Happy weekend! I thought that today I’d do a little recap of some of my favorite recent Instagram posts and give you some life updates, since “life happenings” is a part of my blog description ;)
So this bikini post was actually from a couple of months ago, but now that it’s actually summer I can reiterate how much I LOVE this bikini (top, bottom) from EXPRESS. It’s so cute and fits perfectly! I often have trouble finding bikinis that work for me for a couple of reasons. Reason 1: if it comes in a set, I won’t fit it because my butt is way big and my chest is way small, so I never wear the same size on the top and the bottom. Reason 2: I have a small chest but a big ribcage, so while my chest would normally be a size small in a bikini, I have to buy mediums or else the top will be too tight. This set is peerrrrfect because I was able to get the bottoms in a medium and a top in a small, and the top is a tie back rather than a clip back so I can make it looser. It’s just perfect. I am going to live in this bikini this summer. EXPRESS has so many cute swimsuits right now. I want so many of them!
I can’t get enough of these floral pompom shorts I bought for like $10 when I was in New Zealand over Christmas. I completely forgot about them and just found them when I was cleaning out my closet a while ago, and now I can’t stop wearing them! Also, clearly I didn’t get enough tanner on my feet, hahaha. YOLO. similar shorts | bag | top c/o Riffraff | similar cardigan
I’ve been keeping an eye out for a cute Get It Girl mug for a while now, because a) I am a mug hoarder and b) it’s basically my motto. I have it plastered all over my office, haha. I eventually got the opportunity to try my hand at making my own via Snapmade, where you can create your own personalized gifts (like custom mugs, my fave). I just went with the simple option of using the fonts that were already in their system rather than being not lazy and designing something in Photoshop first, haha, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out! It seems to be quite good quality and I’ve run this through the dishwasher and the print is totally fine on it.
I also wanted to link you to my nails but I couldn’t find them anywhere, because I had a billion questions online and in person about these when I had them on- they’re just press-on/glue-on nails (I use glue, it just holds way better) and I believe the brand was Kiss. They stayed on for over a week until I started picking at them and then took them off. They were really pretty!
We moved! It was a super stressful week with the lead up to moving, and then the actual moving and unpacking, but now it’s basically all done and we couldn’t be happier. Our place feels 100x bigger than our last one. Our first apartment together was one bedroom and prettyyyy tiny. It was awesome for our first place together, because we didn’t have much when we first moved in, but over the year and a half we’d been there and had actually bought our own furniture and acquired other stuff, we just eventually felt like we were being smothered by the lack of space.
We’ve moved into a much more spacious 2 bedroom and it seriously feels amazing. We’ve spent so much quality time in the last few days of being here simply because there is enough space for us to be in the same room and not feel crowded. We both enjoy cooking and doing it together usually ended up in major frustration in our old kitchen because it was SO tiny- this new one is literally like 3 times the size of our old one with so much counter space and it’s so nice to be able to cook together! Our landlords seem to be super nice, too. They left us this sweet message on our chalkboard wall and a little welcome gift! I can’t wait for our adventures in this new place :)
We only have a small outdoor space in our new place but it’s perfect. We have enough room for our BBQ, our patio table and chairs (which we couldn’t fit properly on our old apartment’s balcony, we’d have to like face forward instead of towards the table, hahah) and all of our little herbs we’ve been growing (that are growing like crazy with all this sun. Parsley overload!). It’s just enough room for us and it’s so peaceful out there! We had breakfast outside this morning and it was so nice to relax with my coffee in the sun. sandals c/o Payless | cardigan c/o Riffraff | shorts | shirt (must have for basic v-neck tees- so cheap and I own so many colors!)
Make sure to follow me on IG (@chelseaoliviaxo) to keep updated! What have you been up to lately?