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04.13.12: Take a CHa Cha Chance and Dance, My 30th birthday!

It may look like I’m moving but I’m standing still. – BOB DYLAN

On Thursday, April the 12th, I turned 30. Yes, I am now three decades old and do I feel any different? Hardly…maybe now it’s just that I don’t look in the mirror and think I am 15 any longer and or that when my friends and I speak of the 80s, we actually realize that it was in fact, 30 years ago. I am confident in my age and besides that, I know I happen to look young and healthy. I owe this all to my vegan diet, by the way.

So how did I celebrate my the evening of my actual birthday? I celebrated with someone special and it was perfect, I couldn’t have asked for more and this will indeed be a memory I won’t ever forget.

I woke up the following morning, still basking in the delight from the beautiful evening the night before and had to get ready for my ever-so-large scheduled birthday party that evening at the Yippie Cafe.

I ran some errands and went shopping a bit and then went to get my hair done at Styles on B. We chose the style carefully to match my dress and ended up with a cute and classic half up-do with a side ponytail. Part calendar girl and part 50s housewife, just lovely…

Styles on B...

Once I arrived at the cafe: I had to calm myself down because I had to make sure everything was in order for the sound system and asking myself questions like “Will anyone show?” “How many will?” “Music..” “Food..” “Drinks….”. Honestly, I decided to sneak away for a bit and to one of my current favorite bars: Tom & Jerrys, where the bartender poured me a bottle of Prescucco, and I sipped it, nonchalantly and relaxed. I ran next door to order dinner from Rice (I frequent this spot quite a bit!), which unfortunately I didn’t eat much of and returned to the cafe and chaos of my birthday.

At about 7:15 (No one likes to be first!), friends started pouring in and the party soon started as I plugged in my iPod and turned down the lights.

My friends who were scheduled to play(sing or have a band perform) were amazing, the cupcakes that Vegan Bun Buns brought were delicious and the dancing was energizing. I hadn’t had a chance to sit down all night: over 70 people at once were there and over 100 at different times. Kate Wolf roasted me and then turned on everyone else in the crowd. By the next day; new friends were made within the party and Facebook had benefited from quite a few new friend requests. 🙂 I have so many pictures so I will just post them up! and here is a video of Kristy singing for the crowd:
(lots more videos from the night, including Michelle singing happy birthday with Kristy, Elizabeth & Diana but they are up on Facebook!)

My dress is from one of my favorite private vintage stores: Stache.

I had such an amazing time, with so many friends and some family that I love. Thank you all for coming!

Special Thanks to:

The Dwellers, Elizabeth Brucia, Kristy M, HERE, Vegan Bun Buns, Derek Goodwin & Shoshana & Michelle Hill & Duke, as well as the legendary David Peel.  for standing up there and performing and or singing. And of course, Kate Wolff, for her roast and comedic antics 🙂

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4.11.12: “Youthquake! The 1960s Fashion Revolution” Review

We are the mods, we are, we are, we are the mods…..

Define: Youthquake:

YOUTHQUAKE! The 1960s Fashion Revolution explores the dramatic impact of young people on fashion during a decade of sweeping political, social, and cultural change. Vogue identified the eruption of the young in every field as a youthquake—a term that came to describe the rise of young people as the new arbiters of fashion.

Youthquake fashion was driven by two leading subcultures of the era: the Mods and the Hippies. Although both groups rejected the societal and sartorial traditions of the establishment, their daring, individualistic styles were quickly adapted by high fashion designers and mass marketers alike.


This is a slight continuation to a post I made awhile ago about how excited I am that this exhibit, Youthuake! was going to be shown at F.I.T.:

Last Friday, my friend and co-mod girl, Melisser  (Blogger: The Urban Housewife and Author of “The Vegan Girl’s guide to life” and I were chatting on Facebook (like we usually are doing) when she posted the link to Youthquake! The 1960s Fashion Revolution and reminding me that we need to go to see this exhibit before it closes the next day. Of course, we waited till the day before! 😉

Knowing well that her and I had both been keen to seeing it, we made a plan to meet right after work. (Even with little itty bitty cutey Strummer!)

I am so mod about Strummer.

I am so mod about Strummer.

As we approached F.I.T, a school that even now my mother wishes I had attended (and sometimes I do), we had to figure out a way to sneak Strummer in Melisser’s bag. We walked close together as we entered the museum so that the security guard wouldn’t be able to see that little adorable snout peeking out and once inside, loosened up and started admiring the fashion that we were faced with.

1969, France, Pierre Cardin

1969, France, Pierre Cardin

When we approached this dress that wasn’t even in the exhibit but just in the F.I.T. Museum, our mouths dropped. You couldn’t possibly hide the fact that we were mod about this dress. Melisser and I both have a wide selection of mod clothes in our closets and exclaimed excitedly that we both had dresses that were very similar in style to this piece. The asymmetrical design and cut are amongst quite a few of our own fashion finds.

We excitedly walked through the museum ranting and raving about what was going on with our lives currently but still ogling at more pieces before us. Though, it felt like a long journey until we saw the sign that read “”Youthquake! The 1960s Fashion Revolution”. As we were approaching the double doors of what we had been waiting for, the security guard stepped right before us asking us for papers for Strummer.  Melissa and I looked at each other, shrugged and Melissa went searching in her purse for his papers. As we realized they were in Melisser’s other wallet, he said we couldn’t enter. We walked over to the female security guard who almost fell to the floor laughing and told us to just try to hide him a bit more.

As we entered our final destinations: 60s go-go music blurring out of the speakers, Blocked color dresses, quotes we knew and had read somewhere and videos we couldn’t help but watch a few times, we knew we entered our home. Home of the times, that is.

Not only are Melisser and I quite the duo when it comes to fashion and music and even talking about boys a bit, but we also just inspire each other to have a good time…let go! And we surely do. Our shared sense of humor for life allows for us to get into some trouble together! 🙂

Our own little Mod Squad.

Our own little Mod Squad.

What else do we have in common? Quadrophenia.

And now our journey becomes a reality as we enter our heart’s desire….



Mary Quant happens to be one both of our favorite 60s icons and designers. From her shoes to her asymetrical dresses and her flower prints that everyone has seen, she has always been at the top of my favorite designers. She was on the scene and helped to inspire, the 60s fashion revolution.

Can you believe I had that haircut for so many years? It worked for me and every time I see this picture, or any others based around Mary, it really inspires me to get the cut once again…


Though, I know I won’t. I love my long hair too much to even dare cut my hair into a bob again, but I must say: I adore every bit of strength these women had to break the “laws” of hair and makeup.

My mouth watered at the color blocking shown in the exhibit and I realized that I have to dare to go an extra step in revolutionizing my own fashion. I need to push more boundaries: to reinvent myself again. I find it to be a lovely character trait when you can easily identify yourself with your own sense of fashion and the ability to show your personality through it. If you know me, you can usually tell how I am feeling just by what outfit and accessories I might have one the day you see me. What colors do you usually find yourself wearing?

Today I am currently wearing again, some of my favorite colors which happen to be Navy, Yellow(if you asked me that a year ago I would have disagreed that would ever be a favorite), white nail polish & red, with my favorite anchor necklace. (Nautical? always)….

Embrace your creativity through your wardrobe. This is just a trait of what mods did and still do…

Bright cobalt blue tights? You know I do.

We walked over to a TV monitor that was showing a video on great vintage clothing from the 60s: hats, bell-bottoms, sunglasses, swim wear. Not to anyone’s surprise: we watched it a few times and reviewed every item that would be shown.

Comment below and tell me what you would wear as I may just dare to wear it all, at some point. I love the hats!

We strolled past a few recognizable pictures & I stopped to explain how much I love Patti Boyd when we took notice at this recognizable iconic photograph.

Mod boys are hot boys…:)

After watching the video, strolling past some more photos and stopping to stare(at least I did!) at the Beatles shoes I would ADORE to own:

Stylized slip-ons; light blue denim with black "Beatles" print including names and faces; white rubber sole

I couldn’t take my eyes off of a pair of Bright Yellow Go-go boots that I imagined myself dancing to The Kinks in.  I was right where I wanted to be just for a few moments of daydreaming: Whiskey A-go-go. I also fell in love with a “Strip Away” dress by Emanuel Ungaro. The strip away dress feautured several snapping buttons so that you can basically take out sections and recreate new looks: repeatedly. 

After leaving F.I.T., we made our way to Blossom Du Jour, where I ordered a gluten-free smoked tempeh wrap and Quinoa. Then we went just next door to newly opened Blossom Bakery and I ordered an Earl Grey Latte (AMAZING!) and a raw date bar as well as a gluten-free Biscotti. This day quickly turned into another fun night with Melisser as we took a long, giggling stroll on over to Whole Paycheck..err Whole Foods (smile) to go grocery shopping.

Again, a security guard stopped us at the door and we figured out a way to go against the grain, and snuck little Strummer in.

DO you see a dog? Have you EVER seen an invisible dog?  I didn’t see that snout peeking out of that little bag…

Melisser dropkicked a few bags of chips. I couldn’t decide between Brown Rice crackers, or Brown Rice crackers…or Brown Rice crackers.

And in the end…

We had a class of a night.

Happy Birthday to me tomorrow!

My Dream Cake.

Quadrophenia Birthday cake!

To see more reviews and more information on this exhibit please go to:

http://www3.fitnyc.edu/museum/youthquake/

and for press reviews (I am also listed!):

http://www3.fitnyc.edu/museum/youthquake/Pages/press.html


03.13.12: And I’m free to be whatever I…

I’m free to be whatever I
Whatever I choose
And I’ll sing the blues if I want……

Last night as in Monday Night…

How free was I when I walked out of work with my friend T? We giggled insanely as we decided we’d wander across town to the East Village and stop by Viva Herbal for some Pizza but as we were walking on the way and crossing West 8th Street, I noticed in the window of Uncle Sam’s Army Navy Outfitters (my favorite Army surplus store) that they were having a 50% off sale. Before you can blink, I was running across the street with T trailing fast behind me. We walked in, my eyes wide with temptation as I started grabbing vintage navy shirts and the store owner escorted us around the street pulling out things he knew I would adore: Vintage Bell Bottoms (I am running back to get!), vintage navy shirts like Anna Karina wore in Une Femme est Une Femme. I grabbed a navy hat in each color: Blue and Yellow and ran quickly to the dressing room. As I entered the dressing room, I turned around to look at T for a moment before my eyes narrowed in on  a stunning Marine’s jacket in my size with every button in place I quickly snatched it up and began trying on my goods:

Vintage yellow sailor hat & sailor tunic vintage high waist bell bottoms...oh yes.

I really loved the tunic but decided on trying my next outfit:

Sky Blue button down Marine shirt. Love it...

I danced around the store picking up a few more items and decided on getting the jacket, as well. T saw how much I wanted the jacket and decided to offer to put $10.00 towards it. Later, when we went to visit my father: he saw how much I loved the jacket, proclaimed it a “Beatles Jacket” and decided to put more towards it as one of my many Birthday gifts from him (Thanks dad!).

As we were exiting the store: they asked me if they could snap a photo of me for their blog to put up on their website. The photo will be up soon…

We walked down the block and T had me stop so that another picture can be snapped.

Je suis la femme Sailor!

We strolled in the nice weathered evening to Viva Herbal and grabbed 3 Gluten Free Chick Pea crust pizza slices to split before heading over to visit my smiling father.

After hanging out with him for a bit and several jokes later, we decided to head on over to one of my favorite bars in the city: Otto’s Shrunken Head. We ordered our favorite drinks there and had a seat while playing Irish Trivia (and yes, I knew most of the answers!). Sipping on our Mai Tai’s and a few photos later, we decided to go in the back and listen to some live music before we each headed home for the night. We tried to sit as quietly as we can as we listened to singer songwriters take the stage and I tried not to become emotional and let the words seep into my heart….

I’m free to say whatever I
Whatever I like
If it’s wrong or right it’s alright….

In deep thought....

We got up to leave and the musicians on stage stopped their show to say goodnight to us as we were exiting the back room and complimented my hat.

I thanked them and we walked to the train and each went home as it was a “school night”, you know.

Today. Ahoy Mate!

And yet again, I woke up at 5 a.m. startled from the vivid dream I was having. Remembering every detail: I jotted it down quickly and went about my morning routine and made a note to incorporate my new “Beatles” jacket into my chosen outfit of the day.

I ran to the subway and made it a “Blondie” morning as I sang along to her songs streaming from my iPod.  As I entered the subway, again I noticed people staring me up and down because of my very 60s sailor cap. In this situation, I just smile confidently and remind myself that I am fashion forward.

Always seems to me
You only see what people want you to see
How long’s it gonna be
Before we get on the bus
And cause no fuss
Get a grip on yourself
It don’t cost much…..

I arrived to my office building and ran right into Starbucks for an early morning pick me up…a Grande Soy peppermint misto (Thanks Ashley and Virginia for the addiction!) and the second day in a row: the barista gave me my favored flavored coffee drink for: FREE. (As well as complimented my outfit again..) I thanked him, mentioned I’d be in tomorrow for the same thing and ran upstairs to start my day.

Of course, I checked Facebook at some point and I want to thank Dan for posting the video of the opening theme song to “That Girl”, the TV Show that ran on American’s tube’s from 1966 to 1971. This definitely cheered me up by saying that’s who I reminded him of! 🙂

At Lunch, T and I decided to go looking for  Lennon Cap (I would really adore  a Pretty Green Lennon Cap like this one that Liam Gallagher is wearing in this photo):

Having no such luck, we headed over to NY Dosa man and snapped photo of my outfit for the day as we waited patiently for our mouth-watering food to be prepared…

Vintage Nautical Shirt, skinny jeans and vegan Melissa shoes (bought at Beacons closet for $14.00 from $$95.00!)

I’m free to be whatever I
Whatever I choose
And I’ll sing the blues if I want

Here in my mind
You know you might find
Something that you
You thought you once knew
But now it’s all gone
And you know it’s no fun
And I know it’s no fun
Yeah I know it’s no fun

Can you tell what my theme for this beautiful Spring day was? Nautical. This is most likely because my dream the night before featured the ocean and sailing, a beautiful adventure nonetheless. But let’s return to my slight clothing addiction; you do know it’s my addiction, right? I have a large amount of vintage items that are decorated with anchors, boats and stripes in reds, navy & cobalt blue. In fact, I had to buy a new nail polish this past weekend just because it was my favorite color, cobalt blue (other than red and mustard yellow).

These are a few of my favorite things…..and my birthday hint list. 😉

Whatever you do
Whatever you say
Yeah I know it’s alright
Whatever you do
Whatever you say
Yeah I know it’s alright….

Let’s go sailing….and be free to do whatever we want.

03.02.12:Cheer up, sleepy Jean……

Oh I could hide ‘neath the wings of the bluebird as she sings
The six o’clock alarm would never ring
But it rings and I rise, wipe the sleep out of my eyes
My shaving razor’s cold and it stings….

And I'm a Believer...

Wednesday morning came and I was still laying in bed as the alarm went off at 10 a.m. That’s right, I did not go to work on Wednesday.

I turned on iTunes and decided I’d listen to some Monkees, especially “Daydream Believer” because, well…I have certain songs I listen to every morning and this just so happens to be one of them. And, listening to Davy Jones voice first thing in the morning makes it so that the rest of the day turns out to be a delight. Just the day before I had posted on twitter how much I adore Davy Jones, my fellow Monkees fans and Davy fans cheered in on that twitter post and we all giggled in unison. I really do not live in modern times per say, do I? I just seem to fit into the 60s rather than …the present. And like my music taste & clothes, I take joy in my love for relics….

Suddenly around noon, my phone started going off with text messages and as I opened the first one from my father, it simply said “Davy jones died”. All I could reply was: “nonono” the next couple of texts from friends and even my brother followed.

When I was 3 years old, they had a reunion tour and my father had brought me to the show where I sat in the front row and threw a beach ball up on stage and Davy had kicked it back and this kept happening throughout the show where then each of the Monkees would kick the ball back to me. I know this was one of those profound moments in my life because even at that age, I loved them and knew all the songs though I can barely understand what was being sang about. (Love, girls) They just made me the coolest 3-4 year old ever! (rolling my eyes.)

I would watch “The Monkees” TV show whenever it was on and yes, I do own the first full season now. I want the other season (ahem birthday! heh). One time I even woke up at 3 a.m. just to catch Davy doing a guest appearance.

I may be crazy, but a good crazy….:)

Cheer up, sleepy Jean, oh what can it mean
To a daydream believer and a homecoming queen?

That night, my friend Leanne (Sunshine!) had a party to open her new boutique in Williamsburg for her darling clothing line, Vaute Couture. I didn’t make it because I chose to take it easy and relax but I heard the party was fantastic.

Check out her store at:

234 Grand Street, Williamsburg

(L to Bedford, G to Lorimer)

The night turned out to be special for me….

Daydream believer.

Thursday.

I awoke to another beautiful morning and watched as a Seagull flew over the East River. This was indeed a lovely way to start the day….

I got back to work and caught up on emails & projects and realized I had a hair appointment that night with Stacy, of StylesOnB. I LOVE Stacy and have been going to her for about 4 1/2 years.  Not only is she the ONLY person I’d ever trust with my hair but also a friend of mine who I always look forward to seeing. She knows my unique and dramatic style and we decided to go with a “baby fringe” ala 1961.

60s m'inspire ...

After hanging at StylesOnB, I took a little leisurely walk to Kate’s Joint on Ave B, which happens to be one of my main hot spots for a quick dinner or even brunch with my mates. They now serve many gluten-free alternatives which makes this lady right here, very pleased.

I ordered the Vegan Mac & Cheese (Gluten-free!) and sautéed spinach and hung out as long as I can before running over to Lula’s to meet Kristy for a sweet treat. Taking in some East Village memories as I passed the garden on East 6th and Ave B. Since I grew up in this part of town, there are always memories as I pass a certain corner or building, a street sign even.

Arriving at Lula’s Sweet Apothecary and taking in the tunes of the 20s as I entered.  I marveled at all my choices and tasted three flavors: Peanut Butter Fudge, Maple Almond & Pistachio. I ended up dancing a little with the couple that was there eating a sundae as I waited patiently for Kristy to arrive. Patience in Lula’s is a hard task to follow, by the way.

Obviously, I ended up ordering a Virgil’s Root Beer float that I couldn’t finish and ended up handing over to Kristy to savor the last bit..mm mm.

We strolled on down to Club Ella where I was about to see a friend’s show and received an important text message…..

Good luck dad and feel better.

I love you…

Friday.

60s m’inspire …Mod Pop of Yellow! Striped vintage shirt: Auh2O Thriftique, Skirt: Beacon’s Closet.

I wasn’t able to sleep very well last night but I did wake up to some funny texts from my sissy in crime, Diana. ❤ And Daydream believer came on my iPod on the way to work…my heart skipped.

So far so good…

Tomorrow & Sunday are the days of the 2nd year of The Vegetarian Food Festival. This year I made sure to get V.I.P. tickets in advance as last year there just so happened to be a 3 hour wait in line and I didn’t end up getting in. I am so excited to sample a bunch of different new vegan foods as well as hear some of my friends speak on panels and of course, bump into friends as I manage to navigate through the crowds of people anxious to grab treats!

If you haven’t bought your ticket in advance, it will be $5.00 at the door but if I were you: buy a ticket now to join in on the fun.

The event will be taking place from: 10AM to 5PM (Saturday & Sunday) at:

The Metropolitan Pavillion

125 West 18th Street (Between 6th & 7th), New York City

Happy Friday & Cheers to making it an enjoyable one. Happy March….

You once thought of me as a white knight on a steed
Now you know how happy I can be
Oh, and our good time starts and ends
With a dollar one to spend
But how much baby do we really need?….

01.23.12: Love Reign O’er me…..

Only love
Can bring the rain
That makes you yearn to the sky.
Only love
Can bring the rain
That falls like tears from on high.

Love Reign O’er me…..

This song happens to be from one of my all time favorite movies, Quadrophenia. If you know me, I constantly mention it and will go out of my way to see it almost, (well), monthly.  But, I will wait another time to actually type up a whole post, and or several posts dedicated to this epic cult classic, film. Quadrophenia was written, directed and produced by the band, The Who with their rhythmic songs throughout the movie you don’t know whether to relax and watch it and or dance to it. Are you a Mod or a Rocker? Well, watch the movie and you’ll find out. This movie happens to also be Sting’s first acting role as a mod, and he played it well.

Today I awoke to rain outside my window that reminded me of when I lived in Dublin: slight mist, about 40 degrees and the kind of sprinkles that either you really don’t need your umbrella but you’d prefer it, this is not what mother nature intended us do in this type of overcast; she intends us to bathe ourselves in it, enjoy it.   I hurriedly chose my outfit that reminds me kind of the one I wore yesterday as I am again wearing yellow tights(I have two pairs!) and a black dress but decided to throw on one of my favorite long cardigan sweaters and my favorite vintage  blue necklace.

Color Blocking....on a rainy day.

So tonight, I will choose not to use my umbrella as I decide to run over to “The Yippie Museum Cafe”, a cafe with a historical background in the West Village that I am on the board of directors of.  Tonight we will be holding a celebration of the Chinese New Year.  9 Bleeker Street (or what I grew up calling it ” Number 9″) was first rented in 1973 by The Youth International Party, which included at one point activists and heroes, Abbie Hoffman(of the Chicago 7th), Dana Beal, Jerry Rubin, Paul Krassner & Aron Kay (my father), A.J. Weberman (my uncle) & many other people. The Yippie Museum cafe is now chartered by The New York Board of regents to preserve the history behind it.

The cafe strives to hold events in support of activism going on all over the world; holding benefits for Occupy Wall Street, peace benefits & numerous other demonstrations. We also hold comedy shows, open mics and continuously and will always be dedicated to the artist community. When you walk the sweet smells of different teas, vegan pastries and food  and coffee will seize you.  I can guarantee you will witness old hippies still wearing their tye-dye’s from the 60’s debating on the different era’s the political state of world has been in and or see hipsters/mods & even suits ordering coffee and sitting down to enjoy and take in the art while they are on their laptops taking freedom of the wi-fi.  I love hanging out here not only because of my history with growing up here but because it is home to me.

My birthday this year will be held here with a theme of the 60s, mod clothes appreciated! On April 12th in honor and donation of the  Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.  So clearly, I am looking for a band that can play 50s, 60s & 70s music so I can rock out to The Beatles, The Kinks, The Monkees etc….while wearing my go-go boots. This cafe will be turned into Andy Warhol’s factory for the night and it will be epic. (The band must also know how to play Oasis songs :)) Obviously, I am very excited for this…and will be sending out invites in the next few months.

Now that I mentioned Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, I should speak briefly on it before I write that long post, as well. I first found out about Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary about 3 years ago as I am vegan (wait, you know that!) and believe in volunteering as much as I can. I have been volunteering for them for over 2 years now first starting with heading up there as much as I can and then doing the “Ask a Vegan” booth in NYC (usually Union Square) where people can come up to me and my fellow volunteer and ask us questions and pick up literature on how to go vegan, the sanctuary etc. Then  continuing to volunteer for our summer concerts we held 2 years ago where Moby & Sean Lennon has performed to help raise money for the farm.  I continue to volunteer and raise benefits. Jenny and Doug have become wonderful friends of mine and they inspire me because they really do give it their all where the  over 200 loving beings live happy and peaceful lives. 🙂

Dylan, the cow, who I have watched grow! & Pogo, the cat.

It is my #1 tradition that every birthday I go up and spend time with the sentient beings I love & care about (though I go up as much as I can throughout the year!).  Obviously, with the picture above, I am wearing my vintage 70s jacket while I cuddle with just two of my favorite critters up there. Dylan, the cow and I are very close and he recognizes me every time he sees me; running towards my voice and bending his head down to me to scratch it. He has licked me & he just melts my heart.

So now that you know what I will be planning for my birthday weekend….and it’s not even close to here yet and that I absolutely love the movie Quadrophenia as well as that I am looking for a band to play at my birthday..I will bid you all goodbye for now.

Please stop by the cafe for any of our events and you might actually bump into me at one. 🙂 (Like tonight!)

Yippie museum cafe is located at: 9 Bleeker Street in NYC.  Please check out Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary at www.woodstocksanctuary.org. 

On the dry and dusty road
The nights we spend apart alone
I need to get back home to cool cool rain.
The nights are hot and black as ink
I can’t sleep and I lay and I think
Oh God, I need a drink of cool cool rain……

And Happy Chinese New Year! I was born in the year of the dog. (Makes sense if you know me, right?)

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