Monday, November 30, 2015

Winter Coat Round-Up


Winter is coming, unfortunately and we've had a taste of the cold, bitter weather already here in Kansas. I'm not a cold weather person at all and would much rather look at white sandy beaches than snow. But it's inevitable and I've accepted that. So might as well look chic while bundled up! 

Today I've rounded up some of my favorite winter coats that will keep you warm and stylish this season. And all are under $100! 



 Fur camel// Black and camel belted// Camel belted// Red belted// 
Classic peacoat// Beige coat// Plaid coat// Pink coat// 
Draped trench// Camel long coat// Navy coat// White and gray plaid// 


So apparently I have a thing for camel and belted coats this year..... If you're not into either I sincerely apologize.... #Whoops

I've actually purchased the black and camel belted and the pink coat. I'm so excited to wear them and they make the cold a little more bearable. The black and camel is from, would you believe it, Forever21 for under $70 and the pink is from Charlotte Russe that I got for $30 while on sale! SCOOOOREEEEE! 

I have the short classic camel peacoat from Old Navy and I love it! It's warm and stylish and will never go out of season. And it comes in a whole lotta colors too so if camel isn't your color you can pick another! Or just get them all and have all your bases covered! Haha! 



Do you have your winter coat? Where do you buy your winter outerwear? Leave a comment sharing! 





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Friday, November 27, 2015

Shop Till You Drop: Black Friday Sales Round-Up



I'm sure you've seen already a hundred times over by now everyone's Black Friday sales round-ups on their Instas and blogs. Well I decided to add just one more with mine! 



J. Crew: 30% off + Free shipping | Code: HOLIDAY
Tuckernuck: 15% off | Code: CYBER-15
Kate Spade: 25% off | Code: MERCI
BaubleBar: 30% off | Code: THX
Old Navy: 40%-60% off | Code: No code needed
Banana Republic: 40% off + Free shipping | Code: BRFRIDAY
Kendra Scott: 15% off | Code: SALE15
Rebecca Minkoff: 25% off + Free shipping 
Charlotte Russe: Entire store $20 or less + Free shipping | Code: No code needed
Tobi: 50% off | Code: THANKFUL50
Missguided: Discounts depend on time of purchase 
Sigma Beauty: 20% off 
Love Always Couture: 30% off | Code: SPARKLE30
J. Crew Factory: 50% off | Code: No code needed
Vineyard Vines: 25% off everything | Code: THANKS15
ShopBop: Tons of stuff on sale | Code: GOBIG15



Do you shop Black Friday from your warm, cozy bed? Or do you go out and brave the lines and cold for the deals? I love the coziness/laziness of shopping at home but I love the excitement and adrenaline of going out.  Leave a comment sharing! :) 

Happy shopping! 






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Guide to Buying Hunter Boots


If you follow me on Instagram then you saw that I got a pair of Hunter Boots recently. If you don't you're missing out on a good time. Anyways, I've always wanted a pair of Hunter's because #Basic. But I could never fork over the $150+ for them. I did buy a pair of Joule's rainboots, a similar/competitive brand to Hunter and about half the cost. I really liked them, yet they just weren't the same.
 I was in my local Nordstrom Rack and saw they had a Hunter Boot's display. I ran to the display to rifle through the boxes to find my size. After spending an hour going through  boxes and trying on different styles and sizes I finally settled on a pair and I LOVE THEM. I'm so pleased with my buy, for under $100, and have worn them a ton already (we've had lots of rainy weather lately). So today I'm sharing with you my tips to buying your first pair of Hunter's! 






Tip No. 1: Try On In-Store//
If you can try the boots on in-store. This allows you to try on multiple sizes and styles so you can really get a feel for which you like and that fits you the best. If you can't go to a store then order online from a retailer that allows free shipping and returns. I recommend Zappos or Nordstrom

Tip No. 2: Size Down//
Hunter's run big, at least a half size big, so size down. I normally wear a 6 in shoes/boots and I went with a Size 5, the smallest they had. I did try on the Size 6 just to see and my foot was wiggling around and the boot shaft was really loose on me. I also have pretty small legs/calves so the smaller the size, the smaller the circumference of boot shaft. Oh and bigger the boot the taller the boot shaft. As you can tell in the photo the top of the boot hits me about 2 inches below my knee cap. I like the fit of the smaller size because it's more "skin tight", meaning I don't have a weird gap at the top of the boot. I can still wear these with leggings or jeans and it not be too tight. 

Tip No. 3: If You're Petite Try the 'Tour' Style' or Kid's Sizes//
Going hand in hand with Tip No. 2, if you're petite like me go for the 'Tour' packable style. I tried on the Original style and they were just so heavy and clunky. I knew that I wouldn't be able to wear them for very long periods because my legs would get tired. Also, if you have smaller feet/calves than the Size 5, try Kid's Sizes. They have the same classic styles and colors but in smaller sizes and a whole lot less. Or if you have wider calves try the Huntress style which is specifically for wilder calved ladies. 

Tip No. 4: Wear Thick Socks//
I wear thick socks with my boots just so my feet don't move around and so it takes up some of the space inside. I also do this because Hunter's are not made for warmth/snow. They're great for rain but they will not keep your feet warm if you're out in the snow. I've read that getting the boot socks help. 

Tip No. 5: Glossy vs. Matte//
Nordstrom Rack had both the glossy and the matte style. I tried on both and liked the matte better. Honestly it's just a preference of which shine you like. I read that the matte gets a white fog on them due to the high quality of rubber, but it's totally normal. You can get wipes and wipe it off or leave it to add character. 

Tip No. 6: Color//
I was debating between 4 different colors: red, green, black and navy. Those are also the most popular colors that I see ladies wearing. In the end I went with the black matte because I knew I would get more use out of black (black goes with everything) than the other colors. Again, it's just a preference of what color you'd wear and what color your wardrobe is made up of. I really want to get the red pair next!

Tip No. 7: Where to Buy//
You can buy Hunter's at Nordstrom or Zappos for the regular price. If you want to find them cheaper try Nordstrom Rack and I've even seen them on/at Costco. I know random that they sell them at Costco but hey you're saving a ton of money. You can also try eBay and apps like Poshmark. 






|Thank you to Journey for the photos.|



Overall, I love my Hunter's and am beyond happy with my purchase. I've worn them a ton already. Usually I wear them with leggings/jeans and a sweater. It's easy, comfy and rain ready! They'd be a great Christmas present to ask for too! 


I hope you guys find this post about buying Hunter Boots helpful! If you've bought some before and have any tips or secrets, please share them in the comments below! :) 



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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Fall Plaid


Plaid is ESSENTIAL for fall/winter. Like if you don't have/wear plaid in the fall/winter, chances are we can't be friends. I'm just kidding.... well kinda..... 

I posted this outfit to Instagram a couple of weeks ago and thought I should post the outfit details too! Unfortunately, it's gotten too cold to wear this outfit bare legged :( But throw on a pair of black tights and you're good to go! 










Hat: Target (similar here)// Sunglasses: Versona Boutique (similar here)// Shirtdress: Forever21 (similar here and here)// Vest: TJ Maxx (similar here and here)// Booties: Charlotte Russe// Bag: Forever21 (similar here)// Tassel bracelet: BaubleBar// Druzy bracelet: Kendra Scott//




|Thanks to Journey for the photos.|  




Totally adorable right? I love that it's longer in the back so you don't have any wardrobe mishaps if you bend down. When I first put it on it looked like a dress circa Little House on the Prairie, totally unflattering, boxy and to be honest I was almost going to return it. That was until I thought of ways I could make it more figure flattering. Enter the utility vest. By far one of my most worn pieces for the falltime. It adds shape and gives some dimension to the otherwise shapeless dress. I'm already thinking of other ways on how to shape it up! 

It's cute, comfy and easy to throw on and style. I mean I threw on a vest, hat and booties and wham, bam, thank you ma'am an outfit. 



How do you style/wear shirdresses? Are you obsessed with plaid like I am? Leave me a comment sharing your thoughts! :)







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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Holiday Dress Guide



Holiday season is upon us and that means time to get all dolled up, sip on champagne and dance till the early hours of the morning! The holidays are the perfect time to get a new dress (or two) for all the parties, events and soiree's that you'll be attending this year. Not attending any? Buy a dress just because then. #TreatYoSelf  

This year I'm getting an early start on the dress guide since some parties start at the end of November. These are just a few of my favorite ones that I've found online but by no means are the dress code for holiday dress shopping. Girl you wear whatever you wanna! 

I love sticking with fancier, glitzier, more glam gowns since it is the holidays. Or maybe try something different like the caped dress or a jumpsuit or romper! The sky is the limit! 

I also included a few casual holiday dresses for family get togethers, work parties, etc. Girls' gotta have options ;)






I know my colors are #basic, but I love wearing darker, jewel tones for the holidays. Bring on the reds, navy's, whites, blacks, golds, emeralds and deep wine colors! But you can wear any color you want! You do you. 

My favorite places to shop for gowns are Nordstrom/Nordstrom Rack, Forever21, Charlotte Russe, Lulu's, Francesca's and Tobi! But if you're not wanting to shell out the cash on a dress you'll wear once a year (girl I feel ya) try Rent the Runway! It's like Netflix for gorgeous designer gowns. They have long, short, simple and ultra fancy from designers like Badgley Mischka, Monique Lhuillier, Kate Spade and more! And I have a $20 credit for you for your first rental! SCORE! Just leave your email, or email me (sgoble1@yahoo.com) for yours! 



What are you wearing to your holiday parties? Something simple? Or going all out? Leave a comment sharing or tag me in a photo on Twitter or Instagram (@samantha_goble)! 



I hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday season! :)




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|Disclaimer: I am not getting sponsored by Rent the Runway to talk about them. I am receiving a rental credit for every person that signs up under me. This is no way, shape or form influencing my opinion. I have used them before and love them so I want to share it with you guys!|

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Weekend Reading No. 43




Hello everyone! Back atcha with the Weekend Reading on it's actual day! Woot! This week has kinda been a blur of work, school and resting up from my weekend in Nashville. And next week is busier as I'm visiting friends who are in town for break and celebrating Thanksgiving with family! Can you believe Thanksgiving is Thursday? I swear we had like 3 weeks to go but nope, it's less than a week. And 2016 is basically here. Where did this year go?! Anyone know?

Anyways, here's the links I loved for the week! 

                                                           

Adele dresses up as Adele. Talk about Adele-ception!

Cranberry mules perfect for the holidays! On my list of drinks to make!

I love giving gift baskets for gifts all year round, but it's more fun at the holidays! Check out how to create the perfect gift basket!

Turtleneck sweaters are super in for this season and I love how Caitlin styled this sweater dress one

Some GirlBosses and uber successful woman share advice they'd give their 20 year old selves

Love everything about this outfit from the hat to the color of the dress and the killer OTK boots. 

So chic and casual! Wish I could pull off a beanie and heels like this!

Jimmy Fallon and J. Crew created a genius invention: the Pocket Dial. A phone case that looks like a pocket square!

Sequins, plaid and red make for the perfect holiday outfit!

22 reasons why being single for the holidays is actually a good thing. 

Blair is perfection! She has impeccable style!

This is hilarious! If this happened to me I'd probably punch them to be honest. What would you do?

Love this honest article about being a young adult from Carly. I can definitely relate to certain things and it's nice to know that I don't have to have everthing planned right now. 

Reason #57 why J.Law is the best

Did you see the new page on the blog? I've been rounding up and adding new things to it every week! Check it out now for some inspo and a little gifting help!

Purchased this beauty because it's already getting cold (boooo) so I might as well look chic! And it's under $70! 


What you missed on 'of life and style': 

Weekend Reading No. 42 // It went up.... on a Tuesday...... 

Thanksgiving Tablescape // Little tablescape inspo for your festivities

A Weekend in Nashville // Recap of my 4 days in the music city


                                                           


Hope you guys enjoyed! What did you love for the week? Leave a comment sharing! :)




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Friday, November 20, 2015

A Weekend in Nashville


Hello everyone! I'm back with my recap of my recent trip to Nashville! I know it's not Tuesday but I wanted to share with you guys what I did! If you follow me on Instagram (@samantha_goble) or Snapchat (@samanthagoble) then you probably know what I got up to/have seen some of these, BUT for those of you who don't (which you should!), sit back and enjoy my trip! :) 


Just a heads up this will be a very picture and text heavy post. And excuse some of the photos that have Snapchat captions on them 🙈..... I always forget to save the photo before I caption it... #oops 


Before I begin....

So one of my best friends, Riley, from high school goes to school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. I decided to go visit her because Vanderbilt and because one of our favorite bands (The Mowgli's) was playing there during my trip. We've seen them 3 times together and weren't gonna break the streak! Plus, I had never been to Tennessee and thought it'd be a fun little weekend getaway! 


Thursday, November 12th

So I left Kansas City bright and early Thursday  morning. Like literally I left my house at 4:30am, was on the plane by 6:15am and in Nashville by 7:30am. It was insane. 

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After taking my first Uber ever from the airport to the Vanderbilt University, aka Vandy, I met up with Riley on campus. She lives in the dorms so that's where I was going to be staying for the weekend. I've never stayed in a dorm before so it was a whole new experience but it was super fun and I honestly, enjoyed it. I arrived at Vandy at like 8:30am so we visited and I got settled before she headed to class. I slept while she was gone because I was up at 3:30am and needed sleep. Once she got back we headed out on a tour of the campus. The campus is absolutely gorgeous in the fall and I fell in love. All the brick and column buildings stole my heart. We grabbed a quick lunch with one of her friends, Anna, at this like pub type restaurant on campus. Their food was really good and I'd recommend 10/10. 

Me and Cornelius Vanderbilt, the founder of Vanderbilt University



 


Also I didn't take proper outfit of the days so they'll just be kinda sprinkled in through this post..... And I will do my best to link what I can! 

Anyways I wore this on my flight and switched out the coat for my black puffer vest and blanket scar. Marled sweater, ripped denim, black booties (similar here), camel coat (similar here), blanket scarf, puffer vest


After lunch and sightseeing we headed back to the dorm to get ready for the evening. There was a benefit concert for one one of the community programs at Vandy so Riley, I and a few of her friends went to support it. The performers for the show were the various student acapella groups, a dance group and an improv group. The acapella groups were amazing and the two all male ones were my favorite! Then again I am biased to guys who can sing. ;) 



My outfit for the night! Oatmeal sweater, puffer vest, same jeans as earlier and I switched out the booties for riding boots, which I can't find online because they're super old from Target :( 

Since it wasn't too terribly cold and I didn't want to lug around a coat with me, I just layered up for going out. Myself, Riley and her friends, Anna, Farah, Sheuli and Kadie all took me out to see Nashville at night. We headed down to the strip where all the classic, honky-tonk bars are which are such a sight to see! We walked around "downtown" for a bit as they showed me all the different sights. Soon we headed back as it was only Thursday and they still had class on Friday. 

Elvis and I because #Nashville



Friday, November 13th 

Riley had class again today so I just slept in and then got ready. Once she came back we headed out to do some more sightseeing and grab some lunch. But first I needed coffee so we stopped off at Starbucks to grab some for our walk! She took me to the park that's just 5 minutes from the Vandy campus. It's a really nice park that has a full size reconstruction of the Parthenon in Greece. It might look familiar if you've seen Percy Jackson and the Olympians! 




Us standing on the front steps in comparison to the entire building. It's massive!!


Not that you can tell but I'm wearing the same puffer vest and ripped denim, my fave chambray shirt (similar), this super cute crossbody and Converse.

After walking around we were starving so we stopped off for some lunch at this cute little spot called Bricktops. It's a little upscale cafe that had super good food. I had the lobster roll and Riley had the French dip. I've never had a lobster roll but this one was delicious. I'd definitely recommend checking out Bricktops if you're in the area! 


We headed back to the dorm to relax and then get ready for the evening and the concert. Riley and I were seeing The Mowgli's at the Cannery. This is our 3rd time we've seen them together and we haven't missed a show together since we first saw them! We got ready and headed down to the venue. 


I decided to go with something simple yet concert appropriate! Plaid top (almost identical), black tank (almost identical), black pants, riding boots. 

We got down there and had to wait in line to be let in. Once we were in we waited some more for the show to start. There was the opener which was a group called Phases. I had heard one of their songs on my local alt music radio station and really liked their sound. 


Also their lead singer, Alex, is very attractive and looks identical to Andrew Garfield! Swoon. 


Soon it was time for The Mowgli's! Riley and I JAMMED out. Like full on singing and dancing our hearts out. They are such a fun and electric group to see live you can't help but have a good time. 




There was the one more artist after them, LIGHTS, but we weren't huge fans so we decided to leave and head back to campus. But not before we got some seriously cool merch and stopped for a photo with Phases! 


How fierce is she and seriously how much does he look like Andrew Garfield?! Pretty sure they could pass as twins..... 

We got back and headed back out, this time with everyone and had a great evening. Definitely one for the books and one I won't forget! 


Saturday, November 14th 

Saturday was the last Vandy home football game so we all were going to go tailgating then me, Riley and Kadie were gonna go to the game. We all got ready and I got to embrace my inner prep with my game day outfit! I was so excited! Lol. 



The best group of girls ever! 


This was my first ever college football game and I was pumped! It is such a fun experience and I'm glad that I could experience it. And the icing on the cake was that they won!

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Anchor down. Aren't we cute in our black dresses and matching monogram necklaces? ;)


Black dress, crossbody, riding boots. 

We left the game at halftime because we were cold and hungry so we headed back to the dorms to change and relax a little bit. Eventually we were hungry so we all headed out to grab some dinner.  must eat when in Nashville is to Hattie B's hot chicken. It's like really spicy fried chicken that isn't super greasy. I had never heard of it but apparently it's a thing. 


It was sooo good! I'm now bummed we don't have one here in KC :( Even their potato salad was bomb. I highly recommend checking it out if you're in Nashville! 

Once we were done we headed back to hang out in the rooms. I fell asleep twice because I was exhausted from all the going, going, going I was doing. Eventually we all headed to bed. 

Sunday, November 15th

This was my last day in Nashville :( Unfortunately, Riley had a sorority thing all day but I managed to grab breakfast with her and her roommate Corevel who was super nice and hilarious. They went on to do their sorority thing and I packed, got ready and laid in bed and watched Hulu. It was nice to relax and take a breather. 
Farah, one of Riley's friends and next door neighbors suggested we go see a movie at the historic Belecourt movie theater which was just a short 15 minute walk from campus. So we headed down there. It's an older building that shows documentaries and like independent films. We saw the Room which was SO FREAKING GOOD. It was sad but like a good kinda sad. If you have the opportunity to go see it I HIGHLY recommend it! 




So in love with Vandy's campus! I would not mind having this be my view all the time. 

After it was evening time so we headed back to the dorm. I managed to grab dinner with Riley, Farah and Anna having to leave for the airport. I said by goodbyes, Ubered to the airport, waited to board and soon was back in KC and back in my own bed, which was the greatest thing ever. 

                                                                    

You guys still with me? Bless all of you who read through and made it to the bottom of this post! You are da real MVP's! 

I had such an amazing time at Vandy. I made some great friends, had so much fun and had some unforgettable memories. Thank you to Riley for hosting me and Anna, Farah, Shueli, Kadie and everyone else I met there for welcoming me and making my trip the absolute best. I'm already planning on visiting again in the spring and cannot wait! 


I hope you guys enjoyed my little recap of my trip! I know it wasn't a typical getaway weekend with touristy things, but I had such a good time. It was nice to just have fun and experience a little slice of college life! :) 




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