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  • New Colors for 2XU Compression Performance Socks!

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    2XU Compression Performance Socks and Sleeves are now available in new colors for men and women, including red, purple, green, blue, black, pink, white and navy. 2XU stands for “Two Times You” to represent the multiplication of human performance. 2XU Performance Socks and Sleeves provide 25-30mmHg graduated compression, which is ideal for athletes who want to enhance performance, decrease post-workout soreness, speed up recovery and prevent injury like shin splints. It is also great for traveling and for those who sit or stand for long periods of time to reduce swelling, prevent DVT (deep vein thrombosis) or other conditions.

    2xu-running-1-cI recently tried out a pair of the Ice Green 2XU Women’s Compression Performance Socks. I went for a run before heading to the gym. My legs felt energized and fresh my whole workout. A lot of the time, my legs will ache after running on pavement or a tough work out at the gym, but after wearing these socks the next day my legs didn’t feel sore at all. These socks provide 25-30mmHg graduated compression, which means that the most pressure is felt at the bottom of your leg and decreases going up towards the knee. The graduated compression helps with muscle containment and improving blood flow, which is why you recover faster and don’t feel as sore the next day. If you are training or regularly work out, these socks are for you. Plus, they’re safe to sleep in so you don’t always wake up limping!

    2XU Performance socks are extremely lightweight, made with a zoned breathability panel as well as seamless stitching for airflow. This material is truly breathable and is perfect for hot weather. Many people shy away from wearing compression socks or sleeves during the summer because they can feel hot or constricting, but thanks to 2XU, you can wear them year-round. These high-tech socks also provide UPF50+ sun protection and are antibacterial. They are made with medical circular 360 degree knit construction from 72% Nylon and 28% Elastane.

    2xu-sock-image-3Another great feature is that the socks are marked with either “L” or “R” so you always know which foot to put it on. They also have the size written on the bottom of the foot, which is nice so you don’t have to figure out what size you are later on. If you have sensitive feet or have a hard time getting compression socks on and off, you should consider the 2XU compression performance sleeves. Calf sleeves are a great alternative to wearing compression socks because you can wear them with any sock or shoe you want. I would highly recommend 2XU Compression Performance Socks or Sleeves to anyone who wants to get or stay in shape. To learn more about 2XU and how these products are made, click here.

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  • Serena Williams' Road to Victory

    PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 08:  Serena Williams of United States of America poses with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen after victory in the Women's Singles Final match against Maria Sharapova of Russia  during day fourteen of French Open at Roland Garros on June 8, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Serena Williams has been making headlines as she beats out her opponents, including her older sister, Venus, at Wimbledon this year. This is Serena’s 15th time beating Venus out of the 26 times they have faced off. The sisters have been making history for years, but now it is Serena’s time to shine as she works her way towards the finish line. It’s hard to think that a few years ago, Serena felt like she was on her “death bed” when she developed a blood clot after a cross-country flight to see a doctor about her recent foot surgery. She was treated for a hematoma and pulmonary embolism (PE), which happens when a blood clot is in the lung.

    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms deep inside a vein. If part of the clot breaks off, it can travel into the lungs and block the flow of blood. This is a complication of DVT known as pulmonary embolism (PE), which can be fatal if it is not caught quickly. Luckily for Serena, she discovered the clot after a trip to New York to see a doctor about her foot injuries. After having two surgeries on her foot and traveling back and forth between Los Angeles and New York, her risk of developing DVT and PE significantly increased. Surgery can slow down your blood circulation more than usual and being immobile during the recovery period may have contributed to her clot.

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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 300,000 – 600,000 people develop blood clots annually. According to the National Heart Lung and Blood institute, there are about 100,000 cases of PE that are reported each year. You are more at risk of developing DVT if you have recently had a major surgery, sit or stand for long periods of time without moving around, or from increased amounts of estrogen in the body. Other factors include your family history, pregnancy, age, obesity, smoking or chronic medical illnesses such as heart disease, lung disease, cancer and its treatment.

    be8d38c714c33b1b9a93c05fb8133326Many athletes are at risk of developing DVT and PE, and in some cases, it can even be fatal. Jerome Kersey, a former forward for the Portland Trail Blazers also developed pulmonary embolism when a blood clot developed in his leg and traveled into his lung, later killing him. Miami Heat basketball player Chris Bosh also suffered from pulmonary embolism after a road trip with the team. The symptoms of PE include shortness of breath, sweating, anxiety, sharp chest pain, increased heart rate and coughing.

    Why do athletes develop DVT when they are healthy and exercise? Between injuries, surgeries, long flights and tough work outs, athletes can be hard on their body. If you are dehydrated or have a low heart rate (a resting heart rate of less than 60 beats per minute), you are also more likely to develop a blood clot. When you are dehydrated, the plasma in your blood decreases, which makes your blood thicker and stickier.

    britain-wimbledon-tennis-70-630x332Since her blood clot, Serena Williams has battled her way to becoming one of the most notorious female tennis players today. She has won 34 total grand slam titles, 67 singles titles, 5 Wimbledons, 4 Gold Medals and many more honors. Not even a life-threatening blood clot could stop her from achieving her dreams. If you have had a blood clot, DVT or PE, or you are at a higher risk of developing one, you can wear compression socks or sleeves to help prevent them. Compression socks increase circulation to reduce the chance of a blood clot forming. Wear them while you travel or while you work out to enhance performance, speed up the recovery time, reduce swelling and prevent injuries like shin splints.

    Resources

    About Serena Williams

    Serena’s Schedule

    DVT Facts, Prevention, Symptoms and Risk Factors

    Are You At Risk For Varicose Veins?

    My Pulmonary Embolism Story

    Preventing Complications After Surgery

    The Downside of Low Heart Rate: Athletes Who Get Blood Clots

    The Risk Of Blood Clots On Long Flights

    Health Lessons from Serena Williams's Pulmonary Embolism

  • Father’s Day Gift Guide

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    This Father’s Day, give your dad something he will use instead of a gift that will sit on the shelf and collect dust. Here is your guide to finding the best gifts for dads who love the outdoors.

    Now that the weather is warm, it’s time for the annual camping trip. This year, surprise your dad with a brand new tent! There are tons of features to consider when tent-shopping, but the most important things are to make sure it’s weatherproof and durable. Make sure to get a rainfly for your tent. Depending on the tent, you can find a see-through rainfly so you can still see the stars. During the day, go for a hike to celebrate the weekend. Get him a new pair of waterproof hiking boots with extra padding to keep him comfortable and dry. Find a scenic overview and snap a picture to remember your Father’s Day adventure.

    No camping trip is complete without grilling. Get your dad some awesome grill tools and accessories to make him feel like the professional he is. This grilling kit comes complete with everything your dad needs for his infamous mouthwatering entrees. For a quick snack, grab a couple of protein bars for the camping trip to give you the extra pick-me-up when you need it most.

    For a fun, everyday gadget, the Timex Ironman GPS Watch is great for dads who love running, hiking and working out. This high-tech watch records your speed, pace and distance with a GPS. You can even save up to 10 workouts and track your progress. The Timex Ironman Watch is water resistant and is designed with an Indiglo Night-Light to work in the dark.

    When you’re packing for vacation, there are a lot of things to remember, but make sure you don’t forget to pack compression socks. Your dad will love wearing these Sockwell compression socks while camping, traveling or exercising. They help to keep your legs energized all day, reduce recovery time after a tough work out and help to reduce swelling and leg fatigue from sitting or standing for long periods of time. The Sockwell Shadowbox compression socks featured above are made in the U.S.A. with extremely soft, Merino Wool to provide moisture management and natural thermoregulation. These antibacterial, blister-proof socks are great for sports, outdoor activities and to wear when you’re on your feet a lot.

    Whether your dad spends a lot of time outside working on the lawn, playing sports or camping, everyone can use suntan lotion and bug spray. Nothing puts a damper on a vacation like sunburn and bug bites. When you’re out in the hot sun, make sure to stay hydrated. Get your dad a BPA-free water bottle to keep him cool and refreshed. Make sure you get one that’s dishwasher safe, durable and also leak proof. No one likes a soggy backpack! You can even get one with a filter to reduce bacteria like salmonella and E.coli.

    Document your vacation without missing a moment with a GoPro. This clever hands free device records pictures and videos. GoPros are extremely popular with athletes for this reason. The GoPro features a touch display and built-in WIFI and Bluetooth to easily share your footage on social media from the GoPro App. It is waterproof and durable, designed to survive dirt sand and water. This is great for dads who never want to miss a moment.

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  • All About MARVYs!

    Introducing...MARVY socks!

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    Our latest addition to BrightLife Go are the comfortable and stylish MARVYs. These compression socks provide 15-20mmHg of graduated compression to keep your legs energized and eliminate the feeling of tired, achy legs and feet after a long day. MARVY compression socks feature fun patterns like hearts and stripes in a variety of colors to go with any outfit.

    MARVY socks are FDA approved and are made from a Lycra/Spandex blend. These compression-infused socks provide relief for aches and pains, reduce swelling, speed up recovery after a tough workout or training session, and also help to prevent spider veins, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and varicose veins. The sizing is simple-based on your shoe size, and hugs your leg perfectly. MARVY compression socks are made for all lifestyles so you can always look and feel your best.

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    I recently tried out a pair of the MARVY heart socks. They are black with fuchsia hearts on them. I love how soft and comfortable they are. These socks have a 1.5” wide top band that keeps them from falling down. MARVYs are extremely comfortable, with a cushioned toe and heel to keep you feeling great during those long days on your feet.

    As soon as you put them on, your legs instantly feel energized and refreshed. MARVYs provide 15-20mmHg of graduated compression, meaning that the pressure is felt most at the ankle, and decreases gradually going up your leg. The socks are made out of a lightweight, breathable fabric that moves with you, creating a gentle massage that feels amazing. MARVYS are also super stretchy and easy to get on.

    MARVY compression socks are great for anyone who sits or stands all day, and for athletes, doctors, nurses, flight attendants, teachers, restaurant workers and more. Wear these after going to the gym to increase circulation, which helps to prevent lactic acid from building up and reduces the time it takes to recover. They are made from a moisture-wicking fabric, making them perfect to work out in as well. MARVY compression socks fight off leg cramps and promote healthy, happy legs. If you are looking for something that’s fashionable and feels great, these are the socks for you.

    Choose from hearts, stripes or a fun leopard pattern in a couple of different colors to find your perfect look. MARVY is dedicated to helping you achieve healthy, gorgeous legs. To learn more about MARVY, click here.

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  • Stylebook: Rock n Roll Marathon – Look 7

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    Hey runners! Don’t forget to sign up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon . Whether you are running the 4th Annual Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon, the half marathon or taking on the 5K, RnRDC is not something you’re going to want to miss! With live music, cheerleaders and prizes to win, what’s not to love?

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    If you are planning on running, don’t forget to sign up ASAP. Online registration ends March 8, so make sure you register soon!! Want to sweeten the deal? There will be cash prizes for the marathon (1st - 3rd place) and half marathon (1st - 5th place). Additionally, a performance bonus will be granted to all participants based on time, regardless of place. All participants finishing the marathon under 2:18:00 (men) or 2:43:00 (women) will receive $1,000. Yes, you read that right, so run fast!!! If you are competing in the half marathon, men must beat a time of 1:05:00 and women must finish under 1:15:00 to be paid $500 regardless of their place. Check out the CEP section below for some great running tips.

    Are you interested in running for charity? Join a charity training program to help raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Project HOPE and more. If you have a charity in mind that is not listed, you can even fill out an application to run for a charity of your choice.

    Like all major events, volunteers are the key to success. If you want to help out behind the scenes as part of the Race Crew or as a Medical Volunteer, you can sign up here. With thousands of runners participating, every volunteer makes a difference!

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    If you’re not big on running, there’s something to do for everyone. Between the live music on the course and the double platinum Better Than Ezra band headlining, you’ll be rockin’ your way to the finish line. This band has been featured on Desperate Housewives and Taylor Swift even played a cover to their song “Breathless!”

    If you are a high school cheerleader or you're on the dance team, get involved in the Spirit on the Course Competition to cheer on runners every step of the way. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three cheer teams!

    Pictures will be taken of all participants. If you want to see yours, all you have to do is enter your last name to check out your pictures and order them! That being said, make sure you look and feel your best. Check out my style below to see my must-have items for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Run Marathon.

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    The CEP Advantage

    CEP is one of the official sponsors of RnRDC for a reason! If you want to get that cash bonus (which is solely based on your time), don’t forget your compression socks! With over 60 years of research and development experience, you will fall in love with how great these CEP socks make you feel. Grab a pair of compression socks or calf sleeves to run longer, train harder and recover faster than ever before. CEP is proven to increase performance by 5% and prevent injuries like shin splints, calf cramps, Achilles issues, pulled muscles and more. Impress your friends, family and especially yourself when you beat your best time crossing that finish line in style. Plus, you’re going to need an extra push when you get a look at the course map!

    Not enough hours in the day? Train day or night with CEP Progressive Night Socks for men and women. These socks will give you all the energy you need after a long day and will help you to be more visible in the dark with the built-in reflectors. Features 20-30mmHg of graduated compression to increase circulation and is made with a hydrophile finish that effectively wicks moisture away from the skin to keep you dry and cool. The Night Socks are also available in a calf style for men and women as well.

    CEP Men's Recovery Socks are great for those days you pushed yourself just a little too hard. These socks decrease muscle soreness be reducing lactic acid in the lower leg. Throw on a pair after a long run or tough workout and get back out there in no time so you never waste a day of training. Click here for Women’s Recovery Socks.

    If you have a lucky pair of shoes that are a bit worn but you can’t run without, don’t worry about them rubbing your compression socks the wrong way. Try a pair of CEP calf sleeves to wear with any type of shoe. These sleeves are made with silver ions that are antibacterial and odor-reducing, making them perfect for triathletes and runners. Available for men and women in a variety of colors.

    The Look

    Chaser "Rock n Roll Flag" – Hoodie

    Marshall Minor Earbud Headphones

    Freestyle Unisex Cadence Workout Watch

    Ramones Rock 'N' Roll Bracelet

    Puma Gym Actv Power Short Tight

    Nike Studio Trainer Women’s Gym Shoes

    Love Rock N' Roll iPhone Case

    CEP Women's Progressive+ Run Socks 2.0

    Follow us on Facebook or Twitter and show us how you’re preparing for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon! #RNRDC

    Thanks for reading. Happy running! :)

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  • Stylebook: Girl on the Go - Look 6

    Looking and feeling your best when you travel is essential. During the cold months, if your destination isn't all that warm and sunny, then throw on your favorite boots and leather jacket. Going on vacation or taking a trip for work is fun and exciting, so make sure to dress the part. After all, you never know who you might run into!

    The first and most important travel tip to follow is to plan ahead! Make sure you check the weather ahead of time to bring the right clothes and shoes. Always pack extras of your essential items, like socks! Just remember not to go overboard or you might find yourself paying extra to get your overly-packed suitcase on the plane. Do some research about where you are going to plan out where you want to go, places to eat and so on. Take out some extra money just in case something goes missing or you see something that you just can't live without. Remember to be friendly and don't shy away from asking questions. If you take a cab, ask the driver what their favorite hangouts are or what restaurant they would suggest for dinner. Try to be open to new experiences because you may never get the opportunity again. Last but not least, don't forget a camera!! Even if you're not super thrilled about your destination, you never know when you'll catch a breathtaking sunset.

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    Whether you are hopping on a plane or sitting in a dreadfully long car ride, make sure you bring a pair of compression socks! When you sit or stand for a long time, your legs start to ache and cramp. When you wear a pair of compression socks that provide 15-20mmHg of gradient compression, it helps to improve circulation, energize your legs, prevent swelling and reduce fatigue. The featured socks are made by Sockwell and are available in four different colors. Wear them to work, while traveling or at the gym. They are antibacterial, blister-proof and have a seamless toe closure to prevent irritation while skiing, hiking or during other sports. These soft socks are made out of Superfine Merino Wool, which provides natural thermoregulation and moisture management. These socks are durable and great for exercise, making them even more comfortable for everyday use. Now you can travel in comfort and style with Sockwell.

    No matter what outfit you wear, you can find what you need to keep your legs energized. Choose from compression leggings, tights, thigh highs or socks in a variety of colors and patterns to stay comfortable where ever your travels may take you.

     

    The Look:

    J Brand Indigo Skinny Jeans

    Frye Elain Vintage Backpack

    Tawny Brown Cashmere Beanie

    TRUE RELIGION Biker Leather Jacket

    Fossil Lizard-Embossed Passport Case

    Timberland Women's Earthkeepers Double Strap Boots

    Sockwell Women's On The Spot Compression Sock 15-20mmHg

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  • Stylebook: Gym Glam - Look 5

    Ladies, now is the time to get back in the gym and kick butt! With summer just around the corner, it's never too early to start toning. First things first - clean up your diet. You can run for miles and miles, but if you sit in front of the T.V. mindlessly eating afterward, you're not going to see much of a difference. Eating foods like avocados, nuts, berries and low-carb string cheese are great snacks that take the edge off without packing on the pounds. When you are consuming the right foods, your body has more energy and you are more likely to make it to the gym.

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    When you're starting out, think about what your goals are. Weight loss, toning, strengthening your muscles or training for competitions, etc. It is extremely important to be realistic about what you can achieve in the given time period, so you don't get discouraged. Designate how many times a week you want to go to the gym and try and stick to it. Don't beat yourself up if you can't make it one day, just make up for it another day or do some exercises from home. No matter what pace you take getting back in shape, you are always further ahead than the people on the couch.

    Need some motivation to get started? Get yourself some cute gym clothes! What better way to look and feel your best than with a great gym wardrobe? The most essential item to have is a pair of compression socks or sleeves. Grab a pair of Sigvaris Compression Calf Sleeves to enhance performance and to prevent injuries like shin splints and leg cramps. Most important? Wearing compression sleeves or socks after a workout speeds up your recovery time so you can get back out there in no time. Featuring 20-30mmHg of graduated compression from the ankle to the knee, these sleeves increase circulation and improve blood flow. They are perfect for working out, training for marathons or triathlons, and also for running long distances. Compression sleeves and socks are vital to keeping your legs healthy and energized, especially when you are first starting out.

    It is important to work in cardio and weight lifting each week. There should be a balance between the two based on how often and how long you work out and for. If you only go a couple of times a week, you should consider doing a total body workout each time. This is where you hit all of your muscle groups in one session, and if you have time, add in about 20 minutes of cardio after. If you plan on going 3-5 times a week or more, you should try dedicating each day to targeting specific muscle groups. For example, spend one day focusing just on your legs, and another only doing back and tricep exercises to work the muscles more thoroughly. If you want to tone your body, the best way to do so is through resistance training. Grab a pair of resistance bands and try some of these exercises.

    Check out these customized workouts by Women's Health Magazine that are based on your specific body type. Make sure you listen to your body. Try keeping a food and exercise log to see your progress. This helps to catch patterns that may be preventing you from reaching your goals faster. No matter what kind of exercise you do, the most important part is that you're out there trying. Don't give up!! Remember, the real workout begins when you're so tired that you want to quit. Mention us on Twitter at @brightlifego and show us your progress!

    The Look:

    Chanel Weights

    Facial Gym Cleanser

    Pink Resistance Bands

    Under Armour Logo Hoodie

    Jordan Dominate Gym Sack Bag

    New Balance Women's Gym Shoes

    adidas by Stella McCartney Yoga Mat

    Sigvaris Compression Calf Sleeve 20-30mmHg

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  • Stylebook: Valentine's Day - Look 4

    Valentine’s Day Look

    For a show-stopping Valentine's day outfit, wear a cute red dress with a classy pair of ankle strap heels. You can even go all out with red nails and red lipstick to really spice up your look. Stay warm with a taupe coat and compression tights. The compression pantyhose shown below feature light graduated compression to keep your legs energized all night so you can dance all night, in your heels. Remember, no Valentine's date is complete without chocolate and flowers!! Lastly, don't forget to wear your favorite compression tights so your heels don't get the best of you ;)

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    The Look:

    Classic Monogram Saint Laurent Clutch in Black Crocodile

    Dressystar Short Strapless Chiffon Party Dress

    MiuMiu Suede Sandals With Embellished Heel

    Henri Bendel Debutante 48” Pearl Necklace

    Ted Baker Zip Front Cape Coat in Taupe

    Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette

    NARS Jungle Red Semi Matte Lipstick

    Bling Jewelry Samba Rose Studs

    Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer

    Compression Pantyhose

  • Stylebook: Floral Dress - Look 3

    Spring Wardrobe

    It’s time to start breaking out those summer dresses ladies! Floral prints are back in action. Choose neutral colors during the spring and try to avoid "beachy" dresses that are harder to pull off in the colder months without looking out of place. To polish off your look, start adding in some summer-inspired accessories like these golden flower earrings to make your spring look pop. But until it starts to feel like summer, you might want to keep rocking the tights. Grab a pair of compression tights to avoid having tired legs by the end of the day. They are perfect for wearing day or night. The soft microfiber fabric keeps your legs warm in the winter and cool in the summer, making these tights the perfect go-to item for any season.

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    The Look:

    Burberry Trench Collection Round Frame Sunglasses

    Marc by Marc Jacobs Jerrie Rose Stud Earrings

    Forever 21 Floral Print Skater Dress

    Obey The Scarab Necklace in Gold

    Salvatore Ferragamo Tote

    Compression Tights

  • Stylebook: Little Black Dress - Look 2

    The Classic Little Black Dress

    You know that go-to little black dress you love? Luckily it never goes out of style. Update it with new accessories and a splash of color. Grab your favorite pair of compression tights so you can dance until the sun comes up. These Sigvaris opaque thigh highs are soft, sexy and stylish. Shown in espresso, but comes in a variety of colors. The light compression helps to reduce muscle fatigue so your legs feel energized all day or night. Lastly, Never be afraid to add some flare. After all, diamonds never go out of style ;) If you're tired of letting your heels get the best of you, shop compression tights.

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    The Look:

    Allurez Ladies Bezel Set Round Diamond Tennis Bracelet

    Express Diamond Shaped Stone Cluster Post Earrings

    Vero Moda Peplum Tube Short Dress

    Michael Kors Callie Embossed Clutch

    Bling Jewelry Diamond Lavish Gems

    Sigvaris Soft Opaque Thigh Highs

    Chanel Black No. 5 Perfume

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