Glowing

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Sunny feels.

Project Sister Act, created by Sheela Writes, is a collaboration amongst bloggers to prove that style is ageless.

This month our theme is RED.

I rented this dress for my stepbrother’s girlfriend’s Debutante Ball. My mother and I had never attended something so formal, so we figured that we’d have to bring out the big gun: Rent the Runway.

One of the most awesome places ever!

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This dress made me feel like such a princess!

I had never worn a gown up to that point so initially I was trotting around in those heels (which hurt like hell at the end of the night) and pulling up that skirt like I was walking in mud. It was a bit of a struggle.

But once I got the hang of it, I started twirling and swishing and whatever else it is you do in long dresses that put a huge smile on my face.

I admit that letting the dress go was both physically and emotionally painful, but that dress was way too expensive for this high schooler’s wallet. Not to also mention that the probability of having an event to wear it to was low. Actually, nonexistent.

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This goes to show that what you wear has an impact on how you feel and how you behave.

When I was at the ball my posture was on point throughout the night, I placed my hands gently on top of my lap when seated, and crossed my legs the Princess Diaries way (if you don’t know what I’m talking about then go watch that film, it’s the best). The dress made me feel beautiful, confident, and graceful.

It’s important to wear what makes you feel those things.

When you do, you feel like you can conquer the world.

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#TAKEABOW
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One of my favorite shots 🙂
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Simonetta Gown by Slate & Willow via Rent the Runway.
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Lipstick is Palladio called SUEDE.
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Bag is Prada.
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Bracelet is from the Disney Couture store. It was a present from my mother 🙂
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Heels are Christian Louboutin (they belong to my mother, I don’t actually have the money to own such exepnsive shoes).

Here’s the line up!

Me, Teens

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Running away from my problems like any other teen.

Roxanne, 20s

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Needs them shoes.

Ashley, 30s

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Those shoes are awesome! And that netting detail too!

Sheela, 40s

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Ohhhh, Momma!

Cherie, 50s

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That is one badass woman.

A huge thank you to all of my fiery hot bloggers that participated in this month’s Project Sister Act! It was great!

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See ya next time!

Rock Out

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I have to admit that I’ve never been a fan of large headphones.

I always saw them chunky and unnecessarily large.

But after trying these, I have to say, they’re well worth the hype.

They’re incredibly comfortable to use, have great surround sound, and make me feel hella cool like some DJ at a rave.

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Ring from Shasa.

In celebration of 2017, as well as surviving the first week back at school, I made a mini video that will be on my Instagram account @PhinaYi .

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Here’s my “Ready for 2017” playlist:

Crazy Youngsters by Ester Dean

You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile by Sia

Always Be Together by Little Mix

Make It in America by Victoria Justice

Holy War by Alicia Keys

It’s Time by Imagine Dragons

Where You Belong by Kari Kimmel

The Kids Aren’t Alright by Fall Out Boy

Same Love by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert

Can’t Stop the Feeling! by Justin Timberlake

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Headphones provided by Ankit.
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Sweater from Shasa.
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Leggings from Zara.

So thank you Ankit for the free headphones!

I am thoroughly enjoying them 🎧

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Twenty Seventeen

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#2017
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Choker from Forever 21. It was a Christmas pressie:)
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Shades from Poshmark.

So.

2016 is finally over.

I think we can all agree that this (last) year has been the epitome of a roller coaster ride. No matter where you live or what you believe in, I think we can all agree that this year has been cray cray.

There was some form of battle around the world.

Whether it be a political one, social, or environmental.

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Although 2016 has ended, I’m feeling uneasy about this new year.

For as long as I can remember I have dreaded the year 2017.

The year I graduate.

While it’s terrifying, I can revel in this last semester (which no longer counts towards most college applications) and in the fact that no matter what I will have somewhere to go (yes that means I was indeed accepted into a school(s)) 😉 .

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Dress is Banana Republic via Poshmark.
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#GAMEFACE

In preparation of our (basically) free semester, my friends and I made a list to do before we part our ways in August.

I know, so dramatic.

This is our To-Do List:

  1. Learn how to kickbox or box
  2. Take a tango class
  3. Take a hip hop class
  4. Have a major outing for the sole purpose of tryning new food
  5. take a flower arrangement class
  6. Go biking
  7. Go rollerblading
  8. Go horseback riding
  9. Go skydiving
  10. Go scuba diving
  11. Learn how to fence
  12. Learn archery
  13. Go on a road trip
  14. Go to an amusement park and ride rollercoasters
  15. Have a scary movie night

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Not every single one of us wants to do everything on that list and is no way complete. But it is a good indication of what we’re going to be doing in our spare time.

Now mind you we are well aware that some of the activities listed above are not possible of doing in Houston. And there’s also that annoying thing in the way. What’s it called? Oh yeah, money.

But it’s nice to dream though, right?

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Bag is Rebecca Minkoff.
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Nail polish has a base coat of China Glaze’s Coconut Kiss and a top coat of ORLY’s Lumiere’s Light.
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Shoes from JustFab.

 2017 is either going to be the best year ever or the worse.

I prefer the former.

Fingers crossed.

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Victorian Romance

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Hello?
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Time to slide!
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I underestimated my velocity.

Project Sister Act, created by Sheela Writes, is a collaboration amongst bloggers to prove that style is ageless.

This month our theme is Victorian Romance.

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This was originally planned for Thanksgiving but…..

Food took precedent.

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Ring from Charlotte Russe.
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Boots from JustFab.
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Leggings from Zara.
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Dress from Forever 21.

Here are this month’s Project Sister Act bloggers:

Me, Teens

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Oby Grace, 20s

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So pretty ❤️

Elsie, 30s

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Elsie looks so cool!

Sheela, 40s

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🙌🏾

Dawn Lucy, 50s

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#SLEEK

A huge thank you to everyone who participated this month!

Everyone’s looks we’re awesome 👏

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Ta-da!

Beauty for Everyone. Again.

 

As you can see in the above pictures, punctuality is not my mother’s strong suit.

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If you’ve read my last post you’d know that I attended Sally Beauty’s Beauty for Everyone Influencer Executive Summit a while back.

On the second day bloggers were given the opportunity to talk to over 25 different brand partners and got tons of free products.

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There were two Sally Beauty hairstylists available to bloggers throughout the day in the Presidential Suite.

The woman in the picture above is my friend Cris Zaragoza (styleanthropy) and I promise she looked a lot better than what you see above ;D

And yes, the woman behind her is the one and only Mama Mai.

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Bloggers were welcomed with, of course, free products and an assortment of fruits and muffins.

Their blueberry muffins are amazing by the way.

I usually hate them but damn.

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Meeting Jeannie Mai.

At first glance I thought I was hallucinating because, I mean, there’s no way that that could be her! But the more I looked (yes, I know I sound like a stalker) the more I started to realize that it was indeed Jeannie Mai!

And after seeing Mama Mai too my mind just blew up.

I’m not going to lie, I spent the entire morning presentation looking over at her table to see if she really was real.

By the end of it my momma got fed up with me and told me to just ask for a picture. And I did! Well, she did for me because I couldn’t speak.

Jeannie was so nice and is a hardcore hugger. I just smiled and nodded at everything she said while momma took our picture together.

I have never been starstruck before so it was apparently very amusing for my mother to see me that way…

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While the trade show was going on there was also an entire section in the hotel that gave pedicures, manicures, haircuts, styling, and false lashes.

I had never tried falsies before so I was definitely apprehensive when the opportunity to try presented itself.

I kept blinking and closing my eyes and was a wreck throughout the process.

Yes, all five minutes of it.

But I liked the end result. Just not enough to do the work on a regular basis.

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#WERK

 

All of the brands were awesome.

There were so many that it was difficult to look at all of them. And not to mention the crowds and lines.

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Dinner was at one Dallas’s top nightclubs where people can ride mechanical bulls.

It was Sally Beauty Hairstylist Gregory Patterson’s birthday and apparently he’s always wanted to try it.

But…

Since I’m still underage and momma is not a huge fan of nightclubs anymore we decided to have room service instead.

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On the last day bloggers were given the opportunity to try the Experimental Pop Up Social Lounge and Content Studio during breakfast on the last day. It occupied a small section of the Grand Hyatt’s dining hall.

It had a light pink background with wooden stool in front of it. Bloggers could choose from a list of questions they could answer and were allowed to film as many as they wish. Like “What products can you not live without?” or “What’s the best beauty advice you have ever received?’

There was also an entire wall stacked with products for us to take.

You should have seen the bloggers who ran for it.

Even in those hella high heels of theirs.

It was quite impressive.

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Peace out!

I want to thank Sally Beauty and the Brain Trust for inviting me to the summit!

It was a lot of fun and I’m going to love trying out all the products I got.

Beauty for Everyone

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Yes, yes, this is incredibly late.

With school and college applications in the way, I had no time to properly describe my experience with Sally Beauty in Dallas a few months ago. (Yes, months.)

But now that it’s Winter Break (thank God) and I’ve been accepted by a few schools (thank God, again), I can finally sit down and blog about it.

My mother, Sheela Writes, and I were invited to Sally Beauty’ Beauty for Everyone Influencer Excutive Summit (quite a mouthful). It was basically a three-day event that allowed influencers to check out some of Sally Beauty’s products and learn how to develop our brand.

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Welcoming Gift

The summit took place in Dallas, Texas and my mother actually let me skip school in order to attend since it began on a Friday (such a rebel).

We stayed at the Grand Hyatt and upon arrival we were given a bag of goodies (as seen in the above picture). Our room was sooo cool. The blinds would automatically raise up when we entered the room, displaying a great view of the city. There was also one of those cosmetic mirrors with fancy lights that YouTube makeup tutorialists use.

And it was pretty awesome having a big TV too.

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Day 1: Fashion Show

The event was a fashion and hair show hosted by Project Runway and Lead Sally Beauty Hairstylist, Gregory Patterson. For those of you who dodn’t know who that is, it’s the guy you see on TV when Project Runway comes on. Turns out he’s real! (Don’t judge me.)

The show opened with a montage video of Project Runway Season 14 and other various fashion shows around the country. The atmosphere was what I imagine a club to be like, with Calvin Harris and Zedd tracks on full blast.

There were models in chairs lined up.

Gregory would give the audience some tips on how to do each model’s hairstyle, and of course showed which products to use, as each model kept on their black coverups.

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Gregory then proceeded to introduce a surprise guest: Ashley Tipton! Winner of Project Runway Season 14 and the first plus size designer to win.

The models, afetr getting their hair presentations done, took off the coverups and revealed Tipton’s new line with JCPenney.

It had a retro vibe with tons of a black and pink dominant color palette.

And it was also really cool that she had models of ALL sizes.

Not just the usual skinny ones, but not just the curvy ones either.

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Meeting Ashley Tipton
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The unconventional challenge

The dress above was Tipton’s unconventional dress that was asked for by Sally Beauty.

I think it’s made out of boxes. A lot of boxes.

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Dress from Forever 21.
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Cuff is Loewe. Rings from Poshmark, Shasa, and various indie boutiques. Necklace from Poshmark.
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Shoes are Jeffrey Campbell.

Now to give you some perspective, we left our house early in the morning because the airport is about an hour away. After dealing with our bags, going through check-in, and finding food we boarded our plane at around noon. The flight itself was super short, but once we landed we were working nonstop.

The show was originally supposed to be at 4 but began a little over an hour early.

The event (which included meet-and-greets and pre-show chatting) ended at around 5:30.

Basically momma and I were exhausted.

Dinner was at 6 but we, well, took a nap. A looong nap. Like three hours.

So we had room service instead and watched Descendants (yes, we still watch Disney movies).

By the way, the Grand Hyatt’s mac n’ cheese is amazing!

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Thanks for letting us shoot, Fuddruckers! And for the coupon 🙂
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#BEAUTYFOREVERYONE

And that was just Day 1.

I promise to write about the rest soon. It’s just a lot of stuff to write about 🙂

Til next time!

First Day of Freedom

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Shades are from an indie boutique. Lipstick is Kourt K by Kylie Cosmetics.
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Dress from Forever 21.

This is the last edition of a three-part collaboration with Jodie’s Touch of Style and Sheela Writes. The idea was to showcase various ways of dressing with tweed. Also, though unintentional, it is a collaboration amongst mothers and daughters ❤️

The last of the series is to wear tweed in a fun way.

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#thelaststand
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Jeans are Mango.
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Coat from an indie boutique in Italy.
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Booties from JustFab.
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Winter break!

Here are everyone else’s looks:

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I love ❤️
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Lovin’ the ascot, Nancy!
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Cool shirt!
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#COOL
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🎧 You gotta strut like you mean it🎧

One of my friends asked if I was going anywhere during Winter Break.

I said, “My bed.”

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Woohoo!

Thanks to everyone for participating and checking this out!

You Have to Pay to Stare

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Lipstick is Leo by Kylie Cosmetics.
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Ummm hmmm. I know.

This is the second edition of a three-part collaboration with Jodie’s Touch of Style and Sheela Writes. The idea was to showcase various ways of dressing with tweed. Also, though unintentional, it is a collaboration amongst mothers and daughters ❤️

The second of the series is to wear tweed in a gothic/punk/badass style. The last will show a different surprise element, which shall be posted this Friday.

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Coat from an indie boutique in Italy.
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No cares.
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Jeans are Mango.
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Shades are Dior.
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Go the distance.
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#NATURAL
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Shoes from JustFab.

Here our my punk gals:

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Damn Jodie! 😍
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Lovin’ those combat boots Nancy!
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That leather skirt though ❤️❤️❤️
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Love you!
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Too much to handle.

Come back on Friday to see the finale!

Pout Baby, Pout

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Muack 💋
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Too good for the haters.

I received this product complimentary of ColourPop Cosmetics.

And I have to say, I’m quite enarmoured with it.

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Leggings from Zara.
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Shades from Poshmark.

Wild Nothing is part of their Ultra Matte Lip collection.

It’s a nice dusty plum brown that is non-waterproof.

It comes in a cool metallic blue paw print and floral covered packaging as seen in the next two pictures.

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Wild Nothing
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I’m obsessed with this color.

What’s also really cool is that on their website they give suggestions on what to pair with each product!

For Wild Nothing they suggest a lip pencil called Dukes Pencil, a shimmering eyeshadow named Candyman, and an eyeshadow set called Zingara (which apparently means gypsy style).

They have tons of other stuff but I thought the ones I mentioned had really cool names.

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Ear cuff is Material Girl via Macy’s.
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Socks from a Halloween store.
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Coat from Queen Victoria Market.
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When your friends cancel after you’ve already put on your dusty plum brown.

A huge thank you to ColourPop Cosmetics for their product!

Make sure to check out their site for tons of other super dope stuff! I mean, there’s a lipstick called Autocorrect. How cool is that?

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Peace out.

Pinkies Up

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Pinkies up gals!
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Mini Bosslady. I take after my momma.

This is the first edition of a three-part collaboration with Jodie’s Touch of Style and Sheela Writes. The idea was to showcase various ways of dressing with tweed. Also, though unintentional, it is a collaboration amongst mothers and daughters ❤️

The first of the series is to wear tweed in a ladylike style. The rest will show different surprise elements, which shall be posted in the following days.

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Dress from Poshmark.
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Shades are Dior. Lipstick is Koko K from Kylie Cosmetics.
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Hairband from HairUWear.
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Coat from an indie boutique in Italy.
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Shoes from JustFab.
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I’m getting impatient.

Here are my fellow fashion bloggers in their tweed:

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Jodie, your dress is gorgeous!
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Lovely backdrop for a lovely outfit.
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That tie 😍
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#BOSSLADY
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Graceful AF.

 Check back on Wednesday to see what’s next!

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