June 24, 2015

SUMMER IN THE GROVE



Hello! Scott and I are back from our California adventure and I wanted to say thank ya'll so much for  the recommendations and kind notes -- we had the best time in San Diego! While on our trip we must have taken 500 photos (and videos too!), but we took these photos a few weeks before we left the land of the the desert (aka Phoenix where is was 115 degrees while we were gone), so before I got on a roll with posting those photos, I wanted to share these because I absolutely loved this gorgeous early summer day and how beautiful the lighting was in our favorite orchard. 





June has been a crazy, busy month and I can't believe it's almost over! Since coming back to California, Scott and I purchased airline tickets and will be hopping on a jetplane Saturday afternoon to spend a week with my folks in Salt Lake City, UT. I'm so excited for the beautiful weather, the lush landscape, and to see my pups, Piper and Scout, who I've missed terribly while they've been away with my folks for the summer. 







If you have any suggestions for neat restaurants, shops, coffee shops, etc., in the Salt Lake City area -- please send them my way! I'm also hoping to meet up with an old friend (Hi Lucia!), and also a few sweet ladies that I've met through Instagram and blogging of the years. I love that because of this ol' blog of mine that I've been able to make friends in cities all over the country, including Salt Lake and Chicago -- which I'll be headed to in August for the Create & Cultivate conference. Will I be seeing any of you there? Let a lady know! ;)




I already have a feeling that this summer will be full of traveling, and I feel so blessed that I get to do so much of it with this sweet guy -- he's my rock, my travel companion and built-in coffee date/best friend, among many other things-- doesn't get much better than that!




Outfit Details:
Vince Camuto Wide-Brim Hat (similar and on sale!)
Free People Lace Blouse (similar and on sale!)
Loft Jeans (my favorite pair of jeans!)

Are you headed anywhere fun this summer? Where's your favorite place to travel to? Have any big plans that you're checking off of your bucket-list this summer?
-Chelsea xo

June 19, 2015

CALIFORNIA, HERE WE COME



Hello! I started writing this post when we weren't actually in California yet, so the title still feels relevant -- even though I'm currently sitting in our darling AirBnB in San Diego with all the windows and patio door open, taking in the cool breeze and our gorgeous view of a canyon below us. We arrived here late last night after a quick 5+hour drive from Phoenix, and now we'll be spending the next few days enjoying the cooler weather, the ocean waters, lots and lots of coffee shops, and of course, the Del Mar Fair!








Outfit Details:
Madewell Linen Dress (this season's!)

Scott and I have been dreaming about taking this mini-getaway for quite some time now, so we're very excited to finally be here and staying in the most darling place. If you have any suggestions of places we should go or things we should see during our stay here in San Diego, pretty please leave them in a comment below! 

Have a great weekend, ya'll!
-Chelsea xo

June 16, 2015

AGRITOPIA APPLES



Before the sweltering heat kicked in (for reals, yesterday was 109 degrees -- woof!), Scott and I spent an afternoon picking apples at the farm at Agritopia. You may be thinking -- apples? I know, it's a bit early, but because of our mostly hot spring/summer days we have to get our picking in before the summer really fires up and while the apples are ripe for the picking. Anyways, Scott and I had the best time wandering around the apple orchard, picking apples, juggling a few here and there, and see how high we can get them to go in the air. ;)















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We ended up picking a couple pounds of apples, which were all pretty tart -- so Scott made us the most amazing apple pie, apple + grilled cheese sandwiches, apple salads and so many more delicious savory and sweet dishes. I feel like I'm teasing my midwest and east coast friends with our crazy-early apples, but I promise, friends, your time to pick those delicious green and red apples will come. Until then, we'll just be here soaking in the sun and enjoying summer to the fullest! Have I mentioned that were headed to San Diego on Thursday for a mini-getaway? We can't wait and would love any suggestion you may have!

Have a great week, ya'll!
-Chelsea xo

June 11, 2015

AMONG THE OLEANDERS



Hello, Thursday? Wow! This week has literally gone by in a flash! I had all intentions of blogging Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday --- but, sometimes life gets busy and you find yourself sleeping on the couch at 9pm (or out at a super awesome dinner party that you just couldn't say no to!). Anyways, it's Thursday and I'm happy to be here! We've been having the most beautiful days around here, the kind that are the envy of all dessert dwellers out there -- 90's in the day and 80's in the evening -- do we really live in Arizona? With that said, I did roll out of bed this morning to find bright and shining skies and no clouds in sight. Even though it may be HOT today, it's going to be a great one --  I can feel it!








Outfit Details:
HD in Paris Pina Dress (here's the top version!)
Madewell Holepunch Flats (this season's and super similar!)

I wore this dress to Scott's Grad School graduation (which was already a month ago - wow!). I had been eyeing it every time I took through a stroll through Anthropologie, so once I found it on sale I knew I had to make it mine. Well, that and after Scott told me that he really loved seeing me in white dresses, swoon! It's a bit fancy for every day wear, but I love it for special occasions and maybe even a fancy dinner or too. Scott and I are planning a mini-getaway right now and this darling dress will definitely be making its way into my suitcase for a fancy dinner with my love.

Are you planning any summer getaways? Please share!
-Chelsea xo

June 4, 2015

COPELAND & COFFEE



A few weeks back, Scott and I saw one of our all-time favorite bands in concert, Copeland. Between the two of us, we've seen them at least a dozen times (most of them together), and even attended what we thought would be our very last Copeland show ever. Fast forward five or so years later and we're standing together in a crowed room listening to the sweet sounds of Aaron Marsh buzz through the overheard speakers. It was a surreal moment to be listening to him live once again - a little older, a little wiser, but still the same Aaron. I would be lying if I didn't say I felt the same about Scott and I as we stood there in a room full of people our age and younger (much younger!). Copeland is a band that grew with us and will forever hold a special place in my heart. 




I know I've mentioned it before, but for those who don't know -- the song Coffee by Copeland was the song that Scott and I had our first dance to at our wedding. It's truly always been "our song," so it only seemed fitting that we dance to it as we celebrated our newly wed life. Over a year and a half later, I sent out a tweet containing a simple request, one that I hoped Aaron Marsh would see - play Coffee so we can dance to it like we did on our wedding day. Well, I don't know if it was my tweet that persuaded him (he did "favorite" my tweet after the show), but he did sing our song, and liked we promised, we danced and swayed as he sang every word that had grown to mean so much to us. So thank you, Aaron Marsh, you truly made our evening! 




You may be asking, what does this outfit have to do with Copeland? Well, nothing, BUT I am wearing a necklace I had custom made before our wedding -- a little circle pendant that reads, "if it's not too late for coffee," --- a favorite lyric from "our song" -- Coffee, of course. 



Outfit Details:
Etsy Necklace

While I'm hoping it's not another five years until we see Copeland again, I sure tried to soak in every second that I could just in case it's a while until we see them again. Speaking of coffee, it's Thursday and I'm need of a second cup. Care to join me? What's your favorite coffee drink?
-Chelsea xo