About Me

Welcome to 1st & Bloom


This blog was born out of  boredom on a rainy week in the Summer of 2012, after I graduated from college, but before I had a full-time job.  I desperately needed something to occupy my time other than baking every cookie recipe on the internet while watching Ally McBeal. (I watched all 5 seasons of Ally McBeal that summer- no lie.)

 It was then that I realized how much I genuinely enjoy writing and sharing my ideas and thoughts on things that make me happy; including fashion, food, and travel- three of my  biggest passions in life.

I graduated college in the spring of 2012, and moved minutes outside of NYC with my boyfriend shortly after.

morning person.

family person.

beach person.

city person.

coffee person.

positive energy person.

sushi person.

social media person.

happy person.

fashion person.

sarcastic person.

healthy person.

favorite place in laguna beach: the rooftop
these are my best friends. leah. krissy. jenna. megan. shannon. me. on spring break in florida in 2012.
best friends on spring break in florida in 2012.
my best friends at graduation. towson university class of 2012.
my best friends at graduation. towson university class of 2012.
me and my brothers at my aunts wedding!
me and my brothers steve and zach

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A bit more about me: http://about.me/samanthagerard811


2 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hellllloo….i just stumbled upon your blog and thought I’d share our event with you. Check out our site (http://www.Pintmeisters.com)….we are a Hoboken based social group. We plan fun bar crawls and try to do events for charity, when possible. This weekend (3/23), is having our 2nd Annual Pintmeisters Easter Egg Hunt Bar Crawl. Check out the event page for more info. (http://www.facebook.com/events/129916983857137/133179226864246/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity)

    Feel free to forward/share. Hope to see you there…although I couldn’t find your name in the blog. Anyways Cheers! – Brendan Drury

  2. Hi there! I’m Sue, and I’m from SlimKicker, a fitness/diet app and website. I saw your blog yesterday and it captured my interest!

    I was wondering if we can do a giveaway for your blog readers?

    Our website basically turns people’s fitness/diet goals into a level up game with challenges such as quitting soda for a week. We’re looking for new challenge ideas, so was thinking of holding a contest where your readers leave a comment on a health challenge idea + sign up on our site

    We’ll pick our favorite challenge idea, use it on our site, and give the winner either a free digital health scale, slow cooker, or digital heart monitor. We’ve done many giveaways for bloggers in the past – you can google ‘SlimKicker giveaway’ to see. I also encourage you to sign up for our site to see what we’re about too 🙂

    Let me know if you’re interested! You can email me back at sue.zheng (at) slimkicker (dot) com.


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