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CHOOsy about Wedding Shoes

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Happy hump day Let's Talk Stylers. Sorry I've been MIA, but hey, have I mentioned I'm getting married? In between prepping for a trip to the D to tie up loose ends, changing my mind every minute about wedding hairstyles/favors/decor, and working my bridal buns off figuratively and literally (at the office and at home with Leandro Carvalho), I haven't had time to report on any of the latest trends, unless they're related to birdcage veils and bridal box clutches.

All that, and I still haven't come up with a Halloween costume.

Even though I'm pressed for time, I just had to check in and share these shoes. If I won the lottery, I would totally trade in my Badgley Mischka's for these Jimmy Choo heel zipped stunners, because choosy moms choose Jif, choosy brides choose Jimmy Choo.

ps - I'll take the clutch too.

photo credit: catherine leonard photograpgry, new york

Model Voter

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No, I like didn't watch the Presidential debate because I only have time to vote for contestants on reality shows.


Out of Season

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Hello again, it's been awhile.

I had a safe trip to Michigan (thanks for asking), where I had the pleasure of enjoying a medley of matrimonial festivities including an amazing bridal shower thrown by my beautiful Sis-in-law and Mother-in-law to be. It was a grand ol' time where I was showered with plenty of presents and panties, but now that I've returned I have been feeling out of sorts. No cause for concern, I have self diagnosed myself with a sad case of SAD, Seasonal affective disorder that is.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the ailment, SAD is a form of depression that usually occurs during the brisk autumn and winter months with sufferers longing for sunshine and warm weather. Curiously enough, I seem to be suffering from a rare, reverse case of SAD where I long for the cold climates, leaves a changing, snow a falling. Michigan might have spoiled me, methinks, for now I find myself missing all of the stylish seasonal fashions that all of those cool Northerners get to wear.


I miss wearing a scarf. I miss wearing my still kind of new barely used H&M coat. I miss having unfrizzy, perfect hair. I miss wearing boots that don't make my feet sweat worse than my entire body after my Reebok Challenge workout.

I'm experiencing a slew of the same symptoms other SAD sufferers endure... I can't concentrate, feel sluggish and irritable, have less energy and a loss of interest in work and other activities. The only difference is my South Floridian hot flashes.

The good news is that I will be returning to the D come January, where I will hopefully be rocking a new winter wardrobe + wedding gown. In the meantime, in an effort to stay active I've been moonlighting over at AllYouNeedLists.com where I contributed a Top 5 list of the Top Layering Pieces To Fall for this Fall. Not that I need any of them. {Sigh}.

So, my dear Let'sTalkStylers, if any of you are fortunate enough to be residing in a colder Northern climate, embrace it. Don't take it for granted... and most importantly, wear cute cold weather clothes while you can because there are sweating children in Florida who don't even have a change of seasons.


Balmy Lids

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Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week - 10 words or less.

Chapstick = awesomely cheap crease-free eyeshadow primer.


Model Baggage

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She would never have a healthy relationship until she dealt with all her baggage.


Dear Sammy,

Help! I was just invited to a Halloween party fri nite. What is a hip last minute costume that I can throw together cheap?




Hi Josie,

I feel your anxiety. My better half and I are attending our friends' annual Halloween bash this Saturday and we spent last weekend putting our heads together, brainstorming ideas for any creative costumes that didn't come out of a bag. We found something that works for both of us for under $10. Can you say Trick or Cheap?

If you're dead set against sporting a store bought costume, you have two choices. Hit the thrift stores or get your arts and crafts on. My first choice, based on your name alone would be to dress up like a rocker pussycat, but that may be too costly not to mention too cliché.

First step, scout out your own closet for ideas. I found the focus for our couples' costume theme while rediscovering some of my mom's old vintage dresses. For instance, that cool tribal sweatshirt you bought last season could be the starting point for a mod Native American ensemble, just add a cool do it yourself headdress, some tribal paint and voilá, you're dancing with wolves. Safety pin a bunch of feathers to a little black or white dress, add a mask and voilá you're dancing Swan Lake.


After you've found some inspiration, hit Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Be patient, it may take awhile, but if you have a good eye you can most likely find a coordinating piece or two that will bring your look home. Be prepared, you might also find something completely different and awesomer than you originally intended. Go with it. You can always hit the costume store for some look cementing accessories that are way cheaper than a full out costume.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

*Shoulder baring gray sweatshirt + legwarmers + red pumps = Jennifer Beals à la Flashdance.

*Blue/denim jumpsuit + red polka dot bandana + bared muscle = Rosie the Riveter.

*Short shiny bridesmaid dress + dollar store tiara * patent leather Mary Janes = Toddler in Tiara.

I hope these ideas help Josie. If you use any of them feel free to pay me back in Kit Kats or peanut butter Twix.



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Spraying Face

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Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week - 10 words or less/Creepy Vintage Model Pose

A mist of hairspray keeps makeup from wearing off midday.


Every now and then I happen upon a trend that I simply cannot endorse. While shopping at ShoeMint, I came upon one such trend, the see through purse.

I see London, I see France, I see everything this chick is carrying in her bag.

Clear beach totes, I get. Cosmetic cases I can understand. They save valuable minutes otherwise misspent on reaching in and pulling out a tube of mascara when you really want your lip gloss, but come on people. Do you really want a complete stranger ogling your new iPhone 5, wallet, stolen Splenda packets and/or feminine hygiene products while standing behind you at the checkout line at Whole Foods?

The shape and the structure is a'ight, but I would much prefer a no view/super secret style, like this beautiful autumn appropriate Olivia Rose Satchel from Brahmin.

If you're loving it, no hard feelings, it's just not my bag.


Model Halloween

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Halloween. The only day of the year when it is actually okay for a model to resemble a skeleton.

Happy All Hallow's Eve, from Let's Talk Style*


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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