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Prom

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Prom. Modeling an animal printed, Rachel Allan, two piece dress.
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Prom. Modeling an animal printed, Rachel Allan, two piece dress.

Prom. Modeling an animal printed, Rachel Allan, two piece dress.

Dress: Rachel Allan, The Prom Boutique | Corsage: The Enchanted Garden | Shoes: Steve Madden | Lipstick: Mac, Ruby Woo

To all the underclassmen, when you get your chance to go to prom, GO! And please, dance the entire time… I’m telling you, it will be so much fun!

When it comes to prom style I always want something that will stand out and no one will have anything even similar to. This animal printed, two piece, immediately caught my eye. I think it is so fun and I figured not too many other people would have a dress that had leopard AND zebra print covering the top. I think the print at the top paired with the simplicity of the skirt goes so well together. I loved that there was a mini skirt underneath so the slit up the side looked really striking. Although, if I was a designer of the dress I would have made the overlay detachable because it would have been so much easier to dance without all of that extra fabric. I am typically not a huge fan of corsages but I thought this one turned out beautiful. At Cobden prom, a girl had a corsage made entirely of feathers, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever (check out her Instagram here), so I asked if they could somehow incorporate those into mine. Suggesting the feathers and picking out a few of the ribbons was really the only input I gave and Enchanted Garden designed the rest. If you don’t know what you want, walk in and tell her what you don’t want and she will do a fabulous job!

Xoxo, Sam

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

I’m Feeling Inspired By The 70s

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I'm Feeling Inspired By The 70s. Modeling a pleated denim dress, platform sandals, round Ray-Ban sunglasses, and a printed Fossil purse.I'm Feeling Inspired By The 70s. Side view of the of the pleated denim dress, platform sandals, and a printed Fossil purse.I'm Feeling Inspired By The 70s. Close up of the of the pleated denim dress, featuring the gold button detail and navy blue belt.I'm Feeling Inspired By The 70s. Close up back view of the of the pleated denim dress.I'm Feeling Inspired By The 70s. Modeling a pleated denim dress, platform sandals, round Ray-Ban sunglasses, and a printed Fossil purse.I'm Feeling Inspired By The 70s. Close up of the pleated denim dress and a printed Fossil purse.I'm Feeling Inspired By The 70s. Modeling a pleated denim dress, platform sandals, round Ray-Ban sunglasses, and a printed Fossil purse.I'm Feeling Inspired By The 70s. Back view of the of the pleated denim dress.I'm Feeling Inspired By The 70s. Close up of the pleated denim dress, round Ray-Ban sunglasses, and a printed Fossil purse.

Dress: Perfectly Posh | Platform Sandals: Similar | Purse: Fossil, Similar | Sunglasses: Ray-Bans

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a fabulous week! For all my Cobden people, IT”S GRADUATION WEEK! Holy cow, I can’t believe it! If you are searching for a graduation dress Perfectly Posh in Marion has soooooooo many cute options! I definitely recommend checking them out!
I am still obsessing over 70s trends (see another 70s inspired outfit here). I saw this dress hanging up at Perfectly Posh and I knew I had to share it with you! Ya know I love denim, and I think the pleated bottom and gold buttons are just adorable. And, since the dress is so neutral and simple, it can be styled so many different ways. To match the gold buttons and 70s theme I added my round Ray-Ban sunglasses and platform sandals. This Fossil purse was a Christmas gift from a few years ago and I think it is so cute! Crossbody purses are my favorite and the shape is so perfect for carrying all of the essentials. Plus, the print is absolutely adorable and stands out against the simplicity of the dress perfectly!

What decades are you feeling inspired by this Spring?

Xoxo, Sam

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

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15 Things I LOVE About My Mom

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15 Things I love About My Mom. My mom and I at homecoming 2015.

I know everyone thinks they have the world’s best mom, but I am pretty convinced I struck gold! Mom, you rock, and you are my rock! I don’t know what I would do without you!

Here are 15 of my favorite things about my mom!

  1. She always puts others before herself and is one of the most genuine and generous people that I know.
  2. My friends love her like she is their own mom.
  3. She is hilarious… when she isn’t trying to embarrass me.
  4. She taught me to be kind and to treat others how I would want to be treated.
  5. She committed to being a cheer mom because that’s what I love… From driving back and forth to practice, taking us to cheer competitions, putting our hair in ponytails when we wouldn’t sit still, she’s done it all.
  6. She also stepped up to coach high school cheerleading, trust me people, it’s a lot of work.
  7. She has always encouraged me to be an individual and not follow the crowd.
  8. She is the best cook, EVER.
  9. She has taught me to love Jesus.
  10. If I ever need to talk to her about anything, she is always there to listen.
  11. She enjoys eating at a good restaurant as much as I do.
  12. From going to the movies in our pjs to a Maroon 5 concert, she is almost always down for an adventure.
  13. It’s usually pretty easy to convince her to let me listen to my Justin Bieber cd on a roadtrip.
  14. She has fed my shopping/clothing addiction.
  15. I have never, ever, doubted her love for me.

I Love You!
Xoxo, Sam

 

When I “Grow Up”

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When I "Grow Up". Modeling a pale pink coat, striped sweater dress, and lace up wedges. When I "Grow Up". Modeling a pale pink coat, striped sweater dress, and lace up wedges. When I "Grow Up". Modeling a pale pink coat, striped sweater dress, and lace up wedges. When I "Grow Up". Back view of the pink coat.

When I "Grow Up". Close up of the pink coat and striped dress.

Pink Coat: Eccentrics | Striped Sweater Dress: Eccentrics | Shoes: Similar

When I “grow up” I want to have my own clothing store!

About a year ago, I discovered an adorable store in Carterville, Eccentrics. They are a great example of how I envision mine to look. The interior is so adorable, there are so many great clothing options, and the employees are always so helpful and sweet. Like Philanthropy, they are a store that uses their platform to give back. They run “Give Back Beautiful” campaigns involving different charities and organizations!

I have been eyeing this coat for awhile. It is sooooooooo cute! The pale pink color is beautiful and the fabric is so soft. It is super lightweight too so it is great for this time of year. When I was walking around picking out clothes for the blog, I saw this sweater dress paired with the coat. I was originally going to style something different with it since it was already on display, but I just kept coming back to it. It is the perfect length to wear to work or school, but it could also be paired for going out (it would be great for graduation parties and events coming up too). And, I have been seeing a lot of turtlenecks this winter and spring so I think it is super on trend. I love that it is a print to go with the simplicity of the coat and the black and white stripes really work with the color of the coat.

Basically, if you haven’t been to Eccentrics, you are missing out!

Xoxo, Sam

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

 

 

A Printed Romper, Internship, and Fork Necklace

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A Printed Romper, Internship, and Fork Necklace. Modeling a printed romper, silver statement necklace, and a vibrant orange purse. A Printed Romper, Internship, and Fork Necklace. Modeling a printed romper and a silver statement necklace.

A Printed Romper, Internship, and Fork Necklace. Modeling a printed romper, silver statement necklace, Steve Madden wedges, and a vibrant orange purse.

A Printed Romper, Internship, and Fork Necklace. Close up of the orange purse. A Printed Romper, Internship, and Fork Necklace. Image of the beautiful scenery in Southern Illinois.

A Printed Romper, Internship, and Fork Necklace. Modeling a printed romper, silver statement necklace, Steve Madden wedges, and a vibrant orange purse.

A Printed Romper, Internship, and Fork Necklace. Modeling a printed romper, silver statement necklace, Steve Madden wedges, and a vibrant orange purse.

A Printed Romper, Internship, and Fork Necklace. Modeling a printed romper and a silver statement necklace.

Romper: Express, Similar Sleeveless Version, Long Sleeve Romper On Sale| Necklace: Rescued Relics | Purse: Similar | Shoes: Steve Madden, Similar

Okay girls, who doesn’t love a cute printed romper? This one is an Express clearance find ($15) that I think is sooooo cute! Black is my favorite color to wear, but lately I’ve been really drawn to prints so this black and white printed one was perfect for me. It is so springy and the neutral colors allow for accessorizing with vibrant hues. These shoes are the same shoes that I wore to prom and I think they are so cute (prom post coming soon). I love that they are both black and brown so they can go with a bunch of different outfits, plus, who doesn’t want a pair of shoes they can wear to prom one day and with a spring romper the next?

Last Fall I landed an internship with Varsity, a cheerleading apparel company, and our meetings were in Memphis! While we were there we stayed with my mom’s best friend from high school and her family. They have the cutest boutiques down south so we decided to do a little shopping while we were there. Lucky for us, there was a festival going on in the little town we stopped at. They had all kinds of adorable vendors selling cute crafts, clothes, and jewelry. I purchased this adorable “Rock On” necklace while I was there from the vendor Rescued Relics. It is so unique and I love that it has a story to go with it. I am the worst at forgetting to wear jewelry but I am 10xs more likely to wear it if it is a conversation piece like this. I also purchased the orange purse in one of the shops a different trip. I love the vibrant color and the braided detail.

Have a fabulous week! Xoxo, Sam

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

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.

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

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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