Galentine’s Day with My Squad

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Photography (of the squad) by Mary Hafner

So, I’m probably the ONLY ONE who hasn’t understood what Galentine’s Day meant until this year.  Valentine’s Day with your GALs = Galentine’s Day!  Duh!  (If you know me, then this really ISN’T a surprise! Insert monkey covering mouth emoji here!)

Anywho, I had the perfect chance to celebrate a little early with my gal squad thanks to Chandon!  They sent over a bottle of their limited edition Rosé with the cover designed by Carol Lim of Opening Ceremony! Can you say “Perfect for Galentine’s Day” three times fast?!  In case you aren’t familiar with Chandon Rosé, it’s a sparkling wine with hints of raspberry that is WAY TOO EASY to drink in a good (and bad) way! Hello #RoséAllDay!

I always have so much fun with these ladies!  Don’t mind my crazy laughing face. Mary told us to be silly, and Cathy pretended to down the whole bottle!  We had wonderful afternoon celebrating the launch of Tanya’s blog rebrand at Casa Rubia and Kate Weiser Chocolates in Trinity Groves.

If you haven’t met my darling friends, then you must hop over to their blogs and say hello!  FROM LEFT TO RIGHT // Cathy of The MiddlePage, Moi, Heather of Style by Fluent, Tanya of Tanya Foster, and Jaime of The Real Fashionista.

If you haven’t tried Chandon Rosé, then what are you waiting for?!

You’ll see more of our outfits this coming Friday. #SneakPeek ;)

Mr. S and I visited the Domaine Chandon tasting room during our Napa trip. More on that to come later!

Happy Wednesday Lovely Peoples!

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Chandon Rosé and Squad keychains provided by Cake Group PR. All opinions and photos are my own, of course!  Thanks for supporting brands that make this blog possible.

Rxoxo, Sam

Entryway Makeover + Minted Giveaway

Specific artwork provided by Minted. All photos and opinions are my own. Don’t miss the Minted Giveaway below!
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Happy Monday and Happy Lunar New Year Friends!  We are back from our little trip to Napa, and THAT PLACE is amazing. My friend, Elizabeth, correctly summed it up as adult Disneyland or Paradise. I kind of wish we were still there except that we were missing our Little M.  We are so thankful for my mom who took care of Little M so we could have a babymoon before the chaos of adding a second one to our family starts!

I am beyond excited to share this post with you… for THREE reasons.  First, my entryway is actually FINISHED after a year and a half of ho-hum. When we moved to this house, I tried to recreate certain rooms if they worked with dimensions and architecture… out of sheer desperation.  This was my first experience moving with a child, and everything takes three times as long to finish.  Normally, I’d try something new or rearrange when I have an opportunity, ESPECIALLY in a new home.

Second, Minted is the perfect place to find the artwork needed to tie all of my other pieces together.  They carry works from a community of independent artists from all over the world.  It’s funny because the Opus print that I fell in love with is actually from a local Dallas artist, Katie Craig. Minted approached me about a collaboration which was the perfect impetus to get started. I’m in this “purging and organizing” phase using the KonMari method to finish the house before Baby Number Two arrived.

Third, I’ve teamed up with Minted to share a $150 giveaway for y’all!  Whoo Hoo!  All you have to do is enter your name and email. It’s that SIMPLE and you’ll be on your way to hanging gorgeous art in your home OR sending beautiful holiday cards.

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Keep scrolling for more details and how-to directions for hanging a gallery wall.

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In the first pic, you’ll see that each Minted piece comes with an artist card telling you more about where they’re from and what inspires them. For the entryway, I chose the matte brass framed Opus print and then purchased frames for the Paris Skyline and Composed art prints to add variety for the gallery wall.

This bombe chest was the FIRST real piece of furniture we purchased after moving to Fort Worth in 2008. The majority of our home was furnished with hand-me-downs, and I found this French gilded piece at an estate sale.  I was hooked! BTW, you can read about my estate sale secrets here.  The chest was the focus of our last entryway, and I wanted the same for this house.

Then, I purchased a very PURPLE and somewhat pink rug from HomeGoods.  I liked the fact that it was dark and made of polyester/viscose to withstand the traffic of an entrance. (I’ve given up on wool rugs for now because of Little M and our two remaining furkids who have been gifting of us with “surprise” urine from time to time.)  Additionally, my MIL gifted me a beautiful vintage painting for my birthday. I loved the colors, but not the frame, so I took it out and placed it on the chest.

Don’t let me forget that chair project!  That beautiful gilded navy and cream chair was completely transformed from the broken brown and tan being it was once.  Mr. S told me to throw it away. Luckily, I didn’t listen to him and it’s now stunning!

So, here was a beautiful brown and peach marble chest, purple rug, navy chair, and pink-ish painting in my entry. They are all wonderful pieces on their own but didn’t jive in my entry. Enter Minted where I was able to find gorgeous art pieces to tie everything together.  The Opus print has pink, indigo, and blue which partners with the floral painting, chair, and rug.  As most women, Paris holds a special place in my heart so the Paris Skyline was a no-brainer in my cart.

On my Pinterest board, I have a wonderful graphic on how to display art in your home. I used that as a guideline and then played around with the actual artwork on the floor to determine how it should be displayed. After deciding on the configuration and taking a pic on my cell phone (my memory is shot), I traced the silhouette of the artwork onto newsprint.  (I recycled a few pieces from a previous project if you notice the folds on the paper.)  Additionally, I marked where the hanging wire or hooks were on the newsprint.  Then, I taped the papers on with painters tape to make sure I liked the spacing.  When it was set, I nailed right through the paper, on the marked places, and then removed the papers.  It takes a little longer up front to trace and tape but then hanging is a cinch!!  Voila!!  (I’ve also used 3M hooks for smaller projects, but I didn’t want to take any chances with the heavier paintings.)

So, that’s it!  Thanks for letting me sharing my happy little entryway with y’all.

**And don’t forget to enter the Minted + Style of Sam Giveaway for $150!  It runs until February 14th, and the winner will be announced around the February 16th!  May the odds ever be in your favor!**

Rxoxo, Sam

 

 

Plaid and Preppy

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Photography by Angie Garcia

Howdy Friends! We are currently in Napa enjoying the beautiful sights, yummy foods, and wonderful weather (better than Texas right now).  You can call it a very LAST MINUTE babymoon. I was planning everything up until we left! You can always see what I’m up to on facebook or snapchat (@styleofsam) while I’m here or check out my Instagram for moments.

Little brother did good and got me this fab J Crew excursion vest for Christmas! (I know… more late Christmas stuff!) I was super excited after opening the box, but I was contemplating what to wear with it.  I’ve seen them look fantastic on other people but never considered getting one for myself.

I wore denim (top) on denim (jeans) for a sporty and preppy look to a Junior League meeting. I picked up my friend, Katherine, who was wearing the same vest in green!  She wore it with a gorgeous green druzy/geode necklace, black turtleneck, slacks, and high heels for work.  This vest is so versatile – I never considered wearing it dressy!  It is perfect for running around town in this chilly weather and casual enough to wear with Little M.  My friend proved that it’s cute enough to wear to work.

BTW, it’s on super sale (extra 40% off) right now. It runs big. I’m wearing an XS if that tells you anything.

So, do you own any kind of puffer vests?  And how do YOU wear it?! I want more ideas for this piece!

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excursion vest J CREW || denim shirt and jeans TARGET || bracelets ALEXIS BITTAR c/o, VINTAGE, JULIE VOS || ring WISHING WELL c/o || OTK boots TIMBERLAND (old but similar) || bucket bag MANSUR GAVRIEL || sunglasses KAREN WALKER || lips BOBBI BROWN in nude + AVEDA star dahlia


Rxoxo, Sam