Chelsea and the City



July 2014



Weekly Favorites 03

Wednesday 30 July 2014

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weekly-favorites-v3-zara-darling-magazine-smeg-refridgerator-herbivore-botanicalsembroidered top, darling issue 8, dead sea salts, vita shorts, refrigerator, dawson chest

You guys, this weekend was amazing and so tiring! The team and I have been working on a top secret collaboration for the last month or so and we were finally able to shoot it on Sunday. Between an all-day scouting trip to Atlanta last Thursday, getting last-minutes props and details squared away on Friday + Saturday and a whirlwind eighteen hour shooting day, I’m pretty wiped out. I may not have been blogging quite as often as normal but my mind has definitely been on this little corner of the web. Natalie and I have been working on a serious refresh and I’m beyond excited that we’re almost ready to launch the new site design.

I considered taking a longer break from blogging but the most fun posts for me to crank out are definitely these weekly favorites! Since I’m craving a some extra pampering and time at home, I’m loving all things calming, comfortable and homey.

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July 2014



Sense & Sensibility

Thursday 24 July 2014

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photos by sleepy fox photography

j.crew maxi dress | urban outfitters bracelet | unknown necklace and belt | birkenstock sandals

There’s a magical place where fashion is comfortable, high heels are passe and it’s a-okay not to fuss about your hair. Until recently this was only a pipe dream. The days of J.Crew statement necklaces (those things are heavy you guys!), pattern-mixing and pumps were upon us and I was starting to get a little burnt out on personal style… then something amazing happened. We collectively decided that enough was enough and made Birkenstocks happen. My feet have never been so happy!

While it may not be the most glamorous fashion choice, I’m thoroughly enjoying comfort’s day in the sun. j.crew-sale



July 2014



Weekly Favorites 02

Wednesday 23 July 2014

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chambray pocket tee, straw hat, straw tote, vintage denim shorts, bangle, surfboard

My second installment of weekly favorites brings you more neutral curiosities… what else is new? This week I’m dreaming of a sunshine filled vacation and a few days in the sand + waves. There’s something about the sea that’s totally calming and with a BIG editorial shoot coming up (and eating away at my nerves/stress levels) I could use a little tranquility.

Not only is this board perfect for catching waves, I’ve been dying to decorate our space with one for the longest time! Dress me in double denim, pile on the straw accessories and send me on my way to Malibu… bye Huntsville!

p.s. I’m over at One Fine Day today sharing my “want, need & greed” list.

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shop a few of mine



July 2014



Pros & Cons of Working For Yourself

Tuesday 22 July 2014

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Freelance is still the wild west of the working world! While it can be totally freeing to be your own boss, it’s also a little scary to take all of the burden of the office onto your shoulders. Some days (like today) it’s hard to get motivated, difficult to prioritize and unappealing to step out of your pajamas but the good far outweighs the bad…


+ motivation

When you’re constantly creating it can be hard to keep the momentum going. Sometimes things get a little overwhelming and it can become difficult to think of fresh ideas and new content. Luckily, seasons of motivation come and go. I find the best way to reignite the spark is to step away, disconnect and revisit.

+ taking on too much

A lot of the time it seems like there should be few more hours in the day, doesn’t it? I often find myself writing long to-dos but after coffee, playtime and getting ready for the day, it’s 11 and I’m making no progress. Managing your time is an ongoing battle!

+ isolation

Aside from the awesomeness that is rolling out of bed, throwing your hair up in a messy bun and going to town on your laptop in bed, it can be rough not to work in an office setting. It’s nice to bounce ideas off of someone else and you’d be amazed at what getting dressed up does for your productivity!

+ taxes

Just. Taxes.


+ flexibility

When you’re working for yourself you’re free to prioritize as you see fit. If I need to run an errand or make it to an appointment during the day, I’m totally free to do that. Since I’m a momma first, being able to be home (and engaging) with Lorelai is one of the biggest reasons I love working for myself.

+ mobility

I love that I’m not confined to a cubicle. Most days I work from the couch (even though I have a perfectly good desk) but I like that I can pick up and pop into a local cafe or get things done while we’re on vacation.

+ the sky’s the limit

As a creative, it’s awesome for me to be able to explore different ideas. Being my own boss makes it possible to work on things I’m truly passionate about… hooray!

I want to know, are you your own boss? Do you work a 9-5 in an office? What are the ups and downs?



July 2014



Do It Yourself: Holi Powder

Monday 21 July 2014

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By now I’m sure you’re getting a little sick of this pretty pink powder but it was a funnest Summer activity and makes for some really beautiful photos. I thought I’d share an easy DIY!

I’ve always wanted to visit India, especially during the Holi festival in the Spring. There’s something magical about the entire country turning into a sea of vibrant color. Since I’m so inspired by a wonderful wash of pigment I was pretty thrilled to try my hand at my own little batch.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1lb cornstarch (for each batch of powder)
food coloring
large bowl
cookie sheet
oven (preheated to 200 degrees)
strainer or sifter

Make it:

1. Pour a small amount of cornstarch into a bowl
2. Stir in 1 cup of water and the desired amount of food coloring (I used gel but liquid drops will work also).
3. Slowly mix in the remaining cornstarch. The more your pour, the harder the mixture will be to stir. Use your hands once the mixture becomes too difficult to manipulate with a spoon. Unless you want dyed hands (see above), I suggest gloves!
4. Using a sifter or strainer, sift the wet mixture onto a cookie sheet. The smaller the holes, the better!
5. Bake the wet cornstarch at 200 degrees for 1 hour. Be sure to check the mixture and stir every 20 minutes to avoid clumping.
6. Remove from oven, cool and sift the dry powder again. Store in a zipper storage bag.

p.s. This powder is perfect for photo shoots (gender reveal anyone?!), playtime and color runs! It’s completely nontoxic and edible (just in case a little powder makes its way into your mouth).