Chelsea Crockett

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Stay Cool This Summer!

I don’t know about you, but where I live gets HOT HOT HOT in the summer!  If you don’t have a pool or an ocean near-by, staying cool outside can…

I don’t know about you, but where I live gets HOT HOT HOT in the summer!  If you don’t have a pool or an ocean near-by, staying cool outside can be tough.  I don’t want to have to stay inside!  I’ve come up with a few ways to beat the summer heat without keeping a bucket of emergency ice cubes nearby.

Staying hydrated in the heat is extremely important!  Sipping on an ice colChelsea Crockett- summer ice cubesd glass of sweet tea or lemonade is the perfect summer drink…until the ice cubs start to melt.  Try freezing tea, lemonade, juice, etc. into ice cube trays to add to your drink.  You can even throw in some fresh fruit.  This way, your drink will never get watered down while you’re trying to stay hydrated!  If you like to work out outside, go early in the morning or late in the evening.  You’ll notice, by going at a cooler time, that your workout will be longer and you’ll have more energy.  Wearing baseball hats on a bad hair day or outside is a must!  Before leaving the house, sprinkle ice cold water on top of your head before quickly placing your hat back on.  This will keep you cooler long.  You can even keep your sunscreen and aloe in the refrigerator for an instant cool down.

Be smart this summer, wear sunscreen, and remember to stay hydrated!  If it’s too hot outside, use your judgment and opt for a trip to the movies or mall!  Have a great summer Insiders!

XOXO,

Chelsea

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Summer Ab Blast

Summer is here! What this means for me is that I need to get my abs on point. Here is a quick, easy ab workout that you can do at…

Summer is here! What this means for me is that I need to get my abs on point. Here is a quick, easy ab workout that you can do at home or in the gym! No equipment is needed, and if you aren’t sure of the exercises you can google them! Totally do-able.

20 crunches feet on the floor

20 crunches knees bent at 90 degrees

I20 straight leg crunches

30 second plank

15 reverse plank

15 bycicle crunches

30 second hollow hold

20 v-ups

20 single leg v-ups

If you are feeling adventurous you can repeat this workout a few times and REALLY kick those abs into high gear!

XOXO, Chels

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Sweat-Proof Summer Makeup

Makeup can be hard to wear in the summer.  If you live somewhere like me, then you know what I’m talking about.  The constant heat and humidity almost melts the…

Makeup can be hard to wear in the summer.  If you live somewhere like me, then you know what I’m talking about.  The constant heat and humidity almost melts the makeup right off my face; not to mention the oily skin!  I’ve got a few beauty hacks for you to try to minimize sticky, sweaty summer makeup.  Don’t worry ladies, when there’s a will there’s a way! Chelsea Crockett- Sweat-Proof Summer Makeup

If you have oily skin right off the bat, try a mattifying moisturizer.  This will give any foundation you apply that matte look.  You can also opt for a matte powder foundation.  I suggest staying away from liquid!  I also like to keep my setting spray in the fridge to automatically reduce puffiness as my makeup sets.  Although it can be annoying to take off, it’s important to stick to waterproof makeup.  This will reduce running, especially around the eye area!  It’s so easy to accidently wipe your makeup off when you’re sweating!  Mascara can start to run too!  By damping your eye brush with water before applying your shadow, you will create a glaze and keep it from rubbing off in the heat!

If you follow these simple tips next time you’ll be out in the heat, you’ll keep a flawless face!!

XOXO,

Chelsea

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New & Improved Swimsuit Styles

Of course you have the bikinis, the simple one pieces, the bandeau tops, the list goes on and on. It seems in the past year, so many new styles have…

Of course you have the bikinis, the simple one pieces, the bandeau tops, the list goes on and on. It seems in the past year, so many new styles have suddenly made their way into the fashion world. They’re super fun and unique (despite their sometimes nasty tan lines!). Here are some styles that are a must-have in your wardrobe!Chelsea Crockett - High Neck Swimsuit

We’ve all seen the high-neck shirts and dresses that are to die for. Well now they have high-neck bikini tops! Stores like Forever 21, Pacsun, and Victoria’s Secret have all started to carry them. Although I wouldn’t recommend wearing them for tanning or being out in the sun all day, they’re still very different and fun to play around with!

It seems as though high waisted shorts are still pretty popular. And to follow those, there are now high waisted swimsuit bottoms as well! Once again I wouldn’t recommend them for tanning, but for a pool party or a day at the water park why not? You could buy a plain colored pair and match it with multiple tops! Whatever your style is.

In my opinion, one piece swimsuits are extremely overrated. There are tons and tons of unique styles and patterns that you can rock! Plus, modest is hottest :). Let me know what style you like the best!

XO – Chelsea

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The Importance of Mission Work

As you all know, I’m very involved in my church. I absolutely love going on different youth trips whether it’s to camp or even mission work! Mission work is a…

As you all know, I’m very involved in my church. I absolutely love going on different youth trips whether it’s to camp or even mission work! Mission work is a great way to serve a community while also spreading the word of God. This summer I’m fortunate enough to get to go on a mission trip all the way in Alaska. A lot of people ask me why I’m going and don’t understand the importance of it. Well… here is my answer!Chelsea Crockett - Mission Trip

Mission work doesn’t have to be in another country or state. It can simply be in the community you live in. Sometimes very passionate missionaries travel to third world countries for their work. But for us teenagers, it can be hard to raise money and find the time to do so. Another misconception is that you may be too young to actually do work along with your mission. Simply proclaiming the gospel to those who may not know it is all you need to do!

There are two verses that clear up any confusion about mission work. Matthew 28:19 says “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit…” 1 Peter 3:15 says “but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence…” Both of these verses indicate that we should tell anyone and everyone our testimonies and how they can be saved, too.

So go tell your neighbors, your friends, anyone who needs to know! You don’t have to be in a different state to do so!

Love, Chels

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Are You Drinking Enough Water?

In the summer fun it’s easy to get caught up in the fruity summer drinks, fresh juices, or soda.  It’s also easy to get distracted and forget about water all…

In the summer fun it’s easy to get caught up in the fruity summer drinks, fresh juices, or soda.  It’s also easy to get distracted and forget about water all together!  It is especially important to keep up with your water intake in the hot summer months.  Not only does it keep you healthy and hydrated, but it has a multitude of benefits for your body including clear skin, more energy, and good digestion.  Check out a few of my red flags below to see if you’re drinking enough water!Chelsea Crockett- drinking water

  1. Are you feeling tired all the time or constantly getting headaches? This could be the result of dehydration.  Water keeps our bodies most important organs functioning correctly.  If you aren’t getting enough H20, your body will start to slow down.
  2. Are you still hungry after a big meal? Chances are you didn’t take advantage of that large glass of water with your food!  Water can fill you up when you feel hungry, but shouldn’t. It also helps your stomach break down foods!
  3. Is your skin starting to look dull? Are large black circles forming under your eyes?  This could be the result of your completion dying for extra water!
  4. Are you achy? Are you still sore from that workout a week ago?  Water acts as a natural lubricant for joints, which making them move easier.  If you’re feeling like a 100 year old woman, drink a large glass of water!

I challenge you to up your water intake this summer!  You’ll be glad you did!

-Chelsea

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My Favorite Bikini!

A lot of you have been commenting on my Hawaii pictures asking where I got my bikinis from!  I recently discovered Triangl swimwear and am OBSESSED!  Triangl is an Australian…

A lot of you have been commenting on my Hawaii pictures asking where I got my bikinis from!  I recently discovered Triangl swimwear and am OBSESSED!  Triangl is an Australian brand for girls who love adventure!  The bikinis are made of neoprene, the same material made for wetsuits, so they’re perfect for a wet’n’wild beach adventure!  It’s time to hit the beach!  Chelsea Crockett- Triangl Bikinis

On the website, you pick out each bikini by set.  There are triangle, bandeau, and balconnet style tops, as well as standard and tie bikini bottoms!  Their newest crochet style is absolutely amazing!  While the bikinis may seem expensive, they’re such great quality and will last a long time!  Check out the website and comment below your favorite bikini style!  Happy browsing!

XOXO,

Chelsea

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Products to Cure Your Beach Depression!

When this time of the year rolls around, my excitement for summer starts to kick in. (And all of the pics of my friends at the beach over spring break…

When this time of the year rolls around, my excitement for summer starts to kick in. (And all of the pics of my friends at the beach over spring break surely don’t help!) The warm weather is finally here where I live which is one step closer to no school and sunny days! There are a few products I love to use when summer withdrawals start to kick in.

  1. I love covering myself in lotion the minute I get out of a warm shower. Chelsea Crockett - Bath and Body Hawaiian ScentsThe number one place to shop for my fave lotions is Bath & Body Works® (of course!). They have a line of Hawaiian scents in lotions, gels, body washes, etc. You can get a mango surf scent from Maui or a beach coconut smell from Waikiki. There’s a couple other aromas you can choose from as well!
  2. One of my top goals each year is to (hopefully) get as tan as I can during the summer! And with prom right around the corner, I like to try a couple self-tanners out to see if they can get the job done a little early. One that I’ve tried that turned out looking extremely natural is the L’Oreal® Sublime Bronze™ Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion. It doesn’t leave streaks and leaves you with a bronzed, beautiful body!
  3. During the summer, my hair actually turns a lot lighter! It’s like the sun gives me natural highlights, which I love! There are products that actually speed up this process and enhance those highlights. Sun-In hair lightener works really well and can be bought for only $4.99 at Ulta (or you can buy online, just click here!). You have to be careful because using too much might not turn out too well. Read the directions carefully and you’ll be just fine!

Hopefully these give you a sun kissed feeling when you’re missing the warm weather!

XOXO – Chelsea

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What’s On My Summer Playlist?

Summer is the number one thing that can’t be complete without some good music. It sets the carefree, chill mood that all of us should be experiencing during our vacation!…

Summer is the number one thing that can’t be complete without some good music. It sets the carefree, chill mood that all of us should be experiencing during our vacation! Everyone has their favorite artist or genre they like to jam to so here’s a little taste of mine :).

A new “on the rise” artist from the UK, George Ezra, has an album out that is absolutely perfect. It’s more laid-back music than dancing music but it’s nice for those relaxing summer nights! You’ve probably heard one of his songs “Budapest” on the radio which is his most popular song from the album Wanted On Voyage. Check it out :)!

If you’re a Pitch Perfect fan (which let’s be real who isn’t?), Chelsea Crockett - Pitch Perfect 2then what’s better to jam to than the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack! The movie was hilarious and the songs in it were just as good! Another album is the new Mumford & Sons album Wilder Mind. Of course you have to be into the folk sounding tunes of the tracks but I love them! Lastly, the new Zedd album will totally get you pumped-up for summer. It’s called True Colors and each song has just as much a catchy beat as the next!

What are you listening to while spending your days in the sun? Leave a comment below!

XO – Chelsea

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Preventing Summer Breakouts 101

Summer is the prime time for your skin to be extra vulnerable to acne and breakouts.  Using certain sunscreens, getting sweaty faces from the heat, and late nights prior to…

Summer is the prime time for your skin to be extra vulnerable to acne and breakouts.  Using certain sunscreens, getting sweaty faces from the heat, and late nights prior to crawling into bed without washing your face are just a few examples.  There are certain ways to prevent summer breakouts, and I have the scoop!

I know during the warm weather my skin gets extra oily and there’s no stopping it!  This is one of the main causes to zits and acne.  There is one way to slow down your oil glands and that’s by avoiding alcohol based skin products.  These dry out your pores, tricking them into the urge to balance your skin’s moisture. Therefore, they over produce oil and make your face greasy and gross!  Yuck!

Sunscreen is basically the answer to everything during the summer! Chelsea Crockett - Clinique SunscreenMake sure you always, always, always wear sunscreen when you’re out in the sun for a long amount of time.  No sunscreen equals sunburns, and sunburns equal dried out skin.  And what happens to dry skin?  Your oil glands will think they need to moisturize your skin, therefore causing oily skin.  I suggest using a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30 in it.  You’re basically killing two birds with one stone :)!

Lastly, and most importantly, wash your face twice a day!  Especially if you sweat a lot during your days in the sun.  Sweat mixes with bacteria and dirt on your skin to create a ugly combination.  Gross!  Let me know what tricks you use for preventing summer breakouts in the comments below!

XOXO – Chelsea

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Hairstyles That Beat Humidity

When the summer humidity takes over, it can be next to impossible to tame your frizzy locks!  It’s such a bummer to spend the time curling or straightening your hair…

When the summer humidity takes over, it can be next to impossible to tame your frizzy locks!  It’s such a bummer to spend the time curling or straightening your hair only for it to get ruined!  I’ve got a few great hairstyles that won’t look bad when hit with a little humidity.  It’s time to get familiar with your new favorite summer dos!Chelsea Crockett- humid hair

  • The top knot is the ultimate humidity fighting hair style! It’s meant to look messy, so as pieces start to come out or frizz, it’ll look like it was supposed to be that way!  Try it half-up or all the way up for a cool summer look!
  • A pony tail is always a safe bet when trying to beat humidity, but can often be boring. Spice up the traditional look by loosely braiding one side of your hair and combining it with the other side for a half-braided pony! You can also do this with a low bun!
  • If you want to wear your hair completely down, opt for curls! First apply Moroccan oil to keep your hair smooth before drying and curling it.  Last, apply a humidity fighting hairspray.  Your hair will most likely fall throughout the day, so curl your hair tight for it to last longer.  By the end of the day you should have loose beach waves.
  • A loose side braid is always great for outdoor weather! Try a fishtail or traditional braid to one side and then pull certain pieces to spread out the braid.

Don’t let the summer humidity keep you for embracing your beautiful hair!

XOXO,

Chelsea

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My Recipe for the Best Summer Yet

IT’S FINALLY HERE! Through all the late night studying, homework confusion, school lunches, etc., we can finally say it’s over (at least for the next few months!). Every summer, I…

IT’S FINALLY HERE! Through all the late night studying, homework confusion, school lunches, etc., we can finally say it’s over (at least for the next few months!). Every summer, I try to make it better than the last. There are some tips and advice I’m going to consider going into these next few wonderful months, so I thought I’d share!

  • Don’t be afraid to say “yes” to something new. If something’s a little out of your comfort zone, such as trying a new food or riding that roller coaster you’ve always been too afraid of, DO IT!Chelsea Crockett - Cliff Jumping
  • Always spend your summer with those you love most such as your closest friends and family. Getting a group of my best friends together for a day at the zoo or a trip to the water park is always a good time :).
  • Don’t spend your summer sitting indoors watching a movie like you can do any other day of the year! Make your summer adventurous! Go hiking, go swimming, go on a late night ice cream run with your crush… Don’t be boring, it’s summer!

What mottos do you have jumping into summer this year? Lemme know insiders!

-Chels

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Unique Summer Shoe Brands for the Great Outdoors!

Summer is the best season to show off your shoe closet. You can wear wedges, heels, sandals, sneakers, anything! I’ve seen a couple new brands pop up all around my…

Summer is the best season to show off your shoe closet. You can wear wedges, heels, sandals, sneakers, anything! I’ve seen a couple new brands pop up all around my school that have a different look and style to them. Plus, they’re perfect for the warm weather and days spent out in the sun!

If you’re an avid camp-goer, then I guarantee you’ve either heard of, or even have yourself a pair, of Chacos! For the past 25 years, Chaco footwear has been making sandals and other shoes solely for the purpose of adventuring the great outdoors. They have a different look to them but they’re so cute and easy to throw on! You can even customize your own on the website. How fun is that!?Chelsea Crockett - Birkenstocks

We all remember the old potato shoes that every one used to wear, well the brand that still produces those today have a new trendy design that I’m in love with! Birkenstock was originally a German company but now it has made its mark in the US! My favorite styles of their sandals are the Arizona or Milano styles like the ones on the right. They’re super easy to slide on and match with just about anything!

Which brand do you prefer? Or do you have another you like to rock? Let me know below :)!

XO – Chelsea

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Lime Summer Foot Scrub

Over the cold weather months, I don’t give my feet very much attention. But, in spring and summer, I break them out of hiding! Because they have been hibernating for…

Over the cold weather months, I don’t give my feet very much attention. But, in spring and summer, I break them out of hiding! Because they have been hibernating for quite a few months, my feet are not in the best shape. They could use a little TLC. Here is a recipe for a rejuvenating foot scrub that will get your piggies in pristine shape!

Ingredients:pic

  • Epsom salt
  • Baking soda
  • Lime
  • Peppermint

Combine 2 cups of Epsom salts, which soften up rough skin and eliminate smells, with ½ cup baking soda, which is great for exfoliating and eliminating odors as well. Then, add in 3-4 drops of lime essential oil, which is used to energize and freshen, and 3-4 drops of peppermint essential oil, which is an uplifting and fresh scent. Stir the mixture with a spoon and mix thoroughly.  Store your mixture in a jar until you are ready to prep your feet for summer!

This fresh scrub screams summer!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Wedding Attire 101

Spring and summer are totally wedding season, and they are knocking at our door! Believe it or not, some of us will be on Spring Break at this time next…

Spring and summer are totally wedding season, and they are knocking at our door! Believe it or not, some of us will be on Spring Break at this time next month! Crazy, right? Anyway, like I was saying, wedding season is almost here, which means you need some wedding wear rules to follow. Here they are:

  1. Never wear white to a wedding…EVER: Don’t even wear ivory or champagne, it is too close for comfort to white! Save What-to-wear-fall-wedding-2013your white dresses for other spring and summer gatherings and let the bride stand out in her dazzling white dress.
  2. Keep it classy: Showing too much skin is a major no-no. No matter how great your legs are looking, you want to keep the attention on the bride, not your toned tush. That being said, you can wear something that flatters your figure! Just don’t go overboard.
  3. Better to overdress than underdress: Flip flops= not okay! You will have plenty of opportunities to wear your favorite plastic Old Navy flip flops and comfy cutoffs this spring and summer, so keep them away from weddings! Also, jeans and tank tops are a definite “no.”
  4. Be confident: Although it is not “your day,” that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the heck out of it!

I just love weddings, don’t you?

XOXO, Chels

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Beach Hacks!

Which way to the beach? I know I’ll be dreaming of being ocean side all summer long. Although for most of these sunny months I’ll be stuck in the Midwest,…

Which way to the beach? I know I’ll be dreaming of being ocean side all summer long. Although for most of these sunny months I’ll be stuck in the Midwest, I’m hoping I will get to adventure out to the coast for a few days. I know I am not the only one who is taking a trip to the beach. So for those of you who are, here are a few beach hacks to make your trip not only fun, but affordable and fabulous!

If you are in need of a cute tote bag but don’t want to spend the money, I have the perfect solution! Every-day local stores like Target, Marshalls, TJ Max, etc. all sell extremely affordable yet fashionable totes. You can find one as cheap as 99 cents!

When going on vacation, I like to Chelsea Crockett - Cover Up Dresspack a few stylish swimsuit cover ups along with my swimwear. I love, love, love lace or floral cover ups like the one on the right. Although cover ups are only worn for the walk to and from the beach/pool, I have recently discovered another use that’s worth a share! You can buy a slip (or if you have one that matches your cover up from another dress) and wear it under your lace or see-through cover up. Just like magic! Your cover up is transformed into a simple evening dress that you can rock to the night festivities!

Lastly, if you and the rest of your beach crew are sometimes a little forgetful, you may forget to buy the most important necessity for your trip… sunscreen! A quick trip to Target is an easy fix. One brand that often goes unnoticed is Coppertone’s baby sunscreen. Although the bottle says it is made specifically for babies, it works just fine for anyone.  Many of us have sensitive skin, so this sunscreen is perfect for us!

I wish the best of luck to all of you preparing to hit the beach this summer! – Chels

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