Friday, March 2, 2012

carousel by the beach

I present to you, the long-overdue debut of the very first maxi dress I ever bought! I bought this at the end of 2010 just when ankle-skimming lengths were fresh making their way into the fashion scene, and I had not been feeling this trend at all. I'm one of those girls who's more self-conscious of their upper body rather than the lower and dresses accordingly. Also when everyone at work was wearing maxis, they had to tie a knot knee-level just to move around more freely, which at times killed the entire look. So I couldn't find maxi dresses flattering nor practical.

Ironically though, just before I was headed to work I went into one of my favourite stores and saw the most gorgeous maxi dress hanging on the wall! The beauty of the soft blue and pink watercolour print was heightened tenfold, when the exquisite design flowed from the top of the bust to the bottom. When I saw the camisole version, I realised just how much of a difference the extra length of fabric makes. The camisole (which cost about $70) looked plain and uninspiring in its minimal amount of fabric space. In contrast, the full-length, maxi version was jaw-dropping and truly a piece of artwork (to me, at least).

The dress did set me back $150, but I always think that if you really LOVE an item, to the stage where after discovering it you can no longer fall asleep at night unless you're cuddling up with your object of desire- then it's well worth the splurge!

Well that's enough of my ramblings, let's move on to visuals! This is definitely another one of my favourite photoshoots (yaaay for le boyfriend!). I also get asked a lot who takes my photos and what camera + lens are used, so I've added a FAQ section on the right so hopefully that will save some inconvenience.


Maxi dress: Staple the Label "Carousel" print maxi dream dress
Shoes: Wholesale7.net
Bracelets: Lovisa, House of Harlow-inspired bangles from Taobao.com
Necklace: House of Harlow-inspired from Taobao.com
Ring: House of Harlow (authentic haha)












^ my favourite out of this shoot.

Isn't it fun wearing big, bold statement pieces sometimes? Lately I've been shying away from the public spotlight and dressing down a tad, in what I consider to be more casual gear. I'll leave the post with some wise words from Rachel Zoe:

“In my mind, being overdressed is not a bad thing at all. What’s the worst-case scenario? That you are the best-dressed person in the room? Who cares!”

106 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, probably one of my favorite outfits of yours. You're incredibly stunning! <3

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  2. Really nice sundress! I love the blue and the whites!

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  3. I love this dress :) The print is so nice! I've been looking for a maxi dress myself but I have yet to find one D: And once again, great photos!

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  4. These photos are stunning!! I love this dress, the print is lovely.

    xoxo
    Lizzo

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  5. Izzy! The dress is beautiful on you. And the background is breathtaking.. I want to jump on a plane of Australia right now!

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  6. This dress looks amazing on you! I love how all of your photos have such great scenery.
    That's cool you have all these places to take photos xD

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  7. Izzy, you look absolutely stunning and gorgeous in these shots :)
    That maxi dress fits you perfectly. you should wear more maxis <3

    The Sweetest Escape 

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  8. Amazing dress!! You're right, the length of it really makes the pattern stand out.
    I think you guys chose the perfect location for the shoot as well, so beautiful!

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  9. Goodness the photos are lovely, the colours are just so vibrant and very reminiscent of summer. All you need is a floppy straw hat and I love how your nails match the dress.

    Ah I do hate that feeling of wanting something so badly that you can't help but cave in even if it will set you back a pretty penny. I'm more so jealous of your height and slender frame, as much as I adore maxis, I surely can't pull them off.

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  10. So gorgeous! I love the way the dress flows, you can really pull off maxi dresses.

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  11. I always hated the idea of being TOO overdressed - thanks for reminding me it might be a good thing. Love how you paired the dress & the beautiful location of your shoot! :)

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  12. lovely dress!! i love the scenery!!

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  13. such gorgeous pictures!!


    x0
    annette
    www.theversastyle.com

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  14. So pretty, love the dress!!

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  15. oohh supa pretty here :3 The breeze and sunny weather is making me want summer to come now! haha

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  16. These pictures are amazing.. The dress is gorgeous and so are you! :)

    /Cindi

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  17. That dress is perfect on you! The color looks so gorgeous with your light skin and dark hair. And it's not too long! I hate when maxi dresses are too long. They're no fun to wear. Good idea on the FAQ. You boyfriend is a talented photographer! <3

    toni

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  18. Beautiful outfit! What lens do you use?
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  19. WOW...you look so stunning, there are no words to how pretty you look! The dress is beyond gorgeous:) Xx

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  20. What a great quote from Rachel Zoe. So so true. And you can't say no to being the best dressed :)
    Love the maxi dress. Such a great buy. I'm still on the hunt for one that doesn't make me look shorter than I already am.

    Mel x
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  21. I love your heels <3

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  22. That maxi dress looks gorgeous on you! And loving those shoes :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  23. beautiful picture, love your photoshoot and you lok so cute

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  24. You look like a goddess in those pictures!!! and LOL @ the authentic HoH 1960's comment on the ring!

    xoxo
    Kim
    accidental encounters

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  25. These are stunning photos. I love the maxi dress and heels.
    xo Annie
    newenglandromance.blogspot.com

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  26. You look amazing ^^
    I've seen some really gorgeous maxis too, they pretty much look like works of art on fabric <3

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  27. You suit the maxi dress so much! I love the print of it, and these photos and the scenery is beautiful!xx

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  28. wow, you're so gorgeous... i love everything about this outfit! your photos are so clear and colorful, can you share us what camera and lenses do you use? thnk you!

    It’s a GIRL Thing

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  29. You look beautiful!! Bravo to your bf for capturing such gorgeous and natural scene of you with such beautiful scenery at the back. This dress is definitely worth the splurge!

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  30. Everything about this outfit is perfect. I love the dress so much, and it looks beautiful with the blue sky in the background.

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  31. STUNNING! You look soooo beautiful.. I just adore the print!

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  32. So beautiful! The dress is great, and yes, your pictures are gorgeous! You're so lucky to have a boyfriend with artistic ability...I get so frustrated when I ask anyone to take my pictures because they turn out so poorly. I end up just doing them myself with a tripod. Blegh.

    Have a great weekend!

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  33. Omg your pics are always the best!! Love the look, the blue dress with the water...


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  34. the last photo is simply beautiful! u look gorgeous in this dress! xoxo

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  35. Gorgeous dress! You look fabulous! The last shot is the best.
    rolala loves

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  36. Wow congrats on the 1st maxi! The color and print is just gorgeous! You look lovely! Love the statement necklace!

    XOXO
    Shels
    http://followyourbliss4ever.blogspot.com/

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  37. you look so beautiful!! the dress looks so magnificient on you ^_^

    $150 does seem steep for a dress, but hey i agree! If you like it and can afford it (or splurge once in awhile), it is fine. i'm also more self-conscious about the top part of my body..lol so wearing dresses is difficult sometimes, but i think for you it is really flattering!! keep in touch <3

    -Joyce
    carouselstreet.com

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  38. Just faboulos! Hello from snowy Finland!

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  39. Wow I love your maxi dress to the max! I love the color and the floral print, so summer-ish <3 And it matched with the beach as well! Stunningly beautiful I would say :) And me too, I've always buying tops rather than bottoms. Haha.

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  40. I totally agree with you, this prints need a lot of fabric to unfold in order to show its beauty.
    p.s love your huge house of harlow blue ring. isn't it heavy though?

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  41. maxi looks AWESOME on u Izzy. U should wear it more often!!

    Rina xo

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  42. the maxi dress is divine! looks really flowy and romantic.
    you are stunning too.

    the pics are very professional!!! x

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  43. Izzy, what iis your most effective way to study?

    love the dress !!!! how much was it? ><

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    1. It differs for everyone. You just have to try out a few different techniques to know what works best for you. Personally I have to keep distractions to a minimum so I have to get away from the computer so that my entire focus can be on my notes. The other most important thing (for me) is doing practice questions over and over again...simply re-reading and memorising information isn't enough.
      and thanks, it was $150.

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    2. what if it is early in the year and there isnt really any practice questions out there? (midsem/finals past exams would be on content later in the year)

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    3. well then I guess you're just stuck with revising over your notes and textbook. If there's a lot of theory in the course then you can probably extract some essay questions to practice on from the course outline/syllabus alone.

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  44. you look gorgeous! fab photos
    love
    megha
    http://meghafashionista.blogspot.com

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  45. stunnning!! i love the dress and you look amazing! gorgeous photos!!! also great little story :)

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  46. ..oh my , you look Fabulous , love the pictures !

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  47. You look gorgeous! Love the maxi dress!

    xo Vivian
    Flightgirl Fashion

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  48. I love the quote you left us with and not to mention I LOVED your maxi. You look absolutely beautiful!

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  49. Gorgeous photoshoot!!! Absolutely love your dress and shoes!!! Perfection:) Following you on Bloglovin and GFC:)

    Kisses, Lucy:)

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  50. Your dress is so pretty, I love maxi dresses :)

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  51. Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous!
    I can see why you fell for the dress. It really is a statement piece. Sooo pretty!
    Your boyfriend takes wonderful pictures too, haha, lucky girl :)

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  52. Stunning dress. These photographs are incredible.

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  53. Lovely photos lady! That dress is gorgeous on you, not to mention your perfect eye makeup - absolutely stunning.


    Thanks for visiting my blog <3
    Tasia
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  54. I love your shoes. These are such beautiful photos!

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  55. woww beautiful post with beautiful dress!
    love ur HOH necklace and ring :)
    beautiful photoshot! mind telling me what kind of camera are you using? :)

    xx,
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  56. Love the dress! Worth every penny. I like your jewellery, too. I saw a similar ring in H&M and totally regret not grabbing it.
    Btw, in reference to your post below, wow you met Chaigyaru! Both of you looked gorgeous despite the wind hehe

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  57. OMG!! the photos are absolutely stunning!! :D
    you're soooo gorgeous!!! <3 I love everything about this look! PERFECT! :)

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  58. this dress looks wonderful, I really like it!
    and I love your whole blog, I'm a new follower via bloglovin ;-)

    xxx Anita

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  59. Great dress :) Love the shoes too!

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  60. You are beautiful! The dress is fantastic. I really like your blog and style:)
    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog, following you now:)

    xx

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  61. Thank you for sucha a nice comment on my blog:) I think your blog is very nice:) You look gorgeous in this dress:) What do you think about following each other?:)

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  62. Those photos as such amazing and so so beautiful..you looks pure and fabolous!!!

    kisses, The spotted cherry pie

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  63. wow, these pictures came out amazing!! You look stunninh and the dress and accessories are simply fabulous!

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    xx

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  64. beautifull pics!! I follow you!! love your blog!
    xx
    Bego
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  65. You look stunning!! Lover your pictures and your style!! Following now!!

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  66. you looks so pretty & the pics are a masterwork! i am now following your blog!! <3 thanks for your nice comment btw =)

    xo Ola
    blogdirtysecret.blogspot.com

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  67. Seriously you are beautiful. And that dress is beautiful. And these shots are beautiful. And I'm in love with your nail polish. I also am so jealous bc i wish it was warm here and I was out on the beach.

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  68. Amazing dress! You look so beautiful!

    Kisses Anne
    http://annenobody.blogspot.com/

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  69. wow these photos are beautiful! that dress is gorgeous! you ve just found yourself a new follower!!!

    Hayley xx
    www.addictionstoshopping.blogspot.com

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  70. GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS! oh my, the dress looks amazing against the water! xx

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  71. Gosh, you look absolutely stunning here hun. I cant beleive that was your first maxi too! Great job at finding such a beaut and its definately a keeper ;)

    BW

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  72. Love the dress girlie!! And gorgeous photos - Makes me miss summer so much!!

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  73. This maxi dress is stunning!!! And it looks even more stunning on you!!! You look very very very pretty, the colors are amazing, and the whole feel of this outfit is just beyond beautiful! Don't shy away from overdressing because you carry your style so beautifully with such grace! :)
    Good luck!

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  74. wow!! those first two pictures are GORGEOUS! I first thought it wasnt even you!!! great blog girl how long did you have it for?

    ♥♥Style-Roulette♥♥

    xoxo,
    Luísa

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  75. BEAUTIFUL pictures! i love the dress and shoes!
    xo
    MosaMuse

    MosaMuse.blogspot.com

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  76. what a beautiful location and that dress suits you so much. xx

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  77. Great photos dear! The dress looks pretty on you!


    Sending love,
    kimberly
    -xoxo-

    P.S. That RZ quote is SO TRUE!!

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  78. I'm so glad you left a comment on my blog!!!!
    Your blog is soooo amazing.. am in love with that vibrant dress and the set of photos!
    Newest follower :)

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  79. Love your dress and shoes!! Stunning!

    Xo
    Angela
    Headtotoechic.blogspot.com

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  80. You look absolutely gorgeous! Soo pretty. :) Another amazing outfit as always!

    Love from the NaNa girls x

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  81. Love the blue in this dress. So vibrant.

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  82. you look so gorgeous! :) the maxi dress suits you well! :)

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    feel free to drop by if you want :) thank you!

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  83. You should be congratulated, this maxi is absolutely gorgeous! The floral print reminds me of Spring. And you look absolute gorgeous!

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  84. Awww you look amazing in all these shots!
    I absolutely love these pictures!

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  85. omg i fangirl over all these pics! sooo pretty <3

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  86. It's beautiful! You've made me want summer so much now-i love maxi dresses!
    xxxx

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  87. i love your dress it's beautiful!

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  88. wao! this dress against that background is just spectacular!
    Loving your blog and def following on GFC and bloglovin.. Hope you can follow mine if you like it too :)

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  89. Your photos are beautiful. You're beautiful!!! And is that a House of Harlow ring I spot on your finger? ;D

    I hope all has been well. xx

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  90. You are friggen gorgeous! *envious* and lolol at the house of harlow caption haha 'authentic' <3
    And you're totally right, who cares if youre over-dressed, Best dressed darn person in the room thats who!
    haha i think i'll pass on the gold spiked UNIF hellraisers
    i already own two pairs of replica hellraisers that need more wear >_<"
    ox

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  91. heyy amazing dress I fell in love :)) we should follow each other, I'd love to :))

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  92. you're so gorgeous! what a perfect setting for the perfect dress :)
    and i know exactly what you mean about having to buy something if you're constantly thinking about it. my thoughts usually process by - buy it you'll never see it again you can earn the money back on your next paycheck, and hence limited savings account haha
    jessie x
    the weekend project.

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  93. I am the same exact way when it comes to buying something. If it's still lingering in my mind, I end up telling myself that I should just go ahead and buy it=P I love the color of the maxi against the water--totally makes me wish I was on the beach right about now. Kudos to your bf for taking beautiful pics!
    xo,
    Linda http://nomnomblingbling.blogspot.com/

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  94. Your pictures are amazing!!!
    The colors are perfect!!! And the dress looks so good on you!

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  95. These pictures are so stunning! I love the background and that dress is so beautiful. It is the perfect colour combinations and such a pretty, flowy fabric!

    Lacey xoxo

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  96. omg omg omgg i love this!!
    the colors are fabulous and perfect for spring!
    the photos are SOO gorgeous! just found your blog frm the interview on style diaries!
    im ur newest follower <3

    xx
    -S

    Ginger and Lace

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  97. WOW! AWESOME! The color of your photos is just so perfect! :)
    Nice to know your blog

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