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