Spring Florals

Mar 31, 2017

Dress, Free People (on mega sale)
Bag, Chanel
Hat (Charleston hat shop) Similar here

One of my favorite things to wait for every spring is for the azaleas to bloom. I love how wild and beautiful they look and all the different shades of pinks and purples. They just make everything look so much prettier and I loveee pretty <3 Anyway, you know I love Free People dresses & this one might be my favorite yet. I typically stalk them until they go on sale, you don't really have to worry about them selling out because they're sold at so many retailers BUT once they do go on sale, act quick!

"Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will."
I have been thinking about this quote a lot lately. Sometimes I feel like just throwing in the towel and quitting blogging. People talk a lot, engagement goes up and down, it can be extremely discouraging. Then I remember how much I love it and it makes me want to keep going. I don't know if I can do this forever, or if this will always be my 'clothing' blog...we'll just have to see what happens I guess!

xo, Samantha Brooke

My Charleston Eats

Mar 30, 2017

One of my favorite things about vacations and trips is the food. I love trying new places and eating like a local. My rule is NO CHAIN restaurants (although I was craving Chick-Fil-A something fierce!). Anyway, I always try to eat at as many different places as I can- judge me, I care not. Luckily Taylor, my friend that went on this trip, ALSO loves to try new foods lol, so we were definitely a force to be reckoned with on the calorie front 🤣

PS: after writing this I am dumbfounded as to how we managed to eat all of this! Good thing we walked everywhere 😏

Scallops from Low Country Bistro...this wasn't my favorite. For the prices I feel like it could have been better, but that's just my opinion. They did however, have KILLER cocktails so if you want a drink at  nice place, go here. 

Beech. This was our absolute favorite place! The Acai bowls are incredible and the Poke bowls are out of this world. We actually ate here three times in two days...that good.

We didn't eat at Husk but we did eat right next door at Poogan's Porch- def go here for breakfast! It was so fresh and the homemade biscuits were on. point. 

Glazed Donuts. Gourmet donuts, enough said.

Magnolias was the first place we ate at. We literally changed clothes when we got to our room, and walked to the restaurant. We each got a different sandwich and side and split both- this way we could try more foods :) DELICIOUS! The pimento  cheese sandwich with bacon and fried green tomato is...omg. 

 We stumbled on King Street Cookies and had to go in, duh. They have dozens of different delicious cookies and a milk bar with all of the different milks (best milk ever!). If you want a semi-light tasty treat, def check this place out!


For a midday latte we went to Rise Coffee Bar. It's a tiny little coffee shop off of King Street with marble counter tops and cute tile flooring, aka highly instagrammable

We also went to Toast for a slice of cake and it was bomb! I wish we could have gone there for brunch one day buttt, we had other foods to eat <3

xo, Samantha Brooke

Floral Cold Shoulder {Charleston, SC}

Mar 29, 2017

charleston, floral cold shoulder top, panama hat

charleston, floral cold shoulder top, panama hat

charleston, floral cold shoulder top, panama hat

Top, Charleston boutique find. Similar here & here

I love off the shoulder tops but when you are out and about all day they can be kind of annoying with not staying up and stuff. Sooo, say hello to the best alternative- the cold shoulder top! I have a few from last year that I love and was so happy that there are so many great options this season! I lucked up and found this one at a cute boutique in Charleston 💗 Also! These are the jeans I am obsessed with. I loveee that they hold their shape all day and stay up without sagging and what-not. 

Still loving daylight savings time! Tonight my mom & I went for a nice long walk then grabbed some sushi for dinner. I always get tuna sashimi with a side of rice and some sauce, so I can make a Poke bowl. I could literally live off of tuna sashimi. Anyway, it was still daylight when we finished with all of that and it's just so great..I feel like I can just get so much more accomplished 🌞

xo, Samantha Brooke

Sunny Yellow {Charleston, SC}

Mar 28, 2017

Sunglasses, Karen Walker

Sunday when my friend & I were packing up our things and trying to check out of the hotel & make it to get an acai bowl before the crowd (getting that bowl was far more important than packing neatly, you should have seen my suitcases) anyway I was in a rush and I freakin used conditioner instead of body lotion all over my legs...the hotel samples all look the same. Now I have teeny bumps all over my calves. Hoping some cortisone will help and they will go away soon!

One of the things I love most about cities like Charleston is being able to walk everywhere you need to go. You want coffee? Lunch? Need to go to Walgreen's? Yeah, you can walk there. I live in a small town so everything is kinda spaced out haha, but I always love ditching the car when I travel :) I usually opt for dresses if it's warm enough, mainly because they're easy and also super airy and comfy...obvi.

I'll share more pics of the city one day this week <3

xo, Samantha Brooke

Charleston Evenings

Mar 27, 2017

Charleston SC blogger,

Ever since my trip to Charleston last year, I have been wanting to go back. It is so beautiful and charming, and every corner you turn is prettier than the last. So much beauty in this city. 

For walking around I def lived in flat shoes! We literally walked for a total of 20+ hours in two days so comfort is a must! I recommend carrying a back up pair of shoes in your bag just in case you need to change 🙈

It did get kinda cool on Saturday night so I was thankful our hotel was close by so we could change into our light layers!

My go-to combo. Plain top, moto, comfy jeans. Can't go wrong.

Talk about curb appeal 😍

Jeans, H&M ($39.99 & stay up allll day without stretching out!)
Bag, Louis Vuitton

Downtown Lights & Double Denim {plus the items I splurge/skimp on}

Mar 24, 2017

denim jacket outfit

denim jacket with black jeans

Top (not sold online) Target (more inexpensive tops & dresses below)
Necklace, Tiffany & Co

Obviously by now if you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I splurge on certain items and skimp on others. I typically spend more money on my accessories and denim, and then tend to buy cheaper tops and dresses. I do this because I know I will wear a pair of sunglasses, or carry a bag, or wear the same pair of jeans over and over and over again- whereas tops I tend to wear maybe 5-10 times. 5-10 times may not seem like a lot, but I don't have much invested in each piece and my sisters appreciate the hand me downs :) My main go-to places for inexpensive tops are Target & the junior's dept at Nordstrom. I try not to spend more than $30-40 on most of my tops, and $50 at most on dresses (unless it's Free People, bc I am obsessed with FP). 

Guysss I should already be in bed. I have to get up super early bc we want to get to Charleston asap so we can make the most of our day, it's after midnight and I still have to finish packing and I have two loads of laundry currently working. Whyyy am I like this haha. Such a procrastinator. I did finally get my nails done...wayyy over due. I got a mani and a pedi and totally forgot how amazing they were. I used to be the girl that went every two weeks religiously, kinda miss her lol. I def won't be waiting 3-4 months for my next 'nail spa' visit!

xo, Samantha Brooke

Favorite Tunic + Studded Sandals

Mar 22, 2017

damier azur, valentino rockstud sandals, rockstud dupes

damier azur, valentino rockstud sandals, rockstud dupes

damier azur, valentino rockstud sandals, rockstud dupes

damier azur, valentino rockstud sandals, rockstud dupes

damier azur, valentino rockstud sandals, rockstud dupes

damier azur, valentino rockstud sandals, rockstud dupes
damier azur, valentino rockstud sandals, rockstud dupes

damier azur, valentino rockstud sandals, rockstud dupes

Shoes here & here
Bag, Louis Vuitton
Watch, Michele
Similar pants Mine are J Crew Minnie pants that I DIY'ed with the rips & raw hem :)

I feel like I have a million things to do before my trip this weekend. When I feel overwhelmed with my 'tasks' writing lists helps my stress A TON. It's crazy that something so small can help so much, but it really does. Gotta love that anxiety. Makes teeny tiny things seem like major big deals. Lists, diffusing lavender, and working out. Those are my life savers! ha.

Really short post today bc I'm tired and to be honest, I just feel short on words. I hate when this happens but it's part of it I guess! Hope to chat more next time xoxo

💗 Sam

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