Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Words I Thought I'd Never Say (and a giveaway!!!)

I'm about to type five words that I never thought I'd say.  Ever.  Ever Ever.  Never ever ever.

I love my denim vest.

It's true.  I'm not ashamed.

Do I look like I belong in an Eighties rock band?  Maybe.

Do I care? Nope.  :)

I had been pondering a denim vest for a long time - my love affair with my denim jacket (which is ON SALE and in stock AND ships for FREE!!!) runs DEEP - but my only dilemma in the summer is that it can be hot.  The denim vest seemed like the perfect solution and so far it hasn't disappointed.  I LOVE me a maxi dress and I love wearing them to school (hello, easy outfit!), but since I'm not sure strapless is appropriate attire to teach algebraic equations in, I always layer with a cardigan or denim jacket.  It's approximately 6000 degrees when I start back to school in August, so this will be PERFECT over a maxi!


This black maxi is from Hippie Chick and I love the hi-lo detail.  It's super comfy, looks great with sandals - but I also see myself throwing on a thicker scarf and boots and wearing this into the "Fall".  I used quotation marks because "Fall" in Texas is 85 degrees :)

P.S. - Like all serious style bloggers - I was snapping selfies with my iPhone in my streaky mirror in my poorly lit bedroom. hahaha  #goodthingimnotastyleblogger #orserious

Since I see myself wearing my vest over a maxi A LOT I wanted to show another option that could carry y'all through Fall and/or Winter. 

Skinny mustard cords (sorry! I couldn't find anything similar!), white layering tees, similar denim vest, multicolored scarf and burgundy TOMS booties.

At this point, my boys were pouring sand all over each others heads in the sandbox out back - I went outside and threatened them with having to come inside and snapped another pic. hahaha

Last outfit is white linen pants, an Anthropologie tunic and my FAVORITE SCARF EVER.  The vest is totally unnecessary to this outfit, but I love layering - so therefore it's a must.


You should also know that I'll be sporting this denim vest with my "fancy pants" as well.  I totally get that "fancy pants" aren't everyone's cup of tea... but if they are, a denim vest wold look totally adorable with them.

Want a "behind the selfie" pic??? 
Two VERY sandy little boys and a pile of wet laundry :)

What would I wear with all of the outfits above???  A big 'ol stack of bangles!
Ariele at Hippie Chick sent me a picture last week of the new HMWillow bangles she just got in and I immediately ran over to her house to pick mine out.  :)

I settled on the small white stones and big pink and it was love at first sight :)

Then I went back for the turquoise. hahaha

I love love love them mixed in with a few of my other bangles...

And look how fun just one looks mixed in (yes... I look like I'm 12, but my hands look like I'm 82 - hahaha)

 
So here's the exciting news.... see that one stacked on top?!?!?!  I'm giving it away!!!  Enter below and the winner's bracelet will be sent out on Saturday morning! SO FUN!!!

So... would you rock a denim vest?  Do you have one still stuck in your closet from the eighties?  Do you have any brilliant outfit ideas involving a denim vest? I can't wait to hear!


Random Griffin pic just because I feel like yesterday and today have been lacking in the cuteness department :)  Tomorrow we're back to regularly scheduled programming - lots of pictures of my kids and LOTS of crafting.  Seriously - we've been craft crazy and I can't wait to share what we've been up to.

Happy Hump Day, friends!!!


149 comments:

  1. The vest looks amazing with mustard skinnies!
    Those bangles are gorgeous and unique!!
    www.floralandfudge.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much, girly!!! Can't wait for Fall :)

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  2. You look fabulous in that vest girl! Seriously, it is like 80s perfection!! And those bracelets...I need all of them :).

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  3. I just started following your blog and I love it!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kimberly! Glad you're reading!!! :)

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  4. Love reading your blog each morning!!

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  5. Ok--I am KINDA obsessed with the mustard pants outfit! So much so that I am already craving Fall! Love!!

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    1. Hahaha. Once July 4th hits I am OVER summer. :)

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  6. Ummm so cute! And you are the queen of layering!

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    1. Thanks, girly!!! I'll take that title any day! :)

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  7. Always love your style!! And your blog :)
    ~Julie

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  8. I love the denim vest in all of your outfits!! I think it will be a must have for me!!!!!

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    1. You'd be surprised at how much you'll wear it!

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  9. Love seeing how you styled the denim vest! It gave me ideas for how to wear the one I bought a few weeks ago and haven't worn yet. ;) It would be so fun to win a bracelet!

    Amy
    littlebitsofourlife.blogspot.com

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  10. I love your denim vest looks!! I think I need one-like you I wear my denim jacket religiously-but in lower Alabama--it's super hot and humid!! This would be perfect for school! and I hope I win that bracelet because I'm obsessed!

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    1. YAY! I am addicted to my denim jacket - but I promise - this is the perfect "hot weather alternative" :)

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  11. LOL on the 80 year old hands- I have the same problem! Do Toms ever go on sale?

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    1. Glad I'm not alone! Occasionally I'll find them on sale at Nordstroms or the TOMS site. Also - you might hit up your local Nordstrom Rack if you have one close by (or check Nordstrom Rack online!)

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  12. LOVE those bangles! I bought a denim vest earlier this year and I'm always looking for more ways to wear it-thanks!

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  13. You always look so cute!! I've been seeing these bracelets on Hippie Chick's FB page...they look interesting :) Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

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    1. Hopefully it's good interesting :) hahaha And thank you so much for the sweet compliment!

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  14. Ok, now you have for me really starting to love the denim vest too!! It is precious!!!

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  15. Love the vest!!.. and those bracelets!!

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  16. Love those bangles! I just recently bought a denim vest--so thanks for the great outfit ideas!

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  17. I have a denim jacket from the 80's in my closet. I tried it, but it's not the current style. My husband says I look like I belong on 90210. Ha! Wish I had the vest, though. It looks amazing on you! Love your style. Have a great week :)

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  18. The bracelets you chose are beautiful, and of course, I hope I'm lucky enough to win. :) Griffin is so adorable, and I love seeing the pictures you post of your kiddos!

    Katherine (Kathy) Lang
    katsam02@yahoo.com

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  19. Love LOVE my must have denim jacket, and now I'm loving the denim vest too! (I'm starting to dabble in palazzo pants as well, thanks to you! Can't wait to wear them teaching and feel like I'm in my Jammie's!)

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  20. I read your blog everyday and love hearing about all your craft and food ideas!

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  21. I love all of your looks with the denim vest! I don't know if I could pull it off but I do love my denim jacket. I also love the bracelets, especially in turquoise. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. Love the bracelet and the VEST looks awesome transitioning into fall!!

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  23. Love the bracelets, but love the "free" spirit you have more! I can see why you and Erika are friends!!

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  24. Cute bracelets! Hope I win!

    Rachel

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  25. I LOVE all of those cute bracelets!!! Especially the turquoise!

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  26. I love the denim vest, but I just don't see how I could stand wearing it in the heat and humidity we have during Virginia summers {I'm think the same thing about summer scarves, but I think they look so stinkin cute}! Seriously, how do you pull it off without burning up?? But, I could totally see wearing it all the rest of the year! Those bangles are adorable!! LOVE them! :-)

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  27. I love my denim vest too!! I have 2 of them!! Love your blog and look forward to it every morning :)

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  28. LOVE your blog, and would love a bangle!! Thanks!

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  29. Love the bracelets and the mustard skinnies

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  30. Love your blog and seeing pictures of your sweet family!!

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  31. Your fall/winter outfit is fabulous!!

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  32. You look darling in your maxi dresses. I always think they will be too hot, but if you can wear them in Texas heat, I may need to try!

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    1. I hate to show my age because I am pretty sure you are like 6-8yrs younger than I am. However, I rocked a denim vest in junior and high school! I was such a pimp! Back then it was long flowery dresses, and we did not call them maxis! I am having a hard time bringing stuff back from the 80's but I see it everywhere!

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  33. I just recently found your blog and I love it!!

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  34. I love your blog!!! Even if I don't open my bloglovin account, I always come to your blog. EVERY DAY! I feel like I have learned so much from you. I also love those bangles!!! :)

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  35. Love the vest! Thinking I need to find one before our trip!

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  36. I also love a denim vest! Looks great with all your outfits!
    I also love those bangles! Super cute!
    Have a blessed day! :-)

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  37. thanks for sharing. i love the denim vest, just haven't found the right one yet.

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  38. My teen daughter has a denim vest and she loves it. I need to show her your ideas for styling yours. I absolutely love the bangle bracelets! LOVE!

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  39. gorgeous bracelet! would be perfect for all of the weddings I will be attending this summer!

    Melissa Giangrosso

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  40. I knew I should have kept my vest back in the 90's! HA
    Super cute jewels too!

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  41. I recently bought a denim vest & I love wearing it, too!!!

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  42. can't see myself rockin' the denim vest, but i LOVE those bangles!

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  43. Those are beautiful! I love to stack my bangles like that :)

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  44. You do the vest and scarves so well. I have a vest but haven't worn it much this summer. I hope to pull it out more in the fall. I am very hot natured.

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  45. I just might have to give in to buying a denim vest after seeing all your cute outfits ☺

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  46. I love your blog, love seeing your kids and seriously love your style. I just had my 3rd baby in 4 years and I'm ready to get out of maternity clothes. You give me such great ideas!

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  47. Happy Wednesday!

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  48. You are rocking that denim vest, love it on you and especially love it in the outfit with the white linen pants!!! And those bangles are awesome!!!

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  49. I love your posts! I ALSO have old lady hands! HA!

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  50. I must get a denim vest! It looks super cute with all of your outfits! And that bracelet is great! Would love to win!
    Of course I love to see pics of G all the time! So Cute!

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  51. You seriously rock a denim vest!
    Pretty sure my sister still has hers from her high school 80s days. I'm gonna raid her closet for it!

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  52. I have been eyeing those bangles...so adorable!!! And now I'm pretty sure I want a denim vest! Like you said, great for layering over a dress when it's too hot for a denim jacket! :)

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  53. Andrea, you are too cute - I love how you keep it real on your blog!:) I just found your blog recently, but am really enjoying keeping up with you and your adorable kiddos:) Also, those bracelets are amazing. I love them all!

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  54. Those bangles are so FUN! I can't rock a denim vest (I need vests that are cut longer, dang it) but you look FAB in yours! :)

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  55. I love the bracelets!! Hope I win!

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  56. Love the bangles!! Would love to win!

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  57. I love your blogs and seeing pics of your cute kids and cute outfits!

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  58. The vest is awesome, and I'm LOVING the bracelets!

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  59. You always look so "put together" in all of your photos. I love the pictures of your children, and THE STORES!! SO FUNNY!!

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  60. Love your blog!! And really cute bangles

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  61. Just bought the denim jacket! Happy early birthday present to me :)

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  62. Love your blog and your style. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of those cute bracelets!

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  63. Such a generous giveaway, thank you!!

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  64. You may have me swayed to the denim vest side!!

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  65. Love the vest!! You rock it well!

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  66. Loving the bracelets and I'm considering the vest. Seems like it goes with everything

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  67. Darn you I just ordered the denim jacket from zappos, I'm gonna be in so much trouble with all the clothes I've ordered in the last 2 days and shoot the Nordstrom sale starts Thursday!!! ;)

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  68. I look like I am 20 & my hands are 80 also!!!! Good genes - bad hands! LOL!

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  69. i love the denim vest and those bracelets! I am totally a bracelet girl! I love your blog too...your fresh take on life and always keeping it real is so refreshing. I had tried to start a blog years ago but just never really stuck with it or made the time for it. I love reading blogs though...from fashion to foodie to general life blogs!

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  70. I enjoy waking up everyday to your blog, except "weekends":)....Andrea you inspire me in so many ways...your littles ones are so precious....

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  71. I need some new bracelets in my life!

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  72. Totes loving the bangles, and your blog!! You keep it real, and the kiddos are precious!! Makes my day!

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  73. Your style is adorable! I love these fun bracelets to stack, too. :) Happy Wednesday!

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  74. LOVE those bangles!!!

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  75. You are rocking that denim vest!!! I am not sure I can though!

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  76. I wear a denim vest over maxis to work all the time. They are just too bare without something!

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  77. Love those bangles a lot!! You look adorable in the denim vest ... I'm not sure I could pull it off but would definitely want to try it on after seeing those pics! (I tried to comment earlier and I don't think it went through ... but if I left two on accident I'm sorry!!)

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  78. oh my goodness! please pick me!

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  79. I'm not sure I can pull off the denim vest, but I love it on you!

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  80. I love your style! Finally bought that anthropologie scarf you've been showcasing on super sale yesterday!

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  81. Your blog is my new fav! Adorable' like you!!! :)

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  82. Love those bangles! And I can't wait to get some fancy pants for this fall :)

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  83. Just started reading your blog.... One of my new favorites

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  84. Your blog is my favorite!! Your kids are soooo cute and you are so relatable :)

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  85. Hauling out my vest now. Can't find the bangles on the site?

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  86. Ok I am seriously considering buying a denim vest now!!! Never thought I would say that but you make it look too cute! The bangles are awesome, too!

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  87. I love your blog! You and your family are just precious!!!! I'm a high school teacher, I have two boys and a girl and I love all things fun and fashionable and most of all, Jesus!!!❤ Thanks for brightening my days with your blog:)

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  88. Love the vest and the bracelets!!

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  89. You have the CUTEST children! As for the "I look 12," I'm 23 and still get asked if I want a children's menu!

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  90. I love those bracelets and I love your blog!
    Kristin Cramer

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  91. I love those bangles and your blog! Keep on rockin' that denim vest. :)
    K. Cramer

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  92. I love love love how you layered the denim vest in so many ways!! ...my fav was with the mustard skinny cords!! Ahhh!! Amaze!!

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  93. i'm currently looking for the perfect denim vest. thanks for the outfit ideas!

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  94. Hooray for bangles and denim vests!

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  95. Let me just say... Griffin is the cutest ever... How adorable if you could find a matching denim vest for her...

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  96. I love you style choices! Looks fabulous!

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  97. Love all the bracelets! Super stylish with your outfit! I think you need to do a blog on how to wear/style the "fancy pants." (Or tell shaeffer to!) haha!
    Danielle

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  98. Love the bangles.

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  99. I love the vest! Great idea to pair with strapless maxi. LOVE your bracelets!

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  100. I so enjoy your blog! The tortoise version of the bracelet on Hippie Chick's website is really versatile looking, but I like the fun colors you were wearing, too.

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  101. Love the vest and the bangles! You are the cutest!

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  102. Of course, I totally want that bracelet, and I think that you rock your 80's Hair Band vest! Now, I want one too! Loved all of the outfit combos!!

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  103. Loving your blog! You have a beautiful family.

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  104. I love your style.. Love the bracelet..

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  105. I just recently started following your blog and am so glad. You are such an inspiration!!

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  106. LOVE LOVE LOVE the bangles! Thanks for having the giveaway!

    Mandi
    Best Little Moore House in Texas

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  107. Cute vest! My teenage daughter is very modest in her dress so I got her one to wear over dresses and things with spaghetti straps. She loves hers too! Maybe I need my own. :)

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  108. Love the bracelets. Thank you for sharing about them!

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  109. Beautiful bracelets! Thank you for sharing about them!

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  110. Love the bracelets! Thank you for sharing them!

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  111. I love the Pink, White and Turquoise Bangle color combo! <3

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  112. I think I need to get a denim vest! I never thought I would like it, but you totally rock it and look amazing in yours!

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  113. Ahhh I love the vest and the bracelets and your blog!!!

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  114. I love the bracelets and the vest!

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  115. Love your blog!!... and love the bracelets!!

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  116. Love reading your blog - you are such a fun Momma! And I love those bracelets - you have fabulous style!

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  117. I think I own 2 bracelets...but I feel like it's a trend I need in on ASAP!!

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