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.

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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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Fall Cleaning: The Vanity

Beauty, Decorating, diy, jewelry, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Uncategorized

Happy Wednesday everyone! I don’t know if you all knew this, but I’m sort of a messy person. I’m not at all a dirty person, but I’m pretty dang disorganized. Somehow, some way I always end up with clutter in places where there should not be…like my vanity. All those cosmetic organizers and it still manages to get cluttered. When this happens, I know it’s time to start over and rethink how I organize.

When it comes to my vanity, I have to start ALL the way over and even change out the drawer liner. I’m even thinking about creating my own storage container for it because it’s just so cluttered all the time. I’m not sure if the JerryBox is working out too well. The brushes always come flying out every time that I turn it to find what I’m looking for.

Anyway, so far I’ve cleared some space by purchasing a corner shelf on Amazon. The main reason I got this was that my perfume and nail polishes were being directly exposed to the sun and I think this affects the formulations…especially the nail polishes.

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The shelf is pretty sturdy and it already fits my room décor. However, it is kind of cheap and not the greatest quality but it works and I really like it. Also, my perfumes and nail polishes now have a nice home away from the direct sunlight.

I typed a lot of this earlier in the day and then made my way to AC Moore to see what I could find to change up my vanity situation. I picked up some construction paper as my drawer liner and tried to look for some sort of container that had drawers.I got home and purged everything I didn’t need and cleaned off everything I did need with baby wipes. Surprisingly, I didn’t dread doing any of this; in fact, I found it pretty cathartic.

I went with the dark orange construction paper because it screams fall and looks great under my acrylic containers. I also found a jewelry box that wasn’t being used and am now using that to store my favorite rollerballs, liquid lipsticks, and lipglosses. The jewelry box is a nice touch because it’s mirrored, I wish I would have thought of this sooner.

I didn’t realize this post was going to end up being all about my vanity so I’m going to have to divide these fall cleaning posts into parts now. So that is all for today you all! Thanks for reading as always!

ChelsiKay

 

Smashbox Liquid Lipsticks

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, Uncategorized

Happy Monday you guys! It’s been kind of a weird day for me…maybe it’s the Monday blues or something. However, I did want to come on here and talk about this amazing lip product I happened upon.

Well, a couple of weeks ago, I’m scrolling through Instagram and I see these swatches of liquid lipsticks from Smashbox. All of the colors were vibrant and they also had a super wide range.

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So, a couple of days later I went to Sephora and swatched some of the colors and was really shocked out how seriously pigmented and non-streaky these liquid lipsticks were. Of course, I only purchased one at first and tried it for the next few days and then went back and bought another color. I’m probably going to back to Sephora and buy another one if it fits in my budget this coming month.

 

IMG_6798The colors I purchased were True Grit, which is this gorgeous deep brown color, and Miss Conduct, that is a beautiful blue-based red. The liquid lipsticks are called Always On Liquid Lipsticks and they really are always on. I have eaten food and drank with these on and I still manage to have color on lips. Of course, if I wipe enough the color does come off, but that’s to be expected.

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Needless to say, I really love these liquid lipsticks and I’m taking them into fall and winter with me. I would like to get a nude color that I can line with Nightmoth or Currant (MAC lipliners.) I really recommend these babies if you’re looking for a nice liquid lipstick for the season! Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

Finding Your Happy Place

Lifestyle, simplicity, Uncategorized

Happy Monday everyone! Last week was such a great week, but I’m always happy to start a new one. So, every once in awhile I do actually like to talk about simple living without it being about fashion or skincare and the such. I kind of just want to touch on the mindset of simplicity today…so let’s get to it.

Sometimes the majority of the time, there are outside forces that are just simply out of our control. No matter how much you try to take control of a situation, the outcome is the outcome. There are times where you just have to let go and let whatever happens, happen.

With that being said, the reason I bring this up is that a few days ago I found myself in a situation that left me pretty frustrated. Let’s just say, outside forces (people) failed to communicate with me and I went out of my way for nothing. Once upon a time, I would’ve made a huge fuss and maybe even remained upset the whole day. Instead, I went to my happy place…both mentally and physically.

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My happy place is pretty much any place with coffee or tea whether it be Starbucks or some cozy local coffee shop. Mentally, I just had to tell myself to let it go and not to be upset. I made my way to the nearest Starbucks and purchased a Frappuccino and sat there alone scrolling through Instagram until I felt I wasn’t upset anymore.

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I’m not going to lie, I slightly did still feel some type of way. However, I also felt like I kind of won because I didn’t let my frustrations take over. I then continued the rest of my day in a really good mood.

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Also, I realized that I do tend to try to control situations that cannot be controlled and I really need to break that habit. Finding my happy place (physical and mental) was probably one of the most simple things I have ever done and I would strongly suggest that everyone tries this. Find your happy place people and always go to it when you’re mad, frustrated, sad, or even melancholy!

That’s all today! Check back in on Wednesday…I’ll be talking about Fenty Beauty!

ChelsiKay

What’s your physical happy place?

Getting Your Tasks Done

Lifestyle, simplicity, Uncategorized

Today’s post is kind of ironic because I was so ready to talk about how to get your tasks/chores done, but here I am typing this up at almost 9pm. I didn’t charge my computer last night and it was completely dead this morning…such a fail considering this blog posts’ topic. Anyway, just because it’s late doesn’t mean I’m not going to post at all so let’s get started.

Yesterday, as I was folding my laundry I was thinking why such a tedious task was flying by. Well…I was FaceTiming my friend and we were having a great conversation. I just kind of began folding just so I wasn’t sitting there talking. Normally my clothes will sit at the end of my bed for a couple of days before I start groaning that I have to fold them.

This made me think back to the day I was cleaning my brushes and I was dancing at my bathroom sink to my very loud music. I HATE cleaning my brushes with a passion but it HAS to be done.

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I think you see where this post is going now…

When you have a tedious task to do, make it fun: call a friend, listen to music, do squats (lol.)

Also if you have a really huge task to be done, turn it into a bunch of smaller tasks. All too often we will overwhelm ourselves by taking on these big duties that we just kind of keep procrastinating. Seriously, do laundry twice as much so your loads aren’t so huge and you won’t have to put away nearly as many clothes. Most washers nowadays have sensors so you’re really not wasting water as with your older washers.

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I know there’s still a bunch of other chores that are just unavoidable and will always be tedious such as cleaning your toilet. Yea there’s really no way around that one except just don’t let it get gross in the first place. I don’t really enjoy changing my sheets either, but it also has to be done. With this chore, I just think of the end result and it’s always so worth it.

So if you’ve got some chores or tasks to be done keep these little “hacks” in mind. You won’t even realize you’re doing it until it’s done the majority of the time. I’m just here to make people’s lives more simple (including my own) even if my tips are as obvious as the nose on my face. Thanks for reading regardless.

ChelsiKay

How do you get your chores/tasks done?

Reclaiming My Time

Beauty, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity

Hey, you all, so I know I didn’t post on Wednesday, but honestly, I had nothing at all to post. Also, my mind was on Thursday, which was my 24th birthday! Yesterday I spent the day with my friend and they took me to go get my nails and feet done.

The reason why we decided to go get mani’s and pedi’s is because another one of our friends recently got engaged and her engagement party is this weekend too! So actually, my mind has been on this whole weekend because A LOT is going on! However, I did want to post today to let you know I’m still here and am not neglecting this blog whatsoever!

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This week started out kind of wonky because I was just not feeling it. That could have been a combination of hormones or just people kind of getting on my nerves. As most of you know I am striving to live more simply so I really do try to not let little things get to me.

One phrase that has stood out to me lately is a phrase spoken by Maxine Waters: “Reclaiming my time.” I know the meaning of that means something entirely different than how I have been applying it to my life, but the phrase just speaks levels to me. Needless to say, the mani and pedi was very much needed and I’m glad that my actual birthday was low key and didn’t involve too many people.

Now with all that said, I want to share one of my birthday gifts with you all. It was something I did actually want, but I did not expect to get it at all. This year I wasn’t too focused on gifts…maybe that’s a sign of growth or something? I probably won’t feel the same when Christmas comes around though.

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For the past few months, I have been using my mom’s FujiFilm Instax camera and I think her getting this for me was a way of telling me to give hers back. Fine by me. I love having things of my own and not having to borrow from others…including my mom. Of course, I would have preferred to purchase it myself, but I’m still oh so grateful for the camera. Also, I LOVE the color!

Yesterday was a good day and today will be a good day as well. I will try to have pictures from the engagement party as well as my birthday celebration. Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

5 Things That Happen When You Live Simply

Decorating, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity
  1. You start to declutter regularly

Ok so this is a no brainer, but this isn’t just a materialistic thing…it’s also a mindset as well.

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  1. You develop routines

You’re just kind of naturally going to fall into routines whether it’s a skincare, hair care, cleaning or even a morning routine.

  1. You become happier (in my opinion)

Lesser things tend to bother you and you tend to stress less and less

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  1. The way you organize changes

Most people I’ve seen who live simply (or minimally) tend to have open storage – floating shelves, clothing racks, and basically anything you can see (no lid or door)

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  1. You get your mind right

What I mean by this is, your thinking becomes simple and you become less forgetful.

 

What are some things that happened when you started to live simply?

ChelsiKay

NO More Summer Capsule Wardrobes

Fashion, Lifestyle, Minimalism, Slow Fashion, style

Ok, so I didn’t really do a capsule wardrobe this summer. For some reason, summer comes around and I just can’t figure out how to capsule my clothing. I spoke about this in a post earlier this season and I wanted to fix my summer wardrobe. However, I never got around to it because I just really don’t like the hot weather like that and it just seemed way too tedious.

I did manage to fit some wins in though. I now know that I can pretty much wear denim or woven shorts and a simple top along with a flowy kimono and look pretty fabulous.

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And when going out I can throw on a bralette with a mesh top and be good to go! I guess I got caught up on trying not to look too boring that I forgot that kimonos, belts, chokers, and makeup can take an outfit that’s a 5 and turn it into a 10.

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So I’ve kind of decided that I probably won’t be doing a capsule in the summer months anymore because 1. It just gives me a headache thinking about it for some odd reason. 2. I tend to gravitate towards anything that’s going to be comfortable, breathable, and stylish…meaning I may end up defeating the purpose of a capsule and purchasing new items.

Luckily I do buy pretty decent quality items in the summer so I will have them for a pretty long time and have no plans of getting rid of anything. SO now that I’ve seemed to figure out my (non) issue about summer, I can finally start thinking about fall. I have already started purchasing fall items because it’s my favorite and most of the fall stuff is on sale right now! I can’t wait to start photographing fall outfits for you guys! Look out for that in the next month or so!

Thanks for reading as always.

ChelsiKay

Hello, August!

Decorating, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, style

I’m so happy that it’s August again! August just so happens to be my birthday month and if I’m being honest….I get really annoying. That isn’t what this post is about, but I just wanted to mention how much I love August. Be prepared for a bunch of makeup, outfit, and hair post about how I’m going to all done up for the big day.

Anyway, I just kind of wanted to come on here and post about nothing. I am currently in the process of seriously getting my room organized. I’m looking at floating shelves, floor pillows, tulle, and just a ton of other things that will tie my room together.

I’m very excited to be doing this so that I can showcase it on this here blog. I talk about wanting to live a simple life occasionally and it’s time to start really making that happen.

Yesterday I had to purchase this cute little gem and for some reason, it has really inspired me. Yes, it’s a marble dry erase board…who doesn’t love marble? It sparked inspiration because I realized that my many walls can be utilized! Having something hanging such as a small shelf helps me to get rid of the unnecessary or find a different place for it.

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So I’m not going to ramble on too much about nothing so it’s time to end this blog post now. Thank you for reading as always.

How do you get organized?

ChelsiKay

Organizing My Room Pt. 1

Decorating, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity

Okay as you all know I’m trying my best to organize my room. So far, I got the majority of my surfaces nice and neat. I didn’t have to throw anything away either…I just needed to find a new home for certain things.

Last week I purchased a bar cart from IKEA and it took me a minute to figure out how I was going to merchandise it, but I figured it out. All of my filming equipment (that can fit) goes on the top. Miscellaneous items go on the middle shelf, which thankfully is not that, many things. The last shelf holds all of my hair styling products, which again isn’t that much because I have finally found products that work for my hair. Obviously, this isn’t how most bar carts are used, but sometimes we just have to get creative.

Since I’ve merchandised the bar cart, my end table has cleared up. It could still use a lot of work, but I’ll declutter it eventually. I have to say, even though it isn’t the clearest surface, it is definitely more organized than it was before. I would prefer something else in place of this end table as well.

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My vanity is holding up really well since I purchased the JerryBox Cosmetic Organizer. It’s kind of crazy how such a small change can make such a drastic difference when it comes to being more organized. It also helps that I don’t have a ton of makeup, but the JerryBox has really been helping out…now if I can figure out how to get my brushes to stay in there!

I’ll be coming back with a part two to organizing my room pretty soon which will probably include some decorating as well. Even though this was a short post, I hope it was still worth reading.

ChelsiKay