14 August, 2017

Clear Skin With AcneFree

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and AcneFree.  All opinions are mine alone.  #AcneFreeSummer #AcneFreeLife #CollectiveBias

Ah, acne!  How I despise you so.  Chances are we all had a little run-in or two with some not so friendly visitors on our face at some point this summer.

Summer is very sadly coming to an end, but that doesn't mean that having clear skin has to!  Just like a healthy workout routine should be year-round, so should your skincare!  I'm always taking care of my skin with the right products and change them up just slightly throughout the seasons.

If you've been following my posts, you aren't new to my handful of photos from Greece and Israel.  I traveled for just over two weeks and basked in the Mediterranean sun makeup-free for days.

Yes, I wore sunscreen.  Don't come at me!

It might sound silly, but before leaving for my trip I was worried about my skin.  I knew I wasn't going to wear much makeup, and definitely wasn't going to be wearing foundation, so I did everything in my power to keep my skin clear and acne-free.

AcneFree Sensitive Skin Cleanser

I know how important clear skin when it comes to our confidence.  In high school, I broke out like crazy my junior year and couldn't figure out how to tame it.  I was trying every product on the market (mistake number one), and I was so impatient and frustrated when it came to finding the right products.

Hover over this image to shop these products!

With back to school season around the corner (or already happening for some of you), I knew it would be a great time to talk all things clear skin, confidence, and to talk about some products that give my skin the TLC it needs.

I've been using the AcneFree Sensitive Skin 24 Hour Acne Clearing System + Spot Treatment to keep my breakouts at bay, and I am seriously impressed.


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09 August, 2017

Glute and Hamstring Workout

Hi again everyone!

I've been working on getting myself back into a consistent workout routine and am doing my best to share and inspire others with some fitness content!

Here's a workout for all of us who are wanting to lean and tone our glutes and hamstrings.  My hamstrings are such a soft spot for me, and it takes some serious work to get them in shape.

Give this workout a try next time you're at the gym and let me know what you think!


I threw in a ton of supersets which will keep your muscles working and your heart rate up. 

As always, you can modify any of these if something is uncomfortable!  Just work on targeting those same muscles throughout the entire workout for the best results!

xx

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02 August, 2017

Top 5 Fitness Tips

Now that I'm thinking about it, this video might've been helpful before summer started, but I'm all for year-round balance.  Screw the summer bod.

I'm always asked specific questions like "How do I get abs?" "How do I get a butt?" etc.  Instead of answering these specifically to start, I uploaded a video talking about my top 5 fitness tips to get in better shape.  Where better is relative to your level of fitness!

Whether you're a beginner in health/fitness or just looking for some new thoughts, this should help.

Take a look at my top 5 tips below, and watch the video for workout clips and more details!



Incorporate HIIT -Add high intensity interval training into your "routine".  Spike your heart rate and bring it back down to maximize fat and caloric burning.  And who doesn't love to get cardio done as quickly as possible?

Lift weights - No, you won't get bulky.  Trash that mindset, please!  

Adding light weights to your routine will keep you burning calories through the day, speed up your metabolism, and give you a nice look.  You don't have to do anything extreme or heavy, just add some into the mix.  Don't fear the weight rack!

Be consistent - Like anything in life, good things come with consistency.  Don't think that you have to workout every single day for three weeks -- Just come up with a schedule that works for you and your lifestyle, and then stick with it.  

If that's 3 days a week, keep up your 3 days a week.  Figure out something that works for you and make it a lifestyle, not a quick chapter.

Keep it simple - Don't try to copy all the girls on Instagram with five resistance bands and crazy workouts.  Especially if you're new to your fitness journey, keep your workouts simple.  

It's amazing how much you can get done with just your body.  Try jumprope, walking/running outside or on the treadmill, the stairs, basic pushups, and more.  

Don't have a workout routine - Yeah, this might sound weird, but don't have a "routine".  A routine for days to workout is OK, but again, I think being flexible and working with your schedule works too if you can swing it.  

When you have a routine (ex: thinking you have to do the treadmill or elliptical every time you go to the gym), you're setting yourself up for frustration and disappointment.  Plus, it's good to switch it up. 

If you set yourself up for a specific machine or workout, don't be mad when those machines are taken.  Just get active, be flexible, and go with the flow if you're at the gym.  And switch it up!

Please subscribe to my YouTube channel for more content like this, and let me know what else you'd like to see!

xx


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01 August, 2017

Healthcare 101

Oh, healthcare.  How you continue to piss me off.

If you've been following me on Instagram and watching my stories, you've probably seen a few healthcare rants, tips, and a tantrum or two.

If you're familiar at all with the healthcare system, you probably know how damn frustrating it can be sometimes.  For me, that sometimes is about 95% of the time.

Don't get me wrong, I'm fortunate that I'm able to have benefits and that I'm a healthy young woman.  But the cost for healthcare boils my blood at times.

I uploaded a video talking about all things healthcare, different plans I've been a part of, benefits I've had and have not had, fees I've paid, and my top tip to save you money when it comes to paying for prescriptions.




Top takeaways from this video:

Know your options - Make sure you find a plan that is right for you
Utilize discounts - I can't recommend GoodRX enough.  Always check their website for prescription discounts before paying full price!
Work with an agent/broker - If you don't have corporate benefits from a job, you might want to work with a healthcare agent to help you better understand and sort through the handfuls of plans that are out there.

Check it out, and let me know any stories or advice you may have!

If you're looking for a healthcare advisor/broker, feel free to reach out to check out my agent from US Health here, or email julie.flasar@ushadvisors.com.

xx
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31 July, 2017

Top Shelf Talks: The Series

You know when you talk about an idea with your best friend for ever and ever, but that idea stays an idea because you never force yourself to act on it?

My friend Cayley and I have been talking about the idea of creating a podcast, or something like it, for almost a year now.  We'd go on walks, drink wine, eat sushi, and get our nails done and talk about all of the things we could talk about and inspire conversation with, but we never took the initiative to do.

Finally we told ourselves to get our sh*t together and made a move.  After a few glasses of wine and a walk down the aisle of HEB, we came up with the title "Top Shelf Talks", you know, named after the top shelf of the reds.  Occasionally whites too if it's a Sauvignon blanc.

Our first episode talks about all things online dating, relationships, and just meeting people online.  Cayley and I actually met on LinkedIn (lol, I know), but can you fault us for being professional?  I didn't think so.

We split the first episode into two parts, so you can catch part one on Cayley's YouTube channel, and part two is on mine.

Watch below and be sure to subscribe for all of our new content.




As usual, let me know if there's anything specific you'd like to see or hear about!  Wine is always welcome!

xx
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28 July, 2017

Limo Scene

What's up, everyone?!

Have y'all come to terms with the fact that it's almost August?  Because I haven't.  

Between my summer traveling, trying to get my YouTube kickin', trying to stay in shape, get my life together, and have a social life, I've kept pretty busy.

I've had a handful of fun nights out in downtown Houston with friends, and I'm so over the metered parking, crazy valet, and simply having to worry about my car.  Why drive when someone else can?!

Houston Party Bus Service reached out to me and wanted to share a post on their favorite Houston hotspots.  

Limo Service Houston

They shared some of their top picks for restaurants and attractions, and they included a link to their website!  Make sure to check them out if you're looking for a party bus, limo, or any fancy pants transportation.  

I need a girls weekend, bachelorette party (someone needs to get engaged first), or reunion of some sort so I have an excuse to ride around H-town in one of these!

Check out their favorite Houston spots and let me know where your next big outing is.

Elevate your Houston Travel Experience

Houston is a city that has opportunity for fun at every turn, and this is why it's a popular place to visit. Whether you're a tourist or simply a resident of Texas looking to get to know the area better, there are a few ways to do so. Anybody who is in a new spot wants to know where all of the best gems are for sightseeing and experiencing fun! There's a little something for everybody here to enjoy, whether you're looking to dine in luxury or hit the bar scene to dance the night away.

Cocktails and dinner
One of the best ways to enjoy Houston is to check out the bars and restaurants that make up the dining scene. You'll be able to enjoy happy hours and fantastic atmospheres at the businesses found in the city. You can't go wrong checking out the restaurants in the River Oaks District, Steak 48 is a popular selection specifically.  Coltivare Pizza & Garden has a cozy, comfortable vibe and wood-fired pizzas to enjoy. For a more upbeat bar experience, be sure to check out Grand Prize and Anvil Bar & Refuge!

Must-see destinations
Heading over to the Museum District puts you right in the backyard of the Museum of Fine Arts, one of the most notable places for tourists and residents to visit. If you've already been here, it's still an awesome idea to see what films they're showing for the night. Tickets are under $10! If the weather is agreeable, time spent adventuring and people watching at Discovery Green is a worthwhile and calming experience. For those in the mood for some shopping, the bustling Galleria in Houston has nearly 400 stores and services to choose from.

Getting around in style

The best way to sight-see in Houston is to reserve professional transportation! When you have a limousine or party bus along for the ride, you aren't limited to one or two destinations. You'll get to make up a custom itinerary for all of the places you'd like to experience, whether they are museums, shopping centers, or bars and restaurants. There will be no worries about who will be the designated driver or dealing with directions and traffic with a party bus along for the ride. When you consider the amenities located inside of Limo Buses in Houston, it's even easier to commit to this transportation for experiencing the city to the fullest.
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27 July, 2017

Summer Glam Makeup

Morning, y'all!

I've been so busy (literally losing sleep) trying to re-vamp my YouTube channel and have been spending hours filming, editing, uploading, yelling at my computer, repeat.  It's a process, but it's so fun!

I uploaded my first few videos last summer and am back on the grind.  This time consistently - hold me to it!

I entertained the idea of filming YouTube videos since I was a sophomore in high school -- I always made excuses as to why I couldn't do it, why I didn't have time, equipment, money, etc.  Bullshit excuses never lead us where we want to be.  So, here I am.


I uploaded my go-to summer "glam" makeup the other day and have been wearing this look pretty much all summer.

Be sure to subscribe to my channel if you'd like to see more video content from me!  I'll be filming health, fitness, beauty, and some fun random content too.

xx
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18 July, 2017

Travel Guide & Thoughts: Greece

Yeah I'm still talking about Greece.  Who's counting?

My sister made fun of me for posting the "eighth" (it was the third) photo of me by the infinity pool at the Chromata in Santorini -- Just let me live!

I couldn't not do a travel guide and roundup of some thoughts from my trip to Greece, and I've had tons of people ask about the country, food, culture, hotels, etc.

how to plan a trip to Greece
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17 July, 2017

Paradise at Chromata Santorini

I'm finally getting back into the groove of my home routine, working out, and not eating an ice cream cone every day...ok, maybe twice a day sometimes.  I was on vacation, ok?

Infinity Pools Santorini Greece

Chromata Santorini Resorts

If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen the millions of photos I posted while in Greece.

Putting the beauty of the country and the islands into words is almost impossible.  You know the photos: crisp white buildings, blue water, and hotels that look like they were built in a photo editing app.  It just doesn't look real.

Best resorts Santorini

Well, it is.  And you have to add a trip to Greece to your bucket list.  Grab your best friend, girlfriend,  boyfriend, dog, fiancĂ©, whoever's down to travel, and GO!

I wasn't sure where to start when it came to planning this trip -- I just knew I wanted to get to Greece, so my girlfriend and I booked the tickets first, checked that off the list, and moved on to hotels.  We stayed on the phone until 2 AM for days scanning through hundreds of TripAdvisor and Yelp reviews -- It was overwhelming.

Knowing the trip could suck me dry if I stayed in a resort the whole time, I dedicated two nights to be a little bougie.

I wanted the full resort experience, gorgeous pools, amazing breakfast (priority), flawless rooms, the whole shabang.

I sorted through handfuls of resorts, some crazy price tags, and finally decided on Chromata.  And damn, am I glad we chose it!

Best Resorts in Greece

Chromata is in the Imerovigli village of Santorini, so it's not the hustle and bustle of the city and is a little more relaxing.  We arrived to a bottle of white wine (perfect to pair with our Oreo Milka), a basket of fresh fruit, and the most perfect hotel room I've seen.

Santorini Resorts

The rooms are almost cave-like, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't dance around like a little kid pretending to be in a cave when we first walked in.

Luxury Resorts Santorini

Chromata Santorini

I set up their iPod on their speakers, put on some super sexy electronica, and prepped myself for the most epic Grecian tan.

The beds were comfy, shower was incredible, bathroom on point, and the staff was A+.  We were always hooked up when we needed major assistance with directions, had reservations booked, a sunset cruise reserved, ATVs rented, all with zero trouble.

OK, my favorite part: The infinity pool.  And the buffet breakfast.

Infinity Pool Resorts Santorini

This pool is insane.  It's the kind of pool you see in photos online and wonder what it'd look like in person.  It overlooks the island of Santorini, and you can see cruise ships, yachts, and all kinds of luxury boats pull up to the coast.  I wish I could've taken a picture with my eyes.

Infinity Pool Santorini Greece

Infinity Pools Santorini Greece

The view from the infinity pool is hands-down the most beautiful sight I've seen in my life.  Going to take a lot to take its place.

Santorini Sunset

If a trip to Santorini is in your future or you're looking for a place to stay, don't sleep on Chromata.

I mean, sleep at Chromata, but don't pass up this beautiful resort.  Tell them I sent you, and pop some bubbly for me and eat a chocolate croissant or five.

xx
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29 June, 2017

Travel Guide: Israel 2017

Ah, what a whirlwind.

How is it that we always build up the anticipation for trips, look forward to them for months at a time, and then they're over in the blink of an eye?  My flights felt longer than the trip itself -- I mean, they came pretty damn close.

I mentioned in a couple posts back that I would be doing some summer travel, and I am just now recuperating from the journey.  Being a tourist is exhausting.

Dead Sea
Pro Tip: Don't pee in the Dead Sea

Birthright Israel Guide

I traveled to Israel and Greece for about 20 days.  My trip to Israel was through Birthright -- For those of you who are unfamiliar, Birthright is essentially a trip for young adults with Jewish heritage between the ages of 18-26.  You'll join a group of others to fly to Tel Aviv and explore the country in 10 days.  I highly, highly recommend this trip for any of you who are interested and able to go.

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02 June, 2017

Focus On You

Well this entire week flew by!  I swear, I can't keep track of what day, month, or even year it is half the time.  Somehow we're already in June, it's hot as hell in Houston, and he mosquitoes are back with a vengeance.

Let's talk quickly about settling.  I'd really like to film a video with a friend talking about this in detail in all aspects of life, but today I'll just talk about settling with yourself.  Not settling in a relationship, with somebody else, or with something else, but with you and only you.

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28 May, 2017

Memorial Day Sales

OK, y'all.  Let me set something straight before I rattle off this weekend's best sales and potentially tempt you to spend some money.

I'm trying my best to save for my upcoming trips in June, so being completely honest and truthful, I won't be shopping these.  I might have finally purchased the pair of Vans I've been wanting, but it was a practical purchase - You know, to walk around outside and what not.

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Bikini Sales

My thing lately has been shopping from swimsuits.  Pacsun has hands-down been my favorite to shop for bikinis -- They have a HUGE selection and are all reasonably priced.  This one from LA Hearts is the perfect taupe-y pink color and looks bomb with a tan.  And yes, they're having a BOGO sale, so get on it!

If you're on the hunt for any specific pieces, need some summer outfits, or are shopping for some new workwear, now's the time to do it.  There are so many great sales right now that it's almost overwhelming.

When doing these sale guides, I only link stores that I typically shop myself.  There are so many other Memorial Day Sales happening, but these are the places that you'll find me browsing myself.

Hopefully this helps to have them all in one place -- Let me know if you end up shopping any and what you got!

ASOS - 20% off everything with code 'LIT20'
Banana Republic - 40% off with code 'BRSUMMER' (best place for corporate/work clothes!)
Forever 21 - Extra 30% off sale with code 'EXTRA30'
Nordstrom - 40% off half year sale (no code) - This is my favorite sale happening and I'm eyeing the below hard:


Nordstrom Rack- Extra 25% off clearance
Old Navy - All tees, tanks, & swim 50% off
Pacsun - BOGO 50% off
Urban Outfitters - Up to 50% off select items

K I'm going to attempt and X out of all of these tabs for now and say no to lust.  
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26 May, 2017

No Place Like Home

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T-shirt: Target

It's a pretty cool feeling to be proud of where you're from.

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23 May, 2017

Friendship in Your Twenties

Ebony and Ivory

name a more dynamic duo

friendship in your twenties
Photos by @bluestaar //Makeup by @xosophie_beauty

I wrote a post last year about the importance of keeping in touch with your college best friends.  This follows the same concept, but I wanted to do another on the importance of true, real friends in your 20s.

Also, how beautiful is my friend Jade?  We seriously had the best time staging these shots and getting every individual hair in place.  Not to mention how dang hard it is to not smile and be a dork when it's time to get serious.

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22 May, 2017

Me Time

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Photos taken by @coreighterry

I think it's safe to say we all go through periods of extreme highs and lows in life.  We have chapters, or pages sometimes, when we feel like we have our sh*t completely together, everything's going in the right direction, and then something comes to dramatically shift the course.

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27 April, 2017

The Pout

What's up, everyone?

I know I can't be the only one that swoons over the perfect nude lip.  I'm the woman who has a purse full of lip liners, lipsticks, and a couple glosses but somehow I manage to convince myself that that one perfect shade is missing.  You know, the one that's not too pink, not too brown, not too warm, just...my lips but better.

Oh, and I can't stand any lip products that are drying, flaky, or make me look like it's the middle of winter when they should be looking plumped and hydrated!  It's a deal-breaker for me.  I go for a hybrid between a liquid lipstick, semi-matte, and a long-lasting liner.

striped off shoulder romper
Maybe she's born with it?  Maybe it's the wind. 

Kendall and Kylie Romper
Wearing Maybelline Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner in Dusty Rose & Magnetic Mauve
Romper: Pacsun / Shoes: Zara

The new Maybelline Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liners & Loaded Bolds Lipsticks are bomb.  The texture is not too dry and not too creamy, so they last all day/night.  Theres tons of colors to choose from, but a few of my favorites are Dusty Rose, Magnetic Mauve, and Rich Chocolate (YAS, ombre lip).  If you're feeling super edgy, or if blue is just your color, they even have a few blue-ish shades.  Hey, apparently blue makes your teeth look white!

Maybelline Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner

Maybelline Lip Liner

Nude Matte Lipstick

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick

I rocked these during a four hour photoshoot last week and didn't need to reapply once.  It lasted through the heat, wind, and a few jump squats and pretend sprints.

My man even kissed me while I had the liner on and it didn't transfer (He usually won't come near me with any type of lip product on...am I alone?!).

I usually stay in my nude lip bubble, but I may even try Berry Bossy if I'm feeling a little adventurous.  Or I might wear it for a picture and take it off because nude is my comfort zone -- We'll see.

Huge thank you to Maybelline for providing me with these gorgeous products and sponsoring this post!  I'm beyond humbled and grateful to get to work with such a legendary company.  As always, all opinions are my own, and you wouldn't be reading this post if I wasn't a fan!
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08 March, 2017

Gorgeous Lashes at Chic Lash Boutique

Lash lift before and after

Well, well, well!  I'm not even going to get into a long intro about how long it's been since I've popped on here -- We all know life happens.  I'd just be giving excuses.  Let's get to the fun stuff!

If you follow me on Instagram and Snapchat, you know I've been sharing my excitement for getting a lash lift.  I'm a big lash girl.  I love a good mascara (shoutout to L'Oreal Voluminous), and I'm always trying to achieve a big, bright eyed look.

I haven't taken the lash extension plunge for a few reasons.  For starters, I like to rub my eyes, wash my face freely, and just don't want the hassle of maneuvering around them.  Knowing me, they'd fall out too quickly and wouldn't be worth the cash.  Plus, with working out, the sweat can break up the glue, and I just don't have the time, patience, or money to keep up with them.  Maybe I'll try them once for fun, but for now...bring on the lash lift!

A lash lift is designed to give your natural lashes a boost, lots of curl, and make your eyes look a bit bigger.  I searched through before and afters on Instagram for hours and decided I had to try it.  It's the perfect treatment to make you feel extra pretty but still natural -- Who doesn't love that?!

I had my lash lift done at Chic Lash Boutique, and I can't say how much I love this place.  They popped my brow threading cherry about a year ago, did a fantastic job, and their amazing work carries into their lashes too.  Nora hooked me up with some gorgeous lashes.

Before:
lash lift before
After:
Lash Lift Before and After

Eyelash Lift Houston

OK, and I also have to mention how comfortable their beds are.  Prepare to take a nap.  Seriously.  You can't open your eyes during the process, so nap it is.

A few questions that I wanted to cover for any of you who are interested.  If you're nervous, have doubts, or just want to hear from someone who's had the lash lift done, look no further:

Is the lash lift really safe for the eyes?
Yup.  It's a small amount of product and doesn't stay on your lashes for long.  

Does it burn?
Not if you keep your eyes closed like you should be!  Take the hour and just relax.  If you open your eyes, it will burn.  Just keep your eyes closed and don't worry!  My eyes didn't burn at all, and I have EXTREMELY sensitive eyes.

Is it safe for contact lens wearers?
Yes!  This was one of the first questions I had.  You can wear your contacts during the treatment or take them out if you prefer.

Does the lash lift damage your lashes?
No!  The perming solution stays on and then a conditioner is applied and brushed through the lashes.

What's the difference between this and a lash curler?
A lash curler will amp up your lashes, but overtime it can cause some breakage.  I sometimes have nightmares about ripping my lashes out with a curler and have heard some serious horror stories.  The lash lift lasts about 3 months and you won't need a lash curler.

A few other tips/notes I have:
  • Don't wear makeup to your appointment!  You don't need it -- Just show up with a fresh face, or at least no eye makeup.
  • The perming solution does smell a little funky.  Kind of like a mix of sunscreen and a hair relaxer.  
  • Don't wear mascara or get your lashes wet for 8-24 hours after your lash lift.
Hit up Chic Lash Boutique for a lash lift!  I have naturally long eyelashes, so the lift helped keep them curled.  If you have shorter/straight lashes, this would be perfect for you.

And of course, we wanted to make sure to hook you all up.  Mention this post when booking your service and get $5 off your service! 

The lash lift will cost you $75 usually at Chic Lash Boutique, so mention my post and knock it down to $70.  It'l last you about 3 months, so if you're going for a natural but sexy lash look, it's definitely worth it!

Let me know if you'll be trying it out..and I want to see pictures!  I went to the Mid Lane location (ask for Nora), but the Waugh location is amazing too.

Follow them on Instagram @chiclashboutique for some serious brow and lash inspiration.  Why is seeing a set of perfectly threaded eyebrows so satisfying?!

If you visit Chic Lash Boutique, tag me in your pictures!  I love a set of pretty lashes. 



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