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I love sweater season. Who doesn't love feeling all bundled up under the coziest of cashmere, with a chill in the air, a blush in the cheeks and a Christmas carol in the heart?

There is, however, one obstacle that always threatens to rain on my sweater season parade. When my sweaters suffer from a bad case of the pills.

I'm not ashamed, it happens to us all. You remove your most beloved turtlenecks, pullovers, cardis and cablenits from storage, only to find that they've been plagued with jagged little pills - those totally stupid little fiber ball build ups that multiply on your warm and wooly wearables. I destroyed many a sweater with my unsuccessful do-it-yourself razor pill removal techniques, and eventually came to terms with the fact that pilling was the herpes of winterwear. No matter what you did, those bumps would keep coming back. Until now.

The Hollywood Sweater Saver is a simple and cost-efficient solution to get rid of those pesky pill monster flare ups for good. Simply skim the sweater saving stone across your infected fabric, and watch those pathetic pills disappear with a poof. Use it on sweaters, coats, blankets, fleece and virtually any place where those pills pop up.

And it's only $5.99, which is not a tough pill to swallow at all.

Model Snacks

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Sometimes models chew on their sweaters to curb cravings in between no meals.


Hi Sammy,
My aunt recently sent me this grey cable knit sweater that looks like this. My mom told me I should wear it at our Christmas family dinner, but I think it's too mature for me. (I'm 13, btw.) What accessories and things can I add to make it more youthful?

Hi Sammy!
Haha, I know I wrote to you about the sweaters... And now I've got another question related to winter. I'm not that much of a girly girl, but I really want some nice winter shoes that aren't uggs. I don't really like the clunky, chunky look of them.
Thanks again,


Hi Sydney!

Wowee, I've never received a two-parter before. Thank you for your questions, and I will do my best to serve your winter styling needs.

Part One: You didn't send me an image of the mature grey cableknit sweater in question Syd, but I'm guessing it might be either too tight or show a little shoulder. Normally I would suggest cute and colorful hats, mitts, earmuffs and scarves to punch up the youth factor, but these accessories are hardly appropriate for the holiday dinner table.

'Tis the season to be sparkly Sydney, try dressing up your sweater with some festive beads and baubles like this Gigi Necklace from Alloy. It's totally tasteful, looks like tinsel and is on sale for only $9.99, sold.

Nothing says I'm underage more than bows in your hair. You'll be age appropriate but still cool enough to not have to sit at the kids' table with these Rhinestone Bow Bobby Pins from Forever 21 (set of two for $3.80). You can also wear a long-sleeved patterned shirt under your sweater to add a little pop of color out of your collar. All the kids are doing it these days.


As for the shoes, I have the perfect un-girly, anti-ugg style for you. These Roxy Denver Boots from dELiAs* will keep your tootsies warm this winter without looking too chunky, wooly, furry or clunky. Added bonus? They're cute enough to wear with mini dresses and shorts once the weather warms up.

Thanks again for writing in with a fab pair of questions Sydney, I have no doubt that you will rock your holiday family dinner table this year. Happy Holidays, Merry Kwazachristmukah, and all that seasonal jazz. I look forward to styling you in 2012 and all through high school and college.*



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Hi dudes,

Short and I hope sweet, Here are the top 10 things that I believe most women want to find in their Christmas stockings.

You're welcome.

10. Booze. Mini airplane bottles will do.

9. Sunglasses. Especially oversized ones that will mask our hungover eyes after we toss back our miniature bottles of booze.

8. Panties. A little something naughty that rewards us for being nice. Fyi, Hanky Panky panties come rolled up in the perfect stocking sized package.


7. A Toy. Not that kind of toy. A little desktop figurine, novelty keychain or something cute that will remind us of Christmastime as a kid, when a set of jacks would totally rock our world.

6. Stockings. Here's a novel idea. Fill our stockings with stockings. It's clever, unexpected, and kind of old school. Extra credit: Make sure your sexy hosiery of choice matches and/or complements your #8 stuffers of choice.

5. Tickets. Here's the thing - to an event we dig, i.e. a concert, movie, Disney on Ice. Don't splurge on tickets to Superbowl XLVI if the girl doesn't like football. Put them in your own stocking.

4. Gift card(s) to our favorite store(s). Don't say "I don't know what store(s) she likes". You're her boyfriend/husband/unlabeled partner in life. You should know this stuff by now.

3. A Love Note. Don't ever underestimate the value of a good love letter. Feel free to get all romantical. Writing Merry Christmas, yo isn't good enough.

2. Perfume. Don't get a super heavy bottle. Her stocking might fall, shatter, and she'll have a lot of gifts that smell good but are soaked. Many popular fragrances today are available in skinny, lightweight rollerball form. Get that.

1. Jewelry. As long as it ain't from a gumball machine, she'll be happy.

Her jump rope idea didn't work.


Santa Baby, I Want Gift Cards

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Is it cool to give gift cards or a cop out?


Dear Jen,

Great question. Prepare for a long-winded answer.

When I was a little girl who still believed in Santa, I would get beyond stressed over making out my Christmas list. Indecisiveness was an early childhood trait. Strawberry Yoo-hoo or a pouch of Tropical Punch Capri Sun? Malibu or Antarctic Barbie? I just couldn't choose.

And what if I wanted to change something? By the time my letter reached the North Pole, that was it. I was getting that Cabbage Patch Kid (girl, with brown hair, no freckles or overalls please) whether I still wanted it or not. So it took a lot of patience, revisions and edits until I finally felt comfortable enough with a list that would stick. *There were no gift receipts or easy returns and exchanges to the North Pole back then. Plus, I didn't want to piss off Santa and get a Charlie Brown rock for Christmas the following year. Good grief.


Back to your question. Now, in my adult years we have wish lists, which are, umm, awesome. It's like an open letter to Santa that you can send to all of your friends and relatives, cluing them in to what you really want. Here's my problem, Jen. Just like my former 5 year old self, I keep changing my mind, thus altering my wish list. It's become an obsession. One day it's high priority, the next day it's off the wish list completely. Sometimes I worry that my wish list items are being judged. Letters to Santa were confidential, I don't want my loved ones to think less of me because I really really want that ceramic reindeer handle garlic press. So this year, gift cards have been my wish list gift of choice, which has its own set of pros and cons.

Pro - You shopped for everyone else, now you get to shop for yourself.

Con - Asking for gift cards is kind of like saying "Hey guys, I don't like where you normally buy gifts for me. Give me cash to these stores that I actually like".

Con - You're also making them spend a certain, round denomination. No one wants a gift card for $17.84.

Pro - For an indecisive girl like me, I'm able to ponder my presents long after Christmas is over so I can buy exactly what I want when I want it, or wait until there is something I do want.

Con - Some gift cards expire, some have fees. Sometimes gift cards are to stores that aren't in a convenient location for your giftee. Do research. Oh, and don't buy a $25 gift card to a store where everything is over a hundred dollars, therefore forcing them to cough up cash on their own gift. That blows.

Pro - Gift cards are easy to buy, easy to give and wrap. They are also lightweight and will not break Santa's back.

In summation, Jen, I believe that gift cards are a stylish and safe way to celebrate your loved ones during the holidays, providing you read the terms and conditions and get the right card for the right person. That, and I don't really want a ceramic reindeer handle garlic press, so please don't anyone get me one.



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So, at some point this football season, I became a Lions fan. Alert Dolphinland Security, for I have turned.

Don't hate. Don't judge. Just accept. I have more than enough NFL love and light inside me to go around, and now that the Detroit Lions are rocking the wild-card race, I have no other choice than to root for my boys up north.

This means, I am in need of cute fan apparel.

First down, this Detroit Lions Side Swept Tee from Fan's Edge has a hot Lions' logo, a vintage v neck vibe, and a flattering women's silhouette, yet just enough give to conceal an expanding game day Buffalo Wing/beer belly. I'd love to show my Lions' pride underneath it all with nifty NFL themed knickers. Sadly, the Lions Panties Pack from Victoria's Secret are sold out online, but still available in stores. Any Michigan peeps out there that can hit a blogger up with some panties?


Time-out. I've never been much of a foam finger fan. If I'm coughing up cash on accessories, I'm splurging on the ones that will help me score, so I'll opt for the trendier Lions Fan Feather Earrings for $9.99 and the Detroit Lions Script Bracelet to match. These choices are cool, as well as practical. If the Lions don't make it all the way to the Superbowl, I can still wear my earrings as Pocahontas next year for Halloween and continue to rock my bracelet as a fan of African cats.

Last minute on the clock. I must have these Sidelines Booties from Modcloth, because there is a direct correlation between my wearing cute boots and the Lions making more touchdowns. Look it up.

Model Specs

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I don't wear glasses, but holding them makes me look smarter in photos.


Hat Head Case

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Dear Sammy,

What is the best way to prevent hat head?



Dear Lorie,

I am so glad you asked this question. I will be heading up north myself in a little over 48 hours, and I have a bunch of cute hats to pack. There is nothing worse than sporting haute headwear, only to reveal a disastrous case of limp and flat hathead once said hat has been removed (usually for a sit-down meal and/or a performance of the National Anthem).

Here's a simple tip for keeping your locks looking hot under that hat. Add body.

I once read that the only way to avoid flat hat head is to boost up your body. If your cute winter beanie is pushing your hair down, odds are it'll stay that way once your hat is removed, creating an unsightly helmet head effect. Boost and tease your crown at the roots before you put it on and you'll lock in that volume.

Suffering from staticky hat head? Anti frizz cream all the way baby. I love Fekkai's Coiff Anti-Frizz Silkening Creme from Beauty Bridge for $25.


Hope this helps Lorie, and feel free to share, text or tweet with your friends.

If the hat tip fits, spread it.



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Model Christmas Confusion

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Hey, like, what do you mean there's no Santa?


A toast to you, dear readers. Wishing you all a healthy, happy and safe holiday season.



p.s. Let's Talk Style reminds you to drink responsibly.


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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