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Halloween 2011- Silent Movie Star in Grayscale – costume

Being one of the most creative holidays, Halloween is by far my favorite. It lets you create & become new things. Carving pumpkins, creating costumes and dressing up are some of the best parts. I love costumes that really transform a person. They might be subtle or elaborate but they do something interesting all the same. I’m a huge fan of making costumes and would be perfectly happy being hired to make someone’s Halloween costume (just try to book me during the summer 😉 ).

Here’s this year’s costume-

My main costume this year was a silent movie star. There are quite a few things I’d improve if I were to do it again, but overall it’s not bad. Inspired by (AMC’s ?) Silent Sunday Nights, a night of silent movies on TV :), I decided to go the silent movie star route for Halloween, complete with high contrast gray scale. Think Clara Bow style old silent BW movies.

After much searching and review reading, I found the perfect wig. I never found quite the right jewelry, so I pulled out some old rhinestone pieces that  worked pretty well. Unable to find affordable and appropriate clothes, I pieced together a velvet dress with a layers flowy skirt (both from the thrift store) I wore low to give it a 20’s feel paired with some gray mary janes and black gloves. The wig really made it more than anything.

It was a dramatic transformation that took about an hour. (scroll down for better shots)

The flash really reflects off all that make up! I wish I’d gotten some better shots with more colorful backgrounds to compare it to with better lighting. The makeup is actually a subtle gray that I mixed myself with some kyolan aquacolor liquids with Urban Decay’s all nighter spray over it.

It worked reasonably well but it required so much to be fully opaque that it dried super tight. I have very little variation in expression in the shots because I could barely move my face with how tight it got! It eventually cracked and flaked some. For something that was suppose to be crease and crack proof, I was  surprised. However, the all nighter spray and my novice application probably had something to do with that. It was nearly impossible to apply the rest of the makeup over it the way I wanted because the finish was basically like thick tempera paint. So, the eyes and lips didn’t quite get the way I’d intended and I didn’t bother trying to contour or highlight with such an odd finish.

The good thing was that I didn’t have to worry about it smearing or getting on stuff once it was dry. Absolutely no problems there. And, because it’s water based, it washed off remarkably easily. Really, just some warm water and it was gone! It was the easiest makeup I’ve ever had to take off.

light gray gloves and white or gray tights would have been better but they seem to be really hard to find!

The other thing I wished I’d had was a chalk board to write captions on. The cracking super tight paint makeup really limited expression which is one aspect you really need as a silent movie actress so that was a little disappointing.

Overall, not bad. It surprised people for sure. I think it’d be fun to do with a group of people to a big public party and use the chalk boards and maybe even a musical accompaniment :). Maybe next year!

Happy Halloween!

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Scooby Dooby New – the Etsyfication of those meddling kids

Out of cartoons and boredom we get posts like this. What would a modern day Velma look like? Let us consider the etsyfication of those meddling kids. These collections bring together things they might choose with things that maintain the look and feel of the characters… So I bring you the Meddling Kids Collections- Modern Collections inspired by those meddling kids. Are you a Daphney or a Velma, a Fred or a Shaggy?  And yes, Scooby is missing for the moment…

Velma- Luckily nerdy is quite in and Velma would likely be quite trendy. Who doesn’t love a smart chick in glasses and tons of orange?

Velma

In full treasury form here- http://www.etsy.com/treasury/Nzg2NjUxN3w1Mzg5MTEwMjM/velma?index=4

For the fashionista who loves purple. Orchid is a top fall color so I guess Daphney’s got that one down…

Daphney

For the original preppy boy…

Freddy

And for the  totally laid back dude whose best bud is a great dane…

Shaggy

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Thump Thump

Whether you think it says thump thump, thud thud, pitter patter or I love you, hearts are everywhere at this time of year and they say a lot of different things. I’ve never been a huge fan of the cutesy geometric heart shape but I have an affinity for the anatomical one that beats inside creatures.

In college, it became a regular mini-obsession in my art and I had quite big, if not horribly emo, plans on creating a massive muti-room installation that paralleled blood flow through the chambers of the heart with the cycles of love and loss (something you may still see me do some day).

If nothing else I am still intrigued by the shape, form and function of the human heart and its complexity. Here’s a few of my own anatomical heart based creations and then we’ll look at a smattering of the myriad of ways its popped up recently including the lovey dovey, the squishy, the odd, the beautiful, the wearable and the DIY.

I think the first heart I made was a patchwork piece made of fake red leather, a deep red maroon. I created a form, probably of stuffing and wrapped it in duct tape form medium of choice as always) and then carefully hand sewed the heart together. This little piece was fun, detailed and durable (like an odd football and similar in size). I’d love to make more and have them be specifically for that purpose ;). I really like hand sewing, especially when it yields something neat at the end. Eventually, on account of college art classes bing based on specific assignments, I had to incorporate the heart into a larger piece, which ended up including an oversized aluminum guitar and a welded cage flashlight…It was really the heart I was, and am still, the most interested in, though the whole piece is alright too.

close up of heart

I wish I could find a good pic of just the heart itself… For scale that ‘guitar’ is aluminum and about 5+’ tall and 8?” thick front to back.

So one of the things I’ve wanted to do is make glass hearts. I have a few different sizes and purposes in mind. I was told many of the sizes (small to medium) were really not going to work for the glass process and that it must be much larger than I had initially wanted. So, to this end I first sculpted a anatomical heart out of clay. I really loved some of the detail I got on it too. That was during one of several summers I stayed at college on a grant.

In the summer in central NY you’ll often find it the mud season. It gets incredibly hot, immensely humid and you get rain. During the time I was working on the clay stage of the heart, they were also working on the roof of my studio. It was interesting. Occasionally, they’d drop something through a skylight and I’d hand i back up to them. One day I came into the studio and found a beautiful if not peculiar and worrisome sight. It was raining, in the studio. A large sky light had been left uncovered and here it was raining inside. It was fascinating and I regret that I did not have my camera at the time. I quickly made sure my uncured clay was well out of splatter range. Everything turned out alright and I think it stopped raining eventually.

So after the cay hart was completely I reluctantly covered it in liquid latex, plaster and burlap to make a mold. After making and cleaning the mold I made several (6 or 7?) wax hearts using the mold. The first being made with recycled motor oil mixed with a cherry wax. It smelled pretty terrible and some of the overly friendly/inquisitive (read smarmy/creepy) seasonal cleaning folks became significantly less once they thought it was animal blood (which of course it was not). The rest of the hearts used much more cherry than motor oil wax, which was much more pleasant.  After wrestling all of these out of the mold I made plaster/silica molds out of them, all but the motor oil heart, destroyign the hearts in the process. These molds were supposed to be used to make the glass hearts, but my glass blower moved to China and I failed to track down another. I also made a foam version with my mold and hope to make some out of other materials. Anyhow, here’s the surviving heart-

recycled motoroil wax hear

Some detail is lost with each level, so the wax heart doesn’t have quite as much detail as the clay one. But it is still interesting. That heart is big enough for you to hug, and 2 feet maybe tall?

When I was studying and creating in south France, I made a tiny, fit in the palm of your hand heart out of an odd white, very unexpectedly light weight, plasticy clay/dough. I really am not sure what the stuff is. If you have any idea, I’d love to know. Again I made a plaster mold, which lost vast amounts of the detail compared to the white heart. I cast several hearts in clay and them air dry. (these I would love to make in glass!) I still have the mold and one surviving heart as well and may actually make more of these since I can cast them fairly easily.

The hearts I made in France became part of a project/installation for our final show where I had a shelf of air dried clay hearts and a shelf of olive jars filled with one. The way it was supposed to work was that one heart would be dropped into the water each day of the show and dissolve. As they dissolved, the heart would bubble at a regular interval like a beat. Eventually it would crumble and become a pile of clay in the jar. Unfortunately, on opening night several ppl dumped hearts into the water, which somewhat worked as well. I have video somewhere of what it looks like when they dissolve. If I find it, I’ll have to amend this. So you can see.

But it doesn’t end at sculpted hearts. I have countless paintings, some abstract some not, some 5 or 6 feet high and some small as well as drawings. This is one of my favorites. I don’t know if there is a name for this type of drawing or these line patterns but it’s something I do a lot, sometimes involuntarily.

These are all older pieces of mine. I’ve been surprised by the number of things one can find on etsy when searching for anatomical hearts.

And clearly I’m not the only one making hearts. They are all over the place used in puns and art and cards. Like these:

Wood You Keep My Heart 8 x 10 print by blockpartyprints on etsy

Anatomical Heart Block Print Card - My Heart_ You Have It- Light Yellow by PrintByMRB on etsy

El Corazon Anatomical I heart You Valentine's Day Card by VoodooDollDesigns on etsy

Hip Heart You by SweetDee on etsy

Anatomical Blank Cards Set of 4 with Envelopes by CrowBiz on Etsy

I adore some of the more art and illustration representations as well, with this being a favorite by far, especially being a printmaker

Antique style Anatomical Heart Lithograph LIGHTBOX by munstre on etsy

sadly, but great for Munstre, this lightbox, and it would appear the whole shop, is currently sold out (or possibly on vacation but there’s no indication of that)? The image will link to the shop for now and I strongly encourage you to check it out. MUNSTRE creates stunningly beautiful work in these lightboxes and you will want to see more for sure.

Custom Order --- Heart of Gold, ANATOMICAL HEART SERIES 12 x 12 Original Textured Artwork by Donna David by theInvitation on etsy

And if paint and light aren’t your kind of decor, how about tile? Hang it up or use it as a regular tile for something truly unique.

Anatomical Heart Tile by firewoodfurniture on etsy

I don’t know exactly where to categorize this one- decor? art? practicality? But it is definitely one not to be passed up:

My heART is your pinata 1 Sculpture by JenniferPod on Etsy
Check out her shop for plenty more heart shaped goodies…
And I’m not the only one into plush hearts-

Anatomical black heart plush by batteriesnotincluded on etsy

love them :). And if you aren’t into black check out the rest of the shop for red ones too and last I checked you could even get a set of one red and one black.

and I’m fond of this ‘Ghost Heart’ as well

Plush anatomical heart GHOST by shannongerard on etsy

Check out the rest of the shop, you are sure to be fascinated. And if you aren’t looking for a ghost heart you can also find a vampire heart and what may be a human heart as well.

Art, plush and cards aren’t the only places we find hearts. There’s even practical heart shaped items, like soap…

HEART ON- Anatomically Correct Heart Soap - POMEGRANANTE Scent - VEGAN by dugshop on etsy

Cool shape, color and scent, mmm pomegranate and it’s vegan too! And you’ll see once you click through, it has all that without a crazy price.

I give you my heart - anatomically correct heart box set glycerin soap merlot wine scented by kcsoapsnmore on etsy

And if you prefer wine to fruit scents try these equally fun affordable soaps above.

And equally practical and fascinating is this spoon rest. Who knew displaying an organ could keep your counter/stove clean?

Black Heart on White Spoon Rest Handpainted OoaK by HeartMarks on Etsy

And, as you look through this shop, you’ll notice it’s part of a set :).

Practical and yet wearable-

Recycled Classic Tote- Anatomical Heart by thecraftpantry on etsy

vintage anatomical drawing of the human heart messenger _ laptop bag by CraftieRobot on etsy

Anatomical HEart Cufflinks by LittleAngelsJewelry on etsy



And then there’s a vast array of wearable-

Anatomical Heart FiveCameo Stretch Bracelet by joolzhayworth on etsy

Anatomical Heart Locket 18 inch chain by heronadornment on ETsy

These lockets are an absolute favorite for me for wearable hearts since it gives you the outside and the fascinating inside. Check out heronadornment on etsy for many variations including half hearts, whole hearts, lockets, different chain lengths and a variety of metals.

another really neat wearable piece:

Anatomical Heart Silver Bracelet by AzureeAlice on Etsy

Talk about a ticker..

Antique Worn Brass Anatomically Correct Human Heart- Industrial Steampunk- Pendant _ Necklace by monsterkookies on etsy

I simply adore this one (above) . The work, the detail the fascinating combination of shapes. From the shop announcement: ” Although they look like metal, don’t be fooled – they are completely handsculpted from polymer clay!” would you have thought? And MonserKookies has so many more heart variations. Do go check out that shop.

I like the name on this next one and that it’s got a different interpretation than many of the others-

Cardio by missyindustry on etsy

Lovely silverwork indeed

And if you prefer copper, try this one

Heart Necklace oxidized copper by liliancrowe on etsy

but it appears to have sold now, so might I recommend the gunmetal variety the image is linked to? There’s also an antique gold colored one and some other intriguing pieces in her shop you should see.

And if metal isn’t your thing, how about rubber?

rubber anatomical human heart necklace by snew on etsy

And if you’re not into black, there’s a massive variety of colors available in that one.

Now for some more color and cameos…

Cameo collection ANATOMICAL HEART IN COLOR by wickedgems on etsy

Stunning and fascinating don’t you think? Note that the shop is in vacation mode until March 1st so you won’t be able to get your hands on it until then.

clear oval pendant with red anatomical heart by affixment on etsy

Kinda of wish I knew more about that one, but it’s fascinating anyway.

For more colorful hearts check out Saucerville’s Hearts which is giving away sparkling heart pendants with $10+ orders.

And wearing your heart doesn’t need to mean jewelry

Anatomically Correct Heart Illustration TShirt Red by darkcycleclothing on etsy

Perhaps at this point, your creativity is tingling to get working on something  and you love this anatomical heart stuff but aren’t sure what to do. Check out these DIY ideas to help you get started.

If you want thorough instructions and a completed product all from one box check this out

Anatomical Heart Needle Felting Kit by fancytiger on etsy

If you just want to make something but are having trouble with the detailed drawing of the heart, why not just use a stamp like this

Anatomical Heart Illustration Rubber by AsspocketProductions on etsy

Or these colorful stickers also by snew (rubber heart above)

handmade Anatomical Heart stickers set of 20 by snew on etsy

And if you want to get started on something right away, go digital with these digital collage sheets:

Antique Anatomical ILlustrations Human Hearts by paperstreet on etsy

Digital Collage Sheet Anatomical Heart 055 Set of two by TUGoneDigital on etsy

Hearts aren’t just for Valentine’s Day. So, if you stumble across something unique and intriguing do share! The complexity that beats within you is there daily, be fascinated.

PS- musically, until I can find or make something using real heart beats, try pitterpatter goes my heart by broken social scene.

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Outfit Me Etsy with Spats & Legwarmers

This is a post I meant to put up back in November. But it still holds true, I have always adored legwarmers and loved the spats in old school cartoons. So, I’m completely thrilled that spats have become something available and wearable now and that legwarmers seem to be branching out to near spat like proportions in ways that would make them ideal for the way I like to wear them.

In the fall and winter especially, I love to wear boots or anything warm. However, you can’t always wear boots and there’s plenty of super cute shoes in your closet. So, how do you make them cool or cold weather appropriate? Wear legwarmers or spats! They also solve the problem of the unsightly break between pants and shoes that you get when sitting or crossing your legs and keeps the chill away when wearing lower cut shoes and well they just look cool. Whether you wear them with pants or shorts or skirts, for practicality, for fashion or fun, spats and new shaped legwarmers are sure to be a favorite accessory.

Here are some of my favorites. Check out these shops for a huge a variety.

charcoal spats with hot pink lining size small by faitavec on etsy

I love plenty of the stuff at Faitavec on etsy and they have some of the most versatile and stylish spats and I like the way they are styled in the shots too.

chocolate woven spats with copper snaps size medium by faitvec on etsy

Pleated Spats by Fabulize on etsy

Fabulize on etsy has a variety of shorter stylish spats.

Midnight Waves SPats by Fabulize on etsy

Midnight Waves Spats by Fabulize on etsy

Gizelle-Pinstripe spats w_ leather ruffle and Silver buttons by ashesandempires on etsy

Ashes and empires also has some lovely short spats. The short spats aren’t just for girls though, check out these spats for guys and find more like them at dashandbag:

Original Black Wool Spats by dashandbag on etsy

There’s also a variety of unisex spats out there, many military inspired. Check these out:

Cruikshank Spats Unisex Large Weathered by StraughtRazorSlasher on etsy

They are definitely some of the most versatile.

And I thought these were quite neat. You’ll find a wide variety at this shop as well:

Papel Picado Spats Black and White Unisex Medium by StraightRazorSlasher on etsy

And if you’d prefer something warmer, like a knit check out these (and this shop for more):

Faux Boot Legwarmers in Wood Brown with Spat Style Buttons by LeshasWorkshop on etsy

They are the bridge between spat and legwarmer. The final ones I have to share are legwarmers for sure but are too interesting to pass up. They are super tall and they lace up. In this shop you’ll find a variety of sizes colors and heights. They can be worn over shoes or boots or inside boots for versatile looks. I especially love that part of them. And apparently socks under boots in ‘in’ now, so you can bring it a step further with these. They are quite feminine and pretty as well.

Thigh High Lace Up Leg Warmers in Grey by Sannica on ETsy

That’s all for now. There’s a just a quick smattering of styles and shops for you to check out. If you find some other cool examples, post them in the comments to share!

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New Earring Boxes

I’ve been looking for new ways to package leverback earrings. I’ve been using cards cut in different ways but it never looks as nice as I feel like it could. I use satin lined boxes and the cardstock just pales in the comparison to the luxurious feel of the satin. I feel silly covering it up. I also find that lever backs in particular are difficult to get to stay nicely on a card. It’s never quite right. So I got to thinking about alternative options.

What I came up with is a ribbon box. I don’t know that I’ve seen this anywhere before but it seems completely logical. I stretched a piece of my brown ribbon across an earring box and glue it on the bottom. Then I poked two holes in the ribbon and simply hung the earrings through the wholes on the ribbon. I added the top and bottom of my earring card with my shop name and URl on it to the box and it doesn’t look half bad. Here it is:

Then I needed to solve the issue of the earrings possibly clanging together. To do this I just tucked the scrap ribbon into the box with one earring on top and one on the bottom so the ribbon sits between them preventing them from rubbing against each other.

(that loose end gets tucked in too)

I normally tie them up wth two ribbons witha  bow in the center. For this one I tied the box up with a single brown ribbon lined up with the one glued to the box and tied it in a bow.

I’m still working on it and change up my packaging regularly, but for now at least I’ve got options for the more difficult to card earrings.

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Batches of Weddings- the quest for pearls

I’ve been posting less because I got my first batch orders :). I was really excited about 2 weeks ago to get a request for 13 bracelet and earrings sets for a wedding party. If that wasn’t enough, about 48 hours later I got another request from a different bride for 5 sets of the same bracelets! It was completely thrilling and I’m really glad they each let me part of their special day.

The bracelet:

Copper Chocolate- bracelet

Copper Chocolate- bracelet

The earrings:

Copper Chocolate - earrings

Copper Chocolate - earrings

I spent huge amounts of time tracking down the materials, which was no easy task. The small boutique shop I get many of my beads from didn’t have enough of the pearls or the spacers and wasn’t particularly clear about any policy for ordering. It took 6 days before the pearl company got their act together and put the pearl order in for us. 6 Days! in a two week time frame that is simply unacceptable.

Luckily I had already been calculating alternative arrangements for the bracelets with less large pearls and found some small ones to add to the ends which still looked really cute. Unfortunately this also meant more decisions for an already busy bride, which I feel bad about, but I’m so glad I figured out a way to get it all done in time (just incase) things didn’t come in when they should. I always want to have a plan I can be sure of.

Original on left, New on right

Original on left, New on right

Getting the copper spacers was a whole different game. The shop said they couldn’t get them. So, I got the name of the company that makes them. After calling a couple of other shops in the area, I decided to look up the company so I could see if they could tell me what other shops carry them. It seemed like a logical thing to do. However, the next shop that carried anything by that brand was in another state about 2.5 hours away. But, the company decided they might as well get an order out of the predicament and called the bead shop to convince them to place an order. I feel bad that the shop got this pressure and it definitly wasn’t my intent, but it worked out in the end. I was at the shop the next day when they placed the order. They confirmed the delivery date with me and it was entirely what I needed, Monday or Tuesday, excellent.

Monday was a holiday. Tuesday, no spacers. After looking up the order, we found it didn’t ship until Columbus Day. Waited til Wednesday, no spacers. I must be blessed because somehow, after taing everything I had apart and buying every spacer at the store, I managed to get all of the spacers for the 13 piece order exactly. Well I thought I was two short, so my gift to the bride was two spacers short. After shipping it I found 2 more. The pearls came Friday. I packed up the order Friday, working til nearly midnight. And since I was presenting at a workshop on Saturday, my husband mailed it out for me. And the bride should have gotten it this past week for her wedding tomorrow. Done!

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The wedding colors included chocolate brown and gold, so I made the packaging match accordingly.

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The spacers didn’t come Friday, no call Saturday, Monday or Tuesday. So, Tuesday I called. I found out whoever was filling in failed to callme when they came in. However, yet another mishap, they sent the wrong ones (or the wrong ones got ordered, who knows). So, being down to the wire and having almost no time left to make and send the bracelets before my deadline, I was frustrated to say the least. They said they didn’t really know whatto do. I suggested perhaps if its the company’s fault they could overnight them for me, which in teh end is what happened. So spacers, Wednesday, 2 weeks after I first asked. Made and packaged them all that day and UPS held the truck so I could send them. Mishap number two, I had gotten my shipping estimates for ‘DC area’, when I ended up shipping to VA. DC is two days, VA is 3 days. Why? No clue. But that means Monday delivery instead of Friday. Quite disapointing, but it should still work. I hope everything gets there safely and the bridal party loves their bracelets.
I thought I had pictures of these as well but I can’t seem to find them at the moment. But this bride’s colors were chocolate brown and light pink so hers were all packaged using pink satin and I altered my stickers so that everything that was orange was pink and tied them with brown and pink ribbon.

So the shop thinks they now know how to do special orders and follow ups better. And they assured me that next time it won’t be this much of a hassel.
I’m really glad everything got done on time and I hope everyone loves the jewelry. I think the brides made great choices ;). I hope I get to do more things like this. I have no problem working to get stuff done and hopefully next time it will go more smoothly now that I know how things work.

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Garden Gray- Outfit Me Etsy

Finally another Outfit Me Post. I think this one started as I was looking to finish another one and got side tracked by this corset in favorites somewhere and started all over again:

white bell flowers at midnight black corset by verbenacouture

white bell flowers at midnight black corset by verbenacouture

sweater fleece skirt with rosette by reccasArtCloset

sweater fleece skirt with rosette by reccasArtCloset

I love jackets, tiny, fitted, well made, long short. And this is the jacket I’ve got for this outfit. I like the color and the texturing.

courtyard green gothic victorian inspired raw silk should wrap by Romancing Juliet

courtyard green gothic victorian inspired raw silk should wrap by Romancing Juliet

This may be my favorite part of the whole thing and could probably build numerous Outfit posts around it. It has a key word title a few lines long you can read in the link. It’s got everything I love about neckpieces with elements of necklace, choker, scarf, cuff built into a beautifully styled piece.

Strait To You Ruff...fabric neckpiece by mthunderstood

Strait To You Ruff...fabric neckpiece by mthunderstood

Also foudn this necklace, which I think could work. I’m a fan of the tiers. And really this shop had several pieces I’ve been looking at for this post and you’ll likely see some of them in the future.

pandoras key... by ghostlovejewelry on etsy

pandoras key... by ghostlovejewelry on etsy

Of course, it is Fall, and that means arm warmers! I like this style, no fingers, only thumb hole, good length and knit.

Black Mid-Length Armwarmers by CastAway Creations

Black Mid-Length Armwarmers by CastAway Creations

I’m not sure what they mean about this one being green. It looks gray or black on my screen. The lace detail is nice. It stood out on the search page and the black and white goes with the corset so I’ll go with it.

wool felt coin purse by banoo on etsy

wool felt coin purse by banoo on etsy

This cuff is currently featured with me in a treasury by AmaliaVersaci here and it caught my eye immediately.

Vintage Cuff 2 by vetrinagirl on Etsy

Vintage Cuff 2 by vetrinagirl on Etsy

Post your ideas for shoes in comments!

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