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T is for Teamwork!

I am super excited to announce to you all that Samantha Says is officially a member of the up-and-coming Chicago Blogger Network! What WHAAAT! Click here to follow the hip happenings of the CBN and then take a brief dance break to celebrate this day-making development! That is all.



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Read my posts on the AmazingCosmetics blog!

Hello fabulous readers!

I know. I’ve been a negligent blogger. I’m sorry! –But I have a legitimate excuse! I am officially the new publicist for AmazingCosmetics *cue the celebration music and confetti please* and as part of my new position I am writing a daily blog for the company! You may have heard of us, we are the creators of the celebrity adored, AmazingConcealer (winner of the Allure Best in Beauty award for best concealer) and are available in your local Ulta and Sephora!  Now I promise I’ll be back soon… just as soon as I can adjust to my big-girl schedule and wake up early enough to post before I head into work!

But until then, visit the AmazingCosmetics blog for my tips on everything from beauty to wellness and the latest Hollywood buzz about AmazingCosmetics! …did I mention Ashley Greene’s makeup artist used the AmazingConcealer on her in Twilight Saga: Eclipse? …oh I didn’t? Silly me!

Don’t worry, I promise I’ll be back! I’m about to start the major project of redecorating my old room to make it feel more like a swanky boudoir than my high school bedroom …only fitting now that I’m a college graduate… so I’ll have lots of pics, tips and probably mishaps to share. Until then, check me out at

xoxo, Samantha

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Enough already!

Okay I finally watched the new Miley Cyrus music video I Can’t Be Tamed and I honestly don’t understand what all the fuss is about. Sure, she looks sexy but can’t we all agree it could be way worse?


So young, fresh and … dead behind the eyes?

But now I’m getting off track, back to the video:First, she’s wearing a one-peice, leotard-esque body suit not a two peice bra and panty number like we would expect from Gaga or Kesha. (I refuse to put that dumb dollar sign in her name. Real humans don’t spell their names with $. Go trip over your stripper heels and fall off my radar already.)

See, not so bad… and note the lack of bare midriff.

Second, the dance isn’t uber provocative, in fact it’s fairly tame for a video called Can’t Be Tamed. Plus, she looks great doing it! The costumes, the choreo, the set decoration… it’s hot and I actually think it’s a great video.

Now I will be honest, I never EVER thought I would actually defend Miley Cyrus, let alone in print, but people need to lay off the “she’s only 17 thing” – seriously. Sure, she’s seventeen years in age, but that is literally the only thing about her life that qualifies her as an average American teenager. What you didn’t have paparazzi stalking you at 17? And thank the sweet lord you didn’t. You can’t even try to tell me that you don’t have any skeletons in your high school closet… hiding where you keep all your mistakes… right between the platform sandals and camouflage cargo capris.

Bottom Line: It’s not fair that American consumers expect Miley Cyrus to compete with acts like Gaga and that walking, talking VD PSA (aka: Kesha) if she’s not allowed to play on the same field sexually and culturally. I mean honestly people, Dump$ter Diver is walking around in panties spouting lyrics about brushing her teeth with Jack Daniels. Doesn’t quite add up. So lay off the MTV and go back to your FOX news America.

Case and Point: 
She’s a big dumb animal isn’t she folks!Seriously, does she just think the letter S has a line through it?

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Riddle me this America…

Please tell me I’m not the only one who noticed this. With the ridiculous amount of useless American Idol commentary a float in this here internet, why has no one pointed out that…

Contestant Casey James

is the identical male twin brother of…

none other than Taylor Swift??!?

Does no one see the uncanny hair-semblance? The glistening blonde. That effortless curl?  Only Taylor Swift, Casey James and baby angels could have hair that perfect.


You heard it here first. Taylor Swift and Casey James: bastard twin children of the silky-smooth Michael Bolton.

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Oh joy! As I logged online today I was greeted with the most exciting news from! H&M is launching a new summer collection specifically aimed towards hippie, concert lovers… aka my favorite group of friends. With Pitchfork, Lollapalooza and ACL in my festival future, there is no way I won’t be hitting my local H&M to find my summer-music staple items this year.

The best part? The geniuses at H&M have also thrown in a collection of camping items including, sleeping bags, totes and a leopard print tent! While I won’t be camping out for shows this season… I’m sorry, I like showering too much… I can guarantee that these items are sure to make yours the swankiest campsite around. Ahh, summer here I come… is that Freebird I hear?

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Spring Has Sprung

H&M’s Spring ’10 Garden Party Collection launches this week and I couldn’t be more devastated to be without a local H&M! One peek at the look book and I already have my eye on three adorable garden frocks as potential… dare I say it, graduation dresses(!). Plus, as if I weren’t smitten enough already, every piece is constructed from organic, recycled or waste materials. Talk about bringing green to the garden! Looks like I’ll be sending mom on a shopping run back in Chicago…

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And the winner is… me!

Just in time for the end of awards season, I was lucky enough to snag one myself!  Lisa F. my wonderful reader, teacher and mentor was kind enough to present me with this Beautiful Blogger Award! Lisa is my Capstone class instructor which means that usually, through no fault of her own, she is the woman behind all of my “stressed out” remarks. We all know it’s the class and not you Lisa!! Well, anyways it’s nice to know that someone out there other than my wonderful mother is reading this and that’s just fab! So now that I have this award, I have a few requirements to fulfill before I pass it on to other bloggers that I adore. First, make sure you check out Lisa’s blog. She’s an uber-talented and all around awesome Advertising Professional and one classy lady!

Now I have to share 7 things about me that you readers might not have known before… hmmm here goes!

1.  I love love love middle names. It has been my experience that middle names tend to be pretty revelatory about a person and it’s one of my favorite things to learn about someone! …in case you’re wondering, mine’s Kate

2. I am a product junkie. A makeup artist of 5 years now and intern at a fabulous makeup company I have cabinets and drawers overflowing with spritzes, serums, creams and compacts. I’m lucky enough to have gotten lots of swag over the years and I can never bear to part with a great product!

3. Music makes my world go ’round. I believe that life should have a soundtrack and I have spent 21 years perfecting mine. A good song says so much more than just it’s lyrics and has the amazing ability to touch people’s hearts. Music is something that was passed on to me by my mom, an amazing singer, songwriter and musician herself, and it is something that I love sharing with people! Coming from a musical family makes everything from holidays to rainy days that much better and I can’t imagine it any other way! I see as much live music as possible and I’m always up for a good show.

4. Sort of on that note, I am at my absolute happiest when I’m performing. Whether I’m singing, acting or miming for that matter, give me a stage and I jump at the opportunity to be smack dab in the middle of it!

5. I have an amazing family. We’re definitely not your traditional, nuclear, family unit, but we like it that way.

6. My all time favorite movie is White Christmas. Danny Kay, Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby are simply classic.

7. And for lucky number seven… my favorite time of day is around 3:30 when the sun is glowing orange and the whole world looks warm and happy like a cup of hot tea.

Now I’m supposed to name 15 blogs that I’m passing this award onto but I narrowed down to my fave 5. Here they are!

Teen Fashionista: Casey Lewis is friend of mine and fellow J-schooler. Meeting her Sophomore year and reading her delightful blog has always been my inspiration to start blogging. Sweet and bubbly with impeccable taste, reading Casey’s blog is like sipping a glass of sparkling lemonade… how can you not smile?

Cupcakes and Cashmere: Not like she needs an award from me, but Emily is my blog idol. I have been reading daily for I don’t even know how long and I’m constantly inspired by her refreshing personality and fabulous style. Plus I think we’re kindred home decor spirits… we have the same bedding and bed side furniture!

Daily Pep Talk From a Best Friend: In a world full of competition and cut throat colleagues (even in college!) it’s nice to feel like someone’s on your side. Reading Rachel’s blog is exactly what it says, a pep talk from a girl that feels like your best friend and the perfect positive start to my day.

Pretty Little Things: Love this site. They strike the perfect balance of classic and quirky to keep things refreshing, fun and all around pretty! The perfect pick me up to any drab day.

Lovely Homes: Exactly what the title says. I love being inspired and uber jealous of the beautiful rooms featured on this blog! Plus there are great DIY and recipes!

So there you have it! I’d like to thank the Academy for this award…. okay so maybe it’s not an Oscar but I sure feel like Sandra Bullock right now! PS– check back later for my fave fashions from the red carpet. *Ellie Saab, swoon*


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