Dress for Spring

As Spring gets into a groove, cold weather clothes need to make room for some lighter and brighter duds. Remember those sandals and dresses that have been languishing in your closet? Well, it’s time to bust them out.

In fact, changing your mode of dress can help knock you out of late winter doldrums. I remember living in Kansas City when the first day of capris and flip flops was a day for celebration. Shaking off the winter cold and boring clothes from the previous season can be invigorating. So dress the part!

Here are some tips to help you do that:

1. Clean out your closet.

Recently, Simple Mom offered some great tips for cleaning out your closet and finding things to discard. Mandi from Life Your Way posted a fun vlog illustrating how her closet got dejunked. Man, she moves fast!

The basic jist is to junk the stuff you don’t wear. If it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t look good, you don’t like it, or if it’s out of style (think: scrunchies), then its time to give it the heave-ho.

2. Supplement with classic pieces.

My friend Jen the Fashionista has got you covered in this area. Check out her 5 Simple Ways to Dress Fabulously for Less as well as her encouragement to just say no to good deals.

Read Rena’s tips for accessorizing. You can update your classic pieces with less expensive accessories to give your look some sass.

3. Find a hairstyle that flatters.

After years of going to a walk-in salon where they don’t know me — and don’t care to, I finally sought out a beautician/hair stylist/whatever the right term is to tackle my mane. Not only has Melissa spent the time to find a style that flatters my hair and face, but she’s also been able to let me know about health issues to my scalp that might otherwise have flown under the radar if I had a different person cut my hair every time.

(In fact, she’s been able to direct a number of clients to their doctor for pre-skin cancer screening, something you don’t think about in the realm of “beauty.”)

Having a hair style that fits you can make all the difference in the world.

4. Don’t forget sun protection.

Now that you’re getting out more, make sure that you take the precautions you prefer to guard your skin against UV rays and sun damage.

5. Find a fun dress!

Spring and summer are dress weather! Find a dress that is fun and comfortable and flattering to wear. Forget the spanx, find something that you can relax in.

I found a comfy dress recently. Oh me, oh my! You’re going to be amazed.

Dress in bamboo?

Yala Designs is a company devoted to green living. This week they’re offering the Bradshaw dress for giveaway. I was stunned when I first felt the fabric. It is sooo soft! I kept thinking, My! this is soft! Finally, I checked the label. It’s 95% bamboo! Well, derived from bamboo, but still.

Here’s the fabric information from the Bradshaw dress:

95% Viscose from Bamboo / 5% Spandex
Machine wash, gentle cycle, cool water, mild soap. Do not bleach. Tumble dry, gentle cycle, low heat. Low iron if desired.
Warm, cool, soft, lovely, for day and night. Organically grown in sustainably managed forests.

How’s that for your perfect Spring dress? You’ll want to wear a camisole with it, and perhaps leggings if you’re so inclined, but it’s a cute short dress for Spring.

Three LifeasMOM readers will win a Bradshaw dress this week.

To Enter:

Leave a comment telling us where you’ll wear your Yala dress.

For an extra entry, “like” Yala on Facebook or follow them on twitter and come back and leave another comment (or two) telling me you did so.

This giveaway will be open until Sunday, April 3rd, 2011, at 8 pm PST. Winners will be chosen randomly and notified via email.


THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS: danielleatm@, macampbell615@, daisydog@ They have been notified via email. If you think you are a winner and did not receive an email, please write me at jessica at lifeasmom dot com.

This week we’re Celebrating Spring. Don’t forget to check back everyday for all sorts of fun giveaways and ideas to enjoy the changing of the seasons.

Disclosure: I received a sample Bradshaw dress for review purposes. I was not compensated to publish positive comments. My opinions are my own.

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  1. Samantha VanArnhem says:

    Looks like the perfect dress to work with my “mom belly”. Seems like something you could wear just about anywhere – and with leggings could be a little more stylish than my usual yoga pants/t-shirt combo!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Jeana Gervais says:

    I would wear this dress for a trip to the zoo with all the kids.

  3. Ashlee P says:

    I’d wear it anywhere or maybe give it to a friend to do the One Month. One Dress. One Cause. with me.

  4. Jeana Gervais says:

    I like Yala on FaceBook.

  5. Jeana Gervais says:

    I follow Yala on twitter.

  6. This looks perfect for a picnic now that spring is on the way!

  7. I “liked” Yala on Facebook.

  8. I followed Yala on Twitter.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I’d wear it to one of the many outdoor spring concerts we attend at the local park!

  10. I’d wear the dress on date night! Or the park.

  11. anywhere, work, going out, shopping….

  12. I would wear this dress to work!

  13. Tabitha laliberte says:

    Looks like the perfect dress for life as mom! I think I’d wear this just about anywhere! Thanks for introducing Yala

  14. that looks like a great go everywhere dress, library, park, grocerythe shopping…all of the exciting places I get to go

  15. I would wear it to the zoo!

  16. It looks like I could where this dress anywhere….shopping, date, BBQ, playdate.

  17. Lea Stormhammer says:

    How cute is that dress?!

    I’d wear it to the park with my kiddos and then with some awesome boots and jewelry for a date night out with hubby!

    Thanks for hosting!

  18. To lunch w/the girls. 🙂

  19. Danielle says:

    This dress is so cute! I would wear it on a date. That way my kids don’t snot or wipe their hands and face on it (like I’m a napkin.) I already have clothes that I can wear around the kids. This dress would be a fun surprise for the hub!

  20. Amanda M says:

    Maybe out for my birthday dinner 🙂

  21. Michelle says:

    Great dress. This is the kind of item I’d wear everywhere!

  22. I would wear this dress all over the place! It looks like you could dress it up or down, and still be comfortable. I’m about to have a baby in a month, and having a comfy dress would be perfect!

  23. I’d wear a dress like this anywhere! Date night with the husband, to the park with the kids, even church.

  24. I’d wear a yala dress on a summer date with my husband. 🙂

  25. Carrie S says:

    This dress I could wear anywhere! Just what I have been looking for!

  26. I would wear it EVERYWHERE! Living on the Gulf Coast, it would be a three-season dress for me!

  27. Now that it’s been warmer, baby and I are taking long strolls–this dress would be great!

  28. Sally Mcquaid says:

    I would wear it on a date with my husband.

  29. I would love to wear that dress to work, I always say I am going to wear more dresses!

  30. Date night – or lunch with my girlfriends. 🙂

  31. Would where it most any where…

  32. I would wear it to the mall shopping! Very cute!

  33. I follow Yala on twitter!

  34. I homeschool and one thing one of my boys suggested to me as a way I could be a better momma was to wear more dresses. I’m typically in gym gear. So, I would wear this comfy dress at home. 😉

  35. I would wear mine to church.

  36. I like Yala on FB.

  37. I would wear it to church on easter

  38. I’d wear it everywhere!!! It looks So comfortable and stylish.

  39. Heather says:

    I would wear mine to work and probably around the house too since it looks so comfy!

  40. I would wear it any where the nice weather takes us! So cute!

  41. Date night, church, lunch with girlfriends, the library…it looks SO comfy. Where wouldn’t you want to wear it? 🙂 Thank you for a wonderful giveaway!

  42. I would wear my yala dress out and about on the weekends. Looks cute and comfy!

  43. everywhere! I love a comfy dress 🙂

  44. These dresses look sooo comfy. I’d wear them any where. You can dress them up or down. Perfct addition to my closet!

  45. I liked Yala on FB.

  46. Rebecca says:

    we are planning on taking a cruise next summer and I could see me wearing this on the ship! 🙂

  47. Katie Bauer says:

    I would wear this dress to work. What a way to break out of my black pantsuit streak!

  48. Rebecca says:

    I “liked” Yala on Facebook! 🙂

  49. Rebecca W. says:

    I would give it to one of my teenage daughters.

  50. I’d wear this dress (with a cami and leggings) while running errands so I could feel put together.

  51. Vanessa says:

    Any day the sun is shining! To work and church.

  52. I would give it to my 14 y/o who would prob wear it to the next school dance!

  53. Cute dress. I’d wear it to work.

  54. To school 🙂

  55. Crazy cute!! I’d wear it to work (sub. teacher) or church, but my 1st wearing would be to the Picasso exhibit in Richmond, VA!

  56. I think I’d wear this dress everywhere but work. It’d make me feel pretty. 🙂

  57. I would wear it almost anywhere I go.

  58. I would wear this dress to my MOPS meeting!

  59. Michelle says:

    It looks super comfy and you could wear it anywhere.

  60. I ‘liked’ Yala on facebook.

  61. With cropped leggings, on the beach, after dinner with my hubby.

  62. Tammy in Alabama says:

    Oh how cute!!! I love the Yala Dress… I would wear it everywhere… to the park with the kids… bible study… WalMart…. fun date night with wonderful husband… Thank you for all you do! Many Blessings… Tammy in Alabama

  63. Aubrey R says:

    I would wear it to church. I’m so in need of nice clothes for church! Thanks for the giveaway!

  64. I’d wear this dress everywhere! It’s perfect for spring!!!

  65. I like Yala on Facebook.

  66. Hopefully, I would wear this dress sometime in the next 2 months when my husband and I take a house-hunting trip to SoCal!:)

  67. Elizabeth M says:

    I love this new fabric! I would wear mine to my children’s school end barbecue.

  68. I follow Yala on twitter.

  69. I’ll wear that dress all over town….carpool at school, grocery store, the Y, anywhere!

  70. Elizabeth M says:

    I liked Yala on FaceBook.

  71. Awesome dress!!! Where to wear??? Two of my daughters have a dance recital the beginning of May, I think it would be perfect!

  72. I liked them on facebook!

  73. Jennifer says:

    I’d wear it to the grocery store, on a walk, to the park, anywhere!

  74. This looks like an excellent every day dress. With leggings for cooler weather, without for hot weather. I love the fact that it is machine washable too. Maybe a whole stack of colors? Great giveaway!

  75. Robin Ann says:

    I would wear this dress everywhere!!! To the park, to church, on a date with my husband, in fact, I might need two!

  76. I like them on FB too!

  77. I’d be wearing a comfortable piece like this everywhere, chasing after my four kiddos.

  78. Whitney Moore says:

    I love the dress! I think I could wear it just about anywhere I go…grocery store, shopping, out to eat! Love it!

  79. I would wear it on a date with my hubby :).

  80. Maureen says:

    To a few family birthday parties and dinner out with my husband, among many other places.

  81. This looks so cute and comfortable! I would probably wear it just about anywhere..except maybe the park since I usually end up climbing the equipment with the kids. 🙂

  82. On a date night!

  83. This looks super cute and comfy. I think I could wear it anywhere!

  84. I “liked” yala on fb.

  85. What a cute dress! Looks perfect to wear about anywhere: date night with hubby, at home, park day with the kids. Thanks for the opportunity!

  86. Melissa says:

    I would wear it to the botanical gardens.

  87. My family meet together at a Christian camp every year. My dudes are looking pretty sad!

  88. Kristin Peterson says:

    I’d wear it anywhere – I would love to have a comfy dress to spend the day in!

  89. Nicole J. says:

    Is wearing it EVERYWHERE a bad idea? Man…where has this dress been all my life!

  90. Nicole J. says:

    I like Yala on FB.

  91. Nicole J. says:

    I follow YalaDesigns on Twitter.

  92. Miranda says:

    Date night!

  93. I would wear this dress to Bible study or going out with my hubby!

  94. I follow Yala on FB.

  95. I follow Yala on Twitter

  96. I’d love a Yala dress for summer.

  97. What a wonderful looking dress.. Would love to wear this to the local park or a night out without the kids.

  98. It looks very comfortable. I would wear it shopping.

  99. Kimberly says:

    I would wear it as an every day outfit. I love wearing cute, comfy dresses when the weather warms up!

  100. An upcoming summer wedding!

  101. That dress is super cute. I’d wear it running errands and to church.

  102. I would wear it on date night with my husband.

  103. Yala fb fan.

  104. Everywhere! 🙂 But probably grocery shopping and to the beach when I go home!

  105. Everywhere. It looks super comfy.

  106. Vanessa says:

    I would wear it everywhere.

  107. Such a cute dress! I’d wear it to work, church, at home. Looks so comfy too! Thanks for the giveaway.

  108. I would wear it for walks outside with my daughter and to the playground

  109. I liked Yala on FB!

  110. I’m following Yala on Twitter, too!

  111. I like Yala on FB

  112. Cute dress! Probably in the car sadly running all 5 kids around!

  113. i like them on fb

  114. On a date with my husband–it’s been a long time since we had a date!

  115. Love love this dress I would love to wear it on fun spring days out wtih my husband!

  116. I liked them on facebook too!!

  117. Rebecca says:

    Everywhere! It looks like with a nursing cami underneath I could still nurse my youngest, it would cover my mommy belly that probably won’t go away at this point, and would cover my hips giving me that much needed confidence boost with a pair of comfy leggings. Oh please, please, please! 🙂 Thanks!

  118. Rebecca says:

    liked Yala on Facebook!

  119. I think I would wear this dress daily LOL!!

  120. Jennifer B. says:

    I’m pretty sure this dress would be worn everywhere! I can tell by looking at it that it would be flattering on pretty much any body type. Good luck to everyone!

  121. Becky L says:

    This dress looks perfect to wear EVERYWHERE! I’d wear it with a cami and leggings… looks absolutely comfy!

  122. Carrie Phelps says:

    I will wear my dress to my daughters Baby Shower!

  123. Carrie Phelps says:

    I follow Yala on FB; Carrie Phelps

  124. Carrie Phelps says:

    I follow Yala on Twitter; @CarrieDust

  125. I would love to have this dress just in time for spring weather in Kansas!

  126. I’ll wear it to work or out with friends.

  127. Looks versatile to wear almost anywhere. Work, errands.

  128. I am following Yala on twitter.

  129. I follow Yala on FB.

  130. Seems like I’ll be going to a lot of baby and bridal showers soon. So, this would be a great prize.

  131. Dona Perkins says:

    I would SOOOOO be wearing this dress to work in the church nursery every Sunday! I get so tired of wearing jeans and t-shirts, but we have to wear something that’s “kid-friendly.” This dress looks totally comfy AND cute!

  132. Of course on a date with my hubs!

  133. Michelle says:

    It would be great anywhere!

  134. Alycia M says:

    I think the correct answer is Everywhere! This looks super comfortable and yet stylish. I could easily wear this everyday, year round in our sunny climate. 🙂

  135. Date night with my man! Hopefully without my little man 🙂

  136. This dress looks so comfortable! I can not think of a place I wouldn’t wear it- the zoo, beach, date night, etc.

  137. well beings my wonderful hubby loves me in dresses, i will wear it anywhere he is!

  138. Love it! I would wear this dress to the park, the museum, the grocery store . . . pretty much anywhere. It looks cute and comfy and what a nice alternative to my usual summer shorts.

  139. martha cianos says:

    My daughter has gotten me to wearing more and more dresses… she has hardly any jeans or pants in her wardrobe at all!!! so yes I would wear the dress…….. I visited her site to like her but will have to look at a later date, but thank you for the link

  140. Wow that dress is so cute! I did the closet purge with SimpleMom myself… and it was rough, since I’m still not fitting into my pre-preggo stuff. 🙁 This dress would be such a nice way to get something new to feel good in for spring, I’m sure I’d wear it to church and maybe I’d get my hubby to take me out on a date. 😉

  141. This dress looks so comfortable. I would wear it while running errands with my one year old!

  142. Jennifer M says:

    I would wear the dress all around town! We live near a beach, so this would be perfect.

  143. I would wear my dress to our monthly neighborhood women’s night!

  144. I wear a dress or skirt every day from spring through fall – this would be perfect!

  145. Looks like a great wear everywhere dress! Which is what I’d do….

  146. This looks like it would be perfect to wear after I have my baby this summer.

  147. I will wear my new Yala dress to Longwood Gardens, where I am taking my mom to celebrate her 60th and my 40th birthdays.

  148. I liked Yala on FB

  149. I absolutely LOVE the few bamboo tank tops I have (and towels)! It has a softness for fabric with the complete “Green” Appeal. I think Everyone should own at least one good bamboo piece of clothing!

    I would wear this dress for darn near everything from hanging out laundry on the line to jazzying it up to head to a business meeting (my line of business allows being green and cute at the same time so this is perfect!)

    Look forward to checking out the rest of the line she carries! Thank you for sharing this!

  150. I could wear it everywhere! Date night with hubby, running errands with kids, GNO… love that it’s organic!

  151. I’d wear the dress on a date with my husband, throw on the cowboy boots and it would look super cute!

  152. Pamela J says:

    I would wear the dress on a date with my husband. Maybe he would dress up for the occasion, too! (I can dream, right?) Thanks for the chance to win!

  153. to the park with the kids, to my parents’ house for dinner, on a date night….it looks like something I could happily wear anywhere!

  154. To church on a Sunday!

    It also looks like a great maternity dress…when that day comes! 😉

  155. Megan Hughes says:

    Everywhere from Church to the pool!

  156. I would live in my Yala dress at the beach this summer. I think dresses and skirts are much more flattering than shorts, and this just looks perfect!

  157. I wear dresses all spring & summer. I could definitely wear this to church.

  158. I liked “Yala” on Facebook, and I’m now following them on Twitter!

  159. Looks like a great “wear anywhere” dress! It would be a great option for church, or just running errands. 🙂

  160. I would wear it EVERYWHERE! It looks amazing! 🙂

  161. woot woot – I will wear it to Punta Cana next month, first trip away with hubby without kids…to celebrate anniversary and my upcoming 40th bday.

  162. Adrienne says:

    I would wear this dress anywhere but especially when taking the kids to the park or the zoo.

  163. Adrienne says:

    I am following Yala on Twitter.

  164. I’d wear it anywhere; work, running errands on the weekend, or heck if it is as comfy as you say, I may sleep in it! ;-D

  165. It looks comfy enough to wear just about anyplace!
    Lunch with girlfriends, movie with hubby, running errands.


  166. I would say I could wear it anywhere!

  167. I am having a baby in June, so I think this would be the perfect go-to outfit for the rest of the summer!!!!

  168. Tessa B says:

    I’d wear it anywhere. It looks really comfy.

  169. The dress would be perfect to wear to a play date or a girls night out. I may even be able to dress it up for church!

  170. Melanie says:

    I’d probably wear it just about anywhere, but mainly fun outings with the kids and husband.

    • Sarah Bass says:

      It looks like something I could nurse in while being attractive and comfy all at once! I would wear it out with my kids (park, zoo), out grocery shopping, to family get-togethers, and on casual dates with my husband! Love it! Thanks for sharing with us.

  171. What a great dress! I think I would live in that thing. It looks so comfy and is super cute! I would wear it everywhere.

  172. It looks comfy, like a great “go-to” dress for everyday!

  173. susanlanai says:

    This would be perfect for a day outing shopping with the little ones!

  174. Trina Miller says:

    I think I would wear it on a date with my husband.

  175. I’d wear it to a bridal shower! and then all over the place! Looks cute and comfy!

  176. It looks like a good every day dress or a beach dress!

  177. I would wear it on a date night with my Hubs, or out to the zoo with the little guy 🙂

  178. I would wear it for our Easter gatherings.

  179. Follow them on twitter. @randi094

  180. I’ll wear it to my next mom date/play date for lattes at home while our kids play and then out to dinner with my hubby.

  181. Brandy Fisk says:

    I would wear the dress anywhere.

  182. I would wear it on a casual date with my husband.

  183. jessica says:

    i would wear the dress to a day at the beach…looks like it would work as a nice cover-up

  184. Melissa says:

    I will wear my Yala dress on my first date night with my husband — since our youngest was born over a year ago! We’re WAY overdue for some serious grown-up time (something dressier than a stop at the Costco food court).

  185. Looks like a fun date night dress!

  186. Looks like a perfect dress to wear on fun outings this summer! I would love to win it!

  187. Hmmmm…..I’d wear this dress anywhere and everywhere right now. I just had a baby 5 weeks ago, and could use a wardrobe pick-me-up!

  188. Melissa Miller says:

    That dress would go everywhere this summer. It would go to the mountains, the lake, the beach and Disneyland. I love the dress.

  189. I’d wear it about town: playdates, park, and on date night, to art galleries.

  190. I would wear my new dress around the house. My little girls are always wearing dresses, and I know they would like it if I did too.

  191. I have kidlet #4 due the beginning of June, this would be a great postpartum/ breastfeeding dress for summer! Easy access up top and helps hide the belly below! LOL 🙂

  192. I am lucky to live in Egypt. It’s kind of warm now, and Spring Break’s just round the corner….
    Our plan is to take the youngsters back to visit The Pyramids again, as they have history projects to create.
    I think this dress would be ideal for a day out at the Pyramids. If I’m lucky enough to win, I’ll post you a picture!

  193. How about anywhere? Looks like the perfect dress for playing or relaxing…or grocery shopping… or cooking…

  194. Jonalynn says:

    I’d definitely wear this to church. Super cute!!

  195. Lisa H. says:

    Out on a date with the husband!

  196. danie smith says:

    I’ll wear it to the farmer’s market, bbq’s, and birthday parties – I love spring!

  197. Looks like I could wear it anywhere- Girls Night, date night, church. I don’t have very many dresses so it would be nice to have a versatile one!

  198. I would wear this about anywear. very cute!

  199. I’d wear the dress to all of the fun summer picnics and gatherings; just have to dig out the cute sandals to dress it up, or flip flops for a more casual look.

  200. i’d wear it anywhere. so cute!

  201. i like yala on facebook

  202. I “liked” Yala on FB…
    Thanks for this offer.

  203. i follow yala on twitter

  204. Anywhere! It’s a great casual dress for church, but also can be worn around the house! Looks comfy!

  205. Such a cute dress! Perfect for a girl’s night out.

  206. Jacie Sytsma says:

    Love this dress – could wear it for teaching, running around town, taking the kids to sports. etc.

  207. Kristen says:

    I’m getting a new hair cut next week and I definitely need a new spring dress to wear with it! This looks perfect for a lazy day in the yard with the boys!

  208. Rebecca says:

    It would be great to wear on a date with my husband, or just to run errands around town or grocery shop. It looks pretty versatile.

  209. Rebecca says:

    I liked Yala on FB.

  210. Heather Abbott says:

    I’d add this dress to my weekly wardrobe of mom gear. It appears to be very flattering, hopefully will hide mommy belly a bit. Love the casual look for summer and hoping to add this dress to my collection!

  211. Robin R. says:

    Where wouldn’t you wear this dress? Super cute for day to day mom wear, running errands, park and will be awesome this summer at the beach. Love it! Thanks!

  212. i’d wear this dress out with my hubby probably since i seem to be stuck in a rut of jeans and top (kinda hard not to be though when you live on a farm!)

  213. I would wear it all over the place this summer! I try to wear lots of dresses when the time comes for hot Carolina summers.

  214. I liked on facebook! 🙂

  215. Roxanne Ervin says:

    The question about this dress should be where wouldn’t I where it? I would where the fool out of it… everywhere. Casual days taking care of my kiddos, dress it up for date night, at leggings when I’m attending a birth (I’m a doula), I’d probably be so brazen as to where it to church!

    Please pick me! Pick me!

  216. Roxanne Ervin says:

    “Like”d on facebook for another chance to enter… pick me! Pick me!

  217. Roxanne Ervin says:

    Following Yala on Twitter.

    Pick me! Pick me!

  218. Jennifer says:

    I’d wear it to work and church. 🙂

  219. Elizabeth says:

    Love this dress! It’s really perfect to wear for anything and I love the fact it’s made from sustainable bamboo. Great job, Yala!! Thank you for the giveaway!!

  220. Looks like I could wear this right now, though I’m expecting and would it be wasteful to say I’d wear it around the house? I’ve 8 weeks to go until our 3rd little blessing arrives. A soft cozy dress sounds like something wonderful to indulge in as we take it easy and get to know our new little one.

    jennifer @

  221. Michelle P. says:

    I would love to wear to it out to dinner with my hubby!

  222. I’d wear it everywhere. To drop the kids at school, park play dates, dinner out. Its a great dress!

  223. Kristin says:

    I would wear it when I am out and about town! It looks cute!

  224. I would wear it everywhere 😉

  225. I’m following Yala on Twitter!

  226. I liked Yala on FB!

  227. Michelle Murphy says:

    I would wear it as an everyday dress or to an outdoor gathering like a BBQ

  228. I would wear it to a concert!

  229. Michelle Murphy says:

    I like Yala on Facebook

  230. Michelle Murphy says:

    I follow Yala on twitter @cheapandcreativ

  231. Rochelle says:

    I’d wear my dress to church probably

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