Category: Lifestyle

New year, Same traditions

Ummm, I can’t believe we’re in the middle of January already! Happy late new year people! I figured I’d share with you guys a little family tradition of mine, that helps put a focus on all your dreams/goals/plans for the future – both big & small! 

I was always raised to stay focused on the bigger and better things to come, having goals and visions for what you want out of your life! I don’t remember how long it’s been now but every year sometime in the month of January my family gets together and has a night where we create “dream boards” aka “vision boards” whatever you want to call them! They are made to put in a place you’re in frequently, (mines in my closet because I obviously go in there everyday to do my make-up and hair) so you see it everyday.

We get out a white poster-board and sit around with a billllionnnn magazines, scissors, tape, glue and go to town cutting out and pasting anything that motivates or inspires us! Any goals at work, home or in your relationships with others! Things you want to look at everyday, and reminders of certain things that make you feel good! Some people have 5 things on their board and some have 50, sometimes I have the same things on my board a few years in a row! My dream vacation is to go to Greece so that’s on my board every year until I get my booty there, every year I promise I’ll clean up my bad mouth (again, still working on that as well) and everyyyy year, as most of us women do, I’ll promise myself I’ll have my best body ever! 

The main thing here is that there are no rules, and seeing your dreams/goals everyday really can help you be more focused on those things and be more intentional. My last word of advice is that if you’re anal like me, you should lay things out on your board till you get it justttt right, and then glue! It’s an extra step but it’s worth it for your sanity! 

Wishing everyone a great start to 2017

XoXo, Chelsey Rae. 

L O V E DIY

So it’s been a crazy few months, I always mean to blog but normally find myself pushing it back in loo of other things! I think I’ve officially decided I’ll just do this when fun things happen and not put any promises out there since we all I’ll probably be into this for like a few weeks and then another blog won’t come for a few months lol! 

Anyway with Christmas this week and New Years next I thought I’d share some DIY decorations I’ve done lately, so check your emails because I’ll be posting other stuff later in the week! I know it’s a little late in the game to pull this out now but the first one is really simple and quick if anyone’s having people over for any upcoming holiday celebrations and is looking for some extra cute decorations!! 

I used this for a shower I threw back in August! It’s so simple and I love it because the options are endless! Anyone that knows me knows white, silver and gold are normally my go to colors but this would be so cute with pinks or blues for a baby shower or silver/gold with red flowers for Christmas! If you aren’t into flowers glittering one letter would be just as cute, maybe all gold letters with a silver or white glitter letter as the accent?! 

Even if you don’t want to add flowers I recently picked up letters for a girlfriend that spelled out JOY and sprayed them gold! Even by themselves it’s super cute – and cheap, which is a win, win! Im sharing with you guys what you’ll need and where to get it below! 

The letters you can get here from hobby lobby, they are 8″ but have bigger which I’ve also used for showers or events. They are paper mache and stand up without any issues (the only one I’ve ever had a problem with a is a “j”).  

My favorite gold spray paint to use the Krylon foil metallic gold – for anything, ever! It’s the best looking that I’ve tried so far! And trust me, I’ve bought a tonnnnn of spray paint! This I’m sure can be found anywhere but here’s a picture and the link to order online at hobby lobby!If you’re choosing to add flowers to your letters you’ll need any type of florals you like that are a smaller size, these obviously can be found at any craft store! You’ll want to detach the flower clusters from the stems and you’ll need a hot glue gun and a X-Acto knife

First you’ll want to take your letters outside, FAR AWAY from anything you don’t want to get spray paint on (this stuff travels and I always have problems with it getting on my freaking concrete, or fence, or maybe my boyfriends boat cover, pahaha! You get it!) Spray, let dry and spray the other side, repeat until all covered! Then you’re going to use the x-acto knife to cut into one side of whichever letter you choose to have floral. Trace the letter with the knife until you can remove that whole side. Once finished it should look like the picture below. (The letters have some ribbing that I removed, and then glued back in place, to make for easier placement with the flowers) 

All that’s left is to glue your flowers, let dry and voilaaaaaa – that’s a wrap! 

So cute, soooo easy & all for around $25! 

Merry, Joy, cheers and even 2017 would be perfect for any party’s or just for decoration around the house if you guys need any ideas! 

Happy word making people! 

XoXo, Chelsey Rae 

My Christmas list

So, as usual, I always post my holiday stuff a little late! I’m Sharing my 2015 Christmas list with you guys, I figure lots of us end up getting cash and grabbing our own stuff anyway! Here’s my Christmas wants and needs that make life a little easier (or at least that’s what we’ll tell ourselfs). 

1. Polaroid Camra

Helllooooo I’m obsessing over how cute these little pictures are. These are so fun to have friends take pictures and make a picture wall, or stringing them on a burlap rope useing mini clothes pins! This is a fujifilm instax mini 8 and I got mine on Amazon. Who doesn’t love pictures? We know I do!

 2. Duck boots 

Loving these! They have all kinds you can get, some more pricey then others! I fell in love with these after seeing one of my clients with them on, the fur makes them girly enough for me! These are by a brand called nature breeze and you can get them here on Amazon

 3. Shu volume maker

Those that follow this blog have for sure heard me talk about this product from heave before. This stuff you 100% need and want in your life, makes teasing the hair easier and we all like that. Easier to get ready = Faster to get ready. Grab it at H2O on Metairie rd. or here

 4. Keychain puff

Um these are just adorable, and they make finding your keys in your purse that you carry life in, superrrr easy. They have these everywhere I had mine customized with a tassel from Etsy or you can find all sorts of pretty colors at Cutee patootee on Metairie rd. 

 5. LuMee case 

This makes your selfies amazingggg! If the kardashins have it, then you know you need it in your life. So it’s a little obnoxious when you turn it on but the light it adjustable and it’s worth two seconds of people looking at you like your crazy! Find it  here on their website. 

  6. Cookie baking supplies 

Every chick should learn how to bake, at least a little ; ) and when you do it, you might as well do it right! These two things changed my life, who knew a Cooling rack and Cookie scoop could make such a difference?! Both from Williams-Sonoma. 
  

7. Laura Mercier powder 

This is the first translucent powder I’ve fallen in love with. Everyone who knows me knows it’s clear I love a good highlight, especially under the eyes. This stuff is perfect for baking. I spray a little Mac prep & prime on a beauty blender then dip it in the powder and pack on heavy leaving for at least 10 mins before brushing away under the eyes. It’s so fine and soft and doesn’t crease or get cakey at all in my opinion. This stuff is the first I’ve used that DOES NOT show when using flash photography. AKA this stuff wins, find it at Sephora

 8. Apple TV

You can listen to all your iTunes purchases anddd have netflix just in time for full houses big comback! Need I say anymore? Truth be told, one of my favorite people snagged me this one for Christmas. Haven’t 100% got it set up yet, so i don’t exactly know how it all works but I am super excited about it! You can pull up all kinds of things from you phone and iPad all on your TV and this little box is super small. Links here at Best Buy.  

 

 9. Paul Mitchell flat iron

One of my guy friends had me grab this for his girlfriend and I was super jealous! I need this! It’s the normal Paul Mitchell express ion smooth that my Chelsey curls are always done with but in white & gold! Cauteeeeeee. Find yours here or at H2O.  

  10. Olive green Nikes

Because I’m obsessed with anything in this color right now. That’s all. Get yours here

XoXo | Chelsey Rae  

Pumpkin Paintin’


Happy Sunday morning pumpkins! First of all sorry for the annoying error emails yesterday and this morning, the app I use to blog has been acting up a bit. I think I got it under control now though : )

This blog post isn’t as in dep as id normally go, but I figure this is all about you being creative and grabbing your on ideas too so there’s really no rules! This year I’ve gone a little pumpkin crazy, they are everywhere – outside, on my mantle, on plates in my dining room, but whatever! Octobers my favorite month so I’m allowed to be a little obnoxious about it! 

A little FYI for those of you that live in the lakeview area, I found these huge white pumkins at lakeview grocery, they must not have got the memo but they sell them at whole foods for $50 and I got mine there for $5. Your welcome. For the rest I did have to break down and go to whole foods. They have the most crazy pumkins there, but you’ll pay a little more for them! I’m obsessed with the flat white Cinderella pumkins but they have all kinds of really different shapes and colors to choose from. 

The flowers are chrysanthemums, aka “mums”, aka if your basic this is your fall flower. I went and just got a bunch of them from Home Depot, they come in purple, white, orange and yellow. I actually took the ugly black plastic planters that the mums came in and spray painted them metallic gold. 

For the pumkins I used Krylon spray praint, their classic white “chalky finish” and their golden glow “glitter blast”. I sprayed pumpkins white, let dry and then LIGHTYLY used the painters tape to make lines for the glitter, if you push the tape down hard it takes off the chalky finish spray paint. You deffintly need at least 2 of the glitter blast if you want the pumkins to look awesome. I only had one and did not feel like going all the way back to hobby lobby soo, needless to say the back of my pumkins don’t have glitter lines. 

For the initial pumpkin, I actually went out and bought that “tacky glue” because I read on Pinterest that someone used that… BAD IDEA. Pumkins round, it takes FOREVERRR to dry, therefore dripping everywhere – disaster. I ended up wiping it off and getting the hot glue gun. It dries fast enough to where I did one part of the letter, sprinkled some glitter, brushed off the rest & connected the other half. 

  
That’s pretty much all there is to it! They have some super cute ideas on pinterest, some were sprayed black and decorated with gold glitter, some spray painted with gold polka dots, or silver lines, it’s all what you want to go for! 

Happy October dolls!

XoXo | Chelsey Rae 

A little skin secret

  Just a quick little blog post about a skin lifesaver. I was lucky enough to be blessed with never really having any skin issues, I’m not oily, not dry, never really had a skin regimen till recently. Up until a year ago I’d put a little dove soap on a washcloth, wipe and call it a day. 

However, when I do happen to get a “bump” as I like to call it ; ) it’s normally in all the areas that they say are stress related and it HAS to of course be a underground bump that wants to stick around for a week and be huge (I think the correct term is a cystic bump). These neverrrrr come to a head, you try to mess with it, and of course you can’t so it just ends up more irritated and there to stay for even longer! 

A few weeks ago one popped up and I did a little research…. I had a date and of COURSE this thing had to be there 2 days before, this was notttt going to work for me. I put a dab directly to the spot every night after I washed my face and applied my toner. After just two days it was barely there! Every morning the swelling, redness & tenderness was reduced by a billion! Apparently Vicks has a ingredient in it that fights bacteria, and an is an anti-inflammatory. The Vicks almost works like tooth paste but way better, drying out the area faster. Thus making your life 100x better, duh! 

XoXo | Chelsey Rae

The BEST Brow Gel

I recently started using this and I am OBSESSED (I know I’m obsessed with everything). Anastasia Beverly Hills has amazing brow products, nothing I’ve tried yet has let me down! Sooo tonight, I’m blogging about their CLEAR BROW GEL – which runs about $22 at sephora. 

  
To be honest my brows SUCK. They are just kinda there…never had too good of a shape and they aren’t super thick. This gel is obviously for all colors since it’s clear and you apply after you fill in your brow with your pencil of choice. It sets your brows in place and literally holds them there, allllll day! I kid you not, I’m super guilty of falling asleep with my make-up on and when I wake up my brows are still perfect lol! 

What I love about this too is that the coating it gives my brows makes them feel thicker, gives them a little extra! It doesn’t flake or get super hard like some brow gels, and it doesn’t end up taking off any of the brow pencil I’ve previously applied. 

I personally use this under my Anastasia Beverly Hills BROW WIZ pencil, In Caramel. $21 
XoXo | Chelsey Rae 

My go to lip colors..

Soo, as usual my blog posts have been few and far in between, but I’m back this week, and I’m talking about my two favorite lip stick colors!  I have probably been wearing these same two colors from Mac since I could wear makeup, unless it’s winter and then I decide to change it up! They are both soft natural pinks and I use the same lip liner for both which makes it convenient! The top right is called “kinda sexy” this is just a good nude for me with a pinch of pink, Matte finish. The bottom right is “bomb-shell” which is the best color of all time! I tend to wear a lot of warm bronze-y blush and this color is perfect to me because it almost has a little gold shimmer to it! Obsessed with both of these! The lip liner is “in anticipation”.   All can be found at Mac in our fabulous lakeside mall, which id really rather strangle myself then go to orrrrr of course at Mac online.

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

For Your Sunday hangovaaaa…

Absolutely loving this new Hangover Rx
primer I found from too faced, it not only smells amazing but makes my skin feel amazeeee as well! Not to mention how hydrated I feel, thanks to the coconut water in it. The whole concept is that it revives tired, overworked skin, making you look like you’ve had a full nights rest all while prepping for your usual makeup routine.

I used to NEVER use anything to hydrate my face, which is insane probably, but my skins never really gave me problems with being oily or dry, so I figured I didn’t need it. Well, as we get older, we get wiser (on some levels) and I now know I need to use something to hydrate and see the difference in my skin when I do!

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I love how milky this stuff is, and It’s very light weight, unlike most primers I’ve used. To me it’s great for everyday use, with or without makeup, which I have to mention with, my makeup stays on way longer. This product is a great little balance for me because it makes my skin look a little dewy, and once I put my foundation and powder on top it sets in leaving it looking fresh!

XoXo,
Chelsey Rae

GlamGlowing it up…

So it’s been a while since I’ve blogged, I know I’m terrible at keep up with it while things are a little cray cray in my world, but it’s slowed down and I’ve had some time to get back into it. I’ll apologize now because in my next few blog posts im going product over-load on you guys…. I’ve been a product junkie since I’ve been gone ; )

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Soooo, let’s talk about GlamGlow products… I’m literally obsessed! Right now I’m only using two but of course I plan on trying another one out as soon as my anti-mall self has a reason to go… ( I hate going to the mall so much I bribe my friends to get me things when they go, basically they are the best ) SuperMud & ThirstyMud are what I’ve been consistently using. I follow up ThirstyMud after I’ve used SuperMud or just use ThirstyMud by itself because I’ve been on this hydrating kick…

SuperMud is so fabulous! You put a thin layer on ( I usually do this while I’m running my bath ), leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse. While the mask is doing its thing it tingles a little bit, dries and brings out all your skins impurities, you can literally see little dark dots where all your problem areas may be! When you rinse, your skin looks brighter and feels a little tighter!

Now, onto my favorite, ThirstyMud, I can’t tell you guys how much I love this stuff! I love putting this on before bed, I go to sleep with my face feeling so clean and when I wake up it feels so soft and refreshed, it’s crazy how much of a difference it feels like going to bed with it verses not. Of course your not supposed to go to bed with this on every night, they say 2-3 times a week. This can also be used as a mask, but I prefer to wear it over night! (null)
Happy GlamGlowing Girls
XoXo, Chelsey Rae

Bridal Shower Fun + Floral letters..

One of my best friends Michelle is getting married this coming April, so of course her bridesmaids threw her an awesome bridal shower at my mothers house! The queenie was loving a kate spade theme, stripes, polka dots, black, white, gold and pink! We had an adorableeee mimosa bar, mashed potato bar, sweets bar & played bridal bingo ; )
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One of my little projects was something I came across on Pinterest and have been wanting to do, I’d eventually like to do something just like my “inspiration” picture in my closet around my vanity area. So getting to try it out for Michelle’s party was fun. I bought some different colored and sized faux flowers, cut them off the stems and hot glued them randomly, it was super easy and turned out really cute! I’ll have to fill you guys in when I do the one for my closet, second times a charm ; )
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XoXo, Chelsey Rae