Style

FOR THE LOVE OF STYLE — 03 // MY FAVORITE NECK SCARVES

03.27.18

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of neck scarves! I’ve been rocking these bright and fun accessories for a few years now and seem to have an ever-growing collection. My first (aside from my younger years of rocking classic red bandannas) was a hand-dyed pink silk scarf from the gals at 3,191 Miles Apart (back when they had a shop). Nowadays I mostly rock cotton and silk scarves from my favorite shops, but I’m also a fan of higher-end scarves — ya know, for those really special occasions. Anyway you look at it, though — a scarf draws the eyes up and often brings a pop of color to an every day outfit — the perfect accessory, if you ask me!

In case you’re on the hunt for a few new scarves of your own for the spring season, or just feel like browsing — here’s a few of my favorite shops to browse + buy scarves from —

I would love to hear if you have any neck scarfs? Or fav places to shop scarves? I’m always on the hunt for unique ones that will bring a bit of life and color to my otherwise minimal-style wardrobe! Anyways, I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start and I’ll be back soon!

-Chelsea xo

Lifestyle

FEELING LIGHT AND BRIGHT

03.18.18

Well hello there! You may notice that things look a bit different around here — a little more bright, a little more refined! This update has been a work in progress for quite some time now, so I am incredibly happy to be sharing it with you all now! There are still a few kinks and bugs here and there that I’m working through as the days go on (woos of moving *almost* nine years worth of content!), but I am so, so thrilled with the new space and hope that it brings so much inspiration, joy and a sense of community within the blogosphere in the coming days, months and years.

None of this would have been possible without the amazing individuals that helped bring my vision to life —

Natalie of Blogzilla Studio who was incredibly patience with me, offered a wealth of knowledge, helped in preparing the ol’ blog for it’s big move and then actually bringing the space to to life! She has continued to answer all of my questions and offered amazing advice in the days leading up to and post transfer, and I truly couldn’t recommend her services enough! Thank you SO, SO much, Natalie!

Alex Leiphart of Alex & Co. who brought my vision of a more updated and refined look and feel to my website and overall online presence. Alex is a local, Phoenix-based designer who is incredibly talented and was wonderful to work with throughout the whole process! He has designed some amazing branding + interactive pieces for some of my favorite local brands and restaurants, so working with him felt like a natural fit. I also heard there’s word of him working with our dear friends over at PHX Flea — so stay tuned! 😉

Kels and Michael Photography who took my dream of an easy and breezy film photography shoot in our home and made it reality! This was our second shoot with Kelsey and Mike (you can see our first one here!), and we truly couldn’t have loved shooting with them more. They have this way of making you feel completely at ease and I feel so grateful we were able to capture these photos to share who we are and where we’re at in our life today. There will be lots more photos to come — but until then, this photo sums up Scott and I currently — ages 29 and 29, in our home during the winter of 2017-2018. What a wild ride it has been to get to this place, and I just know that there is so many more amazing days and adventures to come.

And there you have it, our incredible team who made this refined refresh happen here at Chelsea Bird! Before I go, a huge thank you is also in order to my amazing husband for encouraging me endlessly along the way. I started this blog in June of 2009 as a way to keep in contact with him during my summer away, and to this day he is my biggest supporter! Love you, JSG!

I’ll be back soon, but until then — here’s to a fresh and inspiring space!

-Chelsea xo

Beauty / Lifestyle

BEAUTY & SKINCARE — 01 // MY FAVORITE FACE MASKS

03.07.18

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found more joy and time wanting to spend on my skincare routine. Among my favorite part of my routine — masks! I’ve found the process relaxing and tend to find myself making a hot cup of tea and throwing on a face mask before I get ready to hit the hay. I do this once or twice a week, and always find my skin feeling refreshed and more clear then when I started. I, admittedly, have pretty even skin and usually only get breakouts when I’m sweating a lot in the summer or during my time of month, but do really enjoy helping to clear out and brighten my skin however I can. I also have sensitive and combination skin, but have found a few products that work best for me over the years [along with a few duds, of course — but we won’t talk about those ;)]

Anyways, In case you’re on the hunt for a new face mask or two, or just feel like browsing — here’s a few of my favorite face masks —

I would love to hear what your favorite face mask are, and what your morning and evening skincare routine looks like! Do you like to do your face masks in the evening or in the morning? I’m more of an evening gal, but if there’s time — I could easily be persuaded to slow down a bit and put on a face mask during the early hours! Be back soon, friends! Happy Tuesday!

-Chelsea xo

Lifestyle / Outfits

WHAT TO WEAR TO A FARMERS MARKET

03.05.18

One of Scott and I’s favorite weekend activities is going to our local farmer’s market! Every Saturday we tend to sleep in a little past our normal wake-up time (we — errr, I — am an early riser, haha) and then throw on an easy outfit and head to our local farmer’s market around 10am. Scott and I are big fans of local product, in fact — this spring season we signed up for our first CSA box with Steadfast Farms. Even though we now get our veggie + fruit box bi-monthly, we still love to do a little veggie shopping, coffee drinking and acai bowl eating every Saturday morning, espeically in the spirngtime when the weather in Phoenix is SO nice!

One of the outfits I find myself sporting often to the farmers market is this combo of denim overalls, a breezy top and pair of mules that I can slip on as we’re heading out the door. Looking back, it seems a bit funny to rock a very farmer-esque style outfit to the market, but I like to think that I dress up my overalls just enough so that I stand out in the crowds — although, I would LOVE to have a booth at the farmers market one day! Scott and I have been talking about signing up next season with our small business, but we will see!

A good pair of sunglasses, a woven basket and even a sun hat would make the perfect accessories to your farmers market ensemble. By the time we got around to snapping these photos, I had already put away our goodies from our trip to the market this day, but you can see me rocking my fav woven bag + our giant carrots poking out here!

Aside from rocking my usual weekend ensemble, I’ve also been sporting this Sezane Farrow bag almost every day for the past two months! It has held its shape so beautifully, and it seriously fits everything! Sezane recently added new color to its line-up of this bag and I’ve now got my eye on a blush colored one! I swear, Sezane can do no wrong!

Outfit Details —  

                    Sezane Top (similar!), Madewell OverallsSezane Farrow Bag, Madewell Harper Mules

I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start! Scott and I got up bright and early to take him to have his wisdom teeth removed — poor guy! I’m currently waiting for him to finish up and then its back home to rest for the day! If you could, please send good vibes his way!

-Chelsea xo

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ONTO THE WEEKEND — 20

03.04.18

Happy Sunday and hello March! The past week has felt like a whirlwind, but I’m excited that the start of spring is nearly here. Scott and I had a busy weekend selling at the spring Phoenix Flea, and now we’re gearing up for a 6:15am wisdom teeth removal surgery for Scott — poor guy! I had mine out 5’ish years ago and Scott took care of me afterward (I was a mess!), so it’s only fair that I care for him in return. Our fridge is stocked with soft foods and we’re ready for a slow week of resting and healing (for Scott, of course). We’re off now to dinner to celebrate Scott’s mom’s birthday, but until I return — here’s a few links + thoughts that came across my mind/caught my eye this past week:

— The Anna Edit has been of my favorite vloggers/bloggers for years and year, and this post on her best wardrobe investments was calling my name!

— I’m on the hunt for a new style of denim to wear this spring and loved reading CITNB’s post on her recent denim purchases!

— Our small biz, Citizen Home Decor, had an amazing day at the spring Phoenix Flea! Thank you SO much to everyone who came out!

— As someone who is constantly re-organizing/re-styling our home, I love reading this post from Kate La Vie on tips for styling your space!

— We’re headed to NYC in May for my 30th and would love any and all tips you may have — hotels, restaurants, shops, coffee — send them our way, pretty please!

— After a busy weekend, I treated myself to this beauty from Sezane! Excited to add it to my spring wardrobe. 🙂

And in case you missed it on CB these past few weeks:

Five tips and tricks for healthy + happy plants!

— Favorite shops to browse + buy hats from!

A few thoughts on blogging in 2018!

Five tips for making your bedroom comfy and cozy!

My favorite coffee tables books and a peek into how I styled them!

Hope ya’ll are having a warm and restful Sunday. I’ll be back soon!

-Chels xo

Lifestyle

HOUSEPLANTS 101 – 5 TIPS AND TRICKS FOR HAPPY PLANTS

02.28.18

Out of all the bits and pieces, paintings and trinkets in our home, the items I get questions about the most are our houseplants! I shared a full post on where to purchase, how to care for and how to decorate with plants back in June of last year, and while I still fully stand behind my recommendations –I’ve been wanting to create a mini version! Think Spark Notes for plant care, haha!

Here are my 5 tips and tricks for happy plants —

1. Do your research! Purchase plants that are easiest to care for in your climate! // Throughout the past few years I’ve really honed in on the plants that are the easiest to care for in our space — snake plants, zz plants, monstera and even fiddle fig leafs! While everyone’s home and climate is a bit different, it’s important to have plants that are able to thrive in your space. A quick google search and a chat with your local nursery owner will help you to quickly pinpoint those perfect plants before you even make your first purchase.

2. Set yourself up for a success! Purchase yourself a healthy plant! // We’ve purchased from all different places – local nurseries, major retailers, floral shops, etc., and what we’ve learned through this process is that it’s not about where you buy your plants from, it’s about how well they’ve been cared for beforehand. Keep you eyes peeled for wilting limbs, yellow leaves and the overall condition of the plant. Set yourself up for success by purchasing a plant that is in good shape (unless you’re a magical plant lady/gent that can bring plants back to life — then by all means, take care of those in need).

3. Pick the perfect pot! // Picking your plants new space is half the fun of bringing home your leafy friend! I’m all for unique planters, but also want to make sure the pot is good for the actual plant. Terra cotta pots are always a fan favorite, as they’re porous and allow air and water to pass through the walls (while keeping your plant + water inside the pot, of course). Picking pots with a base for drainage is always suggested, but above all else — be sure to choose a pot that allows for growth!

4. Find the perfect spot! // Next to the window? Up high? Down low? Each plant varies in how much sunlight they need, but I’ve done my best to place each plant in our home in a space where they receive either direct or indirect sunlight (and for the random few that don’t – I move them around throughout the week). It may take awhile to find the perfect place, but don’t be afraid to move around your plants until they’re looking their most happy and healthy!

5. Keep a weekly watering routine! // Keeping and sticking to a watering routine is one of the best things you can do for your plants! We water all of our plants once a week on Sundays — we usually throw on some music or a YouTube video and get to work on our blooming brood! Oh, and don’t forget to feed your plants while you’re at it! We buy plant food from Dig It locally, but you can purchase these nutrition filled packs at your local nurseries, major retailers and more.

And there you have it – five tips and tricks for happy plants! As I mentioned in my last plant focused post, I’m by no means an expert — but have a feeling that you might be able to learn a thing or two from my successes and failures in houseplant care! I would love to hear your own tips and ticks for plant care, funny stories and even your failures! We’re all just trying to figure out these fickle fellas — one watering day at a time!

-Chels

Lifestyle / Outfits

FEBRUARY IN THE DESERT + A FEW THOUGHTS ON BLOGGING IN 2018

02.26.18

Have you ever had one of those months that seem to go by faster then you ever intended? Between work, our small business and a few bits and pieces I’ve been working on for this little ol’ blog of mine — the month seemed to disappear before I had time to realize it. With that said, though, this month was a productive one — new products for Citizen HD, a photoshoot with one of our favorite couples/photographers in our home and more cleaning sprees then I can count (clearing out all of our cupboards one by one). With March right around the corner, though, I’m focusing on spending more time being creative and a little extra on self-care (something I’ve realizing more and more how much I enjoy as I get older). Do any of these plans fall into anyone else’s March itinerary? If so, let me know what you’re working on + what you’ll be focusing on doing more for yourself (more quiet time, pedicures, face masks, workign out, drinking more water, etc.)

Lately I’ve been taking notes + snapping photos to remind me of all the things I want to share around here this year. Is there something I’ve touched on or haven’t shared before that you would be curious to read about? I’ve learned that sharing my everyday style is still something (most) folks who hang around here want to see — which makes me so happy to hear, but I’ve really enjoyed sharing more thoughts on home + tips on decor, entertaining and more. I’ve been finding so much inspiration in blogs that I’ve been reading for years, lately, as I think we’re all in that transitional place of sharing what we’ve always loved + new pieces, styles and thoughts that are filling our everyday lives as we naturally shift what we do + enjoy in our late twenties/early thirties. Call me crazy, but I am SO into blogs lately — Instagram may be king when it comes to social platforms, but blogs will never die. There’s too much value in that OG community that we’ve worked so hard to create + sustain through every social platform that came our way. Let me know if you feel the same!

Outfit Details —  

                    Shop Clay Armando Hat, Toad & Co Sweater (similar!), Madewell Cardigan,                        Madewell 9’inch High-Rise Skinny Jeans , Free People Royale FlatsSezane Farrow Bag

I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend and is ready to take on the new week + month ahead. Scott and I will be selling at Phoenix Flea this Saturday, so if you’re local — don’t forget to come on down and see us at Heritage Square!

-Chelsea xo

Lifestyle / Travel

Uber Driver-Partner Kevin Explores Phoenix While Supporting His Family

02.23.18

A big thank you to Uber for sponsoring this post!

Say hello to Kevin, a fellow Arizona native, road trip enthusiast and ASU grad who recently shared with me his story of how he became an Uber driver-partner!

Kevin and I met up for coffee at The Normal Diner, a favorite local restaurant, and became quick friends after finding out we had mutual friends. He was kind enough to share his story of giving up his full-time career in engineering to focus on spending more time with his family, something he says Uber has helped him to accomplish. Kevin is also a big fan of Phoenix and shared with me a few of his favorite restaurants, stores and coffee shops that he’s discovered while driving for Uber!

If you’re not familiar with Uber, it’s a ride request app that’s available in over 500 cities around the world. I’ve used it from San Francisco to New York, and in lots of cities in-between. Scott and I found ourselves requesting rides during our honeymoon, and I used it while exploring The Big Apple on my own. It’s our preferred method of transportation while exploring a new city, as it’s fast, safe and affordable!

Talking with my Uber driver-partners about their life stories has always been one of my favorite things about using Uber, and chatting with Kevin felt no different.

Kevin’s story starts with such a simple wish – wanting more time to spend with his young son. A former engineer, Kevin decided to give up his full-time career for a life of flexibility.

“Being able to work whenever I want – that’s the ultimate thing that drew me to Uber.

Today, two years into his time with Uber, Kevin not only enjoys the flexibility of making his own schedule, which includes working evenings so he can spend time with his son during the day, but has also been able to explore other passions – like tuning pianos, a job he said he fell into and has been able to pursue further in large thanks to Uber.

“It (Uber) is the one thing that has allowed me to spend more time with my son and still build my business.”

Throughout his 3,000+ rides, Kevin has been able to explore the Phoenix Metropolitan area from end to end – from Apache Junction all the way to Glendale, his riders throughout his time have helped him to explore and discover the area like he has never done before.

“Every night is a road trip where I get to explore Phoenix!”

Curious as to what his favorite places are that he’s discovered during his short and long rides? I’ve got you covered –

If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that Kevin and I have quite a few favorite places in common – including The Coffee Shop where Scott and I used to spend our college days writing papers, snapping photos and sipping coffee together.

“Driving for Uber has really expanded my view of the city,” Kevin shared – a common bond that I found between us, as being an Uber rider has expanded my own view of some of my favorite cities.

While there are also many other benefits to being an Uber driver-partner, one of Kevin’s favorites are the Local Perks – which are exclusive deals from local businesses available to Uber driver-partners only. All they have to do is show their Uber Driver app at participating locations to claim their perks, something that Kevin has used while having new tires put on his car at a local tire business. Sounds like a local and safety perk wrapped up into one!

Once our coffees were gone, it was time to say our goodbyes as Kevin prepared for his next drive. I’ve got my fingers crossed that he’ll be my Uber driver-partner for my next local ride! Kevin’s story is incredible and just the thought that he’s able to spend more time with his son brought tears to my eye. I already knew that I was thankful for this ride request app, but his story truly gave Uber a whole new meaning!

Lifestyle

ONTO THE WEEKEND — 19

02.19.18

Hello and happy Sunday! I am so sorry for the crickets around here, but truth be told — I’ve been enjoying a little and much needed break. Life has been so (wonderfully) busy lately, but it has also left me with just wanting to take a short pause and focus my full energy into all that’s going on, including some time for myself to reset, refresh and relax. With all this said, though, good things are a comin’ to this ol’ blog of mine and I can’t wait to share more SOON! Until then, though — here’s a few links + thoughts that came across my mind/caught my eye this past week:

— I could easily call this dreamy beach house home — via Glitter Guide!

— Chrissy of Harlowe James knows her home decor and this post spoke to me (as Scott just gifted me the most beautiful handmade coffee table tray)!

— Our small biz, Citizen Home Decor, will be selling at the spring Phoenix Flea on Saturday, March 3rd in downtown Phoenix! Will we be seeing you there?

— My gal pal, Tieka, has the best winter wardrobe — just peek this darling outfit of hers!

— I’ve been dreaming of owning a blush leather jacket from allsaints for YEARS now and recently one found it’s way to me (in big thanks to my love for surprising me — he’s a real keeper)!

— I’ve been catching up on my friend’s Nicole blog and I LOVED this remix post she recently shared — totally inspiring me to mix and match my wardrobe more!

And in case you missed it on CB these past few weeks:

Favorite shops to browse + buy hats from!

Five tips for making your bedroom comfy and cozy!

My favorite coffee tables books and a peek into how I styled them!

Hope ya’ll are having a cozy and restful Sunday. I’ll be back soon!

-Chels xo

Lifestyle / Outfits

FOR THE LOVE OF STYLE — 01 // FAVORITE SHOPS FOR HATS

02.12.18

I’m just going to throw it out there — I was destined to be a hat person! Most, if not all, photos of my dad and I growing up show him wearing a ball cap (or even sometimes a straw hat), so I feel like it was in my blood to be the same. While ball caps aren’t necessarily my thing, I do love a good sun shader! I even brought one all the way across the Atlantic with me to London, Paris and back over the ocean again — it was one of my most worn accessories during that trip, as it was great for hiding my dirty hair, haha. With all that said, though, to each their own comes without saying when it comes to hats (everyone’s shape + style is so different), but if you’re like me — you like hearing about someone else’s favs!

In case you’re on the hunt for a new hat for the spring season, or just feel like browsing — here’s a few of my favorite shops to browse + buy hats from —

I would love to hear if you have any favorite hat shop favorites? Or favorite hat styles? I’ve been loving berets this winter season (well — actually ever since we got back from Paris!), but I know that straw hats will be making their way back into my everyday wardrobe so soon! Anyways, I hope ya’ll have an amazing week and I’ll be back soon!

-Chelsea xo