Ensure That You And Your Betrothed Look Your Best On Your Wedding Day

21 July 2017

Congratulations on your engagement; it’s an exciting time you have in store and there’s plenty to plan for. Of course you’ll want your wedding photos to be some of your favourite pictures that have ever been taken of you and your spouse. Therefore, it’s essential that you plan exactly how you will both look on your big day; from head to toe. The following are some things to think about if you're starting to plan your wedding and some inspirational tips to help you look your best at your wedding.


Clothing


You’ve probably dreamed about your wedding dress since you were little; however, what you’ve pictured in your head doesn’t always work out as the best choice for your body. Therefore, it’s vital that you go and try on as many styles as you’re able to. Try picking out something you’d never normally consider; you might surprise yourself and end up choosing it because it fits like a dream. You don’t have to stick to traditional white either; modern brides are choosing to experiment with their favourite colours and fabrics more and more, so be brave a spend some time in the changing room.

The groom will want to feel just as great as the bride, so it’s worth encouraging the man in your life to go and try on various suits so that he looks as dapper as possible. Discuss colour choice with him and ensure that you won’t clash with one another. But again, make sure your outfits reflect your personality and aren’t too generic; you don’t want to feel uncomfortable on the day.

Jewellery And Accessories


Whether you choose a gold, platinum, or a titanium ring; your choice should reflect your personal taste and style. You’re both going to want to wear your wedding bands every day, so make sure that the colour suits you and will work well with what you wear on a regular basis. Your jewels are a great way of introducing something borrowed into your ensemble, so see if any relatives want to lend or give you a family heirloom. You’re about to have the most sentimental day of your life, so accessories with meaning are a fitting choice.

The groom can have a little fun with his accessories; his socks, pocket square, and tie (or bow tie) can bring a pop of colour, or a lively print into his outfit, and will ensure he looks just a striking as the bride does (well, almost). Both of you will need to pick shoes that look great; however, they’ll also need to be comfortable enough to wear throughout your big day and through any evening festivities (you don’t want blisters on your honeymoon).

Hair And Makeup


Although you’ll want to make an entrance and look as stunning as possible, when you walk down the aisle; you still want to look like yourself at your dream wedding. It’s best to keep your makeup as natural as possible, so that you’re not uncomfortable wearing so much throughout the day. Your hair can be as simple or as extravagant as you want; just remember that it needs to last for hours so that you can look your best in every picture.

Will You Go Home Or Away For Your Wedding?

20 July 2017


Congratulations, you’re engaged! After the dust settles and you come out of the freshly engaged haze, it’s time to get some serious ideas about what you’re going to do for your wedding. When it comes to planning, you have a lot to consider, but the very first important decision to make is always where it’s going to be. You may already have this in mind and have dreamt of the perfect wedding since you were a little girl. But, if not, you may want to make an initial decision between staying in the UK or heading abroad. So, to help you consider both options, here are the pros and cons of both.

Yes To Home


First of all, you may be inclined to get married at home. Getting married in the UK can be super special. You have so many wedding day plans to cover off, when you’re getting married close to home you’ll often find that they’re easy to stay on top of. Plus, if you want to get married near to where you live, you should be able to invite all of your friends and family without any troubles. It may even be a tradition for you to get married in the same place that your parents did, and you can only do that if you stay in the UK.

Yes To Away


Alternatively, you might be tempted by the idea of getting married abroad. Not only do you have a fantastic location to look forwards to, but the weather is sure to be gorgeous for your special day. Getting married abroad can often be more cost-effective. The prices can be great in comparison to what you’d pay in the UK. You can also often find a destination wedding planner and leave most of the work to them. Meaning when you get married overseas, a lot of the pressure is taken off of you. Plus, you’re already in a stunning place, so your honeymoon can be covered off too.

No To Home


When you’re considering a wedding in the UK, there are a few downsides that can put you off of the idea. Firstly, you may not want to invite certain people. However, when you are getting married close to where you live, this is often difficult to do as it can seem rude. In terms of cost, the average UK wedding is somewhere in the region of £20,000 which can be a lot of money, and often more than like for like when held abroad. Plus, when you stay in the UK, you also have to deal with our very unpredictable weather conditions.

No To Away


But getting married abroad isn’t always the smartest option either. When you decide to head overseas, whether it’s in Europe or further afield, you risk alienating guests. A lot of people may not want to, or be able to afford to, come. So, your wedding may have to be a lot smaller than you’d hope. Plus, there are often a lot of legal implications that you have to attend to, often meaning you need to legally be married before you go. And then there is always the issue of distance, which can give you less control over the plans.

Tigers, Tyrannosaurus and Trout In Texas?

If you’ve never considered Texas as a vacation destination, then you might be missing out! There is more to do in this State than you think. It doesn’t matter whether you’re traveling alone, as a couple, with friends, or with kids. You won’t run out of things to see, places to visit, and awesome ways to have fun. Of course, if you’re hoping to treat yourself a little while you’re away, Texas can deliver! But can you really find tigers, tyrannosaurus and trout in Texas?

Space-Age


Texas is, of course, home to NASA in Houston. This site is still one of the most popular places to visit in Texas, and there is certainly plenty to see. NASA is offering more and more ways to immerse yourself in the world of space travel. This means it is excellent for family groups. However, you don’t need kids to enjoy what’s on offer here. Science Fiction is explored side by side with real life space exploration. Sample the best of fact and fiction with a visit to this center.


Cleburne


This little city certainly packs a punch well above its weight. There are year-round water parks, Dinosaur, and Fossil trails, and even a big theme park to enjoy here. Somewhere like the Quality Inn & Suites Cleburne Texas hotel can put you in the center of things in the city, making it easier to get around. From there you can enjoy a night out at the Plaza Theater, or even experience the Gone With The Wind museum - a must for all movie fans.


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Zoos Galore


There are about 33 zoos and aquariums in Texas. That means you are in with a good chance of catching a glimpse of thousands of different species. Just like the Balboa Park in San Diego, there are zoos dedicated to the preservation of endangered species. This means your visit can help make a difference to the conservation of Earth’s most precious animals. Many operate longer hours on the weekend but tend to be quieter midweek.


National Parks


Big Bend National Park is a firm favorite for locals and visitors. The mountains and canyons offer incredible landscapes that you can photograph. In fact, this place is a photographer’s dream! Each hour offers a different view. Guided outdoor activities are plentiful and include jeep driving, mountain biking, and horse riding. Of course, the Rio Grande offers even more opportunities, so pack for every event! It’s important to plan your time here carefully as the area is incredibly remote.

Denton


This city is one of the most popular in Texas for activities on the water. Fishing, in particular, is very important for the locals. In fact, the whole city seems quite relaxed and easy going. It’s clean and a great place to explore on foot. It is also home to several lakes so enjoy a walk around the shore line, or take a boat out for a while. With marinas, parks, and camping, the outdoor lover in you will be happy. And you’ll have plenty of choice for interesting accommodation too! Where in Texas will you be staying next time you’re here?

Do Your Guests A Favour And Make Your Wedding Unforgettable

19 July 2017

We all know that you’re going to want to preserve the memory of your wedding and you’ll end up with some keepsakes, most likely beyond the photos of the day and the guest book. But have you thought about your guests? Your closest friends and family are going to want to remember it, too. Many of them will keep their invites for years to come, but you might be able to give them something in the moment, a favour they’ll treasure for years to come. Here are a few tips on how to make your wedding favours truly special.


Make it useful


Traditionally, there are a few different choices of wedding favours and mementos to give your guests. Many of the more conventional kinds are ones that have a specific, something they will actually want to keep and use. For instance, Pink Frosting and other vendors offer little scented candles everyone can take home. If the candle has a scent that’s thematic to the wedding, such as flowers that you’ve used or desserts you’ve offered, then it can take them right back to the big day. Another popular choice is a photo frame, which can work perfectly when paired with the next idea.


Make it personal


The wedding is all about celebrating you and your new spouse, everyone knows that. But guests like to feel that their presence there and their connection to the both of you is appreciated, too. So, why not celebrate them? Photo booths from companies like Booth Boy are becoming much more popular nowadays. Many of them offer props and backdrops so that your guests don’t have to take it too seriously and really capture the spirit of fun at the wedding. Then at the end, you can look over the photos taken and send individual copies to your guests of how they looked and how much fun they had on the night. It will be a reminder of their personal experience every time they look at it.

Make it sweet


A great option for those who are stretching the budget tight is to go with something tasty, instead. It can be a bag of old-fashioned sweets you don’t find as often any more or some fresh cookies, whether homemade or commissioned. You don’t want the memento of the wedding to disappear in a couple bites, of course. The gift here is in the presentation. Whether you offer your treats in a decorative box or a simple bag, you can use bespoke wrappings from services like Personalised Ribbons so there’s a little keepsake to go with the treat. It keeps things unobtrusive and makes a simple little reminder. If you’re handing out any other kinds of wedding favours and you have children attending, it’s a good idea to at least get a nice little treat for them.

Make it a story


Weddings, as we mentioned, are a celebration of the couple. As well as looking to the future, many people also like to look into the past. If you want your wedding gift to have that same nostalgic, sentimental impact to it, you can make it part of your own story. For instance, little mini-recipe books have become a recent trend in giving favours. You can include recipes for some of the food that your guests have been enjoying. Or you can make recipes for meals that have some significance to you and your new spouse. It might be what you ate on your first date, something you make for one another regularly, or just thematically appropriate foods for different moments in your relationship.

Make it good


Sometimes, people forego giving physical favours to their guests altogether or they want to supplement something small with something big. If you want an ethical wedding, then giving back can be important to you and your partner. To that end, many people are nowadays donating to charity and dedicating it to their guests. Don’t mention it leading up to the wedding, but leave everyone a note and make a small speech about why you wanted to use the wedding to give to a bigger cause. Many charities even offer small tokens of appreciation that you can then give to your guests.

Whether it’s a photo capturing the moment of delight and a bit of chaos during the wedding or even just the box that a cookie came in, a favour is your way of saying “thanks for coming” and to immortalize your wedding. Your guests are sure to love it.

Pinning Down Priorities: What Really Matters When You're Planning Your Wedding

Even the words wedding and planning are enough to make some couples break out in a cold sweat. There’s nothing more fun than putting plans together for your big day, but every couple is bound to face days when it seems like nothing’s going right. One of the main issues facing brides and grooms to be is the sheer scale of the task in hand. If you took a minute to write down every single job that needs ticking off, you’d have a list as long as your arm. Nobody has super powers, so pinning down priorities is one of the best ways to eliminate wedding stress. It’s so important to work out what is vital for you on your big day. Once you’ve done this, you can focus your energy on getting these things right, and everything else will fall into place.

Of course, every couple is different, but here are some examples of tasks you may want to place at the top of your list.

Choosing a location


Finding the perfect wedding venue is an essential job for most couples. If you dream of getting married in a meadow, you’ve always wanted a church wedding, or you’re desperate to tie the knot by the sea, start looking for the venue before you do anything else. Have a look at the options that have appealed to you in the past, but throw some curveballs in too. It’s always good to be open-minded, and you may find that you end up going for something completely different to what you anticipated. If you find a venue that seems ideal, but budget is an issue, there may be ways around the price barrier. You could trim down your party size or consider changing the date. Many venues charge a premium rate for weekends and public holidays.


Buying the dream dress


Not everyone is fixated on getting the dream dress, but for the vast majority of brides, this is the moment they’ve been looking forward to for as long as they can remember. That trip to the store flanked by best friends and family members is an experience that stays with you forever. If the dress is a priority, give yourself time to make a few appointments and try some different styles. Take a range of options into the fitting room with you. It can be really difficult to know what suits you and what will make you feel most confident when the gowns are hanging on a rack. You need to see the dresses on you to make a decision. Don’t lose heart if you don’t get that feeling everybody talks about at the first boutique. Most brides don’t find ‘the one’ at the first attempt.


The guest list


For many couples, the guest list makes the wedding. Most of us want to be surrounded by our nearest and dearest on our wedding day. If you’re having trouble affording a big wedding, there are areas you can trim costs if you want everyone there like catering, table decorations, and transport.


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Are you in the throes of wedding planning? It may seem like a never-ending task, but the end is in sight. Pin down your priorities first, and then you can focus on the minor details.



Dream Weddings: 3 Vital Elements For Your Big Day

Most ladies want to have a dream wedding with someone they love. Well, that’s more than possible, regardless of how much cash you have in the bank. You just need to focus on the three most important elements. If you get these issues right, creating your dream wedding should become a cinch. At the end of the day, you can cut back on many of the costs you face. However, you need to get these three things right if you want to avoid disappointment. Your wedding should become the most memorable day of your life. So, don’t settle for anything less than perfect.

Getting the right dress



It stands to reason that your wedding dress could make you break your big day. Most girls spend their childhoods dreaming of getting married to Prince Charming. In those fantasies, the dress is often the most important element. With that in mind, you should spare no expense when it comes to finding the perfect attire. If you’re going to spend a lot of money on anything, make sure it’s your dress. People who don’t have enough money saved should check sites like eBay for Chinese suppliers. There are companies in that country that will reproduce any dress design you send for a fraction of the cost.

Booking the right venue


You will want to invite lots of friends and family members to your wedding. So, it makes sense that you need to choose the best possible site. However, that doesn’t mean you have to select something that is going to break the bank. The most important things you need to consider relates to size. It’s critical that the room your hire is large enough for all your guests, some food, and a DJ. You could have the best photographer in the world, but your pictures could become ruined if you don’t choose a suitable venue. Some websites list establishments in almost every country. You can even filter them by price. So, use technology to your advantage during the selection process.

Choosing the right flowers



If you’re unsure what to arrange, here are some tips for choosing wedding flowers. However, sometimes you just have to choose the species that appeal most to you. Think back to when you were a child and see if you can remember your favorite flowers. It doesn’t matter if they’re not the most expensive ones out there. You want your wedding to reflect your personality. So, you shouldn’t shy away from flowers that aren’t usually associated with weddings. Think outside of the box, and get whatever you feel is most appropriate. Just make the arrangements at least a couple of months in advance, so you’re not disappointed.

If you get those three vital elements right, your day should go off without a hitch. Regardless of any issues you face, the right dress, venue, and flowers will help to achieve your dream. Now all you have to worry about is finding a friend who’s willing to DJ. Don’t make the mistake of spending money on a professional because they charge a small fortune. You’re almost guaranteed to know someone who can do the job just as well. Also, you can use the money you save to pay for a better honeymoon.

The Hardest Wedding Decisions And How To Tackle Them

18 July 2017

Planning a wedding takes a huge amount of work. From all the major considerations right down to the tiny details, everything needs to be absolutely perfect. Some of the decisions that you have to make are going to be simple. Deciding when to have the wedding is fairly easy, most people opt for a summer wedding. Unfortunately, it isn’t all going to be that easy for you. Some decisions, like choosing a dress, will have you up all night, tearing your hair out trying to work out the details of your wedding day. These are some of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make, and how you can take the hassle out of them.


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Maid Of Honour


Choosing a maid of honour is one of the hardest choices you’ll ever have to make. You’re essentially being asked to choose who the most important person in your life is, apart from your spouse of course. There’s always a worry that you’re going to upset the rest of your friends if you don’t pick them. Some people get lucky and they have a clear option, but for most people, it’s a struggle. How do you decide between two close friends that you’ve known for years? One way of avoiding any bad feeling is to choose a family member like a sister or a cousin, that way none of your friends end up feeling put out. You should also try to be a bit more practical about it. If there are two people that you can’t decide between, choose the one that lives closer because they’ll be helping you out with all of the wedding arrangements so having them nearby is handy.

Rings


Getting the rings right is vital. You’ll both be wearing them for the rest of your lives so if you don’t like them, you’ll be regretting your choice forever. Going for something traditional is a safe bet but it might not be the best for you. Visit sites like whiteflash.com/engagement-rings/tacori/ for some more interesting wedding ring designs. When you’re shopping for rings, always make sure that you start early so you don’t end up buying something in a panic. Setting a budget beforehand will narrow your choices down so you don’t spend hours looking at rings that you won’t end up buying anyway.

Guest List


The size of the guest list is another difficult consideration. Striking a balance between inviting everybody you want and keeping the costs in check is incredibly hard. Setting a number first isn’t always the best way to go about it because you might find that you fill that quota and still have people that you want to invite. Start off by listing everybody that will definitely be coming and see where you are from there. An easy way to keep numbers lower is to not invite any co workers or children, as well as limiting the people that you allow to bring guests. If there are any people that you disagree on, you shouldn’t invite them. Otherwise you’ll both end up writing a separate guest list and the numbers will get out of control.For more tips on your guest list, visit https://www.confetti.co.uk/organising-planning/how-to-plan-your-wedding-guest-list.




Pick A Perfect Paradise For The Dream Destination Wedding

14 July 2017

Destination weddings have grown in popularity over the years, for a number of reasons. There’s no doubt that a very special day can, if handled right, be made all the more special by a fairytale location. If nothing else, it certainly takes the wedding photos up a notch or two.

There is plenty to consider when picking a location: do you go for somewhere you’ve both been before, which is special to you? Somewhere that you’ve always wanted to go and now, with your big day on the horizon, you have a perfect excuse? Whatever the case, your wedding wanderlust can take you to a variety of places. Picking a destination is as easy or as hard as you want to make it; but the upside is that even deciding on something like this can be fun - and an excuse to check out beautiful destinations worldwide.

If there’s a special location you already have in mind, then that’s something pure and personal for you. If you’re just looking for something spectacular, then there are some options worth considering…

If You’ve Got Cash To Spare: Dubai




If ever there was a time to visit the billionaire’s playground that is Dubai, then the most special day of your life surely qualifies. There are countless venues around to put on the perfect occasion for you and your intended. A thriving industry has built up to deal with the increasing numbers of people having their big day here - so you can find AV experts on sourcemiddleeast or similar to help with the video, as well as caterers to suit a range of diets. One thing to remember: you may need to go with a small party to stay on budget!

For The Most Jaw-Dropping Views: Dubrovnik


The spot where Western Europe meets East is a rich seam of destinations for wedding planners - nearby Slovenia and its gorgeous Lake Bled are also in demand. However, Dubrovnik is a little bit extra-special. This jewel of the Adriatic Coast has perfect views everywhere you look. Magnificent architecture, sheer drops down to a brilliant blue ocean; if you can’t feel the romance here, it’s hard to imagine where you could.

No Trouble In Paradise: Fiji




Beach weddings divide people - some see them as being tacky, while others rightly point out that ocean waves and sea air provide a relaxed, idyllic atmosphere that makes a wedding feel special. Nowhere is this more accurate than on the gorgeous Pacific island of Fiji, where luxury weddings are a major part of the local economy. There’s really nothing more stunning than looking at the sun setting over the sea as you contemplate the rest of your lives together.


Or Something Completely Different: Iceland


One thing that all the former options have in common is sun-kissed perfection; but what if that bores you? Well, there is absolutely no possibility of being bored by the final destination on the list, Iceland. This is a particularly good idea if you’re getting married in the last three months of the year, or the first three of the new one, as this is when your wedding photos could feature the Aurora Borealis. Along with the jagged, volcanic scenery and the chance to begin your honeymoon in the famous hot springs of Reykjavik, it may not be sun-kissed, but Iceland is perfect.

Boutique Bliss at Buri Siri Hotel - Chiang Mai, Thailand

12 July 2017 Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand

One of my favourite things about being a travel blogger is getting to discover corners of the world that truly feel like hidden gems. They don't come around on every trip, but when they do, I'm always so excited to share them on the blog. My latest hidden gem came in the form of Buri Siri, a mixture of contemporary and colonial base in the heart of Nimmanhaemin area in Chiang Mai. I was lucky enough to spend two nights here as a part of my South East Asia adventure. This place was my most extraordinary discovery of the whole trip.

Introducing Buri Siri Boutique Hotel


Tucked away in the heart of hip Nimmanhaemin area on Sirimankalajarn road, is a relaxing base - the exquisite Buri Siri Boutique Hotel - from which to explore the beautiful city of Chiang Mai. The rustic identity and rural charm combined with contemporary and colonial is one of the unique showcased rejuvenation of Buri Siri.

It's a 5.7km and a 10 to 15 minutes from Chiang Mai Airport. It is perfectly located, just walking distance to Nimmanhaemin's shops and restaurants, Maya Lifestyle Shopping Mall, Chiang Mai's moat and only a few minutes from  from the Chiang Mai Sunday Walking Street. There are also temples that is just a stone-throw away from the hotel, such as Wat Suan Dok, Wat U-Mong, Wat Phra Sing and Wat Chedi Luang, a must see for visitors to Chiang Mai.



First Impressions


Touching down Chiang Mai Airport from Bangkok, Lee, Mhay, and I hurriedly looked for the exit and grabbed a taxi cab. After a few road turns we finally arrived at the hotel. We couldn't find the main entrance, so our taxi driver pulled up at the hotel's parking area inside the building. We took our baggage off and went through a door to the grand lobby of Buri Siri. Little did I know, that I wasn't just entering a hotel, I was entering an experience.


Rustic Charm


The moment I walked into the lobby of Buri Siri it felt like I was transported into a magical place. Every details were curated to exquisite perfection, and the top to bottom open windows amplified the whole perfection - the crème de la crème. The lobby walls were adorned with beautiful paintings of Chiang Mai - these historical points of interest made it feel totally unique. We received a warm welcome from the reception team and it was even made more perfect as we sipped the refreshing welcome drink.




My Deluxe Double Room


The three of us have each our own rooms and we stayed in different room types. I was lucky enough to get the highest room type during our stay - a Deluxe Double Studio Room. I was shown to my room, which is located in the main building. The lovely hotel staff, gladly explained the features of my room and I was pretty much blown-away by the whole room itself. It was spacious and lovely, with 2 double heavenly-like-clouds bed, a lounge area, a bathroom, a mini kitchen complete with a mini bar.





The room felt like a rustic charm with incredible attention to detail. So cute and so quaint! It reminds me of my own room back home because of the minimal style splashed with dark and dominating colors of white. One of the best things? The private balcony. My room is not only overlooking the pool and the area of Buri Siri but it even had the best majestic views of Chiang Mai.




The bathroom was equally as breath-taking as my whole room. It has a bath tub, a magnificent rainshower, and a his and hers sink. But, one of my favorite part of the whole room is the bath tub. Every night, I soaked at the tub for a relaxing bubble bath for an hour or two while watching my favorite shows on Netflix.




Price: Deluxe Double & Studio Rooms start at around $90. You may check the latest price in: Booking.com | Agoda | Hotels.com | Expedia or read reviews on TripAdvisor. For inquiries and other information, you may visit their official website. For other hotel reviews, click here.

A Lovely Pool


The non-chlorinated swimming pool has been perfectly designed in the center of the whole property to fit in with the impeccable style of Buri Siri. The pairs of sun loungers are dotted underneath white parasols, while the perfectly trimmed tall emerald shrubs added flair to the whole surroundings. We spent the rest of our afternoon by the pool and soaked up the golden hour on hour first day.




Buristro Bar & Café


The Buristro Bar & Cafe looks like something from an interior magazine photoshoot and I loved how the rural and contemporary theme effortlessly transcended throughout. It's here where we enjoyed our breakfast every morning and chill at the end of the day. The delectable breakfast buffet offerings included the best of both western and eastern fares. Truly delectable!




The Verdict


From the Conde Nast Traveller-worthy interiors to the spectacular views and rustic-like charm; you couldn’t even imagine this place in your wildest dreams. It’s a little slice of contemporary and colonial paradise that defines laid-back luxury. Buri Siri Boutique Hotel is one of the most special properties I have ever stayed at throughout my blogging adventures and it will remain vividly etched in my mind for years to come. I am 100% sure I will return again.

Perfect for; romantic breaks, special occasions, and a great base to explore the most enchanting towns of Chiang Mai.



Book your stay at Buri Siri Boutique Hotel: Booking.com | Agoda | Hotels.com | Expedia or read reviews on TripAdvisor.

What did you think of my experience at Buri Siri Boutique Hotel? Are you planning a trip to Chiang Mai? Is this the kind of hotel you love to stay at? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment box below.

BURI SIRI BOUTIQUE HOTEL
No. 1 Sirimangkalajarn Rd., Lane 9, Tambol Suthep, Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

Want to read more about Chiang Mai? Check out: 10 Things To Do In Chiang Mai.

Disclaimer: My stay at Buri Siri Boutique Hotel was provided complimentary in exchange for coverage on my blog. All views are my own.

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