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, ūüėČ 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

Registry Must Haves & Pink Blush Maternity

Registry Must Haves & Pink Blush Maternity

Hello friends!

We’ve made it to the weekend and today I thought I’d share few registry must-haves with you all, as we’re nearing the arrival of our baby girl and to switch it up from all the Christmas gifting.

I am so excited to use these items, some I’ve already used with Corbin and they were a complete game changer, and others that are newly out on the market or since he was a babe.

First, I found the cutest backpack¬†on sale and think it will be amazing since it also has handles for the stroller so I feel it will be convenient for travel and everyday use. I honestly hardly used a diaper bag the first time around and I felt like I was such a disorganized mess so I figured I would give it a go this time around. I also love this option and how chic it looks.¬†Freshly Picked backpack. I also love the idea of a backpack, simply because I can still carry my handbags and not feel over loaded. Just my opinion, as I tend to carry larger handbags and with all the baby gear don’t want to look or feel weighed down. Something to think about when choosing the right diaper bag for you.

Let’s talk strollers. I have a couple that I’m loving and will be the first to tell you that travel systems are worth EVERY penny. They will save you the hassle of buying individual pieces and will guarantee you less of a headache. The carseat converted stroller I’m loving is the Doona. It is a carseat and stroller in ONE. It will be so useful, not to mention handy especially with one child in pre-k and toting around an infant during school drop-off and pick-up. Check it out¬†here. Also, here are a couple of other great travel system options that have wonderful reviews.¬†Here¬†and¬†here. I have also heard great reviews on¬†this brand¬†and¬†this¬†as well if you’re just looking to find a carseat without the stroller.

When it comes to sleeping, or there lack of, and if you’ll be nursing for the first several months, I would suggest a bassinet. We have¬†this one¬†and didn’t have it with Corbin so I’m excited to see how she likes it and will hopefully get a restful sleep, if that even exists with a newborn. Haha! It has a vibration setting and sound as well, making it a dream in my mind.¬†This Bassinet¬†also has great reviews and is under $80. I’ve also heard amazing things about the SNOO but unless that’s all your child will be sleeping in long term, I think it’s a little pricey; my opinion only. We used¬†this¬†for Corbin as a newborn and it has its perks, but I was afraid of leaving him in the sleeper so never used that part of it. They play pen was awesome though for naps as he got older and it served its purpose during those late night diaper changes. For traveling is was also wonderful, as it folds up and is easy to tear down and set up. It’s a little bit of an investment but is a good one if you’re a traveler or just want something set up in your room for those first few months.

Baby wearing. Y’all, I never really did this with Corbin, because I was too dumb to figure out the Moby wrap. Ashamed a little to admit that but I was always afraid he’d slip right through. I’ve looked into possibly getting the Solly baby wrap, as I’ve heard great things or trying¬†this one¬†out. I was recently gifted a ring sling as well from¬†Soul Slings¬†and am anxious to use it as well. I’ve heard wonderful things about this brand and am excited to review it. Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing more once our little bundle arrives.

One of our most used products when we had Corbin was our¬†Mamaroo. He literally loved it, slept in it, watched me as he got older do housework and it was a complete soothing tool for us during the teething phase. It also allowed me as a new mom to get things done for the first couple of months while he slept. I pray baby girl loves it as much as he did. Fingers crossed. It’s also an investment but We loved it, and literally took it on trips with us when we could. He sat in it until he was around 6 months or maybe a little older.¬†Here¬†is another great swing/sleeper option for under $50 that many of my friends swear by as well.

This binkie or pacifier¬†is a little pricier than what I would normally spend, but I love that it pops in and out to keep the germs at bay. We didn’t have these either before, so I’m excited to try them out. Hope this baby likes a binkie! ūüôā She has a few colors and other kinds already, but I’ve tried to steer clear of the ugly massive ones. HA! Has anyone tried these? What was your experience?

Dock A Tot, yes please!! My mama gifted this to us and it’s another item I was hoping to receive, just because everyone I know who has use it, swears by it for sleep training and in general. It has so many good reviews and comes in a variety of color options to suit your needs. It can be found¬†here.

Whether you plan on nursing or bottle feeding,¬†Dr. Brown’s¬†have been such a good choice for us in the past. They worked great for Corbin when he had a tummy ache or acid reflux so I’m hoping if baby girl has that, it will also help her. What bottles do you recommend? This is also a subject I am totally open to for any advice on, really anything I recommend is open to suggestions. Do you have a favorite brand that you like to use?

We got a new changing pad, and it’s awesome! It literally will track your babies weight and has a cool chic design plus an app that has other features. Check it out¬†here.

Lastly, monitors. We splurged and bought the¬†Owlet Baby Monitor. This monitor fits securely on your babies foot and reports your babies heart rate on an app on your phone. If your babies heart rate isn’t detected while sleeping, an alarm will alert you on your phone. It is reducing the risk of SIDS, which gives this mama peace of mind. I also like¬†this option¬†that includes a camera for over the crib. The Lollipop Cam is also neat and can be attached or wrapped around literally any surface. Another well reviewed product.

I hope this list of items was helpful if you’re an expectant mama. I am so excited to try these out and can’t wait to report back on some of the items I haven’t yet used once our sweet girl arrives.

Thank you for reading and for following along! Have a great weekend!!!

 

 

XO-Chelsi

 

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Cyber Weekend Deals

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

 

I hope you all are having a lovely Thanksgiving so far and that you’ve been able to start your day by enjoying all of the fun festivities. A day full of family, food, football and fun! I always love this time of year, gathering with my family, watching the Macy’s Day Parade, and honestly being together for a few days just to unwind and relax is so nice. It’s one of my favorite holidays! The food doesn’t hurt either; well maybe my waistline, but I don’t have one of those at the moment anyways, thanks to this sweet baby girl! ūüėČ Gobble til you wobble takes on a whole new meaning this year folks!

Now, it’s time to get down to business! Talking Black Friday!! Get on your comfiest joggers, grab a latte and hit those BIG sales! The time has come to check off those must haves from your list and score some amazing deals in the meantime. I’m here to help you do that! Whether you’re the overachiever and in the 5 a.m. line awaiting the Black Friday store grand opening and braving the crowd or the taking it easy on the couch with leftover pumpkin pie in hand and a shopping online kinda gal (me), there are some great sales below you won’t want to miss, and here’s your chance to get a head start. So many early Black Friday deals await, my friends! Plus, I have to mention, by clicking my links, I’ll be able to earn a very small commission and that honestly helps keep this girl in the blogging world! It’s a win, win and you have NO idea how grateful I am to be able to do what I love! I am so thankful for you all and the kindness you show me daily! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I’m also a resource for you to find what you’re looking for and always so happy to help with anything I can to make this experience an enjoyable one, even in the chaos. Let me know if you have any questions at all or know of any amazing retailers that should be added to my list!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday and enjoy the sales happening this weekend, and that this list may be of assistance to get you started!

Check out this list of some of my favorite stores and their codes to get that extra discount at checkout!

Daniel Wellington: 50% off select styles plus an additional 15% off with the code: BLUE15 at checkout.

Old Navy: 50% off of your entire purchase.

Ulta: $10 gifts and free shipping on orders of $35 or more. Starts 5 CT online.

Nordstrom: Up to 60% off and Designer Clearance up to 40% off.

Amazon: Get all the daily deals and more.

Urban Outfitters: BOGO 50% off, discount taken at check out on lowest priced item.

Forever 21: 50% off web exclusives and 30% off sweaters, cold weather accessories starting at $3.90.

Target: Early access to online shopping for all Redcard holders.

Walmart: Online early access begins now, in store at 6 p.m.

Wayfair: Up to 80% off select styles.

Pottery Barn: 25% off site wide using the code: THANKFUL.

Shein: 60% off EVERYTHING.

Macy’s: Free shipping starting at $49 plus an additional 20% off and 15% off using code: BLKFRI in select depts. Exclusions apply.

Sephora: 50% off select items, plus gifts under $25.

T3 Micro: 25% off site wide.

Neiman Marcus: Save $50 off $200 when using the code: THANKFUL

West Elm: 30% off 3,000 or more, 25% off 1,000 or more, 20% off 500 or more, and 15% off $100 or more. Use code: SAVEMORE.

JCPenney: No code needed.

American Eagle: 40% off everything plus free shipping. Aerie included.

World Market: Get 40% off all furniture using the code: FURNDEAL plus free shipping on orders of $200 or more. Also, BOGO 50% off online.

Loft: 50% off your purchase using the code: THANKS at checkout.

Francesca’s: BOGO 70% off everything.

Shopbop: Up to 25% off full priced items, 75% off sale items using the code: MORE18.

Revolve: Up to 50% off sale items.

Express: 50% off everything plus free shipping. Exclusions apply.

A&F: 50% off entire store plus free shipping. Discount applied at checkout. Exclusions apply.

H&M: Additional 25% off sale items. Use code: 3236.

DSW: 20% off everything using the code: MADHOUSE plus a free weekender while supplies last when a $39 purchase is made. Use code: FREEBIE.

Bed, Bath & Beyond: No code needed.

Carter’s: 60% off entire site and store. No exclusions! Exclusive doorbuster up to 75% off while supplies last.

Gymboree: 50-75% off entire store.

Crazy 8: Up to 80% off entire store, plus free shipping.

Gap: 50% off everything, no exclusions with code: BLKFRIDAY then online bonus, extra 10% off using code: TREAT.

The North Face: 25% off select styles, plus free shipping and free returns.

Steve Madden: Pass members get 35% off plus 2 day shipping with code: THANKS. Non-pass members receive 25% off.

Dick’s Sporting Goods: 25% off everything Thursday and Friday ONLY.

A Pea in the Pod Maternity: Up to 40% off in-store and online.

Williams-Sonoma: 20% off your order plus free shipping with the code: THANKS.

Saks Fifth Avenue: 40% off designer selections. Earn a $75 giftcard when using the code: THANKFUL. Free shipping with code: FREESHIP.

Bloomingdale’s: Take $25 every $200 spent, and free shipping.

J.Crew: Get 40% off your purchase using code: TOGETHER.

Pink Blush: 60% off site wide, plus free shipping. Use code: BLACKFRIDAY.

Marc Fisher: 30% off select styles using the code: BF18.

Etsy: Sales vary depending on retailer.

Hunter Boots: 20% off and free shipping.

Madewell: 25% off purchase using code: DEALWITHIT

Topshop: 50% off select items plus free worldwide shipping.

J.Crew Factory: Shop clearance up to 80% off using code: ADD2CART

 

Happy Shopping!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to shop through my links!!

 

XO- CHELSI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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!? ūüėČ 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. ūüėČ 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

Cheers to ONE year!!!

Cheers to ONE year!!!

Cheers to the weekend and to year ONE!!!

I cannot believe this space has been a part of my life now for one entire year! Time just flies and this past year seems to have gone by extremely fast. I’ve been putting this post together for some time now in hopes to come up with the right words to adequately describe my feelings going into today. Thankful is the word that seems to be displayed on my heart and in my head. For so many reasons.

I can honestly say, when I started this journey one year ago today, I never thought it would be what it is. It has exceeded my expectations and a huge part of that is because of YOU! I have made new friendships, been challenged in ways I never thought possible, had many ups, a few downs, learned so much about myself as a person, have grown in community and most importantly, in faith. I have been so blessed to be able to do what I love and to share my family with you all and hopefully have inspired some cute outfits along the way.

There have been trying moments as with anything new, but looking back I would say they have been worth it. Meeting deadlines, being held accountable, all of the late hours of putting together outfits for shoots, try-on sessions, editing, writing and scheduling blog posts, sharing recipes, and just the day in, day out chat has been something I have enjoyed more than I can describe, even in the midst of a little anxiety every now and again. I didn’t think when I began one year ago that this would be as much work as it has been, but it has given me SO much! This tiny corner of the internet, and creative outlet for me has been such a blessing in getting me back to who I am and has inspired me to become so much more. The excitement of working for brands, being sent amazing products to try and meeting some of the sweetest humans in real life and through this community has been so special. You have all made such an impact as well. A simple like, sweet message, or sending me photos of something you have purchased is sincerely the reason why I am still here. Your support means the WORLD and I do a happy dance every time I see that you’ve bought something you’ve seen on my feed. 35 cents never made me so happy, y’all!! Truly, this space wouldn’t be what it is without you, and I am so thankful for your constant love, encouragement and support of Bluebonnets and Bowties. Being able to include our sweet little boy and soon to be baby girl in the mix of all things blogging has been so much fun and such an incredible experience and one that I cherish each day. It’s the icing on the cake for me.

I can’t wait to see what year two has in store and know that God is in control. One thing I hope to always keep priority is my relationship with the Lord and my family. I just pray that in whatever I do or wherever this journey leads, that it will glorify Him always and will be pleasing in His eyes. Jesus is the reason for my decision in starting this journey and He already knows what’s in store for our future. It gives me such great confidence and comfort knowing He is already there and also how he has been working in this space and on my heart through every little detail. My family has been the absolute best in supporting me and my crazy ideas! From impromptu photo shoots taken by my mom, husband and many others, to their kind words and unfailing support, I couldn’t be more grateful and hope they feel the love today and everyday that they have been by my side.

I also continue to pray that this is a space where I can continue to be myself, and strive to bless your life in some way. Whether its advice, a listening ear, family photo outfit ideas, or just in need of a friend that this space can be a resource for you. Need a new wardrobe or some Jesus talk, I am right here, sister!! ūüėČ So with further ado just know I am so thankful, feel incredibly blessed and am so excited to see where this fun creative space takes me and my little family! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!!

XO- Chelsi

A special thank you to my friend Kimberly Correa for being an amazing photographer!

Labor Day Sales

Hi everyone!!

I hope your LDW is off to a great start! I wanted to round up and share a few sales I know I’ll be hitting this weekend. Check out the links below to be redirected to the sites to shop!

 

Have a great weekend and Labor Day!

 

American Eagle: 25-60% off!

Forever 21– 50% off using code EXTRA50

H&M– Up to 60% off and FREE shipping

Abercrombie– 40% off through Labor Day

Macy’s– extra 20% off using the code WKND

Dillard’s– 30-40% off additionally marked down merchandise

Nordstrom Rack– Clear the rack event!

J. Crew– For 40% off your entire order use the code BIGSALE

Urban Outfitters– Take an additional 40% off sale items

Free People– 40% off sale items

Loft– 40% off your entire purchase using the code LABORDAY

Amazon– Great deals this weekend!

Target– 20-30% off select styles for home and family

Old Navy– Select styles 50-60% off for the whole family

Nordstrom– Summer sale merchandise up to 40% off through Sept. 9th

West Elm– 15-30% off using the code SAVEMORE

JCPenney– Extra 25% off $100 or more using code 7BIGSALE

Sephora– Up to 60% off use one-time codes, YESINSIDER, YESROUGE, YESVIB.

ASOS– Get 20% off new season merchandise

Wayfair– Up to 75% off

Saks Fifth Avenue– Up to 75% off select merchandise

Anthropologie– 40% off sale clothing and home

Kendra Scott– Spend up to $200 and receive 25% off

 

 

XO-

CHELSI

 

 

Talbots

Talbots

Hi Friends!

Today, I’m teaming up with Talbots to share the ultimate jeans style guide with you all. Talk about some great jeans that are suitable for everyone! With five styles to choose from (skinny, straight, slim, bootcut and relaxed) women of all ages, shapes, and sizes can find a fit most flattering for every body type and season of life. Personally, I chose the jeggings or skinny style as I feel this is my go-to style and fit for me personally and one I wear most often. One disclaimer is making the suggestion to potentially size down one size, especially if in between. I am wearing a 2 and could easily have sized down to a 0. They are high waisted, full of stretch and the dark wash is so good for every day wear. I chose to pair them with the Talbots cactus tee and on chilly mornings, taking this look from summer to fall, adding a cardigan and cute bootie to complete the outfit.

These jeans will literally take you from a casual day at work, to a quiet dinner with your family or a girls night so easily. I love that there isn’t any distressing so they literally can be a staple for anyone wanting a good wash and fit for years to come. Talbots’ selection of jeans not only comes in a variety of styles, but several wash options as well. They aren’t the cheapest, and are around $95 per pair, but I feel as though quality speaks for itself and you get what you pay for.

For me personally, I think Talbots is trying to target a younger, chic and sophisticated generation, while still serving the customer base for which it’s established and I honestly think it’s incredibly smart to widen that gap and include more products that appeal to both markets. My grandmother has been a long time Talbots customer and friends of mine are now starting to shop with them as well.

It’s been so exciting to be a part of this new generation, fun launch and share the great pieces that Talbots has to offer. I hope that you will take a moment and visit their site to see how many cute pieces are available and the next time you’re in or near a store, try their denim line! You won’t be disappointed!

Thank you to Talbots’ for allowing me to share your brand and be a part of this amazing campaign.

XO-

Chelsi

Photography by: Kimberly Correa

Shop my outfit and jeans by clicking on the link provided here.

Nordstrom Sale Kids Picks

Hello friends!

As if you aren’t already tired of hearing about the Nordstrom Sale, I am here to share even more. Today, we’re talking kids and baby gear. I have selected my top picks for you to shop if you have little ones.

Also, I think this sale is the perfect opportunity to score a nice winter coat, jeans and boots or tennis shoes for the upcoming fall season and into the winter months. I would segues sizing up one size in The North Face brand, in my opinion, they tend to run small. Also, mamas-to-be, if you’re looking for a carseat/stroller combo, look no further. There is one blow that is listed several hundred dollars off and will fulfill both carseat and stroller needs that you may have. Plus, so much more in baby gear!

If you have any questions regarding sizing, DM me or comment below! Happy Thursday!!

XO-

 

CHELSI