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Lorraine is a style obsessed mama to two young kids, a wife to a supportive husband and a family photographer. Lorraine graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006, with a degree in advertising photography. She enjoys quiet moments, silly kids, clothes, shoes, coffee and a little wine too. Can't get enough of her here on FredParent? Check out her personal blog: Rain in Style.

 

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A Stylish Weekend Away

Who wants to play a guessing game called "how many suitcases do I really need?"

Apparently, the answer to that question is four. Yes, I had four suitcases for a 3 day trip. That's almost a suitcase a day! To be fair, not all were filled with clothes; one was shoes and half of another was bags... LOL. But, what can I say, we all know that I am a style addict, so did you expect anything less? 

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Seriously though. My husband and I enjoyed a three day weekend away, without our kids. It was long overdue. We went to Kennett Square, PA, which is probably best known for Longwood Gardens, and that was our first stop! I had big plans of wearing a cute dress and sandals, but the weather changed without conferring with me first, and it was too cold. Weather is funny that way. I swear it doesn't matter how many times I check the weather, it's rarely accurate! I had to go with jeans and a jacket, but ya’ll my new bag (from Target! quick go there and get one!!) made its glorious appearance front and center! My shoes are Jessica Simpson brand from DSW.  Good thing that I packed a lot of different options as far as outfits go, but most of my choices revolved around using this bag. 

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I used to go to Longwood Gardens a lot when I lived in Maryland.  It's surprising that a place so beautiful is only a few hours away! If you've never been to Longwood Gardens, you should go. It's a beautiful place. It's also huge, so bring shoes made for walking. Mine probably weren't the best choice, but you know me... style before practicality. Plan on staying a while; we were there for at least three hours. And I'm thinking we didn't see everything! Take time to stop and smell the roses, literally! I know I'm not funny.

 

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After the gardens we made a pit stop at our hotel, changed and freshened up and then headed down to the historic downtown area. I let my husband choose my dress, and he went for red. I think he chose it because it matches the tulips that we saw at the gardens. LOL. In fact, I bet if I had worn this dress to the gardens and sat amoungst the red tulips, I'd be camouflaged. Except they probably frown upon hiding in the flower beds.    

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Let me just tell you, where we ended up eating and drinking, was the coolest place. Kennett Brewing Company will not disappoint. Their hamburger... the one with beer cheese... it's the thing dreams are made of. I'm not joking. Awesome beer and cider too! But back to the beer cheese... have you ever had beer cheese?!?!?

 

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We loved that place so much we bought shirts, and even went back the next night for more hamburgers and beer. And beer cheese. Always the beer cheese.

 

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Saturday, was spent shopping antique stores and winery hopping. It was rainy and cold so we only made it to two wineries, Chadds Ford Winery and Galer Winery. Both were nice. I wore one of my new Stitch Fix (if you missed my post about Stitch Fix, find it here) tops and braved the chilly weather. Because...style>practical. The window in the picture below is at Galer Winery. It's spectacular. The whole building and grounds are just spectacular.  We also loved the people and atmosphere at Chadds Ford, which also has beautiful grounds.  Both are must sees!

 

 

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That evening we headed out to downtown again. And yup, went back to Kennett Square Brewing Company for more hamburgers with beer cheese and drinks! I went with my faux leather pants outfit, because it was cold! Thank goodness I packed a million outfits and back up outfits!!! It's hard to see in the pictures, but my top is fringed. I like fringe; it added a bit of interest to this all black outfit. And of course my spiky shoes came along! I should mention that this entire outfit from head to toe is second hand! All from Thredup, and if you don't know about my love affair with ThredUp, you can read my post about it here.

 

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Sunday, we slept in and eventually worked up the energy to pack up and head home. But not before we stopped at Potomac Mills for a little light cardio...shopping=cardio am I right?!?! No seriously... I mean, it felt like cardio - that mall is huge.

This is what I wore for Sunday. The top is Daniel Rainn and it's one of my favorites that I've gotten from Stitch Fix. The back is lace. The color is beautiful. Love! My shoes are again from Thredup!

 

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I really enjoyed walking around Potomac Mills with my husband and yes, the shopping was fun too. I helped him pick out a few things, and he gave me his opinion on a few things. As a matter of fact, I will be writing a post about men's fashion soon, probably around Father's Day! Plus, we were able to look at our favorite stores without fussing with and entertaining the kids! If you are wondering what our favorite stores at Potomac Mills are: Lucky, Banana Republic, H&M, JCrew, and TJMaxx. The best part was when my husband said “let's go in TJMaxx... it'll take 5 minutes!” He's so funny... it didn't take 5 minutes. It took many more minutes...

 

We both agreed that this trip was long overdue and so very fun. Often in the craziness of life with kids, your partner and your connection gets lost in the shuffle. It was great just having to worry about ourselves. It might sound selfish, but sometimes it's ok to be selfish, necessary even.  That weekend away together reminded me of how blessed I am.  Our next time to be out of state and away from our kids will be in December for our 10 year anniversary!  We are planning on heading to Charleston, SC, and my outfit ideas are already brewing. I hope they have hamburgers with beer cheese.   

 

Don't forget to check me out over at www.raininstyle.com for more style fun.

 

-xo

 

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Say Hello to Stitch Fix

How many of you beautiful ladies know about Stitch Fix? I hadn't heard of it until around this time last year. Stitch Fix is a subscription box service that delivers clothes to you that have been picked for you by your stylist. Sounds great right? No more trying to squeeze into a dressing room with rowdy kids who tend to yell embarrassing things, no more saying “don't lick that mirror!... get off the floor... don't open the door!!!!!” Hey, I’ve been there.

Stitch Fix is a great service. When you sign up, you will answer some questions so they can get to know your style. Your stylist chooses 5 items for you to try. They charge a $20 styling fee per box, which goes toward whatever you decide to keep. What you don't want, you simply put back in the prepaid mailing envelope and send it back. If you keep all five items, you get a discount! So that's a bonus. They also include a styling card for each piece, where they show you how to put an outfit together. It’s not really a subscription service, meaning, that you can decide how often you get a box and you can cancel at any time with no penalty. For starters: both of these outfits are from Stitch Fix, the black pair of pants and tops.  I can't even begin to tell you how comfortable the pants are. They are Liverpool brand, and they are my life! This all came in the same box, and it was love at first sight.

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This is also an entire outfit from Stitch Fix, The top has pretty lace sleeves, and the jeans are my favorite.  Mavi brand jeans are so soft and comfy. Stitch Fix has them and you will LOVE them.  Mavi even has men's jeans that I got my hubby hooked on.

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That being said, it's not perfect. You will sometimes be like, “what IS this?!?!?” Case in point...

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I mean...what is this? At the time, I hated the idea of cold shoulder tops, and this one, this one was the actual worst. This fix was maybe my third? And it's the only one to date that actually made me cry. It was just so bad. Don't expect every box to be a winner, especially your first few. It takes time for your stylist to get to know what you like and what you hate. Be patient and try not to take it as bad as I did when you get a less then stellar box.

 

I recently asked for another box to come on my birthday. I was very excited. Unfortunately, nothing in that box really worked. It was all too flowy and big for me. This top was the only thing I considered keeping and look! It's another cold shoulder top! I ultimately decided to send it back, because I just didn't love it enough. And, at this point, my closet only has room for pieces that I love. And of course now, looking back at this photo, I have send back remorse, I mean it is cute... oh well.

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Now, please don't think that all I've gotten are duds. Because that's not true. Actually Stitch Fix has the best jeans. Seriously! They also have some really beautiful dresses and tops. I've gotten quite a few amazing pieces. Here are some of my favorite Stitch Fix pieces.

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It's also a great way to challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone. My recent box, that I just got a few weeks ago, did just that. This striped top was in there, purple romper, polka dot top, a grey dress and white jeans.  I've never found a romper that I really liked and I cringed when I saw the striped top. But here's the lesson that I learned (well I already knew this lesson, but I forget, sometimes to follow it): don't knock it until you try it.  I am totally guilty of judging something before I try it on, and this time...this time I was wrong! I actually love the striped top! It is totally different then anything in my wardrobe, it fits my edgy style, and I have pieces to go with it already (like my distressed black jeans and studded heels).  

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Don't let me face here fool you, I actually do LOVE both the purple romper and polka dot shirt.  But again, they are totally different then anything in my wardrobe.   And that, my stylish friends, is what Stitch Fix is for.  To help you get out of your box, to open you up to new styles.  If my stylist is reading this, I'd llike to say thanks for doing just that.  The stylists at Stitch Fix are good at what they do.  

With this most recent box, I ended up buying all 5 pieces because it was cheaper to do that and get the discount. The white jeans didn't fit me, but they fit a friend of mine like a glove, so she bought them from me. This dress, while I don't love it, was essentially free becasue of the buy 5 discount.  I think I might be able to make it work by adding a vest and some awesome booties.  

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So, what do you think? Do you want to give Stitch Fix a try? Let me know if you do! And if you are the same size as me and don't love something in your box...maybe I will and you can send it my way.  Like, you know, my closet needs ALL the clothes.  LOL.

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Look out for my next post about my hubby and I's weekend trip away, sans kids.  Can't wait to share with you my packing mania, and all the shenanigans we get into...stylish shenanigans of course.

As always, don't forget to get your style fix over at www.raininstyle.com  

 -xo

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Pop it, Pop it Good: Color Pop

This time of year, I always feel like I am finally waking up from hibernation. You know, spring has me feeling all fresh and brand new. Or, like when you finally have your cup of coffee in the morning and the sleep clears from your head...feeling refreshed and ready to conquer.  When I was thinking about what to conquer this week for the blog, I thought about inspiration. A few weeks ago we were walking around downtown, during one of our date nights, and we were blessed with a spectacular view... no, not a happy hour special sign... although that is always a wonderous sight. Seriously though, we got to see this..

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Beautiful right? And it didn't need any magical filters...it was simply this beautiful naturally. Isn't a sunset something that inspires artists, poets, musicians and basically any human ever, to create something beautiful? Cliché maybe, but it got me thinking about the things that inspire and how color can be a beautiful breath of fresh air. 

Style inspiration can come from anywhere really. An item of clothing, a place, an event, a celebrity, a friend, something found in nature or even an animal (I'm talking to you, fellow animal print lovers). But looking at this image of downtown, and wanting to relate in a stylish way, I notice how the colors pop off the darker shadows. I love the way that bright colors pop when paired with black, like the red tones in the street lights next to black buildings, or how the colors in the sky pop next to the dark buildings. Even when two opposite colors are together they can pop too.  Contrast, friends...color pop.  

A pop of color is a great piece of style inspiration to use in everyday style. You can take a simple neutral colored outfit, and add a pop of color, and it becomes a bit more stylish and interesting. Similar to the idea behind this flower photo series that I worked on a while ago - color pops off black (or any other neutral).

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So, how do we use this idea of color pop, in an outfit? Here are a few examples. I loved the way my black jacket and booties really made the colors on this dress stand out. And, the red of the rock wall even pops against my black jacket. The colors in my dress are opposites too, so it's a win win. 

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Here's the same concept, again with black and red, except I added another color pop with my turquoise necklace. I love red, or an orangey red with turquoise!! They are opposites on the color wheel, and work well together.

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Looking through my outfit pictures, I did this color pop thing a lot last summer. I'm a big fan of color pops with black and also color opposites, like blue and yellow, or red with turquoise. But don't go overboard with it. We don't want to look like a new crayon color called “cray cray”. Consider doing a color pop with accessories, like a bag, jewelry or shoes.

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Adding a pop of color with your shoes, is always fun.  Always.  I have these pink ones, red and a cobalt blue.  Love them all.  I usually pair them with a black or navy outfit (be it a dress or jeans) for that extra bit of interest. Or use contrasting colors with a cute clutch or bag...see how it adds interest?

 

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Heck even my hair has a pop of color...and check out the red and green on the wall behind me, perfect complimentary colors! All the heart eyes!!

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So, what do you think? Are you ready to rock a color pop? And, no, I'm not expecting you to go and dye your hair. But the next time you are wearing a neutral/black outfit, think about adding that pop of color. Wearing a blue dress or shirt? Add a pop of yellow! Have fun with it! Experiment with color, even if you need to take baby steps first. Of course, let me know if you decide to go all in and dye your hair. 

As always, please head on over to www.raininstyle.com for more color fun.

-xo

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Trend to Try: The Open Toe Bootie

Open toe booties. Sounds weird right? Mixing two shoe styles into one shoe. But I promise, they are worth it. Honestly, this isn't a new trend, but it's new to me. I used to really dislike the idea of booties...all booties. Once I gave them a try, I quickly changed my mind (we’re women, we can do that). But then, someone was like “let's make an open toe bootie!!” And I was like “say what now?” Of course I bristled at the thought; I even made my “that's weird” face. But they were everywhere!!!! There was no escaping the open toe bootie. So, I tried them. And, now I have all of these...Lol. I can just picture my husband rolling his eyes, but they are all different and yes, I need them.

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They are just so versatile, cute, and comfortable. They can also add a little edge to your outfit, which, for me, is always a plus.

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So, what made me change my mind about them? I had to just jump on the bootie train and give them a try. It might be of no coincidence that I ordered my first pair from Zulily, knowing that I wouldn't be able to try them on, and without being able to return them. So, I either had to wear them and own it, or be out the money. I'm not one to back down from a challenge so, game on. They are the ones in the picture below and I got them last spring.

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I remember being terrified of them. It was worth it though. They quickly became my favorite over last spring and summer. The color is neutral, and the heel is open making them breathable for the heat of summer. Versatile, too - they pair easily with jeans, skirts and dresses. The heel on these is a chunky stacked heel, so they are more casual looking then some of my stiletto heeled booties. The chunkier heel makes them easier to wear for long periods too. If you need a little extra cushioning for your feet, just add an insert. I added extra cusioning to a few of my booties and it helps. Here are a few of my chunky heeled open toe booties. 

 

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Oh, you must be wondering where my stilletto heeled ones are, and of course I have some.  Who do you think I am? Lol. This nude pair below, have sparkly gems, it's hard to tell in the photo, but they are beautiful. I got them from DSW a few months ago and I have been in love ever since.  I love pairing these lighter colored booties with lighter toned outfits; it helps to make my legs look longer and less bottom heavy. 

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These are probably my favorite stilletto heeled open toed booties. They've been screaming at me to wear them, so I have been, even if it has been a little cold. When the shoes call...I answer. The black pair came from ThredUP and the other two Zulily.

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As the weather gets warmer, I'm planning on wearing more of these open toed booties with my dresses and skirts. I love styling them this way. It's a nice way to vary up the heels and sandals that you'd usually pair with dresses and skirts. And yes, you can wear open toe booties during warmer months; you just might want ones that also have an open heel and you get a bonus for cutouts. Let the air flow, ladies.

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I will caution you. Sometimes I forget that my booties are open toed. Which is fine, normally, unless you have kids. My kids like to huddle around me...like claustrophobically close...and if I don't remember my booties are open toed and ask them for space, they step right on my toes...squishing them. Regular booties, not so bad, but leaving toes open around kids is like a magnet for disaster. Dare I say though, no pain no gain...and it's totally worth it. 

Also, when wearing booties, wether open toe or not, try rolling or cuffing your skinny jeans up to a little above the top of the boot.  You want a little of your ankle to show; it helps elongate your leg.  Pay no attention to my jeans in this photo. I rolled them a little too high; one roll lower would have been perfect.  

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So, what do you think? Are you ready to give them a try? Or do you already have a slight obsession with them, like me? If you don't have any, swing by a shoe store and try some on. If you'd like to look on Zulily, they do have cute ones, but usually you can't return things. So keep that in mind. Don’t be afraid to liberate your toes! They will appreciate the air flow after being stuck inside boots all winter.

 

Don't forget to show me some love over at www.raininstyle.com.  And go on and rock those booties. 

-xo

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Challenge Accepted: 7 Favorite Outfits in 7 Days

Hi, I'm 37 now. My new age is growing on me.  Over the past week, I decided to challenge myself to wear outfits that make me feel really good about myself, or involve a favorite piece. A personal birthday week style challenge. I wanted to showcase seven favorite outfits in seven days, and I even did seven different pairs of shoes. I guess the idea came to me me during my husband's and my date night last Saturday, it was actually a date weekend, since the kids were staying at their grandparents' house. I can honestly say that I don't think I've ever felt more fabulous than I did that Saturday...here’s a few photos of what I was wearing. I'm going to say this is the kick off outfit for my challenge.

 

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I got so many amazing compliments...all kind words that I really needed to hear. My crop top is from Forever 21 (because wouldn't it be nice to be forever 21? Lol) and the skirt is H&M. The skirt is from thier basics line, and usually they have decent basic pieces.  I love their more fitted basic dresses, skirts and tops, but I checked recently and it looks like the dresses and tops are a different style this season. Boo. Both pieces and my shoes are all ThredUP finds.

• Sunday- we went to brunch, and this was my outfit. My husband actually chose it...I gave him a few options and he liked this Lularoe Julia dress the best. I agree. It's bright and happy. Perfect for a quiet Sunday brunch, and walking around downtown.  If you ever see us downtown and wonder why we are taking pictures in alley ways...now you know.  

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• Monday- oh Mondays... it is so hard to get back into mom mode! To brighten the day and my mood, I chose this floral Lularoe Cassie skirt, paired with my favorite grey open toed booties! These shoes came from T.J. Maxx last summer, and I lived in them. They have cutouts and are a fantastic suede material. LOVE. And, Yes, you can wear suede material booties or sandals in spring and summer. This outfit is so simple, and it might be my favorite one of the week. Notice how my shirt is tied up on the side; that's how I almost always wear my tops with pencil skirts. 

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•Tuesday- now, if you know me, you'd know that it can't be a birthday week style celebration without spikes, heels and leopard print. Lucky for you, and me, I have all of that in one outfit!

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• Wednesday- MY BIRTHDAY- so of course I went big. This little black dress (again from Forever 21..really it's kinda funny, oh to be 21 again!!!, but I got it off ThredUP). I added my favorite faux leather jacket, Blank NYC. Seriously, you need this jacket. Find it here.  My shoes are recent additions, of course from ThredUP.  What did I do all dressed up? I went to Hyperion, got an amazing coffee, and sat by myself (more on that at the end)...it was fantastic. I should have gotten my hair done...please pay no mind to my fading pink hair, my appointment is next week, I promise!

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• Thursday- I went with a favorite outer layer...can you guess? Yup, it's a faux leather vest. Much like my jacket above, faux leather vests hold a special place in my heart, and my closet. This one looks better zipped and comes complete with studs (the metal decorative kind, not the male kind, LOL). Also, these Just Black jeans are one of my favorite pairs from Stitch Fix. And what's an outfit of mine without heels?!?!? Am I right?

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• Friday - TGIF. For real! Winding down this challenge, I went with one of my favorite cardigans, this one from Grace and Lace, and my new floral booties that I'm obsessed with. Floral embroidered things are huge this season, so keep a stylish eye out for it! These came from DSW. Also, the bag was a birthday gift from my little man. I picked it out (yes I'm that mom, I buy my own gifts). He was excited to give it to me. It's a win win. Even my kids know I'm style obsessed. 

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• Saturday- Last day of the challenge. It has been a great week of style fun.  I decided to end the challenge in an outfit that included a lot of my favorite things.  So, of course, that's faux leather (it's my favorite jacket), distressed jeans, spikes (they are on the collar of my top), open toed booties, the color black and camo!  Yes, I love camo! The booties though, I just got them at Target; they were the last ones AND they were in my size! It was a birthday miracle!  My earrings were a gift from my little girl.  She was so excited to give them to me, that she opened the box herself...she now also wants her ears pierced.  

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So that's how I celebrated my birthday week. I loved finding ways to wear my favorite things, and I challenge you to do the same! No, not just around your birthday...but every day. That's my goal. To wear my favorite things every day. This challenge really helped to turn my attitude about my new age around...in fact, I spent my birthday morning at Hyperion and I thought their cup was a perfect metaphor for how I'm feeling...

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See, that's me...killin’ 37. Even riding in on a dark horse. Ok, I know it's probably Hyperion, the Titon god of heavenly light (thanks google). But even that's a good metaphor. Be like a god of light, and shine bright. After all, age is only a number right? And a number doesn't define, it refines and amplifies.

I enjoyed my time at Hyperion so much, that I am going to make it a weekly thing. Me, working on blog posts and staring at a fierce warrior...sounds perfect.  

 

Don't forget to head over to my blog at www.Raininstyle.com for more style and laughs.  

 

-xo

Lorraine

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