Hounded

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Zara Blazer /  H&M Chiffon Cross-over top / Zara Sheath skirt / Falke Pure Matt 50 Denier / Marc Fisher Kevins /Michael Kors Runway Watch 

I found this sleeveless houndstooth chiffon-type cross-over top at H&M quite a few months back. I took it with me into the fitting room and when I put it on, it was just “meh”. But I had walked into the store wearing a blazer and had a thought that I should put it on over top to see what it would look like. Voila. Instant chic. Goes to show that it pays to be creative even in the fitting room.

The skirt is just a touch too long to be worn with these boots. If the boots were black or if the skirt was a bit shorter it would give the illusion of a longer leg. Here, I just insisted on wearing these boots with the rest of this outfit and hoped that no one noticed that I looked extra short today.

Christmas Lunch Date (Girls only)

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J.Crew Tippi Sweater / J.Crew Perfect Gingham / BlankNYC Spray-on Denim / Marc Fisher Kevins / Michael Kors Runway Watch

Now that we’re older (and live in different countries!), we don’t get to see each other too often, but Christmas is the one time of year that me and the girls make sure it does happen. And to make it even more fun? Gift exchange! One of my GFs was apparently super excited before leaving the house when her hubby asked her, “Aren’t you too old to be getting excited about gifts?” Well, of course not! 😛

For the Love of Leopard (+Giveaway!)

Sometimes an otherwise extremely plain outfit just needs is a little leopard print to give it that little oomph:

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  T. Babaton by Aritzia Exeter Blazer / Ann Taylor Silk Camp Shirt /  GAP Really Skinny Pants / Marc Fisher Kevins Boot / Cotton-blend Scarf (Ebay) / Forever21 Necklace

Do you know what today is? It is AFD’s second blog-iversary (OK actually it was yesterday, but I didn’t have time to finish this post)! I can hardly believe I had this blog and have updated it on a fairly regular basis for two years now.  One of the biggest reasons that I continue to feel motivated to post is because of the great blog community in which I’ve found myself and the wonderful people I’ve come in contact with. I’ve hinted about it in a few posts, but it hasn’t been the greatest year (or years??) for me, and a result, the blog has slowed down somewhat with a lot of effort on my part to keep it going. I’ve been trying to step away from it without completely stepping away. A blog can be a wonderful creative outlet at times, but as many of my fellow bloggers know, it’s also a lot of work (particularly if you’re taking your own photos!). So it’s been a fight between my need to be creative and keep busy and my desire to be recluse and shut everything off to re-group. So this giveaway is especially for those of you who have supported me along the way because I know I haven’t been as consistent as a good blogger should be. Thank you so much!

 I’ve put A LOT of thought into this giveaway. I’m an extremely thoughtful gifter, meaning that when I’m buying gifts for others, I think long and hard and I tend to buy and return a lot of things until I get it *just* right (or at least I think I do). I really wanted this giveaway to be something that was pretty, but still a bit edgy. It’s something that I would wear, but also something that would appeal to those of you who don’t necessarily share the same style as I do (and yet still read my blog). So I’ve spent MONTHS thinking about it and I’ve finally narrowed it down to the gorgeous leopard scarf that I’m wearing above (not the exact one I’m wearing, but a duplicate)! I’m sorry if you have one already, but hey, you can never have enough leopard in your life. 😉

It is a bit rough right out of the bag, but after some wear it really softens up (made of a cotton-blend) and it is very big and fluffy (200cmx135cm). See?

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It pretty much goes with everything and you can wear it all year round because it’s so light. It also has a small fringe. Could it be more perfect?? I think not! As a disclaimer, this giveaway is sponsored by me.  Please read the rules below before entering: [GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

(1) Open to residents of the US and Canada. I will use a reliable shipping method, but I am not responsible if it gets lost or if gets hit with duties. I will try to ship from the country in which it will be sent. 
(2) Giveaway ends Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 11:59pm (EST). Winner will be announced on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 on this blog and on Twitter. 
(2) Winner will be drawn randomly and must contact me within 48 hours of the announcement or a new winner will be drawn. Remember to check back to see if you’ve won!

How to Enter (Mandatory):
(1) Complete the entry form. Include your name and email address (for verification purposes only, I promise).

For Bonus Entries:
(1) Follow AFD publicly, through Google Friend Connect. (+1 bonus entry)
(2) Tweet about the giveaway! (+1 bonus entry)
(3) Blog about the giveaway! (+1 bonus entry)
(4) Follow me on Bloglovin’! (+1 bonus entry)

Thank you so much, everyone! Good luck! I hope you like it! xCher