July 22, 2014

HOW TO STYLE A BAN.DO TWIST SCARF



In the summer months, I'm a big fan of pulling my hair back and keeping it up in a loose bun/side pony tail. Since my every day summer style can get kind of boring, I like to spice things up by adding a scarf to the mixture. Aside from my vintage scarf collection, I love my ban.do twist scarf! The sweet ladies at ban.do recently posted a photo of me wearing my twist scarf, and since I saw lots of questions about how I keep it on without having it fall off throughout the day, I thought It would be fun to make a tutorial to show you all just how I style mine! Keep reading for my four easy steps ---



1. Straighten your twist scarf out completely so there isn't in kinks in the fabric or wire. 2. Take the twist scarf in both hands and place the middle at the base of your head (if your hair is in a bun you can place the scarf around the bun for extra support). 3. Take each end of the scarf and twist it across your head, keeping it tight and switching hands so it's easier to hold 4. Twist the ends one more time and pull down gently to finish your twisted knot.

That's it! Easy as pie! If you like this tutorial and found it helpful, please let me know in the comments below! 

-Chelsea xo
PS This post is not sponsored by ban.do, I just love their twist scarfs so much!

July 21, 2014

MAKE A STATEMENT



Happy Monday! Another weekend has whizzed by and a new week is upon us. While today didn't start off how imagined it would (I had an awful reaction to some sinus medication), I'm not going to let it bring me down! Our kitty, Boots, must have known I wasn't feel well this morning because he was all over me - snuggles, arm grabs and kisses! He was being the sweetest! Does anyone else's cat act this lovey? Anyways, in the early afternoon Scott and I had a book store date and took a little drive to scout out some new photo spots. Even though I've lived in the Phoenix area my whole life, I still feel like I'm discovering new places and spaces every day. I guess it's just the adventurer in me always looking to find something new in my own backyard! 







Outfit details:
Madewell sweater
Gap leggings
Sam Edelman booties

Speaking of new, ILY Couture recently sent me this darling Black Opera Bib necklace from their shop and I'm loving how easily it dresses up an otherwise basic outfit. The shop owner is a sweet gal and her darling shop definitely deserves a look through! 

Have a lovely evening, friends!
-Chelsea xo

July 18, 2014

IN THE MIDDLE



Happy Friday! Scott and I are currently relaxing after a busy morning working and spending time with our niece. We were doing a little shopping with her and her momma and it was so hard for me not to purchase every cozy sweater and jacket that I saw. There are some killer deals out there right now, and I saw so many great staple pieces that would transition from year to year. I guess you could say that right now I'm "in the middle" when it comes to my summer and fall wardrobe, hence wanting to purchase every cozy item I see, but still wearing my summer duds because it's going to be scorching hot for months to come. Anyways, there's no harm in sporting pre-fall colors to get me in the mood for my favorite season. I've also been searching the shelves of World Market for any signs of their fall goodies - I need some of their pumpkin coffee ASAP! 






Outfit details:
Monroe & Harlow Celtic Knot headband
Madewell Top
Levi's leggings
Blowfish Shoes sandals (c/o)

Tonight, Scott and I are heading out for a little celebration with friends, which will include dinner and the new Zach Braff movie, Wish I Was Here. I've been waiting for ages for Zach Braff to come out with a new film and I'm sure this one won't disappoint.

What are your plans for the evening?
-Chelsea xo

July 17, 2014

TOP KNOT TUTORIAL



One of the most requested posts I get is how to do my signature top knot! Lately I've been rocking this style once or twice a week thanks to the hot summer months and the 100+ degree heat in Phoenix. I love a good top knot and how it can take you from feeling messy to put together in a snap. I also love how you can wear it either with a casual outfit for class, running errands, etc. or with something a little more dressed up and date night ready. So I thought it would be fun to finally write up and photograph my full proof method for the perfect top knot! 



1. Flip all of your hair over your head (Cousin It style!). 2. Use a brush to get out any tangles - I used my favorite Wet Brush. 3. Grab the front of your hair in one hand, and smooth/grab the backside of your hair with your other hand - then hold it all with the hand closest to your forehead. Make sure your pony tail is in the middle of your head - you don't want it too close to the front or back. 4. Lift your head up and twist from the bottom to the end of your hair, keeping it as tight as you can. 5. Twist your twisted pony tail around and around until you come to the end of your hair. 6. Take your hair tie and twist it around your knot twice, trying your best to keep the tie hidden underneath your hair. 7. Take a peek and make sure the knot is sitting just how you want it. 8. If desired, pull your knot out in places where you would like more volume and finish with a little hair spray. 



Ta-da! For a more messy look, don't tighten your hair as much and be more carefree when you're twisting your pony tail. I did this top knot with freshly washed hair, which keeps it smooth and tight. However, I usually prefer working with day-old hair so I have a little more volume and wave to work with.

Now it's your turn! If you try out this tutorial and find it helpful, please let me know! Also, if you have any questions or would like to see more tutorials, feel free to leave a comment below. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial just as much as I did! :)

-Chelsea xo

July 15, 2014

SUMMER READING LIST



Awhile back on Instagram I was asked, "What's on your summer reading list?" Well, today I thought it would be fun to share with you what books I've been getting lost in so far this summer! I do want to note, however, that I love reading but I'm not always the best at taking time the to read. I slightly blame this on college and grad school for burning me out, but now that I'm out of school, I'm enjoying getting back in the groove again. Anyways, onto the lineup ---



Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
// I picked this book up on a whim after reading through a chapter or two while at Barnes & Noble one day. You may not know this about me, but I'm a BIG fan of anything set in the South (Gone With The Wind, ya'll), so the fact that this book was set in the South AND had a bit scandal between the pages made it the perfect easy (no pun intended!) read.



Love, Nina - A Nanny Writes Home by Nina Stibbe
// Ever since reading The Perks of Being A Wallfower in high school, I've been a fan of the diary-style writing. This book follows Nina, a 22-year-old nanny who moved to London to care for two very eccentric little boys. Their stories are shared through a stack of letters sent home to her sister, capturing each mundane and out of the ordinary moments the she has while wrapped up in this world of famous playwrights, mysterious happenings, and London in the 80's. I've yet to finish this yet, but I'm really enjoying all of the humor between the pages.



Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple 
// I picked up this book before our trip to Kentucky last summer, as I was in need of a good read for our journey to and from. I instantly fell in love with the eccentric Mrs. Fox and her life in Seattle, and each page left me wondering where the story would take me next. I'll admit, I only finished about half this book at the time, but I plan on going back and reading it cover to cover. 

Now that I've shared my list I wanna know, what's on yours? 
Happy reading!
-Chelsea xo