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All eyes have been on Octuplet Mom Nadya Suleman and a pregnancy that has created media tidal waves. Trumping the Jon & Kate Plus 8 brood by half a dozen, the Suleman Family consists of 14 kids total, which is more children than were in my kindergarten class...and Miss Kostyra had assistants.

Apparently Nadya's true calling has always been birthing babies, but rather than focus on her alternative procreative lifestyle, I'm focusing on dressing those little octos in custom onesies that reflect their various personalities. Noah, Hiya, Jonah, Isaiah, Nariah, Jeremiah, McCai and Josia are already in talks to revive the old television show Eight is Enough...We'll see if they have any acting chops...once they stop teething.

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1. This I'm Kind of A Big Deal onesie is pretty modest. You're not kind of a big deal babies, you're totally a big deal.

2. "Now, the world don't move to the beat of just one drum, What might be right for you, may not be right for some. But they got, Diff'rent Strokes. It takes, Diff'rent Strokes. It takes, Diff'rent Strokes to move the world." Every group of tuplets needs a theme song to get them through the day, when they wear this Whatchoo Talkin' 'Bout romper, they'll be proud to know they're not like every other cookie cutter family on the block. Let's just hope they don't turn out like Gary Coleman.

3. After a grueling labor and time in the PICU, a few of the babies realized their future calling. This McBaby uniform may not be a lab coat, but it shows their career plans to one day follow in their doctor's footsteps. Good luck affording medical school kids.

4. With seven brothers and sisters to share feeding time with, the octuplets need to be thankful for any available boob time they get. This Thanks for the Mammaries onesie shows how much they appreciate their Mom Bessie (oops, I mean Nadya) and her Open 24 Hour milk markets.

5. Listen up all my Marley loving brothers and sisters - One Love! One Heart! Let's get together and cry all night.

6. Poop happens a lot more when you have octuplets...eight times more. The Poops, I Did It Again onesie is cute, but not as cute when you have to clean up all that poop.

7. This Nine Months onesie shows that after 9 months of sharing one small padded womb with seven other fetuses, these kids were more than happy to see the light of day after an early parole.

8. Two baby girls, six boys. Once their feet reach the pedals, these little girls will be biking as far away as they can get for some peace and quiet. Until then, wearing a set of these Low Rider onesies will have to do...unless they find older boyfriends who have training wheels.

*Find even more adorable baby and infant clothing from The Retro Baby!

Uggs and kisses

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Apparently Uggs are still popular. It's a chilly morning here in Miami and I've already seen half a dozen pairs out and about, and it's only a quarter to nine.

I thought they were a fashion trend that would be phased out once everyone's feet got sweaty, but I was wrong. Chicks are still wearing them...especially Ugg obsessed celebrities.

For those of you who've never heard the term Uggs, allow me to enlighten you. Uggs are a form of sheepskin boots that surfaced in Australia during the fifties and sixties and feature natural insulative properties that allow air to circulate and keep the feet at body temperature. Worn without socks or tights, Uggs became a Hollywood sensation at the beginning of the millenium with stars wearing them with teeny mini skirts and cut off shorts. Now almost a decade later, they're still keeping those little piggies that went to market dry, warm and comfy.

If you want to get in all all the Ugg action but have got cold feet, check out the Ugg Australia collection from OnlineShoes.com, starting with the Classic Tall Romantic Flower boots pictured above.

Ugg it out bitch.

Adam and Eva Mendes

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Eva Mendes decided to celebrate her 34th birthday the same way she came into this world - in her birthday suit.

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Sometimes it's fun to explore your masculine side and she accessorizes well with sexy chic menswear pieces. Her funky fedora and striped men's tie really complement her naked as a jaybird look...

...but then again, birthday suits kinda go with everything.

Happy Birthday Eva!

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January was a big month for our lovely AMC calendar girl January Jones with two red Carpet events scheduled in her day planner. Sadly, she didn't win the Golden Globe for her portrayal of 60's housewife gone bad Betty Draper, but Mad Men did take home the award for Best Television Drama giving January a chance to flaunt her 40's style Golden Globe dress on stage for all to see. The Mad Men and Women repeated their ensemble victory at the Sag Awards, with Ms. Jones making a contemporary statement this time around in a black, bold Andrew Gn gown that drove all the men mad, some ladies too.

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I've been in withdrawal ever since Season 2 ended and am on vintage pins and needles waiting for July 27th to roll around for a new saga of Mad Men behaving badly. I can't wait to see what new acquisitions Betty has in her closet, not to mention all that Mad Menswear for the boys. 'Til then, I'll wear this perfectly quaint Plaid Posies Dress from Modcloth that I'm sure our Betty would approve of.

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No one really knew how well 90210 redux would perform in the ratings. Would the popular hit of the 90's fare well in the new millenium (especially without Dylan and Brandon)? Apparently we all still have a soft spot for the most infamous zip code in the Continental US. Aaron Spelling would be proud of the revival of his teen lifestyles of the rich and famous drama that not only survived sweeps, but has survived almost an entire season without cast member Shannen Doherty bitch slapping anyone.

It was only a matter of time before the CW producers decided to capitalize on the success by bringing back another deliciously cheesy, sexed up soap - Melrose Place. The prime time cult series gave birth to the careers of Desperate Housewife Marcia Cross (remember that crazy scar on her head?), Sex in the City's adorably sweet Charlotte Kristin Davis, and Gossip Girl mom (and mother of Herm├Ęs) Kelly Rutherford.

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Speaking of gossip, girls...word is that new Mom and fall out wife Ashlee Simpson-Wentz is the newest resident slated to move in on Melrose Place, leaving the Bronx for LA. Mom needed to get back to work at some point and will be bringing home the turkey bacon by playing a small time girl with a bad girl hidden inside, similar to original cast member Amy Locane's turn as the blonde, budding Southern belle starlet Sandy Harling who moonlighted as a waitress at the bar Shooters. Ahhh....Remember Shooters? Good times, good times.

Ashlee claimed in People magazine - "I'm thrilled to be joining the cast of `Melrose Place' and I look forward to being a part of its new generation of residents"...Even though she isn't a newcomer to acting (Ashlee had a brief stint on Seventh Heaven) I don't think that the small screen is the right place for the new-mom, new-nosed beauty.

I wouldn't unpack all of my bags if I were you Ash...and make sure you get that security deposit back.

Dear Sammy,

What is up with Joaquin Phoenix? He used to be so cute. I'm confused. Is this a new fashion trend for men?


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Dear Betsy,

I too have been baffled ever since Joaquin's freaky David Letterman appearance where I questioned if it was all just a brilliant and elaborate publicity stunt or if Joaquin is seriously Walking the Line of mental insanity.

I really hope it's just a phase. I have loved Joaquin ever since his name was Leaf and he snuck into camp with Leah Thompson and the older kids in Space Camp. My devotion only intensified when he was nominated for an Academy Award for his insane (in a good way) portrayal of the legendary Johnny Cash. Since then, the 34-year-old actor has announced that he's giving up acting, pursuing a career in the music industry as a hip-hop artist and has apparently made a vow to end his commitment to personal hygiene.

Just to clarify Betsy, NO - this is not a fashion trend your dude should follow...unless he is in a ZZ Top cover band.

I'm guessing his ex Liv Tyler isn't crying over the one that got away.

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Model emergency

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March is a month that has delivered us a few Evas. Latin bombshell Eva Mendes just celebrated a birthday in her birthday suit a week or so ago, and yesterday fellow luscious Latina Eva Longoria Parker celebrated her 34th birthday...apparently with a few too many Chardonnays with her Desperate Housewives posse.


You'd never know she was hungover by the looks of this chic polaroid though. Eva looks golden, knowing the best stylish cure after a big birthday blowout is a big pair of designer shades. These Gucci Logo Sunglasses from Forzieri do just the trick, covering up the post birthday undereye baggage beautifully.

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Pick up a pair as an early birthday gift for yourself because we all deserve to look good after a night of drinking, and we all deserve a little Gucci.

Happy Belated Birthday Eva.

p.s. Today is Flavor Flav's birthday. Just in case you wanted to send him an e-card.

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A few weeks ago I found a cropped seersucker blazer hiding in the back of my closet. That was a great day. Finding an old gem in my own wardrobe makes me feel even happier than finding a twenty in the pocket of my winter coat or last season's Coach handbag. I slipped my arms into familiar seersucker sleeves and found that it still fit perfectly. Score. And what perfect timing.

Seersucker stripes are usually my go-to uniform for Spring. Whether it be a seersucker blazer, dress, shirtdress, pants or shorts, it's a look that is sweet enough for church, casual enough for a barefoot walk in the park and can be dressed up easily with a trendy denim jacket or pretty cardigan.

If you want to fake the look of seersucker without the crinkly surface, try on some soft vertical stripes showcased here in a few select pieces from American Eagle.


1. The AE Striped Satchel is the perfect way to experiment with pattern. If this girly accessory works for you, you'll be moving on to seersucker separates in no time. Did I mention it's on sale for $11.95?

2. These adorable menswear inspired Favorite Striped Shorts aren't on AE's top 10 list for nothing. They're short enough to be sexy, not skanky and match with any Spring tank or tee. Plus, if you buy one pair of shorts, you can get a second pair for half off, so you can treat yourself to these...

3. Tuxedo Striped Bermuda Shorts that are a bit longer and dressier when paired with a sharp blazer or jacket. You might be able to get away with wearing them to work and pay only $20 if you buy another pair of sweet shorts.

Those prices don't seer suck.

I'm trying out a new feature here at Let's Talk Style - the Let's Talk Style stylish yet evil Villain of the Week.

You know them. You know their designer labels. You want their clothes, but you don't want their attitude. You celebrate their style, but not their behavior. Take my pick for this week - Whitney Port's evil MTV nemesis - Olivia Palermo from The City.

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Whitney's DVF (Diane Von Furstenberg) co-worker is fake. She's faker than those designer bags they sell on the street the minute you step outside of the subway station. She's faker than Kelly Ripa's tan, faker than Tom Cruise's German accent in Valkyrie. She's faker than Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag's undying love for one another.

Olivia reached the pinnacle of her villaindom a few episodes ago when she knowingly took credit for pulling the final DVF look for a Jessica Alba Elle magazine cover, when it was all Whitney's idea. Liar liar Prada pants on fire. Why would you do such a thing when there are cameras everywhere, capturing the truth and nothing but the truth? No worries, Olivia got what was coming to her an episode later when she flubbed an oral presentation and Whitney soared like the true California golden girl she is.

If you're reading this Olivia, I imagine you're rolling your overly mascara'ed eyes, claiming that I shouldn't gossip about socialites at the workplace because it isn't professional. Well this is my job Olivia, and talking smack about you is why they pay me the big bucks. So suck it.

March 20th marked the first official day of Spring and I am torn between conflicting emotions. I am blissful, but bitter. Perky, and pensive. Frisky, yet forlorn. It could be my hormones, or it could be the fact that boot season is over. This weekend I begrudgingly put my heavy knee-high boots away in storage, kissing them goodbye until Autumn. The process sadly brought back flashbacks of flushing my floating Beta fish Franklin down the toilet. The only difference is unlike my boots, Franklin won't come out to play again when the leaves begin to fall in early October.

Now I'm over it, and ready to buy some new shoes. Before you claim that your shoe budget has been eliminated along with your retirement funds, you need to know that there are shoes out there that can make you Spring into the new Spring season for less than the price of a dinner out. You have to eat, and you have to have new shoes to take the place of your old winter booties and Uggs. You can't very well walk around barefoot, can you?

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Espadrille wedges scream Spring, and you can find a colorful selection at a variety of price points. If money isn't an issue and you want to treat your inner shoe goddess, these Jimmy Choo Bombay Espadrille Wedges from Net-A-Porter make a fresh choice for four and a half inches of fabulous for $395. And frugal doesn't have to mean fugly. Payless Shoe Source is a great alternative for trendy styles that are surprisingly affordable. These Dexter Emma Wedges for instance make an adorably sweet statement, and add a bright punch of color for only $24.99. My third choice will give you a hit of espadrille ecstasy for only a tiny bit more than your Payless purchase. deLiA*s Selma Espadrille Platforms for $39.50 are casual, but cheerful. Trendy, and timeless. Flirty yet finished.

Just like me.

I have some good news.

No, the economy isn't back to normal. No, Osama Bin Laden hasn't been captured. And no, there are still starving children in Africa. My good news isn't anywhere near as monumental as any current headline scrolling on the CNN ticker, but it is monumental to me...well, and my boyfriend. Here goes. I am no longer wearing an A cup bra. This news may not thrill any of you, but you haven't heard the whole story from A to B. Here's the breast of it.

Once upon a time there was a girl who had no boobs. Never referred to as top heavy, she was nicknamed "Mosquito Bites" up until her late teens thanks to her concave chest. Never one to complain with what God gave her, Mosquito Bites was always content with her A cup capacity. Sure she would've been happier with an A+, but was still thankful that she wasn't an A- or worse yet, a negative A.

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Then on a day like any other day, Mosquito Bites sauntered into a Forever 21 and found a display of attractive Fab Find Convertible Bras hanging on the wall for only $4.50 each. Mosquito grabbed a few 32A's from the racks with a bit of trouble (Mosquito Bites was short), and took them into the dressing room where she quickly tried on her regular size but found it pinched and puckered.

Then one of the bras fell to the ground with a light shining down on it, a beam directly from the heavens. Mosquito picked it up and realized it was a B cup bra. She must have grabbed the wrong size in her effort to knock bras down from their 7 foot rack with her handbag. Just for tits and giggles, Mosquito tried the larger cup size on and found that it fit perfectly. Her boobie bites were perfectly cupped! Harps began to play and angels began to sing. At some point, Mosquito Bites' boobs had blossomed into a pair of buxom B cup sized beauties. She didn't question it, she just enjoyed it.

And Mosquito Bites lived happily ever after, without the help of insertable chicken cutlets from Victoria's Secret.

*Okay. I just realized that after reading this my friends, family and co-workers are going to be staring at my chest so they can take in my expansion for themselves. That's fine, but please refrain from calling me Mosquito.

My blogging communities tell me that one of the hot topics everyone is tweeting about is how country crooner and two time Grammy winner LeAnn Rimes is caught between a rock and a hard place with rumors traversing cyberspace regarding her alleged tryst with her Lifetime Television movie co-star. Apparently, LeAnn was captured on a security camera making out with her married Northern Lights co-star, Eddie Cibrian. Ouch.

I saw the supposed footage of LeAnn and the former Sunset Beach and Third Watch star and, well... it's hard to tell. The incriminating scene resembles one of those brief America's Most Wanted re-enactments where poorly trained actors reconstruct crimes of passion.

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I don't know how to feel about this. Cheating is a sore subject for me but I've always liked LeAnn. In her defense, she was just a baby when she married former backup dancer Dean Sheremet. She was a mere 20 years old, at that time I still couldn't handle making my car insurance payments much less handle being a housewife. Dean has refrained from making any statements to the press. Perhaps LeAnn is serenading him every night with her version of How Do I Live Without You to gain forgiveness. Perhaps not.

LeAnn has remained calm, cool and collected, sticking to a token response claiming that not everything is always black and white. I don't know if the allegations are true or false but if the rumors are fact rather than fiction, I can only assume that LeAnn and Eddie were bored as heck up north in Nora Roberts' fictional land and needed to find something to do to keep warm during that cold Lifetime shoot.

Not that that's a good reason or anything.

Model dyslexia

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Dear Sammy,

I need some heel help. I have a new pair of 4 inch high heels that I love, but they've been killing my feet. Should I return them and stick to flats?



Dear Colleen,

Girlfriend, you just scored some new shoes. You should be jumping for joy, not writhing in pain. Hang onto those heels for dear life and listen up. Sammy is here to help you put your best foot forward.

Here is a valuable high heel tip I give to all my girls (and tranny acquaintances) who have aching arches or sore soles... the answer to high heel pain is simple. It's all about the Foot Petals.

Featured in Allure magazine, Teen Vogue and dozens of other fashion bibles, Foot Petals are helping women everywhere keep those pedis in tact while providing relief from calluses, protecting bones and tissue and cushioning the ever so sensitive balls of the feet. I'm head over heels about them, corny pun intended.

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Try the Tip Toes heart or flower shaped foot cushions seen above to stop feet from sliding forward and put an end to toe scrunch. They're virtually invisible and how can you resist that adorable leopard print? Other foot wonders include Haute Heelz for cracked and callused heels, Strappy Strips that keep your slingback straps from cutting into your heels and Killer Kushionz that are full comfort insoles that work on open toe shoes, sandals and flats!

But don't take my word for it, Foot Petals are in good company keeping celebrity feet cozy and cushioned during those long walks on the red carpet. Sophia Bush, Brooke Burke and Marcia Cross are all fans.

So give Foot Petals a try and if you still want to get rid of those heels afterwards, I'll take them off your hands...I mean feet..

Having a fashion dilemma or crisis?

Need to know what top goes with what bottom?

Don't go it alone. Ask Sammy!

Samara Sanchez

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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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