Looking Back You Shouldn't Have Fought It

Nostalgia for last year and Greece was sparked by these boots which were bought there and haven't seen the light of day in awhile. The ability of clothes to carry so many memories is one of the things that makes me so attached to my wardrobe. When traveling I'm much more keen on purchasing clothes or jewelry in order to commemorate the trip rather than a nick-knack or traditional souvenir. Moving a lot means most superfluous things end up in boxes (that haven't been touched in years), but clothes always get unpacked and worn. Thus, whenever I don a certain item or throw on a particular pendant I awaken memories of interesting places and fun people.

These boots might not seem scream "Greek," but when wearing them I suddenly get swept back to the marbled streets of Athens. A loyal friend endured several days of hunting for boots with me; we visited shop after shop in search of the elusive ideal pair. When I tried these on and the shop helper winked at me to indicate approval, I knew I had found mine. Though we were less successful in my friend's hunt and dozens of stores later she still walked away empty-handed it is a positive memory for both us. Time spent in good company and humor, shopping until our feet hurt, but still pausing to appreciate our surroundings. She willingly went down back alleys with me when I thought I spied interesting graffiti and our near-daily visit to Leonidas chocolate...oh how I miss city living.
Outfit details: turtleneck- H&M, skirt- Forever 21, tights- street vendor, boots- some shop in Athens, necklace- Talonalia, bag- Pull and Bear

CONVERSATION

143 comments:

  1. Fantastic boots! I like to buy clothes and jewelry instead of souvenirs, too. I also like when someone asks me where I got something and I get to respond, "oh, I picked it up when I was in ...."

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  2. Your skirt is beautiful! And those boots are gorgeous. I love it when I have clothing in my closet that remind me of a place I have traveled to. It's like wearing a piece of history and taking the memories with you wherever you go!

    colormenana.blogspot.com

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  3. I just bought an almost identical skirt only in brocade and in gold and black from Forever New. Love.

    And the boots are sinful.

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  4. I've just discovered your fine blog and am hooked. Gorgeous photos. These remind me a little of Chloé ads, in the best sense..

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  5. I love the boots! Its so nice to have good memories in your clothes. You always feel good when wearing them. I also love your skirt! Its really cute!

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  6. wow, you're so pretty. love your style and your photos.

    http://sometimesitjustsucks.blogspot.com/

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  7. These boots are adorable and timeless.
    I know exactly what you mean about 'nik naks' im living in the one house now, hasnt been like that for 5 years, and unboxing all these lovely but dusty objects makes me get your philosophy xo

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  8. That's it: You take the best photos EVER!

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  9. The photos and clothes are STUNNING, Love your blog still :)
    xxxx Camilla


    Rainbowpavingstones.blogspot.com

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  10. Great skirt! I feel the exact same way about clothes and accessories I buy on my travels too. They conjure memories whenever I wear them.

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  11. love the skirt and boots!
    i'm earning to study abroad hopefully next year. i don't know if my parents will allow me to go for a full semester though. gah!

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  12. great boots!
    lovely tights!
    and amazing skirt! <3

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  13. I did the same exact thing in Athens last month! I spent days searching for the perfect pair of boots, I ended up going home with the perfect pair of sandales, go figure... Your boots are killer though great find.

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  14. the boots are soooo nice! love them. and those tights are out of this world :)

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  15. I love those boots! They look fantastic with those tights. I've never been a fan of lace tights, but you wear them so well!!

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  16. i agree - clothing and accessories are way more memorable and useful than random trinkets. i usually try to hunt down some quirky jewelry - it's less to pack too!

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  17. great boots! I do the same thing when I travel... a piece of clothing is the best souvenir.

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  18. I use clothes as souvenirs too. I feel the same way- I know I'll use them, and love them for years to come. souvenirs mean less.
    besides, when someone asks where you got your boots or your dress or your scarf, it's so fun to say a foreign country!

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  19. Athens is the most wonderful place to shop, isn't it? I have a necklace and an eggplant-purple dress I bought there that always take me back. Love it.

    Kristina
    Sweetfern Handmade

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  20. Oh I know what you mean! I have a bunch of clothes from Hong Kong and when I wear them, they make me nostalgic for HK. Those boots are pretty awesome, and your skirt is beautiful!

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  21. That skirt is just perfect for fall! I love the colors and the pattern!

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  22. love this outfit!! the boots are amazing--they look comfy and chic!!!!

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  23. I have been reading your blog for a while now, and I love it! These boots are gorgeous!

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  24. Such a cute outfit! I tend to do the same sort of souvenir buying with jewelry. That way every time I wear it, I remember a certain place and experience. Good times!

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  25. I'm exactly the same way when I go on vacation. Trinkets just sit on shelves and collect dust, but clothes get worn and reworked all the time.

    I love your whole outfit. Lovely boots and those tights are amazing!

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  26. i totally agree - clothes rather than keychains and bottle openers are the best way to remember your fun and fantastic times abroad.

    your stockings + boot combination are a dream. love the outfit :)

    xo.
    princesspolitico

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  27. simple and beautiful. I love your style. Do you take the pictures yourself or does some one follow you around to take pictures of how fabulous you are?

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  28. basically my outfit today. thats weird. but awesome. <3

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  29. such a gorgeous outfit! i love when clothes have stories behind them. it seems like yours always do!

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  30. This is gorgeous!!! LOVE those boots and what a fabulous skirt!

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  31. I am LOVING those tights! They are seriously beautiful

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  32. I so agree with you! clothes and especially jewelry hold memories for me. I love your skirt the brocade pattern is so pretty!

    www.rosalitafashionista.blogspot.com

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  33. the entire outfit is spot-on.
    i've showed your blog to my mother several times and each time the first words out of her mouth are, "she is stunning. simply beautiful. oh, love that scarf!". i must say, i have to agree.
    your outfits are never too overdone but still fantastically put together. thanks for the great inspiration!

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  34. Love it all! Those tights are fabulous =)

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  35. aww yay for clothes that bring back lovely memories!!

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  36. Your skirt is vey nice. I love clothes with memories.

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  37. I totally agree with you about preferring to purchase clothes over knickknacks when I travel - I get so much more use out of them! Your skirt is incredibly gorgeous.

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  38. those boots are gorgeous, especially paired with that brocade skirt. how you manage to find something so elegant at f21 is beyond me! :)

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  39. I love your tights, the pattern is awesome!

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  40. I LOVE LOVE LOVE those boots. My husband mentioned that your tights make you look like you have some really cool tattoos on your legs. I think yeah, it does sort of look like that. Also, I LOVE the skirt. Yeah, this is a great outfit.

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  41. Love the skirt! I feel the same way about clothes, so many memories. I bought so many clothes when I was in Paris last year! I love buying vintage clothes too because I know they inherent already have memories in them.:)

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  42. Ooh pretty skirt! LOVE the shoes. Sounds like a good adventure, too.

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  43. Those boots really are perfect for you. The great thing is that they'll probably be in your wardrobe for years. I have similar stories with all of my clothing. It makes it really hard to get rid of anything!

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  44. those are the perfect boots! i am really loving the way you look in these dark outfits. i like lots of black!

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  45. I am so in love with those tights!

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  46. Love everything about the outfit.

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  47. Aw...I've missed these boots! I still can't get over the tights btw.

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  48. I love your skirt, is so cute, and your are so beauty, like always of course :)

    xoxo

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  49. the skirt is so gorgeous! i can't believe it's from f21! and the boots are fantastique, too. everything you put on is adorable. i want to get a pair soon =D

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  50. Adore those boots! Lovely, lovely look.

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  51. i love the outfit. the skirt is gorgeous!

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  52. Gorgeous skirt and boots. I love when something you wear brings you back to a place you love.

    lululetty.blogspot.com

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  53. I am very fond of most of your outfits, but this one is absolutely superb! The boots are stunning!

    I agree with the clothing as souvenirs thing, thanks for putting it into words for me!

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  54. amazing boots! ((and your hair looks so pretty!))

    troublesome-transition.blogspot.com

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  55. love the tights! you could incorporate them into a great poison ivy costume hehe! yeah I can't wait to visit the US next year and bring back some fashion souveniers!

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  56. Amazing boots! Simple construction, yet it's not just an average pair of boots.

    What you said about clothes and memories, that's why I don't "shop and drop", shop just to have more, give away what I only wore once. I have pieces that mean something and that I'd wear day in and out if I could.

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  57. I really love this outfit, one of my favorites! The skirt is perfect, and the boots. <3

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  58. Your description really struck a chord with me! I always try to do that, too. Sometimes it scares me how well you express what I'm thinking! :)

    Your outfit is so chic and fall-appropriate, I love it!

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  59. I LOVE that skirt, especially with the simple black turtleneck-- it really makes it pop!

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  60. this is so cute!!
    love it darling
    such cute tights, love the bag as well
    thanks for sharing
    and thanks for the sweet comments

    -cma
    check out my blog @
    cosmicaroline.blogspot.com

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  61. Winking shop owners -- always a good sign!

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  62. I LOVE THE TIGHTS AND SKIRT!! Sorry to yell, but was hoping to be heard amongst the sea of comments....But really those tights are the s@#t!!

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  63. Oh, I share the same sentiments as you, I can't wait to collect my memories of Greece!

    That's a really pretty pair of boots and I adore your embroidered skirt!!

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  64. Love the skirt! It's so shinyful and pretty ^^ Hey buying clothes as memorabilia is a really good idea! I've never really thought about it before, but I really should start doing that because the number of nick-nacks and useless key chains I've gathered over the years is getting a bit ridiculous XD

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  65. Not to be untoward or anything, but I’m going to Athens for my spring semester, and would you have pertinent (or random) information to know about the city and life over there? I would have sent this in an email, but I’m a bit technologically impaired when it comes to Microsoft Outlook.

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  66. Fabulous skirt -- Forever 21 has such great finds and you make their pieces look so high-end. The boots are fantastic, and the story that goes with them is even better -- it's nice when clothing comes with some history.

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  67. Clothes are a really good way to preserve memories. Just from reading your blog last fall and from this story, I almost feel like I was there and that I am remembering it, too. I love your skirt!

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  68. One of my favorite things about clothes is the history and stories that they create and carry. I love thinking about the previous owners of the used clothing I buy, especially if it's particularly old. And it's the absolute best when I can remember buying a particular piece because of who I was with and/or what I was doing that day.

    I quite like how this mostly black outfit has the pops of color with the red skirt and yellow bag. I've been attracted to a lot of black lately but currently fail at coming up with ways to make them look as chic as this! I've said it once (maybe even twice), but you really are a great stylist.

    I've rambled on way too much, but one more thing I must say is: it would be totally epic if you lived in SF! At least if you do go to Loyola, it'd be in California (is it in L.A.?).

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  69. beautiful outfit, R. those tights are really sweet! xx.

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  70. Them tights are so cute! I love them :)

    xxxx

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  71. The skirt and tights are so pretty! I am the same way, though. I am not much of a souvenir person and also rather buy clothes, jewelry or accessories when traveling :)

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  72. it's true clothes do bring memories back :)
    love the skirt, the pattern's great and the color too

    leen

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  73. I love items of clothing with stories attached to them :)
    These boots are amazing! In fact, I'm simply in love with your whole outfit.
    -Ashma x

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  74. Really nice pictures! I love your tights!
    check out my blog ? :]
    urbanlullaby.blogspot.com

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  75. aww, I love it with something as simple as a piece of clothing or a pair of boots can bring back dozens of wonderful memories.

    The boots and skirt look great!

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  76. The skirt,the boots..everything is just PERFECT !

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  77. You bought these tights from a street vendor?

    I never find cool stuff from street vendors just crap jeans and $5 watches.

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  78. The skirt is beautiful and you look absolutely great in it!
    It's great that you can put on the boots and be transported back to a wonderful trip!

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  79. i love your boots, as well as the rest of the look. that reminds me of a pair of flats i bought in paris...everytime i wear them its like im walking along the seine all over again

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  80. I really love them , your boots, your skirt and especially tights :)
    No matter what tey said, they ain't look greek for me!

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  81. Mmm Leonidas choclate! Our Belgian pride :) Great boots, I love that it has such great memories that come with it!

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  82. I like the bag too.It's special with some pockets outside!
    http://www.trendyclothingfashion.com

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  83. I totally adore your skirt and the shoes :).

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  84. nice boots...they are so worth d hunt I feel...

    and I love your skirt!

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  85. What a delightful outfit! I love the detailing on the tights combined by your fabulous boots :)

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  86. I totally see what you mean! Whenever I come across a certain pair of sandals I have to think of the hot air and dusty roods of French summer.

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  87. yep, these are perfect...definitely worth the hunt and the memories. the tights really add to this look too, beautiful.

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  88. I don't know if you know that Teen Vogue posted about your Betsey Johnson dress remix this week. Just wanted to let you know, just in case. =)

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  89. Cute skirt! Love the color and the print!

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  90. @Anonymous, I had no idea! Thanks for letting me know; that's quite cool. :)

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  91. I sent a drawing of you to your yahoo email. Did you see it? I thought it turned out pretty good. I showed on my blog a couple days ago.

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  92. @Rebecca, No problem! I'm glad I said something. =)

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  93. i love the whole boots and skirt thing, and your hair looks so pretty in all these pictures!

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  94. Ur skirt is just amazing! I love it!
    I love the all outfit!

    http://frederiquekragbe.blogspot.com

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  95. the boots are great and it's so interesting to see you in black!

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  96. I am always really careful about what I buy because of the fact that I do invest so much memory in to them. I purposely have a smaller wardrobe than I would like so that everything that I do have really does mean something and is something I love. I guess clothes can bring those memories back in an instant in a way that a smell or a sensation does. Fabrics always have specific memories for me, like corduroy, which always brings back my childhood.

    I absolutely love that skirt, the print is so so pretty! Hope you're having an utterly gorgeous weekend :)

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  97. i love your skirt so much :) i'm gonna go to forever21 to see the other cute skirts

    http://issyeperfecto.blogspot.com/

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  98. "When traveling I'm much more keen on purchasing clothes or jewelry in order to commemorate the trip rather than a nick-knack or traditional souvenir".

    I was talking about that with a colleague at work this week. I just told him that exact sentence you wrote, he just didn't really understand it. :)

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  99. Really loving the texture of your skirt!

    So beautiful and I love the colors:)Plus those boots are gorgeous! Do wear them out more often. heeee

    Adore your hair too,so stunning <3

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  100. Such pretty photos and pretty clothes!

    -N + K
    www.fanseapants.com

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  101. there's just something about wearing items with memories attached to them. i think that there is some depth which becomes clear to the viewer in some way, perhaps in the way we hold ourselves, the way it fits comfortably on our skin.

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  102. Great skirt & lovely boots. I LOVE those tights too, they're awesome!
    http://thedollhouse0101.blogspot.com/

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  103. I ADORE your skirt!! I just came across your blog and I loove it!
    Please let me know if you wish to exchange links :)
    Have a lovely weekend!
    xxx
    Giovanna
    www.bohomarket.blogspot.com

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  104. the boots are couture and with the beautiful skirt it's elegant. Love this look for fall.

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  105. lovely skirt :) you put it together very nicely.

    i'm working on the questions. at this rate i'll probably email them to you while i'm in Hong Kong. hope that's ok :)

    sad i'm missing the blogger meet! have a great one, take lots of pictures please

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  106. This outfit is so elegant. Your skirt is pure luxury. It's like a beautiful damask curtain.

    The text to this post is gorgeous. I love how you expressed memories and clothoes.

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  107. I love to read your blogs, they are so nice! You also look amazing, lovely tights

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  108. this is such a lovely outfit.

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  109. gosh, that skirt is really dreamy!, love the pics and the contrast of the bag in this outfit!

    xxx

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  110. love the blog..
    great photos!
    whers you layout from?!




    drinkteabecontent.blogspot.com

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  111. I can't believe that skirt is from F21! It's beautiful.

    And don't you just love having stories behind your pieces in your wardrobe. I love that I "know" every piece in my closet and remember its story. Nice to know I'm not the only one!

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  112. You make long grass look so appealing. Your photographs are picture perfect(literally)

    Can not believe the skirt is from
    f21.. Looks so unique and vintage era.

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  113. you are so darling, my dear!
    i love that skirt so.

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  114. I know exactly what you mean about wearing clothes that remind of you a place, even if they don't necessarily possess the essence of that place. I also forever remember clothes that I lost while traveling. I had this silk shirt with tassels that I left in a school dormitory in Paris and I still get ghost pangs of nostalgia for that shirt! And I have this scarf from Croatia that always reminds me of the sea even though the scarf doesn't really look particularly Croatian.

    I hope you'll get to go back to Greece soon! You look so pretty in those boots and that whole outfit is wonderful!

    -Jenny

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  115. i agree, i love how clothes hold memories. i can always remember what i wore on specific nights out & events in my life. fab boots!

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  116. I completely agree that clothes can hold memories. I'm always reminded of big events in my life when I don clothes I was wearing at the time. And I absolutely love that skirt.

    http://unsystematicstyle.blogspot.com/

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  117. What street vendor sells such sweet tights? The ones around here only sell hot dogs, which is still good, especially after a night out but not as good as tights....

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  118. i love that skirt, the colors are so richly saturated. and the boats seem incredibly versatile.
    -indigo

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  119. Adore those tights and boots, too perfect for words I think!@
    XOXOX
    Libby
    http://fashionconfectionairy.weebly.com

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  120. I love this outfit. Framing the more complex pieces (skirt and tights) in black is perfect. I love having objects that have a story behind them. Not all of my clothes do, but a lot of the things I keep around me do. It's one reason why I love handmade things!

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  121. They're gorgeous :) It's so true about clothing or jewelry being able to evoke memories of a place or time. I actually went to Greece as well a couple of years ago (one of my favourite places in Europe!), and I bought an aquamarine ring and gold bracelet in Santorini that will forever remind me of the water, the sky, and the sun of the island.

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  122. Gorgeous skirt! I might have to sew something like it with this fabric I've had for YEARS!

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  123. This is why I haven't found any nice boots in my home town!
    They are in greece!

    Damn.

    Love the outfit

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  124. Thanks for the blog comment!
    I love that skirt -- the colors are gorgeous. - J

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  125. the boots are beautiful! they are such a nice fit on your tiny calves which must not be an easy feat. and i love the story behind them. the lace tights and skirt are gorgeous too!
    i do the same thing when i'm traveling- i try to visit an antique shop and find a locket wherever i am, and i still remember where they're all from.

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  126. wonderful skirt, I love brocade!!

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  127. Beautiful skirt! I love your photos, they belong in a magazine : )

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  128. you matched the brocade skirt well with the black top and gorg boots. love that 'fish' brolly and ribbon dress as well.

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  129. really enjoy looking at your posts right now .. on my break.. jsut weanterd to let you know this skirt is fabulous

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  130. I do love these boots, but I especially admire that skirt and those tights! Sweet. <3

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  131. I love the pattern of that skirt! And the mustard bag is a perfect contrasting color :)

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