What’s in My Carry On Bag?

Fashion, Lifestyle, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style, Travel

Hey you guys. I’m going to be continuing with talking about my travels and all. So today I’m going to be showing you what’s in my carry on bag. Then on Friday, I’ll most likely have an outfit post like normal, however, that may change. Anyway, let’s get on with this post. I got on Polyvore today to basically simulate what garments I’m taking with me to on my trip. I seriously thought this would be easier than taking my own pictures, but boy was I wrong. Next time I travel, I will be taking my own pictures for sure! Some garments pictured are the actual garments, but some are not.

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Altogether, I am bringing 20 items with me, not including undies, bralettes, and bras. Let’s break that down:

6 tops (two tees, two muscle tees, one tank, one l/s shirt)

4 bottoms (leggings, boyfriend jeans, skinny jeans, shorts)

4 dresses (two tee dresses, two going out dresses)

3 pairs of shoes (boots, heels, sneakers)

3 jackets (leather jacket, cardigan, cropped denim jacket)

Currently, the weather in Spain is pretty hot during the day and then very cool at night. Specifically, in Seville, it’s been reaching about 90 degrees…so I’m going to need some wiggle room as far as my outfits go. However, I still don’t think I over packed at all. If I under packed, I can still shop while I’m there. I’m pretty content with what I’m taking, especially the black tee – let me explain.

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A black tee can go from day into night in my opinion. So those nights I’m not going out I can purchase a skirt and a nice scarf and pair it with my tee. I could even knot the tee in the front or the back to make it slightly cropped. I feel like my options are pretty endless with a simple black tee if styled correctly.

*indicates items I may purchase

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So a little bit about my favorite items that I’m bringing, now. My boyfriend jeans are a fave because they’re so easy to style! I can wear them with all the shoes I’m bringing and they can go into the night with any of my tees or muscle tees! The blue dress I love because its so simple and I can pair it with my Vans. This can also go into the night with a leather jacket and my heels or boots. I’ve been obsessed with the Au Revoir tee since I first saw it online at Madewell. I said I was going to purchase it and I finally did last week. It’s very thick but soft and breathable. This will probably be my “touristy” outfit! My Vans are a favorite because they’re Vans and I will probably be in them the most.

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I couldn’t forget about the outfit I’ll be flying in! I’ll be in gray joggers and a simple white tee and my Vans. Then I’m going to wear my cardigan so that I do not get cold on the plane. I want to be as comfortable as possible and this is probably the most comfortable outfit I own. I’m here for it! I may switch to my rose pink joggers (just as comfy) so that I can arrive in style at the very least.

That is all for this post I hope that you guys enjoy it! Thanks for reading

ChelsiKay

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Bomber Jacket Outfit of the Day

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

Hey, you guys welcome back to Fashion Fridays. So I’m going to keep this post pretty quick because I let time get away from me today and I still have quite a bit to do before my trip to Spain and I want to be done with all of the errand running by the end of this weekend.

So let’s jump right into this outfit of the day post! Once again, I was in Georgetown and wanted to take pictures of my super casual outfit. Honestly, I think the majority of my outfits are pretty casual, but that’s kind of how I like it.I wore my third favorite pair of jeans from American Eagle and paired it with a cropped tank top because it got really hot that afternoon. Although, I was still pretty hot because I was in black and dark wash jeans so that didn’t help all too much.

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However, the main attraction of this outfit is the bomber jacket that I purchased from Boohoo. I’m the worst because I am definitely not supposed to be buying fast fashion, but this was one of those times I had to suck it up. I had to suck it up because it’s kind of perfect for days that start off really cool and end up super hot and then end up cool by nightfall.

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The material of the jacket is pretty thin, but it’s also pretty decent quality considering I only paid $10 for it. Something I want to bring up in a post sometime soon is mixing fast fashion with slow fashion because it is pretty doable if you know what you’re trying to achieve. I also have to admit that Boohoo tends to have some pretty decent quality items for very cheap.

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Anyway, I finished off the outfit with my favorite black and white vans and went on about my day. Also, the sunglasses that I feel like have been in all of my outfits are Quay’s! Alright, I have to go now! Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

Why am I SO Happy?!

Lifestyle, simplicity, style, Travel

Good evening everyone, I hope everyone has had a good Monday and if you aren’t having a good day, I promise it’ll get better! A few posts ago, I was speaking on about how happy I have been lately and that feeling has not gone away. I think this is because I’ve just embraced it and haven’t questioned this random jubilation.

I’m pretty sure the main reason I’ve been so happy is that I’m going on a trip…not just any trip though. I’m going on my first trip ever to Europe – Spain to be exact. So as you can imagine, I’m pretty damn excited! I’ll probably have more details on the trip in a later blog post.

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Another reason I’m happy is that I updated my blog! I chose a new theme earlier today and created a new header. Of course, I’m going to tweak some things because it’s definitely time for me to make this blog more professional. I’ll be upgrading sometime soon so that I can get rid of ads, put widgets, and have access to better themes.

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Last but not least its fall and the weather is somewhat reflecting that! I truly love putting a sweater on with jeans or leggings and then adding some cute boots. In fact, I got some really cute boots from TJMaxx a couple of weeks ago and I’m in love already. The boots are Guess and they’re black and velvet! I don’t see the velvet trend going anywhere anytime soon.

My parents painted the floors white so I’ve been taking full advantage of pictures. Seriously, a white background never hurt anybody; so you’ll be seeing a lot of the white in my photographs. Thanks for reading as always! See you in the next post.

ChelsiKay

Bodysuit & Jeans Outfit of the Day

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

Welcome back to Fashion Fridays! Is it just me or are these weeks just going by super fast? I feel like I was just typing up last Fridays fashion post. Today’s post is going to be a little bit shorter as well as a little different than my last few outfit of the days.

So, of course, I’m going to show my favorite outfit of the week because I don’t know if you guys realized but that’s what I’ve been doing in my last few Friday posts. Anyway, the focus of this post is my new bodysuit and my hair.

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I purchased this very pretty bodysuit from American Eagle and let me tell you…it’s really soft! I normally have issues with bodysuits fitting a little tight because of my long torso but this one is actually all right. I’m really like the lace-up trend because it really flatters us girls with itty bitty boobies and gives the illusion of cleavage.

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The jeans are also from American Eagle and I wear these all the time. I want to say that they are my favorite, but I also really love my Lucky Brand Jeans. Am I allowed to have more than one favorite jean?

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Now let’s talk about these shoes real quick. My mom gave me these because she couldn’t fit them. YAY for bomb hand me downs right?! These are Lucky Brand ballet flats and I’m in love because they actually look like ballet slippers. Also, I’m really fond of Lucky Brand because the quality of the majority of their products is amazing!

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Okay now onto the hair. So I’ve been protective styling my hair like a mad woman because my hair keeps plateauing right at armpit length. I find myself trimming my ends quite a bit because they’re thin and have a ton of split ends. Out of frustration and a little desperation, I have been keeping my hair up and out of the way in hopes, I’ll start seeing more growth.

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Annnd that is all for today, you guys. I hope you all enjoyed this fashion post. I really want to get better at taking these pictures and making them look a little more professional. Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

OOTD: Happy Autumnal Equinox

Beauty, Fashion, Hair Care, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style, Uncategorized

Happy Autumnal Equinox everyone! You all should know by now that I’m happy because this means the hot gross weather will soon be gone! Seriously, I’m getting pretty tired of sweating in places I’d rather not be sweating!

Anywho, welcome back to Fashion Fridays! It seems like it’s been weeks since I’ve posted an outfit of the day but it’s only been just one week. It seems the last few times I have worn a picture worthy outfit I’ve been in Georgetown, D.C. I really love it there because it’s so cosmopolitan, but also so historic. If you ever find yourself in the Washington, D.C. area then definitely visit Georgetown.

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Remember a few posts back when I was speaking of future purchases? Well, I got my hands on that perfect American Apparel tee dress. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be wearing it A LOT. I can wear it out dancing, to happy hour, or just to the coffee shop to chill or work. When I wore it to Georgetown two days ago, I was just working in the coffee shop, so I dressed it down.

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I paired it with some super old booties from Forever 21. I’m in need of some casual flat ankle booties or at least I will be. I can feel these boots starting to wear at the soles and that just doesn’t seem safe.

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I also paired the dress with a denim jacket from Levi’s…at least I started off that way. Of course around noon, it got pretty hot out and the jacket had to come off. It was even a little hot for the dress considering it is all black. I may have to pull this back out on a cooler or even cloudier day for sure.

Oh, and my curls are twisted up into cute little twists. I decided to do this one day because I was so sick of styling my hair. I also didn’t want to add extensions so this was a great happy medium for me. What do you all think?

That’s all for today! Check back Monday for a new post!

ChelsiKay

Fall Transition Outfit of the Day

Fashion, Lifestyle, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

Last night, I was thinking that I’d start making Fridays fashion Friday’s since it almost fall and that’s basically the best time of the year. I very much plan on posting a ton of outfit of the days this year on this here blog as well as on my Instagram. Anywho, let’s get on with today’s outfit of the day!

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Last week I was in Georgetown and really wanted to take pictures and explore the area. So I wore my beloved boyfriend jeans and my cropped hoodie. I then layered the hoodie with my faux leather jacket.

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Jeans: Lucky Brand

Hoodie: Forever 21

Jacket: TJMaxx

Shoes: Converse

Sunglasses: NastyGal

As for the shoes, I decided to go for my classic white high-top Chucks. I also tied the whole outfit together with sunglasses. I love wearing sunglasses as a necklace as well as their intended use.

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I may need to bring these Chucks back out more often because I’m kind of in love with them, but I’m also afraid to get them dirty. I think I’ll just have to suck that up and wear them anyway.

So that’s all for today. Check back in next Friday for another outfit of the day and check back in on Monday for another post!

ChelsiKay

 

Shopping for Better Quality Clothing

Fashion, Lifestyle, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

Hello there, I hope everyone had a good weekend! I know I’m a little late posting today, but I was accumulating some things for this post.

So yesterday I ran across this blog post that was about trendy fast fashion. I’m a huge comments reader unfortunately and saw a comment that said us consumers should shop a little more sustainably and buy better quality clothes. Now you all know I DEFINITELY agree with this statement and was rooting for this person. However, people started to disagree with this person, saying that not everyone can afford designer clothing. Funny thing is, nobody ever mentioned designer clothing and this wasn’t the first time I’ve seen something like that.

First and foremost, shopping for better quality clothing isn’t usually expensive…depending on what your definition of expensive is. Also, shopping at a non-fast fashion place doesn’t automatically mean designer clothing. There are so many mid-range stores that one can shop in! I just wanted to take some time and post some stores that can be shopped at that are alternatives to fast fashion. Some of these stores are not necessarily sustainable, but they do sell better quality clothing.

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You guys know I love AE very very much. It’s the perfect place to find semi trendy clothing that’s decent quality and not overly expensive. These clothes will typically last you a good year to three years. They are almost always having a sale too!

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I’m still a pretty new Lulu’s shopper. The majority of these clothes are not the best quality, but not the worst either. However, they have a MADE IN USA section and yes the quality is much better in my opinion. Lulu’s items may last up to maybe a year or two.

 

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Ok, so I’m aware that Madewell may not be SUPER affordable, but there are items that actually are affordable as well as sale items. There are trendier items in this store as well as your staples. Madewell items should last from 2-5 years.

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I LOVE & Other Stories, but I wouldn’t call it affordable. To shop here…you may have to save a little to get just what you want. The quality of the clothing is pretty amazing in my opinion. When I do feel like splurging a little bit, this is my go to store. I personally think clothing from here could last a lifetime depending on the garment.

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If you want complete transparency and affordability (give or take some garments) then this is the place to shop. There really aren’t many trendy items here, but I would recommend shopping here for staples. The quality is pretty decent, however, the fit can be a bit strange depending on the garment.

Of course, there are many other stores to shop from that offer affordable, better quality clothing such as Target, Gap, Banana Republic, Urban Outfitters (certain brands), Asos (certain brands), thrift stores, local boutiques, and small online boutiques.

So that’s my post for today. There are other stores that aren’t necessarily fast fashion but are still pretty affordable. You don’t have to break your bank to shop for better quality and/or sustainably. Anyway, thanks for reading…check back for my post on Wednesday.

Future Fall Transition Purchases

Fashion, Lifestyle, Slow Fashion, Uncategorized

Summer is beginning to wrap up and honestly, I couldn’t be any happier. As some of you know, I freaking adore fall so so much! I’ve never been much of a fan of summer because I honestly feel like I can focus…that and my makeup melts off of my face. I think I may have said that same exact line in a post this time last year.

However, it isn’t fall just yet! It’s that time where we start the transition into the cool weather. This time of year used to really irritate me because I hated having my fall outfit on only to be burning up later in the day or still in shorts and be freezing by nightfall.

Anywho, in the spring/summertime, I had a post of future purchases that I wanted to make. So today I’m going to do that again but for this fall transition time. Let’s just get right into it!

Ok so I have a love/hate relationship with bodysuits because at times they can be pretty uncomfortable but they’re super versatile. I figured if I get a nice soft bodysuit from American Eagle, it would be comfortable and versatile!

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I’m obsessed with sweater dresses and I really want another one. This isn’t really a transition piece, but for those colder days, they’re pretty perfect.

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I’ve been looking for the perfect tee dress for the longest. I can wear a tee dress all time but just style them differently. I was pretty sad when I found out American Apparel was closing down, but I recently found out that they’re just online now. From what I can tell they only have basics (like they used to) but I noticed this perfect tee dress and I’m pretty sure I’m getting it very soon.

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I’m still trying to figure out why I don’t have black jeans. I bought some last year and they had this horrible smell which was probably the black dye that gives them their color. I couldn’t wear them for more than an hour and had to get rid of them. I happen to know that BDG jeans from Urban Outfitters DON’T have this horrible dye smell…so I think this will also be a for sure purchase as well.

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Denim skirts have made a serious comeback and I’m here for it. At first, I wasn’t sure, but the way they can be styled now is way better than before. I may have to turn some old jeans into a skirt here soon…

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So that’s all the clothing purchases I want to make for the transitioning weather! I may make another list for fall/winter time. That’s it for today! Thanks for reading as always!

ChelsiKay

 

 

The Pop & Suki Camera Bag

Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

Ok, so I never thought I’d be writing a post about a bag…like a whole post about a bag! For my birthday, my best friend got me the Pop & Suki camera bag which I have wanted for almost a year now. I was pretty close to purchasing it myself many times, but I would always put it off for something else. A couple of months ago I decided that I didn’t like the gold detailing and would prefer silver detailing instead. As soon as I saw it in person I fell in love ALL over again!

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Let me just say…pictures do not do this bag justice at all. If you’re on the fence about getting this bag, just do it because it is actually the coolest bag ever! I love that Pop & Suki sells different straps so that you can wear it as a fanny pack, a backpack or even a crossbody bag. They also sell accessories that you can personalize, such as key chains or charms.

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The quality is pretty great considering the price of the bag. The bag comes with a dust bag that comes in a box. The bag also already comes with a crossbody strap. At first, it seems like a pretty small bag, but it fits all of your essentials…as long as you don’t have big essentials.

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The personalization aspect of the company is what really won me over. Well, that and the way you can interchange the straps or add on charms and the such.

Throughout the week, I like to take the strap off and put it in my bigger tote bag so that my smaller things don’t get lost at the bottom of my bigger bag. I know it’s just like any ‘ol crossbody bag, but for some reason, there’s a certain pizzaz about this one. I think it might be the brand essence that takes this bag over the edge…the whole accessorizing an accessory aspect.

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The last and most obvious thing is that this bag is INCREDIBLY cute and goes with pretty much any outfit. The color my friend got for me is perfect…lavendar with pink undertones. The gold detailing doesn’t even bother me whatsoever!

I checked out the website earlier today and they have card holder…which I may have to get my hands on. Pop & Suki is really onto something and I’m in love with the brand so much!

Okay, that’s all today/tonight. Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

A Post About A Super Eventful Weekend

Beauty, Lifestyle, style, Uncategorized

So, this past weekend was a very eventful one. First, I went out for my birthday, then the next afternoon I participated and celebrated my good friend’s engagement.

Friday, I went to the nail salon with my friend so that she could paint her nails accordingly for the celebration and shortly after we went shopping for dresses to change into after our dances. A few hours later, we went to practice one last time before the big day.

After our last practice, we went out to D.C. and danced the night away…without getting too crazy of course. Obviously, I had to show my little birthday outfit, which turned out to very appropriate because it was SO hot out.

The next day, my friends and I got into the traditional Indian/Bengali outfits called a salwar kameez. It was an extremely long day, but it was all so worth it and so much fun! I can’t wait for the wedding!

We took professional pictures and video, which I’m so excited to see when it’s all put together! The bride to be’s outfit and makeup was so stunning that I had to snap a couple of pictures!

Once the girls and I did our choreographed dances, we changed into our dresses that were almost impossible to find at the mall. We ate dinner and then the dance floor was open to everyone…so you know what that meant.

IMG_6452.JPGFriday and Saturday were incredibly fun, but also incredibly draining. I pretty much slept all throughout Sunday and “reclaimed my time.” Once I finally got out of the bed around 3 PM, I went through all my birthday gifts. I’m so grateful for each and every one of them and can’t wait to talk about them separately in some later posts.

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That was my super eventful weekend and while it was so much fun…I am so glad to be back on a normal routine again so that I can blog and film more consistently. Like every year, it feels nice to be another year older and I hope for many more years! Thanks for reading as always.

ChelsiKay