Tuesday, 23 May 2017


As you may have noticed I have not been exactly very active recently - well I actually have a legit excuse: I have been a tiny bit busy writing my dissertation.

I am still pretty shocked that I ACTUALLY wrote a real dissertation, regardless of what grade I get I managed to write 50 pages about cells, proteins and chemistry. Call me God. I thought I would share with you what this experience has been like because i) I really wanted to write a post ii) I love reading this kind of posts. 

I am doing a chemistry masters so, obviously, my dissertation was chemistry related. Whilst, I don't want to go into the details of my actual research I basically spent about 6 months working in a research group and then spent about a month writing about my findings. 

Starting the report was the hardest part, there were so many things on my mind I had no idea where to start or how to structure them. So I would definitley recommend writing down a list of topics you want to cover (which i did not do but should have, so learn from my mistakes). I did start my write up very very very early on - probably a bit too early even. No one needs 5 months to write a science dissertation, but I guess it's better to start too early than too late.

However, up until the last few days before my deadline, it didn't really feel like it was that big of a deal. Considering it was almost 40% of my year, I thought I would feel more stressed. The pressure only really kicked in about a week before my submission deadline, when I honestly lived for journal papers and Excel. 

I honestly think that if none of my friends had been going through the same experience as me I would have had several mental breakdowns; but I am a bit weird and I usually end up having the most fun during stressful periods. Exam week? I have the time of my life. So this was no different. (Don't get me wrong, I still had a few minor mental breakdowns but nothing out of the norm).

The night before my deadline I was honestly hysterically laughing with my friends, no one would have been able to tell I was stressed as hell inside. Even though this could also be because I was starting to become a tiny bit delirious. 

If I wasn't the perfectionist stubborn person that I am, I would have probably finished my report about three days before my deadline. But I went over my finished dissertation at least 10 times. I proofread the shit out of that document, I could literally write it all again word by word. This was honestly the worst part of the entire process. It made my brain die a little every time I read the same paragraph over and over again making sure there were no typos.

And would it really be a dissertation without a few panic attacks? My heart stopped in a few occasions, like when I literally deleted my ENTIRE dissertation by accident but thank god I wasn't dumb enough to empty my trash so I was able to recover it; or when my Excel decided to make ALL of my spreadsheets 'corrupt' for some strange reason and I thought I had lost all of my data two days before the submission date. But I survived. 

Was it easy? Absolutely not. Was it hard? Definitely not as hard as the Internet makes it seem. Whilst, obviously, a lot of effort went into that report and I worked hard in a lab for six months, spent endless hours analysing data and reading hundreds of papers, I do think dissertations are a bit negatively hyped up in a way. Yes, they are harder than most uni work, but you are also generally given more time and it is definitley doable if you want to do it. And, in my experience, there are significantly easier than exams. So, don't panic. 

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Friday, 19 May 2017


Oh, Instagram - we all love this little app so much. I remember when I posted my first picture, it was a heavily edited photo of a room number: the room I had lived in for two weeks in summer boarding school.  Fast forward six years and now we all have themes, several apps to 'naturally' edit our photos that we have carefully taken making sure we look effortlessly fabulous. 

With so many accounts and great photos, it is hard to get noticed or to grow a following. And let's not even talk about keeping up with a theme. And whilst I am no Instagram expert and I most definitely am not Instagram famous, I have picked up a few tricks that can help you gain some followers and like with minimum effort. 


Let's start with followers. The easiest and less organic way of getting to the big numbers is buying followers, which I personally am not a fan of as the idea of paying to get your follower count up just sounds dumb to me. But to each their own. Personally I like to find cool people and follow them - this usually triggers some people to follow me back or other people who are in that niche to follow me too. Whilst, this is not going to get you thousands of followers, it takes minimum effort and you can also find some cool accounts! 

Another way of gaining followers is by using hashtags. I love hashtags, honestly. They allow you to be discovered by a lot of people and if you choose the right ones you can easily get featured in the 'top posts' for that hashtags, and therefore easily gaining likes as well as followers. I am planning on doing a separate post on which hashtags I use and all about hashtags basically. 

This is gonna sound very stupid but: follow people you know. If you know someone, either from school or because they're a friend's friend, and you follow them they are very very likely to follow you back. Unlike random people who have no idea about who you are and that are therefore less likely to hit that follow button, if that someone simply knows about you or has met you once I can assure you they'll most likely follow you too. 


Likes are far more easy to get than followers, because no one is going to unlike your photos (usually) but they might unfollow you later on. The most effective way in my experience is to use the right hashtags. They don't necessarily have to be the most popular ones, in fact, unless you're already big you might want to use less well-known hashtags so that your photo is visible for longer. For example, if you use the hashtag #wanderlust your photos is going to disappear from 'recent posts' pretty soon as A LOT of people use this hashtag. Also, because big accounts use it too it is going to be very hard to be featured on the 'top posts' section. 

You've probably heard it before: give and you shall receive. Well, Instagram is no different. If you like other people's photos you will probably also get some likes from them and maybe even a follow! 

Another way to get noticed and get likes is to comment on photos. This is more time consuming but it gets your name out there and if you comment something witty or interesting people are likely to click on your profile and stalk you for a bit - we are all stalkers at heart.

Are you a big fan of Instagram? Let me know in the comments! 

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017


GIRLBOSSwoman in control, taking charge of her own circumstances in work & life. Someone who knows her worth and won't accept anything less. She is not a "mean girl" in fact, she hates "mean girls." She is empowering and inspiring to those around her. She kicks ass!

This is what a girlboss is according to Urban Dictionary (i.e. the most reliable source of information on the Internet). Let me begin by saying that I love how empowering this word is and that I encourage everyone who wants to be a girlboss to be one. 

Buuuut, today I want to talk about why 1) you don't have to be one and most importantly 2) you don't have to be one ALL the time. I think our generation is a generation of overachievers - we all want to be successful. We see all these incredible people on social media, living a life they love and, most importantly, being happy. They all talk about how they followed their dreams, how they worked their ass off day and night to achieve what they wanted.

I applaud that. I really do. 

I believe it is important to work towards your goals - whatever they are, big or small. But it is as important to have some 'down' time, to have breaks, to not always have your shit together, to be stress-free. We are not machines or robots, we are human beings. And as human beings we cannot expect to always be on top of everything, life gets in the way and a lot of things are out of our control. 

The reason why I am writing this is because I have reached a  point where I feel like, unless I am working on my blog, my part-time job or university assignments, I am wasting my life away. This is probably because I have spent the last three years practically dying doing all my uni assignments and revising for exams. Now that I don't have such a packed and strict schedule I can actually chill some days, but I usually end up feeling too guilty and doing some work. After a few months I have realised that taking a day or an evening off (or even a weekend!), is not the end of the world. 

It may sound obvious to some of you, but I think I am not the only one who is used to being overworked and sometimes all you need is someone else to tell you that it is okay to chill. 

You don't have to be a girlboss all the time, because that's what makes you a real girlboss. 

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Thursday, 4 May 2017


It's incredible how quickly someone's mood can change, and unfortunately it is usually easier to go from happy to sad than the other way around. Today, I thought I would spread some positive vibes and share some things that can easily shift my mood.

  • An unexpected cute message from someone I care about
  • Running that extra mile on the treadmill
  • Waking up to ta sunny and warm day
  • Watching the rain hit the window from my bed
  • Never-ending chats with friends over coffee
  • Being complimented on my work
  • Making someone else happy
  • Planning a new adventure
  • Eating homemade food
  • Seeing a friend I haven't seen in ages

I am going to keep this post short and sweet and finish it off with one of my favourite quotes from the Harry Potter books:

"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." -Albus Dumbledore


Monday, 1 May 2017


I love fashion, fashion loves me but my bank account hates it. 

I swear every time I place an order online (who even shops in stores anymore) my heart stops for a second, that guilt feeling invades my body and I consider cancelling it but then I think how fab I would look in that dress and move on with my life. 

I must say, though, every item shown in this haul does actually have a purpose and I have a legit reason to buy it. I promise. 

Let's start with my most recent purchase: this faux leather bag with flower embroidery which screams spring. I have been meaning to buy a new bag for over a year now, as I currently use my massive Longchamp bag for everything - from uni to weekend brunch. I decided to get this one because it is the perfect size, it's bigger than most shoulder bags which is perfect because I alway carry a lot of stuff with me. It was £30 on ASOS but unfortunately it is now sold out, sorry folks. 

Next, I got something I very very rarely buy: a jacquard skirt. I am a jeans kind of gal and the only times I wear dresses or skirts is when I have formal event (so like twice a year). I have my finalists' dinner coming up so I was in desperate need for something other than ripped jeans to wear and as the Spanish person that I am, I obviously went to Zara. What made me want to try on the skirt was the colours, I love the blend of blues and greens and the fit is also very nice! 

To pair with the skirt I got a cropped white blouse with some ruffles on the front (similar). Ruffles are literally everywhere now, walk into any Zara store and you will see two things: ruffles and flowery prints. I caved in.

Have you been shopping much recently? *wink wink*

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Friday, 28 April 2017


Gone are the days when I was a fanatic of bright and neon nail polishes. I am now a grown woman who only wears professional looking nude shades... just kidding. I am not a grown woman, professional and I do wear more shades than flesh coloured polishes.

However, I am definitely a love of more natural or dark colours simply because I find them more flattering on my nails. I was recently walking around Covent Garden with Kate when we stumbled upon this store called 3INA. To be honest, the only reason why I decided to walk in was to take a photo of the beautifully arranged and colour coded make up and I wasn't planning on buying anything. 

But who can say no to £4,95 nail polish? Certainly not me. 

I got this perfect nude shade, I had been looking for a similar colour for so long but I could never find the exact tone I wanted. The name of the colour is 105 and the fact that they don't have cool names for every shade is probably the only downside. 

For such a low price I didn't have high expectations but it is honestly better than any of my OPI nail polishes. I only need two coats and it lasts close to a week - which is something I can't say for most of my nail polishes. The packaging is super simple and sleek, something I personally love. 

The lady at the store told us that  the brand is known for their cream eyeshadows, they apparently have loads of different shades and they stay on no matter what. I am not a big eyeshadow person but if you are, check them out! I don't know if they have any other physical stores but I know their products are sold on ASOS so you can get them wherever you are! 
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Tuesday, 25 April 2017


I love the sea, I find it fascinating. The infinite different shades of blue, the slow yet violent movement of the water. Maybe it's because I grew up in an island or maybe it's because I now live in this crazy massive city and whenever I see the sea I get this sense of freedom and peacefulness. 

When I went back home to Mallorca about a week ago I went on a little day trip with my dad and my sister. Our final destination was this place I had never heard of called S'Estaca in the North of the island, which is a tiny beautiful town right by the sea with incredible views to the cliffs. It is not accessible by car so we had to walk for about 40 min but it was definitley worth it. 

The day we went it was very windy, the giant waves crashing onto the cliffs looked stunning and it reminded me of Hawaii (even though I've actually never been to Hawaii...). We also found a gorgeous spot to have some breakfast - there was this incredible terrace with the most beautiful views I have ever seen. It beats that time I had breakfast overlooking the Pyrenees and that is saying something. 

We got very lucky because even though it was ridiculously windy, it was also super sunny so everything looked extra beautiful. The whole town was pretty much empty since it's not peak season yet, making the whole experience that bit more peaceful and relaxing. If you're in Mallorca or are planning on going soon, you should definitley visit this place!

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Saturday, 22 April 2017


Whilst I am not a jet setter just yet, I do travel back and forth between Spain and London quite often. A few years ago I always tried to look cute à la Victoria Beckham when boarding a plane. Now, I just try to be as comfortable as possible. 

It doesn’t matter how long the flight is, there is nothing I hate more than wearing tight jeans and having to sit down in that tiny seat with barely any leg space. I’ve also stopped wearing any make up whatsoever because dry airplane air + foundation = skin disaster. 

I am not one to share my outfits very often on my blog but I think I’ve found my go-to airport look and I don’t think I’ve ever been happier (that might or might not be a slight exaggeration). Most people reach for leggings when travelling - they look cute and it’s like wearing nothing. The problem is they’re not very warm and I always get a bit chilly in planes. 

The other day I switched my go-to leggings for my new Nike joggers* and, in spite of the extra four hours I had to spend in that plane because if a delay, I was the comfiest I have ever been. I was warm and I honestly felt like I was wearing PJs. To make it even better, they look kinda trendy so it seems like you’re actually trying. I got a size XS so that they would fit a bit tighter and look more chic - I think my plan worked. *goes away and pats herself on the back*

I paired my joggers with my black Nike trainers, a basic white top from ASOS and an oversized denim jacket. Because the outfit was quite simple I added some accessories - my Daniel Wellington watch, a Kate Spade gold bangle and some earrings. Et voilà, you have the perfect outfit for the airport! 

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017


There's nothing better than getting home after a very long and exhausting day, taking a shower, grabbing something to eat and put on your favourite TV show. Recently I have been branching out a bit and discovering new shows - ya know, gotta keep it fun. 

Some of these shows have bene running for a while but I've just got into them, and some others are fairly new. But they are all equally amazing and addictive so be warned you will want to watch more than one episode at a time. 


Where do I even start with Scandal. It's got me HOOKED, I am not joking when I say I watched 5 seasons in the space of three weeks. It's so intense and every episode leaves you wanting more and more. If you've never heard of it, it focuses on Olivia Pope who runs a crisis management firm who is also involved with the United States President and the White House. If you like a good drama, this series is for you.


This one started only recently and it reminds me a lot of Pretty Little Liars so if you like PLL, you'll probably like Riverdale too. It is based on the characters by Archie Comics and Cole Sprouse is one of the main characters so that alone made me want to watch it, well that and my friend Kate (@katewilson96 on Instagram) raving about it. 

It follows a group of teenagers after the sudden death of one of the school's cool kids, hence why it reminds me of PLL so much. 

The Catch

I started watching The Catch after it premiered last spring - and to be honest the only reason I watched it was because I love anything Shonda Rhimes makes, that woman is an absolute genius. As expected, I loved the series and it is now one of my favourites.

Alice Vaughan is the main character, who runs a private investigation private firm and becomes a victim of fraud after finding out her fiancé isn't who he says it is. I'm not going to say anything else because I don't want to spoil it for you, but trust me it is a great show!

What have you been watching recently?

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Sunday, 2 April 2017


Healthy cookies are my favourite things to bake. Sugar-free, banana anD oats, raisin, even chickpea - I've tried it all. The other day I was desperately craving cookies (thank you, hormones) but I was over sugary, buttery and god knows what else yet delicious cookies I usually buy at the grocery store so I went on my beloved Pinterest in search for a good recipe. 

I found a recipe for vegan chewy chocolate cookies, which looked incredible. I didn't use that exact recipe, but it was my source of inspiration. I kind of made a slightly healthier version and they were de-li-cious, perfect for a snack or dessert! Next time, I want to try and use milk, dark and white chocolate instead of just dark as I feel like it would be even better (and I loooove white chocolate).

These take less than 30 min to make and are super easy, so no excuses! 


1 banana
1/4 cup agave syrup
1/4 almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract 
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup of wholemeal flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
Dark chocolate chips (as many as you want)
2 tbsp of desiccated coconut flakes


In a large mixing bowl smash the banana and mix it with the agave syrup and almond milk. Add in the flour, olive oil, baking powder and vanilla extract. Mix it all together until it's smooth and clump-free. 

You can buy chocolate chips at any supermarket but I personally prefer buying a bar of chocolate and chop it up. I used Lindt 90% dark chocolate - it is on the bitter side and not ideal if you want something sweet, in which case you can use 70% or even milk chocolate. Whatever you decide to go for, add it into the mixture together with the coconut. Mix until it's all evenly distributed.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and scoop the dough onto the tray, flattening each cookie a bit. You can make them as big or as small as you desire, this recipe will probably yield about 10 small ones or 5 big ones (depending how big they are!). 

Finally, bake them for 10-15 min at 180˚C and enjoooy! 

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017


As per usual, spring is always late in London but that has never stopped me from pretending it is spring and freezing in my bomber jacket because I refuse to wear coats. It's not a bright move, I know. Anyway, I like to go a bit more au naturel and light in the make up department. 

Many days I skip foundation altogether as my skin isn't ridiculously bad and I'm trying to reduce my pores. If I decide to wear a bit of foundation though, I always go for my MAC Pro Long Wear foundation as it has a very natural finish and it stays on the whole day. 

For brows I use Benefit's Goof Proof. This is what makes all the difference for me, filling in my eyebrows honestly changes my whole face and makes me look more awake and put together. For my eyes I go ver simple and only use Benefit's They'Re Real Mascara to open up my very sleepy eyes. 

Finally, I use Sleek's bronzer from this bronzer/highlighter duo in Medium 885 to define my face and Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick Compact in Pink on my cheekbones and under my brows - I only use a tiny bit of highlighter as I don't want it to be too bright and dramatic. Finally, I use Essence's blush in Be Flowerful to add a pop of colour to my face. I have had this blush for literally forever, probably about 5 years so I probably should get a new one because I'm not a big fan of germs. It looks less bright on skin than it does in the packaging, and it actually is quite a nice shade for spring.

I rarely use a lipstick for every day wear, I just apply some lip balm  (because my lips are D Y I N G) - my favourite is Vaseline Rosy Lips.

This whole routine takes me about 10 min, which means that I don't need to wake up ridiculously early. What's your every day make up routine?

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017


The gym is a scary place... I know, trust me. Walking into that massive room filled with weird-looking machines and super toned and muscly people who seem to own the place is very scary. Until you actually go.

After the new year I started going to the gym (oh, what a surprise) and working out properly. Before I exercised fairly often but that limited to me going on the treadmill or constrainer for about 20 min and then calling it a day. Now I properly use the gym and I (sort of) know what I'm doing, so I thought I would share with you my workout routine or what I do most days. Obviously I do change it from time to time to keep it a bit more interesting, but that's what I've been doing recently.


I always start with cardio, whether that is by running on the treadmill, going on the cross-trainer or both. I usually do around 30-45 min of cardio overall and then I'll go on the rowing machine for about 10 min, but sometimes less if I've gone too hardcore on the treadmill. 


Also known as butt, this is something I never skip just because currently mine is pretty much non-existent. I start with the leg presser and I do 3 sets of 20 reps with 24 kg, I then go on the matts and do as many squats as I can holding a weight of 4 kg.


Oh, abs... maybe someday I actually get some. But for now I'll just keep working them out. I start by doing 4 sets of 20 reps on the abs cruncher, followed by two sets of 35 russian twists with a weight of 3-4 kg. I sometimes also do three sets of 10 sit ups, but only when I'm feeling like I own the world.


The rowing machine works out my shoulders and since my arms/shoulders are the weakest part of my body I'm pretty much dead after rowing for 10 minutes. But it's all about pushing yourself and going the extra mile. At first I was trying to use weights but I never knew what to do with them so I would end up giving up. Now I use.... machines. I would try to name them but I legit have no idea what they are and I barely know how they work, but I do know that my arms hurt the following morning so I guess it works?

I obviously adjust my workout depending on how busy I am or how tired - so for example if I can't get to the gym until 7PM I'll spend less time exercising than if I go at 5PM. So that's what I do when I have a good workout day, which usually happens at least three times a week.

I am honestly so proud of myself for sticking to my workouts for more than two weeks, it's never happened before. Have you been exercising much lately?

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Sunday, 19 March 2017


Now that days don’t seem to finish at 4PM anymore I start working longer hours as it seems like later is earlier - if that makes any sense. This means that I usually get home significantly later and sometimes it can be hard to unwind and relax to be full of energy the following day. It’s important to take time at the end of the day to clear your head and let your brain (and your body) breath after a long day of work or school. 

Before, when I got home, all I used to do was go on my laptop and watch YouTube videos for hours or a movie, have dinner and then watch some more videos before going to bed. But that didn’t help me destress or relax at all, if something it kept my brain awake and made it harder to fall asleep and relax. 

Now, whilst I still watch TV shows quite often (I am obsessed with Scandal at the moment),  I try to tone it down a bit and limit myself to one or two episodes and usually I have them in the background whilst I’m doing something else (i.e. whilst I take my make up off, clean my room, get ready for bed, etc). Here are my favourite ways to unwind after a tiring day.


I find cooking quite therapeutic personally and even though sometimes I feel like I’m too tired to be bothered to cook something, I’m always happy when I do it and get to enjoy a home-cooked warm meal for dinner. I find the process of chopping vegetables, or making my plate look pretty so relaxing. Maybe I’m weird, but you should definitley try it. 


There’s something about taking my make up off, using a soft scrub and maybe even a face mask that makes me feel purified, like my whole body has been cleansed instead of just my face. I love to try different masks, specially if they are peel-off masks - it’s so satisfying! I really want to try this black peel-off one that’s advertised all over Instagram, it looks painful but it also looks like it takes all the dirt in the skin away! 


I don't do yoga regularly whatsoever, specially because I kind of suck at it but sometimes doing some exercise is exactly what I need at the end of the day and I'm not really feeling the treadmill. I find yoga clears my mind and relaxes me as it stops me from thinking about all the things I'm stressing out about during the day. I'm not a pro at all so I just go on YouTube and search for a short video.


When there's something specific that's bothering me or it's making days longer or more dreadful than usual I find that writing about it helps. Even if no one else is going to read it, it simply feels relieving to get it out.  

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Thursday, 16 March 2017


Spring is my favourite season - yes, I know I probably say that at the beginning of each season but let’s pretend I actually mean it. I guess it’s because after a cold, dry and dark winter the thought of sunshine, colourful flowers and slightly longer and warmer days brings me so much happiness. 

I also love dressing for spring, I am more than ready to ditch all my thick coats, blanket scarves and boots and show off my bomber jackets, my thinner jumpers and my brand new sunglasses. I also love that my outfit is no longer hidden under a thick layer of black fabric - I spend 5 min choosing my outfit every morning for something. 

Something that goes hand in hand with my shopping addiction is the one and only ASOS, I don’t remember the last time I physically walked into a store to buy something. I recently ordered a few things and I could not be happier with what I’ve got. 

The sole reason as to why I placed the order in the first placed was because I needed a belt, and I actually needed it. I had lived without one ever since I moved to London but I guess I just got fed up with dealing with having to pull up my jeans every 3 second. I had been wanting one like this forever but the ones I found were either too expensive or not exactly what I was looking for. So when I saw this one was on sale for £6 I could not say no. 

Since spring means more sunny days (kind of…) I decided to get a new pair of sunglasses. For the past one or two years I have been using my Quay sunglasses non-stop, I can’t take them off. But because I’ve used them so much during summer, they are a bit scratched (pro tip: don’t keep your sunnies loose in your bag if you often go to the beach, they’re gonna get scratched) and I do really like to be able to see. So since the model I have is not available anymore I got these, which are very similar but are only £10, so quite a bargain if you ask me. 

And because spring wouldn’t be spring without flowers I got this beautiful mesh top with embroidery - which I am absolutely in love with. It is a size too small but it was the only one available and it kind of fits. I love that it comes with a top to wear underneath but it would also look wonderful with a black bralette underneath

Finally, I also got a jumper because whether I like to admit it or not spring in London is more like a slightly warmer winter and jumpers are still very much needed. I branched out a bit and got something that’s not black, grey or brown… be proud. I really like this baby pink and I think it’ll be great for spring with a pair of black jeans and trainers. Oh and my new sunnies, how fab would that outfit look?

And that’s all I’ve got for now, and hopefully for a while because my bank account needs to adjust… have you been doing some damage lately?

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