A Day Date with David

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David and I had a little coffee date recently. He chose a chocolate milk, and I chose an americano with cream.ย When we were in line, he saw a little girl in front of us order a chocolate muffin, so he promptly decided that he wanted a “black” muffin as well.ย We walked over to the table, and he immediately dug into that delicious muffin.

It was fun to dress up a bit and have this special little date with him. I’ve been a huge J.Crew Factory fan for years, and had so much fun picking out coordinating outfits to wear over this upcoming holiday season. To be honest, anytime I have an event coming up, J.Crew Factory is the first place I check. I live about an hour from a physical store, but I have just as much fun shopping online.

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I normally steer clear of colors, but I couldn’t stop thinking about this red tuxedo blouse when I saw it online. The pleats down the front added a little visual interested to the blouse, without making it bulky or busy. Andย as soon as I found the skirt, I knew I had to have that outfit. I’m always looking for clothes that work with my lifestyle, so stiff pencil skirts without stretch don’t appeal to me at all. This skirt, however, has an elastic waist and is cut short enough to be a very flattering length, but also is easy to wear when I amย chasing after my kids.

I also think this skirt would look really great with a charcoal grey turtleneck tucked into it. In fact, I may have to recreate that very outfit for Thanksgiving day!

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David looked so adorable in his collared shirt and corduroy pants. It’s funny, as soon as I buttoned the last button on his shirt, I looked up and him and he seemed to have age 5 years!

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I often see other moms talking about how fun it is to match their daughters, but I have to argue that it’s equally as fun to coordinate with your sons! And now David and I have some great options to wear for holiday parties and family events. I love that the clothes look great, and are at an awesome price point, but are still really comfortable!

David’s Outfit: courdorys, button up shirt

Kate’s Outfit: blouse, skirt, bracelet, earrings

J.Crew Factory just released their gift guide, and it is certainly worth browsing–whether for gifts or for yourself! And in case you haven’t gotten one of their puffer vests, you should know that I have 2 and they are some of the most worn items in my closet in the fall and winter!

And right now they are running a promo of 50% off everything and free shipping on orders over $50! Happy shopping!

The clothes on David and I were gifted from J.Crew Factory, a store I’ve shopped at for years. This post was sponsored by J.Crew Factory.

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Julia says · 11.21.16

I love your outfit!! This is post is just too cute ๐Ÿ™‚

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Kate says · 11.22.16

Thanks Julia!

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Stephanie says · 11.21.16

David looks adorable in his little outfit. Dressing boys is fun; I have the best time with my nephew.

I love that red shirt. It’s not normally a color I would wear either, but I love it.

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Carol H says · 11.21.16

David looks adorable! Clearly this is a “staged” date, since you brought a photographer with you. Is this all you are doing now is sponsored videos? 2nd one in a row!

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Amanda says · 11.21.16

Kate answered that a few posts ago, when the same question came up. Personally, I don’t have a problem with sponsored posts. Considering the amount of content we can access free on her site (hair and makeup tutorials, for starters), I think it’s only fair to her that she receive compensation at some point for her efforts.

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Gturn62 says · 11.21.16

Exactly! Give Kate a break, people. She deserves a paycheck.

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Carol H says · 11.21.16

Yall are crazy if you don’t think she gets paid in other ways. Many bloggers/youtubers are very honest about how they get paid. Go watch one of their videos about it. I don’t have a problem with an occasional sponsored post, but she does A LOT!! And, since I have been following her over the years, she has contradicted herself more than once when doing something sponsored. Again, on occasion is fine. But to play it off like a date with your son? Come on.

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Kirsten says · 11.21.16

Who cares if the posts are sponsored? Or if she’s paid or not? She provides her own opinions. I would rather have that than a celebrity promoting a product on tv, ad, or otherwise.
Companies are smart, what better way to promote their products…. than with bloggers! Win / Win !

DD says · 11.21.16

I don’t have a problem with the sponsored posts – although the number does appear to have increased significantly over the past couple years. What bothers me is that the sponsored posts are written in a different “voice.” I know immediately if there is going to be an asterisk at the end saying it was sponsored content. These posts just don’t sound genuine and authentic, which is starting to turn me off of the blog, quite honestly.

Myra says · 11.21.16

its a blog people…do you think she wants to sit at home and write for free all the time. It’s what they do from time to time and why not? I would totally do sponsored posts and if you have been a reader for a long time, she really does shop here a lot.

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Carol H says · 11.21.16

Sponsored or not… she doesn’t do it for free. I totally agree, you can tell right away!

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Kate says · 11.22.16

This is not a sponsored video? And if you have questions about how I earn a living with my job you can refer to my FAQ page.

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Megan says · 11.21.16

Love that skirt. I agree that cute pencil skirts just don’t work for me. Mama son dates are so special. Looks like your little man really enjoyed it.

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Claire Talks Beauty says · 11.21.16

David is so cute ! I love the outfits of you both ๐Ÿ™‚
You said that you normally stear clear from colors but i can see that red suits you very well. I think colors make people look more happy and fresh ๐Ÿ™‚

Claire From http://www.clairetalksbeauty.com/

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Tammy Gentry says · 11.21.16

Very cute outfits on both of you! David looks so happy. What a great little date!! Just by seeing your pictures and snap chat you can see what a great mommy you are!

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Julie says · 11.21.16

This outfit is perfect on you, love the orange-y red!

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Charity says · 11.21.16

I love your outfit! Perfect for the holidays. Having 3 boys of my own it is so much fun to coordinate outfits with them too!

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Kristin S says · 11.21.16

LOVE that outfit!!

Also, I bet Vicki loved having you guys there for your day date.

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Sarah Kathryn says · 11.21.16

Love this! Thanks for giving me some holiday party ideas! Love you Kate and your blog!

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Amanda says · 11.21.16

I truly loved this post! Going on one on one dates with my boys is my favorite. You have such a beautiful family, and great style! Off subject, I’m so excited Lauren & Mike are getting married!!!!!

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Val C. says · 11.21.16

“The clothes on David and I were gifted…” This is incorrect grammar. It should be “The clothes on David and me were gifted…” I would not bother pointing this out were it not that you clearly want to be taken seriously as a blogger. Here’s the rule: Take out the other person’s name and conjunction, and then re-read the sentence. If you would use “I” without “David and,” then “David and I” is correct. But in this case, you would not say “The clothes on I were gifted…,” so “The clothes on David and I were gifted…” is also incorrect. I am saying this out of respect for you, Kate. To any of your readers who might comment, “Give Kate a break… nobody cares about grammar,” let me say this. I fully realize that you might not care about grammar, and even some of Kate’s sponsors might not care about grammar. But others do… they notice, even if they don’t comment themselves. We can all be better. Continued blessings to you, Kate.

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Maria says · 11.21.16

I was always taught by rigid grammar books that it’s always correct to say “soandso and I,” instead of “soandso and me.”
I think it’s just a strange sentence and you were confused by that.

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Megan says · 11.21.16

I believe Val C. is correct. The sentence is awkward because it’s in passive voice. If Kate had said, “J. Crew gifted these outfits to David and me,” it would’ve be clearer. As Val pointed out, you wouldn’t say, “J. Crew gifted these clothes to I” – making “me” the correct pronoun.

Anyway, I love seeing some color on you, Kate.

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Myra says · 11.21.16

LOVE the skirt!!!!

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Rebecca N says · 11.21.16

Very pretty colors on you, Kate!! And David is so handsome and grown up looking!

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Bridget says · 11.21.16

You both look fantastic. Red is definitely your color!

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Elena says · 11.21.16

Adore this outfit! Just purchased it for myself for Christmas!

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Kate says · 11.22.16

Nice! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Brittany says · 11.21.16

I need that top. Would you mind sharing what size you bought? The reviews are mixed. Thanks!

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Kate says · 11.21.16

I got a small ๐Ÿ™‚

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Melissa says · 11.21.16

Wow, that red is stunning on you! Isn’t it crazy how we can get stuck in our little comfort zones with clothing and then one day we throw on a color and BAM, everything looks different.

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Catherine says · 11.21.16

You look adorable, Kate!! I love the idea of going on a day date with David. You two are the cutest! Im looking forward to doing this with my son when he gets a little older. <3

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Nicole says · 11.21.16

Luke was there too wasn’t he? You posted this on snapchat. Confusing. Was he not gifted clothes?

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Jessica says · 11.21.16

I was wondering about this too. Luke was definitely there when this happened. She even posted a picture on Instagram of Luke and David sitting at the very same table. It wasn’t a “milk date” with just the two of them. It’s little things like this that makes it very hard to believe anything Kate says.

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Monica says · 11.22.16

Agreed. I assume Luke wasn’t gifted clothes because J.Crew doesn’t make them in his size (my son is roughly the same age, and I also love J.Crew, so I know!). I have no problem at all with sponsored posts, but this is excessively transparent, for my tastes, at least.

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Kate says · 11.22.16

Without getting too deep into it, This post was shot immediately after our christmas card photos and I did not find it necessary to get childcare for Luke while Jordan, my photographer, took photos of David and I. In order to show the clothes clearly, and capture photos of David and me, I thought it would be helpful to have a photographer present. Selfies in the mirror wouldn’t work for this.
Being a working mom with only 10 hours of my work week with paid childcare, I sometimes multitask and look for ways to be efficient so I can otherwise spend my time with my family.

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Kate says · 11.22.16

Yep he was, and I have a post featuring him coming Wednesday!

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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul says · 11.21.16

I love your skirt!!

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Sarah Chavis says · 11.21.16

You two are just the cutest as can be! Sophia my daughter is 2, we take little mini dates to Starbucks sometimes. She drinks the Vanilla Bean Frapp. (no coffee). It tastes like a vanilla milkshake..so good!

Btw, I really like that shade of red on your nails…if you don’t mind me asking what brand is that? I can never find a red that I truly like.

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Jessica says · 11.21.16

You look amazing! I love you in color. Thanks for the holiday inspiration. Went and bought the shirt and the skirt in the black.

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Jamie says · 11.21.16

So cute! Love J.Crew Factory for all our family. Did you know you can also buy online through GapFactory? I’ll be honest, my mind was blown when I found out that nugget. I clearly need to get out more!
Unsolicited boy mom tip: when dressing (& laundering) boys in button up shirts….don’t unbutton all the buttons to dress/undress them. Just unbutton enough at the top to slip over their head. Cuts down on the squirm factor (and increases your chance for proper button alignment). I also don’t unbutton when I wash them. When they are buttoned up in the laundry, you decrease the chance of the sleeves getting tangled in other clothes, which leads to more wrinkles, which leads to more ironing. Which leads to less date time!

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Nora says · 11.21.16

Where are your boots from?

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Kate says · 11.21.16

They are old Bandolino boots!

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Cordi says · 11.21.16

I have those same boots!! Bought them almost 10 yrs ago ๐Ÿ˜Š. You are looking happy and fit, and David is sweet!

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Alyssa says · 11.21.16

I absolutely love everything about this post! Your family is gorgeous and you look AMAZING in red.

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Jillian says · 11.21.16

I know you stick with neutrals but man that red is stunning on you! Color looks great on you.

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Kate says · 11.22.16

Thanks Jillian

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Sarah Chavis says · 11.21.16

Kate, I really enjoyed this blog post. You may have had someone take the photos, you may have made a grammatical error…but honestly who cares.

No one is perfect, we all make mistakes. Lets all make sure our own hands are clean, before we start pointing fingers.

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Jessica says · 11.21.16

Beautiful outfit the best one yet. And David is growing into a little man so sweet enjoy the years they are little times goes by too fast.

Have a blessed day and a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

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Katie @ Live Half Full says · 11.21.16

I did not even know J Crew Factoy had kids clothes- heading over now!

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Misty says · 11.21.16

Hey Kate! LOVE this outfit…wondering if you remember where the boots are from, I’ve been looking for some wedge boots like this for a while now, can’t seem to find any these days. I’ve been reading through the comments to see if you already listed it, but didn’t see it sorry, if I missed it! Just want to say I hope you keep doing what you do. I love to see the notifications for your blog pop up in my emails ๐Ÿ™‚

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Kathy says · 11.21.16

Super cute outfit! Always love to come home and read your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

Why such negative comments? If you don’t like what you’re reading, just move on.

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Debbie Burns says · 11.21.16

Wow! I haven’t had time to view Kate’s blog for awhile. I always enjoy everything from learning something about hair and makeup to seeing her adorable little boys. I was very surprised by the negative comments to this post – grammar corrections, who was or was not in pictures, being paid by sponsors, etc. Kate has worked hard to build her blog, brand and business. She figured out a way to promote and teach her readers about the things that she loves and is knowledgeable about while spending a lot of time with her family. I will look forward to reading more about Kate, her family, hair, makeup and fashion. Yes, there are many more blogs out there to critique if that is the reason a person is reading a blog. I will stick with Kate, she is terrific!

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Lynn says · 11.21.16

I’m surprised at the negative comments, too! Obviously Kate’s blog is being noticed by J Crew, Target, Nordstrom and others, why wouldn’t she promote them, especially since she’s a regular shopper AND poster about those sites? Good grief, give her a break! I smell jealousy, and it stinks!

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Anna says · 11.21.16

Agree with Lynn and Debbie — Haters need to move on and find other blogs. I have enjoyed Kate’s blog for years, and I am a very different career/mom than Kate — but it doesn’t matter, because Kate is such a genuine and talented person…I just love reading about her blog, learning from her, and learning about her! Keep up the great work, Kate!

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Erin says · 11.21.16

Cute cute! What’s your nail color and brand?

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Not being mean, promise says · 11.21.16

Love you and your blog….but….there is an Instagram post a while back where you all were at Starbucks….the day you had family pics taken. David had on the exact outfit with Luke and a black muffin? I don’t mind sponsored posts at all. I think you ABSOLUTELY should get paid for advertising, but maybe don’t make up stories about a son “date” for the sake of advertising. We notice. I love how real you’ve always been. That’s why I followed you to begin with. Keep it real with us girly. ๐Ÿ˜˜

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Inna C. says · 11.22.16

What a sweet post!! Such a cute idea to have an individual date with your kiddo! Your outfits are also on point! Love you!

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Susan Jeffries says · 11.22.16

Your boys are darling. It has been fun to watch them grow. It seems strange that they are so big now – I have followed you since your pre-mom days(: I love this skirt. It is perfect for the season ! Thanks!

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Lesley E says · 11.22.16

I rarely comment, however I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to say I LOVE your blog, I LOVE this post, I LOVE the outfit-so much in fact I am going to order it and would have never found it had it not been for a “sponsored” post.
P.S.
I don’t care what kind of pronouns you use:)

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Kate says · 11.22.16

Lesley, thank you SO much! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Erica says · 11.22.16

This post is just too cute! I admit, had to copy and ordered myself the outfit for Christmas! If I had a little boy, probably would have ordered David’s outfit as well! Have learned so much from your tutorials and blogs! Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

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Kate says · 11.22.16

Thank you for your kindness-it means so much to me!

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Cristin says · 11.22.16

LOVE it Kate – I ordered the outfit for myself too!
p.s. Love your blog, you keep doing you! xo

The world needs more KINDNESS, people!

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Rachel says · 11.22.16

I added this outfit to my shopping cart this morning and I’m so excited to show it off! This is the second outfit I have copied exactly! The first was a cute outfit I wore to see (and meet) Kevin Costner! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your style and really love that you allow us into your lives through Snapchat, the blog, Instagram, etc. I have two boys of my own (7 years and 17 months) so following you is just natural!

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Ashli says · 11.22.16

I just bought this skirt over the weekend, but did not decide on a top! I love the pairing. Cute little date with David! Have a great Thanksgiving,

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Andrea says · 11.22.16

It really saddens me that so much negativity can come from people when you are sharing such a big part of your life with the world. I applaud you for your courage and strength!

I love that when I come to your blog I am not inundated with ads and popups. Since I hate that stuff, I will gladly read a sponsored post and I love that you have incorporated fun ways to share it by including your cute family.

I value your opinion because I know that you don’t promote products or companies that you don’t personally endorse. I look at Instagram and Snapchat as the behind the scenes view of what you are posting on the site and I love it!

We need more kindness in this world. We need to support each other as women. I am not a mother but I love coming to read about your tips and tricks and product recommendations so that I can share them with my friends or access for the day that I am a mother.

I loved the mix of content and the way it has evolved as life evolves for all of us.

Keep it up!

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Amy says · 11.22.16

Sheesh, every time I see a sponsored post on your blog now I’m like “oh the sponsored post haters are going to have their claws out today!”
Kate, you are good at what you do. And very real and relatable. Thank you for creating your beautiful little corner on the Internet๐Ÿ˜Š

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Breanna C says · 11.22.16

Love this outfit and if I weren’t pregnant, I would totally buy this!…Someday!
I am pregnant with my first and it is a boy! This post really encouraged me and gets me excited to go on dates with my little man as he grows up. Thanks for sharing your joys in parenting! <3

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Momzi says · 11.23.16

agree. It is good to match up with sons as well. When you are the mom of boys …. you can do the matching thing too !! David really is just adorable. They grow so fast Kate <3

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Andrea says · 11.23.16

Love all the items you picked out! The skirt is adorable and the top too!

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amanda says · 11.24.16

I hardly ever buy stuff from blog posts etc. but I cannot stand how cute this outfit is and a good deal too — I for one am glad about this sponsored post ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve recently gotten into wearing skirts even in the winter (with good thick leggings — it’s really cold where I live!). I did have a question about the sizing and shape of the skirt even after looking through the reviews on JCrew. Does it run true to size? I was thinking about ordering a size up from my usual 6 so that I could wear it a bit lower since it also looks a bit short and I’m pretty tall. But maybe that wouldn’t work with the shape/pleated waist? Sorry…I realize you are not my personal shopper. Haha. I live in China and so it’d be a bit of an ordeal to return. Thanks for your input and thanks for the great post!

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