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Yes, I did just name this post after a questionable Black Eyed Pea album. Because that’s where my brain goes when I’m tired. It goes to the dark side that is Top 40 radio of 2003. Don’t phunk with my heart.
New things I’ve learned this week: it is possible to cover up tired with concealer. Five layers of three different types of concealer to be exact and I look like a human again. Which coincidentally is the same as the cups of coffee I need to drink every day just to be able to speak. I think five is my new lucky number.
And ss if my shirt didn’t have enough elephants for you, I wore my elephant necklace from my great Aunt Murl. No, not Merl, my other great aunt who also provides jewelry to young bloggers. This can be confusing, I know.

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  1. I loove this outfit, and that its composed of several elephants!


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  2. Vanda santos says:

    I just love this look on you!!!!!! and for me, concealer works all the time! Oh Gosh I love cosmetics!!!Love the elephants at your to & necklace. very CHIC!!!!

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    • Kendi Lea says:

      Three cheers for concealer! Fake it till you make it, right? 😉

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  3. Hilary Biggart says:

    i love all of the elephants in this outfit. such a fun little detail to play with.

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  4. i love love love that necklace! 


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  5. Lindsay says:

    I love Target more and more every day! How do they have such great stuff? You wear it well!


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  6. Sladjana says:

    Well if it is any comfort you don’t look tired.
    Seems like concealer and coffee are doing the thing.
    Great outfit, love the necklace! Tell aunt Meri or Muri i would love to were there pieces 🙂 LOL


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  7. RestonStyle says:

    Super cute! good luck with all your hard work! You look great, even though you’re tired! 🙂

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  8. Diana says:

    That necklace is so fun! Great outfit!

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  9. Jen C says:

    LOVE that necklace!  I’m kind of obsessed with elephants these days.  My Pinterest has been covered with them lately!  I really love this shirt too..not just the pattern but the fit.  Great outfit once again.

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  10. Sophie Smith says:

    very jealous you were able to cover up tired with concealer. im running on empty this week and it seems no amount of make up does the trick!

    love that necklace!!


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  11. Guest says:

    Love the “elephunk” element of this outfit…half quirky with all the elephant-iness and but still full of spunk with the shorts! Wait, would that be that would be “elespunk”??

    I can never get concealer to look right on me…always looks kinda caked
    on. Yours blends in so well, you’re glowing like you had about 10 hours
    of sleep!
      Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

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  12. Gloria says:

    That top is adorable – I love elephants!

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  13. Great outfit! I like the “elephunk” title too! Made me laugh when I saw it!

    xoxo Denise


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  14. just lovely!

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  15. This is so chic. I LOVE the elephant on elephant action. I always swoon over printed pieces with cute little animal prints on them. I need to purchase my own!

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  16. Chiamaka kalu says:

    I love this outfit!!!

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  17. Oooh I love that top! The print is so much fun! 😀 😀 Amazing outfit

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  18. Aw, I love the elephant necklace with the elephant top! I actually LOVED that top at Target and was dying to buy it. but couldn’t figure out how to wear it. Like THIS, that’s how! So cute!

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  19. Rachel R says:

    Love this look today!! Those shoes are amazing. And your legs just inspired me to go to the gym, thanks!


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  20. Elephants are my favorite animal (and they are good luck!).  I have so much elephant jewelry, it should be a crime.  I would, however, absolutely adore having this necklace.  It is so adorable!  And the print on that shirt too.

    I hope you get some rest.  Be sure that if anyone gives you any crap, tell them to shut up, just shut up, shut up.

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    • Kendi Lea says:

      They are good luck?! Maybe I should buy a lotto ticket today, yes? 

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      • Oh absolutely.  Especially if the trunk is up.  And you have about a baker’s dozen worth of “up-trunks” so . . . just promise to keep blogging when your a billionaire.  Deal?

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  21. Amy says:

    Super cute outfit. I hope you can get so good sleep soon.


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  22. birdflygood says:

    I like like like it. Great outfit!

    09.09.11 · Reply
  23. Trang says:

    Lovely outfit! Can’t wait to see the final result of your shop!

    09.09.11 · Reply
  24. that’s the coolest shirt! diamonds, concealer and pumps are a girl’s best friends! happy weekend!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

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  25. Beverly says:

    Kendi I love your outfit!!! the top was my fave..btw where is your “oscar de la stinky” top?? I haven’t seen it here again.. xo

    09.09.11 · Reply
    • Kendi Lea says:

      I actually gave it to my friend Jentine from My Edit when she was here this spring. She loves designer vintage so I figured she’d give it a good home 🙂

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  26. Courtney says:

    Haha! I LOVE elephants! I think this post is so sweet! From far away I didn’t even NOTICE the elephants on your shirt… So perfect. Loving this necklace too. Can you have too many elephants? Nah. Not when you’re tired and you need a pick me up!

    I Can Be Many Things

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  27. Im so bummed Target no longer has that shirt!!! 

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  28. TAKippy says:

    What an elephantastic outfit!  I’m not taking that pun back, either. “Can’t stop me once you start it./Can’t return it once you bought it.”

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  29. Sara says:

    I have those shoes in black. SO comfy. Literally the most wearable pair of wedges I own. Now I’m wishing I had this color also, thanks! 😛

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  30. yay! the elephants are back! My sister  would adore your outfit today! She has a thing for elephants! 

    I sure am glad you’re finding effective ways to stay awake and stay human!  🙂

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  31. idreamofanthropologie says:

    Links of your shop coming soon? I am headed down there next month…

    09.09.11 · Reply
  32. I’m getting dizzy by just looking at your shirt(the one with close up look)…  

    09.09.11 · Reply
  33. Olivia Young says:

    Love this outfit!

    Thank goodness for coffee eh?

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  34. Mindofmr Blogspot Com says:

    i love that necklace and your shoes!!

    very cute!


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  35. I bought this shirt because of you. 🙂 I didn’t think to pair it with black though.


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  36. Sarah says:

    I adore this outfit. Fabulous.

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  37. Carrie says:

    Haha so funny! I am on cup number 2 so far for coffee and it’s only 10 am.
    Cute outfit! I love your top!
    Style in the City

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  38. angie leberte says:

    elephants are my favorite animal so I’m kind of obsessed with this outfit! Haha 


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  39. Loren says:

    So cute! I haven’t been into target for weeks but I have a crush on any piece of clothing with animals on it!

    09.09.11 · Reply
  40. erinkathleen says:

    Holy elephant. I LOVE that necklace. Do you have any other Great Aunts that like to lend jewelry? 🙂

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  41. Elephants might be my favorite exotic animals. (Goats are my favorite domestic animal. And wombats my favorite Australian animal. And now I’m oversharing.) I love all the elephants!

    I’m guessing the store is keeping you super busy? Are you going to share pictures? 🙂

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  42. Elegantly Academic says:

    Aw, good old black eyed peas … I guess you could have made a Dumbo reference, but I think the black eyed peas gives you more street cred, word!

    09.09.11 · Reply
  43. Katie says:

    Love that top, and now I have the song stuck in my head. Go figure.

    09.09.11 · Reply
  44. Abi says:

    love the necklace!! love the shoes!!

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  45. Kelly says:

    PS your hair looks great!

    Kelly @ 
    Elegantly Academic

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  46. Nikell says:

    I love the elephants!! And the shoes…cute. Yeah, the double C’s (concealer and coffee) keep me human too ^_^

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  47. Johanna says:

    Love this outfit. You look so fab. I love those shoes. 

    09.09.11 · Reply
  48. rebecca_bee says:

    this outfit is to die for! I love the double elephants! 

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  49. Rhilorenzo says:

    so cute, i love this look!

    09.09.11 · Reply
  50. Jess says:

    tired and all you look great!! that necklace is super sweet, I really like it!

    09.09.11 · Reply
  51. Laura Lynn says:

    Congrats on getting over 10,000 registered blog followers, Kendi! I’m not going to lie, it was kind of exciting watching the counter on my daily visits…wondering when it was going to hit another digit. I also think I sort of look like your doppleganger, so a win for you is a vicarious win for me I guess…perhaps maybe?

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  52. Indcfashion says:

    Loving the elephants, how adorable!


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  53. Clara says:

    Wow that shirt screams Emerson Made but without the process!  Awesome find.

    09.09.11 · Reply
  54. Kori says:

    Wow loving this!!!   You should link this post up with me for Fashion Friday honey!  I hope you have a fantastic weekend!  Kori xoxo 


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  55. Margo says:

    I would just like you to know that I want to steal every pair of shoes you own.

    Yeah, thought you should be ready for that.

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  56. Great look, concealer or not you look fantastic!  Love the abundance of elephants! 

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  57. Stefanie says:

    I always look forward to your blog posts. You are a breathe of fresh air.

    09.09.11 · Reply
  58. I love elephants!! This outfit is so wonderful 🙂 I hope you’re able to catch up on sleep this weekend.

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  59. I tried and tried and tried and tried to find this Target shirt, to no avail.  It’s just perfect!  I love it with the circle elephant lens…

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  60. Valerie says:

    What concealers did you use?  I’m always on the hunt for something/combination that works, because I always look tired!  (I could also just get more sleep, but that’s a lot more work than you’d think.)

    09.09.11 · Reply
  61. Michelle says:

    I love your shirt and your necklace. Mind sending them on over to England?

    09.09.11 · Reply
  62. Natalyascloset says:

    I love those shorts! And the top is perfect for the outfit! And omg that necklace rocks!! XOXO, http://www.NatalyasCloset.com

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  63. Fanny says:

    oh! what a cute shirt! love it x

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  64. shelly says:

    Speaking of elephants… I just got the Cirque A Line dress from
    Anthropologie and I am obsessed with it!! Tiny elephants! (The link looks like
    spam but is actually to the dress.)

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  65. Cate says:

    Target, seriously?!? Why does everyone else find the cute Target stuff and not me? I love this print! It’s quirky but subtle. And I really love blousy shirts with a long necklace. So cute!

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  66. AlissaBurton says:

    This shirt, this shirt, this shirt = love. Plus your bottoms, plus your necklace. It’s a cute outfit and casual outfit! You’re looking good!

    alissa b

    p.s. happy weekend!

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  67. Natalie says:

    Very cute! LOVE the shirt and the necklace! Super fun!


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  68. Crystin T says:

    The necklace is gorgeous. I love this casual-ye-chic look. So pretty!


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  69. Amanda says:

    your hair looks so cute straight!!!! love the outfit. 🙂

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  70. Karen says:

    I love that elephant shirt on you, it’s so pretty!

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  71. so, i’m kinda really obsessed with elephants. which means, i’m kinda really obsessed with that shirt, and necklace, and this post. 

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  72. Fashion Dubrovnik says:

    I really like your shirt 🙂


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  73. I love all the elephants! They’re usually underrepresented in fashion – good for you for standing up for them! 🙂

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  74. aloynd says:

    After seeing this post I can’t stop thinking, “Why don’t I own anything with elephants?”
    Love, love, love it.



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  75. Samantha says:

    Okay, your Target must be a fancy one, because mine never has the cute stuff that you wear. I go to my Target an embarressing number of times a week and never see nearly the cute things you wear.

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  76. Soooo, how do I get on Murl’s mailing list???

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  77. Aquí says:

    adorable top and I adore your necklace! Vintage piece from family member are just the best!!

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  78. The print on that top is fabulous! You look beautiful! XXOO

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  79. I tried to buy that shirt as soon as I saw you first post about bringing it home from Target because I loved it so much, and it was already sold out online 🙁 Majorly bummed because I loved it so much. It looks great on you! And I really really love that necklace as well.

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  80. jentine says:

    I love your Aunt Murl and Merl. And I’ve been waiting for you to email… I’ve been worried about you! Yesterday I even said to Matt that I needed to make sure you were ok and not bogged down under stress and 5 types of concealer.

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  81. Brooke says:

    for five layers of concealer and five cups of coffee you love as fab as always! love the necklace, it’s all about the antique hand-me-downs.

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  82. Elephant cuteness overload!! =D

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  83. still loooove that shirt, still no sights of it.  elephants are my favorite animal next to bees.  also that necklace is perfect!!!

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  84. britty02 says:

    those shoes look commmmmffffyy, why didn’t you link them? are they old?

    09.09.11 · Reply
  85. kleitow says:

    Concealer is a sleepy girls best friend!  Love the look, especially the shoes.

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  86. I love your many elephants. Hee hee. That sounds funny.

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  87. TheresaTran says:

    I have horrible undereye circles too! ): I love the outfit though! Very cute!


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  88. CourtLuv08 says:

    I absolutely love that top!

    09.09.11 · Reply
  89. Linda says:

    Elephants! New hair! You look darling and I hope you and B are doing well.

    09.09.11 · Reply
  90. Dani Shapiro says:

    Your hair looks great, and I’m loving the double dose of elefantes! 🙂

    <3 The Daily Dani

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  91. Thetailoredtwo says:

    The elephants are incredibly adorable.

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  92. Melina says:

    I love the taupe top and shoes! Also…black eyed peas early 2000’s hits=classic…always haha


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  93. Noelia B says:

    I love elephants so much! you look really cute …

    09.09.11 · Reply
  94. lenogarrett says:

    why must you keep wearing this shirt and remind me that…”I DIDN’T BUY IT!!!” I love elephants, I love oversized cropped tees….fail!

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  95. Dee says:

    Love that elephantopia style!
    Do check out Naraya, a Thai line of fabric bags, makeup pouches, totes n more, featuring prints of Ele!
    Might find smtg u like, and the Thais view elephants as an important animal in their culture 😉

    <3 Dee

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  96. Candy says:

    really in love with that pendant! it screams cute!!!


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  97. Dorien says:

    great top, it’s just too cute! 🙂

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  98. anne says:

    Hi, I really like S11-187 (Ariana).

    If I win, my email ad is kard22qt (at) yahoo (dot) com.

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  99. kath says:

    Woot I would kill for the Maurissa Carry All!
    Hope I win :))

    – Kath (kardanganan @ yahoo . com)

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  100. Petra ? says:

    Love it

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  101. Angie says:

    Don’t you feel tired but over the clouds with enthusiasm? I wish I could pull the shorts look. So many more possibilities . You look great as always. Glad you have a new project ,I wish everything will work out fine for you!!!

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  102. Aliya says:

    Ooo I love your top and your necklace soooo much!  I have a soft spot for elephants because my name’s Sinhalese for elephants! My mum obviously didn’t know that and chose the name based on its Arabic and Hebrew meanings…

    x Aliya
    Silver Tabby Vintage on Etsy

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  103. Oh my goodness… look at all the elephants. That print is SO adorable.

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  104. love this whole outfit! the elephants are adorable and those sandals are fabulous! 🙂

    xo jeanette

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  105. Athena says:

    i love your shirt! it’s so cute!

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  106. heidi says:

    it’s nice to see you in pieces that aren’t all “c/o.”  i hope you don’t take that the wrong way; you have great style all on your own and it does come across a little more relatable (to me).  that blouse is so unique and fun & i love how you dressed it up with those great wedges!

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  107. Mary Ann says:

    The elephant necklace is cute – I like it!

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  108. Teodora says:

    The necklace is priceless!


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  109. Val says:

    I know you feel like you look tried, but you really look great!

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  110. Great look.  Supper cute top.

    X x

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  111. Jessica says:

    Why can’t we have a Target here in Toronto?  I LOVE elephants and I would buy that shirt in a heartbeat.  I would probably buy two!


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  112. wildchild says:

    so many elephants! cute outfit 🙂 and you look great, so don’t even worry about being tired. we can’t tell 🙂

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  113. Katya says:

    Elephant overload (in a good way). Love love love. I can’t wait till Target opens in Canada.


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  114. that looks so lovely!

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  115. Lou says:

    Oh I love the outfit but the bag is great. Soooo big.



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  116. Artyheart says:

    I love the outfit AND THAT CHAIN! <3

    So beautiful 🙂

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  117. thepinupgypsy says:

    I got the same shorts at Gap but they did not look that good on me.  They ended up looking like bloomers by the end of the day… Not a good look.  


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  118. Widhi Desiyanti says:

    I really like this look. it looks very airy and effortless, yet very put together at the same time.. 🙂
    and i have to say that necklace from your Aunt Mulr is gorgeous!


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  119. Anikasmom says:

    I love elephants- you look adorable!

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  120. Elephant-on-elephant for the win (and wow if that doesn’t sound awkward).

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  121. Guest says:

    Aww, ideeli had a colorful statement ring in the shape of an elephant today 😉

    A Preponderance of Fashion

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  122. Jenna says:

     Kendi – always look forward to reading your blog. Your outfits are always beautiful and so well put together and are simple enough for all your readers to achieve. x

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  123. Another 30 item challenge for WINTER?????? YES?

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  124. Christy says:

    Dear lord.  If I could look that great while tired, I would be very very happy.  What products do you use?

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  125. You look great and I love love love the elephant print! I found similar-sh elephant material here in Dar es Salaam and I am thinking to pick it up and have a top made in a similar style. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  126. Genny says:

    Every time you wear this shirt, I am going to be sad that Target canceled mine. It is so so cute!!

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  127. I love the levels of elephunk here — that blouse/necklace combo is awesome. 

    Despite your levels of tiredness, you look great! Congrats again on your new store endeavor 🙂

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  128. ClaireDabbs says:

    No wonder the Alyssa shoulder bag is one of the best sellers.  It’s beautiful!

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  129. Elizajane says:

    ugh ive been searching for that top at target bc of you for a few weeks now to no avail! its too cute!

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  130. Mjspencer515 says:

    really pretty shirt! nice job Target and of course you too do kendi!


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  131. Guest says:

    Oh my goodness, this outfit is adorable. Literally just made my day! Thank you for that.


    – Katelyn Rattray

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  132. Andrea says:

    I am a HUGE fan of concealer, now that I am a mother to a five month old, and I love all of your elephant prints!

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  133. Elizabeth Zanmiller says:

    love the name

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  134. Elephants galore! Love it!

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  135. Marie says:

    You are such a natural beauty – so refreshing! 

    I love the shorts paired with wedges. 🙂

    Am a follower 🙂



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  136. Lauren says:

    Gah! I love your top!  I know you said it’s from Target, but what brand is it?

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  137. S.Singh says:

    Im in love with your elephant necklace! Where did you find such a gem? How can I get one?

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  138. Ruby Girl says:

    lovely look! <3 http://www.rubygirlblog.com

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  139. Milla says:

    Very fresh and lovely!

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