SAM Fashion Show Recap: Part One

On Thursday night, #SAMAirlines took off and landed at the Cotton Factory to walk the runway for a cause. What is that cause? Ronald McDonald House Charities. The stage was set, the clothes were lined up and everyone was certainly ready to take off that night.


As much as I love coordinating fashion, I love watching fashion as well. Having a seat to view all these gorgeous styles was marvelous and the night ended with me wanting more! Today, I am going to give you the low-down on exactly what went down at this trendy event…

What is SAM? 

Other than my nickname, “SAM” stands for Style at Maca fashion outlet to showcase the diverse fashion sense sported around McMaster University. SAM aims to promote the fashion found on campus. A campus blog is run to broadcast those outfits that just make us all wow in awe.

SAM en Route

A hypothetical plane of fashionistas took off to view the fab styles around Hamilton and I would say it was nothing less than a success! We all put on our best to watch, sport and support fashion and  it was a night to remember! So let me dive into the details. I got to go backstage to see the crazy madness first hand, and I have to say…it was a blast.


Make up was being done. Models were getting dressed. Photographers were everywhere. It was quite overwhelming and totally amazing at the same time. Every one was having a blast pumping up before the big runway show and I couldn’t have been happier to be apart of the action.

The Models

All the models who appeared in Sam En Route are students who have a love for fashion and style. I got to speak with some guys and gals who rocked the runway, learn more about them and get their stories on how they got involved with SAM.

“Every girl thinks, I can do that…maybe. I just said let’s just go for it and it’s been an awesome experience” – Folasewa, SAM Female Model


SAM Female Models pre-show



SAM Male Models hanging backstage pre-show

“It’s a lot of fun, you meet a lot of cool people, and you get to wear a lot of cool clothes” – Jalal, SAM Male Model

Most models emphasized how great the experience is in general. After all, how many people can say they walked the runway in a fashion show? It was amazing seeing how connected the group was with each other. It’s not all fun and games though. Walking down the runway is a process to learn, and many hours went into perfecting choreography, timing and the walk itself.

The Model Coordinators

I got to know a little bit about the process in speaking with the model coordinators themselves, Samantha, Cynthia, Diana and Margaret, the Model Director. Each line walked on the runway was choreographed, right down to the poses and expressions.

“The most important thing was getting the models comfortable” – Diana, SAM Model Coordinator


SAM Modelling Coordinators and Director: Cynthia, Diana, Margaret (Director), and Samantha

It’s important to remember that these aren’t professional models…these are students who are getting involved to support a great charity, wear great designs and have fun. However, runway modelling is tough and can, at times, be uncomfortable. Practice makes perfect, and did it ever!

“Practices consist of walking, making sure you’re on time, and the pose – you gotta practice your poses” – Braeden, SAM Male Model

It’s no wonder that modelling could be uncomfortable for some of the models. Besides, this isn’t something you do every day. Practices typically ran 45-60 min. each week. If a model was walking more than one line, practice was doubled. It is so important to get that choreography down so that come show time, they are completely prepared. I learned from the models that walking down a runway is no easy feat.

The Pilot of SAM Airlines

Every plane has a pilot, and the SAM team couldn’t have been led by a better gal. I got to chat with Belicia, the SAM president, at intermission to get her thoughts on the group, the show and the night overall. Not to mention, she was definitely dressed to impress! Belicia is a first-time president, and a long-time member of the club. Working with her amazing team and models, this year has made it her favourite and final year of SAM.


SAM President: Belicia

“I’ve made some amazing friends, wonderful opportunities, and the chance to put on this show is pretty spectacular” – Belicia, SAM President

This year, the team grew from 20 members to 60 members (not including the models) so it was key that everyone kept up with their role. The hard work and dedication that all team members put in this year clearly showed that night. Belicia will be graduating this year, leaving the SAM community, but hopes to see the “baby club” continue to grow with the amazing people who bring creativity and passion to it each year.

All in all, it was a great night! Going backstage was amazing and getting to know the models, executive team members and of course the president was awesome.

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Of course, that is definitely not all the night brought. I will be covering more later on this week so you can get all the details of the runway, the clothing and the music that stole the show!!

Stay tuned for Part Two…

Oscar Watching Activity + Free Printable

Countdown to the Oscars: 3 Days! That’s right, in three marvelous days, all of the beautiful ladies and gents of Hollywood will be floating down that red carpet, gracing us with fashion wins and fashion fails…all of which are going to be amazing to watch! Not to mention, I may finally get to see Leo DiCaprio get his well-deserved Oscar (will he do it?!).

Oscar Watching Activity + Free Printable - Pearls and Polkadots

Watching the Oscars can be super fun with family and friends, but it can also be a good time watching by yourself. Yesterday, I gave you three key things in planning the perfect Oscar watching night. I also promised you a little printable something…

Oscar Watching Activity + Free Printable - Pearls and Polkadots

(stay tuned)

Oscar activities are a great way to stay engaged throughout the night. If you are Pinterest addict, like me, you will know that the Oscar Ballots for 2016 have been circling the boards lately, and although I love to make my predictions on who is going to win in which category (Leo for Best Actor! Leo for Best Actor!), I also like making predictions about the fashion that will also show up…

This year, I want to encourage everyone to make their prediction of who is going to be the best dressed, have the best hair and which is the cutest couple (along with many, many other categories). That’s why I created this free printable Oscar Fashion Ballot of 2016 (click to download).

Oscar Watching Activity + Free Printable - Pearls and Polkadots

What do you do with it? 

1. Download by clicking the above link. 

2. Print off copies for you and all your friends. 

3. Fill out the ballot before the red carpet happens (or fill out while watching). 

4. Check in on Monday to see if you were right. 

Oscar Watching Activity + Free Printable - Pearls and Polkadots

How fun does that sound? Trust me…it will be a blast! I will be printing off my ballot on Sunday, just in time to make my predictions and follow up with you guys next week!

Happy Oscar Week! Make sure to check back next week to see if we had the same answers!!

Planning the Perfect Oscar Watching Night

The Oscars are right around the corner, and if you are a fanatic like me, you’ll want to be prepared come Sunday night!! Whether you are DVR’ing it for later, or hosting all your gal pals for a fun night of red carpet watching, you will want all of these necessities come Oscar-watching time! I’ve put together a little list of what you need this Sunday night in order to maximize the fun!


It’s the end of the weekend, and all the indulgences are going to stop come Monday morning, so why not ring in the end of the weekend with some awesome pig-out-worthy food!? My go-tos for watching movies and awards shows are below (hint hint: popcorn is a must).

Planning the Perfect Oscar Watching Night - Pearls and Polkadots

Planning the Perfect Oscar Watching Night - Pearls and Polkadots








The best part about staying in and watching the Oscars from the comfort of your own home is you can get cozy! This includes sweatpants or pajamas, slipper socks, messy bun, a big fuzzy blanket – whatever you need to be at your most comfortable! The best kinds of nights are ones where you can relax, put your feet up, and criticize all the red carpet looks!

Planning the Perfect Oscar Watching Night - Pearls and Polkadots

Nordstrom Throw Blanket 2 Forever 21 Graphic Sweatshirt3 Tommy Hilfiger Jogger Pants4 L.L. Bean Camp Socks5 UGG Slippers


This is not super essential, but definitely comes in handy when watching the Oscars and staying in tune with what’s going on! Of course, you can always go to the Oscars Nominees page to grab a list of all the categories and nominees, but I find that looking for some fun printables are a great way to engage with your girlfriends, or even just keep tabs yourself!

Planning the Perfect Oscar Watching Night - Pearls and Polkadots

Here are a few links to some great printables: 

2016 OSCAR BALLOT PRINTABLE by Sugar and Charm

2016 OSCAR BALLOT – GOLD CAMERA by Anchor Printables

How to Host a Showstopping Awards Show Viewing Party** by eVite

Free Printable 2015 Oscar Ballot** by studiodiy

With those three key things, you will have a GREAT time watching the Oscars! It’s always fun to gather together and watch with your girlfriends, but I’ve spent years watching with family, and even by myself when I don’t have time to watch live! However, it is a night to starwatch, pig out and have fun!!

Stay tuned tomorrow for a printable surprise…Oscar related of course!

My Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is pretty much the theme of February (well, at least to me it is!) and since the lovey dovey day fell on a Sunday this year, I got to spend some quality time with family and my puppy dog – only the best a gal could ask for! Ever since I was little, I have spent this joyous day with family and along the way, we have created few traditions! Today, I am going to share with you some of those traditions and how I spent this love-filled day!

My Valentine's Day - Pearls and Polkadots


Growing up, my Dad always bought my Mom flowers (usually roses) for Valentine’s Day, as any loving husband does. When my sister and I got to a certain age, my Dad started to include us in the mix by getting us each a small bouquet of flowers on Valentine’s Day. Not that he ever needed to do that in order to show us how much he loved us, but it brightens our faces every time we wake up on the 14th of February! Thanks Daddy!

My Valentine's Day - Pearls and Polkadots

V-Day Drive 

What is the best way to spend quality time with the family? Why not a family drive through the country, ending with a little stop into our rental house. This is not apart of our V-Day tradition, but it is something that we thought would be really fun! Listening to music, grabbing lunch on the way and just being with one another made the day what it was (perfect!). It was a little chilly (-30 degrees, actually…), but still a great time spent!

My Valentine's Day - Pearls and Polkadots

My Valentine's Day - Pearls and Polkadots

Warming up with a Molten Chocolate Latte!

I do looove my Starbucks…so that was a necessary stop on our drive! All week I have been waiting to try the Molten Chocolate Latte for Valentine’s Day, so…that’s exactly what I did! I may have just started an addiction since it was SO UNBELIEVABLY GREAT! Yum, yum!

My Valentine's Day - Pearls and Polkadots

Treats for all!

This is one of my favourite traditions. Valentine’s Day has always been a day to show love and appreciation for everyone in our tight little unit! My Mom and Dad always make it a special day for my sister and I and whoever is in our lives at the time. I always look forward to candy hearts, big chocolate bars, and yes, even Frozen jelly beans (my favourite!!).

My Valentine's Day - Pearls and Polkadots

I hope everyone had an amazing day with all of their special someones and loved ones! Everybody deserves somebody to love and if you look out there, there is always someone smiling back at you returning your love. Whether it is your Mom, dog, hamster, or significant other…love fills the world every day!

My Valentine's Day - Pearls and Polkadots

Happy Monday!

The Galentine’s Day Essential Guide!

Hey gals! February 14th can be a tough day for some people (especially those who haven’t found that special someone) and more or less, NOBODY should be feeling down on this marvelous day created on the basis of love, hugs and kisses! Fear no more, because I am a single gal like many and I am going to tell you some of my favourite ways to celebrate this Galentine’s Day!

The Galentine's Day Essential Guide! - Pearls and Polkadots

There are sooo many reasons that I could list in order to highlight the benefits of being single, but why would I do that when I can give you a list of AWESOME activities to make you love yourself and let the fact that all your friends are on romantic dates fade away!? This is a day to be cheerful and celebrate those you love, and most importantly YOURSELF!

Rom-Com Movie Marathon (featuring your body pillow)

Have you got yourself a body pillow? If you don’t, you should run over to Costco and pick one up because it will honestly change your life. One of my favourite Galentine’s Day traditions is a rom-com movie marathon! Yes, you are watching people fall in love while you are pigging out on popcorn and chocolate…but almost always, the leading male is nothing less than attractive beyond belief…so that’s a MAJOR Galentine’s Day plus!!

The Galentine's Day Essential Guide! - Pearls and Polkadots

Here are my oh-so favourite Galentine’s Day classics:







Round up your Gal’s

There is nothing better than showing love to your best gals! Instead of holing up in your room, go out and have some fun! There is nothing better than a night full of fun, dancing and belting out lyrics to your favourite song at the top of your lungs! Better yet, if you don’t feel like hitting the town, you can always go for a chill dinner (but beware, reservations will need to be made).

The Galentine's Day Essential Guide! - Pearls and Polkadots

Send yourself Flowers

Before you scoff at this idea…try it. It’s pretty satisfying. There is nothing wrong with either sending yourself, or going to the store to grab some pretty flowers for your home office or bedroom even! Flowers brighten everyone’s day, and trust me, looking at whichever is your favourite flower is a pick-me-up in any situation! (Fun Fact: My favourite flower is the pink rose).

The Galentine's Day Essential Guide! - Pearls and Polkadots

Treat yourself

Whether it’s allowing yourself that marvelous “cheat day” or splurging on the latest Kate Spade handbag (we all have that one in mind), you deserve to show yourself how much you appreciate…well, yourself! There’s nothing more #girlboss than celebrating the one and only…you! I will be eating only the finest Lindor chocolates, kicking back thinking about my lovely reading break!

The Galentine's Day Essential Guide! - Pearls and Polkadots

The Galentine's Day Essential Guide! - Pearls and Polkadots

Will you accept this rose?

The Galentine's Day Essential Guide! - Pearls and Polkadots

No matter how you spend it, at the end of the day…it’s just another day of the week! Like I said before, nobody should be feeling blue on such a pink day! Kiss your dog, grab a box of chocolates and turn on a Channing Tatum flick (sounds like a great night to me!).

Happy Galentine’s Day, my girl bosses!