Monday, August 31, 2009

home away from home

Mondays are so difficult recently. I stretch out the weekend running, hanging out with friends, cleaning, shopping (browsing, browsing). Monday morning I get into the office and it takes awhile to get focused. Every week I think, "Maybe this will be the week that I find and commit to the Florida job!". Until then I deal with sharing an office with four others.

I have never been lucky to have an office of my own. However, I have always tried to create my own little corner of the world. Pictures, flowers, lamps, music, whatever it takes to brighten up my little space. I spend a lot of time at my desk and in the office, it is very much my home away from home. I dream of the day when I can create an organized, creative space and be excited to go there every morning. For now I will give it my all in D.C. My view of the Washington Monument isn't that bad I should say;)

The first picture is my little corner, where I spend hour after hour on proposals, floor plans, calls, contracts, menus, etc. etc. The second photo is my dream photo. I came upon this adorable office and had to share!


Sunday Soirees - Back to School

Wow! I have already seen kids in the morning with their backpacks on, walking to school. College campuses are full, high school cafeterias are full and every store around is packed with back to school necessities. I know I do not have class to attend, but it would be so fun to throw a Back to School Party! Reminisce about your days of packing lunch, decorating your locker, homecoming dance dress shopping.

Invitations would be sent out on Lined Paper looking invites. I would pass out gift bags with a cute pencil case (French of course!) A Red Tube of Lipstick Pen, because you must write in style, a pretty pink journal, for to-do lists

The table would be set looking like a chalkboard and name cards would be red apples. Instead of the usual schoolroom map, I would have a fun US map set up to learn your capitals on.

Passed Hors D'oeuvres would be mini tea sandwiches in shapes of kid characters (um, Hello Kitty!). These make me think of open up your lunch box and having a note from mom and a neatly made sandwich for the first day of school. For dinner I would serve an adult cafeteria style dinner: Parmesan Tater Tots, Chicken Fingers, Crudite of Haricot Vert Heirloom Tomatoes and Truffled Ranch Dressing and for dessert there would be ice cream. Remember the fun sundae cups that kids would bring into class for parties? There were chocolate and vanilla or strawberry and vanilla and they were served with a little wooden spoon. I would serve an updated ice cream like salted caramel, in a cute paper cup with a personalized spoon.

Oh how I wish I was packing up my backpack tonight for school. Making sure I had a new box of crayons, new notebook, new pencils, everything was so new! Happy back to school shopping! Maybe I should go get a new "backpack" for school? ;)


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Happy Thoughts on Hump Day

I woke up with too much on my mind (that seems to be a standard recently, sigh). I found this picture that my lovely friend Meg sent me and it made me smile. I want to dive into the photo and be in Paris eating Frites, wearing a striped shirt and a beret and indulging in everything Fabulous. I hope you have a Happy Wednesday! It's the middle of the work week, I LOVE!

in 29 days...

Back to School time always makes me think of my Birthday! Oh I just love birthdays! In 29 days I will be turning 28. Wasn't I just turning 18 yesterday??? I think I was asking for a hot pink fur trimmed jacket on my 18th birthday, haha.

This year will be an interesting year. I feel like I have a lot of "adult" decisions in front of me and I am a little stressed and tired of thinking of them. Today I started dreaming about what I would love for my birthday. Just in case anybody is reading... hint are a few ideas on my mental birthday list. Some things like the dream job, a winning million dollar lottery ticket and front row seats to see Oprah didn't make it in the collage, but they are still an option!

2. Key necklace from Tiffany's. "key to my heart" LOVE THEM!

3. Name necklace. Every since Carrie on SATC wore hers I have wanted one. In my mind they will forever be fabulous. Rebecca/Becca, I'll take one forever!

4. Tranquil Space anything. Gift certificate, t shirt, water bottle, the place makes me peaceful

5. A Cupcake ...had to add that

6. Laughter and a smile for the day...had to add that since I was feeling super stressed today

7. New Camera. My poor little power shot is in poor shape. It is time to upgrade, in pink of course!

8. Anything from Jonathan Adler's new fabulous BARBIE line, preferably a pillow, not to be choosy;)

Too add to my list I will be dreaming of: an internship with Colin Cowie, an unlimited year long trip around the world, a pink pair of Louboutin's, private dance lessons from Beyonce, yoga classes from Kimberly Wilson and cooking classes with Giada and to top off the birthday I would like to add a romantic dinner with Beau in Amsterdam in a cafe by the canals. I thought the last one would be fun and hey Beau celebrates his big day on the 19th so why not a joint adventure to his home country :)

A girl can dream. Hey, it's soon to be my birthday!


Monday, August 24, 2009

Sunday Soirees - Mariana & Blake's Welcome Party

So if there is one thing that gets me so excited, it's a soiree! A party, an event, a celebration, a wedding, an extravagant affair, a dinner party, any and all of them. I decided since recently I have been in a current rut with my day job (I am in the business but dream of bigger and better) and the big job hunt, I would start a weekly post my party dreams. Sunday Soirees is my posting of party ideas, dinner parties I wish I could plan, inspirations for others.

This week I put together an inspiration board for my friend Mariana's Mexican wedding welcome party. Mariana is a great DC friend of mine. She is getting married on the Mexican Riviera Maya in February. She is planning a welcome party the first evening and had mentioned a traditional Mexican theme, how fun! I saw these Papel Picado banners in Martha Stewart Wedding this season and I think they are a MUST for her. I love the idea of the new "little white dresses" for the bride with a bright pink lipstick. Mini tacos and mini margaritas, lots of candles, bright flowers and a mariachi band. More ideas to come for the beautiful reception at the resort. It is going to be an amazing weekend for the couple, for their friends and family. How fun, a Mexican wedding fiesta!


Sunday, August 23, 2009

That's Bananas

OK, it is a guilty pleasure of mine, The Rachel Zoe Project. Monday, it's back! Bravo, 10pm. The stylist to the stars is crazy to watch. This pixie like woman with big hair and tons of jewelry, an addiction to Starbucks and fabulous clothes. How can you not love it! The fact that her assistant Taylor gets paid to organize thousands of dollars of designer dresses and sort through ridiculous accessories, and complain, is beyond me. I love it. Every thing about Rachel is well "bananas"! Maybe I will start using that phrase. I have been following her on Twitter and am even more excited to start watching the new season.

Check out Rachel's latest interview in her studio. The place is amazing, the rows of shoes, a dream!!!!! The picture above is a shoot from W magazine of Rachel laying on the floor in the center of the shoes. Sigh, I dream of a big closet I can lay in.

dreaming of a new fall wardrobe~ xoxo~ Becca

makeup essentials

It was a rainy day here in D.C. today. After a long run and doing loads of laundry I felt so lazy and stayed at home the rest of the day. I started doing a lot of little projects I had been wanting to get done for awhile, one of them being cleaning out my bedroom dresser drawers and my makeup. Oh how I love makeup! I have a train case full of makeup. The funny thing is that every day when I get ready in the morning I open the case and I see the bright green shadows and the sparkles and the blues, and recently I go to the same items. Today I decided to throw out a lot of stuff. Seriously, was I ever going to wear the Clinique lilac colored eyeshadow that I bought at the bookstore at Syracuse, no and I probably shouldn't since its at least 6 years old!

During my whole clean out process I realized, wow, I have a lot of essentials. I have a lot of "I can't live without this product" products. You know how in magazines celebrities will always be asked, "What is the one beauty product you couldn't live without? one!". Ummmmm, I have about 10. I wish I could say I was one of those girls that really just swipes a little mascara on, lip gloss, blush and I'm out the door, but I would TOTALLLY be lying. Recently when I was getting ready Beau asked me, "Don't you ever get sick of putting all that stuff on?". haha, no. I mean I guess so, but now I think it is essential. So here you go. My daily products, the ones I can't live without, what is in my make up bag....

3. Bobbi Brown Concealer Kit (yes, I use the powder after the creamy concealer, it totally helps it not crease and stay)

4. Bobbi Brown Blush in Peony - The color is really bright pink in the container. I was a bit
scared of it, but it is the perfect pink, not bright.

6. Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer - You can buy this in the U.S., completely. However I bought at the Guerlain store in Paris and I always remember it was such a process. They called for it sent it up this little side elevator, all for a bronzer. Maybe that is why I love it so much!
Good memories, no, really its great!

7. Cover Girl Lash Blast Waterproof in Black - I have tried out a lot of mascaras. This is my favorite. Why spend so much money on designer mascara when you should get a new one every few months? Yep, this is one product I do actually throw away often and get a new one because my eyes get so sensitive.

8. F.Y....Eye by Benefit - Obsessed. I put this on before my eye shadow and my eye shadow will
not crease! A complete must.

9. NARS Bellissima Eye Duo Shadows or Pandora (when I want a smokey look)

11. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner and Slanted Brush (from Target) - I use to be a pencil girl but now I am addicted to the gel liner with brush. Maybe this is my can't live without.

13. Clinique Long Last Soft Shine Lipstick in Bamboo Pink - I have been wearing this since college but I still totally love it and always go back to it.

14. Lip gloss Lip gloss Lip gloss - I can't really say which one, I have a bag of lip glosses on my dresser. Bobbi Brown, Dior, Mark, Covergirl, Bonne Belle, everything. Getting a new lip gloss is so addicting to me, a must, a gloss.

That's me, that is my face. I think I might cut down the products in the hot humid Florida weather, but for now, this is what is in my bag. Anybody have any favorites, send them along!


Friday, August 21, 2009

dinner in the field

For a couple of years now I have listened to my sister Katie talk about these AMAZING dinners "in the field" that she had been too. I saw the pictures of her sitting at a beautiful long table in the middle of a farm, eating an outstanding meal, touring the farm, drinking wine, it looked fabulous. I looked into the event and dreamed of attending a dinner. Finally, this past weekend, I was lucky enough.

Outstanding in the Field. It all begin with Farmer Jim, aka cute California Surfer /Chef/Artist/Farmer Jim. Jim is a chef and he was so inspired by his brother who was a farmer. Jim saw the hours his brother put into the farm, the relationship between the farmer and the chef, and he understood the love his brother had for it all at the beginning of the organic farming phenomena. Farmer Jim begin setting up small dinners in farmers field and in the natural environment of the dinner (fish was the main course, dinner was on the beach!) and had local chefs prepare the menus with the farmers themselves. Soon it grew to dinners across the country. They packed up their airstream trailer and created dinners nationwide. I was so excited to attend the 147th Outstanding in the Field in Burlington at Half Pint Farms.

It started out as a HOT night. We arrived at the farm at 3pm, but after a few glass of nice chilled white wine, it cooled us off a bit (ok, I was still sweating, but wine in hand, maybe mentally I was cooler). Farmer Jim and Katy (who is the event planner. hello! planning these dinners across the country sounds SO FUN!) gave us a little speech about the history and behind the scenes notes on some dinners. OSITF usually contacts a local restaurant and the chefs recommend the farms, then OSITF contacts the farmer, location set. We got a nice tour of the small "petite" farm from one of the owners (cute husband and wife team). They grow a lot of interesting produce on the farm and this year just had started their first live hen. Yes, we had game hen at dinner, and.....they were amazing.

After the tour, we sat down at the amazing long kings table by the field and begin dinner. Brandi and I were on the younger side of diners, but it was ok. The mix was interesting, it was nice actually. It was nice to sit by people who were all there because they had heard of it through friends or had been dying to go reading about it and most of all LOVED food. Here is how dinner went....


1. Cherry Tomato, Cucumber Salad with Feta- these tomatoes were AMAZING!

2. Heirloom Baby Lettuces, Radishes, Sherry Vinaigrette

3. Grilled Game Hen, Braised Chard, Sweet Corn, Tomato Succotash. Warm Tomato-Tarragon Vinaigrette.- um, I could have eaten the WHOLE BOWL!

4. Grilled Pork Loin, Red Wine Reduction, New Potatoes, French Beans, Colorful Carrots & Baby Squash, Tomato Potato Salad, Tomato Reduction - OK, really. These carrots and potatoes had just been picked at the farm. They were so fresh and so fabulous. I yet again, wanted the whole bowl.

5. Cream Cheese Pound cake, Summer Berries, Vanilla Bean Cream

Every course was paired with a wine. The winemakers/distributors walked around the table and discussed the wines, as well as the chefs did on the food. After 5 hours of talking about food and dining on an amazing dinner I left with a full belly and a whole new respect to the farmers. The amazing organic fine dining meal is not there without them. I completely appreciated the experience and would go back in a heart beat!!!! It was a night to remember. Thanks Farmer Jim for thinking of the concept!

Above are a few pics, including the stacks of plates that all guests ,must bring on their own;) I hope you get to attend a Field Dinner SOON! Thank you Katie for introducing me to the Farmer Jim/Outstanding in the Filed experience!


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Just Breathe

I had a long day. Woke up early. I was so eager to get into work, get a lot of work done and then leave early for my phone call. I thought, "ooooo, maybe I will be home today with a move date to Florida!". Nope.

The phone call went fine but unfortunately we have to regroup on Thursday. I came home early and was a bit stressed. I feel like I'm on a roller coaster recently, flip flopped, "DC, FL, DC, FL, current job, look for new job, stay in DC, move, FL, DC, FL, DC, FL..." etc. etc. My brain is always on. When I was on vacation I had a massage and half way through she said "Do you have trouble relaxing?". Oh my! Well here is what I did tonight when I got home: Ran 6 miles in the rain, took a long hot bath with new LUSH bath fizzy, drank rose, made dinner, watched Top Chef reruns, read magazines in my comfy fluffy bed. I feel a little more relaxed and mentally ready to start the day tomorrow as a new day hoping for everything good! I know I must think positive!

When I'm stressed out, shoulders are tense, mind is in constant ON mode here is what I like to indulge in:

Warm Bath - after years of looking at Bath Bombs at LUSH, I gave in and bought two in Montreal over the weekend. (the display in the stores makes me want to buy one of each!) AMAZING. Why did I wait all these years. Waving, not Drowning was what I used tonight. Relaxing scents of lavender. Loved it.

A Glass of Vino/Bubbly - OK, so some people relax with a nice cup of tea. I like that also. However, I truly think I calm down and relax the best with a nice glass of wine (or bubbly of course). A long day at work, a nice glass of wine on the couch. Makes me happy.

Magazines - I subscribe to multiple magazines. Actually probably too many to note on here (some say its a problem of mine. Martha, Vogue, Glamour, US, OK there are others!). I find it relaxing to cuddle up on my couch and get caught up on my piles of magazines. I like to declutter and tear out things that give me ideas for events or shopping or eating. Sometimes a magazine is nice because I don't feel bad falling asleep 1/2 way, unlike a book.

Cooking - Tonight I used a lot of items in the cabinet. Kind of a "pantry" dinner they would say. I find it calming to chop, saute, stir in a lot of surprise flavors and eat a nice dinner I cooked on my own. Yes, many nights I stick a Lean Cuisine in the microwave, however my preference is to use a pan on the stove and natural ingredients. Living on your own with no dishwasher can cause the relaxation part to fizzle when its time to clean the sink full of dishes. Tonight, my one pot easy brown rice veggie meal made my stomach happy.

Yoga - I haven't been able to get to the studio as much as I want to recently. I have downloaded free pod casts on Itunes as well as I listen to Kimberly Wilson's Yoga Cd's. Often I will light a lot of candles in my living room, turn the lights out and do a 20 to 40 minute session on my own. It is a great way to relax before bed.

Candles - What is it with lighting a bunch of candles that calms you down? I love to light a bunch of smelly candles in each room in my apartment when I walk in the door. I think when it gets dark out, the light calms me and the scents blend together nicely. I have a mix of candles from everywhere: CVS, West Elm, Anthro, Target, as long as you like the scent, light them up. They are soothing!

No TV - The past few months I have stopped watching TV in my bed as I fall asleep. I ended up falling asleep the minute I turned it on and I would wake up at 3am with lights and sound on. Try it, turn your TV off, it is nice actually. Quiet.

NO Phone - This is rare. Since December when I got my Iphone I have been addicted (how did I get by before!?!?). I think I actually have my phone in bed half the time. I check my emails, Facebook, Twitter, etc., 24/7. Once and awhile I try to turn the ringer off and ignore it. Tonight I did it. I tried and it worked. I had that type of day where I kind of wanted to be alone. It's hard, but try it, it's nice.

I am relaxed and ready to get in bed. What are your ways to wind down after a stressful day?


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

wishing me luck

Today I have a call about a job in sunny Florida. Wish me luck. I have my wishbone necklace and my horseshoe earrings on (not the Tiffany ones above, but it would be a nice gift!). I was hoping they would give me a little luck for the day.
It's been a stressful last few months. The realization of moving has hit me and I am ready. Now I will be honest, I'm getting impatient and I'm ready to go. The job search is not easy. The events business in Southern Florida is not booming because of the economy. Well I guess it is not just Southern Florida but everywhere. However, I know I will find a job that will excite me, inspire me and get me to Florida. The opportunity today is a great one and I hope it works out.

There has been a huge pit in my stomach since I woke up this morning about what the right thing to do is. I think this is the right thing. It is truly how I feel and I am ready. Wish me luck!

Friday, August 14, 2009

I love DC - #4


Ok, I know you can do it anywhere, but recently I have become to SO appreciate the awesome running paths and streets we have in DC. Washington is such a great place to be a runner. I am currently training for marathon #4 and have been exploring new running options.

Today while I was doing a 10 mile training run around the city I felt like I was in a movie. It was a beautiful summer morning, slight breeze, sunny. It is so awesome to run through the Nations Capital when everybody is asleep. You run by national landmarks and forget that you live here! I ran down Connecticut Avenue through Dupont Circle. From there I ran past the White House. (Yes, I still get excited running by the Obamas house.) I slow down, gaze in. I mean really, who knows, maybe some day I'll see Michelle getting the girls off to school! hee hee. I ran to down Pennsylvania Avenue with the Capital ahead, around the Capital, past the the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial. It was a great run needless to say. The whole run was 10 miles. For any of your DC runners. Here are a few of my faves:

1. Rock Creek Park - will always hold a special place in my heart. I ran here the majority of my training for my first marathon right out of college. It is nice to run through a shaded park right in the middle of the city.

2. Bethesda/Capital Crescent Trail - One of of my favorite things to do on the weekend is to drive to Bethesda, run on the trail and get a bagel after at Bethesda Bagels. Meg and I have shared many stories over a long run on the trail. I love it. I great way too catch up and get exercise! Bethesda is such a great suburb of DC. If you want a 5 mile run or are training and need to go longer, you can connect down to Rock Creek, I have done about 20 on the trail before.

3. Reno - So this is one of new favorites. Reno is a long road that runs parallel between Conn Ave and Wisconsin Ave. The thing is you do not feel like you are running through a city, you run through neighborhoods. It connects right behind my apartment and I can make a nice 3 to 6 mile run on it.

4. Connecticut Avenue - last is my "Sedgewick Garden Running Club" run. Meg, Cerys and I have run this a lot, we meet in the apartment lobby at 6am. Right down CT Ave, run to the White House, to Constitution Ave and up to Metro Ctr. It is a 5 mile run if you hop on the metro (you can forget the CT Ave. HILL!) and go home.

Yes, running is a huge part of my life and I worry about the training and weather in sunny humid Florida, but I know I will get use to it. I have really become much more of a "runner" by living in Washington. Friends who run in NYC only have Central Park. We have SO many options here. As you can see by my pics, I have taken advantages of races. My parents love the Turkey Trot, my "running club" (ok not really a club, but I like to call us that) and I run little races here and there. My first marathon was the Marine Corps. It will always hold a special place in my heart.

If you live here or if you are just visiting, put your running shoes on early in the morning and go out for 1 mile or 10 miles. It is a great way to see the city and a beautiful one!


Tuesday, August 11, 2009


SO I have a thing with bags. Designer bags, paper shopping bags, duffle bags, gym bags, evening bags, you get it. A few years ago at my friend Jenn's bachelorette party her sister had a "Lill" party. I thought, fabric bags..hmmmm. Well, I made two that day and have made many more since.

1154 Lill Studio was started back in 1999 when the founder needed a creative outlet and a reason to start sewing more. She started making them in her small Chicago apartment and from there sold them at markets, opened a small store, created the at home party idea and now it's 10 years later. You don't have to live in Chicago to get a Lill, you can have an at home party! I have hosted two and been to multiple. It's pretty simple: Book a Party, get some wine (ok well that's what I do!), Lill rep comes to you with a sample of every style bag and a box of the latest fabrics, guests arrive, Lill rep explains what fabrics you can use for what purse, guests are able to design their own bag, order, 2 weeks later a new one of a kind bag arrives in the mail. FUN!

At first I was skeptical about the fabric bag, but honestly, I love them. It is something different and fun. The Brianna is my newest bag (all of the bags are named after employees, employees children or friends). I just my newest bag this weekend and am loving it! I LOVE the cosmetic bags as well. The Christie is the best! The Grace (yep, have it too) is a bestseller and one of my favs! I have received a couple as bridesmaid gifts and given a couple as Christmas gifts.

It is a fun Sunday afternoon get together or Friday night wine night. I always say I have enough Lills, but some how I always seem to walk away with one. The Paula is what I have my eye on next! This year is their 10th year anniversary. It's fun, celebrate, make a new bag!


Friday, August 7, 2009

Bright and Cheery Thoughts

It's Friday! wooo hoooo. I'm wearing a bright yellow sweater, a bow on my shirt and my nails are painted neon pink. Bright and Cheery is how I am feeling today! Maybe its Friday, maybe it's the sun on my desk, I'm not sure. I just spent 20 minutes browsing blogs and must get back to work. (It is so addicting!) In the meantime I found lots of little images that made me smile. I thought I would share a few photos I saw today that made me feel bright and cheery. Hope you are having a good day.

...the lollipop wedding photos from Green Wedding Shoes blog are too cute!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

the weekend

It's only Thursday but already I'm dreaming of the weekend. Recently I have been away so much on the weekends or working that I haven't had much time at home. Uncertain of how many actual weekends I have left in DC makes me want to jam pack the 2 days full of fun. I have 101 things on my to do list. Here's what I think I'll be up to. What are you up to this weekend?

1. Mastering to clean my closets! I must get rid of a lot of stuff before I move. I figured I have a free day, time to do it. I dream of the closet above. Isn't Mariah Carey's shoe closet AMAZING! sigh, some day.

2. Running and Yoga. I hurt my foot and then went on vacation. Needless to say, my training schedule has been a little off. It's time for me to kick it into gear and start running again. I have to remind myself to do yoga and not just run run run. That's an easy way to make you more tired.

3. Movies - I have been wanting to see Harry Potter and 300 days of summer. I must see them this weekend! Must!

4. Dinner with friends - I'm having dinner on Friday with Meg and her sister Erin who lives in San Fran. I love a a great dinner with wine and friends on a Friday night! Dinner with the ladies at Cork will be perfect.

5. Sunday I am going to an event at JCrew being put on by Ritzy Bee. Cocktails, Hors D'Oeuvres, new JCrew Fall Collection and a discount! (like I need one! But who could resist).

Ok, I'm already tired out, but so excited to leave the office tomorrow:) Happy almost weekend.


a good vacation

I read this article today about Netflix's vacation policy and got to daydreaming about being on vacation. I know a lot of people in my business who say, "Oh, I never get to use all of my vacation days every year because I'm so busy!". Well.....that's not me! This article talks about how America has the shortest vacation policy, we are the biggest workaholics, etc. etc. etc. I may only be 27, but I have already learned the importance of a good vaca!

My weekend with my besties was so relaxing. The lake house was amazing and it was SO sweet for Jenn's sister Nichole to have us visit. I got to spend a few days in Ft. Lauderdale with Beau before my mom flew down. We drove to Naples and enjoyed the sunshine, running, drinking wine, reading, shopping and eating. The usual great components of a good vaca.

It has been hard to be back! I think it has more to do then being back from vacation. I think it is because I am officially ready to head to Florida and did not want to leave beau this time. Hopefully I can update you with some good things next week about my move:)


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Back to Reality

Hi Urban Flip Flop Readers! Sorry I took a vacation from Twittering, Facebooking and Blogging last week while on vacation. I had a GREAT time away! So relaxing and fun. I am back to DC and back to working and searching for my decision of when to move to Florida. It was sad to leave on Monday morning. After 2 years of flights back an forth from DC to FL, I'm really ready this time! I am really hoping my next trip down to Florida to see beau is to stay!

Above was how I spent the majority of the week, reading by the beach, sipping cocktails in the sun and wearing my new sun hat;) I'll post more later but I couldn't help but say Bonjour to everybody!!!! Hope the start of your week is going well.

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