Favorite Fall Trends

Favorite Fall Trends

Hello, hello!

As you already know, fall is my favorite season of ALL time. It is so good for countless reasons, but one of my most favorites is fall fashion. It is my favorite season to shop for and the style in fall is always just the best.

One trend I am absolutely loving right now and was quick to jump on the bandwagon is snakeskin. Animal print is always HUGE in the fall but snakeskin just has my heart right now. Animal print and snakeskin especially is a print you’ll be seeing in handbags, booties, accessories and even sneakers this season. It’s such a nice spin and can turn a basic, everyday outfit into something a little sassy. I am all about that life y’all! I live in black, but if I can make an outfit look different with a shoe or bag, I am all over it. Shoes have always been a love and go-to for me. They are reliable, always fit and can dress up or down an outfit, depending on the occasion. They are the one thing I have a hard time resisting! Scroll through some of my favorite finds below!

Another fun trend I am loving but in my current state, can’t quite pull off, is the plaid tailored suiting/coordinating tops and bottoms and jumpers. It is so cute on so many people I’ve seen lately. I love a cute jumper dress and plaid is always a good idea in the fall. These sleek sets of pants paired with blazers is giving me so much envy because it’s such a different, yet so put together ensemble and I’m loving it! I think one of these fashion forward and on trend suit sets would be so fun for a holiday party as we begin the festivities shortly. If you’re in the market, here are some great options.

Cropped, wide leg (bellbottom) or flared denim! Y’all, do these come in maternity, because I NEED some! So cute, and a nice change from a typical skinny jean. I love the flare at the bottom and the high waist trend so much. They are perfectly paired with a skinny belt and chunky knit sweater or slim it down with a body suit and pointed toe bootie. Don’t get me wrong, every girl needs a good pair of skinnies, but these are just so fun and a great change to transform an everyday look.

SOCK booties. Need I say more?! They pair so perfectly with denim, and I love them with dresses! This feels like an ultimate fall staple. Sock booties can easily be styled dressier to wear to work or can be dressed down with a cute cardigan and some trendy denim. I just love them and they chic style they represent.

Will someone cue, “Welcome to the jungle” because CAMO is where its at right now! From sweaters to dresses, cardigans, scarves and even leggings. Camo has topped the charts in popularity! I have some camo Spanx that I (don’t judge) wear several times a week and they are complimented each time. Love them! I even like to style my camo with a cute black and white striped tee and may throw some leopard flats on to complete the look. It is effortless and such an easy print. Loving camo in utility jackets and live in the sweatshirt posted below lately! It’s $41 on sale right now and so comfy. Into all the camo vibes this fall!

One word. Sparkle. Small hints of sparkle are so big this year too. I love a sequin pencil skirt paired with a silk blouse or even an oversized sweater. So classy and elegant, yet says I’m here to party! Here are a few dresses and skirts I’m loving!

Don’t be afraid to step out of the box in color this fall and winter. Hues of burnt orange and burgundy are so pretty and timeless, but so is bright red and pops of neon. Trendy and so popular this season it will have you wanting to try something new instead of the typical muted tones to your next event. I’m seeing color in blazers, shoes and accessories, and can’t say I’m mad about it, even in lip color. Emerald green and jewel tones are also such a lovely options for holiday parties and even spicing up Christmas dinner.

As always, leather (faux leather) is a great piece for keeping warm. Moto jackets to shearling teddy coats are everywhere and being styled unpredictably. Cozy up in your favorite teddy coat paired with your go-to graphic tee and some distressed denim. Or keep it edgy with a black leather Moto and some studded booties. Either way, you cannot go wrong, friends! Keeping it chic and putting together my favorite basics are never a bad idea and work for so many occasions. I love my Blank NYC faux leather jackets that I’ve literally owned for years. They never go out of style and are investment pieces that in my opinion are so worth it and you definitely get so much use out of every fall season.

I hope this post gave you some inspiration and insight into all things fall fashion and that it will be a resource for future shopping if you’ve been eyeing something in particular. Send me any questions you may have in the comments or feel free to reach out through my social channels as well!

 

Happy Tuesday!

XO- CHELSI

 Photography by: Kimberly Correa

Maternity Jeans: What you need to know

Maternity Jeans: What you need to know

Happy Friday!

I’m still over here thawing from being frozen the past couple of days, as winter seemed to come before fall settled in. I can’t lie, I loved it and this cozy weather just makes me so ready for the upcoming holidays. We got to use our fireplace this week, which is also a win in my book this time of year!

I wanted to talk to you all today about maternity jeans. I know many of you following may not be pregnant, but for some reason, I feel this could be a good resource for in the future. I honestly wish that there was a guide and a list of different price points before we started our family, so I thought I’d just put a little something together for y’all!

I will also be honest and say, with Corbin, I never wore maternity anything. I think I bought one designer pair and wore them some, but really just survived in all things maxi dresses and swimsuits for the duration of my pregnancy. I was also pregnant in the dead of the summer so I basically lived in the pool and drank Perrier all day, everyday.

This time around is completely opposite and I felt like I had a mini bump by 8 weeks gestation so maternity jeans weren’t far behind. I got real comfortable with the idea so much quicker than before, because I just wanted to be comfortable. Thankfully now, there are some really cute, chic and modern options for all body types. Where as before, it was all “fit” belly waist bands that always like to roll down, and the same wash and shape. So I’m pretty happy that maternity wear has evolved into what it is today. I really haven’t bought hardly any maternity sweaters or tops and maybe just own a dress or two, but this time around, I definitely invested in some jeans.

Speaking of evolved, I am loving the elastic waist bands on the sides of maternity jeans right now. I know I’ve said this before and if you’ve been following along a while you know, I will splurge on things and items I love. I bought a couple pair of maternity jeans that were over $100 and love them but also found some options recently for much less and wanted to share.

I would also suggest sizing up one size in maternity, as to accommodate your growing baby and for comfort, especially when buying a higher end brand. Here are a couple of options below that I love and a couple of the jeans I mentioned above that I invested in.

One of my favorite things about these brands is that the jeans don’t tend to sag or lose shape. I also find that the dark wash is super slimming and camouflages all the things that need to be hidden. if you’re looking to splurge a little, these are a both great option. I also lean towards more distressing than not, so both pairs I own are distressed. I wanted to give the option to of non-distressed, so they are linked above. I have worn these as non-maternity options for years as well, and they are a great product. Durable and hold up over the YEARS. Which may be why jeans are one of those staple items, I personally, tend to splurge on. Some other designer brands I would recommend are: J. Brand, AG, and Rag & Bone.

I also recently fell in love with some jeans I found at Loft. (I didn’t know they carried maternity til recently.) I saw them on one of my blogger friends and thought I’d give them a try, as I am a fan of Loft and their constant sales. So, I ended up getting my usual 26, these come with “fit” belly but are so comfy and I feel like they give as opposed to some other brands. I would suggest sticking with your usual size in this brand, just because they tend to run larger and will stretch as well. They don’t shrink too much in the dryer just mainly back to their original size, I just dry mine inside out and they are good as new. I also like that these come in several styles, and petite as well. Click the images below to be redirected to take a look.

Lastly, I wanted to share a variety of styles, that are ALL very affordable and that I think you will love if you’re in the market for some maternity jeans and maybe a pair of maternity style leggings I couldn’t resist sharing. All of these are under $50 and come in several washes and styles. I haven’t tried the Old Navy maternity line yet, but have tried the Ingrid and Isabel line at Target and have loved them. They are such a great option for a designer look for less, and fit TTS. I got a size 2 for reference in two of the jeans I bought and have room to grow. I would suggest buying your everyday size in this brand. The camp leggings, I would also suggest your true size as they have quite a bit of stretch to them as well.

I hope this post is informative and helpful for those of you soon to be mama’s or who may be planning on starting a family soon. I have loved the jeans I have purchased and they have been a lifesaver for this growing mama. Send me any questions you may have on any of my social platforms or in the comments below and I would be happy to help!

Have a great night!

XO-CHELSI

 Photography by: Kimberly.co

Easy Xplorer Review

Easy Xplorer Review

Happy Friday, y’all!!

Do you ever have those weeks where you feel like you’re so busy and have SO much to do? This week has been one of those for me. Like there is just simply not enough time in the day lately.

Many of you may know this but some of you probably don’t and you may or may not think I’m completely crazy when I tell you. We don’t and have never had a babysitter for Corbin. I know! I need to get on the babysitter train, and it becomes even more evident when I have a list a mile long and he’s over my shenanigans. I just haven’t ever really found anyone I completely trust, and having my parents or Conrad’s Nana close by, we really haven’t found a need to have someone consistently. Until, he throws a fit in the aisle at Target, then I say to myself, we NEED to find a sitter. Haha! However, he does go to school 3 days a week so I really do my best to get all of my errands out of the way during those times, yet it doesn’t always get finished. I’ve had mom guilt about him sitting in the car so long and the amount of screen time he takes in, and then the energy we have to get out once home. He’s usually really good, but I’ve just felt bad that he doesn’t have something fun to do on these jaunts. Until now!

Recently, a company reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in trying out one of their travel trays. We’ve been trying it out all week and Corbin LOVES it! Usually he is one of those that will play with something for a short time and move on, but each day when we get in the car, he’s asked for his tray to draw or color while we’re on the go. I am highly impressed by his consistency and love the tray myself. It is such a great way to organize and has compartments in several areas for storing markers, crayons, paper to color on, and is even sturdy enough for an iPad or Kindle. If you know me, you know I love to stay organized and this allows organization effortlessly. Corbin has even had a snack on his tray and it holds up great, is super sturdy, plus I don’t have to worry about a mess in his car seat after. I just wipe down the tray and we’re good to go. It has been so convenient and is such a cool little contraption. It can buckle around the seat if you have a longer trip planned, so it stays in place, includes a cup holder and the markers included are dry-erase, so mess free. You can also collapse the tray when finished to store and it has velcro to create more of a table if you so choose. The tray also comes with Easy Xplorer paper that is learning friendly. There are letters and numbers to trace, a castle maze, a traceable dragon and unicorn. It will keep your kiddos entertained on those long road trips and even just around town on those busy days.

We are genuinely loving the Easy Xplorer tray and I think it would make an amazing gift with the holidays coming up. Especially since it’s also at a great price point as well, under $20. I’m considering them for my niece and nephews for Christmas, as I think they would all enjoy them so much! It just makes traveling easier, keeps your children occupied with something productive and keeps you organized with all of their colors and other materials they may need.

I think you are all going to love these as well, so I’ve added the link here so you can check them out! So happy to have been given the opportunity to try this tray out, as its such a hit and I appreciate Lucy from Easy Xplorer for allowing us to use and review her amazing product!

 

Have a great weekend!!!

 

XO-CHELSI

Feeling like Fall & 20 week Bumpdate

Feeling like Fall & 20 week Bumpdate

It feels like fall, y’all! Hooray!!! It’s so nice and sunny today after a few rainy and dreary days and I’m loving this 60 degree weather! It’s a win, if you are familiar with West Texas and has me digging out all my sweaters and flannels and heading to the pumpkin patch. Just so thankful to live in a world  where there are Octobers!

I really love this season and all that comes with it! To be honest, I may have been taking it in almost a little too much. Besides it being fall, it’s also been a season in life where I’ve kind of taken a step back, and chosen to spend more time with my family than on social media. I think it’s hitting me that I only a have a few more months with just my little boy all to myself, so I’ve just put certain projects on the back burner if you will, just because these moments are important and ones I won’t get back. Don’t get me wrong, I love the blog life and working with brands and have things coming up as we roll into the holidays, but sometimes it just feels nice to unplug and live in the present. I feel like I’m also still learning balance between it all, even after a year. Structure is not one of my gifts or strong suits, so I’m simply embracing it and showing myself grace because, why not!? 😉 I love to be organized and have a streak of OCD, but not a specific daily routine, especially now since Corbin is older, I know its something I need to work on. Hoping to get back into the structured life once baby girl gets here.

I also wanted to update you guys. As some of you may know from my stories last week, we had our 20 week anatomy scan. I don’t know why, well yes I do, HORMONES, but was so anxious for this appointment. I think all of the technology and advancement is so amazing, yet can also cause unnecessary worry, totally my opinion, alone. I think too, when we had Corbin I was naive and our doctor had a sonography machine in office so we could see him at each appointment and it was honestly reassuring. Sadly, now (thanks insurance) we have to wait every 10 weeks for an ultrasound. We’ve chosen to forgo testing as well, and didn’t with either pregnancy, as we wouldn’t change a thing regardless and put our faith in the Lord that everything will be perfectly fine and that His will be done. So far our sweet little girl is doing well, is healthy and moving around like crazy. I am at peace now and feel so much better after our scan and am so thankful for this good news. Anyone else ever had that experience? Where you’re just anxious with absolutely no reason in particular making you feel that way? I’m just going to blame it on my crazy preggo hormones and continue to pray for health and all things good.

I am also still wanting meat and indulge on a snow cone every now and then. My cravings are so different this time around, but I’m staying hydrated and always have snacks on hand. 😉 I also feel huge haha but have only gained around 10 pounds. This belly doesn’t lie y’all, and by bedtime, she is sticking out proudly. I look like I’m 8 months along and may or may not waddle a little. I am blessed to not feel sick PTL, yet get a little light-headed (hypoglycemia) if I don’t have a snack between meals, which is why they are always on hand. One thing I love to snack on is frozen grapes. Y’all, if you have’t tried this trick, you must! It is so good!!! I just slice them in halves and stick them in a container in the freezer and a few hours later, delish!

We are in the beginning stages of starting the nursery and she has a few outfits hanging in the closet. Surprisingly, I haven’t gone completely nuts on shopping just yet, but I’m sure it’s coming! The few things I have purchased, I’ve made sure to send to the wrong address on accident! (Pregnancy brain is real.) Last week for instance,  I ordered wallpaper for the nursery, a few baby gifts for friends and some Kickee Pants and sent it to my friend in Midland. Oops! Etsy can be tricky because sometimes it will ask where you want the item sent and other times, it auto ships to the first address listed. Thankfully, Conrad is there many days of the week so he gets to also pick up my purchases on his way home! He’s so lucky! Haha! I really am SO excited to see the nursery come together though and will share with you all once it’s complete! I love to decorate and have so many ideas in my head that I’m so excited to see come to life.

Corbin is so sweet lately, and has been calling her “his baby” which melts my mama heart! I can hardly wait to see him with her. It will be so sweet to witness their bond and to watch it grow and for him to finally have a sibling. I know my heart will grow also. It’s just been the three of us and just having Corbin for the past 4 years has been so special. I used to get upset that we didn’t have children closer together in age, but now I’m grateful. Realizing God’s perfect plan and that it is so much bigger that what I could ever imagine, gives me so much peace and that we’ve been given time with just Corbin makes me thankful. He will be such a great big brother and I know will love her so much. I’m sure he’ll teach her a few of his antics as well.

Conrad and I have yet to come to an agreement on a baby name at this point, lol as he is adamant that he will get to choose her name. Can’t lie, it’s a little scary to think about and I am pretty sure it was one of the hardest decisions when we named Corbin so I think it may take us a while. Both of us are about as stubborn as they come so compromise is tough for both of us, especially when we have our hearts set on something. I will say, we do have a few contenders at least! YAY! Then again, I’m not completely sure if we’ll share her name with everyone prior to her birth. We’re still trying to decide, but will keep you posted!

Being pregnant in the fall has been amazing so far! I am loving living in leggings, sweaters and booties and especially thankful I don’t have a food diversion toward pumpkin. I love pumpkin everything this time of year and enjoy a PSL just about daily. I am using that caffeine allowance wisely, my friends! I will update you all again soon!!

Lastly, I am loving comfy and cozy as mentioned above, therefore The Home T sent me the cutest tees in the mail and also gave me a discount for my followers so you can give them a try as well. Use the code CHELSI10 for 10% off your first order at The Home T website and enjoy!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

XO- CHELSI

Photography by Kimberly Correa