Romper Season

Romper Season

Hey girl hey!!

I am officially on vacay mode this week as we prepare for our little getaway to DFW and I’m so freaking excited!!! I’m basically tired of adulting and just so ready for a weekend with the family, and to meet up with a few of my favorite girlies!! Catching up and cocktails are certainly in my near future!

I fell in love with this fun spring romper that I plan on taking to wear while we’re out shopping or even as a cover up to the pool. What I love most about rompers is they are so multipurpose and versatile. They generally double for me as a quick, cute option for lunch or while running errands and can easily be used as a cover up for an afternoon trip to the pool with my boys. I live in them in the summer months and love how they can go from day to night, casual to dressy and are so comfortable and easy to style. This specific romper from J. Roberts caught my eye because I felt like the colors are just perfect for transitioning, it’s super light weight and I love the tie front detail. I decided to style it with my favorite Marc Fisher wedges and Loft blush fan earrings (similar styles below). Rompers, like overalls and bodysuits make this mama’s life easier. Having less to pick out and put together makes the morning go smoother, and shoot, I might just possibly be on time. Ha, okay, I may have taken it a little too far, but you know what I mean. Don’t get me wrong, I also LOVE styling outfits but most days, enjoy effortless style that I can throw on and go! Add a fun wedge, heel or even converse and pair with a fun bamboo bag and you’re all set!

Shop some of my favorite romper finds below. Most are casual and cute for everyday wear, but I chose to add a few that will take you into dinner, or even a rehearsal, shower or casual wedding. Check them out by hovering over the pictures to be redirected to the website.

Wishing you all a fabulous start to your week and happy shopping!

 

Romper provided by J. Roberts Clothing

Wedges

Earrings similar here and here

 

 

 

Easter Best

Easter Best

Here comes Peter Cotton Tail, hopping down the bunny trail… Hippity, Hoppity, Easter’s on its way! This song is currently on repeat in our household, and my son keeps asking when the Easter bunny is coming to lay eggs. We may need to re-tell the story of Easter, folks. Ha!

Anyways, I love, love this time of year for so many reasons! One, it finally feels like SPRING, and two, Easter always feels like a fresh start or new beginning to me. From the sadness of the crucifixion and death of Jesus to the joy and hope that lies in his resurrection brings forth so many emotions. It is inconceivable to comprehend the magnitude of pain and suffering Jesus endured and the weight of sin on is shoulders that encompassed his last day on earth. His love for us proves to be so powerful, even in the most horrendous of times. I can’t begin to fathom his thoughts or what he was experiencing. What I do know though, is that in three days, Jesus was raised from the dead and ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of God until He is to return. He overcame death and He LIVES! Even better is, He is coming for us one day and that, my friends, gives me HOPE and the fuel I need to navigate through life, each and every day. On those good and bad days. My hope rests in Him alone! It’s mind boggling and so incredible! He loves Us so much, friends! You and ME! Maybe thats why this time of year is so special. It’s a reminder of his unfailing, everlasting love for US. He is so good and I hope you are reminded of this and filled in this season of blooms and colored eggs. That he will make you new and give you that fresh start, if you so need it! Can I get an Amen?!

(well that escalated quickly) I didn’t intend on writing and spilling my heart into this fun and light-hearted post about what to wear for Easter, but there you have it! Hoping it will resonate with at least one of my readers and will give Hope in this new spring season.

So, you have the Holy Spirit. Now, what are you going to wear? I’ve compiled a few favorites to help you out! Here are some cute dresses, including kids outfit inspiration, which are options that can even double if you have a spring wedding or event coming up. I am loving all of the bright colors lately too. Neutrals are so classic and always in style but a pop of color in your wardrobe every now and then can be so cheery and fun. Take a look at these options below and hover and click on the images to be redirected, if you so choose.

And yes (#fail), my Gucci belt is upside down. I was running out the door, per usual as I am ALWAYS late and didn’t even think to look down while putting my belt on. So, needless to say, real life happens and I still loved these pics so I had to use them. Hoping by Easter I’ll have it together a little better. We will see! 😉

Besides the cute outfits, what are your Easter traditions? Do you take your kids to see the Easter bunny? Color eggs? Hunt them? Have family over? Generally, we color eggs and I plan on taking Corbin this week or the first of next to see the Easter bunny. They are always good pictures, and it’s a guessing game on how he will react. Easter Sunday is for us starts with church and is followed by gathering around the table with the ones I love most for a meal before the Easter egg hunting commences.

I love these traditions and soak them up, and at the end of the day am reminded to reflect on His love, and be thankful for the time we’re able to spend together as a family. No matter your traditions, I pray you will be Blessed this Easter season, that your outfit game will be strong, 🙂 and the light of Jesus will radiate through you!

 

Happy day, sweet friends!!

 

A special thanks to my mama for capturing these moments of Corbin and me!

 

 

Oh Hey Vacay

Oh Hey Vacay

It’s the middle of spring break in Texas, what are your plans? Are you on a beach trip, skiing with your favorites, or enjoying your break simply by staycation at a local hotel or resort?

Our little fam is taking a trip to DFW for a little getaway in the next couple of weeks, so we’re keeping it low key this spring break. We actually just got back from a ski trip and tend to travel relatively often so it feels pretty nice just to have a week home, playing at the park and over indulging on ice cream with our little man. Speaking of indulging, some authentic Mexican food is in my near future, as New Mexico is also part of this spring break week for me. Board meetings do have an upside! Therefore, looks like I’ll be packing an overnight bag after all! 🙂

Today, I wanted to share some tips on how we pack when we travel to make it easier for everyone. Including littles. I’ve been asked about what I take when we travel pretty often, even before blogging so what a better time to share than now, Amiright?

First, let me start by saying, I am NOT a light packer. I like to think I’ve gotten better over the years, but just when I thought I had it down, along came Mr. Corbin! One thing I do is, I always start by making a list. The number of days/nights we’ll be away. What toiletries we’ll need (baby shampoo, razors, toothbrush ect.), how many dressy nights vs. casual, and basically just organizing each day of our trip to ensure we have enough of what we’ll need while away. I usually try to put all of mine and Corbin’s clothes, and accessories in one large bag, and usually roll most of Corbin’s clothes and my t-shirts/pajamas to save room. I also try to pack the lighter items on the bottom and the heavier on top. This is also a good trick for back packs as this tends to carry the illusion that the bag is lighter and less weight is carried on your back. Conrad generally has a carry-on or much smaller suitcase. He’s the smart packer in the family, if you will, or maybe it’s because he knows he’ll be dragging ALL the things down the terminal, as this comes as no surprise to him. 😉 Bless those muscles!

When packing us, especially when Corbin was younger and even now, a total LIFESAVER was mail. People, utilize the mail service if you have a long trip planned and have the ability to get your luggage to your destination before you get there. It saves the headache and is probably much less expensive than the second baggage charge on American (insert eye roll here). We have done this for cruises and it is a game changer and are planning on doing this again for a 10 day cruise this summer. Secondly, if you have little ones still in diapers or think you may forget something in the chaos of traveling, Amazon is amazing at delivering those items to your hotel or resort in a timely manner. Generally, the front desk can have your items delivered to your room upon arrival so you won’t be scouring the area looking for a Walgreens or CVS when you run out of diapers, wipes, ect. in a place you’re not familiar with in the middle of the night. Been there, done that! This also makes for more room in your suitcase and ensures for a restful, worry free and “dry” night!

Next, another big uh-oh we learned the hard way, is just take your “good” stroller. Even if it’s an umbrella stroller. We love this one! The first time we took a big trip, we bought a cheap umbrella stroller that didn’t recline at all, thinking it would save space and time. And it was miserable. Not only for Corbin, but for anyone pushing him around, as it was so incredibly short and impossible to collapse. Stroller nightmare! So long story short, consider taking a stroller that is easily collapsable but one that both you and you little one are most comfortable with, especially for nap times if you aren’t immediately able to return to your hotel. A couple of options for umbrella strollers are here, here, and here. When flying, you can literally roll your stroller to the bottom of the jet bridge and the valet will put it on the plane for take off and when you arrive, it is more easily accessible vs. checking the stroller and having to cart around the baby, plus baggage. Hint: your stroller also makes for a great luggage rack when strolling through the airport terminal between security and your gate.

When I am traveling short term, or even long term, another bag I love to carry is my American Warrior Ultimate Toiletry Bag. I’ve shared this bag before, but y’all, it’s literally the best! I can’t emphasize this enough! It’s perfect as a carry on or can be checked easily, as it’s durable and won’t smash down. There is a compartment for everything you may need while away. From cosmetics, to hair products, and everything in between, it’s sure to make traveling easier for you and in reaching your destination, not only will you have all of your favorites, but they will be safe from spilling and leaking onto your valuables since the compartments seal tightly and the smaller bags keep liquids separate.

One thing I tell my friends, and something that may be common sense to most, is if you take any jewelry of value, DO NOT pack it in your checked luggage. I have heard SO many horror stories of how jewelry and personal/sentimental pieces have vanished because of mistakingly placing these items in checked luggage. I love people and always try to see the best and believe most people are good and honest, but just for peace of mind, keep that in your carry-on or handbag, so you know it’s never out of your reach. This goes for more than jewelry. Passports, I.D.’s and anything else to identify you, should remain as close to you as possible.

Snacks. So important! Whether its crackers, peanuts, or apple sauce pouches, make sure you have these readily available for you and your kiddos. You never know if you’ll have a lay-over or how long you could be waiting to depart, so it’s always good to pack these in your carry-on, or in our case, back packs, Corbin’s rolling bag. They go through security and no questions are asked, in most cases. Put any liquids you may have in small plastic bags when going through security and ensure your liquid amount is that of or less than the regulated amount given on the TSA indicators located in security. I’ve done this every time and I’ve never had to throw away our snacks. Just don’t take a thermos of sweet tea or coffee, although in some cases, a gallon of caffeine could be vital in maintaining your sanity in an airport. And the iPad. It drives me crazy most days, but when it comes to car rides, airplane terminals and dinner, it’s acceptable in my book. I’ll take Daniel Tiger ALL DAY on these occasions.

If Corbin isn’t riding on my bag through the terminal, he has his own bag on wheels or back pack. We started this little tradition when he was a wee one and it makes him feel part of the process in getting to where we’re going. He loves having his bag with his stuff, and so we try to stock it with his own snacks, crayons and a couple of his favorite tractors to keep him occupied during the duration of our flight. Make it fun for them! TSA gives away badges at our airport for kids, so if you don’t see them, maybe ask one of the officers and I know if will make you child’s day! Corbin loves those little badges!

Lastly, don’t stress. Half the fun is getting there, so enjoy the process! These are just a few useful tips I’ve learned over the course of travel, especially now as a mama. It’s better to be comfortable and ensure your loved ones are too so you can soak up every minute of your trip together! Send me any questions you may have in the comments or on my last Instagram post and have a great rest of your spring break, wherever you are!

Happy traveling, friends!

XO- Chelsi

Clothing:

 J. Roberts Clothing

Old Navy

Target

Springtime Finds

Happy weekend!!

I can’t believe it’s SPRING BREAK! Feels like it snuck up on us pretty quickly. I thought I would round up a few favorites since we’re finally going into warmer weather and it’s beginning to feel a lot like springtime. Also, can I just say, bring on the beach! Like, my body says no, but my mind says YES, PLEASE! Anyone else? I literally go from being so excited about fall and all of the chunky knits that come with it, to can’t wait for some sunshine and tan lines! I mean, sunny and 75, beachy waves, pineapple drinks! I go from 0-100 in about 3 minutes between wanting more of that crisp air and missing the hot summer sun! I think we can just skip the West Texas spring wind and tune up the boat because this mama is ready! I think you get my point but with all of the cute spring fashion hitting the ground running, it makes it all the more exciting!

Here are a few of my favorites to get you into that sunshine and spring/summer time spirit!

You can click on each individual photo to be redirected to the retailers below. Happy shopping and cheers to the weekend, babes!

-Chelsi

August Bleu

August Bleu

Happy Wednesday! Y’all, I am SO super excited about today’s post and to share August Bleu with all of you!! One thing that that takes me over the moon is, this is a company I have DREAMED of collaborating with (seriously, is this real life?) and secondly, they make the absolute best and cutest t-shirts I’ve ever bought and worn for women, children, and even occasionally men! They are literally DA BOMB! (Is that even still cool to say!?) I’ll let you be the judge on that one, but these tees are just that good!

As a small town girl, it’s so important to me specifically to share amazing brands and pieces I love with you all, and is especially good to share businesses that are local to the Lubbock area. If you’ve been following along or know me personally, you know I am an advocate for shopping and supporting local, always and forever! I’ve literally been an August Bleu customer for years and one of the many aspects I LOVE is that this darling mother/daughter duo always keep their designs new, creative, and fresh! Did I mention they also print in house AND sell across the USA! Amazing!! They are unlike any other I’ve come across, and I as a busy mama who lives in tees regularly, it’s important to stand out from the crowd, even in the most basic of pieces. Their basic tees are by the way, made of the best quality and they even come in stripes! Does that not sell itself?!

Honestly though, the true difference for me is, when wearing an August Bleu design, I always feel a little more put together and am always complimented and asked where I can find them every time, no matter where I am. I usually pair mine with long dusters or oversized cardigans, accessorizing with a ball cap or wide brimmed hat and rocking jeans and even cowboy boots in the summer with cut offs. I mean we are in Texas after all, am I right? Even if you aren’t a Texas native, there is a cute and fun way to style each tee to make it your own. From mom-life to a casual night out, you can find a style that will fit your needs. If that isn’t enough, the messages behind each tee are influential and can be described as sweet and simple and others engaging and encapsulating God’s word in a beautiful print with the ability to start a meaningful and much deeper conversation. Unique and easy to distinguish from other brands, simply because they are in a category of their own! The Farmhouse Animals Collection ranges from cutesy cows and my personal favorite, pigs, to the Boho Series, which is geared toward cute and colorful cactus prints. They also recently implemented the T-Shirt Dress Collection. These dresses are absolutely perfect for taking your wardrobe from winter to spring, and work to play. Be sure to check out their Easter line, as it’s shown above. This design comes in different colors and children’s sizes as well. (Insert all the heart eyes.) Beyond tees and dresses, you can find a variety of the sweetest tea towels to coordinate with your home decor, and accessorize with an August Bleu ball cap to conceal those bad hair days! Take a look at their website here to see their newly added collections as well as original designs and I guarantee, you’ll become as big a fan as I am!

I am so grateful for the opportunity to partner with August Bleu and to have met Tammy and Brianna. I remember meeting them when I was on the Holiday Happening Committee for Junior League. If you aren’t a local, Holiday Happening is one of the largest fundraisers for the Lubbock Community that takes place around the holidays and we were so honored to have August Bleu as one of our merchants. They are such kind souls and amazing creatives and I am just as honored today as I was then. I also vividly remember going a little crazy in their adorable booth. My husband knows what he married, but he was even like, “Chelsi, are those ALL Christmas gifts?” It was definitely a smile and nod moment. They are just too cute, y’all and frankly, it’s hard to buy just one! Therefore, the August Bleu addiction continues!

Now, for the fun part! It’s time to go shopping, friends!! For a limited time, August Bleu is also generously giving my readers and followers a discount code to use on their website! Use the code Bluebonnet20 for a 20% discount on your ENTIRE order!

I hope you enjoyed reading and have a wonderful Wednesday!!

-Chelsi

Thank you, August Bleu for sponsoring this post!

Photography by Hannah Berry Photography