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Hi Sammy!

I really like the peter pan collar, but I want to be able to wear it without looking like a baby or a grandma. Any suggestions?

Love ya!


Hi Olivia,

I love ya back! Especially because you asked me such an awesome question. I personally love me some Peter Pan collars, even more than creamy Peter Pan peanut butter, but I fully understand your predicament. If you get the trend wrong, you can easily end up looking like a cross between Betty White or Lucy from Peanuts. Luckily for you, the style doctor is in, and your favorite blogger knows exactly how to nail it.

The key to pulling off a Peter Pan collar is to simply edge. it. up. You can easily achieve this contrast by pairing your PP collar with a crop top or tank, skinny or ripped jeans, chunky wedges, boots, cutoffs, and basically anything that says "yeah, I may be all cute and girlie on top, but I'm a rock star chick on the bottom". Kinda like a fashion mullet.

Just check out this Peter Pan Leather Collar from Asos.


I don't know about you, but I don't see grandma or grammar schoolgirl at all.

Try to avoid excess frills and ruffles, all things ultra feminine and Tinkerbellish, and you should be golden, as opposed to Golden Girl.

I hope this helps Olivia. Thank you for being a friend.



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Model Insecurities

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OMG, I have cankles!


Faux No Chanel Tote

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Good morning LTS'ers. I hope that you all enjoyed a pleasant weekend and that your Monday mornings have gotten off to a splendid start. I, myself, am a little down in the dumps this morning due to dropping my boyfriend off at the airport 3 hours ago. He'll be gone for a week and a half on a business trip, so I will spend my time in his absence doing what any self respecting woman will do when her significant other is gone for an extended period of time. I will shop for purses.

The only problem is that most of the purses I want cost more than a freshman's first semester tuition at Yale. Marc Jacobs, Rebecca Minkoff, ChloƩ, Kooba, Miu Miu. It ain't happening. At least not in this economic lifetime. I know you feel my pain.

Can't afford an authentic Chanel bag? You have 3 options...
1. Hit Chinatown in the Big Apple for a knockoff.

2. Hit eBay for pre-owned baggage.

3. Fake it with this chic black Quilted Lock Across Body Bag from Asos for $28.65. Or, make fun of the fact that you can't afford a real Chanel bag with this Thursday Friday Tote, also from Asos.

It's not that cheap, at $124, but it's a lot better than dropping over two grand for the real thing. Then you can move on to the next stage of amusing yourself while your man is missing in action. You can shop for shoes.


If you weren't anywhere near the telly last Wednesday night, hold on to your knickers and britches because America's Next Top Model is about to get bloody interesting.

For those of you who missed the Cycle 18 premiere last week, be sure to tune in to the CW tonight at 9 to catch the second episode of ANTM's newest installment, America's Next Top Model: British Invasion.

This season, seven All-American model hopefuls will duke of york it out against seven English and Scottish model mates who have already made a splash as contestants on Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model. Prepare for model mayhem old chaps, because the battle of the beauties has just begun.


I hope I'm not committing an act of treason by admitting that I find a few of the Londoners brilliant and smashing, but I've always been intrigued by all things British (except blood pudding). At first glance, the Brits seem to have more than a bit of experience, but the Yanks have the home court advantage, strutting their walks on American soil with the fierceness that we Northerners are known for. They have Kate Moss. We have Tyra.

Another change I'm going barmy over is the addition of new guest judge, fashion PR goddess, Kelly Cutrone, who tells it like it is no matter how much it hurts. In short, get used to a lot of drama, a lot of subtitles, and a whole lot of malarkey.

May the fish and chips fall where they may.


Due to the struggling economy, I haven't posted a Lotto Buy in ages. In fact, I haven't written one in so long that my newer blog followers might not even be aware of what a Lotto Buy is. Simply said, a Lotto Buy is something that I might buy only if and when I win the lottery.

It seems rather frivolous to daydream about expensive adornments and accessories, especially when I need to pay my taxes, car insurance and multiple baby shower gifts. But...if you're a loyal lover of lotto, here's something to keep on your radar just in case you get lucky.

This Hold Court Quinn Bag from Kate Spade is whimsical, playful, and the perfect purse to play mini putt-putt in. Covered in faux grass, it's a swell accessory for springtime at $298, which would probably cover your lawn maintenance for a year.

Do you need it? Of course not. Rich people buy a lot of things they don't need, get used to it. Added bonus? You can always use it as a backup if it's raining and your dog needs to piddle.


Model Numerology

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This model pose has been brought to you by the number 4.


Cream of the Crop Tops

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Hey Sammy,

What are some trends for the spring/summer? I don't have alot of $ but want to look cool and in style.



Hi Annie,

Although I am a style blogger with a responsibility to uphold my reputation as a chic cyber trendsetter for the fashion community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, I'm the first to admit that I'm always most comfortable in a simple jeans and tank combo. To me, there isn't anything cozier than a perfectly broken in pair of boyfriend jeans and a supersoft tank or tee that has accrued just the right amount of washes in the gentle cycle.

This is why I'm pleased as rum punch to report that other than your token sundresses, crop tops are still all the rage this summer. They first cropped up a couple of summers ago, but now you'll see them everywhere, and they're so cheap you can stock up on them by the bushel. Wear them as coverups to the beach over your bikinis, to brunch, bar dates and bistros, but don't wear them to work. Unless you want to find yourself on the cropping block for not following office dress code regulations.

I've been eyeing a fresh crop of crops from deLiA*s, including this sweet lacey ivory Hi/Lo Tank, this hip black and white ethnic tank, and this bright crop that will help me embrace the neon trend which is also going to be hot hot hot this summer.

What else will be hot as we spring forward into 2012? Floral prints and stripes are always on trend for spring, then I'll be gravitating towards tribal and safari chic prints and cooling fringe hems as the weather heats up.

I'll be pairing my crops with denim cutoffs during the day, skinny jeans by night. If you have a long torso and aren't feeling the belly pride, layer your crop over a full length tank, dress or long sleeved top for extra coverage. The options are endless.

As an even cheaper option Annie, crop 'em if you got 'em. Take your old, tired, begging to be revamped tees, a pair of scissors, and crop them to your desired length.



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This one goes out to the Miami based fashionistas I love -- The folks at DVF and Marysol Patton of Real Housewives of Miami fame have been sweet enough to invite yours truly as well as all of my Let's Talk Style insiders to enjoy an evening of cocktails and shopping at Diane von Furstenberg's Bal Harbour shop tomorrow, Thursday March 15 from 7-9 pm.

Diane is continuing her month long celebration of International Women's Day, so sip, shop and feel good knowing that 10% of your purchases from the day will be donated to the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program.

Just rsvp to ACollado@DVF.com and tell them Sammy sent you.*


Model Endoresements

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She had a face that launched a thousand tampon ads.


Model Punishment

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Sometimes even top models get put in time out.


Fit to Be Flared

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Hi Sammy,

I want to get a new pair of jeans but dont like skinny jeans or the bright color jeans that are in right now. What jeans r in style that would be good for me, I'm 5 ft 4 and 130 lbs.

Thank u,


Hi Anna ( and fellow LTS's),

I've been on blogging time out for the past week, over burdened with work and not nearly enough play, and you my dear readers have suffered for it. So sorry for being off the fashion radar for so long, but I promise I was wishing I was here with you during every minute of my hiatus.

Now for Anna's query. Thanks for your candid honesty, Anna, and for following your inner to-trend or not-to-trend instincts. Yes, colored jeans are in right now in a major way with a Skittle hued sensation of rainbow colored denim showing up on spring fashion billboards and ad campaigns everywhere, from the Gap to Calvin Klein, and then some.

My take on the colored jeans craze? It's cool. It's colorful. It won't last. If you're under the legal drinking age and/or have beanpole-like stems, go for it, you can get away with it. But don't be surprised when you're laughing at photos of your younger self twenty years from now sporting orange and pink popsicle sticks in lieu of legs.

My friend Anna, however, is sticking to her guns and opting not to drink the colored jeans Kool-Aid, so I will clue her in to my latest denim obsession that is - the flare.


I confess, I have been having an affair with flare since December, when I treated myself to a chic pair of Lucky Brand flares that made my short stacked legs look long and lean, my thighs trimmer and my butt better than Beyonce's. Okay, 60 to 68 percent AS bootylicious as Beyonce's. Quote me on that.

They were big in the 70's and now they're back with modern twists and turns, accents and embellishments that make them work for the new millennium. Luckily, this a trend that works for everyone, the wider leg openings balance proportions and flatter even the curviest silhouettes, unlike those skinny jeans that have been ruling the denim world. As with all jean styles, dress 'em up or dress 'em down. Flare jeans are like dinner at Outback, no rules, just right.

If you're still not sold, check out Ashley Greene sporting them above for DKNY Jean's latest ad campaign.

Yeah, totally worth all the fanflare.



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Every now and then a seasonal trend comes along that I just don't get and/or care for. This spring's case in point - the pocket exposed cutoff shorts.

Back in the day when I would craft my own denim cutoffs, if the pockets were hanging out past the hem it meant oops, my bad, I cut them too short. Today if you see a pocket hanging out of a pair of daisy dukes, it's totally purposeful.

Exhibit A:


Don't get me wrong, I love the look of a good pair of distressed denim shorts, but this looks straight up awkward to me, like this chick has a couple of accidental streams of toilet paper sticking out both sides of her pants. And what if you carry lots of stuff in your pockets? Talk about bulky. Not to mention it's a huge welcome sign for pickpockets: Hey dude, want a free iPhone4? Just rip out my visible quad sacks!

Maybe I'm too old. Maybe I'm too square, but I honestly wouldn't be caught dead sporting this style gimmick that seems like the female equivalent of those dudes who wear low rider jeans that bare their entire boxer'ed behind.

I don't want to see your undies fellas and I don't want to see your pockets ladies, so sorry Miley Cyrus and Vanessa Hudgens. To me, this trend is a complete out of pocket expense.

I've got one hand in my covered pocket and the other one is giving a peace sign.

Model Games

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How models play Hide and Seek.


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