Posts in Sam's Stories
French Feels Better// Beautiful Skin With Patyka Paris

French women are known for many things—effortlessly coiffed hair, chic style, and a certain je nais se quoi women the world over try to emulate. But, perhaps what French girls are best known for is their unbelievable gorgeous skin. With time-honored skin care routines passed down from their mothers and grandmothers before them, a French girl is set up to have great skin from a young age—often looking like she’s still in her 20s when she’s about to turn 45! This is why Stateside, we can’t help but eat up all things French skin care.

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Girls Weekend In Carlton Landing

So lovely was the loneliness of a wild lake”

— -EDGAR ALLAN POE

If I had to compile a list of my favorite places I’ve ever stayed at, there’s no doubt that Carlton Landing would feature highly. Top three even!! Carlton Landing is a place of bucket list dreams and if you take nothing else away from this blog post, please take away this: you absolutely must visit at some time in your life. Save up and go for a special occasion, you’ll be on cloud nine the entire time you’re there - I guarantee it’ll be one of the most magical stays you’ve ever had. It’s like your very own Edgartown here in Oklahoma!

I spent every summer on the water as a kid and teenager with my lovely grandparents and they are the fondest memories to this day. So I invited my best girls to a lovely Carlton Landing girls getaway last weekend. I was so ready to escape and get close to the water! A girls weekend at the lake can offer excitement as well as relaxation which checks all of the boxes for any girl boss.

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Your Guide To Living Like A French Girl In Tulsa/ Eat-Sip Edition

Bonjour mon petit pois!

I swear my sophisticated aesthetic was influenced by my former life in France. And because of that, I’ve been a Francophile my entire life. Just like that Hemingway quote predicts—the City of Light stays with you. It really does.

I am so incredibly happy and lucky to be spending an extended period of time in France this winter for my 40th birthday. Of course Rodge would want me celebrating such an epic birthday indulging in escargot aux fruits rouges et fromage blanc at Du Pain et des Idées after strolling around Musée Bourdelle for hours with my 60’s French pop records in tow that I purchased that morning from La Violetera. Gah-this is what I see in my head!

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Healing Bone Broth Breakfast Smoothie Featuring Bonafide Provisions

Bone broth smoothies are a perfect way to get some extra goodness into your smoothies, especially in the summer when you feel too hot to drink as a broth. (Could it be any more humid outside..ugh..I hate this weather!) I’ve been adding broth into our smoothies this week to help Lin’s tummy conditions. It’s been a crazy two weeks in urgent care, and even the emergency room and even have a surgery consult today.

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An Everyday Table Setting Featuring Gracious Home

Always looking at my gorgeous table as a canvas. And placemats are like a mini canvas and I am absolutely loving these neutral tangled Kim Seybert placemats from Gracious Home located in NYC’s Upper East Side. They create some beautiful texture and patterns and those are two things I really love! Placemats are the first thing I always grab for a last-minute dinner party actually!

Gracious Home shares my commitment to unfussy minimalism at the table!

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Learning About Clean Beauty Over Masks + Mimosas

Did you know that there are over 1,400 chemicals banned or restricted in personal care products by the European Union?

The United States has only partially banned 30 chemicals from our personal care products and has not passed a law since 1938.

Yeah…I know…..crazy, right?!

So of course I jumped on the opportunity to host a Beautycounter event at my house for my friend Cassie who recently started selling these fantastic products.


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An Afternoon At The Skin Boutique-(PLUS A GIVEAWAY)

If you meet me in person, you’ll realize just how much of a skin fanatic I am. For me, good skin isn’t about vanity; it’s about confidence, because when you feel good in your skin it shows through and I think we can all agree on that one! Am I right??!

If you follow me on Instagram and watch my stories, you’ll know that I have regularly go for facials - at least once every month or once every 6 weeks! An indulgent treat for sure but also facials are given by professionals who really know skin and can advise on what your skin really needs. The therapists that really know their stuff and the facials that work their magic are invaluable as you can see results from one facial alone. I often get asked which is the best facial I’ve had and it’s difficult in some ways to say as not all facials are the same or intend to give the same result. One that offers a peel isn’t comparable to one that offers lymphatic drainage for example as the goals they set out to achieve are completely different. I always say it depends what you’re after from a facial as to which facial you should go for.

I have also wanted to incorporate more massages and treatments into my monthly regimen too to help with anxiety and relaxation. For me…these things are far more important than new shoes or a luxurious dinner date!!! I think the older we get…our priorities change and we quickly realize that we have to take care of our bodies from the inside out.

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Making Oral Care Even More Important With Smile Brilliant's cariPRO™ Electric Toothbrush + GIVEAWAY

I have always had issues with my teeth – I had braces growing up for like 6 years (I wish I was joking) and have definitely had my fair share of cavities. My wisdom teeth did not even grow in until 2 years ago but the strangest thing about that was I had already had 6 teeth pulled to make room for braces in my crowded mouth as my dentist called it. But the wisdom teeth still did not have room to breathe so they had to go! I also have never been a great flosser until two years ago and well, I love coffee and tea. And on-top of everything else my teeth and gum are incredibly sensitive. So I have never even been able to use an electric toothbrush on a consistent basis which is heart breaking because once you go electric, you can never go back.

And even my dentist has told me I need to start using an electric toothbrush everyday because the manual one is just not cutting it. So I was thrilled when Smile Brilliant reached out to me to try their cariPRO™ electric toothbrush. I had worked them before and was a huge fan of their at-home teeth whitening system.

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48 HRS IN OKLAHOMA CITY/ SPRING-SUMMER EDITION

So as the title says, I went to Oklahoma City for a total of 48 hours (give or take) Would I recommend you do the same? No - because you absolutely need longer in this fun fun city! LOL! But in all seriousness…yes, get in that car and do a long weekend here my dears, It is growing at such a rapid pace and there is just so much to do! If a petit romantic weekend away is something you want to surprise the other half with - or if you just fancy a completely magical break away solo/with friends - then read on as this post’s a must read.

I’ll begin by saying Oklahoma City is always a glorious weekend escape! Less than two hours from Tulsa via the good ol’ turnpike, and about 3 hours from Dallas, 7 hours from Houston, well, you get my drift! You will be transported somewhere very pretty with a lot going on. It’s a thriving city with a great selection of FUN!

It was such a fun time and one of my all time favorite press trips!

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Kicking Off Summer With Hiland Dairy

Where is this year going?! Summer is here. Temperatures are rising! And I cannot believe it’s time to start planning some spring/summer back-yard parties for this coming season as well as those summer road trip adventures!! School is out in 3 days! Vacations will be taken! Fun will be had! Summer is a magical time, not only because the days are longer, but also because there's just so much more to do when it's warm out. Plus, let's be honest, doesn't it kind of feel as though anything is possible in the summertime?!

So pour yourself some lemonade, scoop up that delicious bowl of ice cream (currently loving Hiland Dairy’s Time Traveler Ice Cream-French silk ice cream with marshmallow bonbons, chocolate flakes and thick fudge sauce. ) and kick back with these 10 timeless films that remind me of how special the summertime really is. These movies make me want to head to the beach, explore new destinations or just throw up my hands and ride the rollercoaster that is… summer vacation! I mean it doesn’t get better than summer holidays, ice cream and roller coasters in my opinion!

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5 Must Have Essentials For Surviving a Long Flight

Happy May darlings!!!!

There’s no better feeling than booking that dream international trip that’s been on your bucket list forever…until reality sets in and you realize you’ll be stuck on a plane for countless hours first in order to get to your destination. And after reality sets in, every traveler’s two least favorite words consume the rest of their energy: Jet Lag. Unless money is no object, first or business class may not be a feasible option for you. Not to worry, I am all about 'roughing it’ in economy…but I do believe in doing in comfort and with a little bit of style!

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Traveling With Sarisha Beauty

Confession: I'm not entirely sure how to pronounce my latest beauty discovery, but I will tell you this, it's a fabulous one so go ahead and just bookmark this page so you have it for your next skin care shopping spree. These products are SO good! Everything feels and looks so luxurious, yet they will not break the bank one bit!

Surely that got your attention!

SARISHA was created to solve the problem of not finding affordable, gentle, plant-based and travel-friendly formulas to use during trips abroad and while living a busy city life back home. Sarisha means charm and elegance in Sanskrit.

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BEAUTY RADAR: DERMA ROLLER SYSTEM

If you meet me in person, you’ll realize just how much of a skin fanatic I am. For me, good skin isn’t about vanity; it’s about confidence, because when you feel good in your skin it shows through. At home skincare is obviously super important to achieving/maintaining good skin and I plan on covering a lot more on the blog this season as there’s so much confusion out there.

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