Samantha Chic

6.21.2016

What happens in Vegas...


A couple weeks ago, Ryan was out job training at the Hoover Dam, which is right near Las Vegas so I decided to join him for his weekend off, which happened to be Memorial Day.

It was actually my first time in Vegas and while they say "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas," I've decided to share a few snaps from the trip...

In terms of packing, I wore these dressy jeans from Express that I got on sale for $35 (they're still on sale and available in select sizes!) with a crop top for the first night out. Even though they look a little more dressed up (sorry I don't have a good photo), they're super comfy. They may just be my new favorite pair of jeans!

Also, I'm obsessed with Old Navy's Boyfriend shorts right now. The 3" inseam pair of have enough coverage but still feel young, the legs have a bigger cut to accommodate those of us without a thigh gap, and they just feel good on. I scooped mine up on sale, but they're definitely worth paying full price! Several styles are still on sale...

Most of our trip included eating, drinking and walking around the Strip. Neither of us are gamblers, if we're being honest, though I did play $4 just to say I did... I hit a high of $17 and then lost it all!


It was ridiculously hot that weekend (though not as hot as this week), so we stopped inside the Bellagio to grab some gelato from a little shop, aptly named Cafe Gelato - so good! It was so good in fact, neither of us got a photo of of it.

We also ate at Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar, which I'm not going to lie, it didn't really live up to the hype. Ryan and I both love Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and expected a little more. It wasn't bad by any means, but just not amazing.

Since this trip was something we just spontaneously did, we didn't get a chance to plan anything specific (such as restaurant reservations, shows, etc). We definitely plan on going back and catching some shows, especially Cirque du Soleil!

I think my favorite thing though in Vegas was watching the Bellagio Fountain show! I loved how creative they got with different types of music - everything from Classical to Classic Rock to modern Pop Hits. The shows run every 30 minutes during the day, and then every 15 minutes after 8 p.m. until midnight. Definitely worth checking out!

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What are your favorite Vegas activities? Tell me in the comments below!

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6.06.2016

It's not you, it's me...

If blogging and I were friends on Facebook, our relationship status would read: “It’s Complicated.”

I haven’t posted on this blog in weeks now and once the guilt of not posting regularly went away (which was pretty quick), I felt relief. I have been feeling a certain way about blogging for several months now and shortly after I decided to stop posting, I read the posts by Josi Denise and Hey Natalie Jean calling it quits. A lot of what they said really resonated with me.

I’ve been updating this blog 3-5 times a week for almost four years now. It started as a hobby when I was 23 living in a really small town and needed a creative outlet, but lately it’s started to feel more like a job… and I already have a full-time, 40-hours-a-week job.

Growing up and living in small towns for most of life made it easy for me to escape on the Internet and live out my life online. I was already doing most everything online (buying clothes and makeup, connecting with friends who moved away after college, etc.) so keeping an online blog and all the accompanying social media just made sense.

But now that I’m 27, in a committed relationship, and living in my dream city, I want to stop living my life online and enjoy things in real-time.

I want to savory a meal without getting the perfect Instagram first. I want to spend the weekend exploring with Ryan without spending hours planning the perfect hair, makeup and wardrobe and then later interrupting our outing to get the perfect shot. I want to go home to visit my parents later this month and unplug completely to enjoy their company since I haven’t seen them in seven months.

That’s not to say I don’t enjoy blogging, because I did, and think I still do. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing brands from my first partnership with Meesh & Mia to H&M to Crest, and also attended some amazing events in NYC and Baltimore. But I feel like most things have a shelf life and I’m coming to the end of it for this blog.

I haven’t decided yet what I’ll do with this space. I may still post, but I certainly won’t be keeping an editorial calendar anymore or posting 3-5 times a week or whatnot. I’ll still be active on all my social channels, but I may unplug for a weekend.

Last but certainly not least, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say a huge THANK YOU to every single person who has ever visited, commented, liked, pinned, retweeted, or thumbs-uped a post. I’ve greatly enjoyed sharing a little of my life with each of you and getting to know you through your comments and own blogs. All of your kind words have brightened my days and made me smile.

So, just so we’re clear… it’s not you, it’s me. But I really do appreciate each and every one of you for reading here!

Thanks for following along on this journey and hopefully we’ll cross paths online again!

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5.13.2016

Beauty // Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer


What it is: Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer

What they say: This heavenly floral-scented, non-drying toner refreshes, soothes and brightens your skin. Gentle and alcohol-free, it also adds a fine layer of moisture. Naturally active ingredients include aloe vera to revitalise and soften and calendula, chamomile, cucumber and natural source vitamin E to soothe and refresh the skin.

How to use: Instant Boost Skin Tonic is the essential second stage of your daily regime: Moisten a cotton wool pad and sweep over face and neck every morning and night after cleansing. Alternatively spritz over face and body to revitalise at any time. The fine mist can even be used over make up.



What I think: I haven't really tried a whole lot of face sprays (just this one before) so I never really know what to expect. Mostly, I haven't noticed a whole lot of benefits other than my face getting wet and feeling just a little bit more moisturized.

It never seemed liked a spritzer would be an essential part of my routine... until I met this one by Liz Earle!

I had received a sample of this spritzer in one of my Birchboxes, but it was a decent sized so I was able to use it for several weeks. I haven't used it in about a month now, and really kind of miss it during my nightly skin care routine.

The mist does have a floral scent and while I'm usually scent adverse, this one didn't bother me at all and actually was a nice, calming breaking at the end of the night.

I actually skipped the whole cotton pad thing and just sprayed directly on my face after cleansing. The mist comes out evenly so just a few pumps was all you needed to get a nice dewy coat on your face.

While the spritzer obviously helped to moisturizer and soften my skin, the biggest difference I noticed was how it almost instantly calmed my skin. When you have giant red acne marks over your face once a month, anything that helps to bring down the irritation is essential.

And this was it. I was hooked! I looked forward to spraying this on every night (and sometime in the morning) to instantly calm my skin and wake up with a much less irritated face.

Once I'm done trying out another mist, I definitely plan on adding this back into my routine!

Buy online: Birchbox $25 for 6.7 oz bottle

What do you think? Have you tried this before? Tell me in the comments below!

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