4.21.2011

mind your manners


rrl workshirt, talbots skirt, coach sandals, copy kate bag, julie lorusso pearl bracelet








while i was out on my morning walk, someone left me this comment on my last gardening post...

"This is where you belong. Leave the fashion to the experts."

to which i say...ha.


unless you as a majority would prefer i stick to gardening.

xo
janet



89 comments:

  1. I say mind your manners, too. My Mom always said that if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. I like your blog and you can wear whatever you like and it is fine by me.
    Having turned 70 last year, I don't really care what others say - I wear what I like, and if I want to wear pearls everyday - so what. I am not hurting anyone, nor are you. Peg

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  2. Actually, the style bit is just as much why I love your blog as your beautiful house, garden and recipe posts. Please stay as you are and don't let someone who isn't you influence you too much!
    So enjoying your roses (another month to go here!), your home and project 333 - such an inspiration.

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  3. "Mind your manners" is one way to say it. I can think of some others too, but I wouldn't think of posting them on this lovely blog, which I enjoy so much. Your style -- in your wardrobe, your home, your cooking and presentation, and your garden -- is fabulous. Please keep sharing all of it. It's a shame these unhappy souls can't keep their nasty thoughts to themselves.

    You are an inspiration, Janet. Keep the fashion and the blog posts coming ...

    Shelley

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  4. I call that "pooping on a blog".

    Janet, I LOVE your fashion. They are my favorite types of posts on TGC. Your fashion is REAL fashion. And you are a real person who is pretty to look at, fashionable, and a savvy, mindful shopper. Best of all, your style is attainable and wearable.

    My blog has been pooped on a few times, too. I clean it up and move on, but it still stinks.

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  5. Please don't change a thing! I love your blog!

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  6. This blog is about your lifestyle and encompasses many parts of you, I love your classic style and everything else that you share.
    I can't stand Internet snotters.

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  7. I think you always look great. And my fiance always wears clothes from Talbots.

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  8. I love your blog because you write about fashion and gardening, both things that I love.
    And, for the record, I love your personal style.

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  9. I love the mix of things on your blog. As a 50 something myself, I absolutely love your fashion posts, you are an inspiration in what you wear.
    Janey

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  10. That comment would only make sense to me (and would still be unkind to send), if you were telling young cutting-edge fashionistas how to dress for the front row etc. That might be pushing it a teeny bit! But you are showing your style, how you dress now, what you like at this point in your life - what on EARTH could be less objectionable?? 'Nowt as queer as folk' as they say over here (hope that translates ok?!). Delighted you are taking no notice.

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  11. Dear Janet - your dress, garden and home styles inspire me and I have just ordered one of Julie bracelets based on your pics. Keep your updates coming please:) These Easter holidays my "new life" project is to try 333 on my wardrobe for winter.

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  12. What a rude thing to say. Besides, there are no experts any more. And, it's your style, across all spectrums, that I enjoy. Whether it mirrors mine or not at any given moment.

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  13. thank you everyone. just to let you know this is all going straight to my head!

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  14. The mix of recipes, gardening, photography and fashion is what keeps me coming back. Follow your heart.

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  15. Janet,
    The top of your blog clearly states "simplicity, vegan cooking, gardening and style" Sorry, person, we get the whole package with Janet, and that is a good thing!

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  16. Well, this post did not go as I expected! I saw the pictures and thought "I have to comment on how stylish this woman looks!" Then I saw the comment you got on another post. Though your gardening is fantastic (that rose garden!), I'd say your outfits are wonderful too! Especially this one - it's not only stylish, but very "you" (well, as much as a random blog following internet stranger can know "you"). Keep it up I say, you obviously have a lot of readers (me included!) who love exactly what you post now. :)

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  17. I call that bitchy. There, I've said it.

    Please keep talking about everything you love. That includes everything in your header and more.

    Ignore the very bad mannered commenter. Who needs to get a life.

    xo
    Claudia

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  18. Oh, and I never listen to experts. What could be more boring?

    xo
    Claudia

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  19. Janet,

    Yours was the first blog I fell in love with and I look forward to and enjoy all your posts.

    Sue
    xo

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  20. puhleeze! People are so rude. I love your blog, love your style (whether it's gardening or fashion) and love your attitude. keep it up sister!

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  21. Stay just as you are! You have to be true to yourself. Love your blog! I'm with LuckALuck...love your attitude!

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  22. You have great style in the garden, in the way you dress (LOVE your fashion sense) and your home.
    Who knows what compels some people to be so rude. I hope you are not feeling bad about it.

    By the way, where did you get that cinch belt, I love it!

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  23. Love your outfit, love all your outfits posts, that rude person knows nothing xxx

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  24. Well, I say you always look lovely my dear! I enjoy your fashion posts as well as your decorating and gardening or whatever else! Carry on my dear!

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  25. You are looking quite smashing! Love the bag!

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  26. Do your thing, girl! And do it your way! Hugs, C

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  27. I suppose it was an annon commenter too - just delete & carry on as normal.

    Love Leanne

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  28. I don't care for expert's opinions either.

    Regarding today's posting I am a bit puzzled. Is this a provocation?
    The belt together with the quilted seam of the skirt and then the shirt, I don't know ... It does not quite add up. My choice would be a simple white tee or a even a white shirt, but with a much thinner fabric than the RL shirt, to prevent the bulkiness.
    But as Black Sheep sing: The Choice is Yours!

    Maybe I focus to hard on the conservative style, with the Royal Wedding getting closer. I call the bride's style rather boring than thrilling (referring to her appearance). Still I fancy the Kingdom Boredom.

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  29. I love your fashion, I love your house and I love your blog. You look adorable in all your outfits, even with your shirt tucked in!
    Betty

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  30. I concur with Polyvorina. I was looking at the pictures and thinking, "What a great outfit!" and was really shocked when I got to the bottom. All the elements of your blog are inspirational to me, and I enjoy all of your posts, whether they be on your latest outfit, your beautiful home and garden, a recipe, or a tour of your local library. Don't change a thing!

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  31. i agree with you paula re the seam on the skirt. after i viewed the photos i pulled the skirt a bit higher and hid the seam. it looked a lot better and was not too short. that's the beauty of photography, seeing what works and what doesn't. but i do love the lightweight chambray with it.

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  32. Janet,
    Even in a still photo you look as though you are dancing a little :)! You look very happy and very adorable, and I say since it is your blog - do what you want and don't worry about anyone else! Keep up the good work!
    Karin

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  33. That's the beauty of it being YOUR blog .... you get to do whatever you want! I wonder if that person has a blog. And if they do, they can put whatever they want on it.

    manners, indeed....I love your fashion posts!

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  34. Good Lord, some people's manners! I say "bury the troll IN your garden", while you're looking elegant and fashionable as always!!

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  35. If you STOP discussing your fashion style I might have to stop reading your blog (just kidding!). You have a wonderful classic style that I adore (and work hard at wearing).

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  36. No freaking way??!! This is what sets you apart and makes your blog so special.

    We can go to any gardening blog and see what is blooming when.

    But they can't tell us what to wear in the garden how to arrange the roses and where in their beautiful house to place the arrangements. but you can and do.

    Forget them.

    xo Jane

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  37. How RUDE? I think you always look great! Classic and timeless. It's your blog....post what you want. Your readers love you because you are yourself. Those rude-types don't need to come back.

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  38. Janet, Keep doing what you do.....I love the way you do your blog, especially because it's you, your ideas, perspective and you are a good writer. I am sure this comment was out of jealousy because you are so interesting, inciteful, real, and unpretentious and so many other good qualities. The whole blog, fashion & everything is what captivated me the first time I read your blog. Honestly, don't listen, I would be at loss if you did and I just don't want to go there! Thanks for sharing all that you do.

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  39. There's a northern English saying "I speak as I find" i.e. I'm going to be bloody rude!
    I was behind a stylish young woman in the bank today who had a scarf weaved through her bag. I had to stop myself asking if you were her inspiration. I love your style. Louise xx

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  40. Good for you. You turned it right back around with a post on style. Now that's confidence.

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  41. No kidding?

    This is your blog...fashion, gardening or whatever fancies you that day...

    Exactly what does make an "expert?" YOU are the expert in my opinion...you look fabulous today my dear. :)

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  42. Janet - Keep doing what you do. It works for you, whether it's fashion, recipes or gardening or whatever else you feel like posting. Your blog is fabulous (as are your clothing choices). Don't let anyone try to tell you otherwise. And for heaven's sake someone is now taking the opportunity to nitpick about the seam in your skirt? I think this means you've arrived!
    Deborah

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  43. When you garden, you might get a little mud stuck on the bottom of your shoe. You wash it off and forget about it. It doesn’t diminish your love for the flowers.

    I have just finished reading all your posts from the beginning and I can only say thank you from the bottom of my heart. I truly appreciate the time and work you put in to make this community.

    I love the simplicity, the recipes, the gardening, and the style. I have learned so much from you and also from the wonderful commentators. Through you, I have been introduced to many other interesting blogs and coming here feels like a gathering of friends. I wish we could all gather in person in a fabulous garden party!
    ~ skye

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  44. ha is right Janet! You look fabulous and have exquisite style, always! Funny how that comment came from an "anonymous" reader.

    xo annie

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  45. What a jealous hater! I have to say you've got soooooo much more class and style than so many of these so called fashion blogs/experts. You just keep being you and writing and photographing your life, and you'll keep having a loyal and loving following.

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  46. How rude! The nerve! I love your fashion posts. I love all your posts.

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  47. I love your blog for all of your interests and love your fashion - it is so classy and there certainly isn't enough of that out there.

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  48. I never comment, but I had to let you know how much I enjoy your posts--all of them. I cannot believe the sheer lack of basic civility on the internet. Good grief!

    Hang in there and thank you for your lovely blog!

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  49. You, my dear, are a very classy woman. It's evident with your home, fashion, gardening and your recipes. Do NOT change a thing. There is a reason they are called trolls.......and that they post as anon. They would not want us to see their lack of style.

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  50. I truly enjoy reading your blog. All of it. I own your black skirt. I wear it lots. You are adorable!

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  51. It seems silly the suggestion of narrowing your writing down to one interest in a medium that celebrates self-expression. I'm a regular reader because I really enjoy all facets of your expression from your gorgeous roses to the way you've decorated your cottage, your classic wardrobe and your yummy vegan food! You just keep on being you and don't let anyone limit you!

    xoxox,

    K

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  52. Don't change a thing!

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  53. people are rude, jealous, and hateful. i love reading your blog! so many great ideas. and love the 333 project.

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  54. OK...Let me see if I have this straight:
    1. Stick to gardening? Why? Because a naive reader suggested it? Oh, yes, now that's sooo logical.
    2. Leave "the" fashion to the experts? Why? Because today's experts say "throw out the rules" when maybe we should be questioning if some of them truly KNOW the rules? Well, a snotty nosed crayon drawing is not equivalent to Cubism...OR in keeping with the commenter's style of writing maybe I should say--"the" Cubism-- HA. :-)
    It's as simple as this: If a person wishes to throw out a comment, so be it. That's what "Post a Comment" is for, but unfortunately there are some YAHOOS in this world. If no one knows what a yahoo is, read GULLIVER'S TRAVELS...or...do the unintellectual thing and Google it. ha. (Love the "ha" by the way) Please don't stop the fashion posts; the majority definitely wants them. Just continue being the true lady that you are. Today's outfit is perfect. -Suzanne in Illinois.

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  55. bravo to you for "ha"-ing the troll!
    I would like to tell them to bugger off....
    thank you, I feel better now!

    you are completely and utterly fabulous!
    xoxoj.

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  56. Experts have a prolonged or intense experience through practice and education in a particular field. In specific fields (say fashion), the definition of expert is well established by consensus and therefore it is not necessary for an individual to have a professional or academic qualification for them to be accepted as an expert.

    Settled. You are an expert. Next case.

    L

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  57. Bravo too Janet!!!!!!! oxo Joyce

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  58. Janet, I just had to say aren't these comments fantastic? What a fantastic group!!! oxo, Joyce

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  59. OMG...

    I have come late to the blog today and I am gobsmacked!

    I have no time for rude people...life is too short.
    I hope that you have not spent a moment considering that this comment deserves thinking about other than to say whoever wrote it shows a distinct lacking of breeding. It's very bad form.

    Be well Janet...

    Hugs,
    Hostess
    XO

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  60. Just found you blog last week -- love the variety of topics you offer -- please don't change a thing.

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  61. Don't change a single thing! I love it all and so do your other readers according to the comments.

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  62. Going by the number of comments you receive after every post Janet I would say this blog has a devoted following who appreciate the content and love you to bits.
    This is the downside to blogging and forums etc whereby many folk feel the need to express an opinion with little to no civility or comprehension of others' feelings.
    Ditto the old saying....'if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all'
    Hugs xx

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  63. Your outfit is lovely and so are you! This is my first time commenting on your blog, but I had to speak up. :-)

    Juliana

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  64. The majority rules!!!! We want you to do it all! oxo J

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  65. janet, don't you change a thing! xoxoAlicia

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  66. Say what?????? They are just jealous!

    Linda

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  67. Janet, You do more for my fashion confidence than any of the fashion blogs do. I come away from your fashion posts with a fresh look at the clothes I have and how I can wear them differently.I come away from the so called "fashion experts" thinking no way!I love everyone of your posts; fashion, garden, home and vegan cooking (and I'm not vegan!)
    And, again may I say to certain commenters - when you visit someones blog you are in essence visiting thier home, and good manners is the rule!
    Janet, thank you for sharing your home, garden and great fashion sense.
    Sincerely, Miranda, SF Bay Area

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  68. It's your blog, and I think it's nice to mix it up! Keep up the "fashion days."

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  69. I think you are lovely, whatever you do.

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  70. This blog and its contents are for you first and foremost.

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  71. What is that supposed to mean? Sounds like someone got up on the wrong side of the bed. Janet, there are jealous and mean shitheads everywhere. I know - I work with some of them. They seem to hate seeing anyone happy.

    I love your blog and all you write and do! Don't change a thing.

    xo Terri

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  72. OMG!!! I can't believe someone left that comment! I don't think you are saying your a fashion expert. You are showing what you like to wear...that is all. Don't let it affect you. I love your garden, love your house, love your clothes and I love when you post what you eat too...

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  73. I love your blog, please don't change a thing. Take no notice of that rude person.

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  74. Dear Anon,

    With respect, F*** You.

    We love Janet and if you don't like her Fashion Sensibility, then Fine, stop reading. You're not paying her, she does this for FREE so she can suit herself fashion wise and do as she pleases. Got it?

    I don't dress like Janet, nor am I a vegan or likely to become one, but I read this blog because it's entertaining and real.

    Janet. I get these sort of comments all the time. They are boring beyond belief and always ALWAYS anon.

    Love you to bits. xxxxxxxxxxx

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  75. WHAT??? sorry, that sounds rude too, but I can't believe it !! And did this person without manners leave an annonymous comment or do you know who it was? Please take absolutely NO notice of this person - we LOVE to see your fashion posts (and I know I am not the only one) - you look gorgeous, chic and beautiful as ever, Janet. And I agree with Tabitha - love the term - they are internet snotters. xx

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  76. You do not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.

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  77. Some people are so mean! I adore your blog and your style - decorating, gardening and fashion alike. I also purchased that fabulous black cotton dress from Walmart after seeing your post. Cheers to believing in your own taste!

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  78. Dear Janet,

    I know members of the Emily Post family (their institute is in Vermont).Do I need to call them? Perhaps we could send this rude soul a book or two.

    By they way, LOVE your style!!

    Sincerely,

    itztru

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  79. I've seen the fashion experts. I don't judge them, they should wear what makes them happy; but they are not to whom I look for inspiration.

    I love reading about your style-- your garden, your home decorating, your cooking, and your fashion.

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  80. a comment like that really plays up the crudeness of the commenter and the graciousness of your blog and your followers--

    such a b-h!
    ;D

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  81. Oh good grief....I can only hope that rude comment made you chuckle more than it made you seriously contemplate giving up your fashion posts!!!

    As was already mentioned, your outfits are REAL--which in my book is wonderful! They are outfits that the majority of us would have occasion to wear in our every day lives. I love that you manage to look fabulous and keep it simple at the same time. There are many of us that want to look nice and put together without spending copious amounts of time and money doing it. You, my dear, have mastered that task!
    Don't change a thing...unless, of course, you decide to do even more fashion posts!!

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  82. that is the great thing about having your own blog. it is yours and you can post whatever you darn well please. i love it all. carry on.

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  83. Tres chic my friend! Don't go changing anything...
    xo~
    T

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  84. Love your blog...AS IS...please don't change a thing!!!!

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  86. I am shocked. Your fashion posts are wonderful. Didn't this person's mother ever teach them 'if you can't say anything nice...'?

    I agree with comments above that your outfits are inspiring, unlike fashion blogs which I do not read (anymore). I'm not way out enough to understand them.

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  87. Someone is feel green......with envy!

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  88. You arer a fsshion role model. This outfit underlines this fact. Haters are going to hate.

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