Essie - Lady Like


Lady Like is so beautiful, so perfect, so.. so... I can't go on... it brings tears to my eyes. Except not. But, no joke, I LOVE this color. It was a dream to apply, stayed on for a week with no chips, and looked damn gorgeous while doing it. This color is definitely now one of my all-time favorites. Since it's ALREADY snowing (what the fudge?) in Philadelphia today, I'm getting sew psyched about wearing dusty, muted shades all though the chinchilly winter. See what I did there, that's called nail humor.

What I Wore: 10.21.11


da na na na na na na na na... bat girl!

I've been obsessed with my new MAC lipstick, Dubonnet.

Tank: Urban Outfitters
Shirt: LOFT 
(on sale for $19 with code SHOP50)
Boots: Doc Marten's

Shop Spotlight: Clare Vivier


I recently picked up a Clare Vivier bag as a graduation present from my boyfriend when Lucky Magazine was running a 50% off promotion for an exclusive foldover clutch. The quality is fantastic, hence the hefty pricetags. But if you're looking for a simple, sophisticated, high-quality, leather clutch or bag and willing to spend the money, these bags are perfect. I especially love the brightly colored clutches since they are a great way to pop an unexpected color into an outfit.
 [ foldover clutch - $149 ]

[ messenger bag - $345 ]

Coupon Code: 20% off Sephora


This is hugeeeeeee! However, horrible timing -- I don't have money to buy anything, but maybe I will before the sale ends in November? This is the perfect time to order backups of expensive items you use daily or to finally purchase that big budget item you didn't think you could afford. Click here, enter your email address, and enjoy your personal 20% off coupon code that is valid now through November 2nd. I've heard the sale is running in stores, as well as online, so feel free to make your discounted purchases in the flesh!

WANT: Topshop Midi Chiffon Dress + Floral Print Midi Dress


I made the mistake of looking at Topshop's website yesterday and it was depressing -- my bank account is empty, but my shopping cart was full. So full, in fact, that the total cost of all the items I wanted was $919. $919?!?! Keep dreaming, Chelsea. I guess I will just have to drool over these two dresses from behind my computer screen.

Coupon Code: 20% off Shopbop


Awesome discount coupon codes to Shopbop don't come around very often so this 20% off discount is hugeeeee! The code "INTHEFAMILY20" will get you 20% off your whole purchase because of Shopbop's current friends and family sale. But HURRY, the code only works for the next two days! Start shopping now!

Butter LONDON - La Moss


I'm flabbergasted at how into this color I am since I'm normally pretty ambivalent towards deep reds and maroons. I fell in love with Butter LONDON's "La Moss" as soon as I started painting it on my nails. It is the most amazing bloody, rich red -- exactly what I want for the Fall. It was a little difficult to apply -- could be patchy in some places -- but the color is so perfect and it lasts so long that I ignore that fact. If you want full, opaque coverage -- especially in the sun -- I'd recommend three thick coats.

Now lady friends, I know Butter LONDON polishes are expensive... so if you don't know of any promotions running on them currently, check out, AKA my new skincare retailer FOR LIFE. BFFS. Chelsea and Skinstore sitting in a tree. They are on Ebates too! I recently discovered this online shop and found out they always are running 20% off promotions, running daily deals, and they sell EVERYTHING: makeup, skincare, nail polish, haircare, etc. Their discounts + Ebates rebates = SAVINGS. I just bought some Korres products yesterday and my wishlist is insanely long. My name is Chelsea and I have an addiction to promotional codes and free shipping.

Adam Lippes Beaded Tank


Normally when I go to Last Call by Neiman Marcus I'm only on the lookout for cheap J Brand jeans, but I found this gorgeous Adam Lippes silk tank with amazing beading on sale for a MAJOR discount. I had never heard of this designer before, but I've since googled and found other beautifully beaded pieces I covet. I ended up paying about $75 for this top since there was an additional discount going on for Columbus Day. While that was still a lot, it felt very worth it for me since I loved it and how it looked on me SO much. I tend to create fantasy lives based off clothing items that I buy and for some reason when I was trying this on in the dressing room I was a late 20s/early 30s woman living in San Francisco, at a roof top cocktail party at a friend's apartment. Don't ask, it's just what my brain thinks up -- some call it delusion, I call it imagination.

No way! I did not pay either of those prices!!!!

Fall Polish Options


I made a video where I go through my favorite colors for the new season, but I wanted to share my picks here as well. The color themes I am most excited for this Fall are berries, bloody reds, purples, greens, oranges, and metallics. NOTE: This is by no means the complete list. I picked exactly 20 colors from my collection -- mostly because that many colors would fill up the nail wheel -- but I could have kept going! (You may recognize some of these colors from previous Nail File posts!)

My Favorite Fall Nail Picks
-Butter LONDON "La Moss"
-Essie "Chinchilly"
-Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear "Grey Area"
-Butter LONDON "Wallis"
-Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear "Time to Shine"
-Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear "Midnight Sky"
-Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear "Sun Kissed"

What I Wore: 10.9.11


It's SIZZLING today. So much for moving all my scarves back into my closet...
But I can't complain... I'm on FALL BREAK!!!

Shorts: Target
Sandals: Sam Edelman

OPI - You Don't Know Jacques!


I had heard lots of great things about this polish color so I picked it up recently, but I was not too blown away by OPI's You Don't Know Jacques! It's a taupe-y brownish color and will look nice in my Fall color palette. It's definitely showing up much darker in my photos because the nails aren't in the sun with this rainy, dreary weather. Overall I like it, but I don't love it. I did a pretty crappy application because I was all curled up ready to go to bed Sunday night, and then I realized that I didn't have any nail polish on for the week. No way José -- I vow to rock a color each week and I will keep that promise! Perhaps the only New Year's Resolution-esque promise I've ever made and kept so far? Two coats were a little opaque in places so I used three coats on some nails. Chipped a tiny bit (hence all pictures are of my left hand), but probably just because I put it on in a rush. Have you ever tried this polish? What do you think?

What I Wore: 9.29.11-9.30.11


I really did not get any good pictures of my outfits during our wedding weekend, only quick snapshots with the flash at the end of the day (ignore how intoxicated I may or may not be in the last picture, it was 3 am!). It was a great weekend and SUCH an amazing wedding, we had a blast. Ryan had to deliver his best man speech, which he has been obsessing over for about a year! It was a success, of course! We're so happy for his brother and his new wife and hopefully they are having fun on their honeymoon right now!

[ Look 1: church festivities / Look 2: rehearsal dinner / Look 3: wedding reception ]

Look 1:
Dress: Anthropologie
Shoes: Madewell

Look 2:
Dress: Julie Dillon (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale)
Shoes: Michael by Michael Kors
(and A LOT of invisible tape!!!)

Look #3:
Dress: Vintage (purchased on Etsy from DearGoldenVintage)
Flats: Urban Outfitters