April 30, 2013

We're Engaged!

It's true! Scott and I are engaged! Many of you may have already heard via Twitter or Instagram, and possibly even before we said a word, as we were surrounded by so many sweet friends who were able to catch the magic as it was happening and couldn't wait to share (and we are so thankful for all of you that caught a video or photo and sent it our way - truly, thank you). We are over the moon happy, and I feel like words could truly not express how I'm feeling right now (although it's a mixture of overwhelmingly excitement, bursting at the seems with love, feeling SO thankful that I have such an amazing person in my life that I get to spend the rest of my life with, and so many more warm feelings that I can't possible put into words)!

Even though we've been together for over six and a half years now, our engagement was still such a big surprise! At this point in time getting engaged just didn't seem like it was in the cards (only because we've been so busy with school, graduation, job hunting, etc.), but Scott totally surprised me and I am SO thankful and excited that he did!

Everyone has been so, so kind and is asking for a few more details and pictures of the actual engagement, so I'm here to say that I will blogging about it all soon while it's still fresh in my memory. For now, I just want to shout it to the rooftops that we're engaged, and I couldn't be more happy!

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all so much for being so excited and happy with us!
-Chelsea & Scott too xoxo

April 27, 2013

The 2013 AZ Blogger Conference Is Here

And the day is finally here! The day we've been planning for months and months now. The day that has made us feel giddy, anxious, nervous, and filled with joy all at the same time. The 2013 Arizona Blogger Conference is finally here, and we are ready to have some FUN!

If you haven't purchased a ticket and still are hoping to attend, tickets are $50 at the door and we still have a small number of goodie bags to give away (so come early!). All of the information for the conference is still up on the eventbrite page, and I hope to see so many of you there! It's sure to be a magical evening!

Don't forge to use the hashtag #ABC13 so we can follow your tweets and photos! Also, please don't feel shy today! We're all in this together, so don't be shy when you want to make a new friend, as chances are they want to talk to you just as much as you want to talk to them!

See you at 5pm!
-Chelsea xo

April 25, 2013

A Little Touch Of Leopard

I've always been fond of the classics, in respect to style, that is. Neutral colors, timeless silhouettes, and Minnetonka Moccasins, of course. With that said, I've also been known to mix and match a timeless piece with something a little more bold and on the wild side, so when I spotted (see what I did there!) these Leopard Kilty Mocs from Minnetonka Moccasins, I knew they had to be mine. To me, they're the perfect mixture of a timeless piece, mixed with just the right touch of fun and flair. But really, who am I kidding? Leopard is forever!

To say I'm a little obsessed with these pretty mocs would definitely be an understatement! I've received the sweetest compliments on them + they are the most comfortable shoes ever. I've practically lived in moccasins (always Minnetonka Moccasins, that is) my whole life, from the time I was very small to up to now when I'm about to hit my 25th year of life. They've always been a part of who I am, and I just love knowing that they will continue to be just that for years to come.

Outfit details:
Lacey top: c/o Emerging Thoughts
White top: Madewell
Bangles & bag: Kate Spade
Jeans: Gap
Leopard Kilty Mocs: c/o Minnetonka Moccasins

This morning I'm off to class (my days as a graduate student are officially numbered), and then I'm off to run a few errands for the 2013 Arizona Blogger Conference, and work on a few final papers/take-home exams. It's crazy to think how much goodness is going to be happening in such a short amount of time (conference, birthday, end of school, college graduation for both Scott and I), and also a little sad to know that soon it will be all over. However, I'm planning on enjoying every minute of the journey and hope you all will join me in celebration (can I get a woot, woot!). May really is a very special month!

What are you up to today? Do you have a favorite pair of Minnetonka Moccasins? Have you been wearing their moccasins forever, and ever? I would love to hear your MM story!
-Chelsea xo

April 24, 2013

Little Miss

While rummaging through some photos recently, I found this photo of little Miss Piper from back in March and thought it was just too sweet not to share. She's already grown so much, but she'll always be little to me.

Chels xo

Sponsor Tea Talk in May!

This is the official call for May sponsors and beyond here at Tea Talk! May is going to be a very special month (birthday, graduation!), 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, 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! May is also an ideal time for small and large businesses because readers tend to be on the hunt for unique gifts for their graduating 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@Chelsea-Bird.com!

-Chelsea xo

April 23, 2013

Mirror, Mirror

Just thought it would be fun to share a lovely app that I've been obsessing over lately, Mirrorgram! I learned about this sweet app via my friend, Chelsea, and have since found myself wanting to use it every day (because what's better than a cute pair of shoes and an iced coffee..well...two cute pairs of shoes and two iced coffees!). I always love learning about fun new apps, and thought you all might appreciate this fairly recent find as well! Let me know if you use it, or if you have any other favorite apps (they don't have to just be camera apps either).

What app(s) have you been loving lately?
-Chelsea xo
PS I'm in LOVE with this Deerkskin Soft-T mocs in the color champagne from Minnetonka Moccasins! Like WOW!

2013 Arizona Blogger Conference...Is Almost Here!

Just a reminder, the 2013 Arizona Blogger Conference is this Saturday, April 27th from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix. My fellow Phoenix Style Collective members and I are getting SO excited for the event, and can't wait to see so many of you there! Last year's conference was so memorable, and I just know that this year's conference is going to be equally, if not more amazing! There's still some time to get a ticket (and a Hello Apparel goodie bag filled with so many neat treats and trinkets from some amazing companies!), but don't wait too long! Also, thinking about taking an Uber to the event? We've got you covered! Use the promo code AZBLOGGER13 for a free ride (up to $20) for first time riders!

Will I be seeing you there?
-Chelsea xo

April 22, 2013

On A Sunday

Sundays around here usually aren't very exciting. Usually Scott is at work until the late afternoon, and I'm working away on school work, blog posts, and/or emails, but this Sunday was different. This Sunday Scott and I met up with an old college friend (Hi Whitney!) for brunch at The Breakfast Club at Cityscape in downtown Phoenix, and then headed over to the spring clothing swap that was happening over at Grow-Op and hosted by Co-OPhx. The sun was shining oh so bright, and there wasn't enough iced coffee to keep me cool (oh summer, you're really on your way). However, it was so good to be out and about on a Sunday and being able to see so many lovely people in one place! Phoenix, you really know how to do Sundays right!

Outfit details:
Dress: Madewell
Ring: Vintage
Bracelets: Kate Spade & Vintage
Purse: Kate Spade
Sandals: Saltwater Sandals

Today begins major crunch time! The 2013 Arizona Blogger Conference is THIS week, and my classes/exams will be over before I know it! My birthday is also one week from Thursday, and I'm currently trying to ward off my quarter life crisis (HA, but really! Turning 25 is a crazy thought). I've got this though, right? RIGHT! Let's do this, Monday!

What are you up to today, sweet friends? How was your weekend? What are you most looking forward to this week?
-Chelsea xo

April 21, 2013

Week 16 Wrap-Up

1. The kindest gifts from Minnetonka Moccasins! I am so excited to share these on the blog! // 2. On Thursday evening Scott and I saw The Postal Service in concert! After ten long years of awaiting this moment, we were left in a state of awe. To say this show was amazing would be an understatement. // 3. Had such a lovely evening at The Shine Project benefit with my sweet friend, Ashley! // 4. I'm obsessing over these leopard kilty mocs from Minnetonka Moccasins!

3 Weekly Favorites:
1. See The Postal Service up close and personal. I may have fangirled over how cute Jenny Lewis is, and how I secretly hope she and Ben Gibbard are dating because they are so darn cute together.
2. Spending some quality time with my pups and realizing that they are growing up way too quickly.
3. Realizing the 2013 Arizona Blogger Conference is now less than a week away and getting SO excited/nervous for the day to come! Have you seen the list of the amazing speakers we are having? It's going to be a dream like evening!

2  Hopes for the New Week:
1. That I get my butt into gear and work really hard during my last few weeks of school. Graduation is SO close (it's almost scary)! 
2. That the 2013 Arizona Blogger Conference goes off without a hitch! Last year's conference was SO amazing and memorable, and I'm just hoping for another successful conference! Did you get your ticket yet? Will I be seeing you there?

1 Last Thought:
Sundays are for donuts, always (and Bosa donuts are THE best!).

How has your weekend been? What are you most looking forward to this week?
-Chelsea xo

April 18, 2013

Such Great Heights

"I am thinking it's a sign that the freckles in our eyes are mirror images and when we kiss they're perfectly aligned."

Scott and I are off to see The Postal Service tonight! We've been waiting ten years for this show, and we're so excited that the day has finally come when we get to hear their lovely tunes in person (and see my girl crush, Jenny Lewis!).

Are any of you going to the Phoenix show tonight? Let me know!
-Chelsea xo

April 16, 2013

The City's Thumbprint

Phoenix is one of those cities you can always count on for amazing street art. Every few blocks in downtown (or sometimes every block) you can also bet that you're going to find something colorful and unique adorning an old brick wall. About three weeks ago I started to watch this brightly colored, thumbprint design come to life as I drove by each day on my way to get coffee. I loved watching the progression as more colors were added, and the detail started to come alive. As of now, I'm not quite sure of  the meaning behind the art piece (it is painted like a thumbprint, though, with the year 1913 being at the center), but do love how much it brightens up this once dreary, beige wall.

Can I also just mentioned for a second how very rocker chic and Grecian Goddess like I felt in this ensemble. It may have been the almost all black ensemble, but really I think these Greece sandals from Blowfish Shoes really did the trick! They are not only super cute, but also SO comfy and SO easy to walk in. When it comes to tall shoes, I may keep them on for an hour, may two at the most, but with these I kept them on the whole day with no problems! Ladies and gents, I've found my perfect spring/summer sandals!

Outfit details:
Cardigan: Banana Republic
Top: Levi's
Jeans: Levi's
Watch: Fossil
Bracelet & Bag: Kate Spade
Greece sandals: c/o Blowfish Shoes

I'm off for a busy day of errands and emails! The 2013 Arizona Blogger Conference is less than two weeks away, and graduation day is just on the horizon - to say I'm going to have a busy few weeks is an understatement, but I'm SO ready for it! Yesterday I picked out my dress for the bloggers conference (and I plan on wearing it at one of my graduation shindigs as well), and last night the Phoenix Style Collective gals got together to finalize last minute details! We are all SO excited and can't wait to see so many of you there! Have you got your ticket yet? The goody bags are looking amazing and I would hate for anyone to miss out on all of the fun surprises inside of them - so buy your ticket early!

Do you have a lot of street art in your city? Have you found your perfect spring/summer sandal yet?
-Chelsea xo

April 15, 2013

Week 15 Wrap-Up

1. Channeling my inner festival going style, Minnetonka Mocs included! // 2. Ikea date with my favorite guy! // 3. Miss Piper is getting SO big (and looking so cute with pink clips in her hair). // 4. Iced coffee from the Shine Coffee walk-up shop!

3 Weekly Favorites:
1. Picking up my first Makeup Forever lipstick in a shade that is very Phoenix Style Collective.
2. Scott and I spending time Saturday evening with our sweet friends Sarah and Josh in downtown Phoenix.
3. Watching the MTV Movie Awards - Rebel Wilson just kills me! 

2  Hopes for the New Week:
1. That my group and I kick butt during our presentation Monday (talking about identity an gender within the context of instagram photos - crazy to think this is a hot topic in this day and age). 
2. Wrapping up a few last minute details for the 2013 Arizona Blogger Conference (less than two weeks away!). Did you get your ticket yet? Don't wait!

1 Last Thought:
Did you see the Catching Fire trailer last night? SO exciting! 

How has your weekend been? What are you most looking forward to this week? What's your most worn lipstick shade?
-Chelsea xo

April 12, 2013

Festival Style

With Coachella upon us, and a handful of other spring/summer music festivals on the horizon, I've been feeling really inspired to put together what would be my go-to festival outfit. While I'm not able to attend Coachella this year (even though I'm only hours away), I still live in the dessert and felt it totally appropriate to bring the festival spirit alive on this glorious spring day.

To me, a festival ensemble should include lightweight materials, layering options, a small bag to carry around your necessities in, Southwestern inspired jewelry, and a pair of Minnetonka Moccasins. In my 10+ years of attending shows and music festivals, I've definitely worn similar outfits to this one oodles of times. In fact, this upcoming Wednesday Scott and I are going to see The Postal Service and I plan on wearing something very similar to this to the show! We even have pit tickets, which I couldn't be more excited about (and neither could Scott - he bought them THE second they went on sale to the general public).

Outfit details:
Cardigan: c/o Jcpenney
Dress: Levi's
Bag: Vintage Coach
Bracelet: gift
Ring: Vintage
Booties: Minnetonka Moccasins

I would love to hear what your go-to festival looks are, and if you're attending Coachella this weekend or any other upcoming music festivals or shows. I'll be catching up on some errands, cleaning, and school work this weekend, but also mentally preparing myself for what is set to be the concert of a lifetime (Ben Gibbard AND Jenny Lewis in one room! YES!).

What are you up to this weekend? Tell me about your day!
-Chelsea xo

April 10, 2013

Pop of Green

I would be lying if I said that I wasn't afraid of color. Ok, let's not get dramatic here but bright, bold colors have always been something that I tended to steer clear of in my every day style over the past few years. However, there are those few select bright and bold pieces that have made their way into my wardrobe, and every once in awhile I drag them out to play. These kelly green, corduroy pants I got on super sale from Anthropologie last spring is one of those pieces. I remember bringing them home and feeling SO excited to step out of my comfort zone and bring a little color into my life. Well, after wearing them a few times they ended up in the back of the closet awaiting the next time I would feel bold enough to wear them out. I hate to say that it took me almost a whole year to pull these out again, but really, it did. With that said, I felt great pairing these colorful pants with a staple chambray top and my favorite cardigan, leather bag and sandals combo. However, I truly knew that this ensemble was meant to be when I walked into my lecture on Monday and realized a fellow classmate (Hi Colleen!) was wearing almost exactly the same outfit! What can I say, great minds think alike!

Outfit details:
Cardigan: Banana Republic
Chambray: Levi's
Necklace: c/o A Lovely Little Shop
Corduroys: AG
Ring: Vintage
Bracelets: Vintage
Bag: Vintage Coach
Sandals: Saltwater Sandals

Today I'm in crunch mode for a presentation (turned teaching lesson? AH!) I have tomorrow, and may have stayed up too late last night working away on other projects, emails, and of course this blog post. Oh, the life of a grad student really is glamorous, isn't it? HA! It's worth it though, let me tell you! I am THIS close to being done and couldn't be more happy!

Ok, time for more coffee, lots of study time, and maybe a little peruse time through a store of my choice just to relax a bit and balance my grad school brain out.

What's your favorite thing to do when you need a break that will refresh your mind and get you ready to take on more homework, writing, chores, etc.?
-Chelsea xo

April 9, 2013

Spring Picnic

This printed, peter pan collar top that I picked up in the tiny town of Crested Butte, Colorado a few summers back always reminds me of spring picnics - ya know, the kind where you spread out on a red checkerboard blanket in the middle of grassy patch, snacking on fruits, veggies and sipping iced cold coffee and tea while you take in the sun. Last week the weather warmed up quite a bit around here and I couldn't stop dreaming about picnics and a trip to the fancy Clarendon Hotel pool, but since then a blustery storm has moved its way into town and we've been left with mass amounts of dust in the air, tumbling tumbleweeds, and the perfect amount of drizzly and coolness to make me realize how thankful I am to still have 50 degree evenings in April. Come May, days like these will be far away from us, so I'm savoring every moment of this glorious weather that I can.

See that lovely gold chain and clear crystal beaded bracelet there? Well, it's my favorite Threads bracelet and it hasn't left my wrist lately. I'm getting SO excited for The Shine Project Beauty Bar benefit on the 20th, and hope to see so many of you there! Proceeds go to an amazing cause and its sure to be an extra fun evening of pampering and good company! Have you got your ticket yet?

Outfit details:
Top: found at a boutique in Crested Butte, Colorado
Bracelets and watch: Threads, vintage, c/o Stowe Street, and Fossil
Bag: Coach
Jeans: Gap
Sandals: Saltwater Sandals

Today I'm playing catch up on some homework (i.e I have a presentation on Thursday and need to put some major work into it), and I'm also hoping to go on a mini photo adventure.

What are you up to this today? What kinds of snacks do you like to pack for a picnic lunch?
-Chelsea xo

April 7, 2013

Week 14 Wrap-Up

1. Brunch with my momma in the heart of downtown phoenix. // 2. Miss Piper and I. She just melts my whole heart! // 3. I've been bringing my The Mason Bar Company tumbler everywhere with me lately! Perfect for toting my daily iced coffee around. // 4. "And everything that I said was true, as the flashed blinded us in the photobooth."

3 Weekly Favorites:
1. Scott and I spending the weekend in Yuma with my family and the pups.
2. Taking photos in an old school photobooth (and singing Death Cab's Photobooth to myself all the rest of the afternoon).
3. Finding out that I PASSED my comprehensive exams! WOOHOO! Now I get to graduate! 

2  Hopes for the New Week:
1. That I kick an upcoming exam and presentation/paper in the butt! SO close!
2.  Get a little organized, and have a little fun!

1 Last Thought:
Tickets for the 2013 Arizona Blogger Conference are now on sale (right here)! Get yours early for a discounted price + secure an amazing goodie bag (only for the first 100 attendees who purchase tickets). 

How has your weekend been? What's your go-to blush?
-Chelsea xo

April 4, 2013

The Shine Project 2013 Benefit

My amazing friend Ashley of The Shine Project recently announced their 2013 benefit, a girl's night out beauty bar event! On Saturday, April 20th from 6-9pm at the Fashion Hub, guests are invited to enjoy getting their hair, nails, makeup and brows done all in the name of charity, with 100% of the proceeds going to The Shine Project scholarships! If your not familiar with The Shine Project and their amazing efforts, you can learn more about them by watching this video. Early bird tickets are $60 until April 13th, and $75 afterward, both of which can be purchased on their Evenbrite page. The evening will also include music, yummy food, raffles, and also a silent auction. If you can not attend, please consider purchasing a ticket to donate to one of The Shine Project's students so that they can enjoy an amazing night out (please contact Lindsay at TheShineProject@gmail.com if you would like to do so)!

This is sure to be a fun evening and a benefit not to be missed! I hope to see so many of you there, supporting an amazing cause and getting pampered by some of the best salons in the Valley!

Please let me know if you plan on attending!
-Chelsea xo

April 3, 2013

Business Casual

Dressing for a professional or business casual type of atmosphere is not something I really know much about. Sure I've been a student for years and an intern here and there, but for the greater part of the last seven years that I've been in college my style has been pretty casual (and maybe a little grungy one day, a little girly the next, and usually somewhere in-between every other day). However, with graduation on the horizon and the job hunt on, I'm finding myself wanting to style up more business casual outfits (ya know, so when I do find a great job I already have a few outfits down pat that I know I can style up with ease when I'm running out the door).

Outfit details:
Stiletto red lip creme: c/o Too Faced Cosmetics
Blazer: Nordstrom's Rack
Top: Madewell
Necklace: Origami Owl
Jeans: Gap
Bag: Coach
Watch: Fossil
Moccs: Minnetonka Moccasins

To be quite honest, Chelsea of Zipped is one of my biggest inspirations for business causal inspired outfits. I love how she pairs blazers and jeans with ease, and sometimes throws a pair of Minnetonka Moccasins in there just for fun. Thanks for always being such an inspiration, Chelsea!

Since the big job search began a month or so ago, I've already purchased my first pair of "dress pants," a new staple white blouse, and two black blazers - the one I'm wearing being on the more casual side, and the other being more clean cut and professional looking. I'm still on the hunt for a few more staple pieces for my future career wardrobe, and would love to know any suggestions you all may have for staple career wardrobe pieces, as well as what your daily office style looks like. Fill a girl in, please! I need some help!

-Chelsea xo