HERE WE COME, SIXTH + MILL MAKERS

Good evening, friends! I thought I would pop in here to say that Scott and I have some great news! We're excited to share that we'll be participating with our small business, Citizen Home Decor, in next week's Tempe Festival of the Arts' Sixth + Mill Makers section with Standard Wax, Keep it Wild Co. and so many other amazing local makers! Come see us on Saturday, April 1st and Sunday, April 2nd -- 10am-5:30pm both days! If you're local to the area, or just passing through -- we would to see you there! Hope ya'll are having a wonderful weekend!

-Chelsea (and Scott too!) xo

MY FAVORITE SPRING ACCESSORY

You may have realized that as of late, I have an extreme obsession with bandanas! In large thanks to Madewell for doing this trend so well -- I've found myself not going a day without rocking one of their cotton or silk bandanas tied around my neck. Growing up in the Southwest and spending much of my childhood around small towns and farms in Colorado, I always felt like bandanas were a bit too old school and rustic for me. Nowadays, though, I'm loving this trend and the cool prints + fabrics that have come out with it! 

This silk, black and white polka dot bandana has been my go-to lately! You can dress it up or dress it down, and the classic colors and print goes with just about anything! If you're looking to add just one bandana to your collection - make it this one

This cotton beauty was the first that I added to my now growing collection! It's easy, nice and breezy and goes with just about everything! 

Red floral? Count me in! I love the pop of color this one brings to any style or look! 

Succulents and cacti? Yes, please! I love the unexpected color, and how it can brighten up any outfit. I love pairing it with this pink, bell-sleeved sweater, but think it would look great dressed down a bit with a white t-shirt and jeans, or even dressed up a bit more with a white silk top and black jeans! 

And there you have it! To me, the bandana is the "it" accessory of the spring! Can you see yourself rocking it? I've now got my eye on a pink, blush-toned silk bandana (non-Madewell -- shocker!), and this colorful, Southwest inspired scarf might be coming to my collection soon! How are you feeling about this trend? Ready to rock it or will you be passing it along until the next time?

-Chelsea xo

DATE NIGHT READY

Date night ready? You hear what I'm saying! For as long as I can remember, Scott and I have always loved going on dates! 10 tens years togethers, 3+ years married and our date nights are basically the same. Back during our dating days, when we didn't have much money to our names, we would go to Border's and spend hours digging through magazines, books and browsing through records and CDs. Most coffee shops also knew our names - we would split a hot latte or a cup of iced coffee and just talk for hours and hours about our dreams, what the future would hold for us and that week's school assignments (going through college together was such a blessing -- Scott was my forever study date). Today, our date nights look a tad bit different -- no school work to slow us down, but we do cherish our time together just the same. 

Our frequent date night haunts include a local American fare restaurant, the occasional movie, trips to our favorite local shops and sometimes -- just a long walk around the nearby desert park does the trick! We don't like to keep things very formal, but usually once a week we'll proclaim that it's date night and do something fun together! For us, this works perfectly for this time and place in our life. I have a feeling that one day we'll look back on this special time and remember how care-free our date nights once were -- maybe then we'll be toting around a little one with us and spending our date nights as a family! One day, one day! 

This look has been something I've been gravitating toward often -- a leather jacket, neck scarf, my favorite Billie Boots and the sweetest dress (that Scott picked out for me for Christmas) to pull it all together! I've actually been seeing the lovely Cait of Pretty & Fun rocking a similar look lately (in the same dress!), and now I'm determined to get as much wear out of it that I can before it's time to put it away for the season -- summer is nearly here in the desert, folks! 

Madewell Washed Leather Motorcycle Jacket                                                                                 
Madewell Bridgewalk V-Neck Dress (on SUPER sale)                                                                            Madewell Crossbody bag (similar!)                                                                                                        Madewell Billie Boots

Whether you're just dating, in a long-term relationship or have been married for years -- date nights are always important! What do you and your significant like to do together? Dinner dates? Movies? Concerts? Oh, we love concerts too! We've been to four in the past few weeks! Happy Tuesday, friends!

-Chelsea xo

HELLO SPRING

And just like that, it's the first day of spring! Onto a fresh season of warmer weather, sleeveless dresses, iced coffee (always and forever, but especially in the springtime), fresh scents around our home and spending lots of time with my love outdoors! 

Here's a few things that I just know I'll be obsessed with this season -- 

Standard Wax's Green Thumb candle from their spring collection! 

Madewell's Skinny Overalls -- perfect for those warm days and chilly evenings! 

Minus The Bear's new album, Voids! I seriously can't wait to see them in just a couple of weeks!

Cult Gaia's bamboo handbag! I recently purchased this classic bag in natural and can't wait to rock it all spring (and summer) long!

Our latest round of photos with Dawn Photo! I can't wait to share the full set of these, but here's a sneak peek for now! 

What are you looking forward to this spring? Anything on your radar that I should know about? Movies, music, style, blog posts? Let me know! Happy first day of spring, friends! 

-Chelsea! xo

PHOENIX IS SO HOT RIGHT NOW

Almost 100 degrees in March? Woof! Phoenix really is SO hot right now! All puns aside, though, Scott and I did our best to beat the heat this weekend and have a little fun! On Friday, we found ourselves at the coolest old motel (will share more, but see a sneak peek here!) and then followed up the evening with a dinner date + a little shopping! On Saturday, we played it easy and did some work around the house before heading out to see Death Cab For Cutie. The show was wonderful and Ben Gibbard didn't disappoint (although, he didn't play my favorite tune -- Photobooth). And today? Well, we've been taking it easy, working on a few projects, checking out the new local REI and getting prepped for another busy week! How was your weekend? What are you looking forward to this upcoming week? PS If you're interested in the fun pendant above, Scott just listed them in our shop! Happy Sunday, friends!

-Chelsea xo

FOR THE HOME -- 01 // FAVORITE SHOPS FOR PILLOWS

It's not secret -- I love me a good throw pillow! Since moving into our home (almost a year ago!), I've acquired quite the pillow collection! Different tones, textures and sizes fill my not-so-small stash, and I've found simple pleasure in switching them around and out for the different seasons. Pillows seem to have this way of easily changing up the mood of any space, and are my favorite way to quickly refresh any spot in our home! In case you've ever wondered about my not-so-healthy pillow obsession, heres a few of my favs (mudcloth included!) -- 

And just for good measure, here's a few of my favorite pillow shops --

Raise your hand if you're a pillow addict like me? Do you like to switch and swap around your pillows to create a fresh space? Favorite shop to buy pillows from?

-Chelsea xo