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June 30, 2014#

Hack your own Designer Gown

Lets get this clear.  I AM NOT A DRESS MAKER! My dress maker Mother bought me my first bought dress on my 10th birthday because I begged her to, I tore the frill off at first break at school (we laughed about the cheap quality) I had home made dresses all my life and when I became a teenager she tried so hard to teach me.  But NO I don’t follow patterns wouldn’t follow rules and refused to sit patiently and learn her craft.  My Mum will be rolling her eyes reading this. Sorry Mumma you know it I am a HACK I find my own way trial and error and I am too stubborn to follow rules.  So this is the Sue Bryce hack version, hand stitched no patterns.  Really this was me wanting a little creative project on an idle Sunday when it’s to easy to go sit at the computer and work. Total Cost $39 and a whole lot of fun.

1. These mannequins are expensive the cheapest I have found are $90 but they are really good to drape and pin on to

1. These mannequins are expensive the cheapest I have found are $90 but they are really good to drape and pin on to.  Also If you are attracting visuals for your brand your marketing PDF and social media they look great for Blogs and Posts etc and Behind the Scenes remember its all about marketing on the periphery.

2. this is a $10 wholesale corsett bra it was brand new and it was white.  I stained it with 4 tea bags rinsed and dried (It is easier to pin and drape on an existing bodice)

2. this is a $10 wholesale corset bra it was brand new and it was white. I stained it with 4 tea bags rinsed and dried (It is easier to pin and drape on an existing bodice) You can also buy ugly old dress and cut the shirts and sleeves off to use the bodice to build new gowns.  This would be the hardest part for me to make and because I am not a dress maker using the structure or recycling old dresses is the best.

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I pinned the tulle where I wanted it to go and cut it. I had so many options here to create different shaped neck lines.

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I used a thin piece of ribbon for the waist band and cut the tulle roughly in about 1.6 m long strips, using 12 long pieces I one by one pulled them through the ribbon so thats about 20 yards of tulle that I got for $1 a yard wholesale from the fashion district in LA.  I havent ever done it this way before so it means the strips are not stitched together.  It makes the skirt fuller and it moves differently I will shoot it on Wednesday and see if it effects the movement of the dress or how my client sits in it.

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With all the strips pulled through I then stitched around the ribbon while it was on the mannequin being careful not to stitch the mannequin fabric ha.

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I used two different colors of tulle every second strip so there is texture in the skirts.

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Leaving ribbon at the back creates a wrap around that means most sizes can wear it

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I used white tulle as its cheaper than colored tulle.  I stained it with tea bags and then rinsed the tulle thats why it looks scrunched and vintage.  The softer the tulle the better it looks.

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I then stitched the breast line tulle on to the corset and up and over on to the straps. I thought if they over power the client to much (too wide) I can stitch them a little thinner at the top of the shoulder.

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Here is an alternative to the corset I found this belt for $10 and the client can bring their own bra or a billowing blouse would look very beautiful.  I always use these skirts on the hip so they look more flattering as they are bulky and can make even little waists look fuller if the wear the skirt lower then the bodice or corsett tapers the waist.  Remember the client can also bring their own corset this helps personalize styling

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Now I have stitched the skirt and the bust line Im using the last scrap of tulle to loosely cover the bodice

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I pinned it on and then tacked it on to the bodice gathering as I stitched.  I followed the line that the corset already had to make it look authentic and emphasize the existing lines.

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The accouterment I found trimexpoonline for $9 I added that for extra bling sparkle.

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Over all the tulle cost $20 the bling cost $9 the corset $10 and I had a lot of fun.  I have already showed my client for this wednesday and she said YES PLEASE can I wear that ha so I will post her images later this week.  Enjoy playing and please show me your creations and ideas.

June 20, 2014#

Shooting the Backlight, Light leaks on AlienSkin

 

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Late Afternoon 5D mark iii 50mm 2.8 640 ISO Shooting through twigs light behind client no reflector. Color edit Alien skin Polaroid 600 faded plus Light Leak for rainbow color. The BW I did on top of the color filter so I ran it twice in AS thats why it has that dirty look which I love.

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Late Afternoon 5D mark iii 50mm 2.8 640 ISO Shooting against Borganvillia light behind client no reflector. Light Leak for rainbow color.

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Late Afternoon 5D mark iii 50mm 2.8 640 ISO Shooting into light, light behind client no reflector. No color editing SOOC.(Straight out of camera no Alienskin) How much is to much flare? Move around the subject left and right up and down let the light come into your lens and then pull back, try as many angles as you can.

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Image one is beautiful but the light is leaking over her eyes a little to much so I shifted down a few images and got image 2 this is the final shot I chose. Color edit Polaroid 600 faded with light leak added for the rainbow effect. A huge thank you to AlienSkin because this is the image they have put on Exposure 6 YAH

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How much is to much light? can you save an image with too much flare? I love how far I pushed this color edit warm orange double layered with Faded – Kodacolor 1942 and then add some texture on the left flowers from the Borganvillia shot above. There is a fine line between to much flare but if you are going to be more Arty and Illustrative then maybe your styling and posing should better reflect the style. Example eyes down hair blowing etc instead of portrait eyes to camera. Just wanted to see if you can push an image this flared.

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How much is to much light? can you save an image with too much flare? I love how far I pushed this color edit warm orange double layered with Faded – Kodacolor 1942 and then add some texture on the left flowers from the Borganvillia shot above. There is a fine line between to much flare but if you are going to be more Arty and Illustrative then maybe your styling and posing should better reflect the style. Example eyes down hair blowing etc instead of portrait eyes to camera. Just wanted to see if you can push an image this flared.

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seconds after the light had dropped behind the blue wall I pushed her back against the wall and shot this as the last shot of the day no flare. Tip my fav Alienskin filter is in Color – fade all leaving strong reds look what its done to this wall.

Last day for the discount code from www.alienskin.com if you have downloaded the free trial or are upgrading to Exposure 6 this is the code for the discount enjoy FKZE606

 

June 6, 2014#

Okay poke your tongue out and say ARRRRR . . .

Lets do a Business check up this Monday LIVE on CreativeLive.  You know when I say Business Check up I mean a YOU check up (and a little butt kicking sometimes too) I am flying up to Seattle for a day to talk to you guys.

I want REAL questions!

HARD questions?

HONEST questions!

I will not answer how do I tape my V Flats together or how long is my Ottoman.  (which by the way all of those questions are being talked about regularly on the facebook group IBWS on Facebook)

I want to talk about real business challenges right now.  I will show you three studios working within my business model.  Their successes their failures their hurdles and their real averages what their new business goals are and they will be live with me on the show!  I made them photograph their studios too so you can have a look around these photographers will give you an honest look at start up for those of you that think it was easy for me.

Image 1: Amy & Dustin Droz Wedding & Glamour Image 2: Maupana Reed Mataele Glamour Image 3: Nikki Closser Wedding & Glamour

Image 1: Amy & Dustin Droz Wedding & Glamour Image 2: Maupana Reed Mataele Glamour Image 3: Nikki Closser Wedding & Glamour

I am also bringing in Lori Patrick she runs so many amazing facebook communities she started IBWS which has 16,000 members and she also runs 28 days study group for those of you working through the biggest workshop I ever did.

Lori Patrick Photographer/Community builder Facebook group guru

Lori Patrick Photographer/Community builder Facebook group guru

You can ask me any personal questions you like I will answer them honestly.  PUT THEM HERE ON THIS BLOG POST. We can talk about Fears, Challenges, things you just cannot get past.

Write your questions here on my blog.  I will try to answer as many as I can.  See you on Monday You can RSVP by clicking here  add your questions below here.  would you like to be in the audience with me on monday? CLICK HERE 

THIS IS A FREE CLASS it is not for sale.  It is ongoing support and accountability for where you are at in this moment.  You will love to see the progress these studios are making and it’s a great way to gauge where you are at and how well you are doing and to make a Power list on what you need to confront next.

Marketing Sales Service

Marketing Sales Service

Folio building, The reveal Wall

Folio building, The reveal Wall

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Shooting with out a studio getting started

Shooting with out a studio getting started

Glam the Dress, ongoing marketing to your current database

Glam the Dress, ongoing marketing to your current database

Attracting a client that matches you and your values.

Attracting a client that matches you and your values.

 

 

June 1, 2014#

Did you trial Exposure 5 after our workshop

Did you trial Exposure 5 after our workshop? I’m putting the AlienSkin code here on the blog so you can return to it when you’re ready, you have till June 20th to get the discount.  I am posting some of my favorite go to filters but Im sure you’ll find your own.

Promo code is FKZ0514 It gives the discount of 30%. The promotion is live now and is set to end on the 20th of June. www.alienskin.com 

Exposure 6 is in late beta and isn’t quite ready for a debut.  Anyone that purchases version 5–taking advantage of the discount–will receive a free upgrade to version 6 when it’s released. Version 6 has creative focus capabilities of another one of my favorite products, Bokeh. So, there’s an extra $100 value of software coming your way.

Felix and I would like to thank you for your questions and hilarious comments and support we had a blast.  I look forward to watching this young man turn into an extraordinary force in the photographic industry.  I hope AlienSkin assists you in the creation of beautiful images I know both Felix Lara and I love it and we hope you do too.

If you haven’t  seen our workshop yet here is the link The Lighting Challenge and see how we challenged Felix to create beautiful soft portrait light to match natural light.  Gorgeous Hollywood portraits and more

Workshop Image Natural Light

Workshop Image Natural Light

Workshop Image Studio Light

Workshop Image Studio Light

Original Image no filter.  Light retouch to face & extra bright sequin's. Slimming through waistline.

Original Image no filter. Light retouch to face & extra bright sequin’s. Slimming through waistline.

Definitely my Go To Black and white especially for Hollywood shoots desaturate image open in AlienSkin 5 Daguerreotype 75% with less grain.

Definitely my Go To Black and white especially for Hollywood shoots desaturate image open in AlienSkin 5 Daguerreotype 75% with less grain.

A little more drama Wetplate with Brush Painted 75%

A little more drama Wetplate with Brush Painted 75%

Strangely this is Wetplate color and I really like it

Strangely this is Wetplate color and I really like it

Technicolor Process 4 faded 100% I am always drawn to cold tones and strong warm tones my goal is always to push away from natural skin tone.

Technicolor Process 4 faded 100% I am always drawn to cold tones and strong warm tones my goal is always to push away from natural skin tone.

This is my favorite filter Fade all leave strong reds 100%

This is my favorite filter Fade all leave strong reds 100%

Probably used on 80% of my shoots in Polaroid 600 Yellowed Aging removed - Added Blue to bring down the yellow & desaturate 10 %

Probably used on 80% of my shoots in Polaroid 600 Yellowed Aging removed – Added Blue to bring down the yellow & desaturate 10 %

Original Image from the workshop

Original Image from the workshop

Another favorite BW go to Calotype 75% less grain.  Brings me straight home to film days.

Another favorite BW go to Calotype 75% less grain. Brings me straight home to film days.

Original Image from Workshop light retouching on face.  Shot with Strobe

Original Image from Workshop light retouching on face. Shot with Strobe

See how my go to Fade all leave reds changes the whole tone of this image

See how my go to Fade all leave reds changes the whole tone of this image

I double up filters this is Fade all leave strong reds and NoonDaySun about 50% each

I double up filters this is Fade all leave strong reds and NoonDaySun about 50% each

Another favorite is NoonDay Sun.  Almost reminiscent of our C41 to E6 X process era

Another favorite is NoonDay Sun. Almost reminiscent of our C41 to E6 X process era

My pick of Images of Katie in my most used B/W Daguerreotype 75% grain 43%

My pick of Images of Katie in my most used B/W Daguerreotype 75% grain 43%

June 1, 2014#

Amy – Behind the scenes of a Sue Bryce Shoot

People feel vulnerable mostly when they are about to be photographed.  They apologize A LOT! Sorry I cut my hair. Sorry I’ve put on weight. Sorry my skin has been so bad lately. Sorry I didn’t know what clothes to bring.  That list goes on and on.

I started filming all my sessions last year and interviewing them asking them everyday questions about themselves.  This is one of the first of about 30 videos I am editing.  This is Amy’s shoot behind the scenes, her feelings and her seeing her photos for the first time.  A very real and enjoyable insight into my daily life as a portrait photographer and the complete joy I get to experience watching these women unfold. Enjoy.

Photography Assistant: Nikki Closser
Hair and Makeup: Kendra Springer
Filmed & Edited by Shaun Levra
Music by TripleScoopMusic

May 15, 2014#

Your Best Beautiful

About 10 years ago I dreamed that video was the next big thing for Photographers I have experienced the invention and growth of the DSLR and the impact of Social Media in all it’s forms.  The ability to share stories and empower and connect through this media is one of the greatest tools we have.  I dreamed one day I could tell real stories of uncompromising beauty and strength from the Woman I meet and Photograph every day.  I hear their stories, so filled with beauty and hope and yet all with same underlining fear “Am I good enough” and “I hate this but I love this” How do you focus just on the good stuff and let the bad stuff fall away.  I dreamed I could share a message of Self Love and acceptance regarding physical appearance and self esteem that would change a way a woman looks at her self.  For the last 25 years I have watched this grow and take shape and this year I was asked by Olay to capture stories for their Best Beautiful Campaign.  How could I not say yes, we share the same message.  What an honor to get to share my life’s work and the thousands of stories I’ve heard and learned from.

It starts with Hillary 25 years old is two young to be faced with Skin Cancer a mother of two little girls and now a spokesperson for both Olay and Suncare Hillary talks about burning to fit in.  Just wanting to be the blonde tanned beach babe in fashion, the part that got me was when Hillary said “I really wish I had grown up with better self esteem, I maybe would have accepted my pale freckled skin” and that she always hoped as a little girl that all of her freckles would join up and make the perfect skin.  Hillary is a three time melanoma survivor and teaches a message of sun care that can save lives check out her website here if you are interested www.palegirlspeaks.com

Hillary what a beautiful woman you are.  I loved capturing you and your story thank you for all you do.  Olay thank you for this remarkable opportunity I am so blessed to be working with you on this project and sharing these beautiful stories and I cannot wait for more to come out.   To the women of the world EXIST IN PHOTOGRAPHS be comfortable in your skin, love and accept who you are, share and embrace your best beautiful stories and never stop loving, respecting and honoring who you are.

Share your Best Beautiful Story using #olaystories or visit olaystories.com

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May 13, 2014#

Natural Light vs Studio Light May 19 & 20 on creativeLIVE

I want to break lighting down to the easiest way to shoot Studio Portraits in Natural light and then replicate each set up in Studio light to try the same look with both.  I will do the Natural light segment and Felix will replicate it.  I first met Felix when he assisted a shoot with Lara Jade I really look forward to this challenge to see how closely we can combine our skills and create some beautiful work for you Posing Maps Lighting Maps and teach you more about light.  I am most looking forward to learning myself he is a very talented photographer and an open teacher and natural sharer.

About – Felix Kunze: is an editorial and commercial portrait photographer. Felix was born in Berlin, grew up in the UK and now lives in New York City. He focuses on non-models and places regular people in exaggerated situations that highlight an aspect of who they are. Having worked with the top fashion & portrait photographers on earth and through his wealth of experience, he’s known as a lighting specialist. www.felixkunze.com

Monday 19th 9am PST Session One and Two will start with Creating Flat soft beauty light and how I remove and manipulate natural light for contrast and direction.  I will have a female model and a male model to light them both differently according to gender, then Felix will replicate the shots in Studio light no available light at all.

Flat soft light for Beauty Images to more contrast and direction - Image One is side light but bounced in with white reflectors. Image Two is in the same spot with a black half shell pulling light and a small reflector just on one side of the face.  Image Three has side window light one large stationary reflector pulled back on the 45

Flat soft light for Beauty Images to more contrast and direction – Image One is side light but bounced in with white reflectors. Image Two is in the same spot with a black half shell pulling light and a small reflector just on one side of the face. Image Three has side window light one large stationary reflector pulled back on the 45

Monday afternoon Session Three will start with creating Beautiful Studio Portraits in Natural light and then replicate in Studio light exploring a more fashion style portrait.

The focus here is to I know hoe to create this look in natural light so I will teach all of these directions and tricks and then Felix will teach the same scenarios achievable in studio light.

The focus here is to I know hoe to create this look in natural light so I will teach all of these directions and tricks and then Felix will teach the same scenarios achievable in studio light.

Monday Afternoon Session Four we will Use light control to create Silhouettes and Film noir Images most popular with body work, Fine Art nudes and boudoir. We will talk about posing for these genres how I sculpt bodies into available light and how Felix sculpts light into bodies.  We have a female and Male model for this section they cannot be nude but they will be body models (this means undies)

I sculpt bodies around available light - Felix sculpts light on bodies.

I sculpt bodies around available light – Felix sculpts light on bodies.

Day Two Session One its all about that back light YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE IT the question is can Felix recreate it (Sue cracks her knuckles)

The backlight is a huge part of my studio portrait session.  It takes a lot of bouncing sculpting and patience but when you harness it, it creates magic

The backlight is a huge part of my studio portrait session. It takes a lot of bouncing sculpting and patience but when you harness it, it creates magic

Day Two Session Two HOLLYWOOD style, Glamour, styling, Posing and Lighting No natural light for this session all studio light.  I am styling and preparing a Hollywood starlet for Felix to create his magic. I am drawing a Hollywood Posing guide for you.  Prepare to be inspired by this genre my clients are flipping over it.  After Felix and I did the Hollywood shoot for animoto I have been shooting and studying this beautiful genre like crazy.  I was lucky enough to shoot with makeup guru Bruce Grayson this last week he is the epitome of Hollywood Glam a genius makeup artist that grew up with a legend Father that did makeup for all the stars during this era CHECK OUT BRUCE HERE follow him on twitter @Brugray

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Day Two Session Three & Four Felix Photoshops and Sue Photoshops how I retouch natural light to make it look more studio and learn some of Felix’s most loved tricks.  Alienskin is a big part of our process so we will show you our favorite go to recipes and also I will record day ones retouching and show you Sue vs Felix that you saw shot the day before.

Click this link to Enroll here JOIN US MAY 19 & 20 Take Monday and Tuesday off and join us for a power packed two days of everything Portrait light.  Remember this is a free worldwide classroom I know this workshop will have a huge impact on not only my work but yours too and I really look forward to teaching and learning alongside you.

May 5, 2014#

What do you do when your client turns up with no clothes

It went like this circa 2003 I was shooting in my Garage/Studio I had no wardrobe, no accouterment AT ALL and no budget to get one.  A client and her teenage daughter turn up for a Glam shoot and I say where are your clothes I’ll hang them for you: What clothes? says my client.  They were both in jeans and a black Tshirt. insert [Alfred Hitchcock music] Okay so I go into the house – my house and I have nothing nice they can wear.  I find a Black satin scarf a pink sarong and pull some flowers out of the vase.  I spend the next 1.5 hours making as many shapes as I could with this fabric,  Halter neck top – one shoulder dress – boob tube – shoulder wrap – flower in hair.  Client spends $1200 I learn the biggest lesson.  EDUCATE your clients better.  However they do not always turn up with wardrobe or even good wardrobe so slowly I started to build what I now fondly refer to as the ‘Collection’ but I am a bit of a do it yourselfer as you know and lets face it the first 5 years in business I didn’t have budget to spend on fancies.

Around that time a girl came in for a shoot with a big tulle skirt I took the shot and thought one day I will own 20 of these skirts.  I said in a dreamy-oneday-voice where did you get it? she said My Mum made it.  Of course my mother can make anything and she taught me to sew so I started making them myself.  It started with tulle skirts I would get the clients top and add the skirt it glammed up everything and yet made it their own.  Then came shoulder pieces hair pieces and belts.  Last week I was doing a shoot and my client had booked 4 dresses from Rent the Runway (great business by the way) but unfortunately she hadn’t considered Easter weekend holiday and her dresses missed the shoot by a day.  I put her in a vintage top that I paid $21 for followed by a tube of red fabric $16 and a coral dress I paid $14 for and then for the finale I wrapped her in green tulle $12 for 20 yards and put flowers in her hair.  Her shoot was a great success and I video’d the whole thing so you will see that soon.

I BELIEVE – There is ALWAYS a way to make it work MAKE IT WORK

YOU NEED TO KNOW – It doesn’t have to be expensive just creative (have fun with it)

YOU MIGHT THINK I HAVE EXCEPTIONAL TALENT (and thank you) but I mostly hand sew very badly so no excuses anyone can do this

I always have plain scarves, wraps and cuts of fabric that would be my go to when shooting scarves are great as wraps low and around the arms a great way to flatter arms and break up lots of skin.  Also a good way to bring the hands up into shot and give the hands something to do so they look natural..  Start with Black White then all the prime colors.  Always have ribbons on hand they are cheap and when you start looking you’ll find them everywhere on gifts on shopping bags.  They make great belts when you need to define the waist they make really great neck pieces when you need something simple and they are also awesome in the hair.  Anyway the point is what started out as a valuable lesson became a hobby I get lost in making these.  If you are not creative I bet you have a Mum or friend or Grandma that loves to craft.  Enjoy #mcgyver #kiwiingenuity

Fabric at Fashion District is $8 - $10 a yard that is the best way to get new Backdrops

Fabric at Fashion District is $8 – $10 a yard that is the best way to get new Backdrops I collect old jewelry broken jewelry anything beaded.

This is my Makeup Artist Katie.  She turns up for work and I say “What color Bra are you wearing” she wasn’t ready for a photo shoot today but luckily a nude tank top and a few pretty pieces and we are away.  Wrap the Neck the arms and the Shoulder and the waist.

Ribbon, anything that sparkles.  Fabric samples like this stitched on to scrunched up tulle.  tip: buy cheap white silk ribbon and dye it with tea or cheap red wine anything (leave it in the sun)

Ribbon, anything that sparkles. Fabric samples like this stitched on to scrunched up tulle. tip: buy cheap white silk ribbon and dye it with tea or cheap red wine anything (leave it in the sun) The Fabric on this neck piece is a fabric sample stitched on  scrunched up tulle with a pink ribbon that I saved from a gift someone bought me.

I made this headpiece for $23 stained it with Tea bags I have had 8 women offer to buy it. One said $300 I said NO it was my first. The top is just a cut off of tulle tucked in to her bra at the back

I made this headpiece for $23 stained it with Tea bags I have had 8 women offer to buy it. One said $300 I said NO it was my first. The top is just a cut off of tulle tucked in to her bra at the back

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same head piece as above on the neck. Old scarf around the shoulders I paid $4 for 2 scarves and sewed them together.

SHOUT OUT: Found this great wholesaler at Fashion District today thats sells the prettiest sparkles trim trimEXPOonline.com Thank you for great service Eli

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