Rebranding CityGirLifeStyle Blog……

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“This photo was taken about 6 years ago in L.A….I never thought I’d be traveling this much and pursuing my deeper purpose & calling in life as an Eco blogger 💕🌱 (I have a feeling I’ll be returning soon enough ✌️)”

My first L.A. trip was my first trip traveling alone.  I was really nervous at first, the excitement, the thrill,  and adventure left me wanting more.  6 years ago I was following my dream of becoming a successful artist, but as I grew as a person and gained so much more experience so did my skills and interest.  No longer was I wanting just the aesthetic beauty and illusion I had ideally dreamed about.

I was looking for something much deeper, something that moved me, called to me, invoked passion in me.  I also had a desire to give back in a bigger way.   I didn’t want to be Superman, I wanted to save the world one day at a time in being conscious about the environment.

After my travels to Mexico in July of 2016 and my recent travels to Puerto Rico in April of 2017 it invoked in me something deeper.  I was inspired by the environment, the people, and their way of life.   I felt at home in Puerto Rico.  Coming back to Chicago since my Puerto Rico trip, has changed me so much.   After a couple of months of being back I started to put the pieces of all my experiences, skills, interests together and have been working with natural brands and networking with eco, natural, sustainable, local shops/local music scenes.  I’ve slowly started making the transition to re-branding CityGirLifeStyle.wordpress.com into an Eco Friendly Blog.  Expect to see some feel good products, working with conscious brands, Eco lifestyle tips, fashion, and moving into a more sustainable life…..the journey has been amazing already……join me for the journey🌱

Follow my Eco Friendly shops:

Etsy:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CityGirlEtsy

Depop:

https://www.depop.com/citygirletsy/

Instagram (follow the journey):

https://www.instagram.com/carolinaireyes/

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Zero Waste, Eco Friendly, Vegan, DIY Toothpaste.

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So….what have I been up to? Learning so much at the moment.  I’ve been making my own natural products, like my own natural toothpaste (pictured here) without all those harsh chemicals. I’m really loving the journey of becoming self-sustainable and less dependent on big corporate companies. There is something quite wonderful about creating something by hand with herbs, the natural elements, and essential oils. The best part about it is…..I love challenging myself!

Here is the Recipe I used for my Vegan, Natural, and Sustainable toothpaste.

I am a big fan of Uncle Harry’s toothpaste, so I’ve used up a few glass containers and I’m reuse one of them to make my toothpaste.  The great thing about Uncle Harry’s toothpaste containers is that they come in glass jars, which makes for a great no waste journey.

You will need:

One a small glass jar, or reusable container.

Baking Soda

Coconut Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil (for a minty flavor and helps support gums)

(Optional)

Bentonite Clay (for detoxifying effects and minerals)

Black activated Charcoal (For Natural whitening)

Arrowroot Powder (for sensitive teeth and gums, also used as a thickening agent)

Directions

So go a head and fill the jar half way up, then start to fill the baking soda the rest of the way.  Continue to mix until you get a paste like mixture.  If have sensitive teeth and gums I would start to mix 1/2 arrowroot powder with 1/2 baking soda.   Optional: If you have and want the benefits of Bentonite clay you can add 1/4 tsp to the mixture and 1/4 tsp of the black charcoal.  Lastly, you then add 5-6 drops of the peppermint essential oil and violá.  There you have it!  Never buy toothpaste again, no harsh chemicals, all natural, cut out the waste of the tube left behind.

I hope you enjoyed me sharing this with recipe with you and I hope that you join me on this journey of cutting back the waste that gets left behind with toothpaste tubes and tooth brushes in landfills.

“One Billion toothbrushes which take hundreds of years to decompose, end up in landfills every year”as quoted on the website:(yourmarkontheworld.com).

Try switching to Bamboo toothbrushes, that is compostable.

Review

Since using my DIY toothpaste I’ve seen my teeth much brighter, and cleaner for a longer amount time.  I still enjoy the invigorating scent and tingling feeling I get from the peppermint essential oil.  My wallet has thanked me too!  I enjoy the simplicity that comes with it.  It feels great to be self-sustainable with less dependence on large companies.  It also has inspired me to do more DIY’s so look out for more.

 

Here are some great related articles to read about dental and gum health, take a look:

http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/heal-gum-disease-and-cavities-naturally-step-by-step

http://www.yourmarkontheworld.com

Here is a video from one of my favorite Zero Waste You Tubers known as BlueOllis:

 

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WELCOME 2016, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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WELCOME 2016, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

“Happy New Year from Citygirletsy !!!”

Here is a collection of some of the Lookbooks styles City Girl Etsy has accomplished in the year 2015.

See full video at https://flipagram.com/carolinai.reyes

image imageThis was the featured look for New Years 2015.  Inspiration was sequins and sparkles.

Necklace:H&M

Top:Vintage 70s crop

Gloves:Vintage leather

Skirt: navy blue sequined pencil skirt
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StreetStyle LookBook

Inspired by the Chicago’s Beat Scene.

Beanie:Stussy

Shirt:Men’s Japanese Stussy shirt

Skirt: Jonathon Saunders

Shoes:Timberland

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Winter Transitional Look Book

Beanie:Discount store

Septum: Rhinestone hoop Ebay

Earrings & Crystal Necklace:Hand in Hand Love (local hand-made shop) https://www.etsy.com/shop/HandinHandlove

Top:Vintage 60s available on CityGirlEtsy

Necklace: Tribal Silver toned necklace vintage

Gloves: Ebay

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Sunnies: Forever 21

Choker:60s Vintage

Necklace: Mini Charm necklace

Shirt: October Blues

Sweater: Alpaca Peruvian zip up

image image Necklace: Hand in Hand Love

https://www.etsy.com/shop/HandinHandlove

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Inspired by travels to the West Coast, Oakland.

Sunnies: Urban Outfitters

Lipstick: Kat Von D (Oranga-gogo)

Jacket: Men’s H&M Navy Bomber

Top: Striped button up vintage (swap)

Pants: Crossroads trading company

Shoes: Vintage Leather Keds

Bag: Chocolate Vintage Leather Coach (Patricia)

Thermos: Starbucks

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Summer Time LookBook – Minimalist inspired

Sunnies: Vintage shop

Necklance: Vintage

Top: Cubic abstract shirt Vintage 60’s (CityGirlEtsy)

Shorts: Vintage Dockers

Shoes: Cheap Mondays (Crossroads)

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70s Inspired Look.

Top: 70’s Vintage button up

Earrings: Vintage silver Turquoise drop earrings

Watch:Berenger

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Top:Silk Vintage button up top (For sale on CityGirlEtsy)

Earrings: H&M Geometric

Pants: Vintage 70s Bell bottoms

Shoes: Vintage 60s brown mod booties

Purse: Vintage two-tone 70s bag (For sale on CityGirlEtsy)

Lipstick: Loreal Paris Infallible Resiliant Raisin
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Top: H&M

Necklace: H&M

Shorts: Biker quilted shorts H&M

Tights: H&M

Shoes: Dolce Vita (Chelsea)

Lipstick: Kat Von D (Nosferatu)

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Inspiration: Fall Colors and textures

Hat: Goorin Bros. (Swap)

Top: Vintage silk button up (Xochitl)

Necklace: Handmade from Evanston Art Fest

Skirt: Vintage 80’s wool striped pencil skirt (available on CityGirlEtsy)

Belt: Vintage leather cross woven belt

Shoes: H&M

Handbag: Vintage faux snakeskin box bag

Lipstick: Lime Crime (Salem)
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70’s Rocker Look

This photo was taken after a long day of Filming on a Project I will share more details with you in the future.  I wanted to capture the hair and makeup from the look.
Makeup done by: Nicole Maret

Eyeshadows: Urban Decay Smoky Palette

Foundation: Loreal Infallible Pro Matte

Septum:Ebay

Thank you so much to my amazing crew: Christina Plata for styling and photographing me and Olga Plata for Photographing me and for helping me bring my inspirations and ideas to life.

The team and I look forward to doing more creative lookbooks this year. Find more new stylish threads at www.etsy.com/shop/citygirletsy

I would like to formally thank Uncle El for collaborating with me in combining fashion and music through this best in year through a Flipagram clip.

See full video at https://flipagram.com/carolinai.reyes

Enjoyed the music and want to hear more music from @uncleel?

 Head on over to: Soundcloud.com/uncle_el/

 

 

January Stussy Look Book

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January Stussy Look Book 

 

“The city made a warrior of me” 

 

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“People always ask me where I’m from…..but it’s not as important as where I am, and where I’m going” 

 

stussy lookbook“Like wild flowers; you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people never thought you would” E.V. “

 

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I know these photos look really laid back, but the weather has been pretty cold here in Chicago and you can see the snow throughout this shoot.  These photos were taken on a slightly warmer day, and I wanted to show some of the city’s grit with a Sporty look and added comfort.
I’m just loving the menswear inspired look and this time I’m loving the sporty look of the Brand Stussy.
Finding ways to stay warm running from meetings to concerts and cocktails this Stussy beanie keeps me warm.  I opted to go with this long sleeve Japanese Stussy mens Jersey T-shirt and yes that means you too can purchase this shirt and hat too gentlemen!  I just love the Japanese characters on the sleeves and on the back side of the shirt.  The long sleeves definitely keep me warm.
Since the look is very sporty and masculine, I wanted to pair it up with a very feminine comfortable yet shapely fitted pencil skirt and with comfy 3 inch wedged Timberland booties.  I kept the jewelry on the cooler toned side, like silver and stainless steel to keep it monochrome.  I love this look, and I hope you do too.  Thank you Olga for photographing this look in the cold, but what can we say we are adventure seekers……

Beanie hat: Mens Stussy Knit hat (Urban Outfitters)

Tortoise Frames: Discovery

Pencil Skirt: Jonathan Saunders for Target

Shirt: Mens Japanese Stussy Jersey T (Urban Outfitters)

Watch:Berenger Stainless Steel US made.

Earrings: Silver Crescent shaped hoops (Pink Frog)

Rings: Silver (Kopi Cafe)

Lipstick: Loreal Infalliable Resilient Raisin

Boots: Timberland booties

STYLING THE GOODS:

Follow my Street style fashion on

Etsy: ☆http://www.etsy.com/shop/citygirletsy

Twitter: ☆http://twitter.com/Citygirletsy/ 

BLOG:☆https://citygirlifestyle.wordpress.com/

Instagram: @carolinaireyes

2015 New Year’s OOTD

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2015 New Year’s OOTD

New Years OOTDThis look is very City Chic, feminine, sparkly, and structured…..
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Yes, it was very cold out…..it took us 15 minutes to complete the shoot……Thank you Olga once again for making this possible.

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This has got to be one of the best New Year’s I’ve had yet!  I started out the evening joining a friend at the Dawson for a cocktail.  What does a City Girl order? Yup! you guessed right a “Manhattan” and they serve it just right, with my favorite aged cherry.  We enjoyed Dj John Simmons playing those tunes and we also enjoyed the second level where Revise spun some fun 90s tunes.  We later met up with another friend and tried to make it to a loft party thrown by dj collective called the Boogiemunsters.  As we quickly tried to make it in time for the countdown we were stuck looking for parking.  So the three of us girls made the best of it as we blew our party favor horns in the car to Prince playing on the radio.  We finally found a parking space just to find two men occupying the space, while they were lighting up fireworks in front of the car……it was both scary and magical all at the same time.  We finally made it to the party and it was non stop dancing to great music all night………then we headed to get breakfast and on our way home we saw the most beautiful sunrise coming up on the lake.

Studded necklace: H&M

Center necklace: Silver and Moonstone Tibetan necklace (Kopi Cafe)

Crop top: vintage Personal collection

Gloves: vintage Personal collection

Skirt: Navy sequined skirt (Forever21)

Boots: vintage 90s Leather Guess booties

Jewelry: Various Silver Rings (personal collection)

septum:insight studio

Lipstick:Loreal Infallible Resilient Raisin

If you like this Outfit Of The Day……follow my Instagram: @carolinaireyes

City Girl Etsy: ☆http://www.etsy.com/shop/citygirletsy

Twitter: ☆http://twitter.com/Citygirletsy/ 

BLOG:☆https://citygirlifestyle.wordpress.com/

December Haul and Favorites…….<3

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“For beautiful eyes look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone” -Audrey Hepburn

 

December Haul and favorites

 

1.Exfoliating Face Brush (Sephora)

Great for exfoliation and using with Cream cleansers. Also sensitive skin friendly.

2.Eye Serum, Minerals from the Dead Sea (TJ Maxx)

This one’s more of a gel like consistency, absorbs quickly.

2. Sibu Seabuckthorn Moisturizer (TJ Maxx)

Have not tried this one yet…..but heard good things about it.  Will review it and update you next month.

3. Cuticle Nippers,Earth Therapeutics (TJ Maxx)

My old nippers were dull and nippers can be quite expensive.  These were only $4.99 Worked wonderfully and made the job easier.

4. Perfume Armani Mania (Macy’s)

I’ve been using this perfume all month.  Has a light and warm musk scent with hints of vanilla and spice.  It reminds me of the smell of a little china doll…..

5. Rose Shower Gel:La Florentina Italy (TJ Maxx)

In December I’ve been liking more shower gels than soaps.  I find that the skin can be a bit more sensitive during the winter months so I’ve been enjoying the lovely scent of Roses.  Plus this is made in Italy……ahhhh……

6. Mary Kay (Primer and Luminous Foundation)

My friend was selling Mary Kay and I decided to try out a couple of their products.  I’ve used the foundation a few times…..gives a very luminous dewy finish….holds up throughout the day.  I need to use it a bit more to see how it does through out the month.  I have been using the primer every day and have liked the formula of this primer.  It isn’t sloppy when foundation goes on, which is great.  It tends to balance out the natural oils throughout the day.  It does have a slight smell to the product but goes away throughout the day.  I would purchase again.

7. Perfume DKNY-Pure (Ulta)

This perfume is very lovely.  I tend to spritz this one on, when I will be in close quarters with guests, because it isn’t over powering.  It is infused with African Vanilla, which has a soft and warm scent.  I’ve received many compliments with this one.

8. Purse Brahmin Croc Two Tone (Ebay)

I bought this bag four years and would only wear it on special occasions.  This year I told myself I would wear it throughout December to gain more use out of it.  I have enjoyed it, and must say it’s one of my favorite purses this month.  It’s also a classic style that definitely has not faded.  Add a strap and wear it as a cross body bag.

9. High Waisted panties (Urban Outfitters)

I love these modern twist on a vintage style high-waist panties.  I am into comfort when it comes to under garments, and I have found that not many places sell High waist panties.  The Gap has select high waist panties, American Apparel does a version, and you can find Etsy sellers that make the handmade ones.  When I saw these, I was a bit nervous with the fit, so I sized up. I’m usually a small, but I sized up to a medium.  The fit was perfect, and they are super comfy.  During the holidays they are on sale for 4 for $19.

10. Vitamin C Cream, Minerals from the Dead Sea (TJ Maxx)

I am really impressed with this Day Cream.  It is super hydrating to the skin during the winter months.  It is a thick consistency but not pore clogging at all.  The skin absorbs it quickly, and it even helps make up apply more evenly.  It smells a little like oranges, how nice!

11. Candle:Pecksniff’s England in Jasmine&Frankincense (TJ Maxx)

I love the scent of this candle.  During the Holidays stores put out the extra sweet-smelling Candles that make you want to eat a dozen cupcakes.  They will also put all the tropical fruity smelling candles on sale.  I don’t like either choices during the cozy winters.  I prefer more musky, dark, amber, Frankincense, and earthy scents during the Winters…….love the smell of this one.

12. Hand made Almond & Shea Butter Lip balm by Aileen Solve

I love, love, love….this hand made lip balm made by a friend.  It has a wonderful almond smell to it, while the shea quickly absorbs into the lips.  This lip balm is unlike many store-bought lip balms, which stay on the top surface of the skin and feel all waxy.  I love this one, plus all natural ingredients.  Leave a comment below if you’d like to get your hands on this product.

13. Nail Polish, Sally Hansen:Black Tie, Black out (Walgreens)

Really loving these two nail polish this month.

Black Tie: is a very reptilian cyber iridescent blackish green color.  It definitely has a murky color but has a shimmer to it which is quite beautiful.  I’ve been in a dark minimal style and look lately, so if you’re looking for something dark that isn’t black, black tie is a great choice.

Black Out: Black Out is just as black as it gets…..I keep going back to this color…….I just love this color worn with a lot of silver and cool tone jewelry. Simple and Classic!

Tell me what you’ve been loving this month in the comments below..>>>

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Twitter: ☆http://twitter.com/Citygirletsy/ 

BLOG:☆https://citygirlifestyle.wordpress.com/

 

 

OOTD-Thankstaking Eve @ Subterranean Chicago featuring: Rich Medina/RudeOne/NewLife

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OOTD-Thankstaking Eve @ Subterranean Chicago featuring: Rich Medina/RudeOne/NewLife

 

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Thankstaking Eve with Rich Medina @ Subterranean during his set……..
song of the night: Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness

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Rhinestone Chicago pin on Black Beanie: Local Beauty supply store

Quilted Minimalist top:Discovery

Lamie leggings: Cross Roads Clothing Exchange

Booties: Timberland

Black Boy Blazer 80s style: Thrifted

Jewelry: Perfume bottle chain statement piece Discovery

Sterling Silver crescent-shaped Earrings: Pink Frog from 2003

Various Silver Rings (personal collection)H&M Onyx Ring

Bracelets: De La Nouvelle Vague, Hand in Hand Love (handmade)

https://www.etsy.com/shop/DeLaNouvelleVague

HandinHandLove: Instagram: http://instagram.com/brokenlightsop

Nails:Sally Hansen Extreme nail Polish (Black out)

Lipstick:Loreal Infallible Resilient Raisin

If you like this Outfit Of The Day……follow my Instagram: @carolinaireyes

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Twitter: ☆http://twitter.com/Citygirletsy/ 

BLOG:☆https://citygirlifestyle.wordpress.com/

#OOTD-Mens Wear on a cold day in Chicago……..

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#OOTD-Mens Wear on a cold day in Chicago……..

In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Being a City Girl…..I’ve been obsessed with Mens Wear/minimalism lately and the comfort it brings….but I also like to add a touch of feminine accessories….to bring the look together.  Lush leathers, have always been a favorite of mine to wear.

Knit Sweater:Gap

Boy Friend Jeans: Levis

Booties: Timberland

Purse:Brahmin (Two tone)

Jewelry: Various Silver Rings (personal collection)

Nails:Sally Hansen Diamond nail Polish (Save the Date)

Lipstick:Loreal Infallible Resilient Raisin

If you like this Outfit Of The Day……follow my Instagram: @carolinaireyes

City Girl Etsy: ☆http://www.etsy.com/shop/citygirletsy

Twitter: ☆http://twitter.com/Citygirletsy/ 

BLOG:☆https://citygirlifestyle.wordpress.com/

 

D.I.Y Depotting your candles……How-to: by the Mighty Blonde

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D.I.Y Depotting your candles……How to by the Mighty Blonde

“A candle burns out….and the sugar will always be refilled

 

Depotting your candles

Thanks to #MightyBlonde for her ‪#‎DIY‬ depot your candles video on#‎youtube‬…..http://youtu.be/gz8O2t8YXQ

Follow the link to learn how to depot your candles……or click the image^^^

This is a great way to reuse your candle jars.  Being a City Girl from Chicago my Studio is very petite, so space is limited.  I have been really excited and in a transitional lifestyle phase, where I want my fashion, Art, Music, and Living space to compliment each other.  My phase is an Abstract, Minimalist, Monochromatic, Modern style.  I have been scouting antique stores, thrift stores, even trendy stores for a modern looking sugar bowl.   So far my hunt had not been successful, and I wanted something within a budget.  I saw MightyBlonde’s DIY video and thought it would be a great project to work on.  I followed her instructions and voila! Filled the jar with turbinado sugar….the lid makes it easy to excess the sugar unlike some other hard to open jars.  Thanks so much MightyBlonde!

you’d be so proud of me

 ‪#‎candlejar‬ ‪#‎reuse‬ ‪#‎reduce‬ ‪#‎recycle‬‪#‎minimalism‬

‪#‎mightyblonde‬ ‪#‎sugarbowl‬ ‪#‎turbinadosugar‬ ‪#‎citygirlifestyle‬

#‎simple‬ ‪#‎simplicity‬ ‪#‎goodideas‬ ‪#‎cityliving‬ ‪#‎smallspaces‬ ‪#‎interdecor‬ 

#‎cb2‬‪#‎woodentable‬

Thank You #Cumbiasazo for having us !(CityGirlEtsy, HandandHandLove, DeLaNouvelle Vague)

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Thank You #Cumbiasazo for having us! (CityGirlEtsy, HandandHandLove, DeLaNouvelleVague)

adorn yourself like you love yourself!”

“CityGirlEtsy-

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CITY GIRL ETSY’S set up at Cumbiasazo.

“I enjoy talking to my buyers…and getting to know them….and what they like.”

-Carolina I. Reyes-

#CityGirlEtsy

Etsy: ☆http://www.etsy.com/shop/citygirletsy

New Blog:
citygirlifestyle.wordpress.com/

Cumbiasazo November4De La Nouvelle Vague’s Set up at Cumbiasazo…..lots of pattern, texture, knits, stripes and more!

I bought an over sized boucle style neutral tone sweater coat…..can’t wait to style it in a new LOOKBOOK…….>>>stay tuned.

#DeLaNouvelleVague

https://www.etsy.com/shop/DeLaNouvelleVague


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Hand and Hand Love’s Set up at Cumbiasazo…..lots of necklaces, earrings, and stone pendants…….

I love her jewelry so much I bought raw Crystal drop earrings and a raw crystal pendant necklace….>>>
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#HandinHandLove

Instagram: http://instagram.com/brokenlightsop

Cumbiasazo NovemberPhotos by the lovely Olga Plata<3

 

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