The Sunday Summary

The Sunday Summary

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Sunday Selfie

As I write this technically its Saturday, but this is one post that I want to keep as a constant on my blog. The Sunday Summary, will basically be a summarisation of my week, what I’ve been up to, what I’ve been trying to achieve and what I’ve been loving. More on the lifestyle side of blogging. I also on consultation with Chris (and of course Sebastian) thought I’d include a Family Portrait or Sunday Selfie as I’ve decided to call it. This isn’t just for your entertainment, but I managed to wrangle Chris into it, by telling him that it would be a great way for us to watch us change.

So without further ado let’s get into this.

This week has seen some new adventures for me. The biggest one being this blog. As scary as it was it, I honestly feel so excited, inspired and motivated. I’ve already made a HUGE list of future post ideas and content that I hope you all will enjoy. I also started a Facebook page dedicated to this blog. So if you’ve amazingly managed to stumble across this not through Facebook, definitely check it out here. I’ve had lots of support so far and it’s been so awesome. I’m thinking the next step as I grow a bit more is to include twitter and Instagram to the fold. What do you reckon?

I also think I’ve already found a use and also a new D.I.Y project for the left over fabric from my chair post, so keep an eye out  for that.

TV has been a huge player in our week. To be honest I love nothing more than spending the day sitting in my pjs and catching up on TV…Chris not so much. However, this week I’ve manage to get him to sit down with me and relax and enjoy a little telly (I think it also helps that I’ve lost my voice, because I’m sick so, he doesn’t have to listen to my commentary). We just finished the first season of Resserection. I’ve got to say I really enjoyed it. The plot kept me interested and constantly guessing what was going to happen next. They managed to build some strong characters, that had you really rooting for them. Whilst Wikipedia-ing it (my favourite thing to do when watching TV) I realised it was based on a book called ‘The Returned’ and that there is a very similar French series called ‘Les Revenants’, that we might try. If you haven’t caught the trailers cut a long story short; small town middle of no where America, the dead start returning and well, raising a lot of questions to say the least. I would highly recommend it. It got both of us pondering about what would we do if someone we loved returned. What would you say? What kind of questions would you ask?. Very, very much looking forward to season two now. To fill the void we’ve just begun watching Fargo. I think I’m really going to enjoy this one. It’s quite graphic so do be warned but I’m intrigued to see where it’s going to go. Plus it’s had some outstanding reviews.
Honourable mentions:
*The Only Way Is Essex; I’m sorry but I spent the whole of my teens and early twenties in this glamorous county, I can’t help myself!
*Real Housewives Of Orange County Season 9; no excuse really. I just love me some trashy telly.
*Nashville; brings out that inner Country Music lover in me that I try and suppress, bring on Season 3. I’ve already got my cowboy boots at the ready.
*Game Of Thrones; I know I’m a bit late on watching the final episode of the season, but boy this show has certainly reinvented the meaning cliff hanger TV.

We also took a visit to The Alice Cinematheque, on Tuam st, here in Christchurch. If you’ve been in Christchurch prior to the earthquake you’ll know the place, if not, you definitely have to check it out. It’s a boutique cinema, with what I can only describe as a cheesey-chic vibe to the decor. It’s has an Egyptian theme, big comfy red chairs and the best Ice Cream EVER! Whilst the average age is about twice mine, it’s definitely a quirky option for ‘date night’.Check them out here. We saw an Irish film called Calvary. It certainly was a dark comedy which, had me laughing and crying. If you enjoyed The Guard then you might like this.

Speaking of Tuam St, we also checked out a cafe called C1 Espresso. Which happens to reside right next to the Alice Cinematheque. On recommendation from a few friends, we tried out the Chai Latte. This is their own special blend and was probably more on the spicy side, rather than the sweet. But was pretty good, I still think Coffee Culture do the best. We also had the Chicken Nachos and this unusual White Chocolate Lamington, with Lemon curd that came in a syringe for you to inject into the Lamington (Pictured below). It was super busy. I feel like it’s the ‘place of the moment’ here in Christchurch. It had some really cool quirky touches, for example an old Singer sewing machine that you turn and water came out, and the roof was covered in shoots that certain meals would be shot over in. Overall vibe was pretty cool, however its was pretty expensive for what it was. I’ve linked them here, if you fancy checking it out.

On the beauty front this week, it’s been a bit poor to be honest. I’ve had quite a bit of downtime from work as my days off have mostly been grouped together, and I’ve been on call. This has meant that, I haven’t needed to wear much, if any make up. In fact I didn’t leave the house for 3 days (not sure if I should be saying this). I have however have been enjoying my skin care routine at the moment and can’t wait to share it with you. Big shout out to the return of the Hot Cloth Cleanser to my life, boy have I missed you; post coming soon!

Sebastian’s weeks been, well pretty non eventful. He’s mostly looked cute, slept and clawed us. The weather here has amped up into full on winter mode which, in turn means we one have an inside cat, who runs outside quickly to do his business and then is straight back in, under our heat pump. This too means he’s becoming one fat cat, that we’ve now had to put on a portion control diet.

On the old health and wellness front. As I mentioned earlier, I got sick. Actually I’m still sick, so sick I’ve had to break my no sick days at work record today. I haven’t been taking the greatest care if my body since I finished the 17 day diet (post to come) and something I really want to focus on and get a handle on is making these ‘diets’ not just a faddy thing but a real lifestyle change. I mean, you’ve got to be able to indulge, but what I need to learn is to just have a slice not the whole cake!

We also had a Mid Winter Christmas Meal at a friends house. It felt just like Christmas. Even though I am a Kiwi and have had numerous Summer Christmas’, I’ve also spent the other half of my life in England having Northern hemisphere Christmas’. Our Friend is from America, so we had the pleasure of trying Egg Nog for the first time and boy was it delish. It was so lovely to catch up with friends, eat good food and  have a laugh. We also played an interesting game of Secret Santa, which involved being able to steal other peoples gifts!

So that’s really our week in a nutshell/big huge essay. The week ahead see’s my baby brother and his girlfriend coming up to Christchurch, which is always lovely. My dad also arrives from England for a holiday, which is always exciting.  I’m hoping too that next week will be the start of my healthy eating and exercise regime (she says whilst eating Caramello Chocolate) and that there are no more colds, flus or bugs to catch, I’m so over it!  What have been the highlights of your week?

Thanks again for you’re support and for reading!

Have a great week ahead everyone 🙂

Bailey xox

 

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D.I.Y Fridays

D.I.Y Friday… A Chair So I Can Sit And Do My Haiirrr

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As the title suggests, I’ve decided that Fridays are going to become the day that I post my latest D.I.Y conquests. This is the very first D.I.Y  I’ve attempted since year 12 art class (don’t ask).  I love custom furniture. However, the price tag that comes along with these one off pieces you’ll find on sites like this, don’t really fit into our ‘supposed to be saving for a house’ budget. So I thought to myself it can’t be that difficult, can it? I’d also seen my friend in real life Stace do this on her blog here. So go grab yourself a cuppa as this is a long one.

After consulting with my Mum, who had numerous D.I.Y projects on the go when I was little. She suggested that I start small and work my way up. I’m not much of a whizz with the sewing machine (unlike my amazing Grandmother) so I wanted to avoid sewing anything. I trawled through Trade Me (NZ version of Ebay) for the right chair. I managed to win this one for a mere $10 NZD and it went to Nurse Maude Hospice, a charity shop and organisation very dear to my heart, so it felt like fate.

I completed this project nearly a month ago and I hadn’t completely decided I was going to start a blog, which means I haven’t photographed the process very well (sorry). So with the photos that Chris; my other half took on my phone and some pictures I’ve managed to scrape together I’m going to try and explain how I achieved this.

First things first, Mum you were right!. This was the easiest way to start my journey into D.I.Y and upholstery. Sadly, like I said earlier, silly old me didn’t take a picture of what the chair looked like before I ripped it apart. But trust me when I say it wasn’t pretty or that interesting.

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Fabric; Bolt Of Cloth, RRP $40 NZD

I knew that I wanted a bright fabric and that I wanted the top half of the chair to be white, to match the little table Chris had made me. I also knew that I wanted to incorporate a bright colour on the legs to add a little je ne sais quoi. I headed to my local Bolt Of Cloth. I could spend all day in that shop, the fabrics and other little bits and bobs they stock make me all tingly with D.I.Y excitement. Check them out here . I found this fabric pictured above in the $40 fabric bin and knew straight away it was perfect. It’s called Birdlife in Purple and Pink by a Japanese designer called Echino, I’ve managed to find the link here to the exact fabric.

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Dulux Paint in Napier (Test Pot size) and Dulux Wash and Wear in Vivid White (Left Over from Chris’ Desk Project) Both available in store at Mitre 10

Next Step was to match the paint. That part was easy because we still had some leftover white paint from the desk Chris had made for me. I’d recommend using a low sheen acrylic paint like this, especially if you’re going to add another brighter colour on top. The Legs were a little harder. I knew I wanted to go with a colour that was already within the fabric to tie everything together. Off to the local hardware shop we went and as if by magic, I took one look at the colour sample cards and there it was. The perfect match for the hot pink in the fabric. This Dulux paint in the shade Napier. The guy in the paint department recommended just getting a test pot size and that was more than enough.

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Heavy Duty Staple gun Aprox. RRP $29.80 NZD, Mitre 10 and Rapid Staples 10mm

This item didn’t excite me that much, but boy did Chris get excited when he heard I required a staple gun for this project. We sussed out we needed a heavy duty gun in order to fasten the fabric to the wooden seat securely. This one was reasonably priced and did the trick. We also went for 10mm staples but maybe could’ve opted for something a little thicker as, a few of the staples did bend out of shape. We also purchased some more Sandpaper, which I haven’t bothered taking a picture of as we all know what that looks like. But I used a fine and medium sandpaper for this project.

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Me, Sanding the chair by hand. Please ignore our messy garage!

On to the actual process and I’ll stop bleating on. I, unscrewed the seat from the chair by using a screw driver, which was really easy. Once that was off I then took a pair of pliers and a flat headed screw driver (is that what they’re even called?) and went about taking out the existing staples. I say I but Chris was a massive help with removing and attaching the fabric. I then used the existing seat cover as a pattern for my fabric, as pictured below.

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This photo was taken after I’d finished, but you get the drift. Plus here’s a shot of the ugly green velvet.

The foam that was under the old fabric was in great condition so there was no need to replace this. The next step was much easier than I anticipated (especially as I has an extra pair of hands) the easiest way to describe this without photos is that you basically approach it as if you were wrapping a present. We took it side by side. So, I held the fabric taught as Chris stapled. When we reached the front corners of the seat, this was a little more difficult and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t take pictures as an aid to show you. As the front two legs of the chair sit higher, the seat cover had indents where the seat would slot in around the legs. I’ll insert a picture below of what I’m talking about.

IMG_2070.jpgThe way to approach this one is by folding and stapling and keeping it really tight. I really do recommend getting someone to help you with this as it can get a little tricky. After that I the used the same piece of hessian type fabric that came with the chair (as pictured above) to cover the inside of the chair and make it look a little neater. This was really easy as, it was already a part of the original chair so, all I needed to do was reattach it.

IMAG0989On to the sanding, my Favourite part…NOT. I hated this part as I’m a real instant gratification kinda gal and I just wanted to get painting. I even tried to convince Chris that we needed to invest in an electric sander. Anyhow I did it. I really only sanded it back to get the top layer of varnish off. If you are going to sand by hand, I would recommend investing in an electric sander… no just kidding, I’d recommend getting one of those sanding blocks just to save your poor little hands. I used the medium paper first and then went over it with the finer one to make the base more even for the paint to be applied.

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After the second coat of white paint

My Granddad is a Painter by trade and therefore my mother, his daughter didn’t really let us touch paint when I was younger. This means that whenever I can get my hands on paint, I get super excited. This part is pretty self explanatory. Only little piece of advice I would have would be light layers and build on them, to avoid the dreaded drip of paint mark. I ended up only applying two coats of the white base. I made sure to sand lightly with a fine sandpaper in between coats.

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First coat of pink on the legs

The next part was even more fun. I couldn’t wait to get the pink on. This again is pretty self explanatory. The only little hiccup I had here was that,  Sebastian likes to follow me around and see what I’m doing, ALL THE TIME. You know the whole ‘curiosity killed the cat’ saying. Well in this case it should be ‘curiosity painted the cat pink’. Sebastian decided when I wasn’t looking to make his way into the garage and jump up on the wooden horses the chair was on and rub up against it. Which then resulted in me chucking him into the sink and dousing him in lukewarm water. He certainly learnt his lesson, especially as he had to rock pink tinged whiskers around the neighbourhood. Thankfully both the chair and Sebastian managed to survive this ordeal. Back to the chair, I was going back and forth between whether or not to take the pink right up the back of the rear legs. However, I wanted to keep the majority of the chair white and in hindsight I’m happy I did leave it. The pink paint did need two coats again as it was quite sheer.  Again I sanded (Joy) between coats of paint.

Once they were dry it was time to pop everything back together which was super easy. In terms of drying time, it was really quick each layer probably only took an hour max to dry. I decided to to put a top coat on the chair and keep it matte as I just prefer that look personally.

So, here it is the final product. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. It’s definitely given me a taste of D.I.Y and I’ve already purchased my next chair, so watch this space. I’m also thinking I’ll either attempt to make a lampshade with the left over fabric or some cushions if I can brave the sewing machine.

I hope this was helpful, I know it was probably a little long, but hey that’s my style. Let me know what you think and any suggestions or ideas or projects you’ve got on the go now!

Bailey xox

Once again Sebastian was really helpful

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Oh to be a Cat, That’s A Life That’s Good!

 

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Beauty

A Sneaky Peak Of Whats In My Shower

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All my best thoughts happen in the shower. It is one of the only times I get a spare minute to myself just to think. When I was in there this morning thinking about what to do as my first ever post on this blog, I knew I wanted it to be something beauty related as I feel that’s where my roots lie; but I couldn’t quite decide what. Firstly I was going down the lines of a ‘Favourites’ post or a ‘Skincare’ post, but as I was lathering and thinking it came to me. I’m so nosey and I love seeing what people use in the shower and I thought why not start at the beginning with the first part of my beauty regime for the day and give you all an insight as to what’s in my shower.

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La Roche-Posay, Effaclar, Purifying Foaming Gel For Oily Sensitive Skin, RRP $28.95 NZD

Lets start from the very beginning, a very nice place to start, or something along those lines. Anyway as soon as I hop and a skip into the shower the first thing I usually want to do is wash my face and get it all prepped for the day. This is the favourite part of my shower, apart from if I am washing my hair (I’m not sure if it’s sad to have a favourite part of a shower).

I first stumbled across this on a trip to Australia in Priceline (It so reminds me of Superdrug) after having forgotten my face wash and all in a panic because you can’t complete your favourite part of the shower routine without the main ingredient. I’ve always loved La Roche-Posay and every product I’ve ever tried I’ve fallen madly, deeply in love with and this was no exception. My skin’s a little weird and I’ve always been very VERY fickle when it comes to cleansers, however this is the third time I’ve purchased this product. It keeps me clear of any breakouts, doesn’t have a weird chemical smell, and lathers to a satisfying foam that gives you that squeaky clean fresh feeling. The only downside of this product is that it can be a little pricey and a little hard to get here in old NZ. I managed to get my paws on my next fix on a recent trip to the UK to see my Dad, who very kindly stocked me up on a couple to get me by. I have managed to track down a site in NZ that sells this baby, if you click here or you can also purchase it from Boots like I did and it retails for 11GBP here.

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St. Ives, Green Tea Scrub, Oil-Free RRP $9.89 NZD

If it’s that time of the week that I need to get my face scrub on then this is the scrub I turn to and have been turning to since I was 14. I started out many years ago with the original apricot scrub. I vividly remember reading in Heat magazine in the UK that this was the scrub of choice for Rachel Stevens from S Club 7, and well as the old saying goes – “if it’s good enough for Rach its good enough for little old me”. I’ve now upgraded to the tea tree version as I mostly wanted to try something new. I think the original will always be my favourite but this is pretty darn good. The tiny exfoliating beads really get deep down into my pores and I always feel like the dead skin that hangs out around my nose (especially in winter) goes ‘bye bye’ when I use this. I’ve tried a few higher end scrubs in my time and I find myself continuing to come back to this. I got mine here from Countdown which is a supermarket here in NZ but I know it can be found in most drugstores in both the UK and US.

 

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Soap & Glory Foam Call, RRP £6.50

Sadly again this is another one of those products that are in the hard to track down in NZ bucket. But if you’re lucky enough to live in a country that isn’t really small or far away and stocks Soap & Glory you are one very, very lucky person. Once again I have my Father to thank for this purchase and once I’m done with this I’m going to be one sad bunny. But enough of the sob story and onto the body wash. First I’d like to state how incredible this body wash smells, holy moly. I mean I knew it would have to smell good as all of my previous Soap & Glory shower purchases have always blown my mind and nose for that matter. Its got a mixture of sweet and sour going on with a real zing to it, which must be from the new Fruitigo™ Fragrance that is apparently within this bottle. Basically if you like a bit of citrus mixed with fig, then this will be right up your alley. It lathers great, so great that I don’t need to use anything but my bare hands to wash my body. I got mine from Boots, you can too by clicking here but I have managed to get a hold of it in NZ by using ebay, although watch the postage costs as it can really bump it up.

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OGX Coconut Water ‘Weightless Hydration’ Shampoo and Conditioner RRP $18.99 NZD

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This is both my favourite and least favourite part of the shower. It’s my Favourite because there is no better feeling than fresh clean hair. BUT I also hate that time of the week when dry shampoo just aint going to cut the mustard anymore. I managed to inherit thick, coarse, Polynesian hair from both of my parents, this makes the task of washing my hair a real chore, especially as I’ve been trying to grow it out. I had always gravitated towards shampoos and conditioners that were aimed at tackling frizz or smoothing out hair. However after many years of using these types of products, as a result of abusing my hair with various hot styling tools, I started to find that they were weighing down my hair and making it look lank and greasy. I was looking for something both hydrating but that didn’t leave my hair feeling like it was still covered in conditioner when it was dried and do you know what?  It was as if the hair Gods had heard my prayers when I found these two. I’ve had both of them for about a month now and I can very proudly say I am converted. This is defiantly one of those products that does exactly as it says on the tin. I actually look forward to using this. It also smells divine and a bonus that the smell lingers in your hair once dried. I purchased mine here  but after a little trusty google research they are stocked worldwide and I cant wait to try more products from this line.

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Bumble and bumble, Sunday Shampoo RRP $30.95 NZD

Keeping along the lines of Shampooing and Clarifying comes this little beauty from Bumble and bumble. Their ‘Sunday’ shampoo is quickly becoming one of my holy grail products. One that I will defiantly repurchase. In my day job I have to wear my hair up in a very neat bun, which means that a lot of product needs to be used to tame the mane, therefore causing that dreaded build up. I’ve tried many a clarifying shampoo in my time but they’ve either been way too clarifying, making my hair feel like I’ve stripped it within an inch of its life or they’ve left me feeling like I should’ve just stuck to my regular shampoo and greasy hair. This is my happy medium. It restores the life, bounce and volume to my hair whilst maintaing all the natural oils.  I first heard Viviannadoesmakeup talk about this on her youtube channel and had to give it a go. I got mine once again from the UK, however it is readily available in Mecca Cosmetica here or I found it a little cheaper on this website here for those of you in NZ.

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Herbal Essences, Honey I’m Strong Rinse Off Treatment, RRP $6.65 NZD

I love me a hair mask, especially one thats as cheap as chips and quick to use. I can’t really be bothered to hang out for 20 mins to an hr with a hair mask and cling film wrapped around my head and there’s certainly none of that waiting around with this product. I was however a little dubious when I read the instructions and they told me to spread the mask from root to tip. Now I’m old fashioned when it comes to hair masks and to me this is a big No No. But I bit the bullet and did what they said anyway and the results were Amazing with a capital A. This leaves your hair glossy, shiny and full of life just like the classic herbal essence advert. I just popped mine in the shopping trolley at my local supermarket here and I know Herbal Essence is readily available  in most supermarkets world wide, although I saw in the UK that this comes in a tub so keep an eye out for various packaging.

 

So that’s about it for the basics of what’s in my shower. I hope that it has cured that nosiness I know so many of you out there have. I’d love to hear any thoughts, suggestions or just what you’re loving to use in your shower at the moment.

Bailey xox

 

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My Little Helper

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About me

A life that’s good…

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So, why am I here? why did I decide to venture into the realms of blogging?

Actually this is my third venture into blogging, which you can both read and look at below (get excited). I had started a Youtube channel many many moons ago (almost 5 years to be exact) and unfortunately due to many different reasons, I just could never EVER keep up and keep it flowing. I also tried to keep it as secret as possible as I was so scared of people thinking it was silly or a joke. And no I’m not saying that this whole Blogging world is going to be any easier, I mean who knows if anyone is even going to read this, but its is for me, far more convenient. Having a blog means I don’t have to sit in the most awkward positions, in the most awkward angle just so I can get the right lighting for my video. You can basically blog anywhere and thats what I love about reading blogs as 9 out of 10 times there’s always lots of fun new content.

I had started a blog to coincide with my YouTube channel at the time, but I was so hopeless with that one and I left it sad and neglected, but if you would like a good laugh you’ll find it here it features 1 post of embarrassing photo’s and an a-hmm old boyfriend haha . I promise I’ll be a better with this one.

Anyhow I really did not mean to make this a ramble of a first post, although if you stick around you’ll soon notice that I do love a good old ramble or a waffle as many of my English teachers used to comment. I wanted to just say Hi and explain where I’m hoping to take this blog.

A life that’s good is actually the title of a song from one of my favourite telly programmes of the moment and I just thought it fits perfectly with everything I want this place to be about. I first started my Youtube channel focused on all things beauty as that is what I love, as a trained make up artist and addict. However as I’m getting older, my interests and hobbies have evolved and changed as my life changes. I love health and well being and any new fad that comes along with this. I’ve also seen myself giving the old Do It Yourself a try recently and wanted to share some tips and tricks that I’ve learnt along the way and also get some much needed advice as I am renowned for winging things.

I’m hoping this blog becomes a place where people can come and read and share and learn. I know these interests to some may seem ‘fluffy’ but to a big community out there it can be the hobby that keeps you going and the perfect escapism.

So, In a nutshell this is what I aim to achieve with this blog, I’m a little nervous about putting myself out there but whats life without a little bit of fear. So stick around and follow Me, My Boyfriend Chris and Our Cat Sebastian ‘Monkey’ (as pictured above, because who doesn’t love a cute cat picture) as we try and obtain A Life That’s Good.

Bailey

xox

 

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