Sweater-like tunics for summer? Certainly not my style of choice between the months of April and August {they are more than welcome during the chillier months}; but I am digging the beatnik vibe of this look. It's ridiculously chic in that effortless, bohemian, free-spirited way {perfect for low-key brunches or high-energy festivals, yes?}.

The ethnic, Southwestern print of the tunic, fringed bag, and chunky jewelry? Inspiring, to say the least. It's enough to make me want to take a page out of Kerouac's On the Road and set out for a summer of adventure - Steve Madden's Fringe Crossbody Bag in Cognac slung over my shoulder, and Ashley Pittman's Bora Horn and Bronze Bangles, Set of 10 stacked upon my wrist {to stay stylish during my travels, of course}.


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do you give a cup?

If the name of this blog hasn't already tipped you off, I am a lover /
fanatic / obsessor
of cafes, coffee shops, and,
most importantly, coffee {my morning mantra, in fact, is
coffeecoffeecoffee}. So when Peet's Coffee asked me to share
their Give a Cup promotion? Total no-brainer. Of course I said yes.
After all, what is life without coffee?
Image and value provided by our partner, Peet’s.

In honor of the release of their new Single Cups, Peet's is hitting the road
in The Sip Truck to give out free sample cups of Peet's Single Cups in
the first ever social sampling experiment. The best part
{aside from free coffee, of course!}? YOU get to vote on where in America
The Sip Truck will turn up next {free samples in tow!}.

How Give a Cup Works: Each week Peet's will post new and current topics on doyougiveacup.com for America to vote on. The topics are fun and a little quirky, and Peet's wants to know - do you give a cup? The voting will determine where we host our sampling events each week.

Since we're on the subject...here's what I Give a Cup about:

Shoe sales. No greater distraction exists.
Dance. A mid-morning Paso sesh with Julianne Hough? An afternoon workout with the New York City Ballet? Yes please!
Nail polish. It's fashion for your fingers, and I feel naked without it.
Harry Potter. Truth? I'm still waiting for my acceptance letter from Hogwarts.
My Feline Family. They're always there for a quick cuddle.
Books. In the words of Charlaine Harris...“Here’s to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy.” Truth.
Boot season. Summer I love you, but you're bringing me down. Can boot season be here already?

What do YOU give a cup about?


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FTC Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with Peet's Coffee. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


beyond belief {tonya hurley giveaway}

Dig gothic novels + gothic jewelry? Today is your lucky day, ladies!
Café Fashionista has partnered with Simon & Schuster to bring one {1} lucky
reader a Beyond Belief Prize Pack that includes a copy of Tonya Hurley's {Psst...she's a New York Times Bestselling Author} Precious Blood + a Gothic Swarovski Cross Necklace {Retail Value: $55.00}.

About Precious Blood

What if martyrs and saints lived among us? And what if you were told you were one of them?

Agnes, Cecilia, and Lucy are three lost girls—each with their own personal demons. These girls meet one night when they all end up in the same hospital…and each wake up with a token from a boy they’ve only just met. Sebastian is gorgeous, mysterious, and has a plan for all of them. As each girl gets wrapped up in finding out just who Sebastian is, they each discover their own strengths, and realize the only way to save themselves is to save each other.

The story begins in PRECIOUS BLOOD and continues in PASSIONARIES, available 1/7/14.

Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur

About the Author

Tonya Hurley is the New York Times best-selling author of the highly acclaimed ghostgirl book series; creator, writer and producer of animated and live action hit television series; writer and director of independent films; writer and director of commercials for Playstation, Gameboy and Warner Home Video; and creator of groundbreaking videogames. Her new young adult trilogy, THE BLESSED, begins with Precious Blood.

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vacay style!

7 summerfied pieces to keep your vacay style on point -
on and off the beach!
vacay style

{1} Victoria Beckham Feather Aviator-Style Metal Sunglasses - The hybrid oversized / aviator aesthetic is perfect for all face shapes!

{2} TOPSHOP Knitted Slubby Swing Jumper - Toss it on over your suit once the evening chill hits.

{3} MUSA Crystal-Embellished Metallic Leather Sandals - Luxe embellishments give them a fancy feel.

{4} TOPSHOP Strap Back Slip Dress in Fluoro Orange - Bright and breezy exactly what a vacation should be!

{5} PLUIE Starfish Barrette in Gold - When you're not in the mood for beachy waves...

{6} Melissa Odabash Martinique Twisted Bandeau Bikini - The hot pink shade is a fab pairing to beach bronzed skin!

{7} Club Monaco Jane Mayle Straw Tote - A must whether you're playing tourist or lounging beachside.



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three for the road...

three for the road
From brunch to the beach to the farmer's market followed by dinner. Finding a weekend carryall with the ability to accompany you to all of the above {in style, of course!} is one of those shopping tasks that sometimes seems like a chore {crazy, I know!}; but I've managed to find {count them} three.

Jada, Keeva, and Avianna. All handwoven by local women in Africa. All neutral in color so they can basically work with anything in your wardrobe. All capable of looking chic whether toting a French Baguette or designer bikini. And all from Sole Society {in partnership with Design Africa}.

I'm partial to Miss Jada; but I'd gladly clear room in my tote collection to house all three of these pretty ladies.

Which one is your favorite?


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NOTD: Sinful Colors Poudre

Two coats of Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Poudre from the Bare Necessities Collection. Creamsicle / Peach.

Oh, Poudre how I love thee.

This was a total impulse purchase for me {for under $2, why not?}; but has officially restored my adoration of the entire Sinful Colors line of polish.

Poudre is one of those made-for-summer polishes - a spring-toned peach yet lit with this bright vibrancy that makes it a poolside must.

Formula was perfection. I've seen a few people say Poudre was thick to work with, but I disagree. I found it to be two coats of even, streak-free bliss. Plus it was fabulously long-lasting which is something I can never resist.

Highly. Recommended.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday {on a Tuesday}?

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baroque babe {mignon mignon giveaway}

Looking to add a splash of sass to your summer style? Luck is
on YOUR side today! Café Fashionista has partnered with Mignon Mignon
to bring one {1} super stylish reader a pair of Baroque Sunglasses
in your choice of color - black, brown, gray, leopard, pink, or red.
I'm partial to the pink, leopard, and brown styles; but I'll leave the
decision up to you.


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Good luck, lovers!


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Fall is my season of choice; but presently I'm all about summer summer summertime {blame it on the 95* weather}. Tips: Milani Nail Lacquer in Beach Front {baby blue with silver microshimmer - a more perfect summer shade does not exist}. Reading: Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan {finding love during a two-month vacay in a charming villa located in the French Riviera - take me away}.

What is making summertime fab for you at the moment?


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happy summer!

"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."

F. Scott Fitzgerald


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{fashion folio} parisian street chic

Urban Outfitters Nubby Floppy Panama Hat in Neutral + Sam Edelman Jerome Oxfords in Soft Silver + Louis Vuitton Noe BB in Figue + MSGM 3D Ikat Shift Dress in Ikat + Elizabeth and James Berlin Elongated Ring in Gold + Blinc Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Noir + ORLY Lucky Duck

Metallics are the new neutral. Add a dose to your style via Oxford flats{opt for silver - it brings out your tan}. They're preppy, they're sophisticated, and they're perfect for all-day wear - essential during your tourist moments.

A printed shift dress contributes the Triple Cs to your look - comfort, chicness, and a dose of cute; while a bright, structured drawstring crossbody keeps your belongings in place as you navigate from here to there. Maintain your well-polished aesthetic with winged liner on the upper lid, and a deep jade lacquer on the tips; slipping on a simple yet eye-catching cage ring for a hint of edge. Top your shiny strands with a floppy panama hat and off you go!



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if you seek sheila...


Nothing says sassy quite like a strappy sandal. They take a crisp Oxford button-down and cuffed denim to chic new heights; and add a seductive stride to a professional pencil skirt. My strappy selection? SoleSociety's Sheila.

Ankle-strap. Animal print. Affordable. Sheila satisfies the Triple A's of style-on-a-budget - all while maintaining a look reminiscent of the footwear seen on your favorite Editrix as she stylishly dashes about the Carrousel Du Louvre during Paris Fashion Week.

Considering the $59.95 price tag...honestly, no one will blame you for snatching up both the Snow Bermuda Blue and Tan Luggage Black. Trust.


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NOTD: American Apparel Nail Lacquer Dance

Two coats of American Apparel Nail Polish in Dance. Nude Creme.

Nude nail colors that don't give you the dreaded mannequin hands are hard to come by, so when I spotted Dance during my last AA crop top-buying spree, I figured I would give it a shot. P.S. Total score.

For me, Dance is one of those perfect nude colors, as it has a subtle, peach-leaning undertone that brings just enough life to your nails, while still giving you that elongated look.

This was my first encounter with American Apparel Nail Polish {and it won't be my last}. The formula is excellent - non-streaking, fast-drying, and buildable. I used two coats here, but I could have used three as there is a bit of VNL {not the formula's fault - simply the light color}. This is an awesome shade if you're looking for a classy nail color, or simply need a break from brights.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?

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poppin' palettes!

Though I've been wearing mascara and eyeliner since my junior
year of college; Eye Shadow & Concealer only entered my beauty repertoire
a couple of years ago, but have since become staples in my
daily makeup routine. At last count I owned nine eye shadow palettes;
but I love the way they add personality to my peepers, so I'm ready to
scoop up another - specifically, the 72 Vivid Charming Colors Eyeshadow.


72 individual colors. A mix of matte, shimmer, and gold-flecked shades.
And a super cute leather carrying / storage case {that doubles as a clutch}?
Consider. Me. Sold.


Do you have a favorite eye shadow palette?


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FTC Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with Everbuying.com. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


3 Things to Consider when Buying a Diamond Cross Necklace {sponsored}


cross pendants

Did you know that the name Diamond comes from a Greek word “Adamas” which literally means indestructible and unconquerable? However, this does not necessarily mean that the diamond cross necklace you have chosen for your loved one, would necessarily last forever unless of course you have chosen them well. Diamond necklaces would have to be bought after a comprehensive quality and price assessment exercise.

Buying a Diamond Cross Necklace: Tips to Consider

    • Irrespective of whether you prefer a heart diamond necklace or diamond pendant necklaces as preferred options, it would be essential to know and learn a bit about diamonds so that the quality of the stones can be assessed. You will be required to know what cut, color and clarity means and subsequently choose one that appears to spell its worth.
    • The best diamond cross necklace would also be one that exhibits superior craftsmanship. Apart from aesthetic brilliance, it would also be essential to choose a jewelry piece where the precious diamonds remain safely embedded into.
    • Assessing the prices of your heart diamond necklace would be equally important. Make sure to shop around for the best rates before you buy. However, reduced prices should not translate to quality compromises.

Diamonds are certainly forever, provided you have made a well assessed purchase. Deals for purchase of diamond jewelry would have to be planned over a period of time. Sources as well as jewelry items would have to be evaluated in tandem.

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{fashion folio} poolside siren

Get poolside glam in ultra-chic looks featuring retro aesthetics,
playful prints, and bold hues that will keep you looking oh so cool -
regardless of how high the temperatures rise!
Clockwise from top right.

K Jacques St Tropez Buffon Patent-Leather and Nubuck Sandals
Juicy Couture Miss Divine Hearts Maillot in Pink Berry
One Teaspoon Desert Cat Bonitas Shorts in Desert Cat
mark Bohemian Rocks Bracelet
TOPSHOP Jacquard Full Swing Skirt in Pink
TOPSHOP Dip Dye Ombre Silk Racer Dress in Cobalt
mark Bold and Bright Scarf
Marc by Marc Jacobs Isabella Dot Print Wedges in Estate Blue Multi
Sandy Hyun Jeweled Cuff Bracelet in Purple Multi
Marc by Marc Jacobs Oversized Round Sunglasses in Transparent Coral


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FTC Disclosure: mark's Bohemian Rocks Bracelet and Bold and Bright Scarf were provided to me for review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


paging agent {provocateur} mazzy


When I spotted a neon suit on Nina Dobrev a couple of weeks ago, I went on a mini spy mission to find out who made it, and how I could make it a part of my personal swimsuit collection {all to no avail, sadly}. The minute I stopped searching for it...voila! There it was staring me in the eye via Net-A-Porter {irony}. Enter Mazzy.

Obsessed does not even begin to describe my love right now. The color scheme and the cutouts make this the absolute perfect suit for summer. One-Piece, or bikini top + briefs...which aesthetic do you covet?


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from paris streets to venice beach

I'm a self-professed shoe girl, but my introduction to the Louis Vuitton Noe BB {thank you, Teen Vogue} has placed me directly in the territory of bag snob. The drawstring closure gives it a Vintage French flair; while the extra-long shoulder strap {allowing either crossbody or shoulder wear} makes it a versatile option for pairing with a floral shift and metallic silver oxfords while strolling the streets of paris, or styling alongside a pair of cutoff denim shorts for a day of biking the boardwalks of Venice Beach.

And let us not forget the colors...Figue, Cyan, Citron, Piment, and Fuchsia. One of each to sate the soul, s'il vous plait.


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{beauty board} eye-pleasing palettes

Add a fashionable touch to your makeup bag with
an eye-pleasing palette that is almost too pretty to use.
Clockwise from top left.

{1} Paul & Joe Spring 2013 Eye Color CS in 84 La Belle Epoque
{2} mark Exotic Beauty Face Mosaics
{3} Chantecaille La Baleine Bleue
{4} Physicians Formula Glow & Mood Boosting Blush
{5} NARS Pierre Hardy Blush Palette in Boys Don't Cry
{6} MAC Pearlmatte - Baking Beauties Face Powder in Pink Buttercream


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FTC Disclosure: mark's Exotic Beauty Face Mosaics was provided to me for review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


NOTD: China Glaze Mimosa's Before Mani's

Two coats of China Glaze Mimosa's Before Mani's from the Avant Garden Collection. Peach-Leaning Coral with Subtle Shimmer.

Ladies, I am in L-O-V-E! Not just with the name {seriously, how could you resist?}; but with the color itself. I am a sucker {with a capital S} for coral polishes, but Mimosa's Before Mani's completely takes. the. cake.

Formula-wise this is crazy good - almost one-coat territory, high-shine, easy to work with, and long-lasting. Four days into the mani, even after high-volumes of baking and texting, my nails looked fresh and perfect {this is with top coat, mind you}. Six days in, and all that showed was a bit of tip-wear.

Conclusion? New summer staple alert - for manis and pedis!

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?

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{muse of the moment} candice swanepoel's white-hot airport style

All-white ensembles for traveling? Basically the last thing I would consider apropos airport style. Until now. After spotting Candice Swanepoel time and time again donning the monochromatic look I've fallen under its chic spell. Simple, easy breezy...exactly what the doctor ordered for summer travels. It is destined to be my new go-to when hitting the road. I may even pick up a baseball hat, wedge sneakers, and distressed, white denim skinnies to create my own version of the last look - which is not necessarily my usual style; but, in my opinion, almost too perfect for words.


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before you self-tan...polish {amala detoxifying body polish review}

My natural skintone is, literally, a mere shade darker than
that of a pasty vampires - an issue I encounter every. single. summer.
when I begin pulling out my bikinis, crop tops, and cutoff
denim shorts
{my warm weather style staples}.

This year, in an effort to achieve that Brazilian-bombshell-
, I have begun the process of
self-tanning with the assistance of Banana Boat Sunless Summer
{P.S. It really works - I highly recommend}; but, as
I've only just recently learned, before you self-tan, you need to
shoo-away dead skin cells to create an even tan {who knew?}.

Just as I discovered this, Amala's Detoxifying Body Polish
arrived in the mail {amazing timing, yes?}.
I have incredibly sensitive skin, and a ridiculous amount of
allergies, so I'm always wary about using new products {my go-to is
Neutrogena everything}; but I felt more confident in trying
it out due to the fact that Amala products
are completely natural / organic, and the Amala philosophy
{created by Founder Ute Leube} is "When it comes to skincare,
you shouldn’t have to sacrifice results for responsibility.”

For the past week now I have been using the Detoxifying Body Polish.
I apply it from head-to-toe in the shower every other day;
then, after two or three scrubs, I apply my self-tanner.

The difference of using the self-tanner without the body polish
and with
is itchiness. As I said, I have sensitive skin,
so when I applied the self-tanner without first using the
Detoxifying Body Polish I found that my skin felt subtly
itchy {almost as if there were a few wayward ants
crawling on me}.

In contrast, when I applied the self-tanner
after a week of using the Detoxifying Body Polish, I didn't
experience that feeling - the polish soothed my skin, and made application
a far more comfortable experience.

Long story short? This is definitely a new
summer skin must for me.

Also pertinent... the rustic packaging of the product is
so incredibly charming - and perfectly plays up the
natural / organic vibe of the line.


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FTC Disclosure: Amala's Detoxifying Body Polish was provided to me for review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


the beach...

So go!

Happy Weekend, loves!


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{beauty board} goddess glow

Get your goddess on with 5 body oils that add a kiss
of subtle, shimmery sheen to skin - while cooling
and hydrating. Perfect for those dog days of summer ahead, yes?

goddess glow

{1} Hampton Sun Serious Shimmer Cooling Spray in Bronze
{2} Illume Eternal Nomad Gold Lustre Shimmer Mist in Coconut Mango
{3} The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil in Honey Gold
{4} Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Shimmering Body Oil Spray
{5} Clarins Splendours Shimmer Body Oil


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FTC Disclosure: Hampton Sun's Serious Shimmer Cooling Spray in Pearl was provided to me for review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


{fashion folio} nomad glam

nomad glam
Forever 21 Zig Zag Waist Belt in Beige / Multi + Monserat De Lucca Capricorn Ring in Gold + Star Mela Kalaya Small Pouch Handbag in Ecru + Rag & Bone / JEAN Distressed Denim Vest + Matthew Williamson Horn Sunglasses in in Peach + Sole Society Erinn Colorblock Wedge in Cuban Sand + Topshop Lace Skater Skirt in Cream + POP Beauty Nail Glam Nail Polish in No. 36 Baby Blue

Summer is a time for wandering. Exploring the unknown, playing tourist in your own town, indulging in wanderlust, and taking a page out of Jack Kerouac's On the Road with impromptu road trips. As such, you must dress the part.

Oversized cat eye sunnies coupled with a cream-colored lace skater skirt and teetering shoetie wedges {skip the sandals this time around} lend a luxe feel to a distressed denim vest {wear it as a shirt, crop top style, buttoning it up almost to the collar}, and a funky, chunky, burnished brass cocktail ring. Haphazardly sling a zig zag print belt around your waist, following up the tribal-esque theme with an embroidered drawstring pouch sporting ribbons, tassels, and braids {oh my!}. Baby blue lacquer on tips and toes enhances your tan {and is whimsical in its own right}; while straight strands tousled only by the wind keep your adventure-seeking style on track.


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summer charm {lilith + mcrae giveaway}

One of my favorite things about the blogging world? 'Meeting'
amazingly talented people from all walks of life.
Like Tanisha of the fashion / beauty / style / culture blog
Lattes and Lipstick, and the jewelry shop Lilith and McRae.

A former Make-Up Artist whose work has been featured on
VOGUE Italia's website; Tanisha has now changed her focus to
the aesthetics of accessories. Summer-perfect accessories, if you ask me.
Like the Bracelet below from Lilith and McRae's Serica Via collection
{based on all of the cities and civilizations along the Silk Road};
which one {1} of you lucky ladies will be taking home!
"I am a serial nomad and observer of style throughout history turned jewelry designer. When I was a makeup artist and stylist I love creating things, new shapes, new textures and mixing colors together that most people wouldn't have thought of. So I take the thrill of mixing colors and eras to a new place with my current and future designs. Lilith + McRae was born while I was teaching English in S. Korea as an outlet for creative expression and it has blossomed over the last two seasons. My creations are inspired by nature, my travels and my 4 favorite eras; The Renaissance and Baroque Periods, the Deco and Nouveau periods and the 50s-60s."

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Good luck everyone!

In the meantime...if you'd like to scoop up a few Lilith and McRae
goodies for the summer, use code FASHIONISTA20 at checkout to
score 20% OFF Your First Purchase!


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NOTD: Sinful Colors Easy Going

Three coats of Sinful Colors Easy Going. Soft, Pale, Milky Pink.

I was this close to picking up a bottle of Essie's Fiji when I realized that I owned a dupe of it in my purchased-but-never-used stash - Sinful Colors Easy Going.

Easy Going is definitely one of those shades that you need in your personal collection. For me, it's the quintessential baby pink - being almost white, but with the perfect touch of pink to keep it from being too stark or glaring. Bonus: It makes your skin look tan; so...perfect vacation color!

The formula here was slightly thick, but easy to work with. I found that the first coat was a little streaky; but by coats two and three {use three to avoid visible nail line} it evened out and looked gorgeous. One of my new favorites!

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?

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covergirl is having a moment in my makeup bag...

It's not everyday that my makeup bag is occupied by a single brand; but, at the moment, such is the case via CoverGirl. LashBlast Volume Mascara in Very Black + WetSlicks Fruit Spritzers Lip Gloss in Lychee Splash + Lip Perfection Lipstick in Spellbound {perfect for layering!} + Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Toffee Twist...these are a few of my favorite things.

What beauty products are you loving at the moment?


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heart shaped sunglasses...

"Baby put on heart shaped sunglasses..."

Diet Mountain Dew - Lana Del Rey


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