How to Pack for a Ski Trip + how to do Breckenridge!

Hey yall! While up here i thought what a perfect time to do a post on how i pack for my ski trips! A lot of people get confused with what to pack and I used to too! With cold weather & skiing you need to pack A LOT of stuff, once you get it down its super easy! My first year i had like 3 suitcases, now this year, i am rocking JUST ONE! Super impressive yall!

So, with skiing (or just cold weather for me in general, because im a ninny) you need a thermal, a base layer, and then your regular clothes! Plus ALL your accessories – Ski goggles, Hats, Gloves & so fourth!

Im keeping this short so im making sliders below for each section! These are all the thermals, base layers, ski pants, and jackets that I personally wear and own! They have lasted me and I really love them!

– THERMALS –

– BASE LAYER –

– SKI PANTS –

– SKI JACKET –

– BOOTS –

– SKI ACCESSORIES –

– JACKETS, HATS, & OTHERS –

Those are all my buys! Now, I got TONS of questions for recommendations while we were there! Restaurants, things to do & bars! This is always a family trip for us, so I don’t have recs on bars lol but y’all know I can supply y’all with some fabulous food recommendations since this girl likes to eat! Naming some of our favorite places to go below and will try to link them!!

I also just want to say before that I/we have skied elsewhere then Breck and really out of everywhere I have been I find this to be the most kid friendly mountain, as well as beginner skiing friendly mountain haha! The runs are not as steep as other mountains I’ve been on, but that’s my personal opinion! (Last year when we went to keystone I think I literally had anxiety every second on the mountain because the runs were so steep, a green felt like a blur to me and blue felt like a black and I cried actual tears like twice 😂)

Anyway, here’s my recs!

fiesta jalisco – our favorite Mexican place to stop and grab a margarita after a rough day on the slopes! (Normally our first day is a rough one because Hayden always has a dramatic first day on the mountain pahaha). Everything is really good here but our favorites are the Corona-Rita’s and the chicken fajitas (they are SO GOOD).

Downstairs at Erics – The best family place to go! Hayden LOVES this place because it’s an arcade! The kids can play while you wait on a table and have a beer, and the food is really good as well! The pizzas are their specialty but they have all kinds of stuff! There chicken wings are our favorite, and even a salad I had was good!

Breckenridge Escape Room – We had a blast doing this just us three! We got locked in a room and had to figure out the clues/find keys to the other rooms to be able to send a flare for rescuers to find us in an avalanche! It was SO fun and Hayden enjoyed it as well! It was kid friendly but would obviously be a blast with a bunch of adults as well!!

Michaels Italian – a must EVERY. YEAR. So delicious! Their lasagna and most pastas are served in a baking dish, everything is so warm and melty and yummy hahah! Their Italian salad is yummy, the garlic bread is so good & I can’t pass up their stuffed shells with Alfredo!

Crepes A La Cart – these crepes are worth a 15-20 minute line you’ll stand in, TRUST ME! I go plane Nutella with powered sugar, bananas & honey!

The Blue Fish Sushi – we stumbled upon this while trying to go to erics for a second time, the wait was 2 hours, so we kept walking down the strip! We were SO glad we did haha! There’s another TERRIBLE sushi restaurant in Breck (located in a strip mall, can’t remember the name) so we came thinking we wouldn’t get sushi. The blue fish blew us away with how fresh and delicious the sushi was! We got a firecracker roll, pick this if you like spice! And a rainforest roll, more of a fresh feel! We also got the family size fried rice which was very good! This place is more on the pricey side, just a heads up! But so worth every last penny! Nothing is better than sooo fresh sushi!

Cool river Coffeehouse – good place for a quick breakfast! All kinds of stuff on their menu, but my favorite is the breakfast burrito or breakfast bowl!

Blue Stag Saloon – delicious wings & burgers! This place looks SO fun for adults when we walk past it at night, a total ski town vibe! The bar and outside around the fire pit is always packed with people!

Mountain Top Cookies – You absolutely MUST go here! These cookies are to die for and are baked JUST right! Crispy edges with oey-goey centers! They have SO MANY VARIETIES, anyone can find something they like here! They even have cookie sandwiches with icing in the middle and they had one that was two chocolate chip cookies filled with edible cookie dough in the middle! Does that sound like heaven or what? My favorites were the hot chocolate cookie + the chocolate chip & salted caramel!

A friend of ours absolutely raved about Hearthstone as an amazing steak restaurant but said it was more on the pricey side. Legends Steak & Italian is somewhere we have gotten steaks from but it was just okay, we have also been to Kenosha which has a variety of steaks, sandwiches, pastas and so fourth but it was pretty underwhelming! Ollie’s Pub has a great menus and is really good and BoLD is a great spot to grab breakfast, which is pretty yummy and not too heavy, that is right at the bottom of the mountain before the lift!

Hope this post is helpful to you guys and if y’all have any questions, feel free to ask me about anything!!!

XOXO, Chelsey Rae

Mardi Gras Attire

Hey me friends! Finally getting around to posting a few Mardi Gras finds for you guys!

For the past year and a half you guys have LOVED and bought these leggings like crazy! I think I personally have them in like 5 colors now! They can’t be beat for $13 and they are fabulous dupe for the koral leggings that are over $80! They run true to size, so no need to size up! They come in a TON of colors, but the ones below are Mardi Gras approved for sure!!!

Purple Nylon Sheen Legging | $13

Green Nylon Sheen Legging | $13

Hunter Green Nylon Sheen Legging | $13

Also tagging this cute green bomber below because it would look super cute with a white Tee under it and a pair of jeans and white tennis shoes!

Green Satin Bomber | $42

Happy Mardi Gras guys!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

Annual Ski Trip Buys

Hey guys! Today I’m hopping on to share my most recent purchases for our ski trip! If your just following along, we go skiing once a year! Me, Ryan, & Hayden make it our annual “Family Time” trip! Although I seriously don’t need ANYMORE clothing added to my collection of ski attire/accessories you know I of course add to it every year anyway! #ihaveaproblem

Here’s what I took with me to Colorado this year…

Color Block Sherpa | $68

Chenille Turtleneck Sweater | $58

Leopard Ski Jacket | $150

Faux Fur Wedge Boot | $35

Leopard Pom Beanie | $10

Long Line Chenille Turtleneck | $40

Faux Fur Collar Denim Jacket | $108

Faux Leather Leggings | $98

Gray Leopard Beanie | $38

Faux Fur Puffer Coat

Faux Fur Trimmed Boot | $80

Neutral Leopard Sweater | $53

Shearling Wedge Bootie | $250

– OTHER THINGS I EYED UP –

– PUFFER COAT OPTIONS –

Thats it! My Cold weather buys, it is legit FREEZING here so im so glad I really purchased a nice coat this year!

Are any of you guys going skiing?

XOXO, Chelsey Rae

Valentines Gift Guides

Happy Tuesday Yall! Gotta catch a plane, so here’s the official valentines gift guides! Hover over the item you like and click it to go to the website!

XOXO, Chelsey Rae

You Need A Tile!

Y’all, this $19 little white square is a total life saver + game changer 🙌🏽 of course I had to share with you guys! is anyone else always trying to find their keys or phone?! put this little guy on your keyring and download the app on your phone -> if you can’t find your keys, ring them using the app & if you can find your phone, press the silver tile button & your phone will ring! like I said, GAME CHANGER right?!

Tile Mate | $19.99

Trust me, this thing is amazing! If y’all have any questions, ask away!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

2019 Goals

Happy Sunday y’all! I know this is a taddd on the late side but I figured I’d get it posted anyway!! I always share my New Years goals with you guys, and this year should be any different!

I find personally it always helps to get them written down in some form or fashion! It’s nice to be able to lay them all out and look at them in writing instead of just imagining them in your head! It helps you see what they look like and what it’ll take to make them happen! (I know I already made/shared my dream board with y’all, but I still like to do both)

So, without anymore blabbering, here’s my official 2019 Goals!

• Sit back and Relax – 2018 was AMAZING however, it threw a LOT of things my way! All of these things were complete blessings, like getting engaged, my blog really starting to grow, growing more at the salon, and a extra little something fun in the hair world!! But, with all that came lots of stress and myself/my brain being pulled 72636473 miles a minute! When I’m not at work, I’m trying to manage the wedding, the blog, help Ryan with some of his brainstorming with jobs and balance everything at the same time. This year I want to figure it all out and sit back and relax! H2O and hair are always my main focus, and once all the wedding things are figured out that will be less stressful, so come may, I’m excited to be able to just focus on work & the blog!

• Build Better Relationships – this was one of my goals last year and I have to say I really made a point of zoning in on this. This was a big step for me pahaha I’m a major homebody, and after work all I want to do is get home, change and relax! This year I thought myself it wasn’t the end of the world to get out a little more and make a extra effort! It’s important to show your family and friends how much you care for them and enjoy being with them! I plan on stepping this up a little more this year!! I used to sit with my honey on Wednesday’s, now that she has passed I maybe want to make that a day to dedicate to spending with someone else special to me every week!

• Make the travel memories – this has been something I’ve adapted to with Ryan and something I want to continue to do! Getting away is a great reset, even if it’s for just 3 days! Me and Ryan really don’t say no to vacations and it’s something I NEVER regret! You’ll never say damn I’m really regret going on that vacation, I’m so glad I stayed home and worked or I’m so glad my money just sits in my savings. SCREW THAT, book the trip and make the memories! For years I missed so much stuff because I was scared to take off of work, that was miserable and I regretted it/resented work because of! Really I’m blessed that my salon has mellowed out on vacationing rules and to be in a business where as long as my clients are accommodated I’m all good! If I’m not out of town my booty is at work & I’m all good with that haha!!!

• Take shorter baths – y’all this seems stupid, but I literally probably waste half of my life in the bathtub lol! It’s a problem! I stay in there for like two hours sometimes! It MIGHT be dramatic saying two hours, but bottom line I need to get a grip and start setting a get out alarm!

• Make more intentional date nights with the boys – does this make sense? Haha I want to plan more fun purposeful nights with the boys! We used to be so on top of saying okay Friday night were doing THIS together, and so on and so fourth! This year I want to get back into that at least one night out of the weekend! The other two we can fly by the seat of our pants!

• Spend more time in the kitchen – me and Ry already got a head start on this goal before the new year and I have to say we have been SO good with it! I want to continue this! I feel so much better when we cook in the kitchen and know exactly what’s going into our meals & body’s!

• Buy less clothes & be on top of closet raiding – this is hard because part of the blog is buying clothes to sell them of course haha! But, I want to just buy what I need & at least be good about getting rid of the stuff I don’t before I buy more! Want to focus on buying smarter!

• Meet my fitness goal – y’all I still haven’t met my fitness goal from last year! I did during the summer, but of course since then the 5 pounds are back! What’s the holidays for right?! Anyway, I want to get married at my goal weight and really plan on kicking it into high gear after Mardi Gras! Literally my goal weight would be to lose 7 instead of 5 haha but I’ll just take 5! I also want to get into a class and REALLY stick to it till our honeymoon! Please send prayers pahaha!

• Gain more amazing clients & continue to grow the blog – This is always a goal of mine at the salon! Every year I continue to fill my clientele and life with more amazing clients, and I obviously want keep them coming! I also want to continue to grow the blog & want to break into making some major strides! I want to really play off of these two things together this year!

• Save face – this was part of my goal last year, although I was better than before I wasn’t as dedicated as I wanted to be! H2O has tons of amazing skin treatments, facials, & solutions in the skin clinic and I need to be taking advantage of it! I want to start being really dedicated to my face products and getting hydrafacials!

That’s most of my major goals this year, of course I always want to be better and grow more in every aspect! I alway want to be trying to be the best version of me, not only for myself but for everyone around me!

What’s some of yalls goals? If you got some, write em’ down!

Happy late New Year!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

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!

– OTHER DRESS PICKS –

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XoXo, Chelsey Rae