Baroq is Back!

Like many other Melburnians will tell you, Baroq was the place to be seen on the weekends. I remember having some of my best Fridays there – ah, the memories. (Okay, let’s be honest: the blurred memories, the sweaty hair, the Swanston St maccas runs, coming home reeking of cigarette smoke – hey, it was 2007 and you could roll up a ciggie right there on the dancefloor.)

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Hostess with the mostess

I recently attended a styling workshop at Northland Shopping Centre hosted by The Three Piece Suit. I have seen their work via Instagram and ladies it’s to die for! From the weddings to events, Belinda and her team are incredible.

Jess, the owner of @abrokegirlwithexpensivetaste and I could not wait to get started. What I loved about this event was that it was hands on. Belinda took us through all the essential steps needed to make a great dinner party. Now you may think you already know all this but I am new to entertaining, especially with moving into my new home, so this workshop was needed for an amateur housewife in the making, me.

Tips I picked up when entertaining and styling a dinner table

  •    Have background music
  •    Light a candle or incense stick
  •    Have a conversation starter for guests; a beautiful centrepiece does the work
  •    In the bathroom add a little candle or flower in a vase that matches your table setting.
  •    Get creative with your table setting; think placemats over tablecloth, arrange your serviettes in more creative ways (add a flower, tie up some thread, let the serviette drop off the table a little)
  •    Purchase random dishes, not everything needs to come in a set
  •    Don’t ruin a beautiful dinner set by adding a white dish for your starters.
  •    Linen spray is totally a thing, shop here

We also got to put together a flower arrangement and keep the entire thing (spoilt as always). I had the most amazing vase … wait for it ladies, it’s called a vessel, not a vase … always learning hey?

How often do we all buy flowers and just throw them in a vessel? Belinda advised us to lay all the flowers out, cut flowers when required, and pull a few leaves off if needed to create a beautiful arrangement.

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Jess & I arrangement
Jess & I arrangement

I loved all the little tricks she showed us and both tables looked amazing! For only $20 we received a wonderful gift bag, voucher and got to keep our arrangement, the best $20 I have spent in a long time.

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I can’t wait to have my family and friends over and show off the new skills I picked up.

Check out The Three Piece Suit here, I’m sure I will be using the tips for my wedding when I get off my lazy ass and actually plan it.

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Sydney Fashion Weekend

I thought it would be fun for Christina the lovely competition winner of my Schick’s catwalk with a twist comp to write a post to feature on my blog. I hope you all enjoy the below and give her a follow (support a sister) @madeformadison.

 

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Bloggers United

With over 1200 members on Facebook and over 15k followers on Instagram, being able to secure a ticket to a Bloggers United event was like getting a Willy Wonker golden ticket. Yup, I was one of the lucky ones. Like every other blogger who attended, I purchased my ticket to support this non-for-profit organisation.

The event was held by Melbourne founders Nikita @njtblogger & Jasmine @sweetaholicbeauty. I have been a fan of both the girls’ blogs and have followed them both on social media for ages, so it was good to actually see them in the flesh! 

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“In the Youth of Our Fury”

I recently attended the launch of Margaret Zhang’s first photographic book, “In the Youth of Our Fury” held at Eastland Shopping Centre. Firstly, the room where the exhibition was held was just gorgeous. I loved the hanging floral arrangement.

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Confession time, ladies: I am guilty of not knowing anything about art or good photography. I mean, I see an image and think, “that’s a great shot”, but can’t stare at a photograph for more than a few minutes without reaching for another glass of champagne or the passing mini borek – yes, they were delicious! 

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What I can comment on, is Margaret Zhang. I have seen her flatlays, brunches and to-die-for effortless outfits pop up on my Instagram feed over the years. Major blog goals right there.

I recently watched Fashion Bloggers TV and Margaret would be at uni one minute, and fashion week the next, or even shooting (and modelling) for Swarovski. She is also a Vogue cover girl. Serious girl crush! It was a great insight to the world of Margaret.

It was so great to see those who worked with Margaret were actually in the room celebrating her moment, along with the images featuring Eastland staff members in the book. It’s so great that Eastland could collaborate with such an outstanding talent. 

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Back to BEAUTY school!

Ladies! I went back to school the other night. Back to beauty school that is! It was an event held at Priceline in Doncaster. By the way, the store is gorgeous and had really great lighting for a killer selfie – bonus!

I was in the company of some wonderful bloggers, and we were all broken into three groups. First, we were taken around the store to see the best sellers, new products and learn about staff favourites.

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MSFW 2016

I was pretty excited to attend my second Melbourne Spring Fashion Week to watch the closing runway show featuring resort. If you’re a little unsure on what resort is, basically its swimwear and holiday attire.

Fashion can be a little unrealistic on the runway sometimes so it was wonderful to see great wearable items this time round.

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NYX LAUNCH

So I have heard so much about NYX Cosmetics, but have never really tried the product. I know, I am such a bad blogger!

Priceline Bourke Street opened its doors to NYX Cosmetics recently, and girls had been lining up from 6am – how crazy is that? The first 100 in line did get a free goodie bag, so I do get it ladies, hehe.

The NYX counter was buzzing; girls everywhere, bloggers galore, great tunes and vibe. I was a little overwhelmed and didn’t know what to grab! 

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LUV UR SKIN launch

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to the Luv Ur Skin launch.

I don’t watch a lot of TV, so I clearly am out of the Sharktank loop, but that’s okay cause Sharktank didn’t make Luv Ur Skin. Izzy already did it all on her own, and she is only a teen!

Her launch was held at her warehouse – #teenboss goals!

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BASTILLE DAY FEST

As much as I would love to write about how great Bastille Day was, we need to take a moment to pay our respects to those who lost their lives in Nice. My heart goes out to the families, France and the entire world, really.

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

It’s not every day you get to attend a movie premier and walk a red carpet I mean GOLD.. serious pinch myself moment. I was so excited to attend the Melbourne premiere of Absolutely Fabulous. I have not seen an episode of the hit series which is crazy as I love bubbles, fashion and all things Brit!

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Breakfast with Kate

Never in a million years would I think I be in the same room having breakfast with the new QV Skincare new ambassador, Kate Richie.

I am sure most of you have seen QV ads on the TV, or their products in stores. It’s in that iconic white bottle with the blue branding. With me now?

Just recently my Mum had been advised to get some QV skincare products to help her eczema around her eye area – and it worked like a dream, so I was super excited to be invited to the ambassador breakfast. 

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#vmdmt

For anyone who has been affected by cancer, you can only hope that one day we will find a cure for this deadly disease.

With that in mind, I reached out to Carlie, owner of CJ Sweet Treats, who was hosting one of the biggest morning teas in Melbourne’s west – all in aid of raising funds for Cancer Council. The tea was held at the stunning Whitchmount Estate winery, and was certainly one to remember.

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Eat’aliano by Pino Launch

Let’s just start this post by saying: I love PIZZA. If you follow me on Snapchat you will see that I have pizza at least once a week sometimes I even tell the pizza I love it (true story). I could eat it every day if my hips could handle it. Italian would have to be my favourite cuisine from pizza to pasta, cheese and salami I am in food heaven.

I was delighted to be invited to the launch of Eat’aliano by Pino located in Windsor thanks to the lovely Helen to experience authentic style Italian cuisine at their newly opened restaurant.

It was a rainy evening in Melbourne and we couldn’t wait to get some food in our belly’s. We sure weren’t alone as the crowd just jumped at every dish that was put down. We had to create a tag team to get a piece of food, it was pretty funny actually. Thanks to Kate from Big Review TV for all your food assistance on the night.

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Wellness Loading

I had the pleasure of being invited to Andi Lew’s  book launch for her book ‘Wellness Loading’. To be perfectly honest, I did not know too much about Andi, all I knew was that I had seen her face at a few events and just thought she was gorgeous.

The launch was being held at Dymocks on Chapel Street. I thought to myself when was the last time I actually walked into a bookstore?

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Blue Frost Gala Ball

I had the pleasure of attending the Australian Women’s Network Blue Frost Gala Ball thanks to the lovely Helen Reizer from HR PR. As we arrived the blue carpet was in full swing with the likes of Gianni & Zana from My Kitchen Rules, Emily Simms from The Bachelor, fashion designer Alin Le Kal, just to name a few there was also the Z list like Sally and I hehe.

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VAMFF 2016 – Jean Paul Gaultier for Target Runway

My favourite time of the year is the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. I love the atmosphere it brings to the city, along with all the outfits from Melbourne’s fashion elite.

I remember volunteering at the festival three years ago and falling in love with all the behind-the-scene work that was involved in creating a successful show, from the model rehearsals to the gift bag set up to shining the runway (yep down on your knees: someone has to do it). Let’s not mention the taping of shoes … ahh the glamorous life.

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Celebrity 20Twenty

A few weeks back I attended my first cricket match in support of the Luke Batty Foundation. I think everyone who heard the devastating story on the news, radio or social media experienced their hearts breaking. In all the devastation comes some light; a mother who is raising awareness and sharing her story no matter how hard it is and was even named Australian of the year.

I stood near Rosie but to be perfectly honest, I just didn’t know what to say under the circumstances. If I could go back in time, I would tell her that with knowing very little about her I take my hat of to her for continuing on, raising awareness and showing so much strength.

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Australian Open Festival 2016

Who doesn’t love the tennis? I have no idea how the game works but I love the atmosphere it brings to the city of Melbourne. I have been over the last few years and always really enjoy all the outdoor festivities. From the food and drinks to the freebies, it’s a great day out.

This year I am crushing on Nick Kyrgios, something about a bad boy losing his cool on court is a little attractive, not to mention he is a great talent and so young. I was thrilled to see the first Australian Open festival at Birrarung Marr. I love food festivals so was adamant to make my way down and sample some great food and watch a little tennis.

The festival featured my favourite Mexican restaurant Mamasita, we had the paprika and halloumi corn, and vegetarian nachos. We also had a lamb souvlaki and saganaki with sour cherry dip. I could have gone a burger from Huxtaburger too but thought I would control my appetite and try and get back there again in the coming days … He he.

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The Canadian Club Racquet Club was the place to be. We enjoyed the outdoor festival vibe, listening to one of our favourite DJs, John Course play whilst sipping on some Jacobs Creek Pinot Grigio and of course Canadian Club.

The festival was decked out with big screens, bean bags, amazing outdoor furniture and an amazing vibe. Best of all it’s a free entry event for all ages.

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To find out more visit the event page here.

 

 

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Stacks of FUN

Recently I had the pleasure of attending the Royal Stacks launch. Dani Zeini is at it again: you may know some of his previous work including Dandenong Pavilion, Grand Trailer Park Taverna, Easey’s and Truck Stop Deluxe just to name a few.

My partner and I are guilty of eating all the best food around Melbourne and we can’t wait for a new store opening. I have eaten a lot of burgers around Melbourne and Grand Trailer Park is still my favourite for a casual date night.

The launch was full of Melbourne socialites with the likes of Ash Pollard, Gamble Breaux & Susie McLean gracing the room along with food bloggers on the prowl for the perfect insta worthy pic, a task I am still trying to master. I promise I will get there … hehe. As we entered the launch the media wall had a fantastic royal throne and crown with a stunning plant backdrop.

Once I grabbed my bubbles I had a very hungry fiancé who was craving a burger whom I had to please. We enjoyed the fries, and the potato gems were so amazing that we devoured two servings. Then came the burgers, we felt like seagulls prowling them down. I tried the ‘single stack’ and ‘the king’, both of which were delicious. The patty was cooked to perfection and ‘the king’ featured a massive mac and cheese croquette that was amazing. The sauces were to die for with each ingredient placed with nothing but love. I do plan on going back to try ‘the bacon bacon burger.’

For dessert we had a kinda surprise ice cream which was the perfect ending to a great meal ( thank goodness I wore spanks). From the décor to the ambiance to the FOOD, it was everything you would expect and more from a Melbourne burger guru.

Royal Stacks is located at 470 Collins Street. Thank you to The Zilla & Brook team & Helen Reizer for the invite. We cannot wait to go back.

Apologies about the photo quality (images taken with my iPhone) Eating was more important then the perfect image I will leave that to the food bloggers heheh. 

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The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival

 

The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival

For the past two years I have been attending the The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival also known as #VAMFF. It is an annual celebration of fashion, business, and culture.

The Festival is the most stylish Australian fashion event on offer and includes a world-class runway. I first attended as a volunteer and fell in love with how the festival all came together. I experienced everything from printing out model looks at Officeworks, to taping shoes (that is a hell of a task), to cleaning the runway, and setting up gift bags. I even received a gift bag to take home and I left feeling in awe of the industry.

From sitting front row at the David Jones Opening Show to sitting back row at the Target Runway Show, or from the staircase (as a volunteer) it was an atmosphere I truly loved! From the VIP Lounges to the outside activities sponsored by the likes of Priceline and Loreal (lining up for 20-30 mins is worth it ladies as you get a goodie bag full of great items), the festival does not disappoint. You will even get the chance to get snapped by a photographer, or see your fav social media personality. It’s a fun day that will exceed expectations. This is my third year attending and I can’t wait to see Jean Paul Gaultier for Target Runway in March. There will also be a new venue this year! Get excited chickens.

To find out more about the festival visit the website here. Now what should I wear?

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Cats The Musical

Following its triumphant season in London’s West End, the acclaimed revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical CATS comes to Australia for a strictly limited season, starring DELTA GOODREM as Grizabella. Opening in Melbourne on 18 December 2015 then touring to Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. 

The 2015 Olivier award nominated hit revival, which was reworked for the most recent season in the West End by the original creative team received excellent reviews and extended its season due to overwhelming demand.

CATS is one of the longest running shows in the West End and Broadway history.

Cats premiered in 1981 where it played for 21 record-breaking years over almost 9,000 performances.

Cats has made its stunning debut down under featuring Australian sweetheart Delta Goodrem playing Grizabella.

Shamelessly, I thought Andrew Lloyd Webber was a made up character from The Nanny. Little did I know that he was a composer of many theatre shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, and Evita, just to name a few.

I was thrilled to attend Cats: The Musical at Melbourne’s iconic Regent Theatre. As I have never been to a musical I was really looking forward to seeing Cats on the big stage! If you know me, you know I am the crazy cat-lady.

Unfortunately, due to an end of year Christmas party, I was running 30 minutes late. I was kindly walked into the theatre by the lovely staff at the Regent and taken to my seat. It was so wonderful to be welcomed by singing and dancing from the get go.

However, I was quite taken aback when a woman beside me called me disruptive for simply taking my seat. She clearly wasn’t in the Christmas spirit.

Delta played Grizabella as mentioned earlier, who was a former glamour cat who has lost her sparkle and now wants to be accepted.

I had heard so much about Delta’s rendition of Memory and I won’t lie, it was so beautiful I teared up.

At times it was hard to keep up with all of the characters on stage, as the cats were all over it! The makeup and costumes were amazing along with the storyline even though I had missed the first 30 minutes.

I was in awe of the theatre, the clapping at the end of each performance and the atmosphere.

It’s a performance I will always remember and hope to see again somewhere in the world without certain catty audience members.

Purchase your tickets today here.

“Brought to you by Nuffnang and CATS the musical” 

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A Season of Spring Racing 2015

I am a little overdue with this post but as they say, better late than never, right? If you didn’t get a chance to check out my Melbourne Cup outing, check it out here.

After an early start and late finish, it was back to the office on Wednesday. Who didn’t struggle that day? (Note to self: Apply for annual leave next year) But this year, I was lucky enough to win an Instagram competition thanks to Yellowglen.

I received a beautiful package of Mor products and two tickets to attend my first Crown Oaks Day celebration. The weather forecast was not looking good. I woke up to rain, and just like that, Oaks day became Soaks Day.

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I decided to wear a skirt that I already had in my closet. I was having a ‘fat’ day (week, month) so decided to wear something loose… This was also last minute so I had to improvise. I purchased a top from The Iconic, which is brilliant for last-minute outings, because if you order by 2pm, you get it the next day!

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I picked up a basic fascinator from Spotlight and wore shoes I already had (that I didn’t mind getting ruined, thanks to the rain) and mum’s vintage clutch, which I loved!

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I didn’t feel 100% in my outfit as everything is tight as of late, but I felt the look suited the theme of Ladies Day. My date on the other hand looked incredible, all in white. Souha looked romantic, feminine and tasteful. Loved the fascinator she made herself.

We enjoyed a little sun in the Yellowglen Terrace, which was beautiful with such a great Hamptons feel. While we sipped on sparkling and admired the stunning outfits, down came the rain. I won’t lie; it ruined the day but was still an awesome atmosphere and a little funny now that I think about it…Even though my shoes are now in the bin.

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I also attended my first Stakes Day with my niece and nephew; it was such an amazing day. Again the weather Gods didn’t start the day with sunshine but it sure ended with it.

The kids loved it! Aydin looked very handsome in his blazer and Leyla in her purple gown and fascinator. From the pony rides, face paint, mini golf, dancing with Dora Explorer, to the selfies with Cody Simpson and Andrew Moss, (and lots of bubbles of course for us adults!) it was a relaxed day at the races with my family.

2222I really enjoyed Myer Fashions on the Field and can’t wait to enter with my own kids one day. My outfit may have been (in my opinion) unflattering and last minute but at least it will now find a better home after being donated to charity.

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After three race-days out of four, I was exhausted, but can’t wait to do it all again next year and to plan outfits I love and feel comfortable in. Thanks to all who made my Spring Racing Carnival a memorable one. Enjoy the snaps!

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The Wine & Cheese Festival 2015

The Wine and Cheese Fest has returned to Seaworks for its second year. With over 60+ exhibitors and entertainment, I was so excited to attend and sample some particularly delicious cheese (and wine, I won’t lie!).

My mother and I walked into what we’d hoped heaven would look like. We didn’t know were to start. We’d purchased our tickets and were off to sample the amazing goods on offer.

My favourite wines from the day would have to be Hanging Rock Wines and Willow Creek Wines. As for cheeses and small goods, I love anything from Frencheese; the bread and melted cheese on-top was to die for.

Cuvee Chocolate had the most delicious dark chocolate. Salami from Salami Shack is delicious; they even had kangaroo salami, which I was not brave enough to try, haha. And as per usual, the olives from Mount Zero were delicious.

Mum and I had an amazing platter of cheese, ham and wine for only $20! And, it came with the best baguette I have ever eaten.

After feeling a little tipsy it was time to chill-out in the sun and enjoy the ambiance of what was an amazing event. We will definitely be back next year.

Thanks for having me Vil.

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Melbourne Cup Breakfast at Mon Bijou

Having to wake up at 6am on a public holiday was torture.  Putting makeup on in bad lighting and getting in an argument with myself about why my hair was not settling, was how I’d started my Melbourne Cup Day.

However, by 8am I was at Mon Bijou sipping on Veuve Clicquot with my girl Souha, which made waking up worthwhile.  The room was filled with beautiful and familiar faces. From Pettifleur Berenger from The Real Housewives of Melbourne, to Dave and Michael from The Bachelorette, talented designer Sue Sensi, Sarah Jane Young from She is Sarah Jane blog and the list goes on.

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So much effort had gone into each outfit; from the shoes, to the dresses, and the fascinators – I was in awe. I must add, that the lads looked great too but gone are the days of the classic black suit.

I loved Lady Petrova’s pink, The Rose Dress and fascinator. She was definitely a standout at the event. Champagne was flowing and breakfast was served. I didn’t sample any because my dress was already super tight, but Souha assures me everything was fab, haha. The macarons looked amazing and everyone was in good spirits. I loved hearing Jason Heerah perform and have been such a fan of his since first seeing him at Strut Saturdays many years ago. Once the breakfast was over, I made my way to the races. This was not planned but it was a beautiful, sunny day in Melbourne, so hey, why not?

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The girls competing in Myer’s Fashion On The Field looked amazing. I was feeling a little plain-jane wearing the lilac dress that I picked up from ASOS for $23. But in my defence, Nadia Bartel also wore lilac so clearly I was trending, right? I did have a punt but I wasn’t there for the horses. I didn’t win but it was still a little fun.  Who doesn’t love getting dressed up, meeting new people and drinking endless amounts of bubbles?

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The day ended at Bond Bar for a little dance, even though our feet were killing us. Melbourne Cup Day 2015 was defo the best one I have been to yet. It was a fantastic day and night, thank you to Helen Reizer for the invite.

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Trewarne Melbourne jewellery boutique opening

I recently had the pleasure of attending the opening of Collins streets newest store, Trewarne JewellersIt was wonderful to hear Travis Trewarne speak with such passion about his brand. I am new to the diamond world as I have just recently gotten engaged. I now have a new respect for diamonds and the process that goes into making such beautiful pieces.

I highly recommend checking out the collection online here  or in store at 7/234 Collins St, Melbourne. You will not be disappointed.

Thank you to Helen Reizer for the invite.

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