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Glamazon Incoming: Pippa's Plunging Hugo Boss + Update on Kate & William

Saturday, March 21, 2015

It is my absolute favorite day of the week. Raise your glass--ok, too early for that--raise your coffee mug to Saturday, and cast your eye over Miss Pippa Middleton's evening ensemble for the inaugural ParaSnowBall in London. 



This jaw-dropper is the Deplisa Maxi Pleat dress from Hugo Boss. It is 100% polyester and features the prominent neckline and a glamorous, pleated skirt. I think it is absolutely gorgeous. Retail: £750. 


Hugo Boss


I love plunging necklines. They are my ultimate fashion weakness. My mother would say this neckline is too much, and--ouf--she would be right. That doesn't mean I wouldn't stand in front of the mirror for ten minuets debating, but... I think the problem with this neckline is that it is curved. Kate has pulled off similar vertiginous plunges, but I think linear edges are more flattering.



A narrower plunge gives the same feminine and seductive vibe, without over exposure. It is subtle, but, I think it makes a difference. Furthermore, since it is just us girls...the juxtaposition between curve and line is also more flattering. Still, this was not meant to be a "why Kate is better than Pippa" because, she was a total babe at the ParaSnowBall. 

Presenting... via BBC Nesday


Pips carried Carolina Herrera's "Goldie" clutch:



She did take a cue from older sister Kate, by tapping Monica Vinader for her sparkly accessories. Pippa wore the Siren Wire Cocktail earrings, three multi-faceted aquamarines in 18-ct gold and retailing at £290:

Monica Vinader

And she matched her earrings to Vinader's "Capri" cuff,  an 18-ct gold plated vermeil on sterling silver and set with another multi-faceted aquamarine. The bracelet retails for £280. I think the lady won the title Perfect Pippa! (Special thanks to LiveLoveLaughvr who did a lot of legwork on several of these Ids)

Monica Vinader


Speaking of Kate, what has she been up to?  It has been widely reported that the Duchess made a field trip with her little prince on Friday, taking George to the Science Museum. People reported:
With only personal protection officers in attendance, Kate and George, 20 months, spent part of the morning at the museum, a short drive from their London home at Kensington Palace. They mainly visited the Pattern Pod, a "multi-sensory" gallery that is targeted at the youngest children. It captures the patterns "around us and encourages children to recognise and copy patterns – or create entirely new ones of their own," according to the museum.
The Queen sent her "first" tweet from the Science Museum on the 25th of October in 2014. I don't think this historic event would have resonated with George much, but I bet he loved the creative play! 

Science Museum Facebook
Since we are moving through the "Christmas card update", what has William been up to? Working. Thursday morning, The Gloucester Citizen reported that William flew into the Gloucester airport, where Ellen Roome, a woman in a nearby business, snapped a few shots. The report noted Ms. Roome's comments:
Our office overlooks the runway and we saw a royal flight was coming in. We knew it was a royal flight because the helicopter landed here last year for race week with Camilla Parker Bowles and Princess Anne in.
That kids, is the problem with having a distinctive ride. You get noticed. A stand-out helicopter is the equivalent of the plebs' vanity plates, I guess. :) 

Ellen Roome
When William flew out, an aide followed the royal with a baby gift-bag decorated with giraffes, elephants, and lions and a Monopoly game sticking out.  The next question is, of course, what was William doing off in Gloucester? It isn't exactly Norfolk, which is where his job will be. I have made a little map to give the non-locals some perspective. William is the little Google pin:


Bond Air Services, the "largest operator of air ambulance and police air aviation units" in the United Kingdom is in Gloucester, so it seems that William is hard at work finishing up that civil license. 

Lastly, as we approach Kate's final events, and the upcoming birth of the second Cambridge child, a lot of thoughts are turning toward the question second only to gender: name.  What will William and Kate name their new addition? Bookies in Lodnon held a cheeky corgi race to determine the name. People reported:
Ten Corgis in the "Barkingham Palace" Gold Cup vied for first place, with five females and five males in contention. All the dogs wore appropriately royal names on their backs.
Let me know which Corgi you favored, or if your name didn't make the pack. I have wanted an Alexandra since we were waiting anxiously for George's arrival, so I am hoping that Corgi Alexandra's win is a good omen for my preference.  



P.S. Anyone who votes for Boris, well, you can just pack your things and not come back. I kid... but, seriously, no Boris.

Happy Saturday! May the best Corgi win!


47 comments:

  1. Love pippa's jewelry - the aquamarines look so great with the colour of her dress! The only thing I didn't like about her outfit were the shoes... I would have preferred nude ones (like kate's LK bennet, or the ones she wore to the wildlife photographer of the year award) because I think a softer and neutral colour looks better with a dress in that (almost pastel) colour - but that's just my opinion :)

    My favourite names are Charlotte, Mary and Victoria. I would also like Alexandra, but I don't think they would give her (if it's a girl) this Name because George has already got Alexander in his name.. Hoping for a Mary (another nod to downton abbey - mary is the best!) or a Victoria (I've always loved that name) instead...

    I read that William & Kate have added another official engagement to their calendar - on March 27. Is there a statement from Kensington Palace whether this will be her last before Baby Cambridge No. 2?

    Greetings from Bavaria (spring's here - thank god!)

    Sonja

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    1. Hi Sonja! The shoes have that t-strap, which I am not a fan of, so, I agree. Not in love with the shoes, but this beautiful blue is just lovely on her, isn't it? I have not seen KP comment on whether it is officially her last engagement, no. That was not the word when they first announced.

      I like Victoria, too! I don't think it will be Elizabeth, although it would be a nice tribute to the Queen and a tip of the hat to Kate's middle name, so...maybe it is more likely than I think. :) Diana's middle name was Frances, but I can't really imagine that. I have to think about the names a little more. :)

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    2. Yes, she's sunntanned and the colour is just so beautiful!

      I think william & kate like names that are a bit more traditional but still popular today... so it could be Victoria! George is also a traditional name and there were many kings called george... and who could forget queen victoria? She was such an important woman and a great queen.

      Perhaps they'll use Elizabeth as a second or a third name? (That ciuld be possible, my second name is Maria - my mum is called Annemarie and my grandma Marianne so that I've got a name from both of them. I'm sure Kate would like to give one if her names to her daughter (if it's a daughter))

      But Kate and william have opted for modern second and third names for george so... maybe it will be similar this time? Traditional + modern + modern?

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    3. George's second and third names are not modern, though!!!!

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  2. On the Pippa front, I also noticed she was rocking a Cartier Love bracelet. A present from Nico, perhaps? I do hope their relationship is still going strong.

    While I understand privacy, I was a tad sad we haven't seen any camera phone pics from the last couple Kate/George(/William) outings. I was also hoping the Mothering Sunday photo would become an annual tradition, but there was nothing this year. Oh well, they're being a normal family right now juggling things, and squeezing in the last of the "only child" time in for George. And for those of us who sometimes might think that Maria is around too much, it was nice to hear she wasn't at the science museum (to see that she isn't always needed by the family).

    As for the name of Baby2, I don't have much of an opinion, to be honest. I found it a bit deflating that they named George "George", which was the #1 name the bookies assumed they would pick. So while William and Kate may genuinely have loved that name and picked it out long before, the lost element of surprise really made his name announcement "meh" for me. So this time I figured I won't invest much in it, and whatever they choose they choose! :-)

    Amanda

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    1. So, that's a no vote for Boris, at least? :) I was really sure they would choose George, and I was happy they did, although I guess it was kind of anti-climatic. I am interested to see if they stay traditional or shift more modern this time.

      I didn't notice the Cartier, and am so glad you pointed that out! I hope it is from Nico. :)

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    2. I really like the color of Pippa's gown and the pleats...another timeless classic IMO. But I definitely agree with you, Jane, on the cut; the curve is not as flattering. This is a good example of less would be more. :)

      And I'm happy to hear about George's visit to the museum. It's nice to read about the quality time they appear to be investing in him. Talk about future dividends not only for him, but for the monarchy.

      And I'm just throwing this out there as an observation.... Is it me (and it MAY be...lol), or have others noticed that single-Kate was more inclined to hold a clutch in her right hand? Most current photos show her holding it with both hands in front of her.

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    3. Is it just me, or someone else thinks polyester = no way I'll pay that much for a polyester dress?
      I'm always baffled when designer's clother are not made of a better fabric.

      Camilla

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    4. haha, okay Jane, it is correct that I have some opinion. It's a resounding NO for Boris ;-) Anti-climatic is a good way to describe it, so I'm reserving my opinions for hoping that they get a girl!

      I love those Cartier bracelets, so I think I have an eye for spotting them ;-)

      Amanda

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    5. Faith from BostonMarch 21, 2015 at 1:40 PM

      No, its not just you. I've been noticing this trend too. It may have something to do with easier care and wear of the garment or more efficiency on the production end. Probably strictly economic with big labels trying to convince us that polyester is a luxary fabric so that they can make a bigger profit :-) Not working for me! If Im going to spend hundreds on a piece of clothing, I expect it not to be polyester, rayon or some sort of blend. It would be interesting if there is a reader out there in the clothing industry with some insight.

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    6. Faith from BistonMarch 21, 2015 at 3:17 PM

      I can spell luxury btw :-)

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    7. Ladies, I agree on the polyester. Although I do believe there are better grades of it these days.

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    8. Royalfan - Maybe it's a case when MORE would be more! (Get it? More fabric... :)) I did think Pippa looked lovely and I liked the jewels, but I fully agree about the neckline being a bit much. The picture of her standing still looked a bit better and I think perhaps in the first up close picture when she's walking she had her shoulders back, which brought more attention to the chest.

      For names, I'm hoping for a girl and for Charlotte!

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    9. LOL! Yes, definitely more FABRIC.... :)))

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  3. I love the name Alexandra. But do you really think they would give their daughter that name considering that Prince George's middle name is Alexander?

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    1. Faith from BistonMarch 21, 2015 at 3:02 PM

      Hi Grace. Unfortunately, I don't think they will use Alexandra either for that same reason. I think they will choose another traditional name that evokes really positive feelings for the monarchy. King George was such a popular and well loved monarch. A past Dule snd Duchess of Cambridge had a Prince George and a Princess Mary, so maybe there will use Mary if they are looking to history. There hasn't been a Princess Alice in the family since the Duchess of Gloucester passed away, so I think that might be a top contender as would Victoria although the Queen is rumored to dislike the name. I don't think they would use any Middlwton names as a first name, so I think Charlotte is out. Although its an unspoken rule to not name a royal baby after a living relative, they just might go against tradition and name a daughter Elizabeth. I think the Queen is very special to PW and the name represents so many positive qualities to so many. For a boy, maybe Frederick and Albert would be their choice. Behind George and Henry, apparently, they have been the most commonly used names for British princes. Just some thoughts.

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    2. Grace, I love the name Alexandra, or any variation of it. But I agree with you and Faith that it's unlikely to be a name they would choose because of George.

      I must admit to hoping they use Diana if they have a girl. Perhaps not as a first name (it may be a touchy subject for some members of the RF), but it would be a very nice, and appropriate, tribute.

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    3. I think Diana would be lovely too royalfan. I can see it being the third name easily.

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    4. I can't imagine William giving one whit what any member of the "royal family" would say about him naming his daughter after Diana. That's his Mum, their feelings, I'm sure, don't factor into his thought process on the matter. He did give Kate Diana's ring.

      Having said that, I doubt they would pick Diana as a first name simply because the child deserves its own identity. But I hope they consider it for a second name.

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    5. Anon 7:23, your post put a smile on my face. :)))

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  4. Jane, could you explain to me that thing about the juxtaposition of curve and line?... I don't think I get what you meant...

    Camilla

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  5. Thanks for covering Pippa's dress, Jane. I don't know why but these days I can't get enough from anything about Kate really..so this was a perfect post for in between engagements.
    I quite agree with you on the T-strap phenomenon, plus I really (really) hate peep-toes. Yuck. What an invention. I know, I know. But one can not argue about taste preferences. Which leeds me to the plunging neckline you say you like so much. I'm not sure I understood your curve/line thing, maybe we mean somehow the same, but here's what I think: I think it really depends on ahem..the size of breast. When one has a small decolleté a plunging neckline showing partial skin over the sternum without hovering above the breasts sides it can look great (as seen on Kate). But in my, or Pippas, or anybody elses case with larger breasts it can easily look 'too much'. (Especially for an engagement type black or white tie - I'm not talking night out clubbing here)
    So for me, Pippa's style was not the best. Plus points though for the aquamarine (lovely choice for any brunette, I adore them) jewelry and the colour of the dress in addition to her sunkissed skin tone.
    Much love

    Alice

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  6. Ahh...The Name Game! Here are my selections. For a girl, in order of preference:

    1. Caroline Elizabeth Frances This name covers Charles (Caroline is a derivative), the Queen, Kate, and Carole (Elizabeth is both Kate and Carole's middle names), Diana (Frances was her middle name) and subtly recognizes Mike ( his middle name is Francis, the male counterpart of Frances). Further, both Caroline and Elizabeth have queenly royal precedents. In sum, it covers all four natural grandparents and the only living great-grandmother; it is traditional, without being archaic--and I do find Alexandra a bit fusty. Caroline is very pretty, and preferable to Charlotte (again fusty, altho also a derivative of Charles).

    2. Alice Elizabeth Frances Alice was mother of the current Duke of Edinburgh, and led an interesting, if difficult life. Unlike her son, she appears to have had her moral priorities straight; during WW II, she sheltered a Jewish family from the Nazis and earned herself a place amongst The Righteous in Israel. She deserves to be remembered, IMO. And, as an aside, I understand that Kate chose to do her major paper/thesis at university on the photographs/illustrations in that fantastic book, *Alice in Wonderland*.

    For a boy:

    I have not been able to settle upon any; many, many names with royal precedents are fusty, archaic, or terribly overused. Some of the best are already in use, e,g. James, Andrew, Michael. I like David, but unfortunately, it was the familiar (used within the BRF) name of Edward VIII, and I doubt that it would pass muster with the Queen. I also like Spencer, another name I think the Queen would veto.

    At any rate, I really,really hope that Kate has a little girl, solving my name problem, and probably solving a few others as well.

    JC

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    1. JC, I like your reasoning behind "Caroline Elizabeth Frances." It *would* cover a lot of territory. :) And I never considered "Spencer" for a boys name, but I think it's a great idea. It's masculine and unique; although I agree it would be vetoed.

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    2. I like your name suggestiions JC. I agree. There are more interesting choices for a girl. I love the name Caroline but would think it would look as if they were blatantly naming her after Carol - so not sure they would go that route. Lovely name for a princess though.

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  7. I do love Pippa's look, but I feel the problem is the bodice is too tight. It is pulling under her arms. Notice the model shot does not have that same issue. I feel that one size up, it would lay nicer on her torso. Now that could then produce a problem at the waist as she has a narrow waist and slim hips and one size up to help the torso, might then not fit elsewhere. Pretty dress, but perhaps that brand just doesn't favor her physique? IMO, Kate does a better job on garment cut and fit for her frame.

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  8. The BEST Pippa has ever looked!!!!

    The dress is wonderful for her tan and figure, her make-up is beautiful. Alone, I'm not a fan of the jewelry, but together with her and the dress, it works. The shoes and the purse aren't my favorite, but she looks so good, I can ignore it. The shoes look out of date, the design old-fashion. (Many times, I think the Brits are decades behind us. This is to their benefit sometimes, such as high quality, handmade items, but sometimes their fashion, decorating, and entertainment are more in the '80s style.)

    But the overal look is an A+, she has never looked so good. I hope she continues with this new make-up too, very becoming on her.

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    1. 'Many times, I think the Brits are decades behind us'. As a British citizen, I have to politely disagree here!

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    2. Pippa should have borrowed Kate's strappy silver sandals. :) I didn't care for the ones she wore...too dark and somewhat matronly.

      And I am sooo glad other ladies are not fond of the T-strap. I've always felt that it "cuts" the leg and takes away from the overall look.

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    3. Sorry, Liz, not meant to offend! I buy many things from Britain, their quality is hard to find in the US.

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    4. I was only jesting, really! Glad you like our products! Also, thanks to Jane for publishing my comments, I used to send comments to another blog but they were very rarely published, very disappointing. And, they weren't offensive comments, either!!!

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    5. Absolutely extraordinary that this dress is 100% polyester since I have always regarded it as a most inferior fabric....

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    6. So many traditional girls & boys names are already in use through the extended British royal family, I wonder whether that precludes W & K using them. People have mentioned 'David' as being the nickname for Edward VIII, (& as being perhaps 'off limits') then I remembered that it is the name for Princess Margaret's son, Lord Linley. I think his sister Sarah's sons are Arthur & Samuel. (haven't checked this online) James is the son of Prince Edward.

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  9. The color and the styling of Pippa's dress are lovely. I have to agree, however, with statements above that it didn't suit her as well as it could have. The Hugo Boss model wore the dress beautifully because she wasn't as "well endowed" as Pippa. It definitely takes a smaller breast and a more boney sternum to pull off the plunging neckline. Her jewelry was stunning with the dress but the shoes...not so much. Too heavy in style and color for the ensemble. Her hair and make-up were gorgeous though! Those Middleton girls and their beautiful hair!

    Names. I'm at a loss.

    For a girl: I do love the name Alexandra if it's a girl and I would love it if they called her Lexie! I do not think Frances would be included as Diana's mother created such a scandal back in the day when she left her husband and children. I do think they might include Diana as one of the other names, however, and I don't think the Queen would challenge William on that. I think other possible second names could include Eleanor, Elizabeth, Catherine, and Philippa. I like one suggestion of Caroline but I think it unlikely, given the monarchy of Monaco, that they would want two Princess Carolines in the world. I think it highly unlikely that Camilla would ever be chosen.

    For boys: I'm hoping for Richard though I don't think it will happen. It's got to be hard for them to choose a boy name that isn't currently in use by someone in the royal family. Albert could be in play as that was Her Majesty's father's name. For second names I highly doubt the use of Spencer because of the current Earl Spencer, whom the royal family dislike so much. Absolutely NO Boris! Possibilities could include James, Edward, Henry, and Charles. What a guessing game! I'll bet they already know the gender and have the names chosen!

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  10. I didn't even think about Eleanor, Robin. That's an excellent suggestion. I think the tabloids might have a field day with the various nicknames of Richard however :-)

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    1. I agree, Faith, that the press wouldn't love the name Richard very much. Naming a baby is hard enough for the non-royal world as family and friends opinions are so freely expressed. Can you imagine the pressure of naming a child something the Queen approves, the family likes, and the worldwide press and royal watchers are judging? Yikes!

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    2. Absolutely Robin ! I don't envy them at all.

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  11. Jane,
    You wondered where William had been on Thursday morning---seems he made a private visit to GCHQ.

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  12. Well I am going to be in the minority here...but I LOVE LOVE this look on Pippa. Gorgeous spring color...that is perfect coloring for her. The plunging neckline is a bit risque but I am ok with it. Besides she is not the royal here...so I say go for it. Anymore and I would not be. And I totally agree on the linear vs curved cut. The curved cut will naturally give way to expose more of the sides of the breasts. Never noticed it before Jane...but totally get that. The earrings and bracelet are a good match but I would suggest a bracelet on only one arm. Otherwise...it is too busy. Not crazy about the shoes...I also don't care for t-straps...and they are too dark...but not totally offended by them. Overall I think this is stunning.

    In terms of names..love Alexandra. Boo on Boris.! Yuck.

    Looking forward to Friday!

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  13. Pippa is showing a little too much cleavage here to be truly elegant, and, it looks like she may have had some cosmetic surgery here as does not look entirely natural.

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    1. Yeah, I agree. But wow those arms! Those are real and she's clearly put in some work in the gym for those!

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  14. 'Arthur' could be a possibility for a boy? The name 'Albert' is not very popular in Britain now, sounds so dated, I think that name is an unlikely choice for W & K. 'Eleanor' is a good suggestion for a girl.

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    1. George, Arthur and Albert are all dated in the States imo although Arthur is making a slight comeback. I just assumed they didn't mind a dated name and are going for the ancestral connection.

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  15. It seems that Pippa definitely wants her share of the limelight, too.

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  16. Me, too! I absolutely love this dress. It's simple, elegant and sexy in a subtle sort of way. I think the jewelry is very pretty and goes with the dress. The aqua theme looks great with Pippa's dark hair and tanned skin. I agree with Laura that Pippa looks gorgeous.

    As for baby names, if it’s a girl I really like Alexandra, Caroline and Victoria. Alice wouldn't be tops on my list, but it’s a name that could grow on me. I know it's popular in England, and I think it would be a classic and pretty choice.

    Betsey, NYC

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  17. The dress is great. She looks good in it. I do not like the shoes, and I really do not like faux jewelry with expensive or evening clothes. The jewelry looks cheap in my opinion. Either wear nothing or wear what you have at home out of real gold etc. If the costume jewelry looked great then fine go with it, I have no problem with imitation stuff, but this stuff just looks costume. Have no idea if the shoes are cheap or expensive but they are a bad choice for the dress. The dress and her hair make up look great.

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