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The Best Suits of Summer

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I'll never forget the endless summers I spent on the coast of North Carolina. My shoulders were always kissed by the sun, my hair was continually salty from the ocean and my one-piece, bright blue bathing suit was my constant companion.
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Over-all-ing your wardrobe

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The last time I had on a pair of overalls, I was miles from civilization with a whip in my hand, an hysterical co-worker by my side and five angry cowboys staring me down.
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Baring It All (for my birthday)

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I don't remember dying, but I did. Twice. It was a chilly Fall morning in October at a dentist's office in Santa Fe. My mom had escorted me to what was supposed to be a regular wisdom teeth extraction appointment.
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Beautifully Banded

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I could see the door to the jet bridge closing, despite the fact that I was just a few yards away from it.
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The Transparent Trend

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When I got the assignment this week to do a story on VH1's new "Naked Dating" show for Deco Drive, I was beyond intrigued and not because I needed a date, either.
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The Return of the Crop Top

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When I first heard that the Crop Top was back in style, I walked straight into my bedroom, stood in front of the mirror, lifted my shirt, turned to the side and stuck my gut out as far as it would go. More>>

Cool as a Cupcake

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Mattie McDonald was one of the prettiest women I'd ever seen. She had light green eyes, dark brown hair and milky white skin. When she wafted by me, she smelled of lavender, honeysuckle and some other hypnotizing perfume I couldn't quite put my finger on. I spent a lot of my spare time daydreaming about her and not just because I wanted to know her. Ultimately, I wanted to be her. More>>

Hot in Hong Kong

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When I walked out of the Hong Kong airport, the heat of the city slapped me so hard across the face, it was like a woman catching her cheating husband with a long-suspected mistress.
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A Totally Turban Summer

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When I was the in the sixth grade, I used to style my hair in a long, hot dog curl. Not as in a ponytail; that would have been cute. Instead, I brushed it all forward as flat as I could get it and once it reached my forehead, I curled the entire thing upward to create mock bangs. Yeah, it was pretty horrible. If you don't believe me, check out the inset picture of the blog. That's me, in all my hair glory.Mind you, I wasn't trying to look bad on purpose. I just didn't know how to do my own h... More>>

The Return of the Skinny Suit

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If I timed it just right, I could make every light between my house and the television station without stopping.  More>>

The Garden Goddess

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The first time I wore a flower crown, I looked like a dinner theatre version of Carmen Miranda. The head adornment was robust, round and ridiculous. More>>

Birks Are Back

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I had two goals while growing-up in Santa Fe, New Mexico: get the heck out of Dodge and never turn into a hippie. Well, I succeeded fabulously at the first; the second? I was doing a pretty good job until a few months ago...That's when I noticed that some of the edgier Miami fashion bloggers, mainly on South Beach, were featuring thick-soled, white sandals resembling what I lovingly refer to as "Jesus shoes." At least, that's what I used to call them when I was growing up in "The Land of Ench... More>>

Beautifully Braided

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The "Venus of Willendorf" was blessed with a lot of things: a heaving bosom, a fully engorged bottom and hair that was capped full of an intricate woven-like texture; exactly what that woven-like texture was has been debated by historians for decades.
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Oh, So Roberto!

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I first came face-to-face with Roberto Cavalli back in 2005. He was overly tan, flanked by half naked women and oozing as much charm as the day is long. More>>

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  • The Must Have Maxi (just because...)

    The Must Have Maxi (just because...)

    Wednesday, May 21 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-05-21 18:22:41 GMT
    I'll never forget Eric Benson and not just because he was tall, dark and handsome. He was my brother's best friend and more importantly, he was my date to the eleventh grade prom.
    I'll never forget Eric Benson and not just because he was tall, dark and handsome. He was my brother's best friend and more importantly, he was my date to the eleventh grade prom.
  • A State of Grace

    A State of Grace

    Tuesday, May 13 2014 11:03 AM EDT2014-05-13 15:03:32 GMT
    Once upon a time, when glamour still reigned supreme and reality television and Kim Kardashian's large derriere weren't the center of pop culture, a glamorous Academy-Award winning actress fell in love with a prince.
    Once upon a time, when glamour still reigned supreme and reality television and Kim Kardashian's large derriere weren't the center of pop culture, a glamorous Academy-Award winning actress fell in love with a prince.
  • The Graduated Gladiator

    The Graduated Gladiator

    I fell head over heels in love with all things Roman esque back in 2000, when Russell Crowe breathed life into the rugged, rough-around-the edges and somewhat romantic character, General Maximus Decimus Meridius in Ridley Scott's epic drama,"Gladiator."
    I fell head over heels in love with all things Roman esque back in 2000, when Russell Crowe breathed life into the rugged, rough-around-the edges and somewhat romantic character, General Maximus Decimus Meridius in Ridley Scott's epic drama,"Gladiator."
  • Flower Power (a true awakening)

    Flower Power (a true awakening)

    Wednesday, April 30 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-04-30 21:45:47 GMT
    When the doctor told me I needed to learn to reinvent myself, I chuckled under my breath and mumbled something sarcastic. I can't remember exactly what I said, but it was disparaging and ill-mannered.
    When the doctor told me I needed to learn to reinvent myself, I chuckled under my breath and mumbled something sarcastic. I can't remember exactly what I said, but it was disparaging and ill-mannered.
  • Out on a Lim (with fashionable Phillip)

    Out on a Lim (with fashionable Phillip)

    Thursday, April 24 2014 12:11 PM EDT2014-04-24 16:11:12 GMT
    Provocative, utilitarian and deliciously modern: that's how I would describe fashion designer Phillip Lim's creations. 
    Provocative, utilitarian and deliciously modern: that's how I would describe fashion designer Phillip Lim's creations. 
  • Fabulously Fat (the return of the low & wide heel)

    Fabulously Fat (the return of the low & wide heel)

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-04-16 20:18:33 GMT
    I'll never forget the first time I met Jordana Green. She was beautiful and not just on the outside. She was standing across the newsroom with a big smile on her face. The first word that popped into my mind was "gamine."
    I'll never forget the first time I met Jordana Green. She was beautiful and not just on the outside. She was standing across the newsroom with a big smile on her face. The first word that popped into my mind was "gamine."
  • Kool Kicks

    Kool Kicks

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-04-09 20:31:11 GMT
    Okay, ladies...it's time to blow the whistle and cry "foul" on your high-heel sneaker wedges; even your throwback Chuck Taylor's need a time-out, too.
    Okay, ladies...it's time to blow the whistle and cry "foul" on your high-heel sneaker wedges; even your throwback Chuck Taylor's need a time-out, too.
  • The Softer Side of Structured Fashion (featuring Donna Karan)

    The Softer Side of Structured Fashion (featuring Donna Karan)

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-04-02 21:46:36 GMT
    Even though Donna Karan's eyes were bright and clear, they were aggressively smudged with dark black eye-liner: a signature look she's worn for years. Unfortunately, the make-up prevented me from getting a good read on her. At least, from across the room, where I was inconveniently standing.Donna was in town to promote her shop-in-shop (pictured in the blog) at Saks Fifth Avenue in Bal Harbour. She was also presenting her 2014 Spring Collection to a handful of Miami fashionistas at the SLS H...
    Even though Donna Karan's eyes were bright and clear, they were aggressively smudged with dark black eye-liner: a signature look she's worn for years. Unfortunately, the make-up prevented me from getting a good read on her. At least, from across the room, where I was inconveniently standing.Donna was in town to promote her shop-in-shop (pictured in the blog) at Saks Fifth Avenue in Bal Harbour. She was also presenting her 2014 Spring Collection to a handful of Miami fashionistas at the SLS H...
  • The Perfect Pair of Pants (boyfriend style)

    The Perfect Pair of Pants (boyfriend style)

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 10:19 AM EDT2014-04-01 14:19:12 GMT
    I remember my first kiss like it was yesterday. It was with DJ, my best buddy and neighbor. We were in the fifth grade. We'd started our weekly play date on the swing set like normal, but then he suggested an unsuspecting game of tag.
    I remember my first kiss like it was yesterday. It was with DJ, my best buddy and neighbor. We were in the fifth grade. We'd started our weekly play date on the swing set like normal, but then he suggested an unsuspecting game of tag.
  • The Elegant Espadrille

    The Elegant Espadrille

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 4:27 PM EDT2014-03-19 20:27:30 GMT
    I have this recurring fantasy that I'm driving up the Pacific Coast Highway in California, trying to make it to Santa Barbara before the sun sets. I'm driving a classic red Oldsmobile convertible.
    I have this recurring fantasy that I'm driving up the Pacific Coast Highway in California, trying to make it to Santa Barbara before the sun sets. I'm driving a classic red Oldsmobile convertible.
  • Get A Piece Of The Rock

    Get A Piece Of The Rock

    Wednesday, March 12 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-03-12 19:21:10 GMT
    I first discovered jewelry designer Josette Redwolf on social media a few years ago. I found her pieces beyond intriguing; not to mention the fact that they were big, bold and beautiful. I was attracted to their earthy quality, too.
    I first discovered jewelry designer Josette Redwolf on social media a few years ago. I found her pieces beyond intriguing; not to mention the fact that they were big, bold and beautiful. I was attracted to their earthy quality, too.
  • Give Harem Pants A Chance

    Give Harem Pants A Chance

    Wednesday, March 5 2014 5:18 PM EST2014-03-05 22:18:36 GMT
    When the cool, cotton-cinched sack was delivered to my office, I was immediately intrigued. It was soft, supple and seemed to have something sexy stuffed inside it. As I released the drawstring and tipped over its top, a major amount of material made its way out. I wasn't sure how it happened, but once it stopped its dramatic tumble, it tamed its way into a terrific pair of harem pants.
    When the cool, cotton-cinched sack was delivered to my office, I was immediately intrigued. It was soft, supple and seemed to have something sexy stuffed inside it. As I released the drawstring and tipped over its top, a major amount of material made its way out. I wasn't sure how it happened, but once it stopped its dramatic tumble, it tamed its way into a terrific pair of harem pants.
  • T's With Personality

    T's With Personality

    Thursday, February 27 2014 4:10 PM EST2014-02-27 21:10:35 GMT
    Long gone are the days of the classic white button-down shirt. I know, I know: for some of you, it's a hard pill to swallow, BUT it doesn't have to be.
    Long gone are the days of the classic white button-down shirt. I know, I know: for some of you, it's a hard pill to swallow, BUT it doesn't have to be.
  • Jump Into Style

    Jump Into Style

    Wednesday, February 19 2014 4:26 PM EST2014-02-19 21:26:28 GMT
    The jumpsuit didn't always belong to fashion. It started out as a costume of sorts, to protect aviators from the cold. Then, it quickly became the standard uniform for parachute jumpers to wear when leaping out of perfectly good planes.
    The jumpsuit didn't always belong to fashion. It started out as a costume of sorts, to protect aviators from the cold. Then, it quickly became the standard uniform for parachute jumpers to wear when leaping out of perfectly good planes.
  • Wrapped In Fashion

    Wrapped In Fashion

    Wednesday, February 12 2014 4:43 PM EST2014-02-12 21:43:55 GMT
    Forty years ago, a young aspiring fashion designer by the name of Diane von Furstenberg created the wrap dress. The fashion elite of New York City were said to be blasé about it.
    Forty years ago, a young aspiring fashion designer by the name of Diane von Furstenberg created the wrap dress. The fashion elite of New York City were said to be blasé about it.
  • The Uber-Chic Tongue & Cheek

    The Uber-Chic Tongue & Cheek

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 3:41 PM EST2014-01-29 20:41:02 GMT
    If Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda were still wearing designer duds and dishing the deets on their dudes, they'd definitely be doing it on Miami Beach at "The Uber-Chic Tongue Cheek."
    If Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda were still wearing designer duds and dishing the deets on their dudes, they'd definitely be doing it on Miami Beach at "The Uber-Chic Tongue Cheek."
  • The Bag Lady

    The Bag Lady

    Wednesday, January 22 2014 10:15 AM EST2014-01-22 15:15:33 GMT
    Becoming an entertainment reporter was something I'd always dreamed of doing, but snagging the illustrious title of "The Bag Lady" along with it, well, uh, not so much.
    Becoming an entertainment reporter was something I'd always dreamed of doing, but snagging the illustrious title of "The Bag Lady" along with it, well, uh, not so much.
  • Flogging Along Just Fine

    Flogging Along Just Fine

    Wednesday, January 15 2014 1:56 PM EST2014-01-15 18:56:29 GMT
    Before I start therapy, I always introduce myself like this: "Hi. I'm Shireen Sandoval and I'm a shoe-a-holic."
    Before I start therapy, I always introduce myself like this: "Hi. I'm Shireen Sandoval and I'm a shoe-a-holic."
  • The Most Intriguing Accessory of 2014

    The Most Intriguing Accessory of 2014

    1/8/2014 3:01:30 PM2014-01-15 18:30:26 GMT
    When the holidays are over, I always have a bit of a glitz and glamour withdrawal. Especially, as I tuck away my sparkly jewelry and bedazzled clothing reserved only for wear during what I call "The Golden Weeks."Those are the days that fill up the time between Thanksgiving through New Year's.
    When the holidays are over, I always have a bit of a glitz and glamour withdrawal. Especially, as I tuck away my sparkly jewelry and bedazzled clothing reserved only for wear during what I call "The Golden Weeks."Those are the days that fill up the time between Thanksgiving through New Year's.
  • the little things ... (based on true events)

    the little things ... (based on true events)

    Friday, November 1st - 2013 It was like a scene out of a zombie movie, as hundreds of people flooded out of the Los Angeles International Airport and walked on foot to get to a safe place. I was one of them. I knew there had been some kind of shooting inside terminal 3 of LAX, but information was scarce because I had been flying (en route) from Miami to LA, with a brief diversion to Phoenix, when the drama unfolded.
    Friday, November 1st - 2013 It was like a scene out of a zombie movie, as hundreds of people flooded out of the Los Angeles International Airport and walked on foot to get to a safe place. I was one of them. I knew there had been some kind of shooting inside terminal 3 of LAX, but information was scarce because I had been flying (en route) from Miami to LA, with a brief diversion to Phoenix, when the drama unfolded.
  • Dressed to Kill

    Dressed to Kill

    I never thought having sex with a sports car, owning two pet Cheetahs and knocking off a slew of men that 'I just couldn't deal with anymore' would cure me of a dark depression, but it did. Matter-of-fact, it made me delightfully giddy. It all went down a few weeks ago. There I was, sitting at my desk, an uninspired fashion blogger staring at a blinking cursor and a blank computer screen.
    I never thought having sex with a sports car, owning two pet Cheetahs and knocking off a slew of men that 'I just couldn't deal with anymore' would cure me of a dark depression, but it did. Matter-of-fact, it made me delightfully giddy. It all went down a few weeks ago. There I was, sitting at my desk, an uninspired fashion blogger staring at a blinking cursor and a blank computer screen.
  • Tied Up

    Tied Up

    When I think about getting Tied Up for fashion, it's more of, say, a fantasy. Don't worry, this isn't a blog about baring it all for bondage. Although, I am open to all types of fashion. Instead, it's a story of make believe, cuz every girl's gotta dream. Once upon a time, in a stylish land far, far away ...Shireen didn't eat Taco Bell or Jalapeño Cheetos (her favorite snack food.)
    When I think about getting Tied Up for fashion, it's more of, say, a fantasy. Don't worry, this isn't a blog about baring it all for bondage. Although, I am open to all types of fashion. Instead, it's a story of make believe, cuz every girl's gotta dream. Once upon a time, in a stylish land far, far away ...Shireen didn't eat Taco Bell or Jalapeño Cheetos (her favorite snack food.)
  • The Bold, Bushy & The Beautiful

    The Bold, Bushy & The Beautiful

    I took my pants off, put my paper panties on and slid sideways onto the table. It was sticky and crunchy. I wasn't sure if it was from the red pleather the table was upholstered in or the waxy 'use it once and toss it' medical paper my butt had just annihilated while schooching to the center of the table. Probably both.
    I took my pants off, put my paper panties on and slid sideways onto the table. It was sticky and crunchy. I wasn't sure if it was from the red pleather the table was upholstered in or the waxy 'use it once and toss it' medical paper my butt had just annihilated while schooching to the center of the table. Probably both.
  • #ThePerfectSophisticatedSelfie

    #ThePerfectSophisticatedSelfie

    Sharing our private lives has never been so public. Matter-of-fact, in our 'Instagram, Twitter and Facebook' kind of world, over-sharing is a way of life. Everyday, I watch friends and strangers post pictures of their family, food, festivities, fashions, pets, plants and professions. But, what I see most on social media?
    Sharing our private lives has never been so public. Matter-of-fact, in our 'Instagram, Twitter and Facebook' kind of world, over-sharing is a way of life. Everyday, I watch friends and strangers post pictures of their family, food, festivities, fashions, pets, plants and professions. But, what I see most on social media?
  • Oprah, Undressed

    Oprah, Undressed

    Oprah and I collided pretty hard - literally. It happened when she was eagerly stepping out of her interview suite and I was eagerly stepping in. We ran into each other face-first. We ended up in this weird, armless, hugging position. It was really awkward. Both of us retreated and apologized.
    Oprah and I collided pretty hard - literally. It happened when she was eagerly stepping out of her interview suite and I was eagerly stepping in. We ran into each other face-first. We ended up in this weird, armless, hugging position. It was really awkward. Both of us retreated and apologized.
  • Cape Fear

    Cape Fear

    Okay, so, there are a lot of different ways I could go with this blog. I'll get to that in a minute, but first things first. Did you know Capesare in? Yes,Capes, as in Superman, Batman, Dracula and Cinderella, respectively. I know, I know. I rolled my eyes when I first heard the news, too.
    Okay, so, there are a lot of different ways I could go with this blog. I'll get to that in a minute, but first things first. Did you know Capesare in? Yes,Capes, as in Superman, Batman, Dracula and Cinderella, respectively. I know, I know. I rolled my eyes when I first heard the news, too.
  • Southwest Style In (Depp)th

    Southwest Style In (Depp)th

    His lips were moving, but I'm not altogether sure what Johnny Depp was saying. While he peppered me with small talk, I was busy staring past him into the vast desert of New Mexico. It was more beautiful than I had remembered. Even though I live, work and consider Miami home, I'm originally from The Land of Enchantment and I hadn't been back in years.
    His lips were moving, but I'm not altogether sure what Johnny Depp was saying. While he peppered me with small talk, I was busy staring past him into the vast desert of New Mexico. It was more beautiful than I had remembered. Even though I live, work and consider Miami home, I'm originally from The Land of Enchantment and I hadn't been back in years.
  • You L-E-D up my life

    You L-E-D up my life

    The Fourth of July on Miami Beach blows, literally. Everyone and their brother (and cousin, for that matter) buys a handful of fireworks, heads to the surf and sand and with reckless abandon, proceeds to "blow shit up" (that's my favorite line from the movie GI Jane.) Don't get me wrong, I love it when families come out and enjoy the big, sparkly, heart-pounding, "ah look at that one," fireworks show. It's the hours after that I hate.
    The Fourth of July on Miami Beach blows, literally. Everyone and their brother (and cousin, for that matter) buys a handful of fireworks, heads to the surf and sand and with reckless abandon, proceeds to "blow shit up" (that's my favorite line from the movie GI Jane.) Don't get me wrong, I love it when families come out and enjoy the big, sparkly, heart-pounding, "ah look at that one," fireworks show. It's the hours after that I hate.
  • "You're on, KNUCKLEHEAD!"

    "You're on, KNUCKLEHEAD!"

    I'll never forget the first time I was on television. I was petrified and that's putting it mildly. I was a hot mess and I'm not talking about in a ghetto fabulous kind of way. I was sweating so profusely, I became aware of certain crevaces on my body I didn't even know I had.
    I'll never forget the first time I was on television. I was petrified and that's putting it mildly. I was a hot mess and I'm not talking about in a ghetto fabulous kind of way. I was sweating so profusely, I became aware of certain crevaces on my body I didn't even know I had.
  • Sexify Your Feet

    Sexify Your Feet

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 6:00 PM EST2014-02-05 23:00:13 GMT
    There are certain things people say to you when you're a girl that undeniably shape who you become as a woman. My grandmother was one of those people.
    There are certain things people say to you when you're a girl that undeniably shape who you become as a woman. My grandmother was one of those people.
  • The Gallant Gladiator

    The Gallant Gladiator

    The Gallant Gladiatora blog story... I know it didn't happen in slow motion but it felt that way. My feet danced around me; forward and backward, up and down, side to side. My body lunged in different directions, twisting and turning, in what I thought was a dazzling display of agility. So, imagine my surprise when my enemy sunk her dagger straight into my heart. I gasped in pain and my body grew limp. After she stabbed me, she pulled me close and whispered: "Rest in peaceGallant Gladi...
    The Gallant Gladiatora blog story... I know it didn't happen in slow motion but it felt that way. My feet danced around me; forward and backward, up and down, side to side. My body lunged in different directions, twisting and turning, in what I thought was a dazzling display of agility. So, imagine my surprise when my enemy sunk her dagger straight into my heart. I gasped in pain and my body grew limp. After she stabbed me, she pulled me close and whispered: "Rest in peaceGallant Gladi...
  • The Widow Hat

    The Widow Hat

    The Widow HatThe Widow Hat
    The rain beat down so hard on the windshield it was like God himself was mad. May didn't care though, she kept driving under the moody, black sky. She was eager to embrace her new motto: "Live each day as if it were my last." Actually, it was more than a motto; it was part of her life-changing epiphany.
    The rain beat down so hard on the windshield it was like God himself was mad. May didn't care though, she kept driving under the moody, black sky. She was eager to embrace her new motto: "Live each day as if it were my last." Actually, it was more than a motto; it was part of her life-changing epiphany.
  • Falling for Winklepickers ...

    Falling for Winklepickers ...

    Saturday, June 15 2013 2:20 PM EDT2013-06-15 18:20:08 GMT
    I didn't notice him at first - but once I realized he was staring at me from across the room - I was a goner. He was beautiful. Smoldering really. Sure the place was packed, but our mutual attraction made me feel like I was the only girl in the world. He was subtle, I'd give him that and unusual. I'd never seen anything like him. Maybe a few cheap knock-off's but for the most part, I knew I had spotted a true original.
    I didn't notice him at first - but once I realized he was staring at me from across the room - I was a goner. He was beautiful. Smoldering really. Sure the place was packed, but our mutual attraction made me feel like I was the only girl in the world. He was subtle, I'd give him that and unusual. I'd never seen anything like him. Maybe a few cheap knock-off's but for the most part, I knew I had spotted a true original.
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