Link up & Guest Post: 3 Fashion “Rules” to live by when choosing outfits

October 27, 2015

Today I am honored to introduce to you my new found blogging buddy and hopefully future graphic designer for this here little space, Haley of Stylish Muse. She is a fashion blogger that I love to watch blossom and make her graphic design business and love for the Lord and new hubby grew. I can’t wait for you to read what she has to offer as far as fashion tips that she follows and how you can better get to know her.


Hey Garay Treasures readers! I’m Haley and blog over at Stylish Muse, which is a fashion + lifestyle blog as well! I have been following Rachel’s blog for almost a year now and I am so excited to meet some of her readers. Please stop by so we can connect, just make sure to comment on one of my posts with your link so I can go visit your blog! I love meeting + following new bloggers.

Fashion to me is finding little treasures at thrift stores that you can’t take your eyeballs off of. I wanted to share three fashion “rules” that I tend to live by when choosing my outfits. I believe the main rule of fashion is to never stop creating your own unique rules. Every one has such an incredible style that says something about their personality, which is one of my favorite things about styling!

1. Break out of your pattern comfort zone.

Okay so be a little crazy. Don’t just wear stripes, wear dots and stripes. Think about all the different patterns that may mix well and then go with it! The best way to find out which patterns go together is having a pile of patterned clothing to the right of you and a mirror in front of you. Go crazy and play model for half an hour, learning about how to wear the clothes that are already in your closet even better.

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2. Sometimes not following the rules is totally okay

Oops. I wore white after labor day. Twice. But hey I wanted to wear white and so I did it and I got tons of compliments. Just because there is a rule doesn’t mean you have to follow it in the fashion world. I have plenty of friends that refuse to wear white religiously after the first week of September but I simply decide to wear whatever I want, white or not.

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3. Adding bold pops of color throughout your outfits is something fun and exciting.

These shoes are my favorite because what a fantastic way to include that bold pop that I want. Surprisingly, they are super comfortable and I only got them for $2 at Goodwill (obsessed with that place).

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It is so nice to meet you and don’t forget to stop by Stylish Muse so that we can connect! I’m so excited that I get to co-host with Rachel this week and dip my toes in the “link-up world” before I have my own link-up that I am hosting with another fashion blogger. If you want in on our first link-up just send me your name and email at 🙂 Don’t want anyone to miss out!

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Now on to the link up:

Meet your Host: Rachel of Garay Treasures blog:

IMG_2430Rachel is a former full time preschool special education teacher turned full time stay-at- home mom of four children with a passion for substitute teaching and blogging at Garay Treasures on the side. Garay Treasures is a fashion and lifestyle blog with some added posts on faith and everyday treasures. Rachel loves drinking several cups of coffee a day (hot or iced), blogging, and reading and playing with her children. You can follow Rachel by bloglovin, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

Meet your guest co-host (and guest poster for today) Haley of Stylish Muse blog:

Hi I’m Haley! I run a fashion blog called Stylish Muse and tend to like girly things. I have as many shades of lipstick as I do HTML videos saved on YouTube. My passion for Web Design stemmed from all the late nights I devoted to coding for my blog. My God is as important as oxygen, I do believe. I married a football coach/computer nerd and am lovin’ every second. Lemon water is my drug of choice and I am kind of high maintenance about it. A part of me will always believe I am half Italian because of my over-the-top love for pasta. Fashion to me is finding little treasures in thrift stores that you can’t take your eyeballs off of. I thrive off of adventure and nice people. Nice to meet you!
You can connect with Haley through the following medias: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Bloglovin

Now on to the featured five from last week and link up:


I loved reading Monica’s recent ghost stories and most recent and linked up about the Asylum “Greystone” in NJ. Some spooky and sad stuff there (as well as a cute outfit post) so check it out here if you are looking for some ghost stories.

Fall & Halloween Home Tour

Speaking of Halloween and ghosts, check out Jill’s home decor and home tour for the fall and Halloween here.

Maison Scotch peplum dress and sole society romy booties

I fell in love with Adri’s boho dress and smile, check out the post here.

Striped Dress_Something Good

I love seeing striped dresses and how they are styled for the fall. Dana linked up a great example. How lovely is that plaid scarf?


I love Ashleigh’s confidence as she does her photos with tripod and remote and in public on a regular basis. I have personally tried this and feel so awkward or gotten weird stares. Ashleigh has on a cute dressed down casual look as well that I love (blue fan here).

Now it is your turn, please follow this rules below and have fun. .

1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you!

2). Please follow your host Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all. Comment below and let me know how you are following so I can follow back.

3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.

4).Depending on how many link up I will feature 5 bloggers and their posts for my next “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link-up or series.

5). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking up!

To link up it would be great if you linked my button to your post that you link up. Get button code below:

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Linking up with: Turning Heads Tuesday Lisa, Melissa, Style Me Wednesday, Trendy Wednesday, Sandyalamode, Confident Twosday, Pumps and Push-ups, Thursday Fashion Files, Whitney, Grace, Trend-Spin,Leelo, Michelle, The Mummy Chronicles, Alice, Spotlight Weekly, Top of the World Style, Two Peas in a Blog (Tuesdays), Style Elixir (Tuesdays), The Style Files (Fridays), Elegantly Fashionable, Jaymie, Lauren, Carylee, Rachelle, Cappaccino and Fashion, Book of Leisure, Monica, Carrie, Style Me Weekly, Forage Fashion, Myriad Musings, Jennie, Molly, Cherie, Not dead Yet Style, Clairejustinexoxo

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  • Happiness at Mid Life October 27, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Thanks for hosting – hope your week is off to a great start!


    Hope to see your Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  • Red Tag Chic Los Angeles October 27, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Thanks for featuring these pretty ladies!!!


  • Monica October 27, 2015 at 6:33 am

    Those are definitely great fashion rules. Also, thanks for sharing my ghost stories haha! Just in time for Halloween 🙂

    Hope to see you at my link up tomorrow!

  • Jill October 27, 2015 at 6:34 am

    I love Haley’s style and these are great tips on styling! Thank you so much for the feature!

    Doused In Pink

  • Kathrine Eldridge October 27, 2015 at 6:56 am

    What wonderful styling tips and I love all these looks! 🙂

  • Elle Spann October 27, 2015 at 7:09 am

    totally agree about pops of colors! those maroon booties are awesome.
    Southern Elle Style

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom October 27, 2015 at 7:17 am

    All great picks this week! I love, love, love that photo of Haley with the red lipstick and knitted headband/wrap on (the last photo of her).


  • Laura October 27, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Love these tips! I am super jealous of her Goodwill shoes!

  • Ada October 27, 2015 at 8:55 am

    I love Haley’s style and her blog. I totally follow all of her ‘rules’ as you know too. Love the two dresses you features as your favorites this week and Jill’s gorgeous Halloween Home Tour, also.

  • Jennie October 27, 2015 at 9:38 am

    So glad you introduced Stylish Muse, as it always great to discover new blogs. Such cute style!

  • Amy Ann October 27, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Great post!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Alecz October 27, 2015 at 10:11 am

    How cute is Haley!? I literally love everything she’s wearing. I’m checking out her blog now!

  • Shea October 27, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I loved meeting and reading about Haley of Stylish Muse, and I can’t wait to go check out her blog. These are such great tips for having more fun with your wardrobe. I used to love to go to thrift and consignment stores but haven’t been in a while–this made me itch to get back to it!

  • Becky @ bybmg October 27, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Goodwill can have some of the best finds. Nice to meet you, Haley!

  • Anna D Kart October 27, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    She’s one stylish lady!
    Thank you for link up

    Happy Medley

  • Sam October 27, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Rachel- thank you for hosting your linkup and introducing us to Haley :). Haley- you have lovely style; I’m excited to check out your blog!

  • Michelle October 27, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    I love breaking the rules when I get dressed in the mornings too! White after Labor Day is a YES!

  • Carrie October 27, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    This was a really good guest post, Rachel!

  • Sarah @ Bows and Clothes October 27, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Haley, you’ve got great style! I love all of these rules. They are so true! Thanks for guest posting!


  • Cynthia October 27, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Great looks! Love those burgundy booties!

  • Denise October 27, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Loving these looks from your co-host! What a great person to feature and do a link-up with! Hope you are having a gorgeous week!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  • Adri October 27, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Thanks so much for including me in your roundup! I haven’t heard of her blog and will be checking it out!
    xo Adri

  • October 28, 2015 at 7:42 am

    she’s gorgeous! thank you for the intro!

  • Lanae Bond October 28, 2015 at 7:55 am

    You picked out some great posts to feature!

  • Alicia October 28, 2015 at 9:40 am

    These are all such cute looks and I love your tips.

    Alicia | Between the Pearls

  • Nicole Mölders (@HighLatitudeSty) October 31, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.