Wednesday, July 23, 2014

what i wore: girl's night

i promise i was having a blast with my lovely friends charlotte & libbie despite the fact i look incredibly depressed in these photos, ha! we colored hair, enjoyed the sun, sipped some summery drinks and hung out with their adorable pup Otis. i'm still in love with my clogs and i don't care what anyone else says, i will wear them with everything!!

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details //
top -- forever 21
skirt -- american apparel
hat -- khols
clogs -- thrifted
bag -- FOUNT
necklace -- forever 21
rings -- temper
bracelet -- thrifted
sunnies -- urban outfitters

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x's + o's
kaitlin elaine

[thank you charlotte gane for the photos!]

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

these are the days

"these are the days.. " from a song of an open road by walt whitman is a very important piece of writing to me. it is a reminder to be present. i constantly find myself wondering about the future, the next thing, but never really to where my feet are planted now. i told myself that this year would be a year of being present. i found this awesome " i am.." series on one of my favorite blogs eat sleep cuddle and we decided to put our own little spin on it.

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I am happy when.. the temps are cool, surrounded by the ones i love (family, kaitlin, kittens, andrew, puppy), drinking a warm cup of coffee & curled up with a book.

I am grateful when..  the leaves have changed & the colorful tights are brought out.

I am nervous when.. I am starting something new. The unknown is a scary place.

I am proud when..  I am doing what I love. After finishing a wedding, a painting.. its such a satisfying feeling.

I am anxious when… I am running late.

I am at peace when.. I am content. Those are the moments when I feel most joy.

I am wondering when..  I will actually move to Seattle. It's been a dream for almost a decade. But the time has never been right, I am ready for the time to be right.

I feel most like myself when… I am laughing or photographing.  Joy + Passion.

I am waiting for when…  I realize, what's next.

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I am happy when... I wake up to the sun shining through my bedroom window.

I am grateful when… I see or experience genuine acts of kindness toward others.

I am nervous when… I fly on an airplane over the ocean.

I am proud when… I think about where I once was and where I am now.

I am anxious when… I hear anyone talk about hospitals, needles, blood, veins, internal organs, etc.

I am at peace when… I spend quiet time alone with my bible and journal, especially outdoors.

I am wondering when… I will ever feel like an adult.

I feel most like myself when… I am surrounded by the people I love unconditionally and who love me in return.

I am waiting for when… I can finally realize my dreams are my reality.

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x's + o's
chelsea diane & kaitlin elaine

Monday, July 21, 2014

make-up monday: smoky summer bronze

summertime typically means we don't always wear a lot of makeup, or makeup at all. lately i haven't been wearing eyeshadow at all. even when i do wear a "lot" of make-up, it still isn't actually a lot for most of people. this look requires no eyeliner and a few different shadows. today i was in the mood to play around with my favorite urban decay naked 3 palette and create a smoky bronzy summer evening look topped off with nude lips and lots of bronzer!
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let's get started!

1 // applied tarte amazonian clay 12-hr foundation with my fingers. i used this stuff in california because it doesn't melt off in hot weather. it's not my absolute favorite, but it's good!
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2 // concealed under my eyes with physicians formula conceal Rx concealer in fair light. this stuff is SUPER pigmented, a little goes a long way!
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3 // buff laura mericer mineral powder all over my face to set the foundation and blend with my flat top elf brush.
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4 // filled in my brows using my milani brow fix kit. see my brow tutorial here.
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5 // contoured and bronzed with my elf contouring blush and bronzer duo, only using the bronzer and an angled powder brush. focusing on cheekbones, temples, nose, and jawline.
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6 // started the eyes using the lightest matte white in my naked 3 palette "strange" all over lids up to the brow bone. then used a fluffy crease brush to blend "nooner" above the crease from inside to outside corner of the eye.
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7 // then using a less fluffy crease brush i added a combination of "factory" and "liar" into the outermost corner of the eye, outer V area, and then used a small shader brush to blend the same colored under the bottom lash line as liner.
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8 // curl lashes and then, TONS of mascara. if you're getting really fancy, apply flase lashes! i used L'oreal voluminous miss manga mascara in black.
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9 // i love nude lips with smoky eyes and bronze skin, so i chose to use L'oreal color riche lipstick in 800 "fairest nude". this is the best nude because it still has a slight pink tone and doesn't look like concealer on your lips, ew!
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that's it! simple smoky eye that is wearable enough for daytime but also appropriate for date night or going out with friends. this look also looks beautiful with a bold, red lip!

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x's + o's
kaitlin elaine

Sunday, July 20, 2014

sunday snaps!

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happy sunday!

this week went by so fast! chelsea is preparing to move next weekend while kaitlin was helping out at a church camp! as you can see chelsea went peach picking and is needing some peach recipes! her boyfriends mom will be teaching her how to can peaches & make jam. gottah love summers in the south.

can you believe its almost august? this summer is flying by!

x's + o's
chelsea diane & kaitlin elaine 

Friday, July 18, 2014

homemade vegan fudgsicles

summer is here! that means the weather is increasingly warmer and warmer and i am craving cold, yummy treats most of the time. i came across this recipe for healthy, vegan ice cream using only 3 ingredients and no added sugar one day, so i made it. it was delicious, and now i decided to make it again and pour it into popsicle molds to make fudgsicles! and now i am showing you how i did it!

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if you love chocolate + peanut butter like i do, [let's admit it, it's the best combination ever] you will absolutely love this treat! these pops are so rich, creamy, and taste super indulgent without much guilt! let's get started...

what you'll need -- 
  • 2 large frozen bananas [must be frozen!]
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter [or preffered nut-butter]
  • a splash or two of milk [i used almond milk]
  • blender or vitamix
  • popsicle molds
  • spoon or spatula
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one //
let your bananas thaw a bit before peeling, or even better, peel them before you stick them in the freezer for convenience! cut them up and toss in the blender.
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two //
dump in the peanut butter and cocoa, try to keep the peanut butter in the middle of the blender otherwise it will stick to the sides and not be fully incorporated!
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three // 
blend on high until it becomes a smooth and creamy consistency. scrape down the sides if you need to. it will be very thick, and at this point your "ice cream" is made! eat it like this, or, this is when you will add a few splashes of milk to make it a bit thinner and more pourable. i added milk until the consistency was about that of cake batter. Processed with VSCOcam with m4 preset

four //
pour into your molds! add sticks, or in this case i used these cute umbrella molds with tight fitting lids. secure them and make sure they're sealed and place in the freezer for at least an hour or two, or until they are frozen solid.
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five // 
time to eat! after they are frozen, take the mold out of the freezer and run the bottom under warm water to loosen the pops. remove and enjoy!
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adjust this recipe to your liking! leave out the peanut butter, replace with another butter, or add raspberries, coconut, or anything else you like!

x's + o's
kaitln elaine

follow friday: @dearwhimsy

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i started following tammie on social media way back when, as way back when i mean the dark ages of myspace. i honestly do not remember how i came across her page but i remember finding her and falling in love with her art. she used to do all kinds of paintings that were very 70's inspired & she would draw the cutest owls. later on we became friends on Facebook, and honestly, there was a time that she was one of my closest friends. After a big break up from my fiancĂ© back in 2008, i was home in texas crying my eyes out & i remember the first person i wanted to call was tammie. her and i had a unique online relationship. it was during a time in our life that we were both going through something & we had each other to rely on. two years ago i was in florida & i actually got to meet her in real life! it was like just being with one of my dearest friends. we laughed & had so much fun together. i didn't want it to end. i really hope that we get to reunite sometime soon! also i want to point out that tammie is one of the ring leaders to the vintage // DIY scene. she was one of the first people i knew that opened an online vintage store (to which i was one of her repeat customers) AND she had this gorgeous blog that she would share her DIY's.. i mean this girl had one of hers featured on design sponge. this girl is fantastic.. plus she went to school to be a pastry chef. so this girl could find you the dress of your dreams and make you a delicious macaroon too!

1. name // age // location // occupation
Tammie Markham //28// Orlando Florida// employee at Riflepaper co

2. what is your favorite part about living in florida? 
it NEVER snows! while everyone is freezing in the winter, I'll be at the beach ;) 

3. you have been sharing your weekend projects, what inspired you to get out and create something every weekend?
I absolutely LOVE making things. It's truly what makes me happy. I chose the weekends because that's usually when I have time. 
Although this world pushes you to work super hard, you MUST  find time for your self to be happy and give stress a punch in the face!  

4. you have been the vintage queen for as long as i can remember. what are some of your favorite vintage items? 
Mmmm, my favorite items would have to be my mid century dining room set & mid century bedroom furniture.

5. what is your favorite part of working for Anna Bond at Rifle Paper Co.?
Watching her use her talents to built a company. The most inspiring part is seeing the transformation of her paintings become products people love. 

6. what inspires you?
 People who work hard to pursue their dreams. 
People who are kind and loving towards others.
 People who do what they love and get paid for it! ;) 

7. if you were a coffee beverage what would it be?
Probably my favorite drink from my favorite coffee shop http://thevespr.com. Ready? Maple-Madagascar Vanilla latte! It's so delicious. 

8.  will we find you blogging again in the near future? 
I've thought about it.... ;) in the mean time, find me on instagram @dearwhimsy

9. describe yourself in three words, GO! 

thank you so much tammie for being apart of feel & flourish!

happy weekend!

x's + o's,
chelsea diane