Friday, 23 January 2015

Fashion: Potsdam Now. Brand Of Berlin Fashion Week. Day 3

Potsdam Now final night

Welcome back to the final show of Potsdam Now! Fashion, the newest addition to Berlin Fashion Week, which ended last night. Join me for a final time (please read my Potsdam Now Day 1 post) and admire German designs from Potsdam and Berlin.
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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Potsdam Now. Brand Of Berlin Fashion Week. Day 1

Potsdam Now Fashion Show


Fashion-wise all eyes are on Berlin from the 20th - 22nd January, as the capital hosts Germany's biggest fashion event: The Berlin Fashion Week. The brand is sometimes mistaken with the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which is part of Berlin Fashion Week alongside numerous other fashion events. 

This year, a new one has joined the brand and was hosted in Potsdam, Berlin's little neighbour. For the very first time, the glamorous show called Potsdam Now! Fashion invites fashionistas, the media, bloggers and fashion lovers to the Schinkelhalle to adore and see newcomer designers - local and from Israel.

The Location


The three-day event kicked off last night and I was kindly given a press pass to attend Potsdam Now at the Schinkelhalle. It is a very lovely venue, modern, with a fresh outline and a wooden ceiling, but sadly there was no public wifi, which made it hard during the evening to keep up with my media colleagues and to cover the event live. Maybe it's time to say 'Good Bye' to the times of free public wifi, which I always enjoyed in the UK, but I guess for German standards I'm far too spoilt to demand wifi. I mean this is Germany, pay for your Internet yourself you begging cheapskate!

Anyway, when I arrived at 5:30 pm, the venue was already super busy with people and I had no problem picking up my press pass. No goody bags this time! Some of the staff were tense which showed in annoyed faces and made the atmosphere a bit...well...very German. Never mind, I found my seat in the front row and took some test shots with my camera to test the lightning. I'm very sorry about the pictures, some of them are blurry but I've seen similar pictures from other photographers, so it wasn't just me struggling.

The fashion focus during the first night of Potsdam Now was on Israel. Did you know that there's an Israeli law that demands to credit all pictures edited with Photoshop? Or that models need to fulfil a certain BMI otherwise they aren't allowed to work in Israel? Ambassador Hadas Handelsmann, who opened the evening, charmingly explained 'we want to make sure, models eat more than just one or two salad leaves'. So let's begin, shall we?

Potsdam Fashion Week
Me sitting Front Row at Berlin Fashion Week

First Show: Shani Zimmerman


Shani Zimmerman Fashion Show
Shani Zimmerman Summer collection
Runway Fashion show
Shani Zimmerman fashion show

The first show, by Shani Zimmerman showcased very casual and chic designs, nothing too fancy but very mature with a touch of boho. Flat shoes dominated the catwalk, lots of pastel, sand and white tones were key colours in her SS15 collection. Sequins and black were used for a more glamorous look, but most designs were made of floating material to present the effortless of summer. I found Zimmerman's looks very nice because they combine fashion as art but are wearable at the same time.

Second Show: Zion Anava


Zion Anava fashion show
Zion Anava Berlin Fashion Week
catwalk show Fashion in Potsdam
Fashion runway show Berlin Fashion Week

The designer presented statement designs in dark shades teamed up with sequins and glitter, which was also reflected in the model's dramatic makeup. Again, very chic and elegant designs, the material of absolutely high quality with super classy cuts. Modern, stylish, bang on trend for a modern and independent woman. My favourite design was the mustard coloured coat in the picture above and the black glitter jumpsuit (model after the coat).

Third Show: Frau Blau


Frau Blau summer collection
Frau Blau runway show
Frau Blau fashion show Berlin Fashion week
Potsdam Now Frau Blau fashion show
Frau Blau designer on stage

Wearable fashion presented by Frau Blau with a twist of quirkiness and of course lots and lots of blue (in all shades you can think of!). The label plays safe and sticks to shift dresses. With clear cuts and the kaleidoscope print, all of the outfits were lovely to look at and would make perfect office and everyday wear. I particularly liked the black dress in the third picture and fell in love with the white dress in picture two and the fabulous printed scarf. This look screams after summer and when the model came on the catwalk I could literally feel the warmth of the summer sun and desperately wanted to head off to the next beach. Also, look at those antlers, aren't they très Jolie?

Fourth Show: Efrat Kalig


Efrat Kalig dreamy dresses fashion
Efrat Kalig runwayshow
Efrat Kalig for Potsdam Now fashion show
Designs and dresses by Efrat Kalig

Wow, you've made it through the entire post, congrats! Now you'll get a tiny feeling how long the event was. In between each show, there was a 1h break, which I found far too long. I guess it went by very fast for the make-up artists and models, but really slowly after the third show which finished around 21:30 pm. Most people left and I was nearly about to leave, too! Luckily I didn't because Efrat Kalig was the absolute highlight of the entire evening. She presented absolutely, amazingly, beautifully, stunning Haute Couture fashion at its best.

Look at all the designs! Her show was on for a full 40 minutes, bang, bang, bang, every dress a show stopper. Made of high-quality material, her dresses were magnificent. Mostly lacy, floating, diva-like teamed up with sophisticated statement jewellery, oh my god, I can't find the words to describe it. Absolutely amazing and genius brilliant! I was so blown away by the outfits and I can see talented Efrat's designs easily worn by supermodels next year at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Really enjoyed my first fashion show in Germany, though I'm always a bit reserved when I have to attend high-end glamour events by myself. Thanks to the lovely lady sitting next to me, the evening was an absolute joy and full success. Potsdam Now is on for two more nights, tonight and tomorrow which I have covered here Potsdam Now Day 3.

Let me know if you've ever been to a fashion show before, which designs you liked best and if you enjoy high-end glamour events. If you've liked today's fashion show post, I've also been to Bristol Fashion Week in 2014 and at the Amanda Wakely fashion show at London Fashion Week.

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Shopping At Bicester Village Designer Outlet

Barbour Shop at Bicester Village

Just outside of Oxford lies Bicester Village, a Designer Outlet with lovely shops, neat surroundings and great savings on designer products of up to 70% of the original price. Most of my Christmas shopping was done here, as I've visited the village last February and wanted to come back ever since. Christmas shopping came in handy and I also received my full flat deposit back so it just seemed right to splash some cash and treat myself and my family to some awesome gifts.

Shopping at Bicester Village
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Monday, 19 January 2015

Dress To Impress OOTD

Poncho Fashion Combination Outfit Post

Recently it has happened on numerous occasions, that people around me called me 'a student' or even worse, they started to speak in child talk to me. I know I have a cute round face and look young, but I'm still in my late 20's and expect a certain level of (adult) respect. Is that too much to ask for?

You may find it flattering to be regarded as young but I don't know what it is or if I'm too sensitive, but I'm really annoyed when people misjudge me due to my looks and think they can belittle me. That's why I've been a bit more aware of my styling and dressing lately.

At first, I wanted to call this post 'Dress Your Age Appropriately' but then I thought, nah that sounds too much like a rant. Instead, I'd like to show you how I've mixed High Street and Designer brands to create a classy and sophisticated style and hopefully achieved to look mature.

I like classy styles that look fashionable but without screaming it into your face. I like clean and neat outlines with my styles, so I would for example never wear a woolly jumper to a long pleated skirt and Doc Martens.

Stradivarius Poncho
Leggsington Leggings
Kate Spade Bucket Handbag
Michael Kors rose gold watch
Fashion post
Ankle Boots from Tamaris
Outfit for early spring

This outfit combines comfy Leggsington leggings with leather Tamaris ankle boots, a warm poncho from Stradivarius with a crisp white shirt from Uniqlo. Luxury Kate Spade handbag and Michael Kors watch finish the look and apply a chic touch to the outfit.

Here is what I’m Wearing:


Monochrome Poncho: Stradivarius (current winter season 2014, £25.99)
Long Shirt: Uniqlo (season 20014, £20)
Belt: Mango (season 2010, £15)
Joni Leggings: Leggsington* (current winter season 2014/2015, £28)
Handbag: Kate Spade (bought 2014, £199)
Darci Watch: Michael Kors (current season 2014, £229)
Gold Detail Shoes: Tamaris (current winter season 2014/2015m 79.95 €)

In this outfit, I feel I look more like an adult and serious. Definitely, have to do more with my hair (it looks dreadful) and put on more makeup. What do you reckon? Thanks so much for reading today's post. Hope you like the outfit. How would you style the poncho or the leggings?

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin

*PR sample
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Friday, 16 January 2015

Cinema Highlights In January


Let's open the cinema year 2015 with some fantastic films. Hope you'll enjoy today's post and let me know which ones you've seen already or are excited about!


1. The Theory Of Everything 8/10


Eddie Redmayne was recently honoured with a Golden Globe award for his outstanding performance as Stephen Hawkings in The Theory Of Everything. Totally justified as his performance is absolutely magnificent and he embraces his role in every single minute which makes his play so authentic and easy to watch. The epic biopic is light-heartedly narrated and tells the life story of one of the greatest physics of our times. The acting is superb, though plot and characters lack some depth now and again, the film still scores with powerful pictures and an emotional OST.

2. Foxcatcher 7/10



The intense drama centred around a former wrestling Olympian in the '80s offers excellent acting and superb camera perspectives. Calm and always spot on, the film is atmospheric but sometimes the plot is slowed down so much that you desperately wish they would have accelerated the narrative a tiny bit more. Carell and Tatum leave their usual cliché roles and turn out to be decent actors which could be seriously in for some Oscar nominations. Well done! However, be warned, this is not an easy to watch film, so make sure you are 'in the mood' for some heavy movie time.

3. Disney's Into The Woods 8/10



Disney's adaptation of the smash-hit Broadway musical stars an awesome cast: Emily Blunt, Lucy Punch, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp do I need to say more? Meryl Streep as the wicked witch is hilarious and the first 2/3 of the film are a weird and interesting mixture of several Brother Grimm's fairy tales which makes the movie highly entertaining and funny. Sadly, as soon as the chaotic scavenger hunt of the fairy characters is over and an aggressive giant lady disturbs the woods, the film loses its charm drastically. Be prepared for some serious WTF moments on screen.

Let me know which film you have seen or excited about! I love, read and reply to every comment!

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin
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Thursday, 15 January 2015

What To Wear Tonight Review

Outfit post OOTD What To Wear Tonight

How are you? I'm not sure if you have seen or heard about What To Wear Tonight, a new online shop that launched just before Christmas, yet. Unfortunately, the shop closed down in 2015 but instead of deleting my review, I've decided to keep this post and show you what pieces they've sent me to review.

The Ordering Process


I found out about WTWT on Twitter and they've asked me if I'd like to review their clothing range and the shopping experience on their website. Shopping is always a good idea, so before Christmas, I browsed through the collection of beautiful dresses, knitwear, coats and accessories and found an incredible magazine clutch with Vogue covers. These and cover bags were a must-have last spring and are still on-trend. It was certainly time to get one myself!

Part of my budget was planned on a dress, but it took me a long time to make a decision, as they were all gorgeous! A sparkly blue tube dress caught my eye straight away and I imagined myself wearing it and look like the perfect ice princess. In the end, I decided against it because I spotted a chic and elegant brown dress, which was more my style. It works very well as a going out dress with heels, the clutch and statement accessories, but I can also wear it as a sophisticated city dress with flats and a bucket handbag.

Magazine Clutch with Vogue Covers

The ordering process was quick, easy and hassle-free. WTWT worked like all online shops. First, you would set up a free account, select your choices and place your items into a cart. At the checkout, you had the option to pay via PayPal, American Express, Maestro or Visa debit card. All orders in the UK came with free delivery.

After I placed my order, I got very excited and tweeted to WTWT. They answered promptly and said I was their very first customer. Wow! It took then two days for the package to arrive.

The Dress & Magazine Clutch


Both items were wrapped and sealed securely in separate plastic bags and came in a big sized carrier envelope. Alongside the receipt came an additional green bracelet as a Thank You, which I found very nice and a thoughtful gesture. I teamed up the dress and clutch with my Jane Norman high heels, the Cali necklace from Juste Bijoux and my stunning bracelets from Karma Jewellery. My What To Wear Tonight OOTD post is here.

Magazine clutch
Outfit flatlay fashion post

Dress* £19.99
Clutch* £14.99

The clutch is exactly how I imagined it would be. It has Vogue covers printed all over, a decent size with lots of space. The cool design is so stylish, especially the V-shaped flap with the metal edging and the magnetic clasp. It is very light and has a chain so you can easily wear it around your shoulder. This stunning clutch bag comes in black/white or in bronze/silver.

Now, the sleeveless dress comes with a retro Pan collar on the front and low round back. It has an inner dress which is beige and shines through the lacy black outer dress to create a sophisticated effect. It has a great fit and feels soft and of good quality. I absolutely adore the elegance of the dress, which might be for some too basic, but it'll look great to any occasion. Whether it is the shopping tour, or for a night out, or as a classy look for the office, this dress is so versatile. Very pleased with my choices.

Have you heard of What To Wear tonight before? How would you style the dress or the clutch?

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin

*PR sample
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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Karma Jewellery Review

Karma jewellery Fashion

I wouldn't say I'm a spiritual person, but I do believe in horoscopes, star signs and lucky charms. These lovely bracelets* which I received from Karma Jewellery will be my lucky charm to collect good Karma and hopefully attract positive energy to help me achieve my set goals in 2015.

Karma Jewellery Made In Belfast


Ever since I found Karma through a search on Twitter, I fell in love with their beautiful and stunning bracelets and bangles. Made in Belfast, a city full of history and charming character, Karma's jewellery is handcrafted and finished with either a silver or antique gold touch. The brand takes its inspiration from world travels, fashion, culture and spirituality, all values that are incorporated in every piece of the collection.

So far, the range includes beautifully designed bracelets, stacks and bangles, that all come with a special meaningful token or coin. The idea behind the jewellery is 'to uplift and inspire the wearer, through symbols that emphasise your unique inner values'.

I really like the idea of meaningful jewellery which applies an individual touch to the pieces, transfers positive energy and makes the ideal thoughtful present for someone special. Not only can the wearer collect good Karma, but the brand also passes on the positive energy to local charities and donates 10% of each sale.

Bangles Fashion Item
Coin Bangle gold fashion

Jewellery With Meaning


Karma kindly offered me the chance to chose bangles from their range and I was so surprised and super excited when they arrived. Each bangle has a gorgeous antique gold finish with wonderful details which looks very vintage and will go very well with any of my outfits. You can literally stare and admire them all day and I feel my pictures don't do them enough justice. The bangles have a diameter of around 7cm and fit perfectly around my wrist.

Each bracelet comes with a lucky charm, Karma's logo and a charm coin, which represents your inner value. When I chose my bangles, I have to confess I didn't look at the description of meanings. It was a pure heart decision and I chose the ones, which attracted me the most. So, when they arrived and I found out about their intentions, I was absolutely stunned how well each token symbolised my life. Here they are:

The first one is my absolute favourite: the Gold Compass Coin bangle*. 2014 wasn't one of my best years, to be honest. Numerous throwbacks, life circumstances and obstacles made me feel depressed that I wasn't nowhere near where I wanted to be at my age. This caused a lot of pressure which ended in even more failures. At some point, I quit my job and started to find back to myself and to remember all those dreams I had when I started university. Somehow I really lost track of what I wanted to do and how hard I had worked for. So the compass represents my inner journey, it functions as a reminder to not lose sight of my aims and will hopefully show me direction and orientation and lead me back on the right track.

Gold jewellery bangles with coins

My name 'Carolin' means 'The Strong' or 'The Free Spirit' and throughout my life, this meaning has proven to be rightful many times. I love the arts and travelling, I'm a passionate linguist and literature researcher and I have an extraordinary sense of independence. When I read the Dragonfly Coin bangle* stands for swiftness and freedom, it hit the nail straight on the head.

I chose the Irish Shamrock Coin bangle* because I've been to Belfast and Ireland a few times and the city has a lovely charm which I wanted to represent with this bangle. The Irish Shamrock stands for luck and will remind me to stay positive in 2015 and to avoid problems and conflicts. 'For each petal on the Shamrock, this brings a wish your way. Good health, good luck and happiness for today and every day'.

Each bangle comes delicately wrapped with a sentiment card, explaining its unique symbolic meaning and costs around £18.50.

Oh, and the lovely people over at Karma also featured me as their Karma Girl of the month on their blog. I've styled my bangles in a few fashion posts here on StyleLingua and you'll find the looks in my What To Wear Tonight OOTD and Boho Autumn Style. Enjoy!

Thank you so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin
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Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Disney's Big Hero 6 Review


I haven't done a film review in ages, so when I watched Disney's Big Hero 6 last night, which will hit cinemas at the end of the month, I was little impressed and left disappointed when I finished watching the film.

My review is my personal and honest opinion which I express directly and openly. I do not intend to offend anyone, nor do I want to use euphemism. So here's what I thought:

The title of Disney’s newest ‘masterpiece’ Big Hero 6 reads like a meal fresh from the menu of common animation mash. Just take the familiar ingredients and you get Disney a la Carte: take a cute cuddly hero (for the girls) plus a super cool sidekick (for the boys), add some ‘friends’ who mainly utter massive nonsense, spice it all up with some cheesy one-liners, some easy and superficial plot structures including the obligatory American curve of low point where everything is so totally helpless and lost, but then turns miraculously and so out of the blue into the happy ending and voila, here it is – the newest animation film that will mug parents’ wallets.

I won’t spoil any plot details of the film for you, but I have to warn you, I didn't like the film at all. However, I’ll try my best to find some positives about it. Big Hero 6 has some moments that will make you smile. The animation is typically Disney and like always of high quality and yeeeeaaaahhhs I find BayMax very cute and I really fancy a cuddle right now. But that’s it.

25 minutes into the film and I had a massive headache from the unlikeable characters. There’s Hiro which is a very dull and uncreative pun with the word ‘Hero’. Linguistically speaking the phonetics are completely wrong. 'Hiro' should be pronounced /'haɪrəʊ/, but it is a children's film, so any logic should be switched off and let's pronounce him /ˈhɪərəʊ/ ('hero'). He is a super cool teenager and about to join his brother at university at the age of - maybe 12 or 14? His brother introduces him to some fellow students, the ‘stupid nerds’ which are 'so uncool'. And I tell you now these ‘friends’ will do your head in all film long! Big Hero 6 is full of hectic moments with hysterical jumping around and hyperactivity everywhere. It is so turbulent and annoying. I had to check in the middle of the film if this was really produced by Disney and not by Dreamworks.

Other points are the poor quality of translation into German and I’m also extremely disappointed by the depiction of university and its students. They are ‘uncool’ and ‘nerdy’. I don’t think I would like to give this message to my children, that being intelligent and achieving something extraordinary through research is a bad thing and has to be treated arrogantly. Children who'll see this and mimic this behaviour will be the perfect bullies in school. We have seen this cliché in so many films and I'm asking myself when will this stop? I'm tired of seeing how intelligent people are referred to and treated as losers. Sorry, Disney but that’s really uncool and so last 2002!

The film lost, even more, points when they made a reference to ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs’ and ‘The Hunger Games’. Disney do you really need to steal from other films?

Here are two more examples that will tell you everything about the intellectual level of Big Hero 6:

‘We can’t fight. We’re just nerds’ – says a student who researches and builds robots at a reputable university.

‘Do you know what a quarantine is?’ again, asked by a student who studies robots and engineering at university.

I’m very well aware that this is a film for children, which they will probably enjoy due to the high level of entertainment. But to be honest the film won't do anything else than this followed by children who will drag you into the nearest Disney store and nag the hell out of you till you've bought all the merchandising.

Big Hero 6 is to me a big disappointment, which hasn't achieved to engage me into the action or identify with the characters at all. The thin plot is full of superficial messages, shallow emotions and sheer boring. Uninspiring, predictable and far too easily structured – I mean you know after 10 minutes who’s going to be the bad guy. I grew up with Disney and I wish they would produce more wonderful films such as 'Ratatouille'.

If you like fast food and you don't care about your children won't learn anything useful except for 'switch off your brain and learn how to divide the world into categories', then you’ll love Big Hero 6. If you’re after something inspiring, funny and truly magical, then I’d say watch 'Paddington' again or invest your money into DVDs like 'The Last Unicorn' or 'Land Before Time'.

2/10

Please note and respect my personal opinion of the film. I'm aware my taste in film is not mainstream and you may disagree with my views. Feel free to comment and let me know what you thought of Big Hero 6.

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin
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Monday, 5 January 2015

The Me Time Tag

The Me Time Tag

My blogger friend Lauren chose me for this tag and I had a lot of fun answering her questions. It's all about how to spent 'Me Time' which is to me mostly relaxing on the settee with some comfort food and watching TV with my bf.

1. What do you watch or read during me-time?

To unwind and to relax from a busy day of mental work, I really like to watch - what I call - 'quality trash' TV (not ITV that's far too trashy), basically anything that's on C4. I love Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners (a show where OCDs meet hoarders and help cleaning their flat), Gogglebox (a programme where people watch TV and comment on shows), Alan Carr 'Chatty Man', The Simpsons, You Can't Get The Staff (filthy rich poshies looking for household staff to sort out first world problems) or any kind of interior design shows (Kirstie's Fill Your House For Free, Hollywood Me). I also love the German version of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, celebrity gossip and film news, The Big Bang Theory, Come Dine With Me and documentaries ala Don't Look Down, The Paedophile Next Door or The Man With The 10 Stone Testicles....anything gross, that's me :)

Reading-wise I like flicking through fashion magazines (e.g. Glamour, Look, Grazia).

2. What do you wear during me-time?

PJs and comfy loungewear (a fluffy dressing gown and a blanket to snuggle up will do, too).

3. What are your me-time beauty products?

Oh, that's a bit tricky and hard to answer as I'm not bothered about beauty products. I do like enjoying a hot bath and then snuggle up with a blanket on the settee.

4. Current favourite nail polish?

Binky and Benecos Nail Polish. I'm really surprised how good the quality of these brands are, as the polishes are affordable and only cost between £2-£6 max. I was always a fan of Nails Inc, but their quality went down so much last year.

5. What do you eat or drink during me-time?

It has to be super unhealthy, like Chicago Town's Stuffed Crust Pizza or nachos with a cheese dip. Anything spicy and crisp related will do (and I'm a secret ice tea addict) :)

6. Current favourite candle?

Not a candle person I'm afraid, but I got Busy Bee Candle's magic beanz recently (generous present from my blogging friend Sammie) and they smell gorgeous!

7. Do you ever have outdoor me-time?

Sometimes. Whereas at home I can totally give in to being a couch sloth, outdoor 'Me Time' feels different to me. It is relaxing but not as good as being at home and totally being 'Me'. Outdoor 'Me Time' definitely includes a good session of ice skating or bike ride in the summer.

8. Would you ever go see a movie alone?

Yes sure, I haven't got a problem with seeing a movie all by myself. It's actually a nice change because you can finally be as noisy as hell eating your nachos and laugh loudly without the embarrassing looks and 'shhhhhssss' from your bf next to you. Done it a few times so all is good :)

9. Favourite online shop?

Amazon. It has everything I need (DVDs, books and random stuff nobody wants but I must have)!

10. Anything to add? What else do you do during me-time?

During Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, I love cleaning the flat (random and odd) but usually, I fall asleep on the settee during a film or so.

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Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin
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