I’m sick of everyone being sick

After a week of having kids home sick.  Then a husband with a relapse.  I have finally succumbed.  I’m not happy.  I thought for sure I was going to beat any germs that came my way.

I have bronchitis.  Last night I had such a high fever, with chills that I thought my skin was scorched.  I felt like I was on fire.  I got up at 1 a.m. and ended up watching old episodes of Law and Order.  I was just so uncomfortable!

Today I am more frustrated by the fact that I can’t get anything done.  My mind is running a thousand miles a minute with things to do.  Errands to run.  But, I can’t get anything done without energy.

We also have one of the busiest weeks.  Actually the next month seems busy.  I had to cancel one meeting this a.m.  Hopefully I can keep everything else on schedule this week.  The only  help is that I had  meeting set up for Thursday that my hubby was going to attend.  So if I didn’t feel good he could go at least.

It’s so nice out that it has me thinking of gardening.  Some how in my boredom I got sidetracked by Grey Gardens, Jackie O’s aunt and cousin  I’m sure everyone is familiar with the HBO movie with Jessica Lange.

The house which has been purchased and redone (in 1979) just came up on the rental market.  The people that redid it really had their work cut out for them.

(Big) Edith Beale and little Edith as she was referred, were a mother and daughter that became recluse.  Sadly you can see that the mother who was probably never playing with a full deck, in her own fear of being alone, came to depend on her daughter.  Cheating her in having her own life.  I also read more about them, and it seems she would chase off boyfriends of little Edith in fear that she would be deserted.  They take eccentric to a whole other level.

The mother and daughter relationship is fascinating. But, that they are basically living like homeless people in the middle of the Hamptoms, leaves you speechless.  I am not one of the people that thinks that Jackie O and her sister Lee should have supported their relatives financially.  When they were about to be evicted they did step in and pay for the work. In fact the work consisted of having 1000s of cans of cat food removed from one room alone.   But, after watching the documentary you just realize these two women were meant to live in a crazy, simple and odd world built of their own will.  They marched to the beat of their own drummer.

And by march I mean Little Edith dances in the documentary and you don’t know if you are watching a woman that could have made it on Broadway.  Or if she is Baby Jane.

Add it to your list.  It’s definitely interesting!

Documentary on You Tube of Grey Gardens



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This will be a bit of a random post.

I slept in today.  Priss stayed home since she is still under the weather.  Hubby had an appointment at 8:30 in Cherry Creek.  So he didn’t have to rush out.  Bubba was home.  It was just delightful.

Then I got up and was in a frenzy.  I had so much cleaning to do.  Because the new cleaning person was coming.  I have never had a cleaning person.  This is a whole new way of life for me.  I can’t keep up with the amount of dust any longer.  And I am so tired of giving up fun time with my children to spend a morning cleaning.  It’s not worth it to me.  I dare say our house it’s the cleanest it has ever been since it was built. The smell of clorox in our house is just awesome.  When we moved in the previous owner did not take all her stuff.  To make matters worse we were on a deadline on closing day to get the contractor in so he could get a list of items done in time for the floor guys.  It was a domino effect.  So we never really got to move into a house that didn’t have anything in it.  And once we got 80% of the stuff out that she left behind we were then moving in with all our stuff.  It’s only been recently that we’ve even seen our storage room!  I never saw it bare until last Saturday.  It turns out it’s a pretty good storage space.  Now if I can just get the shelving I need in two rooms.  My organization will be amazing.  Finally!  Some people dream of new cars, toys, trips.  I dream of shelves.  Storage in my laundry room.

While the house was being cleaned, we went to the American Girl Doll store.  We were supposed to go last weekend.  But, of course Priss was sick.  Today we went with money that Nana had given for new outfits and such.  Priss went through the store and just didn’t get excited.  Bubba did!  He wanted Priss to get the $300.00 horse!  She kept coming back to the AGD of 2015.  Grace 2015  I have always felt it was silly to have more than one AGD.  But, my mother doesn’t think the same. The look of surprise on Prisses face when she got to hold her new Grace doll, Priceless.  I’m thankful for a mother that absolutely loves these things.  I hope I can be like that as a Mimi.  I’ll never be a Nanny, Granny, or Grandmother.  I will be a cute little Mimi of course.  As the mom, I am not into over buying of toys like American Girl Doll.  Maybe as a Mimi I will change  my ways.   Because as a grandparent that is what you are supposed to do?  Right?  Spoil grandchildren!

After that we went to the Disney store for Bubba.  He didn’t ask to go.  I just decided it.  The funniest part was walking into the mall and he asked what ‘is this place?”  I told him the mall and he said he didn’t like it.  After a purchase of a trinket.  I do mean trinket of $12.00 he walked thru the mall holding his trinket and beloved puppy and announced “Mommy I think I do like this mall.  It’s pretty great.”  Considering a week ago he was sitting in gold bucket seats and watching from the shoots……..this is a big deal.  We don’t shop that often!  It’s kind of funny. Did y’all know they don’t sell movies at the Disney store?  They have a few.  But, not anything you need like:Star Wars, Beauty and the Beast, Cars, or 10,000 Leagues.  I have my reasons for needing these.  But, who knows where I will find them!!!!

We ran by Swoozies this afternoon and ran into our favorite friends, the Swiss Miss girls. They were getting birthday gifts for a few friends.  Their sweet Grandmother was visiting and she was buying each of the girls the random gift that they insisted they need. In this case it was an initial pillow  for each of them.  It was so sweet.  Grandparents just are good like that!

The weekend is here.  I am in love with the cleanest house ever.  I have  a weekend with my children.  It’s going to be in the 60s.  It’s going to be fabulous.  I feel so happy!

Enjoy y’all!



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Is it in or out? Event style 2015

I am always a little leery of lists of what is in or out.  But, I think this one on Bizbash is AWESOME.  FINALLY someone calls out burlap and I hope someone is listening.  Especially those in Colorado.  I have in all honesty been over burlap since 2012.  A little before.  But, I had an event where we used burlap to the point it could have wrapped around a football field three times.  That’s how much was used.  The people hanging it had burlap dust on their eyelashes for weeks. Vintage is out.  I think that French country has been done enough.  Onward and upward. So without further delay here are the outs!

What’s Out Rustic burnout: Raw burlap and Mason jars, along with “farm tables in their basic form are going out of style. Clients want to see them used in a new way—rustic glam instead of just rustic,” say the team at Bold American Events. “Mason jars are for pickling, not for table decor,” adds the team from Kehoe Designs. “Please, give it a rest on the burlap. This tired-out trend needs to ride off into the sunset.”

I agree.  I think burlap, shot gun shells into a boutonniere, chalk, chalk paint, anything with a mason jar, pickle jar, chevron, babies breath, is over.  Move away from it dear sweet brides.

Good-bye, Great Gatsby: “The Roaring ’20s have been inspiring events, design, and restaurant and bar concepts for the better part of this decade. We’ve had our fill of Edison lightbulbs, predictable ‘speakeasy’ bars, and mustachioed craft cocktail bartenders,” Tierney says.

Glow no: “Glowing furniture has got to go. I have been begging for this since it arrived, and it seems to always keep coming back so I am hoping to set a trend for glow furniture to find its way out,” Shanklin says.

Au revoir, macarons: “French macarons are so ubiquitous that they have lost their surprise and delight,” Stark says.

Prissy petals: “Tight flower arrangements are out, and full, loose, garden-inspired blooms are in. The more organic looking, the better,” Angus says. See post from yesterday.  I think this is dead on! Less is more: “We are seeing less and less huge weddings with hundreds of guests—a lot more quality over quantity. Instead, spending the budget on those more V.I.P. guests instead of spreading yourself thin by having double the headcount,” say the team from Events in the City. What’s in?

What’s In Fairy tale themes: Fairy tale-inspired events will be big, predicts Josh Tierney, director of style and design at New York-based Great Performances. But he warns that “fairy tale inspiration is dangerous. If not handled carefully, it can easily go the way of kitsch. With the release of Into the Woods at the end of this year, the return of Cinderella to Broadway, and a resurgence of fairy tale films, the theme is ripe for adaptation by the event world.”

I think this is in…….since I did just design an “Into the Woods” inspired wedding to take place in Montana later this year.  I never thought I’d live to see the day where I would actually gravitate to brown urns.  Or brown planters.  But, it works.

Customization: “The trend for a fully customizable event is a hot potato. From custom graphics applied to dance floors, unique textures and bold patterns found in mix-and-matched fabrics, custom rugs and furniture to programmable lighting, clients want events that scream personalization,” says the team at Kehoe Designs in Chicago.

I think this has always been in.  We’ve done this for years.  But, it’s nice to know it will keep on going.

Will and Kate: And speaking of getting the white-glove treatment, the Chicago-based event designers also predict that the royal family’s influence will be seen at more parties. “This formal inspiration will feature lush prints, delicate lace, and finely patterned textiles to suit luxurious weddings and the most formal affairs.”

Korean cuisine: When it comes to catering, Tierney is a fan of Korean barbecue. “It’s not heavy like Chinese or overdone like sushi. Sizzling bulgogi meats look and smell great when sizzling on a food station. Fermentation is also a macro food trend that extends to kimchi in Korean cuisine. People are going crazy for contemporary Korean fusion food items like kimchi tacos.”

Marsala: As for that other “food” trend, Pantone’s color of the year Marsala will work its way into events and beyond, predicts Julie Shanklin, president of Syzygy Events in Gaithersburg, Maryland. “This warm color with a brown undertone will be the new look for spring. We are going to see it in floral for weddings as well as clothing trends and for the home.” The team from Events in the City, a Washington-based event planning company specializing in weddings, agrees. “Unexpected color combos of lights with brights will be big for 2015, such as highly pigmented colors like fern, eggplant, and Marsala, but paired with their pastel counterparts to soften the blow.”

Golden touch: “Metallics will continue to be important accents, though rose gold and copper will still be pushing their way to the forefront to try to get attention,” say the designers from Events in the City. Silver used to be the go-to choice, but gold is becoming more popular, adds Kristine Finke, designer from Bold American Events & Catering in Atlanta.

Cool chairs: “Clients are beginning to get excited about interesting chairs, which is something I always encourage,” says Shealyn Angus, event designer from Bliss Events in Toronto. “If you think about it, there is nothing of larger quantity at a wedding. You can have hundreds of chairs at a wedding, and what an incredible way to make a huge impact with an interesting dining chair. Rental companies in Toronto are continuously expanding their chair inventory and really pushing the style boundaries.”

This has been in for a while.  But, I think we are finally going to get away from that vintage chair look (goes back to burlap type events) and we will see more rentals that are along the lines of Palm Beach bamboo chic.  Like this:

Surprise performances: “There is a great interest in live, surprise entertainment. That doesn’t necessarily mean celebrity entertainment; it could mean the right musician, the right magician, the right funky, guerilla performance artist—interactive surprises that become living decor,” says event designer David Stark.

I love this.  I remember for a wedding in Kentucky when James Taylor suddenly appeared.  It was amazing.  So I hope clients continue to gravitate towards the surprise of it all.  Don’t put it all out there on a Pinterest board.  This is why my clients always have secret boards.  I don’t like everyone out there seeing what they will see at the wedding.  Or something similar to it.

Tech takeover: Dallas-based event designer Todd Fiscus of Todd Events predicts that technology will continue to play a major role in events, such as laser-cut acrylic lace overlays in tabletop decor and bitmap projections—normally associated with corporate events—being used at social gatherings like weddings.

I’m in love with everything and I’m happy to see things go out of style.  It is forever changing and it’s awesome!

Here is the original article BizBash Design Trends

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 I love pretty


On this cold and snowy morning…….I am looking ahead at spring.  I am making travel plans and dreaming of summer camps.  It’s that time.  Before we know it, Easter will be here.

I just love these flowers, the urn, the beaten up wooden box.  And that these flowers are not perfectly centered.  It’s just so chaotic while perfectly planned.

Happy Day.  Crossed fingers everyone is on the mend.

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I have not watched the Bachelor since Emily and Brad.  I still am not too pleased they didn’t work out.  I wanted to see that wedding!

Bachelorette has never been a show to watch in my opinion.  It’s not been the same since the first season with Trista and Ryan.

But, for some reason I decided this season I would tune in.  Plus, I started a Fantasy League.  Which has been pretty funny.  We have husbands vs wives and couples that decided to go as a team.  One of the highlights of doing the Fantasy League was when one of the husbands not only sent in his top five picks, but included why he thought they would make it to the end or not.  It was so thought out!

Points are given to the girls based on things like:

Talking about her parents’ relationship (5 points)

Mentioning her kid (5 points)

Mentioning a deceased loved one (10 points)

Mentioning a previous fiancé or husband (10 points)

Saying “I’m not here to make friends” (20 points)

Saying “I’m falling for you” to Chris or “I’m falling for him” to the camera (20 points)

Dancing with Chris (5 points)

Kissing Chris on the lips (10 points)

Crying on camera (25 points)

So if you are still reading this and caring, as you know everyone usually is a guaranteed 35 points because they cry, get a rose which is worth 25, and then of course kissing.

This guy kisses everyone.  It’s really gross.  I mean how disgusting after a while.  I am here to tell y’all that I think this guy is just plain common.

'The Bachelor': Chris Soules Blogs About Episode 3, Talks Makeouts

Don’t be fooled by this clean cut, styled photoshoot image.  He’s common.  He’s single for a reason.  He is a small town guy that has never probably grown up!  He’s on the Bachelor and it’s like he is on an endless spring break.  I’m kind of shocked that he doesn’t have a few kids that he didn’t know about………….if you know what I mean.  B/c if you can kiss like this on t.v. so fast……….  well believe you me.  He’s no choir boy.

So last night Jimmy Kimmel was on the show and I loved it.  They need to do that more often.  He was hilarious.  He sent Chris and Kaitlyn (with the gutter mouth) on a date to Costco.  Now, this is what I think about Kaitlyn that ended up making it fun.  She is not going to do well in Iowa.  She was very shocked they would go to Costco and her reaction in the limo spoke volumes.  I think she is a fun girl.  But, she is the girl that guys date for a really long time and then end up breaking up with and meeting their wife and getting married within three months after the break up.

There was a group date where one girl had shorts on that were so short they had to black out her butt. But, the irony is that she had on a bikini bottom that revealed even more?  Right?  Or not?  I had to wonder what exactly you could see when she bent over.  And by the way girls, just stop being so trashy.

I have picked Whitney for the win.  She is so cute.  I know she has a horrible voice.  But, I love her anyway.  She is the only one that actually seems intelligent.  Which then makes you wonder why you would have to do that show?

The best part of the Bachelor is always the clothing.  Or lack of.  Or full make up for a pool party.  It’s just all so odd.  I guess Jade is going to make it a long way with antics like this.

I am always amazed how girls can make themselves think a guy is not only ‘the one’ after a week?  But, will just show all the crazy at once.  Juelia last night, obviously has had some things go down.  But, I just don’t know that she should have shared all of it so soon.

I don’t think these girls with kids are going to make it much longer.  I don’t see Chris being into kids just yet.  I could be wrong.  But, I doubt it.

I decided Ashley I is the one I am pulling for to fall on her face the most.  Only because she is such a self centered girl and she actually said she was going for a whole Kardashian look for that night.  Who does that?  No way is she meant for Iowa.  And I’m just wondering what does a girl from Wayne, NJ think she will do in Iowa?

What do any of these girls think they will do in Iowa?  That’s what has me confused!

If you are not watching……good for you.  If you are watching.  Don’t you feel so happy afterwards that you are married and in a normal relationship?  I actually think being 20 something doesn’t seem so ideal after watching!

Happy week.  I have a sick child at home!  Still.  I am so ready for everyone to get over these coughs.


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Happy Birthday Prissy Missy


Happy 7th Birthday Priss


I can’t believe it’s been seven years since this little girl made us a family!  She has been a delight in every possible way.  She has a big and kind heart.  She loves her brother and has patience with him when honestly, he probably didn’t deserve it.  She considers every person in her class her best friend.  She loves art, dance and soccer.  Priss is one of the best eaters to this day.  She adores going out to eat, and when asked her favorite restaurant it’s one that has white tablecloths and wine list.  She’s always been able to sit for hours through a dinner without the help of an electronic.  It’s pretty impressive.  Her teachers adore her and they all tuck her under their wings.  They all say the same thing, she is a hard worker.

She is a funny girl in the way that logic wins over fantasy for her.  She has yet to lose a tooth!  Last night when I asked if they children would rather do Disney or a beach trip, it was Priss that said absolutely the beach.  I love that girl!  I love that she still holds my hand walking home from school.  And sometimes I swear she would crawl into my skin if she could.  Most of all I love that she has such a free and clear love of God.  It’s so pure and sweet.

Today she is sick for her 7th birthday.  It’s really quite sad.  No skiing.  No trip to the American Girl doll store.  Dinner may just be soup.  It’s pitiful!  She’s watching Mary Poppins and her brother is not enjoying it at all.

She has barely been able to talk on the phone.  She already asked for a nap after she talks to her Nana and Pop Pop.  You know it’s bad when they ask for a nap!

I for the first time ever made her birthday cake.  She requested a red velvet cake.  I am sad to report though that organic red food coloring…..is not as red as it should be.  An entire tube and the cake still came out brown.  Yikes!

Happy Monday y’all!




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Mundane Faithfulness.

I am going to bed tonight with this sweet, faithful, loyal, strong mother, wife, and best friend to her friends on my mind and in my heart.  Mundane Faithfulness

I have only followed her life for a blink of an eye.  The beauty of social media, is finding someone that makes you take a long and deep breath.  In one afternoon you can catch up on their entire life if they blogged enough!  I half joke about that.  But, it’s so true.

I read her blogs and I just want to save her, her hubby and her children.  And at the very same instant I think how I wish I had what seems to be the deepest faith ever.

I have a my deep faith in God.  I believe and trust in him with all of my heart.  In my darkest of times I’ve had people tell me that they knew I was so mad at God.   At the time I just didn’t have the voice or the energy to say “no I’m not.”  I take his graces.  Graces for me are not just things of beauty.  I believe his grace is in everything.  The good the bad and the ugly.

I think of Kara often these days.

She is a mom.

She is a wife.

She is a best friend.

She is faithful.

She is a fighter.

She is raw and true.

She is dying.

We are all dying.
But, she has been told her given time.

Maybe you know about Kara.  Her blog is beyond worthy reading.  I see her hubby and I wish for him strength.  I see her children in the photos and I just want them to have their mom.

I blog about this because this my friends and my current clients and clients of the future:
 This is marriage.

This is life.  This is the real deal, past those moments of planning a wedding.  This is what we pick our partners for.  And if you are not….then take notice!

One day you may actually have to depend on these vows.   I hope that nobody ever has to find out how strong of a spouse, partner they picked. How easy it could be to get married and live happily ever after.  I believe there are people that get it that easy.  But, I also know from experience and after comparing war wounds, that the other 89% of us, don’t.

When I was getting married I took it all very serious.  My husband did too.  We went into marriage serious.  This was not a whim.  The vows I remember with all my heart.  I can remember our ceremony and every little bit and part.  I couldn’t tell you now what our passed apps were at dinner though.

At that time and for years after ‘sickness and health’ meant something to me that would  never touch me.  We wouldn’t really test those words until we were maybe 80?

My husband and I came from backgrounds that if you work hard, you can achieve anything.  If you work hard, will you get anything less than success?
We didn’t think so.

In 2012 we found out what our vows truly meant. To this day in all my grief I can see my husband, as I was looking out a laundry room window sobbing, only to see my husband outside crying.  Alone.
It was day three after losing our third child and it was:  A wreck.
We were trying to be strong for our two kids.  We were grieving.
Everyone always worries about the mother I learned later.  We had friends that did worry about my hubby.  But, to be honest, he was alone.  He was shoved into the role of caretaker.  He was in charge and I was a limp and wilted steel magnolia.  If you knew us before 10-2012,   I would be the one that everyone said was the strong one.  I was the one, that  always took charge.

But, in the after math.  I’m the one that has no fight.  It’s odd.  I still can get half way fired up.  Only to just lose my steam.  I don’t care.  It’s weird.  My husband became the protector that in all honesty, I don’t know that I ever would have predicted that when we were getting married.  When we got married I just knew he would take care of ‘us’.  At that time “us” was just an imaginary family.

It’s been two years and I still look at my husband and think “did that happen?  To us?”

For us and our marriage  we came out stronger.  That’s not the case for every marriage that goes through rough times.  We came out better, I dare say.  I know that is God’s grace for us.  Our family of four is strong.

Again.  I’m telling y’all this.  Because, I want you my dear sweet clients and clients to be to remember this:  Pick a spouse that is more than a centerpiece, a first dance, and a Pinterest board.

I read Mundane Faithfulness each day and I am in awwwwwwwwwwwww.  I so don’t want Kara to leave this world.  I want her to stay here not only for her children and husband, but I want her to be here for me.

In my 12 plus years of planning weddings, I’ve predicted how long a marriage would last.  I can tell.  There are the clients that I fall in love with because they are so in love.  In all my years and weddings there have only been a few times that I thought it wouldn’t last.  And unfortunately I was right.  There is one couple though.  One that haunts me to this day.  One couple that I thought would be forever that didn’t make it past their one year anniversary.  It still breaks my heart.  I don’t know what happened.  But, it just didn’t last.  I’m so sad!

I think we all know that life will bring ups and downs.  Tomorrow is not a guarantee.

Read Kara’s story.
Say a prayer.
Hug your children.
Hug your husband.
Pick wisely.

Side bar….I don’t know Jen Lints, Jen Lints Photography

the photographer that has taken these photos of Kara and Her family…………but I will.  I am going to hire her to take our pixs.  She has captured photos that are worth a MILLION words!!!!  I want to see what she can capture of us.

Keep Kara, her husband and her children in your thoughts and prayers.  If you believe or if you don’t.  It doesn’t matter.  Just take a moment to think about them and hold all of them in your heart. I know what it feels like when someone says “I’m praying for you.” It helps.  It works.  My family of four is living proof.


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Ball gown Wedding Dress

I am obsessed with this dress.  Maybe it’s due to the let down I feel after the Golden Globes red carpet of dull and horrors.

-Simply elegant. Love the neckline. This gown is so Grace Kelly -  Le spose di Gio - Italy. <3

I’m also intrigued by this ring.

Gorgeous setting, love the details Huge Diamond Ring. Beautiful Details. Sparkle. Glamour. Wedding Winner. #diamond

The detail of diamonds is amazing.  And I can’t imagine how often you lose a diamond on that band.  But, this is a work of art.


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Why must Jennifer Aniston pull a Jennifer Aniston?

You know is it too much to ask Jennifer A. to just ONCE bring a totally new look to the red carpet.  And by new look I mean something that is going to make Brad Pitt stop dead in his tracks and look over at Gelina (who is more than likely making a craft out of her kids used bandaids) and think “Maybe I was wrong.  Maybe I should  have remained in that lackluster marriage.”

I can barely look at this mess.  Face smooth.  Make up perfect.  Nails good.  Fit of the dress.  Good.

So the issue you ask in case you don’t have a clue?  It’s BORING.  Predictable.  It’s a mans cummerbund from an old tuxedo sewn onto a sequin top of a Las Vegas showgirl dress.  Then a few yards of boring fabric at the bottom.

She never wears her hair up.  Yet some how she managed to make that dull.

Jennifer better change her ways.  Because for one, at this rate, Brad Pitt is never going to come crawling back.  Secondly, giving Gelina all this happiness is not good for her.  She likes living a wretched life.  It’s how she gets her creative ideas for movies that go straight to DVD.


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J Lo same as the first…..this time worse……

Jennifer Lopez, Golden Globes

When there is nothing else to choose from I always say go with the look of a cape crusader.  I think that’s what she was going for with her eye make up.

J Lo was not doing anything out of the ordinary.  She always loves to tape her boobs up and act like she’s the belle of the ball.  Meanwhile you can tell how self conscious she is on the red carpet without a man to hang on.  I’m proud of  her for finally doing something without her concubine.  But, still.

I was not impressed.  Even when she had a nip malfunction.

In case you need a reference on this look being down before…

At least she’s given up doing her nails in that French tip way of poly goodness.

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