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My New Year's Resolutions

1. Stop spending so much money on shoes.
2. Stop spending so much money on handbags.
3. Stop spending so much money on sunglasses.
4. Stop spending so much money on designer jeans.
5. Make more money to spend on shoes, handbags, sunglasses and designer jeans.
6. Promote world peace.

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Dear Caprilee,

My big New Year's Resolution for 2009 is clothing related-

Fill my closet with outfits that will complement my pear shape.

Can you help me out so I can enjoy a stylish 2009?

I owe you one,


Listen here Missy,

First off, Happy New Year. I am pleased that you came to me and will be proud to partake in your fashion transformation. Please send me before and after photos so I can add them to my portfolio in case I finally gather the courage to apply for a position with E's Fashion Police. Back to your resolution...

Finding stuff that complements your pear shape.

I'm going to take a cue from my friend Demetri Martin and insist that you refrain from wearing pear colored clothing. Also, whatever you do, don't act juicy.

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Seriously, when shopping for a pear sized shape, A-line skirts and dresses are a pear's best friend. This A-Line dress from Metrostyle for instance, is a flattering choice for almost any and every body shape. Empire waists also rock a pear shaped body by minimizing hips and showing off a tiny waist. For tops - blouses that touch the middle of the hipline are best. Avoid super tight and cropped tops, they're not doing much for you. I promise.

When it comes to jeans and pants to dress your lower half- here's the bottom line. No high waisted trousers, no tapered legs, no light washes. Boot cut jeans and flared legs are just what you need to balance out your proportions. Stretch jeans are also a godsend for pear shapes. They hug your curves, move with you and don't make you feel like you're stuck in a can of sardines. Stay away from the skinny jeans and flat shoes. Heels make pears look slimmer, so try to stick to shoes that have at the very least a two inch heel.

Hope these tips help you achieve fashion success in 2009 Missy.

One more thing - Embrace your pear shape. J.Lo, Beyonce and Charlotte from Sex and the City are all pear shapes, and proud of it.

Be fruitful and prosper!


Having a fashion dilemma or crisis?

Need to know what top goes with what bottom?

Don't go it alone. Ask Caprilee!

In an effort to help all of my stylish male readers pick up fashionable babes in the upcoming year, I've decided to compile a list of the worst pick up lines of 2008. Read them, remember them, refrain from using them.

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The Worst Pick up Lines of 2008

1. "Hi, you'll do."

2. "Your name must be Mickey, 'cause you so fine."

3. "Is that dress felt?...Would you like it to be?"

4. "You must be Jamaican, because Jamaican me crazy."

5. "Let's make like fabric softener and Snuggle."

6. "My mom won't be home for hours..."

7. "Is that a mirror in your pocket? 'Cause I can see myself in your pants."

8. (in bad Borat accent) "You, me, sexy time?"

9. "You're hotter than my daughter."

10. "I'm Batman."

And the Most Stylin' Pick Up Line that'll work every time...

1. Hi, I work for {insert upscale fashion label here}, I get free samples.

I want to congratulate my dear friend Pam who I've blogged about on earlier occassions, remember Pam's a Pepper?

Pam just had her second baby boy earlier this week and man, is he a handsome little feller. My other girlfriend from the Big Apple just had a bouncing baby boy as well, so I'm on a search to outfit these boys with apparel and accessories they'll be proud to represent the MIA and the NYC with while cruising around town in their pimped out baby buggies.

I've recently become obsessed with Psycho Baby. No, Psycho Baby isn't an up and coming metal rock band, it's a rocking hipster clothing shop dedicated to making all of the baby boys, girls and tykes of the world look rock star fabulous with old school concert tees and onesies featuring the Rolling Stones, the Ramones, Run-DMC, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, AC/DC, the Beatles and even more rocking blasts from the past. Here are a few favorite items for the two new men in my life.

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1. If your husband, boyfriend or Baby Daddy has a good sense of humor, they'll get a kick out of this I Look Like the Milkman Infant Sack. Sleep sacks = comfortable babies, so sack it to your 0 to 3 month newborn for $28.

2. Let's face it...that new bundle of joy makes a big bundle of poop. Gift your little pooping machine with a Sir Poops A Lot scull cap, so all the gangstas in the hood know who the real Master P is.

3. This Mute Button Pacifier is only $7, but it magically stops your little rock star from crying. That's almost as cool as the That's Easy button from Staples.

4. We've covered the head, the bod and the mouth, now onto those sweet and tiny footsies. These Me In Mind Skull Canvas Slip On Kicks are so hip, all the teenagers in the neighborhood will ask your baby where he got them.

Try not to spit up on your new duds just yet boys, that isn't very rock star.

It's official, the ballots are in and Kate Winslet, the English rose who has impressed us over and over again since her film debut at the tender age of nineteen in Peter Jackson's murderous hit Heavenly Creatures went home last night with two count 'em two Golden Globe statues to celebrate her fine acting chops.

Kate has received a total of 5 Oscar nods, but has gone home empty handed every time. Thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press, Kate's luck might be a-changing with a Best Supporting Actress win for her Holocaust drama The Reader and Best Actress in a Drama win for Revolutionary Road, the film that finally reunited Kate with her Titanic co-star and best bud Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Kate looked as stunning as ever in her black strapless Yves St. Laurent, and was clearly not expecting her double victory. During her second acceptance speech she was more than a bit flustered and even forgot Angelina Jolie's name at some point referring to her as "the other one" which ended up being my personal highlight of the night. Angelina gets too much attention as it is. It must have been humbling to have someone forget her name for once.

Start practicing your acceptance speeches for the Academy Awards now Kate, because I have a feeling you'll be taking home my shiny little bald friend Oscar in a few months.

Stay tuned for the best and worst dressed of the night!

Everyone keeps asking me, "Sammy, what are your picks for the best and worst Golden Globe fashions?" I've taken some time to let the dresses, bling and updos from Sunday evening resonate, and am finally ready to go out on a limb with my list of Yays and Nays.

No doubt about it, the biggest trend of the night was the fitted fishtail gown. Everyone was wearing them, giving a shout out to Ariel of The Little Mermaid. Some did it right, some did it oh so wrong.

Yay: I'm a fan of fashion risks. That is when the risk fits the risk taker. This may surprise some of you, but my favorite look of the night was Drew Barrymore. Her Dior by John Galliano gown fit in with the whole fishtail under the sea theme, but it was soft and pretty and her big ratty hairstyle (à la Marilyn Monroe/Brigitte Bardot)contrasted the sweet frailty of the gown nicely. Drew actually looked ten years younger and seemed to be reincarnating her former bad girl, poison ivy self.

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Fellow fashionistas may disagree, but to me Drew's look was memorable, true to her own personal style, and evoked the old style Hollywood glamour of yesteryear.

Honorable Mentions: Kate Winslet, Kate Beckinsale, Eva Longoria Parker and big winner of the small screen Tina Fey.

Nay: Renée, Renée, Renée. I have not one nice thing to say about Renée Zellweger's Globe getup, and when you don't have anything nice to say, you shouldn't say anything at all.

Honorable Mentions: Marisa Tomei (Arg!) and Glenn Close who looked like a mixture of all four Golden Girls combined. Thank you for being a friend Glenn, but I hated your outfit.

See you at the SAG Awards!

Model and baby.

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If you haven't heard, Whitney Port - our favorite good girl stylist and budding fashion designer from The Hills - has left Lauren Conrad's side and the warmth of La La Land to take The City by storm. New York City that is.

It was only a matter of time before Whitney stepped out from supporting character status to embrace the spotlight all on her own with an MTV reality show catered just for her.

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She's moved on to greener pastures (concrete pastures rather) and has a new job at DVF (Ahem, that's Diane Von Furstenberg to you fashion civilians), plus a new crew of city friends including Aussie rock star boyfriend Jay (who isn't comfy with the boyfriend/girlfriend title just yet), Erin, the lovable roommate/confidante/party girl with a killer set of bangs and Olivia, the Upper East Side socialite who wants to take Whitney under her blinged out wing, and teach her everything there is to know about The City. I'm not sure about Olivia. Does she have ulterior motives? Does she secretly have a thing for Whitney's scruffy boyfriend, (sorry Jay), scruffy man friend? And why does she wear those two teenie tiny mini cips in her hair, recreating my second grade signature hairstyle?

One of the things I always loved about Whitney during her stint on The Hills was that she always steered clear of the drama...which may prove difficult now that she's headlining this act. Two boys have already fought over her, and it's only the beginning of the season.

Will our dear, sweet wholesome Whitney be corrupted by the big, bad unforgiving city? Will she come crawling back to the West Coast, or flourish in the fashion capital of the world?

If any or all of the above peaks your interest, tune in for the next installment tonight. It ain't Masterpiece Theatre, but it's worth watching just to see what Whit wears on all her date nights...with her friend, not boyfriend.

If you're one of my more observant readers, you might have noticed that Caprilee is no longer with us up there in her spot between Get it for Less and Lotto Buys. It turns out one of Let's Talk Style's fashion victims became obsessed with torturing our lovely Caprilee on Facebook, superpoking her beyond recognition after Caprilee gave her a dose of constructive criticism, suggesting she retire her outdated Debbie Gibson porkpie hat.

Caprilee is now out of harm's way, thanks to the Witness Protection Program and Britney Spears' former bodyguards, but she no longer wants the job or the responsibility of keeping our readers looking their stylish best.

Never fear, Sammy is here! That's right, there's a new sheriff in town and it's gonna take a lot more than spam, idle threats and cyberstalkers throwing sheep at her to scare her away.

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This is my solemn vow.

I, Sammy, take you Reader, to be my lawfully wedded subject, to have and to dress from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in plaid or in polka dots, to style, honor and flatter; from this day forward until death do us part. Or I get fired...whichever comes first.

I promise to be here through thick and thin in order to make this world a more fashionable place, one query at a time.

So ask me some questions, I'll tell you no lies.

I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.


Having a fashion dilemma or crisis?

Need to know what top goes with what bottom?

Don't go it alone. Ask Sammy!

The 44th President of the United States is officially sworn in and change is indeed on the horizon. It was quite a day in Washington with record numbers of freezing spectators braving the bitter DC winter temperatures to watch President Obama rest his hand on the same bible Abraham Lincoln placed his hand on back in 1861. It was a historic event, signifying how far our country has come since Honest Abe's day with the first African American male being sworn into office. Barack rose to the occasion with an inaugural address that was nothing short of spectacular putting an emphasis on a new era of responsibility, which leads me to the focus of my blog. Fashion responsibility.

Here are my picks for the best and worst dressed during the Inauguration Day festivities.

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Hits - The newly inducted first family looked better than a million bucks, they looked like our nation's deficit of a trillion bucks. While they all represented like true Barack stars, my award for best dressed goes to little Miss Sasha Obama who dazzled in a sweet pink coat from JCrew's Crewcuts, punched up with a bright and bold tangerine scarf with matching gloves. Way to stand out in a crowd Sasha. I expect good things from you in the next 8 years.

Misses - Aretha Franklin took the stage to sing "America the Beautiful", but like most Americans I had trouble being moved from sea to shining sea by the lyrics because I was too moved by the monstrosity on her head. Oh Aretha. You'd better think, [THINK], think about why you're wearing that bow hat. If you wanted to make a big statement, Women's Suits has a great variety of embellished hats that would get you noticed in a Wow, isn't she sassy kind of way rather than a Girl, you tripping kind of way. I'm surprised. Aretha usually has a lot more R-E-S-P-E-C-T for herself.

Hopefully Barack will give her a Presidential pardon.

Forgive me father

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Why is Anne Hathaway playing with bubbles? Because she just nabbed an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of a troubled girl who leaves rehab to attend her sister's wedding in Rachel Getting Married.

Anne is up against Melissa Leo, Angelina Jolie, her Devil Wears Prada co-star Meryl Streep and my girl, double 2009 Golden Globe winner Kate Winslet. Anne lost out at the Golden Globes to Kate and to Meryl Streep last night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, but at least she looked fabulicious in her Grecian inspired dress by Azzaro. I kept expecting Anne to pull a Bride Wars move, tackling Meryl on her way down the aisle, but no such luck.

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Check out the full list of 2009 Oscar nominees, then tune in February 22nd to see if she takes away the prize at the 81st Annual Academy Awards presented at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. Hopefully the evening won't burst Anne's bubble.

Stay tuned for more SAG Award yays and nays!

The stars and starlets were red carpet ready last Sunday night for the 15th Annual Screen Actor's Guild Awards with statues handed out by the actors, to the actors, chosen by other actors. Yep, that's a lot of actors. Silver, white, blue and sparkly seemed to be the running trends of the evening with sleek and sexy slip gowns stylishly sauntering down the carpet everywhere you looked.

Who dazzled and who disappointed? Here are Sammy's Saggy Awards for Best and Worst Dressed...


Emily Blunt - You looked like an Award yourself. Like glittered up Barbie. I likey.

Taraji P. Henson - You lived up to your character's name in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button looking like the Queenie of Old Hollywood in your white halter gown by Herve Leroux. Get down with yo sexy self.

Anne Hathaway - I have 5 words. Your Azzaro gown completes me.

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Angelina Jolie - You looked like a great-grandma. Having six kids doesn't mean you have to dress like the old woman who lived in a shoe. You're Angelina Jolie, not Delta Burke. Dress like it.

Meryl Streep - Meryl, you're the most celebrated actress in the world. I know you weren't expecting to win, but don't phone it in, glam it up. Pretend you've just gotten the role of an actress nominated for a glitzy award. Now do your research.

Tina Fey - Tina, I love you. You know I love you. You are who I want to be. It hurts me to tell you that your dress was a bit too short for your age and looked like the dress I wore to my Senior Banquet in High School. Find a shop that specializes in floor length gowns Tina and say to yourself "I want to go to there".

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Ba-dee ba-dee ba-dee -- That's all, folks!

If you haven't heard, our favorite Black Eyed Pea walked down the aisle all dressed in White in a one-of-a-kind Dolce & Gabbana gown on January 10th, 2009. Yes, our glamorous Fergie tied the knot in a secret hush hush wedding ceremony to her boyfriend of 5 years, Las Vegas star Josh Duhamel.

It was a totally fergalicious reception with a 150 lb castle cake that was so delicious, and although the wedding details were trés suspicious, there were plenty of A-liscious celebs there to lawfully witness Stacey Ferguson become Josh Duhamel's Misses after the long awaited "I do" kisses.

The wedding bore no resemblance to the 1986 nuptials of former member of the British Royal Family Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York whose wedding dress was more fugalicious than fergalicious.

Sorry Sarah, I don't mean to be malicious.

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The Model and the Zebra

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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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