Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Best of 2016: My Fave Outfits from the Past Year



What's more fun than an end of year round up? So we still have a little while to go before we head into 2017, but to be honest 2016 was a bit of a fucker for me personally (and for the world, obvs), so I am kinda ready to put this bitch behind me. And what better way than to celebrate my fave outfits from the last 12 months!
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

My Month in Outfits: What I Wore In November


November was a bit of an odd month. I spent a good chunk of it on holiday in the Caribbean (which was amazing! See what I wore here) and then returned to a pretty chilly London, and by the end of the month I was ready to get festive! Check out what I wore (and my Christmas tree!) below...
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Lust List: 9 Christmas Party Dresses to Die For


It's party season! Over the next few weeks there will be drinks with friends, Christmas lunches with colleagues, ridiculous parties, and loads of festive events! I love how many excuses there are to dress up this time of year, and if I'm getting fancy there is nothing I love quite as much as a special dress. Here I've done a little round up of some of my fave plus size pieces...
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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Festive Frocks: Studio 8 Fringed Lexia Dress


Come the holidays we all need a few hard working party dresses in our arsenal. For instant chic vibes I love a little black dress, and the Lexia dress from Studio 8 is all kinds of fabulous. It's a proper showstopper of a dress, complete with flapper fringing and some sparkle.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

What I Wore in October


A bit late this month, because with my holiday (read about what I wore here) and getting back into regular routines again I've been a bit busy! But I love these monthly round up posts (and hope you do too) so decided to still put this one together. October brought with it some proper autumnal weather, and I could feel my palette really change as the weather got cooler. Usually I'm all about riots of colour but for October I was having a full on love affair with black, black and more black. Check out what I wore...
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Festive Frocks: Voodoo Vixen Betty Boo Dress for Simply Be


Voodoo Vixen have made another dress that ticks all my boxes! Teal - tick! Peacocks - tick! A bit fancy - tick! Every year I like to find something special to wear on Christmas day. Something pretty and sumptuous and a bit glam. And this year I think I have found the one already!
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Monday, November 14, 2016

What I Wore in the Caribbean



If you follow me on social media, you may know why I have had a bit of a prolonged absence from my dear blog. I have been on holiday! Finally, got to escape this muddy (but beloved) isle for some real sunshine in the Caribbean. My brother got married on the island of St Lucia and I went out there with a crazy cohort of friends and family to celebrate Rory wedding my new sister, Ryan. A little bit about trip first, but scroll past my rambling if you just wanna see what I wore...
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Lucky Black Cats: Voodoo Vixen Katniss Dress in Blue


It's been a little while since I have had some pinup repro on the blog, but that 50s look is still my go to style and a couple of months back I picked up this gorgeous Katniss dress from Voodoo Vixen's Plus Size range, Vixen Curve. With it's black cat print and three quarter sleeves I have just been waiting for the weather to change so I could wear it. Feels like autumnal perfection. And joy of joys, this baby has pockets!
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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Among the whispering, the champagne and the stars: Gatsby Lady Flapper Dress in Emerald Green



Every few years I reread The Great Gatsby. Each time, within its pages, I learn something new about myself, about love, and about the human condition. Gatsby's dreamy soul speaks to my romantic one. The beautiful, transformative power and faith of his love and all that it builds is really one of the greatest stories of all time. The book speaks of longing, desire, excess, love and nostalgia - some of my very favourite topics.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Modern Woman: The Yours Clothing Styling Challenge

One of the things I love about blogging is I have discovered loads of women with such different style to my own. It challenges me and my wardrobe, but also it just makes me glad that we're all different and that fashion is as diverse as the people who love it. Take my very own blog wife and BoPo babe Lottie L'Amour - where I am all retro, feminine flirtiness, her style is streetwise, quirky and modern. Recently Lottie L'Amour and I decided to set ourselves a little styling challenge. We each picked the other an outfit from Yours Clothing. Something we thought would look good on the other, but would also challenge them a little. Check out what Lottie picked for me...

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Parka Life: Studio 8 Naomi Parka



I've never owned a casual coat. Even more ridiculous, despite living in the madly rainy city that is London I've never owned a rain coat. Basically I just wasn't prepared to sacrifice style for staying dry, ha.  But this cosy yet chic Naomi Parka from Studio 8 has me convinced that sometimes comfort is definitely the way to go.
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Saturday, October 1, 2016

My Month in Outfis: What I Wore in September



September was a bit all over the map weather wise. We had some scorchers, and a fair bit of rain too. And with Curve Fashion Festival, a wedding, and the Evans #IamMe awards I had a few different occasions to dress up for, so here's what I wore in September...
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Red Dress of Dreams: Jameela Jamil for Simply Be


I have only one complaint about the Jameela Jamil for Simply Be Midi Dress - that I didn't buy it sooner! Hold onto your hats puddings, this is going to be a rave review!
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mad About Metallics: Elvi Metallic Pleater Skirt and Quilted Jacket


Metallics are a big trend for Autumn Winter, and I love them because they're a bold, luxury statement and if worn well can be totally sophisticated. You can play it safe with accessories, of you can bring this fab trend into your wardrobe with a statement separate. I love this metallic skirt from ELVI because it's a classic style in an up to date fabric.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Pretty in Purple: Studio 8 Imina Printed Fit and Flare Dress



My first piece from Studio 8's Autumn Winter collection is this Imani dress. It's got that classic shape that I love in my dresses, but the unusual print and gorgeous colours have meant it's been playing on my mind since I first got a sneak peek of it back in the spring.
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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fringe Benefits: Simply Be Black Side Fringe Dress



I am really drawn to casual black at the moment. When there's a lot going on (as there currently is) then throwing one something black and comfortable can help you feel effortlessly chic when you've not had much time to think about what to wear. 

**Big shout out to my beloved blog wife Lottie L'amour, for taking these pics of me with her sparkly new camera. What a babe! Go check her out! **
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Waltzing Matilda: Matilda Swing Dress from Lindy Bop and Big Bloomers Anti Chafe Shorts

 


The shirt waist dress is a pinup staple. And I just don't have enough of this style in my wardrobe! But the lovely Lottie L'amour had a Matilda from Lindy Bop going spare, and was kind enough to.send it to me as a little gift! It's so cute - the polka dots and vintage vibe make me wanna wear it to a fun fair and eat some candy floss. (I can't explain where these things come from, they just occur to me.)
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sexy Saffron: Casablanca Saffron Padded Plunge Bikini from Curvy Kate



At the same time Curvy Kate sent me the Atlantis to review, they send me this plunging red Saffron bikini - a fun print, and supportive and boosting style for bigger busts. 

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Little Romance: Frill Sleeve Lace Dress from Simply Be

I'm always a fan of romantic styles, and had been eyeing this Simply Be dress in 'Dusky Berry' lace for a while. I love dresses that are versatile and can be used day to night. The romantic style of this pretty piece makes it a perfect date dress too. 


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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Soft Summer Cotton: White Dobby Cotton Dress from Simply Be

A lot of supposed style tips just need chucking straight out. Like "fat girls can't wear white". Um, are you kidding? Come summer, there are few things quite as pivotal to your seasonal wardrobe as a white dress. This summer I totally fell in love with this romantic dobby cotton summer dress from Simply Be. 

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Wild Thing: Bronzed Leopard Print with Elomi Swim

 

Elomi are one of my go to lingerie brands for fuller busts. Their bras are well designed, and they carry a varied selection of prints and styles. So I was thrilled when they asked me if I would like to review some of their swim wear this summer. I decided to go for the Wild Thing swim bra, because I can't resist animal print at the best of times, and when it's metallic I'm sold!
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Monday, August 8, 2016

Ariel Realness: Atlantis Deep Sea Bikini by Curvy Kate




So this is my very first swimwear post! I first took some tentative steps into the world of the 'fatkini' last summer - the first time I had worn a bikini since I was about 7. Since then I have been super excited to try some Curvy Kate swimwear, as two of my best busty bloggers Caroline of Curvy Wordy and George of Fuller Figure Fuller Bust swear by them. And so when Curvy Kate sent me the Atlantis Deep Sea set to review I was over the moon. This called for some styling help to create blog photos with some serious Ariel realness.
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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Emerald Dreams: Playful Promises Emerald Set

 I was so excited when the email announcing the Playful Promises Curve collection dropped into my inbox. Playful Promises is a London based lingerie brand, with a definite nod to vintage styling, and a sophisticated take on sexy. I have long coveted their pieces on some of the smaller lingerie bloggers I followed, so when I saw they were reproducing some of their collection in bigger sizes I was thrilled! 


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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Lingerie and Lace: Parfait Kitty Babydoll and Navabi Lace Trench Coat

Something saucy for midway through lingerie week here on the blog – I paired the simple yet sexy Kitty babydoll from Parfait with the extravagance of my lace trench coat from Navabi. I call this look High Class Flasher! 


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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Cracking Kingfisher: Elomi Anoushka Half Cup Paddded Bra in Kingfisher


I love it when firm favourite styles are released in alternate colourways at the start of a new season. The minute I saw Elomi’s latest vibrant Kingfisher colourway for their Anoushka style I wanted it! This fresh take gives a new lease on life to an old favourite, with an instant update.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Modern Vintage: Parfait Lingerie Charlotte Bra in Dusty Pink



I am always pleased to discover new plus size lingerie brands. There are a proliferation of D+ cup brands these days, but there are still not that many options for larger band sizes. I was recently contacted by Parfait lingerie and asked if I’d like to review some of their pieces. On visiting the website, I was pleased to find that Parfait offer some really servicable everyday basics, along with some more stand out show stopper pieces. I browsed for quite a while, and thought I should perhaps err on the side of sensible. But me being me, I instead opted for something a bit of wow factor.
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Friday, July 15, 2016

9 Tips for Body Confidence




Body confidence and body positivity is very much about mind set. It’s more about how you feel about your body, and how you connect with it, than about your body itself. The following tips are not about changing your body but about changing your mind set, and learning to feel confident in your body. Let me know if you have any of your own, or anything you want to add! 
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Thursday, July 14, 2016

My Month In Outfits: What I Wore In June


Check out what I wore in June. Okay, okay and a little bit of July too...
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Monday, July 11, 2016

Lust List: My Top Picks from Simply Be this Summer



Simply Be was the first plus size brand I was really introduced to in the UK. My mum has always been a fan of catalogue shopping, and when I went to her place I would flick through the Simply Be catalogue bending down the corner of the pages I wanted stuff on. Lots of fantasy shopping back when I was too poor to do any actual real shopping. In the past few years especially I have found that the Simply Be fit has improved loads and every season there is more and more I want to wear. My brother is getting married in the Caribbean in November, and so I am constantly on the trawl for gorgeous summery pieces to take with me, and I was having a little wander through their website this weekend and found some awesome stuff. As I haven't done a lust list in a while I thought I would put some of my fave pieces from Simply Be together for you guys...
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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Perfect Penny: Voodoo Vixen Emerald Penny Dress



 

I first fell in love with this Voodoo Vixen dress over 18 months ago, on my very first trip to their website. But I have total dress attention deficit disorder. Somehow it slipped of my radar, and then I just got distracted by something else pretty and shiny. However, Voodoo Vixen had a stand at Curvy Con and I saw this little Emerald beauty again and just had to have it!
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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Folky Festino: Cut For Evans Tiered Denim Dress

The annual Cut for Evans collection is usually pretty exciting. Each year Evans runs a competition for recent fashion graduates to design a catwalk inspired plus size collection. The collections are daring and different and always worth checking out. This year Gabriella Seal won with her festival inspired collection, and I love the boho vibes that these pieces are giving off. You can check out the whole collection here, but I was particularly taken with The Cut Denim Dress.


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Friday, July 1, 2016

Rocking It Your Own Way: River Island Plus Red Bardot Maxi


Come summer I am always on the hunt for a couple of statement maxi dresses. Cool, easy to wear and fabulous on plus size figures, I live in maxi dresses in the warmer weather. This year the casual maxi that's stood out for me is this Bardot version from River Island Plus.
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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Living Life Luxe: The Elvi Prima Collection

Elvi's Prima collection is filled with elegant silhouettes and wonderful textures. Every season they create a capsule collection of glam, plus size occasion wear pieces, and for Summer it centres around neutrals and metallics.I have loads of events this summer so was excited to try out these pieces from the collection for some of the stuff I have coming up. 

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer Festival Vibes: River Island Plus Lace Bardot Dress


A few months ago the online plus size community was abuzz with the news that fast fashion high street giant River Island was finally introducing a plus size line. The growing power of plus size fashionistas is being noticed by the trendiest of the high street retailers, and our choices are growing. Plus size women are now offered a wider variety of fashion options and looks - a far cry from the tunics and cartoon printed hanky hem tees of ten years ago!  
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

A Day At The Races: Studio 8's Floral Estra Dress



You may have noticed. I rather love getting dressed up. I'm a big fan of putting on my best. So I was super excited when Studio 8 asked me to come with them to Ascot, as part of a series of posts I was doing for them on occasion wear - check out my previous summer event looks here and here.
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Monday, June 13, 2016

Emerald Goddess Realness: Studio 8 Silk Neptune Maxi Dress



Every time the team at Studio 8 invite me to view their upcoming collections I fall in love with something. This time last year I went to see their upcoming AW pieces and fell head over heels for the Green Yvette Lace dress. Then just before Christmas I went to see what they would have in store for us in SS16. Despite it being a rainy, miserable day and me being bundled up in a coat and scarf, this silk maxi in brilliant green was a promise of summer glamour. I have pretty much obsessed about it since I saw it, and have bugged the team over at Studio 8 on a monthly basis to find out when it was hitting stores. As part of my series of posts about SS occasion wear I am going to show you how I would style this dress for a summery wedding. 
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Smart Summer Separates: Studio 8's Persia Skirt and Dita Top



This is the first of three posts I am doing with Studio 8, to show you some occasion wear looks for the upcoming season. Summer is always full to bursting with excuses to dress up. Days at the races, at my age every season sees a glut of weddings (I have four this year), regattas, garden parties, work functions. It’s a bit nonstop. Not only does my liver usually take a bit of pounding (you know what I’m talking about!), but my wardrobe works extra hard too. 
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Monday, June 6, 2016

Mermaid Dress of Dreams: Collectif Dolores Doll Mermaid Print Dress

How beautiful is it when do of your favourite things collide, to make a new super duper amazing thing? This Spring that happened when Collectif released their Mermaid Print Dolores Doll Dress. I let out actual squeals of delight when I saw it for the first time. The colours were right up my alley, I’ve had a mermaid obsession since Ariel, and Dolores is my perfect dress.


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Friday, June 3, 2016

Tutu Much? Me And My Society Plus Tutu


I fell in love with this tutu when I first saw it at UK Plus Size Fashion Weekend last year. American brand Society Plus brought a selection of their pieces to the event, and the tutus just wowed me. So as soon as I could I ordered this blush beauty. It arrived in a flounce of tulle - just the ballerina dream I had wanted. And yet it sat in my cupboard for months without wear... 
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

My Month In Outfits: What I Wore In May



May was a moody month. The weather was all over the place - from promises of a hot, heavy summer, to sudden cold snaps. It definitely kept me on my toes outfit wise! Check out what I wore below... 
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Friday, May 27, 2016

A Tale of Taupe: Review of Elvi Rose Applique Dress and Charcoal Biker Jacket




I’ve been branching out a little more lately, and experimenting with new silhouettes in my wardrobe. Instead of always defaulting to skater style or fit and flare dresses, I have been trying out tunics and shifts, which have a straight fit. I’ve been looking at new fabrics, and challenging myself to mix it up a bit in the wardrobe.  It’s good to take chances and try something new every now and again, to keep your style fresh. I am always wary of fashion ruts, and developing beliefs that certain styles are off limits to you. This is a particular risk with plus size fashion, as everyone from magazines, to ‘experts’, to brands seem to spend a lot of time policing plus size women on what they may and may not wear.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Simple Styling with Studio 8's Lisa Tunic Dress



I am a sucker for statement pieces – bold prints, bright colours, crazy embellishments. Loud! Sometimes I am really bad at picking basics because I am a magpie and get distracted by all the shiny, fun colour. What I love about Studio 8 is that their collection always has some killer statement pieces that I am drawn to immediately (like this green lace loveliness from AW, or this structured nautically inspired dress I reviewed a few weeks ago) but they also nail the basics. And sometimes a chic, simple piece is exactly what you need! Something you can make your own, and match your mood with.
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Underwear As Outerwear: Holdups, Vests and Knickers from The Big Tights Company




I am such a fan of the Big Tights Company. Pantyhose, tights, holdups can be a nightmare for the plus size lady - particularly a tall one. So, finding quality plus size tights, holdups and pantyhose has been a revelation! So when they asked me if I wanted to try their lace edged vest and knickers combo I was excited to give them a try, and see if they lived up to the high standards of comfort and quality I'd come to expect from the Big Tights Company. 
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

8 Instagrammers I Love To Stalk



I love instagram. From a blog perspective, it is the social media platform I am most comfortable on for sure. And if you love fashion, or are starting your body positive journey it is a great place for inspiration and sisterhood. I follow a thousand odd accounts on Instagram, but there are some I check regularly, and am a bit stalkerish about. These are 8 of them...
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Shooting with Velvet D'Amour: Take 2


Back in April I went for my second shoot with the incredible Velvet D'Amour from Volup2. My first shoot with Velvet was (and I'm not overstating here) life altering. I wrote all about it at the time so if you haven't read it already do go give it a read now.
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Thursday, May 5, 2016

What To Wear To A Wedding 2: My Personal Shopper Experience with Lucille's



When the lovely Janet from Lucille's contacted me about trying out her personal shopper service I wasn't sure what to expect. I usually have pretty strong ideas about what I will and won't wear, and don't ordinarily find myself needing help in that area. But then I thought about the amount of weddings I have on this year, and that it would be super helpful if someone could help me put together one of those outfits. You can read about the completely different wedding look I put together with Evans here). Also, I am often contacted by lovely readers who say they could really use some shopping help, or that they'd love to try out the vintage style but aren't sure where to start. So I figured it would be great to see if there is a (free) service out there which could help. I am pleased to say that there is one!
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Body Positive Babes with Mymilla


I spent Saturday being photographed in underwear. That is a sentence I never thought I would say! But thanks to body positive brand Mymilla, and a bevvy of other body positive beauties, I did it! I DID IT! And I can't believe how scary it was (hello! this is just a body) and how empowering it was. And how beautiful our bodies are, when we realise that there is no right or wrong way to have a body!  
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Monday, May 2, 2016

Curvy Kali: Review of the Kali Babydoll in Red by Panache

I love babydolls. They are my favourite piece of lingerie. So when I saw that Panache had brought out this beautiful red cerise version of their sweet Kali style I was excited. Red makes me feel powerful, and I am a sucker for little hearts, and that paired with the wonderful design of the Kali is a recipe for perfection.


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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

An Ode to Lyra: My Love Of The Lady V London Lyra Dress

There are some dress styles which have become staples in my wardrobe. I revisit them almost religiously when looking to satisfy my shopping urge. Usually I am drawn to styles that work for a variety of occasions and come in a plethora of prints and patters so that even though I own the dress in multiples, it always feels fresh when I wear it. Lyra from Lady Voluptuous is one of these favourites.  


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