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I'm going where all of my New Year's Resolutions went last year.


Happy New Year Let's Talk Stylers!

I took a long hiatus this holiday season. I apologize for leaving you all on your own during your respective Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza vacays, but now I'm back with a vengeance, and ready to blog my way into 20 million+ followers hearts in the year 2012.

Here are the rest of my New Year's Resolutions:

I resolve to take 10,000 steps a day with at least 2,000 of those steps being funky cardio dance steps.

I resolve to wear the hot clothes, jewelry, accessories and other old fashion acquaintances that have been forgotten and neglected in the past year. (Hello Betsey Johnson sunglasses, Alexander Wang Rocco bag and chunky 4 leaf clover Lucky Brand ring, its been awhile).

I resolve to drink more water, and equal parts vodka.

I resolve to stop judging Nicki Minaj's red carpet choices.

I resolve to answer Ask Sammy questions in a more timely manner.
This year, I resolve to be a rock star continue being a rock star.

I resolve to buy one new pair of cute shoes at least every other month in order to help the suffering footwear economy.

I resolve to not leave my Words With Friends friends hanging for more than 24 hours per game.

I resolve to sympathize more with the female contestants on The Bachelor.

I resolve to make more of my hours happy and alternately resolve to attend more Happy Hours.

I resolve to clean my closets and rid my drawers of my no longer trendy tops and overwashed, unpretty panties that have less than 25% waistband elasticity.

Last, but not least, I resolve to thank you more, my lovely readers, for checking in, shouting out, and showering me with blog love.

So, thank you. Something tells me this is going to be the beginning of a very stylish year.

It's a new year...Time for new resolutions, a new calendar, a new outlook on life, and a new change of a dress.

As far as resolutions go, I may not be able to help you quit smoking, exercise more or always see your proverbial glass as half full, but I can most def help with the dress part.

My generous galpals over at Shabby Apple, my fav online boutique for chic women's dresses, is offering one very lucky LetsTalkStyler the chance to win the ever so sweet Waimea Dress from their South Pacific Collection (an $86 value ladies).

Wear it with a coat, cardigan and tights for the rest of the winter, or solo this spring and summer. It's ladylike, flattering, versatile, retro, and not too shabby if I do say so myself.

Here's what you do:

1. Like Shabby Apple on Facebook and follow LetsTalkStyle on Twitter (@letstalkstyle)

2. Email yours truly here (fashiongal625@yahoo.com) with:

- Your name & Twitter name
- Shipping Address & Contact Phone
- Desired size (XXS to XL - Shabby Apple suggests ordering a size down)
- A comment to this post specifying your most favoritest dress on the Shabby Apple site

It is now time. May the blogging contest force be with you. You have until Saturday January 21st to enter Sammy's Win a Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway. One lucky winner will be announced on Monday, January 23rd.

We like them Shabby Apples.

Rules and Regs:

*No purchase necessary.
*Contest only open to US residents.
*Liking Shabby Apple on Facebook is an absolute eligibility requirement.
*Winner must wear the dress to really posh bars and out on hot dates.
*Women and men are equally eligible. Man can give dress to female significant other and/or wear himself, if that's how he rolls.

Model Tea

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Like her men, she preferred her tea loose.


Hi Sammy!

So, I'm in eighth grade, and as we're in the second part of the school year... I was wondering what I should wear for eighth grade graduation. I'm petite (although I'm insecure about my thighs!), I have short legs, and I'm not really comfortable showing a lot of skin or wearing super short dresses. I'm a fan of modesty, personally.... haha. But I'd like to wear something cute, but modest. Thank you so much!

From Charlotte


Hi there Charlotte,

Thanks for writing in! I must say that I am très impressed with you, Char. I am guessing that you have just recently entered teendom, and yet you have already grasped the concept that a girl doesn't have to show a lot of skin in order to be chic. Also, you are already contemplating possible outfits 4 to 5 months before your special event. You are, indeed, a girl after my own heart. As for dresses, I have found a few options for you, depending on whether you want to go simple, stylish or sensational.

Check out the elegantly embroidered and eyelet detailed Bella Dress from dELiA*s, a look that will make a modest yet feminine statement as you say Ciao to middle school. It has an all shape flattering A-line silhouette, and at 38 inches long, you'll get the leg coverage you crave without the risk of being mistaken for your school's librarian. I'm loving this lovely shade of mint, but it also comes in a springtime floral pattern, rose or ivory shades to suit your color preferences. If you aren't crazy about the sleeveless look, just add a pretty cropped cardigan for some extra coverage.


If you aren't afraid to play with prints and want to go for extra credit, this My Michelle party dress from jcpenney is black, white, bold, and cute all over, on sale for $49.99. Added bonus, wear it to your 2nd cousin's summer wedding, an Easter brunch or any other semi-dressy event. Same cardi coverage rules apply.

If all of these looks are too safe, the Sequined Shoulder Dress from Forever 21 is as glam as you can get while maintaining your modesty. The flared skirt will cover your thighs and because you're petite, I estimate that this frock will hit you right at or just above the knee. If that's still too much leg too reveal, just add a pair of black tights for an even more mod look.

I hope these suggestions help and congrats on your upcoming graduation!

Look out freshmen dudes, here comes Charlotte.



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Once Upon a Time, Ginnifer Goodwin knew how to wow on the red carpet.

Now, she's been reduced to this.


Ginnifer chose this hot pink Roksanda Ilincic dress for the People's Choice Awards last night, and I do not have Big Love for it.

Yeah, yeah, it's not that bad, and I know we've seen worse, but if I were her bestie, I would have ripped those bell sleeves completely off right before she stepped out of the limo, because in my humble opinion, this look was more Dopey than Snow White.

Good afternoon/early evening LetsTalkStylers. I'm a little late with my Golden Globes recap, but I needed some extra time to let the looks sink and settle in.


Salma Hayek. Sofia Vergara might be getting all of the attention lately (esp for her multiple Modern Family Best Comedy wins) but in my humble opinion, you are a Latina with longevity, looking hotter than a puss in boots on a hot tin roof in your metallic bustier, cleavage enhancing Gucci gown. Like your co-star and co-presenter, Antonio Banderas, you were muy caliente, and way too sexy for this Golden Globes party.

Emma Stone. Hello Emma, and congrats on making my best dressed Golden Globes list for the 2nd year in a row. You obviously did not need The Help in starting off this awards season right. Your wine hued Lanvin gown was sleek, unexpected, and pushed the envelope in a sexy, sophisticated, and totally edgy way. I expect great things from you Miss Stone. Tell Spiderman I said Hi.



There is one thing I have come to count on during these awards shows. 1) Meryl Streep will underdress. 2) Tilda Swinton will look like David Bowie. Here are a couple of other underwhelming offenders:

Jessica Biel. I have a bone to pick with you, Jessica Biel. You are hot. So why do you choose to wear the same antiquated wedding dress that Betty White made Sandra Bullock wear in The Proposal? No, that mega center slit in the front does not make up for the fact that your dress gives you the illusion of having a third droopy boob. You are with Justin Timberlake. Bring sexy back to your red carpet ensembles, or you will cry me a river when you guys break up...again.

Kelly Osbourne. Avatar was so 2010. Your blue Zac Posen gown and matching blue light special hairdo do not show off your svelte figure. Rather, the pointy sleeves and fluted skirt made you look like a Trekkie. Put that in your Fashion Police file. I have five words for you. Take. Me. To. Your. Leader.


Model TGIF

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Thank God it's Fat-Free.


Congrats to Holly Storm of Jackson Tennessee, winner of the first ever Sammy sponsored Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway!

Thank you to all who entered, and I wish I could help deck you all out in Shabby Apple's insanely chic dresses.

Hopefully Holly will follow my contest requirements and wear her Waimea out to really posh bars and out on hot dates with cute boys.

p.s. A little bird told me that Holly is also an up and coming jewelry and accessories designer, so be sure to check her cool shop out on Etsy.

p.p.s. If I were Holly, I'd pair her adorable Swiss Army Clutch with her new Waimea Dress. Just saying.


David's Bridal Does Prom

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When I was a senior in high school, I had a boyfriend who went to a different school. Come May, me and my Coral Springs High sweetheart were still going strong, which meant that I had the privilege of attending two, count 'em two proms. This also meant that I needed two, count 'em two prom dresses, because even though I would be dancing amongst a whole new crowd of graduating seniors, I wouldn't dream of recycling the same dress.

I had a limited budget at that time, but luckily my mom had a brilliant seamstress for a best friend. Mom's BFF project runway'ed up a stunning and sophisticated navy sheath that I wore to his prom while I shelled out my savings on a pink strapless sequined mini that I rocked at mine. Two completely different looks. Hair in a classy chignon for the sheath, down and spiral curled for the sassy sequin number. I was a pretty princess for two consecutive Saturday nights, and I loved every minute of it.

My options for prom shopping were as limited as my budget was back then, which is why I am green with envy over the hot new Prom Collection launched at David's Bridal.


You heard it here, David's Bridal is more than just a haven for gowns to walk down the aisle in. They now have an entire collection of dresses and accessories for girls who just want to have fun at their prom, their boyfriend's prom, prom after parties, homecomings, and any event that a girl needs to get gussied up for.

Shop by style, from flirty modern minis to Kate Middleton worthy ballgowns; or by color, with brilliant hues, classic neutrals and bold patterns that just scream Prom Queen. David's Bridal also features plus size prom dresses and a haute selection of looks for under $100 for the budget-conscious fashionista.

My favorite look? The One Shoulder Beaded Glitter Ombre Gown pictured above. It moves, it sparkles, and it can make any gal look like Sophia Vergara...well, Sophia Vergara's little sister.

I'm already looking forward to having a daughter, and shopping for dresses for her prom. Maybe she'll follow in her mother's footsteps and date a dude that goes to a different school.

Then I can wear two, count 'em two dresses when I chaperone at both their proms.*

Hi Sammy,

I noticed there was a question about hair and big ears before, and I have a question about hair myself. I want to get side swept bangs (I have a heart shaped face), but what are the pros and cons about having bangs?



Hi Fallyn,

Thanks for your awesome question!

If you're a Let's Talk Style regular (or have checked out my candid polaroid pic in the upper right hand corner), you are aware of the fact that I have been a loyal bang rocker for years. Bangs (or fringe as my hair stylist commonly called them) have the power to dramatically update your look while flattering your facial features. They can conceal an ample forehead or fivehead, call more attention to a gorgeous set of eyes, and make you look sharper, sleeker, and more pulled together.

I love the romantic look of sideswept bangs, and we're not alone. A list celebs like Nicole Ritchie, J. Lo and Jennifer Aniston have cornered the sideswept bang market. You mentioned you have a heart-shaped face, so here are a few pics of a fellow heart-shaped faced celeb, Reese Witherspoon, sporting both short and sweet, long and wispy eye skimming side swept bangs. The judges votes are in, these styles look great on Reese and I think they'll look even more fab on you.


But - before you make the big bang commitment, here are some pros and cons...


You can wash your bangs instead of your entire scalp if you're late for school or work.

You can cover up a monster zit, scar or blemish on your forehead with a few strategically places strands.

You can always pull your bangs back with barrettes, bobby pins or a headband if you're not feeling them.

Bangs can completely transform your look without having to sacrifice your hair length.


Your forehead gets sweaty.

If you live in a humid environment, you're bangs can get frizzy.

They grow super fast, so they need to be trimmed regularly.

There. If I've sold you on the bang bandwagon, play with your hair by holding a section up over your forehead to get an idea of how your hair would naturally fall. If you like what you see, visit your stylist and show her some pics of the styles you covet. Your stylist will know what kind of hair type you have and will advise you on what looks best, as well as what styling products, tools and tips to use to maintain your new fringe.

Hope this helps Fallyn, and I'd love to see a pic after you've taken the final bang plunge!



p.s. I have totally Fallyn in love with your name.

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Model Shampoo

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I haven't washed my hair since 2011!


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