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Just when I thought I was fully recovered from MB Fashion Week Swim, it is time for a new season to commence. I have hardly made a dent in my goodie bag skincare samples from the summer, yet six or so weeks have zipped by and the fashion world now has their sights set on spring with the Spring 2013 Collections making their debut in the Lincoln Center tents tomorrow, September 6th.

Sadly, I had to RSVP with a handful of disheartened regrets to a few choice shows but alas, I do not always have the diligence to jetset across the country to the city that never sleeps, especially now that I have a destination wedding to plan and have become a nervous nelly bride-to-be that never sleeps.

On the positive side, even though I will be unable to relish every look on the runway in the flesh, I can still partake in a few fashion week festivities from afar, starting with FNO.


If you haven't heard about FNO before now, you must not read my blog. Here's the scoop - Tomorrow night, fashion editors, stars, models, designers, fashionistas, bloggers and shopaholics alike will take to the streets, flooding stores in cities across the country and all around the world to experience fashion's most iconic extravaganza, now in its 4th year running.

Consider it a late night of style, shopping, sales, music, nibbles, libations and good times to be had by all (or anyone with a decent credit limit). It's a cool way for stores to get in on the Fashion Week frenzy by kicking off the new season and getting folks revved up about the arrivals that are soon to come.

Expect celebrity spottings, block parties, cupcakes, a bit of bubbly and mega sales at spots including Aventura Mall, the Design District, Bal Harbour, the Merrick Shops and Dadeland Mall.

Maybe I'll see you there. It's not like I'll be getting any sleep anyway.


Model Accessories

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Hello. My name is Joy, and I'm an accessory-aholic.

Hello, Joy.


Happy Monday Let's Talk Styler's(!) I may be a few days late, but I finally took the liberties of reviewing last Thursday's red carpet looks from the VMA's and the ballots are in.

Here is a quickie rundown of my best and worst dressed picks from MTV's 2012 Video Music Awards, better late than never.

Simply the Best

Despite her shocking new boy cropped hairdo, Rihanna just reeked of Old Hollywood glamour in a sleek white and backless Prabal Gurang gown. Word has it RiRi hugged her infamous ex Chris Brown while making her way back to her seat. In a dress this hot, she had to flaunt it.

Seriously, how cute is Emma Watson in her adorably colorful Peter Pilotto mini dress? She's young. She's free-spirited. She's fresh. She's a "Fun" song. Always edgy, never trashy, that's what Emma Watson's wardrobe is made of.

Sadly the Worst

It wouldn't be a music-related worst dressed list without Nicki Minaj staining the red carpet. Don't get me wrong, I love Nicki's jams, but no matter how hard I try to cut her some slack, I still can't force myself to ignore her atrocious choices. Here she resembles a limo driving chauffeur who may pull over at any moment to strip for the Bachelor party passengers riding in back.

'Sup Riff Raff? So nice of you to join us in between shooting hoops with your bros. Next time do us all a favor. Shower first.

So, today is the last official day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. In between addressing wedding invitations and scouting bridal day makeup artists, I've found the time to take in the looks of old favorites (Nicole Miller/Michael Kors/Donna Karan) as well as new design teams on the block (rock on Katie Holmes' of Holmes & Yang). I've ogled the street styles surrounding the tents, I've followed the drama (some French chick slapping one of Zac Posen's PR people), and I think I have a good handle on the trends that we can all look forward to rocking come March 20th, 2013, e.g. the first day of spring.

Rather than give you the dish show by show, I'm going to sum up my most favoritest trends, brought to you by the letter L: Lemon. Leather. Life Aquatic. [I could've just gone with Aquatic, but I liked the alliteration and I heart Wes Anderson].


Who doesn't feel pretty and springtimey when donned in yellow? Yummy warm and cool shades of yellow made a smattering of appearances on the fashion week scene, from classic canary palettes to pops of lemon sorbet, sunny yellow accents at Mara Hoffman to DKNY's iconic taxi cab confession yellow. It's easy, it's wearable, it will be in this spring. Trust me.

Leather, normally reserved for the fall collections, is proving to be an insanely hot staple during the upcoming spring season, making it's way in skirts, shorts, tops and even harnesses(!), capitalizing on the Fifty Shades of Grey frenzy, I'm sure. By the by, the shade of gray was also utilized effectively, as seen @Rebecca Minkoff.

Life Aquatic. Some designers went for the hard edge while others found inspiration in softer waters. Poised for Poseidon, Monique Lhuillier showcased a feminine aquatic theme throughout her collection with mermaid shaped dresses, fish scale prints, aqua shadow on model eyelids, and an oceanic backdrop, while Charlotte Ronson featured fishnet overlays, waterproof see-through jackets and more soothing seascape patterns.

So, in summation, get thee some springtime leather separates, mellow yellow tops and dresses, and find your inner fashion Nemo with ocean inspired looks.


Model Room Service

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"Hello Room Service? I'd like to order a BLT. Hold the bun, B&T"


I Do to this Eau De Parfum

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There isn't anything that excites me more than when my soon-to-be betrothed whispers those three sweet, magical words into my ear... "you smell good."

Of course, your token "I love you" is always nice too, but when my man gets a whiff of a new fragrance and compliments me on it, it makes me feel sexy, irresistible, and totally justified for spending seventy something bucks on a 1.7 eensy ounce bottle of eau de toilette.

I'm in the midst of planning my bridal day beauty blueprint {hair down or updo? smoky eye or red lip? airbrushing, faux lashes, natural lashes, oh my!}, and although I'm a bit overwhelmed with the neverending list of services and options available to me, I do know one thing for sure, on my big day I want to smell bridally delicious.
I wish pheromones could cut it alone, but sometimes a gal needs a little help in finding the right bewitching bouquet. Thankfully my wedding budget won't be compromised when I score Lanvin's Marry Me perfume for less than $30 from my favorite online discount perfumery, FragranceX.

Seriously, this scent is perfect for any blushing bride, an intertwining, comingling combination of sweet peach notes, hints of freesia, jasmine, rose, orange blossoms and magnolia. It'll be my something new, and I'll use it to seduce him all during the honeymoon and long after I say "I Do".

You may now smell the bride.

See ya later applicator?

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Lately I've been beyond picky about my monthly beauty buys, spending more where I need to (regenerative eye cream) and less where I don't (pricey lip balms, Vaseline will do). In an attempt to curb my normal beauty spending, I've been cashing in all of my Ulta coupons, trading in department counter contraband for cheapie, just as effective drugstore finds (hello CoverGirl LashBlast mascara).

Most recently I decided to pass on my favorite liquid eyeliner from Sephora in exchange for Rimmel London's waterproof gel eyeliner for a fraction of the price. The gel was fine, but I hated the applicator that left me with Whatever Happened to Baby Jane style raccoon eyes. I was just about to toss out my old empty eyeliner tube along with my new acquisition, when I had a brilliant idea. I took out my old Sephora applicator, dipped it into the new Rimmel pot and was able to apply my perfectly winged eyeliner to both eyes with ease. Holy beauty breakthrough Batman!*&@$!


Why had I not thought of this before? Hold on to my favorite, more expensive applicators and spend less on product refills. Liquid eyeliner, mascara wands, eyeshadow brushes, the sky's the limit! Just keep them clean with makeup brush cleaners, shampoos and conditioners, and they'll be as good as new. I'm saving money, I'm applying my makeup as per usual, plus I'm reducing, reusing and recycling, like a good eco-centric citizen.

Score one for Sammy, and the environment.

Model Commands

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Simons says put your right arm on top of your head and look ridiculous.


Best Emmy Dresses 2012

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I'm proud to report that I watched the 64th Annual Emmy Awards ceremony in its entirety last night, so I have all of the dish on who won what, what the stars wore, and all of the trends that lit up the red carpet.

As for the winners, Homeland, Modern Family and Game Change swept up the majority of the statues, leaving former Emmy darlings like the cast of Mad Men, Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey in the dust.

As for the fashions, the color palettes were far from safe this year with bright pops of color turning every corner with vibrant oranges, yellows and blues making bold post-spring statements, plus a handful of metallic gowns thrown in for good measure. Here are my favorite looks that were all good and the worst looks that were breaking bad.



Ginnifer Goodwin made the good list this year in a showstopping orange embroidered gown by Monique Lhuillier that was anything but average and ordinary. I love that you refuse to play it safe Snow White, and this time your risk earns you a big happily ever after, at least in my book.

Citron was the lucky color of the night with a trio of the Best Actress winners sporting the shade, including a pregnant and glowing Claire Danes and Game Change's Julianne Moore, but in my opinion Modern Family's Julie Bowen pulled it off best in a gorgeous citron Monique Lhuillier column gown that complemented her hair, her tan, and her body to perfection. If they had it in white I'd want to wear it at my wedding.

Zou Bisou Bisou songstress, Jessica Paré (aka Megan from Mad Men) wore an elegant white, asymmetrical, custom-made Jason Wu gown that was simple in silhouette, stunning in its styling, earning my last top spot.



Allow me to introduce the newest cast member of Dancing with the Stars All Stars, Mad Men's very own January Jones, who appears ready to tackle the paso doble leg of the competition in her sheer, flamenco like Zac Posen showdress. All she needs is a red rose between her teeth and Maksim Chmerkovskiy there to drag her across the floor.

Lena Dunham. I love your show (Girls). I love that you were nominated in three brilliant categories. I love that you're never afraid to show your tatas to the general public. The only thing I hate more than your not taking an Emmy statue (or two, or three) home was this sad, matronly wallflower of a Prada dress. This was your night baby, people are fighting to dress you. Fire Betty White's stylist and wear something a little more "Fun" next time, taking a cue from your boyfriends' band.

Model Library

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And here are all the books I've never wanted to read.


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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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