Tied Up Tobi Tank-Casual Summer Outfit

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Tie the Know Tank: Tobi (ON SALE FOR $10!) | Shorts: Nordstrom Rack | Bag: Guess (30% off now)

This tank from Tobi is seriously the cutest! It is so comfy and easy and I plan on wearing it so much this summer. This is my last post in the Tobi series and I am so sad its coming to an end but I had so much fun sharing some of my favorite Tobi styles with all of you! What one was your favorite?

Yesterday I went and shopped the Victoria’s Secret semi annual sale and PSA barrettes are $5!! Guys I have bought 11, its borderline ridiculous but you seriously can’t have too many (in my humble opinion). And last night I went to an open gym here in Springfield and met a bunch of the Missouri State cheerleaders and they were the sweetest. These past few years I have been on the ground but last night I got to fly a little bit and it was so fun (I think I will stick to basing though). I love how many friendships I have made because of cheer, people always ask what I love most about college cheer and the people are easily my #1 favorite. Cheerleaders are always stereotyped as being mean and dumb but I can honestly say that many of the cheerleaders I have met are some of the nicest and most fun people ever. I can’t wait to go “play” with them again!

I hope you all had a great weekend! Xoxo, Sam

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

This post is in collaboration with Tobi, but as always all opinions are my own

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Friday Favorites

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1. Jumpsuit | 2. Luggage (on clearance) | 3. Benefit Mascara

4. Boyfriend Shorts (under $60) | 5. Metallic Flatforms | 6. One Piece Swimsuit

Hi guys! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite summer items! Once I start looking for new summer stuff I feel like its a trap and I get sucked into thinking I NEED everything! Summer styles this year are just so cute.

Jumpsuits: I am literally obsessed with wearing jumpsuits and rompers. They are so easy and can be thrown over anything. I love this one from Tobi and this one from Asos (under $60).

Luggage: Right before I went to Daytona I got a brand new Steve Madden suitcase and once you get nice luggage there is no going back. Plus I am digging the fun prints that they come in.

Makeup: I am not one to wear a lot of makeup (clearly) but I do like to throw on mascara every once in a while. I’ve tried Too Faced, Covergirl, Tarte, and so far this Benefit Mascara is by far the best. The applicator is super nice and it doesn’t clump. I love it.

Boyfriend shorts: I love these because they are so cute and so flattering, plus they are a more modest option of shorts without looking boring.

Metallic flatforms: Metallic shoes are on of my favorite trends and I’ve been wearing platforms for a couple years so I am pumped that the two combined are finally in style!

One piece swimsuits: I am so glad that these are in style and they are making so many trendy options that still look young and modern.

 

Xoxo, Sam

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Casual Summer Dress Under $50

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Dress: Brickwood Boutique (under $50)

This week has been such a good one. On Wednesday I went to see the new Wonder Woman movie and it was sooooooo good. We used to have superhero outfits and watch the old tv show so the fact that Wonder Woman got a movie was a childhood dream come true (ps, thanks dad for passing on your superhero taste to me). Last night after work a group of us went out to a Tap House in Springfield and  today I spent the day lounging around the pool and going to garage sales. It has been so fun.

I absolutely LOVE this dress from Brickwood Boutique! It is so flowy and casual and perfect for any of the above summer plans, except maybe the pool!;) It comes in black and taupe and I can’t decide which color I like more! Christen, the owner of Brickwood and one of my favorite people, is always posting photos on the Brickwood Instagram of new arrivals so make sure you’re following so you don’t miss anything, clothes fly off the shelves in there.

Xoxo, Sam

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Travelin’ Around Yellow Romper

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Yellow Romper: Tobi | Suitcase: Target | Shoes: Red Dress Boutique

If this yellow romper doesn’t scream summer I seriously don’t know what does! It reminds me of sunshine, warm weather and fun. It is so versatile and would be great thrown over a swimsuit, for parties, or for a travel day! Traveling and exploring are my favorite things to do. I love to try new foods, see new places, and experience new things. With all the traveling we did for competitive cheer growing up I’ve always felt like I lived out of a suitcase but this summer I’m doing it quite literally, and I’m so glad I get to call a new place home for the summer. It is so crazy that this time last year I was at home in my little comfort zone and now I’m in a third place this year. If you get the chance to live out of a suitcase too I hope you take it!

Have a great week! Xoxo, Sam

P.S. see my other two Tobi looks here and here

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

This post is in collaboration with Tobi, but as always all opinions are my own

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Tobi Strapless Jumpsuit and 9 Random Thoughts

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Outfit details: Jumpsuit: Tobi ($29 with code TOBI50)| Bag, Similar: Red Dress Boutique | Shoes, Similar: Red Dress Boutique

Hi friends, this is my second week in Springfield and I am having so much fun. Speaking of seconds, this is my second Tobi post, see the first one here. Below are some random thoughts about my outfit, my life here, and other random things!

  1. I love retro styles and burgundy so this jumper was love at first sight.
  2. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how I can’t wait to have my own online store when I’m older. I am constantly thinking about the clothes I want to carry, the girls I want to style, and the site I want to have. I swear I’m inspired by everything these days from Instagram to street style, other bloggers, other sites. I’m totally soaking it all up right now.
  3. I don’t think I have mentioned it on here yet but I am going in for round 2 of college cheerleading next year. It has been so weird not having practice everyday this summer but I am enjoying a little bit of extra free time. But I can’t wait to see all my teammates in the fall, I miss them so much.
  4. I am obsessed with Girl Boss, the Netflix show and the book! The clothes are so cool, I seriously wish I could pull off flare jeans and platform boots the way Sofia does and her willingness to take risks and ignore what others think makes her my actual spirit animal. She rocks!
  5. Springfield is so fun, they have some really cute boutiques and lots of cool restaurants, I’ll round up my favorites in a future post.
  6. I am babysitting some kids while I am here and they are the coolest, I’m loving it.
  7. I am obsessed with PLL this season, for any of you that are as crazy as me and like to read A theories this one is insane.
  8. I am sitting at Starbucks right now because the new apartment doesn’t have wifi yet, I got the peach green tea lemonade to try and it’s pretty yummy, would recommend.
  9. I finished the book American Dreamer by Tommy Hilfiger earlier this year and it was sooooo good. I love Tommy Hilfiger style and for anyone interested in fashion business I would highly recommend. Are any of you as obsessed with the Gigi X Tommy collection as much as I am because I can’t get over it.

Have a great weekend! Xoxo, Sam

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

This post is in collaboration with Tobi, but as always all opinions are my own

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Off The Shoulder Striped Top Brickwood Boutique

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Outfit Details: Off the Shoulder Top and Bracelets-Brickwood Boutique (Under $50!!)

Last week when I was home, I spent about 1/3 of my time at Brickwood Boutique with one of my favorite people, Christen. She owns Brickwood in the Indie House and it is seriously one of the best and most affordable boutiques that I know of (if you don’t live in the area just Instagram message her and she will ship). I’ve worn so many pieces from her store to events in college and I always get compliments on my outfit, plus the items there are always unique so it’s something that no one else has.

Brickwood is in the process of launching an online store (coming soon), and I was lucky enough to get to see a ton of the new arrivals and take pictures in them. When she pulled out this adorable off the shoulder top I was pumped. Lately I have been loving off the shoulder tops. I think they are really trendy and fun and show a little bit of skin without showing too much, ya know what I mean? The stripes and fringe are so cute, I know this top will be a summer staple.

Have a great week!

Xoxo, Sam

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Pink Suede Summer Dress + A Life Update

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Outfit details: Pink Suede Summer Dress: Tobi (only $31 with code Tobi50) | Bag, Similar: Red Dress Boutique | Bracelets, Similar: Brickwood Boutique | Shoes, Similar: Red Dress Boutique

Hi friends! I hope you’re having a great summer so far. We finished with finals and cheer tryouts the first week of May so I have been home the past couple weeks hanging out. This week I am moving to Springfield Missouri for the summer for a job and to live with two of my best friends, Wendy and Savannah. I am so excited to see them and hopefully work a lot. There are so many fun things to do in St. Louis and last summer I was able to work enough to fund most of my fun/shopping trips this past year so I am hoping to do the same thing. I saw a post on Twitter a few weeks ago that said something like “summer in high school is all fun and games but summer in college is a matter of how much weight can I lose and how much money can I make in three months.” I thought it was so funny and true.

After finishing my first year of college I can truly say that college is the best. I have loved it so much and was genuinely sad when the year was over. Last year on my first day, we had cheer practice and I remember all of the returning girls running in and hugging each other and acting so excited to be back. I literally was thinking who gets this excited for school? I get it now! I have made lifelong friends and done so many fun things. Lately I have been thinking a lot about my first year and I am seriously so glad that my parents encouraged me to go away and I got the opportunity to live on my own and do so many exciting things.

I have been a Tobi fan for a while and think they have so many cute things and are super affordable. They even offer 50% off on first orders with the code Tobi50. They sent me a few items that I am so excited to share with you over the next few weeks. The first look is this pink suede dress. I love the shape of it and think it will be so cute for summer graduation parties, weddings, dinners, etc. Suede is one of my favorite materials because it adds some texture to such simple items. It is only $31 with the code Tobi50 so it is pretty affordable and can be worn to so many different occasions. I styled it a little dressier with my favorite platform sandals and mixed gold and silver to accent the mauve color.

I hope you have a great week!

Xoxo, Sam

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

This post is in collaboration with Tobi, but as always all opinions are my own

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Brick Walls and a Babydoll Tank from Marta’s Boutique

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Babydoll Tank: Matra’s Boutique | Giving Key Necklace: Philanthropy Cape | Purse: Stash

Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend. It was my very first Mardi Gras experience here in St. Louis and it was a blast. St. Louis is host of the second biggest Mardi Gras celebration in the country and they literally shut down the streets in the old French District to celebrate.

This outfit is perfect for spring festivals and parties. I love mixing neutral colors and metals and think this outfit is so simple and cute for spring. This babydoll tank is from Marta’s Boutique, the sister store of Mod that I mentioned in my last post. It is so simple and easy to style. Long hemlines are my favorite and this tank hangs perfectly, plus the lace and zipper detailing really add to the look. I threw on a pair of distressed white skinny jeans and my oversized cardigan, both clearance items from when I worked at Aero. My sandals are $3 kids shoes from Old Navy, they are one of my favorite pairs that I own because they mix silver, black and brown and really tie any outfit together. I added some gold accessories and this edgy purse from Stash to add a pop of color and complete the outfit.

Have a great week!

Xoxo, Sam

**Photography is by Sarah Christine Photography, be sure and like her page and contact her for all things photography!

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Workin’ It with Mod

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Romper, Hat, Purse, Sunglasses, Jewelry: Mod | Shoes: Red Dress Boutique

Hi friends! I can’t believe how long its been since we’ve chatted last. Life has been pretty crazy lately. Last time I made a post, winter break had just started and family time and the holidays really distracted me. I did’t realize how much I missed being at home until I was back… No school, no practice, no responsibilities. It was like a mini vacation.

On January 5th, things picked right back up. I literally drove straight from my house to our cheer practice facility before I could even go to the dorm for the kick off of NATIONALS SEASON!! We got straight to work… I thought all star cheer was hard but its got nothing on college cheer. Fast forward to this past weekend we had our first performance to practice getting in front of a crowd, we hit our routine (for non cheer people that means we had no falls) and it was the highlight of my college cheer career (all 6 months of it). It was so exciting to see the hard work pay off and is really inspiring to get ready for nationals.

This semester I got to move in with my best friend Gabi! Since then, dorm life has gotten way better. Every Tuesday after cheer we watch The Bachelor together, we go on Starbuck’s runs, we get sushi, and we literally stay up until 2 in the morning talking. I know people say living with your best friend isn’t always a good idea but it is working for us. Its like having a sleepover every single night. Classes this semester are definitely harder than last. I am not getting to take as many business classes so I can knock out my gen-eds and I am ready to be done with them.

I recently got a job this semester at another boutique, Mod! I’m only about three weeks in but so far it has been awesome. They really had big shoes to fill because my last job at Philanthropy was probably the best job in the world, but Mod girls are pretty awesome and I think I’m going to like it here! It has been a great way to make new friends that aren’t cheerleaders and to finally get to dress up in cute clothes (I may have a fashion blog but I wear leggings and no makeup to class every single day). I am so excited to be working with Mod not only in the store but also on the blog! Everything I am wearing (except the shoes) is all from Mod.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with Mod, they are a small business that started in Edwardsville IL and have grown to four locations (Edwardsville, St. Charles, Kirkwood, and O’Fallon). Almost everything in the store is under $75 so they are super affordable and they are always running sales! Be sure and follow them on Instagram and like their Facebook so you can be in the loop. The family also owns Marta’s Boutique which is a little higher end and another trendy option. And, if you stop into the St. Charles location you may see me every once in a while, I’d love to help you pick out an outfit!:)

In my break from posting, I have been brainstorming some exciting stuff for originalsamsmith.com! The first thing is, I am working with Sarah Christine Photography while I am here in St. Charles. She is super talented and I can’t wait to see what we do together. But, don’t think I have forgotten about my homegirl Emma because I’m sure she will be back with me as soon as I’m home for a break. And if you didn’t know, SHE STARTED A BLOG TOO! Be sure and check her out here, I am so proud of her and miss her so much. I am in the process of designing a newsletter so I can share exclusive content, my favorite sales, and get to know you better so be on the lookout! I made a new blogger friend, Molly Brianne! She just launched her blog last Friday and it looks fabulous! Be sure and check her out and be on the lookout for a collab coming soon. I love having such talented friends!

If you’ve made it this far, thanks girl! I am so excited to be back and I can’t wait to tell you more about college and my life here! Please reach out to me in the comments, on social media, or the contact page and let me know what you’d like to see! I post a lot of my college cheer and adventure pictures on Instagram so make sure you’re following me if you want to see those!

Have a great day and I will talk to ya soon, pinky promise!

Xoxo, Sam

**Photography is by Sarah Christine Photography, be sure and like her page and contact her for all things photography!

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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

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