50 Shades of Blue

7.25.12d{Blouse: Questhaven | Skirt: Similar | Wedges: Similar | Clutch: Elf}
Things I’ve learned today and it’s only 10:30 am:
1. I make duck faces when it’s super windy out. 2. Mint colored skirts photograph as white. 3. My hair is cray. 
I bet you guys thought I was going to talk about that 50 Shades of Grey book by the title of this post, eh? But I haven’t read that book for a few reasons. One being that I forget to read books. I’m pretty sure that my brain is going to turn to mush by age 35. All I’ll be able to recite will be the poetry and prose of gossip websites and fashion magazines. The other day I told my mother that I was going to sign up for a library card and she encouraged me by saying “they have magazines, too.” After searching for a comeback, I looked up from my iPad and over to my stack of magazines and realized I had no defense. Sad story, true story. 

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  1. such a cute outfit!! love the blouse!!!

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  2. Mrs. Baker says:

    love the outfit!

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  3. Ladiesinnavy says:

    this is remarkably beautiful! 🙂 love the clutch.
    kw, Ladies in Navy

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  4. Love the shirt!

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  5. Gorgeous. I’m sporting blue on the blog today. Always a fall back and a favourite.

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  6. Abby says:

    who cares if you make duck faces if you look good when ya make em…right??! Love the blouse and skirt combo….be it white or mint it looks good!

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    • Kendi Lea says:

      I feel like Mary Kate and Ashely would be proud of that top one, right? 🙂 

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  7. The Egg says:

    swooning for that clutch!

    xo the egg out west.

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  8. Natali Karppinen says:

    Gorgeous and feminine outfit! Love the blouse 🙂


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  9. haha love it. i used to read ALL the time but haven’t in ages. i need to get back into it. you look FABULOUS by the way! and you’re totally right… that skirt looks white!

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  10. Rachel says:

    Your sheer blue blouse is gorgeous!

    Rachel’s Lookbook 

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  11. Kimhud says:

    Nothing wrong with Magazines! Everything I know I learned from from Good Housekeeping.
    Love the outfit too,

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  12. Freya H Dub says:

    I want to read that just to say I’ve read it but I think brains turn to mush BECAUSE people read it…Love the outfit!!

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  13. Jen says:

    Love the entire outfit especially the clutch!! The layered necklaces and were also a great touch!! Love Love Love!!


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  14. You look so pretty in blue! Love the white pencil skirt, so gorgeous on you.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee 

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  15. I love your necklace! So pretty, and the shirt is gorgeous!

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  16. White or mint the skirt looks fabulous! Love the entire thing!

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  17. Absolutely love these colors. And your hair is cray cray in a great way.

    xoxo Jessica

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  18. Coffeebeansandbobbypins says:

    Hha, love the book and this look!


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  19. KK @BSMMH says:

    OMG. That skirt is MINT?! I thought I had to have it when I thought it was white…now I KNOW I have to have it because it’s mint. Love it! I hate when colors don’t photograph properly. My oranges photograph as red, and my violets photograph as purple. Sigh. Why is life so hard? 🙂 Totally cute look!


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  21. TheresaTran says:

    LOVE this outfit!! I love the color of the blouse. Stunning. (:


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  22. OH wow.. that does look white! You look lovely!

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  23. Maria says:

    I love how clean and polished this outfit is.  The colors are just so pretty 🙂


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  24. Emily says:

    That blouse is absolutely gorgeous!

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  25. Kristin says:

    I’m a huge magazine reader so I can’t judge. Though I was an avid book reader prior to starting my blog. Now I just don’t have the time 🙁  Love the mint paired with blue! And that clutch is adorable.


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  26. Mady says:

    what’s the obsession with this book?!  anyway you look great in blue!



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  27. vittoriaann says:

    Firstly, love your outfit. Secondly, a lot of libraries allow you to take out ebooks now which you can read on the kindle app. It is the best, and saves you trips back and forth to the library. Also, then no one can tell what book you’re reading (cough*fiftyshades*cough).

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  28. i totally thought it was white!


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  29. Malealachula says:

    Even though the skirt looks white, I can picture it with the blue top you have on and it looks great! I love mint skirts!


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  30. Love the mint skirt, even though you can’t really tell 😉

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  31. Jess says:

    that clutch is pretty darn fantastic and paired with the blue and mint make it all that much better!!
    love it!

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  32. This outfit is a win-win-win.  I’m trying to pick my favorite piece but I can’t.  I love the skirt, the clutch, the blouse, the shoes, AND the jewelry. (And I promise I don’t say that on everything I comment on!)  Impeccable taste, Kendi!


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  33. that blue blouse is gorgeous, and i love those wedges!
    yes taking pastel colored close can be so hard sometimes, but still u look fab 🙂



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  34. My library lets you check out books electronically!  on my iPad, so maybe yours will too!

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  35. Amanda Berg says:

    50 Shades of Grey will only advance the mushing of your brain. It’s so poorly written, magazines are a much better literary choice in comparison. Even if it’s one of those magazines that is mostly ads!

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  36. Joyce says:

    I thought the skirt was white!! How funny about the library card 🙂


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  37. Daniela says:

    I have a tank from H&M in that mink color.. I said the same thing in my post about it being mint and not white eheh

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  38. clotheskarma says:

    I would be remiss, as a public librarian, not to urge you to go for that library card.  I’ll echo what everyone else said: most libraries lend out EBOOKS! And, yes, magazines and DVDs and music CDs too.

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  39. Jupe_Cambria says:

    I have been terrible as far as reading goes lately…such a busy summer I’m crashing in front of Netflix or Pinterest for an hour before bed instead 🙁  Gotta get back to it.  Also love this outfit…the blues are perfect together and I love the way it looks like the sea!

    <3 Cambriajupefashion.blogspot.com

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  40. Kimhud says:

    Nothing wrong with Magazines! Everything I know I learned from from Good Housekeeping.
    Love the outfit too,

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  41. Mannie Surcam says:

    U do it every time

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  42. Chaz says:

    I love that shirt. This outfit is so chic and fun!
    And, as a librarian, I also want to remind you that you can get eBooks to read on your iPad. The library’s COOL, man!

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  43. I thought the skirt was white but it’s even better now that I know its mint!  

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  44. Marie says:

    Go mom! They have fashion books too.
    Love these shoes…
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
    I am having a fabulous giveaway right here.

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  45. ellen says:

    You look gorgeous!  love this outfit on you- soooo beautiful


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  46. Olga Shaban says:

    very nice “juicy” outfit! You have a very stylish blog Kendi:D

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  47. Seekingstyleblog says:

    Poetry will help keep you sharp.. books shmooks! 😉

    xo Jennifer


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  48. Well your brain seems fine to me considering your amazing “plume” as we call it in french, your way of writing about everything and always making it funny and clever. And your blouse is amazing. And I had to google “50 shades of grey” because I had no clue what book you were talking about 🙂

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  49. That skirt looks fantastic on you! Can’t believe it’s H&M.

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  50. Nathy F. says:

    Don’t feel bad; I was going to read 50 Shades of Grey until I realized it has a ridiculous and implausible storyline. Just watch the movie when it comes out if you’re really curious about it. 

    Also, I’m sad that the skirt didn’t actually photograph as mint, since I can now only use my imagination to picture it in that color.

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  51. Cute outfit, even though I have to imagine the mint.

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  52. Love the color combo that you have going on here! 

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  53. Delana says:

    the library card will be so “carrie bradshaw”…i might make a visit today!

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  54. Sarah H. says:

    Yeah, I definitely would not have known that skirt was mint if you hadn’t said something. In fact, I still don’t think it’s mint. I think you’re crazy. It’s definitely white. Either way it looks nice. Also, I only count 2 shades of blue. Tomorrow I challenge you to actually wear 50 different shades of blue at once.

    Sarah’s Real Life

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  55. Courtney says:

    I hate when things photograph has different colors. boo. I only read books that are fun and easy, does that actually count as reading? I’m not sure. 

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  56. Christine says:

    Kendi, You always manage to put a smile on my face with your wit and your outfit is great, too!

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  57. Kari Bailey says:

    Always love your style! 

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  58. Kari Bailey says:

    Always love your style!

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  59. Cara says:

    Gorgeous shirt the colour is stunning I’ve gotten so lazy with reading books recently…not sure I’ll be starting with reading fifty shades of grey though!
    Cara x

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  60. MeganElissa says:

    Such a beautiful shade of blue!! I like it with both the “white” and mint skirt idea 🙂 And I definitely need to get a gold bracelet!


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  61. Zadin says:

    Don’t worry you are not the only one like this.

    You tricked me again with this title.


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  62. Livia Kizli says:

    Kendi, please put all of your fab looks together on a book/style guide! you would sell millions of copies, i’m sure!  and don’t forget we need your funny writing in it too!!!!

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  63. Jenna Michelle says:

    Love your skirt. It looks so fabulous next to the dark blue shirt.


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  64. Kristin Hassan says:

    reading that that skirt was mint made me love the outfit that much more! super cute! 

    -Passport to Style Team 

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  65. Too funny.  I highly recommend the library – it is great fun and can actually be exciting!

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  66. Mz Savvy Style says:

    Such a great look on you!! I’m an iPad/blog/fashion magazine kind of girl too!

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  67. Flairby Brandi says:

    Great outfit! Love that shade of blue!


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  68. Awww it’s too bad we couldn’t see the mint color more. I imagine it to go nicely with the cobalt and seafoam blues.

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  69. Kat says:

    Haha 50 Shades of Grey is more entertaining than it is an actual well written story. Just FYI. You’re not missing a ton by not reading it but if you ARE looking to get back into reading, this is definitely an “easy read”.

    P.S. Love the blouse! I have something similar that I have yet to photograph 🙂


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  70. Laura Whitman says:

    Hahahahaha. That story made me laugh so much; I especially love that skirt! 


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  71. ashleigh @ Jolie Jouel says:

    Mint is so hard to photograph! You look great though. Get that library card!

    My jewelry blog: joliejouel.blogspot.com

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  72. Jessie says:

    I say go for the library card! Reading is a great way to escape real life for awhile!

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  73. Kelly says:

    LOL at this post. Awesome. 🙂

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  74. Sarah says:

    That shade of blue looks so pretty on you!


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  75. Ruth Alvarez says:

    love the shirt. i love the white skirt also. but i dont have the courage to wear white.

    you look beautiful! 


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  76. oleah says:

    cute outfit.


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  77. Crystal says:

    You are a gorgeous gal in such an adorable outfit! I love the clutch you paired with it! SUPER CUTE!! 



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  78. Santamaria Beverly says:

    Love all the blues in this…you belong in Greece with those hues!

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  79. julia martin says:

    i like that suede clutch!  and also the fact that this post was not, in fact, about fifty shades of grey, because i am so over everyone talking about it!

    lovely blues combo 🙂

    xo julesinflats.blogspot.com

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  80. Jessica Broyles says:

    Great outfit! I love the mint skirt… so sad when light colors photograph as white!! frustrating!


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  81. Heather says:

    Beautiful outfit! I love outfits that are different shades of the same color. Very cool! And mint is my current obsession right now!!!

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  82. Elizabeth Davies says:

    I can’t decide what I love more–the clutch or the bracelet. 
    I’ve been a fan of your blog for months. Thanks for all the great outfit inspiration!

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  83. Kendi, absolutely LOVING your blog and this post and this outfit! It’s precious.. and I totally feel you on the book reading thing. Trying to be better about it since, you know, I’m no longer in school and don’t feel like I have an excuse to not be reading. Also, glad I’m not the only one whose hair is cray in this crazy weather. Nice to meet ya! – Erin

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  84. Nicole P. says:

    love the outfit! i had a similar problem when i wore a mint dress to a wedding and everyone said I was tacky for wearing white and spent a lot of time defending myself lol 


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  85. Michelle says:

    Wow, Kendi. This is simply gorgeous!!! Your hair might be cray but this outfit is cray chic.

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  86. Gina says:

    Ha ha!  Kendi, you are so funny:-)   I can relate about the mint photographic as white.  It happened to me a few weeks back too. 
    Love this outfit.  You look fab as always:-)
    XO, Gina

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  87. This outfit is so pretty! Cobalt blue is my new favorite color.

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  88. Angelina says:

    Love the clutch! Wind+long hair are never a good combo, but you pulled it off well!

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  89. Hahha I haven’t read the book just because I’m nervous of what I would be getting into! Also, love that color blue on you!! 


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  90. salinaolivia says:

    Wow I would have had no idea that your skirt was mint if you hadn’t mentioned it… it looks beautiful either way though! I’m following on instagram as well and am loving hubby’s matching look today 🙂

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  91. To Catch A Thrift says:

    Love this look! It’s a shame the skirt photographed as white, I bet the outfit was even MORE dynamic in person! PS- Don’t feel ashamed of your preferred reading material,,,embrace it! There are “experts” in all fields, even those deemed less important than others (which they’re not). And the way to become an expert is to be informed. (And libraries have such a wide selection of magazines…thinking about getting a card as well 😉 )

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  92. Catherine says:

    Love your clutch! It is pretty and bold. A great choice!

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  93. Jewel says:

    haha! at your post title.. nice shades of blue. I love blue one of my favorite colors
    . Xo-Jewel 

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  94. Mirella_Antunes says:

    Nice skirt! Kisses!

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  95. bittyandbunny says:

    Very tricky, there, Kendi.  I’m glad you didn’t talk about 50 Shades of Grey; I’m so done hearing about the book.  I haven’t read it, either, but not for lack of trying.  There’s like a 60 person waiting list at my library.  So, I’ll get there eventually, but way after everyone has already stopped caring about it. 
    You look wonderful.  Always inspirational and so very chic.

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  96. Love everything. About. This outfit!!! Super cute blouse!!!!

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  97. marae says:

    ooh this outfit is a favorite. flowy and structured and just right. 

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  98. Olga says:

    Lovely combination!!! This blouse amazing!!! Beautiful look!!


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  99. Happinessatmidlife says:

    Adorable combo!  I just a bought a purse that same color as your clutch and will keep this an outfit inspiration.  I think the combo really makes each of the blue pop!


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  100. Aubree says:

    Love that top and the clutch. All your outfits are just so lovely 🙂


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  101. Corinne says:

    DON’T read 50 Shades! Worst ever, the main character annoyed me so much I couldn’t even finish – she’s totally spineless and pathetic. ANYway, lovely outfit though 🙂

    Life Etc

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  102. Genie says:

    That clutch is so beautiful! So is your top, though I really do wish I could see the true minty greeness of your skirt. I did happen to see the picture on Instagram of you and your hubby dress in parallel outfits 🙂



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  103. My favorite color. Great shades.
    Beauty and Fashion in Seattle | Cheap Makeup Reviews

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  104. Natalia Valle says:

    When I’ve seen the first photograph I’ve thought “hey, look that shade of blue, looks great whit that white pencil skirt”. Do you mean mint skirt? Oops!…It looks great anyway!

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  105. Mica says:

    I love your blue shirt and clutch! The pencil skirt really does look white!


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  106. FashionistArg says:

    haha i know exactly what skirt that is because i wondered if i´d get that one or the same in hot pink. i ended up taking the hot pink one… it´s so funny it def looks white on the pictures!
    the other funny thing is that i woke up today thinking about the title “50 shades of red” and doing a post of my hair color… it looks so different depending on the light. i LOLed when i read your title. we´re connected girl! 🙂

    have a great thursday!
    XO Jannine

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  107. Roseeva says:

    Gorgeous! I heard that book was classic mummy porn so not really caring if I read it or not. But you look wonderful x

    Rose Eva

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  108. Tiffany M says:

    Gorgeous outfit! I love the color of that shirt and the sheerness of it. So into sheer right now.

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  109. Mindy says:

    I adore this outfit. It is so pretty and chic!


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  110. Jessica says:

    What a vibrant blue! It looks great on you 🙂 I love the mix of blues.


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  111. Caroline L. says:

    You should check to see if your library has an e-book website and you can download the Kindle app and just borrow books onto your iPad! So much more convenient. 

    Cute outfit as well, blue is so pretty in every shade out there!


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  112. I love everything about this outfit. If I could have anyone’s wardrobe, it would be yours. Clearly!


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  113. I’m even more excited about this outfit now that I know the skirt is mint! Sneaky not-white skirt!

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  114. Lacy says:

    I just started reading your blog, and I LOVE your style.  I live in the DFW area and was wondering where you go thrifting at?  I’ve been to a couple places, but I’m never really sure where to go.  Could you recommend a few places to check out in the DFW area.  Thanks! 

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  115. feveragnes says:

    super classy and work-appropriate.
    the layer of the same colour tone just makes everything so right.

    I absolutely adore your blog!!!!Say meow to me on: Miss Kwong: From Catwalk to Classroom  

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  116. christen says:

    gorgeous outfit!



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  117. kendra genevieve rose. says:

    Love the blue outfit! cute cute cute. 


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  118. tumoes says:

    I love this outfit! x 

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  119. Brenna says:

    I love these colors together, they look so sharp & chic. Love the title too… haha.

    XoXo Brenna at http://www.chicstreetstyle.me

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  120. GiovannaPacini says:

    Such a cute look! Loving your blouse!


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  121. Mrs C says:


    KISSES FROM :A SMALL BLOG WITH A BIG HEARTMRS JACK OF ALL TRADES DAILY where Fashion and Food collide!http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.com/ 

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  122. Anita says:

    I think it’s no problem not to read 50 shades of grey, even if I’m a huge book fan – but I’m rather the kind of nerd who loves french 19th and early 20th century books … Well apart from that, magazines are of course also “reading” 😉 
    And I love the blue blouse together with the turquoise clutch, I wish I would have a similar clutch! Is there are chance, that you maybe going to make a little “kendi’s closet cleaning sale” someday? 

    xxx Anita

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  124. Emily says:

    As someone who tried to read 50 Shades of Grey and didn’t finish it, I can say that you’re not missing out on much. I am an avid reader, however I prefer more books with a bit more depth and intelligence, but with the fun romance and fantasy. That being said – I love your outfit! 

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  125. Layla says:

    I love this whole look! Don’t feel bad about not reading that book, I haven’t either. That clutch is so cute. When did you buy it?

    Come visit me at http://chicchefblog.com/

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  126. Your pictures are always gorgeous Kendi! Like seriously, it looks like you visit a different country everyday! This could be in Italy! Anyway, looking good! That skirt looks great in white OR mint!

    perfectly priya

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  127. Lovecardelia says:

    haha thats awesome..love this the name and the color combo 😉


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  128. Sandiej57 says:

    I love magazines too and can read In Touch cover to cover in 4 minutes. That’s my claim to fame. No shades of grey for me either! I’d rather eat choclate and go for a drive!

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  129. Sarah H says:

    Gorgeous outfit! I’m totally loving anything cobalt blue right now.



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  130. I love the combo of the different shades of blue here. It so chic, summery and refreshing! Awesomeness! 😉

    Stephanie 🙂

    P.S. – Your hair doesn’t look cray! 😉 

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  131. Caitlin says:

    You’re way better off reading magazines, trust me. 50 Shades of Grey is just… laughably bad. I think the articles in most fashion magazines (particularly, say, Harper’s Bazaar) are much better!
    And you look great, as usual. 🙂

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