CAPTURE YOUR LOVE

Happy Thursday, friends! I'm back tonight to share a few more photos from our spring shoot with our rad friend Dawn (who we met in Portland this past January)! Dawn recently sent us a beautiful gallery full of the most special moments - in the desert, at home, by the Salt River -- everywhere we love! Scott, Dawn and I did a full tour of Phoenix while she was here, and to say that we had a bit of fun would be an understatement! Anyways, I couldn't help but share just a few more (for now, at least)! I'm still so obsessed with the orange glow of the desert photos, and how perfectly Dawn captured our love in our tiny home! 

I feel like I truly can't say this enough, but don't ever, ever underestimate the joy of having photos taken with your loved ones! It's true what they say -- a photo is worth a thousand words (plus more, in my opinion)! Have fun with them -- dance, relax in your home, hold your furry pets. It's all about capturing those moments in time that seem to go by in the blink of an eye!

Thank you SO much to Dawn for capturing these moments + making Scott and I look REAL cool! ;) // 10 1/2 years later and I still get all googly eyed looking at cute photos of this boy! If only you could see the first few photos I saw of him -- picture lots of stripes and the lankiest, brown-haired boy you ever did see! Here's to love! And capturing your love, friends!

-Chelsea xo

All photos taken by the wonderful Dawn Photo

WARMIN' UP

Ya'll, summer is officially here and yesterday was the fourth hottest day on record in Phoenix! Say WHAT! It's crazy to believe, but the temps have officially hit 119 degrees and there is no cool down in sight (well, not yet at least -- but thankfully monsoon season is on its way). Hot temps aside, the past few days have been a bit of a whirlwind with the pop-up shop we had Saturday, the start of a few home updates and Scott being in a major crunch period to finish a big project for a major retail store (promise to share more soon - eck!). All in all, good things have been coming our way lately and we couldn't feel more blessed! Summer is known as the slow season for many, but I truly don't see this summer going by slowly at all! 

Lately, this look has been my go-to (even in these hot summer temps) - high-waisted skinnies, a sleeveless top, comfy booties and my new favorite rattan bag that has been coming everywhere with me lately! It may not feel like a super summery outfit, but I sure feel good in an outfit like this! I guess that's what style is all about, though, right? Wearing what makes you feel best and weaving in trends and popular styles as you see fit! Or, at least that's what I've been telling myself lately! ;) Can anyone else relate? Raise your hands, friends if you hear me!

Madewell Bandana                                                                            
Madewell Side-Tie Sweater Tank (on sale!)                                                                                       Madewell High-Rise Skinny Jeans                                                                                                    Ellen and James Rattan Bag                                                                                                             CAT Footwear Kersten Booties (c/o)

Do ya'll have any plans for the rest of the week? Scott and I will be chugging along with our home projects + getting his big project finished up by the end of the week! We don't really have any other plans yet, but I'm looking forward to just relaxing after a few busy weeks! We do have a few really neat things in the works, though, and I can't wait to share all that with ya'll here soon! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already heard about a recent collab we're working on with an amazing local brand! If not, take a peek at yesterday's Insta post here to get a sneak peek! // Be back soon, friends!

-Chelsea xo

MY EVERYDAY SUMMER MAKEUP ROUTINE

With the temperature rising higher and higher here in Phoenix (it's going to be 120 degrees this week - no joke!), my everyday makeup routine is yet again getting a bit of a shake-up! Rose colored lips, dewy skin and glowy cheeks + cheek bones are my kind of jam this time of year, and recently I pulled out a few favorites, new and old, that will be seeing me well through the rest of the summer season (and let's be real, probably well into autumn as well because I truly love each one of these products -- not just in the summertime). Curious as to what makeup products I'll be using on the daily these next few months? Here's the low-down --

Hourglass Blush + Ambient Lighting Powders - Hourglass products have this way of making you looking "lit from within" - if you know what I mean! I've almost hit pan on my dim lighting powder, so I'm sure a repurchase will be happening real soon -- they truly make the best powders!

Bareminerals Bareskin Perfecting Veil - This perfecting veil has been a staple in my makeup bag for years! It's the best setting power for keeping the oil + shine away!

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner (in black) - Another old favorite, but you just can't go wrong with this Stila liquid eyeliner! And yes - I love eyeliner, even in the summertime! It just has a way of bringing so much definition to my eyes! 

Glossier Boy Brow (in blonde) - Ya'll, this product has changed my whole brow routine! It's easy to use, the perfect color and never makes your eyebrows feel crunchy! Glossier sure knows what they're doing!

Maybelline Great Lash - I've been using this mascara since high school and seem to find myself always going back to it -- it's just an overall great product (and so inexpesnive!). 

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon (in amaretto) - These Bite lip crayons are light on the lips and super easy to apply! You're bound to find one, or two, maybe even three of these crayons in my purse at any given time! 

MAC Paint Pot (in painterly) - If I was stranded on a desert island, this would be the one product I would bring with me! I wear it on my eyes everyday (even on very minimal makeup days), but you can use it as a concealer, a primer for your lips -- whatever floats your boat, really! 

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter (in moonstone) - This may just be my favorite highlighter, EVER! I know that's a heavy statement, but it's good - real good, folks!

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream (in fair) - I've been wearing this as my everyday foundation lately and I've been loving it! It's a bit thicker than my Bareminerals Complexion Rescue, but I'm loving the coverage it gives without having it feel too heavy on my skin!

Alright, now it's your turn to spill the beans! What's in your summer makeup bag? What products are you loving right now? Favorite blush? Highlighter? Let a gal know! 
- Chelsea xo
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ONTO THE WEEKEND -- 06

Happy Friday, friends! I hope ya'll are having a great day so far! Scott and I are gearing for a bit of a busy weekend! Tomorrow we're having a Father's Day Pop-Up Shop at Frances in Phoenix from 12-4pm and we seriously can't wait! The amazing folks at Frances have been supporters of our small business since day one, and we truly couldn't love their amazing store, staff and the community they've created more! So if you're local, be sure to come on down and see us! Aside from that, here's a few links from around the web that I thought you might enjoy -- 

-- This post on all things baby names by Bethany Menzel was super fun to read! I've literally had a list of baby name since I was super young, and while many have changed -- I still have a few that have stood the test of time. What about you? Any names for future kiddos or stories of how you named your little ones?

-- Nespresso just launched their limited edition Nespresso on ice and I'm super excited to try it! We LOVE our Nespresso

-- One of my all time favorite bands, Stars, just announced their new album + released two new tracks -- ECK! Check it out here

-- I loved getting a peek into how Tieka styles + curls her beautiful hair! Check out her blog post + video for full details! 

-- Have you check out our San Diego Travel Guide yet? Sharing all of our favorite places to eat, sip coffee at and have a good ol' adventure in! Get the full scoop here

I hope ya'll have an amazing weekend, and I'll be back soon!

-Chelsea xo

FOR THE HOME -- 04 // FAVORITE SHOPS TO BUY MIRRORS FROM

I have wanted a simple, round mirror for as long as I can remember! Back when Flickr was more of a community, I remember loving every round mirror photo that SCB of 3,191 Miles Apart would post -- dreaming of the day that I could take my very own round mirror photos. Well, after years of looking and moving place to place, we finally have a space of our own and coincidentally enough, the perfect round mirror to hang in our home. Call it luck if you may, but everything over the past year has just seem to fall perfectly into place with our little space, and we truly couldn't feel more grateful! It's still so hard to believe that we've been in our own home for over a year now -- seriously, where has the time gone?! 

In case you're on the hunt for your very own "round mirror," here's a few of my favorite shops to browse + buy mirrors from --

Do you like to decorate your home with mirrors, or are you more of an art work/photo kind of gal or guy? Do you have a favorite mirror or mirror style in your own home? I've been majorly crushing on this hexagon beauty from West Elm for quite some time now, and just might have to make it mine one day soon! Much like with photos, art prints and home decor, don't forget that the hunt is part of the fun! Take the time to find the piece (or pieces) that are just perfect for you -- I promise the wait will be worth it in the end! Also, if you're in need of an extra dose of inspiration, SCB and MAV of 3,191 Miles Apart are such amazing individuals and truly know how to create a warm and happy home! Anyways, I hope ya'll are having a great evening, and I'll be back soon!

-Chelsea xo

FATHER'S DAY POP-UP WITH CITIZEN HOME DECOR + FRANCES

Hey, hey, sweet friends! I wanted to pop in quickly to say that Father's Day is only a few days away and Scott and I heard that you might be in need of a gift for good ol' dad! Don't worry, though -- we got you covered! We'll be popping up at Frances in Phoenix this Saturday, June 17th from 12-4pm! Come see us and pick up a gift for the guy in your life [and maybe yourself too -- ;) ]. Let us know if we'll be seeing you there -- and if you can't make it, don't forget that you can always shop Citizen Home Decor online! I hope y'all have a great evening and I'll be back soon!

-Chelsea xo