How To Style – Basic Essential Edition

Hey divas, do you remember last week when I took an old outfit and showed you how to wear it 3 ways. Well, I’ve done it again except this time this is staples that you should have in your wardrobe. No need to buy anything just take a dive into your closet and make several outfits out of 1. I am beginning to like these blogs 1 outfit styled in different ways.

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Items You will need

Please keep in mind what’s in your wardrobe of course will differ from what’s in mine. Don’t be afraid to live on the edge a bit by switching up the colors or using a vest instead of a dress.

  • Pants – skinny, cropped, wide-leg any of these will work
  • Basic tank top – any color of your choice that matches your outfit. No lie I need help with getting more basic any my closet, anyone wants to help me 🙂 I tend to buy prints or non-basics. Ughhh  I know I will do better.
  • Shirt dress – you can easily switch this up with a long sleeveless vest that button
  • Shorts
  • Shoes – I chose sneakers and heels. However you can use flats, or a low heel depends on your style.

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Outfit 1: Casual Chic

This outfit can take you through spring, fall, and even winter. Simply throw on a turtleneck or a sweater underneath and bam! However, since we are rolling in hot summer weather, we are keeping in jazzy with this olive green and cream zebra print Antonion Melani shirt dress. The dress offers buttons and a belt. I switched out the original belt tot his textured raffia belt to add character. I paired this dress with a pair of skinny Michael Kors jeans and some high top sneakers and a purse from JustFab. I added some cool tropical bird earrings from Kisha Rose Treasures and a pair of shades. This gave me the cool-casual effortless look. I am ready to hit the streets.

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Outfit 2: lunch with the girls

Now, remove those pants, unbutton the dress, slip on a tank. I choose this gold knit tank from NY & Company from the Eva Mendes Collection. This added a bit of color but also matched with my heels and bag. I slipped on these high waisted white shorts to give a flirty and fun look to the outfit. For my accessories, I chose these heels that matched with this look, a straw bag, and of course a cool pair of shades.

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Outfit 3: Date Night

Date Night with my Mr. calls for legs out and heels. Button up that shirt dress belt it and put on those heels. This look is perfect for a summer date night over a light salad and a fruity drink. Well, that’s just me. This look called for no extra pieces, simply remove the shorts and tank and you are ready to go!

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You can simply do this with multiple pieces in your closet. Have you tried it? If so let me know what and how you styled it? Send me pictures I would love to share.

 

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xo Happy Fashion Divas

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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Obtaining Essentials During #Corona

 

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Hi, ladybugs and fashionistas I swear when I have a baby- and if it’s a girl her nickname will be ladybug! As time passes and the virus lingers – many people are opting to say “F” and return to normal. But what is the new normal? Should we still take precautions or should we be in the mindset of whatever happens-happens? I think that is truly up the individual but I for one will not be living life as I use too. I already can be a pretty germophobic person when it comes to certain things. I already carried hand sanitizer, Lysol wipes all of that with me and I never use to touch the pumps at the gas station. So today I will be sharing where I have been finding my essentials without having to go to the store for these items.

Places to Shop for your Essentials

  • Instacart: I decided to try Instacart for the first time. I must admit there are some learning curves. However, I have been ordering for about 6 weeks now and I have been pretty satisfied with the delivery. The app itself is easy to use. Finding products depend on the location of the store you are ordering from. You aren’t able to change the store location- location is based on your delivery location. I honestly prefer the Kroger that is 15 minutes from my house instead of the one that is 5 minutes. However I can’t be that picky in the middle of all this. My shoppers all have been great with texting me via the app if an item is not available or sending me pictures of the items. Although the app says you are unable to add an item after the shopper has started shopping – I have added items and the shopper gladly found it. All shoppers have delivered in a timely fashion and have been pleasant. Now the learning curve is when you are trying to order fruit and vegetables. For example: when it says to select the amount tomatoes it doesn’t mean a bunch (on a vine) it means 1 – single tomato. I messed up and order 1 banana and received 1 banana. Also, don’t forget you will be charged a delivery fee and you must tip your shopper this can add an extra $6-$10 depending on location. If you sign up for the $9 delivery service for a month you will max that out within 2 deliveries trust me its a good deal! My overall experience has been great!

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  • Sam Club: Offers a pickup service in my area they are not yet on Instacart so I decided to order the items online and pick it up. What I didn’t know was that I would have to go in and pick up my items at the guest services counter. This experience was ok. I can’t give it 5 stars because I waited in my car for 10 minutes after I had selected the “I’m Here” button to notify the employees that I was there and waiting in the loading zone. Upon going in both times my order was ready but you have to bring in your basket for them to load your cart up. You are allowed to designate someone else to pick up your order if need be. If any of your items are not available for pickup they will ship it to you within the next 3-5 days. I will order again only because walking through Costco or Sams can be crazy – after I do that run I need a nap.

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  • Amazon: As we all know Amazon was probably the first place everyone went shopping when the pandemic broke out and delivery options were pushed out to 3 weeks or longer. Amazon is getting back to normal as I have only had to wait 3 days for my items which is pretty much back to their 2-day shipping. Certain items are still out of stock. However I recently I decided to passion twist my hair and I order hair, accessories, and everything I would need to create this style, and surprisingly I was so pleased! Please with the quality of the hair and my order came within a week instead of 3.
  • Pick up Services: Mostly every grocery, clothing stores, restaurants, and other convenient stores are offering pickup services.

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As time goes on places are opening up and people are trying to find the new normal. I will be shelling in place for a while until I see the curve declining. I still do not feel comfortable venturing out to heavily populated places without masks, gloves, and sanitizer. I have faith and yes God is still in control but I will do my best to stay siloed a little while longer. oh yes, and a helpful tip, before bringing in your groceries it’s a good idea to wipe all of your items off with Clorox wipes except fruit and veggies. Those can be washed off! How have you been obtaining your essentials?

Outfit During the Rona

Let me give you the details of this outfit. I’m calling my summer vibes with this one. The dress is Giani Bini – purchased this cute little number from Poshmark for $15. My cute high top sneakers are from Justfab – beware the sizing is off so I would size up a whole shoe size but for the price I paid I am not mad. The hat is also from Justfab, and my purse is old from TjMaxx.

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#staysafe and fashionably cute! Xo Happy Fashion Divas.


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Fashion For Monday

Happy Monday Divas! I’m feeling refreshed and revitalized today. I have some goals to work on this week and I plan to accomplish them. I can honestly say that this year has brought me many “mini breakdowns” so I am thriving to do better with controlling my ups and downs and looking at the downs as ups and the ups as UPs!

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It’s Monday and we often get what we call the Monday Blues.. I don’t know why but everyone praises Friday for the weekend.. However Friday is the end to Monday and Monday allows us to start of fresh. We should praise each day like it’s our last! Today’s motivational quote comes from Charles R. Swindoll. He states that “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”

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I totally agree! Far too often I have flown off the handle and literally spiraled out of control i my mind with anger, sadness, beating myself up or whatever the situation may be.. my reactions were totally uncalled for. I have even taken it out on the people I love. or just snapped lol.. I am laughing now but it’s not funny in the mist of it because not everything “bad” that happens is truly bad. It can be a warning sign and a blessing from God!

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Since I have been trying to look at all things positively, it has changed my mindset to feel “stress free.” Instead of living on the edge and living more in line with that God has for you even if that means something doesn’t go your way it’s okay because there’s always a better plan right down the road!

I thought I would do a Monday shot mixed with business and casual. Why because that’s how our minds are! Well at least mine is. We still want to have the comfort of the weekend but with our game face on!

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My houndstooth red and black blazer is from my sis Kisha this was a vintage thrifted item I found on her site at Kisharosetreasures.com. Chic out her website as she has awesome apparel and jewelry! By the way this is not an ad just one boss queen supporting another! Of course I had to find a Monday t-shirt.. why not it’s Monday! This t-shirt can be found at Fab’rik along with so many other other cute designs. I decided to put this look with a pair of tuxedo chinos form the express.. These pants were giving to me from a friend! However I have linked some styles down below. My cheetah print sneakers tie this entire look together and yes they are form Fab’rik as well! Don’t see your size there’s tons of inventory in a Fab’rik store near you.

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Make Today Count. Xo Happy Fashion Divas!


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T-Shirt | Blazer sim | Pants | Pants sim| Sneakers

Bold Summer Colors The Fab 5 Fashionistas

Hey Divas We are back! that’s right it’s been a long time since the Fab 5 Fashionistas have brought you some sizzling ootd ideas! Well it’s time we give you some summer hot inspiration with Bold colors! of course exclusively from our favorite clothing store New York & Company. Let’s dive right into these sweet outfits!

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I’m kicking this collar off with this lovely renewing green suit. The pants are high waisted and hit right at your ankles. The material is light and perfect for this summer heat. But wait… You all know I have a tendency to get cold when in doors.. and there just so happened to be a matching zip up blazer. It’s cincehes at the middle to give your boss that Coke bottle figure.

img_1919Keeping with the bold color theme who doesn’t like bold stripes with rainbow colors! I love this blouse as its severely high lo as well so you can wear it tucked in or out. I topped this look off with my favorite hot pink heels from Justfab! I love this outfit as it’s bold and makes a professional statement! Are you bold enough to wear a statement piece like this?

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Mary of Curlybyrdie is wearing this gorgeous snake print jumpsuit in emerald green wait a minute when do you ever see snake print in green! I must admit I had this in my online shopping bag. Mary rocked this look from head to toe! Head on over to her blog to get all the details and more.

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Reyni of Curlsabdhighheels is outfitted in this lovely wrap dress with multi color print patches and… fringe that trims the bottom. This dress is more than stunning and flatters her figure. Perfect for work or play and especially these hot summer days! Want more about this look? Make sure to check out her blog for the details.

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Lydia of Chictostreetstylemom and Yolanda of CurlyPetiteRenee are twinning in these lovely stripe maxi dresses. From the nautical blue to the chocolate brown both are absolutely stunning, perfect for a girls night out or date night however this is giving me vacation vibes all the way! They both rocked this look. Head on over to their blog for more details.

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How are you wearing color this summer? Are you mixing prints, wearing multiple colors, living on the edge or keeping it simple. Well I hope we have inspired you to be bold!

XO Happy Fashion Divas.


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Boho Chic

Happy Monday Divas! it’s time for some Fish in Fashion motivation for this Monday! I am so tickled right now as I told one of my best friends that I was doing a Boho inspired look for the blog.. the response was what’s boho? Of course I was talking to a man so I had to not be so judgmental. Well If you didn’t know what boho is.. keep on reading!

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Today’s motivation strictly is coming form when I was little girl and I had..well my mom had sold all this candy and gift wrap for a school fundraiser. Do yaull remember those fundraisers? and the more you sell you can get those cool neon light up glasses.. some random bike, a walkman or a off brand gameboy.. Okay okay so the prizes were cool and my mom made it a point to try to get me the coolest thing on the list.. a “Camera” well after weeks of selling gift wrap and candy my sells totaled up for me to win the camera.

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It was finally the day when we would receive everything that was purchased so we could distribute the items to the buyer and for me to receive all fo my prizes. My grandmother Momma Doris picked me up from.. cough cough elementary school and i was so excited to get to her house and start playing with my new camera.. So bottom line the camera was not in my bag.. My momma Doris called the school.. called the company who as supposed to distribute the camera.. and she called the school again.. everyone kept saying I didn’t sell enough.. My Momma Doris was no push over and if yawl know anything about a black grandmother they will get to the bottom of any issue! Thats exactly what she did. Meanwhile I was to busy crying my eyes out and I’ll never forget so looked at me.. well she snatched me up looked at em dead in my eyes and said stop that crying.. Don’t you ever cry over anything or anyone of this magnitude in life”

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Long story short I ended up getting my camera and to this day.. If I have ever cried it was behind closed doors. I’ve been through a lot and it’s only been by the grace of God and those words my grandmother spoke to me as a kid that I have been able to overcome many obstacles. Small or little obstacles come in many different ways. Take this with you today, don’t cry over the smaller stuff there’s always a bigger reward in the end.

Have you ever heard of the 70’s? Coachella..Hippie..free spirited or what I like to say earthy.. Erykah Badu look. Boho is a sale that is looks fitting.. earth tones- with pops of color, peasant like wear, florals to modest prints, lots of embroidery pretty much throwback!

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Okay let’s get into this outfit! This Boho 100% cotton dress is from Fab’rik. Yes lately I’ve been loving their stuff. Super cute and chic. This dress is perfect for the hot summer days. Why? because it’s light weight with a small lining underneath, long enough to not get a sun-burn.. and yesssss black people do get sun-burns lol.. Anyways, I paired this lovely long maxi dress with some simple gladiator sandals and this basket earth tone sun hat. My belt bag comes from JustFab and I thought the yellow would be the perfect match for this outfit.. hello whoever brought back the fannie pack definitely knew to bring it back with style!

Happy Monday’s love remember don’t let the small things get you down! Stay in the fight and always push forward!


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Wrapped In Summer Knit

That sweet heat, summer weather is is in full swing. With the random rain storms I equate this to some like it hot! I know I do. So what is a diva to wear during weather like this? Well of course my favorite clothing store and brand has you covered! Should I even ask if you can guess who and where?

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New York and Company of course! They have the perfect transiitoning pieces from spring to summer. I typically stay cold inside the office or anywhere where theres AC on full blast. This lovely knit wrap blouse and skirt are perfect. It keeps me warm enough inside and cool enough on the outside. The top knit material is heavy enough but light enough for a full breeze to tickle your skin. However don’t be mistaken its not see through! The lovely knit material dances down to the skirt and it’s fully lined.

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I love how the purple and pink play with the neutral in this piece. The skirt can be found in this lovely creme or blushing pink. I opted for the cream since I can wear it with other pieces in my closet! I topped this look off with my fringe purple peep toe sandals from JustFab. UGHH I need JustFab to bring things hotties back.. I swear I want them in every color. Grab some sunnies and a cute bag and you are ready for work or play!

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Guess what you’re in luck! If you shop now both pieces are on sale!

Xo Happy Fashion Divas.


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This Christmas, 3 Things I’m most Thankful for!

Merry Christmas to my wonderful and lovely fashionista Divas. I am so thankful to see another Christmas. Let’s not forget the true meaning of Christmas “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 NIV. Oh what a joyous day that our lord and savior was born! I am so thankful for God and all of the blessing he has bestowed upon me!

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As you can see today’s blog is a collaborative with my girls the I(E)SHA’S- Daniesha of Officiallychic and Kisha of Kisharoseatl. We wanted to bring you some Holiday cheer, what I am thankful for and a bit of fashion inspiration all at the sometime! Remember our last collaboration was about having a girl tribe.. well no lie our theme is tartan aka plaid and that was it. But you know when yawl are truly friends, sister, bff’s when 2 out of 3 come dressed in the same outfit!!! Ha I started screaming when Daniesha showed up wearing exactly the same outfit. We thought it was so cute and said let’s roll with it. See great minds think alike!

Simply God

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I can’t express how thankful I am for my lord and savior. I have been through many ups and downs. Lately I have found myself feeling extra low, a bit depressed and sad.. to the point I can’t just pinpoint one thing that is totally bothering me.. I know that this is a sign to bring it back and focus on what’s always true and consistant. “God” no matter what happens I can always call on him and somehow, someway he always makes a way and I definitely feel better! Things are never perfect and I tend to sometimes get off track or get int hat day to day rut, but I always strive to put my best foot forward and walk in the path that God has set for me.

 

Family

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Who isn’t thankful for their family? Of course my main Twin my momma.. I talk about her often on my blog yawl should know her by now! Okay Okay sometimes I fight with my sisters like cats and dogs. like apple’s to oranges.. But it’s only because we are all unique individual people, with different minds and thought processes.. or maybe it’s just because we are women that are from Venus! My brother 1 of 4 girls bless his heart! He’s that jive turkey that you need right in the mist of it all to make sure the pot never over boils.. I’ve been through it all with my family and we are still standing. learning, growing and still cracking those same ole silly jokes that we never get tired of! Many people can’t relate but My in laws are my family. My mother in law is like another mother someone I can confide in and run fashion ideas by. Some of you know that I don’t have a relationship with my father but God works in mysterious way, he gave me one with my father in law! And yes I always wanted a little sister and lord Jesus why did you have to answer that prayer..lol but he did and so my sister in law fits right into my crew of sisters.. and yes drama? of course but she wouldn’t be a sister if we didn’t! I saved the best for last My Mr. This blog wouldn’t be in existence if it wasn’t for his love support. I love and I am so thankful for this man!

 

My Tribe- Friends

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Where do I start? I kinda don’t have friends.. You see once you become my friend you become family.. I truly hold my friendships dear and near and I sincerly care about each and every one fo you. I am going to name a few that have held me down from then to now! The Ladee Clique- Yawl know who you are.. and guess what the B2K Millennium tour is about to be LIT!!!!!! cough cough okay I just needed to get that out of my system. Deonna, Kevin, My Work boo’s C and V + a few more.. My new found sisters the I(E)sha’s my ATL girl tribe. This list could go on and on.. but I love all of yaull!

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Honestly I am so thankful for good health, a roof over my head, income, my sanity.. seriously cause sometimes adulating and dealign with life can just be hard.. I am jut thankful to be here and I am so thankful for you who support my blog! I end this blog with a warm hug and Sweet Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Want the details for our outfits? Check out Kisha looks on her blog at Kisharoseatl and my twin for the day Daniesha at Officallychic. Head on over to get all the fab details. See my details below

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Bow tie sweater |Plaid Pants | Plaid Hat | Boots  | Clutch

Fun In The Sun

Ladies you know I love a good 2 piece outfit. So of course I am bringing you another one from New York and Company. This one is no different from the black and white polka dot one that i previously featured. The only difference is the print. I love these outfits because they are instant outfit, cute, light weight for the summer and most of all it’s perfect for a diva on the go!

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I won’t hold you long today as it’s Monday and most of us are grabbing a cup of coffee and jetting put the door like me! So let’s keep it classy, sophisticated and make today count! Shoes are from JustFab, my purse is old from Charming Charlie and my shades are from NY&Co.

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Be inspired and happy fashion divas.


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Polka Dots In Color

 

The truth is, my mind has been going crazy with new ideas.. I just can’t control myself. I am super creative and my mind will often race from A-Z and then from Z-A.  Excuse me if my outfits have been very colorful and different.. I will not apologize for my creativity. 🙂

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With that being said let’s keep this simple and sweet. You know I love a good jumpsuit, and this will not be the last one you see on my blog. Polka dots are truly trending right now so if you don’t have anything polka dot in your wardrobe please make your closet happy and snag a blouse, dress, skirt or even some shoe to jazz up your outfit.

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This black and white polka dot ruffle jumpsuit is so perfect for any day. This one can easily be dressed up or down. You can go from work to play in an outfit like this. It is made of a polyester chiffon blend material, which is light and great for those hot summer days. there is no lining but you will not need one since it’s black.

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I decided to had some color to this outfit with my shoes and clutch. These mixed colored kitten heels are old from JustFab. Actually this shoe was one of my first purchases and they still look knew.  My clutch is from an exhibitor at one of the tradeshows I work for. I absolutely love the color swatches, so fun and cute.

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How to do you mix color and prints for an easy everyday look?

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xo happy fashion divas.


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