March 30, 2012

Let It Sway

"Head low but you gotta let it sway / no miracle gonna happen when you feel that way / bent up but you gotta let is way / no firecracker in the dark gonna light your way / blow own but you gotta let it sway / c'mon now c'mon c'mon," excerpt from Let it Sway by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.

For years I've looked to music to act as a healing tool. The right song can totally uplift my mood, and the wrong song (for the time) can totally bring me down. Lately I've been really loving singing along to lots of Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Jack's Mannequin (as mentioned the other day), Stars (when am I not obsessed with Stars though?), and The Strokes (Room on Fire came on in Urban the other day and I might have belted out the whole song while standing in the sale section). In my moments of darkness, I'm truly thankful for those sweet songs that really know how to turn my mood around.

My passion for makeup and pretty eyeshadows has also been adding some brightness to my days lately. This olive color from M.A.C. is among some of my recent favorites. I wasn't too sure at first that the color olive would go good with my skin tone, but I'm really loving the pop it brings to my eyes.

I've also been finding comfort in simple, yet chic ensembles. Nothing makes me feel more like myself then a sweet scarf, my favorite skinnies, and a darling pair of clog sandals to round it off. I swear, I'm a creature of habit.

I'm super excited to be getting lunch with my sweet cousin and aunt this afternoon. I might have to also treat myself to an iced coffee, and I plan on continuing with my productivity streak (that is, if I don't get sidetracked from watching more makeup videos, and taking in the fact that I need to make some big decisions regarding my grad school program SOON).

What are you up to today? What's your favorite uplifting, or even sad music? XO

Outfit details:
Shirt: Target
Jeans: Levi's
Bracelets: Kate Spade & vintage

March 29, 2012

Let's Talk Makeup

Since high school I've been a lover of fun eyeshadows. Every day I loved rocking a bold, shimmery color, and eventually found myself with quite the collection of M.A.C. eyeshadows (my favorite!). During my early days in college I decided I would take a break from the eyeshadows and just stick to my everyday face make-up and black mascara routine. A few months back (5ish years after starting my break) I decided it would be fun to pull out my old collection and give it a look through. Since then I've become obsessed once again and find myself watching makeup tutorials and haul videos (Ashley's are the best!), and wanting to learn more, and more about makeup.

So here is a few questions for you:
Are you into makeup? If so, what are your everyday go-to products?
Are you into eyeshadows? If so, what's your favorite?
Have any tips you would like to share with this makeup obsessed (but still a newbie) girl?

Thank you so much in advance! I can't wait to read your answers and suggestion!
-Chelsea xo

March 28, 2012

Miss Delaney

I remember the first time I listened to Jack's Mannequins' Everything In Transit. I was a diehard Something Corporate fan, and was devastated when I found out that out that the lead singer, Andrew McMahon, was diagnosed with Leukemia. So when the album was released, it was a sign of hope, one that I try and carry with me as a reminder to life's ups and downs. It's also terribly catching and now, almost seven years after its release, I can still sing every word to every song.

The weather here is still having its ups and downs as well, and I tend to always opt to layering more than maybe is necessary to avoid being cold. Some of the buildings at ASU can get awfully chilly, and if I get too cold my body just wants to down and relax (which doesn't work for me right now, as I have a stack of grad papers to work on! oh man!). Anyways, no matter what the season, I will always love a good layered outfit.

What are you up to today? Are you a Something Corporate or a Jack's Mannequin fan? XO

Outfit details:
Scarf: Levi's
Jean jacket: Levi's
Cardigan: Jcrew
Shirt: Last Chance
Corduroys: Jcrew
Bracelets: Kate Spade
Bag: Coach
Sandals: Salt Water Sandals

March 27, 2012

The Luckiest

Yesterday Scott and I spent some time scouting out locations for an upcoming photoshoot with our friend Sarah of Arrow & Apple. She was kind enough to take some test shots of us during our scouting adventure. This photo makes my heart feel so full. Thank you, sweet Sarah!
-Chelsea xo

Flower For The Lady

And sometimes he picks flowers for me on our walks around town.
I'm one lucky lady!
-Chelsea xo

March 26, 2012


I've always been obsessed with the idea of magic and magical places existing. I don't think I can quite pint point where this obsession came from (although I probably have my mother to thank), but I remember being amazed by the books A Wrinkle In Time and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as a child. Recently when Scott and I were on a photo adventure with Courtney we spotted this entrance hidden in an alley way, practically covered in greenery. Once I saw this I immediately thought of Narnia, and wished that was where that door lead to.

Even though I don't like to admit Spring has officially sprung around here (my heart will always reside in fall), I have been wearing more and more lighter colored clothing lately. These green pants that I purchased at Anthro on major sale have become a bit of a spring staple already, and I'm LOVING wearing vintage scarves in my hair. Also, sandals are once again my best friend and these cutie Warrant Wedges from Blowfish Shoes are quickly becoming my favorite. I LOVE how easy they are to walk in, and the boho detailing on the top is cute. SO fun for spring!

I'm headed out to a sweet coffee date this morning, and then to an advisement meeting for my degree to figure out what the heck I'm going to do for the rest of my time in the program! ECK! SO intimidating! Happy thoughts, Chelsea, happy thoughts!

What are you up to today? XO

Outfit details:
Scarf: vintage
Cardigan: c/o Jcpenney
Shirt: Target
Corduroys: Anthropologie

March 25, 2012

Lunch At The Market

I'm a pretty big sandwich person. I could probably eat a PB&J every day of my life and be perfectly content. Every once in awhile I like to branch out though and eat some leafy greens instead of peanut butter. Recently Scott and I went to the Phoenix Public Market for lunch and ate the most delicious sandwiches (she=veggie, he=bbq chicken). If you haven't checked out the market in downtown, I highly suggest you do so. During my time at ASU downtown it was one of my favorite places to grab a quick lunch, or even a bag of sweet potato chips and a pellegrino. Seriously though, it's the bees knees!
-Chelsea xo

March 24, 2012

Classics For Me

Stripes just make everything feel right. Stripes are like that style comfort zone that you often find yourself wanting to venture away from, but you always eventually come back to it. I swear, I truly am a classics loving girl, and I love me so good stripes and a flattering pair of jeans. Sometimes I feel like I should be venturing out more in the big world of fashion (neon for Chelsea? maybe one day!), but I always come back to those classic looks that I know will never go out of style. I swear, I'm a sucker for a great pair of jeans, a cozy cardigan, and some cute sandals.

Do you find yourself sticking to the fashion classics, or do you like to venture out into the world of every-changing fashion trends? XO

Outfit details:
Shirt: Levi's
Bracelet: Kate Spade
Jeans: Levi's
Shoes: TOMS

March 23, 2012

Sips & Sweets

Because who doesn't love some spring treats? Homemade poptarts, and cupcake with the most delicious frosting. Oh, and don't forget those iced coffees. These are a few of my favorite things.
-Chelsea xo

March 22, 2012

Put A Bird On It

I never pinned myself someone that would enjoy watching Portlandia so much, but I just do. For years and years Scott has called me Chelseabird, and he even had a bird for me drawn on the side of his vehicle once (long story, but Scott used to have a van that everyone would spray paint and draw all over). So when I finally saw the now famous "Put a Bird On It" skit, I literally tumbled over in laughter at how funny it actually was (everyone was right!). What I'm really trying to say is that I ADORE this flowy, bird top and I LOVE that someone actually wanted to "put a bird on it!"

I also really love this little polka dot spotted area. I always feel a little magical when I'm in there, and a little terrified at the same time (cars drive RIGHT over our heads).

Here's to a better day tomorrow, and late night iced coffees (I just might be drinking one now, shhhh). XO

Outfit details:
Ring: Vintage
Jeans: Levi's