if the ballet flat fits ...

14 September 2014



flats - c/o the root collective
jacket - Target (inspired by Jolie)
bag - c/o Lily Jade
glasses c/o Firmoo
denim - American Eage via thredUP
sweater - JCrew via thredUP
necklace - c/o Beso by Johanna


I'm not even going to admit to all of you how many years the whole, "if the shoe fits ... " idiom confused the bleep out of me. It finally clicked at some point and I know it makes no sense as the post title but my other option was, "shoe model" and I went with the lesser of the two evils. I think. 

Simon has been begging and begging for me to ask him to take some outfit pictures so I sighed a long and audible sigh and finally obliged. Not funny, I know. But there's a little something in it for you in a second, hold your bored horses. 

So the shoes I'm wearing and loving because they are super comfortable (I had planned to wear totally different shoes last weekend but Simon insisted I wear these - high praise from he who cares little about fashion) were sent over from The Root Collective which is an awesome new organization with a great mission to produce and sell ethically produced inventory for a stellar cause. 

Bethany, from The Root Collective, explains the history and concept behind the gorgeous flats ... 

"All the shoes from The Root Collective are handmade, including the fabric. The fabric for the main part of the shoe takes 2 hours to weave, and is created by women in the highlands of Guatemala in the tradition of the backstrap loom. Many of these women are war widows from the civil war that ravaged the country for 36 years. The detail on the back of the Diamond Collection takes 100 hours per meter to weave (crazy, right?!). Each pair of shoes is crafted by hand in the slum of La Limonada in Guatemala City by a man named Otto. Otto’s story is like so many in the slum: he was a member of a gang. The gang culture is very pervasive and very hard to escape. He managed to leave his former life behind and now views his business, not as one to just make shoes, but to bring hope. He wants to hire former gang members who want to leave their past life and make a difference for their families. It’s not just shoes, but it’s hope and life. And even better? The Root Collective donates 10% of its profits back to nonprofits who are working in the same communities that artisans like Otto live."

(Grace again)

Pretty incredible, don't you think? There are several stunning colors and different color combinations to choose from. The Root Collective is offering 15% off any order now through 9/21/14 with the code: CAMPPATTON AND they is giving a pair away to one of you! Fancy that. You know the way the Rafflecopter works by now (I hope) and I wish you loads of luck. Thanks for playing. And a huge thanks to The Root Collective for being so generous!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

360 comments:

  1. It's a toss up between the mustard and the real ones! Both are soooo cute!

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  2. I love these!! Perfect for the chilly weather!

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  3. Jade striped or Grey Diamond, both cute!

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  4. I haven't even looked at the color options yet (I will!), but love the ones you're wearing!

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  5. Being 5'10, I'm always searching for great flats. These are beautiful.

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  6. They're all cute but I'll go with the blue striped!

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  7. Love the teal & the cobalt blue. Cute!

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  8. Jade striped are so cute! Thanks!

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  9. Loooove this color combo on the flats you have on!

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  10. Cobalt diamond although I noticed your teal ones last weekend and so wanted them, too! And that third shot? Just stop.

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  11. Flats that are cute AND comfy would be a dream come true for me!

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  12. Oh, and I would like the teal ones.

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  13. I love the mustard! What a great fall color!

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  14. Oh man! Jade stripes and the cobalt peep-toe. LOVE!

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  15. You look incredible..really cool shoes or no...but the shoes are FAB! Love that teal color :)

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  16. I like the jade and blue striped pairs!

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  17. Dusty Cayenne Diamond. Love me some pink!

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  18. I have to say the teal ballet flat is my favorite!

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  19. Love the cobalt and the mustard! And thanks for sharing this wonderful company's work!

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  20. So cute. They look very comfortable so they are perfect for me!

    www.diaryofastayathomewife.blogspot.com

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  21. The cobalt! The patterns on the back are super cute!

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  22. I love the mustard and teal!! So darling!

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  23. I can't decide between the teal and the cobalt. Both are so cute.

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  24. I love the company's operation! I really like the dusty flats

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  25. Wow, I love this company! Also, such cute flats! I love the mustard and the teal ones both!

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  26. Love love these, and I am probably going to order the gray or mustard diamond when I get paid on Monday!

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  27. Love them!! Mustard and teal are pretty cure.

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  28. Either the jade striped or the mustard.

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  29. I love all of them. All of them :) Kristen

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  30. I love the gray diamond ballet flat!! It would be awesome for running around during the day in my go-to outfit (yoga pants and tank!)

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  31. Cobalt blue is beautiful. They look comfortable, too.

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  32. The diamond cobalt ones are my favorite!

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  33. Your shoes were the first thing I noticed about your outfit and I immediately looked to see how I could make them mine. Hooray for a giveaway!

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  34. I love the ones you're wearing! I'd have to decide between them and the grey diamond flats.

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  35. The cobalt blue is stunning, but I wouldn't say no to any of them!

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  36. oohh I'd get a plain black pair but possible the stripey ones!!

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  37. Love the jade striped and grey diamond ballet flats!

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  38. The mustard, teal and cobalt ones are all calling my name!

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  39. Mmmm... the teal ones. for sure. THey look awesome with jeans.

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  40. Love the jade striped and grey diamond ballet flats!

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  41. So pretty... I like the cobalt shoes

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  42. Love these shoes! I think the grey diamond or teal would be perfect!

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  43. I love the gray, and the gray and teal stripe!!

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  44. love love LOVE the mustard flats!!!

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  45. teal ballet flat all the way! love them!

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  46. LOVE the teal ballet flat, and your outfit is perfect.

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  47. The Cobalt Diamond look awesome!

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  48. Love the cayenne, mustard, and grey! They are beautiful shoes! And you are absolutely lovely as always! Beautiful Mama!

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  49. I love the grey diamond and the jade striped!

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  50. Flats are the flipflops of fall- and these are perfect!!

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    1. And what I mean by perfect is that these are the exact ones I would choose : )

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  51. I'm kinda digging the mustard! But the jade is fab too:)

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  52. I'm in need of some new flats and the ones you're wearing are lovely!

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  53. I'm torn. Either blue striped ballet flat or pink striped peep toe flat.

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  54. Grey Diamond! You look amazing, as always.

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  55. Comfy + pretty can be hard to come by! They're lovely!

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  56. These are such a great cheerful color! I think I'd go with the Dustry Cayenne Diamond Ballet flats.

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  57. I love the Colbalt Diamond ballet flats! Although your teal pair are pretty amazing too! :)

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  58. First off, I have that jacket! It has been the answer to my almost fall but still hot blues and secondly those flats! I want them all. In every color!!

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  59. Oh my gosh! The cobalt diamond pair and the mustard diamond pair are both so fantastic! I love companies that are ethical and honest about where their products come from. Thanks for introducing me to The Root Collective!!

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  60. So neat! I love the colors you chose.

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  61. I'm loving the real but you can't go wrong with a basic black!

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  62. I like the grey diamond ballet flat.

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  63. The cobalt is such a pretty color for fall. But I like the gray ones too.

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  64. It's the mustard diamond ballet flat for me! But seriously - all those shoes are beautiful and I LOVE the cause!

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  65. (not sure I was signed in, so excuse the duplicate comment if this is one: Love the teal, and the mustard!)

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  66. All so pretty, but LOVE the mustard!

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  67. LOVE the Mustard Diamond Ballet flat.. would look so cute with jeans

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  68. Love the mission of the company and the teal flats! :)

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  69. I'd love any color! I was just thinking I could really use a new pair of flats!

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  70. Flats are so comfy and a fun way to spice up the jeans and v-neck look I seem to exclusively wear. Love the charity behind it all.

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  71. I love all of these but the cobalt peep toe is so cute!

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  72. This outfit looks so good and I love the flats. :)

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  73. Flats are how I attempt to hold on to warm weather in times of polar vortex (even if I develop toesicles). Love the grey diamond and the cobalt diamond!!

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  74. Ooo. I like the Grey Diamond. Very cute.

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  75. Either the teal or the grey diamond. Love!

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  76. (So I'm running the risk of being an impatient double-commenter but I don't think my first one went through. If it did, just consider this my extreme excitement at the thought of new shoes!) I think I'll just take one of each! I also want to find out more about this company. It might be a cool thing for my students to research.

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  77. I have been searching in vain for new flats. About an hour ago as I was getting ready to leave, I tried on almost every pair I own and had this internal dialogue about my "shoe crisis". The crisis being I keep buying shoes and being disappointed that I can't wear them comfortably all day. I would love to give the root collective a try - in any color!

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  78. Love all the colors, but I think I'd wear the grey diamond flats the most.

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  79. I really NEED the mustard yellow ones - even though they are out of stock! Second choice is the blue striped ballet flat.

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  80. My favorites are the teal ballet flats and the mustard diamond ballet flats!

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  81. What a great business idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  82. ooooooh, rusty cayenne!! even the name is great!!

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  83. Teal or purple, but they're all great.

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  84. The teal is so perfect! And I love that part of the proceeds go to charity!

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  85. I would wear the grey diamond every single day if I won! Comfortable flats, yes!

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  86. You are super cute, as always.

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  87. Cobalt blue open toed are amazing! So perfect for work.

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  88. you know I'm all about the flats. I'd probably get the dusty cayenne ones :)

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  89. I love the cobalt diamond and gray diamond ballet flat!

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  90. I can't decide between the Guatamalan Stripe and the Dusty Cayenne.

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  91. The Jade striped ballet flats are super cute!

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  92. Super cute! I love the color combo you're wearing.

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  93. The purple diamonds are so cute. Purple is my favorite color. It's like these shoes were made for me!

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  94. I'm not sure if these would fit my sadly wide feet, but my sister would love them. And she lives in flats.

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  95. Love the rust and teal ballets for a fun pop of color. Or the gray, for something really versatile.

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  96. I love the ones you're wearing!

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  97. The mustard yellow or the teal would be my first picks!

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  98. The teal are perfect with that color contrast. I could get away with wearing my signature black everything, and now feel just a bit fancier. :)

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  99. Cute outfit and love the colors of the shoes you're wearing! Sounds like a great organization.

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  100. Flat weather is the best. Love the teal! Perfect pop of color with any neutral!

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  101. I'm so torn between teal and Guatemalan stripe. I am starting to slide into my mostly black, brown, and grey maternity wardrobe and a color pop would help break that riiight up.

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  102. I love anything blue, so the Blue Stripes and the Cobalt Blue Diamond are of course my favorites! Perfect shoes for this on the go mama!

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  103. Purple is my signature color for this fall- love the purple diamonds!

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  104. I'm obsessed with everything blue this fall...ok all falls...ok pretty much always. So the cobalt flats are my jam!

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  105. Either the pair you have or the Guatemalan striped. Love them!!

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  106. love the grey diamond flats! :)

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  107. The Guatemalan stripe is so pretty!

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  108. Love the stripped ones and such a good organization!

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  109. Black ballet flats! I'm boringly practical. Plus it's really hard to find a great pair of black flats.

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  110. ive never been able to rock a flat. but maybe umpteenth times a charm!

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  111. Love the Grey Diamond Ballet Flat!

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  112. I love these shoes and now wish that I could return every other pair of flats I own in exchange for more of these.

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  113. i love the dusty cayenne diamond. so pretty!

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  114. love the teal...you wear them well! and i think i need to get myself to target for that jacket - such a great color!

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  115. I'm stuck between the cobalt and the purple. These are great and a great cause!

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  116. Cobalt. Ps. Don't apologize for the sponsored content! You're entertaining enough to make it totally fine :)

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  117. Cobalt diamond ballet flat for sure.

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  118. awesome company - and ballet flats are my FAVORITE easy fashion accessory. Love 'em. Cobalt blue diamond - but I'd buy 'em all! :)

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  119. love the shoes! Can't wait to win the raffle :)

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  120. I'm digging the GUATEMALAN STRIPED ones!

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  121. They look like perfect fall weather shoes! Love them

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  122. I'm going with the Cobalt diamond as my favorites.!

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  123. i'm really liking the purple diamond ones!!

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  124. My fave is the teal ballet flat that you have!

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  125. I like the gray and the teal. I LOVE the detail on the backs!

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  126. Love love love all of their shoes but I am partial to the new purple ones <3

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  127. I clicked over expecting these shoes to cost a mint and was very pleasantly surprised. I love the purple diamond back ones. What a great organisation!

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  128. essentials. Yes. Loving the jade or mustard for sure!!

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  129. Love this blog and love those shoes!!!

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  130. I'm thinkin' I need some jade in my closet!

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  131. The cobalt peep toes, hands...feet down.

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  132. love the pop of color on the back and teal is my fav!

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  133. jade stripe, baby! Simon is just SO demanding :)

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  134. Those are super cute! Love the color combos.

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  135. Dusty Cayenne Diamond Ballet Flat

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  136. I like the Cobalt Diamond Ballet Flat!

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  137. Oh my...I love the diamond pattern and would love one in it exclusively. Also love dusty cayenne diamond, mustard, and the gray diamond ones.
    Karen.hillukka@gmail.com

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  138. Nice shoes but I have to admit I am in awe of your inner thighs that don't touch after 4 chillins! Kudos to you!

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  139. Purple diamond!! Innnnnn loooooveeeeee &hearts

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