June 12, 2012

Why I Blog my Daily Outfits



I don’t take pictures of myself because I think I am beautiful, or young, or a fashion maven. I don’t think I am perfect. I take pictures of myself because I am not perfect. I share my daily outfits because there aren’t enough examples out there of women who are not a model size, or model height, or have a model face who embrace fashion. I take these pictures to show you don’t have to be any of these things to have personal style, to have fun with fashion, and feel beautiful. All women deserve to realize how fabulous they are, and clothing is a great way for women to express themselves and flatter their body. I hope with each outfit post I motivate a fellow woman to try color, to embrace fashion, and find her own personal style.


If you think I post my pictures because I am a narcissist, you’re dead wrong and obviously not reading the text that accompanies the photos on this blog. And if you think I’m in love with myself… well you’re correct and I am damn proud of that fact. If you stop hating on other people, you may have the time to get to know yourself a bit better and realize you’re worth loving as well!


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191 comments:

  1. I have faithfully read your blog since college and it really helped me to dress appropriately as an intern and at my first job.  I have seen so many young women start working and not understand that American Apparel from head to toe is not gonna fly in the working world.  So thank you! 

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  2. wow, some people have too much time on their hands. if they are sick of seeing your photos, that must mean they are regularly checking your blog. remember the definition of insanity? performing the same action over + over, expecting a different result. ::eyeroll::

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  3. Susan Hardy6/12/12, 9:49 AM

    Sorry to hear about the negativity... Similar to Aundrea, I started reading your blog in my mid-20s when I didn't have much clue about how to dress. Some of your longer-length posts on your philosophy of style were really important to my own style development. I really have no idea what's going on in these people's heads when they say these things!

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  4. Lynn Rogers6/12/12, 9:49 AM

    Wow, I can't believe those rude comments.  Thanks for all the time & effort you into your blog.  I love seeing your daily outfits & reading your tips.  

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  5. People are ridiculous. I love your blog and think your outfits are consistently attractive and obtainable, qualities you don't find very often in the blogger world. 

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  6. Allie, I just cannot believe someone took the time to write that childish bit of idiocy to you.  You're far from fat and also far from being an old lady.  And even if you were both of those things, I'd still enjoy seeing your pictures.  I love your style and your advice is always spot on.  I never cease to be amazed by how many cowardly, mean people are out there, ready to try to discourage someone who obviously has healthy self esteem.  I'm guessing this person provided neither their real name nor photo of themselves.  Pathetic.  

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  7. Boo on the haters! Yay for you! I just started following your blog. I fear fashion a little bit and your insight and ideas and pride in dressing your body instead of trying to fit into the mold of some model inspire me that there's hope for me yet!

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  8. Kudos! Kudos!! I personally want to see REAL woman wearing REAL clothes, you know the kind average people can afford. If I wanted models in 7 inch heels wearing ridiculous makeup, I'd pick up the latest issue of Vogue. Please keep doing what you are doing! We love it and we love you! 

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  9. allison,
    we don't know each other-but i wish we did :-) you are an amazing woman with lots of personality, drive and compassion. this i know from reading your blog for the past two years. i struggle with my weight/body image as well and find your daily posts to be a true inspiration. i admire you for putting yourself out there-for being who you are, for showing women that not everyone needs to be-OR IS- a size 4. the people who would leave you nasty, rude comments obviously don't have the same self worth that you do. what an empty life they must have that they make up fake yahoo accounts to cover who they really are-or that they would take the time out of their mundane lives to leave you some snarky comment. sad, pitiful.
    you are beautiful and strong. that is what i see when i read your blog posts.
    thank you!!
    keri

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  10. Kasmira Kit6/12/12, 9:53 AM

    Wow, rude!

    All style bloggers have slightly different motivations for posting their daily looks. You've been very clear about your purpose from the start!  It is too bad that these critics haven't taken the time to read the text that accompanies your photos. 

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  11. Brava! I love this blog because I love seeing how styles I'm interested in look on a woman who's much more my shape than most out there. (I'm taller and fatter, but still...) - honestly, why does someone feel the need to write such stuff!

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  12. Every time I get an anonymous comment I get this sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that it's going to be hateful. I know exactly how this feels and I have blogged about it as well 
    http://www.hemsforher.com/2011/11/sticks-and-stones-may-break-my-bones.html

    Some say that addressing it will just add fuel to the fire but sometimes I think it needs to be talked about. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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  13. So sorry you had to do this Alison.  Your color and pattern selections are far bolder than most things I would select for myself but you carry them off beautifully and I look forward to seeing what you have paired, and why, with each of your photos and posts.  As a 5'8" curvy girl (size 14-16) I also appreciate the fact that you are not afraid to embrace fashion, and that you share your individual style with so many of us.  There are far too few fuller faces and bodies in fashion and the few that are out there are too often aggressive or comedic in their approach.  Thank you for showing the world that curvy girls can be stylish, embrace fashion and do it all with grace.

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  14. It is truly just baffling to me that people take the time to write such nasty things.  If they don't like it, then they don't have to come to your site.  I'm sorry anyone feels the need to say that to you but just know that there are way more people out there who appreciate your daily posts!!  Keep it up!!

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  15. Allie, all I can say is, PLEASE don't stop! I'm sure I speak for many women who follow your blog. You are an inspiration to all of us who aren't perfect either but wish to present our best selves to the world. Fashion can be very intimidating & your real world advice, insight & experience are invaluable!!! I look forward to your outfit posts each day. You show me it's possible to be beautiful & pulled together no matter what life brings!

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  16. Dear Allie,  You are beautiful.  I'm glad that you know that.  Your blog is an inspiration.  Thank You!

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  17. I love your blog!  I am a 55 year old women who finds you to be one of the most intelligent beautiful bloggers on the interenet.  You are an inspiration to me!  Also, your compassionate response to this negative blogger shows me just how astute you are when understanding human behavior!  YOU ROCK!

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  18. Wow! I cannot believe people comment in such a derogatory fashion. The main question I have is, if they feel so strongly, then why do they continue to read your blog! Stupid people. I LOVE your blog and am constantly inspired to try new things, thanks to you. Keep doing what you're doing. I love it!!!

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  19. Im a 22 year old starting out in the coporate work force and I don't agree with any of the hate. You are inspiring and very relatable.. Its awesome to see someone have style, a full body, and be unselfish as to share tips and tricks! ROCK ON ALLIE! Keep doing what your doing.. you help me feel confident and love my body for what it is and not what it should be! ::::high five:::

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  20. Ignore the haters!!!!!

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  21. Ah, the internets. Home of the best and worst in humanity since, well, it started. 

    I'm glad you publish this blog, and this calls for my favorite gif of all time: http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/39080

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  22. Alison,
    Keep blogging sister!  My the positive comments you receive ALWAYS trump the negative ones.  You are helping many women learn to respect themselves - inside and out.

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  23. Thank you so much for this.  Like everyone else has said, we all really appreciate your advice and your blog!

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  24. I have read your blog for a few months, Alison - I don't know how I found it, but I'm so glad I did! I am in my mid 40s and felt that I was in a style rut for a number of years.  I'm about your size. Your blog has inspired me to dress better (I work from home), and this has made me feel soooo much better about myself.  The ultimate compliment came from my 16 year old daughter when she told me that I have been looking quite cute and stylish these days! This improved self esteem and self confidence has motivated me to set fitness goals and this has had a wonderful impact on my health.  Thank you for writing your blog.  I feel terribly that it has taken a yucky comment to get me to finally comment.  Nonetheless, I wanted to tell you that your outfits are adorable and so are you!  One day, I hope to see a post about a closet clean out for 40 year old women!  Thanks again!

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  25. It still amazes me that these "things" take the time to use bullying tactics on the internet. Why is this "thing" returning to your blog time and time again to look?? Weird!!

    I think that you are fabulous and love everything about this blog.

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  26. Wow, I can't believe the emails you received.  That is terrible!  I personally love reading your blog because like you said you are like the average woman.  You help inspire me to try new looks and give great tips for different body types.  

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  27. Sad that people have to tear each other down - sorry people would say those things to you!  I'm a size 16 and love reading your blog as well as Weesha's World, Hems for Her, Heart Print Style etc etc because seeing how beautiful you all look (and you are not sample size) makes me feel like I can branch out in more than all black and feel pretty :) Keep on keepin on

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  28. Mean people suck, Alison - but you ROCK! Keep up the good work.  You are obviously not blogging for those idiots, so who cares what they think??  

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  29. Phoebe Roberts6/12/12, 10:12 AM

    You're amazing. I've learned a ton from you. I keep coming back because you're so sensible and with it about dressing well. Also, you look fabulous. You always look fabulous.

    I never get why people who don't like something just... don't pay attention to it. So sorry about the idiotic comments, but hey, at least it's more hits for you... I guess?

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  30. OMG! I can't believe this!! Can you even imagine someone making a fake email account to send anonymous hate mail????? What is this world coming to? Alison, am so sorry this happened. What a total scumbag. As for you, anonymous scumbag, just you wait. You will get what you deserve. I'm just sorry none of us will get to witness it. But when it happens, you can remember the evil you spread in the world.

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  31. Don't worry and keep up the good work! 

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  32. ONEWEIRDWORD6/12/12, 10:15 AM

    Oh my God, what an awful comment! Well handled on your part, Alison.
    I'm still upset at the latest ads from one of my favourite brands - Joe Fresh - because the models look so dangerously thin. Ads like these are foolish and go against the fact that before I buy something, I want to make sure it's going to look good on me. I won't even try on a pair of Joe Fresh pants because I know if they look great on a super-tall, super-thin 18-y-o, they're not for me.
    And I want to look good - because I'm in love with myself too. Like, what's the alternative, right?

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  33. Wow, those people seriously have issues.

    Please know that you have a huge fan base that loves your blog. I think you're gorgeous and stylish!

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  34. this makes me angry, then sad, then angry then sad again.

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  35. I read the top and was so mad for you I felt like throwing something.  First, crazy bitches, if you don't like what you see, move along.  Second, they clearly need both some reading comprehension lessons and an eye exam.  I love this blog.  We don't share the same style exactly, but I love looking at different pieces and seeing how I could change up an outfit in a similar way.  You are so far from fat and old that I'm seriously wishing we had an address for these haters to send them a dictionary.

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  36. I am new to your blog. Because of this post, I am now a subscriber and I'm sharing your site on Facebook. Your blog is so needed because of people who post things like that. Thank you.

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  37. Wow, anon certainly has some major body issues.  As someone with the "typical" American woman's body, I really appreciate your take on things and have been inspired by your choices to try things I never would have otherwise. Thank you for the time and effort you put into this, and I hope you know how appreciated it is!

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  38. I'm still so mad I can't see straight. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this blog and you, Alison! I know this is awful right now, but I know you're smart enough to have perspective and see this for what it is - an insignificant hater among a sea of fans. BTW, my hubby (big exec) had an anonymous letter sent to his boss. The boss (a beloved pillar of the community) called him in, said of course he didn't believe it, and he himself had received anonymous hate mail. And, lots of other business leaders did, too. He said not to worry about it, it was a "badge of honor."

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  39. I'm so sorry you have to contend with these horrible and so UNTRUE comments.  You are generous and beautiful and such a good example to me.  I find myself much more loving towards my own imperfections since reading your funny and smart posts.  Thank you Allison!  Keep on! 

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  40. Gretchen Belknap6/12/12, 10:25 AM

    OMGosh! Some people have nothing better to do than put others down! Why do they even visit your blog in the first place?! Anyways, I love your blog, Alison, and your fashion sense. I read it for the style advice, color and pattern mixing, and shopping tips! I am 5' 3" and 110 lbs so our body types are different but our fashion styles are the same and I use your outfits to find similar ones in my size! Thanks for all you do- know that there are more "lovers" of your blog than "haters". (Sometimes we just don't have much to say and just LOVE looking at your pictures! :)

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  41. Heather Blanarik6/12/12, 10:26 AM

    I am thankful for your blog and have it in my reader feed.  I appreciate the time you put into your posts and your willingness to share.  I enjoy seeing how you combine things and also where you source you clothes.  

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  42. notarichgirl6/12/12, 10:32 AM

    I find it really sad that some people have such hate in their hearts. I love your blog because you inspire me to dress for the body I have now, not what I want it to be. 

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  43. Such a sad person to feel the need to make such a negative comment). I am older and fatter than you, and you still continue to inspire me with your take on fashion, style, beauty, and presenting ourselves to others as we are---and also as we expand our self-definition and self-acceptance. Keep it up, my dear. You are doing good in the world.  

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  44. So sorry for the hateful comments, love your blog

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  45. tashia graham6/12/12, 10:37 AM

    Just discovered your blog. All I have to say for now is, you go girl! I am fortunate enough to have been spared hateful comments for now, but this is a great way to respond to them.

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  46. you go girl!  love your blog.  It's very real and down to earth.  I love your style combinations and your common sense advice on fashion. 

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  47. Allie,

    I have been reading your blog for over 2 years now but first time commenting.I can't believe people take the time to send such hateful mail. I really look forward to your posts everyday and in fact yours is the only style blog I can relate to. Please don't let this negativity get to you.

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  48. I'm so sorry that you're receiving such attacks. I don't understand why some people put so much effort into spewing hatred on the internet. Imagine how empty and sad their lives must be if they think this is a good use of their time.

    I'm a size 2 and you've taught me a lot about how to dress. Sometimes I wish you featured more brands that made things in my size, or recommended more stores that I could get to in my area, or suggested not quite so many things with leopard print. :) But your blog is about you and that's the way it should be. I know that the aspects that aren't relevant to me are really helpful to someone else. Thank you for the wonderful work that you do.

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  49. Deanna Piercy6/12/12, 10:43 AM

    Wow, someone has an attitude problem. I've been reading your blog for years (weren't you on the French Chic list?) and love it. If I want to see what a 100 pound 20 year old wears I can pick up any fashion magazine. What you are doing is far more real and important. 

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  50. Yep, was on French Chic until I got pregnant and got sucked into Mommy forums and then a busier job. What a wonderful group of stylish women, I learned much from them!

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  51. Holy crap - I love you and your blog and those people are nasty idiots. Maybe we can all email them and tell them to get a life.

    I'm sure it's hard, but I love how strong you are and that you don't let this stuff bother you. Lots of love coming from me to your beautiful self!!

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  52. Oh my gosh, that is AWFUL.  (Seriously, how do people sleep at night?)  While I'm glad you addressed these awful people, I almost wish their comments weren't even acknowledged (because they are clearly horrid little slugs) and it's clear you aren't a narcissist.  And yes, I've only been reading for a short while but I've learned a ton about dressing appropriately and creatively for my body type.  Keep up the good work!

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  53. I'm normally a silent reader. But I has to stop and tell you how much I appreciate your blog. And how sorry I am that you had to get those awful mean messages. Good for you for your classy response. And good for us too!

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  54. I recently found your blog and I'm already a fan. I'm not a young waif, and it is inspiring to see a woman at an age, and with a body, I can relate to wearing fashionable clothes. Thank you!

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  55. Adrienne Shubin6/12/12, 11:02 AM

    It makes me sick that people take the time to write such venom to you. I have never understood why, if people don't like a blog, they don't simple click away and never return. 

    I have received my fair share of hate mail, too. In fact, I got a "you're a narcissist" comment, similar to yours, a few months back. 

    Good for you for standing up for yourself. You provide a valuable service for your readers through blogging, you have great style AND you are gorgeous. What's not to love? 

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  56. amberlicious6/12/12, 11:07 AM

    This article is so well written. It's sad that you had to even write it though, but unfortunately on the internet especially, you will find trolls. People who feel so bad about themselves and their lives that they need to bring others down to their level.  You know the old saying, misery loves company! I absolutely love your posts, so please keep it up and forget about the naysayers who obviously have no life and need to try and make you feel bad about yours. Stay awesome! xo

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  57. Your response is perfect.  I have many of the same reasons for my blog, and posting pictures of my outfits.  I also add the "over 40" context to mine.  We should all be allowed to have fun with style and feel good about ourselves. No matter our age, size, shape or weight.   And we certainly can't leave it to mainstream media to represent us.  So let the haters have their opinions. I enjoy and get regular inspiration from your posts.

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  58. Melissapedsrn6/12/12, 11:10 AM

    Allie. I am most of the time a silent but faithful reader. I think I have followed you for going on 4-5 years. You often make my day with your cute outfits, your upbeat attitude and your frequent references to your "humanness". It is what makes you "real" and why your readers can connect to you and I, for one, would miss my "morning coffee" with you, as I have done for so long. I have oftentimes linked to where you purchased things, and gotten more ideas. I have unashamedly copied some of your style and color combinations when they struck a particular note with me. And, being a "kid" person ( I am a pediatric nurse) I have smiled and giggled at your amazing daughter, and frequently note the pure joy on her face, as she obviously is a product of awesome parenting. 
    Thanks,
    Melissa

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  59. Great response!! I read your blog a lot and I think you have great style! however even though the average American woman is a size 12! should we be proud of that? I think it's important to stay healthy and I think girls should know that being 5'3 and a size 12 is not always OK, specially if it affects their health. We should all work hard on changing that average number! keep up the nice outfit posts. 
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  60. While I do think that number is high, I think girls should realize that thin does not equal healthy.  There are so many women right now with eating and fitness disorders because society puts too much weight on weight instead of health.  I know myself I am healthier now at a size 12 than I was when I was a size 4. Far too many women are ashamed of their bodies, and I have found that when I came to terms with my body, I actually lost weight and cared more about keeping it strong. 

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  61. *eyeroll* 

    Allie - you're fab.  You have plenty of interest to say, and not all of it on fashion.

    Some people should find a life and consider your suggestions.  

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  62. Elizabeth Rivera6/12/12, 11:17 AM

    I know you are getting loads of support here, but I *had* to chime in.  I am 5'2".  And I am a 12...on top at least (you know how it is).  And I have *always* ignored fashion media.  They can't help me.  Then I found your blog (I came here from GRS when they linked the wardrobe staples).  As I looked at your pictures, I realized...hey...she kinda looks like me....I could pull that off!  And then I'd look cool instead of frumpy! I still do frumpy most days...but now I am motivated to shop carefully (quality! fit! does this work with my life/ personal style?), try color and occasionally even care what I look like.  At least for me, your blog does EXACTLY what you say you set out to do.  Thank you for putting up with these trolls to produce something so useful and empowering. 

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  63. omg, Allie, I love your blog and I love that you love your body! Since my teens, I've spent most of my time in sizes 12-16, and I really appreciate you taking the time to show women like me that there is beauty at any size.

    And by the way, if you are considered to be an old woman, then I really hope I will look as fabulous as you when I get to that age.

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  64. Some people are so unhappy with themselves and their own lives they feel the need to lash out in a tacky mean way. (And, of course, anonymously) I just want to say this- I've never looked at your blog and critiqued your body. I look at what you are wearing and how you are wearing it!! (That's kinda the point!) We are not built the same but I look at your style and the style of others and use it for inspiration for myself. Anyone who takes the time to seek out your blog and then make a rude comment must have serious issues and I feel sorry for them. Keep doing what you do, Alison; haters gonna hate... ;)  

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  65. Tallrunner19696/12/12, 11:24 AM

    I have been reading your blog for a long time. Thank you for great suggestions and so much inspiration. I bet it's not always easy to put so much of your life out there, because there are some people like those commenters who will take advantage. Those people are firing cheap shots to get a reaction - you are an easy target for them because you are accessable to them but they don't have to face you. Please don't let those negative people get to you. They are lacking something a perfect body and all the superficial beauty in world will never get them - tact, grace and inner beauty.

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  66. Jennifer Brown6/12/12, 11:26 AM

    I've been reading your blog for a couple of years now, and it's been a wonderful inspiration for me: practical style for someone who has a full-time job, two kids, and a reasonable budget and small wardrobe space but would still like to look polished and stylish if possible! 

    Incidentally, a lot of commenters have said, correctly, that you look gorgeous, and not fat and old. That is absolutely true. You are gorgeous. But your point in your post is that those who are fat and those who are old still belong in the fashion world! We can all love our own bodies and style, whatever our age, size, ability, ethnicity, gender, or social status. And I learned that partly from you. So thanks, Allie.

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  67. Oh my gosh. I'm really thankful that you aren't letting truly imbecilic comments like those get you down.
    Alli, you rock, and I'm a big fan of your style, your writing, your attention to detail and your kindness.  You're beautiful on the inside and out.

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  68. I have been reading your blog for over 3 years and I appreciate all the time and effort that you put into it.  I personally keep coming back to your blog, because I am 34 going on 35 this year.  What most girls and women don't understand is that a lot of these so-called popular "style maven" blogs cater to the younger generation.  And a good amount of the very popular style blogs can be deceiving, because the blogger has the monetary means to pull off their wonderful daily outfits.  I am a women in my early 30s who DOES NOT shop at H&M and Forever 21 and would like to find ideas to suit my current lifestyle.  I love your blog!  I think more women should try supporting each other, instead of tearing others down, because someone doesn't fit their ideal image of fashion.    

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  69. They only have to look at your pictures if they are seeking them out!!!  How rude and ugly to send such comments.  But as we are aware, there are many bullies in the world.

    I love checking out your posts to see what outfits you've put together, and have gained inspiration and ideas for my own closet.  It also is great to see a "real" woman posting her pictures with pride and confidence.  Thank you for representing the majority.

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  70. Please don't let a negative opinion get you down. Your practical, real person, fashion advice help a lot of us other regular ladies.

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  71. What a perfect and generous response to obnoxious drivel.

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  72. I am so sorry that you got such a nasty, unprovoked comment on your lovely blog.
    It is the dark side of the Internet, that people lose perspective and say things they would never say in person.
    If they don't enjoy your blog, no one is forcing them to read it.
    As far as "fat" and "old" goes, I am nearly 60 and weigh 203 pounds. And I think I'm very attractive, as are you.
    I love your blog, I love your real world ideas, I love seeing your pretty, cheerful face. I prefer posts where you post pictures of you in your outfits. In fact, when I was checking your blog today, I thought, "I hope it's a picture of her in one of her great outfits."
    Haters hate, but you know who you are. Thank you for the pleasure your posts give me. I'm sorry I haven't told you this before. 

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  73. Your blog is wonderful! It is heartwarming (but not surprising) to see all the comments in support of you and your blog. I like the thought that it must be extremely annoying for those two vicious commenters to read these comments! I am pretty sure they will come back to check them out.

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  74. Dear Allie,
    I admire and respect you so much. Let's be best friends!
    Only kind of kidding.

    Love, Cate. :-)

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  75. Denise Ciotti6/12/12, 11:50 AM

    I am sorry that you were so attacked.  It is amazing to me that people, under the cover of internet anonymity, are so rude.  You are lovely, and have great taste - I learn a lot from you.  ignore them....be strong and always pretty.

    To those who don't enjoy her blog: stop coming to it.

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  76. I love your blog and find it inspiring. I've read it daily for the past 2 years. I find it to be down-to-earth and real, but still fun- everyday fashion one can actually achieve!

    I cannot believe how angry and mean some people can be. You know that their comments are really about their own issues. You are not old or fat- that is simply ridiculous. Please ignore this absurd hate mail and carry on!!!! Stay strong!

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  77. Fille Aguichante6/12/12, 11:54 AM

    I love your blog because you're not a model, you don't have a fortune to spend on clothing and you go to work everyday - just like me. Not only that, you're a freakin' mom on top of it all. I think you're amazing and I want you to keep posting as often as you can! Thank you for this blog. 

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  78. I love seeing your daily outfits, as well as reading about your life and your thoughts on fashion, body image, and the world in general. You come across as a warm, caring, thoughtful person, completely not narcisisstic and beautiful inside and out. Definitely above "average" in my book! :-)

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  79. I never take the time to post, but I love, love your blog! You have inspired me to dress nicer and you have great ideas. I think you are beautiful and seem like a real fun person! I am glad you are so strong to brush off this type of comment.  I feel so sorry for that negative poster and hope that one day she/he will be happy with themselves and not try and take out their low self-esteem on other people. It takes a lot of hard work and guts to break out of that type of vicious and depressive cycle where you have to criticize otehrs to feel better about yourself and I hope he/she wins that battle and tries to be more positive in this short life.

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  80. Those people obviously have their own major issues.  I, for one, love reading your blog every day...it inspires me, teaches me, reminds me, and uplifts me.

    Thank you for all you do, Allie -- it is much appreciated.  And valuable!  *hug*

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  81. People are so weird! It's great to have a fashion blogger that is between a 2 and a plus size, like MOST women.  Keep it up! I copy your outfits all the time! :)   

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  82. At first, I was shocked that you had to post this at all. You blog intelligently, are upfront that not every day are you feeling your best fashion-wise, and represent a numerous population of women who don't find themselves represented in magazines or on every successful personal style blog. I have a very hard time finding a reason why someone would spend their time on a blog they feel this hateful about, and why they would take the time to send these cruel and needless comments - what's making them feel better about this. But then I remembered some people on the Internet, with a veil of anonymity, turn into the worst sort of humans. I'm so sorry you had to post this, and angry. But look at all of the comments you already have on this post - so many people are on your side and love your blog! Keep at it, girl!

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  83. Kelly in Oregon6/12/12, 12:00 PM

    Never commented before, but I found your blog about 6 months ago (just turned 30 and decided I need to stop wearing jeans, sneakers, and fleeces to work every day... still not there yet, but working on it!).  It has helped me tons!  Not all of your choices appeal to me, but that's because it's YOUR style, not mine.  But I find your blog SO helpful and anytime I have a fashion question, I search your blog first.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all you do!!!!

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  84. I'm so impressed by your response. What class, what sass, what restraint you have! You are an inspiration in guts, smarts and maturity as well as style, Way to go, Alison. keep on blogging!

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  85. I LOVE your daily outfits. I've been reading for years and you always look great!

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  86. I'm sorry you get feedback like that. It's pretty easy to tell the narcissistic fashion blogs from the helpful, intentional ones that are trying to serve a larger purpose. Yours is definitely not a "look at me" blog. The people who left those comments sound like spiteful teenagers with zippo emotional maturity.

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  87. As is already evidenced by this post's comments, I am sure you 100s of supportive, nice, and thankful comments for every nasty one. It's still annoying to get them and see them. Unfortunately there's just some meanies in the world who feel the need to try to spread around their miserableness. You've got the right attitude about it and I get excited when I see your photos on other websites or pinterest!

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  88. dianalynnsmiles6/12/12, 12:10 PM

    I will never understand why some people troll - don't they have anything better to do with their time than make up fake e-mail address and leave nasty comments on blogs?  I'm glad you're not letting it get you down.    I love reading your blog - it's refreshing to see someone closer to my size and shape that dresses so wonderfully.

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  89. Yes, yes and YES! If anything, the world of style blogging needs more confident, smart, articulate and well-dressed women like yourself! Thank you for this :)

    XO, Alison
    www.ChainStrapPurse.com

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  90. Funny, I was searching for Ann Taylor years ago and thought the same thing when I saw your images, "Wow, this girl must really love herself to post her photos over and over again on the Internet".  But, then one day, I decided to read your blogs (you had two then).  I fell in love with your honesty, bravery, knowledge of fashion sense, and personal style.  I've been a fan ever since.  It's amazing what people will post on the Internet that they would NEVER say to someone face-to-face.  Don't worry; I've got your back!

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  91. That was so upsetting to read those comments.  What is WRONG with the haters ?!?!

    I love it when you update.  I wouldn't necessarily always wear the same things you do (can.not. do floral print and leopard) but I love the way you wear it.

    Reading your blog makes me put a little more effort in to dressing (like I might change out of these yoga pants before going to Ikea today) and makes me try new things.  Why, I've even been wearing a SCARF in my hair the past couple days to cover up my roots (getting colored tomorrow).

    Please, please don't stop !  

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  92. LOL, Had to chuckle at your "changing out of yoga pants before going to Ikea today" comment.  We all have those moments. 

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  93. You tell them, and I'm still in denial that anyone would hate on you and what you do. It really makes me upset because this isn't the first I've heard this through the grapevine that you got mail like this, People have too much time on their hands, and if they don't like what you are wearing, or talking about then click the unsubscribe button. Nobody is holding a gun to their heads to click on your blog and read or look at anything. people like that truly have no lives, no love, and no view on real life woman. everybody can't be stick thin, NYC loft living bloggers. No offense, to any NYC Loft living bloggers, but jeeze, you are still a blogger, and this site is by you to share your thoughts and views of fashion so why in the world are people made at that? NOT to mention most of us bloggers post pictures of ourselves, to show our outfits? what are we supposed to do crop our faces out? 

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  94. It makes me sad that someone would write something so cruel to you.  I am sitting here with tears.  It is obvious that they don't read your texts b/c you are very clear about why you blog!  I have been reading your blog for about 4 years now...and it is the only fashion blog I have continued to read.  I love your outfit of the days and your fashion tips.  One thing I especially love is that you don't have a "new" outfit on each post!  You show how to use what's in your closet and mix things up!  Thanks and please keep posting.

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  95. This is AWESOME. Amazing attitude. 

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  96. Marcia, from BRAZIL6/12/12, 12:29 PM

    Allie,
    I follow you since My Wardrobe Today and love your text, your ideas, your photos. You're right: be proud! Your a working woman/mother/wife, as many of us, who tries to share some sweet moments and ideas with those who really care about regular people and real life. Thanks for giving us your time.

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  97. I think you know how to dress for your body type and that is the most important part of being a fashionista...knowing what works for you! Also you've got this social media/branding thing DOWN! So to the negative commentors...IGNORE and to you...GO GIRL! WERK!!!
    xo,
    B
    http://whatiworetiptotoe.blogspot.com

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  98. I am so sorry that someone, ANYONE, would feel the need to write such horrible emails/comments. I got my fair share of extremely nasty emails/comments when I was a newspaper columnist (even ones telling me I should kill myself--really??) and after about three days of moping and crying I realized the people who write those kinds of things are sick, hateful people themselves. I am so grateful that people like you exist to show that there's not only one definition of beautiful (although, I have to say, you're very pretty and hardly old! What idiots people can be!) 

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  99. I think it is very sad that people send emails/ leave comments like that. I think your blog is fabulous and you should continue doing what you love. Do not let rude people get in the way and bring you down.

    Sara
    http://saramiller04.blogspot,com

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  100. P.S. I should also note that I'm 5"7 and a size 6-8 and I still find your blog inspiring, helpful, and a pleasure to read. Women size 00 and beyond have insecurities and body issues!

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  101. I couldn't agree with you more!

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  102. I’ve stopped laughing
    over the “Old Lady” comment long enough to say something. Honey, you have a
    great blog, and I have shoes older than you. Continue the good work and just delete
    the damn fools.

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  103. I am a lot older than most of your followers but I really appreciate your blog.  I was in a fashion rut and, with the help of your blogs, took some chances on items of clothing that I would never have tried before.  Some worked, some didn't...but the fact is that I gave something new a try.  I enjoy reading what you have to say about style.  I often wonder why haters would bother even posting a negative comment...they should just move on.  Thank you for showing us that all women can be fasionable, have style and love their bodies. 

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  104. Bethany...not all women size 00 are insecure and have body issues.  Insecurities and body issues come in all sizes

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  105. Ok, I don't think you need me to say this because you have a lot of self confidence, BUT I thought you should know that when I look at my blogs, my daughter looks through them with me and she has named a couple of the bloggers and you are one of them. Your nickname is "the pretty lady"! Honestly, you are a beautiful person on the outside and from what I can tell, you are a beautiful person on the inside as well. I am 26 and I started reading your blog because I am a stay at home mom and I when I take my daughter places, I need to look presentable. I was dressing in jeans, ratty tshirts, and converse and because i am so short and I look so young, people were assuming that my daughter was actually my sister! Some people actually thought that I looked like a twelve year old. It was really embarrassing. But after I started reading your blog and other blogs like yours, I developed a sense of style and now I feel like I am neatly dressed and I never feel embarrassed by what I wear or how I look any more.

    Also, if you are "old", God help us all!!!

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  106.  I think she meant that women of all sizes, from 00 and up can have insecurities. Great minds think alike! :)

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  107. I really don't understand why people waste their time and feed on their negative energy posting comments like that. If you don't like this blog, you are free to not read it. Personally I enjoy the inspiration and commentary because like you I am not a model! 5'4 and a size 10/12 and I agree that there isn't enough representation of the average woman. 

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  108. Clairejose16/12/12, 1:25 PM

    this negative, crass and ignorant comment is not worth your while.  I am 5'2" at 105lbs  and still I  find you inspiring.  I think that person is really jealous of  you.  your poise, self confidence, intelligence, your beautiful family - yeah you are awesome!!!  

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  109. Wow people on the internet can be so rude, especially when they can behind a screen. I applaud you and any other blogger brave enough to post a picture of themselves. It really leaves you vulnerable to harsh criticism. Why I love bloggers (although we've veered away from this) is that it's "real" women posting their outfits rather than the skinny models we see in magazines and ads. Someone we can relate to.


    P.S. I think you are gorgeous so I am perfectly looking at pictures of you all day on the Internet :)

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  110. Brittany Grabow6/12/12, 1:39 PM

    Finding your blog totally revolutionized my approach to personal style.  It was so refreshing to see a woman with curves like me looking amazing in clothes, which is something I've always been self-conscious about.  Now I think more about silhouettes that flatter my body as opposed to trends, and my style is more creative than I allowed myself before.  I hope these negative comments are rare and that the positive feedback you get overwhelms any negativity you receive.  Keep blogging and keep loving yourself!

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  111. You are amazing and such an inspiration. I cosign all these positive comments. xoxo

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  112. Love this blog. Thank you for blogging.

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  113. That person is crazy. You are a beautiful person with amazing outfits and i love your blog, i check it every single morning to see if there is a new post.

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  114. Wow, what an awful thing to write to you...why would anybody take the time to spew such hate?
    I haven't followed your blog before and just came across this on pinterest but you can bet your bottom dollar that I'll be repinning it and I'll be following your blog from now on!
    Keep on loving yourself...you deserve it!

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  115. I cannot believe people actually write such things on other people's blogs.  Please ignore them. 

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  116. First- I love you
    Second- I cannot believe someone would take the time and write that.
    Third- I am 99.999% sure that no one is forcing them to look at your blog.  So, maybe their negative attidtude needs to navigate away.

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  117. Hola, Alison! I discovered your blog last winter by googling "fasion blog". Please, just ignore that tackless comment, do not waste your precious time and energy in answering. So, keep walking, girl!. Saludos desde Mexico (greetings from Mexico)!

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  118. Sandy Woodcock516/12/12, 2:28 PM

    So for some reason, I couldn't read this post on the train on my way to NYC. I could clink on the link, but the page would just not load. Maybe these ridiculous comments came from 8th graders who now substitute anonymous posts for random hateful phone calls. That shows you my age :-0

    But I read your blog most days and while I'm old enough to be your mom, find some great looks and tips. So thanks!

    And thanks for post about Stacy London's appearance at Montgomery Mall. Because of that I met her and ian now in NYC to be the 60's person in the August Westfield Style Magazine!

    You ROCK Allison!

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  119. Sarah Landmann6/12/12, 2:28 PM

    I'm not sure that is actually so high, people are different clothing sizes for different reasons. My sister is 5'7" and has a very low BMI (I'm not sure what it is, but when she inputs her info it places her in the low "normal" range) and wears a size twelve because she has wide hips and shoulders (very athletic build). Clothing size is kind of subjective.

    You rock, Allie! I love your blog and I'm just sorry the haters are too narrowminded to glean from your considerable wisdom. :)

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  120.  That is amazing!  Sandy you will have to let me know when it's published, I'd love to share it with my readers! :)

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  121. I'd prefer to read your blog over a dozen (probably more) reality shows that portray unrealistic, team-stylized, with over-top-budgets, non-classy women--who probably dont even make their own bed in the morning.

    Essentially, you rock!

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  122. Catherine-Rose Wendt6/12/12, 2:39 PM

    GAH. I hate idiot commenters like that. I'm sorry they flung hate your way. You ARE an inspiration, so please don't stop.

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  123. As a "fat old lady", 5', size 14 and 48 years old.  I appreciate your blog. It allows me to "see" myself as something other than old/frumpy and not worth the effort to try and look as good as I can.  I am so glad you don't let the hate-mongers influence what you choose to share.  I know I and many others truly value and appreciate what you do and have drawn immense inspiration and re-discovered our fashionable selves because of you and your blog.  Hugs to you and to the person who posted that comment to you get a life and do something with yourself.  Life is much too short and fragile to spend it trying to be hurtful to others.  

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  124. I read a fair amount of blogs but I'm not one to usually comment.  I will today, however, because I enjoy your blog and detest seeing these childish comments.  I love seeing your daily outfits even though we don't have similar styles.  I really appreciate what you have to say and how you say it. 

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  125. Eleanorjane6/12/12, 2:48 PM

    Adding my voice to the others - you rock, they suck, keep up the great work and keep smiling!

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  126. Mrs.M in MI6/12/12, 3:02 PM

    I think you're wrong... you ARE beautiful, young, and a fashion maven.  Also, yours is my favorite blog.  Please don't stop!

    Haters always be hatin'. I pray on 'em because they must live very sad, painful lives.

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  127. Overfiftyandfabulous85006/12/12, 3:05 PM

    Womenshealth.gov states that 60% of adult women in America are overweight. You are right in stating they are not represented in fashion blogs. I would suggest that you continue with your positive attitude. It's one thing for someone to dislike your fashion choices. You put yourself out there, it's going to happen. People who feel the need to attack you personally while hiding behind a web name I believe have their own set of issues. Unfortunately it's generally women attacking other women. I don't always like your style choices, but I admire your confidence and what I view as one woman trying to empower others.

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  128. Do you think we would bother to follow you if you were a skinny rich boring girl who was a label whore like some of the fashion bloggers I see?  I love that you are normal person and even if I don't love everything you wear, I love this blog and I think you are FABULOUS.  I am so sorry you get hate mail.  Annoying.  please don't stop blogging!  (also, you are very helpful).  

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  129. Wow!  People can be so rude!  I have followed your blog for a couple of years now and enjoy everything you put out there.  Your weight struggles, mommy issues, product reviews, etc.  I think you are awesome.  Just keep rockin' it!

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  130. Jesus, Mary and Oprah, what is wrong with people? You look fantastic! Let the trolls go back under their bridges.

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  131. I started reading your blog about a year ago and it's one of the things I look forward to in the morning!  Keep it up!

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  132. Thank you for not letting the hater get you down.  You are such an inspiration!  I love reading your blog because you give such great advice on color, style, fit, quality vs quantity, etc.  I find your blog very helpful and use your tips as guidelines in my efforts to dress for success. 

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  133. kathykzcass6/12/12, 3:46 PM

    I know it's alreayd been said in the 132 comments so far, but I just wanted to chime in and throw some love your way. I only started reading your blog a few years ago and it (and you) have inspired me in so many ways, I can't even begin to count them. So keep on doing what you're doing...we all love you!

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  134. Annesullivan555@hotmail.com6/12/12, 3:55 PM

    Hi

    I have being reading your blog for about 2 years now. I love the tone and vibe of it. It's great to see someone who is not traditionally model perfect having fun and feeling free to wear different things. There are times when a specific outfit makes me go ... Oh i'm not loving that. But the whole point that you love it and are enjoying it. The sense of freedom you have in fashion is in inspiring.

    Your blog has over the two years moved up to my "check every day" list. Thank you for always brightening up my day.

    P.S. I also really appreciate the detail in your informational and instruction posts.

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  135. Who has the energy and time to be so negative? I think your style tip posts are great, and I always enjoy seeing what you are wearing, even if we are very different shapes. I've been following your blog for a while, and we had babies within a couple of days of each other, and I also appreciate the honest discussion about post-baby bodies and dressing. Keep at it!

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  136. Laurie Bergman6/12/12, 4:16 PM

    I'm fairly new to you as well and love your fresh way with bright colors, your self-confidence, your sound suggestions and your level-headed advice! You just keep doing what you do so well and let the juvenile trolls roll back into their cave. Brava to you!

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  137. Donnasarenson6/12/12, 4:35 PM

    Allie,
    Of all the blogs out there, I have only 2 I check out everyday and of course yours is one of them. I've never posted in comments, but just wanted you to know that you are an inspiration, when I go shopping and also your very wise advise. Keep up the good work, you have lots of fans out there! Also I shout out to Emerson...she is beyond cute.
    Donna

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  138. Pamela Watson6/12/12, 4:53 PM

    I'm so sorry that someone would send you an email like that.  I just don't understand why people feel the need to be so mean.  Please know that many more people enjoy your blog than (most likely) comment often.  I don't know that I've ever commented, but I read your posts every week day.  

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  139. Can I just say that I don't even read fashion blogs - fashion is not my thing. But I do love yours and I love seeing what outfits you're wearing. It's because you're not model thin! It's because my body is hard to fit and I love seeing ideas. I've bought clothes that you've suggested! I think your blog is great :) 

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  140. hmmm... taking the time to email something meant to hurt someone else kinda makes one an asshole. and I'd personally rather be an old, fat, ugly narcissist who is self absorbed than an angry (and likely insecure) asshole!

    also, you're fabulous and I love this blog and your response is inspiring. keep on keepin' on!

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  141. I chanced upon your blog when I was hunting down a military shirt and now I am a faithful reader. I think you are absolutely darling and I totally agree with you on your philosophy about why you blog.

    Just because a woman is not a small size, or is getting older, or is pregnant, that doesn't mean she doesn't care about style and wanting to look her best!

    I remember "back in the day" when I was pregnant, all the maternity clothes were hideous, shapeless bags with granny collars that buttoned up to the neck. Horrible! The last thing you want to feel when you are pregnant is unsexy and yet, that's exactly what all the choices seemed to be back then:  ugly, unattractive and unsexy. There was a black v-neck, knee-length batwing dress that I practically lived in because it was the only thing I'd found that made me feel like I was still a woman, for crying out loud, lol.

    These days, there are so many gorgeous options that help pregnant women feel beautiful when they may be feeling fat and that celebrate one of the sexiest times/phases of their life.

    Now that I am getting older in age, but not in spirit, I am grateful that I live in a day and age where I am not relegated to old fogey clothes just because I am of a certain age. I am still sexy and sensual and full of life and have more personal style now than I did when I was younger. Clothes are a way to express your joie de vivre and individuality!

    So you keep on keeping on, sister! You are celebrating those of us who often feel marginalized on the fashion front!

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  142. I actually feel sad for those nasty, tragic people who feel the need to knock YOUR blog & the content YOU place on it.  Some people have no life & no soul. And yes, I am perfect, so I can judge!!  :)   I adore your blog - you've helped me to navigate my closet and shop wisely.  Rock on with your bad self, Allie!

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  143. Allie,

    I think the person is a troll who feeds on controversy and works hard at going for the jugular.  What a way to be entertained! The person is in serious need of some psyche counseling.

    I think you see that you have fans of all ages, sizes, body shapes, professions, and interests. I am not interested in fashion but your advice both fashion advice and life advice is wise, user friendly, and applicable to people of all economic levels.

    I think you have tremendous courage. It takes steely self-esteem to reveal yourself to anyone on the planet who has internet access. Unfortunately, sooner or later, someone will afflict you with a vicious attack. When it does happen, you handle the situation with grace and intelligence,  responding in a manner that educates us all. I would be strongly tempted to lash out in anger, but what you did instead was perfect.

    Allie, you're not fat nor old. But while I'm writing about it, I would like to see an end to the negative judgements attached to both. Fat is not evil, despicable, it's just fat. Old is not synonymous with wrong, bad, useless, unworthy, etc. Old is just old. Everyone will eventually be old, unless they die young. I don't think that sounds like a good alternative.

    I'll never forget the interview I saw with a dying young, handsome male AIDS patient. He said, "Folks who are not ill and dying should be grateful for the privilege of growing old." Well said.

    Many, many folks love you Allie and what you do, including me.

    Chris

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  144. Love the stats on the average woman.

    If she's like me she struggles to stay a size 12!

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  145. KristyHerrington6/12/12, 6:04 PM

    I absolutely love reading your blog! You truly do inspire me daily to try something different and add a pop of color. I look forward to your daily outfits and just want to say keep up the good work! :)

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  146. Christina_conaway6/12/12, 6:47 PM

    Wow, there are no words.  There will always be haters out there b/c that is all they know.  Just want to let you know that I visit your blog for exactly what you wrote.  It's wonderful to see a smart, beautiful woman show how we can all look sharp with color, cut, and style.  I look at fashion magazines and I constantly have to remind myself to not get sad and depressed bc I don't have a body like those women, and that's ok, bc half of them aren't healthy and they have been photoshopped.

    I love that you are just you, and you're putting it out there to help others.  I struggle everyday with self confidence on a daily basis and that's after I lost all my weight to get to my goal, b/c a number on a scale does not equal happiness.  Happiness is attained by loving our bodies no matter what size and not being negative to ourselves and others.   Self love...in a not creepy way.  Seriously though, I tell myself everyday about how proud I am about how strong my body is and what it can do, not how thin it is or how it can be thinner.

    You are an inspiration, keep up the good work.
    Haters gonna hate.

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  147. morsecode (karen)6/12/12, 6:51 PM

    What an awful comment to receive.  I love your blog and your photos.  It is so nice to see fashion bloggers who aren't model thin.

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  148. Love your blog!
    I can't believe the negative comments from some people. I can only guess they are very unhappy in their lives and have to take it out on others.

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  149. You are beautiful, Allie!  Ignore the psychopaths--they are just mean and nasty to everyone.  

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  150. I adore your blog! I comment very rarely, but this negative person is nuts! Please know that you are greatly admired and valued!

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  151. Please don't pay attention to these comments! Your blog is inspiring to women of all sizes. I am actually a size 4 and I copy your outfits very often! It doesn't matter what size we are, the important thing, as you said so rightly, is to feel good about oneself and THAT is precious. I envy you for feeling so good about yourself, I wish I feel that way one day... Your posts are super inspiring, I like reading them and I feel - by the number of comments you received following that specific post - that I'm not the only one. I wish you continue to inspire us the way you do for a very long time!

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  152. Michelle L.6/12/12, 8:29 PM

    I just discovered your blog, and it's such a breathe of fresh air! I love the advice you give, and appreciate your blog so much! Forget the negativity, there will always be trolls, and clearly the person made an email address just to trash on other people behind a screen of anonymity, so forget them! Keep up the good work, and keep up your stylin' :)

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  153. Your blog is the best idea ever.  I hope that you keep on with it. 

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  154. Michelle Panzarella6/12/12, 8:37 PM

    I have read your blog for years since 2008. I love that you are a normal lady posting your outfits, you show great examples of how to put together outfits. I also love your Q and As. I do not see you as a narcissist. 

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  155. Old and fat? Oh, honey, no. I've got something old and fat I can show her, and I'll even mark off a spot for her to kiss!

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  156. As I've told you before, I'm a huge fan and you've provided me with so much fashion inspiration.  Keep on stylin' lovely lady! 

    What's inexplicable is why anyone who doesn't like you or your fashion feels the need to do anything other than...I don't know...NOT READ YOUR BLOG.  The ignorance and arrogance of telling you to "stop your blog" when the easiest and obvious solution would be to "stop reading your blog."

    Ugh.  I can't even...

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  157. Simone LaPray6/12/12, 9:13 PM

     Alison, I have to say that I follow your blog because I think that you ARE YOUNG, BEAUTIFUL and A FASHION MAVEN!! Your blog is the only fashion blog I follow because you show that just because one isn't super skinny and 5'10, one can still look stunning and confident. Your blog is intelligent, fun and full of positive energy! I'm sorry that it had to take a stupid comment that probably took as much time to formulate as it did to type to encourage me to write so! I can't imagine the Wonder Woman schedule you must have but I selfishly hope that you never stop writing this blog! Plus J Crew and Ann Taylor should giving you thousands of dollars in gift certificates because you make their clothes work everyday. I know that I personally have added complete outfits of J Crew and Ann Taylor because you rocked it! You are a beautiful person and I love how you show women of all sizes that they CAN have it all!

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  158. Thank you for the time and energy you put into this blog. It's very much appreciated.

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  159. stylelustpages6/12/12, 11:06 PM

    Unbelievable. You're definitely an asset to the blogger world. And by the looks of the number of positive comments streaming in in response to this post...you've inspired so many. Keep doing what you're doing!

    xo,Cortnie
    http://stylelustpages.com

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  160. Good grief! I'm not much of a shopper - but I enjoy seeing what options and possibilities are out there for the times I do feel like trying something out of my usual range. (color blocking... who knew?) Thank you for putting yourself out there. And honestly, shame on them.

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  161. You are so fucking fantastic. That is why I love reading your blog.

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  162. Just wanted to add my appreciation to the many positive comments here. Your writing is warm and interesting, you share your knowledge generously, you are a wonderful example to other women - thank you.

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  163.  Whoa!! I feel so sorry for that lady who posted that comment. How much hate she must be holding in her heart!! For what??

    Sorry to  see it on your blog... Your blog has helped tremendously from my stay at home mom days (I used to wear anything that I could get on my body), and now I work in a corporate and I get compliments on my style often. It's been a wonderful 5 yrs reading your blog, getting inspired by your outfits, see how I can apply it to myself... I love all your posts, esp. the ones about loving yourself and finding what works for your body and your style.

    You do it styling, with style! And it's all class!!

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  164. your blog does EXACTLY WHAT you intended it to do: give those of us with real bodies (sorry models, you're real too, just over-represented) inspiration to dress ourselves beautifully, joyfully, respectfully, to love ourselves more - for real, it does!  I learn so much from your blog!  And the things I learn are all about honoring the body I have! So thanks!  screw the trolls - as my friend says to me: internet commentary is the realm of the damned.  

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  165. I am apalled that anyone would write such about this blog and send daggers your way.  You are absolutely lovely in every way Allie.  Your pretty face and smile inspire this 50 year old woman and style maven each and everyday.  The passion and care you inject in this blog on a daily basis is amazing.  You are loved and you are truly beautiful.  Keep doing what you do.

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  166. I am disturbed in many ways by the comments objecting to your photo postings. Individuals certainly have a right to express their opinions about anything. However, there is a right and a wrong way to frame one's comments. First of all, individuals should always be respectful. Secondly, they should make comments neutral and not negative. Thirdly, people should try and offer constructive feedback. This would be a better world if we followed these simple guidelines. Now, to those who don't want to see "old" people on the internet, Allie is not even close to being old, nor middle age.

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  167. I can't believe someone actually sent you such a horrible message! If they don't like the blog, they should stop reading...it's that simple.  Kudos to you for creating a space where REAL women can learn how to dress for themselves and be inspired to try fashion choices they may have never considered in the past.

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  168. Just another fan here. Boo to nasty comments. I find this site refreshing. After having children, my body did a total flip-flop. Doesn't mean I gave up on it, nor dressing nicely. I often find I need a fashion mirror to society because our local fashions, if U can call it that, is dress western or what WalMart has to offer in this small town. I get overwhelmed with choices going to the city. I walk thru, get overwhelmed and leave without buying anything. I love your blog, though I'm a new reader, I appreciate the outline here to follow, and I'm gaining confidence to shop.

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  169. You are fabulous and I'm sure you already know that the thoughtless e-mailer does not read the text in your posts. Keep up the good work.

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  170. Allie, Dear!!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE MY OWN EYES AS I SEE THIS E-MAIL!!!! How could someone be such a negative offender? She/he must be mentally sick, that's obvious.
    Well, the Truth is:
    1/  your blog is one of the bests among the sea of fashblogs. I DO LOVE to read your articles.
    2/  your outfits are always put together with style
    3/  YOU ARE NICE!!!!
    4/  you are much slimmer than the average american woman, so you could be good-to-follow-"pattern"  for them to put off some weight
    5/  your size is exactly the average european size! 2/3 of european women who have children have the same figure. YOU ARE NOT FAT, NOT SKINNY, YOU ARE A WOMAN!!!! /I know what I'm talking about, I'm from Europe but I lived in the US as well/

    Dearest! Keep on blogging, you give us so much joy, all around the world. Here, in the very heart of Europe, you have tons of fans as well, you know....:-))

    Love: Timi

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  171. OMG, some people just miss the meaning completely.  You have to remember they're probably miserable and jealous.  You have it all, Allie, and that makes people lash out.

    I can't tell you how many times your posts have motivated me to love myself -- most recently, my husband said he wanted a divorce and because I'm heavy, I thought it was my weight partly...well, it is, but he has his own image problems and I don't care what he thinks of my looks anymore.  I deserve better and I don't think I could have felt that so soon if it were not for your blog.

    I used to work in psychiatry and though I don't diagnose online, I know you don't have Narssictic Personality Disorder (NPD-- not that I can spell the first word :P).  I have some suspicions about some bloggers having NPD but believe me, your pictures and blog are nothing like those I see that I suspect have NPD.

    xxo

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  172. Oh wow Christine, your comment totally made me tear up. Thank you for sharing your experience, and I wish you much strength during this time. I am glad you realize you deserve better! Big hug to you, and thank you again. XOXO

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  173. Luckettfarms6/13/12, 4:45 PM

    I for one love to read your blog. I don't handle criticism very well and I admire how you put yourself out there for everyone to see. Your advice for dressing for the coporate world as well as casual weekend wear is spot on. Please don't pay any attention to the haters.

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  174. I am sorry that there are people out there with absolutely nothing positive to say - who are clueless and with no perspective. 
    I see so many positive things about your blog and for me you are some real that we can relate to.
    I hate that you got this comment but I am happy that something positive came out of it - it totally shows what kind of a person you are :)

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  175. Wow, how vicious and mean! I don't think you need to justify yourself to this person who's probably very insecure inside! I am insecure and self conscious but I try to love myself. Keep your head up, Alison! You have more supporters than you do detractors. Just remember that!

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  176. Just wanted to chime in and say I love your blog and think you're fantastic! Keep on keepin on!

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  177. I am sorry some people dislike them selves so much they feel the need to cut you down.
    I like your kind of perfect.

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  178. I'm chiming in late, but I just have to tell you how helpful your blog has been to me.  I've been checking in daily for maybe three years now, and your posts and wise advice helped me to transition from graduate student to adult person.  Even though we look nothing alike, your blog directed me toward a look that makes me feel confident and appropriate, while still being me.  Thank you so much and I hope you never give up blogging.

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  179. Again, behind in my blog reader, but what a hater, and really not worth anyone's time. You're a lovely woman with incredible style. It's so hard for me to take pictures of myself everyday without feeling a li'l like a tool, but I started style blogging for similar reasons, I wanted to see more women of a certain age, with limited budgets, sharing what they wear to the office. 

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  180. Purple_Sheepy6/15/12, 3:54 AM

    WOW how nasty is that person!   I LOVE your blog and your photos, you are an inspiration to women not only in America but over here in the UK too.    I get great ideas from reading your blog, but also love the personal side and advise you give too.  DON'T listen to horrible, ugly (mind not physical appearance) people who if they don't like it why are they looking at it!!   

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  181. Allie,  you pioneered the outfit blog and these young, dumb bitches don't have a clue.  They're just getting in the game with their ugly attitudes and juvenile rants. Jealousy is a sickness, they can only WISH to look this damn good in their thirties.  Honey, you do you!  You are an amazing inspiration!

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  182. wow. guess you have to have thick skin when you are a blogger. I love your blog and think you bring a lot of great ideas!!  especially love your CAbi posts!

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  183. Jamie Valeriano6/18/12, 4:26 PM

    You are beautiful and you have GREAT style! Keep doing what you're doing and don't let the haters bring you down (which obviously you are not). You handled this in such a classy way.

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  184. I'm behind on your blog...usually I faithfully follow every day, but a recent move got me behind.  What the heck is wrong with people?  Don't like the pictures or the blog?  Quit visiting it.  It's really just that simple.  I have found blogs recommended by others or linked from other blogs I read and after a few visits decide it's not my cup of tea so I delete the bookmark and quit visiting.  Not my place to tell them they suck.  THEIR blog....don't like it, go away and don't come back.  Don't like it?  Doesn't mean it's crap or anything else negative.  Just isn't for you or me.  Nothing wrong with that.  No need to be hateful.  Good grief.  Such meanie heads.  

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  185. i just want to let you know i really like your blog, and thanks for the time you take to fashion and style advice us!

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  186. I just found your blog and I immediately thought "what a cute lady!" and in no way does your blog or your photos come across as narcissistic. I sincerely appreciate you putting yourself out there (into the blogosphere) to help those with less style savvy! Some people are idiots ...

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  187. Mavis Jones7/1/12, 10:40 AM

    Obviously a jealous person who wishes they had your self confidence.

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  188. I know it's already been said with all these comments but , as us Aussies say to those "haters that are gonna hate".........Bunch of Drongos!!!!!!!
    Don't pay any attention to them coz that's what they want. Attention seeking gits who are very jealous. 
    Keep up the good work, Sweetie :)

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