Standing tall in the land of a giant!


Hello dolls!! A very good Happy Monday to you :) I hope you had a great weekend. Today, I wanted to share with some pictures that I took during the summer. I saved these from then for the rainy days we're having just now. Because I took a lot of photos, I decided to break them into different posts. I'll show you some of York itself in another post, but today I am showing you just York Minster. When I first came to the UK for a holiday, I had barely ever been out of Michigan, so being in a completely different country was mind blowing. Seeing all the castles and cathedrals was like walking through pages of my history books being transported back in time. It was love at first sight when I laid eyes on York. And one of the overpowering tall structures you encounter there is York Minster. To stand next to it, is like standing next to giants, you feel so small. The powering bell that tolls, Gothic figures peering out at you from distances above, the shining gleaming spectrum of colours that dance around you from the sunlight peering through the stained glass windows. The echoing voices of history that sing sweetly again and again. It was lovely to see it once more, though it had changed slightly, you weren't allowed to wander aimlessly inside as you once had been, so pictures were limited inside. Some work was being done to it on the outside, but that didn't stop it's beauty from shining through.  I stopped to get my picture taken near it, though we had been travelling since the early hours of the morning, so I think I look a bit tired, haha! And don't let my blazer let you think it was a cool day, it was blazing hot, I ended up taking that off before melting into the sidewalks. I hope you have a wonderful Monday!! Welcome to new readers here, lovely to have you!!

Loves & Loves to you all!! 
xoxoxoxoxoxo

p.s the first picture I found on Wikipedia as it would have been impossible for me to get a full shot, but I really wanted you to see the full structure as it's so amazingly beautiful. Credit is found at the bottom of the post.



Dainty History Lesson
(please do not feel you have to read all of this, I only put it there for my readers that love to learn UK history).

The first recorded church on the site was a wooden structure built hurriedly in 627 to provide a place to baptise Edwin, King of Northumbria. Moves toward a more substantial building began in the 630s. A stone structure was completed in 637 by Oswald and was dedicated to Saint Peter. The church soon fell into disrepair and was dilapidated by 670 when Saint Wilfrid ascended to the see of York. He repaired and renewed the structure. The attached school and library were established and by the 8th century were some of the most substantial in Northern Europe.
In 741 the church was destroyed in a fire. It was rebuilt as a more impressive structure containing thirty altars. The church and the entire area then passed through the hands of numerous invaders, and its history is obscure until the 10th century. There was a series of Benedictine archbishops, including Saint Oswald, Wulfstan and Ealdred, who travelled to Westminster to crown William in 1066. Ealdred died in 1069 and was buried in the church.
The church was damaged in 1069 during William the Conqueror's harrying of the North, but the first Norman archbishop, Thomas of Bayeux, arriving in 1070, organised repairs. The Danes destroyed the church in 1075, but it was again rebuilt from 1080. Built in the Norman style, it was 111 m (364.173 ft) long and rendered in white and red lines. The new structure was damaged by fire in 1137 but was soon repaired. The choir and crypt were remodelled in 1154, and a new chapel was built, all in the Norman style.
The Gothic style in cathedrals had arrived in the mid 12th century. Walter de Gray was made archbishop in 1215 and ordered the construction of a Gothic structure to compare to Canterbury; building began in 1220. The north and south transepts were the first new structures; completed in the 1250s, both were built in the Early English Gothic style but had markedly different wall elevations. A substantial central tower was also completed, with a wooden spire. Building continued into the 15th century.
The Chapter House was begun in the 1260s and was completed before 1296. The wide nave was constructed from the 1280s on the Norman foundations. The outer roof was completed in the 1330s, but the vaulting was not finished until 1360. Construction then moved on to the eastern arm and chapels, with the last Norman structure, the choir, being demolished in the 1390s. Work here finished around 1405. In 1407 the central tower collapsed; the piers were then reinforced, and a new tower was built from 1420. The western towers were added between 1433 and 1472. The cathedral was declared complete and consecrated in 1472.
Following the easing of religious tensions, there was some work to restore the cathedral. From 1730 to 1736 the whole floor of the minster was relaid in patterned marble and from 1802 there was a majour restoration. However, on the 2nd of February 1829, an arson attack by non-conformist, Jonathan Martin, inflicted heavy damage on the east arm. An accidental fire in 1840 left the nave, south west tower and south aisle roofless and blackened shells. The cathedral slumped deeply into debt and in the 1850's, services were suspended. From 1858 Augustus Duncome worked successfully to revive the cathedral.
During the 20th century there was more concerted preservation work, especially following a 1967 survey that revealed the building, in particular the central tower, was close to collapse. £2,000,000 was raised and spent by 1972 to reinforce and strengthen the building foundations and roof. During the excavations that were carried out, remains of the north corner of the Roman Principia were found under the south transept. This area, as well as remains of the Norman cathedral, will reopen to the public in late spring 2013 when a new exhibition opens, exploring the history of York Minster.
On the 9th of July, 1984, a fire believed to have been started by a lightening strike destroyed the roof in the south transept and around £2.5 million was spent on repairs. Restoration work was completed in 1988. In 2007 renovation began on the east front, including the Great East Window, at an estimated cost of £23 million. A lot of work on just one building and all the fires makes me think it has some bad luck there, but you can't deny it's sheer beauty.


Dainty Boudoir
Dress: Vintage; Jacket: New Look (old); Flower Brooch: Gifted; Earrings: Vintage.














{All photos taken by me, except the first one, gotten from wikipedia, please do not use without my permission}

126 comments

  1. lovely pictures

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  2. amazing photos, have a nice day!!!kisses

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  3. Thank you! I follow you now too:) I follow your fb page (I hope to follow my fb page back:)

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    1. You're welcome & Thank you doll :) Have a great day x

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  4. That minster looks really impressive. I skipped the history part to tell you the truth but I love the photos. You look super chic while traveling. Not tired at all. You should see me while traveling or better not ;-)

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    1. Thanks doll! Haha..well that's why I wrote two different parts, it's a lot to read. But, it's really for those that like history! When I leave it out, people ask me why, haha! Thanks so much doll xx

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  5. Hi Kizzy! Amazing architecture! Thanks for sharing the history part.
    You look so elegant and charming. I would love to wear such a beautiful brooch like yours too ^_^
    Happy week!

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    1. Thank you doll & you're most welcome. Ahh..your so kind!! I hope you have a happy week too xx Loves

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  6. Your posts are... Magic!
    I love both the words and your pics, they are pure perfection <3
    Xxx

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  7. I have never had the chance to visit it!! I think it's amazing! and yo look awesome my dear!! Have a great day!
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    1. You must doll, you would love it!! You have a great day too xx

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  8. Gorgeous! I love York and go every time we spend time in North Yorkshire. It's such a lovely city and York Minster is stunning to look at each time. Looks like you've had a wonderful time. Love the print on your dress, very pretty and very you :-) Have a lovely start to the week xo

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    1. Yes, it's such a wonderful place!! I adore it. Thank you doll :)) Have a lovely start to the week too xo

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  9. Amazing place - love the opulence :-) And you look lovely as always. Happy Monday Kizzy,
    Ax

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    1. Thank you doll :) Happy Monday to you too x

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  10. Gothic cathedrals always amaze me!! You looked gorgeous darling!!
    BTW can you believe that I thought of you when I took the picture with the peacock slipper?? ;-)
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    1. Me too, I love them so :) Thank you sweets. Ahhhaa...so sweet...am happy you thought of me with the peacock slipper, so lovely!! xoxox

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  11. You know you make my day when you do an outfit post, right, and this one is even better. I love York.
    Each and every pic is a work of art.
    It is also getting cooler here ( 19º to 25c)
    Have a wponderful Mondey dear kizzy.
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    1. Oooh thank you my dear friend, always so kind!! <3 York is just marvellous. I hope you have a wonderful Monday too my dear friend!! XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  12. What a majestic church! The architecture is stunning. it is really interesting how structures that old can evolve and take on architecture styles from different times. Thanks for the pictures dear!

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    1. It's really something to be seen in person, I just adore it. You're welcome. xoxo

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  13. Indeed, we feel small before this magnitude! That cathedral is majestic, but I'm admiring your outfit, so elegant. Happy start to the week, dear doll.

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    1. Thank you my dear...happy start to the week to you too xx

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  14. Beautiful dress!!

    Great and very intersecting story to read :)


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    Happy Monday!

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  15. The architecture on that building is mind-blowing, there's something magical about stained colourful glass in churches. Have a happy Monday too! x

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    1. I agree, thank you. I hope you have a happy Monday too x

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  16. the architecture + stained glass are amazing. i can only image the stately presence this cathedral has when viewed in person. truly an incredible design that is sure to stand the test of time! enjoy your monday;)

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    1. Yes, it's a must to see in person, amazing!! I hope you enjoy your Monday too x

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  17. Amazing clicks <3 <3 Would love to visit York someday, it'll be a feast to the eyes, seeing this fabulous piece of architecture! Thanks for sharing so much info about it!
    Your outfit is really elegant too!!
    Have a great day!

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    1. I hope you get to see it one day, you will love it!! <3 <3 You're welcome. Have a gorgeous day doll x

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  18. Wonderful Post! Love your Dress ,you look gorgeous :)

    Happy Monday ,kisses

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    1. Thanks so much doll! Happy Monday to you too. Kisses

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  19. What an Amazing place dear!! Love your look too!
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  20. Wish to visit this place at least once ! And you look very graceful in ur pics !
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    1. I hope you get to doll, it's wonderful :)) xx

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  21. It's like a fairy tale, yet real!!!.... so beautiful.
    ~ Violet

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  22. Great post. I love visiting historical places like this too!

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  23. Amazing photographs!!

    Your blog is really lovely! It would be great if we could follow each other!
    I am now following you on GFC and would love it if you could follow back!!

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  24. Beautiful pictures!
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  25. I love gothic style buildings. You are lucky to have many interesting places around to visit. You look lovely as well.
    Have a lovely week, Doll :)
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    1. Me too, there is one in Lincoln that I am dying to see :) It is very lucky to have all of these around, in America, there is nothing, haha! I hope your week is going well doll xxx

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  26. It is an amazing building indeed. Hopefully, I will get back there one day soon ... M x

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  27. Amazing pics! Lucy www.tpinkcarpet.com

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  28. York minster is extraordinary. That's why I love Europe so much, growing up and taking in all of the art and architecture when we moved a lot was one of my favourite parts of walking about. These are marvellous photos that you took and love the bit of history as well. Enjoy the week dear. /Madison

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    1. I agree doll, it is marvellous!! Thank you...hope you have a great week too x

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  29. I love your earrings. They really do match the architecture in this post.

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  30. You are a wonderful teacher, Dear Daints. You would love Rouen's Notre Dame. You might have seen it? We've nothing 'old' here in AUS! It's fascinating isn't it? Love your camellia brooch, I know you popped it on for me! Xx

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    1. thank you, I so love history! Yes, I have been there and that was magnificent too...all of Paris is. There isn't anything this old in America where I'm from either, haha. It's amazing though. I did indeed pop it on for you doll :) Xx

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  31. wow! amazing pictures! lovely outfit!
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  32. outstanding photography...you look so elegant, stylish and perfect in that outfit.

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  33. Beautiful lady in a beautiful setting! I really love your outfit and these pictures are simply breathtaking, I have not been to York myself, must visit!

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    1. thank you doll, so sweet!! Yes, you must visit, it is a dream :)) Hugs xx

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  34. York Minster looks truly magnificent! I'm always fascinated by the details on churches from the stained glass windows to the carvings on the exterior. You look amazing as usual as well Kizzy! Thanks for your lovely comment today! Have a fab week!

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    1. It is, so wonderful. Thank you xx Hope you have a great week too xx

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  35. is so european, look like a gotic britain churc!!so amazing!!and you look so lovely, love your look!!
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  36. Oh yay I've visited here before years ago, and my parents did as well recently, this year in fact. It's such a beautiful and regal building and you fit in perfectly Doll. I'm going to take a wild guess and say you definitely visited the Bronte sister's graves as well!

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    1. Haha..no, I didn't get the chance to visit their graves, but I think I may take another trip next spring/summer & I will most definitely visit them :))

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  37. Hey lovely thanks for following my new site (it's still a work in progress) oh I love York, lived not too far away all my life and its still one if my favourite places to visit, especially the shambles street at Christmas time. If you get chance to stay over check out the black swan inn as you clearly like your history - lots of interesting tales to discover of the spooky variety and they even have four poster beds! X

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    1. You're welcome. Yes, I love the shambles. I will check that out indeed :)) X

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  38. Beautiful pics! XX

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  39. You looked just lovely that day and York was one of my very favorite places in the UK! Such a gorgeous and welcoming city.
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  40. incredible!! i love seeing gothic style churches! i wish i could visit all the great ones in Europe!

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    1. I hope you get to see it one day doll, it's a must :)) x

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  41. Oh really beautiful and amazing pics looks really beautiful.
    xx

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  42. I still can't get over the fact that you lived in Adrian! What a strange, small world. These pictures are absolutely gorgeous. Next on my list is a trip to the UK and I hope I get to visit amazing places like this.

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    1. Haha...it is true :) Thank you. I hope you will get to visit, it's amazing!! And you can take your husband to the little cafe named 'Hartley's' ;-)

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  43. Absolutely MAJESTIC!!! York Minster is majestic Kizzy. What a strong and powerful structure. I've always admired the history that you guys have over there. And the preservation efforts are amazing. That's why you guys have such a rich and cultivating history. You preserve that. You look absolutely wonderful. I love the dark, light and then dark. Looks so pretty and I love your hair like that. It's a beautiful style! Gorgeous post doll. I really enjoyed reading it and looking at the pictures. Have a great week.
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    1. Thank you so much my friend!! I hope you have a great week too xx

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  44. You take wonderful pictures! makes me want to take a trip.

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  45. Beautiful photos and post!!! I love your outfit!!!
    Have a good week, dear Kizzy!! and my g+ for you...always!!!:)))

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    1. Thank you doll <3 I hope you have a marvellous week my sweet x

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  46. Whoa you look as magnificent as the cathedral Doll.....thanks for the inspiring & informative writeups!!!

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  47. You look FAB sweetie...love the way you mixed the pics :)

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  48. These pictures are beautiful and I would love to visit. You look wonderful, and I would to the same during a rainy day.

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  49. I love gothic churches - and gothic ornamentation in general... I'm always amazed at the buildings they could build hundreds and thousands years ago, without the equipment we have today. Usually they were even BETTER built than today too! But this church have really had some bad luck! Haha! Glad people have kept their faith in it, and restored it over and over again though... :) xoxoxoxoxo

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  50. When I think of a person that fits to gothic, victorian or art deco architecture, it's absolutely and only you :-D So amazing! The minster is a wonderful building! York must be a pretty place, wish I could see it too one day, usually I don't leave London when I am in the UK. Have a wonderful evening my gorgeous one, xxxx (PS: Yay, finally I'm gonna start with the new season of Downton today, exciting :-D)

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  51. Great pics, I love to watch those architectural details!!
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  52. Just beautiful and I'm in love with those patinaed black doors against the aging bone colored stones. You look so pretty in your black blazer, even if it was blazing hot, it was worth it, lol!
    xo

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  53. Wow, amazing location!!! Love your dress!!!
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  54. Amazing photos!!! Love always your posts ;)

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  55. You fit in divinely in this magnificent scenario. I hope you are having a great week so far! Kisses to you and the little girls <3
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  56. just magnificent and so amazing.

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  57. I love your outfit, but today I love your pictures with all my heart, wow! I just love them... great post...

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  58. Stunning pictures! Love your earrings!!

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  59. What a gorgeous study! You look magnificent

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  60. Amazing pictures,dear! Love your outfit!


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  61. What a breathtaking building! So beautiful! And you look absolutely stunning in these photos, I love the dress!

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  62. Once again, such beautiful pictures! Love your outfit as well, especially the broach on your jacket!
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  63. Stunning! What a great idea to combine images of the cathedral and your gorgeous self! Not to mention the history lesson! ;) Thanks for sharing this! Xo,

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  64. Gorgeous photos as always, Kizzy, you make normal life seem so precious ;)
    Love your outfit, the jacket is so cool and the flower brooch is to die for<3

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  65. I love Gothic art and architecture. A long time ago in art history class, I promised myself I would see these works in person one day. That day has not yet come. Oh, and you look lovely. -Jess L

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