Split Personality Dress

Awhile back I saw this dress made out of two different brocades split right down the middle and after hunting around discovered it wasn't in production. However, I couldn't get the image of that epic dress out of my head and it reminded me of my Court Jester cardigan from NENEEE. Everything in her shop is something I would love to own: scalloped shorts, monster face dresses, even cameo and Victorian inspired collars. On a bit of a whim, I contacted Valerie of NENEEE and asked her about getting a piece commissioned.
In no time at all we were exchanging e-mails and working on creating a similar dress, but one perfect for me. We discussed sleeves and the shape of the skirt and whether to use two fabrics, or one fabric and its inverse. Valerie added pockets and a v back (which would reveal my tattoos) and found the most gorgeous brocade in one of my favorite shades of blue. In no time at all she was sending me pictures of the progress and then all I had to do was wait for the dress to arrive.
Ripping open the package and seeing a dress even prettier than I had envisioned was such a thrill. I love the weight of the brocade and how appropriate that fabric is for day, while the shape makes me feel I could wear it out at night on a special occasion as well. Her skill as a designer and dress-maker also shows in the beautiful structure of the piece and lining. An added bonus I discovered when trying it on is: the dress can also be worn backwards; it makes the pockets moot but gives it an even more modern spin with the zip-up and new look with a v-neckline. Valerie has said she liked that dress so much that she is actually going to produce a couple for her shop as well.
All this to say: this is my new dress and a big thank you to Valerie of NENEEE for making it a reality!
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Outfit details:
NENEEE dress
H&M tights
Bloch wedges via Gilt
self-mixed nail polish

CONVERSATION

150 comments:

  1. LOVE your dress! The fabric(s) are amazing!!!
    xx

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  2. That dress is awesome! :) She did a great job, and you look gorgeous in it!

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  3. I'm in love with that dress, the two different fabrics go so well together, and I looove the sleeves! It's gorgeous and such a great idea

    lovelove, M.
    http://marissaexplains.blogspot.com

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  4. amazing dress!!!! you look so cute <3

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  5. Beautiful dress. Love the personal touch the V back gives

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  6. Lovely photos! Your pictures and outfits are always so amazing.
    :]

    -Juliette from WhereForArtThouRomeo

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  7. That dress is fabulous! I love the shape of the skirt and the sleeves especially, and the pockets are a perfect touch. That striped brocade kills me! Love it, love it.

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  8. Oooh- I love that dress. What a brilliant idea. I really like that you got it made since you couldn't get it out of your head. I've had things in my mind forever, but never made them.

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  9. perfect!
    love the dress, the nails, rings, hair and shoes.
    you're beautiful!
    xx

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  10. Wow, she did an awesome job. I especially love the shoulders and the back. Nice :)

    flnw.blogspot.com

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  11. that dress is amazing! the prints and colors complement each other so well, very cute!

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  12. pretty, interesting, creative. plain perfect, actually. i'm amazed by this dress.

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  13. OH MY, that dress is lovely! :D how cool!

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  14. Wow, what an awesome dress! That is such a cool idea, Rebecca.

    You have a gorgeous smile, by the way.

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  15. obsessed with this dress!! i want one for my own :)

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  16. This is a fantastic idea, and an even better reality. She really has a talent at dress making.

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  17. this is gorgeous! I love the back of the dress too!

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  18. that dress is just fantastic!! i've gotten really into blue shades now! they're fresh and look great with read hair!! xx

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  19. I can not state how beautiful this dress is. Neneee must be really, really, really talented. And also you just made me brave enough to try out the Alchemy option in Etsy. I was always skeptical, but after seeing this....not anymore.

    Love your dress Rebecca.


    Trishna

    http://tashrin.blogspot.com

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  20. Love Love Love this dress! How unique!
    Rah

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  21. Oh, how lovely! The back of the dress is just delighful.

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  22. the patterns are perfectly paired, quirky and fun. the cut of the dress is PERFECT!

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  23. my goodness! This dress is so YOU! Completely amazing, I want one for my self. The fabric is extroadinary and the shape is unbelievable.
    -indigo

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  24. love that v neck!
    what a wonderful idea, you have perfect taste! you're backdrops to your photos are just as inspiring! xx

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  25. this is AMAZING. the dress is spectacular and perfect for you! you look beautiful.

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  26. what a wonderful and whimsical dress! You look so incredibly adorable in it! I love the whole court jester inspired look--I'm gonna head over to NENEEE right now to look around :D

    xo
    Tracy
    http://whimsicalwardrobe.wordpress.com

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  27. ADORABLE! Love the dress and your hair is gorgeous!!! Where did you take those shots- looks amazing!

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  28. the dress is amazingly gorgeous! it's so sweet of her to custom it for you.
    x

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  29. sooo cute! i love the colors and it fits you perfectly!
    xo

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  30. I remeber the sweater and thought it was pretty cool. This dress is amazing, she has talent!

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  31. Truly gorgeous! You're very lucky, and it suits you perfectly :)

    I especially love the shoulder-details, and that we can see your tattoos.

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  32. Great outfit and are the shoes oxfords? What are you laughing at in the picture where you are sitting on the rock?

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  33. That dress is awesome! Love your rings too, marvellooouuuus!

    tweet tweet tweet

    x

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  34. how do you make those gifs?
    btw, that dress is so pretty and it immediately reminded me of your cardigan, too.

    (:

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  35. What a fabulous dress! Brocade is one of my favorites.

    Maybe you should do a video on self mixing nail polish. You could probably do it outside when it is a bit warmer. Do you mix in bottles or on your nails?

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  36. I honestly gasped when I saw this. GORGEOUS.

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  37. how exciting that you "made" that dress!!! i am in love with it - as well as your self mixed nail polish :)

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  38. I applaud you having this made just for you. That is so awesome. Most would just learn to forget something they wanted but couldn't have. The dress is so beautiful on you.

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  39. This is so lovely -- your design absolutely ravishing and the execution is fabulous! I'm so envious of this dress -- you should put it into production. I'd buy!

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  40. This is wonderful. This blue is amazing on you.

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  41. what a cool idea. it's so original and interesting. you look great!

    becauseicantgonaked

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  42. Wow how wonderful! So nice to see a piece so perfectly suited and made for you.I love the split in half theme,which instantly reminded me of the cardigan! Such great colours and textures in that dress too ^^
    Sofie
    onetoomanywishes.blogspot.com

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  43. What a great idea!I'm going to keep a look out in her shop :)

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  44. Thanks for introducing me to a really great Etsy shop. I'm addicted to Esty. Yummm.

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  45. That dress is amazing, I love how your tatoos show up in the back- and the fabric is great x
    Camilla

    INTOTHEFOLDFASHIONS.BLOGSPOT.COM

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  46. Wow. I'm in love with her shop now, too. That dress is awesome!

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  47. @Anonymous, cause my self-timer is only 10 seconds long, so I basically slipped and fell my way there. I always laugh aloud at myself when I'm taking pictures and falling all over the place. And the shoes are lace-ups, so yeah, sorta oxfords.

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  48. both fabrics are gorgeous!
    you wear it well :D

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  49. OMGosh I LOVE that dress! I love the two different patterns and they go together wondefully!

    http://dressedtostudy.blogspot.com/

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  50. i adore the fabric, it has a vintage feel to it. and it looks perfect on you :)

    xo
    bravegrrl.blogspot.com

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  51. My gawsh. Love that dress and love Nenee's shop. Love the whole gad dang thing.

    rhitbee.blogspot.com :)

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  52. Your horse necklace is fantastic! Great accessory find!

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  53. GAAAH!! LOOOOVE the dress. It's soooo georgeus! Completely in love with it!

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  54. As soon as I saw this dress I knew it had to be one of Nenee's! So lovely.

    You look very cute when you smile!

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  55. I love the dress!! It's so fun and cute, definitely very you ^.^

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  56. My god, that dress is absolutely perfect! The colours look amazing on you. How lovely to have something completely one off!
    Well done NeNeee!

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  57. I love everything about this outfit, your hair, the amazing dress, the wonderful rings, the great necklace...perfect

    xx Emily

    thegirlwiththemask.blogspot.com

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  58. How perfectly lovely! I adore the two different fabrics and how the patterns are similar yet different!

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  59. Whoa this dress is so awesome! In love :) Please feel free to visit my blog, thanks :)

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  60. I love it! I hate to spam, but I wanted to tell you that my blog birthday party continues with second giveaway. Come try your luck!

    juliet xxx

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  61. what a way to mix print on print!! fantastic! :D

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  62. That dress is amazing, I'm inspired to try and make my own.

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  63. lovely dress - I have a huge ring crush on that hand.... they are beautiful!

    <3

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  64. Really awesomely subltley nicely amazing!

    Like that water picture there..so springy :)

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  65. The dress is so exquisite ! Love it.
    And the last photo of you is genius,you look like you own a small private island !

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  66. That is such a neat dress! It fit's you perfect!

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  67. ah that dress is adorable! You pull off unique pieces really well. I'm not sure if I'd be brave enough. Enjoying your outfit posts as always.
    http://thedollhouse0101.blogspot.com/

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  68. Wonderful!!! You're so lucky and this dress fits you so well!

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  69. Gorgeous dress! Love the fabric and the pattern. And the color is perfect for you :)

    http://thegirloverboard.tumblr.com

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  70. That is a truly spectacular dress! I love the cut and the split pattern is oh, so cool! This is surely to be a piece that you will have for a long, long time.

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  71. I couldn't imagine your vision coming together any more beautifully! What a truly memorable piece!
    Xo,
    Sarz

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  72. super rad dress! and great etsy shop, thanks for sharing

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  73. I'm in crazy love right now. That dress is perfect. I'm admiring your photography as always, too. ♥

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  74. This dress is AMAZING! I love love love it. Gorgeous!

    Also? Love the horse/watch necklace.

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  75. Perfectly paired with you cute thick braid and funky long chain necklace! Great job.
    xoxo,
    www.hollyinheels.com

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  76. the dress is so cute!
    i love the idea of two different fabrics put together in a sort of jester way, very unusual but also pretty cool :)

    http://vintageaurora.blogspot.com/
    xoxo

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  77. wo, what an awesome dress. love the necklace, too and these photos are gorgeous!

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  78. how amazing to have a dress custom made for you!! it def suits your style and personality down to a tee!
    Love the whole look.
    ps do you use a wide angle lens to capture your fabulous photos?
    vicki xo

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  79. That is so lovely. I like to use the wrong sides of fabric when I make some things, too!

    I hate to be a pain... and I know it's not very good yet... but if you would like to check out my Etsy shop, I would appreciate you. Don't feel obliged of course.

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/LacySeraphina

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  80. What a great look! Especially paired with the aqua blue nails. Nicely done.

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  81. I love this dress! Although I admit that if it were mine I would spend the whole time turning from side to side and pretending I was two different people... xxx

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  82. Valerie is a genius! Every single one of her pieces is inspiring, and this is the best one yet! You styled it so perfectly, it's a match made in heaven.

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  83. genius idea. i love the coordinating brocades. it looks like it's going to be very versatile!

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  84. gorgeous dress, i'm a sucker for brocade and it looks perfect on you

    xxx

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  85. Ingenious! Not only do I love the two tone dress idea, but I LOVE even more the puff shoulders. It must be the weight of the brocade that keeps so pointy! Awesome.

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  86. The dress is amazing! I want one now! such a unique idea

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  87. It is just beautiful! I love how the reverse side is striped, what a bit of luck that the pattern works on its own.

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  88. Amazing! You lucky lucky thing! What a great story behind a really lovely and unique dress. It suits you so perfectly.

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  89. Rebecca, I think I love you.

    Also, thanks so much everybody for all your sweet comments about the dress! It was really all Rebecca's idea, I feel happy to have collaborated with her ^_^

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  90. I love this place, it's so relaxing!!

    you look amazing!

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  91. Hehe, it's fun! I like it! Beautiful pics as well. :)

    Robyn
    ChiChiSaysRobyn.blogspot.com

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  92. Lovely dress! Now you can confuse people walking down the street. :)

    fireflyworks.blogspot.com

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  93. hahahahhah i laughed so hard when i read your title and saw what you meant. that dress is simply aweeesoome! if only they could make more dresses like that. i had to do a double take cause it was unbelievable! ciao!

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  94. Love the dress, it's really pretty! I'm having a look at her site now :)

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  95. very interesting dress. i like it! :)

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  96. I LOVE YOUR DRESS! And it's so nice to see you laughing! I noticed that you usually don't smile in your photos!

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  97. Very nice dress! The emphasis on the shoulders is my favorite, along with that rad fabric!

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  98. love the colour on your nails babe

    xxc

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  99. Oh my god. This dress is amazing! I HAVE to look into getting one for myself.

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  100. That dress is pure goodness!

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  101. That dress is so very Clothes Horse! I absolutely love it! It looks great!
    -Lloyd

    http://unsystematicstyle.blogspot.com/

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  102. This is fantastic. All dresses should be two-in-one.

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  103. i saw her scalloped shorts over on etsy in her superbly adorable shop and after seeing your darling dress, there is no doubt in my mind, I must, must, must get my hands on a pair of one of her most beautiful creations! :)

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  104. When I saw the dress i just assumed there were two different patterns. But with the close-up I realized it WAS the inverse! This dress is gorgeous!and completley unexpected!

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  105. Awesome! I'd love to see it worn backwards.

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  106. Unreal!! I love that dress so so so much. She made it perfect for you. Suits you so well. Plus, those colors are amazing..and I love your tattoos! x

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  107. i lova lova loveeee that dress! both the patterns are beautiful and the way you did your hair and the wore the accessories totally compliment the dress. thanks for sharing! you are fantabulous! :)

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  108. super awesome dress - your hair is wonderful and those rings!!! I am jealous.

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  109. Ohmygoodness that is the most perfect dress, you are so lucky! It's very you. (:

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  110. Your photos are amazing as always. I was wondering if you do your nails to match outfits, or just do whatever you feel like? :-)

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  111. Thats such a beautiful dress, the fabric and the construction is so perfect!
    I love this blog,always full of beautiful things...
    Morgan
    www.catch13.blogspot.com

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  112. love everyhting about the dress! the fabrics, the shoulders, the back, the shape... *sigh* :)

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  113. how stinkin cute is that dress!!! love the shoulders and the prints!

    thesoundoflace.blogspot.com
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  114. Oh wow this is such a beautiful dress and it fits you like a glove, so flattering. The fabric mix is great. You lucky lady!

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  115. Fits you perfectly!!

    I thought my new magazine Brikolage might interest you - check it out here http://issuu.com/rikolage/docs/brikolage_issue1

    Rachael

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  116. I love the fact that you can wear the dress with the V in the back or front...I also love the exposed zipper.

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  117. even more fabulous than that cardigan!! I am a huge fan of neenee's work.

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  118. I always loved that cardigan but this dress is a whole other level! I love that it's not two separate fabrics, but one is the reverse of the other. Too cool!

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  119. This is a fabulous collaborative piece of work!

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  120. Mixed prints is one of my favourite Spring trends. What an adorable dress!

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  121. The fabric and shape of this dress are perfect! You look so cute in these shots!

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  122. quite possibly the coolest dress in the world!!! makes me so wish I could sew :)

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  123. it is gorgeous, i was just wondering there in your video where the dress was from. it has a lovely line.

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  124. that dress... soooo wonderful! i am just checking out nenee's shop. nice :-)

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  125. I want this dress! So beautiful, and I love the gif, as always. Plus, you are really making me reconsider my stance on no tatoos.

    Smile with Passport Smiles

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  126. You have tattoos!? I love the mint polish - it's so perfect for the amazing backdrops.

    Wherever you live, I'm super jealous.

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  127. Firstly, your tattoos are awesome. Secondly the scenery is amazing, it reminds me of Ontario and thirdly excellent choice of bling!

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  128. What an amazing dress!
    http://www.thecitizenrosebud.com

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  129. what a fantastic dress! something so great for those special occasions where you want to look nice like a blogger meet up or a 'first day', so versatile! also your poses in this post are very brave!

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  130. Was it based on my friend Gabbi's dress by an chance?

    http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q38/killerpixi/IMG_4503.jpg

    The cut and design look very similar.

    xx
    Tiffany

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  131. Omg. The pockets and exposed zipper in the back, not to mention the two different patterns that complete each other. I LOVE it.

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