November 30, 2012

The Bold Red Lip

Today I thought I would share a how-to on how I did my new favorite bold liner and red lip makeup look from yesterday's blog post, Stiletto Red.

For the eyes, I started with my MAC painterly paint pot as a based (not pictured), followed by MAC's eyeshadow in Shroom (an old favorite) all over the lid, and finally I topped off the whole eye look with Too Faced's Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Perfect Black on my upper lash line (starting from my inner corner and sliding it across my lash line).

After I applied my everyday foundation (Bare Minerals Mineral Foundation in Fairly Light), I used the Bare Mineral's Ready Luminizer in The Love Affair on and above my cheek bones, and then applied MAC's Powder Blush in Fleet Fast to the apples of my cheeks.

To complete the look, I applied Too Faced's La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream in Stiletto Red.

Lately I've been really loving this simple, yet very classic look and think it's perfect for everyday, or an evening holiday look! Please let me know if you decide to give this look a try, and please leave a link if you post a picture so I can see it!

Have a great day, sweet friends!
-Chelsea xo

*Too Faced products are c/o.

November 29, 2012

Stiletto Red

With the winter season almost among us, I've been given a lot of thought into the things I would like to do in the coming season. Since it doesn't snow around here, I know I would love to head up north and play in the snow in either Prescott or Flagstaff. Usually Scott and I make a trip up north every year to see the snow, but since last year's snow fall was very light we didn't make the drive up, but this year I have my heart set on seeing some snow. I also want to find the neighborhood that has the best Christmas lights in the area (PHX friends, can you help a girl out?), and also have my heart set on doing a few fun holiday makeup tutorials!

Lately my favorite every day makeup look has included bold eyeliner and a classic red lip. I recently tried out Too Faced's La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream in Stiletto Red and I've been loving it! Not only is the lip cream moisturizing, but the color payoff is wonderful and even after hours of wear your lips are left with the prettiest tint. I also have the shade Naked Dolly, a satin pink, and have already added Sweet Maple and Juicy Melons to my wish list!

Outfit details:
Lipstick: La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream in Stiletto Red c/o Too Faced Cosmetics
Blouse: c/o Jcpenney
Jeans: Levi's
Purse: Kate Spade
Shoes: Tory Burch

This morning I've been moving a little slowly, but I'm excited for the busy afternoon ahead of me. I have class a little later this afternoon, and I'm also hoping to get a few final papers wrapped up. The end of the semester is on the horizon and it's scary how quickly it's coming. Myself and a group of fellow Commuication Studies graduate students are working together on a campaign for one of our classes that is centered on learning on how to correctly recycle plastic bags. We just finished up our video for the campaign, so I thought I would share it here. If you're interested in checking it out you can watch the video right here.

Later on this afternoon I'm working on something super exciting (promise to share more ASAP!), and also hope to have a coffee date with my favorite cousin (love you, Odessa!).

What are you up to today? What's on your winter bucket list? Have you tried out Too Face's La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream?

-Chelsea XO

November 27, 2012

Anything Could Happen

On Black Friday I got sucked into the $7 CD section and Target ended up walking out with Ellie Goulding's Halcyon. I first saw Ellie during a performance she did on The Today Show about a month ago, and was captivated with her unique voice and bright white hair. I also kept hearing that Ellie was Skrillex's boyfriend, but what I didn't know was who was Skrillex (I know, behind on the times). After a little research I learned that "Skrillex" is really Sonny from the now defunked band From First To Last Night (crazy!). When Scott and I were around age 16 we both went to a FFTL show at an old dive bar, The Mason Jar for you locals, and are pretty certain we were standing next to each other for about an hour or two in line before the show started. It's crazy to think that our souls were already connected by then.

Ever since I got Ellie's CD I haven't been able to stop listening to Anything Could Happen. I love the beats and electronic static behind the vocals, and also how ghostly hear voice can sound at times. Her musical presence is haunting, and perfect for an icy morning.

Outfit details:
Cardigan: Banana Republic
Scarf: c/o Le Mode Accessories
Shirt: Target
Jeans: Jcrew
Moccs: Minnetonka Moccasins

This morning I'm getting ready to meet up with my sweet friend, Courtney, and then I'm headed to class afterward. I hear it's supposed to get slightly warm today (almost 80? Yikes!), but I plan on indulging in lots of hot coffee and a cozy scarf to keep the fall/almost winter nostalgia alive!

What are you up to today? Do you like Ellie Goulding? Who's your favorite musician right now?
-Chelsea xo

November 26, 2012

Closed: A Lovely Little Shop Giveaway

A Lovely Little Shop is offering one of my lucky readers an item of their choice from their darling Etsy shop!

To enter you must,
1. Be a follower of the Tea Talk blog via GFC, Bloglovin, or email.
2. Leave a comment with your favorite item from their shop.

Bonus entries!
1. Like them on Facebook.
2. Tweet about this giveaway including @alovelyshop & @chelseabird

(Please leave additional comments for each.)

Entries will be accepted through Sunday, December 2nd, and the winner will be announced the following day.

Good luck!
-Chelsea xo

EDIT: And the winner is:
Please email me at to claim your prize! XO


I am by no means a high-action, thriller type of movie gal, however, every year that a 007 movie comes out I always end up in the theater, popcorn and lemonade in hand, indulging in a little adrenaline-inducing movie action. Skyfall really didn't disappoint, and I really enjoyed the whole film. The cinematography was amazing!

During the winter months my family usually gets into a groove of frequent moviegoing. My parents have always been into going to the movies, and growing up they passed this passion along to me. This movie season I'm looking forward to seeing Guilt Trip, This is 40, and Les Miserables. I'm still a little dissapionted that The Great Gatsby release got pushed to this summer, but I will surely be in line to see it opening day!

I felt kind of fancy in this ensemble. I'm a sucker for a classic black, white, and red combo, and was happy I was able to layer up a bit. I'm still pretty smitten with my Kipper booties from Blowfish Shoes and today only they are offering 25% off sitewide, plus free shipping with the code CYBER. These booties would make a great present for a loved one, or even a nice addition to your winter wardrobe!

Outfit details:
Glitterati Twist Scarf: c/o (20% off sitewide w/code GIVETHANKS)
Cardigan: Gap
The Right Stripes Dress: c/o LuLu*s
Leggings: TJMaxx
Kipper Booties: c/o Blowfish Shoes

Today I have a bunch of work to catch up on - I may have taken a break from all of my school responsibilities over the break  - and also have a very exciting giveaway from A Lovely Little Shop to post later today!

How was your weekend? Did you score any great deals?
-Chelsea xo

November 25, 2012

Sponsor Tea Talk in December!

This is the official call for December sponsors and beyond here at Tea Talk! December is going to be a very merry and cheerful month, so if you've been considering sponsoring I would say this is the perfect month to give it a go! I love supporting other bloggers, independent shops, and local/non-local businesses, and sponsorships is a great way to get your name in front of my sweet readers! I have a passion for personal style, iced coffee, good eats, makeup, adventures around the Phoenix area, the nostalgia that winter brings and much more, so if you think your ideal reader/customer is a personal style loving, iced coffee (or tea) obsessed gal, give sponsorship a try! December is also an ideal time for small and large businesses because readers tend to be on the hunt for unique gifts for their loved ones this time of year, and tend to look at blogs for suggestions.

I offer three sizes, small, medium, and large, and all are set at very reasonable prices. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! I would love to work with you and make sure you get the most out of your time here at Tea Talk. To find out more about sponsorship rates, ad sizes, stats, and more, check out my sponsorship page right here! You can also email me at!
-Chelsea xo

November 24, 2012

Giving Thanks

Happy Saturday, sweet friends! I just wanted to pop in to say I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of yummy food, lots of family and friends, and a moment to think about what we are all really thankful for. I had a very nice day with my family, going to the local car show and eating a delicious meal, and also had a lovely evening with sweet friends and my amazing boyfriend, eating yummy desserts and watching Home Alone 2!

Yesterday I spent a little time shopping around for a few Black Friday deals. Every year I like going out to look at the sales, even if nothing catches my eye. This year I ended up purchasing a few things, and enjoyed a large coffee while doing so (great motivator, if you ask me!). I'm pretty sure I walked over a mile through the shopping plaza, but it really felt good to stretch after a day of laziness and yummy food.

Today a handful of Black Friday sales are still going on, and I thought I would mention a few of my favorites:
-Radiant Cosmetics is offering free shipping plus a free pressed powder with code CELEBRATE through Giving Tuesday. is offering 20% off any order with the code GIVETHANKS
-Blowfish Shoes is offering 20% off everything in their store with the code BLACKOUT, and ends today.
-LuLu*s has a whole section devoted to Black Friday, filled with awesome steals and deals that are still going on right now.
-Le Mode Accessories is offering 15% sitewide with the code TYSALE now through Sunday.

Today is also Small Business Saturday and I want to encourage everyone to go out and shop local today!

How was everyone's Thanksgiving? Did you go Black Friday shopping?
-Chelsea xo

November 20, 2012

Eat at Matt's

Awhile back my favorite Phoenix breakfast spot, Matt's Big Breakfast, moved shop (literally a block or so to some bigger digs). This, along with our anniversary (eck! I didn't mean to wait this long to post these), called for a special brunch date with my guy.

This was one of our very first cool mornings here in Phoenix, and we were so excited to check out Matt's new digs. For years now we've been going to Matt's Big Breakfast, and we were excited that they were opening in a bigger space (although, sometimes the charm of Matt's was having to wait so long to get in and sitting in a teeny, tiny old building - taking in the sunshine from the huge windows and sipping hot coffee). The space itself is beautiful, and the building holds some history for Scott and I. Years ago the new Matt's was a local venue called the Oneplace, and Scott and his then band used to play there. In later years it was also a delicious mexican food restaurant that we used to go to while I was in Journalism school, and now I'm happy that the space is living on in such a beautiful way.

Scott and I are getting really excited about Thanksgiving! This year we decided to order a pumpkin pie from Urban Cookies, and I'm hoping to make a delicious veggie side dish that Chelsea sent me the recipe to. Do you have a favorite dish or pastry/pie that you order ever year for the holiday?

Outfit details: Cardigan: Last Chance
Shirt: Madewell
Skirt: Banana Republic
Bag: Madewell
Flats: c/o Marshalls

This morning I'm off to class and will probably stop for a coffee along the way. I have two meetings today, both grad school related, and hope all goes well with both of them. Final projects are quickly approaching and I need to make sure I'm at the top of my game!

What are you up to today?
-Chelsea xo

November 17, 2012

Uber in Phoenix!

On Wednesday Scott and I went to a launch event for Uber, the valley's newest on-demand private driver service.  A few months back I heard a rumor that Uber might be coming to my city, and ever since then I have been following the progress/updates of the company on making their way to the valley. I first heard about Uber over a year ago from a friend in Seattle who works for the company as a Community Manager, and have always been amazed out how personable and awesome the company is to their clients and employees. I absolutely love how involved Uber is in social media, and how quick they are to respond if you ever have any questions at all. Before Uber even came to the valley, they had already made a great impression in my book.

Scott and I took our first Uber to the launch event. We were so excited to open up their app, mark right where we wanted to be picked up on their map system, and then watch our driver on the map as he made our way to us.

Both of our rides to and from the event were awesome (we rode in two of Uber's signature, black SUVs), and our driver's were super cool (even let us pick the kind of music we wanted to listen to!).

Our friend Gabe is the Community Manager for Phoenix, and we are both so proud of him for all of the incredibly handwork he has put in these past few months getting Phoenix ready for Uber. Congrats Gabe and the Phoenix Uber team!

Our friends Sarah and Josh joined us at the event and we all enjoyed some delicious food at hot coffee (the scones and clotted cream were SO yummy!).

So, have you given Uber, whether in Phoenix or not, a try yet? I highly suggest downloading their app and checking out the company yourself! I also want to say that this post was not sponsored by Uber, and that I am truly a huge fan of company and I'm so happy to finally have them here in Phoenix!
-Chelsea xo

November 16, 2012

Bella Forever

And just like that, the series is over. Yes, I am talking about the beloved Twilight Saga movies. Yes, I am a sometimes-closet fan of the series. I read the first three books back to back during the summer of 2008, after I kept seeing the books pop up everywhere. When I started reading the series, I wasn't really aware of the fandom that surrounded the books, but I soon learned of their massive popularity, and also of their connection to my home state (I was staying in Colorado for the summer at the time).

When the first film came out, I received what felt like a "golden ticket" to see the film a few days before the release date. I remember the excitement that filled the room, and how happy I was to be able to see a book I loved so much come to life. Today, during an afternoon showing of the final film in the series, the feeling was no different. However, I can't lie that my feelings were being chased with a slight tinge of sadness for the thought that the series is now all over. It's nice to think though that books, however, really do live on forever, and for that I'm thankful.

Outfit details:
Scarf: c/o Le Mode Accessories
Sweater: Banana Republic
Shirt: Madewell
Jeans: Levi's
Boots: c/o Blowfish Shoes

This weekend I am in need of a major study session! Slowly but surely my final projects are creeping their way into my life (already?), and it's time to start kicking them in the butt! I also have dreams of knitting a tunnel scarf, and maybe also finishing up the current book I'm reading.

What do you have planned for this weekend? Seeing Breaking Dawn or another movie?
-Chelsea xo

November 15, 2012

Snaps From This Early November

Just some snaps from this year's early November. Right now I'm obsessing over this amazing fall/pre-winter light we've been having lately (makes each day feel like I'm living in a movie), and also steaming hot cups of coffee that have not been leaving my hands these past few days (perfect way to warm up during a chilly day).

What have you been obsessing over during these beautiful early/mid November days?
-Chelsea xo

November 14, 2012

My Gold Heart

I'm sitting here with my morning coffee, registering for my final semester of graduate school and thinking to myself, where has the time gone? It still feels just like yesterday I was in journalism school, writing away on articles about art, events, downtown Phoenix, and the occasional hard news (never really my thing), and now I'm sitting here with my final semester laid out in front of me (expect for that social media class that I was supposed to be taking that isn't appearing on the schedule, uh oh). Time sure is crazy to think about, especially when you applied for graduate school and felt like it would take forever, and ever to get through (I was so wrong!).

In other news I have been really enjoying this chilly wearing and getting excited for the holidays. On Monday evening Scott and I spent some time with our sweet friends Sarah and Josh. The cold really settled in this night, so we spent some time around their fire pit roasting marshmallows and enjoying each others company. I swear, I'm so thankful for their friendship. I'm also thankful for the fall/winter nostalgia that still hasn't worn off its charm. Fall and winter really are my two favorite seasons, even if I am a spring baby!

Sarah also got me thinking a lot about holiday decorating and gift giving. This year I'm thinking about putting together a mini-holiday gift guide for the blog, and wanted to know what you guys think. Right now I'm dreaming of a list that includes my favorite sequin hearts, cute coffee mugs, and handmade scarves!

Outfit details:
Sweater: Caslon
Gold Sequin Heart Pin: c/o
Jeans: Levi's
Bracelet: Jcrew
Flats: c/o Blowfish Shoes

Ok, time for another cup of coffee and to get ready for the day!

What are you put to today? Are you getting excited about the holiday season?
-Chelsea xo