Beauty and the Muse

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I was feeling kind of down that day, but then I got a surprise package in the mail. Inside this lovely clear box with the purple bow was a golden open cuff and two sparkle bangles, one silver and one gold. I created an outfit around my gifts and they went perfectly.

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Here are the gold and silver sparkle bangles.

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And the cuff.

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I want to give a huge thanks to Marlee’s in Novi, MI for the gifts 🙂

If you want to check out some of their fabulous yet affordable statement pieces then visit them,  at:

 http://marleesstyle.com/category/7/bracelets

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And here is my entire ensemble.

Headwrap: Walmart (5 bucks!!!)

Glasses: Claire’s Accessories

Cardigan and Dress: Forever 21 Plus

Shoes: Payless

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Last year, I won a contest in Toronto and was given a $200 shopping spree by SexyPlus Boutique. I picked out this magenta colored dress by SWAK designs. It fits my wide hips and falls perfectly. I am short, so usually dresses are too short or too long.

20141025_181400So, I was at a wedding recently and paired this dress with a polka dot cardigan and a magenta colored scarf to match. It was cute yet simple.

 

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So, this one was taken at a picnic this summer. I wanted to be a little edgy so I paired the dress with pearls, a twist turban, and some killer 70’s inspired shades from Forever 21.

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Which style do you like best? And why?


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