My favourite Bikini of 2016

Since I learned to love Bikinis I have added more and more of to my collection. By now I have lost count of how many bikinis I own. And although my collection grew steadily, for some reason I did not end up sharing those beautiful swimwear pieces with you. So I thought it was more than high time to at least share my very favorite Bikini of the 2016 season with you – especially as I took some great pictures when I was on a short holiday at the beach earlier this year.

Plus Size Bikini Forever 21

 

Forever 21 – My Favourite Place For Swimwear

This beautiful plus size bikini is from Forever 21. I only really took note of them last year. Since then they have though not disappointed me when it comes to plus size swimwear. They had absolutely stunning bikinis but also two pieces during both swimwear seasons. Next year they will definitely be amongst the first sites I that will check for the new swimwear. I do have high hopes for the swimwear season 2017.

 

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Beautiful Colour, Great Hold & Sexy Detailing

I do love it’s beautiful turquoise color and the harness like detailing even more – a subtle but sexy detail. The best thing about Forever 21 bikini tops though is the hold & comfort they provide.

I am wearing a 3x and it covers and lifts my bust nicely without squashing or creating a third boob. There will be quite some leeway regarding the bust sizes the top will support – due to the stretch fabric. I am however not sure how it is going to support smaller breasts, as the smaller the breast the less will be the stretch and with it the lift. For reference, my bra size is around a 42H in combination with a clothing size 24/26. Should your bust be much smaller, it might be worth sizing down to a size 2x.  Probably you should even consider ordering both sizes, even if you are otherwise the same size as me.

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What About You?

Which retailer is your go-to bikini or swimwear shop? Have you dared to wear a bikini yet? What does your favourite swimsuit look like?

 

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Feeling Like A Princess – With Florentyna Dawn

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Special Occassions – A Time You Should Feel Amazing

When attending a special occasion it is just so so important not only to finds a dress that looks great but to also in which one feels comfortable. Although what am I saying here, more than comfortable, one should feel a million bucks and struggle to avoid mirrors and other shiny surfaces as you love the sight of yourself so much. It is a time when you should feel amazing and it is a shame if an outfit you don’t like should be the thing ruining how you feel.

As much as this holds true as a wedding guest or similar, but especially when attending a once in a lifetime event like your prom, your daughters wedding or maybe even your own wedding it is more than only important, it is crucial.

Making Do – The Issue With Ill-Fitting & Boring Dresses

It is a real shame how much we plus-size ladies have to make do with mediocre and ill-fitting dresses on occasions like this. Might it be just because there is hardly any choice or that clothes were so hard to find our compromise arrived last minute and there is just no time to exchange it or finally the worst case when we did not find anything at all. In this case we are presented with the choice of not going or we often make do with any day dress we can find that we can somehow pass on as evening dress.

I Hated My Graduation “Dress”

I do think back to my graduation ball (Abiball). This is one of the rare occasions in German everyday life where you have an excuse to dress yourself up to the nines.While other girls usually attend the dance in lovely flowy evening gowns, I was forced to wear a more or less tight chinese print tunic over black trousers. This was the best I could find after a 6-month search. I don’t think there are even any pictures of myself in that outfit I hated it so much…

Florentyna Dawn – One Of The Rare Truly Size Inclusive Boutiques

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Experiences like this are what make me appreciate little gems and exceptions from the norm like Florentyna Dawn so much. Florentyna Dawn is one of the rare shops that are truly size inclusive and body-positive. Without question, they are offering all their dresses in a size 6-50+. Yes the plus means that even the 50 is not limiting. They specialise in mother of the bride dresses, but they do have something available for any special occasion you might come across. We do need more size inclusive businesses like that, that are not petite, not plus size, not tall but just well stocked and flexible!

 

 

#WhatILoveAboutYou – Plus Size Blogger Event

A while back they invited some of us ladies for an afternoon to their Hazel grove shop and they made all of us literally feel like princesses. The dresses were stunning. It was amazing to be able to take dresses as special as these of the rail and to be able to just try them on.

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One might expect they have the dresses in a few standard sizes and if you are above that you have to order them in, but this is not the case. While each of us came in a different size representing pretty much the whole size spectrum each and any of us were able to pick some lovely dress of the rail and try it on.

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The day was absolutely amazing, not only were the dresses stunning Florentyna Dawn had even invited an amazingly talented MUA Sarah Maredith who did our hair and makeup and she really did an amazing job!

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Before & After MUA

We all literally did feel and look like princesses.

Have a look, don’t we look stunning?!

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Jaqui, Helena, Charlie, Michelle, Me, Tanya

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A Big, Big Thank You!

We really have to give a massive thank you to the amazing ladies of Florentyna Dawn for making this awesome day possible and for making each of us feel so special and simply put, like princesses.

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The lovely staff of Florentyna Dawn & the owner Dawn Priestnall (3rd from left)

Florentyna Dawn Sponsoring Ms British Beauty Curve

I am more than proud to announce that Florentyna Dawn is supporting me as Ms. Manchester Curve 2016 and will be one of my sponsor the in Miss British Beauty Curve Pageant.

Have A Browse

If you have an event coming up I can only recommend giving them a look either online at www.florentyna-dawn.co.uk or maybe even in their brick in mortar shop in Stockport near Manchester.

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What Do You Think?

Like always I would love to hear from you, about your experience and what you think. This time I really can’t decide on one question, so here are a few things I would love to hear from you about:

  • Which of the above is your favourite dress?
  • What is your experience with evening wear?
  • Where do you buy your occassion wear?
  • What was your last special occasion and what did you wear? I would love to see your pictures!

Lots of love

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Battling With One Of My Plus-Size Insecurities – The VBO

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The Boohoo Plus Size Cooperion With Nadia Aboulhosn

I am pretty sure that most of you have heard in one way or the other about the Nadia Aboulhosn Plus Size Range Boohoo recently brought out in cooperation with the blogger.

I really do love the range. It is bold, a bit edgy but not over the top or slutty. It has just a lot of fierce pieces, that are unapologetic for being plus size. In short exactly what the plus-size fashion scene needs more of.

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From Top Left To Bottom Right:
Nadia Crop Top With Zip

Asymmetric Crop Top and Skirt Co-ord
Off The Shoulder Asymmetric Maxi Dress
Embossed Sleeve Hoodie
Crop Top & Mini Skirt Coord
Off The Shoulder Zip Front Dress
Split Shoulder Dress
Long Sleeved Panel Dress

As much as I love the pieces though, there is one issue with them. A very large proportion of the range are very close cut to tbe body, many of the dresses are in a bodycon style. Ultimately there is nothing wrong with this, but for some of these  pieces you either have to be happy to show and own your “VBO” (Visible Belly Outline) or size up.

Big Body Confidence Steps – VBO A Step I Have Not Made Yet

For most of the range I would advise to size up, but as I am a size 24, which is as large as Boohoo’s Plus Size Range goes, my only option was to own up to my VBO. I have come far in my time blogging accepting myself and my body, owning my bare arms,  strapless jumpsuits and even my very first bikini (the full post has been lost, but I’ll rewrite it soon)

However the VBO is just one of the things that has been a bit difficult for me to own up to and I (on myself) simply do not find attractive and a good style to wear out. This is not a generic statement, expressing that no-one should. If you are happy showing the world your VBO I salute you, please please do it. I personally battle with myself if it comes to this

So despite immediately falling in love with the Nadia Off The Shoulder Zip Front Dress* below in blue (which is also available in black), I had it lying around here for quite a while till I mustered up the courage to share it with you guys.

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It looks really amazing on Nadia. On me though I was not quite sure what I thought about it. I loved it too much to send it back but was unhappy enough with it to hesitate sharing it with you or being ok wearing it outside. What do you think?

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Mid Heel Pumps Electric Blue – Ebay

I am not too happy with the way it it at the moment and would not wear it on its own, but my issue is that I am at the very edge of their sieizes. If you are either happy with your VBO or able to size up, this dress will look absolutely stunning on you. And now the dress has even been reduced to only £12

A Sportier Look With The Nadia Embossed Hoodie

 

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I hoped that help for my issue with the VBO would come from another piece I really  from the Nadia Range, the Embossed Sleeve Hoodie. While it can be worn like your traditional hoodie, this one is quite a bit more stylish than the average hoodie and is perfect to give your favourite short to medium dress a more sporty look. In the campaign itself Nadia is wearing it with the Split Shoulder Dress (now reduced to £5!).

Boohoo Nadia Zip Front Dress & Embossed Hoodie

Nadia Blue Front Zip Dress – Boohoo*
Plus Nadia Embossed Sleeeve Hoodie – Boohoo
Mid Heel Pumps Electric Blue – Ebay

Finally Adding Some Leggings

Ultimately I also added some leggings to the outfit. The dress it great to show of a nice pair of  plus-size legs, but as short as this dress is, it will almost definitely lead to chub rub on said plus-size legs without a pair of tights. I personally am one of those people who don’t get away with wearing a dress without tights or leggings. A pair of leggings can also work with the hoodie transforming this dress made more for a night out to an even more sporty look, but see the two different looks yourself below.

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Nadia Blue Front Zip Dress – Boohoo*
Plus Nadia Embossed Sleeeve Hoodie – Boohoo
Grey Leggings Simply Be 
Mid Heel Pumps Electric Blue – Ebay

Maybe I’ll soon be fitting in the dress a bit better. I am currently working on getting a bit fitter again after I have noticed that I am out of breath again a lot quicker and my blood pressure has gone a bit up. The additional exercise and looking a bit more after what I eat, has lead to some weight loss, and so maybe continuing the weight loss I might reach a fit with which I might actually be happy wearing the dress out.

 

What do you think?

Do you dare sporting a VBO? Do you think I should drop my insecurities and wear the dress out as it is? Do you prefer the dress with our without leggings What do you think about the Nadia range?

 

Lots of love

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Missguided+ Releases New Pieces & Extra 40% Off Sale

After Missguided had released their plus size range in late autumn last year with a lot of noise, things appear to have changed a bit.

In the meantime there were quietly quite few new pieces added to range. While new pieces are nice we are wondering when a full SS15 plus size collection is going to come.

But let’s have at what happened & the new range:

November 2014: Reveal of the Plus-Size Range

It’s too long ago that all eyes of the plus-size fashion world were directed at Missguided, last November actually, to be precise: That was when Missguided launched their very first plus size range.

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November/December 2014: Me & Other Bloggers in Missguided

For a few weeks the plus-size blogosphere was full of lot’s of amazing plus size babes showing off the range. I was no exception, posting about the lace peplum dress and the stunning cobalt blue velvet wrap dress which I wore to the British Plus Size Awards.

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January 2015: It has gone quiet

But the fashion world turns fast and the plus-size fashion world is no exception. So over the last months it has become fairly quiet around Missguided, well at least in regards of plus-size.

The fast fashion company has so far only concentrated at the lower end of straight sizes (going up to 14).  Their first plus size range was, by the looks of it, only a test range, if a strong one, with approx 70 lines in sizes only going up to a size 24 so far.

The big question here was if the brand after an enthusiastic launch would forget about their plus-size customer, like so many promising other brands have unfortunatelly done before, leaving the range as an token range for the fatties to avoid being called fat shaming.

February 2015: New Pieces – Without A Lot Of Noise

Fortunately this does not appear to be the case. Well, at least there are a few positive indicators that this time it might be different.

Without making a lot of noise abut it they appear to have been working quietly on a few updates to their best pieces as well as some completely new pieces.

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Unfortunately there is no complete new range or big overarching new style at the moment, but one thing I do have to credit Missguided for is that after running only a very few months, they have looked at demand and, like a good fast fashion retailer does, not only restocked as it was selling out but also put a little bit of effort in and improved/updated a few lines by adding new colour options

Let’s Have A Look At The Range Update

Renewals/Updates

Some of the pieces they have renewed were the wrap dresses that were very popular after the launch and quickly sold out in many colours.

The wrap dresses have not only been repeated in the original colours that had sold out they are now also available in for example khaki and grey.

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Skirts

And also the leopard print skirt that I own and love has been renewed and it is along with some other skirts  now available in the trend colour camel as well as a black PU panel version.

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 New Dresses

There are some lovely new midi dresses. The below dress on the left in the grid has been added in black and in the green and also some other completely new dresses.

 

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Tie Waist Skirt

Another new addition to the collection is the tie waist skirt which is expected to be a big trend this spring. A skirt I could not resist buying already and that will be on my blog soon in an #OOTD.

This skirt is basically a skirt that pretending to have a shirt slung around the hips. Sounds a bit weird when trying to describe it,  but I like the look.

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Trends At The Same Time For Fatties AND Normalos

The tie waist skirt is one of the examples where Missguided is really really promising for the future. I am not necessarily talking abut the style itself but the timing of the delivery of the style. If you have a look around through the sizes, tie waist appears to be one of their big upcoming trends that they have heavily bought into across their straight sizes.

Unlike so many other retailers out there, Missguided is not waiting till at least next season to finally deliver a trend in a  plus-size version, but is delivering it at the same time for us larger ladies as wekk as in straight sizes. Although admittedly they deliver this trend only in one style for 18+ while in almost uncountable styles for straight sizes, but it is a start.

Where is the SS15 range?

After having been unsure, when first launching the range in November, of how it would resonate with us fatties, they should now have a much better idea of who their plus-size customers are and what we like.

This does make me wonder even more why it is taking Missguided so long to get their Spring/Summer range out. With it being end of February they might be a bit late to the market. Although I am still holding up big hopes for a banging collection

Extra 40% Off Sale While We Are Waiting

While you are browsing through the new items don’t forget to have a quick look at the sale items, as for a very limited time you will be able to get 40% all sale items using the code EXTRA40.

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What do you think?

Which one is your favourite? Are you calling some of the new pieces your own? And for which retailer  can’t you wait to finally announce their new SS15 collection.

 

 



Simply Be Spring/Summer 2015

A while back I was lucky enough to attend the Simply Be Spring/Summer Preview. This was an absolutely amazing event in an impressive London penthouse, involving some lovely wine, yummy canapés, a stunning new Spring & Summer collection and lots of lovely plus size blogger babes.

 

Simply Be SS15 UK Plus Size Blogger Event

 

If you follow my Instagram you will have most likely been able to follow the events on this day as it happened and will already have gotten a glimpse into the new Simply Be collection, if not, even the more of a reason to follow me on Instagram.

 

 

I so hope the bikini top will come up to a G-Cup. #SimplyBeSS15 #preview #plussizeswimwear #plussize

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Simply Be’s have by now even added a video of this preview day on their youtube channel so that you can get a first hand impression of the event in moving pictures if you pay enough attention you can even glimpse of me wearing one of my favourite Missguided dresses in this video.

 

 

 My Favourite Trends & Pieces

While then these styles were merely a preview, these lovely pieces are now, bit by bit, making their way into the Simply Be online shop. A good occasion to give you  a bit of  a closer look at the collection and my favourites.

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While I am not really a fan of this years florals I am very much in love with the the clean bright colours in an almost candy colour range in combination with clean strong cuts as well as the simple monochrome styles with a hint of 60s. And lastly not to forget I like the denim. For some reason it has recently not been easy to find a nice plus size denim jacket.

 

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From top left to bottom right:

Mono Blazer
Crepe Tennis Skirt
White Textured Skater Dress
Chunky White Necklace
Asymmetric Zip Skirt
Scuba Prom Skirt

Candy Colours

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From top left to bottom right:

Crepe Tapered Trousers
Brushed Mint Textured Coats
Denim Babydoll Dress
Pleat Midi Skirt
Purple Crochet Pencil Skirt
Yellow Ladder Trim Midi Dress
Colour Block Winged Bag

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Denim Jacket
Patch Skinny Jeans
Denim shirt

Great Swimwear 2015

The one thing though that absolutely stood out to me is the Swimwear. This year simply be have really outdone themselves with their swimwear. Great colour combined with vintage lines.

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Colour Block Bikini
Polka Dot Bikini
Sports Swimsuit
Mesh Swimsuit

What is great about these swimsuits, at least some, is that Simply Be also thought of us busty ladies when designing them. Wearing a G-Cup I am simply not able to wear a “normal” swimsuit without proper cups and/or under-wires. My mom always called it “pancakes” what swimsuits without proper cups would do to a large bust. No desirable shape… The black mesh swimsuit is one of those good examples, as it contains fixed foam cups supporting and keeping the bust in shape.

 

My absolute favourite piece is the monochrome one piece below which will instantly transform you into a plus size bond girl.

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Retro Swimsuit

But also the Bikinis are not to be scoffed at.  After I made a great step of confidence and bought my very first Bikini last year (read more about this here) I might be buying Bikini number 3 and 4 this year…

What Is Your Favourite?

Which one is your favourite piece? Did you get one of these lovelies already

 

Lots of love

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#MAAfterDark – It’s All About The Party Dress

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 #MAAfterDark – The Event All About The Party Dress

If you follow my blog you will have seen several excited posts leading up to #MAAfterDark. The Hashtag stands for Manchester Arndale After Dark and was an event organised by the Manchester Arndale center all about the perfect party dress and looking glam during this party season.

This evening brought 18 amazing Mancunian blogger babes together as well as special guest and competition judge Victoria from Inthefrow, who you can see in the bottom left in the below image collection.

An Inclusive Event

As I had mentioned in my very first post leading up to this event that I absolutely loved, that is was one of my very first inclusive events. This means here no distinction was made between “normal” fashion blogger and plus-size bloggers. It is nice to be surrounded by lot’s of amazing plus-size ladies and to feel all the support but it is also amazing  to once in a while to be recognised as simply being part of the “fashion scene” and not only plus size.

This inclusive nature of the event was not only reflected through the bloggers that were invited, but also by the represented shops, showing off their current party fashion, with Simply Be, Yours Clothing & Evans having rail space – and I fell in love a few times that evening.

 The Task

Each of us bloggers had been paired beforehand with one of the many retailers in the Arndale Center and given the same task: find your perfect party dress. Finally the best 10 party dresses would be chosesn by a jury. I was paired with the lovely Yours Clothing.

 

My Retailer

 

But let’s get to the important part: finding my dress. I was very excited to be paired up with yours clothing, as it is a brand I very much support. Not only do they offer clothes in a large sizing range (up to a 32) but they are also quite affordable compared to others while still on trend.

So last I week,  I set foot in to their yours clothing branch for an epic shopping sessionarmed with a shopping voucher given to me by the Manchester Arndale center. You can read more about this in one of my latest posts here. The last contenders were these three dresses:

Choosing The Dress

Before I went I had a look online and was dead set for the lace skater dress, especially as skater dresses are usually my go to party dress. However, if there is one thing I have learned over the last few months blogging, then it is always to try new things. And ultimately I liked the dress, but I felt I looked a bit unbalanced and bottom heavy in it, with relatively little fabric on the top and the poufy skirt on the bottom.

 

So I tried the sleeveless 20s style flapper dress in the middle. The 20s are currently very much on trend and this dress had been recommended to me by the Yours girls at the Plus size awards. I loved it on the hanger and although I liked particularly the fringes and had lot’s of fun shimmying for the camera I believed it did not really do my shape justice.

 

Finally I tried the lace shift dress in combination with a sparkly silver belt, the silver version of the golden belt that I had worn for the Plus Size Awards. To my surprise that combination really convinced me. The short sleeves seemed to really balance my uppper body and the belt nicely took my waist in to create a lovely hourglass shape. The length is perfect for the office when combined with leggins and shows just about the right amount of leg in it’s night look when combined with

The Accessories

With a lovely simple dress like this you can go all out and sparkly on the accessories. And this is what I did. I went for a sparkly silver belt, in combination with a black clutch with silver studs. Luckily I even had a pair of Deichman plateau heels that almost perfectly matched the studs in the bag.

The best thing about this was though that my £100 did not only pay for the dress, but also for all the accessorie: the handbag, the belt, the earrings and the bracelet and that with money to spare. I would say that was a pretty good deal. Interestingly enough, looking at the hangers when coming in, I appeared to be the only one who accessorized the dress out using our budget.

The Styling

After  having a first look at the new party wear collections, a nice prosecco and some nibbles. It was time for beautifying. I got the perfect classy and simple yet effective makeup to match my dress together with the most amazing curl and updo I have had in a long time I really loved what the stylists did.

My Final Look

Black Lace Swing Dress With Contrast Insert* –  (£34) – Yours Clothing
Black & Silver Diamante Across The Body Bag* –  (£20) -(Yours Clothing*
Grey Glitter Thin Belt*-  (£7) Yours Clothing
Bracelet* –  (not on site) – Yours Clothing
Earrings* – (not on site) – Yours Clothing
Shoes – (old season) – Deichman

I am really, really happy with my final look. Individually all things were great, the hair is absolutely amazing but together they are just a killer style. I so love what the stylist has done with my hair, the makeup was subtle but effective and matched the style of dress very well, I just know if I would have done it myself I would have overdone the smokey eye once again.  And finally the sparkly accessories give this simple look the perfect dose of glamour.

#MAAfterDark – The Competition

The jury had a very close look and intensive discussion about the dresses you can see in the group shot. Finally the 10 dresses below were crowned the top 10 party dresses of this season.

 

These dresses will be displayed in the Arndale Center and here on their website. You can win a voucher for £100 yourself by voting for which one is your personal favourite. Vote here. You can have a closer look at these dresses here, and also enter the competition.

 

Which Dress Would You Have Chosen

Which of the 18 dresses is your favourite? You can have a closer look at them by clicking on the image to enlarge it. Which one is your favourite? Do you agree with the Jury or would you have chosen differently? And which one is your absolute favourite?

Lot’s of love.

 

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