If this blog has been posted it means that I have officially gone into labor and/or given birth. Yay me!

Although I may be AOML (absent on maternity leave) for a bit, I will still be checking in periodically from time to time with quick tips, Ask Sammy answers and updates on my ventures into the mommy kingdom, all depending on my assessed level of sleep depravation.

Keep checking back, I'll be blogging regularly again before you know it with an entirely new perspective on life, post partum fashion and everything stylish.

Until then-

xoxo,

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The Waiting Game

So here's the thing. For months I was worried that this little guy was going to arrive too early, and now, precisely one day away from his official due date, I'm worried that he may be settling in for spring with no intention of ever leaving his mom's cool and cozy rent-free womb.

I've been biting my nails on prenatal pins and needles, ready to try any and every all natural labor inducing strategy I can think of that doesn't involve doing handstands or shining a bright 2000 volt flashlight into my vajajay.

Hope your weekend is filled with all of the exciting things you've been patiently awaiting whether it be all day, week, month, or for the past three trimesters.

xoxo,
sammy

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Bag your Bling

Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week

Tired of tarnished jewelry?

Just because it's a little cheaper, doesn't mean your budget jewelry styles have to have a shelf life. Save the 14k gems and jewels for your velvet lined jewelry boxes and store your favorite sterling silver, costume and fashion jewelry in Ziploc bags.

Not only will they help you preserve those trendsetting statement pieces by retaining their luster, but they'll also reduce tarnishes, scratches, and give you a clear view of the contents inside.


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Athena Tab Strand - Bauble Bar, $46

I heart shoes. I love the way they can make me appear ten times taller, i love the way they can make a neutral outfit pop. I especially love the spring collection at Yellow Box Footwear.

Some of my favorites? A sweet minty gold tipped flat for work, a tribal leather wedge for play, cool Mexican inspired coral sandals that take me back to Cozumel the weekend I got engaged, and festival friendly flat suede boots that will go as easily with cutoffs and jeans as they will a maxi skirt or smocked mini dress.

What I heart most about Yellow Box in particular is that although their main office is set in Sunny South Cali, their designs appeal to more than just the quintessential beach girl. Their looks run the gamut from hot and sexy animal prints to not shy neons and rhinestone studded selections that are the prettiest sandals to hit the sand. Plus, their prices are so reasonable that you don't have to feel guilty for buying two pairs...or three... or four.

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Taffy Sandal in Coral, $29
Brietta Flat in Sea Green, $45
Pegasus Wedge, $19
Chana Booties in Taupe, $45

Hi Sammy,

I found a few cool pencil skirts while thrifting that are way too long. What is the perfect length to get them tailored to?

Lisbeth

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Hi Lisbeth,

Congrats on your thrifting treasures! Assuming that they're not completely covered with any wackadoo/out there prints, your new pencil skirts should make a fab and long-lasting addition to your wardrobe. Kudos to you for discovering that a tailor and/or sewing machine can be a girl's best friend.

As for the most flattering length, ideally, a pencil skirt should hit just at the top of your knee. Any lower may shorten/stumpify your legs, any longer and you run the risk of total frumpdom.

Hope this helps*

xoxo,
sammy

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Some skirts for thought:

BB Dakota Yara Pencil Skirt(seen above) - Shopbop, $70
Current/ Elliott Stiletto Pencil Skirt - Madison LosAngeles $218
Women's Eyelet Pencil Skirt - Bealls, $34.80
Sateen Pencil Skirt - Chadwicks of Boston, $14.99

Having a fashion dilemma or crisis?

Need to know what top goes with what bottom?

Don't go it alone. Ask Sammy!

The Final Stretch

I am proud to report that after 9 1/2+ months and counting, I have zero stretch mark badges of honor on my belly. Now while this could be attributed to simple genetics and the fact that my mama had good genes, I'm also giving credit to another mama, Mama Mio, the amazing pre and post pregnancy skincare line that I've been using religiously since week 8.

With a promise of "no nasties" and a celebrity mom following that includes Jessica Alba and Princess Kate, Mama Mio was my first choice and hasn't disappointed. It comes in butter or oil form (I preferred the oil), slathers on easily, dries quickly and smells yummy. It comes in cool new and improved no drip packaging since I bought my first bottle over 7 months ago, but rest assured, it's still the same good stuff filled with super moisturizing coconut, almond, argan and rosehip oils.

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I'll be continuing to use this holy grail of prenatal wonderment up until my due date and even after baby arrives, to keep my tummy moisturized while it shrinks down to size. I will also keep it in the family and invest in Mama's other skin soothers and savers while breastfeeding with their Boob Tube and Keep Calm Nipple Balm. Oh joy.

Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil
Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Butter - both from Beauty Bridge, $35

Happy Friday

Happy Friday everyone.

Hope your weekend is filled with joy whether it be spent shopping, brunching, binge tv watching, or birthing (fingers crossed!).

p.s. Congratulations to Mila Kunis who is expecting her first child with long term boyfriend/fiancé Kelso, I mean Kutcher. You're in for a beautiful ride.

xoxo,
sammy

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What are a good pair of jeans that will fit my small waist but also my larger hips and butt?

-Suzy T.

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Hi there Suzy T,

Thanks for writing in. I'm sure that any chick who has back can benefit from this question. I myself have had many a pair of jeans that leave an annoying gap in my waist while accommodating my womanly, made for child baring hips.

Lucky for the both of us, the Perfect Fit Greer Skinny jeans from Lee are extra-flattering for gals who have a smaller waist and ample sized hips, creating an instant slimming effect, minus the gap. They come in 4 cool washes ranging from everyday light to date night dark rinses, and a go with everything grey, so you might want to pick up a few pairs.

They're originally $54, but you can snatch 'em on sale now for $36.99.

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xoxo,
sammy

Having a fashion dilemma or crisis?

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Don't go it alone. Ask Sammy!

Ooh Baby I Love Your Way

A few months into my pregnancy I received the sweetest package from my Mother-in-Law containing an infant sized Detroit Tigers baseball cap and the first pair of baby shoes my husband ever wore. I adore them.

I have long since aced my baby essentials list, amassing all of the must have items this li'l guy will need to be happy and healthy... yet I'm still shopping. I find myself buying items that I know aren't on any registry checklist, and I question every purchase.

Does my baby really need cool suede booties that he'll most likely grow out of before taking his first steps? No, probably not.

Will his educational development depend on a super cute crocheted elephant rattle that will make a great photo op on Pinterest? Nah, not so much.

Does his sleep success require a lovely, yet rather expensive muslin sleeping bag when I was given over a dozen swaddle blankets and pjs at my showers? I'm guessing no.

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No, my son may not need all of these items, but here's the thing. These little trinkets and treasures are probably more for me than for him... keepsakes that I can only buy now, to commemorate this magical time in my life when I grew another human being in my tummy.

I can already see myself unpacking these special little somethings decades from now and tearing up, possibly before sending them to my son's future wife who is expecting my first grandson.

So, in my book, I guess it's worth it.

Sauce Ooh Baby Tank - Asos, $65.87
Elephant Squeaky Rattle - Elegant Baby, $13
Robeez George Shoes - What She Buys, $14.98
Aden & Anais Sleeping Bag - Layla Grayce, $32

Today is the first day of Spring and as anxious as I am to pack away my thermals, sweaters and boots, I find myself putting more thought than usual into my yearly seasonal rush to fill my closet with fresh and new springy things.

It may be because my due-any-day-now baby boy is putting as much weight on my cash flow as he is on my pelvic bone, that and the fact that I haven't seen my waistline since autumn and don't have an eta as to when and/or if it shall return.

Regardless of the reasons, I have produced a major edit on my must-have Spring basics, bringing you just a few simple yet versatile items that will flatter any size or shape this Spring.

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Boho Shirts:
Wildflowers Shirt - Arhaus Jewels, $155
Faux Placket Shirt - Michael Stars, $108

Kimonos:
Wanderer Woven Kimono - Forever 21, $27.50
LA Hearts Chiffon Kimono - PacSun, $29.95

Maxis:
Billabong Brighter Than Dress - PacSun, $59.50
Halter Maxi Dress - Michael Stars, $158
Seychelles Erin Dress - Tori Richard, $148

Add a cute pair of sandals and some sunnies and you'll be ready to spring break some hearts.

Off the Ear Cuff

I've never really considered myself a jewelry fanatic with a simple trio of threadbare gold rings and occasional statement necklace rounding out my daily rotation, but I must admit, lately I have been seriously crushing on the entire ear cuff craze that's been sweeping the red carpet by storm, especially when I saw Emma Watson rocking a diamond studded Anita Ko cuff at the Oscars this year.

It's an edgy, bold and rebellious look that highlights the entire helix rather than just the lobe with designs ranging from punky, tough, armoured and medieval to graceful, soft, subtle and sweet. I'm more drawn to the latter, more elegant ear candy options and love that the right cuff can instantly transform the simplest plain jane outfit, adding a hint of mystique and mega attitude.

Warning: Don't wear as a pair unless you're going for a Game of Thrones Dothraki warrior vibe, these cuffs should only be worn solo.

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It's So Easy Being Green

Dear Sammy,

Is it cool to wear green eye shadow? I'm going to a St Patrick's Day cocktail hour after work and don't want to come off like a club kid.

Thanks,


Hattie


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Dear Hattie,

Not only do I approve of green eyeshadow for St Paddie's Day, but I'm also a fan of it year round! The key to keeping it as a suitable day or night look all through the seasons is to go for softer, unobtrusive shades. They'll add a slight hint of mint to your lids, complement your eye color (especially if you have a pair of hazel peepers), and help you come off more Karl Lagerfeld, less Kermit the Froggish.

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Here are a few of my go-to shadows, all from Sephora.

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Moss, $25
bareMinerals Eyecolor in Bamboo, $18
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick, $28

Pantone has announced their 2014 color of the year, inspiring fashion designers, interior decorators, makeup artists and fashionistas alike with the hottest color of the moment - the lovely radiant orchid.

Described as a "captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones", I am totally drawn to this sweet shade that is light, feminine, flattering and in my humble opinion, the perfect pastel to welcome spring.

Here are a few of the current radiant orchid offerings that are on my radar.

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Cami Swing Dress with Bow Back in Iris Orchid, Asos - $41.40
Carnival Stripe Infinity Scarf - Scarves.com, $19
Sheer Stripe Ruffle Ankle Socks - PacSun, $6.95
GloMinerals gloEyeshadow in Orchid - Beauty Bridge, $18.50

Mom Swaps

I'd be lying if I said that my style hadn't evolved since the First Response stick first revealed those two little pink lines several months ago. Although I tried to continue to nurture my inner fashionista, I found myself reaching for any dress and/or top in my closet that I would normally pass over from fear that it "made me look pregnant".

With baby #1 just weeks away, I've come to embrace the evolution of my new mommy wardrobe, making three simple yet stylish changes that will serve me and baby well, sans mom jeans.

1. Wedges for Flats.

I've noticed throughout my pregnancy that once my bump made its presence known, everyone and their mother-grandmother-or nanny had an opinion in my choice of footwear. You'd think that instead of wearing a pair of wedges I was chugging a bottle of Jose Cuervo in public. Although I've continued to wear my not as high heels and wedges throughout my pregnancy, I will most def be investing in a few stylish flats for getting around with my little man because no one wants me to fall and drop baby in a corner.

Journey Wedges - Chinese Laundry, $59.98
Shiekh Flat Sandals, Shiekh Shoes, $18.99

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2. Statement Necklace for Teething Necklace.

I have heard that babies like shiny things, (hey, who doesn't) but for the health and safety of my child and the preservation of my jewelry collection, I have resolved to step away from the statement necklaces. He will surely want to grab/suck/yank off and chew on my prettiest neck candy pieces, so I'll be swapping them for cool and colorful teething necklaces so he can go to teething town while cradled in my arms.

Cream Flower Bomb Bib - Jeweliq, $30
Teething Necklace - SvetlanaN via Etsy, $28

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3. Crop Tops for PeplumTops.

Let's face it. My days of belly baring are over... at least for a little while. I'm going to pack up my favorite graphic cropped top and tanks in exchange for easy, breezy peplum tees that will leave my midriff situation a mystery.

City of Angeles Cropped Tank - Forever21, $15.80
Babydoll Peplum Tee - dELiA*s, $10

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Last night, Ellen Degeneres made history by posting a star-studded selfie snapped from the front row of the 86th Annual Oscar ceremony, a pic that quickly became the most retweeted tweet to ever crash Twitter. Last night also made Let's Talk Style history in that there wasn't a single gown/look that I despised, which could probably be attributed to the simple fact that Helena Bonham Carter and Tilda Swinton were no shows.

While most of the stars played it safe, (Best Actress nominees Amy Adams and Sandra Bullock were visions in strapless navy stunners), I gravitated (pun intended) to the ladies who went for the wow factor.

Without further ado, here is a rundown of my most fab foursome.

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Photo Credits: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

The It girl of this year's award season, Lupita Nyong'o was an angelic picture of perfection in her baby blue pleated Prada gown. The 12 Years a Slave Best Supporting Actress winner has graced her way down multiple red carpets and into our hearts, doing no wrong while inspiring us with her series of unpredictable looks, her Oscar gold winning smile and every carefully chosen detail.

A deep plunging neckline worked for Lupita and it worked just as well for our favorite California girl Kate Hudson, who was the epitome of Malibu Barbie goes glam in a custom silver showstopper gown by Atelier Versace that included a cape that added an extra element of structure and old Hollywood style drama.

Rounding out the top spots were Charlize Theron in an iconic black Dior complete with invisible nude straps to ensure against potential nip slips, and Jessica Biel (aka my huband's free sleep with celebrity pass) who was sleek and chic in an ultra form fitting silvery blush metallic accented strapless number from Chanel Couture. Honorable mention goes to ice Queen Naomi Watts in a white beaded cap sleeved sheath from Calvin Klein Collection.

Samara Sanchez

About Sammy

Sammy Sanchez is a Miami based freelance writer, greeting card designer, and self-professed USWeeklyholic. Sammy loves tall coffee light frappuccinos, vino not from a box, and Mark Ruffalo...not necessarily in that order.
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