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Dear Sammy,
I have an after prom event to go to. It consists of bounce houses and casino tables.
I want to look nice for it, but also comfy to run around and have fun.
I was thinking of a cute mini dress (with shorts underneath of course), but that eliminates all bounce house activities.
Any ideas?


Hi Tyler,

Thanks for your question! I love that my fashiongal inbox has suddenly become inundated with prom and post prom queries.

I assume that you've already secured your prom dress, which means you're in excellent shape. Dressing for the after party should be nothing more than an afterthought. Post my prom we all just wore shorts/tee shirts/jeans, pjs and anything else that was the complete opposite of formal. Your post prom activities sound a little more upscale, so we want to find you the perfect piece that represents what I like to call Casual Chic.

While I'm digging your mini dress idea, I don't want you to exclude yourself from rocking bounce-related activities, so I have the perfect compromise. A romper. I'll be the first to admit it Tyler, I wasn't a fan at first, but the romper rage has grown on me. This look will give you the style of a minidress with the functionality of shorts so you can bounce like you've never bounced before without worrying about flashing your days of the week underpants to all the boys in the [bounce] house.

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Forever 21 has an adorable Spaghetti Strap Romper for only $22.80 that can be pumped up with simple accessories and jewelry. You can wear it with wedges, pumps or cute flats and sandals, depending on how badly your feet are hurting after dancing the night away to Jay-Z's remake of Alphaville's Forever Young which played at my prom FYI {sigh... I'm old}.

Another swell after prom party look is this Element Edgewood Jumper from Swell.com, (on sale for $34.99) and Urban Outfitters has tons of them to choose from. If you're still crushing on the shorts under skirt look, Tilly's features the Roxy's Tea Time Girls Romper that highlight the cutie shorty pants rather than hide them.

Have a blast Tyler and remember to enjoy every minute of your pre-prom, actual-prom and post-prom moments, because regardless of what Jay-Z, Alphaville and Rod Stewart say, you won't always be forever young.

I'm like, living proof.


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In honor of Mother's Day this Sunday, I have a few words of advice to bestow upon all of the beautiful mothers of daughters out there in cyberland.

Keep your clothes.

Most mothers make it a habit of holding onto clothing that their little girls have outgrown, some for sentimental reasons, some with hopes for a future baby, others share and recycle them to other family members and some simply cannot force themselves to part with those adorable little onesies, ruffled dresses, lacy socks and petticoats.

My advice to you my dear mothers, is to hold on to your own clothes for your daughters rather than hoard her old baby bibs and bonnets.

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I have four favorite pieces in my wardrobe. A delicate, black sequined cardigan, a vintage leather purse with a gold plated chain strap, a cocktail ring that has the initial G centered on it in diamonds and a pair of oversized sunglasses from the 70's that I adore, even though one of the side arms keeps falling off. All of these pieces left behind by my mother who is no longer with me.

Every girl loves something vintage, but if it's something her mother once wore, she will treasure it more than any other article of clothing that has ever touched her skin.

Whether it's something old, something new, something borrowed or something blue, hold onto those classic pieces, the ones that you love(d) the most, even if they stopped fitting ages ago. Every article of clothing tells a story, but these will tell your story... and who knows, your daughter might pass them down to her own daughter one day.

Happy Mother's Day to you all.

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This past weekend I took an extended vacation to Boston, Mass where I lived the Bostonian high life.

I sipped a glorious cup of clam chowda at the historic Union Oyster House, freed my inner inhibitions along the Freedom Trail, took in some wicked aht at the Boston Museum of Fine Ahts, had a few cocktails at the Cask n' Flagon across the street from Fenway Pahk during the third Yankee/Sox game, explored Harvard Yahd... and I shawpped. I promise you guys, I shawpped 'til I drawpped.

Thanks to the shawpping savvy and guidance of my bestest childhood friend from Junyah High, I took to the cobblestone streets and explored all of the retail haunts this fine New England town had to ahffer. Armed with a Charlie Card and a diminishing line of credit, she showed me everything it took to experience life as a true Bostonista.

Beantown virgin that I was, I had always heard about how great the shawpping in Boston was, but it meant nothing until I was actually there. From the adorably hip fashion boutiques like Mint Julep to the coolest consignment shops ever like The Closet where I scored a brown suede bucket bag from France and my pal scored herself a pair of Premium Denim jeans, sweet tops and a posh belt that she treated me to that I will wear with everything.

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I had a torrid love affair with Newbury Street, 8 blocks of shawps that reminded me of SoHo, with a mixture of vintage stores, staples like JCrew, Urban and Anthropologie, one-of-a-kind boutiques and a little Chanel, Nanette Lepore, Burberry, Marc Jacobs and Gretta Luxe sprinkled in for good measure. Of cawse I visited my beloved H&M (two of 'em) and enjoyed more than a few fashion bahgains.

I want to go back to Boston. I want to go back to Boston more than the boys in Southie want the Sox to win the World Series. One day I hope to walk down Newbury Street and have all of the shawp owners call out "Hey Sam", like the patrons of the Bull & Finch Pub that Cheers was modeled after, because sometimes you want to shawp where everybody knows your name.

Thanks for the memories Boston. I'll be back.

I prawmise.

Now that I'm back in Miami where the temperature has been sunny, stable and consistent at a low of 80 degrees, I've been taking notice of the spring staples that Miami gals are showing off, compared to the essential pieces I saw walking the historic streets of Boston.

In Boston, the style uniform was basic, classic and weather appropriate for the friendly skies could be clear one moment, pouring down heavy droplets of rain the next. Variations of cute trenches (black and tan), light jeans, sweet flats and wellies for the rain were heavy on the scene, creating a comfortable median between winter and spring.

In Miami, we might as well skip the season of spring altogether and just pretend that we're in the middle of yet another long, hot summer. We're sticking to our mini and maxi dresses, tanks, tunics, short shorts and a few key accessories that say "it's hot" and "we're hotter".

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Nothing says spring/summer like straw, and we Miami girls know just how to pull it off. From a sassy Stella Fedora or Straw Women's Fedora to shade your face from harmful UV rays to Fossil's Farrah Straw Hobo to tote around your SPF and darling Donna Karan Straw Wedges that will put some spring/summer in your step, there are endless options to choose from.

A little straw goes a long way, so one piece is all you need. Too much and you'll run the risk of breaking the camel's back.

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I dare you to be sad while listening to Whitney Houston's pop classic and #1 Billboard hit, I Wanna Dance With Somebody.

Yes, the male dancers in the video are kind of cheesy and Whit's permed faux hawk is kind of spazzy but whenever I wind up feeling down, this song will ultimately surface either on the radio or an episode of I Love the 80's, right when I need it the most.

I am transported back to the year 1987, much like Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 30, and I want to be in front of that paint splattered wall with Whitney, dancing like no one is watching under a bright sea of confetti.

It's the perfect cure to chase my blues away, even though I would never be caught dead in that puffy flamenco skirt.


I'm not happy with the way I look in a bathing suit -- any bathing suit. I've tried everything from starving myself to juice fasts and nothing works. Can you help get me beach ready?

Julie P


Hi Julie P,

First of all - go eat a sandwich. Seriously. Starving yourself isn't going to do you any good and I don't want to be anyone's crash diet accomplice. Second of all, thank you for your question. I've been getting a relatively high amount of frantic bikini related letters lately, so this Ask Sammy post goes out to all the girls who are hoping to either shed some excess baggage this summer or to just look like they have.

The way I see it, you have three options.

1. Find the right suit

2. Get thee to a gym or

3. Find the right diet.

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1. The right swimsuit can diminish and hide a multitude of flaws, from love handles to droopy boobs or a bloated belly. This Solid Forgiving Swimsuit from Title 9 for instance offers a universally flattering fit in a slimming solid color with clever ruching details that will rock any swim party. Once you've determined which is the right bathing suit for your body, go to town on swim-friendly sites like Swell.com and Tilly's and keep reminding yourself that like men, there are plenty of swimsuits in the sea.

2. Pretty self-explanatory. Sign up for a gym membership, go for a run/walk or sweat at home to an exercise DVD.

3. I'm not a fan of dieting. To me the word diet just translates to "no french fries" and I love french fries Julie, I love them with all my heart. Instead of denying myself my tasty taters, I just don't eat them with every meal or I limit myself to a few. I've been rather depressed lately, so I haven't been eating as well as I should, but I've been forcing myself to have healthy snacks like almonds, fresh fruit, veggies and peanut butter. Starving yourself just slows down your metabolism, makes you sluggish and causes you to overeat at your next meal. Eating is so much more fun than not eating. You just have to make smart choices.

If you hate food shopping and always head straight for the snack and/or ice cream aisle, sign up for The Fresh Diet. This no muss no fuss food delivery service helps you plan out your meals in advance with a breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and dessert that will take the guesswork out of meal preparation and help you maintain and/or lose those pesky excess pounds for good. All Fresh Diet meals are prepared in accordance with “Dr Sears’ Zone Diet Program*” and made with only the finest and freshest ingredients. You can go with the Chef's Choice from $35 a day or the Premium Choice with three preselected fresh meals and two snacks for $29.99 a day by entering code catalogs1 at checkout. That's a tasty deal considering the regular price is $44.99.

Don't just take my word for it. The stars all love their Fresh Diets, from The View's Sherri Shepherd who went from a size 16 to a 6 chowing down on Fresh Diet fare to Tori Spelling and hubby Dean and spokesperson Carnie Wilson who even has her own mini blog over at Carnie's Corner.

Usually Sammy don't preach, but not eating is never an option Julie. Getting on board with a smart and fresh diet will not only prepare you for the beach this summer but will keep you feeling happy and healthy from the inside out all through the seasons.


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Last night I attended a viewing party to take in the two and a half hour finale of Lost.

After six seasons of confusion, the end of the Lost saga left me feeling...well, for lack of a better word, lost. In the show's defense, I have slacked off for the past two seasons, so my insane confusion and not knowing what the what and who the who died and came back and turned bad when they used to be good could probably be attributed to my lack of Dharma Initiative.

Despite feeling like my brain was hemorrhaging from the overdose of information, time travel, sideways story lines, electromagnetic activity and loose ends, I still enjoyed myself and reveled in being lost with these guys for one last time.

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Over two dozen featured characters have come and gone and most of them made their way back for the finale with the exception of Michael, Walt and Mr. Eko. It felt like a weird reunion of sorts, one great big sometimes dysfunctional castawayed family coming home for Christmas...with knives, rifles and tranquilizer guns.

Although it is the end of a Lost era, if you're a true Lostie, you can still indulge yourself with cool action figures from Big Bad Toy Store, and t-shirts from CafePress that will help you relieve all of your favorite Lost moments. My favorites are this Sawyer Mix Tape Tank for $20 and the ever so popular I'd Hit That Tee for $22.

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I probably won't be able to fully embrace it all until I've gone back and watched all 6 seasons again... commentary, special features and a copy of Lost for Dummies would probably help.

Farewell y'all everybody, you will be missed.

I once was lost,
but now I'm still lost
Was blind,
but I still can't see.


lots of girls in my school are wearing different color polish on all their fingers. is this cool or in or just something stupid kids are doing now?



Yes Frankie, I have witnessed the multicolored nail trend myself as seen on trendsetting celebs Lauren Conrad and Rihanna. At first I thought it looked kind of fun, fresh and summery... then it started bringing me flashbacks of the Ice Truck killer from Dexter.

My question for you Frankie is, do YOU like this trend? If you aren't a fan, stick to one shade for all of your digits. If you think it looks cool tooth and nail, go to town and paint it red, yellow, black and blue.

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Personally, I think it looks edgy and beyond chic when executed the right way, but would not suggest this trend for any chick over the age of 30... that's just me. When you're a teen or twentysomething you have youth and reckless abandon on your side with the luxury of being able to take various beauty/fashion risks without getting the same weird looks on the street reserved for your older female counterparts.

If you want to give it a go, Sula has the coolest Peel and Paint polishes that come in a fun palette of colors that are easy to peel off if you have a change of heart.

Be bold, get noticed, experiment and have fun, but do not succumb to trends if your gut is saying "that just looks wack."

If you're rocking a look you love, you'll always have the confidence it takes to nail it.


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who is the designer or where can i find this red dress??



I've had a grand time playing fashion detective after I received this comment from one of my readers who just had to know what dress Rachel Bilson was sporting in the Belt it Out post I penned almost two years ago.

The dress is from Miu Miu's Spring 2008 collection Aubrey, so you'll probably have a hard time finding it now, but after some investigative research I discovered this Miu Miu Poppy Red Silk Fairy Dress on Ebay that will hopefully make a semi-suitable substitute. Warning - it ain't cheap.

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Hope this helps Aubrey, and thanks for the assignment. I feel like a more petite/less hairy version of Magnum P.I., without the sexy 'stache, tube socks and short shorts.


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I have a difficult decision to make this weekend. Due to a full working schedule, I have a limited time slot open for entertainment... which means I can only choose one Memorial Day Weekend flick to treat myself to. Will it be the video-game-turned feature Prince of Persia or the sequel to Sex and the City where the fab foursome hits Abu Dhabi?

I guess it ultimately comes down to who I would rather be stuck in the desert with for two hours... Jake Gyllenhaal or four chicks on camels.

Decision made. Catch you next weekend Carrie.

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