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There's just something about Mara Hoffman, the former dancer turned NYC designer who was discovered when star-studded "Sex and the City" stylist Patricia Field discovered her on the street to compliment her outfit.

Maybe it's her worldy and otherworldly inspirations, from space age celestial visions to explorations of Egyptian ruins. Maybe it's her signature, immediately recognizable prints. Maybe it's her inane talent for mixing patterns. Maybe it's the cool limited edition shave cream cans she designed for Skintimate. Maybe it's the fact that we're both celebrating our third year together at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. Whatever it is, Mara has been my Best in Fashion Show since she revealed her first swimwear collection back in 2008...and she has held the title ever since.

(Photo credits: Randy Brooke)

Known for her colorful, bohemian Ready-to-Wear and Swimwear collections, Mara's new Resort 2012 collection brought back elements from two previously separated collections while incorporating a new lightweight woven cotton voile fabric that breezed down the runway creating a romantic, effortless and tropically hip feel.

From form fitting maxi dresses to bustier bikini tops, captivating corals to turquoise and tikis, I fell in love with every piece. Coverups, schmuver ups, I would wear every poncho dress, draped gown or dashiki out on the town as a dress and would receive nothing but compliments all night long.

I especially loved her new Vees print that added a soft whimsy to a rocking romper and her Vees cotton voile tunic that created a totally cool contrast to a pair of beautifully cut Cheetah print shorts. King Tut made a few tongue and cheeky appearances in a maillot, maxi dress and high waisted bikini. My most favorite look? A Violet Modal crop top with matching side tie bikini that I will most definitely be wearing on the beach next season.

Mara's models, as always, were styled with consistence, sporting wooden bangles piled high on both wrists, brilliant fishbone braided plaits created by Elsa Canedo for TRESemmé, hot pink tribal make-up by Lottie for Make Up Forever and Sammy-approved shoes by Kork-Ease.

Thank you again for another stunning show Mara. Looking forward to doing it again next year.

Christina Hendricks has taken America by storm, and now she's taking London by fog.

Mad Men's Emmy nominated actress might have had trouble finding the perfect fitting dress to show off at the Emmys Sunday night before settling on a lavender Zac Posen gown, but the luminous redheaded head turner had no trouble fitting her rack into a rack of London Fog's tasteful trenches and accessories for their current ad campaign.

You might have already caught a few glimpses of the preliminary proofs circulating around the web featuring classic and understated black and white shots of Christina, the new face of London Fog's Fall multi-media marketing campaign that will officially debut in October issues of fashion and lifestyle magazines everywhere. Chrissy follows in the footsteps of Foggy alumni models Gisele Bundchen, Teri Hatcher and Eva Longoria Parker.

Here's a little preview of Christina rocking the Fog outerwear collection like it's never been rocked before, thanks to the addition of real female hips.

I think it's a perfect fit.

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If you're a Miami gal without anything to do tomorrow night, (I know, rather unlikely) hit Klutch on Collins to check out the official launch for the Betsy Moss 2010 Swimwear Collection.

Take in a fashion show featuring top models in action, jam to hot tunes spun by DJ D-UP and DJ 360, and take in a sneak peek of Betsy's sexiest swimsuits that will be available in boutiques and online this summer. Not a bad way to spend a Friday night if I do say so myself.

But don't expect to see any American flags... that would be Betsy Ross territory.


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Thanksgiving is less than twenty-four hours away, and for all of the big wing bra and panty lovers out there, here's something to be thankful for. The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is back for yet another walk down lingerie lane, returning to the runway on Tuesday December 1st at 10pm (9pm central) on CBS.

Prepare to see old familiar faces with the regular lineup of Angels of old including Miranda Kerr (prancing with the butterflies down below), Marisa Miller, Alessandra Ambrosio and the mother of all Angels, Heidi Klum, who just had her 4th kid 5 weeks ago. Damn you Klum, damn you.

Plus, this year there's a new model walking the walk and talking the Secret talk with the winner of this year's Vicky S Model Search revealing her face... amongst other body parts.

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Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of rocking out during the Opening Night festivities kicking off Miami's Rock Fashion Week at the new and improved Eden Roc Renaissance. I had a dazzling night that was overflowing with sweet Stoli cocktails and a closet full of pretty pink dresses. I was tickled pink when I received VIP status and was totally treated like the rock queen that I am. My cheeks are still pink and flushed from the excitement.

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The Pink Dress Collection (on it's second leg of a three city tour that also includes New York and Los Angeles) is an inspiring event that celebrates women, fashion and an overall hope for a world where women can don their little pink dresses, black dresses and multi-colored dresses without having to worry about the threat of breast cancer touching their lives.

A collaboration between the world's top designers and stars, The Pink Dress Colelction featured a plethora of pastel and hot pink dresse donated by top designers from Betsey Johnson to Nanette Lepore, Nicole Miller, Juicy Couture and other fresh faces of the fashion world. My favorite look of the night was this precious little pink and white printed mini designed by Lilly Pulitzer. As a matter of fact, I award it the Pulitzer Prize of pink dresses.

Celebrities and a few of Miami’s finest donated their time and their catwalks to rock some major looks in support of the cause. Local newcasters Lisette Gonzalez (in Nicole Miller), Roxanne Vargas (sporting Sue Wong) and Shireen Sandoval of Deco Drive (rocking Betsey Johnson) all did their little thing on the catwalk, as did singer/songwriter, Jamie Jo Harris and the bad boy of b-ball - Dennis Rodman who proved once and for all that real men do in fact wear pink.

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For the most part the celebrities fared well without a single star trippin' on the runway. They all looked absolutely thrilled to be a part of it all in they're pretty in pink pieces, and some even walked with more confidence and oomph than a majority of the model pros. Once the collection hits it's last stop in LA, each piece will be auctioned off with all proceeds benefitting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure fund.

My eye is on you Lilly Pulitzer mini.

**For more information and to make your own donation, visit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

I've been backpaddling, doing my best to salvage all of my Fashion Week Swim notes and lookbooks while fondly reminiscing about my favorite Swim Week moments.

One of the grandest nights at the Cabaña Grande tent was on Friday night, July 17th when the chosen Mercedes-Benz Presents designer of the season - L*Space by Monica Wise debuted her dazzling 2010 swim collection.

If you haven't heard, L*Space is the new MySpace...minus the swimming in spam. With over 500 amped up guests in attendance, all the flirty and fashionable folk were bouncing in their seats, thrilled to view looks from the designer who has won the hearts of Hollywood starlets from Jessica Alba to Cameron Diaz, while scoring countless choice magazine covers. Known for extraordinary silhouettes and flattering fits, Monica did not disappoint with fringed out and fabulous one-piece and two-piece styles, chokered one-pieces, plunging necks, hot jumpers, V-neck tunics and glamorous mix and match print designs that travel from sandcastles to the Shore Club, easier than a dip in the pool with water wings.


ghd (Good Hair Day) glammed out the bright lipped beauties with sky high hair accented by chic hats, fun fedoras and jewelry provided by Citrine by the Stones that only added the cherry on top of Monica's picture-perfect collection. The evening offered an unexpected treat when the house lights dimmed and a duo of African drummers whose sweet beats signified the introduction to L*Space 's exclusive 16 piece swim collaborative collection with humanitarian fashion company OmniPeace. Models shimmied, pranced and swayed down the runway to Bob Marley’s “Could you be Loved”, with all of us loving what they were wearing.

*Celebrity Sightings* - The tall, non-fat Grande celebs were all there at the Cabaña Grande, in fact I sat in the row behind (2 seats to the left) of the reigning King of Dancing with the Stars and Sex and the City eye candy, Gilles Marini. Gilles looked dashing in white and I kept expecting him to break out into a rumba, but he kept a rather low profile, keeping his mad dance moves to himself. My girl Whitney Port arrived a little late to take her front row spot, enjoying guest status the night before working the Mara Hoffman show. Other celebrity sightings - Real Housewife of New York Kelly Bensimon, 90210 cutie Adam Gregory, E! News’s Catt Sadler, Jason Kennedy and taking a break from filming in the Miami heat was Burn Notice’s Jeffrey Donovan.

If you want to score any of Monica's hot swim looks for yourself, L*Space by Monica Wise is available at Saks Fifth Avenue and specialty boutiques around the world.

Thank you Monica, for allowing me to invade your personal L*Space.

It's a week post Fashion Week and I'm experiencing the Week After Fashion Week Blues. Slightly similar to Post Bridal Syndrome when no longer blushing brides realize that the honeymoon is over, the dress has been preserved, the thank you notes sent out and the people who handed them free flowing flutes of bubbly are nowhere to be found.

I went to the beach yesterday and was depressed at the sight of boring old one-piece bathing suits and bikinis. Where were the fabulous prints? The unexpected hardware? The teased hairdos? The bangles, headwraps and bronzed bodies? I looked down and was even embarrassed with my boring bikini and sad sari that seemed just so...vanilla.

All of the excitement and fanfare may be far behind me, but at least I have the memories to hold on my interview with Tibi designer Amy Smilovic.

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I was a little nervous about meeting Amy, the designer and founder of Tibi who is the quintessential queen of casual chic. Producing eye catching pieces that women gravitate to both on the beach and on land since the launch of Tibi back in 1997, Amy is applauded for her prints and her exceptional use of color and looked simply smashing when I found her backstage in a flowing one-shoulder dress featuring a gorgeous print that looked like it deserved its own exhibition at the MOMA.

My fears subsided when I saw Amy frolicking with her two gorgeous sons and I realized that the designer that I admired was also a modern mommy, full of warmth who was probably dying to hit the beach and build sandcastles with her handsome blond boys. I loved our short but sweet chat that ended up being one of my highlights of the week. For the remainder of the interview, I will be speaking in bold.

Hi, I'm Samara from Let's Talk Style.

Amy: Hi!

First of all I just have to say congratulations on a stunning collection.

Amy: Thank you, thank you.

Can you describe to me the first swimsuit you ever designed?

Amy: Oh my God. Well it was actually like last year and it was a great bikini - all strings and everything, but this year we're all into one-pieces so it's kind of a departure.

I was in love with all of your rope detailing, so beautiful. {Her Cotton Voile Rope Strap Dress was to die for.}

Amy: Oh, thank you.

Can you tell us, what is your one biggest swimwear DON'T?

Amy: Don't wear your bathing suits too big.

Right, so keep them nice and fitted.

Amy: Yes. I think it's a bigger don't than wearing them too small.

Okay, three essentials that are always in your beach bag, you never leave home without them.

Amy: A long printed caftan, a super chic solid one-piece and the tiniest bikini in the boldest print.

[A long line of members of the press grow irate, and I am given the cue from PR girl in headset that my time with Tibi is up.]

That's all my time with Amy, so I congratulate her again, bid her a fond Fashion Week farewell, and take a last look at her hugging her beautiful boys who are beaming with pride for their Mom. I'll bet you a long printed caftan they'll be beaming even more when they're sitting front row watching the models prance by at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2020.

Day 2 of Mercedes-Benz Swim Week and I found myself seeing red.

I had the best seat in the house, front row at the Red Carter show last night and enjoyed a theatrical event that burned hotter than the pack of Red Hots in my gift bag. Red (no stranger to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week) ran the red light on the Beachway catwalk, pulling no stops and driving full speed ahead, taking me on the fashion ride of my life.

Since bursting onto the Miami swimwear scene in 2004, Red has enjoyed immense success within the thin walls of the Mercedes-Benz tents, always taking risks that have paid off well...with interest. From the roaring twenties to rockin' hookers circa 1984, we love Red for his refusal to play it safe. The theme this year? A little bit animal, a little bit rock and roll and a whole lot of space-age glamour. An arty video installation set the tone, featuring one of Big Red's pretty pompadoured girls from his print campaign posing Cirque du Soleil style on swings and things in the center of the ring just like a circus.

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Much like the perfect cocktail, Red's vision was the ideal blend of spicy and sweet - a mixture of one part animal kingdom, two parts Judy Jetson, half an ounce of Nabokov's Lolita, and rimmed with rocks of Gwen Stefani sugar to taste. I was completely intoxicated after the 4th look. Styled with black, white and gold accents, neon pink and yellow heart-shaped sunglasses, stacks and stacks of bangles, beads, belts and black painted puckers, the models all represented tough street chic while remaining feminine, young and feverishly fresh.

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With forty looks total that ran the gamut from intricate rock-star monokinis to skirted bottoms, bandeaus, hipsters and futuristic robes, there were also a few choice looks for the boys with suits that flattered while the male models flexed their wares down the runway.

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Welcome back Mr. Car-ter...
We'd never want to face a semester of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim without you.

Today is officially day one of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2010 and I felt a little more confident and a little more sober (No thank you waiter, I am working. Kindly keep your pink and yellow 30 proof drinks to yourself).

Out of the entire Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim line-up, I was most excited about feasting my eyes on the new Tibi collection. The absolute epitome of casual chic, the fresh new Tibi swimwear line was everything I dreamed of and more, consisting of 41 looks, all inspired by the island of Bali.

The show commenced with an array of lovely white suntan-enhancing suits that effortlessly evolved into an array of eye-catching pieces featuring delicious prints and brilliant colors, closing with a 14K all that glitters gown and asymmetrical cutout one piece that were both good as gold. There was something for everyone with 2 piece ikat suits, one-piece wonders and luxurious coverups that made my heart go Tibi-Tibi bang bang... I literally wanted to rip a few designs off of the models' long, willowy frames.

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Evening highlight - Interviewing the lady behind Tibi's triumph, designer and founder Amy Smilovic (*Full interview posted next week).

Evening lowlight - My new wedges dug into the back of my right heel drawing blood. No pain, no fashion gain, right?

Celebrity Spottings - Reality TV stars were on the loose with Bravo's Real Housewives from the East Coast - NYC's Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Jersey girl Dina Manzo taking front row seats at the Cabaña Grande. I actually pointed out directions to the Tibi tent to Dina and her entourage, and didn't receive so much as a thank you in return. I'm glad I failed to mention the toilet paper that was trailing from one of their stilettos.

My archenemy, Olivia Palermo from The City was also spotted, and she ignored me the entire time. I guess she still has hard feelings about being named Let's Talk Style's Villain of the Week.

Here's to a fashion forward weekend!

I enjoyed a little taste of the Bohemian life last night, poolside at The Raleigh Hotel in South Beach, as Boheme Boutiques kicked off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2010 with a revealing runway show featuring over one hundred beachy keen looks.

All of my pre-show nerves were tossed aside the moment I took my seat on a comfy white chaise lounger, seated for approximately one minute and forty-five seconds before I was handed an exquisite Chambord concoction from a lovely lady in white. One sip of the Black Raspberry Chambord cocktail made me feel like I had definitely arrived. Two sips made me realize I had arrived sober, but would not be leaving that way.

Boheme Boutiques certainly rose to the occasion, setting the tone for what should be a brilliant week of fashion, polish and panache. The entire evening had the air and ambience of a posh vacation getaway, which is fitting considering the owner of Boheme Boutiques jetsets all over the globe in order to find the perfect merchandise that captures the very Bohemian chic feeling found in their four locations in South Miami, South Beach, Fisher Island and Key Biscayne.

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(Photos by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America)

I had a chance to speak with a few Boheme representatives, and we all shared our mutual appreciation for the Boutiques' stunning collection of cover-ups. From beaded tunics to sequined, pale blue to green gauze gowns, I found the coverups almost as sexy if not sexier than the belted, pin-up and macramé Boheme bikinis I coveted.

"Our coverups are the highlight of our stores...Wear the coverups over a tank top with sleek shorts, jeans and heels and you're good to go to a nightclub or wherever!"

Here's a closer look at the models wading their way down the chlorine catwalk-

My favorite celebrity spotting? Mrs. Ari Gold herself, Entourage actress Perrey Reeves looking smashing in a glitzy top and cuffed up jeans. After mentioning how great the new season was, she hinted that next week's episode would definitely impress. Thanks Perrey, and thank you for not bringing any Drama to Miami.

My favorite piece of the evening? A frilly white tiered gauze dress that was more romantic than the Puccini opera that shares my favorite new boutique's name.

p.s. The boys in boardshorts weren't bad either.

Looking forward to Day two.

Viva La Vie Boheme.

Cheap. Green. Cool.

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By now you've probably noticed the coolness factor has increased exponentially at your local Target, featuring creations from esteemed designers like Proenza Schouler, Jovovich-Hawk (Resident Evil star-slash-model-slash-designer Milla Jovovich's line), and the lovely designs of the wispy, ever so ladylike Erin Fetherston.

Guess what? Target just got even cooler.

Rogan Gregory is the newest hot-as-sin artiste designing for Targét's GO International line.

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Featuring pieces made from organic cotton at unbelievably low prices, Rogan wants us to look good and feel good about wearing his eco-conscious rags.

My favorites? A toss up between his striped jersey t-shirt (that doubles as a dress for shorties like me), and his crisp linen striped vest. Wait, that yellow leopard print tank is pretty cute too. Oh yeah, the line also features chic swimwear and the most adorable terry cloth hoodies.

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The only problem I've found with GO International is that the pieces seem to go too least in my size. Rogan's line is there until June 28th. So wake up before they're gone gone.

I wonder if LC picked up some pieces after she loaded up on Reeses Pieces from the candy aisle.

Keepin' it on target,


You say, that we have nothing in common...and I said, what about Breakfast at Tiffany's?

You, me, and the band Deep Blue Something have a lot more in common than being obsessed with the cinematic classic Breakfast at Tiffany's. We also love our shades. I've got news for you my Huckleberry friend. Now we can shop for both of our obsessions at one place.

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That's right divas, fashionistas, and cats with no name...if you didn't already know, Tiffany & Co. now offers an extravagant line of high class eyewear to compliment all that bling. Summon style icon Audrey Hepburn as Miss Holly Golightly while sporting the sleekest shades on earth, standing on Fifth Avenue in front of that famed Tiffany window eating a danish out of a bag. Somebody cue Moon River.

My favorite? Easy. The Tiffany Voile Rimless at $430. Gotta have those Swarovski crystal embellishments.

The only problem? They won't fit in that signature robin's egg blue blox.

Kirsten Dunst isn't letting her blondie burdens get her down, she is now the new face of Miu Miu's Spring/Summer 2008 ad campaign and is looking pretty fab showing off their sleek specs and bottomless handbags.

She's had a tough few years what with being booed at Cannes for her portrayal of teenage royal Marie Antoinette and checking herself into Cirque Lodge in Utah for some long needed rehab following in the footsteps of fellow former teen queens Mary-Kate Olsen, Selma Blair, and Lindsay Lo.


Don't sweat it Kiki, It's a Hollywood it girl rite of passage. Now you can say "Been there, done that, got my chip, back the hell off". She seems to be healing well all else considering, showing off her new mani in Uma Thurman Pulp Fiction fashion..although she is looking a weensy bit pale and goth for my taste. Revisiting her vampire child Interview with a Vampire days no doubt...back when we all thought Tom Cruise was straight. Ahhh the memories. Work those jazz hands Kirsten...


Keepin' up with Kirsten,


Mad Hat-ter.

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Okay. I've already clued you in on my position on you can probably understand my aversion to the Kentucky Derby fashions that came out to play this past weekend. Glory, glory hallelujah. The hats were larger than life. I'm talking big. Bigger than Colin Farrel's alcohol intake big. Wide-brimmed, feather-festooned, name it, they were covering celebrity heads.

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I believe this tradition began somewhere during the last two centuries, and I'm betting it's all one mint julep sipping old lady's fault. I can just picture Miss Betty Jo Sue deciding to wear her big ass hat in response to a bad hair day, and thus...the Derby became a hatfest rather that a horsefest. While the gals make their heady statements, the guys are all decked out in dapper suits, exuding charm and true Southern Comfort. Personally I think the boys should start wearing giant clown shoes to compensate for their partners ribboned, feathered, plumed monstrosities. You know what they say about men with big feet.
I find it interesting that the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland has more fashion sense than Heidi Montag from the Hills. At least he knows to opt for only one big accessory at a time. Lose the watch Heidi.

*Keepin' it at the races,


Bite Me.

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It's official. I've been bitten by the Bitten bug.

If you didn't already know, fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker has her own line of apparel sold exclusively at Steve & Barry's stores nationwide. The line is aptly named Bitten...I know what you must be thinking: big ass flower pins, vintage frocks, miles of Manolo Blahniks, gold nameplates, newsboy caps...a fusion of whimsical eclectic, neo-bohemian, and princess couture. You're wrong.

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The key looks are comprised of American classics- smart, comfortable staples that are wearable, and made for chicks of all ages, shapes, and sizes...and I went and saved the best for last- Bitten won't break your bank. In fact, every piece in the line is priced at $19.98 and less. If you don't believe me, check out this Mercer two button vest for $8.98. That's a deal that's good enough to eat.


Sarah Jessica says, "Fashion is not a luxury, it's a right." True dat Sarah. It's our inalienable right. I think we need another amendment to the Constitution...the right to bear cool, cheap duds. I'll write to my Congressman.

I've bitten off more than I could chew.

* sammy.

Who is She Kedding?

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Mischa Barton has been the Keds cover girl for quite some time now. Since 2005 I believe, the height of the OC days when Marissa Cooper was doing drugs, lesbians, and other things that ultimate got her killed off before the last season.

And now, the only time I see her face besides on the occasional what was she thinking worst-dressed list (looking like a cross between Axel Rose and Janis Joplin) is when it's plastered on another Keds ad. All I can think is man...they must be paying her a hell of a lot of money.


I mean, Keds are cool, sure...Baby wore them in Dirty Dancing, and no one put her in the corner for it. I wore them in sixth grade. But I bet you my last few lotto buy items...Mischa wouldn't wear Keds if she weren't contractually obligated to. In fact, if it were up to her (with no legal ramifications of course) I'd go as far to say she'd rather barf under a bed like back in her old Sixth Sense days with Haley Joel Osmet, then slip on another pair of boat shoes.

Now I don't have anything against Keds, really. Keds are cute. In an OsKosh B'Gosh kind of way. I just can't grasp the concept of a celeb it girl coveting a $20-$30 pair of sneakers when she can wear these. It's like hearing Catherine Zeta Jones uses a tub of Vaseline for moisturizer instead of Creme de la Mer. I'm just not buyin' it. The Creme de La Mer either.

*Keepin' it real,



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Confession...I have a love/hate relationship with hats.

Ever since my 17th birthday when the señoritas at Chi-Chi's Mexican restaurant forced a giant sombrero onto my head and took incriminating photos, I've had a phobia.

Don't get me wrong. I love hats. Wide brimmed, skull caps, cowboy, pork pie. Debbie Gibson was my style icon for all three years of middle school for God's sake. I can still do the Electric Youth dance. I am not a hat hater. I think hats are a fantastic throwback to classic times when gloves and fancy headwear were staples, and they look great on everyone else...but me.


I wish I could wear them gracefully à la Ash, and the Olsen twins...but whenever I try, I end up looking more like a poor man's Duckie from Pretty in Pink than my girl Sienna Miller. You don't even wanna hear about the time I attempted a trucker cap.


So if you gotta have headgear this Spring, hat's off to you. Just a word of advice... If you're going to succumb to the trend, find one that suits you and compliments your noggin'.

Oh, and don't go to Chi-Chi's for your birthday.

*Keepin' my head naked,


Hip to be Square.

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I saw a woman at the movies the other day. She was, how do I put this delicately...Well, she was someone's Nana. She seemed very sweet clutching her bag of home popped microwave popcorn, but get this - Nana was wearing a denim miniskirt with a frayed hem and a tube top with the word Hollister stretched across her chest. For those of you who don't know, Hollister is the trendy, young, hip love child of Abercrombie and Fitch and American Eagle Outfitters. Did I mention young?

Priding themselves on being California chic, they feature clothing you would normally see on Summer Roberts and Marissa Cooper on reruns of the OC. I always assumed Hollister, Abercrombie, and American Eagle were brands geared toward the 14-18 young adult demographic...but here was Nana in all her glory, looking like she had just left Laguna Beach and her boogie board behind.


They say that clothes make the man. If the same rings true for young clothes make the woman younger? Or vice versa? I could only ask myself, in true Carrie Bradshaw form, how old is too old to be wearing young people clothing?

Granted, I am guilty of wearing an occasional Hollister tank top myself, but I would also get carded at a Hillary Duff concert. I would never go near the short shorts and ruffled skirts display, but I imagine the blue haired beauties at Nana's nursing home would, fighting over matching Fletcher Cove polos and Boomer Beach hoodies like they were winning bingo cards.

I guess age is a state of mind and you should wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and good inside. So go on Nana with your bad self.

I bet Sol and Morty at Century Village ain't complaining.

*Keepin' it my age,


Art for Dress's Sake.

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Because sometimes, you just want a dress that's easy like Sunday morning...


This simply sweet Matte Jersey Dress by BCBG will make you feel like you just walked off the wall of the MOMA. Put it on and paint the town fantastic. Hopefully you won't be accosted by tortured artists with one ear.

Plus, you can afford it on a starving artist income...well, as long as you don't eat for a week.

*Keepin' it arty.


The shirtdress. You either love it or you hate it. There really isn't any in between. If you're a shirtdress hater, you're frustrated with the sheer confusion of it all, much like Faye Dunaway's bewildered character Evelyn Mulwray in Chinatown.

Faye: "She's my sister... She's my daughter... my sister, my daughter."
Jack: "I said I want the truth!"
Faye: "She's my sister and my daughter!"

Shirtdress hater: "Is it a shirt... or a dress... a shirt, or dress? I said I want the truth!"
Me: "It's a shirt and a dress!!"

I had a shirtdress à la Margot Tenenbaum that I was obsessed with when I was 7. I accessorized with a pair of beaded barrettes and a stack of friendship bracelets and was good to go. If it were only that simple now. Once I hit puberty, I always thought "Silly rabbit, shirtdresses are for kids!" Until I saw this little Geren Ford number.


Now I'm a shirtdress believer. It can happen to you.

It's okay shirtdress hater. I feel the exact same way about skorts.

*Keepin' it real.


The Bag ate my Posh.

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Want me to tell you what I want, what I really really want?
I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want...

I really want to understand this new Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer ad campaign.

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This has been a hot topic amongst fashion bloggers everywhere, so I figured I should jump on the Beckham Bandwagon. Yes, for those of you who don't already know, that is in essence, Victoria Beckham spread eagle in a shopping bag. Thank goodness there are no accompanying aerial views advertising Vic's biznass. Usually I adore photographer Juergen Teller's artistically fab Jacobs ads featuring the likes Sofia Coppola, our favorite shoplifter Winona Ryder, and even tween sensation Dakota Fanning looking like a prepubescent silent film star. But this? I just don't get. Am I supposed to shop at Marc Jacobs because their shopping bags eat oversaturated, semi-talented nineties girl-band members-slash-style icons? Or am I supposed to shop there because they sell Poshes with little propellers on their heads?

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How much would a Marc Jacob's Posh be anyway? I'm guessing pricey. The whole thing just leaves a bad spice in my mouth. Unless David is tucked into that bag next to her...then I might have to take out a second mortgage and buy one.

I love you Marc Jacobs. I love your clothes no matter what celebrity is endorsing them. I love me some big ass bottles of your gardenia scented perfumes, your signature metal aviators, your Fergalicious handbags, and anything else you put your name on. Do me a favor, bring your campaign to another advertising agency and let the Posh out of the bag.

*Keepin' it real.


Shayne Lamas, daughter of Renegade Lorenzo Lamas had an interesting quote on the newest installment of The Bachelor. (Disclaimer- I don't watch The Bachelor, I accidentally left the flat screen on after Samantha Who?) So Shayne revealed to her Bachelor rather nonchalantly that her top priorities fell in this order: cars, shoes, handbags, sunglasses and watches.
"I think if you have all those five, it doesn't matter what you're wearing on your body."

Shallow Shayne? Yes. True to some extent, at least by Hollywood standards? You'd better believe it. I myself am not big on cars and I use my cell phone for a watch, but I must confess...I do love my shoes, sunglasses, and handbags. So sue me.

Sunglasses, for one, are a celebrity staple. They provide an air of mystery, shielding from harmful UV rays, and paparazzi protection when you've partied too hard the night before. Sometimes the stars get it wrong, sometimes it's oh so right. Thanks Nicole.

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So if you wanna be a celeb or just look like one, get yourself some primo specs and you'll be made in the shade. I've been eyeing these Gucci sunglasses for awhile. They're 40% off, rockstar chic, and they would look so much better on my face than that bald dummy head. No offense bald dummy head.

And Shayne, I'd love to see you try and find a car/shoe/handbag/watch/ or pair of sunglasses that could help make this look mahvelous.

*Keepin' it real.


Forget NY, I heart LC.

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I don’t care what anyone says, I dig LC. No matter if she’s wrong or right, I will always be a proud member of Team Lauren. She’s like the little sister I never had, but pretended my Cabbage Patch Kid was.


While her arch rival Heidi Montag resorts to stunt after pathetic stunt to boost her reality star status, LC is sticking to the same goals and dreams she had when she was a little itty bitty Laguna Beach baby making Barbie clothes on her kiddie sewing machine. She is using her celebreality to further her career and make a name for herself other than star of those Mtv tween soap operas".

Her new collection is California chic, youthful, and classy. Just like our girl. Tell me this dress isn’t adorable…C’mon, I dare ya. Apparently she's getting her tuition's worth at LA’s Fashion Institute of Design, the girl's got mad design skills and is staying true to her style while Heidi...well, Heidi has new boobs.

So keep on cutting demos and hacking off body parts Montag, by the time you're done Lauren will have her degree and will be well on her way to becoming the next Stella McCartney and you'll be this chick. Don't even get me started on Spencer.

*Keepin' it real.


Save it for a Rainy Day.

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I have a girl crush on Rhianna. She is so hip and happening and always looks so sleek and put together. Plus, last I heard she's dating my Lucky Number Slevin Josh Hartnett who I've adored ever since he stabbed Jon Stewart's eye out with a pencil in the Robert Rodriguez flick The Faculty.


Back to fashion. April flowers bring May showers, and without a moment's notice you may find yourself drenched, your perfectly flatironed coif ruined. Chillax. Don't blame it on the rain. Get ready for spring and take a cue from our Trinidad lady of style. Go ahead and stand under this Coach umbrella (Ella ella eh eh eh). It's cuter than a basket full of puppies, fits neatly into your purse, and will keep you dryer than Dove Ultimate Clear antipersperant. I want what she's drinking.

Go ahead, rain on my parade.

*Keepin' it real.


I saw a girl on the street the other day, nineteen, maybe twenty. Let's call her...Kimberly. Why? I don't know. I've always liked the name, plus she was my favorite character on Diff'rent Strokes. So Kimberly was walking down the street in a cool i'm-so-not-trying-to-be-cool way and she was wearing what can only be described a....well, a onesie.


I thought to myself, whatchoo talkin' about Willis? Really, are we doing this now? Granted Kimberly pulled the look off with a confident i'm number onesie attitude, but in all honesty, she looked like she was on her way to a playdate at Gymboree. What's next? Will leaving my house in Wonder Woman underoos suddenly be acceptable? Next time Kim, wear a belt. It would at the very least add an old school seventies jumpsuit flair to the ensemble rather than a I'm a big kid look what I can do, I can wear big kid's pants too vibe.

Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks.

*Keepin' it real.


Cheap Trick Jacket

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Confession. I online shop 'til I drop. I look for the latest bargains and rejoice when I find a designer item that i can actually purchase without having to eat ramen noodles for a month in penance for. I just found a pretty sweet deal if I do say so myself, and I'd like to share my find with all you lovely fashionistas...and my newest reader Bob. Hi Bob.

Check it- The Elie Tahari Caprice jacket. It's flirty, it's feminine, it's perfectly cropped, has an adorable mandarin collar, and it'll look pretty badass with my new skinny jeans. Originally you're looking at a $628 price tag, but now you can get it on super sale at Neiman Marcus for $220...and did I mention the jacket is tricked out? Yes my friends (and Bob), it is totally reversible. So in essence you're getting two count 'em two jackets for the price of one. Or $110 each. Any way you slice it, it's a fine piece of jacket pie.

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Plus free shipping at any price with code NMAPR. Don't say I never gave you anything.

*Keeping it real.


Sock it To Me

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Don't you just hate it when trends you hated the first time around come back to haunt you? You avoided them like the plague and waited patiently until the Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Punky Brewster rainbow socks went bye bye...only to have them become even more popular again. Like the mythological Hydra who grew two heads when you cut off one (my 8th grade English teacher would be so proud). What trend am I blabbing about? Tube socks.


You might have seen them plastered on dozens of suggestive American Apparel billboards about town featuring gorgeous, skinny models lounging about in their sockies and boyshorts looking like totally tubular. Beware. This trend is not for everyone. Sure they're cool and nostalgic in a Dazed and Confused kind of way, but they didn't work for me in 5th grade PE when I was doing squad thrusts, and they sure as hell ain't gonna work for me now. Seriously, I'll end up looking more like this than this. No offense Little Miss Sunshine. So the next time a trend you weren't crazy about rears it's ugly head again, heed my advice. sammy says relax...don't do it.

*Keepin' it real.


Bangle crazy

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Let’s talk trends. Some I love, some I hate, some I simply don’t get. Here’s one I’m McLovin’ right now. Bangles. Whether they're big/chunky/thin/gold or plastic...I want them piled up high on my arm like my 2nd grade graffitied armcast. I’m addicted. Thankfully it’s a trend that isn’t terribly expensive to try, and not crazy enough to risk ending up on someone’s worst dressed list. Have you ever heard the fashion police break out with a “Damn, would you check out the bangles on her!” Cankles maybe, but not bangles. Apparently other Hollywood A-listers are doing the bangle boogie…

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Drew, J Lo, Marley Shelton...They love their bangles as much as Britney loves her Marlboro Lights. [*By the by, I have no idea what brand of cigarettes Britney favors, I’m guesstimating.] I digress…back to bangles. The bigger the better. They make a drab outfit pop, they add the perfect amount of visual interest, and they make me feel oh so tribal goddess. Forget a feeling, I’m hooked on a bangle.

Consequently, I also love the Bangles circa 1982. You remember the Bangles- the 80’s girls rock band fronted by Susanna Hoffs. They were cool in a bad girl bangle way, and I will always carry an eternal flame for all of them, and their big hair.

I don’t know about you, but next Manic Monday I’m gonna pile on some hot, hip bangles on my arm, blast up my Ipod, and when I cross the street, you guessed it…I’ll be walkin’ like an Egyptian.

*Keepin’ it real.


Fashion Royalty...Oscar de la Renta!

The king of Fashion, Oscar de la Renta, did not disappoint at his Pre-Fall 2008 Fashion Show held on December 3rd. The venue? Ultra-Glam Park Avenue of course. It is fitting (pardon the pun), as New York City is “Fashionista Heaven.”

The new collection features bold colors mixed with timeless elegance. Using a combination of fabrics and colors, de la Renta creates contrast, pairing basic gray and black with bold, bright colors and floral prints. The show included easy day separates, such as dark wool jacket with leather skirt and bold silk shirt, but this collection really emphasized SKIRTS, DRESSES & ACCESSORIES! The de la Renta fashion house has made major $$$ on accessories and he clearly gets it! The de la Renta accessories line was featured prominently throughout the show; sandals, clutches and jewelry were everywhere. In fact, de la Renta's own collection of jewelry done in collaboration with Loulou de la Falaise, will make its debut on the runway in February & he will also be opening his seventh free-standing store in South Coast Plaza in Southern California next February…does this man ever sleep?

The highlight was the evening wear collection. Moving away from de la Renta’s recent obsession with pants, and back toward classic, elegant gowns…finally femininity is making a comeback! The show-stopping finale featured this stunning royal blue silk taffeta pleated gown.

Bold & Beautiful..Oscar Wows NYC!

Well, I might not actually be able to afford Oscar but a girl can dream can’t she?

~ Cheers

J. LO in Black!

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Make sure you’re putting your best…hand forward this season. Your hands are your hallmark so let them make a strong statement. This Winter the trendiest nail colors are sleek, sexy and sultry with an urban flair. Think dark, rich and bold colors that definitely draw attention. Hollywood’s Hottest Trendsetters like Jennifer Lopez, Lauren Conrad, Hayden Panettiere and Amanda Bynes are all sporting the dark-nail hues.

The Russian Collection

The new Russian Collection by OPI has some of the most fabulous colors for the season. As usual, OPI is the nail polish de jour! Hues range from Bold Reds to Deep Burgundy and Indigo. The names are as clever as ever…the branding experts at OPI deserve an award for “tongue-in-cheek” originality. The Russian collections brings superlative colors and names like; BORIS & NATASHA (a deep raisin), SIBERIAN NIGHTS (onyx), KRÈME DE LA KREMLIN (terra cotta pink), AN AFFAIR IN RED SQUARE (deep shimmering red), RUSSIAN NAVY (deep-sea indigo) and many more!

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Justin Timberlake is “bringing sexy back”…again. Personally, I could live without it. This time around, the former Mouseketeer & current singer, dancer, actor, spokes model and overall renaissance man extraordinaire, will be unveiling a new women’s sportswear clothing line in early 2008. Yippee (Insert sarcasm here)!! The only good news here is that this sporty line will be done in collaboration with talented designer J. Lindeberg, and by collaboration, I mean JT will just put his name on it and rake in the $$$. Yup...a tad bitter!

In the spirit of full disclosure, I must confess (if you couldn’t already tell), I am not a huge fan of JT…he’s not my BFF (not that he cares…I’m sure he has enough A#%* kissers around as it is). But I digress.

So it is, that JT is yet another Celeb, in a long line, who feels the need to take over the world one clothing line at a time (Gwen Stefani, Hillary Duff, Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen, Paris Hilton just to name a few).

While I must grudgingly admit that his first foray into fashion with the hip William Rast Collection, done in collaboration with childhood friend Trace Ayala, was a success ($$$), isn’t it enough already? It’s not like he’s actually going to design the clothes…thank g-d!! Hopefully he’ll leave that to Mr. Lindeberg…you know, the one with actual fashion design talent.

Ok, I'm done ranting now. :-)

Lindsay Lohan has been spotted wearing “inspiration” around her neck recently. Ever the trend-setter, she and other Celebs like Cameron Diaz have been showcasing the hot new style all around L.A. Love Quotes luxurious scarves have become the new “must have” in Hollywood.

Made from an Italian-linen blend, these scarves are lightweight but will keep you warm and looking cool all day long. Paired with jeans, pantsuits and dresses, they can be worn as scarves or wraps so they’re perfect for any occasion. Not only are they super-adorable; the best part about them is that each one comes with an inspirational quote. Quotes vary but one example of the inspiration you could be wearing is by Ovid:“If you want to be loved. Be loving.” The scarves are available in every color under the sun from Morning Glory and Cabernet to Lotus Pink and for just $74 these are the perfect holiday gift…for yourself and your loved ones. Plus 10% of the proceeds are donated to international children’s charities. These scarves are the gifts that keep on giving!!

Love Quotes Scarf in Cabernet

If you're stressing about what to wear to that holiday party, you can relax, because the little black dress, otherwise known as the “LBD” is back! This time around the LBD is showing some skin with the super sexy, yet sophisticated Keyhole Neckline! Find some adorable updated LBD’s at Nordstrom, Macy’s and Guess or at The keyhole is fashion gold this season, allowing you to reveal as much, or as little, as you’d like. I say keep the mystery alive. Simply slide into a pair of peep toe pumps, grab a small clutch and you’ll be red carpet ready!

BCBG Simple Stunner!

~ Cheers!

Designer extraordinaire, Kenneth Cole who is known for his dedication to social causes has created a limited edition, eco-friendly handbag. It makes “Reusable” fashionable and trendy. The bag, which sports the words “USE ME” scrawled boldly across the front, is meant to encourage people (you & me) to stop using so many plastic bags (FYI: 1,000,000 plastic bags are used and discarded worldwide every minute). Made of 100% natural canvas, this bag makes earthy look chic, it’s cheap ($20) and it’s perfect for all your shopping needs! Plus, $5 from the sale of every bag goes to the Awearness-Kenneth Cole Fund.


From Russian with Love: New Handbag

Another gem this holiday season is from Russia with love! Up and coming fashion designer, Alyona Akhmadullina, in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), has created a hot, new, eco-friendly handbag too. Made from 100% RECYCLED cotton this is truly an affordable designer handbag. Unlike most designer brands that cost as much as most car or monthly mortgage payments, this bag, like the Kenneth Cole creation, is very affordable at only $40. The trick will be finding one… This one is also a limited edition bag (only 777 in the whole wide world) with the words “for a clean motherland” on large display and proceeds will go to WWF Russia. Alyona explained that she feels that this bag is a symbol of change…not a status symbol. It’s meant to replace plastic bags and/or leather bags that symbolize excess and waste. Sounds good…but the main point here is that this bag is a “must have,” the fact that it’s eco-friendly only sweetens the deal.

The only problem with these cute totes…the whole limited edition nonsense. They will be hard to find and demand drives up price. So, now that I’ve let the cat out of the “bag”…no time like the present. I’m off to find my earthy bag before everyone else does. Gotta run!

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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