Chelsea Crockett

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Cute, Warm Weather Wear

Winter is quickly approaching and sometimes, it can be hard to dress cute with layers upon layers of clothing.  I live in the middle of the Midwest, so we get…

Winter is quickly approaching and sometimes, it can be hard to dress cute with layers upon layers of clothing.  I live in the middle of the Midwest, so we get hit hard with snow storms every year.  Throughout the years, I’ve come across some amazing, warm pieces that everyone needs in their wardrobe.  Who says you can’t dress warm and look cute at the same time?!  Chelsea Crockett- cable knit beanie

  • Sorel boots are amazing! They come in all different styles and can keep your feet warm in negative degrees!   Pair them with tall wool socks and a long sweater.
  • Puffy coats are the definition of warmth. Many designers such as Michael Kors and BCBG have made the puffy coat chic by adding thick gold zippers, buttons, and different lengths.  I LOVE knee length puffy coats!
  • Beanies are fab! They can take any outfit to the next level of street style or grunge.  Try a thick cable knit beanie!
  • Vests are everything! It’s the perfect item to throw on during a chilly day.  If you’re looking for a classy look, add a flannel and some riding boots to the mix. 
  • Ponchos are back in! They are absolutely amazing with a long sleeve under and some leather leggings. 

Have a fabulous winter, Insiders!

            Chelsea

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Say “Goodbye” to Baking Mistakes!

If you browse through my website, you’ll be sure to find out that I love food…especially sweets! Whenever I have free time, I love to try out new baking recipes…

If you browse through my website, you’ll be sure to find out that I love food…especially sweets! Whenever I have free time, I love to try out new baking recipes for fun! While it may seem easy, baking can be hard sometimes! I even mess up the box directions! By observing my mom and my own mistakes, I figured out the way around some of the most common…and not some common, baking mistakes. Let’s make the best cake ever!Chelsea Crockett- baking mistakes

  • I love love love fruit! If you’re making a cake or cupcakes with fresh fruit, roll the fruit through flour to keep each piece from sinking to the bottom.
  • Melting chocolate chips can be hard! Microwave chocolate pieces with vegetable or canola oil for short amounts of time, stirring in between. Chocolate can burn very easily! (I’ve done this too many times.)
  • Only fill cupcake cases 2/3 high to leave room for rising! They’ll turn out to be the perfect size!
  • Don’t put too many things in your oven! This causes the baking time to be longer, which may result in over-baked or burnt goods!
  • Test cakes right out of the oven by dipping a toothpick in the cake. If the toothpick is clean, then your cake is perfectly cooked!
  • To avoid your desserts from looking sloppy, make sure they are fully cooled before decorating or icing. I know it’s hard to be patient when it smells so good!!

Happy baking Insiders!

           Chelsea

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Better Skin While You Sleep!

Going to sleep at night is our body’s time to relax. It’s our time to unwind, gain our energy back, and forget about the troubles of the world. It can…

Going to sleep at night is our body’s time to relax. It’s our time to unwind, gain our energy back, and forget about the troubles of the world. It can also be a time to get our skin back to tip-top shape. With a few special ingredients that can be found right in your kitchen (awesome, right?!) you can transform your facial skin while you sleep. Keep on reading to find out how the magic happens!Chelsea Crockett- oat and honey mask

  • Hate waking up with dark bags under your eyes? Combine fresh lemon juice with a few drops of almond oil and apply it under your eyes. You’ll wake up looking like you’re ready to take on the day!
  • If your face gets super dry in the winter, then you will definitely want to try this! Equally mix together oats and honey to make a scrub/mask. Apply to your skin in a circular motion and rinse off in the morning. The dry skin should come right off!
  • Mix a spoonful of coconut oil with a few drops of tree tea oil to help remove acne blemishes and/or rashes. Apply where needed and rinse off in the morning!
  • Want fresh, glowing skin throughout the day? Make a tomato paste night mask! Cut up a tomato and mix with honey under a thick paste forms. Put a light layer on your face before you go to sleep and wash it off in the morning! Hint: if you have light sheets put a towel over your pillow.

Let’s all wake up feeling our best beautiful!

XOXO,

            Chelsea

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Quick and Simple Milk and Honey Soap

Milk and honey are the perfect combination. Not only do they smell great together, but are smoothing, conditioning, cleansing, and can even clear up acne! It can be hard to…

Milk and honey are the perfect combination. Not only do they smell great together, but are smoothing, conditioning, cleansing, and can even clear up acne! It can be hard to come across an all-natural soap that isn’t filled with extra dyes or chemicals. Luckily, making your own is just as easy as grabbing some at the store. Check it out!Chelsea Crockett- soap mold

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 tablespoons of Organic Raw Honey
  • 1 pound of Goat’s Milk Soap Base
  • Silicone Mold

Start by cutting the block of goat’s milk soap base into small cubes. Place the cubes in a big, microwavable bowl, microwaving for 30 seconds at a time and stirring in between. Once the soap base is completely melted, add the 3 tablespoons of honey and mix again. Pour the final mixture into the silicone soap mold, some come in really cute shapes, and wait until the soap has hardened. There is no need to place it in the refrigerator. The soap will harden at room temperature and can take up to 2 hours. Use this soap for yourself or give it away as a nice, homemade gift. You’ll never want to buy soap again!

XOXO,

     Chelsea

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How to Wear A Dress In Cold Weather

Dresses are my favorite! I hate having to slide them to the back of my closet once the cold weather and snow start to hit. Of course, bright colors and…

Dresses are my favorite! I hate having to slide them to the back of my closet once the cold weather and snow start to hit. Of course, bright colors and sun dresses probably need to be retired, but you don’t have to quit wearing dresses completely! Check out my favorite ways to rock a dress in the freezing cold!Chelsea Crockett- over the knee boot

The typical way to wear a dress in the cold without freezing is with tights, boots, and a jacket. While this style is classic and always accepted, there are a few fun ways to ditch the tights! Have you ever heard of over the knee boots?! These are great to throw on with a dress and show just enough skin that you won’t get too cold! Another interesting way to wear a dress in the winter is with a tight pair of skinnies. This works best with a flannel or sweater dress (I would not recommend this with a tight dress).

When it comes to a jacket, my favorites to wear with a dress are a classic leather bomber jacket or long knee coat. Totally depends on your mood! Don’t give your favorite dress the boot too soon…you’ve just gained yourself a few more months!

            -Chelsea

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Balancing Emotions

Emotions are a crazy thing. One moment you’re happy, the next moment you’re sad; one second you’re loving life, the next you’re angry at the world. What is going on?!…

Emotions are a crazy thing. One moment you’re happy, the next moment you’re sad; one second you’re loving life, the next you’re angry at the world. What is going on?! Learning how to balance emotions is tricky, but it can be done. Once you’ve learned how to control the way you feel, life will be a much happier place!Chelsea Crockett- worry

  1. When I am feeling stressed, upset, or unappreciated I always turn to my Bible. It reassures me that I am loved, taken care of, and that God will take care of anything that is worrying me.
  2. Make a list of everything you are thankful for. Every time you are sad or angry, read the list. You will realize how much you should be grateful for.
  3. Surround yourself with people that lift you up! If you notice a friend that is always negative or putting you down, it’s time to drop them. If they aren’t doing anything to benefit your life, it’s time to move on.
  4. Go for a run! Running releases endorphins, which, in the simple sense, makes your brain happy.
  5. Take time for yourself. I understand that school, work, sports, family, and friends can be a lot to handle at once, but it’s important to take time to breathe. Set aside 30 minutes to 1 hour a day to watch your favorite show, do a DIY project, or just hangout!

Life is good, so let’s spend it happily!

            Chelsea  

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Turn Your Coffee Into A Health Food!

I’m sure you’ve been seeing this famous meme everywhere, “But first, coffee”.  Celebs and Instagramers alike have been captioning pics and sporting tees with the clever quote; and I don’t…

I’m sure you’ve been seeing this famous meme everywhere, “But first, coffee”.  Celebs and Instagramers alike have been captioning pics and sporting tees with the clever quote; and I don’t blame them, I love my coffee!  It’s so easy to hop in my car and grab a white chocolate mocha from Starbuck’s, but the crash I feel afterwards isn’t worth it.  The amount of sugar in one of those coffees completely overrides every health benefit coffee has.  Between boosting metabolism and lowering your chance at heart disease, it’s only right that we play off these benefits.  Check out how to enjoy your favorite drink by turning it into a health food!Chelsea Crockett- cinnamon and cocoa

  • Avoid sugar at all costs! If you can’t imagine your coffee without a hint of sweetness, try a dash of stevia.
  • Instead of heavy creamers for flavor, try adding cinnamon or cocoa to your coffee!
  • Do not use “fat-free” or “low-fat” creams. These are usually packed full of high fructose corn syrup to make up for lost taste. If you really need creamer, stick to the real stuff. 
  • Add a dash of skim milk for calcium.
  • Drink it black! This is the healthiest way to enjoy your coffee.

Hope you enjoy, Insiders!

            Chelsea

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Pumpkin Spice for Your Skin!

Once fall hits…BAM, pumpkin spice everything! I’m constantly dreaming about pumpkin spice lattes or pumpkin desserts. Now, we all know that the smell and taste of pumpkin spice is one…

Once fall hits…BAM, pumpkin spice everything! I’m constantly dreaming about pumpkin spice lattes or pumpkin desserts. Now, we all know that the smell and taste of pumpkin spice is one of the best things about the fall, but what about using it for your skin?! I’ve got an amazing body scrub to bring together beauty and our favorite fall flavor.Chelsea Crockett- pumpkin puree

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ¼ cup sea salt
  • ¼ cup coffee grounds
  • ¼ cup jojoba oil
  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin

All you have to do is mix the ingredients together and start scrubbing! That’s it! Jojoba oil is extremely nourishing and can help repair even the driest of skin, while the salt and coffee grounds will help smooth out skin. Oh, and did I mention your body will smell like a pumpkin spice latte?! Hope you enjoy!

XOXO,

            Chelsea

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Halloween Inspiration Straight from the Runway

Fashion month just ended…aka I’m having major FOMO! Even though I’m still waiting to attend a fashion week of my own, it didn’t stop me from constantly keeping up with…

Fashion month just ended…aka I’m having major FOMO! Even though I’m still waiting to attend a fashion week of my own, it didn’t stop me from constantly keeping up with the month of fashion. Between snapchats, magazines, and Instagram, I was fully kept up! A few designers that caught my eye were Betsey Johnson, Jeremy Scott, and Hood by Air. Their shows were so fun and lively, which got me thinking about Halloween. Keep on reading to find out how I got Halloween inspiration straight from the runway and a few pics to recreate the looks!

Betsey Johnson is known for her crazy patterns, energetic shows, and of course…closing every show with her famous splits! This year’s show was inspired by bright colors, flowers, and rainbows. This gave me major inspiration to be a 70’s flower power girl! Break out the bright eye shadow, hair crimper, bright flared jeans, and platform shoes!Chelsea Crockett- betsey johnson makeupChelsea Crockett- Betsey Johnson

I would love to get inside Jeremy Scott’s mind. His designs are genius and youthful. This year, Jeremy’s runway show made me think of 80’s disco girls. Start by teasing your hair as high as it’ll go, slip on a sequin dress, and throw on some heavy eyeliner! Now you’re the dancing queen!Chelsea Crockett- Jeremy ScottChelsea Crockett- Jeremy Scott Hair

The Hood by Air show as crazy! Instead of traditional contouring, they decided to contour without blending! This gave the models a very harsh, almost scary appearance. If you’re looking to be a zombie this year, try out this technique with any colors you’d like!

My final favorite Halloween inspo came from Tommy Hilfiger. His spring/summer collection was inspired by Jamaica and got me in the mood for the beach. Try dressing up in floral attire (Hawaiian print), beachy waved hair, and/or a swimsuit cover-up!   Chelsea Crockett- Tommy Hilfiger

Comment below what you’re being for Halloween!

            -Chelsea

 

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How to Be the Best Third Wheel

Have you ever found yourself in a room full of couples? Are all of your best friends getting into relationships? This tends to be a trend in high school and…

Have you ever found yourself in a room full of couples? Are all of your best friends getting into relationships? This tends to be a trend in high school and college, but don’t fret! It is possible to enjoy third wheeling and it can even be fun! Embrace the situation you’re in and become the best third wheel you can be!

A third wheel means hanging out with your BFF and their boyfriend or girlfriend. While most may seem uncomfortable, you’ve got to look on the bright side! Since your BFF now has a partner, you’ve just gained another friend yourself. It’s like the song says, “Two is better than one!” It’s also a good idea to take note of your friend’s relationship. You can learn the DO’s and DON’Ts of a relationship just by hanging out with them! This way, when it’s your turn to get in a relationship, you’ll know what and what not to do! This can save you from a lot of arguments!

There are a few scenarios to take note of before you third wheel. Avoid romantic dinner dates! If you’re going to tag along on a dinner, go somewhere casual and fun; the more people, the better. It’s also important to know when to dip out. If you feel like your friends want some alone time or you’ve been with them too much, just casually leave! Don’t make it awkward, just come up with something. There’s always a time and a place for this situation.

All in all, being a third wheel isn’t that bad!! Embrace your situation. When the right time comes, you’ll be the one in a relationship.

XOXO,

            Chelsea  

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Ballerina Workout!

Ballerinas are known for their long, swift movements. Without lean legs and a tight stomach, it would be hard to twirl and leap! Barre workouts have become the new “it”…

Ballerinas are known for their long, swift movements. Without lean legs and a tight stomach, it would be hard to twirl and leap! Barre workouts have become the new “it” workout. It incorporates ballerina moves and weight training to lengthen and strengthen your muscles. Going to a studio can be expensive; luckily it’s just as easy to do your own barre workout at home! Check out my favorite moves below!Chelsea Crockett- barre workout

  1. Who doesn’t want a nice booty?! Grab a chair and stand behind it. Hold on to the back of the chair, kick your leg back, and pump it up and down. Trust me, you’ll feel the burn! Try 3 sets of 15 reps for each leg.
  2. I love ballerina squats! Grabbing on to the back of a chair, stand on your toes about hip width apart and squat up and down. Try quickly squatting up and down to the beat of a song. Don’t worry about getting low!
  3. Try doing the same steps as #2, but with your legs together! It’s like a chair squat, but on your toes.
  4. For a leg and arm workout, grab a dumbbell in one hand and hold the back of a chair with the other. Extend the leg closest to the chair back and bend the other. Reach the arm with the dumbbell out and rep it close to your chest while bringing the extended leg in. Repeat 15 times before switching sides.

I hope you’ll enjoy and see results from these exercises!

            Chelsea

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Get Your Money’s Worth out of Products!

Have you ever purchased a makeup, body, or hair product that you loved, but seemed to run out too fast? I know I have! Some makeup products come in tubes…

Have you ever purchased a makeup, body, or hair product that you loved, but seemed to run out too fast? I know I have! Some makeup products come in tubes so tiny it’s hard to believe they exist! My love for makeup can get very expensive, so I try to get the most out of each product. By using these simple tips in your everyday routine, you’ll find yourself making fewer trips to the beauty department!Chelsea Crockett- beauty hacks

  • If you use a mineral powder, like Bare Minerals, use a penny to open the bottom to get any leftover powder. This could give you a few more days of use!
  • Once your mascara is done for, clean the mascara brush and use it as an eyebrow comber!
  • To make bronzer or blush a little darker, apply it to freshly moisturized skin. This will save you from putting 2-3 coats on.
  • If your favorite lipstick is almost out, use a Q-Tip to apply every last amount.
  • You can fix a broken compact by adding a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the powder and patting it down.
  • If you don’t like the conditioner you’ve been using for your hair, don’t throw it away! Use it as shaving cream for smooth legs!
  • When I’m about to leave the house I usually just spray perfume all over my clothes and head out. Perfume can get buried in the fabric of your clothes, wasting those 5 pumps of perfume you sprayed. Instead, try placing perfume behind your ears, at the base of your throat, and/or behind the knees!
  • Prolong your razor by soaking it in baby oil after each use! This will keep soap and other minerals from dulling the blade!

Hope these beauty hacks come in handy!

            Chelsea

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Are You Making Yourself Look Older?

It’s crazy how makeup can make a person look so different! While we want to look young and bright, sometimes makeup can make us look dull or even older (not…

It’s crazy how makeup can make a person look so different! While we want to look young and bright, sometimes makeup can make us look dull or even older (not in a good way). So how can we stop this from happening? Keep on reading to see if you’re applying makeup incorrectly!Chelsea Crockett- exfoliate

  • Don’t pass up primer! Primer minimizes your pores and keeps makeup on longer! You won’t have to worry about weird lines or big pores, especially around your nose.
  • Make sure you’re using the correct foundation. Don’t pack on too much powder or liquid foundation and make sure you are using the correct shade.
  • Don’t dye your hair all one color. If you go to a stylist, ask him/her to add warmth or another tone into your hair! It’ll help make your face glow!
  • Not exfoliating regularly will lead to a buildup of dirt and dry skin. By exfoliating, you’ll be giving your face completely new skin!
  • Wear SPF every day! While you may not notice how it’s changing your skin now, you will when you’re older!

Let’s feel youthful forever!  

XOXO,

     Chelsea

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Beauty Products to Never Share

Whether it’s with your college roommate or at a sleepover, it’s easy to get beauty products mixed up or forget to bring your own. Sharing anything from makeup to facewash…

Whether it’s with your college roommate or at a sleepover, it’s easy to get beauty products mixed up or forget to bring your own. Sharing anything from makeup to facewash doesn’t sound like a big deal, right? Wrong! Using other’s beauty products spreads bacteria and can even lead to infection! Check out which products should be avoided!Chelsea Crockett- sharing mascara

  • Eye makeup and mascara are the very worst to share with friends. Since your eye is watery, it is a trap for bacteria. Avoid an eye infection by keeping your eye makeup to yourself!
  • Admit it; most of us are guilty of not cleaning our makeup brushes. Brushes can hold on to bacteria and dirt, which can make yours or a friends face breakout!
  • Cold sores, sore throats, and other sicknesses can be transferred through lip gloss and lipstick! Keep those to yourself!
  • Facial cleansing brushes are a no-go when it comes to sharing. This can lead to a skin infection, especially if you have any type of rash or acne prone area! Anything that touches open sores shouldn’t be shared!
  • Razors are never meant to be shared…I mean, do I even need to go into detail on this one?

If reading this doesn’t make you want to keep your beauty products to yourself, then I don’t know what does! Let’s practice safe beauty!

XOXO,

            Chelsea

 

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Airport Hacks

If you follow me on any social media accounts, you’ve probably noticed that I travel a lot!  Although I hit up the airport quite frequently, it’s easy to forget about…

If you follow me on any social media accounts, you’ve probably noticed that I travel a lot!  Although I hit up the airport quite frequently, it’s easy to forget about all the rules and regulations, or leave an important item at home.  I recently came across some great airport hacks that I turned into a list to keep me on track during all my ventures.  Keep these amazing hacks in mind during your next airport adventure! Chelsea Crockett- airport bag for liquids

  • Many airports have started requiring small zip lock bags to hold all of your carry-on liquids. Keep multiple baggies in your purse and carry-on for the future!  I’ve forgotten this step many times!
  • I always get thirsty on a plane, but don’t feel like buying a $7.00 water bottle! Throw an empty water bottle into your carry on and fill it up when you see a water fountain.  If you’re a frequent traveler like me, you’ll save lots of money!
  • Bring your own snack! If they aren’t already opened, they’re good to go!
  • In the winter I always worry about my luggage being overweight, since winter clothes are so much heavier! Wear your heaviest items, like a big coat, tall boats, and jeans on the plane!  This way, you’ll save some extra weight for a little shopping! 😉 haha.
  • Collect unused toiletries from the hotel. They’re great for carry-ons!
  • Did you know that your birthday, an anniversary, or even traveling alone can give you free perks?! Just let someone working for the airlines know and you may get upgraded, get a free snack, or get a little gift.  It’s worth a try!
  • If you’re flying into a country without data, download the Google maps offline app so you’re never stranded!
  • Airports are one of the easiest places to catch germs. Keep hand sanitizer or wet wipes on hand!

Happy travels!

            Chelsea

 

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How Do You Know That God Really Loves You?

When life throws a loop at you, it can be easy to question God.  Why does he take people we love away from us?  Why did I just lose my…

When life throws a loop at you, it can be easy to question God.  Why does he take people we love away from us?  Why did I just lose my job?  Why are my friends being mean?  Situations like these can make God’s love feel almost invisible.  One must always remember that God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers.  While it may seem hard to believe, God is always right next to you fighting these battles.  You are never alone and God’s love never fails.  When you start to question this, keep these in mind: Chelsea Crockett- Gods love

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”   

Romans 5:8 – “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  God loves us at our darkest.

1 John 3:1 – “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”

Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  He has a plan! 

1 John 4:19 – “We love, because He first loved us.”

Mathew 6:34 – “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  God will take your worries for you.

God is good and his love endures forever!

-Chelsea 

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