White Lace Spring Dress

Can you believe it’s already the end of February!? Where is the time going?! I’m not sure, but I’m not complaining because as I browse through all my favorite stores and start to pick up my online shopping habits, I am loving all the spring products slowly starting to arrive. I’m loving all the new trends and all the new spring styles! Born and raised in Southern California, I’m not a huge fan of winter styles so as the beginning of the year passes by and spring grows closer and closer, I can’t help but get more and more excited. Bring on the lace, paste colors, and all the florals! I’m all for it!

So when I found this white lace dress at Nordstrom Rack, my heart couldn’t help but flutter a little. This dress is everything I envision when I think of spring style. White, lace, airy, springy. To me, it doesn’t get any better. I styled this dress with simple nude heels and a white bag, which I think would be great for a spring wedding, a Sunday brunch with the gals, or an evening date. I think it would be just as cute for casual weekend errands, for the office, or for a fun weekend activity by swapping the heels for flats or sneakers and adding a jean jacket and a pony tail. Or why not wear this for date night or drinks with friends? Try a lace dress with black lace up block heels and a leather jacket or chic bomber jacket. Honestly the possibilities are endless and that’s why I can’t get enough of this dress!

Thanks so much for reading!
Stay chic my friends!!
XX-Samantha

Fav Lace Dresses

Trendy Pocket Tee

While I love my classic styles & constantly go back to my favorite styles, I’m constantly on the lookout for new trendy styles. I love taking fashion risks & trying new trends (whether good or bad. Believe me…there have been plenty bad!). So when I noticed that my favorite classic tee was getting upgraded with a new trend, I was like I’m there! I’m talking about the trendy pocket tee. You know you’ve seen them: a classic tee with a pocket & some sort of cute trendy graphic detail. I’ve seen tons with cute phrases on them & some with cute graphic images. I want them all!

I think this cute little pocket detail adds a little something extra to a beloved classic. Throw on a trendy pocket tee with just about everything: a high waisted skirt, black denim and heels for a night out, peeking out of your blazer at the office. The list goes on and on. What I love about this trend is that it’s such an easy (& cheap) swap. Simple swap out your favorite classic tee with a trendy pocket tee & you’ve got a completely refreshed look. I love when trends are super easy & affordable!

What do you think of this new, easy, chic trend?! Have you stocked up your inbox with trendy pocket tees yet? I know I have! Outfit details are below & I’ve also linked some of my favorite pocket tees!

Hope you’re having a fab weekend!

Stay chic!
XX-Samantha

Outfit Details

Pocket Tee (only $15!!!) | Skirt: old, similar | Jean Jacket, love this one | Bag | Sneakers

Fav Pocket Tees

Galentine’s Day with Style Collective

Happy Valentine’s Day! VDay is honestly one of my favorite holidays. I know it’s cheesy & cliche & whatever you want to call it, but any day dedicated to celebrating the ones I love  is certainly okay with me! I try to express my love on a daily basis, but I love to go all out for the important people in my life on the 14th. Why not right?!

This past weekend, I got the opportunity to celebrate Galentine’s Day with 20 pretty ladies at the Style Collective meet up. It was such a FUN girls day filled with laughter, great food, pretty views, & connections I’ll have forever (I sound SO cheesy right now. DON’T JUDGE!). The event was held at The Sea Level Bar located at the beautiful Shade Hotel Redondo Beach. This hotel is beyond gorgeous & on my way home from the event, I called up TJ & was like we are going on a staycation at this hotel ASAP. He was so down! We nibbled at yummy appetizers, sipped on champagne, and chowed down the most delicious macaroons from ‘Lette Macarons for dessert. I had like five, once again…don’t judge!

After eating up every last bit, my Galentine’s and I enjoyed talking & getting to know each other in one of the restaurant’s outdoor lounge areas overlooking the marina. It was a super cold & windy day (& we all wore dresses!! Silly us), but the staff went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable from starting a fire to surrounding us with 10+ heating lamps. After some much needed girl talk, in true fashion blogger spirit, it was time for a photo shoot. You can’t get a group of 20 gorgeous bloggers together & NOT take some pictures! We posed & smiled with the most beautiful balloons from Balloon Celebrations. The 6 foot heart balloon? I about died. If I could have taken it without anyone noticing, you best believe I would have!

Throughout the day I met some amazing ladies that I had connected with through Instagram prior to the event. It was so fun to finally meet them in person & make some real connections. The Style Collective is an amazing group of women & a wonderful community of support. I know at any time I can reach out to this group & be flooded with so much love & inspiration. I couldn’t ask for a better group of girls to be my Galentine’s this year.

Special shout out to Jessica from Petite Style Script & Catherine from Catherine Grace O for making this event happen & to our amazing photographer, Mike (find him on insta @goirishphotog) who snapped all these beautiful photos. Thanks to Dermalogica‘Lette MacaronsCore HydrationBloomingdale’s & Guilty Soles for providing the best goodies in our giftbags. One last BIG thank you to Shade Hotel Redondo Beach for providing the most beautiful setting for this outing. Like I said, I’ll be back soon!

I want to give all my love to the ladies who attended this event. If you want to follow some pretty amazing ladies, check them out for sure!

Valentine’s Day-Slip Into Something Red

It’s almost Valentine’s Day so of course I have to be cliche. I wouldn’t be me if wasn’t cliche. I love any excuse to get dressed up and VDay is my absolute fav because of all the pink and red. I know, I know…we all want to be different and not wear the obvious pink and red on date night. But honestly, I think we should embrace it. Sure we can wear pink and red any other day of the week, but let’s celebrate love and let it shine! In my opinion, I don’t think there is anything wrong with being cliche.

I am loving this super easy, super trendy, and super edgy date night look. Yes, I totally recommend wearing red and pink on the 14th, but that doesn’t mean you have to dress in most super girly girl red and pink items you own.

I threw on this red slip dress with black heels, a bold lip, and dark sunnies for a cool girl kind of look.  This dress looks like it could belong in the bedroom, so how sexy is it to let your man’s mind wander a little while at dinner?! He’ll be lusting after you all night!

Going on a day date or hanging out with the girls for Galentine’s Day? Just swap the heels for some sneakers and you will definitely nail that cool girl vibe even more. I know you all have a slip dress in your closet (it’s one of the biggest trends right now!). So give it a new spin by throwing on a white tee under and some edgy heels. You’ve got a fool proof Valentine’s Day outfit that is perfect for whatever you have planned!

Outfit Details

Dress, love this one and this one | Similar white tee | Heels, similar here | Bag | Sunnies

Are sneakers the new high heels?

I mean…maybe they are! I remember hating, I mean absolutely hating sneakers growing up. You know that rule in middle school about closed toed shoes? Yeah, I was not about that life. But as I’ve grown up and working that 9-5 in heels or wedges Monday-Thursday, but Friday I’m craving something a little more comfy. That definitely doesn’t mean I want to compromise style. If anything, I want to be even more stylish on Fridays (it’s Friday and I wanna celebrate!!).

One of my go to Friday casual outfits this year has been a casual dress and my favorite sneakers. This outfit I played with the athleisure trend, mixing a tight black mini with my classic black Nikes. But I love rocking this trend with a super girly floral dress and some light pink slip on sneakers.

So the question remains…are sneakers the new high heels?! Come on now, we both know we are never going to say yes to that. But on certain days, yes of course sneakers are the new high heels. It’s even more true when that style is completely on trend. My advice for rocking this look? Just go with it. You may feel like Nikes do not go with a floral dress, but try the outfit on. You’ll be surpirsed at how good you look in the mirror and how much your feet will be thanking you. Trust.

Thanks so much for reading my chic babes! Are you rocking this trend? I wanna know!
XX-Samantha

Outfit Details

Dress | Jacket, love this one | Nike Sneaker | Bag fromTJ Maxx, similar here & here

Holiday Style with Francesca’s

I absolutely love the holidays…decorating the Christmas tree, baking cookies, watching Christmas movies, & spending time with family & friends. Of course, I would be lying if I didn’t say I love holiday style too. I mean, what girl doesn’t?! This year we have a crazy packed Christmas day trying to fit in all my family & TJ’s family! It’s going to be a fun one & a busy one. After finishing all my Christmas shopping early, the next thing on my list was to find something cute to wear! I immediately knew I had to go to Francesca’s for a new outfit…or rather new outfits. 

I knew I waned to style a comfy cozy outfit for the morning & change into something more glamorous for a Christmas party later in the evening. Francesca’s is my go to place for casual & fancy outfits alike. Francesca’s literally has it all (I even snagged a majority of my gifts there!). Read on for what I look for in a cozy & glamorous look.

What to look for in a cozy holiday outfit

A cozy look to me is all about a great sweater. You can’t get much more comfy than with an over sized turtleneck sweater or fuzzy cardigan. Throw it on with plaid PJs in the morning while opening presents & switch to jeans for the afternoon. I chose this gorgeous white sweater because you really can’t go wrong with winter white. I know I will get the most out of this sweater because it will easily last me all winter long & even the early months of spring.

Another must have in a comfy outfit…a blanket scarf! You can wear a blanket scarf in so many different ways & often I end up using it as a blanket when I’m lounging around. A blanket scarf is a perfect accessory for those chilly Christmas mornings.

Accessories: a great cozy outfit isn’t complete without a great pair of booties for playing in the snow after opening presents or running out to grab some hot coco at your neighbor’s house. Another must? A beanie. While beanies are mostly for show in California (we are looking at a Christmas day in the 60s), I still can’t help but throw one on to complete my cozy look.


What to look for in a glamorous holiday outfit

This is where the fun starts to happen! I can’t imagine a holiday without a little glam: sparkle, sequins, tulle, velvet, lace…you name it & I’m in! I decided to go with a classic red tulle skirt because you really can’t go wrong with red during the holidays, no matter how cliche it is.

But to give the skirt a little va va voom I decided to pair it with a trendy black OTS, velvet body suit. Seriously, that’s like three trends in one simple, gorgeous piece! I know I’ll be wearing this piece with everything from ripped jeans & heels, to a bomber & sneakers. I think a great holiday glam look can be classic, yet play with trends at the same time. What better way to end the year than with a trendy OTS dress in a classic red print. Nothing will say you are the most fashionable girl at the party!

Much like a cozy outfit isn’t the same without booties & accessories, a glamorous look isn’t complete with…you guessed it! Great shoes & accessories. I finished my outfit with simple gold pumps & a rhinestone, velvet choker.

Even if your opting for a more simple look, say a LBD or a sequin mini dress, you can’t forget the finishing touches. Finish off a holiday glam look with a bold lip & a great clutch. I’ve been looking for a sequin clutch all year & I finally found the perfect one at Francesca’s. I know I will be using this all holiday season long & even beyond that!

 

Are you a cozy or glam girl?! Sometimes a day, especially a day like Christmas, calls for both outfits in one day! I know I’ll be wearing both these looks Christmas day. What are you planning on wearing for the holidays? I want to know! Let’s chat in the comments!

Thanks SO much for reading! Happy holidays!

Stay chic my festive friends!
XX-Samantha

Thank you SO much for stopping by Chic Serendipity and to Francesca’s for sponsoring this post!

Outfit Details

Both outfits are currently 20% off & are completely from Francesca’s!

Outfit 1: Casual look

Sweater | Jeans | Blanket Scarf: No longer available, love this one | Booties | Bag

Outfit 2: Glam look

Maxi Skirt | Velvet OTS Body Suit | Sequin Clutch: No longer available, love this one | Gold Heels | Choker

Charleston | Part 1

I’m SO excited to finally share this post. Last month over Thanksgiving break, my guy & I packed our bags & headed to South Carolina, North Carolina, & Georgia! This was a complete spontaneous trip, planned the month before with a goal of visiting my boyfriend’s family in Charlotte. I’ve never really spent time on the east coast (with the exception of Florida), so I was excited to experience east coast life during fall. We decided to head to Charleston early to experience a city that has recently grown to the top of my travel list. I’m SO glad we did (& you should too) because it was a beautiful city filled with history, architecture, and charm every where we turned. Today, I am going recap the first half of our trip, covering most of our Charleston experience. My second part will be up on the blog later this week, recapping the end of Charleston leg of the trip, our day trip to Savannah, & our time in Charlotte. Thanks for reading & hope you enjoy!

Day 1

For some brilliant reason, I decided to book the red eye flight out to Charleston & hit the grounding running when we arrived at noon. I always try to maximize our time when going on a trip so I tend to book the first possible flight out and the last possible flight out. I don’t always account for sleep or grumpy boyfriends so this may not have been the best idea. We had two connecting flights (LA –> Dallas –> Charlotte –> Charleston) with less than an hour in between each so we were running through the airport like zombies, in the middle of the night, half asleep. It’s a miracle we even made it!

We landed on Saturday @ noon & immediately headed to brunch at High Cotton. Throughout my research I read that brunch was a must in the South so me being the brunch lover I am was SO excited. I ordered a Sweet Tea & the waiter said “When in the South, right?!” I was already swooning over this city! We dined on the best corn bread I’ve ever had, warm apple donuts (UGH SO GOOD), eggs benedict, & tuna sandwiches. It was the perfect start to the trip. Next time I’m in Charleston, I want to try this place for dinner.

After brunch we wandered around the cobblestone streets, exploring & getting to know the city before checking into our hotel. We strolled along the Waterfront Park & sat, people watching, near the famous Pineapple Fountain. Throughout my time in Charleston, I noticed pineapple symbols were everywhere. I wondered what it meant & after asking around, I learned that pineapples are the symbol of hospitality. Back in the day, when men would come home to Charleston from exotic trips, they would bring home pineapples & display them outside their home, showing the city that they had returned safely. This gesture meant all friends & family were invited to their home to listen to their stories from abroad. This was meant to show affluence & hospitality. I love that pineapples are still a symbol of Charleston today.

We checked into our hotel, the Days Inn. This obviously isn’t the most fancy hotel in the area, but it was perfect! It was the best location we could have asked for & it was cheap which scored major points with TJ. We didn’t spend much time in the room so something quaint & comfortable was perfect for us.

After hours of napping, we got dressed up and headed to King Street for drinks & dinner at The Ordinary where we dined on delicious oysters. You must try the crispy oyster sliders. Fried oysters on Hawaiian rolls. Must I say more? So yummy! Before dinner, we had drinks at Prohibition (I asked the bartender for his favorite & he served me a Sazerac which was amazing) & at The Belmont where I was told it was a must to order an Old Fashioned, so I did & it was delicious. We also sat in a seat that was literally in the window & I couldn’t have been more excited!

Day 2

The next day we woke up bright & early to learn all about Charleston. We went on a tour through Free Walking Tours by Foot  (we also did a tour through them in New Orleans). It’s so great because it’s a “Name your own price” tour & they are really awesome ways to learn about the city you are exploring. I personally love learning all about the history of a city I’m visiting, it gives my trip so much more meaning. & it gives you a lot more insight to the best eats & places to visit.

After our tour, we had Sunday brunch at Poogan’s Porch. I originally wanted to go to Halls Chophouse for their famous Sunday Gospel Brunch. Unfortunately you have to make reservations like SUPER far in advance. I thought we might get back here for lunch another day, but sadly we didn’t-it’s on my list for next time. Poogan’s Porch was an excellent alternative. It’s in the cutest little yellow house (I heard it’s haunted!) where all the seating sections are separated by different rooms. I felt like I was eating in someone’s house! There was a toasty fire roaring in the fire place. After eating the best biscuits I have ever tasted (they were warm & everything!), we dined on chicken & waffles & omelettes. So yummy!

After resting from our food coma back in the room, we explored the City Market (a market & tradition going back to the 1800s). They sell everything from the famous Sweetgrass Baskets, to beautiful Charleston art from local artists, to fun souvenirs you can’t pass up to yummy snacks! We ended up in the Battery where we walked up and down the streets for hours admiring the beautiful houses. Each one was so unique and beautiful, you could feel the history just walking through the streets. I was picking out my house, asking TJ when we could move there. I found the cutest pink house!!

For dinner, we got dressed up & headed to Husk. Seriously. So. Good. We decided to get a few appetizers so we could get the best of the best. After recommendations from the waiter, we ended up with 4 appetizers, drinks, and dessert. Their menu is every changing, truly defining Low Country cuisine. This is definitely a must go to spot if you are ever in the neighborhood.

We ended the night with a ghost tour, exploring the old city jail. We went at 10pm @ night, & I’m not gonna lie…it was SO spooky. I completely recommend going on a ghost tour while in Charleston. With the long history of the city, comes haunting encounters that are fascinating! I didn’t personally experience any paranormal activity, but it was so fun to get a little scared & snuggle up to TJ.


Day 3 

After finally sleeping in (TJ’s idea…not mine) we had breakfast at a restaurant near our hotel called Toast & hit the ground running. We decided to go to a few museums (Charleston has SO many) to learn more about this charming city. We started with a tour at the historic Nathaniel Russell house dating back to the early 1800s. This restored house is absolutely stunning from the amazing spiral staircase in the middle of the home to the formal gardens surrounding the property. I could really feel the history walking around & imagined what it would have been like to  live in the 1800s. We toured a pink circular room, where the ladies of the house and their guest would sit & sip tea (& I imagine gossip a lot). This room was made for me & I’m ready to replicate it whenever I buy a house. Seriously SO charming.

Next we hit the Old Slave Mart Museum learning about the dark history behind this beautiful city. Charleston is gorgeous & stunning, but it’s important to understand & remember what happened in this city. It’s so important to remember. After that, we took a boat ride out to For Sumter…regarded as the site where the civil war began. If you think we learned a lot about this city & it’s history…you are SO right. This was just one more fun stop on our history tour through Charleston.

We decided to skip the Uber ride home & walked instead to take in even more of this beautiful city. More & more reasons why I want to move there…TJ better be careful, I might book a one-way flight to Charleston soon. After resting up, we got ready for dinner at SNOB or Slightly North of Broad. I heard they have the best shrimp & grits, so of course I had to try! It was such a romantic atmosphere & evening, one of my favorites in Charleston. One thing I loved about Charleston is the hospitality, everyone is so friendly & helpful! I really felt like I got the best experience possible because of all the wonderful people we met along the way.

After dinner we stopped by Proof for cocktails & a live band. It was so much fun to get out of the cold & listen to the eclectic band in a quaint & cozy bar. Such a fun & lively atmosphere, I could have sat there all night. the Hemingway Daiquiri & the Pink Rabbit were recommended to me for drinks & OMG they were so delish!

There were so many other bars that I had on my list to go to! Sadly, we weren’t able to go to all of them & try their amazing drinks. Always a reason & excuse to go back! These were the ones we missed out on:

  1. Cocktail Club-Known for their Double Standard
  2. Closed for Business-one of the most well known bars in Charleston
  3. Warehouse-order the Hometown Fizz
  4. Rarebit-Best Moscow Mule around (or so I read)
  5. 492-Order the Disco Sour

Thanks SO much for reading Part 1 of my Charleston adventure. Part 2 will include my final day in Charleston & my favorite meal where we had a really awesome celeb sighting. I’ll also be talking about our day trip to Savannah & our two days in Charlotte.

Hope you enjoyed reading. Have you been to Charleston?! If so, tell me your recommendations! Like I said, I already want to go back & any reason is a good reason!

 

 

Pleated Leather Skirt

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Pleated. Leather. Midi. Skirt. If you’re like me, you read these four words and think, “really…a pleated leather midi skirt? Can that actually work?!” I am here to tell you not only does it work, but you NEED a pleated leather midi skirt in your closet…NOW. I was browsing the Nordstrom site when I saw this skirt and scrolled right past it. The same night, I get a call from my mom who’s like, “Samantha, there is this great leather skirt I saw on a mannequin at Nordstrom that you totally need.” I’m like barely listening and she’s like telling me all these reasons why I need the skirt. Finally, I pull it back up and decide to take the plunge and order it (size down BTW). When the package arrives, I immediately throw the skirt on and it was like love at first sight. You guys, I was completely missing out. This is a staple piece that will never go out of style. You can dress it up or dress it down and I fully believe it can fit with anyone’s personal style. I’m going to stop rambling, but moral of the story always listen to your mom because she knows best.

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If you checked out Sunday’s post, you saw all my favorite Nordstrom Fall Clearance favorites but I left out this leather skirt. It’s currently on sale for around $70 which in my mind isn’t a huge price to pay for such an investment piece.

Have you picked up a leather piece lately? I’m feeling like leather is making a huge comeback and I’m grabbing up all the piece I can get. Also, I wanna know…would you try this skirt? First impressions can totally be deceiving so I wanna know, would you take a chance and try it?! Let’s chat in the comments below!

Thanks SO much for reading and I hope you are having a fab week so far! P.S. I am currently listening to a #girlboss podcast with Sophia Amoruso who’s interviewing the Marie Claire editor-in-chief, Anne Fulenwider. So inspiring to listen to these women’s stories. Can’t get enough!

Stay chic gorgeous babes!
XX-Samantha

Outfit Details

Faux Leather Pleated Skirt: Nordstrom (& currently on sale!) | Boots: Steve Madden, similar here | Sunnies: old. Similar here & here | Belt: Similar here from Nordstrom | Graphic Tee: old. Similar here & here | Bag: Kate Spade. Similar here & here

Nordstrom Fall Clearance Sale

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One of my favorite words in the world? Clearance. I absolutely love a good sale. When the sale is from Nordstrom, it makes it ten times better! Now is such a great time to stock up on fall & winter staples in the Nordstrom Fall Clearance Sale. All the fall styles you waited on (& for good reason) are now on major sale! And good news…these fall styles and trends are here to stay throughout the winter so time to save & get what you want. It’s a win win! There are also some major good sales on items that would make great gifts for the upcoming holiday!

I’m glad I waited to post about this gorgeous burgundy wrap dress because it’s now 40% off and less than $35! I think this would make a super cute Thanksgiving look…just throw on a cute scarf and booties for that extra fall touch. But honestly, I will be wearing this well into winter (especially with this SoCal weather). It’s just so flattering and fun!

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Check out my Nordstrom Fall Clearance favorites below & if you already shopped the sale, I want to hear what you got! Is there a must have that I’m missing…I wanna know. Let’s chat below!

Thanks so much for reading & I hope you have an absolutely fab week ahead!

Stay chic!
XX-Samantha

Outfit Details

Dress: Nordstrom (& on sale now!)  | Shoes: Steve Madden & here | Bag: TJ Maxx. Splurge here. Save here & here |

Sale Favorites

The Gardens Casino

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!

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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.

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Outfit Details

Camo Jacket: Nordstrom Rack (such a steal!) | SQUAD jumpsuit: Forever 21, sold out. Love this one & this one | Jeans: American Eagle | Boots: Sam Edelman, sold out. Similar here | Bag: Zac Zac Posen | Choker: Forever 21 | Sunnies: Basik Lux