Winter Trends: Sparkle

Christmas is THIS WEEKEND….woohooo!!!! ❤  Hope you’ve been following our December long series!!!

What series? Well…

PPMeow! has teamed-up with StyleCassentials to bring you another collaboration featuring some of the Winter Trends for 2016 Holiday Season!!!

Today’s we’re gonna show you how to make SPARKLE apart of your Winter wardrobe for holiday happens friends! 😉


I found this tri-coloured layered sequins pencil skirt on the Forever21+ website way back in November and ordered it right away.

Originally I was going to pair this skirt with a satin, off-one-shoulder top, creating an extra dramatic look. As great as a dramatic looks can be, I really didn’t have anywhere go this year that required an over-the-top look like that. :/

I really wanted to make use of this sparkle winter trend more than just a “special occasion” piece.

So I decided to pair it with a variety of warm winter sweaters to create more wearable looks.

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I went with a light-weight, black turtle neck…with little button details on the sleeves and black booties.

Couldn’t you totally see yourself wearing this to a house-party…possibly even wear it all day at the office with afterwork cocktails on the agenda. 😉

If you wanted to amp up the sexy – ditch the turtleneck look – and go with a sweater that has a lower neckline and pop of colour!   I especially love this purple sweater with bow-tie-neck, which basically makes me look like a sparkly present. ❤

How I Got The Look: Sequins pencil skirt & purple bow-tie sweater, Forever21+; Black turtleneck, Mark’s Work Warehouse; Black booties, Payless

Cassie went with this adorable shiny striped number with gingerbread doll purse and black booties!  I love pink & purple hues in holiday wear! ❤

Head over to Style Cassentials for all the details on Cassie’s winter trend of sparkle in her outfit.  Or her Instagram here. Or visit her Facebook page here.

 

Stay tuned as we got ONE MORE THURSDAY LEFT in December!!!   See how we’ve put our own unique twists on popular Winter Trends this year.

We hope they are bring you some fashion inspiration to try yourself this month!

Did you have a favourite?  Tell us in the comments below!

Last week’s post was about talked about incorporating GOLD into your Winter party wardrobe …. click here in case you missed it.

Click here if you missed the FUR trend

 

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Winter Trends: Gold

Here we go – Post #2 in our December long series!!!

PPMeow! has teamed-up with StyleCassentials to bring you another collaboration featuring some of the Winter Trends for 2016 Holiday Season!!!

Today’s we’re gonna show you how to make GOLD apart of your Winter wardrobe for holiday happens friends! 😉 

You know when you see something online and you bond with it instantly. ❤

Buuuuut its out of stock or “coming soon”.  And your heart breaks and continues to yearn for that coveted piece?

Yah…well that was exactly what happened when I met the Sequin Bonded Pique Dress by Eloquii.  So, I put my name on their waiting list …. And then one fateful day,  it arrived at my door.  Wheeee!!

And everything was happiness, kittens and rainbows again!!! ❤

This sculpted skirt styled with a flash of gold sequins along the skirt just adds the WOW factor to this oh-so comfortable to wear, with its fit and flare nature.

If this dress is “Red Carpet refinement” – as it was seen worn by gold medalist Michelle Carter to the 68th Emmy Awards – then it certainly was gonna turn some heads at a Company Holiday Party!!

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This pleated shiny gold skirt is just gorgeous.  And that perfect present purse

Cassie is just screaming holiday ready in this outfit!!!

Head over to Style Cassentials for all the details on her take on this Winter Trend: Gold.   Or her Instagram here. Or visit her Facebook page here.

Have you tried Eloquii’s petites?

BOTH Cassie and I are rocking pieces from their petite line … you gotta check them out friends!

Stay tuned every THURSDAY, all December long, to see how we’ve put our own unique twists on popular Winter Trends this year.

We hope they bring you some fashion inspiration to try yourself this month!

How I Got The Look: Dress, Eloquii (on sale now – here); Suede booties, NineWest; Gold-drop earrings; Forever21

Last week’s post was about incorporating FUR into your Winter party wardrobe …. click here in case you missed it.

Do you have a favourite yet?  Tell us in the comments below!

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Winter Trends: Fur

We’re at it today!!!  PPMeow! has teamed-up with StyleCassentials to bring you another collaboration featuring some of the Winter Trends for 2016 Holiday Season!!!

Today’s we’re gonna show you how to rock the Fur trend in your Winter wardrobe for a party or two. 😉

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You may remember this dress – THE Valentina Dress, by Kiyonna.  Click here to see what I mean.

It is one of my favourites to wear, but I wear it so rarely due to its boobalicious-curve-hugging nature…

I mean: HAPPY HOLIDAYS, indeed! Right? 😉

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Buuuuuuuuuut, it’s not a dress that I can just bring out to family functions and holiday parties among the many married couples :/

Sooo by adding a fur collar not only tames the amount of cleavage on display, but it adds a wintery touch to your outfit.

I found this gorgeous fox fur collar at a vintage shop in Montreal earlier this year.  It has come in handy many times so far to amp up a look, keep the girls at bay or even just take a plain outfit to the next level.  Visit my Instagram to see what I mean.

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Cassie styled an all-black-everything look, with leather and pleats pulling everything together with this great fur jacket!

Head over to Style Cassentials for all the details on Cassie’s winter trend of fur in her outfit.  Or her Instagram here. Or visit her Facebook page here.
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Stay tuned every THURSDAY, all December long, to see how we’ve put our own unique twists on popular Winter Trends this year.

We hope they bring you some fashion inspiration to try yourself this month!

Did you have a favourite?  Tell us in the comments below!

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How I Got The Look: Fur collar, vintage shop in Montreal; Dress, Kiyonna; Booties, Payless

This purple Valentina Dress is kinda perfect for making that special someone swoon.  It comes black, white, mauve, navy and burgundy (which I have also)🙂

Whether you need a special dress for a cocktail function, be a fabulous guest at a wedding or just want that va-va-voom dress for a special night,  Kiyonna will have a dress for you.

Want to save 20% off on Kiyonna order – click here friends!!!! 🙂 

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Last Week, Today

I’m really enjoying writing these “looks-in-review” weekly blogposts for you friends 🙂

Hope you’re enjoying reading them…

Here’s what I got up to last week:

Back in the Habit Again

Sooooo this happened.  Sister Irene appeared last weekend for the annual Swing Out To Victory dinner/dance event in Hamilton.

Click here to see 2014 and 2015‘s event.

Here I am in all of my holy glory.  Don’t worry – it was sacramental wine I was drinking 😉

Don’t look too closely, as I sewed this costume myself… still can’t believe it!

I was apart of a fantastic costume theme – where 11 of us dressed as the cast of The Sound of Music.  Complete with the Baroness, The Captain, Maria, all 7 Von Trapp children and of course the Rev. Mother …moi! 🙂

This wasn’t the first time I showed off my ‘nun-sense side’.  Check out the below from my days of Halloween costuming in elementary school.

Happy to report we WON 1 place for the Best Dressed contest this year!!!  Huge deal, considering this was my first attempt at sewing anything.

Special thanks to my mom for her sewing machine + help & guidance with laughs. 🙂

Stylish & Warm

Last week the temps dipped into the negatives which forced me to get all bundled up in winter outer wear.

I found this lovely shop on WQW called Pockets & Pearls with this gorgeous wool hat.  The broad brim and tricolour of merlot-camel-navy …

The navy jacket is from Eloquii’s new petite line.  The first time a coat has fit me properly in the shoulders and in the length of the arms.  If you haven’t checked them out before – you should!!!!

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How I Got The Look:  Navy Coat with Gold Buttons, Eloquii Petites; Hat, Pockets & Pearls; Shoes, NineWest; Gloves w/fur trim, Danier Leather; Pants, Old Navy; Scarf and purse are vintage finds

Toddler-Granny

I’ve always have a hard time explaining what my “personal style” truly is.  Until I read this article:  ‘Toddler Grandma Style,’ The Fashion Approach That Will Set You Free

I’m always a sucker for a cute print on a dress.  Found this foxy frock at Forever 21+…

Simply paired it with a vintage gold-button cashmere cardi and booties.  And voila!

A Casual Friday Office Appropriate outfit was born 🙂

There you have it –  what  I wore, last week.

Hope I’ve created a few inspirations for you to try this week.  xo

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Last Week, Today


My office wear series continues with more shameless bathroom selfies and corporate business casual looks that I made happen last week.

I’m hoping they’ll bring you some inspiration for your stylish selves this week 🙂

Sweater Weather….Ooh LaLa

I’ve yet to turn over my closet from summer to winter.  And I’m doing everything I can to avoid wearing pantyhose until absolutely necessary.  Enter knee-high knit socks.

How I Got The Look…..Sweater: Old Navy (click here for other looks); Bird skirt: Old Navy (click here); Knee-high socks: Ardene; Shoes: Nine West (click here)

What I’m loving about this look is how easy it is, but looks like I spent time coordinating colours and graphic prints.  Pssst….I didn’t!

Check my Instagram for more pics and to find out how I got this outfit inspiration in the first place 😉

Camel Cutie

 

This sandy camel colour sweater is an XL from JoeFresh.  Totally fell in love with the adorable and detailed neckline.

I struggled a little to find a way to wear this sweater that WASN’T a basic black bottom.

And then I remembered this batik printed skirts I picked up from The Central Market in KL, Malaysia ….

How I Got the Look: Sweater, JoeFresh; Skirt, travels to Malaysia click here; Flats from Payless, click here

Casual Friday Pawfection

Do you remember this doggie sweatshirt I picked up recently?

I totally didn’t need it.  It was a total impulse buy.  But I managed to take it to the office on my first “casual Friday” #ootd in a long, long time.

How I Got the Look: Sweater & Jeans, F21+, Scarf, H&M; Boots, Payless, Earrings, MyBeadedDesigns

It just so happened that I had the paw-fect earring set to match too!  Click here to read more about these PAWs and how to get yourself a pair.There you have it friends.  A few of my real life “outfit of the day” from last week.

Did you like ’em? Got a favourite?  Let me know in the comments section below … always love hearing from you! xo

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Last week, Today 

Hey, hey, hey….it’s Monday!  And you know what that means – NEW BLOGPOST!

I’ve been battling my iPhone4s photo taking space… yes, it’s an old eff’ing phone…but it doesn’t have a cracked screen and I can’t bring myself to buy a new one just yet 😛

But I’m committed to recapping my outfits of the week (when I remember to take a snap) into a weekly blogpost for you in a fun series called:  Last Week, Today.

Gatsby Glam

GATSBY GLAM Dress from Unique Vintage in LA – I’m wearing a 2x

I got to be a California Girl last week – check out all the fun things I did on Instagram!!!

And that’s when I got to go shopping at Unique Vintage in LA….who carry lovely reproduction pieces with sizes going all the way up to 4x!

Gatsby Glam is something I struggle with – so when I found this lovely on the sale rack, I had to try it on and hope for the best.  It was a bit too small for me, but still lovely none the less.  Pardon my lack of slip.

Drappy Jumpsuit

How I Got The Look:  Shoes, Payless; Blazer, INC Hudson Bay Co.; Belt, Reitmans; Jumpsuit, Venice Beach shop (forget the name :/)

Whist in LA last week, I found this drappy black jumpsuit from a shop on Venice Beach.  I really wasn’t sure it would work for me, but it was such a different shape than anything I’ve styled before, that I decided to bring it home with me 🙂

I made it “office appropriate” by pairing it with a hot pink blazer, wide belt and lace-up flats.  You likee?

Bicycle Swirls

Dress: Tatyana Boutique; Belt: Reitmans

My last look from last week is this great Tatyana bicycle print dress with the greatest capped sleeves ever!

I wore it with the same wide belt I wore earlier that week with the drappy jumpsuit to tame the fun print for corporate life. 🙂

 

There you have it friends – what I wore last week – hope it provided some fashion inspiration for you to try yourself.

Follow me on Instagram for all my life+style moments as they happen 😉

Let me know which you liked best by leaving a comment below.

 

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Rocky Horror Picture Show Style

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a comedy and musical, telling the story about sweethearts Janet and Brad, who stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s bizarre abode.

This was a flick that my parents never allowed me to see.  Maybe that’s why I love it so much!!! ❤

Sexual  explicitness!  Fresh & different songs!  Susan Sarandon! Tim Curry!  The outrageous hair + makeup +outfits!

Audience participation!!

For all these reasons, R.H.P.S. has always been a favourite of mine.

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I’ve yet to go to a screening of this flick in full costume — so, when I heard this  1975 cult classic was recently remade by FOX and aired on TV last week.  A screening party was in order.

Naturally I was ready to cringe, hiss and boo at the screen … but one thing was clear: it HAD to be watched, and in full dress-up too!

What I Wore

It was agreed that dress-up needed, but to exclude nips and be longer than one’s vajayjay 😛

I found this $10 tee from Black Market Vintage the day before … and worked my outfit magic by shopping my closet to make this look work:

 

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$10 tee found at Black Market Vintage, WQW

Sorry for the indoor shots – but it was raining and I didn’t wanna get on my balcony.

Pretty tame for R.H.P.S…. I know…but still dope I think.  Plus, I’m wearing fish net stockings. You can’t really tell from these photos, but I promise they’re there! 🙂fullsizerender-10

How I Got The Look:

Tuxedo jacket, HBC Jessica Simpson (click here for other looks); Graphic R.H.P.S. tank, Black Market Vintage; Wine skirt, Reitmans; Mini top hat fascinator, BIGDeal consignment sale (click here for that); Fish nets stockings (old); Mary Jane shoes, Payless
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And then of course excessive hair and make up was required 😉

I’m rubbish at big hair and eye shadow application … so this was as good as it was going to get for both!

My pitiful attempt at “big hair” trying to harness my inner Magenta

What I Did

The Gladstone Hotel hosted a screen party for the FOX’s Rocky Horror Picture Show  set the tone with a little Drag-Queen pre-show and post show…

There weren’t too many of us dressed up for the screening – just me + my girl Eli + the performers and our server 🙂

Here’s a little 30s clip of one of the Drag performers: Dottie Dangerfield

Don’t Dream It. Be It.

Overall, the new FOX version wasn’t as terrible as I thought it was going to be.  There were some fabulous moments and it was pretty entertaining.

But, the original still has my heart! ❤

Who among you watched it?  How do you think it compared with the original? What do you think of my R.H.P.S. Style?

Tell me your thoughts in the comments section below 🙂
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Fall Shopping Haul: NY State

I took a mini break from the blog last week and went on a road trip to Rochester, NY for a fun Lindyhop dance weekend called Slow Dance Soiree

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Even with the CAD$ still being in the toilet … THIS was the look of my apartment AFTER the trip!!! 😮

YEP!!!  Mama did some serious shopping this trip!  So welcome to my Fall Shopping Haul Post – let me tell you what I found in my travels to NY State!

VILLAGE GATE MALL, ROCHESTER, NY

We took our own sweet time driving up to Rochester, NY … taking all the side roads to really see the city Friday afternoon on our drive up.  My travel mate was on the hunt for a specific high-end liquor which lead us to a restaurant in the Village Gate Mall.

Naturally, if we’re in a mall… I’m gonna need to poke around to see if anything needed to be mine 🙂

Here’s what followed me home:

There was a little wee shop in a deep, far corner of this mall that had the cutest little things!!!

I’m so sad that I didn’t pickup a biz card to give them a shout out in this post.  Sigh…

UPDATE:  Shop name is Sweet Poison Cupcake

Unicorn Earrings!!! (There was some discussion around these being Pegasus … but they’ve clearly got a horn + wings … so that makes them 100% Unicorn) 😉
Giraffes and Penguins with balloons!! The cutest socks ever … $3 each!

Across from this shop was a hair salon that was having a WIG SALE!!!  Naturally, I had to try on every single one! 😀

I think I provided a source of entertainment to all the shopgirls and patrons as I pranced back and forth to get a glimpse of me in their mirrors.

Here’s the one I settled on…

My $10 wig from the Vivica A. Fox line… to give me an entirely different look!

I’m wayyyyy too chicken to actually cut my hair this short.  But now I get the best of both worlds with this $10 wig – harnessing my inner Viola Davis and giving me that powerful  How To Get Away With Murder look. 😉

FASHION OUTLETS OF NIAGARA FALLS, USA

I’ve been to the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, NY many times.  And its sorta a hit-or-miss place for deals and fab finds.  But since we’re driving by it anyways we HAD to stop in and see what was up. 😀

And here’s the results of that:

NINE WEST

EVERYTHING at Nine West was 50% off!

These rang in at $45 … totally worth it even with the USD$/CAD$ exchange.  Super comfortable.  Super fashionable.  Super practical being flats with rubber soles.

I see myself living in these shoes for all of Fall – bring on the rain and sleet! ❤

Glossy Merlot Wine shoes with adorable ribbon laces … YES please! ❤

PAYLESS SHOES

I dunno what it is, but the Payless stores in the States just seem to offer better selection and sizing.

So when I found it was BOGO days – Buy One, Get One – it made the purchasing decision easy!

Aren’t these the perfect booties?! I didn’t wanna go with black or brown…like everyone else.

So when I found these hunter green ones – it was love at first sight! $39!

I’m all about finding adorable flats these days – sadly pumps are no longer something I can comfortably wear all day – plus, flats allow you to be dance-ready always 😉

These black tassel flats were marked down to $15 …. but with BOGO, ended up being $7!!!

FOREVER 21+

Ya’ll know I love me some Forever21+, but shop there as sparingly as possible to avoid looking like every other plus size girl getting her street-style on.

But these thin hi-low tank tunics in the perfect Fall colours of army green and wine red were only $14, how could I leave them on the rack?

And then I found this!!!!

Do I even wear sweatshirts?  No!  But that’s beside the point!  Just look at the adorable puppies of all kinds on it!!!!

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Puppy sweatshirt $20… Unnecessary spending at it’s finest – 😛

Michael Kors

One of the main reasons for me stopping in on this outlet mall on the way home was to buy a new FALL purse.

I’ve been using the same cross-body MK purse since 2012 – It has only now started to look worn… which means replacement is necessary 🙂

Found this bad boy in the clearance section … which meant an additional 25% off – woot! woot!

This dessert suede and leather messenger bag with optional cross-body strap stole my heart!

I didn’t intending on buying TWO MK purses – but just look at this one!!!

Perfect size!  Lots of visual interest + tassel!  Bonus!

Netural enough to go with nearly everything, without being black. AND optional cross-body strap.

Both of these pursues rang in just a bit over $100 each.  #winning

Target

No cross-border shopping trip is complete without a stop into Target!

I didn’t find much that caught my eye in terms of clothes/accessories/shoes — but their home section was on fire!

ALL Lighting is on sale at Target until Halloween (or at least that’s what the sign said when I scored these) Making each of these sets $11!!!!

Found some electric blankets (unphotographed) which helped kick-start my xmas shopping. And found these adorable mini globe string lights.

I’ve used one set to make my bedroom more romantic and will be saving the other to amp up my balcony next summer!

There you have it friends!!  My Shopping Haul!!!  All prices I’ve listed were in USD$ …. Soooo when you do the conversion to CAD$ they might not have been such “deals” anymore.  But it doesn’t matter!!!  I loved all my finds and they needed to be mine.

The End 🙂

Until next time..xo

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Spectacular Specks

It’s been nearly 4 years since I’ve gotten my eyes checked.  Way overdue, I know! I know! I’m not always good at adulting … I know this.

Typically work benefits are apart of your overall compensation and you’d be surprised at how many people don’t maximize them (click here for more on that).  So make sure you don’t waste all that allocated money, hunni! 😉

Now, you could try on every pair of eyeglasses in the store to find out how each one looks, but narrowing down your choices in advance can save you a lot of time and aggravation.  So that’s what I did – I scoped out the  Hakim Optical website for my favourites – and then scheduled my eye exam + in-store visit.

It was the rainiest day ever in Toronto when I made my trip … so pardon my wet-rat hair and makeup less face, as I show you my short-list of spectacles I liked best:

According to The Vision Council, they’ve determined 3 points to consider when choosing eyeglass frames for your face shape.  Click here to read more on that.

I took a different route and just picked out what I thought were cutest from the frames in the shop and then bombarded a few sweet people in my life with photos of my spectacled face, demanding their feedback immediately 😛

With all of my banked benefit dollars… I was able to buy 3 PAIRS.  Here’s what I finally settled on …   

The Grande … “An artistic version of one of the most popular new frame styles. For a true trendsetter.”

These bad boys come in speckled red, black and yellow.

I liked them so much over all the others that I opt’d for both Red & Black!!! 😀

fullsizerender-9These sunnies weren’t online. Just in-store only limited editions. AND they just stole my heart once I tried them on ❤

That gold trim across the tops and slight cat-eye point and giant shade coverage just made them perfection for lil’ ol’ me!

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There you have it friends!  In my old age… seems I’ve gotta start including glasses into my vanity and outfit posts.

So might as well make sure I pick fashionable ones. 😉

What do you think of my choices?  Were there others you preferred?  Let me know in the comment section below.

 

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5 Blogger Looks for Fall

Layers are what makes Fall my most favourite season!  But sometimes a girl needs some inspiration to help her shop and repurpose items from her own closet.

That’s when I go to the Fashion Bloggersphere for inspiration.  Here is a short Top 5 list of the looks I’m digging this Fall:

#5.  Style Cassentials

Pale pink over pumpkin – Cassie of StyleCassentials creating colour combos I never think of  ❤ …and those fringed open-toed booties….Gawd!!!  Just lovely!

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#4 Glitter and Lazers

A girl after my own heart rocking the perfect colourful pattern in this long-sleeved collar-necked dress ❤

Click here for the deets on her look.

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#3. Girl With Curves

This is Tanesha of GirlWithCurves.  Just loving how a little fur collar can make such a difference to your entire outfit. ❤  Work wear at its finest ❤

Click here for deets on this look.

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#2. Curvily

This is Sarah of Curvily – a fellow petite who’s rocking a dark denim jumpsuit like a BOSS!

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#1. CurvyGirlChic

This is Allison, of CurvyGirlChic is just doing all the right things with plaids.

Click here for the deets on this look.

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There you have it … my TOP 5 Fall Looks from the Bloggersphere.

Who are your style inspiration/girl crush outfits for the Fall season so far?

Tell me about them in the comment section below and link to their look so I can take a peek! 🙂

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