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SIMPLE AND SIGNATURE

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Goal Number 1: Keep it simple and signature.

For me, this year is all about focusing on my signature style.  Being a blogger, I am constantly finding inspiration, watching trends and trying to stay up with the newest and best products, but honestly I love a simple outfit that is elevated with classic accessories.  Do you feel the same?

Note: Keeping things simple does not make you boring.  Being able to re-wear clothes in your closet is the most important thing (because lets be honest, no one can afford to wear something new every day). My goal this year is to show all of you how to wear your basics while still keeping them fresh, on trend and a little different than everyone else.

If you have noticed since the new year I have been on a monochromatic kick.  Being only 5’2″, a single color elongates your figure and keeps me feeling comfortable throughout the entire day.  Adding texture and layers rather than color allows you to add something unexpected to a neutral look.

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ASOS Petite Slim Coat (I suggest sizing up)/ J.Crew Cashmere Sweater (love the Tilly Sweater too)  / Black Heels / Celine Bag / Celine Sunglasses / Dana Rebecca Joy Necklace c/o / Daniel Wellington Watch  c/o / Catbird Rings / Diamond Initial Necklace


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photography by Merritt Beck

COZY VEST

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This Dallas weather is throwing me for quite the loop. Last week it was in the 80’s and today the 30’s. Being this is our first winter in Texas, I have been going through my closet trying to make some room for pieces I know will be in constant rotation throughout these mild (or so I thought) winter months.  One of my favorite trends, as of late, is the oversized vest-coat.  I picked up this Theory vest a few weeks ago and have since become obsessed. I have been wearing it everywhere this week; to the grocery store, out to lunch, and even on date night. Pretty much the perfect thing to throw on over any outfit.

I also might be late to the game, but I just recently found a new love for J.Crew denim.  Talk about fitting like a glove, these black jeans are a new favorite of mine. They have the perfect amount of stretch, but don’t give you saggy knees (I hope you know what I am talking about) by the end of the day.  The best part is everything is 25% off right now, so it’s even a better reason to buy them in every color.

* I know it is a little early to be talking about the Holidays but I just can’t wait. Stay tuned on Monday for my best ever Gift Guide. I have been working day and night to find the best items to buy this holiday season! 

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Theory Faux Fur Vest (20% off) / Tilly Sweater (25% with code: SHOPNOW)/ Lookout Highrise Jeans in Black (25% with code: SHOPNOW) / Wide Calf Hair Belt (25% with code: SHOPNOW) / Kate Spade Clutch (old/similar here) / Madewell Bracelet (old/similar here) / Catbird Rings / Essie Lollipop / Rag and Bone Newbury Booties (my favorite)

Happy Friday! and Happy Shopping!

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photography by Merritt Beck

PARTY DRESS

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The holidays are quickly approaching and my calendar is starting to fill up with loads of holiday parties and events.  Finding the perfect dress that can be worn for a work party and a friend-gathering can be a tricky task. Every year I try to find one item that can be worn a few ways to create a completely different look.  This year, thanks to #mybestsummerever shopping spree, I scooped up this ALC Dress at the beginning of September with the thought in mind I would wear it this winter for holiday parties with tights, my favorite boots or with a fun pair of heels and a red lip. It has quickly become a go-to dress in my closet for every occasion from date night to work meetings.

 

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A.L.C. Shane Dress (gifted)/ Jewels by Alan Earrings (borrowed/pretty amazing, right?) / J.Crew Pumps / J.Crew Bracelets (old/shop all bracelets here) / Nails: Red Russian Roulette / Kate Spade Clutch (old/love this one)


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photography by Merritt Beck

STYLE DETAILS: WHAT I WANT NOW

The definite weather shift in Dallas has caused me to scramble for those sweaters in the back of my closet.  I am craving all things plaid, oversized and comfy while still staying chic.  I turn into a total homebody when the temperature drops which normally has me craving some interior updates, new holiday decor and yummy fall recipes.

Here are a few items that I want right now

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New Balance 620 for J.Crew (on sale with the code GETWARM)/ Textured Slouchy Sweater / Big Top Balloon Bookend / Clare Vivier Flat Clutch / Kai Hand Cream / Keep Going Print / La Superbe Sweatshirt / Knotted Tassle Earrings (under $50) / Chelsea Rain Boots / Mon Amour Matches / Found My Animal Leash / Checkered Coat / Camille Styles Entertaining Book / Gorjana Mave Ring / Oui Ring / Shimmer Bar Ring 

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THE PERFECT SHIRT

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Finding the perfect shirt can be a difficult task.

For me, especially since I am on the petite side, I always struggle with finding that perfect fitting button down top. That is until I was introduced to Double R Brand.  A local Dallas company that specializes in custom fit clothes made easy and at an affordable price.  Before I started working from home, I pretty much wore a different shirt and skirt combo everyday to work.  Now that I wear shirts as a more casual look, I have been on the lookout for the perfect boyfriend shirt. Honestly until now, I have never found one that fits me just right.  They are either too wide, too long, or just too big in general.  Thankfully, Double R Brand created a boyfriend shirt custom for me.

It is as easy as 1-2-3 too! First you pick out your style- Tailored and fitted, Boyfriend relaxed, Shirt Dress, or Limited edition (which is currently this awesome shell).  Then you pick your fabric, which was my most favorite task.  They have 12 different fabric types in more colors and patterns than you could ever imagine.  Then you take your measurements, and click purchase! It is really that easy.

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Double R Brand Boyfriend Shirt in Blue Linen (c/o) / Mother Denim (on sale!) / Celine Bag / Celine Sunglasses (similar here) / J. Crew Bracelets (on sale) / Daniel Wellington Watch (c/o) / Dana Rebecca Joy Necklace / STEVEN by Steve Madden Heels / Catbird Rings / Essie ‘Stylenomics’ on nails


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photography by Merritt Beck

 

J.CREW S/S 2015

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If I could pick my favorite moment from NYFW it would be my first steps into the J.Crew Presentation. Accidentally bumping into Bill Cunningham as I made my way through the doors was just the icing on the cake.

Being what some people (aka my fiancé) call a J.Crew addict, this was definitely something to cross off my bucket list.  Honestly I was in awe the second I stepped into the room. Beautiful people wearing J.Crew effortlessly, models that were pulled directly out of the catalogue and too many celebrities to count. Once I snapped out of what I thought was a dream I made my way around the room to check out the collection. Then again with my phone to snap a few Instagrams (I mean what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t get the best iPhone pic possible). Don’t laugh, but then I went around a third time to check out the details. Metallic oversized clutches, sequin appliqués, and lucite colored sunglasses; the details are what made this collection my absolute favorite. As I was making my way back to my favorite dress of the collection again, Jenna Lyons was standing there finishing up an interview when the famous blue jacketed man approaches to give her a kiss kiss on the cheek and take a selfie. Seriously, DAY MADE.

Since I can’t buy that yellow sequin dress quite yet, I decided to browse the J.Crew Fall Collection instead.  Let’s just say I want everything while I wait…

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NYFW INSTA-RECAP

LIFE CHANGING. HILARIOUS. EPIC. FUN. These are the words I would use to describe my first experience at New York Fashion Week.  I had an EPIC trip to New York which ended with a mini vacation with my fiance and family, in Boston.  As I reflect on my 10 day trip, I have to say that I am honestly so grateful to have been able to be a part of such an incredible event such as Fashion Week and was so fortunate to have met some amazing people along the way. So first things first, all of the stories you have heard or read about Fashion Week are probably real.  It is exhausting, entertaining and for some (like me) an eye-opening experience into the world of high fashion. It was an experience I would never take back in a million years… even if I only slept 4 hours a night and ate one meal a day (and if you know me well, you know I normally don’t function without 5 meals, but I guess it was the adrenaline.)

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So here we go, Day 1:

4:00am- Patrick dropped me off at the airport with my Lo and Sons bag, a suitcase and my favorite carry-all bag in hand. I boarded the plane and arrived in New York and apparently like most New Yorkers, I hit the ground running.

12:00pm- I had the cab drop me off at my cousin’s office in Soho to grab her keys (By the way, she was a saint for having me crash at her place for 7 nights!) and headed to her apartment.  Remember when I said I had three bag, well imagine me walking up 6 flights of stairs.  Yep, that happened. Oh and not to mention it was in the 90s with no air conditioning.  #packingfail

5:00pm- After a break in front of the fan and some water, my cousin got home and we ventured to the Mondrian Hotel (in heels- another bad idea on my part) for the StyleList Party.  The views were incredible and the bloggers I met, were as nice as can be.

10:00pm- After chatting over a few cocktails, we made our way to dinner to Bond St. for some delicious sushi.  If you have never been to this little restaurant tucked below ground…You must try the Tuna Pizza.  Soo. Good.  After more than our fair share of wine and an extreme amount of sushi, we ventured home.  Tomorrow was a big day for me.

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What I wore: Theory Dress / Zara Calf Hair Booties / Paul Smith Bag (borrrowed) / J.Crew Bracelet / Celine Sunglasses / Catbird Rings / NARS lipstick

Day 2: 8:00am- Thankfully, like any smart girl going to Fashion Week, I planned my outfits for each day/night.  My first show was at 10:00am, and I knew I was not going to be late.  I got ready and hopped on the Subway up to the Upper West Side. As I approached Lincoln Center, I took a moment to take it all in. When I came back to reality I walked across the street, up the stairs of Lincoln Center and straight to the doors of the tents (by the way, all while totally pretending like I have done this before).  Around me there were photographers snapping pictures, fabulous people standing outside waiting for the next show, and people in the weirdest street style outfits I have ever seen.  Just picture: a lot of cartoon characters, and cat hats. 10:00am- I walk into my first show with my ticket and realize I am sitting front row.  Next to me, this Brazilian beauty. Standing 5″2′ on a good day, I started to feel like I was surrounded by hundreds of beautiful giants.  What I didn’t know about fashion week was the amount of waiting you do.  You wait to walk into the show, you get seated for the show, and then you wait some more.  The show started about 30 min after 10:00am when the lights dimmed and the music started blasting a heavy beat.  The first model starts her walk down the runway, and the spectators (including myself- I needed to fit in, right?) immediately pull out their iPhones to start capturing each look. The show lasts approximately 10 minutes, with each look just as amazing than the next.  After the show ends congratulated the designer and then fast-walked in their high heels out the door.

11:00am- As I was walking out of the tent I bumped into a good friend and a new friend (more on that in a minute), as well as rubbed shoulders with Leandra Medine, Liz Cherkasova from Late Afternoon and a few other bloggers I recognized as they raced into the tent just in time for Zimmerman. I jotted over to the Starbucks across the street to charge my phone, rest my feet and of course, refuel. After the Zimmerman show, I met back up with my friend who introduced me to Anna. It was so fun to meet someone in person that I have been following for so long.  If you haven’t met or heard of Anna (aka Tulip Louise), she is the most genuine person I have met in this industry in a long time.  She was wearing this killer vintage lace number, and even was photographed for Elle Street Style. After chatting for a little, we parted ways and I was onto my next show, Sally LaPointe.  I hopped in a cab and headed towards the High Line.

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5:45pm- After a long and exciting first day at the tents, I met my cousin at her office to grab a glass of wine and make a fun purchase at the new Celine SoHo store.

Late Night- We met a few friends for dinner (and of course, a few too many drinks later ended up way past my bedtime)

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What I wore for Day 3: (slightly hungover- that might be an understatement)

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Humid, muggy, hot, and oh possible rain. I decided my long sleeve dress probably was not the best option for the weather.  So, I opted for this comfy Vince shift dress, my new bag, and simple heels (it was the perfect outfit for what ended up being a 20 hour day). I ventured to the Upper West side to I met some of my long-time blogger friends for brunch before heading to the Reward Style party.  It was so fun to actually meet some of the girls in person I have been emailing back and forth for so long.  We caught up like best friends that have known each other for years.  Of course as we were leaving brunch it started to rain.  Thankfully, Lindsey came prepared with an umbrella so all 10 of us tried to huddled under as we ran across the street to the Empire Hotel. We were greeted with a line of girls dressed in midi skirts, crop tops, and big sunnies, you definitely knew you were headed to a blogger party.  RewardStyle knows how to throw a party! We made it upstairs to the coolest space filled with black and white decor, racks of clothes and bloggers galore.  Ashley and I headed straight for the bar (naturally) to grab a glass of champagne. After chit-chatting with old and new friends, a few photo booth pictures, and meeting with a few of my favorite brands, Lauren, Lauren, Ashley and I decided to head to grab a bite to eat in the West Village (my favorite area in Manhattan).

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After a few glasses of rosé and some delicious carbonara, we headed to meet Jessica at the Standard for some more champagne. Too many drinks later, Ashley and I hopped in an Uber to the Prabal Gurung after-party.  Let’s just say it was a night I will never forget!

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Day 4 (This is about the day I lost track of what day of the week it was)

I met my pal Blanton and Anna at the Alejandro Ingelmo presentation in the coolest art gallery space. After we browsed the collection, a few others joined us and we headed to brunch in Chelsea.  The rest of the day was spent watching a little football and trying to recover before the busy week ahead.

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Day 5: I didn’t have any shows this morning so I decided to do a little work and then take the day to explore the city. I met my cousin on her lunch break in Chelsea and then ventured to the Upper East Side with my Aunt to see the Jeff Koons exhibit at the Whitney. I was an Art History major in college, so seeing all of his work in real life was pretty incredible.

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After a long walk through Central Park, my Aunt and I parted ways and I got ready for more fashion week fun! I met Ashley at the Standard Hotel for the Kitsune Presentation. The collection was the epitome of an effortless and cool French girl.

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What I Wore Day 6: ALC dress / Lulu Frost Leaf Necklace / Steven Heels / Catbird Rings / Celine Bag

This was a day for the history books. I woke up early and headed to the SoHo House for a little pampering thanks to Polyvore.  They set up this incredible room with makeup/hair and plenty of pastries. After getting beautified (I loved my bright red lips), I rushed to grab a cab to head uptown for my first presentation of the day, J.Crew.

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I bolted straight to the tent, sort of flustered, because I thought I was late only to be standing in line next to none other than Bill Cunningham.  Not that my day wasn’t already a dream come true, I got to rub shoulders with that iconic blue jacketed man. I walked into a sea of bright colors, lucite sunnies, and the most incredible sequined dress.  But more on J.Crew tomorrow, it deserves its own post (here’s a hint: a selfie with Jenna Lyons and Bill).

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After the presentation, I headed over to the cafe in the tent for my third coffee of the day before hoping into the Noon by Noor show.  It was seriously an incredible collection by the two sisters full of embellishments, attention to detail, and gorgeous floral gowns. The models had that effortless chic down perfectly and just across the runway from me was Mira Duma (a style icon of mine).

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After the show, I ran into my new friend, Amanda (if you have not read the Fashionable Hostess, you must do so now! She has the cutest kids ever and her party skills are top notch).  We were both early for the Naeem Kahn show so we caught up over another cup of coffee.  We walked into the show and Amanda found a friend who had a couple extra seats. Not sure where my real seat was supposed to be, but I was lucky enough to be sitting 2nd row and a close up look at the breathtaking details on the collection.  The models strutted their stuff with confidence in sequins kelley green, beaded jumpsuits, and silk floral ball gowns.  I can honestly say I was in awe for the entire show.  As if I didn’t already have an amazing day and it was only 2pm, it did not stop there.  I said goodbye to Amanda and  hopped in a cab for my last meeting of the day in Nolita.

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I have been a long time fan of Otte ever since I popped into their store during my first trip to New York a few years back.  If you are not familiar, Otte is a boutique that carries a carefully curated selection of contemporary brands (that was quite a mouthful) as well as its own collection pieces. I met up with Rose at the store to talk about the brand, the success of the store, and what’s in for Fall. More on this later this week….

The weather was so perfect on Tuesday afternoon, I decided to walk back to my cousin’s apartment (my temporary home for the week) before we headed out for dinner at the cutest oyster bar called the Mermaid Inn.  A few drinks later, we were in bed by ten o’clock.

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Day 7 (I was officially in a New York daze)

What I wore: Otte NY Ellen Dress / Rag and Bone Booties / Clare Vivier Clutch / Catbird Rings / Dior Gloss

My last day in the city was such a blast, really each day was just as good as the next but the anticipation of seeing Patrick after being away for a week had me all giddy.  I started the day at the White Space presentation, which was a collection of emerging designers from around the world.  These sunglasses from Finlay and Co. were my jam. I wanted to take home a pair right then and there.

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After eating limited amounts of food all week, a lunch with Hallie was all I needed to get me back to normal.  Hallie and I met over a year ago when we drank our weight in margaritas and bonded over how much we wanted to eat the food props during our 15 hour video shoot.  We caught up about life, work, and how to capture that perfect Instagram.  She is seriously like my long lost sister.

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We parted ways as she made her way back to work and I headed to my last presentation of Fashion Week, Elizabeth and James.  I was greeted by Ashley and then made my way into the space to view the collection. It was as California cool girl as it gets.  Beach Boys was playing in the background, Pressed juice was handed out at the bar, and the models chatting and giggling just like the spectators.  It was the perfect end to my fashion week experience.

 

 

 

 

IN CHECK

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The summer months always seem to fly by and before I know it, my favorite holiday is around the corner. I know it may be cheesy but ever since I was little I have had an infatuation with the Fourth of July. Maybe I love a good theme, or that it is appropriate to have more than one hot dog in a sitting, but the entire week leading up to the Fourth makes me feel like a giddy school girl. For me, the Fourth marks the  official kick off to summer and those long weekend days catching rays by the pool (and maybe having a few Greyhounds).  Back in the day, my cousin and I used to coordinate our outfits for my favorite day.  Just think, denim with bleached out stars and red-white stripe shirts, jellies and some sort of giant hair bow or matching Old Navy stars and stripes bikinis.  Now-a-days, I like to go with a more subtle way of supporting the USA.  This year we are headed to Austin for weekend getaway and an all day cook-out. I know it’s going to be warm, so I opted for something light and simple.  These checked navy shorts paired with a flowy white top, and red nails and lips are a subtle way to sport the patriotic theme.   Keeping your look simple, and adding a few patriotic accessories is my favorite go-to look. You also could never go wrong with a good stripe…You guys know how much I love a good stripe tee.  :)

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Checked Shorts (old, I love these star ones and they are one sale!) / Zara Top (similar here) / Sam Edelman Low Heel Sandal / Lisi Lerch Tassel Earrings via Tuckernuck (c/o) / J.Crew Bracelet (on sale: use the code: JULY) / Celine Sunglasses / Dior Scarf (vintage) / Lips: NARS Heat Wave / Nails: Essie ‘Clambake’ / JewelMint Ring (c/o) / Kate Spade Tote Bag (similar)

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photography by Merritt Beck

 

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A few must-have essentials on my list to get through those hot summer months.

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J.Crew Cover Up (on sale: HiSummer!)/ Joie A La Plage Sandals / Ancient Greek Sandals / Mikoh Bikini Top and Bottom / TOMS Tortoise Sunglasses / FujiFilm Instamax Mini Camera / Eberjey Romper / Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray / Bamboo Beach Leave-in-Conditioner / Supergoop Continuous Mist Sunscreen / Seafolly Beach Towel / Mar Y Sol Tote 

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MORNING DETAILS WITH NESPRESSO

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Morning are kinda my thing.

It’s my time of the day where the house is still quiet, the dogs are running around in our backyard and I can enjoy my coffee without interruption.  Without fail, my morning routine is consistent to say the least. I wake up between 6:30-7:00, depending on if I hit the snooze a few times, hop in the shower, and head straight to the kitchen to make my first cup of coffee.  I head to my desk to press publish on my post for the day (or let’s be honest: I sit on the couch with the TODAY show in the background), check social media, and sip my coffee while I check out my favorite sites and respond to emails.  After cup number one, I continue to get ready for the rest of my day.

I would say I am somewhat of a coffee snob, I always have been, because life’s too short to drink bad coffee, right? So when my friends at Nespresso sent me over their new Nespresso VertuoLine, I couldn’t wait to try their new American full cup of coffee + authentic espresso maker. I am normally a latte kind of girl, but sometimes I just want to be able to sip on a cup of regular coffee, so needless to say I am completely obsessed.  Did I mention I am on my 2nd cup already? It is perfect for a little extra energy at about 2pm (or 10am if you are like me), especially because you can make a single cup in an instant.

What’s your morning routine look like?

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J.Crew Chambray Shirt / 7 For All Mankind Skinny Jeans / Cleo Suede Loafers (on sale!) / Catbird Rings / Anthropologie Initial Mug / Rebecca Atwood ‘Wave’ Pillow / Buffalo Check Pillows (custom from Nell Hills in Kansas City) / Restoration Hardware Sofa / Gold Flatware / West Elm White Bowl / Nespresso VetuoLine (c/o) / Peakaboo Clear Coffee Table

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