What’s in My Beach Bag? | Island Necessities

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Spring Break is upon us and the sunshine season is just a few months away! Here’s an inside source to my beach bag essentials and some tips to keep in mind as you replenish your vitamin sea!



What’s a day at the beach without a cute pair of sunnies? Sunglasses are definitely a vacation necessity for me, not only do they protect your eyes but they can be a huge fashion statement. I adore this pair of Dior dupes which I discussed in my last post (if you haven’t read it yet, check it out here!) My adorable case is from a local boutique but you may be able to find a similar one at Nordstrom.


A Good Read 

The beach is a perfect spot to dive into a good book! I’m currently loving Bossypants by Tina Fey, it seriously never fails to make me laugh. This read is perfect for some light, seaside entertainment and I would definitely recommend it. What’s your favorite book right now? Let me know in the comments below- I love new suggestions!


An Underwater Camera 

Cute photos are a MUST on any vacation but a sand/water damaged lens can definitely put a damper on any trip. That’s why I love taking my FujiFilm waterproof camera on my beachy adventures! Not only does it have a wrist strap for underwater exploring but it definitely prevents the anxieties of a ruined camera. I used this a ton on my recent vacation and it perfectly captured my snorkeling memories!


A Hat

Salty hair can get wild and a hat is definitely a beach necessity! Mine is from Vineyard Vines and it always comes in handy. It’s super important to protect your face from UV rays (and to look cute- both of which can be achieved with a hat!) If a ball cap isn’t your style, floppy sun hats are also adorable and will achieve the same fun, tropical look!


Sunscreen (duh!) 

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my fair share of harsh sunburns. If anything, sunscreen is surely an essential if you’re spending the day with your toes in the sand. I like Neutrogena sunblock because I find that it is gentle on the skin and doesn’t give off a greasy feel. For my face I apply the Ultra Sheer stick and the Ultimate Sport Spray is perfect for my body for I know it will stay on all day. With sunscreen in your beach bag you’ll look like a bronzed babe instead of a lobster…Don’t forget to reapply!



These definitely aren’t everyone’s style but I ADORE my white Birkenstocks. These sandals are perfect for long walks to the beach because they are super durable and comfortable- not to mention cute! Complementing a tan perfectly, the white style is awesome for Spring and Summer. Yay for Birks!


That’s it for my Beach Bag Essentials! I hope you had/have an amazing and safe Spring Break! What’s in your beach bag?


Thanks so much for reading, don’t forget to like, comment follow for more exciting  content coming your way!

Much love,

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Getaway Garments | A Week in Paradise

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A tropical tan is the perfect accessory to any outfit. I recently took a trip to the beautiful Harbour Island, Bahamas, where these beachy outfits left me feeling pretty in paradise. Enjoy (& don’t forget your sunscreen!)


This first outfit was definitely one of my go-to beach looks. My tunic style cover up is super light weight and kept me cool in the Bahamian sun. I purchased mine from a local boutique, however you should be able to find similar ones like it at J.Crew. I paired my tropical tunic with my favorite white Birkenstocks which aren’t only comfy and durable, but they compliment a tan perfectly! The sunnies I’m sporting here are exact dupes to the Dior “So Real” Shades (except for the fact that they’re about $500 cheaper!) and I purchased them on Amazon. This outfit encompasses both comfy and cute aspects which are crucial to any vacation look!



Whether I was grabbing lunch with a view or lounging on the pink sand beaches, this was another one of my favorite outfits from the trip. This navy and lime coverup is perfect for throwing over your swimsuit, instantly creating a beachy look. I paired my tunic with a simple pair of Tkees and I was ready for any adventure awaiting me on the island!



This fun jumpsuit was one of my dressier outfits on my vacation yet it definitely still gave off a beachy and relaxed vibe. I purchased mine from a small online store, Boho Outfitters but you can find similar ones like it at Urban or Nordstom. I adore the detailing on this piece and can’t wait to incorporate it into more outfits this summer. I paired my jumpsuit with my rose gold pair of Palm Beach Sandals, dressing up the look a bit yet not straying from comfort.


This final look is a classic white maxi dress that I couldn’t resist bringing on my trip. I purchased mine from Target but you can find tons of variations with this simple design. Whether you want to dress it up with a pair of wedges or wear it barefoot to the beach, this piece is so versatile and beautiful- not to mention it will make you feel like a goddess!


My tan is beginning to fade so it looks like it’s time to rap up today’s post. I hope you gained some outfit inspiration from my tropical looks! Be sure to tell me your favorite outfit in the comments below!

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With Love,

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Concert OOTN | Denim & Dancing

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Urban fashion and concert style alike, both incorporate fun and edgy aspects. When I attended a Marina and the Diamonds concert in New York City last week, these were the words I kept in mind upon searching throughout my wardrobe for the perfect outfit of the night. Here you will find the details of my look from an awesome evening in the city… Enjoy!



Jacket- Urban Outfitters 

I love pairing denim with various looks to make them more casual yet keep them chic. On this rainy night in particular I was definitely glad I layered for it made waiting outside for Marina’s (!!!) performance a lot more enjoyable! While inside the venue, I tied the jacket around my waist and it looked just as cute. If you haven’t already invested in a denim jacket I would highly recommend purchasing one for they are super versatile yet practical!

Top- H&M

This classic black and white striped top is another super versatile item in my wardrobe. This shirt is very simplistic yet I love the fun effect that the higher neckline gives as it peeks over the denim.

Skort- Free People

I am so, so excited about this new piece! A pleather, envelope skort seems a bit intimidating upon first glance however I love the way that it can be dressed up or down. The fact that this is a skort instead of a skirt is also super exciting (got to love those built in shorts!) I am also obsessed with the statement zipper in the front. I can’t wait to experiment with incorporating this piece into various looks (Be sure to like this post if you want me to do a skort lookbook!!)


Black Tights 

I included sheer black tights under my skort for an edgier look (and for warmth!) You can basically find these anywhere- I believe mine are from Target.

Bag- Kate Spade 

My bright red bag added a pop of color to my look and served as a statement piece. This was the perfect size for the concert necessities and didn’t get in my way while I was dancing. If you were going for a dressier look, the cross body strap is detachable and the purse can be used as a clutch!

(Shoutout to my sister for letting me “borrow”- aka steal this forever from her!!!)

Sneakers- Sk8 Hi Slim Vans

As for shoes, I went with my black and white high top Vans. These were perfect for walking around the city and dancing all night. If you are going to a concert- especially in a city venue that’s entirely standing, I would definitely recommend going with more comfortable footwear. If you were looking to dress up a look like this, black booties would be the perfect addition.

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I hope you enjoyed my outfit of the night!! I had an AMAZING time at the Marina and the Diamonds concert, she was fabulous live! Click here to listen to some of her music and be sure to let me know your favorite songs in the comments below!


Thanks so much for reading, don’t forget to likecommentfollow for more OOTD & OOTN posts coming your way soon!

With love,

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Summer Blues | DIY Boyfriend Jeans

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Who needs a boyfriend when you can wear boyfriend jeans?! Really though, these distressed denim pants are so trendy at the moment and can truly transform an outfit. Versatile and comfortable, boyfriend jeans can give  a simple look an edgy twist. Not to mention they’re super easy to make yourself! Realizing this, I geared up with a pair of scissors and decided to convert some old jeans from drab to fab (that was cheesy but I couldn’t resist) in a matter of minutes. Here you will find how to create your very own boyfriend jeans… Enjoy!


What you will need: 

In order to complete this super simple DIY you will only need a few items that can be found around the house!

  • Jeans (pretty obvious)- I thrifted mine from my local Goodwill for just $5, as this was my first time distressing, the thrift store was a great resource for finding inexpensive pieces to DIY.
  • Scissors- fabric scissors would be easiest if you have them however office scissors work just fine.
  • Tweezers
  • A pencil (or really any writing utensil of your choice!)

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Now that you have your materials, follow these easy steps and you will have yourself a pair of trendy, statement jeans!


  • Step 1: First, try on your jeans and use a pencil to mark exactly how wide and long you would like your distressed areas to be.
  • Step 2: Next, use your scissors to cut horizontal lines about a half inch to an inch and a half apart, depending on how large you would like your holes to be.
    • Hint: Make sure you are only cutting through ONE layer of the pants!
  • Step 3: After that, use your tweezers to pull out the individual fraying strands of denim you have created. This will gradually begin to reveal white, distressed areas.
    •  This step can be quite tedious, but stick to it, you will be happily surprised with the outcome!


  • Step 4: Continue with the previous step until you reach your desired amount of fraying.
    • Hint: if you are looking for a less geometrical shape in your hole, make the lines you cut in “Step 2” unevenly sized to avoid a boxy look.
    • Throwing your jeans in the wash immediately after distressing will also create a more frayed, edgy style.

After following these steps, not only will you have your very own boyfriend jeans, but the pride to say you made them yourself!


Here are my finished pants! In addition to rolling the bottoms, I decided to create three holes, one on the thigh, knee and lower shin. I just love pairing my boyfriend jeans with my white Birkenstocks (they’re so ugly they’re cute!) for an extra fun and edgy look. I am so happy with how my jeans came out and would definitely recommend trying this DIY to spice up some old denim! If you do try it out or have any other DIYs you would like me to cover, leave a comment down below!

Thank you so much for reading- it means the world to me! Don’t forget to like & follow for more fashion DIYs in the future!

Have a wonderful week!

With love,

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Cute For a Cause | Ivory Ella

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Are you looking for a way to make a difference in this world? Do you like to wear adorable clothes? If you answered “YES” to one of those two questions then you must check out the garments of the adorable new company, Ivory Ella. With a mission to save elephants (my favorite animal!) from poaching and extinction, this awesome company donates 10% of net profits to savetheelephants.org! By purchasing a product you could truly make a difference, not to mention look incredibly cute while doing so!



I recently ordered this fuchsia long sleeve t-shirt from Ivory Ella’s website and have been wearing it non-stop ever since! The soft, lightweight material and bright, fun color, make it perfect for summer! I also love the fact that it is so comfy and effortless yet still looks way cuter than a simple tee. Ideal for those pool days when you are running out the door to grab an ice cream cone, I will definitely get a lot of use out of this buy!


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Photo credit to http://www.ivoryella.com

With a huge variety of products there is surely an item for everyone! The company recently came out with choker necklaces and men’s apparel in addition to the fun women’s tees already in stock. I am in love with the diverse amount of patterns and styles on the website and am constantly finding new items each time I check back!


With each t-shirt at a price of around $30, it is definitely comforting to know that a portion of your mini splurge is going to an awesome cause. Currently, the company ships to the U.S. only, however they have only launched recently and state on their website that they “hope to implement worldwide shipping in a few weeks!” I am extremely eager to see what this little company has in store and can’t wait to see what other adorable products I can purchase that can help save the elephants!

This is truly an awesome brand and I just had to share it with the rest of you! Let me know in the comments what your favorite item on the Ivory Ella website is and if you are planning to purchase anything!

Thanks so much for reading and don’t forget to like follow for more posts like this! Also, be sure to share Ivory Ella with your friends, each purchase can help to make a difference!

Click here to access the Ivory Ella website & purchase your own products. 

Wishing you a wonderful week!

With love,

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Disclaimer: This post is in no way affiliated or sponsored by Ivory Ella, all statements and opinions are my own!

Notable Nominations! |The Liebster & Real Neat Blog Awards

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Wow! I was so excited to hear that the wonderful blogger, thoughtful pigeon had nominated me for the Liebster award! Just a day after this I discovered that I was nominated for the Real Neat Blog award by the lovely, MyLipAddiction! A big thank you to both of them and to all of my awesome followers- you all make my day!

FullSizeRenderFor those of you who don’t know, the Liebster and “Neat Blog” are tag-like awards that allow the blogging community to come together and recognize up-and-coming bloggers. For organization purposes, I have decided to combine both nominations into a single post (don’t want to bombard my followers) and I will be answering the questions based on the Liebster Award rules with the Neat Blog Award questions included. Although from my understanding these are common awards to go around WordPress, I am so happy to be nominated and incredibly thankful to have just one person reading my content, let alone nearly 200!!


I was nominated to answer the following questions. Enjoy!

  1. What’s your favourite book?

Recently I haven’t been reading as much as I would like to be however, I recently completed To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and surprisingly enjoyed it a lot (I assumed I would dread it because it was school assigned). I feel that the novel had some valuable lessons that can definitely be interpreted by various readers. It’s one of those books that you can gain from with each time you read it. I am always open to new book suggestions as I would like to start reading more often, so definitely leave your favorite books in the comments!

2. Your favourite holiday destination?

Over Christmas break this year my family and I took an incredible, surprise trip to Los Angeles, California. I immediately fell in love with the environment and already want to return! The city reminded me of a more relaxed New York City, as it was filled with intriguing characters and quirky places to visit! Speaking of NYC, I can not neglect it as one of my favorite holiday destinations. Although I live quite close to the city, each trip I take there is a new adventure. Especially around the holidays, the spirit is positively contagious. I love exploring and hope to travel to France (or anywhere in Europe) in the future as I am currently studying the French language (J’adore voyage!)

3. What was the first CD you bought?

To be completely honest, I can’t remember the last time I listened to a CD and was never quite old enough to buy my own when they were more popular. I do however, clearly remember constantly stealing my sister’s CD with the soundtrack to Another Cinderella Story with Hilary Duff… to this day it’s still one of my favorite movies!

4. What’s your favourite brand of makeup?

This is a tough one as my makeup collection is definitely packed with numerous cosmetic brands! If I had to pick a favorite however, it would have to be a tie between Benefit and Urban Decay. I have always been in love with Urban Decay and their Naked palettes as the colors are perfect for everyday looks, yet they can be dressed up too! I’ve recently fallen in love with Benefit Cosmetics as well and can’t get enough of their stains and highlights. In addition to these awesome brands I always love a good drugstore product as well.

5. Five favourite skin care products?

  • Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion
  • Netrogena Naturals- purifying makeup remover cleansing towelettes.
  • Netrogena Oil Free Cleansing wipes (pink grapefruit)
  • Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
  • Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick

I use each of these products when I see best fit and definitely not all at once!

6. Favourite YouTuber?

I love watching Zoella and Alfie’s vlogs.

7. Favourite perfume?

I recently picked out the L’occitane perfume, Fleur D’or Acacia and I LOVE it. It’s the perfect mix of fresh and feminine. I would definitely recommend it if you are in the market for a new, daily scent!

8. Top 5 TV shows you love?

  • Friends (!!!!)
  • Modern Family
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (a hilarious Netflix original)
  • The Carrie Diaries
  • Gossip Girl

9. Favourite super hero?

I hate to say it but I have only seen one single super hero movie and it was Captain America… I did thoroughly enjoy it though so I would have to say that Captain America is my favorite!

10. Why did you start blogging?

I originally had to create a blog for my Journalism class in school. Subsequent to the class ending I realized that I had really enjoyed sharing my thoughts and ideas on my very own blog and recently decided to pick it back up. Once I started gaining a following I was over the moon and have been loving it ever since. I am looking forward to what the future has in store for my little page!

11. Any advice you’ve picked up so far you could give to other bloggers?

If I were to give one word of advice to other, new bloggers I would tell them not to be afraid to put themselves out there. To some, it may seem scary sharing their writing to such a large audience, however if you gain the confidence to share you will see how much fun it really is!

Neat Blog Award Questions: 

1. What’s Your Favourite Lip Product- Like ever!!!

Aside from my holy grail lip balm, Nivea- “a touch of smoothness,” I’d have to say my favorite lip product (like ever!!) would be the Nars Satin Lip Pencil in “Rikugein.” I am in love with the smooth texture and the color is the perfect step up from a natural looking lip. The matte consistency is bold on its own however it can also be dressed up with a clear gloss. Love love love it!!

2. If You could Live Anywhere in the world… Where would it be?

I pondered this question for quite a while but I’m going to have to be boring and say my current home on the East Coast (USA). As of now I am very content with living in a beautiful suburb that is just close enough to New York City- for weekend adventures. I would also (my decisiveness is coming out) love to venture to France in the future and experience the culture and scenic change.

3. What is Your Favourite clothing line?

I don’t necessarily shop by line or brand but I do have several favorite stores. Some of them being, Free People, Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters!

4. What’s Your Favourite movie? 

This question seems so simple but it is so, so tough! I am an avid movie watcher and seem to have a new favorite every month! As of now my go to movie is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off… a classic. I would love to hear your own movie recommendations, so definitely leave them in the comments!

5. What’s Your Favourite flower?

I think pink Peonies are just beautiful!

6. Do You have a pet? 

Yes! I have an adorable Shih Tzu Bichon mix puppy named Molly! She is 12 pounds of pure joy.

11 Random Facts about Me:

  1. I LOVE elephants and have ever since I was a baby.
  2. I have had a passion for dance all of my life and have studied over 8 different kinds. Ballet will always be my favorite!
  3. Audrey Hepburn is one of  my role models and I hope to emulate her elegance one day.
  4. I have a sister who is 5 years older than me…and I love her very much!
  5. I adore fashion but coincidentally wear a uniform to school.
  6. I can never stick to and finish a series on Netflix (I get bored quickly).
  7. I have an ENFJ personality type.
  8. I order lemonade almost everywhere I go.
  9. I hope to pursue a career involving writing and journalism in the future.
  10. I am never not in the mood for good chocolate chip pancakes.
  11. I constantly feel grateful for the life I live because it is filled with incredible people!

Those with under 200 followers that I would like to nominate are:

Have fun ladies, I can’t wait to learn more about you!

The questions for those I nominated:

1. What is your favorite pizza topping?

2. What is one movie that changed your life?

3. If you could go shopping with anyone (living or deceased) who would they be?

4. What is your favorite time of day? Why?

5. Do you prefer taking photos or modeling in them?

6. If you had to listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?

7. What is your favorite thing to bake/cook?

8. What is your favorite kind or makeup (mascara, blush etc.)

9. Which animal describes your personality/ If you were an animal which would it be?

10. Why did you start blogging?

11. What do you hope to achieve throughout your blogging journey?

Once again, thank you so much for the nominations! I am so thankful to have all of my followers and can’t wait to expand this little “family” and learn more about the wonderful blogging community! I had a blast answering these questions and I hope you learned a bit more about me!

Don’t forget to like, comment & follow for new posts! Lots of love Xx

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Street Style OOTD: A day in NYC

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Not only is New York City stunning for its famous sights, incredible architecture and overwhelming culture, but simply roaming the busy streets can be as intriguing as visiting another one of its museums. The diversity in style that one can observe whilst walking a few blocks is so genuinely beautiful. From leather pants, to flowing dreadlocks, to outfits made entirely of a single pastel color-the various aspects of style can be so inspiring and exciting.This week I took a day trip into the city and decided to photograph my look (sorry to disappoint but it does not involve dreadlocks nor monochrome pastels).


How can you not be in love with this city?

It’s NOT Spring: Although spring is (supposedly) approaching, the East Coast remains frigid as ever. I decided that I might as well incorporate my favorite winter style into my outfit because with warm weather will come a plethora of new trends. Some trends this season were loose bohemian knits, cool toned outfits and flannel prints. As you will see I utilized several of these aspects into my outfit of the day.


My outfit of the day!

What I wore: I went for a very casual, grunge look by incorporating layered, loose basics. My comfortable, flowy top is from a local boutique, however there are similar basics sold at Brandy Melville. As for bottoms, I styled a high waisted, structured pant with gold accented pockets from American Apparel. For a pop of color, I tied a flannel from Urban around my waist- this also came in handy when it got chillier throughout the day and I could put it on, creating a layered look. I styled this outfit with some classic black booties (not pictured) to tie it all together. 

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Bralettes & Necklace combos = A match made in Heaven

Why bralettes are extremely important: I am in LOVE with bralettes because they are the perfect addition of color and texture to any simple outfit. Although some can be pricey, I invested in this aqua one from Free People and have been wearing it non-stop since. You can really dress up this comfortable statement with a little black dress or in a more casual sense as I did. If you don’t already own one, I would definitely recommend purchasing a bralette, as mine has become a staple in my wardrobe.

Notable Necklaces: I purchased my set of necklaces from Urban Outfitters and just as the bralette does, layered necklaces can really alter an outfit. I’ve been really into gold accessories lately and feel that this combination of various lengthened and textured necklaces can be styled in many ways. The shortest necklace is a very simple bead strung on a black cord- resembling the choker trend that was incredibly popular this summer. The next necklace is a simple lotus flower and I feel that the length is perfect and can be styled alone or with other pieces, as photographed. My third necklace is a “Hamsa” hand which is supposed to serve as “protection from evil” (in reality I just thought it was really cute!) I have been in love with various lengthened necklaces because they can be featured individually or paired to create awesome looks.


Hopefully I’m not making you TOO hungry…

Sunnies: I know I’m killing you with the food photos, but what would a trip to the city be without a picture of my treat (I am a teenage girl after all). Anyway, this mouth watering photo of my ice cream sandwich from TMC features my new favorite sunglasses. Although it may have been raining and freezing weather I couldn’t resist wearing my new shades (yes, I’m THAT girl) from Urban Outfitters (see a pattern here?) The perfect pair of sunnies can really pull a look together! With warm weather (supposedly) approaching I would definitely recommend looking for your next pair of shades at Urban because they are all incredibly cute and fairly inexpensive. Also, you should definitely stop by The Meatball Shop if you happen to be in the city- you can pick up one of these ice cream sandwiches because let me tell you it was incredible. 

Maybe spring is coming after all...

Maybe spring is coming after all…

Thank you so much for reading! If you are looking for style inspiration (or any kind of inspiration) you should take a trip to NYC for sure! It is overflowing with unique looks on every sidewalk. I hope you enjoyed, have a wonderful week.

Don’t forget to like, comment & follow for more outfit inspiration & style posts! Also, a special thank you for all of the awesome feedback on my last post- you are all so lovely! 

Kyra Xx

An Array of Beyoncé!


Beyoncé Knowles, singer, songwriter, and one of the most popular stars today, is making her mark in the fashion world! This musical icon is teaming up with the wildly popular brand, Top Shop to create a trendy activewear line. The collection will carry, “clothing, footwear and accessories across dance, fitness and sports categories”. Not only are millions of Beyoncé fans ecstatic for her partnership with Top Shop but Knowles says, “Working with its development team to create and produce a technical and fashion-led collection is exciting, and I’m looking forward to participating in all aspects of this partnership.” The collection remains unnamed and will be sold to consumers in Fall 2015. This isn’t the first experience Beyoncé has had in the fashion industry. In 2004, she launched a collection called House of Deréon with her mom, Tina Knowles. She later started a junior line called Deréon with her sister Solange. Bey create her own fashion line but she can style other designers as well. Not only is she an icon but a fashion inspiration too! Always looking flawless, Beyoncé is known to wear a lot of Ralph & Russo, Emilio Pucci, Givenchy, The Blonds and more. Many look forward to seeing Beyoncé’s new line and can’t wait to purchase her collection in the upcoming year!

Beyoncé styling activewear in one of her music videos

Beyoncé styling activewear in one of her music videos

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