• SAM'S BLOG

  • 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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    What's New for 2018?

    Winey Wednesday came back!  After some tech difficulties during editing, It's finally here. No matter what time of day it is, grab some wine (ok, maybe coffee) and take a look.  And DON'T forget to get yourself SUBSCRIBED at the bottom of THIS PAGE HERE to be registered for all the best [...]

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    Style Resolutions:  Our Tips from the Top 2018

    I was recently approached by friend and fellow stylist Niki Whittle to collaborate on some New Year's resolutions.  She connected international stylists to submit our best advice for an improved YOU for 2018. These men and women work in fashion all over the world (really!  From South Africa to the[...]

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    F-ing 2018

    December 29, 2017
    F-ing 2018

    Like many people at this time of year, I evaluate the successes and missteps of 2017 and make a plan for the new year.  I choose a power word each year (2017 was DISRUPT you can read more about that HERE) and I like to use this time to journal, read, and assess my plan. What I loved about my [...]

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    GAME TIME

    December 19, 2017
    GAME TIME

    As a Mom of teens, finding ways to engage them is often challenging.  They have social lives, can drive, and want to explore their new independence.  Video gaming and social media add another complication to this as my boys often want to get online to join some sort of game party or whatever it [...]

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    Holiday Gift Guide for HER

    click the photo to visit the initials of the Covet pave collection Dear Santa, Here's what I think the Moxie Squad will want for Christmas and will want to buy for their friends and family! Featured in People! Click the photo for more. LUXE AND LOVELY Let's start with some of my [...]

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    Pleats, Please!

    November 21, 2017
    Pleats, Please!

    LONG overdue!  Have I mentioned to you all that I've been crazy for pleats all fall.  Teased by the trend in the summer, I honestly worried the pleated skirt seemed a bit....juvenile, maybe?  I (as always, seriously need to get out of my own way) just kind of paused on the idea. J Crew [...]

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    When Stacy London Liked my Outfit

    The word style is both noun and verb.  I love words that do this, because they take something inanimate and give it action and purpose.  As a noun, it means a distinctive appearance.  As a verb, it means to design or make into a particular form. Here's where the difference lies:  without [...]

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    CTRL-ALT-DELETE (part 4 in the &quote;Hard NO&quote; series)

    You're up against a deadline.  You are working on your computer on a huge project and have a million browser tabs and files open.  As your fingers fly across the keyboard, the cursor can't keep up with your speed. Lists surround you, and you are checking off every personal and professional "to-do"[...]

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