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Happy New Year Let's Talk Stylers!

I hope that you all had an incredible start ringing in the New Year. I, myself, spent a quiet evening at home reflecting on the past, present and future equipped with a flute of non-alcoholic bubbly, a loving hubby and a very loud pup with a severe firework phobia.

It has been a milestone year for me to say the least, enjoying the first year of marriage and the revelation of a new little dependent who is due to make an appearance right before our taxes are due. Through all of the changes in my life, mind and body, I find myself feeling very fortunate that you all still stop by to catch up, visit and read my little blog. For this, I thank you.

My only resolution this year is to not sweat the small stuff, while welcoming all of the changes that this new year will bring with open arms.

Happy New Year dear friends and followers, and here is to a magnificent 2014!

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Things Santa Left Me

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Although the last crumbles of holiday cookies have been devoured and our Christmas tree and ornaments have been packed away with care, the spirit of the season is still with me. Now is the time when I can sit back, relax, rejoice, and finally start to play with the items Santa left me for making this year's nice list.

My husband, baby daddy Santa surprised me with a pretty lavender Clarisonic Mia that has now become my favorite nighttime ritual. It makes my face smoother and softer, I imagine, than the baby's bottom that is apparently twerking away in my womb. It is a luxurious gift that I would never have splurged on for myself, and I don't know how my face has survived this long without it.

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My stockings were stashed with H&M gift cards to help me indulge in some maternity and post baby shopping, matching home tees and onesie for the entire family, and a lovely pair of tortoise Ray-Ban Original Wayfarers that I've been wanting forever and a day. My big brother Santa, also treated me to my choice of Warby Parker specs and a gift card that came with a delightful kit for me to make my own snowman while dashing through the snow in the D.

If these gifts are any indication of my inherent niceness, I'd say I was a pretty good girl this year... in spite of the fact that my hormones left me pouting and crying since August. Thank you Santa, for still coming to Sammy town.

What did you get for Christmas?

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A couple of months ago, a crafty friend gifted me with a homemade lavender and oil sugar scrub that has been keeping my flaky skin at bay by exfoliating all of my driest bits and pieces. It was so luxurious that it sent me on the cyberhunt for other DIY scrubs that are just as potent and powerful.

Mission accomplished. I just found another super cool homemade beauty scrub recipe courtesy of the Beauty Place Blog.

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So...you could spend $38 on a fancy jar of spa scrub, or you can make a giant batch of your own with organic staples that are already sitting in your pantry.

Wake up and smell the smoother thighs by mixing half a cup of your used coffee grinds from your morning pot of joe with a quarter cup sugar and a quarter cup of extra virgin olive oil. Apply in a circular motion to your most cellulite ridden areas, rinse off, pat dry and voila! Your blood vessels will be stimulated, your skin exfoliated and hydrated, for thighs that will appear sleeker, smoother, and less dimply.

p.s. If your man is a coffeeholic, he'll think you smell good too.

Italian Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil The Olive Press, $19- $28
Demarara Brown Sugar Dean & DeLuca, $7.50
Organic Coffee Cafe Britt, $10.95

It is time. Award season is upon us, and last night I had the chance to enjoy a relaxing prenatal foot rub from the babby daddy while taking in all of the glitz, glam and gorgeousness of the 71st annual Golden Globes. During the three hour presentation, 1/3 of which was taken up by Jacqueline Bisset's acceptance speech, I saw a majority of starlets who played it safe in basic strapless black gowns, yet there were a few risk takers who caught my eye. The envelopes please...

A - list

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Amy Adams. I was enchanted with this simple yet stunning statement that just flowed down the red carpet. Amy evoked her award winning American Hustle character in a Halstonesque gown with a sexy plunging neckline that celebrated the last days of disco.

Lizzy Caplan: Aye aye Caplan. The Masters of Sex star proved that she also has a masters in styling in a crochet-inspired black gown that featured some seriously amazing embroidery and hardware, with a gorgeous neck and sleeved overlay by Emilio Pucci. Cool, interesting, corporal couture.

In my eyes, Kate Beckinsale can do no wrong. The ageless actress stunned in a sleeveless, gunmetal metallic gown by Zuhair Murad yet kept things edgy and imperfect with the low messy side bun look I had wanted for my wedding.

Other Winners: Cate Blanchett's Armani Prive black lace and tulle gown with plunging back was perfection, Wolf of Wall Street's Margot Robbie was simple and sleek in Gucci, and Emma Watson brought a hint of surprise with her Audrey Hepburn like slim black pants peeking under her orange/reddish Dior Couture gown.

Best & Worst Baby Bump

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I'm preggers now, so I feel fully capable of judging this category. Rush/Her star and presenter Olivia Wilde made the most of her in utero accessory by showcasing it in a form fitting emerald green, silk, long-sleeved gown by Gucci Premiere. The metallic and emerald crystals made her shine from the neck down as much as her belly escort made her glow from the chin up. Oooh baby.

Whereas Olivia glamorized her knocked upedness, Drew Barrymore frumped hers all up, coming off like a cavity inducing confection that would be served at an Easter buffer. Her cream-colored Monique Lhuillier gown did nothing for her or her ever growing silhouette, complete with unflattering floral appliques that just made her look bigger and poofier.

Disappointments:

J Law might have taken home a Golden Globe for her best supporting actress turn in American Hustle, but on the fashion front she only inspired a slew of silly lookalikes in her strapless, white Dior Haute Couture gown accessorized by a pair of black belts or two strips of washi tape, you be the judge.

I always look forward to seeing what Zoe Saldana will be surprising us with on the red carpet, but this season the Star Trek stunner left me wanting more in her black and pink accented gown by Prabal Gurung.

Robin Wright (who kinda played twinsies with Naomi Watts) looked statuesque in Reem Acra's gold-beaded halter gown, but experienced a fashion faux pas during her House of Cards acceptance speech by revealing some unfortunate side boob sticker action.

Worst

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America's sweethearts might have turned out insane performances this year on the big screen, but on the red carpet their Golden Globe frocks earned themselves Fashion Police indictments. Sandra Bullock's Prabal Gurung color blocked gown was costumey, confusing, and the plunging neckline only highlighted the fact that gravity is not working for her, at least not on the bosom frontier.

Julia Roberts. Long time no see, Pretty Woman. Good news, I loved your Dolce & Gabbana gown from the bodice down. Not feeling the white Gap button down oxford you forgot to take off while you were getting your face put on and your hair did in the makeup chair.

Paula Patton. You are Robin Thicke's wife. You are gorgeous. You looked like your left side was being eaten up by a Georgia O-Keefe vagina painting. I no likey.

**All photos: Getty Images

Nursing Niceties

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In a frantic effort to shop/register and prepare for this little Olympic bound kicker who is taking up prime real estate in my belly, I completely forgot that there are a few crucial items that I am going to need for myself.

After reading an informative blog post on how to pack your hospital bag, I realized that in addition to a going home outfit/essentials for the baby, I'm also going to need a robe, nursing bras and nightgown for myself. *Need is a relative term. I could, of course, get away with wearing the bleak hospital gown they'll provide me with for the entire duration of my hospital visit, but this stylish mama-to-be wants to make a good first impression on her new little man, potential guests, and I really don't want my tushy hanging out for all of the maternity ward to see.

I soon realized that similar to stylish maternity apparel, stylish maternity intimates can be equally expensive. A few hours of cyber surfing later, I found the perfect splurge and steal.


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Belabumbum makes gorgeous maternity bras, undies, nighties and intimates that make you feel pretty, both pre and postnatal. I picked up a nursing nightgown and matching bra and panty combo because they were too lovely to resist, but rather than splurge on another set, I hit Targay's Gilligan O'Malley collection for an almost identical black polka dotted nursing bra and matching hipster panties for less than a third of the price.

Next stop, diaper bag.

A Fine Eyeline

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Ready to apply the quintessential cat eye?

Keep your eyeliners from getting crumbly by popping them in the freezer for 15 minutes before use. They'll glide on like a dream, pussycat.

Pixi Eyeliner Crayon Combo - Beauty Bridge, $18.

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The Little Things

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Tgif my friends. It's hard to believe that in 9 to 10 weeks I'm going to have one of these little guys wreaking havoc in our home and compromising our sleep cycles. 9 to 10 weeks. Roughly a semester of middle school.

Most of the major tasks have been tackled - nursery decorated, name chosen, all important prenatal tests aced and cleared. Now I find myself left with a list of the little things. Packing my bag, picking and choosing the right baby wash and lotion, catching up on my reading (mainly a rotation of Bringing Up Bebe, The Goldfinch and Eat Sleep Poop).

In the midst of checking things off of my eternal baby prep list, my mind can't stop daydreaming about this little man who is keeping me up in the middle of the night and dancing on my organs all throughout the day. Will he be blonde and cherubic or dark and dashing like his daddy? Will he have hair? Will he recognize my voice? Will he think the camouflage baby leggings I got him are hip or lame?

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I find myself filled with an incredible feeling of anticipation. Like going out on a blind date with someone you know you're into and meant to be with forever and ever, only without a visual. And this particular blind date has my dna.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends. I hope you have the chance to embrace all of the little things that make you smile in the present as well as all of the surprises that are yet to come.

Samara Sanchez

About Sammy

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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