August 31, 2014

AMONG THE PINE TOPS



Hello! I hope everyone is having a lovely holiday weekend so far. Scott and I hightailed it up to northern Arizona Friday afternoon and we've been living among the pine tops ever since. The mornings here are cool and quite, the afternoons have been filled with family and friends, and the evenings have been extra chilly and complete with sweaters and hot coffee. 

Today we're enjoying our last full day here before we head back down the mountain to the desert and the heat. It feels like fall here, and while I'm not quite ready to head back home just yet, I am ready for the new season ahead of us. The leaves here are beginning to change colors and there is definitely magic in the air!

Have a great rest of your long weekend and I'll be back around soon!
-Chelsea xo

August 27, 2014

WARDROBE BASICS: 10 STAPLE PIECES

Hiya! In the past I've been asked to post about how I've built up my wardrobe over the years, and what kind of pieces are staples in my closet. Well, today I'm ready excited to share 10 wardrobe staple pieces that I think everyone should own. These pieces can be easily mix and matched without much hassle and are basics that you'll never get sick of or see go out of style. Without further adieu ---



Featured on my DIY wardrobe that Scott built are some of my absolute favorite pieces in my closet. For the purpose of this post, I've chose two pairs of jeans, two shirts, two dresses, a cardigan and three shoe options. Narrowing down my closet favorites was a bit difficult, but I knew when it came down to it these are the items that are most loved and worn in my closet today. All of these items vary in price range, and while I love a good quality piece, you don't have to spend a lot of money to have items that work best for your style and wardrobe needs.




(Black pair - Madewell leggings, Dark pair - American Eagle leggings)

I think every gal needs a pair of great fitting jeans. I'm all about dark denim and the skinny fit, but whatever style fits your body best is the one that you should be buying. I also think it's important to have a black pair of jeans in your closest at all times, as they can make a casual outfit appear more dressed up and pulled together in an instant.


(White t-shirt: UnderAmour, Denim button-up: Levi's)

I have a white t-shirt obsession, it's true. A white t-shirt, however, can be worn with all kinds of outfits and can transcend different styles. I basically feel the same way about a denim button-up, and while I have no fear of the Canadian Tuxedo, I love pairing mine with black skinny jeans and booties for a polished look.


(Rose dress: TJ Maxx, Grey dress: Madewell)

Having a couple of dresses in your wardrobe is always a good idea, even if you're not much of a dress kind of gal. I've learned over the years that there will always be a time when wearing a dress feels most appropriate, and for that I have my "dressy" dress. This particular dress is actually quite special to me, as I was wearing it when Scott got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. For the times where I just feeling like throwing on something quickly and with no fuss, a basic dress in a solid color is always my go-to. This one is soft, medium-weight and can be worn as is or layered up during the fall and winter months. It's the perfect go-to item when I'm in a hurry!


(Cardigan: Last Chance)

A cardigan, ya'll know how much I love my cardigans. Aside from the fact, a nice cardigan is something you can wear year-round and goes with more outfits than you can imagine. Personally, I love a lightweight cardigan with a little length to it. This one was a great find at a local bargain store that I've had for years now and I don't plan on retiring it anytime soon.


(Sandals: TOMs, Flats: LuLu*s, Boots: DSW)

Shoes! A lady has got to have shoe options and for someone who lives in a warmer climate, these are appropriate all year round. When it comes down to it, however, each pair is seasonally appropriate and neutrals work with almost all outfits. These Crown Vintage booties are my favorite and I scored them for a great deal at DSW last fall. I definitely plan on wearing them again when the weather finally cools down.



And there you go! Ten wardrobe staple pieces that can be mixed, matched and worn tons of different ways. I hope this helped to give ya'll a good idea on how to add and build up your wardrobe with basics that can see you through all seasons. Don't forget, you don't have to spend a lot of money to have a versatile wardrobe. Pick pieces that will work will loads of outfits and will see you through current and future trends.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this blog post and if you would like to see more posts like this! Leave a comment and let me know!

-Chelsea xo

August 26, 2014

OUR WEDDING: THE BRIDAL PARTY

Hello! I'm back again today with part five of our wedding series - The Bridal Party! I introduced our bridal party in my last wedding post, but wanted to share our group shots that we took after our ceremony. These photos were taken right after family photos and right in-between our final couples portraits. The sun was setting and our reception was only minutes away, but we all took a short walk down to this grassy knoll and vine covered wall so that we could commemorate our special day with our amazing bridal party.





I feel so blessed that we were able to have our family and closets friends stand there by our sides as we committed our lives to one another. I'll forever be thankful for their love, kindness and all the help they gave us in preparation for our big day.






I'll be back soon with part six of our wedding series! I still want to share our couples portraits, decor and reception with you all, so I hope you don't mind a few more wedding posts in the coming weeks! Thank ya'll again for reading and leaving such kind words on our past wedding posts (one, two, three & four). We love being able to share these incredibly special and emotional moments with you, and truly appreciate all of your kindness and love!

Love,
Chelsea (& Scott) xo

Details:
Wedding Planner: Katherine of Lucky & In Love
Makeup and hair: Mariana Marie
Dress: Uptown Bridal in Chandler, Arizona
Cover up: Handmade by Cleo & Clementine
Flowers: Flowers By Ellen
Suits: White by Vera Wang
Ties: Topshop
Tie bar: Forage Haberdashery
Shoes: Hers - Jcrew, His - Kenneth Cole
Bridesmaid dress: BHLDN & Windsor
Photography: Arrow & Apple

August 25, 2014

AMONG THE WILDFLOWERS



I'm back! It feels so good to finally be posting outfit photos again. For the past five days I've been lounging around the house, catching up on reality tv (guilty pleasure!) and really just taking it easy. For the first few days my incisions from my gallbladder surgery were really sore, so I wore the most comfortable clothes I could and didn't go out too much. I'm the kind of person who needs to get dressed and ready for the day every morning, so it was a bit hard to just play the lazy part and march around in leggings and a pj tee. However, I'm on day five now and back in my regular clothes - thank goodness!



The monsoons have still be treating us well and we've actually had a few cool nights and days around here lately. The day after my surgery it was gloriously gloomy outside and the temperature couldn't have been better. With dusty monsoons comes the most beautiful sunsets you've ever laid your eyes on, and on this day, the sunset was particularly perfect and the orange glow from the sun gave off the best pre-fall vibes.







Outfit details:
Dress: Levi's
Necklace: a gift from my mother

Tonight, Scott and I are laying low and spending time at home. Scott had his very first day of grad school last week, and today marked his first full week of classes. Every day I feel so proud and thankful to see him get all dressed up and head off to class bright and early. He's not only working toward improving his own future and career, but our future as a family, and that just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I'm truly so proud to be his wife and partner in life! Hope everyone has a lovely evening! Don't forget to watch the Emmy's!

-Chelsea xo 

REAL LIFE: I HAD MY GALLBLADDER REMOVED



Hiya! I'm back after a not-so-planned blogging break! Last Wednesday I had surgery to remove my gallbladder - a pesky organ that has been causing me so much trouble for too many years now. While the surgery was outpatient, I definitely needed time afterward to rest and heal. I have four small incisions in my abdomen - one for the camera, one for the tool, one for the C02 they used to expand my stomach and one to take my gall bladder out from - in case you were wondering! A sweet gal on Instagram told me that afterward it would feel like I did a million crunches, and she was absolutely right. Besides the pain from the incisions, I did experience some major dizziness that seem to make my healing harder. However, I'm now on day five and feeling great! I still have some time to go before my incisions are all healed up, as well as a couple of months before my digestion levels out, but I'm definitely on the up and  up!

Thank you SO much to everyone who wished me well and sent prayers and love my way. They meant more to me than you will ever know!

I'll be back later with another post! I'm so excited to finally be back in the swing of things with this old blog - I missed it!

-Chelsea xo

August 18, 2014

BRUNCHIN'



Having a weekend morning together is a rare occurrence in our household. Scott works early, early every Saturday and Sunday, so weekend breakfasts or brunch usually isn't an option for us. However, every once in a great while, he'll get a short weekend shift and we'll celebrate with a brunch date at one of our favorite places, Liberty Market. A few weekends ago we did just this, so I thought it would be fun to share with ya'll a few snapshots from our brunch date - because who doesn't love brunch? ;)



We both ordered cappuccinos, are usual next to black coffees. With 49 years under its belt (literally!), Liberty's famed E61 espresso bar always makes the best shots. The first time we came to Liberty years ago it was to try out their coffee, and after all these years their drinks still never disappoint. If you've never been, I would suggest getting a cortadito and sip on it slowly - the espresso and sweetness of the raw sugar makes the tastiest blend!




Have you ever tried a cronut before? When the cronut craze was in full force, Liberty started making their own version of this crazy popular treat. Even though the cronut craze has since passed, Scott and I still had never tried one before, so we thought brunch would be best with a treat to start with - a espresso maple cronut that this! It was WAY sweet and very messy, but super delicious! Definitely a treat for someone with a big sweet tooth! 




After dessert, we finished up brunch with some sweet and savory dishes. I really was only interested in my eggs and pancake, so I pushed my bacon onto Scott's plate. He's a real trooper when it comes to bacon! ;)

Do you have a favorite brunch place? What do you usually get there?

-Chelsea xo

August 15, 2014

SECOND FRIDAY



Happy Friday, friends! Scott and I are currently hanging out a local wood shop so he can work on a few projects and I can borrow their wifi - muahaha. Anyways, last Friday Scott and I spent our evening wandering my hometown's second friday art walk! We hadn't been in ages, and since it was a stormy evening and a cool(er) breeze was in the air, we thought it might be fun to take a look around. 







While the art walk was a bit of a bust - too hot and not many vendors, as they all like to come out during the cooler months, we did have fun listening to live music and having dessert at a restuartant we've been meaning to try out for about a year now, Republica Empanada. Scott had a fig, mozzarella and caramel empanada that was amazing, and I opted for one called The King - peanut butter, bananas and a little whip cream! YUM!




Outfit details:
Dress: Old online shop
Purse: Coach
Sandals: Saltwater Sandals

Scott and I are actually thinking about having a booth for Citizen Home Decor at Mesa's Second Friday in October - usually the best month for the art walk. Would you local gals and guys come visit us? Let me know! Have a great weekend, ya'll!

-Chelsea xo

August 14, 2014

BOHO VIBES



Hiya! I'm currently sitting in a coffee shop soaking up the cool air and sipping on an iced coffee. Our air conditioner has been on the fritz, so today I opted to write my daily post from a favorite spot near our home. Today is the first day that its actually felt hot in the morning, so I'm hoping for another monsoon to roll in soon. Monsoon season is actually my favorite time of year in Arizona, because after weeks and weeks of heat, we get blessed with cloudy skies, a nice breeze and the biggest rain drops you've ever seen. Since we live in a pretty green area, we also get all of the mugginess that comes along with a warm storm. The other day we had someone come over and say that it smelled like Flagstaff (Northern Arizona) around our home. I'll take it!



This is Scott and I's last week together before he starts school again, which is nuts to think about. We've been doing our best to fully enjoy our days together, all the while cleaning, landscaping, and getting prepared for my gall bladder surgery the day before he heads back to school. I've been battling with issues from a poor gall bladder for years now, and early this summer when I found out that it was only working at 23 percent, I knew it was time for it to come out. While I'm nervous as hell for the surgery, I am ready to get it over and start the road to recovery.  






Outfit details:
Floppy hat: c/o Jcpenney
Blouse: Country store in Colorado
Necklace: old Etsy shop
Jeans: American Eagle
Sandals: c/o Blowfish Shoes

Today is one of my bestie's birthday and I'm so excited to spoil her later today! In the meantime, I'm off to have some pre-op blood work done and probably reward myself for going through with it. I hate needles, it's true! 

How has your August been so far? I'm soaking in all the fall vibes I can while still living in this heat. Has anyone seen pumpkin coffee for sale yet? If so, let a lady know!

-Chelsea xo

August 13, 2014

WHAT'S IN MY BAG!



Today I thought it would be fun to do a "What's in my bag" post! I haven't done one of these in ages, so here we go ---



As of lately, I've been carrying my Madewell Transport Tote in black everywhere. It's just the perfect go-to, no fuss bag. Oftentimes, you can find my bag filled with lots of notebooks, my laptop, receipts, and a phone charger, but this time around I had just cleaned out my purse - a little less mess for ya'll to see (and a little less embarrassment for me, haha).



I always try to carry a snack with me, as I'm the kind of person who likes to have lots of little snacks and meals throughout the day. I'm not a huge gum person, but everyone once and awhile I pick up a pack for when I'm without a snack and need something to munch on. I also never leave home without a chapstick, a bright lip color, sunglasses, my wallet and a pen for those light bulb kind of moments.



Headphones and my day planner also never leave my purse. I love quality headphones, but I'm not afraid to throw around these Apple ones when I'm at the coffee shop, walking around or talking on the phone. Lastly, a set of bangles always seems to end up in my purse. I love wearing them on the daily, but usually end of up taking them off and throwing them in my bag when I'm eating, typing or just want them off.

I would love to see what's in your bag! Take an Instagram photo, post a blog post or tweet a picture and leave a comment let me know you did! I would love to see what's in your bag!

-Chelsea xo

August 12, 2014

OUR WEDDING: THE CEREMONY

Hello! I'm back again today with part four of our wedding series - The Ceremony! Our ceremony was definitely the most emotional part of our whole wedding. We were finally going to say, "we do," in front of all our family and friends - it was happening, right NOW! I'll admit, I had butterflies and was feeling flooded with emotions just moments before my dad walked me down the aisle. I was ready though, and as soon as Iron & Wine's version of Such Great Heights began playing, all of the butterflies floated away and my dad and I seemed to float down the aisle together.




Scott walked with both his mom and dad down the aisle. I love that he chose to walk with both of them, and I'm happy that I have this picture to look back on this happy moment (as I was still hidden away, awaiting my moment).



I asked my mom to walk down the aisle with my her brother, my Uncle Billy. I wanted them both to be involved in the ceremony, as my aunt was marrying us and my dad was walking me down the aisle. They're both incredibly special to me, and I love this photo of them together.





Our bridesmaids and groomsmen were our closet family and friends. My cousin, Odessa, played the role of my Matron of Honor, and Scott's best friend, Ryan, was his Best Man. Scott's younger brothers, Cody and Dylan, were his groomsmen, and his sister, Sara, and my best friend, Courtney, were my bridesmaids.



This photo makes my heart melt into a million little pieces. I feel so blessed to have had my dad walk me down the aisle. It was an incredibly special moment that will never, ever leave me. In this moment, I loved looking around and smiling at our family and friends as we walked by, but most of all, I loved looking up at Scott and seeing his smile as my dad and I glided down the aisle.





My dad giving me a kiss before he gave me away was so, so sweet. He knew he wasn't really giving me away, though, but only gaining a son.





My Aunt Louellen had prepared a very sentimental and untraditional ceremony. Untraditional in the sense that we didn't say, "I do," but rather, "we do." We also prayed, listened to stories about love and promised our love to one another for all time and eternity. On a side note, I knew that I never wanted to have the saying, "until death do we part," in our ceremony, as I don't believe your love ends after death, so we said a wonderful alternative that represented us more as a couple, our bond and our never ending love for another.




We exchanged rings and said our vows to one another. In this moment, my entire attention was on Scott and the words I was promising him forever. I tried my best not to stumble, but I think a little nervousness hit me somewhere in there. However, this moment was us and perfect in every way.



Our moms lit a unity candle together to resemble the bonding of our two families. I loved having our moms being a part of the ceremony, and also loved their not so matchy matchy blue dresses.



Scott and I also lit a unity candle together. When my folks got married they had lit one, so I knew I wanted us to do this as well. My parents have been married for over 30 years, so I'm hoping this added a little blessing to our marriage and the years of wedded bliss ahead of us.



We walked back together, hand in hand ---



And then the deed was done! We were pronounced husband and wife and Scott kissed his bride! This was such a surreal moment, and I remember wrapping my arms around Scott for the first time as his wife. Our family and friends cheered and hollered, and then we walked down the aisle together to the tune of Best Day of My Life by American Authors. It was the perfect song for the most incredible moment!





Let me introduce to you the newly wed Mr. and Mrs. John Scott Goodson! :)


I'll be back soon with part five of our wedding series! Thank you all again so much for reading and for leaving such sweet words on our past wedding posts (onetwo & three). We love sharing these incredibly special and emotional moments with you, and truly appreciate all of your kindness and love!

Love,
Chelsea (& Scott) xo


Details:
Wedding Planner: Katherine of Lucky & In Love
Makeup and hair: Mariana Marie
Dress: Uptown Bridal in Chandler, Arizona
Cover up: Handmade by Cleo & Clementine
Flowers: Flowers By Ellen
Suit: White by Vera Wang
Tie: Topshop
Tie bar: Forage Haberdashery
Shoes: Hers - Jcrew, His - Kenneth Cole
Bridesmaid dress: BHLDN & Windsor
Groomsmen suits: White by Vera Wang
Photography: Arrow & Apple