Cold Weather Lookbook

I’m not sure why I’m posting so late today, I guess I Just really got used to blogging around this time due to Blogmas.

Today I wanted to talk a little bit more about slow fashion since I am pretty much obsessed. I filmed a cold weather lookbook earlier today and noticed how many quality clothes that I actually have already. Most were gifts, but some were items that I purchased myself years ago. They happen to be garments that I often gravitate towards especially during the colder days.

If I got rid of the majority of my fast fashion items today, I think that my wardrobe would be just fine. There would be many repeat items, but I tend to do that anyway. I do reach for certain fast fashion pieces sometimes, but that’s very few items…at least in the winter.

I’ve never actually posted a video on here before from my YouTube…so today will be the first time. I filmed the video a little differently than my other lookbooks as well as other YouTuber’s lookbooks. I just went with it. The video is even slightly out of focus, but I actually really like the look of that. Anywho, I’m posting the video and ending this random blog post now.

I hope you enjoyed reading AND watching!

ChelsiKay

Cold Weather Lookbook

ChelsiKay’s Slow Fashion Challenge

I’ve never been one to make New Year’s Resolutions simply because I’m not really a believer in waiting for a specific day to start a new goal. I’d rather make little goals as I go along through the year – it’s easier and doesn’t require nearly as much discipline. Anyway, this post isn’t even about resolutions…well not really.

As stated before, I’m slowly transitioning into wearing slow fashion clothing. I was telling a friend about my “sort of resolutions” for the New Year after she shared hers with me. She couldn’t wrap her brain around the thought of NOT buying fast fashion. We’ve all been there, right?

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Madewell Merino Wool Sweater

 

So, I created a slow fashion challenge for myself. I’m not sure if this is already a thing, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was. Below are some of the rules and exclusions that I came up with.

For the whole year of 2017:

  1. I will be only be purchasing slow fashion clothing and accessories.
  2. I can ONLY purchase fast fashion for special events (i.e. costume parties, themed parties, etc.)
  3. The only fast fashion/discount store I can shop at is Target

I know you’re thinking ‘why is Target excluded?’ I still have some items from Target that I purchased when I was in high school and they’re still hanging on with no sign of rips or shrinkage. Of course, there are probably some items that do shrink and don’t last so I’ll try to be as mindful as possible if and when I do shop at Target. I also think that it is important to have some sort of a loophole when it comes to taking on a new project or hobby of some sort. Don’t worry, though, I won’t be shopping JUST at Target because that would completely defeat the purpose of my challenge.

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Madewell Merino Wool Sweater-Jacket (Christmas Present)

Also, because of this challenge, I probably won’t be shopping nearly as much which in the long run is a good thing. I’ll have better quality clothing and possibly more money to spend (or save) on other purchases.

If you’re interested, join me on this challenge! I don’t plan on dropping racks, but I do plan on spending a little more and being much more mindful of my purchases. So please do join…if you’re interested that is. Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

 

ChelsiKay’s Slow Fashion Challenge

Blogmas Day 25: What I Got For Christmas

Oh, I know it’s another late post for Blogmas, but it is Christmas after all. I go into super-family mode on Christmas Day, so it was pretty much written for me to be posting super late today. Family first!

I thought, since it is Christmas, I’ll share some gifts that I got. I’m not sharing in a braggy way; in fact, it’s really no different from a haul right? I don’t really know, but I still want to share anyway!

First up is this Somme Institute travel/try-me kit. My mom has been hounding me to try this line of skincare for the longest. She finally just gave this to me as a gift. I used it about ten minutes ago and I like the way it feels on my skin, so fingers crossed that it’s a good line.

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Second, I combined two gifts into one – these gorgeous rose gold sunglasses and this pretty tie up choker. Can’t go wrong with accessories!

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I finally got my hands on these Clean Rollerball perfumes! They smell so…clean! Also, these Laura Mercier mini lotions smell and feel amazing! For once, I can actually moisturize my hands and they stay that way!

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Ugg Earmuffs! I pretty much love anything Ugg – boots, scarves, earmuffs, and gloves. They make some of the best winter wear in the market.

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When I opened this gift, I wasn’t so sure I would like it that much. I once had a different Parisian book that came off as being snobby. Like many things in life, I give them a chance and I ended up reading about a quarter way through. So far, I love it and it actually doesn’t come off as being snobby.

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Those are just a few of the things I got for Christmas. All of the other things will most likely be featured in another blog post as well as better photographed.

This blog post was definitely a bittersweet post because this was the last day of Blogmas. I had a great time writing for Blogmas and am so proud of myself for staying consistent. Although I didn’t post at the same time every day, I’m still so glad I managed to get anything up some days. Thanks everyone for reading and of course I’ll be posting regularly on here twice a week. I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas Day and enjoyed time with their family!

ChelsiKay

Blogmas Day 25: What I Got For Christmas

Blogmas Day 24: Christmas Traditions

I know, I know, it’s really late and almost Christmas. This post probably won’t even be read until tomorrow afternoon, but that’s just fine. I just wanted to quickly share my Christmas traditions that my family and I participate in every year and you’ll know why I’m posting as late as I am.

Every year my family and I open one present around midnight…actually close to midnight. Someone usually gets tired way before 12 am and wants to just open their one gift at that time. This year the sleepy person happened to be me. I knew that I had to get a blog post up too, so I was very adamant about getting our Christmas tradition done.

I apologize for these not so great pictures in advance, the lighting was just so wonky but I still wanted to share with you all!

Another tradition that my family and I partake in is, eating crab legs and potato salad for Christmas dinner. Most families usually eat pretty much what they ate on Thanksgiving, but apparently if you’re from the west coast then you probably indulge in seafood. I love this tradition so much because I adore seafood so much!

The last tradition that we have kind of gotten away from was, watching A Christmas Story in its entirety on Christmas Day. I mean they play it ALL day on TNT so there’s no way that you can even miss it. My family gets grumpy when I want to watch the whole thing now, so I try to catch at least part of it.

Those are all my Christmas traditions that my family and I do. We’re definitely really into Christmas and I wouldn’t have that any other way. Thanks for reading as always!

ChelsiKay

Blogmas Day 24: Christmas Traditions

Blogmas Day 23: Last Minute Gift Ideas

So if you’re here, either you really like my blog or you’re looking for a good last minute gift to give. You’re probably looking for something that doesn’t scream “I so got this right before I got here, which is why I’m late!” So, I’m going to be sharing some of my last minute gift ideas for my Blogmas post today!

#1 when in doubt DIY!

As you know, I’m a huge DIYer and am ready to DIY in a heartbeat. Not only do these gifts scream thoughtful, they also show how creative you are. You can make jewelry, body scrubs, facial masks, lotion or even spiced rum. There’s a ton of DIY’s out there (even on this blog) that you can get into that are also super easy!

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#2 Candles

Okay, so maybe you’re not a DIYer or don’t have too much time to get into all of that. Candles are really great gifts to give and they will most likely be used…especially if they smell like food. Personally, I would go beyond a candle and get an oil diffuser. I recently purchased one for myself because I just couldn’t resist. Voluspa has alcoholic scents that are just amazing.

#3 Lush

You just can’t go wrong with Lush! I don’t know too many people who don’t like bath bombs. If they don’t like bath bombs for some odd reason, then go for a massage bar or a bubble bar. If you don’t live near a Lush, go to your nearest organic grocery store (Whole Foods, Moms, Trader Joe’s etc.) and peruse through the soap section. They always have some sort of bath salts and amazing scented soaps to create a nice gift bag or box.

#4 Winter Outerwear Accessories

Scarves, gloves, earmuffs, and socks are great last minute gifts. Nobody will be mad at you for grabbing any one of these things or all of these things. This is also great for the fellas when you just don’t know what to get your beaux. Now, you can find these outerwear accessories at drugstores and grocery stores if you’re in a rush.

#5 Alcohol

I feel like this one didn’t really need to be said. A nice bottle of wine or liquor is a nice gift, however, it does come off as being pretty last minute. This probably isn’t the best if you’re good friends with someone and you’re having a special gift exchange at dinner.

#6 Gift Card

While this gift definitely exclaims “LAST MINUTE,” it’s still one of the best gifts to give in my opinion. I promise nobody is going to complain about getting basically free money. One year, I put a Panera and Starbucks gift card inside of a really pretty card and gave that to someone I didn’t know too well. Turns out, they loved going to those places during their breaks between classes.

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Sometimes waiting until the last minute can be a good thing, but no matter what the person receiving the gift will like it…hopefully. I hope that I was of some help for those who do wait until the last minute to shop. Thanks for reading and now only two more days until Christmas!

ChelsiKay

Blogmas Day 23: Last Minute Gift Ideas

Blogmas Day 22: Winter Hair Care Routine

So today I decided to get away from the Christmas spirit, mainly because I’m a little lazy and I also don’t know what else about Christmas I could write about. I promise I’m not a scrooge or anything, I’m just seriously tired from all the Christmas shopping I’ve done as well as attending these pesky December birthdays. So, I’m going to talk about my winter hair care routine…trust me this won’t be long.

Once winter hits and the dry air takes over, my hair pretty much follows suit. There is no putting the moisture back into my hair…not easily anyways. When you’ve got thick and curly hair, it’s a struggle to keep it bouncy and moisturized. So, I straighten it! I know that sounds pretty counterintuitive but let me explain.

When I decide I want to straighten my hair, I put a ton of moisture in my hair by deep conditioning it.

I either use, Camille Rose Algae Renew, Shea Moisture Manuka Honey Hair Masque or Ojon’s Intensive Hair Treatment. Lately, I’ve been loving Ojon’s Intensive Hair Treatment because it has an amazing smokey smell and makes my hair nice and silky.

The next step is I apply all of my normal products in my hair that you can see on Blogmas Day 5: Favorite Hair Care Products this Year and hopefully there are pictures on there still. Then I either put rollers in my hair or big twists with perm rods on the ends and sit under the dryer for about an hour. After that, I grab grease and olive oil or argan oil and then begin straightening.

Once my hair is straightened, it is so much easier to add oils to my hair to get it nice and moisturized. I prefer to wear it in protective styles, but I also like to wear it down or in hats. After a couple of weeks, I’ll wash it and decide if I want to straighten or wear it curly again.

That’s really all I do. I like to keep my hair routine pretty simple because there really is no reason for it to be complicated. Thanks for reading…only three more days until Christmas!

ChelsiKay

Blogmas Day 22: Winter Hair Care Routine

Blogmas Day 21: Favorite Christmas Movies

Hey, and welcome to another day of Blogmas. Today, I’m posting about my favorite Christmas movies! It took me awhile to come up with a decent list because I couldn’t remember any of the Christmas movies. Eventually, I went over to Google and then my “memory” was like “OH YEA!” Without further ado….Awww, here it goes!

#1 The Nightmare Before Christmas

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I can’t pinpoint why this is one of my favorite Christmas movies but I grew up watching and absolutely loving it. Sometimes I forget that it is actually a Christmas movie because it’s so dark and Halloweeny, which of course is the point.

#2 Home Alone

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I mean isn’t Home Alone everyone’s favorite movie and do I really need to explain why it’s my favorite?

#3 How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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I love both the original and the real life adaption of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. As I get older, I feel like I turn more and more into the Grinch. Of course, I end up getting into the Christmas spirit just like he did.

#4 A Christmas Story

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I literally watch this over and over and over again on Christmas Day and laugh every single time. This is my absolutely favorite Christmas movie because it’s just so funny and I always have so many questions about the family’s shenanigans. A Christmas Story was way ahead of its time and will forever be my fave!

I hope you guys enjoyed my Favorite Christmas movie list. Now I want to watch one of them..or all of them. As always, thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

 

Blogmas Day 21: Favorite Christmas Movies