Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Happy New Year! 20-40-60

r - I love the beginning of a new year because it feels so fresh and new.  Everyone is making their New Years resolutions and has a positive attitude. This year I am going to try and not let the little things get to me. Life is too short so I just want to live in the moment!  I am all ready for 2015 and to see what the New Year will bring. Now let's check out what I am wearing on New Years Eve! You can't have New Years without some sequins. I decided to wear this gold sequin tank with my boyfriend blazer and black leather leggings.

m- Can't wait for tomorrow! I intend to spend the day outside with family and friends, followed up with French Canadian Fare and a cozy fire. I require ease, warmth, comfort and stretch - all of these pieces fit the bill. My favourite items are in my boots - wool socks. So practical - why am I in a fashion blog?

k - New Years is my favourite celebration.  It is a time of reflection and optimism for the future.  Most importantly celebrated with family and friends.  Hosting a party I need to dress for comfort and still look festive.  I chose a skirt that I had purchased last year at AllSaints. It was an investment piece in which I joke that I should frame it as a piece of art when I’m not wearing it. I found this silk, long sleeve blouse with a hem split back at Club Monaco that is comfortable and the colour and style is exactly the look I want. The bordeaux coloured boots made by GEOX adds colour and I hope will take me through the night.  Looking forward to 2015!

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Friday, 26 December 2014

Friday Five Favourite Parkas

r & m- January is a great time to buy a winter coat, winter sales are on and Canadians still have two months of cooler temperatures to go. Typically, we prefer darker coats for daytime use and a lighter coat for evening or special event. Last year, m purchased a white parka and although, she loves wearing it, it requires A LOT of laundering and down wash. This year we are looking to update with olive and camel tones. m was drawn to colours -plum, red, pink (see blue coat) and thank goodness  for r's intervention otherwise m would have been adding some years to her look and been stylish, but with a more mature look.

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Friday, 19 December 2014

T'was The Night Before...and I have nothing to wear!

r- Now that my Christmas holidays have officially started, I am ready to rock my Christmas outfits! My husband and I are pretty low key on Christmas Eve since Christmas Day we spend so much of our time being on the go. We like to go out for dinner, go for a nice quiet walk with our dog, and head to church for the Christmas Eve service. This outfit lets me do all of these things with comfort without looking too comfortable! I love that this quilted tunic is winter white. I paired it with these adorable boots. Check out that gold zipper on the back with the gold detailing. Can't wait for Christmas!

m- As a mother, I spend a lot of time getting ready for the big day. During all of the preparations, I generally forget that I am a grown woman in the year, 2014. I am drawn to the strangest things, weird Christmas earrings, wanting to match my clothes to the holiday, Laura Ashley stuff, reading Christmas Soup for the Christmas Soul and bread, lots and lots of bread. Inevitably, Christmas Eve arrives and family gathers round and as I gaze down at my children unwrapping gifts with glee, I catch a glimpse of what I have on...and the recognize the fashions of Ellen Griswald, that are then captured in family photos for years to come. Not this year, I will attempt to be fashionable with black faux leather leggings and lace blouse (Ellen did wear one of those in Christmas Vacation).

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Five Holiday Cocktails That We Love! M's Favourite Post Ever

'Tis the season to celebrate! We can't wait to host holiday parties for friends and family. We have picked a few favourite libations to share:

1)Pomegranate Martini

Pomegranate Martinis

recipe at:  http://www.recipe.com/pomegranate-martinis/

2) Look at that! That is one festive drink!

White Chocolate Peppermint Martini

White Chocolate Peppermint Martini
recipe at:  http://steampub.com/christmas-cocktails/

3) Vegan Eggnog -yummy!
Healthy Vegan Eggnog Recipe
recipe at: http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/998745/vegan-eggnog-recipe

4) Winter Beer - For our beer lovers! We love this brew from Muskoka Brewery.

5) Christmas Smoothie- We still need to be healthy!
christmas smoothie
recipe:  https://absolutelyabbey.wordpress.com/2013/12/24/christmas-smoothie/

Friday, 12 December 2014

Friday Five - Gifts for Dad

We have covered some great gift ideas for our moms so we think it's only fair to give some tips on the top items for all of the dads out there. Here we go!

1) This is a great gift idea for the beer drinker. It's the perfect beginners guide to brewing your own beer. Brewing your own beer can be done in four easy steps with both the deluxe and preimum editions of this Mr. Beer kit.

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2) We love this gift idea for all of the active dads out there. It is the Everlast Digital Activity Fitness Tracker. It records your steps, calorie intake, distance and even your sleep patterns! There are quite a few colour options available as well.

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3) When we found this gift online we couldn't help but find it hilarious and also kind of sweet. This gift is designed for new fathers. It's a spin on the traditional diaper bag. Pack this "Father Tool-Kit" with all baby essentials and you won't have to listen to him complain about carrying around a frilly looking diaper bag. We especially love the work goggles and gloves. With this tool-kit he will be ready for any emergency.

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4) Remember back in the day when big headphones were totally in and they made a fashion statement? Well this trend has made a comeback! We love these Beats by Dr. Dre (look at all of the colours to choose from!). If you're not quite ready to jump into the big headphones try the tour ear buds instead and if all else fails the Beats by Dr. Dre Pill are amazingly loud for such a small wireless speaker.

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5) iPhone 6 is now upon us and these cases are manly yet sophisticated. We especially like the brushed aluminum case for the dad who maybe works in an office. The Naked Tough case works great for the dad whose job requires more phone protection.

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Monday, 8 December 2014

Friday Five Christmas Ideas For Mom

We both LOVE our mothers and we look forward to the opportunity to spoil them on the holidays. We find it easy to shop for our mothers because they are both stylish and a couple of sweeties that would be happy with sentiment. We have come up with five ideas to help you spoil your momma.

1) Techy Mom - Keep her up to date and with these great gifts.  To find out what and how much click on the picture below:

2)The Beauty Junkie
These ladies carry perfume, lipstick, and travel size beauty products. She is ready for any beauty emergency, chipped nail, misplaced hair or perspiration. You need it,  she will have it! Make her holiday morning with these products.
3) Luxury Lover - The holidays are the best time to purchase fragrances. We chose subtle perfumes with hints of sweetness. We are not looking to have our mothers smell sensual or musky. Lady-like only, thank you.
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4) The Home Decorator - Mom has decorating magazines all over the house and her favourite channel is HGTV. She is always on the look out for a new paint colour or house trend. These gifts are for her:
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5)Coffee/ Tea Lover - Invite yourself over for a cuppa!
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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Shopping in Comfort

r- I love holiday Christmas shopping! I try and keep a mental note of all of things the people I love have mentioned they want throughout the year. This definitely helps when I brave the crowds during holiday shopping time. Keeping this in mind I always  make sure I am comfortable when out and about. It gets hot in the little shops and the malls that I go to for my shopping list so I try and keep things light. Decided to wear long tunic, chunky red circle scarf and my Uggs. I also love my knitted boot socks.
m- r has been out shopping and I have completed several loads of laundry, had a healthy snack, worked out and done my shopping, too. I prefer to put on my slippers and find everything I need online and have it delivered to my doorstep.
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Friday, 28 November 2014

Friday Five - Wish List For Him!

Do you ever find it more difficult to buy for the men in your lives than for the women? I always feel like my mom, my sister or any of my friends are no brainers when it comes to gift ideas. However, when it comes to my husband, my dad or my brother, I'm always left a little stumped. I try and listen throughout the year to things that he may really want or need. So if you are feeling like we do, don't worry, m and I have created a holiday gift guide designated just for him!

r - m and I have really tall husbands. A little thing band would look funny on our 6'3" men. I think this first watch is perfect because the band has a wide leather look and it would be great with any casual outfit. Looks pretty manly to me!

These ties are right on trend. We love the tiniest hint of a pattern and the red is perfect for the holidays. Price is right too!

Socks make a great stocking stuffer! At the top of our list is thermal socks. These are great throughout the winter months, especially if your man works outside or has a lot of outdoor hobbies. I like that they are a unique colour so your "sock eating dryer monster" has less of a chance of eating one. We also like the men's stocking great for dress shoes while at work. Adidas work out socks are perfect for running shoes while at the gym since they are light and wick away sweat. 

These coats are super casual and comfortable. The first coat is light enough but also warm enough to wear in the chilly weather. It think it would look great paired with a red or brown scarf. We really like the colour blocked coat as well perfect for a no fuss kind of style.

Remember those scarves we mentioned that would work great with the coat listed above? These are some great options. We added the plaid patterned scarves as great alternative to the traditional scarf since plaid seems to be making an appearance every where this season.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Holiday Party! 20-40-60

r- This has to be my very favourite time of the year. I love spending time with my family, watching Christmas movies on television (It's a Wonderful Life!) and eating lots of yummy treats. Another great thing about this time of year are the holiday parties of course! I picked up this all sequin dress on a whim and thought it was perfect for the holidays. It would work for a work party or New Years! Keep jewellery subtle, you don't want to put anyone on sparkle overload.

m- I have wanted a wanted a jumpsuit for quite sometime. I find them so comfortable and easy to wear. No worrying about how to sit, breathe or tugging anything up or down. This particular jumpsuit was a whopping $27 (found on sale), the shoes were $14. Now, that is ridiculous. I am especially proud of these deals because I prefer to spend my money on day to day items. (That being said, I have already worn this outfit twice and the shoes have walked all over the place!)

k- Recently I shopped at a premium outlet where I purchased this Diane von Furstenberg dress for under $100. A basic black knit dress with sheer long sleeves. What I adore is the peekaboo back in the same sheer material. I chose high heels from Nine West for a more formal look that I purchased for $50. Alternatively, ankle or high black boots could be worn. I'm ready to celebrate in the holiday season festivities.
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Friday, 21 November 2014

Friday Five Holiday Gift Guide

#1 Skin care update - I think my skin might be on a bit of strike. I have really sensitive skin and this time of year with the dryness in the air and super chilly temperatures really irritates it. I'm braving putting this really unflattering picture of myself on the internet to show an honest represntation of what struggling with blemish prone skin is like. I have to tell you that this new secret skincare line that m and I are using has made a huge difference in my skin but there still are no magic cures and you're bound to end up with a blemish or two.

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#2 Clutches
The holidays are the perfect time to bust out with the sparkle. These clutches would dress up any outfit.
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#3  Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

m -r found this mascara in the summer and I was a little tentative. I am very careful about the products that I use on my face, especially eyes. The mascara that I use is from the health food store and is the first mascara that doesn't make my eyes itchy. That being said, I tried the product and did not experience any symptoms. The ingredient list appeared to be safe (clearly, I am not a doctor)  and the effects are as pictured. It washes off easily with regular cleanser. The one tip, I discovered, is that for a day time look, only apply to the upper lash and, "flutter," your eyelashes into the fibres.
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#4 Mittens and Gloves
We love all of these mittens and gloves. A couple of them are pricey, so we are going to wait for January sales. We do like the purple and gray gloves that have all-touch fingertips for use on touch screens. Great gift idea!

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#5 Monograms
This is a huge trend this year. We like the idea of thinking ahead and getting someone a personalized gift. Just remember, that monogrammed items take a little longer and may need extra time for processing and delivery (these items are from an American retailer, so it may take a little longer).

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Monday, 17 November 2014

All That Sparkles

r- Christmastime is almost here! I honestly cannot wait! It is also a great excuse to wear things that you would never wear any other time of the year. This headband is a perfect example of this. It might look a little out of place in the summertime but this time of  year..it works! I love that the band is subtle but the sparkly leaf embelishment works as a statement piece. I would keep jewellery to a minimum while wearing something like this.
m- I found this sweatshirt on line and fell in love. It  is the softest, peach colour and the front of the top is sheer with sparkle embellishment. It reminds me of the bead work featured on art deco dresses of times past. It is a simple way to bring a little glamour to Saturday errands. When I tried to attach a link for the sweatshirt and boots, both were sold out, so I found a similar styles that are equally as lovely.

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Friday, 14 November 2014

Cabin Fever Favourite Five and Skincare Update

#1 Skincare
Week 4 pictures - m
Things are looking good. I do not look like I am r's age, but looking like a better forty-something! I have decided to continue with this program and over the next few weeks, tell you which skin care program I using. Shhh! It is a secret for now!

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#2 Winter Boots
r- I have and always will love Uggs. I have had a few pairs over the years but every year they keep coming out with cuter ones. I love that these are knit and have a slouchy feel. I will warn you Uggs look really really cute but if you want warmth I think you should go with M's pick.

m- As I have said previously, I do not like cold feet! These boots will keep you warm and look like you have been on a Nordic adventure (not just standing in a rink or sledding at the local hill).

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BEARPAW Isabella Cold Weather Boots • http://www.shopstyle.ca/action/loadRetailerProductPage?id=460215675&pid=uid6784-25296028-61
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#3 Cabin Sweaters
r- This sweater looks so cozy it makes me just want to curl up on my couch with the fire on. Perfect for the upcoming holidays!

m- Put a log on the fire, pass the Baileys! Oh, I need some slippers, too.

Cream cabin sweater:
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#4 Comfy Bottoms
r- I love leggings and wear them often. These bottoms look like leggings but also have a winter feel because of the pattern! You could wear these when your hanging out at home or pair them with a long black or grey tunic when you're going outside. I will caution you, don't wear these with a t-shirt when your out...might look a little too "pajamaish."

m- It has happened! I have finally managed to put my favourite jogging pants on the fashion blog. My nearest and dearest know about my love of Roots jogging pants. I had forgotten about them, until my friend, S, showed up for weekend of skating, skiing and tubing. Apres ski, she disappeared (before a traditional dinner of poutine and wine) and reappeared wearing a classic pair of logan, green pants. It was like the door to happiness opened. I talked about those pants continuously, until my husband bought me a pair. Several pairs later, they are not reserved for post winter activities, but have a permanent place in my weekly rotation. Don't get me wrong, I  always pair them with a cute, fitted shirt and maintain that stains are not permitted!

Fair Isle Legging: http://www.shopstyle.ca/action/loadRetailerProductPage?id=459250641&pid=uid6784-25296028-61g
Bergan Sweatpant • http://www.shopstyle.ca/action/loadRetailerProductPage?id=459250641&pid=uid6784-25296028-61

#5 Flannel
r- So....I will tell you that I am not a huge fan of the plaid trend right now but I am trying my best to warm up to it. This black and white tunic allows me to do this because it is not the traditional red and black plaid that I am used to.

m- I could not be happier about this trend. I especially love red plaid for the holidays.
Polo Ralph Lauren Suede Elbow Patch Plaid Shirt • http://www.shopstyle.ca/action/loadRetailerProductPage?id=462502317&pid=uid6784-25296028-6
Plaid popover shirt • http://www.shopstyle.ca/action/loadRetailerProductPage?id=462750515&pid=uid6784-25296028-61

Monday, 10 November 2014

Booties The Do's and the Do Nots!

r - We have spent a lot of time chatting about booties. No I am not talking about the one you shake, I am referring to the cute ones you wear on your feet. Honestly I am a sucker for a cute pair of any kind of boots...but the booties have been known to leave me a little bit bewildered. I am really petite so I try and make sure that I wear things that elongate my legs. Every time I wear booties I always feel like my legs look really short and I am left looking a little stumpy...Now after some research I think I have finally figured out the best way to wear boots for us petite girls...and the tall ones! Here you go..your guide to wearing booties..the right way!

m- I have two pairs of booties in my closet and they are starting to see a little  more rotation. After my houndstooth. midi skirt debacle, I avoided them for awhile, in fear that I looked a little short and squat. I am trying them a few different ways, but still have not embraced the bootie -sock craze - that is one inch too far.

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Friday, 7 November 2014

Friday Favourite Five and Skincare Update

#1 Skincare
m- Four weeks have passed and I feel like I have removed 5 years off my face. I have been pretty diligent with the program and missed one night. The lines around my eyes and face have diminished and my skin has started to look more radiant. I am going to order some eye cream and add this to the regimen. I will keep you updated and post pictures next week.
Meet my friend, Lindsey. She was kind enough to share her results from her skin regime and I wanted to share them with you. Can you believe this? I wish that I knew about this 4 years ago!You look great, Lindsey! Thanks for introducing me to this product!

#2 - Totes
r- Gray and pink might be my favourite colour combo. I am just trying to get into the tote craze. I have a habit of keeping too much junk in my purse and I find that a tote doesn't help me with this problem. But this tote isn't too big..it's a good place to start!
m- My work bag exploded last week and I have been reduced to travelling with my gym bag to and from work. It doesn't fit with professional attire, so I am on the lookout for a great tote that is roomy enough for me to carry my laptop, numerous snacks and a water bottle. This cognac tote fits the bill and the styling will last for years.

#3 - Capes/ Ponchos
r- Yes...more faux fur, ha! I like that this is oversized and comfortable but would be cute on a date night or to run errands.
m- The black one is my pick! I love that there are various colour choices and added detail on the sleeves. I  have worn a poncho before and really missed having the structure of a sweater or coat. The sleeves, the funnel neck and button details assure me that I have not ventured into Snuggy territory.

#4 Slip-ons
r- I can just picture myself wearing these with a cute pair of blue jeans! Just because it's comfortable doesn't mean it can't be cute.
m- Sometimes, I  need comfort. After a week of heeled boots and shoes, this trend is a welcome change. These quilted shoes are on trend and super comfy for running around town.

#5 Hats
r- I love that this hat has cute feathers instead of the predictable pom pom. The pom pom reminds me of fourth grade adulthood should include feathers right?
m- Last winter was a LITTLE L-O-N-G for my liking! I love skiing and outdoors sports as much as the next person, but by March, things can feel a little dreary. This slouchy hat with some sparkle may give me something to look forward to.

What is on your wish list this month?

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Faux fur

r- I have been wanting a vest like this for so long! It has been on my wish list since last Spring...Poor M had to put up with me searching the internet for a very long time to find one. I did finally find the perfect vest I had been looking for this fall. The price was right and I love everything about it! Not to bulky and really warm. I love wearing it with jeans or leggings.

m- I own a brown, fur vest and never wear it. I feel a little overwhelmed in the bulk of it and to be honest, a little bit like a cave woman. That being said, I love the texture and colour tones of this scarf. Winter white definitely has a place in a my closet. I especially like that my boots match the floor!

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Friday, 31 October 2014

Friday Five & R's Skin Care Update

# 1 r's Skin Care Update

Still seeing results! I had a bit of a set back when I got my first blemish since the first time I started using the product but that was because I was too tired to get my lazy butt up out of bed to wash my face before bed (big no, no!). The product can't work if you don't use it right?


# 2 Phone Covers
r - I have to admit I am a bit of a phone case junkie. I get bored easily so I like to mix-it up a bit with my phone accessories. Currently I am wanting this iPhone 5c case.

m- Of coarse, I love this. I have the matching sweater and can't get enough of all things Canadiana!

# 3 Boot Socks
r- The snow will be here before we know it and I absolutely hate cold feet. These cute socks are long enough that they can be seen over your boot and I like that there are so many to choose from for such a low price!

m- I mean business when it comes to socks. They really can make or break my day. Does anyone else remember the no sock - Bass loafer trend? I do and am reminded whenever the cold weather hits. I never want to feel that kind of frost bite pain again and I am more than happy to bundle up my feet in style.
# 4 Faux Fur
r - Anyone that knows me, knows that I am a HUGE animal lover. My dog Rocko and my kitty cat Rooster will vouch for me on that front. It still doesn't stop me from enjoying one of this seasons best trends so far (in my opinion). I am loving everything faux fur. I like how this white scarf is really casual. I think it would look great with dark blue skinnies.

m - I love the colour of this scarf. It adds a little interest when wearing simple black or with a coat for an added touch of luxury. Faux fur is fun and fashion shouldn't be so serious!

# 5 Clutches
r- I have a thing about really big purses. Mainly because I am worried that I might need something (lip gloss, floss, bandaids...you name it..it's in my purse!) But I thought this clutch was a happy medium for me. I could narrow down the essentials (hopefully) but still have a cute clutch to hold onto. Plus I love the colours!

m-  I believe that I could wear tartan all day, everyday. This purse is adorable and adds a little bit of personality to any outfit. I can't wait to incorporate it into an outfit with denim and a faux fur vest.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Friday Favourite Five and Skincare Update

r- I am so happy with the results thus far! I cannot believe the difference I have noticed in the evenness and overall appearence of my skin in just two weeks. The first week I found that my skin needed to adjust to the product and that came with some dryness. However, in the second week I have not had one breakout..and I can't stop staring at myself in the mirror! lol I know this sounds a little bit vain but I have never had skin like this and I think I am just sort of still in awe. I hope this continues and it is not just a honeymoon period like I have had with some skin care routines. Stay tuned for my two week reveal!
m- I have had great success with my skin care program. In two weeks, I have stopped wearing foundation and can see a difference in my skin. The instructions said that a noticeable change would happen after five weeks and if this is the case, I can't imagine how happy I will be then! I can see a difference in fine lines and the luminous quality of my skin. I am hoping that as time goes on that some of the age spots (that I didn't know that I had - thank you lifeguarding for six summers) will fade. I am loving this experiment.

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r's pick - Cozy..Warm and I think would look super cute with leggings!
m's pick - Tartan
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#3 - Quilted items
r's pick - I love this quilted dress....cute pair of booties to go with maybe?
m's pick - This moto inspired skirt looks edgy without being bulky. It definitely has a place on my wishlist this fall. Both items are from Canadian retailers!
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#4 - Watches and Bracelets
r- M and I are really into gold this season...and who wouldn't love to tell time with this gold beauty? Yes Please!
m- I find the design of this bracelet interesting. Mr. Forty Something, are you reading this?
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#5 Nail Polish
r- It's a little bit girly but not too girly. I love bright pinks for spring/summer so to me this colour is a great comprimise for the cooler months of the year.
m- I generally wear candy apple red, but with colour trends dictating what is in my closet, this colour matching everything.
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