Interview with Dr. Whitney Bowe

Dermatologist to the stars/TV personality Dr. Whitney Bowe is a dear friend of mine who happens to also be on the of the most beautiful and smart people I know. She has the looks (the bowe-glow), the charm (no one more charismatic and charming ), and the smarts (she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Yale and then was awarded a full scholarship to study medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated top of her class). Luckily, I was able to interview her on Summer Skin — this is a must read! Thanks, Whit, I love you!

 

Dr. Bowe and her dewy glow.

Dr. Bowe and her dewy glow.

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What new types of products should we try this summer for our most radiant skin?

 

I was a Judge for both Allure’s Best of Beauty Awards and Family Circle Magazine’s Annual Beauty Awards this year, so I have my pulse on some pretty amazing products! There are definitely a few key products I am loving this summer! The first is called Heliocare. It is an antioxidant rich dietary supplement made from a powerful, natural fern extract which helps protect your skin from the inside out. If you take one Heliocare about thirty minutes before you head outdoors (in addition to your sunscreen—it is a complementary product and not a substitution — no shortcuts!), it actually helps to protect your skin from free radical damage caused by the sun! Free radicals are a major cause of premature aging (translation: wrinkles). Because I am very fact-driven, I need to be impressed with the science before I am impressed with a product. The science here is solid and I love that it is naturally derived! I recently spoke about this product on Good Morning America and my patients have been loving it!

 

Second, as a dermatologist who loves to look sun kissed and golden, I rock a faux glow in summer! I always end up trying so many products to find just the right one! I have been really impressed with The Organic Pharmacy’s Self Tanner which contains aloe vera and coconut oil to keep my skin hydrated and soothed! My other favorites include St. Tropez tanning mousse for a deep tan (make sure to use the mitt to avoid stained palms), Tan Towels for a light golden shade, and Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer for days when your skin feels super parched and dehydrated.

 

I have also been using Dermalogica’s Nightly Lip treatment to refresh and hydrate my lips overnight. So many people forget to protect their lips during summer, but our lips can be damaged by UV rays too! So, I use SPF lip protection during the day and my lip treatment at night to keep my lips healthy all summer long!

 

Dr. Bowe and her radiant skin (and in a Josie Natori dress!)

Dr. Bowe and her radiant skin (and in a Josie Natori dress!)

 

What is your daily summer skincare regimen?

 

Summer is my favorite time of year! I completely embrace the slower pace and low key feel of long, easy summer days. I follow a streamlined summer skincare routine that is not fussy, but I find is highly effective!

 

I am in the pool and at the ocean a lot during the summer, so sun protection is my first and foremost priority. I am a big fan of La Roche Posay’s Anthelios Melt-In Milk SPF 60. I usually start with a coat of that from head to toe. When it comes time to reapply my sunscreen, I have been using the Target brand face stick for my face because it’s so travel friendly, and I have been loving the Coppertone Clearly Sheer Whipped sunscreen for my arms and legs. It’s like applying a pile of whipped cream to my skin- it actually makes the reapplication process fun. I also wear a lot of UPF rash guards and coverups because I don’t need to put sunscreen under my UPF clothing and it makes it that much quicker and easier to get outside and have fun!!

 

All of this sun, chlorine and salt water does leave my skin very dry, so I have been using products by MetaDerm on my skin and I absolutely love them. MetaDerm is loaded with therapeutic botanicals which are so soothing on sensitive skin and incredibly effective for my patients with eczema or psoriasis. I actually learned about MetaDerm because I have mild psoriasis (thick scaly plaques form on my elbows, especially during times of stress), and I prefer to use natural products whenever possible, but only if they really work. These products have been subjected to rigorous pharma-grade testing and the results are truly remarkable. Once I saw what the Psoriasis Cream did for my elbows, I started using it all over my skin every day during summer because it makes my skin incredibly smooth in preparation for self tanning. Self tanners are made with a molecule called DHA that clings to areas of thick skin, hence the dark, noticeable streaks at the wrists, elbows, knees and ankles – I find that my new routine makes my skin so smooth that my faux tanner applies perfectly! I even use the MetaDerm Baby Eczema Cream on my daughter! Love that it’s so safe and so effective to treat her mild eczema. You can find all these MetaDerm products on Amazon.

 

You will also find me wearing either a floppy beach hat or a baseball cap when I’m in the sun and ducking into the shade between the hours of noon and two to keep my skin healthy, glowing and sunburn-free!

 

And, of course, I absolutely baby my face during the dry, hot summer months! To keep my healthy signature #boweglow, I use a very gentle cleanser like Cetaphil to wash my face and follow with an antioxidant rich serum or a topical probiotic serum and a lightweight face cream. I use a bit of a richer night cream to hydrate my skin overnight when my skin cells are doing their heaviest lifting to regenerate!

 

Sunscreen tips (on TV)

Sunscreen tips (on TV)

 

I know you love DIY skincare recipes! What’s one of your favorites for dry summer skin?

 

Ever since I was a little girl with fair skin and freckles, my mom kept an aloe plant in our house for our sensitive summer skin. I keep one in my house now and so does my sister! Natural aloe is one of my must haves during summer to treat everything from sunburns to dry summer skin! One of my favorite DIY recipes incorporates aloe and includes cucumber. It’s so quick and easy and very cooling in this summer heat!

 

Cooling Aloe-Cucumber Face Mask

 

Ingredients:

3 inches of washed cucumber

¼ cup fresh aloe

 

To Make:

Combine ingredients in a food processor until smooth

Refrigerate for at least an hour until nice and cool

 

To Use:

Apply to clean skin and leave on for 15 minutes

Gently wash off using a cool baby washcloth

 

DIY skin products -- to follow this, follow Dr. Whitney Bowe on instagram.

DIY skin products — to follow this, follow Dr. Whitney Bowe on instagram.

 

Sunscreen question – do you use physical blockers or chemical blockers and why?

 

So many of my patients ask me about physical blockers and chemical blockers, so I will first explain what the difference is and then explain how I use them!

 

Physical (or mineral) blockers include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to physically “block” skin from the sun. They tend to work immediately as compared to chemical blockers which must be first absorbed by your skin. Physical blockers screen out a wide range of UVA and UVB radiation and are often preferred by parents who want to use chemical free products for their children or by my patients with extremely sensitive skin, given that very sensitive skin cannot always tolerate chemical sunscreens well.

 

Chemical blockers, on the other hand, generally contain ingredients like oxybenzone and avobenzone. They protect your skin at a cellular level and must interact with the skin cells in order to be effective. This is why your skin has to first absorb the chemical blocker before it will be effective in protecting your skin against the sun. I have mentioned before that I am very fact-driven. I tend to look at rigorous testing and science very critically in determining which products to use and recommend. In third party testing like Consumer Reports, chemical blockers consistently outperform the physical-onlyblockers.

 

I tend to use a combination approach for my skin. During the week, I use a chemical plus physical blocker if I am on vacation or going to be exposed to a lot of harsh direct sun. During the weekend, I will opt for a physical-only blocker (a product with zinc oxide +/- titanium dioxide, as zinc is more effective at screening out most of the sun’s rays as compared to titanium dioxide), or on days when I am not going to have quite as much sun exposure, I reach for the physical-only blocker. Many physical-only blockers can be drying, so make sure to moisturize really well on the nights you use those products!

 

Talking sunscreen.

Talking sunscreen on GMA.

 

What sunscreen mistakes do most people make?

 

I see so many sunburns all summer long!! For a dermatologist, this is a form of torture because it is so easily avoided and it is so dangerous for your health! Between 2000 and 2010, squamous cell carcinoma diagnoses increased 263 percent and this is one of the types of skin cancers I’m seeing more and more in my office lately! It’s so important to share this message about how to effectively use sunscreen, so I’m glad you asked!

 

I find that the most common mistakes most people make are: (1) not applying enough sunscreen, (2) not applying your sunscreen often enough to protect your skin, and (3) only relying on sunscreen!

 

First, you need a shot glass full of sunscreen to really protect your skin! Most people apply so little sunscreen that it cannot possibly do its job! Always err on the side of over doing it, rather than under applying!

 

My rule of thumb is to apply your sunscreen every two hours if your skin is dry. If you are going swimming or sweating, you need to reapply more often than that. Make sure you apply at least 15 minutes before you go in the water AND reapply after you come out of the water and towel dry your skin!

 

Even if you follow every single sunscreen rule, sometimes sunscreen just isn’t enough if you are getting a lot of harsh sun exposure and increased reflection from the water’s surface. I recommend finding a shady retreat during the hours of 12 and 2 and also incorporating UPF clothing and a beach hat into your summer skincare routine!

 

As I mentioned, I LOVE being at the beach, I love being at the pool, I love being in the sun!! If you look at my social media images, they are pretty much me basking in the sunshine! I never tell my patients to hide inside! That’s not reality! I want to share the message that your skin’s health and sun safety is really very accessible and it’s all about finding a balance in your lifestyle and your self care routine.

 

On the beach, with hats!

On the beach, with hats!

 

What type of sun protection do you use for your daughter?

 

My daughter is a very fair skinned, blue-eyed redhead, so I take her sun protection very seriously!! Her skin is very prone to burns, so we use lots of different methods of sun protection given that she loves being out in the sun, the pool, the beach! She’s an outdoorsy kiddo just like her momma!

 

During the week, I use a chemical blocker like Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50 which performed very well under the extensive Consumer Reports testing process. On the weekend, I alternate to a physical blocker like ThinkBaby. I like to alternate between the two different types of sunblock because I want her to be very well protected from sun damage but also I want to limit her chemical exposure. I find a balance.

 

She always wears a rash guard over her bathing suit and wears an adorable little baseball cap when she isn’t swimming under water or diving in the ocean waves!

 

Lounging on the beach is OK if you are properly covered with the right sunscreen (and cover-up!)

Lounging on the beach is OK if you are properly covered with the right sunscreen (and Natori cover-up!)

What are some of the best foods to eat for healthy, glowing skin?

 

I actually did a really fun segment for The Rachael Ray Show where we filmed at home videos showing my meals throughout the day and explaining the skin benefits of each meal! This is one of my absolute favorite topics and one which I cover in depth in my first book, The Beauty of Dirty Skin, which is set for publication in April 2018!

 

Some of my favorite foods for healthy, glowing skin include:

 

  • *Nuts (almonds and walnuts) and seeds: they are loaded with protein, fiber, and omega 3 fatty acids, all of which are amazing for smooth, healthy skin!

 

  • * A bowl of berries: Low in sugar as far as fruits go and packed with antioxidants which protect you skin against free radicals to keep your healthy, youthful glow!

 

  • *Dark chocolate: Believe it or not, dark chocolate – in moderation – is excellent for your skin! You should look for at least 70 percent cacao. Do not opt for milk chocolate or white chocolate if you want to indulge in a skin friendly and delicious treat!

 

  • * Also, I am completely hooked on Kombucha. I can’t stop talking about it and I have tried to get my entire family equally hooked with varying results!! Haha! It has a very distinctive taste, so try it before you invest in a bulk shipment! Kombucha is a drink which is loaded with probiotics or healthy bacteria which has been shown to keep your skin healthy and radiant. I tend toward Kombucha which also includes ginger and turmeric, which are wonderful for digestion and your skin. Artificial sweeteners in diet soda are destructive to the healthy bacteria which live in your gut which in turn leads to inflammation in your skin, so try to limit those whenever possible. I opt for water and my beloved Kombucha!
Who doesn't love kombucha???

Who doesn’t love kombucha???

 


Thank you so much, Whit. If only we could all have your #boweglow. Thanks for your wisdom, smarts, and advice — we look forward to your next segment with us, soon! To follow Dr. Bowe on instagram, go here. To see her website, go www.drwhitneybowe.com.

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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Fun Posters- Renovation Hacks

Readers of the blog know we recently finished a major home renovation.  One of my favorite hacks is in our laundry room, where we had an old-school (retro like 1960s) lobby intercom AND an electric wiring box that required covering up. Since we need access to the electrical box,  we wanted something cheap, easy, and replaceable. The laundry room is fun and playful (my favorite room in the house), so we added to the fun by covering the wall with place posters and washi tape.

UGLY!

UGLY! HELP! SOS!

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Pilates with Ashlee

Although I have never met IRL Ashlee Carignan, she is the new hot pilates teacher in LA. Strong, cool, motivated, interesting, and fun, we were put in touch when Ashlee agreed to participate in Natori Caftan Day (thanks Mary!). Always interested in health, wellness, fitness, and cool, I had the chance to interview sweetheart Ashlee, so take a look. Thanks so much, Ashlee, and I can’t wait to come to Los Angeles and take a class from you!

 

Beauty Ashlee of PWA (Pilates With Ashlee)

Beauty Ashlee of PWA (Pilates With Ashlee)

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Kid’s Jewelry Hanger- Woonwinkel

Last Fall when I visited Portland, Oregon for my sister’s wedding, I came across the hippest, cutest modern home decor store, Woonwinkel. Even though we were in the midst of our massive renovation, I wanted to buy everything in the store for the new house.  I couldn’t justify buying a lot of the items (where to store them for 8 months?) but I couldn’t pass up this necklace holder for my daughter’s room. I lugged it around for several months, and finally got around to hanging it up. And I couldn’t be any happier!

 

So fun and whimsical.

So fun and whimsical.

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10 Year Anniversary!

With a blink of an eye, Ken and I are celebrating our 10 year anniversary.  Together, we have gone through a lot (fertility treatments, family dynamics, crazy New York, major home renovation, and all of the other normal life stuff), and through these ups and downs, we are constantly working together trying to try to become better people and a stronger couple. Ken is my favorite companion, and I love him up to the sky, down again, around the world and back again. I anticipate that there will continue to be other obstacles and challenges in our life, but I am also confident that we will work together as a team to get through anything in our way. To celebrate, here are some photos to walk down memory lane (and notice how young, thin, and carefree we once were! And how little we knew back then!)

 

BTS: the first and only time I have ever had curlers in my hair. Here is Oliver Echaudemaison, the creative director of Guerlain (and also a good friend of my mother in law's) who came from Paris to do my make up. Let me tell you, my make up has never been so nice as that day.

BTS: the first and only time I have ever had curlers in my hair. Here is Olivier Echaudemaison, the creative director of Guerlain (and also a good friend of my mother in law’s) who came from Paris for the wedding and was kind enough to do my make-up.

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CFDA Awards, June 5th, 2017

On Monday, I had the privilege of attending the CFDA Fashion Awards. Although I am not a designer, celebrity, socialite, or someone that anyone cares about seeing, it was fun to get dressed up and attend. The CFDA Awards is basically the Oscars for the Fashion World. My mother in law, Josie Natori, has been a member for forever, but due to her travel schedule, Ken and I went instead. It was a fun evening with great people watching, flowing champagne, and an opportunity to get all dolled up.

 

My favorite celebrity sightings of the night were Heidi Klum (striking! Amazing) and Gigi Hadid (beautiful -- resembles my daughter!)

My favorite celebrity sightings of the night were Heidi Klum (striking! Amazing) and Gigi Hadid (beautiful — resembles my daughter!)

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Currently Loving May 2017

With a blink of an eye, school is almost finished, summer is here, and we are 1/3 done with 2017. So here is what I am currently loving for May 2017!

 

1. Brunch / Lunch at Russ and Daughters at the Jewish Museum

 

Salad! Yes please!

Salad! Yes please! Delicious. And maybe I like it because it looks like a colorful rainbow.

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Interview with Maisonette

Maisonette, founded by Sylvana Ward Durrett and Luisana Mendoza Roccia, two (beautiful) alums from Vogue, is the new (online) hot destination to buy anything KID. Everything on their site is perfectly curated and tasteful… it makes you want Sylvana and Luisana to be your new BFFs. They are certainly smart, creative, fashionable, gorgeous tastemakers, and their website offers the best of the best of children’s brands — think Net-a-porter for kids. I had the opportunity to interview them, so take a look.

 

Sylvana

Sylvana and Luisana, and their kids.

 

How did you come up with the idea for an e-commerce kids site? What was the inspiration?

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles

Thanks to Instagram, I saw a recipe for a peanut butter pretzel truffle from Minimalist Baker and knew I had to make it. The recipe is simple, easy, and a huge win.

 

How good does this look?

How good does this look?

 

Ingredients:

* 1/2 cup pitted medjool  dates, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes then drained

* 1/2 cup salted natural peanut butter

* 3/4 cup raw almonds

* 1/2 cup mini pretzels

* 1.25 cup chocolate chips

* 1 tsp coconut oil

 

Directions:

 

Before and after dipped. I DIP YOU DIP WE DIP

Before and after dipped. I DIP YOU DIP WE DIP

 

* Place almonds in the food processor and process until you reach the consistency of a meal.

 

* Then add in pretzels and  soaked dates in the food processor and process until small bits remain and/or it forms into a ball.

 

* Next, add the peanut butter and mix until well combined. You don”t have to do this in a food processor, and can really just mix it in with a spoon.

 

* Once you have a dough that’s easy to form into balls, scoop out 1 Tablespoon amounts and roll/carefully form into balls. Set on parchment paper and place in freezer to chill.

 

*  In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and add the coconut oil (which helps thin out the chocolate).

 

* Remove truffles from freezer and, one at a time, dip them into the melted chocolate. Transfer back onto parchment paper and place in to the freezer.

 

* Store them in the freezer until you eat them (or else they will melt — they will still be delicious, but they will melt).

 

They will not last long, mainly because you will eat them because they are so good.

They will not last long, mainly because you will want to eat them right away.

 

Happy weekend! Spring here we are, thank goodness!

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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Zara Home

I love Zara — both the adult and kids’ clothes are my go tos for shopping. And now, I am in love with Zara Home. Although there are no stores currently in the United States, Zara Home is all over Europe and online. Think home decor at Zara prices — a win win for everyone! They have a terrific selection of linens, bedding, tabletop, accessories, and more. Recently, on my quick trip to Paris, I went in and oohed and ahhed at the selection (and prices).

 

Zara Home.

Zara Home.

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Paris Marathon 2017

I just returned from a quick trip to Paris where I completed by 4th Paris Marathon (7th marathon total). It was great fun — both the trip itself and the run, and now I am looking forward to not traveling, not doing long runs, and staying put….. at least for the next couple of months (I have already planned my next two marathons…). Here are pictures of the weekend! (And what day is it today?)

 

Crazy as it was, we landed at 2 pm on Saturday. Which meant, the only thing we could do that day was go to the Expo to pick up our bibs and get settled for the race next morning. YUP. The race at 8:20 am the next morning! Here is my feast that morning pre-race.

We landed at 2 pm on Saturday, 16 hours before race time. So the only thing we could do that day was go to the Expo to pick up our bibs and get settled for the race next morning. YUP. The race at 8:20 am the next morning! Here is our feast pre-race.

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Spring Break 2017 Sunriver

We are now full swing back to reality with school, tutoring, responsibilities, etc…so it seems hard to think that we were just in Oregon a couple of days ago — it seems like an eternity. I already miss my parents, the fresh air, the fir trees, the crisp delicious water, and everything Oregon. Here are some pictures of our week skiing in Sunriver, Oregon. Enjoy!

 

Ken is the downhill teacher. He did an amazing job each day spending half the day with one kid, and then the other half with the other kid. They made huge improvements!

Ken is the downhill teacher. He did an amazing job each day spending half the day with one kid, and then the other half with the other kid. They made huge improvements!

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Rawmantic Chocolate

Happy Friday! Before I post an indulging (yet delicious) food item, I want everyone to read the article written by our good friend, Sasha Blair-Goldensohn. Eight years ago, Sasha was hit by a tree in Central Park, and is wheelchair bound. His op-ed in the NYTimes from Wednesday is an eye opener, so please do so. I also highly recommend watching the video that accompanies it. Thanks in advance for reading it.

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I am constantly on the search for a “healthy” dessert.  While I am well aware of the effects of sugar …..I still love nibbling on something sweet at the end of my meals. Call it an addiction, or a vice, but it is a habit that I can’t stop. So these raw chocolate energy bars are perfect. Raw chocolate, sweet, nutty, gooey, and great.

 

Romantic rawmantic.

Romantic rawmantic, yes, handcrafted with love.

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Renovation Post #5

OK, so this is the LAST renovation post because SOON, OH SO SOON, there will be a REVEAL POST which shows the apartment. So here are the latest photos of what is going on. Yes, still not liveable, still not a lot of lighting (and 3/4 of our belongings are still packed), so there is a lot to do. But here are the latest pics!

 

One wall in Cruzzie's room is this whole world map -- it is where eventually his bunkbed will go.

One wall in Cruzzie’s room is this whole world map — it is where eventually his bunkbed will go.

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Renovation Post #4

Drum roll……This is our last official night living with my inlaws.  Spring break starts tomorrow and when we return, we will be in OUR NEW APARTMENT! We have been living in temporary digs since June 2016, so the return home will be that much better and sweeter. Our home! Here are some pictures of the current state of our apartment…not everything is done, like wallpaper, and lights, etc…but that will take place in the next two weeks (or so we hope!).

 

This is our future dining room and living room. I love the new floors (they are the same floors just sanded down and stained light vs the original dark color).

This is our future dining room and living room. I love the new floors (they are the same floors just sanded down and stained light vs the original dark color).

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Sugarwish Candy Delivery

Last week I received a present that made me smile! A box of candy! But not just any candy, it was an email saying that I was given a box of goodies from Sugarwish, and that I needed to pick out what I wanted.

 

It comes in a slick little box.

First, you receive an email saying that you were gifted some sweets, then you select what you want. Everything I picked arrived in a slick little box.

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Bloomingdale’s Pop-Up, Party

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Natori designed an amazing ready-to-wear collection exclusively at Bloomingdale’s and on Bloomingdales.com. The collection is on display in a pop-up in New York (third floor), Short Hills, Aventura, and Century City. Amazing island-inspired prints, fun handbags, and accessories, and all at a more accessible price point than the high-end Josie Natori collection. LOVE, LOVE LOVE!!!!  (And read through the post for info on the launch party this Thursday).

 

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In between the escalators at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street. Prime location!

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Val D’Isere

We just returned from a special 40th birthday party of a very dear friend in the French Alps. It was a weekend of snow, ski, rose, fondue, meat, relaxation, and lots of fun. An incredible experience that we will never forget.

 

Val D'Isere is located in the French Alps, a three hour drive from Geneva. We landed early morning in Geneva, took a bus to our chalet, got fitted for skis, and went straight to the mountain. No wasted time on this trip!

Val D’Isere is located in the French Alps, a three hour drive from Geneva. We landed early morning in Geneva, took a bus to our chalet, got fitted for skis, and went straight to the mountain. No wasted time!

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