Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The End


I started this blog nearly two years ago as an addition to the blogs I read. Some that I really enjoyed had shut down and others had changed direction, as is natural. I thought to myself ‘what if I wrote a blog I would like to read’. So I did.

As time goes on though, life becomes busier and I now have a wish to spend less time in front of the computer and more time doing what I love.

Believe it or not, what I most enjoy is privacy and anonymity. I like spending time by myself. I am not on Twitter or Facebook or anything else other than this blog. So I think this next step will be good for me.

I really appreciate those of you that have read my blog and also comments you have left. I have learnt lots and made many new friends.

Merci, au revoir and be chic.

Fiona

87 comments:

  1. Oh what a shame, I just recently found you! I understand completely though and I have closed down blogs in the past too. Thanks for all the great tips, and I wish you every happiness for the future. Love, Tina xx

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  2. I'll miss you! All the best for the future!

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  3. It's a shame, but I can absolutely understand your reasons. I hope everything goes well for you and you will be very happy in whatever you do. Wishing you all the very best for the future. Lots of Love from London xo

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  4. Enjoy the life. Wishing you all things good and healthly.

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  5. I am a long time reader and first time commentator... I have to tell you that I have always loved your blog and am so sad to see you finish. Thank you for the happy reading and I hope you enjoy a trip to Paris in your future. I did think of you when I visited Paris in October and made a wish that you would find your self there. Good luck and enjoy your life.

    With warm wishes,

    Catherine

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  6. Fiona, I feel so sad that you won't be blogging anymore. I'll miss you! You've always been one of my favourite bloggers because you always had interesting things to say and you write so beautifully.I wish you, your hubby and Jessica every happiness for the future. Your warmth and wisdom will be sorely missed.

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  7. I will miss your writing but I completely understand. You are such an inspiration and I wish you nothing but peace and happiness!

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  8. Nooooooo....


    Sigh... wishing you the best

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  9. Please don't go! I found your blog several months ago and have gone back to the beginning and read every entry. Even if you only update every now and then - please keep blogging!

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  10. Noooooooooo :( I just recently found your blog and it's one of my favourites of all times!

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  11. Enjoy life! I'll miss your insights and have enjoyed your posts.

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  12. I'm so sad to read this, but wish you and your little family all the best. I have really enjoyed reading your blog over the past few years - you may not have posted regularly lately, but it has always been worth the wait. Thank you!

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  13. Precisely why I quit my blog, too, Fiona -- though a friend has me doing guest posts while she's writing a book, but somehow it's just not the same sort of pressure as having a blog of my own.

    I have loved your blog, and printed every single day of 30 Days of Chic for my style book. You'll not be forgotten. :)

    I'm glad, actually, that you're choosing to live your life offline. I hope it's a wonderful one, and maybe I'll see you around in the comments area of other blogs from time to time.

    My best to you,
    Marsi

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  14. Wishing you the best in all your endeavors! Thank you for this charming and entertaining blog.

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  15. Fiona, I will miss your sweet serenity. But I absolutely understand your wish for a peaceful life. I have, in retirement in the country, allowed most of my time to walk our lovely hills, garden, cook, read and enjoy life with my love. thank you for your thoughts over these years.

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  16. Oh, oh, OOOH! I will MISS you but I totally understand. You have a great voice, wonderful writing ability and a gentle soul. Enjoy, savor, the life you have carved for yourself and your family.

    Best wishes and love, Bliss

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  17. I don't comment often, but I've enjoyed reading your blog. And I totally understand, as I just closed down my own blog this week. I still keep thinking of blog posts, but then I think about the time it would take to write them, upload pictures, etc. Blogging is an incredible way to connect-- I've met like-minded people whom I wouldn't have met otherwise. But sometimes you just have to make those difficult choices about where your time and energy is going to be spent.

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  18. Fiona-I love you even more for being true to yourself. Obviously I don't write on my blog that much because I struggle with the same things. It's funny that as bloggers we question whether just living our life is enough. It is enough! I wish you all the best in your continuing adventures. Your blog-friend Jennifer

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  19. Thanks so much for staying as long on the blog as you did Fiona, I truly enjoyed each post and will miss your voice. Enjoy yourself! Rachael

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  20. Fiona,

    I will miss your posts, as you are a lovely writer and your topics have held my interest.
    Wishing you all the joy and happiness in your new endeavors.
    Take care,
    Hugs
    XO

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  21. Thanks for all of the thoughtful posts and tips on this blog! I do hope you're remaining on the French Chic group and will share any new thoughts there!

    :-)
    Susan

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  22. I am going to miss you terribly. Your lovely blog is one I look most forward to, however I understand. Please don't shut it down though, maybe just leave it up and post when you feel like it maybe ( I know I am being selfish here :-). Thanks for the joy you have given us all by sharing a glimpse of yourself.

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  23. Fiona,

    So sad to hear you are stopping. Your blog has been more inspiring that any other!

    I wish you all the best and will miss you!

    Kim:)

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  24. Oh I am so sad to hear this, your blog is awesome! The first post I read of yours was about living below your means...you had such insightful things to say and I kept coming back to read more!

    Wishing you all the best, thank you for your lovely posts.

    Take care!

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  25. sorry to hear this news, but respect your decision. Just wanted to say I loved the blog, you really did make a difference to my life with your wisdom and humour.

    I also loved your little dog, God rest his soul, you are a good person and best wishes to you and yours.

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  26. Au revoir Cherie - merci!

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  27. Will miss your blog very much, it is so inspiring. I hope you will be able to keep the archives available, for re-reading. May you find yourself in Paris very soon!

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  28. Thank you so much Fiona. I wish you well.

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  29. I am sorry to see you go. Perhaps you will change your mind? You were an inspiration to all your readers and I will certainly miss visiting with you.

    God Bless and come back soon!

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  30. Farewell. In the best and most expansive way possible. May all the peace and serenity you have shared with us surround you and sustain you in your pursuits.

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  31. Fiona,

    I've enjoyed reading your blog over the last couple of years. You will be missed but your decision is entirely understandable. I've also recently made the decision to cut back on online activities such as facebook.

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  32. So sad to see you go, Fiona. I loved your blog and all of your insight. You will be missed, but I understand. Thank you for all of the enjoyment that you've brought to me through reading your blog. Best wishes in the future.
    Cynthia

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  33. Fiona,

    I have so appreciated your blog. You have such a kind heart, and I have great admiration for your love of animals, your common sense, and your keen and refreshing appreciation of the world you live in.

    I will truly miss you.

    Julie

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  34. Oh, Fiona! I am so sorry to hear this. I will miss you and your blog so very much. While I understand your reasons, I can't help but feel sad knowing you won't be a presence here in our little bog world. Perhaps you will have a change of heart someday? One can hope.

    Big hugs to you and yours,

    Adrienne

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  35. Please send me your email address....I want to stay in touch and we are almost ready for guests again !
    We may be many miles from NZ but we are friendly!

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  36. Thank you for blogging. You were on my daily read list for quite a while.
    Bea form Germany

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  37. Even tho I don't have a personal blog, I can understand your desire to move on. I have so enjoyed all your posts and will print out the 30 Days of Chic as LuxeBytes has done. Hopefully your posts will be available for reading when I (or all of us) need a lift or inspiration. The very best to you and your family. Thank you for all your fabulous posts. I will miss you.

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  38. Dear Fiona, I'm incredibly sad that you are leaving blogging. We need more of your kind on the internet. I also am a first time commentor, but felt compelled to tell you how much you inspire me. Your blog is the first I go to. You've reinforced the fact that I don't need to spend an exorbitant amount of money on an article of clothing to be chic or elegant, but having my finances in order and simple, quality living brings peace of mind. May you find pleasure in your life always!

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  39. I will miss your wonderful blog, Fiona, but I understand completely. I feel myself moving ever so slowly toward the same decision, because like you, I want to spend less time in front of the computer, and more time doing other things I enjoy. Blogging can be a fulltime job, however enjoyable! God Bless You with many joys in the future. Bess

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  40. Fiona I have been reading your blog for a long time but have never commented! I am do sorry to see you go. Your posts are always a delight to read. Perhaps some day you will come back to the blogosphere. One can only hope :-) best wishes
    Colleen

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  41. Well, what a lovely bunch of people. Thank you for all your kind comments; I feel very blessed.

    I am happy to leave this blog up and have no plans to delete it at this stage.

    Merci beaucoup!

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  42. You will be missed. You always gave me something to think about during the week. Best wishes, Cokie

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  43. Hi Fiona!

    I have really enjoyed your blog, and wish you happy times! I understand the need for privacy and calm!
    You are a gem!

    Amanda

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  44. I found your blog a few months ago and enjoyed every moment. Thank you. Now enjoy yours!

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  45. Hello Fiona, your fresh, fun and inspiring blog will truly be missed. As I do not have facebook or use twitter I do enjoy the blog world and yours stands amongst the very best. I discovered blogs only a few months ago (I did know what they were lol); but started reading them as a way to distract me after learning of my fathers cancer diagnosis. It may sound odd but it has been theraputic for me on a different level,and although I am still sad, I am dealing with things alot better. Thank you for that.
    I wish you the very best, and will keep an eye out for you should you change your mind. Rita

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  46. Dear Fiona,

    Wishing you all the best now that you've created your chic life that you may go and live it. Your blog has been such an inspiration and a pleasure to read. I wish you all things graceful, beautiful, delicious and rapturous. Enjoy every minute of it!

    Sincerely,
    Jessica

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  47. Wowoie.. great testimony of your amazing blog Fiona.. well done.. these words must be like music to your soul.. I wish you well.. and you'll be sorely missed.. j :)

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  48. I have loved reading your blogs and learning about myself and my own beauty. May you have peace.

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  49. I don't have a blog for the very reasons you are stopping yours. I've thoroughly enjoyed a Kiwi's view on chic, pretty similar to this Aussie's!
    Enjoy your next phase. Hope you and yours are always happy and healthy.

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  50. Good bye! I have loved reading your blog from across the big ocean (USA). Enjoy your time and anonymity.

    Melissa

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  51. My Dear Chic Angel Fiona,

    I am so grateful for the opportunity to know you.
    I am getting to know myself better with your help.
    You taught me self-awareness and that genuine style is beyond an aesthetically pleasing façade, it starts were the essence of your soul resides. I can sense the gentleness of your soul here in Canada!
    You are so precious and must be treasured.

    Thank you for everything.

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  52. Dear friend,
    I have read much, and loitered, and never commented as I am shy, but I admire your bravery for having a blog in the first place, the erudite way you write, and your obvious joy in life. I wish you all the very best, from our very English cottage in Wiltshire. Enjoy life, it is not a rehearsal! Hugs,Suzie xxx

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  53. How ironic I find your blog two days after you say goodbye. I will start at the beginning and enjoy it.

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  54. Jeanne from CanadaMarch 31, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Thank you Fiona for creating and sharing your wonderful blog. It is one of my favourites and I will keep stopping by to re-read your posts for as long as you decide to keep this blog up. I have found that somehow, coincidentally, I have been reading the same books as you in real time (i.e. The Power of Positive Thinking)!
    May good fortune and health bless you every day and thank you for your wonderful and inspiring posts! I hope one day when I visit NZ, I will serendipitously wander into your shop!
    Blessings,
    Jeanne

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  55. I will miss you - your blog is the first thing I read each morning. My best wishes to you always...but please know how much you will be missed!
    Heart sick...
    (first time commenter)

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  56. Thanks for all the great blog entries Fiona…and for letting me be a part of your blog a while back with a guest post. Wish you all the best with your shop and your new home! You will always be the chicest of them all. ;)

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  57. I would not write a blog myself, but so enjoy all the bloggers I read; it is such fun to see glimpses into other lives and life philosophies. I've learned so much and feel grateful for you Fiona.

    True thanks!!
    erina

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  58. I plan to do the same too, anonymity and privacy are really important to me so I completely understand the dichotomy.

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  59. My first visit . . . I wish I had found you earlier. I appreciated you in the post I read after this one. I too value my alone and quiet and treat it as "gift". Balancing it with friendship, freedom of thought and deed, as well as the fruits to bring to my mind and body.

    Beautiful saved words . . . I wish you well.
    Namaste . . .

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  60. oh i will miss you soft, soothing, peaceful voice here. i completely understand and i think about ending my blog more and more. the vicious comments are getting to me. good luck fiona and enjoy your beautiful life. xo janet

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  61. Oh no! I will miss you Fiona! This blog has been such an inspiration to me for so long now. But I do hope closing it down brings you further happiness.

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  62. Fiona,
    it will be sad to see you go. :(
    Your blog always was one of the chicest around. thanks for the 30-day series and I understand blogs changing direction and needing to be shut down. So best of luck in your future endeavors.
    Stay chic and thanks for all you've given us.
    Maybe Aspen will get to channel Sabine from here on out.

    au revoir!

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  63. Fiona,
    I am sad to see 'The End' of your blog. I have been reading How To Be Chic since last year, and this is my first comment. Your posts will be greatly missed by me and by many others.

    Your blog is such a treasure. I wish that you might change your mind about closing it down entirely and perhaps update occasionally. And I certainly hope that you will not delete the blog--I so enjoy stopping by here and reading and feeling inspired! I do thank you for sharing and for the inspiration!
    --MJ--

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  64. Fiona, I am going to miss you. Your comment that you wrote the blog you wanted to read resonated so strongly with me because, with your departure, I am left bereft of the blog I wanted to read. I may have to stop being lazy and write my own. I just don't think I can replicate your positive outlook and peaceful world. And I was so looking forward to seeing how your garden developed. I will have to imagine it.

    All the happiness in the world to you and lovely Jessica. Stay chic!

    KBG

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  65. www.mylifeofdomesticbliss.bligspot.com I will miss you - I stopped blogging several months ago. Like you I wanted some quiet. I would love your e-mail.

    Take care and many blessings!

    Lisa

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  66. Hi Lisa, my email is howtobechic at gmail dot com.

    Merci!

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  67. I have enjoyed reading your blog and I'm sorry to see you go, but understand your reasons. Good luck! xxoo

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  68. I'm so sad you've decided to stop blogging, but totally understand your desire to get away from the computer. I do find myself held captive by my computer at the expense of other creativity. Please do leave your blog up, though, as it can still serve as a valuable source of motivation and inspiration for those of us still working on the concept of chic.

    Best wishes for your future endeavors!

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  69. Hi Fiona, just had to let you know how much I have enjoyed your blog. The sections on your beautiful little Atlas were amazing, have loved reading about Jessica as well. Will miss your chic and inspiring writing. Wishing you good luck and happiness,

    Angela

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  70. Will miss your writings Fiona. I wish you all the best and happiness.

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  71. Oh, this makes me very sad! Your blog was always so lovely.

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  72. Au revoir et bonne chance dans tout ce que vous entreprendrez !

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  73. Fiona, I'm not sure if you still read these comments after all this time but I just want to let you know how inspiring your blog has been to me over the past couple of months. I know you do not post anymore but I've been reading through your blog from the beginning and have been enjoying it completely! It's inspired me to start my own blog and take the time to recognize the things in life that give me great pleasure. Hope you are living chic and well!

    Patty

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  74. a former reader missing your blogJuly 31, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Dear Fiona,
    I also want to thank you for your blog, even though you are no longer posting. You are interested in many of the same things that I am, and I appreciated the time you took to write How to be Chic. I especially loved the beautiful life you were able to imagine and share with us. Your blog was an inspiration, and I am sure you continue to inspire those who are lucky enough to be around you! Best wishes!

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  75. I stumbled across your blog today for the first time...better late that never.

    It must be the kiwi in me or living in France that has affected the pace at which I now live my life :-)

    Wishing you lots of happiness,

    Leeann x

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  76. I still drop in to read your blog fairly often and it's one of the most inspirational blogs I know of! Glad that it's still here to read! Thank you!

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  77. This is a wonderful blog that I recently discovered. I am sad that I will not get to look forward to your interesting and insightful writing. Thank you so much for sharing your life, you have been an inspiration. Good luck to you and may you continue to have a beautiful life. God bless.

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  78. This is a wonderful blog that I recently discovered. I am sad that I will not get to look forward to your interesting and insightful writing. Thank you so much for sharing your life, you have been an inspiration. Good luck to you and may you continue to have a beautiful life. God bless.

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  79. Happy New Year! Your blog is greatly missed! Take care!!!

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  80. I still miss your blog so much! Hope you are doing well xoxoxo

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  81. I still like to visit your blog and be inspired. Hoping all is well with you!

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  82. Along with the last two comments, I also check this blog often for inspiration and secretly hoping Fiona will give an update every now and then. I can only wish she is currently writing a book on 30 Days of Chic; after all, this is how Jennifer Scott's 'Lessons from Madame Chic" was born.

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  83. Thank you Fiona for such an inspiring blog which I have only recently discovered and will continue to read over and over. Take care.

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  84. Dear Fiona, Yes I still check your blog like the others here still hoping you've changed your mind. Even if you only blog once a month I would love it. I still haven't found one like yours after searching and searching the blogosphere and visiting blogrolls and links. I hope you are well!

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Merci for your comment. Wishing you a chic day!

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