Hogwarts Inspired Style – Hufflepuff

So far, I’ve shared outfits inspired by Slytherin, Gryffindor, and Ravenclaw. We are now at our final House, Hufflepuff. Fun fact: I was actually sorted into Hufflepuff on Pottermore once, and I remained in Hufflepuff until I deleted my account so I could start fresh and get re-sorted (this time, I got sorted into Ravenclaw). But, for a good year, I was a proud Hufflepuff. I think I do identify a good bit with Hufflepuff (valuing hard work, fairness, and equality), and I love how Hufflepuff doesn’t care about whether students are pureblood, or more intelligent than average, or willing to fight–whatever the student’s aptitude and interests, they’ll be welcomed and taught all the same.

Hufflepuff Inspired Look

Jeans: J Brand / Sweater: BP / Boots: Valentino / Belt: Gucci / Bag: Louis Vuitton / Rings: Frasier Sterling / Earrings: Kendra Scott

I actually think Hufflepuff and Slytherin have more in common than people think (and I may be alone in this, but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that JKR introduced those two Houses first, in HP1). Both Hufflepuffs and Slytherins value loyalty, and their members share a familial bond. Both Houses are often misinterpreted and misunderstood. Slytherin is often mistaken as “the evil house” while Hufflepuff is often mistaken as “the useless house.” Both Houses get a lot of negative attention when in reality, the traits that characterize both those Houses are incredibly important, valued traits to have. Loyalty, dedication, hard work, justice–those are important and require their own kind of courage, intelligence, and ambition. And both Houses represent different versions of the other three Houses. I like to think of Hufflepuff as a more selfless version of the other three Houses. Hufflepuffs can be brave, but their bravery is for the good of others, rather than for the glory or the thrill. Hufflepuffs are willing to put themselves in danger and fight for what is right, simply because it is what’s right. Hufflepuffs value knowledge, but not simply for the sake of knowledge but rather for the sake of helping others. Hufflepuffs are ambitious not for the sake of power or selfishness, but rather because their ambition is toward a selfless cause for the greater good.

Because of Hufflepuff’s subtle similarities to Slytherin, the outfits inspired by Hufflepuff do look a bit similar to the Slytherin outfits, but with their own unique, Hufflepuff-y twist. I didn’t want to create looks that were stereotypically girly or hippie-like or earthy. I wanted to stay away from those kinds of Hufflepuff stereotypes, and rather create looks that still felt like Hufflepuff but also captured their vastly underrated fierceness.

For this first look, I wanted to have a similar aesthetic to Slytherin, but with a cozier and more laid-back feel. Since the House colors are black and yellow, I wanted to do a black skinny jean, but instead of a clean, simple jean like the Slytherin look, I did a destructed jean with cool knee rips. Instead of pairing the jeans with a slim, clean-cut sweater, I chose a chunkier, more relaxed knit sweater, loosely tucked in at the front, and I pulled this all together with a statement Gucci belt. And, to add a subtle nod to Hufflepuff’s badassery, I added some Valentino rockstud booties.

Hufflepuff Inspired Casual Look

Jeans: Mother Denim / Hoodie: Beautiful Halo / Sneaker: Adidas / Backpack: Kate Spade / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban / Bracelet: Alex & Ani / Earrings: Halogen

For the casual look, I wanted to do a look that was more athleisure. Functional, but still cool. I think of this look as a sportier version of the Slytherin casual look. It has a lot of the same elements–a skinny jean, a sneaker–but the pieces have a different feel. Cooler, sportier Adidas sneakers, ripped skinny jeans, a cropped hoodie, a backpack instead of a handbag, and teardrop/hoop style earrings. The look is sporty, easy, effortless–but with a glam touch. It captures Hufflepuff so well–Hufflepuffs aren’t “what you see is what you get.” They’re multifaceted, often underestimated–but beneath the surface, they are brave, fierce, and powerful in their own way.

Hufflepuff Inspired Dressy Look

Dress: Ted Baker London / Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti / Bag: Valentino / Ring: Kendra Scott / Ear cuff: Zoe Chicco

For the dressy look, I wanted it to capture Hufflepuff’s more formidable side (I mean, there are so many badass characters that were Hufflepuffs–like Tonks, Cedric, and Newt Scamander). I chose to use black as the dominant color, and add gold accents. I love the simplicity of this LBD–it’s not overtly sexy, but it is body hugging and the arm cutouts add interest while baring a little bit of skin in a different way. Plus, the simplicity of this dress works so well with a statement shoe, like this amazing sandal from Giuseppe Zanotti. Instead of traditional earrings, I went with a simple gold earcuff, as well as a gold two-finger ring from Kendra Scott. And finally, to complete the look, a black clutch with subtle gold-stud details.

So there it is–fashion inspired by all four Hogwarts Houses! Which House-inspired look was your favorite?

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Hogwarts Inspired Style – Ravenclaw

So I’ve shared outfits inspired by Slytherin House and Gryffindor House, and now we’re moving on to my actual, official Hogwarts House (according to Pottermore, at least): Ravenclaw. 

Fun fact: On almost every sorting quiz I’ve taken, whether it’s the Myers-Briggs inspired one on Time Magazine, the official Pottermore one, the old official Pottermore one, or random ones on Buzzfeed, I have always, always gotten Ravenclaw. (Notable exceptions are a one-time Slytherin result on a Buzzfeed quiz and a one-time Hufflepuff result on my old Pottermore account….but I’ve since made a new account and retaken the sorting quiz–thrice!–and have gotten Ravenclaw twice and Slytherin once. So I officially consider myself a Slytherclaw.) By this point, whenever I take some kind of Hogwarts sorting quiz, I already know the result….and the result is always the same. I guess numbers don’t lie; I really am a true Ravenclaw.

Oh but wait!! It is our choices that determine who we truly are, far more than our abilities!! Either way–I am nerdy by nature. I love learning. I love reading. I love research, weirdly enough. I’m a bit eccentric. I will say–I do appreciate the ambition and resourcefulness that comes from Slytherin House (aka my favorite House), and I have been sorted into Slytherin officially as well, so I’d say I’m Slytherclaw (Raverin?). (Again, I really think this combination is basically Thunderbird–which is my Ilvermorny House.)

Ravenclaw Inspired Look

Dress: Ralph Lauren / Coat: T Tahari / Boots: Stuart Weitzman / Hat: Rag & Bone / Bag: Kate Spade / Ring: Kendra Scott / Earrings: Monica Vinader / Sunglasses: Gucci

So for Ravenclaw, I really wanted to create looks that were a bit more unique, a little more fashion-forward, and looks that took a bit more fashion risks. Ravenclaws are intelligent, they’re clever, they’re inquisitive. They value knowledge and wisdom. But they also can be a bit quirky, a bit eccentric. They tend to march to the beat of their own drum (aka, Luna Lovegood, Ollivander, Flitwick), and they see the world in a different way. They’re more perceptive than most. They see what others typically overlook. 

So to capture the essence of Ravenclaw, I wanted to create looks that bent the fashion rules a little. Still fashion-forward, still wearable, but a bit more unique, with unexpected silhouettes, or unexpected accessories, or unexpected combinations. And, I wanted to choose pieces that had both form and function. Pieces that were unique, but still functional–like larger bags, to carry books in, or pieces that felt more comfortable. After all, Ravenclaws need to be dressed comfortably for all those classes and all that research in the library. 

For this first look, I wanted to break away from the typical pieces/silhouettes I had been using for the other Houses. For both Slytherin and Gryffindor, the typical formula was some type of skinny pant, a sweater, topped off with a statement jacket, and finished off with some kind of heel. For Ravenclaw, I wanted the formula to be different. I wanted the look to be a departure from what the other Houses looked like. So, I picked a sweater dress because it was a piece that was both comfortable yet a little different. And I paired it with thigh-high heeled boots, because I love the combination of a mini-dress and thigh-high boots, and I thought it was a fitting combination for Ravenclaw–a different silhouette, but still comfortable. I topped off the look with a cozy, wool wrap coat–in my head, I see the coat worn open, rather than buttoned/tied. And I added a hat, because why not? It adds a bit of a cool, quirky factor. And of course, a large tote to carry all those books. I used rose gold jewelry since it’s the closest I could find to bronze. It’s like, an elevated, more feminine version of bronze. 

Ravenclaw Inspired Casual Look

Jeans: Mother Denim / Sweater: Madewell / Boots: Thursday Boot Company / Hat: Rag & Bone / Bag: Hermes / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban / Bracelet: Alex & Ani / Ring: Sofia Zakia / Earrings: David Morgan

Of all the looks I created for all the Houses, this one is one of my absolute favorites. It’s something I’d wear myself. I wanted the casual look to be a bit more rugged, and retain that unique, quirky factor. Think hipster, or coffee shop. So, since the Ravenclaw colors are blue and bronze, I really wanted to make use of denim. I went with a dark wash jean that has just a hint of distressing at the hem, and a navy chunky sweater. I paired these pieces with these cool suede Chelsea boots–they’ve got this really rugged, lived-in look that I love, yet they’re still chic. the way I see this worn is with the jeans cuffed a few times, to show off the boots. I added a wool hat ’cause it adds a little something extra to the look, as well as a large leather tote. The earrings are feathers–a subtle nod to the Ravenclaw mascot, the eagle. And a sapphire ring, as well as a bracelet with the Deathly Hallows charm–all nods to the Potter series and to Ravenclaw House. 

Ravenclaw Inspired Dressy Look

Jumpsuit: Leith / Shoes: Valentino / Bag: Chloe / Bangles: Monica Vinader / Ring: Wwake / Ear cuff: Joelle Jewelry

In keeping with the theme of unique pieces, for the dressy look, I decided to forego the usual dress and go for a jumpsuit instead. I love jumpsuits. Depending on the style, they can be either casual, modest, business-professional, or sexy and cocktail party-ready. I chose a navy jumpsuit with lace trim, and added bronze-ish accessories that were also more unique, like these Valentino Rockstud caged sandals, the layered upper arm bangles, and a statement ear cuff instead of earrings. 

Hogwarts Inspired Style – Gryffindor

Last time, I wrote a post on outfit ideas inspired by Slytherin House. Today, I’m sharing outfit ideas inspired by Gryffindor, aka, The Jock House. (Don’t @ me.)

Gryffindor Inspired Look

Jeans: Hudson / Coat: Burberry / Sweater: H&M / Bag: Kate Spade / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bracelet: Alex & Ani / Earrings: Gorjana / Rings: Gorjana / Sunglasses: Gucci

I wanted the aesthetic of the Gryffindor-inspired looks to be starkly different from that of Slytherin’s. Gryffindors are bold, fearless, sometimes reckless and hot-headed. They’re open books; what you see is what you get. They wear their emotions on their sleeve. They’re warriors; they itch for action and hate inaction. At their worst, they can be described as brutish, measuring their skill purely in physical strength and having a tendency towards self-righteousness. At best, they are courageous and self-sacrificing, putting the needs of others before themselves even at great personal cost.

When I thought of how I wanted to capture the spirit of Gryffindor House and translate it into fashion, I thought a really classy aesthetic would be fitting. I wanted to create looks that were classic, yet had hints of that fire that Gryffindors are known for. The colors were a great way to represent this; red and gold signify fire. I chose a more muted burgundy rather than a bright red–it’s a little more elevated, a little more sophisticated. And I chose to add pops of gold with jewelry and accessories.

This look is really classy, with the Burberry trench and nude Louboutin heels, but if you look more closely there are more subtle, edgy elements that add interest. I wanted to use a monochrome color scheme but play with texture and silhouette. I love the combination of a really luxe, cozy knit texture from the sweater, paired with the tougher, more edgy material of the leather pants. I also love how the pants have some cool details like the zippers on the front. The jewelry also has a touch of uniqueness. The drop earrings have a more imperfect shape, and the bangle and stacking rings add another hint of shine.

Gryffindor Inspired Casual Look

Dress: Rails / Cardigan: Treasure & Bond / Shoes: Madewell / Belt: Gucci / Hat: Rag & Bone / Bag: Alexander McQueen / Rings: Gorjana / Bracelet: Alex & Ani / Earrings: Argento Vivo / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban 

For Gryffindor, I was really conscious of the brands/designers I used in each look. I wanted to pick really classic designers–like Burberry, Gucci, Louboutin. For the more casual Gryffindor look, I wanted something quite preppy. I stuck with the same burgundy monochrome color scheme as the last look, but this time wanted shapes and silhouettes that were more relaxed. Rather than fitted pieces, a belted shirtdress topped with a big, cozy cardigan and paired with practical loafers. Gold jewelry and accessories (including one subtle reference to the Deathly Hallows). And a wool fedora, just to add a bit of interest.

Gryffindor Inspired Dressy Look

Dress: Katie May / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Ring: Alex & Ani / Earrings: Halogen / Bag: Cult Gaia

As for the dressy Gryffindor look, I wanted to keep with the classy aesthetic, but add a bit of a Jessica Rabbit-esque feel. This look incorporates some really basic, cocktail/formal-dress elements. Simple LRD (little red dress) with some more daring details; gold jewelry and accessories; and minimalist heeled sandals. This look doesn’t take too many fashion risks, but it’s a classy, fail-safe look. 

Hogwarts Inspired Style – Slytherin

A while ago, I got really into creating different, more wearable looks inspired by the Divergent factions. I have no idea why, although at some point it served as a pastime while I was on a business trip to Shanghai. I’ve since found a replacement for Polyvore (RIP) so I could continue creating outfits and indulging all my fashion ideas. So, this time, I’m creating looks inspired by the four Hogwarts Houses. I did three looks per House: a dressy-casual one, an actual casual one, and an actual dressy one. So we’ll start with my favorite House: Slytherin. 

Slytherin Inspired Look

Jeans: Rag and Bone / Top: Jardin Des Orangers / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Jacket: Mango / Ring: Zales / Clutch: Versace; Shoes: Christian Louboutin

I’ll say it right now–the Slytherin looks are my favorite of the bunch. Not only because I’m biased because I am (partially) one, nor because it’s my favorite House; but because these are looks that most closely reflect my own personal style. Pretty much 80% of my closet is black; this isn’t groundbreaking news. And the other 20% is comprised of cooler, deeper jewel tones, including this deep green that I’ve recently fallen in love with and will start incorporating into my wardrobe. 

I thought of how I wanted the essence of Slytherin House depicted through fashion. Slytherins are complex, mysterious, formidable. They’re not necessarily evil; on the contrary, some of worst (or just plain obnoxious) characters were Gryffindors (Peter Pettigrew, Ginny Weasley) and Ravenclaw (Lockhart, Quirrell). I like to think of true Slytherins (not evil Slytherins) as the best aspects of the other three Houses; a more rational, strategic Gryffindor; more emotional, passionate Ravenclaw; a more ambitious Hufflepuff. (So basically, a Thunderbird, which coincidentally is also my Ilvermorny House. #represent) 

I felt like Slytherin was best represented with looks that were really sleek, modern, and edgy. “Understated elegance” was sort of the guiding principle when creating these looks. Lots of black, with pops of the official House colors, green and silver. Clean lines, and a mysterious, sort of catwoman-esque feel. Think designers like Theory, Tom Ford, Saint Laurent. And I wanted the House mascot to be incorporated in some way, whether through jewelry (snake ring) or through a snakeskin bag, or snakeskin shoe. I thought these were all really subtle, unmistakeable nods to Slytherin. 

Slytherin Inspired Casual Look

Jeans: Rag and Bone / Sweater: Carven / Jacket: AllSaints / Shoes: Veja / Bag: YSL / Ring: Tiffany / Bracelet: Alex & Ani / Sunglasses: RayBan / Earrings: Ruby and Oscar

For a more casual, laidback look, I stuck to the same signature elements of clean lines and mostly monochromatic palette but switched out key pieces. Same black skinny jeans, but instead of a fitted turtleneck, a dark green cropped sweater topped with a black moto jacket. Instead of heeled booties, sleek (ethically-made and eco-friendly!) sneakers. A much more understated snake ring and snakeskin bag. Emerald earrings as a nod to the Slytherin gemstone. And a bracelet with a snake charm (from Alex and Ani’s official Harry Potter collection). 

Slytherin Inspired Dressy Look

Dress: Saint Laurent / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Ring: Zales / Earrings: Macy’s / Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff

I wanted the Slytherin dressy look to be sexy in a really understated, mysterious way. The first piece I chose in this look was actually the shoe–I love this Jimmy Choo snakeskin pump and thought it was perfect for a dressy Slytherin look. I thought it paired really well with a piece like this Saint Laurent dress–a simple, LBD with details that make it a bit different and more interesting. It’s not a typical arm-baring or strapless LBD–it’s a long-sleeved LBD, but with a plunging neckline and tighter silhouette on the skirt. It’s sexy, but not ostentatiously so, and it bares skin in more unexpected ways. And because the dress was still simple, the accessories could really pop–like the statement emerald earrings, bright green clutch, and statement snake ring. 

Summer uniform pt.1: Boyfriend jeans

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Top: Madewell
Jeans: Rag and Bone (limited sizes available,
similar options below)
Belt: Lucky Brand
Shoes: Steve Madden

So, it took me a while to jump on the boyfriend jean bandwagon because I always thought I’d just be drowning in them. What finally converted me? Summers in Texas. Summers in Texas are HOT. Like, hot AF. Skinny jeans are fine if you’re spending your day inside a cold office during the summers, aka me (which BTW – can someone explain to me why office buildings feel it’s necessary to blast the A/C up the ass when it’s hot outside? The constant temperature changes give me whiplash.). But if you’re spending a lot of time outdoors, skinnies are absolutely out of the question (unless you like suffocating). Enter: boyfriend jeans.

For me, boyfriend jeans are perfect for summer because they’re lightweight and airy enough that I’m not dying outside, but they still cover my legs so I can stand to be inside cold, air-conditioned buildings without freezing my tail off. I’m one of those people who’s always cold and always needs to keep a sweater with me—and on the days that I wear shorts, I instantly regret it whenever I step inside a building. So my summer wardrobe largely consists of boyfriend jeans and maxi dresses/skirts—pieces that let a lot of air circulate, yet still cover enough to keep you warm inside a cold building.
Whenever I’m picking out a boyfriend jean, I prefer it to be in a mid or light wash with some distressing. Boyfriend jeans are usually a summer piece for me, and in summer I don’t tend to do dark washes. (I’ll still wear a black jean though—I think black works in any season as long as you pair it with the right pieces.) In summer, most of my denim is either distressed, faded, or both. Idk, something about summer makes me dress like I’m Colbie Caillat in one of her Coco music videos, or the female protagonist in a Nicholas Sparks movie adaptation set in a tiny coastal town.
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Top: Abercrombie (similar, BR)
Jeans: Rag and Bone
Belt: Lucky Brand
Shoes: Steve Madden

It can be a bit tricky trying to make a distressed jean work in an office setting, so my solution for that is to say “fuck it” and wear what you want because if men can wear shitty cargo shorts to work then I can definitely wear a distressed boyfriend jean with a heel and a dressy blouse. BUT—if your work setting is a little less casual, you can still work a mid or light wash boyfriend jean with no distressing (and throw on a blazer or jacket—that automatically elevates any outfit). My go-to for jeans is Rag and Bone (surprise surprise), and their Dre cut is a perfect boyfriend jean for me—it’s relaxed enough but still maintains some kind of silhouette and doesn’t look frumpy in the back (you know what I’m talking about). The denim is also a great quality and really, really soft. I’m wearing the Dre capri in these photos—but since I’m short AF it works as a regular length jean on me. For fit reference, the inseam on their capri cut is around 27 inches, which works as a full-length jean for me at 5’1. Levi’s 501s are another great boyfriend jean option—and I would have gone with the 501s if I hadn’t first found the Rag and Bone pair I currently have. 501s come in just about any wash imaginable (both distressed and non-distressed), and they’re a classic.
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Top: Hollister (old, see below for similar options)
Jeans: Rag and Bone
Belt: Lucky Brand
Shoes: Steve Madden

For a more casual look, I love pairing boyfriend jeans with something simple, like a white v-neck tee or a lightweight sweater, like this backless one. I’m a sucker for anything backless, and I think it balances the relaxed cut of a boyfriend jean really nicely. Whenever I’m wearing a piece that is revealing in any way—whether it’s a plunging neckline or a backless cut—I’ll balance it by covering up somewhere else or pairing it with a piece that isn’t as body-hugging. Even in casual settings, I like pairing a boyfriend jean with a heel—I think it looks best with a stiletto heel in a really minimalist style, like these Steve Madden Stecy sandals (a cult favorite). A slim heel balances the wider cut of a boyfriend jean and keeps the look a little more feminine.
My exact sweater is sold out—I picked it up from Hollister on a whim a few years ago for super cheap. Lulu’s has really similar options (with additional colors available) HERE and HERE. LOFT also has a similar option with a twist-back HERE, and Gap has a version with a less dramatic low back selling HERE.
As for my jeans, since there are limited sizes available, I’ve found some similar options by Rag and Bone HERE, HERE, and HERE.
PS – I recently bought a pair of Rag and Bone Margot booties, as well as Allbirds sneakers—so stay tuned for reviews for both of those coming soon!
Thanks for stopping by!
Ari

All black everything

I love wearing black any time (and every time), but black is definitely best in the winter. All-black ensembles look so chic in winter–and they’re so easy to put together. An all-black look is also my go-to when I’m in a pinch and need to throw on an outfit in like, five minutes. Nothing goes better with black than black.

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Giving the side-eye.

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Outfit details
Jacket: Blank NYC
Sweater: Trouvé (similar)
Jeans: Hudson (similar)
Boots: Sam Edelman (similar)
Ring: Kendra Scott

The black suede jacket is by BlankNYC, and I’ve worn it more times than I can count this winter. It goes with everything, and the suede is really warm. I found the jacket to be true to size–I took an XS, and it fits well (albeit a little snug if I wear it over bulkier sweaters). For reference, my measurements are 32-24.5-33. This exact color still sells HERE, but if you prefer a different color, you can find it in burgundy and camel HERE. There’s also a black leather version selling HERE.

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RBF.

The jeans are by Hudson. I picked them up at Nordstrom Rack a long time ago, and I was actually on the fence about keeping them when I first got them. I’m glad I did, as they’ve proven to be a wardrobe staple. These are great dressed up or down, and the holes fall (more or less) on my knees (no shin holes, please!). The fabric is soft and stretchy but still thick, and the jeans hold their shape over a good number of wears. I couldn’t find this exact pair selling anywhere, but Rag and Bone carries a style that’s really similar HERE–and Rag and Bone is probably my favorite denim brand. As far as sizing goes, I’m usually a 25 in both Rag and Bone and Hudson–both those brands tend to fit true to size, though I’ve found some pairs to run slightly small. For a high waist skinny style, both brands tend to fit true to size on the legs, with a little room in the waist.

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The boots are actually a recent find, and one of the best impulse purchases I’ve made. I love the silhouette of the boot, and the leather is quite soft and pliable. The heel is high, but not too difficult to walk in, and it’s a stacked heel so it’s a little easier to walk in than a stiletto. These ran pretty true to size as well–I’m usually a 7, and I took a 7 in these–though if you plan to wear thick socks under these boots, I would suggest sizing up a half size. This exact pair is sold out, but there is a really similar style (also by Sam Edelman) that sells HERE. I also love the Margot boot by Rag and Bone–there’s a black suede version that sells HERE.

Sweater is by Trouvé, though the black version is sold out. I really like this alternative by NIC+ZOE selling HERE–I love knot details, and this one is convertible so you can knot it or front tuck it.

The ring is the Kenny ring by Kendra Scott, and I wear it almost every day. Statement rings are my favorite, and this one is exactly what I look for in a statement ring–it’s eye-catching, yet versatile. It’s a great addition to any outfit. This exact style appears to be sold out, but there is a similar alternative selling HERE, a budget-friendly version selling HERE, and an all-metal version selling HERE. Kendra Scott also carries another style that I’ve had my eye on for quite some time, HERE.

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I gotta pee!

Thanks for stopping by!

-Ari