ONTO THE WEEKEND -- 19

Hello and happy Sunday! I am so sorry for the crickets around here, but truth be told -- I've been enjoying a little and much needed break. Life has been so (wonderfully) busy lately, but it has also left me with just wanting to take a short pause and focus my full energy into all that's going on, including some time for myself to reset, refresh and relax. With all this said, though, good things are a comin' to this ol' blog of mine and I can't wait to share more SOON! Until then, though -- here's a few links + thoughts that came across my mind/caught my eye this past week:

-- I could easily call this dreamy beach house home -- via Glitter Guide! 

-- Chrissy of Harlowe James knows her home decor and this post spoke to me (as Scott just gifted me the most beautiful handmade coffee table tray)! 

-- Our small biz, Citizen Home Decor, will be selling at the spring Phoenix Flea on Saturday, March 3rd in downtown Phoenix! Will we be seeing you there? 

-- My gal pal, Tieka, has the best winter wardrobe -- just peek this darling outfit of hers! 

-- I've been dreaming of owning a blush leather jacket from allsaints for YEARS now and recently one found it's way to me (in big thanks to my love for surprising me -- he's a real keeper)! 

-- I've been catching up on my friend's Nicole blog and I LOVED this remix post she recently shared -- totally inspiring me to mix and match my wardrobe more! 

And in case you missed it on CB these past few weeks:

-- Favorite shops to browse + buy hats from!

-- Five tips for making your bedroom comfy and cozy!

-- My favorite coffee tables books and a peek into how I styled them! 

Hope ya'll are having a cozy and restful Sunday. I'll be back soon!

-Chels xo

FOR THE LOVE OF STYLE -- 01 // FAVORITE SHOPS FOR HATS

I'm just going to throw it out there -- I was destined to be a hat person! Most, if not all, photos of my dad and I growing up show him wearing a ball cap (or even sometimes a straw hat), so I feel like it was in my blood to be the same. While ball caps aren't necessarily my thing, I do love a good sun shader! I even brought one all the way across the Atlantic with me to London, Paris and back over the ocean again -- it was one of my most worn accessories during that trip, as it was great for hiding my dirty hair, haha. With all that said, though, to each their own comes without saying when it comes to hats (everyone's shape + style is so different), but if you're like me -- you like hearing about someone else's favs! 

In case you're on the hunt for a new hat for the spring season, or just feel like browsing -- here's a few of my favorite shops to browse + buy hats from --

I would love to hear if you have any favorite hat shop favorites? Or favorite hat styles? I've been loving berets this winter season (well -- actually ever since we got back from Paris!), but I know that straw hats will be making their way back into my everyday wardrobe so soon! Anyways, I hope ya'll have an amazing week and I'll be back soon!

-Chelsea xo

A DESERT WINTER

Hello there! The first week of February is here and with it has come warmer temps and longer days -- aka winter in the desert at its finest! Now that our cold snap has passed and we're back to our regularly scheduled days, I've been doing my best to pull out the warm layers while I still can. This sweater has been a favorite since October when I picked it up before our trip to South Dakota, and the skirt is my new obsession from Free People (spoiler alert -- it's a set). The mix of the two felt a bit wild, but somehow seemed to fit together so nicely for a warm desert day! 

Speaking of personal style, I shared this thought on Instagram the other day and still think it holds so much truth -- as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized a few things about my personal style — it is as different and just the same as it was growing up. I’ll forever love those causal and cool California vibes (much of those included in this outfit), and will always be open to showing my inner music gal who worked at Vans, wore band t-shirts and lots of black. I like to think my style is just an elevated mixture of the two nowadays! What about you?

Outfit Details -- 

Shop Clay Armando Hat                                                                                                              Madewell Sweater (similar!)                                                                                                              
Free People Sunset Midi (skirt only)                                                                                                  Madewell Brenner Bootie                 

I hope everyone's week is off to a great start! We've just been chugging along around here -- working on a few projects, one that you may get a peek at very soon! ;) Here's to an amazing rest of the week!

-Chelsea xo                                                                                 

AROUND OUR HOME -- 17

January singlehanded felt like the longest and shortest month of all-time! The first few days of the year seem to zoom on by post-holidays, but the rest of the month seem to creep by slowly. No complaints around here, though! We spent time re-cooping after our busiest market season yet, headed to Seattle to celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary and got ready to hit the ground running for another busy and exciting year! Ready for a few peeks into our home during the month of January? Without further ado --  

-- We kicked off the first day of the year with sandal weather! Winter never seems to stick around Phoenix long, but this year's cold temps seemed unusually short-lived. We're not complaining, though -- as long as it stays below 90 we're golden! Also, have I ever shared that I think our bedroom is my favorite room in the whole house? I love how light, bright and airy it is -- perfect for relaxing after a busy day. 

-- Can you spot our little Shadow girl? She's the eldest, tiniest and most feisty of our bunch! She prefers to not be bothered much, but does let me sneak in a few snuggles on occasion. Her bed is situated under the kitchen table, but only because this is the place she felt most safe in when we brought her in for the first time (she was an outside kitty before she moved on to house cat status). It was a not-so-secret wish of mine to own a black kitty one day, and she just fits perfectly into our brood! 

-- And here's my first -- gosh, I really do sound like a cat lady! Haha! Boots is as sweet and as naughty as they come. Somehow he seems to balance the two perfectly and is the biggest baby of them all. You'll often find him enjoying a window seat throughout the house, or tap, taping on the nearest plant to get our attention (insert hand over eyes monkey emoji here). 

I hope ya'll are having a wonderful week! Scott and I opted for skipping the Super Bowl festivities and enjoyed a nice home cooked meal + some time drawing and blogging instead. If you are watching, though, give JT a little wink for me -- will ya?! Haha!

-Chelsea xo

US -- IN NOVEMBER 2017

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I somehow forgot to share these photos that we shot with our sweet friends Kelsey and Michael on a chilly November morning. Up before the sun, Scott and I hopped in the car and headed toward the Superstition Mountains for a sunrise film photography shoot -- a first for us! Having both grown up shooting film for fun, wanting to have film photos of us taking together was on our list of things to do for quite some time. And after seeing the most beautiful photos Kels and Michael took of our dear friends, Nadia, Ernest and their gorgeous family (for real -- look at those babies!), we knew we had to make a shoot happen ASAP! 

I'll admit -- being shot on film felt a bit nerve wracking, but Kelsey and Michael made the whole experience so easy and fun. Kelsey is a master at getting "the" shot and knowing exactly how to help settle you into the the perfect position. Michael is great at keeping the mood light and throwing in a good joke here and there. I really enjoyed seeing them work as a team throughout the entire shoot and felt an instant connection to their process -- one very similar to Scott and I's when we're shooting photos or working on our small business together. 

Seeing Kelsey and Michael shoot has also inspired me to explore film photography once again. I took photography classes in high school, but have been focused on digital for the past 10+years. Shooting film feels almost like a lost art -- one I am very interesting in exploring more in 2018. 

This shoot was actually the first of two on this day with Kelsey and Michael. The second shoot was with my mom and dad + Scott and I. My folks and I hadn't had professional photos taken together since Scott and I's wedding, so it felt extra special to capture their smiles and us as a family on film in a beautiful grove near our home. We also had a big win during our second shoot -- Kelsey got my dad to smile with his teeth showing - something I'm always encouraging him to do more! 

If you're in need of family, couple, engagement, wedding or newborn photos -- Kelsey and Michael should definitely be on your radar! They're currently based in Southern California, but travel all over. They even went to Paris recently and their photos from there are breathtaking!

Madewell Kent Cardigan                                                                                                                   Ali Golden Dress via Local Nomad                                                                                                      Madewell Brenner Boot

When was the last time you shot with film, or had your photos taken with a film camera? There are so many presets out there that can create a film like look, but I swear -- nothing is quite like the real thing! 

-Chelsea xo

FOR THE HOME -- 11 // HOW TO SHOP FOR A VINTAGE RUG

I have something to admit -- I've become a bit of a vintage rug hoarder, haha! Now, I will say -- this titled was not self-given, but rather bestowed upon me by my lovely mother who says it runs in the family. Truth be told, though -- I don't mind the title one bit, as I've found myself obsessed with finding the perfect vintage rugs for our home over the past few months! It all started with this beaut that I bought from Experimental Vintage for our bedroom -- a 1960's Persian rug, and I've since added two more to our collection. Shopping for a vintage rug isn't for the faint of heart, though -- especially online, as they tend to sell quickly and it can be hard to make such a large purchase off of just a few photos (rightfully so, of course). With three, well-thought through purchases under my belt (two online and one in person), I feel totally confident in my vintage rug buying abilities and wanted to share a few tips and things I've learned to look for along the way -- along with a few of my favorite shops to browse and buy from online and in-person!

Here's a few things to keep in mind --

Size - Vintage rugs are often not standard sizes -- they might be a bit short on one size, or a bit long on another -- or even a tad bit uneven (I call that character, though). If you're buying online, your best bet is to measure out the size the rug in the area you'll be placing it to ensure it'll be a perfect. When buying in person, measuring out with your steps and comparing the space you want to place it in is your best bet (count the steps of your space before you go out rug shopping, always!). 

Budget - Setting a budget and sticking to it should always be your game plan when it comes vintage rug shopping! Size, quality and condition will come into play when it comes to pricing, as well as where you're purchasing it -- in-person may allow for a bit of bargaining and free shipping because you're walking away with it, but online may present you with more options, as well as the occasional discount and free shipping. In the end, though, know that the perfect vintage rug in your budget will come around one day, so don't let the first rug you see burst your budget!

Quality - Vintage rugs come in all kinds of fabrics and weights. If you're seeing a rug in person, be sure to ask about the fabric and pick it up to determine the weight. It's also good to ask the estimated year that it was made -- this will help you decide how well it's held up!

Condition - To me, this one is all about preference! Looking for a more well-loved rug with amazing fading and wear and tear spots? Go for it! Looking for something with vivid colors and little to no wear? I'm sure you'll find a perfect fit! Be sure to examine the whole rug and don't be afraid to unravel it or ask for more photos from the seller! 

And a few of my favorite shops to buy and browse vintage rugs from online and in-person? Here they are --

Experimental Vintage - Anna has a heart of gold and truly cares so much for each rug she sells! I've purchased two rugs from her so far, and each one has arrived super fast and very clean! Couldn't recommend her shop enough! 

Frances Loom - Kelly's collection of vintage rugs is like no other and every piece is unique and oh so beautiful! I also love the holiday stockings she sold this past year, which remind me of those tiny pillows I have in the chair on the left in the top photo -- both made from vintage rugs!

Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market - Scott and I are vendors at this awesome vintage and handmade market and we love taking quick shopping breaks when time allows, especially when we're on the hunt for something specific for our home. During the last market I picked up a mid-size vintage rug for our kitchen and I loved hearing that it came from a movie studio in LA! So crazy to think it could have been in my favorite movie (That Thing You Do)! There are lots of vendors here that sell vintage rugs and have some great finds! Would definitely recommend if you're local or visiting while the market is going on!

Shkoon - This shop is new to me, but they carry the most beautiful Moroccan rugs at really reasonable prices! The colors in some of his rugs kill me -- they're gorgeous! 

And with all that said, I am not a rug expert but do hope you guys enjoyed this post! It was really fun to write and totally makes me look like a crazy rug lady, but I'll take the title haha! I would love to know if you're in the market for a vintage rug or have any favorite shops or in-person places you love to browse or shop from? I hope ya'll have an amazing week!

-Chelsea xo