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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Guide. "Thank You Mom" book, candle, and card.

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Guide. "I Love You Mom" book, candle, and card.Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Guide. Wrapping gifts for my mom.

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Guide. Candle, and card.

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Guide. Cards.Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Guide. Wrapping gifts for my mom.

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Guide. "I Love You Mom" book, candle, and card.

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Guide. "Thank You Mom" book, candle, and card.

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Guide. Writing a card for my mom.

Shirt: Philanthropy  (Cape Location) | Gifts: Annie Em’s at Home | Location: The Old Feed Store

Okay people, if you’re anything like me, you wait until the very last minute to get gifts for EVERYTHING! I need two hands to count the holidays I’ve been scrambling the day before to find the perfect present, and Mother’s Day is no exception! Annie Em’s at Home is a charming little store in downtown cape with a wide variety of gifts and home decor that are perfect for Mother’s Day. Above are some of my personal favorite items for the occasion.

From the books to the card, all of these things are super customizable which I think is really special and I’m sure your mom will adore. The books are my favorite of the bunch. The red one has topics that you fill in about your mom describing the reasons you love her, and the floral is already filled in for you. Not only are they super meaningful but the beautiful covers would look great on a coffee table or shelf. The candles match perfectly and they smell super yummy, I can’t decide which I like more. And the cards… The covers are so cute, but I love that they are blank so you can write your mom a personal note on the inside.

Be sure to give your mom some extra love next week!

Xoxo, Sam

**Photography: Emma Staley, follow her on Instagram @emmabeenice

Clothes For a Cause

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Clothes for a Cure. Modeling a printed romper, silver cardigan, and lace-up Roma boots.Clothes for a cause. Modeling a printed romper, silver cardigan, and lace-up Roma boots.

Clothes For a Cause. Modeling a printed romper, silver cardigan, and lace-up Roma boots.

Modeling a printed romper, silver cardigan, and lace-up Roma boots.Clothes For a Cause. Modeling a printed romper, silver cardigan, and lace-up Roma boots in front of Front Street Gallery.

Clothes For a Cause. Modeling a printed romper, silver cardigan, and lace-up Roma boots.

Romper: Philanthropy | Cardigan: Similar | Necklace: You Wood | Boots: Roma

So today I’m wearing some products that are a little special, they are all clothes for a cause! Everything (except the cardigan) is from a brand that give back!

I’m starting with this adorable romper from Philanthropy. The print is so cute and it is great for spring and summer, plus, at least 10% of your purchase is donated! The boots are from the brand Roma. They are a one for one company and their mission is “Giving Poverty the Boot”, so every time someone purchases a pair of boots, a pair is also given to a child in need! The pair I am wearing is from the Sadie Robertson “Live Original” collection. I love the color and the lace up detail, they are so unique and a great conversation piece. The necklace is another Sadie Robertson product. It is from the brand You Wood (read about their story  here). They partner with different organizations that believe “You Wood Feed the Hungry, Free the Slave, Love the Orphan”.

Xoxo, Sam

**Photography: Emma Staley, follow her on Instagram @emmabeenice

Striped Tank

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Modeling a navy striped tank top with denim, gold accessories, and a brown leather bag. Modeling a navy striped tank top with denim, gold accessories, and a brown leather bag.

Modeling a navy striped tank top with denim, gold accessories, and a brown leather bag. Close up image of gold jewelry with navy blue detailing.

Modeling a navy striped tank top with denim, gold accessories, and a brown leather bag.

Modeling a navy striped tank top with denim, gold accessories, and a brown leather bag.

Striped Tank Top: Bloom Studio and Gifts (Facebook & Instagram), Brickwood Boutique | Jeans: Similar | Flats: Similar (only $12.90) | Necklace: Bloom Studio and Gifts | Purse: Michael Kors, Similar (25% off) | Lipstick: Mac, Ruby Woo

Lately I have been loving mixing neutrals and adding pops of color with the accessories. I found this striped tank at Bloom Studio and Gifts and thought it was so adorable. I love the print and think it looks so cute with some distressed skinny jeans (I also think it would be cute with white jeans). This gold and navy necklace matches perfectly and is really adds to the top half of the outfit. I added my red suede flats and matching Mac lipstick to pop against all the blues. And then, the purse… This is my absolute favorite purse. It matches everything, and who doesn’t love a good Michael Kors? If you’re a clearance lover like me check the Macy’s clearance rack, they usually have super cute Michael Kors purses on sale (this one was less then 1/3 of the original price)!

Have a fabulous week! Xoxo, Sam

**Photography: Emma Staley, follow her on Instagram @emmabeenice

Philanthropy Dress

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Philanthropy Dress. CLoseup of the embroidered detail of the dress and oversized olive cardigan.

Philanthropy Dress. Modeling a cream dress with embroidered details, an oversized olive cardigan, and moccasins.

Philanthropy Dress. CLoseup of the embroidered detail of the dress and oversized olive cardigan.

Philanthropy Dress. Modeling a cream dress with embroidered details, an oversized olive cardigan, and moccasins.

Dress: Philanthropy | Cardigan: Similar | Moccasins: American Eagle

So I recently discovered a store that I totally love, and I’m not just saying that because I work there now, *drumroll* Philanthropy in Cape (come say hi on Saturdays)! Their motto is “Fashion and Compassion”, how can you not love them? I think this Philanthropy dress it is so cute, plus 10% of the proceeds are donated (win, win). I love the embroidered detail and the cutouts at the top and think the colors are perfect for Spring. Ya know I love an oversized cardigan so of course I had to throw this olive green one on top. It is so comfy and it has pockets which I totally love. I paired my brown moccasins with the outfit. The bow detailing is so cute and I love that they aren’t super thick with fur so they are great when it gets warmer.

Xoxo, Sam

**Photography: Emma Staley, follow her on Instagram @emmabeenice

Pink Skirt

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Pink Skirt. Modeling a "Live Simply" graphic tee, pink ballerina skirt, and lace up wedges.

Pink Skirt. Close up of "Live Simply" graphic tee shirt and silver jewlery.

Pink skirt. Close up of the lace up wedges.

Pink Skirt. Modeling a "Live Simply" graphic tee, pink ballerina skirt, and lace up wedges.

Pink Skirt. Closeup of the "Live Simply" graphic tee.

Pink skirt. Close up of the lace up wedges. Shirt: Eccentrics (Sold Out, Similar Ones on Site) | Pink Skirt: Eccentrics | Shoes: Similar

Who else took ballet classes every week when they were little and thought one day they would be the star of the Nutcracker? Guilty! This pink skirt totally helps me relive the ballet days. I love the soft pink color and the flowy shape. It is so fun to walk and move around in and feels very effortless and feminine. I’m obsessed with these wedges, they are my favorite pair I own. I love the tie back and neutral colors and think they look great with a skirt or dress, or with a pair of jeans. I paired this outfit with a “Simple” graphic tee to make it a little more casual and added some silver jewelry.

Xoxo, Sam

**Photography: Emma Staley, follow her on Instagram @emmabeenice

Coachella Inspired

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Coachella Inspired. Modeling a lace detailed shirt from Stash boutique in Cape Girardeau MO, an aztec printed skirt, black booties with gold details, layered gold necklaces, and Ray Bans.

Coachella Inspired. Modeling a lace detailed shirt from Stash boutique in Cape Girardeau MO, an aztec printed skirt, black booties with gold details, layered gold necklaces, and Ray Bans.Coachella Inspired. Close up image of the gold buckles and cutouts on the black booties.

Coachella Inspired. Modeling a lace detailed shirt from Stash boutique in Cape Girardeau MO, an aztec printed skirt, black booties with gold details, layered gold necklaces, and Ray Bans.

Coachella Inspired. Close up of lace detailing and the printed skirt.

Shirt: Stash | Skirt: Similar (on sale)| Booties: Similar | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Oh my gosh, who else got super sad every time they got on social media this weekend because they weren’t at Coachella?  I feel you! Going to Coachella has been on my bucket list for a while and I can not wait until the day I finally get to go… I wanna ride that ferris wheel and try the watermelon popsicles so bad! But, with all the Coachella pics comes TONS of fashion inspiration, it’s got me feeling very “Coachella Inspired”! Soooo many of my favorite celebs were there and I loved to see what they were wearing. Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are always some of my personal favorites as well as Shay Mitchell, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Vanessa Hudgens. I love the boho and edgy styles that they bring, yet they always look so effortless.

This lace detailed shirt is another Stash find (gosh I love them)! Lace is so in right now and I saw a ton of it at Coachella. I paired it with this American Rag printed skirt from the Macy’s clearance rack. The print screams boho to me! I saw booties all over my Instagram feed this weekend so I had to incorporate my favorite pair into this outfit. The gold buckles and cutouts on the side are so cute…. And guess what? These are also a clearance rack find: $8 people! Gotta love a good sale!

Xoxo, Sam

**Photography: Emma Staley, follow her on Instagram @emmabeenice

Taylor Swift Tee

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Taylor Swift Tee. Modeling a Taylor Swift concert tee shirt with a blue suede skirt and polka dot keds.

Taylor Swift Tee. Close up image of tee shirt and sunglasses necklace.

Taylor Swift Tee. Modeling a Taylor Swift concert tee shirt with a blue suede skirt and polka dot keds.

Taylor Swift Tee. Modeling a Taylor Swift concert tee shirt with a blue suede skirt and polka dot keds.

Taylor Swift Tee. Close up of polka dot Keds.

Taylor Swift Tee. Modeling a Taylor Swift concert tee shirt with a blue suede skirt.

Tee Shirt: Taylor Swift (on sale)| Skirt: Similar | Shoes: Keds, Similar (on sale)| Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

If I could go back in time, I would have bought tickets to go see T-Swift on the 1989 tour… but I can’t, so this Taylor Swift tee will have to suffice. She is just so cool. I love the vintage vibe of this shirt and think it is so cute (if you are going to order it I would recommend going up a size or two because it runs pretty small). I’ve been seeing navy suede skirts all over the place so I had to get one too. I found this one on the Old Navy clearance rack for a little over $6 (yay). Since Taylor Swift has a Keds collection, it only seemed appropriate that I wore mine. These were another clearance find that I snagged for around $12 at Macy’s.

Have a “Style”-ish weekend! (Get my T-Swift pun?)

Xoxo, Sam

Books and a Dress

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Books and a Dress. Close up image of the printed dress and my Mac "Ruby Woo" lipstick in front of the local library.

Books and a Dress. Back view of a printed dress from Stash Boutique in Cape Girardeau MO in front of our local library.

Books and a Dress. Modeling a printed dress with an oversized cardigan and Tommy Hilfiger sandals in front of our local library.

Books and a Dress. Close up image of the embroidered detailing of the dress and the Mac "Ruby Woo" lipstick.

Books and a Dress. Close up image of the embroidered detailing of the dress and the Mac "Ruby Woo" lipstick.

Dress: Stash | Navy Cardigan: Similar | Sandals:  Similar | Lipstick: Mac, Ruby Woo

Hello! I hope you’re having a fabulous day! You all probably guessed it…. I found some books and a dress from Stash! If you have not had a chance to stop in there yet, girl you’re missing out! You can never go wrong with a black and cream dress, and I love the embroidered detailing at the top. I got these Tommy Hilfiger sandals at TJ Maxx a few years ago and they are my go to shoes in the summer. It was a little chillier this day so I threw a navy cardigan over it. Am I the only one that buys my sweaters and cardigans about two sizes too big? I love the oversized look! I always roll the sleeves up a couple times so it’s a little more fitted in the arms.  And, you can never go wrong with some red lipstick!

Xoxo, Sam

P.S. How cute is our library?

**Photography: Emma Staley, follow her on Instagram @emmabeenice

Little Red Dress

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Modeling a "Little Red Dress", inspired by 70s trends and fashion.Close up image of my face and the vibrant red print.

Modeling a "Little Red Dress", inspired by 70s trends and fashion.Close up image of the platform sandals and gold detailing.

Modeling a "Little Red Dress", inspired by 70s trends and fashion.

“Little Red Dress”: SimilarSimilar | Shoes: Similar

Hey girl! I hope you are having a fantastic Monday! To my fellow high schoolers, we’re one Monday closer to summer (holla)! This season I’ve been super inspired by 70s trends and I think this dress and shoes definitely give off a 70s vibe. I love the vibrant red of the dress and the shape of it when I walk or move around! These are my first pair of platform sandals and they definitely won’t be my last. When they first started coming out (or coming back?) I was a little skeptical, but I got over that quick. They are so comfortable and go with so many outfits! If you don’t have a pair already, you should get some!

What are some of your favorite throwback trends right now?

Xoxo, Sam

**Photography: Emma Staley, follow her on Instagram @emmabeenice

Senior Pictures: Style Guide

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Senior Picture: Style Guide. Modeling a printed dress and oversized cardigan with a floppy hat and brown booties. Posing in a brick alley. Senior Picture: Style Guide. Modeling a printed dress and oversized cardigan with a floppy hat and brown booties. Posing in a brick alley. Senior Picture: Style Guide. Modeling a printed dress and oversized cardigan with a floppy hat and brown booties. Posing in a brick alley. Senior Pictures: Style Guide. Modeling a Live Original tee shirt, oversized cardigan, denim shorts, floppy hat, and rain boots. Walking around downtown Cape Girardeau MO.Senior Pictures: Style Guide. Modeling a Live Original tee shirt, oversized cardigan, denim shorts, floppy hat, and rain boots. Posing against a storefront in downtown Cape Girardeau MO.Senior Pictures: Style Guide. Modeling a fur vest and flare jeans. Posing on a staircase. Senior Pictures: Style Guide. Close up image of my face.Senior Pictures: Style Guide. Modeling a fur vest and flare jeans. Posing against a brick wall. Senior Pictures: Style Guide. Modeling overalls and a crop top with a hat and flannel. Posing in downtown Cape Girardeau MO.Senior Pictures: Style Guide. Close up image of my face. Posing with sunglasses. Senior Pictures: Style Guide. Modeling overalls and a crop top with a hat and flannel. Posing in downtown Cape Girardeau MO.Senior Pictures: Style Guide. Modeling a leather jacket, maroon jeans, and a beanie. Posing against a brick wall.Senior Pictures: Style Guide. Close up image of my face wearing a beanie. Senior Pictures: Style Guide. Modeling a striped dress, oversized cardigan, floppy hat, and high top converse.Senior Pictures: Style Guide. Close up image of my sister, Amanda, and I.

Heidi Grippo from Bella Bambino Photography took my senior pictures and I just love them! She does such a phenomenal job and completely exceeded my expectations! I wanted my pictures to look similar to something you would see in a magazine and I thought we really achieved that! literally just showed up to the shoot with clothes and Heidi did everything else…. Poses, locations, editing, I mean she literally did it all. Since I only had one job, I made sure to do it well. I brought sooooooo many clothes. Probably too many. I made sure to bring things that could all be mixed and matched together and we threw the outfits together on the spot. Several of the outfits I would never wear in public but they turned out to be some of my favorites on camera. For example, what appears to be a crop top in the overalls outfit is a black tee shirt tucked in so it looks like a crop top. The hats were my favorite items of the entire shoot. I thought they added a vintage vibe, and really pulled it all together. She had me wear at least one piece in each outfit that had a pop of color too. I had an absolute blast shooting these! Be sure to check out Heidi’s website to see some of her other work, she rocks!

Thanks again Heidi!

Xoxo, Sam