No spend January

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It’s been a while peeps since I wrote anything on my blog, definitely missed it and I’m not gonna drop the ball this year. So I’m starting this year with a piece about not spending, yes you heard right, not spending, or what has become to be well known as no spend January. Anyone who knows me and knows me well had a right laugh when I told them Im not buying any clothing, bags, shoes or anything fashion related for the whole month of January. I’ve been known to be a spender and I cannot resist a good bargain or sale, mainly being the Zara sale, but doesn’t anyone? And don’t lie because I know every single woman out there was standing guard on their phones and laptops on Boxing day waiting for the sale start. I’m not gonna lie, seeing as it was still December and the thought of no spend January hadn’t even crossed my mind, I did manage to do some damage. However, this year I wasn’t so excited to receive my order and sadly I was disappointed when it all arrived. In normal circumstances even if I liked an item and would probably only wear it once, I would have kept it and a month later just given it away. This year was different, I thought long and hard about each item, did I even like it, would I wear it, how often would I wear it, was it worth the money and what was the cost per wear? These are things I do always consider anyway, but not as hard as this time. It was so hard to pack away all the lovely bits I had ordered, things I had been eyeing up before the sale, I had even at one point bought most of them, only to return them, knowing they would go in the sale. In the end can you believe I only kept two items, yes two items!!!!!!Image result for no spend january

For someone who does like to shop, no spend January was a huge thing to do, I didn’t thing I was capable of doing it, neither did anyone else, lol! But you know what, it wasn’t that hard for some reason this time round. I just didn’t like anything enough to want to buy it and luckily if I did have a little look, my size or what I would have wanted was out of stock. I would put lots of stuff in my baskets, because I was allowed to look and create wish lists for when i could spend, but when i looked over what i had put in my basket, I realised I didn’t need any of it or really want it and just emptied the basket or exited the site. I keep telling people when they don’t believe that yes i do shop a lot, but the what you don’t realise is that the majority of what i buy actually gets returned. I feel like for me that its the thrill of shopping, actually buying and receiving the items that gives me the buzz. Once I get the items, I sometimes don’t even bother to open the box and have a look or even try on, it all gets sent back. Obviously once in a while I do actually stuff I really want and keep it, in those instances I have most likely sold a few bits and saved up enough to buy what I want.

Last year I watched a programme called Fashions Dirty Secrets: Stacey Dooley Investigates, and I’m not kidding it totally changed the way I looked at clothes and the fashion industry. It might sound like an exaggeration to you, but to me this was major in terms of how I now want to buy clothes, where I buy them from and how often. It made me realise that there are better things out there  to be spending my money on, of course I’m not going to stop buying clothes, this is what I do, I buy, wear and talk about fashion. The programme really put some perspective on how what we buy as consumers impacts the world around us, how what we buy and throw away effects people and the environment.

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Unfortunately the programme isn’t available on BBC iplayer anymore, but I have found something interesting on You Tube for you to watch

Im not saying that this one programme changed me overnight and my spending habits. However it definitely got me thinking and triggered no spend January and my journey of being a more responsible consumer. I realised that I spend to much money on stuff I don’t actually want or need in the sales and sometimes just in general, doesn’t even be clothes or shoes. I end up having a clear out every so often and give away so much stuff, good for those who are on the receiving end, but not good for my conscious or bank balance. If I want to set a good example to my family and my followers and get my husband of my back for spending to much, I need show them that life isn’t just about buying stuff or having the latest stuff, especially when it comes to fashion, and yes i am well aware my main passion and subject of my blog and social media is fashion.Image result for dom and ink stacey dooley

I want to be more careful about spending my money on throw away fashion, clothes I don’t need, clothes that will last me one wash, one wear or even one season. Lets start thinking more about capsule wardrobes, classic pieces you can buy and wear forever, cost per wear, i do this anyway with expensive purchases, but I think we should do it with everything we buy. Also don’t be too influenced by others, i know its so easy and we all do and I’m definitely guilty of it, But if you don’t need it, don’t really like it and maybe cant afford it, please think twice. I want to start being a responsibly consumer for my followers, i want to show you that if I wear or buy anything, unfortunately it wasn’t gifted to me, haven’t got to that stage yet, it was bought with my own money or savings, so I don’t want you to go out and buy everything i wear or use, of course its your choice if you want to, but don’t feel like you have to. I like to buy for you sometimes and review stuff to give you a better understanding before parting with your money.

You will be pleased to know that I stuck to my no spend January plan and it went so well I’m gonna try and continue it, maybe not have a complete ban on spending, lets be realistic I’m still me, I’m still a shopaholic, lol. Plus it’s my birthday next month and I can’t not treat myself!

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Coffee & Diamonds


Last week I went along to show some support to a friend who was holding an event at the famous Elan Cafe in Knightsbridge. She was showcasing just a small selection of diamond rings, earrings and bracelets that she sells on her website Luxury Promise. So being both a coffee and diamond lover, I couldn’t of thought of a better way to spend my morning.

Firstly, if you haven’t been to the Elan Cafe yet, it is definitely worth a visit, its very busy and most of the time you will have to queue up, but once your in the queuing will have been worth it. The place is beautiful, from the interior decorations to the beautiful displays of delicious desserts, just a warning that you will want to eat all of them!


In I went really excited to see my friend Sabrina and her beautiful diamonds, I also had my eye on something which I was hoping to see in the flesh. She had set up in the back room which was home to the famous flower wall and it looked beautiful and was definitely the perfect setting for her event. It was a very casual event, friendly and great atmosphere, where people could admire the diamonds on display, have a play about and wear some of them, and of course have a coffee and a good chit chat. The moment I walked in I made a beeline for the rings, this is one item I had a my eye on and may have cheekily bought one too! Why not, it was soon going to be my birthday soon and what better present could I buy for myself but a diamond!

I’ve bought bags from Luxury Promise before, by the way if you are looking for any luxury pre loved items, I would definitely go check out the Luxury promise website, everything on there is 100% authentic. You are sure to find something you are after, whether it bags, shoes, clothes or jewellery. This was the first time I considered buying jewellery from Luxury promise, only because I wasn’t sure about just buying such an expensive piece of jewellery without actually seeing it in person, so when so I heard about the event, I was so excited. However, you can actually make an appointment with Sabrina to go to her showroom and see what she has before buying anything.

Before leaving I of course had to have a coffee and a spot of breakfast. We got seated very quickly, it was however, a tight squeeze as it was really busy, but we didn’t mind. Service was a a little slow, but considering how busy it was I wasn’t surprised. I ordered a Freddo Cappuccino  and an Acai bowl, bowl equally yummy and very filling.

I will definitely be going back the Elan cafe, maybe have some cake next time! And I cant wait to get my ring which Sabrina is re sizing for me. So if you haven’t been to the Elan Cafe, go give it it a visit, they have one in Park Lane and one on Brompton Road. Then go check out Luxury Promise, they have some beautiful things on there!

P.S I couldn’t resist taking some outfit shots outside peoples doorstep, hope you like them!

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Glad it’s still coat weather

I love winter, I love wrapping up to keep warm and I’m so glad it’s still cold and I can still wear my coat! I guess most of the time its actually more like a security blanket for me, I feel naked without it. I know I sound crazy, but I also went a little crazy buying coats this season, I mean who needs more than one or two coats? Not me, lol!

So as I do love a good coat, I wanted to share with you guys some great ones I have found and love and some that are bloody great bargain since the sales have started, I do also own some of them 🙂

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Topshop- sorry this colour is sold out, but here is a link to a camel coloured one

I usually stay away from coloured coats as I feel they are just a trend and not classic enough, however this red number totally caught my eye and I fell in love. Its not a classic colour like black, but I think by having a red coat in your wardrobe it will act as a pick me up coat when you having a bad wardrobe day and need a pick me up, styled with a black polo neck, skinny jeans and so ankle boots you can’t go wrong. This coat is also so flattering being double breasted and a good midi length for both tall and short frames, and wait for it, it was a bargain at only £30, I couldn’t believe it and to have it there and then!

I have also been obsessed with teddy coats this winter, so much so I own two, however not my dream one from Maxmara which I will show you here later.  They are so cosy and warm, can be dressed up or down and go with almost anything from jeans to a dress. These are two of my favourites, which I also own!

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Topshop- Sorry sold out online

I am a huge fan of animal print, so this coat is a dream! So chic and beautiful, bought this in the sale actually after a lot of consideration, because I really wanted the one that H&M did in collaboration Erdem. But as per usual, it was sold out almost immediately and I was nit going to pay her the odds for it on Ebay!!!!!

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Zara- Sorry sold out online

This is another Topshop bargain that I picked up, navy, double breasted and has a detachable faux fur collar. Not the warmest of coats, but it is super cute on and if layered will keep you warm and when it gets warmer it will be perfect. Unfortunately its sold out and so is the Burgundy colour it came in.

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Topshop- sorry sold out online

New addition to my coat collection is this gorgeous coat from Newlook, I love the colour and the way it drapes on me, so comfy and casual, but can also be worn smart. I just love an oversized coat, sometimes they look a little silly on me, but I really don’t care, the bigger the better I say, especially in the winter so I can wear all my lovely chunky knits under them.


Now this is where I start dreaming over some coats that I would love to have in my wardrobe, but some reasons, one being I can’t afford them and two even if I could they are sadly sold out all the time! This Teddy icon coat from Maxmara is complete dream, so many brands have tried to replicate, however I have not found one that compares and I would rather have the real thing. One day I will, yes one day, for now I will dream about it 🙂

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Ramadan Mubarak

The Holy month of Ramadan has arrived and we have already kept fast 1 of 30, and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. As Muslims fasting is one of the 5 Pillars of Islam and is compulsory for all Muslims as soon as they have hit adolescence, however if you are ill, pregnant or breast feeding, you are exempt and in most cases you have to make these fasts up.

I’ll be honest I wasn’t particularly looking forward to it this year, as I’ve had a break for a few years due to being pregnant and breast feeding. The days are much longer and we have to to fast from sunrise to sunset. The first few days are the hardest, but my body soon adjusts and I just get along with it.

My children aren’t old enough to fast yet, but eldest who is 8 years old has kept half fasts, which we let him do on the weekends. It was totally his own choice and think its a good thing, it will help him prepare for when he has to keep a full fast and also it shows to me that he is aware of what Ramadan is and what it stands for.

This year I decided to go the extra mile and put a few decorations and hand make my children a Ramadan advent calendar. I filled up the calendar with a little treat and something for them to do each day, this could either be a good deed, activity or something to learn. So far its been a big hit and I will definitely keep doing it every year.


We break our fast at Iftar with a glass of water and a date and then pray our Magrib namaz. After we eat a simple but delicious meal, for me this something which I would normally eat, occasionally I will have a treat. But during Ramadan you shouldn’t really eat more than you would normally eat, the aim isn’t to lose weight, but you certainly shouldn’t gain a lot of weight. I honestly am stuffed after my water and date and then its not long before we have to up again for Sehri (breakfast).

Ramadan for me is a time where I like to reflect on my life, spend time with my children and family, think about those who are less fortunate than me and help those I can. It’s a real test of faith and patience, and I definitely need a lot of patience, I’m also not very much fun when I’m hungry! lol

It will be a very quite month for me in terms of blogging, but please follow me on Snapchat and Instagram to see what I’m getting up this Ramadan. I would love to hear what you guys did to prepare for Ramadan, let me know!

Ramadan Kareem to you all, please remember me and family in your duas this blessed month.

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My skincare routine

Looking after my skin for me has always been top priority and in the last few years I have tried and tested many brands of skincare. Some brands have worked wonders and others have ruined my skin, so through trial and error I have finally found a few brands that works for me.

Being in my mid 30s my main concern is ageing, so sagging skin, fine lines and age spots are all on my list to combat. I have finally got my skincare routine sorted and wanted to share it with you.

The main products I’m going to be talking about are all by Liz Earle, but I do use other products from other brands to supplement my routine. I start off in the mornings by cleansing my skin with the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. All you need is a 20p amount, I gently massage it into my skin, even over my eyes, as it is so gently it doesn’t sting at all, then I take the muslin cloth that comes with it, rinse it in hot water, squeeze and wipe off the product, no need to rinse after.

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Next I like to tone my skin using the Pixi Glow Tonic using a cotton pad and wipe away any excess cleanser, in addition I also give my skin a quick spritz using the Liz Earle Skin Tonic. You can actually just use this as a toner. I let the toner sink in and dry on my skin and then apply my Liz Earle Superskin Face Serum, one small pump is enough for your whole face. Quick tip, rather than spreading the product on your hands before applying, dab it onto the skin and then massage it in circular and upwards motions, this way majority the of the product actually goes on your skin rather than sink into your hands.

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Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic

After the serum I apply my Liz Earle Superskin Moisteriser, I use the unfragranced one for sensitive skin. I use maybe a pea sized amount, sometimes a little more if my skin feels a little bit more dryer than normal and apply it the same way I do the serum.Not everyone uses an eye cream or needs to and I have started recently, the one I chose to use is the Khiels Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum. One small pump of this is more than enough for both eyes. Using my ring finger I dab into my skin around the contour of my eye, never apply eye cream directly onto the eye or under the eye where the skin is quite thin.

Kiehls Super Multi-Correct Eye-Opening Serum

Liz Earle Superskin Face Serum

Liz Earle Superskin Moisteriser

This generally it for my skincare routine, I do also once a week like to apply a face mask and exfoliate my skin. My favourites at the moment are The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal glow mask and the Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator. Of course after this if I want to wear I’ll go ahead and apply it, but on a normal day I don’t like to wear make up, I do however swear by a tinted moisturiser or BB cream.

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator

If you want to know anything else about my skincare routine please feel free to ask, happy to answer all your questions.

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Baby Shower Shenanigans

Last weekend we held an afternoon tea baby shower for my youngest sister in law at the beautiful Rose Lounge at the Softitel St James in London. I love this hotel, so beautiful and elegant and the Rose Lounge is small and intimate. I’ve had afternoon tea at The Balcon which is also part of the hotel, but it has a completely different atmosphere to the Rose Lounge, which was perfect for our occasion. My sister in law was so surprised when she walked in and saw us all, oh did I forget to mention it was a surprise, oops!

The staff and the service we received was excellent, we were a lively bunch and we ate and played games, which no one seemed to care about, always a good sign! We all got to chose a tea each, and there was a wide selection, alternatives if your not a tea drinker are coffee or juice/soft drink.We were able to get refills too.

By the way they actually offer a Halal option if you let them know in advance, which a lot of places do these days, this is always a bonus. I’m not really fussed though and opted for fish and vegetarian sandwiches. A lot of places bring out everything altogether, however the Rose Lounge served us sandwiches and scones first, which were plain and chocolate and came with lemon curd, clotted cream and jam, Yum!


After playing a few games and being royally stuffed on sandwiches and scones, some of us even had seconds!!! Out came the French pastries and boy were there a lot of them and they looked stunning, made me not want to eat them and just look at them. However, I’m never one to pass on pastries, so got stuck in, as we had to share them, half of one was more than enough, and I managed to try nearly all of them, until I couldn’t eat anymore and a button on my jeans definitely had to be opened! lol should have worn something with a stretchy was it band really.

Finally, and more importantly, what did I wear? You would have already seen this my Instagram and Snapchat if you follow me, but if you don’t I’ve added a few pictures here with all the details. I went with a smart casual look, generally my go to look, I never like looking all smart or all casual, I like to mix things up, unless of course I’m on the school run, when its casual and comfort all the way. I fell in love with the top, got so many compliments, the jeans too and the shoes speak for themselves!

Shirt– Marks and Spencer

Jeans– (old, these are similar) Zara

Shoes– Harrods


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High street shoe haul

I love shoes just as much as I love bags. They can be designer or high street, I’m not fussed at all, they just need to be comfy and pretty! Well not always!!!

So my love of shoes got a little out of hand lately, I went on a bit of spree and bought just a few pairs of shoes, all from the high street of course, here are my favourites, hope some are yours too!


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Marks & Spencer £29.50

Mules seems to be the shoe of the season and Gucci seem to be making them very popular and they do have some lovely pairs. However, if you don’t want to blow the budget on Gucci ones, the high street are doing so many that are very similar and cost a fraction of the price. I love the yellow ones from Zara, such a beautiful colour, so comfy and actually go with anything. I picked up the silver ones from Marks and Spencer’s,, a definite dupe of the Gucci ones. They are comfy and I’ve teamed them with jeans to keep it casual and not to smart.



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Zara £15.99

I seem to have picked mainly flat shoes for my haul, but I  do them, they are go to being a busy mum, I can’t be doing high heels on the school run, I would most likely break an ankle! so ballet pumps are a staple in my wardrobe, H&M always have a good selection and the black ones are really nice and comfy and a bargain, well they were when I got them, they are now full price! the Zara ones are a bargain to, pretty to look and actually comfy, bit fiddly with the two straps but I don’t wear them as every day shoes.


Marks & Spencer £49.50

Lastly, these sandals I wasn’t  actually to keen on when I first saw them, I thought the ankle strap would be uncomfortable and rub on the bone. But when I saw them instore I decided to try them on and I was surprised, not only did they look fabulous on, but they were really comfy and not too high, I still wouldn’t wear them everyday though. Also these a dupe for Isabel Marant pair I recently saw and of course a bargain.

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Handbag Wishlist for 2017

I will never be content with the bags I have in my collection. As I buy one, I am already on the look out for my next one. I literally am addicted!

So I wanted to share with you the bags I have on my wish list for this year so far, just because it excites me and maybe I can inspire you to maybe make your first ever designer bag purchase or your next purchase if like me you are an addict.

Chloe Drew shoulder bag

Christian Dior Diorama bag

Fendi Peekaboo tote

Saint Laurent Monogrammed Kate shoulder bag

Givenchy Medium Antigona bag

Im a huge fan of across body bags, being a mum they are so handy to use on a daily basis alongside my over flowing baby bag. I recently bought a Louis Vuitton one which I absolutely love, its the perfect size, has compartments which I love and so light carry. The Chloe Drew I’ve had my eye on for a while, I’ve not bought one yet because I wasn’t sure if it was worth the investment, but I’m sure it is now as its been around for a while. Its a double whammy of a bag as you can wear in the day as an across the body bag and then over your shoulder for the evening.

I also love a good tote bag, and the Givenchy Antigona and the Fendi Peekaboo are perfect for everyday use, good size, roomy and beautiful to look at. The difference in price is quite high, but in my opinion both are investment pieces and can easily take you from day to night.

I don’t own many evening bags, so I definitely want to add a few more to my collection and to be the epitome of class is a Dior bag, I already have Lady Dior, but the Diorama is definitely next on my list. it can be worn as a day bag, but to me its to delicate, much like the Chanel Classic Flap to wear every day, these are special bags and should looked after. Next up is the Saint Laurent Kate tassel bag, this bag is such a cute and fun bag and definitely a must have as a evening.

Hope this has been a fun and inspiring post and remember a girl can always dream!

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Hubby’s Birthday Dinner

Hey guys, hope you have all had a lovely Bank holiday weekend. Welcome to my first ever outfit post, will keep this short and sweet on what I wore for my husbands birthday dinner at Roka Canary Wharf.

Apologies for the bad pictures, I completely forgot to take them until we got there and it was already dark!!! I like to plan my outfits before hand and I always choose my shoes and handbag before anything else and style my outfit around them.

I started off with quite a smart outfit, leather look culottes, pink blouse with a frill going down the middle, and then I decided to go a little casual and add a leather jacket(I have linked something similar), kept the outfit a little fun and edgy. I accessorised with my Gucci Dionysus shoulder bag and my Manolo Blahnik shoes, first time wearing these shoes, and I won’t lie they are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn.

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What’s in my April Glossybox

I received my April Glossybox a few days ago and as promised from suggestions of some of my readers, I have used the products and will give you a review of what I think of each one of them. The products in this months box have luckily been items I didn’t have to use for weeks before seeing results, and actually I managed to use nearly all of them in one day as most were makeup products, more up my street. so here goes!

Item 1. Elgon Deliwash Cleansing Conditioner Co-wash combines the cleansing action of a shampoo with the hydration of a conditioner in one quick-to-use product. You use it like you would a normal shampoo, but expect less lather. The first time I used it I was a little optimistic, wasn’t sure what to expect, because to me the more lather there is, the cleaner the hair! All you need is an amount the size of a 50p in the palm of your hand, massage into your hair for about 2 mins as you would shampoo and then rinse. As I rinsed there was hardly any lather and it didn’t feel slippery like when you put conditioner in and rinse. I towel dried my hair as normal and then blow dried it. I wont lie, I was expecting for my hair to feel greasy, like when you don’t rinse it properly or enough. But no, it felt just like it does when I normally shampoo my hair. I love this product and will definitely be purchasing a full size version, so revolutionary!

Item 2. ModelCo Contour Stick is a chunky contour crayon which you can use to define your cheekbones, nose and jawline. It can be used on bare skin or over foundation. I’m not usually a fan of cream contour products, especially crayon sticks, but this one was lovely to use, it glided onto my skin beautifully. I only used it to contour my cheekbones, so I applied just a line down either side of my face on the contour lines and with a brush blended it in. Again it was really easy to blend and didn’t take much effort at all, I finished it off by going over it with a powder contour product, just to make it set. You can also use this product as an eyeshadow or lipstick, great for those with darker skin tones.

Item 3. Sport FX Shape Up Brow Pencil is a double ended pen with a retractable water resistant angled eyebrow pencil on one end a brush on the other. This is very similar to one I used to use and didn’t like much, I prefer the non angled versions or powder. I used the brush to tidy up my brows and brush out any foundation and then the pencil to gently fill in gaps in my brows and shape them. I found that as I was being gentle the colour was not appearing as much and had to go over the brows a few time before I got the desired colour and shape. Not what I was expecting or used to, so I’m afraid this product didn’t work for me and unfortunately I couldn’t test how waterproof it was as I used it on a night out.

Item 4. Merci Handy is not only a bacteria-busting gel, it also leaves your hands feeling soft, thanks to the tiny pearls, which burst on application to hydrate hands. My hands are very dry, so I tend to avoid hand sanitisers, but this one surprised me. It actually did leave my hands feeling soft, didn’t dry them out and it smells great.

Item 5. Rodial Glamolash Mascara XXL a long wear formula that is jet black and leaves lashes supersized but soft. I love a good mascara as I’m not really a false lash kinda girl, and I have many that I always use and buy again. Unfortunately, this mascara is not one that I would buy, I don’t believe it does what it says on the bottle. As I brushed it through my lashes in a zig zag motion from root to tip, found that the formula was a little watery and didn’t apply well at all. Normally I see a result straight away with one coat from other mascaras, but with this one even after two coats I wasn’t impressed. My lashes didn’t look coated at all let alone supersized and volumised.

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