Saturday, January 2, 2016


I shoulda coulda woulda worn a sequined outfit with crystalized tights that screamed ‘Yes Please’  to this new year's eve event and afterwards to watch fireworks outdoors at the SF Embarcadero. My daughter said 'over the top mom', ‘who cares, I was born to wear this’ I retorted jokingly. I dressed up in the sheer sparkle and glam dress, stepped out and the crisp temps said 'no uh'.


It was an insanely frigid evening. So much so it was a challenge. What was a gal to do? Look super hot and be freezing cold or be sensible, warm and chic? I made a U-turn and instead of that, I rang in the new year in this bright red draped silk skirt with a gold zipper running down the back and a blended velvet burn out top with gold zippered long sleeves.

To add an oomph and a festive factor to my look, I went for sexy stretch lace thigh high boots that were a total HIT just like these ones were here and hereThese otk boots have my heart wholly tucked away this winter, can you tell, hehe. It was still so friggin cold regardless of me being covered from my neck to my toes. The white fur coat helped keep me a tad warmer while staying chic. It was a little too late to do my makeup over to go with this second outfit, :(. Oh well.


“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” - Bruce Lee
Resolutions for 2016? It seems like yesterday when I posted about New Year here and resolutions here.  I'm not resolving to move mountains, turn water into wine or walk on water in 2016. I will however try not to waste time, especially with trivialities. I'll keep pushing, keep living and not just existing, keep loving, keep laughing and staying my happy self.

Realization though? My not so new realization is that everything, be it good, bad or ugly happens for a really good reason and sooner or later, the picture is made crystal clear and the puzzle pieces fit perfectly. The inevitable 'Aha' moment. So be of good cheer always, enjoy the positives and don't ever sweat the negatives. Keep it moving. I’m a highly intuitive being and I tend to see or feel things even before they come to pass. So much so it scares me sometimes. Some say it’s a gift.

I saw it all, felt it all, heard it all and liiiived it all in 2015. I stayed calm through all the lows for strength is borne in calmness. I’ve picked myself up from situations, dusted myself off and moved forward ever ever ever so happily might I add (dancing emoji). And... and... and... and (batting my fake lashes) I reveled (dancing emoji again, gosh I love emojis!) in my highs, enjoyed a glass of red wine good fortune cocktail to those and stayed ever so grateful.
2015, what a ride! 

"Dear God,
Thank You!
Love, Idu"

So my not so new and not so formal resolution is to keep pushing and to keep living and loving life like I’ve always done. And most importantly, to not waste time, for time is what life is made up of and I love life, darn it!

I’m so thankful to have lots and lots of genuine and really good people around me and that includes y’all. My apologies to all the wonderful brands that have reached out to collaborate with me and I haven't had time to cos being an educator is very demanding. I appreciate you believing in me though and will strive to make it work this year. Thank you all for a great 2015, cheers to an even greater 2016. Hope you pop pop popped that champagne last night, hahaa.

What are your resolutions for this New Year?

Wow, this is like my briefest post, hahahaaa. Gotta go, there’s life to be lived. And no time to be wasted, ;).

Cheers darlings, Happy New Year!



Deets
Top - Balmain x H&M (here)
Skirt - Balmain x H&M (here)
Lace Boots - Dolce & Gabbana (here)

Thanks for stopping by and keep thinking the purple thoughts, Xo.
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113 comments:

  1. This is such a heartfelt post. And no, it was not long at all! LOL!! My new year's resolutions are to be more open minded while minding my own business. Staying calm, and be hungry for more. You look so beautiful. Keep shining, ma belle!!

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  2. I'm not resolving to move mountains, turn water into wine or walk on water in 2016. I will however try not to waste time, especially with trivialities. I'll keep pushing, keep living and not just existing, keep loving, keep laughing and staying my happy self.

    This caught my attention Idu and with joy in my heart I welcome you to 2016 your year of Outpouring!!
    congratulation!!

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  3. Gorgeous and elegant look. Have a prosperous new year, best wishes!

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  4. Sensible choice, but no less eye catching than the sequin dress would have been, I assume. Time is precious, so not waisting it is a necessity. Have a Happy and Blessed 2016!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  5. Woow ... I'm super speechless! You look amazing, everything is so perfect on you!!! I love your top and skirt and gold accesories :-)

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  6. You look gorgeous as always! Happy NY!!

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  7. Idu, you are intuitive... what a great outlook on life that you have... I know what you mean about those aha monents... sometimes the take a loooong time to come but they always come... I'm incredibly thrilled that you and I have met through blogging... I hope to get to know you even better in 2016 (* insert kissy emojis... I LOVE emojis too)

    You look beautiful as always and wow to the lace thigh high boots ♡♡♡

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  8. Great post, girlie!! No time for trivialities indeed, immaturity and stupidity. Lol!!
    You surely werked it on NYE. Everything on point! Cheers to a happy new year. :)

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  9. Beautiful great New Year Resolution. I usually do not make any.

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  10. Absoutely adorable style, I love it. Thank you for sharing, you look fabulous. All THE BEST 2016 !!!

    xxx

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  11. Happy New Year! Keeping it fierce in 2016!

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  12. What a eonderful lady!
    Love so much your look Idu, Amazing red skirt.
    Wish you an happy new year, kisses

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  13. You look fabulous, love this style.
    Happy new year.
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  14. you look spectacular Idu!!!!! That outfit is so glam and beautiful...and so you. I love the red skirt...and your purple dominated make up creates a wonderful contrast with this black and red look and adds an additional dimension to this look.

    I loved your text...that quote by Bruce Lee is very inspiring! I do agree that we should be careful on what we spend our time.

    xoxo

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  15. you look absolutely gorgeous in this outfit Idu. Happy new year!
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  16. You're definitely stepping into 2016 in fine style lady! The chillier temps always seem to present a fashion challenge but I think you handled it well. Here's to a wonderful new year! I'm not one for resolutions but I like to look ahead and make each year better than the last :)

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  17. Your make up is stunning! Happy new year! I wish all the best dear! kisses

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  18. Your outfit is so amazing!! It's so chic and definitely festive!! That top is to die for and there are only a few people that can pull off those lace otk boots and you wore it so well! Haha I wanted to wear all sequin and sparkly too for the New Year's and our plans all seemed so last minute that I didn't really have the time to put together the sparkly outfit! Will have to plan better next year! I live close to San Francisco which is northern Cali and it sure does get frigid at night during this time of the year! :) But the best part of it is being able to rock the thicker , heavier coats during this season. Such a great post!! Happy New Year!!

    xo
    Ro
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  19. I love every single item you are wearing. From your gorgeous face to those fab boots. You are just Awesome!!!

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  20. Look maravilhoso arrasou, 2016 seja de realizações sucesso em o nome de Jesus
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  21. Thank you very much for your sweet comment! I would love to have your lace boots. Happy New Year! xoxo

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  22. I lol reading this "I shoulda coulda woulda worn a sequined outfit with crystalized tights that screamed ‘Yes Please’ to this new year's eve event and afterwards to watch fireworks outdoors at the SF Embarcadero. My daughter said 'over the top mom' and I responded ‘who cares, I was born to wear this’ I retorted jokingly" .... i agree with you tho, life is short so live in the moment and wear what you want!!!
    love the look, those are the perfect shoes to bring in the new year if i say so myself xx :) lovejoystyles.com

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  23. Hello,

    Amazing look ! :D

    Sarah, http://www.sarahmodeee.com/

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  24. you look stunning. happy new year
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  25. This outfit is amazing dear!! You look stunning!

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  26. Hi sweetie, you are always chic!!
    Happy new year!!
    XX
    Chiara
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  27. Amazing look!!!my best wishes to you , happy new year!!!

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  28. Me quedé con las ganas de esa falda!!! Espectacular look, las medias de encaje son maravillosas!
    Feliz Año guapísima, Emi

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  29. You look amazing dear!

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  30. Wow! Love your look especially the lace boots! I wish you well on your 2016 goals!

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  31. Happy New Year, Idu!
    I love that Bruce Lee quote, I try to live by it!
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  32. I say you've made an excellent choice doing a 180 and opting for this outfit! Those boots are amazing! :)

    Not wasting time is great resolution! My resolution is to find a healthier balance between work and personal life. And to really pursue the things that make me happy.. instead of doing certain things that on second review are not essential or as rewarding as I thought. :)

    Have a great 2016! :)

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  33. I love how your daughter voiced her opinion on your outfit! You look stunning. You really do dress so fierce, there just has to be a strong personality behind those strong clothes! I adore Balmain too, a dream of mine is to visit the showrooms in Paris and get an entire wardrobe.
    I agree that everything happens for a reason and I believe that we learn lessons in life events, whether they be good or bad. Once we have our lesson learned that event wont happen again for us X

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  34. Love your post, great content!
    Happy New Year!! Wish you and your loved ones all the best!
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  35. you always look amazing my dear! love this outfit!

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  36. What a stunning skirt and I love the purple lip! I found your blog through a link up and would love you to pop over and add this post to my link up if you get a chance. I think my readers would really like your style!

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  37. Idu you look A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !!!!! Totally in love with every single detail. Beautiful post, girl. I don't do New Years resolutions. I am that kinda gal who does the things she wanna change asap. Like you said, life's too short to be wasted. Happy 2016!!
    kisses, darling
    Lenya
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  38. Happy New Year Idu! Life is too short to have regrets. wishing love, happiness, success and good health.

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  39. You are stunning also on NYE Idu! I like always your original, creative and elegant sense of style! I wish you a very happy 2016. Kisses from Italy and thank you for your visit,
    Eni

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  40. Glam fairy!! Oh lala. Red, white and black. Such a regular combinationation. But nothing ever looks regular on the fashion fairy!! This just looks fashionably Idu!!!!

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  41. You always have the most fabulous looks dear that only you can pull off.
    I love it.
    Wishing to see more in 2016

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  42. Happy New Year!!! You selected a perfect outfit for New Years, you look absolutely fabulous xo
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  43. Wow stunning look. Love everything you wear Idu. The outfit was worth to brave the cold :) I don't have any resolutions this year. They never work. Wish you a happy New Year sweetheart!

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  44. What a glamorous and fantastic outfit, Idu ! I think you made the right choice, you looked amazing ! Love your makeup also ! My resolution is also not to waste time with things and people that don't deserve it ! Kisses and happy new year beautiful lady !

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  45. I completely agree with you that everything happens for a reason. Your outfit is absolutely amazing, especially the boots. I have to say that when I first saw the photos, I though you were wearing laced tights.

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  46. You look so classy! The boots are absolutely marvellous! Happy New Year, honey <3 (looks like I commented in the wrong place earlier)

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  47. Your look is really gorgeous!
    Happy New Year!
    Angela Donava
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  48. really sleek, chic and unique, those lace otk boots are to die for, babe
    kisses
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  49. Absolutely great! Happy 2016!


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  50. Your spirit is so beautiful! I love that about you! You live life to the fullest and that is what is meant to be. More people need to learn to do that. Stunning outfit and that bow clutch is the cutest. Happy 2016!
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  51. I would have never thought about pairing those shoes with the similar looking top, but they make a great combination! Such a great look!

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  52. Happy new year! You sure own this look. Im here for those boots, you look wonderful. No time to waste for sure! Lets make 2016 a great one.
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  53. You look absolutely amazing!!!! 2016 Looks good on you girl haha! I love the lace detailing and the pop of red. I just love how you paired all of these textures together in such a classy way! Happy New Year!!!

    Jasmine :)
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  54. Only you can always pull such great looks doll I just the whole combination . The boots were a major highlight in this post!
    Wish you a great year of Blogging and all the fun.
    Enjoy your new week
    x

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  55. Nice shoes and sunglasses :)
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  56. nice post as usual :)

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  57. What a beautifully written post, Idu and a heart felt one too. You look fabulous as always and mama, you rock that skirt!

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  58. beautiful look!

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  59. I agree with you so much. Don't sweat the small stuff and live your life. You'll have many more fulfilling memories this way. Love your top by the way!

    -M
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  60. You look amazing! I adore those lace boots. Yummy!And that make up. Holy Hannah! Smokin' hot girl. Love tour upbeat attitude. I am so with you. A positive attitude can get you through the toughest times. Wishing you a happy new year.

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  61. Have a happy New Year lovely Idu <3
    Love,
    Nilu Yuleena Thapa
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  62. WOWWWWWW!!!!! YOU LOOK SUPER SUPER FABULOUS Idu! breath-taking post as always...

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  63. every time I run out of words to your look fantastic

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  64. I think you have made the right choice! I like your elegant and stylish NY's eve outfit with just enough shine on it :)

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  65. I'm not too sure why I've not guessed this before, but you're a MUM?! Oh, if only my mum were as fashionable as you, Idu! (She's absolutely adorable, though, haha!)

    I'm never one to dress for weather, so it's definitely looking killer on a party night for me. I also NEED to see your tights collection because those are INSANE. You look SO good!

    I love your resolution; you're perhaps the first one I've come across to stick to your previous mentality and put a "keep on" in there. Keep on living and loving life, Idu, i'll be here to read your adventures in 2016.

    Cheers!

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  66. I think the most resolution of me is to 'think before speak' I always think fast, speak fast, and sometimes it is not the best idea in communicating with others. Love your look!

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  67. Hello, gorgeous! I wish you all the best in the new year! Be healthy, happy and inspired! As always you are fantastic!
    xx
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  68. so beautiful,you look fabulous
    Wish you a happy and prosperous 2016

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  69. Looking phenomenal as ever!
    Happy New Year, Idu darling! May your 2016 be decorated with sweet memories, wonderful days and memorable nights. Have a great year ahead!

    xoxo Ira
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  70. I'm agreed so much about not wasting your time! You look fabulous

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  71. Oll I want for Christmas are dose boots ��.. Lol... Waoooooooo.. I totally love this look darling.. Perfection as usual!

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  72. Definitely a good choice for new years! That draped red skirt is so lovely and how amazing are those lace boots! Wow! You are so right I think everything happens for a reason.

    Rebecca
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  73. I love how you subtly include bible verses in this post. We seem to have a lot in common. I also have great foresight and sometimes my sisters are a bit worried if I pull out of an event because they think something is going to happen. I just sense or like you say feel it even before it happens. I totally agree with not wasting time as time seems to be flashing past before our very eyes. Love you outfit so much. I have never owned a thigh high boot but you have inspired me to get one soon. Your posts breath genuity dear Idu. Stay blessed. xo

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  74. This look is BEAUTIFUL. I absolutely love your top! Wonderful choice for New Year's :)

    Best,
    Christina

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  75. Oh my those boots are a dream! Thank You so much for linking up with this gorgeous look. You can never be over the top because you are a true diva my friend. The drape skirt is the perfect red and the white fur the ideal complement. Fantastic! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose fashion blog

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  76. Good thoughts that you've posted here Idu. I'm wishing you a great and most prosperous New Year. This outfit is fabulous indeed. Thanks for the inspiring post, lovely! <3
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  77. First of all, dear, thank you so much for sharing such a beuatiful quote by Bruce Lee. It's truly motivating! As for the outfit, wow, you look stunning, the Balmain items bring a cool drama to the outfit, I love it!
    Have a happy New Year, gorgeous!!

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  78. i love this style so much..high-powered...

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  79. I know the S.F. weather can be pretty icy! Maybe this look was meant to be because it was a marvelous choice. Love your attitude and feel the same way, time is so precious. I think of it always and try to give life my best everyday. May this year be even more fabulous for you!

    Much Love,
    Tania
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  80. Oh darling! I'm in love with the lace boots!! And I love this post :)


    A lot of kisses and I wish you a great New Year!!!!!!!!!

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  81. This is such a fabulous look! The quote was very inspirational thanks for sharing <3

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  82. This look is breathtaking. You look gorgeous!!!
    xx

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  83. The red mini skirt was a great choice ;)

    Happy New Year!!!

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  84. Gosh you ooze style all over you. Happy new year to you too and your family. Haha I guess you made the right choice as the end of the day and you glad you had a ball at the event. Time is so not in our favour and we should spend It with the we people we love and the things we love also. Taking out toxic and negative energy out oh I must say we should have left it all in 2015 before stepping into 2016. I haven't made any particular resolution well I never do but I am working ceasing every moment and be thankful for each passing day and live not just exist in a world that I was created to be great and be happy by God so I owe myself that. You look glam glam glam as always. Take care

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  85. Hey Idu you look amazing, my dear! Those boots are ultra FIYAH! I love how you play around and mix textures. I would never think to pair a purple lip with a red skirt but it looks good. I have also seen you do it numerous times before, not matching makeup to looks and it looks FABULOUS! Happy New Year, my blogger friend and all the best!

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  86. Amazing !! you look great :)
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  87. Idu, you are a fashion GODDESS! I love the quote from Bruce Lee, and it's so true. 2015 was such a turbulent year for me as well, but I'm excited for 2016. Whatever the year will bring, I hope everything will go well. Good luck Idu! <3

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  88. You look magical...love this. Happy weekend x

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  89. I love your style! Amazing outfit:)
    kisses

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  90. guuuuurl you look so great in this look! I love the entire get up and your makeup skills are so on point! I love your resolutions, simple! :D
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  91. All details of your look is perfect! Nothing to add but happy NY and keep smiling, innovative, inspirational like you are it seems all the time.
    kiss, Silvy

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  92. You look amazing dear!

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  93. U look just fabulous, the entire outfit is so fun and full of colors. Lovely post dear! Have a great weekend! xx

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  94. You look fabulous! Great look.

    xo
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  95. Mine o mine...you are living the good life.*cheers to greater days ahead*.
    Nice outfit....slay on.

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  96. Great post !!!Happy weekend , I wait for my blog!!!

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  97. have a nice weekend!

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  98. elegant, chic and super sexy
    love that skirt
    happy weekend
    fashion blogger
    kiss

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  99. You are a true fasionista, Love your style.
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  100. Very pretty and elegant. I really love your sens of style :)

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  101. Wow! This edition is so wonderful! Looking stunning baby! That top is awesome!
    It goes so well with those hot tights. Unique skirt, love it exclusive fabric.
    Very original and interesting combo, you rock pretty ;-)
    Lots of kisses in New 2016 <3

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