July 31, 2012

something new

I've always had a knack for digging through racks upon racks of the most disorganized and disheveled stores you've ever dared to enter. There is a certain thrill that comes along with this talent. The objective is to find a hidden...secret gem. Friends will tell me what they're looking for, because they know I will eventually find it (for less!) and have fun doing so.

I have recently begun to venture into local thrift shops to see what I can find. Last Saturday, I struck gold. Florescent light magnificently beamed down onto this jewel toned, paisley scarf. I cannot wait to wear this and was able to think of fifty different outfits on the spot 
(that's how you know it's purchase worthy). I've always had mixed feelings about gently used clothing, but after this trip
...I'm sold.

Do you get nifty thrifty?

July 30, 2012

samantha vs. shorts

 blouse- J. Crew, shorts- Old Navy, clutch- Mango, necklace- F21

I only enjoy wearing shorts when they're layered with tights, because thinking of being bare legged makes me go blugh. I'm a pants girl through and through, but it's been so dreadfully hot this summer that I've had to purchase something that didn't make me absolutely melt. Enter this pair of orange shorts.

 All I could think about when getting dressed was how badly I wanted to throw on some black jeans and boots. 
*sigh* soon enough.

July 27, 2012

seeing spots

Loving this print at H&M.

1 :: 2 :: 3

July 26, 2012

mint candy cane

What is one of the best things about having sisters? MULTIPLE CLOSETS. 
I have to admit that the only part of this outfit that is actually mine is the flower pin. That being said, I hope you're not tired of my pin obsession, because I think it's going to be around for some time. I scored this mint beauty at Zara while in Chicago last weekend.

top- J. Crew, shorts- Hollister, boots- Target, pin- Zara

Along with lending me clothes, my older sister also takes my photos. Isn't she great?

July 18, 2012

Busy bee me

jacket- Heartbreaker, jeans- Gap, flats- Lucky Brand, watch- DKNY, pin- H&M

This is the busiest week I've had in a while and I am in no way complaining- in fact- I LOVE it. Not only does it save me from boredom, but it gives me a chance to write in my beautiful, new, Russell + Hazel planner. Ladies, if you like to be organized, this baby is for you. My guy calls it the "Rolls-Royce" of planners. * Couldn't have said it any better myself.

P.S. Be sure to check out my new Pinterest board, "fall '12 wish list",  for all the items I'm already starting to lust over.

July 12, 2012

Keeping it positive, because there's no good reason not to

The Everygirl has become my inspirational mecca ever since it launched this past February. This site couldn't have come into my life at any better time. Senior year was full of ups and downs and left me (and so many girlfriends) in a scramble. Career Features are my must reads-- most recently interviewed and my favorite thus far was Skirt PR. I'm still trying to find where I fit in the career world, but The Everygirl shows you that its okay not to know and that if you work hard everything will fall into place.

I absolutely love reading the advice each woman gives to her 23 year-old self, because it feels like their speaking right to you and understand all of the things you're experiencing (good and bad). I strongly recommend every girl take a look and find an article that feels like it was written for you--I guarantee there's at least one. Below are my favorite quotes from the Skirt PR interview.

 "Live in the moment. Life will pass you by and before you know it, you’ll be closer to 30 than 20. Cherish your life and don’t take it for granted."

"To have more confidence in my abilities. I spent the first five years of my career with heart palpitations and numb legs from all the pressure I put on myself. But very rarely, if ever, did I drop the ball. Also, try to find a balance in life and compartmentalize work and play. You’ll work your hardest when you’re young, but if you are enjoying life, your work will be so much more inspired. There’s no reason to e-mail clients at 1 a.m. every night or toss and turn at night about an event that’s months away."

"Never take “no” for an answer."

"Become as indispensable as possible"

July 9, 2012

hot pink

tank- Target, jeans- Gap, shoes- Marc Fisher, bag (borrowed)- Chocolate Blu , scarf- Express 

This is one of the best lipsticks I've ever purchased, because for once they were telling the truth when they said long lasting. I love how it goes on easy like a lip gloss, but leaves with you with a matte lip once dried-- no liner necessary.


July 2, 2012

Ombre nails

Sunday was a day for an at home manicure

 I can't wait to try this again with purples and grays...

{Fiji, Cute as a Button and E-Nuff is E-Nuff}

My camera was not cooperating with me today, so a lot of the pictures I was hoping to post didn't quite turn out and the few that I was able to edit still felt rather blurry. Better luck next time?