Wedding Inspiration: How To Make It Personal – Topshop

To celebrate the launch of the Topshop Bride collection we’re bringing you a series of inspirational wedding posts, from the most iconic veils ever to dreamy dessert tables. Planning a wedding with a unique bespoke theme? We asked Wolf and Rosie‘s Rosie Harbottle, who creates painted leathersLeather is a durable and flexible material created by tanning animal rawhide and skin, often cattle hide. It can be produced at manufacturing scales ranging from cottage industry to heavy industry. and paper goods, how to add those personal touches to your big day…

1. Creating Mood Boards
“The initial step is to create mood boards and gather inspiration to focus on what you want your big day to look like. A mishmash of themes and colour schemes will leave your guests feeling confused rather than wowed, so make your decision early on. It’s vital to have a clear direction for the rest of your planning.”
2. Adding unique touches
“The most memorable weddings always have personal and unique touches. How about my personalised leather jackets? It could be painted with your initials, or you and your husband could wear matching jackets with the lyrics to your favourite song – so that when you stand together the lyrics will read as one. I also love to incorporate your favourite flowers or your wedding flowers into the design so it’s personal to you. Your forever jacket.”
3. Time management
“If you’re hoping to get bespoke product, cakes or decorations for your wedding, remember to get organised early on. Vendors of bespoke products can often be booked up a year in advance! Having said that, you may not have a long engagement, but it’s still always worth getting in touch as sometimes vendors can move projects to fit you in.”
4. Keeping the memories
“Choosing the photographer and videographer are some of the most important decisions of the day! Choose someone whose work best embodies your style so you’ll have wedding images that reflect your personalities to keep forever.”

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http://www.topshop.com/blog/2017/04/wedding-inspiration-make-personal

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Inside Topshop Trafford Centre With Blogger Megan Ellaby – Topshop

You might have heard that we hosted a big house party to celebrate the relaunch of our bigger, better store in Manchester’s Trafford Centre last weekend. What’s new? We asked Mancunian style blogger Megan Ellaby to give us the tour…

“The first thing that struck me about the new store was the sheer size of it! It’s the second biggest flagship after London Oxford Street and seriously impressive to say the least… GO ON MANCHESTER!”

“Topshop Trafford Centre has the biggest selection of trends and styles I’ve seen in a store outside of London, which meant the decisions were harder than ever before. Not a bad predicament to be in, let’s be real here…”

“I opted for a striped blazer with bright green cigarette trousersTrousers (pants in North America and Australia) are an item of clothing worn from the waist to the ankles, covering both legs separately (rather than with cloth extending across both legs as in robes, skirts, and dresses). In the UK the word “pants” generally means underwear and not trousers.[1] Shorts are similar to trousers, but with legs that come down only to around the area of the knee, higher or lower depending on the style of the garment. To distinguish them from shorts, trousers may be called “long trousers” in certain contexts such as school uniform, where tailored shorts may be called “short trousers”, especially in the UK. which fit like a dream. I’m really into bold colours contrasting monochrome right now, so this look was right up my street.”

“For the store opening, Topshop hosted its very own house party decked out with a DJ and cocktails in the kitchen area, a balloon pool in the living room and a dreamy walk-in closet situation in the bedroom. Awesome right? Topshop sure know how to throw a party!”

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http://www.topshop.com/blog/2017/04/inside-topshop-trafford-centre-blogger-megan-ellaby

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How You Wear Topshop: Trending Colours

We love how you wear Topshop! That’s why we always keep a close eye on #topshopstyle to see which pieces you’re loving and how you’re styling them. This week, we’ve noticed you wearing our favourite colour trends for SS17 – bright yellow and statement-making red – on everything from suiting to breton tees and bold vinyl trousersTrousers (pants in North America and Australia) are an item of clothing worn from the waist to the ankles, covering both legs separately (rather than with cloth extending across both legs as in robes, skirts, and dresses). In the UK the word “pants” generally means underwear and not trousers.[1] Shorts are similar to trousers, but with legs that come down only to around the area of the knee, higher or lower depending on the style of the garment. To distinguish them from shorts, trousers may be called “long trousers” in certain contexts such as school uniform, where tailored shorts may be called “short trousers”, especially in the UK.. Get inspired by our top picks below, and don’t forget to share your style for the chance to be featured next time…

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http://www.topshop.com/blog/2017/04/wear-topshop-trending-colours

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THE ATOMICS TAKE COACHELLA – H&M

Believe it or not, but we’re only halfway through Coachella 2017. The desert festival that catches the eyes of the world every April is known for star-studded poolside parties, fashionFashion is a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body piercing, or furniture. Fashion is a distinctive and often habitual trend in the style in which a person dresses. It is the prevailing styles in behaviour and the newest creations of textile designers. sightseeing and – most of all – epic performances by some of the world’s greatest entertainers. This year, the main stage was taken over by Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead and Lorde, to name a few. But there’s more to Coachella than just big stars and Instagramable events.

In the last year, young heartthrob Lucky Blue Smith has become known for more than his stellar good looks. The 18-year-old Utah native plays drums in The Atomics – a rising alternative pop band he has together with his three older sisters – and recently announced that he’s becoming a dad in August.

We followed the musically talented siblings Starlie, Daisy, Pyper and Lucky Blue around the grounds of Coachella on Friday and Saturday, were awestruck by their 45-minute set and snuck them a disposable camera to get a private look inside their backstage preparations.

Here, The Atomics talk about Lucky’s coming fatherhood, pre-show rituals, and eating their way through Coachella, an hour after performing on the Gobi stage.

CONGRATS ON THE SHOW! HOW ARE YOU CELEBRATING?
DAISY: “First with some really good dinner, then I want to go dance at other shows!”

LUCKY: “A good snack! Then I’m going to see Gucci Mane and ScHoolboy Q.”

STARLIE: “I worked really hard for more than a month just for this one show. Now I want to sleep.”

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOU TO PLAY HERE?
D: “It’s such a dream come true. This is basically our fourth show, and having it be at Coachella is crazy. I’m so happy we could be here and share it with everyone.”

PYPER: “We’re just a small and upcoming band. I can’t believe we just played such an iconic festival.”

WHAT WERE YOU DOING PRE-SHOW?
L: “Hanging, talking, eating, chilling, snapchatting.”

DO YOU HAVE ANY RITUALS?
S: “We always have a silent disco. We put on a disco song and dance without saying a word. We do that for a while to get into the right mood.”

WHO’S THE MOST NERVOUS?
L: “Pyps!”

P: “Yes, it’s me. I don’t even know why – because I know that we’re really solid. I guess I get nervous because everyone made it into such a big deal that we would be playing at Coachella.”

S: “I don’t get nervous, but it is a ton of adrenalin.”

WHO’S THE LEAST NERVOUS?
L: “I wasn’t nervous at all. Come on!”

AND HOW COME YOU DIDN’T WEAR A SHIRT?
P: “He didn’t wear one because it’s hot out!”

L: “Why should I have? It’s restricting [laughs].”

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO AT THE FESTIVAL? WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN HANGING?
P: “I’ve been sweating it out… No, but basically I’ve just been on a food tour. Hot dog here, ice cream there, ramen there. We’ve been to some shows too – last night I saw Phantogram, they were amazing.”

L: “I’ve been kicking it. Kicking it with my sisters and their friends. Kicking it with the parents. Kicking it with you guys.”

IS IT AS GLAMOROUS BACKSTAGE AS WE IMAGINE?
P: “It’s awesome. It’s buzzing. But also chill because people are working. Like really working hard to make sure everything goes as planned.”

DID YOU HANG OUT WITH ANY OTHER ARTISTS BACK THERE?
D: “I saw the band that were on before us – Kaleo – really close. They were so so so good.”

NOW YOU’VE PLAYED COACHELLA. WHAT’S THE NEXT THING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
S: “Release an album. A great album.”

L: “You know what, right now I’m just excited to chill, but I do want to pursue acting.”

PERHAPS BECOMING A DAD?
L: “Oh yeah!”

WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT?
L: “Changing its first diaper. Haha, I’m actually serious.”

D: “That is so cute.”

AND WHAT ARE YOU MOST NERVOUS ABOUT?
L: “Seeing my child cry, or be sad. I don’t ever want to see it feel bad.”

HOW ARE YOU GIRLS FEELING ABOUT BECOMING AUNTS?
D: “We just love babies and I can’t wait to see Lucky in another person. It’s going to be half Lucky! I can’t wait.”

FINALLY – WHEN IS THE ALBUM COMING?
S: “We’re just writing. We’re always in the studio recording new stuff.”

D: “Stay tuned!”

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http://www.hm.com/us/magazine/fashion/the-circus/2017/04/lucky-blue-smith-and-his-sisters-take-coachella

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Everyone from Muji to Zara wants a piece of India, but where are the malls to hold them all?

India is on track to become the world’s third-largest consumer economy by 2025 but its shoppingShopping is an activity in which a customer browses the available goods or services presented by one or more retailers with the intent to purchase a suitable selection of them. In some contexts it may be considered a leisure activity as well as an economic one. malls are falling behind.

In 2016, demand for mall spaces outstripped availability, and for the first time ever in India, new malls were not able to replace the ones withdrawn, according to a note by real estate consulting firm Jones Lang LaSalle.

In all, retailers across the country took over 2.7 million square feet of mall space last year, down from 3.3 million square feet in 2015. Even as 13 malls were completed in 2016, 15 existing ones were withdrawn from the market in the cities of Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, and Pune. That resulted in a loss of 3.5 million square feet of retail space, leaving the supply side in a negative position, JLL said. Of these shuttered malls, five were closed down while the other ten were converted into office spaces, educational institutes, shopping clusters, or hospitals.

Apr 05, 2017.
Suneera Tandon, qz.com
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India is on track to become the world’s third-largest consumer economy by 2025 but its shopping malls are falling behind.

In 2016, demand for mall spaces outstripped availability, and for the first time ever in India, new malls were not able to replace the ones withdrawn, according to a note by real estate consulting firm Jones Lang LaSalle.

In all, retailers across the country took over 2.7 million square feet of mall space last year, down from 3.3 million square feet in 2015. Even as 13 malls were completed in 2016, 15 existing ones were withdrawn from the market in the cities of Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, and Pune. That resulted in a loss of 3.5 million square feet of retail space, leaving the supply side in a negative position, JLL said. Of these shuttered malls, five were closed down while the other ten were converted into office spaces, educational institutes, shopping clusters, or hospitals.

Mall supply in India since 2011 (JLL REIS)
Mall supply in India since 2011 (JLL REIS)
In India, successful malls are a rarity. In the 2000s, buoyed by growing consumer demand and interest from foreign retailers, real-estate developers with little experience in running successful shopping centres rushed to put money into building malls. As a result, scores of them opened up across the country, each competing with the other by offering better brands, cinema halls and extensive food courts. But most have since languished, thanks to poor planning, unviable locations, and dwindling consumer interest in some of the brands available.

And while that has contributed to many malls closing down over the years, JLL says that the number of closures in 2016 is far higher than all the previous mall withdrawals put together.

But it’s not all bad news.

As foreign retailers such as H&M, Muji, GAP, and Zara all plan to open more stores in Asia’s third-largest economy, the demand for quality malls is only going to grow. So, the exit of unsuccessful malls will be compensated by well-planned shopping centres, JLL added. Moreover, private equity interest in the retail real-estate sector picked up last year, backed by investments from companies such as Blackstone.

JLL expects an adequate mall supply in India by the end of 2017 on the back of projects such as Vega City and GT Mall in Bengaluru, The Pavillion in Pune, DLF Emporio in Delhi-NCR, and Grand Central Seawoods in Mumbai. These will add 9.1 million square feet of retail space to the market.

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https://scroll.in/article/833079/everyone-from-muji-to-zara-wants-a-piece-of-india-but-where-are-the-malls-to-hold-them-all

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Olivia Palermo Brings a Little City Grit to Her Spring Wardrobe – ZARA

With temperatures finally on the rise on the East Coast, Olivia Palermo has been experimenting with new ideas in her spring wardrobe. A week ago, the look of Annie Hall was on her agenda in New York, and she’s been in a stylish sporting mood more recently. She shifted gears yet again yesterday, injecting a sense of lightness into a classic all-black urban uniform.

Dressed in shades of beige and black, Palermo used subtly game-changing accessories to elevate her pared-back ensemble. The Banana Republic sweaterA sweater (American English) is a knitted garment intended to cover the torso and arms.[1] A sweater is either a pullover or a cardigan, distinguished in that cardigans open at the front while pullovers do not. In British English, a pullover may also be called a jumper or jersey, and there is no hypernym equivalent to sweater covering both pullovers and cardigans. was a nice match to her skinny Hudson jeans and worked well layered under a sleeveless Zara coat. The grommet-trimmed Miu Miu boots lent the look a sense of downtown grit, while the Aerin cheetah-print clutch and futuristic Dior sunglasses had a cool city-slicker vibe.

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http://www.vogue.com/article/olivia-palermo-aerin-dior-miu-miu-neutral-dressing-new-york-city-celebrity-street-style

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Too Old For Zara? How Dare You!

I love fashionFashion is a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body piercing, or furniture. Fashion is a distinctive and often habitual trend in the style in which a person dresses. It is the prevailing styles in behaviour and the newest creations of textile designers.. It might be considered a frippery to many but it’s part of my identity, my passion and my time. Fashion matters and can make a real difference not only to how you look, but how you feel.

I always say clothing, like makeup, is one of the best tools we can use to give us confidence – even when you feel tired or like you’re putting on a front, with the right dress and a killer lipstick you can fake it ‘til you make (or feel!) it.

Whenever friends ask me about which brands I love, I have my designer staples but I always, ALWAYS share my love for one high street brand in particular – Zara.

In fact, I love it so much that I often reference it as a ‘must-learn-from’ brand when sharing how one range can be suitable across the ages. Fast-fashion it might be but they really reflect (so I thought) how women want to buy and wear fashion.

Wearable versions of the catwalk that can be tailored up or down, well cut modern basics and the latest accessories – I often say that keeping up with trends and updating your look regularly is one of the fastest ways to looking and feeling more youthful and up-to-date. Zara does this intuitively, making it easy and non-intimidating.

Apparently, though, that only applies if you’re 30. That is the age, claims a recent report that you become ‘too old’ to shop there.

As a woman who is just 50, it doesn’t take a genius to work out why I’d feel so offended; I’m furious at this blatant sign of gender-ageism! And I’m not the only one.

Speaking at a Sheerluxe fashion event, no fewer than three major UK stylists and influencers, including one of my role models, Trinny Woodhall, mentioned their shock that a brand so beloved by lovers of clothing of all ages would be so quick to disparage such a large part of their audience.

So where did this statistic come from? Well, it’s not apparently from Zara directly. The truth behind the research is that it was carried out by consumer analysis agency Insight Rooms.

They looked at a panel of Zara customers, basing the idea that women stop shopping with a brand when they stop engaging with them on social media. There is a steep drop off after 33 (later than many other brands apparently) which suggests that women over this age simply don’t shop there.

I would suggest that this is a lack of understanding of the demographic. We are not the millennial generation who share selfies daily and interact socially as par for the course.

Whilst we are on social media, and do shop online, we don’t tend to be as conscious of using social to share our identity – it’s still considered slightly ‘self-obsessed’ to be that focussed.

At thirty-plus, women are often entering motherhood for the first time – never usually the best time for posting pics on twitter of your best outfit.

At forty-plus, we’re re-energising our careers when we want to look amazing, but be taken seriously, and often we’re re-finding ourselves after the early childhood years.

At fifty-plus sadly, many women feel too old, or invisible to share their fashion loves so prominently.

The expectation at this age is that you should be more focussed on family or duty and growing old gracefully (although if you check the Instagram hashtag ‘advancedstyle’, there are some really fabulous fashion blogs out there).

There are stunning, brilliant older bloggers doing it well, though. I love Kat Farmer’s ‘Does My Bum look 40’, a seriously stylish fashion diary site aimed at mature clothing lovers, shares her mix of high-street finds, designer picks, within which Zara regularly features.

A-list stylist Deborah Sheridan-Taylor also shares her love for the range, citing their cuts and fast-turnaround as strengths.

The truth of the matter is that this research does NOT say that older women cannot or do not shop at Zara and its method of understanding of the older shopper is deeply flawed.

I can only hope that Zara understands its following well enough to know this and carries on being the great, multi-age appropriate brand that it is. Here’s to their new collection!

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http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/grace-fodor/too-old-for-zara-how-dare_b_15603020.html

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Zara Is Hiding Their Swimwear On Another Site

This is not a drill

We’re sure we’re not the only ones who love Zara, are we? Didn’t think so. We check their New In section roughly 13 times a day, and this morning, we discovered yet another reason to love them (and another site to obsess over). Cue Zara Home.

Here we were, innocently cruising through the homeware section, when bam, we come across a whole load of Zara swimwear. Yes, really. We’re not sure about you, but we’ve always felt that Zara swimwear was a bit thin on the ground, and now we know why. Indeed, Zara Home is home (pun unintended) to a whole load of Zara swimwear that we never even knew existed.

Aside from the fact that it’s obviously just as amazing as everything on the mainline site is, it’s even more exciting to think that nobody else knows it’s there. In other words, the likelihood of turning up in the same bikini/swimsuit as someone else is next to none. (If you do, you’ll know they’re fellow Look readers, and that’s just an excuse to make friends.)

It’s not just bikinis and swimsuits we’re talking about, either. There’s also cover-ups, sandalsSandals are an open type of footwear, consisting of a sole held to the wearer’s foot by straps passing over the instep and, sometimes, around the ankle., bags and hats to choose from. We’ve got goosebumps just talking about it. Basically, we reckon this is even more exciting than the time we found Zara’s outlet, or their sister sites. Just try and keep this one to yourselves. Please.

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http://www.look.co.uk/fashion/zara-swimwear-582565

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Bella Hadid Launches New Dior Pump ‘N’ Volume Mascara

Bella Hadid is bringing back the denimDenim[1] is a sturdy cotton warp-faced[2] twill textile in which the weft passes under two or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces the familiar diagonal ribbing of the denim that distinguishes it from cotton duck (a linen canvas).-on-denim trend!

The Dior spokesmodel stepped out rocking an all-demin outfit to celebrate the launch of the brand’s new Pump ‘N’ Volume Mascara at Selfridges on Thursday (April 20) in London, England.

“Finishing up the last interviews and press!” she wrote on Instagram along with the photos below. “Time to head out for my @diormakeup Pump N Volume Mascara launch exclusively at @theofficialselfridges London ! See you there x.”

Bella also recently shared her thoughts on the upcoming Life-Size sequel starring Tyra Banks.

“LIFE SIZE 2 @TYRABANKS GIVING ME LIFEEEEEE I CANT WAIT,” Bella tweeted, adding “SHINE BRIGHT SHINE FAR DONT BE SHY BE A STAR.”

Bella has been quite the jet-setter lately – she has also traveled to Paris and Dubai this past week!

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http://www.justjaredjr.com/2017/04/20/bella-hadid-launches-new-dior-pump-n-volume-mascara/

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An exclusive look at the making of Dior’s latest hidden watch

Of all the precious stones, opals can, arguably, lay claim to the most checkered history, having swung in and out of favour with alarming regularity. In a book published as early as 1907, entitled Precious Stones: for Curative Wear and Other Remedial Uses, author William Thomas Fernie outlines the conflicting beliefs surrounding this most controversial of gems.

In the Middle Ages, the opal was considered to possess an aggregate of all the special virtues attributed to other gemstones, since it combined so many different colours. And yet, one of the most prominent alchemists of the 14th century declared it “fatal to love” and responsible for sowing “discord between the giver and receiver”. In the 18th century, it was believed to cure weak eyes – in 1740 Marbodus, Bishop of Rennes, one of the world’s first lapidaries, went one step further and proclaimed that the opal could “confer the gift of invisibility on its wearer”. Russian tsars considered it to be an embodiment of the evil eye, while a cursed opal was believed to have been the reason for the downfall of five members of the Spanish royal family in the 1800s.

Perhaps most damaging to the opal’s already fragile reputation was Walter Scott’s 1829 novel, Anne of Geierstein. In the book, the baroness of Arnheim wears an opal talisman with supernatural powers – but when a drop of holy water falls on it, the opal turns colourless and the baroness dies soon after. So widely read was Scott’s book that it turned popular opinion against the stone, and the opal became associated with ill luck and even death. Opal sales in Europe reportedly plummeted by 50 per cent as a result, and didn’t recover for the best part of two decades. To compound all this, the stone is vitreous, making it notoriously fragile and tricky to set.

But Victoire de Castellane, artistic director of Dior Joaillerie, pays no credence to such things. The opal is her favourite stone and has long featured in her creations for Dior. Unsurprisingly, in the maison’s latest high-jewellery collection, Dior et d’Opales, the opal is the unequivocal star.

According to de Castellane: “The opal is a very poetic stone. It’s like an invitation to enter a fairy tale, to experience magic. When I look at an opal, I feel like I’m seeing the Earth from afar, the oceans, the archipelagos, and the reflections of stars on ocean waves … I see it as nature’s gemstone par excellence, a stone that’s so intertwined with femininity, its connection becomes organic,” she explains.

The 27-piece collection features rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings, where the otherworldly beauty of opals is offset with diamonds, emeralds, rubies, amethysts and sapphires, to stunning effect. The collection, which was unveiled during Paris Haute Couture Week earlier this year, is notable as much for its craftsmanship as for the search undertaken for the stones.

As this exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Majestueuse Opal High Jewellery timepiece shows, a highlight of this collection is a series of jewel-encrusted bracelets that double up as watches.

Representing de Castellane’s first foray into jewels that tell the time, the timepieces are designed to be worn as bracelets, and feature a fiery explosion of multicoloured gemstones dominated by a cabochon-cut opal that swivels 360 degrees to reveal a diamond-encrusted watch dial.

The watches are powered by a quartz movement and come in eight different stylesStyle is a manner of doing or presenting things, especially a fashionable one.: in gradations of pink and blue and green; as a cluster of white diamonds with a single opal at the centre; or, in the case of the Majestueuse Opal High Jewellery timepiece, in a dramatic explosion of rainbow hues.

This watch is fashioned in yellow and white gold, and has a central black opal fringed with a combination of diamonds, pink sapphires, spessartite and tsavorite garnets, emeralds, yellow sapphires, amethysts, rubies and sapphires.

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http://www.thenational.ae/arts-life/luxury/an-exclusive-look-at-the-making-of-diors-latest-hidden-watch

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