Gypsea Jewels

Hey y’all,

It’s one of my absolute favorite times of the year… SPRING BREAK. I’m in sunny St. Augustine, Florida spending time with my family. Spring Break is the first time this year that I’ve had the chance to wear some of my favorite pieces that have been sitting in my closet all winter, including my Gypsea Jewels!! Gypsea Jewels is an up and coming jewelry brand that offers eclectic designs at affordable prices. They have branded themselves on creating unique and fashion-forward jewelry that’s sure to impress. This brand is just under a year old, but the quality and design of their products is to die for!

 

I rocked my gold arrowhead wrap necklace  with an Aerie (sweet and sexy line) tee, SOLD Design Lab jeans, and black chunky heels.

 

Check out the details of my outfit below.

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Stay Sparkly,

Samantha

Prom Trends

Prom season is right around the corner and for many girls the hunt for the perfect dress is in full swing. Shopping for the perfect dress is no easy feat. Finding the perfect dress often takes hours of trying on dresses, multiple stores, and several arguments with mom. While shopping for the perfect dress can be stressful, it should also be fun because prom is one of the most exciting and memorable nights in high school.

This year, there are a few trends that seem to be dominating the prom dress scene. For example, two piece dresses are very popular. While many are skeptical of two pieces at first, I think that they are a great option for girls who don’t want to go with a classic dress silhouette. Two pieces styles range from an elegant long sleeve top with a ball gown skirt to a strapless top with a fitted mermaid skirt. Two piece dresses have added variety to the world of prom dresses and allowed designers more room for creativity.

Dresses with embroidered details are very hot this season. From the runways of Sherri Hill to Jovani, embroidery is everywhere. I think that this trend is very interesting because embroidery is so versatile and can be used in different styles. Embroidery can be used for a bohemian vibe or it can be used to dress up the dress and give it a rich,regal feel.

Printed dresses will be everywhere for prom 2016. These dresses have gained popularity in the fashion world over the past few years and this trend is now being translated into prom dresses. This trend can be used in a variety of ways from just a small printed detail to a full floral skirts. The floral prints being used by many designers are perfect for a springtime prom because they are so light and happy.

These three trends will be dominating prom dress choices across the nation this year. While all of these trends are beyond fabulous, finding the perfect dress is very personal and specific to every girl. I firmly believe that the dress that looks the best on you, is the dress that you feel the best in. My best dress shopping advice is to go with your gut and be sure to choose what makes you smile from ear to ear.

Stay Sparkly,

Samantha

Marleylilly Statement Style

One of my favorite ways to build an outfit is to style around a statement accessory. I love this method because dressing around a statement piece is fun, and not to mention easy. All you have to do is choose your accessory, and then finish with basic pieces to compliment the accessory. This is an excellent time of year to try out this method because holiday style is all about extravagance and making a statement.

Thanks to my friends at Marleylilly (my go-to retailer for all things monogrammed), I was able to practice this with a beautiful pink monogrammed crystal bracelet that is perfect for all of your holiday events! Monogrammed jewelry is so classy and the color of this bracelet adds the perfect amount of sass.  This beautiful bracelet features my monogram on a small charm, and I adore the combination of pink and gold.

I styled this bracelet with an Ann Taylor LOFT blouse, SOLD Design Lab jeans, Urban Outfitters booties, and a Tory Burch handbag.

Have fun with statement dressing this holiday season!

Stay Sparkly,

Samantha

Fall Bucket List – Lexxie Beckmeyer

Hello beautiful people of the Internet! My name’s Lexxie Beckmeyer, I’m a recent grad from Western Kentucky University (Go TOPS!) studying up on all things Advertising, Branding, and Internet. I’m currently living in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, working as an event planner, all while trying to learn how to “adult” one step at a time. I blog over at my personal site lexxiebeckmeyer.blogspot.com, where I share passions, obsessions, honesty hours, and lessons. If there’s a few things you need to know about me, it’s that I’m obsessed with my fur baby princess cat Izabella, Pinterest speaks to my soul (fill free to stalk), I’m a good cup of joe and quotes enthusiast, and J. Crew makes up half of my closet. Thank you to Samantha for allowing me this chance to guest blog, and remember… may your coffee be hot and your eyeliner be even.

Take long walks and hikes.

The fall months, especially where I’m from, are beautiful. Nothing beats all the colors of the fall, especially when Mother Nature provides them. I want to take advantage of that scenery this year, along with the cooler weather, and enjoy some of the best views of year, while getting some extra steps into my day!

Find the perfect pumpkin bread recipe.

I’ve been really in to exploring the kitchen and new recipes lately, and pumpkin bread is on the top of list of things I want to make. Many hours spent on Pinterest will be utilized.

Build up my sweater collection

These are some of my favorites for this season. Fall fashion is so fun and cozy.

Nasty Gal Just Female Carla Wool Poncho Sweater

Show Me Your Mumu Overtop Sweater:

Stock up on fall-scented candles

Bath & Body Works Flannel

Bath & Body Works Pumpkin Cheesecake

I’ve never been one to find my “signature” scent, but I’m known for loving smells that are warm, spicy, and inviting. Anything with hints of vanilla, baked goods, or musk is what I love, pretty much, everything to smell like, including my household. And fall time brings out the best! So it’s a goal to stock up before the season ends.

Utilize my camera.

I purchased myself a Nikon camera as a graduation present, and I haven’t taken the opportunity to learn how to fully work it. With it being one of the most gorgeous times of the year, I think this will be my best chance at learning a new skill and taking some great photos.

Attend as many football games as possible.

It’s the season of my favorite sport, so I must take advantage. Go TOPS and Cincinnati Bengals!

Take advantage of the local farmers’ markets.

These past couple of months for me has been all about eating healthier and fresher, and what better what to get the freshest at your local providers? Cincinnati has the oldest, still-running market, and it’s a treasure I want to experience more while I’m still here.

Go to a pumpkin patch.

Though cliché, there’s nothing more exciting than going to a field of pumpkins during the cooler months. Though I’m still researching some in my current town, I will be making sure I visit the one located in my college town to stock up on their homemade breads and apple cider slushies. If you live in southern Kentucky, make sure you check out Jackson’s Orchard.

Catch up on the lately horrible flicks.

I always believe I’m one of those rare souls that love a good jumpy movie, even the bad ones. So many new scary movies are set to be released and I can’t wait to dive into them. There are obviously the classics too. Perfect for a cool night, or as a stay-at-home date!

Visit local Halloween attractions.

Every place has haunted houses and attractions, and I’m determined to visit mine. Cincinnati always provides some great ones like the U.S.S. Nightmare and King’s Island’s annual Fear Fest. Make sure you see what your town has coming!

I hope y’all enjoyed Lexxie’s fall bucket list. Go out and enjoy the most beautiful season of the year!

Stay Sparkly,

Samantha

Blake Lively’s Top 5 Fashion Moments

Hey y’all,

Blake Lively is a fashion icon. I first fell in love with Blake during her role as Serena on the CW’s hit show, Gossip Girl.  Since her Hollywood debut, Blake has always impressed fans and critics alike with her amazing sense of style. Recently, she began her company Preserve (preserve.us) that sells hand crafted goods from artisans across the world.  Preserve also has a section called “Blake’s Closet” in which shoppers can score some of Blake’s favorite pieces.

Today I will be sharing my some of my favorite looks by Lively.

5. blakegucci

Blake rocked this beautiful dress by one of her go-to designers, Gucci at the Cannes opening ceremony in May of 2014.

4. blakemichaelkors

This beautiful Michael Kors mini dress is so eye cathing and the scalloped bottom adds a bit of fun and flirtiness to the look. Her adorable pink pumps and headband tied together this look that she wore to the CFDA Fashion Awards in June of 2014.

3. blakeZuhairMurad

Lively wore this Zuhair Murad dress in LA to the premier of the Savages in June of 2012. This look is so glamourous and her loose waves and red lipstick complimented the dress perfectly.

2. blakemarchesa

In 2010, Blake wore this Marchesa dress to Fashion’s Night Out : The Show. I love how her she really let the dress shine and is wearing minimal accesories.

1. blakegucciyellow

This Gucci gown is my favorite look on Blake. The yellow really works on her and I love her turquoise accesories. Her loose fishtail braid adds to the bohemian and relaxed vibe of the dress.

xoxo,

Samantha

Seventeen Social Club – Sally Hansen Insta – Dri

Hey y’all,

Seventeen Social Club and Sally Hansen recently hooked me up with some awesome new nail polish. It is called Insta – Dri and I used the color “Ablazing.”  This color is so bright and happy. I love how this quick drying polish gave me a picture perfect manicure. My nails were done drying in just sixty seconds. This polish is an absolute must have for girls like myself who are constantly on the go and don’t want to wait around for their nails to dry. A manicure is one of my favorite ways to add a pop of color to an otherwise boring outfit or to brighten up any outfit. A bright manicure in a color such as “Ablazing” is the perfect way to make a statement. I highly reccomend this polish to anyone who is looking for a quick and long lasting manicure. nailssally

Welcome Spring – #OOTD

Hey y’all,

I am so happy that after a long and harsh winter that the weather is finally clearing up, and it is officially spring. Spring is one of my favorite seasons. I love the mildly warm weather and of course the beautiful spring fashions. I love capris, dresses, flip flops, and wedges. So in honor of the beginning of spring, I am going to be sharing one of my favorite spring outfits with you all today.

I found my black fit and flare dress from Target. It is the Mossimo brand. I love the material of this dress and it is so comfortable.

I bought my scarf, clutch, earrings, and belt are all from Charming Charlie’s. They have the cutest accessories and I love how all of the pinks are complementary and match very well.

My sparkly gold wedges are INC. I purchased them at Macy’s. They are extremely comfortable even though they are pretty tall.

I love this entire outfit and it is the perfect spring look.

xoxo,

Samantha

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Emma Stone, Anna Kendrick and More Round Out Award Season’s Best Dressed List

Hey y’all,

Since award season wrapped up with the Oscars last Sunday, I have decided to share my best dressed list. I choose these five looks from the red carpet at both the Oscars and the Golden Globes.

5. dakotajohnson

We will start with Dakota Johnson at the Oscars. Dakota wore a fabulous red dress by Saint Laurent. The color was bold and I loved the detail and cut of the dress. The beading on the shoulder was stunning.

4. jlo

Jennifer Lopez always looks stunning and manages to pull off looks that would fall flat on anyone else. The draping on this Zuhair Murad gown was beautiful. J.Lo’s clutch and shoes complemented the dress perfectly and rounded out the look.

3. rosamundpike

Rosamund Pike stood out in this beautiful Givenchy gown. The lace detailing is exquisite and the cut outs are to die for. The shoes are absolutely perfect and wearing her hair up kept the look from being too over the top.

2. annakendrick

Anna Kendrick looked absolutely flawless at the Oscar’s in a custom Thakoon dress. The coral color of this dress is perfect for her skin tone and hair color. The cut of this dress is so fun, and I am in love with the jeweled neckline.

1. emmastonee

Emma Stone is my best dressed winner. Her Lanvin pantsuit is elegant and classy without being uptight or stuffy looking. The beading and jeweling on the top is incredible. She topped off the look perfectly with natural eye make up and a red statement lip.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Happy Tuesday!

xoxo,

Samantha

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week – Sherri Hill

Hey y’all,

If you didn’t already know, New York Fashion Week is going on. Today is the last day and fashion week is wrapping up with a runway show by the wildly popular dress designer, Sherri Hill. Along with the runway show (which you can watch here at 5:30 EST http://www.sherrihill.com/livestream/), the fall 2015 collection will also be released this evening. So in honor of this, I have decided to share my top ten all time favorite dresses designed by Sherri Hill.

10.  21272-by-sherri-hill

I love this dress because of the intricate beading on the neckline. I am a huge fan of white dresses and the pop of blue in the beading is perfect.

9. 21210-by-sherri-hill

This dress is so unique. I love the beaded metallic belt and it is the perfect way to add a touch of sparkle.

8. 32138-by-sherri-hill

I love the striking red color of this dress. I am obsessed with how unique the beading around the neckline is.

7. sherrihill2941

The lace overlay and detailing on this dress is to die for. I love the cut and the detailing on the hemline.

6. 21186-by-sherri-hill

I love the navy lace and high neck on this dress. I can speak from experience when I say that the cut of this dress is extremely flattering and comfortable. (I wore this dress in Oct. 2014)

5. 11175-by-sherri-hill

I love the simplicity of this dress. The beading is truly exquisite and I love how the gold and turquoise contrasts with the black.

4. 21217-by-sherri-hillalt11

I love the sparkle on this beautiful cocktail dress. The use of sequins and lace creates a unique bodice, and the bottom is just full enough.

3. 9703-by-sherri-hillalt4

This dress is stunning. I love the shape of the beads and the neckline.

2. Prom-Dress-Sherri-Hill-Sherri_Hill_5207_navy__1

I absolutely adore this dress. It is absolutely timeless, and I adore the way the lace was used to create an illusion type bodice.

1. 32225-by-sherri-hillalt4

This is my favorite Sherri Hill gown to date. I love the bright color palette, and when paired with the key hole and open back, this gown is a true showstopper.

I hope that you all enjoyed this post and I’ll be back soon with my take on the Fall 2015 collection.

xoxo,

Samantha