Chelsea Crockett

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Swimsuit Cover-Up Style

I am convinced that I belong near the beach. I am going to Cali for college, so my beach dreams are coming true! I love beach fashion, from swimsuits to…

I am convinced that I belong near the beach. I am going to Cali for college, so my beach dreams are coming true! I love beach fashion, from swimsuits to sunglasses to sandals. There is one more piece of beachwear that may just be my favorite, and that is coverups! Here are 3 of my favorite swimsuit coverup styles this season.

  1. Lacey: Lacey coverups are fun and feminine. I love that you can still see some of your swimsuit peeking through the holes in the lace. If you prefer a delicate, girly coverup then this one is for you!kimono
  2. Kimono: If you are a boho kind of gal, then the beach kimono is right up your alley. This look is so effortless and breezy, plus kimonos come in a million different colors and patterns so you are bound to find one you love!
  3. Sheer: To me, this look just screams “beach.” If you like high fashion or never go anywhere without being dressed up and accessorized, then I think you will dig this coverup. It is long, which gives it a more “dressy” look, and is sheer so it gives you a beachy, fun vibe as well.

Coverups are just another way to show your personal style when you are headed to the beach!

XOXO, Chels

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Summer Whites

When I think of summer style, I think of white. White is such a bright, crisp, clean color and can give off a beachy, breezy vibe. Here are a few…

When I think of summer style, I think of white. White is such a bright, crisp, clean color and can give off a beachy, breezy vibe. Here are a few of my favorite white summer pieces to wear in the summer.

  1. LWD: Or, little white dress! I love sundresses. You will see me wearing a dress way more than shorts during the summer. They are a great way to look cute and stay cool at the same time! I am loving the halter style of top this season, so for this blog I am choosing to show you a halter style sundress. So cute and can be worn in both casual and dressy situations!white1
  2. Romper: A white romper is playful and so pretty. This romper also has the halter style top! If you don’t want to wear a sundress but shorts and a tank don’t sound appealing, then rompers are a perfect middle ground. So cute and so comfy.
  3. Off the shoulder top: To me, off the shoulder tops are so fun and flirty. They are also cool and breezy so they keep you from getting too toasty. I love this effortless, easy going look.

I love summer whites, don’t you?

XOXO, Chels

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Never Wear THIS To An Interview

You did it! You landed a job interview. Now that you’ve got that accomplished, it is time to think about what you are going to wear! There are a lot…

You did it! You landed a job interview. Now that you’ve got that accomplished, it is time to think about what you are going to wear! There are a lot of variables to keep in mind, like how the job you are interviewing for should influence what you wear, and how you shouldn’t dress too fashion forward because you want to be the star of the interview, not your handbag. There is one aspect that a lot of people overlook, and that is color. Different colors send different messages. What IS the best color to wear to a job interview? Read on to find out.

Safe choices:

  1. Blue: blue is a safe choice. Shades of blue send a message that you are trustworthy and credible, according to experts. It inspires confidence!
  2. Gray: if you want to send a message that you are logical and responsible, wear gray! If you want to add personality to a gray interview outfit, wear colored accessories like a purse of scarf.Dynamic-Navy-Dresses-Like-You-have-Never-Seen-Before-1
  3. White: white sends the message that you pay attention to details and that you are organized. A white blazer over a black dress or a white button down with a black skirt is a great, professional way to work white into your interview apparel.

Stay away from:

  1. Red: red shows power, but not in a good way. Studies show that people in charge of hiring say if you wear red to an interview, it can make you come across as aggressive and rebellious.
  2. Brown: brown can send the message that you are simple and old-fashioned, so if you are interviewing for a job where creativity and forward-thinking are required, brown is not a good choice of clothing color.
  3. Orange: studies show this is the absolute worst color to wear to an interview. They say it is an unprofessional color!

 

Now knock ‘em dead, champ!

XOXO, Chels

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Why We Should Accept that Everyone’s Style is Different

Walk through the halls of high school, mall, or walk through a college campus and you will discover one thing: everyone dresses differently. It may be subtly different or drastically…

Walk through the halls of high school, mall, or walk through a college campus and you will discover one thing: everyone dresses differently. It may be subtly different or drastically unique, but there is no escaping the fact that everyone has their own personal style. And you know what? That is awesome! Life would be so boring if we were all the same! Unfortunately, sometimes we catch ourselves making fun of or negatively commenting on other people’s style, saying that it looks weird or isn’t the cutest. Here are just a few reasons why we shouldn’t make fun or bash other people’s personal style.

  1. Different is just different, it doesn’t make it ugly: For a lot of us, our tendency is to think that anything that is different from our own preferences isn’t cute or is wrong. If you love wearing colors and patterns, then simplistic style may seem boring and dull to you. If you love preppy style, the boho/hippie style trend is probably far from your favorite. But, just because we aren’t interested in it or don’t want to wear it ourselves doesn’t make it un-stylish or ugly!FullSizeRender (76)
  2. Style is personal: And it is also a journey. When I was in middle school and the early high school stages, I loved wearing name brands and t-shirts with their logos on them. Now, I rarely wear those brands, and tend to wear more trendy pieces and am more adventurous with my wardrobe. Your style changes as you change, and it can even depend on how you are feeling that day when you pick out your outfit! So, teasing someone on their outfit choice is ultimately telling them that their style isn’t as mature as yours or they have no clue about what is fashionable, when that isn’t the case at all!
  3. Experimenting is fun: Wearing the same style of clothes day after day can get boring, so switching up your style keeps things fun and interesting! Why wear what you think everyone else is wearing or what you think others will like when you can wear what YOU like and feel comfortable in? Experiment with different looks and have fun with fashion. Don’t put yourself in a style box and feel like you have to stay within that “style,” and don’t let others feel like you have to BE in a box!

So, next time you see someone wearing an outfit that is so not your style, just look at them and think “They have interesting personal style, and they totally rock it!” You know the awesome feeling of putting together an outfit that is totally “you” and how confident and pretty you feel when wearing it, so you can recognize when someone else is feeling that way about their outfit and themselves.

XOXO, Chels

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Photogenic Outfits 101

So, here is the deal. You wore this super cute outfit out with your friends, and are feeling supa-fine. You all take a picture together, they post it, and you…

So, here is the deal. You wore this super cute outfit out with your friends, and are feeling supa-fine. You all take a picture together, they post it, and you look at it later and think “holy cow, did I really look like THAT?!” We have all had that happen to us. Our outfit looks great in the mirror or on the hanger, but when we see our self later in a pic, we realize it was less than flattering. To avoid this happening to you ever again, here is a list of the most photogenic clothes!

  1. Fitted sweater: Even in the spring and summer, a sweater can be worn quite stylishly with a skirt or shorts! I know we all loooove our oversized sweaters and blouses, but save them for a day when you know you won’t be needed in any photos because they add bulk to your frame. If you just cannot part with your oversized tops, then tuck them into a pair of highrise shorts or jeans to show off your waist.115847-d-black-0
  2. A midi skirt: As we have discussed, I love midi skirts. They are a great equalizer that works for everyone and are appropriate for every occasion. They cinch your waist and make it look slim, then flairs out to give you shape!
  3. Strappy heels: These shoes are so popular right now- from the red carpet to prom to date night! A two strap heel, like the ones in the picture, straightens your posture, lengthens your legs, and if you choose a nude pair they go with everything!
  4. Off-the-shoulder: I have written about these before… I love them so much! They are so flattering because they show off your shoulders and collarbones while disguising your upper arms, which are the widest part of your arms.

If you know you are going somewhere where you know you will be photographed, use this guide to choose your ensemble!

XOXO, Chels

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Add Some “Prep” to your Spring Wardrobe

Are you a preppy gal? Do you WANT to be a preppy gal? If you said yes to either of those questions, you are going to want to keep reading!…

Are you a preppy gal? Do you WANT to be a preppy gal? If you said yes to either of those questions, you are going to want to keep reading! Spring, to me, is a time for pastels and pretty dresses. And preppy styles, of course! Spring is full of mild weather, blooming flowers and blue skies, perfect preppy attire weather if you ask me! Here is my guide to everything essential for the springtime prepster.

  1. Sweet sundresses: I LOOOVE when the weather is warm enough to break out my sundresses! Sundresses are great for running around town doing errands, for a day out with the gals, for Church, or even date night!2c550a2f63d74ded18a84f691c2825fe
  2. Floral skirts: So feminine and so classic! After months of hiding your legs under jeans and leggings, let them free in a sweet floral skirt. Pair with a simple pastel blouse to balance the look.
  3. Pastel button-ups: Oxfords are a preppy wardrobe staple. Pretty pastel ones are a perfect addition to your springtime get-up. Experiment with patterns like gingham to mix things up! Roll the sleeves when it starts warming up, and pair with a monogrammed necklace to finish the look.
  4. Classic trench coats: Springtime = rainy days galore! How do you think those May flowers get their beautiful blooms? April showers, of course! Beat the rain and chilly mornings with a classy camel trench coat. They are so versatile and timeless, so they go with just about anything!

There you have it, the 4 pieces to add some prep to your spring wardrobe!

XOXO, Chels

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How to Wear Long Skirts as a Short Gal

Maxi skirts are a clothing item that has been in style for a while and doesn’t have an end in sight. As spring comes in full swing and summer fast…

Maxi skirts are a clothing item that has been in style for a while and doesn’t have an end in sight. As spring comes in full swing and summer fast approaches, I reach for my maxi skirts. They are the perfect length to keep your legs sheltered on chilly spring mornings yet breezy enough to keep you cool during the early summer months! That being said, us short gals can have some issues when wearing long skirts, like them dragging on the ground, our feet getting caught on them BECAUSE they’re dragging on the ground, some make us look too short and wide, the list goes on. Tired of feeling this way, my petite ladies? Read on to find out how to make maxi skirts and dresses work for you!

  1. Hem it yourself: Hemming a skirt is pretty simple, and it is a cheap solution to a skirt that is too long but you love it. All you need is an iron, needle, thread, and a sewing machine if you don’t want to hem it by hand.2836c1bc55a457aaa2bacbec3ab39913
  2. Dry it: Toss it in the dryer to shrink it a bit, depending on the fabric. Be careful not to shrink it too much!
  3. Wear heels: This is the easiest solution of them all. Just wear a pair of heels with the long dress or skirt to keep it from dragging! It involves zero money spent and almost zero effort. Plus, it is super fun to pair different heels with your skirt to find the perfect match!
  4. Shop the kids section: Not only is it cheaper, it actually might fit you better!

Wearing maxi skirts and dresses IS possible, my petite pretties! Don’t let the haters tell you they’re not for you.

XOXO, Chels

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How to Walk in Heels: Chelsea Edition

I am always amazed at women who can walk effortlessly in heels. Like, they just glide across the floor like they aren’t wearing 6 inch spikes on their feet. How…

I am always amazed at women who can walk effortlessly in heels. Like, they just glide across the floor like they aren’t wearing 6 inch spikes on their feet. How do they do that?! Well, with prom around the corner, I see lots of high-heel-wearing in my future, so I thought it would be good for all of us to take a crash course in how to walk in heels.

  1. Start small: 6 inch heels are not a beginners dose of heel! Start with something small and then work your way up. This is the key to learning how to walk in heels, start with something that is easy and it will become natural to you.
  2. Make sure the shoe fits perfectly: It is a million times easier to walk in heels when they actually fit. If they are too small, your toes get smushed every time you take a step, and if they are too big your heel slips out every time you lift your foot off of the ground. Both are not good! You could seriously injure your toes or twist your ankle. If your shoe fits but you are still having a tough time keeping it on, there are heel grips you can buy to help you out!FullSizeRender (43)
  3. Place your heel on the ground first: Heels force you to walk differently. When you wear heels, make sure you put your heel on the ground first before the pad of your foot, so walk heel to toe. Walking like you normally would, by just simply placing your whole foot flat on the ground, is uncomfortable and awkward in heels!
  4. Small steps: You need to take smaller steps when you wear heels. Walking your normal stride is not going to be easy in them, and it will probably feel a bit awkward. Take small, lady-like steps, don’t try to power walk, and practice in the mirror to see what looks best!
  5. Don’t push it: If walking in heels is painful for you, or if you just don’t like it, don’t do it! Don’t feel like you have to wear heels to look “like a lady”, if they hurt you or if they just aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other shoe types that look just as good!

Happy heel-wearing!

XOXO, Chels

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Cardigan Do’s and Don’ts

Cardigans are a staple in every girl’s closet. We all have at least one or two! They come in all shapes and size, and in all prints and patterns! Some…

Cardigans are a staple in every girl’s closet. We all have at least one or two! They come in all shapes and size, and in all prints and patterns! Some cardigans fit certain body types better than others, and some fit outfits better than others! Today we tackle the cardigan conundrum. Here is a guide to the do’s and dont’s of cardigans, including the best cardigan for your body type…and outfit!

  1. Your classic, waist-length cardigan: This is the most common cardigan of all. The “don’t” of these cardigans is NOT to wear them with long tops! The contrast in lengths is not crazy flattering. It can give your body a funky looking shape. DO wear them with fitted dresses, or high-waisted skirts or pants. The hem of the cardigan should not be more than a few inches longer than the waist band of your bottoms.images
  2. The oversized cardigan: Patterned oversized cardis can be hard to style sometimes. The “don’t” for this sweater is to wear loose-fitting pants or bottoms with it. It can make you look bulkey and wide, and I don’t think that is a look you’re going for. The DO is to wear skinny skinny skiiiiinny jeans or leggings. Staying slim on the bottom keeps the baggy top in balance!
  3. The wrap cardigan: I love wrap cardigans! They are a little less bulky and more fitted than the cardigans above, but are still drapey and flowy. Don’t wear wrap cardigans with loose bottoms like we mentioned above. The proportions may be off! DO wear these with classy jeans or pants that flatter your figure.

Cardigans are a classy way to stay warm in the winter!

XOXO, Chels

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Winter Sequin Style

To me, sequins are a vital accessory when it comes to winter fashion. They can take any outfit from simple to stunning. Here are my top 3 favorite ways to…

To me, sequins are a vital accessory when it comes to winter fashion. They can take any outfit from simple to stunning. Here are my top 3 favorite ways to style sequins.

  1. Skirts: I bought 2 sequined pencil skirts at H&M last season and im so glad I did. I style them with tights and a simple blouse to balance out the pazazz of the skirt. They are a great Christmas/New Years party outfit option!sequin
  2. Clutches: If you want to wear sequins in the most subtle way possible, grab a sequined clutch. Target has so many cute ones this season! They are a great way to add feminine flare to your outfit, plus they are a great statement piece.
  3. Blazers: This is the easiest way to style sequins. By tossing on a sequined blazer you can add sass to any ensemble. Wear it with jeans and a simple tee for a contrasting look, or pair it with dress pants or a skirt for a cute date night outfit.

How will you style sequins this winter?

XOXO, Chels

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How to Wear Over-The-Knee Boots

On Pinterest I always see pictures of women wearing chic over-the-knee boots and I drool a little. The boots are so chic and look effortlessly stylish. They look so slimming,…

On Pinterest I always see pictures of women wearing chic over-the-knee boots and I drool a little. The boots are so chic and look effortlessly stylish. They look so slimming, too! Well, as we have heard time and time again, some things look better in pictures than they do in real life. Over-the-knee boots are one of those things. As it turns out, styling and being able to pull off over-the-knee boots is actually a bit of a challenge because they don’t always flatter every body type and style preference! Here are a few tips on how to wear them for every body type.

 

  1. For tall girlies: You ladies have it the best when it comes to over-the-knee boots. Your long legs are beneficial because the bootsboots accentuate them and make them look even longer! Pair them with a simple sweater dress for a great balanced between your boots and your hemline.
  2. For curvy ladies: If you have curves you can totally rock these bad boys! It is all about how you wear them. Go for a pair that hits right above the knee and creates a lean, long leg line with some dark denim jeans. As for your top, wear a long sweater or blouse to finish the ensemble off.
  3. For petite gals: When it comes to my petite pals, I suggest pairing over-the-knee boots with fitted pieces that show your shape. It is important not to overwhelm your small frame! Don’t wear tops or dresses with long hemlines that make your legs look short, go for tops/dresses/skirts that leave plenty of space between your hemline and boots.

These stylish boots can work for any body type! You just have to know how to style them in a way that works with YOU. 🙂

 

XOXO, Chels

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Coat Layering 101

In my book, a layered outfit is the best kind. It mixes different styles, colors, and textures to form an outfit that is perfectly put-together. A well layered outfit not…

In my book, a layered outfit is the best kind. It mixes different styles, colors, and textures to form an outfit that is perfectly put-together. A well layered outfit not only keeps you warm, it also adds dimension and personality to your look. Here are 3 outfits that show you how to get the most out of cold-weather coat layering.layering

  1. Leather layering: This outfit combines a plaid flannel with a slouchy cardigan and a leather jacket. Layering the chunky cardigan under the leather jacket not only keeps you warm, but also adds a layer of texture to the look of the outfit!
  2. More leather layering: Okay, so you have probably noticed I like leather jackets. Sue me! This time we are layering the leather jacket UNDER something. Pair a simple tee, such as a striped tee, under a leather jacket, then layer that under a colored coat. The coat doesn’t have to be colored, but if you want to spice things up choose a color that is still versatile but is also a statement!
  3. Moving to denim: This time we ditch the leather jacket for denim. Layer a simple tee under an unbuttoned denim shirt. Then add a simple coat over that for a subtle, understated look that is still trendy!

Get creative with coat layering. Have fun with it! Not only will it keep you looking cute, it will keep you cozy too!

XOXO, Chels

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Hair Styles Without Heat or Hair Ties

Hair drama might just be the worst drama. That one piece of hair that just. Wont. Curl? Yeah. Drama! Don’t let bad hair days get you down and make you…

Hair drama might just be the worst drama. That one piece of hair that just. Wont. Curl? Yeah. Drama! Don’t let bad hair days get you down and make you want to chop your hair off with the first pair of scissors you can find! And it may seem like there are just no good ways to style your hair without using hot tools or pesky hair ties that you can never seem to locate. Good news, there are!

  1. Pretty braids: Any kind of braid is a good way to style your hair without heat! This one obviously uses a hair tie, but it doesn’t need heat! If your hair is rebelling and poking out in every way possible when you wake up in the morning, tie it into a halo braid or into fishtail or French braids! The braid options are endless.f7d7f48662a12d93a4bf1121aa0d547d
  2. Top Knotted: This one doesn’t require a hair tie if you are skilled in the art of tying your hair in a knot, but if you have yet to master that, use a hair tie. Gather your misbehaving locks together and twist it from the base like you are twisting it into a bun, then pull the tail end through the middle of the bun with a firm tug.
  3. Dramatic side-part: While your hair is still damp, make a deep side part and shape your hair up and over the top as it dries. Tuck your hair behind your hear to help it dry in this shape. This texturized look is effortless and messy, which is totally in!

Also try no-heat curling methods for heatless waves the next day! All of the styles mentioned take barely any time and can be done without heat and minimal hair ties! Simple hair = happy life.

XOXO, Chels

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How to Style Black on Black

I think wearing black on black is so chic and sophisticated. But, there is a difference between wearing all black and looking sophistocated and wearing all black and looking grungy….

I think wearing black on black is so chic and sophisticated. But, there is a difference between wearing all black and looking sophistocated and wearing all black and looking grungy. We want to lean more towards classy and chic, so here are a few ways to do just that!

  1. Play with shades: There are different shades of black. When I say that, I mean there is lighter blacks that are more dark gray-ish and then there are pitch blacks. My advice is to play with different shades of black and dark gray in an outfit to add dimension and break up the black.black
  2. Work with patterns: Wear black ripped jeans with a quilted black leather jacket and plain black or dark gray tee. The different patterns and textures of the pieces will keep things interesting and distract from the solomness of the dark shade. You can also wear black tops with white trim or patterns to add some accent!
  3. Go bold: This look is for the girl that knows wearing all black is an art and takes planning, and she embraces it. Like I said earlier, there is a fine line between looking sophistocated and going too overboard with wearing all black. In this outfit we go bold and we pair plain black skinnies with a classic leather biker jacket and black booties. We can even toss in a black handbag with silver zippers and snaps, so that the accents on the handbag accentuate the oufit. The silver accents on the buckles of the boots and the snaps on the jacket and handbag help break up the black.

Remember to keep things classy and chic when planning an all black ensemble. Be bold, and be brave when making fashion choices! 😉

XOXO, Chels

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Retro Bell Sleeves

Are you into the retro look? Do you like rocking clothes that have a throwback vibe? Then you will love the bell-sleeve trend. The wide sleeves give a free-spirited vibe…

Are you into the retro look? Do you like rocking clothes that have a throwback vibe? Then you will love the bell-sleeve trend. The wide sleeves give a free-spirited vibe to the pieces. The sleeves sort of remind me of pictures I have seen of disco dancers back in the ‘70s! Here is how to rock the throwback look today.

  1. Casual: If you want to casually incorporate bell-sleeves into your daily wardrobe, opt for a simple, loose-fitting tunic type shirt with subtle bell-sleeves. Pair this with distressed jeans for a subtle, casual look.bell
  2. Semi-casual: If you are going more for a “dinner with friends” or a cute date look, opt for a more dressy blouse-type shirt with bell-sleeves paired with simple skinny dress pants or solid jeans. Add in a felt hat or booties for accessories.
  3. Dressy: If you are looking to dress things up, pair a bell-sleeve dress with thights and boots. Now this outfit isnt TOO dressy, so it can be used in semi-casual situations as well. I love the combo of tights and booties with the dress. Totally classy, totally trendy, and totally cute! Toss on a felt hat to add some personality to the outfit.

What do you think of bell-sleeves? Will you wear the trend?

XOXO, Chels

 

 

 

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Go Gray

How much black do you have in your closet? I’d say every fashion-seeking girl has a fair amount of black in her wardrobe. It is just a classy, versatile color…

How much black do you have in your closet? I’d say every fashion-seeking girl has a fair amount of black in her wardrobe. It is just a classy, versatile color that can be styled in so many ways. But, as far as dark neutral colors go, gray is the closest thing to black, and is also a perfect accent or substitute for it. If you are wary to wear black, or are just tired of wearing it, gray is a great alternative. Gray compliments just about anything, from neon shades to neutrals. Here are 3 ways to go gray this fall and winter.grey

  1. Cute and girly: If you like to show your girly side, try pairing some black tights with a dark gray wool skater skirt and a light gray sweater. The different shades give the outfit some dimension, plus the combo is just too cute!
  2. Comfy and casual: This outfit is a great casual option. Layer a chunky, oversized gray sweater with a lighter gray knitted infinity scarf. The contrasting knit patterns will draw people’s eyes.
  3. Contrasting: Pair some gray skinnies with a white shirt for a sharp contrasting look that is simple yet eye-catching.

Do you have more suggestions on how to make gray your wardrobe’s new black?

XOXO, Chels

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