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What to think about before going to work on your home

Most people would like to go to work on their home at some point. Even those that aren’t overly bothered about home improvement stuff would like to shake things up a little. Variety is the spice of life, and seeing the same thing every single day for years and years will make even the most anti home improvement person want change. 

If you have a certain idea in mind, you’re going to have to think about a few things before you get going. A big home project isn’t something that you can just stop halfway through. Whether it’s a renovation, and conversion, or an extension, you’ll need to ask yourself a bunch of questions prior to the work. Jumping into a new and grand project on a whim might seem like a fun idea at first, but, sooner or later, things become a little tedious, and you need to have some structure and order.

As I said, you need to pose a few questions to yourself and those around you before moving a muscle. If you’re serious about giving your home a little shakeup, then here are some for you right now: 

Are You Really Committed?

It’s easy to want something in the spur of the moment. It’s also easy to get something started. You have to be completely adamant that this is something that you want to do. As I said before, you can’t really stop just as the going gets tough. If this is something that you’ve decided to go for quite recently, then you’re probably going to want to hold off for a little while. You never know, in a few months’ time, you might decide against it. Be sensible; don’t make rash decisions.

Have You Done Enough Research?

Whatever your plan is for the house, you’re going to need to be clued up at least a little! Jumping into a big project with very little prior knowledge will do you absolutely no favors when you’re trying to get things sorted. You should first look at other examples to get a brief idea regarding what you want to do. Lookup a few techniques and methods, too. You can find lots of useful information online – videos and articles will be rife on the web. You’ll also want to check which services you’ll need – you might not be able to do it all on your own.

What’s The Plan?

Before you head into anything significant, you need to plan and prepare everything. With the research you’ve done, you should probably log down every step from start to finish. Gather all of the information and write out what you intend. When you have a clear vision of what’s ahead, then you’re able to work out how best to continue. This project might have an effect on every other aspect of your life, so you’ll want to make sure those parts aren’t impacted negatively. Your plan should act as a roadmap, and you’ll hopefully be following it along, referring back to it regularly. 

Have You Got The Money?

This is pretty vital, huh? This kind of thing is going to cost a pretty penny, especially if it’s a pretty large renovation or extension. Take a look at how much everything is going to cost. Take a look at what you currently have and how it will impact you going forward. If it’s a bit of a risk, then it’s best to be safe and to wait a little while. If you feel as though you can get a secured loan and pay it back safely, then that’s an option - tread carefully around that kind of area, though. If you’re curious about how that kind of thing works, then you can find secured loan examples online as well as an array of other options. 

Do You Have Permission?

For some home improvement projects, you’ll need to make sure you’re allowed first. Something very small probably won’t need any permission. Larger work will need to be checked. An extension or an extra build might impede others, or it might violate certain terms. Once you’ve gone through everything with an official, you’ll be good to go.

Are You Going To Require Expert Help? 

As I said before, you’re not going to be doing this alone if it’s a large project. Something small will obviously only require a little DIY, but the pros will need to come in if you’re doing anything difficult! You’ll probably need architects, builders, electricians, plumbers, and all kinds of contractors if you’re intended on going the whole hog.

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What to think about before going to work on your home

Most people would like to go to work on their home at some point. Even those that aren’t overly bothered about home improvement stuff would like to shake things up a little. Variety is the spice of life, and seeing the same thing every single day for years and years will make even the most anti home improvement person want change. 

If you have a certain idea in mind, you’re going to have to think about a few things before you get going. A big home project isn’t something that you can just stop halfway through. Whether it’s a renovation, and conversion, or an extension, you’ll need to ask yourself a bunch of questions prior to the work. Jumping into a new and grand project on a whim might seem like a fun idea at first, but, sooner or later, things become a little tedious, and you need to have some structure and order.

As I said, you need to pose a few questions to yourself and those around you before moving a muscle. If you’re serious about giving your home a little shakeup, then here are some for you right now: 

Are You Really Committed?

It’s easy to want something in the spur of the moment. It’s also easy to get something started. You have to be completely adamant that this is something that you want to do. As I said before, you can’t really stop just as the going gets tough. If this is something that you’ve decided to go for quite recently, then you’re probably going to want to hold off for a little while. You never know, in a few months’ time, you might decide against it. Be sensible; don’t make rash decisions.

Have You Done Enough Research?

Whatever your plan is for the house, you’re going to need to be clued up at least a little! Jumping into a big project with very little prior knowledge will do you absolutely no favors when you’re trying to get things sorted. You should first look at other examples to get a brief idea regarding what you want to do. Lookup a few techniques and methods, too. You can find lots of useful information online – videos and articles will be rife on the web. You’ll also want to check which services you’ll need – you might not be able to do it all on your own.

What’s The Plan?

Before you head into anything significant, you need to plan and prepare everything. With the research you’ve done, you should probably log down every step from start to finish. Gather all of the information and write out what you intend. When you have a clear vision of what’s ahead, then you’re able to work out how best to continue. This project might have an effect on every other aspect of your life, so you’ll want to make sure those parts aren’t impacted negatively. Your plan should act as a roadmap, and you’ll hopefully be following it along, referring back to it regularly. 

Have You Got The Money?

This is pretty vital, huh? This kind of thing is going to cost a pretty penny, especially if it’s a pretty large renovation or extension. Take a look at how much everything is going to cost. Take a look at what you currently have and how it will impact you going forward. If it’s a bit of a risk, then it’s best to be safe and to wait a little while. If you feel as though you can get a secured loan and pay it back safely, then that’s an option - tread carefully around that kind of area, though. If you’re curious about how that kind of thing works, then you can find secured loan examples online as well as an array of other options. 

Do You Have Permission?

For some home improvement projects, you’ll need to make sure you’re allowed first. Something very small probably won’t need any permission. Larger work will need to be checked. An extension or an extra build might impede others, or it might violate certain terms. Once you’ve gone through everything with an official, you’ll be good to go.

Are You Going To Require Expert Help? 

As I said before, you’re not going to be doing this alone if it’s a large project. Something small will obviously only require a little DIY, but the pros will need to come in if you’re doing anything difficult! You’ll probably need architects, builders, electricians, plumbers, and all kinds of contractors if you’re intended on going the whole hog.

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Book review - Reader, I married me - Sophie Tanner

I'm back with another book review, I've been a bit slack with my reading challenge this month, I have been busy at home decorating and falling into bed too tired to pick up a book. Saying that I have just finished an interesting read, so thought I would share my thoughts on, 

Reader, I married me by Sophie Tanner ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
(book gifted in exchange for an honest review)

Chloe Usher has just broken up with the love of her life. So many of us can relate to the ending of a serious relationship and how its easy to get swallowed up in the feelings of desolation and loss, making this a relatable story from the start.

Chloe's job isn't going great, she's lost her boyfriend and shes had a disaster when trying online dating. Things come to head one night after a terrible date, she gets drunk with her best friend and under the influence of Gin and cocktails, Chloe has an epiphany and decides she doesn't need a partner to be complete, she makes a declaration of self love, and plans to marry herself. She then shares her plans online on her blog before passing out, waking up in the morning to find her social media has gone wild, with the post going viral. 

The story follows the run up to the wedding, her family, friends and colleagues reactions to her news. There's even a TV crew that want to make a show all about Chloe and self love, but not everyone is supportive of Chloe's plans and she has had her fair share of bitterness and even online trolls.

I loved this book, it plays on your emotions with laugh out loud moments along with more thought provoking parts where characters address their own journeys of self love. 

This is a very different book that doesn't follow the traditional path of boy breaks girls heart, girl finds new nicer boy and lives happily ever after, and that's what I like about it, we can all learn from this story, we don't need a partner to be complete.
Book review - Reader, I married me - Sophie Tanner


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Book review - Reader, I married me - Sophie Tanner

Book review - Reader, I married me - Sophie Tanner

I'm back with another book review, I've been a bit slack with my reading challenge this month, I have been busy at home decorating and falling into bed too tired to pick up a book. Saying that I have just finished an interesting read, so thought I would share my thoughts on, 

Reader, I married me by Sophie Tanner ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
(book gifted in exchange for an honest review)

Chloe Usher has just broken up with the love of her life. So many of us can relate to the ending of a serious relationship and how its easy to get swallowed up in the feelings of desolation and loss, making this a relatable story from the start.

Chloe's job isn't going great, she's lost her boyfriend and shes had a disaster when trying online dating. Things come to head one night after a terrible date, she gets drunk with her best friend and under the influence of Gin and cocktails, Chloe has an epiphany and decides she doesn't need a partner to be complete, she makes a declaration of self love, and plans to marry herself. She then shares her plans online on her blog before passing out, waking up in the morning to find her social media has gone wild, with the post going viral. 

The story follows the run up to the wedding, her family, friends and colleagues reactions to her news. There's even a TV crew that want to make a show all about Chloe and self love, but not everyone is supportive of Chloe's plans and she has had her fair share of bitterness and even online trolls.

I loved this book, it plays on your emotions with laugh out loud moments along with more thought provoking parts where characters address their own journeys of self love. 

This is a very different book that doesn't follow the traditional path of boy breaks girls heart, girl finds new nicer boy and lives happily ever after, and that's what I like about it, we can all learn from this story, we don't need a partner to be complete.
Book review - Reader, I married me - Sophie Tanner


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Wire words from greyfox design via etsy

You may of noticed an influx of lifestyle and interiors posts on Kate's Closet, that's because we are currently doing some work on our home. We are having new windows installed in the next couple of weeks, we are also currently decorating my youngest son's bedroom, oh and renovating the downstairs loo, as well as preparing the house for Autumn. So it's gonna be pretty full on here for the next few weeks. I can't wait to get out the other side. Today's post is all about what I have been spending my pennies on lately, in case you need some inspo and ideas for your home decor.

First up, You guys no I love Etsy, and I've been shopping hard again on the website, here's what I've been buying recently, first up is this cute map of Norfolk from Pepper Pot Studios, I love the fun design and think it's really different to anything else I've seen. I plan on popping it up in my downstairs loo, once its renovated. The shop has loads to choose from, I bet you could find where you live to. (affiliate links)

map

Pepper pop studios map of norfolk


Also from Etsy, these to die for wire words pictured above, they look fabulous in my front room, and are a nod to my late mother in law, who was a massive Queen and Freddie Mercury fan. Who doesn't need a kind of magic every now and again!!

wire words

Another great place to shop for homeware is Ebay, with so many stores selling furniture it is a great way to find pieces for your home for a reasonable price, I picked up this bookcase for 2/3 rds of the price of one that looks the same from Wayfair. I had been struggling to find one to fit our space and this one fits perfect.

Bookcase

Bookcase from Ebay


A company I have recently discovered is make my blinds, they make made to measure blinds for you to install yourself at home. We love ours and are planning on ordering more. They do everything from wooden blinds, to vertical, roman and roller. Just measure your windows and order the size you need, when they arrive follow the easy to install instructions, and tada great looking windows.

Blind

review of makemyblinds


La redoute is a store I bloomin love, although it can be pricey, I usually take advantage of discounts and special offers, such as 30% off homeware. I have a few pieces from the site including a mirror, rug and these ever so handy shelves, we use to store our vinyl collection, which admittedly is quite small, but we are working on it. I think they look cool in our little music corner.

Shelves

Shelves from La redoute


Keep your eyes peeled there is loads more interiors content coming your way in the coming weeks.


If you liked this post, you might enjoy etsy my top 5 interiors shops

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What I've been buying lately for my home



Wire words from greyfox design via etsy

You may of noticed an influx of lifestyle and interiors posts on Kate's Closet, that's because we are currently doing some work on our home. We are having new windows installed in the next couple of weeks, we are also currently decorating my youngest son's bedroom, oh and renovating the downstairs loo, as well as preparing the house for Autumn. So it's gonna be pretty full on here for the next few weeks. I can't wait to get out the other side. Today's post is all about what I have been spending my pennies on lately, in case you need some inspo and ideas for your home decor.

First up, You guys no I love Etsy, and I've been shopping hard again on the website, here's what I've been buying recently, first up is this cute map of Norfolk from Pepper Pot Studios, I love the fun design and think it's really different to anything else I've seen. I plan on popping it up in my downstairs loo, once its renovated. The shop has loads to choose from, I bet you could find where you live to. (affiliate links)

map

Pepper pop studios map of norfolk


Also from Etsy, these to die for wire words pictured above, they look fabulous in my front room, and are a nod to my late mother in law, who was a massive Queen and Freddie Mercury fan. Who doesn't need a kind of magic every now and again!!

wire words

Another great place to shop for homeware is Ebay, with so many stores selling furniture it is a great way to find pieces for your home for a reasonable price, I picked up this bookcase for 2/3 rds of the price of one that looks the same from Wayfair. I had been struggling to find one to fit our space and this one fits perfect.

Bookcase

Bookcase from Ebay


A company I have recently discovered is make my blinds, they make made to measure blinds for you to install yourself at home. We love ours and are planning on ordering more. They do everything from wooden blinds, to vertical, roman and roller. Just measure your windows and order the size you need, when they arrive follow the easy to install instructions, and tada great looking windows.

Blind

review of makemyblinds


La redoute is a store I bloomin love, although it can be pricey, I usually take advantage of discounts and special offers, such as 30% off homeware. I have a few pieces from the site including a mirror, rug and these ever so handy shelves, we use to store our vinyl collection, which admittedly is quite small, but we are working on it. I think they look cool in our little music corner.

Shelves

Shelves from La redoute


Keep your eyes peeled there is loads more interiors content coming your way in the coming weeks.


If you liked this post, you might enjoy etsy my top 5 interiors shops

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sweet maple chai Yankee candle review

If you are a regular in these parts you will know I love candles, and I have a particular fondness for Yankee candles, over the years I have tried and tested many scents and I always find myself going back for more. I just couldn't help myself when I saw the launch of the NEW farmers market collection the whole range sounds divine, but Sweet Maple Chai just spoke to me.

I love a sweet foodie scent especially if it has a hint of spice to it, Sweet Maple Chai is described as "An overflowing mug of chai-spiced milk and maple syrup swirled to dreamy perfection" That line sold it to me, and I got busy placing an order. 

When it arrived I was not disappointed with top notes of cinnamon and cloves, medium of roasted pecans, cardamon and latte acord and base of maple, butterscotch and sugar. Sweet Maple Chai is the perfect mix of sweet yet spicy, and perfect for the Autumn, Winter seasons, aka candle season.
sweet maple chai Yankee candle review
The candle is a lovely toffee colour and will go in most decors, I have mine on my mantle piece and it looks perfect. This candle really packs a punch when it comes to scent throw and once lit really fills the house with its sweet, spicy scent and lingers well after extinguishing. 

I would 100% recommend Sweet Maple Chai, I'm thinking I am going to need to try more from the collection, Pumpkin Apple parfait is screaming my name to be honest, as does Ciderhouse.

Large candles are currently buy 1 get 1 half price on the Yankee candle website, so now could be the perfect time to stock up.

You can check out previous Yankee Candle reviews here



sweet maple chai Yankee candle review


sweet maple chai Yankee candle review

If you are a regular in these parts you will know I love candles, and I have a particular fondness for Yankee candles, over the years I have tried and tested many scents and I always find myself going back for more. I just couldn't help myself when I saw the launch of the NEW farmers market collection the whole range sounds divine, but Sweet Maple Chai just spoke to me.

I love a sweet foodie scent especially if it has a hint of spice to it, Sweet Maple Chai is described as "An overflowing mug of chai-spiced milk and maple syrup swirled to dreamy perfection" That line sold it to me, and I got busy placing an order. 

When it arrived I was not disappointed with top notes of cinnamon and cloves, medium of roasted pecans, cardamon and latte acord and base of maple, butterscotch and sugar. Sweet Maple Chai is the perfect mix of sweet yet spicy, and perfect for the Autumn, Winter seasons, aka candle season.
sweet maple chai Yankee candle review
The candle is a lovely toffee colour and will go in most decors, I have mine on my mantle piece and it looks perfect. This candle really packs a punch when it comes to scent throw and once lit really fills the house with its sweet, spicy scent and lingers well after extinguishing. 

I would 100% recommend Sweet Maple Chai, I'm thinking I am going to need to try more from the collection, Pumpkin Apple parfait is screaming my name to be honest, as does Ciderhouse.

Large candles are currently buy 1 get 1 half price on the Yankee candle website, so now could be the perfect time to stock up.

You can check out previous Yankee Candle reviews here




Ad: Making our bedroom cosy with Land of Rugs
In the last year or so we have been busy decorating our home, in fact its ongoing, my youngest son's room and the downstairs loo are next on the agenda, it really is none stop. We gave our bedroom an overhaul last year, changing up the colour scheme, and generally freshening up the space, but it needed something else. I wasn't sure what we were missing but it was cosiness and we've added that with this moroccan themed cosy rug from Land of Rugs .
Ad: Making our bedroom cosy with Land of Rugs
I have tied in the colour of the rug with our accessories, it fits in with the throw and blanket on the bed, I love the mustard and burnt orange shades I think it really warms up the room, just in time for Autumn.

Land of Rugs has hundreds of rugs to choose from, there is bound to be something that tickles your pickle. We wanted to inject not only something warm and cosy underfoot but also a little colour into our mainly white bedroom and this Royal Marrakech rug has done the trick perfectly. I couldn't be happier, but if you prefer something a little more neutral Land of rugs has you covered, in fact whatever your style you'll find what you are looking for. With everything from contemporary, shaggy, striped and traditional and pretty much everything in between you really are spoilt for choice.
Ad: Making our bedroom cosy with Land of Rugs

Ad: Making our bedroom cosy with Land of Rugs

Ad: Making our bedroom cosy with Land of Rugs
As we are approaching Autumn it's only right you turn up up the cosy factor a notch or two. Why not add some snuggly blankets, throws and cushions to your decor and for that extra cosy factor a rug can really make the difference.

We love our new rug and would recommend to anyone Land of Rugs, the choice is huge, the quality exceptional and delivery quick. What's not to love.

*Post sponsored by Land of Rugs, all opinions and outpouring of rug love my own.
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Ad: Making our bedroom cosy with Land of Rugs


Ad: Making our bedroom cosy with Land of Rugs
In the last year or so we have been busy decorating our home, in fact its ongoing, my youngest son's room and the downstairs loo are next on the agenda, it really is none stop. We gave our bedroom an overhaul last year, changing up the colour scheme, and generally freshening up the space, but it needed something else. I wasn't sure what we were missing but it was cosiness and we've added that with this moroccan themed cosy rug from Land of Rugs .
Ad: Making our bedroom cosy with Land of Rugs
I have tied in the colour of the rug with our accessories, it fits in with the throw and blanket on the bed, I love the mustard and burnt orange shades I think it really warms up the room, just in time for Autumn.

Land of Rugs has hundreds of rugs to choose from, there is bound to be something that tickles your pickle. We wanted to inject not only something warm and cosy underfoot but also a little colour into our mainly white bedroom and this Royal Marrakech rug has done the trick perfectly. I couldn't be happier, but if you prefer something a little more neutral Land of rugs has you covered, in fact whatever your style you'll find what you are looking for. With everything from contemporary, shaggy, striped and traditional and pretty much everything in between you really are spoilt for choice.
Ad: Making our bedroom cosy with Land of Rugs

Ad: Making our bedroom cosy with Land of Rugs

Ad: Making our bedroom cosy with Land of Rugs
As we are approaching Autumn it's only right you turn up up the cosy factor a notch or two. Why not add some snuggly blankets, throws and cushions to your decor and for that extra cosy factor a rug can really make the difference.

We love our new rug and would recommend to anyone Land of Rugs, the choice is huge, the quality exceptional and delivery quick. What's not to love.

*Post sponsored by Land of Rugs, all opinions and outpouring of rug love my own.
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New beauty from liveinthelight.co.uk
gifted products

I am a sucker for new beauty products and every opportunity I get to try some out I take. For the last few weeks I have been using some products from liveinthelight.co.uk. The website offers organic natural products from skincare, haircare, makeup and more. I have been testing out three products and here's how I got on.


Pimple mud mask

When I saw this product it really intrigued me, fat and the moon pimple mud mask can be used as an all over face mask or as a topical spot treatment. The natural clay, along with witch hazel and tea tree work to naturally fight breakouts without the need for harsh chemicals, drawing out imperfections and boosting healing.
I am really impressed with this product, I found it really effective on breakouts, visibly reducing redness after just one use, leaving my skin soft and not dry like chemical treatments can. A little of this mask goes a long way I can see it lasting months, a great product at a great price.      pimple mud mask £11.50

Dream weaver mist

I have never seen a product like this before, but I was curious to see what it was all about. The dream weaver spray from fat and the moon, is a little bit magic, made from mugwort, lavender, californian poppy and sage oils. It's said to calm us for sleep and to encourage a gentle dreaming experience. Simply mist around your sleeping area for sweet dreams. Now I'm not sure if this product made me dream, sweet dreams but it I certainly found the scent relaxing, and I have been drifting off to sleep quicker. As someone who can struggle with dropping off, I think this spray has helped me reach the land of nod easier than usual.    Dream weaver mist £9.95

Sweet Pea fast drying hairspray

Hairspray is one of those products I have always associated with harsh chemicals, but not anymore the Sweet Pea fast drying hairspray is hypoallergenic, synthetic free, Vegan, 100% biodegradable, gluten, soy, dye and paraben free. This is one angelic product which in my opinion works as well as any other hairspray I've tried, and brushes out without leaving flaking or residue.                      Sweet Pea fast drying hairspray 250ml £11.50


Are you interested in natural beauty products?


                                                                  
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New beauty from liveinthelight.co.uk


New beauty from liveinthelight.co.uk
gifted products

I am a sucker for new beauty products and every opportunity I get to try some out I take. For the last few weeks I have been using some products from liveinthelight.co.uk. The website offers organic natural products from skincare, haircare, makeup and more. I have been testing out three products and here's how I got on.


Pimple mud mask

When I saw this product it really intrigued me, fat and the moon pimple mud mask can be used as an all over face mask or as a topical spot treatment. The natural clay, along with witch hazel and tea tree work to naturally fight breakouts without the need for harsh chemicals, drawing out imperfections and boosting healing.
I am really impressed with this product, I found it really effective on breakouts, visibly reducing redness after just one use, leaving my skin soft and not dry like chemical treatments can. A little of this mask goes a long way I can see it lasting months, a great product at a great price.      pimple mud mask £11.50

Dream weaver mist

I have never seen a product like this before, but I was curious to see what it was all about. The dream weaver spray from fat and the moon, is a little bit magic, made from mugwort, lavender, californian poppy and sage oils. It's said to calm us for sleep and to encourage a gentle dreaming experience. Simply mist around your sleeping area for sweet dreams. Now I'm not sure if this product made me dream, sweet dreams but it I certainly found the scent relaxing, and I have been drifting off to sleep quicker. As someone who can struggle with dropping off, I think this spray has helped me reach the land of nod easier than usual.    Dream weaver mist £9.95

Sweet Pea fast drying hairspray

Hairspray is one of those products I have always associated with harsh chemicals, but not anymore the Sweet Pea fast drying hairspray is hypoallergenic, synthetic free, Vegan, 100% biodegradable, gluten, soy, dye and paraben free. This is one angelic product which in my opinion works as well as any other hairspray I've tried, and brushes out without leaving flaking or residue.                      Sweet Pea fast drying hairspray 250ml £11.50


Are you interested in natural beauty products?


                                                                  
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Before the Broken Star
The Beekeeper's Promise
Days of Blood & Starlight
The Foyles Bookshop Girls
The Light Keeper
Daughter of Smoke & Bone
The Priory of the Orange Tree
The Chocolate Lovers' Diet
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Beautiful Broken Things
Nobody's Girl
The Flatshare
The Mitford Murders
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
It Felt Like a Kiss
The Muse
The Humans
Call Me By Your Name
Believe Me


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