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My Not-So-Chic 2016

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

In my office it seems that looking chic is second nature. My manager struts  in every morning with her go-to lazy-girl outfit of leather ankle boots, straight leg jeans, some sort of amazing vintage blouse and a long tailored coat. (A look that would take me months to come up with.)

Why Everyone Should Back Off Nicky Morgan's Bag

Saturday, 17 December 2016

If you've been following the news recently you'll have heard about the spat between MPs regarding Theresa May's trousers for a recent shoot. I want to break this down and establish why everyone should leave Nicky Morgan's bag alone.

Results with Leanne - 12 Week Review

Monday, 28 November 2016

If you've been following my weight-loss journey you'll know I started a 12 week fitness and nutrition plan with Leanne Conroy. (More details on the plan itself here.) I've just gotten to the end and wanted to share some more chat about how I got on with it, my struggles and the results...

So I'll be honest - it's been tough. And my hopes of looking like Megan Fox in Transformers unfortunately didn't happen, but the key thing to take away from this is that I just need to keep going, and maybe by next summer I'll be almost Megan worthy!

So, this is how I got on with...

The Training
 I found it very easy to slip into a comfortable routine with my training. I went four times a week and the gym is right next to my office so I went before work. I preferred going to the gym than not going because of my rank 8am commute - leaving an hour earlier to get my training session in was quicker and I got a seat on the tube!

But... once it started getting super cold and dark I really struggled with getting up for the gym. This meant some days I had to go after work when I was tired and it was super busy, but this just helped to motivate me to wake up early for my next session.

I hated the cardio when I first started (it was introduced a month and a half into my plan).... and I still hate it! I am not a cardio person at all! Treadmill, cross-trainer, bike.. the only cardio I enjoy is boxing and I don't think that will change any time soon. But I did find it got easier. After four weeks I could get through my cardio at the end of my session without dying, feeling dizzy or wanting to be sick. So that is an improvement. (I still struggle to start it at the end of the session though, it's like forcing yourself to eat something that you know is good for you but tastes rank at the time!)

I've loved the weight training and am super shocked at how much stronger I've gotten - I actually have (baby)  shoulder muscles now, which is an improvement from my chicken-leg-arms before! Some exercises I couldn't do at all at the start I can now do with ease, whereas some things are still a struggle... (Superman planks - how do people have the balance?!)

I can't wait to continue training - the weights programme really saw changes to my body and it has helped with my anxiety and mental health struggles. I feel happier, healthier, stronger and more confident. Last week I was doing deadlifts and had forgotten my gloves. My hands were starting to blister and felt super sore, so I took off my t-shirt to complete the set. I would never have dreamed of working out in public wearing just a sports bra 3 months ago, and even though I whipped it back on as soon as I was done it really illustrated how much more confidence I've built in the last 3 months working with Leanne.

I really can't imagine not going to the gym now and am already planning how to squeeze sessions in when I'm in Scotland for Christmas - if I stopped I would feel sluggish, lethargic and as if I was wasting all my hard work!

The Food
This was tough. And I'm 100% sure that the reason my results weren't as instagram-worthy as some is because I really wasn't as strict with myself as I needed to be with the food, and even with Leanne calling me up and telling me off and trying to set me goals to help me with it.. I just struggled.

This is a list of the things I have struggled with...

Eating so much! I was supposed to be hitting 1650 cals a day and 120g of protein - it doesn't sound like much but I wasn't used to eating this much food! Leanne explained I need to be eating the right amount of calories for my BMI so that my body was getting the right amount of nutrition to fuel my day, turn my fat into muscle easier, speed up my metabolism and generally just help me to lose weight. Yep, you heard right - you have to eat more to lose weight! Towards the end I found myself just reaching for crisps to up my calorie count, which I'm pretty sure is not the way to do it...

Weighing out all the food! In all honesty, I couldnt be bothered most of the time. I tried to do it meticulously the first few weeks but it all got super difficult when it was a homemade bake and I was sharing it with Steven and didn't know what percentage of the meal I had eaten. By the end of it I was just guestimating portion sizes based on what I learnt in the first few weeks. (Sorry Leanne!) 

Cutting out cravings - especially when I was on my time of the month, hungover and ill. (I've had a lot of colds recently and it's made me want to curl up in bed and not eat at all!) Leanne was good at allowing flex for this though, especially during my menstrual cycle. Sometimes you just gotta eat chocolate or a pizza and not let yourself feel guilty for it.

My appetite in general - some days I could eat and eat and eat, some days I'm not in the mood for anything at all. On these days I really had to force myself to eat.

Things that helped me:

Having Leanne on constant call to motivate me and keep giving me ideas to make my life easier. She also let me know I shouldn't feel guilty if I did slip up - we're all only human after all!

My protein shake - this really helped me up my protein to reach my 120g a day. At the end of the day if I was far off I would just have a shake after my dinner as desert - it helps that it tastes great! Mine is from Protein World and the Chocolate flavour.

All in all my food plan itself wasn't a struggle, everything was tasty and I never felt restricted or like I was on a diet. My struggle was keeping track of what I was eating to make sure I hit the cals and macros needed to lose weight quicker - this is something I'll have to really try to work on going forwards to make the changes I want to see. 

The Results
Mentally I am calmer, more confident, and happier in general.

Physically I feel.. okay. If I'm being completely honest when I look in the mirror I don't see any difference. It's not until I look at my progress photos side by side that I can see how far I've come - I really encourage taking photos every week. When I was feeling a bit unmotivated and disheartened (this happened every other week if I'm being honest)  Leanne would send me my photos and remind me to see how far I had come.

Week 1 on the left - Week 12 on the right. (Obviously, I hope!)  Black and Whited them because they were all taken on different phones/ lights so I was trying to make it an easier comparison - I obviously picked my most flattering shorts to fold down - not! Also - how quickly has my hair grown?! I use Argan Oil after washing to keep it healthy.

I lost a lot of weight from my back, which was one of my main areas of concern. It's fallen away from around my bra strap and also started to melt at the bottom around the love handles. My stomach is  tighter and I can see my legs, bum and arm muscles are much more defined than they used to be - this is really clear to see at the gym when they're working hard!

I wasn't that bothered about numbers and scales but as part of the plan we weighed myself every other week. For me it was all about how I looked in the mirror rather than what number popped up on the scales, but it's been really interesting to see. I weighed myself using the gym scales every Monday morning on an empty stomach and wearing underwear to try to keep it fair. Scales are so inconsistent that apparently I've grown 6 inches in height so I really wouldn't take it as bible!!
But just in case you want to know...

Week 1: 
63.1k, 23.7 BMI, 27.8% body fat and 17.5k body fat mass

Week 12:
62.9k, 23.1 BMI, 23.9% body fat and 15k body fat mass

I can't wait to carry on with my plan although I bet Christmas will be a struggle!  I plan on reporting back in the New Year with hopefully even more progress. Realistically for December I'll be looking to maintain my weight by continuing my training but probably allowing for more drink and naughty food over the holidays (I cut out weekday drinking as part of my plan, which was hard come Thursdays as I love a glass of red!). 

Come January I'll be back on it and giving it 110% to go back into weight-loss mode rather than maintain-mode. I can't wait to see how far I've come by the summer time, and to be able to wear a bikini without being embarassed. If I've come this far in 3 months imagine what another 6 could do...

I've loved every second working with Leanne and just can't recommend her enough! This isn't a sponsored post, I chose to work with Leanne from seeing her online posts and I really recommend following her for motivational advice and tips.


My Must-Have Accessory

Sunday, 20 November 2016

I have this thing with glasses. I feel like they can transform a look so easily, and give a little quirky edge to a plainer look. I do have prescription lenses (Gucci, darling), but I also wear a lot of 'fashion lenses' which are just clear. I will eventually get around to having the lenses swapped out for my prescription, but I don't rely on my glasses and they are mostly for driving so it's not high on my priority list. Nobody drives in London, anyway. 

These are my pervert glasses. They make me look like Kip from Napoleon Dynamite, but I'm okay with that an am embracing it. I got them from ASOS,  who are pretty good for finding quirky glasses every now and again. These are pretty out-there, so I only tend to wear them with super laid-back plain outfits, like a jumper 'n' leggings type of day.


 These babies are my go-to, and I got them from Toyshades. The flagship Topshop store offers getting them lensed for £20, so I'll probably get my prescription put into them as I do wear them a lot, particularly on bad makeup days to hide my tired eyes! I've also recently discovered the store Polette, I haven't ordered from them yet but have a few on my wish-list so keep an eye on my instagram...

I'm wearing the lipstick Cherry by Collection 2000 in this post and my boyfriend's tee because I was super hungover when I took these pictures. You can tell because I'm dead behind the eyes but rolling with it.

What's your go-to accessory to pick up a lazy outfit?

1 Top 3 Ways: The Pinafore Dress

Monday, 14 November 2016

 I am so obsessed with this top that I'm doing three outfit builds around it, and this is the very first installment. It's from the Miss Selfridge premium Designed By collection, and luckily there are a few sizes still in stock! (I got it as a present from my boss.)

ASOS Winter Lust List

Tuesday, 8 November 2016
Unrelated image which illustrates nothing other than the fact that trousers should be on the wishlist.

It's been a while since I did an ASOS Wishlist post, and they are on point at the moment. These are the things I've been dribbling at over my screen - you can tell my hobbies by the fact that there's no party dresses but plenty of PJ and cosies. What can I say? Girl's gotta sleep.

The Discovery of Brown

Saturday, 5 November 2016

When Autumn comes I've always been a stereotypical burgundy kind of gal. I am not adventurous with my colour palettes - I stick with blacks, whites, creams, navies, moss greens and greys. As soon as the leaves changed colour I'd whip out my wine coloured jumper (and a bottle to match) and revel in my Autumnal display.
I kind of have this thing for brown at the moment though.

Flannel Shirts for Autumn

Thursday, 27 October 2016


When you say, 'Autumn', I think: Hot chocolates, mulled wine, Halloween, cosy socks, baggy jumpers, blankets, soup and flannel shirts. Call me a basic bitch, but I am all about a check flannel shirt as soon as the leaves on the trees turn orange.

I am, aside from a basic bitch, also a stingy mare who refuses to fork out £30 for a cotton tartan shirt from Topshop. I'm all about the cosy, vintage vibe, and get all my flannel shirts from thrift stores. My favourite is To Be Worn Again in Brighton, which sells every colour imaginable for £5 each. Wam, bam, thank you maam.

I love them oversized so often buy men's shirts - I think it looks better tucked into high-waist clothes, tied up at the front or just really baggy with leggings for a dressed-down sorta day. Hair in messy bun = look complete.

In these shots I'm wearing my Lullabellz extensions, which you can get all the details for here. The bigger and the messier the hair, the better. A baggy flannel shirt is no time to have perfectly curled up-do's going on, it's about looking relaxed and like you just rolled outta bed. (AKA: my specialty.)

I did my hair in a half-up-do with natural makeup, my lipstick is Whirl. (By MAC, I only really wear MAC lipsticks!)   I also only really wear gold jewellery, so I have a load of little hoops in my hears which I think adds to the look. They are all gold-plated so my ears don't go green as I never bother taking them out until I lose them, and I got them from ASOS.

I paired them with my straight-leg loose fit jeans which I am obsessed with from Miss Selfridge. They're like Mom jeans but a nicer, tighter fit. I'd finish the look with loafers for the ultimate soccer-mom look.

What's your Autumn go-to?

Lullabellz Hair Extention Review : Single Weft

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Okay so... I bought more hair extentions. I know, I know. I literally have a whole Zara bag full in my bedroom. (One of the giant Zara paper bags, that you get when you buy a hefty coat and some shoes.) But I saw this brand called Lullabellz kicking about on my social media and they had 20% off and none of my extensions matched my hair colour so I thought I'd give it a go.


I had really wanted the large curl 3/4 piece, because I much prefer 3/4 hair pieces than extentions because for me they just feel more secure and comfortable. I always find extensions just pull on my scalp and if I'm getting low on the dancefloor (okay, dancing in my room with a bottle of wine) I like to know they're going to stay in place and not start peeking through. BUT they didn't have my colour and I wanted it in time for a dinner this weekend (which I ended up rescheduling anyway because I was ill and snotty) so here we are. Lullabellz, if you're reading this, send me the 3/4 piece when it comes into stock for my dinner please! ;)

Instead, I opted for the single weft curly hair piece in chocolate brown. In some light, like pictured above, it isn't an exact match. But to be honest, it's good enough for me to not care and wear them anyway. It's difficult for me to get a good synthetic match because my hair has been dyed so much it's so many different colours and highlights in different lights. I had to trim it down quite a lot because it was loooong, and I also cut in a few more layers to match my hair better because my hair is quite a blunt, thick cut.

It came already layered which was nice though, and it feels good quality. I got the single weft because I can't be arsed trying to clip in 8 different pieces, so a single weft is great for me to quickly put in after a gym session to feel a bit more glam. It literally takes two minutes.


It also withstands heat to a certain degree, so I put my straighteners on the lowest setting (160 degrees) and straightened a couple of bits and loosened the curls up a bit because I never have my hair too curly so it would blend better. I really liked the result. I always choose synthetic rather than real hair because 1. I don't really agree with how real hair extensions are made and 2. I dye my hair so frequently that they don't usually last very long, so it makes more sense for me to fork out £15 every few months than £120 when they're just going to fall apart when I dye them a few times.


All in all for a bit of time spent cutting and straightening to get the perfect blend, £20 including first-class postage was great and I'm really happy with them. I would 100% repurchase and I am going to keep my eye out for the 3/4 piece as I really want it for my nights out.

How do you find hair extensions? What's your go-to?

Wizard Sleeves

Friday, 21 October 2016
The first thing Steven said when he saw this outfit was, "what are those sleeves all about?" I am officially a Man Repeller, and I'm embracing it in a way only Leandra Medine would know how because this outfit is my autumn love affair.

12 Week PT Plan - Half Way Review - Ups & Downs

Sunday, 16 October 2016

So a few weeks ago I did an initial review of my 12-week fitness plan which I'm doing with PT Leanne Conroy. I was in the first month of the plan, feeling pumped, motivated and energised. But now I'm in the second third of the plan and feeling much lower, and thought it was just as important to blog now as it was when I was feeling great because you can't always feel great and it's important for other girls to read this and know it's normal to feel like this.

Sous Le Soleil

Sunday, 2 October 2016

I'm wearing a bodysuit! I would never usually wear something as tight-fitting as a bodysuit but since hitting the gym more I thought I'd give it a go...

A little Calvin Klein goes a long way.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

I had been eyeing this Calvin Klein tee from Urban for ages. It's the perfect grab'n'go tee for me. It gives an outfit a 'lil edge, it's fashionable, comfortable and goes with everything. I've worn it every week since I got it.  The price tag was a bit hefty and I'm trying to be thrifty... so I got mine from Depop in a size Large so I could wear it off-the-shoulder. I love it.

What I wore to Cosmopolitan #FashFest

Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Last week I was lucky enough to get VIP tickets to Cosmopolitan's #FashFest, alongside front row seats to the fashion show (aha, MIC girls were 2nd row, gutted!). The dress code was glamorous, which would have been easier to do if I wasn't a) going straight from work and b) sweating like a Weightwatcher in a cake shop. It was H-O-T!

I got a PT! Week 3 Review

Sunday, 18 September 2016

So, I got a Personal Trainer. It's an idea I had toyed with for a long time, but I saw a client photo posted by an old friend I went to uni with and it spurred me into contacting her. When I went to uni with Leanne she was such a party girl, and now she's turned to fitness and her body is r-i-d-i-c. I knew if anyone was going to get my ass into shape it would be her.

I can't stop staring at girls in the gym changing rooms.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

I go to the gym the same as every average person. (By that I mean about four times a week for three weeks and then nothing other than pizza runs for a month until I feel disgusting again.) The female changing rooms at the gym is a weird place for me.

The Lynx Effect: Is it Real?

Wednesday, 3 August 2016
*Warning: This may be a TMI post. If you work with me or are a relative, I'm sorry. 

We've all seen the Lynx adverts where the guy sprays on some Lynx and walks down the street and suddenly every woman he walks past is attracted to him and can't wait to get him into bed. We've all shrugged it off as tacky advertising and carried on with life, but what if there's a hint of truth behind it?

OOTD: Styling a Seriously Large Skirt

Saturday, 30 July 2016
I've  seen a lot of level 10 Cool-Girls swanning about London in tulle maxi skirts recently. As a lowly level 5 on the best of days, I decided to buy one to try to pull off. The trurth? I haven't worn this out in public yet - there's a reason you have to be Level 10 Cool to pull something like this off, and I haven't felt confident enough yet. But when the weather is just right, and the occasion is perfect - this look may just come out to play. 

OOTD: Shift Dress & Stripes

Sunday, 17 July 2016
 It's about time I shot an OOTD - my blog has recently become a bit of a feminist / political haven recently. (#SorryNotSorry.) I've enjoyed the recent 90s slip/shift dress 'n' tee combo that seems to be trending and decided to embrace it.

#FreeTheNipple: Serena Williams

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

I apologise for the late timing of this post - a bit slow off the mark! But I really felt I had to write about another Daily Mail article I saw, about how viewers were 'distracted' by Serena Williams nipples showing through her shirt during Wimbledon. Are you f*cking serious?

Callie Vs Daily Mail on: Wolf Whistling & Sexual Harassment

Sunday, 10 July 2016

I read an article the other day about a woman who complained when she was jeered & wolf whistled at by a large group of men when she was alone, late at night, in an empty train station. This is not the first time I've read an article of this nature, and I want to discuss not only my issue with wolf-whistling behaviour but the general stance of commenters on theses types of articles. Below is a sample of a few of the comments:

FOTD: Super Quick 10 min makeup look

Tuesday, 14 June 2016
This is a quick post on my staple makeup routine for the last couple of weeks. I do change it up frequently, but this has been suiting my skin in the recent weird humid weather and I've nailed getting it all done in about ten minutes, which is all you can ask for when you wake up as late as I do every morning.

BREXIT : How will I be voting?

Monday, 6 June 2016

So I wouldn't usually write a post encouraging people to vote a certain way. It's not my style, I think people should be able to choose to vote how they want. But I've decided to write this post explaining my vote because 1. It's a big deal, and won't be happening again in a few years to rectify a sloppy vote. 2. Lots of people have asked me to. So, here goes.

I, personally, will be voting for the UK to remain in the EU. I didn't have to read up to decide this, I knew in my gut as soon as the topic was up for decision. The most simple way I can think to explain the ultimate reason for my debateless decision to vote to remain is as follows:

You  have this job. It's okay. You don't hate it, but there are parts of it you don't like, sure. You have to sacrifice some things for your job because it's at this huge corporate company and everybody who works there has to be totally dedicated to their job, but you do it because it's okay. You rarely go home complaining about your job, and at the end of the day - isn't that all you can ask of work? Most importantly, it provides for you and your family and makes sure that you are taken care of.
To vote to leave the EU would be like handing in your resignation at this job without having any interviews anywhere else. You know your old job won't take you back, but you are hoping you'll find a better one out there. It's a gamble, and is it really worth the gamble when until now, everything really has been okay? (Don't try to tell me that before the referendum was a topic you used to go home and complain about being in the EU - I won't buy it.)

You're either a gambler voting to leave, or comfortable and voting to stay. That's the way I'm looking at it, because however much reading I've done on why we should vote to leave or stay I have never read anything explaining clearly what would happen to us if we did leave. Much like the Scottish referendum - where is the after-plan?!

Regardless of afterplans, here are some facts that you may not have known about the EU which may sway your thinking if you are a gambler.

The Workplace (The real one, not my metophorical one.)
Our right to maternity leave and anti-discrimation laws in the workplace come from the EU, not from the UK. I would hate to think what might happen and who might be taken advantage of by the Big Corporates if these laws disappeared, because they won't be replaced overnight if we vote to leave.

Stats show at least 3 million jobs in the UK are linked to trade with the EU. What will all these people do if we leave?! The world's gone crazy over BHS's 11,000 - imagine three million!

Power to the Politicians.
Tbh, I don't trust our politicians. I like some more than I like others, but at the moment the people who represent our country aren't looking too savvy. One fucked a dead pig, one has a weird yellow headpiece he insists on wearing, one fucked up the Lib Dem party and disappeared into oblivion (who even runs the Lib Dems now?!) and one is an old loony who enjoys being rude to the queen in his spare time to make a point. The EU are our safeguards against these nutters, they make sure they can't take our country and fuck it up beyond repair. And that's something I'm all for.

I know everyone hates Davey C, but did you know that our economy was the fastest-growing in the Western world this year? Well, now you do. So its not as if the EU is hindering our economic growth, is it?

Being in the EU gives us guaranteed allies, which as a small island we really can't get enough of. With Putin sat there with bated breath waiting for us to leave and be defenceless... well, I think we need all the friends we can get.

Ah, the big'un. 'They're coming over and taking our jobs!" *Vomits.* Okay, well first of all I would like to point out that we are all benefiting from being able to travel Europe freely and safely. We all know at least one couple who have retired to Spain or France, no? Regardless of the fact that we are also benefiting, it's key to point out that Britain do have a say in our border control. We have always been the difficult EU partner who argues tooth and nail to protect our little island and forces the EU to bend the rules for us. It's always been that way and it still is. (Remember the days of headlines where Cameron was 'in talks' with the EU looking all stressed out? Yep, well that was him negotiating our terms. Because we have a say. This is why we aren't in the Euro!) We have a say in our border control, and any leave voters using the argument that we need to 'take back control' is uneducated.
Furthermore, voting to leave will not bring a magic end to immigration. GB needs the skills of workers from outside the UK in order for our economy to keep on flourishing. Even the Leave camp knows this. Yes, we'll be in total control, no, this won't end immigration issues.

The Out Voters
Sorry, but when did Boris Johnson ever mention the EU being a 'prison' before the referendum? He doesn't know shit, he's just jumping on the controversial side to make headlines. And I'm sorry to say it, but you don't join a gang that looks stupid, do you? I haven't heard one intelligent, read person argue coherently why they want to vote out. If I look over to the Leave camp I see mostly extreme right-wingers, racists, political weasels, and old people who simply don't give a shit anymore. Is that a group you want to be associated with? Please, if anybody finds any Leave articles that actually give good facts and strong arguments, send it to me. Because after a good search on Google I still found nothing.

I would also like to point out the list of UK political parties voting to leave: UKIP, BNP, EDL, DUP, RESPECT. So not exactly the most respected and rational of the parties.

Opinion polls have also been good indicators for who is voting to leave. There are only three camps where the majority is voting to leave.
Older voters (over 60): 56%
Voters 50-59: 52%
Voters with no qualification higher than GCSE:  57%

That say's it all to me.

I truly hope everyone will be giving their vote at the end of June because every vote counts. Which voter on that seesaw would you rather be?

OOTD: I Am A Hat-Owner

Tuesday, 26 April 2016
 I bought a hat! This is a big deal for me, I never put myself in the category of a confident hat-wearer. Hat wearers tend to be one of three things. 1. Painfully edgy and cool. 2. High fashion. 3. Homeless. I mean, I'll admit, I haven't actually worn it out in public yet. But I own one, and it's mine and mine alone. Baby steps.

OOTD: Bohemian Layering

Monday, 18 April 2016
Oh, glorious Britain, how you tease us with your unpredictable weather. (Sense the sarcasm?) I am so bored of dressing for the cold and then sweating profusely like an overweight boar with a gland problem in the office. The only sensible answer is to up the layering game.

Bohemian Chic Interiors with Rockett St George

Sunday, 17 April 2016
I've been having an affair on fashion with interiors lately. Since moving in with Steven our flat has slowly started to take shape, all that's missing is those often pricey and unessential little extras that pull everything together and make it a home. 


It's a bit of a blank canvas at the moment, so I've been spending a lot of time on Pinterest pulling inspiration together (including these imgs!) to try and find my taste and style. (Wee Stevo is happy to go along with most of my choices, phew!)  

 I've found myself drawn to bohemian-chic interiors with a splash of scandi style. All about the white, exposed brick feel with heavy old wooden furniture and Moroccan-style decorative. AKA: Expensive, and often not the type of bits you find laying around in IKEA.


I was starting to think that getting enough pieces to make our flat homely was going to take forever unless I rinsed out my bank account, until my best friend introduced me to an online shop called Rockett St George. It's basically like a less tacky version of Urban Outfitters homeware  but at a reasonable price. (I saw a small golden plant pot in Urban the other day selling for £30 and nearly vommed all over myself in horror.)

 I've pulled together a little wishlist below, and when I get paid I'll start getting some of my favourite pieces.

Where do you shop for homeware?

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