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Friday, December 8, 2017

Decorating the Christmas tree is one of my favourite ways to get into the holiday spirit so the moment December rolls around, I'm in the garage retrieving the tinsel and fairy lights. In previous years, my family's tree has been a rainbow of of colour however this year we thought we'd decorate with a more specific aesthetic in mind. We decided on a colour scheme of white, silver, black and gold but after separating our decorations, realised we had very few left to hang. Since most of our ornaments are years old, I decided we were probably due for some new ones anyway so I went out and picked out a couple more to replenish our supply. Hope you enjoy today's haul and my first Christmassy post for the year! Let me know when you normally decorate your tree in the comment section below! 

Unicorn Zebra and Unicorn Pig 

White Sparkly/Metallic Baubles

Glittery Stars

Thanks for reading! 

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Today, December 3rd, is my blog anniversary. Which means just one year ago, The AnnieChanie Blog consisted of only a header and a sidebar. I can't believe my little blog is one year old. To me, this is such an exciting milestone. Over the course of 365 days, I've refined my skills in digital illustration, mastered the art of flat lay photography, had two positive experiences with two different companies and most of all, connected/interacted with a lot of incredible bloggers from around the world. 

I'm really proud of what I've accomplished so far. On my blog, I've published 44 (45 now) posts in total, which on average is around 3.67 posts per month. Rounding it up, that's pretty much a post a week. When I first published on The AnnieChanie Blog, I made a promise to myself that I'd be consistent with posting. And a part from two slip ups, I've managed to uphold this goal. Even though I'm very happy with my little corner of the internet, there are still things I'm hoping to improve on for the upcoming year. For one, I really want to have a set day that I post. At the moment, I aim to have them up by Sunday but if I finish writing Friday/Saturday, I feel the need to post it straight away. For some reason, I really don't like have completed posts in my draft box. This is something I definitely need to work around for 2018. I also want to post more of my design work online. I've been thinking of doing a "design-a-day" type series where I share my digital illustrations everyday for a month. I'm also hoping to set up a portfolio/gallery page sometime in the near future. This will probably require a bit of experimenting with code but I'm definitely up for the challenge!

To finish off this momentous post, I'd like to thank every one who reads/comments on my posts. It makes me so happy to be able to share my writing online and when you take time out of your day to check my page out, it makes everything just the more worthwhile. I'm so glad 2016 me decided to take the leap and give blogging a go. These past 12 months have been such a learning experience for me and I'm so excited to see what the next 12 months have in store! 

As always, thanks so much for reading! 

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

In this quiz, I'm going to be telling you where I think you should plan your next holiday based on your current travel habits and preferences. If you've done one of these quizzes before, then you'll know how to take part. If you haven't, all you have to do is grab a piece of paper and for each question, write down the letter beside the statement that you think fits you the most. Feel free to share your thoughts on this quiz down below!  

1. When choosing a book to travel with, I can guarantee you it'll be from the genre...
A) Romance.
B) Adventure.
C) Fantasy.
D) Mystery.

2. The item I always make sure to pack is my...
A) Handbag.
B) Comfortable walking shoes.
C) Camera.
D) Travel diary.

3. My favourite way to prepare for a trip is to...
A) Go to my local book store and buy myself a guidebook. 
B) Research online and make a list of all the best tourist attractions. 
C) Not prepare at all! It's always more fun to be spontaneous. 
D) Watch several documentaries featuring my chosen destination. 

4. For my next holiday, I'm thinking of asking my __________ to accompany me.
A) Boyfriend/Girlfriend 
B) Brother/Sister
C) Best Friend
D) Mum/Dad

5. In my opinion, the best thing about traveling is that you get to...
A) Take a break and forget about all your worries back home. 
B) Put yourself out there and do things you've never done before.
C) Create new memories with your travel companion/s. 
D) Learn about/experience a different culture. 

6. When at a souvenir shop, I'm almost always going to buy a __________ to remember the trip by.
A) Keychain.
B) Mug.
C) Postcard. 
D) Magnet.

7. My favourite season to travel in is...
A) Spring
B) Summer
C) Autumn
D) Winter

8. When I get to my holiday spot, the first thing I do is...
A) Go to the hotel to freshen up. 
B) Explore the city to find my bearings. 
C) Try their specialty food. 
D) Talk to locals.

9. It's an absolute necessity that the place I travel to has a good...
A) Shopping mall. 
B) Hiking trail.
C) Theme park.
D) Museum.

10. I really want to see/see more of...
A) Europe
B) Australia and Oceania
C) North America
D) Asia

You should go to.......

(Mostly A's)
Paris, France
Stunning landmarks, beautiful scenery and an artistic energy everywhere you turn. The city of light is the perfect getaway for those hoping to relax and recover while they're away. There's something really serene about this Paris, you can truly afford to sit back and do nothing but watch the city go about its day. 

(Mostly B's)
Queenstown, New Zealand
Often referred to as the adventure capital of the world, there are several attractions in and around Queenstown guaranteed to get the heart racing and blood pumping. Zip lining, bungy jumping, sky diving and white water rafting - this incredible New Zealand location is the perfect place for your inner adrenaline junkie. 

(Mostly C's)
New York, USA
There's nothing more magical than the incredible New York City. The big apple is home to some of the world's most iconic sights/ structures. There's always something new and exciting taking place so you're bound to experience something truly amazing while you're away. 

(Mostly D's)
Beijing, China
For those history lovers out there, the capital of China is sure to please. Some of the world's most historical monuments are in Beijing including the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven and Forbidden City. These remains of China's past mean that you won't only learn more about the modern aspect of Beijing, but the traditional aspect as well. 

Thanks for taking this quiz!

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

I'm so excited to be answering another set of questions for The Liebster Award tag! Thank you to Bexa for nominating me! Definitely check out Bexa's blog at She has a beautiful web page and I know everyone would really benefit from reading her posts. Her content is guaranteed to teach you something new!

The Rules:
1. Answer the 11 questions that your nominator has asked you 
2. Nominate 11 other bloggers 
3. Ask your nominees 11 questions. 
4. Let them know you nominated them!

Bexa's Questions:

1. What inspired you to start blogging?
I found a YouTube video in my suggested video section about starting a blog and after watching it I just knew I had to give it a go.

2. If you had £500 to spend solely on blogging (eg. equipment, content for blog posts) how would you spend it?
A blog planner and heaps and heaps of blog photo props - artificial flowers, confetti, patterned paper and pretty stationery!

3. How did you come up with the name of your blog? 
AnnieChanie has been my nickname since forever so it seemed fitting to have it somewhere in my blog name. 

4. Have you ever visited somewhere (a town, country, restaurant, event) just because you read about it in someone's blog?
Sadly, no. :-( Most of the blogs I read are UK based so even if I did like the sound of a place/event, it wouldn't really be possible for me to visit. I definitely keep note of them though, in case I do end up travelling to the UK sometime in the future.  

5. What is your favourite non-blog website?
I've been obsessed with Etsy lately! It really showcases people's creativity and as an enthusiastic creator myself, I find it really inspiring. 

6. Besides blogging, what are your other passions and interests?
I love reading, redecorating my room and creating things - whether that be with my hands or on the computer.  

7. What is your favourite book?
This is such a tough question because there's so many books that I love! Around this time of year, I really like reading Let it Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson. It's my favourite festive book! 

8. Where would you like to go on holiday next?
I have my heart set on Japan! I've been trying to convince my Dad to let us have our next family holiday there! 

9. What film can you watch over and over again?
The Clique. I used to watch that film all the time! I haven't seen it in a while though.. I'm tempted to watch it again after finishing this post! 

10. Are you doing Blogmas this year?
I really hope so! I'm in the process of planning some Christmassy posts but I still haven't had a chance to bring these ideas to life! 

11. What are your future dreams and aspirations for your blog?
I've learnt so much from blogging already so I'm excited to see what else having my own webpage will teach me. For example, my coding knowledge is very limited so one of my goals is to gain a better understanding for the technical aspect of my blog. 

My Questions:

1. What's on your Christmas Wishlist this year?

2. What's your favourite blog post that you've ever written?

3. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

4. What's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

5. Describe your perfect day?

6. What's your favourite blog photo prop at the moment? 

7. What's the best piece of blogging advice you've ever received?

8. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

9. Who do you wish you could swap lives with for a day?

10. What's your favourite blogging related app/ social media platform?

11. What's the first word that comes to mind when you hear the word "Christmas"?

My Nominees:

Buttercup at

M at

Chloe at

Ellie at

Hebah at

Katie at

Bee at

Chloe at

Tizz at

Rebecca at

Amy at

Let me know if you give my questions a go! I would love to read your answers! Also, I'm sorry if I've tagged you and you've already been nominated. I just can't seem to keep track of who's done this already. Thanks for reading! 

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Last week I returned home from the mall and as I was going through my purchases, realised they all had something in common. All four items were lovely shades of pink! You can imagine my excitement when realising my favourite colour featured on every single item I bought that day. I'm really happy with what I picked out so I thought I'd share them with you in a photography type post. Let me know if you enjoy haul posts in the comment section below! Also feel free to tell me what you're favourite item from this pink themed haul is. 

Waterproof Backpack + Pom Pom Keychain

Bomber Jacket

Sleeveless Blouse

Quote T-shirt


Thanks so much for reading!

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Friday, November 3, 2017

A couple of days ago I wore my school uniform for the last time. I can't believe I've finished high school. Since I've left, I've had a bit of time to reminisce about the last five years. The memories I will be taking away are primarily my happiest and proudest moments however that doesn't mean I didn't experience sadness or disappointment during my high school years. Even though I prefer to remember the positives, I can't pretend like the negative times never happened as the challenges I faced in high school play a very important part in this five year journey. Even though I'm prepared to continue on the next chapter of my life, I can't say I'm not grateful for the things high school has given me. Not only am I leaving with new knowledge, memories and friendships, I'm also leaving with a confidence my Year Nine self didn't enter the school with. I know that what I have to say has value, as do my strengths and abilities. I'm no longer that shy 13 year old who was to afraid to speak up or put myself out there. I've grown so much as a person during the five year timespan and I'm so thankful to be leaving the school as a wiser, bolder version of myself.

I'd always imagined what my final day would look like. Tuesday definitely didn't pan out the way I expected it to. To be honest, it felt like any other school day. Final assignments were due and since I was so busy trying to complete them, it felt like my typical Tuesday. The only thing that made it special was the fact that we opened our time capsules from Year Nine. In our first year of high school, we were told to write a letter to our future selves. These were to be opened in our last year. When I was finally reunited with my letter I was surprised to see that my handwriting hadn't changed one bit. Anyone could easily mistake the letter as something I wrote recently. In my letter, I talked about my form class as well as my favourite things at the time. At the end of my letter I had written "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." Am I sad to be leaving high school? Of course, but a part of me is definitely ready to move on. And since I've finally settled on what I want to do next year, I'm excited to see what's to come.

How did you feel after graduating high school OR how do you feel about graduating high school? Let me know down below! Thanks for reading!

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Out of all the shops in the city where I live, Typo offers the best range of stationery and homeware. Most of their items reflect me and my personality perfectly. I'm obsessed with their stuff! Since I'm on the lookout for new photo props, I thought I'd share what's on my Wishlist at the moment. I hope you enjoy reading this post!

1. 2018 Clipboard Calendar: NZD 19.99 || GBP 10.55
This would make a really cute prop for a start-of-month/end-of-month post. I like that it can be used repeatedly throughout the year. I also like the watercolour design on the clipboard and think it really suits the aesthetic of my blog. 

2. Mini Marquee Letters (10cm): NZD 14.99 || GBP 7.91
This rose gold 'A' would be the perfect addition to any blog photo set up. It's super trendy, cool and stylish. I could even get a couple to spell out a word or the initials of my name. 

3. Anytime Mug: NZD 7.99 || GBP 4.22
This holographic mug has quite a subtle design which is great for any side/corner prop. Mugs are fairly versatile props and can work with a variety of blog post topics. 

4. Confetti: NZD 11.99 || GBP 6.33
Confetti is a popular blog prop which I'm really keen to try out. I absolutely love rose gold things so this confetti will work really nicely with the blog props I already use/have. 

5. Manilla Folders (5pk): NZD 8.99 || GBP 4.74
Manilla folders are my all-time favourite background props. They serve the same purpose as patterned paper but are more practical and functional. The designs on these ones are super modern and chic.  

6. Shaped Candle: NZD 10.00 || GBP 5.28
This unicorn candle is absolutely adorable! It's such a cute design and your eyes are instantly drawn to it's glittery horn. This prop is simple but does the job well. 

7. Clam Light: NZD 29.99 || GBP 15.83
This clam light is so fun and creative. It would make a really good prop for a beach/summer themed post. The sphere can be removed so the shell can be used on its on. I think the shell is a really gorgeous colour and shape. 

8. Novelty Pen: NZD 7.99 || GBP 4.22
Pens are quite a reoccurring prop on my blog so I couldn't not include this feather pen on my Wishlist. I really like the look of this pen. 

9. A5 Campus Notebook (240 pages): NZD 7.99 || GBP 4.22
I love the colours and patterns on this notebook. The paint stroke effect is really cool and fits with my blog theme/design. It would make a really good central prop to capture your attention. 

10. A5 Mini Light Box: NZD 39.99 || GBP 21.11
Light boxes are great because you're in control of what sentence or phrase you have on display. This light box glows blue and has a pale blue border and backing. I think it would really work with the colour scheme of my photos.

Thanks for reading! What would you buy out of this list?

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Monday, October 16, 2017

In this quiz, we're focusing on seasons! If all goes well your answer should match up to your favourite time of year but I can't guarantee this will work for everyone. If you want to give this quiz a go, all you have to do is grab a piece of paper and for each question write down the letter beside the statement you think fits you the most. Your most common letter should reveal whether you're autumn, summer, winter or spring in terms of personality and lifestyle. Let me know if I got it right or if I got it completely wrong! 

1. If I could control one of the four elements, it would be...
A) Fire 
B) Water
C) Wind
D) Earth

2. When I wake up in the morning, I like to...
A) Open the curtains to let in the sunlight. 
B) Snuggle back under the covers and rest my eyes a little longer.
C) Go to the kitchen to make myself a cup of tea. 
D) Jump out of bed and get straight into the day. 

3. When it comes to baking, I know how to make the best...
A) Banana muffin.
B) Ginger slice. 
C) Chocolate chip cookie.
D) Carrot cake.

4. My favourite type of flower are...
A) Marigolds.
B) Snowdrops.
C) Daisies.  
D) Daffodils.

5. I can't help but smile at the sound of...
A) Waves lapping the shore.
B) Rain pattering on my window at night.
C) Leaves crunching under my shoes. 
D) Birds chirping in the early morning.

6. If I could go anywhere in the world, it would be...
A) Sydney, Australia!
B) Moscow, Russia!
C) Los Angeles, USA!
D) Tokyo, Japan!

7. I really like the girl's name...
A) Cora.
B) Elsa. 
C) Hazel.
D) Daisy.

8. When I was younger, I used to...
A) Collect seashells at the beach.
B) Jump in rain puddles.
C) Try catch falling leaves.
D) Make daisy chains at the park. 

9. If I could have any mystical creature as a pet, it would be a...
A) Dragon.
B) Baby yeti.
C) Phoenix.
D) Unicorn.

10. The next time I'm out, I think I'll treat myself to a...
A) A new pair of sunglasses.
B) A wooly rug for my room.
C) A cinnamon scented candle.
D) A cup of strawberry frozen yogurt. 

You are.......

(Mostly A's)
Long days outside, picnics by the beach, bike rides with family and pool days with friends. You're a summer kind of person and your adventurous, carefree nature reflects these warm holiday months perfectly. 

(Mostly B's) 
Lazing by the fire, drinking homemade hot cocoa and watching your favourite festive film on the TV. You're a winter kind of person and when the weather's cool you like nothing more than spending cosy nights in.

(Mostly C's)
Going for hikes, collecting armfuls of leaves, kite flying and finding pumpkin recipes online. You're an autumn kind of person and because of your love for Fall traditions, know all the best ways to get the most out of this time of year.

(Mostly D's)
Cleaning out the house, planting in the garden and admiring all the pretty nature. You're a spring kind of person and if anyone knows how to appreciate and share the beauty of this season with others, it's you! 

Thanks for taking the quiz!

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

When it comes to study and revision, everybody has a learning method that works best for them. I'm a visual learner which means I find it easiest to process things through charts and diagrams however you may prefer learning through listening or reading. Even though we all absorb information differently, there are still certain study habits that will benefit everyone no matter what their learning style is. My end of year exams are coming up so I know that compiling this list of tips and tricks will be a good way for me to mentally prepare myself for the upcoming months. If you know you'll be undergoing a test anytime soon, hopefully you'll be able to take something useful away from this post!

Start With The Tricky Stuff
Always study the harder content first. This should get top priority over the things you find least challenging. Make sure you've wrapped your head around the trickier stuff before reviewing the easier topics. Most of the time, the more complicated it is, the more points it offers so even if you aren't perfect at the basics, you'll still have a very good chance at achieving a high grade. 

Try a Practice Test
Find a past paper or test and try to complete it under exam conditions. To make it as official as possible, set yourself the same amount of time you'll have for the actual thing and make sure all devices are turned off or switched to silent. Aim to have just your test paper and stationery in front of you. After all, this is all you'll have on the day. Once you've completed your practice test, you should have a better idea of the exam format and how you're going to manage your time when it comes to the real thing. 

Keep Your Notes Tidy
Make sure you have notes that are both legible and easy to follow. There's no point in having a book of class notes if you can't read a single word of it. If you're really struggling to make sense of what you've written, ask to borrow a friend's book and review the content by writing all the information out again. After you've finished, you'll have both tidier notes and a better understanding of the things you re-wrote.  

Teach Others
When you explain something to a fellow classmate, not only are you helping a person in need but you're also strengthening your understanding of the information being taught. Sharing your knowledge and strategies is a great way to see how well you get the content. By teaching someone, you're testing your ability to process information. If you can teach it effectively, then you can execute it with ease however if you struggle to phrase your ideas then you may not have a complete grasp of the concept just yet. 

Communicate With Your Teachers
If you're ever unsure about anything exam-related, talk to you teachers. They know the content and test material better than anyone. They'll also be able to point you in the right direction in terms of what to study and how to best prepare for the questions. Your teachers are there to help you so so don't be afraid to contact them if you're feeling a bit stuck. 

Thanks for reading! What's the best piece of study advice you've ever been given? Let me know down below!

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Friday, September 29, 2017

December is just around the corner which can only mean one thing. Christmas will soon be upon us! As much as I look forward to this festive occasion, there's no denying how busy it can get. Leaving things to the last minute can make those days leading up to the 25th an absolute nightmare. I love Christmas shopping but consider it the most stressful part of the holiday season. Not only are the crowds and queues tricky to handle sometimes, but you're never guaranteed to find the item you're looking for straight away. It takes a lot of patience, perseverance and constant travelling from store to store. This is where online shop comes in. With their wide range of festive gifts, you'll find all you could possibly want at the click of a button AND from the comfort of your own home. In today's post, I'll be showing you my favourite items from their site. Whether you're looking for him or her, this gift guide will hopefully inspire you to get giving this Christmas time.

Gifts For Her

Homeware Gift
Elwood the Rainbow Unicorn Mug: NZD 52.70 || GBP 28.30

Tech Gift
Bedside Smartphone Vase: NZD 44.40 || GBP 23.83

Foodie Gift
Row Boat Serving Bowl with Wood Serving Utensils: NZD 90.20 || GBP 48.41

Craft/Stationery Gift
Sewing Station: NZD 80.50 || GBP 43.20

Accessories Gift
Pedestal Jewelry Holder: NZD 66.60 || GBP 35.75

Fashion Gift
Literary Scarfs: NZD 66.60 || GBP 35.75
Note: This scarf is made up of a selection of passages from famous novel, Alice in Wonderland. You can choose from other classics such as Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice.

To find more gift ideas for her, be sure to look at this page here.

Gifts For Him

Homeware Gift
Around the World Alarm Clock: NZD 50.00 || GBP 26.81

Tech Gift
Driftwood iPhone Charging Dock: NZD 94.40 || GBP 50.65

Foodie Gift
Record Bowls: NZD 34.70 || GBP 18.62

Craft/Stationery Gift
Nailed it Desk Organiser: NZD 80.50 || GBP 43.20

Accessories Gift
Eye Glasses Holder: NZD 25.00 || GBP 13.41

Fashion Gift
Men's Llama Socks: NZD 13.90 || GBP 7.45

To find more gift ideas for him, be sure to look at this page here. is, without a doubt, your one stop shop these holidays. Not only are their products incredibly creative and unique, the intentions behind this company are as pure as ever. UncommonGoods is working at making their company as sustainable as possible. They choose to print their catalogues on recycled paper and refuse to sell products containing leather, feathers or fur. UncommonGoods strongly believe in the protection of both our environment and our animals. For me, their mission is what makes their company stand out from the rest. Definitely check UncommonGoods out! It's truly amazing what they're doing!

Thanks so much for reading! What's your favourite item from this gift guide? Let me know in the comments below!

* This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. *
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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Today, I'm going to see if I can guess what kind of Pinterest bedroom you have. If you don't already know, I'm obsessed with pretty interiors and room decor so this post was a lot of fun to write. If you want to give this quiz a go, all you have to do is grab a piece of paper and for each question write down the letter beside the statement you think fits you the most. Your most common letter should reveal what type of bedroom you have. Let me know if I got it right or if I got it completely wrong!

1. On top of my work desk, you'll find...
A) My laptop and a table clock.
B) A patterned pen pot and my favourite notebooks.
C) My current reads and lots and lots of candles.
D) A funky table lamp and several potted plants.

2. I feel most __________ when I'm in my bedroom.
A) Organised
B) Creative
C) Comfy
D) Optimistic

3. Whenever someone sees my room they always compliment on how...
A) Neat and tidy everything is.
B) Well decorated it is.
C) Relaxed they feel.  
D) Colourful it is. 

4. The three words that best describe the aesthetic of my room are...
A) Natural, airy and neutral.
B) Sweet, stylish and light.
C) Modern, quiet and moody. 
D) Fun, cool and loud. 

5. Whenever I'm in a homeware store, I go straight to the...
A) Lighting section. 
B) Wall art. 
C) Pillows and blankets.
D) Artificial plants. 

6. My favourite combination is...
A) Marble and metal. 
B) Copper and pink.
C) Gold and navy.
D) Yellow and wood. 

7. The best thing about my bedroom is...
A) The huge windows that look out onto the back garden.
B) The adorable, fluffy rug I have on my floor. 
C) The bed of course!
D) The crazy wallpaper I have up. 

8. I think every bedroom should have...
A) Good natural lighting. 
B) A colour scheme. 
C) A comfortable reading nook. 
D) Some nature and greenery. 

9. When it comes to pattern, I like...
A) Stripes.
B) Polka dots.
C) Chevron.
D) Floral.

10. I love that my bedroom...
A) Is a really open space. 
B) Reflects my personality and style.
C) Promotes sleep and comfort.
D) Is such a happy place to be in. 

You have a __________ bedroom!

(Mostly A's)
Simple and Spacious
Love the size of room and window, plants are awesome along with that killer headboard!

(Mostly B's)
Pretty and Pastel
Pastel bedroom

(Mostly C's)
Cute and Cosy
Cozy winter decorating tips. All the decor inspiration you need this season:

(Mostly D's)
Bright and Bold
mixed patterns + bright colors

Thanks for taking the quiz!

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