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Shelly Styles Once More!

4 Mar

A little while back, we wrote a blog about having the pleasure of shooting with Shelly, a long-time Cherry Velvet Enthusiast and friend of our designer, Diane. She was such a jewel to shoot & speak with that we ended up with so much great material!

Between her fantastic styling of our dresses & her incredibly affirming ideas about body positivity, we couldn’t resist writing one more blog…

…And so we invite you to let us take you on another fashion journey with Shelly…!

As we mentioned previously, probably one of the best parts of shooting with Shelly was her arsenal of accessories at our disposal:

You didn’t hear it from us, but there was more than a little fawning over her sparkly baubles and eye catching heels! But more than her jewelry, we loved the little golden nuggets of positivity that Shelly had to share with us. When asked what body positivity means to her, she most eloquently said:

“Body Positivity is an act of self-love. It is appreciating who and where you are in the moment and not subscribing to society’s conditioning and expectations. We’ve been told for so long that only a certain age and size should get positive attention, but that’s not right at all. After all my own trials and tribulations, I’m very happy with who I am.”

And we’re very happy she is who she is, too! Just look at how much she glows in our Paige – Tiffany Swizzle:

As she slipped on the dress + crinoline, we asked her what she thought of crinolines and she smiled,

“I’ve been wearing crinolines since I was 2! I love them. Nothing makes you feel more instantly feminine.”

We definitely concur!

Shelly never likes looking the same and enjoys how a simple change like pairing different accessories and removing the crinoline freshens up the whole look. As She styled herself, she waxed saucy humour about the versatility of our dresses.

“Women never like repeating themselves, am I right? That goes for when we’re talking and dressing up!”

Take another few chic looks at this chick’s look!

In our last Shelly blog, we mentioned how her fun and whimsical fashion sense made her a perfect choice for these style spotlights. But on top of that, we think she deserves the world…Plus!

Our collective hearts sank when we heard her poignantly talk about her struggles with image issues and eventually overcoming an eating disorder. But ever the optimist, she stands by what she endured and is proud of prevailing through these challenges. These days, she happily embraces her body and confidently loves herself.

It definitely showed as soon as she shimmied into our Kate – Ticker Tape:

“This is fat chick FABULOUS!” she cheekily exclaimed.

She beamed as she told us that her coworkers would often place friendly bets on what kind of Cherry Velvet dress she would come into the office with; our dresses were such a treat for everyone to lay their eyes on!

With the lovely neckline details, a full skirt + crinoline, it’s hard not to agree!

We hope you enjoyed Shelly’s inspiring words and gorgeous styling as much as we did. It is always such a pleasure to learn more about the beautiful souls that make our dresses even more stunning.

XOX Cherry Velvet

Missed our first blog about Shelly? Read it here!

Find our Paige in Tiffany Swizzle, Kate in Ticker Tape + many other unique prints in our New Arrivals at Cherry Velvet!

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The Pucker Up Party Recap!

15 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day! We thought today would be a perfect day to post a recap for the fun little party we held at the beginning of this month! So Pucker Up and have a peek at how Cherry Velvet celebrates a shindig!

The day of the party it looked like we were fixin’ for a storm but we decided to go on with the show, anyway! How could we let all our careful baking & decorating go to waste? We’re cray, that way.

That being said, we were sad to hear so many were unable to make it out in such inclement weather. Someone even ended in a ditch on the way here! Even some of our guests who made it in didn’t escape unscathed; Our dear friend, Danielle, got soaked by a rude car. Thankfully, we had a showroom of dresses for her to wear. 😉

Despite the record-breaking cold weather, we kept it hot in our studio with a Love-themed Munch ‘n Mingle night featuring a photoshoot for anyone who showed up in a Cherry Velvet dress! We were a little worried that the epic snow storm we were in the midst of would put the kibosh on our fun night, but thankfully, one by one, 5 years worth of Cherry Velvet dresses came sashaying through the snow and in front of our photographer.

From live music that had everyone bumpin’, to impromptu complementary hair curlin’ & victory rollin’, there were tons of antics and adorable pics.

We thank all the guests who braved the blizzard and we’re so excited to share these photos with you! If you want to see more photoshoot shots+, head over to our Facebook Page!

We had so many charming and delightful ladies come in, we don’t want to exclude anyone! But we simply couldn’t get over how much energy party girls, Cynara & Dina, are! East Van beauties, through and through.

We even had esteemed Editor-In-Chief, Shannon Svingen-Jones, of FabUplus Magazine come out for a snap or 2. Also a Vancouver girl, we’re so proud of how far FabUplus Magazine has come in such a short time and it’s such a thrill to see Shannon’s hard work being recognized as an amazing new magazine, by the likes of publications like Elle & People Magazine.

What’s a party without music? We are so blessed to know so many talent artists to collaborate with and were lucky enough to have Wichita Trip, fronted by Diane’s good friend & long time Cherry Velvet girl, Barb Wilkins. Any shoppers from Vancouver will recognize her from Bodacious, a lovely shop which used to be on Main Street and was one of the forerunners of the Plus Size community in Vancouver. Wichita Trip provided some peachy keen Rockabilly tunes backed by Barb’s husband, Rupert, with Back up vocals & keyboards by Mike Van Eyes from The Revel Room’s famous Duelling Pianos Night.


The entire night went off without a hitch and a great time was had by all. Again, we wish to thank all our amazing guests for coming out. It is always such a great pleasure for us to see our dresses making girls feel stunning at any size. This party was a small gesture of our appreciation for everyone who’s supported us all these years and we’re excited to share so much positivity & pretty dresses for many more years to come!

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Wishing everyone a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

XOX Cherry Velvet

A Wink At 2016

31 Dec

As we look forward towards 2017, we thought it’d be nice to look back at all the looks we’ve gotten over the last year…if you know what we mean 😉

We put a little Spring into the beginning of 2016 with one of our first in-house photoshoots for our Spring catalogue:

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and we had a lot of fun getting creative with our advertising for that season.

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But as the weather lightened up, we wanted to get outside, so we followed that up with shoots at a fairly hidden gem location, Momiji Gardens. It’s a stunning nook that seems like a match made in heaven for our lovely prints.

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If you put that many cute looks out, don’t be surprised if you get noticed! This year, Cherry Velvet had been getting noticed in a lot of places, thanks to awesome collaborations! At the beginning of the year, we had the opportunity to work with “Kim’s Kitchen” and provide wardrobe for their host, Kim Hayden.

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It was such a pleasure to participate in this and Kim looked absolutely stunning in our dresses. We detailed the experience in a blog near the beginning of the year.

Thanks to such an encouraging experience, we decided to embark on a similar wardrobe sponsorship with another media outlet – an interesting new streaming TV show called, “Plus This”, hosted by the sassy and fun Kathy Deitch & Eva Tingley.

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Have a peek at how lovely these two ladies look in some of our other dresses and learn more about their show in this blog from later this year. 

It’s been such an encouraging year for Plus Size Fashion and we’re excited to be featured in magazines such as FabUPlus and it’s such a wonderful feeling to know that Plus Size fashion is slowly but surely receiving attention and we look forward to contributing positively to the community. In 2015, we released a hashtag campaign that exemplified this idea, called “#stunningatanysize”. At the beginning of 2016, we had the opportunity to further expound on this campaign and released some inspirational images:

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We enjoyed adding our special touch to these positive affirmations and it’s fitting that 2016 only continued what we started with #stunningatanysize. As we move into the new year, we look forward to always being a reminder that beauty is what you make of it and that you are truly stunning. At. Any. Size.

From all of us at Cherry Velvet, we wish you a wonderful new year, full of retro class & modern sass! We appreciate not only all the lovely businesses we have the pleasure of working with, but we extend deep gratitude to all our customers. Without your continued support, we would not be able to enjoy the success every year brings us.

We hope your New Year’s Eve is full of laughter & joy!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Diners, Dresses & Dames (Save-On-Meats Photoset)

23 Dec

We wanted to keep the 2nd to last blog of the year light & cheery, so what better way to do that than with a #flashbackfriday!

Being located in East Vancouver, we’re lucky to be surrounded by so many local businesses with amazing history and connection to our community. One such business has been serving the neighborhood since 1957.

May we (re)introduce you to a local favourite diner on East Hastings Street, Save-On-Meats.

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Did you know that as of 2016, the building itself is 125 years old? We love that Vancouver has so many historical buildings!

Originally a quaint butcher shop with a small sandwich counter in the back, it quickly became legendary for its amazing burgers and excellent prices, leading to its expansion as a full diner. (While still maintaining the busy butcher side!)

While the original owner decided to close up shop in 2009, operations were picked up by a local entrepreneur in 2011 and Mark Brand has continued to run Save-On-Meats with the same standards and commitment to the community that it has become well known for.

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Besides its wonderful history with Vancouver, Save-On-Meats boasts one of the most adorably legit retro diner interiors in the whole city. When it reopened 5 years ago, we knew it would be the perfect spot for our Spring 2013 Catalogue photoshoot.

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 4 years to date since we shot this. January 9th, 2013 to be exact! We had an amazing cast of models with the likes of Ruby Roxx, Elly Mayday, Miss Lucky Dee…and despite the threat of delicious all beef patties, we even cajoled our gorgeous Veggie pattern maker at the time, Genesis, into striking a pose or two. We were also lucky to have an incredible Glam Squad, to transform these lovely ladies into Pin-up perfection.

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Which, of course, was entirely necessary, when we had the famous Shimona Henry of Pin-Up Perfection Photography at the helm, ensuring maximum pout & poise. We absolutely love her style!

Check out a a few pics below:

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We hope you enjoyed this little blast from the past!
(And who knows…maybe we need to drop in for a burger & shake again in the New Year…)

Click here to view the rest of the photoset!

XOXO Cherry Velvet 

 

‘Shopping For A Dress (A Note on Photoshop!)

17 Dec

Recently a follower on Facebook noticed that we used Photoshop to edit an image. The photo was one of our Plus Size models, Veronica Belle and this person was quite upset. We believe it was because they thought we had altered the size of our model, which we hadn’t done at all. What we had done was Photoshop a new fabric on top of an existing photo. In the end, we thought this feedback was an excellent opportunity to explain why and how we use Photoshop.

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There are three main reasons we use Photoshop. First of all, our main goal as a company is to create and sell beautiful dresses. When we show an image of a model, it’s not our goal to alter the size of the model; but we do clean up ‘imperfections’ so as not to detract attention from the dresses.  If a model had a very unsightly blemish on her cheek while wearing one of our dresses, would you notice the blemish or the dress? So, yes, we make minor cosmetic edits, to ensure nothing distracts from our dress. In addition, we often remove a few wrinkles in the dress, or a stray piece of hair that’s lying in the wrong place. We also correct the colour to match the true colour of the fabric or the print as best as we can, as well as fix the lighting, if necessary. Those are the kind of things that we Photoshop on models.

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Another reason is timing & efficiency. When we get a brand-new dress in stock, we’re so excited to show it to you that we don’t always have time to wait for a photoshoot. Because we are constantly introducing new dresses and/or new prints, often a dress might arrive after we’ve just held a photoshoot. Instead of waiting until we have enough dresses to warrant another photoshoot (and the resulting the cost of hiring models, a make up artist, and a photographer) sometimes it just makes sense for us to Photoshop the new print or fabric on to an existing image.

It’s not our intention to misrepresent and we don’t feel like we do. We are just trying to release the newest dresses we have in stock in a timely manner.

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We have one more reason to Photoshop, and this one is the most creative. We use the magic of Photoshop to create all the amazing effects that we share with you in our images. We want to tell a story with our brand and show off why our dresses are so fun to wear!

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We hope this explains what we do and how we use Photoshop. We embrace the size of our models and as a company that promotes size inclusivity, we would NEVER misrepresent how our dresses fit on all shapes and sizes.

XOX Cherry Velvet

Cherry Velvet’s Holiday Lookbook!

11 Nov

With the Holiday season rapidly approaching, we wanted to make sure all our ladies’ halls have been decked…out in Cherry Velvet Fashion!

Presenting our 2016 Holiday Lookbook!

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We’re showing off a full complement of dresses, perfect for every special occasion this season. View some lovely looks featuring CV favourites like our Doris & Chrissy dresses, as well as a brand new fabric for one of our newest best seller, The Lana!

There’s also a little seasonal surprise print inside…
…What’s the holiday season without a Candy cane, cocktail….maybe both?

Guess you’ll just have to look and see! Check out all our dresses at Cherry Velvet Dresses.

If you’re local to Vancouver, see (and try on!) all these gorgeous frocks along with the rest of our collection, during our block of open studio shop dates this month (in participation with the Eastside Culture Crawl):

Thursday, November 17
5 pm – 10 pm

Friday, November 18
5 pm – 10 pm

Saturday, November 19
11 am – 6 pm

Sunday, November 20
11 am – 6 pm

Hope to see you all there!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Vintage Inspired Fall 2016

31 Oct

Fall into Winter with our newest Lookbook!

Spend the last few months of 2016 feeling #stunningatanysize in our latest collection of vintage inpsired dresses. In these pages, you’ll find new looks for favourites like our Paige & Kate dresses, in addition to a whole slew of new styles, such as The Olivia & Tracy.

From the convertible quality of our new Shimona dress, to the rich and luxurious new fabrics we have to offer for our Tracy & Sabrina styles, we have a style that suits everyday and every occasion!

XOX Cherry Velvet

It’s Just A Little Hocus Pocus…(Photoset)

28 Oct

Somewhere in East Vancouver…a virgin’s lit a dark candle and awakened three very special sisters…

The Sanderson Sisters consult their Book Of Spells and see how different the dark season is now…

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“SISTAS! All Hallow’s Eve has become a night of frolic, where adults wear costumes and run amok!”

“Amok amok amok!”

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Winifred, Mary & Sarah are spellbinding in their witchy wardrobe and they’re off in search of stunning ladies to join them for a wicked party…

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Come little beauties, I’ll pair thee away
With lovely frocks of enchantment
Come little beauties, the time’s come to play
Here in my garden of magic…

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We hope you enjoyed our little homage to the classic 90’s Halloween favourite, “Hocus Pocus”!

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We had so much fun with last year’s ethereal, graveyard photoset but this year we wanted to try something a little different in studio!

Everyone here at Cherry Velvet had a scream, scaring up all this ghostly fun. 🙂

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See the full-size images at our Photoset Page!

Diane is wearing our Olivia Dress in Violet Ribbons, paired with our Vintage Chiffon Spearmint & Grape Knee Length crinolines.

Dawn is wearing our Paige Dress  in Coffee Swizzle, paired with our Vintage Chiffon Grape & Lemon Lime Knee Length crinolines.

Tracy is wearing our Vanessa Dress in Across My Heart, paired with our Cherry Knee Length & Black Lace Chiffon crinolines.

Diane & Dawn’s shoes by Fluevog Shoes.

See these & the rest of our dress collection at Cherry Velvet Dresses!

XOX Cherry Velvet

 

 

Subdued & Stunning!

25 Oct

Like most retailers, we appreciate our customers’ opinion. We love social media engagement and it’s always such a great feeling to know that we have so many fans and customers who regularly follow us, love our dresses, as well as engage us directly with DMs and PMs and comments. (oh my!)

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Recently, we’ve received some feedback from our regular customers that they would like to have more subtle, subdued prints. Now, if there’s one thing we can boast about here at Cherry Velvet, it’s that we’ve always prided ourselves on Retro-inspired unique, eye-catching prints. What’s a designer to do, when their customers are asking for the opposite?

Well, give them what they want, of course! But with a Cherry Velvet twist <3

This season, we’re proving that subtle can still mean sensational with new prints that have “un peu” pizzazz (that’s French for “a little bit”!). These looks reflect a softer, more low-key vibe that gives you more opportunity…

…More opportunity to accessorize and wear as often as possible!

The Tracy

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With the unique notched V-neckline & heavier weight fabric, this style is splendid with boots and a cardigan to stay chic in the chill or with statement jewelry for a night out!

 

 

 

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Our Heirloom Tapestry print is a grey toned look, featuring a sophisticated damask pattern of black & burgundy.

 

 

 

 

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Our Eclipse Dot print is a modern take on the polka dot, with little off-white “half moons” instead of a full dot against versatile black.

 

 

 

 

 

The Paige

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The lapel collar and darling short sleeves makes this a lovely choice for the office. Throw on some sexy heels & a cute purse and you’re ready for drinks after 5!

 

 

 

 

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Coffee is the new black! Our Coffee Swizzle Print features a faint, creamy “squiggle” pin-stripe pattern against an Espresso-toned brown.

 

 

 

 

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The Pyramid Scheme print features flattering, low-key tiles of “3D” pyramids in blue tones.

 

 

 

 

 

The Olivia

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With the wide, yet modest scoop neck, this demure yet dazzling style includes sweet cap sleeves, for those who want a little more on the shoulders, but not a full short sleeve.

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This classic print featuring yards of vertically descending, violet ribbon. The pattern is so delicate it almost looks like it was embroidered!

If you’re able, check out all these all lovely dresses (as well as every other dress we have!) up close by booking a personal shopping experience at our Showroom in East Vancouver.

We are available Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm (by appointment only). If a weekday visit isn’t in your cards, we also have a block of upcoming Studio Shop dates in November from the 17th to the 20th. More details to come but definitely save those date(s)!

See these dresses & rest of our collection here!

XOX Cherry Velvet

The Alternative Side Of Cherry Velvet

30 Sep

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When Cherry Velvet broke into the industry, we centered our brand around Pinup-style. Our photoshoots had a decidedly classic look: Black winged eyeliner, vintage eyebrows and eye catching victory rolls. However, we soon discovered from comments by our customers that they often felt intimidated by this styling; many of our customers felt that they would not be able to achieve the full look. When we used alternative models with visible tattoos, we received feedback that they distracted from our dresses and it was difficult to imagine the looks without tattoos.

We always take the feedback we receive and use it to grow and change as a brand. At the end of the day, we’re a vintage inspired fashion line; our intention is never to alienate anyone or their style. To that end, in response to the feedback we’ve received over the years, we choose to shoot our catalogue/online shop images and advertising in a way that ensures that we can appeal to the broadest audience we can, while still upholding our own commitment to releasing inspired dresses with original prints and all inclusive sizing.

Having said that, by no means are we confined to being just mainstream.  As an office, we’re as unique, alternative and funky as our dresses. Our rainbow-haired office administrator, Tracy, loves to dress in Disney-inspired outfits every Friday (“Disneybounding”) and our Media Director, Logan, will never stop adding tattoos to his growing sleeves. As expressive as we are at Cherry Velvet HQ, we want our dresses to be a colourful canvas for our customers to be inspired by and accessorize with; to show their flair.

Recently, we had the opportunity to work with a local alternative fashion blogger, Margot Meanie. An East Van girl, through and through,  we were excited to discover her unique style. After a creative brainstorm meeting, we were stoked to set up a photoshoot with her. We couldn’t wait to see what kind of alternative spin she would put on one of our newest and currently most popular dresses, The Lana.

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Many of Margot’s #ootd shots are often taken with a Street Photography feel.  We wanted to echo her alternative style and so chose an eye catching location that would go perfectly. We ended up deciding on an East Van favourite, The Rio Theatre.

We also took some time to chat with Margot a bit and get her thoughts in a mini-interview; we’re excited to share both the photoshoot and her interview below!

Read on!

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1. How did you get into Fashion blogging?
 
I was wooed by all the pretty photos on Pinterest. I wanted similar shots captured of me in the outfits I’d create, so there’s a tiny bit of vanity at play there. But I also wanted to help plus size babes find resources to find cool clothes that suit their personalities. It can be really difficult as a plus size shopper to find the clothes we like AND for them to fit us. Since brick and mortar locations are drying up for us to physically shop in and try things on, we are forced to turn to online shopping. Being able to share my knowledge about how to start shopping online,where to look and to be able to show how the clothes look on my body, which may be similar to theirs is important to me to help empower stylish babes of all sizes.
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2. Where/who do you get your fashion inspirations from?
 
EVERYWHERE! But social media is probably my number 1 influence, mostly because it’s so vast. I follow fashion bloggers of all sizes, I have over 1000 instagram accounts I follow { though they’re not all fashion, there is a lot of art, tattoos and drag queens in there }, Pinterest is an amazing resource too, because it gives you the ability to create mood boards so effortlessly and if you find an item you love, there is often a direct link to that item!
Social media has just opened up a world of possibility. It also helps you craft the media you consume, instead of just being force fed the standard unattainable, “aspirational” beauty ideal, you get to craft your own beauty standard and it helps you broaden your scope of beauty and acceptance. I’d also say searching hashtags on platforms like instagram or tumblr is really great as well, some of my favourite hashtags are: #alternativecurves, #goldenconfidence, #psootd and #whatfatgirlsactuallywear
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3. What drew you to reach out to Cherry Velvet? 
 
My friend gave me a heads up about a model call and I was really excited to find an inclusive brand from my own hometown! Vancouver, as much as I adore it, can be downright difficult to navigate as a plus size shopper, we have about 6 options to go shopping in and try actually try things on, so I really want to celebrate and herald local and Canadian brands serving the plus size community with beautifully crafted items.
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