August 31, 2011

August Monsoon

Lately the temperatures have been almost unbearable. 116 and 117 during the day, and nothing below 90 or high during the night. Every once and awhile, though, the clouds darken, the wind picks up, and rain comes down from the sky to cool down my big city. I'm always thankful when monsoon roles around, as I don't think I could survive without a little break from the sweltering heat.

For the past few days I've been sticking to light layers, and a practically no-make routine. I burn pretty easily in the sun, so I always wear sunscreen, but lately I've been staying away fro mascara and face make-up. Some days it's just nice to go make-up free and give my skin a little breather.

My sweet sponsor Threadcase sent me this pretty dress. I really love the stripes, and the breeziness of fabric. I had fun twirling around in the monsoon winds we were having, and felt very feminine and pretty. I just love how clothes can affect your mood. If I'm ever feeling crummy I love to put on something pretty and get an iced coffee. Almost always my mood instantly improves. The power of darling clothes and iced coffee is truly amazing!

During this holiday weekend I am escaping to norther Arizona to visit my parents. I'm hoping to go on a mini-adventure through a nearby forrest! The weather up there is definitely much cooler, so I'm hoping to get some fall outfits in! Sweaters, tights, boots! ECK! I can't wait!

Outfit details:
Cute All Over Dress: c/o Threadcase
Flats: Born

How do you stay cool in the hot, hot heat? Do you have any plans for the holiday weekend?
-Chelsea XO

August 30, 2011

An interview with Mallory of Mallory Makes Things

Today we have a lovely interview with Mallory of Mallory Makes Things. Mallory is a fashion design student who has a love for vintage, sewing, and spending time with her sweet boyfriend, Brian. She is also a part of the amazing Red Velvet team and has been involved in the design and production processes of their spring line, and soon-to-be launched fall line.

Meet Mallory:

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

-My name is Mallory, I'm a 21 year old fashion design student. I blog over at Mallory Makes Things. I'm obsessed with vintage design, color, and bold prints.

2. What got you interested in blogging, and how long have you been blogging for?

-I started my blog after watching Julie & Julia for the first time in August 2009. That seems so ridiculous, but I needed a creative outlet that would get me away from the stresses of school. Little did I know that it would help me find a way to connect with other fashion and vintage lovers. I don't think I started finding my blogging voice until last summer, though.

3. Can you tell us about your style?

-My style... hmm... some people may call it crazy. I prefer to call it bold, eclectic, and vintage inspired. I truly wear whatever I feel like even if it seems insane. My motto is: If you act like you're pulling it off, then you are.

4. You're a part of the amazing Red Velvet team who has been designing and sewing up the new Red Velvet line that is set to launch September 1st! What has been your favorite thing about this whole experience, and what is your most favorite garment that you've made for the Spring or Fall line?

-I think my favorite part of working with Red Velvet has been learning so much. This has been a year of self-discovery for me. This winter I made a whole dress line with my own two hands for one of my role models, Elsie. Beforehand I thought I would collapse from the pressure, but I made it out alive and ecstatic. Now I'm doing it with a team, which is great because and I'm getting to partner with and teach the other interns. I feel like the experience here has made me certain that I’ve found my own place in the fashion world. Elsie and Emma (and the whole team) have done a lot to help me feel like I can make my own dreams come true. They are incredibly supportive and encouraging.

My favorite garment is a really tough one. I am bad at choosing favorites, but from the spring probably the Record Store Jumper and this fall the Flower Shop Dress.

5. What are your favorite trends for fall?

- really excited that high waist bell-bottoms are making a comeback! Unexpected color and pattern mixing always gets me, so I am delighted that more designers and fashionistas are trying it out for this fall.

6. When you're not busy blogging, what can you be found doing?

-When I'm taking classes my favorite thing to do is nap because sleep is hard to come by. Other than that I love going thrifting and to the record store with my boyfriend. I really enjoy my mom's cooking, and hanging out with family and friends. In my alone time you can find me internet shopping, fashion drawing, or watercolor painting.

7. With regards to fashion, what do you draw inspiration from?

-I find most of my inspiration in artwork, photographs, music, and those beautiful moments that sneak into everyday life. My favorite designers/brands include Kate Spade, Orla Kiely, and Dior.

8. If you had to pick one outfit to wear the rest of your life, what would it look like?

-High waist jean shorts, a vintage scarf for my hair, a white V neck t-shirt I stole from Brian, and my Darlingtonia mocassins.

9. You're a fashion design student who is well on her way to making a serious name for yourself (jump starting two collections of clothing is amazing in my book) How has being a fashion design student affected the way you think about fashion, and how has it affected the way you dress, if so?

-College for fashion and growing up in general has changed everything about the way I view all design. In high school I tried to blend in a little too much. I've always liked vintage and bold fashion statements but I was afraid. Now, my teachers really encourage us to find our unique style and begin to brand ourselves. I've started to dress and design exactly how I want to because of it. Being yourself, even if it makes your stand out, is easy when everyone is telling you that it's important to do so. We also do a lot of trend forecasting in our design processes. When you do that much research it comes natural to evolve with the trends. I don't feel as mystified as I used to. The fashion industry holds a LOT of surprises until you do some digging and learning.

10. Do you have any advice for aspiring fashion designers? What about for someone interested in learning how to sew clothing, but really doesn't know where to start?

-It's a competitive field, but you can make it if you’re prepared and determined. Do some research and go to a good school. Graduating knowing who you are and with experience and a full set of skills will make all the difference. Whether you want a corporate job or to start your own line I think school is a good idea. I go to the University of Cincinnati and it's a tough program, but it's worth it. I will graduate with 6 internships on my resume!

If you want to learn how to sew clothes for yourself start with Elsie and I's DIY Dress Up E-course. Not everything will be perfect right away, sewing is a skill that you can hone with practice.

Thank you SO much for doing this interview, Mallory! Be sure to check out Mallory's blog, and also keep an eye out for the new Red Velvet line that is set to launch September 1st!

-Chelsea XO

August 29, 2011

& the winner of the Mungo Crafts Hoodie giveaway is:

And the winner is Kristen! Congratulations Kristen! Email me at to claim your prize!

Thank you so much to April of Mungo Crafts for hosting this giveaway! Be sure to check out her shop to see more lovely hoodies and reconstructed shirts!
-Chelsea XO

Antique Party

Scott and I are big fan of antiquing and searching for treasures. So when Scott told me about an email he received inviting us to a party at a local antique store, we knew exactly how we were going to be spending our Friday night.

Going to a party at an antique store sounds a bit geeky I think, but geeky in the best way! There was cake, party punch, and a raffle to win a gift certificate to the antique store!

Scott and I spent an hour and a half or so wondering around the antique store, eating cake, sipping the yummiest punch, and checking out every little booth. When I go antiquing I always keep my eye out for the same things: old cameras, pyrex dishes, a plaid set of dishes that my great grandmother had, pretty clothes, and old jewelry.

Scott's list is sort of the same (except for the girly things), but he also keeps an eye out for furniture, and odds and ends that could be used to make something new.

These glass heads were so neat! Definitely one of my favorite things that I spotted that night.

I really adore this lace vest I wore to the party. Scott picked it out for me over the summer while I was away. He really has such good taste! I can't wait to style it up again!

We really had a great time exploring all the little nooks and crannies in the antique store for the evening, and although we didn't walk away with anything that evening, we still had a great time checking out all of the treasures in the store.

Did I mention that Scott really likes vintage, metal staplers? Well, he does, and when we found this little stash of them hidden on a shelf, Scott sure was thrilled.

The day after the party Scott got a phone call saying that he had won a $25 gift card to the store, and could come pick it up whenever he had time. We were so excited for him and could only wait until the next day to come and pick out a few treasures to take home!

Outfit details:
Lace vest: gift from my love
Vneck: Target
Skirt: Anthropologie // gift from Courtney
Bag: Fossil
Sandals: Saltwater Sandals

Plaid button-up: Levi's
Shorts: Levi's
Shoes: New Balance

Have you ever attended a party at an antique store? When you go out antiquing/thrifting, what do you look for?
-Chelsea XO

August 27, 2011

Paletas Betty

Last week Scott and I went checked out the newly opened, second location of Paletas Betty in downtown Tempe. This little shop serves handmade mexican style cream and ice pops made from fresh ingredients. Over the summer I had heard a lot about this popsicle joint (I think I heard that on a movie once and just had to use it), so I thought it would be best to try it out on one of the hottest days of the year (well it was 116, and it surely felt like it at least).

Scott got the Nuez, which is made with roasted pecans and a cream base. He really liked all of the nuts in it, and thought it was delicious.

Although they have a handful of flavors at any given time, my choices were pretty limited (two that is) because dairy and I don't mix well together. I ended up getting the Arando, a fresh blueberry and lemonade mix.

My popsicle sort of had a weird, icicle texture to it (like it had been re-frozen after being melted once). The flavor though was very good, and I thought the signature Betty bite out of the top side of the popsicle was darling.

The shop is pretty tiny, but simple and clean. I'm not sure when Scott and I will be going there again, but I'm opened to trying it twice.

Have any locals tried out Paletas Betty? Any non-locals have any sweet popsicle shops in your hometown?
-Chelsea XO

August 26, 2011

August Weekend

It's Friday and I'm so happy. This week has been busy, busy with grad school work, blogging, lots of emails, and trying to stay cool in these almost unbearable August temperatures. Although this weekend will still holds lots of homework (from here on out I might be drowning in pages, and pages of text to read), I'm very much looking forward to seeing a movie with my love and hopefully attending a yoga class with my friend Courtney.

Earlier Scott and I dropped off my car for a nice deep clean, and shortly I have to pick him up from class. It's so wonderful being with him every day and seeing us both go forth with our schooling and making plans for our future. I just know we're going to have a great life. Happiness and love all around!

What are you up to this weekend? How has your week been? Any big plans?
-Chelsea XO

August 25, 2011

Lux Central

As mentioned before, last week Scott and I visited the "new" Lux Central. For years Scott and I have been stopping in at Lux, a cute coffee shop off of Central in midtown Phoenix. Recently the shop made the big transition into a larger space (literally right next to their old shop) where they now are not only a coffee shop, but a bar/semi-restuarant as well. Scott and I's friend Chanelle works at Lux Central and she told us that we had to come visit the new space, so on a warm morning we decided to do just that.

The new space is quite a bit larger than the old one, and is full of lots of quirks and charm. When we got there we ordered our drinks, and also a lemon bar per Chanelle's suggestion (I love eating treats made by friends!). I got my usual iced coffee (they put espresso shots on top just like Lola, YUM!), and Scott got a cappuccino.

We were both so into this latte art. I always feel special when someone spends a little extra time making my drink (or Scott's) pretty.

Our delicious set-up was so pretty. We sat on a beautiful, long bench that allowed us to have a good view of most of the space. I seriously love people watching, so we really had a great spot to do that in!

I may or may not have been Instagramming away while we were there! I'm still fairly new to it, but I'm sort of obsessed with the app. You can find me at: Chelseabirdd

Right across from us was the most beautiful, rounded couch. In front of it sat the prettiest wooden log tables. To be quite honest, everything in this space is so inspiring and I could have sat there all day. I'm thinking a trip back is in order this week!

Directly behind us were the most awesome plastic chairs. I would love to have one of these in my home one day!

Cute typewriter to leave notes on. That day there was a beautiful little poem typed at the top of the page.

The bar set-up is pretty swanky. There was a row of glasses on the counter that I wish I could have taken home with me. They almost looked like icicles, or maybe tree branches. Either way, they were gorgeous!

Scott and I really enjoyed our time at Lux Central and will definitely be back again. Next time I'm hoping to snag one of Chanelle's amazing scones!

Have you checked out the new Lux Central yet? What is your favorite coffee shop like?
-Chelsea XO

August 24, 2011

Bohemian Downtown

This past weekend Scott and I spent a fun evening in downtown and midtown Phoenix. Our first stop was in downtown around my old stomping grounds (well, I only graduate a few months ago, so I guess they're not that old). I wore one of my favorite new dresses from my lovely sponsor Bohemian Backbone because I thought it wold be perfect for the warm evening we were about to have (veggie dogs in one of my favorite parking lots for the win!).

Growing up I always felt this this closeness and love for boho style. For awhile I thought I was a surfer and loved anything boho/beachy related, and even though I grew out of that phase, I still love the boho style. To me, this peasant like dress really screams boho, and I just love that it's light and airy, and was perfect for our evening outdoors. I already can't wait to dress it up for fall, though! I'm thinking my favorite pair of maroon tights from We Love Colors, my Bicker Booties from Blowfish Shoes, and an oversized cardigan would love SO cute with this dress! I can't for the weather to cool down so I can try this style out!

Since I got home Scott has been such a good sport about letting me take his photos and being involved everything blogging (he attended an event with me recently and was the only guy there, all of the girls gave him major props for coming and taking our photos). I just love him so much!

This week has been overall pretty good. I'm finally getting settled into my new grad school classes, and still trying to figure out exactly how Scott and I's new schedules work. I've been hopping around coffee shop, to coffee shop trying to figure out the perfect one that will allow me to focus on my studies best. I always get really distracted at home, so going out and having a coffee or tea and working on my school work is really great.

I'm also really excited this week because my bestie Courtney and I are going to start attending a yoga class together! I've been talking about starting yoga for ages now, and although I've taken a few classes, those studios/instructors never really worked out for me. This time around I'm hoping for a great experience that will allow me to calm my mind, body, and soul, and to also spend some quality time with Courtney. We're actually still trying to decide on which studio to try out, so if you know of any good ones in the Phoenix Metropolitan area, send them our way! Thank you in advance! XO

Is it bad that these haven't left my feet in about two weeks? I pretty much wear the all time! I love the color, and since the temperatures here in Phoenix have been around the 110's to 115's, sandals seem almost mandatory! I kind of want another color! Maybe red?

After we took photos Scott might have caught me taking photos and Instagramming them! What can i say, I'm obsessed! Username: Chelseabirdd

See the little birdies on the wire in the window? I would sure love this piece for my future home! It's SO darling! I just love Phoenix artists!

Outfit details:
J typewriter necklace: Fancy Tiger in Denver
Sandals: Salt Water Sandals

T-shirt: Levi's
Necklace: gift from Dolly and Boy Jewelry
Jeans: Levi's
Shoes: Tom's, won from Frances Vintage

How has your week been so far?
-Chelsea XO