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Post Nuptial Post

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I did it.

I got married. It's all a beautiful blur right about now, but here are a few bridal bullet points that I do remember about the night I said I do.

I didn't fall. I did fit into my dress.
I didn't eat. I did dance.
I didn't ruin my makeup. I did cry.
I didn't make it on time to the ceremony. I did catch my groom mouth the words "wow" when he first saw me.
I didn't think I could ever be this happy. I did feel more beautiful than I ever have before.

Thank you dear readers, for patiently putting up with me during all of my wedding style trials and tribulations during the last six months. Perhaps some of my rants, frustrations and findings will prove helpful during your search for the perfect wedding dress, shoes, rings, accessories, etc. In the meantime, I leave you with a quote from my favorite pretty Princess...

The right shoe can change your life forever. -Cinderella.

Mrs. sammy

Happy Monday Let's Talk Styler's! If you didn't catch the Golden Globes last night, I'm here to give you the highs that rocked the red carpet and the lows that were trés misérables.

The envelopes, please...

Jessica Alba donned my favorite look of the night in a sublime silk faille trumpet gown by Oscar de la Renta. Some will call the shade coral, others will call it melon, my husband called it salmon fishing in the yemen. No matter what color you call it, it complemented Alba's skin tone to perfection, as did her Veronica Lake hair, Jimmy Choo heels and $5.8 million dollar Harry Winston diamond necklace.

Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway was a vision in white in a sleek beaded and strapless Chanel haute couture gown. Her creamy complexion, ladylike silhouette, doe eyes and posh pixie hair made her a modern day princess, a cross between Audrey Hepburn, Mia Farrow and Liza Minelli, all in one. At the end of the day she looked smashing.

Presenter Kate Hudson looked absolutely regal in Alexander McQueen's fitted black gown with glorious gold embroidery detailing at the neck and waist, and best post baby bod goes to Homeland's Best Actress in a drama series winner, Claire Danes, sporting a flaming hot Versace gown and vixenish hairdo. Oh baby.



Although Morena Baccarin was part of the winning ensemble for best drama series, she did not bring it homeland in terms of styling. Her matronly dress did nothing for her figure and the sequined black landing strip down the front did nothing for her cleavage. Next awards show, go shopping with your co-star Claire.

Simple note to Eva Longoria. Choose one super revealing slit per gown. Your Emilio Pucci was pretty on top, too Angelie Jolie leggy down below. A little bit of skin goes a long way, especially when you're a shorty like me.

Rachel Weisz Skyfalls to the bottom of my list, scoring a double 0 negative 7 for her black sheer polka dotted Louis Vuitton gown that seemed better suited for retro queen New Girl nominee, Zooey Deschanel. You're married to James Bond missy, time to step away from getups that are the equivalent of Quantam of sartorial solace.


Your Nails Were All Yellow

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

Got yellow nail stains? Swipe 'em with a lemon wedge.


Extras: Sammy's Favorite Lemon Based Beauty Products:

Giana Rose Lemon Soap, Caswell-Massey $10
Lemony Flutter Cuticle Cream, Lush $16.95
Lemon Aid Color Correcting Eyelid Primer, Benefit $20

Model Fence

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She considered eating lunch but was on the fence about it.


For the record, I do not believe that Valentine's Day is a Hallmark holiday.

Call me materialistic, but I will never condemn any day where I am showered with champagne, flowers and little candy hearts that acknowledge that I am indeed HOT STUFF, no matter how much money Hallmark makes off of it. But...when it comes to Vday shopping, the last place you'll find me is in a Hallmark store.

I, my friends, prefer to travel the Vday gift road less traveled, procuring gifts that are somewhat off the beaten path. Sure, flowers and chocolates are swell and dandy, but this year, surprise her with something she'll never expect and I promise you fellas, you'll be handsomely rewarded.

Here are a few choice ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Heart shaped box of chocolates? Been there, gotten that.
A lovey dovey pair of candy elephants will show your lady that you're cute, you're quirky, and you'll never forget her.
Marzipan Elephants in Love, Dean & Deluca $24

Buying a gal a new handbag can be daunting. A cute red or pink wallet will show her that she's priceless.
*Extra credit if there's a gift card tucked inside to her favorite store.
Colorblock Leather Zip Wallet, Coach $168

Instead of treating her to Ryan Gosling's abs à la The Notebook on Blu-ray, treat her to an actual notebook, personalized with her name on it. Triple check that it's spelled right.
Love Stories Journal, Minted $16

Again, I have nothing against Hallmark, but I'll always have a soft spot for handcrafted cards. If you're artistically insecure about the state of your stick figures, give her a card featuring artwork drawn by a pediatric cancer patient.
It will warm her heart and the proceeds will help give back to kids living with cancer. Two gifts in one.
Puppy Love Greeting Card drawn by Alyssa from Corpus Christi, Texas, MD Anderson Center Children's Art Project $3.

Girls, wondering what to get your guy? Two words. Beer. Chocolate.
He'll love the perfect pairing of spicy chipotle chili peppered ale with a brick of bittersweet chocolate that will keep him feeling all manly. And, chocolate and hot peppers are both aphrodisiacs...just sayin'.
Rogue Ale's 22oz Chipotle Ale, Made in Oregon $6.75
Swiss Bittersweet Bar, Lindt Chocolate, $3.85

Totes for Tech

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I have a tendency to lose things in my bag. My Motorola Droid Razr, my driver's license, random Quaker Oats granola bars... If I had a small child I would probably lose them in one of the plentiful side pockets of my purse as well.

My current Bermuda Triangle of a bag was recently compromised when a forgotten bottle of nail polish melted all up in there, leaving a sticky chocolate Essie enameled mess that I was at least relieved to discover wasn't chocolate (or an even grosser substance). Needless to say, I'm always now ready for a new bag, and this time I'm choosing one that will not devour my cell phone, coin purse, Xanax, or other needful things.

If you haven't already heard, the Tech Wallet is the new "It" trend in baggage, giving you a smart compact container for your smartphone with slots for cards, folds for cash, and removable wristlet straps that will allow you to carry them on their own, as a clutch, or tucked away in a bigger bag. I vote for option one. I'd lose it in a bigger bag.

Brahmin has just put some Spring in my step with their newly released Pastels for All Seasons Collection, featuring pretty cases that are tech friendly, easy on the eyes and light on the wrist. You'll find chic tech wallets, universal wallet/case combos for your phones, keys and cash, and fab tablet flaps where the clutch meets the shoulder bag/iPad folio, all available in a pleasing palette of strawberry and lemon sorbet shades.


Brahmin Tablet Flap $275
Debi Clutch Wallet $95
Universal Wallet $65

Model Thoughts

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My hair does not define me. My cheekbones do.


Best Dressed SAG Awards

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Happy Monday Let's Talk Styler's! Time for another red carpet recap, this time covering last night's 19th Annual Screen Actor's Guild Awards ceremony.

It was Jennifer Lawrence's night. Not only did she win Best Actress for her role in Silver Lining's Playbook, but she also wins my pick as best dressed, looking exceptionally stunning in a navy blue Christian Dior Haute Couture gown. It was rumored that she had the flu, which makes sense because she looked totally sic.

Amanda Seyfried - Also nailed it in navy, wearing a Zac Posen blue mermaid gown and showcasing the popular Veronica Lake side swept do seen on many a best dressed starlet. p.s. Love the pendant necklace.

Naomi Watts - Best Actress nominee for The Impossible looked fifty shades of chic in any icy grey Marchesa gown that I absolutely adored, and not just because it bore a striking resemblance to my wedding gown.*

Jessica Chastain - Some people loved it, some people hated it. I'm a lover of this Zero Dark Hottie look, a bold red Alexander McQueen gown that paid homage to another red headed screen siren named Jessica, Rabbit that is. She's not bad. She's just dressed that way.



The Big Bang's Kaley Cuoco was a big bust on the red carpet, winning worst look all around with a cotillion like red lace Ramona Kaveeza dress that was too short, weird bangs and hair volume that was too high, and nothing that was just right.

Coming in a close second was Sigourney Weaver in a shiny black bib topped gown that did nothing to flatter her figure. Ripley, believe it or not, I know you have a hot bod under there.


Rose Byrne. I always applaud her for taking risks, but this Valentino Resort 2013 gown would only work on Michelle Dockery in a tea party scene from Downton Abbey. Cheerio.

Julianne Moore. The Best Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries winner for Game Change is in need of a Stylist Change, in a couture Chanel gown that had a skirt that appeared to have been seed bombed by some rogue gardener and an ill fitting deep plunge top that gave her a bad case of droopy boob. I know this is the SAG awards Julianne, but next time give your girls some support.

To Sachet or to Shower

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Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week, 10 Words or Less.

Who needs sachets? Slip your sweetest smelling soaps into drawers.


Rows of Roses Sachets, Anthropologie $38

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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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