Monday, February 14, 2011

Modern Day Romance














On me:
Carly Flap Pocket Straight Leg Jeans - courtesy of Hudson Jeans
scalloped bib top - thrifted
lace jacket - Postlapsaria (I made it from leftover fabric of my sister's wedding dress)
gloves, rings and necklace - vintage
shoes - Steve Madden

On Bobby:
Pete Five Pocket Skinny - courtesy of Hudson Jeans
coat, blazer and shirt - H&M
hat - Nordstrom Rack
bow tie - Gilt
shoes - Urban Outfitters


For Valentines' Day, Bobby and I have teamed up with Hudson Jeans to give you a glimpse into our relationship and of course, our own personal style. 

I have to be honest: I am quite possibly the least romantic person I know. It's something I never got the hang of. Being that I'm in a long term relationship, this might make me look like a hypocrite, but hear me out: it's the popular ideal of romance that makes me feel awkward. Not that there's anything wrong with it; it's just not for me. I'm not the kind of girl who is wooed by poetic proclamations of love, candlelit dinners or rose petals in the bath. I sometimes wonder how many modern day girls are , outside of the magical world of movies and novels. Or maybe I'm just an emotionally stunted weirdo - that's a more likely possibility.

Love, on the other hand. Love is something I can't get enough of. Nothing beats falling in love, but being is a close second. I've fallen in love more than a few times - that's easy - but staying there is a less attainable endeavor. At the risk of making all of you (and myself) nauseous, I'm happy to say that things are really, really good between that silly little tattooed boy and me. Better yet, we've maintained it without any of the frivolities I am so averse to - perhaps because we were close friends for so long and know each other's likes and dislikes so well. I'm not going to lie and say it has been effortless; it's a little too easy to depict a perfect relationship through thoughtfully curated posts and photographs - and that's not realistic. We've had major ups and major downs, we bicker, I push buttons. But mostly, we are a great team - and it's strange, because we have significantly different personalities. He is level headed and unbelievably optimistic; I am tempestuous and easily overwhelmed. Somehow, we balance each other out. As Kim says, he can handle my crazy. It takes a special kind of guy to be capable of that feat in any situation, let alone close quarters.

Though we may not have a relationship straight out of a Nicholas Sparks novel, we have our own laid back, modern day romance. It doesn't hurt that he's a great cook (I only know how to order take out), dresses well and wears almost the same size jeans (it only works in my favor), loves animals as much as I do and willingly plays Scrabble with me, even though I always win...because I'm way, way more skilled in the game...and so very humble.



p.s. Love our looks? Visit For the Love of Denim boutique to see Bobby's and my favorite Hudson jeans and receive 25% off with this code: 4THELOVE25


Bobby and I will also be choosing three lucky winners to receive two pairs of jeans - one for you and one for your significant other! All you have to do is submit an entry form at the Hudson Jeans website.

101 comments:

  1. Happy Valentine's Day! Love these shots. So romantic and fun! Also loved your insights at the blogger conference (was watching livestream)!

    www.plentyforpennies.com

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  2. These photos are so gorgeous. That's so sweet that he plays scrabble with you, even if you always win.

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  3. Very cute! I wish my boyfriend dressed like this. I had to buy his Valentine's Day outfit for him, haha.

    www.mintypeaches.blogspot.com

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  4. I think I can easily relate. I have been dating my boyfriend for almost 6 years now, and it's the simple I love yous that make my knees weak. Also, kicking his butt at board games. (:

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  5. you two are beyond cute together.
    In relationships, even if the sad moments are so sad, you tend to forget all about once he makes you smile again.

    have a good one! looove your jacket and shoes.

    xo-Gemma

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  6. Happy V-day! I have been following your valentines outfits for the past few years, and i was so excited to see what you had in store for today! i always play scrabble with my boyfriend too, but he always wins =( have a great day!!!

    <3 steffy

    www.steffysprosandcons.blogspot.com

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  7. What a cute shoot! :) I love scrabble!

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  8. what an adorable shoot! these photos made me smile so much (: ♥♥♥

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  9. So sweet!!!

    http://cappuccinowithfashion.blogspot.com/

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  10. As long as there is love that's all that matters! You guys are adorable in this photo shoot!! I hope you enjoy ur modern romance today! Happy valentine's day!! =)

    Melanie's Randomness

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  11. perfect valentines day post. Love seeing you guys, there is hope for me :)

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  12. these photos are so lovely, absolutely adorable

    http://elenavasilieva.blogspot.com/
    x

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  13. vous êtes magnifiques tous les deux.
    Un très joli style tous les deux.
    et j'adore tes chaussures, très jolies photos

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  14. romantic or not...you guys are the cutest couple

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  15. You guys are so cute together, Love the lace jacket!

    Happy Valentines day!

    xoxo

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  16. how cute!!!



    xoxo from rome
    K.
    http://kcomekarolina.blogspot.com/

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  17. Steve Madden you say eh? Because I need those shoes! You both look so great (as usual) Happy Valentine's day to you both! I've already picked our far too many pairs than I need at Hudson :)

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  18. Awww you guys are the cutest stylish couple ever, have a great Valentines xoxo

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  19. I love the jacket that you made. The bits of lace are so romantic looking! My boyfriend and I play lots of Scrabble. It's fun!

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  20. aaaawn, loved it!
    i totally undertand this of modern romance! the only thing that i can say is: if you're happy, then doesen't matter what people will say!!

    hope the best for you guys!!!

    xoxo,
    cássia

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  21. He he, my boyfriend and I were friends first too... for a year! And we wear the same size jeans... it does work out well :) Beautiful photos! <3

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  22. This is such a cute shoot!...

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  23. Happy Valentine's Day to you, Bobby and Miku! Thank you for painting a realistic and beautiful picture of modern love! You guys seem like a great, normal couple! And to boost you guys are the cutest couple, or should I say little family with Miku (and the cats!)

    Check out my 500 Days of Summer post!

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  24. You both look amazing! You are so sweet together!!

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  25. You look so pretty :)
    Happy Valentine's Day ! ^^

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  26. I'm a sucker for Scrabble too...my bf will play it with me even though I tend to usually win too. I just got a scrabble letters necklace to wear with my valentine's day outfit (as cheesy it may sound). I'm so glad you found such a wonderful boy in your life and that you guys complement each other with the differing personalities.

    You look beautiful as usual, happy love day Keiko!

    www.TheFancyTeacup.com
    much love.

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  27. Vous êtes sublimes. Happy Valentine's day !!
    :)

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  28. you guys make a beautiful modern couple!! happy love day!

    xo
    sami

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  29. You looks great!! Specially on high heels :))

    WWW.RENEBRAUN.COM

    You are welcome to visit my blog too! Kisses:))

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  30. your guy dress really well!

    great looks!

    xoxo
    http://stylison.blogspot.com/

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  31. it's nice to see a *real* down to earth couple. i agree with your views on romance and love (and the differences between the two).

    also, being able to play scrabble together is the foundation of any great relationship ;)

    wishing you both a lovely valentine's day

    xo

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  32. Fwaw. Everybody else has said it with a wee bit more eloquence, but...

    You guys are the cutest.

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  33. This was a beautiful post. You two are the first couple I have seen on Valentines Day that genuinely makes me happy and gives me hope that there are loving and functional relationships out there.

    Thank you for brightening a cynics day. You two are lovely :)

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  34. Oh my goodness, how are you two so cute?
    Love, love, love these photos.
    And that you're so good at Scrabble. :)
    HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

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  35. Happy Valentine's Day to you, Bobby, and Miku! Lovely post as usual :)

    My boyfriend and I play Scrabble together too, but he always wins...I might have a better vocab, but he's better at playing the game.

    Take care!

    -Jane

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  36. great pics, I dig your man's jackets. Good winter post, perfect for staying indoors and trying to stay warm. Thanks for posting.

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  37. This post is incredibly cute and perfect! Lovely outfits on both of you too!

    www.rachaeldiab.blogspot.com

    Happy Valentine's Day ♥

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  38. Lovely photos!
    http://haveyoueverfalleninlove.blogspot.com/

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  39. You are super sweet couple.
    Happy valentines day

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  40. I LOVE your shoes! very cute pictures :)

    Love, L.

    frills-and-lace.blogspot.com

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  41. great photos!!!perfect!!!Kisses

    www.cailinplace.blogspot.com

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  42. Lovely Valentine's post :)

    Also, I know a lot of people rave about your hair when you straighten it, but I love the soft waves - so pretty and feminine.

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  43. i love your post! and you two are just too stinkin' cute! happy heart day!

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  44. this is so sweet, and it's lovely of you to acknowledge that no relationship is perfect, and even love requires effort :)

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  45. falling in love is easy. just while reading this i fell in love with all three of you, bobby's coat and jeans, and your wall color. adorable random solo shot of miku, btw. keep up the good work, you kids are adorable.

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  46. "Nothing beats falling in love, but being is a close second." what a striking quote. i am going to have to save that somewhere, and oh so true as well. although, i like to believe that we fall in love with the one we love, and continue to be in love, but fall in love again time and time again over small things we re-discover, re-learn, or learn and discover for the first time, even after years and years go by.

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  47. what a sweet post (and happy valentine's day!)....

    any chance you are going to sell this lace jacket? i am loving it more than a box of chocolates right now....

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  48. These pictures are so adorable! Love your guys' outfits. :) Happy Valentine's Day!

    -- Maria E.
    www.uneasyimpressions.blogspot.com

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  49. Quite possibly my favorite entry of yours. Cutest couple ever? I think so!

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  50. happy valentine's day for you two! you guys are the prettiest couple eveeer!!
    so stylish and meant to be! :)

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  51. You two have to be the most gorgeous couple ever. ♥
    Happy valentine's day!

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  52. You look beautiful. I think real relationships take hard work, compromise, communication, and the little things really count. Romantic to me is when my boyfriend cleans the house, it melts my heart.
    My Heart Blogged

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  53. I love your puppy and the little shoes! You guys look great together.

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  54. Just on the same Valentine's idea thing! I'd warned my man about the consecuences of such stupid loving things on the date!
    But I love the pics, your heels and modern love story.
    Nicholas Sparks love stories are just not happening on these days!

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  55. Lovely outfit! You two are my favorite couple!

    http://wolfpackculture.blogspot.com/

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  56. I love your writing, Keiko, and I find you and Bobby so inspirational as a couple.

    Both of your outfits are amazing - you two are so adorable!

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  57. you guys are just so stinking cute =D

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  58. "I'm not going to lie and say it has been effortless; it's a little too easy to depict a perfect relationship through thoughtfully curated posts and photographs - and that's not realistic"

    It is so refreshing to hear this! When blog hopping, its so easy to get this idea that everyone is living the picture perfect life.

    Keep on keeping on lovely lady. :)

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  59. Hey Keiko!
    That lace jacket is to die for.
    I was wondering if you'd ever consider making it for your online store? I've never seen anything like it.

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  60. This post is the sweetest thing I've ever read...I'm so happy for you two. I think I get what you're saying; I've been with Mo for over two years now and it always looks good from the outside but it's hard work! Definitely nothing like Nicholas Sparks...

    Yasmeen
    Castle Fashion

    PS: I LOFF SCRABBLE!!! :X

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  61. ah..........I love playing scrabble:)
    http://armcandyforyou.blogspot.com

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  62. your sweater, bobby's bow tie, the game of scrabble. i am in complete awe.

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  63. You two are such an adorable couple.

    And what a pretty look on you--I love the fancy lace paired with the laid-back denim.

    http://thebohemienne.wordpress.com/

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  64. :] your view on love is so refreshing. i wish you and bobby the best! what a great sweepstakes. :D

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  65. these are such sweet and loving photos:)

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  66. That's so sweet that you guys play Scrabble together. My boyfriend and I play Monopoly together or poker with his friends. I think that mine and his personalities are different as well like yours and Bobby's, I'm the artsy, timid girl and he's the computer nerd, gamer, beardo, haha. I like romance w/o all the grand gestures as well. But sometimes, something here and there is sweet. I also love doing the grand gestures every once in a while!

    I'm glad that you depict your relationship in such a realistic way that makes it easy to relate to! Your posts are always so inviting and endearing as well!

    -Meanz

    http://koi-story.blogspot.com

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  67. This was so beautiful. I know you're a Virgo, what is Bobby's sign? My guess is Capricorn... :-/ I'm an astrologer and this is always the first thing I wonder, lol.

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  68. Just started following the blog & I LOVE it! This is a great post. I'm the same way about romance & this post speaks volumes to me.

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  69. I love your posts and the fact that you're so open and honest :)

    Also... love the shoes!!! I've been looking for some great gray pumps without luck (yet)
    make-up tutorial, pleaseeeee???

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  70. That is a gorgeous lace jacket you made!! You should start selling some of your creations if you haven't already : )

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  71. This is such a cute post with great pics. I want a boyfriend who looks as nice and kind as Bobby!

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  72. This is so dreamy! What a sweet little, adorable, family.. <3

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  73. regardless of your thoughts on romance and being romantic and ideals of love, i think a lot of people admire your blogging love relationship. It is always cute to me to see your photos together, but then again I am in love with love and have maintained being in love with the same person for 11 years now, in a relationship with him for 10, and most days it feels like I am falling in love with him all over again but in a more mature way. haha.

    do you ever respond to your comments? I guess it just seems like I've been commenting on your blog for a year and a half and the only time you commented was when I won a giveaway over a year ago. Maybe you're swamped and have that many blogs to respond to, but I was just curious and am not angry, just feel like sometimes I type so much and don't know if anything is thought of from the comments.

    Sincerely,
    Victoria

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  74. Reading this post was such a pleasure! The two of you are so sweet together.

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  75. What a cute, sweet photoshoot! And that lace jacket you made is absolutely goregous! Definitely something I'd wear.

    La'el

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  77. Victoria: Unfortunately, this week I have been crazy busy and have been horrible at responding to comments. Usually, I respond to as many as possible - but blogger sucks because they don't have comment threads! I always wonder if anyone even sees my replies. I'm thinking of switching to disqus or something similar - what do you think?

    Also, 10 years is amazing. Congratulations!

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  78. Oops, I was signed in under another email...sorry for the double comment.

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  79. baby budget blog: Thank you so much! I kind of want to see the video but I hate hearing/seeing myself speak. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  80. Ashley - check TJ Maxx, Marshall's and Nordstrom Rack before buying full price, because I saw them at all three (albeit in different colors, but it's worth checking).

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  81. Urban Rhetoric: Unfortunately, I can't make any more of the same jacket. It was made from the leftover lace from my sister's wedding dress, so it's kind of dear to me - and that was the last of the bolt! After all of the feedback, I think I'll have to make a similar run. I will certainly let everyone know once I make a few:)

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  82. Fabiola: I'm working on a new makeup tutorial for next monday!

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  83. Sara, I think he's an Aries...though I don't know anything about astrology:/

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  84. Loved this post. You two both look amazing!

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  85. Haha, this is funny. I have the same Ikea bed and also basically the same wall paint :D

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  86. What a great post, I enjoyed reading it :). He's a great cook...he's a keeper! You two look lovely together.

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  87. Your boyfriend dresses so well!! He should do a guest post so my bf can jot down some tips, hahaha!

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  88. Adorable shoot! The photos are gorgeous!

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  89. You two sound just like me and my guy, right down to the woman-pushing-buttons-while-her-mellower-boyfriend-puts-up-with-it. Neither my boyfriend nor myself is much of one for big romantic gestures, but I feel like that lets us be real with each other. I like to think that he's my best friend first and my boyfriend second. All at once, really--what more could a girl want?

    These are really darling photos of the two of you. If you two ever have a child, these will be something he or she will truly treasure :)

    Sophi

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  90. your lace is gorgeous. i love what your mate is wearing too.

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  91. keiko - your lace coat is fantastic and the photos are lovely as always

    i was excited to see you guys playing scrabble, especially since you used one of my very favorite words...xi is an awesome secret weapon :)

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  93. This is by far my favorite post that you've ever posted. You're boyfriend is adorable. Find me one? :)

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  94. haha i loved this post because it could basically be describing my relationship with my boyfriend. sounds like we have almost exactly the same dynamic (he's level-headed, i'm tempestuous, sometimes his level-headedness drives me crazy). i only wish i could get him to 'willingly' play scrabble with me. i've won by too many points too many times. :)

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  95. I just have to say that I love your blog and your style! And it's gonna spread like wildfire, I'm from Finland! Keep going that way, because this blog gives me inspiration! :)

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  96. you two are absolutely perfect. this post is my favorite for sure!

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