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Oct 25, 2016




 Vest | Flannel | Jeans | Bag

(Ignore my hair in these pics, it was sooo windy!!)

These are just a few pics we snapped from our trip to a local festival on Saturday! I love that my sisters are always down to go to random places and grub with me, it's like having built in besties for life with sisters <3 I love a casual look and these layers were definitely needed for Saturday's cool and verrry windy weather! If you are looking for a vest, I highly recommend Marmot. It's thin but incredibly warm! I caught it on sale during a trip to the NC mountains last year, but I linked this year's version above (or you can click on the pic below) :)

Today I went to Raleigh to do one of the two tests required to get my Esthetician's license and I am confident that it went well! I'm not sure what I was so worried about but once I got in that room it was a breeze! Can't wait to be fully certified. 

xo, Samantha Brooke


Disney Trip

Oct 21, 2016



I love all of the Disney Pandora charms, so whimsical!


These Fall themed Mickey wreaths were everywhere! I want one!






PSL in Disney World! I love these cups!



Tea cups <3



Gaston's Brew. It's a frozen caramel apple drink with a whipped marshmallowy topping. OMG. SO GOOD.


EPCOT!



Me & my sissies. We had such a good sister's trip <3



Another Gaston's Brew...


Desserts from France in EPCOT




We love watching the fireworks from between Cinderella's castle and the Be Our Guest Restaurant. It's like you get a close up and you are literally in the middle of the fireworks show. 


So magical. We already can't wait to go back! We only spent two days in the parks (get Park Hopper passes, totally worth it) but we made the most of every minute! Love that place so much <3

xo, Samantha Brooke

Embroidered Denim Jacket {DIY}

Oct 14, 2016



 






Bag, Rebecca Minkoff | Booties, Target | Dress, Old Navy | Jacket, DIY. Similar plain option here here & here. I used iron on appliques like these

I have been wanting an embroidered denim jacket, but have yet to find one for less than $300-umm, no thanks. I don't like to drop that kind of change on something that is sorta trendy, it's not an investment piece that can be worn for seasons to come. So, I went through my closet and found THREE denim jackets that are VERY rarely worn and decided to make one of my own :) I knew I wanted bold colors since I used such a dark jacket, and I love the roses and the butterfly! I actually ordered this one too, to add to this jacket. I'll be adding it as soon as it comes in! These iron ons are so easy to use, and being a child of the 90's I was fully aware of how they worked. My mom used to put these on everything denim back in the day! #getitfrommymomma

xo, Samantha Brooke


DIY Beauty {Pumpkin Mask}

Oct 7, 2016











As an esthetician, I love making my own masks and scrubs with natural ingredients, and I thought I would start sharing my recipes :) In the spirit of Fall, this pumpkin enzyme mask is deliciously good! This is a great chemical exfoliant because of the acids/enzymes in the pumpkin, and the honey is a great source for moisturizing. The other benefits are: 

Pumpkin: 
Great for exfoliating and removing dead skin cell build-up because it is packed with enzymes and natural AHAs. Works well for brightening skin and helps with sun damage. It is loaded with Vitamin A & C. It also contains Vitamin E which helps regulate oil production. So many good things!

Honey: 
Honey is a natural anti-microbial and can help fight acne breakouts from spreading. It is also loaded with antioxidants, which will rejuvenate skin and fight free radicals (those pesky things that cause aging). 

To Make: 
Mix one tablespoon cooked pumpkin (I used canned) and one teaspoon of honey. The smoother the mask is the better it goes on your skin, I used my kitchen blender. I also made extra to keep on hand in the fridge ;)

To Use: 
Apply with a clean face brush (or clean fingertips!) onto a freshly cleansed and dry face. Leave on for 10-12 minutes and remove with a warm damp cloth. Since this is an exfoliator, I do not recommend using this more than 2-3 times a week. You don't want to remove your healthy skin cells, just those dull dead ones. 

If you are allergic to either products, do not try this. Also ALWAYS do a patch test to make sure any new skin care will not cause a reaction. 

Enjoy!

xo, Samantha Brooke
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