Category: Lifestyle

Wedding Dress Shopping At Linen Jolie

Happy Thursday guys! I’ve been working on this post for a minute and am so excited to share it with y’all!

In all the wedding planning bustle one question is ALWAYS asked, ” DID YOU FIND YOUR DRESS YET?”… My answer over the past few months was no because honestly I was so stressed out with everything going on and the idea of dress shopping stressed me out more. All the questions came to mind. Where do I go? What kind of dress do I want? Lace, Satin, Crepe? Who should I bring? And there are so many places to shop? How do I choose?!

Now, if you are from New Orleans, there’s no way you don’t know the name Town & Country. In the heart of the city, it’s the classiest little bridal store, not to mention the oldest in the south! Brides, Bridesmaids, and Mother’s of the Bride have said yes to their dresses here for years!

My friend Mandy happened to make this store hers a few years ago & if you know her, you know this store becoming hers was just meant to be! Mandy is the sweetest & has a BIG love for anything bridal – when you get her talking about it you can just see it in her eyes, how big her smiles gets, and in the way she talks about it! It’s her passion & that makes a big difference in a business!

About a month or two ago Mandy filled me in on a little secret, she was opening a store in Metairie! How exciting! I was thrilled for her, and thrilled for me because I could stay right in Metairie to shop haha!! She was naming it “LINEN JOLIE” after her precious baby girl!

The store was about 2 weeks away from opening when we were texting and she changed the subject to “Did you find a dress yet? If not I’m secretly freaking out for you!” Of course I hadn’t found a dress yet, and her telling me she was secretly freaking out meant I knew I had to get this dress thing going! I told her that I of course wanted to come to the new store! We set a date after opening and I decided I wanted my close family and one or two friends to be there with me!

When the day came I was so excited to get into the store! Linen Jolie is absolutely GORGEOUS in the inside. It is a bridal dream – all white, gold, & airy. It just screams luxury and elegance. When you walk up the pretty white staircase your greeted by a clean white desk, gorgeous crystal chandelier & of course a member of their amazing team!

Linen Jolie is by appointment only, so it’s amazing to walk in and be with just your family and friends + your personal stylist! I got to work with Megan who was SO sweet and helpful! She asked what I was going for and started to pull dresses. They have an absolutely amazing selection of dresses, tons to choose from and each just as gorgeous as the next! Watching her pull them I couldn’t help but think how the heckkk am I going to choose?!

While Megan got everything pulled and settled into the changing suite, my family started to stagger in. They all got settled around the mirror where I’d try on dresses and Megan brought out some champagne! We talked about what kind of dresses they were about to see and about who was going to be the most opinionated! Hahaha! I made them all little boxes of gifts to say thank you for coming to help me pick my dream dress! After they opened them and started digging into their cookies I had in there, I snuck off into the changing suite!

Megan had about 6-8 gorgeous dresses waiting for me! She said to put on the one that spoke to me first haha! She waited outside the door and once I was in the dress, she came and helped me get it all zipped/clipped to fit just right!! We walked out into the room where everyone was, and dress after dress they told me their love it or hate it opinions. Of course there were no hate it’s haha, but there were two major love it’s!

I was so stuck between the two, that I tried them on back to back about 3 times haha! I finally was like okay this is ridiculous I need to come to a conclusion – my family and Mandy were like okay just come out in the one you pick! Me and Megan walked back to the changing room to put “the one” on, I asked her when we were standing in the room which one she honestly loved more. She continued to say that obviously she loved both but she could tell I was way more comfortable and happy in the other. “Your face lights up more with this one” she said & she was exactly right, that was the one I wanted! I loved that she was so helpful, honest, and patient with me!

We headed out to show my family and they were all so excited! They popped some champagne, we celebrated a little more, and then I went on to officially put my order in for my dress!!

I am SO excited for it to come in and I can not say enough good things about my experience at Linen Jolie. The team truly makes finding the most important dress of your life an amazing experience, and I’m so glad that I said yes to my dress there!

Linen Jolie is located at Located on the Second Floor of Chatta Box in Metairie. The address is 4114 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Metairie, Louisiana 70002. And there number is 504-459-4350. Making an appointment is made so easy and convenient by just going to their website at

If your a bride in the area, looking for an unforgettable luxury bridal experience, this a place you can nottt pass up & I know their team can’t wait to work with you!

p.s. – obviously none of these are my actual dress, I had a blast getting to play in tons of them & cant wait to share my actual one with y’all on my big day!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

πŸ“Έ : Krista Cheramie Co.

Big thanks to these people for helping me decide! I love you all!!!

Purse Organizer

Happy Wednesday people! My mom showed me this purse organizer and I HAD to share with y’all!

Who else has a never-full or a gigantic tote bag?! Probably 90% of y’all reading this! We all know bags like that end up being one big giant mess of all our stuff being thrown in! It’s all mixed up, and thrown on top of each other!! I don’t know about you, but that makes me crazy!

I LOVE LOVEEEE this little insert and think it’s a must have ever since I’ve been using it! It’s an amazing price & has tons of little pockets & even a middle insert that can be removed!

Linking it below the picture! For reference I have the medium size never-full and I ordered the cream beige in medium!

Tote Insert Organizer | $24

this comes in a ton of different colors! And just for a P.S. – it’s made of felt!

Let me know if y’all have any questions!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

New Year, New Dream Board!

Hello 2019! Who doesn’t love a fresh start?! I love New Years because it’s a great time to refocus after all the holiday craziness!!

If you’ve followed me for a while, you already know my New Years drill! But if you haven’t I’m going to fill you in on a little family tradition!

For about 11 years now my family has held the tradition of all getting together after January 1st and making a dream board! This is a place where all your goals for the year ahead (or your general future) can be visualized and serve as a reminder when placed somewhere that you will be able to see it everyday!

We all get together, have a yummy dinner & sit around the floor with piles of magazines, scissors, glue, and poster board! We flip through the magazines and cut out anything that has to do with any of our upcoming goals, needs, & wants. Then we place them all over our board! … for some people this takes 5 minutes, or if your neurotic like me it can take 3 hours!

Things cut out for me are normally words, pictures, and phrases. And they don’t always have to be just for that year – I place things on my board as well that I want to see in the future. For instance, going to Greece has probably been on my board since I can remember making them! It’s been about 11 years! I’m SO excited that this year will actually be the last year it’s on my board & I can make room for a new dream spot! Me & Ryan will be officially hitting Greece in September …. I know I will cry when I get there πŸ˜‚ it has always been my ultimate dream vacation.

Here’s a photo of my dream board this year! I’ll be sharing another post more in-depth about my goals in the next few days!

This tradition is so fun to me and I love that we all get together and do it! If you guys make one or need any help getting one started let me know!!!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae


The Chelsey Rae Gift Guide

Okay, so – LAST GIFT GUIDE! And it’s my personal gift guide! …. it’s kinda pointless because I know since I have a wedding coming up I’m probably not getting any of it. But a girl can dream right? …. or a girl can end up gifting them to herself πŸ˜‚ which is probably what will happen for some of it!

Anyway, collage below and description will be underneath!

Brown Leopard Hunter Boot | $166 β€’ Love these because they are different than the norm! I may actually already have them on the way!

Rose Quartz Roller | $53 β€’ Everyone is all into these! One of my best friends has one and it actually feels pretty good on your skin! They are supposed to bring circulation and oxygen to your skin, improving tone!

Toasted Eye Shadow Pallet | $40 β€’ ummm the colors in this pallet are amazing! That’s is all!

May I Come In? Coffee Table Book | $65 β€’ because I love a good coffeee table book and interior design!

Instant Pot | $80 β€’ I absolutely need one of these! I hear nothing but good things about them and I love a quick way to cook a meal! Instead of cooking a roast for like 8 hours you can cook it for something crazy like 1 or 2! Yes please!

Marc Jacob Smart Watch | $295 β€’ because if I had a smart watch THIS would be it! So cute!

Dyson + QUAI Blowout Set | $400 β€’ I hear these blow dryers are AMAZING! Everyone that has them raves about them. I love the color of this one (white) and love that it comes with all the QUAI products!

Lap Top Table | $75 β€’ NEED THIS! These are perfect for sitting on the sofa and pulling up close to you to work on your lap top!

Tan Deco Speaker | $50 β€’ I love this and want it in our bathroom to listen to music from our phones without it being a ugly tacky speaker!

24 Pack Of Coil Hair Ties | $25 β€’ these are all I use in my hair because they don’t make creases!

Faux Fur Platform Boot | $100 β€’ NEED! I love these for a winter shoe! They stand tall or fold over as pictured! This is actually a great price too!

New Balance Pink Sneaker | $80 β€’ Can never have enough sneakers!

Tory Burch Chain Link Tote | $135 β€’ because you can never have enough totes!

Black Leopard Hunter Boot | $195 β€’ I know what your thinking why would one need so many Hunter boots?! Well, it’s rainy here in Louisiana + we go skiing every year and this is what I normally wear in the snow!

If y’all request and get anything from my list y’all have to let me know so I can live vicariously through y’all! Pahaha!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

Ryan Gift Guide

Here’s the long awaited men’s gift guide, haha! You guys have been asking so we finally sat down and got it done the other morning! Everything was picked out by Ryan and actually some of the things on the list are things he already has! I’ll add the collage here and then fill you in on the items below!

The DynaTrap | $115 β€’ A mosquito trap that covers over 1/2 an acre. My mom and step dad actually purchased this for us last year because they had one and it’s CRAZY how amazing it works! They live in Destrehan where mosquitoes are always a problem, you can barely get in the pool once the sun goes down because they will carry you away! Since getting this you barely get bit! AMAZINGGGGGG & totally worth it, especially in Louisiana!

Garmin Golf Watch | $150 β€’ supposedly this thing is something a guy that’s really into golf would like! Apparently it tracks some important stuff and helps you improve your swing/records shot distances. (I know nothing about this, but whatever)

Yeti Cooler | $200 β€’ these are pricey but honestly are worth the money! It really stays cold for forever and everyone can use an ice chest! Also, how often do you buy ice chests?! This one is definitely long lasting!

Electric Shaver | $88 β€’ Ryan says this is something every guy needs/likes!

Cotton Robe | $65 β€’ something very cozy lovin’ guy would like! How often do you go to fancy hotels and like love those big old comfy robes?! I know I do haha! Ryan actually has a robe like this and it has became mine, I wear it every time I get out the tub pahaha!

BBQ Grill Set | $47 β€’ doesn’t get more manly than this!

Coach Reversible Leather Belt | $87 β€’ Ryan thew this on here because he has a coach leather belt he’s had for years that has held up so well! He wears it almost everyday! This one’s cool because it’s black and brown!

Primo Ceramic Grill | $1,000 β€’ okay, yes this is a big gift! But, sometimes someone needs a big gift idea! We just purchased this for our back yard kitchen! Ryan loves it!

Nike Running Shoe | $107 β€’ Men can never have enough Tennis shoes!

Ray Ban Sunglasses | $153 β€’ sunglasses are always a great gift! I mean think about it, are you ever upset when someone gets you a pair?! NO!

Electric Toothbrush | $60 β€’ this is a Greta gift because it’s something people like but probably don’t want to spend the money on themselves!

I-Watch 4 | $414 β€’ Ryan probably put this on a list because it’s something he wants. And apparently every other guy wants this year! Pretty self explanatory, it’s a new tech toy so the men love it!

Compact Key Holder Keychain | $19 β€’ okay now THIS is a good one! Ryan has one and so does my dad and they both love it! Instead of having your keys all flopping around you put them on this holder and they all stay together (if your not getting my drift it’s kinda the same way a pocketknife works).

Happy Manly Christmas shopping!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

All The Gift Guides

Yay! It’s Saturday! Finally posting ALL my gift guides besides two, mine & Ryan’s (working on that now as we speak! It’ll be up this week!).

Scroll down to see all the different ones – for the fitness fanatic, the cozy girl, kids, the BRIDEE & even your momma!

Hover over the item you like and click it to be brought to the place you can purchase!

Hope y’all are having a fabulous weekend!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

Game Night

Happy Friday y’all! With all the holiday craziness sometimes you gotta step back & make a little extra time for the fam!

Last night me and hayd had a checkers competition and I got to thinking, let me share some of our favorite games with you guys!

Family game night is fun, of course there’s sometimes sore losing & cheating (only on me and Hayden’s part! Ryan always plays fair πŸ˜‚πŸ™„) but it’s still fun to get together and spend time with no electronics!

Sharing some of our favorite games in the slider below! … andddd a new game I want to get for Christmas under that!

Reindeer Antler Ring Toss | $12

How fun does this game look for holiday get togethers?! I bet it’s freaking hilarious! I am about to order it!

Happy game night!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae


Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide

Happy Thursday guys! It’s time for another gift guide! This stocking stuffer gift guide has tons of goodies! Posting a little bit about some of my favorite picks from this list below the collage!

Blue Light Screen Protective Glasses β€’ everyone needs these! we’re all staring at our phone all day, so at the end of the night I love to pop these on when I’m working on the blog or watching tv! These are also SUPER CUTE, the gold frame makes them fashionable & anyone would love these in their stocking!

Makeup Wash Away Gift Set β€’ love this! Again, something every girl teens and over can use! The black wash clothes help to not ruin nice ones & I love the headband to hold your hair back!

Drybar Dry Shampoo β€’ one of my favorite dry shampoos! I carry the travel size in my purse!

Tart Contour Palette β€’ great stocking stuffer for anyone! Plus it’s only $20, great price!

Amazon Echo Dot β€’ you cant beat this price! We love our echo because you can tell it to play music, and ask it questions about anything! We have it in our kitchen/main room, so convenient when cooking!

Happy stocking stuffer shoppin’

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

Beauty Queen Gift Guide

Happy Monday y’all! Publishing some new gift guides this week!! This one’s up first!

If your a new reader, all you have to do is hover over the item you like, click it, and it’ll bring you directly to the item to purchase!

Look out for more through out the week!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

The Morning Routine!

Y’all!! Is it just me or does the cold weather make getting out of bed a killer!? I AM STRUGGLING!!

Here’s the truth – at the moment I am so totally overwhelmed. The wedding has me crazy overwhelmed, the blog takes up a lot of time that I still haven’t quite figured out how to balance, and Ryan’s wedding present is taking up some time too!

But I gotta pull in the reigns and get it together! This week I’ve started to try to wake up about a hour earlier just to try to get stuff done. My main goal is to eventually get working out and blogging done in the morning so it frees up my time with my family in the afternoon or so I’m not up till midnight trying to get it done and then stuck not being able to wake up!

Here’s some things I ALREADY do to make my morning routine go smoothly and some things I am STARTING to do!

1. Prep for your morning, the night before!

I always, always, set out my clothes the night before. ESPECIALLY if I have a workout plan! This give you nothing else to do but hop out of bed, brush your teeth, throw your clothes on, and go! It’s it’s not a workout, I still set my clothes out for work out at least something that gives me an idea of what I’m wearing!

2. Make a list.

I always have a list of things I need to/try to accomplish everyday. This just gives you a clear vision of what your day needs to look like!

3. Get excited!

Always pick one thing to be excited about that day! Shoot, even if it’s what your having for lunch or dinner! Starting your day off with a good thought can always help!

4. DON’T press snooze.

Something I am currently trying to work on! Tonight I am putting the phone further from me, so I’m forced to just get up!

5. Don’t have a mindless morning!

How many times can I count that I’ve spent way to much time in the morning scrolling through stupid stuff on my phone?! Before you know it you look up and you’ve wasting 30 minutes looking at Instagram memes! What the heck!! Lately I have been intentionally doing things on my to-do list first thing in the morning and then jumping into getting ready with my phone away from me! Guess what? Bet you finish your make-up a billion times faster!

6. Always make the bed.

Maybe this is a personal preference!? Making the bed just starts the day off right pahaha! I don’t know, there’s something about it making the bedroom feel clean/put together & coming home to that as well that puts me in a great mood!

Like I said I’m still working on perfecting some of these things! But when I follow them to a T it sure makes for a better start!

Obviously you have to be realistic about setting your morning goals too! At the moment I am currently starting to try to wake up at 5 AM but I have been for the most part always waking up at 6:30. I know magically waking up a whole hour and a half earlier won’t happen, so I’ve been weaning myself into it by doing like 30 minute increments!

Do you guys have any special morning routines or tricks that make waking up earlier a breeze!? Share them with a sista!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae