FIVE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW AND BE INSPIRED BY

Back in the good old days of Instagram, our feeds were linear and our friends were always near. Today, well -- things are a bit different thanks to that darn algorithm that we're all trying to figure out how to beat, or at least get along with. So in the spirit of community, I wanted to share five Instagram accounts that I always find myself feeling inspired by! 

-- HouseholdMagNY

"Honest glimpses into our nomadic life intended to spark solidarity & inspiration no matter where you’ve landed in yours." Hailey is a Phoenix native turned New Yorker who is currently living a nomadic lifestyle with her husband and young son. She shares her daily musings on life, motherhood, travel and so much more on her Instagram and blog. I admire Hailey's honest look into her daily life and love seeing their travel photos from their monthly destinations (they're currently in Montreal, Quebec). Oh, and if you're into podcasts -- Hailey was recently on Munchin' With Moguls! Would definitely suggest giving her episode a listen to!

-- SteffysPandCs

Steffy and I go way back together to the the early years of style blogging! She's one of the most kind and friendly gals in the blogosphere who not only has such a rad style, but also a super positive perspective on life. Today, she is sweetest mum to her darling baby boy, Hudson, and shares her laid-back style, along with peeks into her home, travel, family and daily life on her Instagram and blog! Oh, and Steffy loves a good shade of orange, a common theme in her photos + style and home decor -- something that I can totally relate to, especially with the fall season quickly approaching! ;)

-- Dawn_Photo

"For The Adventurous At Heart." Dawn is an Oregon based photographer and dear friend who has a passion for travel, epic scenery and photographing the love of the most darling couples. Scott and I first met Dawn while we were in Oregon for our 3rd wedding anniversary earlier this year. She took the sweetest photos of us in an icy field and braved snowy roads to get us to the perfect spot. I love, love following along on all of Dawn's adventures via her Instagram, and if you're ever in need of an engagement, wedding, elopement, anniversary, etc. photographer -- she's your gal! 

-- ATasteOfKoko 

Koko, aka Jane, is one of the friendliest gals you'll ever meet! Jane and I first met while on a press trip to Colorado together last summer and instantly bonded over good food, beautiful scenery and wanting to get the perfect shot! Jane is a true foodie at heart and has recommendations for just about any type of food or restaurant you're looking for -- especially in Austin! She's actually the Restaurant Expert for Visit Austin and shares her daily meals, recipes, peeks into her home and more on her Instagram and blog

-- BethanyMenzel

"Take hold of that which is truly life." Bethany's laid-back style, darling kids and beautiful home make her an instant follow, but truth be told -- she has a beautiful heart and an amazing story that I love getting a peek into each day. She and her family are also gearing up for their next big adventure -- moving to Mexico from Canada to partake in Mission work, which Bethany recently share more about on her blog

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! This is by no means my complete list, which I swear is pages and pages long. I truly love the Instagram community and all of the amazing ladies I've been able to connect with through the photo-based app, even if I don't agree with how their timeline is set up. If you have any rad gals, guys or companies that I should be following -- please let me know! Happy Monday, friends!

-Chelsea xo

#STEPINTOFALL WITH ZAPPOS + MARC FISHER LTD

Sponsored by Zappos

With the end of the summer season on the horizon, the thoughts of cool, crisp autumn days have me craving an update in my wardrobe -- transitioning out those summer pieces and pulling in those fall favorites that will be seeing me through a much chillier season. With these fall days in mind, I'm thrilled to be partnering with Zappos and Marc Fisher LTD to share the newest boots in my collection that will easily being seeing me into this new season and from day to night! 

Marc Fisher LTD is one of those brands that I've always seen as being timeless, filled with pieces that are minimal and clean, and can easily see me from one season to the next. The Yatina booties are a style that I've had on my mind for a few seasons now, especially after a beloved pair of gold-toed booties from college bit the dust a few years back. I love that they make any outfit feel effortlessly chic, and are super comfortable for those long autumn days -- those of which I see myself spending all day on my feet at our local pumpkin patch, apple orchard and a haunted Phoenix tour! Ya'll, I am SO excited for fall! 

While booties, sweaters and cozy scarfs are on my mind for fall, I also know that I'll be in need of a few other styles of footwear to complete my wardrobe -- heel and mules specifically! With a few dressier events in the coming months, I definitely have a need for more casual luxe pieces that will see me through the the season. The Shiloh and Zala styles from the latest Marc Fisher LTD line are officially on my wish list, but the Yatinas in black leather may also be coming home with me soon, haha! 

Ok, friends -- who has started shopping for their autumn wardrobe? I've picked up a few things here and there, but am trying to wait to make any more purchases until the weather cooperates a bit more here in Phoenix. A black, leather pair of booties is definitely on my list, along with a few cozy pullover sweaters and cardigans! What about you? I was digging through my closet today and realized that my collection of rust tones is also at a minimum, so I'll probably add a few pieces in that hue as well!  

I hope everyone's week is off to a great start! I'm feeling those post eclipse vibes and getting way too excited for fall (I may have purchased my first bag of candy corn this week, ECK!). Scott and I are heading to a fun get together tonight and you can bet that I'll be rocking my Yatina booties with a flowy dress for good measure (and to maybe beat the heat, haha!). I hope ya'll have a rad one and I'll be back soon, friends!

-Chelsea xo

HOW TO STYLE A STRAW HAT AND BAG

Happy Monday, friends! I hope your weekend was grand! I thought it would be fun to kick off the week with an outfit that I absolutely adore (and feel so good in), along with a few tips on how to style a straw hat and bag. With summer on its way out the door, I thought it would be good to finally share these thoughts that I've had in mind the past few months -- although, I foresee the straw trend hanging on a little longer through the fall -- especially with all things rattan being so in right now! 

My favorite way to style a straw hat is with either a light colored top + dark bottoms, or a chambray dress -- both do the job of offsetting the light color + texture of the hat, but also compliment it to create the perfect combo of light and dark. Straw hats are also super versatile and can be worn many ways depending on your adventure -- they're perfect at the beach (with a swimsuit + cozy towel), great for going on hikes (especially if you purchase a tie that can be clipped into the hat so it won't blow away) and even for just a day around town where you want to make sure the sun is staying off your face while you're going in and out of the shops.

While straw hats may also seem seasonal, they've come to be a staple piece in my wardrobe that I find myself grabbing for more often than not. And if you're curious, the hat I'm wearing is from Gigi Pip who sells the most darling hats (straw, wool, felt, etc.), but I'm also a big fan of this Cuyana straw hat and the Madewell ones that they bring out seasonally. 

When it comes to straw bags, these rattan cuties have had a huge moment this spring + summer! I purchased this one a few months back from a seller on Etsy (this one if you're curious), but Free People and 31 Bits having also been adding these styles to their recent collections. I'll be honest when I sat that I'm usually not one for trendy bags, but this spring/summer I've truly loved two very on-trend bags and have no regrets in my purchases. 

Aside from all this, I like to style my straw bags similar to how I style my straw hats -- with light + dark tops and denim, with flowy dresses and also with dark tops + light bottoms. Basically, I believe rattan bags can be styled with just about anything and I see mine making its way into my fall wardrobe with ease! What about you? Are ready to set the straw aside for the next few months, or bring them with you into the cooler days of fall and winter? 

What's everyone's week looking like? Things are shaping up to be pretty low-key around here, which is perfect because the fall market season is almost upon us and I know that our days are just going to be so busy from there! Scott and I have some awesome markets lined up for the upcoming season, and I hope that if you're local (or just visiting) that you can stop by our booth and say hi! We honestly both feel SO lucky that we get to work on a business that we love so much together and we truly couldn't do it without all of your support, friends!

RayBan Sunglasses                                                                                                                                Gigi Pip Faye Hat                                                                                                                      Madewell Bandana                                                                             
Madewell Side-Tie Sweater Tank (on sale!)                                                                                          Madewell High-Rise Jeans                                                                                                                Ellen and James Bag                                                                                                                          Vince Camuto Mules    

Here's to an amazing week! And don't forget to share your thoughts on straw hats + bags with me, and if you have different styling tips of your own -- I'm all ears! 

-Chelsea xo

PS How amazing was the Eclipse earlier? WOW! 

ONTO THE WEEKEND -- 11

Happy Saturday, friends! I hope your weekend is going well! Scott and I are gearing up for a fun evening out, but before I go I wanted to share a few posts + pieces that caught my eye this week --

-- One of my all-time favorite bands, Brand New, just announced their newest album and I am STOKED! And while we're on the subject of BN, let's just say that I don't agree with everything this music journalist wrote, but I did find their article on the album + band intriguing! 

-- My sweet friend, Tiek, shared this darling outfit today! Like her, I may have already pulled out my first pair of boots for the season -- I just couldn't wait any longer! 

-- Did you hear that the A Color Story presets are now available for desktop? WOOHOO!

-- Scott and I got to be a part of a fun photoshoot for our friends over at Keep It Wild! You just may spot a familiar face on their Instagram story from today! ;) 

-- Madewell's pre-fall line is getting me SO excited for fall! These booties are officially on my wish list! 

-- If we're friends on Pinterest, you may have seen a few autumn-inspired pins making their way into my page recently! AH - I honestly can't help it! With Paris' chilly weather, rainy days and changing leaves that we got to experience while we were there, I feel like I'm already in an autumn state of mind. Raise your hand if you feel me! xo

And in case you missed it on CB this week:

-- Our home is on the West Elm blog! Woohoo! 

-- Scott and I are stoked to announce that we'll be at next month's Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market in Scottsdale, Arizona! 

-- My Grand Canyon tee from Keep It Wild has been a favorite lately! 

Don't forget to follow along on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest too, friends! Hope ya'll have an amazing rest of the weekend! 

-Chels xo

GRAND CANYON STATE OF MIND

Hello, friends! It feels so good to be back in this space sharing a daily outfit -- it feels like ages since the last one I shared! I've actually wavered a little bit over the past year on how much style content I wanted to keep sharing, which seems odd considering how long I've been posting my daily wears (eight to be exact - WOW!), but truth be told -- I still love sharing my everyday style with you guys and sure hope you still love these posts too! I feel like my style has changed so much over the years, but also not at all (if that makes sense). I guess that's just growing up, right? Let me know if you feel the same! xo

Speaking of fashion, Scott and I's rad friends over at Keep It Wild released their National Parks Collection this summer and this Grand Canyon print is among my favorites. If you've never been, I would definitely suggest checking out the GC on your next road trip through the West Coast. It's officially one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and I'm here to tell you that everything they say about it is true -- it's an incredibly beautiful place! And in case you have another favorite National Park you want to rep, like Joshua Tree or Arches, Keep It Wild has you covered! 

The weekend is almost here and Scott and I don't have much on our schedule, just a fun photoshoot with friends early Saturday and plans to clean up our home + work on our market schedule for the coming autumn and winter! I am, however, definitely in need of a trip to the nail salon! Before we left for the UK and Europe I had powder nails done and and now I need to get them taken off. I'm not really the kind of gal who gets her nails done often (I like to do them myself), but I was really wanting something that would last well during our two week trip -- and let me tell you, these powder nails have really held up! They're still basically perfect after 3+ weeks of wear -- they're just really grown out at this point and I'm too nervous to try and take them off myself (I hear they have to grind them off - eck). Anyways, they will be coming off sometime during this weekend! Have you tried powder nails before? I hear they're supposed to be healthier for your nails then gel, and a big bonus is that no UV light is required! 

RayBan Sunglasses                                                                                                                   Madewell Bandana                                                                             
Keep It Wild - Grand Canyon National Park Tee                                                                       Madewell High-Rise Jeans                                                                                                              Coach Saddle Bag                                                                                                                          Madewell Boardwalk Sandals    

Thanks for reading, friends! I hope ya'll are having a wonderful evening and I would LOVE to hear from you -- thoughts on powder nails? Favorite National Park? Thoughts on style posts?

-Chelsea xo

JOIN US AT THE JUNK IN THE TRUNK VINTAGE MARKET!

Hello! Ya'll, It's a week full of good news around here! Scott and I thrilled to share that our small business, Citizen Home Decor, will be selling at next month's Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market in Scottsdale, Arizona! We are SO excited to be a part of this amazing event and can't wait to see so many of you local folks there! It would mean the world to us if you would come out, say hi and shop some awesome vintage and handmade vendors - September 15-17th at WestWorld! Early Entry and Friday Night VP tickets are now available on the Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market website -- get your's now and let us know if we'll be seeing you there! XO

PS Happy Wendnesday, friends! This week has been a bit of a whirlwind, but I promise to be back to a normal blogging schedule here shortly! Hope you're having a great week! 

-Chelsea xo