Philosophie Choices for Los Angeles Healthy Restaurants

After living in LALA land for almost 10 years, I've discovered quite the enticing places to eat. I always love finding new spots to grab a bite, especially when the food is healthy & inspiring and the energy is positive.
Here are my top choices if I WERE visiting Los Angeles and wanted to grab a healthy snack or meal.

Santa Monica:

  • Euphoria Loves Rawvolution on Main Street in between Venice and Santa Monica, fun part of town, 2 blocks from the beach. They serve vegan and raw food, sell a few supplements and raw desserts to LIVE for!  I bring my laptop or a book here and cozy up on their couch. They have open mic nights and special events for the community. It's a very friendly environment, super casual and the staff are wonderful. 2301 Main Street, Santa Monica
  • Santa Monica Co-Opportunity this is a lovely place to go if you want to get snacks for a picnic or a smoothie after gallivanting at the beach. It looks like a grocery store, but ohhhh, it's so much more. You may not know that a supermarket can be cool, until you go here. Juice/Smoothie bar, best bulk variety items I've ever seen, and a whole refrigerated section dedicated to raw and vegan prepackaged foods. I'm here minimum 3 times a week! Corner of 16th and Broadway in Santa Monica.
  • Planet Raw (owned by raw chef Juliano) Couldn't leave this one out. To be honest, If I had the money, I would go nowhere else but here. It's super expensive but the MOST creative dishes in the raw food world. Friends/other planet raw frequenters complain of the service and staff, that they are snooty and give off a bad energy. "Planet Raw  is among the quintessential So Cal dining experiences-attempting to be causal with absurd prices and pretentious attitudes." from a past client.

HOWEVER, their food is OUT OF CONTROL. I highly recommended the Ariel Salad, which will give you your day's worth of greens and energy, and I crave it often.  I almost always get a Chocolate "milk" shake, which is beyond my comprehension in tastyness. This place has a great location, blocks from downtown Santa Monica but the energy is much calmer and you would never know it's inches from the famous 3rd St. Promenade. 609 Broadway, Santa Monica.

Silverlake/Hollywood:

  • Cru is a sit down restaurant, great for a nice dinner. You can bring your own wine for a small corkage fee. They have both cooked vegan dishes and raw vegan foods, and I have never had a bad eating experience! "Artfully weaving Italian, Japanese, Tunisian, Thai and Indian flavors into a fresh interpretation of life enhancing gourmet food, including desserts that even the most health conscious individual can indulge in guiltlessly." They also have uncooking classes here-which I will be teaching in June! Sundays 3-4:30p here's the link! 1521 Griffith Park Blvd, Silverlake.
  • Erewhon Natural Foods Market "Health Food Nirvana" is in West Hollywood. Similar to the experience of the Co-Op (see above) but a little more upscale. They have more of a selection (if it were possible) and the best part about this place is their tonic bar. You'll find super knowledgeable staff and drinks you won't find anywhere else.  Philosophie Green Dream and Cacao Magic superfoods are available to purchase here in their raw foods/superfood section!!! They have a great selection of raw living foods, vegan, specialty chef spices, local produce, macrobiotic diet and body ecology diet foods.  They also have great cheese, nut cheese and raw chocolate ingredients.  The bulk items are maybe 10% higher than whole foods for organics, but the selection is good. The tonics and vitamin selections are far superior to any juice bar I've ever visited in SF, NYC or London. They have tons of great events featuring organic gourmet chefs, raw foodists, and educational talks.  It is definitely more pricey than other "markets" so just be prepared. Don't come for a big shopping trip, come for an experience. 7660 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood
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  • Cafe Gratitude: I go here when I need a "spiritual uplift" as Woody Harrelson said about this Cafe. The menu has so many inspirational dishes that are deliciously healthy. For a raw/vegan entree, I'm a big fan of "I Am Terrific". The kelp noodles and the blend of basil, mint and cilantro really compliment the dish. For a cooked vegan dish, I highly recommend and love the "I am Whole"...a bowl made with quinoa, sea palm, kale, carrots, homemade kimchi, candied almonds. I think that's it. I get it every time I go there. It's just the perfect balance of flavors and it's filling and healthy. Apart from that I get a smoothie "I am Cool" with cocoa nibs and hemp cashew mint ice cream. mmm!!!It can get a bit crowded but go during non peak hours to enjoy.Larchmont/Hollywood: 639 N Larchmont Blvd, 90004 and a new location in Venice: 512 Rose Ave. Venice, CA 90291

 

Beverly Hills:

M Cafe features Macrobiotic Cuisine—balanced, nutritious, creative cooking which can be enjoyed by everyone, not just vegetarians or people with dietary restrictions. The chefs prepare each item fresh daily, using only the finest ingredients without any refined sugars, eggs, dairy, red meat or poultry. Easy items to grab and go, or sit and have a bite to eat in the center of Beverly Hills: 9433 Brighton Way.

Urth Cafe: For beautiful lattes, organic specialty salads and sandwiches, visit Urth Cafe. This is a good place to go with non-vegan friends because you'll be happy and so will they! Something for everyone. 267 South Beverly Drive.

Lemonade is a new discovery of mine. They have delicious salads to chose from, and the secret is to have them take one scoop from each salad choice so that you get more options. (you get 2 scoops for each salad) Another good place to go with non-vegan friends, sandwiches and fish/poultry dishes.. but everything is clean and healthy! Oh, and definitely try their house-made lemonade! Peach Ginger was my fave!  9001 Beverly Blvd. (also in Venice on Abbot Kinney: 1661 Abbot Kinney Boulevard  Venice, CA 90291)


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Sustainable Goods for ALL Kinds of Messes

As a family of five, we are no stranger to messes and honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way! Messes are a sign of life being well-lived. A messy home is a happy home. Yet, I do find grounding in having a home that is cleansed and refreshed. One of my big intentions for the new year is making this home the ultimate space of comfort + expansion but also help reduce our footprint as a family and produce less waste at home.


It’s not as difficult as it sounds! The goal is to make lots of little daily changes to be more eco-conscious and truly invest in goods and products with more intention. Not everything I have been given or bought in the past have all been sustainable, but in making the shift now to be more mindful of how I consume I can continue to make my home more sustainable! 


I’ve recently have fallen in love with the zero-waste company, Well Earth Goods and they’ve been HUGE in helping us slowly make the transition to a sustainable home while still maintaining a clean and comfortable space. 

Why zero waste and plastic-free? 

I don’t need to be the first to tell you that climate change is a real + scary. It’s so important now more than ever to be part of the solution and not the problem. I want a world that my children’s children can grow up in and experience the beauty of this planet. 


I love Well Earth Goods because of its mission to offer great plastic-free products and stir up a movement plus all their goods are gorgeous. 


Plastic pollution affects our lives every day and you may not even know it. Plastic is linked to cancers, can impact fertility and kills thousands of marine animals. It’s predicted that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean if we continue our plastic use. 


We can become part of the change by using more reusable products, shopping with reusable bags + totes, refusing bags + utensils if you order takeout, and buying more sustainable products in your home to clean up messes!


Well Earth Goods makes it SO easy to stock up your home with zero waste products and best of all, they’re super affordable (I also included my discount code below!). They have everything from personal care to kitchen goods, cleaning tools, and food storage. 

Here are some of the products I’ve been absolutely loving!

Wood Dish Brush and Copper Scour Pad - Both of these products fit the aesthetic of my home effortlessly, but also plastic-free. I love that the dish brush is also completely recyclable and compostable! 

Storage Produce Bags and Reusable Canvas Tote - The storage bags are so simple and help keep fresh produce for way longer (so needed in my home!). I love the style of the canvas tote, it’s so great for Farmers Markets! 

Wooden Toilet Brush - Love the natural look and is entirely non-plastic and compostable. 


I would love to hear your tips + tools for making a more eco-conscious home! Use the code “SOPHIE10” for 10% off and Well Earth Goods product!!

 

Transitioning to a Nontoxic Home in 2020

Last year, I manifested my dream home and you can read all about THAT journey on my blog and find the big reveal on my YouTube Channel. This year is all about creating the ultimate space of comfort, expansion, and inspiration in this gorgeous home but most importantly, making it clean and toxin-free. 


The task of moving to an entirely nontoxic home can seem daunting with countless hours of research but it doesn’t have to be. Not if you start small and work with the flow of your life in order to make the transition. Begin with prioritizing important areas to begin making the switch and our bodies is most definitely #1. 


Why nontoxic and clean goods?

As a mindful mama of 3, I care SO much about what goes on my littles’ bodies as well as my own. Clean, non-toxic beauty and skincare products enhance the natural makeup of our body and EMBRACE our natural beauty. 


Everything we interact with on a daily basis can contain toxins that have been shown to affect hormone imbalance, gut issues, and immune dysfunction - to name a few. While our bodies are designed to detox and remove harmful toxins (hello, sickness!) but too much exposure can outweigh our body’s capabilities especially if you’re stressed, tired, not getting the right nutrients and so on. 


That’s why we choose safe, nontoxic products wherever and whenever we can. 


I’ve partnered with typeA: Deodorant in helping to make the switch to clean, aluminum-free deodorant instead of antiperspirant and you can read more about the why behind this particular switch in this article.

Making the switch as a family

I’ve been using type:A Deodorant (they have 5 great scents + 1 unscented and recently released wipes too!) every day for 6 months now and the difference in my entire body is notable and I’m so in love. It’s aluminum-free and entirely non-toxic. It’s also sweat-activated meaning the more you sweat the harder it works to protect against odor. It feels so good and soft going on and I’ve been raving about it so much that Adi made the switch too! Eventually, we’ll get the kiddos + anyone else we love + connect with to make the switch! 


Products like this coupled with using our Liquid Sunshine Chlorophyll Drops at least once a day has made a HUGE difference in helping my internal body odor. I feel better, I smell better and my hubby does too!


Making positive changes like this is a beautiful way to head into the new year. I’m so excited that type:A has recently launched in Target and have continued their expansion in this way. Anyone can now easily purchase non-toxic and aluminum-free deodorants and begin making their own switch to a nontoxic home. I LOVE seeing the brands I’ve loved and supported for years making huge leaps like this and getting in front of many. This is how we make huge impacts on society. We start small. 


If you’d like to join me and try type:A for yourself, use my code “SOPHIE20” for 20% off! So excited for all the major transitions and growth levels we’ll reach in 2020!

Abundance Holiday Gift Guide

I’m so excited to share our ABUNDANCE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE that gives you a closer look at the love + deeper purposes behind our Philosophie products. Find a little something for everyone on your list that offers more intention and meaning in your gifts this holiday season.


A beautiful way to spread a little more love, intention and compassion this holiday season is to share what has been transformational and meaningful to your life. If you have friends and family that are ready to step into their life, transform their whole health, and elevate their well-being, then we want to help you find the PERFECT Philosophie goodie to gift them. 


Give the gifts that help spread love, wellness and ABUNDANCE this holiday season. 


For the BUSY MAMA//

Superfood Starter Pack to get her started on a lifetime of health and wellness and provide natural, sustaining energy for herself. Coconut Magic Coconut Butter for healthy fats and a snack on-the-go at any time of day!


Share some of your favorite smoothie recipes to the favorite mom in your life - all our superfood + protein blends instantly elevate any smoothie.


For the HEALTH NUT//

Raw, vegan Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend for their daily boost of greens and to sprinkle on everything!!


All our favorite savory dishes like soups, veggies and salads have a boost of Green Dream in them. 


For the MEN in your life//

Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend to add to his coffee and in a post-workout smoothie + Cacao Bee Honey to drizzle on errythang!

For the FOODIE//

Green Dream Savory Blend for all their magical kitchen creations and a go-to seasoning without any hassle. And, Liquid Sunshine Chlorophyll Drops to enjoy during and post-meals for a naturally cleansing reset.


For the FITNESS LOVER//

A Philosophie Reset Program to help set intentions, cultivate clean energy and support their fitness journey. And, our LV Fit + Philosophie bundle with a 12-week workout guide and + vegan protein powders to help support their health! Perfect for the start of a new year and new decade!!


For the BEAUTY BABE//

Chrysalis Detox Bath Soak, Chrysalis Healing Oils and Chrysalis Water which is skin medicine from the most therapeutic, moisturizing and anti-aging ingredients found in nature. 


And, Berry Bee Honey or Green Bee Honey for a DIY natural face mask + to eat!


For the SPIRITUAL ONE//

Sage Smudge Bundle for magic, ceremonial cleansing, and releasing + Sweet Grass for renewing energy and self-love.

These little magical gifts make the perfect present for a coworker, bestie, neighbor, yoga friend, or as a fantastic stocking stuffer!



Why Supplements? How I’m Restoring My Energy with Vitamin Support In Partnership with Paragon Vitamins

With the big move, taking on more work projects, hosting + participating in more events, traveling, caring for my three littles and so on, I felt SO depleted this past year. It also happened that as soon as we moved into our new home my little Noa really started walking and we stopped breastfeeding. All of this hit me hard and my life entered a period of high stress, which took a toll on my body. I tapped into my intuition and recognized that my body needed to slow down. All the energy I had was being used up in creating our new home, working, upleveling my business(es), being a mama, being a wife and a friend. It was a lot of energetic weight to carry which meant more time at home, lots of sleep, self-care non-negotiables and softness in order to balance it all out and ease the stress. 


Because I took the time to prioritize my healing, I’ve been able to tell that my body is ready to get back into my rhythm. To help support my journey in getting back on my fitness routine I’m using supplements and my go-to energy restoration tricks! 


I’ve partnered with Paragon Vitamins to help personalize my journey to restore my energy + stamina which are SUPER important to my lifestyle and how I feel strong in MY body. I had a chat with scientist and Paragon's co-founder, Sam Bock on how to integrate a personal vitamin regiment into my daily routine to help support my current wellness goals. We had an amazing chat on the importance of restoring balance, which you know is HUGE for me and is at the core of Philosophie and what we do here. According to Sam, there is no “perfect” diet (AMEN!) because each person’s biochemistry is different according to their makeup and the way they live, so everyone requires a different combination of nutrients to bring their body back to perfect balance. 


If you’ve been following along my journey with Paragon Vitamins then you know a few weeks back I sent in a small sample of my hair to get tested so I could get a detailed health report and personalized vitamin regimen that is custom based on what my body needs. Sam walked me through the results of my test and let me know that while I am super healthy I could use the vitamin support to help build and restore my energy + hormone levels (hello, 3 kids!). If you’re balanced + fueled internally, your body will be able to energy, detox and heal itself the way it is made to do. 

Why supplements?

As much as we want to believe our bodies can get everything they need from food and food alone, it’s just not true. From stress to toxins and EVERYTHING ELSE, your body goes through strain and we need to find more ways to help support it. I’m all about the magic of superfoods + supplements and making it a priority to incorporate them into my daily life. Finding ways to transform a simple smoothie or a leafy green salad into a high-vibe, potent meal is what I’m all about. It's what keeps me energized and balanced as I try to conquer a million things throughout my day.


Any time I can get an extra boost from a wonderful new supplement I jump on it. I love how they can go hand in hand for a perfect addition to the rest of my holistic lifestyle. I am pretty picky about the quality of Vitamins and was thrilled when I saw my results from Paragon Vitamins and the new regimen they recommend.


My vitamin breakdown

Paragon Vitamins creates a comprehensive and detailed personalized wellness guide AND formulates the purest bio-available combination of nutrients for your body’s recommendation. My DHEA was super low (a hormone produced by your body's adrenal glands) as well as my Boron levels (which help create estrogen) because of how active I’ve been in my everyday life and the stress my body had taken on. I was surprised to see that while I get a good amount of fish, my mercury levels were low. My salt levels were “perfect” because of how much good salt I add to everything (thank you, Green Dream Savory Blend!) but my potassium was low. You need potassium and sodium to work together to build electricity. Our bodies run off electricity too, just like everything else! 


I took a more mid-level regimen (their Optimized plan but tailored to my health needs) which includes: potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, vitamin C and vitamin E all to help circulate higher levels of nutrients to enhance healing + recover and build physical + mental performance. I’m also adding their Pro Sport pack to help provide fuel for stronger workouts with more energy. I’m hoping to get in two strong workouts a week. Just what mama needs! 


If I took away one thing from this entire process is that you NEED to listen to your body. Your body and energy levels go through major waves. You’re not supposed to be ON all the time. Even Olympic athletes take breaks throughout the year! Yoga and the working out I’ve done in my life has done me well that I benefited from a bit of a break when I needed it most. I’m so excited to challenge myself in this way now and can’t wait to see how I’ll feel in a month or so with the support of my Paragon Vitamins!

 

 

Use my code “jaffe50” for 50% off your hair test kit! Share your results with me and tag me on Instagram using #ParagonVitamins or #PhilosophieLove!

Conscious Gift Ideas for Kids

As a mindful parent, the holiday season can be especially tough to stay present with your kiddos and show them how to live with intention because all there is are GIFTS. From letters to Santa, sales, shopping lists, ads and so much more - gifts are on the mind! 


Here’s the secret, mama - you can still celebrate the holiday season and give your kiddos the best they deserve without filling their minds with junk! When you shop with the intention you’re more likely to get a gift that enriches your child’s mind, encourages growth and truthfully, lasts way longer! 


My go-to are games and toys that challenge their creativity and thinking or from a small business. Here is my list of CONSCIOUS GIFT IDEAS for the kiddos in your life!


*click on the products to shop directly 

 

Books!!! - you really can’t go wrong with a good book. Buy them your favorite from when you were a kid or a new one you’ve never heard of to read with them. Here are some of the best children's books of 2019: Hello, World Series by Ashley Evanson, I Am Series by Susan Verde + Peter Reynold, What Do You Do With A...Series by Kobi Yamada, and This Little Collection


Wiwiurka Play Gyms - we have two of them for Noa to climb around and play one; great for inside or outside and look beautiful! (use the code “SOPHIEJAFFE15” for 15% off)

Melissa and Doug Fold & Go Dollhouse - is it really a childhood without a dollhouse? I love the look of this dollhouse + the fact that it’s portable! 

Hape Wooden Toys - both Noa and the boys have a TON of these; great for multiple ages and a wide variety to choose from


Mancala - you really can’t go wrong with this one and you can get one almost anywhere; most come in a beautiful wooden case and flat marbles 

Wooden Abacus Toy - you’ve probably have seen this at your local dentist office but it’s such a great toy to have in your home and also is a great education tool


Lovevery Toy Subscription - we’ve had this subscription since Noa was born and have received developmental toys at every stage of her growth; she loves them and I feel so great playing with them with her. Read more in this blog post!

Why and Whale - the cutest figurines and block toys! You can buy boxes based on ages or books, puzzles, games, arts & crafts, dress up, playsets, plush toys and more! Obsessed.


I’ll continue to update as more come to mind!!


What are some of your favorite toys and gifts for kids? Share in the comments below or connect with me on Facebook!

The BIG REVEAL of My New Home

Earlier this year I put up a post on the blog on how I’m manifesting my dream home, speaking it into the universe. And if you follow me on social + simply by reading the title of this post you know - IT HAPPENED. 


This home has been so much more than I could have ever imagined. I’m so honored to be able to share the first BIG REVEAL of our home and all the moving parts that have been a part of this process. My intention for this post is to inspire you and motivate you to continue going after your wildest dreams. Say them out loud. Keep doing the work. Keep showing up. It can happen!! We are so excited to continue making this house into a home that our family will grow + evolve in. Hardcore manifesting works, my loves, AND a whole lot of hard work, grit and passion. 


And with that...here we go!



From renting to owning 

The entire move itself was a whirlwind and if I didn’t have an amazing group of humans supporting me every step of the way I know it wouldn’t be in the current place it is now. Not only was our last place a rental, but it was also very separated so moving from a smaller, rented loft-style home to a casita-style home like this presented its own challenge. It also created a beautiful canvas that fueled so many visions and magical creations. 


I worked with amazing creators, women-founded small businesses and truly fantastic brands to bring this all together. I’m so honored + humbled to be able to share this with this community I call family. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below!


First this first, in order to bring this home truly to life from start to finish I brought on my love, Dany from Spatial Soulutions who deeply knows my family + my needs, and also has the ability to take you from liking your space to really falling in love with it. Dany creates cohesive spaces that elevate your lifestyle. Through her collaborative process, she helps bring beauty, functionality, and thoughtful styling to your environment. As a holistic stylist, Dany knows how to see and feel out the space in order to refine it and elevate it.


Because of the size of this project, we also brought in Elsa from Composed Living to help us create the space of my dreams. Elsa is a GEM of a human who worked with Dany to streamline spaces in our home. I also got a TON of support and ideas from my friend and designer, Aisling of ALM Curation Studio. She helped put Noa’s nursery together in both our old place and this home - It was really nice to get consultation from an expert who knew my tastes so well.


Main living areas

The second you walk in I wanted to immediately evoke a feeling of openness + welcoming. We used many of the larger furniture pieces from our old home in new, reimagined ways in this home like the entry table which is now a place for our most used everyday items. This works so effortlessly for my family of 5 and all our friends + family that come to visit on a daily basis. 


My largest investment for this home was our two Southern Loom rugs (use the code “ruglove”) that completely upleveled this home. They’re absolutely stunning and entirely transformed the look and energy of our home. Throughout the main living areas, we mixed texture and elements keeping it effortless and allowing it to change and transform to our needs. 

My obsession with Rove Concepts (use the code “SOPHIE20” for 20% off) has traveled with us from home to home. We kept our blue velvet sectional and repurposed it in our “formal” living room and also got a new gorgeous white sectional, as well as a dining table and dining chairs. We also got two perfect rugs from Ruggable - one for the dining room and one for the playroom. We discovered that you can wash the top layer in the washing machine which is a game changer for my family and helping to maintain our home. The living room to dining area to kitchen follows the same flow as our last home which works well for me whether it’s moving from family time in the living room, to work at the dining table with my Philosophie team, or cooking in the kitchen. 


As mentioned, this home follows a casita layout in which everything leads to the backyard and to the communal areas. I’m so in love with this and the concept of integration. In the future, I’d love to create one large window that leads directly to the backyard. 

Kitchen

This was the first room that felt fully finished and the one that took the longest! From creating recipes for Philosophie, feeding the family and hosting guests this room is so important to my way of doing life. 


I worked closely with Blisshaus to help bring my organization to another LEVEL. They created beautiful labeled jars (she even made Philosophie ones for each blend!). Sustainability is a major focus in this home and bringing in products like Blisshaus that look just as beautiful as they are sustainable is perfection. We also got a gorgeous collection of plates, bowls and mugs from Rwood Studio Pottery. We can’t stop using them! 


I worked with mDesign to bring functional pieces to my pantry and kitchen tools. Brands like these helped us to maximize storage whenever possible and were so important to a smooth transition into a home. It isn’t just about the organization. It is SO much more than that. It is about cultivating a more intentional way of life (bulk bags, recipe cards, customized glass jars with labels) are amazing for anyone who wants to change the way the cook AND shop for food.

This stage of “home creating, integrating and styling”

At this current stage, there’s still a lot of moving pieces and I know it’s not completely in the place I’ve envisioned but it’s close and it’s beautiful. In moving to a larger home and doubling the payment of our mortgage I didn’t want to invest in all-new pieces, so the items that I did choose were carefully chosen and brands I’ve known for a long time I wanted to work with. 


For anyone moving, you DON’T need to invest in all new furniture. Reuse items in your new home. Create options for change and fluidity. So many of the items we used are things we’ve had for YEARS that have just been repurposed so it feels new again. 


At this stage, we’re still moving things every day to find their perfect spot and see what works best for my + my family’s needs. We’re focused on creating an experience in each room. In each room I’m asking, what experience do I envision happening? What emotions do I want to create? 

All of my FAVS

Rove Concepts (white sectional, dining room table + chairs, various rugs throughout our home)

The Southern Loom (runner and living room rugs)

Framebridge (user-friendly way to get the art you love framed)

Kardiel Modern (white couch in the “formal” living room)

mDesign (for all things organization)

Blisshaus (gorgeous glass jars + kitchen/pantry magic)

Bloomscape (plants everywhere)

Black Sheep Goods (gorgeous woven tapestry, all handmade)

Saffron + Poe (kitchen stools)

Blinds Galore and Everhem Shades 

Yamazaki Home (maximize storage + functional pieces)


Stay tuned for ROUND TWO! Let me know what you love, if you have any questions and what you want to see in the comments below. Thank you for allowing me to share this with you!!

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