Friday, March 27, 2015

Denim, Leather, and Lace

"Beautiful things don't ask for attention"
 I have a confession about what I do when I'm home alone... This past week there have been times where I would be listening to my music working oh so diligently when out of nowhere I would have the most sudden urge to get up and dance, sing, and spastically jump all over my house like an absolute maniac...And I loved every second of it. That is until I would get so into it that I'd trip on myself  or hit a wall, or both (probably) and fall over laughing... But that's what music does for me- it just picks me up and gets me moving, laughing, singing; it lights up my goofiest, carefree, happiest self...  It doesn't matter where I am or what I'm doing, dancing to a song that just moves me is one of the best feelings ever, AND probably one of the best, most organic cures for sadness. It never fails to take me out of my head and free me up to just feel all that's around me. I'm taking this feeling with me into the weekend, and I'm going to dance dance away.
Every once in a while I just really like wearing a feminine, girly, classic look. And while the knit/lace crop top is maybe not the most classic piece, it does have the best of retro feels flashing back to the 70's, which I just love! I paired this crop top with some favorite jeans from WellBinder, that I rolled at the ankles(it just really helps me look so much taller hehe). I then went with a classic pair of pointed toe snakeskin print nude pumps, and a matching nude leather jacket and pulled my hair back into a high pony for a polished look. 
Happy Friday! Wishing you a happy, carefree weekend!
Love, love, love,
Chelsea
Get this look for $98+ on Lookastic: Gold Sunglasses, Beige Leather Jacket, Beige Knit Cropped Top, Light Blue Jeans, Burgundy Crossbody Bag, and Beige Snake Leather Pumps

Photography by Ash Robinson
Post Processing by Chelsea Dennis

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Secret Garden

"Find a way to make beauty necessary; find a way to make necessity beautiful"
In This Look // Kimono-Forever21(similar) // Crop Top-American Apparel // Belt-Vintage // Sunglasses-American Apparel // Necklace-Chelsea Den Jewelry // Boots-NYLA

The weeks coming and going, and I can't believe we're already halfway through it. I've had my head in the jewelry making clouds for the last week or so- I will be attending Jackalope Arts Fair in Pasadena, California April 25th and 26th where I will be selling a table full of jewelry made by yours truly. If you're around the Los Angeles/SoCal area be sure to come check it out and say hello! And don't worry... I'll be making more announcements before the lovely event, just in case you're like me and forget 98% of the things I hear about, plan on attending, and then forget about altogether. The whole fair is free, and the selection of venders is amazing! There will be clothing, jewelry, art, home decor, food and drinks (beer/wine), raw materials(for all you makers out there), plus they'll be having DIY workshops both days, and tons more (take a look at the event HERE).   

As the weather gets hot, hot, hot I'm so excited to break out my summer shorts and to start styling my favorite kind of outfits. The femininity of this floral kimono has always stolen my heart, but since it's on the shorter side I tend to only pair it with bottoms that cut off above or around the same length (just so my proportions don't look awkward).  I love the fun summer California feel this outfit has mixed with some daydreamy, feminine touches- basically this is my absolute favorite kind of look.. It's perfect for so many things-running errands, meetings, meet ups, eating out, shopping days, evenings out, practically anything.  
Wishing you all a very happy rest of your week!
Love, love, love,
Chelsea

Get this look for $52+ on Lookastic: Black Floral Kimono, Black Cropped Top, Silver Necklace, Black Leather Belt, Light Blue Denim Shorts, Silver Ring, and Black Leather Ankle Boots
Photography by Ash Robinson
Post Processing by Chelsea Dennis

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Denim Days

I thought I could take it, but last night I broke.  Feeling the weight of my world crash down on my heart. 

In This Look 
Denim Jacket Vintage Cominichis // White Sweater  H&M (similar) // Bowlers Cap H&M // Denim H&M // Sunglasses Rayban // Purse Forever 21 // Necklace Chelsea Den Jewelry

There were all these things I wanted to write about today and I've been bouncing back and forth between my emotions, my work, my personal life... Life can be so overwhelming, and I'm the master at magnifying the worry. But luckily, I can learn to be the master of my worry too. It was International Women's Day this past week and I was looking at quotes from all the women I admire, and one of them stuck with me. Audrey Hepburn, a lovely, amazingly, timelessly, elegant (sorry for all the adjectives, but they're needed) woman that was so effortlessly flawless in understanding what is important in life said: 

"Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering- because you can't take it all in at once."

I read that and it really resonated so true with me, that I figured other people would probably relate. There is so much to live in life, so many things to be done, places to be seen, people to meet! So much in fact, that I will sometimes work myself up and stress that I'm not working hard enough, or if I'm not ready I'll miss out on opportunities, or I need to be preparing for the next huge thing. Life isn't always about understanding every event or action that occurs, or waiting for that one big break, or stressing that you won't be in the right place at the right time. Life is absolutely and positively happening this very second, and every second for that matter and if we try to analyze every detail of it, try to understand everything happening at once, well that's when we miss out on experiencing some truly beautiful, one of kind, real life living.
There's always time to remember all the things that happened, but you can't go back and relive the things you missed. This is a message for myself and for anyone reading this because I'm always trying to understand my surroundings, my life... Why things are the way they are.. And I have a very bad habit of trying to take on a million things at once... but there comes a time when life needs to simply be lived, enjoyed, celebrated one breath at a time. It's not about that one life-altering event- that moment will always stand out I guarantee it, but if all the little moments of simply living shined just as bright, life would be the most brilliantly glowing masterpiece. 
I've been wanting to do a really easy look like this for a while. Just jeans, a thin white sweater, oversized denim jacket 
And with that I say happy Weekend. I hope it brings some magic your way.

Get this look for $106+ on Lookastic: Black Hat, Blue Denim Jacket, Blue Jeans, Black Leather Ankle Boots, Black Leather Tote Bag, Gold Sunglasses, and White Long Sleeve Blouse



Photography by Ash Robinson
Post Processing by Chelsea Dennis


Monday, March 9, 2015

Thinking of Spring



The Sun and the Moon always living in apartness, but together we're just beautiful darkness.
You're like the sun all you ever do is shine, and every time I'm with you we eclipse.

And so it begins... Happy Monday everyone! As my days go on I'm finding myself getting more and more excited to wake up and just work! I'm feeling so passionate about my fashion blog, my jewelry, the forward movement that's happening in my life,  and all the wonderfully supportive people I'm surrounded by. So even Mondays are starting to feel a little less mundane (but that could be because I now spend my weekends working).  My jewelry, jewelry, jewelry, I wanted to mention  because I've now added a few more charities that I donate to, and I'm so excited about it. Along with Action Against Hunger, I will now donate 5% of every jewelry purchase to either the Animal Welfare Institute (fights factory testing, wildlife conservation, domestic abuse, breeding farms, along with tons more) or Oceana (ocean conservationist, overfishing, whaling, marine life conservation, and tons more).  I've always been hugely passionate about helping out our fellow humans around the world and now that's growing into a bigger passion of helping out animals, and our planet. So I wanted to share those organizations here and spread the word about them. When a piece of jewelry is purchased from my shop a shipping email is sent and in that email I provide a link to my donation blog where the customer can see directly how their jewelry purchase helped better our planet! You can check out the selection of jewelry HERE
Now for the outfit! I've been really craving a Spring look, and even though we're not quite there yet, the weather here in Santa Barbara begs to differ. So Voila! I threw on a little dress for a cute, (almost Spring) outfit. This dress is one of my absolute favorites. I got it at the American Apparel Warehouse in Downtown LA for a beautiful price. I always recommend checking out the warehouse (it's in the Arts District) if you're down there-American Apparel has the best basics and if you go to the warehouse everything is marked down, and you can even find prints and patterns that aren't normally in the stores. Since it's still a little chilly I added a cropped sweater from Urban Outfitters and threw on my high tops to really give this outfit a young, fresh feel.
In This Look
Sweater Urban Outfitters,  Dress American Apparel,  Head Scarf (Wrap) Gift from a beautiful friend (Meesh Meesh),  High Tops Converse (bought at Undefeated),  Leather Purse  Matt & Nat,  Sunglasses American Apparel,  Necklace & Earrings Chelsea Den Jewelry,  Bracelets  Chelsea Den Jewelry,  Mother of Pearl RingVintage



Get this look for $52+ on Lookastic: White Cropped Sweater, Purple Casual Dress, White High Top Sneakers, Red Leather Crossbody Bag, Dark Purple Embroidered Headband, Gold Necklace, and Black Sunglasses
Photography by Ash Robinson
Post Processing by Chelsea Dennis

Monday, February 23, 2015

All Star

What I'm Wearing
Crop Top // American Apparel
Denim // WellBinder LA
Round Folding Flash Sunglasses // Ray-ban
Off-White High Tops // Converse Bought at Undefeated
Burgundy Vegan Leather Bag // Matt & Nat
Silver Coin Necklace // Chelsea Den Jewelry
Eagle Necklace & Watch // Vintage
Bracelet // Raw Ruby Gemstone Bracelet

I'm not sure I can remember exhaling at all; moving into the feeling that your breath on my skin could suffice for us both. 

Happy Monday Everyone! And how was your weekend? Mine was so relaxing and productive all at the same time. Saturday I went to the beach with my dog and boyfriend. That little Husky of mine loves swimming in the ocean and I LOVE that I have a dog that loves that ocean as much as I do. A little farther down the coast from Santa Barbara is a Nature Preserve for Seals, which is so cool to go see (Carpinteria Bluffs National Park) if you're ever around santa barbara take a nice walk and check it out. Anyways, sometimes a stray seal or two will just ride the tide and it will take them North where they climb onto our favorite beach. On Saturday a mama seal and her pup were on the beach and we got to watch them just roll around on the sand ( I added a photo below), until they eventually got back in the water and headed home South. I then spent the rest of my day making jewelry and eating yummy food. My sunday looked pretty much the same minus the beach, so I'm feeling extra blessed and super grateful for where I'm at in life, but always ready and working towards new adventures, experiences, and opportunities to keep moving forward! So that's my mini feel good rant.  
And while we're on the subject of working and new opportunities I have recently teamed up with a pretty cool brand called WellBinder. They're a new denim line straight from Los Angeles, my favorite city, plus I've been on the lookout for a casual acid wash jean, so it looks like we're simply a match made in heaven. These jeans are so versatile (they look great with a classic nude pump) but for this particular look I wanted to do something fun and funky for warmer days, yet still very wearable on the street. I started by pairing the denim with a turtle neck crop top to really push the early 90's feel, and then went with a denim button up to take it all the way. Topping it all of with some hightop converse to truly add some fun funk, a red lip and matching leather cross body bag to add a little maturity, and some layered up chunky necklaces because why not?? A little sparkle never hurt anybody.
Happy Monday everybody, have a wonderful week, make sure to do something good for your soul.

Get this look for $63+ on Lookastic: Gold Sunglasses, White Cropped Top, Silver Necklace, Light Blue Denim Shirt, Light Blue Acid Jeans, Burgundy Leather Crossbody Bag, and White High Top Sneakers

Photography by Ash Robinson
Post Processing by Chelsea Dennis


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Let's Get Lost


What I'm Wearing
No Fun Beanie // No Fun Press
Round Folding Flash Lenses Sunglasses // Rayban
Black Top // Tobi(Tops)
Black and White Knit Cardigan // Forever 21(Cardigans)
Blood of the Young Watch // No Fun Press
Nike Roshe Flyknit Sneakers // Nikes 
Rings & Necklace // H&M & Vintage
Breathe me in. All I've ever wanted was my own kind of happily ever after, and you're showing some sure signs of what that could be.

It's NYFW and I'm all the way over in California scrolling through my Instagram feed admiring all of the beautiful clothes taking front and center on the New York City runways. If it weren't for the freezing weather I also keep seeing, I'd seriously be bummed that I can't be there myself. But luckily with all this amazing social media I get to (sort of) see the excitement myself from the front row of other fashion attendee's phones, and I have to say, I love it all! Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Mara Hoffman, Nannette Lepore, Fendi, and of course, that Tommy Hilfiger show on the football field?! Ughhh! I'm lusting over everything...Like always! 
I'm feeling the New York layered up vibes (I must be taking hints from all the New York posts I'm seeing) so I took advantage of one of the few cloudy/slightly chilly/foggy Santa Barbara days we've in a while, and layered up. Plus I got to style a look with these brand new Nikes that I'm so in love with... For the longest time I was really hesitant about the sporty-sneakers/casual-streetwear trend that's been happening, but once I gave in and did it myself I realized this is the coolest/comfiest, most convenient outfit ever... so shout out to all my ladies that have been rocking this foot-friendly trend all along, I absolutely get it, and my feet appreciate it too. 
Get this look for $155+ on Lookastic: Black and White Print Beanie, White and Black Knit Cardigan, Black Leather Crossbody Bag, Black Jeans, Gold Sunglasses, Charcoal Athletic Shoes, Black Chiffon Tank, and Black Rubber Watch


Photography by Ash Robinson
Post Processing by Chelsea Dennis



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Long Black Dress

What I'm Wearing // Coat-Nordstrom // Black slip-Vintage from the 1930's // Silver and Black leather Belt-Vintage // Necklace-Vintage // Long necklace-Chelsea Den Jewelry // Purse-Mat + Nat (Urban Outfitters)
It's been some time since I've posted a look. My holidays were so busy, and then I've been working on my jewelry like a manic, so my fashion blog's just been set back. But no worries! I'm working on new outfit posts, and am getting ready for a full year of sharing my fashion style regularly. The last year ended with my Vintage shop closing, which was a rather sad thing for me, but I still have pieces of it here and there to keep me close... Like this divine vintage slip from the 1930's that I choose to wear as a classic black dress. It's so old literally every hem is coming undone, giving me a nice sewing project every time I wear it ha! sometimes vintage is worth it, and this dress definitely is. I added an amazing belt that I got from my store. I've been wanting a silver chunky conch belt for some time now, and while this is a little different, I love the western style, and it's so much better than any conch belt I would have bought in a store new. The black necklace is also vintage from my store...The more I write the more I'm realizing this outfit post might be withdraw from working in my vintage shop, because that's all I'm wearing! Even though I'm sad to not have a funky little shop to hang out at, all things must change, and I'm taking this little bit of free time to get my other businesses up to speed, and get my jewelry company off the ground! 
I've got a million ideas for what I want to do with my jewelry, but one thing I'm most excited about is the donation portion of my jewelry business. Since I was young I've always been taught that people come first, and the older I get the more I realize that I have a passion for helping others; mainly those who can't stick up for themselves so well  (mostly children and animals)  so it's always been a dream of mine to somehow implement my various artistic outlets (fashion, design, and photography) with my passion for giving back. I researched a ton of organizations (which was a lot more overwhelming than I ever imagined) and sorted through the ones that aren't so good to find an amazing group that I'm so thrilled to support. Action Against Hunger is a wonderful organization that's doing a TON of powerful, planet changing things for our fellow humans likes getting food to malnourished children around the world, building sustainable water resources for communities that lack access to any at all, and many, many other things. A portion of every Chelsea Den Jewelry purchase will be donated to Action Against Hunger, and I made up a blog (http://chelseadenjewelrydonations.tumblr.com/) where you, as a customer, can see how your jewelry purchase went towards helping others. I honestly couldn't be more excited to be doing this, and am thrilled at the idea of including others in helping! If you want to read more about the organization and all that they do you can click
If you'd like to give the jewelry shop a peek you can click 
Get this look for $310+ on Lookastic: Black Silk Evening Dress, Burgundy Leather Crossbody Bag, White and Black Shearling Coat, Black Necklace, Black Sunglasses, Black Studded Leather Belt, and Silver Ring

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Jewelry on Etsy

The Etsy shop has been restocked with all of the little bohemian treasures any wanderess could hope for, plus tons more. I've got necklaces, keyrings, bracelets, earrings, crystals, gems, leather, and all the little things in between. I'm already selling out of the tassel keyrings, but I'm getting back to work on the next batch of jewelry to be restocked, so go take a look while the stores still full, and add a little bit of lovely to your life! 
10% of your Chelsea Den Jewelry purchase will be donated to Action Against Hunger, an amazing organization that feeds malnourished children around the world, and also provides sustainable water resources to our fellow humans that don't have access to regular water supplies. You will receive a confirmation of your donation along with a shipping and tracking email. 

I put a lot of love and quality into the pieces I make. I create jewelry that I would (and do) wear on a regular basis, so please take a look, and if you see something you like, then you absolutely should treat yourself, because you deserve it! 

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