Monday, 6 April 2020

Casual and Business Casual Dresses With Balenciaga First Bag : Weekday Wear Link Up

Two very different outfits for today's Weekday Wear link up! Taken just 3 weeks apart in March, the world changed so much in those weeks!

What I wore:

ruffle dress autumn office outfit with grey blazer and turquoise Balenciaga first bag | awayfromblue

Balenciaga first bag in 2006 Blue India | away from the blue

awayfromblue Instagram | grey jersey blazer with berry ruffle dress teal bag colourful autumn office outfit
JacketJeanswest grey jersey blazer
Necklace: Colette marble and gold pendant drop long necklace
Dress: Jeanswest deep pink ruffle neckline dress
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs logo plaque flats in camel
BagBalenciaga first bag in 2006 Blue India

Why I wore it:

This was my last office outfit before things started changing in Australia. At the end of the day I'd packed up my desk and said farewell to my colleagues, reminding them I'd not be in next week as I had a training course, but that I'd be in the next again week. During the week of training there were a lot of massive changes in Australia and at work, and I've not been back in the office since.

I've been working from home for a few weeks now and I'm missing outfits like this - the simplicity of a cute dress and a blazer to dress it up a little for a business environment. I really like this berry dress. Even though it looks red in every picture, it's such a fun dress to wear and I thought the turquoise Balenciaga first bag really popped with it. As the dress and bag were bold I went for neutral accessories with the grey blazer and the tan ballet flats.

Of course now my blazers are hanging unworn in my wardrobe (and I even have a recently purchased one that I've not been able to wear yet) while I work from home and only make trips out for the essentials.


Last worn: grey jersey blazer, berry ruffle dress, marble necklace, camel ballet flats, Balenciaga first bag.

Other ways to wear grey jersey blazer and printed dress, berry ruffle dress and jacquard jacket, camel ballet flats and jeans, Balenciaga first bag and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancy camel ballet flats in third trimester.


Balenciaga Bag Reveal: Turquoise First Bag











What I wore:

all about eve black white striped tee dress contrast sleeves sporty outfit with new balance and Balenciaga first | awayfromblue

black and white stripes with teal bag Balenciaga first bag in 2006 Blue India | away from the blue

awayfromblue Instagram casual sporty tee dress outfit sneakers balenciaga first bag all about eve stripes
NecklaceZuriCollections blue polymer clay necklace
DressAll About Eve striped black tee dress
ShoesNew Balance white and blue sneakers
BagBalenciaga first bag in 2006 Blue India

Why I wore it:

This is a much more casual dress outfit. Unlike the first outfit where I was trying to dress up a bit for the office, I dressed down for this outing to the grocery store. I'd picked this fun striped tee dress as it is an easy instant outfit, and easy to remove as soon as I got home, to avoid bringing germs into the house.

The New Balance sneakers actually went really well with this dress to create a sporty outfit! I'd been trying to ease back into normal shoes again but with being unable to travel to my physio safely my knee pain requires me to keep things simple and supportive, so it's back to these shoes. Having them as my outdoor shoe makes it easier to prevent germ spread on the shoe rack too, if I'm just wearing these! It's funny the things we think about now!

The Balenciaga first bag was a fun pop with the black and white dress, and I picked this bag to wear again as I'd worn it on a previous outing - again trying to minimise what items I take outside. I did notice that I kept going to play with this necklace as I walked around the nearly empty shelves at the supermarket, so I'm now doing a no necklace policy when I do venture out. 😂

It's probably a little overkill all of these changes, especially when I didn't even think about these things a few weeks ago back when I was still in the office, but I'm just doing what I can to keep us and the kids as safe as possible.


Last worn: striped tee dress, clay necklace, New Balance sneakers, Balenciaga turquoise first bag (above).

Other ways to wearstriped tee dress and purple bag, Balenciaga turquoise first bag and maxi skirt.


Similar Dresses Under $50:




How You Can Wear It:

A dress is a great outfit staple! You can dress them up for the office with a blazer, or dress them down with casual shoes for popping out to grab groceries.





Weekday Wear Linkup #65


Welcome to the Weekday Wear linkup! A linkup for you to share your weekday outfits - whether that is office wear or stay at home mum wear - if you wore it on a weekday, you can link it up!

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97 comments:

  1. It's hard to grasp how much things have changed in the space of just a couple of weeks! I only have to go in to work 2 days now, and being partially unemployed is scary as well as liberating! I'm still getting dressed up, though. Your outfits are very different indeed. I love the berry dress, that's such a fun item, and it pair so well with the grey jersey blazer and that gorgeous bag! Stay safe, Mica! xxx

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    1. It's nice you have your job still, although reduced hours, and that you are adjusting to your new normal!

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  2. Ooh, I love your berry dress - it looks smashing on you! I also love a good black and white stripe - that's a great casual dress.

    Take care, Mica!

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  3. Love the first outfit Mica looks beautiful hun.


    xoxo
    Lovely
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  4. I truly like the combination of the bright vivid red dress and that dusty turqiouse bag! ❤

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  5. tu vestido es realmente precioso, me encanta

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  6. Your bright berry red dress is lovely on you . The casual dress is just right for your changed working conditions. How are you finding working at home with your little ones. Take care, many thanks for hosting.

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    1. It's definitely a lot more difficult working at home with the kids, haha! but they are back at school now.

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  7. This Balenciaga bag is so stunning. I miss my normal and formal not home outfits too. I hope soon this all situation will be look much better around our world.
    Stay safe sweetheart xx

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  8. Love both of this cute casual dresses! The bag is perfect with both. Thank so much for the link up!

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  9. This berry dress is so gorgeous on you, Mica! And the turquoise bag is a great color with it. I also love your striped tee shirt dress. And I still cannot add any links for some reason! Grrrrr...I cannot figure out what is wrong with it!

    Shelbee
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    1. I'm so sorry, I hope you can figure it out!

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  10. I like them both sooooo much! That berry color is stunning on you and it's making me wish for a chance to get all dressed up these days. It's sounds like we are all living a pretty similar life at the moment. Working from home, seeing only our immediate family and not going out to the stores without a purpose. I love the way you styled the little stripped dress for a shopping trip. I've been dressing up to go to the grocery store once a week or every 10 days too :)

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    1. Yes dressing up for the grocery store was my only outings for a few weeks, haha!

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  11. Things have really changed over the past few weeks. The red dress and blazer combo is so pretty! I'm also loving how you styled your striped dress for a relaxed look! Stay safe and healthy!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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  12. Your dress and sneakers is more than I can say I've gotten dressed these past couple weeks! It really is crazy how paranoid we've suddenly become about germs, grocery shopping has become a huge stressful ordeal, and I miss having a reason to actually get dressed.

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    1. It is a strange experience grocery shopping now!

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  13. I love that red berry dress! There is just something about bright colors that lifts my spirit (says the woman wearing grey today, lol). I am on the lookout for a few bright tops.
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  14. You look fantastic in this berry dress, Mica. Stay safe!. xx

    https://www.ninakobi.com

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  15. The red dress is so pretty!

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  16. You look fabulous in both of these! Especially loving the red dress! Such a beautiful color!
    Thanks for hosting the linkup! Hope all is well in your corner of the world. Keep safe!
    Ellibelle's Corner

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  17. Your red dress is so pretty--I could see it dressed up, too. Your t-shirt outfit is so cute and practical. Oh, girl, I know what you mean about knee pain and taking it easy! Take care!

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  18. Ooohh, I am IN LOVE with that red dress! I love that style, and looks very professional with the blazer.

    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.com

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  19. Isn't it crazy how different things were just a few weeks ago?!? Sigh...anyhoo, both outfits look great:) Love that shade of the berry dress on you for sure, and the sneakers did go well with the dress. Sucks that you're unable to go for physio, but glad to know you are managing.
    Take care:)

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    1. Yes it all just changed so much so fast!

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  20. HI Mica
    You look lovely in first look, hope soon you will return to the office!!
    xoxo

    marisasclosetblog.com

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    1. Thank you - we may go back in July? Will wait and see :)

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  21. You look so nice in both of those dresses and I love that handbag! Thanks for the blog visit and the sweet comment on the yarn I bought to crochet a scarf. Hope you enjoy the week.

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  22. I love the way your styled your bag <3 and the red dress is gorgeous <3

    Serene xoxo

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  23. Simply gorgeous. I love this look. https://kaynuli.com/travel-from-home-virtual-tour/

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  24. Yes I think a lot of people are missing their old way of life. And a simple dress and blazer is an easy breezy look for work. Love it! : )

    Allie of
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  25. That's really beautiful, I like everything.

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  26. very nice casual chic outfits, Mica! Simple but chic!
    Especially the first dress looks so good on you!
    XO
    S
    https://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.com

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  27. I love that "red" dress on you and the turquoise bag is a wonderful color to wear with it. And the T-shirt dress is really cute. I want to get one and just haven't done it yet. Because you CAN wear it with sneakers even if you aren't having knee problems. It is interesting how the way we look at everything has changed so much just in a few weeks. I wonder how easily we'll go back to normal after this? I know when I'm doing my speedwalking I watch people closely to be sure they're mindful of the 6-foot rule and it almost feels like I shouldn't look them in the eyes - LOL! I have to force myself to look at them and then smile. I've always thought that the advent of warm weather put an end to flu and other viruses like the flu but you guys are just getting into your cool weather now, so I guess it just has to run its course. I tried to join the linkup but it rejected both of my links when I went to get pictures from the web. I'll try doing something different to see if that helps. Stay healthy!

    Ruth
    https://voguefauxreal.com/2020/04/01

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    1. Glad you were able to join the link up! :) I'm hoping that we don't have another wave of the virus, coming into winter soon!

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  28. I love both the style of your dresses. They are both beautiful in their own different way. I have yet to try wearing my tshirt dress with my sneakers. I have the slip on shoes which is what I often wear mine with but have not paired them with sneakers so I need to try that! I hope you guys are doing well and happy Monday!

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

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    1. It's a very comfortable outfit combo to try! :)

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  29. I miss dressing up too, so I've taken to wearing dresses or skirts on Fridays—you should try it! :)
    Cheryl Shops | www.cherylshops.net

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  30. I love both dresses. I wish it would warm up here so I can wear more dresses.

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  31. It's nice you wear dresses so much Mica. I'll be wearing them a lot this summer because they are so much cooler. That red one is so gorgeous.
    XOOX
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  32. I love your color mixing here, Mica! Both outfits are fabulous, but I'm especially love the blue and red combo with your first outfit!

    I hope you have a fabulous week!

    Amber

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  33. Things did change so fast! It's hard to believe. I love both of these looks--that red dress is so pretty on you! Hang in there with working from home, we can do this!

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  34. I really like the red dress. I have to work from home to now, it is weird how quick things changed.

    Perla Lifestyle Blog

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  35. I love that you wear your bags. The colors is lovely.
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  36. I like both outfits, love the colour of a berry dress, looks lovely paired with grey blazer. The casual dress is very cute, perfect for a current situation when we spend most of the time at home except a quick dash to a local supermarket
    Hope you have a good week
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  37. It s finally time to wear dresses again over here! I love IT! Feel so much better to wear dresses and sandals! You look great in red!

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    1. it's nice when it's warm enough for dresses without the layers! :)

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  38. I love this red dress on you and a smart blazer! Would love to see more office looks on you! xx

    Elegant Duchess xx
    STAY HOME, STAY GRATEFUL, STAY SAFE 💋
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  39. That red dress is to die for, I love both outfits but the first one is WOW!
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  40. Love the both outfits, but first is my favorite, that red dress is so beautiful!

    jointyicroissanty

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  41. Love the combo of the bag and blazer! :) You really are an inspirational bag lady :)
    And I mean it only as a complimet :) I try to live a minimalistic life but bags are a thing that makes me happy.

    https://www.ecoislogical.com

    Nathalie

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    1. haha thank you - I'm definitely not a minimalist with my bag collection!

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  42. Love the color of the bag, it is so rare when you find a beautiful leather piece in this shade. Hope you are doing well, dear! Stay safe and sending you lots of virtual hugs xx

    Naya
    www.nayatilly.com

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  43. I am loving your striped t-shirt dress, Mica! Such a chic + easy piece to break out. :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  44. Me encantó el post, gracias por compartirlo. Besos.

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  45. A very nice and stylish look, dear! Love your bag!

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  46. I love both of the outfits, that shade of red is simply beautiful! The second dress looks so perfect for everyday though xx

    Hannah | https://luxuryblush.co.uk/

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  47. So much has change over these last couple of weeks. As of March 16th my husband started working at home. My daughter last day of daycare was March 17th. I started working over time since the world went nut and ran to the grocery store for Toilets paper and what not.

    Both of these outfits are super cute.

    http://www.amysfashionblog.com/blog-home

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    1. It's a shame you are so busy at work! I hope it's getting easier and less stressful for you now!

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  48. That red dress is so gorgeous on you! It compliments your skin tone perfectly. I love the contrasting turquoise bag you paired with it too!

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  49. You have such fabulous Balenciaga collection. I like the colour of this one, it is pleasing to the eyes and not common. Happy Easter!

    www.busyandfab.com

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  50. Your beautiful Balenciaga bag model and color ...

    Greetings from Indonesia

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  51. Love this red dress love! You are looking so pretty!
    Nice Post! Have a great day!
    Rampdiary
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  52. That is such a classic bag! One that I've had my eye on for quite some time! I hope you are doing well and staying safe! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

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    1. Definitely worth getting! When I tried it all those years ago it was too small but now I don't carry as much it's the perfect size for me!

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  53. Love the red dress outfit! So bold especially for the office. We have been working from home for a month so my outfit consists of sweats most days lol

    michellespaige.com

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    1. Yep I wasn't getting dressed every day before the schools went back either!

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  54. Happy Easter dear. Loving that red dress, its so flattering on you.

    Bernie, xx
    The Style Fanatic

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  55. The red dress is so lovely and nice
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  56. Love the color of this bag! It's a great pop

    michellespaige.com

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  57. Love your outfit and bag So gorgeous darling Your style is superb as well. Great tips on your video about buying designer labels Much love xoxo Cris
    http://www.photosbycris.com.au/?p=4708

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  58. Looking great in red girl! And I've always loved the classic look of a Balenciaga!

    xx, mel
    http://melinspired.com/review-gruvi/

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  59. Yes, the world changed a lot over the couple weeks. It is unbelievable. How is working from home going? It is not so easy. The red dress and the blazer is a perfect combo for the business environment. Such a lovely dress. Stay safe, Mica.

    Anna
    www.glamadventure.com

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    1. Working from home I'm used to :) Working from home with kids, not so much, haha! I used to work form home once a week before everything changed!

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  60. Hi! ) A very beautiful and interesting blog!!! Follow you) https://beautypumma.blogspot.com/

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  61. I love dresses and tennis shoes. It's such a fun, in style trend that I hope sticks around for awhile. And I love the red dress and blazer. I hardly ever wear blazers but pulled one out for fun this week as well! :) Hope you and your family are doing well!

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    1. Blazers are a great option for the office! :)

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  62. Oh, I stay already now nearly 4 weeks at home ... but I try to make the best of it. I like your last office look and it makes me smile that my last office look was also a dress (but my dress was pink with big red flowers). It is good you are so consicous and I like also the simple look you wore for shopping.
    Take care and stay healthy!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  63. The red dress is so lovely, and I also like the stripped one. They look good with the bag :)
    We have never thought that it would happen, Mica, staying safe!

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  64. Cute looks :)

    Anyway, stay safe and healthy!

    xx Alyssa | STYLEVANITY

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  65. Your blazer and dress look perfect together! I love your dress and sneakers look as well. It's crazy how suddenly life changed for us all. One moment you think you're heading to work and the next you can't leave your home. It's a crazy time. But I'm so glad to hear you all are staying safe and well!

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    1. Yes, we are safe and well and have a lot to be thankful for! :)

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  66. What fabulous outfits. I love the red dress paired with a blazer. That shade of red complements your fair complexion nicely.
    The second styling is fab as well. I like the combo of a dress with trainers. You look fantastic!

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  67. Cute dresses! I'm definitely not wearing dresses now that I work from home, haha. (Not that I really did before either!) The t-shirt dress looks super cute and comfy! I love when dresses are a little bit different at the top (like how the sleeves of your dress aren't striped).

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    1. A dress isn't my first choice for a stay at home day either!

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  68. I love both of your dresses. Red is sensational. The striped dress is darling . Hope you are well, I bet your pup is happy you are home!
    thanks for linking Mica!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  69. Both of these outfits look lovely! I love the striped dress with the sneakers. Hope you're doing well, Mica x

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net

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  70. Thanks all for your kind comments, and thank you for linking up! :)

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