Mint Julep Giveaway

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Another week, another cozy sweater. Some would call it an obsession, I just call it my uniform! Mint Julep Boutique kindly gifted me this color-block cardigan (man, do they have quite the collection – hop on over to their site and see for yourself!) and we are teaming up to give one reader a $25 gift card! All you have to do is enter the giveaway below! Good luck! A winner will be announced on 2/3!

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Sunday Musings


It’s been a few weeks since my last post. It’s not without reason, but reason just happens to be life. We found a house (!knock on wood!) and they accepted our offer. So now comes the fun: more inspections, final approvals, walk-throughs, and oh yes, eventually packing up our townhouse and moving across town. In addition to house hunting the past few months (we had an offer on a house that we ended up pulling out of before Christmas…something about a new roof and siding can really put a damper on savings and the joys of home ownership…which pushed back our initial moving plans), my full-time job has become increasingly busy. At a start-up you do what it takes to get the job done, and often that means working some crazy hours and on the weekends to make sure we are hitting numbers and answering client emails, etc., but I won’t bore you with those details.

And while life has taken over, life hasn’t left much time for much else, especially this blog (I sound like a broken record). I’ve prided myself over the past four and a half years of the time and dedication I’ve allowed for The Brunette One to thrive and lately I feel I haven’t done it much justice. I have grandeur plans for this space, including a redesign that I’m going to do myself (coding and all…I just got an awesome new logo, I can’t wait to debut). Some may ask, but “Sam, you just redesigned it last summer….?” And while yes that is true, I feel like I didn’t give myself enough time and focus on it while I was busy planning, designing, crafting, and getting married. My five year anniversary comes up this summer and I want to embody the past five years of what this blog has done for me and my life since I first hit publish on that first blog post – I’m just not quite sure yet how it will all shake out.

That’s not to say I’m done blogging by any means, maybe just a break for a bit while life continues to happen over the next month or so. I have a few scheduled style posts and DIYs coming up over the next few weeks, but don’t mind the minimal updates until we are finally in our new house and things are better managed on the work/life balance side of things.

Until then, stay tuned for updates and follow along on Instagram – @_thebrunetteone!

PS. A couple of unrelated links for your viewing pleasure:

  • I went in for a trim last Sunday and spontaneously chopped my hair off and haven’t one single regret about it!
  • My latest styling collaboration with Katelyn, this wedding shoot for the unconventional bride.

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My Style: Callina Sweater

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gifted Callina Sweater & Hat | J.Crew Pants | Converse

So, this is it guys, my first attempting to take my own outfit photo and it will only get better from here (so please don’t judge!). It will take some time to figuring which lenses to use and figuring out this whole tripod business!

But anyways, back to the outfit. I was gifted this Callina sweater & hat during the holidays and suffice to say it has become a favorite layering piece as mother nature arrives in full force (negative temps, blizzards, and a polar vortex…love midwestern winters). This sweater, in my book, is the perfect mix of slouchy and chic and I can’t help but support a company who believes in creating timeless clothing for women who seek quality, strive for perfection, and never settle. #truth

Callina is offering readers 50% off when you use code brunetteone50! 

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Go Blog Social Workshop | Early Bird Tickets


Go Blog Social’s Workshop is right around the corner, and this time around instead of operating behind the scenes of the conference, I, along with my StyleEsque co-founder, Emily, will be presenting a session at our first ever GBS Workshop! We are talking about what we know best, styling! We will share our expertise on creating curated content for your blog with tips on coordinating, producing and pitching styled shoots. This breakout presentation will be just one of the sessions offered at the event.

The workshop will be held on Sunday, February 22nd in Kansas City, MO at the gorgeous River Market Event Space. Workshop will offer a variety of hands-on, interactive courses in an intimate setting. Held in a relaxed and creative learning environment, the one-day workshop offers a unique opportunity to grow your brand or blog, engage with like-minded entrepreneurs, bloggers and social media enthusiasts, and learning from experts in the industry first-hand.

Make it a goal to take your blog or business to the next level this year! Don’t miss out on your Early Bird tickets to ‪#‎GBSWorkshop‬ today!

Get Your Tickets Here!

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A few snapshots from October’s Go Blog Social Pop-Up Conference in Chicago, Photography by Christina Slaton


DIY: Divine Caroline Projects

This year I resolve to share more of my freelance work on this space. So to start us off on the right foot,  I’ve rounded up my latest DIY projects for Divine Caroline. I can’t wait to share what I have up my sleeve over the next few months so stay tuned! As always, you can find all of my previous DIY projects here!


Make Your Own Bejeweled Beanie


Glam Up Your Look | Embellished Collar


Create Your Own DIY Fur Vest


How to Create Your Own Cozy Infinity Scarf

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How to Make Feather Earrings

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