Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Back To Black

I'm sat here typing whilst wrapped up in one thousand and one layers of chunky knits and cosy jumpers, so I can only hope that it's a lot warmer wherever you may be reading this from!  Having said that, I'm finding myself really enjoying the new season and especially now that people have started excitably counting down the days until Christmas Day - 98 days, if you were wondering!  Yeah, I'm one of those people..






















Along with the special occasions, cosier evenings and feel good foods, there are whole new wardrobe options to explore.  During the warmer seasons, I find myself predominantly leaning towards busy prints and vibrant colours, however when the temperature drops I'm one of the first to reach out for the darker colours, a world away from my summer attire.  There is nothing more frustrating than when someone moans about the 'depressingly dark' looks that emerge around this time of year, and I often (cheekily) take it upon myself to open their eyes to the opportunities in front of them.  You can wear an entire outfit consisting of black with the odd splash of grey and still exude the impact of a floral printed floor-sweeping gown, it's all about textures.  The possibilities are endless when you explore the vast variety of textural options.






















I have been spending much more time thinking about this topic since purchasing this Karen Millen black blouse a few weeks ago, after noticing how significantly more striking this sheer peplum blouse was than any of the other similar blouses in my possession, and all thanks to the materials used (and the super flattering peplum design!).  Since then, I've continued to add a Clements Ribiero leather jacket to my wardrobe, silk camisoles to layer beneath an open velvet tuxedo jacket and of course, more chunky knits.

As you may have noticed from the background in these photos, I wore this Karen Millen number that I found in their most recent sale (£30 reduced from £120) whilst celebrating my 21st birthday in Oxford.  I have a feeling that this blouse will be making various appearances over the next month before the winter chill joins the party, although even then there's always the option of keeping warm with say.. a few layers of textured knits!





















With love,

Gabrielle x


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  1. The blouse looks stunning! And what a bargain :)
    I wholeheartedly agree with all you said. First of all - yep I am one of THOSE people as well (I actually set up a countdown on my phone for Christmas every year haha). Secondly, I love wearing white- it is my favourite colour to wear generally. But when the season gets darker, my wardrobe changes sometimes into an all black. I often hear of so many people complaining but I really think it is what one makes of it! Black can look so sophisticated and chic after all :) Much like you have shown now xx
    Seven Days

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    1. I agree that this blouse was a total steal - I was pretty excited when I noticed the price tag! A Christmas countdown on your phone sounds perfect and I'm glad to come across another Christmas fanatic ;) I couldn't agree with you more, I also love wearing white although at this time of year I certainly lean towards black/grey and similar shades!

      Gabrielle x

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  2. I couldn't believe it when they said 100 days to Christmas on the radio - I love all the darks as they suit my pale skin tone more: I love black and navy designs.

    Lizzie's Daily Blog

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    1. I have to admit to being VERY excited when hearing that the 100 day countdown was starting! I can see where you're coming from, I'm in the same position with pale skin..

      Gabrielle x

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    1. I'm glad you think so too as it is one of my favourite latest purchases!!

      Gabrielle x

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  4. that top is stunning,so awesome
    keep intouch

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    1. Thanks heaps for stopping by and leaving a comment!

      Gabrielle x

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  5. great outfit
    I'm not one of those people, but I don't mind being reminded lol
    You got a great deal! you're so lucky!!

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    1. Thank you, Shalay!! Ah, dropping the occasional Christmas reminder shall have to do for me! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  6. I love the top...it is absolutely beautiful. I really like ruffle at the bottom and the sheer sleeves. There is an abundance of black in my wardrobe year round, I think that its safe to say that black is definitely a staple in my wardrobe.

    Keisha xo
    www.chrysalisgals.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm with you on appreciating a delicate peplum design! I'm glad to hear that Keisha, as black very rarely fails to suit someone.. have a wonderful week ahead :)

      Gabrielle x

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Lary!!

      Gabrielle x

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    1. I'm so glad that you like it, it's an Autumn favourite of mine now!

      Gabrielle x

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  9. I'm bundled up in layers today too and I want to stay this way. I'm dreading summer over here, it's way too hot for my liking. And Christmas! I used to be one of those excitable people but I'm too panicky over it this year. Plus it also nears my birthday and as I get older I look less forward to them sadly :o(

    Sxx
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    1. It can be ridiculously cosy at this time of year.. especially when the fires start burning away and the marshmallows come out! I'm sorry to hear that you're no longer excited about Christmas - I'll have to start featuring Christmas songs on my blog!!

      Gabrielle x

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  10. Waiting for Xmas... :)))
    Great top!

    xoxo
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    1. You and me both.. Christmas is the most wonderful time of year!!

      Gabrielle x

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  11. waoo..Love your blouse and your hair too!! <3
    Me too counting down for Christmas and then new year! :)

    xx.
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    1. Thanks a million, that's nice to hear! Yay, I'm so glad that I'm not the only one!! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  12. I love the post!
    Guys! New post in the blog with my first professional photoshoot!!
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    1. Thanks for your comment, Elena..

      Gabrielle x

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  13. Wrapped in layers of chunky knits and cozy jumpers is my kind of heaven! I just love the cold seasons so much!
    The blouse is beautiful and what a bargain! The little lace details are stunning :)

    \ Indigo Lights

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    1. Ah, a girl after my own heart! This sort of weather brings about so many cosy scenarios.. all of which involve chunky knits and cozy jumpers.. of course! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  14. Such a marvellous top, love the details, its getting colder here too. I hope you have a great day xx

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    1. The sheer details down the arms of this blouse are particularly striking.. thanks for stopping by!

      Gabrielle x

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  15. Just perfect, really amazing brand! You look gorgeous in all black outfit! I love your beautiful hair Gabrielle!
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    1. I completely agree with you, Karen Millen is a total gem! That's so sweet of you Cvetina, thank you very much! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  16. I love the total black looks! They're so stunning!! your hair are wonderful too!

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    1. I totally agree with you, some of my favourite looks are entirely black! Thank you so much, that's kind of you to say!

      Gabrielle x

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  17. lovely top, I like it a lot! it's a bit cold over here too... waiting for Xmas!! ehehe

    Chiara ~ CHIAWEB.it
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    1. I'm so glad.. thanks for letting me know, Chiara! Christmas is such an exciting time of year, I'm glad someone else is counting down the days ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  18. Great Post! Follow each other on GFC, Google+ and Bloglovin? If yes, follow me and i follow back as soon as i see it. Let me know with a comment on my Blog

    Keep in Touch xx Rabea from germany
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    1. Thanks very much, have a lovely week ahead!

      Gabrielle x

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  19. That blouse is lovely. It's something I'd definately buy :) Followed you on bloglovin'. I love your blog!

    www.beyondthevelvet.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. That's great to hear, I was super excited when I stumbled across it at Karen Millen! Thanks so much, I've returned the favour :)

      Gabrielle x

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  20. I'm madly in love with your top, it's so pretty! Quite funny that you're already counting the days until Christmas ;)

    xxx

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    1. I'm glad someone else loves it as much as I do! Oh, I'm afraid there'll be MUCH more Christmas ramblings as we near Christmas! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  21. fun post- love the detail shots! We have the same hair!

    I'd love it if you could also come check out my blog!: http://afashionneverland.blogspot.com/

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    1. That's good as I love featuring detail shots on my blog! .. and yay for sharing the same hair!

      Gabrielle x

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  22. That blouse is so so so pretty. Black looks really nice with your hair too :) Hope you had an awesome 21st!!!

    Cats in Crop Tops

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    1. That's lovely of you to say, funnily enough I don't feel too 'dark' wearing black from head to toe due to my hair colour! I had a wonderful 21st birthday, thank you!

      Gabrielle x

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  23. Like you, I gravitate towards the darker hues (sans prints) in the cooler weather. Loving your black ensemble--very chic! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one, it seems to make sense as the days darken.. although the occasional splash of colour can work wonders too! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  24. what a gorgeous top! so much pretty detail. i tend to wear darker colors in the autumn and winter too.

    xo,
    gabby
    www.likealittlefox.blogspot.com

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    1. I agree that this blouse features some beautifully intricate details :)

      Gabrielle x

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

      Gabrielle x

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  26. I like black too & absolutely love the laces!
    Happy weekend! xoxo
    Luxury Haven

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    1. Black can be such a great starting block for an overall look.. have a lovely week ahead!

      Gabrielle x

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      Gabrielle x

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  28. love it!
    - lovely blog you have, i'm now following you on bloglovin :)

    //N.K.L
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    1. That's brilliant, I'm so pleased! I will have followed you back :)

      Gabrielle x

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  29. gorgeous! black never goes out of style :)

    xx Janelle
    Styles & Prints

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    1. That's so true, it's classic and timeless! Have a fantastic week!

      Gabrielle x

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    1. This is exactly what initially attracted me to the Karen Millen piece in their sale!!

      Gabrielle x

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  31. It's starting to get chilly in NYC as well and I'm not sure if I like it or not. The blouse was such a steal and it will probably be a very versatile piece in your wardrobe. The details are lovely.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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    1. From what I've both heard and seen, NYC is beautiful come the wintertime and especially when it snows! The blouse was definitely purchased at a brilliant price considering the quality of the brand!

      Gabrielle x

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  32. I guess it makes sense that you tend to go towards darker prints, but I would love to see people in brighter colors in the winter. It makes me happier during the colder, more "depressing" months.

    www.charactersandcarryons.com

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    1. You bring up a good point.. we can't all be walking around in black when the colder weather hits, I suppose that's what makes the odd pop of colour in a bright sweater the ultimate (and welcome) surprise! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  33. Here it's getting colder too! I live your black dress dear!!
    Baci,
    Coco
    Coco et La vie en rose / Bloglovin / Facebook

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    1. The signs of Autumn closing in on us are beginning to show everywhere now!!

      Gabrielle x

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  34. That Karen Millen blouse is so beautiful. The color is amazing and it would be perfect for autumn!

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    1. My first thought when purchasing this blouse was 'hey, this would be perfect for autumn', so it's nice to see we're on the save wavelength!

      Gabrielle x

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  35. Nice post! :) I love your hair and black blouse.

    x, shekinahjoy.com

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed this post! Oh thank you, I like how light hair looks against dark colours :)

      Gabrielle x

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  36. 98 days til Christmas!! Wow, it all goes so fast! Do love the darker colors of winter though, love the top too!

    www.hollandsreverie.blogspot.com

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    1. It's only 94 days until Christmas now!! .. thanks for stopping by and giving me the opportunity to continue the Christmas countdown haha ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  37. ooh love the material of this top! thank you for your lovely comment gabrielle - I'm now following you on bloglovin :) x
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    1. I also love the material and the sheer details, particularly down the 3/4 length sleeves. You're more than welcome, that's great to hear - I've gladly followed you back!

      Gabrielle x

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  38. Love that shirt!! :D

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know!

      Gabrielle x

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    1. Thanks for letting me know, Sarah.. I hope you've had a wonderful weekend!

      Gabrielle x

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  40. I like so much your blouse!!
    xoxo

    http://fashi0n-m0de.blogspot.it/

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    1. I'm glad, it's quickly become one of my Autumn favourites!!

      Gabrielle x

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  41. The blouse is amazing. I'm looking forward to seeing it in other looks. Happy belated Birthday!

    Jasmine x
    For a Real Woman - Instagram - Bloglovin

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Jasmine! Oh thank you.. it feels good to be 21 now! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  42. look amazing,love that shirt
    would you like to pass from my blog?
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    1. I'm glad you like it as much as I do! I'll make my way over to your blog now..

      Gabrielle x

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  43. Happy Saturaday!
    A very classy blouse :)))

    xoxo
    www.bellezzefelici.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Happy.. Sunday! Have a fantastic week!

      Gabrielle x

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  44. I love that black top!! The details are gorgeous <3

    http://www.thestylishbipolar.com

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    1. I'm glad you noticed the details too, I love how they've photographed! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  45. LOVE the top, the detail is beautiful and I find simple is better - so pretty! :)

    Layla xx

    www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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    1. I know exactly what you mean.. understated elegance can sometimes be more effective than a high impact piece!

      Gabrielle x

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  46. The top is very pretty, I love it! xoxo

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    1. I'm so pleased that you like it too.. I was amazed by the sale price!

      Gabrielle x

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  47. This sheer blouse is gorgeous and gosh you have amazing hair!!

    Bella Pummarola

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    1. That's so lovely of you to say, thanks a million Anett! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  48. Wow, I love the black on you! It looks very intensive but also somewhat inviting. The details on the sleeve are awesome!
    allygong.com
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    1. Thanks, Ally! I adore wearing black and even more so when the sun isn't shining.. you have described this black look wonderfully, what a way you have with words!

      Gabrielle x

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  49. I love the top it´s delicate and very feminine and also love you hair!:)
    I wear quite a lot black clothes, especially in autumn/winter, I feel most comfortable in it.

    Happy weekend Gabrielle!
    xxMonica
    http://sunstreetbymonica.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who appreciates a good black outfit come the colder seasons! That's so true, this blouse has a definite delicate air about it..

      Gabrielle x

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    1. You've got straight to the point - well said! :)

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  51. Great details:D

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  52. Your blouse is absolutely stunning!! Such a bargain too! :)

    Style Sunrise☀

    :)
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    1. You're right, it was a complete bargain at just 25% of the original price!!

      Gabrielle x

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  53. Your hair looks great! And I love these total black looks for us blondies :)


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    1. Thanks so much, Joana! That's my very thought, black can look a lot less intimidating when worn with blonde hair! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  54. I love love love Karen Millen - my sister shops in there all the time!

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    1. That makes two of us.. I don't blame your sister, Karen Millen is irresistible!!

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  55. Soo pretty, the top is so delicate, and I love your hair ! ♥

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    1. I love delicate feminine items like this and thanks ever so much Catherine! :)

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  56. The blouse is gorgeous, Gabrielle, it's very sexy, sophisticated with the sheer sleeves and collar, and it'd still be looking good in winter with just a few more layers or a tuxedo <3 Karen Millen's always lovely with their designs xx And i think we're pretty much alike on counting days 2 Christmas, not 2 mention i'm still 2 excited for Halloween coming up hahah :P Nevertheless, my fashion's more 2wards the darker palette when autumn/winter approaches, I just think it's the seasons of chicness and being very edgy, even though we can still have fun with prints and florals <3 Hope u've had a great time celebrating ur 21st bday in Oxford and I'm so glad 2 be back and reading all ur new posts I've missed and they're just all amazing <3 <3 Have a wonderful start of the week, my lovely xx

    I'd love if u could come visit my latest post The French Boy xx
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    1. I'm glad you like this blouse, Lenny! It's so nice to hear from you since you've been MIA for so long now! ;) That was my exact thought process, I figured it can stay in my wardrobe come the colder months and layered (I was thinking fur coat, skinny jeans and riding boots). Haha it's the only way to be at this time of year.. counter the darker days with excitement over upcoming celebrations!! Thanks, I had a fantastic 21st birthday thank you and I'm so pleased you've enjoyed my latest posts since your disappearing act haha! :) Have a lovely weekend..

      Gabrielle x

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  57. Looks gorgeous !! ♥
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    1. Thanks a million.. and for nominating me for one Lovely Blog award, that was so sweet of you!!

      Gabrielle x

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  58. Lovely blog!!! My new POST http://zuccheroevelo.blogspot.it/

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      Gabrielle x

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    1. That's so lovely of you to say.. and a great thing as I often wear black! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  60. I love the blouse! Black is a color for everyone, I often have problems with my superlight skin tone, but black is just a color for every kind of tone! Thank you for that great post!
    I wanted to invite you to my blog, it would be nice if you could have a look at it!
    Thanks, Anna from http://goldenplumb.blogspot.it/

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    1. I'm the same with a light skin tone, however black can really complement that at times! You're more than welcome, I'm so glad you've enjoyed this post!

      Gabrielle x

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