October 31, 2013

The Haunted Casey Moore's

Happy Halloween! I hope everyone is having a very spooky day so far, full of tricks, treats, and scary stories galore! For years now I've been inspired by Selective Potential's haunted outfit posts, so I thought today I would share one of my own (and even an outfit that is very Tieka inspired!).
Even though Arizona as a state is barely 100 years old, we're rich in history - haunted history! Phoenix and the East Valley is full of haunted hot spots that have plagued residents for years. In Mesa, there is a little boy that has been sighted walking across 8th Ave. and Extenstion Rd. - back and forth - never making it home. In Chandler, the high school's "Old Main" building is reportedly haunted by an old man that just doesn't want to leav - spooking janitorial staff and students alike with his whispers and active apparitions. And in Tempe, Casey Moore's is well know for its haunted second floor - the home of a jealous lover who was murdered after an evening gone bad. The woman, who is has black hair and light eyes, tends to express herself whenever a romantic couples dines in her space - throwing forks and whispering obsceneties left and right.

The ghostly woman isn't alone in her haunting! The staff of Casey Moore's has also reported seeing William and Mary Moeur, the couple who built the house in 1910, still dancing together in their forever home. Another glowing orb, yet to be named, has also been spotted peeking out this window - maybe looking for their long lost lover, or their next prey.

The restaurant is also very popular with the local college crowd, and is usually packed on weekend nights - which happens to fall under the witching hour! The staff who comes in after a busy evening often finds that the tables, chairs, and place settings that they had laid out the night
before moved and rearranged. There has also been reports of paintings inside the restaurant crashing down to the floor, and the lights above them swinging around on their own accord. While I've never seen any of these ghostly sightings myself, I have full confidence that Casey's is definitely haunted. Maybe tonight is the perfect night for a ghostly evening on the town - complete with yummy eats and haunted tricks (and treats)? Maybe! MUHAHAH!

Since Scott and I dressed up last Saturday, I'm not too sure we'll be doing anything this evening - other than taking the pups on a walk in their costumes and crossing our fingers that we get some trick or treaters!

Outfit details:
Scarf: Forever 21
Jeans vest: UO
Cardigan: Target
Dress: Madewell
Tights: We Love Colors
Boots: Vince Camuto

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween! If you're hanging at home tonight, I would LOVE to read about some of your spooky stories from your local haunts - cemetries, haunted restaurants, abandoned mansions - the creepier the better!

Happy Halloween!
-Chelsea xo

October 29, 2013

BonLook Giveaway

Today I've got an awesome giveaway from Bonlook! 
They are offering one lucky Tea Talk reader a free pair of glasses! 

To enter, you must:
1) Be a Tea Talk follower via Bloglovin, GFC, or email.
2) Enter on the BonLook website - right here!

This giveaway is open to U.S. and International readers, but shipping is not included.

Entries will be accepted until Monday, November 4th.

Good luck!
-Chelsea xo

October 28, 2013

October Is For Lovers

I want to start off this post by wishing my soon-to-be husband a very happy 25th birthday today! He is the sunshine of my life and deserves to have the most wonderful birthday! Happy Birthday, darling! I love you! 

The end of October is near, and I've been attempting to wear as much plaid, drink as many pumpkin drinks, and enjoy our pumpkins and puppy Halloween costumes to the fullest (seriously, they both look so cute in their costumes!). October has been a whirlwind month! I felt so on top of things during the early days, but as the month went on I became busier and busier. I was talking to Scott about this last night, and he told me that this happens every October and not to worry - there's still time to catch up on blogging and finish off my "must-do in October" list, which still includes carving a pumpkin, go somewhere haunted, and eat an apple donut!

This weekend was also a bit of a whirlwind! On Friday, I got off a few hours early after having a party/team building event with my co-workers. Once I got home, I savoured the few extra daylight hours that I'm seeing less of each day. Around 7pm Scott and I headed to downtown Phoenix to attended Pedal Craft Volume 3 - a one night celebration that merges our local design community and our growing urban bicycle scene. It was held at one of our favorite art galleries, MonOrchid, and featured a handful of local artist and their bicycle themed posters - prints of which were sold, and a portion of the proceeds went to Welcome To America, a non-profit organization that lends a helping hand to newly arriving refugees. Scott and I took home two posters - one by our friend Josh (monsters on bicycles!), and one by Kelsey Dake. Pedal Craft was surely a hit this year, and I feel so blessed to have watched it grow over the past three years! Here's to Volume Four!

Saturday was by far our busiest day of the month! In the morning, I went to pick up my wedding dress (!!!) with my cousin, then in the late afternoon/early evening Scott and I took our engagement photos with our wedding photographer, Sarah of Arrow and Apple. After our shoot, we had dinner with the Rhodes family, and then we were off to my boss' Halloween party - we went as a cat and a cowboy! Whewww! Sarah has posted two sneak peeks of our photos so far and I'm dying to see the rest! Promise to post a few when we get them!

Outfit details:
Button up: Levi's
Blouse: Lucky Brand
Bag: Vintage Coach
Jeans: Levi's
Wedges: TOMS

This afternoon Scott and I had a little lunch date at The Chop Shop, and tonight we're making the rounds at a few local restaurants, and then enjoying the homemade cheesecake we baked together last night! I started this tradition of baking Scott a cheesecake on his 18th birthday - our very first birthday together as a couple (only four days after we started dating). Every year since then I've (meaning my sweet grandmother and I) either baked him a cheesecake, or we've bought one from The Cheesecake Factory! This year we used a new recipe, so I'm crossing my fingers that it turned out yummy!

I'm out for now, but I'll be back later today with an extra exciting giveaway!
-Chelsea xo

October 22, 2013

Sweater Weather

Boy, it feels so good to be back in the game! I unintentionally took a mini break from blogging after a busy weekend and a nasty cold that just wore me out (you already knew that!), but I'm so happy to be here and getting back into my usual daily groove - which includes taking in every moment of this glorious month that I can! Weather wise, October has been a beautiful month with chilly mornings and cold evenings in abundance. October is usually a pretty touchy month in Phoenix - hot some years, cold others - but this year its been the perfect mix of hot and cold that any Phoenician could ask for! Dare I say, sweater weather?

Other than fighting off this nasty cold, Scott and I have been busy with wedding planning, checking out our local pumpkin patch, getting ready to take our engagement photos, and planning a date night for our 7th anniversary this Thursday! Where has the time gone? It's still hard to believe that this will be our last anniversary as a non-married couple - but I am SO excited to start counting January 18th as our (wedding) anniversary.

Lately, I've been all about cozy layers and switching up my regular iced coffee for a cup of hot, black coffee in the morning. I'm still sipping on the delicious pumpkin spice coffee that my folks got us from Dunkin Donuts (shhh! don't tell anybody), and it's become routine to make a cup for my morning commute - which has been all over the place lately - speedy one day, dead stop traffic the next. At least I have my hot coffee and talk radio to keep me warm and occupied!

Today Scott and I sent off our first batch of Save The Date postcards! It felt a little surreal to be slipping them into the mailbox. Next on our to-do list - take engagement photos this weekend with our sweet photographer and friend, Miss Sarah Rhodes of Arrow & Apple!

With our anniversary just days away, I've been doing a lot of thinking about how much we've grown as people, and grown as a couple over the last seven years. Every day I feel so loved and cherished by this sweet man, and I feel so blessed that come January he'll officially be my husband. He truly has the biggest heart, and is always willing to lend a helping hand. I couldn't have asked for a better partner and lover in life. John Scott, I'll forever be thankful for you and your sweet soul.

Outfit details:
Sweater: Forever 21
Bag: Madewell
Jeans: Levi's
Boots: Sam Edeleman

What are you thankful for this season? & on a side note - favorite places to stay/venture around in San Francisco?
-Chelsea xo

October 21, 2013

October Lately

October has been a bit of a crazy, busy month, but I couldn't have expected anything different from my favorite time of year (well, other than getting a sinus infection that just won't go away). Here's a little wrap up of what Scott and I have been up to lately:

  • Exploring our favorite pumpkin patch on Saturday.
  • Marking 3 months away from our wedding on the 18th - we're going to be a Mr. & Mrs. soon!
  • Stopping in at my favorite Gilbert coffee shop - The Coffee Shop - after a trip to the doctor to try and get this cold cleared up.
  • Our save the dates arrived and we're so excited to send them out!
  • Layering + boots = one of my favorite things about fall!
  • One of my photo editing formulas on the Mextures App won a place in their Fall Formulas - can't wait to share it when it comes out!
What have you been up to lately? It's Monday! How was your weekend?
-Chelsea xo

October 18, 2013

On The Mend

Booo! Did I scare you with my mini, not so planned, break? Well, I sure hope not! I had no intentions of being MIA, but this past week has been crazy busy and I've had a sinus infection bringing me down! However, I'm on the mend and I'm excited to get a few posts up that I've been hoarding (literally - October is THE best time to take style photos!). Also, today marks the three month countdown from when I become a Mrs. Ah! I can't believe we're already getting so close and that I get to call this sweet guy above who has been taking care of my runny nose self my husband oh so soon!

Ok, I'm off to finish up the work day, but I promise to be back soon!

What have you been up to this week? Any plans for the weekend?
-Chelsea xo

October 10, 2013

TOMS x World Sight Day

I'm so excited to announce that I've partnered with TOMS to help spread awareness for World Sight Day. In case you're not familiar, World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness created to focus global attention on blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of the visually impaired. Today, October 10th, TOMS is asking everyone to "Be Shady" in honor of World Sight Day by wearing their sunglasses inside to help raise awareness for this very important day!

In honor of World Sight Day, TOMS has even released a pair of limited edition #BESHADY sunglasses that you can only find on their website (and for a slamming deal at $55). Just like with their shoes, when you buy a pair of TOMS shades you're helping to make a difference in the life of another. For every pair of sunglasses sold, TOMS helps a person in need by caring for their sight needs, whether that be with perscription glasses, sight-saving surgery, or medical treatment - TOMS is there to help.

Today I'm rocking the TOMS Yvette Panama Tortoise sunglasses inside and out and about. Over the years my family has been immensely affected by visual impairment, and I'm more than thankful for those who have stepped up and lent a helping hand. In honor of these efforts, TOMS and I would love to encourage you to rock your shades all day today and #BESHADY with us!

Just to put things even more into perspective, here are a few stats centered on visual impairment:
-285 million people are visually impaired or blind
-80% of visual impairment worldwide can be cured or prevented
-9 out of 10 people with visual impairment live in developing countries
-Over 12 million children worldwide have visual impairment that can be improved with glasses

On a side note, yesterday evening a big storm rolled into Phoenix and today we're enjoying the most crip weather we've had all season - it's only in the 50's outside! I've got a busy day ahead of me with meetings and a few projects to accomplish, but I just know it's going to be a beautiful, and very shady autumn day.

Outfit details:
Yvette Panama Tortoise sunglasses c/o TOMS
Scarf: c/o Le Mode Accessories
Dress: Madewell
Boots: Steve Madden

I would love it if you would #BESHADY with me today! Don't forget to tag me (@chelseabird) and @TOMS so we can check out your shady self!
-Chelsea xo

October 9, 2013

On A Blustery Day

There's something to be said about what a chilly, autumn walk can do for your soul. Our evenings have been getting more chilly as the month goes on, and our mornings feel even cooler. In Phoenix, the locals have an old saying that come Halloween it will either be so cold you have to wear a coat over your costume, or you'll be sweating to death during the evening's festivities. Halloween usually seems to set the tone for what kind of end of fall/winter we're going to have, and I already have a feeling that this year is going to be a chilly one!

Today was an extra blustery day in Phoenix - the wind was blowing hard and the leaves were swirling around in the air. I took a nice long walk on my lunch break and came back feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of my work day. I stopped at Starbucks on my way back to the office, so the iced coffee I got may have had something to do with it too! ;) In the mornings lately, I've been bringing hot pumpkin coffee with me to work - I almost feel ashamed to say what brand it is, but I'm not joking when I say it has the perfect amount of spice + pumpkin flavoring without being overpowering (like most flavored coffees seem to be). You wanna know where it's from? Ok - twist my arm! It's from Dunkin Donuts! My folks picked it up for Scott and I awhile back and I've been obsessed with it  since! Ok, now let's pretend like this coffee conversation never happened...

Scott and I are spending the evening in getting caught up on blogs and emails (me!), and watching American Pickers and cuddling with the puppies (him!). Scott is sitting in our recliner with the feet up and Piper is laying in between his legs with her head on his foot - SO cute! Even though she's our little spitfire, she's so loving and warm. Scout likes to spend his evenings laying on the cool tile and occasionally watching TV. When he was a pup we would catch him watching TV all the time! I swear, these two pups have the biggest personalities!

Outft details:
Vest: Old UO
Sweater: Eddie Bauer
Top: Bass Pro (really!)
Jeans: Levi's
Boots: c/o Blowfish Shoes

Ok, I'll be back in the morning with an extra special post!

How was your day? What kind of warm drink have you been loving lately?
-Chelsea xo

October 8, 2013

Four Year Blogiversary!

Happy belated blogiversary, Tea Talk! I started this blog back in June of 2009 as a way to keep in touch with my then boyfriend, now soon-to-be husband, while we spent the summer a part. After I returned home, I kept posting here - talking about our daily adventures and whatever I was into at the time. In July of 2010 I started getting into the idea of posting my daily wears, and in September of that same year I committed to making it a regular thing. Three years later, I'm still here and feel ever so thankful for this space, the amazing opportunites I've received because of blogging, and my amazing readers (new and old)! Tea Talk has really helped me to grow, change, and find joy in every day life. This blog has seen me through some of the most wonderful, and memorable times in my life, and it has also been there for me when times were tough and my heart was heavy. I truly feel so grateful and thankful for all of the amazing readers I've had over the years, and who all have supported me and loved me through it all. To celebrate this special occasion, I've made a little recap of my very first, most memorable, and favorite outfits from over the past three years. Thank you so much again for all of your love and encouragement, and for helping to make Tea Talk what it is today! 

Ps Now felt like the best time to celebrate my anniversary, as the end of September/beginning of October of 2009 is really when I found  my passion and drive for style blogging! xo 

October 7, 2013

Scouting The Tracks

Happy Monday! Man, this weekend zoomed by way too quickly. Scott and I spent some time with our sweet friends, Nadia,  Ernest, and their little girl, Penny, Friday evening, which ultimately led to a late night dinner date at the new and improved Liberty Market! This was our first peek at the restaurant since they installed the new booths, art work, and updated their menu. While things do feel a little different at LB2, the overall warm atmosphere that I always loved about Liberty still feels the same. I got my old favorite, the Farmer sandwich, and Scott picked a dish from their new offerings. While I didn't try his pork chili bake, I trust his judgment that it was up to Liberty standards. We did share a delicious dessert (pecan pie), and left happy and stuffed. LB2, we're happy to have you in the neighborhood!

Other than gobbling down delicious food, we spent most of our weekend down at The Orchard with my folks. They've been working really hard to clean up their ten acres of land (wow! this is still mind boggling to me!), and it's really coming along! We've also been collecting pumpkins and gourds to decorate their front porch with - it's really looking picturesque!

The train tracks down the road from The Orchard have really become one of my favorite things about their new place. I grew up next to the railroad, so having these old, wooden tracks close by makes me feel right at home. There isn't any kind of warning sign/safety arms that come down when a train is coming by, so I've made it a point to always pull up slowly and scout the tracks before I drive up and over them. This seems like a no brainer, but when you're so used to having a warning every time the train is about to pass by, it becomes a (necessary) task.

This morning it was a chilly 60 degrees outside and I may have drove all the way to work with the windows down! I'm so happy that it's finally getting cooler and I can bundle up without looking slightly silly. Today I'm wearing a super cozy sweater and sipping on some hot pumpkin coffee that my folks picked up for Scott and I. This week/weekend is going to be busy, busy, so I'm savoring these quiet moments while I can. On Sunday we're celebrating the love of two very sweet friends, and we couldn't be more happy for them! YAY for weddings!
Outfit details:
Sweater: Madewell
Top: Ann Taylor
Jeans: Gap
Purse: Vintage Coach
Bracelets: Kate Spade
Ring: Vintage
Boots: Sam Edelman

How was your weekend? Any big plans for this chilly Monday?
-Chelsea xo