January Recent purchases

Hey y’all! Recent purchases post! If your new to the blog, we keep these short and sweet! Here’s a list of the things I’ve bought this month + things that are in my cart! Some will have descriptions underneath if needed!

Let’s get goin’

One Shoulder Sweater | $22

Double Pom Beanie | $12

Twisted Sweater | $38

Okay, this comes in a TON of colors & it’s actually reversible, this looks SO cute when you put the twist to the front!

Leopard Denim Jacket | $48

You are seeing these everywhere! They are definitely spring transitional and this is probably the cheapest option you’ll find!!!

Basic Turtle Neck Sweater | $52

Love anything with bell sleeves! This is a nicely made classic sweater & that’s why it’s a good buy!

Button Cardigan | $29

Love this style, spring transitional as well!

Ruched Slinky Dress | $45

The price and quality of this dress is INSANE! I got this to wear to a friends fancy party! The fit is amazing and can obviously be super forgiving, which I know I love pahaha!

Chenille Sweater | $40

Again, classic comfy sweater! Comes in such cute colors!

Happy shopping y’all!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

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 http://www.linenjoliebridal.com.

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

📸 : 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

Mardi Gras Ball Mambo

It’s that time of year! Here’s my top picks for Mardi Gras Ball Dresses!

Link and prices are listed below pictures! Click the pink link to purchase!

Green Lace Flower Dress | $68

Posting this first because I am OBSESSED! I so love it in green for Mardi Gras too!

Velvet Wrap Dress | $50

Classic. No other words!

Glittered front slit Dress | $50

Love the simplicity of this dress, while the glitter still makes it fun!

Pleated Backless Halter Dress | $60

Elegant, but comfy! All in with this one!

Blush Satin Tie Dress | $93

Obsessed. Probably so flattering on anyone because of the tie/wrapping!

Sleeveless Sequin Gown | $50

Another perfect Mardi Gras Gown! Alllll the sequins!

Scuba Maxi With Thigh Slit | $57

Posted this last year and still LOVE it! So sleek & sexy!

Cowl Neck Red Dress | $95

Gorgeous pick for a red dress! Love the neckline!

Pleated One Shoulder Mermaid Dress | $55

I just love this for some reason! The bow is to dieeee & it would be so cute with your hair draped to one side!

High Neck Dress |$45

High Neck is always a classic look!

Ruffle Maxi Tube Dress | $45

Gotta throw some yellow in here!

Off the Shoulder Frill Maxi | $45

Tulle One Shoulder Gown | $103

Because sometimes you just have to get fancy! Love this!!!

Emerald Green Bardot Dress | $45

Adore this color & fit!

Beaded Overlay Maxi | $49

Love the style of this dress with the overlay!

Plunge Off the Shoulder Dress | $45

Good classic Gown!

Cut out lines dress | $48

This dress is so cute & simple! Super strait back to add some fun!

Pleated Halter Dress | $72

Green again for the perfect Mardi Gras Attire!

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XoXo, Chelsey Rae

Leopard Lovin’

Hey y’all! Throwing this up real quick in an attempt to share with y’all my recent leopard purchases! Keeping it short!

This coat is super cute and way more warm than I anticipated when buying it for our yearly Colorado trip! Linking it below along with some others because sizes are sparse, and adding some other things I’ve bought!

Leopard Boyfriend Coat | $70

Leopard Pom Beanie | $8

Leopard blanket scarf | $16

-OTHER PICKS-

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

Light Change up!

We recently changed out a bunch of light fixtures in our house & it got me thinking about how much something so little as a light fixture can totally change a rooms vibe/feel! It can make it more elegant, more relaxed, more boohoo, more whatever your going for!

When I moved in with Ryan, his house had a very industrial farm house feel, if you’ll just go with that! He did an absolutely fabulous job at decorating/styling his house, so of course changing things up are by no means a necessity. I remember the first time my friends came over for a crawfish boil & they were like “oh chels you won’t have to do anything to this house if you move in” of course I was like yalll shhhhh your going to embarrass me! Pahaha! Anyway, even though the house doesn’t need any changes -we both are into redoing things (which makes for a problem pahahaha) and since I’ve moved in the house has taken a more French farmhouse vibe!

I was amazed at how changing the light fixtures in the bathroom gave it a completely different look, and same thing in our kitchen above the island!! Buying 4 lights cost me about $500 and to me that’s a pretty good deal on lights + a room vibe change!

here’s a before (picture on right) and after (picture on left) of the bathroom light fixture. It sounds crazy but the lantern pendant gives a more open feel to the bathroom and definitely gives it a more Frenchy feel!

Linking some new fixtures we got below that I found for amazing prices! And then in the slider below I’ll add some that I love/think we’re good finds!

Lantern Pendant | $125

This is our bathroom light that is over both sinks! They have a few different finishes!

Empire Chandelier | $195

The light we just purchased and installed over the tub! I am OBSESSED with this chandelier, I love the beading and think that under $200 is an amazing price for something like this!

Distressed Lantern Pendant | $175

we replaced super industrial looking lighting over our island in the kitchen! This gave it a completely different look and feel! I love how these are not polished and it gives it a more worn in look!

– OTHER PICKS-

That’s all y’all! Happy lighting! If you guys ever want a second opinion or help picking out anything having to do with decor or interior design let me know, I would LOVE to help!!!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

📸 : Krista Cheramie Co

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 😂 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

– DREAM BOARD SUPPLIES –

Gold Round Brushes

Lots of questions about my round brushes yesterday on my Instagram story!

If you watched, the brush below is the exact brush and size I use to round brush my bangs and top of my hair! Linking others below that, that I have used/think are pretty if your looking for a nicer looking brush!

NT-44 | $23

Brush set | $42

NT-54 | $23

Size up from the first brush listed, I use this for round brushing my whole head

Gold Ceramic Brush | $27

This is just more for brushing, and styling. not blow drying.

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

Dry Shampoo Foam

sharing Paul Mitchell’s Dry Shampoo foam with you guys tonight! I am LOVING this because I find it to be better and more cleaning/longer lasting then just spraying a powder in your hair!

I put the foam along my part and a little underneath and then take my blowdryer and fluff it all up like I normally would if I were blow drying the top of my hair!

Linking it below for you guys!

Dry Shampoo Foam | $23

Video of how to use will be highlighted on my insta stories!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

Christmas Stuffing

Who here would love to be able to bring something super easy + impressive to the Holiday table this year?! If your answer is yes, your in luck! I’m sharing my sausage stuffing with you guys today! #notaprofessionalchef

I promise it’s a easy dish! The first time I made it I was like, oh, that was way simpler than I thought!

If you’ve read my blog before you know I say to make cooking your own! Feel free to follow this, or spice it up a little for yourself!

What you’ll need:

• 8 x 8 baking pan or casserole dish with deep sides

• 16 oz Pork sausage roll (like jimmy dean) this will be in the frozen section by your breakfast foods

• 1/2 cup diced celery

• diced medium size yellow onion

• 1 diced medium green bell pepper

• 1 heavy tsp minced garlic

• salt & pepper (eye it up)

• 14 oz package of seasoned stuffing (like Pepperidge farm)

• 3 tbsp melted butter

• extra non-melted butter on hand

• 2 (14 oz) cans of low-sodium chicken broth

What you’ll do:

1. Put a large skillet over medium heat and brown the sausage while breaking it up into little bits. Once cooked drain the sausage and put it into LARGE mixing bowl.

2. In the same pan add the onion, bell pepper, and celery (if needed add a tsp olive oil, but there should be enough grease from the sausage coking off), cook for about 2 minutes and add in garlic. season with salt + pepper to your liking and continue to cook the veggies until they are tender and the onions become clear. Mixing frequently. Once they are all tender and cooked through, add it to the bowl with the sausage.

3. Add the stuffing to the bowl and mix it with the sausage, bell pepper, onion, and celery. Mix everything together really well!

4. Pour the cans of chicken broth over the mixture and mix well. Drizzle the butter over it and mix well. When I’m saying mix I like to think of this more as a fluff well, you don’t want to be smushing all the bread crumbs and making them total mush! Just give it a fluffy mix (I normally do so with my hands).

5. Cover the bowl with Saran warp and let sit for 5 – 10 minutes.

6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. and grease a 8 x 8 casserole or baking pan with deep sides. Taste the stuffing and make sure it’s seasoned to your liking. Give it one more good fluff and then spoon it into the pan. Cut a tablespoon of butter into small pieces and dot the top with it.

7. Bake 25 minutes, uncovered for a crunchy top or cover with foil for a soft top. (I like crunchy better, but I bake for 15 minutes with it on and take it off for 10 sometimes)

Let me know if y’all have any questions!

XoXo, Chelsey

(P.s.-If it looks super dry in pictures, that’s cause we fake made it 😂 I probably just poured a bag of the crumbs into a dish)