Warm Weather Is Luxury Minidress Season

This has been one of the coldest spring seasons in recent memory but before you complain about still needing your leather jackets in the middle of May, just remember that summer is just around the river bend. That means it’s also time to whip out your fun, flashy, and fine minidresses for the summer. Sunny skies are out, so it’s time to let your sculpted legs do the talking for you.

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Christian Cowan Zebra Print Sequin Dress

Summer is always a fun time to explore your love for prints. Zebra print is a hot pattern for the season, as evidenced by designer Christian Cowan at his spring/summer 2019 runway show. Give them the old razzle dazzle with some zebra flare.

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Oscar de la Renta One-Shoulder Silk Taffeta Dress

Amal Clooney brought added popularity to this minidress when she stepped out with her husband George Clooney. This silk taffeta number is perfect for summer cocktail parties when you want to make a statement. You may not be married to an Oscar-winning actor, but you can still look like you are.

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Paule Ka Feather Detail Cold-Shoulder Dress

For those who prefer a minimalist approach to color, but still want some fanciful details like ostrich feathers, Paule Ka is a great option. This cold-shoulder cutout dress comes with snap-detachable ostrich feathers, so you can even minimalize it even further for a more reserved occasion. Pair it with a nude pump to complete the look.

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The Kooples Patch and CDC Off-The-Shoulder Dress

The Kooples has done a fresh take on the little black dress for the summer. Coming off the voluminous sleeve trend and making it a little sexy with lace, have that little black dress that isn’t boring for your summer circuit season. A good ruffle sleeve never hurt anybody.

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Dundas Ruched Little Black Dress

The Kooples is not the only brand that is presenting the little black dress in a new way. The  Dundas spring 2019 black dress combines ruching and big side bow for a look that is sophisticated and fashion forward at the same time. 

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Valentino Floral Embroidered Cape Couture Dress

There’s nothing like a little summer couture to spice up your wardrobe. Ivory is a beautiful summer color, as evidenced by this Valentino dress with sequined and beaded blossom vines down the bodice in an A-line silhouette. This lovely number was done in the house’s signature wool-and-silk crepe couture fabric.

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Givenchy Floral Print One-Shoulder Dress

Contrasting Ruffles aligned in dramatic directions in this Givenchy crêpe de Chine dress, give the illusion the flowers are almost in virtual motion. It’s a walking work of art waiting for you to wear it to your next summer soirée. What’s summer without a little floral print?

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Balmain Long-Sleeve Mock-Neck Striped Mesh Metal Cocktail Dress on Tulle

Shine like the golden sun in this dress from Balmain. This is what you call goddess glamour mixed with a bit of sex appeal. If Apollo and Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing had a love child, she would wear this dress.

—Kristopher Fraser

 

Wednesday Sample Sale: Week of May 13, 2019

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

BRAND:  Rosie Assoulin Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/14–5/17; Tues.–Thurs (11am–7pm), Friday (11am–1pm)

WHY: Women’s clothing and accessories at a discount

WHERE: 50 Gansevoort Street

BRAND:  Jennifer Tyler Trunk and Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/16–5/20; Thursday late opening (5pm–9pm), Fri. –Sat. (10am–7pm), Sunday (noon­–7pm), Monday (10am–7pm)

WHY: Featuring types of knitwear: sweaters, jackets, pants, skirts and accessories in cashmere, gauze-weight cashmere, cotton/viscose, ultra-light natural blendsall for wearable comfort and travel perfection.

 WHERE: The Surrey Hotel, 20 East 76th Street (at Madison Avenue)

BRAND:  The News Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/16–5/18; Thurs. –Fri. (10am–6pm), Sat (10am­–5pm)

WHY: Includes merchandise from 6397, Alumnae, Aprix, Clu, Colovos, Common Projects, Destin, Tim Coppens, Needles, Noon Goons, and Roucha

WHERE: 495 Broadway, 5th Floor

BRAND:  Mark Cross Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/16–5/18; Thurs. –­Fri. (10am­–7pm), Saturday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Designer leather goods at up to 80% off

WHERE: 138 Wooster Street

BRAND:  Pas de Calais and Sage de Cret Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/20–5/18; Mon. –Thurs. (11am–6pm)

WHY: Actualsamples will be 65% off and past season’s merchandise will be up to 80% off

WHERE: 482 Broome Street

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Editors’ Pick: Gorjue’s Food-inspired Lipsticks

Summer is the time to experiment with your personal style and how you present yourself to the world.  Off goes the hats, the big coats, scarves and mittens. And the outerwear is replaced by fashion that shows your body off, and hopefully tanned, fantastic looking skin.

Summer also conjures up the great bold colors and smells of warmer weather. Great floral scents, outdoor food festivals, the bold colors of carnivals and flora and fauna its peak!!

Why not match the vibrant, bold colors and aromatic smells of summer with your favorite summer lipstick. The brainchild of Maesa Koeber, Gorjue foodie-inspired lipsticks are cruelty-free, vegan lipsticks that make your lips nibble-worthy.  Did you notice that lovely color of tuna in your sushi roll last night?  Then Spicy Tuna Roll is your shade! Other colors include Salmon Nigiri, New York Hotdog, California Burger and Southern Fried Chicken.  All have a velvet feel, are opaque and moisturizing and are long wear.

The long-wearing lipsticks are also gluten-free, soy-free, glide on velvet smooth, is highly pigmented and opaque, and very moisturizing. And put your worries aside, you will not go around smelling like spicy tuna, hamburger, hotdogs, and fried chicken—some of foodie-inspired Gorjue lipsticks. All the lipsticks are infused with vanilla. So, you will smell and taste good.

Founded in 2017 in New York City, Gorjue represents the fusion of fashion, travel and food. And the Gorjue website features different fusions of makeup/fashion, food, and travel globally!

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Gorjue’s food-inspired lipstick retail for $22 individually or as a bundle for $90 for the ‘Foodie Beauty Bundle’ or $120 for the Limited Edition ‘To Go’ set.

Food and fashion; it’s about time. Gorjue into beauty!!

Staff

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of May 6, 2019

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

BRAND:  Adam Lippes Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/09–5/11; Thurs. –Fri. (8am–8pm)

WHY: Women’s clothing at up to 80% off

WHERE:  Adam Lippes NoMad Showroom, 1133 Broadway, Suite 426

 

BRAND:  Katama Pre-Summer Sale

WHEN: 5/08–5/11; Wed.–Sat. (11am–6pm)

WHY: Luxury Men’s Resort and casual wear. Swimwear, t-shirts, tanks, shoes & more made in NY, LA & Portugal from fine fabrics—all at up to 80% OFF

WHERE: 257 West 38th Street, Floor 6

 

BRAND:  Rachel Comey New York Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/10–5/11; Friday (10am–8pm), Saturday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Shop apparel and accessories at a discount. Seasons will include SS18 and PS18 as well as an assortment from before PS19. Items on sale include (pictured) Melrose Sandal for $130 (orig. $345).

WHERE: St. Patrick’s Youth Gym, 268 Mulberry Street

 

Lela Rose RTW Spring 2019

BRAND:  Lela Rose Spring 2019 Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/14–5/16; Tues.–Wed. (8am–8pm), Thursday (9am–6pm)

WHY: Up to 70% off

WHERE: 115 West 29th Street, 2nd Floor

BRAND:  Nanette Lepore Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/14–5/17; Tues.–Fri. (9am­–7pm)

WHY: New Spring styles. Samples $20-$95; all sizes.; new resort; One-off samples. Cool oldies. Fun prints. Hidden gems. Spring musts

WHERE: 225 West 35th Street, 17th floor, Penthouse

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Wednesday Sample Sales: April 28, 2019

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early. 

BRAND:  Stylistico USA Sample Sale

WHEN: 4/29–5/11; Mon.– Sat. (10am–7pm)

WHYWomen’s and men’s apparel and accessories at up to 70% off retail prices.

For ladies: Valentino, M Missoni, Pinko, Ferragamo, Christian Louboutin, Paloma Barcelo, Plein Sud, RRD.

For men: Pal Zileri, Barba, Pantofola D’Oro, Kiton, Caruso, Canali, Brunello Cucinelli, Brioni.

WHERE: Stylistico, 29 East 19th Street, 5th Floor

 

BRAND:  Tusk Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/01–5/04; Wed. –Sat (11am–7pm)

WHY: Select fine Italian leather bags and accessories for women, men, travel, and gifts. 50%-70% off sample sale items; 15% off their new collection.

WHERE: 1133 Broadway, Suite 245 – Madison Room

BRAND:  KoKun Spring Sample and Stock Sale

WHEN: 5/06–5/10; Mon.–Fri. (10–5:30)

WHY: Women’s luxury cashmere, bamboo cashmere, and cotton up to 75% off retail price. Women’s samples priced $10-$90.

WHERE: 237 West 37th Street, 3rd Floor, suite 301

BRAND:  Components by John McCoy Spring 2019 Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/06–5/10; Mon.–Friday (9am–6pm)

WHY: Prices start at 70% off of retail. Stock up for spring on men’s and women’s fine European apparel! Pay below wholesale prices on trendy sportswear, suits, pants, sweaters, shirts, outerwear, and much more. Brands include Gran Sasso, Mason’s, Xacus, Porto, Mauro Blasi and Baldessarini. Being featured for ladies: Roberta Gandolfi handbags; Ella and Gran Sasso knitwear, dresses, pants, and blouses.

WHERE: 135 East 55th Street. Bet. Lexington & 3rd Avenues, 3rd Floor

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Wednesday Sample Sale: Week of April 25, 2019

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early. BRAND:  Gilded Age Spring Sample Sale

WHEN: 4/25–4/28; Thurs. –Sun (10am–7pm)

WHY: Menswear at 60%-80% off retail prices. New Spring 2019 jeans, pants, jackets, outerwear, leather, woven shirts, knits, polos, bags, accessories, t-shirts, ties, and much more.

WHERE: 580 Broadway, Suite 1204

 

BRAND:  James Perse Sample Sale

WHEN: 4/25–4/28; Thurs.–Fri. (10am–8pm), Sat. (10am­–7pm), Sunday(10am–­6pm)

WHY: 40–60% off men’s and women’s apparel, footwear, and accessories

WHERE: 666 Broadway

BRAND:  Peace of Cloth Spring Cleaning Sample Sale

WHEN: 4/26–5/01; Mon.­–Fri. (10am–6pm), weekdays only

WHY: Peace of Cloth is cleaning their showroom and have lots of great samples that we need to get rid of! Shop Tees, sweaters, knits, pants, jackets, dresses, and skirts.

WHERE: 231 West 39 Street, Suite 704

 

BRAND:  White + Warren & KINLY Sample Sale

WHEN: 4/29–4/30; Mon.–Tues. (8pm–6pm)

WHY: Cashmere and other knit clothing and accessories up to 70%

WHERE: 80 West 40th Street, 3rd floor, bet. 5th & 6th Avenues

BRAND:  Quinn Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/01–5/04; Wed. –Fri. (11am–7pm), Sat. (11am–6pm)

WHY: Women’s and men’s apparel at up to 80% off

Tops $50 (orig. $195)
Sweaters (cashmere and cashmere blend): $75 (orig. $350)
Dresses: $60 (orig. $200)
Bottoms: $60 (orig. $200)
Jackets: $60 (orig. $200)

WHERE: 34 Cliff Street, 3rd Floor

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Editors’ Pick: Disney Princess x Ruthie Davis

In case you haven’t noticed, there have been lots of fashion collaborations with Disney as of late. In 2019 alone, Disney has launched a princess bracelet with Alex and Ani, Chip n’Dale, Alladin, and Aulani charms from Pandora, Kipling X Disney backpacks featuring Minnie Mouse, Samsonite’s Dumbo collection, and Vera Bradley’s Disney Collection. Now, Ruthie Davis has jumped on the Disney train. After all, it is Disney’s 90th anniversary.

For over 12 years, Ruthie Davis has made a name for herself as a footwear designer that has unparalleled craftsmanship and quality. You can find Ruthie Davis footwear on A-listers like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Zendaya, Ariana Grande, and Demi Lovato, to top-tier supermodels and actresses like Naomi Campbell, Halle Berry, Kendall Jenner, Laverne Cox and Sofia Vergara, just to name a few. And if you are in the market for attention-grabbing footwear, then Ruthie Davis is the brand for you. These shoes are definitely not for shrinking violets and wallflowers!!

Following the acclaimed Snow White and Mulan capsule collections, this marks the third iteration of the Disney Princess x Ruthie Davis collaboration and will launch in conjunction with the highly anticipated live-action film, Disney’s Aladdin.” The Disney Princess x Ruthie Davis launches on April 22 for pre-order exclusively on ruthiedavis.com.

Blending the iconic legacy of Disney with the creative force of Ruthie Davis, this collection will continue to embody the empowerment of today’s Disney Princess, re-imagining the classic story with a modern twist. Comprised of nine styles, the capsule features Davis’s signature stilettos, metallic ankle boots and platform sneakers adorned with iconography inspired by the characters of Aladdin. 

“I am a woman who has built a brand from the ground up.  I design shoes for women to make them feel confident, beautiful and powerful.  I have worked hard to realize my dreams and goals. I don’t let setbacks derail me, and I never give up,” said Davis.

Photos courtesy of Michele Marie PR

The styles retail for $395–$79. All nine styles will be available to purchase June 1st at other fine retailers.—Staff

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of April 15, 2019

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

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BRAND:  Zadig & Voltaire Sample Sale

WHEN: 4/17–4/21; Wed.–Sat. (11am–7pm), Sunday (11am–5pm)

WHY: Women’s and men’s apparel, shoes, and accessories at a discount

WHERE: Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue

 

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BRAND:  Clever Alice Pop-up Spring Sample Sale

WHEN: 4/23–5/04; Mon. –Sat. (11am–7pm), closed Sunday

WHY: Shop samples and overstock up to 80% off. Includes merchandise from Porto, Inizio, Cigno Nero, Bela, Heartloom, Vivienne Hu, Elaine Kim, Raw Earth Wild Sky, Anu, and more.

WHERE: Manex France Display, 126 West 25th Street

BRAND:  W29 Showroom Sample Sale

WHEN: 4/24–4/25; Wed.–Fri. (9am–7pm)

WHY: Women’s footwear from James Chan at a discount. The sale will include a great selection of designers’ shoes, including pumps, flats, mules and more. Sizes will range from 6 to 10 and prices from $50 to $70!

WHERE: W29 Showroom, 4 West 29th Street, 2nd floor

 

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BRAND:  Alice & Trixie Warehouse Sample Sale

WHEN: 4/24–4/26; Wed.–Fri. (10m–7pm)

WHY: Shop coveted styles at up to 90% off; prices range $20–$70.

WHERE: 265 West 37th Street, 11th Floor

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Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of April 8, 2019

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

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BRAND:  Nina McLemore 2019 Sample SaleWHEN: 4/6–4/20; Mon.–Fri (9am­–6pm), Sat, (10am–4pm)

WHY: Up to 50% off retail on designer clothing collection at the Nina McLemore Spring Sale. Samples priced $150-$295. Sizes 00-18 available.

WHERE: 135 East 55th Street, 7th floor

 

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BRAND:  VEDA Showroom Sample Sale

WHEN: 4/11–4/14; Thurs. – Fri. (9am–7pm), Sa.t (10am–6pm), Sunday (11am–4pm)

WHY: VEDA’s annual warehouse sale will feature amazing past season product, one of a kind pieces, samples, stock and archived pieces from over the years! Everything is between 50-90% off retail prices!

WHERE: VEDA Showroom, 271 Canal Street, 5th Floor

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BRAND:  Chromat Spring Cleaning Sample Sale

WHEN: 4/13–4/14; Sat. –Sun. (noon–5pm)

WHY: Get your summer look on lock

WHERE: 544 Park Avenue, Suite 313, Brooklyn, NY

 

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BRAND:  Fiftytwo Showroom Swim & Women’s RTW Sample Sale

WHEN: 4/16–4/18; Tues.–Thurs. (10am–6pm)

WHY: Women’s ready-to-wear and swimwear at a discount. Shop samples from Nannacay, Haight, Adriana Degreas, Lenny Niemeyer, Salinas, and more just in time for summer!

WHERE: 28 Warren Street, 5th Floor

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Editors’ Picks: Coachella 2019 Essentials

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Coachella starts in a week—April 12 through April21—and if you are not familiar with the double weekend music fest, then you are missing out of one of the biggest US musical festivals. Coachella unofficially launches the spring/summer festival season and has now become a premier music and art festival attended by music fans and celebrities alike.Founded in 1993 and located on the Inland peninsula, right outside of Palm Springs, CA, the festival features musical artists from many musical genres, as well as art installations and sculptures, Coachella Music and Art Festival draws crowds of up to over 250,000 and grosses over $120 million dollars. Musical headliners for 2019 include Ariana Grande, Janelle Monae, Jaden Smith, Idris Elba, Childish Gambino, Gucci Gang, Kacey Musgraves, Peter Tong, Wiz Khalifa, and Tame Impala.

And though the motivation behind Coachella is music and art, fashion has become a very important part of the music festival. Fashion Reverie has curated some great fashion and beauty products that not only make you look at Coachella but also promote comfort and can protect your skin from the harsh California sun.

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OK, you are going to be out in the sun and experience the elements a lot. Your skin could take a beating with all the sun exposure and sweating. No one wants to leave Coachella with leathery skin. FRÉ Skincare provides comprehensive solutions to combat the problems of active skin. Specifically designed for skin that sweats, FRÉ Skincare developed a breakthrough formula to address the problems when skin interacts with your skin. The unique Argania Active Complex© hydrates skin, reduces the signs of aging and improves skin’s elasticity.Fashion Reverie’s FRÉ Skincare selects GLOW ME and PROTECT ME are a great source of protection and moisturizing for Coachella. GLOW ME is a 3-in-1 cream that adds a light tint to your skin while adding SPF15 protection. PROTECT ME is that great moisturizer that will keep your skin hydrated while providing SP15 protection. Both products contain Argania Active Complex©.

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Now, we know you want to look good at Coachella. But, who has time to and who wants to carry around a lot of makeup? The Pocket Palette is a single-use, full face, travel makeup kit that allows you to carry your beauty basics in the palm of your hand!The palette includes mascara, lipstick/cheek tint and bb cream making it the perfect essential to include in your beach bag or purse! You can purchase a 3 pack or 10 pack and select your choice based off of your skin tone, with four options from light to dark. 

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At Coachella, you could be doing a lot of walking and standing. Your feet need to be comfortable. Leveraging the latest technologies to recreate the feeling of walking barefoot, iGUANEYE has created the most comfortable and stylish flats and sandals ever! Ergonomically designed, the shape of iGUANEYE shoes are created to conform to the natural contour of your feet. The main part of the shoe consists of advanced elastomer, which is hypoallergenic, soft and very flexible. The removable and ventilated sole is made of 99% cork and 1% latex coated with leather hide. iGUANEYE shoes come in eleven fashionable colors and nine insert colors for a customizable look.The concept for iGUANEYE shoes was inspired by the ancient Amazonian tribes, who used to dip their feet in liquid rubber from trees, to create a protective film that allowed them to walk freely. Created with the intent of enabling modern urban tribes to experience that same level of comfort, iGUANEYE shoes offer the ultimate in comfort without compromising on great designs and on-trend styles.

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If you want to look fashionable at Coachella, after all there will be lots of celebs there, Cynthia Rowley has some great comfortable dresses and frocks that will demonstrate your  sense of style, without you looking like you are trying too hard. Inspired a young woman’s active lifestyle, these lively, fun dresses incorporate everything from bandana-type floral prints to baby doll silhouettes.

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What would Coachella be without some cool shades? Remember, the California sun is bright and intense. You need some shield for your eyes.  Prive Revaux to the rescue!!Whether it’s tinted sunnies or funky frames, this celebrity-approved eyewear brand carries a variety of styles that are great for putting the finishing touches on your festival look. Also, for $29.95 a piece, don’t sweat about breaking the bank!

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We all know there is a lot of non-stop partying at Coachella. Recovering from one party day to the next is important. Recover the right way with the Santevia Recovery Stick! Simply activate the Recovery Stick by submerging it into bottle or glass. Shake or stir for 30 seconds, and within 3-5 minutes your water will reach optimal pH and chlorine reduction. This hydrogen-rich, antioxidant water speeds muscle, skin, bone, and brain recovery. A true lifesaver when it comes to all day music festivals.

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Coachella is no fun if you have a bad headache. Long days and loud music is a recipe for migraines, good thing you’ll be prepared with Migrastil!  Your all-natural soothing support to get ahead of the pain! Just apply a small amount at your temples, forehead and back of the neck at the first sign of pain. The Migraine Stick contains peppermint, spearmint and lavender essential oils in a coconut oil base. Don’t let a migraine ruin your time when you can avoid it!Staff

 

 

 

 

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