Category: Lifestyle

How to care for your Pumpkins + Workout Attire!

Happy Thursday people! Today is a weird mixture of things on the blog but just roll with me!

First let’s talk about pumpkins … recently while visiting a pumpkin patch in bay St. Louis I got the down low on pumpkin care. Umm, who knew these things could be babied? APPARENTLY there’s s few things we can do to keep them with us until September!

• Don’t pick them up by their stems.

• Don’t let them collect moisture/leave them out in the rain. (You should bring them inside to keep them dry, however, this is an issue when you have 3836647 million on your porch like me.)

• Don’t let them sit in water.

• If they must be left outside and do get wet, turn them upside down/stem facing down. This allows the water to not sit in the bottom of the stem.

All of this is supposed to prevent them from rotting.

Now, on to workout attire.

Recently I’ve discovered a company called Girlfriend Collective. They make workout clothes out of recycled goods, which is pretty cool. I mean your basically shopping and helping the environment!

Anyway, I love these honestly because they do remind me of Lululemon. They are a tad cheaper which is a win win. The quality of the compression leggings are amazing and they don’t ride down + are super soft and comfy!

The set I’m wearing in the picture above is there light color and the thing I love about the sports Bra that’s under my jean jacket is that it is long line and I’m not stuck showing tons of tummy!

I would size up if you order from this line!

Linking my exact look below but tagging others in a slider after that! They have TONS of fits in pants and bras!

Compressive high-rise leggings | $86

Longline Bra | $38

– MORE OPTIONS + COLORS –

Faded Denim Jacket | $34

Let me know if you guys have any questions! This workout attire in my option is COMPLETELY worth the price. I am one to buy cheaper workout clothes or leggings here or there but they fall apart half the time honestly! Workout clothes and leggings are something we run around in a ton so why not spend money on something good that will last!?

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

Favorite Keep It On Track Apps

Hey guys! I’ve been wanting to work on this post for y’all for a while now! Finally getting it together and getting it up!

If you’ve followed along for a while you’ve got the memo over time that I’m a chick that A) enjoys to eat and B) has to work to keep it off. Wether it be working to keep it off in the kitchen or the gym – Its a constant battle and I really need to buckle down when/if I want the scale to go down haha! But generally I am a good girl all week and then come Friday, I literally just jack it all up and eat whatever I want because … it’s the weekend duh! I guess that’s my form of “balance”.

I wanted to share a few apps with you guys that I’ve used when I’m trying to maintain or lose …. and I REALLY LOVE them! They help keep me on track when I need it and they’ve even helped me workout (because two of them are workout apps). Some are free and some will cost ya $20 a month!

Let’s get right into it! Below each app I am posting screen shots so y’all can have a little preview!

SWEAT | $20 a month

I’m listing this app first because I absolutely LOVED it and saw real results! Kayla Itsines is the creator of BBG (the bikini body guide) it’s a 4 week program. Each week you have 3 resistance workouts and 3 cardio workouts. The resistance workouts are 28 minutes long and are broken up into 7 minute intervals. The cardio can be anything you want (walking, running, biking, elliptical) for 30 minutes! I love this app because it shows the person actually doing the workout (like a video) & not just a photo. Over the winter I went outside every morning in the backyard and completed these, but then as it got hot I backed off haha! The workout is too loud to do inside for me because it requires jumping jacks and stuff like that, so I’m scared I’ll wake the boys up at 5am. Around my 4th week I really started seeing a change in certain parts of my body and noticed things were firmer. If you google the reviews on this you will be blown away by how many people think it’s a successful program. I also will say that it makes you check off the workouts you’ve done so it makes you feel accomplished and hold you accountable to keep going! I’m actually looking forward to it getting cooler so I can start this again!

8fit | free

Posting this app after sweat because it’s a LOT like it. Almost identical + Free = YES PLEASE! One of my clients that’s a trainer actually showed this to me and again I love it because it’s videos of workouts. This is a lot like the BBG concept, telling you to do the round on repeat for certain amount of time or reps!

Weight Watchers | $20

I can not say enough about how EASY & EFFECTIVE this program/app is! This is the only program (we’ll call it that instead of a diet) I’ve ever used that actually kept weight off without gaining it back as soon as I got off of it. This is because weight watchers doesn’t restrict what you can have but teaches you to be mindful of portions and shows you what foods you should be intaking the most! One you get used to seeing/knowing how much and what you can have it becomes second nature. The app makes the whole process A COMPLETE BREEZE! billions of people use this so it is so easy to type something in and if you can’t find it or don’t feel like it, there is literally a barcode scanner that will enter it all in for you! For those that aren’t familiar with it weight watchers helps you reach you goal of loosing or maintaining by telling you how many points you can have a day! As long as your staying within your points, I guarantee you’ll see results quicker then you’d think!!!

Lifesum | free or $4 a month

This app is one of my favorites because it allows you to track your foods and daily habits. It can tell you how many calories you should have daily to maintain or reach your goal and also has a ton of recipes to help you get there! They all looks SO yummy!!! It also has different meal plans with different type of recipes like if your trying no carb, keto or things like that! The pro offers more and can be customized to your needs I think!

workouts | free

This app is free and is good for those who just want to put together their own little workout on your own time! Maybe you just want to do and workouts every night before bed, or try some booty moves before you hope in the shower every morning! This app lets you pick your section and you can complete from there! Again this app shows videos!

MINDBODY | free

I love this app because it keeps all your local workout classes in one little area! Here you can look at all the classes going on around you, sign up for them + add them to your calendar! It’s great to be able to explore what wellness + beauty business are around as well.

7M | free

This app is another great app for a HITT workout! Mimicking BBG again with the 7minute rounds – only here you can pick if you want to just do one round or maybe go for 3?! My favorite thing about this app is that the intervals are quick! So you don’t get bored!

That’s all I got! If any of you guys have any exciting apps that you use or have any diets + workout classes you’ve used and loved let me know!!! And of course if yall have any questions about any of these, feel free to ask me!!!

Happy Monday y’all!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

WERE ENGAGED!

So this post is a little late to the game haha! I have been so crazy busy I haven’t gotten around to it but I’ve been meaning too because I want to answer all yalls questions about how, who, what, when, where and get y’all all filled in!! I love being able to share my life with you guys and y’all have no idea how much every sweet comment & well wish means to me! Y’all are the best little blogging family and I appreciate every one of you guys that read/follow along!!

So here it goes – our engagement story!

If your new to the reading game, I’ve been with Ryan for about 2 and 1/2 years now. We moved in last September because we both agreed that we thought it was important to live with someone before you married them. Throwing that out there to say that we have had a few talks about marriage obviously being the end goal but neither of us were the types to run around mentioning it everyday.

One particular talk happened after coming home from someone getting engaged, we were talking about how pretty her ring was. When I mentioned how she did a good job picking out her ring, Ryan went on to express how much he thought that picking a ring out should be a surprise, he would never take someone to pick out a ring and that it’s a special gift from the guy to the girl. He also continued on to say that he feels the whole thing should be a surprise. YALLL, WHATTTTT. Those of y’all that know me. Can y’all imagine me in this conversation. “yea totally” “yea surprise are so special” … Inside I’m like hoooolyyyy freakinnn control freak is this dude serious?! The thoughts in my head were like Jesus Chelsey if you ever get engaged you’ll be wearing workout leggings and end up with some kinda heart shaped purple diamond on a big bulky band or something. (nothing against heart shaped/purple diamonds, they just aren’t my thing.)

I have never even told Ryan my thoughts after this conversation, so if your reading this, I totally love you & believe that you have amazing taste however I am the most picky chick with jewelry and I was scared for my fingers life from that point on when the thought of us getting engaged would cross my mind. I was also petrified at the thought of never knowing that it was coming because I hate surprises and knew I wouldn’t be dressed in something amazing and accidentally white! …. just saying!

Anyway, fast forward. August 16th I didn’t wake up feeling like any other day. I woke up feeling like I was 30 … EW! Ryan brightened my morning by surprising me with the best gift, a new purse I had my eye on- I was officially convinced 30 wasn’t going to suck! I headed to work and celebrated there with fabulous work fam & picked Mexican for my dinner of choice that night! .. side note : One of my clients actually text me in the morning and was like omg I had a dream you got engaged … my reply was “pahhh I wish! I just got a new purse so that’s not happening too” apparently she’s psychic and me and Ryan cracked up at this a few days later!

so back on track … My birthday was on the 16th and Hayden’s birthday is on the 18th, Ryan wanted to go out to dinner just us three on the day in between, the 17th. He asked what we wanted for dinner and desert. We picked Venezia’s for dinner, I threw on jeans, a causal wedge, and a flowy top. The flowy top was a must because obviously I knew I had plans to eat everything in that place. Dinner was deliciousssss and when we left I proceeded to get in the truck telling the boys “this is the best night everrrrrr! I had lobster & Alfredo all at once in the same meal” plus we were headed to get ice cream at Shake Therapy so that was a hugeeeee cherry on top.

We got our shakes and while we were sitting there drinking them, Ryan was randomly like “let’s go drink these out by the river” … okayyyyyyyy I thought, we hopped in the truck and headed over to where we could sit on the river and drink our shakes. “Whattttt are we doing?!” Me and Hayden continued to ask on the way but I was like whatever Chelsey maybe he’s just trying to be fun and do something different for yalls birthday?! We got there, joked around for a minute and Ryan was like hey let me take a picture of you and Hayden. We took a few pictures, being silly because I think me and Hayden were both like whattttt the hell is going on here lol! Then Ryan asked Hayden to take a picture of me and him but on his phone not on the good camera. I’m a pro at wanting to take pictures so I patiently waited for him to walk on over.

When he did he stood by me for a sec and then started to bend down.”what are you doing” came out of my mouth a few times, “are you kidding me” and then “aweeee I love you” while I bent down to hug him. Ryan proceeds to crack up laughing on one knee “I didn’t even say anything” at this point I’m sitting on his knee and am like “well sayyyy it, say ittttt” pahahaha!!! He asked and of course we all know I definitely said yes! It was so funny y’all, I was so surprised and just shocked & it was such a blur! Thank god hayden was actually videoing and not taking a picture! I have the video but haven’t decided if I want to share it on here just yet Incase we do something with it for the wedding?!

In the midst of all this I didn’t even really pay attention to the ring. I was so excited and jumped up and down like a little girl, shed a few excited tears, and all 3 hoped in the truck to leave and start calling people! … on the walk to the truck it set in, waitttttt a second what does this ring even look like?! Heart shaped diamond city?! I flipped on the light in the truck and was like thankkkkk Jesussss this is perfect! He got me a round diamond on the most dainty band with small little diamonds around it! It was SO perfect, he did an amazing job picking it out all on his own! Now, how the heck did he know what I would have liked?! I’m like “how did you even know what I would have liked?! It’s perfect!” He actually had the jeweler come to the house and use my rings to see what size and type of jewelry I had! Most of my jewelry is super dainty and gold, so they rolled with it! Obviously the ring is a minute detail here but it’s every girls big deal haha!

End of the story is that A) I can’t believe this guy actually pulled off this amazing of a surprise. B) that my 30th birthday proved to be the start of some amazing times + the lobster and Alfredo was NOT why the 17th would end up being the best day ever. And C) I wouldn’t have wanted to experience this any other way or with anyone else! I am so over the moon that I get to spend the rest of my life with Ryan + Hayden and I know without a doubt in my mind that Ryan is the BEST fit for me! He brings out the best in me & complements me as a partner so well. I know in him I have a lifelong friend/love! From the day I met him he opened my eyes to the way a relationship and love should be and I’m so blessed/thankful to have found that with him! … I know I’m getting all mushy on y’all haha!!!

Now – heres a lot of questions y’all have been asking!

• Did my parents know? No haha Ryan told not a single soul! How? I don’t know because that would have killed me!

• Did Hayden know? No. He found out right when I did!! What’s funny though is that at dinner we played truth or dare and the two times Ryan said truth Hayden asked “when are you giving Chelsey a ring?” “No really when are you and Chelsey getting married?” He had esp that day!

• Have we set a date? Yes officially! Our regular anniversary is May 6th. That doesn’t fall on a Saturday though so it will be May 4th! I’m excited we are doing that and keeping it around the same time!

• Are we having a big wedding? NOPE! we are keeping it small.

• Whats the plans? We had a little hiccup in our venue plans last week but did damage control and officially locked down the venue two days ago! It will be a destination wedding, but isn’t actually too far haha! We are getting married at a gorgeous spot in Bay Saint Louis. We flirted with the idea of the beach, or maybe even Mexico but both fell in love with the Mississippi thing because we are actually building a camp in the area and feel like it’s perfect because it’s a place we’ll have ties too!

• When’s the parties? we’re not having any! Haha! I think we mutually decided we don’t want a big fuss over any of it + we already have too much stuff! Combing two houses into one has left is with a large storage unit lol!! So parties/ no presents!

That’s all the news I’m sharing as of yet! I plan on keeping y’all posted along the way and am thinking of doing some blog posts with wedding planning tips if some of you guys would like just one big one on that? I know a lot of my followers are between their mid 20s to late 50s and that tons of y’all are already married haha! BUT I know there’s a few that might appreciate the info as well!!

Looking forward to sharing this journey with you guys & again I’m so thankful for each and every one of y’all that follow along and show the love!!!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

30 Things I Learned in My 20s

So, I am officially a 30 year old! I was laying in bed last night typing this and feeling excited + sad about this whole situation pahaha! I am aware I’m being a little dramatic! It’s just a number right? Another birthday!

ya see, kissing this decade goodbye is kinda bitter sweet! It was a rollercoaster, I experienced a lot of love, a lot of loss, a lot of fun, a lot of lessons, a lot of growth in career, a lot about people and relationships, & a LOT about ME! When I say a lot about me, I mean a lottttt – I got real with myself, spent a lot of time with myself, and really figured out what makes Chelsey happy!

My 20s were just overall a major time for me – they were empowering and created some of my BEST times that brought me to my best me!

With that being said though, I know the best is definitely still yet to come!! I have an amazing family, friends, career, & I don’t even know what I’d do without Ryan and Hayden! I plan on making my 30s even more amazing than my 20s, especially since I have all these fabulous life lessons tucked in my back pocket now that I’m so old and wise 😜

What are these fabulous life lessons? Your in luck because that’s the whole reason for this blog post …..

HERES 30 THINGS I LEARNED IN MY 20

1. You are in charge of your life / the only person that’s in charge of the things you want/don’t want and is responsible for your happiness is YOURSELF! If your not happy, no one else playing a major roll in your life can really be.

2. Take the vacation / there’s always time for the day to day routine, it’s not going anywhere! Getting away & having a change of scenery with friends, family, or your loved one is something you never regret!

3. “Whatcha gunna do” / I adapted this life motto in my mid 20s, and let me tell ya it’s the freakin truth! When life throws you curve balls, big or small – guess what? It’s what you’ve been dealt! and guess what else? There’s absolutely probably not much you can do about it! Learn to roll with the punches + sit back and enjoy the ride! Life’s easier that way!!

4. Your mom is ALWAYS right / you grow up thinking this is bullshit. It is totally not.

5. The worst will get worse but the best will keep getting better / when you think it can’t get worse, it probably will – but then you’ll come out smarter, stronger, & a billion times better then you could ever imagine! Trust me.

6. A little kindness goes a long way / sometimes the smallest acts of kindness can make the biggest impression! Being intentional about treating others the way you want to be treated is a game changer!

7. Drama is exhausting, & so is being mean and ugly / it takes so much less energy to just be nice and it has a way better effect on your mood as well! drama is for the birds, I’d rather shoot it down and focus my time/energy on things that actually matter. I like to think I kissed drama goodbye in my mid 20s, and now you couldn’t even pay me to engage in it.

8. Looking your best will make you feel your best / having a bad day? Just add lipstick!

9. Be present / this is something I am still kinda working on! We’re always so busy planning for tomorrow, next week, next year. Sometimes when you block it all out it feels amazing to just live in & appreciate the moment happening right now!

10. Honesty is the best policy / the truth ALWAYS comes out, I don’t care how long you’d think it can go. It. Always. Comes. Out. Being honest from the get go is probably a lot easier & keeps you out of a lot of trouble!

11. Some alone time is the best time / moments to yourself are CRUCIAL! Get inside your own head a little & take a break from everyone else’s thoughts, needs, & wants!

12. What Sally says of Susy says more about Sally than Suzy / if someone’s being negative about you the problem that they have is more likely with themselves. easier said than done but you can’t take these things personally & kill them with kindness!

13. ALWAYS wear your sunscreen / skin cancer in your 20s is a real thing, been there, done that & have the scar by my eye to prove it!

14. When opportunity knocks answer the door / if you get an opportunity, big or small, go for it! Small things can lead to bigger things and sometimes taking on something you think you can’t handle brings you somewhere you’d never thought you’d be!

15. Gossip isn’t a good look / something I’ve learned in my later years! You never know who knows who & you probably wouldn’t want anyone gossiping about you!

16. Exercise is your friend / as much as you hate it, you gotta admitt …. you always feel better when your done! And when it becomes part of your daily routine your body + mind do better!

17. Support your sistas / I’m a huge advocate for women empowering women! There’s enough room in this world for everyone to succeed – we should build each other up instead of trying to one up each other! Congratulate each other’s accomplishments, compliment each other’s looks, & cheer each other on! And for the love of god help a sista our if she needs some direction or advice, you never know when you might need the same!

18. Give without expecting something in return / there’s fulfillment in sacrificing for others!

19. Pick your battles / not everything requires your attention! If its not life threatening, someone getting something major over on you, or something that’s not going to matter in a few days, it’s probably not worth the energy!

20. Quality over Quantity / this goes for lots of things in life – clothes, girlfriends, alcohol …. But seriously, with the girlfriends be thankful if you have a handful of good ones, these are the people who mater and deserve your time/attention. They will show up when it matters most and you’ll do the same for them!

21. Family is everything / literally these people are stuckkk with you! be grateful for them, they love & will be there for you like no one else!

22. Dating as an adult is FUN if you play your cards right / dating in my mid 20s was so different then dating when I was younger! I mean hello you know what you want/like and your secure enough in yourself to know the shots you want to call! The person taking you out can afford to go to nice places and they probably aren’t super needy because they have their own life + career going on too! I had an absolute blast dating and took the opportunity to discover even more what I wanted in a partner and what I didn’t! (Of course that all brought me to Ryan and I definitely love being with him more the single a thousand times over lol but you get the point) if your single, enjoy it!

23. When people show you who they are, believe them the first time / people are who they are. Don’t waste your time looking into it or thinking they will change, because it’s just that simple!

24. If something fails, it just means there’s something better coming / think about it, has this ever not been true! I thinks it’s almost proven! Always hold out for that silver lining!

25. Everyone has a love language, and you should know yours / knowing and understanding how you receive and give love will make all your relationships easier, with spouses, family, & friends!

26. Go to therapy, you probably need it / talking to someone completely bias can really be an eye opener to things or situations you could use clarity on!

27. EAT THE BURGER / life’s too freakin short! Enjoy the things you love!

28. Live life on your own timeline / this is something I am currently working on because people can put some freakin pressure on! They think because they just got married, or had a baby, or got a new job, that you should be too. This isn’t true because your not them and your situations special to you! what’s meant to be in your life will happen at all the right times so you just just enjoy the ride and experiences!

29. Show gratitude / to others & yourself! Be grateful for all you have + all that’s to come! There is so much to be thankful for in this life!

30. Just be YOU / your the only you in the world, and that right there should inspire you to be and give the best version of yourself to everyone! Embrace who you are in every aspect – be proud of yourself and your story! After all, we’ve all got one!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

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Amazon Top Picks

Hey y’all! Who else thinks that amazon is theeee bomb!? It took me a while to join the amazon prime world, but once I did I never looked back lol! Out of all the places to order from, amazon is always my favorite! They literally have EVERYTHING and it getting here in two days makes it even better!

I thought it would be fun to do a post on the things I order from amazon the most frequently or have ordered over again because I loved them + all the things that have been the most popular with y’all!

Let’s jump right in…

Breast Covers | $27

Okay, I know this is a weird first thing on the list but it has to be … I HAVE BEEN ORDERING THESE FOR YEARS! These are the best nipple covers (am I allowed to say that in here?) I have ever used. Most covers literally just cover the nipple, this makes them easy to show under a shirt with lost of fabrics. Since these are smooth silicone that go around the rounds of your breasts they aren’t ever seen! I normally get about 10-15 uses out of them. They are super easy to stick on and when I’m done with them I run cold water over them and let them dry over I before sticking them back to the paper!

Woven Summer Bag | $17

one of the top selling amazon things on my LIKEtoKNOW.it! You guys LOVED this bag! And when I wear it I get tons of compliments! Be aware it takes a few weeks to come in!

Brush Shampoo | $15

Brush Drying Rack | $18

Brush Cleaning Mat | $22

Another popular follower pick sold through insta stories to you guys – My favorite items for makeup brush cleaning! This makes the process so easy & quick! Plus the mat insures your cleaning your brushes that you spend good money on the correct way! For brush shampoo I either use the sigma cleaner listed, which I love! Or if I’m out I just use Tea Tree Hand Soap which is gentle on brushes and has other natural benefits! The brush drying rack is a MUST for me, I learned a while ago from a makeup artist that laying your brushes on the side or putting them in a cut bristles up is totally not good for your brushes. It makes the water sit at the bottom of the brush causing mildew and other bacteria eventually+ other things! Being able to hand the brushes bristles down insures proper/quicker drying!

Jelly Thong Sandals | $13

Just had to order for my second time. I wear these almost EVERY OTHER DAY to work. They have lasted about a year, I blame the needing new ones on wearing them so much and slipping them on without undoing the buckle because I’m lazy! This is a good buy if you need a easy sandal that will go with anything! I feel like the gold detail allows you to dress it up a pinch.

White Bohemian Tassel Earrings | $12

Pink Thread Earrings | $13

Both big earring favorites with you guys! Statement earrings are always a great way to add extra wow to an outfit!

Large Buckle Gucci Belt | $19

Thin Gucci Belt | $15

Y’all, I’m the first to admit. I own real stuff & fake stuff. This sista has real Gucci purses and fake Gucci belts! Why spend $500 when I can get it for under $20?! Hellllloooo! I personally don’t see a belt being worth $500 and I also think belts like this are a trend at the moment. I own the large in black, it’s actually considered a men’s belt and I ordered that because I wanted a larger buckle. We did have to add extra holes & it came with a tool to do so! Super easy! The thin Gucci belt I ordered in brown and black, this is very smaller and the “GG” is a little bit larger then the size of your jean button.

3 Piece Hard Case Luggage Set | $129

This also sold like crazyyyy!! This luggage set is amazing for the price and was a total copy of the calpack luggage my mom has for less then half the price!

Invisibobble Hair Ring | $9

My favorite pony tail holders! I order these time and time again, since pony holders always seem to disappear! Because of these being spirals they leave NO creases in the hair! Perfect for pony lovers & working out!!

Silplat Non-Stick Baking Mat | $17

Something Ive ordered a few times of the course of the years. This is amazing for baking, roasting and basically anything in the oven! It takes the place of foil or a pan & doesn’t require any spray! It’s my favorite for baking cookies, it gives you the perfect non-burnt bottom every time!

Bathing Suit Cover Up | $17

Y’all were OBSESSED with this bathing suit cover up! It sold like hot cakes & is something that continues to sell from the blog! It comes in tons of colors and I’d size down!

Sugar Bear Hair Vitamins | $33

A almost monthly re-order for me & the best/most effective hair vitamin I have ever taken. Click HERE for a full blog post & review on my experience with them.

Faux Fur Cuddler Bed | $34-$129

Price range depends on size! Y’all loved this bed for your pups! It’s neutral to match any room and is a smidge fancier then your regular ole’ dog bed!

PomPom Beach Hat | $16

Loved & received so many compliments on this at that I ordered a second color! I loved this hat because the buckle and pompoms make it not just your boring old beach hat!

Acrylic Eyeglass Display | $16

One of my smartest amazon buys & one of yalls favorites! The CUTEST way to display your glasses & the acrylic makes it match any type of decor!

Now THATS some good stuff huh?! At least I think it is pahaha! If y’all have any questions do not hesitate to ask! I’m always here to help if you guys need anything!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

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5 Qualities That Keep Our Relationship Stong!

Hey y’all! Happy Wednesday!! I haven’t blogged in like a week I think!!!! That’s crazy, but last week was a pretty rough one so I decided to totally unplug and enjoy my weekend with the boys!

Speaking of the boys, today’s blog post is all about my boy! He’s a mannnnn, not a boy but you get the gist! Sometimes I get to thinkin’ about how lucky I am to have Ryan and thankful I am that we share the relationship we do!

I thought it would be fun today to share 5 qualities that I think keep our relationship strong! Of course these are things that work for our relationship specifically, everyone has their different things that work for them and different qualities that they look for/need in their own relationships! I know I always enjoy reading things or getting ideas that can better any relationships in my life or just better me as a person – so whether your in a relationship, single, married or whateverrrr, I hope all of you guys can relate to this post!

1. Being each other’s biggest supporters

We are always supporting & encouraging each other professionally and personally. I always want to see Ryan do/be his best and I know he does with me too! I want him to know I’m his biggest fan and will help him achieve anything if I can – even if it just means telling him how great he’s doing and being his cheerleader! If he’s asking my opinion for a job I always try to be 100% present in the conversation and think of the things that will be best or if I’m doing something for the blog and need help with a picture or an idea he’s always right there brainstorming with me or being the photographer pahaha!

2. Being accountable & understanding

At the end of the day me and ryan have always been in agreeance that neither of us is ever just wrong or right. We agree that neither of us are perfect and we take ownership for the things we say/do in our relationship. We admit when we’re wrong, even though that’s not always fun pahaha! we also always try to hear and be understanding of each other’s feelings/thoughts because it’s important to know where each other is coming from. This actually used to be such a hard one for me but I’ve realized life is so much easier when you can except and embrace your faults – sometimes we owe it to our partner or even any of our relationships to put our pride aside and keep it real!

3. keeping it fun

Before I started typing this we were actually upstairs playing Mario kart .. and no Hayden’s not even home tonight 😂 this sounds silly (and obviously you don’t have to play a video game) but doing something fun and silly with your partner can keep you laughing together and bring on some friendly competition!! It’s nice to keep things light sometimes in a world full of stress! Ryan’s obviously the one that’s better at being silly then me, he constantly keeps my laughing!

4. Making big efforts in small ways

Sometimes the littlest things & smallest acts of kindness can show your love the most! Coming home to find a random thing I mentioned I needed or something done in the house we’ve been talking about always makes me feel good and shows me how much Ryan cares. I’ll try to do little things like leave a “I love you” post-it note on his desk or randomly have his favorite candy bar in the fridge. These may seem small and silly but it shows your partner you were thinking of them and took time out of your day to show it!

5. We share interests

Obviously Ryan’s a guy & of course we don’t share interest in ALL the same things. He could care less about what nail polish color I’m picking next, whats happening in the next bachelor episode or falls new “it” color! Even thought we don’t all the same things we still love doing certain things & have certain interests together! We both love anything home related – building, fixing up, or decorating! We love trying new things together, trying new things on the weekends, being adventurous on vacations & really doing anything outdoorsy with one another! It’s a healthy and important thing to be able to bond over new things & like interests and I’m so thankful we’re both good sports when it comes to that!

I think life when it comes down to it is all about relationships – what would we do without our parents, our siblings, our significant others, our children, friends, or even our coworkers? If a relationship is important to us it’s always good to sometimes sit down and think about the qualities you love or even maybe the things we need to work on!

I’m super thankful for all the relationships in my life because they all add something special here or there in their own way! And while we’re saying that I’m thankful for all my blog readers too & the friendships I get to make with you guys – even if it’s behind a computer!

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Sharing this book in the slider because it’s honestly one of the best books I’ve read! I read it at a time when I was completely single and I think it’s a good read for anyone at any age whether your single, in a relationship, or married!! It opens your eyes to the fact that we all want to be shown and receive love differently. What I think shows love and what my partner might think shows love could be two totally different ways and obviously understanding that can make a world of difference if you use the knowledge. I really think it had a hand in me understand relationships and becoming a better partner/understanding myself as a partner better!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

📸 : KristaCheramie Co.

P.S.- thanks to Ryan for loving me even though I look like this when I laugh 😂🤷🏼‍♀️ gotta love that double chin! But seriously also thanks to him for being a good sport and jumping in some photos for me and Krista – we may have had to beg but he got up from his office desk and played along! Reason #736363 of why he’s my favorite guy! I love you ry!!!

July 2017 Life Update

Hey y’all! Trying to keep up with the blog traditions here! Officially posting the 2nd “life update” post!

Whats been going on and what’s to come?

Y’all life has been CRAZY – I can’t wait for it to chill out! I just got back from Vegas this weekend & am currently on the way to Cabo as I’m typing this! Vegas was Paul Mitchell’s yearly hair show & educational training called “the gathering”. It’s always super nice & traveling with my work family is always fun! It’s nice to go on a work trip every now and again because I always feel a little inspired when I get back!

My Cabo trip was with a few friends of ours & my little brother! We had a blast and cabo was beautiful! Besides traveling I’ve just been busy with working & trying to complete another little venture I have going on! I am always trying to balance everything and keep this blog going.

I have to admit lately I’ve been a little blog discouraged. This whole thing is totally time consuming & lawddddd it is a jungle in the blog world! You always feel like your in competition, your consumed with trying to post the right stuff and enough stuff, and always wondering if your posting the right content.

To keep it 100% with you guys I’ve had my moment of maybe I should stop this blogging thing. Maybe it’s not for me. I’m also 100% against pretending like my life is some kind of perfect picture show, because that’s complete bull and absolutely no ones is (I don’t care how picture perfect a bloggers feed is, at the end of the day we all know what goes on in the real world)! A lot of it’s all smoke and mirrors and sometimes I kinda get bothered by how fake everything can look. I think being a blogger is about sharing the truth with your following, it’s about girls helping out girls, and hey we all have bad hair days and a pimple sometimes!

Bringing this up to some of my loved ones/clients & friends and seeing their reaction really turned my thoughts around! I’m not going to be discouraged because this is my hobby & my little place to share things with all of y’all! So I’m going to continue to do it MY way, for ME 🙂 I completely LOVE when I see y’all enjoying my content & interacting with the posts! I’m super thankful for all of you that encourage me to keep going, that read the blog, & of course shop the posts!! Y’all are the reason I enjoy this at the end of the day and I hope that anything I pass on can help you all out in the hair world, the real world, or the fashion world at some point!

Besides all that, what’s to come for the rest of July is pretty laid back, it’ll be easy going! Then in August it picks back up again with my 30th birthday! Which is huge 🙈 I’m super scared pahaha! I went back and forth with whether or not I wanted to have a big celebration but throwing a big party seems to be a ton of money & if we’re being honest I’d rather just shop or buy a nice purse loll! At the end of the month a quick beach trip with the family to easily one of my favorite spots to vacation – Seaside!

NOLA to do’s for me right now…

Y’all, I still haven’t made it to turkey & the wolf since my last “life update” post #FAIL! Has anyone made it since then either?!

Another restaurant on my list right now is SABA. We’re making it there a few Sundays from now so I will definitely keep y’all filled in on that one!

Besides food, I’m putting a uptown day on the calendar with my two favorite boys! I haven’t been on a street car in years and I was telling Ryan we need to take one Sunday and ride the street car around with Hayden! What are some of yalls favorite street car stops?!

Goals for this month…

• I’m pretty sure I blew it in Cabo but I want to continue to make it to all my workouts! Me and a friend of mine started taking a little class at hour blast on Metairie road and have been killing it if I do say so myself! One of my goals for this month and the month of August is to really stay on track with that!

COOK MORE – me and Ryan are really trying to keep our meals home made this month!

Read “girl, wash your face” this book has been a topic of conversation lately and I can’t wait to read it. It pretty much talks about letting go your imperfections, not beating yourself up over your loses & just being okay being YOU with all that comes with it! It also talks about following your dreams & goals and making them happen so you can be your best!

Stores that I’m loving …

ASOS, the options here are absolutely ENDLESS! I love their wide variety, you can find anything on their website from causal clothes to dresses you could wear to a fancy wedding! I also get lots of swimwear from here and it never disappoints! MADEWELL, this store has a little bit of a higher price point but it’s worth every penny! The clothes are made so well (hints the name) and they always have different stuff that not everyone will have on!

Blogger that inspires me…

Courtney Shields Albright, she is real life blogger goals! She always has the cutest clothes & shares literally every aspect of what’s going on in her life! She even does trader-joes hauls haha! Now THAT is helpful! She’s also the cutest momma ever and shares tons of finds for all kinds of things that relate to new mommy hood & babies!

Last movie I saw that was with talkin’ about…

Jurassic world ; Fallen kingdom this movie was SO good. Is it just me or does The Jurassic franchise always kill it?! I feel like every single movie has always kept me on my toes over the years and this was the same way! I laughed, I cried (literally), and I jumped haha!! This came with all the emotions and I’d definitely say everyone who loves the whole Jurassic Park thing should see it!

If your interested in anything on the post click the highlighted link parts and it’ll bring you directly what I’m talking about!

Tagging the book below for a easy click!

Girl, wash your face | $13

Hope y’all have a fabulous weekend!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

What I Brought to Cabo

Hey y’all!! It’s Cabo time! We made it! I wanted to post to share with you guys a few of the things I packed in my NEW luggage ry got us pahaha, that was only $135 for a set of 3 might I add!! With traveling so much I have definitely learned that a hard luggage is the way to go! It gets less damaged and will last longer then cloth! This luggage set we found looks EXACTLY like the calpack luggage my mom got which was over $350 dollars!

I also tried to find my shirt for you guys but it’s sold out, so I linked a similar option!

White 3 piece Luggage Set | $139

Round Retro Sunglasses | $168

PomPom Straw Hat | $15

Embellished Flower Slide | $49

PomPom Overshirt | $34

Crochet High Waist Bikini

Bottom | $17

Top |$17

Ruffled Halter & Short Set | $32

Tie-Dye Romper | $38

Contrast Trim Bikini

Bottom | $19

Top | $24

Pink Maxi | $27

White Sarong | $15

Flowy Top | $19

Round Sunnies | $10

I have more to share with y’all but I’ll get it up in a few days!

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

SPF it up!

Trust me, your face depends on it! … or really any part of your body does!

(scroll down if you just feel like reading about the products and not my story 😜)

So – back in December I got a call saying a veryyy smalll bump in the right hand corner of my eye (about a cm away from my tear duct, that almost resembled a “milk bump” baby’s get) was skin cancer, basal cell, and that I was going to have to have Mohs surgery ASAP to have it removed. Apparently basal cell is the best to get if your going to get it but, nonetheless, a call like that will make you wig the hell out. Especially if your a 29 year old girl who, let’s be honest, is a little vein. “It could always be worse” yada, yada, “you should be happy it’s something you can take out”. I heard it all & totally agreed…

However at the end of the day I still laid in bed every night for about a month before my surgery and cried my eyes out. (Have you ever googled Mohs surgery?! Jesus lorddddd – this was a perfect example of the whole “don’t google that rule”. Pictures of people with half their faces torn apart come up. This is prettyyyyy traumatizing.) Anyway, every night I had all the questions, “why me?, I’m 29 how could this happen already?, how big will it be?, I never even tanned that much?, how different am I going to look?, how am I going to stare at myself at work in the mirror everyday with a big ole’ scar on my face?”. And my god I was so scared!!! I am SUCH a baby with pain or surgery of any type. Ryan was always a good sport and would find ways to make me laugh about it or just be there for me while I cried it out. He’s the best.

I know some of y’all are reading this and are like wowwww you were worried about some dumb stuff, people die of terrible cancers everyday, it’s not all about looks and so on and so forth. I feel ya, I get it, & that’s 100% right! But at this point in time it was a kicker and I was having my moment.

About 6 months later I’d say my scar looks pretty good. The surgery wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought, of course I had a dose of xanax and a pain pill so I was feelin’ good. The doctor came in, numbed the area and got to work. Dr. LeBlanc on Metairie road did it & he was so sweet, he even let my momma stay in the room so I could squeeze the living hell out of her hand the whole time! All I really felt was pressure. I was there for probably a total of 3 hours & my margins were cleared the first time so they didn’t have to go back in and take more skin. He thumbed-Uped us through the door to let us know it was all good and came back in to stitch me up while I watched Kardashian’s & continued to squeeze Rhonda’s hand off! The down time was about 2 days and my face was just super swollen! Now, you can definitely tell there’s a little indent on my face by my nose & eye. Could worse things happen? Totally! but do I ever want this crap on my face again? NO!

Prior to this I was never a sunscreen girl. My family and I are totally sun worshipers. My favorite vacation is a beach one – my mom, aunt Renee, and I will lay there and bakeeeee all day & I love to be outside doing anything. If I was at the beach I’d apply sunscreen in the morning and that was it, no refreshing unless I was starting to burn. And on my day to day routine at home my “sunscreen” was any (if any) SPF in my foundation.

Fast forward to now and I am a FREAK. I’ve tested tons of stuff out & think I’ve finally found the best spf products/routine for me! I’ve been in the search for products that wouldn’t make me break out and things that would go well with my make-up.

After doing some searching I found a company that REALLY gets it. They took into account that people need SPF that can be used with their make-up easily instead of it being complicated! How are you supposed to re-apply your SPF during the day when you have a full face of make-up on?! This was one of my struggles!

The company is called SUPER GOOP! and they literally have all kinds of products!! If you are searching for certain SPF things I would check out their entire website to see if there’s things that suit your personal needs – for now I’ll share with y’all the things that suit mine & that I think are pretty universal actually!

Smooth & Poreless Matte Sunscreen | $38

This is a super lightweight everyday sunscreen. It goes on soooo silky and it actually acts as a primer & a poor minimizer! It can be worn under make-up or alone because it has a universal tint so it matches any skin tone!

Defense Refresh Setting Mist | $28

Y’all, THIS PRODUCT! … GENIUS!!!! If I told you to pick one, it would be this one!! This stuff smells like heavennnn, it has the most refreshing scent & of course feel! This is a setting mist with 50 SPF. This is great because it sets your make-up while giving you even more protection! Also, it’s great to refresh your SPF! At the end of the day when I get home from work and Hayden has a baseball game or something it’s great to be able to spray this on and refresh, rather then taking all make-up off and reapplying!! This was also amazinggg at the beach, literally every hour I would respray on my face!

Invincible Setting Powder | $30

This is a translucent setting powder. Again I think this is a pretty smart idea! This is something that you can add ON TOP of your make-up to refresh your protection! Out of everything I’d say this would be my last pick strictly because the packaging needs a small tweaking. However, I did use this everyday at the beach before I put on the setting mist. The concept of this is perfect, but not as easy as the mist! The brush has a hole in the middle where the powder kinda just falls out but I tap it all over my face and then spray the spray! This powder is light weight and is a mineral powder so it feels smooth on! I like it and will continue to use, it just requires a little patience lol!

So those were my 3 picks from this line! I can’t lie since I am psycho, on the days that I really know I will be in the sun I put on a REALLY amazing sunscreen Ryan bought me before I use the Smooth & Poreless this sunscreen is LA ROCHE – POSAY.

Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen | $19

This stuff is THE BEST. I have sensitive skin & before was breaking out. When I started using it, break outs stopped which I am assuming were caused from the other sunscreens. This goes on smooth and is OIL FREE which is huge because your putting it on your face! It’s light weight and doesn’t feel heavy like most! This formulation was just perfect to me & for the price I feel like your getting an amazing find!

So, what is my daily routine now?

I of course wash my face in the morning, I apply a toner, then apply the LA ROCHE-POSAY. I let that sit for a minute while I brush my teeth or hair, then apply the SMOOTH & PORELESS. After that I’ll go about my normal make-up routine and follow up with the Defense Refresh Setting Mist at the end. Just about 2 sprits!

That’s all! And then later in the day if I have and outdoor activity I will re-spray the Defenses Refresh Setting Mist. I only have been using the Invincible Setting Powder at the beach.

If any of y’all have any questions about ANYTHING in this post feel free to message me! It seems basal cell is a more common thing than you’d think! This whole situation just made me so aware of really making sure I take precautions with my skin & wish I had been cautious of this a longgg time ago! Do I still want to bake when I go to the beach? ABSOLUTELY. But, now I know this is something I can be exposed to & also find as I’ve gotten older that my skin loves to develop dark spots in summer! So, all I can do now is make changes with how I protect my face!

Happy sun screening y’all & if y’all have any products y’all love for sun protection or for skin let me know!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

📸 : Krista Cheramie Co.

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App Favorite

Hey y’all! Happy Friday! TGIF for everyone else but me haha!! Today I wanted to hop on and share one of my favorite shopping apps with y’all! I’ve used this app for years and am always very happy with ANY purchases I make, be it clothes, furniture or beauty related products!

The app is called HAUTELOOK. It is a members only shopping app/website that does short sales with all kinds of brands. For instance they will have free people one day, Gucci the next and everything is marked down to about 50/75% off. (P.S. members only just means you need to be logged in to shop, anyone can join!)

I love this because it’s a good way to get DIFFERENT fashion finds for a less expensive price! So it’s not like your at the mall buying a shirt from Macy’s that 373673 other people in the New Orleans area have! HauteLook is owned by Nordstrom so you are getting very high quality pieces that you aren’t normally seeing!

I don’t just use them for clothes either. I have bought numerous items of furniture/decor for my house on this app! A huge discount on furniture or a nice new bed set is always a win win to me! They also have short sales on makeup/skin products too, I love this because I always stock up when they do!!

Plus for all my mommas, wifeys or just sweet girls that like to give gifts they have sections for men and kids/baby’s! I loveeee the baby finds on here for my best friends baby because again, they are different items that not everyone has!

I’ll upload some pictures below just so y’all can see what the app is like! First to chow you how they categorize things and second so you can see the price drop!

The catch here is that these sales will last for about 3 days, so you gotta snag stuff when you see it! I’m pre warning y’all that it’s a addictive shopping app lol! But I am telling you I get some awesome stuff from here!

Happy downloading!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

📸 : Krista Cheramie Co

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