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

PJ heaven

These pajamas are making sure we have sweet dreams.

When I posted these pjs on my insta story you guys flooded my DMs with questions about where I got them! It got me to thinkin’ I haven’t done a pj post in a minute! Linking these 3 & a few others I thought you guys might like below!

Shimmer Pleated Short | $40

Shimmer Pleated Top | $40

Satin Leopard Short | $35

Velvet Ruffle Cami | $40

Velvet Ruffle Short | $35

These colors look different but I promise they are the same like in my picture haha!

Crushed Velvet PJs | $20

Foil PJ Set | $35

Dusty Pink Satin Robe | $24

Satin Leopard Cami & Short Set | $50

Pajama Satin Short Set | $27

Chiffon Pleated PJ Short | $36

Chiffon Pleated PJ Top | $34

Leopard Print PJ Set | $22

Happy pretty pj sleepin y’all!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

Bamboo Initial Necklace

Hey y’all! Happy Tuesday! Have been wanting to share this cute bamboo initial necklace with you guys for a few weeks now!

This necklace is actually a designer dupe for the céline initial pendant necklace which is around $550. Bringing two options to you for under $30 and under $20!

Bamboo Initial Necklace | $27

This is my exact necklace! The only thing different about it from the ones below is the chain!

Bamboo Initial Necklace | $18

Bamboo Initial Necklace | $27

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XoXo, Chelsey Rae

18-19 Saints Season Picks

Okay, soooo I’ve had a few requests to make a blog post with some Saints attire! This is kinda about as sainsty as I get, I’ll head to game with a touch of black or gold! I DO LOVEEE all the cute little saints shirts all be local boutiques carry but I can’t really tag them here! So these are just picks for random black & gold items you can style with anything for the game! Some of these are more loud than others but I like to give options for everyone, never know how your feelin’ on game day!

Let’s dig in!

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Shaggy Cardigan | $38

This one’s seems to have sold out since posted. Only larges left. Similar option bellow!

Shaggy Fringe Jacket | $39

Shiny Black Nylon Legging | $13

These were a BIG seller with you guys last year! They are great doops for the “Koral” legging that is super pricey!

Black & Gold Striped Sweater | $23

Gold Twisted Back Sweater | $28

Faux Suede Fringe Jacket | $40

Sheer Sleeve Top | $18

Stripped Sweater | $16

Corduroy Mini Skirt | $20

Would look so cute with a causal top or chunky sweater tucked in to the front of the skirt! Add some booties & you’ve got a hit!

Ribbed Pocket Sweater | $28

Striped Flare Hem Top | $28

Ribbed Gold Sweater | $20

Smocked Trim Top | $25

Included her whole look so y’all could see it styled!

Ballon Sleeve Tie Top | $38

Turtle Neck Sweater | $20

Leopard Long Cardigan | $24

Leopard is so in right now, and it’s considered black and gold if you ask me!

Ribbed Bodysuit | $20

Sheer Duster | $35

Off The Shoulder T-Shirt Dress | $11

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My earrings in the picture at the beginning of this post are from this great little company right out of New Orleans called L&L The Label ! I love their earrings because they are so nicely made and have an amazing price point of only $20 – the best part is that these two sweet girls give a portion of the proceeds to a few of their favorite nonprofit organizations! They have a bunch of cute colors & some are perfect for SAINTS & LSU accessorizing!

HAPPY WHO DATIN’ YA’LL!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

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September Recent Purchases

Hey y’all! Hoping on to share recent purchases! I skipped last month because of how crazy it was so this one might feel like t has a lot! Scroll down to check it all out!

Faux Gucci Belt | $23

Ships super quick.

Stripe High Neck Dress | $16

Fringe Wrap Sweater | $30

Chenille Ballon Sleeve Sweater | $40

Studded Bootie | $80

Sized up because of the open toe. Limited sizes! Very comfortable!

Round Neck Ballon Sleeve Sweater | $20

Plush Zip Front Sweater | $20

Bought to wear when it gets cooler with yoga pants. Keeping it causal!

Shoreline Sneaker | $60

Open Shoulder Crop Top | $29

Bought to wear at work with high waist pants. I sized up because it’s a crop top!

Tie Front Body Suit | $35

I sized up.

Suede Bootie | $45

Striped Top | $12

Knit Long Line Cardigan | $24

Fuzzy Loose Pullover | $20

If you guys have any questions about the fit or anything like that, feel free to message me!

Chenille Pink Sweater | $15

Slide Sandals | $13

These are a great deal, they have a suede feel so they will be good to carry you through fall! Comes in black, tan, and a ton of other colors!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

Fish In A Bag

Happy Monday y’all! Sharing a little recipe today because it’s been a while since I’ve shared some cookin’ stuff! How delicious does this look?! (P.S.- that’s Ryan’s hands not mine)

If you’ve been following along for a while, you know my cooking drill – if you haven’t, I like quick recipes & don’t normally tend to have measurements for you guys! I know, what the hell right?! But honestly the whole deal is, you shouldn’t take cooking too seriously & should make it your own!! If you like spicy add more spice, if you hate lemon, leave it out! It’s your meal, do whateverrrr you want to do! This is just an easy outline!

This recipe is super fast & easy! Not to mention it’s healthy! It only takes about 20 minutes! One of the reasons I love to cook fish!

– HERES WHAT YOU’LL NEED –

• 6oz Fish Filet, a white flakey fish does best. (we used trout in this particular recipe)

• Mixed cherry tomatoes cut in halves

• Mushrooms of choice (we used sliced portobellos & oyster mushrooms)

• Dry White Wine

• Extra-Virgin olive oil

• Lemon Juice

• Butter

paul prudhomme seafood magic

• Salt & Pepper

• parchment Paper

– HERES WHAT YOU’LL DO –

• Preheat oven to 425 *

• Fold parchment paper into a large square & use your grammar school cutting skills to cut a heart off of the fold, like the photo above.

• choose a side of the parchment paper heart to work with. Fold a small end over about half a inch all around that side of the heart. This is just to keep the liquid inside. See picture above again for example, bottom left.

• In the middle of the parchment paper place your mushrooms & tomatoes (or whatever veggies of choice).

• Drizzle veggies with olive oil and lightly season with salt and pepper.

• Pour about 2-3 table spoons of white wine depending on how much juice you’d like.

• To the side, lightly season the front and back of your fish filet with the seafood magic seasoning.

• Place fish directly on top of your veggies.

• Drizzle a tad more olive oil, season with more salt and pepper if you’d like and also squeeze a little bit of lemon juice as well.

• Add two pats of butter to the top. And at this point you are done seasoning fish.

• Fold over other side of parchment paper heart covering fish. Take bottom and top edges together and tightly roll them towards the fish all the way around the heart. This is too make sure no juices leak out.

• Place on baking sheet and put in oven for about 15-20 minutes.

– HOW YOU’LL EAT IT –

• When fish is done carefully transfer parchment bag from the baking sheet to your plate!

• Use a knife and fork to pierce top of bag and cut open. (think like your making a bowl so all the yummy juices stay in the bag & don’t run all over your plate).

• Dig in & listen to everyone you cooked for y’all about how delicious it is, not to mention impressive.

• Don’t tell them it only took 20 minutes and was super easy.

If you guys have any questions feel free to ask um’ & thank you for baring with my non-professional cooking skills!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

📸 : Krista Cheramie Co.

Leopard Slides & Fall Hats

Yay for Thursday, and for this cute outfit! This hat + the $19 leopard slides were both fabulous buys!

This bodysuit has a sweater feel making it a perfect fall transition piece for all my girls in the south! Helllloooo hot fall!! I sized up as I always do for bodysuits!

Also, side not about the slides, leopard is all in right now. I have always been a huge fan but know that the trend goes in and out. I haven’t brought myself to buy a full patterned leopard pant or shirt yet because I feel that it’s so trendy. They slides are a great way to incorporate the trend without going overboard!

Linking all the goodies below!

Wide Brim Hat | $20

Leopard Slides | $20

Ribbed Bodysuit | $15

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XoXo, Chelsey Rae

Studded Booties on Sale

How cute are these guys?! They are SO comfy too, more comfortable than I thought because most peep toe booties are not!

I don’t know if y’all can tell from the picture (I tried) but they have the smallest little studs all over them! I have a feeling these will be my go to during fall because the color makes them be able to be paired with a ton of different stuff & looks!

Dainty Studded Bootie | $80

These come in both black and a tan color. Sizes are LIMITED so run, don’t walk to add these babies to your cart!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

Tennis Skirt Tuesday

I should totally title this tennis skirt poser, because I definitely don’t play tennis! … I could because I used to play it at the away camp I went to every summer, but that’s a different story for a different day!

For now I’ll just frolic around in them and pretend! They are so cute & I love throwing them on with a pair of tennis shoes and a comfy shirt. All I obviously do in these is run errands. Basically it’s just giving me another option to be able to take a break from yoga pants!

The exact skirt I’m wearing in this picture is lululemon, which can seem a tad pricey. Buttttt, don’t worry I put totally affordable options in this post too! Along with some of my favorite short options I came across! Scroll down to check em’ out!

Pleated Back Skirt | $68

tons of other colors, the sea foam green is really pretty!

Pleated Tennis Skirt | $20

Running Shorts | $40

comes in lots of other colors.

Flounce Tennis Skirt | $40

Running Shorts | $23

No Pleats Tennis Skirt | $50

Happy tennis playing ladies, or just tennis posing if your like me 😜

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

Layering Necklaces

Happy Sunday people! I have definitely been enjoying this low key Sunday! Lately I can’t lie my mind has been a billion different places! I have Ryan’s 35th coming up, my best friends daughters birthday & to top it all off the wedding planning!

I’m hopping on today to share a few recent necklace purchase with you guys but I’m keeping it short and sweet!

I’ve bought all of these and have made sure when I ordered that they were all somewhat of a different length so when they are on they have a layering affect! I will be posting a length guide at the end of this just so you guys have an idea of where different lengths hit!

Letter Necklace | $21

Personalized Bar Necklace | $69

This necklace can be personalized in so many different ways – words, a special date, initials, or others!

Heart Initial Necklace | $23

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Necklace Lengths

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If you guys have any questions shoot me a comment or an email! All of these have held up so well – I have had the bar necklace for about 2 years now!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae