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Sandra Lee Dons a Plunging Pink Dress at the Emmys 2015 for Her First Red Carpet Since Mastectomy Surgeries

She's back! After taking time to recover from her double mastectomy and follow-up surgery this past spring and summer, Sandra Lee made her first public appearance at the 2015 Emmys on Sunday, Sept. 20.


The chef and Semi-Homemade Cooking host, 49, wore a pale pink, vintage Thierry Mugler dress with a plunging neckline from the '70s. "She bought the vintage gown years before she could ever know the meaningful association its pink color would have for her," Lee's rep tells Us. The pink ribbon is, of course, the official symbol of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October).



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"Sandra has not had reconstruction," her rep shared, "But she is glad to have both surgeries of the spring and summer behind her. She is hopeful, and the dress made that statement."


"I wanted to personally give you an update and to let you know that I needed…a little time. I needed a minute," Lee, who's been dating Governor Andrew Cuomo for almost a decade, began. "The last infection threw me a bit and I decided to focus and redirect all my energies internally. I physically and emotionally just needed to be silent and still while I healed. This has been an unreal chain of events in my life. I am still stunned, still digesting and still processing everything that has taken place this past year."


Lee, who's famous for her "semi-homemade" recipes, then added her thanks. "You all have been so great, so wonderfully supportive and so sweetly available to me so I want to take a minute and say thank you from the bottom of my heart," she wrote. "I am excited to be back now and I do have a few surprise (good ones) coming up very soon!!!"


On Tuesday, Sept. 22, Lee will sit down with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, a fellow cancer survivor, to share an exclusive update. And next weekend, Lee kicks off a trip around the country to support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure walks by cutting the starting line ribbon at the San Francisco Bay Area Race for the Cure on Sunday, Sept. 27. She'll also spread the word about awareness and early detection as a just-appointed ambassador for Stand Up to Cancer.

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Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney: Fashion Week's Stony Bro Inspo

During Wednesday evening’s Republican debates, some of the hopefuls admitted to America that not only had they “tried weed,” but that theirstances on drug policy was the least offensive of all their platforms. “I think if we left it open, we could see how many people smoked pot in high school,” said Rand Paul, unlikely proponent of drug policy reform. “Forty years ago I smoked marijuana, and I admit it,” declared Jeb Bush, the square of the family. Even the most conservative white men in America are speaking almost fondly of the relaxation herb. So at this cultural moment, it’s so fitting that fashion is feting some of America’s stoniest fellows by alluding to their styles or more directly creating homages to their lives.


Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney: Fashion Week's Stony Bro Inspo


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Mara Hoffman, a stony gal herself, dedicated her Spring 2015 line to Willie Nelson, pot Jesus. With a fantastical backdrop of the blue sky opening up on a rolling golden wheatfield, like Nelson she seemed to advocate the idea that getting lifted is American as apple pie or, more specifically, as American as our national anthem—“spacious skies” and “amber waves of grain.”


The models wore Willie’s signature braids-and-bandanna, an easy as hell beauty note, and very minimal makeup; their easy wheat-patterned maxi-dresses and denim jackets were both a gestural and literal interpretation of Willie Nelson’s salt-of-the earth Texas estilo. And sometimes she swapped out wheat for star-spangled tops, alluding to ‘70s American idealism, a little hippie, a little hopeful, on the road again realness. (No one smoked a J on the runway, though, so I have to shave off half a point for that.)


Over at Tommy Hilfiger, though, the stoniest notions came from Americans decamping to the Caribbean, as he feted the “Island Life” of icons like Jimmy Buffett and (my favorite) Kenny Chesney. Complete with an actual river, canoe, and sand on the set (“Gowanus runway,” Clover called it) Hilfiger envisioned getting away from it all in floral tops, loose crocheted bikinis and sandals—because nothing is wavier than dressing like a hackeysack. He was also getting very serious about allowing us to purchase designer drug rugs.


Kenny Chesney’s fan club is called “No Shoes Nation.” The soundtrack was more specifically reggae-inspired, but definitely the same thing Kenny and Jimmy listen to while they’re chilling in the Virgin Islands (or Montauk). It was maybe going for “Island Life,” as a satin jacket said, but it translated more as the Continental vacationers who go there to escape rather than the actual culture of people who actually live in the Caribbean. In other words: perfect Buffett style.

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How To // Find Your Perfect Dress

Get ready to fall in love. Here’s your complete guide to finding ‘The One’ – dress, that is! You’ve clicked and pinned and done your homework. Now it’s time to see if that dress you can’t stop thinking about really is “The One” for you.


While lots of people may be clamoring to join you in the search, less is more. Why? “You’ll get too many opinions and some will be overpowering,” says Jocelyn Robertshaw, owner of Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic} in Omaha.



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“It’s exhausting to appease everybody. The experience can leave you confused about what you want,” she says.


Shannon Wiece at Blush Bridal Boutique in Lincoln agrees. "It's an exciting time, but it's best to shop with someone who knows your style best."


Mom and-or another important family member may be the ideal choice, suggests Tracy Ponec, owner of Rhylan Lang bridal boutique in Omaha.


The best shopping companions are those who will wait for your reaction before offering their own opinions. "It's always helpful when a bride speaks first," Wiece notes. If you feel compelled to shop with a group, cap it at four.


And take heart. You probably will find that Pinterest is both a blessing and a curse. “What you don’t see is what went into producing that beautiful image you’ve pinned and liked," Robertshaw says. Here are more tips from the pros.




Launch your dress search in earnest only after finalizing the wedding venue and date. After all, what originally was planned as a daytime summer celebration quickly can morph into a winter black-tie affair, which calls for an entirely different look.




Begin booking visits to bridal boutiques six to nine months prior to your wedding. Go into those appointments with a price range for the dresses you'd like to see. A good bridal consultant will respect your budget and steer you accordingly.




Show photos of favorite gowns to your bridal consultant as a starting point. But keep an open mind. Try on a number of styles. Something that looks fabulous on your Pinterest board may not be flattering on your body type, and something that you had not considered might turn out to be the perfect gown.




If you find a dress that you love but it’s out of your price range, ask if the salon carries a similar style at a lower price point. That's often the case.




If you’re interested in a dress in a color that's different from the one you tried on, ask to see a swatch before making your final decision. Hues in photos can be different from the actual fabric sample.




You can, and should, ponder your choices. The last thing you want is buyer’s remorse (sales are final in the world of bridal). Wiece, an assistant manager at Blush boutique, estimates that 75 to 80 percent of her brides buy on their first visit. "But it really depends on your shopping style."




Delivery of a gown can take four to six months, Ponec says. To that timeline you will need to add one to three months for alterations, depending on the season. Plan to pick up the gown at least two weeks prior to the wedding. For peace of mind, inquire about insurance to protect you if the salon goes out of business or if the dress becomes damaged while in the store’s possession.




Wear your wedding shoe – or a shoe with the same heel height – for your fittings. Your dress will be hemmed accordingly. In selecting your shoe, comfort should be a priorty, Robertshaw says. "You’ll be on your feet most of the day. Keep them happy." Four-inch heels would be a mistake. Two-inch heels would be smart. (And don't think you have to stick to white or ivory. "Color would be a fine idea," Robertshaw says.) Proper undergarments are another "must" for your final fittings. Without them, your seamstress is only guessing at the alterations to be done.




In jewelry, choose pieces that draw attention to your face. Bracelets? "Pass if you’re not used to wearing one, or you’ll fiddle with it all day," Robertshaw says. Ditto for a necklace. "If you normally wear a necklace and the neckline on your dress is right for one, you’ll feel complete when you look in the mirror." You can forego a necklace if you’re wearing a statement earring. Keep your nail color understated, Robertshaw suggests. "A trial run is a good idea."

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