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A Model and a Horse

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I can bring a horse to water, but you can't force me to eat.


Hello there, Let's Talk Styler's. I hope you all had a happy Cinco de Mayo with plenty of macho nachos, mega margaritas and frozen sangrias to go around. Although I failed to catch any inspiring Mexican themed ensembles while hitting la calle yesterday, I did catch some stylin' sombreros that were beyond muy grande, spotted Saturday at the 139th annual Kentucky Derby races in Louisville.

You may not be able to trust the B in Apt 23 to come back for another season, but you can trust the actress who plays the B to perfectly nail the contemporary derby dress code. Yes, Krysten Ritter mastered the merging of old fashioned femininity with bold modern edge in a lace trimmed floral print Dolce & Gabbana dress to win, accessorized with a big ribbon trimmed hat to place and chunky black, unforgiving heels to show.

What can I say? The B knows how to derby dress. She came off as a belle of the ball with bite, and one of the best things to come out of Kentucky since bourbon (and George Clooney).


Hi Sammy,

Straight up, whats the one must have trend that I need for spring?



Hi Julianne! Thank you for your short, sweet, but completely relevant question. My answer is going to be equally short and sweet - if you don't have one already, you need an embroidered tunic.

Also referred to as the peasant top, boho blouse, etc., it's a romantic, lightweight staple that folks will assume you scored during your last vacay to Cozumel. Spotted at many a music festival and in all of the hottest lookbooks of the season, it's the. piece. to. own.

Right now I'm crushing on the Neve Double Keyhole Peasant Top from Johnny Was. It may seem a bit pricey at $189, but I promise you, it is the most versatile piece to incorporate into your springtime style rotation. Wear it with shorts and wedges, skinny jeans, flares for a super 70's bohemian look, cargos, capris, a mini/maxi skirt, or throw it on over your bikini while sunning on the beach. It's a flattering, go-to trend to suit any age and/or shape. Added bonus: if you take good care of it, it'll last forever.

Straight up.




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Model Shake

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Can I get some complex carbs with that shake?


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

Boring bobbies? Pump them up using pretty polish as paint!



Model Bohemian

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Bohos do it better.


My significant other made a simple, stoic statement over lunch and cocktails yesterday. "Shopping for you is hard". I second that emotion. Shopping for myself is hard. I often suffer from an eternal case of buyer's remorse, spending more time and energy returning my purchases than keeping them and giving them a good, loving home.

Lately, I have been enforcing a new technique. I add something to my Universal wish list, and if I still love it-want it-need it-have to have it one month later, then it shall be.

We are now 6 weeks shy of my next birthday, and one of the beautiful things about penning my own fashion blog is that I can fill it with subliminal hints, i.e. I want one or more of these pretty little above the knuckle rings that are made of real gold and won't turn my fingers black/green. It's been a month and I still love them-want them-need them-have to have them, so hopefully, then it shall be. A Catbird and/or Etsy gift card will do.

That wasn't so hard, was it?


Make Oklahoma Ok

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Want a new red tank? Want to feel good about yourself?

Buy this cool Oklahoma benefit tank from the folks at Hello Apparel, and all $15 of the proceeds will benefit the Oklahoma Red Cross.

Just ordered mine...

hoping Oklahoma will be okay.*


Model Memorial Day

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Happy Memorial Day weekend, friends and followers. Do, eat or wear something stylish.



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

Massage blotting papers into oily roots in lieu of shampoo.



My favorites:

Tatcha Original Aburatorigami Beauty Papers - Tatcha , $12
Eyetini Blotting Napkins - Beauty Bridge, $10
Sephora Blotting Papers - Sephora, $10

Hi Sammy,

My work wardrobe is pretty boring -- all black,tan and gray trousers and pencil skirts with black/gray/white blouses. What's an easy and cheap way to make it less drab without having to buy a bunch of new pieces?



Hi Margret!

Don't fret. Black and gray neutrals aren't boring, they're classic basics that are office appropriate, built to last, and easy to mix and match with anything. Congratulations on having a solid foundation of workwear essentials. Now, the key to boosting any basic? Just add color.

You can:

1 - pick up a bunch of colorful solid springtime tees for next to nothing (not too sheer)
2 - adorn your neck with a multicolored statement necklace, or
3 - add an unexpected pop of color to your feet with a cool patterned pair of pumps.


A shoe whore at heart, I would opt for option 3. These Dango Pumps, for instance, are unchained at wait for it, $10.97. They'll look hot with a black or tan pencil skirt and totally cool peeking out from under a wide leg pant. You can get away with wearing the same shoes two times in a row and won't cause distractions by going against dress code, unless you work in a cube next to a strange dude with a shoe fetish.

Get yours now at Shiekh Shoes.


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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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