OUR OREGON ANNIVERSARY

January 18th, 2017 marked three years as husband and wife! Every year for our anniversary Scott and I take a trip to celebrate our love, marriage and passion for having new experiences together. This year, Portland, Oregon made the cut -- a city that had been on our list to visit together for years and years now. Once our tickets were booked, I reached out to Dawn of Dawn Photography -- an amazing PNW-based photographer whose work I'd been admiring for months after seeing her photos of Tonya from The Moptop and Jeremy and Audrey Roloff (among many other bloggers and gorgeous couples!). 

With the forecast full of snow and sleet the day we arrived, I chatted with Dawn in a bit of a panic that our shoot wouldn't go as planned. However, it seems that we brought the sunshine with us and our second day in Oregon was sunny, warm and snow-free! After meeting up with Dawn for our shoot, we hopped in the car and drove toward the Columbia Rive Gorge for a morning of adventure and the most beautiful Pacific Northwest views!

Having the opportunity to take fun and unique photos together is something both Scott and I cherish. I know many couples only have professional photos taken leading up to and during their wedding, but for us -- having someone capture our love throughout the years of our relationship feels just as important. I know we'll be looking back on these photos for years to come and will be able to remember exactly how we felt and what our life was like back then -- ten years together, three years married and so in love with one another (awwwww!). 

On our way back to Portland, we spotted this cabbage patch and had to pull over! The smell was something I never care to describe again, but it sure felt quirky and unique to be standing in a field of rotting cabbages in the Oregon countryside. 

If you're ever in the Portland or Eugene areas of Oregon, be sure and reach out to our new friend Dawn for a shoot with you and your loved one -- she'll make you feel like a million bucks and take you on quiet an adventure! And now to pick out which photos I want to frame -- the very first photo is my absolute fav, but I think having a photo of us standing in a rotting cabbage patch would be quite a conversation piece, don't ya think! ;) Hope you have a great day, friends!

-Chelsea xo

MY 5 WARDROBE STAPLES

We all have those staple pieces in our wardrobes -- those unsung heroes that we reach for time and time again that help make an outfit feel complete (or really just go with everything). Over the past few years I've been noticing a pattern in my closet -- five pieces that I reach for almost daily. If you been reading my blog or following me on Instagram for any amount of time, I'm sure you have a hunch about my top five, but in case you're curious (or in need of a few new staple pieces in your own wardrobe) -- 

1. Madewell Fleet Jacket - I LOVE this jacket! I wear it SO often that the sweet folks over at Madewell have even featured me wearing it on their website! The Fleet Jacket is the perfect shade of green and is lightweight enough that I can wear it even during the summer in AZ. In the warmer months, I wear it to work almost every single day -- seriously, ask my coworkers! They make this jacket in a few different shades of green, sometimes a grey and khaki color too. Even with so much wear, this jacket has held up great and looks even better than the day I bought it (a little more broken in and relaxed fitting). Truth be told -- this is my most worn item in my closet and is well worth the investment! 

2. Straw Hats - Ya'll know I'm a hat girl through and through, and while I love a good wool or felt fedora -- neither of these fabrics cut it during the summertime! That's why straw hats are a staple in my wardrobe! The one pictured above is a boater style hat from Forever 21, but my absolute favorite (thus far) is a straw fedora from Madewell (the one I have isn't available anymore, but this one is similar)! I've heard great things about Janessa Leone's straw hats as well, and I already have my eye on of her beautiful pieces for this upcoming summer! 

3. Madewell Washed Leather Motorcycle Jacket - I have wanted a real leather jacket for years and years, and when Scott surprised me with this beaut for Christmas it was love at first sight! As someone who has gone through many "leather" jackets in their life, I can tell you that the cut and fit of this one is just right (not too short in the back, and not too bulky overall). Lately, this has been my go-to piece for dressing up my date night looks, and adding in a bit of edge to my everyday style. I know this is quite an investment piece, but trust me when I say that you won't need to buy a new leather jacket for years and years to come after you introduce this one into your wardrobe. 

4. Madewell Transport Satchel - Ya'll know how much I love the whole Transport line from Madewell, but the Satchel just might be my favorite! I'm a crossbody bag kind of gal, and this one is just the right size and goes with just about everything! I have it in the black and brown combo as well, and love how well they've both worn over the past few years. The monogramming Madewell offers is kind of fun too -- I have my initials on my black and brown satchel! 

5. Madewell Billie Boot - I had a pair of the Billie Boots in my online cart for ages, but was hesitant to pull the trigger because of the heel (I'm more of a flat boots kind of girl). After receiving the true black shade as a gift, I knew that I would be adding the english saddle color into my wardrobe sometime in the near future. I love how easy these are to walk in, and how they can instantly dress up any outfit you're rocking. These boots are probably my most worn this season, and I'm sure that I'll find myself pulling them out year after year -- they're just so classic! 

And there you have it! My 5 Wardrobe Staples - which happen to almost all be from Madewell! I swear I didn't plan this when I first started writing this post, but truth be told -- I love a good piece from Madewell! I would love to hear -- what are your 5 wardrobe staples? Do we have any of the same ones? Are you currently shopping for any staples as we speak? I have my eye on this SΓ©zane Messenger Bag and think it would work nicely with my whole wardrobe!

-Chelsea xo 

OUR WEEKEND COFFEE ROUTINE

If you've been following me for any amount of time, I'm sure you're fully aware of how much I love coffee. This caffeinated drink has been intertwined into my daily life as long I can remember, and even plays a big part in Scott and I's love story. On my Instagram, you'll usually catch an iced coffee in my hand (beats that desert heat!), but my heart equally sings for a hot cup of coffee. Our favorite local coffee shop, Peixoto Coffee, sells 1 gallon, re-fillable iced coffee growlers that Scott and I refill once a week (makes getting ready for work super easy!). However, when it comes to the weekend -- we can often be found making a hot cuppa with our Chemex or Aeropress at home.

We usually have a bag of whole beans from Peixoto or a coffee shop we visited during our travels on hand, and tend to grind the beans right before we make our coffee (it's all in the process, right?). While we've got our eye on a fancy hand grinder, we've been using the same electric coffee bean grinder for years now (this one in case you're in the market). Lately, our Aeropress has been our coffee method of choice -- makes the perfect cup, but we do have to use it twice! We're big fans, though, of how simple the clean-up process is for this (so much better than cleaning a french press). If we're wanting to make more coffee at once, using our Chemex is our best bet. I picked up our current one from a vintage shop in Denver around six or seven years ago (it's from the 1960's), but you can pick up a new one online and in many coffee shops nowadays.

Collecting coffee making tools has also become a hobby of ours -- the copper water kettle pictured above was a gift I gave to Scott for our second wedding anniversary, and the brass scoop is something we picked up during our trip to Schoolhouse Electric in Portland. I know I've said this before, but for us -- coffee is so much more! It's about an experience, time together and the memories that we've made over a cup of coffee. Now that you know our weekend coffee routine, I would love to hear your coffee story -- are you an iced or hot coffee kind of person? Pick-up, or make at home? Favorite coffee shop? Favorite coffee beans?

-Chelsea xo

A GODLEN WINTER SUNSET

Hi friends! I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's Day! While i'm a big fan of any holiday where we get to celebrate our loved ones, Scott and I like to keep things pretty low-key. This year. though, we decided try out a new-to-us restaurant, Pomo Pizzeria, that we heard had super yummy gf pasta and pizza! After dinner, we had a little ice cream date and called it an early night -- just our speed! Since Scott's surgery, we've been trying to get in as much rest and relaxation as we can since we really want to give his hand the best chance to heal properly. Scott and I both want to thank ya'll so much for all of your kind words and well wishes regarding his injury and surgery -- we feel so lucky to have so many positive vibes being sent his way! Ya'll truly are the best! xo

Now that the days our a little longer, getting photos in has become a lot easier -- thank goodness, because those short, dark days of winter were tough! We actually shot these a couple of weeks ago at the prettiest park near our home when the sun was close to setting and beautiful golden light was coming into full focus. This outfit felt really fun to wear, and while my everyday look is usually jeans, boots and a sweater (well, t-shirt lately with these 70+ degree temps we've been having), I'm trying to be better about pushing myself outside of my winter uniform and into something that feels a little lighter (because spring is on its way ya'll!).

I have a few items in my spring wishlist that I'm currently lusting over, a new Free People dress being one of them, but I'm wanting to take it one piece at a time and be really intentional about my wardrobe. My sweet gal pal, Tieka, has been talking a lot about her own personal style lately and she has me really thinking about my own. So much has changed since I first started sharing my outfits here all those years ago! What about you? Have you noticed your style changing over the years? Or even just recently? I definitely wear less dresses nowadays, and I'm not as adventurous with my color choices + accessories, but ya know what -- I'm ok with that! It's all in the journey, right? :) 

The weekend is almost here and Scott and I have plans to celebrate one of our sweet friends' birthday at a local restaurant on Friday night! We also have Phoenix Flea coming up in a few short weeks, so we'll be starting to prep for that the best we can together (watch out -- I'll be using the laser cutter this time, haha). I hope ya'll have a wonderful rest of your week! -Chelsea xo

Vince Camuto Oversized Fedora (similiar + on sale!)                                                                      
Madewell Necklace (similar!)                                                                                                           Free People Dress (similar!)                                                                                                             Free People Cardigan (similar!)                                                                                                         Madewell Billie Boots

THANKFUL FOR -- BEING ON THE MEND

Last week, I shared a few personal thoughts that had been on my mind due to a pretty rough and stressful week. Today, Scott and I both shared a little more about what's been going on in our world as of lately. I know that a few of you might have already read this on Instagram, but continuing on in my effort to be more personal here -- I wanted to share.  

A little over two weeks ago Scott had a bit of an accident that resulted in a late-night trip to the ER (with a very panicked wife who had to put on her brave face and push away her fear of hospitals). The result -- stitches and a damaged nerve in his right hand. After two specialist appointments, Scott went in for surgery last Thursday to repair the nerve (which affected all of the feeling in his right pinky/side of his hand). We are super, super thankful to say that the surgery was a success and he's now on the mend! I know that I had asked for your good thoughts earlier last week and we both want to say thank you, thank you so much for all of the love you've sent our way. We could definitely still use your positive thoughts (we'll have a better idea of exactly how his nerve is doing in a week and a half once he gets his splint/wrap off post-surgery), and I promise to keep ya'll updated!

On a side note, the sweet photo above is from our anniversary shoot in Oregon with the amazing Dawn Photo! It reminds me of one of our wedding photos by Arrow and Apple and it's just the sweetest thing. Will share more of our shoot soon!

-Chelsea xo

BLUSH & BLOOMS

Back again, and two days in a row? That mid-afternoon coffee must have really made a difference! ;) While I'm only sort of joking about this, I am feeling extra thankful for all of your kind words and thoughts on yesterday's posts. Sometimes it feels really hard to put yourself out there and share your stresses and faults, but the truth is -- we're all human and feel the same things. I've learned that sometimes it's just nice to read that someone else is feeling the same way you are and to let you know that you're not alone -- wouldn't you agree? On that note, I wanted to share a few more positive thoughts here today to keep the week of good thoughts rolling. I have a new found love for the color blush, and for a gal who admittedly hasn't worn any hue of pink in years and years -- this is big news! 

I picked up this sweater at Madewell on a whim toward the beginning of fall. The cut is just my style, but the color felt out of my normal territory and something different and unique. I know blush has been a big trend the past few years, and while this blush hue is darker than most -- I've been pleasantly surprised to see how much wear I've gotten out of it. I guess you can say that I'm my love for blush now runs past my favorite makeup product! ;)

Now that the days are beginning to get a little longer, Scott and I have been able to squeeze in a few more daily outfit photos this past week. I'm always so excited when fall rolls around and the days get cooler, but it's safe to say that I'm equally (if not more) excited when spring comes early and the days get longer once again. Who else is loving these longer days? Is it starting to feel like spring in your hometown? Punxsutawney Phil said six more weeks of winter, so I'll guess we'll see!

This sweet guy and I have a big day tomorrow and would really love your good thoughts and positive vibes! I kind of adore this photo of him -- watching his hair blow in the wind and laughing as I try and get the perfect shot. He'll forever be my high school sweetheart , even if he was the one who was still in high school when we met -- haha! 

Madewell Pullover Sweater (similar!)                                                                                   
Madewell Bandana                                                                                                                                 Madewell High Rise Skinny Jeans                                                                                                               Coach Crossover Bag (similar!)                                                                                                               Madewell Billie Boots

Here's to a happy, healthy and positive day, my friends! Be back soon! Chelsea xo