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This time last year I'm pretty sure I was jumping up and down on the side of a cliff (here) with a few foil love heart balloons, ready to welcome the new year and to celebrate my blog's first ever birthday. Well, seeing as this is my last outfit post for 2011 I thought I would carry on the tradition and put a little more effort into this special end of year post. This year I opted for a red lace and pleated dress by an up and coming designer from Queensland called The Babushka Ballerina, which we shot on a picturesque dry lake down in Tasmania. It catches the wind perfectly and with a slight breeze becomes full of volume and resembles the petals of an open rose. The perfect dreamy dress to help my mind wander into its usual whimsical and unrealistic state.

So with another year drawing to an end and another year full of your incredible love and support, I just wanted to thank each and every one of you - new and old readers alike - for taking the time to visit my blog. Whether it be once a day or once a year, a comment, a tweet, or a 'like', it all matters to me so thank you over and over again. So many amazing opportunities await us in 2012 and I just cannot wait to see what this exciting new year will bring for us. I have a feeling it's going to be our best year yet. So as I said last year, here's to a new year full of light, love, happiness and health, with no fear and absolutely no looking back. Wherever you are in the world, whatever you inspire to be, always remember to do what you love and do it well. Leave them all behind. Happy New Years Eve everyone!

Photos by Luke Shadbolt.

176 comments:

  1. So much love for this dress *__* It's absolutely perfect! And looks stunning on you! Hope you have a lovely start to 2012 Nicole =)

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  2. These captures are breathtaking and other-worldly. Happy New Years, girl. x

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  3. WOW amazing much? your dress is to die for! wonderful photos! very artsy :)

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  4. One word: Wow.
    These photos and that dress are amazing.

    Happy New Year to you too!

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  5. Christ, these are some gorgeous pictures. My eyes thank you. (; Happy New Year!

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  6. It's so unfair that you always look so stunning! That dress is the epitome of elegance and class.

    Nora
    Nora Finds

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  7. oh my god! These photos are amazing, so powerful.

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  8. OMG! OMG!! I just can't believe these photos!!?? They're out of this world as well as your dress!! MAJOR OUTFIT PHOTOS EVER!!!

    Happy New Year and thank you for inspiring text!

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  9. omg!
    these pics are woooow
    AMAZING PICS!
    happy new year!

    CHANEL GIVEAWAY ON MY BLOG
    http://ontomywardrobe.blogspot.com/2011/12/xmas-giveaway-chanel-nailpolish.html

    CHANEL GIVEAWAY ON MY BLOG
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  10. stunning captures!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
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  11. you look SO beautiful, Nicole! that dress is amazing on you. i have enjoyed your blog so much, and you've truly been such an inspiration for me. Happy New Years! xoxo


    Matina
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  12. This dress is stunning! The photos are incredible. Hey it has been a joy following your blog in 2011. To more great blogging years ahead!

    Fang Ting
    Fang Ting
    ftashion

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  13. Beautiful dress!

    xoxo Mireille
    dresslikemi.com

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  14. Just beautiful! Amazing dress and amazing photos. Happy New Year x

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  15. I absolutely LOVE this dress. The deep red, the pleating, just amazing.

    I hope you have a wonderful new year!

    xo Sherrie
    Closet Hound

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  16. happy new years! what a truly magical post. that dress is lovely.

    xx

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  17. ITS FANTASTIC!!!:) LOVELY SESION! <3

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  18. You look absolutely stunning in the dress. This year has been such a great year!

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  19. amazing in every aspect! :)
    btw: what kind of camera do you use to take your pictures?
    Love Lois xxx

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  20. this is by far one of my favourite post for the year the fluidity of that dress is just so AMAZING!

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  21. holy schhhhhhhmmmmooooookkkkkkeeeeesssss!!!!! that is HOT! what an awesome setting and that dress is just simply stunning! The happiest New Year Nicole & the Gary Pepper Vintage team!

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  22. Waw, those pictures are so editorial! Happy new year to you (and your blog).

    FASHION SUICIDES!

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  23. these shots look like they came straight out of a magazine! gorgeous photos and look as usual!

    whitney
    whitwatwear

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  24. OMG, Nicole you look amazing!!
    The dress ist just so stunning!

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  25. I love your dress<3!!! It'so pretty!

    pleas visit!
    mymagic-fashion.blogspot.com

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  26. When I scrolled down and saw the first image, i just stopped and thought wow! These pictures are amazing and you look so beautiful! Happy New Year!

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  27. These photos are incredible! Happy New Year! :)

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  28. Beautiful photos. The first one is my absolute favorite.

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  29. This dress is so beautiful!!
    Happy New Year 2012 :)

    Love,
    Pritta from http://chirpofmind.blogspot.com

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  30. I love this shot, as I love all your shots! I wish you a prosperous 2012. Thanks for your inspiring shots and your wonderful styling!

    A fan,
    Psyche
    My Thrifting Adventures
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  31. Stunning!!! Absolutly Amazing Pictures ;)
    Best wishes in New Year!!!!!!

    xx alex

    www.placetrends.blogspot.com

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  32. This dress is fabulous, have an iconic NYE!

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  33. oh, wow!
    these pictures are so beautiful!
    and the dress is so amazing!
    <3

    Fashion Philosophy
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  34. awesome photos! what a beautiful dress

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  35. One word : AMAZING

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  36. You are just AMAZING!
    This is the best photoshoot ever!! Perfection

    kiss from
    FashionBreaker

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  37. oh my god!!I really fell in love with these photos, I think these are the best photos I saw in this year :) congratulations for this ;)

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  38. So great pictures!!!!You amazingly beautiful!!!

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  39. oh my god, you're a vision in that dress!

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  40. Wonderful dress; you're extremely photogenic <3 Happy new year!

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  41. Fantastic dress! Happy new year! Bss

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  42. *GASPS*

    Nic! OMG! These photos are breath-taking! That dress is magnificently gorgeous!!! Love the fotos! Very editorial!

    Happy New Year, love! Here's to a better year ahead of us!

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  43. Wow! beautiful dress! You look stunning

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  44. incredible photos!
    really!!
    Happy new year!

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  45. Absolutely perfect!!! Love the dress, the photos...everything is perfect :)

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  46. Wow, these are truly amazing shots and a beautiful dress on a beautiful girl. Happy new year.x

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  47. beautiful pictures. so perfect.
    happy new year!

    www.lifeasadaydreamer.blogpot.com

    -Emily.

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  48. Great photographs, this dress looks absolutely stunning on you! I love all of the movement that was captured. Happy New Year and have a great start to 2012!

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  49. Such fantastic photos! I loved last year's New Years pictures too, those balloons were too cute.

    Happy New Year to you! :)

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  50. super nice phoos!!!

    Happy New Year!!

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  51. Beautiful images ! Happy new year!

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  52. These images are literally whimsical and AMAZING. Happy new year I can't wait to see what 2012 brings, your blog is so original and fun to look at each new post.. Please keep it up :)



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  53. These pictures are absolutely beautiful. I love the very first one. Happy New Year (:

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  54. Gorgeous! Happy New 2012!

    LSB

    www.lovestyleblogging.blogspot.com

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  55. whoa! looks like your engulfed in a firey fashion flame in the last pic love love the dress superb :)
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  56. Fabulous, fabulous pictures, the designers must be so happy to have you modelling for them! And I love that you gave the World Vision cards as gifts - my family hardly ever give each other normal presents any more as we tend to go for things from Oxfam or the zoo or WWF these days, those sort of gifts are so powerful! All the best for 2012!

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  57. these photos are gorgeous and the dress is also. color really looks amazing on you.

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  58. wow beautifullllllll! happy 2012 :)

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  59. This has got to be one of my favorite sets of photos ever! Happy New Year! :)

    x Roan

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  60. Beautiful photos! the dress is so gorgeous!


    Kaye
    http://thestyleflux.blogspot.com

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  61. You have been my daily inspiration for the past 2 years. Thank you for everything.

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  62. Wow Nicole, editorial! You're crazy. Best blog post and not just the best one on this blog.
    Happy New Year dearest.

    -em
    SPIN DIZZY FALL

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  63. an amazing shocker of a dress xoxo this is just stunning. the timing, the cut, the colour. It's so..Babushka!! hope you enjoyed your hols :) looks like 2012 is going to be a great as year.

    Stylehostess

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  64. I can't get over how ridiculously amazing these photos are! and the dress! and you!

    Have a happy happy year 2012!

    xx
    ZR

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  65. So I know I've pretty much commented on these photos on every single other social media outlet, but I'd just like to say one more time how incredibly beautiful these are. I keep clicking back onto this link just to stare at the amazing fluid movement of the dress and the breath taking scenery. I've been following your blog for nearly a year but I honestly think this is your best post to date!

    Amazing

    -LAURA xx
    http://wrinkleintimevintage.blogspot.com

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  66. The photos, the dress, you, everything is so beautiful and perfect. I am happy to follow you, happy new year!


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  67. ahhh fucking beautiful you are! love it Nicole! Hopefully will run into you more in 2012! congrats on all your success in 2011 xxxx

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  68. Simply stunning. Amazing editorial quality shots. Love the dress. Amazing colour. Happy New Year. Dream BIG!

    Christie

    Dark Blue Stripes

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  69. You have nailed it with these shots, dress and incredible location! Watch out 2012, I honestly believe this year will be an amazing one for Gary Pepper. Always a pleasure to watch your journey blossom.

    Happy New Year!

    x Lauren
    youronlyblackswan.blogspot.com

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  70. Dress has an incredible impression - the color, length, the way in which flutters in the wind. Small piece of art! I can't take my eyes!
    I'm impressed!
    xo

    AnnConstance

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  71. happy new year to you and all your reades! love the dress! hope all our wishes (or most) to come true! love from greece.

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  72. Magical! Happy New Year Nicole. Getting to know your blog has been amazing and I find you very inspiring. Hoping to meet you one day. xx

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  73. I'm gonna stay on your blog for a while and stare,amazing!!
    xx
    B.

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  74. what a beautiful dress it is. :)

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  75. the first picture is amazing and so the dress. you are lucky to live in such a beautiful and sunny country :-)

    keep on blogging and keep on showing these amazing clothes

    Love, Ylenia | Longuette

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  76. That's a really Nice dress.... Love the photo's!

    Love, Mariette

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  77. you look soooo great! breathtaking dress

    xx Leila

    http://leilabellz.blogspot.com

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  78. Amazing images! Great post

    Daniella

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  79. Amazing dress! It's really impressive!
    Happy New Year!

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  80. OMG, this is so pretty! Beautifuuuul!

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  81. OMG! Amazing, amazing and amazing. The dress is WOW and the photos are totally beautiful.

    Happy New Year from Portugal
    xoxo, Sara

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  82. Drop dead gorgeous!! The photography is out of this world. I love the play of movement here. Oh and that dress is a dream made in heaven. Here's to a wonderful 2012 to you! xoxo

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  83. Beautiful dress&photos!! And hope you have an amazing New Year as well (:

    -Tina.

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  84. That dress is so gorgeous! Just like the girl wearing it. I wonder when I can have such a dress.
    Happy new year Nicole! you're the main inspiration on my creating a blog as a fresh beginner of my 2012! More power and success!

    xoxo from the philippines
    truffleinahaystack.blogspot.com

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  85. You look pretty love the pictures!!

    xo,
    themagicstyle-by-nari.blogspot.com/

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  86. Such an amzing dress and breath-taking pictures... wow!!
    Following you :)
    xx

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  87. that dress is amazing. simply wow

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    www.herpersona.blogspot.com

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  88. SIMPLY STUNNING! Red is your color!

    xo,Cortnie
    http://stylelustpages.com

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  89. Wow these photos are just amazing. Perfect setting. Perfect dress. Happy New year!

    xx
    Monroe

    Fashion Steele NYC

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  90. Happy New Year Nicole!! Congratulations on all your blogging success so far - you truly deserve it. Amazing photos too! Luke- or whoever took them have such a great eye xx


    http://opinionslave.blogspot.com

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  91. These shot's are absolutely stunning. Beautiful!

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  92. wonderful dress and wonderful photos! *-*

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  93. Wow, these photos are dreamy! You look absolutely stunning! Happy new year!!

    Xxx
    Www.ladyalamode.com

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  94. A happy and eventful year to You, Nicole! All the best and good luck!

    Maaja

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  95. you look gorgeous & the dress is amazing! Happy new year!

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  96. Wow, that dress, the color, the structure, the details, it's everything.

    http://www.designers-artists.com

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  97. Damn. just damn. You captured the essence of the dress so well in the first. It makes my photography crap. Just beautiful

    xoxo



    Julie

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  98. WOAH! what a work of art . YOU LOOK ABSOLUTELY stunning. as usual!


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  99. Incredible photos! You continue to be an inspiration. Happy new year, GPV! :D

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  100. These are worthy of being in Vogue Magazine! You've really outdone yourself with these photos.

    Happy New Year! :)

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  101. OMG!! These pictures are so amazing!! Love them all :)

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  102. the dress is gorgeous!! love it!!

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  103. You look like a GODDESS!! <3

    xx Marina

    http://cococamarel.blogspot.com

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  104. This is amazing. Finding your blog has fixed a previously impossibly slow day at work. Thank you and Happy New Year!

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  105. Stunning!

    xxx
    Giorgia
    www.gvn-styleblog.blogspot.com

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  106. You went out with a bang on this one! Best blog post I have seen this year on all accounts. This is like magazine editorial quality.

    Simply amazing!

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  107. You look amazing. PERIOD!

    Alejandro (New Blog!)
    http://neosyb.blogspot.com/

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  108. Such an amazing photos. Well done! Following you xxx

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  109. This is an incredible way to start the years blog posts. Lots to live up to after this one but i have faith you and your boyfriend will pull more out of that amazingly talented bag of yours :)

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  110. oh wow you seriously took my breath away! these photos and that dress are absolutely stunning! <3

    love kelly

    www.paperdolltheory.com

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  111. These are absolutely stunning. wow!
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  112. Your pics always take my breathe away.. Clothing is utter perfection and the settings are stunning.. Here's to 2012!!

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  113. I'm straight but I'm in love with you! Those photos are AMAZING and I loooveee your blog and your style, wanna have just a little of your incredible taste! Just had to take that out from my chest :-) Happy new year from Perú!

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  114. WOW! you look absolutely stunning and I love your dress<3

    PREPPY DIARY. 

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  115. The most beautiful pics I've ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!

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  116. Wow, your photos and style are AMAZING! Now following you. Hope you'll follow my blog back :)
    Happy New Year! EF xo

    http://theboudoirmemoirs.blogspot.com/

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  117. Wow, the photos and dress is amazing! Red is really the colour of New Year... :)

    xx Anna

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  118. Wonderful dress, amazing photos

    kisses from your follower! ♡
    www.welovefur.com

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  119. These photos are, quite honestly, amazing! A really lovely blog post :)

    style-centric.blogspot.com

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  120. wow omg this pictures are so stunning!

    i seriously love your blog! i find it so inspiring! my latest post on my blog was kind of inspired by this outfit and the photos, i hope you can check it out and tell me what you think, it would mean so much tome!

    x

    Ellen
    SHOP STYLE CONQUER
    SHOP STYLE CONQUER
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  121. Im a little confused with your blog... If you own a second hand online store then shouldnt your blog be consistent with what youre selling instead of borrowing outfits and then marketing them? Your photos are extremely staged and unnatural i think...

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  122. breathtaking photos, simply genius. happy new year! xo


    reinade-lanoche.blogspot.com (NEW!)

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  123. This is truly breathtaking. By far one of my fav's! It looks like it came straight out of a magazine!

    xo

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  124. Great photos!!! Love the dress and happy new year to you!

    Vanessa

    http://thepinkmateproject.blogspot.com/

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  125. C'est absolument.. magnifique !
    La robe est merveilleuse, et vous êtes sublime !

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  126. My dear, happy new year!

    you're featured in my blog in the 2011 summary!
    I hope you like it...

    xxx

    www.blog-bloggers.com

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  127. Happy new year, and great job! Your blog is one of the greatest out there in my opinion at least. :)

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  128. Happy new year, and great job! Your blog is one of the greatest out there in my opinion at least. :)

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  129. wow, beautiful!

    http://chiffonanddenim.blogspot.com

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  130. Beautiful! Belated happy new year!

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  131. That dress is stunning and matched with the true red lipstick you are like a modern day Snow White - beautiful :)

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  132. Very editorial worthy photographs. Especially love the last one.
    So lovely
    Aesthetic Solar Falcon

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  133. Oh, I love red, the color of love and passion! You look amazing, just can't stop looking ^_^
    Best, Yennefer

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  134. Absolutely beautiful! Happy New Year.

    sesslebvintagery.blogspot.com

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  135. the dress is amazing! you look stunning!!!

    http://profdrskinnybitch.blogspot.com/

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  136. Hello! Nice meeting u today at Zara!

    This shoot is just awsome and the red color looks great on you!

    http://www.ostyleblog.com

    (hope you like my blog as much as I like yours)

    Cheers!

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  137. woooooooooooooooow so amazing
    FOLLOW ME
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  138. Stunning...! Would have loved to see a more delicate shoe with it...http://www.chineselaundry.com/willy-satin

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  139. Dreams are made of stunningness like this!

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  140. the dress is stunning and the pictures are superb...

    The thousand and one mises

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  141. Probably the most exquisitely composed set of images I've seen in a long time.

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  142. The pictures are just amazing! Wow, no words to express.
    x Romi

    http://blaastyle.blogspot.com

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  143. Wow. I am officially speechless. <3

    www.personal-uniform.com

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  144. you look so amazing!! congrats for your blog, it's great

    xx
    http://redtoyellow.blogspot.com/

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  145. These pictures are absolutely gorgeous, and that dress is amazing! You look fabulous!
    -Liv

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  146. Oh wow !
    You are so a-ma-zing !

    N▲

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  147. This pictures look like they came from a catalog! So pretty!

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  148. OMG!!! I love your dress:)You look so beautiful!!! x

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  149. The pictures are stunning! So are the dress and the model. Beautiful work.

    My fashion illustration: http://camilacerda.blogspot.com/

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  150. First, what an awesome first photo!
    Second, I love your parting words. Truly inspiring!
    Last, because of those inspiring words, I hope you don't mind, I'm adding you to my own Blog Loves list at my site. http://thankyouthankyoumoreplease.blogspot.com/

    Cheers! Keep those lovely posts coming! :)

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  151. one of my FAVOURITE posts of yours to date! Have been following you from the beginning and I truely think your blog is one of the BEST out there. <3 your work Nicole. all the best for 2012. xoxo

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  152. wow!!!!! lovely shots

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  153. Simple as it is: WOW!! The dress and the backround simply wow! I love it!

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