As you might have picked up, I’ve been on hush mode this week. I wasn’t planning an intentional break, but it just happened. Christmas happened, snow happened, work (sort of) happened. But getting dressed this week did not. I feel like the end of the year is a good time for taking a break. And technically I didn’t have a choice as my brain has decided to check out for a few days. I can barely put two words together let alone an outfit. (I’m on day three of the same sweater. Huzzah!) 

I’ll have you know that I did have grandiose plans to write a perfectly poetic post about this past year. About how hard it was, but how good it was. But since my word bank for this year is used up and you really can’t put a post together using the only two words left ( “banana” and “friendly”) it is only appropriate that I use a few snapshots from this past year to summarize. Going back through my archive of outfits always makes me remember things a little bit differently. It makes a long year seem so short. 

Before we wrap up another year, I need to say one more thing: THANK YOU. Thank you for showing up every day that you did. Thank you for listening when I needed to be heard. Thank you for letting me getting dressed in whatever get up I decided to and share it with you. Thank you for correcting me when I was wrong and for liking me anyways. It’s weird to say that I couldn’t do what I do without people I’ve never met, but it’s true. So thank you. I will always be grateful for you. 

2013: Let’s do this, shall we? 

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  1. Tairalyn says:

    You are such an inspiration to be everyday. Poetic or not, you rock my fashion world…. THANK YOU


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  2. Beautiful snapshots! xo, Christina

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  3. What a great way to recap the year. And I'm right there with you girl — I've been sporting leggings, scarves, and rocking a bun for days! Here's to 2013 🙂

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  4. Carli says:

    A big THANK YOU right back at ya Kendi! Thanks for always posting such inspiring outfits and for coupling those outfit pics with witty dialogue that always makes me smile. It's a lovely part of my day, checking in here. Keep up the great work!

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  5. photosbyjaana says:

    yes, let's!  do this, that is.

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  6. Kiana says:

    Oh I love these detail shots!!

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  7. Enjoy your vacay, you've earned it! Thanks for being such an inspiration! 

    12.28.12 · Reply
  8. Riane says:

    Happy New Year, Kendi! Can't wait to see with 2013 brings.

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  9. CareertoCouture says:

    We love you, so thank you for blogging!! 🙂 I seriously enjoy reading your blog everyday!!

    12.28.12 · Reply
  10. Ritika Mahendru says:

    Love you Kendi! 2013 – Hell yeah!

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  11. Beautiful snapshots. I can't decide if I want to live in your closet or in my pajamas?… friendly banana it is. Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to 2013. Happy New Year, Kendi!

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  12. Laura Whitman says:

    Love the recap that you put together, even if you can only say "friendly banana" 🙂 Thanks for a great year chickie! Can't wait to see what 2013 brings you!


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  13. Lauren says:

    Love this post! Beautiful pictures. It has been so much fun following you the past few years. Thank you for continuing to be witty, charming, and oh so funny 🙂 To 2013!

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  14. You've come so far, Kendi. People will always find inspiration in you. xo

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  15. Yes! 2012 seemed to go by in an instant. Thanks for the inspiration. Here's to an awesome 2013!
    Emily | Sparkle Meets Pop

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  16. Brittany Kyte says:

    It has been a beautiful year – Enjoy your bloggy break and mental relaxation 🙂

    12.28.12 · Reply
  17. Thank YOU for your inspiration and creativity.  I love seeing your post pop up in my reader!  Your blog is the first fashion blog I started reading and inspired me to share my own outfits.  I can't thank YOU enough for opening that door.

    Also, the only thing I've worn for the past week has involved either leggings and a disgusting t-shirt or pajama pants and a disgusting t-shirt.  I also haven't left the house for 4 days.  It really is good to take a break.

    12.28.12 · Reply
  18. Agi Mayer says:

    Thank you for your blog and posts and outfit inspirations. I adore your blog. You have inspired me to do the 30 in 30 days. NOw i just have to get my ass in gear and actually pick out my clothes and start. Have a wonderful new years.


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  19. Genie says:

    Kendi, I love your blog and I really like reading your posts, they usually make me smile and laugh! Thank you for fun fashion and hilarious posts 🙂


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  20. A very Happy New Year! 

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  21. Rachelle says:

    Cute details, Happy new year.


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  22. Sofia says:

    Beautiful looks put together. 

    Happy New Year! If you get  a sec, checkout my latest post 'Ostrich feather shirt: from day to night'

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  23. Zahra Sandberg says:

    Love this summary of looks- I'm glad I discovered your blog this year! Looking forward to more in 2013!

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  24. Happy New Year! (love that huzzah!) xo

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  25. Iliyana Licheva says:
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  26. Jocelyn says:

    This might be the first time I've ever commented, but I love your blog… I found it this summer and not only have I read every post since then, I've gone back to read at least a year in the past. 

    I adore your style and admire the way you make cute, trendy outfits look so effortless and accessible. Plus, I like the honest way you write each post.

    My best friend recently moved from McKinney to Pennsylvania, and I'm sad I never got a chance to visit Bloom in person. But best of luck in everything, an I look forward to reading your blog in 2013.

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  27. info says:

    Happy New Year! I love your spirit : ) 


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  28. Amie Kelleher says:

    I love that you said you're currently wearing the same sweater you've been wearing for 3 days. I'm glad I'm not the only one who does that!

    While I'm a relatively new subscriber – only since September time – yours is my most favorite blog, and the one I get most excited to see new posts from! So thank you! You've helped me through some hard times this year!

    Love Amie x

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  29. Frugalista28 says:

    Thank you for teaching me to remix my wardrobe.
    Thanks for making me start my colored skinny jeans collection.
    Thanks for making me wear that "it girl" lipstick and now I'm not afraid to wear bold lippies.
    Thanks for making me get tons of jackets/blazers.
    Thanks for inspiring me to go "thrifting" again.
    Thanks for making your post fun to read as much I adore seeing your pictures. 
    God bless you and Have a Happy New Year!

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  30. eliza says:

    happy new year, kendi. thank you for being a constant source of inspiration.

    12.28.12 · Reply
  31. Zadin says:

    Beautiful words of wisdom. Great post as usual.

    12.28.12 · Reply
  32. Nikki M. says:

    Where did you get that "B" necklace that is on the side? Love it!

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  33. Candice says:

    I think "Friendly Banana" would make an awesome post or blog title (except for the obvious misinterpretations).

    Thank you for an awesome year. I hope you have a wonderful 2013!

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  34. Caroline L. says:

    Thanks for allowing us to ride along on this journey with you! I love checking in every day and seeing what outfits you come up with… these are some of my favorites 🙂 Cannot wait to see what else you come up with in 2013 – Happy New Year!!

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  35. Typhanie Stewart says:

    Thanks for another year of great posts, Kendi!


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  36. Mszjelenaaa says:

    Merry Christmas 🙂 


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  37. Love all the blue and magenta in these outfits! Wonder what Kendi's colors will be in 2013? 🙂

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  38. Thanks for all the great posts, Kendi!  I always love stopping by here! xx

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  39. Katie McC says:

    The year really does go by do fast!  This blog is always a place I can count on for inspiration. Can't wait to see some new looks for 2013.

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  40. lisa martinez says:

    Your posts always put me in a better mood and I have looked forward to them everyday and will continue to do so. Your colorful outfits and funny words are great. Thank you for making my days better! Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful 2013. 

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  41. Sarah H. says:

    Cheers to the new year! It's been fun stalking someone I don't know (even more fun than being stalked, probably). I look forward to doing it some more… Great round up, by the way 🙂

    Sarah's Real Life

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  42. You are the queen of mixing colors and prints. Like, for real.

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  43. Z says:

    I love this roundup for the end of the year – no frills, just what you've done over the past year. such wonderful shots. :] 

    12.28.12 · Reply
  44. Crystalortega627 says:

    Kendi, You're awesome. Hope you have a fabulous new year, I can't wait to see what kind of glamourous outfit you come up with!

    12.28.12 · Reply
  45. Loraine says:

    Oh, I love this conglomeration of photos! What is that gorgeous orange shade of lipstick you are wearing with the Anthropologie collar necklace?

    12.28.12 · Reply
  46. Dosta Radnjanska says:

    Enter my dress giveaway here: My first Giveaway

    12.28.12 · Reply
  47. Liz Toftness says:

    Kendi, thank you for being genuine in a hilarious way.  I love you.

    12.28.12 · Reply
  48. HeidiG says:

    Gurrlll…I was so waiting for pictures of you in the snow! We don't get it often and I thought for sure you'd have something cool…even if it's in your bathrobe and slippers 😉 Happy New Year to you! 

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  49. emmabasilone says:

    so much fashion inspiration in one post! 

    12.28.12 · Reply
  50. Angela says:

    Thanks for sharing your life in outfits. I adore it!

    Method Clothe

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  51. Can I just have all your outfits? They're all so great!
    xx Allie

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  52. Dahye says:

    <3 Thanks for all the posts and for being an inspiration, bright personality and being real!

    12.28.12 · Reply
  53. Love how you combine all your colors.
    k at

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  54. Wwill139 says:

    No.  Thank YOU!  I read your blog everyday, and when you take a break, I long for you to return.  I'm nobody but a fellow Texan (I live across 380, south of Denton) who adores you, your style, your travels, your cutie-pie husband, and your "snarky" posts. One day, I might visit you in your store, but for now, I'm the lurker who is tickled to "know" a movie star.  Yeah, the news counts as movie star. Happy 2013 Kendi!

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  55. Emilie says:

    I'm now a big fan of your blog and your looks. I wish I was cool and stylish like you, sometimes I try to channel my inner Kendi and sometimes I just hang out all day long in my pajamas, and I'm okay with that. Thanks for being an inspiration for us! Cheers! 

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  56. Ashley Taylor says:

    Can't wait to see what silly things you have to say and great outfits you have to share 🙂


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  57. ashleigh says:

    I love this blog! Keep getting dressed in the morning and sharing! And wear those polka dot pants again!

    12.29.12 · Reply
  58. Mica says:

    Enjoy your time relaxing, that's what the Christmas break is best for I find! Love the little snapshots of your past outfits.

    All the best for 2013 🙂

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  59. the egg says:

    happiest new year.
    i always think, "how would kendi style this?"…
    and now, we need a photo of your closet, because it MUST be amaze.

    xo the egg out west.

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  60. LeahS. says:

    Love these snapshots! Perfect way to end the year, no poetic words necessary.

    12.29.12 · Reply
  61. Ashley says:

    Happy New Year, Kendi! It's been a pleasure… Can't wait to see what you throw at us in 2013. 🙂 Cheers!

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  62. LT says:

    Thank YOU Kendi!  For sharing with us a little each day 🙂
    You have made me try a little harder to make my outfits more interesting (and more colorful!!) and for giving me the courage to be a little braver with my look. 

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  63. miriam says:

    Thanks kendi, there are so many fashion blogs out there but the reason I come back (apart from the outfits) is your writing.  Its not vacusous "Happy Friday" and eternally chirpy. Its better than that.  Keep it up!  From a semi addict from Ireland!

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  64. Cait Bons says:

    Thank you Kendi! You helped me experiment more with my closet and look at clothes differently. Your writing and style inspired me to start a blog of my own and although I may be very popular, it's something I love doing. So thank YOU again for giving a girl a little push.


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  65. Brandy Saldana says:

    Merry Late Christmas Kendi!

    I am grateful to have found your blog as it inspired me to get off my couch, grab a camera, and share my outfits. I am always glad to read your latests thoughts and hope my writing will produce the same feeling in others. Looking forward to staying updated with your posts next year!


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  66. nathyness says:

    Hi Kendi. Thank YOU for all the inspiration. It's a pleasure to visit Kendi Everyday (or almost everyday, haha). I love that you used details of your outfits for your year in review. My newly created Details board on Pinterest thanks you.

    I wish you and B a very happy, very colorful, and even more fruitful 2013. 🙂


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  67. Count to four says:

    Happy new year to you! Love your blog 🙂

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  68. Lubna says:

    Wow, Kendie! You've had a year of bright outfits! Hopefully for many more to come 🙂 Happy new year! 


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  69. Olivia Muenter says:

    LOVE these photos. So gorgeous. Actually one of my favorite posts from you in a while – loved seeing all of the outfit details. 

    Wishing you a happy and healthy 2013,

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  70. marsku says:

    beautiful pictures <3

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  71. britty02 says:

    Looking forward to more outfits and inspiration!

    12.29.12 · Reply
  72. Bee says:

    Happy New Year! I love your blog; your pictures, words, outfit inspirations and daily laughs!! It's funny that "snapshots" while beautiful don't seem to capture all that YOU have done for US as a Blogger! So, for that we say THANK YOU for all you do for us through out the year!

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  73. Katieswonders says:

    You're welcome. There's no shame in wearing the same sweater for 3 days. I've a cold, and I don't have one on me mind you 😀 PJs is all there is.

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  74. Kendi, your sweet blog is one of the few voices that I feel is consistently genuine – and it's wonderful! Days ebb and flow for everyone and it's so satisfying (and relieving) to see a blogger ebb and flow right along with you. You're a wonderful writer with a sound and balanced approach to sharing your thoughts and threads to the masses. 

    Cheers to a wonderful new year and I hope y'all enjoyed your bit of snow (dry as a bone here in Austin)! 

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  75. nicole seligman says:

    what a beautifully crafted wrap-up post. you're amazing in ways you don't know yet, kendi.


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  76. beautiful roundup!

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  77. Lauren says:

    Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings

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  78. lizybeth says:

    Going through previous photos is so fun.  Love the selections you made for this post.
    Cheers to 2013!

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  79. Rachel says:

    These snapshots are beautiful, as are you.
    Thank you for the daily inspiration!

    12.29.12 · Reply
  80. ellen says:

    Great pictures!  Love the recap of your photos throughout the year!  So fun

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  81. Matilde Faria says:

    Thank you for being always so genuine, fresh and funny. I really enjoy following your blog! 
    I wish you a happy and inspirational 2013.

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  82. janet says:

    Cute looks! So colorful LOVE 🙂

    Happy New Year!

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  83. Samantha says:

    I adore your blog. I also received a new sweater for Christmas and also wore it the next three days to different places (oh well) The end of the year is a good time for taking breaks and refocusing for the next year…Can't wait to see what you have planned (and unplanned) for your 2013 closet.
    Sincerely, S

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  84. You are such an inspiration. In 2012 I discovered the world of fashion blogs, and besides the fact have spent hours upon hours in front of my computer screen, I am in love. I have decided to start my own fashion blog in 2013. I have zero posts yet, but at least it is set up. One step at a time.

    Visit me soon:

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  85. Kbrewer79 says:

    this post makes me want to dress better in 2013!  thanks kendi for the inspiration

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  86. Here's to an amazing and stylish 2012, and to an even better 2013!!! God bless!

    XO Nat

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  87. Dot Dannenberg says:

     A gorgeous year! Well done. Happy 2013, Kendi!

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  88. aloynd says:

    You're fabulous.
    Happy New Year!
    xo Annie

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  89. Steffi Huntingford says:

    from a person who tends to dislike colour in an outfit, you use it so well!

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  90. Oh holidays are definitely an excuse for some time off! And for not getting dressed! In my flannel pj's as we speak! Happy New Year! You looked beautiful all the way through 2012!

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  91. Sharon Farr says:

    You always look gorgeous! Have a nice break xxx

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  92. Jupe_Cambria says:

    I actually love the idea of just some snapshots of outfit details from the past year…great way to wrap up 2012 style! Hope you enjoy the rest of your down time, Kendi!
    <3 Cambriajupefashion.blogspot.comCheck out my flatiron GIVEAWAY!!!

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  93. Cats pjyamas says:

     great colors. happy new year

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  94. Rebaclark says:

    Great outfits! Love all the mix-matching, can't wait to see what 2013 brings for you!

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  95. Dina Karivalis says:

    So happy that I discovered your blog this year!  Love your style.  Happy new year!
    xo Dina
    Sweetest Somethings

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  96. Kim Windyka says:

    you have fabulous style! love those fuchsia heels. 🙂 happy new year!

    midnight snark: 50 things to do in 2013

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  97. Terri says:

    See you next year!  Can't wait!

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  98. Sarah says:

    Lovely post! 

    The Purse Snatcher 

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  99. Jessbroyles says:

    Love the snapshots! Happy 2013 Kendi!

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  100. Libby says:

    Happy New Year Kendi! Thanks for sharing bits of your life (and wardrobe) with us strangers and inspiring and challenging me almost daily. Here's to another great year in 2013 🙂
    Libby at

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  101. Nora Murphy says:

    Love all of the outfits! Happy New Year!


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  102. Fatimah Syawie says:

    I love your photos, they all look really great.
    Let's just hope that 2013 will be even better than this year, shall we? Happy New Year!

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  103. Jennifer Bryan says:

    Happy New Year! I know you're a bit beyond this kind of thing at this point, but since you're one of my favorite daily blogs (I always save yours til last because it's so funny:)) I nominated you for this "award" anyway. Take care!

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  104. Mariza Indra says:

    Thank you for being an inspiration.

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  105. Vanessa says:

    I love all your outfits!  Great inspiration!


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  106. Janine BakeGlueandTrend says:

    Ooh so glad I found your blog, it is wonderful, I love your style!

    Also I for one would have loved to have read a blog entitled 'friendly banana' with a photo of you wearing your 3 day old sweater, lol.

    I am following.

    Janine xx

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  107. Jannira says:

    4th picture from the top… Cream holey crocheted sweater…  What post is that form?  I have that sweater from Old Navy from forever ago and can never figure out a good way to style it.  I must have missed that post!!

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  108. Sheree H says:

    I love your style, it is unique and feminine and beautiful! I admire the outfits you put together. I can't remember how I found your blog, but I'm glad I did! Happy New Year 🙂

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  109. Amanda says:

    Love your style! Where is the amazing green bag from (3rd post from the bottom)? You are adorable.

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