Thank you to HandPicked for sponsoring this post. Check out behandpicked.com for fabulous handcrafted jewelry and fun apparel!

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Wisconsin winters are not for the faint-hearted. We like to joke that winter is typically a 6 month season around here with the frigid temps and endless snow. However, this winter so far has shaped to be very different than the past ones. It’s been unseasonably mild and dry; something that at first seemed like a blessing. I used to hate winter, mostly because driving is a pain in the butt, and I don’t really have thick skin (even though I’m born and raised in Wisconsin!) With each day passing, I get anxious about when it is going to snow. With the holidays soon approaching, Christmas just doesn’t feel right unless we have a white winter wonderland!

Lately, I’ve been desperately in need of updating my Winter wardrobe. I have plenty of fun summer and fall clothes, but lack those thick, cozy sweaters that are an absolute necessity for Wisconsin winters. I recently came across the most adorable boutique called HandPicked that supplied me some of the CUTEST winter wear I have ever owned.

A small town girl, I’m a huge fan of small businesses. I will support locally owned small businesses before I ever touch anything corporate. When HandPicked reached out to me to collab, I researched the boutique and was very pleased with the company’s story and values. Inspired by silver artisans of Mexico, HandPicked strives to pleasantly surprise every customer by offering new and affordable, specially designed, handmade and hand-selected sterling silver jewelry and personalized gifts. After browsing the site, I came to the conclusion that I basically want every single product they offer. It all just SCREAMS “Chelsea!” The bohemian vibe, the crazy patterns, and the edgy jewelry; I wish I would have found this boutique earlier.

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I am forever thankful for this GORGEOUS Elegant Native Fringe Ruana that HandPicked sent me. If you are anything like me, you may be questioning, “What the heck is a ruana?” When I came across this word on their website, I looked it up; a ruana is a poncho-inspired garment that has origins from Venezuela and Colombia. I love the eccentric patterns and the cool tones of navy and gray; perfect for this cold weather!

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I’m so in love with the Hunger Games-inspired “Girl On Fire” necklace, earrings, and bracelet set. These arrow-shaped sterling silver pieces give any look an edgier feel.

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If you are looking for last-minute gift ideas for the holidays, I totally recommend checking out the goodies by HandPicked. Each item is unique and tells a story. In addition, prices are very reasonable. (Something that is a MUST for me!!)

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I’ve never owned a poncho before, and I can honestly say that I’m completely in love. Not only is it incredibly warm, but the oversized sweater that drapes over my shoulders gives it a sexy, yet classy vibe. Last night I wore it to my sister’s last high school choir concert and even onstage for the last song that the alumni and community is invited to join. I received so many compliments on it! Paired with my favorite wool hat and my new caramel heeled boots from Charlotte Russe, this may be one of cutest outfits I have ever put together.

Printed ruana // Handpicked
Wool hat // H&M
Necklace // Handpicked
Earrings // Handpicked
Bracelet // Handpicked
Boots // Charlotte Russe

Photography by Haylee Helmle

Be sure to see what other trends I’m rocking on my Instagram! What colors are you excited to wear this winter?

Xoxo,

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  • I love everything about this look! The poncho, the hat, the lip color…I want it all!

    All the Best,
    Allison | http://www.LiveLifeWellBlog.com

    • Aw thanks Allison! And thanks for noticing my lip color! lol

  • Candy Kage

    You had me at poncho and then I saw the boots. Love.

  • Love that poncho! I think I need one now…

    • It’s seriously so comfy.

  • Karin Rambo

    Pretty look! You paired the poncho well with the heel of the boot. It really balances everything out!

  • I love the outfit! I’m not sure I could pull it off, but you look amazing. We are also having a dry winter so far this year, and I’m also getting anxious about it. We have to travel the week of Christmas though, so I am ok with it waiting until we are done with that for the snow to start flying.

    • Safe travels! I wish it would snow :(

  • Greta Hollar

    I’m obsessed with your outfit! So cozy and chic.

    • Thank you Greta! I had a blast with it.

  • I love that poncho and boots!!!!

  • I love everything about this outfit! I live in MN (originally from WI) and sweaters/sweatshirts are a staple during the winter months! :)

    • Aw well hello fellow neighbor! Where in WI are you from?

  • Beautiful photography and beautiful YOU! Goodness, you are gorgeous and that outfit is stylish but still looks comfortable.

    • Thanks! My photographer did a great job!

  • Love these pops of color with the cool tones!

    • Thanks so much! I’m a huge fan of navy :)

  • Love love love :)
    Capes and ponchos have been so hip this season.
    xoxo, Jenny

    • Thank you so much Jenny! xo

  • Gorgeous!! I love that it looks cute and cozy :) Also the arrow bracelet is so darling I need to add it to my Christmas list.

    Chandler | Life as a Larsen

  • LOVE! I love that poncho! It looks so cozy and perfect for winter!

  • I love this whole look, but I especially love the delicate jewelry.

    • Thanks Rebekah! I loved how delicate and sweet the jewelry were as well.

  • LOVE this outfit, Chelsea! It’s stunning on you. You’re a doll!

    • Thank you so much, sweetie!

  • Those are terrific colors for you and the styling is right on. I would love to wear my new poncho soon and hope to!

  • Lindsay Katherine

    Wow, I am loving this outfit. I especially love the dainty Hunger Games-esque bracelet. I am like you – in desperate need of updating my winter wardrobe. Last winter I was pregnant, so I missed a whole year of getting new winter clothes. I’m definitely in a bit of a rut. I love supporting local businesses, too. Great post all around.

    • Thanks so much, Lindsay!! I bet you were the cutest preggers lady ever! xo

  • Love the outfit! I really like your knee highs. I can totally relate to the intense winters, being from Canada haha. Never get used to the cold- our winters are usually from end of September until mid May haha.

    http://katelynmcphee.blogspot.ca

  • Dana Brillante-Peller

    The delicate bracelet is so pretty! I also love the ruana..the colors are perfect for you!

    • Aw thank you so much, Dana! xo

  • I love the pattern and colors of the poncho! So cute and perfect for the winter months

    • Thanks girl! It was such a fun outfit to style!

  • The boots!!! OH EM GEE!! So cute. I need them in my life.

  • Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    What a beautiful shawl that is! I love the boots too, I love boots!

  • I love Handpicked! That poncho is FAB.

    • They are awesome! So happy I stumbled across them.

  • Kara Ziegler

    I love everything about your outfit! Especially the hat and boots. I’m drooling over here 😉

  • I love your cape/shawl! I bought one like that online not long ago but it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. Yours is beautiful!

  • Christine Martinez

    Absolutely love your entire outfit! I need to get a poncho like that. :)

    • Thank you so much, Christine!

  • Gorgeous! I’ve seen so many women rocking sweaters like that but don’t have one myself yet. You look so cute!

    • Aw thank you so much, Lauren!

  • I’m really not a huge poncho fan but you make it look good! You may be making me rethink my mindset. 😉

  • Donnica Smalls

    The boots are amazing! I’ve been looking for a pair that color. And the Hunger Games-inspired “Girl On Fire” set is so cute. Thanks for sharing!

    • I LOVE the arrow-shaped jewelry! Thanks so much for visiting my blog! xo

  • Sweet Right Here

    Love the outfit! In LOVE with that necklace and bracelet! I’ve been looking for something like those!

    • Glad to have helped you found something you love! xo Thanks for reading!

  • I love your outfit, so adorable as usual, I shared it on twitter!

    • Aw you did! Thank you so much, Valerie!! xo

  • TheCuriousBlueberry

    Love your outfit! I love the color combo! Thank you for posting this!
    xo, Sara

    http://www.thecuriousblueberry.com

    • Thank you so much for the read!