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Real Girls, Real Style: Chelsea

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About Chelsea:

Chelsea Borgerding

My name is Chelsea Borgerding (don’t worry, I will not ask you to pronounce my last name at the end of this post) and I am one of the co-authors of with my fellow ginger, Jessica White. I am originally from southern California, but I have found a home among the hippies in the Bay Area, first living in Berkeley and now living in the Haight. Despite my love for the hippie lifestyle, living in the Haight has tremendous thrift shopping upside. I have found some of my favorite pieces at the thrift shops on Haight, starting with a pair of Mui Mui bejeweled flats for $65! Yes, $65. Aside from shopping on the Haight, my second favorite place to shop is eBay. Are you starting to get a sense of who I am? I like a deal, always. 


Style Survey:

1. What was the last item of clothing you purchased? 

Clog booties. If you are like most, you hear the word, “CLOG” and think, OH NO,” but I like what I like and I love these and cannot wait for them to arrive in 5-7 business days!



2. What is your favorite item in your closet?

Definitely my boyfriend fit denim. As much as I love getting dressed up and feeling girly, I love wearing my “comfy” pants. I love that comfort is in this season. Hooray for the sneakers and slouchy trend!

boyfriend fit denim


3. What trend do you just not get?

The legging trend, or more specifically the leggings that are sort of see through. Either wear a longer shirt, or just buy some pants.

4. What’s on your shopping list?

Who doesn’t have 15 things in their shopping cart at all times? The worst part, realizing your “cart” is worth two pay checks but my number one “swoon item” is this Nicholas dress I saw on Atlantic Pacific.

atlantic pacific dress

5. Where would you go on a dream shopping spree?

Anthropologie. No hesitation. From the store environment, visual designs, and store associates, every experience I have in an Anthropologie has been wonderful. Yes, even on Black Friday.


Outfit of Choice:



This is by far my favorite outfit and represents so many things I love. It encompasses my love for the “slouchy” trend, while staying true to my love for sparkle and preppiness.

Pants: Gap; Top: J Crew (similar here); Shoes: Gap (similar here); Clutch: Jasper & Jeera (similar here); Watch: Michele; Bracelets: J.Crew, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic (similar here), Stella & Dot ; Earrings: Banana Republic; Sunglasses: old (similar here)

Thank you so much Chelsea!! I love getting different perspective and seeing how others style an outfit! Plus, I always get ideas on new stores or trends to try!  Make sure you follow Chelsea on Ginger Side of Life!

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Originally published May 15, 2014

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