COFFEE AT BERDENA'S

If you've been reading my blog since the olden days, you'll know that discovering and trying out new coffee shops has always been a passion of mine. Scott and I met in a coffee shop back in 2006, and have been exploring new ones together ever since. Recently we tried a new-to-us coffee shop in downtown Scottsdale called Berdena's! Tucked away on the edges of old-town, this sweet shop is super bright, is decked out in the prettiest tiles from the nearby Cement Tile Shop and their baristas make the best espresso tonics in the area.

Scott and I stopped by the shop right before New Year's Eve for a little end of the year coffee date and some time out of the house post-holiday. We all know how strange that week between Christmas and New Year's can be, so we felt a little outing would do us good! The shop was quite busy (although, it was a Saturday morning), but we found a corner spot and sat down to chat all things 2017 and what's to come in the new year for us.

Berdena's is known for their avocado toast, which Scott said was delicious! I missed out on the GF bread this time around, but will definitely be getting some next time we visit the shop. I did have a slice of potato quiche, though, and it was SO good! Word to the wise -- definitely don't skip the food the next time you're there!

After we finished up our dishes, we took a stroll around the area to work off some of our breakfast and soak in the fresh air. Phoenix always has warm winters, but this year it has been extra toasty around here. I've been kind of bummed out that I haven't been able to wear all of my knits and winter coats, but we're heading to Seattle in just a few day and you know I'll be wearing all the layers and coats while we're there!  

Outfit Details -- 

Janessa Leone Alara Hat                                                                                                              Sezane Alyze Blouse                                                                                                              
Madewell 10" High-Rise Skinny Jeans                                                                                                    Marc Fisher LTD Yatina Boots                                                                                                        Sezane Farrow Bag

On Wednesday we'll be landing in Seattle and heading straight for our next coffee date! We would love any suggestions for things to do, places to see, shops to visit, coffee houses to hang in, etc. in Seattle -- thank you SO much in advance! 

-Chelsea xo

MY 3-STEP MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE

With 2018 officially on the books, a whole new decade of life is slated to come my way in t-minus fourth months! During my mid to late twenties I learned a lot about skincare, and while I'm far from being an expert, I've found a routine that really works for me and is something that I'm hoping to hone in on even morning during my 30's! I actually shared my skincare routine on the blog last July, but have since added in a new step + really focused on sectioning out my morning and nighttime skincare routines. I'm really happy with my current morning routine, so I wanted to share it here, along with a few of my favorite products + a few words to the wise on a process that has left my skin feeling so bright and clean the last few months! Without further ado --

1. Cleanse! // After I've grabbed my iced coffee and thrown my hair up into a bun, I start my skincare routine by cleansing my face. The Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser has been my go-to for nearly a year now, and I love how it leaves my skin feeling smooth and hydrated (which is especially needed during these extra dry months in the desert). 

2. Exfoliate! // Exfoliating is a relatively new step in my skincare routine and is something that has significantly help the overall look and feel of my skin! I exfoliate after I've cleansed my face, and before I moisturize! I recently participated in an educational session about chemical exfoliants with Glossier and learned SO much! The low-down is that exfoliating helps to shed away dead skin cells, deep clean your pores to bright your complexion, fight redness, along with breakouts, and encourages cell turnover. The process is still pretty new in my routine, but I am so excited to see the benefits of using a daily exfoliant as I head into a new year and decade of life!

3. Moisturize! // The final step in my morning skincare routine (pre-SPF, of course) is to moisturize! The Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream is my all-time favorite moisurizer! I've been using it for years and always find myself coming back to this product time and time again. It sinks in quickly, doesn't have a heavy scent and always leaves my skin feeling super hydrated. I use it day and night and couldn't recommend it enough! 

And there you have it -- my 3-step morning skincare routine for a combination skin gal living in the desert! And just for fun -- here's a few of my other skincare favorites that I tend to add in and out of my routine as the weather changes! 

-- Glossier Super Bounce - Leaves my skin feeling smooth + super hydrated!

-- Glossier Super Pure -- Helps to soothe redness and calm blemishes!

-- Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay -- A recent favorite that I discovered via Gal Meets Glam -- always leaves my skin looking super glowy! 

-- Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream -- My favorite eye cream that helps to reduce dark circles and puffiness!

-- Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack -- A detoxing mask that leaves my face feeling super clean!

Now it's your turn to share -- what are your morning skincare must-haves? What skincare products do you swear by? Anything new that you've been loving lately? Do you currently use a daily exfoliant in your routine?

-Chelsea xo

ONTO THE WEEKEND -- 17

Hello, friends! January has this odd way of always being an in-between month for us -- the post-holiday rush is over and it's almost time to get back to work (i.e. spring market season!), but until then -- Scott and I have really enjoyed taking things at a slower pace and getting back to everyday life. But with that said, we're shaking things up next week and heading to Seattle to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary! I can't wait to share all about our trip with you here and on Instagram while we're taking in that PNW air, but until then -- here's a few posts + thoughts that came across my mind/caught my eye recently:

-- My gal Chelsea just shared a rad post on "How to Make It as a Micro-Influencer," which I would suggest checking out STAT! 

-- This Sezane bag is the most recent addition to my collection, and I'm already dreaming of owning it in black! 

-- Our small biz, Citizen Home Decor, launched a few of our best selling designs as stickers! Take a peek and add a few to your collection today! ;)

-- Updating our bathroom is high on our home to-do list for 2018, so I loved reading this fun post on unique bathrooms via Wit & Delight!

-- I also loved this post on the art of decluttering via Harlowe James! 

-- These Madewell boots were a staple in my wardrobe last winter, and this year is no exception (PS they're on sale!). 

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

-- Five tips for making your bedroom comfy and cozy!

-- Here's a full round-up of all that we did + accomplished in 2017!

-- I've been wearing these cozy boots around the house non-stop lately! Winter in the desert is here, friends (but not for long)!  

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

-Chels xo

FIVE TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR BEDROOM COMFY AND COZY

If you were to ask me what my favorite room in our home, I would easily and quickly say -- our bedroom! It's light, bright and is truly my own personal safe haven. When we moved into our house back in May of 2016, I had high hopes for this little place of ours. The very first piece of furniture we moved in was our bed, and I remember laying there during our first night in our new house thinking that we were finally home! What a feeling that was, and today it still doesn't feel any different as I lay in bed each morning and night -- continually thankful for this place where we create memories, kiss our kitties and close our eyes each night. With all that said, though, our bedroom has come along way from those first few days and weeks in #TheApplebyHome, so I wanted to share five tips for making your bedroom comfy and cozy -- especially during these winter months when many of us retreat into our homes to beat the cold! 

FIVE TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR BEDROOM COMFY + COZY

1. Invest in your bedding! This is my #1 tip for a reason -- upgrading our bedding has made a huge change in our space and I couldn't love our current set-up more! Our linen duvet was a bit of an investment, but was SO worth the price! Our sheets were a gift, but they're bright, soft and affordable (from Costco)! Our pillows are from West Elm and Sezane -- both of which were investment pieces, but similar styles can be found at Home Goods and Target! 

2. Surround yourself with sentimental pieces! While it's important to us to not have our bedroom feel cluttered, it's also important to have our space be filled with sentimental pieces. Photos of loved ones, treasures from past travels, trinkets and photo strips from our dating days. It's really those sentimental pieces that make a space feel cozy and just your own. 

3. Bright and white is never a bad way to go! I've said it once and I'll say it again -- don't be afraid of white bedding! It may get dirty, but you can always wash it! I'm also a big fan of white paint in bedrooms -- it really helps to make a room feel bigger and full of light! 

4. A tidy space leaves room to dream! Our bedroom is the first space in our home that I'll clean, because waking up to a messy bedroom leaves me feeling all out of whack! Let me know if you're the same! 

5. Don't forget to make it your own! At the end of the day, your bedroom is a space for you! You won't often have guests coming to and fro, so make it a place that you enjoy and dreaming of coming home to. If bright and white isn't your thing, make it dark and moody! If you're in need of a spa like retreat, add in a few features that make you feel like you're sleeping at a resort. Be true to you and every day you'll find yourself leaving your bedroom happier than when you entered. 

Does anyone else treat their bedroom like their personal safe haven? Our kitties, Peter, Boots and Shadow, are also big fans of our cozy and comfy space. You'll often find Peter here, curled up next to a pillow with his brother, Boots, cozied up at the end of the bed. Shadow, on the other hand, is a fan of our vintage rug that sits on the floor next to Scott's side of the bed! Anyways, I would love to hear your tips for making your bedroom your favorite space! Oh, and which side of the bed you sleep on! I always want to sleep closest to the wall, so my side sometimes rotates when we we travel, but the left side of the bed is all mine! 

-Chelsea xo

MOMENTS FROM 2017

What a year we had! 2017 was the year of so much growth and change in the Goodson household and one that won't soon be forgotten. I recently shared a recap of the past year on Instagram Stories, but wanted a more permanent piece to live here on the blog. So without further ado ---

We started the year off with a trip to Portland, Oregon to celebrate our third wedding anniversary! We met the amazing Dawn Photo and she took photos of us on the most beautiful cliffside near the the Columbia River Gorge! We spent our days in Oregon exploring more of Portland, sipping lots coffee and taking a short road trip to Cannon Beach. It was surely the best way to start off the new year!

Once back home, we started focusing more time on our space and working to update things in house here and there. Our sweet little home is still a work in progress, but it's surely our favorite place to be!

In February, Scott had surgery to repair a few damaged nerves in his left hand. He's doing so much better today, and we truly couldn't be more grateful! In March, we also had a booth at the spring Phoenix Flea -- Scott's first market back post-surgery, and it felt so great to see him back out there doing what he loves!

Toward the middle of March, Dawn came to town and we had the most amazing time shooting in the desert at one of our very favorite spots! This evening truly felt like magic and we'll surely cherish these photos forever and ever!

Man, March sure was a big month! I had the honor of partnering with one of my all-time favorite brands, VANS! We partnered up for a week long style-a-thon to celebrate their classic styles. This partnership was a dream come true and something I'm still pinching myself about! 

April was another huge month for Scott and Citizen Home Decor! Did you know that you can now find our handmade pieces all throughout Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and Flagstaff, Arizona (along with online, of course)? Our small business continued to grow and flourish in 2017, and we sure can't wait to see what 2018 will hold for us! 

In May, I turned 29 and welcomed my last year of my twenties with open arms! I shared one of my most favorite posts of the year to celebrate the special day. It's crazy to think that my birthday is now only four months away and I'll be entering into a whole new decade! How did this happen, ya'll? I was barely 21 when I started this blog! 

We also welcomed our dearest friend's newest baby girl into the world in May, and had the honor of taking her photos just minutes (literally) after she was born. It's surely an experience I'll never, ever forget. 

I was also featured in a print magazine, Luxe Design! I've been writing for years (I was a reporter in another life), but seeing your name in print definitely hasn't lost its charm! 

Scott and I also spent some time in San Diego, California, visiting our besties and soaking in the sand and salty air. We had the best time in SD and hope to go back again this summer! 

June was a bit of a whirlwind as we prepared for our across the pond trip and worked hard on Citizen HD, but in late June we headed to Salt Lake City to celebrate the 4th of July. We had also had the chance to visit the #CentsOfStyleWall, which is just as cute as you would imagine. 

July was also a huge month for Citizen Home Decor, as we were welcomed into the West Elm Local family! You can now find select Citizen HD products at the Phoenix and Scottsdale West Elm locations! Just typing that gives me butterflies! 

At the end of July, Scott and I hopped the pond and headed to London, England and Paris, France for a two week European vacation! This was my first time in Europe in about ten years, and Scott's first time ever --- so it felt extra special to be experiencing these beautiful places together! 

While in London, Scott and I had the chance to experience the infamous teahouse, Sketch! It was one of the first reservations I made when we confirmed our trip and it was everything I hoped it would be and more! 

After spending a handful of days in London, we hopped on the Eurostar and headed to Paris, France! I'll admit, going to Paris felt a bit intimidating since my French is subpar and I had a not-so-friendly experience previously in France, but truth be told it was a magical place and we had an incredible time exploring this romantic city together!

Word to the wise -- never ever underestimate the power of taking a walk along the Seine River!

In August, Scott and I had some BIG news to share -- our home was featured on the West Elm blog, Front + Main! It was such an honor to have our home featured and it was definitely one of those "pinch me" moments of 2017!

The month of September brought our first time as a vendor at the Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market! This three day market was a big step for our small business, and we already can't wait for our second Junk market this coming April!  

October was a busy month around here and we kicked it off by heading to South Dakota for a weekend of fall weather, exploring new cities and getting to see these beautiful autumn colors at their peek!

October also held to two very celebrations -- Scott and I celebrated 11 years of love AND he turned 29 just days later! It's crazy to think how young we were when we got together, but I truly feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to grow up and experience so much of life together during all those years before we were married. We waited over 7 years before we tied the knot, and while at the time I might have told you I wished we had gotten married sooner (we were just so in love!), today I look back and see the value in waiting all those years we did because today we are SO strong because of it! 

In November, we were welcomed into the newly-formed Mezona Market family and feel so honored to have a home in this beautiful, locally owned collective shop in downtown Mesa! Here we are during the opening party, surrounded by friends and loved ones -- celebrating those great days and months to come in this beautiful shop! 

We also celebrated the start of our busy season with a little shoot in the cotton fields with our dear friend, Katie! Katie and I were introduced earlier this year at my full-time job and I truly couldn't be more grateful for all the love and support she's shown us this year! She's also super amazing at anything she puts her mind to and is as sweet as they come! 

Scott and I also celebrated another successful Small Business Saturday at Phoenix Flea! It was by far our busiest market yet and we felt so blessed to have been a part of this beautiful day for another year! 

The end of November through December was a bit of a whirlwind --  we sold at 10+ markets, got ready to celebrate the holidays, shot the most darling family photos with our talented friends, Kelsey and Michael, baked cookies and made fudge, celebrated Christmas with our family and friends and shared a whole lot of fun posts here on the blog! What a beautiful end of the year we had!

2017 was an incredible year in so many ways, but Scott and I sure are excited to see what 2018 will hold of us! Here's to an amazing year, friends! We can't wait to share all about it here with you, just as we have for the past 8+years! ECK! Here's to 2018!

-Chelsea xo

COZY IS KEY WITH BEARPAW & 6PM

Sponsored by 6pm!

Happy New Year! When the clock dawned 12:00am last night a new year began and everything started fresh again. To kick things off around here for what's set to be an incredible year, I wanted to share a few thoughts on winter wear! With the winter season in full swing, I find myself looking for any and all ways to stay warm and cozy during these abnormal temps we're having here in the desert. Growing up, my mom always told me that as long as I kept my head and feet warm I would never be cold. That little piece of advice has stuck with me ever since and is something I always think about when bundling up for the day. In high school, I dawned a cozy pair of fur-lined boots almost every day during the cooler months -- the nickname "Boots" was given to me during that time period and is still something I'll respond to -- just ask my longtime friends. Becuase of this, partnering up with Bearpaw & 6pm felt like a natural fit, because really -- it was time you knew of my love for cozy and comfy boots!

And now that 2018 is officially here, it's time to get working on laying the foundation for a truly wonderful year to come! Today is all about rest and relaxation, and tomorrow Scott and I go full swing back into our everyday work routines. We've been contemplated a lot on what we want to accomplish this year, personal and work related, and I have to say -- things are really shaping up to lend their way to a beautiful year!

I hope your new year's day is off to a great start, friends! We're keeping this pretty cozy and spending time at home with our kitties in tow (they've been glued to me lately, which is SO sweet), but come sunset you can plan on finding me right here in truly one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen! Don't forget to peek these Bearpaw booties if you're in need of something cozy and comfy to start 2018 off right! Here's to all the good that this year will bring!

-Chelsea xo