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Hi LTS's, (My cool new acronym for Let's Talk Stylers. Let's see if it catches on).

I've been a bit behind on my Red Carpet Award Season coverage. I really don't have any excuses, except that I had to take my dog to the vet, had a serious case of bronchitis, and have been really, really tired. The important thing is, here I am. Better late than never.

Best: Every now and then, out of the blue, a starlet will surprise me with a gown that is so simple, yet so striking that it takes my breath away. The Help's Outstanding Supporting Female Actor Nominee, Jessica Chastain, did just that, looking as smooth and sleek as a chaise upholstered in blue velvet, with a gorgeous blue bustier style gown by Calvin Klein. The 145 carats of Harry Winston diamond jewelry certainly Help'ed.

Honorable mentions: Glee's Lea Michele in Versace, Kyra Sedgwick in Pucci, and Ashlee Simpson's beaded Boardwalk Empire worthy gown by Jenny Packham.

Worst: Boho? Oh no. Cougar Town's Busy Phillips made me want to scream blue murder in her mumu inspired, multi-tiered, and way too long frock that I highly suspect was stolen from Mrs. Roper's closet. The blueprint was too busy, Busy, and this ain't Woodstock. Peace out.

Dishonorable Mentions: Kristen Wiig's choker, Jenna Ushkowitz and Heather Morris's ungleeful gowns.

As I promised, we won't even discuss Tilda Swinton.

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Model Eats

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If a model eats in public and no one is around to see it, will she gain a pound?

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Oh Wu is Me

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So, the Jason Wu for Target Collection dropped in stores yesterday, and I dropped the ball. I had been anxiously awaiting the release of Jason's "Gamine Chic" collection ever since I caught wind of the news in late December. While other people were preparing for the Superbowl, I was mentally preparing to virtually tackle any online shopper who got in my way on my sprint to the end zone.

But on Saturday, sometime around midnight, instead of constantly hitting refresh on Target.com until I was able to browse and throw gamine garments into my shopping cart, I fell asleep.

I Wu the day I fell asleep.

Out of all the Target designer collaborations, this one was the most up my alley. Inspired by French new-wave films and the queen of gamine, actress Jean Seberg, Jason Wooed me with a versatile range of girlie pieces and accessories, from pleated skirts and floral dresses to flowy scarves and structured totes, with every item priced under $60.

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I had my eye on a demure straw clutch and a ladylike navy poplin A-line dress that were both sold out online way before my eyelids fluttered open come Sunday morning at 8am. A quick trip to my local Target left me feeling wuzy, sad, and staring at a few practically empty racks housing only a few stray L and XL dresses and tops.

If you ended up scoring some pretty things, I'm not bitter. Wu hoo for you.

Oh yeah, and go Giants.

Valentine's Day is a week away and if you're still searching for the perfect V-Day gift for your guy, don't be miffed. You aren't alone.

I know this isn't a favorite holiday for the dudes - Dumb Hallmark holiday, I just got you a bunch of cool crap for Christmas, Why can't I just get you flowers when I feel like it?, Blah, blah, blah. I recently discovered the existence of Sweetest Day, another V-Day like holiday in October, celebrated primarily in the Great Lakes Region, aka where my boyfriend is from. Apparently my sweetest knew of this holiday, but never brought it to my attention. Fancy that.

Back to V-Day guy gifting. My problem is that it has always proven très difficult to find the right gift for a man who is ultimately celebrating a holiday that he hates. Like forcing someone to drink a pint of green beer when they despise St. Paddy. It's kind of like, let's just go to dinner and get this over with. This is why I need gift guidance, like the Facebook Valentine's Day Look Book on Catalogs.com.

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This handy go-to-gift-guide is filled with tons of cool options for guys as well as gals, from novelty gifts like these not so subliminal Heart On Boxers and whimsical Vouchers For Lovers, to crazy cool headphones, romantic Romeo y Julieta Cigars, and old school standards like a heart-shaped box of Ghirardelli Chocolates. Just "like" the Catalogs.com Facebook page to get in on all the fun.

The bottom line is - You'll get inspired, you'll get gifts, you'll get lucky... and who knows? With gifts like these, he might just stop being a V-Day hater and magically transform into a V-Day playah.

Model Valentine

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For Valentine's Day I favor flowers over chocolate... preferably low cal cauliflower.

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Grammy Style 2012

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If you didn't catch the 54th Annual Grammy Awards last night, never fear, Sammy Sanchez is here with your quickie gossip/fash recap.

Adele was the big winner of the evening, taking home 6 awards and rocking her 1st public performance since having surgery on her vocal cords; Jennifer Hudson made us cry with a heart wrenching vocal tribute to Whitney Houston; Bruce Springsteen rocked; Paul McCartney looked old.

Alls well was not on the fashion front. I was surprised to see that some of the music industry's biggest stars chose to make more matronly statements this awards season, with Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry, and Adele opting for floor length long-sleeve beaded gowns, while others took risks. As always, some paid off, others will be mocked.

ROCK STARS

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Rihanna - Some folks are gonna love your black plunging Armani gown, others are gonna hate it. I loved it. Your ex Chris Brown was there and you looked so hot, it should have been illegal. Like when Chris repeatedly punched you.

Jessie J - Adele wasn't the only Brit who had a brillliant night. The sexy siren went full on Star Trek in a futuristic metallic mirrorball gown designed by Julien Macdonald. Live long and prosper in that dress, Jess.

ROCK BOTTOM

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Fergie- Psst, Fergs, your bra and panties are showing. Bravo for taking a risk with your Gaultier Couture gown, but I'm so not orange crushing on this dress. I have only seen orange lace once before, on a girl who dressed up as a slutty pumpkin on Halloween. Here's hoping I never see it again.

Nicki Minaj - Why look, it's Little Red Riding Ho. One of my New Year's Resolutions was to lay off your red carpet choices, but this was before you showed up wearing a ruby red nun's habit with a Harelquin mime beaded on the skirt. Your get up was a Versace, but looked more like an Illuminati. Hail Mary full of grace, the lord is not with thee.

Tilda Swinton was not there.

Wishing you all a sweet and stylish Valentine's Day.

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Model Snap

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I'm smarter than I look. Oh, model snap.

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Reasons I Am Bummed

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*Valentine's Day is over, so the potential of finding romantic presents, flowers, and chocolates at my home/office are gone.

*President's Day is over, so the daydreams of how I'll spend my upcoming paid days off are gone. Only 97 days until Memorial Day. [sigh]

*Fashion Week Fall 2012 is over, so the Lincoln Center tents are gone.

Yes, dear readers, I realize that I glazed right over this season of Fashion Week without a single post, youtube video, celebrity spotting, or snarky comment, thus, leaving all of you hungry fashionistas without an ounce of coverage. I'm sure you're wondering why.

Were my hands crushed in an unfortunate accident while retrieving a Kate Spade bracelet from the garbage disposal, leaving my fingers mutilated, misshapen and unable to type? No. Was I hit by a taxi on my way to the Charlotte Ronson show, à la Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember? Not even.

I was just in a state of depression because I couldn't make it to this season's collections, and yet it still went on without me. The nerve.

You don't know how difficult it is to have an inbox flooded with cool invitations like this [see below], only to know you'll never actually make it there to smell the fabric, hear the buzz of the fashion crowd, taste the free mod cocktails, see the models walk... and sometimes fall.

Oh well, the Spring 2013 collections are only 6 months away. Then, I might have the time and resources to jetset to NYC where I can be reunited with the fashion industry equivalent of Cary Grant.

I only have to wait 211 days...but who's counting?

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Happy Monday LTS's (aka Let's Talk Stylers)! I have the scoop on what all the stars wore on the red carpet during last night's 84th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony, and I bet you're aching to see my Oscar hits and misses. I'm proud to report that no one fashion failed miserably... there were a few standouts and a few sitdowns, but I'm being picky.

The Top of the Oscar Fashion Charts

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Jessica Chastain - The Help's Best Supporting Actress nominee makes the top of my list yet again, this time evoking romantic Renaissance charm in a totally modern strapless Alexander McQueen gown. Love the hair, love the makeup, love the $2 million dollars worth of Harry Winston diamonds. Didn't love The Tree of Life.

Michelle Williams summoned up the spirit of Marilyn Monroe and Mia Farrow combined in a demure, feminine hued coral Louis Vuitton gown. The dress was sublime as is, but Michelle's unexpected styling took it a step further with an adorable bubble-gum pink crocodile clutch and diamond bow brooch pinned at the hip. Diamonds are a girl's best friend and I wish you were my best friend, so I could raid your closet.

Natalie Portman - Isn't she lovely? Nat had a baby boy since she accepted her Oscar statue for Black Swan last year, but you'd never know it with Miss Cherie Dior herself rocking the red carpet in a vintage red chiffon silk Christian Dior Couture gown with a sweet and retro velvet polka dot detail. Understated perfection.

Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Best Actress nominee was all contrast in a dainty, lacy and dramatic white Givenchy gown paired with dark blunt bangs, a porcelain complexion and a dark red lip. Fresh and pretty yet still dark and dangerous, like she might have had a taser strapped to her leg. I can't wait to see Mara you on the red carpet.

The Worst, but Not Really That Bad

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Gwyneth Paltrow - Simply put, I loved your Tom Ford dress but did not love your matching Tom Ford cocoon. Silly rabbit, capes are for kids... and superheroes.

Angelina Jolie - Every heterosexual male in the world is going to disagree with me, but this isn't about your dress, it's about how you wore it. I guess you wanted to hightail it home to your 6 pack of kids pronto because you were apparently trying to hail a cab all night with your thigh thrust out of your dress. Yes, your custom black velvet Atelier Versace gown was hot, but your posture and body language were not. The sexy thing about daring super high thigh slits is the random peek, not the overexposed limb.

Melissa Leo - Shirt or dress, shirt or dress? Although your sparkly two tone black and gold Reem Acra gown glittered, it was not Oscar gold. Again, I'm being picky here, but if I were your friend in the limo with you, I would have cut the top gold shirty part of your dress off, removed the belt and given you a sheer piece of floaty fabric to drape over your shoulders. If you need any other tips for future red carpet appearances, I'm available 24/7, just 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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