• SAM'S BLOG

  • Nordstrom Anniversary Sale--Battle plan for YOU

    What is the #nsale Fueled up and READY FOR ACTION!!! Ok, so I was super excited for the #nsale this year.  I have Like to Know it now (a cool way to shop my instagram), the best sales associates to help me curate my purchases at our local Nordstrom (thank you Jen and Marcie!!), my experience [...]

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    A  Kinder, Gentler Swimsuit Shopping Experience

    I recently put out a survey on Instagram--how do you feel about swimsuit shopping?  The choices, though limiting, were 1) I go to the fetal position and cry and 2) I'd rather get a mammogram.  It is telling that my inbox filled with women sharing how anxiety-inducing  the process is, with someone[...]

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    I've been putting off this post for a while.  I prefer to come from a place of empowering other women to give no effs about the opinions of others, and being confident no matter what, but as I planned my post on shopping for swimwear for you all, I realized I needed to come clean about some [...]

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    I'm Retiring!!!

    June 25, 2018
    I'm Retiring!!!

    From the mid 1990's until the birth of my second child, I had a fun and lucrative career in sales.  As a non-mom and even as a mom with one child, Hallmark Cards was a fabulous company that offered a competitive salary and super flexible schedule (and I worked from a home office). At the end of [...]

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    13 Reasons Why NOT (Includes spoilers)

    Mom to Mom, let's have a conversation about the second season of Netflix original, "13 Reasons Why."   13 Reasons Why Season 2 Official photo I read the book several years ago.  While I felt it was raw and brutal, I took it as well-written and thought provoking.  I also read it when [...]

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    At Your Leisure

    May 17, 2018
    At Your Leisure

    In the 1970's, the fashion world tried to provide a quasi-casual solution to work attire.  The "leisure suit" was a delightful polyester blend, typically with a mega-wide collar, ginormous bell-bottom pants, and it was HIDEOUS.       So a couple years ago, when [...]

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    The (Sweaty, Insomniac) Princess and the Pea

    I just want a decent night's sleep.  For more than a night or two in a row.  Am I right, people?  I treasure my rest and need it to keep my EVER RUNNING mind going during the day.  People laugh at my bed because it's elevated beyond normal height and does, in fact, look like "A Princess and the [...]

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    Higher Ground

    April 26, 2018
    Higher Ground

    Have you heard about grounding? I noticed buzz about it on my social platforms a couple months ago and was curious.  Grounding mats, a barefoot movement, lots of discussion about reconnecting to the earth piqued my interest. What is Grounding? Essentially, the Earth gives off an electric [...]

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    Creating your own Damsel Den

    For those who've been following along on my socials, you've likely seen that I recently re-did a room in my house.  A mere EIGHTEEN YEARS after I painted our fourth bedroom the first time, I took on this project as a labor of love. Sam I Am, 2000 When Himself and I were expecting our first [...]

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    My New Favorite Floral

    If you've been hanging here for a bit, you know I have a serious love/hate relationship with florals.  They tend to look a wee bit too juvenile on my frame and I struggle to wear them with confidence.  In fact, I even wrote a whole post about it HERE The issue, I've determined a year later, is [...]

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    The Oscars Party Recap

    Without much to add, I thought the video and pics from the Oscars party (Lights! Glamour! Action!) here in Pittsburgh would make a fun recap....check it out! Phase One--Beauty crew Let's start with a music video/montage of the incredible GLAM SQUAD making me look presentable! Jennifer Palermo [...]

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    Happy Anniversary from Moxie Mama

    Wow, a year passed already.  One year ago, I hit the publish button, poured a glass of wine, set up Facebook Live and took the plunge on an idea that nagged at me for five years.  In the midst of a total freakout over exposing myself and inviting strangers into my world, you guys showed up. [...]

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    Red Carpet Ready

    February 28, 2018
    Red Carpet Ready

    Last year, as Moxie Mama was launching, Himself and I attended the Pittsburgh Film Office gala, Lights! Glamour! Action!   (If you live in PGH, consider joining us!)   Since I knew the blog was coming, I decided to go way outside my comfort zone with my dress choice...you may remember reading [...]

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    Galentine's Day

    February 13, 2018
    Galentine's Day

    Years ago a friend was about to get married.  I, the seasoned veteran bride of a year, was her go-to for questions.  What she wanted to know:  what did I miss from my single days? Frankly, I think she expected something like "toilet seats that are down," "choosing my own TV shows," or "Not [...]

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    Making a Statement

    February 7, 2018
    Making a Statement

    I shared my favorite deal and steal (yet uber fashionable) pea coat last week (check it HERE if you missed it). One of the questions I got after the post went up was "but do you wear that coat much?"  Um, yes.  Literally ALL THE TIME. I even did a search for the coat and it is for sale (for [...]

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    The Hunt for Haute--part one, Vestiaire Collective

    I have expensive tastes, not gonna lie. My great-grandmother and grandmother were EPICALLY fashionable, my mom had glorious clothes when I was a child, and I learned early to fill my closet with quality pieces that are or will become vintage classics.  (There's actually an entire blog post coming [...]

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    Put the charcoal in the coconut 🎶🎵

    Ok a VERY silly song reference for the recent product test I tried for you all. I’ve done oil pulling off and on for years and have always liked the results--really clean teeth, brighter smile, and I actually seem to stay a bit healthier when I'm doing it--but I just get a little freaked out by [...]

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    Shopping HIS Closet

    January 23, 2018
    Shopping HIS Closet

    It’s January and dreary. If you’re like me, you are sick of everything in your closet because you’ve worn it all too much. I’ve shopped the sales and am no longer excited to add to my winter wardrobe anymore--I’m just so tired of the cold. As a stylist, I'm already looking toward spring [...]

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    The Makeup Virtuoso

    January 13, 2018
    The Makeup Virtuoso

    One of my besties just happens to also be the best makeup artist in Pittsburgh.  Am I biased?  You bet I am.  The truth is that I did a brief stint as a promotional makeup artist back in another life, so even though she's in my circle of trust, I am also SUUUUUPER picky about who does my makeup [...]

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    Golden Globes Recap 2018

    2018 stands to be a pivotal year for women.  The momentum built by the #metoo campaign has moved many to address the inherent problems with sexism in this country, from harassment to full-on assault. The Golden Globes last night revealed what could prove to be some fascinating shifts in fashion [...]

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