Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Review: SockDreams.com + PRIZE GIVEAWAY OMG! (+ some mini-OOTDs)

Hey, everyone! This is going to be a fun post, as I'm going to review several products sent to me by SockDreams.com! Instead of just writing up a typical review, I decided to put together an outfit to compliment each particular garment I'm reviewing, so in addition to my thoughts on the products themselves you'll get several little OOTDs in this post! Additionally, I've got my very first reader giveway in this post, so be sure to read to the end for all the details on that! Let's get to it!



Just before my birthday last month, I received a message on Tumblr from Sock Dreams. It was a really sweet message, and as it turns out the folks over at SockDreams.com are a fan of this blog and wanted to send me some products to review. Totally awesome! The package arrived lightning fast, which I was pleasantly surprised about, and included this super fun invoice (and assorted awesome stickers)! Astute readers will notice the doodle is actually of one of my pictures from this OOTD, ha!

Before I really get into this review, I do want to state that I'm in no way a paid representative of SockDreams.com or anything like that. I don't get any kickbacks or swag if you purchase there (which is too bad for me, haha, because you should totally buy stuff there!); I'm just a fashion blogger that was offered some free products to try out and review for my readers. It's an awesome opportunity that I'm really excited about, so let's get to the reviews, eh?


Sunglasses: Domino Dollhouse
Jacket: Mrs. Spookshow's closet, ha!
Dress: City Chic Online
Tights (barely showing here): Kunert
Suspender & Over the knee socks: Sockdreams.com
Shoes: Target

The first product to review is from my Birthday OOTD. Specifically, a pair of extraordinary vertical striped cotton OTK socks being held up by a suspender clip industrial garter belt. As I stated in the original OOTD, socks are really a bit out of my comfort zone sartorially speaking. I almost never wear them, as it usually seems a bit redundant when I'm already wearing tights. I was very surprised with these socks, though. They are very soft and insanely comfortable, and the style is a lot of fun. I think these socks are fantastic, and I really recommend that my readers give them a try. I think you're likely to be just as pleasantly surprised as I was when I tried them on.


I didn't do a great job of capturing a photo of it, but I'm wearing the suspender clip industrial garter belt with this outfit. I've got a few garter belts in my drawer, and even though I don't wear any of them often, this one is by far my favorite. It's got a pretty simple design, but it's surprisingly comfortable. There's a very good amount of stretch to it, while still maintaining sufficient tension to hold everything up properly. My only "complaint" about the product is that it has a velcro closure. Honestly, this is actually pretty great for general wear, so I totally get it and approve. However, if you plan to wear the garter over tights like I did here, you'll have to be sure to exercise some caution, as velcro and tights do not get along at all, haha. The velcro closure does work great though (the size range seems totally forgiving with all the stretch and the velcro, which is great for us plus size folks, right?), so it's not really a complaint so much as a word of advice I suppose, haha. It's a really solid and well made product for the price point, however, so if you're looking for a no frills (literally, actually, as it's not lacey or anything like most of the garter belts you can buy tend to be...) garter belt that will really serve you well, I have to highly recommend this Sock Dreams product!


Sheer top: Forever 21+
Undershirt: Forever 21+
Skirt: ASOS Curve
Knee Highs: SockDreams.com
Shoes: Avenue

Alright, so this outfit was insanely fun to put together! Navy, polka dots, argyle, oh my! 


So, this outfit was all about the B.ella alessa argyle trouser socks. I must confess that I've had a long unfulfilled love affair with argyle, ever since I saw a girl back in my high school wearing a killer pair of argyle tights. I've never really managed to find anything argyle that I both liked and was in my size, though, and conversely I've also never worn trouser socks (or knee socks with a skirt, but this is an adventure, ya'll!). Enter Sock Dreams, who just so happened to have these argyle trouser socks available in my size! Even though I had no clue how I would style them, I simply had to give them a try. I'm sure glad I did, as well, because I really love these! The pattern is great, as is the mix of colors. I think they're just the right amount of sheer so as to be a bit sexy, and they feel very comfortable (fabric-wise, these trouser socks have a similar feel to high quality sheer tights). The band on this doesn't dig in, and didn't become uncomfortable during wear, and managed to stay in place very well! I was very impressed with these socks, and as with all of the products so far I can definitely recommend them as a great purchase!


Dress: Target
Fishnets: Forever 21+
Socks: SockDreams.com
Boots: Ros Hommerson

Featured here are the extraordinarily longer striped thigh highs! I'm channeling my gothy roots with this look, and I must confess to being a bit inspired by the always fabulous Torey at Mall-Goth-A-GoGo.


Astute readers will note that these are extraordinarily longer thigh highs, yet I'm only wearing them as over the knee socks in this OOTD. It's a bit of a blunder on my part, as these socks ARE in fact extraordinarily long in actuality (like seriously, these socks go ALL the way up my legs, haha), but I decided to slide them down a bit for this outfit. I think it actually shows the versatility of a product like this, which is a nice plus! Overall, I do really enjoy these socks. They have the same sort of a soft feel as a pair of good quality socks, and they actually stay up on their own on me surprisingly well! A close look at the photo here though will reveal that they are actually a bit more sheer than I would expect, as you can kinda see the fishnet through them. I was a bit surprised about this, but I suspect that likely has to do with the fact that I am stretching them a pretty good deal to wear them, which is sure to cause some loss of opaqueness. Color-wise, these are fantastic! The maroon is that oh so perfect shade, and the grey is a nice dark compliment to it. I do have to report, though, that one of these socks has developed a small hole on one of the stripe seams. I guess I must have done this by being a bit too rough when I pulled them on, but I was a little bit surprised as I assumed these would be very sturdy. I suspect that in truth they actually are, because as I said earlier I'm at the far end of the size range on these, so all of these minor issues are likely due to sizing issues specific to my body. All that said, I still feel that these are pretty fantastic, and I definitely recommend them if you're looking for some cool, super long, stripe socks! And really, who isn't?


Top: Forever 21+
Shorts: Forever 21+
Tights: SockDreams.com
Shoes: Lane Bryant

This was actually the most difficult outfit to figure out, but it was totally self-inflicted, haha. Here I am wearing  Erika microfiber tights in expresso. Long time readers of the blog will know that I honestly tend to prefer tights when it comes to hosiery, so it was only prudent that I give some tights from Sock Dreams a try. Since I already have so many pairs of tights, I decided to take this opportunity to try out a shade I've never worn before, dark brown. These really read a bit more black in this photo than they do in real life, and I honestly had some trouble figuring out how to work dark brown tights with my wardrobe. That's neither here or there, though, so let's get more into a review, eh?


Here we go! So this photo captures the color of these tights perfectly. My entire goal with this outfit was just to show you the most leg possible (this is a tights review, after all), so here they are! Although opaque tights weather is quickly fading here in sunny Florida, I've managed to sneak these in, haha. I don't know what I expected really from these tights, but I was actually very surprised with them. Opaque tights can be really hit or miss with me, as I find sometimes they can be a bit too heavy (Florida, remember!), scratchy feeling, or sometimes even the dye can be a bit uneven. These tights from Sock Dreams, however, have none of those issues! They have just the right weight, so they feel very comfortable and warm without being too oppressive in my warmer spring climate. They've got that nice silky feeling that you usually get with microfiber tights, and the color is very solid throughout. You may remember, readers, that not too long ago I discovered We Love Colors, and have been ordering all of my opaque tights from that company. I was a bit skeptical of how I would feel about these tights in light of that fact, but I've actually got to say that I prefer these Sock Dreams tights. They seem to be a really great quality for the price point, and I could see these tights holding up for many, many wears. The color range is a bit underwhelming, particularly in the XL size, but hopefully Sock Dreams will work on this. Regardless of that, the staple tights colors are there, so it's still a great situation. I'm really impressed with these tights, and I recommend ya'll give them a shot!

So, I mentioned a giveaway waaaay back at the beginning of this post, haha, and I haven't forgotten! Before I get to that, though, here is a quick round up of links to all the products I've reviewed here for your ease:


Alright, guys, so as I teased earlier I've got my first contest prize to give to my readers! The reward is a $20.00 gift certificate to SockDreams.com, which is a perfect amount to give any of these awesome products a shot! The rules for the contest are easy, just comment here on this post and tell me which of the outfits in this post was your favorite and why. There is no right answer, I just want to know your opinions! To be eligible for this contest you must post here under some sort of screen name, anonymous posters will not be eligible (sorry!). Anyhow, it's really that simple! This contest will run until Wednesday, March 27th at 12:00am, after which time I will create a pool of all the posters here and randomly select one lucky reader to receive the prize! Please feel free to share this contest with your friends & family (the more the merrier, right?!). There will be only one entry per person, multiple comments will not increase your chances (but feel free to talk to me anyways, ya'll, haha!)

To sum it up:

  • Comment on this blog post non-anonymously telling me which of the above outfits was your favorite and why.
  • No entries will be accepted later than March 27, 2013.
  • One entry per reader.
  • ...
  • Profit!
The contest has ended. Thanks so much to everyone who entered! I wish that everyone could win, but as with the Highlander, THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE! Congratulations to ..... Shannon Barber! Yay! I will be in contact. For everyone else, thanks again for reading and I hope you'll continue to stick around and keep rockin' with me!

Thanks for reading this super long post, ya'll! Go ahead and comment below and tell me all about what you think about my outfits here!

52 comments:

  1. I really love the outfit you wore with the black and gold top, the shorts, and the statement necklace. I'm a suck for black and gold anything. Although, I'm torn with the black dress from Target. The leather accent at the shoulders is too cute and it makes you look amazing.

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  2. I am an Old Goth. The Goth throwback one is my favorite. I love your style in general but that one gets me close to my heart. I would also actually steal the whole look from your closet.

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  3. I like the first outfit with the stripey socks! I'm a big fan of vertical stripes, since they have a circus-y feel. I also really like the metallic sneakers, and the way the outfit contains three types of stripes within a monochomatic color scheme.

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  4. Wow, it was hard to choose! I think it comes down to the last one for me just because I love the necklace and the black-and-gold so much, even though I hate wearing tights myself. XD The Gothy one comes in second, though. (BTW, as a man who sometimes wears skirts/heels - though I'm not brave enough yet to wear a dress - I love your blog :) )

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  5. I absolutely adore the first outfit. They gray and black dressed paired with the white jacket and silver and white shoes (which I want, so, so badly) makes for a fun, playful outfit that you absolutely rock~ Not to mention the sock dreams socks are super cute, and I think I need to pick up one of those garter belts :)

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  6. i like the first pic :) i love wearing socks with different designs, but i've never owned a pair with vertical lines. i have skinny legs, and feel that they might make me look skinnier, so i usually wear the horizontal stripes, or argyle design. but i really like what you're wearing, and the dress is really pretty too :)

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  7. This was an insanely hard choice, but I'm just gonna have to go with the second outfit. Polka dots and argyle, how could I not?? I'm just in love with the entire bottom half of it; with the kneesocks and the flared skirt, the whole thing has a kind of schoolgirl uniform shape that I adore. The last one with the gold top is a CLOSE second though- damn, look at them legs!

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  8. The last outfit was definitely my favorite. You showed off just the right amount of leg and those tights are really gorgeous. The top is also a good match and I totally want one for my wardrobe. Really I just want all of your clothes they are amazing.

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  9. The outfit with the argyle trouser socks is the freakin' best. Argyle anything is the best, right? I LOVE the shoes you chose to go with them too! I really like the dress and necklace you have with the red and black thigh highs, but we're talking about socks, right?? XD

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  10. Oh, the polka dot skirt outfit is my fave! I am a sucker for polka dots, bar none :)

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  11. I love the second outfit! The polka dot skirt is perfection. And the socks there are fantastic!

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  12. Definitely the polka dots. That's an outfit I'd put together. :)

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  13. The striped OTKs with the Ros Hommerson boots (oh, and the black dress :) ) are my favorite - this looks like something I'd wear *and* I had a total ah-ha! moment about your carefully messy unlaced boots and my giant calves with slim ankles boot problem.

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  14. That second outfit has my heart, it really does. I'm sort of having an affair with collars right now, and I'm a sucker for polka-dots! So I'd definitely have to go for that. I might even have to channel the vaguely-schoolgirl thing with knee socks and skirts now!
    Plus the pattern clash with the dots and argyle is perfect.
    So... Yeah!

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  15. First and foremost I've checked out Sock Dreams online... they have so many options, so thank you so much for introducing this company to me.

    Onward to the outfits, I really love all of these for different reasons.
    But I think the last one is my favorite, I remember eyeing that tunic in Forever 21 for the longest before it faded away. Sadly I never got the chance to purchase it, yet when I see it adorn on others my heart flutters especially how well you style yourself. I love this outfit most because I really love the print, very ethnic, I'm a sucker for different cultures and this top makes me want to go eat Indian food(Is my Fat Girl Showing?, Hah. Plus I love a great shorts/tights combo, I've never owned brown espresso tights but they sound decadent and your legs look fantastic.

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  16. I'm going to disappoint you: I loved the stickers and the letter with the lovely note best! :D But that is because I'm such a sucker for stickers, gaah. I never quite stopped collecting them like all the other proper schoolkids did after they stopped being schoolkids. :D

    Sockdreams is amazing, but the postage to Hun is sadly pretty high. Still, I've been eyeing their site for some time now.

    Okay, actually I really liked the argyle ones, as I haven't really noticed they were slightly opaque until you mentioned. But WHAM! that makes them look so cool!
    An I have a very similar skirt too, which used to belong to my mum's in her college years. Counts as vintage now, I guess? :D
    Sooooo, overcoming my goth self I'd vote for the 2nd outfit. :)

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  17. Polka dots? AND argyle? YES PLEASE! xD

    I have a clear favorite, I'm just such a fan of mixed patterns.

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  18. That last outfit is clearly the best! Black and gold are a perfect color combo and I love the design on that tunic. The necklace, and of course the warm brown tights are nice touches.

    Love this blog and I love SockDreams! In fact, I was just looking for some black and gold socks on there the other day...

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  19. I have to vote for your gothy outfit. I love the way you echoed the maroon of the socks with a little highlight of color around your face with the necklace. Your sassy pose certainly didn't hurt either.

    I'm new to your blog and looking forward to reading through the archives :)

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    1. Technology is besting me: I have no idea how to turn this comment non-anonymous :(
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    2. I'm not sure either, honestly, but it's okay! Entry accepted! Thanks for the feedback, and I'm glad you're enjoying the blog!

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  20. I love that last outfit! I wish I could pull something like that off.

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  21. I really love the extraordinarily longer striped thigh highs paired with the fishnets. My inner Goth chick loves that look! It's wicked awesome!!

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  22. Its a tough choice - you rock that first outfit and the lovely sock dream socks are the stars. But there is just something about the final black and gold number i love the most. The shirt is a bit art deco?, you've got legs for days, altogether pulled together and elegant. So that one gets my vote!

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  23. I'm torn between the blue polka dots and the last outfit. I'm gonna go with the last one. You wear it so well and the tights and colors are gorgeous. I'm a huge fan of the black/brown combo (when it's done right)!

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  24. The last outfit. Those tights look amazing on your legs. Rather, your legs look amazing in those tights. The accessories are awesome and balance really well. Perhaps a delicate gold anklet for a little shine to help draw the eyes downwards? ^_^

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  25. Ugh I'm jealous of them all, but I think the goth one is my fav <3 You look fantastic and the outfit satisfies my inner goth-kid, but it has a great adult spin.

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  26. I liked the polka-dot skirt and how it contrasts with the argyle pattern. Keep up the good work!

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  27. i love the black dress with the shoulders! i love little extras like the leather on an outfit!

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  28. I love love love the jacket in the second outfit and the combo of the pleather details on the third dress with the layered tights and necklace... but my favourite is the last dress, for sure. The shorts are the perfect length underneath and you look awesome.

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  29. I love the polka dots and argyle! Looks fabulous. (The extraordinary striped thigh highs outfit is a close second - love the color scheme.)

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  30. Argyle and polka dots? Yes. I need to see if I can find that skirt and nab a pair of those socks. :o Both are excellent!

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  31. I really like your third, goth inspired look. I think it is something about the fishnets and boots.

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  32. These are all great looks, it was hard to choose between the second and last outfits... I am a sucker for navy and polka-dots though, so the navy outfit won out! I covet all the pieces of the look, and you wear them so well.

    Thanks for sharing with us! :)

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  33. Despite the fact that I am in love with the socks in the first look, I'd say my favourite outfit is number 3. I love outfits that from far away look cute and when you get close they're actually pretty fierce and have a hidden edge and number 3 has all that in spades! The fishnets poking out from under the socks, the lace up boots, shades and leather bracelet are all little touches that have a big impact. The way you tied the colour of the necklace in with the socks is also ace. Plus its got a little gothiness in there, which I always appreciate. ;)

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  34. Love the dark brown tights outfit. As I now look forward to becoming a reader of your blog. ;)

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  35. i love the last outfit. the print of the dress is perfect!

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  36. Ooh! I LOVE Sockdreams! I'm new to your blog, but I'm loving it as well. A new favorite. I'm a big fan of the Super Stripes, but for my favorite outfit in this post I have to go with the argyles and polkadots! Great look!

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  37. I like the last outfit with the tights and shorts. It looks great and I would not have thought to put it together. So, it's inspirational to me!

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  38. Ahhhh, dude, this is cool! Sock Dreams is pretty great and seem to have good customer service if/when issues arise. I'm digging #2 with the polka dots because it's most like something I'd wear myself, but I like #4, too! I want to wear more shorts+tights--maybe I will this weekend if the weird windy weather keeps up around here.

    (Also, I tried to get a garter belt from Sock Dreams too--I think the same one you have on here--and had to send it back because of a combo of too-small plus the velcro thing. Due to the too-smallness I couldn't get the velcro to match all the way, and the un-velcro'd hooks are painful and scratchy!)

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    1. I figured you would like the polka dot skirt outfit, because to be honest I totally had you in mind when I put it together. I had no clue how to pair knee socks & a skirt, and then I remembered seeing you do it on your blog, so that was my direct inspiration for the look. Thanks for that, haha. Personally, it's my favorite look of the batch. :)

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  39. I'm having trouble deciding between the first outfit and the last outfit. I have a soft spot for classic grey-black-white combos (and for soft socks!), but I really enjoy what you did with the brown tights. I have two pairs of brown tights but I rarely wear them because dark brown is such a hard color to fit in with my mostly-black wardrobe. I think, after seeing this outfit, I'll try to find new ways to work my brown tights into my ensembles. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  40. I am head over heels in love with the navy polka dot/argyle outfit. I'm always afraid to mix patterns, but you have a great eye for what works.

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  41. You always have such a good eye for outfits, man.

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  42. They're all adorable! This is a really difficult decision, but in the end my heart belongs to the skater dress.

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  43. The second outfit is AMAZING! Mixing prints for LIFE!!

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  44. My favorite is the gothy one. The asymmetrical skirt paired with fishnets and striped tights is perfectly my style.

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  45. Outfit 2! Loved the color match, pattern swap. It's one of my favorite things!

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  46. You rocked all these, but outfit three was my favorite by far. The striped socks with the unlaced boots look super bad ass and they pair really well with that dress. I'm a big girl and struggle with finding awesome outfits, but you've inspired me to be a little more daring with my choices.

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  47. My favorite is the second one. The grey/black/white color scheme is simple yet classy, and the vertical stripes add a touch of fun to the entire ensemble.

    I apologize if this shows up as a repeat, but I commented earlier today and nothing showed up.

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  48. I love your style, and it's such a privilege to see you come into your own sense of personal style. Outfit #4 was my favorite. It's so much different than the blacks and the bright colors we're used to seeing, but it has a witchy, bohemian goth vibe going on that is so like Stevie Nicks. Not sure if that was intentional, but it looks stunning.

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  49. I'm torn between the first and the third, based mostly on the socks! I love the design of the first pair, and they complement the outfit so well. But I think I like the third outfit more for the whole outfit. Also it makes my inner goth girl happy. And makes me think of Freddy Kruger. :)

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