When Medicine Meets Racism

Since we are in the mist of a pandemic and a race war I think it’s only necessary if I start highlighting some of my friends and family and if any of you would like to share a story let me know! This story is about my father in law. Dr. Benjamin Laremont. How odd is that medicine met racism and discrimination way back when. Did you think this was possible?

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Let’s rewind Dr. Ben was born and raised Panama City, Panama and was 3 of 12 siblings. As a young boy he always had this desire to help people. Mainly because his family and local residents were to poor to afford healthcare. Simple illnesses that we take for granted, that are easily treated often his hit family by storm. After graduating high school, Dr. Ben was awarded a scholarship (Institute of International Education) (IIE) and attended Sterling College in Kansas. After graduating  with his Bachelors of Science, Dr. Ben went on to receive his doctor of medicine degree at Maharry Medical School. Following his graduation he attended the University of Illinois School of Medicince where he did his residency and became specialized in Family Medicine.  Soon after is when he joined and served the U.S Navy for 2 years and received his U.S citizenship.

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During his residency he labored to diagnose and treat and elderly white gentlemen and when he became conscious the patient was shocked and to his disbelief that a black doctor had treated him.Later on that evening, as usual Dr. Ben and the other doctors madetheir rounds in teh hospital. The elederly gentlemen was very shook up and had the opportunity to speak to the head of the doctor. The patients response was “I saw a N***er in my dreams.” The head of the department replied “oh you mean Dr. Laremont.”

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In passing Dr. Laremont tried not to make much of it but his thoguhts said ” when you look around and see 6 to 8 people and one of them is black, and that’s you, you don’t need to say or do anything as all eyes are always watching your actions. You can make an issue out of it, however you  stand to have more to lose, solely because you are always singled out.” Dr. Benjamin Laremont

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Dr. Benjamin Laremont still practices today loving taking care of his patients. He has been married to his devoted wife Dr. Sylvia Laremont and they blissfully have 4 children.

In the middle of a life or death situation racism still prevailed within this mans heart. SO let’s fast forward to today. Answer me this has things changed? I think not as today we are in the middle of a pandemic and a race war. We are still on two sides of the fence fighting for equality. It doesn’t matter how much education, status, white coat, your title you are still black. Still not good enough to save a life or to have equal rights. These past couple of months have been exhausting for the black community but I truly believe we will gain traction this time. I say to everyone who is fighting for equality don’t give up. One day.. one day in the name of Jesus things will be equal.

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A few weeks ago it was a normal shoot day for Daniesha and I, when we stumbled upon this sign.  I immediately knew that I had to tell this story about my father in law. This sign speaks volumes of how how far we have not come. These past couple of months (which is equivalent to centuries) have been exhausting for the black community. I truly believe we will gain traction this time and start to see something change. I say to everyone who is fighting for equality don’t give up. One day.. one day in the name of Jesus things will be equal.

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xo Happy Fashion Divas.

 

 

Cleanse my Soul & Renew my Spirit

Hey Divas, last week I mentioned how God was testing me. It’s by no mistake when this happens. Whew boy is he not only testing me but seriously pushing me to look at myself to grow. I swear this quarantine Pandemic Coronavirus of 2020 has shown me some ugly truths about myself and my past. I say ugly but I truly mean deep-rooted issues that I had no idea even existed. I am honestly happy that God is showing me these things because it allows me to change now before I allow these things to affect my marriage and future children.
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I like to call this season a cleansing of the soul and a renewing of the spirit. Today’s meditation scripture comes from Pslams 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Have you ever heard your parents or a wise elder say be careful what you wish for… Well, I must say I had been praying this prayer and here I am now. God is truly working on me and I know I have a long way to go but during this time I have been finding myself praising and understanding more about myself and things that didn’t make sense before are now. I have learned that I have full control over my mind body and spirit. I choose to allow God to guide me through this thing we call life.

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For that, I am pleased with the journey that I am on. Has God been cleansing your soul or renewing your spirit? I would love to know so let’s chat! Have a good Monday and stay focused.

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Want to shop my look? Of course, are you following me on Like To Know it? If not follow me here at Emanees Closet. I love mixing old and new pieces together. it creates a timeless effect to my outfits. Let’s start form the top. My headwrap is form Etsy however I was lucky to find left over scraps to act as this head wrap but if you are looking for some really great quality ones you can shop my girl Juanitas Bold looks and Headwraps here. My blouse is this loving laser cut linen blouse form Zara. Here is the exact link and it’s on sale so go shop it now! If not I will leave a similar linked below. my pants are form Poshmark and the shoes are DSW Sam Edelman brand. Of course my purse if from JustFab and they still have this style in stock. Tahnats it. I mixed old with new for this lovely playful simple look.

Happy Monday xo happy fashion

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Styling One Outfit 3 Ways

Do you ever style pieces in your closet differently? I sure do. Today I am taking a flashback outfit and showing you how I styled it differently this year. Turn last years season fashion into a “hey is that a new outfit”.

Pick Your Outfit

I like to start off with matching outfits and see how many combinations I can get out of two pieces. I decided to go with this top and pants combo. The first look is with both matching pieces. I decided to dress this look up last year for a dat night with the hubby.

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Separate Your Pieces

Decided if you want to dress each piece up or down. Let’s start off with the top first. Top are usually easy to dress up or down, but for this look I decided to pair this with a pair of wide leg crop jeans and sneakers. Take a more dressy blouse and pairing it with sneakers and jeans will always do the trick. You can’t go wrong with this look.

 

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Lastly I styled the pants with a basic tank and my pink block heels. this look is so effortless but looks so well put together. You can even throw a blazer on top and wear this work or an event.

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This one outfit can easily turn into 10. you only need a few sets to mix and match with th clothes you already have in your wardrobe. I like to play off colors, my desired style and of course my mood for the day. Let me know how you mix and match the clothes in your closet.

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Mented Cosmetics

 

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Many of you know that I barely wear any makeup except eyeliner, mascara, and of course, I love a good lippie. Now my girl Daniesha put me onto some bomb lipsticks, however, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Mented Cosmetics. I have heard such great reviews about their products and I must admit I had to try it.

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Allow me to give you some background. Mentend is a black-owned cosmetic line found by two friends KJ Miller and Amanda E. Johnson. Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to find the perfect nude lipstick for brown skin? I sure have and so did they. They created this line “every woman should be able to find herself in the world of beauty, no matter her skin tone. We know you’ll love being put first – because when it comes to beauty, no one deserves to be an afterthought.”  Each of their products is perfectly pigMENTED to match your skin tone.

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Types of Products

Mented is a one-stop-shop for all your cosmetics. they carry everything from Lipstick, brow pencils, eyes shadow palettes to the perfect face foundation. Take your pick.

1. Lips

    • Semi-Matte Lipstick
    • Matte Lipstick
    • Lip Gloss
    • Lip Liner
    • Liquid Lipstik

So far I have tested the Semi-Matte lipstick I purchased the trio set with 3 different shades which are Dope Taupe, Mented #5, Peach Please. I love all these shades. The lipstick goes on super smooth and provides full coverage. Each shade matches perfectly with my skin I plan to do another order to test out some of the other lipsticks and glosses but form this first order I’m sold on these products

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2. Face

  • Foundation
  • loose setting Powder
  • Powder brush

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3. Brow, Eyes & Cheeks

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4. Nail

First off the packaging is super cute. The lipstick trio comes in a black soft feel box with a gold bow with melted on the front/ The lipstick tubes are soft to couch and match the color of the shade of lipstick.

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Here’s the moment that you all have been waiting for! So how do these shades look on me?

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If you haven’t tried this brand head on over to Mented Cosmetics or use the links I have provided you above. Also, you may find their products on Amazon and HSN. Show some love and support to our queens who are on a mission to making our beauty shine.

 

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Xo Happy Fashion Divas!

GOD IS DOPE

I’m still on my motivational high from yesterday. Can you tell me? I am sure most of you have seen all the God is Dope ads on Facebook and Instagram. Well, I just had to support this locally owned business. Why?

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  1. God is Dope
  2. Faith-based clothing to help the youth be inspired to believe in God!
  3. Affordable and quality is awesome

You all know that my faith in God runs deep and to me, this t-shirt just isn’t a trend. I am a big advocate of reaching people-bringing them to Christ in multiple ways. Everyone’s calling is different and in today’s society, our youth are easily pulled further away from religion. No doubt that this happens to many of us as some grow up in church and stray away live and learn and then eventually come back. For others like me who didn’t grow up in church, I found Christ in a whole another way. (let me know if you would like to hear my story) I use to sing in the choir along with some of my best friends from high school and while I was in college I praise danced (Below is a picture of me when I used to PRaise dance for Majestic Movement)img_6919 There are many different ways that one may minister too. Fashion, music, dance, bible study the list goes on. I think it’s Dope that this line exist and it’s what everyone needs right about now!

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These t-shirts are amazing quality, affordable and you can honestly style them however you want! I chose to use this as my work-out or running errands t-shirt. Since this pandemic hit this was the perfect opportunity for me to start to get fit? Yes, you may ask why would a skinny person need to get fit? Just because I’m skinny doesn’t mean I’m in the best of health. I still have to eat right and workout to stay just as healthy as anyone else.

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Morning walks have been key for me. Starting the day with a clear mind, meditation, and reading my devotional helps kick start my day in the right direction. I plan to add yoga to my routine as one of my good friends have been telling me to do it.. (do you remember that song Do it Do it by Cherish?) I know I’m forever taking it back..

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What is your morning routine? have you shopped the God is Dope line? and how do you style your tees? Maybe I should do a styling session on a t-shirt. Let me know if you would like a how-to style a tee blog. Stay Safe, Healthy, and faithful!

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Shop Shorts: Floral Shorts, Tropical Print Shorts, Solid Shorts

Shoes: Black Nikes, Nike Air Max Tailwind

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Being Tested?

Hey Divas,


It’s been a long past couple of weeks with highs and lows. Have you ever had something that constantly reoccurs? I truly feel like it’s God’s way of testing me. I can’t help but wonder, have I not passed the test?

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Honestly, during this year I have had time to do some reflecting and self-evaluation. These tests that I am being put through are pushing me out of my comfort zone. It has not been easy it’s more like growing pains.

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I found that James 1:2-4 helped me get through these weeks “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

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We may not be perfect but God places trials and tribulations in our life not to hurt us but to push us to be more faithful more like him and stronger. Not just strong for ourselves but for the ones around us and the ones we have not yet met. Your story your life is not in vain. Today move forward with faith. Faith knowing that God will carry you through and all your heart’s desires will be answered according to God’s will. Being tested? Look at it as a step closer to God’s will for you.

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Stay encouraged, Have a good week! Xo happy Fashion

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Hey Divas Hey

Hey Divas,

I am so glad you are here! I wanted to welcome you to my newly updated blog. Let me take a moment and introduce myself. my Name is Ayesha Emanee. I am originally from San Diego California, however, I am living the Georgia Peach life now.  Below are some facts that will help you get to know me.

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  1. I am the youngest of 5 but I am the oldest at heart
  2. I have 2 degrees, my bachelors, in Marketing and an MBA in marketing & Technology
  3. I am a proud HBCU Alumni can you guess from where… I won’t send you on a goose hunt. I am always Behlding that Green and Gold from Norfolk State University. I received my MBA from Capella University
  4. I am classy on the outside but hood on the inside.. at least this is what my friends tell me. I like to think of it as.. I know how to present myself in public ut when I’m with my kinfolk I am the life of the party.
  5. I love to eat… when I tell you food makes me happy – I am totally a fat on the inside you’ll just see it yet.
  6. My favorite foods consist of Mexican and Soul Food. I honestly invented Taco Tuesday
  7. I love to be creative. My creativity is best expressed with my fashion, hair, and art.
  8. A pet peeve of mine is when people bite the fork when eating. Ouch doesn’t that hurt?
  9. I love warm weather, I am always operation stay warm. I only love the cold weather to dress on my coast and boots.
  10. I am such a family person, I literally have to talk to my family every day. Also, I go hard for my friends. Once I deem you as a friend/family I don’t play, I am I will always tell you the right thing to do… Isn’ t that what friends are for?
  11. I am Married to an amazing man named Benjamin. HE keeps me rooted and grounded.. cause like I said I’m the life of the party
  12. My Faith for Christ, if you don’t catch me singing his praises I often can be found doing mini-sermons at home… Seriously ask my family… I’ll turn a rap song into a sermon.
  13.  Some of my favorite artists are Druhill, Tupac.Isaac Carree. Okay too many to list cause honestly I rock out to what is now considered old school 90’s and early 2000. However, I grew up on of course Michael Jackson, Motown you know that good soul music that makes you wanna STOMP!
  14. I love traveling although I don’t like to travel alone… Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to get around to many places internationally but once COVID leaves us alone whos with me!?
  15. I love learning new cultures, exploring new places, eating new foods, and being in the now.

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I started this blog back in 2015 when I had lost my job. My husband told me to use this as motivation and share with people the things you love. Originally this was a hair blog that turned into fashion and honestly, You will start seeing hair tutorial and food recipes. Why cause you’ll my friends and readers are hungry just like me! Emanee’s Closet is a place for me to share my stories, my inspiration for my outfit of the day, and to have downright girl talk. I am an open book learning and growing along the way.

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I am starting an online store “More Than A Girl Boss” that will consist of motivational T-shirt and accessories. Make sure you are subscribed to get all the updates on the launch date and new blog post.

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Xo Happy Fashion Divas

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5 Ways To Work From Home

Hi loves it’s Monday and I’m back to the grind… at home that is. Let’s be real this pandemic is making everyone rethink how we love daily. From grocery shopping, communicating and working. If you are unable to work from home during this time. My prayers are with you daily and praying that you are extra safe. If you are able to work from home I have 5 helpful tips for you not to loose your mind!

  1. Have a dedicated work space: I’ve been working from home for 2 weeks now and when I went into work for the last time it was empty. My husband told me to grab everything I possibly could since we didn’t know how long this would last. My husband being the engineer that he is made us a work station in the basement that allows natural light to shine through several windows for fresh air and enough space for me to get up stretch and sing and dance. Just enough to annoy him. Hey I have to stay positive.
  2. Create a to do list: honestly I can’t remember the app that allows me to write my to do list where I can check it off and it sends me alerts. If you know of a good one please send. I currently use my calendar and my notebook. I sometimes like to old school it. Hey ima till efficient. The to do list will keep your assignments in line.
  3. Take Breaks: this is major. When you work from home you are less likely to take a break. Why? Because you are trying to always look like your online and the computer is constantly staring at you…saying hey check your email… hey you’re at home you can finish that project.
  4. Plan meals in advanced: you all know I already meal prep but no lie my meal prepping has stopped. I’ve been making sandwiches and eating left overs for lunch. However I purchased all my meal preparation items so I am about to get back to it. Stay tuned for some healthy meal prep recipes. Please make sure you are staying hydrated. Water is key and so Andre healthy snacks.
  5. Set a routine: my routine has gotten off now that I have a few extra minutes to sleep in. However I’ve been getting up getting dressed making breakfast and at it by 8am. I try to log off by 4:30 as I normally would if I were in the office.

Do you have any work from home tips? If so let me know. Let’s get into this outfit that won’t be seen until all this over.

We are headed into April my birthday month and the cool air still tickles my cheeks in the morning. And then bam it’s blazing hot. We are still in that in between stage. This outfit is perfect for those cool morning and warm afternoons.

This crochet beaded high neck balloon sleeve blouse is perfect. I love the details and the glam it provides this entire outfit. I paired it with my high waisted pink wide leg pants. I added a simple straw striped open toed heels. Add a simple bag and you are ready to steal the show. I wore this with my sneakers to be comfortable and it looked fly what do you think?

Stay safe and fashionable at home. Xo happy fashion divas.


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Staying Safe and Fashionable

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Hi Fashionistas, as we know there is a shortage of household cleaning products, hand sanitizer and toilet paper. Toilet paper being the most odd on the list during this time.I have yet to figure out how toilet paper will keep you safe during this pandemic. However among many cleaning supplies you can actually make. Sometimes I like to put on my Molly DIY outfit and make it myself.. Here’s a disclaimer, DO NOT MIX CHEMICALS! for example alcohol and Clorox, or ammonia and Clorox.. that equates to a serious gaseous bomb in your kitchen. Since hand sanitizer is on the rise I thought I could give you a quick easy recipe to make your own. Also if you have kids please do not allow them to use this in large consumption as it can irritate their skin!

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Hand sanitizer recipe
What you’ll need:

3/4 cup of isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (99 percent)
1/4 cup of aloe vera gel (to help keep your hands smooth and to counteract the harshness of alcohol)
10 drops of essential oil, such as lavender oil, or you can use lemon juice instead
Directions:

Pour all ingredients into a bowl, ideally one with a pouring spout like a glass measuring container.
Mix with a spoon and then beat with a whisk to turn the sanitizer into a gel.
Pour the ingredients into an empty bottle for easy use, and label it “hand sanitizer.”

Want more information on hand sanitizers check out the information from the CDC

I would only use this for extreme cases. Stick to washing you hands with soap and water as much as possible.

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Okay so let’s get into this outfit. Every year I feature jumpsuits on my blog. You must know by now, that they are one of my favorite staples in my closet. Jumpsuit make a quick and stylish outfit even on your worse days. Believe it or not I needed a black jumpsuit. I have one in my closet but it’s old and needs to be retired. Thanks to my fashionistas over at Fabrik they gifted me this black utility tie waist jumpsuit. When I purchase clothes I try to find versatile pieces that I can interchange for work and play. This jumpsuit meets all the requirements. It’s super light weight, it buttons down the from and gives that professional look. I paired it with a cute fruit purse. Speaking of which you know I love fruit. For my footwork, these Katy Perry rubiks cube inspired low suede heels did the trick.

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How are you staying safe and fashionable these days?

xo happy fashion!


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10 Things To Do while At Home

Hey beautiful lady bugs. Fun fact did you know lady bugs and giraffes are some of my favorite insects and mammals. Random I k ow however this is lady bug season aka spring. Unfortunately right now we truly can’t enjoy Gods creation. No worries I am truly finding ways to reflect on Gods promises.

Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him

I am currently working from home and working harder than ever before. This is not my first time working from home however the anxiety that COVID-19 has caused has made this expert so much different. Below are a few things to do during this time.

  1. Pray: praying has been so therapeutic for me. As I will never truly know why God does certain things. But this is not for me to question but to be still and listen.
  2. Take a walk: many parks have closed down here in Georgia but taking a walk in your neighborhood will suffice. Make sure to get some fresh air.
  3. Spring clean: yaull are about to see some winter stuff on my Poshmark! There’s so much I didn’t wear that has got to go. Make sure to follow me as I do another closet clear out!
  4. Read a book: when was the last time you picked up a good book and read the entire book? It’s been about 10 years for me which is sad. I used to be a book some. Now is the time to get back on it. I am taking recommendations.
  5. Write out your goals: as things has shifted. Write out some of your goals you would like to accomplish when this is all over.
  6. Educate yourself: learn something new. There’s tons of feee classes online, YouTube and other sites.
  7. Home projects: finish up those home remodeling or those small projects you been meaning to get too.
  8. Rest: lord knows we all need some rest.
  9. Take up a new hobby/ workout: I used to paint, I think I may start doing that again. Just because the gym is closed that doesn’t mean you can’t workout at home.
  10. Remain Calm!: this too shall pass

I hope these tips have been helpful. Now let’s get into this outfit. Oh yes and just because we are stuck inside that doesn’t mean you can’t be cute. Im sorry but I’ve always had a hard time being in the House in sweats or my pjs. Now don’t get me wrong when I am chilling I like to say I have fashionable lounge wear. I can’t apologize, it’s just the diva in me.

I am totally loving color and textures right now. My crochet sweater offers a ton of texture with is peplum and flower knot details. This was on clearance at Zara last season. However you can find this sweater on Poshmark or I will leave some similar selections below. My jeans- yaull have been going crazy about these beauties and yes I snagged them for $20 at Fabrik. They are still on sale but with limited sizes left. No worries distressed jeans are totally in right now. These cute cheetah print separate another fab find from Fabrik snagged these on super sale for $24. Espadrilles. I threw on a cute straw bag and my Betsey Johnson cat eye shades and I’m out… or should I say I’m in?

Stay safe and as always xoxo happy fashion!


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