17 January 2013

Timeless

You ever wish you could travel back in time just long enough to stop your younger self from doing something really stupid or awful? Now I'm not sure I'd want to get face-to-face with myself or anything - Current Me would be aghast at my deplorable sense of style and poor personal grooming, Younger Me would get their hopes of growing up to be a 5'9" Amazon crushed to dust.

But if I could drop off little notes along my timeline to myself? That'd be cool. And wise. And may read something like this ...

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Dear pre-school Lisa - Don't let that little boy you go to school with pick on you so much. He will throw your Care Bears lunchbox and break it, then you'll get stuck making up some lame excuse to mom and dad and get in trouble for it. And don't try to steal the Smurf figurines from class - stealing is wrong, you're an awful thief and dad always catches you.

Dear elementary school Lisa - You may want to reconsider all the allowance money you blow on New Kids on the Block stuff. Believe it or not, but Jonathan Knight does not know you exist.

Dear 6th grade Lisa - How come you've suddenly become the bully? Please don't make fun of that new boy in your class. He runs funny because he has braces on his legs, he's doing the best he can.

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Dear high school Lisa - So much here, where to begin? First, get rid of that sheer lace billowy pirate shirt - it looks good on no one. Two, be more appreciative of your teachers who are really trying to help you learn. Three, why bother lying to mom and dad? They know, they always know. Fourth - first time skiing? Do not, I repeat, do NOT bomb the hill your first time out. It'll be funny, but it'll hurt real bad ... And lastly - don't waste precious sleep time by going on Talk City. The only people in chat rooms at midnight are Creeps.

Dear college freshman Lisa - Don't even bother with the premed classes - you suck at science, remember?! And don't stress so much about your classes and papers, it really won't matter when you get out into the real world.

Dear fresh out of college Lisa - Credit is not real money. And don't date a boy who is a total moocher, goes from job to job, and actually believes he will make a ton of money by paying to go to those Make. Cash. Fast. seminars.

For full-time job Lisa - Time passes really fast. Stop putting things off.

Now what about you ladies - are there things you wish you could have told your younger self?

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gingham & pearls

Blazer: Ann Taylor (buttons replaced - sim, sim, longer, sweater)
Top: LEC gingham poplin (worn here - sim, sim, steal)
Jeans: BR factory (worn here - sim, sim, pricey)
Belt: J.Crew embossed (sim, sim)
Necklace: Ann Taylor pearl & pave cluster (sim, mini, colored, steal, pricey)
Bracelet: Ann Taylor pearl & pave cluster (sim, sim, brown)
Bag: Pour La Victoire roma (worn here - sim, steal, pricey)
Shoes: Michael Kors hamilton (worn here - sim, simple, peep)

85 comments:

  1. Woo, these Ann Taylor jewels are gorgeous! This blazer looks great with the gingham shirt.

    Something that I would have told my younger self was to get more involved in sports and exercise that way when I continued it on in my older years it wouldn't be so hard.

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    1. Oh I know, all those sports and activities I started when I was younger and just gave up - I could be a piano-playing karate-chopping pointed-toe ballerina by now!

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  2. This post is amazing! Not only is your outfit stunning (I really think you rock at a perfectly structured outfit), but there are soooo many things I would have warned my younger self about! I also wanted to be 5'9"! But with a mother of only 5', I'm lucky I made it to 5'7"!

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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    1. Oh 5'7" ... I bet the air IS better up there, isn't it? ;o)

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  3. Oh my gosh your honestly is amazing and so so refreshing! Those jewels are super cute!

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  4. I'm absolutely in LOVE with your pearl accessories - you look so classy and pulled together I'm feeling a little self-conscious sitting here in my sweats! If I could have told my younger self that denim skirts shouldn't be worn by 16 year olds...well...that would have been awesome. Denim skirts and deck shoes...even worse!

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    1. Oh you should see me when I get home and change - actually, NO ONE should see me like that!

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  5. I love this outfit! It is definitely timeless and classic. Beautiful!

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  6. Love everything in this preppy look...the pearls pair so well with the blazer!

    Gosh, so many things I wish I could tell my younger self! Many involving dating/relationships and red flags I should've seen coming.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    JCrew Giveaway!

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  7. Awwww lovely musings there Lisa....& your look today is as timeless & ageless as yOu!!!

    REBECCA
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  8. first of all, love this outfit. its so cute and perfect.
    next there are soo many things i would want to tell myself.
    love this idea for a post.

    K

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  9. I loved reading these! Billow shirts! Those used to be SO cool though! And I wish I could write little notes too. Once I wrote a letter to myself as prompted by a youth pastor. He sent them liek 5 or 6 years later. I couldn't even read mine. I just looked at it, thought , wow, you were an idoit back then, and threw it away! haha..oops. Anyhow - I love your bracelet! I enjoy pearls like that, but I haven't gotten a good pearl or faux pearl for that matter thing in awhile. Your blazer is also amazingly perfect on you.

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

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    1. I remember a few years ago I found a diary I kept while in junior high. Hello, emo Lisa! Wow, all the stuff I thought was so deep and important back then ...

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  10. That Ann Taylor blazer is fabulous!

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  11. I did some seriously dumb stuff when I was ages 17-21. Stuff that I think about now and it's totally embarassing.
    Method Clothe

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  12. Love the blazer! I would tell myself that the 7yrs my senior boyfriend was NOT a good boyfriend,nor worth all the heartache. And that I really WAS skinny... How clear things look to me know...but never than.

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    1. I know, if I could be college weight again ...

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  13. Woah Lisa that bracelet is ENORMOUS!
    Anyway yay for care bears (boo for boys nicking them). I still have the Funshine Bear my parents gave me for my third birthday. He is 27 now and I adore him. I gave Elodie all my other cuddly toys but not Funshine. He is mine and mine alone :-)

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    1. I have a floppy-eared shaggy stuffed pup somewhere that I had since I was three. No one else will ever have that pup except me!

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    2. And yes, the jewelry was kind of heavy. I ended up taking my bracelet off because I was driving myself crazy using the computer mouse with all those baubly things banging around!

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  14. Aw hindsight. Every time I think about things like this, though, I think about all the stuff I would've missed out on had I been there in my present self. Namely, I wouldn't have my three kiddos because I would've told myself that those guys were definitely NOT worth my time. LOL I love your bracelet and layers today!

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    1. I didn't mention all the things I did that were stupid at the time but that got me to where I am today (moving across country right after college - hello!) - because who knows how different things would be for me now if I hadn't?!

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  15. Love this post! Reading it was fun! :)

    http://colorsandthreads.blogspot.in/

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  16. of course... i would've told myself to talk to more people, play more sports and try to ignore what the bullies said. and maybe clue mom and dad in a bit more.

    adore this entire outfit - that necklace and bracelet are just stunning!

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    1. I know - high schoolers are so clique-y. I think back now, what was the point?!

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  17. This look is so great. I love that blazer and I love the big baubles!
    Meredith
    createthatoutfit.com

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  18. this is such an adorable post! i think i needed to make my mistakes. i'd tell my "now self" that when you know something is stupid, don't do it. i seem to have good insight but poor judgement at times :/

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  19. 1.love this outfit! I just got a gingham shirt similar to this and now plan to pair it with my navy blazer. Love it. 2. Oh, the things I would tell my younger foolish self. The credit card thing for sure and I had this vinal tie-duded looking jacket in high school I loved. It was from the Buckle and I wore it like crazy. I now cringe at the thought of it.
    Ginny
    mynewfavoriteoutfit.blogspot.com

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  20. This is a great post. I think the only thing I would tell my younger self would be to stop worrying so much. I love reading your posts girl, you always make me think haha.
    great outfit too!

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  21. Ooh I love this fancy/casual mix with the cuffed jeans and the sharp blazer and the lovely jewelry. Making note of that for when it gets warm enough to bare my ankles again!

    And oh, wouldn't it be nice to pass on some advice for our younger selves. I would tell high school me to spend a little more time on cultivating friendships, because in the end you get to spend plenty of time with that Peter guy (when you marry him!).

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    1. Aw, that's so sweet. Well my HS sweetheart dumped me at prom - I could have spent less time with that guy!

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  22. I love this mix of preppy and casual! Eh, I figure everything that happened in the past made me who I am today and I don't want that to change! Though, younger me should have figured out how to stop being painfully shy before junior year of high school! I wasted so many years afraid to say anything at all!

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    1. I know - I was so emo and angst-ridden back in junior high/early high school for no reason! Great way to make new friends ... not.

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  23. Great choice to swap out the blazer buttons - the ones you chose are perfect. :)
    I would have told my younger self to start exercising, make a few more friends, and that investing in a great hairstylist and brow stylist is sooo worth it. ;)

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  24. I love your style; it's so classic, but still fun.

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  25. All wonderful words (or notes) of wisdom - I can probably think of quite a few for myself! And that's an equally fab outfit. Adore those bracelets! :)

    Morgan
    seemomogo.blogspot.com

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  26. Haha love these notes of wisdom! I think my advice would have been to appreciate things as they were more - the grass is always greener! Love this preppy look :)

    life-etcblog.blogspot.com.au

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  27. teehee cute post. If only we could wise up our younger selves. =)

    Love this look. The jewelry is awesome!

    xo,
    nancy

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  28. So in love with your jewelery here! I would definitely yell at my younger self for some of my boy choices lol

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  29. I love your entire outfit. It's all perfect together!

    I agree with Tara - I would totally yell at my younger self about some of those boys I pined over/dated.

    xoxo

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  30. I am obsessed with this outfit! Your style is impeccable!

    There is so much I would love to tell my younger self but maybe shouldn't be told in a comment ;).

    Awesome post!

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  31. So chic! Really impressive blog, love your style. If you want check mine and we could follow each other:-)
    Kisses
    Aga

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  32. What a fun topic :) I would tell my high school me to do year 12 japanese because the jap oral wouldn't have as bad as you thought. And F4 are not as cool as you think haha

    Love the blouse ;)

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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  33. love the letters! what a fun post! and love the jacket with that shirt! and the orange belt is perfect!

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  34. these letters are awesome. it made me think of what i'd say to my respective selves in the past.

    you look lovely as always. love the whole thing from head to toe.

    xox P

    phiphi's blog

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  35. I love this post! Such a great idea and it's always fun to reflect. :) I also love this outfit...it's so classic!

    Jess - J's Style
    fancypants514.blogspot.com

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  36. Oh my gosh!!!!! You look gorgeous. LOVE this outfit!!!!!

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  37. Another fab outfit! Love the bag too~ For my younger self, I would say 'step up and say it'. I wasn't that very open with my feelings and I end up getting hurt most of the time.

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    1. Ooh, I hate thinking back to all my unrequited crushes - only partly because I always kept my mouth shut!

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  38. Beautiful! Love your style.
    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  39. Absolutely gorgeous, I LOVE this casual chic look!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  40. Oh goodness. There is so much I wish I could tell myself. Whats worse is that I sit here wondering what my future self would want me to change right now. But I guess you never really know until the past is set in stone.

    I think I'd like to tell high school lydia that style does matter. Stop wearing your hair in a frizzy bun skewered with chopsticks and buy some cute shoes. Don't eat lunch alone in the library everyday, and go to a party. Just one.

    Love this blazer - it is so sharp!

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    1. Ooh, creepy to think of what my future self would think of me right now ...

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  41. you look so cute and preppy! love the accessories and how you styled this getup!

    xxx
    Lady à la Mode

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  42. I'm only in college and there is so much I wish I could tell my younger and dumber self! I would tell my high school self to NOT dye my hair pink! Hahah!

    Your bracelet and necklace are BEAUTIFUL! i LOVE the fun variation on the pearls!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm following yours now!

    www.darlingprepster.blogspot.com

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  43. Love the blazer!

    I think I'd tell my younger self not to be so self conscious, that was my major issue growing up.

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  44. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I think you have an amazing sense of style, and I adore this outfit! I look forward to your future posts :)

    Kate @ A Journey in Style

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  45. Lisa, this is a serious love for me.. All of the pieces. You look absolutely well put together and cute.

    xo
    Sam
    http://fabulouspetite.blogspot.com

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  46. Well-put together. I love how everything is so coordinated without matching! Where do you get such cooperative pieces? :D

    Abi
    http://thebelatedbloomer.blogspot.com
    twitter: @BelatedBloomer

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    1. My clothes spend a lot of time in close proximity to each other squished in a dark packed closet, so they all know each other pretty well, hehe.

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  47. This post is too CUTE! Reminds me of high-school.. a classmate was so crazy over Simon Le Bond that she added Le Bond to her name on every exercise book. One day the teacher said to the class "Class, I think we have a new student in the class, Julie Le Bond?" That was hilarious, I thought! Love this classic outfit.. I'd wear it in a second!

    Kisses from Dubai!
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES DAILY
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.com/

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    1. Ha ha, that sounds like me. Except of adding Jonathan Knight's name to mine, I just wore an obnoxiously large button of Jonathan over my sweaters every day.

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  48. wow, very classy & glam outfit! I love the necklace!
    I think we should follow each other. What do you say ? Kisses

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  49. Those giant pearls are gorgeous...also, Jonathan Knight was my favourite too. LOL. :)

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    1. Yay, for Jonathan Knight! I always thought he was way cute than his brother, Jordan. Though it really doesn't matter - Jonathan being way older, a celebrity with millions of crazed fans, and I think he came out a few years ago too, so there's that.

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  50. You look so gorgeous, this is such a classic outfit. Well, this one is easy, the one thing I would for sure tell my younger self (middle school) is do NOT get that perm. You don't look good with permed hair, especially with bangs. It will take you years to get over that fiasco.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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    1. I was unlucky enough to get a perm during elementary right before my class photos. Of course the beauty shop was really busy that day and they left the curlers and perm solution in my hair for too long - you can guess the rest. ;o)

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  51. I would tell myself to invest in Apple. Who knew those black and green-screened things were going to take off like they did? :)

    Taylor

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    1. Yeah, if I could send notes back in time to my younger self, maybe I should stick some winning lottery numbers in there too, hehe.

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  52. I love navy so of course I love this! I also love the shoes and beautiful bag! Great look! There's so much I'd tell my younger self......wisdom and lessons learned are priceless. Experience is a tough teacher sometimes! Have a great weekend!

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  53. haha lisa! i loved reading yours. oh YEAH, there would definitely be many things i would change. i would tell myself to get my eyebrows professionally done and not shave them half off which i did! oh oh oh! olive oil is great but don't douse your hair in it (what a mess)! those are just SOME of the things. there are MANY more! fabulous outfit. that blazer is classic and will always be in style. love the accessories and shirt.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  54. My list of things to avoid would be so long, I will have to think long and hard for that. Time does go by quick, I'm now trying to get my kids to listen to all my advice now.

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  55. This look is so chic and cute! I ADORE that blazer and satchel! -Jessica L

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  56. This is soo cute! Love the blazer so much.
    I'm looking for one like that for almost a year now, still couldn't find it. :-(
    I'm now following you with GFC & Bloglovin!
    Xx el33ta

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  57. Ok I lied when I said the previous outfit was my favorite - this one wins. Everything fits you like a glove and the pearls! Love. and copying.

    As far as former self, I would say don't date the boy that ends up breaking your heart by getting together with one of your closest friends. Actually try in physics because it's screwing over 25 year old me currently with med school applications. Don't cut off all of your hair once every 4 years.

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  58. HA! There are too many things I would tell myself I don't even know where to begin. Fashion wise I would have told my high school self how to buy clothes that fit - "You are not a size medium, you are XS, and you are too tall for regular size pants. Buy Talls! " Needless to say I looked like a mess in high school...haha.
    Love this outfit! The blazer, gingham and pearls look so classy!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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  59. I love everything about this outfit. I would have told myself to slow down :)

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  60. Great timeless look. I absolutely love the pearl accessories. I love the notes you left to yourself . I'm having a hard time coming up with stuff I would've told myself if I could go back and warn myself, but I'm sure there are a number of things that I could save myself from! :)

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  61. I am in love with this outfit. Seriously. I want it.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  62. you are gorgeous! what a simple yet uber fabulous look! Love your letters to yourself :)

    Chioma
    C's Evolution of Style

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  63. Great post Lisa and what an amazing outfit! I love everything about it! The shirt, the necklace, the cuffed jeans- the blazer.
    EVERYTHING ROCKS.
    AND if i had to go back, oh I'd tell some people out and probably would stand up for myself a little more. I would have appreciated more certain teachers and i would have told my guy friend who i was totally in love with him.

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  64. Okay, another fabulous outfit!! I adore everything about this look, I might just have to copy it! :).
    This is a great post, and there are about a million things I would tell my younger self, starting with: you're not fat, even though you wear a size 10 and all your girlfriends weigh 92 pounds, high school Maigen! Man, I wasted so much time feeling bad about myself and I was perfectly cute! :)
    Thanks for the thought-provoking post!

    :) Maigen (LCDF)

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