January 31, 2012

PSC On My Mind

(The founding fathers as Courtney likes to say: Josh, Courtney, Kara, myself, and Katherine.)

I've fallen a little behind this morning, but I just wanted to stop in and say that you can expect a full report on The Phoenix Style Collective Launch Party soon. I really want to make sure I do the event justice and write up something great, so it may take me a few, but I promise that a full review post is coming!

Thank you so much again to everyone who came and supported! We love you and we're so grateful for your support!

Have a wonderful day everyone!
-Chelsea xo

January 30, 2012

PSC Launch Party: The Outfits

What does one wear to a party when they are playing co-host? This question plagued me for days, and with all the ideas I came up with, I reverted back to my favorite classic red, black, and grey combo. I always feel great (and very much myself) in this color combo, and that is exactly how I wanted to feel on such an exciting night!

Scott also put on his Friday best and looked so darling (feeling a little mushy here) in his tie and tucked in shirt. I swear, he really is the best sport!

We took these photos about an hour before our first guests arrived! All of us at The Phoenix Style Collective where feeling antsy and ready to get the party started! So much planning went into this one night, and we were just so excited to see all of it come to life.

To say we were happy with the turn out of the launch party/benefit would be a major understatement. When you plan events like this, you never know how things will really turn out, so it was amazing to see many people show up and enjoy their night with us!

I can't wait to share photos from the actual event! We all had such a great time, and it was SO amazing to see so many sweet people come out to support The Phoenix Style Collective and The GrowOP. I truly feel blessed to call Phoenix home, and to be able to surround myself with such thoughtful, creative, and encouraging people. I really am one lucky lady!

I kind of love this photos of Josh (a fellow PSC member) running through the garden back into The GrowOP. He totally photo bombed me haha!

If anyone that attended the event has photos they want to share (who am I kidding, most of our attendees our bloggers themselves!), please feel free to comment with a link to your photos/blogposts so I can see the night from your perspective. XO

Outfit details:
She //
Cardigan: Target
Shirt: Target
I HEART Ronson skirt: c/o Jcpenney
Black tights: c/o We Love Colors
Purse: Vintage Coach
Melissa Button boots: Frye

He //
Button up: Levi's
Tie: Nordstroms Rack
Pants: Levi's
Watch: Fossil
Shoes: Clarks

January 29, 2012

Reader Feedback: Ugglebo Clogs SS12

As you may know, I am a big fan of Ugglebo Clogs! I am constantly amazed by the quality of their clogs, and the kindness of their staff. Right now they're gearing up to run production on their Spring/Summer 2012 line, and they are interested in hearing what you, all my sweet readers, would like to see come out of their SS12 collection. They really want to produce a collection that reflects their fans, so we thought it would awesome if my lovely readers could fill out a small reader feedback survey so that we can find out what styles you are really into! The survey is included below, and all you have to do is reply with your answers in the comment box! Thank you so much in advance to everyone who participants! We can't wait to hear your opinion!

What do you think of the styles I've featured above?

Are you into slingbacks, peep-toes, chukka boots, or some of the other styles better?

What types of bases do you prefer? Wedges? Semi-wedge base? Or another type of base?

Are you into light or dark colors for the wooden bases?

Are you into the staples or nail heads to attach the leather to the bases?

Thank you!
-Chelsea xo

Sunday Update

Oh my! I sure didn't meant to take a day off from blogging after our amazing event, but sometimes life catches you off guard and you spend the day cleaning and taking care of a sick guy. Scott rarely gets sick (he has an incredible immune system, much unlike mine), so when told me he wasn't feeling too well after The Phoenix Style Collective launch party I figured he was just tired and didn't drink enough water that evening. Well, Saturday seem to prove us wrong and left us with a very sick Mr. Tea Talk (a silly nickname that Courtney calls him!). Today we're hoping he will be on the mend and can rest and relax after he gets off of work.

For me, I have a lot of catch up work to do and hope to make a LARGE dent in my school work. Sundays are for playing catch up anyways, right?

Also, it's almost February and I still have ad space available! If you're looking to advertise for your business, etsy shop, blog, etc., I would love to have you! You can check out all of the details right here, and email me at Chelsea@Chelsea-Bird.com XO

January 27, 2012

Caffeine Induced

It's no lie, I have probably had about five of these today. It has been a busy morning/afternoon, but I'm SO excited for tonight! Scott and I also may have made a couple gallons of iced toddy for the event tonight! Oh my! Here's to hoping I fall asleep tonight!

What are you up to on this beautiful Friday?
-Chelsea xo

PSC Launch Party/Benefit for The GrowOP!

It's finally here, and I hope to see you there tonight! If you're coming, please leave a comment letting me know! Happy Friday!
-Chelsea xo

January 26, 2012

1,000 Times A Day

Sometimes it just hits me how beautiful life is. All of a sudden the clouds that have been circling around my head part way and I get this amazing picture of how great things really are. I try not to let those little clouds get the best of me (ya know, those ones that circle around you when you have mounting homework and a million odds and ends to do), but hey, sometimes they just do (I'm only human, right?). And then I have these amazing nights with friends that I know I will never forget and realize why didn't I just push those clouds away right in the beginning. Sometimes it just takes a sweet night with good people to put things into perspective for you.

It also really doesn't hurt that I have this really great guy on my team. We've been going strong for close to five and a half years now, and I couldn't imagine my life without him. He makes me smile and laugh at least a 1,000 times a day (I swear).

(I got chilly!)

A few mornings ago Scott and I spent some time on the ASU tempe campus. It was a crispy, chilly morning, and it felt amazing to walk around in the sun. On our way to one of the administrator buildings we stopped by one of my favorite buildings on campus. There's just so much charm in this little writing house, and I love that there is a time capsule buried right next to it. So much history in one little spot! I also really loved my outfit this day! Comfy Blowfish Shoes boots, and so many layers! My winter uniform!

Last night I watched Scott drink close to five or six of cups of coffee (way past his designated caffeine cut-off hour), and I couldn't help but laugh. I might have shared those cups with him, and also drank an iced americano as well. We had such a lovely night with friends and it really made me so thankful to live where I do. I swear, I adore Phoenix!

Last night we also put the finishing touches on The Phoenix Style Collective launch party/benefit for The GrowOP. I can't believe that it's tomorrow! We are going to have free cupcakes + snacks, free wine + beer, sweet music, a button making stand, AND amazing raffle prizes! For anyone that is local (or in town!), we would absolutely love to see you there (Friday, January 27th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The GrowOP in downtown Phoenix). Check out all of the information right here! Can't wait to see you all there!

Outfit details:
She //
Black cardigan: Gap
Tan cardigan: Banana Republic
I HEART Ronson blouse: c/o Jcpenney
Jeans: Levi's
Bag: Vintage Coach
Jackie boots: c/o Blowfish shoes (they're on sale right now!)

Hat: Krocket Kids
Sweater: Eddie Bauer
Shirt: Levi's
Jeans: Levi's
Shoes: Clarks

January 25, 2012

Good Morning Fire Eater

Do you ever find yourself reverting back to all the music you listened to in high school. Well, it has been one of those weeks for me. I've been revisiting all of my old favorite albums, and remembering why I loved these bands so much. The last few days bands like The Early November, Brand New, Underoath, Cursive, Copeland, Stars, and Hellogoodbye (oh geez) have come up on my playlist. Lets just say, I've been taking a long walk through memory music lane (and fully enjoying it!).

I really have so many good memories tied to music. Growing up, music was such a huge part of my life. I remember never being separated from my cassette player (ah haha), CD player (oh my!), and ipod in later years. I will never forgot being about five years old and jamming out to Barry White on my cassette player (I thought I was so cool, haha).

In high school I went to A LOT of shows. Every week there seemed to be one, two, or sometimes even three shows that I just had to go to. Usually the shows were at local venues, and sometimes in random backyards. I know I've mentioned this before, but I've always envied those on the East Coast that got to experience basement shows. I swear, if I would have grown up there, that would have been my scene. I love a good, intimate show!

Nowadays, this is the type of outfit I would most likely wear to a show. Flat, comfy shoes have always been a must, but I kind of like getting a little dressed up for shows. In high school my show uniform was always a band t-shirt, jeans, and a pair of Vans. Funny how things change!

Today I have more grad school work to catch up on, and I also hope to get a little walk in with Scott. Tonight I'm hanging out with a few of my favorite friends in downtown Phoenix to discuss the final details of the Phoenix Style Collective launch party/benefit for The GrowOP. If you're local, we would love to have you attend! It's this Friday (the 27th), and you can find all of the details right here. XO

Outfit details:
Cardigan: Banana Republic
Shirt: Target
Skirt: Gap
Bracelet: Vintage
Tights: c/o We Love Colors
Cuvette flats: c/o Blowfish Shoes (they're on sale right now!)

January 24, 2012

Sentimental Love

I'm having one of those nights where I just feel sentimental about so much. It might be the Pandora playlist that I'm listening to that is covering all of the music I've listened to for the past ten years, or this sweet photo of Scott and I circa 2007 (maybe 2008). Either way, I felt like sharing.
-Chelsea xo

What I've Learned In Grad School So Far

Lately life has been the topic most on my mind. For the most part, the question lingering around is what will I do when I graduate? What do I really want to do? At this point, I'm feeling quite unsure. I have an idealistic career in mind that would involving blogging and doing public relations work for one of my favorite companies, or for a non-profit that is so near and dear to my heart. Most of my peers in grad school are already situated in their careers and are quite established in their lives. Sometimes thinking about this gets me down a bit because I'm definitely not at that point in my life, but I do always try and remember that my time will come and one day all that I'm wondering now will be revealed to me. It's just, I'm not very good at waiting.

Grad school has certainly been a blessing. It has given me more time to grow and think about my career path. I would be lying if I didn't say that one of the reasons I initially wanted to go to grad school was to prolong my time in school. When I graduated, I wasn't ready to face the real world yet, and I'm perfectly ok with that. What I've learned since starting grad school is that I truly need this extension of my education. What I'm learning is not something I would have ever seriously thought about in my every day life, but it's something that I've realized I'm totally in to and I'm fascinated by it. Ok, enough rambling. Sometimes I feel like I just need to get my ideas on grad school out before I go insane worrying about it. I know this is where I'm supposed to be, and I can't wait to see where I go next.

Speaking of grad school (I know, you just might be sick of hearing it by now), this is an outfit I wore to one of my evening classes last week. I usually always go for a comfy, and warm look when picking out something to wear to school (for now at least). Some of the rooms where I have class can get down right chilly sometimes, so I always like to be prepared with extra layers. I also really love wearing comfy shoes, and these Ugglebo Clogs definitely do the trick. I'm actually pretty obsessed with them, and see clogs continuing to be a staple in my wardrobe for seasons to come. What can I say, I love a good staple piece! Also, right now Ugglebo Clogs is having an amazing sale (think half off!). You can check out all the great deals right here.

Today I have a literature review paper to write, which I feel will be taking up most of my time, and I hope to get a few little odds and ends done as well. Oh, and I'm starting to get things ready around the blog for February and still have a few ad spots open! I would absolutely love to have a few of my amazing readers up there (etsy shops, blogs, etc.). You can check out all the details right here, or email me at Chelsea@Chelsea-Bird.com . XO

Outfit details:
Grey sweater: Last Chance
Polka dot sweater: c/o Jcpenney
Satchel: Fossil
Jeans: Levi's
Clogs: c/o Ugglebo Clogs