August 31, 2010

It's the Simple Things:



Pretty latte art warms my heart.

What has made you happy today?
-Chelsea

August 30, 2010

A Place to Write and Read

Over the summer Scott created this sweet sitting area to house some of our vintage cameras, white collectibles, Scott's handmade lights, and vintage blue two-tuned Smith-Corona typewriter.



Scott built the shelves, jar lights, and table by hand. He also had the area set up before I got home from my summer away. When I finally made it home I was in awe of the little space and un-officially called it my own. It's honestly the perfect spot to pound away on our typewriter, or read for school.

Thank you John Scott for creating me (and you) such a neat space that we both can enjoy. Love you!

Do you have a designated spot in your home where you like to read and write? Did you decorate it with the intention of spending lots of your time there?

-Chelsea

August 29, 2010

My New Old Ring

While out and about Friday Scott and I checked out a local vintage spot. I was super impressed by their vintage clothing selection, but even more impressed with their vintage jewelry section.

While looking through the cases I spotted a beautiful selection of black hills gold rings. As mentioned on here before, I am kind of obsessed with all rings, with black hills gold being among my favorite, so I was instantly drawn to them.

Many of them were either too large, or too small for my fingers (my ring fingers are about a 6 3/4). After trying on a few different rings I stumbled upon this one that fit just perfect:


After much debating Scott purchased it for me as a gift and I couldn't be happier! It's going to be my "Fall ring."

I have this sense though that maybe I should give a little background story as to why I love Black Hills Gold so much: a few years ago before my grandmother passed away she gave me a few different Black Hills Gold rings, a bracelet, and a necklace. Since her passing I've cherished each piece that much more, and whenever I look at them I think about her.

Here is one of the rings she gave me next to the one Scott bought me:


Do you wear rings? Do you have a favorite one? If so, do you have a background story behind it?
-Chelsea

August 28, 2010

Oh my, Fall Headbands

Last week I made a little comment on Sarah's blog about her possibly making her new adorable headbands in Fall colors. Well, much to my surprised Sarah was inspired by my thought and a few days later featured these adorable headbands on her blog:




Both of these headbands are so cute and I think they would be a great addition to anyones Fall wardrobe. As of now I don't see them available in her Etsy shop, but I have a feeling that that may change!

-Chelsea

The Loveliness that was Friday

Yesterday was quite the lovely day! Scott and I started our morning with a trip to Cartel Coffee Lab in Tempe to meet Courtney of Dolly and Boy. Courtney and I have been tweeting, emailing, and writing letters to one another for a few months now and it was awesome to finally meet her in person (she recently moved back to the Phoenix area from LA). Sadly, I did not get a picture with her (next time!), but I did snap a few shots of Scott and I's coffee before Courtney arrived.



The rest of Scott and I's afternoon was spent running around Phoenix (promise to share more details when I can, as I was scoping out places for my next few Downtown Dispatch blogs), and eating a super yummy lunch at Pita Jungle (a local healthy/veggie friendly restaurant that has the best berry iced tea around).


Scott and I also had the most wonderful night. We got iced tea at Coffee Bean with Gina and her friend Sebastian, and then went down to Marquee theater for the free Artists for Action show (a show that was put on to promote voting in the November election). While there I actually signed a form to have Willie Nelson (more like a recording of him) call me on the 2nd of November (my half birthday!) to remind me to vote!

I also ran into/finally met some of the most lovely people including one of my editors and friends Erica, my new friend Chanelle, one of my super sweet pen pals Elisa, and Anita whom I've been following through her blog and various other internet forms for years!

It was a super fun night and I was really happy to see some of my favorite local musicians i.e. Sam Means (Anita's husband) and Jim Adkins (singer of Jimmy Eat World).

What was your Friday like?
-Chelsea

August 26, 2010

CuCuCo Giveaway!

Hi everyone! Today we have a lovely giveaway from Rachel of the CuCuCo Etsy shop and Adore More blog. Rachel makes makes the cutest silk flower hair accessories and she has graciously agreed to give away a few pieces from her Etsy shop to one lucky Tea Talk. reader.

Rachel is offering:

One blue silk rose headband!

One rose stitched journal.

& also one yellow silk rose hair barrette.

All you have to do to enter is go to Rachel's shop and tell me what your favorite piece is! If you're interested in earning an extra giveaway you can Rachel's blog via Bloglovin' (here), but be sure and let me know with an extra comment if you do so.

The giveaway will run for one week, and the winner will be announced next Thursday, September 2nd!

Good luck everyone, and be sure to check out Rachel's blog for cute daily posts!

-Chelsea

August 25, 2010

Pumpkin Spice Waffles, Take 1

This morning Scott came over bright and early for a Fall inspired breakfast! We made pumpkin spice waffles and french press coffee.


The waffle mix we used was a spur of the moment purchase from Cost Plus, and I have to say that the taste of the waffles was definitely not a disappointment. Scott said that he could only taste cinnamon, but to me they tasted how pumpkin spice is supposed to (and not overpowering like some pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks can be).

We actually still have a little mix left-over, and plan on making waffles again soon. Next time however, we are planning on adding pecans into the mix, and maybe some eggs or hashbrowns on the side too!



What is getting you into the mood for the Fall season? Are you ready to have your first PSL? I know I am!

On a side note, today was my second full day back at school and all I can say is that I'm exhausted. Well, on a second thought I guess I can say that today I had a super yummy breakfast, a nice chat with a former professor of mine, and got to make my google reader and newly created igoogle page pretty by adding all my favorite blogs in class (yes, it was actually what I was supposed to be doing too).

How was your day today?

-Chelsea

August 24, 2010

Sprinkles: I'm obsessed

If you follow Sprinkles Cupcakes on Twitter you know that every day they tweet the secret word of the day, and if you are one of the first 25 or 50 persons to whisper the secret phrase you get a free cupcake (their pic of course). Well, it's safe to say that Scott and I have gotten at least four or five free cupcakes a piece over the last year, and the other day we were lucky enough to make the cut and get free red velvet cupcakes!






Did I mention that Scott also got a frosting shot of pumpkin spice frosting? It was amazing! They're pumpkin spice cupcakes are by far my favorite.

What is your favorite kind of cupcake?
-Chelsea

August 23, 2010

Back at the Grind

Today was Scott and I's first full day back at the grind aka the life of a busy college student. I thought I would post a few photos of what we wore, ya know, because mom wasn't there to bug me to take those first day of school photos like she did when I was young (or maybe I made her take them because I liked to).

Myself: Flowy white top, Darlingtonia bow belt, dark jeans, new Orla Kiely school bag, and Minnetonka moccasins.



Scott: grey shirt, dark jeans, and brown boat shoes (he also carried around his new North Face backpack).

Scott thought my bag would look good with this outfit (since he didn't have his backpack handy).



Have you gone back to school yet? What are you majoring in? Did you/are you going to plan out your first day outfit?

-Chelsea

Owl Case for My Mini Instax

The other day I received a super sweet package all the way from Germany! Inside was a cute owl mini instax case that I won from a giveaway that Katja was hosting on her blog.



I'm really excited to have a cute case for my instax, and plan on carrying it around more to capture all of those fun Fall memories!

-Chelsea

August 22, 2010

Black Should be Worn All Year Long



One of the many reasons that I love Gina Marie: She wears black even on hot summer days (just like me).

By the way, it feels so good to be reunited with all of my friends, especially Gina. Love you girl!

-Chelsea

Downtown Dispatch

I have some exciting news, I am now blogging for Arizona State University under the blog nameDowntown Dispatch! Back in May my friend, and fellow ASU Journalism student Jessica asked me if I would be interested in keeping a weekly blog for ASU based solely on downtown Phoenix and all the lovely things that there are to do down there. At first I was a little hesitant, for I wasn't really sure what the Fall semester would hold for me, but I am so happy to say that I accepted and I now write a weekly post about some of my favorite downtown spots. Here is my little write-up intro for my blog:

Downtown Dispatch is dedicated to all things downtown Phoenix. If you’re looking for a new place to eat, you’ve found your guide. If you’re looking for a new boutique to shop at, I’ve got what you’re looking for. If you just want to find that perfect cup of coffee, I can tell you where to go. Welcome to the blog of Chelsea Brown, a Journalism senior, caffeine addict and self-proclaimed foodie who loves blogging and taking photographs.


If you're interested in reading Downtown Dispatch you can find it here. I post once a week on Thursdays! Hope you enjoy!

-Chelsea

August 21, 2010

Sunshine Even at Night


Thank you Gina for the lovely photo. We had a swell night.

Love,
Chelsea

Tomorrow Will Bring Me Konstantine


Have I mentioned that tomorrow I am seeing one of my all time favorite bands. Yes, that one, ya know, with the song about Konstantine. Tomorrow will mark the first time that I've since Something Corporate since November of 2004. I will be seeing them in the same exact venue, but under much different, and better circumstances. I am no longer a teenager that isn't quite sure what she wants, and easily relates to Punk Rock Princess. I am a grown women that is excited to share one of her favorite bands from growing up with the love of her life.

Tomorrow will be a good night.

-Chelsea

Silk Rose Hair Tie from Cucuco

Rachel of the Adore More blog, and Cucuco Etsy shop was kind enough to send me this sweet little yellow silk flower hair tie.


Rachel sells these cute little flowers, as well as larger flower hair ties, headbands, clips, and also a few neat paper goods.


Rachels flowers are honestly the cutest, and I feel like they can really go with anything. They are simple, and sweet and can compliment any outfit. Rachel even carries darker colored flowers that I feel could be perfect for Fall.

Did I mention that Rachel's packaging is super cute as well?



Be sure and check out Rachel's blog and shop for your daily dose of cuteness!

Happy Saturday!

-chelsea

August 20, 2010

Bow Belt by Katie Kukulka

This morning I received the most happiest of package! Inside was a beautiful sand color bow belt from Katie Kukulka aka Darlingtonia Moccasin Co.! I won this pretty belt via a giveaway that Katie hosted on her blog a few weeks back.


Because I was so excited about the belt this morning Scott and I decided to do a little photoshoot near my house so I could show it off.






Now, before I go I have to tell you how lovely this belt really is! The quality is absolutely top notch, and you can really tell that Katie put a lot of time and effort into designing and creating it. From reading Katie's blog, and seeing the pieces that she makes, I just love how you can tell how passionate she is about her work, and how much love she must put into every piece she makes. Also, from seeing this bow belt I now know that Katie's moccasins must be equally amazing, and of the upmost quality. If you've been considering purchasing something from Katie's shop, I would highly suggest that you do so. You will in no way be disappointed.

Thank you again SOO much for the belt Katie! I seriously want to wear it every day and can't wait to wear it around school this Fall.

-Chelsea

August 19, 2010

A Little Art a Day Keeps the Doctor Away...

You may, or may not know that Scott and I are art enthusiasts, and enjoy roaming around the local art galleries and museums. The other day Scott and I decided to visit the Phoenix Art Museum to specifically look at the Cezzane exhibit, but also to stay out of the heat for a few hours and see some pretty art.

Here are a few photos from our trip:

This piece was actually done by a PAM employee! How amazing!

Pretty sure this was Scott's favorite piece of the day. He even bought a postcard with this painting on the front.

Scott, taking a break while enjoying a view of the city. Notice the art piece of the walking man and women in the middle.


Our view...I spy Giant Coffee, Bunky Boutique, and ASU downtown.

Lastly, one of the largest, and most interesting piece of art that we saw that day:



Do you like checking out art galleries and museums? Which ones are your favorite?
-Chelsea

August 18, 2010

Matt's Big Breakfast Take 2

This morning Scott and I went to Matt's Big Breakfast in downtown Phoenix. Matt's is this teeny, tiny breakfast/lunch restaurant that is usually very busy, and serves excellent food. Guy Fierro from The Food Network even visited it once!

Anyways, we got to Matt's around 9 a.m. and were super surprised that we were able to just walk right in and sit down to order (usually the wait is 30 minutes to an hour).

We started our meal with coffee and water, and each ordered a big breakfast for our more than hungry bellies.




Scott's toast and jelly:


My waffle and homefries:


Scott's egg omelete, hashbrowns, and toast & jelly:


The aftermath:

I honestly couldn't finish all of those homefries, but they were delicious.


What's your favorite breakfast spot?
-Chelsea