December 31, 2011

The New Year



Every year around this time I find myself contemplating what my goals should be for the new year. I usually write out a lengthy list, and often left it fall to the way side. Throughout the year, a handful of the goals are met (I usually write them with goals I know are definitely possible, and not super unrealistic), but I feel like this is not enough. My hope for 2012 is to meet small, reachable goals that will allow me to approve upon myself. Sometimes I feel I get so caught up in the rush of school, staying up-to-date with everything I'm involved (something I am more than thankful for each and every day), and worry about so many things that are out of my control. In the new year I would love to worry a little less (ok, maybe a lot, but we'll see), focus more on who I am becoming as an adult, cherish each and every moment I get to spend with Scott, and make this year one to remember.

Other small goals:
-take photographs just to take them
-write more letters
-read more
-do more freelance work
-wake up earlier
-not let a bad morning ruin my entire day
-use our film cameras more
-bring my new found healthy eating routine into and all the way through the new year
-make many, many more happy memories
-update my Flickr account at least every other day

What is your outlook on the new year?
Until 2012!
-Chelsea xo

December 30, 2011

Winter Coffee



The last few mornings (and afternoons) I've found joy in drinking Stumptown Coffee from my new dishes (a lovely Christmas present from Scott). Sometimes it's nice just to sit back and breathe for a moment. Here's to more moments of "breathing" in 2012.
-Chelsea

December 29, 2011

Jane By Design Style Challenge #5

I'm so excited to announce that I've made it to round #5 of the Jane By Design Style Challenge! Yahoo! Thanks to all of you sweet readers for helping me make it this far! Again, the challenges have been a lot of fun, I'm so excited to be continuing on in the interview process!

So for challenge #5 Jane, Gray's assistant, told me about how her life is a constant juggling act. Sometimes she doesn't even have time to change her outfit between her daily work schedule, and a high fashion event. Jane said it's so important to be able to change up your outfit in a snap, so my next challenge was centered on this idea. I was told to get into my Jane By Design trunk and pull out the plain, white button-shirt. I was then told to style it up on my dress form for a look fit for a day at the office, and then style up the same shirt for a dressy cocktail party.

For my daytime, work outfit I styled up the classic white shirt with a black cardigan, and a black and grey knee-length skirt. Black, white, and grey is a classic combo (my go-to color scheme in fact), and I thought the cardigan and skirt felt very appropriate for a day at the office.


I added my favorite Tiffany's necklace, and a pearl bracelet with a silver heart hanging from it. I feel both pieces of jewelry are absolutely timeless, and add something special to the outfit.




To round off the outfit I added a classic, black Coach purse, and my favorite pair of black flats. Each garment is comfortable enough to wear during a long day at the office (no heels and chunky jewelry to wear you down while you're running around), but each piece is also classic, and oh so chic. You can never go wrong with a little Coco Chanel inspiration!


For my cocktail party ensemble I decided to trade the black cardigan in for a black, moto-style, faux leather jacket, and swapped out the skirt for a shorter, more flowy skirt with a little bit of shimmer to it!


I also switched out the day-time jewelry for a sweet, silver owl locket. This piece is a little bit chunkier, and brings a hot trend to the outfit. Owls are so in this season, and I love the idea of bringing a little bit of nature into an outfit.


I rounded off the cocktail attire outfit with a mini-wedge, peep toe shoe, and also a brown leather clutch. The clutch was made from recycled, vintage materials and also has a little bit of shimmer on it (similar to the shimmer on the skirt). To me, the clutch is the statement piece that I feel every dressy outfit needs. It also has a great story behind it, and is something I'm more than proud to show off (it can also fit easily into my day-time bag, bonus!).


So now that you've seen my day-to-night outfits, head on over to the Jane By Design Facebook page and leave a comment letting me and the sweet people at ABC Family and Jane By Design know what are your day-to-night styling tips! Don't forget to say that Chelsea from Tea Talk sent you as well! It would TRULY mean so much to me! Also, If you're in need of some inspiration, check out this sweet video clip from Jane By Design!

I'm absolutely loving being involved in this awesome challenge, and feel so honored to have made it this far! Thanks again for all of your support, and here's to hoping I make it to the next round! I really, really want to continue on in the interview process! I'm getting so close! ECK!


Also, the Jane By Design premiere is almost here! January 3rd is when the show first airs on ABC Family, and I can hardly wait! Did I mention that whoever wins the challenge gets to have their blog's name mentioned on the show? How amazing would it be to be able to hear "Tea Talk" on Jane By Design? I think it would be more than a dream come true!
-Chelsea xo

December 28, 2011

What I'm Trying To Say

Winter break has been more lovely than I could have ever expected. Scott and I both got great news about our Fall semester grades, we went on an awesome trip to Las Vegas, had fun shopping around and enjoying the holiday cheer, and had an amazing Christmas. What I'm trying to say is that I'm so thankful for our sweet life together, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for us!





The title of my blog post today might have been inspired by something else. For years I've said that if I could own one record, it would be Stars' Set Yourself On Fire. Since high school I've been obsessed with the band, and we even saw them once a few years ago in downtown Phoenix. Their records are fairly rare, and Set Yourself On Fire is even more rare than all of their other ones. Finding a US or even European of it seemed almost impossible, but I've been letting my heart wish away for years now.




So for Christmas the sweetest man in the world track down a copy of the European edition of Stars' Set Yourself On Fire on ebay and purchased it as a present for me! It arrived all the way from Germany last night, and I have to say, my heart couldn't be any more full. I'm so thankful for having such a kind, loving man in my life. Thank you John Scott, I will cherish it forever.







Today Scott and I have to get a few things ready for some scholarships we are applying to. I also have some cleaning and de-cluttering to do, as well as a few fun blog related things. Tonight we're going to an annual holiday party that we always look so much forward to!




Outfit details:
She //
Cardigan: Banana Republic
I HEART Ronson blouse: c/o Jcpenney
Pants: Levi's
Shoes: Minnetonkas

Him //
Button-up: Eddie Bauer
Commuter khakis: Levi's
Shoes: Clarks Dessert Boots

What are you up to today? Are you having a nice winter so far?
-Chelsea xo

December 26, 2011

Jane By Design Style Challenge #4

I'm so excited to announce that I've made it to round #4 of the Jane By Design Style Challenge! Thanks to all of you sweet Tea Talk readers for helping me get this far! I've been having so much fun with these challenges, and I'm so excited to be continuing on in the interview process!

So for Challenge #4 we were asked to open up our Jane By Design trunks and pull out the holiday sweater inside. Upon first glance, this sweater looks truly like a "grandma sweater", but we were asked use our creative eye and envision something spectacular being created from it! Then we were asked to put our vision into action and create something that could be the next hot holiday trend for 2012.



After staring at the sweater for a bit, I decided I wanted to use my current favorite winter trend and combine it with some holiday cheer. The result: the holiday tunnel scarf was born!


Turning this "grandma sweater" into a stylish, and cozy holiday tunnel scarf was quite a simple process. Part of our challenge is to give you a step-by-step description of how I made my new holiday trend creation! All you need is a pair of scissors, black thread (or whichever color matches your sweater), a needle, and a pretty ribbon!


Step 1: Lay the sweater flat and cut straight across, just below the armpit so you have a fairly straight line all the way through the top.

Step 2: Fold over and hem the top part of the sweater all the way around where you made your cut. This prevents fraying, and will give your scarf a nice roundness to it.

Step 3. Starting from the bottom, sew the button section of the sweater all the way to the top. This will prevent the sweater from opening where it would usually unbutton.

Step 4: Take your ribbon and tie it around the back section of your new tunnel scarf. This will keep your scarf pinched together so it stays rolled up nicely, and will add a little extra sweet detail. I chose red to add a pop of color to my tunnel scarf!


And you did it! Super simply, and very fashion forward! Now you can rock some holiday cheer while still looking very chic! If you're feeling adventurous, you can also drape the scarf around your shoulders for a more covered, cape look. It would work perfect if you had a sleeveless top that you wanted to layer up for the holidays!








Wait! I have one more granny chic trick up my sleeve! I'm kind of obsessed with coffee cozies (it seems like I always have a hot coffee in my hand during the winter months), so I though it would be fun to take some of the leftover fabric from my sweater and make a holiday coffee cozy for my warm drink!




The process for making this cute, coffee cozy is very simple as well. All you need is leftover fabric (I used the shoulder section from my sweater), and a needle and thread.

Step 1: Turn fabric inside out and sew the two open edges together.

Step 2: Turn your new cozy inside out.

Step 3: Go out and get a hot drink and enjoy your new holiday coffee cozy!



And there you have it! The two hottest holiday trends for 2012! I'm absolutely loving the holiday tunnel scarf and holiday coffee cozy, and plan on keeping them around until Scott finally convinces me it's time to put away the Christmas decor. Rest assured though, you will definitely be seeing both of theses as soon as the holidays come around in 2012! I already can't wait!

So now that you know what I think will be the hottest trends for holiday 2012, and have seen how to make them, head on over to the Jane By Design Facebook page and leave a comment letting me and the sweet people at ABC Family and Jane By Design see your holiday and other awesome DIYs! I'm always so amazed to see fun DIY's, and can't wait to see what you all have been creating lately! If you're in need of some inspiration, check out this sweet video clip from Jane By Design! Don't forget to say that Chelsea from Tea Talk sent you as well! It would TRULY mean so much to me! I'm loving being involved in this awesome challenge, and would absolutely love to be able to continue on in the interview process! Thank you again for all of your support! Crossing my fingers and toes for this one!
-Chelsea xo

Holiday Spirit

I had a really wonderful Christmas, and I'm so thankful for the amazing people in my life. I hope you all had a lovely day as well! I ate way too many Christmas treats, and saw Young Adult (which was strangely awesome). It really was a lovely holiday, and I'm a bit sad to see it go.



So to stay in the holiday spirit (we still have new year's!), I'm still mixing red and green. This cozy look is one of my favorites. I just love layering this jean vest with a cozy sweater, and the red scarf is a new fav. Like I said, this winter is all about being cozy!





Today Scott and I are going to brave the mall for a few exchanges, and also to check out some holiday decor. Growing up it was a tradition to get up really early with my mom and grandma and head out to Dillards to pick up pretty Christmas decorations at an amazing price. At one point my mom decided we had too many decorations (I don't believe in such a thing!), so we haven't gone in a few years, but this year I have my eye on two special stockings that I think I need for next year (if they're the right price, of course!).




Scott and I have around a week left of holiday vacation (it goes by way too fast!) and we want to make the best of it! I'm thinking a few trips to downtown Phoenix are in order, along with a few fun dates, and a trip to see the snow! Every year we head up north to get a full-on winter experience. We always freeze our bums off, but getting to have a real winter experience is SO worth it. Last winter I spent five or so days in Vail, Colorado and got my fill of the snow, but this year I'm just dying to get to the snow!


Outfit details:
Scarf: c/o Lulus
Vest: UO
Sweater: Banana Republic
Top: Levi's
Leather bracelet: c/o Lulus
Jeans: Levi's
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

Did you have a nice holiday? What are you up to today?
-Chelsea xo

December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays!



Wishing you all a very happy holiday! Hope today is full of love, cheer, warmth, and yummy coffee.

Love,
Chelsea & Scott

December 23, 2011

Now accepting sponsors for the month of January!



December has been a very magical month. Scott and I have celebrated the holiday spirit in full force, and have been more than enjoying our time off from school. We went on a little vacation to Sin City, and have been drinking more hot coffee than we ever have. I've been staying extra busy with amazing opportunities in the blogging world, and I have to say, I am one lucky lady and feel so thankful for all of the love and support I have received from the blogging world this month and the past year.

I'm am very excited for January and the new year! I'm ready to embrace another semester of grad school, take in the beautiful winter weather, continue on with my everlasting passion for blogging, turn another year older, and take on whatever may come my way. I just know it's going to be an amazing month and year full of love, adventures, friends, and so much coffee!

I would love to have you as a sponsor in January! It's going to be an amazing month!

To purchase an ad spot and learn more about my blogging stats, check out my sponsor page, and email me at Chelsea@Chelsea-Bird.com.

-Chelsea XO