into this. I look forward to seeing what you come up with next, your style influences me everyday!
Thank you for sharing your raw words and thoughts with us. I love your blog because you don’t sugarcoat things and it’s a great read. Also love the fish & chips posts!
Love the new look!
You’re awesome and I loved this post ❤️
I’ve loved following you, Haley! Your style, your heart talks, your doggos — love it all! I can’t wait to see what you have in store over the next few years!
I absolutely love this post! Thank you for being so transparent! Congrats on 5 years!!
I’ve loved following you over the years! Keep up the good work! Xoxo
Love, love, love the new blog design and this post! You are such an inspiration! So happy to be a educated follower! Xo
Wow congratulations on everything! The blog looks amazing. This post was amazing! So much insight into you as a person and how much you care about all of us as your readers. Best of luck to everything in the future! Can’t wait to follow along!
I could not agree more about the importance of being true to yourself and enjoy YOUR journey! We all need to stop comparing ourselves to each other and stop wishing away what we already have. Life is good and I am so hapoy for you!
Congratulations! Your site is gorgeous. I love the positivity and honesty in your post. Thank you for being you.
I love following you! And also Fish and Chips. And the outfit in this post ??
Your posts make my day! You’re truly an inspiration!❤️☺️
A big takeaway for me and something we can all relate to is when you said to remember to enjoy the journey. So important!
I love that you took the plunge to start your own blog. I have never had the courage to do something like that without having everything perfectly lined up first. I have always been the one that would never leave a job I hated until I had another job lined up. Sometimes these plunges are what need to happen to help you discover your true self like you did here. I love your blog and mainly follow you on Instagram, keep up the great work!
I gasped with joy and excitement when I saw the new design! You are a light and I’ve loved seeing you grow — I can’t wait to see more.
Love this! Congratulations on the redesign!
Beautiful redesign! We readers totally understand if there cannot be a post every day – don’t be so hard on yourself. Of all the bloggers I follow you are the most enjoyable. Your candor & honesty are refreshing. Feel like we could be friends. Keep up the good work.
I love how open you are, it really shows how passionate you are about what you do, so thank you for that! And as always, thank you for being a style and lifestyle inspiration! Xo
Great post! Excited for your future!
Great info! You are awesome!
I think a lot of women struggle with finding their niche and always trying to please everyone! This article is so relatable and I loved the way you wrote it! I think we, as women, don’t realize what we’re capable of, but also that we cannot do everything well and that we cannot do everything alone. But that just reminds me of the scripture reading “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” 🙂 I don’t usually read a lot of the posts that bloggers write, but I really did enjoy reading yours. I hope everything goes well with your surgery! I’ll be sending some prayers your way. 😉
Love the post and new design!
Thank you for sharing! As I’m graduating from college, these lessons will play a big role in my future!
Love the new blog look! You really are my favorite blogger!! Always have such good advice and the best looks!
Thankful to have found you when I did. Love that you are local and love everything I’ve learned from you.
I was needing all these positive thoughts! Love following you xoxox
Congrats on the rebranding!!
I’ve been following your blog/instagram for about a year now and you are one of the most enjoyable people to follow. You have such a bright outlook on things and you are authentic and genuine-it is so refreshing. Keep up the good work!
Congrats!! I’ve been following you for so long and really love everything you post. Thank you!
I love the rebranding of the site! Congratulations on 5 years of blogging!
Thank you so much for sharing!
Love the diversity your blog offers and really enjoy the realness that you bring! Keep up the great work; looking forward to your next adventure 🙂
Love the new blog design! Great post and enjoy your writing style, personal and eloquent. Makes me realize a lot of us go through similar things. Congratulations on 5 years!!
I have been following you on Instagram and I’m excited to be following along on your blog now too!
Congratulations on the new blog! Looks amazing.
Congrats on 5 years and so much success! Thanks for offering this giveaway and wishing you all the best on this blog in the future!
Congratulations on 5 years of blogging! Love following along and living vicariously through your travel photos !
I always LOVE your positivity! You are so genuine and sweet and I love that you share that positivity as an influencer in a not always positive world. Love your blog!
Love this, thank you so much for your insight on all of this! I started my blog for fun and am still doing it for fun! I love reading all your posts!
I love this post and you!! Thank you for sharing these tips, I know it will help me greatly!
Love the redesign! It looks great!
I am so so excited for this new chapter in your blogging career! I cannot wait to see what comes next for you :).
I love your style, instagram stories and blog!
I love following along with you! Your content is great and I love how real you are!
LOVE this post! Congratulations on the new branding! Also, love your outfit in this post. You have such amazing style and are so inspirational!
The re-design looks AMAZING!! I am so excited to see the ‘re-birth’ of Sequins & Things into Alyson Haley. So proud of all you have become and accomplished over the past 5 years!!! I have been following for about 3 years now so I just could not be more excited for you 🙂
Loved reading this and how you got to where you are today! Congrats and wishing you continued success!!!!
Truly an inspiring journey…I’ve been following you for a year now…and I just want you to know…I love what you’re doing, keep it up! I hope everything goes well with your surgery! Don’t be scared…I’ve been there and it’s going to all be good! Much love xoxo
Love your new site design!! Congratulations the launch, I know it’s been a long time coming!!
Omg so much behind the scenes that we don’t realize! New site is gorg, can’t wait to see more!! CONGRATS!!!
I love how how st and open you are! Thank you for sharing all the ups and downs!
I love your blog and IG! ? Keep up the lovely work!! xx
Congrats on the rebrand! This was a great post. Love hearing what you’ve learned the last 5 years!
love your style and excited for the re-brand… love the website!
I followed your journey from a far (Germany) for several years now and been inspired by your vulnerability and honesty again and again. Excited to see what this relaunch brings and I hope you will find joy in it! We have total different body types, so most things you wear don’t look as lovely on me, but I still love every post because you’re such a vibrant person!!
Congratulations on the new branding. Love your blog and excited to see where it will go!
I love this so much, Haley! I’ve been following you for years and love seeing you live out your dreams. You are so beautiful, strong, and brave! <3 I look forward to being part of your adventure!
Loving the new blog redesign!! You’re one of my favorite blogs to follow!
I’ve been following along since before you traded in your nursing scrubs to be a full time blogger. Love to see your evolvement.
I LOVE the new site design! Congrats, I know launching a new site is no small task! I’m not a blogger anymore but love that these tidbits of advice apply to life in general too.
Ah! I’ve been so excited to see the new project and I’m so happy you finally get to release it! ? Congrats on 5 years and thank you for sharing this personal post with us!
Congrats on the website update!! Loving the new look and design. I love that you opened up and shared your struggles in the beginning, and how much you’ve grown over the past 5 years. It’s encouraging and reassuring to starting bloggers like myself, and shows that it’s all worth the hussle in the end!! So excited to continue to follow along with your new site!!
I love the new blog design!! So beautiful. And I love everything you wrote ❤️, one of the many reasons I enjoy following you is that you are real and honest. It is very easy to get wrapped up in what we “see” on social media… perfect lives, homes, experiences but we all need to see the beauty in ourselves and our lives. My house is generally a disaster and there are most days that my kiddos are dressed cuter then I am ? but I wouldn’t have it any other way, I get to be home and raise my 4 beautiful babes. Comparison is TOTALLY the thief of joy! Keep up the beautiful work!! XO!
Loved this post! I took a screen shot of the quotes so I can post them at work to help inspire everyone ♡ hope your knee is feeling better!
Love your new design! Congrats on 5 years! ❤️
Congrats on five years!! It’s been so cool to see what you’ve done thus far and I look forward to watching your new projects in the future. Thanks for great outfit ideas, inspiration and advice! Loving the rebrand!
Congrats on the rebrand!!!
This post is incredible, Haley. I can’t wait to see how this project continues! Thank you for being so vulnerable with your readers. You’re truly an inspiration. Much love ?
Love this post!
I have been following you for years and just want to thank you for staying true to you. LOVE the new site and can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us. 🙂
I’m new to your blog but so excited to be part of this journey with you! My fears of starting a blog and feeling like I’m “enough” for the social media world slowly decreases over time as I read inspiring posts like this!
You are ABSOLUTELY 100% enough! There’s room for everyone! xo.
Your new site is just lovely. I have followed along with you since 2012 and you have always been a fav. You show such grace and kindness even during the hardest chapters. So excited for you you and this new brand! Good luck with surgery. Xoxox
What an amazing post! It is so wonderful to see God work in mysterious ways. I am excited to continue to follow you for such inspiration!
Thank you for hosting this and providing such a well-written post! Super inspiring.
I am excited for your rebranding and redesign. Looking forward to a lot more great content!
Isn’t it a beautiful thing what God can show you if you just give Him time to work? Congrats on your redesign and cheers to another 5 years!
Love love loved this post!! I’m thinking about starting a blog myself and the comparison game is really keeping me from it. Saving this post for when I need a little (or a lot) of encouragement!
Praying your surgery goes well!! And LOVE the new website!!
So inspirational! Keep doing you! ?.
Love your postings! Keep up the good work!!
I can’t even begin to imagine how much work it took to rebrand! It all looks absolutely amazing! I started my blog about 4 months ago and had no idea what I was doing but I absolutely love putting my energy into something I’m passionate about! I also have been blown away by the amazing community of women I’ve been able to interact with. Absolutely love your style. Thanks for sharing more of your story with us! XO, Hillary Cripps
I love this post! So inspirational ❤️
Best blog post yet in my opinion (also liked reading about Denver I moved there for a year as well) A lot of great advice you can take from this and apply to so much. It was a post I needed to read no doubt. I am having the same friend group issue so that really spoke to me. Thanks again for this! (Outfits pretty great as well! ?)
Congrats on 5 years! Love all the advice in this post!
Congrats on the huge milestone!
Congrats on this milestone and here’s to the next five!
Thanks for providing such an insightful review of blogging! Extremely helpful to a girl who is ready to take that leap of faith! <3
Love the new redesign! (Also I don’t have the liketknow it app. They need to make one for Android phones!)
One of the great things about this redesign is that there is page that allows you to shop my looks from Instagram WITHOUT having to wait for an Instagram Round-up from me OR download the @liketoknow.it app. From the main homepage, hover over ‘SHOP’ in the top right corner and click on IG OUTFITS. That will take you to this page: https://alysonhaley.com/ig-outfits/
Simply click on the outfit you want to shop and and the product you want. No sign-up necessary! xo.
Congrats! It really shows how much work you put into the blog. As a follower, sometimes the life of blogger appears easy, but I’ve learned through you and some other really down to earth bloggers, that it takes a lot of work, effort and dedication!
Thank you for sharing! I am about to start a blog of my own and it’s so nice to hear people’s experiences! ?
The new site is fantastic! Congrats!
Love the new blog space!
Thank you for sharing your story about how it all started for you.
I really enjoy reading your blog posts and I love getting to know you through your Instagram stories as well. Congrats on the blog anniversary!
I’ve followed you throughout the years and watched you grow within this evolving business. Where it was even 5 years ago and what it is today is so different. I love how you take your readers’ requests and wants to heart while also staying focused on your own goals and staying true to who you are.
Congrats on the re-vamp! It’s been a pleasure to follow along the journey you’ve taken as you evolved. There have been so many wonderful things all these years.
I love your blogs. I like your fashion style and travel tips. I love your dogs. I like that you write truthisms. I can relate to a lot of things that you write. I think you do a Great job. Keep doing what you are doing. =)
The new Blog is amazing!! So proud of you and can’t wait to continue to follow along on your jouney:)
Loved this post! So real and refreshing!
Great post! Congrats- love your outfit too.
Congratulations! I am rather new to following you but always enjoy your style and commentary!
Love your blog, love your style ❤ you’re my favorite fashion blogger ??
I am new here and love your story! Thanks for sharing ?
You are inspiring in so many ways! Not only do we have the same fashion sense, but I related to your dog story 100%! I went through the same emotions when I adopted my second rescue pup.
I have been following your Instagram and blog for a while and I am so happy to see posts like this. You are such a huge inspiration!
This is by far one of my favorite blog posts that you’ve done yet! I can’t say how much I love following you on Instagram and your blog. Anytime I DM you, you always come back with such a quick and helpful response. Although I have never met you, I feel like I have before! You are so real in all of your post, especially this one, and it’s so refreshing! You are so much more than just sharing the latest and greatest style (although, you rock at that too!) but you share about life, and dig deeper and I love you as a blogger for it. I am officially saving this post as a bookmark on my favorite so that I can refer back to it, when I need a little boost! I am a nurse in a NICU and you wouldn’t believe how much I can still relate to your post (nursing and non nursing). For example, the NICU isn’t always a happy place to be; babies are very sick, and it can get emotionally tolling watching parents sob and weap over their 1 lb “babies”, but on my lunch breaks, I can always count on a post about a cute outfit, or insta stories of your cute little furbabies, etc. from you to boost my mood! Thanks for being more than just a fashion blogger. You are such an inspiration girl! Keep it going!!!! XOXOX
Love this post and your new blog design! Congrats on 5 years!
Congratulations on your new launch! I’ve followed you for years and I love your style, honesty and fresh perspective!
Love your blog! Keep up the great work ❤️
My daughter & I look forward to your daily Instagram posts! So excited for you!
Love the new blog design and love, love your style! Cheers!
Beautiful! Keep up the great work!!
Great post and I love the new blog design! Congratulations on 5 years of doing what you love! Cheers!!!?
I scroll through your Instagram multiple times a week for outfit inspiration! You have also helped me update my travel bucket list. Thanks for all you do and congrats on 5 years and the new design!
Loved the post and that bag! ?
I started just a year after you but have learned SO MUCH from you throughout the years!! Thanks for the insight on how to improve and re-focus on whats important in terms of life and my blog!
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Loved reading this post! I’m new to the blogging world, so this was super interesting and relevant to me! Congrats on 5 years!!
Such an inspirational read, newer to your Instagram and your blog but happy to support. Trying to decide myself if I want to blog as a creative outlet for when I start medical school in the fall but I think people truly underestimate the amount of time and thought it takes.
I’ve been wanting to start my own blog for longer than I care to admit, but have found myself stuck on the “who will read my blog with so many others out there?” mindset. Your post may have just pushed me to move forward bc there’s an audience for everyone. Thank you for sharing your trials and tribulations and much success with the re-brand! Xoxo
You are such a refreshing ray of sunshine, congratulations on the new layout launch, lovely lady! You are so fun to follow along with, as you have fabulous content but also an honest, lovable personality that shines through all you do!
Thanks for creative posts, upbeat reads and dedication to what you love. CHEERS!
I look forward to your posts and stories daily! Thank you for being genuine and such a good role model.
Love your new site, Haley!
Love everything about your rebrand!
I liked your idea of putting up a few encouraging sticking notes!! I think it’s great to have those reminders every once in a while! ❤️❤️
Love the new design, Haley! 🙂 Congrats on 5 years!!!
Congrats on the rebrand! I think it’s always wonderful to recognize when a little “update” is needed. Your site is beautiful, and thanks for taking us along for the ride!
Love the new look! Congrats!
I love some of the quotes you used in this post. Cute earrings, I love following along.
The amount of passion you put forth is totally apparent. Congratulations on all your hard work, I can’t wait to follow you for ANOTHER 5 years!
Love how sophisticated this design looks! I’ve been following for a while now and I love your content!
Such an inspirational and thought-provoking post! I love the new design and re-brand – Congratulations!! Xo, MacKenzie
What a great post! Thank you for the much needed reminders on a Monday morning 🙂
Congrats!! Thanks for the inspiring post!!
Love your blog and the new design! Can’t wait to see what you all post.
You’ve been my favorite for quite some time. Congratulations on 5 years! ❤️
Extremely inspiring post, love the quotes lol. I love your style and have bought so much of the stuff you recommend. Thank you for the time and effort.
Congrats Haley! Everything looks perfect! I loved your post today and learning more about you. Your post about your mom made me cry. You’re so strong. Thank you for sharing your faith and journey. Those Colorado girls are crazy! You’re lovely! I wish you all the best!
I have been scared myself to start my own blog and this article gives me confidence that if I am true to myself and I stick to what I love while not letting it consume me and my relationships, it IS possible! I love how open and down to earth you are in this remodel of your brand and it is truely inspriring! Love your brand, love your message and your mantra, you are so genuinely one of a kind.
I hope those who hadn’t welcomed you into their lives in the past wish they’d acted differently and have changed their ways towards others. It is admirable to see you find a sense of gratefulness for being a part of such a hurtful experience.
I have followed you for about 3 years and you are constantly an inspiration and make me want to blog! I work 3 retail jobs and enjoy dressing up and sharing my outfit details with everyone.
We also both have doxies – twinning! I’ll just move to Jacksonville and we can be besties! Haha.
Thank you for everything Haley!!!
Hahahah sounds great, love! Come on down! xo.
Thanks for everything that you do! Hope this journey takes you to many more beautiful places. Looking forward to follow that journey along. In style ?
Love the rebrand! This was such a great post, you can tell you put a lot of hard work and thought into it. Congrats!
Love following you! Congratulations on 5 years!
This post was super inspiring. I’ve been experiencing a similar feeling of rejection lately, so it really hit home. I love the redesign and am so excited to follow along!
1. Congrats on hitting 5 years.
2. I am loving your blog layout/design. So cute.
Loved this post and the lessons learned. I can’t wait to continue to follow you on this journey! Xoxo
Alyson, thanks for sharing your experience and insights! Your authenticity rings true and here’s to the next 5 years!
Great post! I love what you are doing with your blog!
Congratulations on the huge, insane, blog makeover! Love the design!
The quote about peaches is a favorite of mine! Trying to impress others so that they like you is so outdone! Individuality makes the world more fun!
Can’t wait to “meet” Justine later this week!
Congratulations on 5 years!! I have absolutely enjoyed following you the past few years and truly look forward to your Instagram and blog posts! Such perfect timing with your recent Italy posts, as I am headed there at the end of April! Having so much fun looking through and figuring out my itinerary! Its so helpful, thank you!
Congratulations on five years! Let’s hear it for the 904!
You inspire us everyday! I love Fish & Chips
The new look is gorgeous! I’ve been following you & love your style. Keep up the good work!!
Love this redesign! So excited for your next chapter ?
I love this post, I am always having to remind myself not to compare myself too. Thanks for sharing!
Alyson! Thank you for sharing this post. As a new blogger, it resonates so much with me. I started my blog solely as a creative outlet from my everyday life and I have to constantly remind myself that is why I do it. I don’t do it for the likes, numbers, or the money. I do it because I enjoy it and I think you are proof that if you take that approach it can pay off.
Huge congratulations on the new look. I LOVE everything you post, and your blogs are so easy to read. I will be sending you a prayer this week for a quick and speedy knee recovery!
Congratulations on 5 years! ?I truly enjoy your blog and IG posts❣️I look forward to seeing what the next 5 years brings you.
I LOVE this post! Thank you so much for sharing and the quotes you used in here are fantastic.
Great read! Love the new design!
I’ve alwas loved how genuine and authentic you are on your blog and on instagram…. oh and it helps that you’re a fellow doxie mama!! The new website looks great! Can’t wait to see what’s next!
What a great testimony of Jesus in your life! Blessings!
What a well written post! How encouraging and passionate you are. I will definitely look forward to hearing more from you!
It was great before but even better now!xoxo
Congrats on the new design… it’s GORGEOUS and so true to your style!
Thank you for sharing and being so real. Feeling rejected is awful. You’re so brave to “do you” and find what makes you happy!
You are one of my favorite bloggers, I consider you my stylist!
You are inspirational! Thank you for being real and honest!! Congrats on all your success!
Wow! I never knew the work and effort you put into this. Keep up the great work. Love chatting with you and following you on insta. God bless! Ever since I grew a strong faith in God, he has helped me through my struggles and having full trust in him, I believe that you can overcome anything!
Love the redesign! Thank you for sharing your style advice and pieces of your life with us!
Beautiful site, love it! Congrats on 5 years
Love the new design – it’s so user friendly! Also, cannot wait to continue following along on this journey. Thanks for all the inspo. <3
Congrats! May god bless you with many many more!!
This post had so much useful information for a new blogger like myself! I love following along with you, and I absolutely adore your new blog design!
I love the new look!!! Great job ?
Love the new site! Love following you and your constant authentic content – keep being awesome because it’s working!! 🙂
Congratulations!! I love this look!! ?
You are such an inspiration on so many levels…both for fashion and on personal growth! Thank you for all of your wonderful content!
Everything I needed to hear and more, not only about blogging (beginning stages of planning on) but how all you mentioned applied to life in general. So glad I found you and look forward to continuing inspiration! Thank you for sharing!
Congratulations to you in the new site launch! It’s beautiful and definitely geared with your readers in mind. Love
Oh my….this is truly inspiring. I couldn’t imagine you went through a trial time merely looking at your blog and pictures on Instagram. I thank God for your live today looking at where He brought you from. Keeping soaring and shining because God got your back.
Haley! So excited for your launch! I was so grateful to have stumbled across your blog a few years back, and to follow your journey thus far. Your genuine heart and spirit are so encouraging, and your content is incredibly helpful and fun! Thank your for sharing with us!
Thank you for an uplifting blog – one that has a spiritual connection and such a personal feel.
I’ve been following you for a while on social media, but just recently have a started to diligently follow your blog as well. You never disappoint. Your posts are honest to the core. I can tell you put everything (mind, body, spirit) into your posts. Your posts are very much so relatable, which is very humbling to be reminded that you’re human too in the sense of your struggles, feelings and successes. You content is authentic to who you are as a person. Keep doing what your doing in this wonderful world of blogging, it it truly something special. Happy Blog-iversary, Alyson!
Love the new site, congrats Haley!
Love the blog! Keep up the great work
I absolutely love this blog and love how real you are in all of your posts! Your travel pieces are a great inspiration for me and my fiance as we hope to travel the world! Keep up the great work!
We’re these Colorado ladies hearts frozen because of the cold weather? How could you not love Haley? I discovered your kind soul years ago and have love you ever since. Your simplicity and kindness is what I identify with the most.
AHHH! I am so excited for you! I had a feeling the big project was something like this, and could not love it more! So excited to see where this takes you, absolutely love following along (and the fact that you are a 9 like me is SO helpful – you absolutely get me!). Cheers to you!
Love your honesty and can’t wait to see what’s coming next!
Love this! And congrats on the name change! That is amazing you have been blogging for so long! You have been one I have followed from the beginning! Love these tips as I am still in my first year of blogging and realizing it’s not all that I expected it to be but with the struggles and frustrations, opens up so many new doors!
This was an amazing blog post! I can see why it took you a year to write it. It was very moving and and everything you had to say was so raw and real and so relatable. Reading this has helped me deal with a lot of the things I’ve been feeling and helped me feel not so alone. I love your blog in general but this blog post just blew me out of the water and I can’t wait to read the next one! You’re doing an amazing job with this blog and I can’t wait to see what’s in stores for you!
I just shaved my legs and now all my hair has grow back because the ENTIRE time I have had chills. Is it possible to be PROUD of someone you don’t personally know? Girl, you get it. You are the real deal and it’s because the Lord is in you and shines through you in everything you do. I can’t thank you enough for keeping it real and showing people who want to do this how it really should be done. All while giving glory to Him. Thank you thank you!! And CONGRATS!! This is so exciting, know we are all here cheering you on. ?
Congrats !!!!!! I love following you for lots of reasons but mainly because of how real and relatable you are!!! Gosh and chips are also my fave !! Hehe they are precious!
This was an amazing blog post! I can see why it took you a year to write it. It was very moving and and everything you had to say was so raw and real and so relatable. Reading this has helped me deal with a lot of the things I’ve been feeling and helped me feel not so alone. I love your blog in general but this blog post just blew me out of the water and I can’t wait to read the next one! You’re doing an amazing job with this blog.
Congratulations on the new website! Thank you for opening your heart to us and keeping it real. Wishing you continued success and good fortune in all that you do!
After following your blog for the last few years, congrats on the new rebrand. It looks fantastic! Keep up the great work. 🙂 As a mom of 2 young kids, I live vicariously through your travel posts 😉
You have the coolest style and no wonder you’ve succeeded so well at blogging! Congrats on 5 years!
Thanks for sharing, very meaning full post.
Love the change!!!!
Great post! Congratulations on 5 years ?
I love your blog and Instagram! You’re such an inspiration. You are my friend in my head and I am praying for you through your knee surgery.
Thank you for being who God created you to be! Your voice is reaching those who are supposed to hear and read your posts! I LOVE your blog and I have been a follower for years!
Thank you for all of your hard work and for dedicating your life to what you fully enjoy! I really enjoy reading about your heart talks, travel, and style posts. This improved blog is so awesome! I love that you chose pink!
Such a great post and I remember starting almost 7 years ago so I know how you feel and you brought up so many great points.
Love the new site!! Looks great
Haley, you are truly inspirational! I’ve enjoyed following along and not only see your blog evolve, but also to see you grow! Your blog is much more than clothing inspiration (which I love!) and I’ve also enjoyed the lifestyle and travel additions. I really hope you continue blogging because I think that you have something special and unique!❤️
Love the new design! Also, congrats on blogging for 5 years! You make the job look easy. Love your content!
You are my FAVORITE blogger! So happy for you!
Congrats on the new site! Love the new design!
Congratulations! Hard to believe it’s been 5 years!! I’ve been along with you about that long. You’re my number one go-to for style & travel! Your attention to detail and the love you pour into your content shines in every post. Keeps me coming back for more!
Really enjoyed reading it!!! Great post, beautiful new site design!!!?
I absolutely love the new design Haley!! I’ve been wanting to change my name too but my real name isn’t available. It’s just an empty site. I had no idea about Colorado. Thank you so much for sharing that. I look forward to seeing what you have in store for us! Congrats! You should be proud!
Congratulations! So happy for you. I’ve been following along for years and adore you & your blog!
The new blog design is beautiful, great job. ?
Best layout I’ve seen! Such an inspiring person to follow.
Aw. This is so inspiring! You inspire me to be the best version of myself in this competitive world we live in. I love following along with you and adore your new website and branding! Thanks for sharing your style and inspiring others!
I have been following your blog for almost 3 years, it’s been an honor to grow and develop with you. Your life perspective has been such an inspiration to me, thanks for sharing yourself.
Congrats! I can’t imagine the stress/fear you must have had when quitting a steady nursing job to do this, but I’m glad you did! I love your balance of style and travel, it’s been fun to follow along!
Love the rebrand and look of your new site. Congrats! I’m very excited and happy for you in this new season. I love following along on your journey. Loved the refections and lessons from the past 5 years of blogging and definitely some great insights! You write in a way that is shares information but it feels like a chat with a friend (vs just someone on the internet). I can tell you really put your heart and soul into this and I pray as you pour into this, filling others buckets that God is filling your bucket to overflow. And this next season will be taken to even greater heights and that God will wow you in ways you never even imagined or dared to hope for. ❤️
This post was just what I needed on a Monday. I was feeling down that I hadn’t written anything this weekend and you are so right – quality>quantity!! You inspire me!
I love the new design!! You’re so inspiring and your writing is always beautiful. Thank you for always being so relatable.
So glad you started this blog!!
Thank you for this opportunity for the giveaway! ?
Amazing post, thank you for being so honest! ?
Hands down, you are the source of major inspiration for me. I have been following you for years and am constantly impressed by your amazing content and love for your followers. Thank you for everything & I’m so excited to join you on this journey!
All of your hard work has paid off! Congrats on the new site!
Great post & I love the website!
Love this and congratsssss!!!
Such an inspiring post!! Love the design of your page and everything you do. Love the honesty of your journey!!
Thank you for always being so willing to be honest and vulnerable with your readers. I’ve loved following your journey and always look forward to a new post. Thanks for being you, and I love the new design! Can’t wait to read what’s next!
Can’t wait to see what the next 5 more years brings us!! You truly are my fashion inspiration and everyone i know i tell them to follow you !!
I have enjoyed following you for the past five years. Love your style, but mostly your spirit! And your sweet fur babies ?
Love the new website and give away!
Congratulations on the new site! It looks beautiful. Love your genuine honesty in all your content as well.
Love the new look! There’s nothing sweeter than being able to look back and see God’s hand in every little detail!
Congratulations, the new look is beautiful, and so much more fitting! I have to admit, I saw your instagram post and immediately typed sequinsandthings into my browser, was a little taken aback when the “insecure site” page came up. I had to go back to your IG to see the site had changed!
Love following you on instagram and your blog! The new blog design looks great! I especially enjoy your insta stories with fish and chips they are just too cute! I have 3 bulldog babes and they are my world!
Love the post and love the new site! Beautiful!
As a new blogger, this is really what I needed to hear! Thank you for being so open, hardworking and transparent!
Love how real you got in this post with and insight to your blogging journey!
Love your new website! Congratulations on everything you’ve accomplished! ❤️
This was truly uplifting! I think many people have struggled, including myself, to find their place and longed for fulfillment fulfillment in new settings. It’s amazing how Christ can fill all those gaps. You are a pure example of His greatness and His ability to turn hard situations into something for His Glory. Be blessed!
The new look for the blog is amazing! Hard work definitely paid off! Congratulations and thanks for working so hard and diligently for us readers! Also thank you for sharing these lessons, I feel like they’re a great base to center oneself on.
Love the new Alyson Haley! Always enjoy following you, your brand, your travels and your authentic ways. Fish & Chips are always a plus to watch too. Thanks for all you do and strive for!
Love this! You are beautiful inside and out! I love how determined and strong you are, your style is an added bonus! Thank you for everything you do!
Love your new site!!!
Love your blog and ig ♥️
Haley! This is wonderful- this post is beautiful, i love all the little quotes. Also, you look stunning, and i wish you continued success in this industry! Congrats!
Congrats on 5 years of blogging! I really enjoyed this post!
I’ve been following forever! I come to the blog not only for your fashion, travel, style advice, but also because it feels like I’m hanging with a girlfriend. Your advice to “Stay in your own lane” is something that pops into my head all the time when I start comparing myself to others. Thanks for that! Cheers to the first 5 yrs of blogging and to many more! Xo
Oh my gosh, yesss I should have added that in that section. It’s just a good thing to remember!! xo.
Love this. I love knowing peoples stories and how they came about. Keep up the good work 🙂
Congratulations on 5 years! I love your blog and your Instagram account. I have a dachshund and she reminds me so much of fish and chips.
Thanks for being so insightful, thoughtful and open about your life!
Love the redesign and that you always bring us along the journey!!! Can’t wait to see all of your incredible posts for 2018!! ❤️
This is such an inspirational post, thank you for sharing! Also, I absolutely love the updated site-it’s gorgeous! Love following along!
Your’s is one of the first blogs I fell in love with years ago. I lost my Dad at a young age too, also have 2 pups, and can relate to so much you write about. You have inspired me so many times and you continue to do so always. The new site looks amazing!
Thank you for always being real. Allowing yourself to share vulnerabilities.
Congrats on 5 years! Love your blog and Instagram account.
Congrats on your five years and launch! I have been following for a couple years now and truly admire and appreciate all that you put into this blog. Wishing you many more years of success and happiness to come!
You are one of my fave bloggers. Love me some Fish and Chips, too.
Love this post!!! So happy for you☺️
This is my favorite post you’ve ever made! Inspiring how you’ve grown and stengthened yourself. Learning that I can’t please everyone and not everyone is going to like me/what I have to say is something I work on everyday! Congrats on your success and the rebrand!
Thank you for this post! I’m going to be 32 this year and I still feel like I’m trying to find “my people!” Itll happen eventually, it’s just nice to know someone else has been through the same thing.
This is such an amazing post, I can relate in so many ways! So proud of you for taking a leap of faith! I’ve been in situations where I feel so unwelcome and still am. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one! I also have got to stop comparing. I just started blogging and am so hard on myself for comparison to such successful bloggers. I know that my worth is in God, but it can be hard sometimes not to compare. I’m so thankful for you and all you do, thanks for keeping me inspired daily. You are a true blessing!
Also remember that growth takes time and consistency. Just have fun and share what you love and, in time, things will play out the way they should. xo!
This post was so inspirtstional! While I’m not intending on becoming a blogger, I can apply all of your words of wisdom to my own career goals and how to live my life more positively. My favorite quote you wrote was the peach one. That’s definjtely going to stick with me.
Love your posts and thanks for the tips 🙂
I’ve loved following along and am so happy for you!! Congrats on a beautiful new blog design ?
I truly love following you and it is so inspiring to see you’re space online growing and it truly motivates me! All the love
I loved learning more about your experiences with blogging and your combination of beautiful and powerful quotes! Thank you for your positivity 🙂
Love you new blog design!!! And your story is inspiring and empowering ?
Yay! Loving the new rebrand and redesign! It is so you and so beautiful/easy to navigate. Thanks for being so open with us and always sharing your heart + wisdom. <3
Love it!! I remember when you launched the blog!! So exciting to see how far this has all come. Congrats!!
Thank you for your openness.
Congrats on the accomplishments! I can’t wait to see your new material!
Love the new website design ! Congrats on 5 yrs! ?
Congratulations! The new website looks amazing!
Love your style & travel posts! Cannot wait to see what’s next for you! =)
The rebrand and redesign look amazing! It’s been so great to follow your journey, thank for for sharing 🙂
Love how honest and open you are with your readers! Is nice to see the other, real side of social media!
This looks so good!
I love the content you create and that you’re not shy about sharing your faith. Keep up the beautiful work!
I was never a big “blogger follower” and to this day I only follow you and one other closely. Your content is genuine and I enjoy seeing your stories! Thanks for the daily inspiration!
Congrats on the rebranding! Sharing this post with a friend who is thinking about starting a blog. ?
Congratulations on the new site- it’s gorgeous! Can’t wait for upcoming posts.
It’s absolutely perfect and it’s become a part of day well everyday since I found you 3 years ago. It’s always from the heart and meaningful.
I’m excited to see what you have in store for us! I enjoy your posts so much and absolutely love your style! And your dogs are the cutest ! ?❤️
Your new blog design is amazing, and this post was so thorough and relatable! I love how genuine you are! ❤️
You’re such an inspiration to the new blogger like me. I just started my blog in July 2017 and I didn’t get many followers as I’ve hoped for. I would like to learn more from you! And cheers to the new site! It’s very lovely 🙂
This was a nice read. I’m so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing when you were so young.
Love your blog!! So glad I stumbled upon it via Facebook and the L’ange video you did!! I think your are inspiring, upbeat, and stunning – inside and out!
Love the quotes you used and thank you for being real!
I love your blog posts and Instagram inspiration! You are my favorite blogger and I love how you actually discuss topics in depth on your blog and not just post a short outfit description. I know some people are getting away from reading blogs, but I am not one of those people!! I love the rebrand and I hope you feel inspired to keep up the amazing work for years to come!
I’ve been following you for a couple of years and you are one of my faves! Keep it up!
Love the new blog! Congrats on 5 years and thanks for always being so positive!
I so appreciate your message and sentiments here. I’m sharing some of your quotes with my 10-year old who is going through one of her first struggles with self-discovery and belonging. Thank you for being you!
Oh my gosh, this means the world to me. I’m so happy you’re sharing some of these with her 🙂 xo.
So excited for you!! You’re my fav blogger and appreciate you and Fish and Chips so much! Keep on girl!! We love you!!
Great read. You really are amazing girl??and happy 5 year anniversary.
Love this kimono so much! Such a pretty print and will be stunning with a tan!!
I love the self love your promote! So empowering!! Also super excited to see more posts on your new site!!?
I love your attitude and the new blog format.
This blog post was so relatable and very well thought out. Really enjoy following you on your journey!
Congrats! What an accomplishment!
I love your attitude about everything it’s both refreshing and realistic. Also I love the new blog update!!
You are such an inspiration. Thank you for always sharing so much of yourself with us! Xo
Congrats! You are one of my favorite bloggers! So sincere and down to earth, wishing you all the happiness and success!!!
I am certain someone gave me this similar advice when I was younger-I wish I was strong enough to listen. With age, comes wisdom. I love your message
Love the redesign of the site (travel content is so well laid out!) and the new branding. Great things coming your way girl!
Always so proud of you Hay! The new site is gorgeous and well deserved. Xoxo
I love your openness and realness. You’re a breath of fresh air! One of my favorite blogs!
It is so refreshing and empowering to hear of your journey. So many women experience rejection, and disappointment, but hide under the embarrassment rather then turning it into strength.
Oooo I love that last sentence … ‘so many women experience rejection, and disappointment, but hide under the embarrassment rather than turning it into strength.’ Love it!! Thank you for that! So true.
Loved reading all about your journey and the lessons you have learned. I feel as though these are all things that everyone should be more mindful of even if its hard at times. Thank you for your inspiration!
This is an awesome, reflective post! The part about stepping back from the day-to-day so you can move forward with your long term goals really resonated with me. Right now I am looking at Masters programs that would require me to move away and quit my job, which is a huge, scary step. But it’s true, if you don’t intentionally make time for long-term growth then it WON’T HAPPEN! You may not have taken the classes, but you’re a pretty sharp businesslady 😉
❤️❤️❤️such a great post!
I’m so excited for this blog!!! Love
I just started blogging about 3 months ago and this was so encouraging! Thank you for your transparency
Love your style & content you blog about! ? always keeping it real
People will always try to get you down. You are an absolute inspiration to me. When I’m having a bad day, I turn to your blog and re-read post after post. It makes me want to be a better person. You’re amazing, don’t forget that.
Oh wow, thank you, Hailey. That means so much to me! xo.
I love the new site design! ❤️
Love the new site! I have loved watching you grow your brand over the years and continue to do so!!
Absolutely loved this blog post girl!
Love the new website!! Congrats!
I’m so excited I came across your instragram page on Pinterest, which led me here. Excited to continue following your adorable style- and hearing your thoughts!
You’re such an inspiration! I love how you pour your entire heart into your posts, and you’re so genuine about yourself as a blogger.
Keep doing amazing things!
PS I love your dachshunds ?
Congratulations on the new, beautiful, resourceful site! You are such an inspiration – not only with your style, but with your genuineness, sincerity, and faith. And, I just adore Fish and Chips! I am also a mama to two dachshunds and they are silly and snuggly – typical doxies 🙂 Wishing you all the best with your new site, your surgery, and all your future endeavors!
Love this retrospective and all the advice! Keep doing you girl, we love it!
I always love reading and listening to what you have to say about your career I too am a RN and your perspective is so inspiring. Lately I’ve been feeling like I didn’t make the right decision with my life career wise and your blog gives me hope that sometimes of you try first and don’t succeed there is always other ways that you can shine with whatever talents god has given us!
Congratulations on 5 years what a milestone!!! Thank you for always being so open and honest about yourself. It’s so nice and refreshing.
I really appreciate your realness and how you stay true to your core values! It sounds like you’ve really been challenged along the way. I enjoy following along & will continue to!
This blog truly opened my eyes and allowed me to see that I’m not alone in feeling like I’m alone when surrounded by others. I’m currently in college to become an Special Education teacher and have always wanted to start a blog, but have been too scared to fail. I think this was the push I needed to know that if I want it bad enough I can get it. Thank you, I truly appreciate it.
Hey Kendall! Aw, sweet girl. I’m so sorry to hear that. I definitely don’t want to paint the picture that a blog will always cure those woes but if you have felt compelled to start one … absolutely 100% go for it! I’m so happy you enjoyed this post and it brought you a little bit of comfort! xo.
LOVE the new layout! We can definitely see all the heart and soul that went into this huge project! I love following you! Thank you for allowing us a peek into your life! ❤️
Congrats! Loved the post ♥️
Congratulations!!! Love your blog!!
This is a great article! Great job!!! ❤
I don’t own anything from Gucci! Would love this card case as my first item. Congratulations on 5 years of blogging! What a huge milestone.
Loved reading this!! This is why you are one of my favorites to follow!
Congratulations on the new site!!
Congrats on 5 years and absolutely love the rebrand/re-design? It’s so you!!
Love your blog and IG and appreciate your honesty always!!
Great job. Your posts are beautiful, and you keep it down to earth too.
Love your new blog! ❤❤❤
As a fellow blogger, I really enjoyed reading this blog post. I really related to the things you’ve learned about blogging. Sometimes I need to do a better job at remembering these things! Also, I love the redesign of your blog!
Can I just say how refreshing I find your honesty. I’ve been following you for some time and can honestly say I adore your content and image.
Your blog is such an inspiration to me! Keep up the amazing work and I love reading your insights.
I work in the fashion industry, and I when I first started out, I often found myself comparing myself with everyone else around me. I’ve been following your blog for a few years now, and I’ve seen you talk about comparing yourself to other much like you did in this post. Can I just say how REFRESHING it is to see a blogger talk about this kind of stuff!! It’s a struggle so many of us face! Your content is amazing and that’s what initially drew me to your blog, but your dedication to your readers and your honestly through your posts is really what made me want to stick around. I think I speak for a lot of readers when I say how thankful I am for your openness.
Aw, thank you Christina! Comparison is running rampant but we all live behind this facade that what we’re seeing on social media doesn’t bother us. It’s natural for it to exist but I think we need to be less ashamed by it and more motivated to DO something about it. Starting with just saying ‘hey, me too, guys’ was a natural first step for me, I guess. There isn’t anyone that looks at what they do and says ‘MAN, I’M BETTER THAN EVERYONE. I’M UNSTOPPABLE. LOOK HOW GREAT I AM.’, even Beyonce. I’m sure she is hard on herself, too. Hah! Anyway, thank you for sticking around. I’m happy to have you here. xo!
Thank you for the inspiration!
I loved this blog post. I can so relate to the feeling of belonging and taking a step back to acknowledge your accomplishments. Congratulations on 5 years of blogging, and I wish you nothing but success and happiness in the future.
Congrats on five years! And cute cardigan! 🙂
Love the new blog and so excited for you!
I love this blog – it is uplifting, person, connects on a spiritual level all while giving great fashion tips.
Love your style. I live in Jacksonville as well so I always love seeing where you go when you’re home! Thanks for all the detailed blog posts <3
Rooting for you, girl! Your experience in Colorado really resonates with me. Also, adore your puppers.
Love the new website & your outlook on blogging!
Great post Haley! Congrats on the anniversary! It really shows that you genuinely care about the content you put out and I really appreciate that.
Thanks for being so authentic. I really enjoyed reading this post and hearing about the challenges you had to overcome. The inspirational quotes were a nice touch as well. Congrats on 5 years running a successful blog!
Congrats on the launch of the new site! I love your posts and how detailed and thought out they are. Such great advice you give, to aspiring bloggers like myself
You’re one of my favorite bloggers out there! Thank you so much for sharing your life with us ❤️
Eek! Love the new blog design! Beautiful!
Loving the new design! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future!
I love this post especially as I’m a new blogger myself. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us!!
<3 – beautiful post
Appreciate your thoughtful and inspiring blog today! Just what I needed to start my day!
What an amazing post. So inspirational! Quality over quantity ?? Best of luck on this new journey!
Love the new design!!
Also, I put the wrong email for the entry on which email I use for LIKEtoKNOW.it. It’s actually Lesly.email@example.com. Sorry about that! Idk how to fix it ?
I love Your story and your content! Thinking of you during this time struggling with your knee!
Keep up the good work! I really enjoyed reading this post. ♥️
Congratulations! The new website looks amazing, and I have loved watching you and your blog grow and transform into what it is today. Love love love your blog- keep it up!
Love the new look!!!
Thank you for this beautiful post. Your vulnerability is inspiring and I love the new blog design. Congratulations on your journey…keep the content coming ???
I love this post & appreciate you sharing your journey! Keep it up! ???
Love this post! Congrats on 5 years!! Don’t even stop being exactly who you are!!
Mama I am so happy for you!!! As someone who is currently an RN and has read some of your posts, comments and Q&A’s about being a nurse first, you know it’s an emotionally taxing and rewarding job. I really believe that this career path is as well!! You inspire and support so many of your followers. You should be so proud of the legacy you have created xo
Ah, you’re making me tear up. Thank you for this! I’ve recently come to this realization, as well. I used to kind of feel insecure about what I left nursing for but it’s really an extension of my desire to serve others. Thank you for noticing and sharing your sweet words with me! Appreciate it! xo.
Thanks for sharing ypurnlife with us! Great blog, style and advice!
LOVE the new look!! Congratulations on the rebrand 🙂
Love the new blog design! Congratulations!! You’re honestly my favorite blogger to follow and the first place I always go for outfit & home decor inspo!
Thanks for all you do 🙂
Great post! Love that your words of wisdom could be applied to so many different walks of life. Love your style and always enjoy seeing your stories.
I love this!!! And I absolutely LOVE the new website layout and design!!!!
I love the blog redesign! Congrats 🙂
Loved this post, Haley! Congratulations on your blogging success & your new design 🙂 Looks awesome!
Already loved your blog–looking forward to seeing what’s new!
So heartfelt! Love that you are so open about your journey!
You are such an inspiration! Thank you for being so honest and sharing your words of wisdom!
Oh my goodness! This post has been so inspiring! Ive been following you on Instagram for a bit now and more recently you’re blog and I am SO impressed and admire your hard work so much! Congratulations on a fantastic 5 years!
Love the new site! Your readers appreciate all the work that was put into it!
Thanks so much for this post! I’d love to start my own blog one day just have to get over the fear and build some confidence. You truly are an inspiration ?
Love how personal you kept it! And love your style congrats on five years
Thank you so much for always being an open book and so honest in all that you do!!! Definitely a top rate blogger and style beyond anything!! Such a blessing in mine and many others lives.
Congratulations! I love this blog post!! It is amazing! My favorite is • You’re not going to be for everyone! That is so true…for so long I have struggled with this and for the past year I think I have done a good job at finally trusting and loving myself enough to know that I am not for everyone and you know what that is okay!! I love all of your blog posts but this one hit home for me on so may levels! Thank you so much for writing it! I hope you have an amazing day!
Love the new blog!!! And your style and openness!
Thank you so much for sharing. It’s always comforting to see transparency and truthfulness. Loved it.
I love the openness and honesty that you have with us! Loving the layout of the new site already!
You’re absolutely precious! I love your style ?
Love this post – and the blog redesign! I’ve been following along on your blogging journey for quite some time now, and your posts are always so encouraging! It’s clear that you love what you do, and I wish you the best! ?
Looooved this blog post – so motivating and inspiring! Good luck with everything 🙂
Love how open and genuine you are! ❤️
Yay!! I love it!!
Thank you for having this blog! You are so honest and down to earth and I love that about you and this blog! Cheers to 5 years!
Love this post – and your shoes!
Love the new website! Have you ever shared why you go by Haley instead of Alyson? Just curious! 🙂
I think so! Somewhere! Haha, I’ve always gone by Haley. My Mom and Dad made my brothers and I go by our middle names. No particular reason. Just something unique and different. Also, my Dad’s pick for my name was Alyson but my cousin’s name is Allison so my mom was like ‘no, she can’t go by Allison’ [even though my cousin goes by Misty lol *face palm*]. My Mom’s pick was Haley and she was pretty set on me going by Haley, and Alyson Haley [she thought] sounded better than Haley Alyson .. hah. So, that’s the long-winded story. I was painfully shy growing up so I always told her that I hated going by my middle name because I always one of the ONLY kids in class on the first day of school that had to actually say something other than ‘HERE’ during roll call. She was like ‘I think you’ll live’ 😉 Anywayyy, that’s that! xo.
Thank you for always being so genuine and sharing your heart. It’s been so wonderful following you over the years and I think your followers are testament to how much your honestly and faith resonate with them too! <3
Congrats! Can’t wait to see what the next 5 years bring!
What a sweet evolution you’ve had over the last 5 years!
I’d rather have 3 great friends that 1000s of meh ones..
This is so introspective and inspiring! You may not be for everyone, but you are definitely up my alley! Xo congrats on relaunch awesome!
Aw, thanks Mary! Yes, love that quote. I like to attribute the quality over quantity lesson I mentioned to friends in my life, as well. 🙂 xo.
LOVE! You are such an inspiration
Love, love, love the new site Girl!! All your hard work Js definitely paid off and I love how personal you get in some posts! I can wait to see what the future holds for you!
Lovely pictures as usual! And wonderful advice for new bloggers (like me!)
One of my favorite bloggers and I love this post! ???
I love this whole post! the look is perfect and this whole piece really speaks to be. keep being you, girlfriend 🙂
Congrats, Alyson! Love this post & the new blog design!
Love the new design. You’re my favorite blogger and I love your lifestyle and wardrobe. Not gonna lie, so jealous of everything about your life! But I’ll try to take your advice and not compare.
Always be a first rate version of yourself….adore this.
I love the change!! The site looks great and I like the new name ?
Congratulations!! This is a huge milestone, and you should be proud! 🙂 Thanks for bringing us such great content.
Yay!! I’m so so happy for you. This has been a long time coming & well deserved ❤️
Love this post!
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I have been following you for a couple of years now and love your honesty and how genuine you are in your posts. Congrats on 5 years!
I love this post & so enjoy following you!
I love all of the content that you’ve been having lately!
You are so inspiring and it is amazing how much work goes into what you do! I love following your journey and I can’t wait for what’s to come. As always, thank you for sharing!
Love your blog!
Love the new design! Thank you for always speaking from the heart – your posts are so inspirational to many. Keep up the great work!
excited for this new adventure!
Love following along with you! The new website is amazing!
I love how open and genuine you are. Thank you for always being humble in your posts- it’s so refreshing to follow along with someone who is not afraid to admit faults, defeat, and talk about their struggles instead of painting a picture of perfection. <3 I love your style, and your blog!
Love the new layout!
So excited for you, and the new site and branding!!! I love following you, and I know you always have a post corresponding to exactly what I need!
I LOVE the new site!! And I loved this post… Outfit posts are amazing, but I also love learning more personal things about bloggers involving their journeys and more about how they got started blogging! xoxx
Loving the new design! Your attention to detail & work ethic is so admirable. Love that your blog is so follower driven while still staying true to who you are! Thanks for always providing amazing & genuine content!
Alyson – Thank you so much for your vulnerable, beautiful post. I’m emerging through the woods of a personal life crisis I experienced this fall, and I can share in your joy that God truly does work all things together for our good. Ironically, my mom just said to me this morning, “Use the pain you experienced to keep embracing your faith with bravery. Witness and share this with others.” This blog post couldn’t have been timed more perfectly!
I wish you continued success and blessings as you see what He has in store for your life. And again, thank you for sharing your journey with others <3
Hi Bekah! I absolutely love that quote from your Mom. No terrible, heartbreaking, and brutal experience we walk through in this life will be in vain. It could be used to teach us something, to allow us to be a source of comfort to someone better in the future, or for our own well-being, even if it’s hard to see in the moment. Keep pushing forward, brave girl! You got this! Happy this post came at the best time for you today. xo!
LOVE your blog! So relatable and I love your style!!
LOVVEE the new site design! I also love all your points. This would be a good post to read every once in a while to give yourself a good reminder. So thank you! xo
I loved this post, you were one of the first bloggers I ever started following and you’re still my favorite. I feel that all of your tips could apply to anything that you’re dealing with in life! I love your blog and the boys and you!
What a wonderful post! I’ve been following the whole time!
Congratulations on the new site design. Love your style!
Thank you for these inspirational words! ??
love the new design! can’t wait for more fish n’ chips.
Congrats on 5 years! Always love following along! Thanks for being so open and sharing.
I’m new to following you and am LOVING your content! I just went through all of your home decor posts on the blog and am so inspired. Thank you for all the hard work behind your posts, it really shows. The site looks awesome!
I love your honesty in this post. That’s one of the things that I really enjoy on your blog. Not only is your fashion sense on point, I can also relate to your blog content. So excited for this contest as well. Fingers crossed I win! Keep it coming girlfriend!
Congrats on the new site!
On behalf of the girls in Denver, we are so sorry you felt that way while you were here! That makes me so sad. I appreciate when bloggers offer more in depth content like you have delivered here. The outfit inspiration is great, but it gets a little boring when that’s all the blog is about. Thank you for being vulnerable and sharing who you are with us. It makes you all the more endearing. 🙂
Congrats on all your success!!
LOVE this post!
Love the new site and all of your insta content!
Loved the post! Very Inspiring! Keep doing you!
I absolutely love reading your posts! Congrats on five years!
Thank you for such a real and heartfelt post! It is really easy to get caught up in the insta-fabulous lifestyles we see daily but its rare that we get to understand how much work goes into it! Keep doing what you’re doing 🙂
I’ve been struggling with whether or not to start about because I’m so passionate about fashion, lifestyle, self-help, etc. Thank you for writing about it, Haley! It’s always so nice to hear the honest truth about what it’s like from the best in the business. And congratulations on five years. What a milestone and huge achievement. You’re the best <3
Congratulations! You are such an inspiration and the new look on your site is perfection ?
Thank you for the positive message and the gentle reminder to live our authentic lives. It’s so easy to get caught up in comparisons and competitions that we miss out on daily happiness and authentic joy! I will be bringing these intentions to yoga tonight! Cheers to happiness and health and true confidence! #empoweredwomen
Love this post, and I cannot tell you how much I enjoy following you! I now have my sister following, too! Congratulations on 5 years!
Thanks for sharing your journey and heart with us!!
Haley, I absolutely love the authenticity and transparency in your blog posts. Huge reason why I love to follow your account and your journey in this life. Your love for London mirrors mine, as I fell in love with that magical city 3 years ago when I studied abroad for 4 weeks. So ecstatic to say I will be returning this September!!! From a fellow Florida girl (Tampa is my home), I wish to congratulate you in 5 years of blogging and to many more years to follow! Say hi to Fish and Chips for me!
Love the new layout! Much easier to read and navigate. Excited for more of the travel diaries!
I have loved following your journey and your success. The way your faith in Christ impacts everything you do is inspiring. Thank you for the giveaway.
I love this post—thank you so much for sharing! As a brand new “blogger”/full-time nurse manager/mom of 3 littles, I have already felt overwhelmed many times. So many points on this resonated with me! And I’ve loved your style, and messages for years :). Keep doing you—you’re amazing!!
I love the new site design. You write so beautifully and from the heart. I truly look forward to reading your blog posts and watching your stories each day. I am curious why you have your last name first? Haha
You are such an inspiration. I love your spirit, keep it coming and maybe I’ll see you around London sometime
You have the best positive attitude!
happy anniversary! i just noticed the new blog name!
This is so exciting! I’ve been following you since the beginning:)
Congrats on your new launch! Love your style and your down to earth personality!
I love your new blog design! I have been following you for a few years now and I’m so excited to see where the future takes you!
Love the new design!!! Ive been following you for a while & always appreciate ur honesty! Congrats ?
Love this! You are doing great. I always look forward to your blog posts ❤️
Gorgeous new design! Your post was from the heart and easy to connect with! Congratulations on all your accomplishments!
I love your new blog design! I have been following you for a few years now and I can’t wait to see where the future takes you! Congratulations!
Beautiful post! Thank you for sharing your journey with us! ❤️
So very cool! Congrats!!
I love your new blog design! I have been following you for a few years now and I cannot wait to see where the future takes you! Congratulations!!
Beautiful Haley! Always cheering you on from the sidelines!
I love this. Thank you for sharing.
Great read! It was so interesting to hear a back story to the blog and I love the quotes!
I love this real and honest post! When you say you are going to take a break from Instagram for a weekend to be with family I love it, it shows you are taking care of you! Can’t wait to see where this blog takes you (and us!)
I’ve been following since you started your blog in 2013! I have really enjoyed following your journey and how you have evolved. Especially loved your time in London bc I lived and worked there for a year after college and it will always have a special place in my heart. Love the redesign and rebrand!! Congratulations!!
Proud of you for staying true to yourself and being honest. Your real life advice, struggles, and successes are empowering and inspiring. Stay true to you ?
Great Read! Congrats on 5 years of blogging!!
The website refresh looks great!
I love hearing your stories and all the advice you give. Also your pups are my favorite!!
Loved the last section about Christ! He uses so many things to reach us right where we are, and I love that He’s now using you to reach others through your blog! To Him be the glory! ❤
So excited to see where your new brand takes you! Love love all your content.
It’s awesome to hear how you said yes and faced the challenge. I love following you – everything from your outfits to decor to fish and chips – I always end my day with your IG stories and it always makes me happy. Thanks for doing what you do!
I love this post Alyson! As someone who has been blogging on and off for 8 years, these tips are so helpful! It can be easy to compare yourself or worry about what everyone will think and let it get to you or stop doing what you want to put out there. But I try to remember why I started in the first place, and it was for ME! To do what I love and the right followers will come. Keep doing what you are doing! I LOVE all of your content and Insta Stories!! XOXO
Cheers to 5 years! ??
Love how inspiring and informative this post is! Congrats on the successful 5 years, and here’s to many more!
Love your blog… Have you ever thought of starting an IG account to sale some of your stuff? I know bloggers always have a TON of stuff.
Hi Kristie! Yes, I actually do that already. I showcased it a lot last week on IG stories as we had a huge designer sale. The account is called @shopalysonhaley on IG. xo!
Love following you and your blog! Thank you for being so honest and sharing your experiences!
Congrats, Haley! Looks amazing!!
Love the new site design! Congrats on this major project!
I think your Awesome!! And I love that we can go to shopalysonhaley. I purchased your GG and should get it today. Thanks for your hard work.
Congratulations on the new website! It is beautiful and all your hard work certainly paid off! I appreciate your honesty and sharing your heart with us in your posts!!
Congrats! Loved this post!
In love with the new site design! Been following you for a while and always find encouragement from your posts!
Love your rebrand and site design! Been following along for many years, absolutely love your blog and Instagram. You truly are one of the most genuine bloggers out there! In a weird way, I feel like we’re friends. Really speaks to how you connect with your readers through your posts! Best of luck with this new journey, can’t wait to follow along xo
Thank you so much for sharing this! I’ve always wanted to start my own blog, and your wisdom is immensely helpful and encouraging. Congrats on 5 years!! xoxo
Love the new site design! I have been following you for a while and always find encouragement from your posts!
Congratulations on 5 years of blogging!
I found you not to long ago Alyson, and i have truly fallen in love with your personality, intelligence and good- all -a round vive! You encourage me daily one way or another to get out of my own little shy-shell .
I LOVE THE NEW DESIGN!!!!!
Shows your true dedication! thank you !
Thanks for your transparency!
New journeys are always exciting! Love this announcement and wish you many more years of blogging success! xo
I’ve loved getting to “know” you through your blog and I love your style. Keep up the great work!
Love this, love you, your pups and your faith!!
Beautiful post as always! Love your posts and your style.
Thanks for the positive motivation.
Thank you for the great tips! I’m just starting a blog and an Instagram page and any advice is helpful.
I love this blog desgine! Can’t wait to see future content! ❤️
Love your blog
Congratulations on the new website! It looks beautiful and I can tell you put a lot into it. So happy you decided to start this blog 5 years ago and I hope you continue blogging for many years to come 🙂
I am new-er-ish to following you, but I love your rawness and compassion. Can’t wait to see more!
Congrats! I love learning more about you! Looking forward to all the great things to come!
Love following you for your beautiful posts that still have a specific “voice” and hasn’t become generic!
Love the new look of the blog!!
This was an amazing blog post, and it’s great to hear how you compared the struggles of your blogging journey to everyday life of someone who’s not a blogger. Thank you for the insights, and keep doing you! Love the blog!
I absolutely loved reading this blog and getting to know more about your journey, Alyson! You inspire me everyday!!
Loved reading this post! I hate that you left Colorado with such hard feelings but I’m glad that you were able to see the silver lining in that you were able to be there for your mom. I am a firm believer in that everything happens for a reason!
Love the blog post! So glad things have worked out for the best!
Congratulations, so inspiring! Many more years is success to come ??
I’ve been following you for a few years now and I always appreciate the honesty you share with your readers 🙂 Congrats on 5 years and cheers to many more!
Congratulations on 5 years of blogging and this re-brand! I’m always following along here and on instagram because I appreciate your honesty and inspiration each and every day. Thank you!!
I love the way you use your experiences and turn them into a learning opportunity! I’ve felt so many of the similar feelings and it’s so helpful and comforting to know that I’m not alone!
I love your blog and your style!
Thanks for sharing!
Great post, congrats on 5 years of blogging!
So interestingThanks for sharing!
So exciting! Thank you for always being so kind and generous and letting us live vicariously through you. Good luck with surgery!
Happy 5 years, Haley! You couldn’t have picked a better day to start your blog (my birthday ?)! You are truly an inspiration to us readers. I love following you because you are real, have AMAZING style, and of course, the puppies. Come on, Fish and Chips? Now how can you get cuter than that! Love!!! ❤️
Always love coming to your blog for uplifting and positive outlooks on life 🙂 congrats on the launch! Can’t wait to continue to follow this new endeavor!!
Thank you so much for sharing your story! I look forward to following along and I LOVE the new site design!!
Love the new site, so proud of you!
Thanks, Linds!! 🙂 xo.
Excited to follow the next chapter, love all of your content and the reality you bring to all of your posts. ❤️
Congrats on 5 years of blogging! I loved reading about your journey and your advice is great for everyone, not just bloggers!
Live this. So honest
Wonderful Blog Post!! ? I have been enjoying following you and reading your blogs! I can’t wait to see this new direction and what is to come!! Keep killin it girl!! ??
First, I love the new site design! It’s beautiful! And second, I love this post. You are a wonderful person (even though I don’t know you personally, I just know that you are!) and you deserve all the best things to come to you! So happy you share so many fabulous outfits, travel info, and of course sharing your personal feelings with us! xoxo
Love the insight and your point of view. You make a great blogger. ?
Love the insight and your point of view. You make a great blogger. ?
I love this! So excited for you!!
Happy blog anniversary! I have been following along since you first started your blog and just adore you! Your love for Jesus, sense of humor and how you uplift other women truly inspires me (oh and your style is amazing too ;))! I love your new blog layout and think you do a fabulous job! Keep up all the hard work girl!
Congratulations on the new and improved website! So excited to see what is to come, love following and reading everything!
Love this post! You were one of the first bloggers I followed. Been a fan for a long time. Thanks for always being so real!!
I love how honest you are in this blog post about your time in Denver and how although you were surrounded by people, you still felt alone. It is reassuring that everyone goes through these things and that sharing it aloud can be that much more helpful, not only to yourself but to those experiencing the same thing. I also love your travel diaries! Keep killing it, you’re doing great!
Great post! I think it is so important for us all to remember everyone if going through their “things” and to not feel negatively about ourselves because of someone else. Congrats to all your success and best wishes for more to come!
Love this! You always have such great content, and I love seeing you grow not only as a doggie mum, but blogger as well. 🙂
Over the last couple of years I have been following you through your blogging journey. As much as I don’t see my self becoming a blogger, I was very inspired by your story. I am actually a Trauma-Surgical ICU nurse right now and to have heard that you were previously a nurse I felt like I connected with some of your stories on a new level. I also appreciate your perspective on so many things. Your transparency with us as followers is so refreshing, because no matter how much we all try to have it all together and make life look easy, in reality it’s impossible. I look forward to following you through your journey and wish you the very best!
Thanks Mikalena! We nurses certainly do have a connection don’t we? The line of work is unlike any other and, when I meet a fellow nurse, it’s like I have an immediate level of respect for that person, even if I barely know them, hah! Thanks so much for following along 🙂 xo.
Such an amazinng post! Thank you for always being so open to us! I love following you! 🙂 love the new layout!
congratulations! so exciting! i love all your words and advice in this post too <3
Cheers for another 5 years! Wish you all the success and followers! xxx
Happy blog anniversary! Loved your story! Keep up the awesome work Alyson!
Love the new blog! I’ve been following for quite some time now and love reading your blogs!
I have so enjoyed your blog and instagram! If ever I need a new outfit idea your honstely my first place to look! You have inspired me to step up my own fashion game and I am loving it.
Congratulations on 5 years! Love your blog?
Girl you’ve got a heart of gold! I’ve enjoyed following you and super excited for this new site! Keep shining ☺️
Loving your style!
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful journey! Well done!
I love your blog !! You’re very inspiring
I love this post! So refreshing! 🙂
You were the first blogger I ever started following on Instagram and have remained one of my favorites (as so much changes and too many people/styles become repetitive – you remain unique and refreshing). Love seeing the new brand – I feel like it fits you perfectly (and not just because it’s your name ?). Keep doing what you do and we’ll keep following along!
Great post! Congrats – 5 years!
LOVE your new look! It’s so fresh and organized. So excited for upcoming blogposts.
Congratulations on the redesign, Haley!! I love the look, and this was such an insightful and inspiring post. Can’t wait to keep following along!
I haven’t followed you for very long, but I love reading your blog posts and following you on instagram. I really really enjoyed reading this blog post especially because i hopefully am going to start my own blog soon, and it is letting me know what I should and should not be focused on.
Great blog post!
Love the new look!
Love this post! Thank you for putting out all the content you do and thank you for making it originally you!! ?
Great new design and rebrand! Thanks for sharing your insights from the past 5 years of blogging! Congrats! And as always, keep up your beautifully curated content.
You are such an inspiration, keep it up!
Happy 5th Blogiversary!!! Congrats!!!
Love your blog!!
I love your blog so much!! This post especially was extremely thought out and lovely to read. Your blog is my favorite by far and I’m obsessed with all of your travel diaries! You inspire me to travel to new places and to do things outside my comfort zone! Thank you for all the time you spend on us blog readers and thank you for always having fun giveaways!
The part about your mom gave me chills <3
Great post. If we were all the same the world would be very boring!
You are so genuine! Keep doing what you’re doing!
I recently started my own blog after years of talking about it, so I really enjoyed this post. Thank you for sharing this. I hope my blog can be my blessing!
Love!!! One of my favorite outfits. The earrings…the kimono…❤️❤️❤️
Love the new blog layout!
Congratulations! Keep up the great work! Thank you for always sharing such great content.
I love the new look and feel! And I think my favorite quote from this article is “Strengthening my IDGAF muscle!” hah!
Five years is impressive! You go, girl! Totally impressed that you’re also a nurse. Praying for a successful surgery and a quick recovery.
Beautiful new website design! Thank you for being so honest and transparent about your faith in your blog posts… It’s encouraging to read! Cheers to five more years!
I love your new site, so easy to use and very pretty! I can’t wait to continue following your blogging journey & wish you the very best!
It’s important to hear that blogging is not always Instantaneous likes and that it just comes easy! I also have a blog and sometimes find myself feeling down about the numbers game or a partnership not working. Thank you for your honesty and sharing this as well as tips!
Enjoyed reading the post! Looking forward to the new format!!
I love this! It can be related to in so many ways, in different places or seasons of life! ❤️??
You’re on of the first fashion bloggers I started following and I love all your contact. Loving the rebrand and look!
Thanks for sharing your story. I love to hear where people have come from and how their story has developed. I enjoyed reading this post and love following your page! Thank you for always being open and kind in all your posts! Also, you have the best style :)!
I’ve followed you for a few months now and thoroughly enjoy you. Great posts!
Loved reading about your journey! Thank you for your insight. Love your posts and your pups ! ????
Congratulations on 5 wonderful years and for turning a passion into a career. I look forward to your posts and have enjoyed following your journey as a person. Your product comparison posts and travel posts are my favorites. ?
Absolutely love it! Beautiful blog design and such a beautiful person! ?
I love your style and your openness. Congrats on 5 years!
Just started following you a couple of months ago and I’m amazed at how far you’ve come even in this small amount of time. Love you and your pups and can’t wait to see what’s coming next!
Thank you for sharing about your struggles, and trusting in God’s plan for your life even when it didn’t seem clear- that’s very encouraging for me right now!
Thank you sharing all of this! You’re integrity, strength, and compassion are so inspiring!
What an exciting new adventure for you! I can’t wait to see where the Lord takes you. I’ve so enjoyed following you – I love your openness about your struggles and silliness and faith in God. It’s so refreshing to follow someone like you!
I follow a lot of bloggers and I sincerely appreciate how genuine your posts are. Wishing you a speedy recovery and as always, looking forward to reading more posts and seeing super cute outfits! ??
Love this post! “Comparison is the thief of joy” is one of my favorite sayings; love to see it at play in your work, too. Congrats on the new site!!
Wow! Amazing story with amazing advice not just for other bloggers but for anyone. It is evident that you put a lot of heart into this blog. I am so happy for your success.
I loved reading this post – so many of the struggles you mentioned are things (I think) everyone struggles with, whether they are a blogger or not. I love the positive outlook you have and really appreciate those reminders. Congratulations on 5 years and thank you for sharing it with us with this amazing giveaway!
Thank you for sharing this! Happy Anniversary and I look forward to all your posts!
Congratulations Girly! Thank you do much for the true honesty of this post!
I love this post. It’s so refreshing to see that there are bloggers out there that actually want to connect with their followers instead of pushing an agenda or thinking about the money.
Love your blog! I’m a nurse too so I like hearing about your journey to get where you are today.
This post was so inspirational. I am so happy for all of your success you have had with blogging. I can always see your love for it through your posts. I recently just started a blog and hope that people can see the joy I get from it through my posts.
Love this post and how positive you are! I also love how you always incorporate your walk with the Lord! So inspiring and encouraging. Keep it up!!
Love the re-branding! I have been following you for a few years now and kind of felt like this was coming. Congratulations!
I’m a new follower and I am so glad I found you! You are genuine which is hard to find these days. Thanks for the great post!
Love the blog redesign! I enjoy reading your blog posts daily as well as instagram and stories! You’re truly an inspiration to me and i cant wait to follow more of your journey!!
Congrats, good luck with the new branding; Love the site!
Congratulations on the launch! The rebrand is beautiful. Just beautiful! Looking forward to all of the amazing content to follow!
I absolutely love the new design! It’s amazing how honest and transparent you are when speaking about the ups and downs of blogging! It’s so refreshing. One of the reasons I’ve been a long time reader of yours is the quality of your posts. I love that they have depth and I always feel like I take something away after reading. I’ll take fewer high quality posts any day. Thank you for continuing to pour your heart into all that you do. It truly shows and as a reader it is much appreciated!
Love your new site design! Thank you for creating beautiful, creative, and authentic content each week.
I’ve been a fan of yours for awhile…keep on keepin on!!
Thanks so much for this amazing information! As a new blogger this helped me so much and it is SO TRUE. I can relate to everything you said and it helps me know that I am definitely not alone in all those feelings and thoughts. Also, I love the new blog design!
Congrats on all your hard work. The new website looks wonderful!
I love that so many of these things are true for us that are not bloggers! You are inspiring!
Thank you for sharing this inspiring insights with us! I feel happy & inspired to see your journey here. ?
Loved this post! Congratulations on your success and wish you the very best going forward 🙂
Love the design of your new site! Congrats on all your hard work!!
I love the new site design! It is gorgeous! Well done, all of your hard work paid off 🙂
Great layout! And I love your style!
I just love your blog and following you on instagram! I DM you on instagram while you were on your eurotrip and you actually replied! I got excited since I thought you must not have time in your busy schedule. That was the best! Keep doing what you love and we will keep following you, learning everything about fashion, beauty, exercise and everything else!
Love this outfit and post!!
Loving the new design, Haley!!?
Loved this post! Working for yourself is HARD .. and I think like any job there is always something you can be doing to improve and work on… hiring someone is something I’ve thought about for years as my real estate career has kicked off … something you sparked again in me as I read this post … will have to do some praying ? ?
New site is great! Also great advice for everyone (even non-bloggers)
I love the new design! I also love your honesty with your readers!
Great post. Agree it’s always best to be the best version of yourself not try to be someone else
Site looks great! All your hard work has paid off 🙂
Always enjoy your posts – keep them coming!
Reading your blog tonight resonates with me so much and just what I needed. I didn’t know if I was ready to start a new journey in my life with my passion, but your truth and positivity have helped me feel like I can go for it. I think you’re an absolute gem and I’m so happy for you! Congrats on 5 years!
Love the slides you’re wearing. More importantly I love what you shared in this post. Keep doing you gf.
Congrats on 5 years! Love your blog!!
Thanks for sharing! Good luck for the next phase of your blogger life.
I love your style and I am encouraged by your faith!
Can’t wait to see were the next years of blogging take you!
Loved this post! I’m going through a similar experience where I currently live with struggling to find the right group of friends and considering moving back home to be closer to my family. Thanks for the sharing your journey!
Hi from a local jacksonville-er… go jags!! 😉
You are doing EVERYTHING right! You are one of the few bloggers that I haven’t unfollowed after watching you appear on my feed after a few weeks- and it’s because you’re REAL! You are so authentic- you show your good and bad days, which is a breath of fresh air (I love watching your IG stories!). It’s easy to relate to you, and it’s obvious the amount of time you spend on your blog/content, which is much appreciated! The rebrand looks awesome!
I have loved following you the past couple of years! Congrats on your journey!
Love the new site!
Thank you for sharing! You look so cute in this outfit!
Thanks for your tips! I love your style and personality and definitely feel that we would get along if we did ver meet in person! Plus you do have the cutest dogs! Xoxo
I loved this post. As a new blogger (with no aspirations to be a fashion blogger 🙂 ), I appreciate the words of wisdom and I admire those of you who can achieve such success. Congrats!
YAY! So excited for your new site! And THANK YOU for speaking so much truth here! You’re a wise one & LOVE that you share your heart!
Thank you for being so vulnerable with your posts! I love how you talked about comparison & not being able to please everyone! You inspire me to want to start a blog! Thanks again for sharing you’re heart & your adorable fashion finds! ☺️
I have followed you for awhile now and (being single and in my mid 20s) you’re such an inspiration to me! You’re fulfilling your dreams and are so confident in yourself! Keep blogging ?
I love your blog! You are precious and I always look forward to seeing your posts!
Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom, Alyson. As a fairly newer blogger I love to get advice and this post brings a lot of good thoughts to the front of my mind as I work to grow my platform. Best of luck and congratulations on your 5 year milestone!! <3
Congratulations on the new site/design! Love it! It’s so nice to see all the hard work come to fruition. 🙂
Haley…such an inspiring post. You are a breath of fresh air in the blogging world. From one ΑΧΩ sista to another…much love! ❤️?❤️?. LITB!
Great post! I enjoy your posts when you get real with your readers. The new design looks great too.
Love the new website ?
Love the new design!
I love the new design of your blog! You’re a hard worker and passionate about what you do and it shows in your work! You’re an inspiration to me
Congratulations on 5 years!
I loved this post Alyson! Thanks for always being true to you <3
What a wonderful post! Congratulations on all that you have accomplished in the last five years, and I can’t wait to see what comes in the future ?
I love the new site design! And this is such a powerful post. I actually had to set aside time to read and digest it. I totally agree about the focusing on being you and the quality over quantity points. They aren’t always easy to remember, but powerful when you put them into practice.
Nicole to the Nines
Haley, I have been following you for the past year or so, and your kindness and authenticity shine through in your posts. I quite enjoy the content you post, and how real you are 🙂
Inspiring! I also am a nurse…moving abroad with my husband to Prague soon and thinking about starting a travel blog/insta- so intimidating to be vulnerable and so many bloggers already out there! Congrats on your success!
Thanks for sharing! Always love posts like this.
Congratulations on the new design and launch!! I can relate to so much of what you said – we are the same age, and I have recently been in a new city/state and place of loneliness despite being surrounded by people. I’m so glad you found your outlet and are in such a good place now! I have followed you for years and love your blog!
I love love love this new website. The travel guides are my favorite part, and I cannot wait to start using them. Congratulations to you, girl! You make it xo
I started reading your blog about a year ago. Your passion truly shows in all that you do.
Love the new blog site! Congrats on taking it up another level!
I love the honesty and truth from this post! In the end, you do you. 🙂
I really enjoyed this post. Learning what it’s like to be a fashion blogger is fascinating to me. And I appreciate your honesty and passion for what you do.
Love the rebrand and always love reading about your life 🙂 thanks for always being so honest and open!
Congratulations on the rebrand! Loved the post!!
I love this post and I love following you!! ??
love the redesign and can’t wait to see what’s on the horizon for you!
Thank you for talking about God’s plan. I have definitely felt like a failure when I’ve had to move home in the past and when I have hated what I was supposed to like. I also really love when you talk about your Mom. My mom passed away when I was in college and sometimes it’s easy to feel alone in the grief and mourning process, even though it’s been 12 years and I’m 31. Thank you for your openness and vulnerability.
I love the new design! So pretty! I can certainly relate to your feelings of being surrounded by people, yet totally alone. Thanks for sharing ?
Prayers for your knee!
Congratulations!!! Your new site is stunning! I adore all of your content and cannot even express how much your travel guides have already helped me in planning my own exciting adventures. Thank you, Alyson, for all of your hard work, and keep shining your wonderful, positive light!
LOL! Excuse the “Alyson,” Haley! I’m sitting next to my best friend Allyson as I’m typing this, so my brain autocorrected itself. ???
I just started following you and reading your blog . I look forward to my insta every day and looking forward to your posts
This is one of THE most easiest blogs I have ever navigated. I also love how you made your new website your name. Your name is such a unique thing to just YOU and this website is all encompassing of that. I especially love the travel posts and seeing all of the places you have been around the world. I know you have heard this a million times but CONGRATULATIONS! I built a website for my work and I know just how tedious that can be. You go girl, you rock! Ps my email doesn’t match my name because I am a newlywed and still like to keep my email as my maiden hehe #realtalk
Loved this post – especially all of the quotes you added in! It’s so hard to not get bogged down by the comparison game. Your new site is beautiful – congrats!
First, I LOVE the new design. It’s perfect, pink and YOU! It’s easy to navigate and fun to explore. Also, I am so excited to read your Venice post right now! I’m going this summer and I can’t wait to jot down recommendations!
Love you content, Haley! Have a blessed week and praying for your recovery!
Love the redesign! I always appreciate and enjoy how thorough your posts are! Thank you for that!
Love your beautiful new website! This post was so informative, can’t wait to see more of your work for this new re-brand!
You are so inspiring. I love reading the blog and seeing your everyday life through your insta stories. Thank you for sharing!
Love this post! Such great words to live by. ?
Love the new blog design
Love love the new Alyson Haley!
LOVE the new look! You are an absolute travel & fashion inspiration for me. I recently traveled to Europe and referred to the travel section on your blog more than I would like to admit!! You give the absolute best and most honest advice. Never stop! ❤️
Thank you for this post and being so candid with us! I’m sure we would all agree that what’s we love most about following you!! You are such a doll and so real and down to earth, I love following along with your daily adventures!! And those, pups….. ??
Thank you so much for sharing so much of yourself with us!! You are an inspiration to all of us. I hope that your knee surgery goes well and will be praying for a quick recovery!
Great post! And congrats, the new site is beautiful! ?
Love love love the new design and thank you for sharing your story!
Congrats on five years of the blog and keep up with the hard work ❤.
Congrats on the new blog design! Very simple and chic!
Thank you for always being yourself and allowing us (your followers) to see your vulnerable side. It’s very refreshing and I appreciate your honesty.
Beautifully written! Loved reading these insights and LOVE the new site design! 🙂
The new website looks amazing!!! I always look forward to reading your posts and appreciate all of the time & effort you put into them. Congrats on 5 Years !! Xoxo
I love the new blog design and always enjoy reading your posts!
I love your new blog design. Everything is so beautiful and easy to find. Happy 5 year blog anniversary! Love reading your posts so inspiring.
So inspirational! Congratulations!
“Interestingly enough, during this time, I found my faith in Christ, which helped me know and understand that my worth cannot be found in the acceptance of other people.” that statement!!! ?? Thank you so much for this post!! I just turned 32 in February and I feel like it’s finally taken 32 years and becoming a mother to a baby girl to fully understand my self worth is not in the hands of other people. I want to set that example for my daughter so she grows into a thoughtful, God loving, confident woman.
Love love love your blog! Always so refreshing and uplifting!
This was so inspiring! ??? Congratulations!
Love the new layout!!! Very thoughtful words of advice which are applicable to everyone.
I LOVE your blog!! Thank you for all the amazing posts!! ?
Congrats on your new blog design! Love it!!! I know you’ve been working so hard on it, and must be so proud!! All the hard work has paid off!! Thanks for being such an amazing and attentive blogger. Love ya!!
Loved this post (so real + honest) & your new site! Keep it up girl!! ????
It’s inspiring to see someone love what they do! You’ve worked hard these last 5 years and it shows. Keep up the good work and I’m praying for you and your upcoming surgery. I’m praying something good comes out of all this mess. God bless!!
Such a great post! I agree that the quality posts are better than quantity! Thanks for consistently inconsistently putting up great stuff!
I’ve loved following your journey and seeing your beautiful photos on my timeline! Thanks for all the endless inspiration 🙂 xx
Congratulations on all your success in life and blog! Your content is uplifting, light-hearted and relatable! ?
Love your honesty and sharing your faith in Christ, so encouraging at this point in my life!
Love the new look! Congratulations!
Love the post and some of your thoughts and sayings are very real and inspiring ?.
These are all things that everyone needs to hear and remember, no matter what profession he/she may be in! Thank you for sharing these inspirational tips that we often forget about when we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life!
H A L E Y <3 congratulations on a fresh new revamp on your blog! Knowing how detail-oriented you are, I can only imagine how much time and hard work went into this project!! Can’t wait to see what’s to come! Thank you for all the time you put into this post!!
You are an inspiration. The rebrand looks beautiful. Xo
Congrats on hitting your 5 Year mark, that has to be exciting! I haven’t really ever followed many bloggers however after coming across your blog and I loved it! You are so real and transparent, and the mom to the cutest pups!!! I love the blog redesign and rebranding! Keep it up!
Love your new site & your inspiration, always!
Thank you so much for this post! It’s very inspiring to hear your journey and experiences! I’m in the stage in my life where I’m deciding what to do with my career. This has helped me.
Great post and site!
God bless you!
Love the new look! I’m excited to see what the future holds for you!
This new site simply couldn’t be more you!! Obsessed. Been following you from the very beginning and it’s been a blast to do so! I feel like we’re BFF’s even though we’ve never met, and that’s such a testament to how hard you work at this, sister!! <3 Xoxo and congrats!!
You are so inspiring and beautiful inside and out. I have been following along on your journey from the beginning and you have hugely impacted my life and have brought such a light to it! Through it all you have remained the same kind-hearted woman who has stayed true to yourself (which is few and far between these days)! Thank you for your sincere commitment to the blog and your community. You are SO loved and appreciated! XOXO
Loved seeing your blog grow over the years!! xoxo
Thank you for all you do Haley! Love your style! Wishing you a speedy recovery with your upcoming surgery.
The new blog is beautiful! But I will miss Sequins and things!! Congrats on all your success- your story is inspiring and I’ve been loving your content for YEARS! Keep it up love?
xx Tess | Sequins are the New Black
Hi Haley! Congrats on the new site–so exciting!! Great tips that don’t just apply to blogging!! Thank you for sharing yourself with us for 5 years!
Congrats on the new re-brand! Absolutely love it as well as the wisdom shared in this post.
Love hearing about your blogging journey! Thanks for this post ?
I love this post. It is awesome to read the words of someone who is real, honest, and truly loves what they do! Congrats on the new site!
Congrats on 5 years! Keep up the greattt work ???
What an incredible message you so eloquently relay.
Thanks for putting so much of your heart and yourself into your blog! It’s so inspiring to see someone living out their dreams! What interface do you use for you blog?
Great reminder that so much can change in five years! I love your blog! Congrats on celebrating 5 years!
I love this post so much!! I’m currently in Denver and have been for almost 2 years now… and completely agree with how hard it is to make friends/ meaningful connections out here. Sometimes I wonder if it is because so many people are transplants and there isn’t any real sense of community here? Idk I just know Denver is not forever for me either 🙂
I honestly love following you. From fish and chips, to your amazing outfits!! Thank you.
Congrats on 5 years! What a huge accomplishment! I’ve followed you ever since graduating college in 2013 and I love how your content has gotten more about travel and other things besides fashion (don’t get me wrong, fashion is my fave!) xo Sarah
Congrats on the new site, and cheers to new life and career adventures in 2018!
Your blog cheers up my day constantly, thanks for being ☀️☀️
WOW, I love the redesign and I reading your posts. I can feel the love, time, and intention that you spend writing them. I think this one could have been called a “Heart Talk” as well. I have come to truly believe that everything happens for a reason even if we can’t see it in the moment, HE has plan for us. Your disappointment and rejections in CO lead you to this work where you are inspiring others everyday.
I enjoy reading each blog post and feeling inspired. THANK YOU!!!
I love the new site! Happy 5 years! Hope this next year brings you much joy and happiness. 🙂
Enjoyed the post! Congrats on five years
I love the new blog design! I love the color scheme. Really enjoyed reading this post and the things you have learned! Very inspirational!! ❤️
LOVE the new website! Also, thanks for sharing these things that you have learned
Love the blog, especially the travel diaries! Congrats on the new site!
I’m newer to your blog and Instagram but I love all your posts and you seem so genuine and fun! Thanks for the hard work you put into this blog!
LOVE this post and your new site! It’s so pretty! I have loved following you for the past 4+ years way beyond my own blogging days! You’ve been an inspiration and help in more ways than one!
I love your vulnerability and wisdom!! Keep up the hard work 🙂
Congratulations on the new site!
I love the new site and look forward to you discuss faith a bit more. ?
So excited for your new brand! Love the blush color of the website, it is beautiful!
You are truly inspiring!! I’ve been thinking about starting a blog but I’ve been scared of what other would think or if it would even have success. Hearing what you just said gives me courage:)
Beautiful!!!! Thanks for always continuing to inspire me!
This is so inspiring! I’m a Nurse as well and want to start my Blog too.. thank you for all your precious advices.
So inspiring! Your blog is one of my favorites and your Instagram is one that I know I can’t miss out on all the daily. Love it all ?
Keep doing what YOU’RE doing Alyson! You are hands down one of my favorite bloggers. Cheers to 5 more!! Xo
Love this post!! Thx for being so candid and honest!!
Love love love the new website! ???
I am so happy I found you on Instagram! I love reading your posts and especially love how you don’t hide your faith! My bank account probably doesnt love that I found you but my closet sure does ? congrats on the new blog design I love it!
Such a sweet soul!! Thanks for sharing 🙂
LOVE your new blog design!! Congratulations on your 5 year blogaversary! 🙂
I just love following you for your style and stories! Looking forward to more great content!
Love Love Love the new blog!
Amazing inspirational post ❤️ I love your style!
Love this! I have followed you for years and always love your authentic transparency and style of course. The site is amazing and I know you will just continue to succeed! Congrats on the new site. XOX
Love your style and up beat personality. Love love love the fur babies!!!! XOXO
Your kindness and honesty (and of course the pups) in your stories truly make my days better. Thank you and congrats!
Congrats on five years! Cheers to even more years or sharing your fashion, beauty and wisdom!
I was just thinking the other day about how your blog stands out among the others because you actually tell a story when you post. I haven’t followed you for very long but from what I’ve seen, i can tell that you are a light to this world for many women. Congrats on your new space! There’s something to be said about someone who follows their dreams and puts in A LOT of hard work to make it happen. You are an inspiration. XOXO,
That really means a lot. Thank you, Taylor!
Congratulations on the new redesign!!! I love it, all your hard work has paid off!!! Good luck on your knee surgery, thinking of you ?
This was an awesome post!! I love that you can just be you! ?
I love this whole post! ? you are so genuine and it’s so apparent this is a real passion for you, not just a “job.” You are so personable and it’s so great following you and reading your blog! The new site is gorg!
Absolutely love your blog! You’re writing is so uplifting and gives me the perfect reminders of exactly what I need some days! So happy I found it!
Thank you for sharing this! Although I am not a blogger I can definitely use these tips for everyday life. I appreciate you being vulnerable because it helps to know that I am not alone when those feelings of rejection, defeated etc. come to the surface. Thank you for your hard work and your in my thoughts for your knees ????
I am definetley loving the old and the new you!! Keep it up!! ?? Xoxo
you are such a positive light on my instagram feed and I love how detailed and insightful your blog posts are. looking forward to everything you have planned in 2018 and following along!
I LOVE the new design, but REALLY love this post. It really spoke to me because I find myself in the comparison game all the time. Such an important reminder.
I’ve been following you since the beginning and you’re truly a gem! Congrats on the new site! ?✨
??? LOVE your new blog design! Thank you for sharing such an amazing post! ?
Love the website and your content! 🙂
Love that you are in tune with how much of a blessing it is for you to have become so successful, yet humble enough to realize it’s not a competition. This is what I look for in bloggers that I follow! Congrats on all of the success and the revamped blog, and best wishes for continued success in the future!
Love your new blog!! This post was great and I love watching your insta stories every day!!
Love following along, seeing the pups, and your great style!!!
Love the new and site!
Ahhh! So excited for you!! Your redesign is perfect + I love following along! xo’s! God Bless.
Absolutely LOVE the new blog design! The colors and continuity make it so pretty! Congrats!
Love this post and the new blog design! Thank you for your authentic posts and keep inspiring others!
Love the new site and brand! I’m not a blogger, but can definitely apply these tips to my own work and personal life. Love following along with you and can’t wait for what’s to come!
Congratulations! I’m so happy for you! You are such a boss babe. You do it with kindness and being real….genuine. I appreciate your words, outfits, and videos of Fish & Chips. ? Thank you for all you do!
Congratulations on 5 years. How exciting. Great post
Thanks for sharing! I’m so excited for you and your new blog design!
I’m so sorry that you had a horrible experience in Colorado, but glad that you have healed and grown from the experience. I love your style and blog! Can’t wait to see what the next 5 years brings for you.
I’m newer to following you (a few months) and love this post!! How generous!
Love the authenticity throughout all of your blog post! Congratulations on 5 years of blogging!!!
Love the new site! Congratulations on 5 years!
Thanks for always being authentic and sharing your journey with us.
Such an awesome post and easy to relate to with everyday life!!
Thank you for sharing! I’m wanting to start a blog and this had so much great advice!
I love your new web design. Great post today too! I hope your knee surgery goes well. I will be praying for you.
I love following you for a million reason, but one of the most important is how honest you are- thank you for not only helping me find my own true style better (clothes, home, and makeup!), but also for always being so open and honest!!
Thank you for these tips and inspiration! I’m getting ready to revamp my blog and give blogging one more chance! Looking forward to see where you go from here! You go girl, best of luck!
I love how your page is so bright and new! I think it’s always good to refresh! So exciting that you’ve been on this journey for five years! Congratulations!!
I really love how your blog posts go more behind the scenes and how you have discussed your ups and downs and where they have lead you. Your one of the first bloggers I follow, where while I love your style and posts, you show there is so much more too it. Thank you for sharing and I love the new website design! 🙂
This is such a good post!! You have said some things that 1) I need to hear and 2) made me ‘ah-ha’.
Love all of this! I unfollowed a lot of fashion and lifestyle bloggers a while back for various reasons… but you’ve always been transparent, honest, and shown a true heart of God through your journey. Happy to be a follower and God’s blessings as you continue your journey!
Love your authenticity and your sincere heart! Always looking forward to your posts! God’s blessings as you continue your journey!
Congrats on 5 years! I love everything about your blog and how real and relatable you are!
I love that bloggers are becoming more vocal and engaged with using their platforms to connect spiritually with their followers! I’m so excited to follow along with your journey!
Love the new look! Congrats, you have so much to be proud of… your hard work has really paid off! ?
Love this post! Congratulations!!
Love the redesign! You were one of the first bloggers I started following and I thank you for sharing so much with all of us! I appreciate your depth and vulnerability.And as a fellow doxie momma, how could I not be equally obsessed with Fish and Chips?! Praying for your surgery and speedy recovery. XO
I love your new website! It perfectly fits your vibe and direction 🙂
I love your comment about, saying yes to new adventures and making sure to be “present” with who is in front of you. This is exactly what I needed to hear right now. I am going to be relocating to a different state soon to be with my fiancé! Scary and exciting all at the same time.
Best of luck with your blog!
Thank you for sharing!! I literally took notes of your tips!
Lovvvvved this post!
I love this post, so beautifully written. I just love your positive outlook on life, I think these are fabulous life lessons we could all use. Thanks for your vulnerability and giving us a peak into your life. We sure love following along!! ?❤️ New site also look AMAZE! Yay! So exciting
Yay!! Thanks for the giveaway!
First off, congrats Haley!! Your new site is amazing and can’t wait to explore more! I am excited to see where this new step takes you!! I have been following you since 2013 (when I was in college) and have enjoyed seeing your journey—lots of ups and downs and amazing travels! I too, have had a lot of hills and valleys are really appreciate all you’re positivity. I love all your reflections here and I whole heartedly agree that you 100% have to be true to yourself and focus on quality and keeping it real! I have loved how you share your faith and personal life as well, your perspective and spirit are so inspiring and it’s role models like you that we need in the world!
Thanks for sharing your life with us!!
You are one of my favorite bloggers to follow because you are so genuine. I really love your travel guides because travel is also one of my passions. Congratulations on the new blog name and design! 🙂
Loved this post and how it applies to so many different scenarios. I just made a career change and have never been more fulfilled before. All the struggle and uncertainty was worth it and I’m glad God led me in this direction.
Thank you for sharing. Love the blog!
love your posts & how down to earth you are! <3
I have been following for quite some time and I just have to say that I absolutely love everything you have done. You are such a great inspiration and I admire your kindness. Always looking forward to your blogpost
So inspirational! Love your classy style.
Absolutely loved the new website!? ….Good luck on Wednesday…I’ll be praying for a speedy recovery!!
Being a Godly woman on our world can be hard. I commend you for following your passion and being a woman of God! I love your style and that you are different in a sea of “same”. Stay true to you!
Thanks so much for opening up! I know everyone only sees the glamour but I really appreciate the authenticity you bring to your blog and Instagram! It’s not easy being vulnerable so publically but it just shows how much strength and grace you have! Thanks for being an inspiration!
What a thoughtful and inspiring post! 🙂 thank you for sharing this with us and also this wonderful giveaway. Love the new branding and your blog♥️
So glad you started on the journey 5 years ago! ? You provide beautiful, inspiring, and fun content! ? One of my favorite bloggers, no doubt! ?
I love everything about this post. The outfit, the content and the re-brand are all fantastic. Thank you and congratulations!
Soo exciting!! While I just knew you were going to announce you’d started your own clothing line or boutique, I’m so happy for you and I think everything looks awesome!! Cannot wait to see what else this year has in store for you!
Have enjoyed following the journey!
Great read! I love the new website layout design. The post is so encouraging and pushes me to put my side hustle (@mumfurdesigns) out there even more.
I loved your story, especially going back and reading about your move back home. Glad you got to spend that time with your mom. That’s very special and sometimes I need to be reminded that He has His hand in everything, even when we may not realize it or we are struggling. Thank you!
Inspirational story! Glad you took the leap to start your own blog!
This is going to sound super cliche but you inspired me to really take the leap and begin blogging. You showed me that if you are passionate about what you do, it is possible to actually make that your livelihood!
I have absolutely loved following along with you and all your journeys for the last 3 years. I am so excited to see what this new website will bring!
Keep doing what you love and I wish you a bright future !
I truly enjoyed reading about your journey this far in blogging. I wish you continued success and happiness!
Entered! Love your blog. Been following forever.
Love this and your style!! And your honesty, it’s so refreshing!
Thank your for sharing! I really enjoyed reading this…so encouraging!
I recently discovered your blog and Instagram and love all your content!
Such a lovely message to everyone out there. To really find our identity in Christ alone and not bother what others opinion is about us. You are so pretty and I have been following for a while now.
I truely appreciate how honest you are. It is very scary to put yourself out in public and be so vulnerable. It is inspirational to see someone be genuine. Best wishes in your re-launch!
I’ve been following your blog and on Instagram for a few years now (since 2014!) 🙂 Love your new website!
Love this post! It’s hard to stay true to yourself but in the long run it’s the best thing for you!
Thanks for sharing your experience. You are truly an inspiration to us.
Keep inspiring and more power to you.
The Lord knew what He was doing when he placed you in this unique mission field. ?
Wow. Thank you so much. That’s incredibly kind. xo!
You’re my favorite blogger, you inspire me to go shopping 24/7 and I love it. Keep up the great work and making me buy cute clothing!! Xoxo -TW
I loved this post and the website redesign!
Well first of all, Happy 5 Year Blogiversary! Ironically enough, tomorrow morning I’ll be celebrating 5 years with my own lifestyle blog as well. What an amazing journey it’s been to start a blog & reading your thoughts & reflections it all resonates 100% with me too. You’re killing it girl & you should be so proud of yourself!
LOVE your style and the fabulous new site!
I love the new branding and blog design!! Great job, Haley!!
Congrats on 5 years, that’s huge! Love this blog and the helpful and interesting posts you add.
I never really was into reading blogs, but I started following you on Insta and started to occasionally read you blog posts! I really started to like them, I love your style and reading your opinion on things! Also the new design is beautiful! Keep it up! 🙂
You’re such an inspiration, your blog is so unique in how transparent you are with your readers, and how passionate you are. Your posts are so detailed and extremely educational, you’re really making a difference and not just “posting to get likes.” That kind of authenticity is so rare these days! Congrats on the blog remodel and on 5 years! I aspire to build my blog the way you have- YOU’RE AMAZING GIRL!! ❤️❤️❤️
So many points here that hit home. Love the new look. Wishing you much continued success!
It’s been really fun to watch your blog evolve this year; thank you for sharing your process and tips!
I love your blog content. Especially the travel advice and inspo since I’ve been just about everywhere too! We are going to Paris again and im going to be using your posts for help! Do you have any recommendations for a third trip to Paris? Any hidden treasure places you found that aren’t the normal tourist attractions
I loved hearing your back story, you’re amazing keep doing what you’re doing!
The redesign looks amazing – and this post would resonate with anyone in any career. Love the empowerment and the honesty! ❤️
OMG! I am LOVING your new site!! I always love coming to your blog for fresh and relevant content!!
Thank you so much for sharing! Truly inspiring!
Love the new blog design – you can tell how much work is behind of all this! You can be very proud of yourself 🙂 x
Love the rebranding! The reminiscing! The reorganizing! The rebirth! Congrats!
I’m an education blogger and I feel that a lot of what you’re experiencing is pretty similar in my field as well. Great read!
I absolutely love this post… so much of what you say really resonates with me as well. It’s crazy how many kind bloggers and women I’ve met, and also a bit shocking that other women can also think a larger following means they are somehow better than others. Love your perspective and so enjoy following your days on Insta stories, too. Congrats on your new site!
You are simply a delight to follow. I love your honestly. Can’t believe I missed out on 3 years of your blog – binge reading weekend?? I just started following about a year ago. (I’m a 2 pup momma as well!). Can’t wait to see about your next travels!
I LOVE the blog’s new look. I enjoy reading all of your posts and talking your fashion advice! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments! XO
Thanks for sharing Alyson! I love following you and look forward to what’s next on the blog and in your of fashion, travel, and life!
‘Looking forward on what’s next in your fashion’
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Hi Maggie! Happy to have you following! 🙂 Just so you know, I go by Haley! Ha, hope that doesn’t blow your mind. I know it’s easy to assume it’s Alyson so sorry for the confusion! xo.
Loved this blog post! What you’ve learned are great reminders/life lessons we can all use regardless of if we have a blog or not! ?
This was such a great and inspirational read since I’m just starting my blog!
I love this post. I’m guilty of try to please everyone- The peach quote is one of my favorites and try to keep it in mind every day!
I absolutely love this post! You are such an inspiration to aspiring bloggers out there! Keep up the great work!
P.S. OBSESSED with the new blog design!!
The new site looks beautiful! I don’t think I’ve ever commented before, but I just wanted to say thank you for being genuine and honest. I really like the blog posts on your personal life, and I can relate to a lot of what you say on comparing yourself to others. Thanks for sharing what you feel on these things and letting people know that bloggers are more than the perfect image they portray on Instagram!
Congrats on your success thus far!!! I’ve been wanting to blog for a bit now…created a page but it’s still there….incomplete…unwritten. I haven’t taken that leap of faith yet. ?
Thank you for your posts! As a mom of 2 little ones I often feel disshelved but when I need some great style inspiration I turn to your posts. Your style is so uplifting and I immediately feel more stylish and like I can take on the world (and my kids!). There is no reason Mom’s can’t have style and I’m proud to carry the infant car seat in my cutest new pumps or wedges 🙂
I love following along with you and your pups! You have the cutest style and I’m praying your surgery goes well!!! ???
You’re awesome & your blog brings me joy. I love your realness & positivity you continually share. Thank you!
Congratulations on the relaunch! It’s great…you are the first blogger I ever followed and still a favorite! Keep doing what you are doing. So happy for your success in doing what you love!
Your blog loads so fast! For me, for whatever reason, your blog used to take time to load, so I would set aside time when I wasn’t doing anything else on my computer to read your posts. Now I can visit whenever and know that the content will be there with one click! I also really appreciate the fact that even though the layout is different and cleaner it’s still easy to navigate and is in chronological order! You did a wonderful job!
Congrats on 5 years! Can’t wait to see what’s in store next! ?
You are truly an inspiration Haley✨Congratulations on the new site, as it is perfection!!!! I appreciate all of your hard work, dedication and passion?Good luck with your surgery. You are in my thoughts ? and I will be anxious to know you are ok. ?
Love this post! I recently started my own blog, and these are some great tips and advice to remember as I keep writing. Comparing myself to other Instagrammers and bloggers is something I have a really hard time with especially when I see the “follow” count change so dramatically in a day. So important to remember that we are all different and can bring something new to the table.
Love how open and candid you are in this post but also throughout your blog! Great work! Keep it up!
always love your posts! Such a sincere voice
LOVE ALL YOUR POSTS!!
Congratulations on 5 years!!
I have started following you more closely recently so this was a great post to read! I like how a lot of your lessons are really applicable to life in general as well! Looking forward to continuing to see great content from you! Good lucky on your surgery 🙂
Congratulations on all your success!
Congrats on the rebrand!
Love this look and the new website! Congrats on 5 years!
Thank you for sharing! As a new blogger I am always looking for helpful tips on my journey.
This is SO SO SO awesome! Congratulations on this new design and webspace! I’ve been following you (well I think I missed a few years) since the Livejournal days. I’m not a stalker, I swear! (I’m also the one who saw you at AB nails and didn’t say anything haha – scared much) and it’s amazing to see what someone can do even when there is fear rising. I think you’re one of the many few bloggers who ask our opinions and are afraid to take some time off for yourself because you don’t want to be greedy…and I am happy that we as readers agree that you’re not being selfish and to do you and recharge! Your time in London made for some wonderful content (IG stories and blog posts) and I as a reader learned more about you.
I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve next.
Also, thoughts and prayers for your upcoming surgery. <3
Very thoughtful and inspirational!! Appreciate you sharing such deeply! Love your Instagram and your blog.
Congrats on the rebrand and site launch! I’ve followed you for a long time, and you’ve become pretty much my favorite blogger out there. Keep doing you!
Great blog redesign!
Love this post & the new site — but with your same authenticity<3
Beautifully written. Excited for what’s to come!
Congrats on 5 years!! And thank you for being so vulnerable. All of these points can be taken into any aspect of life or any career. Great reminders <3
Congrats on the new branding and website, from a fellow Jacksonvillian 🙂 I have loved watching your blogging career grow over the past few years!
Absolutely loved this post!! So honest and the points are all so important to remember!
Wow! Can’t believe it’s been five years! Seems like yesterday we were on tower 7a! Love the new site and following along with all of your adventures!
love the redesign. longtime reader. i always love your taste, it is so much more relatable and accessible to me than other bloggers! you dress and act like a real person and i love that you have incorporated your faith into your blog posts as well.
Loved this! I’ve been thinking about starting a blog of my own and your section about being yourself instead of what is most “likeable” really struck me. Congrats on 5 years!
Girl, I adore how you stay true to you…. seriously! Also, I am loving the new site and the in-depth posts. The posts feel very conversational and down to earth! Thank you for your honesty and staying real with us!
I’ve followed you for I don’t know how long and all I can say is thank you. When ever I’m having a bad day at work, college or something else in life I can always count on your blog, insta, snapchat etc. to cheer me up in someway!
Aw, Mikaela! Thank you so much! xo.
I LOVE the new blog design. It was definitely worth the wait! Love this outfit also!
Haley, this is beautiful! It’s a real reflection of who you are and it’s obvious how much of yourself you’ve poured into it. Congratulations! ???
I absolutely love the new blog design! I have also loved following along the past 4+ years. All of your hard work does not go unnoticed!
I love/adore the bag and earrings!! I would love to own anything Gucci. Thanks for the great blog day in day out.
Love reading your blog especially travel posts!
I have been following you since 2014 and look forward to each post. Love your faith, style and outlook on life!!
Love this Haley! I have been a follower since 2014 and will continue to be, you are one of the kindest, most genuine people on this platform and you are truly inspiring! Praying for your surgery and keep on being you! PS give a hug to Fish and Chips for me!
love, Hannah Kate
I absolutely adore your blog. Your style mixed with how genuine and real you are makes you so likable and personable. Looking forward to reading your new content and following you for years to come. Thank you for what you do! 🙂
Congratulations! The new site looks great! I am longing to update/upgrade mine as well, so you’ve inspired me in this regard as you do in style and travel as well. All the best! xo
Great post! Very well said, thank you for sharing. I love your style, thanks to you i now wear stripes! I can’t ever remember owning a striped shirt. Now i own 2, one is from Madewell and i love it! Thank you, i look forward to your future posts ?.
Love the new blog, great work! Your story is inspiring and look forward to your posts each day.
Loving that gorgeous kimono with those white earrings. Such a pretty spring inspired outfit. Also- Congratulations on your new blog design and 5 years! I know how much time/dedication it takes to write posts, etc. Keep it up. I really enjoy the content and fashion inspiration. Love your style!
I always love to ready your posts about fashion, faith and travel.
Love the post. I was sent to your blog via a friend who was kind enough to listen to me cry about the woes of the hush-hush blogging world. I am super new (7 weeks old) and I share many of your same feelings you had when you started. Thanks for sharing. You are such an inspiration. Love the site! XOXO- Marissa
You are the real deal! I have always loved following your blog because, well, I obviously love your style, YOUR DOGS, and you have always seemed so genuine and kind! Thanks for your great style inspiration and congratulations on the new blog design; it’s beautiful!
You have consistently been one of my favorite bloggers because of how you write from the heart! It is one thing to just write about an outfit, but when you get into more personal aspects of your life, it makes you so much more relatable!! Congrats on 5 years and here’s to many, many more!
I would love this!! I love Gucci 🙂
You’re always so uplifting and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and an opportunity to win the giveaway! Love following you and your new site looks wonderful!
Your story and outfits are so inspiring. I have followed you from the time I got an Instagram and truly enjoy your content. You’re the blogger that I’ve followed for the longest period of time! I see all of your hard work and am so appreciative of it! Thank you for all you do!!
I always enjoy these posts where you open up to your readers. Thank you for all the content you share.
5 years is amazing and your content is amazing. Thank you for this chance.
Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary and new site! You not only have great style but are so inspiring. I always look forward to when you write these kinds of posts – these are 5 great tips and I love all of the inspirational quotes 🙂 A great reminder to enjoy our own personal life journey!
Haley – I LOVE your blog! I have followed it for some time and I’m not even a fashion person! I just love who you are and what you stand for. I live in Colorado – and what I wouldn’t have given to squeeze and love you the way you deserved to be treated when you were here. Of course, as you said everything happens for a reason and God used that situation to absolutely bless you in the long run but I am so sorry you were treated that way.
I am an aspiring blogger – just starting my blogging journey. You were so sweet to answer my question in one of your posts about which everyday tote to use as a blogging carry-all for your laptop and essentials. Thank you for taking the time to write your QUALITY posts! It’s been such a joy to follow you and gain such insight into your life and career.
Thank you so much for this post and for giving us bloggers some great tips and encouragement as we navigate the blogging industry. God bless you Girl!
Much love for Colorado! Xoxo
Love this! Congrats Alyson!
Thank you for sharing your journey and life with us!!!
Congratulations on the new design of the site, I like it!
It’s so nice to meet you. I love your story and especially your love for God!
Welcome! Happy you found me! 🙂 xo.
Congrats on 5 years! You should be so proud of how far you have come! So true to be the best version of yourself. It takes so much courage to be honest and expose your truth and I commend you on that!! You are as beautiful inside as you are on the outside and it shows! Love your blog and your beautiful posts ?
Thanks so much Jill! xo.
Love the new site re-design! It looks awesome! I also have to say I absolutely love posts like this where we get to know you more :). You are so sweet and kind! Congrats on 5 years! That is huge!
I’m happy you enjoy them! I definitely love writing them but like to spread them out so y’all continue to see them as nice little surprises 🙂 Thanks for the feedback and I love to hear you’re loving the re-design! xo.
I’m so, so happy for you, Haley! After following you for several years, I’ve watched you constantly go above and beyond for your readers/followers. Thank you for taking the time to transform your website, as well as post so many helpful and inspiring entries! Can’t wait to follow for many more years!
I’m so happy to do it for you guys! You totally deserve to come here and know exactly where to find something. I really appreciate your kind words. Justine and I are looking forward to continuing to work on the back end fixes to make it even better for you guys when you search for a post or using the search filters under the ‘All Outfits’ page. 🙂 Thankful to have you following along! xo.
Always keeping it real!??
Yes, girl! 🙂 xo.
I have followed you for a while but I sincerely adore your blog. I hope to some day build up the courage to really dive into my own. Your success gives me hope!
Thanks, Francesca! You can do it! 🙂 xo.
Love your style!!
Congratulations on the rebrand!! It looks awesome. Thank you for always being so “real” on your stories and in blog posts. It’s a breathe of fresh air! Keep up the hard work <3
Thank youuu! 🙂 xo.
Aw, thanks! I can’t be anything but myself 🙂 xo.
Congrats! Well deserved!
I love following along with everything you post. Generally when I follow a new blogger it’s only for a short time before I unfollow them, but you are just so genuine, kind, and honest in all your posts that following you just makes my heart happy. Loving the new branding, the layout makes navigating so easy!!
Oh my goodness, Mandy. Thank you so much! I am so humbled by your comment! I appreciate it so much! xo.
So excited for this re-design! You continue to impress me & inspire me 🙂
Thank you, Marisa!
I love the new website design!!! I also want to thank you for being such a servant of God and truly wanting to help people. I get so much motivation and inspiration from you on social media.
Aw, thank you! I’m happy to hear that! xo.
Thank you for sharing so much of yourself through your blog. I always look forward to seeing your content the most 🙂 congrats on 5 years!
Thanks, Hannah! 🙂 xo.
Love this! It inspires me to want to start my own blog or YouTube channel some day:)
I love the new Alyson Haley site!! Thank you for doing all that you do and inspiring all of us.
Always love your posts! Happy I found you to follow!
Beautiful post and love the new blog design ?
Congratulations on 5 years!
Your style is to die for!
Awesome blog love following you on Instagram! Great style
Thank you so much for sharing your life here on Instagram and your blog! I have an incredibly hard time finding the time to sit down and read a blog but I constantly make the time for yours! Your content has inspired me and pushed me to be a better person in so many ways. Congratulations on your anniversary 🙂
Aw, Shelby! Thank you!! I really appreciate that you take the time out of your busy schedule to take a peek at what’s going on over here! That means a lot to me! xo.
Love hearing from you on the blog and am constantly inspired by your Instagram posts! ❤️
Always so inspired by your posts on Instagram, and you’re the first account I go to when looking for inspiration!❤️
Thanks, lady! So happy to hear that!
I’ll edit your original comment for you 😉 Haha
Love your blog and watching you develop your it and rebrand it into what it is to day!
Even at “almost 50” I find style inspiration from many of your outfits. Thank you
That makes me so happy to hear! xo.
I think this might be one of my favorite posts you’ve done. Thank you for being so genuine, we are lucky to be able to follow along in your journey. ?
Love everything about your blog & style.
This is a great post. I think everyone needs to read it!
So cute!! Love your style and hope your recovery goes well!!
Love how real you are! I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for awhile and have not pulled the trigger. This post was such inspiration!
I love following you and a blog that I feel like I can relate to. In a time where I compare myself to others constantly, your social media and blog are always a breath of fresh air. Also can totally relate to the “chicken legs” and being petite. Love your clothes.
So inspiring! You are one of my favorite bloggers, love all your content! It is is so heartfelt and passionate ?
LOVE following you! Love your stories and Fish and Chips you’re style everything!
You are amazing and i appreciate your real raw blogger style! Thank you for being you!!
i loved reading about your journey!! cute clothes too!!
It’s so hard sometimes to feel like you are enough, and this is such great advice!! I will definitely be sharing this with some of my girlfriends. I love your vulnerability and honesty! I don’t think most people realize how much it can benefit your life and relationships when you open up. Love the new site!! xo
I have always loved your personal posts, and this post is no different! Love the rebrand and I am so excited to keep following.
Congrats to 5 years! ??? Thank you for all the inspiration!
Loved all these lessons – so applicable to all our lives and so nice to be reminded of these things!
I love your blog and think you are a beautiful person inside and out 🙂
Just bookmarked this post! It’s such an awesome feeling when you can completely relate with someone else’s feelings! You said that all so well 🙂
Love this post! Thank you for being vulnerable with your followers. ❤️
Great blog transformation. I enjoyed reading about your journey. I do not follow many fashion content because quite frankly it feels fabricated, but I truly love your personality, honesty, and the heart you put on your work. Many blessings to you.
I love the design of your new site! I love following you and look forward to your stories!
❤️ this post
WOW. This post is so good! As a brand new blogger that has just taken the plunge, I loved reading about your experience over the years. Thank you for taking the time to write this!
Thank you for consistently sharing the best fashion advice and inspiring us to go after what we love! It’s so great getting to know you and your business through your awesome blog posts and insta stories! Looking forward for what’s to come ?
I really love that Erica Cook quote – I like to feel that I am competing with myself to be the best I can be, and not with anyone else.
Thank you for sharing! I think what you’ve learned can be applied to anyone, not just bloggers! I started following you because you came up in my search feed based on your location. I’ve enjoyed following your travel journeys and your daily “chats” with your followers. I hope you are feeling better soon. Keep being positive! You brighten my days.
You are always so incredibly real. Thank you for not only providing great fashion, travel, and lifestyle advice, but for always being the kind of person others can relate to.
I quickly came to comment on this post and I’m leaving this page with a whole new appreciation on things. I will admit, I don’t read all the blog posts but I do try to catch up on the ones I’ve missed but this post left me feeling motivated and empowered. I appreciate all that you do and who you are! You’re always so true to yourself and true to your words. It’s a breath of fresh air from other posts I have read in the past that seemed like anything but real. So thank you!
I love the new blog! It looks so great! I hope it opens more was more doors for you. And that those doors allow you to keep us right there with you!
Found u recently on instagram ? Im also from Florida and looove your outfits ?
Congrats on the 5 years of blogging ??
I really love all the quotes you’ve used. I appreciate that you don’t hide your faith under a bushel; very refreshing!
I love this post! I have been considering starting my own blog myself and these tips from you have learned are super helpful!
I love your outfit! I think this has been one of my favorites!
Love this blog post!! I recently started following, and I love all of your content. You are so inspiring!! ?
Love the new site! You’re my favorite blogger to follow!
Before entering the giveaway, I really wanted to take the time to READ this post. Holy cow so many things are so applicable to the everyday woman! My favorite thing was referencing comparison being the thief of joy. So true and so hard to not do in this world full of social media and photos of everyone’s best days! Thank you for this! Love it all!
SO hard not to do. It’s almost impossible. We have to really challenge ourselves to practice gratitude. We all have things we wish we had that others have but we have to remember that other people look at you and wish they had something you have. xo!
Great post! You answered some of my questions. Actually, I had started blogging in 2014 (not necessarily fashion) myself, and felt like I just couldn’t keep up with it all, and I had wondered if I was doing it correctly. So, I appreciated all your suggestions here.?
That’s a lot of learning in a few short years! Thank you for your insight, you are a delight!
Congrats on your milestone in your career! Also, I totally feel like a lot of these lessons learned are applicable to a variety of areas of life and are so helpful! ❤️
I love your blog!
I hope you are feeling better now!
I love your blog, Alyson! I’ve been following you for two years and I love seeing how your style has evolved. You’re one of my favorite bloggers!
Love this post!
Keep up the amazing work. You are one of my favorite bloggers/instagramers and I always look forward to your next travel adventure!
Love the new site! Congrats on 5 years! You’re doing a great job 🙂
loving the update to the blog!! great job!
I love watching your Instagram videos..thanks for always being so informative!!
Thanks so much for sharing! So encouraging!?
What a refreshing post in today’s blogging world. ?
Such a great post, thank you!
Congrats on the new launch!
I’ve learned so much from you throughout the years and you really opened up the world of fashion for me. As a fellow AB girl, it’s so great to see such a successful blogger come from my hometown! Love the rebranding and Congrats on 5 years! <3
So proud of you! Always look forward to seeing and reading your bright and happy content! Excited to see everything you have in store for us in year 6! Xo Madeleine
Congrats on 5 Years, what an accomplishment! I stumbled across your IG through Amanda Marshall’s page and I love your style and content! You’re so stinkin’ beautiful and down to earth, I’m so glad I found your blog. Congrats again on 5 years and the rebrand!?
So glad you started the blog! <3
Love the new look/rebrand! Also I really love how you are very open and gave us such a detailed background! A whole new view . . Truly beautiful! 🙂 keep it up!
First of all I’m loving the new site! Second I love that this post didn’t just speak to what you’ve learned about blogging in the last five years but instead what blogging has taught you. I really take to heart posts like this, I feel like they help give me perspective. It allows me to see that I’m not the only person who can struggle with these things. So in short, thank you ?
Congratulations on 5 years! I love your style content and really enjoy when you share personal notes too. I moved from Ohio to California and it took me a long time to start finding quality friendships. Can’t wait for more adventures!
Five years of blogging! I didn’t even know it was a thing then, but it is so wonderful to read other womens thoughts and be empowered! Maybe I will start a blog of my own?
You are such an inspriration! I absolutely adore your style Haley!
Way to show those “friends” back in CO!
I purchased the white top but it is so see through. What do you suggest should be worn under it?
Hi Julie! I wear this tank top underneath a lot of my tops, including this tank: https://rstyle.me/n/c2trddt826 xo!
I just found your blog recently, and (even though this post alone already has over 1200 comments) I just have to tell you – you are a breath of fresh air. You’re so real and relatable and nice, and several of your posts have really touched me (like the one when you got Chips). I wish I lived in Jacksonville so I could be BFF with you. Thank you!
I just came across your blog through Pinterest and I have to say, this post was super helpful! Thank you for your authentic story and advice<3