Mood // Chanel Yourself at NYFW


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Thrift. Resale. Second-Hand. Consignment. New-to-me.  You know I ADORE all of it!  But when I learned about Union & Fifth, I was completely BLOWN AWAY! ‘Shop for a cause’ truly applies to them.   ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of their proceeds from consigned designer items is donated to charity.  Yes, 100%.  That’s fabulous!  They support organizations like Year Up, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and The Children’s Cottage Coop.  Don’t you love knowing that your closet and wardrobe benefits while someone else does too?!  I LOVE this concept.

When browsing around the site, I noticed designers like Chanel (that beautiful blue bag in the mood board), Opening Ceremony, and Alexander Wang.  GOOD.STUFF.  I’m actually obsessing over the Zoran pieces – vintage and simple but gorgeous.  Just had to share this great discovery!  Check them out online here.  You can also find them on facebook, twitter, and pinterest.

NYFW is coming up in February, and I’ve been daydreaming about attending!  This is what I’d wear to head to a fashion show and ‘people watch’ all of the fashionistas, editors, and photographers hustling around.  A gal can always dream!

Rxoxo, Sam

Lululemon x PureBarre Fort Worth Giveaway

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Good Morning and Happy Monday!!  I’m super excited to kick off the week with this post.  It’s a New Year, and I have new resolutions.  One thing on the top of my list is health.  Since Little M was born, I can count the number of times I’ve worked out on one hand.  I want to incorporate exercise back into my life this year.  AND… I’ve team up with LululemonPureBarre Fort Worth, and some fabulous bloggers Alexandra of Diva Dekleva, Holland of Haute Holland, and Lindsey of A Pilot’s Wife to get YOU there too!

We are giving away a unlimited month membership to PureBarre Fort Worth and a tank and crop of choice from Lululemon Fort Worth!!  It’s almost February… how are YOU doing on your New Year’s Resolutions?  Now, you have no excuses.  You’ll be looking good while getting fit!  It’s a WIN-WIN situation y’all!

Enter the giveaway by following steps on Rafflecopter below!  Giveaway runs from Mon, Jan 26th until Sun, Feb 1st.  Winner announced Mon, Feb 2nd.  What are you waiting for?!?!  Good luck friends!!!

**Prizes are not transferable and can only be claimed at PureBarre Fort Worth and Lululemon Fort Worth**
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Rxoxo, Sam

DIY Studded Dress

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Photography by Angie Garcia

When Boohoo asked me to participate in a dress DIY, I thought, “Sure, I only have 5 million other projects to get done! Why not add a dress DIY to that list!”  Honestly, I LOVE DIYs.  It’s just been difficult to find time to get things done, but how could I refuse a FASHION DIY?! Mine are usually house projects.  This framed chalkboard is last one completed and posted on the blog in 2011!

They gave me a choice of any dress, and I thought this open shoulder shift was fun and different!  The fantastic thing about Boohoo is their prices are really reasonable.  For example, this dress is $20 so you wouldn’t feel TOO BAD if you messed up the DIY!

While exploring Michaels, I contemplated gold decoupage versus spray paint with stencils.  Then I happened across some fabulous gold iron-on studs. Easy on. Easy cleanup.  Done!

This DIY was super easy.  It took me a total of maybe an hour to do.  I would have been finished in one evening but I ran out of studs.  FYI, buy 2 packs just in case!

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  1. dress {this one and this one would also be fun}
  2. iron-on studs {can’t find them on the Michaels website, but these and these seem very similar}
  3. iron
  4. kitchen towel {or something that is a thin cotton material}
  5. your imagination!


Come up with a design/pattern.  I loved the dress on Emma Roberts so I went with a “loose interpretation”.   Lay the studs on the dress in the pattern that you’d like.  I started with one open shoulder at a time {ironed it}, then the front collar design {ironed it}, and last the studs on the side hem {ironed it}.  Place the cotton towel over the pattern carefully so you don’t shift any studs.  With the iron on cotton/linen setting, set it on the cloth for 15 seconds.  Just leave the iron in one place.  You don’t need to run the iron back and forth.  {You should test the heat in an inconspicuous area first if you are working with synthetic materials because they can burn on this setting.}  After you finish setting all the studs on the front, turn the garment inside out and repeat heat setting with the iron for 15 seconds at a time to ensure the studs are set.


And voila!  You now have your very own “insert name here”-designed studded dress.  It’s fun to put your own spin on things.  So what do you think? Easy? Doable?  I promise you it is… I don’t have time for anything difficult nowadays!


BOOHOO open shoulder dress c/o || MARCIANO hat {updated version} || KENDRA SCOTT skylar earrings c/o || VINTAGE bracelets || OUI ETSY, GORJANA linked midi, ROCKSBOX chevron midi rings {also available here} || SAM EDELMAN kayla boots || PRADA double tour bag || PTERYS wooden sunglasses || DEBORAH LIPPMANN Autumn in New York polish || TOM FORD pink dusk lipstick

Rxoxo, Sam