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No Streaks For You

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Fall is here, and with it comes the start of white pasty leg season. Thankfully, we no longer have to suffer thanks to the invention of super bronzelicious self tanners.

A quick tip. When it comes to self-tanning, no one wants to be a Streaky McGee. A simple lemon wedge can remove excess/streaky self-tanner in a snap.


Ones to try:

TanTowel Self Tan Towelettes, $24 for 10 packets
Fake Bake Self Tanning Body Butter, $20
Too Faced Tanning Bed in a Tube, $28
*all from Beauty Bridge

Model Steps

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She had almost completed her 25 step program.


If there is one recurring item that I've spotted on every one of my most beloved bloggers' fall wish lists, it is the leopard print haircalf clutch. These days you can consider practically any animal print accessory a neutral that will add a touch of texture and a whole lotta jungle love to your outfit.

It says I'm here. I'm fierce. I am woman, hear my clutch roar.

Image: wheretoget.it

Before you add this trend to your own fall wish list, a word of warning. Haircalf ain't cheap, so I've compiled a few of my favorite options that range from pretty affordable to a good chunk of your monthly rent payment, and a few haircalfs priced a little somewhere in between.


Cynthia Haircalf Tablet Clutch, $75 Banana Republic
Clare Vivier Haircalf Clutch, $195 Saks Fifth Avenue
Prism Haircalf Clutch, $478 Shopbop
Jerome Dreyfuss Paf Leopard Clutch, $565 Madison Los Angeles

Wear it well. It's a jungle out there.

Seasonal Bra Swap

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Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week.

Have a favorite bra that you reach for every other day? That over the shoulder boulder holder should be replaced somewhere between every three to six months before it begins to lose support and elasticity. In other words, be sure to treat the girls (meaning your boobs) to a new bra at least once during every change of season.


Extreme Push Up Bra Strapless Bra, Leonisa $40

A Top for All Seasons

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Dear Sammy,

I don't like bulky clothes and big thick sweaters. Any good layering pieces that I can wear this winter and all year?



Dear Marisa,

I feel you. Even though I love being snug, I don't like feeling like a puffed up marshmallow in winter wear, especially due to my small stature. I ultimately end up looking like Ralphie's little brother via A Christmas Story with my arms sticking out at my sides, and I need help disrobing. It's très embarrassing.

I much prefer body con waffle tees, henleys and thermals than can be worn under a slim fit flannel or fitted sweater while still showing off my waist to hip ratio.

Although you may not be able to get use out of a waffle tee or thermal year round, this Alia Crepe Peplum from Johnny Was is the perfect transitional top that you can wear all through the seasons, under a long sleeved streamlined tee, under a flowing cardi, or to keep things fem under a rough around the edges military jacket. Silk juxtaposed with army surplus? So winter chic.


In short, look for pieces that will still show off your girlish figure and look good worn solo next spring and summer, while also allowing some extra room for underthings and overthings to keep you comfy come winter and fall.


Having a fashion dilemma or crisis?

Need to know what top goes with what bottom?

Don't go it alone. Ask Sammy!

Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week.

Roots coming in and no time to hit up your stylist? Use a sectioning comb to zigzag your roots for instant undercover camouflage.

This set of Ionic Technology Combs from Vidal Sassoon will help you section, detangle, and add volume in a snap.


Excess Baggage

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If I won the Lottery, if my house was paid off, and if I wasn't considering having any children in the near future, I would totally want this buttery leather Alexander Wang Rockie Bag in Ginger from Madison Los Angeles for $796. There I said it.


There Will Be Oxblood

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Dear Sammy,

What is the hottest color for fall?



Hi Cynthia,

Maybe it's Halloween, maybe it's the last five fashion rags I read on Zinio, but right now I'm all about oxblood. It is the hottest hue on the fall color spectrum, and you're going to find it everywhere, from main big ticket pieces to little accents and accessories.

Here is a quick peek at my top oxbloody picks:


Baby it's cold outside, but you can still pull off this wine hued Faux Leather Zip Skirt with tights and a chunky sweater. From PacSun, on sale for $29.97.

Want to go monochromatic? Wear it with this Amelie top from Peruvian Collection (on sale fro $99) and these classy Fille d'Orsay Pumps for a trifecta of autumn color, $170 at Shopbop.

Too much? All you need is a little accent like this Linea Pelle Wrap Bracelet to embrace the color trend with an edge. Also from Shopbop, $106.

This Oxford Flap Satchel is all ladylike and office appropriate, featuring a tri-texture oxblood combo of oxblood lizard trimmed in cocoa melbourne and papaya vachetta. Brahmin, $375.

If all else fails, a simple bordeaux mani or painted pucker will get the bloody point across.


Having a fashion dilemma or crisis?

Need to know what top goes with what bottom?

Don't go it alone. Ask Sammy!

Model Witch

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Something witchy this way comes...

Happy pre-Halloween weekend my pretties. I hope you have a witchin' time scoring tricks and treats at all of your parties, haunts and All Hallow's Eve festivities.



I've always wanted a puffer vest. It is the one seasonal piece that is the epitome of ski slope chic, but being a Miami girl where the climate rarely dips below 65, I could never fully justify spending a fistful of cash on a pricey puffer that didn't even have a pair of arm warming sleevies attached.

Now I have two reasons:

1 - I frequently visit my new extended family who live where it's cold, in the D.
2 - I found the perfect puffer that is priced just right.

Check out this absolutely arctic friendly Fur Trim Vest from the U.S. Polo Association. Featuring a slate gray quilted puffer design up front, all soft knit hooded business in the back with a removable faux trim on the hood for when you're feeling flirty/frisky/woodland animalish, or not.

I can wear it with thinner long sleeved tees, dresses and tights down south, cozy thicker sweaters, flannels, turtlenecks and thermals up north. It's surprisingly warm, incredibly soft, and I can't wait to show it off with jeans, a ribbed beanie and my Scotland honeymoon boots. Best of all? It's on sale for $36.99.

p.s. It also comes in a sweet shade of cream.

You know you want one.


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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