I Need You Like I’ve Never Needed You Before

by Marinka on January 22, 2011

…to help me choose a dress.

Because I was recently contacted by Shabby Apple, which sells dresses online, and they offered to give me a dress in exchange for my writing about it. And I was all, Okay!

See, the offer came at the exact moment that I realized that although my shopping moratorium had many things going for it (like saving money), it had a big drawback that I don’t actually have any new clothes. It turns out that unless you go to stores and give people money in exchange for goods, they won’t send new outfits to you.

It’s like some kind of a conspiracy.

So it was Shabby Apple and their dresses to the rescue, except now I have to choose the dress. And in the spirit of getting other people to do the work for me (see, e.g., guest posters), I thought that I’d ask the people who read this blog which dress I should choose.

Here are my choices!

Crouching Tiger:

Pagoda not included!

Forbidden City:

Imperial Court is extra!

The Last Empress:

How Revolutionary!

Shanghai:

I have nothing witty to say

Mandarin Plum:

Am I the only one who wants a rickshaw?

What do you think? Besides the fact that they’re trying to Tiger Mom me, I mean?

Please leave me your selection in the comments. And I’ll get the winning dress! And wear it. For all of us.

(all images courtesy of Shabby Apple)

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Ann's Rants
Twitter:
January 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I love crouching Tiger–Tiger mom not withstanding.

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Wendi
Twitter:
January 22, 2011 at 5:57 pm

The Last Empress. But only if you keep your hand on your hip at all times.

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Chrissy January 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm

I am so all about the last one. Love it. Love it.
I would struggle with what shoes to wear though. Next post?

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Sara J. Henry January 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Forbidden City …

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Michael January 22, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Shanghai.

But they’re all nice.

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ChiTown Girl January 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I like the Shanghai. You’d look hot in any of them!

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christy January 22, 2011 at 6:07 pm

You’d look fab in all of them, but I prefer the Tiger!

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Erin I'm Gonna Kill Him
Twitter:
January 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm

I’m a fan of the Shanghai. Or maybe I just really want to visit there since I’d take a vacation to Toledo at this point.

Seriously, I think the plum color would compliment your non-plum skin tone.

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Melissa
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January 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I love The Last Empress.

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Denise January 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Crouching Tiger! They have really pretty dresses, the first one wins me over for the sleeves, nice for Fall and Winter! It’s harder to find long sleeve dresses. If you pick that one and decide you don’t like it, can I have it?

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pam January 22, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Forbidden City

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Zee January 22, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Shanghai or Forbidden City.

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Josefina January 22, 2011 at 6:31 pm

First choice, Crouching Tiger. Second choice, Forbidden City. Honestly, they’re all really pretty.

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BeardofPants January 22, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Forbidden City.

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amy
Twitter:
January 22, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Crouching tiger…I also liked the Shangai because of the ease of wearing this to anything.

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Cheryl
Twitter:
January 22, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Forbidden City ‘cuz hello? Pockets!

Crouching Tiger is awesome. Gotta have a long neck for that one. If you’ve got the neck, this is the dress for you.

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Quart January 22, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Crouching Tiger, because you can wear it now (and I like the two tone).

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dar January 22, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I really like the Shanghai it will make you pop with your beautiful hair!

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Sally January 22, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Forbidden City. I’m thinking it’s a whole lot cuter than Totally Permissible City. Or Everything’s Allowed Town. But seriously, gorgeous dress.

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julia January 22, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Crouching tiger, ask for the shoes too, they look awesome.

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kalisah
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January 22, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I like the Crouching Tiger, but the Mandarin Plum would be a fantastic color on you with your red hair. Do I get two votes? I don’t want to waste mine. Okay, Plum.

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anna see January 22, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Forbidden City!

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Awesome dude January 22, 2011 at 7:57 pm

All the girls look great…… Few more dollars will go to China……
Who thinks about national deficit?

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Anna
Twitter:
January 22, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Shangai gets my vote, but really awesome dude gets my vote.

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Peajaye
Twitter:
January 22, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Is Mandarin Plum actually sitting in a *rickshaw*? Oh-no-they-din’t.

Oh wait, I think it’s just a fancy golf cart or a surrey with the fringe on top.

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Kimberly January 22, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I needed to re-read this post because for a second I thought you were picking an Asian sister wife.

Shanghai, definitely.

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GrandeMocha
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January 22, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Am I the only one who liked Mandarin Plum the best? Alhough anything FREE is awesome.

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Shannon January 23, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Nope! I am totally digging Mandarin Plum, too!

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deborah l quinn
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January 22, 2011 at 8:56 pm

the first one but only if you can also get those kickass matching two-tone shoes. And by kickass here I mean shoes that the next morning as you try to stand you say “holy shit those shoes totally kicked my ass and broke my back.” Could you wear that dress with, you know, knit tights and clogs? Although perhaps you don’t need a turtleneck to hide your nixonian jowl, as I do. In which case, either the Empress (great color) or Forbidden City (a dress with pockets? fabulous!)

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Nancy Davis Kho
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January 22, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Shanghai. It looks perfect for practicing piano 8 hours straight with no bathroom break. Or for cocktails.

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Kristine
Twitter:
January 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm

ME TOO!

I’m requesting The Last Empress, so don’t take that one. Because THAT would be embarrassing at the next lingerie function.

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Kate Coveny Hood
Twitter:
January 22, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I LOVE Shabby Apple. What a great review opportunity. I would have a hard time choosing a favorite from these – but I think that for you, I would pick forbidden city. Based on the limited time I spent with you at blogger – I think that one would suit you best. Post pictures!

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Glamamom
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January 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm

The Last Empress is the most you.

Didn’t you just have an Empress around here too? That’s a sign.

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Noelle January 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Forbidden City.

It’s black, so it won’t show subway dirt.

Plus, it’s beautiful!

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vodkamom January 22, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Can you wear that to our favorite gay bar? Cause if so, I want its twin.

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Lish January 22, 2011 at 10:31 pm

This is fun!

Ditto Josefina.

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Neil
Twitter:
January 22, 2011 at 10:32 pm

I hate to argue with your mostly female readership, but I have watched enough “What Not To Wear” episodes with Sophia to know that we can’t just pick out a dress based on a photo of another woman in China. We have to think about Marinka herself. Now’ I’ve had the please of meeting this wonderful and glamorous woman in person, and while she is quite beautiful, her lovely figure reflects more of the slender curves of the Kremlin itself that the bamboo reeds of the Orient. I think Marinka would look best in Mandarin Plum. I just don’t see Marinka walking down 6th Avenue in the Last Empress. Her revolutionary style is more of the West.

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anymommy January 22, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Forbidden City! Can’t wait to see you in one of them.

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the mama bird diaries
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January 22, 2011 at 10:51 pm

i like forbidden city and the last empress and crouching tiger hidden dragon.

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MFA Mama
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January 22, 2011 at 10:55 pm

The Last Empress, totally.

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Loukia January 22, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Neil cracks me up. I like them all and I’m terrible at making decisions, so I can’t pick a favourite. I have a hard enough time figuring out what to wear everyday myself! 😉

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The Flying Chalupa
Twitter:
January 22, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Definitely Forbidden City. But I’d pay up for the Imperial Court.

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Trish@Show and Tell
Twitter:
January 22, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Forbidden City. Ultra classy, elegant.

You could wear it to meet the President (just in case you were thinking of doing that), school reunions (if you’re game to show up), funerals (hope there are none any time soon), weddings (oh the joy of love)…..pretty much anywhere…..except the beach (oh, what the hell, there too. It’s not every day you get a free dress!).

x

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dusty earth mother January 22, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Crouching Tiger. Just make sure you always tilt your knee like that.

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OHmommy
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January 22, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Forbidden City.

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leslie January 22, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Delurking here to vote for The Last Empress… with sparkle earrings 🙂

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alexandra
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January 23, 2011 at 1:39 am

Now, I know you’ll be expecting me to say, “Why, The Empress, of course…” but that’s where you’re wrong.

I am going to answer you truthfully and honestly, b/c that’s the kind of person I am.

This’ll be easy: NOT Crouching Tiger, b/c you’ll have to keep your hands up like that all the time so the dress looks that good. And NOT Forbidden City b/c ….doh….it obviously is an arm chafer to those with delicate armpits. The Last Empress?? No way, again, b/c of the delicate skin of a flower that you have…chafe chafe chafe is all I see when I see that dress. Shanghai? Say bye bye….again, all poofy it’ll make you look like you’re pre-menstrual bloated. Which leaves the best for last: the long, lean lines, the two tones the sophisticated way the fabric lays: the only choice for you, Mandarin Plum.

Sorry about the novel in here, but I take fashion very seriously.

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Donna January 23, 2011 at 1:40 am

Now I’m feeling homesick for China. Thanks a lot, Marinka.

That said, I’d vote for Forbidden City except that it clearly isn’t the Forbidden City in the background and I’m a stickler for details. Also, the Forbidden City is one of the most boring places on earth, and I don’t want to to be boring. So I’m gonna have to vote for Tiger.

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Jana @ An Attitude Adjustment
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January 23, 2011 at 7:33 am

I really like Crouching Tiger, but I suspect that The Empress would look best on you. (We met briefly, at BlogHer.) But what the hell do I know? You were wearing a blazer; I told you I liked your speech (act?).

I can’t believe how much fun this was. It’s better than TV!

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MommyTime
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January 23, 2011 at 8:12 am

Forbidden City is the most versatile, obviously, because you can dress it up or down, add a cardigan and tights in fall/winter, etc. But it’s black, plain and basic. If you need that, it rocks. If you want something more fun, I would say go for Shanghi for all the same seasonal versatility but more color, or Mandarin Plum for something that really stands out as different. As for being flattering on you (Neil is right about that being a consideration), I would say that Shanghi is cut to be looser and hence might look less flattering than either of the other two, which are more streamlined. Personally, unless you need safe & basic, I’d say go Mandarin Plum.

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Lady Jennie January 23, 2011 at 8:34 am

Nothing with cap sleeves unless you have delicate spindly arms (I so don’t). So that leaves the first and the last. The last has a really pretty neckline so that’s my choice.

It is just SO hard to decide between all the free stuff.

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Keely January 23, 2011 at 10:27 am

Is that really what they’re all called?

My vote is for Mandarin Plum.

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Scary Mommy
Twitter:
January 23, 2011 at 10:33 am

Crouching Tiger. I can’t wait for you to turn Asian!

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Nona
Twitter:
January 23, 2011 at 10:34 am

They are all lovely, but I like Forbidden City. Very classy and yet sexy. Second choice is Mandarin Plum.

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erin margolin
Twitter:
January 23, 2011 at 10:37 am

OMG! I love them all. Sadly I am partial to LBDs….and the first one? is beautiful. You look phenomenal in all of them. the last empress is exquisite, also!
😉

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Suebob
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January 23, 2011 at 10:37 am

Forbidden city

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Kimberly January 23, 2011 at 10:40 am

The Last Empress….I figure you probably love to stand out in a crowd, right?

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Jennifer
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January 23, 2011 at 10:52 am

They’re all gorgeous, but I like Forbidden City and Mandarin Plum.

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Pop and Ice
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January 23, 2011 at 10:53 am

Mandarin Plum absolutely. We live in the north, y’all, and do you know how often a decent dress with long sleeves comes along? Hardly ever. Snap it up!

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Jess January 23, 2011 at 11:10 am

I usually don’t comment, but this seems super important! My vote goes to Forbidden City

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Lisa Rae @ smacksy January 23, 2011 at 11:49 am

Mandarin Plum, baby.

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Bostulla January 23, 2011 at 11:50 am

Forbidden City….pockets!! Now you don’t have to carry your keys on your belt like a janitor (not that there is anything wrong with that).

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Tanya B January 23, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Shanghai — I pick this one because I see it w/a cute cardigan, tights and some boots.

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Elena
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January 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Forbidden city. For sure. Even though she looks like she’s about to fall in the water. Just don’t do that when you wear the dress – you’ll look fab. And dry.

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Rima
Twitter:
January 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Forbiddy City.

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Dana
Twitter:
January 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Crouching Tiger is hot. Nuff said.

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Yuliya
Twitter:
January 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I like Forbidden City and Mandarin Plum, but what do I know?

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elizabeth-flourish in progress
Twitter:
January 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I like…whichever one you end up with.

No? Not gonna work for you? Ok. I like Forbidden City and Shanghai. I think you should pick the color that you have the least of in your closet. I mean, it is a free dress, so if you pick the plum one and decide you don’t like it as much, no biggie, it was free.

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Nicole
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January 23, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I like the Last Empress and Shanghai, just love the shoes on that first one.

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Jeanne January 23, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Forbidden City.

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Masala Chica
Twitter:
January 23, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Torn between Empress and Shanghai . . .

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Bekah January 23, 2011 at 8:33 pm

First, I LOVE Shabby Apple! I bought the dress I wore in my engagement photos there. Their dresses are easy to wear, simpe and very flattering.

Enough about me. Pick the Empress!!

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Tracie
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January 23, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I pick Forbidden City…or Crouching Tiger. Which actually means that I didn’t really pick anything, in a way, doesn’t it?

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Hallie January 24, 2011 at 2:02 am

I’d go for the Forbidden City or Shanghai. Hope that helps 🙂

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Amy
Twitter:
January 24, 2011 at 6:21 am

Crouching Tiger or the Last Empress. I’m not sure about your coloring and the Empress dress, though. I think it would look lovely with your skin, but am not sure about your hair.

Also, FYI for Shabby Apple: I am having all kinds of problems with load times on your site! Not sure what is going on there, but it is very frustrating. Especially because clothes are gorgeous and I love the “search by body type” function!

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Roxanne January 24, 2011 at 11:20 am

Crouching Tiger!

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Phoenix Rising
Twitter:
January 24, 2011 at 11:24 am

I like the Crouching Tiger. That may or may not be because I have these really pointy, dry, old lady elbows that I prefer to hide. Truth be told, I’m not even thinking about you. I’m just selfishly thinking to myself, “Hey, here’s a dress with SLEEVES to hide your ugly elbows! Screw the groceries – buy this dress!”

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magpie January 24, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Shanghai. Or maybe I want you to want it because I want it.

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Lu
Twitter:
January 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Crouching Tiger is pretty. I like all the Asian names. It’s very cultural.

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joeinvegas January 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I kind of like the Tiger, with those poofy sleeves.

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Becky Mochaface January 24, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Love love LOVE Shabby Apple. So much so that I can’t buy any more of their dresses until I pay off my credit card. Sads.

Anyway, throwing all my votes behind Crouching Tiger.

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tracy
Twitter:
January 24, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Wow what a great contest for you to win on your own blog..you are brilliant..winning dresses, hiring guest posts, manservants…

I love the forbidden city.

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Sandanista January 25, 2011 at 11:11 am

The Shanghai! Love the cap sleeves – so much to work with 😉 Add some dangles on the ears and some naughty monkey shoes … strike a pose Girl!

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Jill
Twitter:
January 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm

i agree with bitchin’ amy!! love the last empress … but wasn’t sure about your hair color either. was trying to stay away from black … as everybody does it!

and you’re the third person recently to recommend the shabby apple website. must look into it…

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