The Seven Year Itch

13 04 2014

Seven Year Itch

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one [wo]man in [her] time plays many parts, [her] acts being seven ages. ~ William Shakespeare

Seven Year Itch

My seventh rez day crept up on me today. I didn’t realize it until Stephen pointed it out to me, and then I blushed, realizing it was true. I have done the math and realize I am in my prime! (If there are four sunrises and sunsets per 24 hours, then it would be four days per 365 days, 365 days per year would make me 28 years old. I’ll take it!) I have enjoyed some celebrations already. Jaynine Scarborough, the wondrous amazing voice from Berlin, sang me an over-the-top Happy Rezday at her show that brought tears to my eyes. I reminisced with IronGut McAllister about when he DJ’d my first rez day. I got an amazing poem written for me. As Jaynine would sing, “It’s wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!” And despite the title, I don’t seem to be going anywhere.

In my seven years in SL, one of the most wonderful things that has emerged is the explosion of content available to consumers. No, folks, businesses don’t fail in SL because of content theft or because of lack of support from LL; they fail because the competition has become fierce and you have to provide great content with a tight business model. My look today includes some of the best designers in SL who created pieces for the 100 Block and a hungry shopping community.

First start with Cynthia Ultsch’s short jean jacket. I was so thrilled when I saw this come out. She has made it short to work with many different mesh outfits, open to show a little decolletage and open enough to accommodate different sizes in front. I fit it over Datrip Blackbart’s little rock n roll bustier (this can be found at his shop) and then wore that with Moonbubble Gothly’s high-waisted mini, where the material in the skirt goes up rather than down. I have to say I wore bustier and skirt out and got a lot of compliments. Of course the compliments may have come from wearing Gospel Voom’s high heeled Mary Janes from FaMESHed with their frilly ankle socks. In fact, I think for my compliment-givers, these were a delectable deciding factor.

Seven Year Itch

Cruella Pennell often amazes me with her other-vision hair styles and her style and hairbases for 100 Block are no exception. With an intricately shaved texture, the hair base’s swirls correspond with my skirt while my long locks on top, tossed to the side, give my look height and movement. Limited edition earrings from Ganymede Galaxy from Limited Bazaar give me a touch of Wastelands with filament inside the glass bulb hanging off a gear. And the luscious skin Sawsan Secretspy is selling at 100 Block, is pretty and soft but has enough grit with the darkly lined eyes to make the look work.

Seven Year Itch

Thank you, my dear treasured friends in SL. You know who you are, many of you who have been with me throughout this second life. Here’s to many more!

Hair: a: anaxilea: pitch black by Cruella Pennell for Adoness, available at the 100 Block *

Hairbase: a: shaved damask: grey shades by Cruella Pennell for Adoness, available at the 100 Block *

Skin: .::WoW skins::. Nawra Darktan 04 by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the 100 Block *

Eyes: pearl – columbia – medium bright by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes *

Jacket: [Cynful] Cropped Denim Jacket by Cynthia Ultsch for Cynful, available at the 100 Block *

Top: Legal Insanity – tori rocker top leather zebra by Datrip Blackbart for Legal Insanity *

Skirt: [ bubble ] Highwaisted Skirt  by Moonbubble Gothly for [bubble], available at the 100 Block *

Earrings: Aesthetica Filament Earing by Ganymede Galaxy for Aesthetica, available at the Limited Bazaar

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Metals Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: [Gos] Charlotte Mary Jane Pumps – Patent by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique, available at FaMESHed *

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)





Spring is like a perhaps hand

12 04 2014

Spring is like a perhaps hand

Spring is like a perhaps hand
(which comes carefully
out of Nowhere) arranging
a window, into which people look (while
people stare
arranging and changing placing
carefully there a strange
thing and a known thing here) and

changing everything carefully

spring is like a perhaps
Hand in a window
(carefully to
and from moving New and
Old things,while
people stare carefully
moving a perhaps
fraction of flower here placing
an inch of air there) and

without breaking anything.

~ E.E. Cummings

Spring is like a perhaps hand

It’s still National Poetry Month, and I am once again plying you with poetry. I can’t help it. Poetry is good for you, and this poem by E.E. Cummings was one of my favorites when I was younger. I pulled out this poem to greet spring and to show you Zaara Kohime’s latest collection, a set of bustier, jacket and pants, mesh to texture all created by Zaara herself.

Spring is like a perhaps hand

The collection is full of mix and match pieces with delightful colors and patterns, so I indulged this time and am showing you several different variations. Zaara, who is often known for her gorgeous Indian prints and beautiful patterns, once again incorporates pattern into the jackets, complimenting them with both solid and patterned bustiers. The bottoms, with a sort of loosely tied wrap look, feature Zaara’s lush shadowed textures and sheened material, evoking a rich and luxurious feel.

Spring is like a perhaps hand

It’s always exciting when Zaara comes out with new content, especially separates that can be mixed with other outfits. I tried to vary the looks here by mixing up the colors on Maxi Gossamer’s sandals, exploiting the “fatpack” she gives in her built-in texture change scripts on most of her jewelry and now her sandals.

Spring is like a perhaps hand

I also varied up the hair colors. Minami Susanowa includes several shades in her red pack, this a low and loosely tied ponytail that she is selling at The Seasons Story. Aikea Rieko’s gorgeous skin shows beautifully with the bustier, featuring the great collarbone, of course, but also a beautiful face. I swapped her various and gorgeous eye makeups for each look to compliment the colors.

Spring is like a perhaps hand

changing everything carefully…

without breaking anything.

 

Version 1:

Hair: tulip. Charlie (Reds) by Minami Susanowa for tulip, available at The Seasons Story

Skin: :[P]:- Astrali Skin[Basic]:// Hylala by Aikea Rieko for Plastik *

Makeup: :[P]:-Fauxe Makeup:// Depth by Aikea Rieko for Plastik *

Eyes: pearl – columbia – medium bright by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes

Jacket: Zaara : Sana chintz jacket *blush* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

Top: Zaara : Natasha bustier *pink floral* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

Pants: Zaara : Mita tie-up pants *peach* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Flat by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: MG – Sandals – Lotus Flower Blossom 1 by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

 

Version 2:

Makeup: :[P]:-Fauxe Makeup:// Candi by Aikea Rieko for Plastik *

Jacket: Zaara : Sana chintz jacket *purple* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

Top: Zaara : Natasha bustier *plum* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

Pants: Zaara : Mita tie-up pants *khaki* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

Version 3:

Makeup: :[P]:-Fauxe Makeup:// Peacock by Aikea Rieko for Plastik *

Jacket: Zaara : Sana chintz jacket *ivory sky* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

Top: Zaara : Natasha bustier *aqua* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

Pants: Zaara : Mita tie-up pants *frost* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

Version 4:

Makeup: :[P]:-Fauxe Makeup:// Molten by Aikea Rieko for Plastik *

Jacket: Zaara : Sana chintz jacket *coal* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

Top: Zaara : Natasha bustier *kohl* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

Pants: Zaara : Mita tie-up pants *scarlet* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

 

Version 5:

Makeup: :[P]:-Fauxe Makeup:// Seasiren by Aikea Rieko for Plastik *

Jacket: Zaara : Sana chintz jacket *indigo* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

Top: Zaara : Natasha bustier *navy* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

Pants: Zaara : Mita tie-up pants *royal blue* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

 

Version 6:

Makeup: :[P]:-Fauxe Makeup:// Peacock by Aikea Rieko for Plastik *

Top: Zaara : Natasha bustier *blue batik* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

 

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Branches: 8f8 – Double Young Sakura PINK (No shadow) by 8f8 for iBi, available at The Seasons Story





A Marriage of Design and Beauty

11 04 2014

The Marriage of Design and Beauty

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”~ John Keats

The Marriage of Design and Beauty

Monica Outlander, always known for her creativity and fun in SL, has announced the Miamai Luxe Scavenger Hunt, and I have been given the auspicious honor of being one of the bloggers who will be supplying a hint for you. While I won’t just give you the question and answer, I will give you many hints photographically and textually.

This is how it works: The first three people who answer all the questions on the website and submit a notecard to Shae Sixpence will win the entire Luxe Collection, including all the shoes you see in these photos. Every single one for your virtual tootsies. How can you not try?

The Marriage of Design and Beauty

This is all in honor of the release of Monica Outlander’s new spring collection at Miamai, the Luxe Collection, which includes shoes from her partner, Pill Kanto.  With this “reception,” I wanted to point out how Monica’s work is a marriage of design and beauty and for this collection, it’s a romantic assemblage of the sensual qualities of fabric and clothing with softly-colored, spring textures. The blouse drapes and balloons around the waist, the skirt flows in billows of heavy luxurious fabric. The pieces are mix-n-match so you can wear them with other pieces in the collection or potentially with other creators’ work.

The Marriage of Design and Beauty

As for our reception, what better place than the Nash Conservatory at Kew Gardens, which Barnesworth Anubis has so faithfully replicated with his Classic Conservatory, which is being sold at Collabor88 this round. The building is perfect for concerts, parties and wedding receptions, as you can see here. I festooned the windows with Maxwell Graf’s mesh drapes and hung Tya Fallingbridge’s gorgeous chandeliers, which she is selling at the Home Show. Froukje Hoorenbeek’s bistro table and vases are perfect for dinner.

The Marriage of Design and Beauty

That being said, if you look closely, each table has three pairs of shoes, one from each of Pill Kanto’s three different collections, at each table. (All the tables are shown in the photo with all the shoes Pill will be selling, hint hint hint. And yes, they are heavy on style AND land impact I found out, so put them on your feet, not on your land.)

The Marriage of Design and Beauty

The Seasons Story opened yesterday to great applause and lag so take your time before you run over. It’s open through the end of the month (I think—no dates to be found). Aida Ewing is offering a set of skins derived from her popular new Brandi series, delicate and otherworldly. I top the look with a wavy ‘do from Bubbles Clawtooth and accessorize with gorgeous pieces from Maizon Rayna and a pretty ring from Allegory Malaprop.

Check out these other bloggers’ entries for the other hints:

Strawberry Singh
Foxx Pawpad
Caoimhe Lionheart
Sylphia Constantine
Harlow Heslop
Kynne Llewellyn
Shae Sixpence
Grazia Horwitz

The Marriage of Design and Beauty

Did you find the answer? No? One last hint: XXXIX

Hair: Clawtooth: Lady Stardust – Coco by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth

Skin: -Glam Affair – Brandi – Europa 04 H with -Glam Affair – Brandi – Lipstick 04 by Aida Ewing for –Glam Affair-, available at The Seasons Story *

Eyes: ::Nar Mattaru:: Bardo Eyes / Forest by Jade Glazner for Nar Mattaru

Top: Miamai_Kalia Cotton Rose by Monica Outlander for Miamai * (available April 12)

Skirt: Miamai_Anya Gown Plain Brown by Monica Outlander for Miamai * (available April 12)

Jewelry: TdO*CLOE’ bracelet and earrings by maizon Rayna for Terra d’ombrA *

Rings: Schadenfreude Simple Ring Trio (copy) by Allegory Malaprop for Schadenfreude

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Autumn Nights Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Venue: [ba] classic conservatory by Barnesworth Anubis for barnesworth anubis, available at Collabor88 *

Table: Dutchie bistro table by Froukje Hoorenbeek for Dutchie *

Vases: Dutchie glas vase with yellow flowers by Froukje Hoorenbeek for Dutchie * (modified)

Curtains: Rustica – Mesh Drape TOP SWAGS by Maxwell Graf for Rustica * (modified)

Chandeliers: [PM] Pixel Mode  – Chandelier – Long – Pewter by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at the Home Show 2014 *

Shoes: MIAMAI_Curiosity high pumps – luxe, MIAMAI_Difference high pumps -luxe, and MIAMAI_Indifference high pumps -luxe (to be worn with Slink high feet) by Pill Kanto for Miamai * (available April 12)

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin, available at Collabor88





Today

10 04 2014

Today

If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze

that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house

and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,

a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies

seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking

a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,

releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage

so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting

into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.

~ “Today” by Billy Collins

Today

It’s still National Poetry Month in the U.S., and since I have a moment here to share another poem, I will from one of my very favorite poets, Billy Collins. I keep two of his books in my Kindle at all times and read a poem every day the way my grandmother read daily devotionals. I can’t say enough about his work. Read the poem again. Enjoy it, please.

And today is the day when I want to unlatch the door to the canary’s cage and celebrate the sunlight with flowers in my hair. CrystalDoll Lemon is offering this darling dress in several colors at the 100 Block, and I was mightily impressed. She does her own mesh—this is not a template—and her textures are light and pretty. I love the evocative drapiness, the well-fit alpha and the lovely shadowing. I am definitely going to be checking out more of her work!

I paired it with Maxi Gossamer’s newest sandals, also mesh and also made by the creator without a template. I think I take for granted that Maxi does amazing work in mesh—she puts out so many great designs. I was absolutely delighted to see she is offering sandals for Slink feet now. My pretty necklace is from Ellantha Larsson, who is offering this as part of a set that includes face and belly piercings at the 100 Block.

Today

Truth Hawks has come out with this lovely hair that comes with several flower add-ons that he will be offering at The Seasons Story just in time for spring, but I chose to wear Jaycee Dover’s flower hair band from the 100 Block. My gorgeous skin is one of Shantia Soulstar’s lovely creations, beautiful without makeup but I felt that I needed to make it bloom with her add-on eyeshadow and lipstick. Today is a beautiful day!

Today

“Today is just that kind of day.”

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Fleur – Browns by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<, available at The Seasons Story *

Skin: Zoul Creations – Robyn – Tone 6 – Dk Brows with Zoul Creations – Robyn – Tone 6 – Lips 07 and Zoul Creations – Robyn – Tone 6 – Eyeshadow 06 by Shantia Soulstar for Zoul Creations *

Eyes: PC pearl – columbia – small bright by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes *

Dress: {dollle*} 082 Long Sleeve Off Shoulder – Pink by CrystalDoll Lemon for {dollle*},

Hair flowers: luxe. – Fleur Branch (cherry blossom) by Jaycee Dover for luxe., available at the 100 Block *

Necklace: .:ellabella:. Empress Crow – Necklace by Ellantha Larsson for.:ellabella:., avaavailable at the 100 Block *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: [ bubble ] Fishnet Nails – Light Set by Moonbubble Gothly for [bubble], available at the 100 Block *

Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Flat by Siddean Munro for Slink

Sandals: MG – Sandals – Lotus Flower Blossom 1 by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

Poses: .[ pose+ivity ]. 100 Block Blog Pack by Meccaa for Pose+ivity, available at the 100 Block *

P.S. Come back tomorrow for hints for Miamai!!





Miamai Presents the Luxe Scavenger Hunt!

9 04 2014

Harper Beresford:

I don’t often reblog but this is going to be fun!!

Originally posted on MIAMAI ::::::: Fashion Creations:

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On April 12th at 10am SLT Miamai will launch it’s brand new Spring line but before we do… there will be shenanigans (lots of them) and you’re all invited to participate!

Beginning April 10th and carrying through into the 11th a series of nine bloggers from across the grid will be giving you all sneak previews of the Luxe Collection as well as hiding clever answers to questions within their blog. The game is simple:

The first three people to find all the hidden answers to the questions below and submit those answers correctly via notecard to Shae Sixpence will win the entire Luxe Collection. Including the shoes… that’s right we said the shoes too. All of them.

The questions? What are they? Oh, okay…

1. What is Monica Outlander’s favorite color?

2. What is Monica Outlander’s favorite flower?

3. In what year was Miamai established?

4. Why has the…

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Wanda

9 04 2014

Wanda

Now her eyes meet mine like green lightning-they are green, these eyes of hers, whose power is so indescribable-green, but as are precious stones, or deep unfathomable mountain lakes.” ~ Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Venus in Furs

Wanda

The 100 Block opens today and as you might expect from this event, there’s a lot of sexy seeded in with the regular fashions. Actually, most of it is sexy, especially this corset and stocking outfit from Mariska Simons, one of the exclusives she is offering. With a mesh corset that cinches the waist just right and stockings and panties that can be worn as system pieces or as I do applied to the Cute Azz, it’s a versatile outfit. (Also comes with boob appliers.) I accessorized with cuffs from Muka Release that come with a great texture change HUD that allows a combo of colors across three elements of the cuff. There are also ankle cuffs, but I decided to forego those to wear these crazy-high mules from Antonia Millar which also come with a texture-change HUD.

Wanda

Sawsan Secretspy is offering two exclusive skins at the 100 Block this year. With sensuous shading and sexy makeup, the skins come with appliers for everything (as you can see by my beautiful behind) and is offered in several makeups. Nova Faerye has made three hairstyles for the event with four different texture change HUDs, including this fantastic Chromatic hud. I spent a lot of time today clicking around to explore the options of all these pieces to get the right amount of heat and sexy in the look. The 100 Block opens today with lots to see and runs through the end of the month.

Wanda

“Desire followed the glance, pleasure followed desire.” ~ Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Venus in Furs

Hair: little bones. Chromatic. Gods & Monsters by Nova Faerye for little bones, available at the 100 Block *

Skin: .::WoW skins::. Nawra Darktan 01 CL with .::WoW Skins::. Iris Dark eyebrows by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the 100 Block *

Eyes: .ID. Shades of Green – Olive by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Lingerie: ~Blacklace~ Dark Delights by Mariska Simons for Blacklace, available at the 100 Block *

Cuffs: *MUKA* Nasla Cuff – Wrist by Muka Release for *MUKA*, available at the 100 Block *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Goth Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Ass: *L.inc* Cute Azz Thicker Legs by CK Winx for *L.inc*

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: EMPORIUM – Cross Platform SLink HIGH by Antonia Millar for EMPORIUM, available at the 100 Block *

Chaise: Diesel Works – Elvira Ottoman (Cream/Walnut) by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Standing poses by Tutys for Tutys





Haiku Found

7 04 2014

Found Haiku

Holding on to the
mistake continues to be
a bigger mistake.

~ Serendipitous Haiku from the New York Times, taken from Shining Examples for Marlins Team Seeking Its Way Back by Tyler Kepner

Found Haiku

April is National Poetry Month and my regular readers know that this will be greeted with happiness in my corner because I love poetry. Poetry, to many, seems inaccessible, obtuse, emotional or rigid, which is a shame because it’s anything but. It’s a fool’s game for sure—being a poet is no way to make a living for most people but then being a ballet dancer is a rare occupation as is being a rocket scientist.

The truth is poetry can be found everywhere, as the New York Times proves with their Serendipitous Haiku. Ostensibly it’s a computer program that scans the articles published on their website and finds 17 syllable sentences that can be broken into the traditional 5/7/5 syllable line with an emphasis on the potential of a deliverable moment of enlightenment. Some of the haiku the computer finds certainly do this as show by my examples.

I bring up the haiku form to illustrate, of course, the Japan Fair 2014, which is its own found poem. The build is lovely, the content sold at the fair is gorgeous, and the intentions are good—to gather Japanese creators in SL to donate a portion of their proceeds to Shelter Box, a charity in the UK which delivers boxes with tents and other aid to displaced families who need temporary shelter. The build was peaceful and lovely to walk around, a testament to the kind gesture of the fair.

Found Haiku

Take, for example, this gorgeous dress from my friend Saya Littlething. Saya has made a number of items for Japan Fair, all of them donating 100% to Shelter Box in their sales. This kimono-print dress, made from a mesh sheath joined with a flexi skirt and tied with a large kimono-influenced bow, can take you from Japan to a formal ballroom in seconds. I found my sexy geta-inspired heels from Rei2 Aya, made for the Slink high feet, at the Fair as well, with a portion of their sales donated to Shelter Box.

My windblown hair is offered by Rika Oyen, who has several hair styles at the fair, and my gorgeous headpiece, embellished with flowers, painted porcelain, ribbons and a tassle, is Gin Fhang’s generous donation for Shelter Box. My collar, which I tinted, is a gift to visitors at Hays Uriza’s store, which features gorgeous jewelry.

I wanted to show this look with Inka Mexicola’s porcelain skin, which she is selling at Kustom9. I find the the heavy defined brows and deep expressive eyes absolutely beautiful and the perfect deep red bow lips and blush to add the sort of beautiful color and bloom this found haiku of a look needs.

Found Haiku

My love for him poured
over me, a thick honey
of adoration.

~ Serendipitous Haiku from the New York Times, taken from “His Promise Would Not Be Denied” by Jessica Rassette

Hair: *ARGRACE* HARUKA – Black by rika Oyen for Argrace, available at Japan Fair 2014

Skin: Essences – Olyvia k902*light rose* brunette by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at Kustom9

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Pixi~ Abyss Eye by Funeral Plutonian for {S0NG}

Dress: *::Schoen::* Kimono gown typeIII for Japan Fair by Saya Littlething for *::Schoen::*, available at Japan Fair 2014 *

Hairpiece: *:..Silvery K..:*Head Dress(Sakura japon) by gin Fhang for *:..Silvery K..:*, available at Japan Fair 2014

Neck Ribbon: HAYSURIZA_Neck_ribbon_(Stainless steel) by Hays Uriza for HAYSURIZA, available at Japan Fair 2014 (modified)

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Gesture Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Slink – Baiastice’s Yara Set I by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: r2 A/D/E jf wedge {purple} by rei2 Aya for r2 Fashion, available at Japan Fair 2014

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Photographed at Japan Fair 2014








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