Behind the Scenes with Buckets and Bunches

We interrupt this week’s Mini-Alt programming for some, well, regularly scheduled programming. It wouldn’t be Wednesday without BTS, am I right? This week’s BTS girl is someone I have the pleasure of meeting…today! Chelsea, from the blog Buckets and Bunches, is one of my roommates at Alt. I thought it was perfect timing to feature her here! Chelsea is finishing up wedding planning, so her blog is filled with great ideas for the big day, as well as non-nuptial related posts on design, art, interiors, style and more. She’s also just a super sweet girl. I’m so glad that as of today, I can call her a real life friend!

Oh, I love to travel. I would move to Europe (Italy or Switzerland) in a heartbeat. Five places I haven’t been that I would love to go are (1) Japan, (2) Turkey, (3) Israel, (4) Egypt, (5) the Maldives. I actually have been to Istanbul, but I am dying to go to Cappadocia, an ancient rock city in Turkey.

The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon (ok, I am actually about a third of the way into it now and loving it), Gay Men Don’t Get Fat by Simon Doonan, Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (yeah, I know it is young adult, so what?).

(1) Michelle and I are planning on turning Buckets and Bunches into a business in the near future. I am so excited and passionate about this project. I love fashion and styling, Michelle loves design and interiors and we dabble in a million creative arenas. Buckets and Bunches will be a styling company for your life.
(2) Babies! David and I are getting married in less than two months so in five years I would love to have started a family.
(3) The suitcase in that image represents a couple of things for me. Travel, for one. Relocating from Houston is another dream. I have made amazing friends here, but I need seasons and a change. I get itchy feet pretty quickly.

(1) Our wedding! It is March 3, 2012 and I am just trying to keep organized. All of the major things are taken care of, so now I am working on the little details to personalize the event. It is SO much fun. Seriously. The best challenge.
(2) I already mentioned it, but building Buckets and Bunches into a business. To get there we are working on all of the little details, registering the business, learning the ins and outs. We are also dreaming about turning my spare room into an office and one of my favorite parts, branding! Hopefully after goal 1, the wedding, is over I will have a lot more time to devote to the biz.

Hosting. We have a house…after living here for almost eight months it is coming together. Yeah, it takes a while. But now that it is presentable I want to have friends over, cook more, arrange fresh flowers, learn how to mix cocktails, organize regular game nights or tv show viewings. That’s right, I am getting domestic!

My friend Lissy always says “love you buckets and bunches.” The blog is all about fashion, beauty, design, people and events that I love. While brainstorming blog names, I found myself stumped trying to find an all encompassing title. Lissy served up the perfect inspiration for my new adventure on the internet.

I am not going to lie, glossies cover about every surface of my house; Vogue, Elle, In Style, House Beautiful…You name it. I read online shelter magazines too, I am loving Rue and Matchbook right now. I actually read Esquire as well, I love the innovative way they have brought their magazine online. Their iPad app is amazing. Aside from my magazine addiction, I find inspiration from my friend and partner, Michelle who just looks at things differently than I do. The back and forth we have drives me to be more creative and think outside my norm. Last, but not least, my mom is incredibly fashionable and follows that up with an incredible house she designed and decorated on her own. I have always borrowed her clothes, jewelry, and style. She also taught me to think globally about design and fashion, which I am so grateful for.

Honestly, my proudest achievement to date is being in recovery from depression, anxiety and an eating disorder. I really didn’t plan on getting down and personal with you, but I want to contribute to eliminating the stigma attached to mental illness and be honest. On top of that, maintaining a loving and caring relationship with my man since I was 18 is pretty awesome in my mind.

Ooh, that is tough. I am going to with lounging on my couch with my computer on my lap and a pup conked out on either side. We call it “the puppy couch.”

I actually started blogging in the summer of 2010. It was fairly short lived for many reasons. But I missed the outlet, the community, and the opportunities so I began blogging again this past July. I stick with blogging because of the people. I love receiving feedback and inspiration from the blogging community, and I also just need the outlet to make sure the creative part of my brain isn’t going stagnant.

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  1. 1.18.12

    I liked reading this and getting to know Chelsea – also, I really like her biggest accomplishments to date. It’s nice to hear that not all bloggers’ lives are rainbows and cupcakes :)

  2. 1.18.12

    I so love Chelsea’s honesty and excitement. They both shine through in this post. I am so excited to go check out her blog!

  3. 1.18.12

    This series is my favorite, Vmac + Cheese! Another great interview/cool girl. Hope you two roomies have fun :)

  4. 1.18.12
    Jacquelyn said:

    I love this series!
    I loved finding out more about Chelsea – and I can’t wait to see what buckets & bunches becomes in the future!

    Have fun at alt ladies – I’ll be thinking of you both!

  5. 1.18.12
    Chelsea said:

    Thanls for all the positive feedback! And thanks again ( and again) Victoria for having me!

  6. 1.18.12

    So great to learn more about Chelsea!! A really wonderful young lady!! Very interesting and fun!


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  7. 1.18.12

    I was originally so sad to take a break from mini-Alt week but as always, I love this feature. I’m actually not familiar with Chelsea’s blog… heading over to check it out now!

  8. 1.18.12

    Great introduction Victoria. Chelsea seems like such an honest, genuine girl and I can’t wait to check out more of her blog!

  9. 1.18.12

    I love this series! It’s so much more in depth than a lot of blogs do for their guest posts, and I really think it’s great to showcase other bloggers that way. Now I’m off to check out Chelsea’s blog :)

  10. 1.18.12
    Marion said:

    Love the honesty and openness here….thank you Chelsea! And how cool is it that the two of you are rooming together right now at Alt! Just goes to show that these connections we make on-line can turn into something real and beautiful :-)
    XO – Marion

  11. 1.18.12

    Another amazing feature! I really appreciate her honesty. And the photos are gorg!

  12. 1.18.12

    This girls honestly and openness is very refreshing! major props for planning a wedding…we ended up eloping because the stress of planning a wedding was too much!

    <3 Kate Wolfson

  13. 1.18.12
    soanthro said:

    Love this post Chelsea! Such gorgeous images, and girl you are such an inspiration!

  14. 1.18.12

    omg Hunger Games is awesome – read it now! (before the movie comes out!)

    Also I totally want to read the book Gay Men Don’t Get Fat lol.

    – Sara @ Gameday Stylist

  15. 1.18.12
    Lauren said:

    Had to comment on this. I was amazed when I read her “accomplishments to date”. I went through the exact same thing. Hard core depression and anorexia and bulimia when I was 15 & 16. Also never really talk about this, but BRAVO to her for laying it out there! So proud of her! Heading to her blog now…

  16. 1.18.12

    Reading everything about her makes me smile. You can feel the happiness and her sunny personality just by reading this. Advance congratulations for your wedding Chelsea!

  17. 1.18.12

    Victoria, where do you find all these delightful bloggers? Love Chelsea’s personality and honesty. My cousin went through the same thing years ago and is doing fabulously now. Off to check out more! X

  18. 1.18.12
    maria said:

    Great getting to know Chelsea, she’s such a motivator!!!

  19. 1.18.12
    Alexa said:

    Can I move to Italy with her? :)

  20. 1.19.12

    This is possibly one of the greatest posts I have seen in a long time. So thoughtout and inspiring, but youre merely saying how you feel.

    You have gained an avid follower.


  21. 1.19.12
    Chelsea's Little Sis said:

    What she forgets to mention in her inspiration is her fabulous little sister… just throwin’ that out there…

    • 1.21.12
      Chelsea said:

      Oh bean, you are too funny. You are my strength and my love. Now wear what I say! xo

  22. 1.21.12
    adie2356 said:

    What a cute dogs but I would say that the baby dressed like a shark definitely make me laugh.
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  23. 1.23.12
    Chelsea said:

    Oh, I just read through all these comments again and they mean so much to me. Thank you all and I can’t wait to find you over at your own blogs. xo

  24. 5.9.13
    Ailee said:

    I love this // Chelsea. She’s amazing. What a great post.