FINDING BALANCE IN A BUSY SEASON WITH ATHLETA

The busy months of November and December have this way of sneaking up on me every year, and every year I say the same thing -- I need a little bit more balance in my life during this bustling season. So what am I going to do this year to combat those busy time blues and keep the inspiration flowing? Get outside, of course! i'm thrilled to be partnering with the rad folks over at Athleta to share more about how their amazing brand inspires and empowers me to get out and be the best I can be -- all the while rocking the coziest and comfiest pieces from the brand's outerwear line! 

During the in-between moments of this busy season of life, Scott and I like to take a short drive outside of town and find ourselves among the cactus, the red rocks and the trickling water that ebbs and flows as the days go by. On this particular day, we headed out early to catch the sunrise in this beautiful place! As the month has gone by, it's also started to get quite chilly in the desert. Knowing that we would be out and about during one of the coldest hours of the day, I bundled up in my new Grandview Shell Coat, Heat Gen Flannel and Stellar Tights -- all of which helped to keep me cozy along our morning adventure. 

The Heat Gen Flannel was super toasty during our wind-filled morning! I also love the feminine cut and length that makes it easy to style with a pair of tights -- like the Stellar Tights that I can't seem to get enough of lately (they have pockets, ya'll). 

The Grandview Shell Coat is sure to be the show stopper of my closet this season, as it's lightweight and has PrimaLoft® Eco insulation. It can also be layered up or down depending on the temps of the day, and BONUS -- the tightly woven fabric not only brings stretch to the coat, but also adds a bit of style and texture.

With a mission to ignite a community of active, healthy, confident women and girls, Athleta is a brand that I am sure thankful to be partnering with this holiday season (and during the week of thanks and gratitude, nonetheless)! Knowing how powerful the bond between women can be, Athleta also stands for women and girls empowering each other to realize their limitless potential -- which is something that I couldn't appreciate and stand for more myself. We're all in this together, ladies, so let's make a splash as a team, a group, a sisterhood -- if you will!

And now, it's you turn to share -- what do you do to combat the busy blues? How do you take a step toward a more balance life? For me, getting outside is key -- but a nice, tall glass of iced coffee, an evening on the couch or even a night out with friends will do the trick! Life is all about balance, my friends -- so here's to a more balanced season with lots of adventures in tow! 

This post was created in partnership with Athleta

5 HOLIDAY DATE NIGHT IDEAS

Happy Monday, sweet friends! With Thanksgiving almost here and the official start of the holiday season just days away, I thought it would be fun to share five holiday date night ideas with the hopes that it will get your own festive ideas flowing and excited for the upcoming season! Without further ado --

1. Decorate your space for the holidays! Whether it's your own home, your bedroom of even your family's space -- decorating together can really get you into the festive spirit and is the perfect way to spend an evening together. 

2. Take a drive to see the holiday lights! Scout out the best neighborhood(s) in your area and take a drive with your loved one to see all the festive and colored lights your neighbors have put up to celebrate the season. Bonus tip -- make a fun holiday playlist + bring a thermos full of hot coco to sip on while you drive. 

3. Bake Christmas cookies together! This is by far one of my favorite holiday traditions ever, and baking cookies with your loved one feels that much more special. Bonus tip -- this is my favorite sugar cookie recipe!

4. Visit your local tree farm (or lot for all you city dwellers) + bring home a tree (even if it's a mini one)! Picking out the perfect tree is a fun way to spend a chilly, holiday evening! Don't forget to bundle up and pack a hot drink to sip on while you pick out "the one."

5. Have a holiday themed movie night! Love Actually, Elf, The Holiday, A Charlie Brown Christmas, etc. -- pick a handful of favorites and settled in for a night of holiday goodness! Snacks are also a must, so don't forget the candy cane joe's joe's and hot coco with whip cream! 

I would love to hear your own holiday date night ideas! Or even your favorite holiday traditions! Please share, sweet friends! And happy holidays! I hope ya'll have an amazing week! 

-Chelsea xo

FOR THE HOME -- 08 // FAVORITE SHOPS FOR HOLIDAY HOME DECOR

It's official -- the countdown is on for when it's socially acceptable to put our Christmas tree up, haha! I feel like this fall has gone by in a flash, and with Thanksgiving nearly here -- I find myself already dreaming of the holiday decor that will soon hang in our home. We're pretty traditional around here, as we love our tree with the colored lights, handmade ornaments and favorite pieces from the past, along with knitted stockings and fresh garland, of course. However, Scott and I do love to switch things up and see what's new in the stores + find inspiration in different styles and colorways that seem to be popping up for the holidays nowadays. With all that said, I know that holiday decor can be a very personal choice, but if you're like me -- browsing the new-in holiday decor feels extra exciting and it's the perfect way to start to get into the holiday spirit! Oh, and a little inspiration never hurt anyone -- right? ;)

In case you're on the hunt for new holiday home decor, or just feel like browsing through some pretty bits and pieces, here's a few of my favorite shops to browse + buy holiday home decor from --

I would love to hear if you have any favorite stores for shopping holiday home decor! Come Friday, our home will be in full on Christmas mode -- but until then, I'll just keep browsing + planning every inch of our holiday home decor. Anyways, I hope ya'll are having a great weekend and I'll be back soon!

-Chelsea xo

EASTERN SOUTH DAKOTA TRAVEL GUIDE: PART 4

Hello! I'm back with the final part of our South Dakota travel guide! In case you missed part 1part 2 and part 3, Scott and I partnered with the kind folks at South Dakota Tourism to venture around the eastern part of their beautiful state in early October! Today, I'm sharing all our last full day in SD, which includes a diner breakfast date, sight seeing in Brookings, lunch + sweets in Sioux Falls, more apple picking and of course -- sunset at the Falls Park!

Scott and I woke up early on our last full day in South Dakota and headed downtown for breakfast at Cook's Kitchen -- which we quickly learned was the hippest place to be on a Sunday morning! After a few hot coffees + a classic diner style breakfast, Scott and I hopped in the car and took a little drive through town before we started our trip back Sioux Falls. Among our stops along the way -- Coughlin Campanile, a 164 foot fall chimes tower on the South Dakota State University campus, and a rad "Brookings" mural that caught our eye as we were driving on by!

After a few stops and a drive around town, we hit the road and headed back to Sioux Falls for lunch and an afternoon of exploring. Once we made our way back into town, our first stop was lunch at the Bread & Circus Sandwich Kitchen. This cute eatery was nestled away just down the street from our hotel and was the perfect place to enjoy a little lunch date on an autumn day. 

Scott and I both opted for specials off of their season menu and were super excited with how quickly they came out (we were starving at this point, haha). Both meals were super delicious and we were only sad that we weren't going to have the opportunity to come back here again during this trip -- everything on their menu seriously sounded so good! Until next time, B&C!

After lunch, dessert sounded like a must -- so we headed back to downtown Sioux Falls to check out a local favorite, CH Patisserie! Opened by a world champion pastry chef, this sweet little shop gives off all of the Parisian vibes and served up some amazing macarons, puff pastries and tiramisu! Scott and I had a hard time choosing just one dessert, so we ended up getting three and splitting them -- best decision ever if you ask me!

It also didn't hurt that their building was too cute on the outside and definitely fit my color palette of the day, haha! Anyways, after dessert it was time for coffee and we had heard that Coffea Roasterie was the the place to go -- so we made the chilly walk through down the street and grabbed a couple of coffees to warm us up (well, one at least -- I swear, you can't take our iced coffee away from us, even in cold temps!). 

After we sipped our coffee and spent a little while warming up, we decided to take one last stroll through downtown to peek through the shops -- Unglued being one of our favorites, and then to head on back to our hotel before our next adventure, one more apple orchard that I just couldn't get off my mind! 

The quick drive down to Hoversten Orchards felt like something out of an autumn filled movie -- colorful with signs of fall everywhere, old barns + fields of corn as far as the eye can see! We didn't have a lot of time to spent at Hoversten's since we wanted to be back at Falls Park for sunset, but the time we did spend there felt pretty special with rows and rows of every kind of apple you kind of think, along with the nicest staff and two sweet gals that so kindly snapped a non-selfie photo of us together! I plan on sharing more about our time there soon, but for now -- just imagine you were apple picking with us in the photo below. ;)

And for the last big stop of our trip, we made our way back to Falls Park for a view of the falls at sunset! The golden light peeking through the trees gave the whole area a warm glow that really helped set the mood for our last night in Sioux Falls. Scott and I both couldn't be more grateful for this opportunity, and would highly encourage everyone to add South Dakota to their travel list soon! This state is SO beautiful and has so much to offer! 

And before I go, Scott and I filmed a vlog while visiting South Dakota! I hope ya'll enjoy it, as we had so much fun filming it! 

Well friends, that about wraps up our time in beautiful South Dakota! I have a few more photos + stories that I plan on sharing here soon (mostly about apple picking, haha), but I just want to thank everyone who sent us suggestions and rooted us on along the way -- Scott and I love traveling SO much and we're so thankful that we get to experience new places together and share our photos and stories with ya'll here! If you would like to see more travel content around these parts, be sure and let us know!

And lastly, a massive thank you is in order for our friends over at South Dakota Tourism for sponsoring this post and inviting us to their gorgeous state during my favorite part of the year! Scott and I are SO grateful for opportunity and can't wait to go back again one day soon!

-Chelsea xo

EARLY NOVEMBER DAYS

Oh, Saturday -- I see you right there! How's it going, friends? I know you don't typically see me around these parts during the weekend, but I wanted to pop by to share a comfy + classic outfit that I've been rocking this fall. While denim is my go-to year round, it's really the top + accessories that pull together this whole look for me! My beloved Sezane blouse was a cheeky purchase one late night/early morning when I just couldn't sleep (and the new collection from Sezane just happened to be coming out that day, haha), and the bag is a Sezane souvenir from our time in Paris -- both of which help lend a hand in giving this #ootd a very Parisian vibe.

Aside from feeling/dreaming of those Parisian vibes, which I've been posting more about on Instagram this week, Scott and I are spent our day beating these nasty colds and working on a few fun projects that I'm excited to share more about soon! The holidays always have this way of making the days seem so slow and fast all at once -- with a million things going on, but all at a winter's pace - slow and steady until Christmas day. With a handful of holiday markets coming our way, Scott and I are trying our best to really prioritize our time and leave space for work, play and rest -- something we're not always great at, but something we're dedicate to working on this year (and the rest). Let me know if you can related -- there's no need for the holiday blues around here, but things sure can get busy (and overwhelming) quick! 

Sezane Ninon Blouse                                                                                                              
Madewell 9" High-Rise Skinny Jeans                                                                                                    Sezane Abelle Bag                                                                                                                        Halogen Flats (similar!

I'm off to finish the day the way it started -- lounging in bed and sipping on some hot (decaf) coffee! Hope ya'll have a wonderful weekend and I'll be back soon!

-Chelsea xo

ONTO THE WEEKEND -- 15

Hi friends! I'm so sorry for the crickets around here the last few days -- Scott and I both got hit with a nasty cold that seems to still be lingering, much to our dismay. However, we are in good company with our furry friends by our side and lots of hot tea + move nights happening around here. We'll be taking the weekend to rest and catch up on a bit of work that we weren't able to get to earlier in the week, but until then -- here's a few thoughts + things that came across my mind/caught my eye the last few days as I endlessly scrolled the interwebs while lying in bed (true story - eck, haha):

-- Molly of Almost Makes Perfect is one of my favorite gals to follow on Instagram -- I love her easy + simple approach to home decor! 

-- The new Madewell x No.6 collab is SO good! This piece is making its way to me as we speak!

-- Phoenix Flea is just around the corner, folks! Will Scott and I be seeing you there this year? 

-- Have I ever shared with how much I adore Cheetah is the New Black's style? This gal is SO rad! 

-- Seeing a peek into Morgan Sezalory's Paris home on Glitter Guide was like a dream! 

And in case you missed it on CB these past few weeks:

-- Part 3 of our Eastern South Dakota Travel Guide is up on the blog! Part 4 (and fun vlog) will be coming soon!

-- Here's a peek inside our home during the month of October! 

-- Our updated home office has been my favorite place to spend my time in lately! See the full tour, here

Are we friends on Pinterest yet? Hope ya'll have a lovely weekend!

-Chels xo

/// Photo of Scott and I by the lovely Kathryn Anneliese!