The Friday Five | August 2018

This cute outfit is linked in THIS post!

Hi there, friends!

I don’t know about y’all but this month has flown by! Fully embracing the opportunity to unplug, whether it be with my family in the mountains of North Carolina, college girlfriends in Jacksonville Beach, or one of my best friends in Spain, this month has been nothing short of a blessing … and all because of a conscious choice to let my people trump productivity and ‘doing it all’. While I love what I do, it can be easy to let the fusion that exists between my personal and professional life cause me to get too caught up in capturing the moments with people I love rather than fully being present in them. I have come to realize that I have been robbing myself of ‘rest’ when I try and capture everything. So, although I love sharing, and I am certainly a natural sharer, I’ve found a lot of joy in keeping some moments to myself …

What was it about this month that gave YOU life? Be sure to share in the comments below. One random commenter will receive a surprise gift from me. The winner will be announced on Instagram stories on Monday!

Okay, let’s get this edition of the Friday Five started! At the end of the post, I linked ALL of my outfit details from my recent trip to Spain. If you had questions about ANY outfit from my trip, it is linked in this post!

5 Items I’m Buying From The Sephora Rouge Sale

Beauty products can get really expensive … am I right? One of the reasons why I love shopping at Sephora is because the more I invest in making my beauty product purchases there, the more I am able to save when the Sephora Rouge and VIB sales come around a couple of times a year! Their Rouge sale begins today for Rouge members and VIB members get to enjoy the savings next week!

What are you purchasing?? I feel like it’s important for us to share our lists with each other because there are just SO many goods on Sephora’s website. It’s hard to be in the know on EVERYTHING, hah! So, share in the comments what you’re buying and what I might want to consider!

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A lot of what I’m considering are skincare products because those are so much more of an investment than any other beauty product. In my opinion, they’re far more important than any other beauty product. So, take advantage of the savings by investing in some of the skincare products you’ve been needing refill’s of or you’ve been tempting to try! Here’s my list:

drunk elephant skincare at sephora

Drunk Elephant

THE LITTLES

In my pursuit of being a consumer of clean and cruelty-free beauty products, it’s been hard to miss the buzz surrounding Drunk Elephant. I am so happy with the skincare products I have already invested in and use daily, as they also fit the bill as being either clean or cruelty-free. For that reason, I have been a little hesitant to check out Drunk Elephant but, I figured there couldn’t be a better time than now to give them a try to see if I’d like to incorporate any of their products into my routine as an addition or replacement. I decided to start with this eight mini product set called The Littles. It has a value of $123 but is sold at Sephora for $90, however, with the sale is $72 so that’s an over $50 savings in value! I’d say that’s a pretty good deal for EIGHT products!

vitamin c beauty product

Ole Henriksen

C-RUSH BRIGHTENING GEL CREME

Vitamin C is necessary for collagen production and maintenance. If you’re new to skincare, collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is what gives structure to your hair, skin and nails. It’s important for your skincare products to promote the production of collagen as it will help improve your skin’s youthful elasticity. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals in the skin and, ultimately, helps to soften fine lines and wrinkles and prevent new ones. My old Vitamin C cream was by a brand that was not cruelty-free so I had to part ways with it and have been keeping me eyes open for a new one. I have been looking at this one by OleHenriksen, which is a natural skincare brand based in Los Angeles, California. It’s sold at Sephora and if you peruse the list of products available to try, it’s easy to see how many of them have almost a full five stars. Today, I am picking up this C-Rush Brightening Gel Creme [if you prefer serums, they have this Vitamin C serum] and their cleansing cloth wipes. I know makeup removing wipes aren’t great but I do like getting the initial layer of makeup off with them before starting my full skincare routine. I’m also looking at trying their daily moisturizer and their cold pore mask!

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Stila

STAY ALL DAY WATERPROOF LIQUID EYELINER

I have been using this liquid eyeliner by Model Co. + Karl Lagerfeld and I absolutely love it! However, it is a little pricey and I have been looking for one that stands up to it in terms of quality but is a little easier on the bank account. I am going to try out this Stila Liquid Eyeliner. The sale price of the Stila eyeliner is $12 less than the Model Co. one, which is considerably less! So, I will report back and let you know if it’s a comparable product to the one I’ve been raving about!

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Kate Somerville

ERADIKATE ACNE TREATMENT

I absolutely love Kate Somerville products, especially her exfoliator treatment, and have been looking to see how I can incorporate more of her products into my daily skincare regimen. I don’t have many things that I need, to be honest, but an acne spot treatment is something that I don’t currently have due to having to discard some of my products with the transition to cruelty-free. So, I’m excited to give this product a try. Have you tried it? Or have you tried this one by her? Let me know if you prefer one over the other!

All of her products are cruelty-free and they are all highly rated on Sephora’s website!

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Violet Voss

MATTE ABOUT YOU EYESHADOW PALETTE

If you’re a longtime follower, you know my love for eyeshadow palettes and that, when I wear makeup, I typically have my eyes done up! Truth is, putting on eye makeup in the morning is a really fun way for me to just zone out before the day begins. I have this palette and this palette by Violet Voss and they are two of my most used. Their eyeshadow palettes offer a variety of shades that are highly pigmented and blendable. I need another eyeshadow palette like I need a hole in my head, but I am tempted by this palette made up of very basic, traditional shades that I think are perfect for everyday eyeshadow combinations, especially with the Fall season creeping up, where we’re more inclined to wear deep berry, lavendar, burnt oranges, and browns. What do you think? Work with what I’ve got or indulge??


5 Safety Tips for Traveling Solo Like A Pro

Look up the route to your destination ahead of time and familiarize yourself with it before leaving your current location.

There’s nothing wrong with having an app help you get to where you’re going but doing this will help you not look so much like a tourist, constantly looking down at the route and trying to figure out what street to turn on. 

Walk confidently.

You can easily stand out as a tourist in some destinations but I find that if you act like you know where you’re going you can really fool people into thinking you’ve been here awhile. When I’m in London, walking confidently comes very natural to me because I am so familiar and comfortable in the city. People stop me to ask me how to get places all the time. I definitely think that when you look confident and competent in the place you’re in, people will see you as that, as well, and therefore, might not mark you as a target.

Keep in touch with one person at home consistently while you’re on your trip.

Touch base with this person every morning and every evening, always keeping them up to date on your plans for the day and when you arrive safely back at your place of accommodation. This will be helpful in identifying whether there were any issues throughout your day that someone might otherwise not know about. If you don’t have a great international plan, you can always use Facebook. I personally use What’sApp but there is Viber available to use, as well.

Leave the flashy stuff at home.

You never want to draw too much attention to yourself when you’re traveling solo so as to not give anyone who might be looking for an easy target to guess maybe you’re not from the area and you’re traveling by yourself. So, leave any nice jewelry or designer items at home. When I’m walking around London by myself, with no photoshoots planned, I wear basics like skinny jeans and a tee, maybe a jean jacket, and very simple makeup … foundation, concealer, powder and mascara. 

Don’t stay out too late and don’t drink too much.

When you’re traveling alone, it’s important to keep an eye on your surroundings at all times and that can be hard to do at night, in an unfamiliar place when you’ve maybe had one too many cocktails. Drinking could also potentially cause you to become Chatty Kathy at the bar and disclose to the wrong person that you are traveling by yourself. I think it’s fun to meet new people when you’re traveling but I do think you need to pick the times and places that you disclose that information very carefully when you’re by yourself!


Five Pre-Fall Items To Buy Now

SUEDE BOOTIES

I’m such a sucker for a pointed-toe bootie, or just shoe in general. There are a lot of new booties coming out with Western influences, whether it’s a stitched design within the leather or metal adages, like this one has. I’m thinking about giving these [seen left] a try when I get home as they are a little different than the other bootie styles I already own and I have been gravitating toward suede shoes for the Fall the last few seasons. These are a little pricey, but here are some other suede bootie options that are a little more affordable:

WOOL HATS

A wool hat is the one Fall accessory that I feel completes your outfit. The great thing about this accessory is that they are typically very affordable! Here are three that I think are super cute and versatile! Two are under $100 and another is a little higher quality, which I find to have better shape:

Simply tap the hat you want to shop to be taken to the product page!

SUEDE MOTO JACKET

A suede moto jacket is to Fall what a fitted blazer is to Spring. It’s a great way to elevate any basic Fall outfit. I got this jacket in a deep purple color last year and couldn’t justify the price when I knew I wouldn’t wear it that often. After returning it, I missed out on my chance at a neutral color in my size so decided to wait to purchase it this year. I should be getting this one in the next couple of days and I’ll be sure to review it for you guys on Instastories!

I got an XS because I do remember that it runs true to size, which is a rarity in outerwear, in my opinion! So, opt for your usual size! Also, the quality of this jacket is top notch for under $200!

BLANKET SCARVES

Blanket scarves are essentially just large scarves that make you feel like you’ve wrapped yourself in the warmest blanket you own. They are a fun accessory to throw on to add a little personality to your outfit! Now is a good time to pick up a really affordable one before they’re all picked over! If none of these fit your fancy, be sure to check out a retailer like ASOS a few times a week to see their new arrivals. They always have really great, affordable blanket scarf options!

This one by White + Warren is my all time favorite, though! It may be pricey but it keeps me so warm!

BASICS

Basics are going to be the most worn items in your closet this season. Basics range from striped tees that go with cardigans and jackets to skinny jeans that go perfectly underneath your favorite over-the-knee boots! These are items that you will see bloggers style continuously and later in the season, you’ll wish you had bought them earlier because they’re sold out of your size! Buy these items now! I promise. You will thank me later!

To help you out, I have rounded up a few of my favorite basics below:


Five Things I Want To Accomplish Before the End of the Year

READ SIX BOOKS

I didn’t share my New Years Resolutions with you all but one of them was to read one book a month and, well, I’ve failed miserably at this. I started reading again while I was in Spain and am now a few chapters deep in two different books: The Londoners by Craig Taylor and Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. I read so many books when I lived in London because I always had my Kindle with me and would always read on the tube because I never had service down there. I pumped the breaks a bit when I got back and wish I hadn’t. It’s hard to start again but after getting started on those two, I really am energized to keep going. Here’s my list of books that I want to read and am challenging myself to finish six of them by the end of the year:

CATCH UP ON ALL THE TRAVEL DIARIES I OWE Y’ALL

eguisheim franceTravel diaries are some of the most time intensive blog posts that I put together for AlysonHaley.com and, while they are also one of my favorite posts to put together, I simply am not able to get them all done in as timely of a manner as I would like. This is often because, when I return from my trips, I am juggling so many other projects and investing time in other posts that also take quite a bit of time, like Friday Five’s or Beauty reviews, for example. So, before the end of the year, I’d really like to finish the travel diaries for Curaçao, Paris, Boston, Amsterdam, Positano, Lisbon, Porto and Spain. I also want to do a post on Procida, Italy and the four little fairytale towns I went to in France last year. Will it happen? Honestly, probably not. Those are going to take awhile and the busiest season of the year [for bloggers] is on its way! So, I will absolutely work hard to get the ones that I can to you but, just so I know, which of these three do you want to see? Fill in your choices HERE.

GET BACK INTO THE GYM WITH MY TRAINER

Last year, I worked out with my friend and trainer, Troy, and shared it with y’all in a couple of posts. After my travels started really picking up toward the end of the year, I was really bad about scheduling myself to get back into the gym. It was a crazy time of year for me and I just told myself that I didn’t have the time to do it. I also moved so that didn’t help. The truth is, you have time for what you make time for and I should be investing more in my health and wellness. After having knee surgery in April and going through a few rehab appointments, it was really clear to me how much weaker my right knee and thigh muscles are compared to my left. I’ve definitely been working it out with all the walking I’ve been doing in Italy, Portugal and Spain but I really need to work on strengthening. So, I’ve been thinking about calling up Troy and seeing if he’ll take me back 🙂

REDECORATE MY LIVING ROOM

I absolutely love all of the cool tones and romantic feel of my living room but I am thinking about making some changes this Fall. I am talking with my friend, Vonna Kelly, who is a local interior designer, about some ideas and I’m really excited to see what we come up with! I’ll have to introduce her to y’all. She’s super sweet and so good at what she does!

FINISH DOING THE RESEARCH THAT I NEED TO DO FOR …

So, I shared in a Travel Q&A that I did on my IG stories with Whitney that I have been talking with an immigration lawyer based in London to explore the possibility of moving there. It’s a huge decision and it would likely change / impact my business greatly. My Dad always told me that you can have all the ideas that you want but, before going after any of them, doing your research could potentially benefit the implementation of those ideas greatly. So, I’m in a research phase right now. I have the blessing and support of my family if I do want to do it. They know how much I love it there and, although they don’t want me to be that far, they would help any way they can to help me see it happen. However, I still have a few people I need / would like to speak with before making any final decisions. This is something that likely wouldn’t happen until 2020, if I’m honest, so let’s not all get ahead of ourselves, hah! There are some other things I want to do before making a move like that but I’ll be keeping those to myself for now but essentially they are things that would put me in a better position while I’m over there.


Five Spain Outfits With Earrings On Sale

Baublebar is hosting a huge 20-30% off sale right now and I styled so many of my favorites while I was in Spain. I rounded up ALL of my Spain outfits below, for your convenience, but five of them include earrings that are included in the sale!

I love these turquoise earrings so much! They are so fun paired with this top! Snag them now for up to 30% off! And, don’t miss this top, either! It comes in three other color / pattern color combinations!

These adorable statement earrings are currently on sale for up to 30% off!

I got so many sweet compliments on my jumpsuit! It is super sassy and perfect for a date night or fun night out with your girlfriends! Whit and I’s espadrille wedges were both handmade in Spain so cannot be linked.

My floral cami is actually a body suit and currently on MAJOR sale. It also comes in three other color / print options!

These adorable statement earrings are currently on sale for up to 30% off!

Everything I’m wearing, except my sunnies, is under $75!

My dress is under $55. My slides are under $70. My earrings are currently on sale!

How adorable is this dress? It flows so freely! I love it! My earrings match perfectly and are currently on sale!

Thanks for stopping by, lovelies! I hope y’all have a great weekend and thank you for showing my friends who took over the blog while I was away all the love! You guys flocked to all of their posts and I know they appreciate it, as do I! 🙂 xo.

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164 Comments

  1. Rebecca wrote:

    Love the Friday 5’s! Thank you!

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    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Thank you for reading, Rebecca! xo.

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  3. Courtney wrote:

    I sold my beautiful house, moved back to my home state and downsized.

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    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Sometimes, simplifying is just what we need! Great job, girl! xo.

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  4. LINDSAY P wrote:

    I made self-care more of a priority this month and it has been amazing! Exercising with more regularity, getting enough sleep, meditating….it’s all really helped me refocus my energy.

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    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Great job, Lindsay! This encourages me to get back into the exercise game! I’ve definitely been more intentional about getting more sleep over the last few months. It has helped me so much but I know there’s still progress to be made. As always 🙂

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  5. JM wrote:

    I traveled The Baltic States for over two weeks (just got home this week- my sleep is so messed up!!!) with my mom and I feel very refreshed and like I have a clearer head of what I want to do at the end of the year in regards to my future. I feel the trip has given me life and a sense of direction. It was the first time in honestly almost 8 years at my job that I didn’t think about it, didn’t check emails, didn’t stress about what was going on 4900 miles from where I was. I was present in the moment and enjoyed what ended up being probably one of the most relaxing European vacations I have ever had. I think I’m closer to feeling confident that change is 100% in the future.

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    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Wow. This is so encouraging! I remember you telling me you were going on this trip and it’s so nice to hear it was one that filled you up in so many ways. I hope I can do a trip like this someday! Also … this fellow travel lover needs to know … which was your favorite Baltic State and what do I need to add to my travel lust list??

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    • JM wrote:

      Vilnius, Riga, & Tallinn are all different but similar. I preferred Vilnius & Riga to Tallinn because there weren’t as many people. Tallinn had cruise ship visitors so it was crowded! I had about 2 days in Vilnius/Riga and it was plenty. I had 2 3/4 in Tallinn and felt it was too much. While Krakow in Poland isn’t a Baltic State, it’s amazing. I recommend visiting there! We did 4 nights there and I loved it!

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  6. Jennifer wrote:

    I love these posts so much! Almost forgot about the Sephora sale! I need to pick some things up!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

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  7. Janelle Wiesen wrote:

    My friends never ending support and love through what’s been a rough few months. They are the best and I don’t think I would be where I am today without them

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    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Aww, I’m so glad you have such a strong community of friends surrounding you when you have been in need of them! xo.

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  8. Katie wrote:

    I love that raspberry dress on you from Anthropologie…gorgeous!

    I also have a goal to read more books by the end of the year….I think you should suggest we all read the same book in a month so we all have a deadline…and will have to stick to it ha.

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    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Omg, Katie! That is such a fun idea! I can’t announce it a month before the month we all read it so it gives everyone time to wrap up whatever book they’re reading so they’re ready to start at the same time. Wow! Love this idea! When should we start?

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  9. Sarah wrote:

    Um can someone please hand make those espadrilles over here?!! But seriously I’m trying to get back into reading as well. I know you’re “retired” but you should check out “I wasn’t strong like this when I started out,” it’s a great book for nurses😘

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    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Oooh, I love a good healthcare read! I’ll add it to my list! Thanks for the recommendation! xo.

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  10. Jennifer Quick wrote:

    Drunk Elephant is worth every single penny. One of the best skin care lines I’ve ever used.

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    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Great to know! Thanks for the insight, Jennifer! xo.

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  11. Caroline wrote:

    Love the 5 fall must haves! Especially the hats! ❤️ Glad you had a wonderful time in Spain!

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    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Fall outfits with a nice wool hat are everything! Can’t wait until it’s time to bust those out! xo.

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  12. Kathryn Close wrote:

    August gave me life because I got to go to Savannah, Ga for my bachelorette weekend with some dear college friends I don’t see nearly enough now that I live in colorado. It refreshed me and made my heart happy.

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  13. Jessica wrote:

    Moving into our first home!! We are taking the move one day at a time and cherishing this new exciting chapter!

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  14. Gina Heuerman wrote:

    I just returned from a family vacation where I was able to spend so much quality time with not only my children but my mom, Dad, bothers, sister, and all their families! It was awesome! I know that may not sound like a great time to many, but I can’t wait to do it again next year!

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  15. Erin wrote:

    Great Friday 5! These are such fun posts to read with so much info!!! This month is bittersweet because it starts off great but by the end you feel like summer is coming to an end and that always makes me sad… This month though was a good one because I got to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the summer weather and that is always the best!

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    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Summer’s aren’t my favorite but they do always have something super sweet about them, don’t they? I enjoyed mine, as well 🙂

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  16. Kellie H. wrote:

    Thanks for the recommendation on the eyeshadow palette! It’s currently on sale at Nordstrom Rack so I could justify buying it. Like I need a new palette… haha! 🙂

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  17. Jessica wrote:

    Spending quality one-on-one time with my man this month before he starts a new job & I go back to school! Quality time is (literally) my love language and this filled me up with so much joy!

    On another note – I always love your outfits but I feel like the things you wore while in Spain were just extra fab! You can tell that this trip was good for your soul; you are just glowing with happiness in all the pics!

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    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Awww, thanks Jessica. That was such a sweet comment! I really appreciate that! It truly was. xo!

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  18. Casey wrote:

    Okay first, OBSESSED with these posts. Absolutely love them to see what you have been eyeing and things we should look at!

    Second, being with my family this month on vacation has given me life! My parents, siblings, and I all live in different states and we did a family vacation for 10 days and got to explore Seattle and British Columbia together. Time to unplug and be present with the ones we love is the absolute BEST thing.

    Thanks again for sharing so much of what you do!

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  19. Sherry wrote:

    Hi Haley! I thoroughly enjoy reading every single one of your blogposts! You are so detailed and I can tell you spend a great amount of time on them! Posts like this where you talk about potentially moving to London in the future makes me realize we should all definitely chase after our dreams and not be afraid! Praying you end up in London, have been following you for so many years and I can tell that’s where your heart belongs!
    I have started working out with my boyfriend this past month and I dread going to the gym but every time I finish a workout I feel like a new person! I’m so sore but its a good feeling! Hoping you have a relaxed weekend with the boys!

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  20. Melissa wrote:

    I always look forward to your Friday posts. It’s such a great and inspirational way to cap off the week by reading what you post.

    I travelled to Europe for the first time this month and oh my goodness did it give me life. It allowed me to get out of my little American bubble and experience other cultures and do things I wouldn’t normally do – like face a fear of heights by skydiving over the most incredible mountain peak in Switzerland. And quite honestly, aside from all of the fun adventures I had, I was able to take a step back from my day-to-day life and see some of the big decisions I need to make in a new light. The trip was just a breath of fresh air and it truly gave me new perspective in life to come home and put my best foot forward out of bed each and every morning (after the jet lag wears off, of course!)

    Thank you for the ongoing openness you share – please keep it coming because it really is inspiring!

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  21. Ashley wrote:

    What gave me life this month was going to the Taylor Swift concert in ATL – there were some issues with my ticket from the vendor’s end, so I ended up getting upgraded to floor seats and was about 10 feet away from Taylor, it was incredible!!! I also loved the takeover, I think it’s awesome your tribe came together to give you a break! 💜

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  22. Nina wrote:

    I’ve booked my first solo trip this month! Just a long weekend to Newport, RI to get my feet wet, hoping Europe next year. So not only is that super exciting to me, your Friday 5 was great timing with travel tips!

    http://www.financetofashion.com

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  23. Allison R wrote:

    I traveled to Alaska for 10 days and it was rejuvenating! We were in a spot with no tv or cell service and I got to focus on being present in the moment. I enjoyed interacting with people who I found inspiring. I came back with a confidence and a determination to start working on my goals again. I also have started improving on my relationship with God. I only expected a relaxing fishing trip in the wilderness, but came back with so much more! 💕

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  24. Brooke wrote:

    Love the book suggestions! I’m an avid reader, and will be picking up the Londoner’s ASAP. I’ve been busy helping get ready for my sisters wedding at the beginning of September. It’s going to be such a beautiful wedding and I’m so excited to be her MOH. I’m also preparing for a London/Paris trip in October so that has me beyond excited!

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  25. Constance wrote:

    spending tine with my family in the mountains in a cute cabin with no service or wifi gave me life!!! xo

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  26. I am in love with the pink dress! Adding leopard as an accessory is perfect!
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
    http://mllecoconath.com

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  27. Lindsay V wrote:

    Spending quality time with my pup!

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  28. Brittani wrote:

    The thing that gave me life this month was my husband and I’s first trip to Europe! I studied your blog for the best suggestions in London (loved the hotel) and we truly maxed out our time there. I loved every bit of London – thank you for sharing your travel suggestions!

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  29. Allison wrote:

    I travled to Alaska this month for 10 days and it was totally rejuvenating! We were in a spot with no tv or cell service and I was able to truly be present in the moment. I was able to talk and share with people that inspired me. I came back with a confidence and a determination to go after the goals that I’ve set aside. I also have started to improve my relationship with God, and that’s brought so much peace! I thought I was only going on a fishing trip in the wilderness, but I came back with so much more!

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  30. Regina wrote:

    My vote for the 3 travel diaries you get to first are Portugal cities, Italy, and Spain. I haven’t had anything too eventful this month, but I’ll be going to Italy in the very close upcoming future and am looking forward to that!

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  31. Christina D wrote:

    I live in the Midwest, so I truly try to take advantage of the beautiful weather in the summertime! What gave me life this month was spending time outside with family and friends for concerts and get-togethers.

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  32. Nicole F wrote:

    What a great roundup, and how exciting that you’re considering a move to London! That would be so exciting!! I just shopped the Sephora sale this morning and restocked some of my Drunk Elephant items bc I completely agree with investing in good, CLEAN skincare! Throughout August I’ve been spending as much quality time as possible with my little sister before she moves back to school tomorrow – it has given me life all month!!

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  33. Caitlin Eason wrote:

    Loved watching your instastories with Whitney during your travels in Spain!!! Such a beautiful, vibrant country..it has def been added to my must see travel list!

    I also love the month of August for many reasons! But luckily, I got to take a trip home to Alabama for 10 days to see my fam and begin wedding planning! I currently live in nyc and it’s just nice to go home and have a slower pace in life to enjoy the outdoors and quiet time with my fam! We even got to go wedding dress shopping together! 😀😀 So grateful for moments like that! ❤️

    Thanks for sharing Haley! Love the Friday 5’s!!🤗

    Xx,
    Caitlin E @caitash

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  34. Ashley Melson wrote:

    Love Friday Five posts! This month the thing that has given me life is feeling more settled in a new job and having some big successes in the new role…and, if I’m honest, looking forward to our R&R trip to Whistler, Canada (starting today)! So excited to recharge in such a beautiful place. Just started Eleanor Oliphant as my first vacation read!

    Published 8.24.18 · Reply
  35. Sonu wrote:

    Fun post as always, Hayley! What’s given me life this month was a two-week trip to Croatia where I disconnected, swam in the Adriatic Sea, let go of any and all routines, and gave myself permission to play like a little kid again!

    Published 8.24.18 · Reply
  36. Angela wrote:

    Loveee this post! The weather and my family gave me life this month. My life is finally, finally , finally turning around for my family and I. I could not be more excited for what’s to come for us now. I prayed everyday for this and I finally see the life I’m meant to live!!! Thank you for always being so inspirational 💕💕

    Published 8.24.18 · Reply
  37. Sarah wrote:

    Love your travel tips! Can’t wait to read more of your travel diaries too, it looks like you’ve been having a great time!
    xx Sarah
    daytripx.wordpress.com

    Published 8.24.18 · Reply
  38. Kelly Z wrote:

    Oh I love the Girls Wash Your Face book! It’s been absolutely addicting. Hope you enjoy it! On another note, I once made a big move and it’s such a wonderful and enriching event. I hope everything works out!

    Published 8.24.18 · Reply
  39. Jessie wrote:

    Wow! That was a come back! Such a good post to come back to. So much info. I want to try the little from drunk elephant. I didn’t know they were on sale! Thank you for that. This month I enjoyed celebrating my husband’s birthday and soaking up the end of summer with my sweet boys. My oldest starts school on Monday. Summer always flies by.

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  40. Rachel wrote:

    I went to a conference in the beginning of the month for my side hustle and after taking the summer off due to my main job being crazy, the conference was JUST what I needed to feel motivated again 💗

    I’d love to hear what you think of the books you’re reading when you’re finished and I’ll keep you and London in my prayers, friend! 🙌🏻

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  41. Heather M wrote:

    Hi Haley! I saw your IG stories asking what people thought about the takeover. I already follow a few of the girls that participated in the takeover and loved getting to see another post from them. My only suggestion is that i didn’t find anything unique about the post to your site. I.e I feel like you could have also written the posts as they are all similar interest. I would have loved to see a fitness post or an “expert” posts (like from a skilled chef). Just something you may not have been able to write yourself. But I did love the girls and maybe that was the intent – to have content consistent with the blog.

    Published 8.24.18 · Reply
    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Hey Heather! Thanks for the insight and feedback. Yeah, that was the intent 🙂 Just because I can’t get to every type of content that is requested of me so I wanted to cover topics that y’all request from me frequently so that you’re request is still being honored. But, I do love your suggestion! Thank you! xo.

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  42. Ange wrote:

    Love the Friday’s 5s and all things travel that you do. Hawaii recharged me this month and I too want to read more- however with two little girls it’s a bit tricky right now. One day! Go for London! I would love to go back and live there again 💕

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  43. Melanie wrote:

    What gave me life this month was that I became a first time auntie to a sweet little girl.

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  44. Katelyn Patrick wrote:

    I spent a lot of time this month thinking about self care, this post is great and gave me some fresh ideas to think about myself and how I want to round out the year!

    I love the idea of reading more, it’s always so relaxing, especially when it’s a ‘real book’ and not on a device!

    Hope you’re enjoying your time reunited with your boys

    Katelyn

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  45. Lindsey wrote:

    I love the Friday fives and the blogger take over! It was nice to see some new girls and for you to enjoy your trip! Thank you for all your hard work you put in for all of us!

    Published 8.25.18 · Reply
  46. Colleen Sheehan wrote:

    Love this post! What gave me life this month is attending two weddings of people I love with family and friends, so fun!

    Published 8.25.18 · Reply
  47. Jaime wrote:

    I started back to work (teacher w/summers off) and a major project I’ve been working on is finally launching! And I was given another project for getting teens involved in drug prevention that is just so exciting! That is giving me so much life as I am a mom to a teen and an almost teen!

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  48. Molly wrote:

    It’s funny. Not much has changed in the month of August but I certainly feel refreshed in a way. I think for me it has been just taking life one step at a time. Even in the crazy hustle of life, to just take it one step at a time makes it feel like its going slower and gives me time to find enjoyment. Always love your friday fives 💕

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  49. Amanda Shoultz wrote:

    Honestly, having a quiet weekend to myself has given me life. I find myself on the go and never take the time I truly need to just turn off and recharge. Plus my family is coming in from out of town to visit, so this is the perfect weekend to refresh and look forward to some much needed family time.
    P.S. thank you for this post! I’ve been searching for skincare products that truly make a difference for my skin!

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  50. Brooke wrote:

    The Stila eyeliner is my personal favorite. I have tried many and this has the best one I’ve come across yet. Hope you like it!

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  51. Ashima wrote:

    I went on a Baltic Sea cruise with my family and extended family! It was a perfect getaway for me while I was transitioning into a new job. St. Petersburg was by far my favorite city!!

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  52. Lana wrote:

    Love the Friday’s 5! Also love all drunk elephant products, I think I’m going to purchase the minis during the sale.

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  53. Allie M wrote:

    Love your thoughts and tips on the Sephora sell! Thanks for all your wonderful post!

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  54. Sarah wrote:

    I’ve really been trying to focus on my wellbeing, eating right, exercising, and really focusing on being positive about things that might not be so great. Super tough as a single mom but I need to be my best self for my son 😊

    Published 8.25.18 · Reply
  55. Alicia Trottier wrote:

    Love your travel blogs so much, they inspire me to want to travel to some less known destinations. Love your hair and makeup info and reviews also. Keep up the good work!!!

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  56. Kristi wrote:

    I survived moving my first born away to college. It was emotional and traumatic, as expected, but it was also wonderful. I’m so proud of both of our accomplishments (a parents work often gets overlooked at this milestone!), and I’m so excited for this next phase of our relationship.

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  57. Alison wrote:

    I’ve been wanting to try out Drunk Elephant, too! I didn’t know about the Littles, and with it being on sale, I’m definitely going to grab a set, too. Thanks!

    Published 8.25.18 · Reply
  58. Kristen wrote:

    In August I got to slow down and not be so busy all the time, which was a much needed break!

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  59. Peyton wrote:

    I am a teacher, and I returned back to school this month. I love getting back into the classroom and meeting all of my new littlest each August. Also, I prepped lots of new material this summer and I was so excited to implement it this school year.

    Love the Friday 5’s!

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  60. Holly wrote:

    I leave for Portugal and Spain in 2 weeks and your blog has been incredibly helpful in helping me prepare this past month! Love your content! If you had one thing to recommend to do in Porto, I would love to know :). Can’t wait for your upcoming travel diaries!

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  61. Kourtney wrote:

    Something that gave me life this month was starting my first (real) job out of college! This is something that has made me feel so confident and energized and ready to take on anything!! 🙂 (LOVE the Friday 5 btw)

    Published 8.25.18 · Reply
  62. Padma wrote:

    Love the Friday Five!
    What gave me life is having a less stressful work schedule and being able to enjoy summer!

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  63. Lauren wrote:

    Love the Friday fives Haley! My babe turned 5 months this month, he’s really blossoming into a sweet little boy and I’m settling into motherhood, feeling good! Xo.

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  64. Sara Croom wrote:

    💕Still love the Friday Fives and cannot wait to hear reviews on your skincare purchases! Right now, plans are being made for my move to NYC, and it’s giving me life! 🏙 As a girl from a small town in NC, I’ve always had the travel bug and been eager to get out and explore this beautiful world!— In college I lived in Wales for a while and the UK just feels so natural for me. Like you, London is also one of my absolute favorites. I thank you for sharing your travel journeys with us; it’s very inspiring. I know I’ll be channeling my inner Alyson Haley for my move to NYC 💕

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  65. Heather wrote:

    The thing that is giving me life this month is focusing on me rather than my to-do list. Listening to my body, not pushing things and just being present have really helped. Yes, the list is still there but I’m not being weighed down by it either.

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  66. Sarah wrote:

    Well, my birthday was earlier this month and I’m low key obsessed with birthdays 😂 Seeing my family and friends go out of their way to make me feel special (just because they know how extra I am) really made this an awesome month! That and the DE littles I got from my husband are giving me life 🤗

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  67. I’m a new follower and I’m absolutely obsessed with your blog now! Thank you for sharing and I can’t wait to see what you post next!

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  68. Jessica O wrote:

    What gave me life this month was seeing three of my best friends with their brand new babies! I am so fortunate to live driving distance to them and it was so heartwarming to see them in this new role and meet the new additions to our tribe.

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  69. Taylor wrote:

    This month has been great! My birthday is tomorrow and i have been anticipating vacationing with my family this week all month long (we’re close to you – Amelia Island!) It definitely got me through the long days at work.

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  70. Alexis McDaniel wrote:

    It was my birthday this month!!!! And although some may see getting older as a bad thing, I embrace aging every year because it’s LITERALLY giving me more life. Last year two weeks after my 34 birthday I had been diagnosed with a rare cancer. I had to undergo treatments of all sorts this past year one of which included harvesting embryos for future babies with my husband. So, with all the negatives I faced in my 34th year, I have been patiently counting down to August to start my 35th. I’m grateful for life, and look forward to everyday…Your blog and insta stories have kept me entertained while I was in the hospital (especially fish and chips) and my heart ached for you when you cried with nerves about being put under for anesthesia for your knee. So, like you mentioned in your post, make sure you and your health are a priority so we can all keep living our fabulous lives.

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  71. Lisa wrote:

    Hi! I love love your posts.
    I was actually looking for some new skincare options as my skin needs something new! I’ve never tried the drunk elephant products so this is probably a great time for me to do so!
    I recently started law school— so I am in the process of re doing my wardrobe and would love a post or s few stories on how to create a business professional wardrobe with basics💼
    🤗🤗☺️☺️

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  72. Emma wrote:

    This is my last month in the city I’ve been living in for the last 8 years. I know I’m going on to do better and greater things but it’s been bittersweet. I’ve absolutely LOVED hanging with my friends who have supported me through this decision, and enjoying my last times in this city! I’m definifely going to miss it 💕

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  73. Alexis wrote:

    Trying to smile more and practice gratitude! 😊

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  74. Kaylyn wrote:

    I started my weight loss journey May 1st, I’ve had a really stressful year and new I needed to do something! I have two beautiful daughters and I want to be around to see them grow up. Well this month I hit a goal of 50lbs gone and now almost to 60! I would definitely say this has given me life this month!! 🙌🏼❤️

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  75. Lori wrote:

    August gave me life because I got to be the Maid of Honor at my best friends wedding. We have known each other for 16 years!!! I had all the feels that day!

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  76. Amy wrote:

    I just got engaged & I guess that’s what it took for me to crack down on my skincare routine (I’ve had one but was very lax about it). I’m thankful that you broke down some favorites that I can get from the Sephora sale!

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  77. Melissa Breden wrote:

    My husband has been gone all month (serves in the Navy) and just being surrounded by such good work folks has been a blessing in disguise. I’m in the midst of preparing to move back home and just having my support system behind my little family, has been HUGE! xo

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  78. Ashley Farrar wrote:

    I love that you are now sharing cruelty free skincare and makeup! One thing I have still struggled with is “high end” vegan handbags…would love to see if you have came across any quality options!!! Also, this Friday’s post was one of my favs!!!!

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  79. Kylie wrote:

    August FLEW by! I’ve spent my time off organizing my house to get it ready for fall. Something about starting a new month/season organized really helps motivate me!

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  80. Cyndi wrote:

    Loved the fall faves, ready for fall!! August was an eye opening month. My grandfather passed and it opened my eyes to what is really important in life. Love that never ends, taking each moment day by day and spending as much time with family as you can. Our family pulled together for my grandmother and she was so strong! I’m happy we are going back end of this month to celebrate her 80th birthday!!

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  81. Alina Schwarz wrote:

    Hi Haley,

    Great post! I love all the outfit details from Madrid. My favourite dress is the pink one from anthropology.

    What gave me life this month is enjoying my pregnancy and feeling my baby girl move inside me. Every time she kicks it makes me so happy. Y can’t believe I have only 27 days left from my pregnancy.

    Happy weekend!!!

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  82. Taylor W wrote:

    I always look forward to your Friday Fives! I definitely need to invest in a wool hat for fall this year!

    August was a fun month of travel for me! I started the month in Mallorca, Spain for a celebratory weekend getaway, and I just returned home from a quick trip to London! It was Harry Potter filled, and the Cursed Child is just as amazing as everyone says! When you find yourself in London again, Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour is an adorable cocktail bar staged like the early 1900s, with over 200 types of gin!

    But honestly, there’s nothing like coming home to my sweet pups! They’re the main babes in my life! Haha

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  83. Anne wrote:

    Last week I travelled back to Atlanta (where my husband is from) and Alabama (where my family is from) to just reconnect with my roots and it was absolutely amazing! Typically, my husband and I are always trying to do something new, so it was a nice change to do something that is so close to our hearts.

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  84. S Clark wrote:

    Hosted a charity fundraiser at our home. It always feels good to give back!

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  85. Hannah wrote:

    Love this! Spain looks like it was amazing! My mom came to visit me from out of town and that gave me life this month!

    Published 8.25.18 · Reply
    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Mom’s are the best 🙂 xo.

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  86. Naira wrote:

    My twin 3 year old boys starting preschool this month. It was the scariest and most exciting experience. 🙂 Love reading your posts.

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  87. NICOLE wrote:

    I let go of so much that was weighing me down….in every sense! August has been a fresh start and outlook on life! ❤️

    Published 8.25.18 · Reply
    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Good for you, girlfriend! Live free xx!

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  88. This month was the transition from the last couple weeks of summer with my 6 year old to his first day of school. It was a bittersweet month! I got to put down work and try to have actual FUN with my kid and then got the sweet switch to a fresh new schedule to get back to myself outside of being a mom and work on my business and friendships. (All while doing it on my own since my husband had to go on tour with Johnnyswim!) I feel refreshed, empowered, and motivated all while holding on to the last fun memories of summer while they’re still fresh in my heart and mind 🙂

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    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      SWEET GIRL! Omg, I was reading this on my phone and read the comment before reading who left it and I saw ‘husband touring with Johnnyswim’ and was about to start typing frantically “DO YOU KNOW MARIA BERLIN” bahaahhaha You are Maria 😉 I think I’m going to the NEEDTOBREATHE / JS show in Oct. Will you be there?

      Let me just say … I adore and admire you so much. You are such a rockstar Mom, all the while killing it with your photography business and supporting your hubs’ dreams, despite the sacrifices that that puts on you. It’s been fun to watch you grow and I am so happy to hear you’re feeling refreshed and empowered! If you’re ever out at the beach, let’s grab coffeeee! Would love to see your face xx!

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  89. Cara wrote:

    A solo, week-long work trip to a brand new city, Dallas, (a first for me!) allowed me some personal growth through a successful exploration of the city. Also, being surrounded by so many other professionals who feel just as passionate as I do about my work reignited the fire in me

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  90. Kris wrote:

    Love Friday five

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  91. Kristin wrote:

    Becoming an aunt again! I’m also excited to meet up with all my college friends this weekend.

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  92. Mel wrote:

    Absolutely loved this post! This was my first time reading a friday five post and I can tell how much work it takes and how much you put into it! I am especially excited to see you post about your living room makeover on stories and here since I’m all about interior design lately. Have a good wknd!!

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  93. Amy Filice wrote:

    The thing that gave me life this month was getting all of our moving plans finalized. My husband is in the military, so we live the “hurry up and wait” life. Which drives me bonkers because I am a planner who likes to know what’s coming up. We got our packing dates, pick up date, delivery date, and our new house all this month. It has been a crazy month but also very rewarding. | Also I appreciate your recommendation on the Ole Henrikson brightening creme. I got a sample of the eye creme in the Sephora Play! box and have been loving it.

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  94. Alisha Rich wrote:

    I love how in the post about the products you put why it’s important to use and explain how it works! Super helpful when deciding what to use and get. Thank you!

    Published 8.25.18 · Reply
    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Happy to help! 🙂 xo.

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  95. Lauren wrote:

    I am going back to a rigorous schedule of working, interning with my county’s Behavioral Health team, and finishing up my MSW. I took two weeks off starting at the emd of July – mid August to get what I needed done, visit loved ones, and just have some time to myself before it all gets hectic again 🙂 Btw, the DE Littles was all it took for me to become hooked! Their Sukari Babyfacial is also amazing 🙂

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    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Haha, great to know! Can’t wait to try some new products!

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  96. Mandy Megan wrote:

    Graduating from my accelerated nursing program earlier this month gave me life! This wasn’t the original career path I had envisioned for myself, but once I realized that nursing gave me the career and home life I wanted I hit the books for a fast paced 12 month education. Graduating that program with women and men who became some of my best friends was such a wonderful feeling of accomplishment and a great start to the career I want. Now onto studying for the NCLEX…

    Published 8.25.18 · Reply
    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      WHEW! Hats off to you, sister! I know how intense that program is! You should be very proud! Good luck on NCLEX, xo.

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  97. Caitlin Eason wrote:

    LOVE the Friday 5!! Thanks for posting about the Sephora sale too, you always have the best beauty and skin picks!! And you and Whitney are the cutest friends, loved seeing yalls travel diaries on stories!! 🤗🤗 I was SO happy to get to spend time with my family and fiancés family the past two weeks I’ve had off of work! Family time is something I always cherish!! ❤️

    Xx,
    Caitlin @caitash 🙋🏻‍♀️😘

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  98. Tara F. wrote:

    I booked a trip this month to go to Cancun next summer with my husband. Even though it’s far away I am looking forward to some time together (toddler free)! Thanks for the Friday Five!

    Published 8.25.18 · Reply
    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Cancun gets such a bad wrap but if you pick the right resort … it’s amazing!! The water there is so gorgeous!

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  99. Kristin wrote:

    Love the leopard purse you wore in Spain 🇪🇸

    Published 8.25.18 · Reply
    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Thanks!

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  100. Sarah Donahue wrote:

    Thanks for sharing your Sephora sale picks! Can’t wait to get some Drunk Elephant products!

    Published 8.25.18 · Reply
    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Drunk Elephant is all. the. rage. right now! xo.

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  101. Rebecca wrote:

    This month I have really taken a hard look at my stress level due to work and am taking some steps to reduce that stress. I am starting to meditate daily, which I find is helping me a lot and also helping me sleep better at night.
    I am also very excited to be traveling to Houston in a few days to visit my sister, little niece, and their family. I love my Auntie time!
    There are definitely a few things on my Sephora list to purchase when I’m there, including the Sephora Favorites dry shampoo set, which is a great deal for 5 travel-sized dry shampoos to try.
    I’m glad you got away to Spain with Whitney and were able to soak it all in without worrying about creating and publishing blog posts. It’s so important to be able to unplug and invest fully in your physical and mental health by taking a break 🙂

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  102. What GAVE ME LIFE this month has to be…we went on a vacation where we (my family of 6) couldn’t use any electrics!!! No wifi…nothing!!! With today..how everyone has a cell phone/iPad/laptop etc..watching movies, Netflix, texting, Social media etc….we went for a few days and WAS UNPLUGGED from the world..it was just me and my family (4 kids n hubby) we TALKED..played games..being a FAMILY with no interruptions!! That is truly a GIFT of LIFE!!! Playing cards, dominos, hop scotch….jacks (with rocks n a ball) discovering nature!!! LISTENING to NATURE!!! The BEST GIFT OF LIVING!!! ❤️

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  103. Megan Laughlin wrote:

    Reading! One of my New Years resolutions (which I never keep) was so read before bed instead of being on my phone. My goal is 52 books this year (average one a week) and I knocked out a bunch this month! It’s the 34th week of the year and I just finished book 38! 🙂

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    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Wow!! That’s incredible! I can never keep my eyes open at night to read before bed! I wish I had this talent hah! Instead, I am trying to be intentional about stopping work in the afternoon to enjoy a cup of coffee and a few chapters in whatever book I’m reading for 30 minutes. I hope that’ll help me knock out a few books before the end of the year!

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  104. Alicia wrote:

    My own trip to Spain this summer!

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  105. Ashley wrote:

    This month it was starting my dream job after graduating college!! It has been such a crazy transition but it has been invigorating to see the potential my future has!♥️

    I loved this post! Thanks for sharing!!

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  106. Nichol Smee wrote:

    My dad has cancer and started radiation this month, and we have seen God move in SO many ways! In the midst of walking through something hard, I have never been more aware of Gods overwhelming love for me, and the whole family. We have been blessed beyond measure and have received tremendous JOY, including through a brand new baby 💕 What I anticipated to be a maybe not so good month, God intended to bless the family. There have been and will continue to be ups and downs, but God has absolutely sustained us and given us LIFE ❤️

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  107. Lauren wrote:

    I started reading the devotional book called “Embraced” and really LOVE it!! It is so applicable and inspiring 🙂

    Published 8.25.18 · Reply
    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Thank you for sharing! I’m going to look it up! xo.

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  108. Kelsey Stephens wrote:

    I tried a month of no sugar or processed food and I feel amazing!! 🤗 also I loved the blogger takeover!

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    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      That’s so admirable!! I really want to do that some time but I am so scared! LOL, can you share any resources that you used?

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  109. Linda wrote:

    My son was visiting here for a few weeks and we are planning a trip to Greece soon with your travel guide!

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  110. Lauren wrote:

    Loved this post! My niece and nephews visit gave me life this month! It’s great to view things through the eyes of a child! 🙂

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  111. Talor wrote:

    Thank you for sharing cruelty free and clean products!! Tula has given my skin a refreshing glow I have longed for.

    Published 8.25.18 · Reply
    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      So happy to hear your skin is loving TULA! 🙂 xo.

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  112. Jane Ann Worrell wrote:

    Love Friday five posts the month. Went skydiving with my brothers, husband and Mom to celebrate her 60th birthday! Not sure you can feel more alive than skydiving – such an amazing experience!

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  113. Lynnely wrote:

    Seeing all of your travel this month gave me life! I’m heading to Europe next month for my first “big girl” Europe trip without my parents. Seeing all of our posts made me so excited to have my own experiences and create my own memories! I need to go through all of your and Whitney (Blonde Atlas) travel guides!!

    On another note, I’m a VIB member and had no clue about a sale next week. I’ve been meaning to order some new skincare, so I’m glad I procrastinated haha!

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    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Wow! That’s so exciting! Where are you heading??

      And, yes! Wait until next week for your 20% off code! xo.

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  114. Harlea wrote:

    I’ve amped up my skincare this month and it’s got me feeling like a new person!!

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  115. Courtney wrote:

    A trip to the beach gave me life this month! It had been far too long (6 years) since I’d had any sand between my toes. I’ll never wait that long again! My family and I had such a good time!

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  116. Mary wrote:

    My 3 month old baby started sleeping through the night so that definitely started giving me life!!! It gave me the extra sleep I have needed to get all the extra projects done (like her nursery….!!) she came early so we never finished that!! I finally feel recharged and refreshed!!

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  117. Melissa Petta wrote:

    Getting an MRI and finding out I remain cancer free. Life throws you constant curveballs. It’s how you react and decide to handle each obstacle that will get you to a better place. So grateful for my relationship with God and my family and friends.

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    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Yes, girl! Amen! So so true! Perspective and gratitude is everything. Happy to hear about your results! xo.

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  118. Bridget wrote:

    This makes me need the drunk elephant kit!! This month, getting to travel and making a big decision about my next steps in my career are giving me passion and a spark in life that I’m so grateful for!

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  119. Brett wrote:

    My trips to visit friends in Kentucky and Idaho gave me life this month!!

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  120. katie r. wrote:

    i love this!! such a cute post!!

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  121. Ashley Frandsen wrote:

    This month, my husband and I welcomed our baby boy into our family! He is currently only 3 days old and is the greatest blessing we could have ever asked for. Thankful for your blog posts as I love reading them while I’m awake during the night feeding my baby.

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  122. Mary wrote:

    My best friend and I have been trying to get together for months ( we live in different states), and it just HASN’T worked out because of crazy schedules. Out of the blue, she called and said she’s in FL. Naturally, I was ecstatic and spent the weekend in Orlando with her. So thankful!

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  123. ashley baca wrote:

    loved this edition of friday five!

    i went back to work this month after taking 9 months off on maternity leave. So what gave me life this month is appreciating the quality time with my kids now that im with them less.

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  124. Tanya wrote:

    Wow thank you for sharing all this! It must have taken forever to get this together 🙌🏻 I love reading your posts!!

    This month some mommy podcasts have given me life. Summers are crazy with kids and sometimes you need a reality check and to just be happy that you have crazy, healthy kids 🤪🤪😴😴

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  125. Shannon wrote:

    Life changing thing this month: remembering to STOP and make time for myself – even in the bussiest of times!

    August has been my bussiest month this year (literally something after work almost every day from the 1st to Labor Day), switching jobs, traveling, hosting friends & planning a wedding — yet I’ve realized that I MUST stop & take time for myself to just relax, unwind and rest – or read my book. Life changing for me, because I literally never stop. 💜💜

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  126. Nidhi wrote:

    I’ve been pretty sick these past 3ish months and what gave me life was literally the news that my treatments have finally started working! I can’t wait to go back to a normal life, work, etc.

    I enjoyed following your trip!

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  127. Sara McCallum wrote:

    Hi! Thanks for a wonderful Friday five!! I take care of my sweet babies all day and needed to join a gym to give me life!! 😘 ps I love that skin care line!!

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  128. Meg S. wrote:

    I always love your Friday Five!! You have the best content, I love it! I am bookmarking all of your travel posts for my dream Europe trip!! They are absolutely amazing, not only do you include suggestions on where to go and stay, clothing recommendations but also tips and tricks for making the most of your trip. You can really tell how much love and effort you put into all your posts! 💗💗💗

    I cannot believe that August is almost over! One thing I truly cherish is that we recently got back from a super quick trip back “home” where my husband & I grew up and we got to celebrate our youngest baby girl (we also have a daughter that just turned 6 and Boy Girl Twins that are almost 5), our sweet rainbow baby’s 1st birthday with some of our family and friends. It was a fabulous and fun day. And I was shocked when my mom and only full blood sister that I have been estranged from for the last almost 17 years showed up, hopefully it’s a step in the right direction to healing our relationship.

    Keep up the amazing work!! 💗

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  129. Samantha wrote:

    Surrounding myself with positive people is giving me life! 💕 Truly beginning to see the importance of it. Oh, and wine! 🙌🏻

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  130. Jodi wrote:

    What gives me life is my niece and nephew! Seriously I could be having the worst day and just taking time being around them is my therapy 🙂 xo

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  131. Jennifer Reed wrote:

    I adore the Friday 5’s and appreciate the hard work I imagine goes into them! ❤️❤️❤️

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  132. Beatriz wrote:

    Love The Friday Five! This month was full of birthday celebrations as well as many trips planned for the end of the year: Alberta (because of you), Japan and Costa Rica! Keep up the great work!

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  133. Jessica Ruiz wrote:

    I found out that a big chapter in my life was coming to a close, but it opened up a new door/beginning for me!

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  134. Alice wrote:

    My job allowing me to be able to pick up my grandson after school (1st grade) And to spend the rest of the day with him ❤️

    Thanks

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  135. Ursula wrote:

    This month have has been tough, I turned 37 in July and I see it and feel now in my face and body…not easy on any woman. But I decided to try something new that I never felt comfortable to try, it’s Pure Barre, which may sound silly to most, but being new in class and not knowing AT ALL what I’m doing is scary to me. I’m going for it and trying to embrace my age 😊

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  136. Mindy wrote:

    I have my first solo trip coming up! Can’t wait and a little nervous.

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