{Dress: Bloom | Jacket: J.Crew Factory | Heels: Seychelles | Sunnies: c/o Coach | Tote: Joie}

What is it about leather that makes you automatically feel like you could drive a Harley? I mean for one, I have terrible balance and I really don’t trust myself with only two wheels. But 40% of my dress says that I could. And that makes me feel 40% more bad ass. (The other 60% says ‘maybe it’s not a good idea, Kendi. Also, no.’)

As you can tell I’m due for my monthly self-manicure. Each time I ask myself, why am I not more of a woman and paint only on my fingernails? Instead I look like I’ve been finger painting for the better half of an hour. Does this talent come with age or was this something I was supposed to develop along with the rest of my motor skills? My hope lies in the first answer. 

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  1. Nikki says:

    OMG I love this dress!  I have been wanting to add some leather into my closet, but nothing too crazy.  This is perfect.  You look fantastic!  

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  2. info says:

    I've given up entirely on fingernail polish. It doesn't last more than 5 minutes on me. I now leave them clear and tell everyone I'm rebelling against the machine. 

    That dress is bad ass, but the shoes are definately sexy sweet toes : ) 


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  3. Christina Storm says:

    Love this look! So classic and chic! You have great style!


    xo, Christina

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  4. So in love with that dress! 

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  5. sheree morrison says:


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  6. Jenny says:

    I always wondered how my mom was so good at painting her own nails…maybe I'll just give myself ten more years to perfect the art. Also, I love your dress. A little leather is so sassy. I have been wanting to incorporate it into my wardrobe, but I am still working up the courage…

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  7. Amy Welch says:

    haha I am so bad at remembering to paint ym nails!

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  8. SUCH an adorable dress. Absolutely love!

    xoxo Jessica

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  9. you could take on the world in that dress, not just a motorbike 😉
    I get neat left hand nails and a pretty much whole painted right hand. I try!

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  10. Natali Karppinen says:

    You look very pretty!! Great dress and shoes 🙂


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  11. This dress is AMAZING!!! Leather is totally bad ass and you are rocking it so well! This baby is going on the top of my Christmas list 😉
    Time Stand Still

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  12. Ladiesinnavy says:

    🙂 i know what you're saying! i love leather and it always makes me feel so empowered. need to add some into my wardrobe stat!
    kw, http://www.ladiesinnavy.com

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  13. I love the lady-like cut of this dress with the leather detailing–winner!

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  14. Kasia Crider says:

    A. I always love your blog, so many outfit inspirations comes from you! When anyone ever needs inspiration for outfits, I send them to your blog. B. I used to be just like you about the nails! I felt like it was some gene other girls had but I didn't. I ran across a polish sale this summer and started an obsession I never knew I could/would have! It's just like anything else, practice makes perfect. Well, practice makes it better… Still not perfect! I went from 0 polishes, just manicures here and there, in July to now 43, haven't had to spend money on a pedi or mani in 4 months! My nails have only been unpainted 1 day at a time maybe a total 5 days in those 4 months. I realized a few things from trial and error that helped me. I can only paint at night, or maybe lazy Sunday or Saturday afternoons. Painting in the morning or day time is an utter failure! I can't be still long enough to not mess them up. I usually paint at least an hour before I go to bed. Also, painting at night is good because the next morning in the shower the little paint pieces on your skin come off! Or they can easily come off from being peeled off after the shower softened them. The best correcting tool is an angled eye liner brush! Found this on another makeup/fashion blog. Dipped in polish remover it's a flawless way to carefully erase any mistakes. I saw a "are my nails really dry?" test time on Pinterest that was revolutionary! I always touched mine, and they seemed dry to the touch, but then I'd do something and have dents or imprints. Tap the two matching nails together (forefinger to forefinger, thumb to thumb, etc), if there is any resistance, they aren't ready. If they can slide across each other with no resistance, they're dry! In a pinch if they are almost dry, but you don't pass the tap test and you really need to go somewhere or fix your hair, this sounds gross but I did my research and it works! Spray each nail just lightly with cooking spray then wash your hands (obviously, haha). They will continue to dry fully, but it gives them a protective layer so they won't stick to hair or get imprints easily. They can still get dented if you do hard labor (like dishes! it's hard work), but it  helps. Essie No Chips ahead is a great top coat! My self mani usually lasts until I am ready for a new color with no chips, which is usually 3-4 days. Sorry for the super long post that makes me sound like a total diva, but I support the painting of nails! 

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  15. Pennypincherfashion says:

    This dress is beyond fabulous & I adore how you dressed it down with a denim jacket – simply fabulous!


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  16. marsa says:

    haha i'm a finger painter too. you're not alone!


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  17. kindredly.blogspot.com says:

    Love the dress.  I also feel that leather equals automatic invite to the Sons of Anarchy.  I'm also incapable of painting my own nails.  I will allow myself to paint my own toenails because no one is really that close to them.  

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  18. lavieenliz says:

    love the dress! i love leather so much!

    doing a giveaway on my blog!http://lavieenliz.com

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  19. Meaghann says:

    I am obsessing over this dress! I'm going to have to make this purchase sometime soon 😉


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  20. Jess says:

    I have been eying up that dress on your website … and now just seeing it here makes me want it even more … love it!

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  21. I love the dress. Despite the top being kleather it looks very floaty, and paired with your ballerina bun you've got a kind of black-swan-on-downtime look going on!

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  22. Your dress is all sorts of fantastic. Love the 40% leather, haha. Such a simple yet chic outfit. You look so pretty! 🙂

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  23. Sharon S says:

    Love the mix of tough and girly in this look!

    PS You ride a Harley, not drive 🙂

    The Tiny Heart  

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  24. Carissa stevens says:

    I love the leather look right now too!!!! I'd live a pair of leather skinny pants!



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  25. Morgan Liti says:

    That dress is amazing! I just bought a pencil skirt from Express that's navy and has a black leather color blocked band – it's maybe 10% of a total outfit and I totally feel 10% more bad ass when I wear it, which is a huge improvement considering I usually score negative points in the bad ass department. 🙂 Morgan

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  26. Love the dress! And also those shoes! Pretty much the whole outfit!

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  27. i love the dress!

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  28. Sarah H. says:

    If you haven't learned to paint your nails by now, it might just not be your thing. But what IS your thing is looking 40% badass. And I think that's something to be proud of.

    Sarah's Real Life

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  29. Rachelle says:

    cute dress, love the leather on it.

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  30. Megan says:

    I'm dying to get my hands on something leather (or pleather) for the fall! Perfect outfit!

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  31. Joyce says:

    Haha you do look bad a with this dress!


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  32. pretty little things says:

    love your casual yet polished take on leather! xo


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  33. GlamourGirl_bg says:

    great dress! love this!


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  34. Lucy SoCal Chic says:

    Two words… Ok maybe 3… Acetone & eyeliner brush. I use a teeny eyeliner brush I got as a gift… Dip it in acetone and clean up those edges! The angle on the brush makes it super easy! Happy Tuesday!

    XO Lucy

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  35. I'm actually impressed your polish grew out like that instead of chipping from the ends…how do you do that?!  I paint mine about once a week (I like a change) but they always chip!   Oh & I used to REALLY suck at painting my nails too (polish all over my fingers + a bubbly finish almost every time from using too much) but I got better the more I practiced.  Don't fret..just practice more ;o)

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  36. Genalpalmieri says:

    Classic and adorable! Love this look(:
    xoxo, Gena
    Curls, and Uptown Girls


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  37. RunwayChef says:

    Ahhh this dress is adorbs!! Love the leather on it!

    For the record, I am also just as horrible of a nail painter. I don't know when I'm going to realize that I'm just not meant to paint my nails & I should let someone else do it 🙂

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  38. EmerJa says:

    Loooove the dress!:) You are gorgeous!


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  39. Love the jean jacket with this dress!! I love how it brings it down to a more casual vibe and make it completely day appropriate!

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  40. Doan says:

    Loving the leather dress! Such a hot fall item! 🙂


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  41. Jen Hsieh says:

    You always make me want to invest in the perfect denim jacket. Unfortunately, my bank account is screaming at me and telling me to stop. And I'm sure wearing that dress will help with your motor skills – but only if you're wearing that dress. Embrace your inner badass. 

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  42. charity saunders says:

    Love the whole look (nails included)!  I can totally sympathize with the self-manicure thing.  It takes me forever, looks like my 1st grader did it, then it chips the next day!  So hard to be a girl!

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  43. Carlee says:

    I am loving that dress and those shoes. Definitely a little more badass! 
    Almost Endearing

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  44. Rachel says:

    The dress is BEAUTIFUL!

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  45. Wow, love the dress! Will you be getting more in at Bloom? Sadly, I'm not a XS or S.

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  46. Josephine says:

    Love that dress!! Leather totally makes you able to drive a Harley, no question 🙂

    <3 Josephine

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  47. Miss Kendi, this outfit is ALL kinds of YES. 

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  48. Cathy says:

    Adore this mixed media dress!  Been loving leather mixed media looks for fall.  Also becoming addicted to the new J Crew Factory website 🙂


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  49. Caroline L. says:

    I just always ask for a sleepover with my girlfriends so they'll be inclined to paint my nails and braid my hair…. whoops.

    Love your outfit! You can drive a Harley any day… YOLO?


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  50. samantha root says:

    how in the world do you get your manicure to last a month is my big question.. mine is chipping within the day, no the hour after being completed.

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  51. gailo.tv@gmail.com says:

    Love that leather/fabric combo on that dress!  Beautiful on you!


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  52. Daniela Břížďalová says:

    Amazing! 🙂

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  53. Love the detailing on the dress! 

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  54. Alissa Futhey says:

    I have no idea why leather makes me feel like such a complete kick booty chic but it does. I'm glad to know I am not alone in the feeling!

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  55. Seekingstyleblog says:

    Oh my goodness Kendi, I need that dress!

    xo Jennifer


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  56. Gina says:

    love the dress!  and I cannot paint my nails either….I assume it's something only mothers can do.

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  57. bittyandbunny says:

    This look has got to be one of my favorites that I've seen you in!  I love how you mixed leather & denim without looking like a cowboy in chaps 🙂  It's pretty perfect!


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  58. Chelsea says:

    This dress is fantastic! And I hope the answer to your manicure woes lie in that it gets better with age bc I struggle as well!


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  59. Elizabeth Silverstein says:

    I so wish Bloom had lay-away. I would so make that dress mine. Debating raiding the piggy bank. 

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  60. Emily walker says:

    Too cute! Love the dress!

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  61. Rose-et-Violet Nan says:

    This is a unique twist on denim and leather…love it! 


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  62. c.brody says:

    Nice outfit, the leather and denim look good together.

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  63. Twoshoppermoms.blogspot.com says:

    looking BAD in the leather skater dress!

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  64. parfums says:

    so nice looking so nice blog . nice outfit .
    Parfum pas cher

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  65. julia martin says:

    don't worry kendi, i am terrible at painting my own nails too!  like, really terrible!

    xo julesinflats.com

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  66. Nat says:

    Absolutely adore that dress! Just amazing!


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  67. Amy B. says:

    cute skirt

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  68. Jamie says:

    I LOVE that dress, it is awesome! Checking it out on Bloom's site right now!


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  69. Molly says:

    that dress is so adorable!

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  70. Elaine says:

    Love the dress. Want the dress.

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  71. Sincerelysk says:

    I love this dress! Looks great on you!


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  72. kristian satterlee says:

    I'm pretty sure in my case manicure stuff is beyond my motor skill ability! Oh well. 

    You look great! 


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  73. Sarah says:

    I absolutely adore this outfit! The dress is beyond amazing.


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  74. Taylor says:

    DYING. need this dress. also, i can't paint my own nails either. my left hand always looks good but the right? eesh.

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  75. Danica says:

    love this outfit! pretty and tough. 🙂

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  76. I don't believe that you can possibly have terrible balance walking around in those heels all the time! I love the dress with its balance between leather and floaty feminine 🙂

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  77. Holly Santandrea says:

    omg. the dress.

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  78. You look lovely! 

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  79. Allyssa says:

    Can that dress be any more amazing?! I love it paired with the jacket 🙂

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  80. Aileen says:

    OMG I love this dress, I want it tooo~ Gorgeousness. Oh, and I finger paint too. And no, it hasn't developed with age (I'm 33). Nice to know I'm not alone in this!

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  81. Cait says:

    Awesome dress!! I wore my leather jacket today and I felt so bad ass as well! Just so you know you're not alone! 🙂

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  82. GiovannaPacini says:

    Such a cute look! Loving that dress!! So fun!


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  83. Libby Hess says:

    I think this dress is the perfect combo of bad ass and lady!  For me, the Vaseline trick I found on Pinterest is the most life-changing manicure tip ever.  It nearly eliminates the post-mani clean up time!
    Libby at http://libbysoutlook.blogspot.com/

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  84. Laura Whitman says:

    That dress is AMAZING. So B.A.A = bad ass and awesome. Also, I have realizing lately that every item of yours that I obsess over to the point of drooling is almost always from Bloom. I think that is the universe trying to tell me something.


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  85. Moji says:

    I loooove that dress! and once again the outift is super cute!

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  86. Joreina Blanco says:

    Love the jacket!

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  87. I agree. I have a jacket that is 30% leather (sleeves only) and I feel slightly edgier and cooler when I'm wearing it. Why is that? LOL.


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  88. Supal says:

    I think the addition of the denim jacket makes it even more badass, so fix those percentages girl! 


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  89. Nina says:

    I love the dress and really wish I could afford it. Stupid student budget :/

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  90. Mica says:

    Love that dress, the leather and maxi skirt look great together! 🙂


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  91. Catherine Lea Anderson says:

    Fabulous dress…so perfect for fall!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

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  92. I love that you put denim with your leather! great choice, as always!

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  93. Kimari Jai says:

    I love that dress! 

    Doing a giveaway on my blog check it out!www.kimarijai.com

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  94. Andrea says:

    the dress is SO pretty!

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  95. Kristin says:

    I love the panels on the sides of this dress. So cute paired with a denim jacket!


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  96. oh, my, i love that dress. love at first sight, i tell you! and how perfect it is, paired with a denim jacket. can i borrow this outfit? 🙂

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  97. girl im a beauty bloggers and cant paint my nails for sh*t 🙂 off to the manicurist i go! cute outfit 🙂  

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  98. Crystal, Katie, Anita says:

    i have fallen in love with this dress! currently scheming of ways to convince my husband to get it for me :).


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  99. Brittany says:

    I have yet to master the art of a self-manicure, and am hoping it comes with age as well. Love your dress!

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  100. Maria says:

    Ha! I thought you had one of those lower half moon manicures, fooled me!

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  101. oh wow, i LOVE that dress! 


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  102. Stephanie Page says:

    Amazing outfit!  You look like you could be a modern day Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, would you be more comfortable on a Vespa?!?  



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  103. beeba says:

    love your dress , love how youve styled  it !! 

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  104. BeSoGood says:

    I think I missed the slumber party at which every girl learned how to correctly paint their nails. I'm always amazed by that skill. I generally have  paint on my entire finger, and throughout the general region of my house where I painted my nails. 

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  105. Jazzyj105 says:

    I love this dress, any chance you'll get more in small?

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  106. Stephanie Perez says:

    Absolutely agree with you! Leather definitely makes me feel that much more cooler! 🙂 

    -Stephanie from On A Brick Lane 

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  107. That dress is fantastic! I love the heels  and jean jacket with it. 


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  108. Rhiannon says:

    I lack the same manicure skills. So here's what I do: paint my nails at night and get nail polish all over the place. In the morning at the end of my shower when my skin is soft, I pick off all the nail polish from around my cuticles and no one ever knows how sloppy I am.

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  109. Sara osborne says:

    This outfit made me say this immediately " Oh i love this outfit! Must find ticket to Texas and buy this dress!" I need leather in my life!

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  110. Coribeth says:

    That dress is to die for.  I can't paint my own nails without looking like a slob either.  It's actually why I stay away from trendy colors and usually wear a nude tone. 

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  111. Coribeth says:

    Rhiannon, that is a great idea. Thank you!!!

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  112. Veronique says:

    love the outfit, except the purse. 
    purse doesn't go too well…

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  113. Jess says:

    Kendi, I am OB. SESSED. with your shoes. Thanks for sharing peeks of your life and style with us! I really enjoy your blog.


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  114. Loving this look… and that dress is a great way to wear leather in Tx (or Oklahoma 😉 
    Love your blog, hope you have a great day!
    ~Lindsay & Whitneywww.thedoubletakegirls.com

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  115. I want this dress!

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  116. Janae Cairns says:

    I LOVE the bad ass of the dress! And the shoes are FAB!!

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