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    Emily Malone

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    A Look Back.



A Beautiful Bloomington Wedding.

Yesterday we were lucky enough to attend the beautiful wedding of Casey’s good friend Bill and his (now wife!) Jen.  We are staying with Casey’s parents in Indianapolis this weekend, but we drove an hour down to Bloomington, Indiana for the wedding – any IU readers out there!?!  :)

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After all the drama of trying to find a dress for the wedding, I am SO glad I got the one I did!  I felt really comfortable, and clearly I was loving the pockets.  :)  I also wore my favorite shoes – purchased for my rehearsal dinner last year!

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On the hour long car ride to the wedding, I drank a Kombucha that I stole from Casey’s mom – I LOVE this stuff!

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Excited to get to the wedding – LOVE weddings!!

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The wedding was at a beaaaaautiful place called Deer Park Manor – a big event venue surrounded by beautiful green space everywhere.

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We were really early (for once!), so we walked around the grounds for a bit before we headed in.  Just as we pulled in it started to sprinkle rain – not good for the outdoor ceremony!

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Big solar panels – very cool!

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Beautiful tropical flower arrangements.

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And fun wood-grain place cards!  Loved these…

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The wedding was supposed to start at 5, but it was outside and mother nature was not cooperating.  So they opened up the cocktail bar early while we waited for the rain to stop.  The dance floor was in this big beautiful space that is actually a SWIMMING POOL!

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See the outer edges of the pool?  They laid a stage over the top!  Very cool, but it actually made me really nervous.  It kind of bounced when you walked on it!

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Finally the rain slowed to a very slight drizzle, and we all headed outside to see Bill and Jen get married!  The rain was actually really nice because it cooled down the 90 degree temps.  Loved these beautiful lanterns!

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The rain stopped just in time, and there was thunder rolling in the background all through the ceremony.  I actually thought it was kind of romantic.  :)

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The beautiful bride and groom!  Bill has been a great friend to Casey for many many years. 

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Jen was one of the most beautiful brides I have ever seen.  I LOVED her dress, and thought her hair was gorgeous.

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Husband and wife.  :)

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The rain finally stopped and the sun came out, and the tables were set up and ready for dinner. 

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The entire atmosphere was so beautiful.  I loved their colors and the simplicity of the decor. 

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Pretty rocks and waterfalls.

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Fruit and cheese hors d’oeurves – yum!

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Check out the awesome ice sculpture bowl for the fruit cocktail – beautiful tropical plants and orchids frozen inside!

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We hung out with Casey’s friends Tim and Jamie, Steve and Allison, and Nick and Meghan the entire night – SUCH a nice group of people.  I feel lucky every time we come home and get to spend time with them. 

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We enjoyed cocktail hour sipping on our signature club sodas with lime.  :)

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Soon enough, it was dinner time!  LOVED the water pitchers that were actually milk jugs.  I used milk jugs at my wedding too!

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I have no idea how many vegetarian guests they had at the wedding, but I was so excited that they offered us a vegetarian option on our reply card – so thoughtful!

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Yuuuummmmm.  Giant stuffed portabella mushroom, and two stuffed tomatoes that tasted like PIZZA!

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And then the most exciting part of every wedding – DESSERT!

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They had a giant cupcake tower that was half empty by the time I got there!  Thank goodness I didn’t wait any longer.

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Having three flavors to choose from made things difficult, but ultimately I went with carrot cake.  For about 10 seconds I considered having two, but then I realized that was completely unnecessary.  The cupcake was delicious – a LOT of frosting.  I scraped about half off and enjoyed the moistness of the carrot cake underneath.

After dinner, everyone hit the dance floor.  There was a LOT fun dancing and people watching.  :)

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Aaahhh I love weddings.

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Such a fun, fun evening with friends, and a rare treat to be back at home.  I realize now how much late nights affect me since I don’t do them very often.  We went to bed after 1am and slept until TEN today!  Couldn’t tell you the last time that happened.

And now for a little bit of business, we still need to pick the winner of the Ball Home Canning Discovery Kit!  The lucky winner is…

Bethany @ Not Unless I’m Being Chased – I would love to can some homemade spaghetti sauce. My Italian co-worker gave me her family recipe (only after promising to be BFFs and invite her to all future major life events — weddings, baptisms, etc. haha)
It takes 2.5 hours to make, so I only make it for special occasions because I rarely have enough time. It would be awesome to have a jar just ready to open. :)

Bethany – email me your address and contact info, and I will get the kit off to you as soon as possible!

Off for more family fun – have to soak it all up in the short time I’m here!  :)

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Ashley     at 3:54 pm

LOVE pockets in dresses!! You are gorgeous :) Dinner looked FABulous. The last wedding I was at, the vegetarian option was salmon..um, hello…salmon is an animal, lol.

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

wow that is TERRIBLE! I would have been pissed.

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Heather C     at 4:11 pm

Ah yay weddings! You looked so pretty (&Casey was handsome too!) I loved the bride’s dress & hair, so romantic!

…Have you ever touched on your skincare regime? You have the prettiest, most clear skin!
I’m struggling with my skin right now which seems so odd considering I drink at least 100oz of water a day, no soda, lots of veggies/fruits…my skin is worse than it was in high school (I’m 23) somedays I’m just like seriously, what gives?!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Gosh that’s really funny that you ask that. I was getting ready to post a blog asking for recommendations for new hair products and a face moisturizer because I pay so little attention to both. I have always had really clear skin, but recently I’ve been breaking out and it’s driving me insane too. :(

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Anne @ the doctor takes a wife     at 4:35 pm

What a fun wedding!! I love your dress, but I’m obsessed with your shoes–where are they from/who are they by??

The stage over the pool would’ve made me uber nervous too :)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

White House Black Market, from last spring. I love them too! :)

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Peggy     at 4:39 pm

I’m a grad student at Berkeley, but I’m in Bloomington at IU for the summer for a language course. I saw your post this morning about you being in Indiana, and I wondered “where in Indiana?” Turns out you were in Bloomington too! Yesterday was probably a great day for a wedding, despite the rain, since it wasn’t as murderously hot as it has been this past week…sweat and wedding dresses don’t go well together! Anything fun I should do in Bloomington while I’m here?

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Shoot I know NOTHING about Bloomington, but Indianapolis is REALLY fun! Great shopping, fun restaurant area, and just a really nice clean city.

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Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef Reply:

I just saw this & I live in Bloomington (IU grad student). If you haven’t been to McCormick Creek, GRiffy Lake, and Lake Monroe, those are some great outdoorsy places here. There are also a lot of great restaurants that you may/may not have found… if you want feel free to contact me thru my blog :) Enjoy Bloomington!

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Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers     at 4:49 pm

I love how healthy-focused your MIL is :-)

Beautiful wedding and you looked beautiful in your dress! Glad the dress shopping worked out so well!

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Katie KS     at 5:04 pm

When I saw your description of the vegetarian entree, I thought “I think that is what I had last night!” We went to a wedding with no options on the place card, so I wasn’t sure what I’d get but they came around and asked if anyone wanted vegetarian. When I found out the regular entree was filet and some kind of fish, i jumped at the vegetarian entree, even though I had no idea what it was. (I do not eat beef and rarely eat fish – stomach issues mostly!) It was something stuffed in portabello but I spent all evening wondering what it was. I bet it was the same thing you had because that is kind of what it looked and tasted like! (Oh, this wedding was at Jungle Jim’s, so not the same one!)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Haha weird – maybe the same catering company?

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Dorry     at 5:09 pm

I love weddings! We have a bunch coming up in the next 6 months (including our own!). I have to agree about the cupcake to icing ratio…I wouldn’t have been able to eat all that either. :)

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Nicole     at 5:09 pm

Love the dress! It looks like it has pockets? WIN!

I spent my morning moving all my grains/flours/etc from plastic Tupperware containers to Ball jars! I can fit SO much more stuff in the cabinets now, plus I’ll get to experiment with some of the new things I bought like buckwheat flour, wheat & spelt berries, hemp seed, and kamut.

I tried hunting for maca & chlorella powders at Whole Foods, but all they had were the pill supplements. I know I could order them online, but I don’t need a full pound of chlorella!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Yes on pockets – love them! I’m so glad you like the ball jars – it makes such a difference! I think we got a half pound of chlorella, and we’re just using it up bit by bit as we make smoothies. Since we make them every day, it gets used up faster than you’d think.

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Pure2raw twins     at 5:22 pm

Beautiful wedding!! My best friend is getting married in December, I cannot wait!

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Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)     at 5:30 pm

What a nice wedding! You look great in the dress. It makes all the difference in the world when you are comfortable in your clothes! Love the shoes too. Even better when you have more reasons than one to wear something like that. Makes you feel all girly after wearing chef coats all the time! Have a great Sunday!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Haha you have no idea! I feel like I looked SO bad for the past year – it’s nice to wear dresses and makeup every once in a while again.

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kath     at 6:33 pm

Gorgeous!! You and the setting!!

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Lisa (bakebikeblog)     at 7:02 pm

My oh my – everything looks GORGEOUS!!!!!

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Meaghan     at 7:03 pm

Hey Emily,

I have been reading your blog for the past month and I am so expired by your healthy lifestyle. I am trying to go vegetarian but am having a bit of a hard time because I live with a family that loves meat. How long have you been vegetarian? I have also tried tofu for the first time and followed your grilled tofu recipe and it was delicious. Keep up the great blogging.

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Hi Meaghan – welcome to the blog! I’ve been a vegetarian for 1.5 years. Hopefully your family will become more accepting of your lifestyle change as they get more used to it with time. I’m glad you liked the tofu!

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Annie@stronghealthyfit     at 7:34 pm

What a gorgeous wedding! I love the bride’s dress.

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Ann @ Appalachian Appetites     at 7:46 pm

LOVE the shoes!

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Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt     at 7:50 pm

What a great dress and shoes! Nice choice.

Their wedding was beautiful. Lovely colors!

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Amelia     at 8:05 pm

I’m glad to see that the weather cleared up for them eventually! I keep getting worried / watching the extended forecast like a hawk because our reception is also outside. This gives me hope that even if it rains, it will pass!

LOVE your shoes, lady.

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

I am so excited for you guys! It poured the night of my (outdoor) rehearsal dinner, and you know what? It didn’t matter. Your friends and family love you regardless! :) Ummm what is with this new blog I don’t know about?

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Amelia Reply:

That’s JUST the reminder I needed, as I check the extended forecast for the 10th time this morning.

Yes, new blog. I was really struggling with the blogspot system – it took so long, and I lost 1/2 the posts I attempted. the address is: http://eatingelephants.tumblr.com Big fan of the tumblr interface.

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Jen     at 8:38 pm

What a gorgeous wedding! I love outdoor weddings and am glad to hear the rain didn’t ruin it. I absolutely love your dress and shoes! You looked so pretty!

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Allie     at 8:41 pm

beautiful wedding, and you guys looked gorgeous!

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miranda     at 9:34 pm

I just recently started reading your blog and I am an indy IU grad! Love btown! Your dress is gorgeous too!

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Jenna     at 9:55 pm

What a beautiful wedding! I LOVE going to weddings, especially in the summer! & loved your shoes too :)

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Steve     at 10:39 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!

Just wanted to say I really like your blog – keep up the great work!

Steve
Common Cents
http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com

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Michelle     at 12:32 am

i saw your dress at anthropologie – it looks so great on you! have you ever considered bangs? i am convinced you would look like zooey deschanel if you had straight across ones!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

I have the world’s WORST cowlick in the front of my hair, that sadly allows for no bangs or fun styling options. :( So tragic!

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Brynne     at 8:04 am

What a gorgeous wedding! LOVE your shoes!

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Maura     at 9:10 am

Love the dress & the shoes! I also love your reasoning behing getting a pricer item @ the mall. I do that sort of thing all the time ;)

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Katie @ Healthy Heddleston     at 9:26 am

That wedding looks like it was a blast! I LOVE your shoes (where are they from?) and your dress pick was perfect (go Anthropologie!)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

White House Black Market!

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Emilyeatsclean     at 9:49 am

I love the dress…..the pockets are adorable!! And so are your shoes. What a beautiful wedding!

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Teri [a foodie stays fit]     at 9:51 am

wow – gorgeous wedding. And dresses with pockets are the best!

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Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales     at 12:31 pm

Love your outfit! It looks like such a fab day and I love tropical flowers at weddings, they add such a bright pop of colour.

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Melissa @ HerGreenLife     at 12:58 pm

The vegetarian option looks really nice, which is not always the case, as I’m sure you know! I am curious, were there actually morel mushrooms with the asparagus? From the photo, it just looks like baby portabellas. I’m still bummed that we didn’t find more morels this spring . . . .

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

That’s funny that you ask that – I definitely poked Casey and whispered “these totally aren’t morel mushrooms.” I actually think they were just button mushrooms, sliced, and browned. Either way, they were still good!

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Alyssa @ bride to be fit     at 1:38 pm

Looks like a beautiful wedding! Rain makes everything so romantic, I love it!

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Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life)     at 8:50 pm

I want your shoes!! So cute!

And I love weddings, too… seeing what colors, food, music the couple picks… so much fun!

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Heather     at 10:04 pm

the wedding looks beautiful! I love the colors, glad it stopped raining!

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Molly     at 7:55 am

I went to IU! We used to have all our sorority formals there. Bloomington is such a beautiful place, especially in the fall. Glad you had fun!

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cole     at 3:49 pm

Growing up in Indianapolis, we went to IU to party on the weekends…quite a few times, also for soccer, etc. But I needed to get out of town for college! It was too close ;)

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Ashley     at 12:32 pm

Aw bummer. I go into Non Blog Reading Summer Mode and I miss that you were in Bloomington! That is only a couple hours south of me!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Ahhh shoot! :)

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Katie     at 3:47 pm

The wedding looked amazing! Loooved the ice sculpture and lanterns! P.S. We’re having a veggie option at BOTH the rehearsal dinner and reception. So don’t you worry. ;-)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

YUM – can’t wait! :)

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La.     at 8:39 pm

The wedding looked beautiful and the bride was stunning!The food looks super yummy. I love weddings now that I am married, before I didn’t “understand” them. I just found your blog and I’m enjoying reading!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

I cringe when I think about what I did at weddings when I was young and unmarried myself – sending late (or no) gifts, replying late, bringing annoying dates, all that stuff. It’s so different when you’ve been through it yourself!

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meg     at 12:56 pm

Did you go to IU too?! I recently found your blog and am so excited to continue to follow along! I write a meatless monday post on my blog and am excited to get learn from your veggie dishes!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

I actually went to Denison in Ohio, but we were in town visiting for a wedding near the IU campus. Glad you found (and like!) the blog! :)

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Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef     at 7:13 pm

Okay, so I’ve only been reading your blog this summer (and I’ve been catching up on blogs tonight) but I’m in grad school at IU and I went to undergrad at Wittenberg! So I ‘ve been to Denison quite a bit for track/cross country meets and such. How fun! I must have totally missed that before. :)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Oh how fun! I love Denison. I hung out a lot at Wittenberg too – fun school!

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Eileen Jenks     at 2:11 am

you meant “shrimp cocktail” not fruit cocktail…right???

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Oh geez. YES! Thank you for the correction. :)

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Kristen     at 5:18 am

Reading back posts…

I’ve been on a wild hunt looking for cute gray slingbacks- yours are fabulous! Where did you get them?

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