east coast meets west coast : fall style

And we’re back! You may have all the best laid intentions, but life has other plans (always). So after a whirlwind summer, and just in time for Thanksgiving, Nikki (NYC) and I (LA) are sharing our thoughts this autumn season – on style and food and otherwise. Samantha, Los Angeles Growing up shy, introverted, anxious, […]

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denim daze in texas

We usually spend Thanksgiving in Southern California, as we always travel back to Texas for the Christmas holiday. But this year we decided to visit my husband’s hometown of McAllen – a small Texas town near the border of Mexico. It’s a vast change from the hustle of such a big city as LA, so […]

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seasons change : restyle

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve been participating in the #thankfullist2016 challenge – posting each day in November about something for which I’m thankful. It’s a simple task to slow down and practice gratitude during this holiday season, which can sometimes feel overwhelming with activity. Yesterday I shared how I am […]

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easy diy thanksgiving place cards

I love a good craft project, and this time of year lends itself to a lot of indoor crafty time. But in full disclosure, I also love when craft projects are easy to do and fairly inexpensive. With Thanksgiving already next week (WHAT), I thought I’d share a fun little project that’s both practical and […]

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fall wanderlust and changing the world

Just over here willing fall to come to LA. I spoke too soon in my exclamation about sweater weather, and I worry I jinxed it. Last night I was looking through my closet, staring forlornly at all the jackets and coats going unworn…then lit a “Leaves” candle (it’s really called that) and wished this fantasy true. […]

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my mama’s favorite chili recipe

It’s not fall if you don’t make a big ol’ pot of chili, am I right, or am I right? My mama has been making Clyde’s Famous Chili after first having it at Clyde’s six years ago. She shared the recipe with me soon afterwards, and not only is it real easy to make, but it is […]

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oh, autumn : bucket list update

Every season I like to make a list – a bucket list of sorts. I live for celebrating the every day and holidays alike, and this way I can stay on track and squeeze in as much seasonal goodness as possible. This autumn I’ve been making some major headway on my list, and it’s filling […]

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scenes of october

It’s no secret that I live for this time of year. What with the succession of holidays, and the shorter days, it gives you every excuse to celebrate and really appreciate the little things in life. Everything nice and slow. I like to take this time of year to step back, practice living intentionally, and notice […]

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city slicker

If there’s one thing I have no shortage of, it’s jackets. You might be thinking – why do I even own a jacket in Southern California? Well, truth be told, I wear a light jacket almost every day. If I’m not in AC during the daytime, the evenings never fail to get chilly. It’s actually […]

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east coast meets west coast : fall style

My friend Nikki and I teamed up again to share our fall styles from the east coast to the west coast. Not going to lie, I’m feeling a little envious she gets to spend this special time of year in New York City. It’s just the best, isn’t it? I fulfill just about every cliché in my […]

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