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Floral Can Be Edgy Too

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Dress: Brickwood

Hello there! How are you doing this week? I have been CRAZY busy lately and finally had some time to update some things and get stuff done these past few days which has been so nice! I have been working on some super exciting things that I can’t wait to share with you soon! I hope you have been loving the new-er site! If you haven’t already, be sure and check out the Style and Shopping page!

One of the best parts about starting this blog is the people I have met, and Christen at Brickwood is one of the best! Brickwood has so much cute stuff and is pretty affordable! Make sure you like Brickwood on Facebook and follow them on Instagram because there are always deals going on that you won’t wanna miss! This Brickwood dress is so cute! I love that it is so girly and feminine but can also be styled a little edgier like I did here. The lace is right on trend with the season and I love this vibrant floral print. This shade of blue is so pretty and I don’t have anything similar to this in my closet so I knew I needed to have it! I paired the dress with my black combat booties and hat to edge it up a little bit! Then, I layered some simple gold necklaces and my sister’s fringe bag that I totally took from her room when she wasn’t home (if you’re reading this, thanks sis)!;)
**Photography: Emma Staley, follow her on Instagram @emmabeenice

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Palazzo Pants- WLB Style Collab

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Palazzo Pants: WLB Style ($10 off now)| Necklace: Philanthropy

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday! I swear this summer is flying by… I feel like if I blink, summer will be over and I will be moved into my dorm at Lindenwood. It’s that time of the summer where when I am buying new things, I am looking for pieces that can be easily transitioned into fall. I think these pants are so fun and a perfect transition piece. They are so flowy and look great when you’re walking or moving around and give off a very easy and effortless vibe. I also love the detail on the waistband. I styled them with this simple tank top to stay cool on these hot days. I think the embroidery at the top pairs really nicely with the waistband of the pants. And, I think you could add a jean jacket or sweater in the fall to easily switch seasons.

Hats are probably my current favorite accessory. I am always looking for an excuse to not style my hair and hats are the perfect solution, plus they are so trendy and literally “top” off any outfit. This hat is a PacSun clearance find that I snagged for $5. I wear my Giving Key necklace with just about every outfit and this one is no exception. It is so simple and a great conversation piece. I love explaining the meaning behind it. For those of you that are unfamiliar with The Giving Key, they employ people transition out of homelessness in LA to stamp the words on them. You wear the word that describes you and then when you meet someone that you think is also described by the word, you pass it on to them. I think they are an incredible organization and I love supporting them.

Since launching this blog I have gotten a lot of questions about fashion for different ages. I am so excited to partner with WLB Style to help conquer the misconception that once you reach a certain age, you can not wear fabulous things! If you head over to WLB Style blog, Amanda, the stylish owner and blogger, is showing how to style this chic pair of pants with her own sophisticated twist!

Have an awesome week! Xoxo, Sam

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

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Rompin’ Around

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Romper: Love of Family and Home (only $26) | Purse: Brickwood Boutique

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a great week! By now I think you know that I LOVE rompers! They are so easy to throw on and are always super comfortable. They are also super easy to transition from a dressier event to a more casual event. I bought this romper at Love of Family and Home. I love the floral print and it is super affordable. I added this simple brown cross body and my new favorite platform sandals to go with the outfit (make sure you are following me on Instagram because I will be giving this bag away soon)!

Have a good weekend! Xoxo, Sam

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

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Summer Blues… And Reds, And Whites

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Summer Blues... And Reds, And Whites. 4th of July Outfit Ideas.

Hi people! I hope you are having an awesome weekend celebrating America’s Birthday! I’m so excited for the holiday I wanted to show you two more outfit ideas! Both outfits are so comfortable and patriotic, they will be perfect for your 4th of July festivities! Amanda is wearing a super cute tie-dye dress from American Rag! I feel like tie dye is an American fashion staple and is such a fun statement. She styled her dress with simple brown booties from PacSun and some gold jewelry. I’m wearing my star printed denim dress that I purchased at Old Navy. Stars and denim also scream “America” to me. My favorite part about this dress is that it has pockets. Dresses with pockets are the best. I added my new favorite tie dye headband and my lace up yoga slings to finish off the look!

Have a Happy 4th! Xoxo, Sam

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

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We Don’t Wear Red, White, & Blue Everyday… But When We Do, It’s The 4th Of July

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Hi everyone! Who else is excited to celebrate the 4th of July next week? Yay for USA, and BBQs!;) For those of you that don’t know, this is my sister, Amanda! She is definitely my best friend and it has been so much fun being in high school with her this past year! She is equally as ready for a chance to get dressed up as I am and has a very similar style to mine (only she’s a lot better at the hair/makeup). She is wearing a super cute striped tee shirt dress from Old Navy. I love how simple and effortless it looks. To add a pop of red and make it a little more functional for parties and fireworks, she paired it with her red high tops and pulled her hair back with a bandana. I am wearing this fun, red and white striped peplum, also from Old Navy ($6 clearance find). It is really trendy and comfortable and is perfect for a hot day! I paired this shirt with my new favorite Tommy Hilfiger shorts, I snagged these up at Goodwill for $2! I love the boyfriend fit and that they are a little bit longer, plus, who doesn’t love quality jeans for two bucks? I have been obsessed with hats this summer and this one is probably my current favorite, I love wearing it with my swimsuits to the pool. It is a $5 PacSun clearance find (CLEARANCE RACKS ARE THE BOMB) (that was supposed to be a firework pun). I added my platform sandals and my Giving Key necklace to finish off the look.

Stay tuned for two more holiday inspired outfits! Xoxo, Sam

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

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Brickwood Poncho

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Poncho: Brickwood | Necklace: You Wood

Hi friends! I hope you are having an awesome summer so far! Since our last chat I have been to a Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber concert… Not gunna lie, I spent the morning trying to figure out if there was a way I could go see either one of them again, SO GOOD! I don’t think I’ve ever screamed so loud in my life (I am going to post a concert style blog soon). I have also been updating my site a little bit. I added a shopping tab with some of my favorite summer products so be sure and check that out!:)

Brickwood has so many cute options for summer and this poncho is no exception. It is super lightweight and I love the print. I think it would look so cute tucked into a pair of shorts or over a swimsuit. I styled it with one of my favorite pairs of jeggings and my suede Toms for a more casual day.

Have a great day! Xoxo, Sam

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

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Meet Me At The Farmers Market

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Meet Me At The Farmer's Market. Modeling a tank dress and floppy hat.

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Dress: Love of Family and Home

Hello people! Who else is loving all of the fresh fruits and veggies this time of year? In Southern Illinois, there are so many farms that it is pretty easy to find at least one Farmers Market a weekend in a 30 mile radius. I thought this dress from Love of Family and Home was so fun for the occasion. It is such a soft material and is super lightweight and breezy for this time of year. A few weeks ago I went to a Love of Family and Home fashion show and this dress was styled with a black floppy hat, I thought it was too cute not to recreate. I love wearing hats… They shade from the sun, and cover a bad hair day, what more could you want? I added this simple Lucky necklace that I snagged off the Macy’s clearance rack for around 8 bucks. I assumed a lot of walking would be done in this outfit so I added my yoga slings. They are the best if your feet get sore after being on them for a while. And when at the Farmers Market, you definitely need a place to store some cash so I grabbed my Vera wristlet. I love that it is so small and lightweight, but has lots of compartments and room for a cell phone, which is great for shopping at the market!

Eat some fresh peaches and strawberries this week! Xoxo, Sam

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

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Fun In The Sundress

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Fun In The Sundress. Modeling a floral sundress and neutral accessories for the perfect summer look.

Fun In The Sundress. Modeling a floral sundress and neutral accessories for the perfect summer look.

 

Fun In The Sundress. Modeling a floral sundress and neutral accessories for the perfect summer look.

Fun In The Sundress. Modeling a floral sundress and neutral accessories for the perfect summer look.

Fun In The Sundress. Modeling a floral sundress and neutral accessories for the perfect summer look.

Fun In The Sundress. Modeling a floral sundress and neutral accessories for the perfect summer look.

Fun In The Sundress. Modeling a floral sundress and neutral accessories for the perfect summer look.

Dress: Brickwood Boutique | Bag: Brickwood Boutique | Shoes: Philanthropy | Diamond Necklace: You Wood | Coin Necklace: For King and Country

Hey girl! I hope you are doing some fun things this week! I have been doing so much summer shopping this past week…. I LOVE summer, not only because school is out and the weather is warmer, but it is the perfect time to add some fun sun dresses to your wardrobe. This layered Brickwood dress is so playful and perfect for the season. I have been loving mix and matching prints and think the variety of florals pair together really well. The vibrant colors are right on trend for summer and this ensemble is great for any summer event. Because of the busyness of the dress, I wanted to style it with neutral colors and minimal accessories. I layered my two favorite, simple necklaces and threw on my beige purse to carry all of my “summer essentials”. These shoes are a pair of my favorites (read more about why I love them and see another way to style them here).

Follow me @originalsamsmith and @shopbrickwood on Instagram for an exclusive giveaway (I will be posting the rules at 10 pm tonight 6/15)!

Here are a few of my essentials and wish list items!

Xoxo, Sam

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

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Celebrity Inspired Clearance Rack Finds

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Celebrity Inspired Clearance Rack Finds. Modeling a striped lace up tee, distressed boyfriend skinny jeans, platform sandals, a fringe cross body, and gold jewelry.

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Celebrity Inspired Clearance Rack Finds. Modeling a striped lace up tee, distressed boyfriend skinny jeans, platform sandals, a fringe cross body, and gold jewelry.

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Celebrity Inspired Clearance Rack Finds. Modeling a striped lace up tee, distressed boyfriend skinny jeans, platform sandals, a fringe cross body, and gold jewelry.

Celebrity Inspired Clearance Rack Finds. Modeling a striped lace up tee, distressed boyfriend skinny jeans, platform sandals, a fringe cross body, and gold jewelry.

 

Hello people! Long time no chat! I am so excited to be back with a new outfit! This outfit is so comfy and perfect for a casual day. Plus, all of the items are clearance finds!!! Lately, tops with lace up detailing at the top have been flooding my Instagram feed. They bring a basic shirt up about 10 notches, I think. They are perfect for the days you want to wear something practical and still look like you put in a little effort. A lot of celebs have been wearing tops similar to this but they are typically out of my price range. I picked this one up  on the clearance rack last week at American Eagle for a little over 10 bucks, so I still get the “celebrity” look at a fraction of the cost. I have also been seeing and loving the distressed, boyfriend fit jeans and searching for a pair of my own. A very trendy friend of mine told me to hit up some of the thrift shops… I found these Levi’s at the Goodwill for only TWO DOLLARS!!! Literally two bucks. As I was scanning the racks I was looking for a lighter wash and something that would fit in the waist because I knew I was going to cut or cuff the bottoms. These were the perfect match. I cut all the holes in them and rolled the bottoms to make them a little more fitted and I think they turned out so great!

The platform sandal trend is one of my favorites. They really dress up an outfit and are much more comfortable than a pair of heels or wedges. I found this super chic pair at Maurice’s for $10. You read that right, brand new shoes for $10. I thought the olive green really coordinated nicely with the black, white, and blue of the outfit and subtle mixing of the different stripes added an extra element to look. This belt has been buried at the bottom of my closet for quite sometime and I am so happy that I found it yesterday. These belts are another celebrity inspired trend that I have been seeing on Instagram, tv, and in magazines. I think they add a sort of boho element to the entire outfit and are such a trendy accessory. I think I paid around 10 or 12 dollars for this at American Eagle a few months ago. The bag is my sister’s and it is also an American Eagle clearance find.

Does anyone else remember when it was practically fashion suicide to be seen mixing browns and blacks or silvers and gold? Thank goodness that is so not the case anymore! I love the mixing of neutrals, metals, and textures to bring the outfit together!

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On a completely different note, how many Selena Gomez fans are out there? Well recently she posted this picture on Instagram and I thought it was so cool, so it inspired Emma and I to do a little photo shoot in Grammer’s Market, our local grocery store. Thank you so much to the nice lady in Grammer’s that let us take pictures, and if you haven’t had one of their deli sandwiches before, you might want to drop in! They are D E L I C I O U S!

Celebrity Inspired Clearance Rack Finds. Grocery shop modeling in a striped lace up tee, distressed boyfriend skinny jeans, platform sandals, a fringe cross body, and gold jewelry.

Celebrity Inspired Clearance Rack Finds. Grocery shop modeling in a striped lace up tee, distressed boyfriend skinny jeans, platform sandals, a fringe cross body, and gold jewelry.

Celebrity Inspired Clearance Rack Finds. Grocery shop modeling in a striped lace up tee, distressed boyfriend skinny jeans, platform sandals, a fringe cross body, and gold jewelry.

Celebrity Inspired Clearance Rack Finds. Grocery shop modeling in a striped lace up tee, distressed boyfriend skinny jeans, platform sandals, a fringe cross body, and gold jewelry.

Have a fabulous week! Xoxo, Sam

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

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Being Bold In Floral, Blue, & Gold

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Being Bold In Floral, Blue, & Gold. Modeling a floral crop top, denim flare pants, gold accessories, and a neutral cross body.

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Being Bold In Floral, Blue, & Gold. Modeling a floral crop top, denim flare pants, gold accessories, wedges, and a neutral cross body.

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Being Bold In Floral, Blue, & Gold. Modeling a floral crop top, denim flare pants, gold accessories, and a neutral cross body.

 

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Top: Stash | Pants: Stash (on sale) | Purse: Brickwood Boutique | Necklace: Philanthropy

Hi there! I have some very exciting news for all my fellow shopaholics! Stash is having a sale, and these pants are on the clearance rack! I think they are so charming and have so much character. The buttons along the sides and the flared shape of them are so trendy and the perfect style for the season. Because of the detailing of the pants, I wanted a more fitted shirt and something that was either cropped, or could be tucked in so you could see the embellishments at the top of the pants. When I stumbled across this top, I thought it went perfectly! The floral print really pops against the simple blue and the little bow at the bottom really adds to the look. Because the top and bottoms are so bold, I wanted to stick with simple accessories to bring the look together and make the clothes be the focal point.

Xoxo, Sam

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