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May 6th, 2011

A from My French Corner won the drawing for a bracelet from Art Leather.
I can’t wait to hear if she loves it as much as I love mine.
I have a deep brown and a red leather one and I wear one of them every day. My sole piece of jewelry. I love them.

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  1. May 6th, 2011 at 08:54 | #1

    Good for A for the win. Thank you for introducing us to Andrea’s beautiful pieces, Kristi.

    • May 6th, 2011 at 13:53 | #2

      Adrienne, thanks for entering. Hope you are doing well. Kristi

  2. May 6th, 2011 at 13:44 | #3

    Congratulations A! Kristi, the red one looks great with your nails painted like that.

    • May 6th, 2011 at 13:52 | #4

      Thanks. By the way, i really like the revelation you shared … so cool. good luck.

  3. May 6th, 2011 at 21:06 | #5

    I love leather bracelets, but I never feel that I have the style to pull one off. I have a skinny Hermes bracelet, and I need to wear it more often, but I’m nervous that it looks a little out of place. But I’m inspired by your choice of jewelry and will make an effort to wear mine more often!

  4. May 7th, 2011 at 08:14 | #6

    Kristi, thanks so much. And yes, I’m sure I’ll love mine as much as you do yours!

  5. ellen marcoux
    May 7th, 2011 at 21:23 | #7

    Hi! Great sandals–can you tell me what you’re wearing? They look cute and comfortable!! : ) e

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