Saturday, 15 October 2016

Out With The Old, In With The New

Fashion blogger boohoo collaboration UKAs many people have said before, this time of year offers a fresh perspective.  I still haven't quite worked out why that's the case (any ideas?), and yet here I am revisiting and tweaking most things in some way.  One of those 'things' is my wardrobe.  Last season's wardrobe changeover was fairly straight forward, however this Autumn I'm looking at so many of my clothes and wondering why on earth I've held onto them!  As I said, fresh perspective.  And the timing couldn't have been better, as Boohoo offered to help me declutter through their current partnering with selected charities; giving second life to old clothing by donating, and trying out a new style.  Out with the old, in with the new!
Black belted trench coat by Boohoo
Black suede envelope clutch silver by Boohoo
Simple black velvet choker velcro DIYI'm no stranger to donating clothes to charity, having doing so regularly while growing up - and it's refreshing to discover through blogging that many, many others have been doing the same.  With fashion moving at such a fast pace, it's comforting to know the clothes you're quickly 'done' with are going to good homes!  After selecting a few pieces to donate (more on that later), I opted for an all-black look from Boohoo featuring versatile pieces that work just as well together, as they could separately.  I'm thrilled to have jumped on board the sock-boots bandwagon, and the black trench coat immediately won a special place in my heart, thanks to being a piece I hadn't realised I was missing until I was wearing it!
Boohoo fashion blogger collaboration UK 2016
Flock of birds in the sky on a cloudy day
Black lightweight trench coat styling in autumn
Boohoo black suede high heeled sock boots




Dress - Zara

Choker - DIY

City styling of black lightweight trench coat autumn
Boohoo close up detail blog photography
Autumn Winter 2016 choker styling fashion bloggerSo, in the theme of both decluttering and doing good, what have I donated?  On this occasion, I've opted for Autumnal knits and cosy nightwear to remain relevant to the season.  One Anthroplogie jumper, two Zara longline knits and one black jersey night-tunic I'd bought in France a couple of years back and never worn.  It was a bit of an impulse buy after stumbling across a boutique that favoured air conditioning (on a hot day) and lavender scents - consider me sold!

Psst!  Boohoo are collaborating with TRAID, a 'fashion reuse charity' working to tackle the negative environmental and social justice impacts of fashion by stopping unwanted clothes from being thrown away.  You can donate your old clothes to TRAID by dropping them off at any of their 11 charity shops and/or 1300 clothes reuse banks.  Better yet, you can book a free home collection - book online via their website.     
Styling an envelope clutch for daytime autumn winter
Styling a Boohoo trench coat for autumn fashion blogger
Fashion blogger clothing charity donation
Farewell old friends - enjoy your new homes!
So going back to the idea of this season bringing a 'fresh perspective', I'm now heading into the colder weather with more room in my wardrobe, a good feeling in my heart and even more resolve to find other things to revisit and tweak!

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. boots are beautiful! can't believe they are from boohoo<3 you're sparkling in a total black look then!

    xx from italy
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  2. This is a stunning all-black look, sweetie! So feminine and timeless <3 Gorgeous photos!
    I can definitely relate to donating clothes as each piece might find a happy new owner who will be beyond thankful for it. Hubby and I are currently running a huge project (well, we have been running it for a few years now) which involves collection used items in very good condition and shipping them across to Ukraine (where I used to live). There are so many people out there in need of basic things. I can give you the Facebook page in a private DM if you're interested, honey.
    Btw, after reading this I want to jump on the sock boots bandwagon too! :)
    You look gorgeous, as always! Hope you're having a lovely weekend <3
    xox Nadia
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  3. So much yes to this all black look. I love how chic it is! Donating clothes always ends up being a win-win, and you've inspired me to get some fresh perspective in my life for this season. Thanks, girl!

    Kathryn • Simply KK

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  4. You look incredible in all black!! Seriously loving this outfit and the fact that you love donating clothes <3

    Renee | Life After Lux

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  5. Decluttering feels so good-and it's fun to have room for new things!
    Cheers,
    Katelyn
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  6. gorgeous trench!! looks amazing on you gabrielle!!!

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  7. You look beautiful! I've missed seeing your outfits and photos during my hiatus. All black is such a chic look and you look stunning as always.

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  8. You loook so elegant! I've looked around on boohoo a few times and saw a lot of things I wanted but I just never made an order - that should change! I totally agree, fashion is moving so fast and it's easy to have an overflowing amount of clothes and it's good to donate it it :) I'm trying to purge my closet too!

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  9. I love this all black look on you Gabrielle. The trench is so pretty. It's a perfect alternative to a beige version and I'm sure it will serve you well over the years.

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  10. As you said, fashion comes and goes so quickly these days that when we get bored of clothes, donating them are the best option. It can literally make other people's lives better, and it's good to help as much as we can. This trench coat is gorgeous, you look like you're out of a James Bond film or something :P

    Julia x
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  11. I particularly like the idea to donate to charity (very important to give when we receive so much). Black suits you to perfection. Happy Sunday Gaby :)

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  12. You look amazing, hun! I'm totally in love with the whole outfit. You have a great taste when it comes to fashion! And cheers to the photographer who did a great job capturing your style!

    xo,
    Iga
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  13. Out with the old, in with the new...Perfect motto for this time of year. Donating clothes is great but sometimes it is hard to find a place that accepts donations, nowadays everyone loves to donate clothes so sometimes red cross and other organizations aren't able to process all those clothes and may lack the funds to have them cleaned ( a guy from Red Cross told me they are required by law to have the clothes cleaned or dried cleaned and sometimes they just lack the funds to do it).

    It is great that today (if there is no organization willing to take the clothes), we can put them in special containers and know they'll be disposed off in an ecological way or even recycled. I think most cities have these special containers so nowadays we don't have the excuse when it comes to disposing our clothes in an ecological way.

    Your outfit is absolutely fabulous! Nothing is more powerful than an all black styling. That coat is so gorgeous and those boots are adorable. You look fantastic!!!

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  14. Omg! Love this look from head to toe. Everything is perfect! I love to donate clothes too.
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  15. OOOoooooo this post makes me so excited for the colder weather, that jacket is lovely, and the boots are stunning :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  16. Wow so chic Gabrielle! I love the styling of this look!

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  17. U look gorgeous babe, luv ur styling....xoxo, Neha

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  18. I love this! Your right that we all seem to get the temptation to freshen our lives up a bit around this time of the year, I too have been making space in my wardrobe (for new clothes admittedly sssh!) but I always make sure to donate to charity, it's such a great way to make use of the items you no longer want.

    Musings & More

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  19. Wow, girl! You look so good all in black! I love your look!

    Love
    Daria

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  20. A great all in black look! I also donate clothes regularly or give them to my friends! xoxo

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  21. I love a good old #allblack outfit! You look great hun!
    Love Emina

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  22. Cute outfit! I'm currently having a Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment giveaway and will have a new giveaway every Friday with products from UD, Too Faced, Fresh, Hourglass, Buxom and more. You should come check it out!
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  23. I donate most of my clothes (at least the ones that are in good shape still), I just can´t justify throwing them out. I know that someone might still love them.
    The black trench is amazing. I have a classic colored one, but it seem I am missing out.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  24. I always give my old clothes to charity, so this is a great initiative. Your new coat and boots are both very stylish

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  25. Your hair is stunning! I need to look at Boohoo immediately, gorgeous pieces. Lovely photography, thanks for sharing, hope you will stop by my blog if you have a minute. Seriously, your hair is goals x

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  26. This is such a gorgeous outfit! I love how you've gone all black for autumn and you styled it so well! I love the trench coat and those boots! I think it's about time that I decluttered my closet as well and find something classic and simple on Boohoo! :)

    Olivia x | Liviatiana

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  27. I'm going to check that long trench coat, Gabrielle because it's so stunning on you. May I know your height? It might be a little too long on me?

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    1. Hey Shireen! I'm somewhere between 5'9'' and 5'9.5''- the length may be a little 'in-between' for you, though it depends if you'd be wearing heels? Hope that helps :)

      Gabrielle x

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  28. Trench coats are always a sure bet during this time of year and this one is just stunning on you Gabrielle! This type of long length is not something everyone can pull off but you're just rocking it with your statuesque figure and I daresay it makes you look even taller and sleeker if that's even possible ;DI need to get on my closet cleaning for the season. I ususally try to do it twice a year.

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  29. Lovely outfit and photos dear, thanks for sharing!

    Faye .x

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  30. Maybe the cooler weather is such a reprieve from Summer that everything feels new again? That's probably such a stretch lol. This new look is so chic, seriously, you're killing it Gabrielle! I'm glad you joined the sock boot bandwagon as well! I've got to go browse Boohoo now.

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  31. I definitely need to get rid of so many of my old clothes. In fact while I was picking out an outfit today I was complaining that I literally had nothing in my wardrobe to wear. Nothing for fall whatsoever. I need to get on that! Loving your outfit here. Boohoo seems awesome!

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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  32. I have no idea why this time of the year offers a fresh perspective. The seasons are the opposite over here so does this saying only apply to people in the Northern Hemisphere? If it was applied to Australia, I guess it could have something to do with spring cleaning? Haha I always find the start of the year the time for fresh perspective haha Anyway... Great outfit. It’s so chic & look very corporate. Speaking of donating clothes. I should probably get into that spring cleaning! x

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  33. This all black outfit is super cute on you babe. I love this.

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  34. I need to declutter my closet before purchasing any fall clothes, fortunately the temperature here is hot enough to make me wear my summer dresses so I have plenty of time to do it. You look great in black!

    Yiota
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  35. Oh Gabrielle so nice of to jump in the donating wagon.I'm cleaning up my wardrobe as well lately by donating and even selling. We could so much good with recycling our clothes.Keep in mind my darlings, fashion industry is the second most dirty after oil industry.
    Loved the pictures, writing and the outfit.
    Have a great start into the new week my darling.
    Cheers,
    T.
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  36. This is a gorgeous all black look, very classy and chic. I've always loved to donate my clothes, this way someone else can love them as much as I once did.

    xo
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  37. I love this look and that coat is just gorgeous! I need to clear out my wardrobe more often as I tend to be a bit of a hoarder when it comes to clothes but when I do I always like to give them to charity so you know that they aren't going to waste :) x

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  38. YES, donating is amazing. It makes you feel better and you're helping others - a win win. You're inspiring me to clean out some of my closet now! You look so beautiful in this all black ensemble! So chic xx

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  39. This is the best time of year for some wardrobe upgrades and changes. That coat is one of my wardrobe goals, it's so classic and chic. You look stunning!

    XoXo Noma

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  40. This look is just so so chic, I love the difference the choker makes, it really pulls the look together in such a chic way! Love it. And donating clothes is the way to do it, I can't remember the last time I tossed a piece, I always donate. So lovely to hear too that this is what people usually do! Xx

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  41. I love this new look on you Gabrielle, you look so chic! I'm a big fan of all black, and it always works well come autumn. Good to hear you donated too, I always like to try and give back by donating my old clothes rather than just throwing them away. I feel like it gives them a new lease of life then as well! - Tasha

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  42. Wow, I love this outfit, you look great in this style! :D
    The boots are so cool, they can go with so many different looks and that is just wonderful! :D

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  43. dear this total black look is expectacular
    I'd love to know your opinion on my NEW BEAUTY REVIEW
    have an happy day
    kiss ---> tr3ndygirl fashion & beauty blogger <---

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  44. You look amazing that jacket is everything ! :) xx

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  45. Good for you Gabrielle! I both donate & sell my clothes. Anything but throw away, accept if they are in bad condition. Love what Boohoo did! Getting rid of things, makes way for new. Plus our tastes & styles change over time. Love the trench coat & booties.
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  46. It's wonderful you're donating clothes. I always try to do that with new seasons when I have to put some clothes away.
    I love your outfit. The trench and bag are really great!
    Have a lovely week ahead Gabrielle. :)
    xo
    Sauniya | Find Your Bliss ♡

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  47. What a gorgeous trench coat Gabrielle, this suits you really nicely and the cut of the coat is really flattering too.

    I have been on the hunt for a trench coat, but a pink one actually :)

    Donating clothes to charity is always a great idea, I do this whenever I have wardrobe clear-outs, though I usually end up coming back with items I've found in the charity shop too ;)

    Lovely post and you look stunning in your photographs here as always!

    Laura xxx
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  48. You look so fabulous in this post Gabrielle. I love the look. Have a great day! Gemma x
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  49. This is a great time for a wardrobe change. Such a gorgeous classy and chic outfit. xx

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  50. This is simple, but classy and boss lady outfit. I adore that coat a lot. Gotta head to boohoo to check em out. Beautiful lady! :)

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  51. Beautiful outfit! It's good to hear that you are donating your old clothes to charity :) I've done this for so many years as well. Also, those boots you picked out are amazing!!
    Love from Berlin,
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  52. All black everything! You look so gorgeous, your outfit is so beautiful and I love the choker too!! Love fall outfits hahaha!
    Thanks for sharing love

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  53. love the coat and the whole outfit.
    good to hear you are donating so many of your clothes that you don't need any more..

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  54. I love your outfit! It's so polished and put together... I have to agree about Fall being all about changes... It's probably because uni starts all over again, and it's almost as if it's a new year... New professors, new classes, new people, moving back into my apartment... I guess it is true for me :) xx

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  55. You look so classy and elegant, but that choker makes all the difference! Love it dear :)

    Erica
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  56. Everything you're wearing here is incredibly pretty and stylish! They are really versatile pieces, too so I bet you'll be wearing them a lot this season!

    Bella Pummarola

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  57. This is great! gros bisous.
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  58. this is so fabulous!! amazing!

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  59. Gorgeous look!

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  60. This outfit looks amazing on you Gabrielle! :D From the choker to the shoes, everything goes so well together. It's such an elegant yet sophisticated look. Love it!

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  61. Girl this coat is STUNNING on you, seriously you look so chic and sophisticated!

    Elle
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    xx

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  62. I love your selections, that trench and those booties are divine. I'm also loving this recycling opportunity, though I wish they'd offer this to everyone. There's so much waste these days and so many people in need.

    Sxx
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  63. Haha, I agree, air conditioning and lavender are a totally irresistible combination! ;)
    So you've updated your wardrobe and done a good deed... What could be better than that?!
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  64. I love everything about this look, its so chic and well put together. The choker and boots add such a lovely touch! Hope your well Gabrielle :)

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  65. Gabrielle, you look incredible! Legs for days! I love a classic black coat, currently searching for mine this season. Black really suits you, by the way - your gorgeous hair stands out beautifully against an all black outfit.

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  66. Donating is such a great idea, I definitely could do with clearing out my closet. Love the all black look, especially the trench coat! It looks fab on you!

    Ash | Liakada

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  67. Fabulous coat & model, of course! Always wonder who's your photographer ..... xoxo

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  68. Great outfit... You can never go wrong with black, right
    The boots are extraordinary
    xx
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  69. you look absolutely stunning in tis outfit- so chic and elegant - I love the look so much
    xx

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  70. I experience the same thing, girlie. I'll clean out my wardrobe every season, really believing that I'm donating pieces that I'm no longer into, yet every season, I'm donating pieces that are more than a few years old, so it seems as though I'm actually holding on to more pieces than I'd like to believe, lol. I love your all black look, the mix of textures and fabrics are so lovely; that clutch is gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you're having the most amazing start to your week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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  71. woooow, you look so elegant and beautiful in that all in black look and I'm in love with that coat *_*
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  72. by the way I still have to clean out :D excited if I'll really clean out or not :D

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  73. I love a good closet/wardrobe refresh every now and again- so good for the soul. :)

    You look so chic in all black here, babe!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  74. A truly stunning outfit! Just love the all black and you look like a fashion model (think I've told you before ;) )

    LUXESSED

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  75. i think its to do with the change in our wardrobe too! have loads to donate this season! u look killer good today!
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  76. Love this outfit! Me and my love for all black looks really likes how everything pairs together haha I'm always all for a nice all black look especially with that gorgeous coat! It really looks great on you!
    I like donating clothes more than throwing them out as well. I'm helping others while clearing out space for new stuff. Although it takes me a while to really let go of clothes and know I am through with them haha I get attached

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  77. El outfit es ideal, me encanta!! https://bohoclosetblog.com/2016/10/17/falda-tejana/

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  78. This is a lovely outfit! And it's really great that you donated some of your clothes to charity! I particularly like your boots, they're so cool! :) xx

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  79. It's such a great idea to donate clothing to charity. I feel so much better when I clean out my closet and let those unworn garments find new homes, and I applaud Boohoo for their efforts at being more conscious with their fashion.

    Isn't it great to have more room for pieces you really like? I love your black trench coat and the sock boots. Simply adorable! Thanks for sharing. XO

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  80. Wow babe!! Perfect in all black, that trench is just awesome ♡ You look like an actress in a thriller, chic and mysterious ;)

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  81. I'm all about the fall vibes that are coming (though in California fall barley exists, I can at least fake it.)

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  82. That's a lovely trench! A trenchcoat is a classic staple in one's wardrobe :)

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