Gifts Under $25 Gift Guide

Beauty, christmas, Lifestyle, simplicity, style, Uncategorized

Hello, Hello, Hello! As you can see from the title, I’m doing another gift guide! I’m still keeping the theme of gifts under $25 because I know not everybody out there is trying to spend an arm on a leg on a bunch of different people. However, I will be doing another gift guide for more luxurious gifts as well! So, if you haven’t checked out my last guide, go ahead and take a look at that if you want! Book Gift Guide under $25.

The first set of gifts is for the ladies and I definitely tried to create a good variety of items to choose from. I know not everyone is a makeup junkie, so I thought it would be nice to include some non-beauty related products such as slippers, Sugarfina gummy bears, and motivational pens.

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Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Mini • Laura Mercier • $23 

Urban Decay Quick Fix Hydracharged Complexion Prep Priming Spray Mini • Urban Decay • $15 

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Mini • Urban Decay • $15 

It Cosmetics Your Skin But BetterTM CC+TM Cream with SPF 50+ Holiday Edition Mini • It Cosmetics • $15 

Kopari Coconut Melt Mini • $18 

Urban Outfitters Neon Instax Mini Frame iPhone 8/7/6/6s Case • Urban Outfitters • $20 

Youth to the People Youth Duo Mini • $20 

Helen Dealtry Motivation Pen Set • Sold Out 

Sugarfina Champagne Bears at Free People • Sold Out 

Anthropologie Metalwork Hurricane • Anthropologie • $14–52 

Urban Outfitters UO Sunday Funday Slipper • Urban Outfitters • $18 

Woodlot Essential Oil Blends • $19 

The next set of gifts is for the fellas out there. Now I have two special men in my life (brother & dad) and they have very specific unique taste…so I’m really winging it here. I do feel like you can’t go wrong with some new underwear and socks though. Also, men need toiletry bags too; there is no reason the men in your life should still be carrying their toiletries in Ziploc bags whenever they’re traveling!

 

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Herschel Supply Co. Travel Collection Chapter Toiletry Bag • Herschel • $25–30 

Flight 001 Go Clean Laundry Bag • Flight 001 • $22 

Concentrated Beard Oil by Layrite (2oz Oil) • $20 

Lucky Brand Thermal Lived In Henley • Lucky Brand • $24.97 

Happy Socks Assorted Printed Crew Socks Gift Box – Pack of 4 Pairs • Happy Socks • $19.97 

Calvin Klein Boxer Brief – Pack of 3 • Calvin Klein • $19.97 

I’m really trying my best to make this blog look more sleek, professional, and overall aesthtically pleasing. I recently started a Shopstyle account so that I could create these gift guides that make it easier for both my followers and myself. Anyway, I hope you guys like these gift guides because I’m going to keep them coming for these next couple of weeks!

Thanks for reading,

ChelsiKay

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Book Gift Guide Under $25

Beauty, christmas, Lifestyle, mindfulness, simplicity, Uncategorized

Hey everyone, I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. I’m not, but I am trying to make the best of it and cheer up. However, it’s that time of year for gift giving and I want to do a couple of gift guides starting this week. This week I want to start off with book gifts.
I am a huge fan of books as a gift because it truly is a gift that keeps on giving. It’s not just a thing, but it’s also an experience. I know not everyone is a book person, I happened to include some books that aren’t just about reading.

I think this is the perfect book that can sit on the coffee table year round. It’s a great conversation starter for when you have people over and there are plenty of recipes, crafts, etc. to get inspiration from.

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How could I not include a book like this when the main thing I talk about on here is skin care! This doesn’t look like much of a cookbook, but that’s kind of what I like about it. I’m seriously considering purchasing this one for one of my friends because I believe that they would LOVE.

Like I said, not everyone is a big book fan, so this book includes lists! I may just get this book for myself because it seems so helpful to keep your mind positive. Who doesn’t like a book about happiness?!

I LOVE this idea as a gift and I feel that a friend or family member would love working in this productivity planner. We all know someone, if not ourselves, that could use this kind of planner in their life.

So that’s all for today. I hope this sparked some inspiration for somebody. There are PLENTY of other books to choose from, but I specifically wanted to include these. Of course, I love these books for myself, but I would definitely give all of these as gifts for this upcoming Christmas.

Thanks for reading,

ChelsiKay

Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer

Beauty, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Uncategorized

Hello there, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving or a great day off this year! I know it’s Friday and I’m posting off schedule (gasp) but I don’t usually post on holidays where I’m spending time with family. I thought this post would be a great follow up to my last post about shopping mindfully. If you haven’t read about that yet, go ahead and check it out!

Recently, I purchased my first luxury makeup item. In the past, I have used Tom Ford makeup, but I didn’t purchase that myself. Now, this really wasn’t a huge purchase or anything because it’s definitely just a concealer, but it’s a huge step up from what I normally use.

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During Sephora’s yearly VIB sale, I decided it would be a good time to buy the Dior Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer. I mean I had to put that 20% off sale to good use right? Concealer is the only makeup item that I haven’t found a holy grail in, so I figured I’d try the Dior out.

fullsizeoutput_41eI’ve always had trouble picking out a concealer in the past because I usually buy the wrong color or I experience some irritation. I know there are a million different concealers out there that I could have chosen from, but honestly, I really wanted to buy a designer/luxury brand this time.

IMG_8950Needless to say, I LOVE this concealer, as I do most of the items that I tend to purchase and blog about on here. The best thing about this concealer, in my opinion, is that the applicator is a wand! This is a huge win for me because I am not a fan of squeeze applicators at all.

Also, the consistency is creamy and you don’t really need a lot at all. I can wear it all day without any creasing and of course, the tube it comes in is absolutely gorgeous! I can’t exactly go into too much detail about a concealer, but I do really like it so far. I’m not sure if it’ll be my holy grail, but we’ll just have to see and experiment with others to find out. IMG_8956

I hope this was a good read for you guys. I am a little foggy due to being in a serious food coma right now, so I hope this post made any kind of sense. Thanks for reading as always,

ChelsiKay

A Post about Mindful Shopping

Fashion, Lifestyle, mindfulness, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

I know that I have spoken about this topic in a few other blog posts, but I would like to bring it up again. The year is slowly coming to a close and that means my slow fashion journey is too. I will most likely do a separate post on how my challenge went.

Today I want to talk about spending a little bit more on your clothing and why. Some of you know I’m kind of big on spending more for better quality clothes. Before I get started, I just want to state that – more expensive does not automatically equal better quality/sustainable/ethical. It is extremely important to do your own research of a brand/store before making any kind of purchases.

So why spend more? Well, usually but not always, you’re going to get better quality. My Loft and Madewell sweaters are way thicker and better made than my Boohoo and H&M sweaters. My mustard Loft sweater will probably take a year or so before it starts to pill or shed or just completely lose its shape. The same cannot be said for the cheaper alternatives.

Another reason to spend more is that the fit of a garment (in my experience) is far more superb. Ladies, I know depending on the store, style, wash, fabric….etc…your size can greatly vary. However, when I tend to purchase something of better quality, it actually fits! In my Lucky Brand skinny jeans, I feel like I can actually conquer the world – okay dramatic. I do feel much sleeker and pulled together whenever I wear those babies though.

Construction of a garment is a huge deal for me. I’m all right at sewing and I know how some things should look and feel. Typically, an investment piece is going to be better constructed. No holes, no botched sewing, no loose or flimsy buttons and no unmatched seams is what I usually strive for when I’m shopping.

Last but certainly not least, you spend less in the long run. It doesn’t seem like it makes much sense, does it? As a teenager and throughout my first year of college, I shopped pretty much every weekend. I would make a beeline for Papaya, Forever 21, H&M and drop $60-$100 every single time. This usually did not include shoes or accessories either. You do that math. It is far more worthwhile to spend $60-$200 every month or few months on one or two…maybe even three garments. Now I rarely shop for clothing that often and when I do, it’s usually something I’ve been saving up for or have been wanting for a long time. My rule is: If I keep coming back to it or can’t stop thinking about it, then I should buy it at some point. 

By no means am I saying go out and spend your whole paycheck on something, but definitely be more mindful of your purchases and saving your money. I’m also not saying to NEVER buy from fast fashion stores or ONLY buy the more high priced items because I believe those stores and cheaper items do serve their purpose. I think there should be a healthy balance as there is with most things.

I know this was a much longer blog post, but this is a topic that I’m really passionate about and I really want to get this message out there. I would also like to write another post on when to buy fast fashion/cheaper items as well! Thanks for reading and leave a comment down below!

ChelsiKay

Hydrating Masks for the Cold Weather

Beauty, Lifestyle, Natural, simplicity, skincare, Uncategorized

Ok, so let’s get away from fashion for a post or two. This time of year comes around and for whatever reason, I can’t stop talking about clothes. So, now we’re switching gears back into skincare. I feel like it’s been quite a while since I’ve talked about skincare so let’s get started.

As it’s getting cooler and cooler, the drier and drier it gets. The dry weather brings along dry skin, hair, fingernails and so on. I have a couple of hydrating masks that I like to use so that my skin doesn’t dry out during the cool/cold months.

One of my favorite hydrating masks is Farmacy’s Honey Potion. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this product in a previous post at some point. I love that this mask has a warming effect once you apply it. IMG_3993

I like to use this mask in the morning before applying my makeup so that I have a nice supple, moisturized canvas. I only have a sample of this mask, but I would love to get my hands on this bad boy one of these days.

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Of course, I like to mix it up, between, honey and roses. Fresh makes a nice hydrating mask that is infused with real rose petals. I like this mask specifically because it tones my skin. Honestly, I love any skincare product that has rose in it because I really do feel that it helps our skin. IMG_3994

I like to use this mask when my skin is feeling irritated but is also dry. I know better than to use some sort of clay or charcoal mask on dry skin because it irritates it even more. I always say…the more gentle, the better. After using this mask, my skin just looks brighter and more radiant. I also only have a sample size of this mask; I’m not sure if I would buy the full size of this product just yet.

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So these are the masks that I like to use for when I have dry and/or dehydrated skin. I know that since winter is around the corner, I’ll be pulling these babies out more often.

What hydrating masks do you all use?

ChelsiKay

Fall & Winter Capsule Wardrobe

Fashion, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

So, it’s about that time of year again…actually it’s past that time of year but better late than never! I didn’t do a capsule wardrobe for the summer because I found it to be too tedious. However, I did do a capsule wardrobe for the fall and the winter! Just a heads up, all of the garments that are seen are not all of the garments that I have, but the main clothes that I wear on a daily basis. I have also divided my wardrobe into three separate capsules which I will go into more detail about later. Lastly, I am still adding to my wardrobe slowly, but surely.

The majority of main capsule tops are sweaters. It’s a no-brainer that it can get cold out and you need some nice comfy and cozy sweaters to bundle up in. The rest of my pieces such as my chambray shirt and the graphic tee, I layer with cardigans, jackets, and/or scarves.

 

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Surprisingly, I only own three pairs of jeans (for fall/winter), which I think is plenty! I tend to wear my Lucky Brand jeans and my leggings at least 2-3 times a week. I’m working on adding some more dresses to my wardrobe, but I am super picky about the style of dress that I wear. For now, I own and wear two sweater dresses that I absolutely adore. I think I’ll be okay adding two more really good quality dresses here soon.

 

Bottoms & Dresses

I thought I would save my work and “going out” capsule for another post. Most of my work capsule includes some of the same items and my going out capsule is still a work in progress.

I stated earlier that these are just the clothes that I wear the most out of my wardrobe during this time of the year. The more I do capsules, the less clothing I buy every year. Many of the items seen above have been apart of my wardrobe for 3-4 years. However, I like to have options so that I don’t get sick of wearing the same thing over and over again.

Hopefully, this post made some sense to you all because I know I somewhat complicated the whole point of a capsule wardrobe. I’ve just been doing what works for me and I’m pretty happy with it!

Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

How I Style Velvet Pants

Fashion, Lifestyle, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

I honestly didn’t think this blog post was coming so soon, but I figured out how to style those velvet pants that I recently purchased from Loft. Now, this was my first time NOT using Polyvore, so I had to make the background transparent and all that good stuff. Don’t laugh at my pictures…I promise they’ll get better once I start doing it more.

pants.pngAnyway, let me show you all some of the styles that I came up with.

The first style I actually wore to work yesterday. I love a nice simple black shirt that can easily be dressed up or down. I got this scalloped shirt from Nordstrom B.P. a couple of years ago and it never fails me. I like being able to just add a scarf or a necklace to complete a look.

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I feel like whenever I feature my chambray shirt, I say this: everyone needs a chambray shirt in their life. Whenever I have issues figuring out to wear, my chambray shirt always comes through and saves the day. I only have one, but I need at least one more in a different wash or color.

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Some of you know that I have a serious deep love for cashmere. You can read my cashmere post if you want to know more about it. I love matching two fabrics together, especially two soft fabrics like velvet and cashmere. cashmere sweater

So that’s how I styled my new velvet pants. I wanted to try something new and showcase the clothing in a different way. What do you all think apart from my photo editing skills? Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

A Post about LOFT

Fashion, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

Ok, so I probably won’t be posting Fashion Fridays anymore because I recently started working a new job that is going to be taking a little bit more of my time than normal. My blogging schedule will now be Tuesday, Thursday and maybe Saturday.

Today I’m going to do a fashion post in place of Fashion Fridays and then follow up with another fashion post on Saturday kicking off Style Saturdays. What can I say…I love alliterations!

Today I want to briefly talk about Loft and how obsessed I am with their sweaters. They never fail to have really funky, colorful and comfy sweaters in their stores and online. They keep up with the trends, but always have their own spin on their items. As most of you know I’m still on my slow fashion journey until the end of the year and it just so happens that Loft falls right within my parameters!

I wrote a post not too long ago talking about stores that have great quality clothing but won’t break your bank. Loft also falls into that category of mid-range priced items.

Anywho, I recently purchased some items from Loft and I was able to use one of my friend’s employee discounts. Yay for connections!

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I’ve really been feeling velvet for about three years now and lately, I’ve actually been purchasing it. I got my hands on some velvet pants that I’ll mainly be wearing to work most likely. Those will be featured in a different post somewhere down the road. On my first day of my new job, I wore leggings and this very cute velvet top that has a Victorian neckline. I wasn’t sure how flattering it would be, but I LOVE! My job doesn’t require me to dress super business-y, but I would still like to keep it pretty professional. I thought the top was perfectly paired with my leggings and Lucky Brand ballet flats.

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The next item, which will probably end up being a fall favorite, is this mustard-colored sweater. I’ve never worn mustard before, but it is a very flattering color for all different skin tones. I also really love the trapeze cut of this sweater and the small bishop sleeves as well. I normally don’t go for this kind of cut or sleeve, but since it was this color and a better quality – I went for it.

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The reason I didn’t picture the velvet pants yet is that I haven’t figured out what to wear them with just yet. Leave me a comment and tell me how you would wear gray velvet pants.

Thanks for reading. Check back on Thursday!

ChelsiKay

Sweater Dresses for Fall

Fashion, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style, Uncategorized

Once again, welcome back to Fashion Fridays. Today’s Fashion Friday will be a little bit different than my normal outfit share. Today I’m just going to show you all this recent purchase that I think is an amazing addition to my fall/winter capsule and my wardrobe in general.

The other day, I was on the hunt for sweater dresses. There are SO many options out there right now due to the current season being fall. Now, I didn’t want to be too cheap about my choice because I would want my dresses to last me a few years; not just a season. I ended up deciding on two sweater dresses – one for now, one for later.

The sweater dress, for now, is a nice soft lighter sweater material that is perfect for those cool to warm to cool days. The sweater dress for later is a cashmere turtleneck option that is pretty much guaranteed to keep me warm during the cold winter.  I was thinking of even adding another heavier knit option just to have another extra option. We will see about that though.

fullsizeoutput_40a.jpegMy first dress I bought right away because I was near the store & Other Stories that day. They have an amazing collection of sweater dresses both in-store and online. I ended up with a black sweater dress with one single white stripe across the sleeves and bodice. This dress screams “me!

I knew this was a good purchase of $85 because I began to daydream of the different ways I was going to wear this dress. This is why I love fall. You can buy such a simple item and layer it in so many different ways as well as change from sneakers to boots and your outfit is different every time.

 

The cashmere sweater dress that I want is from Everlane and retails at $155. So…I am definitely waiting on that one for awhile. If I do so happen to find a chunky knit sweater dress I will be sure to showcase it on here :).

That’s it for today! Talk to you guys next week!

ChelsiKay

IT Cosmetics’ CC Cream

Beauty, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, skincare, Uncategorized

Hello hello there! It feels like its been weeks since the last time I posted, but I know its only been about two days if that. Today I’m doing a quick review on a skincare/beauty/makeup product. You guys know how I love to keep it as simple as possible…even when I can go on a rant. Anyway, let’s get started.

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So I’ve been looking for a really good tinted moisturizer/BB cream/CC cream for a WHILE now. Pretty much, I’ve been looking for a foundation with a decent SPF in it. I’ve used Lancome Teint Idole before and I loved it. However, it oxidizes into an orange like color on my skin and I’m not a huge fan of that, to be honest. So I ran across IT Cosmetics’ CC Cream. I went for the illuminating formula because why not? Since I’m reviewing it you already know I like it! Here’s why:

  • Contains SPF 50
  • Has UVA & UVB protection
  • Is Full Coverage
  • Color Corrects (seriously!)
  • Is hydrating
  • Does not oxidize into a crazy color
  • It Glows!

Okay, so when I say it glows…it actually contains glitter or a glitter like substance. I love this because I tend to like satin finishes on my skin versus dewy or completely matte. Also, I’m heavy handed with the highlighter so during the day I don’t have to wear a highlighter now.

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Most foundations or tinted moisturizers with SPF have the tendency to oxidize in a really noticeable way. And if I mix my sunscreen with a foundation, there’s always a strange gray tint and my face gets oily halfway through the day. With this CC Cream, I don’t experience any of those things. I was also pretty shocked when I came home after a full day with this still on my face!

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I hope this CC cream continues to be great because I love it so much right now. It is basically the equivalent of my Becca Ever Matte Foundation but for the daytime. I’m in love. Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay