Camilla’s First Birthday

Camilla’s First Birthday

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Happy 14 months to our little SWEETHEART!!! Can’t believe it’s taken me THIS long to get he first birthday post up, but lots of life has been happening around here, and I’m sure where you are as well!

For Camilla’s birthday I really wanted for everything to be sweet and feminine. We also decided that we wanted to do something a little smaller for her first birthday and chose to have family only instead of a big party this year. I remember Corbin’s first birthday as it was a big gathering in the August heat and although it was so nice and wonderful having our family and friends all together, it felt a little bit overcrowded, especially for a one year old. So we thought with it being winter and the unpredictability of the weather, a more intimate and simple setting was appropriate and it ended up being perfect.

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Camilla’s actual birthday is on February 15th, so I thought how fun would it be to incorporate some hearts into the mix?! I found a photo while browsing Pinterest late one night and was hoping to find someone locally who might be able to re-create it for us for smash cake photos and for the actual party as well. We got so lucky with my mom being a wedding coordinator, she literally knows everyone and had happened to recently cross paths with a sweet girl named Claire, who actually creates balloon garlands as her own personal business. She is INCREDIBLE y’all and as sweet as can be! I called her and she and her team completely exceeded my expectations! Over the phone I was able to tell her what I wanted and our color scheme and she showed up to Camilla’s photoshoot ready to install the most precious (and large) 4 foot ombre heart balloon I had ever seen! It was PERFECT!! Then after photos, she proceeded to load it up, take it to my house, along with a couple of super cute jumbo balloons and set everything up in the exact same day so we were ready for the party the following day. She’s very reasonable and her work is seriously amazing! Definitely look her up on Instagram or Facebook and if you have an event coming up that requires balloons, call Claire with Laughing Goat Design. Loved her and was so impressed with how seamless the process was from beginning to end!

One other thing I wanted to mention was, I ordered her precious invites off of Etsy and was given the option to download them or to have them printed and I ended up doing both so I could have one for her baby book. So glad I thought to do this and would recommend Hunny Prints  to anyone needing to select invites or announcements for an event. They have such a broad and unique selection of invitations, party essentials, and were so timely. I received the invites within a couple of days after approval and was very impressed with the quality. I will definitely be using them again for any parties we have in the future. I just love Etsy in general because you can find the neatest, one of a kinds things and they are usually small businesses, which I love supporting.

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Let’s talk cake! Once again, props to my mama for knowing all the best! Brenda Hawkins with Serendipity knocked it out of the park, as she always does! I sent her a few inspo pictures and she went above and beyond. The cakes, both smash and part, along with the personalized cookies were both adorable and delicious! Brenda is a precious friend, aside from being our favorite baker and I’m just so thankful for all of her hard work and for taking time out of her extremely busy schedule to make our cake dreams come true! She also makes some incredible wedding cakes, so any future brides to be, let her I know I sent you! She is one talented lady and can be found on Instagram and Facebook. You will be amazed at her attention to detail and will love her!

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I posted a preview of Cami’s birthday photoshoot with Macalee Taylor Creative on her actual birthday and got SO many messages about her dresses and who took the photos. First, if you are looking for a photographer who is a boss at shooting children, families, and weddings, Macalee is your girl! Her work is absolutely STUNNING and I loved working with her! Did I mention she also has a studio in her home? Such a plus, especially with little ones who you know aren’t going to typically last more than thirty minutes taking photos. Macalee was so kind and helpful! She allowed us to take our time, we changed into two different outfits (with a baby you know how that can be) but it was such a fun and stress free experience. I’ll be honest, I’ve worked with several photographers doing what I do, we take A LOT of pictures, and although many are also incredibly talented and sweet, I’ve had several moments where I feel rushed and with kids involved you know how it can already be a little stressful. I constantly feel like I’m apologizing during shoots, anyone else? Why do kids turn into wild heathens when its time to take family pictures? It never fails! This time though, was SO different and I appreciate Macalee allowing us to be in her home and enjoy these special moments with our girl. I will forever cherish these sweet pictures and love how they turned out! They show off her little personality so well and I’m obsessed! You can find Macalee’s website here. She is SO good at what she does y’all!

The two dresses she wore during her photoshoot also were flooding my DM’s and also came from an Etsy shop called Like Angel. They have amazing reviews and I felt were exceptionally priced for the intricate detail, quality, and fact that they are shipped from the Ukraine. I was blown away by how gorgeous they were in person and they literally fit Camilla like a glove. Could not have been more perfect. I sent measurements to Elena and she made them to order and did a phenomenal job. In the US they would have been well over $100 each and probably not nearly as detailed. I would love to work with Elena again and think her shop would be perfect for anyone who has a little girl needing a flower girl dress, birthday, family photos, or you just feel like dressing your girls up in something beautiful, this shop is wonderful. Like I mentioned above, they do ship overseas so remember to order ahead of time and give plenty of advancement so you order will be received on time, but I was so pleased with the outcome and have linked Camilla’s exact dresses and other details from her party at the bottom of this post if you’d like to check them out!

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It was overall such a beautiful day to celebrate our sweet, sassy, and beautiful one year old girl. We played, opened gifts, and ate lots of cake. We soaked in every moment with our precious girl. Watching our Camilla grow throughout this year has been such a blessing, it’s honestly hard for me to find the right words, but heres a little summary of year one.

From that first VERY long night at home, girlfriend CRIED all night long, yikes, to our morning walks, lots of snuggles with brother and dancing to lullabies with mommy. We loved Matthew West’s Safe and Sound. Saying your first and FAVORITE word “MAMA” (5 months), sitting up (6 months) and crawling (7 months). A very first airplane ride and trip to the beach, lots of pools days soaking up that sunshine, to fall and picking out a pumpkin at the pumpkin patch and then dressing up as a unicorn on Halloween. Lots of piggy back rides on daddy’s shoulders, rooting on bubba during basesball games, and all the nights tucking her into bed (our bed) oops once again. Celebrating her first Christmas, watching her take her first steps at 11 months, those contagious bath time giggles, and all the ruffles and big bows in between has just made me realize that all along she was the puzzle piece we had been missing. The piece that completes our little family of four and the huge blessing in the tiniest of packages. Don’t let her small stature fool you, she is fierce and that sass is REAL! Whew, daddy is in TROUBLE!! Not to mention those sparking blue eyes. She is going to get whatever she wants in this life with those eyes alone. Her warm smile and tight hugs are my very favorite. She gives the cutest little mischievous look when she’s up to something and in the mornings will sit in London and Oliver’s bed just for extra snuggles. Sometimes, she’ll even “read” to them and they love it. I have thoroughly enjoyed this past year with her, and watching she and Corbin, that’s the very best. Their bond, how they play and love on each other is heartwarming and makes me so proud. He caters to her every need and no one lights her up quite like Bubba! It is the most precious thing to witness. I pray they always love each other like they do now. It has truly been a wonderful year and I am so thankful God chose me to be Camilla’a mom and to love her every single day! You are so loved and are a complete joy to us all, Cami girl!

Happy birthday!

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XO- Chelsi

 

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Who wants to make a bet that we’ll be in quarantine for Mother’s Day and get out just in time for Father’s Day? Corona does it again folks! Totally kidding and feel like dad’s should be equally celebrated but thought the likelihood of that being our situation this year was pretty humorous!

Today I wanted to give you some ideas in case you wanted to order anything for the special lady in your life, as I know with the mail and all of the overwhelming elements occurring could very possibly delay her gift. So getting a jump start is never a bad idea. A few things to also keep in mind, especially in our current situation and as a proud supporter of small businesses,  to remember to shop small too! Gift cards can always be used at a later date once its safe to be out and about again. A gift card to her favorite local shop, nail spa, or to get a massage, or facial is always thoughtful and will be much needed after being under a stay at home order for so long. Shoot, may want to throw a syringe of Botox in there too, Conrad (HINT, HINT). Seriously though, pandemic or not, I love a gift card and don’t know anyone who doesn’t appreciate an opportunity for a little pamper session or me time! Keep that in mind when you’re thinking of the perfect gift to show your love and appreciation.

Another unique gift idea is a subscription! I love these because it always feels like Christmas when they arrive at the door. FabFITFun boxes are always impressive in the amount of products and trending items you receive. Style her for a quarter or for a full year with a Stitch Fix or Trunk Club subscription. Such an easy and amazing service that will allow her to select and modify her specific preferences and send back what she doesn’t absolutely love. How cool is that?! Scentbird is another neat one. She can browse up to 500 scents and select what she wants to try for less than $15 per month. The frequency of receiving these subscriptions can be customized and tailored to fit her individual needs as well.  Choose autoship, skip, or completely cancel if she so desires. I love that about these services. They truly cater to what your specific needs are all while on your phone or computer. So easy, fun, and such a unique experience she’ll love.

Below is a list of things I’ve found that either I have loved and was gifted, or will be gifting this year with a little randomness in between! 🙂

I’m a sentimental gal so gifts with meaning are so special to me. A few of my favorites from past Mother’s Day celebrations have been a locket with Corbin’s picture and name on it, personalized rings, a necklace with both the kids initials, my “mama’ necklace, photo books, and sweet handwritten notes and scribbles from the kids. These are precious and things I will keep and cherish and that I gravitate towards often and love to wear and re-read.

At the end of the day, the most important of all is that she knows you love her. A simple hug, kiss, and I love you does the trick and is the most meaningful of all! It’s about sharing and making memories, and showing those you care about how important they are to you each day. Now that I’m a mom, I get it. All of the things my mom used to tell me, the sweet memories she still shares of my brother and I and watching us grow. It truly has become and is the joy if my life and to be able to witness and love my two little humans is beyond the most precious of gifts. There isn’t a love that compares to being a mother and to me is a constant reminder of God’s great love for us. A significant bond that goes beyond all understanding. Its the most beautiful gift.

Motherhood in this season of so much uncertainty has shown me that slowing down to play basketball or to chalk the driveway, go on family bike rides, bake lots of cookies, and read lots of books really is the silver lining. This season has brought me back to whats really and truly important, what matters and who my little people are becoming. It’s allowed me to take a breath and to enjoy the small things. Is everyday unicorns and rainbows? No. Are there hard days where I feel like Conrad can’t walk through the door fast enough? Absolutely! In the midst of those, there are also LOTS and LOTS of really amazing days and days I hope they look back on and remember the fun, the silly and the love. So much love! When I tuck Corbin and Camilla into bed, I hope they know how much I treasure our days and that this overwhelming thankfulness that engulfs me never goes away, even when they are grown and don’t need me like they do right now. In this season, I am grateful and humbled that I get to be their mom. Thankful for our health, for lots of laughter, and days to play outside. This Mother’s Day may look a little different but regardless its perfect because I have them.

I pray this Mother’s Day blesses you and emphasizes all of the good and beauty in your life. Whether it’s your first Mother’s Day as a new mom, a first without your mom, another year of celebrating with your kids, spending the day with someone who is like your mom, or if you’re yearning to be a mom, I pray it is a day filled with hope. A day that inspires you, is a reflection of your good work,  and a reminder of all of the love surrounding you. Praying it will be a day to recognize and honor the amazing and wonderful women we know, we are, and we have yet to become.

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

XO- Chelsi

 

Spring Home Decor

It’s springtime!

Anyone else all about organization and sprucing up your homes? Especially now, when it seems like we have all the time in the world. I’ve been tackling closets, and moving things around in the house. Doing a little redecorating in between the 874 meals I’ve been cooking. Whew! This whole being domesticated thing is no joke! Ha! On another note, I didn’t realize what a pack rat I was until I decided to purge so many things and it feels so stinking good to get it all out and simplify a little. I had several requests this past week to share some home decor with you all. Lots of things I’ve found are on sale, some on the lower end, and some on the higher.

I decided the best way to present what I found was to put together a few mood boards and then link the items to shop underneath! I hope this is helpful for you all and that they will give you some insight and inspiration into transforming your own spaces and updating them for spring. A few of my favorite places to shop for unique pieces that are also affordable options are Home Goods, At Home, Wayfair, Target and TJ Maxx. Just a little tip I use when shopping for a space is I like to pick out a focal point in the room and then build around it. Whether it’s a specific piece of furniture, a piece of art or even a throw pillow, all that I do beyond that point compliments that piece to tie everything together. Another tip is, you don’t have to redo EVERYTHING! I like to move things around in my house, this is something my mom also does and then I’ll buy a piece here or there to make things look a little different without converting the entire room. Throw pillows are also a wonderful way to change a space without spending a lot of money. H&M and Amazon have amazing decorative pillows and can even be purchased as fabric only without the insert. You can buy inserts on Amazon or I’ve bought some off IKEA previously, and this also saves money, and then you can just buy covers to change out periodically.  This eliminates having to buy an entire pillow, insert and all every time. Also, it helps with storage too. You aren’t having to find a place to store all the pillows/inserts. Lastly, make it your own and have fun with it! Add details that are specific to your taste and personalize your space with photos and things that speak to you and yours. I love adding pieces that remind me of a special trip or milestone moments, such as photos of my kids and our family. At the end of the day, thats what home is all about! Enjoy friends and let me know how your spring decor turns out!

                                      Below are boards and links! Happy decorating!! 😉

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Thanks for reading! I’ve linked all of this in my LiketoKnow.it app as well for the ease of shopping so give me a follow on there as well to stay up to date with daily posts! Finally, let me know in the comments if this is something you’d like to see more of and have a great rest of your Wednesday!!

 

XO- Chelsi

Easter Basket Ideas

Hello!

It’s been a minute since I sat down to write a blog post and honestly now with all that’s been going on with the Coronavirus I feel it’s absolutely necessary to continue the most important traditions. Easter is such a significant holiday and one I always look at as being a fresh start or new beginning. Jesus died on the cross to take away my sin, rose from the dead, and now sits at the right hand of God awaiting the time when we will all be re-united with him. I don’t know about you but that certainly resonnates hope within me no matter our current circumstances and should be celebrated. This year may look different from previous years, as we will all be at home, but the traditions remain the same. As a family we will get up, dress up, watch church in the basement as we have been and will hunt for eggs in the back yard after lunch. It will be different this year not having our loved ones around but I’m so thankful for technology and FaceTime which gives us the ability to be together, even if we physically can’t be. One reminder I’ve been keeping is Easter is coming and God’s goodness remains unchanged. I pray this year would bless you and yours and that hope would be restored within your heart. I’m praying for peace that would surpass all understanding and that we would soon be able to have some normalcy I know we’re all craving. Hang in there friends! We’re all in this together!!

For now, I figured I’d share some Easter basket ideas for your kiddos in case you’re like me and a little behind this year.

I’ll be honest and say I’m sad I wasn’t able to rummage through the Target dollar section for all the fun gadgets this year but nevertheless,  was able to find some fun things here and there for the kids I know they’ll still love. Thank goodness for Amazon Prime!! All the links below are shop able and should get here on time, fingers crossed! Drop a question in the comments below if you have any and I hope you find this to be easy to navigate and helpful!

 

Be blessed my friends and Happy Easter!

XO- Chelsi

 

Christmas Gift Guide for Men

Christmas Gift Guide for Men

Hello friends!

How’s your shopping coming along? I think every year, although I promise myself I will be better and won’t procrastinate, I get a little bit worse! Las minute shopping here I come! I definitely have some shopping left to do but will say, in the past couple days have gotten a lot of the big things out of the way! PTL!!

I’ve said this before, I truly love giving others gifts. It brings me joy and makes my heart happy to give. Until I have to shop for the men in my life. Only, half way kidding! Honestly though, shopping for them can be quite the challenge. My dads, brother, husband, and grandpa tend to buy what they need when they need it! Amazon on speed dial if you will and it can be hard to know what will be the perfect gift and what may surprise them in a good way. Conrad will drop hints here and there, thank goodness but I always feel like he way outdoes himself for me, and I’m like here’s your new package of socks honey, thanks for the Yurman! Haha! I am rotten! Bless! One day, I’ll get this gifting down for him and he will like it!!

That said, I wanted to put together a few things that I will be gifting or have gifted in the past and thought they may come in handy for you as well. Let me know in the comments what you’re getting your guy!

Cheers to shopping for him!

XO- Chelsi

Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Happy Black Friday and soon to be Cyber Monday!

So, let’s try this again! Y’all, I literally was about to hit publish and my entire post was deleted. So, I poured a glass of wine and we’re re-typing this. Pray for me!

If you’re like me, Black Friday is best and most conveniently spent shopping online, braless, very possibly still in bed after the re-heated leftovers have been devoured for a second or maybe third time. No judgement here! Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love shopping small, supporting local, and in store but prefer to ditch the crowd on BF and stay in to do most of my bigger shopping, especially on deal days! I remember back in the day when we would get up before the sun came up to hit ALL the deals. Now, I am all about skipping the lines and getting it delivered directly to my door. I’ll still be hitting the stores and shopping my favorite boutiques in town but for now, we are keeping it cozy and I may or may not brush my hair or get out of my pajamas today.

I also wanted to mention that I’m going to be a little more selective this year in regards to sharing retailers below. I’m sharing who I’ll also be shopping and the best deals I’ve found. I’ll update the codes for Cyber Monday if they change and will keep this updated so you can revisit it as well. All codes and specific details will be included, and I also wanted to say, if you click on a link below, and for some reason are asked to go to your “app” decline, because I just learned that going through the app doesn’t allow influencers to get credit. Just a reminder. Also, thank you SO much for going through my links and for shopping with me! I am so thankful for each and every sale and going through my links is at NO cost at all to you. If you need assistance in any way, please reach out! I want to be a good resource for you all and am always happy to help! Happy Shopping!!

WalMart: All prices have been lowered. Great for electronics and larger kids items, bikes, etc.

JCPenny: Free shipping over $49 and deals are adjusted each day. up to 50% of savings.

Old Navy: 50% off site-wide. No exclusions.$1 socks using the code COZY! (Perfect stocking stuffer).

Wayfair: up to 80% off and FREE shipping! Open box items are also an additional percentage off!

Freshly Picked: 30% off site-wide. Become a FRINGE member for an additional 20% off and free shipping! Use code FPxChelsi.

Shopbop: up to 25% off full-priced items, up to 75% off sale items. 15% off orders $200 or more, 20% off $500 or more, 25% off $800 or more. Use the code MORE19.

Kohl’s: Get $15 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent, take an additional 15% off using code GIVETHANKS

Macy’s: FREE shipping with $25 spent, extra 15 to 20% off using code BLKFRI.

Target: Doorbusters including electronics, BOGO select departments, up to 40% off home decor.

Etsy: Up to 60% off select shops.

Saks Fifth Avenue: Earn a $75 gift card by spending $150. Select designer items 50% off.

Crate & Barrel: 20-30% off site wide plus free shipping on $49 or more. Excludes furniture and select items.

American Eagle: 40% off and FREE shipping!

Gap: 50% off everything using code BLKFRIDAY

Express: 50% off everything!

Urban Outfitter: BOGO 50% off!

Anthropologie: 30% off everything!

Buddy Love: 50% off everything! Use code BF50

ASOS: Up to 70% off everything!

Bloomingdale’s: 15% off $100-$249, 20% off $250-$399, 25% off $400 or more.

Pottery Barn: 25% and FREE shipping using BLACKFRIDAY.

Amazon: Amazing deals on electronics and beyond!

Marc Fisher: 25% off select styles.

Madewell: 30% off your purchase.

Dillard’s: 30% off select merchandise, up to 50% off permanently reduced merchandise.

H&M: 30% off everything and FREE shipping.

OshKosh: 60% off site and store, no. exclusions.

Nordstrom Rack: Extra 50% off clearance, spend $100 get $20, spend $150 get $30, spend $250 get $75.

Janie and Jack: 30% off your purchase. Exclusions apply.

Mint Julep Boutique: 30% off entire site.

Goodnight Macaroon: 30% off site-wide with code GIVING30.

Ulta: FREE shipping on $35 or more and up to 50% off select beauty finds.

 

XO-Chelsi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Gift Guide for Women

image 6December is fast approaching! Have you gotten some shopping done or are you waiting for the big sales to hit this weekend? I’ve bought a couple of things for the kids but still have a lot to do. I wanted to put together a list of gifts that I have and currently love or items I may even be wishing for this Christmas season. I hope this is a helpful list and if anything gives you a little inspiration when shopping. You can hover over each item and click on it to shop as well. I always love getting the ladies in my family meaningful gifts. I’ll wrap up a couple of framed family photos and tie a new devotional to the top of it or write a letter for them to keep. I love sentimental gifts and things I can keep forever so tend to also enjoy giving them. I also love SHOES. It’s a total and complete weakness I have and one I generally feel zero remorse of most days as well. Give me a devotional or give me Gucci and I am one happy girl! haha! Truly though, I hope you can gain some insight on what would best suit your loved one’s from this post. As always, if you have questions, list them at the bottom or send me a message. I am ALWAYS, ALWAYS happy to help, and by you asking, you’re actually helping my family too, as I make a small commission off of the sales made in these posts and on my social platforms. I’m so grateful for each of you who come to this space and read these posts and inquire about any links! Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart!!

Let me know what you think and if I can help in any way! Have a great Thanksgiving week!

 

XO- Chelsi

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids

Hello, friends!!

So, I can’t believe we’re already talking gift guides! Actually, I couldn’t be more excited if we’re being honest. I’ve got my tree up, house is decorated, so I guess the next step is to start shopping, right?! Are you an overachiever too this year and have your tree out and up yet? I know it’s not even Thanksgiving but Corbin is at such a fun age and has been so antsy about Christmas coming in however many sleeps and it will be Cami Kate’s first Christmas on the outside so mama is ready to celebrate big! Also, if you aren’t already aware, Thanksgiving falls late this year so we actually have 6 less days of shopping! Yikes! Which in my mind, is even more reason to start marking off that list! I’ll be honest though and tell you guys that I am such a procrastinator when it comes to shopping over the holidays. Like, so bad! I’m hopeful though that this year will be different since I’ve got the spirit! Also, praying I can find a good hiding spot where Corbin won’t find all of the gifts “Santa” will be leaving on Christmas Eve. Pray for me, y’all!

Today, I’m sharing several options kids gifting options for all ages. Whether you’re shopping for babies, toddlers, tweens or teens, I hope there’s something below for everyone! I also wanted to include a broad range of pricing this year too. Several items are $25 to $50 and under, while others are over $200. Hoping you will find what is on your kiddos wish list, and if not, shoot me a message and I would be so happy to help you find it!

Below are several ideas, but something else that is even more precious than the latest, greatest toy is an experience. I always want to be transparent in this space and thought I’d share what we’ve done as a family in previous years. My mom always says that each year instead of a bunch of gifts, it would be so fun to start a trip fund and add to it instead of saving for gifts. Taking a trip as a family and creating memories instead of having more things is something your kids will always remember and will cherish. They may not remember what they got for Christmas that one year, but they will always remember that time you went skiing, or took them to Disney. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate vacation either, but is an idea of you’re looking to make memories and not spend as much on what is under the tree. We’ve taken cruises, gone to the mountains, and even just taken weekend trips to nearby resorts. We’ve always looked forward to the time together and to just be able to go somewhere, relax and sightsee. Just some food for thought, but I will say, there are some really fun gifting options below too if you’re looking for inspiration.

I’ve also linked some stocking stuffer ideas as well, most under $20! I hope this is a helpful resource for you this season and inspires you to get ahead of the game a little too! 🙂

Gifts for infants to teens and ages in between.

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Thanks so much for stopping by, shopping my links and continually supporting this little space! Have a great rest of your Wednesday!

 

With a grateful heart,

CHELSI

 

 

#RotellaGasTruckRollback

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Happy Tuesday and welcome to this edition of blogging where I talk all about the importance of oil changes and why we use Shell Rotella Gas Truck Oil. We’re honestly so excited to be a part of the #RotellaGasTruckRollback campaign and to have my handsome hubs in this post along with me! I mean, how cute is he? A man who looks good changing the oil, how lucky am I?!

For as long as I can remember, Shell has been a trusted product for servicing our families vehicles. The Rotella Gas Truck Oil is on rollback right now, is FTC compliant, one of the most effective in protecting your engine and allows you to go a little bit longer between changes. It’s a sustainable product for those heavy loads, treacherous driving conditions, extreme temperatures, and even frequent short trips. It also protects horsepower and prevents sludge and all the icky stuff that can corrode your engine.

Speaking of frequent short trips, I am always on the go. Between school, baseball, photo shoots, and all that is mom life, it’s important to keep my car in tip top shape and ensure the safety of my family in the meantime. Conrad is constantly asking if everything is working like it should and to make sure I am servicing the engine as often as necessary. I have a GMC Yukon and so the Rotella Gas Truck Oil is perfect for keeping us safe on the road. For me, it’s an easy stop at the #walmart AutoCare Center and 20 minutes to get my oil changed efficiently and affordably. We’ve even bought the oil at our local Walmart and Conrad’s changed it a handful of times in the driveway for me.

Being a daughter, grand-daughter and now wife of generations of oil and gas, its imperative to use the best. Which is why my family relies on Shell products and trusts the Rotella Gas Truck Oil to get us where we need to go. So excited to have been a part of this campaign and to have been able to share more about what this product actually does. The next time you’re at your local Walmart, let them change your oil, and be sure to tell them you want the Shell Rotella Gas Truck Oil especially if you have a truck or SUV to keep your engine free from wear and tear and running clean. Let them know we sent you and enjoy the ride!

 

XO- Chelsi

Styling a Black Leather Skirt

Styling a Black Leather Skirt

News Flash!!!

Along with animal print, skirts are majorly on trend this fall! Mostly broom and leather, but in this case I’ll be sharing and showing you three ways to style a black leather skirt. Really, how you can style them in general, not only a few ways! I love how versatile a leather skirt can be. They are fit for many occasions and can be worn season after season; from summer, to fall, winter and spring. They are so cute year round and I’m so happy to see them being styled all over the gram right now!

I will say, I think there’s a misconception about leather skirts and that they can only be styled one or two ways and only a certain person can pull them off! Also, a myth  I’m here put to rest and to share a few ideas I wear often and know will look great on you too, if you’ve been on the fence on whether to not to pull the trigger in adding one to your closet this season.

One common way I’ve seen most and feel is most classic is a sweater, fitted or oversized, with a fun bootie, printed embossed snakeskin or leopard. My favorite look today is a spin on the traditional yet a little edgier. I love to pair my skirts with graphic tees and throw on a denim jacket and a wide brim hat. It’s more of a boho meets rocker chic and a look I think would be so cute for a concert, girl’s night out, or even date night. I probably won’t be wearing this for drop off or pick up, 😉 but think it’s so fun for those mentioned above! You can also totally dress it down. One way I wear it just running around town is to style with a basic white tee and a converse sneaker like the ones linked below. Staying on trend, but also keeping it more casual. I’ll throw on a denim jacket if it’s a cooler day, or tie a plaid flannel around my waist. Another shoe option for this look is to style it with a combat boot. Also making a statement this fall. I never thought I’d say I own a pair of Dr. Marten’s past high school, freshman year at that, but here we are! What goes around, comes around Amiright?! I’m thinking these or these to complete the look.

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Another laid-back style is just pairing it with a classic and easy oversized sweater, like the one I have pictured, a ball cap, crossbody, and my Golden Goose. This look is perfect for rooting on your favorite team (guns up) and if you’re a true fan add a pop of color on top and a spirited earring to give the outfit a little pizzazz. Such a fun way to style it, while remaining effortless and chic. I personally love to style my skirts this way, especially with sneakers because I feel like it creates more of an everyday look and can be pulled off so easily without trying too hard.

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Lastly, snazzy up your black leather skirt starting with a body con base. I would suggest a bodysuit or more fitted top, especially if you plan to layer. I think this is exceptionally true when adding a faux fur vest, teddy coat or faux fur coat. Going back to the bodysuit. It doesn’t have to be boring. Mine is a burnout fabric with velvet leopard but it’s subtle enough to not be overkill. Add in some texture if you feel like the basics are too basic. Now faux fur. I have a few that are fluffier than others, for a lack of better term, and feel a slimmer base is needed to achieve that polished look. I like to finish this look off with an over the knee boot. You can go a step further and add a hat or like me, just accessorize with a pair of oversized sunglasses. I also think a trench over the top is so pretty and chic. So good for holiday parties, or social events that require you to be a little more dressed up. I am LOVING these trench options and think keeping it monochromatic is so classic and also so on trend. You can also wear a black leather jacket on top too. Sets are also a big trend, so putting pieces together that look like they were bought that way, is never a bad idea. Especially if it’s still warm in your area for coats and vests. I’ve also decided to link a couple of skirts that are a little longer too, so if you’re in the workforce, these would be appropriate for special events, holiday office parties, etc as well. To cinch in your waist, you can always add a fun belt to accentuate, when adding a coat over the top to give your waist a smaller illusion. Love this too if you’re not big into jewelry. It will provide a little more put togetherness and then complete the outfit with a tall boot or heel if you prefer.

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I hope this post is helpful and inspires you to try this trend out and step outside the box in making a black leather skirt your own. Let me know how you style it!

 

Happy Monday!

 

XO-Chelsi