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A day at the Coast

Feb 26, 2018

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Get the look: Denim (DIY distressing) | Bag | Similar sandals | Sunglasses, Celine | Top, Free People (old) similar styles:



Every year right before spring and fall I start craving a change of scenery. In the fall I'll take a trip to Boone/Blowing Rock, NC and in the spring I'll drive to the coast to see some palms and sea. Perks of living in central NC! I love being able to take day trips wen I have some free time <3

"Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire." Unknown

xo, Samantha Brooke


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New Priorities + Daily Green Smoothie

Feb 20, 2018

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Get the look: Similar jacket here & here | Leggings | Hat | Bag | Shoes

So one of my new year's 'goals' was to put most of my effort into working out, being healthy, and my photography work, as opposed to blogging about clothes. You may have noticed fewer fashion posts (I used to post 3-5 outfits a week on here!) and that is the reason. In 10 years is it going to matter how much time and effort I put into this blog?? No. No one is going to care what we bloggers are doing in 10-15 years when we are in our late 30s and 40s. The truth hurts but it is the truth. HOWEVER! Is it going to matter in 10 years how many times a week I did cardio and pushed myself to do a littlllle bit more weight in the weight room and how fewer friend foods I ate?? HELL YES. Our health sticks with us literally our entire lives, and it's up to us how long those lives are. With that being said this is my get up 85% of the time. I go to the gym 5-6 times a week and I kick myself when I miss a day. It's been quite the lifestyle change over the past two months but it has been nothing but positive. 

PS: Here's my current favorite smoothie recipe. Sometimes it's a meal and sometimes it's a snack. I will drink one everyday until I hate the taste and come up with another concoction I can drink until I hate. Green smoothies are sooo beneficial for our health. Dark leafy greens are great for hair, skin, nails, bones, and provide lots of vitamins and nutrients. 

Daily Green Smoothie:
*1/2 banana
*1 cup nut milk
*Protein powder of you choice- I use vegan vanilla from Whole Foods, 
my husband prefers chocolate with his. 
((Sometimes I'll sub out the protein powder with non-fat Greek yogurt))
**A big handful of spinach...not sure 
how else to measure this haha
*1/2 to 1 cup ice, depending on preference

xo, Samantha Brooke

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Fighting the Winter Blues

Feb 17, 2018



Winter is beautiful, but I'll be the first to admit that it's extra hard to stay happy and positive this time of year. Everything's cold and gray, it gets dark super early (hate that) and when there is beautiful snow it only lasts a few days then you're left with a sopping wet muddy mess as the aftermath. 

My tips for fighting the 'seasonal sadness':

1. Happy thoughts. This is easier said than done. You definitely have to be careful of what you read, listen to, or watch on tv. For me that means none of those sad viral Facebook videos, no heart-wrenching movies (maybe that's why I stick to Hallmark! haha) and listening to lots of motivational videos on YouTube. I also like to listen to Norah Jones at night, it's super relaxing while still joyful. Also, stop comparing yourself to others. You are exactly where you should be. Focus on the good. 

((a picture of me being happy, obvi))

2. Essential oils. I swear oils are life changing. For an uplifting mood I mix peppermint with orange and it give my energy level and my mood just the boost I need. At night I'll use lavender in my bath and Peaceful Sleep in my diffuser about an hour before bed. 




3. Working out. Get those positive chemicals aka endorphins flowing! I can most definitely tell a difference when I skip a workout. I get more irritable, I'm less energetic, and I don't sleep as well at night. I'm just way happier ALL DAY after my morning workout. 

4. Sunshine. I know it's cold out, but Vitamin D is essential for fighting depression. I take a multi-vitamin with Vitamin D and I also try to sit outside for 10-15 min (even if it's freezing!) to get some sunshine. It is recommended to soak up some rays on your face, neck, or hands (no SPF, that blocks it) 10-15 minutes daily- this can be done on your lunch break, coffee run, pretty much anytime. A few years ago I worked in an office with zero windows to the outside world and the door was heavily tinted- like you basically couldn't see out of it. Anyway, working 8-5 in the winter you pretty much only see the light of day during your lunch break and that was spent rushing to get food or in the breakroom (again, no windows). I was the saddest I had ever been that winter- I would start crying for no reason, my poor husband didn't know what was going on and neither did I. I told my doctor about it during my yearly exam and she suggested soaking up some sun for a few minutes each day and a Vitamin D supplement. Guess what?? Within a week I was back to my cheerful self. It's crazy what our bodies need and we must take care of ourselves!

((coffee with a side of sunshine))

5. Pamper yourself. I know the 'self care' topic has been pretty much beat to death, but little things like a bubble bath with a candle, a mani/pedi, sitting by the fire to read a book, hell, even a new coffee creamer! anything you can do to make yourself happy. 

((a favorite reading spot, second to a warm spot by the fire))

Embellished

Feb 15, 2018


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Get the look: Denim | Top also love this one! | Bag, Free People. Similar here & here | Sunglasses, Celine. Love these too | Similar Jacket

I found this top at F21 last year (seriously my favorite top everrrrr) and have never seen another one in the store or online! It must have been an online return because it was the only one there and when I checked online because I had a few people that really wanted one, it was sold out :/ I did find an exact look alike only in a diff color on ASOS but the sizes are really limited...ie they only have a medium in stock. I would recommend sizing up though, I'm pretty flat chested in a small and it fits pretty snug around the top.

I hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine's Day! We had Chinese takeout and mini cookies at home in our sweaty gym clothes, it was a pretty fun date haha. 

xo, Samantha Brooke


 


Be Mine, Valentine

Feb 14, 2018


"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless 
garden when the flowers are dead." Oscar Wilde


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Wine Walk

Feb 13, 2018



Get the look: Coat, J. Crew. Similar here | Boots | Denim | Similar bag | Top, old from F21. Also love this one with OTK boots and denim

Last Saturday me, my mom, and sisters went on a wine tasting walk in Pinehurst, NC. It.was.amazing. Pinehurst is absolutely picturesque and their downtown 'village' area looks like it is straight out of a Nicholas Sparks story. They give you a wine glass (obvi) then you walk around the little village through 17 of their boutiques/shops and sample wine and foods while you look around and shop. BEST IDEA EVER. We had a blast and will definitely be attending the next one!

PS: I had planned to take more pictures but honestly my hands were too full from the wine and goodies...priorities, man 🍷🍫

xo, Samantha Brooke

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Boho Style

Feb 7, 2018



This past Friday I took my little cousin to our local Natural Science Center to learn a bit and explore a new plant exhibit they have going on. I knew I wanted to wear something comfy but cute so I grabbed one of my favorite slouchy-ish sweaters and my comfy flat booties :) These are the best ankle boots for lots of walking! I also wore them with denim shorts a lot last summer. 

We just finished up eating dinner- veggie spaghetti for the second time in a week! It's so good and healthy and my husband absolutely loves it...pretty much a win win win. It has been challenging avoiding meat- I did have 2-3 meals last week that didn't really meat the pescatarian criteria, but for having just started on this I feel pretty proud about how I've done. I have noticed a slight difference in my skin (which could be from not wearing foundation) and also my digestive system! I haven't been near as bloated as I usually am. That is THRILLING to me. 

xo, Samantha Brooke





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