February 28, 2013

With Hearts

You know what's refreshing? To learn about a local company who's on a mission to promote sustainable fashion and direct collaborations with amazing artists! According to their website, Hearts products are the result of a collaboration between artisans strengths and the natural materials their surrounding environments provide them, along with the love and collaborative efforts from the Hearts design team. Recently, the very sweet team at Hearts reached out to me to tell me a little bit more about their mission, and also to see if I would like to style up one of their amazing pieces. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity and have been carrying my Hearts Beat Foldover Clutch around with pride!
Awhile back Hearts visited Guatemala to meet with artisan communities, and to experience the Guatemalan culture first-hand. The Hearts team observed ancient weaving traditions that have been carried forward by contemporary masters, and listened to artisans, who now lovingly create Hearts designs, talk about their own lives. Hearts' partnership with these Guatemalan artisans enables them to devote their extraordinary traditional skills to the creation of design-driven product lines, whose sale ensures they continue to improve their own families' quality of life. The clutch I'm featuring was made with traditional Guatemalan brocade foot looming techniques, AZO free dye, glass seed beads, and antique brass. It really is quite the unique piece, and I know I will cherish it for years to come.

Outfit details:
Scarf: Marine Layer
Sweater: Eddie Bauer
Hearts Beat Foldover Clutch: c/o Hearts
Top: Last Chance
Jeans: Levi's
Oxfords: Steve Madden

Have you checked out Hearts? I extra love that they are a local company, and it fills my heart with joy to see such sweet people working for such an amazing cause! Keep up the great work, Hearts crew! Oh, and if you're interested in picking up our own Hearts clutch, or something else from their shop, use the code CHELSEA30 for 30% off your order!

I'm off to work on a take-home exam (eww), and then hopefully to the Ladies Night Out event at Union at the Biltmore! What are you up to tonight?

-Chelsea xo

February 27, 2013

Ladies Night Out at the Union!

Please join Frances and the shops at Union at the Biltmore  this Thursday, February 28th from 6-8pm for an evening full of shopping, amazing discounts, giveaways, beauty tips, and time well spent with your favorite lady friends!

Please let me know if you can make it, and I hope to see you there!
-Chelsea xo

February 26, 2013

Welcome Home, Piper!

It's officially been two weeks since we brought Miss Piper home! This photo was taken the day after we welcomed her home, and I can't believe how much she has already grown since then. Over the past two weeks her personality has really  been shining through, and she's proving to be spunky, oh so sweet, slightly stubborn, and loving right down to her core. She loves, loves her big brother, Scout, and although she has plenty of kisses to give to him, she's quite sparing with her kisses for us humans (however, I have received more, and more kisses the past few days). She likes to sleep on her back, and have a few naps throughout the day. She's a good eater, and likes to sit with Scout and watch him eat while she does the same. She doesn't mind being held and carried around (oh, this is the part of being a puppy that I cherish most), and loves a good snuggle when the time is right.

Truthfully, she's a perfect fit for our family and I couldn't imagine not having her with in our family. Thank you, little Piper, for making our family whole.

February 25, 2013

Time Turner

Do you ever wish that you could have a time turner just like the one Hermione Granger has in Harry Potter? Ya know, so you could attend one class, or one event, or one coffee shop date, and then when you were done, twirl it around and go on to your next gig. Yeah,wouldn't that be something! However, since us Muggles aren't really capable of anything quite like this just yet (yet!), it's still fun to pretend and think that maybe just one little twist of a charm could restart your whole day over again. This sweet sand timer necklace I've been wearing lately from Unexpected Expectancy totally makes me think of Hermione's Time Turner, and leaves me wishing daily that there was a little clock working magic in it (although, it still is oh so cute on it's own - magic or no magic).

Outfit details:
Button-up: Levi's
Bag: Madewell tote
Sand Timer necklace c/o Unexpected Expectancy
// Use code PHOTOSHARE for 10% your next purchase with Unexpected Expectancy!
Jeans: Levi's
Shoes: Ecco

Today has definitely been one of those days were I wish I could just flick the time back with a flip of the timer. My morning starting off quite slowly (oh, Mondays), and my afternoon was filled with a nice lunch date in the sun with my  honey, as well as an unexpected errand, and now I'm already at school just waiting for class to start. Seriously days, quit zooming by me!

On another note, I'm totally obsessing over the movies Warm Bodies and Silver Linings Playbook and want to see them over, and over again! I also can't stop listening to Midnight City by M83 and LOVE how they worked this amazing song into a scene in Warm Bodies! It may come as a surprise to a few of you, but I've always been an electronic/techno/dancey/ music kind of gal, and lately my obsession has just grown! I can't get enough of dancey beats and music that makes me want to listen to it the loudest my speakers will go. Yep, it's definitely a current obsession!

What are you really into right now?

Off to class!
-Chelsea xo

February 24, 2013

Week 8 Wrap-Up

This weekend (which usually beings on Thursday night because neither Scott nor or I have classes on Friday) started off with some relaxation, and a little movie date. Friday was a day to get back to the grind (aka endless amounts of homework), and Saturday was just about the same. Today I have a few errands to run, a visit with my grandma set, more homework to attend to, and then I'm picking my uncle up from the airport tonight!

1. Working a side part, feeling very much like my high school self! HA! // 2. A mini Ulta Haul - loving all three so far. // 3. I've spent endless time on school work lately, which means so many coffee dates. // 4. I had such a great morning showing my friend Sarah around downtown Mesa!

3 Weekly Favorites:
1. Finally seeing Warm Bodies with my love. The movie was extra quirky, and the soundtrack was perfect.
2. Wandering around Ulta, getting so excited about spring makeup looks. Silly, but I totally love how happy makeup makes me feel!
3. My sweet friend Ashley's videos always put a big smile on my face!

2  Hopes for the New Week:
1. That I get SO much school work done this coming week, again!
2. That I can find a good balance

1 Last Thought:
Piper is quite snuggly, sleeping on my lap right now!

How was your weekend? What are you most looking forward to this week? What's your favorite snack?
-Chelsea xo

February 23, 2013

Phoenix Style Collective + Kendra Scott Shopping Party

Hey Phoenix Metropolitan friends, I've got a fun event for you! Kendra Scott and The Phoenix Style Collective invite you to join us on Thursday, March 7th, 2013 from 6pm-8pm at the Kendra Scott Scottsdale Quarter store for an evening of shopping, treats, and so much fun. The ladies (myself included) and gent of The Phoenix Style are oh so excited about this sweet event (and we're ready to get our shop on with the 15% off discount for attendees), and hope to see many of you there!

If you can make it, please leave m a comment below letting me know! It's sure to be a great evening!

-Chelsea xo

The Swing of Spring

1. Essie's Ole Caliente // 2. Cork it Over Tote // 3. Specs Mixed Gold and Tortoise Sunglasses // 4. Bamboo Steno 50 Sandals // 5. BB Dakota by Jack Cherry Floral Dress

Late last night I found myself window shopping on the LuLu*s website and couldn't help but feel super inspired for my spring wardrobe. I would be more than happy to dawn this pretty frock, those darling sandals, those perfect sunnies, that fun tote, and that eye catching polish out for an afternoon on the town. Iced coffee would definitely be a must, along with a stroll through my favorite parts of Phoenix (where I may stop in a few vintage shops, many coffee shops, and also my favorite Urban Cookies for a delicious treat!).

What spring styles have been catching your eye lately? What would your perfect spring outfit look like?  Anything catching your eye in the spring section of the LuLu*s website?
-Chelsea xo

February 22, 2013

Making a Statement

Statement necklaces are not something that I've really given a good go at. I know they been on-trend for quite some time now, but I've been opting to stick with my simple chains and charms (which I love) on an everyday basis. However, when I stumbled upon Jewliqu and found their amazing selection of statement necklaces, I could't help but want to incorporate one into a very casual outfits (which let's be honest, I could pretty much live in jeans, a long top, and cardigan).

I love the pop of color and style this collar necklace brings to an otherwise staples only outfit, and how it made me feel a little pushed out of my comfort zone. Now that I've conquered the statement necklace trend, I feel that I can do anything! Pass my comps exams? Check! Find an amazing job by May? Check! Turn 25 without having a quarter life crisis? Big check! Let's do this!

Outfit details:
Cardigan: Madwell
Top: Last Chance
Aqua Pebbles Collar necklace: c/o Jewliq
Jeans: Levi's
Flats: Tory Burch

Yesterday Scott and I took a little mental health day (after I finished class and he finished up doing his taxes). I spent some time looking around a few favorite shops, had a delicious salmon salad (ps I never ever liked salmon until very recently, so I felt quite proud of myself for gobbling down my salmon salad while listening to the sweetest older southern lady talk about her funky colored nails to her rather conservative husband), and may have splurged on a few new beauty items. We also went to see Warm Bodies last night, which we both fully enjoyed (although, the eating of the brains and body parts just wasn't my cup of tea). Today we're back to the same old routine of the homework hustle!

What are your plans for the weekend? Have you seen warm bodies yet? Are you into statement necklaces?
-Chelsea xo

February 21, 2013

Let It Snow!

Just wanted to stop to say things have been busy, busy around here, but also oh so amazing! Did you know that it snowed in Phoenix yesterday? Snowed, in Phoenix! How crazy is that! The last time that happened was around 2007 or 2008 when I was attending community college and everyone in class was talking about making snowmen and snow angels in their front yards! Oh Phoenix, you are so crazy sometimes!

I hear that there have been quite a few blustery storms blowing around the Continental US lately. I guess winter just wanted to make sure we all knew that he (I think of winter as a he, don't you?) was sticking around just for a little longer.

I'm off to a movie date with my love! We've been waiting to see Warm Bodies for weeks now, and finally some have time to see it tonight! What are you up to today? Has it been extra chilly where you live?
-Chelsea xo

February 19, 2013

Cozy in the Cold

Something about a cozy sweater makes everything just feel right. Well, that may be because right now I'm battling a sinus cold - cough, cough - but really, a cozy sweater is the perfect winter accessory and this one from LuLu*s  has been among my favorites this season. I'm a huge sucker for anything aztec print, and love the classic combo of black and white (fav color combo, ever). Lately I've been trying to get as much wear out of it as I possibly can before it gets too warm to wear it in Phoenix. This weekend were supposed to have a cool down (in the 50's and raining), so I'm looking forward to spending a cozy night wrapped up in this sweater, sipping hot tea, and watching Perks of being a wallflower.

Outfit details
Cozy Neighbor Black and Ivory sweater: c/o Lulus
Top: Madewell
June bracelets: c/o Stowe Street - use promo code teatalk15 to get 15% off your next order!
Typewriter button: Jar of Buttons
Jeans: Levi's
Oxfords: Steve Madden

I've spent the most of today, so far, working on a take-home exam that's due tomorrow at midnight. I've only got one question left to answer (the hardest of the bunch - oh why do I leave those until the end?), and I'm thinking that I should treat myself to a pretty new lipstick or blush for a job well done when I finish it up. Scott has also been working extra, extra hard on school work lately, and I think he deserves a treat as well (although, I don't think he's much into makeup).

How do you like to reward yourself for a job well done? What's your favorite hot tea?
-Chelsea xo

February 18, 2013

Pearly Pink Delight

Have you ever heard the phrase, "delicate like a flower," well, this is exactly how this sweet dress from Taylor and Stylist makes me feel. I've always been into rather delicate blouse, ones that  I usually pair with a favorite cardigan or other layers to balance the softness of it out. However, with this dress, it just didn't feel right covering it up - it's one of those pieces that just makes a statement on its own. Paired with my favorite tights, and ballet flats (a gift from Scott for our sixth anniversary), I felt oh so ladylike, and maybe a tiny bit like a ballerina (but in the best way) walking around downtown in a warmer than usual February day.

At the beginning of the month I also wore this charming number to the Puppy Love Project benefit that I co-hosted with my team from the Phoenix Style Collective. Since it was a much chiller night, I paired it with cream colored, knit tights, a tan cardigan, and oxfords. This outfit definitely spoke more to my layer loving self, but I'm learning that it's nice to change things up every now and again, and even sometimes get real simple (which will be too easy once the spring/summer heat comes rolling my way).

Outfit details:
Pearly Pink Delight dress: c/o Taylor and Stylist
Tights: c/o we Love Colors
Flats: Tory Burch

This morning I'm thinking I need an extra large iced coffee (after I finish the one I'm currently drinking - oops), and also maybe a roam around Target or Ulta just to get out before class tonight. Yesterday I spent the whole day visiting grandma, working on a take-home exam, and starting my spring cleaning, so today I think it's time to get out in the sunshine!

How was your weekend? What are you really excited for this week?
-Chelsea xo

February 17, 2013

Week 7 Wrap-Up

This past week/weekend was spent obsessing over my Comps Exams, visiting grandma, celebrating Valentine's Day with my Valentine of seven years, welcoming the newest addition into our family (little Miss Piper), and not drinking enough coffee (resulting in two very sleepy Scott and Chelsea). 

1. My friend Sarah inspired me to pull out my Daphne moisturizing lipstick from Radiant Cosmetics -such a fun, springy color! // 2. Had a bonfire on a slightly chilly evening with a few sweet friends. // 3. Scott gave me the most beautiful flowers and vase for Valentine's Day. // 4. I also busted out Too Faced's lip cream in Stiletto Red this weekend! One of my favorite reds!

3 Weekly Favorites:
1. Piper, the newest addition to our family! She is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (same as Scout), but is tri-colored and definitely sassy! 
2. Federal Pizza! Scott and I went there for V-Day dinner and it was delicious! 
3. Hummingbird by Local Natives - this is the only album that has been playing in my car for weeks now!

2  Hopes for the New Week:
1. That I get SO much school work done this coming week!
2. That it's sandal weather! 

1 Last Thought:
What happened to week 6 wrap-up? Ooops! Totally dropped the ball, friends! Are you enjoying these wrap-ups? 

How was your weekend? What are you most looking forward to this week? What's your favorite snack?
-Chelsea xo

February 16, 2013

Mint Julep

Wow, it has been way too long since I last posted some outfit photos! Things have just been so busy, busy on the blog (like with an amazing giveaway), and in my everyday life (school, visiting grandma, checking out an amazing diner in downtown, and having a bonfire with friends). This week has also had some ups and downs, but I feel content, and at peace now sitting here writing to you all now. I've always thought of blogging as a type of therapy, and I'm so thankful to everyone that takes the time out of their busy day to read my random thoughts and comment to let me know that you agree, or feel the same way too. What would I do without you, friends?

On another note, my spring wardrobe is starting to come together nicely. I've always been a big fan of transitional pieces, but I've come to realize that it's nice to have a few garments that really set you in the mood for the season. This pretty Mint Julep belted top from Ever + Mi Crush that I'm wearing is definitely one of those springy pieces for me. I love the mixture of the mint and salmon colors, the sweet braided belt, the capped sleeves (perfect for how warm it is today - almost 80!), and the flowy peplum! I have a feeling I'm going to be getting a lot of wear out of this pretty blouse all spring long!

Cardigan: Banana Republic
Mint Julep belted top: c/o Ever + Mi Crush
Necklace: Origami Owl
June bracelet: c/o Stowe Street
Jeans: Levi's
Brogues: Steve Madden

Last night Scott and I were invited to bonfire with a few friends in an amazing desert community space that two of our friends share with their neighbors. It was chilly out, but the fire kept us all warm (and entertained - it kept spitting ashes). Now that winter is on its way out the door, it was nice to celebrate the chilly weather was such sweet friends and relish in it while we still can (hello 80, 90, 100 degree days we having coming for us). There was even a friends trains that went zooming by right behind us as we sat on wooden benches and mixed matched chairs, who making quite a ruckus as they went, but somehow they made the evening that much more magical. For awhile there I didn't even feel like I was in the city, but somewhere way out in the dessert, taking in winter's charm.

How has your weekend been so far? What wardrobe pieces are you looking to bring into your spring closet?
-Chelsea xo

February 15, 2013

CLOSED: Giveaway: Win a Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone

Remember that amazing giveaway I've been hinting about on Twitter and in my Windows Phone post? Well, it's time! I've partnered with Windows Phone to give one lucky Tea Talk reader their very own Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone. Ready to enter? Check out all the details below:

To Enter:
1. You must be a Tea Talk follower via GFC, RSS, Bloglovin, or email (will be checking).

2. Leave a comment on this post letting me if you had to lose one item for a day, would it be your phone or your wallet? Please also leave your email address in the same comment!

For additional bonus entries:
1. Like Windows Phone on Facebook, and leave an additional comment letting me know that you did so.

2. Follow Windows Phone on Twitter, and also leave an additional comment letting me know that you did so.

So you've got three chances to win! This giveaway will be open until Friday, February 22nd at 11:59 p.m. MST, and is only open to US residents. Please also note the availability in service provider with this phone. Windows Phone is happy to offer a Nokia Lumia 920 if the winner has AT&T, and a Windows Phone 8x by HTC if they have Verizon or T-Mobile.

Good luck, sweet readers! XO

EDIT: Congrats, Sally Ann!
Thank you so much to everyone who entered! xo

February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

From me and mine, to you and yours, we wish you a very lovely day.

We're off to have dinner downtown at a new to us restaurant , and then maybe down to Churn, a speciality ice cream & pastry shop, for a delicious cookie or two!

What are your plans for this sweet evening, friends? Treat yourself and know that you are loved!
-Chelsea xo

February 13, 2013

Getting to know my Windows Phone

Remember that amazing meeting I tweeted/blogged about a few weeks ago? Well, I had the pleasure of meeting with two very sweet Seattleites who were in town on behalf of their client, Microsoft (Did I really just say that? Yes, yes I did!). About a week prior to our meeting I received a very exciting email with  an amazing opportunity that I just couldn't pass up - a meeting to learn about, and experience the new Windows Phone. I immediately replied with a big old "I would LOVE to," and set up a coffee shop meeting for the following week.

Knowing that I was only asked for fifteen minutes of my time, I wasn't quite sure what to expected during our the meeting. However, once we sat down, coffees in hand (SO happy I asked to meet at my favorite coffee shop, Lola Coffee, as I think they were quite impressed), our conversations came easy and we spent a good hour+ talking about the new Windows phone (operating system, apps, photo quality, and my favorite quality - the fashionability aspect of the phone). Being that I've been an iPhone girl for a few years now, I found it very refreshing to learn about a new operating system/phone, and thought it was extra, extra cool that I got to learn about it from someone who has already spent so much time learning about it themselves.

During our meeting I got to check out the Windows phone 8x by HTC, as well as the Nokia Lumia 920. Both phones use the same Windows 8 operating system, but each has its own style and special qualities. Among both phones, I was way impressed with their SkyDrive system (online access to files, photos, etc., + free 7gb of space included), as well as the camera quality, crystal clear screens, and also the fun colors that the phones come in. Throughout our conversation we also talked about how fashion influences our technology, and vice versa - something that has definitely crossed my mind a few times. Since our meeting this has something I've been thinking about quite a bit lately, and I'm curious to know what  are your thoughts on this?

(an accidental photo that my pal Josh took while checking out the phone).

Anyways, before we parted ways I was very graciously give my very own Windows Phone 8x by HTC to  play around with and enjoy. I had a few different color options to go with, but I felt that the blue matched most well with my personality and style (and the blue tweed jacket I was wearing that day!). Over the past few weeks I've really enjoyed customizing it and making it my own, all the while majorly loving the camera, and also the live tiles (which gives me updates on my friends + social media sites). I've really had a great experience with the phone so far, and plan on blogging about some of my favorite features in the near future. Also, keep your eyes peeled for a VERY exciting giveaway coming soon (hint, hint: you're not going to want to miss this one).

Do any of you have a Windows Phone? 8x by HTC or Nokia Lumia 920? If so, I would love to hear about your experience with it? If you don't, tell me if you would be interested in checking one out!
-Chelsea xo

February 12, 2013

Mix N Match

Want to know a semi-secret? I'm pretty terrible at incorporating patterns into my wardrobe. Yes, it's true. More often than not will I choose an article of clothing in a solid color (or stripes, maybe) and call it good. Since I started styling blogging two and a half or so years ago,  I've definitely seen my style grow and evolve into something I had always hoped it would be (classic, yet unique at the same time), and patterns have definitely played a big part in helping me to do this.  To me, personal style is all about finding a balance between your true style, and any other styles and trends you're into at the time and want to play around with, which leads usually leaves you with a solid foundation and an ever growing, ever evolving taste for a slight change. Style really is a fickle matter, but one that I've grown to love even more these past few years. I'm curious to know, what are your thoughts on personal style?

Outfit details:
Cardigan: Madewell
Scarf: Dillards
Dress c/o Marshalls
Bracelets: Kate Spade & Stowe Street
Leggings: Nordstroms Rack
Kipper Booties: c/o Blowfish Shoes

Life has been so, so busy lately, but I'm trying to take a breather moment and just remember to take things one at a time. On another note, the buzz of a new baby puppy added to our family on Sunday (see her sweet little face here!) has been keeping things lively, and quite interesting around here. She's a real doll though and I can't wait to share more about her with you all very soon!

What are you up to today? How do you manage stressful/busy days?
-Chelsea xo