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Head to Toe Neutrals

Nov 29, 2017

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This is one of my favorite looks from last year's winter, so #repost. I have been busy with my photography stuff over the past couple of weeks and haven't really had time to take any outfit pics...and I ain't mad about it 😏 I did have a girl's night out tonight so it was nice to get dressed up for a purpose lol. 

Winter whites are such a classic look! I love neutrals and 98% of my closet is neutrals, so outfits like this are what I am most comfortable in and just feel natural for me- if that makes sense? You know how sometimes you'll put something on and you're like 'this is NOT me'? Yeah, this is me.

xo, Samantha Brooke

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Faux Fur 'Tree Skirt' (for under $20)

Nov 27, 2017

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After searching around I realized I wasn't going to find a white faux fur Christmas tree skirt for under $50. So I improvised. I used an extra rug that I had in my closet and clipped it in the back to make it look like it's an actual circle. I LOVE how it looks. It brightens up under the tree and it was under $20. I love re-purposing items throughout the year, getting creative and finding new ways to keep things fresh. In the past I have also used my great-great-grandmother's quilt as a tree skirt, that was cute too :)




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I found this cute 'snow globe' at Michael's this weekend for 50% off! It lights up with color changing LED lights and I love it! So whimsical.

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Stove Top Potpourri

Nov 21, 2017

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Stove top potpourri is one of my favorite little simple things to do to kick off the holiday season. It feels your home with the smell of Christmas and it's all natural! I love my B&BW candles but they give me headaches and mess with my sinuses, so this is a great option for my sensitive people :) Plus, like my husband says, what's the point in eating organic and as natural as possible and using natural skincare items if you are just going to inhale chemicals? #foodforthought

I use two cut up apples, two sticks of cinnamon, a bit of ground cinnamon, one orange or tangerine, and about 10-15 drops of orange essential oil. I fill the pot up about 1/3 of the way and let it simmer on a low heat setting. Add water as needed (please keep an eye on it!) and you can use the same potpourri for a few days, depending on how long you burn it each time. You can also add cranberries for even more of a holiday scent, I just didn't have any on hand at the time. I will try to do a few more posts on essential oils, the brands I trust, my favorite recipes/uses, etc <3



xo, Samantha Brooke

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prepping the decking...

Nov 17, 2017





My girls and I had such a BUSY fun trip at Disney World and it put me in the Christmas spirit! All the decor and happiness had me so impatient to put my own decor up, so here we are! I still have a lot to do but it's definitely a nice start :) It's also such a great mood lifter <3

Hope you guys have a great weekend xoxo
Sam

Leaves, leaves, leaves

Nov 10, 2017

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Get the look: Similar sweater & here | Hat (under $20) | Over the knee boots here & love these | Denim | Vintage Chanel bag

Guys. I. CAN. NOT. get over how gorgeous central NC is right now! It is a dream how beautiful the colors are, and even though the last few days have been gray and rainy, there is nothing dreary about being outside. So stunning! All I want to do when it gets gray, cold, and cozy like this is eat treats and drink all the coffee. If I could live off of noodles and chocolate croissants I'd be a happy camper. 

I'm currently working on my packing list for Disney...woo hoo! I have to have a list when I pack, otherwise I get way overwhelmed and stressed about forgetting something. So about a week or so before my trip, I'll start jotting things down as they pop in my head- certain sandals, hair product, a tank for an outfit I have in mind, just random stuff I might forget I thought about. It makes me feel a little more calm about the whole packing process haha. Whatever helps, I guess :)

xo, Samantha Brooke

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Embroidered Dress, Denim Jacket, OTK Boots (Faves)

Nov 8, 2017

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Get the look: Free People Dress & here & on sale in other colors here (it has been made in so many diff color variations!) | Denim Jacket | Over the knee boots, also love these | LV Bag | Sunglasses

Let me just say, I am here for the over sized denim jacket trend. I layered over this FUN embroidered dress for some warmth, but also to keep my dress from flying up and giving my fellow humans a show 🙈 Fashion can also be functional, and this trick is very functional

Guys. I am so late to the party (like so late the party's almost over...) but I started watching Stranger Things tonight. Yah, I get the name now. Creepy and weird. Will update the progress as I learn more about these strange government experiments on these creepy kids. 

xo, Samantha Brooke


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Faux Fur Leopard Coat

Nov 6, 2017

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Get the look: Faux fur coat H&M | Black Denim | Band Tee (half off!) | Bag | SunglassesBooties Sam Edelman & on sale

My little part of the planet is in full blown fall mood and I LOVEE IT. The leaves are gorgeous, the air is (slightly) crisp, and the spirit of the upcoming holidays is alive. Such a great time of year <3

Guys. If you don't have a faux leopard coat, I suggest you get one STAT. I love that it can be dressed up or down and that you can also add some edge like I did, just by wearing a simple graphic tee and distressed denim. (See this post for how I've styled one in the past!)

I fell down a rabbit hole this weekend while I was working on my photography site. I'd fix one thing, change another, update something else...8 hours later and I think I've got it how I want! Check it out here :) 

xo, Samantha Brooke


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Cable Knit Sweater

Nov 3, 2017


Get the look: Sweater, Shein c/o | Denim w/ DIY distressing | Louis Vuitton Bag | Booties old from Anthro. LOVE these though (on sale) | Layering Tank | Sunglasses

{{Happy Friday! Almost into the single digits of my Disney countdown...eeeeeek!}} 

Who is not ready to turn their clocks back this weekend?? Umm, this girl. And my dogs. They get so confused and want to go to bed at like 8:00. It's ridic. I DESPISE when daylight savings time ends. I am extra thankful this year to be working from home- in the past years I was either in an office or in school, and I'm sure you know the drill. Leave home in the dark and come back in the dark. The lack of Vitamin D is REAL. 

xo, Samantha Brooke





   




Fall Layers

Nov 1, 2017


Two words: LAYERING SEASON. This time of year can be a bit frustrating (well, idk about the rest of the country, but I'm in the south). We have chilly mornings, sweaty afternoons, and cool evenings. Unless you've got a portable closet on wheels, more than likely layers are your BFF...at least until winter shows up then they are your LOVER.

I recently did a collaboration with Vici Collection and let me just tell you how excited I was about it...VERYYYYYY! Like a kid at Christmas. First of all, I want everything they post on their Instagram page. I have bought lots of stuff from them in the past- I esp love their simple chic tops and no fuss stylish bags so this collab was already a good fit for my style. This sweater and this denim jacket fit TTS and are right on trend. I love the fringe of the sweater and the sexy lower cut in the back, and the denim jacket is like, duh. I kinda collect denim jackets (I still have my fave from high school and wear it to this day). They're just classic pieces that will always be a go-to for me. 

xo, Samantha Brooke










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