Embellished Top {obsessed}

Jul 28, 2017



bke boutique embellished top, quay aviators, francescas fringed denim

bke boutique embellished top, quay aviators, francescas fringed denim

bke boutique embellished top, quay aviators, francescas fringed denim

bke boutique embellished top, quay aviators, francescas fringed denim

Get the look:
Fringed hem denim (under $50!)
Vintage Chanel bag

Happy Friday and congrats, you have made it! lol, but really this week seems to have been quite long if you ask me. I kept losing track of the days and I messed up my blog schedule...oh well, I'll do better next week :)

Today was one of those days that made me extra thankful to be able to do what I love. I got my workout done (reluctantly), had lunch with a dear friend, came home and did some work, made dinner (hibachi!), and finished the day with a glass of plum wine (omg yum) and Shark Week (while typing this haha). But seriously guys, if you have a dream or a goal- do. not. give. up. Like, ever. 

Anyway. I saw this top in the store and instantly fell in love. I passed on it, thought about it for a week or so, then went back and snatched it up! So glad I did. I can't wait to pair it with a badass leather jacket when the weather gets cooler <3 Also, these jeans are insane. They are under $50, fit like a dream aka don't get saggy when you wear them, and I love the fringe detail at the hem, too. Def recommend them! (run TTS, I am normally a 27 and am wearing a 27)

xo, Samantha Brooke


Life's a Beach

Jul 25, 2017

one piece swim, straw tote, holden beach nc

one piece swim, straw tote, holden beach nc


one piece swim, straw tote, holden beach nc

one piece swim, straw tote, holden beach nc

one piece swim, straw tote, holden beach nc

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Beach days are my absolute favorite. I like to keep it simple when I'm there- no makeup (or just a teeny bit when we go out), low key hair, just a dainty bracelet- and I just feel so much more myself there. Le sigh, one day I will live by the sea. 

Moving on to more important things...have you guys tried plum wine?? So my favorite little Thai restaurant has it and I was perusing the wine aisle at Whole Foods (dessert wines, FYI) and FOUND IT! My happiness for finding this sweet and delicious wine to enjoy at home completely overpowered the realization that my little Thai restaurant I adore was absolutely ripping me off 😢Anyway, if you ever have the chance to try it I suggest that you do!

xo, Samantha Brooke


GIVENCHY BEAUTY

Jul 24, 2017

givenchy beauty, best mascara, best red lip, red lipstick

The perfect red! I love the cool undertones, they really help make your teeth look whiter! From about August to February red is pretty much the only color I wear on my lips (except for the occasional dark berry), so I'm pretty excited about this one. 

PS: When I was in school for esthetics my friend called me Snow White. Like everyday. 




I LOVE this face powder. I've been wearing BB Cream with this on top and my skin looks flawless. The powder doesn't settle in fine lines/pores and gives a great glow. 


Ok, this is my #1 beauty tip. Go with a BIG BRUSH when you choose a mascara. All my favorite mascaras have that one thing in common- you can get so much more product on your lashes when you use a brush like the one pictured above!


If you are fan of Lip Glow you will love this... it does the exact same thing (uses your body's pH to work with the color of the balm) and it comes in a luxurious pink leather packaging. Swoon. PLUS IT PLUMPS! Done. 


givenchy beauty, best mascara, best red lip, red lipstick

Lipstick c/o (color 306) 

xo, Samantha Brooke

Classic White Button Up

Jul 21, 2017





Get the look:
Shirt (wearing a small)
Wedges (Michael Kors) Similar here
Cardigan (pictured below, wearing a small)

Hey guys! So today starts the first day of open access for the Nordstrom Sale to non-cardholders. There was A LOT of hype (hysteria?) about this sale on Instagram for the past week or so...a bit ridiculous if you ask me, but whatever lol. While there were tons of great (seriously magical) items in the sale, I only purchased two items. The button up pictured above and the cardigan pictured below. I'm not really one to purchase an entirely new fall wardrobe in the middle of summer, mainly because I know by the time fall rolls around I'll be wanting whatever the new thing is that's out- so for me it's best to just buy a couple basics and hold out :) The hype about the sale leaves me feeling like blogging has become less to inspire and more to sell sell sell, and it's kinda...annoying. It gives a bad name to bloggers who are doing this because we really do love sharing our outfits and ideas. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE to shop (OBVI), but at the same time I also like to re-wear things in my closet and purchase each new item with a purpose. That's why I love basics so much. You can wear the crap out of them and wear them a different way every time! Totally maximizes your wardrobe's potential. 

xo, Samantha Brooke


Beach Vibes {Southport, NC}

Jul 19, 2017

francesca's, embroidered clutch, karen walker sunglasses

francesca's, embroidered clutch, karen walker sunglasses

francesca's, embroidered clutch, karen walker sunglasses



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This was my favorite look from our beach trip last week- I actually wore it three times πŸ™ˆ! We always stay at Holden Beach (my family has been going there for over 20 years!) and we pick a day to drive to Southport, NC. If you live in NC and have never gone, I def recommend it! It's the small beach town where Safe Haven was filmed and it is absolutely precious. We like to park and walk around everywhere- taking in the sights, ocean smells, and sounds of the waves and sea birds. Heaven I tell you. 

Ps: I forgot my camera for this outing. Shit you not. I've never forgotten my camera, ever, so I had to improvise and use the trusty iPhone. Still kicking myself though bc I could have gotten some great pictures πŸ˜­ Oh well, a small problem in the grand scheme of things. 

xo, Samantha Brooke

Monday Must-Haves {Favorite Makeup Brushes}

Jul 17, 2017

marc jacobs face brush, sephora, makeup brushes


Happy Monday! Few things are better than clean makeup brushes...even if you were too lazy to clean them all (most are NOT pictured for that reason πŸ™ˆ). I just wanted to share a quick post with my most used brushes. I tend to lean toward fluffier brushes so that they can be used with more products- loose powders, bronzers, etc, but I LOVE my Marc Jacobs foundation brush! Hands down my favorite foundation brush, ever. It is the only brush I have ever spent more than $15 on (I usually wait for sales at Ulta to purchase new Real Techniques brushes πŸ˜‰)

PS! The loose powder pictured above will be on next week's Monday Must-Haves along with a few other luxury items that are totally worth the splurge. Just know this powder is life. changing!





xo, Samantha Brooke

Summer Boho Vibes

Jul 14, 2017




nordstrom, nordstrom anniversary sale


Happy Friday! So sad that our vacation is coming to an end, but kinda ready to get back into my routine and also excited about doing another juice cleanse! If you are looking for a casual pair of easy to walk in booties, look no further- these are perfect for walking around all day and I love the color. The leather is super nice btw!

PS: I had to take my sister to the dermatologist so we just pulled over in a random parking lot to take these pics (mainly bc I was starving and wanted Chick Fil A and was tired of driving around). Anyway, a man came out of the offices next door to check on us and make sure we were ok. I was like, we're fine! Just takin pictures! I can't even imagine what he was thinking about us two girls in this run down parking lot doing a shoot haha. 

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend πŸ’—

xo, Samantha Brooke




Budget Friendly Boho Brand

Jul 7, 2017


((I snagged this top in store the other day, absolutely love the embroidered detail and flowy feel!))

Get the look:

I wore this the other night for a casual dinner out, so these pictures were literally snapped in like 3 minutes on my back porch haha. My husband totally gets that I don't want to 'waste and outfit' and I find that sweet and also funny. He is def an Instagram husband!

To say I am obsessed with this top and all of the other Knox Rose items would be an understatement. I love the boho feels and the budget friendly prices. When I think of flowy, summery, bohemian style, this brand nails the images that pop in my head. 

xo, Samantha Brooke



Summer Sweater

Jul 5, 2017








Get the look:
Louis Vuitton Bag

I hope everyone had a fun 4th! We had a cookout with my fam and it was so fun! My step-sister brought her baby and it was his first time seeing sparklers so that was adorable to watch :) It's so awesome seeing babies and children see things for the first time. The looks of excitement and amazement in the little things that we're just like, 'yeah cool',  reminds me to slow down and enjoy the small things <3 Almost makes me want a baby...almost ;)

PS! Ever since I did my juice cleanse I have been addicted! The nearest juice shop is about 30 min away so I have been juicing at home and will probably start sharing my tips and recipes :) I feel so much better when I get those vitamins and minerals in me first thing in the morning, it really is amazing.

xo, Samantha Brooke