Friday, October 20, 2017

Go-to Class Outfit

With Charleston still being hot, its hard for me to get motivated sometimes to get dressed in my normal clothes. It's so tempting to throw on a pair of shorts and a tee and walk out, but most of the time, I make it work. Denim shorts always haven't been my favorite thing (I'm personally more of a chino short gal) and never was something that I thought I would purchase. Earlier in the summer, my best friend got me to try on a pair, and I fell in love! These ones from J.Crew are super comfy and has a really easy going fit to them. I usually grab these along with a easy shirt and head to class!

Another favorite for classes is my backpack! I am obsessed with my Madeline and Company Slim backpack and get compliments constantly for it! If you want to get one of your own, use the code "SIMPLYSOPHIA" and get 15% off!















Top (Similar ones here and here) | Shorts | Shoes | Backpack 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Rollneck Sweater's are Back

Fall is definitely in full swing, and I couldn't be more excited. Although here in Charleston it's not particularly cold (we are still in the mid-80's here), I'm still determined to make the most of it. I am thankful that I'm not in the hot sun much and are either are work in the air conditioning or in another building.

Sweaters are probably my most favorite part of fall and always manage to steal the most of my money in the season. I'm a sucker for feeling warm and love long sleeved garments. I spotted this sweater at work a couple of weeks ago and fell in love. I was really conflicted on which color to get between the white and the pink. I ended up changing my usual shopping habit and purchasing the pink and I'm in LOVE!

















Sweater (On Sale!!) | Jeans | Flats (Similar) | Glasses

Thursday, September 28, 2017

September Favorites

This month has completely flown by and I don't even know where the time has gone! From the starting school at the beginning of the month, going through a hurricane evacuation and getting back into the swing of things, it's been a lot. I definitely have gotten acclimated with everything with school wise and have been figuring out what works best for me. This September has definitely been a lot of change and adjusting, but none the less I was able to find what products work best from day today!





Wednesday, September 27, 2017

September Influencer Q&A

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I used to do monthly interviews with bloggers. It was a super neat way to get my reader exposed to different people and connect with different bloggers in the field! I'm starting it back up today and bringing you my September Influencer Q&A! I interviewed one of my friends Emily from the blog Love Emmarie! We met over the summer when she was interning in Los Angeles and have been great buddies since! 

Let's get started!



Please introduce yourself!

Hi y’all! I’m Emily, the blogger gal behind Love Emmarie! I’m a Texan born and raised and a senior studying fashion merchandising at Oklahoma State.



How was Love Emmarie created?

I started Love Emmarie wayyyy back in high school under a different name, and finally rebranded right before college. I started the blog to share my favorite outfits, but since then it has evolved into beauty, fitness, travel and so much more!




How has doing Love Emmarie throughout college taught you and what are your favorite parts?

I think the biggest thing blogging has helped teach me in college is time management. That is one of my main weaknesses is procrastinating and doing things last minute (like getting this interview back to Sophia...sorry babe!). I know that if I want to stay on top of my school work, blog, social media accounts AND my social life, I’ve got to hustle and get stuff done!




What would be your ultimate dream for your blog to grow to?

My ultimate dream for Love Emmarie would be to branch off the blog and open the Love Emmarie Shop. As a fashion merchandising major, my dream career is to open up my own boutique someday, so I would absolutely LOVE to tie my two passion projects together!




What is something you think your readers wouldn't know about you?

Off the top of my head, I think a lot of my readers don’t realize how tall I am! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve met someone from social media in person and they tell me that they didn’t realize how tall I was. So just to clue y’all in, barefoot, I am six feet tall and with shoes well it just depends on the heel. ;)



What has been your all-time favorite collaboration?

I think my favorite collaboration I’ve done was the Madewell campaign I participated in last year with HerCampus. Madewell is like my all time favorite store, so getting to work with them was like a dream come true! I hope to work with them again in the future!!




What would you say is essential to creating new content and sharing it with your readers?

Your own personal touch! I hate when all the bloggers or YouTubers I follow feature the same pieces or all do the same kind of posts. It just gets boring after a while. And also consistency! Find an editorial schedule that works for you and stick to it! If you post super randomly, your readers get confused. A schedule keeps them coming back!




If you could switch Instagrams with for a day, who would it be?

Hands down Jacey Duprie from Damsel in Dior. I’m OBSESSED with her. Like if I ever met her I’d be so calm and collected, and then flip out once she walked away. We’d be best friends I just know it.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Currently

I’ve done one of these posts in the past and y’all really enjoyed it! It’s essentially a roundup of some things I’ve been loving and talking about it a little bit more in-depth than I usually would. It was a super fun idea created by one of my all-time favorite bloggers, Mechanize Horan, and is something that I love reading on her blog!

With college being in full swing right now, I thought it would be fun to do this more often and talk about things that have really been big in my life right now!!



Listening… When studying for exams and just doing homework, I am a big fan of listening to music. I usually can't-do classical music or anything without words, but I have been playing Arctic Monkeys and The Weekend on repeat!

Loving… Dry Bar Whipped Dry Shampoo is amazing!! I am such a big fan of dry shampoo since it’s effortless and easy to use, but sometimes I don’t like the spray on and the color to my hair. I picked up this whipped version (essentially a mousse) and it works so much better!

Reading… Anything Refinery 29 for Fashion Weeks! (Plus who can’t stop reading about the Versace Milan show!)

Wanting… I’ve been eyeing these Charleston sweatshirts sold at Skinny Dip. They are so darling and simple and perfect with jeans and a tee shirt for fall!

Watching… Anything on Bravo TV. Fun fact about me is that I watch all of the Bravo shows constantly, and are always my go-to’s!

Wearing… my linen J.Crew tank tops constantly. Plus they are all on sale!!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Simply Saturday V. 31

Happy Satur-YAY!!

I couldn't be more happy that the weekend is finally here! I've had a super draining week filled with three tests and a ton of projects to work on. But none the less, I'm remaining pretty sane and just taking it day by day. Most of the reason why this week was so hectic was due to Hurricane Irma from two weeks ago. Charleston County and College of Charleston ended up evacuating from Irma and leaving us to be incredibly backed up once we got back to school last Thursday. It's been a week since being back at school since the disaster, but at least everything s going well! Right now we are just crossing our fingers that Hurricane Maria won't come near us and have to miss more school again and stop hurting everything! I'll give y'all updates if anything else happens!




FAVORITE LINKS

New Evelyn Henson Prints | I am a big fan of Evelyn Henson and her designs! She has the most fun and beautiful prints that I've seen and always brings joy! She has a series on her shop where she does maps of different cities and adds so much color and happiness to them! She recently just added 10 new cities and I've already purchased some!!

Trunk Club by Nordstroms | This is something that I just got introduced to and I'm in love! Nordstroms has this service where you can get paired up with a stylist and they help pick out clothes for your style. They then can ship them to you in the right sizes and you can keep them! All you pay is a $25 styling fee and then the rest you just pay for the clothes individually. This is such a fun way to find some great pieces for fall!



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Thursday, September 21, 2017

College So Far

 Where do I even begin! I’ve already been in college for almost month now (what??!!) and it definitely hasn’t hit me still that I’m here. I’ve been talking to a lot of my friends from home about how they were feeling about it too, and we all still can’t believe that we made it. Back in high school, college was all you hyped up about since it was what we were working towards. And now that I’m finally here, I can’t process that I’m doing it! So far within the past month, it’s been really great and I can’t complain. I defiantly have been working to find a balance for everything (thus why I dropped the ball earlier on blogging) but everything is starting to 



The city:
    Charleston is utterly amazing. There is so much to do, see, and explore constantly. We have been trying to explore lots of restaurants right now along with the neighborhoods. With the hurricane and having to evacuate, I was able to see some more of South Carolina! I went to my roommates home of Clemson which was super cool to see!

Classes & Workload:
    School work is pretty good and honestly is something I’m used to now. College is most definitely more intense than high school, but something you need to find your groove in. I have been trying to get into a system of after all of my morning classes I go to the library within the time in-between others. This helps a lot because I’m already in the working mood and really gets me to do a lot of stuff. 

Friends:
    This is still something I’m adjusting to, but also pretty normal. It’s only the first month of school, and I’m just really trying out different groups and people I meet. This is really good within the different classes I’m taking and getting a chance to meet people. In my Women's and Gender Studies class, it’s all girls and we actually bond really well together and try to meet outside of the classroom.

Missing Home:
    Homesickness is definitely real, but I try my hardest to not let it consume me. It’s very easy for me to start thinking about home and everything California has and it can end up in a spiral from there. But I will say that I’m pretty lucky to be so busy and involved with my studies that I usually don’t get homesick. I’m planning on doing a whole post about it soon on the blog, so be on the lookout!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sun Protection

I’m super big on skincare and taking good care of my skin. I shared my skincare routine during the summer but actually was missing one major thing…. Sun protection!! This something new I added to my everyday routine as of a couple of weeks ago and I’m already seeing a difference! 



    One of my key things when it comes to protecting your skin from UV light is to really be constant. In the beginning of getting the hang of applying the sunscreen, I would always forget. I would put in next to my daily moisturizer for the day, but it never would get touched. One day I went to the beach and I ended up grabbing my Glossier one (super portable and easy to travel with) and loved the smell of it and how easy it was to apply. Since then I have been collecting different products and getting used to it.


Since I’ve been in college, I have been only using my Glossier sunscreen. It's super easy and only needs a little to go a long way for each day. During the summer I was really into any of Clinique’s products and Jack Black’s items. I listed some of my favorites below, but please let me know what some of your favorites are too!




Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Freshman Year Dorm Room Tour


I am so excited to be sharing my first dorm and room tour to y'all! I still can't believe that I'm in college finally and that I'm even able to be writing the post. But nonetheless, I'm here! As for my room, my roommate Beth and I really wanted to coordinate with each other on having the same stuff. We both went back and forth on what "theme" we wanted our room to have and finally decided on this simplistic feel. Since we are living in the south, we decided to go all out with monograms and adding in a headboard.

I'm absolutely in love with our room and it really goes well with our personalities. I'm very much leaning towards more simple things and this room really portrays it. We thought that the tassel garlands really added a girly effect to the room and thought that they complemented the monograms perfectly. I actually DIY'd them and were super duper easy to make! If y'all would be interested in seeing that, please let me know!





Comforter | Sheets | Headboard | Pillow | Monogram

Monday, September 18, 2017

Internship Tips

Internships are something that I have been doing for a couple of years now and is something that I have been loving. I've had an internship at least every school year since my sophomore year in high school. I've done everything to managing websites, editorials, social media, and even graphic design. Having an internship really can get you exposed to so much out there and even what you might want to do in the future. I just wrapped up my final summer internship about two weeks ago, and thought I would share some of my key tips on making it an amazing time!



1. Always be early and prompt on deadlines.
This was one of my biggest key to getting my boss or person in charge to give me feedback. I'm always looking at what to improve and I get major anxiety when I'm not able to give it my best shot. For a lot of my writing internships, we had set deadlines by the end of the day for what we should have produced. I usually liked to set a time of day (a couple hours before I would leave) to have all of my assignments done. I would then like to send them to the person in charge of me and ask and make sure it's what they are asking for and getting it done correctly. Making sure you are getting it done the right way, and your boss can see that you are putting in the effort can really go a long way.

2. Get to know your coworkers
Meeting and connecting with people is something that is really crucial and beneficial in the long run. You're here at your internship to get to know this field and to make lifelong connections with the people at the company.

3. Dress for Success
Right before I'm about to start my new internship, I always try and get some key pieces that go well with how they dress at the office. I've worked in somewhere you need to be in business casual constantly and others where you can wear jeans and a shirt and still be fine. Make sure that you are confident in what you are wearing and knowing that it's something appropriate for the workspace.

4. Ask for more (if possible)
In the past, after I would be done getting feedback and done with my corrections with assignments I would always ask if there was anything else I could do. Whether it's one more editorial post of helping them work on something for them, it really got my hands on with what the field was. Even if you just help out a little, who knows how much that can go in the long run with an event or even project! It also can lead to them giving you bigger tasks and more responsibilities even!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Simply Saturday V.30

Simply Saturday's are back! The last time I posted one of these was all the way back from before summer started... Whoops. I feel like with roundup posts and more weekly ones at that, they can be much harder to write than anything else. For me to sum up my week, I sometimes feel that I do nothing interesting to share with y'all and never end up doing them. But I think with college and me practically exploring a new place each day, this will be much different!



As for adjusting to college life, it definitely has been interesting. I absolutely love Charleston and this whole area! Southern hospitality and sweetness is definitely a thing and is something that I'm most definitely trying to adjust from what I'm used to. My classes are really fun and interesting for the most part. Currently, I have a Freshman Year Experience that the Psychology of Women's and Gender Studies class where I take both a Psychology class and Women's and Gender Studies class. The teachers for both are best friends and are so fun to learn from! The class is all girls, and that actually made us bond so much more together! We now have so many group chats where we have gotten to know each other and made more friends!


FAVORITE LINKS

     J.Crew Factory New Arrivals | Y'all, if any of you are looking for some super cute fall clothes you need to go to J.Crew Factory!! They are having a mega sale right now on all new arrivals is something you must check out!!

     Hurricane Harvey Help | I cannot explain how much I love seeing everyone supporting this cause. It's so sad to see what this natural disaster is doing to Texas and absolutely breaks my heart. Lots of companies are doing certain days where a portion of their earnings of the day to the people in need and I can't love that enough! I know that some of my favorite companies did that like May Designs, Kendra Scott, Soul Cycle and even Emily Ley!

     Project Repat | I teamed up with Project Repat for a collaboration and the results are coming soon! I am obsessed with their work and message about recycling old shirts and making them do amazing things. 


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     I'm Back!
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Dorm room tour is to come soon! So excited to share with y'all! :)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Reader Survey

I've been in a blogging rut for a little bit and have been trying to see what content you guys like to read! Many of y'all DM me on Instagram about the things you want to see from my stories, but I would love to learn more. I can try and create a content calendar based on the responses and hopefully get going with the stuff y'all want! If you can, fill out the Google Form seen below or comment down below what your favorite Simply Sophia blog posts are!

Monday, August 28, 2017

I'm Back!

Hey, everyone! I'm finally able to have time to sit down and blog again (insert happy dance!!). I'm finally settled in and loving life here at College of Charleston! These past two weeks here have been quite interesting, to say the least, but still going really well. Since I haven't blogged since I was in California last, I'll give you guys a mini update of what I've been up to!


Back track to August 11th, I said bye to all of my friends, family, and co-workers back in LA. It was actually really hard to say bye to everyone since it didn't really feel real yet. I keep on referring to it as I'm going away on vacation and just trying to explore a new city! This is what I'm telling my self since I'm trying to refrain myself from getting homesick this early in the year. I definitely had those moments though within the first week when my roommate was at a leadership camp. I didn't really cry necessarily but I definitely realized that I was now on my own. I definitely have been trying to keep myself positive and busy to avoid getting those homesick blues, but I know eventually it will happen. I am however have been keeping my self to look forward to the things to come and see my family! My cousin is visiting me in the middle of October and I cannot wait to show her around the city! And as for Thanksgiving, I'm going to be leaving school a week early due to a family event and has been getting me really excited to see them.

As for classes, they have been really good so far! All of my teachers seem really nice and interactive and have some really fun things planned. I would say that my favorite class so far is my Women's and Gender Studies class that is a Freshman year experience course that is combined with Psychology. The two teachers are practically best friends so it's really interesting to hear what they have to say and have it tie in all together. 

Dorm life has been treating me pretty good so far! I'm trying to keep it as clean and tidy as I can which has been surprisingly keeping me focused when I work. I do have some finishing touches to add to my room, but the minute I am done with it, I will most definitely share it with y'all!

That's all I have to share with y'all! I'm going to be posting at least two to three times a week during college, so keep your eyes posted! My next blog post will be a reader survey so I can get a better sense of what you guys like to read so please make sure to let me know!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Red Tie Top










Top (30% off right now!!) | Pants | Shoes (15% off right now!!) | Bag

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Summer Favorites

As some of you know, I really wanted to try different things this summer. From anything from hair products to my newest pencil obsession, I wanted to try anything and everything I could get my hands on and afford within my budget. A few of y'all asked on Instagram for a roundup of my favorites, so you ask and shall receive!


Passion Planner - This summer this planner has been my lifesaver. I have been using to so much for my goals and what I want to accomplish. I haven't been using it as intensely as I would in the school year but definitely have been active within it. I transitioned to this planner for my college school year. I originally thought it would be a problem since it's updated but I actually love it! Makes me feel less bad when I skip a week.

Madeline & Company Slim Backpack - I talked all about my love for my Madeline & Company backpack on yesterday's blog post, but I had to add it to today's! It's practically perfect for everyday use and goes so well with my outfits every day. I love the compactness and design of the slim backpack and can't complain!

Glossier Sunscreen - Skincare was my main thing to try experimenting with for the summer. I don't wear any makeup and really like to take care of my skin. I've been using lots of products with SPF but nothing specifically for it. I looked and looked for a sunscreen that wouldn't leave my face caked on with white streaks and smelling like the beach. When I read the reviews for the Glossier Sunscreen I jumped for it instantly. The consistency is amazing and leaves your face just as moisturized as any other cream would.

Apple iPhone Silicone Phone Case - Phone cases are always a struggle for me. I always end up busting one or cracking my phone in them. I've always liked the way the Apple iPhone cases look on them. Super sleek and simple, just the way I like it. It took me quite a while to finally decide on what color I wanted for my iPhone and ended up choosing this baby pink case.

Pink Jack Purcells - In my early middle school years, Converse were literally the only shoes I had. They went with practically everything and were super easy going. Once getting into high school and I started creating my style, I found that Jack Purcells were really for me. I have the white ones but I was considering getting either the light blue or black ones to add to my collection. When I went to Nordstroms to try them on, I was instantly in love with these pink ones! They are pretty new but are so gorgeous I couldn't pass it up!

Headspace - If you follow me on Twitter, you most likely already know how much I love Headspace. I used it back in May for a day or two and fell out of it. It's actually kinda hard to find some peacefulness to do the meditation without being disrupted. In July I ended up trying to get back into the groove. Let's just say that I ended up buying the yearly package on the spot after my third day of meditation...

Cuyana Wallet - This was my graduation gift to me. During the spring I got so sick of my Kate Spade wallet and how I couldn't find anything original. I felt that everyone and their mothers had a Kate Spade wallet and I truly wanted something different. I wanted something a bit smaller but still simple. I opted for this beautiful Cuyana wallet with a gold monogram. I couldn't be more happy with my purchase!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

My Back to School Backpack Pick - Madeline & Company

     Preparing for college lately has been kinda hard yet super fun. It kinda becomes difficult in the sense of trying to organize all of the big changes from living with your parents and everything is taken care of, to do it all on your own. These past few weeks since I went to orientation and I’ve created my main personal and school goals that I want to accomplish within this fall semester. As I’m doing that, I have been trying to rally up all of the items that I might possibly ever need when it comes to school so I can focus more better. My biggest thing - backpack.

      I was that super annoying kid in elementary and middle school that would constantly switch out their folders, notebooks, and even backpacks for something new and better. It was almost in a way of a form of OCD where I would constantly want it clean and better than before. Through out those times I was trying to find out myself and what I liked, and when it came to backpacks, I never could do that. Purchasing a backpack used to be so different for me when I was young since I didn't like what was out there. When I heard about Madeline & Company the summer going into my Junior Year, I was obsessed. Madeline had the exact same problem when trying to find a backpack she liked instead of all of the generic ones that everyone had. Back then she created her original backpack and I had to purchase it! I've used that backpack for the longest time now and I can't wait to use it when going college. She recently came out with the slim backpack and I literally couldn't be more in love with it! Both are such great buys for the school year that I truly vouch for them.

     On Instagram when I post about Madeline & Company backpacks, I usually get the same questions regarding certain things of them. I decided to create this post on the main things I get asked about and all chatting on what about it I love. If you're curious what colors I have in both styles, I have this classic and this slim backpack.

(P.S - Check out my latest Instagram post for a Giveaway for one of them!)




Is it easy to use in everyday life? Or just for school? - The style of both the classic and slim backpacks are so easy to pair with school and functionality. I use both of my bags for workouts, traveling, photo shoots, and of course school.

How well does it match with your outfits? - The colors that are on the bags really go well with my everyday style. I wear pretty basic clothing and nothing extravagant to class so this makes it perfect when pairing with outfits.

Is it durable? - These bags hold A LOT! My classic backpack was 90% of the time filled to the brim since I didn't have a locker my junior and senior year of high school. My backpack had everything I might have possibly needed and still wasn't too heavy weight wise. I will say that my only regret with getting the classic was that since I got the white, It got very very dirty quickly. I make it a ritual that every summer I get it cleaned at the dry-cleaners just to spruce it up. As for the new slim backpack, it's made with even better material.

Which size should I get? - My most asked question and toughest to pick. I personally started off with the classic which fit my life perfectly with school and traveling. But towards the end of senior year, I noticed that my bag started to get less and less empty of items, making it a little silly to be carrying around such a big bag. When Madeline came out with the slim backpack, I was so excited. I know that in college I won't be needing and massive bags since I can go back to my dorm, but I still needed something with the same organization as the Classic.

If you're interested in purchasing a Madeline & Company backpack, use coupon code "SimplySophia" for 15% off your purchase!


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Eyelet in Balboa Island

Got to cross off another place off my LA bucket list - Balboa Island! This little island is tucked away in Newport Beach and has been something that I have always wanted to visit. It's a pretty small island with only about one main street. Within the main street, everyone is walking and shopping within this cute little town. Not to mention that the houses are adorable and we couldn't pass up the opportunity for a photo shoot!

The weather here has been a bit on the colder side and not so much sunny. I usually opt for jeans and a cute top. I knew we would be walking around a lot so I wore my new Jack Purcell Baby Pink sneakers that I am in love with along with my Longchamp.






Top {Similar} | Jeans | Shoes | Bag

Monday, July 31, 2017

San Fran Snaps

This past weekend was amazing! I have never been to San Francisco so this was quite an interesting and fun time. My aunt knew I had never been so this has been a vacation plan for a while now. We finally decided on a time and brought a long a few family members for the ride.

We drove the 7-hour trip and it was a great time! We made a few pit stops in Santa Clara and Santa Barbra before making the long haul up the state. As for sleeping wise, we stayed at an Air B&B in Alameda which is the cutest city. It's a little island off of Oakland that has the most charming houses and little town. It was not too far from San Fran and from anywhere which was a major plus. That's pretty much for the background, but now onto the pictures!

Santa Barbara

This place I can't get enough of. The city is stunning with the architecture and history that it's too much to see. We only stopped for about two hours but I tried to remember the things I saw when I was little. We ate at Eureka! which was this great healthy burger place in the main plaza. It was so tasty and had by far the best sweet potato fries the whole trip!




Lombard Street

I am a really big city girl, so when it came to beautiful homes in a city with a killer view - I'm in. Lombard Street is so fun to see yet at the same time intriguing. We got stuck in traffic within in it so we really got to see all of the houses up close. Definitely a must in San Fran!



Golden Gate Bridge

STUNNING! Even with the fog, we got to see such an amazing view of it! We first went down below near a children's museum, but later we tried one more time up top! Near sunset time it started to clear up and the view was impeccable.






Palace of Fine Arts
Just when this city couldn't get any better it did. I am a sucker for beautiful architecture and this was such a stunning building we couldn't pass. With the quiet little lake near it, it made for the most peaceful afternoon stroll after the Golden Gate. Not to mention that the homes around it at #Goals. 







Napa Valley
Our last stop, Napa Valley! This little area up north is such an amazing and charming place. We stopped at only two winery's - Berringer & Inglenook. Both had such breathtaking views and grounds that we couldn't pass. I personally would say that Inglenook was my favorite (the last couple of pictures). The grounds reminded me so much of France that I hardly could believe we were still in California! For lunch my aunt had us go to her favorite restaurant - Grotts! This is a must do in Napa. The lines might be a bit intimidating but it is so delicious (and healthy!)


















That's all folks! I had such an amazing trip and I honestly can't wait to go back! Let me know if you have recommendations of favorites things for San Fran!


 

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