Fire Music Friday: Leรณn Bridges’ “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand”ย 

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Hello and happy Friyay! Welcome to my new series, Fire Music Friday. If you haven’t realized it yet, I’m heavily into music. If I haven’t told you and you’re not psychic, I do apologize. I’d like to start integrating all of my interests into my blog and therefore create more of a true magazine vibe. If you’re new to my blog thanks for stopping by! Let me know what artist you’d like me to cover next in the comments. 

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If you like classic soul and R&B music and you haven’t heard of Leon Bridges, first of all…where have you been, under a rock?! Also, just go listen to him now. You won’t be disappointed. His new single, “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand” has me swaying and swooning almost as hard as the first time I heard Otis Redding’s Try a Little Tenderness or I’ve Been Loving You Too Long, two of my all time favorites. 

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The groovy and scintillating break up song is one of both lament and happiness, for what could’ve been and for what was. After all, those wise words almost turned clichรฉ are true:


“‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.” 

Alfred Lord Tennyson

The single off of Bridges’ LP
Good Thing suggests the obvious sadness surrounding the occasion of saying goodbye, yet a bittersweetness hangs over the tune. It discusses those romances that don’t survive due to bad timing or the wrong circumstances, those sometimes too sweet for our own good. 

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I think you know
You’re everything, you’re beautiful
But my life is fast, can’t make it slow
We’re here right now
Kiss me before I go, but you got to let me go” “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand” by Leon Bridges

 Those words are so powerful and I feel the pain in leaving someone you actually like behind the crooning vocals and expert instrumentation. It also somehow manages to be sexy and danceable as well, a triumph for a break up song in my opinion. 

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This trend in music is something I’ve been enjoying lately. The groovy breakup song theme also exists in Tame Impala’s “The Less I Know the Better” another recent favorite of mine.

As noted in Pitchfork’s review by Marc Hogan, 

“The track is a swooning ballad, with delicate orchestration out of the 1970s Chicago or Philadelphia molds, and his vocals rise to a tender falsetto reminiscent of Smokey Robinson…”

-Marc Hogan (pitchfork.com)

Due to obvious comparisons to 60s Soul and R&b giants Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, some have criticized Bridges for not using his platform for greater good. I say, those people don’t understand the plight of the artist trying to get his first big break and Grammy. 

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Yes, he’s received moderate acclaim for his expertly made 2015 debut album Coming Home, a Grammy nod and he performed on Saturday Night Live and on the opening slot of Harry Styles’ tour, but this is still an artist in the beginning stages of his career. 

After all, the Beatles’ first hits were cheery boy-band-ish pop tunes and they had little to do with the political statements their music made in their late and great years, both as a band and as individuals. It’s clear what levels of musical greatness they were capable of reaching, given time. I’m sure any artist would like to gain traction before experimentation both musically and in political messages ensues. Still, there’s nothing wrong with good pop songs about love, and I’m here for them all day.

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I hear the beginnings of a political stance in Bad Bad News, in which Leon insinuates that some people didn’t expect much from him, but he insists on proving those people wrong:

“Let me come through (Let me come through)
Iโ€™m tired being in the back (Aight)
Iโ€™m just tryna move up front
A lil more of this, a lil less of that, yeah

They tell me I was born to lose
But I made a good good thing out of bad bad news” Bad Bad News by Leon Bridges 

This and ‘Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand’  comprise upcoming LP Good Thing. 

I couldn’t be more excited, and can’t wait to listen to these songs all spring and summer long and beyond! 


Wet n Wild Au Naturel Palette Review

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Hello beauties! I hope your summer is fabulous so far and all that you’d hoped for. I’ve been spending a little too much time perusing the makeup aisles at the drugstore and therefore spending a little too much on makeup. Thank you makeup vloggers who get me to buy everything you tell me to! (I still love you) ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ’„

When I saw the Wet n Wild Au Naturel palette at my local Drugstore I thought, “At that price how could I go wrong?” Plus I had Extra Bucks at CVS so I mean…๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

I’m certainly glad with my purchase although I am partial to warm tones and this palette contains several colors with cool and neutral undertones. Regardless, for the price, quality, pigmentation & blendability, it is definitely worth purchasing.

I did a mauvey smoky eye with it easily in under 15 mins. 

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As a base I used color #1 as shown above. In the crease I used #7. To deepen the crease I used #8. To highlight the brow bone I used the lightest shimmer shade in Wet n Wild’s Comfort Zone palette. (shown below) On the entire lid I used #2 & #6 from this palette.

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For foundation I used Wet n Wild’s Photo Focus foundation. For highlight & blush I Used Elf’s Santa Lucia palette. The lipstick I’m wearing is Nyx’s Lip Lingerie in Bustier. (Shown below) If you have any questions, leave me a comment!

Overall I love pink & mauvey tones, so I was not dissappointed. My only criticism is I wish there were a few more matte shades / crease shades. I give it a 9 out of 10. 

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Hope you enjoyed this review!

What are your thoughts? Have you bought this palette? Would you? 

Love,

Maggie in the Moon

Finding Yourself in a World of Options (Fashion & Otherwise) // Shoes I Can’t Wait to Wear This Spring

Boho, Boots, Career wear, Culture, Date, Denim, Design, Dress, Dresses, Dressy, fashion, Fashion design, interview, Jeans, life, shoes, Shopping, spring, style, Uncategorized

Kick-ass Chloe boots from a few seasons ago. Hands down one of my favorite fashion companies ever.

Finding yourself can be like finding the right shoes; oftentimes long-winded and at least a little painful. It can take years.

It’s always worth it though. There’s nothing like stepping into the right pair of shoes or knowing who you are and what you want. In light of yesterday’s holiday, dedicated to womankind, this post is dedicated to why and how you should pursue whatever you want.

Jeffrey Cambell x Anthropologie. I need these in my life.

It took me years to realize it’s okay and cute to wear comfortable shoes. Don’t get me wrong, I love my towering sexy heels as much as the next fashion-junkie girl. I love my Vikky Soft Pumas maybe just as much though. 

Heaven on your feet & equally cute. Obsessed with this color.

I spent my high school years thinking I had to wear flats or Converse or inexplicably painful sandals almost every day and have the blister scars to prove it. On the other days I’d wear Keds or Vans. Thank God, otherwise the bone on my foot which protrudes would probably be worse off.

If you forgot to get me a birthday present, I’ll take these in an 8 or 8.5 please.

I feel like we as women put ourselves through the hoops to be some better version of ourselves and will stop at nothing. In high school we need to fit into a specific category and be zitless and never boyfriendless. At least that’s how I felt. In college we drink ourselves into oblivion and forge friendships based on shared goals of pushing the boundaries of whatever we couldn’t do in high school. At least, that’s what I did, in addition to really liking college and my classes. (Honestly). After that, we still try to emulate Instagram makeup and hold ourselves to some degree of presentability if we want to retain any hope of making a living and being a contributing member of society.

Free People. Presentable for work yet cute enough to go out.

At every stage in our lives as women we must find our way amongst categories and expectations, career-wise, socially, and yes, even within the realm of fashion. As a teenager, I looked ridiculous some days, and others I could pass for a model in some cool zine. I don’t regret looking ridiculous though. I was finding my voice, my identity, and my fashion sense.

Erdem. Seriously? How can you not be a shoe addict with so many gorgeous options?

I have realized that I need creativity and freedom in my life and I also need comfortable sneakers. To paraphrase Eva Longoria, in college I didn’t know what I want to do for the rest of my life, but I knew what kind of woman I wanted to be. This interesting article/interview is about why Eva decided to get a degree in Chicana/o Studies at CSUN while doing Desperate Housewives. Loved it. That’s my alma mater.

I feel as though fashion gives us the liberty to be whoever we want. Especially during spring, anything goes. One day you can be a futuristic moon dweller, another an austere modern lady in a monochrome utilitarian outfit, and the next an ethereal bohemian princess. I love that. It lets us find play around with who we want to be until we want, and one day we discover who that person was all along. So never stop playing dress up girls. It’s more important than the world thinks. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Love you all,

Maggie

Love is In the Air

art, Date, Dress, Dresses, Dressy, fashion, Fashion design, Fashionillustration, Gift, Illustration, life, Love, Retro, style

Even though the world as we know it has been turned a little on its side as we go forward into a new year and a controversial (to say the least) presidency, I’m trying to remain grateful and feel the love that remains. Today I felt loved after receiving so many birthday wishes. I truly appreciate each one and think it’s time to plant some seeds of hope. 

I’ve been feeling a bit disenchanted the past few days. (Lack of sleep didn’t help). I started thinking of all the things I love today, including this blog, and my readers, and realized, when some things suck, you can always turn a new page. You can choose to look at things differently. That’s what I’m doing today, on my birthday.

I made this illustration to illustrate a dress a feminine, slightly kitschy retro dress I envisioned for Valentine’s Day.

Have a lovely day! ๐Ÿ’•

Maggie

Being Part of the Secret Art Show

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The illustration/painting I submitted to the Burbank Arts for All Foundation’s Secret Art Show

Hello lovely readers! I hope you have all had an amazing work week and are having an awesome start to your three day weekend! (If you’re in the US) Thank you to all the veterans who have sacrificed immensely for our freedoms.

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This past weekend, November 5th, I was thrilled and proud to be a part of the Secret Art Show in Burbank at The Burbank Studios. This event is organized by the amazing Burbank Arts for All Foundation, whose mission is to ensure art for all students in schools, a cause I have always cared about greatly. I studied to be a teacher and think the arts are an integral part of children’s development and that freedom of expression through art can change a students life.ย The foundation does such great work. Shout out to the lovely coordinator Saundra, whose dedication was the backbone of the terrific turnout Saturday and stunningly well put together, unique, and fun event. Artists from nearby studios such as Nickelodeon, students, Conan O’Brien and other celebrities, and talented artists contributed works of art, all 4 x 6″.

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I contributed to the show last year, but I wasn’t able to attend, due to work. Chris and I were so happy to get to attend the event this year and met so many talented artists, students and their teacher who donated their time and photography skills to put on a fun photo op, the DJ from Iheart Radio, and kind and tireless volunteers. The wine and appetizers were yummy!

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Thanks so much for having me! If you’d like/need an art-related gift for yourself or someone else for the holidays, you can still purchase some of the amazing art and contribute to this wonderful organization;

https://www.32auctions.com/POSTSAS2016

All the pieces are only $40.

BAFA Secret Art Show @ TBS (ยฉ Ross A. Benson)

This photo and the one below were found on MyBurbank.com & were taken by Ross A. Benson.

BAFA Secret Art Show @ TBS (ยฉ Ross A. Benson)

Live demos were provided by local artists.ย 

I love how art can bring people together and make positive changes in our community. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽจ

Feliz Dia de Los Muertos

&Tradition, Culture, Dia de los muertos, Fall, Halloween, Makeup, Uncategorized

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Happy Day of the Dead! In Mexico, November 1st is a day in which loved ones who have passed away are commemorated. My Mom is from Mexico and I always thought the sugar skulls and figurines were cute and the decorations and festivities were beautiful. I think remembering our loved ones is a wonderful idea and I had so much fun doing the sugar skull makeup above.

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I tried twice, and would like to keep trying, jusy because I think the more practice you have, the better the makeup will turn out. I don’t think it would ve socially acceptable if I walk around like this on a daily basis. So instead, I’m practicing more wearable daily looks right now.

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This was my first attempt. Honestly, this look is so easy! I know it doesn’t seem like it, and I’m not going to lie, you need at least 45 mins – 1 hr, but thr actual application is very doable. Here’s what I used;

  • Wet n Wild’s Halloween Fantasy Makers Painter’s Palette in Mesmerizing Mermaid

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  • Italia Matte Waterproof Black liquid eyeliner. (Any liquid eyeliner of this type will do).
  • Elf artistry palette

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I know a lot of bloggers & vloggers have dissed this palette, and it’s not the best I’ve ever tried, but for the price, and forย this look and a lot of simple everyday looks, it works.

  • Elf’s blush brush, crease brush, eyeshadow brush, and one that came wih their Artistry Palette.
  • Wet n Wild’s MegaSlicks Balm Stain in A Stiff Pink (only used in second look; first pic)
  • Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Best Red (only used in 1st look; pic below)
  • Flower headband by Sidecca

 

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I went for a creepier vibe for the first one, or at least I tried. ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ‘ป

 

Start by applying foundation and concealer as you normally would. I used Physicians Formula BB cream as a moisturizer, Elf’s Under Eye Concealer and Highlighter, and NYX’s Matte Not Flat foundation. Then, begin pouncing the white grease paint into your skin and apply until you have an allover ghostly shade.

Next, apply concealer on your eyes as primer. I really like the white side of Elf’s Under Eye Concealer and Highlighter for this, as well as to highlight any other white part of your face.

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Next, outline your hollow skull eyes witb the eyeliner. Use your eyebrow as a guide and draw a straight line from the inner part of the brow towards the inner corner of the eye. Do the same on the outer part dragging the line out as you normally would with a wing, except connect it to your brow. Next, fill in the entire lid and shape you made with the black face paint. Go over it with a black eyeshadow. I used the shimmery one in the Artistry Palette, but any will do.

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Proceed by contouring as you normally would with a creamy contouring makeup or bronzer, except use black, grey, or purple, as shown above by Brianna Fox. Check out her channel! The goal is to provide shading under your cheekbones, around your forehead, and anywhere else you think a skull would be hollow.

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Dulce Candy’s makeup, inspired by the character La Muerte in The Book of Life movie, also features purple contouring. Check her out too, if you haven’t already! She’s amazing.

Outline your lips and extend the line of the outer corners to create a sinister smile. You can exaggerate your lips as I did as well, for a more impactful effect. Fill in your lips with the black face paint. You can use a black lipstick if you you have one. I applied the black shimmery eyeshadow on top for a matte effect. Add teeth along the smile by drawing lines. 3-4 will do.

Then, add floral designs for the finishing touch, anywhere you want. Pinterest ย has so much inspo for this part.

Obviously the ladies whose makeup I showed above, outdid me, but I’m not a make up artist, I just love makeup, dressing up for Halloween, and having fun. You can take your look as far as you want. I did mine for a party and for handing out candy. I also was in a rush on both occasions.

Love you all and hope you had a safe and amazing Halloween! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿญ

Feliz Dia de loa Muertos! ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

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My 10 Fall/Winter Travel Essentials

Bomber jacket, Boots, Fall, fashion, shoes, Shopping, Travel

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I’m so ready for a trip somewhere with trees that actually shed during the fall and that has a real winter with snow.

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This is what fall looks like in my imagination when I’m daydreaming of traveling. Pic found on http://www.destination360.com.

I guess it’s a result of living in Southern ย California my whole life. I’m thinking Big Bear, and since my bf and I are planning a trip there, I thought it’d be the perfect time to put together a f/w trip essentials post. So here are my must haves for traveling somewhere chilly in the autumn and/or winter;

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As you can see, I am very excited for my trip and for an excuse to shop. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ‘ข

  • 1. Turtleneck / chunky sweaters. You can’t go wrong with a comfy chunky-knit turtleneck. Plus I adore this dusty rose color. It’ll keep you warm when you’re out and about roaming around town and through all of your adventures. This one is from Forever 21.

 

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  • 2. Corduroys. The ones above are also from Forever 21. I love this pine green color. They’re stretchy and comfy yet super flattering and cute.
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Photo from Levis.com

I love all of Levi’s corduroys. Comfy, cute, and flattering. ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  • 3. An anti-theft backpack. The last things you want to be thinking about are losing your things or having them stolen. Not only is it heartbreaking, but it would seriously ruin your whole trip. The Travelon anti-theft backpack is top-rated and is versatile/small enough to not be a hindrance when walking around.
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Pic from Amazon.com

 

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I’ve been into corduroy in general lately…a lot. The velvet top is by Lucky Brand & the skirt is by Celebrity Pink..$11!

 

  • ย 4. (faux) Leather jacket. I am obsessed with the one above by Free People. It’s a little pricey but durable and well made. This jacket goes with literally everything and makes any outfit instantly cuter.
  • 5. Scarf. I am a huge scarf fanatic. You should see my closet.

 

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This one above is from Urban Outfitters. They have some of my fave & most versatile scarves in my opinion.

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This adorable chunky one is from Forever 21. Throw a scarf over almost anything and add an air of chicness plus an extra layer of warmth.

  • 6. Comfy shoes. These are an absolute necessity for walking around and taking in all the sights while not hurting your feet.
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I am in love with Rhianna’s Fenty line. They’re the perfect walking around shoe for traveling since they’re comfy yet fashionable. I want them in every color.

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  • 7. Booties. These are from…you guessed it, Forever 21. They’re the perfect shade of tan and height and I love how they go with everything.
  • res_1476169737491.jpg8. Little black dress. The one above is also from Forever 21 (sorry they have too many cute things!!) and has a mock turtleneck and long sleeves so it’s perfect for fall/winter.ย I think this would be a perfect date night look.

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9. Mini versions of your fave beauty products. (Shampoo, toothpaste, foundation, perfume, etc) They’re just easier to travel with. My top 3 are Johnson & Johnson’s shampoo, Physician’s Formula BB Cream, & NYX Lip Lingerie in Teddy, which isn’t mini but would fit in your purse.

This is the best BB Cream I’ve tried so far. The coverage is great, yet it’s light and moisturizing.

10. An open mind and heart. Honestly, the best things to have when traveling aren’t things. They’re the people you love and who you’re traveling with and the willingness to have a good time and overlook the jet lag and small details that didn’t go your way. There are no perfect trips, and of course you want everything to go as planned after spending your hard-earned money but, oftentimes, spontaneity can be a good thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

That concludes my post. I hope you enjoyed it! Maybe it helped you a bit with your upcoming trip! Happy travels! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

Love,

Maggie

New Project Update; Shorts for Online Store in the Making

Beach, Boho, Cactus, Date, Denim, Design, fashion, Fashion design, Fashionillustration, Nature, Shop, Shopping, vintage

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It’s took me a while to post these, but here they are! I distressed them myself, applied patches, and personalized them. I’m into the patch trend this summer and I’m planning on stocking my Ebay and Etsy shop with more styles! I’m currently gathering supplies. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐ŸŽจ

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^Inspo for my creations! Chiara, you’re a fashion girl like no other. Thanks for being awesome.

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Asos, you never cease to provide inspo either. Love the kawaii vibes. ๐ŸŒˆ

Of course, I’m putting my own spin on these trends & I’ll be providing three styles: desert rose, kawaii cutie, and dia de los muertos.

Stay tuned loves. ๐Ÿ˜‰โœŒ๐ŸŽจโค

Fruit Salad Bow Blouse // Pussy Bow Blouse & Striped Culottes

Career wear, Design, fashion, Fashion design, Fashionillustration, Illustration, Retro, style, Summer, Uncategorized, Work wear

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I always thought workwear should be fun. Sleeveless bow/pussy bow blouses and culottes are ideal for long summer days at work. Yes some of us, including myself, have to work this summer, even though I am currently on vacation. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ…๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒˆโœˆ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿ’„๐Ÿ‘—๐Ÿ‘ก Yay!!

Ironic that I would draw a work-themed outfit on vacation, but I didn’t really plan it that way. Things happen when you’re drawing. ๐Ÿ”ฎ

I love the idea of mixing prints and of a fruit salad print. Calling all fabric makers, garment makers, and designers! Collab with me and help me make this blouse a reality! ๐Ÿน๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿˆ

PS; new update to my forthcoming offerings to my Ebay & Etsy in my next post! Yay to permanent vacay. ( I wish) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Friyay!

Maggie (in the Moon)

Summer Dresses Obsession

Dresses, fashion, Summer, Uncategorized, Weekend

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Lately I’ve been so into finding the perfect yet-to-be-discovered summer dresses! Here are my two favorites so far, both from Sidecca.

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I absolutely adore this print. The dancers are so unexpected & the green & black is such a pretty & fresh combo.

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As soon as I saw this dress I thought housewife/mom on Mad Men or even Leave it to Beaver.

So there you are. Hope you got some summer vibes from my post. Let the rest of the hunt continue!