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Christmas Gift Ideas Under $30

Hi friends!  I am so excited for Christmas coming up! I seriously have not bought a single gift yet so I need to get started… We have this tradition where we all go the mall on Christmas Eve and split up and get gifts for everyone! Obviously procrastination runs in the family! I have been searching to get some ideas for people and found some really great options that I wanted to share! I’m working with a poor college student budget so I’m trying to make it stretch, so all of these gifts are under $30! Some could probably be wrapped under the tree but they are also perfect stocking stuffers!
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Happy shopping!
Xoxo, Sam

Hats Off To Finishing Fall Semester 2016

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Dress: Brickwood | Necklace: Sunkissed Creationz

Hi friends! I hope you’ve been having a good past few weeks! I feel like I say this every time but this time I’m being for real, I have been sooooo busy lately! Finals were last week and they really were not too bad.  Good luck to all the girls who still have to take your finals! Study hard, listen to Beyonce’s “Who Run the World (Girls)”, and a few years from now we can all be Girl Bosses together!:)

My friend Gabi and I are obsessed with Starbuck’s Pink Drinks (calling all the basics), and listening to “London Bridge” and “Downtown”. So it was only right that we drive around and jam on our last day together. I seriously can not believe my first semester is already over. It has been such a blast!

This chic little floral dress from Brickwood is perfect for the holidays! When we took pictures it was a lot warmer, but now that it’s freezing out, this would be perfect layered with some tights and a jacket! I added some booties, a maroon floppy hat, and a wrap around choker from Sunkissed Creationz. I’ve been seeing tons of cute art prints and new jewelry on their Instagram (check it out here) that would be perfect Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers, plus they are super affordable and customizable. If you still have a few names to check off your list, or you need the perfect Christmas or New Years outfit, stop into Brickwood and pick up some of these beautiful jewelry options, clothes, and accessories,

Happy Holidays ladies! We’ll chat soon.

Xoxo, Sam

Lust For Rust

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Rust Off the Shoulder Top: Brickwood Boutique

Hi friends! I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving last week and are getting in the Christmas spirit! I am so excited for Christmas break, it can not come fast enough! I am praying for some snow days when I get home so Amanda won’t have school and we can hang out at home like we used to!:)

This shirt is a favorite from Brickwood! I am loving off the shoulder tops this season and this printed one is so pretty. I paired it with a pair of cuffed jeans and booties and a choker on top. Since it’s getting colder, it would also be super cute layered under a leather jacket!

Xoxo, Sam

**Photography: Emma Staley, like her Facebook page EGS Photography

My Outfit Might Be Blue But My Attitude Is Not–A Thanksgiving Outfit

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Jacket: Brickwood | Top: Philanthropy | Purse: Stash

Hello! Who else is excited about Thanksgiving this week (insert the hand raise emoji here)!! I can’t wait to go home and see my family and sleep in my own bed hahah! This outfit is perfect to wear to Thanksgiving festivities! Our family usually goes pretty casual for the holiday so jeans and a cute shirt is totally the norm! This paisley top is from Philanthropy. The print is beautiful and the lace detailing is the perfect touch. Plus, it’s a really loose fit, perfect for hiding your food baby, hahah!;)  I threw on this jacket from Brickwood on top. It is pretty lightweight and easy for layering. To finish off the look I cuffed some skinny jeans, added some brown booties, and threw on a white cross body from Stash!

Have a great holiday!

Xoxo, Sam

**Photography: Emma Staley, like her Facebook page EGS Photography

{Not} A Plain White T-Shirt

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Necklace: Philanthropy

Hi friends! I hope you had a good weekend! I did some shopping, ate at Fitz’s down in the Loop, and went to church Sunday morning… Oh and I caught up on about two weeks worth of laundry. It was so nice and relaxing to finally have a weekend off! This is an outfit I would typically wear on a weekend like this last one. It’s comfortable, casual, and still cute. Both the white t-shirt and slip on shoes are Old Navy clearance rack finds. Old Navy always has really great basics on clearance that are great for layering and mix and matching, I’ve linked a bunch below (just click on the image and you will be directed to the website to browse or purchase). I added some of my favorite accessories to spice up the basic white t-shirt like my orange purse, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Giving Key necklace, and a headband.

 


Have a great week!

Xoxo, Sam

**Photography: Emma Staley, like her Facebook page EGS Photography

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A Sister Is A Forever Friend–How We Style Patchwork Pieces In The Fall

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My Outfit: Patch Printed Dress-Philanthropy | Purse-Philanthropy | Bracelets-Sunkissed Jewelz

Amanda’s Outfit: Tank-American Eagle, Similar | Patchwork Jeans-Aeropostale, Similar | Booties-Kohl’s, Similar

Hi friends! I hope you are having a good day despite all the insanity, haha! I’m so ready to stop talking about politics and start celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas (and shopping all the holiday sales)! On a different note, I finally understand why college students are so crazy this time of year, it’s because EVERYTHING is due right now. Let’s just say my ability to wait until the very last minute to start an assignment and still get it done on time is being put to the test. Also, we are down to our last few cheer practices before break and are switching from football to basketball so things are equally as crazy and exciting in the gym. Aside from class and cheer I’ve been having a lot of fun since we last chatted! In the past two weeks I saw two movies, The Accountant and Hacksaw Ridge. Both were so good and the movie theatre here makes the experience that much better. Not only do they have recliners, they have butt warmers too!! I’d rate it a 10/10!;) I also made another trip to the zoo with some of the girls on my team! And last weekend my friend, Hannah, was home from Clemson and I got to see her for the first time since August and meet some of her sweet friends!

Also while I was home I got to see my family! I miss them so much at school and love seeing them! I wish Amanda could live here with me sometimes. She is always my favorite concert date and shopping buddy and she makes me laugh all the time! We pretty much have the exact same style, these two outfits together totally prove it. Normally when we go to the mall, we split up in the store and then meet up in the dressing room and more often than not we both have at least one of the same things picked out. One of our recent picks are patchwork. It is so trendy and perfect for fall! I love this patchwork dress from Philanthropy. It pairs perfectly with the suede cross body, also from Philanthropy, and the layered bracelets from Sunkissed Jewelz. Amanda’s look is a more casual take on the patchwork trend. Her jeans were a clearance find from Aeropostale and her laced-up tank is also a clearance find from American Eagle! Both of these outfits would be perfect for fall parties or Thanksgiving dinners!

Have a great week!

Xoxo, Sam

**Photography: Emma Staley, like her Facebook page EGS Photography

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Buttoned Up and Toned Down

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Kimono & Buttoned Skirt: Philanthropy | Necklaces: Sunkissed Jewelz

Okay people, if this outfit doesn’t scream fall, I seriously don’t know what does! Between the vibrant orange, neutral basics, lace detail, and leather button-up skirt this outfit is a perfect option. I feel like the only thing missing in these pictures are some changing leaves and pumpkins!;)

Have a great weekend!

Xoxo, Sam

**Photography: Emma Staley, like her Facebook page EGS Photography

Excuse My French {Bulldog}

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French Bulldog Graphic T-Shirt: Brickwood | Necklace: Sunkissed Jewelz sold at Brickwood

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a great week so far! I’ve been busy with class and cheer (per usual). I mentioned homecoming in this post and thought I’d fill you in on how it went haha! Thursday was our pep rally which was probably my favorite part! The sororities and frats did a lip sync which was so funny and we performed a routine with the dancers! Our routine went really well and our coaches were happy with it which is always good. Ya know the saying “happy wife, happy life?” When you’re an athlete it’s more like “happy coach, happy life” hahaha!;) Friday night not much was going on on campus so some of my friends and I went exploring in a town really close to St. Charles called New Town. It is one of the cutest places ever and I want to go back during the day and walk around. Saturday was the parade and the game which my family came up for so I was so happy to see them! It had been so long since I had seen my sister and I missed her a lot. That night we all went out to eat with my friend Ashlynn and after my family left Ashlynn and I went to the mall (typical)! And Sunday I finished the weekend off with a trip to the pumpkin patch!

Now for the outfit! I LOVE this t-shirt from Brickwood. It is so soft and so cute. Plus you just can’t go wrong with a cute graphic t-shirt. I styled the graphic with a pair of jeans, Converse, a flannel, and a pom pom choker from Sunkissed Jewelz (also sold at Brickwood)!

Talk to ya soon! Xoxo, Sam

**Photography: Emma Staley, like her Facebook page EGS Photography

Give ‘Em “Pumpkin” To Talk About-A Day At The Pumpkin Patch

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Pumpkin Patch: Rombachs Farm

Yesterday my friends Gabi (follow Gabi on Instagram here), Paige (follow Paige here), and I went to the pumpkin patch! This was my first time ever at a pumpkin patch but I felt totally at home with all of the corn fields, horses, and hay everywhere haha! We walked around eating a funnel cake and drinking lemonade, exploring all the different things to do and taking a TON of pictures. I definitely wanted to get a few “basic” pictures at the pumpkin patch for Instagram and Gabi jokingly mentioned a blog post… And now we are here!;) If you’ve been wanting to visit a pumpkin patch I definitely would recommend Rombachs in Chesterfield. It is free to get in and they have a ton of things to do (some of the attractions cost but it is super reasonable). There was live music, pumpkin displays, a little haunted house, pony rides, and a bunch of other stuff, I would totally come back next year!

I met both of these girls through cheer and they make it so much more fun! All of the people I have met are probably the best part about cheerleading. Gabi is also a freshman and she was one of my very first friends here. We ride to every practice together (our practice facility is about 20 minutes away from campus so we get a lot of quality bonding time in) and hangout all the time, I seriously don’t think I could have survived the first month of cheer and school without her! Paige is a sophomore and we just became friends more recently. Gabi and I go hangout in her room and watch movies with her roommates (who also cheer and I love)!

All of these pictures were taken by us or a stranger with our phones so they are not quite as great as what Emma (my usual photographer) does haha! But an exciting collab with Emma all about photography is in the works, so stay tuned!

Have a great week! Xoxo, Sam

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Not A “Daisy” Goes By That I Don’t Miss My Best Friends

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Dress: Philanthropy | Purse: Stash | Jewelry: Sunkissed Jewelz

Hi friends! This week is homecoming week at LU and I’m really happy about it! Cheerleaders are performing at the pep rally tomorrow and the football game is Saturday! Since my high school didn’t have football, this will be my first pep rally ever so I can’t wait to see what they are actually like haha! This past weekend I visited my two best friends, Wendy and Savannah, at Missouri State for their homecoming… We didn’t even watch the whole game because we went zip lining instead, priorities!;) When we weren’t trying to understand football or flying over trees they were taking me to the best restaurants. From gourmet grilled cheeses, sushi, and Italian cheese bagels at the Farmers Market, I feel like I experienced it all. If Wendy and Savannah didn’t live there I seriously think I’d go back just for the food, it is soooo good! I can’t wait to go back and visit them!

This dress is one of my favorites from Philanthropy. I wear floral all the time so of course I was drawn to this one! I don’t usually see this color in a floral so I thought this dress was so pretty! The neckline of this dress is super pretty and doesn’t need much accessorizing but I thought this lace chocker by Sunkissed Jewelz created a really chic and layered look. The cross body purse is from Stash. I think the structured shape and the crisp white really pop against the floral print. Black booties are a staple for me in the fall and winter and I think they pair perfectly with this dress.

Have a great week!

Xoxo, Sam

**Photography: Emma Staley, like her Facebook page EGS Photography

 
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