Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit the newly renovated Gardens Casino in Hawaiin Gardens and as soon as I stepped through the door, I was in HEAVEN. You all already know how much I love a good casino (hello Vegas!) and as sad as it is to admit, I actually find gambling fun! Don’t judge! So when The Gardens Casino invited me to experience their Sunday brunch and learn how to play something new, I was like ummm….YESSS!
First of all, their brunch was amazing! If you’re going to bring me unlimited mimosas and tell me to eat all I want waffles and omelettes…I promise I will sit there all day. TJ wasn’t complaining much either since there were about a million TVs everywhere and it was football Sunday. Second of all, learning how to play a new game…that’s right up my gambling alley. I normally play slots or video blackjack/craps because there is zero pressure. I’m always super nervous to play at a real table so I often end up standing behind TJ watching…or being his luck charm so I say. But learning how to play Pai Gow one on one with the dealer was awesome! I learned so much and was able to ask all the dumb questions I could never ask when playing for real money. AND I was actually winning…too bad they weren’t real chips! But now I have the confidence to go play with real money and hopefully win enough money to buy that new pair of booties I’ve been eying!
It’s safe to say I’ll definitely be back to The Gardens Casino for more brunch and games! Especially since their service is top notch. Everyone was so nice and helpful. Any question or request I had, they were more than happy to accommodate with a huge smile on their face. I didn’t want to leave and it was only when TJ was like, “Samantha, we’ve been here hours…” that I was like I guess we should leave, but I WILL be back soon!
If you’re in the area, definitely check out this gorgeous casino! You will have such an amazing time, guaranteed.
Greetings from sunny California! When I say sunny…I mean sunny. We shared a few glorious days of what almost felt like fall and today, we are right back at 90 degrees. I’m definitely not complaining, you know I’m a true summer girl. But while I am all for hot weather all year round, I still love to dress for the seasons. Even when it’s 90 degrees out, I still want to dress in booties, plaid, and sweaters. My body begs to differ when I start sweating when wearing a new cable knit sweater. Being a true Southern California girl, I’ve found a few tips and tricks that work for me when I want to dress for fall without dying of heat exhaustion. Read on for my tips & outfit details of this gorgeous olive green wrap skirt.
The easiest way to look like fall is to dress in fall colors. Take the outfit I am wearing here for example. I’m wearing a tank and a skirt to keep me cool, but my skirt is olive green (hello signature fall color) and I paired it with a simple white high neck tunic and gray heels. While I’m beating the heat, I still scream fall! Stick to dresses and skirts that have that fall vibe to them. Think dark florals, olive green and burgundy pieces, and velvet accents.
Another easy tip is to add fall accessories. The easiest fall accessory to throw on? Booties of course! I’ll style a pair of booties or OTK boots with a dress or shorts. Easy and cool! Other great fall accessories to throw on are scarves (try a scarf with a tank and shorts or try a scarf as a wrap for chilly nights) and hats (I love hats for fall and they work with almost every outfit!).
Is anyone out there enjoying a true fall?! For everyone else who is still experiencing the heat…are you dressing for fall or keeping your summer items out?! Let’s chat…leave me a comment below!
Today is my birthday and I’m turning 23! Even though my #taylorswiftyear is over and no one likes you when you’re 23…I’m ready to embrace this new age with open arms. Some people think as you get older, birthdays don’t really matter. I am not one of those people. I absolutely love birthdays and I think they are so special and should be treated as such. It is your day to celebrate you and I truly believe it is one of the most important days of the year. I love when my birthday comes around because it is a time to for me to reflect on the past year: where I’ve been, where I am, and where I want to be in the next year. It is also just a time to celebrate me and come on now…who doesn’t love that?!
This past weekend, TJ and I went on a one day mini vacation to one of my favorite places in the world: Palm Springs. It turned out to be the best day. We started with outlet shopping, lunch at the Parker, an afternoon by the pool, dinner at Flemings, and a movie night. I don’t know how we managed to pack so much into one day, but we did and believe me, we were exhausted! The next morning consisted of walking around the grounds of our beautiful hotel and snapping some pictures in this gorgeous Azazie dress. It was the perfect way to celebrate my birthday.
To celebrate my birthday with you all, I want to share a little more personal side of me! I’m sharing 23 things that you may not know about me! Thanks so much for celebrating with me and following along my crazy life!
I’m an only child. Yes, at some point I did want siblings, but I learned to embrace it and now I’m like what siblings?!
I was in a sorority in college. So it didn’t really matter that I was an only child, I found so many sisters that I will forever call my best friends.
I met my boyfriend at Starbucks. Yes, it is SO cliche, but it’s true and 4 years later, I fall more and more in love everyday.
My favorite number is 19. I was born on the 19th and it has remained my favorite number for my entire life. Throughout sports growing up to choosing numbers on the lotto. It is lucky for me.
I don’t drink coffee. I cannot stand the taste! I do love Starbucks though, I will forever get a passion tea sweetened in the summer and a hot chocolate in the winter.
6. My favorite restaurant in the world is Mon Ami Gabi in Las Vegas. If you have the chance, go! Sit outside right on the strip and people watch while eating the best crepes I can find in America.
7. I’ve never left Southern California. I was born in Southern California, went to college in Southern California, and now live in Southern California. I think I am destined to be here my whole life.
8. I’m such a girly girl. Everything about me screams girly girl, but I am so adventurous. I love camping, I want to go sky diving, and I wouldn’t mind going cage diving with sharks.
9. I love the heat and hate the cold. My dream temperature everyday would be 100 degrees. I absolutely love the hot weather and would never make it in a city that has an actual winter (although I do love the winter outfits).
10. I am obsessed with Sex & The City. I know…who isn’t right?! But my obsession is real. I can probably quote every line from the first movie.
11. I love calendars. I have about 4 on my desk at work alone.
12. My dream man is Calvin Harris. Shhhh…don’t tell TJ!
13. I’m a perfectionist. In all aspects of my life. Something isn’t complete to me until it is nearly perfect. I know nothing and no one will ever be perfect, but I will always strive for close to perfection.
14. I studied Psychology in college. I planned on being a Marriage and Family Therapist, but had a senior year crisis and ended up in HR. I absolutely love it and plan to get my masters in Business one day.
15. I want to travel the world. I know everyone wants to travel the world. But I have this desire to see and experience everything I can in this short life we are given. Nothing is more important to me.
16. My favorite food is Mexican food. I could literally eat nothing else for my whole entire life.
17. I love country music. A lot of people make fun of me for it, but I don’t care. The lyrics are so fun and full of life and the melodies are so catchy. What’s not to love?!
18. I am obsessed with baseball. While I do like other sports, baseball will always have my heart. Go Angels!
19. I love playing craps at a casino. And I’m pretty lucky. Ever since I’ve turned 21, I’ve been addicted to casinos (this could be a good or a bad thing). I’ve never lost and I can be playing craps for hours.
20. My favorite animal is a sea otter. I’m obsessed.
21. I am a huge concert lover. I go to so many concerts a year and I will never stop. There is something so magical about being with other people who know all the words and singing along to your favorite song. Gives me chills every time.
22. My favorite Disney movie is Tangled. The scene with lanterns never fails to make cry. My dream is to view something so magical like that in real life.
23. I secretly want to move to a different city. While I love California, I think it would be so thrilling to experience living a new city. Not forever, but at least for a little bit of my life.
Thanks so much for reading and learning more about me! Hope you all have fabulous weeks!
There is nothing better than a quick, spontaneous trip in my opinion! A few weeks ago I decided to book a plane ticket and fly to Oregon to visit my family. I’m literally never this spontaneous. I normally plan everything out so far in advance so this was super new and exciting for me (and it was the first time I have ever flown alone!) I’m so excited to be writing this Oregon recap because Oregon has a very special place in my heart.
My grandparents live in a beautiful little city called West Linn about 13 miles outside of Portland. Growing up, I visited almost every summer but as I got older and my summers got busier, I visited less and less. Last year, I talked about my trip in a post here, celebrating my grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary. It was such a magical night in the middle of the woods on this gorgeous piece of land. I knew I had to visit again soon! And now I want to keep going back all the time!
This visit, I knew I wanted to do things in Oregon I’ve never done. I didn’t do much research since it was a last minute trip and I thought I’ll kind of go with the flow and see what my family wants to do. The first day of my trip we went wine tasting. I’ve never been wine tasting before (SO SAD…I know!) and I heard the Willamette Valley was the perfect place in Oregon to go. They are known for their Pinot Noir wines and although I don’t often drink reds, I bought 3 bottles because of how good all the wines were. The views were stunning and the day was perfect. I am now officially a wine tasting lover and I can’t wait to go again! I mean, sitting around in beautiful vineyards, sipping some vino all day. There is no better life than that!
The next day we decided to drive to the Oregon coast. I’ve been there before when I was younger but I have the WORST memory like ever so I was excited to experience it again. There is nothing like the Oregon coast. Growing up with SoCal beaches, I think every beach is like that. But Oregon beaches are surrounded with beautiful trees and gorgeous rock formations and hills. I could’ve sat all day and listened to the waves crash (possibly with a glass of wine in my hand?! Of course!). The best part about the beach…the CUTEST little beach town ever. Cannon Beach. It was everything you can imagine in a beach town. Cute shops, cute restaurants, cute street. Just all around CUTE. We had the most amazing brunch at this little restaurant that looked and felt like we were eating in someone’s house, called Lazy Susan! I loved it! Afterwards, we strolled the shops where I found the most gorgeous vintage vase in an antique shop. I’m not one for souvenirs when I travel, but this piece will remind me of Oregon every time I look at it. That’s my kind of memory!
The final day of my trip my Grandma and I had a girls day in Portland, shopping down the cutest little street: NW 23rd Avenue. I’ve been shopping on many different streets including my favorite retro row: Hawthorne. But this is by far my favorite. It’s a little tree lined street with unique boutiques and consignment shops. All the little boutiques are in houses and I thought that was just adorable! I spent a little too much I must admit, but I couldn’t pass up the rare finds! I love shopping when I travel, especially at local boutiques, because I think there is something so special about finding unique pieces only available in that area. I cherish these pieces even more and will always remember where I bought them.
It was a short and quick trip and although we didn’t do the typical Oregon things, I had an amazing time! It was one of my favorite trips to Oregon ever and I can’t wait to go back already.
Thanks so much for reading & following along my Oregon adventure! Anyone going on a trip anytime soon?! I’d love to hear details!
As fall comes closer and closer, there are so many fun fall trends popping up. I went shopping last weekend and in every single store I went into, I found suede everything. Normally I am all for suede on booties and jackets, but I had never embraced the trend in any other way. Everything changed the moment I tried on this olive green suede dress. Glory, hallelujah, amen, I am a suede trend convert and I am not afraid to proclaim my devotion.
Since I tried on this dress (and bought it obviously), I also purchased a suede top, a suede tank, and a suede skirt. I mean why not not when the items are super cute and super comfortable! Have you felt the softness of a suede dress?! To die for! I’m loving this trend in all the usual fall colors: olive, gray, berry, rust.
What I love about suede everything is the simplicity. This makes styling so much fun because the possibilities are endless! I wore this olive green suede dress to work and it got super chilly real quick. I’m so happy I had this gorgeous jacket to throw on over. The detailing is so fun and it pops with the more simple style of the dress. I finished the look with some cute pumps that has a little more detailing. I think the key to rocking suede is endless accessories and details you can use to style. I would love to wear this dress for date night with a leather jacket, a black chocker necklace, some pumps, and a sleek cat eye.
How are you styling suede for fall? Have you jumped on the bandwagon yet?!! I’d love to hear, let’s chat!
Happy Friday! Friday is probably my favorite day of the week for obvious reasons. It is the start to the weekend which means the start to a new adventure. I appreciate weekends so much more as a working girl and as a girlfriend of a working man. The weekend is the one time where we can go explore and try new things together. I especially love Friday night date nights. Normally for date night, I love to get dressed up if we are going somewhere a little fancy. Friday date nights are a little different. I get home from work and all I want to do is change out my clothes and throw on something more comfy.
This outfit is perfect for just that! It still looks put together and dressed up, but it still has that casual aspect to it. I am absolutely loving destroyed denim right now and I am always finding new ways to style them. I absolutely love styling ripped denim with a simple cami tank and some great heels. I think this is the easiest date night look to throw on. It is one of those no brainer outfits that I always talk about. You just throw it on and go.
This is such perfect for the last few weeks of summer where it is still warm enough at night to wear a tank. I also styled it with my favorite suede jacket for when it gets a little chilly during the first nights of fall. What is your favorite date night look? I bet you styled destroyed denim in so many different ways! I’d love to hear about it. Let’s chat in the comments!
I am currently in Oregon visiting family and I am having the best time! Yesterday I went wine tasting for the first time in the hills of Dundee Oregon. They have vineyards everywhere and it was the most beautiful atmosphere. I think I am meant to be a wine taster…I mean hanging around gorgeous vineyards all day with a glass in my hand?! Life doesn’t get any better than that. Today we are heading to the Eastern Coast and I hear it’s going to be beautiful since it has been hot hot hot here!
Thanks so much for reading & I hope you have a great weekend! Any fun plans?!
Cami: Wayf. Find it at Nordstrom here | Jeans: Nordstrom (my absolutely favorite & under $70!) | Shoes: Klub Nico @ Nordstrom | Suede Jacket: Nordstrom | Clutch: Francesca’s. Similar here
For all my #girlbosses out there, I’m super excited about this post because it is post #2 out of 3 in my Work Wear Wednesday’s series! Last week I talked about how to achieve a super trendy business casual look. This week I’m talking all about how to master that business casual look. I know I always get confused when I see the words “business casual.” Does that mean I dress business or casual? For the longest time I didn’t quite understand, but if being in a sorority for 4 years taught me anything, it definitely taught me how to dress for business casual.
I’m not usually one to grab for the black items in my closet first…I’m more of a color and pattern kind of girl. But when I am stuck for time or don’t know what to wear, I know I can always grab a cute black skirt or dress, pair it with my black blazer, throw on some nude pumps, and go. This kind of outfit shows how put together (even if you got dressed in 5 minutes and did your makeup in the car #GUILTY) and professionally chic you are. Next time you are running out the door, try throwing on a blazer and I promise you will feel as good as you look.
My look is a little more on the casual side of business casual since my skirt is a little shorter. I think in most companies you could get away with it, but if you’re looking for something on the super business side, you’ll have to wait for next week’s post! Continuing on the theme of last week’s post, I can’t say it enough…a good blazer is everything in the working world. And even outside of it too (I would totally wear this black blazer with a white cami, ripped denim, and pumps for a date night!). A blazer instantly adds that professionalism aspect to any outfit. Read on for the three types of blazers I think every woman should have in her closet.
A simple black blazer. Because if I didn’t convince you that you need a black blazer in your life before, I will now. A black blazer can achieve any of the three major types of professional looks: trendy business casual, business casual, and business attire. For example, you can’t go wrong with throwing on a black blazer over dark denim flares and kitten heels. This is a serious investment piece.
A standout colorful blazer. If you need some inspiration, check out last week’s post. I think a colorful blazer is a must because of the countless amounts of outfits you can make. I have blazers in 5 different bright colors, because they are so easy to throw on with slacks and a tee or a pencil skirt and a cami. They instantly add some fun to your outfit and show off your personality.
A simple, muted blazer. There are all times when we go to work and we want to impress. Maybe we have a big presentation or a huge meeting with important clients. You don’t want to go overboard with your outfit, but you still want to be seen as a fashionable young woman. Try throwing on a cream, gray, or light pink blazer. You will still look super chic, but you won’t be drawing too much attention away from what’s really important in these situations…you and your work.
Thanks so much for reading! Stay tuned for next week’s final post in my Work Wear Wednesday’s series. I am showing you how to achieve a perfect business attire look for those companies who have a super strict dress code.
I know it’s only August, but I can’t help but already start thinking of fall. I am 100% a summer girl. Being born and raised in Southern California my whole life, I have gotten used to perfect weather: nonstop sunshine and hot temperatures pretty much year round. As I get older, I finally am getting the idea of dressing for the seasons, not necessarily the weather. While I know I can’t be dressing in extreme fall and winter fashion living in SoCal, I have found some fun styles that work all year round, but especially during that summer to fall transition. One of my favorite combos for September and for back to school is strips and camel. Throw on a little red lip and it’s a party!
The stripes and camel combo can be worn in so many different ways with items you already have in your closet! Take my look for example, I know all my fashionistas have some form of a blake and white stripe tee. Whether it be long sleeves, short sleeves, a tank or camisole, or even a sweater. Pair that item with some denim and cognac colored shoes and you’ve got a super easy transition look!
Another super easy look? Pair that same striped tee with a skirt. Try a denim skater skirt or an olive green wrap skirt. Throw on some nude heels and add the touch of camel with a cute clutch. I would totally wear this outfit on a fun date night or even running errands out and about.
The possibilities are endless with a striped tee, a camel accessory item (think a bag or heels), and don’t forget that red lip. Most of you will find these items in your closet right away, but if you don’t have them…I think these are some investment pieces every fashionista should own. You will wear them over and over again in countless amounts of outfits. Keep reading below for some of my favorite pieces!
Thanks so much for reading & I hope you have a great week!
Happy Saturday my chic friends! This might be one of my favorite posts ever because of this gorgeous blue and white dress. I know I wear dresses WAY too much, but they are my favorite thing to throw on in the morning, no matter what season. I love to style a dress with accessories and finding the perfect shoes is like the cherry on top for me. Some of you might be asking, “How can she buy so many dresses without getting tired of them?” Well let me tell you why. Every time I’m shopping for a new dress, I ask myself the following questions:
Do I have something similar? This is obviously the most important question. I don’t want to buy 10 skater dresses and 0 maxi dresses. I need a wide variety of dresses. When I’m shopping, I immediately mentally scan through my closet to see if I have any dress similar. If I already have that shape or pattern in my closet, I’m probably going to pass on that item. I am always looking for a different kind of silhouette or a different pattern than what I already own. I try to buy dresses in a variety of colors and styles to switch things up. For example, I don’t have anything else like this blue and white dress in my closet. The silhouette, pattern, colors, and detailing are unlike anything else I own.
Why do I need this dress? Super important question! I will often find a super great summer dress in late August but I have to really make sure I need this. I probably don’t because by late August I am starting to buy dresses more geared to fall and most likely I won’t be wearing it next summer because I’ll be buying new dresses then. I really like to make sure I need that dress for something and that it will fit into my current wardrobe. I may really love a dress, but if I don’t need it chances are I will end up wearing it only one time and wasting money I could’ve spent on a truly needed piece.
Is this dress special? My favorite question! A dress has to have that certain it factor. I see countless dresses that I would absolutely love to own. But at the end of the day, I want to make sure it is special to me and that I am truly going to feel like myself in it. Quick example: I saw this blue and white dress in the store window of a boutique as I was passing by. It completely screamed out to me and when I tried it on, it was love at first sight. I need to have this feeling with every item of clothing I buy because I never want to have second guesses. I want my closet to be full of unique items that fit my style and personality. To me, they need to be special.
Next time you’re out and about shopping for dresses, try asking yourself these three questions. I guarantee your closet, personal style, and wallet will be thanking you later!
Hope you all have amazing weekends! I’m laying low this weekend after a super busy week. I’m heading to Oregon next week and I’m trying to fit everything into one carry on! I’ll be sharing some packing tips and will let you know if I can actually accomplish this next week.
Thanks so much for reading & stay chic my friends!
Dress: Goldie’s on 4th (cutest little boutique by my house! So glad I found this place!) | Shoes: old from Forever 21. Similar here (on sale for 35% off!!) and here | Bag: Zac Posen. Love this little mini version here
I’m so happy you stopped by for today’s post because it’s a little something different than I’ve ever shared before. This is a new, short series that I am super excited to start and share with you all: Work Wear Wednesdays. I know the majority of you chic ladies are all working girls and of course #girlbosses. I love to look good everywhere I go; for me it is a major confidence booster. When I look my best, I automatically feel my best like I’m ready to conquer the world. So we should look our best at the work place where we spend the majority of our waking hours, am I right?! Today’s post is all about how to conquer the trendy business casual look.
I graduated college a year ago in June (insert sad emoji face…because let’s face it: I totally MISS college) and I went straight into the working world. I was unbelievably excited to get offered a full time position at a totally cool start up. We aren’t as cool as google, but we are getting pretty close. I was nervous that I was going to have to wear slacks and a button up everyday and my style wouldn’t be able to shine through as much. But working in a Silicon Valley style start up comes with some major perks. The biggest one being the totally casual dress code. We actually don’t have a dress code, but walk around and you will find people in sweat pants and shorts…yes it is THAT casual.
So to make a long story short, I can wear basically whatever I want which is a dream! During the summer, I wanted to try and wear shorts in the office. Although we don’t have a dress code, I still always want to look professional and decent (no crop tops and bootay shorts please). Some of my coworkers have worn rompers and shorts before so I wanted to give it a shot too. Read on for my 3 tips with how to make shorts appropriate in the office.
Keep it classy! Don’t come to work wearing super tight short shorts. If I can see some cheek, that is not okay. Keep it appropriate by choosing a pair of shorts that don’t look like you’re about to go to the beach. What I love about these shorts (BTW I found these Kate Spade shorts at Nordstrom Rack for only $34…major steal!) is that they look professional. They totally have that office vibe.
Throw on a blazer! Blazers instantly make everything more professional. That is what I tell myself every time I put one on. Even though this blazer is super colorful, it works because it compliments the shorts while adding more professionalism to the outfit.
Choose the right shoes! This outfit could’ve worked with some low heels, but I decided to opt with a chunky heel. You do not want to wear stilettos or super high heels. High heels and shorts may work (occasionally) but more often than not, it looks a little trashy. Keep the height with a chunky heel. Classy all the way ladies!
I hope you enjoyed my first post in the series of Work Wear Wednesdays. I am sure some of you lovely ladies work in a casual environment just like myself and can totally rock this look. If you don’t work in this type of environment, I think this look would be great for a more professional lunch date or maybe a conference. Heck, I would even wear this on the weekend!
Thanks so much for reading and I can’t wait to share more work wear outfits with you all! I’d love to hear how you style a trendy business casual look! Let’s chat in the comments below!