Sneakers and Flowers

Hello everyone! Sorry for another huge delay, but I hope we can make it up to you.
Well, since we wrote about flower prints back in 2014, we’ll try and cover other things – for instance, the sneakers (not the jeans, don’t worry, we won’t get down that route).

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Anyway, it was a true spring day when we took these photos- The sun shone high, not a trace of wind, the flowers in bloom. Green all around. An all around happy go lucky feelings was almost palpable. Perfect place and time for a photo shoot!
Where better to start the adventure than with a bit of color? Purple flowers!


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Shirt: H&M   Jeans: Desigual

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An unusually pensive mood as a counter point to vivacious colors of spring!

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Enough with the trees, it’s time for some flowers!

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Let’s talk about the details a bit. We need something cheerful and happy to suit the current season.

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Sooooooo cute “Mashenka” pendant.

Details from fabulous Desigual jeans:

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And now for the next best thing…

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Gioseppo flower power sneakers!

So, let’s learn something:)
A history of sneakers has been wonderfully written about on the Fact Monster web site (http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0932723.html), and we’ll just quote it:

Sneakers go back a long way. In the late 18th century, people wore rubber soled shoes called plimsolls, but they were pretty crude—for one thing, there was no right foot or left foot. Around 1892, the U.S. Rubber Company came up with more comfortable rubber sneakers with canvas tops, called Keds. By 1917, these sneakers began to be mass produced. (They got the nickname sneakers because they were so quiet, a person wearing them could sneak up on someone.)

That same year, Marquis Converse produced the first shoe made just for basketball, called Converse All-Stars. In 1923, an Indiana hoops star named Chuck Taylor endorsed the shoes, and they became known as Chuck Taylor All-Stars. These are the best-selling basketball shoes of all time.

Sneakers went international in 1924. That’s when a German man named Adi Dassler created a sneaker that he named after himself: Adidas. This brand became the most popular athletic shoe in the world. Track star Jessie Owens wore Adidas when he won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics. Adi’s brother Rudi started up another famous sports shoe company: Puma.

During the first half of the 20th century, sports shoes were worn mostly to play sports. But in the 1950s, kids began wearing them as fashion statements. Even more teens followed the fad after seeing James Dean in sneakers in the popular movie Rebel Without a Cause.

Sales of sneakers really took off in 1984, when Michael Jordan signed a contract to wear a Nike shoe called Air Jordans—the most famous sneaker ever made. Even after Jordan retired from the NBA, his shoes continued to be best sellers. As companies like Nike, Reebok and Adidas competed, they changed the way sneakers looked, adding wild colors and doing away with laces. Sneakers began to be produced for every sport, including walking, skateboarding and “cross training.”

New sneaker technologies increase performance. Nike’s Air Force used little pockets of gas to create better cushioning, while Reebok introduced The Pump—air pumped into shoes to make them fit more snugly. Sneaker surprises continue: Spira Footwear, for example, has built a spring in the soles to reduce foot stress. Of course, innovations like these come with a price: Athletic shoes often cost more than $100 a pair!

Today, sneakers have outgrows their original purpose, and have become a lifestyle brand and much more than that. They are an integral part of modern culture, a powerful symbol of the footwear variety that has not gone out of style for decades, and probably won’t for decades to come.
Much has changed in the world of footwear. 60 years ago, nobody wore sneakers unless you waned to do sports. Today, this is certainly not the case.
20 years ago, you could buy one pairs of sneakers that were good enough for everything – today, if you ant to cover all bases, you have to buy city sneakers for everyday urban life, running sneakers, hiking sneakers, gym sneakers, basketball sneakers and so on.
Wanna proof?

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They are very different. The color, the texture, the material, the shape… Yet, what is the one single thing in common to all sneakers? They are stylish. They are nice to look at. It wasn’t always like this. Remember the old 1980s and 1990s sneakers?

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Would you wear this for coffee? Guess not! 

While perfectly acceptable as footwear for sports, they are hardy fashionable enough for today’s standards. So, sneakers have become a footwear staple, comfy and good looking at the same time. There is no excuse to find that right pair of sneakers for you, a pair that is both tailored for your aesthetic taste and is wonderful to walk in. The choices are endless. Gone are the ways of chunky shoes. In a pair of sneakers, stylish + comfy go hand in hand, which is often not the case (high heeled shoes, anybody???).

Let’s take a look at some of the stylish celebs who wear sneakers that can easily be used for both sports and everyday wear:

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Men footwear is expansive, and women’s footwear doesn’t lag. Special Ladies sneakers are the heeled variety, commonly known as the wedge sneakers, as we can see here:

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Celebs often work with brands to design their own sneakers. This has proved to be both a hit and a miss. For instance, we have this nice example in the collaboration of Rihanna and  Puma:

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On the other hand, there is the collaboration between Kid Cudi and Giuseppe Zannoti.

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Do we need to say anything? Just look at it!

There are many other, wonderful and very colorful sneakers. Let’s take a look at them:

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That’s it for now! See you soon!

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Kisses, XO XO

Dina and Stela

The Caped Crusader Returns!

You thought this was Batman? Well, think again! (It ain’t Superman either)😛 It’s Batman’s faithful sidekick… MISS DEE! In a cape!

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Hello everybody, we’re back again! Sorry for the delay (blame it on the baby😉 ), but let’s get to our fashion odyssey. This photo shoot was taken in December, as winter was just rolling on. Now it’s almost spring, but the combo can easily work in December as in March, making it a perennial early year favorite. So, before we kiss the cold months goodbye and say our greetings to Spring, let’s soak up the last of the mild winter sun.

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Feeling great in a purple/blue/green palette. The choice of seating is also blue (and what a lovely aqua blue it is!), believe it or not (was it just a coincidence? Well, we don’t think so!).

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Let the cape have it’s own moment of glory, in the midst of some early winter Mediterranean flora (doesn’t this make a interesting still life?).

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And then, the moment of truth comes out and the capes comes of!

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Dress by Desigual

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Stockings by Jadran Hosiery

The Iron Throne? More like the Concrete throne, but if you close your eyes and imagine…

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Let’s take a closer look at this gorgeous dress!

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Typical Desigual pattern – rich embroidery, tons of colors and wonderful buttons! What’s not to like about it?

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Just a small detail – so fabulous, it’s like having a Picasso on your clothes:-)

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Peacock. Swoon!

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Let’s round up the assemble with green Desigual ankle boots.

 

What can we say about capes?

Full length cloaks have been in fashion since time began. When you look at it realistically, cape is one of the simplest garments to make. In a nutshell, it’s an enveloping blanket to either keep heat in or keep dust out.
The cape was used by the Romans and later slid easily into Medieval Europe. It was adopted early by the clergy, and used extensively for the crunch rites (Cardinals wear almost identical cloaks/capes today as they did during the Medieval times).
In the 18th century, a popular garment was the Scarlet Cloak, also known as the Cardinal Cloak, like the one in the picture (taken from the charming and very useful https://www.janeausten.co.uk site):

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However, the cape found it’s true glory during the Victorian era. Capes, once such a simple garment, became heavy, elaborate pieces of clothing, often embroidered.

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The cape lost it’s popularity in about 1915, when coats, due to them being slightly less obtrusive and more practical to wear, took over. However, cape never went completely out of fashion, and could be still seen as a wardrobe staple (especially worn by older women).

The next time cloaks really became a fashion force with the young chic woman about town was in the 1930s. 1930s capes and cloaks, when wore with bias cut skirts and dresses became very stylish. Small capes also made the perfect cover up for a backless dress. Especially popular were fur stoles, which also fall flatly into the cape category.

FurCape1920sExample of a simple fur stole and a long cape, almost a cloak, worn in the 1930s.

The cape had another big moment in the 1950s, especially in France, as a part of the New Look. It was designed with simplified lines in minds and thus became a great showcase for tweedy, check and mohair fabrics – easy lines of a cloak were perfect to show the fabric to perfection.

Cape5Incredibly beautiful 1950s capes. needless to say, all of them could be worn today.

Capes went on to the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s with varying degrees of success, but they were always there, in the background, never a major garment but present nonetheless. They became more and more avant-garde and developed an edge as the decades went on.

1960sCapesFuturistic, metallic cape worn by Jane Fonda in the cult classic Barbarella, from the 1960s. Also, note Veruschka, the famous model of the decade, wearing a light and breezy summer cape.

DorisDayDoris Day, perhaps the ultimate queen of the early 1960 next to Audrey Hepburn, wore this satin cape when sparring with Rock Hudson (which was her favorite past time, it seems)

1970s capes became longer and looser, in tune with the free wheeling times!

1970sCapesBianca Jagger and Ali McGraw sure know how to wear their long capes and not look like they steped from a fantasy novel. 

Key person to keep the glory of the cape alive was French designer Pauline Trigere, who wore them all of her life and always had at least one cape per collection. You can see some of her capes in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s (no, she didn’t dress Audrey Hepburn, that was Givenchy of course), worn by Patricia Neal.
turbans-2-patricia-nealPatricia Neal and George Peppard in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Note the super stylish red turban, contrasting perfectly with the black cape. 

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What about capes today? We have them in all shapes and sizes, and they can be easily bought from online shops if you needs them. Since they are not mainstream clothes, and owning to their extensive usage in history, today’s capes are a symbol of elegance and very feminine wear. If you want to look mature and elegant, just ware a cape! Instant chic, as they say!

For this reason, capes are often used in movies and TV series, usually worn by characters who are a prime time example of magnificent feminine style, true wearers of haute couture. Let’s see some of them.

THE QUEEN OF CAPES – BLAIR WALDORF of Gossip girl (we sure like Blair, don’t we?)

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What I love about Blair is how she manages to be a supreme epitome of elegance, and yet wears primary, strong colors not usually associated with ladylike clothing. For instance, her green cape is pure genius, at the same time sophisticated and lively. In our book, she is the way to go if you want to wear a cape with style and flair!

Another prime TV queen of style – Olivia Pope from Scandal! Unlike Blair, Olivia is a mature woman who dresses in neutral colors, and her capes are the height of unassuming, luxurious fashion.

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We have three totally different styles here – the retro, quirky and sophisticated. Well, that’s the versatility of the cape for you!

Capes you can find on the blogosphere today:

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As you can see, they come in all shapes and sizes. Which ones are your favorites?

AnthonyPerkinsCapeThis is our special favorite – the Anthony Perkins cape! 

A special subset of the cape trend is the caped dress trend, made famous in the early 2010s.

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There is no shortage of capes on the runways these days.
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Capes8After doing this blog post and when all is said and done, we can predict a long and happy future for the cape!

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That’s all for now! See you next time!

XO XO, Stela and Dina

Animalize!

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Hello everyone! Sorry for the huge delay, but we’re here again!

Today, we are going to talk about the topic we have never even remotely touched so far – animal prints in clothing. Let’s start from the beginning. Typical animal prints in wide use today are: cheetah print, leopard print, zebra print, giraffe print, tiger print and so on. You can see the prints everywhere – on handbags, t-shirts, watches, lingerie, dresses, furniture, sheets… They have been in vogue from the early 20th century, but their use dates way baaack…

Enough with the basics – what’s our critical take on the animal print? Weeelll… Usually, we wouldn’t be caught dead in most animals prints. Yes, that’s a little harsh, since there are good “sides” to wearing animal prints. For instance, it’s a great way to “go back to nature” with clothes. As we all know,prehistoric men wore prints – Flintstones tought us that !

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The coolest leopard/zebra print ever? NOT!

However, clothes with animals prints, in more cases than not, are tacky, flashy and pretty much inelegant pieces, more connected to distaste than taste. Want some proof?

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This makes the challenge of finding an appropriate animal prints and making it work all the more juicy and delicious.  So, whats the secret of making an animal print a decent piece of clothing? We’ll try to answer this one… With the help of a zebra print… Wait!
Why go just with zebra print if you can have a whole bunch of zebras on your outfit?!

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Is there a better place to wear a zebra inspired outfit than the beach (in February, during a very mild and sunny winter)? Well, maybe in a savanna, but in our conditions, the beach will do just fine😉 !

And now, let’s take a closer look at the print!

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Who doesn’t love a heard of zebras? And on blue background (calming, no?) Winning combo for sure.

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Skirt by Choies

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What do you think, Africa or the Mediterranean? Don’t let the sea fool you😛

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Hiding in the wilderness (next time, chameleon print😛 )

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…and now it’s time for some accessories!

 

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Dragonfly necklace

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Desigual purse (is there any other purse, really😛 ?)

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Sunglasses by H&M

As we already noted, animal prints seem to never go out of style. The jungle conquers the runways every year, and celebs accordingly follow suit. We bring to you some of the celebs who professed their love for the stripes… 

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Rihanna

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Elle McPherson with a zebra bag

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Tom Ford Fall 2013 dress

So, let’s recap – the three rules for making the zebra print work:

  1. Use a normal or moderate zebra print. Nothing too tacky. We are not interested in genetically modified/radioactive/too pink zebras and similar,
  2. Use only one animal print per outfit, unless you absolutely know what you are doing.
  3. The rest of your clothing shouldn’t be too extravagant. Simplicity is key.

*unless you are our fashion icon Nanny Fine – then you can wear just about anything😀

That’s all for now!

Kisses!

Dina & Stela

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Brocade Enthusiast

Being a total “Game of Thrones” fan, but also a fashion enthusiast, I had to notice fantastic brocade outfits which are featured in this TV show. Brocade is a rich silk material which was only reserved for nobility.

My love for fashion brand Desigual started the moment I saw their fantastic brocade patchwork coats. They are a little pieces of fashion art and in them you won’t go unnoticed :)!

Hope you’ll like today’s outfit and some tidbits from fashion history!

Kisses, Dina

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Back in Yellow !

Finally, after a long break, arrives my first post pregnancy post:) ! First of all, I have to thank my friends Stela and Ivna for keeping this little blog alive with their amazing posts while I was trying to figure out my new mommy role.

My little baby girl Ena is now three and a half months old, and she has become our new partner whenever Stela and I manage some time to do photo shoots.

I thought it is appropriate to start this new fashion blogger / Ena’s mommy adventure in my colorful style – and which color is the best one two announce new life, new energy, new start? Of course, it’s splash of yellow!

Yellow is the color that captures our attention more than any other color. In almost every culture yellow represents sunshine, happiness, and warmth. It is the most visible color of the spectrum and the human eye processes yellow first. This explains why it is used for cautionary signs and emergency rescue vehicles.

It’s a primary color and so it’s the base of endless shades of colors. Yellow remains full, pure, and immune to all chromatic contamination.

It’s not an easy color to wear, and it looks better in contrast with black – add just a little bit of yellow to your everyday outfit, and trust me, you WILL be noticed:)

Enough with the small talk, let’s show you some pictures!

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Everyone I meet, even random people on the street ask me about Ena’s pushchair. It’s by the fantastic British brand Cosatto, and it was love at first sight!

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Road trippin’

It’s time for some Autumn colors, patterned tights and road trippin’:) ! Ivna visited one of my favorite Croatian cities – Zadar. Hope you’ll enjoy her post!

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Hi, It’s Ivna!
There is one day every month which makes me feel very happy and fulfilled. There is no planning or discussions – we just choose a potential destination and go.

It is the road trip day.

Great company, hours of driving, good music, girlie dresses and the Saturday is on!
Something about the Autumn and the way we dress makes it look like a scene from our favorite films. Leaves on the ground, trees going to their sleep. Sun & rain, windy cool weather. Crispy mornings, heads tucked in collars, hands fidgeting in pockets. Sipping hot drinks in bohemian artsy or posh bars. Hot coffees to go on rushed cold mornings.
In keeping with this season and our love of all things ’70s, it’s only natural that the color of choice is brown, but this potentially drab shade can be liven up with rich colors like maroon or copper.  The whole style is not finished without patterned stockings – accessory that makes every combination more interesting.

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This road trip was special to me because we went to Zadar, city where I have studied for almost 6 years. There are always some special feelings which pass through me every time when I come back – sweet memories indeed. Let’s take a walk through some interesting city spots.
First should be University, of course. The university in its current modern form was founded in 2002 but can trace its lineage to 1396, thus making it one of the oldest in Europe. As you can see, its location is remarkable.

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These are taken just in front of University building, featuring the statue of Špiro Brusina.

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Brusina was an expert in natural sciences and founder of ornithology in Croatia. He was also a zoologist, explorer, cultural and public official. A man for all seasons indeed!

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What secrets does that shell contain?

Brusina is not the only famous man important for the city. In May 1964, Alfred Hitchcock checked into Room 204 of the classic and now closed Hotel Zagreb on the waterfront in Zadar. The hotel’s location was one of the best in town and it was from there that the famed director opined that

“The sunset of Zadar is the world’s most beautiful and incomparably better than in Key West, Florida.”

This is the view which I have seen many times while working long hours at the University. Real reward of nature for tired minds and souls after a hard days work.

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Beside the University, there are a lot of interesting sights to see. Generally, Zadar is one of the runaway success stories of the Croatian Adriatic, combining ancient and medieval heritage with a bustling café life, vibrant bar scene and the kind of go-ahead architectural projects (such as the Sea Organ and the Greeting to the Sun) that give the seafront the appearance of a contemporary art installation. It is a wonderful place to enjoy, relax, read, swim… or with a touch of darkness experience romantic views.

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Another must see is the church of St. Donat. It is located on the town’s ancient main square (dating back from the Roman times) – known as the Forum.

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And now for the details!

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Bata suede shoes and London print bag

If last autumn brought sweaters into focus and crazy printed styles were massive, today it’s more about pastels, monochromatic sweaters, softer fabrics, muted colors (grey, whites, blues, pinks) with chunky, cable knit and over sized designs. So basically the wild prints are a bit dated, but even those I think are great. Don’t do trends per se, you know. Do what you feel like: over sized, metallic, turtleneck, chunky, cable knit, pastels, one colored, fuzzy or whatever. All can be used to be your own style statement.

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Basic black stockings will always be chic, but by the end of the season, they’re so played out! Fresh colors and geometric patterns will give your outfit the jolt it needs. Check out these links for more inspiration:
http://www.instyle.com/news/5-tights-trends-new-york-fashion-week-try-now
http://fashionista.com/2015/02/tights

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We finish, as always, with a song – a perfect one to hit the road!

That’s all for now! Until next time…

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Kisses, XO XO

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The many faces of a little black dress

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