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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Double Vinyl | Stepping Out Of Your Fashion Comfort Zone

How to Style Double Vinyl Patent Leather
Patent leather boots? No problem.  Vinyl skirt?  Also no problem.  But pair them together and you've got yourself a pretty saucy dominatrix-esque outfit that even a mohair chunky knit jumper can't tone down.  Oops.  I wouldn't say my personal style is safe - due to the masses of mile-high stilettos I pair with most outfits - but I rarely step out of my comfort zone.  My comfort zone is pretty vast at this point, and so it surprised me to find how categorically uncomfortable I felt stepping out in double vinyl.  The good news?  That feeling didn't last for long...
Reiss Jemima Chunky Knit Jumper
Aldo Loreni Patent Leather Black Ankle BootsIf 'familiarity breeds contempt', stepping out of your fashion comfort zone is definitely the way to go.  A funny sense of pride comes with having broken the cycle and tried something new, and once you've started thinking about unusual-for-you outfit combinations, you just can't stop!  With this week arriving and bringing with it a fresh new year, it's the perfect time to step out of your comfort zone and try pairing different pieces together.  My advice?  When you're ready to challenge yourself, roll up a pair of jeans (or jumper) in your tote, ready to whip out should you lose your nerve at any point throughout the day.  Or, y'know, suspect hypothermia to be setting in. Speaking of which, anyone else find their legs never get cold?  I'm literally a walking-talking ice cube, and yet that doesn't seem to apply to my legs?!
Fashion blog how to style double patent leather outfit
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Patent Faux Leather Ruffled Black Mini Skirt

Jumper - Reiss

Skirt - H&M

Boots - Aldo (also at Zalando)

Clutch - Victoria Beckham at Farfetch   |   Hat - Mint Velvet

Fashion Blogger Walking in Double Vinyl Styling
Aldo Black Patent Loreni Stiletto BootsAt the end of the day, fashion is meant to be fun.  And this sure as hell was fun to wear!  Will I be pairing the two together again?  No, probably not.  Been there, done that, got the raised eyebrows.  But it's definitely prepared me for stepping outside my fashion comfort zone more in future.  Damn, it feels exciting to be starting a fresh new year, right?!

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With love,

Gabrielle x

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101 comments

  1. Very good post!
    xo

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  2. I absolutely LOVE the way you've styled the vinyl pieces, girlie! Lol at dominatrix-esque! It can be quite easy to unintentionally create that vibe, but what you've done here is far from that! The rest of the pieces you've included really work with the glossy materials; you look so stylish. I think it's awesome that you stepped outside of your comfort zone, what better time than the start of the new year?! Speaking of, Happy New Year! I hope 2018 is your best year yet. May all you aspire to do be a success!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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  3. That boots is sexy as hell, Gabrielle! I don't own anything vinyl but gosh, it sure is sexy!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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  4. Gosh I love this outfit and I adore how you've styled the vinyl. Vinyl matched with knitwear is just such a genius combination. And yes to pushing ourselves out of the fashion comfort zone. Undoubtedly one of my top goals 2018. Happy 2018 Gabrielle, I wish you a lovely one! Xx

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  5. amazing look, love the vinyl mood
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    have a nice day, a big kiss

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  6. These patent piece are so gorgeous!!! I need a pair of patent boots asap :) Love the look - and many wishes to you for 2018 dear!! x

    Erica
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  7. This is definitely far from my comfort zone, but it looks amazing on you! You can wear pretty much anything and it looks great haha. Vinyl is a material I still find tricky to style, but you do it effortlessly :)

    Julia x
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  8. A++ Heyyy! You def pulled off this look. It’s the right balance! I love it!

    -L.
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  9. Ahhhhh I love this outfit. Such a cute skirt and sweater!! I would've never put these pieces together haha but they look so good together.

    - Avalon from simplyavalon.blogspot.com

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  10. You pull this look off so well! Love it.

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  11. Oh darling your style is so amazing!
    Thanks for share with us
    Happy New Year
    xx

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  12. Vinyl look so awesome on you Gabrielle! It's FUN! You look so good! It's important to takes risks and step out of your comfort zone. Good for you!
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  13. I love your new look for 2018! I only own a black vinyl pair of OTK boots and love them. It does take a good stroke of confidence, which you definitely have, Gabrielle. Happy New Year! :)
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  14. I think the jumper is the perfect pairing for these pieces! It's definitely good to have fun with fashion, and it's wonderful you're trying that here! I don't think it's too much at all, we could all try be a little more adventurous with our outfits now and then like you have here :)

    Happy new year! Hope that 2018 is going well for you! We've been enjoying the warmer weather with some pool time, as it has been a particularly humid summer so far the pool has been a good idea!

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  15. A fantastic and stylish outfit with superb booties ;) My best wishes for 2018 :)

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  16. Haha I love how you said the outfit was fun to wear but at the end, admitted you wouldn't wear it again. I LOVE this look. Especially how you styled all the patent leather with a slouchy jumper. I hope you post more outfits like this one. It definitely makes me want to step out of my fashion comfort zone more!

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  17. You look amazing, I love this skirt. Gorgeous. I love daring myself to do something I wouldn't normally think to do, it's a rush!! Have a gorgeous day lovely x

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  18. Girl you look absolutely stunning. Great combo in that skirt & patent boots. The look has a dare me confident feel to it and I absolutely live for this. Gorgeous

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  19. Stepping out of my fashion comfort zone is actually something I'm working on right now, so this post is very inspirational to me! And I really like this look, I love the contrast the chunky knit offers!

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  20. Really hot boots!! The whole look is fab on you babe. X

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  21. As always, you look great, Gabrielle! It's been a while since I got to visit your page and nothing has changed. You still are gorgeous, same as your outfit.

    Xeph Hipolito | multiverse

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  22. Fantastic stylization and beauty You <3
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  23. Wow, I am loving the daring outfit... I am especially here for the boots! Hmmmmm, how can I step out of my comfort zone this year?

    Madeline

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  24. Fabulous look!
    Have a nice day!
    Gil Zetbase

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  25. I think that with you amazing sense of style and elegance, you could really wear anything, Gbrielle!!!
    I'd never dare to wear double vinyl, but you did it flawlessly, really!
    The contrast with the coziness af the knits is genial!
    XO
    S
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  26. Loving this edgy and fun styling Gabrielle!!! You rocked the double vinyl!!

    I also feel the same way, the cold doesn't apply to my legs haha :P

    Hope you are having a great start of 2018!

    Andrea.

    Seize your Style

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  27. You certainly make this combination look super chic and fashionably edgy at the same Gabrielle! Stepping out of one's fashion comfort zone is definitely a fun new way to usher in a new year! Happy new year lovely friend!

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  28. That is such a cute skirt and you styled it so well with those fabulous boots. The whole look is fab on you Hun. x

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  29. Definitely not something I would wear! But I agree, even if you didn't feel at home and would probably not repeat it, it for sure was more adventurous than my usual jeans and shirt combo.

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

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  30. This outfit is so amazing! I absolutely love how you styled it!

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  31. Looking like sheer stunning magic in vinyl gorgeous Gabrielle, I'm absolutely over the moon for this look! I love the style of the skirt and the boots add the perfect badass bombshell touch. The hat and jumper make for the perfect dream cream vibes against the patent and vinyl. So much LOVE! <3

    Always adore the idea of stepping out of your fashion comfort zone, and it's such good advice to bring a jumper/jeans just in case, the amount of times I've done that after changing from a risqué blog shoot outfit haha. As always you're looking mesmerising and the backdrop for your photos is pure and utter bliss. Hoping 2018 sees all you wish for and more my lovely! :D

    Sophie | soinspo xo

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  32. This look is fantastic Gabrielle! Way to bring a bit of edge to Winter. Kudos to you for stepping out of your comfort zone. Sometimes it's just necessary, you know? You've made me want to see what kind of new combinations I can come up within my own wardrobe!

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  33. Now that's one shiny, edgy and stylish look! Looking forward to see more amazing outfits you'll wear this year :)

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

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  34. You look absolutely breathless- I like this outfit - you can show us all taht you can look very hot even in winter version

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  35. Completely agree with you - fashion is meant to be fun! What a great way to step out of your comfort zone, it is a fantastic combination. Happy New Year, Gabrielle!

    Miriam x

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  36. I definitely need to step out of my fashion comfort zone this year! You look amazing, I really like the boots and the pictures are so cool!!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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  37. I'm not one for Vinyl, because I'm terrified to wear it haha, but daaamn girl, you sure pull it off incredibly well xxx

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  38. Girl you look AMAZING! My legs definitely do get cold haha, I can't believe you haven't even got goosebumps in these pictures! I've got a similar post coming next week about stepping out of my style comfort zone as it's something I really want to do more this year!
    Amy xx
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  39. Amazing style dear.Good wishes to you this year
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  40. Vinyl never looked so good! You have totally managed to pull this off in a classy way! Gorgeous

    Gemma x
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  41. Your boots are so awesome! Loving the outfit:)

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  42. That skirt is absolutely amazing! And I love the boots you paired it with!

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  43. Love the look! You pull it off so well!

    Narhee | Made in Mauve

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  44. Wow, you pull of this look so well You look amazing! Those boots are gorgeous! You always look beautiful!

    Much love,
    Marianne x https://mariannesophia.com/

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  45. Love the look. You definitely know how to style vinyl. Not an easy task. Happy weekend. xoxo Cris
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  46. You look beyond stunning. I love how chic you've made patent and vinyl feel. And more so, weather appropriate (even though you don't tend to pair patent and snow hahaha). BTW I can't actually think of a time when my legs felt cold either. Right now I've been sitting under the air con unit and my arms are full of goose-pimples (I'm on the verge of turning it off!) but my legs are a-ok. Weird.

    Sxx
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  47. You look so lovely with this darling outfit dear! Loving the sweater and skirt combo, and oh, those glossy shoes complements the skirt perfectly too. Such a cute look, and your long hair is gorgeous as always.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  48. I think the double vinyl totally works! You look so amazing!

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  49. Loving the look especially the boots.
    xx
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  50. Saucy indeed! I love your outfit girl. You pull it off SO well. The hat is super cute too!

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  51. Loved this outfit when I saw you on Insta and you totally rocked the double vinyl, Gabrielle! I am learning to step out of my (also broad) comfort zone and really enjoying the little challenges. It does feel good once you have done it and even better when you don't give a c**p about those raised eyebrows, ha! Anyways, hope you had a wonderful NYE and beginning of the year, babe. Much love from Cambridge Xx

    Saida | She talks Glam

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  52. Only you can make wearing double patent look classy! I can bet you got some raised eyebrows, you sexy biaaatch! :) If only it was a look I could off myself!
    Jaz xoxo
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  53. It's easy to overdo on the vinyl and enter a dangerous territory but you definitely nailed the look. I adore that boots. When it comes to heels, my philosophy is that the higher the better.
    Her Style Hive

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  54. Wowww those boots and the skirt i cant belive its H&M...
    Xoxo from Portugal

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  55. I could definitely learn a lot from you Gabrielle! I've got a habit of playing things safe with fashion even though I often get the urge to branch out a bit! Maybe 2018 is the year, eh?

    Musings & More

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  56. I agree with you that adding so much vinyl can be waaaaay too risky, but you pulled it off like a guru, you rock! This is awesome! <3


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  57. I was talking to a friend yesterday about the vinyl trend. You won't catch me wearing this trend, but you surely werkin it Gabrielle. I hate when it tight on people, but your skirt gave me hopes. Ha!! Very stylish!

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  58. I love the vinyl. You look awesome, and it's awesome you're stepping out of your comfort zone.
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  59. Ohhhhhhhhh, you rock that look! Def gonna be trying out some new fashion this year! - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  60. absolutely stunning!!! love your skirt and boots.
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  61. This is absolutely gorgeous - wishing you a wonderful 2018 gorgeous!!!! Hope you have a fab year and can't wait to see your posts! :)
    Layla xx

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  62. I think I would always need a pair of jeans or more. LOL
    Hey, you look amazing. Hope you had a fun holiday.

    Happy 2018!

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  63. I love how you paired the skirt & the boots with a sweater, it is a great way to tone down the vinyl a bit. This is one very attractive & feminine outfit, a bit on the bold side- but that is what makes it so fabulous. It is certainly an eye-catching look and you wore it so well! Your legs look a mile long in this styling and on overall you look simply fantastic.

    I know what you mean when you say that challenging ourselves with fashion can be so liberating. One does feel a sense of pride when one tries or wear something new & different. Plus, trying out new things is actually good for our brain. It fuels creativity & drives away the negativity. So, I say in with the new!

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  64. What an eye catching outfit. It's a lovely outfit and your legs are stunning!

    Corinne x
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  65. I absolutely love how you styled this look ! Love your booties !

    Have a great day!
    Nina
    xox
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  66. This skirt is such a statement piece! Beautiful styling, love it.

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  67. Looks great on you! But it's nothing for me 😄

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  68. You pull this outfit off amazingly, I would never think to put these pieces together but it works so well! I think I need to take more risks with my style, but I don't think it would turn out as good as this haha!

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  69. KILLING it girl, as per usual. This is beyond fierce haha. I'm always so in love with your shoes. Actually, let's be honest, I'm so in love with all of the pieces you wear. However my legs are ALWAYS cold haha. Ben on the other hand is like a walking space heater. He's never cold!

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  70. Lovely ♡
    bisous

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  71. I feel the same way whenever I wear a slightly bold make-up just out and about; raising eyebrows at times is pure fun! I think you look great in this outfit; you softened it by adding that comfy sweater and pom-pom - me likey! xx

    Naya // partyparrotblog.com

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  72. Your entire look is so chic as always, I love double vinyl !

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  73. First of all, I am right there with you because my legs never get cold either! Everyone always looks at me like I'm crazy. Secondly, I love love this outfit and the idea of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. In the end, it always looks better! Happy 2018, gorgeous!

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  74. You are totally killing it gal! Love those boots and skirt <3
    Wonderful post dear <3 Have a great week ahead.
    Beauty and Fashion Freaks

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  75. I need these boots in my life! You have such a great style!
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  76. You look so cool in this! I don't know that I could pull it off, but I love how you styled it. Great boots.

    Amy Ann
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  77. That is definitely stepping out of your comfort zone, I love it! I think that both the items are amazing, especially the boots something I would wear for sure. But like you said pairing them together might turn some heads here and there but so what? As long as you have fun and enjoy it! Hope you have a great year and looking forward to see your outfits this year, beauty ! XO, Miha
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  78. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the vinyl on vinyl! You look stunning Gabrielle! I love that you teamed the look with a winter jumper I love the photography! <3 hope you're having a lovely start to the week!

    Serene xoxo

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  79. The double vinyl totally works on you, girl! And the new year really is a good time to try something new with your style if you're looking to change up your look. I like your comment at the end about probably not pairing them together again, LOL. So important to try new things but then be honest about whether you liked it enough to repeat it! Hope you have a fantastic week, Gabrielle.

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

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  80. Your boots are amazing! I really like how you styled them, you look so cool! :) xx

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  81. Okay you SERIOUSLY rocked this look! You can make ANYTHING work and make it look vogue status. Your hair is GORGEOUS btw <3

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  82. *Whit woo* looking good lady! I definitely couldn't pull this off but you look fantastic! And it's so true about legs not really getting cold (so why did I put thermal leggings on top of my tights today, WHY??). In Italy they have a phrase - "le gambe non portano pena" or "the legs don't feel pain" so it's not just us! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

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  83. You definitely can pull off the look, the outfit looks amazing!
    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

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  84. Wow!! You look a beautiful :) Lovely jumper :)

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  85. Brave, but it looks great! Love the look, and your aesthetic!
    Isabelle x
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  86. Babe you've absolutely NAILED this outfit (really loving your fashion posts lately!!), I'm all for stepping out of your comfort zone, this year I really want to discover my style again as I feel like I've been out of touch with it for a while! Those boots are incredible too, need some asap!

    Hayley xo
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  87. Kudos to you for stepping out of yor comfort zone! I like how you styled vinyl+vinyl and you look beautiful as usual!
    xx Rena
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  88. Looking insane Gabrielle! I love the patent black look and I also love that you're encouraging people to step out of their comfort zone too x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

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  89. I love this look !
    The vinyl skirt is perfect with theses shoes and this sweater !
    I love love the mix.
    You should never be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
    xx,
    Margot
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  90. that skirt is everything on you babe
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  91. Nice post and great outfit!

    Like always, love for you!:)

    Cheers,
    Alexandra | Style Guide to Wear Slip On Sneakers in 2018

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  92. This is such a gorgeous look - you look absolutely stunning!!!!!! LOVE it! :)

    Layla xx

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  93. Yessss- I've had this skirt in my H&M cart for a while now and haven't pulled the trigger! You are rocking this!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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