Shop Stop – Double Take

After spending the morning at the International Folk Art Alliance we headed to downtown Santa Fe to check it out since it was our first visit to the city. Santa Fe is so welcoming, full of charm and brimming with boutiques and art galleries. It’s a shopper’s paradise for sure.

After we had strolled the upscale shops I thought I’d see if there were any thrift shops in the area and I found Double Take on Yelp.  We walked a few blocks from downtown and discovered this treasure of a consignment/resale shop.

The minute you walk in you realize you are not in a normal “thrift” shop.  A counter of eclectic jewelry greets you and is backed with an array of worldly handbags and clutches.  Stairs take you down into the area with women’s and men’s clothing, all very well organized, each rack set up by style, color and size.

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Super cool two piece suit, unfortunately not my size.

This shop reflects the artistic, global aesthetic of Santa Fe itself. It’s as if all the people who consign here are world travelers lightening their load for their next adventure.  I saw pieces from all corners of the globe from Egypt to Guatemala to India and beyond! The accessories are just as unique as the clothes and your wanderlusting heart would be hard pressed not to find something you love in here.

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I bought this tribal top on sale for $4.
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These are the accessories I picked up. The clutch is handmade in Vietnam (was on sale for $10), the mask brooch (on sale for $1) and the leopard wood bracelet (on sale for 50 cents).

I did two rounds around the main store (which also includes an extensive kid’s section) and then realized off the men’s section, the store continued into another room which was completely dedicated to Western wear (called At The Ranch).  A wall of cowboy boots, racks of jackets, vests and belts were everywhere you looked. It was like I fell into a fabulous Southwestern rabbit hole and I didn’t want to come out. There were so many amazing pieces to discover and try on.

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I tried on this shirt (part of a custom two piece suit)! So cool!
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I fell in love with this floral embroidered skirt from Mexico but I couldn’t bring it all home!
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I ended up buying this vest for $9.

This was my big splurge at $59!  I was mesmerized at all the detail, the beadwork and sequins! Bucking horses on the front, a thunderbird on the back, arms covered in sequined feathers and hanging beads!! UM, YES!!!  If you know me I am very frugal so this was a big purchase but I am going to rock this piece and it will always remind me of Santa Fe!

I visited the shop later in day and as I was gathering my purchases I realized there was another room (called Encore) I didn’t even get to visit that houses all their designer pieces and also an upstairs room (called Hacienda) with all the home décor and furniture!! I guess I have something to discover next time I visit because I will definitely be back!

You can find all the details on Double Take here.

Sheena’s Sidenotes:

~ Double Take has weekly colored tags that are on sale and are in multiple rooms of the store. Be sure to keep an eye out for them. There is also a sale section in the back of the store.

~ Give yourself time. This store is chock full of so much goodness.  Give yourself enough time to look through everything.  I did a couple rounds of just one room and found new items with each lap.

~ The staff is super helpful. Three different employees helped me access and try on merchandise. Just ask.

~ They have a frequent shopper card if you plan to visit often and you can earn credit towards a future purchase.

~ This shop is a block from the train depot so it’s totally worth a visit if you are staying in Albuquerque.  The train is $10 roundtrip ($9 if purchase ticket online) and in an hour and a half you can be shopping at Double Take!

Summer of Wanderlust – Hong Kong Look Book

Sixteen years ago for my honeymoon I went on my first big international trip to Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong.  That trip forever changed the trajectory of my life and ignited a desire to travel the globe that is everlasting.

This look book is inspired by the details of Hong Kong, the place where my ultimate journey began.

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{Top/Jacket/Jewelry/Thrifted, Pants/INC International, Shoes/Santee Alley}

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{Dress/Gwynnie Bee, Shoes/Target, Bag/Bracelets/Earrings/Umbrella/Thrifted}

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{Vintage Housecoat/Long Beach Flea Market, Bag/Belts/Thrifted, Earrings/Purchased in India, Bracelet/Old, Shoes/Michael Kors}

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{Skirt/Last Chance, Top/Chico’s (Thrifted), Earrings/Necklace/Purchased in India, Fan/99 cents store}

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Summer of Wanderlust – Bali Inspired Look Book

Bali is an exotic and tropical land with deep cultural traditions.  While I have yet to visit I am inspired by the intricate details of its temples, colorful ceremonies and the spirit of the Balinese people.

These looks are inspired by the traditional batik and lush landscapes found all over Bali.  They are my modern take on fashion inspired by Balinese elements.

I’d love to hear if you have been to Bali and what your favorite memory is!

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{Pants/Michael Kors, Top/Thrifted, Bangles/From India, Shoes/Lola Shoetique, Hat/99 cents store, Earrings/Necklace/Santee Alley}

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{Dress/Belt/Shoes/Thrifted, Durry Bag/Bought in India, Long Necklace/Bought in Romania, Short Necklace/Santee Alley}

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{Sarong worn as a dress/Victoria’s Secret, Shoes/Belt/Thrifted, Bag/Claire’s, Earrings/Bought in India, Mixed Bangles/Thrifted, Ring/Santee Alley}

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{Dress/Kimono/Umbrella/Thrifted, Belt/Target, Necklace/Sistas Jewelry, Ring/Tenzin Beads, Bracelet/Earrings/Macy’s, Heels/Nine West}

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I hope that you are enjoying your summer, whether you are traveling or livin’ it up at home! Be sure to stay tuned to the blog because next week I’ll be sharing all my Southwest adventures from last week from shopping tips to folk art festivals to hidden gems you can’t miss!  Until then, have a great weekend!

~ Sheena

 

 

Tropical Summer

Tropical motifs in fashion scream summer.  Whether its palm trees, pineapples or hibiscus flowers you can find tropical prints on just about every clothing item these days. What I love most about tropical prints is how diverse they are.  They can be playful or very sophisticated and can be worn casual or dressed up. If you’re headed to a far off island or just chillin’ by the pool, a tropical themed ensemble will have you instantly summer ready!

I personally love palm prints and I fell in love with this vintage set when I found it at the thrift store. What’s more tropical than a jungle, right? I decided to accessorize in a jungle inspired tropical look pairing this set with colorful feathers, a mask necklace and a woven clutch.  I love how the rainbow of colors pops off the green background and I think the accessories create an unexpected take on the tropical theme.

What print or accessory instantly makes you think of a tropical getaway?  Be sure to tag me on social media @IAMSHEGLOBAL so I can see your island vibes!

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{Skirt/Top/Thrifted, Shoes/Lola Shoetique and I added the embellishments, Clutch/Banago, Bangles/Made in The Philippines, Necklace was a gift and I added a mask I bought in Guatemala as a pendant}

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This post is part of a blogger collaboration between Joi of InMyJoi , Sahily of PrettyInPigment and myself. Together we are #UnitedlyPlus!

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Summer of Wanderlust – South Africa Inspired Look Book

 

When you mention travel to Africa most people’s first thought is a safari.  While I highly recommend going on a safari (it was life changing for me) there is so, so much more to see and do in the many diverse countries that make up this vast continent.  One of my personal favorites is South Africa.

South Africa has made strides to leave its history of repression and racism behind and is slowly evolving into a melting pot of cultural expression. Cosmopolitan cities are set against brilliant natural backdrops and vibrant neighborhoods are alive with music, food and friendship.

What I love most about South Africa is its vibrancy, its color and textures. The distinct geometric painting of the Ndeble tribe, the beaded Zulu necklaces and intricate basket weaving, the modern street art and rainbow hued buildings of the Bo Kaap neighborhood. South Africa is alive and has a pulse all its own.

This travel look book is awash in color and pattern, inspired by the “Rainbow Nation” and its beauty, in all the forms it blesses us.

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{Jumpsuit/Sandals/Ross, Top/Jones New York, Belt/Marshall’s, Bracelet/Earrings/Thrifted}

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{Dress worn as a skirt/Belt/Scarf worn as a headwrap/Target, Shoes/Ross, Top/Rose Bowl Flea Market, Bag/Buffalo Exchange, Bangles/From India & Kenya, Sunglasses/Santee Alley,  Earrings/Thrifty Upenyu}

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{Dress worn as a skirt/Marshall’s, Top/Macy’s, Belt/Target, Necklace/Rose Bowl Flea Market, Shoes/AMI Club Wear, Mixed Bangles/From Mali & Claire’s}

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{Dress/Thrifted, Bag/Can’t remember where this is from, Shoes/Lola Shoetique, Headscarf/From Mexico, Hat/ 99 cents store, Earrings/Handmade by me, Mixed Bangles/From India & Thrifted, Rings/From the Philippines & Africa}

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If you are looking for more African fashion inspiration click here or here.  Have you ever traveled to South Africa? I’d love to hear about your journey in the comments.

~Sheena

 

 

Summer of Wanderlust – Mexico Inspired Look Book

 

Living in Southern California, Mexico is right in our backyard which makes sense why it’s the country I have visited the most in all of my travels.  Mexico is a beautiful country with diverse landscapes awash in color from the beaches to the jungles.  What I love most about it is the warmth of the people and the rich culture and tradition.

If you are traveling to Mexico this summer I hope these looks offer you some inspiration on what to pack. Bold prints in a variety of colors will have you ready to stroll the local markets during the day and dancing the night away under the Sonoran sky.

I paired these very vibrant floral prints in breezy light fabrics for the hot days in Mexico.  Paired with warm brown accessories and a striped bag I purchased in Mexico, this is one of my favorite looks.

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{Skirt/Top/Belt/Thrifted, Sandals/Last Chance, Necklace & Bracelet, Downtown L.A., Bag/Bought in Mexico}

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This look is inspired a bit more by the colors of the desert with warm oranges and natural textures. The crochet duster caps off the easy feel of this look.

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{Pants/Marshall’s, Old tank, Crochet Duster/Ralph Lauren via The Plus Bus Boutique, Necklace/Sistas Jewelry, Sandals/Bag/Hat/Target, Bangles/From India & Thrifted}

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I have loved this dress since I bought it a couple of years ago. The vibrant orange color and the sheer cut out design are amazing! I paired it with an equally bright cobalt for a knock out look!

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{Dress Target, Top/A’Gaci, Shoes/Ross, Bangles/Bought in Kenya, Necklace/Clutch/Bought in India}

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This last look is inspired by the beautiful hand made clothing of Mexico. This blouse was gifted to me from Casa Otomi in Mexico. I paired this look with neutral accessories to let the embroidery shine!

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{Dress worn as a skirt/The Plus Bus Boutique, Blouse/Casa Otomi, Heels/Nine West, Hat/Earrings/Bangle/Santee Alley, Belt/Thrifted, Fan/Oriental Trading}

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If you’d like some more Mexican inspiration and shopping tips, check out my posts on Ensenada and Cozumel.  Be sure to tag me on social media @IAMSHEGLOBAL if you try any of these looks! I’d love to see them!

~Sheena

 

Getting Summer Vacation Ready at the Thrift Store

I’ve been so excited to share my first collaboration of the Summer of Wanderlust that I did with two amazing ladies, Shana & Edwina, otherwise known as Thrifters Anonymous.  I started following their YouTube channel a couple of years ago and not only are these long time friends hilarious, they know how to find the best deals and on trend pieces at the thrift store.

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If you’re headed on a trip or just want to strut your stuff at the neighborhood bar-b-que this summer, more than likely you’re looking to get some new wardrobe pieces. The thrift store is the best place to find seasonal, unique clothing for a fraction of the price.  You know, so you have money to do all the other fun stuff this summer!

I personally do almost all my shopping, year round at thrift stores but I thought I would enlist the help of the experts, Shana & Edwina, to give you some pointers on how to get summer ready at the thrift store.

I asked them a few questions below to get you started on your trip to the thrift store!

Q: What are some the summer fashion trends that inspire you?
A: Gtcoth (aka “Get the crap out of the house’) items, i.e., sheer items, flowy tops, iron free dress,  that allow you to get up and go without much work but it looks like it was a lot of work. (Wink)
Q: What summer wardrobe pieces are you looking for at the thrift store?
A: More casual pieces, thin layers, bold monochrome colors.
Q: If you are going on a cruise, or a safari or camping those vacations are completely different. Can you find what you will need for each of those at the thrift store?
A: Totally! With ease.
Q: What is your favorite summer accessory to purchase at the thrift store?
A: Formal wear- especially with sequin.
Q: What is the most common misconception that you’d like to dispel about shopping at the thrift store?
A: There is nothing disgusting about it- and there are tons of gems if you have the time and have an open mind.
Q: Are there any items that shouldn’t be purchased at the thrift store?
A: Not really. There are amazing items new and gently used in each section.
Q: What are the keys to a successful trip to the thrift store?
A: 1. Grab a friend and get your Style inspiration with magazines & shopping list/ budget prep
2. Grab snacks and water and wear workout clothes
3. Start with one section at a time for your first trip. When you feel more comfortable, start with the sections you love or need the most.
4. Time each section so you are not there forever.
5. Grab everything you like but try on everything later regardless of size or brand.
6. Stick to the budget, current weather season and staple pieces. Bahaha, we try!
These ladies are so much fun that I had to visit Vegas to experience thrifting first hand with them.  You can check out Part 1 of our thrifting shenanigans here.
Here are a few of the summer items I picked up on our day of thrifting in Las Vegas and how I styled them when I got home. What do you think?
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I fell in love with the vintage, South Beach vibe of this dress! This was marked $10 and it was 50% the day we were there! Woo Hoo! Side Note: Kinda sad I didn’t buy this hat!
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I wasn’t sure about this jumpsuit because of the bright pink but the ladies convinced me and I’m so glad they did. It was brand new with the tags attached for $15. I thrifted the blazer at Savers for $4 in Vegas while I was there!
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This is a mumu type dress from Indonesia that I found for $4. I loved the print and paired with additional prints and textures in the same color scheme. I wear an XL and this is a size small so be sure to try items on regardless of size.
 I hope that these tips and our fun videos help inspire you to visit the thrift store this season for your summer wardrobe. Be sure to tag us @IAMSHEGLOBAL and @taapproved to share what you find! Also, make sure you subscribe to Thrifters Anonymous on Youtube so you don’t miss any of the Shana & Edwina’s thrifting adventures!!

 

Summer of Wanderlust – Southwest Look Book

I spent my summers in Arizona visiting my grandmother and the southwest holds a special place in my heart. There’s just something about the desert air, the expansive landscapes and breathtaking sunsets that make the American southwest magical.

These outfits are inspired by one of my favorite places where prints, hats and boots reign supreme. Add details of texture, feathers, fringe and turquoise and you are on your way to a southwest summer!

Full disclosure: I know that all of these layers are not exactly summer friendly depending on where you are. I was borderline sweating in some of them taking pictures. I just wanted to share some ideas to inspire you that you can take pieces of and make the looks your own.

The first look below was built around this amazing western vest I thrifted at Goodwill. The blouse is lightweight silk and a perfect top for warm temps. I used warm brown throughout in the bag, earrings and bracelet to pull the look together.  Really, I needed a reason to use this amazing wide brim hat I got on clearance at Charlotte Russe!  I can’t resist a good hat!

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{Jeans/Ross, Blouse/Tolani via The Plus Bus, Vest/Thrifted, Boots/Ami Club Wear, Bag/Marshall’s, Hat/Charlotte Russe, Orange Bracelet/Bought in Kenya, Horse Bracelet/Forever 21, Earrings/Ring/Santee Alley}

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This look is a more casual California/Arizona hybrid of sorts.  I thrifted this skirt in Vegas recently and thought the print and color were quintessential southwest. I paired it with comfy wedges and a pop of green with the accessories. The fedora adds another layer of California cool and pattern to compliment the skirt.

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{Skirt/Vest (Chico’s)/Sandals/Thrifted, Hat/Bangle/Target, Belt/Ross, Necklace/Bought in China}

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Ok, so this look was a bit toasty but I really wanted to share this amazing bolero jacket with you!  I found it at the Rose Bowl Flea Market for $3! It’s really more appropriate for fall but can you blame a girl for wanting to share her treasures!

I love the bright orange with the blues and greys.  You could easily take off the jacket and just wear the jean top or vice versa or just wear the sleeveless dress and this outfit would work. Layered necklaces are one of my favorite ways to accessorize and I’m rocking that look here.

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{Jean Shirt/Jacket/Shoes/Thrifted, Dress/Newport News, Bag/Target, Hat/The Left Bank, Short Necklace/from Nepal, Long Necklace/Earrings/Santee Alley}

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This is a classic western look put together with simple wardrobe staples. A white blouse and jeans paired with a southwestern print scarf as a top. You can take any printed scarf (as long as its big enough), throw it over your shoulders and add a belt and you have a sophisticated shawl/jacket look.  I think this is a great alternative to cardigans when you want to wear a light layer and is a wonderful way to get more use out of your scarves.

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{Jeans/Ross, Blouse/Belt/Thrifted, Scarf worn as a top/Boots/Target, Hat/Bought on a cruise/Necklace/Bought at Ventura Flea Market}

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Be sure to tag me on social media @IAMSHEGLOBAL and  #SummerofWanderlust if you try any of these looks out!

Happy trails friends!

~Sheena

Summer of Wanderlust – Caribbean Look Book

A lot people chose to spend their summer vacation in the Caribbean Islands and who can blame them! White sands beaches, crystal blue water and endless breezes make it the perfect place to relax and enjoy yourself.

I’ve traveled to quite a few of the islands in Caribbean and next to the amazingly warm and inviting people my favorite part is all the color!! Especially when celebrating Carnival, the islands are awash in brilliant colors and bold details!  This look book is inspired by the color and patterns of the Caribbean and hopefully gives you some wardrobe inspiration if you are headed there this summer!

This look is perfect for day or night. Lightweight material in bright colors and an island palm print will have you ready for any occasion! I added playful accessories and tall wedges to show off those legs!

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{Dress/Lane Bryant, Bucket bag & Earrings/Bought in Mexico, Wedges/Lola Shoetique, Bracelets/Claire’s & Santee Alley}

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This look is a bit more dressed up, perfect for a dinner date but still super comfortable for dancing the night away! A jumpsuit this bold deserved an equally exotic jacket and I love how it pairs with this one! Topped with pops of yellow and palm print wedges you are sure to turn heads in this look!

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{Jumpsuit/Ashley Graham, Blazer/Dana Buchman – both thrifted, Earrings & Wedges (thrifted)/H&M, Belt/Target}

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I loved the color blocked painterly print of this set when I found it at the thrift store. These wide leg culottes are breezy for the humid Caribbean weather and I tied the shirt into a crop top to make it a bit more modern. Paired with some wild accessories you are ready for any island get together!

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{Culotte Set/Savers, Shoes/Ross, Bangles/From India, Handbag/Depop, Necklace/Handmade by me}

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This last look has Caribbean Queen written all over it! A rainbow colored satin robe worn as a coat over a long body hugging dress makes for a dramatic look. I fell in love with this robe when I saw it and the abstract palm print is perfect for the islands. As a queen would, I paired this look with gold jewelry and heels.

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{Dress/The Plus Bus, Robe/Marshall’s, Heels/Nine West, Earrings/Handmade by me, Necklace/Bought in India, Bangles/Santee Alley}

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I hope these looks give you some colorful inspiration for a summer soiree or for your days in the Caribbean, if you’re headed there!

Do you have a favorite?  Let me know what you think and be sure to tag me on IG with your Caribbean inspired looks!  I’m so glad you’ve joined the journey with me!

~ Sheena

 

 

Ruffles For Days

Next to lace, ruffles are one of the most feminine details and this season you can find them everywhere!  Tiered ruffles on a skirt or along a neckline, the subtle waves can add volume and drama to an outfit or provide soft and easy curves to your ensemble.

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I realize this look is not in traditional light or bright colors you would wear in summer but when I found it thrifting a few weeks ago in Las Vegas, I knew I had to share it with you.  It has ruffles everywhere, from the collar to the neckline, on the back and mini ruffles tucked in the hemline of the skirt. On top of that it has built in print on print action which you know makes me a very happy lady! I’ve styled it for a summer night with dramatic eyes and sultry heels.

Will you be wearing ruffles this summer?

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 {Dress/Earrings are Vintage/Thrifted, Heels/JCPenny}