Denim Madewell

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Denim. It’s become a staple in our wardrobe and our culture. I’ve settled for the less than perfect pair before but as I start to simplify my closet, every purchase becomes a search for quality.

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Madewell has been a go-to ever since I discovered it. Not only do they offer a student discount, their commitment to ‘made-well’ clothing has made it easy for me to invest in staple pieces for my closet. Denim is no exception. The day I walked out with their Skinny Skinny Jeans I knew I had found a perfect pair.

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These are particularly my favorite because they have the perfect about of stretch for me to bike, hits right at the ankle (for my 5’6″ height) and months later the dark wash hasn’t faded.

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Check out how others are wearing their favorite pair at #denimmadewell

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-chels

Simple Closets

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I believe in a simple closet. One that that inspires the start of my day and reflects who I am. I believe in quality over quantity and supporting the handmade. But I also believe in the process. The curation of a simple closet takes time, practice and patience. I’m still on the journey and I want to share it with you.

simple closets is a movement towards conscience shopping. discovering personal aesthetic. choosing to revive pieces and sharing stories. I hope to build a community. Those who are on or want to begin the process of creating a simple closet. a closet that reflects their personality and lifestyle.

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simple closets is a store. it allows a sustainable way for us to curate and create a closet with purpose. it is a way to revive our pieces by sharing their quality with others.

To join the movement, follow @simpleclosets on instagram and look out for more posts here with topics on creating a purposeful closet, simplifying and detaching, letting go and sharing. -chels

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Dreamer

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I hope you dream today. Believe in your plans and goals. Take a second to see if where you’re at is helping you get to where you want to be. I hope you have the courage to change. Make a decision today. Create a way of reaching your next step. I hope that no matter where you are, you are happy and believe in the possibilities of today and tomorrow.

I hope the best for you in every aspect of your life, today and everyday. -chels

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On Family

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My parents married twenty-seven years ago today; that day they started a family.

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It was a journey they never expected and it inspires me everyday. Any one person or event that happens today could affect the course of your life from here on out. It blows my mind to know that a future could be lingering around every moment and event in my day; during my commute, at the coffee house, on the corner of the street.

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Family is such a unique blend. People we choose and people inherently part of who we are. This dynamic is gift to us all, a constant test of connection between each other. The unconditional, the lost, the distant, the affectionate, the sacrificed. All distinct measures of character found within our families.

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Today I celebrate the unmeasurable sacrifices my parents have made. The genuine and adventurous journey they took. I am the reflection and culmination of all they have accomplished and I am more than lucky and blessed to be. happy anniversary. -chels

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Life Manifesto

Everyday you are presented the opportunity to change. Praise beginnings, we are in endless supply. Today is not yesterday is not tomorrow.

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I’m 24 years young. A constant learner and dreamer. A survivor of heartache and lost. An acceptor  A seeker of change. A traveler and conversationalist. A dedicated daughter and friend. An introvert and a creative. A shock absorber.

so from here. my life manifesto.

live with purpose. do with purpose.

consume knowledge. share knowledge. without hesitation.

live today. ideate today. when tomorrow is today, repeat.

evaluate opportunities, be brave enough to turn down the unfitting.

keep going. even if you are failing, keep going.

learn to let go. constantly, let go.

learn the story of your possessions. buy with support.

nothing lasts forever. don’t force it.

conduct yourself with respect. everyone deserves yours.

believe in the impossible. believe in your dream. let it scare you but not discourage you.

stay humble. constantly learn from everything and everyone. we are never experts.

make a difference every chance you get.

simplify. your thoughts, your things. constantly evaluate what’s important.

-chels

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On Beginning

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It’s been a while friends but I hope you are enjoying this new season as much as I am. I am excited to say there are new things on the horizon and I am so passionately inspired to share them. And here I am beginning just as we all do, beginning over and over again. But my goal? To surpass the beginning.

Fresh starts are always a rim of hope and a jolt of inspiration but this time I want to be looking forward and backwards. I want habit and consistency. I want to feel constant achievement in the making.

It’s easier said than done of course. I will be sacrificing and learning but striving for better rather than settling in my ways. Here’s to a beginning but also an ending to abandoned beginnings. -chels

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At Home

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This little nook of mine is really starting to feel a like home. It could possibly be because of all the time I’ve been spending inside, away from this crazy winter. Nonetheless, I am not complaining. These windows hardly hinder my dose of sunshine and the snowy days look beautiful… from inside.
Here is the first peek into my space, my home.

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It is slowly becoming an extension of who I am, my life; a wonderful reflection of who I’ve become.
Just as every space should be. -chels

 

Work Hard

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When things get a little crazy, I tend to forget what everything I’m doing is for. I feel overwhelmed, exhausted, a little lost. I made this little reminder to keep myself motivated and looking towards the bigger picture. We all have sacrificed something to be where we are, our personal opportunity cost. We are here doing what we are doing for a reason, we’ve given up other things in the process and we are all on the path to something bigger.

Sometimes in the moment we forget what that is but I encourage you to think about it. Take this weekend to remember why you’re here. And above all the stress and discouragement, do your best, work hard because it’s your goals that you are working for, whether they are close or far, you are on the path towards them. -chels

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Society 6

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I’ve always been a slightly ‘offline’ kind of person but since starting this blog I’ve found some comfort in seeing communities built in this giant online world. Artists are one of them. Online creative work can now reach so far and connect so many people, it’s kinda unbelievable.

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Society 6 is quite a unique idea. They have created a marketplace for artists and art lovers alike. It’s more than a middle men; it is a supporter of creativity. They produce products with the work of talented artists from all corners of the world.

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I’ve added a few things to my little nook of this community and only hope to see it grow. Check out my Society 6 shop to add some inspiration to your daily life. Be sure to browse the other amazingly talented artists hanging out over there while your at it. Enjoy -chels

Be In Love

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Love. It comes is many forms, it surrounds us in different ways, it likes to make itself known; sometimes unannounced during our most needed times.  It’s the strongest way we’ve been able to describe our connection to joy, passion, sacrifice; love.

Today I look at everything that surrounds me, the people, the places, the things and I challenge myself to make them all matter, make my world one that I am in love with everyday. From my work, my friends and family, the places I spend my time, the things I use… I want to be in admiration for and in love with. These are the connections, the spots where life is not just about me and I want these moments to be the most inspirational parts of my day.

I’m here for a life of love because without love, I wouldn’t be who and where I am today… loved and loving in return. -chels