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Travel Amenity Kits
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We’re thrilled to introduce a skillfully collaborated collection of Bella Lucce’s bestsellers, now offered in TSA-friendly sizes tucked inside chic cotton travel bags. Our new Travel Amenity Kits enable you to take your favorite Bella Lucce luxuries for face and body on the road no matter where your travels may take you. Whether you’re off on an adventure by plane, train or automobile, we wish you happy travels!

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From Morocco With Love

Shop Bella Luccè's nonprofit to discover a treasure trove of handmade Moroccan luxuries and learn how adding beauty to your life can change the lives of indigenous Berber people.
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Latest Obsession
Inspirational Jewlery from LuluBug
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My teenage daughter recently left for a summer service trip to Thailand. I was scouring Etsy for a piece of inspirational jewelry to give her when I stumbled upon LuluBug. I’m smitten with her whimsical, original designs in sterling silver. My Chloe scored a locket that said “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams…” but I’ve got my eye on several other pieces as well. Who could resist the “You are my sunshine” necklace?

Ingredient of the Month
Crushed Freshwater Pearls

Crushed Freshwater Pearls: Celebrated by Asian women and ancient Chinese pharmacopoeia for more than 3,000 years, pearl powder has a rich history and a myriad of legendary tales about its use at the Imperial Palace. Created by pulverizing real freshwater pearls, it is reputed to boost skins brightness and is rich in both amino acids and trace minerals.

Find it in: Shiitake & Green Tea Antioxidant Serum, Detoxifying Giinger-Wasabi Masque, Orchid & Crushed Pearl Body Creme

Food For Thought

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma- which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

- Steve Jobs

Home Spa Rituals
Lavender- Honey Milk Bath

3 tbsp. Dried Lavender Flowers*
1 1/2 cups Whole Milk or Buttermilk
1/3 cup Honey

Process lavender flowers in a blender until they become a powder, turning off the blender and scraping down the sides as necessary. Whisk together lavender powder, milk, and honey in a glass bowl, then pour into a jar. Before each use, shake the jar and pour half of the mixture into the bath. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes enough for 2 baths.

*Dried lavender flowers can be found in the spice section of gourmet and specialty stores. (Recipe courtesy of the National Honey Board)

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Tales from East Africa

July 16, 2013

So, just where have I been anyway? My blog has been in MIA as I disappeared into the wilds of east Africa. I've set foot on the continent more than a dozen times over the last few years and...

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Guess what our friends in Mali are up to…

August 20, 2012

If you're a regular reader of The Buzz, you're likely aware of my love affair with Mali. In the whole of Africa, it is my favorite nation, brimming with energy and dance and art. The brilliantly colored dresses and indigenous...

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The ethics of cocoa cultivation in St. Lucia

August 8, 2012

I’m back from St. Lucia, having survived a scathing sun burn (I really should know better!) and tropical storm Ernesto rolling directly over the island. While in Soufriere, I spent a day with Methodius Faucher, the estate overseer at Rabot...

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From bean to bar…chocolate making in St. Lucia

August 2, 2012

Yesterday I offered a "Tree to Bean" tour, discussing local cocoa cultivation here on the beautiful island of St. Lucia. Today I'm taking that one step further...we're going from "Bean to Bar" to see just how those dried seeds make...

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From tree to bean…cocoa cultivation in St. Lucia

August 1, 2012

Whilst in St. Lucia, I'm staying on the grounds of the beautiful Rabot Estate, a 140 acre cocoa plantation established in 1745. In the shadow of the great Pitons, it's stunningly beautiful, but also very much a working plantation. I...

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Countdown to St. Lucia? ZERO DAYS. We’re here!

July 30, 2012

We're here and the island island is jaw-dropping gorgeous! From the famous pitons to the Caribbean cuisine and crystal blue waters, St. Lucia is a feast for the senses. This is the view of the Gros Piton from my...

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We’re packing our bags….

July 26, 2012

Ever wonder how chocolate is transformed from a botanical pod in the jungle to the delicious chocolate we savor in our mouth (or rub on our bodies via our Peruvian Cocoa Azul Collection)? We're heading to St. Lucia next...

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Coming soon: handmade mudcloth bags direct from Mali

May 1, 2012

We're excited to announce that we've expanded our relationship with the women's cooperative in Mali responsible for creating the gorgeous bogolan wraps for our African soap bar. Beginning May 14th, we'll be offering handmade cosmetic bags in modern bogolan prints...

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Beyond Kony 2012…

March 10, 2012

swI admit: I've been glued to my laptop for the last few days. Unless you've been hiding in a cave, you've probably heard about the film Kony 2012, produced by the California-based nonprofit Invisible Children. The organization has been in...

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Welcome to Jamaica, mon…

March 3, 2012

I just returned from a week-long cruise to the Caribbean, hosted by my friend and mentor. Donna Maria Coles Johnson of the Indie Beauty Network gathered an amazing collection of savvy entrepreneurs to set sail for Ocho Rios, Jamaica and...

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A trip to Zabeel Sarray hammam in Dubai

October 3, 2011

I spent a few days last week in Dubai, in a series of meetings with key Marriott players, developing strategy for our ongoing project to provide their Saray Spa concept with innovative products. Dubai has quickly established itself as one...

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Victory is sweet.

September 20, 2011

As promised, we were successful in our aid distribution efforts here in Morocco. I freely concede that there were periods of doubt and I do believe there were forces working against us, but hell hath no fury like a woman...

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Morocco: Then and Now

September 19, 2011

Morocco has weathered the “Arab Spring” movement rather well, though it has by no means emerged unscathed. My last visit was July 2010 (which seems like forever and a day ago) and there are some marked differences, both tangible and...

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Seven Days

September 17, 2011

I have been in Morocco for seven days. For seven days I’ve been patiently (or not so patiently) awaiting the release of our school supplies that were shipped over in advance of my trip. Our goal was to have them...

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Update on our Moroccan efforts…

September 13, 2011

I have landed safely and juncture up with Stephanie and Melissa. We sat around a big table at our rental house last night and glued together 200 popsicle stick “frames” that will be decorated in a few days when we...

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Touchdown in Marrakech

September 10, 2011

The adventure begins......

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Back in the good ole US of A

May 15, 2011

I arrived home very late Friday from Bangkok, after 29 solid hours of flying. Though I should be accustomed to those journeys by now, they still throw me for a loop. My calves ache from being sedentary so long and...

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Top 10 reasons to love Thailand

May 8, 2011

In the spirit of David Letterman, I present... My Top 10 Reasons to Love Thailand 1. The Thai people continually offer up gentle smiles and greet you with their hands held in a prayerful position just below their eyes. 2....

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Greetings from Phuket, Thailand

May 5, 2011

Life is so dizzying these days, isn’t it? I run around each day nurturing two kids and two businesses. I put on many hats in the course of a day: wife, chef, nutritionist, chauffeur, nurse, counselor, entrepreneur, maid, religious devotee,...

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The babes and I take Baltimore

April 25, 2011

There's no weekly Twitter roundup this week because the wee ones and I have been cavorting about Baltimore on spring break. My tweets have been decidedly "unbusinesslike" as we've been hopping between museums, science centers, gardens, aquariums, Cirque du Soleil,...

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Bonjourno from Italy!

February 25, 2011

We began a fantastic partnership with Nail Art Evolution in the summer of 2009, with the hopes of expanding Bella Lucce's reach in Italy. I hosted Barbara Ferraro and her team at our office in South Carolina that same year,...

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52 hours in Rome

February 23, 2011

After enduring a fourteen hour overnight train ride from Vienna to Rome (what was I thinking?), I hit the ground running. With just fifty-two hours in Rome, my sightseeing agenda left little room for lollygagging. Some two days later, my...

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Images from the majestic city of Vienna

February 21, 2011

I’ve come and (almost) gone already, but Vienna has been an amazing experience. The staff on the River Beatrice has treated me to some of the warmest hospitality I have ever known and we’ve spent several days in training on...

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Greetings from Vienna…

February 18, 2011

Remember just 10 days ago, when I was content to gloat about the fabulous weather I was enjoying in Mexico and the pictures of tropical beaches I posted? Yes, well, karma has a funny way of bringing things full circle....

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Refreshed+ Relaxed: A report from Indie Cruise 2011

February 10, 2011

When my business colleague and dear friend, Donna Maria Coles Johnson, told me that she was organizing a tropical cruise in the dead of winter designed especially for indie business owners, I jumped at the chance to join her. I...

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Key West and Cozumel…here I come!

January 31, 2011

On Wednesday, I fly to Miami and prepare to depart for Indie Cruise, setting sail for Key West and Cozumel. For reasons big and small, 2011 is off with a bang and I have worked 27 solid days, weekends...

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A peek inside our shea butter processing facility in Uganda

August 12, 2010

While in Uganda, I had the chance to observe the process of turning raw shea nuts into finished Nilotica shea butter, known as "moo yao" in Langi, the local language. There’s a fascinating, labor-intensive process behind that creamy shea butter...

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…and then we danced.

August 9, 2010

Though I’ve been home from Uganda a solid month now, I’m still busy processing all that I experienced while there. I’ve sat down to write this blog several times, but words escape me, I get tangled in the intricacies of...

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Home sweet home…

July 11, 2010

I'm back on US soil after 35 days and 13 planes...you have no idea how good it feels to be back in the land of running water, wireless internet and malaria-free mosquitoes. I need a few days to re-orient, catch...

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Safe and sound in Kampala, Uganda

July 2, 2010

I landed yesterday afternoon in Kampala, Uganda. Utterly exhausted, but ready for the next phase of this adventure to begin. Actual blogging will be especially light (as time is short and internet connections are intermittent) until I get back to...

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The village of Gbinyiri, Ghana

June 18, 2010

On my last full day in Bole, Rose asked e to visit a nearby village on the premise that they would be encouraged by a visit. The village of Gbiniyiri lies approximately 75 minutes outside of Bole. That’s approximately 40...

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The Story of Rose

June 13, 2010

I was asked to speak last March at the Global Shea Conference in Bamako, Mali. The Powers That Be asked me to talk about the genesis of my company, of building something from almost nothing in hopes of encouraging the...

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Greetings from Bolgatanga, Ghana

June 11, 2010

I’ve spent the last few days in northern Ghana assisting the Widows & Orphans Movement. Founded in 1993 by Madam Betty Ayagiba, WOM serves 8,000+ widows throughout the northern regions. The organization focuses on empowering women though skills training that...

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Taking our nonprofit on the road…

May 7, 2010

Last week, I packed up a variety of Moroccan luxuries, brochures and framed pictures of the kids from our first adopted school in Morocco and headed to Denver, Colorado for the annual HSMG Conference. I had been invited in 2009...

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If you happen to be in Denver…

April 28, 2010

Last year, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild conference on behalf of Bella Luccè. I had the most wonderful time meting people from across the country and teaching them about how to export their personal...

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Videos from my trip to Mali

March 22, 2010



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Adventures in Mali, Part One

My brain is just not big enough to hold all that I have seen while in Mali. It’s been a heart-wrenching, eye-opening experience. It’s hot, miserably so, and filthy and loud and brutal. And I’m just popping in for a...

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You’ll never guess…

March 8, 2010

....where I'm headed now. This Thursday, I leave for Mali, Africa to be a part of the Global Shea 2010 Conference. Hundreds of shea butter producers, formulators, trade specialists and skin care aficionados will gather in Bamako, Mali for 4...

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Everything but the kitchen sink…

October 30, 2009

...that's what this blog update will be. A pinch of this, a smidge of that. Because it has been two weeks (TWO WEEKS!) since my last update. Not to worry- I've already issued myself a smack on the hand for...

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Images from Morocco, part deux

October 15, 2009

Women breaking open argan nuts and grinding them into oil for cooking and cosmetics, in a cooperative outside Marrakech. Argan oil from start to finish: raw nuts as collectected from local argan trees, once the soft shell is removed,...

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Moroccan memories

October 14, 2009

I have a full memory card on my digital camera and am freshly recovered from my "African Ebola Incident"...you have been warned! Fresh fruit stalls in the medina of Essaouira, Morocco Spices piled high in the Moroccan souks The famous...

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Waylaid in Morocco

October 8, 2009

My sincere apologies for the lack of blog updates of late. I was waylaid in Morocco with some type of serious stomach ailment that landed me in an African hospital, and eventually in an America one as well. I am...

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A visit to an authentic Moroccan hammam

October 1, 2009

Moroccan hammams are traditional bath houses that have played a vital role in Arab cultures for hundreds of years. Local women congregate here to relax, nourish themselves, visit with friends and catch up on town gossip. The hammams truly are...

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A true slice of Moroccan life

September 28, 2009

When I visited in Essaouira in June, I stayed in a lovely riad inside the medina. I befriended several members of the staff and have enjoyed keeping in touch long after my return to the states. I ran into Julien,...

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Horse racing in Marrakech

While transferring through Marrakech to Essaouira, I stumbled upon a Moroccan horse race. Marrakech is funny that way... The horse race goes something like this: the men compete in groups, with each group lining up side-by-side at the starting point....

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A visit with a local Moroccan school…

September 27, 2009

My friend Hafida, who is a teacher in a nearby village, invited me to accompany her to school in order to provide insight into the lives of Moroccan children and their education. I was thrilled, as this is the type...

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Touchdown in Morocco!

September 24, 2009

I am safe and sound in Casablanca, Morocco for an exciting business trip that includes the study of indigenous beauty rituals, documenting the harvesting of some of Bella Luccè's existing materials and sourcing some new ones for potential product development....

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Spa Review: The Palace Spa, Dubai

July 16, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, jetlag’d (from far too many hours on a plane), achy joint’d (from far too much dancing in the streets of Essaouira) and mentally drained (from far too many business meetings), I checked myself in for...

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Dubai…because they can.

July 7, 2009

What’s there to say about Dubai that hasn’t been said in my zillion other blog entries about the city from pervious trips (hint: enter “Dubai” in the search box on the left of this page if you wish to be...

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One night in Marrakech…

July 6, 2009

Between my stay in Asni and my departure for Dubai, I spent one night in Marrakech. I was incredibly excited to see the place many Westerners revere for its "bohemian" vibe and the hub of Moroccan tourism. It was, to...

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A peek inside an argan oil cooperative

July 2, 2009

As I have come to discover recently, Moroccan women are a special kind of beautiful. I have long studied their indigenous beauty rituals and have found them fascinating, so I jumped at the chance to visit an argan oil co-op...

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Sir Richard Branson’s Moroccan Retreat

July 1, 2009

After resigning myself to the fact that I had to leave my little slice of heaven in Essaouira, I started another 4.5 hour taxi transfer across Morocco, back down towards Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains. I had booked a single...

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Greetings from Essaouira, Morocco!

June 30, 2009

After a tediously long series of three planes, I landed in Casablanca, Morocco last Wednesday morning. Not long ago, I vowed that anywhere that takes three planes to get to likely isn’t worth getting to at all. I proceeded to...

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I’m back from sunny California!

May 18, 2009

I spent the whole of last week in gorgeous Palm Springs, California as a guest of the Handcrafted Soapmaker's Guild Annual Conference. It was a total kick- full of inspiring beauty entrepreneurs, informative classes, fabulous networking events, fantastic scenery, and...

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Spring Break 2009: Seattle & Portland

April 20, 2009

I packed up my two daughters and headed to Seattle for Spring Break this year. I love the city and couldn't wait to share the art and culture of the Pacific Northwest with them. We had a splendid time and...

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Join me in sunny Palm Springs

February 26, 2009

The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild (HSMG) is professional trade organization dedicated to the soapmaking industry. There are hundreds of members worldwide and, for several years now, they've thrown an amazing annual conference that is the stuff of legend. This year, Palm...

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SuperLela: Skydiving in Dubai

February 20, 2009

As mentioned in a recent blog entry, I decided to jump out of a perfectly good airplane in late January on my last trip to Dubai. I hired a videographer to accompany us and- against my better judgement- am posting...

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Home again!

February 3, 2009

I am safely back on American soil. As I type this, I am in a bed piled high with cute little girls who have taken the morning off from school to rattle through my luggage looking for treasures. We'll soon...

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That’s it…I am moving to Cairo.

February 1, 2009

Lately, I find myself spending inordinate amounts of time pleading with my husband to move to Egypt. Some recent scenes: The famous Step Pyramid at Sakkara. This style actually predates the Great Pyramid in Giza. According to the Egyptologist, they...

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Touchdown in Cairo

January 30, 2009

So, I’ve been in Cairo for right at 24 hours now and I am completely smitten with the whole of the city. I freely admit that my anxiety about Cairo had been building: my husband had the jitters about me...

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My first international jump!

January 29, 2009

I decided, much to my husband's chagrin, that a skydive was in order. The neighboring emirate, Umm Al Quwain, offers dives with STUNNING views of both the Persian Gulf and the Arabian desert. It doesn't get much better than that....

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A bird’s eye view…

January 27, 2009

I decided to hop on a seaplane today to get an aerial view of the emirate. It was a beautifully sunny day- pretty clear and a breezy 73 degrees. I hear the collective throwing of snowballs at me from friends...

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A peek inside a Kuwaiti home

With the gracious blessing of Areej, my Arabian distributor, I am posting a few pictures to give you a peek inside the most beautiful home I've ever stepped foot in. This is the home of Abdullah Sultan and Nahla Al-Musallam,...

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Hola from Dubai

January 26, 2009

I have had a wild few days and am now in Dubai preparing for an important meeting later today. But I wanted to sneak in a blog entry about my time in Kuwait. It was wonderful to be there again...life...

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Jet lag is a beast…

January 21, 2009

So I find myself in Kuwait City- it's 5:08 am as I begin to type this and I have yet to sleep a wink. I am staying in the beautiful home of my gracious Arabian distributor and the staff is...

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Home again

November 18, 2008

Jackie, Jenny and I returned late last week from our whirlwind tour of Las Vegas, each sporting a nasty cold. Guess that's to be expected when living in such close quarters for a solid week and I am not sure...

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Viva Las Vegas!

November 11, 2008

Jackie, Jenny and I are here in sunny Las Vegas for the 2008 ISPA Conference. We're enjoying mild weather, delicious food and some incredible entertainment (Madonna live in concert last Saturday and the Cirque Du Soleil show "Love" last night-...

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I’m not dead….

October 17, 2008

...I'm just REALLLLY busy in Boston. My apologies for my blog absence, but hot on the tails of Orlando, I flew into Boston to attend the Natural Expo East here in town. I walked the show floor for 5.5 hours...

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Orlando rolls on…

October 6, 2008

Jackie, Jenny and I have spent the last few days meeting hundreds of new people and introducing them to the Bella Luccè product range and meeting lots of existing clients who have come by for a visit at the IECSC...

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Its time for a road trip!

October 2, 2008

Jenny, Jackie and I spent the morning loading up a rental truck with all the various sundries we'll need to make our trade show debut at IECSC Orlando this weekend. What's inside? 1,000 catalogues 5,000 samples 400 order forms 3...

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Jenny and Lela take Manhattan

September 16, 2008

I am freshly returned from a lovely week in NYC with Jenny, our Marketing & Business Development Director. In betwixt the gluttonous meals and a Dave Mathews Concert (*swoon*) we were actually quite busy with the Health and Beauty America...

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More fun from Phoenix

June 24, 2008

I’ve been home from Phoenix for two weeks now, but the memories of my Spa Girl Parties convention linger on. I have enjoyed speaking to various consultants who have written or called since that weekend and I am even more...

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I’d insert a witty title here, but I am mighty tired

June 9, 2008

I am back from sunny Phoenix. And I’ll give it to them- it is “dry heat.” True enough….but it is still mighty damn hot. Though I didn’t see much of the city itself, the resort (the Arizona Biltmore) is absolutely...

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Up and at ‘em

June 6, 2008

I was up, quite literally, at the crack of dawn. Or, before dawn- to be exact. Yesterday was the official last day of school for my girls (congrats to Chloe and Celie!) and we curled up on the couch last...

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I *heart* California

May 4, 2008

I am on a plane headed home to South Carolina and I cannot wait to hug my babies and kiss my husband. It’s been an incredibly long month and I have perpetually been on the road, but I’ve had a...

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Sunny San Diego

May 1, 2008

Jenn and I had an utterly fabulous time in New York City. We managed to sneak in a showing of Chicago, a screening of Baby Mama (both of which I highly recommend) and several delicious meals inbetwixt the trade show,...

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My favorite Irishman…

April 27, 2008

Jenny and I are here in New York City for a trade show and Padraic, our amazing web designer, took the train up from Connecticut to meet us. There is only one word that describes the evening: legendary. Indeed. We...

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The beach does a body good

April 23, 2008

So my dear husband scooped me up and shipped me off to the beach to get some sanity-saving downtime...God love him. He planned the entire trip and kept me in the dark until the very last minute. On Friday morning,...

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Coming down off my cloud

April 17, 2008

I am temporarily back in warm and sunny South Carolina, having landed late last night after an utterly surreal week. Jenn and I had a drop-dead fabulous time: eating ourselves silly, dancing ourselves silly and making some great headway on...

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I can die a happy woman now…

April 13, 2008

So I’m here in Seattle with Jennifer to get my swerve on with the Dalai Lama. Friday was an absolutely awesome day, which I already wrote a strikingly hilarious blog entry about, but then my computer auto-restarted in light of...

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It’s good to be home…

March 24, 2008

The kids and I just returned from a week of fun in New York City. Life has been more hectic than I care to admit for the last few months and it was great to spend some quality time together....

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Heading home!

December 9, 2007

I’m nearing the end of my time in Dubai and it was, as always, an absolute kick. I do love this city. At times it can be ridiculously extravagant and obnoxiously superficial, but I draw so much energy and warmth...

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Busy, busy bee

December 5, 2007

My apologies for the lack of updates this round…I have barely had time to sit still since landing in Dubai. My extended family has taken to emailing me directly to ask if I am still alive and breathing somewhere as...

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An injection of peace

October 25, 2007

I spent last weekend in Atlanta with my best friend Robin, who is (thankfully) still my best friend after I slammed into the back of her car on the way into the city. We were racing to make our massage...

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Hello from Seattle!

October 11, 2007

I’ve been in perpetually gray, alarmingly chilly Seattle all week- and I’m actually coping better than I thought I would. Getting on a plane in sunny South Carolina at a warm 92 degrees, it’s a bit of a shock to...

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All good things must come to an end…

September 6, 2007

...and so it is with my time in Dubai. Abby has already headed home and I’ll be following behind her shortly. We’ve spent the last several days in a maze of meetings and proposals, intermingled with some purely personal pursuits:...

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Happy Birthday Bella Luccè!

September 2, 2007

Abby and I rang in Bella Luccè’s 4th birthday in grand fashion. We were invited out by the hotel executives on Friday evening, and a whole gang of lovely people met up at Jambase to enjoy some live jazz and...

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Safe and sound in Dubai

August 31, 2007

I arrived in hot and steamy Dubai a few days ago and Abby joined me shortly thereafter. The weather is, thankfully, not as horrendously hot as the last few visits and it’s almost pleasant outside in the evenings. They’re just...

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Jordan: Day 3

August 27, 2007

Today was not nearly as eventful as yesterday, but that would have been hard to live up to and I just don’t think I had it in me. I caught a few hours sleep and woke up this morning to...

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Jordan: Day 2

August 26, 2007

Yesterday was the most amazing day I have ever spent traveling. I didn’t get back to the hotel until after 3am and couldn’t muster the energy to blog it all out, so I took a quick shower and tucked myself...

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Jordan: Day 1

August 25, 2007

I flew into Jordan under the cover of night, so there was precious little to see yesterday. I only had one “what the hell am I doing here?” moment and I do believe that one was forgivable. I stepped off...

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Athens kicks ass

August 24, 2007

I’m sorry, but there is just no other way to properly describe it. After flying all night, we approach Greece, with mountains jutting out of pristine blue waters, and I knew that I was in for a treat. The airport...

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Yella…let’s go!

August 23, 2007

“Yella” means “come on” in Arabic… and, with that, I am officially on my way out of the country. It’s been a hectic few weeks: preparing for a slew of new product launches from Bella Luccè, readying the kids for...

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I need a vacation from my vacation!

July 31, 2007

Anyone else feeling that way? I just returned from nine days in sunny Florida, where the kids and I made a concerted effort to hit every amusement park in the state. I am sorry to say that we didn't succeed,...

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Dubai in pictures

June 19, 2007

As promised, here's a small collection of photos from my latest trip to Dubai. See below for a picture of my dinner at Magnolia, Dubai's new vegetarian restaurant. I do look happy about that red wine and veggie fare, no?...

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Live from Dubai…

June 5, 2007

I am packing up to return home after a week and half in hot and humid Dubai. Though it’s not quite peaked for summer here yet, temperatures still lap at the 45 degree Celsius mark, and that’s a toasty 113F...

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If you have too much time on your hands…

April 25, 2007

Then you'll be pleased to know that I have finally downloaded, resized, uploaded and captioned 350 photos from the recent trip to Italy and Dubai. You can browse them here. Click "view as a slideshow" from the upper-right corner for...

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Almost home

April 8, 2007

In the crowning moment of an utterly surreal trip, we walked off the plane from Dubai at JFK and almost ran in to Tommy Lee, who was retuning on the same flight after playing live at Dubai’s Bike Week. We...

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The Surreal Life

April 7, 2007

There has been little time to update since we arrived in Dubai as the schedule has been non-stop madness. We've been busy visitng with existing clients, making proposals and meeting new clients who have just signed on with Bella Luccè...

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Third time’s a charm!

April 5, 2007

After two unsuccessful attempts to book a hot air balloon excursion on my previous visits to Dubai, Abby and I finally got up in the air this morning- just in time to catch the Arabian sun rise over the Hajar...

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Bless you Sylvia!

April 3, 2007

Getting out of Bologna proved to be quite the feat. The airline put me on standby (why?) and didn’t tell us until we were boarding and Areej had already walked through the gate. Seems they overbooked the flight and, rather...

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Ahhhhh, Milano

April 1, 2007

I am back from Milan. This entire trip has been too short, but it has cemented in my mind that I need to be in Italy a lot more often. I got an extremely early start this morning and walked...

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Finally, a break in the rain…

March 31, 2007

Today brought a welcome respite from the rain and I seized the opportunity to get some good photographs of Bologna. A visit to the city would not be complete without a trek to the Towers of Bologna. It seems that...

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Bologna, I think I love you

March 30, 2007

Bologna is absolutely wonderful! Though it’s been quite chilly and a bit rainy, the city is soaked in so much history that you can’t deny its charm. Tiny taxis zip us down cobblestone alleys and I find the whole bit...

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Washington DC in pictures

February 1, 2007

As soon as we got off the plane, it began to snow pretty hard. My girls were ecstatic as we rarely ever see snow in our native South Carolina. This is the babes trying to catch snowflakes on their...

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This kid is so neat…

January 24, 2007

Completely off topic and a tad more personal than is the norm for me, but I have to tell you how proud I am of this kid. That’s Chloe, my 9 year old daughter (and her pal Ash) . For...

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I survived the Crave…but *just* barely!

December 8, 2006

Last night's Crave was so much fun that I can barely move a muscle. Seriously people....sitting down hurts right now. It was a massive undertaking and a ridiculous amount of setup and takedown, but I had an absolute ball. We...

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I got a little crazy in Gatlinburg…

November 28, 2006

I have previously divulged my paralyzing fear of heights to you gentle readers...it's a battle I've fought for as long as I can remember and one I am determined to conquer. Twice now, I have flown more than 8,000 miles...

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Now showing…my babies in NYC!

October 30, 2006

Chloe and Celie take Manhattan, pictures available here....

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Middle East pics are up!

October 26, 2006

My pictures from our recent Middle East trip are now available here. There are a mind-numbing 246 of them, so don't click the link unless you've got a cup of hot coffee in your hand and a good 20 minutes...

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Chloe & Celie take Manhattan

October 21, 2006

We arrived safely in New York last Wednesday, but I have been too busy and exhausted to successfully update. The girls love the city and I anticipate a good struggle getting them to board the plane home. We've been filling...

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Dubai: Day 3

October 15, 2006

We just returned from the Launch Party and it was a wonderful affair! Well attended by hotel guests, local VIP's and members of the press, the party was hosted in the Grand Spa and featured complimentary "mini-treatments" using the Bella...

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Dubai: Days 1 & 2

We are safe and busy in Dubai; after a lovely day at Areej’s home, we flew down on Thursday evening. Since then, it’s been a whirlwind of activity: dinner at Andiamo, where I enjoyed tortelli with asparagus in a taleggio...

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Kuwait City: Days 4 & 5

October 12, 2006

I can barely tell my nights from days at this point…the jetleg/Ramadan time-confusion is taking its toll. Those internal clocks are a complete pain, eh? Yesterday Jackie and I went to one of my favorite spots in Kuwait, WaterLemon. Owned...

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Kuwait City: Day 3

October 11, 2006

We did journey deep into the city yesterday for a trip to the Kuwait Towers. Though they are rarely visited by Kuwaiti natives, Jackie and I were both impressed with amazing views of the city and the Persian Gulf. I...

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Kuwait City: Day 2

October 10, 2006

Last night was incredible...Jackie and I spent some time walking along the water and looking at the old pearling boats at Dhow Harbor. Oil wasn't discovered in Kuwait until the 1960's and it's amazing how much the country has changed...

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Touchdown in Kuwait…

October 9, 2006

We landed safely in Kuwait late last night after more than 24 hours in the air. We had a stopover in Amsterdam, but Jackie and I were too jet-lagged to do much at that point. We did see a...

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I *heart* NYC

September 18, 2006

Have I ever told you how insanely in love with NYC I am? Hopelessly, madly, deeply in love with this city. And autumn just happens to be my favorite season in which to visit. Today was surprisingly warm at a...

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Farewell Seattle!

August 14, 2006

I had such a wonderful time in the city and I literally cannot wait for my next visit. Seattle is stunning and we packed quite a bit into my time there: the Space Needle, a boat cruise on Lake Union,...

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God bless the firefighters…

August 10, 2006

I’m in Seattle for the next several days…it’s my first visit to the area and I’m here for several reasons, not the least of which is that my uber-cool, big sister Mimi is the proud new proprietress of Crave Sarasota!...

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Home at last!

June 1, 2006

After 17 days, we are finally home again. It felt so comforting to sleep in my own bed last night; being able to tickle my little girls again was priceless. Special thanks to those of you who followed our journey...

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Bombay: Day 3

May 29, 2006

Today we took a taxi down to the Gateway to India where we were hoping to catch a ferry over to Elephanta Islands to explore the caves. Unfortunately, the ferries run every day except Monday, so we were out of...

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Bombay: Day 2

May 28, 2006

I struggled with contradictions all day today. India can often be overwhelming and, as Zarine so righteously articulated, it’s very “in your face.” There’s nothing gentle or subtle here and that can be a huge shock to the senses. People...

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Bombay: Day 1

May 27, 2006

India has, so far, been quite the adventure. Our plane landed more than an hour late. Then we sat onboard for another half hour on the ground in Bombay, waiting for portable stairs to be brought so we could deboard....

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Dubai: Day 8

May 26, 2006

We slept in a bit today and then began the process of saying goodbye to Areej and Reemo. We have become such good friends in a short time and I was immensely sad to part ways. The Grand Hyatt is...

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Dubai: Day 7

May 25, 2006

I have decided that rotten days may not exist here in Dubai…it just keeps getting better! Today I had the lovely opportunity to tour the Grand Hyatt spa, the latest addition to the Bella Luccè family. The hotel is massive-...

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Dubai: Days 4, 5 and 6

May 24, 2006

We are still alive, but just barely. Those exhibition days are brutal…I have been in constant circular cycle between the hotel and the exhibition hall which- thankfully- isn’t very far away. We closed the trade show today: 30 hours of...

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Dubai: Day 3

May 21, 2006

Today we were very busy setting up the exhibition stand. Areej hired a local company to construct it and they have been working on the design and production of the unit for almost 9 months now. The stand was actually...

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Dubai: Day 2

May 20, 2006

Today was absolutely wild! After finishing up a bit of work, we took a dip in the pool here at the hotel. This place is massive: the property consists of 10 separate towers and more than a half-dozen pools, complete...

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Dubai: Day 1

We are in Dubai! This place is amazing- everywhere you look, there are construction cranes…growth is happening at an alarming rate. Dubai is quickly running out of oil and, roughly 10 years ago, they began implementing a plan to draw...

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Kuwait City: Day 3

May 18, 2006

Today was another phenomenal day and I have come to the conclusion that Kuwait may be paradise lost! Mom and I had breakfast here at the hotel before running out to the Scientific Center across the street from our hotel....

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Kuwait City: Day 2

May 17, 2006

Today was an awesome day- slightly cooler at about 36 degrees Celsius (104 F) and the tiniest hint of breeze. After watching the sun rise while sitting in the pool at 5am, Mom and I returned to the room, caught...

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Kuwait City: Day 1

May 16, 2006

Today I realized that what I have seen and know of this world is infinitesimally small. I am drinking in the culture and cannot figure out where to look first… We started the day at a wonderful Lebanese restaurant that...

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Unbelievably hot and inexplicably beautiful!

We arrived last night in Kuwait near midnight and it was still unbelievably hot at that hour! The city is insanely beautiful- as I type, I am looking out our hotel window at the Scientific Center (home of the Gulf...

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We are in Amsterdam…

May 15, 2006

And my butt hurts. Mom and I have decided that I am not particularly talented at being still. About 6 hours into the plane ride, I had read my Vanity Fair from cover- to- cover, watched some Travel Channel, listened...

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It would have been funny if it wasn’t so scary…

May 14, 2006

Everyone knows that you have to have a passport to leave the country, right? Well, like a good little traveler, I had mine in order. It needed to be sent off to the Indian consulate for the necessary visa this...

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Quite possibly the most surreal night of my adult life…

May 11, 2006

Today I had the incredible honor of meeting Tina and Beth Ann, the beauty geniuses behind mega-brand Jonathan Product and frequent guests on Bravo TV’s Blow Out (the official favorite show of the Bella Luccè girls). We grabbed a lovely...

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Diary of a Crave Party

May 1, 2006

We’re back! I had such a blast at the Crave Party in Charleston last week and, as promised, I’m sharing a few photos of the event. The scene of the crime: The Hibernian Hall on historic Meeting Street. The building...

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Things that hurt…

April 19, 2006

Becoming a human pin cushion, being inoculated with all kinds of former plagues so that you can visit India. Those tetanus shots are particularly rough...Ouch. Flights are booked. Hotels are reserved. Passports are up-to-date and in-hand. Immunizations are current. We’re...

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May 14th cannot get here fast enough!

April 10, 2006

That’s the day that I leave on an incredible journey: a trip to Kuwait to visit the Al Corniche Spa (an awe-inspiring health club that’s using a variety of Bella Luccè wraps and pedicure treatments), then on to Dubai where...

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Bon jour!

November 15, 2005

Well, I’m off to Shop At Home to make our big debut! Until now, we’ve been too exhausted to be excited, but it’s finally starting to sink in. I’ll file a full report when I get back next week but,...

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Chicks Rule

October 25, 2005

I am back from NYC and I have to share what an incredible experience I had at the Ladies Who Launch event. It was so empowering to be in a room full of hundreds of talented, motivated women. From designers...

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