2.19.2015

What was I (drink)Thinking #2

This dress was destined for the chop shop, like its rainbow striped predecessor. A full on What Was I Drinking in effect. But then this happened...

oonaballoona |uptown funk nettie dress | bruno mars

AND NOW I KIND OF LOVE IT LIKE I LOVE MY MAMA

oonaballoona |uptown funk nettie dress | bruno mars

WASSUP BRUNO! HOW YOU IZZZ?! 

This Closet Case Nettie dress was stitched last summer, intended for a Brooklyn block party. After spending many hours on it, including figuring out how to fully line it in one continuous unbroken swoop (don't ask, my memory does not go back that far, I blame it on the booze), I donned it with glee...and couldn't stop guffawing. 

oonaballoona |uptown funk nettie dress | bruno mars

Considering I chose a body con dress for this bodacious print, I'm not sure what I could have done to avoid the questionable pattern placement on display. Perhaps that's why Brain raised the white flag and just decided to go gorilla on it (GET IT?! GORILLA!! Yeah, I am the last person on the planet to discover Bruno Mars.) 

I labored to make sure a wreath of sunshine infused flowers adorned my neckline...

oonaballoona |uptown funk nettie dress | bruno mars

And, um.... my fallopian tubes. 

(I also have dangerous boobs. BEWARE MY BOOBS, MY BOOBS WILL CUT YOU.)

oonaballoona |uptown funk nettie dress | bruno mars

HOT DAMN. Can I get a witness for a seaweed covered booty? Come on, you can't go wrong with a seaweed covered booty! All the men like a seaweed covered booty! Except Mark Ronson, he's not really into algae.

oonaballoona |uptown funk nettie dress | bruno mars

ALRIGHT ALRIGHT here you go, the dress with normal boring backdrop, for your careful consideration. Loses something here...makes you rethink its wearability factor without the posse, no? 

oonaballoona |uptown funk nettie dress | bruno mars

THAT'S BETTER.  It's one hundred percent a "What Was I Drinking," don't worry, I am fully aware of that fact, but FRIG IT. I'M WEARING IT. It will certainly require a beverage or two when sporting, again, don't worry, I'll be sure to adhere to that rule. But I will rock this like Bruno rocked gold hair rollers on live television. Don't believe me? Just watch. Put yo theme song on and own it.

If you see me stomping around in it, do join me for a glass and a chorus of Uptown Funk. It'll be on repeat in my head. My do-rag covered head. 

147 comments:

  1. Um I'm sorry Ruggy, but Oona and Bruno were meant to be. I think I saw it carved in a tree somewhere.

    Also, rad Photoshop skills.

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    1. We have to call them Broona...

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    2. I was weeping with joy at the absolute genius of this dress and this "photoshoot"....then you go and throw in Broona. I may never breathe again.
      Totally fabulous!

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    3. BROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. I can't even. ...you're so ...there's just too much amazing going on here. ...brain. ...shutting down. CAN'T HANDLE THE AMAZING.

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  3. Bwahahahaha! Pattern placement faux pas all over the place! I love it, and I love it even more that you're owning it, thumbing your nose at and wearing it anyway... After a few drinks of course

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  4. I kind of actually love the pattern placement?

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  5. I didn't notice this was photoshopped until at least halfway down, I just assumed that this was an extra awesome moment from your super glam life :)

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    1. hahaaa!!! my amateur PS skills thank you :)))

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    2. Oh, you do make me giggle! I totally thought that this was real!!! (In mitigation, the best part of a bottle of wine has found its way into my adjacent glass...) But I wouldn't have been AT ALL surprised to find you in the company of megastars - as Allie says, tis just another day in your uber-glam life, no?! As for the dress, it's fabulous, and definitely needs to be worn, cocktail in hand, skyscraper heels on. Thanks for making me laugh out loud, you are indeed a star ! xxx

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  6. You in a Bruno Mars video is just not all that unbelievable. Fantastic as usual.

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  7. It takes a unique sort of woman to pull off pattern placement that so emphasizes her girl parts, but you do it with elan, and it appears intentional, rather than unfortunate. A less audacious woman couldn't/wouldn't try it, but you look fabulous!

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  8. You are too funny -- you had me going there for a minute, in fact I am so gullible I would have bought that you and Bruno were really there together if you hadn't admitted the photoshopping!

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  9. Girl! This makes my day. I just showed my little fish this video and we were totally grooving to it. You belong in this video! And the dress is fab!:)

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    1. this video just makes everything BETTER. i love the thought of little fish grooving to it!

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  10. adding this to my file of pics to show my beginning garment sewing students....we talk about pattern placement & I always use your beauties as examples! LOL love it!

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    1. how flattering! i love that, thank you!!!

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  11. I'd wear this all day everyday, it's a happy day dress!

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    1. one cannot help but smile in it, in joy or in bewilderment...

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  12. You are awesome! You belong in Bruno's video. He is totally missing out!

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    1. i mean, really, they need a chick in that posse. one that can pull a really good stank face.

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  13. I don't think it is as bad as you think. To normal (read: non-sewers) people, the pattern placement wouldn't be noticeable, really. But, not gonna lie, i got a good chuckle out of those Fallopian flowers. Having said that, if anyone can rock Fallopian flowers with, or without, a drink, it's you. :)

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    1. i kind of want a Fallopian Flowers cocktail to go with it now.

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  14. OMG, I love you! And this! AND THE DRESS. xox!

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    1. XO to YOU beautiful colorful creature!!!

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  15. You're right! You were the only thing missing from this video, one of my faves.

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    1. can't believe i went this long without seeing it.

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  16. looks high fashion to me and that clip is just going to be a little less brighter without you actually in it.

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    1. I think you'd be right at home in the soul train 'daffodils' clip too!

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  17. Where to start with everything I LOVE about this post!!! :)

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  18. I actually love the pattern placement going on. Ronson is crayzay not to want an algae covered tropical booty! I love this song because it sounds just like Morris Day and the Time to me. AND WHAT COULD BE BETTER?

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    1. i know, right?! he is half an inch away from calling jerome to bring him a mirror!

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  19. I love that dress! It looks great on you. I also thought you recruited Bruno for your photo shoot. Best Photoshop pics!

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  20. DAMN LADY! If it's not the mean boobs, or the embellished fallopians, it's the all-out SASS. You are one sassy chick (and I love it)

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    1. i read that as the all out ASS. which also works! ;)

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  21. This makes me so happy, I can't put it in to words.

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  22. The minute you said fallopian tubes, my chuckle turned into a guffaw. Family thinks I've gone batty. Funniest thing I've seen all day...no week. Love it.

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    1. heeheeee. i was pretty happy with that choice of wordage.

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  23. Oh, that fabric placement is hilarious! Still looks awesome, though. I do love the boob knives - Johnny Depp might have been Edward Scissorhands, but you are Oona Scissorboobs which, I gotta say, is so much cooler.

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    1. HAHAHAHAHAAHAAAA!!!!!!!! that has got to be a character in a movie!!!

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  24. Don't need to drank to see how great this dress is! And your photoshop skills!! Soo good!!

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    1. thankya! i think the dress in itself might be a kind of drug ;)

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  25. This is an awesome rendition of the very feelings to be had back then, when you just didn't care. Way to go with the prints.!!! I love it.

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    1. i like the way you put that. the height of totally caring about your look, yet not caring what the perception was. the stylist for this video gets all of the gold stars.

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  26. Are these the coolest blog photos I've seen, ever? Yes, I think so :D

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  27. I kinda love it. Better floral fallopian tubes than a crotchsplosion, hahaha.

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    1. it's this close to crotchsplosion! come to think of it, they may be more than kissing cousins...

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  28. My brain is melting- seriously- you are awesome!

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  29. Loving this post - the best Oona-ever. I think you should have your own posse following you to appreciate the awesomeness of those pattern placements. Hot Damn! You have sharp boobs and a seaweed butt! Mark Ronson is missing out!

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    1. i TOTALLY have a posse in my mind. ALWAYS.

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  30. Awesome illustrations Oona :-D What a fun song + clip that is - and your dress looks made for it! I think you're getting away with the razor bustline, but I'm deeply sympathetic with below-the-waist issues; I have a skirt I carefully pieced together from a narrow piece of lovely ombre Japanese fabric, only to realise (upon completion, of course, argh) that the piecing created a dark triangle right...there. OOOOOOOH my god. I only wear it with long tops ;-) You could tie a pretty wrap or shawl around your waist if you were feeling self-conscious? This dress deserves some airtime!

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    1. damn. maybe you could fabric marker some more dark triangles to take the spotlight off the one lone X-marks-the-spot??

      i have a feeling a scarf around this would only highlight what lies beneath...

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  31. That's it Oona - you've just WON THE INTERNET! Everybody else needs to lay off for a week just to contemplate the ENORMITY of AWESOMENESS of THIS POST.

    You had me at Bruno but "My boobs will cut you!" caused a urinary incident! That's it - you are the QUEEN and the rest are not worthy.

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    1. YES!!!! I ALWAYS WANTED TO WIN THE INTERNET!!!

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  32. I will never be able to hear that song again without giggling about your truly amazing pictures. Absolute genius!

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    1. hahaha! this made me smile, to think that there's a handful of sewists out there that might think of me when this video plays. AWESOME.

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  33. Brilliant. Can't see or hear the video on my tablet - looking forward to watching as even the stills look great. Love the pattern placement!

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  34. Brilliant. Can't see or hear the video on my tablet - looking forward to watching as even the stills look great. Love the pattern placement!

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    1. oh, i didn't link it! here you go, get ready to be happy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPf0YbXqDm0

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  35. i love the placement, fallopian tubes and all! and suddenly i feel i need a body con dress in my closet!
    love your photoshop work! can't let nikola see this, he is kind of obsessed with bruno (i find that rather strange, since he greew up listening to death metal), or he'll make me photoshop him into that backdrop too

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    1. to make up for having to PS him in, you could make nikola wear a bodycon dress.....

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  36. Wiping tears from my eyes as I can not stop laughing. You are amazing!

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  37. This dress is stunning, and the pattern placement is the best part of it!

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    1. thanks elena! i love how some maniacal PS'ing changed my opinion of this :)

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  38. If this happens...you need this dress!!!

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  39. haha! I think it's awesome. Bruno helps a lot with that. Love him.

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  40. Oh god. This is everything. If your Instagram pic made my night, then this post just made my LIFE! You really need to join forces with those gentlemen and become OonaBruno and the Gang! And it's been a while since I've taken a sex ed class, but I'm pretty sure our insides are filled with tropical foliage... is this not true?

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    1. kline has dubbed us Broona! HOW AWESOME IS THAT. and yes, that science is 100% correct. also, chocolate.

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  41. This is the best thing I've ever seen. x

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  42. I love this dress! For real! Had the pattern placement stars aligned on just the boobs, just the fallopian tubes, or just the booty, that might have been a miss, but all three? That is a win! This fabric is too awesome to hack.

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    1. you know, now that you mention it, to get the trifecta really does add to the I MEANT TO DO THAT aspect of this crazyface dress...

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  43. You are so darn FLY! I love everything about this dress and the post! I swear you are my sewing SHERO!

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    1. thank you!! it helps to pull crazy faces ;)

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  44. Aahh thats a fantastic photoshop job, such a fun way to show off your dress! Its so funny. It looks great on you! that nettie pattern is a winner

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    1. i really couldn't see putting up normal pictures of this completely abnormal dress.

      yes, i love the nettie as a dress!

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  45. OK! Fun, fun, fun dress which can be winterified obviously with a jacket, sweater or something else. I'm just dying to know the deets on the fabric. Mood? Stretch? Non stretch or something else? Pattern? Deets please!!

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    1. ah yes, i always forget the sewing deets! well, it's closet case's nettie (link in post) but the fabric is from michael levine (online). it's an ITY from last summer, super slinky and a bit sheer, hence the lining.

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  46. I actually kinda love with this dress.... fallopian flowers and all. The fun back drop is fantastic! Do you have a green screen at home or do you just posses mad photo-shop skills?

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    1. I WISH! nope, just that brick wall you see in the triptych shop, and a lot of magic wanding ;)

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  47. Holy crow, dude, I'm laughing so hard I may have actually busted a gut. Call me a doctor, please, kthxbye.

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    1. i'm already calling the po-lice and a fireman, i can totally add a doctor to that list.

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  48. I love that dress and love it on you! I don't have a problem with the fabric placement at all! Love the Bruno Mars backgrounds!

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  49. Totally Bklyn block party appropriate! Speaking of which, it's been way too long since I've been to one!

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  50. Love the dress. It looks great on you. Love your Bruno Mars post too!

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  51. GIRL!!!! I ain't mad a'cha. Handle yours. By the way, I just discovered Bruno Mars a month ago when I finally decided to press the button on Spotify. Now my whole office must jam with me at least weekly. Oh, and love the do-rag/head wrap. ;-)

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    1. i should have mentioned-- it's one of those signed silk scarves, an oscar de la renta! how appropriate it that?!

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  52. Do not listen to the crazy pattern placement police! This dress does wonders for your curves :) And yes, Broona was meant to be...

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  53. OOOOOOOONA. OOOOOONA. You understand Bruno, you really get him. You really do.

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    1. truly, i feel that i do. don't you think a whacky chick would fit right in?

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  54. Love, love, LOVE this post. I was wondering where you got all those groovy fellas, till the last photo!

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  55. Love it!! Our fallopian tubes could always use a little extra love, anyway, right? Oh, and uptown funk is my JAM right now. Never turning it off. Ever. Or least until next month...

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  56. First off, I love this post. Still chuckling over the algae booty. XD

    Second off, when I first pulled this up, I was like WAT?? Oona knows Bruno Mars?!?!? But then I realized it was PS. You have to admit, though... if there was one person in the sewing community who could just be like "oh right, I was in a Bruno Mars video last summer..." it'd totally be you. ;)

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    1. haha! i do tend to reveal odd stuff from time to time ;)

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  57. This post has brought so much happiness into my life this Sunday morning! There's no way you can get rid of that dress now!

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  58. You look great on that dress! It fits perfectly! Don;t worry about the oopsie print placement, nobody really sees it "that" way….
    And your photoshoping…..left me speechless. xoxo

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    1. me too, because i couldn't stop laughing :)))

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  59. Gorgeous dress and print Oona and photos!

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  60. You look smoother than a new jar of Skippy.

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  61. I freakin' love this dress!!
    That pattern placement is just pure genius.

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  62. Omg your pictures are the best!!! Ad my what lovely Fallopian tubes you have ;)

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  63. Amazing! Who cares about the questionable placement! You look amazing in your photoshoped photos.

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  64. My favourite song, even better. I didn't think anyone could top Bruno's pink jacket... but you in that dress. Bruno should be watching out.

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  65. Photo #3...too much. Thank you for that.

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  66. How awesome! Girl, shake your hallelujah!

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    1. oh please tell me that's what they say there! what a GREAT line!

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  67. Your ovaries are two beautiful flowers, as they should be

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    1. i feel like i heard them described that way in sex ed. i guess it stuck.

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  68. You my friend is the creative queen... I love this 'Shoot' and the dress of course! <3

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  69. Just wondering where I can get me some o' dat street action? Or is that impossible for an ol' white girl?

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    1. i believe that as long as you shake what your mama gave ya, the action is yours. bruno law.

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  70. Gurlfriend, Kiss yo'self cause you so pretty.

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  71. Fashion industry is always worried about highlighting women figure, but it is the first time I see a dress stylizing Fallopian tubes which is very interesting and might be the next revolution in fashion. Congrats, visionary!! The photo(shop) session is also inspiring and hilarious. Thanks for it.

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  72. OK, I am really late to comment on this, but I LOVE your dress and I think Valentino has been reading your blog, see picture 31 of 57 here:

    http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/galleries/TMG11461720/31/Valentino-autumnwinter-2015-collection.html

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    1. Holy schnikes!!! Now THAT'S a Fallopian Tube Dress. Do they think we don't notice? Did no one in the design process notice? Is this another case of a gay designer hatin' on the ladies?? Who would wear that? There is not enough liquid courage for that dress. LOL

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    2. i kinda like it! which should come as a surprise to no one ;)

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  73. I love the photo shoot and the dress is awesome. And to be honest, I've seen worse/more obvious bad pattern placement in which the maker did not seem to notice. Like giant daisies centered over each of the girls like great big pasties. And not one person said a word. LOL

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  74. Can't believe I missed this one and am commenting on it so late. just one word: GENIUS!!!

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  75. I've only JUST found your blog, and I am in freakin' LOVE with it! You're a riot, and a genius, and I've got me a sewist crush going here, in a BIG way!

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  76. Hahaha! Amazing - the pics are fab, as is the dress and print placement ;)

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i thankya truly for taking the time to comment, i love a good conversation-- and hope you know my thanks are always implied, if not always written!