January 31, 2014

THE WINTER GLOW

It's Friday! Woohoo! This week has gone by so slowly, and yet so quickly at the same time. Monday was my first day back at work after being off for two weeks - so the day had a few hiccups, like I went into the wrong meeting room and convinced a coworker that we were in the right room, WRONG! At least it was funny afteward! Tuesday I spent my day outside with a client and a few sweet bloggers at the Phoenix Open, which was so refreshing! Wednesday and Thursday were my slow days, but I got a lot accomplished and I'm feeling back on top of my game since being gone. I am so ready for the weekend, though, even if we don't have much planned! Saturay and Sunday are quickly becoming my favorite days of the week again!



Last night, Scott and I spent the evening celebrating our good friends, Josh and Sarah, and their sweet baby girl, Imogen. They're moving to Springfield, MO on Monday, so it was nice to spend the evening with them and some of their closest friends sharing stories, listening to great music, and eating delicious food! We hung out at The Yard in Phoenix for most of the evening, which has an awesome indoor/outdoor space with ping pong tables, corn holing, and live music! It was Scott and I's first time going there, but it definitly won't be our last. They're also opening up a second location of my favorite local coffee shop, Lola Coffee, in the same plaza! Double win!



I'll be starting February off with a simple, "rabbit, rabbit rabbit," to bring on good luck for the new month. Anyone else do this? A friend of mine in high school told me about this good luck trick and I've been doing it (almost) every month since. Saturday mornings are when my local farmer's markets are held, and since we're lucky enough to have nice weather through the winter months, they run all year long. I haven't been to the farmer's market in months, so I'm thinking it would be nice to grab a cup of coffee bright and early and take a stroll through the market. I'm totally a morning person, so being able to enjoy a nice morning outside and schedule/meeting free sounds amazing to me!



Ok, I'll admit - these photos were taken pre-wedding when Scott still had this serious mustache going on. He shaved his usual facial hair combo to this stache when Anchorman 2 came out as a joke, but it ended up growing on him and stayed around much longer than I thought it would. He left it all the way up to a day or so before the wedding when he decided that he wanted to be clean-shaven for our big day! It was funny while it lasted, but I have a feeling it won't be making a comeback anytime soon. He sure looks cute with a stache, though!
 

Outfit details:
Sweater: Levi's
Scarf: Macy's
Blouse: Old online store
Jeans: AE leggings
Boots: DSW

Do you have any goals or big plans for February?
How do you like to spend your Saturday mornings?
-Chelsea xo

January 29, 2014

END OF JANUARY

Now that I'm a married lady and back from our honeymoon, I've slowly been getting back into my daily routine. Planning out lunches and outfits the night before, getting up early, eating breakfast + sipping on hot coffee before work, doing the daily grind, shooting outfit photos in the January dusk, and blogging at night. Before the wedding I had a pretty good healthy eating routine going on, and now that I'm back home and settled, I plan on getting back on the groove of no dairy, no sugar, and no grains. I've also never been much of a runner, but I've been feeling so inspired by a few of my favorite ladies (Hey, Tieka & Mandy!) and I'm feeling ready to get in the game. Plus, it's been BEAUTIFUL  lately, so an outside run sounds perfect right about now (ask me again in July, HA!). I would to hear any of your running tips, and if you prefer to run on a treadmill or outside? I'm all ears!



I'm in awe that it's already the end of January! This month literally zoomed by -- I was a little busy, though! The beginning of January brought much excitement about our upcoming wedding as we packed away the Christmas decorations and celebrated the new year. I was back at work for one full week before taking off to start the wedding festivities. Scott and I both took the week of and after our wedding off so we could completely focus on each other and the wedding. I loved running last minute wedding errands and having daily breakfast dates together! We both celebrated our last few days as single individuals (HEY, bachelorette party!), and then practiced saying I do. On our wedding day, we had breakfast together and got ready to celebrate the most exciting day of our lives thus far! Our wedding was over in a flash, but we devoted our love and lives to one another, danced to Copeland's Coffee for our first dance, fed each other cake, and ran through a wall of sparklers on our way out to the door for the first time as Mr. &a Mrs. G! WOW! January truly was an amazing month!



Now that the month is almost over, I plan on jotting down a few goals to make February the best it can be. I've had a few books sitting on our shelf for months now, and a letter that needs to be written to my penpal. February will be significantly less busy than January, but I'm ready for the month of love and my first Valentine's day with my husband!





 

Outfit details:
Jacket: Target
Dress: Madewell
Tights: We Love Colors
Booties: Sam Edelman

Was January everything you hoped it would be? For me, it was everything and so much more!
-Chelsea xo

January 27, 2014

WE'RE MARRIED




It's official, we're married! We had the most beautiful wedding on a very warm January day. We feel so blessed to have been able to spend such an amazing day celebrating with our family and friends, and would like to thank everyone for all of your very sweet and kind words regarding our big day - it truly mean so much to us! The wedding itself went by in the blink of an eye, and before we knew it we were husband and wife. We danced well into the evening hours, and left our wedding with a sparkler send off! It truly was a magical day!

I plan on sharing more details from our big day (plus loads of photos & a piece of our wedding video), but for now I'll leave you with this very special photo that our photographer, Sarah of Arrow and Apple, snapped of us right before we said I do!

Today, I'm headed back to work after having two weeks off and I have a feeling that I'm going to be needing ALL of the coffee today! ECK!

Missed you friends! I'm so happy to be back!
Sincerely,
Mrs. G xo

January 16, 2014

TWO DAYS



That's right, we're getting married in TWO DAYS! This past week has gone by in the blink of an eye, and now we're just mere hours away from being husband and wife. I've been very fortunate to have this entire week off of work, so Scott and I have been spending tons of time together running errands, working on last minute DIY's, and getting pumped for our big day! 

The festivities really begin tonight, with our bachelorette and bachelor parties! I'm off to get my nails done for the big day with a few sweet ladies, and Scott is off to race cars with his brothers and a friend. Tomorrow is our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner (which will be quite the party!), and Saturday is the big day! 

If you don't hear from me again until after the wedding, Scott and I both want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being so excited with us! I'm so excited to marry my best friend!
Sincerely,
Chelsea xo

January 12, 2014

SIX DAYS



 Here we are, relaxing together after a busy day of work (for him), cleaning, doing laundry, starting to pack for our honeymoon, and feeling anxious/stressed (mostly me) about our wedding day that is officially six days away! While all of the big details are planned out and ready to go on the big day, we're still working on small DIYs and emailing about last minute details. In this moment, I'm feeling even more thankful that I decided to take off the whole week before the wedding from work - I have a feeling we're going to be busy from here on out!

I'm starting off tomorrow with an early morning doctor's appointment, followed by a breakfast date with my very soon-to-be husband. In the afternoon and into the evening, I plan on finishing up some laundry (snooze, but it must be done before the wedding!), painting a few decor pieces for the wedding, and getting our programs printed. Come Thursday, we will be in full on wedding mode! AH! I seriously can't believe how quickly our wedding day is approaching! Our countdown is getting shorter and shorter, and before we know it the day will finally be here. Until then, here's to enjoying our wedding week and not stressing about the little things - I'm going to be a wife, a Mrs., Scott's wife come Saturday and that is all that truly matters!

Here's to the best week ever!
-Chelsea xo

January 9, 2014

January Playlist



We are nine days away from our wedding day! That's single digits, friends! These nine months since our engagement in April have gone by so quickly, and I'm almost in awe that our big day is right around the corner (cue squeals and a big smiling face!). Tomorrow is my last day of work until after our honeymoon, and I have to say, I'm very excited to unplug and be in a full wedding state-of-mind! I thought it might be fun to share some tunes that I've been listening to lately, and also maybe a peek at one of our wedding songs - I plan on sharing our wedding playlist after the big day! Enjoy! xo
 January Playlist by Chelsea Goodson on Grooveshark

January 8, 2014

My Bridal Shower

Back in December, my matron of honor and bridesmaid threw me an amazing bridal shower at my cousin's home. I spent the afternoon with some of my favorite ladies sipping on iced coffee and being spoiled silly with beautiful gifts, thoughtful gestures, and lots of love.



My shower was incredibly personable, and fit me style to a tee. From the clever #chelseabride hashtag, to the coffee bar complete with a legit barista (thanks, Sam!), and a platter full of my favorite dessert - maple long johns! Everything I love (and so many people that I love) all under one roof to celebrate such a special time in my life! I truly feel so blessed to have had such a lovely bridal shower, and will next forget this day.



Courtney flew out from San Diego the day before my shower to be here to celebrate (and co-host!). During the weeks leading up to the shower, Courtney planned and plotted with my cousin, Odessa, on the decor, food, coffee bar, and party games. Courtney and Odessa also teamed up with Scott to make a few handmade decor pieces and the party favors! My heart swelled hearing that Scott wanted to help in any way he could to make my day that much more special. Can't believe he'll be my husband in TEN days!



For the party favors, Scott made coffee scented candles in vintage coffee cups that we collected together when we were younger. I LOVED these and currently have one sitting on our dresser! We also had tea strainers tied with ribbon for my tea loving family and friends.



One of my favorite parts of my shower was the coffee bar! Courtney asked her sister, Sam, who is a barista at a super hip coffee shop in Tucson to be our barista for the afternoon. She made pour overs and the best iced coffee! We sipped our drinks out of fancy paper straws and I may had had three or four iced coffees (and one for the road!).



We had a delicious spread of tea sandwiches, salad, fruit and mini quiches. Odessa made these cream cheese and apricot jam sandwiches that were SO delicious --- I'm still dreaming about them!



Scott also supplied my co-hosts with some old/embarrassing photos of us from some of our early years together - 2006, 2007, 2008! It was funny to walk in and see these photos hanging - we were so young! 



During the shower we played a few games (I'll save you by not sharing the other, although, you may guess what the game was by one of the photos above!), and the (soon-to-be) newlywed game was by far my favorite. Courtney and Odessa had Scott record himself asking questions, like what's my favorite color, where did we meet, where was our first kiss, and then everyone had to guess before he shared his answer. The only disagreement we had was on his childhood nickname - he said he didn't have one but his mom and I had other thoughts. He sure knew mine, though - Boots!



My momma and I! People say we look quite a bit alike. What do you think?



A few of the ladies and I - Nadia, Kara, Courtney, Ashley, and Mandy!

My bridal shower was everything I could have hope for and so much more. I feel so blessed to have such sweet family and friends in my life who just get me and are so excited to see Scott and I finally tie the knot! 

We're almost in the single digits now and we're seeing everything come together nicely. Starting Monday, Scott and I will both be off work until after our honeymoon! The past few days we've been finalizing details, doing last minute errands and DIYs, and making sure all of our ducks are in a row. Our wedding is almost here and we can't share our big day with you all!
-Chelsea xo

January 6, 2014

WINTER LIGHT

There's truly something so magical about the winter light. In Phoenix, we have months and months of the harsh, bright (hot!) sun gracing us with it's presents, so when the cooler months roll around, I tend to cherish every moment of the soft light that shines down upon is in the city. January truly is such a special month, not only for it's amazing light, but also for holding some of the soon-to-be best days of my life. T-minus 12 days and counting!



This weekend really went by way too fast, but I did knock a few wedding errands off my to-do list! Finalizing our cake order, meeting with our wedding planner, Katherine of Lucky & in Love, picking up a few accessories, helping pick out bridesmaids shoes and so much more. On Saturday, I spent a few hours in downtown Phoenix in the neatest salon having my hair and makeup trial done by the extremely talented Marianna Marie of Blonde and Banker. We chit chatted about the local music scene, makeup, hair, and realizing even more that our paths have crossed in the past (we're talking way back in 2007!). She did an amazing job on my trial, and made me feel absolutely beautiful! I'm so excited to have her be a part of our big day!  



Today, I'm back in the office after working from home for almost the past two weeks. I feel very blessed that my job allows me to work at home during such special times of the year,  but I do have to say, extra coffee is much needed today for a lady who has been out of the office for so long. If anyone feels like bringing me any, I would certainly not be opposed! Scott did make me a yummy breakfast and packed me a very happy lunch for my first Monday back. Since the new year began, I've been focusing on eating healthy and listening to my body better. So far, I've been feeling great and also feeling less bloated (tmi? meh!). I've been reading up on the Whole30 program and feeling very inspired to eat less processed foods and more fruits and veggies. I'll admit though, I'm really missing sugar - daily treats are my thing!  



Outfit details:
Sweater: Eddie Bauer
Button up: Columbia 
Bracelets: Kate Spade
Jeans: American Eagle
Booties: Minnetonka Moccasins

Ok, I'm off for a busy day of work and wedding errands this evening! We're in the home stretch now, and I'm getting more and more excited as the days slip closer and closer to January 18th. I would love to read any bridal/wedding advice ya'll might have for a bride to be! 

-Chelsea xo

January 3, 2014

A Celestial Bride

Back in December, my sweet maid of honor, Odessa, and my sweet bridesmaid, Courtney, threw me the most beautiful coffee shop/constellation themed bridal shower! The afternoon was pure magic, and I feel extremely blessed to have been surrounded by my family and friends in celebration of such a special occasion! I'm a bride!



Before I share the photos from my shower, I wanted to share the outfit I wore for the occasion. Courtney made me the most darling crown, and my mom draped it in baby's breath (we made flower crowns during the shower!). Along with the dress I wore for our engagement photos, a little red lipstick, and my favorite booties, I felt like a celestial princess on my special day. The amazing winter light that was filtering in through the leaves didn't hurt the ambience of our post-shower photoshoot either!



So far the new year is off to a smashing start! I've been eating healthy, feeling good, drinking yummy coffee, checking things off of our wedding to-do list, and spending quality time with my family. Today would have been my grandmother's 86th birthday, and while my heart aches, I'm doing the best I can to honor her sweet soul, kind heart, and the amazing women that she will always be.



Outfit Details:
Crown: Handmade
Cardigan: Target
Dress: Madewell
Bracelets: Kate Spade
Tights: We Love Colors
Booties: Sam Edelman 

I'm off to spend more time with my sweet family, sip on more iced coffee, and enjoy this beautiful January day. I'll be a Mrs. in 15 days, and I am truly so excited that our big day is almost here!

What are you up to today? Have any bridal/wedding day advice? I would love to hear your thoughts!
-Chelsea xo

January 1, 2014

A YEAR IN REVIEW - 2013

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fun and cozy New Year's Eve celebration! Scott and I spent the evening at a community celebration, and later at home with sparklers and puppy snuggles. Now that 2013 has come to a close, I thought it would be nice to reflect on the year that was. This post is very photo heavy, so proceed with caution! xo
January


In January, I was featured in Emma Magazine! Back in December of 2012, I had the opportunity to work with them and take the most glam photos ever! 



Scott and I also spent quite a bit of time in downtown Phoenix sipping on hot coffees and taking pictures at some of our favorite spots. This circle wall will forever be my favorite.



I also had the opportunity to meet a longtime internet friend, Alyssa! We met back in the Myspace days and still keep in touch today. She truly is the sweetest lady!

February


In February, we checked out the new and improved Welcome Diner in downtown Phoenix. Their homemade biscuits are amazing, and it felt so good to get some diner hangs in!



We also welcomed little Piper into our home! She is Scout's biological half sister, and they are truly two peas in a pod. I couldn't imagine our life without her!



February also held a few warm days, so we spent them eating outside at a local fav, D'Lish. 

March


March held the hardest days of my life. My grandmother was my everything, and I will forever miss her more than I could ever explain.

April


In April, Scott and I saw The Postal Service live! We got pit tickets and danced our hearts out!



April also held the 2013 Arizona Blogger Conference! The gals and guys of The Phoenix Collective worked their buns off, and the conference was better than I could have ever imagined! 



Did I mentioned that Scott asked me to marry him that evening? Well, he completely surprised me and popped the question at the end of the evening in a room full of our family, friends, and sweet conference attendees! 



I said, YES! We're so excited to get married in 17 days! 

May


In May, I turned the big 25! Scott and I had breakfast at Matt's Big Breakfast and I couldn't stop looking at my engagement ring. My parents also closed on The Orchard, and I was there to see them sign the paperwork on my birthday. We spent the evening eating french toast at Chompies and celebrating such a momentous day!



I also graduated with my Master's degree in Communucation Studies! I worked my butt off for two years and I felt so good to finally don my hood and accept my diploma!



To top things off, Scott also graduated with his Bachelor's in Design Management on the very same day! I'm so incredibly proud of him, and I may have shed a tear or two when he walked up and accepted his diploma! Baby, we're graduates and we did it together!

June


In June, Scott and I took a trip to Louisville, Kentucky to visit some of his family. While we were there, a lady with a street style blog snapped our photo on our way out of a local coffee shop.



Being in Louisville was a real treat - family, good coffee, exploring with my honey, and cooler weather! We really had a wonderful trip!



In June, iced coffee 24/7 was also a must. Phoenix was hot, hot!

July


In July, I started working full time! This was a first for me, and I have to stay that I'm still getting used to such a structured schedule. I do feel incredibly blessed for my job and the people I work with.



In July (and June) I partnered with Starbucks to show off how to pair the color of the year, emerald, with their trademark green straw! It was an amazing opportunity and I'm thankful to have worked with a brand that I love so much. 



July was also for learning how to transition into our new routine, and really taking advantage of the time that Scott and I have together. I'm forever thankful for his love.

August


In August, I co-hosted a blogger workshop for Frances Vintage. I'm was super nervous going into it, but ending up having an amazing time.



Scott and I had the opportunity to see Tim Robinson and Aidy Bryant perform at the Tempe Improv. Since Aidy is a local lady at heart, there were so many familiar faces in the audience. We laughed our butts off can't wait to see her again.  



In August, I also began getting into the fall vibes and kicked summer to the curb!

September


September brought up an amazing opportunity to partner with Madewell and host a viewing/shopping party for their new fall line. Our pal, Perry, slung some delicious iced coffee for us that afternoon!



I was also featured in Glamour Magazine's fall special edition! I feel incredibly fortunate to have not only been featured in Glamour once, but twice in one year (first time was in their March edition)!



Scott and I also took a trip up to Flagstaff, Arizona for a little family time and some cooler weather.

October


In October, we finalized and sent out our Save The Date cards that Scott designed!



This handsome guy turned 25 and we celebrated with homemade cheesecake and presents!



Our wedding photographer, Sarah of Arrow and Apple, also took our engagement photos in October in the most amazing orchard near our home. We're so in love with these photos, and can't wait to have her work her magic on our wedding day (17 days!).

November


In November, we celebrated the marriage of two of our sweetest friends. We sipped on hot coco and danced the night away!



My bestie and bridesmaid, Courtney, came to visit from San Diego and I kidnapped her for a coffee date! Can't wait to see her again oh so soon.



Scott and I also sold his handmade goods - Citizen Home Decor - at a local craft fair for the first time! We had a lot of fun meeting attendees, sipping on good coffee, and seeing friends! 

December


In December, my sweet maid of honor, my cousin, Odessa, and my bridesmaid, Courtney, co-hosted a beautiful bridal shower for me. I had the most amazing time celebrating with some of my favorite ladies, and couldn't have asked for a better day!



On Christmas Eve, Scott and I got our Marriage License! Woohoo! We're almost officially official! 



We celebrated the end of the year the best way we know how, with a coffee date!

Here's to an amazing 2014 -- I have a feeling it's going to be the best year yet!
Thank you for reading!
-Chelsea xo