IN BETWEEN

I’m not sure about the rest of the country, but the weather in LA today was that of spring season: low 70s, barely there clouds, and zero breeze.  It’s freaking fabulous.  This is what I call the “in-between”, where the weather is brisk in the morning, warm during the day, and chilly at night.  We’re not quite spring, but definitely not freezing like winter.  That’s when I need outfits that are thin and light and can be layered on.

I’m wearing an Isabel Marant Etoile Grey/Navy Sheer Mini Dress that I got at Barney’s Warehouse about four years ago.  This dress is very form fitting, and VERY sheer.  I would recommend wearing undergarments that are meant to be seen, or maybe some pasties for that “I’m wearing nothing underneath” look.  I absolutely love this brand, and I love everything that she designs.  Here’s a similar look.  I’m also absolutely in love with this Etoile Isabel Marant Wilder Ruched Slub Jersey Mini Dress (on sale), which is perfect for this in-between weather.

I’ve previously wore this Forever21 Open-Front Duster Coat in Heather Grey in the post, TWO SHADES OF GREY.  This coat has come in handy over the winter as I was traveling to colder climates.  It became my perfect layering coat.  This coat is now sold out, but here are similar looks:

Forever 21 Contemporary Longline Open-Front Crepe Jacket (I would wear this with the Etoile Isabel Marant Wilder Ruched Slub Jersey Mini Dress that I mentioned above)

Forever 21 Longline Open-Front Jacket in Light Grey

SPLURGE: Topshop Handmade Wool Duster Coat by Boutique

Quay Australia Isabelle Cat-Eye Shades / ZARA Knitted Scarf (sold out | similar look) / Forever 21 Chunky Platform Sandals (sold out | similar look) / Urban Outfitters Marled Camp Sock in Charcoal

Do you like the socks with sandals look?  I think the look is perfect for this in-between weather.  Let me know if you have any questions, suggestions or comments!

Photographed by Felicia Bade

(Felicia is also a great MUA, checkout her page for bookings and inquiries)

WEEKEND VIBE

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I’ve just went through an entire month of holiday parties, family gatherings and birthdays.  It’s the weekend.  I just want to chill, relax, and watch some football.  No need to get gussied up for beer and ranch dressing, but I don’t need to look like a hobo either.  The middle ground for these relaxing weekends is to dress comfortable, but throw on a pair of statement sneakers or a nice jacket over your t-shirt and jeans.  Comfy but classy.  That’s my kind of weekend vibe.kangthropologie_weekendvibe_IMG_outfit5 kangthropologie_weekendvibe_IMG_7995 kangthropologie_weekendvibe_IMG_7999 kangthropologie_weekendvibe_IMG_7998

I was broke as a joke when I saw this Vince Luxe Short Anorak in White at Nordstrom, but it was love at first sight.  Plus it was on sale at the time, so I knew I had to buy it.  This jacket is EVERYTHING: pockets, hoodie, snap-tab zip cuffs.  It’s very VERY comfortable, and it pretty much goes with everything in my closet.  (At least that’s what I tell myself to make myself feel better about the purchase of yet another outerwear.)  This jacket is now sold out, but you can buy it off Ebay or here’s a similar look, which is currently on sale.kangthropologie_weekendvibe_IMG_7900

This is just a basic Uniqlo Supima Cotton Crewneck Long-Sleeve T-Shirt in Gray.  It’s ultra comfy and I sometimes even wear it to sleep.  It’s thin and fits under most shirts and sweaters.  I’m wearing a size Small for a more loose-fit look.  This shirt is under $15.  I would recommend getting it in all available colors because this will be your go-to tee.kangthropologie_weekendvibe_IMG_8002

These H&M Hi-Waisted Denim were purchased last year and are no longer available.  Here’s a similar look.kangthropologie_weekendvibe_IMG_7993

I got these super cool Material Girl Extra Casual Slip-On Sneakers Exclusive to Macy’s over Christmas, and I’m just madly in love with them.  I wear them with sweats, denim, maxi dresses, and trousers.  They’re metallic gold so they make everything look fancy.  Unfortunately, these are no longer available, but here’s a very similar look that’s also on sale.kangthropologie_weekendvibe_outfit2

Ray-Ban Aviator Classic Sunglasses

Did anyone watch the college championship football game this past Monday?  Who are you cheering for the NFL playoffs?

Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions, suggestions or comments.  I make sure to read and respond to all my comments and emails.

Photographed by Kelsey Morris

GREEN WITH ENVY

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My closet is literally filled to brim with coats and jacket, which is ironic since I live in LA.  However, I can never pass up a great outerwear, especially when it’s on sale and not already in my closet.  I never want to be that girl who looks at someone else and wish that I was wearing what they were wearing versus what I have on myself.  I don’t want to be the jealous one.  I want everyone else to be green with envy of my outfit, and sometimes that means buying myself another coat.
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I’ve been eyeing this Lioness New York Minute Robe Coat from Nasty Gal since last October.  It’s trench like, it’s robe like, it’s awesome like.  It’s also on sale right now.  I purchased this coat in December when they had the additional 40% off sale on sale, which made this coat a MUST-BUY.

I got this in an XS, and it can get tight on the arms if I wear anything too thick underneath.  This is great for layering over a long-sleeve blouse, but I wouldn’t wear a chunky sweater underneath.  I recently travelled to Dallas, TX with this coat and had to stuff it in my suitcase.  It didn’t get wrinkled and came out perfectly fine when I unpacked my bags.  The fabric is decent for the price I purchased it at, but I would personally recommend that you wait until this coat goes on additional sale or additional markdown before purchasing it.

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I’m wearing an old ZARA Short Sleeve Knit Top (similar look), and an old LFStores faux-leather skirt (similar look).

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ZARA Silver Metallic Pumps (sold out | similar look) /  Gentle Monster Dreamer 01 Sunglasses

This is the last blog post outfit with my hair still long.  I have since chopped off the length of my hair for something more sophisticated and modern.  Stay tuned for the new haircut.  And as always, let me know if you have any questions, suggestions or comments!  Thanks for reading!

MEOW

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I’m a dog-owner kind of person.  In fact, I love animals of all kinds, but still on the fence about cats.  Their duplicit personality freaks me out.  But one of the greatest things to come from the world of felines is the leopard-print.

Part of being female is the luxury to wear and own leopard print.  It screams, “I am female, hear me roar.”  Leopard-print is essential in every fashionista’s wardrobe.  Don’t be scared of it.  Yes, it can be fierce, loud, and ostentatious; however, this print can transform something so simple and casual into a stylish and trendy outfit.  It’s vital that this print is worn with something minimal so that there’s a balance.
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This denim jacket is sooo money!  I am so glad I purchased this Nasty Gal After Party Vintage Wanted Denim Jacket.  It does run a little big on me, but it’s suppose to worn kind of trucker style.  I love the distressed vintage look of the reworked Levi’s denim jacket, and it has all the classic Levi’s feel.  This is seriously my FAVORITE jacket right now.  This jacket is now sold out.  Can’t blame them.  It was on sale for less than $30.  You can always get on the waitlist in case this item goes back in stock or here are similar looks:

Levi’s Boyfriend Trucker Jacket in Sunshine Indigo (on sale at Levi’s | see SALES for details on how to get an additional 30% off)

Levi’s Classic Denim Jacket in Vintage Reserve (on sale at Kohl’s)

Levi’s Classic Trucker Jacket in Saddle Blue (on sale at Levi’s | see SALES for details on how to get an additional 30% off)

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Meow.  That’s all I can say about this Nasty Gal Square Up Plunging Romper in Leopard.  It’s on sale and it’s on point.  I was worried about ordering the XXS, but the reviews and size guide pointed me to this size.  This size may run a little short if you’re taller than 5’4″, but if you’re short and petite then this is the size for you.

This dress is VERY plunging as you can see from the photos.  I think this dress is better fitted for women with a smaller bust, (anything C-cup and under).  I brought this dress with me to Dallas and will most likely be wearing this for NYE with a long sweeper coat.  Here’s a similar look.kangthropologie_meow_IMG_7647

Are you ready for 2016?!

Barneys New York Brown Suede Platform Boot /  Gentle Monster Dreamer 01 Sunglasses

Photographed by Felicia Bade

GROWN UP

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It’s New Years Eve circa 1990s and my mother is throwing her annual holiday party at our house.  I remember being really young, sitting at the kids’ table, and thinking how I couldn’t wait to grow up.  I wanted to sit with the grown ups, drink their drinks, eat their food, and most importantly, wear their clothes.  Flash forward many years later and New Years Eve is still the one holiday every year that I feel the need to be super dressed up.  To be glam.  To be an adult.  To be a grown up.
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I am wearing an IRO Anissa Beaded Lapel Blazer in White that I purchased from Intermix last year.  I am wearing a size FR 34 and I feel like the blazer fits true to size.  It’s suppose to sit loose and boxy on your frame.  I love the metallic beaded details on the lapels.  This might look like a simple white blazer, but it’s the details that glam up this simple jacket.  It’s linen and viscose blend, so the fabric is really light and airy, (something you want when your outerwear is part of your outfit).  It’s also available in black.  Here’s a similar look.
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This dress is EVERYTHING.  I mean EVERYTHING.  It’s got cutouts, slits, see-through panels, deep v-neck, effortless flow, and blackout sexiness.  This eco-friendly Reformation Fiore Dress in Black was purchased last year on sale.  It’s currently not available, but you can put your name on the waitlist and they will notify you if they make more of this beautiful dress.  Here’s a couple similar looks:

Reformation Charlene Dress in Black (on sale)

Reformation Luna Dress in Black (on sale)

Reformation Naveen Dress in Sapphire (on sale | sold out in black)

The very first outfit I ever wore for this blog was by Reformation, (see EARTH FRIENDLY).  I just absolutely love this brand, what they stand for, and their gorgeous feminine silhouettes.  I highly recommend this sustainable brand and taking advantage of their sale that’s going on right now.  See SALES for more details.

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Do you have a holiday or special event that you always dress up or get glammed up for?  Thanks for  following along!

Double Big Peal Earrings (custom made) / Large Gemstone Ring (my own) / Ray-Ban Aviator Classic Sunglasses / Chanel Wallet on Chain (WOC) Black Quilted Patent Leather / American Apparel Cotton Spandex Jersey Cross-Back Bra in Black / Jessica Simpson Platform Sandals (super old | similar look)

Photographed by Jaclyn Marfuggi

PRETTY

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You know that feeling when you wake up and you’re feeling great, your hair is just the right amount of messy, and your smile looks brighter than normal?  Right, me neither.  Which is why we need fashion therapy to help boost our moral every now and then.  Sometime you just need a dress that makes you feel alive, female,…pretty.
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I went to the KeepSake Sample Sale in DTLA last week (see SALES for details) and found this pretty Keepsake Mirror Image Maxi Dress in an XS for only $10.  I’m telling y’all, Sample Sales are your best of best friends.  Sure they don’t have your size in everything that you love, but you’ll find that one or two diamond in the rough and walk out with the biggest smile on your face.

I still feel like the top of this dress is a bit too big, and will take it in to alterations to have it more fitted to my frame.  Keepsake is an Aussie brand, and I find that Aussie brands tend to run a little bigger than even American brands and especially European brands.  Here’s a similar look that’s on sale at UO.  pretty_IMG_7309

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Remember this Armani Exchange Faux Shearling Bomber Jacket from FALL-ING?  It’s getting chilly in LA and this jacket is the perfect masculine piece to top off this feminine dress.  As you know, I love the juxtaposition of masculine/feminine or conservative/edgy.  It’s the ying and yang of fashion.

This jacket also provides just the right amount of warmth and coverage so that you don’t take away the flow of the dress.  Here’s a similar look.
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I feel like I’ve been begging for cold weather in LA since early August, and now that we have it, I don’t want it.  Anyone else feeling this way?

Thanks for reading!  And as always, feel free to ask questions, leave a comment, or offer suggestions in the comments section below.  Happy Holidays!

Prada PR05PS Cat-Eye Shades in Havana / Forever21 Ankle Wedge Booties

Photographed by Jaclyn Marfuggi

TWO SHADES OF GREY

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If I had to pick between wearing black or white, I’d pick grey.  I don’t think I can ever have enough grey.  There are so many shades of grey: heather, dark, light, etc..  I think grey gives off the feeling of ease and comfort.  It reminds me of sweats and loungewear, which is why I have put together this outfit.  It’s so easy and comfy to wear, but I don’t feel that it’s underdressed or too casual.  It’s a shopping outfit.  It’s a movie date outfit.  It’s a great outfit.
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I’m wearing a Forever21 Open-Front Duster Coat in Heather Grey.  It’s under $40, and it just about goes with everything you can possibly wear this fall.  It’s in a sweatshirt, heavy knit material so it can transform anything you wear with it to casual wear.  Here’s a similar look.
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This is a LnA Grey Maxi Dress that I got from SHOPBOP like five years ago on super ridiculous sale.  I think it was around $30+.  I have been following this clothing line for a while, and I love how it has stayed true to it’s original core: casual, soft and comfy clothing.  They have branched out to leather and active wear, but they are one of my go-tos when it comes to a perfect cotton tee.  Here are similar looks:

LNA T-Shirt Maxi Dress in Vintage Black (at Planet Blue)

ZARA Long Dress in Grey Marl

Forever21 Contemporary Layered Stretchy Marled Dress

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Grey can be the easiest color to wear, (except when working out).  Casual and ease doesn’t mean lazy though. It means you can be fashionable and comfortable at the same time, so take advantage of that grey!

Like this comfy chic outfit?  Do you have a preference of black or white?  Let me know!  Thanks for reading and happy hump day!

 Ray-Ban RB4147 Sunglasses / Vans Sk8-Hi California Reissue Sneaker

Photographed by Kelsey Morris

LAST CALL

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SO, I’m going to start off by first saying that everything in this outfit is no longer available.  (Silence.  Someone coughs.)  You’re now wondering why in the freaking world would a fashion blogger blog about an outfit that is no longer available AND name her post LAST CALL?!  Before you get your panties all in a wad, let me explain and tell the story of the last call items that you see before you.

What we have here ladies are fashionable items that I purchased on last call clearance because they were already past their season, the last size of that item and/or the very last one of that item.  I’m not sure why it’s such a taboo to wear things from previous seasons when staple items like a LBD, long black coat, and grey platform boots are always on trend fall after fall and winter after winter.  Does this outfit look fabulous? Yes.  Does this outfit fit the season?  Yes.  Did this outfit cost me a mere fraction of what I would have spent if I purchased it as soon as it was released? YES!  So start shopping smart!

I am wearing a J. Crew Long Wool Coat with Nautical Buttons.  I got this coat almost a decade ago, and I still remember buying it for $40.  YUP, four-zero dollars.  If you have EVER shopped at J. Crew, you would know that most of their outerwear start at $150 retail price.

So how in the world did I purchase mine for such a ridiculously low price?  By purchasing it in January and waiting for the sale on sale event, which always happens because they’re trying to offload their winter inventory.  I’m an impulse shopper so I can completely understand and sympathize with the shopaholics that are screaming what if they run out of my size or what if they sell out?!  My response is: it happens.  (Silence.  Someone coughs.)  But is it really the end of the world?  Instead you end up finding other stylish items that you didn’t notice before AND that are on super sale.

Here are some similar looks:

GUESS Funnel-Collar Asymmetrical Coat (on sale at Macy’s)

Vince Camuto A-Line Military Walker Coat (on sale at Macy’s)

Rachel Roy Double-Breasted Military Maxi Coat (on sale at Macy’s)

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This is a Theyskens’ Theory Kumila Dress that I purchased from Barneys New York about three years ago for 1/3 of it’s original price.  Once again, I purchased it around January/February when all the winter items are purged from the stores.  This beautiful silk knit dress can also be worn into spring because it’s light-weight and very breathable.

Here are similar looks:

Theory Karlyn Dress

Tommy Hilfiger Cowl-Neck Cable-Knit Sweater Dress (on sale at Macy’s)

Marc New York by Andrew Marc Metallic Cable Knit Sweater Dress

Versus Long Sleeve Knit Dress

Acne Studios Jamal L Ribbed Sweater Dress

And lastly, these fabulous Dolce Vita Suede Block-Heel Knee-High Boots in Grey that I got from Free People for under $100 a few years ago.  This was the steal of a lifetime.  I’m sure it was probably a return, but it was the last pair they had in stock and it just happen so to be my size.  It was a purchase sent from above.  They are very comfortable to wear, but the zippers in the back can get a bit rusty if not worn or used in a while.  I just recommend wearing them often so you don’t run into this issue.

Here are similar looks:

Autumn Elegant Stage Lace Up Knee High Knight Block Boots

Dune London Skyler Suede High Heel Knee High Boot

Steve Madden Gorgeous Boots in Grey

This whole outfit may have only costed me $250, and that includes wool outerwear, silk knit dress, and a pair of suede platform boots from very reputable and quality brands.  Is this a last call steal or what?  Thank y’all for reading, and as always, please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback!

Ray-Ban Aviator Flip Out Sunglasses

Photographed by Kelsey Morris

IN THE NUDES

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One of the best things in life is playing in the nude.  Remember when you were young and carefree and clothes wasn’t necessary?  Well, as adults, it would be illegal to parade around in the buff, but it doesn’t mean we have to neglect the nudes when it comes to fashion.  inthenudes_IMG_5721inthenudes_bundledup

This knit sweater is one of my prize possessions, and I scored this Stella McCartney Oversized Chunky Knit Zip Cardigan from the bi-annual Barney’s Warehouse Sale that use to occur every year in the LA Convention Center until August 2012 when they decided to move the sale online.  It was indeed a very sad summer.  However, I was elated that I still got my one last victory purchase.

I have a rule, and this fashion rule is unfortunately unbreakable.  If I try on something at a store and two complete strangers walk up to me and compliment me within a 10 minute time frame on that item, then I must purchase the item (regardless of the cost).  My wallet hates this rule, but I stand by it and it has yet to fail me in my fashion quests.  This $600 sweater was purchased because of that rule and I never regretted it because it was originally $2000+.  I don’t expect you to go break your bank on a chunky knit, but a quality one is always worth the investment.  Here are some similar styles:

ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Chunky Cardigan (on sale at Barney’s Warehouse)

Rose Gal Stylish Cable-Knit Hooded Cardigan

Michael Kors Button-Front Textured Long Cardigan (on sale at Neiman Marcus)

Stella McCartney Chunky Knit Wool-Blend Cardigan

inthenudes_IMG_5780Underneath the super warm sweater cardigan is Urban Outfitters Out From Under Ribbed V-Neck Midi Slip in Taupe.  This dress is now an online exclusive, but I purchased mine from the Los Angeles Melrose store when they offered it in the color Taupe and Black.  I feel like Out From Under runs a bit small so I got a size Small in this dress.  It is  VERY fitted, but I love the simplicity and sexiness of this dress.  I may just have to purchase it in black as well.

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Fall fashion can be sexy as well, as long as you know how to bundle up without compromising on your style.  Neutrals and nudes are a great way to pretend like you’re showing skin without having to freeze while showing skin.

Did anyone else ever shop at the Barney’s Warehouse Sale in Los Angeles?  If so, love to hear what you got from there that you still wear to this day.

Gentle Monster Dreamer 01 Sunglasses /  J.Crew Earrings (sold out | similar look on sale) / Steve Madden Serrpant Platform Pumps in Blush Leather (sold out | similar look on sale)

Photographed by Kelsey Morris

POPPY

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Last night it actually rained in Los Angeles, which brought in this perfect cold chill that made me smile.  Nothing like a little change in temperature to our unwavering sunny weather, and nothing like a little pop of color to add into our monochrome black and white wardrobe.  poppy_volkswagenI found this bright red Marc by Marc Jacobs Big Button Princess Peacoat a very, very long time ago at Neiman Marcus, and knew that I just had to buy it even if it meant going in debt for six months afterwards.  I have taken really great care of it and it has maintained it’s brilliancy and bold color.  I have a love for outerwear, and my friends are always confused as to why I purchase so many coats and jackets while living in LA.  And my only response is that I can wear it out that one time a year when it gets chilly and look fabulous.  Here are some similar looks:

GUESS Double-Breasted Pleasted Peacoat in Rouge (on sale at Macy’s)

Via Spiga Double-Breasted Flare Peacoat in Red (on sale at Macy’s)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Double-Breasted Peacoat in True Red (on sale at Macy’s)
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I am wearing a French Connection 3/4 Sleeve Striped Dress to offset the prissiness of the peacoat.  This is not a bodycon dress, and that is precisely the reason why I call this my go-to dress.  I purchased this dress one size up so that I can wear it loose and comfy, (FCUK is known to run small, so I would even consider going up two sizes if you’re unsure of the fit).  It still shows off curves where it needs to when you move, but you don’t have to wear a corset to get into this dress.  It’s my kind of sexy, casual-chic.  Here are some similar styles:

French Connection Starzy Stripe Long Sleeve Dress (on sale)

French Connection French Stripe Cotton Dress (on sale)

French Connection French Stripe Dress (on sale)
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And finally, we have the shoes.  These fringe style sandals have been popping up everywhere since the middle of summer and now I finally have a pair.  I threw this pair of heels into the look because it brings trend and sexiness to a very All-American look.  These Steve Madden Fringly Suede High-Heel Sandals in Beige are currently on sale.  I purchased them from Lord & Taylor during their Friends and Family Sale event three weeks ago and got it for $70.  They’re comfy and super cute.  It’s a bit hard to put on at first because the opening at the top is stiff and small, (even with it unzipped), but once your foot slips in it’s super fabulous.  I don’t ever spend too much on fashion items that are too trendy.  The look will go out of style by next season and I’ll have to store them away for a few years before they become vintage or stylish to wear again.  Here are similar styles:

Steve Madden Staarz Ankle Fringe Sandal in Taupe Suede (on sale at Nordstrom Rack)

LuLu’s Any Excursion Tan Suede Fringe Dress Sandals in Tan

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I truly loved my hair and fall makeup.  Please check out Felicia‘s page to get the details!  Are there any special makeup looks that you really want to see?  Let me know and I can put that request in!  Thanks for reading!

J.Crew Earrings (sold out | similar look on sale)

Photographed by Felicia Bade

Hair and Makeup by Felicia Bade