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I’m in complete denial about the A/W fashion season being over. The runway fashion, the street style; I’ve been watching with awe for the last four weeks as the best Autumn/Winter collections have been showcased in front of our eyes. The last port of call was Paris – the city of love – and the fashion capital made us fall in love with fashion all over again.

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After some mixed collections in London and Milan, Paris went back to the more wearable winter colours. Balenciaga – with Alexander Wang at the helm – combined darker and heavier fabrics like wool and leather with bright prints and colours such as purple, orange and blue, all very stylish but sensible. We’re still waiting to evaluate Raf Simons’ performance at Christian Dior but his A/W collection was beautiful. This new Dior is so much simpler than it was under John Galliano with none of the theatrics but this runway collection was clean and desirable – mostly black with splashes of colour: perfect for winter.

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The theme of dark colours with splashes of colour was continued throughout other designer showcases such as Stella McCartney. Her collection was a workingwoman’s dream – suits, dresses and knitwear perfect for the office, nights out and pieces that can be worn from day to day. Paris Fashion Week this season was built on the foundation durability and wearable items and most of the designers fit this brief. Saint Laurent had all the makings of a stylish teenage girl’s wardrobe – angsty and unpredictable. With a whopping amount of looks, Slimane’s models donned black eyeliner, frowns and Wednesday Addams-style pinafores and collars. I want pretty much everything in this collection – my wallet is crying at this stage.

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In a different move, Karl Lagerfeld created a supermarket at Chanel’s runway collection. Instead of the dark hues in a lot of other catwalk shows, Chanel showcased some bright, colourful patterns and colours. Everyone from Cara Delevingne to Joan Smalls partook in the grocery shopping wearing candy shades and futuristic looking dresses. Valentino went a little more geometric and graphic with their patterns, using lots of bright red, pinks and greens to make a desirable collection for every occasion. A personal favourite are the Peter Pan collared shift dresses – chic yet easy to wear. Sarah Burton added that little bit of drama into the Alexander McQueen show, using splashes of monochrome, navy and purple to make a theatrical but beautiful catwalk collection, paired with some pretty random cornrows.

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It’s been a mixed bag of a fashion week season. There has been a clashing combination of colours, cuts and fabric – it seems as though there is confusion between seasons. Nonetheless, our favourite designers came up trumps with some fantastic designs and surprisingly wearable outfits. It’s been a fantastic Fashion Week season for models like Kendall Jenner, who – on her debut Fashion Week season – made friends with Anna Wintour, modelled for brands from Chanel to Giles and got her name out there in the fashion world as fellow model Cara Delevingne did the few seasons before that.

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I’m already looking forward to seeing the S/S15 collections – it feels strange to be talking about winter clothes when it hasn’t even hit springtime yet. Until then, check out all the catwalks and the street style and see how you can update your wardrobe for next season! I’ve already started!

This article was first seen on lovetabii.com.

Photos c/o vogue.co.uk, astairwaytofashion.com

Until next time,

Keep styling,

Em

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NYFW

IN the blink of an eye, the first instalment of Fashion Week season has come and gone before we’d even realised it had begun. We’ve been waiting six months for the fash-pack gossip to descend onto our newsfeeds and New York Fashion Week did not disappoint. It seems like we haven’t even gotten to experience Spring yet and we’re anticipating the Autumn/Winter trends…aren’t we lucky that it’s still cold outside so we can get a head start on the next season’s trends?

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The clear theme this NYFW was androgyny…and lots of it. Not only did designers such as Alexander Wang and Jason Wu keep it masculine for Autumn/Winter 2014-15 but also there was some very unexpected androgyny from feminine-orientated designers like Victoria Beckham and celebrity-favourite Monique Lhuillier. Their use of darker colours, sharper lines and straighter cuts gave the audience the change they had been looking for and there wasn’t one structured midi dress on the VB catwalk. Imagine that!

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As always with the A/W collections, the hues get a lot darker. But this year, the majority of the designers played safe with various shades of black, grey and navy. Vera Wang in particular stuck with an all-black collection that varied in patterns to make it stand out from the pack. There was a distinct lack of girly fabrics and colours, instead opting for heavier fabrics such as velvet, wool, PVC and leather – a possible reflection of the terrible weather that plagued New York City in the interim and the clothing the ‘frow’ were sporting.

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One of my favourite shows of New York Fashion Week was definitely Alice + Olivia. Amazing is the only word. I do love a collection that screams gothic fairy tale and this, like vintage Christian Dior (under Galliano, of course) fits the bill. The use of different colours and textures made the collection really stand out and the forbidden forest theme really worked with the designs.

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Another designer that hit the headlines this NYFW was Marc Jacobs. The world’s eyes were on his debut collection after leaving Louis Vuitton and he didn’t disappoint. Kendall Jenner – little sister of the infamous Kim Kardashian – stole the show on the catwalk with her sheer top and showed that one of the Kardashian/Jenner family could make it into the fashion world without reality show success. Jacobs’ whole collection had an ethereal sixties vibe to it and he stayed away from the darker colours, favouring instead muted blues, camel, beige and creams. Some of the later pieces had a slight Daenerys from ‘Game of Thrones’ style to them – conjuring thoughts of wearing these floaty creations on a hot beach somewhere far away.

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The Spring/Summer collections this year didn’t hold back in their colour palette and the subsequent season will do just the opposite: the darker, the better. Any colour or floral print should be taken with a pinch of salt and most pieces had that androgynous twist. There was a modern functionality about most of the collections shown at New York Fashion Week – a theme I imagine will run through each subsequent week. Already looking forward to seeing the London Fashion Week style – who’s with me?

This article was first seen on lovetabii.com.

Photos c/o vogue.co.uk, astairwaytofashion.com

How To Wear Pastels & Florals This Spring

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THERE is nothing more predictable than pastels in spring, is there? Every year we wait for a burst of creativity from our favourite fashion houses yet surprise surprise, the candy hues arrive on the catwalks again. These bright saccharine colours have started to fill me with that fashion ennui that is usually only reserved for bootleg jeans and kitten heels and this boredom returns with a vengeance every year.

Don’t get me wrong; I do love a splash of pastel in my wardrobe. Honestly. It’s great to dress up in those brighter colours after a winter wardrobe of dark hues and numerous shades of black. However, after a little while, the cutesy pastels and floral prints get a little less chic and a lot more boring. So this season, how about breaking the mould a little? I love Zooey Deschanel’s quirky style as much as the next person but what if we give those pastels and adorable prints the old heave ho and mix them with something a little outside the norm? Brands like J Crew have made standing out from the crowd a little easier by making their floral and pastels a little more masculine. I’ve given a few of my suggestions for combatting the candy striper look to appear a little more high fashion.

The Shirt: When I think of pastel, I usually think of cute 50s blouses in shades of lavender, mint and baby pink. In a name: Mad Men. This season, stay away from the blouse style and steer towards long-sleeved shirts instead, Burberry style. Even if the shirt is floral or baby blue, having a more masculine cut will tie in with both the androgynous and inevitable pastel catwalk trends for Spring/Summer 2014 and teaming it with leather or other tough fabrics will give it the edge your outfit needs.

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The Trousers: These suit more people than the fashion industry would have you believe; it’s all about having the right cut and fit for you. They don’t have to be those god-awful palazzo pants that were all the rage a couple of years ago with offensively large flowers on them or god forbid, baby pink cords. It’s all about doing it in moderation; picking a colour and style that suits you and toughening it up with some studs, high-necked, heavier materials or darker colours.

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The Blazer: This only works if you’re mixing it with a far more masculine cut or colour throughout your outfit. Blazers are a fantastic invention for us women: they suit every shape and sizes, can be dressed up or dressed down and go with just about everything. Wearing this with a pair of leather leggings and boots or an androgynous-style outfit keeps you bang on trend for the summer without have to look like something that sauntered out of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Check out Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason’s collection for London Fashion Week SS14 that incorporates some gorgeous vibrant prints with androgynous cuts that isn’t unlike early Mary Katrantzou.

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The Coat: Since we live in Ireland and realistically it’ll be cold most of the year, you’ll still need to have a fantastic coat to get you from winter to summer. A transitional wardrobe, so I’m told. Using your pastel colours on a coat give people the element of surprise – most team pastels with cotton and other breathable fabrics so having such a heavy piece in such a bright colour will frighten people. In a good way, obviously. There are some fantastic coats out there that will keep you warm for the cold months to come, yet still keep you feeling bright and colourful with an on trend wardrobe!

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It’s difficult to find a way to stand out of the crowd when everyone is following the same trends but making sure you stand out of the crowd is easier this season once you know how to do it! Good luck ladies and happy styling!

This article was first published on lovetabii.com.

Until next time,

Emily Fashion Fiend

Images c/o queensjournal.ca, dancinginmyheels.com, candidonline.com, models1blog.com, pinterest.com

A/W Edit: Trench Coats

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love trench coats. There is something very Brit style about the trench coat and you’ll find no better than Burberry for the best coat style around! The trench coat can date all the way back to the 1850s, with Aquascutum claiming ownership of the invention. However, Burberry insist that they invented the modern trench coat, designing a new-style gabardine raincoat for the British Army to replace the heavy greatcoats they already had.

Whoever did invent this iconic piece of clothing, couldn’t have known how popular the design would be, even today. The design, traditionally worn in various tan shades, has undergone lots of colour and style modernisation but is still very obviously that symbol of British elegance and class it set out to be. The trench is now synonymous with the name Burberry and is one of the few items of clothing that looks as good on men as it does on women.

I am a bonafide trench coat admirer and I would own hundreds if I could! So far, I only have two – one from Pull and Bear with that has the very traditional tan colour and belt and my other is from Pamela Scott, a light beige colour with a modern leather sleeve and trim. This leather-trim trench is something I can’t get enough of, mixing the traditional design with a sexy modern twist on a piece that looks smart and chic while being on trend, EVERY season.

Below I’ve found some fabulous trench coats that I totally covet! Trenches come in a range of prices and if you’re downhearted by the fact that Burberry charge so much, there is always a fabulous alternative if you look hard enough! I love the mixture of classic colours you can choose from and the textures are now vaster than ever. You can throw the trench over a suit for work, a little black dress or jeans and a t-shirt. There is nothing you can’t do with the trench and I hope you’re all looking through your wardrobe wondering what you can do next with them!

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Sienna Miller and partner Tom Sturridge doing their Burberry bit for Brit fashion

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Beautiful Burberry, will only set you back a cool €1595!

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Burberry’s modern twist on a classic

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Salvatore Ferragamo’s trench coats

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Me in my Pamela Scott trench (the only full-length mirror in our house is in the lift!)

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Miroslava Duma looking fabulous at LFW

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The Blonde Salad sporting electric blue Burberry at LFW

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Burberry catwalk looking a little like a box of Quality Street!

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Men can get in on the trench action to at only €2395…it is stunning though!

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Printed Cotton Trench Coat only €79.95 in Zara
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An interesting alternative of a classic at Boohoo.com, €55

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This Mango trench available at ASOS is bang on trend and only €62.46

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For something a little different, this ADAM By Adam Lippes Trench is very eclectic and down to €88.49 on ASOS

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Keep Styling

Em

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My Emmy Fashion Picks

The Emmys are one of the biggest nights of the year in Hollywood and it’s only fitting that there should be some fabulous style to go along with it. All of our favourite actors and actresses from Breaking Bad to Mad Men, The Big Bang Theory to Modern Family were gracing the red carpet in their finery and there was a plethora of amazing style! You may remember back in May that I spoke about the lacking fashion at this years style events, from the Met Ball to the Oscars. However the Emmy Award attendees really stepped it up this year and I’ve decided to show you some of my favourites. We saw a few trends emerging from last night’s red carpet – strong blues, pale pinks and creams and some florals thrown in there. These dominated a lot of the outfits worn by our favourite actresses but each managed to wear it their own way. Sometimes we can see the dress completely outshining women but last night, these A-listers made sure that they wore the dress, not the other way round! Have a look and see and let me know who you think I’ve missed!

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Kiernan Shipka from Mad Men in Delpozo

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Allison Williams from Girls in cobult blue Ralph Lauren

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Christina Hendricks of Mad Men looking amazing in Christian Siriano

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Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss looking less than dowdy in monochrome Andrew Gn

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As much as I hated Homeland‘s Claire Danes’ choice of attire (TOO PALE, CLAIRE!), her husband and Hannibal actor Hugh Dancy looks sharp!

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Although I hated the trend of pale women wearing light colours on the red carpet, Kate Mara pulled off this J Mendal lace number!

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This photo makes me laugh so much! Leslie Mann looking hot in J Mendal as Girls creator husband Judd Apatow looks on!

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Much controversy about this Prada dress but I think it suits Girls creator Lena Dunham down to the ground!

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Lena Headey of Game of Thrones looking very sultry in a black lace gown

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Although she played it safe, New Girl’s Zooey Deschanel looks stunning in ice blue J Mendal

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Emmy Winner Tina Fey looked incredible in cobalt blue Narciso Rodriguez

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Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara looked smoking hot in Vera Wang

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Rose Byrne looks stunning in custom made Calvin Klein

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Yes Elisabeth Moss gets two! This dress for the HBO Emmy party fits Moss like a dream!

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Nikki Reed looks fab in a navy jumpsuit and teal clutch for the HBO Emmy Party

All photos c/o glamourmagazine.co.uk.

Keep Styling, Em x

The Galway Bloggers Party

Yesterday I attended the much-awaited Galway Bloggers Party in the House Hotel in Galway city. It was a fantastic day and I went along with my best mate Babs from Babs Scribbles, who drove up from Waterford for the event! It started around one and we got there a little bit early and nabbed one of the great goodie bags each. We got some treats from John Frieda and brushes from Blank Canvas Cosmetics as well as some other nice bits!

The fashion show was made up of some different shops in the Galway area including Cotton Face Vintage, a fantastic shop which I’ve blogged about before and Rebecca Horgan, a blogger turned fashion designer whose first collection was debuted at the party. There were also stalls from Urban Decay and Benefit to make us spend way too much money and it was lovely to look around all of the stalls.

The best part of the day was, by far, meeting some brilliant Galway bloggers and getting to hand out some of my business cards! I got loads in return and am really looking forward to following all of their blogs! I also finally met some bloggers that I was already following and Sinead from CFV, which was great. Rebecca from Bec Boop Fashionista World organised a really good event and there is already talk of another one soon so I’m really looking forward to that! I really enjoyed getting all done up and being able to admire other people’s style, it’s great to see other people’s sense of style and how it differs from my own, there were some amazing outfits there! AND I won a €50 Miss Luxe voucher, brilliant! All designs at the show were designs by Cotton Face VintageSunny Juddy DesignsCaptain Torture Group Galway, Portobello Clothing, Brutal Glory and Mary White Millinery.

The fabulous House Hotel

The fabulous House Hotel

My outfit on the day

My outfit on the day

Babs from Babs Scribbles, Kayte from NUIG's Sin, Aoife from TownMouse CountryMouse & Tamsin from Simple Extravagance

Babs from Babs Scribbles, Kayte from NUIG’s Sin, Aoife from TownMouse CountryMouse & Tamsin from Simple Extravagance

Tamsin from Simple Extravagence & Kayte from Sin

Tamsin from Simple Extravagance & Kayte from Sin

Me & the bestie!

Me & the bestie!

Seana Curley from Illusion Makeup

Seana Curley from Illusion Makeup

Shannon from The Edge Of Glamour, Robin from Jewel Studded Grunge & Meghan from Meghan Mode

Shannon from The Edge Of Glamour, Robin from Jewel Studded Grunge & Meghan from Meghan Mode

Rebecca from Bec Boop Fashionista World and I

Rebecca from Bec Boop Fashionista World and I

Aisling Wallis from Pale Girl & her sister Eilis

Aisling Wallis from Pale Girl & her sister Eilish

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Spotlight On: Colin Horgan

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September 5-8 saw the hugely popular Dublin Fashion Festival return to our fair capital for its fourth consecutive year. The DFF, this year hosted by the stunning Laura Whitmore, is a celebration of innovative and home-grown fashion and style, awarding and showcasing some of the best talent Ireland has to offer. One such talent is Colin Horgan, a designer in his final year at Limerick School of Art and Design. Only showing his second ever collection, Colin Horgan was the jewel in the crown of DFF 2013 and had bloggers and journalists alike fawning over his collection. I took some time out with Colin Horgan to ask about his inspirations, new collection and plans for the future…

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EM:What started your interest in fashion design?
CH:For me, it is the ability to translate something from 2D to 3D and be able to wear it. It is just amazing how abstract you can be and translate it onto the body into a merchandisable piece.

EM:How did the ‘Colin Horgan’ brand first come about?
CH: It literally only started a couple of months ago when I was in my third year at college. I thought it was a bit mad but I wanted to do it to create contacts before I graduate. I then thought it was good to stay in touch with these connections while creating new ones, which led me to have a SS14 runway during Dublin Fashion Festival this year before returning to my final year at Limerick School of Art and Design.

EM:Tell me a little about the SS14 collection,showcased at Dublin Fashion Festival, and where the inspiration for it came from?
CH:The inspiration came from a movie – ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’. It was an abstract and more conceptual approach so I began drawing and illustrating geometric shapes onto the body and began slicing and separating them which represented the characters, Romina and Luke’s relationship. I used mainly a lot of leathers so there is a lot of raw edges and applications onto softer, more feminine fabrics. Most of the collection was in black and white but injected some cobalt blue and almost fluorescent orange that gave an almost uncomfortable surprise.

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EM: In its fourth year, Dublin Fashion Festival is a huge celebration of Irish design talent, how did it feel to have your SS14 collection showcased?
CH:I think it went well! To be honest the day went so fast that I didn’t feel it happened until a day after. The first show that you attended – I’m not going to lie I was extremely nervous. But I had such an amazing team that day. From the modelling agency all the ways down to the stylist to the photographer and film crew it really was a team effort that showed that day. Friends and family were helping out and it was such a positive energy backstage, which always helps.

EM:Your designs in the past have given women the ability to wear the androgynous look, while your new collection has a more feminine touch. Do you think your designs will appeal to a wider audience as ready-to-wear clothing?
CH: Yes I would hope so! Hopefully I can ease women back into wearing androgynous silhouettes with this collection!

EM:Who is the new collection aimed at? Who is the ‘Colin Horgan’ customer?
I think anyone that can feel a strong connection with my work should be a potential customer.

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EM:A lot of your designs embody strong, warrior-like women with monochrome and sharp lines and shapes. Where did the idea of these pieces first come about?
CH:I love creating characters, especially these strong women type. Women are quite powerful and should be embraced as such. I think I just have a particular way of seeing women and try to communicate through sharp lines and silhouettes.

EM:What do you think it is that sets your designs apart from other designers?CH: I guess I believe in my work. I love to look at other designers and I would imagine that they all believe in their own work also.

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EM:With the popularity of your designs, are you going to be expanding sales or do you like the exclusive availability?
CH:I am not sure. It is difficult as even though Ireland is amazing at appreciating craft, fashion and contemporary design – I am not sure if the market for young and upcoming design is there yet. But I could be wrong; this is only my personal experience.

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EM: You’ve interned with designers such as David Andersen and Johanna Pihl, what experiences and tips did you learn from your time with such talented designers?

CH:Be open to learning, listen and absorb every aspect of the experience. Even when you think you’re not learning, you are.

EM:Ireland has a plethora of high profile and fantastic designers, including you. Have you any advice for the young new designers starting their careers?

CH:Thank you! I do think I have a bit to go. Technically I haven’t been in the business very long as I am in my 2nd season. But I think if I were to advise in any way I think having a plan is so important. Fashion is one of those things that time can go so fast and all of sudden its a week until your deadline. For me having a plan really works.

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Go visit Colin’s website and his Facebook page for updates on his work.

Photos c/o retro-flame.com, emilyfashionfiend.com, lifeslusthaves.com, facebook.com, latestlil.blogspot.ie, im-the-child.tumblr.com

 

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