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