Chelsea Crockett

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Skinny Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

When I heard the Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino was soon coming back to Starbucks, I did a little happy dance. Okay a big happy dance. The return of the Pumpkin Spice…

When I heard the Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino was soon coming back to Starbucks, I did a little happy dance. Okay a big happy dance. The return of the Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino means the return of fall, and I am so ready for that. The only thing that put a stop to my happy dancing was when I saw how many calories were in one of those puppies. The small has 300 calories, the medium as 460 and a large has 630 calories. Ouch. Not to mention the drinks cost as much as a small house. Okay maybe not that much, but still… Anyway, I found a cheaper, healthier wa
y to get my Pumpkin Frappuccino fix right at home. Here is how!

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups cold coffee, cooled in the refrigerator overnightFrapp
  • 1 and 1/4 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

In a small bowl, whisk the milk, pumpkin, maple syrup, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg together until combined.  Pour into ice cube tray and freeze. Once coffee is cold and pumpkin ice cubes are frozen, add the cubes to your blender and blend on high until smooth and icy. If your cubes aren’t blending well, add milk. Take a quick taste test and add more syrup or spices as needed. Top this yummy treat with whipped cream to finish the job!

I don’t know about you, but I am so excited to try this cheaper, healthier Starbucks alternative! Do you think this sounds totally delicious? Comment below!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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7 Shoes Every Insider Should Own

If you have seen the show “Sex in the City” or “Gossip Girl”, you know that shoes are a vital part of any wardrobe. Somehow, we girls always find excuses…

If you have seen the show “Sex in the City” or “Gossip Girl”, you know that shoes are a vital part of any wardrobe. Somehow, we girls always find excuses to buy a new pair of shoes. The only issue? Closets can only hold so many pairs of shoes and wallets can only pay for so many! There are a few pairs of shoes that every girl should own. They are considered “staples” to your wardrobe, and they don’t go in and out with trends. These pairs are foolproof, if you have them you will always have the perfect pair of shoes for every outfit.

Nude flats: These shoes are an easy solution to feeling put together and polished while on the go. They are the perfect mixture of ladylike and casual, which means that you can wear them with anything from sweet sundresses to cute cutoffs.

Casual Keds: Boy do I love me a pair of white Keds. They are the world’s most versatile shoe!See-by-Chloe-425-netaporter

Go-with-everything ankle boots: Pick a pair of neutral booties that are totally adorable as well as walkable. They will keep you looking cute all through the fall and winter months!

Summer wedges: When spring and summer show their face, you want to have a great pair of wedges on hand. These shoes pair well with sassy sundresses as well as casual shorts and denim, and they are easy to walk in!

Classic pumps: Your pair of go-to pumps will never let you down. From homecoming to nights out with friends to fancy dinners, these shoes won’t let you down! A great pair of nude or black heels are a must.

Everyday sandals: If you consider flip flops your “everyday” sandals, we need to change that!! Since flat strappy sandals are what we tend to gravitate towards during the summer months, pick out a pair that is neutral and goes with everything!

Riding boots: Every girl needs a good pair of brown riding boots. End of discussion. They are as chic as they are practical!

Do you have any of these styles of shoes in your closet? Then you are well on your way to being prepared for every outfit you could ever imagine!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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How to Make Running Easier

If you follow me on any social media whatsoever, you know that I love to run. Actually, I love to exercise in general! But running is my absolute fav. I…

If you follow me on any social media whatsoever, you know that I love to run. Actually, I love to exercise in general! But running is my absolute fav. I love how I can put in my headphones and just have some “me” time while pounding the pavement. For some people, running can be a method of torture. When your gym teacher tells you that you will have to run the mile soon, you die a little inside. Have no fear! There are a few easy ways to make running easier and maybe even enjoyable!images (18)

Make it fun: If you aren’t having fun, then you are totally going to have zero motivation to do it. Bring your best
friend or your dog along! Explore new running routes. Wear cute workout clothes! That one always motivates me ;). Listen to your favorite book on tape or songs while you run.

Slow it down: There is no reason that you have to start off your running routine with a 7 minute mile or 500 meter dash! Take it slow and steady. You should feel like you’re breathing faster than you would if you were just walking, but not huffing and puffing so badly that your lungs are burning. Let your pace feel natural!

Make time for it: in order for your body to get used to running and other cardio activities, you have to be consistent. Try to stick to a weekly running schedule! This will keep you on track and make sure that you are training your body the way it needs to be trained.

Running isn’t so bad once you get used to it! Try these tips and tell me how it goes.

XOXO, Chels

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4 Things you Didn’t Know about Blackheads

Blackheads are the worst. They are persistent little buggers, because no matter how much we poke pinch and squeeze at them, they never seem to disappear. As it turns out,…

Blackheads are the worst. They are persistent little buggers, because no matter how much we poke pinch and squeeze at them, they never seem to disappear. As it turns out, there are a few things that you may not know about these little devils that could help you treat them and prevent them from showing their ugly little faces:

  1. What blackheads actually are: Blackheads are open comedomes that are really just widened hair follicles that are filled with bacteria, skin debris, and sebum oil. Ew.34772427
  2. What is causing them?: Blackheads are generally caused by the overproduction of oil, so all of my oily skinned Insider should gear towards oil-free makeup and lotions to be on the safe side.
  3. What is a DIY blackhead treatment? There are plenty of cheap blackhead busting DIYs out there, and I have written about a few! Here is a quick one: mix some baking soda with apple cider vinegar to create a paste and gently scrub the blackheads away.
  4. Don’t wash your face too much: Sounds a little weird, right? Washing your face is great, but try not to go overboard. Cleanse your face once or twice a week, but no more than that because your face can dry out and become irritated.

So, did you learn any more about those pesky black heads? Hopefully you can use this info to help prevent and treat your blackheads!

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What Turns Guys Away…

Guys are so different from girls! Have you ever wondered what turns guys away? I asked two of my guy friends for some advice on what turns guys away. I…

Guys are so different from girls! Have you ever wondered what turns guys away? I asked two of my guy friends for some advice on what turns guys away. I asked these same fellas on what guys look for in girls, so I decided to bring them back! According to them, things that turn guys away are:

  1. Needy/clinginess:

The boys said that when girls are clingy and needy that it pushes them away! They say that they love hanging out with you, but they also like space! Just remember, absence makes the heart grow fonder!

1. Playing dumb:

The guys say that they really don’t like when girls play dumb. They like when a girl can think for themselves and is intelligent! Don’t act like you don’t know something just to get a guy’s attention, show him how smart you are! It will impress them!

2. Drama Queen:

The guy’s opinion? “Save the drama for your momma”! There is nothing a guy despises more than drama! Don’t be a drama queen!

Doesn’t stick up for herself:

The boys say that they don’t like when a girl compromises her beliefs just to follow what everyone else is doing. Don’t do something just because everyone else is doing it! Do what you KNOW is right!

 

Hope you enjoyed taking a dive through the brain of a boy!

XOXO, Chels

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Time Management… It Can Be Tough!

Summer is usually described as weeks of free time and kicking back and relaxing. But, when it actually rolls around, we sometimes find ourselves super busy and full of tasks…

Summer is usually described as weeks of free time and kicking back and relaxing. But, when it actually rolls around, we sometimes find ourselves super busy and full of tasks or activities. Between sports, getting ready for school, chores, work, or anything else cluttering up your summer, you are going to need a way to manage all your time to get the jobs done!

Don’t worry, it’s actually not as hard as you think! Step one is pretty easy. Sit down and grab a pencil and a piece of paper. Write down everything you need to get done. Then, make a list numbering each task with #1 being the most important and your last number being the one that can wait the longest to be completed. This will help you get your priorities straight!Chelsea Crockett - Priorites

Step two. Don’t be afraid to purchase a calendar/planner! This way you will never over-plan yourself. Have you ever planned a sleepover with friends but realize you have practice early the next morning? Writing out your plans for each day will help you avoid certain situations like this. Especially with smartphones nowadays, you can type out different reminders for your highest priority plans so you won’t overdo yourself!

Lastly, remember that you can say “no!” You don’t have to agree to do everything. If you feel yourself starting to get stressed, remember that no one’s making your schedule cluttered but you! Open your schedule and feel your anxiety levels decrease!

Best wishes! – Chels

 

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Keeping It Natural

Hey cuties!  Being at a young age, it’s a good thing to show off your natural beauty.  Trying to find a look that highlights your natural features is quick and…

Hey cuties!  Being at a young age, it’s a good thing to show off your natural beauty.  Trying to find a look that highlights your natural features is quick and easy to do.  Before applying any makeup, know that you want to keep it light, light, light.  Your goal is to show your natural self and you can’t do that by caking on makeup to cover it up!

Chelsea Crockett - Natural MakeupThe first step to almost any tutorial is to apply moisturizer and you’re ready to go.  An easy start to this look is to apply an airfoam foundation which will blend perfectly with your skin and keep it extra light.  After, cover up any imperfections with concealer to keep your face looking clean and beautiful.  Place more concealer under and in the inner corners of your eyes to eliminate any dark circles and to brighten up your face as well.  As far as your face goes, finish it off with a light pink blush on the apples of your now rosy cheeks.  And for eyes, that’s easy.  Keep it simple by dabbing a nude colored eye shadow to your eyelids and just a little mascara on your upper and lower lashes.

That should do it!  Everyone has their own natural beauty so it’s time to show off yours!

Love, Chelsea

Here are some products to help you pull off this look: http://tiny.cc/Garnier_Concealer, http://tiny.cc/Maybelline_Mascara, http://tiny.cc/LOreal_Blush

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Get Two More Months Out of Your Summer Clothes!

Sadly enough, summer is coming to an end.  Although the hot temperatures may be cooling down, don’t pack up your sundresses and tanks just yet!  There are simple ways to…

Sadly enough, summer is coming to an end.  Although the hot temperatures may be cooling down, don’t pack up your sundresses and tanks just yet!  There are simple ways to transition your summer clothes into the fall season.  Keep on reading for some easy tricks and tips to get two more months out of your summer clothes!

Summer tanks are perfect for layering in the fall.  If you have a wide shouldered sweater, try wearing a thick strap tank under so that the straps show.  This way you won’t have a bare upper half (you’ll feel more comfortable) and will add a little something extra, whether it is color, print, or texture, to your sweater.  Tanks are also perfect to wear with an open flannel or denim button up.  Try wearing a tank with a pair of skinnies and throwing on an open button up.  Add some jewelry and a pair of flats or boots and you’re good to go!

Remember that sundress you thought you could only wear during the spring/summer months?  Well, think again!  Transition that summer dress to a fall dress byChelsea Crockett-Get Two More Months Out of Your Summer Clothes wearing a jean jacket, army jacket, or sweater and a pair of combat boots.  By adding a few extra layers of clothing, any dress can be worn in hot months and cool months.

Before packing up your warm weather clothes, be creative and give them an extra shot!  There’s always a way to continue wearing your favorite tank or dress!

XOXO,

Chelsea

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How to Style a T-Shirt Dress

What’s better than walking around you house in a big t-shirt and no pants?  Nothing!  Can I get an “amen” girls?!  The second best thing is a t-shirt dress, AKA…

What’s better than walking around you house in a big t-shirt and no pants?  Nothing!  Can I get an “amen” girls?!  The second best thing is a t-shirt dress, AKA a long, comfy tee that is actually stylish!  Even better?  It’s totally acceptable to wear almost anywhere!  Check out how to style a t-shirt dress for any occasion!Chelsea Crockett- t-shirt dress

The simplest way to rock a t-shirt dress is to throw it on with sandals and some jewelry for warmer months.  I love adding a scarf and hat to bring more to the outfit.  This is perfect for a lunch date or shopping.  It’s even comfy enough to wear around the house, not to mention it’s super cute too!  Once it starts getting cooler, a long-sleeved t-shirt dress is the way to go!  Try it with a pair of boots and a quilted vest.  You can always dress it up with flats or wedges and a cardigan.

Accessories are the key to dressing your t-shirt dress up or down.  The more accessories you add, jewelry, purse, type of shoes, hats/headbands, the dressier your outfit will become!  Experiment with different colors, patterns, and accessories.  The possibilities are endless with styling your dress!  Comment below if you own a t-shirt dress and what’s your favorite way to end it.

Love,

Chelsea

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Be Your Best in School!

It’s that time of year.  School is once again in session!  Of course most of us dread it but the reality is…we have to do it!  So I’ve decided to…

It’s that time of year.  School is once again in session!  Of course most of us dread it but the reality is…we have to do it!  So I’ve decided to put a few things together to help us all be successful. (My mom’s a teacher and believe it or not…..I’ve asked her opinion!)

One thing that is so important is for students to try to get to know their teachers.  Teachers can be very busy and have a lot of students on their rosters.  Most teachers, however, really want to get to know their students and what is going on in their lives.  It’ll help you and your teachers communicate a lot better!

Another tip is to take good notes and write things down in your agenda or notebook.  It’s super helpful to have notes in front of you as a reminder.  It’s hard to try to remember everything after switching from subject to subject.  Jot down homework assignments, notes to return, supplies you might need, anything you may need to tell your parents, etc. Being organized pays off! Chelsea Crockett - Planner

Lastly, get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast.  Don’t spend all night on your phone with your friends. Put your phone/laptop away by 10pm and go to sleep!  It’s really hard to function throughout the day without catching some ZZZ’s.  Your mind will be sharper and your body will be well rested for the long day ahead of you!

XOXO, Chelsea

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Find Where You Fit In!

           Discovering who you are is truly important.  It takes not only yourself, but the people you involve yourself with to help you figure that out.  When you surround yourself with…

           Discovering who you are is truly important.  It takes not only yourself, but the people you involve yourself with to help you figure that out.  When you surround yourself with good people, you are more likely to have a positive image about yourself.  Finding where you fit in is SO important!  The friends you choose can play a big part in your future.

            You’ve all heard the horror story “good girl gone bad.”  Someone can be brought up right, but fall into the wrong crowd.  The more you hang around a group or person, the easier it is to pick up their traits.  Unfortunately, many people fall into the wrong crowd.  Don’t let that happen to you!  Look for special traits in the friends you choose.  It might be the best decision you ever made.

  1. Look for people who lift you up!  If you’re friends aren’t encouraging, then it’s time to find a new crowd.  Your true friends will build you up, not beat you down.
  2. Real friends won’t peer pressure you!  Never feel like you have to conform to what your friends are doing.  True friends will respect and not question your decisions.
  3. Have a laugh!  If your friends keep you smiling and laughing all the time, then be sure to keep them around.

Keep your eye open when choosing a group of friends, especially if you’re in a new setting like your first year of high school or college.  Always stay true to yourself and be sure to be a friend to others.

XOXO,

Chelsea

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Does Stress Give You Bad Skin?

             School, drama, and life in general can be stressful at times.  Unfortunately, this stress isn’t just giving you a headache; it may be giving you bad skin!  Different types…

             School, drama, and life in general can be stressful at times.  Unfortunately, this stress isn’t just giving you a headache; it may be giving you bad skin!  Different types of stress affect your skin differently.  By examining your skin, you may be able to determine what type of stress you’re suffering from and how you can help it!

            Worrying and anxiety are the two biggest types of stress.  Worrying causes inflammation, dark under eye circles, dryness, and increased sensitivity.  The more sensitive your skin is, the more prone you are to breakouts and the dreaded zits.  Anxiety can cause a decrease in health.  When someone is anxious, they tend to put less of an emphasis on caring for their skin and body.  Exercising becomes less and less, grabbing fast food is the easier option, and going to sleep without taking your makeup off becomes more and more frequent.  All of these factors can cause weight gain, poor skin, and a lack of nutrition.  The easiest and most effective ways to stop stress is to relax!!  Set time aside for yourself, hangout with your friends, watch a funny movie, or go for a run.  Also, make sure to get plenty of sleep!  By doing Chelsea Crockett- friendsone of these activities once a day, your stress levels will reduce dramatically.

Stress can take such a toll of your body.  Other than the occasional tears, many do not realize the underlying effects stress takes on your body.  Take care of yourself and don’t let stress control your life!

Love,

Chelsea

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White Eyeliner: Why You Need It!

Have you ever used white eyeliner? It can give you an instant eyelift! Most people think that white eyeliner is only used on the runway, but that isn’t the case…

Have you ever used white eyeliner? It can give you an instant eyelift! Most people think that white eyeliner is only used on the runway, but that isn’t the case anymore! Here are 3 every day uses for white liner:

 

1. To give yourself a brow lift: Glide the liner under your brow. Use a smudger or a clean bush to blend it downwards. This creates a visual eye-lift and defines your brow.

2. To open up your eyes: Glide the liner along the top lash line and smudge it out over the eyelid. This makes the eye look larger and the lashes lookwhite eyeliner longer and more dramatic! Work it!

3. If you’re feeling a bit drowsy: Glide the liner along the inner rim of your lower lash line to cancel out any redness. This reflects white into the eyes which creates a well-rested, fresh look.

 

Alphonse Wiebelt quoted “White eyeliner is an absolutely essential tool that every makeup artist has in their kit.” Do YOU have white liner in your collection? I suggest you add it to your Christmas list!

XOXO, Chels

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Natural Hair Growth

Have you ever wanted long hair in the blink of an eye?  I know I used to!  Every day heat application, colors and dyes, and even wearing your hair up…

Have you ever wanted long hair in the blink of an eye?  I know I used to!  Every day heat application, colors and dyes, and even wearing your hair up with a tight hair tie and can stunt hair growth.  Sometimes, you may not even realize your damaging your hair.  There are a number natural ways to make your hair healthier, which in return speeds up hair growth.  Now, it won’t happen overnight, but in the long run, you’ll see results.  Follow these simple tips and your hair will thank you for it.

  • So, cutting your hair to make it grow longer sounds crazy, right?  Wrong!!  Getting a slight trim every 6-8 weeks actually makes your hair healthier.  By removing the dead ends, your hair will be able to breathe and grow faster.  It will look healthy and shiny too!
  • Go all natural!  Let your hair air dry as much as possible and stay clear of flat irons and curling irons.  This excessive amount of heat damages hair from roots to ends.  Rock your natural hair, it’ll pay off!
  • Brush your hair the right way!  Now I’m not saying to brush it 100 times day, but rather once or twice.  Over brushing isn’t good for the hair, but brushing in moderation will stimulate the scalp, creating slight hair growth.  Make sure to be careful when you get out of the slower.  Use a wide-toothed comb to get out tangles.  Be gentle!
  • If you enjoy DIY masks, try an eye white mask.  Using a few eggs, remove the yolk and apply the egg whites to your hair.  This will make your hair stronger and healthier, which ultimately leads to hair growth.Chelsea Crokett- natural hair growth

Be kind to your hair!

Chelsea

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Tips for Wearing Sheer Blouses

I love sheer blouses. They are loose, flowy, and flirty! A lot of times, though, I am kind of reluctant to don a sheer blouse because I don’t know what…

I love sheer blouses. They are loose, flowy, and flirty! A lot of times, though, I am kind of reluctant to don a sheer blouse because I don’t know what to wear under it! I want to be modest in the way that I dress, and sometimes it is hard to know how to achieve this goal when wearing sheer clothing. Here are 3 tips for when you wear sheer clothing.

  1. Layer it: Of course, when you are wearing sheer shirts you want to layer them. Sheer shirts with nothing under tumblr_m8xzv8VJIr1rbicmeo1_400them leave little to the imagination, which is not our goal! Try pairing your sheer shirt with a stylish tank or crop top. Or you can even layer your favorite simple cami!
  2. Keep it loose: Sheer blouses are best worn loose. The tighter the sheer shirt, the more revealing it is. Your sheer look should be relaxed and floaty, so keep your sheer shirt chic by wearing it in a looser fitting style.
  3. Button it up: Look chic when you wear your sheer blouse by buttoning it up all the way. When you wear your sheer shirts in this modest manner, you balance out the sheer nature of the shirt. Tuck your sheer top into a pencil skirt or toss on a blazer for a more professional look.

Now you can rock sheer shirts without a problem!

XOXO, Chels

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Why We Need to Stop Worrying About “The Thigh Gap”

The craze of wanting to be skinny has taken a new toll on our generation.  Everywhere you look you see models showing off their infamous thigh gap.  I use the…

The craze of wanting to be skinny has taken a new toll on our generation.  Everywhere you look you see models showing off their infamous thigh gap.  I use the word infamous, because the thigh gap has gone from something one admired to a total obsession amongst girls.  It’s even starting to drive young girls to starvation.  It’s time to crack down on the thigh gap and why we need to stop worrying about it.Chelsea Crockett- thigh gap

The thing gap isn’t something one can just achieve; it actually has something to do with body structure.  If you’re made with wide hip bones and a slender frame, then you are destined to have a thigh gap since your legs are placed further apart.  If your legs were built closer together, then no matter how much you diet or exercise, you probably won’t ever have a thigh gap; and THAT’S OKAY!!!

All of us girls need to stop worrying so much about being skinny, but rather healthy.  Never harm your body to achieve something so irrelevant.  Stop picking out things you hate about your body and start loving it!  It’s time to kick the thigh gap to the curb!

I love you all!

Chelsea

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