Chocolate Chip Cookies


I've always prefered cupcakes or pastries to cookies but classic chocolate chip cookies are on my list of favorite desserts. Derek and I made these the other day, this is usally our "go-to" when we make desserts. We ended up eating almost half of the cookies with a glass of milk. Everytime I bake chocolate chip cookies I use this recipe here, they are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, perfection. I haven't baked in a while, so it was nice being back in the kitchen. What is your favorite simple treat?

Rachel Roy=Shoe Obsession


As I was flipping through my new InStyle magazine last night, I fell in love with a dress at first sight. I quickly looked to see who the designer was and it was Rachel Roy. I've heard of her clothes before but I never really looked into it until today. I wasn't prepared for her amazing shoe collection. She has the most beautiful high heels, and there are so many that are good for more than one occasion! Which are your favorites?

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Tribal Touches


Dress: Forever 21, Gladiator Sandals: Forever 21, Fedora: Target, Scarf: Unknown, Teal Bracelets: Towne and Reese, Yellow Bracelet: Checkered Past, Necklace: Forever 21
I love mixing up bright colors and patterns in the summer. There is something so refreshing about wearing a dress filled with different colors and a bright, eccentric scarf. Also, I love pairing basics like a fedora or a good pair of black gladiator sandals to tone down the craziness. This dress is so easy to wear out on a casual day or night. I wore this to a graduation party and then later that night to a movie date with Derek. I also love that this print reminds me of "modern" tribal print.

Date Night


Dress: American Eagle, Belt: Unknown, Shoes: Xhileration, Watch: Xhileration, Nailpolish Mint Sorbet by Sally Hanson
I'm sure most of you will probably agree with me when I say that I sometimes buy clothes and think "Oh, I will wear that ALL the time!" and then, well...I hardly ever wear it. I think we all do that and just don't want to admit to it, right? Haha. Well, that's exactly what I did with this dress. I bought it in my sophomore year of high school and I only wore it once before this. I'm not sure why I haven't pulled it out of closet more, it is so comfortable! And it was perfect for a night out with Derek.

Guest Post: Favorite Outfit


One of my favorite fellow fashion bloggers, Rosie from A Pocketful of Rosie, volunteered to guest post for me! She is my third and final guest blogger of the week. All three of the women who volunteered to do this for me are all wonderful and so creative! Thank you ladies, it meant a lot. I hope you all enjoy Rosie's outfit post. We both share a love for birds, especially when it comes to a fashion statement.
I've been reading 'Organized Mess' for quite a while now, so when Chelsea Elizabeth asked for guest posters, i jumped at the chance! I decided to do my post on my favourite outfit. It wasn't an easy choice for me - I have quite a few clothes, and my favourites change from season to season. However, at the moment I'm hardly out of this outfit; the bird vest (from Primark) was an item that I searched for for ages - after seeing it on LOTS of bloggers - and finally found it! The skirt (from Topshop) was also an item that I saved for for a while, so I was very happy when I finally owned both items!!
Shirt: Primark
Vest (underneath) Hairband & Skirt: Topshop
Rings: Urban Outfitters
Necklace: Gift
Shoes: Blue Banana

Rosie xxx

Guest Post: Long Distance Love


Becky from This Road Called Vida volunteered to guest post for Organized Mess while I'm away at Ocean City and I am so thankful. She shares the love story between her and her husband and how they overcame a long distance relationship. This story really gives me hope for me and my boyfriend, Derek, while I'm away at college. Enjoy!
Hello lovely people! I'm Becky and it's my absolute pleasure to be guest posting here today! (Thanks for sharing your space, Chelsea!)
As you all know, In about a month or so Chelsea will be making her BIG move from small town life to the big city life in Philly, Pennsylvania. This is a major step for her and if you've kept up with her posts, you know that although she's excited she's also kind of sad to be leaving her family and friends behind. . . not to mention her love, Derek.
So, as an encouragement to her and to any of you who find yourselves in a similar position, I'd like to share just the teeniest peek into my long distance love story, starring me and my love, Jon and share some advice on how YOU can keep your long distance relationships running strong!

We met on Myspace (Gasp!) Oh yes indeedy, we did.
He lived in California and I lived in New York City.
I won't go into details, but I will say that his photogenic looks may have had something to do with me developing that initial crush. Yet, that wasn't ALL that attracted me: we conveniently shared the same beliefs, we were both getting over major break ups, and we were both looking to re-establish ourselves in life. I learned these things by reading a few of his blog posts on his profile.
(Sidenote: He expressed himself so well through writing! **ding ding ding!!** Such a major plus in my eyes!)

We met in person and fell in love. . . or, in my case, I fell in love then we met in person. Either way, we both eventually fell in love. (Good thing, or else I would've been alone on that one!)

Almost 2 years later we were married.

Now that I've ruined the ending, I'll give you the scoop on a few of the ups and downs of long distance relationships. Neither of us moved to live closer to the other until we were married. So, we endured 20 months of what felt like heart-wrenching separation. Of course, there were visits here and there, but with every visit it became harder and harder to leave him behind, and vice-versa. It's just not fun to live thousands of miles away from the one you love!

How did we endure? Here are 3 things that kept our bond strong:

*First off, we made the decision to stay together.
Sounds pretty elementary, but it's SO important to have a foundation of trust. I knew in my heart that he was mine and he knew I was his. No questions asked. That meant I never ever had to worry about him cheating on me and he never had to worry about me cheating on him. We both took the relationship seriously and valued it like no other boyfriend/girlfriend relationship we'd had before.

*Secondly, we communicated daily.
People would ask me, "So, how often do you get to talk to your boyfriend?" My answer: "Every single day! (duh!)" . . . Okay, so I didn't say "duh" but I always felt like saying it. I understand that not every long distance relationship is made up of daily phone calls. For instance, those who are in the service don't have the luxury of picking up a cell phone and calling their significant other on a daily basis. Yet, for us, this was possible and we used that to our advantage. Being the word-lover that I am, I also took major advantage of emailing and messaging and texting and anything that had to do with expressing myself through words.

*Lastly, we got creative!
Funny enough, we weren't big fans of Skyping. We did use it a few times but those times were rare. I found it frustrating, more than anything, to see his face on the screen and not be able to touch him. So, when I use the word creative, I don't mean the skyping kind of creative. I mean the thinking outside the box type of creative.

One of the things we did was watch movies together. We'd both sign onto our Netflix account, choose a movie together, and literally press play at the exact same time: "Ready, babe? Set..... okay, play!" It was cute and meaningful and fun.

There was also about a 2 month long period where I recorded a daily video diary and emailed it to him so he'd have something to watch during his work break. He really appreciated that and it gave him something to look forward to every day.

There's also snail mail! When you're in a long distance relationship it's important to take the time to send your love a little somethin' special every now and then, via snail mail. These days snail mail is considered uncool but I'm a major fan of it still! Taking the time to head over to your local mail box or post office shows that you truly care. Besides, I have yet to meet a person who doesn't get at least a little excited when they receive something special in the mail.

The bottom line is this:
Long distance relationships will be difficult at times. There will be tears and there will be days when you feel frustrated with the way things are, BUT you can only survive a long distance relationship if you're willing to set those negative feelings aside and choose to put in some work!

If your boyfriend/girlfriend means the world to you, then you'll find yourself doing all you can to keep your bond strong despite the miles that separate you.
And hey, your story may just end in marriage and unity ever after!

{You're more than welcome to check out a way more detailed version of our long distance love story in my neck of the woods anytime at This Road Called Vida. }

Guest Post: Beach Reads


Hey everyone! I am currently in Ocean City, hanging out with my best friend Sarah. So, Liz here has volunteered to do a guest post for me about her favorite beach reads! She blogs at Chanel and Chocolate Cake. So, check out her blog when you get a chance, just like me, one of her idols is none other than, Carrie Bradshaw. Enjoy!
Hey girl hey! My name is Liz and I blog over at a little blog called Chanel and Chocolate Cake. I was tickled to write a post for Chelsea Elizabeth while she was gone.
Summer by far is my favorite time to catch up on reading and the beach is the best place to devour a book. Aside from having sand in the pages, its pretty much the perfect scenario for a day off.

These are my favorite books for the beach (in paperback obvis)

1:The Pretty Little Liars (by Sara Shepard) series is pretty intense for being a Young Adult series. The books are much different than the hit show on ABC Family, but they are super entertaining and a fast read. The 9th book just came out over the holiday and I am eagerly waiting to read it. (Weird fact: I cannot read hardcover’s just too difficult.)


2: Beach Blondes is a fun YA read as well. This is a collection of books written by Katherine Applegate. It basically follows a girl to Florida where she meets three boys. (I always wanted to meet three boys during summer, so its fun to pretend.) It is a page turner and will leave you wanting to know what is going to happen with Summer.

3: Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin is recently one of my favorite books that I have read. It is about two friends who are sleeping with the same guy. One is engaged to him and one is his best friend. (I know, I know such a scandal!!!) But the writing and the emotions that the girls go through is so real and raw… I definitely think this books is a must read this summer.

4: Mr. Maybe by Jane Green is a hot and sexy read for the beach. I usually don’t like british chick lit, but the way that this one is written is just fun and hot. The main character, Libby is hillar and you really hope she finds that guy...


Even with sand in the pages, it was fun to tell you all about my favorite beach reads. Remember sunblock!

Sunny Days


Dress: Xhileration, Clogs: Old Navy, Purse: Xhileration, Bracelet: Xhileration, Necklace: Vintage
As much as I love hot ,sunny days in the summer it does make for squinty eyes in outfit pictures. AS soon as I saw this dress at Target I had to buy it! Not only because it was marked down to $10 but I was in love with the cut of the dress and with how girly it was (ruffles AND a floral print? Ahhh. Have to have it!), also I loved the pretty bright coral color. It's a dress that just screams "summer". Also, I love styling it with vintage jewelry and 70's inspired clogs. I also paired this dress with a bright lipstick, I used "Pink About It" by Revlon. By the way, is anyone else obsessed with revlon lipstick? I can't stop buying it! I'm currently on the look out for "Orange Flip" every time I go to the store!
© Organized Mess • X Maira G.