October 6, 2015


Hi, sweet friends! I hope ya'll had a lovely October weekend. Our weekend was mostly spent at home, taking things slow, eating breakfast for dinner, working in the yard, grabbing coffees at Peixoto, hanging out at our local farmer's market and spending time with our family. I'm not usually one for such slow weekends, but since I knew we were going to have a crazy Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend, I tried to soak in every second to make up for the madness that's to come this week (Tempe Oktoberfest, anyone? Working there is going to be crazy, but we'll make it through, as we do every year! ;)). 

Aside from being Mrs. lazypants this weekend, I did start planning out part of our Seattle trip that is now only 15 days away. I've got big plans to check out Pikes Place Market, the first Starbucks (just have to!), the Puget Sound (one of my most favorites place in the whole wide world), Moorea Seal's picturesque shop, my mom's childhood home and the gum wall (of course!). I haven't been to Seattle in many years, and this will be Scott's first trip to the Pacific Northwest, so we would both appreciate any all of your suggestions for shops, restaurants, donuts, scenic views and most importantly -- coffee! We're so excited to dive into the coffee culture there and already have a feeling that we'll be highly caffeinated during our whole trip -- which may or may not be a good idea, haha! 

Speaking of Seattle, I may have already started to pick out my clothes for the trip. It's going to be in the 50's/60's during the day, and this desert rat just isn't used to that chilly weather, so I'll be packing lots of sweaters, cozy socks, boots, scarves and maybe a hat or two. Just typing that out now reminded me of of one of my all-time favorite lyrics from The Postal Service -- "I'll be your winter coat buttoned and zipped straight to the throat, with the collar up so you won't catch a cold." Truly, it just makes me so excited to be in DCFC/TPS's home state -- here's to hoping I see Ben Gibbard running around Seattle one day. ;)

Outfit Details:
Madewell Arrow Necklace (similar!)

I have a feeling that the rest of the days leading up to the weekend are going to be crazy, but I'll sure be trying my best to soak in all the October feels I can get -- it's going to be beautiful outside and a PSL is calling my name! Also, two of my longest and sweetest blogging friends are both getting married to their price charmings this week -- Tieka & Moorea! I'll be sending them lots of positive thoughts and love this week and hope you'll do the same. Marriage is a beautiful, beautiful thing and I am so incredibly excited and happy for them both! Love you, ladies! Here's to a wonderful week!
-Chelsea xo

October 4, 2015


Happy Sunday, loves! Autumn is hear and I've been finding myself craving so many new + old fall favorites, so I thought I would share just a few of my current cravings with you (everything from drinks, to clothes to movies and more!). I would also love to hear what you're "craving" right now, or what's on your autumn wishlist -- leave a comment below and let me know!

1. // Lindbergh Candle Co. 8oz Mason Jar Candle in Cabin (this candle smells like ALL the fall vibes!)
2. // Gilmore Girls (you have to love a place where it's perpetually fall!)
3. // Essie Fall 2015 Mini Pack (with the band has been my go-to lately)
4. // The original PSL and my new fav version of the PSL -- the Peixoto Spice Latte!
5. // Village & Wild Scenic Route Crewneck (spotted this on Danielle and now I'm in love!)
6. // Madewell The Cait Boot (just picked these up and I'm loving them!)

Hope ya'll are having a great weekend!
-Chelsea xo

October 1, 2015


"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” - L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables. Miss Lucy sure knew what she was talking about when she penned this now famous line! ;) It's hard to believe it, but October is finally here and so the best month of the year begins. October is so special for so many reason -- it's the month that Scott and I started our journey together (nine years ago on the 24th!). It's also Scott's birthday month, and when we celebrate all things spooky and scary, of course. October is when it finally starts to cool down here in Phoenix, and the air, along with the leaves, begin to get a little crisp. I could honestly write out a whole page more of all the things I love about October, but for now I'll just leave you with this: PEIXOTO SPICE LATTE (the REAL PSL!). 

I know I've been chatty about Apple Annie's Orchard, but picking apples was really the highlight of our trip. I've mentioned this, but Scott and I had never picked apples during the "traditional" apple picking season before, so seeing so many apples that were ripe for the picking felt like a real treat. When we first entered the orchard they gave us this little map that showed which types of apples they had and in which rows they would be in -- needless to say, Scott and I decided to just head straight for the back of the orchard because we figured it would be the least picked over. They had fuji, red delicious, and golden delicious apples all ready to be picked. I was secretly hoping they might have a few rows of honeycrisp apples, but none were to be found -- that's ok though, I'll just have to pick up a few when I'm in Seattle in a few weeks (more on that later!). ;)

This guy made our apple picking adventure so fun -- juggling around our picked apples, making me laugh as I jumped around trying to grab a few that were way at the top of the tree, only to come right behind me to pick them off with ease. I guess that's why he's my better half -- team work makes the dream work, right! ;)

We ended up picking just enough apples to make a delicious apple crisp pie. In the orchard's darling little market they had bags of homemade apple crisp mix, so after seeing that when we first got there we knew we had to get one and pick just enough apples to finish up the crisp. Along with crisp mix, they were selling every kind of apple, pumpkin and maple goodies you could image. In front of the market was a little makeshift booth that they were selling hot apple cider donuts out of -- the smell around here was SO heavenly, and the donuts were even better. For years I've wanted to try a hot apple cider donut, so it felt so good to finally have one. We may have taken home half a dozen with us, only after devouring two donuts there that were straight out of the fryer. YUMM!

Outfit Details:
She //
Madewell Necklace (similar!)

He //
Plaid Button-Up (similar!)

Picking autumn apples with my love will be a memory that I know I'll hold near and dear to my heart forever. It just didn't get better than spending time with the one(s) you love, picking apples and getting excited about the fun and festive season ahead of you! Wouldn't you agree? Hope ya'll are having a great day, and don't forget to have a little autumn fun! October is here!
-Chelsea xo

September 29, 2015


Happy National Coffee Day! Truth be told, I didn't actually remember that today was such a big holiday (well, in my book, that is!) until I looked on Instagram and saw tons of coffee photos filling  up my feed. Well, that and my Facebook memory that popped up from last year's national holiday-- which, on a side note, I'm not much of a Facebook person, but lately I've really been enjoying seeing my memories pop up here and there. Anyways, when Scott and I were on our way home from Wilcox the other weekend we decided to stop in Tucson to grab a quick lunch (eegee's to the rescue!), and also a much needed coffee at a local shop we had heard a lot about -- Exo Roast Co!

Exo Roasting Co had been on our radar for awhile now, but since we don't make it down to Tucson often, we decided to make it a priority and head there after hearing about it online so much. The coffee shop itself is in the raddest old building, complete with the most beautiful stained glass window and a faded out "market" sign from the past. Exo is a no frills kind of shop, though, so their coffee menu is short and houses just the basics, but their in-house roasted coffee is all kind of amazing and they serve a mean iced coffee. Most of you know that I'm a black coffee kind of gal, but every once and awhile I like to spice things up -- like adding a few pumps of pumpkin spice syrup or going full out with something delicious like Peixoto Coffee's Maple Almond Cold Brew (a new addition to their menu, but super simple to their ever-so popular Coconut Cold Brew)! I have a feeling that my hazelnut coffee + creamer coffee loving friend, Tieka, would LOVE Peixoto's sweet drinks. ;) 

Outfit Details:
Madewell Necklace (similar)
Old Navy Sweater (similar)

How is tomorrow the last day of September? It's seriously so hard to believe! Today, this past week, this whole month, really, has just been so busy -- all good things, though. I have been finding myself crashing way early every night -- like still in all my clothes and laying on top of the bed, haha -- so maybe it's time to take a step back and relax a little bit more. But really, what's the fun in that? I was raised with such a go, go, go type of personality that I find it so hard (and frankly, kind of boring) to slow down most days. Anyways, I hope ya'll have a wonderful day tomorrow! Talk soon!
-Chelsea xo

September 28, 2015


Hello! It's Monday and I'm currently in need of ALL the coffee, haha. This weekend was such a great one, filled with lots of time spent with friends, trying out all of Peixoto Coffee's new fall drinks (their PSL is SO yummy) and seeing two of my all-time favorite bands -- Brand New and Jimmy Eat World. It really was a very special weekend, but since last week seem to zoom by so fast, I hardly had any time to share our pear and apple picking adventures at the cutest little orchard in Southern Arizona, so today I'm back tracking a bit and talking about how our spur of the moment, Sunday roadtrip made *almost* all my fall dreams come true! 

Right outside of Wilcox, Arizona is Apple Annie's Orchard -- an orchard and farm that I heard about a few years back, but either never had time to make the three hour drive down there or they were already close for the season when our schedules finally opened up. This year, though, we decided to head down there kind of spur of the moment after seeing a friend post about their experience at Apple Annie's on Facebook, and after hearing that this would be their last weekend for apple picking -- a fall tradition that we usually always miss out down here because apples picking tends to start in July locally (crazy, I know!). So early Sunday morning we packed up our car and headed toward Wilcox with dreams of apple cider donuts and apple/pear picking in a breezy orchard. 

Once we finally arrived at the orchard, after a few pit stops and a stop for apple pie (a must!), we spent a little while walking around and checking out their darling market store, the apple cider donut stand and starting to map out our plan of attack on the orchard -- pears first, then apples. Neither of us had actually picked pears before, so we decided to tackle that side of the orchard first before making our way over to the rows and rows of apples ahead of us. This orchard actually only grows asian pears, so we were a little surprised to find pears the size of apples lining the trees in front of us. Have you ever had an asian pear before? They're super yummy and would be delicious in a caramel pear tart or some kind of sweet pastry. We only ended up taking a few of those home, though, so they'll be going in salads and eaten as a late night snack!

Also, how perfect is it that my skirt from Modcloth's new line matches perfectly with those golden yellow pears? I'm a big fan of matching my surroundings, as ya'll know, but I swear I didn't plan this one -- we'll just say that it was meant to be! ;)


Outfit Details:
Target Hat (similar!)

I'll be back soon with more photos from our pear and apple picking adventures -- hoping to get them in before October rolls around later this week (SO crazy, where is the time going?). Have a lovely day, ya'll!
-Chelsea xo