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What's in your bag? A rubber flamingo, catnip and more!

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While many are counting the days until fall, others are still reveling in summer's glory. Catie Long is one of those. We spotted her on South Broadway, where her fashions were a definite standout. Find out more about Long's funky, vintage street style straight ahead.

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Fresh from lunch, Long still had her to-go box when we spotted her original style. What's in the box? Leftover spring rolls, of course. Tattoos are like permanent accessories inked on our skin to show off to the world; they can reveal a person's character and interests as well. Here we have an Egyptian-like beetle that Long had placed on her underarm because she's fascinated with ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. Near her ankle is a messy trash can that resembles Oscar the Grouch's humble abode. "I got this trash can because I'm from Mississippi originally and wanted to honor that white-trashy place that I came from," Long says. This octopus is the first tattoo that Long got when she was a teenager, and has no real story behind it other than she just wanted that octopus!

Take a look inside Catie Long's bag on page 2!

Since Long is visiting friends here in Denver, she only brought a huge suitcase with her. Luckily, one of her pals lent her a more conveniently sized bag to carry while sightseeing. Let's take a peek inside this floral printed purse... This book on chickens is a gift for a friend back home in New Orleans. At UNO, Long is an art major who dabbles in all sorts of mediums -- from printmaking to photography to video installation to painting. In this intriguing layout, we see a sketchbook, a scarf for that Lucille Ball look, a pay-as-you-go-phone, and a knit penguin stuffed with catnip for Long's cat, Thai; the rubber flamingo is a gift for her dog, Dudley.

Of her love of the 1970s, Long says, "I'm inspired by the awesome shoes they wore back then, like platforms, silver boots, studded and sequined clothes. It's very cool. I also have a mink coat I found at the Goodwill, and it reminds me of the '70s as well."

Style analysis: Sometimes being fashionable and dressing for your personality go hand in hand. Long displays how you can be inspired by the funk and soul of the 1970s without overdoing it. She has fun dressing to match her mood, whether it's a pajama day or a silver-space-platform-with-mink-coat kind of day. The mixing of psychedelic prints on her dress and bag with rustic leather boots makes a statement all its own.

Have fun when dressing to go out, Denver. And don't let thoughts of others weigh you down.

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