Saturday, April 28, 2012

Instagram Catch Up

It's been a while since my last post, so I thought I'd recap what I've been up to through a collection of my Instagram photos (follow me at chelsea_ray).

*a fun downtown backdrop*

*yesterday's thrifting haul: a 1950's train case/ makeup case 
& a jewel toned bottle and purse*

*perfect flat white from Caffe Luxxe*

*the beginning stages of our upcoming etsy shop*

*looking up at the ornate mayan theater ceiling*

*a new favorite:
green tea boba with a splash of coconut
from Urth Caffe*

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

House Proud

Nate Berkus has a segment on his show that goes by the same title as this post, and each time I watch I can't help but wish our little apartment had been chosen. So instead of just waiting, I've taken matters into my own hands by showing through pictures some details and nooks of our space. It's still a work in progress, but it's a space that I'm very proud to call our own.






Wednesday, March 7, 2012

How To: Achieve the Madewell Look With Your Existing Wardrobe

While thumbing through the latest Madewell catalog, I loved every piece, every outfit and styling choice. The store sums up my personal style in a nutshell: simple.classic.vintage.chic (at least that's what I strive for). Another thing occurred to me though, I had a lot of very similar pieces in my closet. It was just a matter of piecing them together to create the "madewell look". Here was my process.
 *Sidenote: Most items seen are thrifted and were less than $5, which I couldn't be more proud of.*

Start with pulling out oxford shirts, button-downs, cardigans and sweaters. Move onto bottoms. Pull out khakis, boyfriend and skinny jeans, and jean shorts. Use the catalog as a guide as you sift through your own closet.

Madewell has a big selection of silk tops with bright spring colors and patterns. In my own closet, I had collected several while thrifting (all under $5). Remember to cuff up sleeves, tie front knots and make small alterations to keep it on trend and less boxy.

Layer pieces together:
Sweaters over button-ups. Denim shirts over printed dresses.
Tuck bib necklaces under a collar too.

Don't forget the shoes.
Oxfords, Toms, Keds style (thrifted) & patent leather flats

Add on finishing touches with printed scarves,
 long pendant necklaces, 
& bib necklaces

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