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DC Interview: Samantha Peterson

Today, we'd like to introduce you to one of the girls that makes us Divine: Samantha Peterson. You might know her better as The Brunette One, a frequent contributor to this site. Sam knows how to break down a trend and make it accessible for everyone. That's why there's nobody we'd rather have translate a designer look or a high-end piece of jewelry into a DIY stunner than Sam. This girl can work a budget like nobody's business. But she's more than thrifty projects you make yourself. Get to know Samantha. She's one Divine girl.

Name: Samantha Peterson
Location: Urbandale, Iowa
Occupation: Merchandise buyer and blogger at The Brunette One

What's your day like?
By day, I'm a full-time merchandise buyer for an event management group in Des Moines. By night, I explore fashion and lifestyle on my blog The Brunette One. Of course, I contribute to DivineCaroline. I'm a style contributor for a local magazine: Juice. Plus, I'm the communication director for the Midwest blog conference Go Blog Social and co-founder of Midwest Style Bloggers. #whewww

If you could share a closet with one other person, who would it be? Hands down, Jessica Alba.

We heard you're planning a wedding. What are your colors? Our wedding is four months away (where does the time go?!), and our colors are navy, blush pinks, and gold. It's a very traditional wedding with a romantic vibe, lots of candles, and peonies. For our honeymoon, we are headed to Laguna Beach for a week to relax and soak up some sunshine.

What's your style philosophy? Dress for yourself, no one else. Wear what you feel comfortable in and what makes you feel beautiful, but take the time to learn what works for your body to find the best silhouettes!

What's the one thing you find yourself making the most? Tops or jewelry.

What's your DIY story? After starting my blog in 2010, I stumbled upon Erica Domesek's blog PS. I Made This. I created a handful of her projects and even posted a few of the recreations to my blog. Since then, I try to make jewelry or fashion before spending a fortune on a trend piece. It's trial and error, but when they turn out, it's the best!

Current obsession? Full Skirts and Bright Floral Patterns

What's your go-to style? During the week, you can usually find me in a dress and a cute pair of shoes. On the weekends, my skinny jeans, and my most lived in American Apparel t-shirt with a fun necklace or hat.

Describe your happy place. My happy place is a room full of books and a closet full of shoes! Or Lake Vermilion in Minnesota!

Dogs or cats? Dogs, for sure! My fiancé and I rescued a dog over the holidays. She is a Bug Mix (Boston Terrier/Pug), and she is the most adorable pup on the planet!

What's inside your handbag? Random to-do lists, wallet, Chapstick, receipts, lipsticks (shades of pink or red), keys, iPad, and business cards.

What is something that people don't know about you? I have a tattoo on my back of a dove. I would love to get a few more!

Katelyn Cheek

Katelyn is an eCommerce Editor for, and by day and the voice behind the blog Katalina Girl by night. Katalina Girl serves as her personal diary where she shares all of the things related to style, beauty, travel, and entertaining about which she's truly passionate. In her spare time, she's a freelance writer + stylist and the design director for her husband's custom home and renovations company, Oakstone Homes. She also has two beautiful fur babies—Dash and Meyer—with whom she is completely obsessed.

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