Michelle’s Winter Favorites


“USA Believe” t-shirt by Bring Hockey Back. I am a huge fan of hockey, comfy t-shirts, and supporting small companies, so when I saw BHB released this new design in honor of the 30th anniversary of the “Miracle On Ice” at Lake Placid, I just had to have it!


Lemon Zinger herbal tea by Celestial Seasonings. Being a big tea drinker, Winter or not, I had my work cut out for me when looking for a decaffeinated tea that didn’t make me want to cozy up in bed and I found just the one!

“She will touch the leaf of the apple, and die!” decal by Decalology Designs on Etsy.  Aurora, was my favorite Disney princess growing up so I took to Etsy to find the perfect decal for my Macbook. I ended up custom ordering from Decalology Designs and had a beautiful outcome.

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Urban Decay Naked series fountain (shade 3.5 ). I am not your girl when it comes to makeup, I mean except for certain events I successfully avoided it till I was 21! But a good friend taught me the ropes and set me up with this foundation and now I wear makeup every day!

Red Nose Red 01 lipstick by Kate Moss for Red Nose Day. After living in London for four months, I, like many Brits, get stoked when Red Nose Day comes around (although Americans think I’m a little crazy for wanting to wear a red clown’s nose). One of the efforts to raise money for the country-wide fundraiser was a new Kate Moss lipstick and I absolutely love the shade of red!

With Winter now in the past it’s time for me to launch into buying all things Spring, so look out world!

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How To Wear A Maxi Dress During Winter

Unlike the East Coast, we don’t really get hit hard by Winter here in California. Thus, it’s been about mid-70’s as of late and when you’re over wearing pants (who isn’t), a maxi dress can work! Here are 3 ways Sam styled her basic black maxi dress for Winter:

Because we’ve been so fortunate with our weather, this is the least bundled-up version of the maxi. Which would actually work really well year-round! Layered with a simple flannel, the statement necklace and lace-up boots give the outfit some edge!

Outfit #1 | Maxi Dress: Target // Shirt: Target // Earrings: Forever 21 // Necklace: McCaulou’s // Shoes: Charlotte Russe.

This second combo is GREAT for chilly winter days when you want something fast & easy to wear. Just throw on an over-sized sweater and your favorite scarf and you’re good to go! If it’s not horribly cold, you can get away with flats too 😉

Outfit #2 | Maxi Dress: Target // Sweater: H&M // Scarf: H&M // Earrings: Forever 21 // Shoes: Steve Madden.

This final outfit is pretty much a combination of the first two. The layering of a chambray top, cozy sweater and of course a statement necklace. Any printed or colored button down that contrasts with a neutral sweater is so great because it adds a pop of color. The statement necklace really hones in on the color palette of the look and the booties make it more playful!

Outfit #3 | Maxi Dress: Target // Shirt: McCaulou’s // Sweater: Forever 21 // Earrings: Forever 21 // Necklace: Charming Charlie // Shoes: Target.

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Out Of The Woods

We took a little hiatus recently, due to some changes in both Sam’s and my personal life but we’re “Out Of The Woods” now and we’re back!

Happy February everyone! Hope your Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day was lovely!

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Since Taylor Swift is practically Sam’s idol, our copy-cat title seemed appropriate. Depending on where you’re located in The States (or anywhere else in the Northern Hemisphere), chances are you’re buried in snow, and we are sending a lot of virtual hot tea and blankets your way. If you’re in California, you’re absolutely loving this early arrival of sunny days! Sam dresses perfectly for this weather by throwing a sweater over a lightweight tee, and is prepped for whatever weather the day holds. Top it off with a super cute felt hat and you’re good to go!

Cardigan: Target // Top: Target // Pants: H&M // Shoes: Delia*s // Hat: Michelle’s 🙂 // Earrings: Berkeley, CA // Necklace: Target // Lipstick: Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Redwood Forest // Nail Polish: Totally In The Dark #408 for Nicole by OPI.

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Sam’s Fall Favorites!

I know it says Fall, but I got a little creative with this shoot so perhaps “Winter” would be more appropriate. Actually, let’s go with Fall/Winter faves. In all honesty, I’m surprised Michelle didn’t spell hers “favourites” — what with her Brit wit and all! 😛

Anyhow, without further ado, here are my f/w favorites:


Frosty sporting Sam’s Fall/Winter faves


“Berry Naughty” nail polish by Essie and Sally Hansen’s Gel Nail Polish “Blacky O”


THE BEST top coat by Sally Hansen — dries SUPER fast


Black-on-black sunnies from local department store McCaulou’s


Frosty lookin’ cozy in a trendy plaid scarf from McCaulou’s


Thanks for hangin’ onto my Blu Pepper olive anorak jacket with plaid accents, Frosty!

Honorary favorites are definitely my black Charlotte Russe lace-up boots from this photoshoot and Taylor Swift’s new album 1989. If you think I’m not totally blasting her album while I’m writing this post YOU ARE WRONG.

So those are my favorites! Plaid’s having a moment right now which I am LOVING (clearly, with 2 plaid items in my favorites!) My go-to outfit for Fall pretty much incorporates half the list. You’ll almost always catch me in my black lace-up boots, olive anorak (which I am never taking off, ever), and if the sunny California weather cooperates, then I’m definitely sporting my black-on-black sunnies.

When I occasionally paint my nails, it’s usually black — no surprise there. I really like the Sally Hansen gel polish because it dries quick and doesn’t nick super easily (and I suck at not screwing up my freshly-painted nails). “Berry Naughty” is a great holiday color — paint on two coats and it’s this really rich burgundy which is a nice Fall alternative to bright red nails.

Promise we’ll be back with more OOTD posts and a special OOTD with our friend Sarah shortly! Happy December everyone!


(P.S. is it time for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to air yet?! Dying over any and all Instagram pics!)