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It's been awhile since I've treated you all to a quality blog post, my friends, and, well I'm sad to say that it's going to be awhile longer.

In just a few wee hours I will be heading overseas for my long awaited honeymoon, but don't get your knickers in a twist. I will return with plenty of knowledge from my foray into the UK, with Scottish style tips to share that are hotter than a flaming plate of haggis.

Until then, stay cool, dress well.

Forever plaid,

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Cheers, mates.

I'm fresh back from my UK getaway... at least my body is. My internal clock is still on Scotland standard time, my heart is still nestled in our cozy bed and breakfast retreat in the highlands, and my liver is still recovering at the hotel in Glasgow that treated us to complimentary wine, ales and spirits stocked in the mini bar.

As promised, in exchange for leaving you all highland and dry for a week and a half, I spent more than a wee part of my honeymoon scouting all of the Scottish style trends on the street. Here are my top ten overseas fashion findings.

10. Contrary to popular belief, the only folks wearing kilts were hotel doormen or blokes who worked at castles/tourist attractions.

9. 2 major makeup trends spotted. 1- fresh faced and freckly 2- heavily applied and retro, Amy Winehouse style. One or the other, no in between.


8. Scots and shorts. The most chic Scottish lasses bared the cold with black tights paired with denim cutoffs.

7. In the UK, your umbrella can make as big of a style impact as your bag.

6. Wellies look way cool with pretty skirts and dresses.

5. Headwear: Cute hats not only keep your head warm but also help control crazy flyaways thanks to those unpredictable Scottish winds. Hat spotted the most? Cozy boyfriend knit beanies as seen above. Hat spotted the least? Tartan berets.

4. Footwear: Scottish chicks aren't afraid to wear heels (court shoes in Scottish speak). I was proud to see some 4 inch platforms make their way down the cobblestone streets as well as biker inspired ankle booties. The leading sneakers (trainers) of choice? Classic Chuck Taylors.

3. Eyewear: Very few sunglasses (sunnies) sported in Scotland. Very many geeky thick blacked framed spectacles seen, just like in the states.

2. Tank tops are called vests. Used in a sentence: I was dying to bring home a cool vest that said Scotland, but the shops only had vests that said New York or LA.

1. Underwear: Doormen and blokes who work at castles/tourist attractions do wear something under their kilts. I spied with my little eye the waistband of some boxers when our doorman bent over.

Prayers for Boston

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Feeling very sad today. A few days ago I was happy to be back on American soil, and now I am just...sad.

I just made a donation to the One Fund, set up to help those affected by the horrific act of terrorism that took place at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. It made me feel better, if only a little.

Pray, donate and pay it forward. It might make you feel better, too. If only a little.



I'm On a Boat Shoes

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It has previously been established that I don't do flats. I did, however, spend 87.7% of my time in Scotland sporting a pair of stylish Steve Madden riding boots. This was an extenuating circumstance, you see. There were mountains and munros to climb, highland trails to take, cobblestone streets to strut, fine spirits to drink. Too many obstacles for my little wobbly legs to bear. It was a matter of life or death. I wear flats, I live. I wear 5 inch heels, I fall on my face, get hit by a bus and become Scottish roadkill.

But now, I am back on my stable turf, and anxious to get back to my sky high shoe ways for the rest of spring and summer.

How fun and potentially neck breaking are these Penny Loves Kenny Boat Wedges? The Ralph Lauren Polo preppiness of a classic boat shoe combined with a high, trendy and wedgie nautical striped heel. I could break a lot of bones in these.

I'll take two pairs.

p.s. They also come in red, white and blue, patriotically perfect for the 4th.

Bring on the skinned knees.

From Novus Shoes, $89.99.


Why do these old school fashion models look so happy? Probably because they still look as hot today as they did back in the nineties, thanks to one sleepy time secret. They sleep on silk pillowcases.

I have the bad habit of sleeping on the side(s) of my face and would end end spending the first hour at work with crazy creases covering my mug. I switched to a luxurious silk case, (a sweet no occasion gift from the loving husband), and now I wake up with super soft skin, zero wrinkles, and no more scary facial lines and dents to mess up my mornings.

Silk pillowcases are also great battlers of bedhead. Not only do they protect your tresses against tangles and knots but they also help maintain your style longer while making your hair smoother and silkier. Added bonus, it makes you feel rich, decadent and Zsa Zsa Gaborish.

Sold? Get your own silky pillowcase available in 6 pretty colors from Soft Surroundings, $39.95

Still undecided? Sleep on it.


Model Snacks

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She was all that, and a bag of low-fat chips.


You don't have to blow your entire tax refund on a new, neutral bag for spring. This season I'm all about mini straw clutches and wristlets accented with posh white strips and shiny metal hardware. They introduce an earthy element while still reading as city girl chic. During her recent visit, my super stylish Mother-in-law showed off the coolest bamboo bag she scored during her Hawaiian vacation, and I was sold.

Here are a few of my favorite finds, from the luxe splurge to the real steal.

Kate Spade New York Waverly Terrace Jeanetta Clutch, $268 at eBags.
Kelly & Katie Z Weave Straw Clutch, $34 at DSW.
Soiree Wristlet, $29.99 at Novus Shoes.

You're welcome.

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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