Friday, January 31, 2014

B E A U T Y / 'Stories Cosmetics

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You might have already heard that &OtherStories is opening a store in Amsterdam this fall on Heiligeweg. What might still be a little underrated about them is their cosmetics department. It is great. There is just so much effort in it; from the scents to the colors matching their clothes and don't get me started on the graphic design on their packaging, I love the simplicity of it. Another great thing is that they take some responsibility for the environment; most of the packaging is fully recyclable and if you bring back your empty make up/skincare packaging to the store, you get a 10% discount off your next beauty purchase.

When visiting them in Stockholm last October for the Co-Creatives project, I got a box filled with their skin care products. These are my three favorites, very happy about having them available closer to home soon.

/ Moiré Anti stress serum
My favorite thing about it is its fresh, unisex, clean laundry type of smell. Has a really smooth consistency and is absorbed quickly into the skin.

/ White nail polish
Applies like a dream, hardly leaves any streaks and has great coverage. Two things that are extremely rare in white nail polish. Though it chips of quite quickly, so you have to apply a good quality top coat over it to keep your nails white for a couple of days.

/ Plush Balm
Super rich, fragrance and paraben free lip balm. I've also been using it on my hands (which can get so dry in winter) a couple of times when I had no cream in my purse.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Happy Year Of The Horse!


Wishing All My Readers A Prosperous Lunar New Year Of The Horse!

It's the first day of the year of the Horse... And I want to wish all my readers a fantastic 2014 with lots of luck, wealth and health. Many more bag and fashion wishes fulfilled. To another great year for all of us! Gong Xi Fa Cai:-)

Best wishes, Kevin

W E A R I N G / Last Year In London

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A time when everyone just happens to be in the same place at the same time. And everyone tries to cram in as many meetings, appointments, shows and events as possible in only a few days. That's fashion week. The schedules of the shows have just been released and the planning has begun. I'm planning to keep it calm, I've never been a fan of the madness and always only go to the events of the people and brands that I love. Nonetheless, it still takes quite some emailing, calling to make it all work.

While I'll spend my day puzzling away with the agenda, here's are some pictures from last year, February 2013 at London Fashion week taken by Claudiu Berechet for an interview with Stylefan.
bomber: Filippa K
trousers: H&M
nose piece: Maison Margiela
dress worn as top: American Apparel


Monday, January 27, 2014

N O V E L T Y / Jef Montes Ritualistic First Show 'Illuminosa'

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Attending the Jef Montes show at Vodafone Firsts Fashion Lab was like attending a ritual from another planet.

The image of a burning communion candle appears behind the runway. The first girl comes out, holding two blue tubes in her hands like candles and steadily walks down the runway to a slow beat. Halfway she suddenly, yet slowly turns around the tubes and blue ink starts pouring out over her chest, staining the white gauze dress and leaving a blood like trail behind on the runway (see video!). The following models step through the ink, staining the bottom of their gowns and shoes and spreading the blue fluid.

Dripping wet hair and bleached brows. The blue fiberglass pieces are so shiny and smooth in the way they move that they seem liquid. The references to traditional catholicism and this high tech futuristic outcome. Hearing Jef explain all his hard work and thoughts behind it personally (little details like; embroideries are on the left side because that's where your heart is), and seeing the finished product of his ideas right next to him was incredibly moving.

The amount of techniques, the extensive fabric researching that has gone into this collection blew my mind. Fiberglass weavings, burnt silk to create a pattern, steaming and heating synthetics to make the fabric bulge and appear wet, tiny tiny beaded details, hand painted fiberglass panels, wool binded to fiberglass just to name a few things. No matter how many backstage pictures, ultra close ups or live videos you show, there is nothing like seeing these couture pieces in real life. Kudos to Jef.
/ thanks to Vodafone
/ backstage photos by Romeo


Sunday, January 26, 2014

D I Y / Two Way Minimalistic Pouch

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The instagrammers among us already know that last week I've been making little paper samples of pouches and bags. Products that allow different interpretations are always my favorites, and so was this simplistic idea for a bag. You can actually wear this clutch/pouch three ways; with your hand through the slit, holding the pouch like on picture two and the third; putting your arm through it like a sleeve.

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The pattern of this little bag is extremely simple, by looking at the images I'm sure you'll figure it out. Decide how large you want the clutch to be. Mutliply the height of the clutch times 3, this will be the length of your pattern. Add 5 cm more cm to this length to give extra space to for the overlapping flap. Add 10 cm (5cm on each side) to the width of your clutch. Then cut off 5 cm from each side for the first two thirds of this length on both sides. It should now look like image number four.
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You'll pattern consists of two parts; the narrow longer rectangle. And the larger front flap which will also serve as a closure with its slit. The large front flap needs to be extra stiff to keep the bag in shape, and it should look the same on the inside and out. Therefor, glue a rectangular piece of the same material on the inside of the flap. Put a couple of heavy books on top so it dries in a very flat way. Cut a slit that is exactly as wide as the narrow part of the bag 10 cm from the edge of the front flap.
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Fold over the long narrow part and sew it together on both sides, creating a little pouch. Pull the pouch through the slit and you're done!
need/
/ superglue
/ sewing machine / needle thread
/ a stiff material, eg. leather, faux leather, neoprene, thick vinyl



Montblanc at SIHH2014: New Novelty Timepieces And Hugh Jackman As Brand Ambassador

Below: Hugh Jackman has been named Montblanc's new brand ambassador! The 45-year-old actor will be featured in the brand’s forthcoming advertising campaign. Definitely something to look forward to for old and new Montblanc fans!
Below: Hugh Jackman wore this limited edition Montblanc Meisterstuck Heritage Perpetual Calender watch at the SIHH2014 event and he described it as a timelessly elegant piece with great features... Agreed! Spoken like a true brand ambassador:-)
Below: Besides news of Hugh Jackman for Montblanc... 2 new novelty timepieces are unveiled for the watch connoisseurs... check out the Montblanc Star Twin Moonphase and the New Montblanc TimeWalker Extreme Chronograph DLC. Both are equally amazing in innovation and functionality as does their looks...
SIHH2014: Montblanc Unveils 2 New Novelty Timepieces And Hugh Jackman As The new Brand Ambassador!

Big news have been announced over at Montblanc during the recently over SIHH2014 (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie). Not only are 2 amazing novelty timepieces unveiled at the recent event, but most importantly.... Hugh Jackman has been named the new brand ambassador!

What an exciting celebrity to be get onboard with the brand. Hugh Jackman has been one of the most respected actors of our time, reprising roles as diverse as superhero Wolverine and then artistic rendetion of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables. His acting talent is undisputed and his appeal definitely across a varied spectrum of ages and regions. Of course, Hugh Jackman being blessed with handsome looks and stature will no less showcase Montblanc to even new heights and fans.

“We are delighted to announce this partnership, and welcome Hugh Jackman into the Montblanc family. He represents all the attributes of the Montblanc brand: elegant, talented, pioneering and committed to the arts. He inspires and enthrals audiences worldwide with the quality of his performances.” Montblanc’s international CEO Jérôme Lambert.

Look out for the award winning actor in the brand’s forthcoming advertising campaign. Definitely something to look forward to for all Montblanc fans!

Before we get all too excited about Hugh Jackman for Montblanc, also rejoice at the 2 new novelty timepieces that debuted at SIHH2014.

1) Montblanc Star Twin Moonphase
Combining refined round cases, impeccable quality and traditional decorative techniques, the timepiece is staged by a high-quality automatic movement with a pointer date, and is a special interpretation of a moon-phase display that shows the changing faces of our Earth’s satellite both as they appear to observers in the Northern Hemisphere and as they look from the perspective of those in the Southern Hemisphere.

2) The New Montblanc TimeWalker Extreme Chronograph DLC

In celebrating the 10th anniversary of the TimeWalker collection, Montblanc  unveiled the new Montblanc TimeWalker Extreme Chronograph DLC. This timepiece features a diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating on its stainless steel case, which gives the case’s surface an element of supreme toughness. The black of the new TimeWalker chronograph´s case continues on the large planar dial, which expresses the artistry of the cadraniers, as dial-makers are known in specialized horological language. Furthermore, the timepiece is accentuated by a set of anthracite-grey ruthenium-coloured hands that clearly contrast with the midnight-black background. Complementing the watch is a sporty yet elegant strap, with an inlay made of black “Vulcarboné” cautchouc, giving the wristband extreme strength and flexibility.

This one I am extremely drawn to... masculine and tough... I love the sleek all-black look!

Source: Montblanc

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

NEW: Hermès Hydra And Hector Bracelets

Below: New Hermès bracelet designs to covet... Check out these minimalist Hydra Bracelets with an understated appeal!

New: Hermès Hydra And Hector Bracelets

We have all been too familiar with our favourite Hermès bracelets. Yes, Collier De Chien, Kelly Double Tour and Kelly Dog bracelets have been a staple in many Hermès fans’ collection. But how many of the same design can you stock up over the years? I am afraid 3-5 of the same design is already one too many. That is why Hermès constantly updates with fresh designs to keep fans happy and the buying frenzy ongoing. From micro Kelly Double Tour, Rivale to Kelly Dog Extreme, we have seen redux of classics with new proportions. But for this season, look out for entirely new Hermès bracelet designs which get a modern makeover.

Check out the amazingly minimalistic Hermès Hydra bracelets (USD470 or SGD730). Secured by a simple twist-lock metal rod hardware, this new design has just the right blend of understated luxury and bling. So simple, it makes a quiet appeal of its own. Available in gold or palladium with an array of gorgeous Hermès leather colours to choose from. I can definitely foresee myself adding one to my wrist very soon especially I have witness how good it looked on me last weekend:-P. Love the width (which is broader than a KDT but narrower than a CDC), a good sized casual weekend accessory for sure.

The other new design that catches my eye is the Hermès Hector Bracelet (USD405 or SGD630). A double tour leather strap, retaining a certain ‘rawness’ and flanked by a ‘button’ Clous De Selle hardware. The broader strap width definitely work proportionately better on a guy’s wrists while the non-stitched leather edges has a tougher look. Barenia coloured leather is especially perfect for this design.

So which of these 2 new Hermès bracelet will catch your eye? I know I want both!

Below: I love the 'raw' appeal of these Hermès Hector bracelets... Perfect for guys!
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Source: Hermès

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

W E A R I N G / Cut-Off Trousers = New Opportunities

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Quite a chunk has been chopped off my recently thrifted trousers (before). The fact that a pair of perfectly fitting trousers is such a rare thing, had me doubting to work them with my scissors. Yesterday I finally trimmed off about about 20cm. Their new length creates a completely different silhouette and a lot of footwear-sock-layering opportunities. In all honesty, I was wearing my air max with these socks instead of these sandals. But you can count on it, when spring comes I'll be flip-flopping all over the place.
trousers: thrifted
sweatshirt: T by Alexander Wang (on sale here)
socks: Asos
sandals: DIY



Monday, January 20, 2014

N O V E L T Y / Amsterdam Fashion Week Tickets Giveaway

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/ Most anticipated
Jef Montes' show is what I am most excited about during the entire Amsterdam Fashion Week. Ever since I saw his impressive work first come down the runway at the Artez 2012 graduation show, where these pictures were taken, I've been a huge fan. It is amazing how Jef approaches materials in a high tech way and how he translates inspiration coming from gothic architecture into modern silhouettes on bodies. Jef tells me that his graduation pieces were only a blue print of many more ideas. He even gave a little clue about his upcoming collection; to take the wet look of the fiberglass dresses very literally and that it will be all about light. I can not wait!

/ Two Tickets To Give Away
I'm beyond excited to meet some of my readers give away tickets for you guys to join me during Vodafone's Fashion Lab at AFW. Jef Montes will be presenting his collection at the Vodafone Firsts Fashion Lab; a cool initiative for new talent to showcase on a professional platform for the first time. (For those who don't get the tickets, no need to feel left out! You can see the show live via the Fashion Week app. And you don't even have to dress up. Or leave your laptop and bed. )

If you(+ a friend) want to attend Amsterdam Fashion Week for the first time:
/ leave your name and email address in the comments.
/ the show will take place this Friday at 20.00 in Amsterdam, so be sure you can be in town
/ on Wednesday I will randomly pick someone who will receive 2 tickets + more info about the exact place
pictures by Romeo
dress by Jef Montes
thanks to Vodafone Fashion Lab


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Saint Laurent Hunting Rucksack

Below: A new summer calls for a functional and urban adventure-ready bag... and Saint Laurent's Hunting Rucksack marries both functional and urban minimalist luxe appeal perfectly... I want this khaki version! Great handy size too...
Backpacks For SS2014: Saint Laurent Hunting Rucksack

Ever since backpacks got back into my good books for must-have accessories... I rediscovered the immense joy of handsfree ‘gallivanting’ days each weekend ever since. Keeping both hands free is liberating. Shouldering your shopping finds over 2 shoulders seem less of burden. Backpacks rule!

So with the new season up and coming... what backpacks will suit the urban fashionit, packed with aplenty modern style to compliment all those summer looks? My choice #1 has been found! It’s the Saint Laurent Hunting Rucksack, constructed from both canvas and leather. Materials that are durable and summer ready that will make this a welcoming companion for warmer days.

Measuring 27.0 x 42.0 x 22.0 cm and comes in khaki, navy or black, the Saint Laurent Hunting Rucksack embodies minimal modern appeal with functionality. I love the sizing and proportion, with leather details on the front flap and buckle strap. The front zip compartment is also handy for easy access to regularly used items... making the bag perfect for commuting about town or travels.

I want the khaki version... matches any safari theme summer looks and the colour works great with all those colourful summer 2014 florals:-)

Below: Comes in navy and black...
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Source: Saint Laurent

Friday, January 17, 2014

B E A U T Y / Spot On Nails

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Who has time for long complicated manicures?
A dot on the moon and one on the tip of the nail with a nail pen and you're pretty much done. I applied it only to my index and middle finger and painted the rest of the nails solid white. It is amazing how two tiny dots opposite to each other can create such a visually graphic, balanced and elongating effect.
nail polishes: Hema


Monday, January 13, 2014

L I F E / GET SHIT DONE Calendar

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To continue last year's tradition, I'm sharing my home made calendar again for all of you to download. I'm not a graphic designer, merely a lover of graphic shapes and typography, especially a fan of the slash as you can see. The calendar is timeless and universal, you can apply it to every month and year, just write the number of the month behind the large slash and the number of the day behind the small slashes corresponding with the days of the week.

I'm wishing you all have an overflow of creativity and productivity with the three magical words 'get shit done'. Let's own 2014!

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to download the calendar


Saturday, January 11, 2014

W E A R I N G / Lazy Weekend Attire

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One of those stay at home Saturdays, when it doesn't really matter what you wear, heating is on and there are no weather-related wardrobe requirements. Might as well wear that impossible dress that never gets to see any daylight.

Made this piece for NYE, but can't think of another occasion to wear it again before summer yet I love it so much. It is exactly the dress that I always hope to find when thrifting; one that might have a history of 1995 cocktail parties. Unfortunately I haven't found that fantasy yet, so I had to make it myself. Though it looks like the simplest design it must have been the most confusing dress that I've ever made; Folded the thin white fabric twice horizontally and vertically, making some cutouts and stitches, folding it back the other way around to finally make it come together by adding a leather string.

Dressed it down with an oversized hoodie and a pair of trainers and no mascara, though coincidentally these are all elements of the the typical lazy-weekend dress code, this time I also deliberately chose them to underdress this dress.

dress: self made
hoodie: boyfriend's



Thursday, January 9, 2014

Mihara Yasuhiro 'Grunge' Up Céline Cabas?

Below: Mihara Yasuhiro does it again... After the iconic Birkin... another highly recognisable bag gets his 'grunge-up' treatment... this time it is Céline Cabas's turn!
 
Mihara Yasuhiro 'Grunges' Up Another Iconic Bag: Céline Cabas

Remember the ‘grunge’ up Birkin I featured several seasons back from Mihara Yasuhiro? It was controversial and clearly fans were divided on their opinions. Some say it was bag blasphemy, while others embrace the irony of ‘deconstructing’ the world’s most recognisable bag. I, myself, applaud the boldness of Mihara Yasuhiro for this attempt. Conceptually interesting... a poke in the face at all the bag snobs can be a very fun thing. This is what keeps fashion interesting.

So for Spring Summer 2014, another iconic bag gets the Mihara ‘grunge’ treatment. This time, it’s Céline whose popularity in their bag designs is unstoppable. Their horizontal Céline Cabas toughens up with an extension of an unfinished leather panel at the base. The resemblance is uncanny, yet the feel is different. This Mihara Yasuhiro version somehow gets that extra street edge. I love it!

Diehard fans may frown upon the idea. But fashion fans who embrace fun will enjoy this sarcastic spin on a highly popular bag. Imagine walking into a Céline boutique  and the expression of the store assistants will be priceless. That should be worth all the price you paid for. 


USD921 if you are keen. Available at Club 21 Online Store.

Below: I love this... Cool spin to poke some fun at an iconic bag:-P

Source: Miharayasuhiro

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A C C E S S O R I E S / Simplified Rose-Gold Ring

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A promise I had made to myself -to invest in high quality jewelry- was what stopped me from buying this ring for a couple of months. Though I couldn't bare it being sold out. The lovely simplified design and the material; a light grey 'stone' combined with my favorite metal color rose gold won me over, I finally decided to get it and break my promise.

I could have foreseen someone tripping over my display columns when I placed them on the floor (it looked so nice though!). They got damaged but I actually do not mind at all and think they've even improved by this little accident. Love how these white cuboids mini buildings have gained more character and rawness.

ring: Whistles
display columns: DIY



Prada Pre-Spring 2014 Mens Briefcase

Below: A sell-out design... these statement making Prada Pre-Spring 2014 mens briefcases with Hawaiian and tropical prints are a must have for the coming summer months! I want the Hawaiian girl print version:-)
Work Bags That Inspire Tropical Vacations: Prada Pre-Spring 2014 Mens Briefcase

Want to stand out at the work place? Besides impressing bosses and co-workers with your work abilities... an easier way to make an impression is with some outstanding work accessories. Prada’s Pre-spring 2014 Mens Briefcases will definitely achieve that and more... especially when they feature some amazingly memorable Hawaiian inspired prints over their classic saffiano leather styles. But flaunt at your own risk. These are for eyes of the 'brave and bold' fashion-forward office crowd. However one thing’s for sure... I love them and want to take them anywhere for holidays or over weekends. I am a fan of the prints, which inspires tropical vacations. Hawaiian girls, hibiscus or  ramage motifs, the prints proves kitsch and chic can co-exist for your summer 2014 wardrobe. Wear with shorts and sandals for some feel-good fashion fun.

Already sold out on Prada’s website for most of the key prints (the 'Hawaiian girl' version which I adored is no longer available...sob sob!). It seems the US$2450 price tag are not slowing sales for these outstanding bags. I bet we will see some streetstyle action soon for these bags at the currently happening Mens Fall Winter 2014 Fashion Week in Europe.

Below: Hibiscus or florals... these are kitsch but fun bags to inject summer style to any outfit...

Source: Prada

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Gucci Cruise 2014 'Beach Vacation Ready' Totes

Below: Planning a beach vacation already? These beach vacation friendly Gucci totes sure get those travel bugs in me excited...:-P I want this parasol print navy tote for my beach or pool essentials

Below: Woven leather handle leather totes will take you from beach to town, day to night easily... Love the navy one, which brings to mind some nautical inspiration:-)

Beach Vacation Ready: I Love These Gucci Cruise 2014 Totes

Summertime calls for some outdoor vacation. Beach time is essential for warm weather days. And before you head for any oceanfront destination, a good beach friendly tote bag is indispensable. I found some from Gucci’s Cruise 2014 collection. One design particularly caught my eye... a parasol print canvas version (US$750) in red white and navy... The colours and theme screams vacation and anything that reminds me of that gets top marks.

For die hard leather fans, check out 2 different but similar leather totes with fine woven leather handles (From US$3200)... adding a touch of rustic luxury but oh so perfect for in and out of the beach.

I know some parts of the world are now shrouded with bitter cold... but just thoughts of summertime should lift those dull spirits. Especially when you imagine strutting down the beachwalk looking fabulous and tan with these gorgeous bags:-P

I want a beach vacation already!


Source: Gucci

Monday, January 6, 2014

Burberry Prorsum Spring Summer 2014 Advertising Campaign

Below: Check out the very summer fresh Burberry Prorsum Spring Summer 2014 Advertising Campaign, starring young emerging British talents such as 'City of Bones' actor Jamie Campbell Bower...  Beautiful pastel colours that evokes a strong feeling of Spring Summer...





Artists And Roses: Burberry Prorsum Spring Summer 2014 Advertising Campaign

We are just a day away from Burberry Prorsum’s Fall Winter 2014 Menswear show in London (which I will be livestreaming here on my blog) and I feel it is most appropriate to dedicate a post to their upcoming Spring Summer 2014 Advertising Campaign titled Artists and Roses.

Featuring yet again an impressive cast of British emerging talents, the likes of ‘City of Bones’ actor, Jamie Campbell Bower, musician Lee Dobson, models Malaika Firth, Jean Campbell, Matilda Lowther, Neelam Johal and Callum Ball. The setting is a refreshing backdrop of summer fresh pastel coloured walls with roses and vines to bring out the brilliant beauty of Christopher Bailey’s SS2014 Mens and Womenswear.

I love the trench coats of course, and those pastel coloured coats and ties which is a nice distraction from the dull colours of winter. The young faces also bring out that sense of renewal for the new season, perfectly exemplifying the feelings of summer time.

One of my favourite ad campaigns so far! Kudos to Mario Testino of the amazing photography.

© Copyright Burberry/Testino
 


Source: Burberry

W E A R I N G / Miniature

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What the kid was wearing yesterday was way more interesting than my comfy Sunday attire. Lois' new monochromatic Air Max trainers looked fantastic with her silk column dress I made for her earlier.

Dress: made by mama
Trainers: Nike Air Max 90 (your size)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Céline Spring 2014 Twisted Handbag And Phantom Cabas

Below: New Céline totes for Spring 2014... I love the new Twisted Handbag which features an interesting knotted handle, simple but ingenious...
New Totes for Spring 2014: Céline Twisted Handbag And Phantom Cabas

I have always been a fan of Céline totes. The simplicity in design speaks volumes of taste and the notion of less is more. Each piece is timeless and modern and best of all, gender neutral  with the right size and design.

For Spring 2014, I am happy to find out there are new designs to join the Céline tote family. I can’t wait to check out the new Twisted Handbag... a modern and minimalist design with clever knotted handle ends. Such a simple thought but makes for a clever way to incorporate the handles.

And for fans of Phantom Cabas... this new season sees a drawstring style of straps rather than the straps hanging from the sides. I love this new version which is less cumbersome and aesthetically pleasing. The linen and leather bi-material piece has got to be my top choice!

 Below: The new Phantom Cabas spots a drawstring strap that extends from the middle instead of the sides. I love the new placement:-)
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Source: Céline