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March 23, 2018

LUK BEAUTIFOOD It’s a Glam Thing Award Winner

LUK BEAUTIFOOD is our  favorite cosmetics pick that comes to us all the way from Australia!

LukBeautifood It's a Glam Thing Beauty's Best 2018 Winner!

Luk Beautifood It’s a Glam Thing Beauty’s Best 2018 Winner!

LUK BEAUTIFOOD LIP NOURISH is a super sheer line of lipsticks that not only looks good on any skin tone, but is also 100% natural, cruelty and toxin-free; and made from foods that you eat for beautiful skin.

It glides on easily with a soft, soothing texture and comes in 12 beautiful, subtle shades. They’re perfect for everyday wear and a great transition from lip balm to lipstick.

Now the recipe for this line includes ingredients like cold-pressed avocado oil, sesame seed oil, Cocoa bean butter and natural Vitamin E. So it actually feeds your lips with nutrients, anti-inflammatories and antioxidants from the outside
in. And, to top it all off, we love the velvet touch, magnetic stick packaging!

So this IAGT Beauty’s Best Spring 2018 award goes to LUK Beautifood Lip Nourish, available at

Beauty's Best 2018 Spring award

LUK Beautifood




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March 23, 2018



Shopping enthusiasts who are flying out of Stewart International Airport can soon shop stress free at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets prior to boarding their planes, thanks to an agreement between the Outlets and the Shortline/Coach USA bus company.

Woodbury Commons shopping

Starting April 26, travelers can hop on a Stewart Airport Express shuttle from Woodbury Common in time to catch their flight. Shuttles are timed for passengers to arrive at Stewart airport three hours before take-off. Details are available at

Shoppers coming to Woodbury Common from New York City and flying out of Stewart can buy a ticket, which includes a pass for the shuttle, a free Savings Passport coupon book and transport from Port Authority in New York City to Woodbury Common, valued at $30.

Shortline/Coach USA bus company will offer two shuttles daily from Woodbury Common to Stewart International Airport. The shuttles will depart Woodbury Common at 4:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. daily, arriving at Stewart airport half-an-hour later.

“Travel can be stressful, but don’t let that keep you from taking advantage of the great value and savings we offer for the most sought after, high-end fashion and designer retail brands in the world,” said Roland Figueredo, Director of Marketing & Business Development at Woodbury Common. “We work hard to accommodate the needs of our shoppers, and this service will provide a seamless experience.”

The service coincides with the start of twice-daily same-day flights between Dublin, Ireland, and Stewart International Airport to accommodate customers who want to shop at Woodbury Common. The flights will leave Dublin in the morning and arrive at Stewart airport seven hours later.

Shoppers among the visitors can buy a package for a shuttle bus that will bring them to Woodbury Common for the day and transfer them back in time for their flight back home. Adult tickets from Stewart to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets and back are valued at $20. Details are available at

For the convenience of shoppers, lockers are available at the Welcome Center at Woodbury Common for storing shopping bags or small items. Large luggage can be held for shoppers at Guest Services in Market Hall.

In addition, complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Market Hall has charging stations where shoppers can charge their smart phones and other electronic devices.

About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit

About Simon Premium Outlets®

The global Simon Premium Outlets portfolio offers exceptional brands at extraordinary savings through a diverse mix of luxury, designer and popular retailers representing the best in fashion, family and home. Our 91 Simon Premium Outlets in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico and South Korea are some of the most iconic and productive shopping destinations for residents and travelers including Woodbury Common (New York City), Orlando, Desert Hills (Palm Springs), Las Vegas and Wrentham Village Premium Outlets (Boston). For more information visit or follow Premium Outlets on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

About Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

Conveniently accessed from New York City via the New York State Thruway at Exit 16, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets features 240 stores including Adidas, Celine, Nike, Bottega Veneta, Michael Kors, Burberry, Kate Spade New York, The North Face, and more, all at a savings of 25 percent to 65 percent every day. Market Hall offers a variety of dining opportunities including Chipotle, Pret A Manger, Pinkberry and more.  To learn more, visit



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March 22, 2018

Judith August Cosmetic Solutions The Best Pink Beauty Blush

Judith August Cosmetics The Best Pink Beauty Blush is a  blend of soft powder pressed into a delicate mosaic rose pattern. It is so pretty!

Judith August Cosmetics Color Lift Blush

Judith August Cosmetics Color Lift Blush

There is no way to get around the fact that when our skin looks tired, we look older. With its luminescence particles and pink undertones, this beauty blush creates an optical illusion, making the face look lifted and brighter.  Just like nature intended.

Brighten ~ Lift ~ Illuminate

Because Color Lift Blush contains various colors with a pink undertone, here is a general breakdown on which shades flatter which skin tone:

color lift blush


FAIR/LIGHT:  Pale or baby pink look pretty on very light skin tones. Try our Color Lift Beauty Blush in Soft Pink

LIGHT/MEDIUM:  Soft berry colors are best .  Our Color Lift Beauty Blush in Berry Pink does the trick.

MEDIUM/TAN:   Peach or coral with a pink undertone is very flattering and a bronze with a pink undertone  is a good choice.  Color Lift  Beauty Blush in Peachy Pink is a great blend of colors

DARK:  Deep rose or bronze with a deep pink undertone look beautiful on dark skin. Try The Deep Pink shade.

Color Lift Berry Pink




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March 22, 2018

Spring Travel Tips from Ariana Pierce

Spring is officially here, which means travel season is too! Travel and Lifestyle Expert, Author and Entrepreneur, Ariana Pierce is sharing 5 travel tips and essentials you need before taking off on your next trip.

 Ariana Pierce

Ariana Pierce

Here are five travel tips and essentials from Pierce to make the next travel experience an incredible one.

  • Keep it all together. Take a stylish Passport cover with you. It can hold a passport, money, license, business cards, baggage claim ticket and more. It fits perfectly into any size bag for easy travel and comes in vibrant colors and designs, just perfect for any fashionable world-traveler.
  • Stay near, not in, main attractions. Popular travel destinations usually mean a bigger budget but you can save while still hitting the hot spots. Stay in a neighboring location that’s a little less popular, and then head over to the main attraction for the day. Avoid high costs while still soaking in your dream destination.
  • Dream of world exploration. Use your Travelpreneur Affirmation Cards to help manifest your dream destinations and adventures. Each card comes with an area to paste pictures of the dream vacation as well as an affirmation created by Pierce, which she used over the years to manifest many dream trips of her own.
  • Travel with friends. One of her favorite travel hacks and money savers, Pierce suggests traveling with friends. The trip become a lot of fun and everything becomes so more affordable when splitting the bills. Share a room, split meals, and get great group discounts to spread your money a little further.
  • Keep a stylish travel log. Jot down adventures, aspirations, and desires in the Around the World in Style: The Travel Journal. This beautiful journal will let you pen your travel memories in style, scrapbook pages of your travels, and visualize your next dream destination.

If your dreaming of becoming a globetrotter and experiencing somewhere new, get travel help from Ariana to make all of those travel aspirations a reality.

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ABOUT ARIANA: Living her dream life since her late teens, Ariana is a relatable, inspirational role model who has created her incredible entrepreneurial story of inspirational lifestyle products, blogs and events. She leads six hugely successful businesses including the well-known nail polish company,, thriving online accessories company,, and a busy publishing business. Pierce motivates thousands to grow their businesses, change up their lifestyles, and create incredible futures with her lively, straightforward and actionable recommendations.


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March 21, 2018

High Anxiety: 5 Things that Set Us Off and What to Do

Anxiety is defined as a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. It’s future thinking in a negative way. While it’s normal to have concerns from time to time, chronic anxiety leads to loss of appetite, insomnia, compromised immunity and other diseases. Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, Teaching Faculty Member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, shares 5 common anxiety triggers and offers insights and tips for what we can do to get back into ease.

  1. Retirement

Once people hit 40, they feel as if the years are going quicker and the money is running out. They panic. They look at the math and it simply doesn’t add up to a life of abundance. They’re plagued with thoughts of an unknown future with medical expenses, costs for housing, food, and with every item added to the list, they get more and more anxious. “Some people go into denial because they feel such an intense of fear. While it’s normal to want to shift your thinking, avoidance only leads to more anxiety,” explains Dr. Hafeez. She suggests settling the mind with information and action. “The more you know about your retirement goals and create a plan of action, the more you can include other family members, shift finances and get clarity on what’s real. Information combined with action will give a sense of control.”

  1. Job Loss

Years ago, people would rebound faster from job loss. Within a month they would find another job often at a higher salary. Saving a bit of money as an “emergency fund” to keep up with expenses should there be a job loss was also a possibility. Times are very different now. These days people lose their job and it creates a complete upheaval in their lives. Finances are depleted and it could take months before getting another job and at times, people accept less money just to have a salary. “I have patients with good careers anxious that there will be a cut back and they’ll be let go without any idea what to do next. This scarcity mindset leads to anxiety. I always remind them to explore other income generating options of interest to them currently so they don’t feel as if their well-being is solely determined by their employer. Anxiety is rooted in fear and this fear is quite common, unfortunately,” says Dr. Hafeez.

  1. Health

When you’re anxious about your health, it dominates your mind. “The worst part about health-related anxiety is that it makes you feel worse and prolongs any kind of recovery,” warns Dr. Hafeez. A lot of people make the mistake of researching different conditions online and self-diagnose. They get overwhelmed with all the possibilities of what may be. “The best thing to do is take control of your health by staying current with doctor visits, exercise, eat healthily and focus your attention on optimal health,” she advises.

  1. Divorce

Marital strife is a common cause for anxiety. “It’s very common for people who are going through divorce to lose weight due to anxiety and stress. Night anxiety is also common which is when you can fall asleep, but then suddenly awaken out of a sound sleep feeling sad, panicked, unable to go back to sleep,” Dr. Hafeez says. “When anxiety interferes with one’s ability to eat and sleep, consulting with a therapist can be helpful. Divorce is a major life event that radically changes one’s life. Depression and anxiety are common,” she adds.   

  1. Terrorism and other acts of violence.

We live in a very different world today. Unfortunately, every time we board an airplane, enter a shopping mall, go to a concert, the movies or send our kids to school, we get anxious. Terrorism is intended to make people fearful and anxious. What can we do? “Again, anxiety is triggered by a loss of control. It’s rooted in a feeling of possible danger without warning. So be vigilant. Observe your surroundings. Report anything that seems suspicious. Put an emergency plan in place with family and loved ones. When triggered by anxiety ask, what do I need to know here? What can I control in this situation? Then do what you must to feel better and prepared,” recommends Dr. Hafeez.

The common thread here is to first acknowledge the feeling of anxiety, then assess the source of it, then access information and make an action plan to make you feel more in control.

About the Doctor:

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. 

Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz.

Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind or 

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March 21, 2018

How to plan a unique wedding celebration

Your wedding day should be a special celebration of the love that you share with your partner. No two relationships are the same, so why should your wedding blend into the background? If you would like your big day to stand out for all the right reasons, you will need to pay close attention to the following five tips.

Select an interesting location

One of the most important steps is to select an interesting location to use for your unique wedding celebration. Instead of following the crowd, why not use this an opportunity to think outside the box? Perhaps you could host your wedding in an exotic location. Or, maybe you could enjoy the ceremony outdoors. This is a brilliant way for you to get your guests excited and to ensure your wedding is a memorable experience.  

Think about your dress code

You should also endeavor to select a memorable dress code for your celebration. One option is to have all of your guests wear the same color. Or, you could do the exact opposite and encourage everyone to wear the brightest garments they can find. Depending on what you decide, it might be a good idea to include hints and tips on your invites. This will reassure you that everyone is on the same page.

Get creative with your decorations

Another important step is to get creative with your choice of decorations. Why not have a go at making a few of them yourself? This is an especially good idea if you are skilled at arts and crafts. Although you will want to have a few personal touches at your wedding, you will also be required to make plenty of purchases. When it comes to finding the right suppliers, you need to prioritize quality. Luckily, you can get all of the essentials online. For instance, if you are looking for beautiful and unique flower arrangements, you can visit  

Find exciting entertainment

You should also go online when the time comes to find exciting entertainment for your celebration. Why not use social media to explore your options? You are sure to find a wide range of performers on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. During your search, you need to remember that you are the one in driver’s seat. It is up to you whether your wedding has a caricaturist, a fire breather, or a whole host of singing servers. Don’t be swayed by your nearest and dearest; select an entertainment option that works for you.

Organize unusual refreshments

Last but not least, you should organize unusual refreshments. This is an excellent idea if either you or your special someone is a lover of food. Of course you will need to provide options that every one of your guests will enjoy. However, you shouldn’t be afraid to have at least a couple of exciting surprises thrown in. You should also steer clear of being overly formal in your approach, as there is no shame in trusting your gut and simply choosing the dish that tastes the best.


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March 21, 2018

Not Your Momma’s Hair Mousse

20-Year Stylist and Natural Curl Guru with Tips on Mastering Mousse

Styling mousse first came on the scene back in the 80’s when big hair was the thing. Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston were the ladies who set the hair trends back then. I’m sure if you see pictures of your mom from the 80’s, you will see the waterfall bangs and curls that were teased, fried and crunchy. It was a cool look then. It’s not cool now. Hair styles and the products we use have changed over the decades.

Maya Smith, International Master of Natural Curls and founder of The Doux®, a haircare line she created specifically for naturally curly hair, has seen the evolution of mousse from the very beginning to now. We caught up with Maya and scored some amazing tips and insights to help you know which ingredients to look for and how to best use mousse to maximize your modern style.

Q: First to get things clear, what is the purpose of mousse? How has it changed from when you first saw it back in the day? What is the main difference from the mousse we see today and those from the 80’s and 90’s? Were they intended for different kinds of styles, textures?

A: When I started in the industry, the 90’s hair was in full effect. Naturally curly girls used mousse to create the Hillary Banks (Fresh Prince of Bel Air) “wet” look. For volume a diffuser was used to get hair to stand up at the roots. The visual results were awesome, but if you tried to re-style your hair once it dried, you were in big trouble! While it was used on curly weaves, extensions, and wigs, mousse wasn’t even an option for girls with super-tight curls or kinky textures. These days, mousse is still used to achieve great definition and shine, but less emphasis is placed on how high your hair stands up, or how stiff the overall look is. It’s much more about softness and movement.

Q: What are some ingredients to look for? What’s good and what should be avoided?

A: Always be sure to look at the ingredients when shopping for products because this can make a big difference. Ingredients such as sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), Isopropyl, and Prolyene have been found to cause breakage and dry out your hair. The best way to achieve healthy hair is to have that balance between protein and moisture.

Q: What causes that crunch and what were some of the problems with the mousse options available that inspired you to create your own? Can mousse be combined with other products? What are the benefits of combining products and steps?

A: It’s common for mousse to be combined with gel or cream because most mousses on the market contain alcohol to make the hair dry faster. They are also polymer rich, which creates a sticky coating on the hair, much like a hairspray. This can leave hair feeling dry and stiff. We formulated our Mousse Def as an all-in-one solution for this problem. It creates the shine and definition of a mousse, yet leaves hair soft and touchable with no flaking.

Q: How does mousse compare to gels and balms? Are gels a thing of the past? Can a balm be used in place of a mousse?  

A: Mousse and gels are water-based products that contain polymers and holding agents that “stiffen” on the hair shaft in order to hold the hair in place. On the other hand, balms, pomades, and control pastes are what we call emulsions, are a mix of oils and water. The Doux’s Bonita Afro Balm is an emulsion developed for moisture and softness that also contains a small amount of polymer for a softer, more flexible hold.

Q: Finally, are Salon or Professional brands worth the money? Do they contain better ingredients?

A: Yes. Products that were formulated for salon use typically contain a higher quality of ingredients. They also contain less water and fillers, so you’re getting a more concentrated product with longer-standing results.

Q: What other advice can you offer to girls with natural curls who want to mix up their hair styles?

A: Try something new. Gone are the days when heavy pomades and gels were your only styling options. Girls who have natural curls deserve to enjoy lighter products that are easy to apply, and create bounce and movement. Maximizing your natural God given hair is what’s popular now.

About Maya Smith

Maya Smith is an International Master Stylist and Founder of The Doux Salon and haircare line now available in Target. With over two decades of styling experience Maya dedicated two decades to cracking the code on curl care, maintenance and expert styling. When it comes to caring for one’s natural hair and styling it, according to NaturallyCurly, Maya is among the best there is.

While still in high school, Maya got her hair cutting license and graduated from beauty school. Soon after graduating high school, Maya began following her passion and worked as an assistant for celebrity stylist Tracy Johnson. She learned from Johnson and progressed as a hair stylist for celebrities and entertainers. Years later the military wife would relocate to Germany, where Maya opened up her first salon The HoneyComb, a mecca for textured hair care for women from all over Europe, The UK, and as far as Africa. Maya’s unique system of textured hair styling sparked the development of The DOUX® haircare products, first launched overseas, and distributed throughout Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands.

Currently, Maya leads a carefully selected team of stylists at The DOUX® Salon in Macon, Georgia and celebrated the arrival of The DOUX® in select Target stores nationwide. Maya Smith, wife, mom of 5 and savvy business woman is an example not just for women of color but for all women who believe their gifts can impact the world, striving for entrepreneurial endeavors with grace, ease and hustle.


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March 21, 2018

Best Gifts To Give A Couple In 2018

Did your friend start off the year by finally walking down the aisle with her college sweetheart whom you all love and adore? Like it is customary for any friendship, lots and lots of gifts should be flying around. You should ensure that you offer them a gift that they will hold dear for a very long time, if not for the rest of their lives. Find the perfect gift is no easy job and this can even give you unnecessary pressure. If you put some thought into it, you will find that it is the simple things that will impress them; the ones that are more thoughtful than the extravagant gifts budget. Here are a few examples that might work:

Bedding Set

At the end of each night, all the quarrels and struggles of the day have to be put aside as the couples cuddle up to each other. Bedding set from can make this moment even more special for the couple. A good bedding set will offer the couple the much-needed comfort during their time of rest. It is also a thoughtful gift which will offer both physiological and psychological benefits to the couple. A great bedding set offers an assortment of products including a duvet cover, fitted sheets, and pillow shams.

Dual Shower

Most couples use shower time as their own private time to rejuvenate their mind, body, and spirit. This is a time for them to escape from the world as they reconnect in each other’s arms after a day of hard work. However, the regular shower can rarely accommodate two people well. Gifting them with the double-shower head will give them enough space to shower together peacefully.

Picnic Set

The main idea behind your gift should be to give the couple a tool that will help them to spend time together. Giving them a cool picnic hamper is a good way to ensure that they take advantage of the beautiful outdoor surroundings to enjoy and celebrate their love. Going out for a picnic will be as simple as picking up the hamper and going. Each and every piece of cutlery and other accessories that you may need are well-organized in their respective compartments.

Smart Frame

Marriage, and life in general is all about living to the fullest and making memories as you go. The best way to capture these memories and have them with you is by taking pictures and framing them. Giving your favorite couple a smart picture frame is a very thoughtful idea. They can capture the good times from their marriage and relive every single moment of it. They can also use a frame to document the growth of their kids from their early years through to their teenage years and subsequently, adulthood. It is also a very effective way of managing photos since you require only one frame.


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March 21, 2018

The Benefits of a Night Moisturizing Cream

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A night cream can be one of the best choices when it comes to long-term potential. The cream can come with impressive overall benefits which can vary from better hydration to reduced wrinkles. This is why it is important to know that you can see great results when it comes to better overall skin.  If you want to check out the best all natural night cream you can click here.

Improved hydration

The hydration improvement benefit is great with the night cream. Since they get to act for such a long period of time, they will completely absorb into your skin and they thus represent a great solution for better texture and improved results when it comes to a healthier skin. Better hydration also means that you will get to avoid dry spots as well.

Reduced wrinkles

One of the visible effects of night creams comes with wrinkle-reduction. This is why it is important to know that a cream which acts during the night can be a great solution for fine lines and deeper wrinkles. While the final results differ from case to case, you can still see improvements in this area with the right cream. With fewer wrinkles, your skin will look better but it will also enjoy a better hydration level.

Improved natural look

When it comes to the natural glow of the skin, there are many steps you can take but in many cases, you will need to look for the solutions which allow you a great result when it comes to the natural look which is the hardest to maintain in some cases. This is why you need to look for the creams which allow you a great overall result in terms of helping the cell replenishment process of the skin.

Fight aging effects

Aging can be one of the most pressing problems for the skin. It comes to signal you that you will need a minimum care routine to minimize its effects. Cream which fight oxidative stress and which are made with antioxidants are thus a great recommendation. But fighting the effects of aging can also be done with fewer wrinkles and a skin which is properly hydrated and which looks natural. This can be achieved with a night cream within weeks to a certain degree. For the best results, it is also recommended to limit vices such as smoking which have a direct effect on the way your skin looks and feels on the long-term.

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March 21, 2018

Vera Moore Cosmetics It’s a Glam Thing Award Winner

 Vera Moore has developed her Signature Collection Peptide PLUS Serum, using natural extracts, essential oils and anti-aging ingredients to deliver high-performance results. Serums are lightweight moisturizers that penetrate deeper into the skin to deliver active ingredients.

The potent formula contains Peptides to help reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles, increase elasticity and help skin looks firmer.

It also contains Vitamins C, E and CoQ10 to boost skin repair & reduce free radical damage; and botanical ingredients Gotu Kola & Echinacea which have been used to calm inflammation, stimulate cell regeneration & help collagen production.

Vera Moore’s Signature Collection C+ Moisturizer also combines natural extracts, vitamins, and essential oils to deliver anti-aging results.

It has a double dose of vitamin C to revitalize, repair and stimulate new collagen production without irritation.

It also calms redness; reduces inflammation and irritation and brightens dull skin.

Just use the serum and moisturizer on your face and neck twice daily to look “Moore Fabulous”.

Congratulations Vera Moore!

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It’s a Glam Thing Beauty’s Best Spring 2018 WINNER !



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