Sami’s Holiday Gift Guide: An On Location Tour

This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own. 

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Blogmas, readers!

So, it seems that all my professors have gotten together and decided that they were going to make the week BEFORE finals week when everything would be due. Of course, that would be successful if not every one of my professors decided to do that, but well, we can’t change some stuff in life, now can we?

In the meantime, I have been holiday shopping for all of the special people in my life. After last year’s successful holiday guide, I decided to bring it back this year! So if you’re looking for a craft, a new phone case, or more, last year’s gift guide has got you covered.

And for all you little elves this year, we’re kicking off with something for your favorite movie buffs or someone who loves an experience rather than an item.

On Location Tours offers just that!

My mom and I went on the New York City TV & movie tour earlier this month and had such an amazing time! For only $43 a ticket, you can travel all around NYC for 2.5 – 3 hours checking out where some of your favorite TV shows and movies have filmed. We even got to see where they were going to be filming an upcoming CBS show, how cool?!

During that time, my mom, myself, and the others on our tour bus were taken all over New York City to see the sights of where some of the best movies have filmed. Throughout the trip, our tour guide will tell us about the films that have taken place at the locations, show us clips, and tell us insider secrets about the different locations.

Check out the pictures from the trip. Do you recognize them from some of your favorite movies and TV shows? Hint, hint you should recognize some of them from Gossip Girl, Friends, Sex and the CityGhostbusters, and New Year’s Eve!

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For big fans of Seinfield, Gossip Girl (a.k.a. my current Netflix obsession), or Sex and the City, On Location Tours offers tours specifically geared to those shows. Other speciality options include Turner Classic Movies, Central Park, and the Holiday Lights & Movie sights.

Not in the NYC area? Boston and Washington D.C. also offer tours geared to their areas.

Tickets can be purchased online or at  (212) 913-9780.

Stay tuned for what will be next in my holiday guide! If you end up purchasing tickets, comment below and let me know.

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Rocksbox Look: a.v. max Mock Lariat Necklace in Gold & SLATE Crystal Spike Earrings

Happy Black Friday, readers!

I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving with your family, remembering what you are thankful for as you eat your weight in mashed potatoes. My list included my sorority family, my best friend, Paul, boxed wine, and all of my readers.

And as my way of saying thank you for being so amazing, I wanted to remind you all about some awesome ways to celebrate Black Friday in a Sparkle and Shine type of way! You can get 10% off of a single shirt order from Greek Streak by using code SPARKLESHINE and you can get 10% off The Collegiate Standard with code SAMI10.

And one of my favorite discounts I can offer is a free month of Rocksbox!

When registering for the site, enter coupon code sparkleshinesamxoxo to get your free month.

As may you remember from a previous last Rocksbox post, I am loving the designer jewelry subscription box company and want you to all experience it, too!

For $19 a month, you will be able to have unlimited access to designer jewelry shipped right to their door. After selecting items and adding them to your wishlist, your personal designer will send you three items that average of about $200! You can swap pieces at anytime. There’s zero effort and no commitment. Shipping is free and pre-paid both ways.

In one of my recent Rocksbox sets, I received the a.v. max Mock Lariat necklace in gold and SLATE Crystal Spike earrings.

Thanks to the photograph skills of my awesome resident, Caitlin, check out how I styled the pieces.

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Sweater: Now only sold in plus-size Cutout Cable-Sleeve Sweater from Forever 21 | Leggings: Hi-Rise leggings from American Eagle

Boots: No longer sold (Similar from DSW) | Ring: Love & Kisses ring from Tiffany & Co.

With the holiday season officially in full swing, I recommend jumping on the Rocksbox bandwagon. Why not have the hottest pieces for Christmas and New Years Eve? Especially, when it’s all free!

Happy Black Friday shopping and enjoy wearing the jewelry. Make sure to tag me on Instagram at @sparkleshinesam when you post your favorite selfie featuring your Rocksbox look.

 

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Rocksbox Look: Perry Street Mercer Crystal Earrings

Hey, hey readers!

As you remember from my last Rocksbox post, I am loving the designer jewelry subscription box company!

And I want you to fall in love with it, too!

For $19 a month, one will be able to have unlimited access to designer jewelry shipped right to their door. After selecting items and adding them to your wishlist, your personal designer will send you three items that average of about $200! You can swap pieces at anytime. There’s zero effort and no commitment. Shipping is free and pre-paid both ways. If you don’t like a piece, no need to keep it or even wear it. Awesome right?!

But, as loyal Sparkle and Shine followers, I can give you an amazing offer-

I am able enough to give you all a free month of Rocksbox!!

When registering, enter coupon code sparkleshinesamxoxo to get your free month!

One of the amazing pieces you could receive could be these Perry Street Mercer Crystal earrings!

The great thing about them (besides being way adorable) is that they are so versatile- if I want to dress them up for a day in NYC for my internship or a night out to the bar I can. I can also dress the earrings down with a plain tee, like I did for our school’s annual country concert. No matter what I want to wear, I can always put these earrings in for an extra dose of glitz and glam.

One of the recent times that I decided to document wearing the earrings is when I anchored our school’s first newscast of the semester! Check out the look – and the newscast – below!

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(Similar) Macy’s Purple lace peplum | (Not pictured) Dressbarn Black Sateen Skinny Jeans

Charming Charlie’s Helene Rhinestone Watch | (Cartiledge) Icing  Sterling Silver Anchor Stud Earrings

These earrings became such a staple for my collection that I couldn’t part without them! When sending my first Rocksbox back to get my new one, I just had to keep these. One of the benefits from Rocksbox is that you can get the designer pieces of jewelry for cheaper prices. The earrings are originally $64, but Rocksbox would let me keep them for only $42. But even better, there are ways to work with the company to get them for cheaper and even free!

Follow me on Instagram to check out how I style the pieces of jewelry from my next Rocksbox and stay tuned with Sparkle and Shine for more!signature 22222

Thanks Square Cash for making going out so much easier!

This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own.

Thank you Her Campus Media, Inc. and SquareCash for the opportunity and compensation for this post.

I’ve got to admit something to you, readers. Sometimes, going out is hard.

No, I’m not talking about the hours you spend doing your hair and makeup, the dozens of pictures you send of potential outfits in a GroupMe to your best friends (only to wear the first outfit, of course), or deciding whose house is going to be the first stop of the night before even heading out.

I’m talking about figuring out the monetary aspects.

Whose going to pay for the Uber this time? Who paid last time? And of course, Jackie forgot cash for the cash-only club’s entrance fee, so now what?

Why would I not just pay for everyone’s drinks since I got to the bartender first and we are totally on a first name basis, right? Or the fact that Dominoes is so not about to break up a $100 dollar order for your drunk pizza onto ten different debit cards, so who just got paid last and can throw it on their card?

Sound familiar? Yeah, I thought so.

And want to know what else is familiar, when all of the calculations for who was going to pay who and how much really goes out the window when the third margarita is served and the newest Nicki Minaj jam is bumping through the bass.

Now you don’t need to worry because Square Cash has made it easy for you!

ACTUAL USE

Square Cash is a free app that allows anyone to quickly send money between their friends or even get paid for doing business. There’s no “cashing out” which means that the money gets deposited right into your bank account. This means that if the mom of the kid you are babysitting for wants to just send you your payment over the app, she will deposit it directly into your bank account from her bank account. No need to stop at the ATM! Plus, it is free to use between friends!

Not only is it super simple to use and works exactly how it should, it’s safe and secure. Plus, in a world where we want to get everything done quick, using this app is the quickest way to pay your friends! All you need to do is download the Square Cash app, link up your debit card, then start sending money to your friends. You can even request them to send you the funds.

So how do I know that this is all this super easy? Because my friends and I use the app! We all downloaded it because as I mentioned above, we got tired of always trying to figure out who owed who what and then trying to backtrack ourselves during breakfast the next morning to figure out who owed who what. Sometimes there is just not enough coffee in the world to help you do math! So now, we would have someone put it on their card, quickly divide the amount spent on our phone’s calculators by the amount of people it was split between, and then send the money right on over to whoever it belonged to. It was so quick and easy we were able to do it in while waiting on line for the bars, waiting on the bathroom line, or even on the dance floor after we checked our text messages. Going into my senior year, I know that this app will definitely be a necessity on my phone and should be on yours, too!

To find out more, check out the app‘s Twitter and Facebook page!

And to see exactly what it’s like to go out with my friends and I, stay tuned for another video blog coming very soon! This one will detail our recent trip to Atlantic City for our friend Jamie’s 21st birthday. Catch a preview from the pic I posted on my Instagram.

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Tim McGraw Concert ➛ {first ever vlog, ootn, pictures & more}

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Readers, this may be the best Friday I have had in a while.Scratch that, ever! Why?

BECAUSE MY FIRST EVER VIDEO BLOG IS POSTED ONLINE!!

Last Friday, I attended my first ever country concert with three of my best friends. I decided to try something new and video blog during the experience. I finally edited it all together and shared it online.

Check it out:

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Make sure to subscribe to my channel to check out more videos! If you’re not a big fan of YouTube, I will be posting all of my video blogs on here, as well. SO make sure to keep checking back in for more!

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Cause darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream

Hey readers!

So, I decided to switch it up this week and let you know more about in me in a way other than My Monday Musts! While recently browsing through the blog of fellow Her Campus blogger, Brittany of Southern Soul, I came across her answers to the 1989 tag post.

Now, I’ve never seen this tagged post before. So when I saw it yesterday morning, I just knew that I had to do it! It combined my sixteen year old self’s Facebook note obsession, where all the answers had extraaa letttters for no reasonnnn (glad I got passed the phrase or blogging would be a pain in the butt for me to write and for you to read!) and love for Taylor Swift!

I didn’t get tickets for her 1989 concert, though I did see her RED Tour two years ago today and had floor seats to her Speak Now tour. I even got a hug from her during the Speak Now tour, which was probably the greatest moment of my life! So I thought to honor the legendary T Swift’s 1989 tour, I would participate in this tag instead!

(psssst – Before you continue to read, make sure you follow me on Instagram! Brittany and I are in the process of planning something super cool for our Instagram followers and will correlate with Sparkle and Shine’s second blogiversary!)

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1. WELCOME TO NEW YORK
If you could live in any city, which would it be and why?
I’ve always, always, always been obsessed with L.A. My tumblr is filled with pictures of there and I often set my background to different palm tree backgrounds of L.A. I find online. I just think that Los Angeles would have the most amazing vibe and I really want to spend sometime out there exploring one day!
2. BLANK SPACE
What is something that everyone thinks is true about you but is actually false?
Hmmm…to be honest, I don’t really know. After a little time thinking, the only thing that I could come up with is that maybe people think I’m not fun because I’m an RA? Which is totally not true! I know that answer is lame, but I seriously don’t know what to put!
3. STYLE
What is one item in your closet that makes you feel unstoppable?
My favorite pair of black wedges from Steve Madden! I wear them to go out dancing, to meetings, and so many other places since they are just classic black wedges. I’ve rocked so many different events and occasions in those wedges, so when I put them on, I feel like a totally bad you-know-what and am ready to conquer anything!

4. OUT OF THE WOODS

What is one thing that you’re afraid of?

I actually have a really big fear of thunderstorms…. and when it happens at night and the power goes out, I might get so scared I could cry.

5. ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS STAY
Who is someone you wish was still in your life?
I’m a big believer in everything happens for a reason and all that jazz. So, I truly think that people come and go into your life for a reason, no matter how big or small. So, I can honestly say that I am so happy with who I have in my life right now and wouldn’t change it for a thing. Seriously though, no ragrets.
6. SHAKE IT OFF
What is something you have had to shake off?
This kind of goes against number two in a way, but what other people think! I honestly believe that everyone – especially around my age – care, or at least think, about what other people think of them. I think high school and college students are often encompassed by gossip and what others have to say. However,there comes a time in your life when you need to just shake off what the say. Say like queen T-Swizzle says, haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate!
7. I WISH YOU WOULD
What is something you’d like to happen right now?
I wish I had enough time right now to accomplish everything I need to do on my to-do list AND have enough time to binge watch Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix!!
8. BAD BLOOD
Have you ever had someone stab you in the back?
I’m not going to lie – of course, I have. Hasn’t everyone?
9. WILDEST DREAMS
What would you like to be remembered for?
I want to be remembered for working hard and doing so with class and respect. I want people to feel like I was nice and respected them. One of Taylor’s quotes really sums up the legacy I want to leave behind. She says, “No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.”
10. HOW YOU GET THE GIRL
What is your favourite pick-up line?
” I seem to have lost my phone number. Can I have yours?”
In the 8th grade my friend and I Googled pick up lines and I just always found that one to be funny. Though I’ve never used it, I think I would give my number to a boy who used it  on me! Wink, wink!
11. THIS LOVE
What is something you got back that you never thought you would?

I mean, when I was little my dog used to run out of our house and then sit outside our neighbors house a few yards away and wait for us. He always waited for us to come and get him, so that was really nice.

(Can you tell I had no idea what to write?)

12. I KNOW PLACES
Where is one place you always feel safe?
With my mom! My mom is my rock and she always makes me feel safe and happy.
13. CLEAN
What is an important lesson you have learned in life, and how did you learn it?
I’ve learned in life that you need to play the cards that you are dealt in life. My mom and I always said this since my daddy passed and it means that you can’t change what happens in your life. Sometimes sucky things happen and you need to keep rolling with the punches!
Hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed answers the questions!!signature 22222

What time is it? SUMMERTIME!

What time is it?
Summertime, it’s our vacation
What time is it?
Party time, that’s right, say it loud

What time is it?
The time of our lives, anticipation
What time is it?
Summertime, school’s out scream and shout!!

So no, readers, I am, unfortunately, not staring in a new High School Musical.

I am, however, just excited to be able to finally start my summer vacation!!

I have been done with finals for about two weeks now, but I didn’t get to completely come home for the summer until the start of this week.

Every year, Quinnipiac hosts a “Senior Week” for it’s graduating class. It’s one last goodbye party for the seniors – a booze-filled week, jamming in as many last minute memories (or stories, if you don’t remember) as possible.So, it’s pretty much heaven.

But to make sure those senior devils stay alive until graduation, heaven need a few junior angels to babysit them. Myself and 29 other juniors were selected to go as Junior Crew to chaperon and execute the events. Based on that description, it may not sound like fun. However, it was by far one of the most fun weekends I had at Quinnipiac.

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But following this meant facing reality and the dreaded g-word…..graduation. Some of my best friends just graduated – a handful of people who helped me fall in love with Quinnipiac, Alpha Delta Pi, journalism, and myself. I watched people who I couldn’t imagine my college career without take their diploma that they have worked so hard for. At times, it was even a punch in the gut that there is more to life outside of the Quinnipiac bubble and that life, is the real world.

BUT MY BIG COMES BACK NEXT YEAR TO COMPLETE HER M.B.A! So I am still lucky enough to have my partner in crime in Hamden and don’t have to worry just yet about saying that goodbye. (Even though I have cried a handful of times as people remind me that Katherine is coming back. It’s just the whole principal and concept of graduation, you know? It got me.)

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Now, I’m back home in the most perfect state of New Jersey. Between continuing to intern for TheCelebrityCafe.com and work at CVS, I will be really focusing on Sparkle and Shine this summer.

Somehow this summer, my baby turns two. I’ve seen so much progress since I first sat down behind my laptop and created it. This summer, I want to continue expanding and continue to create my opportunities for myself. I have tons of e-mails to go through of sponsored post opportunities, different partnerships, and more. Through these e-mails, I will continue to build up Sparkle and Shine – and nothing makes me happier than watching my baby grow.

Stay with me, readers, as Sparkle and Shine shines as bright as the summer sun.
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