MADEWELL POP-UP SHOP WITH CITIZEN HOME DECOR

Hey, hey, hey! Scott and I have some exciting news -- Citizen Home Decor is having a pop-up at the Madewell at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall this Saturday, September 30th from 2-4pm! Come see us, check out Madewell's new fall collection and pick up a handmade piece for you and a few rad folks in your life! If you’re local or happen to be in the area, be sure and leave a comment letting us know if you can make it! We can’t wait to see so many of ya’ll there! Also, someone please come and keep me accountable to my spending budget so that I don't go over -- I am SO weak when it comes to Madewell (my fav clothing brand!). 

-Chelsea xo

FIVE REASONS I'M EXCITED FOR AUTUMN

Happy Fall! The Autumnal Equinox is here and for once the Valley of the Sun has decide to agree and give all of us desert rats a break from the heat! With coolers temps near and in sight, I thought I would share five reasons why I'm excited for autumn - in case you're also looking for a few reasons to get excited about (let's be real, though, it seems that ALL of Instagram was stoked on fall today, haha). Without further ado --

1. Fall Decor - Decorating our home for autumn is one of my favorite traditions! When I was a kid, my mom and I would hang paper pumpkins and caricatures of black cats and witches in our house (those awesome late 80's, early 90's designs that have seem to make a come back lately). Today, Scott and I take more of a subtle approach to decorating for autumn - tiny pumpkins spread throughout, cozy candles in every room and a bowl of candy corn that I can't seem to stop refilling! Oh, and pumpkin twinkle lights -- can't forget to pull those out and hang them up ASAP!

2. Autumn Wardrobe - There is nothing quite like dressing for fall! I am ALL about cozy layers, dark colors and lots of knitwear, so to say that my wardrobe thrives most in autumn would be an understatement. My first fall purchase for the season? This cozy Madewell cardigan in the perfect autumn shade!  

3. Autumnal Coffees - Ya'll know that I love my coffee, so when the pumpkin spice drinks start coming out -- I am SO in! My favorite concoction? Black, unsweetened iced coffee with one-two pumps of pumpkin spice syrup! I also love a good maple spice latte (if you're local, head on over to Peixoto for a delicious one), and anything with hazelnut in it! What's your favorite autumn drink?

4. Autumn Adventures - After months and months of hot weather here in the dessert, autumn brings a much needed cool weather relief! Once the temps dip down below 80, it's time to throw on the sweaters and head out on a few adventures. Among my favorite quick trips and adventures? The drive up and back down the 89-A from Sedona to Flagstaff! The changing leaves along this drive are usually incredible. I also love going to nearby Schnepf Farms for some time in the pumpkin patch, hot apple cider and a walk through the corn maze. 

5. Fall Feelings - The autumn months hold such special memories for Scott and I! We met at the end of September (for the second time, but the time that really counted), got to know one another in early October, started dating at the end of October and have been together ever since. This year marks 11 years since Scott and I first started dating, and even though we're well into our third year of marriage, ever autumn still reminds me of those early days where our love was new, but was one we already knew would last forever. 

And I swear I could keep going on and on, but I'll stop (for now)! What's your favorite thing about autumn? Favorite drink? Adventure? Autumn playlist? Here's to an amazing season, friends!

-Chelsea xo

FAVORITE FALL TRENDS WITH ZAPPOS & REBECCA MINKOFF

Sponsored by Zappos

With the start of fall officially two days away, my wardrobe is starting to go through an overhaul! Summer dresses and short sleeves are being tucked away until the next warm season, and the sweaters and boots are coming out of their hiding places for another season in the cooler weather. And while most of my fall pieces are coming back from previous years, I am excited to rock a few fall trend worthy pieces and share more about those finds here with ya'll! With these trends in mind, I'm thrilled to be partnering with Zappos and Rebecca Minkoff to share the newest booties in my collection, the Annette Too, along with a few thoughts on what I'm seeing and loving this season, including Rebecca Minkoff’s fall footwear collection via Zappos!

While trends may come and go, there is one thing for certain -- classic booties will always be in style! After browsing Rebecca Minkoff’s fall footwear collection, I knew the Annette Too had to make their way into my wardrobe. I love, love a classic, leather bootie -- especially when they've got a bit of an edge to them like these do with their alternating metal studs and grommets dawning the top of the boot. I'm also big on the shade cognac for fall, and love pairing it with black to add contrast and warmth to my autumn style. Rebecca Minkoff’s fall handbag collection is full of pretty cognac colors bags, so if you're in the market -- make sure you check out their newset pieces!

A few other items on my fall trends list? Mustard hued tops and accessories, neck scarves, ruffles, fisherman style sweaters, overalls, wide-legged trousers and so much more! This autumn is shaping up to be a great one, trends and adventures included, and I am officially ready to take on the season -- pumpkin spice iced coffee in hand and my favorite autumn album playing in the background (New Leaves by Owen, if you're curious)! 

I hope everyone's week is off to a very autumnal start! Scott and I had pumpkin spice iced coffees yesterday (unsweetened black iced coffee + one-two pumps of pumpkin sauce from Starbucks), and tonight we listened to new and old tunes from American Football (another band that always reminds me of the fall). Scott and I will be celebrating the first day of autumn this weekend with a showing of Hocus Pocus (the ultimate fall movie), time spent with friends and a trip to our local market to pick up a few goodies to get the season off to a delicious start -- and you can bet that I'll be rocking my Annette Too booties all weekend (and season) long! I hope ya'll have a cozy one and I'll be back soon, friends!

-Chelsea xo

FIVE THOUGHTS ON A SUNDAY -- 01

Happy Sunday, friends! I wanted to quickly pop in here to share five thoughts I've had spinning around in my head lately. I've been feeling a bit nostalgic for the old skool days of blogging, so here's a piece inspired by the olden days of just sharing what was on your mind/what you're reading/what you're into at the moment (PS ABM has been writing similar pieces like this forever and they're some of my favorite posts come Sunday). Without further ado -- 

-- The fall collection from Sezane is AMAZING! I have my eye on this purse, but wouldn't mind having these boots either! 

-- Scott and I had the best time at the Junk In Trunk Vintage Market this weekend! We've been coming to this market for years, so it felt extra special to be a first-time vendor during their fall market. And even though we were working, I may have made a cheeky rug purchase in-between shifts -- promise to share about it soon!

-- I LOVE a good old YouTube haul video, so I really enjoyed watching this one from The Anna Edit and Lily Pebbles today!  

-- With autumn just around the corner, I've got delicious fall foods on the mind! First up on my must-make list, this white chicken chili recipe by Salty Lashes!

-- My old skool blogging friend, Steffy, wrote an interesting post on if/how Instagram has changed her lifestyle choices -- it's definitely a must-read!

I hope ya'll had an amazing weekend! The days went by so quickly around here, but it was such a good one!

-Chelsea xo

LONDON: DAY 1, COFFEE + SUNDAY ROAST

It has officially been one whole month since we landed back in the states from our European vacation! And truth be told, we got off the plane and basically started running once again - but only this time it was to prep for orders that came through for Citizen HD while we were gone, upcoming markets and and a whole lot of life admin (all good things, though!). With all that said, I'm feeling pretty stoked to revisit our time abroad and share with you all photos + stories from our adventures through the streets of London and Paris. To kick things off, we're going back to our first day in London! 

After landing in the early afternoon, we made our way to our hotel in Soho (The London EDITION -- which we LOVED) to refreshen up, stow our bags and get a recommendation for the nearest coffee shop. Much to our delight, there was a darling coffee shop nearby that was still open (a rarity we found on a Sunday) - so we made our way to Tap Coffee for a little pick-me-up and our first walk around the city. 

Tap had an ultra cozy feel to it and reminded us one of our favorite local coffee shops, Cartel Coffee. Before coming to London, we had been reminded numerous times that "iced drinks" weren't really a thing around here - which for these daily iced coffee drinkers feels like a bit of a deal breaker, but much to our surprise -- the first coffee shop we wandered to not only had iced lattes, but even cold brew (which they were out of at the time, but it's still the thought that counts)! Anyways, after grabbing an iced latte and quick snack we found a place toward the back and settled in to enjoy our coffee, people watch and get a feeling for what we wanted the rest of the day to hold. 

We were feeling pretty jet lagged at this point, so dinner seemed like our best option before turning in early for the night to get some rest and hopefully feel more awake for our first full day in London. We came to London (and Paris) with a full list of restaurants to try out, and it seemed that the closest to us was Percy & Founders, a recommendation that I found via one of my favorite UK based vloggers, Lily Pebbles. After taking in the sights and sounds of Tap for just a bit longer, we made our way down the road, past our hotel and onto the restaurant for an early dinner.

After scoring a table outside on the patio (even though the inside looked SO quirky and charming), we searched the menu for something delicious that would fill our bellies until morning. The menu was a mix of traditional English dishes and seasonal options, and since it was Sunday -- a traditional Sunday roast felt like a must! We started with the most delicious house pickles and enjoyed the cooler weather while we waited for our feast. To say it felt surreal sitting in London in the most beautiful space would certainly be an understatement.

Once our dinner arrived, Scott and I both dug in to our respective plates -- him the roast, and I the pea risotto that looked so delicious after a full day of travel. We left the restaurant with warm bellies and smiles on our faces as we walked back to our hotel on a gloomy London day. 

I hope you enjoyed hearing about our first day in London! Writing this led to a whole rush of emotions coming back to me -- ya'll, London was so, so good to us! I'll be back soon with our second day, but until then I would love to hear about your summer travels or fall travel plans! We don't have anything on our calendar just yet, but I'm already itching to take a drive (or fly) to a favorite destination! 

-Chelsea xo

OUR HOME: UPDATED LIVING ROOM TOUR

Back in August, Scott and I had some BIG news to share -- our home was featured on the West Elm blog, Front + Main! I said it once and I'll say it again -- we truly could not be more honored and can't thank the amazing team at West Elm enough for writing up such a wonderful piece on our small space! With that said, I thought it would be fun to share a few of the photos featured + a few more of our space as it is/was in the summer of 2017. Since moving into our home, I've really enjoyed being able to look back at how it was three months ago, six months ago, a year ago, etc., so for memory sake (and because I just really enjoy sharing our space + hear that a few of you are into seeing it too) here's part 1 in the series -- our updated living room! 

Our living room still remains one of the coziest areas in our home! With three large windows pouring in sunlight on the daily, this area always feels light and bright, but also oh so cozy and warm. These black leather and dark wood chair still stand as focal points in front of two of our large windows, and continue to be some of my favorite purchases to date (the one on the left is from West Elm and the one on the right was a vintage find!). 

Ya'll know I love a good statement photo or print, and this Anthony Burrill piece that we picked up in Portland has been a favorite since we brought it home. I'm also a big fan of the gold Framebridge frame that we ended up going with for this extra special piece! 

Our Article Sven couch was one of the first purchases we made for our new home and over a year later I have to say, we're very happy with it! It's comfy, cozy and pretty to look at! ;)

This West Elm marble and wood side table is a recent purchase that has really helped the space feel whole. I've got my eye on the matching coffee table, so you might be seeing that around here sometime soon. ;)

We'll just call this one the view from the coziest spot in the room! PS that fiddle fig leaf is my pride and joy! He has grown SO much since we moved in last year.

This small media console from Urban Outfitters was a bargain and is still one of my favorite pieces -- it's the perfect size for this space! While this piece is sadly not available anymore, this media console is similar and is definitely a style I could see in our home.  

My love for indigo mudcloth pillows is still going strong! I shared a whole post awhile back on my favorite shops to find the perfect pillows from -- take a peek if you're in the market (or just interested in perusing some pretty pillows). 

Our DIY entryway is still one of my favorite areas to style up! I'm really look forward to decorating it for autumn again this year -- bats + spiders will dawn this space soon! PS this mirror is such a steal for the style + size!

And a year later, I'm still fond of having the "necessities" sprinkled throughout our home -- The Magnolia Journal, fresh flowers and Standard Wax candles!

There you have it -- the full view of our updated living room, summer 2017! I'll be sharing our other spaces + rooms here soon, but in case you can't wait -- get the full scoop on our house here

-Chelsea xo