20 February 2013

What's Your 3-in-1?

What's Your 3-in-1?

I love clothes.  Not a surprise, is it?  I think it might be genetic, though, so not entirely my weakness.  My grandma, Mary Deane, always claimed the title of Clothes Horse, and she was also known as one of the most classy women around.  My sister and I used to clean her modest 2 story house every other week to earn a little bit of extra cash.  Of course, it was merely going through the act of cleaning, because she was possibly the most tidy person I've ever known.  The only time it really needed cleaning was when she had guests.


I didn't mind cleaning her house.  I would open up the closet in her bedroom and she had racks hanging on both sides of the door, filled with shoes.  A rainbow of shoes.  (Every woman's dream?)  It wasn't a huge closet, not even a walk-in, but what she owned was always quality.  I wish I would have learned that concept sooner, I'm still trying to live it, but my grandma was a teacher by example.


Ryan and I try to live by the same principle: Buy fewer, but higher quality.  Can I blame my grandma for liking nice things, too?  I inherited some of her clothes when she passed away, but I am hoping even more that I've gleaned a bit of her classiness and panache.


Living in a household with so many people obviously poses many difficulties. Space being in the forefront.  There never seems to be enough, and while moving into a bigger house will give us more, it's also so easy to just fill it up with stuff.  Stuff that we just don't need.  We try to live by the rule: one in, one out.  So, having a few pieces in your wardrobe that you really love instead of a whole closet full of pieces you just kind of like makes it a much more sensible (and enjoyable!) mantra.


The above black velvet blazer is one of my staples.  I've had it...I honestly don't remember when I bought it, but I am worried about the day approaching when it will no longer be wearable.  It goes with everything.  I can wear it casual, dressed up, everywhere in between and it seamlessly acquiesces to it all.  I grab it when I travel, when Ryan takes me out on a date, and when I need to run to the kids' school, but it only takes up one hanger!


Now I pop in a whole new kind of clean with Tide Pods, the only 3-chamber unit dose on the market.  Tide Pods (have you tried them yet?) are the black velvet blazer of the cleaning world.  The first time we used them, Ryan commented how clean and fresh the scent was (coming from a highly sensitive nose, mind you!) and we both noticed that they work well.  That 3-in-1 pod gives you the cleaning, the brightening, and the stain-fighting action but just takes up the space of one cleaner on your shelf.  Just one removes more stains than 6 caps of the liquid bargain brand. (Based on stain removal performance of one pac of Tide Pods vs. 6 doses of the leading liquid bargain brand base variant in a standard top loading machine.) Keep them up high, because they're tempting for little hands, but you will find yourself grateful to just have to grab one little pouch, throw it in the wash and walk away to enjoy more time with those little ones.


Tell me about something in your wardrobe that's versatile and provides 3-in-1 style. By leaving a comment, you'll be entered for the chance to win a Visa gift card for $100. Pop In. Stand Out.

 

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ps those are Ryan's glasses, borrowed for this post, but I think they're rather becoming on me, no?
 

121 comments:

  1. The problem with the Tide pods is that they all melt together before I even get them home from the store and then when I try to break them apart to drop one in the wash, the liquid squirts all over and the bag that contains all the pods is a mess. Not a fan! Same with the Cascade pods, etc.

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  2. My absolute favorite thing in my closet is my Steve Madden Troopa boots. My family calls them my 'Laura Ingalls' boots, because they remind us all of her wonderful boots. I can wear them with skinny jeans as a modern look, I can wear them with a dress as a more dressy look, and I can also wear them with leggings and long tees as for a casual/sporty look. They were the best thing I have bought this year by far. :)

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  3. Longsleeve black t-shirt: casual with jeans, under a t-shirt if it's cold out, or dressed up with a skirt and scarf. Perfect!

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  4. My 3in1 wardrobe must have are my dark brown suede fleece lined flat soled boots. Maybe they don't really "go" with everything but I sort of make them part of so many outfits. There's a lot of good to be said about any part of your wardrobe that is warm, comfortable and neutral.

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  5. Gray skinny jeans - they go with so many tops! I add flats for a dressed down look or heels and a blazer to make them more work appropriate! Ps love tide pods, I just used them today to wash 3 loads -Jen

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  6. Man, I wish I had a garment like that... besides my jeans (which I really like, though). I wear a lot of cotton-knit camisoles, does that count? I can make variations on an outfit by changing the color of the cami underneath... kinda weak. I'd love to win the giveaway so that I could get myself a 3-in-one piece! :)
    ~Natalie

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  7. I have a pretty geometric wrap cardigan in cream and black that I can wear with a turtleneck, jeans and boots for a trip to the grocery store or the post office. When I'm going out with my hubby i add a black silk blouse, gold chunky long chains and some slim wool pants and, presto, cute dinner out ensemble. For a party, I'm always cold, I pair it with a pretty black dress and a cashmere scarf, some opaque tights and heels, high ones, and I'm off.

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  8. I have a gray jacket that can go with a skirt, jeans or anything else.

    sorry it posts the hubby's name.

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  9. I have these linen pants that have a yoga band waist but a nice full leg that ellevates them to slacks status if I iron them- business to girls night out to lounging around the house- all comfy and wash and wear. (althought I admit they are so good that I have them is black, grey, and white so technically three hangers...).

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  10. I have a navy blue knit, loose cardigan that is always sort of a 3 in one for me, I wear it over yoga pants and a t-shirt (it came from the lounge wear section of Anthropologie) but then it also looks great with jeans and a cute top, or can be dressier - I like having something cover my arms since I am perpetually cold!

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  11. I have a pair of tall cowboy boots that go with skirts and dresses in summer and the same dresses and tights in winter. Plus they look great with skinny jeans year round.

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  12. I have a couple go to pieces in my wardrobe: my chambray button up shirt goes with absolutely EVERYTHING; black ankle pants (think Audrey Hepburn); and my cowboy boots. They even all work together too! :)

    Thanks for a fun giveaway! LOVE your velvet blazer!

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  13. I have a cropped blazer I can wear with a sleeveless dress or jeans or pants....I actually worry about the day it'll be too worn out to wear. :)

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  14. My 3n1 is my navy blue and cream striped top. It has a sailor feel and I wear these adorable red shoes with it. I bought it at Anthro 5+ yrs ago and still LOVE it!

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  15. My 3 in 1 is a charcoal sweater that I love. I feel like it looks great with everything. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I have some black leggings that are very versatile. I can wear them with sandals and a sundress for a summer look, with UGG boots and a sweater during the winter, and with sneakers when I exercise.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  17. tweet:

    https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/304582633407516672

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  18. i have a white tank top it goes with everything!

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  19. tweet: https://twitter.com/akronugurl/status/304585688274325504 .

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  20. I have blouses by this designer who makes the most feminine clothing I can find - April Cornell. I always have to buy her stuff online right from her website because it is difficult to find it any other way. So I have these blouses which I wear with a lot of my things like silk shells because they allow me to highlight whatever colors I'm wearing that day. They have ruffles and lace and details difficult to find elsewhere. They are 100% cotton. They are fabulous. They make me feel pretty and feminine and special. There's the trifecta!

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  21. https://twitter.com/tammigirl/status/304605139170385920

    tweet for your post & giveaway!

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  22. My off white t shirt with just enough detail at the neck and chest to be my go to shirt. It can stand alone, or very easily be layered. It can be cute and casual for the everyday, spiffed for a date or dressed up for church.

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  23. I have a pink cardigan that is versatile. I can dress it up, down, leave it open, button it up, etc.
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  24. My brown booties are so chic...they can do whatever style I want. love them and got them on sale!

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  25. I have a dress that I wear by itself in the Summer with sandals and I also wear it with black leggings and boots in the Winter.

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  26. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/304632960391446528

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  27. A mustard colored cardigan, love to dress it up or down, adding a scarf or a long necklace to accessorize. It's a great color, I always get a compliment or two :)

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  28. I have this green long sleeve shirt that can go from jeans to skirt to dress pants so easy. I think I have had it longer than I have had my husband! (15 years)

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  29. A black t-shirt with a little bit of detail at the neck line i can go dressy or just jeans and its slimming of course
    sabraham1186(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. https://twitter.com/sobrien1186

    sabraham1186(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. I have a dress that I can wear with sandals in summer, with leggins and boots in winter and with jacket and high heels for a night out

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  32. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/304701873540173825

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  33. I can never go wrong with the little black skirt and mini cardigan. Goes with everything!

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  34. I love my classy black jeans- easy to dress up or dress down.... and great to wear around the house!!!

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  35. My go-with-everything item (in my mind, at least!) are my black flip-flops. I wear them with jean, shorts, capris, skirts... they are the best.

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  36. my favorite scarf. it keeps me warm, can cover spilled coffee or spit up, and in a pinch has been a makeshift baby sling.

    crazymaizy@gmail.com

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  37. I know your in the process of moving and haven't had time for blogging, but lately your blog seem like one big commercial. Perhaps I'll check back in a couple of months to see if anything has changed.

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  38. I have a black wool cardigan that I wear with everything, even pj's around the house.
    mcasinghino (at) gmail (dot) com

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  39. I have a dress I made from madebyrae's washi dress pattern (though with quite a few alterations) that works for any occasion, and any season (it can be layered as a tunic, etc.)

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  40. patterned, belted dress. I wear it with heels and big jewelry to go out, leggings and flats during the week and skinny jeans for colder weather. I'm also scared of the day it will be unwearable...I hope it never comes!

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  41. I have a black chiffon skirt that I absolutely love this year - it's gone to holiday parties and the grocery store. I bought it 8+ years ago, but never wore it. I wish I knew then how truly versatile it is!

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  42. My most versatile wardrobe staple is a black 3/4 length cardigan. I can wear it year round with dresses, jeans, and everything in between.

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  43. http://twitter.com/MrsMChappell/status/305494081100992512
    Tweet
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

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  44. I feel like a hipster saying this (I'm totally not), but my striped t-shirts are probably the most versatile thing in my closet. I wear them to work, to church, to play, with trousers, skirts, and jeans.

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  45. Lightweight scarves are awesome! They can be worn around your neck, in your hair or as a belt!

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  46. Tweet: https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/305723697031966723

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  47. My staple is my dark jeans, I can wear them casual, dressed up, with heels, with flip flops, one good pair is all I need!

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  48. My cardigan sweaters are the most versatile pieces in my wardrobe, I can wear them alone , as a light coat, with pencil skirts, jeans, pants or dresses all year round. Perfect to dress up and down for all occasions.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  49. https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/305900285757374464

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  50. I love my dark-wash jeans. I can wear them casually with a t-shirt and flip flops, dressed up with a nicer shirt and a lightweight scarf or even with heels and a dressy top for a party. :)

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  51. My black leggings

    - under a skirt with boots for night out
    - with a tunic for daytime
    - with a t-shirt for the gym

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  52. my h& M shirt and jean
    navygravY@hotmail.com

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  53. https://twitter.com/Merle0304/status/306441040095756291
    navygravY@hotmail.com

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  54. My silver glitter TOMS go so well with outfits I can wear to work, running errands or even a night out.

    whitney.bellows11 at gmail dot com

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  55. A simple black stretchy tee. I can dress it up, dress it down, and layer with it. Love!

    chambanachik at gmail dot come

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  56. I have a few shirts that I wear with everything. Alone, with something, under as a layer...works!

    Chelsealexander at hotmail.com

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  57. My 3-in-1 used to be 2 cashmere cardigans that I found in a Target in Provo, UT one fall. There were the absolute best sweaters -- lightweight, great for almost year round wear here in the Bay Area; 3/4 sleeves, perfect when you're petite!; not too fitted so they fit over just about anything; and full button front so you could button it half-way up or just the top two for a looser fit. They lasted for years and never pilled and were my go-to for dressing up or down until the elbows finally gave way and sprouted holes. I so miss them and have yet to find something to replace them.....

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  58. Unfortunately I live in jeans, so I guess that would be my 3 in 1?

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  59. I love simple solid color dresses, you can wear them with colored sweaters, cute necklaces, belts, boots, scarves around the waist, as skits with shirts on top.. anyway you can think up :)

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  60. I like my tshirt hoodie, it's pretty versatile because it's thin and opens in the front, so I can layer it with other clothes. thanks for the giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

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  61. tweet: https://twitter.com/syytta/status/307982946361548800
    songyueyu at gmail

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  62. my white tee can be casual with flip flops in between with jeans and dressy with jewelry
    nannypanpan@gmail.com

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  63. Jeans are my versatile, go-to! I love how they can be dressed up or down. I live in my jeans. Thanks!!

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  64. I love to wear jeans. Anything else just doesn't feel (or look, lol) right on me. Thanks for the opportunity to win!=)

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  65. my leopard scarf! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  66. https://twitter.com/scg00387/status/308995853119549440 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  67. Mine is black pants. I can wear heels or sneakers and can pair with any blouse.
    Thanks so much.

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  68. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/309110333061087233

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  69. My skinny jeans can do just about everything - they can be dirty, dressy, or casual.
    tamarsweeps-at-gmail-dot-com

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  70. Well, being that I am pregnant, right now my versatile pieces are my maternity jeans, and my big chunky knit sweater I got from The Gap a few years ago. I wear it belted, open, as a cardigan.... It is comfortable and easy and I love it!
    shannonleighn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  71. My sexy HEELS! Depending on how much you show of them & what you wear them with! kytah00@yahoo.com

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  72. 2ND ENTRY TWEET! https://twitter.com/kytah00/status/309496593135050753 kytah00 @ yahoo . com

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  73. My black leggings. I can wear them with a long sweatshirt, cute short top, or a nice long pretty blouse.
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  74. Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/309856337968369664
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  75. My black jacket from REI. Works with everything and keeps me just the right temperature.

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  76. I have to go with my jeans! Since I am pregnant and going in for my c-section next Thursday, the choices are getting very limited. I can wear them with loafers and a long sleeve t-shirt or dress them up with flats and a fitted sweater. Adding a necklace or scarf gives my outfit a different look as well. sonyadmorris@gmail.com

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  77. https://twitter.com/catholicfanatic/status/310188364039077888
    tweeted sonyadmorris@gmail.com

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  78. O have a pair of black cords that can be dressed up or down. I wear to work, out shopping or with activities at nights and weekends and I can even wear for dinner out.

    misaacmom at gmail dot com

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  79. I'm afraid I just rely on the boring t-shirt: Wear it alone, under a sweater, or over a long-sleeved shirt. s2inamug at aim dot com

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  80. I have a pair of dark denim jeans that I love, and they work with everything! I wear them all year.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

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  81. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/311505634011013124


    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

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  82. My skinny jeans totally do it for me. I love how I can dress them up or down or work or wherever!

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  83. I love your outfits. All styles look wonderful. In my wardrobe that's versatile and provides 3-in-1 style is my favorite little black dress. I match it with a nice scarf for evening look, a floral jacket for day and a casual cardigan for everyday wear.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  84. tweeted:

    https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/311996366769516544

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  85. The most versatile thing in my wardrobe? Doesn't much matter 'cause I wear the same jeans and yoga pants every day. BOOOOO!!

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  86. My favorite pieces are my orange skinny jeans--so much more versatile than I thought--and cardigans or button-down sweaters. I can layer them (or not), button them (or not), and they're nursing-friendly. :)

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  87. My most versatile thing is a beautiful white dress. I can wear it with heels and tights on fancy events, with sandals and light scarfs for a stroll in the park or leggins and a blazer when its cold out. Ive had that dress for at least 5 years now ;)

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  88. Love my boot cut matte black yoga pants - so comfortable and versatile! Sparkly top, heels and jewelry and I can go out to dinner; tee shirt and flats and I'm casual; blazer, shirt and boots and I can go anywhere !
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  89. https://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/313047501978628096
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  90. I like to wear a pair of black jeans that I wear with almost anything.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  91. My favorite long sleeve black tee has so many different layering options.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  92. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/313069388242776064
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  93. Versatility, I must say, in a mother's wardrobe is key. Especially when you have to consider what color food or drool or mud it will go with. :) My favorite pair of jeans do just that, and still keep me feeling stylish and put-together. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  94. My black jeans provide 3-in-1 styling.

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  95. my favorite is my denim jacket...with skinny jeans and boots,skirts with flats..with long dresses...thansk
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  96. I have a great khaki jacket that I wear with all kinds of outfits, all year round. It washes well and will last for years more!

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  97. Black jeans and a white short sleeved knit top. Change up with boots, blazers and jewelry to dress up or down.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  98. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/313712337532108802

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  99. My skinny jeans and bearpaw boots---they literally go with anything!

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  100. tweeted https://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/313718587091197952

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  101. My black Michael Kors blazer. I wear it with jeans, dresses and shorts year round.

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  102. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/313749327250079744

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  103. My olive cargo pants! I can wear them ANYWHERE!

    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  104. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/314023291977338880
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  105. A pair of black pants. I can dress them up or down and wear them anywhere.

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  106. Tweet: https://twitter.com/njhhb/status/314025981033709568

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  107. My favorites are my chocolate cords and my black jeans. Either one can be dressed up or down with a change of shoes, blazers & jewelry.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  108. Possible duplicate - I waited 24 hours and didn't see my comments listed so I'm trying again.

    tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/313712337532108802

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  109. My favorite is a long black skirt. I can wear it all year long and it's comfy and goes everywhere. I wear it to church, meetings, and even out with my hubby.
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  110. Tweeted https://twitter.com/chipdip2010/status/314081580949839872
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  111. Hmmm, my favorite go to clothing item that I feel is pretty versatile are my jersey skirts. They are comfortable with a t shirt and flip flops for lounging around the house, or with flats and a nicer shirt for church, or with flashy sandals and a pretty top and scarf for date night with the hubby. Plus they are friendly to my postpartum figure. :)

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  112. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/Jendenscott/status/314140912265605120

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  113. My Express jeans are perfect to wear with a jacket, a t-shirt or sweater for any occasion

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  114. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/314157105064050688

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  115. https://twitter.com/bittripfan/status/314191194932514818

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  116. my tan shawl! Thanks for a super giveaway!
    My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  117. Tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/anashct3/status/314223804945686528
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  118. I have a pair of soft, black slacks that are as comfy as sweats but look great dressed up or down.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  119. https://twitter.com/slehan/status/314519803970846720

    slehan at juno dot com

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