Looking Forward & Staying Put

Jan 23, 2013

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These January days are flying by, one right after the other. Next thing we know we'll be passing out heart shaped candies and "Be Mine" cards with coy smiles outlined in red lipsticks. February is one of my most favorite months.  I don't know if it's because of all the frilly doily decorations or because Spring feels like it's just down the hallway and around the corner, but I always look forward to it. And still always secretly hope I get one of those small Disney "Be My Valentine?" cards from a certain boy I'm sweet over.

But before I jump the gun, I'm going to slow down and marinate in January a little bit more. Steep in its mean, slapping winds, in its demand for cute sweaters paired with mustard tights, and in its frost on windows that make you hide indoors and play Scrabble under blankets.  After all, it still has some charm ;)

Sweater- Swapped with Rachel from Floral Prints and Common Sense
Skirt- Anthropologie
Tights- Target
Booties- Macys

PS. If you want to check more swapped outfits, head on over to our collaborative blog, Flock Together!
PSS. I just linked up at Mix & Match Fashion- check it out here!



131 comments :

  1. I need this whole look in my closet pronto! An I agree...Feb is the best

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  2. Aaah I love seeing my clothes pop up on your blog! You look great! (And I am not just saying that because it's my sweater).
    I recommended your writing tumblr to my friend today! That last post about HBO cracked me up.

    Rachel

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  3. Loving that snowflake sweater and skirt. So unique and interesting!

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  4. Ahhhhh that sweater! Lookin' lovely as always :)

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  5. Okay, I am seriously considering borrowing this sweater now. It just looks so perfect for the Midwest cold. I love how you paired it with this skirt, it's such a fun combination. I hope your boy gives you a special Valentine too :)

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  6. Oh wow, February is almost here, how did that happen!? 0_o
    Haha, hope you get that Disney card from him
    And you always have the best use of color in your outfits. I love it!

    Trendy Teal

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  7. time does seem like it's going by so fast!
    i love your outfit!
    it's so quirky and colorful, but everything is so balanced.
    Your style belongs on the streets of melbourne
    xx
    http://anoddgirl.blogspot.com.au

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  8. I love your unique style! These items unexpectedly go well together! I love the sweater and the mustard tights, especially! -Jessica L

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  9. wow i love how you havent had to repeat an outfit in January yet! Your wardrobe but have THOUSANDS of clothes in it! I swear I've already repeated some of mine twice already! =( garhhhh!!!
    Your blog has made me chuckle - loved the story of the banana republic gift card! You have a new follower in me! xx

    www.harrietdaisy.blogspot.com

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  10. The skirt is amazing!!!
    thanks for the comment!! What about following each other?
    Kisses
    Francy&Stef
    chicwiththeleast.blogspot.it

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  11. Anything that demands cute sweaters can't be all that bad :P

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  12. Such a cosy sweater! I really like this look :D xx

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  13. that second paragraph is perfection. i was thinking on the way to work today how much i want a) a couple days off work or b) spring to hurry up. but you're right about January and it's mean winds and frosted windows. thank you for making me remember this. ;) and ps, those mustard tights are adorable.

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  14. Gorgeous outfit, love that skirt, the print on it is really cool!

    http://the109block.blogspot.com

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  15. Love the skirt and the combination!

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  16. cute print mix-match! - and love ur blog name girl!

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  17. You look so cool! Love your style, I wish I was more daring and wear such cool pieces :)
    Also, gorgeous hair colour!

    Have a nice day, Marlen!

    p.s. Thanks for stopping at my blog and dropping me some lines :)

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  18. Ohmigosh your sweater is so cute! I seriously love the colorblocking you have going on here - it looks fantastic on you!! :)

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  19. Thank you so much for your comment!

    Love your look, especially the skirt!!!

    -Kati

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  20. How cute are you? I love that skirt!

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  21. Absolutely in LOVE with this outfit! Great color and pattern combinations!

    I also can't believe how fast January has flown by! So it will be the summer months : ) I can't wait for some warm weather!

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  22. A beautiful mix of interesting prints and wonderful colours! The skirt is fantastic

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  23. Thanks for visiting my blog! :) I love the colors of this outfit! Your style is very unique. x

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  24. Oh I adore this outfit! You look lovely.

    xo,
    Lela - www.LelaLONDON.com

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  25. Love this outfit, the pattern play is gorgeous. :)

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  26. When I saw your outfit my eyes seriously widened and I thought, THAT IS PERFECTION! It is absolutely something I would wear and feel so quirky/fancy (quancy?) all day. Also, I adore scrabble. You win a lot of points.

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  27. Love your writing style, lady- it's superb! And your quirky cool Alexa Chung fashion sense it pretty awesome too!

    xo Carlina
    allergicToVanilla.com

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  28. LOVE those booties! I just ordered similar ones from Shoemint and I can't wait for them to get here!

    xo,
    Andrea
    www.daintylittlethings.com

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  29. Oh, cute!! I love that sweater, I didn't want to give it back when I borrowed it :) haha. And that skirt is one of my favorites of yours! The mustard tights compliment it perfectly. I can't wait for February! I love Valentine's Day and Ethan's birthday is the week after!
    -Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  30. January it's nice and indeed, flies so fast. I'ts almost impossible to enjoy it properly.

    Your jumper it's really nice. So feminine.

    Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog.

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  31. How super cute! I love that you mixed patterns and colors and still pulled this look off!!! Super adorable! And seriously! Where is the time flying off to? February is here next week! And I still feel stuck in December 2012, not ready to leave just yet. But oh well, moving forward :)

    Happy Thursday!

    Redheaded Daybook

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  32. Super cute outfit! I love skirts and tights in the winter. :-)

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  33. I love your shoes! I am ready for January to be over haha :) xo

    http://www.jenventure.blogspot.co.uk

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  34. Yay, a peep that isn't afraid to play with colour. What a fun look. A little vintage-y, but those gorgeous booties are keeping you completely anchored in 2013. Love it.

    Sue xo

    A Colourful Canvas

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  35. Oh I love your booties dear! And btw, thanks for dropping by and leaving such a sweet comment. Would you like to follow each other? I'm following you on GFC now <3

    Many kisses
    ♡ Jaslin from http://justjaslin.blogspot.sg/

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  36. good god that skirt is perfection! and you know i love me some mustard tights!
    xo
    writeslikeagirlblog.blogspot.com

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  37. Absolutely love this skirt! Styling with the blue snowflake sweater is such a great look!

    Thanks so much for your sweet comment - you totally had me beaming :)
    -Tiffany
    http://stylesidebar.blogspot.com/

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  38. Love the mix of low key sweater with the fancier anthro skirt! I caught up on your tumblr this morning and LOVED the hbo girls story (love that show)! That definitely sounds like something that would happen to me. And when you described your snack gathering beforehand I seriously wanted to be there with you haha!
    As for your bloggy questions, I got my fleece lined tights from a place like Marshalls or TJ Maxx, but I know you can just ebay search them too! Just read the reviews for ones people have said were soft! They're seriously the best.
    As for the AA goodies, I;ll send ya a FB message about it!

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  39. Hello lovely, your blog is so adorable and I am so in love with this outfit! I love how you have so many different quirky elements that really bring out your natural loveliness. :) Just wondering though - I see you are an Australian blog and yet, you seem to be in the depths of winter? I'm so jealous haha!

    Thank you for your sweet comment! :) I love your blog and am following you now!

    Hope you'll come and pop by again. :)

    <3 Mandy xx
    http://frocksandotherfrivolities.blogspot.com

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  40. Like. Like. Like!

    Your style is always really impressing for me. I´m absolutely into such patternd skirts with sweaters.

    You look adorable <3

    Thank you so much for showing.

    xxx
    Rena

    http://dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de

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  41. I love the skirt! LOVE it with this sweater.

    Kate from Clear the Way

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  42. Loved your skirt!!
    Loved to know your blog, I'm following!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)
    xoxo
    STYLE TRACES
    ST FACEBOOK PAGE
    ST WORLDWIDE GIVEAWAY - HERE

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  43. You have THE BEST collection of tights ever! I am jealous! :)

    xo, jill
    Classy with a Kick

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  44. Hey I love February too, but only by default. It is my birthday month. LOL I loooooove this skirt and how you paired it with the cute sweater! I cannot WAIT for spring! Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

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  45. Adorable! I love the unexpected way you've put together the colours and prints -- and that sweater is awesome :)

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  46. Winter definitely has it's own charm, but I'm looking forward to the Spring too:)! Playing scrabble underneath blankets sounds like so much fun! I Just want to be a kid again! Lovely getup you have hear darlin Marlen:)! The snowflake sweater is the perfect contrast:)!

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  47. I seriously love that skirt! It's so retro. 60s maybe?

    xo Ashley
    luckylittlebird.blogspot.com

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  48. So awesome! I love that sweater, and genius pairing it with that skirt. Thanks so much for linking up with me today!

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  49. Love your style, super vintage and so different! I could not pull this off, but it looks great on you! Thanks for your lovely comment on our blog :)

    Fiona xo
    www.thescarletribbonblog.blogspot.ie

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  50. This outfit is so unexpectedly cool together, I never would have paired it, but I love it! That skirt is amazing too :)
    Ginny
    mynewfavoriteoutfit.blogspot.com

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  51. wish I had that sweater... not just cuz it's cute but also b/c it's been snowing here lately

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  52. another beautiful outfit! snowflakes on your sweater and in the air! love the texture of the skirt. Thanks for your positive attitude about the cold!

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  53. Hi Marlen! Thanks for your sweet comment! I'm loving your blog and dying over that cute snowflake sweater!

    xoxo, Julie @ OBSESSED

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  54. I realized we were almost at the doorstep of February when I checked my calendar early this week and realized that Valentine's day is just around the corner! But as much as I feel the time flying, I don't mind because I'm so looking forward to Spring! The 'swapped outfit' concept is pretty neat, I just love seeing the same pieces styled differently by each blogger, it's so interesting and refreshing.

    I really love this outfit: every piece is beautiful and original; I would have never thought of pairing them all in one outfit, but I really like how you did it and it looks very charming!

    Jenny
    www.jensoutfitjournal.com

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  55. We are new followers and hooked on your outfits! You have great style. Didn't realize your name was Marlen. What a coincidence! Looking forward to keeping up with your posts. Good luck with your move coming up. :)

    XoXo,
    Marilyn

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  56. I love how you mix prints and colours...love it, you look great

    http://thelittlebigobsession.blogspot.co.uk

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  57. Love this look! Such a fun combo! Great skirt girl!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.HeyLoveBlog.com

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  58. oh my! that sweater its just lovely!!!! great outfit!
    looking forward to feb too!

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  59. You describe January to a tee, so it is great you have an outfit that works so well for it. I always adore that skirt on you.

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  60. Love that snowflake sweater! It makes winter a little cuter, which is a nice change from all the ugly slush we have here.

    Sincerely,
    Sabrina

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  61. How cute Marlen! Love the skirt and sweater combo!! Maybe this will be my valentine's day when my nonexistent sweet boy sends me a cute valentine :) Good luck to you on this endeavor too ;)
    -XOXO-
    Libby at http://libbysoutlook.blogspot.com/

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  62. i needed this today......I need to marinate in January a little bit more as well......I would also like the marinate with that skirt.....obsessed :)!!!
    brooke @ what2wear

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  63. Oh man, I know what you mean Marlen - the days are passing by waaaay too quickly. But I agree, winter always holds a certain appeal. I miss cold weather! Being on a tropical island really makes one appreciate drafty old houses! Hahaha. LOOVE the sweater by the way, and I don't think I'll ever tire of your cheerful yellow leggings.

    xx C
    http://raincloudforrent.blogspot.com

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  64. You look gorgeous, love the coloured tights and the mixture of prints!

    http://alittlebitunique.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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  65. My gosh, can I just please have all of your clothing?

    Also-
    who do you get to take your photos for you?

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  66. I just knew that skirt was from Anthropologie! SO cute & I love how you styled it.

    xo, E

    girlwiththestartattoo.blogspot.com

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  67. I love how colorful your outfit is! So fun, and that skirt looks great on you. You're right—I can't believe there's only a week left in the month!

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  68. I love, love this! Oh my gosh you have the best mixing of patterns and textures!

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  69. What a lovely blog you have here! Your outfit in this post is adorable. You can bet your bottom dollar I'll be spending all of January hiding indoors and playing Scrabble under blankets ;)

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  70. Thanks for your comment .. I love your skirt !

    xoxo
    avenueahline.blogspot.com

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  71. Love that cozy sweater you're wearing! You look gorgeous.

    Sofia

    http://stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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  72. you have great fashion sense. your outfits are adorable (so are you!) ♥

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  73. Aww your skirt is nice. Feburary is my favourite too. I get too many chocolates haha :D

    Aree With Umbrella

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  74. Girl I love the combo of this! So so so cute! And I know what you mean about feb coming quick! Only so many more days before pink and red take over! Great sweater- keep em coming! :)

    Http://streetlily.blogspot.com

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  75. I totally love the vintage quality of that skirt. Adorbs!

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  76. Great outfit! I adore the sweater. It's so cute!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  77. I love how you styled this outfit! love the skirt! :)

    Xo,
    Amor GLAMOROZA

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  78. Oh I LOVE this sweater on you! I recognized it immediately and love that you wore it with this skirt! The yellow and green are such as fun pair with it.

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  79. how much freaking fun is that skirt?! i love it.

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  80. OMG, Marien, I love that skirt ad you totally rock those mustard tights!February is one of my favorite months too, more because of the spring feeling, rather than the heart feeling, I guess because I'm too old to be happy about Valentine's Day! After getting married, every other day either feels like Valentine's Day or War day!!
    Love
    Juneli from Fashionably Yours

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  81. I really love your skirt and sweater!! I dont really like Febraury because it is so cold. I love April. :)

    Kisses, Lucy :)
    stylewithoutlimits.blogspot.cz

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  82. Ah, you look so cute in this outfit!
    LOVE the skirt. So vintage!

    ♥ Linda

    www.straatstijl.blogspot.com

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  83. you look so pretty! love love the skirt :) xoxo

    www.the-styleguide.blogspot.mx

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  84. I love this outfit! That skirt is fantastic on you, and the sweater is WAY too adorable.

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  85. Are those snowflakes in one of the pics?! If so it'd match the sweater perfectly :)

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  86. This skirt looks so great on you! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and your sweet comment! I've followed you on Bloglovin!

    xx Kait

    ChickadeeSays

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  87. Print-mixing done right! You look great :) And yeah January just has a horrible reputation, hope February brings us lots of great things!

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  88. I love the combination of pieces you have put together in this outfit, it shouldn't work but it really does!! :)

    Janine xx
    BakeGlueandTrend
    Giveaway Post >>> bakeglueandtrend.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/love-dress-giveaway.html

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  89. I love the mixed colors and prints in this look. It's super cozy for the cold weather and just works perfectly on you! Fabulous!


    myblissisthisway.blogspot.com

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  90. cute skirt! love that green :)

    xo,
    kristyn

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  91. Love this outfit! I recently wore those same tights with booties-- can't go wrong. I just found your blog through Tara's linkup!

    www.hellollibbydear.com

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  92. That skirt is gorgeous!! I love your print mixing here...I would totally copy if I could find the right pieces in my closet hahaha

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  93. I love February too! I think my love started back in elementary school when we would all pass out cards and treats to each other in class and then get to go home with bags full of candy haha
    Cute outfit! I especially love your boots :)
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Sapir
    thesapphirequeen.blogspot.com

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  94. I have the same tights but different color! :) And that skirt is so lovely, actually perfect for this time of year. :) Yes, please let's enjoy this last week of January before we hit the VDay date...yikes! Already?!

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  95. I love this outfit, that sweater is so cute! And I agree, I would love a valentine for Valentine's day, even if it's one of those be mine cards!

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  96. I love the mustard tights! I LIVE in skirts and tights in these winter months.

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  97. Love the skirt and the colour of the tights. Looks warm and cosy. But def too hot for me to be wearing a similar outfit where I am.

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  98. I meant to stop by your blog sooner (well I did) so I guess I meant to comment sooner. Thank you for visiting my blog and your awesome comments! I'm glad to have found your piece of cyberspace - you've got a killer style AND you look like Emma Roberts. That's a win in my book.

    To answer your question, yes, the bubbles freeze. It has to be really cold though. I've tried it on a 30 degree day and the bubbles just get gooey. But on a truly cold, minus temp day, they will freeze and it is awesome!

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  99. I love the unique print of your skirt! So fun!

    ~Jacy

    www.laviedelenore.blogspot.com

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  100. Wow, I didn't think anyone could make January sound appealing, but you actually convinced me that maybe it's not so bad! Playing board games sounds amazing right now, I'll have to do that this weekend :)
    I love your outfit so much! It's a bit unexpected but so creative (as usual for you). The gray and mustard colors are lovely together.

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  101. love that sweater! the one thing i love about cold weather is how everyone has amazing printed sweaters. i need a few more .. and your loose curls are perfect

    stephanie
    http://somedaystephanie.blogspot.com/

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  102. Love this outfit so much! Sweater is so beautiful :)

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  103. You look super cute:) love the prints/textures mix. And you're right, time is flying so fast.. but then I'm waiting for Spring! We're covered with snow here in NL and it becomes way too much))

    xx
    Tali
    www.RockMyHeels.com
    Visit the RmH SHOP

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  104. I love this outfit! That skirt is beautiful. Anthro can do NO wrong as far as I'm concerned. You have a very lovely vintage eclectic style. I've been scrolling down to your past posts and I'm so envious of your ability to pair colors and styles together that I never would have dreamed would look good together. It's quite a gift. :)

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  105. Ah I'm not sure which I love more, your jumper or your skirt :). And I am equally as jealous that it is so cold where you are. I can't wait for winter and cosy jumpers and hot chocolate and hiding indoors like you said! Although I am also looking forward to being able to venture out of the house without melting haha.

    Katie xx
    http://onlysparrows.blogspot.com.au/

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  106. Loved your skirt & sweater . The print is really impressing. Loved your blog.
    If you want we can follow each other via GFC , if yes follow me & I will surely follow back!

    Https://myfatblogdiary.blogspot.com

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  107. Your hair looks so pretty in these photos! I love your wintery sweater and cute skirt. What an unexpected but stylish combo!

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  108. very season appropriate!

    xx.M
    www.bellesandrebelles.blogspot.com

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  109. Loving the funky pattern on this skirt! And agreed on how wonderful Jan is...I really enjoy winter and love the beautiful snow!

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  110. I love your pantyhose! I have a pair of colored pantyhose but I can't figure what to wear them with!


    www.trendinginfashion.blogspot.com

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  111. Not sure why, but it never occurred to me to wear a big sweater with a pencil skirt! I guess because their silhouettes are so different. But you definitely pull it off, so I guess I should give it a try!

    http://lasaloperie.blogspot.com

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  112. You look great! I love the skirt, it's so eye catching.

    I'm not a fan of February, May has to be my fav month.. hurry up May!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  113. Wow I adore your skirt! Awesome outfit!
    xx
    quiestinquiestout

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  114. Love this outfit, looks stunning x

    http://raincheckfortimbuktu.blogspot.com.au/

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  115. Thank you! I really like long pencilskirts with sweaters, and yours has a great print too!

    xx Marije

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  116. I like your jumper. Very retro-cool!

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  117. This is so sweet and fluffy combination, I would definitely go for it! :)

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  118. I love your skirt! Looks really cool with the sweater and warm too. I always struggle with finding the right clothes in winter, I mostly end up either sweating or freezing because I picked the wrong clothes :( Using this now as an inspiration ;) Thaaank you :)

    xxxx Paula

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  119. wow this is such a cute outfit, love the print mixing!!

    Drawing Dreaming

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  120. love these mixed patterns! so cute.

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  121. SUCH A CUTE SKIRT! IT LOOKS SUPER COMFY YET STYLISH! YOU GO GIRL!

    ALICIA
    ITSLATTESANDLACEE.BLOGSPOT.COM

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  122. Love this combo! Great sweater!

    -Tiffany
    www.tiffanystyleblog.com

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