It’s a Colourful Life – Christmas Home Tour

This year I was invited to join some of my favourite bloggers on a Christmas home tour.
The gorgeous Jennifer from Dimples & Tangles and Rachel from Pencil Shaving Studio put this one together and I am so excited with the group of gorgeous girls they have handpicked for you!

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Firstly, let me just say I am totally chuffed to be part of such a fabulous group. I feel like I’ve found my tribe with these colour loving gals, their homes are bright, bold and beautiful and I love them all.

OK, If you are following the tour, you’ve probably just come from the self-proclaimed freak herself, Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof, her pops of bright colour and amazing wallpaper selections always makes me smile.
(The full list of the home tour is at the bottom of this post)

Let’s go!
Today I’m going to share my living room and bedroom with you.

I recently discovered plaid, I mean I knew it existed, but I have ever used it in my home before. Then I found a fabulous plaid at Pottery Barn that has a touch of blue in it, so it mixes back with my #blueandwhite home beautifully. Now, I have a little obsession with plaid, OK, make that a BIG obsession with plaid! It was my inspiration for this years Christmas colour palette, I pulled the red and green from the plaid, and added it to my existing blue and white decor.

I’ve also added lots of metallic accents like mercury glass, silver and galvanised metal to give it some sparkle!

Lets start in my living area where you are welcomed with pops of red and lots of plaid which is perfect with my blue and white ticking sofa.

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My favourite thing is this room is the sweet pillow with embroidered and beaded details. The colour and art have a vintage vibe that I adore, and the map of the North Pole has been a great conversation starter with the kids.

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I also adore these gorgeous little sugared fruit decorations that I found at my supermarket for 80 cents each, proving that it doesn’t cost a fortune to decorate your home!

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Just off the living room and next to the kitchen is this little area that I have turned into a FROZEN hot chocolate bar. It’s summer in Australia and too hot for the traditional hot chocolate so we’ve put in our own spin on it. The kids absolutely love it and it’s getting quite the workout!

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Everyone has their own mug and we have a few spares for guests.

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I designed the artwork myself and my Dad brought it to life. It was a quick and easy activity and I love that it is personalised with our family name.
I bought the large frame from a local thrift store for a few dollars, the frame was originally a yellow pine wood, it only took me a few minutes to spray paint it white. My Dad has a giant printing machine so he printed my artwork to look like a blackboard, I’m sure you could get this done at your local printers. Then I added 2 small brass rings to the top of the frame to use the ribbon for hanging.

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And as for the frozen hot chocolate, here’s a couple I prepared earlier …

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Let’s go to my bedroom next where the backdrop of my blue walls really makes the red and plaid pop!

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I’ve paired it with all white bed linen to keep it from looking too dark, and added the Merry & Bright pillowslips for a festive touch.

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I popped some traditional Christmas flowers – amaryllis – on the bedsides in these gorgeous glass vases, I love the little bit of sparkle the mercury glass vase brings.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my colourful Christmas home tour!
I’ll be sharing more of my Christmas decor over the next few weeks on my Instagram here.

 Now, refresh your cup of tea or glass of wine, and pop over to all of Tuesdays and Wednesday’s home tours, they are listed below, seriously guys, there is so much inspiration in these gals homes and style, you don’t want to miss them!

Then tomorrow start with Pencil Shavings Studio and say hello to Rachel who loves blue and white nearly as much as I do. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us!

Tuesday, December 4
 
Wednesday, December 5
 
Thursday, December 6

 Happy Christmas Decorating!

Hayley x

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Gift Guide 2018 – For my Blue & White loving tribe!

I couldn’t let this opportunity slip by!

The chance to share all my favourite blue and white finds, some of them that you haven’t even seen before, just in time for Christmas shopping! That’s right, I’ve kept a few pieces in hiding until this blog post. I wanted to reveal all the goodies together to give you all an equal chance to nab your favourite pieces before they sell out, and they will sell out, because they are all AH-MAZ-ING!

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Blue and White ceramics have been around for 100’s of years, they are used in many different decorating styles these days from Chinoiserie to Hamptons, Coastal, Country, Nautical and more.

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I’ve also included some of the essential styling items that we all like to mix in with our B&W … things like rattan, silver, iron and white ceramics. They all compliment each other and are sometimes necessary to break up all the B&W.

I’ve also tried to include pieces that will work in all the different decorating styles so hopefully you can find something perfect for your home and your style.

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Australia has come a long way in the home decor market over the last last few years … finally! We have many more options available to us now, so I’m going to tell you exactly why I chose each of these pieces and what I love about them.

Scroll Pattern with gold trim Ginger Jar – These speciality ginger jars with gold trim are some of the most coveted pieces by B&W collectors. They are hard to find and sell out at lightening speed. Never fear, I’ve found the mother load! There is only 1 or 2 pieces of each design and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. This will be a treasured piece to hand down through the generations, good luck just choosing one!

Lotus Ginger Jar – I chose these ginger jars because they have a striking blue pattern that really demands attention and they are a great price for the size which makes it affordable when you want 2. I love to buy things in pairs, styling with pairs brings symmetry and symmetry makes my heart sing.

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Rattan Round Tray with Cloche – OK, lets be honest here, I have wanted one of these for ages. I don’t care if I never use it, it can sit in my home and look gorgeous. Rattan brings an instant country or coastal vibe to your home, especially when mixed with blue and white. It is classic, affordable and would make a lovely gift paired with some luxury food items.

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Rectangle Rattan Tray – A tray is such a versatile item. Use it to create a stylish coffee table vignette with a stack of books, a few B&W pieces in varying heights and a candle ….. Use it in the bathroom for your bath items, a beautiful orchid in a blue & white pot and a candle ….. Use it to carry your plates and cutlery from the kitchen to the dining table or use it to serve your loved ones breakfast in bed.

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Shibori Throw – I love the organic nature of this Shibori throw. If you don’t love floral prints, Shibori is another way to break up all the graphic prints and harsh lines. It brings movement to your space and a fabulous pop of colour.

Mohair blanket – Ummm, did you see this blanket? Mohair is made from pure angora goat wool, it is super soft and indulgent. This one is the most beautiful duck-egg blue and just oozes sophistication. Everyone deserves a little bit of luxury, right? This is one of those gifts that you would absolutely love to receive but is probably something you would never indulge in yourself, I think it’s those things that makes the best gifts!

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Stonewashed Linen quilt set – Y’all know how I feel about linen, completely obsessed! I chose this quilt cover set because it is plain white so it will mix back with any colour, including our beloved B&W, but what I really caught my eye was the sweet fringing around the edge. It’s the small details like this that really elevate a piece into something special.

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Melmaison ginger jars – I love something that is unique, the print on this jar is hand painted with the brands own signature print by Chinese artisans. You won’t see this pattern everywhere. Again, at under $100 per jar, they are well priced and perfect to style in pairs.

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Shiloh cushions – A classic trellis pattern evokes a chinoiserie vibe, but the gentle colour palette makes it beautiful for many more home style. I love creating a mix of cushions consisting of one graphic print, one floral or organic type print and one solid. This trellis ticks all the boxes for my graphic selection.

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Bailey cushions – I choose this one because I love the colours, the baby blue and navy blue has the ability to feel quite cold, but the pop of mustard on this cushion instantly warms it up.  I also love the strong embroidered pattern.

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Providence Urn – This piece is such a classic shape and is finished in a beautiful hand crackled finish. The natural white ceramic looks amazing with a group of blue and white pieces, it gives your eye somewhere to rest and brings a sense of timeless French style.

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Avery Stand – I love adding a little bit of vintage to every space, but it’s not always possible to find the right piece for each space. This iron stand is hand painted to appear aged and brings that same warmth and sense of history to your display. It is such a versatile piece, I love it styled with a plant or flowers, or you can use as a bowl/food stand and cloche for food as it is actually 2 pieces.

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Open Weave rectangular basket – Not just for fashion, a great bag like this one also makes a gorgeous styling prop. Fill it with books or magazines, or use it for your knitting, whatever you put in it will look stylish. Also, seagrass is a perfect warm compliment to B&W, particularly gorgeous in Coastal homes.

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Decorative Bell on Jute – Like that little cherry on the top of your ice-cream sundae, this little bell is a finishing touch that adds interest and personality. I adore it’s braided wool embellishment in our favourite colour palette.

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Whale Cushions – For the nautical and coastal homes, whale decor is a necessity, and this cushion is so chic. It is embroidered on a natural cotton with contrasting piping, the blue colour palette mixes perfectly with your B&W pieces.

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Wooden Boat – While we are talking coastal and nautical …. how fun is this wooden boat? It is a playful decor item, but the rustic wood makes it stylish rather than childish. I love adding a conversational piece like this to a space, and its B&W.

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Pink Leopard cushion – Sometimes you need a bright pop of colour to break up all the B&W. This pink cushion is so fabulous and would be ideal for a modern chinoiserie styled home.

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Cowrie Shell necklace – Shells go hand in hand with B&W in Coastal and Hamptons style homes. The tribal necklaces look beautiful on stands, on the wall or around the neck of a giant ginger jar.

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Squat Jar – What I really loved about this jar is the shape. It is a substantial size, but it is low, which makes it great for a coffee table or dining table because it doesn’t block the conversation, it’s also perfect for the kitchen bench as it fits under the overhead cupboards without looking crammed in.  I have been searching for a piece like this for ages!

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Mini Ginger Jars – Yes, Mini! We all love something that is miniature and these ginger jars are no exception. They are the perfect size to use in the kitchen for tea, coffee or sugar.

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Egg basket – This caught my eye as soon as I saw it, I can imagine it in a Country or Farmhouse kitchen full of fresh eggs and styled with some vintage B&W pieces handed down through the generations.

Melmaison teacups – Everyone loves a pretty tea cup and this is one of the prettiest ones I’ve found in ages. The delicate blue and white print is complimented by a shiny gold trim. It’s lovely to drink from and would make a lovely gift, especially when paired with some fancy tea.

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Spotty Bowls – Hello spots! Have I told you how much I love spots? They are playful and classic and I love these little bowls for ice-cream sundaes on a Sunday night.

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XL Silver Clock – This is such a statement piece! Silver always looks classy with B&W ginger jars and this clock is the perfect piece to style with a pair of ginger jars on a sideboard or entry table.

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Anchor Tote – Jute and anchors are classic coastal elements, this waterproofed bag is highly functional for a beach day, but it also looks just a fabulous in your home as part of the decor.

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B&W Decorations – Most definitely not just for Christmas, I think these will be sweet little additions to a bedside vignette or coffee table tray. Keep an eye on my Instagram, I’m sure you’ll see these pop up in my photos often.

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Chinoiserie Pet Bowl – Our fur babies are part of our family so why not let them have a bit of B&W too, this doggy bowl is absolutely gorgeous and will look equally fabulous in your home.

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Ready, Set … GO!

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Happy Blue & White shopping friends!

Hayley x

Disclosure : Some of these pieces were gifted, all of them were hand selected by me, all opinions are my own. Y’all know I don’t share things unless I love them, love the quality and love the brand.

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Gift Guide 2018 – The Little Ones

Buying presents for kids is so much fun, but if the children in your life are anything like mine the last thing they need is more plastic toys.

I’ve found some great gifts that the kids will love but that are also practical, pretty or useful.

Before I start, just a little bit of housekeeping for those of us that are not as tech savvy as the young ones.
If you click on a product I have shared in the COLOURED writing, it will take you directly to the website of that item.
No judgement here, I understand … you don’t know these things until you are told!

Lets start with some pretty pink presents.

The Little Faces Slippers are super sweet with their pom pom ears and embroidered face. They are lined with sherpa to keep your tootsies warm and have an anti-slip tread on the soles. They are available in 2 sizes to fit older kids and teenagers.

What girl wouldn’t go crazy for a Unicorn Hair Turban? My girls love hopping out of the shower or pool and popping on a hair turban. They are made from thirsty microfibre to soak up water fast, and how fun is that unicorn horn!

Is your little one heading off to sleepovers yet? A Cosmetic Bag is so handy for them so keep all their toiletries together when visiting Grandma or their friends houses. This one is made with an easy-wipe fabric that is machine washable, so functional but fabulously fun with those cute bunny faces.
Fill it with pretty bows and hairbands for a gorgeous girly gift.

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Meet Ratsy …..
She’s a little fashionista with her cute outfit and fluffy collar. She is as pretty as she is cuddly and would be adorable sitting on a bed or snuggled under the covers. Every kid needs a bedtime companion, I think Ratsy is perfect.

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If your kids are as grubby as my littlest 7 year old, a towel comes in handy for so many occasions. I keep one in my car for cleaning up spills, wrapping him in when he’s been jumping in puddles and keeping him warm when he is positive he doesn’t need a jacket then complains of being cold the minute we leave the house.
Oh, and apparently you can only take ‘cool’ towels to your friends houses for swimming, this Beach Pareo is a little lighter than a plush towel so it folds up smaller, but it is still super absorbent and soft. This one has a large anchor on it and passes the ‘cool’ test with my kids.

Again, the Cosmetic Bags, smaller for the boys as they don’t generally have as many bits and bobs as the girls. Orly uses this one for his toothbrush and toothpaste for sleepovers, but he also uses it for his goggles and swimming cap at school swimming. Fill it with sweets and tie it in a bow for a fun gift.

I found these light-weight slip-on Shoes that can be worn in the water or on the land. I got them for Orly to wear for boating or jet-skiing, but he has found them so comfy that he has been wearing them everywhere. I would definitely recommend them for any kids that don’t like shoes, Orly says it feel like he is just wearing socks.

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If your child has a puppy on their Christmas list … I’ve found the perfect one, he’s much more affordable, he doesn’t eat much and you’ll never need to pay an expensive vet bill.
George also looks very handsome sitting on a bed or shelf.

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Maybe they take after their mother, but something that my girls always love is a room makeover. Choose some pretty new bed linen and a few key decor accessories for a fresh new look.

I love this hand block printed Kantha with it’s pretty pink floral design. It’s perfect for any age from babies to teenagers, my 16 year old has it in her room and still loves it.

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My daughter loves this sweet Jewellery Box, she’s had hers for a few years now and uses it everyday for her jewellery and secret girls business. She loves the fact that it has a key so she can protect her secrets, and it plays the music of ‘Swan Lake’ when it is opened.

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I’m not sure whether the boys would be as excited by a bedroom make-over, but my son loves a soft and snuggly blanket or bedcover. He doesn’t really care what it looks like, but he’s quite particular about how it feels. His latest favourite is this padded Kantha in patchwork shades of blue. It is a great weight for Spring through to Autumn and is great to layer in Winter.

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Boy still love somewhere to keep their treasures, but since they are always on-the-go I chose a Little Red Wagon on wheels so they can take it with them. Orly loves his, he wheels it around from room to room with his favourite toys and it keeps all his stuff of the floor, everyone is happy.

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I hope you got some ideas for the little people in your life.
If I find anything else that is super cute and needs to be shared I will add it to this post, so check back before you start shopping.

Happy CHRISTMAS Shopping!

Hayley x

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Our Christmas Tree 2018

You know those cartoons you see of people putting their Christmas tree up and they are tied up in the string lights and cursing at the tangled mess?

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That was me, I am not a very patient or coordinated person, until last year when I got myself a Balsam hill pre-lit tree. It was like all my Christmas’ came at once, it was so easy to put up and the lighting was already done for me. It’s like a plug and play christmas tree!

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So, this year, I’ve gone bigger and better with a 210cm pre-lit Silverado tree and it’s the prettiest tree we’ve ever had. We have selected a stunning range of glass ornaments and sparkly decorations and I feel like our tree is sophisticated and absolutely beautiful.

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We love putting the Christmas tree up, the whole family gets involved. This year Orly was particularly excited to help with the decorating and he was so careful with the glass ornaments.

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I chose a colour palette of metallics with pops of blue (of course). My entire house has splashes of blue and I wanted to continue the palette with our tree. The metallic finish of these ornaments allows the tree lights to bounce around and make everything extra sparkly.

I already had the Silver and Gold Glass Ornament set.

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Silver & Gold Glass Ornament set

So, this year I added the Georgetown Ornament set which includes hand-painted glass ornaments in matte and metallic finishes. There is 35 beautiful ornaments in different shapes such as balls, teardrops, and finials, all in my favourite colours of navy, copper, and turquoise hues.

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Georgetown Ornament set

Both these sets compliment each other and looks amazing together on my tree!

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I also decided to add some tree picks this year. The Arctic Blue Champagne Glitter picks come in a set of 12. The textured petals and lashings of champagne gold glitter pick up the colours from the Georgetown ornaments and make such a big impact.

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I love how all the different shapes, textures and metallics are vibrant and interesting, while still working harmoniously together.

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No tree is complete without it’s crowning glory, a tree topper!
Do you have a star, an angel, or something else?

This year I went with the Double-sided Mirrored Star tree topper. It is designed like the Star of Bethlehem which adds a little bit of a traditional Christmas vibe to my tree. It is crafted with real mirrors and set in a gold frame, it commands attention and really does deserve to sit atop my gorgeous tree.

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The rich colours of my ornaments this year called for balance with a textural but sophisticated tree skirt. The Lodge Faux Fur tree skirt was the perfect fit, it is plush and luxurious.

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Lodge Faux Fur Tree Skirt

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Lastly, don’t overlook your wrapping. The gifts under the tree add to the overall presentation and are important. Choose a wrapping paper and ribbons or embellishments in a coordinating or complimentary colour to your tree and take care to wrap your gifts with love.
I got a few rolls of this elegant Gold Mesh Ribbon for my gift wrapping. I also tied a few bows on my tree with the ribbon.

We love our tree this year, in really is the prettiest one we’ve had.
Would you have a look at it all lit up at night time. It takes my breath away!

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The ornaments absolutely glow with the fairy lights. I would never have had the patience to string that many lights myself. The pre-lit tree is worth every single cent!

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While I have you, let me share my Christmas wreath because it is an absolute showstopper!
At a whopping 75cm in diameter and adorned with pine cones and mixed berries, it really looks incredible. It is the Bay Laurel wreath with Mixed Berries foliage.
Oh, and it is pre-lit too!

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So, that’s us this year, our tree was easy-as-pie to assemble, decorating with such beautiful ornaments was a pleasure and there was no cursing at all! In fact, I am currently sitting back with a hot cocoa listening to Christmas Carols, feeling very happy with myself, while Orly is reading a book by the tree with his little shadow Holly.

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Merry Christmas Y’all!

Hayley x

DISCLAIMER: I was gifted some of these items from Balsam Hill in return for a review. All opinions are my own. I would never put my recommendation or reputation behind a product I don’t truly love. Hx

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