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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

recipe // pumpkin chocolate chip cookies with hazelnuts



guys, fall has arrived. with the cool breeze, the changing leafs, fall scented everything.. you cannot help yourself but indulge in fall treats. this is one of my favorite fall recipes! its simple, delicious & makes a TON.

what you need:
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup of white sugar
1/2 cup veg. oil
1 egg
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon of milk (or almond milk, that is what i use!)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips
1 package of chopped hazelnuts
















add all ingredients into your mixer or mixing bowl. Stir til everything is evenly mixed. lastly, i use my espresso bean scoop (ha) to scoop the mix into a cookie shape onto the pan. 

bake at 350 degrees & set your timer for ten minutes! these cookies are more like a muffin cookie. they are super moist! grab a cup of coffee or a cold glass of vanilla almond milk and enjoy!

what are some of your favorite fall recipes? 
x's & o's
chelsea diane

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

chelsea's day to day look


i wanted to share with you all my daily makeup routine. i have been asked a few times in the past to share & i am excited to show you my simple yet classic makeup look.
lately i have been wearing less and less makeup. i never have been a fan of "caking" it on. as i have gotten older i have been trying to take as much care of my skin as i possibly can. i used to have skin challenges in my early 20's and since i have changed my makeup/cleansing routine i have seen such a huge difference! 

first: i always wash my face in the morning. i like that refreshed feeling! 
this moisturizer: i always put moisturizer on first. why? since i do not wear a liquid foundation i feel like this helps set my powder on. plus moisturizer is so good for your skin. 




i put it on in a circle upward motion. my esthetician taught me this trick to help my face from sagging when i am an old lady. (i know, i know.. i think about these things at 26) 

kaitlin got me hooked on this powder when i visited her in february. it comes in a big container so it lasts forever!

laura mercier's louis pink blush. this may be too pink for some but with my fair skin i have found that the pinker the better. 



with my blush brush i start from the top of my cheek bone and work my way down. i always tend to put a little more on at first then use my finger tips to blend it in to avoid any lines or streaks.

the eyes: i use the voluminous mascara & revoln's dark brown liquid eyeliner.

eyeliner: i start first at the corner of my eye. i like my eyeliner to be a little thicker because i like that aubrey hepburn look. i stop at the very end of my eye lid then i do the cat eye effect.


mascara: i love long thick eyelashes. to enhance that look i put two layers on. first with the bottom eyelashes i like to put a heavier coat on the bottom to kind of give that twiggy look. 



lipstick: a girls best friend.
i first start at the lower end of my right part of my lip.
then i work my way over to the top curve of my lip then to the end of my left part of my lip. unlike others i don't put my lipstick all the way over to where my top lip ends. i like to have a little space just so it doesn't get all over my face.


then do the same with the lower lip.







there you have it! sorry for the crappy photo quality, had to use the front face of my iPhone!

happy tuesday!

x's + o's,
chelsea diane

Saturday, September 13, 2014

kaitlin's 25th birthday party [ ft. @bonbonrentals! ]

I'm 25! I can't believe it. I know it's not old, but I also don't feel so young anymore. I feel like many of my life goals I made for myself are to be accomplished between the ages of 25-30. and now I only have 5 years to accomplish them! but I know life doesn't work that way, and everything happens in perfect timing that is not my own :)

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this year I was completely blessed by everyone in my life, from my closest friends and family, to all my internet friends here and on Instagram, I feel so thankful for so many birthday wishes and so much love! seriously, thank you from the bottom of my heart. most of all, I want to share one of the biggest blessings of all, which is the most gorgeous birthday party I have ever had, thanks to some very special people!

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if you know me, you'll know I hate planning, especially for myself. because of this, I haven't had a birthday party since I turned 12. seriously. luckily, upon knowing this, a few of my closest friends [who I basically consider family] insisted on throwing me my 25th birthday party. being the amazing and talented bunch they are, I had to agree because I knew it would be pretty darn special.

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her business's name is BonBon Vintage Rentals, [@bonbonrentals] but she goes by Nazra Knutsen. she is one of the most talented and inspiring people I have ever known, and I am in awe of the way she can create such gorgeousness out of [literally] anything. she started her business as an outlet for her passion of creating pretty things and using her knack for thrifting vintage to put on parties for herself and others! while taking on her dream, she's a wife and a mommy to 2 beautiful little girls. this wonder-woman is responsible for everything you will see on this post, along with the help of her sister [Naomi], husband [Ronny], and brother [Lonnie], and I couldn't be more thankful!

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so many flowers! flower crown cake, wild flowers all over the tables, plus stunning hand-made dream catchers!
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my favorite desserts... ice cream & cookies! a perfect ice cream sandwich bar.
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the table scape was to die for! tea lights & candles everywhere, wildflowers in vintage jars & glasses, & beautiful dainty doilies & lace.
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the cozy outside sitting area looked straight out of an Anthropologie catalogue, complete with vintage blankets, quilts, twinkly lights, more candles, & of course a fire pit!
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Cory & Bethany
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my brother Ryan & I  ---  Ryan & Charlotte
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I am still simply in awe of the magical night she and my friends created for me. I've never felt so special and it was truly the most perfect night!

please give Nazra a *follow* on Instagram to check out snippets from her other parties, and for general creative inspiration! [@oliverrue @bonbonrentals] this is just a taste of what she can do. she is available to do your next party, wedding, --anything! her website will be coming soon!
to contact: bonbonvintagerentals@gmail.com

thank you to everyone who made my birthday so, so special, you know who you are!
I love you all so much!

X's + O's
kaitlin elaine


[all photos by Nazra herself!]