Pleats and Pep

posted on: 8/10/2012

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{Top: J.Crew | Jeans: c/o Citizens | Shoes: Similar | Clutch: c/o Elf}
You guys. We've found a parking garage. More importantly, we found a parking garage that vacates at 6 pm. If you've read me from my Kerrville days (2009 - 2011) then you know my love for parking garage photos. Don't make me create a dramatic slideshow of pictures of me posing alone in a parking garage with slow piano music in the background, because I will. Maybe I already have and I just haven't shared it yet.
Let's talk peplum tops for a moment, shall we? I've got a crush on the peplum trend for this fall. At first I was like 'you want me to put a little skirt around my waist?' But now I'm all over the idea. I found this top at J.Crew and my mind exploded. It's a pleated peplum top, you guys. If it were polka dot, I would have passed out in the store, only able to be revived by free violet colored jeans.  
What was I talking about again? Oh that's right, nothing. Carry on. 

165 comments:

  1. First, you look gorgeous!  I love that top!  Second, how do you keep your skinny jeans looking so nice??  My one and only pair just gets extra baggy in all the wrong spots! =(  Truth, I think I bought the wrong size.  But still!  Skinny jeans shouldn't be baggy!  Ever.

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  2. I LOVE this outfit!! The peplum top and the jeans... this is a great fall transition outfit for when its still so hot you wanna slap your momma outside..... the colors are more neutral, but still sleeveless and cool. 

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  3. Hahaha too funny! I till havent purchased a peplum anything yet... Im scared it might go out of style next yr... But you look super cute in this pleated one! Happy friday!! :)

    Joyce@
    Sip-n-wear.blogspot.com

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  4. LOVE these jeans - they look like the perfect way to bring floral into fall!!

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  5. Love this outfit! And I do remember all the parking lot photos.  I still don't know how you get such great lighting in them though, amazing camera perhaps? Loving this top, and the necklace, and everything.

    xoxo Jessica
    www.mystylevita.com

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  6. Haha. It's a great top! I haven't been able to jump on the trend....yet. Still feel like it's "a skirt around my waste." One day!
    Style in the City

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  7. I've been looking for the perfect floral jeans myself, I like yours! And I've also jumped on the peplum trend, it's so feminine & pretty! :)

    http://daydreamfrenzy.blogspot.com/ 

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  8. always so stylish!


    followme@www.studentswife.com

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  9. you're right--you & parking lot photos are gold. and this outfit is gold. i really love how soft and delicate that top is! and it pairs perfectly with those pants!

    great photos, great post!

    alissa b
    http://alissab.us

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  10. I'm sure you hear it all the time, but You're HILARIOUS!  Love your posts.  You should have a talk show.  I like that idea!

    This outfit is bold, but neutral at the same time.  I love it.  And I love those neon violet jeans.

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  11. Girl. That top is killer. Nice parking garage, too. ;)

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  12. I absolutely love that peplum top! 

    XOXO
    www.nacstyles.com

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  13. those citizen jeans are amazing! I want I want I want!!

    xxS

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  14. Ha! The first thing I thought was... the parking lot!!! Yay! Flashback Friday!

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  15. I read this as "Pleats and Plep" and was instantly interested--what is this Plep? Annnnd cute outfit

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  16. Loving that necklace, where's that one from?

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  17. love this! and yay to the parking garage returns!!! :) 

    phiphisblog.com

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  18. Great jeans! Love them and I think that you've styled them perfectly!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

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  19. Pleats AND peplum? What a big day for all of us. Deep breath.

    Sarah's Real Life

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  20. Oh my goodness, those pants are AMAZING. 

    xoxo, 
    Laura
    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

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  21. I love the peplum trend! I also love those floral pants. 

    Tess
    www.theframedlady.com

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  22. Ok, I'm seriously obsessed with the pleated peplum and I totally agree, if it were polka dot, I'd be drooling. You look gorgeous.  Oh and those jeans are just perfection.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee 

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  23. Haha...you are right, pleats and peplum are awesome! And I would have totally died if you had found a pleated peplum polka dot top too!
    ~Jessica
    http://jeansandateacup.blogspot.com/

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  24. I love the peplum trend I need to get my something that is peplum. I am thinking a cute top. I love yours!
    Carlee
    http://almostendearing.blogspot.com/

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  25. I saw this top in the store the other day as I was leaving and wished I had stayed to try it on.  Love the fit & color on you! :)

    www.pennypincherfashion.com

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  26. Closet FashionistaAugust 10, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    That top is so pretty! Luuurve it ! :D
    (and yay for a parking garage for photoshoots, ha ha)
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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  27. OMG Love this outfit! That top is so cute and I love it with those printed pants. Also, how great is your necklace?!

    Rachel’s Lookbook 

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  28. You are hilarious. I just got a peplum top, and I know exactly what you mean! 
    And why must those jeans be so darn expensive?

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  29. I agree, the skirt around the waist thing seemed like a bad idea at the time...now I too have succumbed to the trend. We are all slaves to the whims of the fashion puppeteers. 

    Loving the jeans and shoes. 

    Bisous
    Suzanne
    http://bisous.typepad.com/bisous/

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  30.  I love the structure and shape of peplum tops! I have been meaning to order a bright yellow one from ModCloth for when I start an internship this fall. It's the perfect top that adds a little femininity to any look while still looking put together.

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  31. kendra genevieve rose.August 10, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Love this outfit! Those pants are adorable!

    Xx

    kendra-genevieve-rose.blogspot.com

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  32. If J.crew had a polka dot peplum top my heart would melt as well! Loving the jeans on you!

    xoxo
    Doan
    http://anewdoan.wordpress.com

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  33. Hmm. I was skeptical of these tops because I felt like they would make me look fat, but you look fab!  Maybe I should try one. If anything it will just cover up my over-eating habit.....

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  34. CoffeebeansandbobbypinsAugust 10, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Love the top!

    http://coffeebeansandbobbypins.blogspot.com//

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  35. I've been reading your blog for probably a year now, and I just love it even more every time I come by.  You're so funny.  Have a good weekend.

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  36. Haha oh Kendi you are so very amusing.  I could be found laughing out loud at "my mind exploded" and "What was I talking about again?  Oh that's right, nothing.  Carry on."  And also, that shirt is so pretty.

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  37. Love this look! That top is adorable!!!

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  38. Must. Have. Those. Pants. Amazing!
    xo, Katie

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  39. You look great! I love this top eventhough I'm not so sure that this trend would suit me. Anyway you necklace is gorgeous such a subtle eye catcher. :)
    xo Andrea

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  40. i know what you mean about the peplum, the idea of it doesn't seem like it would be flattering. i feel like not everyone could pull it off... but that top is incredible. pleats? yes, please. 

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  41.  This bag is beautiful

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  42. totally agree on the peplum note. and i think this trend is coming at a perfect time for my post pregnant belly phase. even though im sure things will shrink right back to pre-size practically immediately. right? right. 

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  43. oh my gosh I'm dying....this outfit is one of the cutest I've ever seen!

    www.bentica-lyons.blogspot.com

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  44. I love the pleated top!!

    http://livefreeandfashionable.wordpress.com/

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  45. Kristen Sunnie KogelAugust 10, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    That top is fire. 

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  46. I'm firmly on the Peplum train this fall as well! Who knew a skirt for your waist would be so likeable?

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  47. I have been eyeing peplum shirts all summer, only to convince myself that it is not the look for me--a skirt on my waist just seems uncomfortable--but that JCrew top is just way too gorgeous. Thanks again for great outfit inspiration!

    -- http://libbyinlavender.wordpress.com/

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  48. Love the new blog design - it's very fresh and fun!

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  49. You look lovely in this! Fun pants and a gorgeous top!! 

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  50. You look so pretty in this outfit :) I love that delicate little necklace!

    http://perpetuallycaroline.blogspot.com

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  51. Cute top!  And I concur, you may have indeed exploded the entire internets if the top had been polka dot as well. 

    Kendra
    http://closetconfections.com

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  52. love love love LOVE this!!! http://katejones.me

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  53. The wonderful perks of being a successful fashion blogger! Such lovely pants! 

    I've been searching for parking garages too, because I think they're such a great modern backdrop for street style outfit photos!And have you been tanning? You seem darker!

    https://earnestyle.blogspot.com/

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  54. those pants are really great and look so good with the pop of color in you clutch!!
    Jess
    www.jesscauseblog.blogspot.com

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  55. That top is STUNNING!

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  56. oh my, those pants are too cool for words! 
    and i love those wedges. perfect as always :)

    xx

    asteria-sparkle.blogspot.com

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  57. Cute top and I love the necklace! Where is it from? I have a feeling I've seen it before.

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  58. Really, Really, REALLY love this outfit! I ma a huge fan of basics, and this is a good mix of neutral colors, basics, and flowered pants?! Love it! You look great

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  59. Kendi - when did you get this top? I need it.

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  60. LOVE the pleated peplum!!! was this top on sale by chance? it's so cute i think it's worth the splurge on something full priced :)

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  61. Those pants are FABULOUS!  I have those in a different color combination but I love yours even more.  I love the neutral color palette.

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  62. I love that shirt!  The peplum craze is really growing on me too.

    http://hopefaithandblessings.blogspot.com/

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  63. such a cute look, and I LOVE that top!
    xo K
    www.lilieslattesandlace.com

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  64. I love the whole outfit, Kendi! The peplum trend is growing on me too and can't get tired of seeing it everywhere and everything! Love those floral pants too! Seems to go with everything in that color!

    Jenny
    http://www.jensoutfitjournal.com/ 

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  65. the peplum is super cute and I love how you've styled it with the printed jeans. I'm still having a hard time figuring out how to wear those jeans and you hit it right on the head!

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  66. Absolutely love the jeans! 

    xx Emily

    http://outintosparks.blogspot.ca

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  67. Oh I was just ogling this top at J.Crew last night... the sweet lady asked if I was finding everything alright... Oh, doesn't she realize "finding everything" IS the problem at J.Crew.  I want it all!

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  68. that top is perfect!

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  69. love the denim and the peplum!

    www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

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  70. Have anyone ever told you you look a lot like Princess Mary of Denmark? 'Cause you do. See? https://www.google.se/search?hl=sv&q=prinsessan+mary&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&biw=1280&bih=681&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=TFElULDpKYSxhAeRjIHwCg

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  71. I love the look of pairing nude base colored pants with a nice rich colored top. Oh and peplum tops-anthro just featured a striped one with eggplant colored AG Stevies...I about died just looking at them. Enjoying the look and enjoying your parking garage....I know at least one person who would watch the photo video:)...me!

    http://nateandabbyclark.blogspot.com/

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  72. Flora Moreno de ThompsonAugust 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    I am so stoked that there's a lot of peplum to be found in stores lately. I'm stocking up. 

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  73. I love the whole outfit! Beautiful! Those are the first floral jeans I've seen that I'd actually wear.

    www.glitterarygirl.blogspot.com

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  74. The parking garage is back!!

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  75. you look lovely, especially love the necklace! where is it from?

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  76. love the whole look, speaking of peplum tops, check out my blogpost about my peplum and neon top: 
    http://www.counttofour.com/2012/08/peplum-neon.html

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  77. great- love your outfits this week. great clutch!

    http://slidingdrawersblog.blogspot.com/

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  78. like this blue polka-dotted peplum top? 
    http://www.target.com/p/xhilaration-juniors-peplum-top-cobalt/-/A-14130275#?lnk=sc_qi_detaillink

    I just got it school shopping last week.

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  79. I loveeeee the jeans!! They're so cute. <3

    -theresa
    collaredblouse.blogspot.com

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  80. I love that top! I seems so versatile; I bet you could have some fun remixing it with colorful jeans and a bright accessory.

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  81. Love the top. Where did you get the necklace?
    Candice

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  82. Looks gorgeous on you Kendi!  J.Crew + Pleats = awesomeness

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  83. I adore those pants!!

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  84. You look great, as always. And you kill me with your humour.

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  85. haha I remember those days! And I loved how you wore belts backwards then too... those were the days...

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  86. I have become obsessed with peplum as well! This top looks great on you.

    sincerelysk.blogspot.com
    Sara

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  87. HAHA. I've missed your parking garage photos! I even did a few of my own lately to fill the void. =) You look faboo...I have been TOTALLY digging the peplum trend too!

    www.butshoppingmakesmehappy.blogspot.com

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  88. Kendi, I got the violet jeans from JCrew and it's one of my favorite colored jeans.  You "MUST" get one my friend.  Did you hear me? "MUST" :)

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  89. Ha! I haven't seen that top...definitely looking for it in the store this weekend. Not sure I could pull off that jeans color, but I love it on you. Have a great weekend :)

    Kristin
    www.dressedandfed.com

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  90. ahhhhh I LOVE that top! and the parking garage pics are gorge. now i need to find one!

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  91. ok am i just not with it or is this a new blog design as of today? i love it! also, love your outfit, but that's a given :)

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  92. Why must you keep blowing my mind with these outfits? That top quite frankly should belong to me.
    Want to arm wrestle for it?

    Lindsay @ LindsayJEveryday.blogspot.com

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  93. PatrĂ­cia MarquesAugust 10, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Really nice outfit, the mix of the crazy top with the crazy pants inspire me!

    <3
    http://zazzish.blogspot.pt/ 

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  94. I kind of like the garage background! :)

    kat
    aneyeforfashion.blogspot.com

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  95. I absolutely love those pants!!

    giveaway to online shop Junieblake on my blog! run-style-run.blogspot.com

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  96. Dying over those pants.


    ...that is all.

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  97. These two pieces are probably my favorite examples of peplum tops and patterned jeans ever. And they look especially amazing together!

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  98. I have a crush on your jeans!
    xo Jenniferhttp://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  99. I like the idea of the parking garage—it provides for the perfect lighting! Not to mention this super darling outfit. Much love! --H
    colourmeclassic.com

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  100. HappinessatmidlifeAugust 10, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    I really like the peplum look but it doesn't agree with me.  I have yet to find one that feels right to me.  

    Your outfit looks great!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  101. This is an awesome outfit. Love love!

    Whitney
    www.MyStylishFriends.com

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  102. You're so cute. Half the reason I read your blog is to enjoy your witty, self-aware monologues. I love it.

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  103. You are hilarious!  I forget about the outfit even...and just think, I really wanna meet this girl & have lunch.:)
    -amy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

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  104. I love reading your blog! I feel like it makes my day a whole lot better! I love the peplum top!! And I think I might be drooling over the floral jeans!! Love the beige way better than the cream or blue!

    everythingprettyandmore.blogspot.com

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  105. I loooove your parking garage photos from the Kerrville days! So happy to see this!

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  106. I'm in love with peplum tooo!!! :) Found a lovely peplum striped jacket at Zara and I died!

    -Stephanie
    @SweetsAndChicBoutiques.blogspot.com

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  107. Great look!
    Black & brown does not always work out together - but here it definitely does! :)

    fashion is for idiots [like us]fashion is for idiots [like us]

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  108. Love the jeans!

    Rose Eva
    SilhouettedBlog

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  109. love the pants...cute detail with the necklace...

    xoxo
    Mady

    thegirlfromthemirror.blogspot.com

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  110. I'm still a bit skeptical about the peplum trend for myself, but I love it on others, including you. I also LOVE these jeans. I just bought my first pair of floral jeans (where have I been?!), and I can't wait to style them.

    xo,
    Hannah
    www.chillairandperfume.blogspot.com

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  111. Beautiful peplum top, but I really like your printed jeans :)

    AwayFromTheBlue.blogspot.com.au

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  112. I think you might like this one from h&m--- Not quite polka dot, but a cute pattern.
    http://www.hm.com/us/product/03038?article=03038-A

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  113. I LOVE this outfit! One of my favorites on here so far. :)

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  114. Those have got to be the best floral pants I have yet to see :) I am still warming up to the peplum trend....and by warming up I mean give me a month and it will be my new obsession haha 

    xo
    Lizzie



    placeclevertitlehere.blogspot.com

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  115. I LOVE it. All of it. 

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  116. I love that turquoise clutch. I have one just like it. It's just a great pop of color.

    Www.chanelwears.wordpress.com

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  117. I love the pants! :)

    www.michelle-tree.com

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  118. This post made me laugh at least 1-3 times per paragraph. And when you think about it, those are some pretty great stats :)

    Love peplum. love pleats. love the parking garage theme. NEED to see this slideshow you speak of. 

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  119. LOVE the pants!  Floral is my fave!

    www.ericabelliocreations.blogspot.com

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  120. So pretty! I love the floral jeans!

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  121. I personally hope the peplum stays around for a LONG time...it's way to awesome to be a trend :)  Love your floral pants!

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  122. love your jeans! so cute 
    xoxo Meagan
    caseofcouture.com  

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  123. You are adorable. &parking garages rule. 

    xo Hannah
    http://myrunawaystyle.blogspot.com

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  124. I love the combo of the pants and shoes with the black top, so classy and chic!

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  125. Hi,Kendi!
    I enjoyed browsing in your blog, it's amazing.
    You're in my blog today (photo) *;*
    I ♥ your outfits, I'm following your blog hoping to stay connected.
    Come visit me > www.blog-anapaulaxavier.com
    Ana, from Brazil.
    xoxo

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  126. Love the pants! Your comment of "you want me to put a little skirt around my waist" killed me. You look great as usual! 

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  127. This has to be one of my favorite peplum tops I've seen yet!

    www.daisyraeboutique.com
    www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com

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  128. LOVE those jeans.  Fantastic.  

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  129. I love your hair in these pictures! Almost as cute as that top and the gorgeous pops of turquoise!

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  130. h&m has a polka dot peplum top that is to die for! 

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  131. I love the floral denim out this season. It's so cute and fun! You look adorable.

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  132. I agree with Keely! And I adore your new blog design too, Kendi! :)


    xo, elle from Living
    in Color.

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  133. I too have developed a great love for peplum! A shirt that lets me suck in my tummy just a little less??? Sign me up! And yes, the pleats make this particular peplum an "11". Ya look great, Kendi! ~Sarah

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  134. Ah, the gorgeous turquoise clutch. Favourite.
    As for the peplum: 
    a/ I always think it sounds like a medical implement
    b/ I was so excited to discover the style is in fashion because *finally* I have something to balance out my swimmer's shoulders and lack of hips.
    What a relief. 

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  135. love this outfit! (turquoise and black + floral = amazing).

    As for the parking garage photos: http://thepearshape.com/?p=246 i'm right there with ya with no shame

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  136. I, too, have a weakness for peplum tops! Polka dots, you say? Target has a blue and white polka dot peplum top in the juniors section NOW for under $20! Enjoy! Love the blog. :)

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  137. love me some peplum!!!

    **enter my giveaway
    sarahsavvystyle.com

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  138. LOVE this pleated black top! So chic & classic!

    www.chevrontochiffon.com :)

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  139. Fun! Nothing says girl-next-door style blog like a parking garage shot!

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  140. Kendi, you are such the master of outfit photoshoots that I genuinely want to take photos in a parking garage now! I just need to find that garage with the amazing lighting, like this one! And you seriously got a courtesy item from Citizen?! Omg, this is the big time!!

    perfectly priya

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  141. Floral pants! Omg FLORAL PANTS! Kendi, what have you got me on? First it was the wedges, then colored skinnies (now I have quite a few in my closet), and now floral skinnies. I'm running out the door right after this comment to hunt down a pair for myself. Thanks for encouraging my shopaholic tendencies. 

    xoxo,
    Genie

    www.uniqueandchicstyle.blogspot.com

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  142. Just found my new favorite blog. I love your style every outfit is amazing!! 

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  143. Love that you accented the outfit with the turquoise! And the top is awesome!

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  144. Such a cute look! Loving your pleated top and your necklace is awesome! 

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.oliveandanarrow.com

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  145. Hello!
    I love your blog!
    I just found it!

    I made a blog a couple of months ago too.
    I would really appreciate it if you could check it out and follow if you like it!
    Thank you!!!

    http://newfashionorder.blogspot.com/

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  146. yay parking garage! Almost like your old one :) I loove this outfit! Blacks and browns look soo good together and I desperately want every single piece you're wearing now!

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  147. OMG I love this outfit!!! I'd totally wear that peplum top. You're gorgeous :)

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  148. Loving that top! Cute clutch and necklace too :)

    http://www.natinlove.com

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  149. Fashionably GeekedAugust 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    The top looks very flattering on you, Kendi! And it's so versatile. I agree with you, I wasn't a fan of peplum at first but now I neeeeeed it :)

    http://fashionablygeeked.blogspot.com

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  150. Your photos are great. Parking garages are great spots for photo shoots, especially when these are furnished with incredible lighting fixtures.

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  151. i love this outfit so much!! love your style and how you pair simple things and make something great!!

    -Melissawww.melissacorona.blogspot.com

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  152. I felt the same about peplum at first too, but I have a new found love for it!
    work-it-blog.blogspot.com

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  153. I don't know how I missed this post but, WOW! This outfit is perfect! I love everything about it :)

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