Chelsea Connolly


A Colorado native, Chelsea Connolly spearheads Reign’s brand, layout, look and feel as the magazine’s art director. With a sophisticated eye for design, her work has been influencing luxury publications for almost a decade, and she is instrumental in creating Reign’s clean, fashionable yet approachable aesthetic. Here, Chelsea takes you behind our masthead and shares the people, places and things that keep her inspired. ReignMakers_ChelseaConnolly_Picks

1. ZENTS: My all-time favorite bath and body products … from shea butter lotions to rich concretas … I can’t get enough.  My go-to is blending the mandarin and petal scents for my own signature aroma.

2. Artifact Uprising: There is something so beautiful about showcasing your captured memories in heirloom quality albums that you can pass down to your children.  I make an album for each year and it’s so fun to have all our adventures in one place.  They also make gorgeous art prints and giftable calendars and photo boxes.

3. Santa Barbara: This is our happy place!  Seven years ago I took my then-boyfriend there on a mystery trip for his birthday and he turned around and proposed to me while on a sunset harbor cruise. We adore the old Hollywood laid-back glam vibe of El Encanto, which has incredible views and luxury private bungalows.

4. Veuve and Agave Wheat: If I’m feeling fancy I love me some Veuve … but if I’m in the mood for something local and refreshing I’ll grab and Agave Wheat.  My husband works for The Breckenridge Brewery so we’re lucky to always have a stash in the fridge.

5. Breckenridge: My husband lived here for 20 years so it’s our go-to mountain respite when we can break away.  We’re so excited for the ski-in/ski-out Grand Colorado luxury resort to open at the base of Peak 8.

6. Perfect Petal: My favorite local storefront for just about everything … I’m smitten over their coveted collections of jewelry, candles, homegoods and flowers.  Every time I’m craving a new something special for me or a friend I head on over.  And sometimes I just want to get a hug from the adorable owner, Cindy Ollig.

7. Nest Candles in Blue Garden: Just Heavenly.

8. Face Time: With two kids and crazy work schedules I feel like my husband and I are ships passing in the night  … face time lets me pretend the four of us are all in the same place at the same time.

9. Laura Mercier – Coral: My old standby lip color for daytime … a beautiful color that is perfect for any season.

10. MAC – Red: My old standby lip color for nighttime … a red lip can add glam to any look and makes you feel sassy and confident.

11. Bare Escentuals: I love this mineral makeup … great coverage but doesn’t feel heavy or caked on. The concealer helps me hide my dark under-eye rings from being up all night with my two kiddos.

12. Magazines: Magazines are my life and my house is bursting at the seams with every genre imaginable. My all-time favorite is Esquire, which reminds me of my Grandfather who was a lifelong subscriber. I also adore Reign (obv!), New York Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Rolling Stone and Town & Country.

13. Noodle & Boo: A friend gave me some of this shampoo and lotion after my second son, Cooper, was born.  It is the most delectable baby care line … after I give Coops a bath I could just eat him right up!  A must-have for new moms.

14. My Family: I absolutely couldn’t live without the loves of my life … my husband, George, and my two boys, Trey (three-and-a-half) and Cooper (six months) … and my huge 120-pound dog, Bowie, a Bernese Mountain Dog-Great Pyreneese mix. Most the time I feel like I live in a frat house … but I wouldn’t have it any other way!