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Oscar Statements

I am such a huge fan of award season. The dresses, the shoes, the makeup and of course the jewelry. This year there were some stunning statement making necklaces. In case you didn’t know I am a lover of a statement necklace. So below I am sharing my favorite from last night’s red carpet.

Margot Robbie

This necklace is exquisite. I love the length with this plunging neckline. I love that Margot went with an out of the box statement necklace and in my opinion is one of the best dressed on the red carpet. I also love that this tassel necklace isn’t like most others and long. It’s a great take on the trend and hope to see more of this style surface soon.

Behati Prinsloo

Aside from the having one of the most dashing husbands on the planet, in my opinion, Behati wore a gorgeous black beaded necklace to the Oscars. Again she or her stylist, whichever, chose the perfect length for this dress. Especially since the dress itself is a stunning masterpiece. She somehow managed to wear a statement necklace and dress and instead of competing they compliment each other. Bravo Behati.

Scarlett Johansson

Let me start by saying that I am actually not a fan of this dress. HOWEVER we are talking statement necklaces here and I was seriously green with envy at this stunning beaded piece. I love the hair pulled back and up to show off this serious work of art.

87th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

I saved the best for last. Cate Blanchett showed up and wowed at the Oscars last night. A lbd, simple updo and statement necklace all lead to me crowning her the best dressed neck at the Oscars. Seriously a show stopper look.

Which look was your favorite? Are you a jewelry lover like myself? Let me know below.

Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Friday Fancies

As you read this I am happily sitting in Florida, maybe on a beach if it isn’t too early with one of the best ladies I know, Dani-Lyn. So while I soak up some needed color to my ghostly white legs, you enjoy these finds from the internet this week.
Whoever said chivalry was dead clearly didn’t know this guy existed. Real or not, someone wrote a beautiful letter and more men need to adopt this way of thinking.
I’ve thought about what I wish guys understand more about women and this pretty much nails some of my top thoughts.
When one of my favorite brands takes nude and gold and combines with a simple low wedge, I basically got into “must have this” mode. I mean could a shoe be more simple and perfect.


If you know me then you know for most of my life I have been quite the picky eater. I mean REALLY picky, like three dots of ketchup on a hotdog, food can’t touch on my plate, plain ham sandwich kind of picky.

{Photo: L.A. Times}
This hotdog would never have made it to my plate! It has way too many toppings for me!
Since graduating college I have made myself go outside the box and try new things and learn to appreciate food for its nutrients and not just for it’s taste. So I decided to start a regular Thursday blog post titled “Try It First” as in before I completely write off the dish to make it, try it and THEN decide my feelings toward it.
{Photo: Gojee}
After much debate I gave spaghetti squash a try and to my amazement I really liked it.
Which leads to why I am writing this post. Each week I will post a new recipe I will make between the Thursday I post it and the following Wednesday and then on the next  Thursday I will review the dish I made and put up another one to try for the following week.
The first official “Try It First” recipe is:
Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter, Rosemary & Thyme
Dough Recipe:
– 5 eggs
– 1 tbsp. salt
– 1 tbsp. olive oil
– 3 cups all-purpose flour
In a small bowl, beat the eggs, salt & olive oil. In a large bowl, place the flour and create a well in the middle with your hands. Pour the egg mixture into the well. Stir with a fork or your hands to fold it all together until the egg mixture is absorbed and the dough forms into a sticky ball. Flour your hands and divide dough into 3 separate chunks. Knead each dough a bit to form it into a smooth ball. Cover each in cellophane and refrigerate for a few hours.
Roll out the ball of dough as flat as you can get it. I cut mine into squares with a knife, but you could use a cookie cutter for a different shape or to get it more exact.
Pumpkin Filling Recipe:
– 1 can of pumpkin
– 1 cup freshly grated Pecorino
– 2 tsp Nutmeg
– 1 tsp Cinnamon
– dash of salt
After you’ve cut the dough into squares, it helps to roll each square a bit more before scooping on the pumpkin mixture. Place another square on top, and using a fork, press the two pieces of dough together at the edges, which creates a pretty border.
Once you’ve finished putting together the raviolis, place them in a pot of well sea-salted boiling water until they rise to the top. About 3-4 minutes. Carefully scoop them out into a colander to drain.
Melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Just before it starts to brown, add fresh rosemary and thyme leaves stirring until the butter slightly browns. Pour over raviolis and enjoy!
{Photos & Recipe: Marshalls Abroad}

Urbanspoon to the Rescue

Anna and Celeste chatting away as I snap pictures.
This past weekend I was in Charleston, SC enjoying a much needed girls weekend with five lovely ladies. Saturday morning we woke up hungry, groggy and in no mood to be decisive, not that we ever are, but especially not that early.
So what do you do when this happens…..turn to Urbanspoon of course. After I read the reviews we decided this would be our breakfast spot. On the way there I got nervous, the place is in the middle of now where but one turn onto East Montague Ave and you have arrived in a quaint and charming little town.
Some people on the trip prefer their caffeine from a Coke, the southern term for any soda drink. I prefer my caffeine in a nice hot latte which is exactly what I had and it was divine.
 My egg sandwich was delicious along with the raisin bread french toast I sampled from my friend Christine’s plate. No one left this place hungry trust me. 
 The food was great, the owner and his cook were welcoming and so kind and above all we felt like we find a local gem no every tourist discovers.
More to come on my trip to Charleston tomorrow.

Ready, Set, Go!

Welcome to Simplee Sampson! A blog dedicated to fashion + life. 

I got the idea to start a blog after months and months of admiring other bloggers out there. With some encouragement from family and friends I finally decided to give it a go. 

What will you find here you ask? Outfit posts, fashion finds, my travels and other life events along the way. I don’t claim to be a fashion genius or an expert photographer, but I do love fashion and this is a way to let my creative juices flow. 

A few fun details about myself:
– I am from a VERY small town in Georgia
– I currently reside in Charlotte, NC
– UGA Graduate
Mildly obsessed with Michael Kors
– Accessories are a girls best friend
– I love sports (Go DAWGS) 
– I am in love with a city I have never visited
– This place will always have a piece of my heart
– My family are my friends and my friends are my family
{Photo: Anna Houser}