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NYE Style with the Repeat Offender

posted by Teagan West December 27, 2014 2 Comments

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and we all know that New Year’s Eve must start with the perfect outfit!

So whether you’re gearing up for a girls’ night out, a laidback house party or something in between, it’s important to consider the location and the dress code to start the new year with a bang.

Personal Stylist and Founder of Repeat Offender, Elisha Casagrande takes us through her top tips on how to style the perfect outfit to put an end to the dreaded what-to-wear dilemma on the biggest party night of the year!

Pool Party

Once you’ve jumped out of the pool, switch to a lace bra to keep your outfit looking feminine.  Wear a classic button up shirt as a cover up or pair it with some shorts to slip in and out of as your jumping in and out of the pool!

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White Party
Texture keeps an all-white outfit exciting and a hint of skin through the crochet is sexy but flattering! Look for unique design details like a textured hemline to elevate a white on white look.

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House Party
Comfort is key for a New Year’s Eve house party. Take a casual yet edgy approach to ensure you’re in for the long haul. Wedge sneakers are the ultimate comfort for a night on your feet but also give you that extra height to create a more flattering shape for the legs and bottom.

Change up the look once the dancing starts by taking off the jeans for a cute mini!

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Nightclub/ Bar Party
When wearing neutrals, add an accent shade like a metallic gold to create a more polished look.  A statement necklace with a sweet-heart neckline draw attention toward the upper body & face, away from common problem areas below the waist.

When wearing a shorter style, look for vertical design details such as zips or panels on the bustier to lengthen the body and create a slimming effect.

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Dinner Party
A denim jacket adds a casual but chic element to a formal occasion. Add some rose gold, an understated shade that works perfectly with every skin-tone.

When choosing accessories, match them to a colour in the print to keep your look polished.

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Follow Elisha on Facebook and Instagram, or head on over to the home of Repeat Offender at www.repeatoffender.com.au for some savvy style inspo.

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Christmas Gift Guide: For Your Mother Dearest

posted by Chloe Clark December 8, 2014 0 comments

Need some gift-spriation for the number 1 gal in your life? Christmas is just around the corner and if you don’t want to brave the shops, all of these gift ideas can be delivered straight to your door!

I have given all of these gifts to my mum at some point in time, so I know they are going to go down a treat.

Happy shopping!

Go-To Skincare

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We’ve raved about it before, but Go-To makes skincare uncomplicated, and we could all do with a bit of that in our lives! Founded by beauty editor Zoe Foster Blake who spent 10 years testing and reviewing all kinds of beauty products, she knows her skin care!

You can choose from a facial cleanser, exfoliating pads, multi-purpose oil, lip balm and anti-ageing moisturizer, all of which are cruelty free.

Choose what you think your mum will love the most, or take the lot! You will be sure to have a laugh when ordering online with Go-To, and can have a personal email delivered straight to your Mum’s inbox.

Piyama

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Let your mum relax, rejuvenate and recharge in style. Piyama sleepwear and loungewear is made to be worn in the bedroom and beyond. Their soft breathable fabrics are not only comfortable, but perfect for the balmy Brisbane climate. Free Xmas gift wrapping is sure to make this a no brainer.

Lorna Jane – 2 for $60 gifts

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Give your mum something, or two things, from Lorna Jane that will motivate her for a fresh new year. She can get organised with a planner or diary, get motivated with Lorna Jane’s fitness and business success stories, and make some nourishing recipes in a stylish new apron.

My mums picks are the insulated lunch bag and Nourish cook book – which if you grabbed for your mum, would save you $30!

Enjoy spoiling your Mama the way she deserves!

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Add Some Sparkle with Closet Chronicles

posted by Teagan West November 9, 2014 0 comments

For years, women in the workforce have been led to believe that corporate attire should be predictable and lackluster, the simple pencil skirt and blouse combo with little colour and sparkle.

But alas, there’s someone here to shake it up!

Closet Chronicles is a new online contemporary jewellery boutique striving to answer the pertinent question – how do you master business chic? Focused on adding a flamboyant twist to the corporate woman’s wardrobe, Roxanne Harding and sidekick Ashley Hanger are making a rumble in the local jewellery scene.

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Eliminating the generic aspect of fashion jewellery giants, Closet Chronicles prides itself on exclusivity and limited production of each piece, meaning you’re bound to find something unique that you won’t see everyone else wearing.

Debut collections ‘Black Magic’ and ‘Pretty in Pink’ have come and gone after being welcomed with hearty praise from fashionistas who were quick to support the local label. Don’t despair though if you missed out, because two new collections have made their way onto Closet Chronicles online store – ‘Mediterranean Mystique’ and ‘Heavy Metal’ – and if I say so myself, they’re looking very good!

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Mediterranean Mystique is crafted primarily on turquoise, smoky quartz and brushed silver and perfectly pairs with wardrobe staples to give a fashion-forward, but still business-savvy look. Outside of the office, the Mediterranean collection is perfect for summer days and garden parties when paired with a cute skirt or your classic denim.

Meanwhile on the other side of the spectrum, the brand-spankingly-new Heavy Metal collection is a range of gold, silver and bronze pieces that will add a whole lot of funk to spice up your outfit. But be quick – some pieces of this heavy-duty hardware range are set to sell out soon, so better snatch them up now or be sad and sorry for yourself later (I’m desperately eyeing off the Tabitha Coin Necklaces in gold and silver).

Roxanne sources supplies and materials from all over the world to create striking pieces inspired by her wanderings abroad to encourage women to establish their personal style, especially in the workplace.

Keep your eyes on the Closet Chronicles Facebook page because the stylish devils will be bringing a new collection to the online store monthly.
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Website: www.closetchronicles.com

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Westfield Garden City is Back!

posted by Teagan West October 15, 2014 0 comments

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Southsiders rejoice! Westfield Garden City at Mt Gravatt is back and it’s bigger and better than ever!

Our local shopping mall has undergone a $400 million makeover and oh boy, you can tell. The redevelopment welcomes an additional 1400 car spaces, 100 new specialty retailers, a resort-style dining precinct, a fresh food market and a host of new restaurants to sink your teeth into.

Department stores Target and Myer, opened officially by Jennifer Hawkins last weekend, have also joined the collective alongside David Jones, Kmart and Big W.

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The most spectacular transformation though, is the new Town Square dining precinct and its ability to immediately transport you from the concrete jungle of a suburban shopping complex. A giant pool and bridge network, tropical flora and inviting lounge chairs have transformed the run down entertainment area into a lush subtropical oasis to rival the likes of Sanctuary Cove and Marina Mirage.

And a treat for the ladies, keep an eye out for the #GCpoolboys. Trust me, you wont be able to miss them!

Town Square’s array of casual dining options will make the new dining precinct your go-to spot for weekend breakfasts, lunch in the sun, coffee and cake, a dinner date or cocktails with the girls.

Choose between the revamped Beach House Bar and Grill, old favourites Hog’s Breath Café, Grill’d and Pancake Manor or newbies Hatch & Co., Kinn Thai, The Palms Mediterranean Bar and Grill, San Churro and more.

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And while we’re on the topic of food, we must discuss 8 Street – an incredible Asian laneway that resembles the busy food markets and street laneways of Southeast Asia.

More than 10 different Asian eateries have taken their place in the hawker-style area that is bursting with fragrance and flavour as takeaway meals are made to order. It’s a permanent, all-day dining laneway complete with ramen soups, Asian burgers, Japanese pizza, Malaysian noodles, Asian BBQ, shanghai dumplings, wonton soup and more. I personally can’t wait to perch myself on a barstool and get amongst it all!

8 Street is perfect for lunch on the run if you work in the centre and for shoppers, is a great place to rest your weary feet (especially those of your accompanying male: nothing says refreshed like a large selection of quality local and Asian beers).

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I’ll be dining at Garden City a lot more in the coming months as I work my way around Town square and 8 Street and wait patiently for Vapiano’s to open!

Here’s my top 5:

  1. Town Square and 8 Street – they’re a Southside gourmands dream come true
  2. The brand spanking new Target store with its own coffee shop and limited edition Missoni collection. Need I say more?
  3. Workout wear inspired by the yoga movement at abi and joseph
  4. Stocking up on bright hues at the (soon to be open) M.A.C store
  5. Sweet treats at the Noosa Chocolate Factory

Stay tuned for individual restaurant reviews!

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Mimi’s Foodie Hit List

posted by Teagan West May 27, 2014 0 comments

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This week we caught up with Brisbane food blogger Mimi Hyll of http://mimimusttry.com/ to chat all things Brisbane food, fashion and experiences.

Mimi is in the know when it comes to Brisbane’s tasty treats and she’s always on the hunt for something new to sink her teeth into.

After relocating to Brisbane from Adelaide, Mimi decided to share her adventure with cyberspace, chronicling on her blog the places she was experiencing in her new backyard. So, how does she like her adopted home city? Mimi said Brisbane is “a city with atmosphere and character without being overwhelming or pretentious – instead there is a real sense of local community with buzz and excitement.” And what about the food? “We are so spoilt here in Brisbane! The quality of the produce offered and the pride in provenance is amazing,” Mimi said.

So without further ado, here is Mimi’s Brisbane Hit List

A Faithful Breakfast:

Sourced Grocer, Newstead

Pablo, New Farm

Double Shot Espresso, New Farm

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Sourced Grocer

 

A Casual Meal:

DA’Burger, Newfarm – for “their approach to making good, healthy burgers with local produce – the BBQ Lambsie and the Bus Stop are amazing.”

Francie Mays, New Farm – “for their Kung-Fu Tofu and Popcorn Prawn”

Tippler’s Tap, Newstead – “the beef brisket is my favourite, followed by their wings.”

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Tippler’s Tap

 

Somewhere Special:

E’cco Bistro, City

Alchemy, City

Malt Dining, City

 

A Coffee Hit:

Pablo, New Farm – “reigns supreme for me with their Genovese blend”

Fonzie Abbott, Hamilton

Fitch Espresso, Newstead

Larder 2, Newstead

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Shop:

Markets

Eagle Farm Markets – “I love the acai bowls from Kiss The Berry, a cappuccino or hot chilli chocolate from Mr Coffee and I’m a sucker for Okonomiyaki with LOTS of pickled ginger.”

Jane Powers Farmers Markets at the Powerhouse

Eat Street Markets, Hamilton – “a fabulous concept and MKR Jake and Elle’s Chitty Banh Banh Banh mi rolls are epic.

Davies Park Market, West End – “great for an edgier vibe”

 The Young Designers Market, South Bank

 BrisStyle Indie Markets, Brisbane City Hall

The Finders Keepers Market, The Old Museum

(Above three for: Locally made and handcrafted fashion, accessories, artwork and home wares)

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Chitty Banh Banh @ Eat Street Markets

 

Boutiques

Thousand Island Dressing, New Farm – “A visual feast”

House of Cards, Winn Lane Fortitude Valley

Elizabeth Arcade, City – “trawling for a bargain piece in the kitsch-cool noutiques that line Elizabeth Arcade.”

James Street, Fortitude Valley – “for retail therapy”

 

Favourite Brisbane Events:

 The Teneriffe festival (July) – “making my way through incredible food and buying one off artworks and accessories”

Brisbane Comedy Festival

Paniyiri (24 & 25 May)

Southbank’s Regional Flavours Festival (19 & 20 July)

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The Teneriffe Festival

 

Day Trips:

“Mermaid Beach and Bureligh (Gold Coast) have some fantastic cafes and you cant go past the beauty of Montville.”

 

New Discoveries:

Samson and Sophie, Teneriffe – for “their locally supplied Veneziano Coffee

Kiss the Berry, Creek St CBD – for “their snickers bowl, although the original KTB bowl is still my favourite.”

The Eatery, Brisbane – “at the recently opened Four Points by Sheratin Brisbane which serveds a 3 course lunch for only $30. The food is prepared and made with wonderful local and fresh ingredients in a stunning open kitchen… great for CBD lunches.”

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Samson & Sophie

 

How many of Mimi’s Hit List have you tried? Quite a few are our favourites too, and have appeared in a number of our top foodie lists over the years! We can’t wait to try more!

 

Follow Mimi’s food blog here – http://mimimusttry.com/

*Note: All image credits belong to Mimi Hyll

 

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Brisbane Welcomes Ted Baker

posted by Teagan West May 22, 2014 1 Comment

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Indooroopilly Shopping Centre’s recent face-lift has injected and it’s injected a splash of lust-worthy designer fashion that will tempt you beyond repair. One of those new retailers is Ted Baker. Yes, you read that right, The Ted Baker!

The new Indooroopilly boutique will take you on a journey to the edge of the universe and back again with a store that is decked with apertures and globes, Big Bang  themed wallpaper, illuminating colours, mimicked solar systems, dramatic lighting and antique alcoves, all to create ‘Ted’s Observatory.’

And that’s not the most impressive part – it’s the threads of course!

The store houses Ted Baker’s Spring/Summer 2014 womenswear, menswear and accessory collections… but lets be honest, all you want to hear about is your next splurge in the womenswear department, right? Right!

The SS14 collection has been described as a mix of strong silhouettes, intoxicating colours, metallic highlights and different textures, contrasted with sorbet shades, clean lines, minimal detailing and pops of neon. There’s also striking prints that go by the names of ‘Rose on Canvas,’ ‘Symmetrical Orchid,’ and ‘Sugar Sweet Floral.’

Basically, Australia’s fifth Ted Baker store houses every ingredient you will ever need to turn envious heads towards your killer threads.

So get in on the SS14 Ted Baker act and check out the other new store at the newly renovated Indooroopilly Shopping Centre.

 

For more information visit www.tedbaker.com

P.S. how cool are these campaign images! Love it!

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Brisbane’s Top 16 Independent Fashion Boutiques

posted by Danielle Lewis January 10, 2014 20 Comments

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After spending 2013 carefully researching (read: shopping!) I have put together a list of my favourite tried and tested independent fashion boutiques that are guaranteed excellent customer service, selection of labels and all-round fashion inspiration. Including a little map for each to get you there!

1. Jules & Roc – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

Jules & Roc have an awesome selection of labels, and I find something every time I go in there. Stocking labels such as; Ellery, Maurie & Eve, Alice McCall, Camilla and Marc, Bec & Bridge, Peep-Toe and loads more!

2. Beau in the Woods – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

The Beau in the Woods concept boutique on James St stocks, of course, their eponymous fashion label, and a hand-picked selection of Australian and International labels. I love the selection of jewellery and candles!

3. Shugah Boutique – Cannon Hill – Google Map

Shugah stocks on-season looks and colours at super affordable prices, so you can buy something new every weekend!

4. Adore Boutique – Tarragindi – Google Map

With labels like Shakuhachi, House of Harlow and Finders Keepers, Adore Boutique is a suburbian dream!

5. Alexis Dawn – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

I can’t go past Alexis Dawn’s own label for fantastic monochrome basics.

6. Sunday Social – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

Sunday Social is one of my favourites in Winn Lane, they have a precisely curated selection of vintage and rare clothing, shoes, bags and jewellery, as well as other fantastic knick-knacks. There is always something new to hunt for and it’s so easy to spend hours scouring the racks and examining each unique piece.  The quality of the vintage items is second to none.

7. Blonde Venus – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

Seriously a Brisbane institution. Blonde Venus owner and buyer Thea has truly been a part of building Brisbane’s fashion identity and if you need any convincing read her story here. And whilst the boutique has been responsible for introducing us to a huge array of Australian and International labels over the years; they are currently stocking – Antipodium, 1989, Clare Vivier, Christopher Esber and more.

8. Calexico – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

A relative new-comer to the James Street Precinct, Calexico boasts amazing Australian and International labels such as ALC, AG Jeans, ACNE and Isabel Marant. And I am absolutely in LOVE with their blog, currently taking you behind the scenes on their buyers New York fashion buying trip!

9. Kylie Ryan – Coorparoo – Google Map

A south-side gem, Kylie Ryan stocks a fantastic array of women’s clothing, shoes and handbags. All of the pieces are unique and exotic ensuring you won’t turn up to a party looking like anyone but your fabulous self!

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10. Denim Co. – South Bank – Google Map

Fashion and food… two of my favourite things! Denim Co is a fashion boutique with a coffee shop out the front, the labels are sensational and the coffee even better. They have the best selection of J Brand jeans in Brisbane and their buyer and Stylist Soph is fabulous and always up for a chat!

11. Miss Henry – Paddington – Google Map

A little hole in the wall in Paddington and a must-visit!

12. Princess Polly – Brisbane CBD – Google Map

Affordable, on trend, colourful, cheerful – I love popping into Polly for some fashion inspiration! Labels include May, MinkPink and their own eponymous label.

13. Ra Ra Superstar – Paddington – Google Map

Vintage Ra Ra heaven! Ra Ra Superstar is a quirky Brisbane label inspired by vintage dreams and your nan’s fudge cake… stop in to see their latest collection and perhaps a glass of lemonade.

14. The Happy Cabin – West End – Google Map

Stocking a wonderful array of mens and women’s wear inspired by meeting the needs of the world’s sexy lumberjacks and dorky girls. 20-something-year old Leah has joined forces with friends Mim and Jordan to create the Tall Trees Espresso bar now neatly alongside The Happy Cabin. A must visit!

15. The Robe – The Barracks – Google Map

A gorgeous women’s lifestyle boutique featuring gorgeous silk loungey pants, colourful beads and gorgeous unique clutches. There’s something for every one and every home.

16. Verge Girl – Brisbane CBD – Google Map

A lover’s dream… bralettes, crop-tops, jumpsuits and playful prints strewn across the store….

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BONUS: Brisbane Online Fashion

1. Beginning Boutique

The gorgeous Sara opened Beginning Boutique in 2008 and has since grown into a huge online fashion empire (check out over 380,000 Facebook fans!) and services the needs of every festival-going, fashion lover in Australia… now taking on the world! Great labels including One Teaspoon, Cameo, Karen Walker and Keepsake.

2. Chi the Label

Chiquita Searle is one of the most determined women I know, launching her self-titled label for women in business who wanted to dress well. Visit her website and sign up to be notified of upcoming styling events.

3. Lovefox

Meaghan from Lovefox is truly passionate about great fashion. Hand picking every item that is stocked in her online boutique. This careful curation has led to a fantastic online experience, stocking labels such as Talulah, We Are Handsome, Staple The Label, May and August Street. A must-click!

 

Have we missed any of your favourites? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

Images via Beau in the Woods, Lovefox, Camilla and Marc and Eselah The Label.

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Our Top 10 online boutiques with FREE Shipping to Brisbane!

posted by Danielle Lewis December 2, 2012 2 Comments

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Planning on doing your Christmas shopping online this year? Here are our Top 10 online boutiques with FREE Shipping to Brisbane! Of course they are a little fashion-biased… in case you are just shopping for yourself!!

1. Shopbop 

I cannot go past Shopbop… ever. If I ever want to make an investment purchase I always head there to compare prices and their SALE section makes high-fashion brands affordable. I particularly love their ‘Holiday Gift Edit’ which recommends presents according to price-range – perfect for fitting in to the Christmas budget.

2. The Outnet 

Who doesn’t love a sale? And when there is a whole site dedicated to luxe items at sale prices… why wouldn’t you start here first?

3. ASOS AU 

ASOS has the biggest range of fashion on the planet. From your cheap and cheerful fast fashion fixes to the investment items; ASOS has got you covered. Plus they have been in the game a long long time – so you know your order is safe! Oh, and did I mention they have 25% off ASOS Collection at the moment?

4. Shopruche.com 

Shop Ruche makes me swoon… the vintage inspired boutique has gorgeous girly dresses that I could just look at all day! PLUS their gift sets are the best… beautiful gift ideas for every member of the family!

5. Farfetch.com 

If you are ready for a Christmas SPLURGE farfetch is the place to click to next.  Curated by some of the world’s top boutiques you’ll find labels like Alexander Wang and Jimmy Choo… certainly on my “in-your-dreams-list”.

6. My-wardrobe 

If you’ve already spent way too much on your shopping already this Christmas I recommend a visit to My-wardrobe! They are having a 50% off sale for Australian customers! Don’t mind if I do! I particularly love browsing their wardrobe inspiration and trends sections when I am in a fashion-lull.

7. Samantha Wills 

Samantha Wills is just gorgeous… the woman herself, the brand and her gorgeous products. And her goodies are so in-demand they have a waiting list you can subscribe to for some of her signature pieces. Proud to be an Aussie designer!

8. Oasap.com 

Oasap has a massive range of quirky pieces that you won’t find in your big online retailers. Claiming to deliver fashion and love and only stocking items produced in an ethical environment…. PLUS Oasap are offering 25% off all items for Christmas using the coupon code XMAS at the checkout.

9. Net-a-Porter 

Whilst Net-a-Porter is usually out of my price range I love to stop by and check out their weekly magazine. It gives you up to date coverage on fashion and beauty trends plus what the old celebs are wearing. I also love their TV Channel – fabulous for some day-dreaming for when I become a millionaire.  Definitely bookmark their SALE section.

10.  Style Tread 

Back down to earth Style Tread is a must-visit if you are considering a new-shoe purchase. Not only do they literally have thousands of brands and styles to choose from they are also aware that shopping for shoes online is a bit difficult… they actually ENCOURAGE you to buy two sizes and return the second pair for FREE!! PLUS they are having a 30% off sale right now… just enter the code MEGA30 at the checkout!

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Paddington Up Late

posted by Danielle Lewis November 26, 2012 0 comments

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