Spring Break


It has occurred to me this week that I know a lot of teachers. Every third post on Facebook is from a teacher I know. And this might be the one week that I am jealous of their profession — spring break. Does this make me want to have the responsibility of teaching the future generation on my hands? No, no. I shall stick with dressing grown women and let those kind-hearted stick to teaching. But I do like the sound of a week off. I vote spring break for everyone, next year. It only seems fair. 

You would never know I had my computer with me, would you? I’m fancy like that. Concealed but fancy. I’ve been toting my poor computer around in whatever random bag I had available so I finally feel like an official business woman. Yes, it took a laptop bag to make me feel official, not the fact that I own a store. It’s the little things, you know? 

PS: Remember the jeans I wore on Friday? I styled them in part with Big Star Jeans for a chance to win tickets to Coachella. It’s kind of a long shot but if you have a chance today or this week, would you mind voting for me? Because seeing me dressed as a hipster for a weekend is reason enough. 


Dress: c/o Ruche

Belt: Madewell

Cardigan: Gap

Bag: c/o Jigsaw London

Shoes: Bloom

Spike Bracelet: c/o Stella & Dot

Sunnies: c/o Coach

Necklace: c/o PoshLocket

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  1. Alissa Futhey says:

    As a student in her last year of college, I am so sad that this is my last spring break! It's so great to be able to recharge and then focus again. I vote that everyone should get a spring break!

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  2. Spring Break for everyone-I'm in! 🙂

    Love your shoes!

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  3. Janice Persico says:

    Love the stripes! I'm a stay at home mom, I'll vote for a spring break for myself next year too.  So jealous of going out in bare legs (I'm in CT); dreaming of somewhere warm to go next year…

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  4. i completely agree with you about spring break.  in france {and basically the rest of europe for that matter} takes the entire month of august off.  the cities literally shut down and everyone goes on holiday.  i vote we bring that over to the US!

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  5. Lisa says:

    Please tell me you are getting some more of these shoes in your store!!!  When I tried to order on Friday, you were sold out in my size!!!

    It stinks to be an adult…..my daughter graduates from nursing school in May and she is very sad that this will be her last spring break!!


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  6. Liana Renee says:

    SO CUTE!! Can't wait until the weather in New York decides to get warm enough for me to look as adorable as you!

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  7. Laptop concealing purses are the best, I can't wait to ditch my backpack next year for grad school haha

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  8. Natali says:

    Looking beautiful and very Spring-ish 🙂


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  9. Yes.  I am definitely on board for spring break.  This outfit looks so springy too though.  The colour combo is really cute and that dress fits you like a dream.

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  10. Simple Easy Style says:

    Your style is so amazing I wish i had your entire wardrobe! Love this look! 


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  11. Love this striped dress and the color of your cardi! You look absolutely beautiful and totally like you're ready for spring break… even if it's just pretend. 🙂

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  12. Rachelle says:

    cute dress, I love the color combo.


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  13. Christina says:

    Such a pretty spring outfit. I LOVE how your shoes match your bag and your belt matches your cardigan. Very neat!

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  14. Catherine Lea Anderson says:

    There is nothing better and easier for spring than a great striped dress! Love this look!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

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  15. this reminds me how much i wish having a spring break. oh, and seeing the sunshine. 

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  16. Kendi Lea says:

    Lisa! I will know at the end of this week if we are able to re-order them! Fingers crossed we can! They flew out the door. If you want, email us at info@bloomdowntown.com and we can put you on a waiting list just in case we get a re-order. 

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  17. The perfect Spring outfit! Love these colors together!


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  18. pretty little things says:

    that dress looks gorgeous on you and love those heels! xo


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  19. Jackie FoodWineFashion says:

    I love this outfit! I have an obsession with stripes (I believe you talked about your obsession last week) and yellow and blue is my favorite combination. 

    PS I voted for you! 

    xo Jackie

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  20. Kelsey Wilburn says:

    beautiful outfit! adore the fresh spring feel and love your bag! voted for you!
    kw ladies in navy

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  21. Célia Tavares says:

    Gorgeous!! Love the look 🙂


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  22. I received my pre-ordered navy/white stripe Newquay dress from Boden last week that has a yellow band around the waist! You look fantastic, please send some sunshine towards the UK when you get a moment 🙂

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  23. EmerJa design says:

    Love the mix of colours it smells like spring! And loove your original shoes!


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  24. Pretty Plain Janes says:

    You always look good but particularly smokin' in that second to last pic.  Love your blog Kendi!  Oh, and you have been voted for.  🙂

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  25. Karen L says:

    My kids get TWO weeks for Spring Break! Sleeping in for two whole weeks. Can't wait. You really should declare your store "closed for Spring Break"! LOL! This outfit is so. dang. cute. You look gorgeous and I am so jealous that your weather calls for an outfit like this! Its still layers where I'm at. Boo.

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  26. Betsy says:

    I work at a university and although the students get the week off, we do not.  It just doesn't seem fair. 🙂  Everyone things we get all the same days off though.  I love those shoes.

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  27. ashleigh says:

    This is the perfect look for spring. It's showing a lot of leg, but other than that the colors, the stripes, the shoes. Perfect!

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  28. Malindaf82 says:

    Really love this look, so fresh and bright. I love your shoes too


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  29. Taylor_fuller says:

    you have such an amazing ability to style pieces together so they look just right! 

    I'm graduating college in may and I am so sad that spring break is going with it…


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  30. My spring break is only 1 day off! How silly is that 😛 So I vote yes on proposal Spring Break for all next year!

    The Occasional Indulgence

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  31. Kristen Radka says:

    As someone who does have spring break, I do wish there was a national spring break so all my non-teaching friends could play too! I like the easy going nature of this outfit and that blue dress is really cute!

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  32. Sarah H. says:

    There IS another way to enjoy spring break without being a teacher…and that's being a student! And let me just tell you how fun spring break is as a law student. I get to study without those pesky classes getting in the way. It's pretty wild. Anywho, this outfit is so bright and stripy and it makes me happy!!

    ~Sarah of Sarah's Real Life

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  33. Agi Mayer says:

    Love this outfit. I wish it were spring here and i could wear a dress with wedges. Love the dress with the yellow cardigan.



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  34. Shannon says:

    Love the blue and white stripped Ruche dress! It's amazing!


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  35. Andrea says:

    this outfit is amazing! perfect for spring 🙂

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  36. Rachel says:

    Love those shoes and dress!

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  37. carlibee says:

    Favourite outfit ever on you! Just such a lovely look! PS. I too just bought a grown up lady, chic laptop/day bag recently. Honestly, it's done wonders for my perceived maturity. It's one of those 'glance at it and smile introspectively as you pat yourself on the back for how grown up and awesome you are' purchases 😉

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  38. christy says:

    Spring break… wow, I haven't been able to enjoy that in a long time! But I'm also really glad I'm not in school anymore 🙂 Great look for spring!


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  39. Iliyana Licheva says:

    the colors are perfect for spring! 🙂


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  40. Nicole Chiarella says:

    Not only are your outfits to die for but your sarcasm is on point! 🙂

    xo Nicole


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  41. Stripes are the perfect neutral!


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  42. Love this dress and pairing it with the bright cardigan & belt was a stroke of genius – such a cheery spring look! 🙂


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  43. Beautiful, gorgeous!!! 

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  44. rachaelrockergirl says:

    Oh that is such a gorgeous outfit, so perfect for spring and I LOVE the stripes :).

    Rachael xx.


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  45. Dress To Cook says:

    beautiful spring colors 🙂

    xxDress To Cook Blog 

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  46. ilikeshoes85 says:

    Wow! Amazing outfit!!!

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  47. msmelaniemarie says:

    Voted for you.  Mainly because I wish I could go myself, but I'm poor, so I'll settle with living vicariously through your experience if you go and what I expect will be a huge and highly-detailed blog post about said Coachella experience (ahem, hint hint).  🙂

    BTW, love the color combo.  Still jealous that you guys have the weather for it.  My legs are so pale they're nearly translucent, but going outside without tights on at least here is not an option unless I want icicle legs, and I cannot rock that look.

    Style to Stage

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  48. Carrie says:

    Perfect spring look! I would love to have a week off also. I vote yes!
    Style in the City

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  49. Amber says:

    Love this crisp spring look!
    I'm making my own spring break when my teacher friend comes to visit me during hers!  Otherwise it would just mean the annoyance of finding alternate childcare for my kindergartner.  Kids these days get all kinds of holidays no one else is observing :/

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  50. The neon yellow is my favorite.


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  51. beverlyislike says:

    Kendi I love this look! Just dyed my hair dark and I think you've proven I could likely rock a neon yellow cardigan 🙂

    Next time (or first time) I'm in Texan I'm pretty sure I need to take a visit to your shop.

    xo b

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  52. Jacy Tilton says:

    Gorgeous, bright spring look! I love how you incorporated the neon and stripes trends seamlessly!

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  53. KK @BSMMH says:

    How much am I loving the nautical stripes and yellow?? You look so springy! And I'm jealous of how shorts-ready your legs are, girl…mine are pale and scary. Super cute bag too! 


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  54. Jessicajoneslyons says:

    so cute. You look ready for spring!

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  55. Jennifer says:

    I used to want to be a teacher because of the vacation perks. And then I realized that meant trying to teach kids. Haha! Teachers definitely deserve those vacations!

    xo Jennifer


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  56. this is such a beautiful outfit!! love the colors!

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  57. Morgan Liti says:

    Can we see you dressed as a hipster for a weekend even if you don't win? 🙂

    P.S. I love this dress – Go Ruche!


    See Mo Go.

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  58. Totally adorable!

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  59. Caroline L. says:

    How does your hair manage to look so fab every single day? Share your wisdom, girl! 🙂 And I love this look… so clean & fresh & spring-ready!


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  60. This look is great and the shoes are simply so charming!

    Monica from Fashion Koketi

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  61. jesscause says:

    this dress and cardigan combo is just perfect … so pretty as usual!!

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  62. Myotherclosetiscouture says:

    loving the color combo here so vibrant and spring! not to mention those shoes! obsessed! good luck with winning i have my fingers crossed for you (but unfortunately cant vote because i dont have a fb account just a page for my site)! you are stunning xo


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  63. Caroline St. Francis says:

    Love this outfit! So perfect for spring. I can see those wedges working perfectly with everything for the next few months.

    ~ Caroline

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  64. dipped in yellow says:

    obsessed with this outfit! it's so refreshing 🙂 http://www.dippedinyellow.blogspot.com

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  65. This looks like a good "spring break" outfit and I agree- spring breaks all around!!

    -Classy Chic & Chardonnay

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  66. Love this so much!! Neon ans stripes you cannot go wrong!

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  67. I LOVE this! The stripes and yellow are amazing together. 

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  68. Ayantika says:

    loved the outfit. That dress is just perfect for spring and the cardigan is very soothing !
    Love,Bong's Belleza

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  69. Love the combo of all these colors! Bright but classy. 
    FashionEdible Blog

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  70. Star Lee White says:

    Love these bright colors and happy stripes! Makes me hopeful that summer will come….eventually! So ready!


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  71. Kacie Ellis says:

    Perfect Spring outfit!


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  72. photosbyjaana says:

    man those shoes are ca-yute!!!


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  73. Andrea says:

    great casual outfit and your hair looks amazing. nice new profile pic!

    xo Andreawww.sophisticatedsass.com

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  74. I will buy that dress off of you- please say yes!! This post baby bod is in need of some new spring clothes and that dress fits the bill perfectly!

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  75. Rachel says:

    Love this outfit. A lot. And good luck with the contest!!

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  76. Jess says:

    I`m so glad I found your blog. I love your sense of style, because you wear things I might actually wear 🙂 Beautiful outfit, especially love the cardigan.

     Some Snapshots Blog

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  77. Sarah says:

    Gorgeous look! I love the dress.

    The Purse Snatcher 

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  78. Anca Madalina Baboi says:

    Ha ha, my mother is a teacher! When I was a kid it was nice to have my mom with me during spring breaks and the summer holiday, but now I have to work (basically all year long) and she gets to enjoy spring break. It's not fun anymore :))!

    In Romania we are only allowed to have 21 days of leave per year. Adding the not-so-many official free days (1 day for Easter, 2 for Christmas, 1 for St Andrew, 1 for our National Day, 1 for First of May and 1 for Virgin Mary's celebration)- if we are lucky enough that these days aren't weekend days :D, I still feel like I'm spending a lot of time working and not enough time having fun, or even relax…

    Lovely dress, Kendi!



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  79. Natalie says:

    LOVE this! Perfect color combo, nice and simple, and so perfect for the slightly warmer temperatures. You look so fantastic!

    Name's Not Ashley

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  80. Inge Jane says:

    I adore this outfit.  The dress is gorgeous and the yellow accents go with it perfectly! And if it makes you feel any better, school's don't get spring break where I teach. Hmph =/

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  81. Obsessed with this color palette. Is it freaking spring yet?! Also, need those shoes. NEED them.

    xo Ashley thetiniestfirecracker.com

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  82. This is a gorgeous color combination! Stop making me crazy spring so much please! 


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  83. You look lovely!

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  84. Michelle Johnson says:

    Kendi, did you just get that dress from Ruche? I went to their website, but what you linked to doesn't take me to the dress… I'm wondering if its just not available to everyone yet? Anyway, loving the outfit!

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  85. Jen says:

    Such a great color combination! You look perfect for spring 🙂


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  86. Erica says:

    This outfit is so cute!!! I especially love your shoes 🙂


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  87. Sofia @ Stylishlyinlove says:

    Beautiful and colorful look you have on. Great blog. 

    If you get a sec, check out my latest post 'Channeling Audrey'. I would love to hear what you think. XOSofiastylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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  88. Jess_Dynarski says:

    I love your dress and those shoes are to die for! So great! 


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  89. TheresaTran says:

    This outfit is so flattering on you!!! You pull of the stripes so well. (: Really love the combination of colors.


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  90. Sarah Johnson says:

    This outfit is so adorable! I love it. Also, I'm obsessed with those shoes. Gimme. 

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  91. Natalie Elisabeth says:

    I hope you win the contest! I just voted for you (:

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  92. molly says:

    oh my gosh, this outfit is an instant favorite. so classic and bright. love it!

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  93. Amanda E. says:

    Kendi – I've been following your blog forever and never commented, but those shoes are my DREAM! I wanted to purchase them off of bloom but no dice since you're sold out of my size. 

    I saw a similar pair on the show Girls and have been trolling for them since January — suggestions, please? This girl is desperate for a cute spring pair! 

    <3 xoxo

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  94. XeanaFashion says:

    Beautiful combination of colors!

    From http://www.xeanafashion.com  

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  95. Mica says:

    Really like the yellow with the striped dress! Good luck in the competition 🙂

    Away From The Blue

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  96. Supal says:

    ah love jigsaw london's bag! Such a great outfit and I think you should teach a fashion class… starting em young, ya know? 


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  97. Amy @ Long Drive Journey says:

    So jealous that it's warm where you are and you can actually style outfits with bear legs…My legs haven't seen sunlight since September.

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  98. Megan Maddison says:

    I love royal blue and yellow together – great outfit.  I also love your shoes – adorable!


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  99. Melanie R says:

    Love this look!! I agree, Spring Break for everyone!! 🙂 

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  100. You look amazing and I love this entire look. 

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  101. Haley Valerie says:

    This is probably my favorite outfit that you have ever worn!


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  102. I loved your outfit a lot…you look so stylish..
    Android Developer

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  103. Grace Holt says:

    I love this!  Blue and yellow is my favorite color combination ever!  I guess you can blame my growing up a Chargers fan for that. That stella & dot bracelet is just perfect too.

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  104. Guest says:

    I'm so jelly you can wear a dress outside right now – Colorado is getting there but not quite yet!

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  105. Demi3 says:

    OMG those shoes!….that's it.

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  106. Demi3 says:

    I have to add an addendum….that is not to say "that's it"  as in that is all I like . The whole outfit is envy worthy. Just at that moment I wanted to comment on the extreme envy worthiness of the shoes. Although I guess with this addendum I now squashed the point……*sigh* I'll stop now.

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  107. Debora ETS says:

    I love how you have matched the belt and the cardigan against the blue and white of the dress. Beautiful!

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  108. Andrea says:

    I love everything about this look! So jealous that you can go bare legged too. I'm dying for that kind of weather around here! These colors are perfect for Spring Break. http://akstylemyway.blogspot.com/

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  109. Hallie Brady says:

    That's a great look! I just bought one of those dresses from Burlington. I love their discounts and the dress looks great. I will definitely be getting a lot of use out of it.

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  110. ellaava says:

    This color combination is completely different form others… its such a awesome stylish dress you have choose for…


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