Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Summertime Round-Up

I guess it's finally time to face facts: summer has come to an end.  Although I've always loved autumn, I'm still not quite ready to bid farewell to bare legs in favor of bundling up.  But I don't have much choice in the matter (unless I want to freeze!), so I'll have to make do with revisiting some of my favorite ensembles from summertime.


Favorite outfit: Cherry picked
Runner-up: Playing house

modcloth dresses

Favorite outfit: You don't bring me flowers
Runner-up: Beehive
Highlight: Being featured on the ModCloth blog

retro dresses

and being featured in the Sunglass Warehouse Lookbook

Despite the fact that I felt like the summer flew by without getting to do many summery things, at least I wore some good, summery ensembles!  Which one was your favorite?

Have a happy first day of fall!
xox Sammi

Sunday, September 21, 2014

In Apple Blossom Time

Bernie Dexter dress

It's sort of ridiculous how happy this dress makes me feel (and I've definitely needed that this week).  I'd been searching for it for a long time, and thank goodness for ever-observant -- and fellow Bernie lover -- Ashley, who pointed me in the direction of another girl who was looking to swap this dress for something else.  I ended up buying it from her, and I am so incredibly thrilled that it's now mine.  I had a bit of a panicked moment when I received it and realized that this dress is a size smaller than I normally wear -- but luckily, this style must run a little big, because the medium fits really well.  Although this dress is no longer available, it does come in separates on Bernie Dexter's website!

Bernie Dexter
Cherry blossom dress
Bernie Dexter cherry blossom dress

This print is an absolute dream.  I went much simpler on the styling, because with a print like this, you have to let it be the star.  I know it's more apropos for springtime (and that they're probably cherry blossoms, not apple blossoms), but I couldn't wait until then to wear this beauty.  It was actually quite warm when I took these photos (autumn came out of nowhere!), so it feels weird to be posting these now, but I actually have quite a few sets of photos I have yet to post, so I'm playing a little game of catch-up.  I hope you won't mind seeing summery photos for the next couple of weeks!

Floral print dress
Bernie Dexter print dress
Retro floral dress

This week has been crazy, and it's not going to let up until after next weekend.  I'm in a reading tonight as part of the Fringe Festival (it's about female reporters, and I'm playing Nellie Bly, which is pretty neat), and I'm in the midst of blogging for the Fringe, as well.  It's really nice to be recognized a little bit for being a blogger, since I don't really feel connected to the "Rochester blogging scene;" I know there must be one, but I really know nothing about it.  I tend to downplay my blog as being a little silly and superficial (and I'm sure some people would agree), but it's kind of gratifying to know that people trust me to write about something in addition to my personal fashion choices.  Of course, I love doing that too, but since I've always been a strong writer, it's lovely to be able to brand out a bit in this way -- especially within the confines of a festival with which I feel so connected.

cherry blossom Bernie Dexter
Bettie bangs
Apple blossom dress
Outfit Details
Bernie Dexter dress: swap (similar here + here)
BAIT Footwear spectators: ModCloth
American Apparel pettislip: Amazon

Have a happy Saturday!
xox Sammi

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Favorites #64

Happy Friday, everyone!  This week really wiped me out (and there's no rest for the weary)!  Here are some of my favorite finds from this week:
1   //   2   //   3

Well... I guess it's finally fall.  There's no use denying it.  At least that means that I can start thinking about my favorite holiday: Halloween!  I especially love the cat belt!

I know it's not outright Halloween-themed, but this cat-eye print dress would be perfect for a costume party!
Glasses print dress
I also adore this sweet cherry jacket from Collectif:
Cherry jacket
This seems like it'd be a really great cold weather pin-up style dress:
Polka dot dress
I need plates like these!
I'm enamored with this sweater (and with anything by Kling, in general):
Cookie monster sweater
I don't think I could pull off the shape of this dress, but I think it's so sweet, and I really love the bear bows!
Bear bow dress

This is sort of weird, but I have a real fondness for play food.  This sweet picnic play set is absolutely darling (and it makes me wish it was still summery).  It reminds me so much of my childhood!
Fabric play food

Speaking of my childhood... there are at least three different labels that are coming out with Barbie-inspired collections, and Moschino's line is prrrretty perfect.  This iPhone case is everything.

Moschino Barbie iPhone case
Did you see the new collection from Crown and Glory (in conjunction with Rock 'N Roll Bride)?  I really love their pieces, and this new collection is especially fun!  Check out the rest here.

RockNRoll Bride

a   //   b   //   c

Tatty Devine also has some new (or re-released) pieces out.  This cuckoo clock brooch is the cutest!

Cuckoo clock brooch
This photographic skirt is gorgeous:
Photographic skirt

I'm a big fan of constellation prints, and this skirt glows in the dark!!

I feel like I never really need one... but this kitchen timer is adorable:
Hedgehog kitchen timer

Have a great Friday!
xox Sammi

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Once upon a time (Flock Together)

Rose print dress

I'm posting over on the Flock Together blog today, where I'm styling Amy's beautiful rose print dress!  This print paired so well with my little book clutch that it got me thinking about fairytales -- and all of the ones that involve roses.  Follow me over to Flock Together to see more (and to see how Amy styled this lovely dress)!

Have a great day!
xox Sammi

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


We had to say goodbye to our sweet old doggy, Pepper, yesterday.  No matter how much you try to mentally prepare yourself, I'm not sure it really does any good when it comes down to it.  We brought her home with us when she was just a little puppy, and she and I essentially grew up together.  She was a clown of a dog: very mischievous and funny.  She was the worst student in doggy obedience class.  She took over our big chair and ottoman as her domain.  She loved to swim in our creek in the summertime.  She adored peanut butter and cream cheese.  She had the softest, velvetiest ears, and was the perfect size for hugging.  Even when she was naughty, she was always a good girl.

I hate having to use the past tense.  I hate goodbyes.  I've had to say too many of them lately.  It seems like this past year has been one loss after another.  Maybe that's the sort of thing that can happen as you get older.  Or maybe this year has simply been more difficult than most.  I just hope it gets better from here.  I'm not sure whether or not I believe in Heaven, but if there is one, I hope that there are lots of treats, critters to chase and scrunchies to steal.  I hope there are lots of belly rubs.  I hope she can give a kiss to Carl and to my grandparents.  And I hope she knows how much we love her.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Bad In Plaid

I had been waiting all summer to wear this skirt and top set from Trashy Diva.  In fact, I'd been eyeing it for a year prior to buying it, so I've been very patient!  This plaid is practically perfect, and I love how full the skirt is.  I don't know how well I can pull off the cropped top in real life (I may just be too busty and tall for this particular one, and it's not very forgiving in the back), but at least I can pair the skirt with other tops and sweaters!

I'm glad I enjoyed my time off last weekend, because I'm not going to have much of a weekend for the next few weeks.  But I do have something exciting to announce: I'm one of the official bloggers for the Rochester Fringe Festival!  I'll be blogging on a different site for that, but I'll link to my posts if I think it's something you all might find interesting.  I'm really jazzed about this, because I've been involved in the Fringe in some capacity every year since it started, and this will be a brand new experience.  Plus, I get a press pass, which is pretty neat.  The Fringe starts on the 17th, so I have lots to get ready for before then!  I'm also in a staged reading during the festival, so like I said... the next couple of weeks are going to be crazy-busy!

Outfit Details
Plaid cropped top: Trashy Diva
Plaid skirt: Trashy Diva (no longer available)
White flats: YesStyle

Have a super Saturday!
xox Sammi

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Favorites #63

Yikes, this week has been crazy (and it's only going to get crazier over the next couple of weeks for me).  I finally felt fall's arrival yesterday.  There was a definite chill in the air.  Which means it's perfectly okay for me to start talking about winter coats.... right?  I'm not eager for snow at ALL, but I kind of do have an outerwear obsession.  I'm starting off this week's Friday Favorites with these divine coats from Miss Selfridge, which make cold weather much more bearable:

Miss Selfridge coats
a  //  b  //  c

Although I have a soft spot for pretty pastels and soft colored coats, there is something about a red coat.  I have a couple already, so I can't really justify either of these to purchase, but goodness, they're adorable!
Red coats
a  //  b

And these furry coats are nothing short of fabulous:
Pastel coats
a  //  b

These pastel fuzzy tees are so cute!  I'm a fan of short sleeved sweaters.
Pastel sweater
1  //  2  //  3

And speaking of fuzzy... Don't these remind you of Clueless?
Pink heels

I watched Pretty in Pink for the first time fairly recently, and I'm obsessed with this Ducky clutch from Candy Strike!
Pretty in Pink purse
This lavender motorcycle jacket is everything:
Lavender jacket
I'm not a huge fan of unstructured blouses (though they can be good layering pieces), but the kitty embroidery on the collars of these tops is too darling!
Cat collar blouse
pink  //  blue

I need this calendar of one of the cutest kitties of all: Pusheen!
Pusheen calendar

These nail files are scrumptious!
Fun nail file
I always adore Kate Spade's novelty bags, and these are no exception:
a  //  b

The takeout container bag is sort of making me hungry, and I really wish I had this mug contraption back in college (when Cup Noodles were a necessity on a cold day):
Urban Outfitters mug

I know summer is nearly over, but I'm still swooning over these sweet, warm-weather dresses:
Polka dot retro dress
pink  //  yellow

And finally, this star headband is just a little magical, don't you think?  :)

Star headband
Have a great Friday!
xox Sammi

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